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THAILAND & LAOS 2021 
Hidden Treasures of Thailand and Laos
Itinerary 
TOUR MAP 

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DATES & COST 

November 8 - 21, 2021
14 Days / 13 Nights

Tour starts in Bankgok, Thailand and ends in Luang Prabang, Laos

$5,780 per person/double occupancy
$1,980 single supplement
$320 additional night - single or double room, includes a private airport transfer
Includes all fees and taxes

TOUR DIRECTOR 

The tour may be combined with the Angkor Wat tour to Cambodia (November 4 - 7, 2021)


This tour starts in Bangkok, Thailand at 6:30PM on Monday, November 8, 2021.
Your flight should arrive no later than 4:30PM on November 8, 2021.

Day 1: Arrival in Bangkok 

Welcome to Bangkok. Established as the capital of Thailand by Rama I, the first king of the Chakri dynasty, the city's name comes from Bang makok, meaning 'place of olive plums', and refers to the original site, which is only a very small part of what is today Bangkok. Upon arrival at the Bangkok International Airport, you will be met by our English speaking guide and a driver for your private transfer to the hotel. In the evening, we'll get the first chance to meet and enjoy a welcome dinner, as we cruise the silky waters of the Chao Phraya River aboard a beautifully appointed riverboat, while enjoying decadently prepared Thai dishes and gliding past Bangkok's most famous sites.
Meals: Dinner
Accommodations: Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel, Bangkok

Day 2: The Dazzle of Bangkok 

On our first full day in Thailand, we'll get immersed in the history and culture of this mesmerizing country, as we visit Bangkok’s signature monuments. We'll start with a river journey to Wat Arun, an ornate Buddhist temple surrounded by peaceful gardens. Afterwards, a long-tailed boat will take us on a magnificent journey along Chao Phraya, the River of Kings, and through picturesque klongs (canals), past serene cottages and temples dotting the shore, until we reach the Grand Palace. The opulent palace complex houses not only the Royal residence and throne halls, but also the Wat Phra Kaew Temple with its Emerald Buddha, the symbol of the country. After an insightful tour of the palace, we'll continue to the city's most famous temple: Wat Po, also known as the Temple of Dawn. Here, we'll admire the enormous Reclining Buddha and listen to the monks' chanting ritual. After a late lunch at a local restaurant, we'll drive back to the hotel through Bangkok’s flower markets, with their amazing varieties of orchids, then through a maze of narrow streets and alleyways, full of restaurants, shops, and street markets.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel, Bangkok

Day 3: Ayutthaya, the former Siam Capital 

In the morning, we'll travel to the Ayutthaya History Park, where in the romantic surroundings of the country's old capital, its precious treasures, its arts and its culture are being preserved for future generations. Our first stop will be the Bang-Pa-In Summer Palace, an amazing architectural blend of East and West, dating back to the 17th century. Afterwards, we'll continue to Ayutthaya, the former capital of Thailand. Founded in the 14th century by the Thais of the lower Chao Phraya River, it soon was heralded as the grandest city on Earth. We'll visit several ancient wats and royal compounds which provide excellent photo opportunities. Then, we'll board a converted traditional teak rice barge and drift slowly along the majestic Chao Phraya, admiring the Island City of Ayutthaya from different angles and enjoying a traditional Thai lunch. The carefully selected dishes will offer an authentic Thai dining experience, an art which makes full use of the delicate balance between four different tastes: sour, salty, sweet and spicy hot. After returning to the hotel, the rest of the evening will be at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel, Bangkok

Day 4: Bangkok - Chiang Rai - Chiang Mai 

After breakfast, we'll leave Bangkok behind, as we take a short flight to Chiang Rai, known as the Rose of the North. This part of Thailand was once notorious for the heart of the opium trade, but now it's visited for its spellbinding scenery, the exotic minority tribes living here and the magnificent Wat Rong Khun, the White Temple, which we will tour today. En route to Chiang Mai, we'll stop to visit the colorful ethnic minority tribe of Long Neck Karen, famous for its women, who wear heavy brass necklaces around their necks from a very young age. We'll then visit the Rai Mae Fah Luang center, a project aimed at helping disadvantaged youth from impoverished communities and remote areas of the country. We'll arrive in Chiang Mai in the evening and enjoy a lavish dinner at the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: Le Meridien Hotel, Chiang Mai

Day 5: Thai Cooking 

This morning, we'll dive into the cultural heritage of Thailand, as we tour Wat Phrathat, the most sacred site of the Thai people, set amidst the mystical mountains surrounding Thailand’s second city. The Wat was founded in 1383, and people used to climb the 309 steps to the temple, but we'll have an option of taking a funicular to the top. Within the temple, we'll offer alms to monks to receive a blessing and admire elaborate pagodas, statues, bells and shrines, then we'll top the experience with an amazing panoramic view over the city. In the afternoon, as we drive to our cooking class at the Garden Farm, we'll stop at a local market to learn about produce used in Thai cuisine: savory rice, garlic, onions, spices, exotic fruits and seasonings. Then, we'll spend the afternoon preparing six dishes, before enjoying them for dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Le Meridien Hotel, Chiang Mai

Day 6: Elephant Sanctuary 

Today, we'll spend the day with elephants, Thailand’s most beloved animals, as we visit an elephant sanctuary: a rescue and rehabilitation center that cares for and provides a caring environment for distressed elephants from all over Thailand. In the morning, we'll travel north through the spectacular mountainous scenery surrounding Chiang Mai, until we reach the Elephant Sanctuary, set in the heart of the teak forest. We'll spend the day volunteering with these beautiful animals, learning about the issues facing elephants in Southeast Asia and how Elephant Nature Park is helping in the treatment and care of Thailand's dwindling elephant population. Half way through the day, we'll take a break over a simple lunch and watch the elephants . In the evening, we can visit the famous Chiang Mai Night Market to stroll, shop, people watch and take in the ambiance of this dynamic nightly event that takes over the city.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Le Meridien Hotel, Chiang Mai

Day 7: Chiang Mai, Thai Dance 

This morning, we'll enjoy a guided tour of the fascinating town of Chiang Mai, and the afternoon will be free to relax, explore the picturesque town of Chiang Mai according to our personal interests, indulge in some excellent shopping offered here or enjoy one of the optional activities afforded by the area. In the evening, we’ll take in the traditional Khantoke Thai Dance Show, accompanied by dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Le Meridien Hotel, Chiang Mai

Day 8: Chiang Mai - Phuket 

After breakfast, we'll transfer to the airport for our flight to Phuket, Thailand's largest island. Phuket faces the Andaman Sea and is known for some of the world's best beaches, with excellent swimming, snorkeling and diving, and is considered the most popular spa destination in the world. We'll start with a panoramic tour of the island, seeing the town of Phuket, visiting a cashew nut factory, the Chalong Temple monastery and the Chino-Portuguese architectural treasures scattered throughout the town. After some rest at our beautiful hotel to enjoy the beach, the spa and maybe a Thai massage, and we'll meet in the evening to dine in the serene surroundings of the palms swaying in the wind and the sound of the sea surf.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Twin Palms Resort & Spa, Phuket

Day 9: Phi Phi Islands by a Private Speedboat 

The twin Phi Phi Islands in the Andaman Sea are home to some of the best diving and snorkeling sites in Thailand. The larger Phi Phi Don is rimmed with silky sand beaches, crystal clear water, and some extraordinary marine life, and is an ideal place for swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, sunbathing, and relaxing. The smaller Phi Phi Le offers a more dramatic scenery with small secret coves, rocky cliffs and several caves with an abundance of stalactites and stalagmites. We'll spend the day cruising on a private speedboat around these two superb islands, exploring the caves, swimming, snorkeling, enjoying lunch on a tropical island and relaxing on the white sand beaches, before we return to Phuket late in the afternoon.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Twin Palms Resort & Spa, Phuket

Day 10: Yoga on the Beach 

Today, we'll start the day with a private, morning yoga and meditation session on a secluded beach. Then, we'll have the rest of the day to spend at leisure, taking advantage of the many amenities of the hotel, the beach and the nearby town of Phuket. In the evening, we'll share the memories of our best experiences in Thailand over a romantic dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Twin Palms Resort & Spa, Phuket

Day 11: Phuket - Luang Prabang 

This morning, we'll leave Phuket on an early morning flight to Luang Prabang, Laos's most charismatic town, where we'll arrive shortly before noon. After a little time to rest in at our beautiful hotel, formerly a royal palace, we will enjoy a private city tour. We'll visit the Royal Palace Museum and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong Temple which with its roofs sweeping low to the ground and intricate paintings covering the exterior walls, represent the traditional Laotian architectural style. The tour will conclude with visits to the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrines of Wat Aham and Wat Mai. In the evening, we'll relax over dinner to share our first impressions of the Luang Prabang.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Victoria Xiengthong Hotel

Day 12: Khuang Si Waterfall  

Today, we'll wake up before dawn to participate in the ceremony of alms offering to hundreds of saffron-robed monks, an awe-inspiring, early morning ritual dating back generations. After the ritual, we'll watch the town come to life in the morning and after breakfast, we'll drive to a three-tiered Kuang Si Waterfall, accessed by a wooden boardwalk leading through a tropical jungle. Defined by its green aura, the waterfall's gentle cascades flow into turquoise pools, among the surrounding mists, and create a surreal impression. After an al fresco lunch, served at a shady spot near the Kuang Si Waterfall, there will be plenty of time for relaxing and swimming in the cool water. Before we head back to Luang Prabang, we'll stop to visit a fresh produce market of Talad Phosy, then we'll continue to Ban Na Oune, a small village of a hill-tribe ethnic Hmong people, the best-known minority group in Laos. We'll also visit the village of Ban Tha Pane, home to the K’mu tribe.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Victoria Xiengthong Hotel

Day 13: Pak Ou Cave  

Today, we'll travel on a long-tailed boat on the fabled Mekong River, passing quaint Laotian villages, barely visible behind a screen of riverside foliage, as slender canoes bob by the shore and bamboo poles and floats mark the location of nets and fish traps. At the end of the journey, we'll visit the mysterious Pak Ou Caves carved into the side of a limestone cliff near the mouth of the Mekong and Nam Ou Rivers. The sanctuaries at Pak Ou consist of two large caves, containing a collection of thousands of Buddha images, in various sizes, shapes and colors. We'll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant on the bank of the Mekong River, then we'll return to Luang Prabang by the same boat, stopping on the way to visit Ban Xangkhong, a village known for its wood paper making and Laotian silk weavings with natural dyes. In the evening, we'll celebrate our adventures with a farewell dinner at one of the town's elegant restaurants.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: Victoria Xiengthong Hotel

Day 14: Luang Prabang Departure  

Depending on your flight's departure time, you may have some time in the morning to enjoy the hotel's amenities as well as the ambiance and shopping of Luang Prabang before your private airport transfer which will be scheduled in accordance with your departure flight.
Meals: Breakfast

This tour ends in Luang Prabang, Laos on Sunday, November 21, 2021.
We will arrange your private airport transfer according to your flight departure time.

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

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