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9 Day Essential Thailand 2018-2019

9 days with Gate 1 Travel   Rating: First Class

Click for Dates and Prices DAY 1, Tuesday - Depart for Thailand
Depart for Thailand.

DAY 2, Wednesday - Arrive in Chiang Mai
Arrive in Chiang Mai, ancient capital of the Lanna Kingdom. The rest of the day is at leisure to rest, relax and acclimate to the new time zone.

DAY 3, Thursday - Full Day in Chiang Mai
Spend the full day at leisure, or join the optional Chiang Mai City Tour with lunch. This morning, discover some of the most interesting temples in Chiang Mai. Begin at Wat Suan Dok, where the remains of the Chiang Mai Royal family are enshrined. Continue to Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, one of northern Thailand's most sacred temples, perched high above the city near the summit of its namesake mountain. The temple contains a holy relic of Lord Buddha. Marvel at the impressive mythological Naga (dragon-headed serpent) staircase, with 290 steps leading up to the temple grounds. After your tour, enjoy lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, choose to participate in an optional Elephant Kingdom Tour, where you'll see elephants bathing in the running streams, attend a lecture on the Thai Elephant and learn how the mahout train and care for these majestic animals. (Breakfast)

Optional: Half Day Chiang Mai City Tour with lunch (AM)
Optional: Half Day Elephant Kingdom Tour with Afternoon Tea (PM)

DAY 4, Friday - Full Day in Chiang Mai
Today is at leisure to explore Chiang Mai independently. Or, join an optional morning Cooking Class. Discover the secrets of Thailand's unique cuisine, renowned around the world during your cooking class today. Meet your host who will teach you how to prepare authentic Thai food. Start with a walk through the organic vegetable garden, where you will find different herbs and vegetables that you'll use for your recipes. Your host will prepare a variety of Thai dishes and will reveal the wide range of cooking styles and flavors that are used throughout Thailand. At the end of your lesson, taste your creations. Rest of the day is at leisure. (Breakfast)

Optional: Half Day Cooking Class with lunch (AM)

DAY 5, Saturday - Flight to Bangkok
Depart Chiang Mai this morning on your flight to Bangkok; arrive and transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to enjoy all of the delights of Bangkok on your own. Shop to your heart's content, visit to the many amazing markets, and try some of the fabulous restaurants in this energetic city. In the evening, attend the optional buffet dinner and stunning performance of the "Journey to the Enchanted Kingdom of Siam". Boasting over 150 performers, this lavish production delves into Siam's history and culture. (Breakfast)

Optional: Siam Niramit Show & Dinner (PM)

DAY 6, Sunday - Full Day in Bangkok
Full day at leisure to explore Bangkok on your own. Or, don't miss the optional morning tour of Wat Phra Kaew, also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and the elaborate 18th century Grand Palace, symbol and ceremonial heart of the kingdom - together they form the most impressive sights in Bangkok. Despite the proximity of the two, there's a distinct contrast in style between the Thai-inspired Wat Phra Kaew and the European design of the Grand Palace. In the afternoon, choose to participate in an optional afternoon city and temple tour of Bangkok, a fascinating mix of ancient and modern. Drive through Chinatown and then on to the colorful Indian Market. Visit serene Wat Po, the oldest and largest temple in the city, with the astonishing giant Reclining Buddha, over 150 feet long and almost 40 feet high. Drive to Royal Avenue where most of the Government offices are located and the King's Palace. (Breakfast)

Optional: Half Day Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha (AM)
Optional: Half Day Bangkok City Tour & Temples (PM)

DAY 7, Monday - Full Day in Bangkok
Spend a full day at leisure, or join an optional Historical Ayutthaya & Cruise with lunch tour. Explore Thailand’s former capital city, Ayutthaya - once glorified as one of the largest cities in Southeast Asia. Begin with a visit to Bang Pa-In, a collection of beautiful buildings in various architectural styles, surrounded by a lake, once the Royal Summer Palace for the Thai Kings. Next, continue to the impressive Ayutthaya Historical Park, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Wat Mahathat, in the center of the city. Here, you can see the ruins of the former capital and its remaining palaces, Wat Phra Srisanphet, Wat Mongkolbopit, monasteries and towers - one can envision the grandeur and splendor that was once the Kingdom of Ayutthaya. Continue to the Chai Wattanaram Temple, conceived as a replica of the Angkor Temple - at this serene place one can reflect and enjoy the tranquility. Return to Bangkok on a cruise along the Chao Phraya River, lifeblood of the city. (Breakfast)

Optional: Full Day Historical Ayutthaya & Cruise with lunch

DAY 8, Tuesday - Full Day in Bangkok
Enjoy a full day at leisure, or join the optional tour Damnoen Saduak Floating Market & Sampran Riverside Resort including lunch. Begin at Damnoen Saduak, where you'll witness boat-to-boat bartering unlike any you've seen. Here, hundreds of agricultural vendors float side-by-side, buying, selling, or exchanging a variety of goods. Lunch will be served at the Sampran Riverside Resort, and includes the highly entertaining Thai Village Cultural Show. Relax as more than 150 performers vividly portray a fascinating cross-section of Thailand's cultural heritage. This 60-minute, action-packed show features exciting Thai martial arts displays, Thai boxing, and sword fighting skills dating back over 600 years. (Breakfast)

Optional: Full Day Damnoen Saduak Floating Market & Sampran Riverside Resort with lunch

DAY 9, Wednesday - Depart Thailand
Depart Thailand to return home. (
All This Included
  • Intra-flight: Chiang Mai-Bangkok
  • 7 nights First Class accommodations
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • Breakfast daily
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Leisure time in Chiang Mai, ancient capital of the Lanna Kingdom
  • Time to explore Bangkok, cultural, culinary and spiritual capital of Thailand
Chiang Mai: Dusit Princess
Bangkok: Hotel Novotel Bangkok Fenix Silom
  • Land only price includes intra-flight Chiang Mai-Bangkok.
  • Flights from the USA may arrive on DAY 3.
  • This program is minimally active, unless all optional tours are selected. If so, this moderately active program covers a good amount of ground each day. The pace is moderate, however the majority is over uneven surfaces, stairs and steps.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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