This tour has it all! Join us for a spiritual journey to some of Thailand’s most sacred places. We start with two days in the old city of Chiang Mai and the unique temples of the Lanna period. One highlight is a visit to a bhikkhuni temple where female monks practice a very pure form of Buddhism. Next is a day at the Elephant Nature Park where rescued elephants are rehabilitated and cared for. You get to feed, bathe and walk with these majestic beasts in humane, safe environment. From there we travel to the ancient city of Sukhothai, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the first capitol of Siam (Thailand). Continuing south to Sing Buri, we visit the secluded temple of Wat Pranonjaksi for an exclusive audience with ordained monks. Next, we head south to the seaside town of Pattaya and the temple complex of Wat Yansangwararam to attend talks on Buddhist spirituality by the resident English-speaking monks. Early risers can attend the morning prayers and follow the monks on their alms round through the village. Then it’s off to the Asiatique marketplace in Bangkok with its superb restaurants and authentic goods from all over Thailand. This tour truly showcases the best Thailand has to offer.
The tour cost is $2249 USD per person based on double occupancy. Price includes room/food/transportation and expert guides. Here’s the details:
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner. Meals are served family-style in Thailand and we do our best to accomodate personal tastes. Please let us know about any food allergies. No one has ever gone hungry – but snacks between meals are on you, as well as any alcoholic drinks.
3-4 star accomodations, dual occupancy. We book some of the finest hotels in the areas we visit (Contact us for single occupancy cost).
Transportation within Thailand is included. We serve folks from all over the world. Since everyone has their favorite airline & milage program we decided to steer clear of that part. Transportation to/from Thailand is your responsibility. We greet you at Suvarnabhumi International Airport and take it from there. Entrance fees for scheduled attractions are included. Extras, such as Thai massage, souveniers, etc. is on you unless specifically included. A unique and authentic travel experience is included in every trip!
February 9 – Arrive in Chiang Mai. We greet you at the airport and take you by private van to your hotel where you can relax after the long flight.
February 10 – We explore some of Thailand’s most beautiful temples including a Bhikhuni Temple where female monks practice.
Febuary 11 – A day at the Elephant Nature Park, an elephant rescue and rehabilitation center and one of Thailand’s showcase elephant preserves. Rescued elephants are given a spacious, loving home where they are free to wander in peace. Many of these animals come from years of hard work and abuse. You’ll spend the day walking with these majestic beasts and even have the chance to wash them in the local river. This is an extraordinary experience.
February 12 – We leave the north and head to the ancient ruins of Sukhothai, the first capitol where the early kings of Siam ruled for 200 years. This UNESCO World Heritage site features spectacular stupas and pyramids from the 13th century.
February 13 – Continuing our southern journey, we pass through the central lowlands with a mix of traditional and modern farming. We’ll make plenty of stops for photos and excellent food along the way.
February 14 – At Sing Buri we stop at Wat Nonjaksi, where we have a special relationship with the temple. Very few foreigners come to this secluded site. There you’ll chat with English-speaking monks and learn a few forms of movement meditation popular at the temple.
February 15 – Leaving Sing Buri, we continue on to the eastern shores of the Gulf of Thailand near Pattaya for dinner and some relaxation.
February 16 – At Wat Yan Sang Wararam the monks specialize in dharma talks for westerners. The extrodinary temple grounds provide the perfect setting for learning more about Thai Buddhism. From there we make the short drive to Bangkok for a farewell dinner along the Chao Prya river at Asiatique. This riverside market boasts some of the best restaurants and shopping in Thailand with authentic goods from all over the country.
February 17 – We bid you farewell as we see you off to Suvarnabhumi International Airport for your flight back home. We like to think of this as a beginning rather than an end and we part ways knowing that both you and Thailand are changed for the better from your visit.