Explore the beauty of Hong Kong before taking in the temples and tuk tuks of Bangkok. Then head north through lush forests and Mekong River, on an exploration of Thailand.
Travel Best Bets Package Includes
- Round trip airfare aboard Cathay Pacific
- 5 nights in Hong Kong at 4-star Regal Oriental or similar
- 6 night guided vacation of Thailand
Bangkok: 2 nights MAJESTIC GRANDE HOTEL or similar
Phitsanulok: 1 night AMARIN LAGOON HOTEL or similar
Lampang: 1 night LAMPANG RIVER LODGE or similar
Chaing Rai: 1 night PHOWADOL pr similar
Chaing Mai: 1 night THE EMPRESS CHIANG MAI or similar
- Dining: 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches
- Guided sightseeing and admissions as specified in the itinerary
- Airport transfers in Thailand
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Oct 15-Nov 26, 2018, Jan 28-April 22, 2019
|Departs Mondays only!
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Add transfers in Hong Kong for $135 per person
Day 1 (Mon): Vancouver to Hong Kong
Day 2 (Tue): Arrive Hong Kong
Transfer from airport to Regal Oriental or similar (if hotel changes there may be a fee to take the airport express train (paid locally) to reach airport shuttle)
Day 3 – 6: Hong Kong, free for leisure
Day 7 (Sun): Hong Kong – Bangkok
Transfer from Hotel (either but hotel shuttle or combined with the airport express train (paid locally). Arrival in Bangkok, transfer to hotel. Overnight at MAJESTIC GRANDE HOTEL.
Day 8 (Mon): Bangkok
A thrilling visit to the dazzlingly ornate Grand Palace, the former seat of the king, his court, and the entire government administration. The palace, official residence of the kings of Thailand from the 18th to the mid-20th century, is brilliantly coloured and gilded, a glorious expression of Thai art. In the palace grounds stands Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), the most sacred temple in Thailand. Construction of the temple began in 1785 when King Rama 1 moved the capital from Thonburi to Bangkok. The Emerald Buddha (actually carved from a single piece of jade) is only 17 inches tall, but it is themost revered object in Thailand. The Royal Reception halls are still used for important ceremonial occasions, like coronations, and are magnificent examples of Thai architecture.
Day 9 (Tue): BANGKOK – AYUTTHAYA – PHITSANULOK (B/L)
Early morning pick up passengers from various Bangkok hotels, drive to Bang Pa In for a scenic boat trip to Ayutthaya. Visit Wat Panangchoen, Wat Yai Chaya Mongkol and the ancient ruins of Wat Chai Wattanaram. Then continue to Chainat and lunch at a local restaurant, then continue to Phitsanulok. Visit Wat Maha That and its highly revered Buddha statue, Phra Buddha Jinaraj. Overnight at AMARIN LAGOON HOTEL.
Day 10 (Wed): PHITSANULOK – SUKHOTHAI – LAMPANG (B/L)
Drive to Sukhothai, where you will visit the ancient ruins at Sukhothai Historical Park; a short ride on a traditional ox-cart brings you to Wat Sri Chum with it’s gigantic Buddha statue. Continue to Sri Satchanalai for lunch at Gaeng Luang Restaurant. Upon arrival in Lampang, we take you on a horse carriage ride through town with photo stops at two interesting temples, each which its own architectural style and history: Wat Don Tao, Wat Pratu Phong. We will also visit Baan Sao Nak, a 100-year old teak-wood mansion. Overnight at LAMPANG RIVER LODGE.
Day 11 (Thu): LAMPANG – GOLDEN TRIANGLE – CHIANG RAI (B/L)
Drive to the Golden Triangle. After lunch at the Imperial Golden Triangle Hotel, take a boat ride on the Mekong River, where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos converge. Continue to Mae Sai, the northern most city bordering Myanmar. Overnight at PHOWADOL in Chiang Rai.
Day 12 (Fri): CHIANG RAI – CHIANG MAI (B/L)
Early morning depart for Chiang Mai with a brief photo stop at Wat Rong Khun, which is very different to any of the temples you are likely to see in Thailand. The temple is almost entirely white – no other colours are used at all. Arrive in Chiang Mai at noon and check in at your hotel. Lunch at Empress Hotel. In the afternoon, visit Wat Doi Suthep, a famous landmark of the city, tucked away in the mountains at an elevation of 1,056 meters. The temple is reached by climbing 290 steps, flanked by a NAGA balustrade on both sides. Optional evening program (not included in package price): Traditional Kantoke Dinner & presentation of Northern Dances. Overnight at THE EMPRESS CHIANG MAI
Day 13 (Sat): Chiang Mai – Hong Kong – Canada (B)
Free for leisure until the transfer to the airport for flight back to Canada via Hong Kong.