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Thailand Experience Program

Thailand

Overview

Experiencing the Real Thailand
Travel in Thailand gets you off the trodden path and lets you experience something completely different. Find out what life is like on a day-to-day basis, come to grips with the problems facing vulnerable communities and make unique memories that will stay with you for a lifetime.
Eating Authentic Thai dishes
One of the best parts about Travel in Thailand is all the delicious you will get to try! Make sure to schedule in time to check out all the famous food markets, sample the local street food and eat all the Pad Thai you can handle!

Detailed Program Itinerary

DAY 01: ARRIVE AT BANGKOK

You will be greeted & welcome by Idex representative at Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok. You will be then escorted to your accommodation and shall be assisted with check‐in.

Stay overnight at the accommodation. Bangkok (No meals)

DAY 02: HALF DAY SIGHT SEEING BANGKOK

Morning‐After breakfast get ready to explore Bangkok. Thailand has over 26,000 temples or Wat (local name). This tour will bring you to three of the most distinguished temples in Bangkok. Wat Trim, the temple of the Golden Buddha. The statue is made from solid Gold weighing 5.5 tons.

It is a fine example of Sukhothai art and was discovered by chance from a layer of stucco during construction of the temple. Passing through Chinatown and Indian market your next stop is Wat Po, the temple of the reclining Buddha which is the largest and oldest in Bangkok.

You last stop is at Wat Benchamabophit or the marble temple. This magnificent monastery was built with white Italian marble from Carrara.

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DAY 03: BANGKOK

You are at leisure to explore beautiful city on your own.

Stay overnight at the accommodation. (Meals – Breakfast)

DAY 04: BANGKOK – KANCHANABURI

After breakfast transfer to Kanchanburi.

Arrive at Kanchanburi and get ready for Fascinating, nostalgic and memorable sums up this day tour to the Kanchanaburi province. The province itself is an agricultural area. Sugarcane, rice paddies and pineapple plantations are all part of the landscape, which in many areas is quite stunning.

The famous bridge and the beginning of the “Death Railway” which lies some 2 kilometers outside town are a poignant reminder of the thousands of POW’s and forced labourers who lost their lives in the Second World War.

Kanchanaburi, in Myanmar border, is home to the famous Bridge River Kwai. During WW II, Japan constructed the meter‐ gauge railway line from Ban Pong, Thailand to Thanbyuzayat, Burma. The line passing through the scenic Three Pagodas Pass runs for 250 miles. This is now known as the Death Railway.

The railway line was meant to transport cargo daily to India, to back up their planned attack on India. The construction was done using POWs and Asian slave laborers in unfavourable conditions. The work started in October 1942 was completed in a year. Due to the difficult terrain, thousands of laborers lost their lives. It is believed that one life was lost for each sleeper laid in the track.

A visit will be made to one of the Allied War Grave cemeteries (often an emotional experience) before vising the JEATH war museum, which houses pictures and printings from this period. An exhilarating long tailed speed boat ride will then take you down river to the famous bridge itself where you have ample me to explore at your own leisure. A ride on a local train is also included.

Stay overnight at the accommodation. (Meals – Breakfast)

DAY 05: KANCHANABURI

In the morning– Transfer to Erawan Waterfall the most beautiful and famous in Thailand, free time for swimming, relaxing and enjoy the scenery of the wonderful national park.

The Erawan Falls are contenders for the most beautiful waterfalls in Thailand. The falls are composed of seven tiers — all of which are picturesque and great for swimming. Erawan can be very crowded with huge package tourist groups most of the day (especially popular with Russian tourists). So the best visiting   me is early morning or just before sunset.

Stay overnight at the accommodation. (Meals – Breakfast)

DAY 06: KANCHANABURI- BANGKOK – CHIANG MAI

Morning ‐ after breakfast check out from the accommodation and transfer to Bangkok and have free time. Evening board the overnight bus to Chiang Mai.

Overnight in the bus. (Meals – Breakfast)

DAY 07: CHIANG MAI

Morning – Arrive at Chiang Mai and transfer to the accommodation.

Afternoon – visit the Doi Suthep Temple, a 14th century mountainside temple, the landmark of Chiang Mai, situated on the Doi Suthep Mountain which is 1,053 meters height. You’ll be able to enjoy the panoramic view of Chiang Mai and the cool breeze from the mountains.

Stay overnight at the accommodation. (Meal – Breakfast & Dinner)

DAY 08: CHIANG MAI

Morning ‐ we will proceed to drive towards the Mae Tang area. On route we will stop by at the local market where our guide will buy some fresh supplies for the trip into the hills.

We will take lunch near the elephant camp and then commence the first leg of the trek which is a good 3 hour hike up challenging trails to a picturesque Lahu village situated on a mountain top. The Lahu village will be the destination for the night where you can spend.

Late afternoon and evening in the village and kick back and relax after the days trek. Your guide will prepare your evening meal and you can spend the rest of the evening relaxing with your fellow trekkers.

Stay overnight at the accommodation. (Meals – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

DAY 09: CHIANG MAI

Breakfast will be had in the village before we embark on the second days trekking. About a 1.5 hour trek will bring us to a waterfall where we can enjoy swimming and cooling off in the cool waters before taking our lunch at this attractive spot.

After lunch we continue to walk through the jungle, farmland and foothills of the areas inhabited by the hill tribes to the jungle camp where we will spend the night and we will enjoy the magic of the Jungle in the evening.

Stay overnight at the accommodation. (Meal – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

DAY 10: CHIANG MAI

The mornings up in the hills are refreshingly cool which you will appreciate before working up a sweat with the mornings trek.

Breakfast will be had at the bamboo camp before we embark on the mornings trek towards the river.

On arrival at the river we will take lunch before you are briefed for the white water rafting trip down river. You will get to raft around 5km of some great rapids (the best an biggest rapids can usually be found in the wetter months between May and November) but the rafting is still fun all year round.

The river calms in the lower stretches and here will change to bamboo rafts where you can kick back and relax while the great scenery passes you by or feel free to pick up a pole and try piloting the raft yourself!

Our day will finish with boarding the transport for the drive back to Chiang Mai

Stay overnight at the accommodation.Chiang Mai (Meals – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

DAY 11: CHIANG MAI – CHIANG RAI

Start the trip in the morning by vising Mae‐kha‐chan Hot spring. On the way to Chiang Rai, enjoy the mountainous view and visit Wat Rong Khun (the White Temple), a very beautiful temple made by one of the most famous artist of Thailand.

After that the visits continue to Maesai border market (Thai‐Burma border). After lunch, visit the Golden Triangle, a place where the territory of the three countries (Thai‐Laos and Burma) meets on the Mekhong River.

Stay overnight at the accommodation. (Meals – Breakfast)

DAY 12: CHIANG RAI – CHIANG MAI

Morning – You are at leisure.

Mid-morning – Visit Tea Farm. After the visit drive back to Chiang Mai. Arrive at Chiang Mai and check into your accommodation.

Stay overnight at the accommodation. (Meals – Breakfast & Dinner)

 

DAY 13: CHIANG MAI

Morning after breakfast we have a half day of interacting with students at an English medium, school in Chiang Mai. We visit the school, spend time doing activities with the students in the school and get to know of the various facets of life of a young person in Thailand and learn about the challenges of the Thai education system.

After school visit transfer to host families (each customer goes to one local family)  or for an afternoon of visiting their home, going to the local market  with the family, bringing and preparing ingredients and then an informally cooking their meal of the evening with the family.

Then in the evening, have dinner with your local, middle class family to get a glimpse into the lives of Thai that are in fact a major part of Thai social, economic and cultural engine. During the dinner, we can try to make conversations about how life is for people in Thailand and can share about our own family.

(A note about time with families: There is likely to be a language barrier for completely free flow of ideas and

Conversations and the travelers need to be aware of that. The idea is to experience seeing the lives of our counterparts in Thailand. It is also important to note that each person will have different experience and one cannot be compared to the other. Experiences, unlike seeing monuments, are different for different people).

Stay overnight at the accommodation. (Meal – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

DAY 13: CHIANG MAI

After breakfast – Leaving Chiang Mai city to Lampang, about an hour driving on the curvy road, see the beautiful scenery of the mountains as well as the forest area along the way. After reaching Hang Chud District. You can visit Elephant Conservation centre which is established by the Forestry Industrial Department of Thailand as the unit to look after the elephants in Thailand and as well as the Elephant Hospital for sick elephants. After the arrival at the Elephant Conservation Centre, see the elephant show with many different skills to see how claver they are. See how the elephant boys control and command their elephants. Elephant live music band and more skills.

After the elephant conservation centre, continue by our vehicle to Lampang city for lunch in the local restaurant. Then visit Wat Sri Chum dated back in 1890AD by the Burmese guy who worked with the British for logging industry. The building is a mixture between Lanna Thai and Burmese style with the beautiful and elaborate artwork of wood carving on the roof top. Then visit Baan sao Nak (The house with many pillars) with over 100 years old. Here you can see the old teak house with 116 pillars with many collections of the ancient stuffs. Worth and good to study. Wat Pong Sanook is one of the destinations of the day as the oldest temple in Lampang City as well as the UNESCO AWARD before taking our vehicle and continues the trip.

On the way back to Chiang Mai, the stop will be made  at  “Kard Baan Ta” , the local market which selling  the very local stuffs which lively in its own style. See the local food which you could see in the supermarket in your country. Enjoy taking photos as well as testing the food if you prefer too.

Stay overnight at the accommodation. (Meal – Breakfast & Dinner)

DAY 14: CHIANG MAI

After breakfast – Leaving Chiang Mai city to Lampang, about an hour driving on the curvy road, see the beautiful scenery of the mountains as well as the forest area along the way. After reaching Hang Chud District. You can visit Elephant Conservation centre which is established by the Forestry Industrial Department of Thailand as the unit to look after the elephants in Thailand and as well as the Elephant Hospital for sick elephants. After the arrival at the Elephant Conservation Centre, see the elephant show with many different skills to see how claver they are. See how the elephant boys control and command their elephants. Elephant live music band and more skills.

After the elephant conservation centre, continue by our vehicle to Lampang city for lunch in the local restaurant. Then visit Wat Sri Chum dated back in 1890AD by the Burmese guy who worked with the British for logging industry. The building is a mixture between Lanna Thai and Burmese style with the beautiful and elaborate artwork of wood carving on the roof top. Then visit Baan sao Nak (The house with many pillars) with over 100 years old. Here you can see the old teak house with 116 pillars with many collections of the ancient stuffs. Worth and good to study. Wat Pong Sanook is one of the destinations of the day as the oldest temple in Lampang City as well as the UNESCO AWARD before taking our vehicle and continues the trip.On the way back to Chiang Mai, the stop will be made  at  “Kard Baan Ta” , the local market which selling  the very local stuffs which lively in its own style. See the local food which you could see in the supermarket in your country. Enjoy taking photos as well as testing the food if you prefer too.

Overnight stay at accommodation, Chiang Mai (Meals – Breakfast & Dinner)

DAY 15 TO 19: CHAING MAI (Volunteer Work)

Start a fresh day in Chiang Mai with a breakfast and head for volunteering work in the local communities as per the current requirement of the projects.

In the evening ‐ Plan & Prepare for the next day.

Overnight stay at accommodation, Chiang Mai (Meals – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

DAY 20: CHIANG MAI

Free weekend, you are at leisure on your own activities.

Stay overnight at the accommodation. Chiang Mai (Meal ‐ Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

DAY 21: CHIANG MAI – BANGKOK

Morning – You are at leisure. Evening board the overnight bus to Bangkok.

Overnight in bus. (Meal ‐ Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

DAY 22: BANGKOK – KO PHA NGAN

Morning – You will arrive at Bangkok and check in to your accommodation.

In the evening – You will board your overnight bus. You’ll arrive at the ferry port early in the morning of Day 23, transferring to the ferry for the 2 hour ride to Koh Phangan    

Ko Pha Ngan is an island in southeast Thailand that’s renowned for its monthly Full Moon Party. This boisterous night-long celebration, which is tied to the lunar calendar, draws revelers to its southeastern peninsula, Haad Rin. Most festivities center on Sunrise Beach, whose beach bungalows attract a backpacker crowd. On the north coast lie quieter, white-sand beaches including Hat Khuat and Hat Thian.  

Stay overnight at the accommodation. Ko Pha Ngan (Meals ‐ No meals)

DAY 23 TO 27: KO PHA NGAN

You are on leisure on these days to explore the beautiful beaches of Ko Pha Ngan.

Stay overnight at the accommodation. Ko Pha Ngan (Meals ‐ Breakfast)

DAY 28: KO PHA NGAN – BANGKOK

Today you will travel back to Bangkok where you will spend your final night of the programme.

Stay overnight at the accommodation. Bangkok (Meals ‐ Breakfast)

DAY 29: BANGKOK – FLY OUT

After breakfast drive to Bangkok airport and board your flight to onward destionation.

Our services end at Bangkok airport.

Program Date
Monday
20/Feb/2017
Monday
20/Mar/2017
Monday
03/Apr/2017
Monday
17/Apr/2017
Program Service

Services Included:-

  • 28 nights’ accommodation on entire trip.
  • Accommodation on sharing occupancy basis.
  • All transfers and sightseeing by AC vehicle.
  • All Meal as per the itinerary.
  • English Speaking Tour Guide as per the itinerary.
  • One class of Local Thai language.
  • Learn the interesting forms of “Thai” dance by the professional instructor.
  • A visit to countryside for observing rural life.
  • One family visit and cooking work shop with local Thai Family.
  • Trekking as per the itinerary.
  • Volunteer work as per the itinerary in Chiang Mai.
  • All material required for various activities during the volunteer work like colour pens, paper, sports equipment etc.
  • Services of an English speaking chauffer as per the itinerary.
  • Road taxes, parking fee, fuel charges, interstate taxes.
  • 24/7 on-tour assistance throughout the journey.
  • Representative for assistance on all arrival and departure transfers.
  • All currently applicable taxes.

Not Included:-

  • Any personal expenses such as tips, laundry and drinks.
  • Any extra meals (other than those specifically laid down).
  • Any additional expenses caused by or liability for disturbance in trip program due to circumstances, weather conditions, sickness, natural disasters, riots etc.
  • Liability for or insurance against injury, loss of life, accidents or loss of goods.
  • Personal Travel Insurance, visa etc.
  • Camera fees (both still and video).
  • Miscellaneous.

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