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Thailand Uncovered

(12 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)

Bangkok, Ayuthaya, Sukhothai, Lam Pang, Chiang Mai, Koh Lanta

 

A classic journey through this magnificent Asian masterpiece. The ideal holiday for anyone wishing to immerse themselves in the rich cultures of both the former Kingdom of Siam and the more modern-day Thailand. Having absorbed the highlights of Bangkok, you'll head north to the ancient capitals of Ayuthaya and Sukhothai. In Chiang Mai see exotic temples, mountains, and markets. Enjoy outdoor activities, elephant interaction and visits to nearby hill tribes. Of course, no visit to Thailand is complete without a few days 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 2 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 – Ayutthaya

Meals Provided: Breakfast & Lunch

 

Your guide will meet you at your hotel at 8:00am and drive to Ayutthaya. Among the "must see" attractions in Thailand is a visit to Ayutthaya, the former capital of Thailand situated 76 kilometers north of Bangkok. The Thai capital for 417 years, Ayutthaya is one of Thailand's major tourist attractions. Many ancient ruins and art works can be seen in the city, which was founded in 1350 by King U-Thong. 33 kings of 5 dynasties ruled the kingdom until it was destroyed by the Burmese in 1767. During this day trip you will visit the principal sights: Wat Sri Sanphet - this important and outstanding monastery was used as a residential palace in the reign of King Ramathibodi I. Next, visit Wat Mahathad with its iconic Buddha head entwined in the roots of a tree is among the most photographed sites in Ayutthaya. Built during the 14th century, the temple was an important venue for Royal ceremonies and later destroyed during the Burmese invasion in 1767, who also vandalized many Buddha images by cutting off their heads. Wat Yai Chaimongkhol: The chedi at this monastery is among the largest in Ayutthaya and was built by King Naresuan (1590-1605). There are many Buddha images and a beautiful garden behind this chedi. We’ll have a chance to walk around the local market, browsing snacks and handcrafts. For a different side local life, we’ll stop at the Elephant Camp to visit with Thailand’s national animal. This afternoon enjoy lunch at typical Restaurant, included with the tour, and our excursion concludes with a boat trip to Bang-Pa-In, the former Royal Summer Residence, which represents a fine example of Thai architecture. As we coast, we’ll see villagers going about their daily routines at temples, schools, markets, and even churches and mosques near the river banks.

 

Accommodation: Stay 1 nights at the Sala Ayuthaya (Deluxe River View Room)

 

Day 4: Ayutthaya – Sukhothai

Meals Provided: Breakfast & Lunch

 

Road journey from Ayuthaya to Sukhothai: After breakfast, drive to Sukhothai by road. As the roads are good the drive should take about four hour. Meaning ‘Dawn of Happiness’, Sukhothai was founded in the 13th century and was the first truly independent Thai Kingdom. With its wonderful temples and monuments, the city has in recent years been restored to its former glory and is now the UNESCO protected Sukhothai Historical Park.

 

After getting settled, you'll head out with your guide and spend the afternoon visit Sukhothai Historical Park (Wat Mahathad, Wat Si Sawai, Wat Sa Si) and Wat Sri Chum with the gigantic Buddha statue. Then continue to Sri Satchanalai, set on the banks of the Yom River just north of Sukhothai. Home of the crown Prince in the 13th and 14th centuries, Si Satchanalai means ‘City of good people’ and you will have time to explore its ancient temples and crumbled palace buildings we also make a brief visit to Wat Phra Si Mahathad Chaliang.

 

Accommodation: Stay 1 nights at the Sukhothai Heritage Resort (Deluxe Room)

 

Day 5: Sukhothai – Lampang – Chiang Mai "Rose of the North"

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

Road journey from Sukhothai to Chiang Mai via Lampang:  After breakfast, drive to Lampang and upon arrival in Lampang, visit two interesting temples, each which its own architectural style and history: Wat Phar Kaeo Don Tao, Wat Phra That Lampang Luang. We will also visit Baan Sao Nak, a 100-year old teak-wood mansion. Lampang is the only town in Thailand, where horse carriages are still used as a means of transportation. Take a leisurely ride on the colorful horse-drawn carriages along the river. Later continue to Chiang Mai.

 

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.

 

Settle in and enjoy the afternoon and evening at your leisure.

 

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 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.

 

After lunch, 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.

 

Day 7: Elephant owner for a day. Makes unforgettable stay.

Meals Provided: Breakfast & Lunch

 

After an early breakfast you will drive out to Patara Elephant Farm where you will ‘own' and elephant for a day. On arrival at the farm you will register and get changed into your training outfit. You will then be trained in the ways of elephant handling, elephant farm management and the farm's breeding program. The training includes: hiking to find elephants in the bush; learning about approaching elephants; observing elephant temperament and an introduction to each of the farm elephants. You will also learn about the morning feed and daily health care for elephants. Later you will unchain and walk your elephant to the river. Learn about elephant skin care and bath your elephant in the river. You will be instructed on how to get on the elephant neck, sitting on the elephant, basic riding skills and spoken commands. Practice getting on and off your new friend. After the training you will attempt bare-back riding. Practice on an easy ride within the farm and a short trip to visit local temple. During the morning you will also learn about elephant in Buddhism and the beliefs that Thais have about elephants. Mid-morning set off on a long uphill trip to visit a waterfall where you will have a picnic lunch and bathe in the water with your elephant. Later ride your elephant back to the farm for the evening feed. At the end of the day bid your elephant farewell and then set off back to your hotel. Please note this tour will be shared with other participants.

 

Day 8: Chiang Mai / Krabi / Koh Lanta

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 PG920, departing 11:30, arriving 12:20

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 the Baan Hua Hin Pier, from where you catch the boat to Koh Lanta. On arrival at the Baan Hua Hin Pier you will be transferred by join-in resort speed boat to your beach hotel on Koh Lanta the journey by speed boat takes will take around 25minute. On arriving at the beach on Koh Lanta you will walk to the hotel reception to check in. Please note that you may need to get your feet wet so please dress accordingly.

 

Koh Lanta is a 25 km-long island off the Andaman coast of Thailand, south of Phuket and Krabi. Renowned for its long beaches, quiet seclusion, and natural beauty both above and below the water, Koh Lanta is a beach lover’s and scuba diver’s paradise. Settle in and enjoy the afternoon and evening at your leisure.

 

Accommodation: Stay 4 nights at the Layana Resort & Spa, Pimalai Resort & Spa

 

Day 9: Koh Lanta

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

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

 

Day 10:  Koh Lanta

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

Today leisure to relax on Koh Lanta or enjoy a day trip to the neighbouring islands of Koh Phi Phi.

 

Day 11: Koh Lanta

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

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

 

Day 12: Koh Lanta / Krabi / Bangkok

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

Shared transfer to Krabi Airport: Bid farewell to your island paradise early afternoon you will be transferred to the jetty to take the boat back to Krabi. On arrival in Krabi you will be transferred to the Krabi airport in flight to Bangkok and connect with your onward flight. We wish you a safe and pleasant journey.

 

 

Price guideline:

 

The above tour costs from $1,830*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.

Domestic flight tickets: Bangkok – Chiang Mai on Economy Class.

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