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12 DAYS THAILAND HIGHLIGHTS

OVERVIEW

           Exploring Thailand from Central to North and South in 12 days with your local expert! You will see lots of highlight things in Thailand in this trip, Grand Palace is the most holy and beautiful place in Bangkok. Real local lifestyle along the river Chao Phraya will be one of the most interesting area in  a big capital city as Bangkok that you can still see the real Thai people’s living as in the past with traditional houses in teak wood and also visit around the village where you can explore the old temple or local market that just can see in Thailand. Head up to Northern Thai, Chiang Mai is best destination for tourist in Thailand. The highlight in this city will be the trek through a gorgeous mountain where you can do elephant cares, bamboo rafting, visiting the hill-tribes villages and enjoying the waterfall. Having a quality time with traditional Lanna Style dinner or Khun Tok dinner with Northern Thai dance shows. Then, take a short flight to Phuket where you will see the most beautiful beaches in Thailand. Have a good moment at Khao Lak area. You will a chance to take a boat to visit the 2 islands Jame Bond and Yao Noi with activities around there and have a good mood to appreciate your relaxing time at hotel.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Grand Palace - Pho Temple - Canal by Long-tail boat +

In this morning, our local guide will meet you at the hotel and start your day by taking a minivan to visit the most important place in Bangkok is the Grand Palace.
It was but by King Rama I of Chakri dynasty. It has been the official residence of the Kings of Siam since 1782 and now the Grand Palace is still used for official events for royal ceremonies. Continue to visit the Pho Temple, which is close to the Grand Palace by short walking. It is the main temple of the king Rama I.
This temple is the one of the most famous and oldest temple in Thailand, it is the first school for Thai massage (still practice) and known also as the Temple of Reclining Buddha. The Reclining Buddha has 46 m long and it is one of the most beautiful temple in Thailand!

Lunch will be the local restaurant near the Pho Temple.

After lunch, we will enjoy the Klong Tour or well known as “Venice of the East” by long tail boat. Klong in Thai means canal and here we can see the real Thai’s lifestyle along the canal. The teak houses same as in the past are still available for visiting. Next stop, we will visit Arun Temple. The meaning of Arun Temple is “Temple of Dawn” why it means that? Cause king Taksin who renovated this temple arrived this area in the early morning and he established this area to be capital city of Thailand before Chakri Dynasty or better known as “Thonburi Period”.  We will explore how beautiful of this temple before retuning to hotel.

Dinner cruise along the river Chao Phraya from 19h30 until 22h30.

Hotel: Bangkok (Hotel****)

Duration: 08h30 to 16h30 and 18h00 - 23h00

Meals Include: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Cruise

Day 2: Bangkok - Chinatown - Jim Thompson House - MBK - Siam +

Early morning your local guide will pick you up at your hotel to visit the Chinatown, it’s one of the oldest area in Bangkok since the King Rama I was established the new city as Rattanakosin. They were moved to this area from where the  Grand Palace stands today. In this area has a golden temple is well known as Trimitr Temple, the buddha image in this temple is the biggest one that cover by real gold since Sukhothai Dynasty. The name of this Golden Buddha image is Phra Phutta Maha Suwana Patimakon with 5.5 tons (5,500 kilograms).

The last visit for today, Jim Thompson House. It is a Thai Traditional Houses museum which has a Thai Silk shop inside. In this house you can visit around and has an expert guide will explain you each spot inside this house and you can see how to become Thai Silk as they show the Silk Routing on the way inside the museum. After that, you can walk to MBK or a famous shopping mall in Bangkok, you can find almost all kinds of souvenirs here. Return to you hotel with guide or you can take skytrain back on your own way. 

Hotel: Bangkok (Hotel ****)

Duration: 08h30 to 16h30

Meals Include: Breakfast and lunch

Day 3: Bangkok - Ayutthaya - Bang Pa In +

After breakfast, your local guide will take you to Ayutthaya. It is the second capital city of Thailand or well known as “Ancient City” today. First explore to Bang Pa In Summer Palace, the Royal Palace was construed by King Prasat Thong in 1632 and was in use until 1767. This palace was renovated by King Rama IV of the Chakri dynasty in 1851. Today this palace is used by King Rama IX and the Queen Sirikit as a residence and for holding receptions and banquets.

Next visit will be a temple constructed in Neo Gothic style or better known as Wat Niwet Thammaprawat. It is along the Chao Phraya River and then take a long tail boat to downtown of Ayutthaya. Wat Niwet Thammaprawat is a temple was built by the King Rama V or King Chulalongkorn (Chakra dynasty) in 1876 and it was completed in 1878. The different thing is the construction in this temple is similar as the Christian church but inside decor with the buddha image

Lunch at the local restaurant nearby.

Yai Chaimongkhon Temple is one of the oldest ruin temple in Ayutthaya. It was constructed by King U Thong in Ayutthaya period or in 13th century. It was named "Wat Pa Kaew".

Another oldest temple in Ayutthaya is Chai Watthanaram Temple. It was built by king Prasat Thong of Ayutthaya period in 1630. It was the first temple of his reign in Khmer style.

Phra Si Sanphet Temple is the holiest temple in Ayutthaya historical site. It was the main temple of Ayutthaya and it's on the Royal Palace was before. This temple was built by the King Ramathibodi I in 1350 who established Ayutthaya as the capital of Thailand. The model of this temple is the same as the Royal Temple "Phra Kaew Temple" in Bangkok today.

Overnight at the Hotel…. in Ayutthaya.

Hotel: Ayutthaya (Name of hotel…)

Duration: 08h00 to 17h00

Meals Include: Breakfast and lunch

Distance: (Bangkok - Ayutthaya = 82 Km)

Day 4: Ayutthaya - Lopburi - Sukhothai +

This morning we will drive to Lopburi and stop at Phra Prang Sanyot. Which is one of the oldest city and has long history of Thailand. Lopburi or “Lavo” was the capital city in during the King Narai or Ayutthaya Period. The Phra Prang Samyot is the buddha temple in Khmer Style, Which has three Prang that same style as in Cambodia country now a day. In this temples has monkey that we can touch and feed them also can take picture with.

We will break for lunch on the way to Sukhothai.

This evening when we arrive at Sukhothai, we will relax at hotel and enjoy a delicious dinner at your hotel.

Hotel: Sukhothai (Name of hotel…)

Duration: 08h30 to 16h30

Meals Include: Breakfast and lunch

Distance: (Ayutthaya to Lopburi = 72 Km. and Lopburi to Sukhothai = 313 Km.)

Day 5: Sukhothai - Chiang Mai +

After Breakfast we will explore around the Sukhothai historical park by bike. Sukhothai is the first capital city of Thailand and in this park you will have a chance to know the story about one of the most important and famous from the past until now in Thai history is King Ramkamhang or “Phor Khun Ramkamhaeng” in Thai. He was the 3rd king of Phra Ruang dynasty of the Sukhothai Kingdom (during 1247-1298). He is created Thai alphabet that using until today. In the Sukhothai Historical Park we explore the ancient ruins temples that built in Thai and Khmer styles. In the Loy Krathong’s day or Light festival will be the best time to visit this area for enjoying the festival in the same time.

Next, we will visit the other oldest historical park in Sukhothai is Sri Satchanalai Historical Park and drive to Chiang Mai city after that.

Arrival in Chiang Mai, tonight we can enjoy dinner in Lanna style or traditional Northern Thai style or well known as “Khun Tok Dinner” with Thai dance shows before going back to  hotel for relaxing.

Hotel: Chiang Mai (Hotel ****)

Duration: 08h30 to 16h30

Meals Include: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Distance: (Sukhothai to Chiang Mai = 290 Km. )

Day 6: One Day Trek at Maetaeng +

Tropical jungle views and bamboo rafting adventure!

We know that many of our guests have limited time – if you cannot stay overnight with us in our hill tribe village homestay, consider this option as an opportunity to see the lush, green mountain views of Northern Thailand. The drive from Chiang Mai to Baan Huay Phoo village will serve as the best introduction for the day ahead. As we trek together, your English-speaking guide will fill you in on local knowledge about the jungle and its countless resources. A handmade bamboo raft serves as your local transportation on the river, a refreshing and relaxing end to our adventurous day together!

Itinerary:

• Pick up at hotel

• Stop at Mae Malai Market for breakfast, snacks, coffee, etc

• Swimming at the Mok Fa Waterfalls.

• Drive to Baan Huay Phoo village

• Lunch provided at Baan Huay Phoo village

• Visit the Akha and Lahu tribes villages.

• Begin 1-2 hour bamboo raft trip to Baan Sob-Kai village

• Return to your hotel in Chiang Mai

Please note that water, soft drinks, and alcohol are not included in your trip price. However, they will be available for purchase at each village. (Water = 20 THB, Soft Drink = 40 THB, Beer Can = 60 THB)

Duration: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Included: English speaking guide, Insurance, All entrance and activities fees and Lunch

NOT Included: Breakfast or dinner, Snacks etc at local market

What to Wear: Comfortable (loose) clothes for hiking – hat and sunglasses are recommended

Long socks are also recommended to protect your ankles!

Hotel: Chiang Mai (Imperial Maeping Hotel ****)
Duration: 08h30 to 16h30

Meals Include: Breakfast and lunch

Distance: (Chiang Mai city to Maetaeng is 45 Km. and Maetaeng to Jungle 30 Km.)

Day 7: Cooking Class +

After spending a day in the jungle, we will learn how to cook Thai foods with local expert in a cookery school. Our mentor will take us to the local market to picking up the ingredients for cooking class. In the market mentor will explain us how to choose things for cooking Thai foods and show us some special things that we can see only in Thailand. After we get all we needed return to cooking class and try our best Thai dish that we cooked for lunch.

Return to hotel and free at leisure in the afternoon!

Hotel: Chiang Mai (Hotel ****)
Duration: 08h30 to 13h00

Meals Include: Breakfast and lunch

Day 8: Chiang Mai - Phuket - Khao Lak (1h30) (By flight) +

Today your guide will take you to Chiang Mai airport from your hotel at …Pick up time…, your flight number is…flight details… Your guide will assist you until you get in the boarding gate and say goodbye.

Phuket Airport, another representative will hold your name on the signboard and wait you at the meeting point. Our representative will escort you to Khao Lak hotel and assist you until check in.

Dinner serve in this hotel. Enjoy your good evening with a good meal!

Hotel: Khao Lak (Name of hotel…)

Duration: 08h30 to 16h30

Meals Include: Breakfast and Dinner

Distance: Phuket APT - Khao Lak = 1h30 by Van

Day 9: Khao Lak (Free Day) +

FREE DAY

Our suggestions activities;

  • Snorkling
  • Kayaking
  • Walk around the beach
  • Local Market

Hotel: Khao Lak (Name of hotel…)

Duration: 08h30 to 16h30

Meals Include: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 10: Khao Lak (Visit 2 Islands by speed boat) +

Spending a day around James Bond and Yao Noi Islands.

James Bond Island is one of the most famous island in Thailand, located on Phang Nga Bay. Today, you will have a good time around here and enjoy your sun bathing, swimming, knocking or taking good pictures with the main highlight of this island with the landscape look like "Tapu or means Nail.

Enjoy another more island at Yao Noi Island, you can decide what to do here by yourself because you will have private speed boat for 8 hours!

Enjoy Dinner at the Hotel.

Hotel: Khao Lak (Name of hotel…)

Duration: 08h30 to 16h30

Meals Include: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11: Khao Lak - Phuket - Bangkok +

Transfer from your hotel to Phuket Airport, pick up time will be at …pick up time… then your guide will assist you for checking in at the airport and bring you to the boarding gate and say goodbye.

Arrive at …APT name… and have a look at your group name on the signboard and your representative will transfer you to your hotel in Bangkok.

Dinner will serve at the hotel restaurant.

Enjoy your lasting in Bangkok and have a good dream!

Hotel: Bangkok (Hotel ****)

Duration: 08h30 to 16h30

Meals Include: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 12: Departure Day +

This morning your guide will pick you up at the hotel lobby and drive to Suvanabhumi Airport for your international flight to your home or next destination.

Hotel: Bangkok (Hotel ****)

Duration: 08h30 to 16h30

Meals Include: Breakfast

Distance:

INCLUDED

  • Insurance during the trip
  • English Speaking Guide
  • Meals as mentioned
  • Domestic air ticket
  • Private minivan
  • Accomodations
  • Entrance fee as mentioned
  • Private Speed Boat
  • Water 2 bottles per day
  • Hand Towel

EXCLUDED

  • Personal Expense
  • Meals as not mentioned
  • Extra hours for guide and driver
  • Extra activities fee

SPECIAL NOTE

  • Kindly inform us in advance if you have any dietary allergies or preferences (such as vegetarian or vegan)
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