Deluxe Asia Tour
Thailand Discovery - 9 Days / 8 Nights
TOUR CODE TB 2014
Bangkok, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Phuket
Day 1 Bangkok
Arrive in Bangkok after your flight, where we will greet and escort you to your hotel.
Day 2 Bangkok (AB, L, D)
Visit the Grand Palace, Wat Phra Keaw and Reclining Buddah. The Grand Palace
, located in the heart of Bangkok, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Thailand . Countless buildings, halls, pavilions, gardens, and courtyards comprise the approximately 2,351,000 sq ft. palace. There are quite a few royal ceremonies held at the palace every year.
Explore the Wat Phra Kaew, which translates into the Temple of the Emerald Buddha in English. It is considered the most holy Buddhist Temple in Thailand. It is located in the center of Bangkok, within the grounds of the Grand Palace, and encompasses an area of more than 234 acres.
Observe the Emerald Buddha, a deep green statue about 26 inches tall that was carved from a single jade stone. Aside from the Thai King, no one is allowed to lay a finger on the statue. The King switches the cloak around the statue three times a year, to match the summer, winter, and rainy seasons. It is a significant ritual performed to accompany good fortune to the country throughout every season.
Visit Wat Pho, which is known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. Spot the massive Buddha, along with more than a thousand Buddha images. The Reclining Buddha is the largest Buddha image in Thailand at 15 meters high and 45 meters long. It was made to commemorate King Rama III's return. It is decked with a gold leaf and his eyes and feet are inlaid with mother of pearl. A lesser known fun fact is that this temple is also known as the birthplace of traditional Thai massage.
In the evening, enjoy a dinner cruise.
Day 3 Bangkok (AB, L)
In the morning, visit the Floating Market by Thai Long Tail boat. The floating market
is located along a body of water where various vendors trade goods right from their boats. This is a great time to find unique local gifts and souvenirs.
Visit Thai Long Tail boat
, a proud Thai construction used in rivers and canals as transportation for people and their goods. After lunch, use your free time
to explore Bangkok. Bangkok, Thailand is one of the most important cities in Southeast Asia. It is the epitome of the country's kaleidoscopic blend of old and new. Bangkok was known as the Venice of the East because of its many canals, which served as streets and commercial thoroughfares. Houses perched along the banks of the remaining canals are still a common sight. Today, more than 14 million people or 22.2% live in the Metropolitan city.
Day 4 Bangkok - Chiang Rai (AB, L, D)
Take a morning flight to Chiang Rai
and transfer to Mae Sai
, the most northern Thai town on the Burmese border. Afterwards, visit Chiang saen
and its ancient temples, followed by a boat ride
to the Golden Triangle on the Mekong River where Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet.
The Golden Triangle
is in Chiang Rai Province, in the northern part of Thailand. It has been a region recognized for the growing of opium. These days, the place thrives on the development of tourists - this is certainly the leading tourist attraction in northern Thailand. The setting is hilly, separated by the Ruak River
which streams into the Mekong River
. These rivers form a natural border between three countries: Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar. Enjoy visiting the ancient temples in Chiang Saen
, built in the time of King Saen Phu roughly 600 years ago. Embrace the culture and religious temples of Thailand with traces of traditional architecture and religious art of old Chiang Saen.
Day 5 Chiang Rai - Chiang Mai (AB, L, D)
This morning, visit the Long Neck Karen Hill tribe at Thaton. The Long Necked Karen Hill tribe
is famous for the young women who wear many brass rings around their necks. They are the largest tribe with over 250,000 members. Rings are put on the girls' necks at a young age as a beauty enhancement and later, more are added to elongate the neck over time. After around two years of wearing the rings, the neck becomes too weak to support their heads which make them unable to remove them. Later, we make our way to Chiang Mai and visit San Kamphaeng. Chiang Mai
is the biggest and most culturally significant city in northern Thailand. Chiang Mai means "new city". Explore San Kamphaeng
, where cotton and silk weaving flourish. The main street is lined with shops selling finished goods, although the weaving is done in little factories along side streets. There are several fine deals here, particularly in silk!
Day 6 Chiang Mai (AB, L, D)
Visit Mae Sai and watch an elephant show. Mae Sai
is a fairly underrated town since loads of visitors just pass it on their way to Myanmar. Catch an exciting elephant show where large elephants perform tricks and provide entertainment for their audience. After the show, ride these magnificent animals through the jungle. On the way back to Chiang Mai, we drive through the Doi Suthep mountain range. Doi Suthep
is a mountain approximately 1,676 meters tall and mostly made up of granite. Capture amazing views of Chiang Mai and its surroundings from the top of Doi Suthep. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views from its mountain vantage point.
Day 7 Chiang Mai-Phuket (AB)
Catch a flight to Phuket. After lunch, take a private motor coach to Cape Promthep
. In the evening, we visit the Lighthouse Museum and the Gypsy Village in Rawai Beach. Phuket
is Thailand's largest island. The island is linked to mainland Thailand by two bridges. It is located on the west side of Thailand in the Andaman Sea. Phuket originally gained its prosperity for tin and rubber, and it has a wealthy and vivid history. The island was a part of the main trading routes among India and China, and was often brought up in overseas ship logs of Dutch, French, English, and Portuguese traders.
Explore Promthep Cape
, located south of Phuket, considered to be one of the most stunning spots in Phuket. Visit the lighthouse which features fascinating historical nautical artifacts and also offers amazing views over the east and southeast regions of the island. The people of the Sea Gypsy Village were once a roaming fishing community but now they primarily depend on tourists. The gypsy village main street runs all throughout the 700 meter beach. Although they are somewhat timid compared to the expressive Thai culture, the sea gypsies welcome guests and don't appear to mind if you roam their streets or observe as they create their mangrove wood fish traps.
Day 8 Phuket-Joined Phang Nga Tour (AB, L)
Cruise Phang Nga Bay
and enjoy its serenity and calmness, away from the crowds. Experience sailing on the unique traditional Chinese Junk, an ancient Chinese sailing ship. Board the "June Bahtra" and cruise through the enchanting Phang Nga Bay. Limestone cliffs with caves, malformed cave systems and archaeological spots are found along Phang Nga Bay
. Unique traits of Phang Nga Bay are the steep limestone masses that stick out vertically from the water.
Arrive at the infamous James Bond Island
and cruise by Long Tail Boat to the Sea Gypsy Village. Visit the Mangrove Delta
, where handfuls of tropical trees sustain and survive with their roots flooded under salt water. There are 42 islands in this shallow bay that have beds of mangroves.
Explore the Grotto Cave
and admire these fascinating chalk mountains, which display dripstones. In the afternoon, enjoy a delicious buffet lunch including freshly caught fish and seafood. After a secluded swim, sit back and savor the seascapes a bit longer - and the romance of the open sea on board this unique sailing vessel. Note: Only Joined Tour.
Day 9 Phuket (AB)
Enjoy a free day before we transfer you to the airport.