Trip Noi, a regular 23-day trip, travels around Thailand from the mountainous north region through the colorful central plain and ending at the tropical paradise of the south. Eating your way through Thailand is, perhaps, a good description of the trip, on which at the end we will relax with the sun, sand, and warm sea in a hideaway tropical paradise.
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Trip Yai, a special 28-day trip occasionally organized, is the same as Trip Noi plus a tour of famous spots and tasting the cuisine of a neighboring country (alternated), such as Angkor of Cambodia, Rangoon of Myanmar, Vientiane of Laos, or Hanoi of Vietnam.
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Wed, #1: San Francisco Airport, Depart---8 hour flight---2 hour stopover---5 hour flight---lose one day.
Thur, #2: Bangkok Airport, Arrive---Check into the hotel followed by a free afternoon to ease into Thailand.
Fri, #3: Bangkok AM---Embark on a motor boat and explore Bangkok waterways. Shop for lunch at the Floating Market and visit the fascinating royal Barge Museum. Sail up the Chao Praya River and observe the life on both riverbanks.
Sat, #4: Bangkok to Ayuthaya AM---See the significant temples and holy places in the Ayuthaya period of Thai history: Wat Yai Chaimongkol, Wat Mahathat, etc. Visit the palaces and temples alongside the river and dine at a local restaurant. Celebrate New Year at the old ruins.
Sun, #5: Ayuthaya to Sukhothai AM--- Ride along the countryside and tour the ruins of the first 12th century Thai capital: Wat Sri Sawai, Wat Sri Chum, etc. Visit the silver, gold, and textile craft village.
Mon, #6: Sukhothai to Chiang Rai AM---Head up north to the Golden Triangle. Visit Chiang Saen at the northernmost tip of Thailand situated on the gigantic loop of the majestic Mae Kong River and the border of Thailand and Laos.
Tue, #7: Chiang Rai to Pai AM---Visit Fang, a trading post of surrounding hill tribes. Enter Chiang Dao Sacred Cave located 8 miles underground which houses the largest carved white marble Buddha. Ride along Thailand’s most scenic drives through the pine forest.
Wed, #8: Pai AM---Grocery shop at the Pai morning market for our dinner ingredients. Visit Thom Rod and raft down the stream flowing through the cave. Stop by a Lisu hilltribe village. Learn to cook a local meal for our dinner party.
Thur, #9: Pai AM---Drift down the misty Pai River on bamboo rafts and then trek on elephants back along the scenic river. Take a nature walk in the nearby forest. Visit the Pradong (Longnecks) village, whose women wear several golden rings to elongate their necks. Enjoy the nightlife of Pai with dinner and music.
Fri, #10: Pai to Chiang Mai AM---Ride along one of Thailand’s most spectacular drives on the slope of the Himalayas. Sightsee in Mae Hong Son and visit local craft shops with Burmese artifacts. Travel via Mae Sariang and Chom Thong and visit Thailand’s highest peak. Visit nearby Karen hilltribe and textile weaving villages. Dine at a popular local restaurant and walk through the largest Night Bazaar.
Sat, #11: Chiang Mai AM---Pay homage to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, the mountaintop sacred temple overlooking the city. Visit handicraft centers of the north for handmade and hand-painted parasols, lacquerware, hand-woven silks and cotton, ceramics, silver, and bronze wares. Partake of the traditional Khun Toke dinner with cultural dances.
Sun, #12: Chiang Mai to Bangkok AM---Visit Wat Phra Singh, Chiang Mai’s most important temple with superb ancient wood carving specimens. Walk the city streets and shop during a free afternoon in Chiang Mai. Take an overnight train to Bangkok.
Mon, #13: Bangkok AM--- Arrive in Bangkok and have a free morning. Bangkok PM---Pay homage to the 5-ton solid gold Buddha at Wat Trimitr and the marble temple of Wat Benja. Shop for ingredients and cook a local dinner for our party.
Tue, #14: Bangkok to Ranong AM---Ride down the southern peninsula with a short stop along Petchaburi, a famous spot for popular Thai snacks and sweets. Wind through a scenic route of a hundred curves along the forest cliffs to Ranong, known for its healing hot mineral springs. Stay in a local spa hotel and bathe in the natural spring. Dine and enjoy the first taste of southern style cuisine.
Wed, #15: Ranong to Krabi AM---Move farther down south along a route of dramatic limestone karsts. Stop for a nature walk through the verdant forest park and swim in refreshing emerald pools. Dine on a scrumptious meal of southern specialties.
Thur, #16: Krabi AM---Explore the coastline of magnificent limestone cliffs and mysterious caves. Take a boat trip to a nearby island of soft white sand beaches and alluring coves. Swim, snorkel, fish, or simply enjoy the beauty of the Andaman Sea. Stroll through downtown and dine at a favorite local restaurant.
Fri, #17: Krabi AM---Take a day trip to the islands of Phi Phi with white sand beaches and colorful coral reefs. Enjoy a Picnic lunch and spend the day near the water. Visit Viking Cave, home of the bird’s nest delicacy.
Sat, #18: Krabi to Phuket AM---Ride along the coastline to the popular southern destination, Phuket Island. Visit local attractions and see a show. Dine at a fine restaurant and observe Phuket nightlife at Patong Beach.
Sun, #19: Phuket AM---Shop for ingredients at the morning market for our seafood dinner party. Take a trip around the island and visit hot spots or rest on the beach. Prepare dinner for our party.
Mon, #20: Phuket to Bangkok--- Enjoy a free morning until 11 AM in Phuket and then return to Bangkok by air (1 hour 15 minutes). Free afternoon.
Tue, #21: Bangkok AM pay homage to the Emerald Buddha, Thailand’s most sacred image and journey to the Grand Palace. Visit the school of traditional Thai healing massage at Wat Po. (Farewell party for Trip Noi.)
Wed, #22: Bangkok to Cambodia AM---Arrive in Siemreap and check into the hotel. Visit Bakong, Prah Ko and Lolei Temples. After, lunch at the hotel, visit the Terrace of Elephant, the Former Royal Palace, Baphun, Bahun, Prah Pithu, North and South Khleang Temples. Dine at a local restaurant. (Trip Noi leaving for San Francisco.)
Thur, #23: Cambodia AM---After Breakfast, visit Southgate of Angkor, Bayon Temple complex. Enjoy lunch at the hotel, then visit Angkor Wat Complex and watch the sunset from Phnom Bakheng. Dine at a local restaurant.
Fri, #24: Cambodia AM---Following breakfast, visit Banteay Srey. Eat lunch at the hotel, then visit Prak Khan, Neak Pean, Pre Rup, Takeo, and Taphohm temples. Dine at a local restaurant.
Sat, #25: Cambodia AM---After breakfast, enjoy a free morning for shopping or strolling through town. Depart for Bangkok and have a free afternoon.
Sun, #26: Bangkok AM---Visit the largest bazaar in Southeast Asia, Suan Chatuchak, a weekend market of more than 4000 stalls selling anything imaginable. Dine at a nearby famous restaurant. Visit Patpong, the center of Bangkok’s notorious nightlife.
Mon, #27: Bangkok AM---Last day in Thailand, enjoy a day of light activities, catch up on shopping and packing. Dine and enjoy our farewell party.
Tue, #28: Bangkok to San Francisco--- Take the time to bid farewell to Thailand with a free morning until noon. Depart ---5 hours flight---2 hours stopover---8 hours flight---San Francisco, Arrive---12:30 PM, gain one day.
Itinerary is subject to change.