Thailand and islands Koh Lipe or Koh Tao

Thailand and islands Koh Lipe or Koh Tao

16 days

There is no doubt that Thailand is one of the best destinations for honeymooners, not only in Asia but around the world. A romantic escape against the backdrop of turquoise waters and white beaches, but enriched by an incredible cultural heritage. This unique itinerary, created by Conscious Journeys, is dedicated to those who want to travel in an ecological way. A cruise on the Chao Phraya river will take you through the ancient capital of Ayutthaya, you will be guests of a tribe settled in a hilly area and will stay in a remote eco resort, nestled in the forest, and then relax on one of the most beautiful islands in the world ; depending on the season you can relax on the wonderful island of Koh Lipe, in the Andaman Sea or in the heart of the Gulf of Siam on the island of Koh Tao from April to September. Throughout the itinerary, hotels full of charm have been selected, but also respectful of sustainable tourism policies, with local employees and suppliers. After the first two days in Bangkok, from which the journey to discover this country will start, along the road to Chiang Rai you will visit the most important cultural and historical sites. On a traditional barge to transport rice you will have a relaxing cruise between Bangkok and the city of Ayutthaya, a UNESCO heritage site. The cruise allows you to visit the old Siam and observe the fascinating life of the people living along the Chao Phraya river.
In Chiang Rai you will be hosted at an eco-friendly community-based establishment set in the hills of Northern Thailand. The structure allows you to spend holidays knowing the tribes settled on these hills and also to go hiking or learn the art of Hmong batiks while attending a lesson. The profit made from your stay will be used for projects dedicated to the community that aim to improve living conditions. Finally, from Chiang Mai a flight will take you south, where the perfect ‘zen’ hotel is waiting for you. Not only for the exceptional location on one of the most beautiful beaches in Thailand or for the superb panoramic scenery, but above all for the soul of the place itself. The resort offers Yoga classes, wellness and healing treatments and also routes for long walks on the island. It is also possible to go scuba-diving or swim in complete tranquility. It is possible to do this incredible honeymoon during the whole year from October to March on the island of Koh Tao while from April to September on the island of Koh Tao. Both hotels selected on the two also have an excellent restaurant specializing in the preparation of dishes based on fish, always fresh, located more internally, to ensure relaxation, comfort and tranquility to customers.

JOURNEYS OVERVIEW AND PROGRAM DETAILS

1° Day: Bangkok

Arrival at Suvarnabhumi Airport by morning flight (Suggested flight arrive not later than 08:00 am). Meet with guide and transfer to the hotel. Check-in at the hotel Later in the morning, you will be collected by your guide to experience a Canal tour, starting from the Mahasawat canal’s pier. The canal tour now begins, you will be taken on a local boat along the canal to the attractions that start from Lotus Farm or Water Lilly Farm, you can pick lotus flower by yourself and get a chance to try boat paddling with the beautiful scenery. Then we will go to learn how to cook Rice Crackers and try the best local snack here and have Lunch at Local Restaurant. After lunch, we continue our journey by taking a local boat to visit an Organic Fruit Farm. Taking a local tractor we will ride into the fruit orchards where fruit is organically grown and free from pesticides and other chemicals. You can enjoy a tasting of whatever fruit is in season. (Local Tractor riding is subject to availability). On the way back, visit Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), built in the Khmer-style and return to the hotel by coach. Overnight at hotel.
Overnight in Bangkok (-L,-)

2° Day: Bangkok

American Breakfast at the hotel. Departure from the hotel, travel to Wat Traimit, famous for its Buddha image made from 5.5 tons of pure gold. After crossing the bustling streets of Chinatown, you will reach the Royal Palace, built in 1782, with its roofs of gold and marble glittering in the sunshine. This tour offers an opportunity to the better understanding of the splendor of Thai architectural forms centuries past, the worship of Buddhism and the high respect Thai people hold for the monarchy. You can also visit Wat Phra Kheo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), the Tower of the Nine Planets, the Coronation Hall and Funeral Hall (Coronation Hall and Funeral Hall are close for any visit during weekends and public holidays). Proceed to Wat Po, with its stately Reclining Buddha image some 46 meters in length, also the site of the famous school for Thai traditional massage. In the late afternoon you will have a chance to experience a traditional Thai massage from visually impaired therapist. Let’s switch on your senses, here in the dark it counts for nothing whether your eyes are open or closed. Start learning with introduction workshop with blind persons. Then your guide will lead you to walk with your cane to the darkness exhibition where you will be realized the importance of perceptive senses around. The one-hour experience designed to offer an insight into how blind people live. We can say this is one of the most valuable experiences in exploring our non-visual senses and even can change our mindset. Afterward, you will be lead to experience Thai Massage by blind (selective of 60 minutes body massage or 60 minutes foot massage). We let blind therapists demonstrate their unique talent for massage therapy as they are able to fully focus on their sense of touch in a way others cannot.
Return to the hotel for an Overnight. (B,-,-)

3° Day: visit Damnernsaduak

American Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Damnernsaduak, Thailand’s liveliest and most picturesque floating market. People from neighboring villages arrive on the waterways in their loaded sampans to sell or barter all kinds of goods including vegetables, fruit and flowers offering scenes typical of country life in Thailand. From the market, continue to visit Krasae Cave where currently housing some Buddha Statues. Along the way, walking on the old railway track with a spectacular part of the Death Railway running beside steep slopes of the mountain side. It is one of the most interesting part of the railway because of its wooden bridge and is still in working condition. Have lunch at local restaurant. Then, take a train along the Death Railway route to River Kwai Bridge. River Kwai Bridge, built by Allied prisoners of war and Asian laborers. Upon arrival at the bridge, enjoy free time with spectacular view in the area. Return back to the hotel in Bangkok. (B,L,-)

4° Day: cruise to Ayutthaya

American Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out and depart from the hotel at approximately 07.00 hrs. to Bang Pa-In Royal Palace or the Summer Palace, which is 53 km. away from Bangkok. Then we will enjoy fantastic Thai lunch on a Rice Barge cruising along the majestic Chao Phraya, “River of Kings”. After lunch, we will explore rest on the island framed by three significant rivers: Chao Phraya, Lopburi and Pasak, the historic temples, palaces and remaining architectures of the ancient kingdom of Ayutthaya are one of Thailand’s most precious historical sites. The 715-acre area has been listed the UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991 as it portrays the heydays of one of the largest kingdoms in Indochina history. Then, continue the journey to Sukhothai, once was the capital of the first Kingdom of Siam in the 13th and 14th centuries, with arrival late in the afternoon. Check-in at hotel, dinner and overnight at Sukhotai (B,L,D)

5° Day: visit Sukhothai

American breakfast at hotel, check-out and depart to visit Sukhothai Historical Park. After, continue the trip to visit Wat Pra That Su Thon Mongkon Khiri a Lanna style temple with enormous reclining buddha which can be easily seen from the faraway. Lunch at a local restaurant. Then proceed to visit outside Phrae town named “Ban Thong Hong”, a famous village for the distinctive “Mor-Hom”, the indigo dyed, cotton, farmer’s shirt seen all over Thailand under the trademark “Made in Phrae”. Continue the journey to Chiang Rai, was founded by King Mangrai in 1262 and became the capital of the Mangrai Dynasty. Check-in at Lanjia Lodge, after a welcoming drink, your Lanjia host will give you an overview of various tribal peoples in Thailand, particularly the Hmong and the Lahu, who will be your hosts during your stay. You will also learn about the livelihoods of people living near the Mekong river and about the famous giant catfish (locally known as Pla Buek), which is the world’s largest freshwater fish, found in this area of the river. In the evening, you will partake of a sumptuous dinner with local delicacies, followed by a cultural show performed by Hmong and Lahu villagers. You will stay overnight at the Lanjia Lodge. (B,L,D)

6° Day: village walk Chiang Rai

After breakfast, you will start the day with a tour through the nearby Hmong and Lahu village, called “Baan Kiew Karn”. You will learn about their traditions, their beliefs and their way of life. You will be shown how to create your own batik piece or, if you are interested, you can learn how to make and set animal traps. You will also visit the shaman of the village who will be pleased to share with you his knowledge of Hmong culture. Later, you will travel in a pick-up truck to the village of Baan Muang Karn, where you will board a boat for a cruise down the Mekong River to the town of Chiang Khong. Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant next to the river. In the afternoon, you will go on a walking tour through the town. You will have the opportunity to visit Buddhist temples and the village of Ban Had Krai, where local fishermen will be eager to share their experiences about catching the famed giant catfish.
Your last stop of the day will be the temple of Phra That Jom Meng. Situated on a mountain top, this offers the most scenic views of the Mekong River basin with Laos in the background. After this, you will now return to the lodge where you can relax and prepare for a delicious dinner incorporating the unique flavors of the local cuisine. Overnight at the Lanjia Lodge. (B,L,D)

7° Day: cruise Mekong River

After breakfast, you will start the day with a tour through the nearby Hmong and Lahu village, called “Baan Kiew Karn”. You will learn about their traditions, their beliefs and their way of life. You will be shown how to create your own batik piece or, if you are interested, you can learn how to make and set animal traps. You will also visit the shaman of the village who will be pleased to share with you his knowledge of Hmong culture. Later, you will travel in a pick-up truck to the village of Baan Muang Karn, where you will board a boat for a cruise down the Mekong River to the town of Chiang Khong. Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant next to the river. In the afternoon, you will go on a walking tour through the town. You will have the opportunity to visit Buddhist temples and the village of Ban Had Krai, where local fishermen will be eager to share their experiences about catching the famed giant catfish.
Your last stop of the day will be the temple of Phra That Jom Meng. Situated on a mountain top, this offers the most scenic views of the Mekong River basin with Laos in the background. After this, you will now return to the lodge where you can relax and prepare for a delicious dinner incorporating the unique flavors of the local cuisine. Overnight at the Lanjia Lodge. (B,L,D)

8° Day: feed and bath elephants

After breakfast transfer to an elephant camp for and half day program. During the visit you can experience feed the elephant in the camp and interact with then during bath time. Have a lunch in the camp. Transfer to Chang mai. Afternoon free to explore Chiang mai. Overnight in Chiang mai. (B,L,D)

Day 9: explore am old Craftsmanship

After breakfast visit Sankampaeng and Bosang For Century Old Craftsmanship. Take a tour to Sankampaeng and Bosang for the most beautiful and amazing crafts. You will get to see how artisans create incredible works of art such as:

  • Woodcarvings
  • Gems
  • Silverware
  • Thai Silks
  • Lacquer-ware
  • Making Umbrellas (the leading specialty)

Overnight at hotel in Chiang Mai (B)

Day 10: discover Wiang Kum Kam

Breakfast at the lodge and check out. Depart to visit Wiang Kum Kam, the Underground Ancient City – the first capital of Lanna Kingdom built by King Mangrai before he moved it to Chiang Mai. Enjoy a horse cart ride.
Then, continue to visit Wat Phra Singh (Temple of the Lion Buddha), one of the finest classic Lanna Style architecture in Northern Thailand where house a very highly revered Buddha image named Phra Sing Buddha.
Then, experience the local’s live by visiting Chiang Mai local market called “Warorot Market”. Lunch at local restaurant. After lunch, proceed to visit to Doi Suthep (1676 m. AMSL), the landmark of Chiang Mai where the beautiful pagoda of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, built in 1383 during the reign of the King “Kue-Na”, is located. From the top of the Doi Suthep, enjoy a beautiful panorama view of Chiang Mai city. Check in at Amora Chiang Mai and Overnight (B,L,)

Day 11: Chiang Mai

After breakfast transfer by a/c vehicle to the airport for your flight to Phuket. Arrival at Phuket Airport. Pick-up by the hotel representative – Joining-up transfer by a/c vehicle and private boat. Koh Yao Noi is an island situated in the hearth of the Bay of Phang-Nga, in Southern Thailand, between Phuket Island and Krabi province. Landscapes are a blend of mountains topped with tropical jungle, cultivated plain and hills, mangrove and tropical beaches. Located in the heart of the bay of Phang-Nga, the hotel beach is sheltered from the tides and is therefore suitable for swimming. Time for leisure to enjoy the beach.
Overnight at Paradise Koh Yao (B/D)

Day 12: Relax in Koh Lipe or Koh Tao

Full day rest for leisure on the beach or participate in an activity or excursion organized by the hotel (optional).
Overnight at Paradise Koh Yao (B/D)

Day 13: Relax in Koh Lipe or Koh Tao

Full day rest for leisure on the beach or participate in an activity or excursion organized by the hotel (optional).
Overnight at Paradise Koh Yao (B/D)

Day 14: Relax in Koh Lipe or Koh Tao

Full day rest for leisure on the beach or participate in an activity or excursion organized by the hotel (optional).
Overnight at Paradise Koh Yao (B/D)

Day 15: Relax in Koh Lipe or Koh Tao

Full day rest for leisure on the beach or participate in an activity or excursion organized by the hotel (optional).
Overnight at Paradise Koh Yao (B/D)

Day 16: Departure from Hat Yai or Koh Samui

After breakfast, transfer to Hat Yai or Koh Samui airport depending on destination with private boat and car. Departure by international flight.

ACTIVITIES

  • Visit the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Grand Palace and Temple of the Reclining Buddha in Bangkok
  • Experience a traditional Thai massage by visually
    impaired therapists
  • Enjoy a wonderful cruise on the Chao Phraya River
  • Visit the former capital city and UNESCO site of Ayutthaya
  • Discover the liestyle of many local villages
  • Visit the famous White temple in Chiangrai
  • Learn about Thai people culture and lifestyle
  • Enjoy delicious traditional food
  • Talk with old shamans and discover their spiritual practices
  • Walk through rice paddies and tea plantations
  • Go for a bike excursion to Muang Gert village
  • Go fishing with local fishermen
  • Unwind on the beach of Koh Yao Noi Island
  • historical and archaeological sites sightseen

THAILAND WHEN TO GO

The Thailand climate is tropical and monsoon, for the particular form which has its own territory it can be subdivided into many microclimates. You can basically distinguish three seasons, a first cool and dry season from November to February, when it blows the north-west monsoon; a second hot season from March to mid-May; and the rainy season from May to November, with short bursts of water

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