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11 Day Preserve Thai Culture Tour 2016 - 2017

Depart Australia in the morning and arrive in Bangkok in the afternoon. Upon arrival at Don Muang Airport, you are met and transferred to hotel. The glorious history of Thai Capital, Bangkok is much interwoven with the Chakri dynasty, which still reigns but no longer rules Thailand. In the midst of dynamic modern growth, this bustling metropolis still preserves plenty of cultural heritages making it the national treasure house. Stay overnight in Bangkok.

Day 02: BANGKOK (B.L.D)
Today we commence our tour of Bangkok with a longtail boat for along the Chao Phraya River and the many lively inner canals, which offer some fantastic views of the local life close up. Along the way we make stopover at Wat Arum, the temple of Dawn, before continuing to the Grand Palace, dedicated to the Thai Royal Family’s ceremony. Nearby is the magnificent Wat Phra Kaew, which is famous for the Emerald Buddha Image. After seeing this complex we drive through the many vibrant streets of China Town to some of the most significant temples in Bangkok. The landmark of Wat Traimit is well known as the Golden Buddha Temple while Wat Po houses a gigantic Reclining Buddha. We visit these sights as well as the magnificent Marble Temple. Stay overnight in Bangkok.

Heading out of the town we make our way to Kanchanaburi with stopover at the picturesque floating market of Damnern Saduak. The enchanting town of Kanchanaburi has plenty to see, some of which are the famous bridge over the River Kwai, the sobering War Cemetery and the Jeath War Museum. Board the train for a trip across the infamous “Death Railway” to Namtok Station. Then exploring the beautiful countryside by driving out to the Hellfire Pass, where we visit the fascinating museum chronicling the events of World War II. Check into your hotel and rest of the day at leisure. Stay overnight in Kanchanaburi.

This morning we travel by road to Ayuthaya, stopping en route to see the country’s largest pagoda at Nakorn Pathom. At 90 km north of Bangkok, Ayuthaya was the capital of Siam from 1350 to 1767 AD. This former capital was all but ultimately suffered destruction at the hands of the Burmeses. On arrival we visit the largest temple of Wat Phra Sisanphet, which was used as the Royal Temple Palace by several kings. The following sight is Wat Chai Wattanaram, which constructing patterns are very interesting. We continue to Bang Pa In, which was served as the Summer Palace for many Thai monarchs from the 17th century. This structure has a captivating collection of marvellous pavilions in a variety of Thai, Chinese, Italian and Victorian architectural styles. Then have a visit to Tiger Temple. Afterwards we make our way to Phitsanulok and pass the spectacular countryside. Stay overnight in Phitsanulok.

The major landmarks of Phitsanulok are Wat Maha That and Phra Budda Jinaraj. We visit these sights before we board our vehicle for a short drive to Sukhothai. This famous cultural town was once the royal capital of the Thailand Kingdom and however has left its legacies in the forms of many ruined temples and palaces. We include these in a half-day tour, which will give us a deep insight into the glorious past of Sukhothai. The next stop of our trip is Si Satchanalai where various ancient monuments are still standing. After seeing this complex we drive to Lampang. On arrival we have time to enjoy a short tour of the old city on horse carriage and also visit Ban Sao Nak as well as Wat Chedi Sao. Stay overnight in Lampang.

An early morning departure towards Chiang Rai. Along the way we stop in the rural town of Phayao to visit Wat Si Kom Kam. Upon arrival in Chiang Rai we enjoy a short sightseeing tour taking us in the impressive Ethnologic Museum which is dedicated to the region’s ethnic minorities, some of which we will see on our forthcoming excursion. Afterwards we embark on a longtail boat for a thrilling trip upstream on the Mae Kok River, passing through many breathtaking mountain landscapes to a Karen hilltribe village. This ethnic group originated from Burma, but had settled there long time ago, forming the largest tribal population in this northern land. Stay overnight at Chiang Rai.

The royal capital of the ancient Lanna Kingdom, Chiang Saen is nestled on the Mekong riverbank, which is now the border between Thailand and Laos. Today we travel by roads to Chiang Saen with a stopover at the large Akha and Yao hill tribe settlements near Mae Chan. Arriving in Chiang Saen we visit the town’s major sights, including Wat Phrathat Jom Kitti, Wat Chedi Luang and a nearby museum. Heading out of the town we drive through some verdant and rugged mountain scenery to the famous Golden Triangle in which powerful warlords have fought for control the opium trade. After exploring the border town of Mae Sai we continue our overland trip to Chiang Mai. The drive is long, but views are fantastic. Stay overnight in Chiang Mai.

Day 08: CHIANG MAI (B.L.D)
The second largest city of Thailand is Chiang Mai. Today we explore this charming town with a walk to the famous Doi Suthep Mountain, leading us to Wat Prathat Temple near the summit. At an elevation of over 1,000 meters, this temple grounds afford a panoramic view over the surrounding countryside. We follow this with a visit to the old and new parts of the town featuring the great diversity. The “Rose of the North”, Chiang Mai, which has been always noted for exquisite handicrafts with combination of the traditional wares of the hill tribe people, always offers us the fantastic shopping opportunities. Heading out of town we drive to the neighboring villages of Sankampaeng and Borsarng to see the various cottages industries including silk weaving, wood carving, silver ware and umbrellas making. Stay overnight in Chiang Mai.

Upon leaving the town we set off on an hour and half drive to the northern hill region around Chiang Dao, which is home to a wide array of hill tribe groups. The roads conditions are very poor; however the breathtaking mountain scenery makes for an interesting journey. Along the way we stop at an elephant camp to see these huge animals handling timber before we enjoy an exciting elephant ride past the forest to the hill tribe villages. We get well off the beaten track as we walk around the area, visiting the Red Lahu, Lisu, Karen and Akha people. These ethnic minorities still retain their age-old cultural traditions, and are recognisably distinct from each other by their dress. Stay overnight in Chiang Mai.

You are at leisure until transfer to airport for your flight to Australia.

Arrive in Australia in the morning. Your unforgettable Thailand tour ends.
PS: For passenger(s) flying Thai Airways, they will fly from Chiang Mai to Bangkok to connect their flight to Australia. For passenger(s) flying Singapore Airlines, they will fly from Chiang Mai to Australia via Singapore.

2016 Departure Dates: 

18/02, 17/03, 14/04, 12/05, 09/06, 21/07, 18/08, 15/09, 13/10 & 10/11/2016
Tour price:
Thai Airways: $3,380 per person based on twin/double share.
Singapore Airlines: $3,550 per person based on twin/double share.

2017 Departure Dates:
16/02, 16/03, 13/04, 11/05, 08/06, 20/07, 17/08, 14/09, 12/10 & 09/11/2017
Tour price:
Thai Airways: $3,480 per person based on twin/double share.
Singapore Airlines: $3,650 per person based on twin/double share.

The prices are in Australian dollar, per person twin or double share.
Single supplement: $610
Child rate: 75% of adult price if sharing bedding with adults.

You are allowed to extend your stay in Thailand. Please enquire if requiring extension.

International economy class airfare, airport tax, fuel surcharge and airline levy (currently $520 flying Thai Airways and $580 flying Singapore Airlines, subject to change), 4 star hotel accommodation or similar on twin-shared basis, transfers and transport by air-conditioned vehicle, meals and sightseeing with entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary, English-speaking guide and ADT travel bag.

Travel insurance, tip to guide and driver ($7 per person per day), personal expenses and all other services not mentioned in the itinerary.


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