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The Secrets of Siam Luxury Thailand Tour

(14 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)

Bangkok, Ayuthaya, Chiang Rai, Golden Triangle, Chiang Mai, Phuket

 

Start your journey through historic Siam in Bangkok, where our knowledgeable guide will help you unravel the secrets of this ancient empire from the grand palace and emerald Buddha to the citys intricate canals. Tour Bangkok, once a small trading post for the ancient Kingdom of Ayutthaya, and view ornate temples and palaces, traditional family homes, and wats (temples) set along the Chao Phraya River. After getting to know the one of the world’s finest cities, head north to Chiang Rai. Become an Elephant researcher for a day at the Anantara Elephant Camp, using the luxury retreat as your base to hop across the Golden Triangle border for a discovery tour of Burma (Myanmar). Get up close and personal with Chiang Mai’s hill tribes, exploring this beautiful countryside as you pass through local villages. Explore the region’s dominant religion, Buddhism, and learn how to respectfully give alms to local monks. No first time trip to the former Siam would be complete without a stopover at one of the country’s most breath taking beaches.

 

** 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

 

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 – Bangkok

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. Return transfer back to hotel and spend the remainder of the day at leisure.

 

Day 4: Bangkok – Chiang Rai – Golden Triangle  

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Dinner

 

After leisurely morning, you will be transferred to the airport for the flight to Chiang Rai.

 

Fly Bangkok to Chiang Rai on Thai Airways TG132, departing 11:50, arriving 13:15

Economy Class - Issued By Global Travel & Tours

 

Welcome to Chiang Rai. Upon arrival at Chiang Rai 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 met by your guide and then you will set off on the drive to Chiang Saen, the former capital of the first Thai Kingdom, which is situated directly on Mekong River at Thailand-Laos border. Here you will visit the excellent Hall of Opium, where detailed displays and videos delve into many aspects of the global opium trade. Learn about opium use and suppression efforts in Thailand, and gain a historical perspective of the industry, including why Britain and China fought the Opium Wars in the 1800s. You will also visit Wat Jedi Luang and the small museum nearby. Afterwards you will be transferred to your hotel in the Golden Triangle.

 

The Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort is set in huge grounds on the banks of the Rauk River. Boasting truly breath-taking panoramas of Myanmar and Laos, the resort offers a unique activity experience, combined perfectly with the level of luxury we have come to expect from any Anantara Resort.

 

Arrangements are on a package basis meaning that not only are all your meals included; you’ll also get to make the most of the resort's extensive facilities, in particular the unique elephant camp.

 

Selecting one activity or treatment a day, the options are as varied as they are engaging, ensuring there is something to suit every guest. Take your pick from a range of elephant camp activities, cooking classes, spa treatments and excursions in to the fabled Golden Triangle; a region of immense natural beauty and home to many minority tribe people and ancient temples.

 

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

 

Accommodation: Stay 3 nights at the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort (Deluxe Room)

 

Day 5: Elephant & Mahout Training Excursion

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Today after breakfast you will be taken to the Elephant Camp. Enjoy a unique opportunity to interact with Thailand’s gentle giants in their native jungle environment. Experience a taste of authentic mahout life as you take part in their daily routine. Discover the strong bond that exists between the mahout and his elephant, and benefit from the rewarding insights, fun and education of this unforgettable activity. Our Elephant Relations Staff will introduce you to your mahout and elephant. You will then be taught the basic commands to drive one of these intelligent creatures for yourself, and practice your new skills in our Elephant Camp’s safe environment. As a privileged trainee mahout, you’ll ride on the neck of your elephant for the antics of bath time in the river and a long exercise trek in the forest. Once back at the hotel you can unwind at the spa before dining at one of the three restaurants in the hotel.

 

Day 6: Day at leisure in Golden Triangle

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Today you will be able to do one of the following options: an Anantara spa treatment, a Three County Tour, or a Thai cooking class.

 

Anantara’s signature Chiang Rai Spa: Take a soothing breath of fresh air in the picturesque mountains of northern Thailand. Anantara Spa translates the natural beauty of three countries into a holistic experience, every treatment and facility emanating tranquility and self-discovery. Terrazzo and teakwood suites set above the Thai and Burmese jungle provide the idyllic sanctuary to begin the spa journey of your choice at our Lanna resort. Let Anantara take you on a journey that relaxes, restores, and revives. Our treatments are designed to address full body, mind, and soul healing. Whether based on ancient Thai remedies or techniques from around the globe, using simple natural ingredients or science’s most innovative combinations, these carefully crafted rituals are waiting to transform you at Anantara Golden Triangle Spa.

 

The Burma Discovery Tour: Discover Burma and its fascinating culture on a half-day visit to the border town of Takilek. Depart the Resort to the town of Mae Sai, the northernmost point of Thailand. Visit Wat Pradhat Doi Wao, also known as the Scorpion Temple, located on a hilltop with views of Thailand and Burma, before walking across the bridge that forms the border. Pass through Thai and Burmese immigration, and enter the town of Takilek, where you will begin your Burmese discovery.

 

Then, take a walk to the Temple of the Jade Buddha, where you will learn about Burmese Buddhist traditions. From there you’ll be driven to a replica of the Shwedagon Pagoda and learn about the animal corresponding to your birthday, make temple offerings, and enjoy the stunning views over the town, the surrounding mountains, and back into Thailand. Head back down into Takilek to visit the bustling Chinese Market, full of produce from the countries bordering the Mekong River, including antiques and artefacts from Burma and products from Thailand and China. Return to back to Anantara Golden Triangle and Elephant Camp in the early evening.

 

Spice Spoons – Anantara cooking school: Much more than just a cooking class, Spice Spoons offers a rich and interactive immersion in Thailand’s world famous gastronomy, renowned for its artistry and unique four flavour balance of salty, sweet, spicy and pungent. Enjoy a guided local market experience, as well as coffee with the locals, a visit to a historic temple to make merit, and a delicious breakfast picnic in the temple grounds. Return to the resort and tour our herb and vegetable garden. Learn about Thai and Northern Thai cuisine’s cultural significance and health benefits, indigenous ingredients and cooking equipment, as well as convenient replacements to use at home. Cook your favourites in a step by step class in our professional cooking school under Sala Mae Nam restaurant, and savour your creations for lunch. Leave with wonderful memories and impressive new skills to entertain family and friends back home.

 

Day 7: Chiang Rai – Dazzling White Temple – Chiang Mai  

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

Breakfast and farewell to the camp, then meet with transportation and guide for transfer to Chiang Mai.

En-route, visit the unique Wat Rong Khun (White Temple), a beautifully crafted contemporary, yet unconventional Buddhist and Hindu Temple unlike any other in Thailand. Coffee break on the way at the excellent Jarin Garden Resort famous for its homemade pies operated by the Population and Community Development Association to serve and assist the rural people. And also be made at Mae Krachan hotsprings before arriving in Chiang Mai. Later continue to Chiang Mai and check into your 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.

 

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

 

Accommodation: Stay 3 nights in Chiang Mai

 

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

 

Day 8: 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 9: Chiang Mai: Five Hill Tribe Villages Trek

Meals Provided: Breakfast & Lunch

 

Today you will be met at your hotel by your guide and driver and set off north of Chiang Mai, stopping on the way at the colorful Mae Malai market to pick up supplies for your trek. This is where you’ll see both local people and hill tribes trading their goods, which are usually flowers, vegetables and fruits.  Continue on into the Doi Suthep National Park to the beautiful Mok Fah Waterfall, where you can spend some time relaxing and have a swim. You will then carry on by truck to Baan Pang Lun where you will have an early lunch.

 

In the afternoon you will set off on your trek. Explore this beautiful countryside as you pass through local villages, home to all five tribes of the area – Karen, Lahu, Lisu, Akha and Palong. Learn more about their history with your guide as you stop and explore the villages and meet some of the local people. Late afternoon you will be returned to your hotel. Relax and enjoy the amenities at your hotel, or explore more of Chiang Mai.

 

Day 10: Chiang Mai – Phuket

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

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

 

Fly Chiang Mai to Phuket on Bangkok Airways PG248, departing 13:30, arriving 15:40

Economy Class - Issued By Global Travel & Tours

 

Welcome to Phuket. Upon arrival at Phuket 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. Phuket is the prime centre for diving in Thailand with the fantastic Similan Islands a short boat ride away. Snorkeling is excellent on the west coast with various day trips also available to nearby islands such as Phi Phi Island. Close to Phuket is the stunning Phang-Nga national park with its picture postcard limestone cliffs. You can take long tail boat trips through the national park and visit James Bond Island or join guided kayaking tours.

 

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

 

Accommodation: Stay 4 nights in Phuket

 

Luxury 5 Star Hotels: The Shore at Kata Thani Resort, Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas

 

Day 11: Phuket

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

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

 

Day 12:  Phuket Hongs by Starlight

Meals Provided: Breakfast & Lunch

 

Today you will be met at your hotel between 12:30 and 1 p.m. and transfer to the Ao Po Pier to board your boat. Cruise towards the National Park while you enjoy a light Thai lunch and listen to a briefing on the wildlife and your schedule. Enjoy an afternoon of sea cave exploring literally inside Phang Nga Bay’s marine geology, - including the caves and hidden lagoons John Gray found in 1989. Great nature and wildlife surrounds you.

 

Our World Famous Entry Trip starts mid-day to avoid the crowds, customized transfers included. Don’t eat lunch we serve you on board of our comfortable support boat. After lunch, briefing and a raptor show, a professional guide paddles you through Phang Nga Bay’s Tidal Nape Sea Caves in our custom designed kayaks hand-made in Oregon by SOTAR, the Worlds premier white water raft manufacturer. The unique experience is dramatic, but Cavemans SOTAR custom kayaks are specially designed for your trip. Weve never capsized, punctured or had an accident. After a detailed briefing, your professional guide paddles you and your partner through Tidal Nape Sea Caves literally inside Phang Nga Bays marine limestone karstic islands into Hongs(Thai for Room) The hidden cliff-lined lagoons are populated with macaques, water monitors, kingfishers, mudskippers, egrets, Sea Eagles and Brahminy Kites.

 

We finish after dark by floating your own self-made flower Kratong in a spiritual and spectacular Natural light show. Eating our delicious seafood-vegan buffet on the trip back, you return to the pier two hours after sunset.

Guests say our evening Loi Kratong ceremony complete with fireflies and dinoflagellates (bioluminescent plankton) is a "Spiritual Experience", "Best Trip of our lives-anywhere", and "Best Thai Food We've ever had and on a boat". We shop daily for the highest quality healthy ingredients. Seafood is net caught and chicken are free range. Brown, red, and black rice is served with Broke da Mouth homemade Masaman curry.

 

At around 8 p.m. you will start your return to the island. Relax on the Starlight Deck and enjoy the amazing boat ride back your way lit by the stars. You will return to your hotel around 10 p.m.

 

Day 13:  Phuket

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

Another day to catch up on your rest and enjoy your surroundings. 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 14: Depart Phuket

Meals Provided: Breakfast

 

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

 

 

Price guideline:

 

The above tour costs from $2,855*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 Rai on Economy Class.

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

Domestic flight tickets: Phuket – Bangkok 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