Culture & Culinary Art of Thailand – 8 Days 7 Nights

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Tour Code : TTCWTP005
Package Type : Tours
Now - 31 Oct 2024
Bangkok - Ayuthaya - Chiang Mai
Max People : 6
Tour Details

Begin your stay in Thailand by visiting three of the most unusual Buddhist Temples in Thailand, and a cooking class at Blue Elephant with some of Thailand’s renowned chefs and a visit to Jim Thompson Thai Silk Company. The tour continues to the historical city of Chiang Mai, with several culinary experiences along the way to delight your senses.

Price Includes

  • 3 nights in Bangkok.
  • 1 night in Ayutthaya.
  • 3 nights in Chiang Mai.
  • Private roundtrip transfer from Bangkok Airport to Hotel in town with English guide.
  • Private roundtrip transfer from Chiang Mai Airport to Hotel in town with English guide.
  • Private Half Day Bangkok City and Temples Tour including Grand Palace with English guide.
  • Private Half Day Thonburi City & Temples Tour with English guide.
  • Jet Lack Thai Massage 60 minute at the hotel in Bangkok.
  • Half Day Thai Cooking Class at Blue Elephant Cuisine (joined class) by roundtrip private transfer with English speaking guide.
  • Private Half Day Jim Thompson House Tour with English speaking guide.
  • Private service in Ayutthaya with English speaking guide as mentioned.
  • Private service in Chiang Mai with English speaking guide as mentioned.
  • One time of Spa Package at Oasis Spa as selected on Day 6.
  • S.I.C. Half Day Cooking Class at Grandma’s Cooking Class with English speaking Conductor.
  • Private Half Day Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep Temple with English speaking guide.
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the program.
  • All meals as indicated in the program.

Price Excludes

  • Personal expenses such as other meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours / visits, unless otherwise stated.
  • Other domestic (not mentioned) / international airline tickets, airport taxes, visa fees, specific camera / video fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general pick-up / drop-off regions (such as airports, out-of-town resorts, ports, harbours, and accommodation in surrounding towns).
  • Any accommodation expenses of a personal nature. This includes (compulsory festive) meals and drinks, mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program.
  • International travel and medical insurance coverage for customers.
  • Optional excursions in Bangkok, Ayutthaya & Chiang Mai.

Remarks

• Minor program changes are sometimes necessary, depending on road conditions and room availability.

• We reserve the right to adjust the rates if the fuel cost increases by over 10% [currently Baht 33.50 per liter Diesel] within the contract period.

• Please also note that all services featured in the itinerary hereof are calculated and/or provided as part of a package basis. Hence, there would be no refund, reimburse, redeem or compensation for unused services or unjustifiable early departure.

Good to know

• We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this tour; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant.

• We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the tour in case of unfavorable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.

• Guests traveling over and during local holidays may experience longer waiting times than normal, may see certain sites being closed, and this program may be subject to supplementary charges.

• Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone, or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.

• Tours and excursions often include obstacles of various kinds that may not make this excursion suitable for wheelchair users or guests with limited mobility.

• The protection of the country’s flora, fauna and its historical and cultural treasures is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities that are not in line with our animal, wildlife, and environment protection principles.

• Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us. Even when it is cloudy, the sun still has immense power.

• All mentioned times, durations and stops are based on approximations and may change due to unforeseen circumstances, weather, and traffic conditions beyond our control.

Itinerary

Day 1Bangkok – Arrival (-)

Arrive in Bangkok (flight TBA / not included), the vibrant and throbbing capital city of Thailand. You are welcomed and escorted to your hotel. The meeting points. Built on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, this “City of Angels” has a fascinating appeal that is difficult to resist. The day is at leisure to relax and recover from the long flight.
++ Check-in normal time 02:00pm ++

Jet Lack Massage 60 minutes at the hotel.
Overnight in BANGKOK

Day 2Bangkok (B/L)

AM: Bangkok City & Temples and Grand Palace Tour
This tour includes three of the most unusual Buddhist temples in Bangkok: Wat Traimitr with its invaluable Golden Buddha (5 ½ tons of solid gold) – Wat Pho, the most extensive temple in Bangkok, with its colossal Reclining Buddha and the Chedis of the Kings. The Grand Palace is one of the most beautiful samples of an ancient Siamese court. It used to be the residence of the Kings of Thailand. Here you will see palaces which were used for different occasions: The Funeral Palace, the Reception Palace, the Throne Hall, the Coronation Hall, the Royal Guest House, and the beautiful Emerald Buddha Temple.
Enjoy your Thai Lunch Cuisine at Krua Khun Kung Riverside Restaurant (food only).

PM: Thonburi City & Temples Tour
In the afternoon, continue the other side of the river to visit the Wat Kalayanamitr Temple, built in 1825 and featuring a 15-meter-tall Buddha. By foot, go to Santa Cruz Church, built by the Portuguese. Just a few meters further you will visit the pastry shop “Thanusingha Bakery Shop”. You will meet the team there who will explain how the pastries are prepared and will have an opportunity to try one of them. Keep exploring the district until you reach the small local temple of Wat Prayoon. Return to your hotel after the visit.
Overnight in BANGKOK

Day 3Bangkok (B/L)

Breakfast at the hotel.
Pick up from hotel and transfer to the famous cooking school Blue Elephant, with some of the world-renowned Chefs, icons of Thai cuisine. This half-day cooking class includes a tour of a local market and a hands-on learning experience. Enjoy your own-cooked dish for lunch. Continue to Jim Thompson’s House, the home of James H.W. Thompson, a self-made American entrepreneur who was the founder of the world-renowned Jim Thompson Thai Silk Company. Thompson’s achievements during
his 25 years stay in the Kingdom of Thailand have won him much fame as the “Legendary American of Thailand”. Since his disappearance in 1967, little has changed in the home that was the ‘talk of the town’ and the ‘city’s most celebrated social center’. Even today, this Thai style house which contains intensive collection of art and antique objects continues to be a key stop for visitors to Bangkok.

Return to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. We provide you with a recommendation of the latest restaurant and bar openings, as well as of the most popular places for food & drinks.
Overnight in BANGKOK

Day 4Bangkok – Ayutthaya (B/L)

Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out after breakfast.
Depart to Ayutthaya, Thailand’s former capital city. Ayutthaya was the capital of the Siamese kingdom at the height of its power and influence, from 1350 until its besiegement by the Burmese army in 1767. Explore Ayutthaya Historical Park. First stop at the famous Buddha face in the tree (Wat Mahathat). Next, visit the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Lokayasutharam), the reclining Buddha is the prototype of Wat Pho in Bangkok.

Continue the tour and visit a Roti Sai Mai production, a specialty dessert from Ayutthaya. Another name for this dessert is Sweat Angel Hair or silky threads. Roti Sai Mai is mainly associated with the ancient Kingdom of Ayutthaya. The area of Ayutthaya is still the center of the production of this cotton candy. However, the origin from this colorful sweetmeat goes back to the Indian subcontinent. Roti vendors from India and Pakistan brought it to Thailand. The cotton candy is served in various colors and is wrapped in a piece of two lightly salted thin paper-like crepes. Locals will teach you how to produce an original Roti Sai Mai. Lunch at a Thai traditional restaurant, which offers a nice view on the riverside.

Continuing with the visit of the hand-crafted Aranyik Knife Villages, dating back to the early Ratanakosin period. The villagers at Ban Ton Pho and Ban Nhong Pai grew up in Vientiane in Laos and emigrated to Thailand. Most of them worked as craftsmen, like goldsmiths and blacksmiths, especially those who produced knives. Aranyik is a traditional name from the Ayutthaya period, when wars were fought in hand-to-hand battles. Aranyik Village gained fame as a place where swordsmiths specialized in producing battle blades.

Check-in at the hotel. Enjoy welcome cocktails upon arrival.
Overnight in AYUTTHAYA

Day 5Ayutthaya – Bangkok – Chiang Mai by flight (B)

Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out after breakfast.
Drive to Bangkok airport for your flight to Chiang Mai (flight TBA / not included). Upon arrival in Chiang Mai, transfer to your hotel and spend the remainder of the day at leisure. Within walking distance to the hotel, you can stroll around the famous Night Bazaar of Chiang Mai.
Overnight in CHIANG MAI

Day 6Chiang Mai (B)

Breakfast at the hotel.
14:00 Pick-up from your hotel and drive to THE CHIANGMAI OASIS SPA for experiencing the spa package, select one of spa packages from the list below:

Spa Packages:
Ayurveda Package (2 hours)
Beginning with Shirodhara, the dripping of warm oil on the forehead and a thorough scalp massage, the treatment continues with an authentic Indian Ayurvedic Massage with warm herbal oil. Many find that this treatment helps prevent illness, promotes healing, and balances the body, mind, and spirit.
OR
The Paradise of Oasis (4 hours)
This one-way ticket to paradise evaporates stress with a Thai Herbal Steam that treats body and mind, then a Honey, Sesame & Cereal Body Scrub expels the toxins of modern life. Next, a Thai Herbal Clay Body Wrap followed by an Aromatherapy Hot Oil Massage erases residual tension. The treatment ends with a Royal Thai Facial. After four hours of pampering, you emerge like a butterfly from a cocoon transformed.
OR
Oasis Experience (4 hours)
Your “experience of a lifetime” begins with the vapors of Thai Herbal Steam…followed by a KIN Secret Charms Rich Body Scrub. Its ingredients of Tumeric, Shea Butter and Loofah exfollate the skin then followed by a Morocco Red Clay Body Wrap. Next, an Aromatherapy Milky Baht tones the skin. Then, you enjoy the magical dance of Four Hand Massage which immerses you in the world of harmony and complete relaxation. Finally, you receive a Royal Thai Facial Treatment. Four hours later, you will radiate wellness and extreme contentment.
OR
Lanna Explorer (4 hours)
This therapy will take your body, mind and spirit to new places. It begins with a Thai Herbal Steam to cleanse underlying stress…. then a purifying Herbal body Scrub…. followed by a King of Oasis Signature Massage to revitalize the body’s energy lines….and finally you receive a Royal Thai Facial Treatment. You will be amazed at how much more relaxed, energetic, and powerful you feel.

Return to the hotel, free at leisure.
Overnight in CHIANG MAI

Day 7Chiang Mai (B/L/D)

Breakfast at the hotel.
After breakfast, transfer to Grandma’s Home Cooking School.

HALF DAY COURSE – MORNING SESSION
• 8:30-9:00 am: Pick-up from your hotel (Please wait at the Lobby)
• 9:15 am: Visit the local market. Our instructors will introduce various ingredients and seasonings.
• 10:00 am: Arrival at Grandma’s Home Cooking School where refreshing drinks and welcome snacks are waiting for you.
• 10:20 am: Begin the class with how to cook rice and sticky rice.
• 10:35 am: Our instructors will guide you our organic farm while explaining Thai herbs and vegetables. Enjoy collecting chicken eggs and some fresh ingredients.
• 11:00 am: Soup and Stir-fried session with tasting.
• 12:00 pm: Curry session with tasting. For dessert and refreshments, our instructor will demonstrate how to make dessert and special refreshments step-by-step and let’s enjoy tasting together.
• 13:00 pm: Leave the cooking school and transfer to hotel.
(Transfer & activities based on join in basis)

Late afternoon, start your day at the 600-year-old temple of Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, near the summit of Doi Suthep Mountain. After a drive up the mountain’s winding road, the final climb to the site is via a magnificent Naga (dragon-headed serpent) staircase of 306 steps. Inside is an intriguing copper-plated Chedi topped by a five-tier gold umbrella which contains partial relics of Lord Buddha. On a clear day, there are incomparable views over the city of Chiang Mai and surrounding countryside. The remainder of the day is at leisure. In the evening, head for a special farewell dinner at Le Crystal restaurant (Set menu, food only).

Return to the hotel after dinner.
Overnight in CHIANG MAI

Day 8Chiang Mai – Departure (B)

Breakfast at the hotel, free at leisure.
Private transfer to Chiang Mai International Airport for your departure flight (flight TBA / not included).
++ Check-out normal time 12:00noon ++

Rates
Rates are net per person in Half Twin sharing (TH Bath) in group of
Travelling period
(01.04.2023 – 31.10.2023)
1 pax 2 pax 3-4 pax 5-6 pax Triple
Reduction
Single
Supplement
BKK: RIVA Surya Hotel
(Urban room)
AYUTTHAYA: Kantary Hotel
(One Bedroom Suite)
CNX: Melia Chiang Mai
(Premium room)
103,800 58,570 51,390 46,500 -2040 15,540

• Check-in normal time 14:00hrs & Check-out normal time 12:00noon.
• Maximum 3 persons in the same room (3 ADT).
• In case the guests stay in the same room for 3 pax, we calculate from 3-4 pax rate then deduct triple reduction for all guests.

 

Emergency:
• Mobile/WhatsApp: +66 (0)82 913 9197 – Mr. Peter KHO (U.S.A., U.K. & Europe Markets)
• Mobile/WhatsApp: +66 (0)65 232 9549 – Ms. Laura (Middle East, Indian/Sub-Continents & Asian Markets)

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