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ITINERARY SPECIALLY PREPARED FOR

AMAZONIA EXPEDITIONS GROUP TO THAILAND

Oct 2014

 


Room preference:

Twin Sharing Room

Type of trip:

Culture, history, adventures and relaxation

Journey destination(s):

Bangkok-Chiang Mai-Krabi

Tour guide(s):

Regional-based tour guides

Leader:

Dolly Arevalo Beaver

 

 

 

ITINERARY

Oct 4 depart USA, cross int date line, Oct 6 ARRIVAL BANGKOK

Pick up from Quintessentially Thailand, meet with your guide with a sign marked “Customer name” Bangkok has been Thailand's dominant city since the eighteenth century. Established as the capital in 1767 after the fall of the ancient city of Ayutthaya, Bangkok is located on one of southeastern Asia's most important rivers, the Chao Phraya. In the 1980s and 1990s, Bangkok underwent rapid modernization, growing to approximately ten million people, making this the only major city in a country of villages and small towns. Bangkok's ancient palaces and Buddhist temples contrast with high rises and traffic jams. Meals: None Accommodation: 4* Chatrium Riverside Bangkok /Grand Room (City View) http://chatrium.com/chatrium_hotel.

 

Oct 7: BANGKOK – City Tour
The Grand Palace is a spectacular Royal Palace with intricate architectures. In the same compound consists of the temple of the Emerald Buddha containing an image of Buddha carved from a single piece of jade and one of the most holy and revered of religious objects in Thailand. Then, walk to Wat Pho - the reclining Bhuddha temple. Travel to Bangkok Canal by motor boat, which is renowned as long-tailed boat. Stop at Royal Barges Museum to visit the beautiful ornament boat, which has been used in royal procession. The royal procession on the water way is for a big cerebration of the Thai Monarch or royal religious ceremony. Visitors will have a chance to observe part of the Thai belief and the secret activities during their visit. Along the way, pass by the most famous royal temple, the temple of Dawn, or Wat Arun. View Bangkok s most stunning landmark, the Pang, before returning to your hotel. Note: The Grand Palace, Bangkok: Dress code: Not allow to wear sleeveless, short and mini skirt, skirt length higher than knee. Thai Temple & Royal Palace: Visitor will request to take off the shoe when visit main chapel. It is best to wear easy to take off shoe. Walking tour: comfortable shoe is highly recommended. Please wear comfortable shoe for your convenient during embarkation and disembarkation from the boat Not recommend for persons with disability, since boat platform is very high Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: 4* Chatrium Riverside Bangkok/Grand Room (City View)/http://chatrium.com/chatrium_hotel/


Oct 8: IN BANGKOK
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market & Train Market Half Day (Private Tour) 07.00 Pick from hotel and drive to South-west direction. Along the way, pass sea-salt farm and local village. Visit The most colorful of Thailand’s floating markets is the one at Damnoen Saduak in Ratchaburi Province, about 104 km southwest of Bangkok. Visit the famous floating market, then board a canal boat and view native life along the canal banks and arrive at the market, where boats of various shapes and size, carry goods for trading. 08.30 Arrive train market. Train Market is the unique attraction about Maeklong Railway Market which is the fact that a train runs through the market many times a day where market stalls are set up on the rails. After the siren, the vendors have to move their goods to clear a passage way for the train. Once the train is gone, the vendors push back the stalls and awnings into position and resume its business again as if nothing has happened. 09.00 Continue trip to floating market. Stop at coconut farm. 09.20 Take a small long boat to navigate your way through the Floating Market. The canal twists and turns around a plantation surrounded by greenery. Observe the interactions conducted between selling and buying boats of commodities like meals, snacks, drinks and goods. 11.30 Leave Floating market, on the way stop at wood carving center, if time permit.  Free day in the afternoon 6:00 -07.00 p.m. Pick up at the hotel's lobby before the tour starts one hour 8.00 p.m. - 9.30 p.m. Enjoy having delicious Thai dinner and seeing traditional Thai dancing shows at Silom Village, the wonderful traditional Thai dance restaurant 10:00 p.m. Transfer to the hotel Included: A/C bus, English speaking, Thai Set Dinner, Drinking water, sightseeing stops for taking photo Excluded: Soft drinks & drinks Meals: Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner Accommodation: 4* Chatrium Riverside Bangkok /Grand Room (City View) / http://chatrium.com/chatrium_hotel/

 

Oct 9: BANGKOK – CHIANG MAI
Transfer to Bangkok airport in the morning and fly to Chiang Mai. Upon arrival at the airport meet with your guide with a sign marked “customer name” and transfer to the hotel for check in. Chiang Mai (New City) was founded in 1296 by King Mengrai as the capital of the first independent Thai state, Lanna Thai (Kingdom of One Million Rice Fields). It became the cultural and religious center of the northern Tai, those who had migrated from southern China to dwell in Thailand, and remained so throughout the turbulent period of recurring Burmese attacks. The Burmese finally captured Chiang Mai in 1556 and occupied it until King Taksin retook the city in 1775, driving the Burmese forces back to near the present border. Burmese influence on religion, architecture, language, cuisine, and culture, however, remains strong. The city stands on the Ping River, a major tributary of the Chao Phraya River. Wat Prathat Doi Suthep is the most important and famous temple in Chiang Mai. The tour begins with a pleasant wildly driving up 3,500 feet above sea level to the sacred temple of Doi Suthep. You then ascend up the 306 steps to the temple gateway which guarded by two splendid Nagas (serpents). Walk around the grounds of Doi Suthep past golden pillars, six foot gongs and rows of bells. A five tiered parasols made of gold sat on display in the inner courtyard. Wat Prathat Doi Suthep was built in 1383, is the symbol of Chiang Mai. It is the most sacred temple in the city and contains the holy relic of the Lord Buddha which is enshrined in the magnificent golden pagoda that can be seen for miles around. A panoramic view of the city and the surrounding countryside can be seen from the temple grounds. Then visit San Kampaeng where you can see Thai handicraft such as Umbrella. Then check in at the hotel. Meals: Breakfast , Lunch Accommodation: 4* Ratilanna / Deluxe room / http://www.ratilannachiangmai.com/

 

Oct 10: IN CHIANG MAI
Mae Taman Elephant Camp (Private Tour) 08h30 Pick up from the hotel and spend about an hour drive along a pleasant and scenic road to the northern part of Chiang Mai. 09h30 Arrive Mae Taman Elephant Camp situated on the bank of the Mae Tang River. 09h45 Start a full day trip by watching the Elephant’s Bathing enjoying themselves with the mahouts in the river which’s lovely and fun! 10h00 Then, a show of how these magnificent animals working in the timber industry by pushing, dragging and rolling logs in unison at the command of their mahouts. Also many activities are being performed to show their talent and intelligence for instances playing soccer, game, massage and even draw such a beautiful painting of abstract, trees, flowers or even picture of themselves. 10h45 It’s now a time for an exciting an hour Elephant ride crossing the river and climbing hills into the lush jungle. You’ve got to “swing with the sway” as you rumble and thrash along…and hang on tight folks. (Elephants are very sure-footed animals). 12h00 Then experience 15 minutes Ox-Cart riding back to the camp. 12h15 A Buffet lunches is provided at the restaurant inside the camp. 13h00 After lunch, enjoy about an hour Bamboo rafting trip on the placid Mae Tang River. Usually glide along during a Summer time when the river is quite shallow. Relax & enjoy the scenery on both sides of the Tang River. 14h00 Finish a rafting trip and Further to the Orchid Farm on route back to the city. 14h45 Stop at an Orchid Nursery and Butterfly Farm filled with more than 50 different varieties of gorgeous orchid blooms in a dazzling array of colores. There is a superb collection of exotic butterflies to dazzle and bewitch you. 15h15 Transfer back to hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: 4* Ratilanna / Deluxe room / http://www.ratilannachiangmai.com/

 

Oct 11 : CHIANG MAI - KRABI
In the morning, pickup from your hotel and transfer to Chiang Mai airport for flight to Bangkok and connect flight to Krabi. Upon arrival at the Krabi airport and after clearing immigration and customs, meet with your guide with a sign marked “Customer” and transfer to the hotel for check in. Krabi a province on southern Thailand s Andaman coast is an almost otherworldly region of labyrinthine archipelagos where islands seem to erupt vertically out of the sea and secluded beaches are only accessible by colorfully adorned long tail boats. Krabi s myriad of bays and coves have sheltered pirates merchants and sea gypsies for thousands of years and archaeological evidence indicates that Krabi was originally inhabited as early as 25000-35000 years ago. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: 4+* / Cottage room / beyond Krabi http://www.katagroup.com/beyond-krabi/

 

Oct 12: Krabi Kayaking (Join tour) FULL DAY KAYAK [08:30-16:00 hrs.]
Pick up from hotel and transfer to Ban Bor-Thor. - Instruction and briefing by local guide. - Kayaking alongside mangroves exploring the sea caves and Thum Lod Tai or Grotto where a tunnel takes you under a limestone mountain. There are many stalactites and stalagmites at the entrance. Paddle to see Tham Phi Hua-Toh, a spacious, airy cave. On the wall of this cave are many prehistoric cave paintings (3000 B.C.) and shells. - Lunch at local village restaurant. - Afternoon, continue kayaking to the gorgeous inner lagoon of Thum Khao Wong (The Garden of Eden) with a limestone mountain around and lush greenery growing on the rocks. - Depart from the village. On the way the tour will halt for refreshments, swimming and relaxation. Transfer to hotel. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: 4+* / Cottage room / beyond Krabi http://www.katagroup.com/beyond-krabi/

 

Oct 13: Krabi – Bangkok Departure
The rest of the day is free and easy at leisure on your own until time to transfer to the airport for departure flight. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: None END OF SERVICES.

 

TOUR COST Number of pax 10-15 Paying pax. Single supplement Price/person US$ 1995 Per Pax US$ 593 per single Domestic Airfare Supplement (Currently available and subject to change) Bangkok-Chang Mai US$ 166 per person Chang Mai-Krabi US$ 292 per person Krabi-Bangkok US$ 190 per person Inclusive of Non-inclusive of · Accommodation with daily breakfast at the hotels foreseen above or similar. · Local English speaking guides for sightseeing tours. · Private transfers and transportation on tours · Entrance fees · Boat charges. · Set menu meals as specified (no drinks) · Water & cold towels on sightseeing days · Travel insurance · Possible Thailand visa · International Air tickets from your country · Domestic air ticket (approximate supplement quoted separately) · Other meals and all drinks at meals · Airport taxes. · Hotel early check in / Late check out · Overweight luggage · Personal expenses · Tips & gratuities · Other services not listed in inclusive column

 

TOUR COST

Number of pax

10-15 Paying pax.

Single supplement

Price/person

US$ 1995 Per Pax

US$ 593 per single

Domestic Airfare Supplement (Currently available and subject to change)

Bangkok-Chang Mai                                                 US$ 166 per person

Chang Mai-Krabi                                                       US$ 292 per person

Krabi-Bangkok                                                          US$ 190 per person



Inclusive of

Non-inclusive of

  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at the hotels foreseen above or similar.
  • Local English speaking guides for sightseeing tours.
  • Private transfers and transportation on tours
  • Entrance fees
  • Boat charges.
  • Set menu meals as specified (no drinks)
  • Water & cold towels on sightseeing days
  • Travel insurance

 

  • Possible Thailand visa
  • International Air tickets from your country
  • Domestic air ticket (approximate supplement quoted separately)
  • Other meals and all drinks at meals
  • Airport taxes.
  • Hotel early check in / Late check out
  • Overweight luggage
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Other services not listed in inclusive column
** Regular hotel check-in time at 0200pm and check-out time at 1200pm


CAMBODIA EXTENSION – AMAZONIA EXPEDITION GROUP

 

Oct 13 BANGKOK – SIEM REAP
Pick you up at Siem Reap airport and transfer to hotel in Siem Reap.

 

Oct 14 SIEM REAP (B, L,D) Service list : Roluos Group, Preah Ko, Bakong, Lolei, Prasat Kravan, Srah Srang, Bangteay Kde, Eastern Mebon, and sunset at Pre Rup. Visit the Roluos Group , the monuments of Roluos, which served as the capital of Indravarman I, are among the earliest large, permanent temples built by the Khmers and mark the beginning of Khmer classical art. Preah Ko erected by Indravarman I in the late 9th century dedicated by the King to his ancestors in 880. Bakong the largest and most interesting of the Roluos group temples, with his active Buddhist monastery just to the north of the east entrance. Lolei built on an islet in the center of a large reservoir (now rice fields) by Yasovarman I, the founder to the first city at Angkor . Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, continue your temple tour. See the unique interior brick sculptures Prasat Kravan , the Srah Srang reservoir (known as "The Royal Baths" was once used for ritual bathing), Banteay Kde (surrounded by 4 concentric walls), Eastern Mebon (guarded at its corner by stone figures of harnessed elephants, some of which are still in a reasonable state of preservation) and the mountain-temple of Pre Rup until sunset . Dinner at local restaurant and accommodation at hotel.


Oct 15 SEIM REAP
(MEAL : B, L,D) Service list : Angkor Wat, Angkor thom, Bayon, the Royal Enclosure In the morning, visit the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat . The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing . Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture. Angkor Wat's five towers symbolize Meru's five peaks - the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat, the ocean beyond. Lunch at restaurant. Visit the South Gate (with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk), the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century), Bayon Temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara), the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Watch Sunset at Angkor Wat. Dinner at local restaurant and accommodation at hotel. \

 

Oct 16 SEIM REAP
(MEAL : B, L, D) Service list : Phnom Bakheng, Banteay Srei, Ta Prohm, Preah Khan, Ta Som , Banteay Samre An early bird special: Transfer to the archaeological site for the sunrise from the Phnom Bakheng , one of two hills dominating the plain of Angkor, from where you will have a spectacular view of the Western Baray and Angkor Wat Or sunrise at Srah Srang Return to the hotel for breakfast. Morning, transfer to Banteay Srei temple (10th c), regarded as the jewel in the crown of Classical Khmer Art. Continue to Ta Prohm , one of the area's most beautiful temples. Ta Prohm has been relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, you continue your temple visits to Preah Khan. Built by the King Jayavarman VII, Preah Khan is, like Ta Prohm, a place of towered enclosures and shoulder hugging corridors. Unlike Ta Prohm, however, the temple of Prea Khan is in a reasonable state of preservation and ongoing restoration efforts should maintain and even improve this situation. Neak Pean, a fountain built in the middle of a pool (representing the paradisiacal Himalayan mountain-lake), Ta Som and Banteay Samre, built in the third quarter of the 12th century. It consists of a central temple with four wings preceded by a hall and accompanied by two libraries, the southern example remarkably well preserved. Two concentric walls enclose the ensemble. Dinner at local restaurant and accommodation at hotel.

 

Oct 17 DEPARTURE SIEM REAP - BANGKOK Service list : Transfer from Seam Reap Hotel to Siem Reap Airport. Meal : B


CAMBODIA OPTIONALTOUR COST Based on 10-14 paying persons US$ 595 per person Single room Supplement US$ 200 per single room Airfare on Bangkok-Siem Reap-Bangkok US$ 766 per person (subject to change) Hotel Envisaged: Royal Angkor Resort(Superior Room) www.royalangkorresort.com Rate Includes: v Private tours with English speaking guide for the entire trip except leisure time v Private transportation v Entrance fee to any applicable tourist sites v All transfers with our A/C transport v Meals at local restaurant as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner) v Cool water and tissue v Government tax v Service charge v Accommodations in twin/double share room Rate does not include: v International flight ticket v Visa stamps upon arrival of usd 20.00 / pax v Other meals not mentioned v Tips & personal expenses v Laundry v Other not stated above v Travel insurance