Precious Journeys Thailand

A wealth of cultural heritage from Bangkok's golden Buddha to the tribes of Chiang Mai.

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Thailand

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(Countries Visited)

Thailand


(Interest Type(s))

Recommended


(Tour Length)

8 Days


Tour Highlights

Starting at: $3,950
  • Discover the rich traditions and cultural heritage of Bangkok found in its grand palace and temples, and see world’s largest Golden Buddha thought to be 700 years old
  • Travel by boat along Amphawa’s canals and discover an authentic, working floating market, probably the best kept secret in Thailand
  • In Chiang Mai, explore the distinctive mountain hill tribes of Thailand, and meet members of the Hmong hill tribe
  • Venture into the lush mountains of the Golden Triangle, so called because three countries – Thailand, Myanmar and Laos – meet
  • Learn about the importance elephants play in the lives of rural Thais during a day spent in the company of an elephant and his “mahout” at the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre

 

 

Day 1:  Arrive Bangkok, Thailand
Gilded temple spires and watery thoroughfares gleam in the distance as you touch down in Bangkok, the capital of the Royal Kingdom of Thailand.  You are welcomed on arrival and escorted to your luxurious riverfront hotel.  Peninsula Bangkok - Grand Deluxe Room

Day 2:  Bangkok
This morning, begin your introduction to Thailand’s rich cultural heritage with the magnificent Grand Palace.  The palace grounds cover 60 acres and encompass the Inner Palace, the home of the current king, pavilions and government offices.  The Emerald Buddha Temple houses the famous 31-inch-high Buddha, carved from one block of jade.  It is the most revered image in Thailand.  Also admire Wat Pho, Reclining Buddha Temple, the oldest and largest temple in Bangkok; and Wat Trimitr, the world's largest Golden Buddha thought to be some 700 years old.  Continue to the Tiger Temple at Kanchanaburi located within the remote forest temple of Wat Pha Luangta Bua.  In these beautiful surroundings, dedicated Buddhist monks live with numerous wild animals including tigers.  Peninsula Bangkok - Grand Deluxe Room (B)

Day 3:  Bangkok / Amphawa District / Bangkok
This morning, travel by boat along Amphawa’s 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, 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 floating markets, Amphawa Floating Market is an actual functioning weekend market and probably the best kept secret in Thailand.  Peninsula Bangkok - Grand Deluxe Room (B,L)

Day 4:  Bangkok / Chiang Mai
Fly north to Chiang Mai, center for exploring the distinctive mountain hill tribes of Thailand. First, visit Doi Suthep Temple, an important landmark to Buddhists and Lanna people.  Then, set out to meet the Hmong hill tribe.  Over 100 years ago, six hill tribes migrated from China into the mountains of Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand.  Each has a distinct culture, religion, language, art and dress.  The Chedi - Deluxe Room (B)

Day 5:  Chiang Mai
Today you will have an unusual opportunity to engage a part of Thailand culture up close during a day-long excursion to Lampang Elephant Camp, part of the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre.  This manhout training camp takes you into the daily lives of manhouts and their elephants.  Each manhout forms a lifelong bond with his elephant.  You can participate in the ritual ceremony to pay respects to Ganesha, the elephant-headed Hindu deity.  You are paired with a manhout/elephant team and you ride your elephant to the main site of the camp.  Visit the hospital where sick and injured elephants are cared for.  You’ll visit the Elephant Dung Paper Factory, watch the elephants bathe, and see them work.  The day ends with a ride back to the camp before returning to your hotel.  The Chiang - Deluxe Room (B,L)

Day 6:  Chiang Mai / Chiang Rai
Travel by road through lush mountain landscapes, past hill tribe settlements of the far north.  Arrive at your exquisite mountain resort.  Genuine Thai hospitality is wrapped in a setting that is both traditional in spirit and contemporary in design.  Savor amazing views of the verdant Mekong Valley from the private terrace of your luxury room.  Anantara Golden Triangle Resort - Deluxe 3 Country View Room (B,D)

Day 7:  Chiang Rai
Discover the Golden Triangle, where three countries – Thailand, Myanmar and Laos – meet.  The scenery on these narrow mountain roads is splendid, especially at Doi Mae Salong, a Chinese settlement founded by Kuomintang soldiers who fled China in 1949.  Meet members of Akha and Yao, hill tribes, who continue to follow the simple lifestyles of their ancestors.  After lunch, set out for Mae Sai, the town nearest the Myanmar border.  Journey into the heart of the triangle, where the Ruak and Mekong rivers meet.  From a hilltop, you see all three countries.  An optional boat trip is available for those who wish to get closer to Laos and Myanmar.  At Chiang Saen, there is evidence of a 13th-century city that once flourished here.  Take time to relish this tranquil setting of old temples on the banks of the Mekong River.  Anantara Golden Triangle Resort - Deluxe 3 Country View Room (B,D)

Day 8:  Chiang Rai / Bangkok / Depart
Return to the airport today for your flight back to Bangkok.  On arrival, connect to your flight home.  (B)

Departure Dates:  Jan 7 to Mar 31 and Apr 15 to Oct 31, 2013

Land price, per person, double occupancy:  Starting from $3,950

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