Thailand Cultural Experience

Price
From U$3090 Per Person
  • 10  nights  11  days
  • Bangkok, River Kwai, Ayuthaya, Uthai Thani, Sukhothai, Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai
Highlights
  • Bangkok: Chao Phraya River
  • River Kwai: Stay at a Jungle Raft – Thai- style floating Bamboo Accommodation
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    Highlights
    • Bangkok: Chao Phraya River
    • River Kwai: Stay at a Jungle Raft – Thai- style floating Bamboo Accommodation
    • Ayuthaya: The Acient City
    • Uthai Thani: Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Reserve
    • Uthai Thani: Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Reserve
    • Golden Triangle: Historial Opium Ground
    • Chiang Mai: Elephant Camp
  • Details
  • Itinerary
  • Includes & Excludes
  • Travel Tips
  • GALLERY

Thailand Cultural Experience

Embark on a journey to amazing Thailand – the Land of Smiles from miles away.

Uncover the rich wholesomeness of Thailand’s culture and history on an 11 day journey. On this trip, you will have a full day to spend quality time at the Elephant camp. From watching the elephants in training performance to taking an elephant ride through the jungle, you will be truly amazed by the intelligence of these gentle giants. Enjoy a relaxing cruise down the Mekong River and reach the Golden Triangle where the borders of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet. As you continue on your journey in Thailand, fall in love more in depth of this gem paradise as this country is known as the Land of Smiles. The nature of its people is described as hospitable, welcoming and positive. Visiting the hill tribe village in Chiang Mai and interacting with the locals will let you ponder how amazing the world is due to the diversity of every individual. Bon Voyage!

Itinerary

Arrive at Bangkok International airport and meet the local representative for your private transfer from Bangkok Airport to Hotel in Bangkok.

Accommodation: Grand Centre Point Ratchadamri or similar
This morning, begin your tour through the bustling streets of Bangkok. The first stop is Wat Trimit, housing the impressive three-meter high, five-ton solid gold Buddha. Next you will visit Wat Pho, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. Then, marvel at the sea of colors at the flower market in Pakklong Talad. Finally drive up Rajdamnern Avenue, lined with mid-century hotels and shops. Return to your hotel at the end of your tour and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Meal(s):: Breakfast
Accommodation: Grand Centre Point Ratchadamri or similar
After breakfast, experience a half day trip along the bustling Chao Phraya River and the quiet Klong (canals) in a long tail boat, in which you can enjoy scenes of Bangkok life. We will bring you to a more traditional and serene way of living around Thonburi residential areas, away from all the skyscrapers and modern buildings of Bangkok City Centre. Stop by the “Temple of Dawn” (officially named Wat Arun). Continue with a visit to the Royal Grand Palace, the nation’s landmark and most praised royal monument in Thailand is a must. The palace, which is the former royal residence of the Chakri Kings, is the perfect example of an ancient Siamese court. Built in 1782 by the King Rama I, it was the centre of power for more than 150 years. Today, the palace is Bangkok's major landmark and most popular tourist attraction. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

Meal(s):: Breakfast
Accommodation: Grand Centre Point Ratchadamri or similar
Depart from Bangkok to the world famous River Kwai. On the way, stop at the Damnern Saduak Floating Market. Arrive at Kanchanaburi (River Kwai) and board a train to travel on the historical railway passing by the famou historic bridge. After lunch at a local restaurant visit Hell Fire Pass and the War Museum, then in the late afternoon, board a long tail boat and transfer to your Jungle Raft, a Thai-style accommodation that floats on a bamboo raft. Dinner will be served at the resort.

Meal(s):: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: The Floathouse River Kwai or similar
After breakfast, transfer from your resort by boat to the pier. Begin your journey northward to the ancient city of Ayutthaya. On the way, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant followed by visits to Ayutthaya's Historical Parks and ancient temples. Then proceed to Uthai Thani, a province that is abundant in natural resources, forests and wildlife. “Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Reserve” was proclaimed a Natural World Heritage Site in December 1991. In this reserve there are a number of rare and endangered animals. Check in at the resort where dinner is served.

Meal(s):: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: River Lake Resort Uthai Thani or similar
In the early morning visit the morning fresh market. Enjoy a boat ride along the Saka Krang River to see how locals live in Raft Houses. Return to the resort for breakfast. Afterward, travel north to Sukhothai. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel then take an afternoon tour around Sukhothai and Sri Sat Chanalai Historical Park.

Meal(s):: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: The Legendha Sukhothai Resort or similar
After breakfast, visit the local museum, then proceed to the northern city of Chiang Rai. En route, visit Chiangsaen where you will take a boat ride along the Mekong River and cross the border into Laos and visit a local market. Return to Thailand and visit the Historical Opium ground of the Golden Triangle. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Later, walk across to Mae Sai, Myanmar's border town. Stroll around the border town before returning to Chiang Rai to check in to your resort and have dinner.

Meal(s):: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: The Legendha Sukhothai Resort or similar
After breakfast, transfer to Chiang Mai. En route, make a stop at a hill tribe village and visit the native long neck tribe. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Upon arrival in Chiang Mai, check-in to your hotel. Tonight, enjoy a Lanna-style Kantoke dinner and a traditional Northern Thai dance performance.

Meal(s):: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Aruntara Riverside Boutique Hotel or similar
Experience a whole day of adventure at the Elephant Camp, beginning with an elephant training performance, then take an elephant ride through the jungle. Lunch will be served at the base. After lunch, visit a beautiful orchid farm and Doi Suthep Temple. Enjoy a local dinner in the evening.

Meal(s):: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Aruntara Riverside Boutique Hotel or similar
After breakfast, visit a local handicraft centre to see how traditional paper umbrellas are made. In the afternoon you will transfer to Chiang Mai airport to board your flight back to Bangkok. Arrive in Bangkok and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy last-minute shopping or sightseeing.

Meal(s):: Breakfast
Accommodation: Grand Centre Point Ratchadamri or similar
After breakfast, enjoy free time until your transfer to airport for your onward flight.

Meal(s):: Breakfast

Price Includes

  • Domestic Airfare within Thailand: Chiang Mai to Bangkok
  • Return Private transfers between airport and hotel.
  • 4-Star hotel accommodation based on double occupancy
  • Private sightseeing tours with admission
  • Professional English Speaking local guide service.
  • Daily breakfast, 6 lunches, 5 Dinners and 1 Special dinner

Price Excludes

  • International Airfare to Thailand
  • Travel/Medical/Cancellation insurance
  • Travel Visa
  • Personal expenses
  • Tipping and gratuities to local guides, drivers, and hotel staff
  • Any items not specified as included

Travel Tips

Travel documents: Many nationalities, including the citizens of Australia, Canada, South Africa, the USA and most European countries, do not need a visa for stays of up to 30 days (29 nights). A passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of entry, return ticket or onward travel arrangement needs to be presented upon request at your arrival in Thailand. These requirements are subject to change. Please check with the embassy or consulate in your home country before departure.

For Visa requirements please refer to CITB Visas.

Currency: The Thai monetary unit is the Baht (THB). There are 100 Satang to one Baht. Coins are used in denominations of 25 Satang, 50 Satang, 1 Baht, 5 Baht and 10 Baht. Bank note denominations comprise 20 Baht (green), 50 Baht (blue), 100 Baht (red), 500 Baht (purple) and 1000 Baht (grey). Notes are also scaled in size; the larger the denomination, the larger the note. Money and travelers cheques of all major currencies can be exchanged at the airports, hotels, banks, money exchange booths and mobile exchange kiosks in tourist areas. Banks usually offer the best rates. Credit cards are widely accepted in department stores, major hotels, up-market shops and restaurants.

Weather: The average annual temperature is about 28C. The northern region can be a bit cold during the cool season. Acclimatization to the sometimes-oppressive heat and humidity of Thailand can often take longer than expected. Make sure you drink lots of fluids (preferably non-alcoholic drinks) to avoid dehydrating. Thailand enjoys a tropical climate with three distinct seasons:
Hot Season: March – May
Rainy Season: June – October
Cool Season: November – February

What to Pack: It is advisable to dress in cool, non-restricting clothes made from natural fibres. Sunglasses, sunscreen and a head cover are a must at all times. Be sure to bring along a sweater or a light jacket if you intend to visit the Northern region during the cool season. During the rainy season, downpours hardly last more than a couple of hours.

Power Supply: The electric current for the whole of Thailand is 220 volts AC, 50 cycles. Dual-prong rounded plugs as well as flat-pin plugs can be used in sockets. Adaptors are provided by most of the hotels.

Tips & Gratuities: Traditionally, tipping is not a common practice in Thailand, though it is becoming more widespread as a result of foreign influence. Tipping is entirely up to your discretion. In hotels and finer restaurants, where a service charge of 10% is added to the bill, it is not necessary to tip further. Taxi fares should be rounded up to the nearest 5 or 10 Baht.

Bargaining: It is expected for you to bargain at small shops and with street vendors, but not at large department stores and most non-tourist shops. It is challenging and fun, if you keep your sense of humour.

Do’s & Don’ts :

  • The Royal Family is held in the highest reverence in Thailand. Negative remarks about the Monarchy could be considered as an offence against the Thai Law.
  • Public displays of affection between men and women are frowned upon.
  • Always dress neatly in all religious shrines – shorts, hot pats and sleeveless shirts are considered inappropriate.
  • Thais greet each other with a “wai”, a prayer-like, palms-together gesture, not a handshake. Generally, a younger person wais an elder, who then returns it.

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