12 Day Essential Thailand with Pattaya

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Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include intra-flight Chiang Mai-Bangkok.

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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.

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Itinerary

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; transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to rest, relax and acclimate to the new time zone
Overnight: Chiang Mai

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

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
Optional: Half Day Cooking Class with lunch (AM)
Overnight: Chiang Mai
Meals: Breakfast

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
Optional: Siam Niramit Show & Dinner (PM)
Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: Breakfast

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

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
Optional: Full Day Historical Ayutthaya & Cruise with lunch
Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: Breakfast

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
Optional: Full Day Damnoen Saduak Floating Market & Sampran Riverside Resort with lunch
Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Wednesday - Travel to Pattaya
This morning transfer to Pattaya, a seaside resort on the East Coast of the Gulf of Thailand, with its beautiful beaches and sparkling azure waters. En route stop at a gem gallery to watch jewelry being made and learn more about the gems used. Arrive at the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure
Overnight: Pattaya
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Thursday - Full Day in Pattaya
Today is at leisure to relax, rejuvenate and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Perhaps, escape by speedboat to the stunning Coral island, brimming with an abundance of coral formations and underwater life or, visit the idyllic island of Koh Lam-an. Unwind at the beach or, try out some water sports, including water skiing, parasailing, and windsurfing. Choose to visit the Pattaya Floating market, one of the biggest in the world. Separated into four sections, with each offering and representing items from the four major regions of Thailand. Here, you will find food and fruit stalls as well as souvenir shops. Tonight, time on your own to savor a delicious dinner at a seaside restaurant or enjoy the vibrant nightlife that the town is known for
Overnight: Pattaya
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Friday - Full Day in Pattaya
Spend a full day at leisure. Relax, rejuvenate, enjoy your beautiful surroundings and treasure your last day in this paradise. Perhaps, choose from the many diving sports available to discover the underwater world brimming with exotic marine life, or indulge yourself with a seaside massage
Overnight: Pattaya
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Saturday - Depart Thailand
Transfer to Bangkok airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Optional Tours

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.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours

Day #3 01 Jan 2018 - 30 Jun 2019 $35.00
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This afternoon, travel northwest through an area famous for its waterfalls and scenic views, to visit "Elephant Kingdom", an educational Elephant Camp Program. Here, see elephants bathing in the running streams, attend a lecture on the Thai Elephant, and find out how the mahout train and command these majestic animals. Afterwards, learn the importance of herbal vitamin for the elephant's diet and special herbal treatment and hot press used as a natural insect repellent. You may also be able to feed the elephants bananas and sugar cane, two of their favorite treats. Savor a delicious Afternoon Tea, then travel to an exotic Orchid & Butterfly farm in the north of Mae Rim area. Explore the gardens of colorful orchids and visit the butterfly farm to see the rare collection of butterflies.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #3 01 Jan 2018 - 30 Apr 2018 $49.00
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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.

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #4 01 Jan 2018 - 30 Jun 2019 $49.00
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Enjoy a delightful Buffet Dinner at the Siam Niramit Restaurant before attending this evening's stunning performance of "Journey to the Enchanted Kingdom" of Siam. This $40 million production, with over 150 performers, explores the Kingdom of Siam's history and culture, with scenes highlighting the Ancient Kingdom of Lanna, Khmer heritage, and traditions of the central plains. Then, venture into the heart of Thai mythology with scenes of Fiery Hell, the mystical Himapaan Forest, and Blissful Heaven. Lastly, enjoy a montage of joyous celebrations honoring the Buddhist tradition.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #5 23 Feb 2018 - 18 Mar 2018 $60.00
20 Mar 2018 - 30 Jun 2019 $60.00
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Morning tour of Wat Phra Kaew, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and the adjoining Grand Palace. Together they form the most impressive sights for visitors to Bangkok. Wat Phra Kaew consists of over 100 brightly colored buildings, golden spires and glittering mosaics, dating back to 1782, when Bangkok was founded. From Wat Phra Kaew continue to the Grand Palace. Despite the proximity of the two, there's a distinct contrast in style between the Thai-inspired Wat Phra Kaew and the European designs of the Grand Palace. It is important to note that this palace is used now only for occasional ceremonial purposes and is no longer the royal residence.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #6 30 Oct 2017 - 30 Jun 2018 $38.00
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Today's guided tour includes visits to three of Bangkok's most unusual Buddhist temples: Wat Traimit (Temple of the Golden Buddha), Wat Po (Temple of the Reclining Buddha), and Wat Benchamabophit (The White Marble Temple). Begin at Wat Traimit; enter the temple where you will find the world's largest solid-gold Buddha. Carved in the ancient Sukhothai style and believed to be cast over nine centuries ago, the Golden Buddha of Wat Traimit is nearly 10 feet high, and weighs an impressive 5.5 tons. The tour continues through Chinatown to visit Wat Po, the largest and oldest temple in Bangkok, featuring the world-famous Reclining Buddha statue. Next, visit Wat Benchamabophit and its Bronze Buddha; the ashes of King Rama V lie beneath the statue. Considered one of the finest examples of Thai architecture to date, Wat Benchamabophit is home to the decorative Ubosot Hall, beautifully erected from Italian Carrera marble in the European Neoclassical style.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #6 01 Jan 2018 - 30 Jun 2019 $30.00
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Today explore Thailand’s previous 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.

Approximate tour duration is 8.5 hours.

Day #7 01 Jan 2018 - 30 Jun 2019 $59.00
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Enjoy a full day tour of the Floating Market at Damnoen Saduak and the Sampran Riverside Resort, including lunch. Begin the tour 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.

Approximate tour duration is 9 hours.

Day #8 01 Jan 2018 - 30 Jun 2018 $59.00
Full Day Damnoen Saduak Floating Market & Sampran Riverside Resort with lunch Thumbnail