Thailand Unplugged with Chiang Rai
- 8 Days
- 8 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 2,599
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.
- 8 Days
- 8 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 2,599
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Depart from your home city to Bangkok
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.
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.
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 at Leisure
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to North America. Chat with our experts if you want to extend
|Pricing in CAD from Vancouver||First Class Hotels || |
|1 Mar- 31 Mar 2019||$3,079||$3,289|
|1 Apr - 24 May 2019||$2,999||$3,849|
|25 May - 21 June 2019||$3,249||$3,999|
|22 Jun - 02 July 2019||$3,769||$4,559|
|3 July - 14 Aug 2019||$3,249||$3,999|
|15 Aug - 31 Oct 2019||$2,999||$3,849|
Airfare information for Canada:
Toronto - add CA$290
Victoria, Montreal and Ottawa - add CA$360
Calgary and Edmonton - add CA$150
Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Regina - add CA$200
Halifax - add CA$560
Airfares are based on traveling week days Mon-Thurs, if you travel Fri-Sun, add CA$30.
Upgrade to Premium Economy - add CA$840 departing Mon-Thurs ex Vancouver, inquire for weekend departures and other gateways.
|Pricing in USD from |
Los Angeles /
San Francisco /
|First Class Hotels ||Deluxe Hotels |
|1 Mar- 31 Mar 2019||$2,599||$3,209|
|1 Apr - 24 May 2019||$2,599||$3,099|
|25 May - 14 Aug 2019||$2,969||$3,509|
|15 Aug - 31 Oct 2019||$2,599||$3,099|
Airfare information for USA:
New York / Chicago - add US$53
Boston - add US$103
Dallas / Miami or Fort Lauderdale - add US$450
Denver - add US$260
Baltimore - add US$180
Airfares are based on traveling week days Mon-Thurs, if you travel Fri-Sun, add US$100.
Upgrade to Premium Economy - add US$840 departing Mon-Thurs ex Los Angeles or San Francisco, inquire for weekend departures and other gateway
- 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
- Travel insurance
- International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
- Visa fees if applicable
- Meals and beverages not mentioned
- Items of a personal nature
Value Adds / Savings:
- First Class option = Save US$180 / CA$230 per person and a Thai dinner in Bangkok. Plus save 15% on meals in Chiang Rai.
- Deluxe option = Save US$200 / CA$230 per person Plus a room upgrade in Bangkok and a 60 min foot massage in Chiang Rai.
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 inquire. Some hotel pricing is subject to advance booking for 40-55 days. Thai dinner in Bangkok is subject to booking Sky Room option. 20% off dinner in Bangkok on deluxe option is only valid on Friday and Saturday nights. Black out periods may apply to room upgrades. Cooking class in Bangkok does not operate on a Sunday, order of day tours can be switched around to accommodate this
24 May 2019