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DRIFTING IN THAI

Warm, friendly, fun-loving, exotic, tropical, historic, and rich in culture, Thailand with its golden temples and tropical beaches is the best place for a budget friendly incredible dream vacation. The famous Thai hospitality and smile are never faltering. From the bustling Bangkok to serene Chiang Mai to the paradise on earth in Phuket to the wonderful history and traditions of the various tribes, it’s the complete package.

Fly out to Thailand for a holiday that you will want to take again and again.

 

Bangkok

On arrival in Bangkok, meet and greet with our representative and check-in to the hotel. Bangkok comes alive in the night, and that's the time you should start your Thai Adventure too! Take a Bangkok evening tour just as the sun begins to set. The street life in Bangkok is incredible - the sights, sounds, and smells are amplified under the glow of its streetlights.
Then head to Rattanakosin area of the old city, past the floodlit Grand Palace and Wat Pho. After a cool, relaxing cocktail at the boutique, riverside Riva Arun hotel, take a short walk to where an exquisite dinner awaits. Indulge in a delicious, Thai-style meal on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, with the majestic Wat Arun acting as the backdrop. Following dinner, take a stroll to the temple grounds of Wat Pho to soak up the beauty of its glittering chedi at night: an incredible photo opportunity.
Afterward, drive to the final stop of the evening, the bustling Khao San Road area. A famous backpackers haunt, this eclectic region comes to life at night with various activities, night markets, and entertainment venues to choose from. Enjoy a wander through the streets of Khao San to experience the unmistakable energy of this area.
Bangkok at night is really a sight to behold!

Bangkok

Wat Pho in the night is a beauty with glittering lights. Wat Pho in the early morning is a peaceful experience with the early morning chanting ritual of monks. After the quiet experience, visit the temple grounds and the famous 45-metre reclining Buddha.
Next stop is The Grand Palace, then the mysterious Emerald Buddha, the most revered Buddha image in Thailand. This Emerald Buddha is actually made of Jade/Jasper. It's said to have brought good luck to the country and it's people.
After a short break for lunch, get on aboard a long-tail boat sailing up the majestic Chao Phraya River before entering the Khlong that takes us away from the normal tourist trail. Inside the network of Khlongs, stop at Wat Khun Chan which is an interesting temple area rarely visited by tourists. Crossing a small footbridge leads into the old alleys where a cold coffee can be enjoyed before entering Wat Paknam or the white stupa with a hidden museum.
After this secret getaway, continue on the boat to a beautiful part of the Khlong - a mix of old wooden houses and new modern mansions hiding another wonderful place - an orchid and fruit farm. Check out the many types of orchids on display. On the way back to Saphan Taksin pier, stop to feed the holy catfish in the Khlong.

Chiang Rai

Today fly off to Chiang Rai, a beautiful mountainous region in Northern Thailand. On arrival and after check in, start with the ‘Art Scene’ of Chiang Rai town depicting the contradiction between heaven and hell by the famous Thai artist Thawan Duchanee, who was appointed as National Artist in 2001, check out his house “Baan Dam”.

Chiang Mai

Today start with a drive to Chiang Mai. Spend the afternoon at your leisure, and the evening brings nightly prayer chants by monks in the local temple. Anyone can take part in this deeply sacred ritual by lighting incense and candles, this is sure to be an unforgettable and otherworldly experience.
Enjoy dinner at the stunning Rachamankha, inspired by the courtyard architecture of ancient Chinese dwellings, and serving an exquisite selection of Lanna, Burmese and Shan cuisine, before heading to the colorful Waroros Market. This bustling night market is the hub of local life in Chiang Mai, with fresh food and flower stalls offering an intoxicating mix of sights, sounds, and smells. This is also a great place to try local Thai delicacies, providing a sweet end to an enchanting evening.

Chiang Mai

Head out on an early drive with the picnic breakfast in tow. This early morning drive takes you to the foothills of Doi Suthep mountain. Quickly, buy offerings and join the locals during the daily alms giving ceremony. This is a serene Buddhist procession where dozens of monks walk barefoot through the street collecting food and everyday items. It's a peace invoking, calming experience. Later continue up the mountain to Wat Doi Suthep and climb the 309 steps of the Golden Naga staircase to reach its golden pagodas.
After this stop, leave the tourists behind and head to one of the best-kept secret temples of Chiang Mai, Wat Palad, known as the Temple below the Temple. This temple is over 650 years old. It's a beautiful place to discover. Next, continue to Wat Umong, a heavily forested temple covered by moss and small plants built in 14th century. The sight of this unique yet charming sense of natural decay is a sight to behold.
While in Chiang Mai, do not miss out on a delicious bowl of Khao Soy. This famous Northern Thai dish that is a combination of coconut cream, crispy noodles and plenty of spice. Afternoon takes you to the Three Kings Monument, followed by Chiang Mai City Arts and Culture Center, located in an old building of elegant architectural design built in 1927.

Phuket

After the truly spiritual experience at Chiang Mai, it's time for natural gorgeousness at Phuket. Fly to Phuket, on arrival meet and greet with the guide and get settled in at your hotel.
There is a chance for Panache Clients to soar high above the beautiful land in a 30 minute Helicopter ride.
This is a fabulous way to see the amazing natural limestone formations, lush vegetation, mangrove trees, small villages, and shrimp farms dispersed across the region. You can also catch a glimpse of the Khao Tapu, better known as the “JamesBond Island”. This was the island featured in the movie “Man with the Golden Gun.” After this, you will fly over the kayaking island of Phang Nga Bay, where you will cross over the secret lagoon, hidden within the limestone island itself. It truly is a great way to explore this beautiful slice of tropical heaven.

Phuket

Take the fast route with a speedboat across the Andaman Sea to the six scenic Phi Phi Islands. First stop is Maya Bay. As the name suggests it's enchanting and one fo the most beautiful places in Thailand. It might look familiar as this is the setting for the Leanardo Di Caprio movie ‘The Beach’. Next stop is Lho Sa Mah then Phi Phi Lay Cove and Monkey Beach. All of these islands boast of swaying palm trees and white sands.
Stop over for lunch at Tongsai Bay, the southern stretch of Phi Phi Ley Island offering sweeping views of the sea. Spend the afternoon cruising on to Bamboo and Khai Islands, Here snorkeling and swimming in the Andaman Sea is a delight.
Close this beautiful day by getting back to Phuket.

Phuket

Phuket is not just the white sand beaches and sparkling waters. There is so much more to it!
See the different side of Phuket today. There are three options.
One is to explore Phuket on your own.
Two is to take an insightful excursion to the city’s lesser-known corners. It starts with a visit to a rubber plantation, one of the main industries in Phuket. It's a splendid opportunity to see how the rubber sap is collected from the trees- a manual process that is very time-consuming- and then processed. The next stop is at Tong Sai National Park, a lush expanse of the jungle teeming with wildlife. Learn about the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project (GRP) from the volunteer team directly. Take a stroll around to see some of the gibbons being nursed back to health at the center. After the natural insights for the day, it's time for some history. The best place for that being the Kathu Mining Museum. This offers a glimpse into the former glory of Phuket, its people, its economy and its history while learning about the island’s mining industry. Then stop at a cashew nut factory, another major industry in Phuket. See the process of extracting the nut from the fruit, gaining a better appreciation as to why these are quite expensive.
End the excusrion with a stop at Wat Prathong, one of the oldest temples in Phuket.
Three is to explore and enjoy Thai food.
Join in on a street food tour, by spending the morning walking along the smaller side streets of the city. Stop at any of the food stalls - some selling fresh fruits while others offer freshly cooked snacks and noodle dishes. Most of these shops are owned by generations of owners, chat up with the locals to understand Thai food and their lifestyle better.
We recommend a dim sum breakfast, coupled with a cup of locally-grown coffee. Then, learn about the concept of khao kaeng, a set of rice curry shops. For midday snack, check out the stalls piled high with colourful curry pastes. Eat and learn about their different uses. For a break from eating, go to the old town, stopping at the informative Post Office Museum for a short visit. Then return to the food trail to taste items like the Malaysian-influenced roti breads and Chinese-style Hokkien noodles. These are food types brought in by immigrants in the 19th century. After all the awesomeness, complete the day with some typical southern Thai snacks including a local rendition of a crepe and exotic tropical fruits.

Lā k̀xn!

After the blissful journey in Thailand, its time to say Lā k̀xn to the wonderful Thai people!

Cost Break up

Price Inclusions:-
- Accommodation in selected hotels.
- Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner).
- English speaking guide.
- Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle.
- Join Phi Phi Island tour by speedboat
- Entrance fees for mentioned visits.
- Tips for driver and hotel porters
- Drinking water and cold towel
Price Exclusions:
- Other meals than mentioned.
- Other services than mentioned.
- International and domestic flights.
- Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature.
- Tips for guide, travel insurance.

Birds eye view

9 Days
From USD 1280
Day 1 : Bangkok
Day 2 : Bangkok
Day 3 : Chiang Rai
Day 4 : Chiang Mai
Day 5 : Chiang Mai
Day 6 : Phuket
Day 7 : Phuket
Day 8 : Phuket
Day 9 : Lā k̀xn!

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