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Thailand Exposure Holiday

Tour code : WT. TH 16
Duration : 14 days 13 nights,
Type of tour :Private Tour
Start and end : Start in Bangkok,
End in Krabi
Minimum passengers : 2 persons
Trip Grade: easy with some moderate
Destinations : Bangkok City Tour - Lampang -Elephant Conservation Center - Chiang Mai -
Kanchanaburi - Khao Sok - Krabi Beach Holiday




<< Mahout traning for tourists at Lampang Elephant Conservation Center

About The Trip

This Thailand Exposure Holiday tour is a very unique! After Bangkok tour, we will travel by the night train sleeper to the North. Enjoy a 3 days glimpse experience on Mahout Training (and much more) at Lampang Elephant Conservation Center before departing for Chiang Mai. We have 2 days to explore and do lots of adventure trips in Chiang Mai, including hot spring & swimming, Caving & hiking, and city tour.

From Chiang Mai, we return to Bangkok by domestic flight, and proceed further by van to Kanchanaburi. Visit the Bridge Over the River Kwae, take a wonderful death railway train, and have a boat journey to overnight at the beautiful & natural Jungle Raft. See Lawa Cave before continue our railway trip down south to explore the lush rain forest of Khao Sok . Here we will have a great time for nature hiking, tubing on a channel, and have a beautiful lake trip in Chieo Larn (Ratchaprapa) Lake .

At the end of the trip, we will have a beach holiday in a nice environmentally - friendly resort of Krabi before returning to Bangkok by the domestic flight, and then have a connecting flight back home with happiness.

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Bangkok

Arrival in Bangkok International Airport . Meet and transfer to Holiday Inn Silom Hotel
Overnight at Holiday Inn Silom Hotel (Superior Room)

Day 2 Bangkok - Rattanakosin Old Town (B,L)

09.00 After breakfast, travel to see different places in the old town of Bangkok - the Ratchadamnoen Avenue , Grand Palace & Wat Phrakaew (The Temple of Emerald Buddha), China Town and. Jim Thompson's House.
Lunch at local restaurants.
Overnight at Holiday Inn Silom Hotel (Superior Room)

Day 3 Bangkok - Canal Tour & Market (B,L)

am After breakfast, canal tour incl. Royal Barge and Wat Arun(The Temple of Dawn). Then visit Wat Po (The Reclinng Buddha Temple) and have Thai traditional massage, and end with visiting Pak Klong Talad, the biggest flower market
19.40 Take the night train sleeper (2nd. Class air-cond.) to Lampang

Day 4 & 5 Lampang - Elephant Conservation Center (B,L,D)

06.29 Arrive Lampang, transfer to the Elephant Conservation Center . Check into Mahout homestay in the mahout village

Activities : study and experience the life of a mahout and his elephant. Activities include participating in mahout's daily life and join in various communal activities. In the morning, they will go into the woods to bring their elephant out, then practice basic riding and giving commands to the elephant and exchange experience with English-speaking staff who are familiar with elephants and mahouts. In the evening, students will return the elephant to the woods.

Participants will also cook local foods, dine northern Thai style and listen to local music played by mahouts.
There are many projects at the Elephant Conservation Center :
Mahout Training School

Day 6 Lampang - Chiang Mai (B,L,D)

am After lunch with mahouts, travel to Chiang Mai with stop to visit Rung Arun - Sankampaeng Hotsprings and Muang On Cave. At leisure, swim/hike.

Kantoke Dinner with watching Thai dances. After that visit the Night Bazaar, the biggest handicraft Center in Chiang Mai

Overnight at The Empress Hotel

Day 7 Chiang Mai - City Tour (B,L)

am After breakfast, city tour: start with visiting Chiang Mai Arts & Culture Center , where you will know about its history and present situation. After that drive through many different parts of the Northern capital, passing residential areas, notable foreign establishments, handsome government buildings and shopping at the busy Ton Pa Yom or Som Pet Market where you can buy local products in season. Drive through Ta Pae, the main street and shopping center, and on to two splendid temples: Wat Chedi Luang (AD 1411), where the Emerald Buddha was once enshrined; Wat Phra Singh (AD 1325), where a 1,500 year Lord Buddha image and fine carvings are to be found.

Overnight at The Empress Hotel in Chiang Mai

Day 8 Chiang Mai - Bangkok - Kanchanaburi - Jungle Rafts (B,L,D)

Am Breakfast. Transfer to the airport for the morning flight return to Bangkok .On arrival in Bangkok Domestic Airport , travel by van to Kanchanaburi. Drive north to Thong Papoom area. Arrive Hellfire Pass Memorial. Take a walk downhill to glimpse the death railway remnants and learn the moving story of WWII from the comprehensive exhibition at the museum.

After lunch, return to Kanchanaburi visit the Bridge Over the River Kwai. Then take a long-tailed boat for about 20-30 minutes from pier to get to the Jungle Rafts, passing by unspoiled mountainous jungle scenery. Check into the Jungle Rafts on arrival. You can swim off the raft and visit a Mon village nearby.

19.00 Dinner followed by a 45-minutes presentation of Mon Dance and overnight.

Day 9 Jungle Raft - Lawa Cave - Surat Thani (B,L)

am After breakfast, visit to Lawa Cave , explore the fascinating rock formations inside.
12.00 Lunc
pm Transfer by boat and van to Ratchaburi Railway Station

21.36 Travel to Surat Thani by the night train sleeper

Day 10 Surat Thani - Khao Sok (B,L,D)

06.40 Arrival in Surat Thani Railway Station. Transfer to Khao Sok, check into a nature lodge. At leisure.

Pm After lunch, a half-day hike with guide experienced in the lore and crafts of the jungle. Walk through a rainforest crisscrossed with waterfalls and streams and teeming with thick bamboo, thorny rattan, pandanus and other tropical flora. Plenty of chance to swim in the cool clear waters. Or tubing trip on the river for about 1 hrs. before excursion to the beautiful view point. After that return to the lodge

Dinner & overnight at a nature lodge

Day 11 Khao Sok - Lake Trip - Rafthouse (B,L,D)

am After breakfast, leave by van/truck to Chiew Larn Lake ( Ratchaprapa Lake ), Boat through a fairyland of majestic limestone cliffs, to the tranquil and secluded floating rafthouses. After a delicioud lunch at the rafthouses you'll have time to spot some of the wildlife or take a dip in the emerald green water. We then head off on a 2-3 hour guided walk through the jungle with a stop at a waterfall. Perhaps the weather will favor a walk through Namtaloo Cave .

Dinner and overnight at rafthouses

Evening the hornbills, other large birds, and monkeys emerge to feed.

Day 12 Rafthouse - Krabi (B,L)

am Early morning , take the boat trip to see the beautiful view on the other site of the lake and observe wildlife, which often show off at the edge of the lake. Following breakfast, the morning is at leisure to swim in the lake.

Pm After lunch, transfer to Krabi. Check in at Krabi Resort, located right to Ao Nang Beach.

Overnight at Krabi Resort (Deluxe Seaview Bungalow)

Day 13 Krabi (B)

At leisure on the beach.

Overnight at Krabi Resort (Deluxe Seaview Bungalow)

Day 14 Krabi-Bangkok-Departure (B)

Am Take leisure on the beach.

PmĀ Take an afternoon flight return to Bangkok and have the connecting flight back home.

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