11 Days / 10 Nights
Day 1, Arrive Chiang Mai (D)
Upon arrival in the northern capital of Thailand, you'll be transferred to your hotel for check-in. This evening we'll take you to enjoy a Khantoke dinner presentation of classical, folk and hill tribe dances, songs and ceremonies. After removing your shoes you will be seated, comfortably, on the floor with Thai-style cushions for the dinner of a special variety of northern-Thai food, served in Lanna Kingdom court style.
Day 2, Chiang Mai (B)
Visit a picturesque Meo hill tribe Village set in an attractive hillside spot and see the Meo tribesmen dressed their colorful traditional costumes. The tour also take in Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep is almost sacred temple containing a holy relic of the Lord Buddha. A panoramic view of the city can be seen from here at 3,500 feet above sea level.
Day 3, Chiang Mai (B/L)
Enjoy Demonstrations of how trained elephants are used as working animals in teak forests. The show includes elephant bathing in the river, working in the jungle, elephant painting, dragging and pushing logs, and responding to commands. After experience a special adventure with elephant trek for one hour through the beautiful mountain scenery and over hilly trails. Continue on a leisurely cruise along the rural river by bamboo river rafts for 45 minutes, gliding down the river. Continue to an orchid nursery to see a large collection of more than 50 different types of colorful exotic year-round-bloom orchids before being transferred back to the hotel.
Day 4, Chiang Mai - Train (B)
Following breakfast you have the day at leisure until check-out at approximately noon. Your guide and vehicle will pick you up in the afternoon for the transfer to Chiang Mai railway station for the overnight sleeper to Bangkok.
Day 5, Train - Bangkok (B)
Early morning arrival in Bangkok and transfer to your hotel. Since your rooms may not be ready for immediate occupancy, we have included a hot breakfast at the hotel for you to enjoy whilst waiting.
Day 6, Bangkok (B)
Home of the Kings of Siam of the Chakri Dynasty, originally built by King Rama I, it served as the royal residence until 1946. Today the palace is still used on certain occasions for visiting royalty or special guests of the Kingdom. Adjoining the Grand Palace you will find the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Keo), this is probably the best known of the royal temples. It is regarded as the most important temple in all Thailand and it is the venue of many of the numerous religious ceremonies in which the King participates, especially at the beginning of each of the three seasons when His Majesty personally changes the elaborate robes of the Buddha image, carved out of a single piece of emerald-green jasper. We then continue to Vimanmek Palace, home to King Rama V in the early 1900s, is located behind Bangkok's National Assembly, and it is the world's largest building made entirely of teak. The three-storey palace has 81 rooms, halls and anterooms, excluding terraces and verandahs. Interestingly enough this palace was actually constructed on Srichang Island in the Gulf of Siam, but in 1901 King Chulalongkorn had it moved to its present site.
Day 7, Bangkok - Kanchanaburi (B/L/D)
Following breakfast at the hotel you will be picked up along with other passengers before leaving Bangkok for River Kwai. Our first stop in Kanchanaburi will be at the Railway Museum which will give you a good overall view concerning this portion of the track. After visit the War Cemetery and the famous bridge over the River Kwai before proceeding by long tail boats for the River Kwai Jungle Rafts for check-in and lunch. In the afternoon visit the Hell Fire Pass. Dinner at the hotel followed by a Mon cultural dance and song.
Day 8, Kanchanaburi - Hua Hin (B/L)
Wake up to the sounds of nature. Breakfast at the rafts, followed by a stroll to the Mon tribal village. Just before lunch we head down stream to take a ride along the infamous Death Railway as we pass hanging cliffs and river scenery. After transfer to Hua Hin, a quaint beach resort town located on the West Coast, check-in at your hotel.
Day 9 & 10, Hua Hin (B)
Free days at leisure for personal activities.
Day 11, Depart Hua Hin (B)
Pick-up from your hotel at the designated time and transfer to Bangkok international airport for your return flight home.
||Empress Chiang Mai
||State Railway of Thailand
||1st Class Air con Cabin
||River Kwai Jungle Rafts
||Novotel Hua Hin Cha Am Beach
||Superior Ocean View
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Sightseeing tours and transfers as outlined
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English speaking tour guide
Air-conditioned private vehicles
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