Mystical Thailand With Phuket 2014

Mystical Thailand With Phuket 2014


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Thailand

Tour Itinerary

On this extraordinary journey, discover ancient traditions, tranquil temples, authentic cuisine, and cosmopolitan cities. Thailand has more than 30,000 Buddhist temples, and they have always been important as a social and spiritual center. Along the way you’ll see some of the most famous temples, including the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. Also learn about the way of life in Thailand when you take a boat ride through Bangkok’s canals to see the family homes and temples along the canals. Enjoy the Damnoen Saduak floating market, where goods are sold from boats. Also visit the Hill Tribe Village of Akha, known for gorgeous headdresses decorated with silver coins; the White Hmong People, one of northern Thailand’s Hill Tribes; and the famed Padaung long-necked women, who have brass rings placed on their necks and legs as girls, creating the visual illusion of stretching their necks. Other highlights include an elephant-back ride through the jungle, a traditional Thai massage, and participate in an almsgiving ceremony. Thai food has become popular throughout the world, and you will sample it throughout the country. Exotic fruits and vegetables are especially abundant. Leave room in your suitcase, because Thailand offers great shopping—from night bazaars and boutiques to high-end mega malls—and Chiang Mai is especially famous for its high-quality handicrafts. In Phuket, enjoy sightseeing in the town and plenty of free time to explore this popular destination on your own or simply relax at the beach. New cultures, historical sights, amazing temples, and spectacular cuisine—all of this and more await you on this enriching journey!

Day 1: Arrive in Bangkok, Thailand.
Welcome to Thailand’s capital city! Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Day 2: Bangkok.
Today’s sightseeing starts with a BOAT RIDE through the klongs, Bangkok’s canals, to see family homes, temples, and the way of life that gives this city the nickname “Venice of the East.” Stop at Wat Arun, the TEMPLE OF THE DAWN, whose 260-foot-tall spire has become identified with Bangkok. Continue on to the GRAND PALACE, comprised of the Funeral Palace, the Reception Palace, the Throne Hall, the Coronation Hall, the Royal Guest House, and the TEMPLE OF THE EMERALD BUDDHA. This evening, enjoy a special THAI WELCOME DINNER featuring traditional cuisine and dancers performing stories from classical Thai literature. (B,D)

Day 3: Bangkok. Excursion to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market.
This morning, depart Bangkok for the [LF] DAMNOEN SADUAK FLOATING MARKET. This colorful market provides an interesting glimpse into local life. Take a longtail BOAT RIDE through the canals filled with small, flat boats expertly paddled by mature ladies who are ready to stop and bargain at a moment’s notice. The afternoon and evening are at your leisure to explore Bangkok. Perhaps join an optional tour to the Jim Thompson House and silk shop or enjoy a dinner cruise aboard a luxurious teak barge along the Chao Phraya River. (B)

Day 4: Bangkok–Kanchanaburi.
A short drive this morning brings you to Kanchanaburi. Visit the THAILAND-BURMA RAILWAY CENTER, an interactive museum with eight main galleries depicting the story of the railway. A short walk takes you to the CEMETERY OF THE ALLIED PRISONERS from World War II before stopping to see the BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI. After a short stop, take a ride on the THAILAND-BURMA RAILWAY, commonly referred to as the “Death Railway.” Built by the Japanese during World War II using forced labor, approximately 25,000 of the 160,000 workers died during its construction. After lunch in a local restaurant, visit Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua, the TIGER TEMPLE, a sanctuary and conservation center for the many Indochinese tigers that are cared for by the monks. (B,L,D)

Day 5: Kanchanaburi–Ayutthaya–Phitsanulok.
Travel to the ancient capital of Ayutthaya, one of the world’s largest cities before falling to the Burmese in 1756. Visit WAT PHRA SRI SANPHET, the largest temple on the Royal Palace grounds, and WAT MONGKOL BOPHIT, featuring a giant 55-foot-tall bronze Buddha. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before continuing to Phitsanulok on the banks of the Nan River. Upon arrival, visit the much-venerated shrine of WAT PHRA SRI RATANA MAHATHAT, typical of ancient Thai religious architecture. This evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel, then depart by rickshaw for a fascinating visit to the [LF] NIGHT MARKET. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Phitsanulok–Sukhothai–Chiang Mai.
A short drive this morning brings you to the SUKHOTHAI HISTORICAL PARK, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire the beautiful standing Buddha statues as you explore the ruins of temples and monasteries. Then, continue north to Chiang Mai, the “Rose of the North.” Chiang Mai has a rich cultural and agricultural heritage, and is famous for the production of high-quality handicrafts. This evening, perhaps enjoy the optional Thai family-style dinner in a local restaurant. (B,L)

Day 7: Chiang Mai. Hill Tribe Excursion.
Rise early this morning to witness and participate in the [LF] ALMSGIVING CEREMONY, a very special Thai custom. Each morning before dawn, Buddhist monks don their distinctive saffron-colored robes and walk along the streets, carrying alms bowls and receiving boiled rice and condiment donations. Personally present alms to the monks and you will receive their blessings! After breakfast in the hotel, drive up a winding mountain road to visit the WHITE HMONG PEOPLE, one of northern Thailand’s HILL TRIBES. Here you will witness life in the village and visit a local school (if in session). Then, visit the temple of WAT PHRA THAT DOI SUTHEP, which offers a spectacular view of Chiang Mai and the surrounding valley. (B,L)

NOTE:
You will travel on rough dirt roads in a utility pick-up truck to visit the White Hmong people.


Day 8: Chiang Mai–Ban Thaton.
This morning, visit an ORCHID FARM and an ELEPHANT CAMP. Here you will see skilled mahouts show how elephants have worked for centuries and you will RIDE AN ELEPHANT through the jungle. For the more adventurous, perhaps join the optional float trip on handmade bamboo rafts. Then, continue on to Ban Thaton to visit a [LF] KAREN VILLAGE, home to the PADAUNG LONG-NECKED WOMEN. Early in life, brass rings are placed on the necks and legs of the village girls. As they age and mature, additional rings are added, creating the visual illusion of stretching their necks. After a long day, enjoy a TRADITIONAL THAI MASSAGE at your hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 9: Ban Thaton–Chiang Rai.
Today, enjoy a BOAT RIDE on the Kok River and visit BAAN MAI. Then, drive to Yao to visit a [LF] HILL TRIBE VILLAGE of the AKHA, known for gorgeous headdresses decorated with silver coins. After lunch, continue on to Chiang Rai. The remainder of the day is at leisure. (B,L)

NOTE:
During April it may not be possible to visit the Akha tribe after the boat ride on the Kok River due to low water. Alternatively, you will take a shorter boat ride and visit Wat Thaton and then visit the Akha tribe on Day 10 before traveling to Doi Mae Salong.

Day 10: Chiang Rai. Excursion to the Golden Triangle.
Today, climb narrow mountain roads with stunning views and visit several villages en route to DOI MAE SALONG, a settlement founded by Kuomintang soldiers who fled China in 1949. Continue to MAE SAI, a market town on the Myanmar border, then drive to the renowned GOLDEN TRIANGLE, where the Ruak and mighty Mekong Rivers meet. Enjoy views over Myanmar, Laos, and Thailand, and consider an optional boat trip on the Mekong River. Next, visit the HALL OF OPIUM, built to educate people on the history of opium in the area and to help combat illegal drugs. En route back to Chiang Rai, stop in CHIANG SAEN, where you can still see evidence of the original 13th-century city. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 11: Chiang Rai–Phuket.
Today, fly via Bangkok to Phuket. (B)

Day 12: Phuket.
This morning, a sightseeing tour takes you around Phuket Island. Visit PHUKET TOWN with its Malacca-style houses and bustling markets before stopping to admire one of Phuket’s most famous temples. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B)

Day 13: Phuket.
Today, enjoy a full day at your leisure to explore Phuket, enjoy beach activities, or simply relax. (B)

Day 14: Phuket–Bangkok.
Today, fly to Bangkok. The rest of the day is at leisure. (B)

Day 15: Bangkok.
Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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Inclusions

NOTE:
Small-Group Discovery – We never allow more than 20 travelers on our Small-Group Discovery vacations, allowing you to truly immerse yourself in the destination and local culture.

SIGHTSEEING & ACTIVITIES
BANGKOK
Guided sightseeing; boat ride through the klongs; visit the Temple of the Dawn, Grand Palace, and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha; [LF] excursion to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market with boat ride; Thai welcome dinner and show

KANCHANABURI
Guided sightseeing; visit the Thailand-Burma Railway Center, Cemetery of the Allied Prisoners, Bridge on the River Kwai, and the Tiger Temple; ride the Thailand-Burma Railway

AYUTTHAYA
Guided sightseeing; visit Wat Phra Sri Sanphet and Wat Mongkol Bophit

PHITSANULOK
Guided sightseeing; visit Wat Phra Sri Ratana Mahathat and a [LF] night market

SUKHOTHAI
Visit Sukhothai Historical Park

CHIANG MAI
[LF] Almsgiving ceremony; guided sightseeing; visit a White Hmong village, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, an orchid farm, and an elephant camp including an elephant ride through the forest

BAN THATON
Guided sightseeing; [LF] visit a Karen village with long-necked women, Baan Mai, and [LF] Akha village; boat ride on the Kok River; traditional Thai massage

CHIANG RAI
Excursion to the Golden Triangle; visit Doi Mae Salong, Mae Sai, the Hall of Opium, and Chiang Saen; farewell dinner

PHUKET
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit Phuket Town and a local temple; Host service during your stay


MEALS
American breakfast (B) daily, 7 lunches (L), 5 dinners (D) including a Thai welcome dinner and show in Bangkok and a farewell dinner in Chiang Rai


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Accommodations

Bangkok: Majestic Grande
Majestic Grande Hotel has an outdoor pool, a health club, and a spa tub. Wireless Internet access is complimentary in public areas. This hotel offers a restaurant, a coffee shop/cafe, and a bar/lounge. The staff can provide concierge services, tour/ticket assistance, and tour assistance. Additional amenities include a rooftop terrace, a sauna, and multilingual staff.
Address:
12 Sukhumvit Soi 2
Bangkok , Thailand
Kanchanaburi: Felix River Kwai Hotel
Felix River Kwai Resort sits on a plot of pristine riverfront land adjacent to the infamous Bridge On The River Kwai. Just 10 minutes away from downtown Kanchanaburi, the resort caters to people from all walks of life who enjoy lush & beautiful gardens, privacy, and a resort with generous public space.
Address:
9/1 Moo 3, Thumbol Thamakham
Kanchanaburi , Thailand
Phitsanulok: Pattara Resort & Spa
Pattara Resort & Spa is a new resort in Phitsanulok. The new-build hotel offer 64 spacious rooms and a hip social atmosphere. The tranquility exuded from within the halls of the Pattara Resort and tells of the calm and serenity that only the invigorating infinity pools and all-encompassing service can offer.
Address:
349/40 Chaiyanupap Rd. Muang
Phitsanulok , Thailand
Chiang Mai: Empress Hotel
Nestled in the heart of beautiful historic city of Chiang Mai, in a lush greenery park, The Empress Hotel & Convention Centre offers magnificent location of 20 minutes drive from Chiang Mai International Airport & Railway station. The city's famous handicraft center Night Bazaar with the night entertainments and commercial zone are just 10 minutes walk away.
Address:
199/42 Changklan Rd
Chiang Mai , Thailand
Ban Thaton: Mae Kok River Village Resort
The Maekok River Village is idyllically located on the banks of the Mae Kok River with sweeping views across the valley to the distant forested mountains. The peaceful, rural setting makes an ideal getaway for those wanting a change of pace from the busy city.
Chiang Rai: Dusit Island Resort
The Dusit Island Resort is situated on its own island in the Mae Kok River, close to central Chiang Rai. Spectacular views of the river or the resort¿s tropical gardens are available from every guest room, which feature decor and furnishings that reflect the rich ethnic and cultural diversity of Northern Thailand. With world-class leisure facilities, the resort offers the ideal getaway for all types of travelers.
Address:
1129 Kraisorasit Rd, Tambol Vieng
Chiang Rai , Thailand
Phuket: Holiday Inn Resort
Holiday Inn Resort Phuket is ideally located on Patong Beach within easy walking distance to shopping and restaurants. In addition to beach access, the resort also features a full service spa, 5 outdoor swimming pools, a health club, and a steam room.
Address:
52 Thaweewong Rd
Phuket , Thailand
BANGKOK Majestic Grande (F)
KANCHANABURI Felix River Kwai (F)
PHITSANULOK Pattara Resort & Spa (F)
CHIANG MAI Empress Hotel (MF)
BAN THATON Maekok River Village (F)
CHIANG RAI Dusit Island Resort (SF)
PHUKET Holiday Inn Resort (F)

Dates & Prices do not include air travel.
Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Globus, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only, starting at $575. Required intra-vacation air segment is: Chiang Rai/Bangkok; Bangkok/Phuket; Phuket/Bangkok. Air prices were effective on August 14, 2013 and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your tour, air prices may be higher.

Prices based on double room occupancy.

Single Room Supplement:
$1120

Triple rooms are not available.

Extra Nights per person in Bangkok:
in single room $151; in twin room $81; in triple room $66

2015 prices and itineraries are subject to change.

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