Thailand Allure 11 Days

£899  Including VAT

Code: NHFTA10         

Bangkok - Chiang Mai - Phuket


Indulge in a spectacular vacation of your dreams at Thailand’s stunning cities, Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket. Embrace signature Thai cuisine adored around the world and the generous local hospitality. Explore world famous Buddhist temples, palaces and epic night-outs in Bangkok, followed by visting the most sacred temple and Long-neck hilltribe village in Chiang Mai, and finally deep-sea diving, cocktail sipping at fabulous white beaches, golfing at world class championship courses, and luxury shopping in the earthly paradise of Phuket. Thailand awaits you with its rich culture and history at every turn!




Day 1 - Bangkok

Touch down in Bangkok, Thailand's capital city. Upon arrival, you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel.



                     



Day 2 - Bangkok (B)

Bangkok radiates modernity with a deep root in Buddhist tradition. After breakfast, explore the city starting with the Reclining Buddha, a signature sight representing Buddhism. Take a stroll by China town, and visit the largest local wholesale flower market at Paklong Talat. In the afternoon, take a boat ride along the Chao Phaya River and Canals by a local speed boat. Visit Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn, one of Thailand's best known landmarks built in the 17th century by King Taksin. Spend your evening at leisure, or enjoy an optional Thai dinner(£45) while watching classical dance at the Silom Village Restaurant.


                    




Day 3 - Bangkok (B)

Enjoy the day at leisure or join our optional Bangkok Day Tour & Boat Ride along the River of the King (£55). During this optional tour we visit the Grand Palace and the Emerald Buddha Temple, regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand, the emerald Buddha housed in the temple is a potent religio-political symbol and the palladium of Thai society. Explore the city on your own this afternoon, or watch an optional Siam Niramit Light & Sound Show(£60), a world class showcase of Thai culture with incredible visual effects, followed by a classic Thai dinner.



                    



Day 4 - Bangkok - Chiang Mai (B)

This morning, visit the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market with a boat trip along the small canal. You will have some free time to browse through the vendors. Fly to Chiang Mai in the afternoon.


                    




Day 5 - Chiang Mai (B)
Enjoy the free morning at your own leisure ite treats. Travel to an Orchid & Butterfly farm in the north of Mae Rim area and savor a buffet style lunch. In the afternoon, drive to Mae Rim district to visit a hill-tribe village at Bean Tong Luang. Pay a visit to the Karen, Lahu Shibala and Palong hill-tribes which originated from Tibet. Visit also the Long Neck hill-tribe: join them, admire their colourful costumes and experience their way of life. You will be able to observe the brass rings woman wear around their necks as a tribal sign of their individual idenitity. 


                   



Day 6 - Chiang Mai (B)

This tour features a scenic drive through the most historic areas of Chiang Mai, and includes a pass through the old city walls, city gates and moat. We will then drive around Chiang Mai’s popular areas, pass a local market, some foreign consulates and government buildings, drive by ‘Tapae Gate’ before continuing to the acclaimed temple Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep. The temple is home to a holy relic of the Lord Buddha and considered by many to be the most sacred Wat in northern Thailand. Drive back down to the city centre to visit Wat Suan Dok. It houses several white Chedis, all containing the ashes of Chiang Mai’s former Royal family, and features one of the most famous Monk Schools in the whole locality of Chiang Mai. After this visit, we will take you to Meo Pui village, where you can meet a friendly community known for its unique culture and colourful costumes.



                    



Day 7 - Chiang Mai (B)

Enjoy your free day to explore Chiang Mai at your own leisure, or you may join in the optional Prepare delicious Thai fare at Thai Cooking School (£50), offering first-class cooking facilities in a stunning Thai Lanna style home.

Your day begins with a hotel pick-up and drive to Chiang Mai’s main food market where the locals shop every day. As you follow a professional Thai chef through the bustling market, listen to the chef’s descriptions of the array of exotic items. Then, discover the less travelled Thai-Chinese temple and the glower market before making your way to the cooking school. Back at the school, learn how to prepare 4 different dishes in an entertaining and informative lesson and enjoy complimentary coffee, tea, bottled water, and 2 Thai beers.




                    




Day 8 - Chiang Mai - Phuket (B)

This morning, fly to Phuket. Thailand ́s largest island of Phuket, is situated off the west coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea. This fun island provides an unbeatable combination of perfect silky soft white palm-lined beaches, superb hospitality, along with rich and colorful history. After arrival, we will take a city tour and visit Phuket island ́s highlights including Phrom Thep Cape and the century old Sino-Portuguese building at Thalang Road. Our tour ends with a stop at “Gems Discovery” where we have a chance to learn more about Phuket’s prized local product. Tonight you may join the optional Phuket Fantasea Dinner & Show (£80).



                    




Day 9 - Phuket (B)

Today is yours to just relax, rejuvenate and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. There is plenty to do and much to see in Phuket, including the Aquarium, Butterfly and Orchid Gardens and the Thai Village. Or, travel by speedboat on the optional full day excursion to the magnificent Phi Phi Islands(£85). There’ll be time to snorkel in the crystal-clear waters, watch the fantastic colorful marine life or feed the monkeys at Monkey Beach. Enjoy swimming, sunbathing or just people-watching on the beach before returning to your hotel.


Day 10 - Phuket (B)

Full day at leisure to explore Phuket independently. Spend time in Patong, the island’s center where there is always a “happening” on its busy beach. Watch the trendsetters coming in droves to the many restaurants, boutiques and luxurious spas. Or, join the optional excursion Phang Nga Bay - James Bond Island Tour with lunch(£75).



Day 11 - Phuket (B)

Full day at leisure to explore Phuket independently. In the evening, transfer to the airport.







Price Guide

*Single Supplement: £500

*Prices are per person based on twin share accommodation

*Tour prices are subject to change without prior notice.

*Please check with your travel agent or our website for the latest in-formation




Departure Dates   Price (double occupancy)CAD P,P
International flight included
Return Date N/A Package Price
2018/09/16 2018/09/26 N/A £899
2018/09/23 2018/10/03 N/A £899
2018/10/14 2018/10/24 N/A £899
2018/10/28 2018/11/07 N/A £899
2018/11/04 2018/11/14 N/A £899
2018/11/11 2018/11/21 N/A £899
2018/11/25 2018/12/05 N/A £899
2019/01/13 2019/01/23 N/A £899
2019/01/27 2019/02/06 N/A £899
2019/02/24 2019/03/06 N/A £899
2019/03/03 2019/03/13 N/A £899
2019/03/17 2019/03/27 N/A £899
2019/04/07 2019/04/17 N/A £899
2019/04/21 2019/05/01 N/A £899
2019/05/10 2019/05/20 N/A £899
Single Supplements +£500

Optional Tour

*Day2 Thai Dinner & Classical Dances at Silom Village(£45 Pre-book)


*Day3 Bangkok Tour with Boat Ride & Lunch(£55 Pre-book)

*Day3 Siam Nearmitr Light & Sound Show with Dinner(£60 min 4pax)

*Day5 Elephant Kingdom Tour with lunch(£55)

*Day7 Thai Cooking School(£50)

*Day8 Phuket Fantasea Dinner & Show(£80)

*Day9 Full Day Phi Phi & Bamboo Islands by Speedboat with lunch(£85)

*Day10 Phang Nga Bay - James Bond Island(£75)





Price Include

*Arrival and departure transfers

*First class hotel accommodation

*Meals as indicated in the programs

*All transportation in the destination

*Entrance fees to scenic attractions as indicated

*English-speaking tour guide(s)









Price Not Include

*Visa fees

*International flights

*Insurance of any kind

*Gratuities (Suggested standard: £10/day/person)

*Personal expenditure such as laundry service, souvenirs and telephone calls



  • Bangkok Ramada Plaza Menam Riverside 4*

    www.ramadaplazamenamriverside.com

    Charoen Krung 72/4 Alley, Wat Phraya Krai, Bang Kho Laem, Bangkok 10120, Thailand


  • Jomtien Garden Hotel & Resort 4*

    www.jomtiengarden.com

    31/71 Moo12, Nongprue, Banglamoung, Chonburi 20260, Thailand

    Tel. +66 (38) 756523-33 Fax +66 (38) 756537

    The hotel is situated approximately 147 kms. south of Bangkok and only a 10-minutes drive south of Pattaya. Conveniently accessible to shopping malls, restaurants and major tourist attractions. The hotel also is an exotic place for a romantic moment just before the sun slips down into the sea. The hotel's ambiance is blessed with an eclectic mix of thai rustic,modern and tropical settings.


  • River Kwai Village (River Wing Room) 4*

    www.riverkwaivillagehotel.com

     Address: 74/12 Moo 4, Tha Sao, Sai Yok Kanchanaburi Sai Yok District, 71150, Thailand

    Phone: +66 89 918 4562

    (JRiver Kwai Village Hotelungle Resort) is the first jungle resort in Kanchanaburi, Thailand. We offer you an ideal vacation with tranquillity, beauty of nature, and comfortable accommodations. Only 70 kilometers from the city of Kanchanaburi in the River Kwai Valley, we offer four different styles of air-conditioned accomodations for your preference, Raftel, Mountain-
    Wing, River Wing, and our new wing, Royal Wing.

Day2 Thai Dinner & Classical Dances at Silom Village 

£45 Pre-book

This evening introduces you to mystical dances,Thai food and a truly Thai ambiance. During dinner feast your eyes on the grace and beauty of the dancers, elegantly performing stories from classical Thai literature and folklore. These traditional colorful costumes must be captured on camera.




Day3 Bangkok Tour with Boat Ride & Lunch

£55 Pre-book

Pay a visit to Royal Grand Palace and famous of Emerald Buddha Temple ( Wat Phra Kaeo).You will board on a motor boat to meander through winding waterway along the Chaopraya river and canal on Thonburi side. A stop will be made atWat Arun, the Temple of the Dawn and continue to restaurant. Lunch will be served at local Thai Restaurant .Then proceed to The Ananta Samakhom Thone Halll which was constructed in the Italian Renaissance and Neo classic style of architecture




Day3 Siam Niramit Light & Sound Show with Dinner

£60 min 4pax

An extravagant show about the history of Thailand that involves stunning costumes, skillful dancers, entertaining music, state-of-the-art techniques and cutting-edge light and sound system. It is a must see for all those who visit Bangkok.







Day8 Phuket Fantasea Dinner & Show

£80 

Begin your journey of enhancement with the
world’s grandest buffet.Come to the amazing Festival Village for a truly unique shopping experience!
Cultural Illusion Show is the award-winning,
Las Vegus-style production spectacle colorfully
blending the beauty of Thai culture with magical
illusions, 4-D effects, aerial ballet, acrobatics, pyrotechnics,special effects, exciting stunts and an
elephant circus featuring over 30 elephants. All
into one unforgettably unique theatrical experience
guaranteed to delight visitors of all ages.



Day 9 Full Day Phi Phi & Bamboo Islands by Speedboat with lunch

£85

Departing from the pier by speedboat, travel first to Bamboo Island to relax on the private beach with its sparkling white sand. Next, on to Hin Klang, where you can snorkel in crystal clear waters above the coral reef with its colorful marine life. Lunch at a local restaurant before continuing to Nui Bay (Camel Rock) and to Monkey Beach where you can feed the monkeys. Arrive at magnificent Phi Phi Islands, rising from the sea like a fortress. Sheer cliffs tower overhead, and then give way to beach-fronted jungle. Here, discover the beautiful scenery of Maya Bay, the site where the movie “The Beach” was partially filmed.
Spend the rest of the day swimming, sunbathing or just relaxing at the beach before transferring back to the hotel.



Day 10 Phang Nga Bay - James Bond Island
£75

Phang Nga Bay is one of the most beautiful bays of Thailand. It is known for its gravity-defying limestone formations. The most famous of the many islands in the bay is the so-called James
Bond Island, a needle formed limestone rock in the sea, which featured in the movie “The Man
with the Golden Gun”. The tour starts by taking a coach bus ride to Phang Nga province, visit the Buddha Cave Temple (Suwannakuha), also known as Monkey Temple. Enjoy some fun play time with the monkeys before we depart from Kra Som Pier to Ao Phang Nga National Park by open air longtailed boat.Landing at Khao Phing Kan island and the renowned James Bond Island. Enjoy delicious Thai and seafood lunch on Panyi Island (Sea Gypsy Village), where an entire Muslin fishing village were built on stilts in the sea and connected by wooden bridges. Spend some time explore the area and browse the local souvenir shops before returning back.

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China Delight 8Days 7Nights from £799 (Pre-tour)


Vietnam Treasure 9Days 8Nights from £1199



Weather & Climate

Thailand is relatively hot all year round, although officially it has three main seasons. In Summer (March – June), temperatures can soar above 40 degrees, particularly in the northeast and Bangkok. Thai New Year, or Songkran, falls in April, the hottest month. To relieve themselves from the heat, Thais throw water at each other during the three-day Songkran festival.

The rainy season (July – October) brings lots of downpours and heavy rainfall, usually in the late afternoons or early mornings. Temperatures are moderately high, but it can feel very uncomfortable due to high humidity level.

The most welcomed season is the cool season (November – February), which brings a relatively dry and pleasant climate. Temperatures rarely rise above 35 degrees during the day.

See Weather in PhuketWeather in BangkokWeather in Koh SamuiWeather in Chiang MaiWeather in Pattaya



When to Go


The best time to visit Thailand is between November and February, when the climate is relatively cool and dry (25-32°C). While Bangkok usually sees insignificant temperature drop, the northern and northeastern provinces can be rather cold. And if you plan to take a trip into the mountains, be sure to bring a sweater or warm jacket.

December is the festive season, like in the West. Some of the most colourful festivals, such as Loy Krathong, Trooping of the Colours and New Year’s, fall in this period. Major shopping districts, particularly those in Bangkok, add to the year-end spirit by sporting decorative lights and Christmas-theme décors. The only drawback for arriving during this period is that popular destinations are crowded, and hotel rooms are in short supply. Prices for accommodation, tours, transportation and certain goods are usually bumped up to take advantage of the tourist influx.

Arriving between March and May will put you right through Thailand’s summer, when temperatures can climb above 40°C. Coupled with high humidity, it may feel more like you are actually in a giant heated oven with no escape route, except occasional visits to air-conditioned shopping malls and dining establishments. The monsoon season (June-September) is usually very wet and humid. But the good news is that you can always hide out in a mall, spa or restaurant to escape the heavy downpours which usually don’t last more than a couple hours. Also, the rain breathes new life in the countryside, abundant with rice fields and trees. National parks and waterfalls are usually at their best.


What to Wear

Forget tight pants and clinging dresses (at least during the day) and go for light, loose cotton clothing. Formal dresses, suits and ties may be necessary for business travellers or if you plan to visit exclusive dining venues and official events. When visiting temples, certain museums and the Grand Palace, remember to dress politely; shorts, singlets, spaghetti straps, skirts, tank-tops and open backed sandals are not acceptable.


What to Bring

Though you will find most items in Thailand, it might be a good idea to bring certain personal items from home. Remember also to bring any medicine you are taking. Light cotton clothing is recommended in Thailand's tropical climate, as well as a pair of comfortable walking shoes. Your list should include:

  • Mosquito repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Sun glasses
  • Foldable umbrella
  • Pain killers
  • Antiseptic lotion or spray
  • Anti-diarrhoea medication
  • Traveller's first aid kit
  • Drug prescriptions
  • Photocopies of official documents


Tourist Visas

Tourists from many countries (including the US, UK, Germany, France and Singapore) do not require a visa when entering Thailand and can stay for a duration of 30-days. In many of these countries (including the US, UK, Australia, Germany, France and Singapore) you can apply for a 60-day tourist visa before you leave. If you hold a Brazilian, Peruvian or South Korean passport, you are exempted from visa requirements and are permitted to enter and stay in Thailand for a period of not exceeding 90 days.

Citizens of some other countries are required to apply for a 15-day visa at immigration checkpoints on arrival, while others must apply for one before they leave. It all depends on the particular visa arrangement Thailand has with your home country. The best way to find out is to check with either the Thai Immigration Bureau or the Thai Embassy or Consulate in your home country.

Coming to Thailand for business is a whole different story. Check out the Legalities section of our Business Essentials Guide for information about the visas necessary for those looking to work or gain employment here.


Getting into Thailand

Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok is the main air gateway into Thailand. It serves more than 50 international airlines, representing every major carrier in the world. Apart from Suvarnabhumit Airport, regional airports, such as Chiang Mai International Airport, Phuket International Airport and privately owned Samui International Airport, serve a small number of direct international arrivals and departures each day.



Thailand’s International Airports



Getting Around Thailand

By Air
With more than 20 domestic airports in major cities throughout the country, Thailand is well connected by air. Thai Airways has monopoly over most destinations, whereas privately owned Bangkok Airways and budget airlines, such as Nok Air, Air Asia and One-to-Go, serve fewer destinations and fly less frequently. If you are connecting via Bangkok, note that some of Nok Air and One-to-Go flights depart from Don Muang Airport.

By Train
All major rail lines originate in Bangkok, at Hua Lamphong, and cover the four regions of Thailand. Faster and more comfortable than buses, travelling by train is the second best option when commuting across the country. Basically, there are three carriage classes to choose from. First Class offers private 2-person compartment with air-condition and wash basin, although bathroom is still shared. Second Class has both air-conditioned and non-air conditioned cabins, all with upholstered seats that are convertible to bunk beds. Third Class cabins are non-air conditioned, have mostly wooden benches, and seats come on the first-come, first-served basis. Note that not all three classes are available on all routes. First Class cabins are usually available on long-distant trains, while those destined for eastern Thailand usually have only Third Class seats. Apart from the carriage type, there are various types of trains, from ordinary trains (usually with only Third Class seats and stops at every stop along the route) to Rapid, Express, Special Express and Diesel Rail Cars. When travelling by train during major festivals and holidays, always purchase your tickets well in advance.

By Bus
Long-distant buses reach where trains don’t. The government-run Bor Kor Sor is the biggest and offers a variety of bus types, although several private companies provide service to similar destinations. The ordinary buses are suitable for short trips, as they have no air-condition and make virtually every stop along the way. Superior buses range from simple air-conditioned type to comfortable tour buses with reclining seats and hostesses serving drinks. For the routes, each of the main four regional lines depart from various designated terminals. The Ekamai Terminal serves the eastern coastal routes, while Sai Tai Mai (Borom-Ratchachonnani Road) serves the southern routes. Mor Chit Song serves both the northern and northeastern routes. Like the trains, always reserve your tickets in advance when travelling during major holidays.

By Car
Renting a car is a good option for those who prefer more privacy and comfort, as well as those wishing to travel off the beaten path. Major international brands provide services in popular tourist cities. Local rental brands are often less expensive and have more flexible rental policies. Be warned, though, that driving in Bangkok is not for the faint-hearted.

Useful Information

Electric and Plugs

Voltage is 220 Volts with either 2 flat blades (NEMA 1-15 or JIS C 8303) or round 2 pin plugs (Europlug CEE 7/16). You can buy an adapter for shavers, laptop computers, mobile chargers, etc., on arrival at most department stores.


Useful Telephone Numbers

While traveling in Thailand is fairly easy, these phone numbers might come in handy. Write them down and keep them in your wallet, for peace of mind.

  • Tourist Police 1155 (English, French and German spoken)
  • Tourist Service Center 1672
  • Telephone Directory Assistance 1133
  • Thailand Yellow Pages 1188
  • Highway Police 1193
  • Tourism Authority of Thailand 1672
  • Immigration Bureau +66 (0)2 287 3101 to 10
  • Suvarnabhumi International Airport +66 (0)2 132 1888
  • Thai Airways 1566
  • Bangkok Taxi Call Center 1681, 1661, +66 (0)2 424 2222

For emergency numbers, scroll down to Emergencies section.


Currency

The official currency is the Baht. Notes: 1,000 Baht (grey); 500 Baht (purple); 100 Baht (red); 50 Baht (blue); 20 Baht (green). Coins: 1, 2, 5, 10 Baht and 25, 50 satangs (100 satangs = 1 Baht).

Tipping

Tip porters and hotel staff if you've been given good personal service - the amount varies with the kind of hotel. In restaurants around a 10 % - 15% tip is usually the norm, but you don't need to tip in small roadside eating places. Taxi fares should be rounded up to the nearest 5 or 10 Baht, especially meter-taxis who don't earn a lot, are pretty knowledgeable and incredibly patient in the Bangkok traffic.


ATM

ATM machines are available at most banks and shopping centres throughout the city. Thai Baht only. ATMs generally have Thai and English language displays and will accept most internationally recognised foreign cards. Many ATM's will also accept cards under the CIRRUS, Maestro, VISA or Mastercard system.


Travellers Cheques / Credit Cards

Most traveller cheques can be cashed at banks. Take your passport or ID. Mastercard and VISA are widely accepted by major banks, restaurants and shops. AMEX and Diners tend to be accepted only at upmarket venues.


VAT Refunds

Value Added Tax (VAT) is payable on a range of goods and services at 7%. If you're visiting for less than 180 days in a calendar year, not an airline crew member, and leaving Thailand by plane, you can claim VAT refund (Non-Thais only) Tel: +66 (0)2 272 6576-79; Fax: +66 (0)2 617 3559.


Communications

Telephone Services

Since September 1, 2006 all telephone numbers in Thailand have ten digits including the area code. The international dialing code for Thailand is 66 and you must drop the 0 from the area code. International direct connections (IDD) to almost every country are provided by the Communication Authority of Thailand (CAT). For directory assistance in the great Bangkok Metropolitan area, dial 13. For directory assistance in the provincial areas, dial 183. For operator-assisted long distance calls, dial 101 for domestic calls, 100 for international calls.





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