BANGKOK – 5 nights - $1,899 per person double occupancy
Feel the magic of Thailand, the Royal Palace with walls of semi-precious stone glittering in the sunlight, the majestic Buddha made of emeralds, the wat temples, the crazy tuk-tuk drivers, the boats on the Chao Phraya river, the floating markets, the night market, the monks in saffron robes, the energy of it all. Bangkok is one of the most fascinating cities in the world to explore.
Roundtrip air on Cathay Pacific from LAX or SFO, midweek, coach class
Breakfast at Hotel
This morning the tour begins from Bangkok as we drive north (approximately 1 hour drive) to Bang Pa-In, a Royal Summer Palace set in the beautiful gardens. The Palace combines an exotic mixture of Thai and European architecture. After the visit, we proceed to the ancient city of Ayuthaya. Explore ruined temples and palaces and admire the extensive canal and river network which helped Ayuthaya to flourish. Lunch will be provided at local restaurant.
After lunch, drive (approximately 1 hour, 20 minutes) through scenic countryside to Lopburi, the former summer capital of Siam. See the magnificent stone carvings of Phra Prang Sam Yod , stop at the Kala Shrine of Sarn Prakarn which was a Buddhist sanctuary in the mid 13th century. Hundreds of monkeys have made this temple complex their home. Drive north to the town of Phitsanuloke (approximately 3 ½ hours). The shrine of Wat Mahathat in Phitsanuloke is venerated throughout Thailand.
Breakfast at Hotel
After breakfast, visit Sukhothai (1 hour drive), the ancient capital of Thailand in the 13th century, explore the many ruined temples and monasteries. Further north, visit Sri Satchanalai (approx 2 hour drive), which was Sukhothai’s twin city. Lunch will be at local restaurant.
Afternoon drive (approximately 3 ½ hours)through rural Thailand and stop at small town of Phayao which dates back to the 11th century to enjoy refreshments beside a lake. Arrive Chiang Rai (approximately 1 hour and 15 minute drive), check-in at hotel.
After breakfast, board 'pick-up’ vans to climb narrow mountainous roads and visit several villages. Enjoy mountain views from Doi Mae Salong (approximately 1 hour and 15 minute drive), a Chinese settlement founded by Komintang soldiers who fled from China after Mao Tse Tung’s victory in1949. Return to the valley for lunch before driving to Mae Sai (approximately 1 hour drive), Thailand’s northernmost town near the Myanmar border. You can watch Thai and Myanmar locals walking across the bridge separating the two countries. From Mae Sai, drive to Golden Triangle (approximately ½ hour drive) where the Ruak and Mekong Rivers meet, enjoy view over Myanmar, Laos ,Thailand and the Mekong River. Visit Chiang Saen, where evidence of the orginal 13th century city can still be seen.
Depart from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai (approximately 2 ½ hour drive) stopping on the way at Mae Ka Chan,famous for a hot spring. Lunch will be served a local restaurant. Continue the drive to Chiang Mai and before arriving in the town, stop to visit the hilltop temple of Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep which offers spectacular views of the Chiang Mai area.
Tonight, enjoy the northern Thai dinner known as Kantok. Traditional dishes will be served while watching dancers performing a series of folk stories. Colourful dressed hilltribes will perform their own traditional dances after dinner.
Morning visit one of the elephant camps where skilled ’mahout’ show how Elephants have worked in the jungle for centuries. Amazed by the strength and deftness , a chance to see the elephants relaxing as they bathe in the river. Lunch at local restaurant before heading out of town to Chiang Mai famous cottage industries. See silkworms and the process of spinning silk as well as the art of using handlooms to make intricate patterned silk fabrics. Marvel at the transformation of bamboo, silk and paper into hand-painted multi-coloured umbrellas and at skilled potters creating distinctive Thai Celadon. Wood carvers are chipping away busily at teakwood to produce elegant ornaments and furniture. The process of making lacquerware is fascinating to watch too.
Trip to Golden Triangle, where Burma , Thailand and Laos borders meet
Boat trip on Mekong River to Chiang Saen, with lunch.
Round trip airport transfers
TRIP ORIGINATES IN CHIANG MAI AND ENDS IN CHIANG RAI
AIRFARE NOT INCLUDED
TWO PERSON MINIMUM
VALID: Until Oct 31, 2015
Day 1 : Chiang Mai – Nature Lodge (Lunch , Dinner)
Arrive Chiang Mai Airport early morning or pick up at Chiang Mai City Hotels
Travel north on Chiang Mai-Thaton route to Chiang Dao Elephant Training Camp. Enjoy the spectacular scenery along the way. Then visit Orchid Nursery to see a large collection of more than 50 different types of colorful exotic year-round-bloom orchids. After taking great pleasure at the Orchid Nursery, continue on to the camp. Arrive at the camp , watch a herd of elephants taking bath in mountain stream and a brief demonstration of elephants work in the remote jungle. After the show, take 1.5 hrs. elephant ride to Lisu Hilltribes Village. Local lunch will be served. After lunch, an experience trip by taking bamboo rafting for 1hr. along Mae Ping River. Then, drive to Prao.
Dinner and overnight at Nature Lodge (non air-conditioned room)
Day 2 : Nature Lodge – Palong Village (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Breakfast at Nature Lodge
Depart to visit Buatong water fall, one of the most beautiful area by it's clean and clear water, then continue to more north of Phrao and hike to the Lahu village of Phang Tong. ( 30-45 minutes)
Continue walking along a mountain side to the Red Karen hilltribe of Baan Pha Lai from where you have a spectacular view of beautiful mountain. (1.30-2.00 hrs)
After lunch, walking through the hilltribe farm and the beautiful scenery to the village where you stop to visit the Lisu hilltribe, then continue to Baan Huay E-Po where the Akha hilltribe is located (30-45 minutes). From there, transfer by local open air-truck to Baan Pang Dang Nok to the Palong hilltribe. Palong people one of hilltribes in the north and are known for wearing many belts. Later in the evening, dinner will be served at the village.
Overnight at simple accommodations afforded by a bamboo cottage or dormitory room. (non air-conditioned room)
Day 3 : Palong Village-Chiang Rai (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Enjoying breakfast at the village
Depart to the Chiang Dao Caves. After a period of exploration, lunch will be served before setting out to visit other hilltribes in the area, including Lisu and Akha. Continue driving to Doi Mae Salong to see a Chinese refugee village. Arrive Chiang Rai in late afternoon.
Dinner and overnight at Hotel in Chiang Rai
Day 4 : Depart Chiang Rai (Breakfast / Lunch)
Breakfast at hotel
After breakfast, visit to Mae Sai in the northern most part of Thailand near the Myanmar border. From there, you will travel to the infamous Golden Triangle, the place where the borders of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar (Burma) meet. This is a place known for magnificent mountain scenery, ruins of ancient settlements, historic sites, Buddhist shrines and ethnic villages. Immediately following the exploration of the border area, guests will take a boat ride along the majestic Mekong River to ancient Chiang Saen. Lunch is included. Afterward, transfer to Chiang Rai Airport or back to Chiang Mai.
BANGKOK & CHIANG MAI - 6 nights for $1,939 PER PERSON double
Roundtrip on Singapore Airlines from LAX or SFO, midweek, coach. Fly into Bangkok and return from Chiang Mai or vice versa.
Flight to Chiang Mai
3 nights at Tawana Hotel, Bangkok , breakfast (3 ½ star hotel)
Roundtrip airport transfers in Bangkok and Chiang Mai
Airline fuel charges ($512, subject to change)
VALIDITY DATES: Oct 31, 2015. Prices subject to change.
Single Occupancy: $2,399
ADD-ON from most US cities available. Below is a sample of add-on prices:
HOUSTON or DFW: $200
JFK - $280
Las Vegas, Portland, Seattle- $140
Salt Lake- $190
ATL, BOS, CHI, EWR, NYC, WAS - $290
More hotel options available upon request.
U.S. Government taxes not included. ($114, subject to change.)
NORTHERN THAILAND AND LAOS WITH MEKONG CRUISE
10 nights $2,279 per person double, land only
2 nights in Bangkok with breakfast, roundtrip transfers with half day tour of Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha Temple
3 nights in Chiang Mai, with breakfast, arrival transfer
Full day visit to Chiang Dao Elephant Camp to observe working elephants, 1 ½ hr elephant ride through the jungle, lunch, bamboo rafting on Mae Ping River .
Tour of Doi Suthep Temple complex
Drive from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai with stops at Mae Krachan Hot Springs, Yao hill tribes, Ahka hill tribes and Wat Rong Khun (the White Temple) with lunch.
Tour of Golden Triangle border & Chiang Saen ruins
1 night in Chiang Rai with breakfast, transfer to Laos border crossing.
Transfer by boat to Laos
2 day Luang Say Cruise on the Mekong River with village stops along the way, buffet lunch on board. Overnight at Luang Say Lodge in Pakbeng, dinner on the terrace overlooking the Mekong , hilltribe dance show.
Stops at hilltribe villages on the river
Visit Pak Ou Caves and its thousands of Buddha images
3 nights in Luang Prabang with breakfast, transfers
Half day city tour including Royal Palace , Wat Xiengthong, shrines and temples.
Half day Mt Phousi sunset and market tour
Full day tour of the Kuangsi waterfalls and Hmong villages.
Half day Ban Phanom weaving village tour.
VALIDITY - Until May 31, 2015 and from Jul 1-Sep 30
Note: All package prices include roundtrip air from LAX or SFO, 5 nights hotel,
roundtrip airport transfers, half day Royal Palace and
Emerald Buddha tour, hotel taxes, breakfast. Fuel charges
are not included and have been changing constantly. Prices
range from $325-350 at this time and are subject to change.
Should you decide to use a different airline, fuel charges
will be different again. The airfare may be lower but
the fuel may be higher. It’s a confusing situation at