Travel in Thailand during the Lantern Festival

Days

8

Price

$1,240 CAD

Departs 

17 Nov 2018

Finishes 

24 Nov 2018

Start: Bangkok, Thailand

Finish: Chiang Mai, Thailand

Countries: Thailand

Style: Original

Theme: Explorer

 

Why we love this trip

  • Work up an appetite with a leisurely cycle through the ancient Buddhas and ruined temples of Heritage-listed Sukothai Park, then feast on a home-cooked picnic lunch
  • Experience daily rural life firsthand when staying with long-time Intrepid friends in a small Thai village
  • Support an important animal welfare initiative and get close to incredible creatures at the Hospital of the Friends of the Asian Elephant
  • Pick up some impressive new culinary skills and taste delicious local dishes in a Thai cooking class
  • Travel like the locals on an overnight sleeper train from Chiang Mai to Bangkok

 

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip includes a night on an overnight train from Chiang Mai to Bangkok. Accommodation is simple but comfortable – soft sleeper class multishare compartments with air-conditioning and bunk beds, with sheets and a pillow provided. Overnight trains are a real Intrepid experience and one of the best ways to come face-to-face with the country and its people.
  • There is a night at a homestay on this trip, a wonderful opportunity to witness everyday Thai life. Facilities are basic and multishare, with fold-out mattresses on the floor and shared bathrooms. The rewards of such an authentic local experience are immeasurable.
  • There is an included bicycle ride around Sukhothai Heritage Park on this trip. It’s a leisurely cycle though, and one of the best ways to see the park.

How to book

To book, please contact Alicia Baum at Flight Centre Vaughan Mills by:

 

What we need to complete your booking: 

  • Full name as per Passport
  • Passport Number and Nationality
  • Passport Issue and Expiry Dates
  • Emergency contact name and telephone number
  • Dietary and/or medical needs

Itinerary

Sa-wat dee! Welcome to Thailand. Thailand's bustling capital, Bangkok, is famous for its tuk tuks, khlong boats and street vendors serving up delicious Thai food. Your adventure begins with a with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1.

This morning, leave the current capital of Thailand and head north by local bus to one of the first ancient capitals of Siam, Sukhothai (approximately 6 hours). You’ll make a short stop midway through for a chance to stretch the legs and buy some lunch. Located on a fertile plain, Sukhothai was established in the 13th century, and the name means the 'Dawn of Happiness'. It’s now famous for its World Heritage-listed historic park that celebrates the Golden Age of Thai civilisation. Tonight, be sure to head to the fascinating local night market and try the local dishes, like Sukhothai noodles.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Head out to the historical ruins of Old Sukhothai, set amid beautiful lakes and gardens. The religious art and architecture of the Sukhothai era are considered to be the most classic of Thai styles, and the Sukhothai Historical Park contains the remains of 21 historic sites, with awe- inspiring Buddha images and four large ponds often filled with stunning lotus flowers in full bloom. Upon arrival at the park, hire bicycles and enjoy a few leisurely hours feeling the breeze in your hair and learning about the history of this fascinating place. Enjoy a home-cooked picnic lunch somewhere along the way, and if you have enough free time, visit a local ceramics factory.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Travel by private minivan from Sukhothai to your overnight homestay (approximately 4-5 hours). On the way, stop off at the Friends of the Asian Elephant Hospital located in Lampang. This is the first elephant hospital in the world established to care for sick and abused elephants, with the aim of preserving the animals' natural habitat and lifestyle. You’ll learn more about this important initiative and perhaps become acquainted with some of its resident pachyderm patients. Continue 1.5 hours to the warm and welcoming home of Intrepid's long-time friends in a small Thai village. Accommodation is multishare and basic (there will be fold-out mattresses on the floor and shared bathrooms), but there is no better way to better understand a country and its people. In the evening, you’ll be treated to a traditional northern Thai khantohk dinner, accompanied by live music and dancing.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

In the morning, jump on some bikes and cruise around the homestay village. This is a great opportunity to see how the locals live, and you’ll make a few stops along the way to see small country industries in the area. Cycling past the rice fields and breathing in the fresh country air, with beautiful mountains in the distance, makes this morning a picture-postcard experience. Say goodbye to your new friends and travel on to Chiang Mai (approximately 45 minutes). The most vibrant city in northern Thailand, Chiang Mai has many famous temples and an interesting old city area. Renowned for dazzling beauty and extremely welcoming locals, the ‘Rose of the North’ will leave you spellbound. Chances are, you won’t want to leave. Your accommodation has both ensuite bathrooms and air conditioning, and is perfectly located right by the famous vibrant night markets.

After check-in at hotel, we head out for lunch at Free Bird Café

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free day to explore Chiang Mai.

Optional Activities:

  • Wat Suan Dok, Monk chat incl. lunch at Pun Pun Organic Restaurant - THB 2,520
  • Half day cooking class - THB 1,100

Today is free for you to explore, but there are also a few optional activities you can join if you want. Perhaps explore the famous temple complex of Doi Suthep. Drive along a scenic, winding mountain road that ends at an impressive 300-step naga-guarded stairway (approximately 45 mins). The rewards justify the climb with one of the most beautiful temples in Thailand on display, not to mention fantastic panoramic views of the city and the opportunity to listen to hypnotic evening chanting by resident Buddhist monks.

Join farewell dinner for final night in Chiang Mai.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.

 

More about your trip

Accommodation

  • Bangkok - Nouvo City Hotel
  • Sukhothai - Le Charme Sukhothai
  • Homestay Chiang Mai - People Place

 

Rooming Requirements

  • Twin share

 

Included Meals

  • Breakfast (5)
  • Lunch (2)
  • Dinner (2)

 

Transport

  • Air-Conditioned Vehicle Transfers
  • Other Local Transportation

 

Leader/Guide

  • English Speaking Leader throughout

 

Included Activities

  • Sukhothai - Historical Park Bike Tour & Picnic Lunch
  • Lampang - Friends of the Asian Elephant

 

Transfers

Available for Purchase

 

Exclusions

  • International airport departure tax
  • Any visas required
  • Services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Late check out at hotels
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Drinks with included lunches and dinners
  • Tips for leaders, guide and driver
  • Expenditure of personal nature
  • Personal Insurance
  • Optional activities

Package Price

In order to book, a non-refundable deposit of CAD 250/person is required and the remaining balance is due 75 days prior to departure. Single supplements must be requested at the time of booking. Pre-trip and post-trip accommodations (subject to availability) must be requested 75 days prior to departure. Transfers must be requested 45 days prior to departure.

Pricing per person (twin share basis): $1,240 CAD

Intrepid Travel's booking conditions will apply to your reservation. By making payment you are agreeing to our booking conditions http://www.intrepidtravel.com/booking-intrepid/booking-conditions

This trip is a private departure and is exempt from any promotions, sales and discounts advertised.