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THAILAND WITH PHUKET
For departures up to 10 Dec 2019 from per person Cdn $3949
Round trip air from Calgary ( please ask for pricing from other cities ) Inter-Thailand airfare (Bangkok-Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai-Phuket) 9 nights’ accommodation ( 3 night Bangkok, 3 night Chiang Mai, 3 night Phuket) daily breakfast Included sightseeing Private airport transfers Taxes
Exploring Bangkok - Today you will visit the famous Grand Palace, Chakri Maha Prasad, one of the most beautiful examples of an ancient Thai court. The palace was the former residence of the Thai kings. There are several things here to admire, including the Reception Hall, the Coronation Hall, the Funeral Hall, and the beautiful Temple of the Emerald Buddha, also known as "Wat Phra Kaew". You can easily visualize the splendour and pageantry of the past. You will proceed to Wat Po, home of the enormous Reclining Buddha and one of the oldest and largest temples in Bangkok.
Later, you will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the pier to join the Manohra Rice Barge Dinner Cruise, a romantic and unique culture experience. Cruising along the Chao Phraya River on this elegant, restored wooden rice barge, you will be introduced to Bangkok by night. It's a spectacular and memorable experience as Thai culinary delicacies are served as you glide down The River of Kings. En route you will pass the famous Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn), the magnificent Grand Palace, The Royal Barge Boathouse, and numerous other temples and fascinating landmarks. A delicious Thai set dinner is included and features delicacies such as Thai dumplings, prawn skewers, spicy soups, regional curries, stir fries, fresh seafood, and a traditional Thai dessert.
Private Half Day Klongs Canals Tour - Today, you will travel on the picturesque Chao Phraya River, also known as the "River of the Kings", and through the klongs canals of Thonburi on the west side of the river from Bangkok. There will be a chance to observe and photograph the serene family homes and temples along the waterways ,which gave the city the nickname of "Venice of the East." You will also visit a major riverside landmark, the Temple of Dawn, or Wat Arun, which has a pagoda that soars 79 m into the sky.
Half Day Doi Suthep and Meo Tour - This tour features a scenic drive through the most historic areas of Chiang Mai, including a pass through the old city walls, city gates and moat. The drive continues into Chiang Mai's tourist attraction area, past the local market, foreign consulates, government buildings and 'Tapae Gate' before continuing to the acclaimed temple Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, home to a holy relic of the Lord Buddha and considered by many to be the most sacred Wat in northern Thailand. Tucked away in the mountains at an elevation of 1,056 meters (3520 feet), the temple is reached using a Naga (a 7- headed dragon head serpent) railing rising along both sides. The temple compound, accessed via 300 stairs, offers a beautiful view of Chiang Mai city and the surrounding countryside. Continue on to visit the primitive Meo Pui village, a local community known for its unique culture and colourful costumes.
Private Chang Phuak Gate Market Evening Street Food Tour - Set out from your hotel this evening to explore one of Chiang Mai's best street food markets, with small stalls serving a wide range of dishes, many of which adhere to the principles of authentic Thai and Northern Thai cooking. With the benefit of your guide's expertise, meet local vendors and taste delicious grilled meats, seafood, curries, soups, noodles and rice dishes. This market is popular with locals and is a great place to wander, relax and soak up the nighttime atmosphere of Chiang Mai. Continue onwards to the Night Market or Night Bazaar and test your bargaining skills!
Phuket at Leisure - These two days are totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.