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Tour Highlights
Thailand is rightly known as the “Land of Smiles”; famed for their friendly, hospitable and easy-going people. Begin in the vibrant capital of Bangkok where you will visit the main sights and take a Thai cuisine cookery lesson before a trip to the famous Chatuchak Weekend Market. Visit Ayutthaya, which was the capital of the Thai Kingdom for 417 years then continue into heart of the “Golden Triangle” with a stay in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. Visit local villages and traditional hill tribes and submerse yourself in the stunning scenery of this beautiful area.
Itinerary
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Quick facts
Trip Code: 1307970001
Trip Type: Biking
Duration: 15 days
Departure: Bangkok
Arrival: Bangkok

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Holiday Itinerary
DAY 01 – Arrival in Bangkok
Upon arrival at the airport and after clearing the immigrations and customs, embark on your comfortable vehicle for transferring to your hotel for check in.
Meals: none
Accommodation: 3* - Deluxe room at Glow Trinity Silom (silom.glowstudios.com) or similar

DAY 02 – Essential Bangkok
After breakfast, drive to Wat Po in time to experience the monks’ morning chanting ritual. One of the oldest temples in Bangkok, Wat Po is home to the famous 45m reclining Buddha; it is also the original school of traditional Thai massage.  From here, take a tuk-tuk ride via Pak Klong Taland Flower Market towards The Grand Palace, the most important and spectacular royal palace in Thailand.  The mysterious Emerald Buddha, the most revered Buddha image in Thailand, now is housed here.  Continue with a walk to the pier for a long-tailed boat ride along the “klongs” (canals) of Thonburi to get a flavour of local life.  Stop at Wat Arun, once the grand royal temple to King Rama II.  Lunch is served at one of the riverside restaurants.  Cross the river again and drive to Chinatown and get a first-hand look at old Bangkok.  Walk along Yaworat Road where there are many interesting shops selling everything imaginable.  Enjoy a cup of Chinese tea with the locals at a very old teashop before exploring the bustling Talad Kao market, where a variety of food, fresh and dry fruits, and Chinese herbs are on offer.  Return to the hotel afterwards. (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. No sandals or flip-flop allowed.)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: as above

DAY 03 – Rickshaws and Hiking in Bangkok
Enjoy a different side of Bangkok on this day trip by using a rickshaw and your feet. See just what happens away from the concrete walls and buildings of Bangkok. After visiting a typical local temple, walk at a relaxed pace through one of the poorest neighborhoods of Bangkok. You will quickly learn that, although people don’t have much by Western standards, they’re friendly and content with their lives. After this experience, venture further by long-tail boat across the Chao Phraya River. Once on the other side, you actually enter an orchard of banana, mango, papaya and coconut trees in a part Bangkok that is unreachable by vehicle, even bicycle. Visit a beautiful park where you can take a rest and feed the hundreds of fish at the pond. After enjoying the beauty of the park and watching the birds, squirrels and butterflies, continue walking to your lunch destination, a Thai lunch served in a typical local setting. Continue the journey in a real “samlor” (Thai rickshaw or “bicycle taxi”). Take a cycling trip through the greenest part of Bangkok before reaching the jetty where a long-tail boat awaits, ready to bring you back to the familiar hustle and bustle of Bangkok.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: as above

DAY 04 – Ayutthaya by Car, Return by Cruise
Depart for a 1.5 hour drive through Bangkok’s rural outskirts to Ayutthaya History Park. 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; and if time allows, Wat Chai Wattanaram, a perfect example of Khmer architectural influence.    This afternoon, board the Grand Pearl and enjoy a Thai lunch whilst cruising back to Bangkok. Witness the daily life of the river’s inhabitants and watch the scenery change from rural to cosmopolitan Transfer back to your hotel on arrival at the pier.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: as above

DAY 05 – Bangkok – Chiang Rai
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Chiang Rai. Meet your guide and check in to your hotel. Enjoy lunch on your own. North Thailand is famous for its colourful hill tribes.  Drive out of Chiang Rai to Mae Chan district and continue uphill along narrow mountain roads to visit the simple Akha and Yao hill tribe villages.  The Akha, who originated in Tibet, are amongst the poorest of Thailand’s ethnic minorities and can also be found in the northern part of Laos.  They are mainly farmers and known for their artistry.  The Yao, whose origins are in China, are heavily influenced by Chinese traditions, still using Chinese characters in the writing of their language. The two minorities live peacefully close to each other.  Observe the distinct differences between them and learn more about their culture, traditions and costumes.  Try to strike up a conversation before returning to your hotel by car.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: 3* - Deluxe room at Wangcome Hotel (www.wangcome.com) or similar

DAY 06 – Chiang Rai
Visit the infamous Golden Triangle, renowned for centuries as the centre of the opium trade.  From a hilltop viewpoint, marvel at the splendour of the mighty Mekong joining with the Ruak to form the actual “Triangle” with Laos, Burma (Myanmar) and Thailand.  Continue to Mae Sai, the northernmost point of Thailand, the perfect spot to observe border life and what goes on when local tribes and others engage in trade.  Mae Sai is one of the very few official land crossings between Thailand and Burma and is therefore an important trade hub. Many Burmese come over daily from Thakhilek to work or do business and hurry back before the sun sets.  Burmese lacquerware, gems, jade and other goods from Laos and Burma are sold in shops along the main street.  Return to Chiang Rai by car.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: as above

DAY 07 – Chiang Rai – Chiang Mai
After breakfast, drive to Chiang Mai. Stop along the way to stretch your legs in Thaton and have lunch.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: 3* - Superior room at The Empress (www.empresshotels.com) or similar

DAY 08 – Chiang Mai City Excursion
After breakfast, transfer to Wat Suan Dok, just outside the ancient city walls of Chiang Mai.  The temple was built in the 14th century by King Keu Na of Lanna to accommodate important priests visiting from Sukhothai, as well as a place for local monks to shelter from the rain.  Continue to Wat Chedi Luang where the Emerald Buddha was once enshrined.  This impressive temple was built between the 14th and 15th centuries and nowadays houses a replica of Thailand’s most important Buddha relic.  Wat Phra Singh, with its impressive prayer hall, is the next stop.  Built in the 14th century, it was carefully restored in 2006 and now houses a very sacred 1,500 year old Buddha image.  End the trip with a visit to Wat Phrathat on Doi Suthep Mountain, which was founded in 1383 A.D. In 1935 a road was built to the top, but nowadays people climb the 309 steps from the car park to the top or take a tram for a small surcharge. The climb up is rewarded with a superb panoramic view over the city.  Return to the car park for the transfer back to Chiang Mai.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: 3* - Superior room at The Empress (www.empresshotels.com) or similar

DAY 09 – Chiang Mai Elephants and Bamboo Rafting
Enjoy a day with elephants, Thailand’s most loved animal.  After breakfast travel one hour north of Chiang Mai to the Chiang Dao Elephant Training Camp, passing through spectacular scenery while driving through the mountainous areas that surround Chiang Mai.  Arrive at the camp and watch a herd of elephants taking their morning bath in a mountain stream.  A demonstration starts at 10.30 am and shows how elephants work in the jungle nearby and what kind of tasks they undertake. After the demonstration, enjoy a one and a half hour elephant ride through the jungle that surrounds the camp, followed by lunch. After lunch enjoy a one-hour bamboo raft trip downstream.  Float down the river and take in the tranquillity and beauty of the area.  Set foot again on the mainland and transfer back to Chiang Mai.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: as above

DAY 10 – Chiang Mai
Today explore the artistic city of Chiang Mai at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: as above

DAY 11 – Chiang Mai – Phuket
Relax until time to check out and fly to Phuket. Take a half day to explore the main sights of Phuket.  Start with a great panorama from either the Phuket viewpoint (also known as Kata Viewpoint) or Promthep Cave Viewpoint, depending on the location of your hotel. From either viewpoint, you get a magnificent view of Phuket’s beaches. Continue with a visit to a cashew nut factory where you may sample the culinary delights on offer.  Cashew nuts are a vital ingredient of many Thai dishes. Visit the centuries-old monastery of Chalong, which is filled with miraculous stories that are told to thousands of visitors each year.  Continue with a drive into Phuket Town and observe its beautifully preserved Sino-Portuguese architecture.  A stop can also be made at a local handicraft factory to see and purchase beautiful seashells that are creatively converted into decorative items or costume jewelry and which make for nice souvenirs.
(Kata viewpoint is only for smaller groups using smaller vehicles as the road is very steep)
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: 3* - Superior room at Banthai Phuket (www.banthaiphuket.com) or similar

DAY 12 – Phuket – James Bond Trail Full Day Tour (Seat in Coach)
Spend a full day exploring magnificent Phang Nga Bay, nicknamed “Little Guilin” after China’s Guilin City with its amazing limestone karsts and often regarded as one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world.  In 2002, Phang Nga Bay received protected Ramsar status and is home to at least 28 species of mangrove, seagrass beds and coral reefs.  Start with a cruise through mangrove swamps to visit Tham Lod and Koh Panyee islands, then continue to explore limestone caves. Sea gypsies reside in these caves and live a life of tranquillity, untouched by the world outside. A seafood set lunch with soft drinks is served at a floating village before you continue exploring the bay.  Sail this afternoon from one beautiful island to another. Return in the late afternoon to Phuket to your hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: 3* - Superior room at Banthai Phuket (www.banthaiphuket.com) or similar

DAY 13 – Phuket
Today relax on your own at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: 3* - Superior room at Banthai Phuket (www.banthaiphuket.com) or similar

DAY 14 – Phuket
Today relax on your own at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: 3* - Superior room at Banthai Phuket (www.banthaiphuket.com) or similar

 
DAY 15 – Phuket – Bangkok – Onward
Relax on your own until time to transfer to the airport for your flight onward.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: none
Dates & Prices
All Pioneer Asia Holidays’s tours are small group departures and therefore places can fill quickly. To avoid disappointment, we suggest you book your trip as soon as possible.
Availability
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(*) All prices quoted on this website and in The Indochina Trekking Company are in American Dollar per person, land only and based on twin/double occupancy.

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
  • Accommodation in twin/double share room with daily breakfast
  • Private transfers and transportation on tour.
  • Sightseeing with Local English speaking guides (one guide in each city)
  • Entrance fees as per program
  • Meals as specified as per program
  • Cold towels and water on sightseeing days
  • 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