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Groupon - 13 Day Classic Thailand
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DAY 1 - Depart the USA
Depart the USA for Thailand. Your flight includes meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment for your journey
DAY 2 - Arrive in Bangkok
Arrive in Bangkok and transfer to your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure
DAY 3 - Bangkok City Tour
This morning meet with your tour manager for an orientation. Then continue with an afternoon city and temple tour, introducing you to Bangkok, the "City of Angels". Drive through Chinese Town, the Indian Market, and the Wholesale Flower Market. Visit Wat Po (Temple of the Reclining Buddha), the oldest and first school for people in the olden days. See the famous golden Reclining Buddha statue, 160 feet long and 49 feet high, before continuing to the Royal Avenue where most of the Government offices are located and the Palace of the Present King
Optional: Siam Niramit Show & Dinner (PM)
DAY 4 - Full Day in Bangkok
Full day at leisure to explore Bangkok independently
Optional: Half Day Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha (AM)
Optional: Chao Phraya River Cruise with Dinner (PM)
DAY 5 - Travel to Ayutthaya, Ayutthaya City Tour
Depart for Ayutthaya, the second and most prosperous capital of Thailand, from 1350-1767. On the way, stop at Bang Pa In Royal Palace. Bang Pa In was the royal summer palace for Thai kings. Originally constructed in 1632, the complex fell into disrepair. In the mid-1800's, King Mongkut restored the site to its former glory. Upon arrival in Ayutthaya, visit the Chai Wattanaram Temple. This temple was built by King Prasat Tong, who was actually a commoner who overthrew the previous king and took his throne. This is a lovely place to take in the nature and peace of Siam
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 6 - Travel to Sukhothai
Depart Ayutthaya and travel north to Sukhothai. Sukhothai was founded in the 13th Century by King Ramkhamhaeng, as the capital of Siam
DAY 7 - Sukhothai Historical Park, Travel to Chiang Rai
Some of the most beautiful Thai art and architecture was produced during Sukhothai's golden era - between the 13th and 14th centuries. Modern Sukhothai is made up of the old town and new town. The old town of Sukhothai mainly consists of the large Historical Park, where most of the remains of the original city can be seen. Today you will have the opportunity to tour this historical site and marvel at the ancient Buddha figures, palace buildings and ruined temples. Later in the day, board your tour bus to venture north for Chiang Rai
Overnight: Chiang Rai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 8 - Mae Sai Border Town & Golden Triangle
This morning, travel to the market town of Mae Sai, the northern-most point of Thailand, where there is an opportunity to cross into Myanmar*. Next, head to the hilltop lookout of the Golden Triangle of Southeast Asia for views of the joining of the Mekong and Ruak Rivers. This is also the meeting point for the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos. Following the sightseeing stop, embark on a short cruise along the banks of the Mekong to the small island of Don Sao in Laos. Enjoy leisure time in Laos before returning to the Thailand bank. Continue to the House of Opium Museum to learn more about the plant that is mass produced in this area. Later, savor a locally prepared lunch in a nearby farming village before returning to the hotel in Chiang Rai. The remainder of the day is at leisure
* Crossing into Myanmar (Burma) requires a visa which can be obtained locally at the border crossing at your own expense
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 9 - Travel to Chiang Mai
After a morning at leisure, depart for Chiang Mai. En route, visit a gem gallery before continuing on to visit Wat Rong Khun, or "the White Temple." Wat Rong Khun is quite contemporary compared to other temples in the country - construction began in 1998. Decorated in a brilliant white, including beautiful small pieces of white glass, the temple fuses contemporary art with Buddhist symbolism. Later, arrive in Chiang Mai, the cultural heart of Northern Thailand. Located in the rolling foothills of the Himalayas, Chiang Mai remained isolated from the world until the 1920's
Optional: Half Day Mae Salong Hill Tribe (AM)
Optional: Kantoke Dinner & Show
Overnight: Chiang Mai
DAY 10 - Full Day in Chiang Mai
Enjoy the morning at leisure to explore Chiang Mai independently. Chiang Mai is a city known for culture, nature and handicrafts. This afternoon, visit the handicraft street of Sankampang for on site demonstrations of how the silk, lacquer, silver, wood and bronze wares are made. Later today, visit the world's largest gem factory, where you will learn about gem stones, visit the mining area and watch while stones are cut and set
Optional: Half Day Mae Sa Elephant Camp with lunch (AM)
Optional: Traditional Thai Massage
Overnight: Chiang Mai
DAY 11- Chiang Mai City & Temples Tour, Dinner at Private Home
This morning, enjoy a half day city and temple tour, and visit the most interesting temples in Chiang Mai. Your tour takes you to Wat Suan Dok, where the remains of the Chiang Mai Royal family are enshrined. The tour continues to Wat Phrathad Doi Suthep, erected in 1384 A.D. Located 3500 feet above sea level, Wat Phrathad Doi Suthep is Northern Thailand's most sacred temple, containing a holy relic of Lord Buddha and a copper-plated chedi topped by a tiered gold parasol in its interior cloister. Equally impressive is the mythological Naga (Dragon-headed serpent) staircase, consisting of 290 steps leading up to the temple grounds. As you descend the stairs, there will be an opportunity to visit a local jade factory. Afternoon at leisure. In the evening, enjoy the authentic experience of dinner in a local Chiang Mai family home. Enjoy a tour of the home, and an open conversation of how a typical Thai family lives, all while enjoying the savors of home cooked Thai cuisine
Overnight: Chiang Mai
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 12- Flight to Bangkok
This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Bangkok. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Enjoy balance of the day at leisure
DAY 13 - Depart for the USA
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
|Siam Niramit Show & Dinner||Day #3||01 Jul 2013 - 30 Jun 2014||$59|
Buffet dinner at the Siam Niramit Restaurant before this evening's stunning performance of the journey to the Enchanted Kingdom of Siam. Boasting over 150 performers, this $40 million production delves into Siam's history and culture, featuring scenes taken from the North's Ancient Kingdom of Lanna, the famed sea traders of the South, Khmer heritage, and the Central Plains traditions. Then in a journey reminiscent of Dante, venture into the heart of Thai mythology with scenes of Fiery Hell, Mystical Himapaan Forest, and Blissful Heaven. Lastly, enjoy a montage of joyous celebrations honoring the Buddhist tradition of merit-making festivals.
|Half Day Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha||Day #4||01 Jul 2013 - 30 Jun 2014||$37|
Half day morning tour of Wat Phra Kaew, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and the adjoining Grand Palace. Together they form what is perhaps the greatest spectacle for the visitor to Bangkok. Wat Phra Kaew consists of over 100 brightly colored building, golden spires and glittering mosaics, and dates back to 1782, when Bangkok was founded. From Wat Phra Kaew head to the Grand Palace. Despite the proximity of the two, there's a distinct contrast in style between the very Thai Wat Phra Kaew and the more European-inspired designs of the Grand Palace. The Grand Palace is used only for occasional ceremonial purposes and is no longer the royal residence.
|Chao Phraya River Cruise with dinner||Day #4||01 Jul 2013 - 30 Jun 2014||$72|
A very relaxing cruise on the River of King, Chao Phraya. Enjoy the beautiful picturesque of Bangkok by night along the river. You will cruise slowly up the river, passing by the Royal Navy Fort, Grand Palace and many beautiful temples which are illuminated at night. An International Buffet Dinner on board with the entertainment of live band along the way.
|Half Day Mae Salong Hill Tribe||Day #9||01 Jul 2013 - 30 Jun 2014||$19|
Your tour begins with hour drive from Chiang Rai City. Upon arrival, change transportation to the local Thai Combi which will take you up to the Doi Mae Salong to visit the hill that is still inhabited with various hill tribes, namely the Akha, Long Neck and Salong . See the unique way of life & culture of the various tribes that is still maintained today.
Approximate tour duration is 5 hours.
|Kantoke Dinner & Show||Day #9||01 Jul 2013 - 30 Jun 2014||$25|
This evening, delight in a Kantoke dinner with traditional dances from Northern Thailand. As guests of this unique event, you will be seated on the floor, as is customary, and enjoy acted scenes depicting the local culture as you dine. After dinner, villagers from various hilltribes will perform an exciting array of cultural dances, including the Fon Lep (Fingers Dance), Sword Dance, Fon Thien (Candle Dance), and Ramwong, in which all guests are invited to participate.
Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.
|Half Day Mae Sa Elephant Camp with lunch||Day #10||01 Jul 2013 - 30 Jun 2014||$19|
Travel northwest along the Mae Sa Valley, with its scenic botanical gardens and ten-tiered waterfalls, to visit the Mae Sa Elephant Training Camp. Here you will see elephants bathing in the running streams or demonstrating their daily feats of skill and strength in a show with music and dance, a soccer match, or an abstract painting demonstration. Even more impressive is the camp's goal to protect the endangered Thai Elephant by controlled breeding, a program which has flourished since it was established in 1995. At an additional charge, you may choose to ride on the back of a Thai Elephant, making for a truly memorable experience. Enjoy time at leisure to walk the exhibition greenhouses, gardens and nature trails.
Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.
|Traditional Thai Massage||Day #10||01 Jul 2013 - 30 Jun 2014||$19|
Travelling to Thailand will never be complete without having a traditional Thai Massage. Different than other kinds of massage, your masseuse will stretch, bend, and contort your body into various positions. Known to quickly ease the stress of muscle tension and aides in curing minor illness. You will receive a set of personal cotton clothing with GATE 1 logo to wear during the massage.
Approximate tour duration is 1 hour.
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|Century Park Hotel - details||★★★★+||Bangkok|
|Kantary Hotel - details||★★★★+||Ayutthaya|
|Classic Kameo Ayutthaya - details||★★★★+||Ayutthaya|
|Legendha Sukhothai - details||★★★★+||Sukhothai|
|Sukhothai Heritage Resort - details||★★★★+||Sukhothai|
|Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort - details||★★★★★||Chiang Rai|
|Le Meridien Chiang Mai - details||★★★★★||Chiang Mai|
|2013 & 2014 Travel Dates||Groupon Price|
|Nov 6, Nov 11, Nov 13||$1799*|
|Jan 30 '14, Feb 25||$1799*|
|Mar 3, Mar 10, Mar 11, Mar 18, Mar 24, Mar 25||$1799*|
|Apr 17, May 15||$1699*|
Optional tours and gratuities.
Land only price does not include arrival transfer, but does include flight Chiang Mai - Bangkok.
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