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Treasures of Thailand

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Tour Pace: Leisurely
Floating Market, Bangkok, Thailand
Tour Style: First Class
12 Days from $2,623 per person
Capture the spiritual soul of Old Siam – a journey from the colorful streets of Bangkok to the sacred spaces of Chiang Mai. You'll visit the terracotta-coloured ancient ruins of Ayutthaya and enjoy a northern Thai-style lunch with the Saiwangjit family in their wooden Thai stilt house to learn about the traditions of their Tai Lue tribe.
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  1. Board your overnight flight to Asia (not included).

  2. Welcome to Bangkok. Transfer to your centrally located riverside hotel and relax before meeting your Travel Director and fellow guests for a Welcome Reception drink with local appetizers.
    meal(s):WR
    hotel:Royal Orchid Sheraton
  3. For the early risers, start your day with a visit to Lumpini Park to join the locals and learn the basic principles of T'ai Chi, a Cultural Insight. Alternatively, enjoy a leisurely start to the day before joining your fellow travelers on your City Tour, starting with a visit to Bangkok's most well-known fruit and flower market, Pak Klong Talad before continuing to the Grand Palace. The most famous building in the palace grounds is Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand. Afterwards visit Wat Pho, Bangkok's oldest temple, which features the largest reclining Buddha in Thailand. While there enjoy a traditional Thai massage, a Cultural Insight, in the temple's massage center.
    meal(s):BB, L
  4. Today learn the secrets of traditional Thai recipes in a cooking class with a Local Specialist located in a charming colonial style house. Before the start of the class visit a local market to buy fresh ingredients. Discover the exotic fruits and vegetables found in Thailand that will be used to prepare the meal, a Cultural Insight. Later enjoy the various exciting dishes you have prepared. Spend the afternoon and evening at leisure or opt to join an Optional Experience.
    meal(s):BB, L
  5. Make an early start this morning to travel to the famous floating market at Damnoen Saduak where the colorfully clad merchants paddle along the congested canals in sturdy canoes, laden with fresh fruit and vegetables to sell to shoppers on the banks. En route make a short stop at a coconut palm sugar plantation and discover how the farmer extracts the sap from the palm trees to eventually be turned into sugar, a Cultural Insight. After lunch in a local restaurant discover the Thailand-Burma Railway Museum, a facility dedicated to presenting the history of the famous railway line. It was built during WWII by the Imperial Japanese army, using Allied prisoners of war alongside Asian laborers. Continue with a visit to the War Cemetery, the final resting place for over 6,000 allied prisoners of war.
    meal(s):BB, L, D
    hotel:Dheva Mantra
  6. This morning visit the famous Hellfire Pass, a section of the Thailand-Burma Railway. It was built during WWII under very difficult conditions and said to have resembled hell on earth. After lunch board the train for your Cultural Insight, a thrilling ride across wooden viaducts offering fantastic scenery along the Kwai River before experiencing a walk over the wooden viaduct. Dinner this evening is at a local restaurant.
    meal(s):BB, L, D
  7. After breakfast leave Kanchanaburi and travel to Ayutthaya to visit the remains of this historic city which was once the 2nd most important ancient capital of Old Siam, built after the fall of Sukhothai. It was founded in 1350 and was one of the world's largest and most cosmopolitan urban areas, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and then travel back to Bangkok for your flight to Sukhothai. This evening during dinner experience an authentic Thai cultural dance in an open-air theater at the hotel.
    meal(s):BB, L, D
    hotel:Legendha Sukhothai Resort
  8. Start the day with a visit to the Sukhothai Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of the other, much larger ancient capital of Thailand founded in 1238. See thousands of years of history in this extensive and elaborate park and find the temple with the 15 meter seated Buddha secreted away amongst the trees. Your choice of exploring the large area by bicycle or on the internal tram which services the historical park. This afternoon go off the beaten track with a visit to the home of a local family. Learn how to make amulets which are important to many Thais and thought to protect the owner from harm.
    meal(s):BB, L
  9. Depart early this morning and travel to the village of Natonchan where the community started an eco-tourism project. Interact with the local people, meet one of the villagers to learn about 'gymnastic doll' making and the typical 'mud soaked clothes' worn by the villagers, a Cultural Insight. The local woven cotton clothes are soaked in mud to protect them from fading. Continue the journey north and enjoy lunch in a local restaurant followed by a stop in Lampang and a visit to the unique temple of Wat Prathat Lampang Luang. Later visit the ‘Friends of the Asian Elephant' Hospital a foundation that cares for wounded elephants before continuing on to Chiang Mai.
    meal(s):BB, L
    hotel:De Naga Authentic Accommodation
  10. This morning visit the temple of Wat Suan Dok and take part in a talk with a local monk about Buddhism, a Cultural Insight. Meet the children and teachers at a local school before continuing to a small village nearby for your Be My Guest experience. The family will welcome you to their typical stilt house for a northern Thai style lunch. Later visit the handicraft villages in the Sankamphaeng district of Chiang Mai where all the traditional crafts such as the famous umbrella and fan making can be found.
    meal(s):BB, BG
  11. Spend the morning at leisure or choose to join an Optional Experience. Later enjoy a visit at Wat Doi Suthep one of Thailand's most sacred temples and observe the chanting of the monks at sunset; a magical experience. This evening join your fellow companions and Travel Director for a delightful Farewell Dinner at a traditional Thai restaurant located next to the river.
    meal(s):BB, FD
  12. Transfer to Chiang Mai International Airport for your onward flight.
    meal(s):BB
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Meal Summary

10 nights, 10 buffet breakfasts, 8 lunches, 5 dinners, On-trip transport.

Included Highlights

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Be My Guest

  • Join the Saiwangjit family who live in a wooden Thai stilt house for a traditional northern Thai-style meal

Cultural Insight

  • Learn the secrets of Thai cooking and visit a local market to buy fresh ingredients. Stop at a coconut palm sugar plantation and discover how the farmer extracts the sap from the palm trees to be turned into sugar. Take a thrilling ride across wooden viaducts offering fantastic scenery along the River Kwai. Visit Lumpini Park in Bangkok and join the locals in their daily T'ai Chi practice. Enjoy a traditional Thai massage in the grounds of Wat Pho, a center for traditional Thai massage

Authentic Accommodations

  • Relax at your charming hotel with its exotic Lanna style architecture, perfectly positioned across from Tha Pae Gate in Chiang Mai's Old Town

Local Specialist

  • in Bangkok

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City Tour of Bangkok, Chiang Mai
  • Visit Wat Pho Temple, the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Damnoen Saduak floating market, the ancient city of Ayutthaya, Sukhothai Heritage Park
  • See the Bridge over the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi
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Solo Travelers: These dates offer a discounted single supplement rate. 

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $670.

Room Share: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip. 

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Past Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the price of the vacation. 

Special Discounts: At times we offer discounted departures. These discounts are valid for new bookings only and are not combinable with any other discounts other than our Past Traveler Discount and $100 AARP Member Discount. Other restrictions may apply, please call for details

  • U.S. citizens traveling to Thailand must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering Thailand.

  • The currency in Thailand is the Baht. The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM or debit card at local banks in Thailand. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is sampling the local food, and Thai cuisine is one of the most popular in the world.   You’ll find an emphasis on lightly prepared dishes and interplay of flavors including sour, sweet, salty, bitter and spicy. Glass noodles, curries, and hot and sour soups are popular meals and are usually served family style.  You’ll also encounter a delicious selection of exotic fruits in Thailand such as lychee, durian, papaya and jackfruit.

  • We suggest bringing comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that can be layered for your trip. Sturdy walking shoes are important for sightseeing excursions; a hat, lightweight jacket, and shawl or scarf could also come in handy. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • Tipping in Thailand is not expected but always appreciated.  It is common to leave extra change at most bars and restaurants. At nicer restaurants it is appropriate to tip your waiter 5-10 percent.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend the equivalent of $4 per person/per day for your driver and $6 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is the equivalent of 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

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