Gems Of Siam

Gems of Siam

Route: From and to Bangkok
Type of tour: Culture
Validity: 01 May – 31 October 2017

COST : AUD $648.00pp – Twin Share

PRE – POST ACCOMMODATION – BANGKOK

Hotel Royal Bangkok @ Chinatown

$35.00pp per night – Superior Room – Twin Share – Includes breakfast

DEPARTURE DATES:

4,11,18,25 May

1,8,15,22,29 June

6,13,20,27 July

3,10,17,24,31 August

7,14,21,28 September

5,12,19,26 October

TOUR OVERVIEW
Modern Thailand merges into historic Siam over NINE unforgettable days with this round-trip starting and ending in Bangkok. Discover the ancient monuments, dazzling temples and bustling markets that help make Thailand the most captivating country in southeast Asia. Visit ruins such as those of Ayutthaya and Sukhothai, which offer an insight into the grandeur of past glories, and meet the inhabitants of remote rainforest villages, where the past is very much alive. Join us for a magical journey to uncover Siam’s glittering gems.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
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Ayutthaya: Ancient capital of Siam and the location of a haunting UNESCO World Heritage Site

Lampang: See three countries from one spot in Sop Ruak at the confluence of the Ruak and the Mekong rivers

Chiang Mai: Visit a tribal village, cruise a river on a longtail boat, take in the views from the hilltop Wat Doi Suthep temple, enjoy an unforgettable encounter with Thai elephants and much more

Lamphun: Stroll through the local morning market and see the bridge crossing to Myanmar

Sukhothai: A historic former capital with well-preserved ruins of temples and palaces

Lopburi: Stroll through the local morning market and see the bridge crossing to Myanmar

Bangkok: A city of extremes with action on every corner. Marvel at the gleaming temples, catch a tuk tul along the teeming Chinatown and take a long tail boat through the citys canals

DON’T MISS!
Kamphaeng Phet: Go bananas in the city’s specialist banana market and try the local variety, which is small but fragrant
Lamphun: Head to the stalls behind Wat Phra That Hariphunchai and treat yourself to some dried lam yai (longan fruit)
Sukhothai: The glazed ceramics produced in the city and surrounding towns are renowned for their beauty and quality

 

D1 BANGKOK – AYUTTHAYA – KAMPHAENG PHET (380km – 5hrs)

Pick-up from your hotel at approximately 07am. Head to the former capital of Ayutthaya and contemplate ruins of this once-vast island city, which was mostly destroyed by an invading army 250 years ago. Today, the haunting ruins hint at its former glories as can be seen in temples such as Wat Yai Chaimongkhon, Wat Phanan Choeng and Wat Mahathat – where the roots of trees have devoured the head of a Buddha. Hop aboard a traditional longtail boat and enjoy a scenic cruise around the island, observing the city’s ruins from a different perspective. After lunch in a local restaurant, continue to Kamphaeng Phet for check-in at the hotel. Breakfast and lunch included.

D2 KAMPHAENG PHET – LAMPANG – CHIANG MAI (350km – 5hrs)

Take to the road after breakfast at the hotel, heading towards Lampang. On arrival, visit Wat Phra That Lampang Luang. This large Lanna-style temple is prominently located on a hill surrounded by walls. Climb the naga staircase and explore the complex, which boasts seven buildings and a sacred tree. Admire the bronze Buddha statue in the ordination hall and the relic of Buddha in the golden chedi. Continue to the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre, which offers shelter and care to more than 50 Asian elephants in a natural rainforest habitat. The centre’s prize attraction, however, are the six elephants from the king of Thailand’s Royal Stables. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before continuing to Chiang Mai, popularly known as the ‘Rose of the North’. Check-in on arrival with the rest of the day at leisure. Maybe explore the city at your own pace or enjoy a relaxing Thai massage (not included). In the evening, head to the bustling night bazaar for a stroll or enjoy an evening out by trying a khantoke dinner, a traditional northern Thai feast combined with a selection of traditional cultural performances (optional, not included). Breakfast and lunch included.

D3 CHIANG MAI

After breakfast in the hotel, visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, one of the most revered temples in the country. This sacred location is at the top of a mountain from where you can appreciate stunning panoramic views over the city. To reach the temple requires a climb up a 309-step naga staircase. Alternatively, you can use the cable car (included) to reach the temple. This spiritual sojourn is followed by a visit to the shopper’s heaven that is the famous San Kamphaeng Road, a 10km-long stretch of road flanked by shops selling locally produced goods such as pottery, silverware, lacquerware, handmade saa paper, sculptures, jewellery, wood carvings and silk products. In some shops, you can even watch the artisans at work. Keep an eye out for the celadon pottery and the silver goods, which are both usually of excellent quality. After local lunch in a local restaurant, return to the hotel with the afternoon free at leisure. Breakfast and lunch included.

D4 CHIANG MAI – LAMPHUN – SUKHOTHAI (370km – 5hrs)

Bid farewell to Chiang Mai after breakfast at the hotel, heading to Lamphun, which is home to one of the north’s most important temples, the one-thousand-year-old Wat Phra That Hariphunchai. Visit the temple and admire the Buddha statues and impressive stupas, which include a 46-metre-tall Lanna-style golden chedi and 21-metre-tall Haripunchai-style chedi. Take to the road again and head south to Sukhothai Historical Park, which covers the ruins of the first capital of Siam. Founded in the 13th century. Sukhothai means ‘Dawn of Happiness’ and it proved to herald the beginning of a golden age for Thai culture under the rule of King Ramkhamhaeng the Great, who is credited with creating the Thai alphabet. The historical park has the ruins of almost 200 buildings, including dozens of temples. The complex, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is divided between the ruins within the walls and moat and those outside them. Breakfast and lunch included.

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D5 SUKHOTHAI – LOPBURI – BANGKOK (480km – 7 hrs)

Depart Sukhothai after breakfast at the hotel, heading for Lopburi. This historic city is famed for the troops of macaques that roam the streets as if it were the jungle. Visit the ruins of the ancient Khmer temple of Phra Prang Sam Yot and the adjacent Brahman shrine of San Phra Kan, which is known as the ‘Monkey Temple’. Lunch is in a local restaurant en route. Continue to Bangkok for drop off at a city-centre. Overnight in Bangkok. Breakfast and lunch included

Tour guide:

  • Operated with local English, German, Italian, French, Spanish speaking guide

Accommodation:

  • Four nights in air-conditioned room with bath/shower at the indicated hotels or hotels of a similar standard

Meals:

  • Four breakfasts and Five lunches

Transport:

  • Air-conditioned transportation, transfers as stated in the programme

Entrance fees and activities:

  • All entrance fees as indicated: Ayutthaya Historical Park; Wat Phra That Lampang Luang and Thai Elephant Conservation Centre in Lampang; Wat Phra That Doi Suthep and San Kamphaeng Road in Chiang Mai; Wat Phra That Hariphunchai in Lamphun; Sukhothai Historical Park; Phra Prang Sam Yot and San Phra Kan in Lopburi
NOT INCLUDED
  • Expenditures of a personal nature, drinks and meals if not stated explicitly in the programme
  • Gratuity for driver and guide
  • Optional tours including recommended tours:
  • Compulsory festival/peak season surcharges where applicable
  • International or domestic flight tickets and airport taxes or visa fees

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

DayDestinationHotel/resortCategoryBoardRoom type
1Kamphaeng PhetChakungrao Riverview or similarSuperiorLunchSUP
2Chiang MaiHoliday Inn Chiang Mai or similarSuperiorBreakfast, lunchSUP
3Chiang MaiHoliday Inn Chiang Mai or similarSuperiorBreakfast, lunchSUP
4SukhothaiLegendha Sukhothai or similarSuperiorBreakfast, lunchDLX
5BangkokBreakfast, lunch

 

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
  • Rates for triple rooms are equal to those mentioned for the sharing of a twin/double room
  • Hotel early check-in, late check-out, connecting or adjoining rooms are subject to availability and are not guaranteed
  • No refund for unused services. Splitting of package is not allowed
  • Please note that local conditions prevalent at the time of travel may result in modifications to tour contents without prior notice
  • Tours in different languages can be combined in our vehicles for seat-in-coach itineraries. There will be a guide for each language
CANCELLATION POLICY
  • 45 days prior to departure date, 15% of package price will be charged
  • 30 days prior to departure date, 50% of package price will be charged
  • 15 days prior to departure date, 100% of package price will be charged
  • Failure to arrive will be treated as a No Show and no refund will be given
RECOMMENDATIONS

Comfortable and light clothing is the most suitable for travelling in Thailand. Visitors should not wear sleeveless shirts, shorts, short skirts or skimpy clothing when visiting temples, religious or official buildings. Shoes should be removed before entering a temple or private house. Sun protection, sunglasses, a hat and mosquito repellent can be very useful during your stay

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