Bangkok 17 Days

  • Destination:
  • Duration: 17 days

Upon arrival at the airport and after clearing immigration and customs, meet with your guide with a sign marked “Customer name” and transfer to the hotel for check in.

ITINERARY IN BRIEF
  • Day1.Arrival Bangkok (Please advice your flight details)
  • Day2. Bangkok city tour
  • Day3. Damnoen Saduak
  • Day4.Bangkok-Chiang Rai Sight seeing
  • Day5.Chiang Rai –Chiang Mai
  • Day6.23 Jan 2013:Lampang elephant conservation center
  • Day7.24 Jan 2013: Cooking class  (private)
  • Day8.25 Jan 2013: Chiang mai fly to Samui
  • Day9.Samui  City Tour
  • Day10.Kayaking at Angthong National Marine Park (Join tour in English)
  • Day11.28 Jan 2013: Free day
  • Day12.Samui-Phuket via PG
  • Day13.Phuket
  • Day14.Phuket-Phi Phi  (join Boat and Van)
  • Day15.Free day- Phi Phi Island
  • Day16.Free day-Phi Phi Island
  • Day17.Phuket– Departure Bangkok Via TG connect flight home

 

Detail Itinerary :

 

Day 01
Bangkok Arrival (Please advice your flight details)

Bangkok has been Thailand’s dominant city since the eighteenth century. Established as the capital in 1767 after the fall of the ancient city of Ayutthaya, Bangkok is located on one of southeastern Asia’s most important rivers, the Chao Phraya. In the 1980s and 1990s, Bangkok underwent rapid modernization, growing to approximately ten million people, making this the only major city in a country of villages and small towns. Bangkok’s ancient palaces and Buddhist temples contrast with high rises and traffic jams.

Meals: None
Accommodation: Bangkok Hotel

Day 02
Bangkok city tour

After breakfast, pick up at your hotel then drive to Flower market see a million roses selling on the side work then take Tuk Tuk  to the Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha TempleWat Phra Kaeo. Before entering the main gate to the temple of the Emerald Buddha, stop by the Royal Regalia Museum to see the beauty of decorative jewelry, which used to be ornament of the royal officers and consorts. Walk in to enjoy the beauty of the temple of The Emerald Buddha. Visit the most sacred Buddha statue of Thailand, held by all Thais as also the symbol of national independence and enjoy the stunning buildings which you cannot miss taking photos of, every time you turn around. Get into the second court where the major imposing buildings are located. Visit the Amarin Tharawinitchai Throne Hall – originally a Hall of Justice but used today for coronation ceremonies and the Dusit Mahaprasart Palace initially served as a venue for royal audiences and later as Royal Funerary Hall. Before lunch time, visit Reclining Buddha temple or Wat Pho, the oldest and biggest temple with the largest number of pagodas (95 in all) in the city. Also, it was the first open university of Thailand which offered courses in several branches of knowledge like literature, astrology, medicine and massage. It’s well known for its huge Reclining Buddha, 46 m. long and 15 m. high.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, take a long-tailed boat ride along the Chao Phraya River to see Thai lifestyle, contrast between luxurious condominiums and ruined houses along both sides of the canal. Pass the Grand Palace and disembark at Wat Arun – the temple of Dawn to visit the tallest prang in Thailand. It was built in the concept of Mount Meru, the resident of God located on the center of the Universe.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 03
Damnoen Saduak

After breakfast, pick you up at hotel in 7.00 am then drive to visit the most colorful of Thailand’s floating market is the one at Damnoen Saduak in Ratchaburi Province, about 104 kms southwest of Bangkok. Visit the famous floating market, then board a canal boat and view native life along the canal banks and arrive at the market, where boats of various shapes and size, carry goods for trading. Lunch at local restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Bangkok Hotel

Day 04
Bangkok-Chiang Rai Sight seeing

Transfer to Bangkok airport to fly to Chiang Rai. Upon arrival meet with our tour guide then transfer to Hotel.

Chiang Rai is the capital of Chiang Rai province, in Northern Thailand founded in 1262 by King Meng Rai and was the first capital of Lanna Thai (Kingdom of a Million Rice fields). The province contains Thailand’s northernmost point at Mae Sai which is well known for its crisp mountain scenery, and hill tribes. North Chiang Rai falls within the main commercial centre of the region known as the Golden Triangle, the area where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos converge that is an excellent base for exploring the region.

Morning take an exciting excursion to Mae Sa – the border of Thai and Burma for a visit to Tha Chilek. After finishing formalities, cross the Sae River into Tha Chilek – Burma border town where you can witness local Burmese life nearby village. Take a tricycle ride to explore Tha Chilek with its Shan-style temples. Then ride around the town through lanes and side streets, ending at the local market, famous for products from Southern China, Laos and Burma and spend a couple of hours.  Have Lunch at Local restaurant then

(Guest to carry passport along!!!)

Drive to visit the world famous Golden Triangle, where the borders of three countries meet – Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. Then, visit the Hall of Opium – an insightful. Then drive straight to the Baan Yapa Hilltribe Village where you have a chance to visit Long-necked Karen Tribe, Lahu Tribe, Pa Long Hill-Tribe, Akha and Yao Hill Tribe…. If time permits, drive to visit Doi Mae Salong, a small community of former Kuomintang Army from Yunan and this mountain settlement is best known for its tea plantation. Here you will enjoy beautiful unspoilt lush mountain scenery. Then back to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Chiang rai Hotel

Day 05
Chiang Rai –Chiang Mai

After breakfast, enjoy a scenic drive up to Doi Tung, 2000 meters above sea-level. On the way, take a stop for a visit to Doi Tung Royal Villa built on the mountain overlooking the surrounding hills and valleys in a unique mix of Swiss and Lanna architectural styles. Adjacent to the villa is the Mae Fah Luang Garden, a large beautiful flower-filled garden, and a memorial hall commemorating the Princess Mother, the mother of king of Thailand.

Then drive uphill to Wat Phra That Doi Tung constructed on a mountain peak with the most fantastic view of all temples in Thailand called Doi Tung in 911 A.D (1454 B.E.), very important temple for the Buddhists regarded as the holiest sanctuary in Chiang Rai. The stupa enshrines the collar-bone of Lord Buddha, known as Phra That in Thai, and thus is a sacred religious monument deeply revered by Buddhist followers throughout Thailand, Myanmar and Laos. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

Drive to Chiang mai. On the way stop at Wat Rong Khun or White temple was designed and built by famous artist Chaloemchai Khositphiphat. A white ordination hall – Phra Ubosot – is decorated with silver glittering pieces of mirrors. There are large mural paintings of the Lord Buddha in different gestures. Upon arrival in Chiang mai check in at the hotel.

Chiang Mai meaning of a new city was founded in 1296 by King Mengrai as the capital of the first independent Thai state, Lanna Thai (Kingdom of One Million Rice Fields). It became the cultural and religious center of the northern Tai, those who had migrated from southern China to dwell in Thailand, and remained so throughout the turbulent period of recurring Burmese attacks. The Burmese finally captured Chiang Mai in 1556 and occupied it until King Taksin retook the city in 1775, driving the Burmese forces back to near the present border. Burmese influence on religion, architecture, language, cuisine, and culture, however, remains strong.

Afternoon visit Doi Suthep. Wat Phrathad Doi Suthep (A. D .1384) 3500 feet above sea – level, the most sacred temple in Northern Thailand, containing a holy relic of Lord Buddha, with a challenging flight of over 300 steps, flanked by enormous mythological Nagas . A panoramic view of the city can be seen from here.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Chiang mai Hotel

Day 06
23 Jan 2013:Lampang elephant conservation center

After breakfast, at around 7.30am, enjoy a scenic drive to Lampang for Mahout Training Course at Thai Elephant Conservation Center and a chance to learn about the elephants and mahout life.

Upon arrival at the camp at 8.00am, check in for mahout registration and get the mahout suits, followed by a ritual ceremony to pay respect the Ganesha – the god of elephant before training for luck. The camp staff will introduce the elephants and the mahouts and start the training lesson. At 11hrs, enjoy elephant ride back to the main site of the camp and visit the sick and injured elephants at the Elephant Hospital and visit the Elephant Dung Paper Factory. Enjoy lunch at the restaurant on site.

After lunch, enjoy watching the Elephant bathing followed with the elephant show. Then, ride the elephant to the mahout training course and receive the mahout certificate. Afterwards, ride the elephant back to the forest and say good bye to the mahouts and everyone. Return to your hotel at around 4.00pm. Evening visit Night braza see the local product and see night life in Chiang mai.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Chiang mai Hotel

Day 07
24 Jan 2013: Cooking class  (private)

For early risers: Highly recommended because this is a gentle way to see Chiang Mai Buddhist people’s life: wake up early in the morning and take a ride to Kruba Sri Vichat Statue, the holy monk of Northern Thailand to take part in a daily Buddhist ceremony “Tak Bat” or “Merit Making” by giving offerings to monks on their arms-rounds with local people. Purify your mind and learn how to give and learn a part of Buddhism. After Tak Bat, continue to Wat Suan Dok to offer some requisites to monk and receive blessings from him on this special time. Travel back to the hotel and have breakfast.

Today, you will escape from the bustling of the city to the relaxing countryside and enjoy a cooking class with a local family in a farm. class, be picked up at your hotel and go to Market with your chef. She will explain about rice, how to make fresh coconut milk and how to choose seasonings, etc. Then spend some time walking around to take pictures and watch vendors selling their products. Upon arrival at the school, take a walk around the farm with the explanation of the chef about the herbs growing and ingredients. Then learn to cook the first three courses you choose and have lunch with what you will have prepared on the terrace.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Chiang mai Hotel

Day 08
25 Jan 2013: Chiang mai fly to Samui

Transfer to airport and fly to Samui.

Samui Island lies 84km (52 miles) off the east coast in the Gulf of Thailand, near the mainland commercial town of Surat Thani. Since the 1850s, Koh Samui has been visited by Chinese merchants sailing from Hainan Island in the South China Sea to trade coconuts and cotton, the island’s two most profitable products. Koh Samui is still in some places an idyllic tropical retreat with fine sand beaches and simple living. In fact, many Western visitors are settling-in for their retirement on the island and talk of good real estate deals and vacation time-shares is the entire buzz. You can find whatever you might want on Samui, from rustic hideaways to luxury resorts to rockin’ nightlife.

Upon arrival transfer to Hotel.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Chiang mai Hotel

Day 09
Samui  City Tour

The first stop will be Ladd Koh View Point for panoramic view of famous Chaweng Beach which powdery white sandy contrasting to the clear blue sea.

Pick up time: Morning: 09:00 (The time will be confirmed upon booking) Next stop at a marvelous strange natural formation of Grand Ma & Grand Pa rock have been fashioned by the elements into massive sculptures, creating a lot of humorous interest from tourists. Wat Kunaram for pay respect to the mummified body of Luang Por Daeng, the sacrosanct for native, he died more than 30 years ago in a sitting position of meditation his body shows few signs of any major decay (un-decomposed). Then we stop at Na Muang 1 Waterfall and being impressive with the wide drop of 18 meters cascade to a natural pool below. Local fresh fruits like durian, rambutan, mangosteen, etc. are waiting for you to try the delicious taste during its season. You have time for shopping at Nathon town, the capital of Koh Samui, a place where the pier is for embarkation to the mainland. Samui products, beach wears, copy watch, imitations of Levi’s jeans and even jewelry can be found. Big Buddha, a large statue of Lord Buddha image is dominating on a hill top of a small island which can be reached by walking up the steps to the big gallery for the surrounding bird’s eye view. Sea shells and Coconut shells product are available for shopping as well.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Samui Hotel

Day 10
Kayaking at Angthong National Marine Park (Join tour in English)

KAYAKING TOUR is a joined trip on tour boat to Angthong National Marine Park. The 1st stop will be at the Coast of Koh Mae Island where you navigate beneath huge rock overhanging and view some of the most magnificent scenery the Gulf has to offer.

Pick up time at 07:30 am (The time will be confirmed upon booking) Landing the kayaks on the beach you take an easy but spectacular climb through dense rainforest and narrow ravines to arrive at the “Green Lagoon” a beautiful emerald salt water lake.

Get back to the boat for a buffet lunch as we cruise the stunning northern region of the Park. Arrive at Koh Wao Yai or Dragon Island for the second expedition. Here you will discover magical caves and bizarre rock formations and have a plenty of time to explore the underwater sights.

Return to the hotel at 17:00 pm

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch
Accommodation: Samui Hotel

Day 11
28 Jan 2013: Free day

Free day at leisure

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Samui Hotel

Day 12
29 Jan 2013: Samui-Phuket via PG

Free day at leisure till transfer to airport and fly to Phuket.

Phuket- the island in the Andaman Sea is idyllic: It has long sandy beaches (some with dunes), warm water, excellent snorkeling and scuba diving off Koh Similan, ideal windsurfing conditions, mountains, fine resorts and some of the best seafood in all of Thailand. The name “Phuket” is derived from the Malay “Bukit,” meaning hill, and hills dominate much of the islands interior. Take your shoes off, find a hammock, and relax.

Upon arrival take Phuket city tour.Drive along scenic beach roads via Patong, Karon, Kata.

  • Visit Phuket View Point and down onto to Rawai Beach and see how the Sea Gypsies live.
  • Visit Promthep Cape viewpoint.
  • Visit Wat Chalong.
  • Visit Phuket’s unique Big Buddha on the top of Nakerd Hill.
  • Visit Wangtalang Lapidary gem factory. Get some refreshments (soft drinks, coffee or tea).
  • Visit Mookda Herbal Centre
  • Visit Cashew Nut factory and shopping for local products.
  • Visit Century-old Sino-Portuguese building at Thalang Road.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Phuket Hotel

Day 13
Phuket

Free day.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Phuket Hotel 

Day 14
Phuket-Phi Phi  (join Boat and Van)

After breakfast transfer to Phi Phi island

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Phi Phi Hotel

Day 15
Free day- Phi Phi Island

Free day.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Phi Phi Hotel

Day 16
Free day-Phi Phi Island

Free day.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Phi Phi Hotel

Day 17
Phuket– Departure Bangkok Via TG connect flight home

The rest of the day is free and easy at leisure on your own until time to transfer to the airport for departure flight.

** The eeriest boat from Phi Phi island to Phuket is arrival around to pier around 12.30 hrs. (mid day) ***

Meals: Breakfast

Note
Inclusive of:
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Local English speaking guides
  • Private transfers and transportation on tours
  • Entrance fees
  • Boat cruises
  • Set menu meals as specified (no drinks)
  • Water & cold towels on sightseeing days
  • Round trip air ticket BKK-CEI,CNX-USM,USM-HKT,HKT-BKK
Non-inclusive of:
  • Possible Thailand visa
  • International Air tickets from your country
  • Other meals and all drinks at meals
  • Airport taxes
  • Hotel early check in / Late check out
  • Overweight luggage
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Other services not listed in inclusive column

** Regular hotel check-in time at 02:00pm and check-out time at 12:00pm

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