Day 1: Home - Bangkok. Depart for Bangkok.
Day 2: Bangkok. Arrive in Bangkok. You will be greeted and escorted to your hotel and assisted for check-in. Orientation for the hotel and the tour. Balance of the day is free.
Day 3: Bangkok. In the morning, visit the Royal Grand Palace, the nation’s landmark and most praised royal monument in Thailand with the enclosed and dazzling Wat Phra Keo with its revered Emerald Buddha, the Golden Chedi, the Pantheon of the Chakri Kings and the Eight Coloured Towers is a must. Wat Pho is also regarded as the first center of public education. It is also the home of Thai traditional massage. Here, you will enjoy a 30-minute Thai massage as an excellent break after a morning sightseeing. In the afternoon, travel along the bustling Chao Phya River and the quiet Klongs (canals) in a long tail boat enjoying scenes of life by the water. We bring you to a more traditional way of living, more serene and traditional, away from all the high-rise buildings of Bangkok city center, as we gently pass Thonburi residential areas. A stop will be made at the Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun). Finally a visit to the Flower and vegetable market will round off the day. In the evening, enjoy dinner with Siam Niramit Show (buffet dinner). The spectacular 80 minutes’s Siam Niramit show at the 2000 seat Ratchada Grand Theatre on Ratchadapisek Road is the first of its kind in Bangkok, a grand theatrical production celebrating Thai history and culture, old and new. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: Bangkok. Breakfast at hotel. All day is yours to explore at your own pace. Or take an excursion of your choice. Examples: Ayuthaya, Kanchanaburi with River Quai, or Monkey Forest. Includes: (B).
Day 4: Bankgok - Chiang Rai. After breakfast, you will be transferred to airport and fly to Chiang Rai. Upon arrival in Chiang Rai, you will visit Akha and Yao hill tribe villages. Next you visit ancient Chiang Saen, Wat Pasak and Wat Chedi Luang. Lunch is provided at a local restaurant. This afternoon, visit the Golden Triangle and take a boat down the Khong River to visit Koh don Sao. Last visit to the Opium House. Visit Mae Sai the border town between Thailand and Myanmar. Overnight in Chiang Rai. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Chiang Rai - Lisu. Leave for Lisu this mornig, a minority village. Arrive at Lisu Lodge and a traditional welcome drink will be served. Late morning, walk through the village with Lisu guide. Start from Ton Lung temple to view the herbal garden, then continue to visit the Lisu village families with a stop for a cup of tea and a spot of traditional medicine at the shaman’s house. Return to Lisu Lodge for a tasty Thai Lunch. Lisu Lodge is well known for its excellent food. Visit the cultural center and museum with collection of typical household items and tools from the Lisu as well as the Akha mountain peoples. During the balance of the afternoon, enjoy activities provided by the lodge. Dinner and overnight at the lodge. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: Lisu - Chiang Mai. Enjoy breakfast at the Lodge and bid farewell to Lisu. Drive to Chiang Mai. Stop at Doi Suthep, the most sacred temple in the north of Thailand; the Wat Prathat Doi Suthep is containing a holy relic of the Lord Buddha. Tucked away in the mountain at an elevation of 1,056 meters, the temple is reached using a Naga (7-headed dragon) railing. Enjoy an exhilarating view of China Mai from the temple compound. Drive down and to the city center to visit some of the other impressive temples of Chiang Mai. (No short sleeves allowed for temple visits). In the evening, enjoy Kantoke dinner with traditional dance. One of the most famous northern foods in Chiang Mai is the Kantoke dinner. Diners will sit on the floor and shar a succession of tasty dishes. Local dancers dressed in traditional costumes will entertain you with the Sword Dance, Candle dance, Fingernail dance and the Rumwong where guests are invited to participate. After dinner there will be a special hill tribe show featuring the various hill tribes of Northern Thailand. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: Chiang Mai - Bangkok - Siem Reap. After breakfast, transfer to airport and fly to Bangkok, where you will connect to a flight to Siem Reap (Cambodia). Upon arrival, you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel. Dinner and overnight. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 8: Siem Reap. In the morning, start the day with an excursion to Kampong Kleang by Tonle Sap Lake. Take a boat and explore the floating fishing villages that live at the edge of the lake. Return to the city and visit the fortified city of Angkor Thom that covers an area of square km. Enclosed by a wall and wide moats, the city includes many of Angkor’s most popular sights. Enter by the monumental South Gate over a causeway lined on either side by statues of demons and gods, each carrying a giant naga. Continue to the Terrace of The Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King, adorned with dramatic bas reliefs. Visit the ruined Baphuon, Royal Enclosure and Phimeanakas before continuing to Bayon Temple. In this temple, one of the most popular and compelling in Angkor, explore the galleries of beautifully preserved bas reliefs and ascend narrow stairs to reach the central sanctuary, where you will find giant stone faces smiling enigmatically down at you from every angle. Watch the sunset over the Cambodian countryside from the upper terraces of an ancient Angkorian temple. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 9: Siem Reap. The crowning jewel of Khmer architecture, Angkor Wat is the national symbol and the highlight of any visit to Cambodia. The largest, best preserved, and most religiously significant of the Angkor temples, Angkor Wat impresses visitors both by its sheer scale and beautifully proportioned layout, as well as the delicate artistry of its carvings. To approach the temple, first cross the vast moat, continuing along a broad causeway lined with naga balustrades. As you enter the main building, ascend through a series of galleries and courtyard before reaching the central sanctuary, which offers beautiful views back over the causeway and across the surrounding countryside. On the way, stop to enjoy the intricate stone carvings that adorn nearly every surface, with some 1,700 Apsaras, or celestial dancers, sculpted into the walls. Ta Prohm, one of the most popular attractions of Angkor as much of the jungle has not been cleared and it looks very much as most of the Angkor monuments would have appeared when European explorers first stumbled across them. Banteay Srei is considered to be the jewel of classical Khmer art. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 10: Siem Reap - Home. After breakfast, you will be transferred to airport. Includes: (B).
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