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Thailand Express - 5 days

If you want to sample the delights of Thailand, but are short on time then this 5 day tour could be perfect for you. Kicking off in the captivating capital city of Bangkok, journey north to explore the night markets of Chiang Mai and mingle with the hill tribes in Chiang Rai. With the option to end your tour in Chiang Mai or return to Bangkok.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

Trip Highlights

Bangkok - Grand Palace, Wat Pho - home to the Reclining Buddha, Original Thai Massage School and 24 hour Flower Market - see stunning orchids and roses on sale
Chiang Mai Cooking Class. Learn to make 3 classic Thai dishes.
Visit to the Hmong Hill tribe and overnight stay in their community operated lodge/ resort.
Day trip to Chiang Rai - Hill Tribe villages
Cruise along the Khlongs of Bangkok - see the rich and the poor
Chiang Mai - the towering Doi Suthep temple, Baan Tong Luang Hill Tribes village, Chiang Mai night market and temples, trishaw ride around the old city
Cruise along the Kok River
Wat Rhon Khung (known as the White Temple) - an unconventional Buddhist temple located in Chiang rai

Included

3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Guided sightseeing in Bangkok, Chaing Mai and Chiang Rai
Cooking course in Chiang Mai with lunch
Tuk tuk ride in Bangkok, trishaw ride around the old city in Chiang Mai
Escorted by an English-speaking Thai tour guide (for groups of 6 or more)
2 nights 3 - 4 star hotels, 1 overnight stay at the Hmong hill tribe lodge/resort and 1 overnight sleeper train
 Excursion to the hill tribe villages and Golden Triangle areas near Chiang Rai
 Longtail boat cruise on the canals of Bangkok and on the Kok River
Airport arrival transfer on day 1
All relevant transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles

Not Included

International flights, visa and departure transfer
Entrance Fees: USD$45-55, paid in USD
Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$3 - 6 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture
Tipping Kitty: USD$30-40, paid in USD

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Thailand

Monday. Welcome to Bangkok, the ever-alluring capital of Thailand. Arrival transfer to our hotel where our Welcome Meeting takes place later in the evening.
Overnight: Bangkok

Day 2

Bustling Bangkok

This morning we see vibrant floral displays at Bangkok's 24hr Flower Market before exploring the stunning Grand Palace, crowned by lofty gilt stupas and home to the legendary Emerald Buddha. After we take an exhilarating ride on a Tuk Tuk to Wat Pho - the temple of the Reclining Buddha and birthplace of traditional Thai massage. Jumping onboard our longtail boats we discover the city’s canals, known as Khlongs. Exploring the city by boat gives insight into the lives of the city's riverside dwellers - the overtly rich and incredibly poor.

After we drive to Ayuthaya, have dinner and include day use rooms for you to freshen up before we take the overnight express sleeper train (2nd class A/C sleeper cabins) to Chiang Mai.
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

Chiang Mai & the Hmong Hill tribe Lodge

Chiang Mai - Mae Rim. This morning we arrive into the picturesque city of Chiang Mai, nestled in the foothills of northern Thailand. First up we visit the imposing Doi Suthep Temple that stands like a sentinel over the city. The tranquility of chanting temple monks is a real highlight and we take time to enjoy this and the view before driving into the countryside to the Baan Tong Luang Hill Tribes village. Four separate Thai hill tribes live at Baan Tong Luang - the Lahu, Hmong, White Karen and the Long necked Karen and we'll have the opportunity to learn all about their lifestyle and customs, see their traditional dress and purchase handicrafts that they make.

We travel on to the Hmong Hill Tribe Lodge where we will stay this evening. This afternoon you can take a walk into the surrounding countryside to visit the some of the nearby hill tribe villages. In the evening we enjoy a sumptuous BBQ before being entertained by dancers from the local community. The lodge has been in operation for the last 30 years and works in symbiosis with the local population, which offers a wonderful insight into the lives of some of the smaller minority groups in the Kingdom.
Overnight: Mae Rim  |  Dinner

Day 4

Chiang Rai

Mae Rim - Chiang Rai - Chiang Mai. Following an early breakfast, we bid farewell to our hosts and set off north towards Chiang Rai. Our journey today takes us through stunning karst and jungle scenery and our first stop of the day is at the unconventional Wat Rong Khun (White Temple) which depicts scenes from modern movies including the Matrix, Star Wars and Superman. After visiting the temple, we'll take a break for lunch before boarding boats on the Kok River for an hour long longtail boat cruise to Chiang Rai. En route we'll see farmers working the land where oranges grow, whilst men fish along the banks and buffalo wallow in the shallow waters.

In Chiang Rai we visit Lahu village which is surrounded by lush green countryside and inhabited by the Lahu people, who make their living from farming the land. We’ll take a walk through this enchanting little village, which has stilt houses and livestock roaming the streets. Then we continue our boat journey to Ruammit village which is home to the Karen tribe and has retained its traditional culture. After a brief stop here we drive to Chiang Mai, where the rest of the evening is free to spend at leisure.
Overnight: Chiang Mai  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Cooking Pad Thai

Friday. This morning you can join your tour guide in giving out Alms to the local monks before returning to your hotel for breakfast. We then take a traditional trishaw for a ride around the old city of Chiang Mai visiting well known temples within the city walls.

Today for lunch, we learn to cook 3 of the most popular Thai dishes, the perfect souvenir to take home. Pay attention though, as you get to eat what you cook for your lunch! The rest of the day is free for you to relax and explore. Choose from adrenaline-fueled adventures such a canopy zip lining or opt for a more relaxing affair with spa treatments and massages. In the evening join us for a trip down to the Chiang Mai night market, a haven of souvenirs and works by local artisans.

As your tour concludes today in Chiang Mai, you are welcome to depart at any time you wish. You can choose to depart this morning, after the cooking course we would suggest booking a flight no earlier than 5pm or stay with us till after returning from the night market. Hotel check out is at 12 noon and if staying longer you might wish to consider booking extra accommodation. Alternatively, you may choose to end your tour in Bangkok, by booking our Bangkok extension.
Breakfast, Lunch

End this tour in Bangkok or Yi Peng Lantern Festival

END YOUR TOUR IN BANGKOK
There is the option to end this tour in Bangkok. Includes: 1 night accommodation in Chiang Mai on day 5. Breakfast, transfer to Chiang Mai airport and flight to Bangkok arriving before 12 noon on day 6. Arrangements end upon arrival to Bangkok's Don Muang airport. If your onward flight is from Suvarnabhumi Airport you will need to make arrangements to transfer to this airport upon your arrival.

YI PENG LANTERN FESTIVAL
On 01 November 2017 join us for the spirited and always lively Yi Peng festival of Chiang Mai. At the festival we will witness to the release of thousands of beautifully coloured, candle lit Lanna-style lanterns into the sky and local river. If travelling on this date, please refer to and book our 6 day Yi Peng Express tour.

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.

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Extra Prices

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Private Tour Supplement
USD $900
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End Your Tour in Bangkok Supplement
USD $490
USD $60
Pre Tour Accommodation Bangkok
USD $56
USD $51
Post Accommodation Chaing Mai
USD $48
USD $41

Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Royal Benja Hotel, Bangkok

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

The Royal Benja Hotel provides homely accommodation in the heart of Bangkok city with a large outdoor pool to enjoy after a long, hot day sightseeing. Benjamas Restaurant serves a wide selection of local and international cuisine whilst drinks and live music are offered at the Buddy Pub.

Hmong Hilltribe Lodge, Mae Rim

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

Set within the spectacular mountains and rice fields of Mae Rim, the Hmong Lodge offers guests a unique opportunity to experience traditional Hmong culture amidst striking natural beauty. Conveniently located just an hours drive from Chiang Mai, The Hmong Lodge offers travellers the perfect balance of style and comfort and offers them the chance to meet and learn about nearby tribal communities. The comfortable guest rooms are beautifully crafted from wood and have a splash of colour added with the Hmong quilts. The lodge features an outdoor pool, spa and open-air restaurant. Days can be spent with local tribes and exploring the stunning surrounding landscapes while evenings at the lodge can be filled with a barbecue and al fresco dining followed by traditional Hmong performances including dancing.

Amora Hotel Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Close to the Tapae Gate, Amora Hotel Chiang Mai is a modern property with great amenities. Guest rooms are designed in the modern Northern Thai (Lanna) style and come with air conditioning, TV, mini bar and room service. The hotel also boasts a refreshing outdoor pool and fitness centre as well as Chili's restaurant - serving up a delicious array of transitional Thai and international cuisine. The Lobby Lounge Bar and Pool Bar are great places to enjoy a cocktail at the end of the day.

In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Bangkok
Ends
Chiang Mai
Departs
Monday
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 3, Lunch: 1, Dinner: 2
Visiting
Countries
Updated
1st March 2017

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