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check Fights from Dublin to Bangkok and Chiang Mai to Dublin check Private airport transfers check 7 nights 4-star accommodation (Breakfast and lunch on day 3, bed & breakfast on days 4-8) check Visit Royal Grand palace, Temple of the Emerald Buddha check Long tail boat trip along the Chao Phya River check Visit the Damnern Saduak floating market check Visit the hill-tribe village at Baan Tong Luang check Visit to the Karen, lahu Shibala and Palong hill tribes check Doi Suthep & City Temple check Services of an English speaking tour guide
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Beyond Chiang Mai's historic centre, you'll find unspoilt wilderness, a relaxed pace of life and humble, friendly people.
Combine the bustling atmosphere, chaotic charm and rich history of the mighty metropolis of Bangkok, with the relaxed pace of life and magnificent temples of Thailand’s northern capital, Chiang Mai. This Fully Escorted Private Tour will allow you capture all the beauty and intrigue of two of Thailand's most famous cities in the utmost luxury and comfort.
Arrive to Bangkok, where you will hop on your private transfer and get whisked away, straight to your hotel for the next three nights, the four star Eastin Grand Salthorn. Straddling the great Chao Phraya River, the capital of Thailand, Bangkok is a hot, bustling city with everything going on, all at once. Rooftop bars overlooking busy streets sit happily next to sacred Buddhist temples that emanate calm, tranquility and peace. Built upon water, the city once known as the Venice of the East is now a bewitching place with an historic old town, gleaming modern shopping malls and lively nightlife.
After breakfast, hop on your coach transfer, where you will begin your excursion with a visit to the Royal Grand Palace, the nation’s landmark and most praised royal monument in Thailand, with the enclosed and dazzling Wat Phra Kaew is a must! Wat Phra Kaew, also called the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, is renowned for its Golden Chedi, its Pantheon of the Chakri Kings and its Eight Coloured Tower. Next stop? Wat Pho, sometimes called Thailand’s first university. Mural paintings, inscriptions, and statues found in the temple educated people on various subjects such as astronomy, geology, meditation and is considered to be home of Thai traditional massages. Here, you will enjoy a 30-minute Thai massage to relax you after your morning’s sightseeing. Experience an afternoon trip along the bustling Chao Phya River and the quiet klong (canals) in a long tail boat, in which you can enjoy scenes of Bangkok life. You will then be brought to a more traditional way of living around Thonburi residential areas, away from all the skyscrapers and modern buildings of Bangkok’s city centre. Finally, a visit to the flower and vegetable market will round off this day. Located close to the Chao Phraya River, you’ll find a vast selection fascinating exotic flowers. This Bangkok day tour ends at the Golden Mountain, one of the most impressive temples in Bangkok, after which you will be brought back to your hotel.
Fill up on a tasty breakfast at the hotel before heading, via coach, to the world-famous floating market of Damnern Saduak. Nowadays, the market is bustling with activity from very early in the morning until around 11am. For anyone seeking gifts or memorabilia to bring home with them, do not forget to haggle! This afternoon, you will have your own time to do as you please. We suggest indulging in some R&R at the hotel’s glorious infinity pool.
After breakfast at your hotel, you will hop on your transfer back to Bangkok airport to board your flight to Chiang Mai. The flight time is just over an hour, and on arrival to Chiang Mai airport you will be transferred to your hotel for the next five nights, the luxurious four star resort Siripanna Villa.
Chiang Mai is the main centre for high quality handicrafts in Thailand. Today you will be picked up from your hotel and brought on the Home Industries tour, which is a great opportunity to see where a variety of souvenirs and handicraft are made. You will be amazed watching craftsmen transform teakwood into elegant furniture and delicate carvings, using only very simple tools. Also fascinating to watch is the production of lacquer ware, where even eggshells are used to achieve unusual designs. This afternoon, we will drive to Mae Rim district to visit a hilltribe village at Baan Tong Luang. We will pay a visit to the Karen, Lahu Shibala and Palong hill tribes, which originated from Tibet. We will also see the Long Neck hill-tribe: join them, admire their colourful costumes and experience their way of life. These people, who migrated from Myanmar have kept their cultural traditions and customs alive and you will be able to see the women wearing their necks as a tribal sign of individual identity. You will return to your hotel on the coach.
Today is yours to do as you please. We suggest getting to know even more about Chiang Mai. This mountainous Northern Thailand region draws plenty of visitors for its wonderful natural environment, impressive legacy of history and culture, and undeniable value for money. Much of the area remains unspoilt wilderness with a lazy pace and humble, friendly people. Beyond the wonderful historic centre of Chiang Mai, which lies a ten minute drive away from the hotel, is a dynamic and modern place with lots of down-to-earth charm, and its your to discover at your own pace.
One of the most unique experiences in Thailand is a visit to a Buddhist temple to offer alms to the monks. Each morning before dawn (pick-up from your hotel is at 06:00), the monks put on their distinctive saffron robes and quietly pad bare feet along the streets, carrying alms bowls and receiving boiled rice and condiments from the locals. You can participate in this very special Thai custom by personally giving alms. Later, drive to visit the mountain temple Wat Doi Suthep, which is situated on a hill, 1050m high. On clear days, you will enjoy a fantastic view over the town and the province. Then, visit Wat Chedi Luang, a Buddhist temple, which features an enormous pagoda (a traditional tiered tower). Wat Phra Singh, another temple we visit today, boasts the beautiful Lai Kham Chapel with its exquisite wood carving and northern style murals. After that, continue with a rickshaw ride to Muang Mai market. Much of the food sold here has come straight from the farm and is true treat for the palate. You will return to your hotel by commuter van and enjoy your last night in your beautiful Siripanna Villa base.
After breakfast, you will hop on your transfer straight to Chiang Mai airport where you will board your flight back to Dublin.
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