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9 Day Central Thailand with River Kwai
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This 9 day "on-the-go" program features the highlights of Thailand in an active itinerary which includes several walking tours as well as some early starts and long days.
DAY 1, Tuesday - Depart the USA
Depart the USA for Thailand. Your flight includes meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment for your journey.
DAY 2, Wednesday - Arrive in Bangkok
Arrive in Bangkok and transfer to your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure.
DAY 3, Thursday - 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, that is 160 feet long and 40 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, Friday - 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, Saturday - Travel to Kanchanaburi, Visit Bridge over River Kwai & War Museum
This morning we will head southwest of Bangkok to explore the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. You will have the opportunity to see how local farmers and villagers trade their wares aboard small Sampan boats. The boats are loaded with all kinds of products including fruits, vegetables, dry goods, housewares, and freshly cooked food. From the Floating market, we will travel on to Kanchanaburi. In Kanchanaburi, we will visit the Bridge Over the River Kwai, the War Museum, which was built with donations from Australians and former prisoners, and the War Cemetery. The cemetery was built by the British Commonwealth War Grave Association, on a plot of land that was donated by local Thai citizens.
DAY 6, Sunday - Full Day in Kanchanaburi
Full day at leisure to explore Kanchanaburi independently.
Optional: Full Day Hellfire Pass & Death Railway with lunch
DAY 7, Monday - 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 8, Tuesday - Travel to Bangkok
This morning, travel to Bangkok. Afternoon at leisure to explore Bangkok on your own.
DAY 9, Wednesday - Depart for the USA
Early morning departure transfer to Bangkok airport for your flight home.
Gate 1 itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.
|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.
|Full Day Hellfire Pass & Death Railway with lunch||Day #6||01 Jul 2013 - 30 Jun 2014||$29|
Depart early in the morning from Kanchanaburi to visit Hell Fire Pass and the Death Railway. Hellfire Pass derives its name from Allied Prisoners of War; who were ordered by the Japanese authorities to complete the bridge earlier than scheduled.All POW's were forced to work day and night in the jungle. They dug through the mountain with simple tools and more than 12,000 British, Dutch, Australian & American troops and 80,000 Thais perished during construction. Our trip will include a boat trip on the River Kwai and you will be able to take a ride on the Death Railway. We will stop for lunch and head back to Kanchanaburi.
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|Aetas Lumpini Hotel - details||★★★★||Bangkok|
|River Kwai Resotel - details||★★★||Kanchanaburi|
|Krungsri River Hotel - details||★★★★||Ayutthaya|
|2013 & 2014 Travel Dates||Livingsocial Price|
|Sep 3 & Sep 17 '13||$1499*|
|Feb 4, Feb 18, Feb 25, Mar 4, Mar 11, Mar 18 & Mar 25 '14||$1399*|
|Apr 8, Apr 15, Apr 22, May 6 & May 20 '14||$1499*|
Optional tours and gratuities.
Flights from the USA may arrive on DAY 3. Included sightseeing commences in the afternoon on Day 3.
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