Departure Date: 10/03/2019
Travel to Thailand and stay in Chiang Mai and Bangkok. Did you know that the official ceremonial name of Bangkok is Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathatiya Witsanukam Prasit?
Whilst in Chiang Mai stay at the Tamarind Village, this is a charming boutique hotel that is situated right in the heart of the historic city of Chiang Mai. This is a secret sanctuary, surrounded by ancient temples, quaint shopping streets, night markets and the city’s many charms. A must see destination for any visitor to Thailand, a walk through Chiang Mai’s sleepy old town reveals historic landmarks, art, architecture and the chance to discover ancient traditions, exciting festivals and magnificent temples.
Whilst in the area participate in the Chiang Mai Mind & Soul tour, this is where you will:
* Discover local Buddhism practices and rituals at Chiang Mai temples
* Participate in centuries old local traditions by offering alms to Monks
* Gain insight into Buddhism and Dharma at Wat Suandok
* Experience the practice of ‘making merit’ to the Sangkha or monks at Wat U-Mong
* Grab a typical northern Thai breakfast
* Ride in a Songthaew, an iconic local public bus
Be 'spirited away' on this early morning Chiang Mai tour that begins at 6:00 am. that will put you at the epicentre of Buddhist rituals. The day will start with a scenic drive in a Songthaew - an iconic public bus. As you make your way down Suthep Road, stop by Kad Ton Payom, a flea market well known for its northern Thai cuisine. Afterwards, offer alms to monks to ‘make merit’, then enjoy a traditional style Chiang Mai breakfast.
Next you will make our way to Wat U-Mong, a 600-year-old temple famed for its large painted pagoda and underground tunnel. Soak up the peaceful atmosphere of this forest temple and perhaps take the opportunity to talk about Buddhism.
From there, our Chiang Mai tour will pay a visit to Wat Suan Dok temple, where you can mingle with monks and learn about their way of life. Take some time out to learn Dharma and cap the day off by making an offering to the Sangkha.
Now spend 3 nights at Anantara Sathorn Bangkok. Hidden amid the skyscrapers of Bangkok’s Sathorn Street commercial district, Anantara Sathorn Bangkok hotel is a five-star chic city retreat which welcomes refined business and leisure travellers.
Whilst in Bangkok participate in the Temple & River of Kings attraction. Here you will feel like a king on the River of Kings;
* Gliding through the waters of the Chao Phraya River on a longtail boat.
* Experience famous sights and hidden gems through the eyes of a local
* Prepare to be wowed by Bangkok’s incredible Buddhist temples
* Marvel at the dazzling Grand Palace and revered Emerald Buddha at Wat Phra Kaew
* Discover secret Thai communities that live amongst the ‘khlongs’ or canals
In between the skyscrapers, towers, traffic and buzz of humanity, Bangkok hides a secret: a network of waterways that you can travel on without the stress of fighting traffic. Join this Bangkok tour to ride a longtail boat along the canals to see another side of Thailand's relentless capital.
Forget your guidebook — this experience comes alive from the mouth of a local! Explore some famous landmarks as well as hidden gems on this Bangkok day tour that takes you through the city by boat and on foot.
You’ll begin this Bangkok tour by walking to the pier, where you’ll board a longtail boat down the Chao Phraya River, also known as the River of Kings. The name of the river perfectly reflects this part of the tour; you’ll feel like royalty on your relaxing journey! This river is also the reason why Bangkok is known as the ‘Venice of the East,’ and you’ll explore this nickname further as you glide through the network of khlongs, or canals. Many of the khlongs have been filled in over the years and converted into roads. These roads have turned into little Thai communities, and as you swoop through the waters you’ll discover insights into these neighbourhoods. This area of Bangkok feels like a world away from the busy streets and chaos, and a welcome break from the bustling city centre!
You’ll continue by heading over to the Grand Palace. Strolling through the palace grounds feels like walking through an Asian version of Alice in Wonderland — the buildings are so beautiful they almost don’t feel real. But bet your bottom dollar, they’re real alright! Your local guide will tell you all about the history behind the palace and the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand, Wat Phra Kaew. This place is considered to be the spiritual centre of the nation, making it a visit that you cannot afford to miss.
From one beautiful temple to another, you’ll move on to Wat Po, another temple that is integral to the Buddhist religion in Thailand. It’s home to the famous golden reclining Buddha and is the birthplace of traditional Thai massage. This is one of the most popular things to do in Bangkok, and with our local guide to take your through the temples, you’ll hear all the secret stories and local knowledge about the place.
Your tour will finish up as you glide back into pier, from where you can continue to explore, or your local guide will be happy to give you directions back to your accommodation. This tour shows you a truly unique side of the city that you won’t find on any of the other day tours in Bangkok, and it gives you the opportunity to visit both famous sights and hidden spots, exploring them through the eyes of a local.
Return flights ex Johannesburg on Qatar Airways via Doha to Bangkok and onto Chiang Mai, approx. airport taxes, a return private transfer in Chiang Mai and in Bangkok, a 3 night stay at Tamarind Village in Chiang Mai sharing a Lanna room with breakfast, a Chiang Mai Mind & Soul Tour in Chiang Mai, a 3 night stay at Anantara Sathorn Bangkok sharing a premier room with breakfast and a Temple & River of Kings attraction.
6 Nights from R21,735 pps
These offers are brought to you by Travel Counsellors (Pty) Ltd. Valid for travel: 10 - 31 March 2019. Offers are per person sharing. Rates for other periods are available on request. Offer excludes all Items of a personal nature, meals not mentioned, medical and Travel insurance. Packages are subject to availability, seasonal surcharge; high season supplements and currency fluctuations. Supplier's terms and conditions are available on request. Additional information available on request. Valid for SA residents only. Terms and conditions apply. Prices and information correct at time of publishing. E&OE.