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Iconic Thailand

Duration 9 days

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Highlighting Thailand’s rich history and fascinating culture, experience the contrasts between the bright lights, skyscrapers and street markets of Bangkok to the peaceful rural life of northern Thailand as you travel by boat into the Golden Triangle.

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DAY 1

Arrive Bangkok (3 Nights)
Welcome to Thailand. On arrival transfer to your hotel and this evening enjoy dinner with your Travel Director and fellow guests.
Hotel: Rembrandt Bangkok
Meal: Dinner

DAY 2

Bangkok Sightseeing
Your city tour begins with a visit to Wat Pho, Bangkok’s oldest temple which features the largest reclining Buddha in Thailand. Continue to the Grand Palace which was the seat not only of the king and his court, but contained within its walls the entire government administration. The architecture is vibrantly Thai and the overall effect is dazzling with all the brightly coloured intricate detail. After lunch in a local restaurant depart on a private boat to explore Bangkok’s maze of canals, known locally as khlongs. Catch a glimpse of the serene and simple lifestyle of riverbank dwellers. Pass by the Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) and its impressive ceramic covered pagoda before returning to your hotel.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Lunch

DAY 3

Bangkok
Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore this vibrant city or join an Optional Experience.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 4

Bangkok – Chiang Rai (2 Nights)
Have a late start this morning and transfer to Bangkok Airport for your flight to Chiang Rai. On arrival check in to your hotel and later experience the local colour of Chiang Rai with a brief City Tour. Visit Wat Phra Kaew, a significant temple best known for originally housing the Emerald Buddha in the 13th century which can now be seen at Bangkok’s Grand Palace. Pass by Chiang Rai’s iconic golden clock tower which was designed by a local Thai artist and unveiled in 2008 in honour of His Majesty the King. Continue to a local restaurant for dinner before returning to your hotel.
Hotel: Laluna Resort
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

DAY 5

Golden Triangle Sightseeing
This morning visit the Hall of Opium, situated in the heart of the Golden Triangle, providing an excellent insight into the opium trade so prevalent in this area in the past century. The state-of-the-art exhibition journeys through more than 5,000-years of history on the use and abuse of opium related drugs. Learn about the origins of the opium poppy, the medical and ritual use of opium in ancient civilizations and the Opium Wars and their impact on China. After lunch in a local restaurant board a boat on the Mekong River towards the Golden Triangle, where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos converge. Make a stop in Laos and visit the Don Sao Island Markets, which have an abundance of local handicrafts. Later return to your hotel in Chiang Rai.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Lunch

DAY 6

Chiang Rai – Chiang Mai (3 Nights)
Depart this morning and make a brief stop at the unique white temple of Wat Rong Khun. Unlike many other Thai temples that have a history going back centuries, this extraordinary place of worship was only built around 20 years ago. Make a stop along the way at Mae Kajaen Hot Springs and dip your feet into the warm mineral waters, a popular spot with local Thais. After a lunch in a local restaurant visit the Sankamphaeng area on the outskirts of Chiang Mai where all the traditional handicrafts such as the famous umbrella and fan making can be found. On arrival at your hotel check-in and later this evening join your Travel Director for a visit to the famous Night Market.
Hotel: Holiday Inn Chiang Mai
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Lunch

DAY 7

Chiang Mai Sightseeing
Enjoy a late start this morning and later explore the centre of Chiang Mai by rickshaw, known locally as samlor. Visit one of Chiang Mai’s most impressive temples; Wat Phra Singh which was built in 1345 by King Pha Yu to house the remains of his father King Kam Fu. See the elegantly decorated Lai Kam assembly hall and its restored murals depicting the lives of locals hundreds of years ago. Afterwards for lunch enjoy a typical dish of Chiang Mai khao soi (rice noodle soup) followed by some free time in the centre to explore further, do some shopping or perhaps treat yourself to a relaxing foot massage. Later make a visit to Wat Doi Suthep, tucked away in the mountains at an elevation of 1,056 metres. In its centre stands a huge Chedi (spired pagoda), which contains partial relics of Lord Buddha. Stay when the crowds depart to observe the monks chanting at sunset before returning to your hotel.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Lunch

DAY 8

Chiang Mai
Today is free for you to explore this fascinating city or choose to take part in an Optional Experience.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 9

Depart Chiang Mai
Transfer to Chiang Mai International Airport for your onward flight.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Bangkok Visit Wat Pho and the Grand Palace, observe local life along the canals during a khlong tour
  • Chiang Mai Visit the handicraft area of Sankamphaeng, the Night Market and the temples of Wat Phra Singh and Wat Doi Suthep
  • Chiang Rai Visit Wat Phra Kaew and see the city’s iconic clock tower
  • Golden Triangle Visit the Hall of Opium, take a boat trip along the Mekong River, visit a local market in Laos

Dining Highlights

  • 8 Buffet breakfasts
  • 4 Lunches
  • 2 Dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • City orientation tours
  • An expert Travel Director and separate driver
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
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Iconic Thailand

Highlighting Thailand’s rich history and fascinating culture, experience the contrasts between the bright lights, skyscrapers and street markets of Bangkok to the peaceful rural life of northern Thailand as you travel by boat into the Golden Triangle.

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