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THAILAND- LAND OF SMILES

9 days /8 nights
Bangkok-ChiangRai-Chiang Mai- Phuket

Bangkok

Day 1 – Arrival in Bangkok

You will be greeted and assisted by our local guide upon arrival. Your guide will present you with a welcome package and all documents, vouchers and contact information you will need for the tour. Transfer to your hotel after the meet and greet with an overnight stay in Bangkok.

Day 2 – Bangkok

Today, after breakfast, the tour begins. You will visit two of the most important sights in Bangkok; the Reclining Buddha and the Grand Palace. The Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho is a giant lying Buddha completely covered in gold leaf. The Grand Palace is a 'must-see' for every visitor, located nearby the banks of Chao Phraya River, it is a perfect example of an ancient Siamese court. You will also have a chance to visit the Temple of Emerald Buddha (Wat Pra Kaew) which is also within the compound. Lunch will be at a local Thai restaurant. The journey continues along the Chao Phraya River and through the Klongs (canals) of Thonburi; also known to some as 'The Venice of the East'. The tour ends with a visit to Wat Arun; the majestic shrine has a pagoda 76 M high and is decorated with glazed ceramic pieces that reflect the shining sun.
Please be sure to wear proper attire (no bare shoulders, bare knees or strapless-heel shoes), also note that shoes must be taken off before entering all the temple buildings.
Breakfast/Dinner

Day 3 – Bangkok

After breakfast we will travel about 100 km to reach the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. We will start with a scenic ride on a narrow long tail-speedboat, passing through the riverside villages and fruit plantations before we enter the vibrant, colourful market. Make sure to bring your camera as there are many fantastic photo opportunities along the way and in the beautiful markets on the water. Return to the hotel in the early afternoon and have the rest of the day at your leisure. For dinner, you will go on the Enjoy Loy Nava Dinner Cruise. Overnight in Bangkok.
Breakfast/Dinner

Day 4 – Bangkok – Chiang Rai

After breakfast you will be assisted to your transfer to the airport for your flight to Chiang Rai. You will be greeted upon arrival in Chiang Rai and continue your journey on to the Golden Triangle area. This is where the mighty Mae Khong River joins the Ruak River which forms the triangle with the borders of Thailand, Burma and Laos. Lunch will be at a local restaurant. After lunch, we will have the opportunity to visit the Opium Museum. We will continue on to the old city of Chiang Saen (A.D. 1260) which is located on the steep banks of Mae Khong River opposite of Laos, where you will witness amazing views of the wondrous ancient ruins and temples. Overnight in Chiang Rai.
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 5 – Chiang Rai – Chiang Mai

We will continue the journey to Chiang Mai after breakfast today. En-route we will have the opportunity to visit Wat Rong Khun (the white temple) and the Hot Spring Baan Pong Nam Ron. Arrive in Chiang Mai for lunch. After lunch, the tour continues with an orientation tour of Chiang Mai with a visit to the famous landmark of the Mountain Temple Wat Doi Suthep. The mountain temple is situated on a hill 1050 M high where you will have an amazing view of the town and province on clear days.
In the evening you will have the chance to enjoy a Khantoke Northern Thai Dinner with acts such as the Fon Lep (fingers dance), Sword of Dance, Fon Thien (candle dance), and Ramwong which the guests will be invited to take part in.There is also a special hill tribe show performed by Akha, Yao, Lahu, Meo, Lishaw and Karen tribes. Overnight in Chiang Mai.
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 6 – Chiang Mai

Today we will visit the Elephant Nature park; a natural home and sanctuary for elephants, buffalo, dogs, cats, birds and many more rescued animals. The tour continues today with a picturesque drive through the rural countryside en-route to the Elephant Nature Park. Hear the stories of the rescued animals and how they became a proud herd, now free from abuse. You will also have the chance to feed these gentle creatures from the viewing platform. Take a peaceful walk with the staff and elephants to the river where you may choose to participate in the bathing of these beautiful animals. In the late afternoon, we must say our goodbyes to the elephants before the hour-long journey back to Chiang Mai.
Overnight in Chiang Mai.
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 7 – Chiang Mai – Phuket

After breakfast, transfer to Chiang Mai airport for the departure flight to Phuket. You will be met and greeted by our local guide and then assisted to your transfer to your accommodations. In the evening, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a Siam Niramit (a dinner with show).
Breakfast/Dinner

Day 8 – Phuket

Today, after breakfast, you will be picked up from the hotel and drive to Royal Phuket Marina where you will depart for Maya Bay and Phi Phi Island. Relax and enjoy the day at Maya Bay (where parts of the film 'The Beach' was filmed) and take your time to go snorkelling and swimming in the gorgeous clear waters of Loh Samah and Pileh Cove.
Day 8 - Phuket Today, after breakfast, you will be picked up from the hotel and drive to Royal Phuket Marina where you will depart for Maya Bay and Phi Phi Island. Relax and enjoy the day at Maya Bay (where parts of the film 'The Beach' was filmed) and take your time to go snorkelling and swimming in the gorgeous clear waters of Loh Samah and Pileh Cove. Take the time to see the Viking Cave which is home to bird nest producing swallows and feed the local inhabitants at 'The Monkey Beach' while experiencing the magnificent marine life at the great coral reef. Lunch will be served at Phi Phi Natural Resort (private beach). After lunch, you will have the chance to explore 'Bamboo Island' with its stunning white sand beaches and clear blue waters. Overnight in Phuket. Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner.

Day 9 – Phuket

After breakfast you will check out of the hotel and assisted to your transfer to Phuket Airport for your departure flight.
Breakfast

2017 Tour Start Dates/Price per person in CAD$

Weekly departures in October, November and December( except Christmas Holidays when peak season surcharge will apply)

  • Starting at $2851/person based on twin/double occupancy
  • Single supplement cost on request

2018 Tour Start Dates/Price per person in CAD$

Weekly departures in January, February and March( Except in the Lunar Holidays when peak season surcharge will apply)

  • Starting at $2995/person based on twin/double occupancy
  • Single supplement cost on request

Inclusions:

  • Airport transfers
  • English speaking guide
  • Hotel accommodations in twin/double occupancy at Standard hotels
  • Meals as per itinerary/ breakfast in a box in lieu of ABF when taking early morning flight
  • Flights : Bangkok- Chang Rai, Chiang Mai- Phuket

Exclusions:

  • International airfare
  • Visa fees, drinks and personal expenses
  • Gratuities to hotel personnel, guides and drivers