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Thailand Adventure

9 days/7 nights - from $1,899 per person including airfare from West Coast
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Depart from the USA and arrive in Bangkok one or two days later for your 8 days/7 nights Thailand adventure. Spend two nights in the vibrant city of Bangkok. Take a city tour, visit the famous temples of the city, and relax by the beach. Afterwards, you are transferred to Sangklaburi where you will spend the next five days sailing around on a Lake House near the border of Myanmar. Visit the nearby waterfalls, kayak between the cliffs, and enjoy home cooked Thai dinners while watching the sunset. After transferring back to Bangkok, spend one last night at the Eastin Hotel Makkasan before returning to the airport for your flight home to the USA. From $1,899 per person from LAX or SFO.

Day 1 – Los Angeles or San Francisco/Bangkok
Depart US to Bangkok.

Day 2 – Bangkok

Cross the International Date Line.

Day 3 – Bangkok

Arrive in Bangkok, where you are met and transferred to hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure. (Eastin Hotel Makkasan)

Day 4 – Bangkok
After breakfast, you are picked up for the Bangkok City & Temples Tour. During the tour you will visit some of the most renowned Buddhist Temples: the Marble Temple, the Temple of the Golden Buddha and the huge Reclining Buddha. After returning to your hotel, spend the rest of the day at leisure. (Eastin Hotel Makkasan) (B)

Day 5 – Bangkok/Sangklaburi
After breakfast, you will be picked up and transferred from Eastin Hotel Makkasan in Bangkok for a full half-day’s ride in a minivan to the lake. Take a short lunch break on the way, before heading into the mountains and lush forest where the lake is found, close to the border of Burma (Myanmar). Embark the Lake House, breathe in the fresh air and check out your home for the next couple of day’s explorations. While sailing to your anchorage for the night, meet fellow travelers and the Thai staff over a home-cooked Thai dinner. Enjoy a drink or two at the bar and lay back to enjoy the first of many sunsets. (Sangklaburi Lake House) (B/L/D)

Day 6 – Sangklaburi
After breakfast (between 7 am & 9 am), take an optional tour with a short trek through the jungle to a small but fine waterfall and take a swim. Return to the Lake House for lunch while sailing to Coconut Island. Here you will see the tropical fruit such as jackfruit, cocoa, and cashew nuts, and learn about a settlement with a special ambience and story. In the afternoon, return to the boat and continue the journey to the site where the floating house will be anchored for the night. Spend the rest of the day enjoying the water, fishing, kayaking around the lake or just relaxing with a book in hand. (Sangklaburi Lake House) (B/L/D)

Day 7 – Sangklaburi
In the morning you will have time to kayak in between the steep cliffs in the secret bay. Leave for another scenic spot late morning. You will have time to relax on the sundeck or in a hammock. The boat will slowly move up the lake around noon towards the final destination for the night. You will have the rest of the afternoon and evening to explore the fine scenery. Swim, kayak, do some fishing or just relax. An optional trip with long tail boat and kayaks can be organized by the guide to see one of the floating villages from a distance and see some of the steep cliffs up close. (Sangklaburi Lake House) (B/L/D)

Day 8 – Sangklaburi
Spend the morning relaxing after breakfast and enjoying the scenery. If lucky, you may spot some of the monkeys searching for food in tree tops, a passing eagle or hornbills. On the way back to Sangklaburi a stop is made to visit caves (it the water level permits). Lunch will be served around noon on the boat. The Lake House will slowly move further towards Sangklaburi. In the afternoon, visit a secret temple that only few locals know about. It is well hidden in the forest and has a rustic charm as it is now covered in trees and undergrowth. When returning to the Lake House you will have free time and it is possible to kayak to the temple that has been covered under water. How much you will be able to see of the temple depends on the season and water level in the lake. Tonight anchor not far from Sangklaburi. (Sangklaburi Lake House) (B/L/D)

Day 9 – Sangklaburi/Bangkok
Breakfast will be served from 7am-9am. Be ready to leave the houseboat at 9am at the latest. You need to pack all of your bags and belongings, as they will be transported to a guesthouse by the staff while you are away riding the elephants and bamboo rafting. Travel by ‘songthaew’ (local pickup truck) to the place where the elephants are waiting. The trip through the jungle on elephant back will be around one hour. Next, float down the river on a bamboo rafts. A simple packed lunch will be served next to the river. After lunch, return to the guesthouse in Sangkhlaburi; here you will have the possibility to take a shower. Late afternoon, before the sun sets, take a walk to see the longest wooden bridge in Thailand. From there the van will pick you up and drive back towards Eastin Hotel Makkasan in downtown Bangkok. You will arrive late evening (around 11:00 PM). A stop for a quick and simple dinner will be made along the way if you choose to end your trip in Kanchanaburi, you will be dropped off on the way. (Eastin Hotel Makkasan) (B)

Day 10 – Bangkok/USA
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and spend your day at leisure until you are transferred to the airport for your return flight to the USA. (B)

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San Franscico
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Los Angeles
Land Only *Single Supplement

Boat Departures Dates

Aug 27,31
Sep 7,14,21,28
Oct 5,12,19,26
Nov 2,9,16,23
Dec 4,8,12,16,20,24,28

 

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Tour includes:

  • Round trip trans-Pacific airfare  coach class from Los Angeles LAX or San Francisco SFO to Bangkok
  • Round trip airport transfers by air-conditioned coach/car and English-speaking guide
  • Hotel accommodation double occupancy at four-star hotels, as indicated, for 7 nights, including taxes and service charge
  • 3 nights at the Eastin Hotel Makkasan
  • 5 days/4 nights at the Sangklaburi Lake House
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 4 Lunches and 4 Dinner at Sangklaburi Lake House
  • -min 4 people required for this tour to operate


Not Included: 

  • Any expenses of personal nature such as tips, laundry, table drinks, telephone calls, etc.
  • Any item not mentioned above
  • Optional non-refundable travel insurance strongly recommended

Remarks:

  • Book by Jul 31, 2015. Travel valid on days listed, August to December,2015
  • Minimum 2 participants each departure or single traveler pays single supplement
  • When promotional fares for air or hotel are sold out at the time of reservation, next level of fares will apply. Prices may increase.
  • Major credit cards accepted; credit card authorization required
  • Change and cancellation penalty of $300 per person once booked; Pacific Holidays' general cancellation policy applies.
  • Optional travel insurance not included:
  • Hotel upgrades, additional hotel nights, extensions to all Asian destinations and add-on fares from various US cities are available

 

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Bangkok Tour                                          1,         2-3,          Child,       SIC,      SIC Child

 

Bangkok City & Temples                     $95       $55           $15          $35            $10
From several magnificent temples in Bangkok, the three most unique ones are Wat Traimit, Wat Pho, and Wat Benchamabophit. Wat Traimit houses a striking 3-meter tall Golden Buddha image- a gleaming, 5-ton figure of solid gold. Wat Pho, which features the largest reclining Buddha image in Thailand and the Chedi of the kings, is Bangkok's oldest and largest temple. Finally there is Wat Benchamabophit, a fine modern Thai temple constructed from white Carrara marble with ornate crossbeams decorated with lacquer and gold.
 
Grand Palace                                         $100       $65           $30          $45             $25
The Grand Palace was the seat not only of the king and his court, but the entire government administration. The architecture is vibrantly Thai though there are some European designs as well. Brilliantly colored and gilded and decorated with intricate detail, the overall effect is dazzling. The palace served as the official residence of the kings of Thailand from the 18th to the mid-20th century. The most famous building on the palace grounds is Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple (wat) in Thailand. Construction of the temple began when King Rama I moved the capital from Thonburi to Bangkok in 1785. Unlike other Thai temples, it does not contain living quarters for monks; rather, it has only the richly decorated holy buildings, statues, and pagodas.  The main temple building houses the Emerald Buddha. Though green in color, the Buddha is actually carved from a single piece of jade, and though only 17 inches tall, is the most revered object in Thailand. Also within the grounds are several palaces, used for various occasions: the Funeral Palace, Reception Palace, Throne Hall, Coronation Hall, and the Royal Guest House. The majority of halls and palaces can be viewed from outside only, but the exteriors are captivating enough to please.    Note: The entire Grand Palace is closed during special royal ceremonies and during visiting heads of state, while other buildings (such as the Throne Hall and Coronation Hall) are always closed on SAT/SUN and public holidays, during special ceremonies and on Buddhist Holidays.
 
Bangkok City Tour & Grand Palace     $130      $80           $35           $60           $35
Begin with a tour of Bangkok City, and visit three of the most unusual Buddhist temples in Bangkok: Wat Trimitr with its invaluable Golden Buddha. Wat Po, the most extensive temple in Bangkok, with its colossal Reclining Buddha and the Chedis of the Kings. The Grand Palace was the seat not only of the king and his court, but the entire government administration. The architecture is vibrantly Thai though there are some European designs as well. Brilliantly colored and gilded and decorated with intricate detail, the overall effect is dazzling. The palace served as the official residence of the kings of Thailand from the 18th to the mid-20th century. The most famous building on the palace grounds is Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple (wat) in Thailand. Construction of the temple began when King Rama I moved the capital from Thonburi to Bangkok in 1785. Unlike other Thai temples, it does not contain living quarters for monks; rather, it has only the richly decorated holy buildings, statues, and pagodas. The main temple building houses the Emerald Buddha. Though green in color, the Buddha is actually carved from a single piece of jade, and though only 17 inches tall, is the most revered object in Thailand. Also within the grounds are several palaces, used for various occasions: the Funeral Palace, Reception Palace, Throne Hall, Coronation Hall, and the Royal Guest House. The majority of halls and palaces can be viewed from outside only, but the exteriors are captivating enough to please. Note: The entire Grand Palace is closed during special royal ceremonies and during visiting heads of state, while other buildings (such as the Throne Hall and Coronation Hall) are always closed on SAT/SUN and public holidays, during special ceremonies and on Buddhist Holidays.
 
Thonburi Klongs                                    $135        $70        $ 5         $35         $ 5
Among the best ways to explore Bangkok is by boat. A cruise along the Chao Phraya River - the city's lifeblood - and the canals of Thonburi reveal scenes at odds with the bustling, modern inner city. Visitors get a glimpse of the serene and simple lifestyle of riverbank dwellers. This picturesque view is what earned Bangkok the title of "Venice of the East." En route, stop at Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), one of the most attractive temples in Thailand.
 
Rice Barge Cruise                                  $100        $65       $30        $50        $25
A visit to Bangkok would not be complete without spending some time on the Chao Phraya River. An ideal way to take in the “River of Kings” is to join a tour on an old style wooden rice barge converted to accommodate passengers. You will be picked up at your hotel by van or coach and depart from River City pier by taxi-boat, touring along the Chao Praya River. An English-speaking guide points out all the famous landmarks such as the Temple of the Dawn (Wat Arun), the Grand Palace and Royal Barge Museum. The river is teeming with boats of all shapes and sizes. On all sides, cross-river ferries, speeding long-tails, river taxis and trains of massive barges pulled by tugboats a fraction of their size haul their cargos to and fro. Disembark near Wat Nairong in Klong Bangkok Noi and board a converted rice barge for a leisurely trip back to the starting point. As an added bonus to your languid journey down the lazy river, the barge has a centerpiece table full of the country’s delightful tropical fruits. Rambutan, mangosteen, pineapple, bananas and more are offered for you to sample away to your heart’s content. Soft drinks and Thai whiskey are offered on the rice barge without extra charge.
 
Jim Thompson House                            $80        $45       $10        N/A      N/A
One of the best examples of traditional Thai residential architecture and a breathtaking collection of Southeast Asian art are exemplified in a house built by an American national. Nonetheless, Jim Thompson’s House is one of Bangkok’s more popular destinations for visitors – and deservedly so. Jim Thompson, who was born in Delaware in 1906, fell in love with Thailand while posted as an intelligence agent in Bangkok during WWII. He later made it his permanent home and started a business supplying fine Thai silk to overseas fashion houses, single-handedly saving what had been a dying cottage industry. His silk company continues to flourish today. With the proceeds of his success, Thompson collected an impressive range of art works, and sections of derelict teak houses, assembling them into a teak house/museum complex set in a lush garden alongside central Bangkok’s Saen Saep Canal. The main house is full of tastefully displayed Asian art and curios including Buddha images, paintings, ceramics and antique furniture. The living areas have been preserved as they were when Thompson lived there before his mysterious disappearance in Malaysia’s Cameron Highlands while on holiday in 1967. Near the entrance there is a newly-built Thai restaurant and bar plus a sizeable boutique selling quality silk items, books and prints.
 
Jim Thompson House & Snake Farm   $95        $60       $10        N/A      N/A
One of the best examples of traditional Thai residential architecture and a breathtaking collection of Southeast Asian art are exemplified in a house built by an American national. Nonetheless, Jim Thompson’s House is one of Bangkok’s more popular destinations for visitors – and deservedly so. Jim Thompson, who was born in Delaware in 1906, fell in love with Thailand while posted as an intelligence agent in Bangkok during WWII. He later made it his permanent home and started a business supplying fine Thai silk to overseas fashion houses, single-handedly saving what had been a dying cottage industry. His silk company continues to flourish today. With the proceeds of his success, Thompson collected an impressive range of art works, and sections of derelict teak houses, assembling them into a teak house/museum complex set in a lush garden alongside central Bangkok’s Saen Saep Canal. The main house is full of tastefully displayed Asian art and curios including Buddha images, paintings, ceramics and antique furniture. The living areas have been preserved as they were when Thompson lived there before his mysterious disappearance in Malaysia’s Cameron Highlands while on holiday in 1967. Near the entrance there is a newly-built Thai restaurant and bar plus a sizeable boutique selling quality silk items, books and prints.
 
Cooking Class at Baipai Cookery School  $185       $135        N/A       $95      N/A
Learning Thai cooking would be an excellent choice for visitors who want to experience something different or who are just curious about being able to cook well or in some case, at all. Furthermore there is no better way to learn Thai cooking once you are in Thailand and taking a Thai cooking class, taught by qualified Thai personnel. Baipai Thai Cooking School has established and prides itself on presenting the authenticity, the art of Thai cooking and Thai culture onto a plate. Only for half a day in the morning, participants will get to learn and enjoy the cooking lessons with genuine and traditional Thai recipes which are properly and accurately transferred together with secrets, tips and tricks. The cooking course at Baipai is a short course teaching the art of preparing fine Thai cuisine. Each individual will be fully equipped with necessary cooking tools i.e. stove, wok etc., completely hands-on and conducted in English. Our price includes lesson fee, use of school’s cooking utensils, all fresh and dry ingredients, recipe book, meals, coffee or tea, and taxes. For further details, please ask for our separate Fact Sheet of Baipai Thai Cooking School.
 
Hiking the Colors of Bangkok             $350         $170        $55       $110      $55
(Walking tour- including transfers)
Participants will be surprised by what happens behind and away from the concrete walls and buildings of Bangkok. After visiting a typical local temple, we walk at a relaxed pace through one of the poorest neighborhoods of Bangkok. You’ll learn that, although people don’t have much by our own western standards; they’re all more than friendly, and happy with their lives. This remains an authentic part of the Thai-way-of–life. The way people live along the many canals in Bangkok is not seen while passing by in a tourist boat, but by actually walking amongst them. After this experience, we go for a short long-tail boat ride across the Chao Phraya River. Once on the other side, we actually enter a jungle of banana, mango, papaya and coconut-trees. You can’t even reach here by bicycle, but nature-lovers will feel at ease. A little further on, we visit a beautiful park, where we rest a while, and feed the hundreds of fish waiting at the pond. After enjoying the beauties of the park; the birds, squirrels and butterflies, we continue our walk to our lunch destination. A Thai-lunch will be served in a typical local setting. When everyone is ready, the next surprise awaits. We continue our journey in a real “samlor” (Thai rickshaw or “bicycle taxi”), to make a cycling trip through the greenest part of Bangkok, before reaching the jetty. There a long-tail boat awaits, ready to bring us back to the familiar concrete side of Bangkok.
 
Ancient City                                           $130      $70       $10       N/A     N/A
The Ancient City, also known as Muang Boran, is both entertaining and historically interesting. This 320-acre outdoor museum is an architectural reflection of Thailand's glorious past. Nearly a hundred of the country’s most important historical landmarks and monuments, including palaces and temples, have been reconstructed as miniature replicas. Muang Boran also houses several ethnological displays of artifacts and antiques, including rural arts, ancient tools, and hunting equipment, evidence of the long-term survival of a native culture.
 
Crocodile Farm                                      $100       $55       $5         N/A      N/A

Visit the world's largest crocodile farm, founded in 1950. Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo is dedicated to the education, preservation, research and the conservation of wildlife. Experience the thrilling "Crocodile Wresting" stage shows, where the audience is invited to participate and discover a photographer's paradise along the zoo's shady walkways while coming face-to-face with exotic animals.
 
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market       $170        $85      $5          $70      $5
There are countless floating markets throughout the country. The colorfully clad merchants at these lively markets paddle along congested canals in sturdy canoes laden with fresh fruit and vegetables to sell to shoppers on the banks. You’ll find lots of chatter and activity – bargaining is common – that’s all part of the fun -- but don’t expect to get the price down more than a few baht. The most famous of the floating markets is Damnoen Saduak, about 100 kilometers southwest of Bangkok. This buzzing market is at its best in the early morning before the crowds arrive and the heat of the day builds up. Our tour further includes a visit to Phra Pathom Chedi in Nakorn Pathom, supposedly the largest pagoda in Southeast Asia.
 
Rose Garden Cultural Show                  $115        $65       $10       $45      $10
Situated just 32 kilometers outside of Bangkok is the popular Rose Garden Aprime Resort or Suan Sam Phran in Thai. Set in 75 acres of landscaped tropical gardens and lawns encompassing a small lake, the resort is an ideal setting for family picnics and walks. A cultural village show starts every afternoon with Thai folk dancing and demonstrations of handicraft skills, Thai boxing and sword fighting. There are also performances on certain Thai rituals, traditional ceremonies, and an outstanding elephant show. Tourists searching for souvenirs can stop at nearby shops that sell a variety of locally made consumer goods, such as handicraft products.
 
Exploring Chinatown & Thonburi by Bicycle  N/A    $130     $40     $65    $30

Our half day cycle trip is a fascinating glimpse into the Bangkok of old. We take in some of the more popular Bangkok Landmarks: Chinatown, Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn), and the Royal Barge Museum, but also go off the beaten path to some lesser known sites that are not on the tourist map. We start by exploring the bustling Chinatown area (Yoawarat) before crossing the Chao Phraya to the more serene and often less visited temples and sites of Thonburi. We ride along quiet back roads of this area stopping at the occasional market as we head to the Princess Mother Memorial Park and museum, although small, this is well kept and well worth a visit. Some lesser known temples, the Chao Praya river and a sampling of a local Thai dessert that originates from the Portuguese who settled here, Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn) and the Royal Barge Museum are all part of this interesting and varied bike trip. This is a very gentle 15-km ride along quiet back roads and suitable for anyone that can ride a bike. We ride as a group with experienced cycle guides setting a gentle pace and stop often to visit points of interest and allow everyone to catch up. Water is included as well as a bike and helmet. Van transfer from hotels in the city to the starting and ending point of the cycling trip are included.
 
River & Canal Life at Ampawa             $335        $170      $40        N/A       N/A
For those wanting to explore and experience the true Thai river lifestyle, we highly recommend a visit to Ampawa. Just about 80 kilometers south of Bangkok, Ampawa district enchants visitors with traditional wooden Thai houses built along canals, coconut and fruit orchards and the rural lifestyle. Take an early start from Bangkok to see the unique fresh market along the railway tracks in Mae Klong. When the train approaches the station, watch the vendors dismantling their stalls, so that the train can pass through. A short drive by van brings us to Amphawa, a picturesque little town located on the Maeklong River. Embark on a boat trip in a motorized long-tail boat to explore the numerous canals and observe traditional Thai way of living along Thailand’s waterways. Stops will be made to visit Wat Bang Kung, built during the Ayudhaya period (more than 200 years ago). This interesting temple is completely embraced by the roots of a huge Banyan Tree. Another stop will be made at Wat Pumarin, which exhibits a beautifully painted wooden Kudi. On Sunday mornings, children come to this temple to practice and learn the art of playing classic Thai instruments. They are always eager to display their skills and perform a piece for foreign visitors and their teacher will gladly accept your donation, which will be used to repair broken instruments or buy new ones. Visit a family’s home to observe the production of palm sugar. Disembark at Baan Ampawa Resort for lunch. In the afternoon, visit Pinsuwan Benjarong House and Museum, where you have the opportunity to watch the skilled artisans painting the delicate china ware with intricate designs. Take a stroll along Amphawa's main canal with its lovingly restored wooden shop houses, many of them converted to small coffee shops, restaurants and souvenir shops selling local products. On weekends, this area is extremely busy with locals flocking to Ampawa to enjoy the weekend food market along the canal. Transfer back to your hotel in Bangkok. Sunday departures: We will visit Pinsuwan Benjarong House & Museum before embarking on the boat trip, because the workshop is closed in the afternoon.
 
Tha Kha Floating Market & Ampawa   $360       $185      $40       $110     $40
This day trip will bring you to places rarely visited by foreign tourists. An early start from Bangkok to see the unique fresh market along the railway tracks in Mae Klong. When the train approaches the station, watch the vendors dismantling their stalls, so that the train can pass through. A 30-minute drive brings you to Tha Kha. Step back in time to see a traditional floating market, which takes place only on weekends (SAT/SUN) and on special days, depending on the phase of the moon. Enjoy the delightful display of exotic fruit and vegetables and local delicacies sold mostly by elderly women folk in their small rowing boats. We will take you on a tour of the canals in row boats (4 persons per boat) and visit a local family’s home to see, how palm sugar is produced. Continue by van to Amphawa, a picturesque little town located on the Maeklong River. We will first visit the Benjarong House and Museum, where you will also have the opportunity to watch the skilled artisans painting the delicate chinaware with intricate designs. After lunch at Baan Ampawa Resort, embark on a boat trip in a motorized long-tail boat to explore the numerous canals and observe traditional Thai way of living along Thailand’s waterways. Visit Wat Bang Kung, built during the Ayudhaya period (more than 200 years ago). This interesting temple is completely embraced by the roots of a huge Banyan Tree. Take a stroll along Amphawa's main canal, where on weekends a lively market selling mostly home-made food and pastries takes place. Transfer back to your hotel in Bangkok.


Colorful markets around Bangkok      $295     $150    $20        $80       $20
Depart Bangkok in the morning to Mahachai, home to one of the biggest seafood piers in the Gulf of Thailand. Stroll along the river towards the pier at the junction where Klong Mahachai canal and the Ta Chine River converge to watch fishermen offload their catch: big and small shrimps, myriad fish, cuttlefish, shellfish and other fruits of the sea. Deckhands slide baskets of seafood down from the boat into the hands of traders who immediately auction off the catches and distribute them either to one of the many frozen seafood plants in the area or to vendors at the fresh market just behind the pier. Board the local train for a scenic one-hour ride to Mae Klong. The train passes right through the bustling fresh market, which offers unique photo opportunities. Walk around the market for 30-minutes, to see the hectic activities of the vendors along the railway tracks, when they raise the awnings of their stalls to clear the passage for the train on its return journey to Mahachai. Continue by van or coach to Baan Ampawa Resort for lunch. Afternoon, depart on a boat trip through the scenic canals, passing coconut and fruit orchards and rural dwellings. Visit the Benjarong House and Museum and watch skilled artisans painting delicate china ware with intricate designs. Continue by boat along Mae Klong River to Wat Bang Kung, built during the Ayudhaya period (more than 200 years ago). This interesting temple is completely embraced by the roots of a huge Banyan Tree.
 
Train tour to Mahachai                         $300     $160      $30       $85       $25
This tour will bring you to one of the least visited fishing villages of Thailand. The train starts in a highly populated part of Bangkok across the mighty Chao Phraya River. When the train leaves, you almost drive through the kitchens and living rooms of the local people. On the way, you will see the big buildings of Bangkok become smaller and smaller until you are surrounded by rice fields and houses on stilts. The tour starts with a transfer to Wongwian Yai Railway Station at the Thonburi side of Bangkok across the Chao Praya River. The local station is situated in the middle of the Wongwian Yai market and offers a great experience and insight into local Thai lifestyle. Board non-air-conditioned train carriages and enjoy a scenic train journey to Mahachai, the largest fresh seafood market in Thailand. A weird and wonderful variety of local produce is sold here. Extensive visit of Mahachai Market followed by a Thai lunch at a local restaurant overlooking the crowded fish market.After lunch, we will board a small boat for a scenic trip along the river. You will get an excellent view on the Thai fisherman’s craft. We will pass fishing boats of various size and colors sailing into the small harbor. These ships enter the harbor from the Gulf of Thailand loaded with fish. Along a small canal, you will see how these fishermen live and work, passing their homes and small shipyards. In the afternoon, we will return to Mahachai Market and board the train back to Wongwian Yai in Bangkok where we will arrive at approx. 16.00 hrs. Transfer back to your hotel in town by van.
 
Klongs, Grand Palace & Vimanmek     $290       $180        $70      N/A        N/A
Cruise along the Chao Phraya River - the city's lifeblood - and the canals of Thonburi on the east side of the river, which reveals scenes at odds with the bustling, modern inner city. Visitors get a glimpse of the serene and simple lifestyle of riverbank dwellers. This picturesque view is what earned Bangkok the title of "Venice of the East." En route, stop at the Royal Barges Museum and Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), one of the most attractive temples in Thailand.  The Grand Palace is one of the most beautiful samples of an ancient Siamese court.  It used to be the residence of the Kings of Bangkok.  Here you will see palaces which were used for different occasions: the Funeral Palace, the Reception Palace, the Throne Hall, the Coronation Hall, the Royal Guest House, and Wat Phra Keo, the beautiful Emerald Buddha Temple (Note: The entire Grand Palace is closed during special royal ceremonies and during visiting heads of state), while other buildings are always closed on SAT/SUN and public holidays, during special ceremonies and on Buddhist Holidays.  A Thai set lunch will be served at Supatra River Restaurant. In the afternoon, visit Vimanmek Mansion. Vimanmek Mansion was the first permanent residence in Dusit Garden, built in 1900 by the royal command of King Rama V. The mansion was in fact his former Summer Palace. The celebration for the completion of Vimanmek Mansion was held on March 27, 1901. King Rama V moved from the Grand Palace to reside in Vimanmek Mansion for 5 years. After his death, the Vimanmek Mansion has not been used as a royal residence and has been used as a place of storage by the Bureau of the Royal Household for the past 50 years. King Rama VII ordered a few renovations to the Mansion. For example, he ordered the installation of electrical wiring and repairs to the main pier at the man-made lake in the garden. In 1982, Her Majesty the Queen asked for His Majesty’s permission to renovate the Mansion to be used as a museum to honour King Rama V by displaying his photographs, art and artifacts to commemorate royal visits to Europe as well as to exhibit Thai handicrafts to serve as a showcase of the national heritage for future generations.
 
Ayutthaya by car                                   $275        $150         $20      N/A       N/A
Among the “must see” attractions in Thailand is a visit to Ayutthaya, the former capital of Thailand situated 76 kilometers north of Bangkok. The Thai capital for 417 years, Ayutthaya is one of Thailand's major tourist attractions. Many ancient ruins and art works can be seen in the city, which was founded in 1350 by King U-Thong. 33 kings of 5 dynasties ruled the kingdom until it was destroyed by the Burmese in 1767. During this day trip you will visit the principal sights: Wat Sri Sanphet - this important and outstanding monastery was used as a residential palace in the reign of King Ramathibodi I. Wat Phananchoeng: This monastery existed before Ayuttaya was founded as the capital. The principal 19 metres high Buddha image is made of stucco and is the most revered by the inhabitants of Ayutthaya. Wat Yai Chaimongkhol: The chedi at this monastery is among the largest in Ayuttaya and was built by King Naresuan (1590-1605). There are many Buddha images and a beautiful garden behind this chedi. This tour also includes a boat trip to Bang-Pa-In, the former Royal Summer Residence, which represents a fine example of Thai architecture.
 
Ayutthaya by boat (Grand Pearl)          $280          $180          $60       $80       $65
Check-in at River City-counter Nr. 1 and depart by chartered coach from River City to Bang Pa-In, the former Summer Palace of King Rama V. Continue to Ayutthaya and visit Wat Sri Sanphet, Vihara Phra Mongkol Bophit and Wat Chai Wattanaram. Board the Grand Pearl cruiser near Wat Chonglom in Nonthaburi and enjoy the western & oriental buffet lunch on board, while cruising down the Chao Phraya River towards Bangkok. Coffee and tea are available free of charge later in the afternoon.
 
Ayutthaya to Bang Pa Inn by bicycle     N/A           $215        $2035     $100     $50
Towering chedis amidst crumbling ruins create the ancient city of Ayutthaya. Situated just north of Bangkok, Ayutthaya once claimed Thailand's capital, but that governance ended abruptly in 1767 when the city was sacked by Burmese invaders. Despite destruction, the ruins emanate the city's prior dominance, beauty, and rich history. An easy day ride, this tour reveals the historic treasures of Thailand. From the impressive ruins of Ayutthaya to the grandiose summer palace of the kings, this bike trip takes you off the beaten path and onto the local trails through authentic Thailand. After a short transfer from your Bangkok hotel, take to bikes to explore the ruins of the impressive Ayutthaya Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1991. Its distinct reputation is well earned - weathered layers of burnt bricks compose the stately stupas and chedis that guard these grounds. First, see Wat Yai Chaimongkol and its towering chedi, one so large that it presently is sinking. Then, biking through the ancient city's walls, visit Wat Phra Mahatat, the symbolic heart of the old city now famed for the picturesque tree roots that ensnarl its imbedded Buddha relic. Fruitful jujube trees still surround the Old Royal Palace, our next stop. From there you have time to continue exploring these precarious, precious structures, including the prominent Wat Chaiwattanaram. The ride to the summer palace at Bang Pa-In is a real pleasure, escaping into the Thai countryside, riding on quiet roads passing by the local communities that line this part of the Chao Phraya River. TRIP PROFILE This is a gentle 25 kilometre ride along country back roads and is suitable for anyone that can ride a bike. The roads are flat, quiet countryside trails pass by many local communities. You ride in a group, with an experienced SpiceRoads cycle guide setting a gentle pace. Stopping often to visit points of interest, there is opportunity to sample some of the local food. A support vehicle follows close behind with plenty of provisions. Guides are knowledgeable on the local area and customs and explain the history, culture and local way-of-life at each stop. Water, soft drinks and snacks are all included as well as lunch and a quality mountain bike and helmet. This trip is suitable for most levels of riders and is an excellent trip for families.
 
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market & Rose: $240        $140          $20        $95        $20
Garden
The most famous floating market is Damnoen Saduak, about 110 kilometers southwest of Bangkok. This buzzing market is at its best in the early morning before the crowds arrive and the heat of the day builds up. A short trip by long-tail boat brings you to the floating market, which offers plenty of photo opportunities. Continue by coach to Nakhon Pathom, where you can admire the world’s highest chedi. From here it is a short drive to the picturesque Rose Garden, a lovely resort with beautifully landscaped gardens, where you will join the International Buffet Lunch. A cultural show starts every afternoon with Thai folk dancing and demonstrations of handicraft skills, Thai boxing and sword fighting. There are also performances of traditional ceremonies, and an outstanding elephant show. After the show, coach transfer to your hotel in Bangkok.
 
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market & River: $280        $150           $20          80       40
Kwai
This most interesting excursion brings you to the rural floating market of Damnoen Saduak, situated 110 kilometers west of Bangkok. Continue to Kanchanaburi and take a scenic boat trip on Maeklong River towards the famous bridge over the River Kwai. After lunch, visit the Thailand-Burma Railway Center, 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. Then visit the two well-kept war cemeteries, which contain the graves of an estimated 9,000 allied soldiers who lost their lives while building the bridge and constructing the notorious "Death Railway" which the Japanese had hoped to stretch all the way to the Burmese (Myanmar) border. On your return journey to Bangkok, stop at Phra Pathom Chedi, considered to be the highest pagoda in the world.
 
River Kwai (from Bangkok)                   $300         $160           $25         $65       $65
Fascinating, nostalgic and memorable sums up this day tour to Kanchanaburi province. The famous bridge and the beginning of the 'Death Railway' is a poignant reminder of the thousands of POW’s and forced laborers who lost their lives in the Second World War during the construction works of the railway. Transfer from your hotel in Bangkok 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 Bride over the River Kwai. After lunch at a local restaurant, board the local train for the thrilling ride across wooden viaducts, which offer fantastic scenery along the Kwai River.
 
River Kwai w/ Elephant Ride & Bamboo: $305        $190            $65         N/A        N/A
Rafting
Transfer from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi. Visit the war cemetery and “Bridge over the River Kwai” then continue to Takilen, where you board the local train for a short journey on the most exciting stretch of the “Death Railway”. Lunch at a local restaurant overlooking the Kwai River. In the afternoon we will visit the Sai Yoke Elephant Camp. Enjoy a one-hour trek on the back of an elephant and then embark on bamboo rafts floating down the river (you will get wet – please bring along a change of clothes!).
 
Ancient City & Crocodile Farm              $220          $125         $25         N/A        N/A
Visit the superb Ancient City outdoor museum with replicas of historic and cultural landmarks from all over Thailand. Then continue to the world's largest crocodile farm, founded in 1950. Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo is dedicated to the education, preservation, research and the conservation of wildlife. Experience the thrilling "Crocodile Wrestling" stage shows, where the audience is invited to participate and discover a photographer's paradise along the zoo's shady walkways while coming face-to-face with exotic animals.
 
Khao Yai National Park                         $335           $195        $45       $130      $100
In the early morning, drive towards Khao Yai National Park. Your first stop will be at a local market, where many kinds of fruit, vegetable and food items are on display. Then board a traditional cart pulled by oxen and enjoy a ride among rice fields. Continue to the national park and walk along marked trails through the forest towards Haew Narok Waterfall. After lunch at a local restaurant, embark on a 30-minute trek through the jungle on the back of an elephant.
 
Bangkok Country Side Cycling Tour   N/A            $215        $1680     N/A       N/A
This one day tour takes you out of Bangkok and back into the Thailand of old. Participants will be picked up from their hotels. The ride starts at the Kamalulislam mosque, the hub of the local Muslim community. Riding along the canals, you will glimpse the harmonious lifestyles of Thai families, as well as seeing fish farms, working rice mills, traditional Thai wooden houses and a traditional medicine shop. Visit the bizarre temple of Phurt Udom Pol where you have a chance to visit Buddhist heaven and hell while waiting for lunch. Continue cycling for another 10km to the old market town of Nong Chock. Then trade bikes for boats and complete the journey with a river cruise down the Saen Seab canal back to the mosque. This is a gentle 40-km ride along country back roads and suitable for anyone that can ride a bike. You ride in a group with experienced cycle guides setting a gentle pace and stop often to visit points of interest and allow everyone to catch up. Guides are knowledgeable on the local area and customs and explain the history, culture and local way-of-life during each stop.
 
 
Bangkok of Old Cycling Trip               N/A            $215        $1770     N/A       N/A

A gentle tour by bicycle and boat through historic sites along the Chao Phraya River (total cycling distance about 30km). Visit the Thonburi locomotive depot and bronze bowl makers along the Bangkok Noi canal. Stop at two historic temples more than two centuries old. Visit the Taling Chan and Wat Saphan floating markets, and take a long tail boat ride through local canals passing orchards and small communities. Though at first glance Bangkok is a built-up modern metropolis, pockets of old Bangkok life remain in tucked away locations. This one day cycle and boat tour takes you to historic sites and offers a glimpse of how the city was only a few decades ago. Start cycling at Bangkok Noi canal, visiting the Thonburi locomotive depot and traditional bronze alms bowl makers. Along the way, we stop at two old temples of royal importance that are more than two centuries old. We continue through narrow country roads amongst tropical vegetation stopping at orchid farms and orchards, before visiting two charming floating markets.  Visit Lad Ma Yom canal to rest and sample homemade ice cream and finish up with a long tail boat ride through local canals, flanked by small communities.

Floating Market Cycling Tour                 N/A       $215     $1550        $100      $50

Seventy kilometres south west of Bangkok, the Mae Klong River spreads into a sprawling delta before reaching the Gulf of Thailand. This low-lying land is extremely fertile, and over hundreds of years, the Thai people have constructed an extensive network of canals to aid irrigation and navigation. The local way of life revolves around the colorful floating markets where the fruits of the surrounding orchards are traded. Starting in Bangkok, drive south to start our bicycle exploration of the Mae Klong Delta area at Damnoen Saduak floating market, the biggest and most colorful in Thailand. Then embark on a long-tail boat and cruise through a maze of canals, offering a glimpse of Thailand of old, where local people go about their daily life with the canal as the focal point. Arriving at Wat Amphawan Chetiyaram, enjoy the beauty of the temple before the bikes are fitted and a general briefing is given. Our ride takes us through coconut and aloe vera plantations and fruit orchards. Riding quiet backroads and jeep trails, stop to visit interesting temples and appreciate the countryside. One of the temples we visit is Wat Bang Kung, held up by a huge banyan tree. Also visit the exceptional carved temple of Wat Bang Kae Noi. After a delicious Thai lunch at a riverside restaurant, continue cycling on picturesque trails through lush vegetation towards the starting point of the floating market. After some well-deserved refreshments, explore a temple complex and a local market before starting the journey back to Bangkok. This tour is suitable for all leve

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