Southeast Asia

Customized Itinerary

Visiting Southeast Asia

Day 1

ARRIVE IN BANGKOK – FLIGHT INFO TO BE ADVISED

Upon arrival, you clear the Customs formalities yourself. When you leave the airport terminal, please proceed to GATE B or GATE C and look for Door 6 where our English-speaking Guide is waiting for you, holding a sign with your names on it. Transfer in your comfortable vehicle for approximately 45 minutes to your hotel for check-in and spend the remainder of the day at leisure.

*** The standard check-in time is at 2:00 p.m.

Day 2

BANGKOK

Note: Ladies should wear short-sleeved tops with full-length trousers or knee-length skirts. Gentlemen should wear trousers and short-sleeved shirts for religious reasons. No sandals or flip-flop allowed.

Your Guide will meet you in your hotel lobby at 8:30AM. Drive to Wat Po in time to experience the monks’ morning chanting ritual. One of the oldest temples in Bangkok, Wat Po is home to the famous 45m reclining Buddha; it is also the original school of traditional Thai massage.

Then, enjoy an exciting ride on Bangkok’s Tuk through Rattanakosin Island to Royal Grand Palace – the most important and impressive royal palace in Thailand. Find out what the palace is used for and do not miss the mysterious Emerald Buddha, the most revered Buddha image in Thailand. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant with a set menu prepared for you. Transfer to a local pier to board an exclusive “007” long tailed boat to have a firsthand experience of Bangkokian’s local life style along the small canals of Thonburi. What you will see of this water borne way life is fascinating. It gives you a taste of a bygone era when much of the city life revolved around the rivers and its network of canals. You’ll be surprised at how different the city looks from the canals and how quickly you seem to be in the countryside. The water journey passing through Wat Arun or called Temple of Dawn, one of the cities earliest temples, now often used as a symbol of the city & the country. It is beautifully decorated with China & porcelain.

Your Guide will meet you in your hotel lobby at 5:00PM and transfer you to China Town to get a firsthand look at old Bangkok. Walk along Yaworat Road where there are many interesting shops selling everything imaginable. Enjoy a cup of local tea with the locals at a very old teashop before exploring the bustling Talad Kao market, where a variety of food, fresh and dry fruits, and Chinese herbs are available.

The street food in Thailand is one of the most popular destinations in Asian, which is a seventh heaven of food aficionados, because of exotic and aromatic food ingredients, and various unique spices. Taste the traditional Thai street food at the old Chinese shop house “Jok Tok Diew” Mr. Jok’s kitchen is served only a table with best home recipe. Not only you will pick up invaluable cooking tips from this transplanted Chinese treasure, but you will be the envy of your friends. The best of Mr. Jok is Mud Crab! Of course it is shell less and so tasty! Return to the hotel around 9:30PM.

Day 3

BANGKOK

Your guide will meet you in your hotel lobby at 8:00AM. Enjoy a leisure cycling tour approx. 40km takes you along a flat route along the network of canals around the capital. See Kamalulislam Mosque that was transported from Thailand’s south more than 100 years ago to defend the Kingdom from enemies! Along the way, you will have the chance to see how the local women in this area work together and get a peek into the lifestyle of Thai families who live by the side of the canal. Cycle past fish farms and rice mills, see traditional Thai wooden houses before arriving at an old apothecary. The tour then heads to the peculiar Phurt Udom Pol temple with its macabre depictions of Buddhist hell. Back on the bikes, the next leg of the tour is a 13km ride along a small canal path to the old market town of Nong Chok. Your guide will take you to a local restaurant for a Thai lunch before you trade your bikes for a wooden boat and head down the Saen Seab Canal back to the mosque. Sit back and relax as old Bangkok gently glides by, letting you to soak up the scenery.

This evening, your Guide will meet you at your hotel lobby at 7:00PM. Take tuk to visit the night Market at Patpong which started about 15 years ago and has been a major draw to the area ever since, In fact been responsible for the diversification of visitors to the Pattaya area. The market sets up late afternoon and is open for business around the time it gets dark until 2:00AM. Here you can taste local food and find all sorts of interesting merchandise from Thai handicrafts to knock-off designer clothes, watches and football outfits. Return to your hotel via private van with your Guide.

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: The Siam Heritage Boutique Suites (Superior)

Day 4

BANGKOK / CHIANG MAI VIA FLIGHT PG270. 1000/1115 (ECONOMY CLASS)

Your Guide will meet you in your hotel lobby at 8:00AM. Transfer approximately 45mins via private car to Suvarnabhumi Airport for your flight to Chiang Mai. Upon arrival, when you leave the airport terminal please look for a tour Guide displaying a welcome sign and your name. Transfer in a comfortable vehicle for approximately 20 minutes to town.

Take a break for lunch at an authentic local restaurant and try ‘Khao Soi’ (Chiang Mai Noodles), one of the famous dishes in Chiang Mai. This is a curry noodle dish from the northern part of Thailand. It is often made with chicken, served over Chinese Bah-mi egg noodle, and garnished with fried noodles, shallots, cilantro, pickled mustard greens, fried whole chili and a squeeze of lime juice.

Then, drive straight to Wat Suan Dok where ashes of former Kings of Chiang Mai and the Royal Family are kept. Then, take a 20 minute rickshaw ride to a local temple in Chiang Mai town and take the opportunity to talk with the monk about all aspects of his religion. Gain valuable insights from somebody who has devoted his life to a serene and simple lifestyle. After bidding farewell to the monks, drive to Doi Suthep and visit the most secret temple of Chiang Mai. Wat Phrathat was founded in 1383 A.D. In 1935, a road was built, but nowadays people climb the 309 steps from the parking lot to the top or take a tram (included). The climb up is rewarded with a superb panoramic view over the city.

This evening, enjoy a Khan Toke dinner and cultural show. The “Khan Toke” dinner is traditionally related to the people of the northern region. Dinner is served in small bowls, known in Thai as Khan. Guests are seated on cushions at a low table, known as Toke in Thai. During the dinner, entertainment is provided by beautiful dancers, who will perform the Forn Leb, known as the finger dance. Forn Thien is known as the candle dance, Ramwong, referred to as the circle dance and the Ram Dab is known as the sword dance.

After dinner, you will have a chance to launch a giant Kome Loy Lantern (Lantern releasing) a kind of hot air balloon. You all get a spiritual lift as your worries float away into the dark night sky. Hopefully you will feel the easing of your hearts as all Thais do when they light up the heavens with these cleverly designed lanterns that carry their cares away.

Day 5

CHIANG MAI – FULL DAY MAHOUT TRAINING AT PATTARA ELEPHANT FARM (JOIN-IN)

You will be met in the lobby of your hotel at 7:30AM and transferred to the Patara Elephant Farm outside of Chiang Mai. At the farm you will be given your mahout outfit and a brief talk on working with elephants before heading into the bush to find them. As the day goes on you will hear all about elephant farm management and the breeding program taking place here. You will meet the elephants and learn to approach them and work with them from the ground and to take them to the river for their morning bath. After a short ride to a local temple you can learn about elephants in Buddhism and the Thai’s ancient relationship with these traditional beasts of burden. Around mid-day you will set off for a ride through the jungle to some waterfalls where you will enjoy a picnic lunch and a swim with your elephant in the falls. Return to the camp in the afternoon and say goodbye to your new friends before being transferred back to your hotel.

Timing: 07.30 – 04:00 hrs
Min-Max: 2-30 pax

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: The Rim Resort (Superior)

Day 6

CHIANG MAI

Free day at leisure

Late afternoon at 4:00PM, enjoy a private cooking class. The dinner course begins with a tour of a local country market, where you’ll learn how to recognize and select the fresh ingredients for tonight’s dishes. You proceed to the Cooking@home Cookery School, where you will be taught how to prepare the following four dishes for your evening meal. Enjoy the dishes you’ve just cooked in the charming surroundings of our roofed dining terrace, gazing out across the neighboring rice paddies as day fades to night. It’s the perfect setting in which to delight your taste-buds as you savor the rewards of your evening’s efforts and peacefully contemplate the enchanting rural scenery of Northern Thailand. After dinner we will drive you back to your hotel or residence in Chiang Mai.

Day 7

CHIANG MAI / PHUKET VIA FLIGHT TG2111. 0845/1040 (ECONOMY CLASS)

Your Guide will meet you in your hotel lobby at 7:00AM. Transfer (approx. 20mins) via private car to Chiang Mai Airport for flight to Phuket.

Upon arrival, when you leave the airport terminal, please look for a Guide displaying a welcome signboard and your name. Enjoy a 15 minute private transfer to your hotel for check-in and spend the remainder of the day at your leisure.

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Deevana Plaza Phuket (Formerly Mercure Phuket Deevana) (Deluxe City View (Formally Superior City View)

Day 8

PHUKET

*** The excursion to Phi Phi Island is based on a seat-in-coach speedboat, join-in with other passengers
*** Private transfer with English speaking guide from hotel to pier and vice versa included

Your English speaking Guide will meet you at your hotel at 8:00AM. and transfer you in a private vehicle to the local pier for a day trip to Phi Phi Island. The twin Phi Phi Islands – Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Le – lie approximately 48kms from Phuket and are famed for being home to some of the best dive sites in Thailand. Phi Phi Don, the larger island, is inhabited by local villagers and is adorned with fine sandy beaches, crystal clear water, and extraordinary marine life, and is thus an ideal place for swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, sunbathing, and relaxation. The smaller Phi Phi Le offers even more dramatic scenery with a number of small secret coves, rocky cliffs, caves and “Maya Bay”, the location of the film “The Beach”. Its most celebrated attraction is an immense cave, “Viking Cave”, which has an abundance of stalactites and stalagmites. Here valuable bird’s nests are collected and are used to produce “Rang Nok”, which is believed to benefit people’s health. There are also ancient drawings of sailing crafts, which are still of unknown origin. Spend the day cruising around these two superb islands, exploring the wonderful caves, and swimming, snorkeling, enjoying lunch and relaxing on the white sand beaches.
The tour ends about 5:00PM. Your English speaking Guide will meet you again at the pier and transfer you by private car back to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Deevana Plaza Phuket (Formerly Mercure Phuket Deevana) (Deluxe City View (Formally Superior City View)

Day 9

PHUKET

Full day free at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Deevana Plaza Phuket (Formerly Mercure Phuket Deevana) (Deluxe City View (Formally Superior City View)

Day 10

PHUKET/ KUALA LUMPUR VIA FLIGHT MH787.1030/1300
(ECONOMY CLASS)
KUALA LUMPUR/ BALI VIA FLIGHT MH853.1520/1820
(ECONOMY CLASS)

After breakfast, free time until it is time to check-out and transfer by private vehicle to the airport for your flight to Kuala Lumpur and then connect flight to Bali.

Our airport presentative will be waiting for you at the airport. Then you will be taken to the hotel in Ubud to enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

Ubud, a town in central Bali is far removed from the beach party scene in Kuta, and is regarded as the cultural centre of Bali. It is famous as an arts and crafts hub, and much of the town and nearby villages seems to consist of artists’ workshops and galleries. There are some remarkable architectural and other interesting sights to be found, and a general feeling of well being to be enjoyed, all thanks to the spirit, surroundings, and climate of the place.

Day 11

UBUD – COOKING CLASS RUMAH DESA (COOKING FOR FUN – JOIN-IN TOUR

08:00AM-08:30AM: You will be picked up at the hotel and transfered to your cooking class. The cooking class is an ultimate food experience and provides you with a great opportunity to discover the secrets of the authentic Balinese cuisine. Our professional team will provide you with instruct you about the preparation of all menus for the cooking program. The cooking class starts with visiting a traditional market, where you can explore all kinds of spices, ingredients that are used for cooking Balinese food. Your visit also provides you with an opportunity to learn more about the social life of Balinese culture. Upon arrival at Rumah, our team will welcome you and explain the background of Balinese cooking traditions, culture and religion. The cooking class is unique and authentic. You will have a choice from three different cooking programs.

Afternoon is free

Day 12

UBUD

Free day to relax and explore on your own or enjoy one of several optional tours.

Optional day tours:

1. Ubud Artistry Tour (PVT)
A trip to the cool mountain region of Ubud is an excellent way to familiarize yourself with Bali. Ubud has inspired European artists since the start of the last century, and it is on this tour that you have the opportunity to visit the studios and galleries of several of these prominent pioneers. Equally enchanting are the studios of Balinese painters, a number of whom have staged a renaissance in Balinese art by combining a traditional Balinese approach with European techniques. Ubud is a center of creativity, and a visit to the Museum of Modern Balinese Arts is a must on this trip.

Other highlights of this trip are Batubulan (meaning ‘stone moon’), Celuk and Mas, where stone carvings come alive and the finer details of the silverwork and woodcarvings will both surprise and amaze you. The famous Ubud market is a fun way to spend some free time. With batik fabrics, wonderful knick-knacks, souvenirs, art and crafts as well as spices and fruits, you will be mesmerized by the sights and smells in this concentrated area. Remember to bargain here! The ladies can be tough!

2. Besakih Mother Temple Tour (PVT)

Your private tour will first stop at the hall of Justice “Kerta Gosa” in Klungkung to view the buildings artwork and architecture that makes this site famous.

Bukit Jambul is a beautiful place on a green hill with rice terraces beneath. In this plateau, you will see the beautiful valley that is encircled by fertile tropical trees with the rice terrace as main focus

The highlight of the tour is Besakih, the mother temple of Bali. Located over a thousand feet up the volcanic slope of Gunung Agung, the island’s largest mountain, its Bali’s largest temple comprising 23 separate but related temples. The most important of these is Pura Penataran Agung, a six tiered temple terraced up the mountain. The backdrop is impressive and if the mist rolls in you may feel as if you are in the clouds. Otherwise the view extends down to the sea and is not to be missed. Stop for lunch at a restaurant overlooking a breathtaking lush green rice terrace with the majestic Mt. Agung in the back ground.

3. ATV TANDEM – Beach & Village Tour (BALI ISLAND HORSE & ATV)

Located in Yeh Gangga, only a 1 hour drive from Kuta, ride ATVs along black sand beaches and then up through scenic rice fields and traditional local villages. Amazing photo opportunities. The track is not extreme and suitable for all levels and ages. All ATVs are automatic and properly maintained.

Tour Includes: Air conditioned return hotel transfers, refreshment during the trip, Sausage Sizzle lunch, free shirt (singlet), and insurance coverage from age 12 – 65 yrs, helmets and a 2-hour ATV ride. The ATVs are 150cc automatics and 250cc semi-automatic.

Day 13

UBUD TO MUNDUK ( SIGHTEEING TRANSFER)

Depart your hotel and transfer to Mundok. Check-in upon arrival, and then relax at your hotel.

Munduk is a remote town in the north of Bali set on a ridge running down from the northwestern rim of the Bedugul caldera. The ridge falls steeply on either side into the valleys below, where distant paddy and spice plantations create a spectacular scene both to the north and the south.

Day 14

MUNDUK

Free day

Day 15

MUNDUK TO CANDI DASA (SIGHTSEEING TRANSFER)

Depart your hotel and transfer to Candi Dasa. Upon arrival, check in and then relax at the hotel.

Candi Dasa is a seaside town in eastern Bali that rests on the edge of a fresh water lagoon. Candi Dasa is often regarded as the island’s ‘retreat in the east’, and is meant for those who opt for a more serene scene of Bali. Candi Dasa also serves as the perfect hub to discover verdant hillsides and rice terraces upland, to world-class diving spots surrounding the coastline. Enjoy cultural highlights that dot the area where ancient Balinese traditions are alive at two original Balinese villages accessible from the area.

Day 16

CANDI DASA

Day is free at leisure

Day 17

CANDI DASA – SANUR (TRANSFER)

Depart your hotel and transfer to the peaceful Sanur. After Checking in at your hotel, relax and explore Sanur at your leisure.

Sanur is Bali’s oldest upscale resort area and is a mature beach-side town. Despite the abundance of restaurants and accommodation, it has a quiet and relaxed feel to it.

Day 18

SANUR

Free day to enjoy the beach and continue exploring on your own

Day 19

SANUR – BALI – DEPARTURE

Your Guide will pick you up at the hotel and transfer you to the airport for departure flight.

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