Thailand Journey

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Dates: October 14 - 22, 2017

Price: $399 | 9 Days | Bangkok to Bangkok

Trip Code: ATTNG

Discover as much of northern Thailand as you can on this nine-day trip packed with unforgettable cultural experiences. Explore the serene UNESCO World Heritage site Ayutthaya Historical Park and enjoy dinner on a converted rice barge. Travel to a traditional village outside of Chiang Mai and visit the home of a local family. Introduce yourself to a colourful and enchanting part of the world.

Physical Rating: 2 - Light

Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 16, Avg 10

Travel Style: National Geographic Journeys

Greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam – all without sacrificing comfort.

Service Level: Upgraded

Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other G Adventures tours, like meals, private transport, and activities.

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Highlights from Thailand Journey

Take a train over the "Bridge on the River Kwai", Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site Ayutthaya Historical Park, Take an authentic Thai cooking class with a local chef, Discuss Buddhism with the monks at the Wat Chedi Luang temple

Meet with Monks at Wat Chedi Luang

Visit the 14th-century Wat Chedi Luang Buddhist temple in the heart of Chiang Mai’s old city. Sit down with young monks to discuss daily life and Buddhism, and leave feeling spiritually refreshed.

Traditional Thai Home Dinner

Visit a family home in a village outside of Chiang Mai and sit down to a traditional (and so delicious) Khantoke dinner. Learn about life in rural Thailand from the family and walk through their lovely garden to discuss herbs and spices used in local cuisine.

Wat Po Visit

This temple is known for its reclining Buddha, its feet covered with mother-of-pearl engravings of Buddhist symbols. Explore the large grounds and other compounds to see other Buddha figures, murals and the chedis that contain the ashes of Buddha. This is also the birthplace of traditional Thai massage.

Itinerary

Day 1/2 Bangkok

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

  • Complimentary pre-night hotel included on this FAM

Day 3 - Bangkok/Kanchanaburi

Travel to Kanchanaburi, home to the "Bridge on the River Kwai." Take a train journey over the bridge and take in a piece of World War II history.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4 - Kanchanaburi/Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya

Enjoy a morning visit to Erawan National Park and waterfall then visit the Thai/Burma War Museum and War Cemetery. This afternoon, travel to Ayutthaya and enjoy dinner on a converted 1930s rice barge.

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 5 - Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya/Chiang Mai

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ayutthaya Historical Park, which served as Thailand’s capital from the 14th to 18th centuries, when it ranked as one of the most magnificent cities in the world. Later, return to Bangkok to catch a flight to Chiang Mai.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6 - Chiang Mai

Following a visit to the local markets with a chef we will enjoy a Thai cooking class at a private culinary school, then have the dish for lunch. Later we'll visit the historic Wat Chedi Luang and sit down with one of the young Monks to discuss daily life and Buddhism. Listen to monks chanting at Doi Suthep Temple, one of the most stunning golden Temples in Thailand.

Exclusive Inclusions: Hands-On Cooking Class|National Geographic Journeys Exclusives Meet with Monks at Wat Chedi Luang

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 7 - Chiang Mai

Enjoy the day to explore or participate in some optional activities. Later we travel to the countryside, visiting a local village and enjoying an authentic khantok dinner in a family's home.

Exclusive Inclusions: National Geographic Journeys Exclusives Traditional Thai Home Dinner

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 8 - Chiang Mai/Bangkok

Flight to bustling Bangkok for a klong riverboat ride through Bangkok's canals and visit to Wat Po, the famed Temple of the Reclining Buddha.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9 - Bangkok

Depart at any time.

  • Complimentary departure transfer included on this FAM

Meals included: Breakfast

Full Itinerary

Tour Details

What's Included

  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Traditional Thai Home Dinner, Chiang Mai
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Meet with Monks at Wat Chedi Luang, Chiang Mai
  • Hands-On: Cooking Class, Chiang Mai
  • Arrival transfer & Departure transfers
  • Pre-night hotel
  • Entrance to the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre war museum and train ride
  • Visit to Erawan National Park
  • Guided tour at Ayutthaya Historical Park
  • Dinner on a converted rice barge
  • Sunset visit to Doi Suthep monastery
  • Explore Bangkok and take a klong boat ride
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotels (8 nts).

Meals

7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Allow USD100-130 for meals not included.

Transportation

Private bus/minivan, tuk tuk, train, boat, plane, walking.

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Available extras (Add these to your tour when you book)

Flight of the Gibbon - From $131.00

Soar across 7km (4.3 mi) of Thai jungle on a zipline and learn about the local lore, wildlife, and geology from an expert guide. (Not at the same time, of course. That’d be kinda complicated.)

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