next 4 days
Upon arrival in Bangkok, receive a warm welcome from our guide and transfer to hotel.
In the morning, visit Wat Traimit, with its Golden Buddha Image. The Golden Buddha Temple is located right at the heart of Chinatown in Bangkok and it features a three-meter high solid gold Buddha. (Tuk tuk ride option). Continue on to see Wat Po, the oldest and largest temple of Bangkok that was built nearly 200 years ago and houses the enormous Reclining Buddha. See the Marble Temple, famous for its traditional architecture built in marble from Italy. Have lunch at local restaurant with a view of the Chao Praya River. Then take a long-tail boat to enjoy scenes of life by water. You will see a more traditional way of living, more serene and time honored. A stop will be made at the “Temple of Dawn”, officially named Wat Arun. Visit the Grand Palace, situated close to the Chao Phraya, Bangkok’s River of Kings. The palace occupies nearly one square mile. Built in 1782 by King Rama I, it was the center of power for more than 150 years. Photography is permitted in the Royal Palace Grounds and in the compounds of the Emerald Buddha Temple, but not inside the buildings. Transfer back to hotel, the rest of evening is free at leisure. Dress Code: Participants on this tour should note that the chapel is a national shrine and you will be required to wear proper attire (no bare shoulders, knees or strapless-heel shoes). Shoes must be removed before entering the temple buildings as a matter of respect.
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to the airport for flight to Chiang Mai. You will receive a warm greeting from our guide and transfer to the hotel.
In the early morning, gain a most special and memorable spiritual experience by participating in the daily Thai ritual of offering food to the monks. We will stop at the local market to buy some food packets for the monks, see hundreds of monks and novices walk down the footpath with their alms bowls to receive food from the locals. After breakfast, we will drive up the mountain to visit one of the most important temples, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, situated 3,000 ft above sea level. Once you have reached the temple, you can enjoy the best views of Chiang Mai City. Learn about the history of this temple and how it came to be constructed so high up the mountain. Then, we will take a trip to visit the area of Thailand’s famous Handicrafts in Sankampaeng Road Village. You can discuss specific handicrafts of your interest such as silk, teak wood, silver, umbrella and sa paper making etc., with your guide. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Return to your hotel. Evening, celebrate a special Loy Krathong Dinner. After dinner we will float the Kratong in the river and let go of the lantern.
A great and fun way to get to know the area and experience the authenticity of Northern Thai cuisine. Today’s first stop will be the Kad Muang Mai, a must-see wholesale farmer’s market of various types of fresh locally grown produce in Chiang Mai. Food comes straight from the farm and is sold directly from the back of the farmers’ trucks. The freshness and variety is astonishing to us who are accustomed to buying from a western supermarket. Then take a walk to Kad Luang , a 100 year-old well- known local market, where we can enjoy various local specialty dishes, snacks and sweets from different food stalls. Try the delicious Kao Soi or Egg noodle curry, yummy Northern sausages or even steamed plain sticky rice with an incredible sweet mango. The list is endless. Our tour continues with a rickshaw ride through the main street in the center of the old city to Wat Phra Singh and Wat Chedi Luang. Return to the hotel late afternoon. Evening, dinner at local restaurant in town and our guide will take you to the Yi Peng Festival; you have an opportunity to watch the Parade of the Big Krathong that takes place on Thapae Road between 1800 and 2000. Transportation this evening can be either by tuk tuk or local transfer.
In the morning, your guide will pick you up from hotel. Transfer to the Baan Chang Elephant Park. Here you will learn how to be a Mahout. You will have a brief introduction to Thai elephant lifestyle and behaviors. Then enjoy daily activities with elephants; feeding, learning the basic commands, and see how a trainer creates a relationship, respectfully with an elephant. Lunch will be served at the park. After lunch, start to ride (bare back) and control your elephant through the hills around the park. Then enjoy a bath and brush with your elephant. Many impressive elephant stories are told. Transfer back to hotel in the afternoon.
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to the airport for flight home. Have a safe trip!
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