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Tantalizing Thailand 15 Days 12 Nights

  

Early Booking Discount :  $ 50.00 / person
If booked before 12/15/2008

Tour Code:  AEAM

TOUR ITINERARY:


Day 1     USA - Bangkok

Our Thailand vacation begins as we board an international flight bound for Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand.



Day 2     En route 

Due to the time difference and flight time, the day is spent onboard our jetliner. The jetliner flies over the Pacific Ocean and crosses the international date line. 

 

Day 3     Arrive-Bangkok

Upon arrival in Hong Kong, board a connecting flight to Bangkok, the "City of Angels." In Bangkok, we're met and greeted at the airport by the Ritz Tours representative. After check in and washing up, we attend a traditional Thai Classical Dance Welcome Dinner Show.

Meals: Dinner Show

 

Day 4     Bangkok

Bangkok has served for over 200 years as the spiritual, cultural, commercial, and educational heart of Thailand. This morning after breakfast, we visit and admire the royal splendor of the GrandPalace and Coronation Hall. Buddhism is one of the cornerstones of Thai culture, and we appreciate the level of devotion as we view the EmeraldBuddhaTemple. After visiting the Gems Factory and Thai Silk, the rest of the afternoon is free at leisure.

Meals: American Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 5    Bangkok

Today, we explore the world famous Damnern Saduak Floating Market on Bangkok's timeless klongs (canals). Numerous fl at boats fill the klongs, all of them carrying produce and other wares to be bargained for. After lunch the entire afternoon is free for leisure activities. Some of us may elect to go on an optional excursion to the Rose Garden featuring an exciting Thai Cultural Show with elephants.

Meals: American Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 6     Bangkok

After two days of sightseeing, no sightseeing has been planned for today. Spend time exploring Bangkok at our own pace, doing some shopping on our own or relaxing at the hotel.

Meals: American Breakfast

 

Day 7     Bangkok - Chiang Mai

After breakfast we are free until the transfer takes us to Bangkok's domestic airport for departure to Chiang Mai, a city of great historical interest and noted for its handicraft villages and colorful ethnic hilltribes. The past twenty years of Chiang Mai has seen its development into a bustling modern city with a population of over 1.5 million. Upon arrival today we check into the hotel, assembling later in the evening to attend a Khantoke Lanna Dinner Show.

Meals: American Breakfast, Dinner show

 

Day 8     Chiang Mai

This morning's tour visits the historical DoiSuthepTemple and the Holy Pagoda containing a relic of Lord Buddha. After lunch, our tour continues on to the ThaiHandicraftVillage, Sankhempeng Silk & Cotton Handweaving Factories, and Borsang, a village famous for its umbrellas and primitive paper making. Tonight, we can enjoy shopping local Chiang Mai products at the Night Bazaar, then take a leisurely walk back to the hotel.

 

Meals: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 9     Chiang Mai 

Today's tour start off with a visit to see the elephants at work in the jungles. Experience a close-up encounter with the elephants and see how they behave in their natural environment. An optional 1/2 hour elephant ride as well as bamboo rafting are available if we so choose. After lunch, head back to the city where the rest of the day is free at leisure.

Meals: American Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 10     Chiang Mai

The entire day is free for leisure activities. Also known as "Lanna," Chiang Mai enjoyed its golden ages during the 15th century. Today's free time allows us to gain a deeper understanding of this city as we explore its streets on our own. An optional tour to the most magnificent and oldest temple in Lamphun and a city tour by horse drawn carriage (lunch included) is available.

Meals: American Breakfast

 

Day 11     Chiang Mai

Enjoy the morning at leisure as no activities have been planned. Later in the afternoon we embark on our "temple tour." First we visit the 700 year old templeWat Chiang Mun, the largest one in Chiang Mai. It contains a small Buddha rumored to have the power to bring rain. Continue on to Wat Pra Singh (AD 1345) and Wat Chedi Luang (AD 1411) where a special lecture has been arranged for us to learn about the role of Buddhism in Thailand's social, cultural, and political life.

Meals: American Breakfast

 

Day 12     Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai

There are many tribes around Chiang Rai and along the MaeKokRiver. Each group speaks its own language and follows animist customs. Upon arrival to Chiang Rai we have a stop to visit the Hill Tribes of Karen Long Necked and Big Earrings Hill Tribes. Dinner is served at the hotel this evening.

Meals: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner at hotel

 

Day 13     Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai is famed for its scenic views and close proximity to the legendary "Golden Triangle." After a visit to Chiang Saen, a small town and an old capital of the Lanna Kingdom with a million rice fields, we continue our tour to the world famous Golden Triangle where Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar (Burma) meet the Maekhong River. Following a delightful lunch, we proceed to Mae Sai, the northern-most town in Thailand well known for its crisp mountain scenery, hilltribes and falls. Returning to Chiang Rai, enjoy a local Thai dinner after which we can do shopping at a Chiang Rai Night Bazaar.

Meals: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 14     Chiang Rai - Bangkok

Board a quick flight back to Bangkok to overnight. No activities have been planned for today.

Meals: American Breakfast

 

Day 15     Bangkok - USA

Bid Thailand a fond farewell as we board the homebound international flight.

Meals: American Breakfast

 

 

 

Dates & Tour Costs (Per Person):

 

Departure
Friday

Return
Sunday

Air & Land from LAX/SFO

Single
Supplement

03/12/2009

3/26/2009

$1849.00

$500.00

03/26/2009

4/9/2009

$1849.00

$500.00

04/02/2009

4/16/2009

$1849.00

$500.00

04/16/2009

4/30/2009

$1849.00

$500.00

04/30/2009

5/14/2009

$1849.00

$500.00

05/07/2009

5/21/2009

$1849.00

$500.00

05/21/2009

6/4/2009

$1849.00

$500.00

06/04/2009

6/18/2009

$2249.00

$500.00

06/18/2009

7/2/2009

$2249.00

$500.00

07/02/2009

7/16/2009

$2249.00

$500.00

07/16/2009

7/30/2009

$2249.00

$500.00

07/30/2009

8/13/2009

$2249.00

$500.00

08/13/2009

8/27/2009

$2249.00

$500.00

08/27/2009

9/10/2009

$1849.00

$500.00

09/03/2009

9/17/2009

$1849.00

$500.00

09/17/2009

10/1/2009

$1849.00

$500.00

09/24/2009

10/8/2009

$1849.00

$500.00

10/01/2009

10/15/2009

$1849.00

$500.00

10/08/2009

10/22/2009

$1849.00

$500.00

10/15/2009

10/29/2009

$1849.00

$500.00

10/22/2009

11/5/2009

$1849.00

$500.00

11/05/2009

11/19/2009

$1949.00

$500.00

11/12/2009

11/26/2009

$1949.00

$500.00

11/26/2009

12/10/2009

$1949.00

$500.00

12/10/2009

12/24/2009

$1949.00

$500.00

12/24/2009

1/7/2010

$1949.00

$500.00

* Prices listed are for Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO) departure

* Fuel surcharge and taxes apply and are additional

Tour Package Features

-- Roundtrip international air ticket

-- Thainland domestic air tickets(included only in conjunction with international air tickets)

-- All Luxury hotels for your comfort

Bangkok C Montien Riverside

Chiang Mai C The Empress Hotel

Chiang Rai C DusitIsland Resort

-- Full American or buffet breakfast daily

-- Lunches at local restaurants

-- Thai or Western style dinners in hotels or local restaurants

-- Special Entertainment

Bangkok C Thai Classical Welcome Dinner Show

-Floating Market Boat Ride

Chiang Mai C Khantoke Lanna Dinner Show

-Special Lecture on Thai Culture

-- Comprehensive sightseeing program

-- Experienced and knowledgeable tour guides

-- Admission and fees included

-- Comfortable air-conditioned tour coach with professional services of experienced drivers

-- Travel Protection Insurance is provided at no additional charge if final payment is received 60 days prior to departure date



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