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The 21 days adventure and culture odyssey provide a great experience of Thailand. Exploring the chaotic Bangkok by foot and bicycle then visiting the Ruins of Ayutthaya, the former capital of Thailand. Our trip also includes the visit to famous Golden Triangle with their divert culture and hill tribal groups. Enjoy the trekking safari in Chiang Rai before we ends our trip in Krabi, a heaven for beach lovers.
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Quick facts
Trip Code: IDT-MYST07
Trip Type: Adventure
Duration: 21 days
Departure: Bangkok
Arrival: Bangkok

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Holiday Itinerary
Day 1: Bangkok 
 
Meet and greet upon arrival and transfer approx. 45 minutes to your hotel.  Upon arrival at the hotel, check in and proceed to your room.  If requested, your guide will explain the programme in detail to you.  Depending on arrival time, you will have the rest of the day free.  Choose to enjoy the facilities of your hotel, walk around the city and explore your new environment or simply take a rest and prepare for your adventure.
 
Overnight in Bangkok
Accommodation: The Eugina Hotel- Eugina Suite
 http://www.theeugenia.com
 
Day 2 : Essential of Bangkok
 
 
Enjoy a half day tour visiting Three of Bangkok’s most notable landmarks, the Grand Palace and Wat Arun, also referred to as the Temple of Dawn.  Start cruising to Wat Arun, a Buddhist temple constructed between 1809 and 1851, and wander around its peaceful grounds.  Continue by boat over the river until you reach Ta Chang Pier and walk 5 minutes to the Grand Palace.  One of the most spectacular palaces in Southeast Asia, it was begun in 1782 by King Rama I, after he moved the capital from Thonburi to Bangkok.  From the 18th century onwards it has served as the residence of the early Chakri Dynasty Kings.  The complex houses not only the Royal residence and throne halls, but also government offices and the renowned Wat Phra Kaew, containing the Emerald Buddha, the symbol of the country.  Last visit is made to Wat Po – the temple with enormous golden reclining Buddha Temple. Enjoy an entertaining and informative guided visit. Return to hotel after tour. (Ladies should wear short-sleeved top with full-length trousers or knee-length skirts.  Gentlemen should wear trousers and short-sleeved shirts for religious reasons.)
Overnight in Bangkok
Accommodation: The Eugina Hotel- Eugina Suite
 http://www.theeugenia.com
 
Day 3 : Full day biking & Floating Market 
 
Enjoy a full day bike and boating to explore Bangkok and its floating market.
 
Damnoen Saduak is renowned for its colorful floating market, but there's the other side of Damnoen Saduak – on land – that also awaits discovery. This bicycle tour combines the delightful floating market experience with the charms of rural communities along the Mae Klong River Delta, an area abounds with bamboo groves, fruit orchards and sugar palm plantations.
 
Starting with a long tail boat journey through Damnoen Saduak’s maze of khlongs, brimming with vendors’ boats offering everything from freshly cut flowers to ‘boat noodles’ and sizzling barbecued meat skewers.
 
Upon arrival at a riverside temple, you will embark on a bicycle journey through the quiet back roads, passing through a community of quaint wooden shops and rustic countryside scenery fringing the khlongs. Lunch is served at a riverside restaurant on the bank of the Mae Klong. Return to Bangkok in the afternoon.Overnight in Bangkok
Overnight in Bangkok
 
Cycled distance: 32km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: The Eugina Hotel- Eugina Suite
 http://www.theeugenia.com
 
Day 4: Bangkok- River Kwai
 
Meet at hotel in the morning and drive to Kanchanaburi. Visit the Thailand-Burma Railway Museum, an interactive museum, information and research facility dedicated to presenting the history of the Thailand-Burma Railway. The fully air-conditioned center offers the visitor an educational and moving experience.
 
After a visit to the War Cemetery, enjoy a scenic long-tail boat trip along Maeklong River to the famous Bridge over the River Kwai. Continue by van / coach to Pakseng for lunch at a local restaurant, then board the local train for the thrilling ride across wooden viaducts, which offers fantastic scenery along the Kwai River. Coach-transfer back to Bangkok.
 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: The Eugina Hotel- Eugina Suite
 http://www.theeugenia.com
 
 
Day 5 : Ruins of Ayutthaya – Former Capital and onward to Sukhothai
 
Around 7:30 am heading for Half Day Ayutthaya History Park exploration. Begin by visiting the Bang-Pa-In Summer Palace, located 60km north of Bangkok, an impressive architectural blend of East and West dating back to the 17th century.  Continue to Ayutthaya, which was the capital of the Thai Kingdom for 417 years.  The city was founded in 1350 by King U-Thong and in 1767 it was destroyed by the Burmese army. Nowadays the ruins of the former city are on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Stroll around the ruins of several ancient temples including Wat Prasrisanphet, a former royal temple during Ayutthaya's days of glory; Wat Mahathat, where the roots of a tree surround the head of Buddha.    Lunch is served in conjunction with the program at selected local restaurant. Then head back to Suvaranbhumi Airport for flight to Sukhothai
 
 
Welcome to Sukhothai – The UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE!
Meet after you have exited from luggage lounge, then transfer to your hotel
 
Free afternoon and evening at leisure
 
Overnight in Sukhothai
Accommodation:  Legenda Sukhothai (3*) / Superior room    
Meal:   Breakfast / Lunch
 
Day 6: Srisatchanalai Historical park – Chiang Mai
 
Breakfast at the hotel
 
In the morning, check out from you hotel after breakfast to visit Sukhothai for a visit of Sukhothai Historical Park. Having gained recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Sukhothai Historical Park is situated at the actual site of the ancient kingdom, with many of the important ruins located within the walled Royal City in the middle of the entire layout. Ruins of royal palaces, temples, city walls, moats, dams, ditches and other infrastructures have been well preserved and constantly restored to display the magnificent beauty of Thailand’s cultural heritage. Lunch is served at local restaurant
 
Drives to Lampang, visit Wat Phra That lampang Luang , and Continue to Lampoon , visit Wat Phra That  Haripoonchai and reach to Chiang Mai in early evening
 
Overnight in Chiang Mai
Accommodation:  Empress Hotel (3*) / Deluxe room    
Meal:   Breakfast / Lunch
 
Day 7 : Chiang Mai Exploration – Mae Hong Son
 
Drive up Doi Suthep Mountain to visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a landmark of Chiang Mai where the holly relics of Lord Buddha are enshrined in the towering golden stupa.  The panoramic view of Chiang Mai and the surrounding countryside is significantly attractive for visitors.  Continue to visit the famous silk and cotton weaving local industry, teakwood carving, silverware making, lacquer-ware and celadon pottery kilns at Sankhampaeng district.  It is a big shopping highway of Chiang Mai which starts 2 kms out of the city.  The concept is for visitors to have an opportunity to experience the production of local handicrafts and purchase the products at the factory prices such as Borsang - a traditional umbrella making village.  The parasol is a personal accessory of a northern lady when she goes outdoor same like a handbag.  As such the Chiang Mai lady umbrellas are traditionally handmade and painted with in various animal and floral designs in a variety of pretty colors.
 
Hotel checks out and transfer to Chiang Mai Airport for Mae Hong Son.
 
Welcome to Mae Hong Son airport, transfer to your hotel and free afternoon and evening at leisure
 
Overnight in Mae Hong Son
Accommodation:  Fern Resort (3*) / Deluxe room    
Meal:   Breakfast
 
 
Day 9: Mae Hong Son Exploration – Mae Jeam 
 
Depart in the morning, take a long-tail boat along Pai River to visit Padong Village.  Many tourists visit and photograph the long neck womenliving in the nearby vicinity. The Padong women are distinguished by their long necks lengthened from childhood by brass rings. The number of the rings increases according to their ages. Have one hour elephant riding and bamboo rafting
 
Continue to Mae Hong Son City. Within town are some impressive temples, the main chapel houses an important brass Buddha image brought over from Myanmar many centuries ago, Phra Chao Phla La Khaeng. Built in 1827 by the Shans, Wat Chong Kham features a multi-roofed chedi and houses a sacred 5-metered seated Buddha image. Also built in the late 19th century, the nearby Wat Chong Klang has distinctive white and gold chedis and painted glass panels depicting the jataka tales. Wat Doi Kong Mu sits on a hilltop on the western side of town and provides a great view of the city. Transfer to Mae Jeam
Free evening at your leisure
Overnight in Mae Hong Son
Accommodation:  Navasoung Resort (3*) / Deluxe cottage www.navasoungresort.com    
Meal:   Breakfast
 
Day 10 : Mae Jeam – Chiang Mai 
 
After breakfast, depart Mae Jeam, Route to Inthanon National Park , visit Mae Klang Waterfall, the most famous waterfall in Chiang Mai. Spend the time for relaxing or swimming. Drop at Wachiratharn waterfall. Touch with the natural scenery. After that, go to Karen hill tribe village, the largest of major hill tribe in Thailand. The Karen people are very peaceful and gentle, enjoy around the village to visit the families. See the local tradition, the unique culture and way of life. Continue to the Royal Project, the plantation of many kinds of flowers that used to be the opium cultivation before.
 
Lunch at local restaurant
 
Trek at Gew Mae Paan Natural trail, takes about 1 hour to walk. There are many activities to do while trekking through this evergreen forest such as bird watching. The park supports the largest number bird species. Enjoy with fascinated views, natural wild life and many kinds of botanic plants. It gives a new experience of the natural beauty of the forest at first hand. After trekking, continue to visit the twin pagoda called “Napamaytanidol Chedi”, the magnificent chedi completed in 1989 to honor the 60th birthday of King Bhumipol. Then go to the summit of Doi Inthanon, the highest peak in Thailand. Have a chance to see a sea of mist filling the valley below and panoramic view. Continue to Chiang Mai  
 
Overnight in Chiang Mai
Meal:   Breakfast / Lunch
Accommodation:  The Tamarind Village- Lanna Deluxe
www.tamarindvillage.com
 
 
Day 11 : Chiang Mai – Baan Mae Kham Pong 
 
Breakfast at the hotel
8:30 am Meet in the morning for the best eco tourism program. Ban Mae Kampong is a village, located at 50 km northeast of Chiang Mai city along the Mae On- Huai Kaew Road.  The early settlers migrated from Doi Saket district, the nearby district in Chiang Mai province, to search for land for the forest-tea orchard cultivation.  The topographical feature of the area could be classified as hilly terrain with an elevation of 800-1,000 m above sea level. The village can be accessed to all year round although there is no public transportation to the village.
 
Ban Mae Kampong is a fermented tea- producing community.  About 97 per cent of villagers are currently engaged in fermented tea production, locally called “miang.” In the fermented tea production cycle, the tea leaves can be harvested four times a year.  However, in recent years, the villagers have turned to growing coffee by planting it in the forest-tea garden.  This crop diversification occurred in response to the decline of fermented tea production and to gain an additional income.
 
Ban Mae Kampong is a typical Northern Thai village.  It possesses a unique Northern Thai culture.  Local villagers speak Northern Thai dialect and identify themselves as khonmuang, a separate ethnic group from the central Thai.  They have their own traditional customs.  In addition, the fermented-tea producing community is also a major tourism attraction.
 
Upon arrive to the village, start trekking for one hour and a half through tea , coffee plantation and see the villagers working in their fields. Walking through the forest of tree “ Por Tae “ or Klitsana tree which we use for herb and its “ ecorce” can be used for “ encens “
 
Then walk 30 minutes to Maekampong Waterfall, originated from the natural stream in Ban Mae Kampong.  It is divided into seven levels.  On the top of the scenery of the mountain range can be seen.
 
Back to the village for lunch and afternoon, walk around the villages to observe their way of life and occupation group: the traditional music group, the housewives group, the herbal medicine group, the traditional massage group, the bamboo weaving group, and the black-smith group. 
 
Back to Chiang Mai around 5:00 pm
 
Overnight in Chiang Mai
Meal:   Breakfast / Lunch
Accommodation:  The Tamarind Village- Lanna Deluxe
www.tamarindvillage.com
 
Day 12 : Chiang Mai – Elephant Park – Chiang Rai
 
800 am hotel check out and depart for Chiang Rai. On the way, a picturesque drive through agricultural Thai countryside, along Mae Taeng Valley brings you to Elephant Nature Park. You will hear the personal stories of our rescued elephants as told by expert guides. You will learn about the problems elephants face in Southeast Asia, as how Elephant Nature Park is helping in the treatment, and care of Thailand's dwindling elephant population.
Feeding time; After unloading and distributing the fruit treats you will have a chance to feed the elephants from the viewing platform.
 
Lunch: A sumptuous and varied buffet follows.
Bathing Time: walk with our staff to the river that skirts the park
After learning how to safely and properly bathe an elephant, plunge right in and help scrub these giants as they splash around. If going into the river is not for you then watch the elephants bathe and play while you stay dry on the sandy shore. Around 5pm it's time for goodbyes to the elephants and to Elephant Nature Park
Continue to Chiang Rai via Hot spring Mae Krachan
Overnight in Chiang Rai 
Accommodation:  The Legends Hotel (3+*) / Superior Studio     
Meal:   Breakfast / Lunch
 
Day 13 : Chiang Rai – Golden Triangle
 
Breakfast at the hotel
 
Drive to Chiang Saen visit a the ancient City Visit Wat Pasak , Wat Che Di Luang .Then take a long tail boat ride to Golden Triangle which is locally referred to as “Sop Ruak”, where the Mekhong meets the Ruak River.  This is where the borders of three countries, Loas, Myanmar and Thailand, come together.  There are remains of many ancient places and structures attesting to the area having been settled by people in the past.  It is also where various legends on the Lanna ancestors originate. Lunch at local restaurant
 
Free afternoon at your leisure
 
Overnight in Chiang Rai 
Accommodation:  The Legends Hotel (3+*) / Superior Studio     
Meal:   Breakfast / Lunch
 
Day 14: 3 days / 2 nights Chiang Rai Trekking Safari 
 
Notes: packing for 2 nights / 3 days jungle safari trekking along tribes of the North
 A unique trekking experience in primary mountain jungle. Our guides are born and raised in this environment and on the trek you will learn many interesting facts about the flora and fauna of this region. From your starting point at the Akha Hill House, one of the only traditionally sited Akha villages left in Thailand, set high on a steep mountain ridge overlooking a magnificent valley, you will trek through some of Thailand’s most beautiful scenery. On the trek you will carry a traditional long bladed jungle Knife, with which you will be taught how to make everything you need for your evening meal from bamboo. Chop sticks, cups, plates and the bamboo in which you will cook your rice, that days fish catch from the river, plus the jungle herbs & vegetables. At the overnight camp you will learn how to catch fish, crabs and prawns by building a small dam in the mountain stream - a technique exclusive to the mountain people.
The trek today will take around 4-5 Hours
 
Overnight in Chiang Rai 
Accommodation:  Home Stay at Akha Tribe Village      
Meal:   Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
 
Day 15: After breakfast; Treks to the surrounding jungle and then learn how to cook lunch
in traditional Akha style. You will stay overnight in local Lahu hill tribe village
The trek today will last around 5-6 Hour
 
Overnight in Chiang Rai 
Accommodation:  Home Stay at Lahu Tribe Village      
Meal:   Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
 
Day 16 You will trek to the Karen hill tribe village, and then trek to a Elephant camp and have lunch there . After lunch we take a elephant ride around Karen and other Hill Tribe Villages half an hour, then we take a boat trip to hot springs, have swim at the hot springs swimming pool and then trekking back to Akha Hill House or take a pick-up truck back
to Akha Hill House and continue back to your hotel in Chiang Rai
The trek today will take around 4-5 Hours
 
Overnight in Chiang Rai 
Accommodation:  The Legends Hotel (3+*) / Superior Studio     
Meal:   Breakfast / Lunch
 
Day 17 : Chiang Rai – Krabi via Bangkok
 
Breakfast at the hotel
 
Take a  Tuk Tuk visit city temples in Chiang Rai Wat Phra Kaew , Wat Phra Kaew is one of the old and most revered Buddhist temples in Chiang Rai. It is unclear when the temple was founded. The temple was originally called Wat Pa Yeah or Wat Pa Yah as it was surrounded by a dense yellow bamboo grove locally known as Yeah or Yah. In 1434 the temple’s octagonal Chedi (Pagoda) was struck by lightening and it fell apart to reveal Phra Kaew Morakot, the Emerald Buddha, which was hidden inside it.  The temple had been thus called Wat Phra Kaew after the name of this holy Buddha image up until then. Lunch in local  restaurant. Back to hotel check out  and transfer to  Chiang Rai Airport for Krabi via Bangkok
 
Overnight in Krabi  
Meal:   Breakfast / Lunch
Accommodation :4* The Tubkaak Krabi Boutique Resort- Deluxe room
http://www.tubkaakresort.com/
 
Day 18 : Island Hopping in Krabi (Join in Seat in Coach) 
 
Breakfast at the hotel
 
Island seeking on local boat offshore at Ao Nang Beach are a few islands with beautiful white coral sand beaches and crystal clear water. Koh Poda, Koh Tub and the famous Koh Kai are the closest ones and can be easily reached by long tail boat or speed boat. Memorable Pranang Cave is shrouded in mythology and mystery. It’s beautiful white sandy beach is quite a popular spot with sun lovers and offers wonderful snorkeling opportunities. Lunch is included today.
 
Overnight in Krabi  
Accommodation :4* The Tubkaak Krabi Boutique Resort- Deluxe room
http://www.tubkaakresort.com/ 
 
 
Day 19-20 : Free day at leisure in Krabi  
 
Daily breakfast at hotel
 
Overnight in Krabi  
Meal:   Breakfast
Accommodation : 4*The Tubkaak Krabi Boutique Resort- Deluxe room
http://www.tubkaakresort.com/ 
 
 
Day 21: Departure
 
Breakfast at hotel
 
Free day at your leisure and late checkout is provided until 5:00 pm
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What is the single supplement?

The single supplement option is available if you are traveling solo and prefer the privacy of your own room. Please refer to the pricing section on the itinerary of your choice within our brochures, to see the supplement. A twin share option is also available, which means you can share a room with another guest of the same gender and therefore avoid paying the single supplement.
What's Included
  • Experienced English speaking guide
  • Private transportation by air-conditioned vehicle. Seat in coach transfer where mentioned in program.
  • Bicycle, helmet and water bottle for cycling day
  • Boat trip where mentioned.
  • Special private Eco Adventure Program in Sukhothai / Chiang Mai / Mae Hong Son / Chiang Rai with professional guide escort
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Bottled drinking water except free days.
  • All sightseeing entrance fee where required in the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in twin shared room in hotel with daily breakfast.
  • Simple First Aid Kit.
  • International flight reconfirmation.
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We had great time in Indochina
On behalf of Kassie and myself, I want to thank you.  The trip was amazing!  The services were great.  You did a wonderful job.  No issues at all!  I would like to let you know that all of the guides were outstanding, but I do want to give Loan, our first guide in Vietnam a special outstanding recommendation.  She was knowledgeable, spoke awesome English, went out of her way for us, and was all around not only a great guide but a great person as well.  A+
I will recommend all my friends to use your services!

Thank you and please keep in touch.
Thank for the great motorbike trip
Hi Tuan, 

You have delivered everything as you promised. I will defiantly recommend you and Pioneer Asia Holidays as a go to provider in the future.

Again thank you for your professionalism and advice.we have enjoyed every aspect of your fantastic country.

Kind regards

Dave from UK
djthomas9a@gmail.com