DAY 01: Arrive Bangkok, Thailand
You will be met after clearing government formalities and transferred to your preferred hotel beside the Chayo Phraya River. Overnight at Shangri-la Bangkok Hotel
Day 02: Bangkok (B)
Travel on the picturesque Chao Phraya River (also known as the River of the Kings) and throughout the klongs (canals) of Thonburi situated on the West side of the river from Bangkok. This is an excellent chance to observe and photograph the serene family homes and temples along the waterways all of which helped give the city the nickname of “Venice of the East.” A highlight of this trip includes Wat Arun (the Temple of Dawn) a major riverside landmark. This magnificent shrine is decorated with ceramic pieces from top to bottom and has a pagoda, which soars over 250 feet into the sky. Balance of the day is free.
Day 03: Bangkok (B)
The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew (the Temple of the Emerald Buddha) – Together, these two sites form what many consider the greatest spectacle for visitors to Bangkok. Dating back to 1782 (when Bangkok was founded) the entire compound consists of over 100 brightly colored buildings, golden spires and glittering mosaics. A visit here is an essential part of any trip to Bangkok. Wat Phra Kaew adjoins the Grand Palace and is the home of the country's most famous Buddha statue (also known as the Emerald Buddha). This important figure has a long and interesting history that is tied to the royal family and once resided in nearby Wat Arun. It is relatively small (about 2 feet) and is situated on a high gold altar to signify its important status in the Thai kingdom. Only the King is allowed to change his costumes, one for each of the 3 seasons. Afternoon free at leisure.
Day 04: Bangkok to Kanchanaburi – River Kwai Valley (B, L, D)
River Kwai Village Resort – Thai Raft room. Visit the Bridge Over the River Kwai, internationally famous thanks to the acclaimed film and its abused prisoner-of-war labor. The curved parts of the bridge are original sections. Walk the trails of the Death Railway so named as during WWII thousands of Allied prisoners constructed this strategic link between Burma and Thailand.
Day 05: River Kwai Valley (B, L, D)
After breakfast take an exciting boat ride upstream to visit Saiyoke Yai Waterfall & National Park and experience nature at its best. Lunch at a local restaurant. Visit the Monastery in the forest, also known as Tiger Temple where Buddhist monks continue rescuing these endangered animals from would-be poachers. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 06: Katchanaburi to Chiang Mai (B, D)
After breakfast check out and depart for Bangkok Airport for your flight to Chiang Mai in the heart of Northern Thailand. Balance of the day if free.
Kantoke Dinner is one of the most famous dining experiences in the Chiang Mai area. Diners sit on traditional Thai cushions on the floor and dine from a low-rise table, to enjoy a succession of tasty dishes. During dinner, local dancers, dressed in traditional clothing, entertain with the Sword Dance, Candle dance and Fingernail dance. A special show also showcases the various hill tribes of Northern Thailand. This is an excellent opportunity to see a number of hill tribes and note the differences in their colorful costumes.
After dinner, we will light Khom Loy, paper lanterns for which Chiang Mai is famous. It’s an exciting sight to see them float high into the sky before disappearing in a final shower of sparks. This evening we suggest a visit to the Night Bazaar. Overnight at Shangri-la Chiang Mai
Day 07: Chiang Mai (B, L)
Visit Lampang’s National Elephant Institute a Royal Project. The main objective for the establishment of the National Elephant Institute is to develop elephant conservation in a sustainable way and preserve local traditions for future generations. Here you will see an Elephant Hospital that treats elephants free of charge, baby elephants and elephant painters. Ride these gentle giants through streams and jungle. Return to the hotel after lunch. Evening: Chiang Mai Zoo Night Safari where you may even get the chance to hold a lion cub or pet a giraffe!
Day 08: Chiang Mai (B, L)
Today’s adventure takes you to the beautiful Mae Taeng River Valley. The river originates in the mountains near the border with Burma. The Mae Taeng River winds its way through valleys and canyons to join the Chao Praya on its way to the Gulf of Thailand. A day of white water river rafting awaits you. The fun is guaranteed!
Day 09: Chiang Mai to Samui (B)
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the island of Samui. You are met on arrival and transferred to your preferred hotel. Overnight at Amari Palm Reef Resort
Day 10: Samui (B)
Enjoy a breathtaking day cruising out to the beautiful island of Koh Tao. Transfer from your hotel to the pier, where you board a speedboat to travel to Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan. The first stop is at Muang Bay on Koh Tao, a shallow dive site with lots of colorful fish where you can enjoy some snorkelling. We then stop for lunch at a restaurant on another beach. After lunch the speedboat takes you to the picture postcard island of Koh Nang Yuan. Here you can relax on the white sands of the three-pronged beach or snorkel in the clear waters before speeding back to Samui.
Day 11: Samui (B)
Have a carefree and relaxing last day… enjoying the pool, the sea and the sand… and reflecting on the amazing memories you’ll never forget.
Day 12: Samui to Bangkok – USA/Canada (B)
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Suvarnabhumi Airport and connect to your homeward bound flight.
Note: Some airlines require an overnight in Bangkok because of their departure times. (United Airlines & Northwest Airlines) Others (Thai Airways & Cathay Pacific) have evening departures that allow for a same day connection. We can book your hotel should you require an additional night in Bangkok.
Tour price is per person, based on double occupancy. Single supplement applies.
Please refer to Luxury Travel terms and conditions. Tour prices include economy
class domestic Thailand airfare and taxes.