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Destinations: Bangkok - Chiang Mai
Starts in/Finishes in: Bangkok/Chiang Mai
Highlights:

• Bangkok – visit temples by day and bar hop by night
• Explore Chiang Mai to soak up local culture, enjoy an elephant safari experience and chance to impress your friends with your Thai cooking skill

Duration: 6 days

Travel Style: Classic & Culture
Suitable: First timers, Culture seekers

TRIP IN DETAILS

Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your chosen hotel in the city centre.
Overnight in Bangkok

Meals:
Accommodation: Hotel
Transportation: Private vehicle

After breakfast, embark on a city tour of Bangkok including Wat Traimit, the Temple of the Golden Buddha, the temple is famous for its 900-years old five-and-a-half-ton solid gold image; Wat Arun, perhaps better known as the Temple of the Dawn, is one of the best known landmarks and one of the most published images of Bangkok; Wat Po, the largest and oldest temple in Bangkok, as well as the largest single Buddha image: the Reclining Buddha (Phra Buddhasaiyas), also known as Wat Phra Chetuphon or The Temple of the Reclining Buddha. The temple is also known as the birthplace of traditional Thai massage Reclining Buddha.

After lunch at a local restaurant, take a canal tour. Bangkok’s charming riverside is brimming with stories to tell. The trip passes the Royal Barges Museum, housing the eight elaborately decked longboats used in the highly ceremonial and rare Royal Barge Procession. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon and enjoy free time at leisure.
Overnight in Bangkok

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel
Transportation: Private vehicle

Early morning flight to Chiang Mai. Upon arrival, you will be picked up to your hotel to leave luggage. You will then drive out of the city to visit Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai’s most important and visible landmark, and overlook the city from its forest mountain backdrop. It is 3,520 feet above sea level. The temple is approached on foot by climbing a steep staircase comprising 290 steps. The less energetic mar ascend by funicular railcars. The Temples’ golden pagoda contains a holy Buddha relics and attract Buddhist pilgrims from all over the world throughout the year.

Afternoon embark on a brief Sam Lor City Tour. Explore the Old City of Chiang Mai by traditional samlor, a way people have been getting around the city for centuries. You’ll gently cruise at bicycle pace through little streets to the Arts and Cultural Centre, wander around two important temples in the city, explore a market and end up at the Ping River, the heart of Chiang Mai.

Overnight in Chiang Mai

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel
Transportation: Private vehicle

Pick up from your hotel or accommodation and drive approximately 1.5 hours South of Chiang Mai through rolling hills, forest, and local farming areas. Arrive at the Sanctuary and meet your guide. Walk for 10-15 minutes through the Jungle to the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary. Change into traditional Karen clothing and enjoy an introductory lesson about elephant anatomy, history, and behavior. Meet the elephants and feed, interact, and play with them in a natural environment as you learn about their behavior and history. Take photos with the elephants. Enjoy a lunch of traditional Thai food and fresh fruit. Learn how to make herbal medicine balls, feed the Elephants and then walk with the elephants to the river. Bathe and brush the elephants. Join the elephants for a therapeutic mud spa. Swim in the river and take photos with the elephants. Change clothes and say goodbye to the elephants. Leave the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary and drive approximately 1.5 hours to Chiang Mai. Drop off at your hotel or accommodation.

Overnight in Chiang Mai

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel
Transportation: Private vehicle

Today sample the true taste of Thailand in this full-day culinary tour, spiced up with flashes of local culture in the vibrant Chiang Mai market. Take in the exotic aromas and exciting colours of all the ingredients used in Thai cooking as you wander around the busy stalls, then head on to the school to learn how to cook some Thai dishes. Your chef and teacher will be on hand to help you and you get to test each dish to ensure you are getting it right as you go. Enjoy your food after cooking. The day finishes with some sample menus to take home.

Overnight in Chiang Mai

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel
Transportation: Private vehicle

Your time will be your own until being picked up to Chiang Mai airport for departure flight.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation:
Transportation: Private vehicle

PRICE GUIDE & NOTES

From: US$ per person for a private tour of minimum 4 guests traveling together
Valid till October 31, 2024

Meals: 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches
Transportation: Private vehicle
Accommodation: 5 Nights

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • All pick-ups and transfers by private vehicles with experienced drivers.
  • Accommodation in chosen hotels – Twin/Double share
  • Experienced English speaking local guides
  • Lunches as indicated in the programme
  • Join-in cooking class in Chiang Mai
  • Elephant safari, elephant ride and ox-cart ride in Chiang Mai
  • All entrance fee as mentioned in the programme
  • All VAT and other government taxes

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WHAT'S EXCLUDED

  • Entry visa to Thailand (if required)
  • Domestic flight tickets and airport taxes
  • International flights and airport taxes
  • Travel Insurances
  • Other meals, drinks, tips and other personal expenses or services not mentioned on the program
  • Bank transfer fees
  • Other alternatives/optional activities in blue

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