Escorted Tour

Thailand Chiang Mai Flower Festival Tour
Floral Parade – Elephant Encounter - Ayutthaya
February 5th (Wed) – February 15th (Sat) 2020

  • Shrine
  • Heritage

per person USD 3,499
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Day 1: Feb 5 (Wed) Honolulu ~ Bangkok


11:10 AM    Depart for Bangkok via Incheon on Asiana Airlines flight OZ231. Meals served on the flight.

Day 2: Feb 6 (Thu) Bangkok – Arrival Day


5:30   PM    Arrive at Incheon International Airport and transfer for our flight to Bangkok. Meal served on flight.
6:30   PM    Depart for Bangkok, Thailand on Asiana Airlines flight OZ741.
10:05 PM    Arrive at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok. Proceed through immigration procedures. Claim your baggage and go through customs inspections, then meet tour escort at the baggage claim area. Transfer to our Bangkok hotel and check in. Important: remember that it’s a crime to speak disrespectfully of any member of the royal family in Thailand, and that even bank notes bearing the king’s image must be treated with respect.

Accommodations at Pathumwan Princess Hotel or similar
 

Day 3: Feb 7 (Fri) Bangkok – Chiang Mai (B, D)


Breakfast at hotel. Check out and depart for the airport and our flight to Chiang Mai. You can store one (1) piece of luggage at the hotel in Bangkok which you can retrieve when we return. Lunch on your own at the airport.
12:10 PM    Depart for Chiang Mai, the “Rose of the North”, on Bangkok Airways flight PG217.
1:25   PM    Arrive at Chiang Mai International Airport and transfer to our hotel, which is located just off the famous Chang Klan Road in the heart of Chiang Mai’s city center, the Night Bazaar, restaurants and entertainment.
    This evening enjoy the superb Khantoke Northern Thai Dinner with charming Fon Lep (fingers dance), Sword Dance, Fon Thien (candle dance), and Ramwong (a folk dance) which all guests will be invited to participate in! Also there is special hill tribe show performed by the Akha, Yao, Lahu, Meo, Lishaw and Karen Tribes.  

Accommodations at Dusit D2 Chiang Mai Hotel or similar

Day 4: Feb 8 (Sat) Chiang Mai Flower Festival Parade (B, L, D)


After breakfast at our hotel enjoy the 44th annual flower festival in Chiang Mai. Displays of yellow and white chrysanthemums, and the Damask Rose, a variety found only in Chiang Mai abound. The main event of the festival is its floral street parade, featuring floats beautifully decorated with thousands of flowers, petals and plants,  marching bands, traditional dancers and performers including schoolchildren. Many of the floats feature Buddhist and typical Chiang Mai themes and fantastically colorful elephant idols. After lunch at a local restaurant return to our hotel in the early afternoon with time for shopping in the nearby bazaar before and after dinner.

Accommodations at Dusit D2 Chiang Mai Hotel or similar

Day 5: Feb 9 (Sun) Chiang Mai City Tour (B, L)


After breakfast at our hotel we will tour Thailand’s second largest city, the “Rose of the North”, for an up-close and personal look at some of its most notable temples, as well as stops at its old city walls, gates and moat. Highlight of this trip include Wat Phra Sing, home of the beautiful Lai Kham chapel with its exquisite woodcarving and northern style murals; Wat Chedi Luang and its enormous Pagoda (which was partially destroyed by an earthquake in 1545); and the famous landmark of Chiang Mai - the mountain temple Wat Doi Suthep which is situated on a hill. On clear days, you will enjoy a fantastic view over the town and the province. After lunch at a local restaurant we will visit a handicraft village famous for their Thai silk and cotton products.  After you enjoy an included 1 hour Thai Massage at a local, reputable, massage center we will return to our hotel in plenty of time for you to shop, eat and explore in the Night Bazaar, directly in front of our hotel, on your own.

Important: Please note that when visiting temples in Chiang Mai (Feb 7) and in Bangkok (Feb 10 & 11) you will be required to wear proper attire (no bare shoulders, bare knees or strapless-heel shoes). Shoes must be removed before entering all temple buildings as a matter of respect. Some temples may not allow short pants or leggings. Don't point at images of Buddha or at Buddhist monks or raise yourself higher than them when taking photos. Don’t take selfies with the Buddha or sit with your feet towards them.

Accommodations at Dusit D2 Chiang Mai Hotel or similar

Day 6: Feb 10 (Mon) Chiang Mai – Elephant Day Care (B, L)


After breakfast at our hotel leave for an elephant encounter at Patara Elephant Farm, a conservation facility that focuses on rescue, recovery, reproduction, and reintroduction. Patara's "Elephant Day Care" is the ideal trip to learn about and care for elephants, with an emphasis on the care of pregnant elephants and mothers with small babies, as we learn about the Patara "Elephant Conservation in Action" conservation philosophy. We will be take part in a daily healthcare routine which includes health inspection, feeding, walking with the elephants for exercise and also to the water for drinking and bathing and observe them interacting among their families in their natural environment. This trip will not include riding any elephants.
Return to Chiang Mai in plenty of time for you to shop, eat and explore in the Night Bazaar, directly in front of our hotel on your own.

Accommodations at Dusit D2 Chiang Mai Hotel or similar

Day 7: Feb 11 (Tue) Chiang Mai - Bangkok (B, L)


Brown bag breakfast for early departure - check out and depart for the airport.
6:55 AM    Depart for Bangkok, the “City of Angels”, on Bangkok Airways flight PG222. Bangkok’s actual name in the Thai language holds the Guinness Book World Record for longest place name at 168 letters.
8:15 AM    Arrive at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok.
    Upon arrival our guide will take us to visit the Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho, a giant lying Buddha covered in gold leaf. Next we will pay a visit to the Grand Palace, a "must see" for every visitor to Bangkok. Located close to the banks of the Chao Phraya River (The River of Kings), the Grand Palace is the perfect example of an ancient Siamese court. Within the compound is the Temple of The Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), which houses Thailand’s most revered image of the Lord Buddha. After lunch at a local restaurant we will check in to our hotel for a short rest. Our hotel is directly connected to the MBK shopping center – 7 floors with more than 2,000 shops, and adjacent to the Siam Discovery, Siam Square, Paragon, and Central World malls.
In the evening our guide will take us to the Asiatique Riverfront night market.  It is the newest Bangkok night market, opened in May 2012. Popular with Thais as well as tourists, it is the most upscale night market in Bangkok. Dinner on your own at Asiatique Riverfront.       

Accommodations at Pathumwan Princess Hotel or similar

Day 8: Feb 12 (Wed) Bangkok - Ayutthaya (B, L, D)


Enjoy breakfast at our hotel before leaving Bangkok for Ayutthaya, the ancient Siamese capital. Today, Ayutthaya hosts some of Thailand's most important historical landmarks and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. We will visit some of the most interesting temples and nearby Bang-Pa-In. The Bang-Pa-In Summer Palace of King Rama V consists of buildings in Gothic, Renaissance, Chinese and Thai architecture inspired in part by King Rama IV and Anna Leonowens, from the famous “King and I” story. Cruise back to Bangkok along the Chao Phraya River aboard a river cruiser. On-route you can observe the scenic river life as you enjoy a sumptuous buffet lunch.  Dinner is included at Ban Chiang Thai Restaurant (excl. beverages).

Accommodations at Pathumwan Princess Hotel or similar

Day 9: Feb 13 (Thu) Bangkok – Railway Market – Floating Market (B, L, D)


Breakfast at hotel, and then take a sixty mile trip to discover the way Bangkok used to be at the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market with its many colors, flavors and exotic fragrances. Start with a scenic ride on a narrow longtail-speedboat, passing riverside villages and fruit plantations, before entering the vibrant market. There will be many photo-opportunities along the way and on the colorful market on the water. Then proceed to the Railway Market in Samut Songkhram. The market- stalls are literally on the railway tracks, so when a train approaches, vendors scramble to clear away their produces from the tracks, a truly unique experience. Afterwards return to Bangkok for the Manohra Dinner Cruise, and experience Bangkok in the evening with a cruise on the Chao Phraya River aboard a beautifully restored rice barge. An intimate experience is guaranteed!

Accommodations at Pathumwan Princess Hotel or similar

Day 10: Feb 14 (Fri) DEPARTURE DAY Bangkok ~ Incheon (B, D)


After breakfast at our hotel enjoy the day at your leisure until our early evening departure. We will have access to our rooms until departure with late check-out. 
We will enjoy a final dinner in Thailand at a local restaurant on the way to Suvarnabhumi Airport for our flight to Honolulu.
Important: remember that statues of the Buddha and parts of the Buddha (i.e.; a head or a hand) cannot be legally exported from Thailand.
11:55 PM    Depart for Incheon Korea on Asiana Airlines flight OZ 742.
 

Day 11: Feb 15 (Sat) DEPARTURE DAY Incheon ~ Honolulu


7:30   AM    Arrive at Incheon International Airport and proceed through immigration procedures. Our check-
in luggage will be transferred directly to our Honolulu flight. We will enjoy a short excursion into Korea during the day while we wait for our evening departure. Incheon Airport has consistently been rated as the best airport in the world since 2005 by the Airports Council International, and has a golf course, spa, private sleeping rooms, an ice skating rink, a casino, indoor gardens, and a Museum of Korean Culture, as well as a huge variety of dining and shopping options.
8:20   PM    Depart for Honolulu on Asiana Airlines flight OZ 232.
11:50 AM    Arrive at Arrive at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. WELCOME HOME!
                       
Note: Air and Land Itinerary are subject to change.


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Date & Price Tour Start Tour End Departure ADLT Single Supplement
04/23/2019 01/01/2020 Honolulu $ 3,499 $ 700
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