Central Thailand

Discover ruins of Siam’s splendid past, travel to one of the greatest Khmer sights in Thailand, and savor a tented camp in the rainforest.

Country Information

Thailand

Central Thailand Enrichment Series

(Countries Visited)

Thailand


(Interest Type(s))

Adventure Travel


(Tour Length)

14 Days


Tour Highlights

Starting at: $5,620
  • Explore Thailand’s capital city from the city’s famous Floating Market, with its kaleidoscope of sights and sounds, to the Grand Palace and its adjoining chapel   of the Emerald Buddha
  • Discover the ruins of the ancient Thai capital of Ayutthaya, and glimpse Siam’s past splendor in its majestic palaces and temples and the canals that earned this once-grand city the nickname of the “Venice of the East”
  • Travel by road to Prasat Him Phimai, one of the greatest Khmer sights in Thailand that actually pre-dates Angkor Wat in Cambodia
  • Enjoy a Thai safari experience at a luxurious tented camp tailor-made and set in the largest area of rainforest in Southern Thailand, where you can investigate the rivers that cut through the mangrove forest by dinghy with outboard motor
  • Join in an “Elephant Experience” for a rare glimpse at the world of the Asian Elephant that allows you to get close to these magnificent animals and interact with and feed them

 

Day 1:  Arrive Bangkok, Thailand
Welcome to Bangkok, one of Southeast Asia’s most timeless cities.   Our representative will welcome you at the jet, and you will be escorted to the “Fast Track” immigration counter where your entry will be expedited.  In the event that you need to obtain a "Visa," your representative will assist you, after which you are will be escorted to the hotel.  The Siam

Day 2:  Bangkok
Traveling by boat to Damnoen Saduak, you explore the city’s famous Floating Market, with its kaleidoscope of sights and sounds.  This intriguing temporary water-born commercial center is where vendors converge with boatloads of exotic fruits, sweets and steaming noodles.  It offers a fascinating glimpse of Thai culture on the canals of the city.  Following lunch, continue on to take in the Grand Palace and its adjoining chapel of the Emerald Buddha.  Contrast the elaborate opulence of the palace’s brilliant halls, pavilions, spires and murals with the powerful simplicity of the famed 31-inch-high Emerald Buddha, carved from a single block of jade.  Complete the day with dinner at the charming Harmonique.  Set in the courtyard of a century-old mansion, diners enter through the crook of a dangling banyan tree.  Enjoy the ride back to your hotel by Tuk-Tuk.  The Siam (B.L)

Day 3:  Bangkok / Ayutthaya / Nakorn Ratchasima (Korat)
Travel by road to explore the ruins of the ancient Thai capital of Ayutthaya.  Glimpse Siam’s past splendor in its majestic palaces, temples and canals.  This once-grand city was called the "Venice of the East."  Travel to the edge of Khao Yai, Thailand’s premier national park.  Your luxury resort is a lush natural retreat two hours from Bangkok in the area of Nakorn Ratchasima, commonly called Korat.  It was the first boutique luxury resort in Khao Yai ("Big Mountains").  Nestled at the edge of the park (soon to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the resort experience includes nature trails, wellness spas, culinary adventures and the exhilarating challenge of an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus.  Kirimaya Resort - Plantation View (B,L)

Day 4:  Nakorn Ratchasima (B/L)
Travel by road to Prasat Him Phimai, one of the greatest Khmer sights in Thailand that actually pre-dates Angkor Wat in Cambodia.  Meticulously restored, Prasat Hum Phimai was connected to Angkor Wat by a “royal way” road.  Dating from the end of the 11th century, the original settlement of Phimai occupied an artificial island on the Mun River.  The principal sanctuary stands within its own walled boundaries richly decorated with sandstone carvings of Hindu subjects. Impressive ruins include sanctuaries in the inner courtyard and the ceremonial pond in the outer courtyard. Continue across the Mun River to the town of Phimai and its national museum, housing a splendid collection of lintels from Phimai and other Khmer sites in the northeast.  Kirimaya Resort - Plantation View (B,L)

Day 5:  Nakorn Ratchasima
Today you are free to pursue your own interests and enjoy the amenities of your resort.  The name 'Kirimaya' means 'illusion of mountain,' which describes the refreshing character of the property.  Fulfill your individual tastes with activities that range from stargazing and wildlife viewing to trekking nature trails or getting in a round or two of golf.   Discover new culinary adventures with a vineyard tour.  Enhance your wellness at the Maya Spa and experience singular Asian therapies or simply relax by the pool.  Kirimaya Resort - Plantation View (B)

Day 6: Nakorn Ratchasima / Amphawa District
Travel by road to Amphawa district in Samut Songkram Province.  This afternoon, visit Marukhathaiwan Palace.  Explore Khao Wang, Hill Palace, built during the reign of King Rama IV. A collection of 13 antique wooden houses is a mix of Thai and European architectural influence.
Baan Amphawa Resort - Deluxe (B)

Day 7: Amphawa District
This morning, travel by boat along Amphawa numerous canals, visiting hidden temples and traditional wooden homes that have become part of the preserved cultural heritage.  Enjoy lunch this afternoon at Baan Ko-Pai Restaurant for home-style Thai cooking where the chef has spent the last 20 years perfecting each recipe.  This afternoon, visit the Amphawa Floating Market.  Different from other water markets that have become tourist attractions, Amphawa Floating Market is an actual functioning weekend market and probably the best kept secret in Thailand.  This evening a special dinner has been planned for you at the Baan Rua Rim Khlong, a traditional river boat converted to a restaurant serving traditional Thai food.  Baan Amphawa Resort - Deluxe (B,L,D)

Day 8:  Amphawa District / Hua-Hin
Travel further south today for a visit to the famous River Kwai Bridge, and the JEATH (Japan, England, Australia, America, Thailand, and Holland) Museum.  Take a short train ride along the original “Death Railway” from World War II.   The coastal town of Hua-Hin is the location of your exclusive, secluded resort.  Linger on the mile-long beach, or enjoy any one of the resort’s leisure activities from swimming to golf.  The holistic spa features steam room, massage, whirlpool, body treatment rooms, and yoga and tai chi pavilions.  The area is rich in natural beauty with lovely parks, lush peaks, mysterious caves and serene waterfalls.  This evening, stroll the shops along winding roads.  The restaurants built on stilts in the sea offer superb fresh seafood prepared Thai-style.  Hua Hin has the perfect blend of ingredients for a rejuvenating stay in exotic surroundings.  Six Senses Hua Hin - Deluxe Pool Villa (B)

Day 9:  Hua-Hin
Today's focus is your seaside resort, where you enjoy a wide range of activities. Facilities include swimming pool, Evason Tennis Club, fitness center, library with internet access, shuttle bus to Hua Hin town, snorkeling, kite-boarding, archery, bicycles, Thai boxing and golf.  Or opt to do nothing at all.  Six Senses Hua Hin - Deluxe Pool Villa (B)

Day 10:  Hua-Hin / Bangkok
Return to Bangkok via a three-hour road transfer where you check into your hotel conveniently close to the airport for the night.  Novotel Airport - Executive (B)

Day 11 :  Bangkok / Phuket /  Khao Sok National Park
Early morning, you return to the airport for the flight to Phuket.  Arrive in Phuket Airport, where you are welcomed by your English-speaking guide who provides a private transfer to Phang-Nga province.  Explore the rivers that cut through the mangrove forest by dinghy with outboard motor.  For people who want to explore the smaller creeks, self-paddle canoes with life jackets are available.  Emerging further along the coast, you meet up with a classic Burmese junk, where lunch will be served.  Spend the afternoon on a deserted beach.  Late afternoon, transfer to Khao Sokand your resort, Elephant Hills, Thailand’s first luxury jungle camp that combine the camp idea of African safari camps with the Thai tropical forest environment.   Just 20 luxurious tents have been tailor-made and set in the largest area of rainforest in Southern Thailand.  Each tent features twin beds, fan, kettle, and a luxurious bathroom with toilet and hot/cold shower.  The tents provide ample space and are well protected against mosquitoes and other possible intruders.  The furniture is handmade by local skilled craftsmen, using natural materials and provides all the comfort a guest would normally find in a hotel room.  There are enough lights to read by.  Elephant Hills - Luxury Safari Tent (B,L,D)

Day 12 : Khao Sok National Park
Wake up to the sounds of nature and birds calls from the bushes close to the tent.  After breakfast, begin with a transfer to an elephant camp.  This morning, you will join in an “Elephant Experience.”  You will get close to these magnificent animals, interact with them and feed them.  Enjoy this rare opportunity to experience world of the Asian elephant.  Returning from the jungle, you enjoy a buffet lunch followed by jungle river canoe trip down the Sok River.  Elephant Hills - Luxury Safari Tent  (B/L/D)

Day 13: Khao Sok National Park
Today’s focus is to explore a lake in the jungle aboard a local boat.   See some spectacular scenery, savor a refreshing swim, and maybe even trek into some caves, depending on the weather.  Please bring swimwear and a towel.  Elephant Hills - Luxury Safari Tent  (B,L,D)

Day 14 :  Khao Sok National Park / Phuket / Depart
After a leisurely breakfast, you can set out to explore the jungle on foot.  Weather permitting, lunch will be served in the rainforest, cooked in bamboo.  This afternoon, return to the hotel for your transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B,L)

Departure Dates:  Jun 1- October 31, 2012

Land price, per person, double occupancy:  Starting from $5620

Internal Airfare:  Included

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