Heritage of Thailand Package Tour
Duration: 11 Days / 10 Nights
Highlights: Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Khao Yai National Park, Khao Yai, Siem Reap, Koh Chang
Departures: Daily from 01 December 2016 to 31 October 2017
Tour Price: From $1085 per person, private tour
Day 1 Arrive Bangkok (-)
Upon arrival Bangkok International Airport meet with your driver and transfer to your hotel.
Day 2 Bangkok (B)
After breakfast our tour starts with The Grand Palace was the seat not only of the king and his court, but contained within its crenellated walls the entire government administration. The architecture is vibrantly Thai though there are some European designs as well. Brilliantly colored and gilded, and decorated with intricate detail, the overall effect is dazzling. The palace served as the official residence of the kings of Thailand from the 18th to the mid-20th century. The most famous building on the palace grounds is Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple (wat) in Thailand. Construction of the temple began when King Rama I moved the capital from Thonburi to Bangkok in 1785. Unlike other Thai temples, it does not contain living quarters for monks; rather, it has only the richly decorated holy buildings, statues, and pagodas. The main temple building is the central booth, which houses the Emerald Buddha. Though green in color, the Buddha is actually carved from a single piece of jade, and though only 17 inches tall, is the most revered object in Thailand. Also within the grounds are several palaces, used for various occasions: the Funeral Palace, Reception Palace, Throne Hall, Coronation Hall, and the Royal Guest House. The majority of halls and palaces can be viewed from outside only, but the exteriors are captivating enough to please.
Day 3 Bangkok – Ayuthaya (B/L)
Among the “must see” attractions in Thailand is a visit to Ayutthaya, the former capital of Thailand. The Thai capital for 417 years, Ayutthaya is one of Thailand’s major tourist attractions. Many ancient ruins and art works can be seen in the city, which was founded in 1350 by King U-Thong. 33 kings of 5 dynasties ruled the kingdom until it was destroyed by the Burmese in 1767.During this day trip you will visit the principal sights: Wat Sri Sanphet – this important and outstanding monastery was used as a residential palace in the reign of King Ramathibodi I. Wat Phananchoeng: This monastery existed before Ayutthaya was founded as the capital. The principal 19 metres high Buddha image is made of stucco and is the most revered by the inhabitants of Ayutthaya. Wat Yai Chaimongkol: The cedi at this monastery is among the largest in Ayutthaya and was built by King Naresuan (1590-1605). There are many Buddha images and a beautiful garden behind this cedi.
Day 4 Ayuthaya – Khao Yai National Park (B/L)
Early departure for Thailand’s third largest national park, covering an area of 300 square kilometers, including evergreen forests and grasslands. Its altitude mostly ranges from 400–1,000 m above sea level. There are 3,000 species of plants, 320 species of birds like red jungle fowl and coral-billed ground cuckoo, and 66 species of mammals, including Asian black bear, Asian elephant, gaur, gibbon, Indian sambar deer, pig-tailed macaque, Indian muntjac, dhole, and wild pig. First we will contact the park headquarters to connect with the park ranger before trekking into the jungle.
Day 5 Khao Yai – Siem Reap (B/L)
Early morning departure from the resort, travel through the national park hoping to catch a glimpse of wild elephants before we exit on the other side of the park and travel to Aranyaprathet to the Thai Cambodia border. Arrive at the Poipet border and go through customs. Meet your driver on the Cambodian site of the border and transfer to Siem Reap (3 hours away) where you check into the hotel for a free evening.
Day 6 Siem Reap (B/L)
Angkor Wat dates back to the first half of the 12th century. King Suryavarman II constructed this magnificent masterpiece and built it to become the largest religious monument in the world. Its perfection in composition, balance, proportions, reliefs and sculptures make it one of the finest in the world. This temple is an expression of Khmer art at its highest point of development. It took in its entirety roughly 30 years to construct Angkor Wat. Continue afterwards to the former capital of the Angkor Kingdom, Angkor Thom, which translates to “Great City”. The city covers an area of 9km² in which numerous breath-taking monuments were built. The South Gate offers the grandest access to the city where the Victory Gate grants access on the East side, leaving the East Gate, which is also known as the Gate of the Death beautifully untouched in a very quiet part of the complex. The centrepiece of the city is the Bayon. Its most distinctive features are the 216 serene stone faces that seemingly face all directions.
The Baphuon and Phimeanakas are structures built in the 11th and 10th century respectively and both were built in the pyramid style. The Terrace of the Elephants is a 300 meters long terrace that has three main platforms and two subsidiary ones. The south stairway is framed with three-head elephants gathering lotus flowers with their trunks. The central stairway is decorated by lions and garudas in bas-reliefs in a stance of support for the stairways. One of the main attractions of this terrace is the facade decorated with elephants and their riders depicted in profile. Likewise, the Terrace of Leper King was constructed in the 12th century. The curious name of this terrace refers to a statue of the Leper King that is on the platform of the terrace.
Lunch can be enjoyed in between the visits and may be back at the hotel or at a local restaurant in the Angkor area. The remainder of the afternoon is dedicated to Ta Prohm, which is considered to be the most photographed temple within the Angkor complex. Constructed in the Bayon style between the late 12th and early 13th century, Ta Prohm was left pretty much untouched by archaeologists. The trees that grow out of the ruins allow for a mysterious feeling filled with photogenic opportunities. King Jayavarman VII constructed the temple as a Mahayana Buddhist monastery and university and it is estimated that close to 80.000 people resided at the temple.
Day 7 Siem Reap (B)
Travel north towards Beng Mealea, which was built between the late 11th and the first half of the 12th century. It is assumed that King Suryavarman II ordered the construction of Beng Mealea, maybe even as a prototype of its larger brother; Angkor Wat, but no actual proof can be found in its depictions. The ruins of Beng Mealea are overgrown with vegetation, allowing a real “wilderness experience.” In recent years a wooden pathway has been constructed throughout the temple to allow people to observe the beauty of the temple in ease. However, most people venture of the beaten track and find their own way through the temple allowing them to experience the feeling the first explorers must have felt when they uncovered this magnificent structure.
Optional afternoon excursion (to be added right after Beng Mealea excursion)
• “Banteay Srei US$ 60 pp
One of the jewels in the Angkor area, Banteay Srei, dates back to the late 10th century. The enchanting temple is nearly everyone’s favourite site. The special charm of this temple lies in its remarkable state of preservation, small size and excellence of decoration. It was built by a Brahmin of royal descent who was a spiritual teacher to Jayavarman V, which is unique as this makes Banteay Srei the only major temple built by a non-King. A special feature of the exquisite decoration was the use of hard pink sandstone. ”
• “Tonle Sap Lake US$ 50 pp
Visit the Great Lake, Tonle Sap. Upon arrival board a local boat and set out for an exploration of this unique village located on the floodplains of the Tonle Sap. The houses are built on stilts, some of them up to 10 meters above ground. The village is considered to be the largest permanent settlement on the lake. Visit one of the local homes and enjoy a simple picnic lunch overlooking the busy rituals on the lake. Tour the village further after lunch and witness the special way of life people have gotten accustomed to in Cambodia. ”
Day 8 Siem Reap – Koh Chang (B)
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and some free time before you are transferred back to Poipet Border. Back in Thailand you will be met at the border and taken to your vehicle for the transfer to Koh Chang island for your relaxing couple of days on a tropical island.
Day 9 & 10 Koh Chang (B)
Free days for leisure.
Day 11 Depart Koh Chang (B)
Pick-up from your hotel and transfer to the airport .
PRICES & DEPARTURE DATES (Minumum 2 participants)
Ps: Prices are US Dolar, Per person- December 1 2016 to October 31, 2017
|Number of Person||2||3||4-6||Single Supp.|
|December 1 2016 to April 30, 2017||$1590||$1275||$1145||$385|
|May 1 to October 31, 2017||$ 1530||$ 1215||$ 1085||$ 325|
WHAT THE PRICE INCLUDES?
- Hotel accommodations
- Sightseeing tours and transfers as stated
- Meals as mentioned
- English speaking tour guide
- Accident insurance
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?
- Services not mentioned at included part
- Tips and porterage
- Expenses of a personal nature
- Domestic & international flights
- Visa fee & handling services