Day 1: Depart to Thailand. The adventure begins! (Meals on flight).
Day 2: In Flight.
Day 3: Bangkok. You arrive in Bangkok where your guide will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. After you are settled we will take you to the National Museum, then to dinner and a 2-hour Thail massage (complimentary). Includes: (D).
Day 4: Bangkok. Today the day begins with a trip to the Golden Buddha Temple. Afterwards you will visit the Reclining Buddha Temple, which features a giant Buddha statue over 100 feet in length. After lunch you will go to the incredible Grand Palace with Wat Pra Kaeo. Evening - Traditional Thai dinner with classical dances, traditional performances, and beautiful costumes. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Chiang Rai. You leave early in the morning to visit the Floating Market. Here you will ride on the canals through an older Thai river neighborhood and onto the actual Floating Market area. After lunch you will be taken to the airport for your flight to Chiang Rai. There your guide will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. Option - A soothing Thai or oil massage.
Day 6: Chiang Rai. You will visit the Queen Mother's Home and Garden, Doi Tung. Afterwards we will take you to the Burmese border. Then you will go to the historic Golden Triangle where three countries share a border: Thailand, Laos and Burma (Myanmar). You will see the small Opium Museum and where two rivers join the three nations. Then you will take a ride on a small river boat to the Burmese side and stop on a small island owned by Laos. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: Chiang Rai. After breakfast you will go on an excursion across to visit the hill-tribe villages where you will meet the Aca, the Hmong, the Yao and the Karen (the people with the multiple rings around their necks). Lunch will be at local restaurants along the way. Then you will arrive in Chiang Mai and check into the hotel. Dinner at a local restaurant in Chiang Mai. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 8: Chiang Mai. The day begins with a visit to the Doi Suthep, the ancient temple site. After lunch we will take you to the Handicraft "villages", which are actually the various factories of products that the Thais are well known for: silk, silver crafting, umbrellas, cloissonne, furniture and leather. Evening Option: The Night Market. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 9: Chiang Mai. After breakfast you will visit the Elephant Camp, see the elephant show and cultural show and take a one hour elephant ride, go on a bamboo raft and learn about the noble Asian elephant and the worker monkeys. You will also visit the Orchid Farm. Evening - Khantoke dinner with hill-tribe dances (spectacular show, dance, music and costumes). Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 10: Siem Reap. We will take a flight from Chiang Mai to Siem Reap where your guide will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. We will begin the Angkor Wat tour with Angkor Thom, the ancient city. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 11: Siem Reap. Continue on the Angkor Temple Complex. A full day tour of Angkor Wat (the main temple area) and some of the minor temple areas. Evening option - Sunset Cruise on the Great Lake through the Submerged Forest (this boat is equipped with life jackets). Includes: (B) (D).
Day 12: Siem Reap. You will visit Ta Prohm and Bantay Srei. Evening option: Sunset view from mound of Phnom Bakeng. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 13: Hanoi. Fly to Hanoi where your guide will meet you and transfer you to the hotel. After you are settled you will go on a 1-hour rickshaw ride through the Old Quarter. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 14: Hanoi. The day starts with a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Museum, Mausoleum and the surrounding grounds (including Ho Chi Minh residences). After lunch - to the Museum of Ethnology. Evening option - Water Puppets. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 15: Cruise. Today you will go on the Halong Bay cruise through the spectacular islands, have lunch in the midst of the beautiful areas, and visit the caves. Possibly swim in bay. You will spend overnight on the boat. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 16: Hanoi. In the morning the cruise continues. You can do some kayaking through some beautiful areas. In the afternoon we will return you to Hanoi and a visit to the Confucius Literature Center. They often also give a small concert of traditional Vietnamese music (complete with traditional ethnic costumes). After lunch, you will visit the Buddhist Temple on Hoan Kiem Lake. Old Quarter tour. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 17: Return USA. You are transferred to the airport for your return flight to your home country with a lifetime of wonderful memories.
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