iExplore Thailand Experience

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  • Starting Price: $4,599
  • Length: 8 days
  • Operator: iExplore Exclusive
  • 1-800-267-33479am - 5:30pm Eastern
    Destinations: South and Southeast Asia, Thailand
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Tour Description

Thailand is a rush for your senses: a bustling, exotic, and vivid culture that never ceases to amaze visitors. On this cultural tour, visit Thailand's gilded temples, one more gorgeous than the next, in the cities of Bangkok, Ayutthaya, and Chiang Mai.

Other highlights include a cruise through Bangkok's canals, a visit to a rural hill tribe village, an elephant ride through the jungle, and exciting shopping opportunities in Chiang Mai's famous night bazaar.

At each stop on this trip, you'll be enjoying luxurious accommodations. Meals, too, are sumptuous.

Itinerary

8 DAY PERSONALIZED THAILAND EXPERIENCE  2012

 

Day 1         ARRIVE IN BANGKOK                                                       -

 

Arrive Bangkok International Airport. Upon clearing customs and immigration, you are met by our tour guide who will greet and assist you in the arrival hall. Transfer to you hotel, where the balance of the day is at leisure.

Normal check-in time at the hotel is 14:00.

Overnight:The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok – 2 nights

 

Day 2         BANGKOK                                                                          BREAKFAST, LUNCH

 

After breakfast, travel by long-tail speed boat on the picturesque Chao Phraya River and klongs (canals) to see the serene family houses and temples along the waterways that give this city the name “Venice of the East.” Visit the elegant Temple of Dawn, whose 79-m spire silhouette has become so identified with Bangkok. We will stop at a neighborhood monastery to learn about Thai Buddhism and at an old wooden schoolhouse where kids delight in visitors (except of school holidays).

 

After lunch at Supattra River House, visit the Grand Palace, a lavish, awe-inspiring monument of tapering gilded spires, majestic pavilions, dazzling murals, and brilliant colors. A glorious example of Thai architecture through the ages, the Grand Palace is a feast for the senses. Housed in its own temple, the Emerald Buddha is the most sacred image of the Buddha in Thailand and is believed to guarantee the independence and prosperity of the nation.

 

Passing through Chinatown, stop at Wat Po (Temple of the Reclining Buddha), which is the largest and oldest temple in Bangkok. Return to your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.

 

Overnight:The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

 

 

Day 3         BANGKOK-CHIANG MAI                                                   BREAKFAST, LUNCH

 

This morning you will be transferred to the airport for the flight to Chiang Mai. Thailand’s second largest city, Chiang Mai seems able to combine the relaxed, slow motion world of a Thai village with the facilities and sights of a big city. The city has a rich and colorful history, still evident in the architecture that includes more than 300 wats (temples.) The most significant and interesting wats are located within the city walls.

 

The city of Chiang Mai has a wealth of beautiful and historic Buddhist Wats (temples) and on this tour a visit to the most fascinating is made. Near the summit of Doi Suthep, a 1600 meters peak named after the hermit Sudeva who lived on the mountain's slopes for many years, is the 600 year old temple of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. After a drive up the mountain's winding road, the final climb to the site is via a magnificent Naga (dragon-headed serpent) staircase of 306 steps. Inside the cloisters is an intriguing copper-plated chedi topped by a five-tier gold umbrella which contains partial relics of Lord Buddha. On a clear day, there are incomparable views over the city of Chiang Mai from the grounds of the temple.

 

This evening, visit the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar. With its wide range of goods at competitive prices, this easily rivals Bangkok’s Chatuchak Market. Inside are endless stalls selling hill tribe crafts, leather goods, and clothing.

 

Overnight:Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi – 2 nights

 

 

Day 4       CHIANG MAI                                                                      BREAKFAST, LUNCH

     

Breakfast at the hotel.

 

Visit the Doi Inthanon National Park, home to the highest mountain in Thailand (2,565 meters). The park offers beautiful scenery, evergreen forests, dwarf rhododendron groves and many types of habitat. The area is popular for bird-watching, with nearly 400 bird species, many from North Asia including mountain hawks and Eurasian woodcocks. Other stops along the winding road include Karen hill tribe villages, Wachiratharn waterfall and the twin chedi built by the Thai Air Force to commemorate King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit. Lunch is included.

 

Overnight:Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi

 

Day 5       CHIANG MAI-CHIANG RAI                                                BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER

 

This morning, drive north to Chiang Rai via Thaton, stopping first at Chiang Dao elephant training camp to watch the elephants as they take their morning bath in the stream. Optional elephant ride (additional fees apply.) Continue on to the Fang District and stop at a local hot spring. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant en route.

 

After lunch, continue north to the “Golden Triangle,” where the borders of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar (Burma) meet. Transfer to your hotel for check-in.

 

 Enjoy the dinner at the resort.

 

Overnight:Anantara Resort & Spa Golden Triangle – 2 nights

 

Day 6         CHIANG RAI                                                                      BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER

 

Breakfast at the resort.

 

During your stay at the Anantara Resort & Spa Golden Triangle you have the option to choose two (2) of the following activities by the resort, which can be done on this day and the following day (day 7):

 

1.    Spa Treatment

2.    Elephant and Mahout Training

3.    Three Country Tour

4.    Cooking Class

 

Lunch and dinner are included at the resort.

Overnight:Anantara Resort & Spa Golden Triangle – 2 nights

 

Day 7         CHIANG RAI-BANGKOK                                                    BREAKFAST, LUNCH

Breakfast at the resort.

Today choose the remaining activity at the resort and enjoy the facilities at the resort with its splendid view over the Golden Triangle.

Lunch at the resort.

Transfer to the Chiang Rai Airport for your flight to Bangkok. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and enjoy the day at leisure in Bangkok.

Overnight:The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

 

Day 8         BANGKOK                                                                          BREAKFAST

Breakfast at hotel.

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight home.

 

 

 

End of Services

Bon Voyage!

 

*** THIS IS A PROPOSAL ONLY AND IS SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY AT THE TIME OF CONFIRMATION.

WE ARE NOT HOLDING ANY SPACES FOR THIS ITINERARY AT THIS TIME. ***

Departures

Depart any day! Contact an iExplore Adventure Consultant for details.

Pricing Information

 

Period

1

pax

2

pax

3-4

pax

 

 

 

Single Surcharge

06 Jan 12 - 31 Mar 12

8599

5199

4999

 

 

 

2599

01 Apr 12 - 31 Oct 12

7799

4799

4599

 

 

 

2229

 

 

 

 

INCLUSIONS:

§  Accommodations as specified in the itinerary with breakfast daily

§  Sightseeing by local English-speaking guides

§  Accommodations as mentioned or equivalent

§  Airfare in economy class: Bangkok to Chiang Mai; Chiang Rai to Bangkok

§  Boat tickets as per the program

§  Ground transportation by private A/C vehicle  and Porterage

§  Sightseeing including admission fees

§  Choice of one of two optional tours in Chiang Mai

 

EXCLUSIONS:

 

§  International airfare and airport departure taxes

§  Holiday surcharges

§  Meals other than those indicated

§  Personal drinks at meal times

§  Items a personal nature (e.g. laundry, telephone, mini bar etc.)

§  Gratuities to guides and drivers

§  Travel Insurance 

§  Visa fees

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

Prices displayed are based on the lowest season base price and assume double occupancy. Prices are shown in U.S. dollars and may or may not include administrative fees, taxes, meals, airfare (where applicable) and Single Supplements. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.

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