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Thailand Unplugged with Chiang Rai

Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 931

Escape to Thailand to refresh yourself with visits to Bangkok and Chiang Rai. In Bangkok, learn to cook Thai cuisine at the Blue Elephant Cooking School and discover hidden temples and farms before heading to Chiang Rai to visit the hill tribes and see the gorgeous temples of this northern city.


This 8-day Thai vacation takes you to Bangkok and Chiang Rai to experience the best of the country and relax, rejuvenate, and refresh yourself. It includes first-class or deluxe accommodations depending on preference, international airfare, private tours, and is perfect for solo travellers.

Your Thailand Unplugged trip takes you across the Pacific Ocean to Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most-visited city on the planet. It won’t take long to notice Bangkok’s stunning contrasts. Massive skyscrapers sit beside wooden huts; luxury malls jostle for baht alongside bustling farmers’ markets—no one side of Bangkok is quintessential. It takes both the big and small, rich and modest, to capture what makes Bangkok so invigorating. On your first day in the city, head to the Blue Elephant Cooking School to learn to make delicious Thai dishes. The next day, head off the tourist trail on a bike tour across the city. Discover hidden temples, travel along the canal, and stop off at flower farms to learn about some of Thailand’s oldest traditions. Spend the rest of your time in Bangkok seeing the famous landmarks like Wat Arun, Wat Phra Kaew, and the Grand Palace, former home of the King of Thailand.

From Bangkok, connect to Chiang Rai, the mountainous city that used to be a capital of the Lanna Kingdom. Quieter than Bangkok or nearby Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai is known for its gorgeous architecture and quaint atmosphere. It also provides easy access to the surrounding hill country. One day, you’ll head into the countryside to meet with hill tribes, including the famous Karen people, who are known for their elaborate necklaces and elongated necks. You’ll conclude that day with a cruise down the Kok River and a visit to the Pong Nam Lon Hot Springs. The rest of your time in Chiang Rai is at leisure. Tour the temples of Wat Phra Singh and Wat Phra That Chedi Luang before exploring the Night Bazaar when the sun falls. Also be sure to see Wat Rong Khun, the bizarre, whitewashed temple with dragon scaling that won’t be completed for another 100 years.

At the end of your journey, connect to the airport to head back home.


 

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Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 931

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Day 1

Arrive Bangkok

You will be transferred from the airport to your accommodation and the rest of the day is at leisure.

Duration3 Nights
Day 2

Half Day Cooking Class Blue Elephant Cooking School

Discover the wonders of royal Thai cuisine at the renowned Blue Elephant Cooking School, housed in a beautifully-restored colonial building in central Bangkok. You will be guided by an experienced and knowledgeable instructor in a well-equipped classroom designed for training professional chefs. First you'll learn to carefully choose the perfect ingredients for Thai cooking, followed by the instructor-led class. The session ends with a delightful meal in which you will savour your own creations.

Day 3

Full day Bangkok Paradise Bike Tour

Discover the daily life of locals on this bicycle tour that will take you to an unseen part of Bangkok. A boat and cycling adventure decorated with orchid farms, banana, papaya and mango trees that brings you to places where it seems like time has been standing still. Besides this, you can see beautiful hidden temples. There is also an unrivaled long tail boat journey. Start by riding through a fresh market, where you'll see a variety of goods for sale from smoked pig heads to beautiful flowers. A little further on your way, you will stop at the remains of defense walls built during the Colonial Era to prevent Western countries occupying Thailand. You continue the route and stop at the "Golden Temple". From here the journey continues over concrete pathways, through a scenic park and passes orchid farms before bringing you to the pier where long tail boats are waiting. A spectacular canal trip brings you to the most southern district of Bangkok. Then, you visit a small factory where they produce incense-sticks used at traditional Thai temples and stop at a typical Thai/Chinese flower-farm. Throughout the day you will stop every hour to rest and hydrate. If you love cycling, and enjoy nature, this trip will leave you with some unforgettable memories of Bangkok.

Day 4

Bangkok to Chiang Rai

You will be transferred to Bangkok airport for your flight to Chiang Rai. Upon arrival in Chiang Rai you will be transferred to your accommodation and the rest of the day is at leisure.

Duration3 Nights
Day 5

Full Day Long Neck Karen and Boat Trip

This day tour is a rare opportunity to meet with the Karen hill-tribes (Long Neck People), who are these infamous long neck women who wear heavy brass necklaces around their neck at very young age. The more brass necklaces they have around their neck, the more beautiful they believe to be. Supposedly from the North of Burma, some people reckon this tribe comes from Tibet. One certain thing however is that their weaving skills are well-renowned and that they produce beautiful and colourful garments. We will then drive and stop by the Lisu hill-tribe village. This tribe is deemed to be the most elaborate dresser as during festive occasions, women folks are endowed with massive amount of jewelleries. We will stop for lunch at Tha Ton, which is a strategic landing point between Burma and Thailand. We will continue to Phatai and visit the Lahu hill-tribe village from where visitors will embark on the Kok River cruise. The cruise offers picturesque scenery of natural river banks and scattered river lives. The cruise ends at Pong Nam Lon -- Hot Springs - where we will transfer you back to your hotel.

Day 6

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 7

Depart Thailand

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home. Chat with our experts if you want to extend

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

Daily

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Roundtrip transfers in both cities
  • 3 nights Bangkok in first class or deluxe hotels
  • 3 nights Chiang Rai in first class or deluxe hotels
  • Half Day Cooking Class Blue Elephant Cooking School in Bangkok
  • Full day Bangkok Paradise Bike Tour
  • Full Day Long Neck Karen and Boat Trip 
  • Breakfast daily

PRICE EXLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

OTHER INFORMATION: 

Why not extend your Thailand vacation by enjoying a relaxing beach escape? Chat with our experts

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire. 

 

DP BANTPK8DCHI
14 Oct 2019
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