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BEST OF THAILAND - 10 Days

BEST OF THAILAND
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BEST OF THAILAND

“Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.” Who said this? That’s right…the King of Siam (now Thailand) in “The King and I.” We’re not sure, but we think he was referring to all the benefits you get from traveling with Monograms: included meals, sightseeing, expert guides, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. In fact, on this 10-day vacation, we’ve arranged your hotel accommodations, private guided sightseeing, daily breakfast (plus three lunches and one dinner), transportation, and transfers from/to your hotels to/from the airports for all intra-vacation flights. Plus, we have arranged for you to have a Local Host®—someone who will help make sure your trip is all you want it to be—in each city: Bangkok, Chiang Rai, Ban Thaton, and Chiang Mai.

Your vacation begins the moment you arrive in Bangkok, as we can pick you up at the airport and take you to your selected hotel. Your Local Host will greet you with a warm welcome and help you get settled. The next morning, after included breakfast, we’ve arranged for a private guided tour of Bangkok. Visit the Temple of the Dawn, whose 260-foot-tall spire has become identified with Bangkok; the Grand Palace; the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, painstakingly carved from a single block of jade; and the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wait until you see the 49-foot-high and 151-foot-long massive Reclining Buddha! We’ve also included a boat ride through the klongs, Bangkok’s canals, where you will see family homes, temples, and the local way of life.

After a full day at leisure in Bangkok, you will fly to Chiang Rai, where your Local Host will be waiting for you at the airport. In Chiang Rai, we’ve arranged private guided sightseeing that includes a trishaw ride, the favorite local mode of transportation; a visit to the local market; and a visit to Wat Phra Kaew, which once housed the Emerald Buddha. We have then arranged transportation for you to Ban Thaton, where you will have two private guided tours. We will take you to an Akha village, a hill tribe known for gorgeous headdresses decorated with silver coins, and to a Karen village, home to the Padaung long-necked women, who have brass rings placed on their necks and legs as little girls, creating the visual illusion of stretching their necks.

From Ban Thaton, we will transport you to Chiang Mai, where you will visit Wat Phra Singh with its famous Buddha image, and Wat Doi Suthep, a temple tucked away in the mountains, where you will enjoy spectacular views of Chiang Mai. You will have a full day at your leisure to enjoy independent exploration or perhaps book an optional Thai cooking class or attend a Khantoke dinner show featuring a local dance performance.

And did we mention we’ve included a boat ride on the Kok River in Ban Thaton? It’s just another one of the details we’ve included. We want to make sure you enjoy many forms of transportation: boat rides, a trishaw ride, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. In fact, between the sightseeing we’ve arranged, the transportation and attractions we’ve included, the hotels we’ve booked, the meals we’ve included, and the guides we’ve arranged, all you have to do is sit back and enjoy. We’ve taken away the stress and hassles of having to figure out where to go and what to do, so what are you waiting for? Thailand awaits!


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* The “Starting at” or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. Pricing may vary on this date due to hotel availability. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Monograms).

Day 1
ARRIVE IN BANGKOK

Welcome to Thailand! Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Day 2
BANGKOK

Today’s PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR starts with a BOAT RIDE through the klongs, Bangkok’s canals, to see family homes, temples, and the way of life that gives this city the nickname “Venice of the East.” Stop at Wat Arun, the TEMPLE OF THE DAWN, whose 260-foot-tall spire has become identified with Bangkok. Continue on to the GRAND PALACE, comprised of the Funeral Palace, the Reception Palace, the Throne Hall, the Coronation Hall, the Royal Guest House, and the TEMPLE OF THE EMERALD BUDDHA. Also, visit the TEMPLE OF THE RECLINING BUDDHA, the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in Bangkok. It houses more than 1,000 Buddha images, including the 49-foot-high and 151-foot-long massive Reclining Buddha.

Breakfast Lunch

Day 3
BANGKOK

Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore on your own. Your Local Host can help with suggestions to help maximize your time.

Breakfast

Day 4
BANGKOK–CHIANG RAI

Fly to Chiang Rai. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Breakfast

Day 5
CHIANG RAI

Your PRIVATE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING this morning includes a TRISHAW RIDE, the favorite local mode of transportation, through the city’s residential area and LOCAL MARKET. Also, visit WAT PHRA KAEW, which once hosted the Emerald Buddha (now in Bangkok). The afternoon is at your leisure.

Breakfast

Day 6
CHIANG RAI–BAN THATON

Today, your PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR includes an AKHA VILLAGE, a hill tribe known for gorgeous headdresses decorated with silver coins. Then, take a BOAT RIDE on the Kok River before continuing on to your hotel by private car.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 7
BAN THATON–CHIANG MAI

Start your day with a fascinating PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR of a KAREN VILLAGE, home to the PADAUNG LONG-NECKED WOMEN. Early in life, brass rings are placed on the necks of the village girls and as they mature, additional rings are added. This pushes the collarbone down and compresses the rib cage, creating the illusion of stretching their necks. Continue on to Chiang Mai, Thailand’s second-largest city, by private car.

Breakfast Lunch

Day 8
CHIANG MAI

Your PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR begins with a visit to WAT PHRA SINGH with its famous Buddha image, and WAT DOI SUTHEP, a temple tucked away in the mountains. For the final ascent to the temple, you can take a tram car or walk up the Naga (dragon-headed serpent) staircase, with over 300 steps. On a clear day, you will enjoy spectacular views of Chiang Mai. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Breakfast

Day 9
CHIANG MAI

Today is free for independent exploration. Your Local Host is happy to make recommendations.

Breakfast

Day 10
CHIANG MAI

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast

What's Included

  • Local Host In each city.
  • Meals - American breakfast daily; 3 lunches; 1 dinner.
  • Sightseeing & Activities - Private guided sightseeing with your Local Host as outlined in the day-by-day itinerary; inside visits.
  • Transportation - Private airport transfers to/from all intra-vacation flights.
  • Baggage Handling - Monograms has taken care of porterage at your hotel, so feel free to let the bellman help get your luggage to your room with no tipping required.
  • Choice of hotels - We've carefully screened and selected the right hotels in the heart of the destination and you can choose your accommodations to match your style and budget.

PRICE EXCLUDES

  • Intra-vacation flights not included

BANGKOK

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS BANGKOK SATHORN

Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Sathorn is a comfortable and modern hotel just steps from many dining and entertainment choices on Silom Road. The hotel is situated nearby a SkyTrain stop, offering access to the city's center and major attractions such as The Grand Palace, Temple of the Emerald Buddha,and Erawan Shrine.

OPTION - SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, BANGKOK

Situated on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, this luxury hotel boasts gorgeous views of the natural side of Bangkok. A BTS station is adjacent, allowing easy access to the city's main sites like the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew.

Option 2 - AMARA BANGKOK

Set in the historic district of Bangkrak, known for its diverse local street food and exciting nightlife, this property affords easy access to enjoy the capital city. Savor the urban views from the rooftop pool or keep fit at the well-equipped gym.


CHIANG RAI

THE MANTRINI BOUTIQUE RESORT

Conveniently located near the center of town, The Mantrini's imaginative decor, a harmonizing blend of modern design and contemporary décor, makes for a comfortable atmosphere surrounded by friendly service.

OPTION - RIVERIE BY KATA THANI

The Dusit Island Resort is situated on its own island in the Mae Kok River, close to central Chiang Rai. Spectacular views of the river or the resort¿s tropical gardens are available from every guest room, which feature decor and furnishings that reflect the rich ethnic and cultural diversity of Northern Thailand. With world-class leisure facilities, the resort offers the ideal getaway for all types of travelers.


BAN THATON

MAEKOK RIVER VILLAGE RESORT

The Maekok River Village is idyllically located on the banks of the Mae Kok River with sweeping views across the valley to the distant forested mountains. The peaceful, rural setting makes an ideal getaway for those wanting a change of pace from the busy city.


CHIANG MAI

EMPRESS HOTEL

Nestled in the heart of beautiful historic city of Chiang Mai, in a lush greenery park, The Empress Hotel & Convention Centre offers magnificent location of 20 minutes drive from Chiang Mai International Airport & Railway station. The city's famous handicraft center Night Bazaar with the night entertainments and commercial zone are just 10 minutes walk away.

OPTION - RATILANNA RIVERSIDE RESORT & SPA

This boutique resort has a great location close to the city center and captures the essence of the Lanna people with subtle architectural details and inspiring interior decor.

OPTION 2 - SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, CHIANG MAI

This luxurious hotel offers tranquility amid a busting city center. Rejuvenate at the outdoor pool and take in the stunning mountain views after a day of sightseeing.


 

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