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Classic Thailand

(11 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)

Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Krabi

 

Thailand proudly proclaims that it has never been colonized. One aspect of this fact is that it has retained its unique culture, traditions and language. With a rich heritage and abundant natural resources, Thailand is unquestionably one of the most exotic countries in Asia. Begin in Bangkok, one of the world’s most exciting cities and one of extremes. Explore the many facets of Bangkok’s China Town and experience a feats for the senses as you meander through the network of narrow alleys where an unimaginable assortment of goods is laid out on footpaths and in tiny shops and where you may relax. Continue northward to Chiang Mai see exotic temples, mountains, and markets. Enjoy outdoor activities, elephant interaction and visits to nearby hill tribes. End on one of Thailand’s idyllic beaches to luxuriate on powdery white sand and in crystal clear waters.

 

** All our tours are Exclusive Private Tours, so you will not be put together with other guests **

 

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Day 1: Welcome to Bangkok

Fly to Bangkok, THAILAND

 

Welcome to Thailand. Upon arrival in Bangkok, obtain your Thailand visa (please refer to your Special Program Note), and then clear Immigration and Customs.  After collecting your baggage, exit the airport to meet outside a local Guide of Global Travel & Tours. He/she will be holding a sign with your names on it. Please note that local guides are not allowed inside the airport.

 

From the airport, you will be privately transferred to the lovely boutique hotel. Bangkok Thailand’s capital city, known to Thais as “Krung Thep” (the City of Angels) is one of the world’s most exciting cities. It holds the essence of the Thai spirit, and is very much the heart of the country. Without doubt, this fast-growing metropolis of roughly 10 million people has something to offer to everyone. Its lively collection of nightlife venues, markets, shops, restaurants, magnificent “wats” (temples), museums, palaces and parks will assure that you never get bored. Settle in and enjoy the afternoon and evening at your leisure.

 

Accommodation: Stay 3 nights in Bangkok

 

First Class 4 Star Hotels: Ariyasom Villa, Riva Surya Bangkok, Chatrium Hotel Riverside

 

Luxury 5 Star Hotels: The Peninsula Bangkok, Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, The Siam Hotel

 

Day 2: The Klongs & Bangkok’s breathtaking Buddha’s and more

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

Begin your full day tour of this city visiting three impressive temples. First drive through the morning flower markets to explore real Thai lifestyle. Visit Wat Traimit with its invaluable Golden Buddha (5 ½ tons of solid gold); Wat Pho, the largest temple in Bangkok, with the colossal Reclining Buddha and the Chedis of the Kings.

View the enormous Buddha covered in gold leaf and lying majestically on its side. Next, continue to the city's most important landmark, the Grand Palace, which is one of the most beautiful examples of ancient Siamese architecture and has been the residence of the Kings of Thailand for over two centuries. Here you will see palaces which were used for different occasions: the Funeral Palace, the Reception Palace, the Throne Hall, the Coronation Hall, the Royal Guest House and Wat Phra Kaew, containing the most revered Buddha image in the country, the Emerald Buddha, made from one solid piece of translucent green jade.

 

After lunch at a Thai restaurant near the Chao Phraya River, embark on a water excursion on the river and its canals. Board a long-tailed boat to explore the klongs (canals) of Bangkok’s Thonburi, in the west of Bangkok, situated on the right side of the Chao Phraya River. Its many canals had originally given Bangkok the name "Venice of the East." Passing along the canals in the boat gives you a first-hand impression of the scenic life along Bangkok‘s waterways. You will also visit the majestic Royal Barges and Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn, one of the most attractive temples in Thailand) and Santa Cruz Church before returning to your hotel.

 

Day 3: Bangkok, River & Canal Life at Ampawa

Meals Provided: Breakfast & Lunch

 

For those wanting to explore and experience true Thai river life style, we highly recommend to visit Ampawa. Just about 80 kilometers south of Bangkok, Ampawa district enchants visitors with traditional wooden Thai houses built along canals, coconut and fruit orchards and rural life style. An early start from Bangkok to see the unique fresh market along the railway tracks in Mae Klong. When the train approaches the station, watch the vendors dismantling their stalls, so that the train can pass through. A short drive by van brings us to Ampawa, a picturesque little town located on the Mae Klong River. Visit a family’s home to observe the production of palm sugar. Embark on a boat trip in a motorized long-tail boat to explore the numerous canals and observe traditional Thai way of living along Thailand’s waterways. Stops will be made to visit Wat Pumarin, which exhibits a beautifully painted wooden Kudi. Another stop will be made at Wat Bang Kung, built during the Ayutthaya period (more than 200 years ago). This interesting temple is completely embraced by the roots of a huge Banyan Tree. Disembark at Baan Amphawa Resort for lunch. In the afternoon, visit Pinsuwan Benjarong House and Museum, where you have the opportunity to watch the skilled artisans painting the delicate china ware with intricate designs. Take a stroll along Amphawa’s main canal with its lovingly restored wooden shop houses, many of them converted to small coffee shops, restaurants and souvenir shops selling local products. On weekends, this area is extremely busy with Bangkokians flocking to Ampawa to enjoy the weekend food market along the canal. Transfer back to your hotel and spend the remainder of the day at leisure.

 

Day 4: Bangkok to Chiang Mai "Rose of the North"

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

After leisurely morning, you will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight to Chiang Mai.

 

Fly Bangkok to Chiang Mai on Thai Airways TG106, departing 10:30, arriving 11:40

Economy Class - Issued By Global Travel & Tours

 

Welcome to Chiang Mai. Upon arrival at Chiang Airport. After collecting your baggage, exit the airport to meet outside a local Guide of Global Travel & Tours. He/she will be holding a sign with your names on it. Please note that local guides are not allowed inside the airport.

 

From the airport, you will be privately transferred to your lovely boutique hotel. Thailand’s second city and capital of the north, Chiang Mai has a great cultural heritage and is a charming place to spend a few days learning the art of Thai cooking, browsing through colourful markets or relaxing by the river after a trek. The city has a tradition for making handicrafts and the expertise here makes it a good place to pick up silk, silver, lacquer and wooden souvenirs. Chiang Mai is also famous as a religious centre and there are a number of interesting wats to visit as you wander around the city’s streets. Outside Chiang Mai lies a region of mountains, valleys and rivers where the hill tribes live and the city has long been a base from which to go trekking or start an exploration of the beautiful north of the country.

 

After getting settled, you'll head out with your guide and spend the afternoon visit four of the most important temples: Wat Phra Singh. This 14th century Lanna style temple has been one of Chiang Mai's most important sanctuaries. Opposite is Wat Prasat, one of the oldest unreconstructed temples in the city, and after looking around here you will visit Wat Chedi Luang which is one of Chiang Mai's most famous, and ancient, temples and houses a stupa that dates back to the 15th century. From here head to the city walls on to one of the most beautiful viewpoints for sunset – Wat Suan Dok where the ashes of former kings of Chiang Mai and the Royal Family are kept. Here at this fourteenth century temple you will witness evening prayer as the monks and local people come together at the end of the day.

 

Accommodation: Stay 3 nights in Chiang Mai

 

First Class 4 Star Hotels: U Chiang Mai, Tamarind Village, Ping Nakara Boutique Hotel

 

Luxury 5 Star Hotels: Anantara Chiang Mai Resort, 137 Pillars House, The Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai

 

Day 5: Thailand’s elephants at work and play

Meals Provided: Breakfast & Lunch

 

Elephants Thailand's national animals are an integral part of Chiang Mais economy and culture. After breakfast, your guide will meet you at your hotel and drive to Chiang Dao, literally translated 'the City of Stars', is North of Chiang Mai en route to Tha Ton. Chiang Dao town center has charming old style wooden shops flanking the highway. Chiang Dao is famous for its Elephant Camp and Elephant show. You arrive at the camp after a drive along picturesque routes - winding around the bends of the road high above the Mae (River) Ping. Watch the elephants taking their morning bath and demonstrating some of their skills. Afterwards take an elephant ride for approx. 1½ hrs through some of the lovely forest scenery and along the river. Perched high in a wooden howdah, you gain an impressive view of the forest and an unforgettable experience. After lunch, take a bamboo raft trip down the Mae Ping. Admire the scenery and absorb the tranquility as you float down the river. We also visit hill tribe villages to meet the people of the Palong, Padong and Karen tribes, who'll share their folkways with you... you'll visit local village children at school, and even get to try on the traditional neck rings worn by members of the Karen tribe. On your return trip to Chiang Mai, visit an orchid farm. Transfer back to your hotel and enjoy the evening at your leisure.

 

Day 6: Life in the hill tribe villages and scenic Doi Suthep

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

Your guide will meet you at your hotel at 8:00am and taken to the White Hmong tribal village of Khun Chang Kien is located in the vicinity of Doi (=mountain) Suthep. Here you see the Hmong in their colorful costumes selling their wide range of antiques, decorative ornaments and fabrics. The villagers now earn their living by planting vegetables and growing fruit, having replaced their traditional cash crop – the opium poppy. Afterwards you will be driven up a serpentine road to the magnificently situated Wat Doi Suthep. Perched on a forested mountain, this most sacred Chiang Mai temple (3,280ft above sea level) provides a superb view over the city, as well as a wealth of Buddha statues made of jade and bronze as well as some frescos.

 

This afternoon is at your leisure. Relax and enjoy the amenities at your hotel, or explore more of Chiang Mai.

 

Day 7: Chiang Mai / Krabi

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

After leisurely morning, you will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight to Krabi.

 

Fly Chiang Mai to Krabi on Bangkok Airways PG222, departing 08:25, arriving 10:25

Economy Class - Issued By Global Travel & Tours

 

Welcome to Krabi. Upon arrival at Krabi Airport. After collecting your baggage, exit the airport to meet outside a local Guide of Global Travel & Tours. He/she will be holding a sign with your names on it. Please note that local guides are not allowed inside the airport.

 

From the airport, you will be privately transferred to your lovely beach resort. Krabi one of the rising stars in Thailand’s tourism industry is unquestionably Krabi. Visitors are falling in love with the picturesque tropical islands, which come in many sizes and shapes, that are located just offshore this southern province. Surrounded by lush vegetation and towering karst formations, Krabi is an ideal place for beach and nature lovers. Major attractions include the Susan Hoi (Shell Cemetery), Noppharat Thara Beach, Phra Nang Beach, and the spectacular islands of Ko Phi Phi and Ko Lanta, famed for their unspoiled beaches surrounded by bright blue waters and coral reefs. Settle in and enjoy the afternoon and evening at your leisure.

 

Accommodation: Stay 4 nights in Krabi

 

First Class 4 Star Hotels: The Tubkaak Boutique Resort, Amari Vogue, Centara Grand Beach Resort

 

Luxury 5 Star Hotels: Rayavadee Resort, Phulay Bay a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

 

Day 8: Krabi 

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

Spend the day relaxing by the pool or take a stroll along the beach.

 

Day 9:  Krabi

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

If your adventurous spirit is still running high, take a trip into the nearby Khao Sok National Park for more elephant riding, kayaking and jungle trekking.

 

Day 10:  Krabi

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

Another day to catch up on your rest and enjoy your surroundings.

 

Day 11: Krabi / Bangkok

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

Bid farewell to your island paradise today as you will be transferred to the Krabi airport in time for your flight to Bangkok and connect with your onward flight.

 

 

Price guideline:

 

The above tour costs from $1,655*per person, based on 2 people sharing a double or twin room.

 

*Please note this price is subject to change at the time of booking, and depends on the date of travel and the availability of accommodation.

 

Our price includes (Private tour): 

• Accommodation base in a shared double or twin room throughout

Daily buffet breakfast at hotel and all hotels taxes and service charges.

Pick-ups and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the itinerary.

Travel by private, air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced, safe driver.

Private sightseeing with local, English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary.

Meals included as indicated as in program: B: breakfast, L: lunch & D: dinner.

Boat cruise as specified in the programmed.

Entrance fees according the above program.

Local bottled water while sightseeing and transfers.

VAT and all taxes and service charge.

 

The price does not include

International flight tickets and Visas

Any items of purely personal nature such as laundry and telephone calls

Personal, travel and health insurance

Early check in and late check out

Drinks during meals

Meals that are not specified

Gratuities/tipping to tour guide, driver and hotel staff and restaurant’s staff

 

 

All of our itineraries can customized as you wish, add extra days, change a hotel, and see different sights. For information on this or our other tours please email us at: info@globaltravel-asia.com