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Bangkok and Highlands Loop: 11 Days/10 Nights

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 11 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 16 people
Destination(s): Thailand  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey   Honeymoon  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1360 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1360 US Dollar (USD)

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Bangkok. Upon arrival in Bangkok, you will be welcomed by your guide and taken to the elegant Siam Heritage. Overnight at Siam Heritage Hotel in Bangkok.

Day 2: Bangkok. Today, get into the spiritual heart of Bangkok at Wat Po and admire the majestic reclining Buddha in the temple compounds. Be awed by the grandeur of the highly revered Emerald Buddha in Grand Palace, the cultural icon of Bangkok. In the afternoon, experience a first-hand feel of "old Bangkok" at Chinatown that is replete with interesting shops, markets and temples before visiting the Bangkok Folk Museum. Learn about the traditional riverine lifestyles of Thailand as you gently cruise along the bustling Chao Phraya River and quiet Klongs (canals) on a long-tailed boat to Thonburi before stopping by the iconic Wat Arun or Temple of Dawn. Overnight at Siam Heritage Hotel in Bangkok.

Day 3: Bangkok-Chiang Rai. Spend time at your own leisure in Bangkok until your flight transfer to Chiang Rai. Transfer to Laluna Hotel and Resort upon arrival. Overnight at Laluna Hotel and Resort in Golden Triangle.

Day 4: Chiang Rai-Golden Triangle. Today, capture the cultural highlights of Chiang Rai as you explore the town on a samlow (rickshaw) to King Meng Rai Monument, the market, Wat Phra Kaew and Hilltribe Museum. Bear testimony to the unique “kanok” architecture at Wat Rong Khun, a predominantly white contemporary Thai temple before departing for the Golden Triangle area. At Chiang Saen, we will take you to see the magnificent ruins and temples by the steep banks of Mekong River. Sail along the stately river on a long-tailed boat to the Hall of Opium where you can learn about the history of opium and its associated problems in the region. Overnight at Laluna Hotel and Resort in Golden Triangle. Transfer distance/duration: 60 km/1 h. Includes: (B), (L).

Day 5: Golden Triangle-Mae Sai-Doi Tung-Mae Salong-Thaton. After breakfast, depart for the bustling trading town of Mae Sai at the northernmost borders between Thailand and Burma. Enjoy a panoramic drive up the mountains to Doi Tung region where you will be taken to several royalty-led initiatives such as Doi Tung Development Project, Mae Fah Luang Gardens and Doi Tung Temple, to discover the local crafts of making mulberry paper, pottery and weaving. At Mae Salong, learn about the captivating and poignant history of the Kuomintang (anti-Communist) soldiers and their families who re-settled in Thailand from Yunnan. Nestled in the high mountains, the Chinese-influenced town is renowned for its coffee, tea and wine. Overnight at Thaton Riverview Resort in Thaton. Transfer distance/duration: 150 km/3 h. Includes: (B), (L).

Day 6: Thaton-Chiang Dao-Pai. Today, head out to the Chiang Dao Young Elephants Training Camp where you will experience elephant riding and trekking in a natural forest setting. Observe the merriment of these gentle giants as they frolic in water and witness their skilled displays of traditional prowess in the forest. Indulge in the natural beauty of Mok Fah Waterfall and Pong Duad Hotspring en route to Pai. Overnight at Baan Krating Resort in Pai. Transfer distance/duration: 200 km/4-5 h. Includes: (B), (L).

Day 7: Pai-Tham Lod-Mae Hong Son. At Soppong, visit Tham Lod which houses some of the most impressive limestone caves in Southeast Asia. With your local guide, explore the dark caverns on foot and float on a bamboo raft as you listen and smell the bats overhead. At Tam Pla, be fascinated by the Phluang fish that litter the creeks of the cave. Upon arrival in Mae Hong Son, revel in the Burmese architectural styles of Wat Chong Klang and Wat Chong Kham. Overnight at Fern Resort in Mae Hong Son. Transfer distance/duration: 130 km/3 h. Includes: (B), (L).

Day 8: Mae Hong Son-Khun Yuam-Mae Chaem. In the morning, enjoy a pleasant drive through the mountains to Huai Dua before gently cruising along Pai River to Baan Nam Piang Din village at the Thai-Burma borders. On your way back, gain an insight into the colorful hill tribe culture at the long-necked Karen village. Peek into history at the World War II Museum, which houses an assortment of historical items left behind by the Japanese soldiers during the war before observing the deft weaving skills of local artisans at Mae Chaem. Overnight at Navasoung in Mae Chaem. Transfer distance/duration: 200 km/4-5 h. Includes: (B), (L).

Day 9: Mae Chaem-Doi Inthanon-Chiang Mai. Today, we will lead you up to Doi Inthanon Park, which is home to Thailand's highest peak at 8514 feet and a treasure trove of bird species. At the summit, visit the shrine of Chao Inthawitchayanon, the former prince of Chiang Mai, before stopping at Wat Phrathad Chom Thong with its holy relic and ancient treasures. Embrace the invigorating mountain air as you embark on a short trek along Michael's Trail. Overnight at Manathai Village in Chiang Mai. Transfer distance/duration: 160 km/3-4 h. Includes: (B), (L).

Day 10: Chiang Mai. Experience the strong cultural personality of Chiang Mai as you visit temples such as Wat Suan Dok, Wat Phra Singh and Wat Chedi Luang in an ancient city encircled by old crumbling walls and gates. Gain an insight into the less privileged lives in Thailand at Baan Kingkaew Orphanage which offers a refuge for 50 orphans. At Wat Prathat Doi Suthep, revel in the stunning overview of the city from Chiangmai's iconic temple landmark in the mountains. Ramble along the mountain treks in a “songtaew”, a local mode of transport, to Chiang Khien Coffee Research Project followed by a visit to a white Hmong village. Overnight at Manathai Village in Chiang Mai. Includes: (B).

Day 11: Departure from Chiang Mai. Stroll and explore Chiang Mai city before transferring to the airport for your departure flight. Includes: (B).

Note: This is simply a suggested itinerary, which can easily be customized to suit your schedule, budget, and interests.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Accommodation at selected hotels
- Meals as indicated in itinerary (B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=dinner)
- Services of an English speaking guide during all tours and transfers
- Services of a driver and private air-conditioned vehicles during all tours and transfers
- Admission fees for all sights visited.

Price Excludes:
- Alcoholic drinks and drinks at mealtimes
- Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry, etc
- Personal travel insurance
- Meals other than those mentioned above
- All airfares and airport taxes
- Other services not clearly indicated in the inclusion package above.