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Ancient Kingdoms of Siam incl. Air

Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,429

The Ancient Kingdoms of Siam is tailor made for travellers looking to immerse themselves in Thai culture and history. It visits Bangkok, the River Kwai, Ayutthaya, Sukhothai, Chiang Mai, and Chiang Rai Roam the ruins of this ancient kingdom, and immerse yourself in all it has become, exploring exciting cities and visiting enduring hill tribes.


This 10-day, air-inclusive Thailand trip gives you the essentials of the country with an emphasis on history, culture, and all that makes the ‘Land of Smiles’ so special.

Arrive in Bangkok, the Thai capital, which is as exciting as it is chaotic. You’ll never visit another city that brings together street food, spirituality, centuries-old history, and a healthy appetite for a good time quite like Bangkok. The following day, leave the city behind and visit Kanchanaburi province. Here, you’ll visit the historic River Kwai region, including the infamous bridge linking the Burma Railway, and more sights devoted to this history, before overnighting in your floating hotel. The next day, go deeper into Thailand’s past, visiting the ruined former capital, Ayutthaya. Roam amid towering stupas and grand temples before staying in town overnight. The following morning, board the train for Phitsanoluk, then transfer to Sukhothai, the first capital of Siam. Explore at your leisure before a tour the following day takes you to the ruins of the old city.

Go on to Si Satchanalai, the ‘city of good people.’ This was the second city of the ancient Sukhothai kingdom, and you’ll have a chance to explore the ruins and historical park. In the evening, go on to Chiang Mai, the cultural capital of Thailand’s north, where you’ll enjoy a full day at leisure to shop, explore, take a cooking class, or embark on other local activities. You’ll then go on to Chiang Rai, in Thailand’s far north. Visit a Hmong hill-tribe village, and take a boat ride along the Mae Kok River. Visit Wat Thaton for fantastic views of the surrounding villages, and Wat Rong Khun, the famous, and decidedly recent White Temple. Spend your final full day exploring before boarding your flight back home.


 

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Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,429

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Day 1

Depart North America

Depart from North America to Thailand.

Day 2

Arrive Bangkok

On arrival in Bangkok you will be met and transferred to your hotel for overnight.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Shanghai Mansion Bangkok

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    Shanghai Mansion Bangkok



    Shanghai Mansion is an award-winning boutique hotel in the heart of Bangkok's historic Chinatown, one of the city's most fascinating neighborhoods. Find yourself transported to a bygone golden era, where the old world romance of 1930's Shanghai meets new world Shanghai-chic. In this opulent oasis, ...

    Shanghai Mansion is an award-winning boutique hotel in the heart of Bangkok's historic Chinatown, one of the city's most fascinating neighborhoods. Find yourself transported to a bygone golden era, where the old world romance of 1930's Shanghai meets new world Shanghai-chic. In this opulent oasis, each of the 76 rooms are indulgently decorated Chinoise-style complete with fine linens, plush textures and rich hues. Amenities include a complimentary minibar, free Wi-Fi, and butler service. The property features a sleek, quirky new lobby lounge and the eclectic Red Rose Restaurant.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Ballroom
    • Complimentary WI-FI
    • Library
    • Meeting Rooms
    • Reception
    • Restaurant
    • Terrace

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Day 3

River Kwai

This morning, depart Bangkok and travel west to Kanchanaburi. This beautiful area contains some of the darkest parts of World War II history, including the infamous bridge on the River Kwai. 60,000 prisoners of war and Asian labourers worked in searing heat and torturous conditions to construct the bridge as part of the "Death Railway" intended to link Thailand and Burma. Visit the Death Railway Museum and Research Centre, and the immaculately preserved Kanchanburi war cemetery. You will also have the chance to ride the train over the original Death Railway track. In the afternoon, continue to your floating hotel on the River Kwai, and the remainder of the day is at leisure.

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Duration1 Night
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The Float House River Kwai

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    The Float House River Kwai



    Elegant in it's distinctive boutique style, The FloatHouse River Kwai Resort aims to be the world's best floating resort. The FloatHouse River Kwai Resort is a fancy boutique hideaway and can be found in very few places in the world. The only way to reach ...

    Elegant in it's distinctive boutique style, The FloatHouse River Kwai Resort aims to be the world's best floating resort. The FloatHouse River Kwai Resort is a fancy boutique hideaway and can be found in very few places in the world. The only way to reach the resort is by boat as it actually floats on a flowing river surrounded by thick green jungle. Each luxurious and spacious floating villa is totally private and rich in custom tailored-made teakwood furniture with thatched roofing. The design is delightfully impressive with exotic decorations including natural materials and ropes. The design concept for the resort is known as "Contemporary Boutique Folk Style," for a smooth blend of local artistic traditions with the natural environment, yet different from anywhere else in its characteristic rope designs that convey an oriental air.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • 24 Hour Security
    • Airport Shuttle (Surcharge)
    • Daily Housekeeping
    • Parking

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Day 4

River Kwai to Ayutthaya

After breakfast, check out of the floating hotel and embark on your journey to Ayutthaya. Start by visiting Hellfire Pass, part of the Death Railway which passes directly through a stone mountain. Continue onwards to Ayutthaya via Suphan Buri. This journey close to the Burmese border takes you through fertile farmland and jungle-clad mountains. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant en-route, and you will arrive Ayutthaya in the afternoon. Check in to your hotel and enjoy the late afternoon/evening to explore on your own.

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Duration1 Night
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Sala Ayutthaya

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    Sala Ayutthaya



    Sala Ayutthaya is an oasis offering intimate and indulgent experiences that is located in the heart of ayutthaya, along the banks of the chao phraya river. This boutique accommodation in Thailand is opposite of the famous wat phutthaisawan and situated near tourist attractions along with ...

    Sala Ayutthaya is an oasis offering intimate and indulgent experiences that is located in the heart of ayutthaya, along the banks of the chao phraya river. This boutique accommodation in Thailand is opposite of the famous wat phutthaisawan and situated near tourist attractions along with archeological and historical sites. This boutique accommodation in thailand features twenty-six unique guest rooms including a duplex river view suite and a pool suite as well as a signature restaurant - sala ayutthaya eatery and bar.

    Facilities

    • Eatery and Bar
    • Library
    • Newspapers
    • Outdoor Pool
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • WiFi

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Day 5

Ayutthaya to Sukhothai

This morning, transfer to the Ayutthaya Railway Station and then board the train for Phitsanulok (departs 9:48am / arrives 1:22pm). Upon arrival, meet your guide and transfer onwards by private vehicle to Sukhothai. Sukhothai was the first capital of Siam and flourished from the mid-13th to late 14th century. The remainder of the day is at leisure; you might venture out for a walk in the small town and browse the night market.

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Duration2 Nights
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Legendha Sukhothai Resort

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    Legendha Sukhothai Resort



    The Legendha Sukhothai Resort is located in the old town of Sukhothai. The resort is close by to the Sukhothai Historical Park, the ruins of Thailand's first capital which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is also close by to the fresh ...

    The Legendha Sukhothai Resort is located in the old town of Sukhothai. The resort is close by to the Sukhothai Historical Park, the ruins of Thailand's first capital which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is also close by to the fresh food market, government offices and business area.
    The resort is just in front of the ancient Wat Chang Lom, an ancient pagoda of elephants. With 64 spaciously Thai contemporary designed villas with Thai traditional village-like landscape, The Legendha Sukhothai proudly presents a feeling and experience of authentic Thai.

    Facilities

    • Bicycles
    • Massage Treatments
    • Meeting Rooms Available
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant
    • Spa

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Day 6

Sukhothai

Head out to the historical ruins of Old Sukhothai and the Historical Park, set amidst beautiful lakes and gardens. You and your guide will explore the area by songthaew (shared open-air taxi) and bicycle. The artistic style and Buddha sculptures of the Sukhothai era were directly influenced by Sri Lanka, and this style has remained popular in Thailand ever since. The largest and most important temple is Wat Mahathat, surrounded by a moat. It was considered the spiritual centre of the Sukhothai kingdom. Another fascinating temple is Wat Si Chum, known as the temple of the Bodhi tree, featuring a 15-metre high seated Buddha statue. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Spend time with your guide soaking up the atmosphere of this extraordinary UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to your hotel late in the afternoon.

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Day 7

Sukhothai to Chiang Mai

Today, set out for Si Satchanalai, situated on the banks of the Yom River. Translated as "city of good people", Si Satchanalai was the second city of the Sukhothai kingdom. Explore the ruins and historical park, then continue to Lampang for lunch at a local restaurant. Journey onwards to Chiang Mai, known as the Rose of the North, arriving in the mid-afternoon. Transfer to your hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure.

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Duration2 Nights
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Rachamankha

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    Rachamankha



    Situated in the heart of historic Chiang Mai, the 25-room and suite Rachamankha is next to Wat Phra Singh, justifiably the city's most famous temple (circa 1345). Four temples of notable interest are within easy walking distance from the hotel, and there are thirty-three functioning ...

    Situated in the heart of historic Chiang Mai, the 25-room and suite Rachamankha is next to Wat Phra Singh, justifiably the city's most famous temple (circa 1345). Four temples of notable interest are within easy walking distance from the hotel, and there are thirty-three functioning wats or temples within the walled city of old Chiang Mai. Rachamankha does not reveal itself to the passerby, but excites curiosity and creates a receptive mood. Only after passing through the hotel forecourt, the Zen-like simplicity and sophistication of the colonnaded courtyards welcome guests to the world of serenity and contentment. The distinctive architecture is inspired by ancient vernacular Chinese dwellings, from which Northern Thai architecture has its roots. Rachamankha was designed by Thai architect Ong-ard Satrabhandhu in the style of residential living to encourage a genuine feel for the history and culture of Lanna Chiang Mai.

    Facilities

    • DVD players
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Library
    • Restaurant
    • Spa
    • TV

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Day 8

Day at Leisure

You have a full day to explore Chiang Mai on your own.

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Day 9

Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai

After breakfast, depart Chiang Mai and travel by road to the far north of Thailand. Stop for lunch in a Hmong hill-tribe village, then take a half-hour boat ride along the Mae Kok River. Continue by road to visit three more hill-tribe villages: Akha, Palong and Karen. The women of the Karen tribe wear brass rings on their necks and limbs, which increase according to their age. Proceed to the small town of Thaton and visit Wat Thaton, situated on the top of the hill and offering beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding villages, river and forests. If time permits, stop at a local market before transferring to Chiang Rai. The evening is free for you to explore Chiang Rai on your own.

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Duration1 Night
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The Legend Chiang Rai

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    The Legend Chiang Rai



    Resting on the banks of the Mae Kok River, the Legend Chiang Rai delivers an authentic Lanna atmosphere with its blend of northern Thai architectural details, local artwork and hand-plastered white walls. Graced with 78 studios and villas, the room interiors are adorned with a ...

    Resting on the banks of the Mae Kok River, the Legend Chiang Rai delivers an authentic Lanna atmosphere with its blend of northern Thai architectural details, local artwork and hand-plastered white walls. Graced with 78 studios and villas, the room interiors are adorned with a generous-sized bed, teakwood furnishing and spacious open-air seating area. Villas make bigger and more inviting spaces for families as each comes with its own private pool and garden, ideal for relaxing by the river's edge. The shady rain trees, lotus ponds and lush vegetation further lend a tranquil feel to this attractive riverside retreat. The infinite-edge pool is perfect for taking in panoramic views of the surroundings. The Chiang Saen Spa provides a soothing space for quality pampering with a host of traditional herbal treatments and massages. To sample culinary indulgences, the Legend's restaurants serve reined Thai and international cuisine with creative touches.

    Facilities

    • Babysitting Services
    • Beauty Salon
    • Fishing Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Plaza and Lobby
    • Reading Room
    • Shuttle Service
    • Souvenir Shop
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 10

Chiang Rai

This morning, visit Wat Rong Khun, popularly known as the White Temple. Construction of this contemporary Buddhist and Hindu temple began in 1997 and has been ongoing; designer Chalermchai Kositpipat estimates it will take his skilled workmen 90 years to complete. Afterwards, visit Black House Museum (Baan Dam), an open-air collection of mostly black buildings of varying shapes and sizes, often decorated with animal bones. Afterwards, transfer to the Chiang Rai Airport on your onward journey back to North America.

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DEPARTURES AND PRICES:

Date From:
Vancouver
CA$
From:
Toronto
CA$
01 Nov - 10 Dec '18 $ 4,749 $5,029
11 - 23 Dec '18 $5,399 $5,679
06 Jan - 31 Mar '19 $4,459 $4,749
01 Apr - 24 May '19 $4,679 $4,959
25 May - 21 Jun '19 $4,929 $5,209
22 Jun - 01 Jul '19 $5,339 $5,619
02 Jul - 14 Aug '19 $4,929 $5,209

 

Date From:
Los Angeles
US$
From:
New York
US$
1 Nov - 09 Dec '18 $3,449 $3,479
10 - 23 Dec '18 $4,389 $4,619
05 Jan - 31 Mar '19 $3,429 $3,459
01 Apr - 23 May '19 $3,399 $3,429
24 May - 14 Aug '19 $4,239 $4,399

 

Black out period 24 Dec 2018 - 05 Jan 2019

AIR UPGRADE OPTIONS:

Upgrade the international flights on this itinerary to Premium Economy from CA$582 and US$713 per person and Business Class with pricing from CA$2239 to CA$7946 and US$1855 to US$6527 per person. Please ask one of our Asia experts for more details.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • International airfare and taxes from gateway cities mentioned,
  • Local airfare from Chiang Rai to Bangkok on last day
  • 8 nights’ accommodation
  • Private touring with local guides as per itinerary
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Transfers by private vehicle 
  • Train from Ayutthaya to Phitsanulok

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities 
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from", per person, based on twin/double share accommodation. International airfare are on a variety of airlines and the departure day from North America may require departing one day earlier. Listed flights may include stops en-route and on return. Direct flights may be available at a higher cost. Listed rates include all airline and airport taxes and subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request.  Part of this journey can be offered in deluxe style accommodations, please ask your Asia expert for details.


20 Mar 2019
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