My Thai Experience (7th – 14th November 2015)

Cost: AU$2400.00 per person share twin
Single Supplement Available upon request

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Includes:

  • Return Economy Class Airfares with Thai Airways including all taxes and surcharges
  • 7 Nights accommodation is a 4 star centrally located hotel
  • Return airport transfers in Bangkok
  • Sightseeing and touring as detailed in the itinerary
  • Fully escorted ex-Nowra based on a minimum of 10 travellers
  • Breakfast daily and other meals as detailed

Excludes:

  • Meals not mentioned
  • Drinks, phone calls or items of a personal nature
  • Sightseeing or fees not part of the tour.
  • Transfers to/from Sydney Airport

Itinerary:

7th November 2015: Departure
Today we depart from Sydney to Bangkok with Thai Airways. Meet and greet on arrival in Bangkok and transfer to our Hotel for overnight.

8th November 2015: Bangkok City Experience
This morning we depart to explore the city starting with a Temples & City Tour. Thailand has over 26,000 temples or Wats (local name). This tour will bring you to three of the most distinguished temples in Bangkok. First is Wat Trimitr, the temple of the Golden Buddha. The statue is made from solid gold weighing 5.5 tons. It is a fine example of Sukhothai art and was discovered by chance from a layer of stucco during construction of the temple. Passing through Chinatown your next stop is Wat Po, the temple of the reclining Buddha, which is the largest and oldest in Bangkok. Your last stop is at Wat Benchamabopit, or the Marble Temple. This magnificent monastery was built with white Italian marble from Carrara. This afternoon we set out on a Grand Palace Tour. This is a ‘must see’ for all visitors to Bangkok. The Grand Palace complex, which includes the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Keow) is unquestionably one of the wonders of the world today. Within its enormous grounds is the most exotic Buddhist temple and at the heart of the temple itself is a fabulous Buddha statue, carved from one piece of Jade, which is the holiest and most revered of religious objects in Thailand today. Nearby is the Grand Palace, once the official home for the Kings of Siam built in traditional Thai architecture mixed with European designs. You can also see the Royal Funeral Hall and the Royal Coronation Hall.

9th November 2015: Bangkok – Free Day
Today is free for you to explore Bangkok and take in some of your own experiences. Perhaps you will visit the fabled markets and shopping venues. You may take to the klongs and explore Bangkoks backwaters, or set out to visit an Elephant farm – any number of options are available for you to discover in Bangkok

10th November 2016: Bangkok Culture
We have a few special events on board for us today starting with a Bai Pai Thai Cooking Class. This is more than just a memorable experience but also the chance to take home Thai cooking skills. There is no better way to learn Thai cooking than from its origin. This Thai Cooking School is an ideal home-style learning environment that is different from most of the hotels and restaurants in Thailand. Spend the morning learning how to prepare four authentic Thai dishes. Conducted in English, this is a real hands on experience and should not be missed. No cooking skills are required. Lunch is included. Then this afternoon we take to the river for a converted Rice Barge Tour. This relaxed afternoon tour allows you to experience the timeless world of ‘The Venice of the East’. In Bangkok people still depend on the waterways to transport their merchandise,in particular rice, as the canals are linked to the rice fields. Cruise by long-tailed boat through exotic flora and picturesque canal houses. Midway join the converted rice barge. All you need do here is sit back, relax and take in the scenery. Soft drinks and local fruits will be served on board.

11th November 2015: Bangkok – Free Day
Today is free for you to explore Bangkok and take in some of your own experiences. Perhaps you will visit the fabled markets and shopping venues. You may take to the klongs and explore Bangkoks backwaters, or set out to visit an Elephant farm – any number of options are available for you to discover in Bangkok

12th November 2015:  Ayutthaya, the Ancient Capital
We leave to Bangkoks outskirts today to explore Ayuthaya, the Ancient Capital. You have a choice of visiting Thailand’s ancient former capital by boat and returning by coach or vice versa. Located 86 kilometres north of Bangkok, Ayuthaya was Thailand’s capital from 1350 to 1767. Once a thriving international commercial centre, but today only the ruins of this splendid city are to be seen, as the capital was invaded by the Burmese in 1767. The ruins of the Palace and temples are quite spectacular and many are still quite intact. From these ruins you will be able to see how glorious this Ancient Capital used to be. The summer palace of Bang Pa In is also included. This tour will take you back to a time and place once known as Siam. Tour includes lunch.

13th  November 2015: River Kwai and Tiger Temple.
Depart Bangkok for Kanchanaburi, located 130 kms west of Bangkok. Arrive River Kwai at Elephant camp for an elephant ride and bamboo rafting. Lunch is included at a local restaurant. After lunch, proceed to the Tiger Temple which has been opened to the public for a number of years. At the end of the Tiger Temple continue to visit the allied war cemetery and the famous bridge of the River Kwai before returning to Bangkok.

25th July 2015: Depart Bangkok, Arrive Sydney.
We leave our hotel early this morning and transfer to Bangkok Airport where we board our Thai Airways Flight home to Sydney where our programme ends.

 

 

My Thai Experience! Chiang Mai Extension
14th – 20th November 2015

Cost: AU$980.00 per person share twin
Single Supplement available upon request

Includes:

  • Return Economy Class Airfares with Thai Airways including all taxes and surcharges
  • 6 Nights accommodation is a 4 star centrally located hotel
  • Return airport transfers in Chiang Mai
  • Sightseeing and touring as detailed in the itinerary
  • Fully escorted ex-Nowra based on a minimum of 10 travellers
  • Breakfast daily and other meals as detailed

Excludes:

  • Meals not mentioned
  • Drinks, phone calls or items of a personal nature
  • Sightseeing or fees not part of the tour.
  • Transfers to/from Sydney Airport

Itinerary:

14th November 2015: Chiang Mai Arrival
We leave our hotel early this morning and transfer to Bangkok Airport where we board our Thai Airways Flight to Chiang Mai. Meet and Greet on arrival and transfer to our hotel. This afternoon we set out on a fantastic City & Temples Tour. The city of Chaing Mai has a wealth of beautiful and historic Buddhist Wats (temples) and on this tour a visit to the most fascinating Wats are made. Near the summit of Doi Suthep is the 600 year old temple of Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep. After a drive up the mountain’s winding road, the final climb to the site is via an enormous mythological Nagas (dragon headed serpent) staircase of 306 steps (elevators are available). Inside the cloister is an intriguing copper plated chedi topped by a five tier gold parasol, which contains relics of the Lord Buddha. On a clear day, there are incomparable views over the city of Chiang Mai from the temple grounds. Other temples visited on this tour include Wat Suan Dok whose large centralstupa contains a Buddha relic which supposedly self multiplied and Wat Chedi Luang consisting of an impressive chedi originally built in 1411. It reached a height of over 85 metres before it was partially destroyed by an earthquake in 1545. It now reaches a height of 60 metres. This temple also contains the city pillar. Tonight enjoy an evening out by having a Khantoke dinner, the customary northern Thai style of eating with food being served in large platters at low tables while you sit on mats on the floor. As you enjoy your meal, let yourself be entertained by a selection of northern cultural performances. To end the evening, there is a special hilltribe show preformed by various members of Yao, Lahu, Meo, Lisu and Karen hilltribes.

15th November 2015: Chiang Mai Safari Tour
We head out today on an adventure trek through some of the north’s picturesque countryside. Approximately 25 kms northwest of Chiang Mai is Mae Sa Elephant Camp and it is here we head to watch the demonstration of elephants at work, moving logs and generally showing off their various skills. After the display, there is an exciting elephant trek through the woods and over hilly trails – a real adventure and wonderful experience. The adventure then continues west for a visit to a Meo hilltribe with an opportunity to explore the tribal huts and observe their simple, almost primitive, way of life. Continue on to a nearby orchid farm where lunch is served. After lunch there is time to explore the Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden and learn about the tropical plants and flowers.

16th November 2015: Chiang Mai – Free Day
Today is free for you to explore Chiang Mai and take in some of your own experiences. Perhaps you will visit the Hill Tribes to barter for wares or take in a traditional cooking course – there are a number of options of activities to enjoy.

17th November 2015: Chiang Rai & The Golden Triangle
The day starts with an early morning 3-hour drive through beautiful scenery, with a stop at the Hot Springs at Maekajan for fresh air. At the Golden Triangle, there are magnificent views over the Mae Khong River to the physical triangle made by Burma, Laos and Thailand at the confluence of the Ruak and Mekong Rivers. For a small fee (paid direct) you can also enjoy a boat ride to view the splendour of the mighty Mae Khong River. Continue on to Mae Sai, the farther-most northern trading border between Thailand and Burma, where local lunch is provided. Then visit the Akha and Yao hilltribe village in Mae Chan. On the return journey back to Chiang Mai, a stop will be made at Wat Rongkhun (White Chapel), a unique temple designed by Thailand’s most prominent artist, Mr. Chalermchai Kositpipat.

18th November 2015: Chiang Mai to Bangkok
We have some limited time for you to take in Chiang Mai before we transfer to the airport for a flight to Bangkok. Meet and Greet on arrival in Bangkok and transfer to our hotel.

19th November 2015: Depart Bangkok
Today is free for you to explore Bangkok and take in some last minute of your own experiences. Perhaps you will visit the fabled markets and shopping venues. You may take to the klongs and explore Bangkoks backwaters, or set out to visit an Elephant farm – any number of options are available for you to discover in Bangkok. Meet back at the hotel in the early afternoon for transfer to the airport where we catch out Thai Airways flight home.

20th November 2015: Arrive Sydney
Arrival in Sydney on Thai Airways where our programme ends

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