February 8 -18, 2023 (11 Days)
TOUR PRICE INCLUDES:
Roundtrip airfare from ABQ (not including baggage and in-flight charges)
Airfare from Bangkok to Chiang Rai
8 nights in excellent accommodations
8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
Admissions to all attractions
Your SUN TOURS Escort (with 20 or more passengers)
All gratuities for included items and activities (except accommodation housekeeping)
Check with your physician or call Passport Health at 505-881-8785 for complete information about any vaccinations and health concerns.
$5,295 Double occupancy per person
$6,395 Single occupancy*
DEPOSIT: $549 per person NOW holds your place
FINAL PAYMENT DUE: October 4, 2022
$549 … Through October 4, 2022
$1,300 … October 5 - 31, 2022
$3,100...November 1, 2022 - January 2, 2023
100% … After January 1, 2023
Thailand is known for opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins, ornate temples and beautiful beaches. In the capitol, Bangkok, skyscrapers rise alongside quiet canalside communities and the iconic temples of Wat Arun, Wat Pho and the Emerald Buddha Temple. We explore the ancient and the modern in this amazing immersive tour.
Included meals are denoted: Breakfast: B, Lunch: L, Dinner: D
DAY 1 - 3 D
On our flights to Bangkok we cross the International Date Line, seemingly losing a day. But, not to worry, we get it back when we return home! Our hotel for three nights is situated along the Chao Phraya River - the River of the Kings. We have a day to orient ourselves and rest. Then we enjoy a welcome dinner.
DAY 4 B
Immersion into this ancient culture begins with a city tour visiting three of the most unusual Buddhist temples: Wat Trimitr with its invaluable Golden Buddha, Wat Po, with its colossal Reclining Buddha and the Chedis of the Kings. We admire the beautiful architecture and intricate detail of the Grand Palace.
DAY 5 B, D
Our next day is filled with the exploration of local markets. Our first is a floating market, a true Thai phenomenon.. We can shop for local handicrafts from these vessels. Next is a visit to the rural Maeklong Railway Market, where the trains roll through the center of the market with just inches to spare. This evening, we enjoy an eating adventure on an iconic 3-wheel Tuk Tuk food tour!
DAY 6 B, D
We take a short flight to Chiang Mai in mountainous northern Thailand where we lodge for three nights. Founded in 1296, its Old City area still retains vestiges of walls and moats from its history as a cultural and religious center. It’s also home to hundreds of elaborate Buddhist temples, including 14th-century Wat Phra Singh and 15th-century Wat Chedi Luang, adorned with carved serpents. This evening, we experience a superb Northern Thai Dinner, complete with folk dances and other presentations by the hill tribes of Old Chiang Mai.
DAY 7 B, L
The next morning we learn Thai cooking, starting with a trip to the market, then returning to the Baan Hongnaul Cookery School for a hands-on lesson that results in lunch! We then visit the Wisdom School which compiles knowledge and wisdom from the village elders including basket weaving, Lanna language, and many more arts and crafts threatened with extinction.
DAY 8 B,L
The next day’s excursions take us to a tea plantation where we will learn about tea growing, harvesting and roasting. We visit Baan Tong Luan, home of the Long-necked Padong tribe whose female members wear numerous brass rings around their elongated necks. (image 3)
DAY 9 B, L
We depart Chiang Mai and journey to Chiang Rai with a stop at the extraordinary contemporary White Temple. This temple differs from most because its history does not go back hundreds of years.
DAY 10 B, L, D
Today we explore the mountainous region of Mae Salong, originally settled by the renegade KMT 93rd regiment that fled to Myanmar from China in 1949. Then we explore the Golden Triangle, the location where Myanmar, Thailand and Lao meet. A relaxing Mekong River boat trip and a visit to the Opium Museum before returnign to Chiang Rai for our farewell dinner.
DAY 11 B
Our visit to this extraordinary country must come to an end. We transfer to the airport to travel home, filled with memories of the many sights and tastes we've experienced in Thailand.
Itinerary subject to change.