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Chiang Mai Flower Festival 2018 ex Australia

Chiang Mai Flower Festival 2018 ex Australia

24 January - 5 February 2018
$4,395 Per Person, $650 Single Supplement

A Go See Touring Special Event


Day 1 – Wednesday 24 January 2018 Depart Australia - Arrive Bangkok

On arrival in Bangkok you will be met by our local tour guide and transferred to your hotel.  Siam@Siam is an outstanding, stylishly-designed Hotel & Spa ideally situated opposite the National Stadium in the vicinity of the Central Business District and major shopping centres: Siam Square, Siam Centre, Siam Discovery, and the MBK Shopping Complex. 

Accommodation: Siam@Siam or similar 

Day 2 – Thursday 25 January 2018 (B, L, D) Bangkok

Breakfast is at the hotel this morning.

This morning set off on a half day Bangkok City Tour.  Sightseeing includes visits to three of the city’s most important temples: Wat Traimit (with its huge solid gold Buddha statue), Wat Po (containing a 46 m. long reclining Buddha image), Wat Phra Kaew (for the revered Emerald Buddha) and also the ornate Grand Palace, a blend of Thai and European architecture.   Lunch is at the riverside, Wan-Fah restaurant and then you’ll be returned to the hotel and the rest of the afternoon is at leisure.

Dinner tonight is on the rooftop of your hotel.  This fabulous spot allows you to enjoy 360 degree views of Bangkok while you dine.

Accommodation: Siam@Siam or similar 

Day 3 Friday 26 January 2018 (B, L, D) Bangkok - Kanchanaburi

Breakfast is at the hotel this morning before checking out.  

Early this morning the coach will depart for Kanchanaburi, a town to the west of Bangkok.  This morning you’ll visit the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre - an interactive museum which is an information and research facility dedicated to presenting the history of the Thailand-Burma Railway. The centre offers the visitor an educational and moving experience. Afterwards, visit the Allied War Cemetery, the resting place for more than 6000 Allied Prisoners of War.

Early afternoon the coach will take you to your hotel for check in. You will transfer you to the Resotel pier where you will complete the journey to the River Kwai Resotel by long tailed boat.  The River Kwai Resotel is nestled on the banks of this historic river - surrounded by rich tropical nature along with lofty mountains and stunning cliffs.  The river runs through the hotel’s front yard.  Check in on arrival and the rest of the afternoon is yours to enjoy at leisure. 

Dinner will be served at the hotel, followed by a 45-minute presentation of Mon Dance. 

Accommodation: River Kwai Resotel or similar 

Day 4 – Saturday 27 January 2018 (B, L, D) Hellfire Pass/River Kwai

Breakfast is at the hotel.

This morning transfer by coach from the hotel to Hell Fire Pass Memorial.  This Australian built complex consists of a memorial site located within Konyu Cutting (Hellfire Pass), a Memorial Walking Trail and a modern Museum exhibiting artefacts and the true story about the Thai-Burma Railway. All sites in this complex are dedicated to memory of all the men and women who worked and died making this railway. Large groups of men worked around the clock for 16-18 hours a day to complete excavation of the 17-metre-deep and 110-metre-long cutting through solid limestone and quartz rock in only 12 weeks. These Allied Forces were forced to work at night under dreadful conditions and Konyu Cutting was nicknamed “Hellfire Pass” because of the mixture of hammering noise, lighting from fires, oil fired bamboo torches and the carbide lamps that created an eerie illumination that looked like the “Fires from Hell”.

You’ll then visit the world-famous Bridge over the River Kwai, a part of the Death Railway constructed by Allied POWs before taking a trip by train on the historic Death Railway.  Passing beautiful scenery, you eventually travel over the original wooden viaduct which was constructed by Allied POWs.  After disembarking the train lunch today will be at a local restaurant.  Dinner tonight is at your hotel.

Accommodation: River Kwai Resotel or similar 

Day 5 – Sunday 28 January 2018 (B, D) Kanchanaburi – Bangkok – Chiang Rai

Breakfast at the hotel.  After checking out the coach will be waiting to transfer you to Bangkok Airport. 

Depart               BANGKOK on Thai Airways

Arrive                CHIANG RAI

On arrival in Chiang Rai you will be met by our local guide and transferred to the Dusit Island Resort.  The Dusit Island Resort Chiang Rai hotel is situated on an island in the Mae Kok River that flows through central Chiang Rai and is located close to the city centre. 

Dinner tonight is at the hotel.

Accommodation:  Dusit Island Resort or similar 

Day 6 – Monday 29 January 2018 (B, L) Doi Tung/Choui Fong Tea Plantation

Breakfast at the hotel this morning.   After breakfast depart into the Northern Highlands to Doi Tung and the Mae Fah Luang Gardens.   These landscaped gardens are sited high up on the mountain of Doi Tung and visitors are rewarded with a stunning display of plants and flowers. Set in over 10 acres of land, the ornamental gardens owe their existence to the Princess Mother (the late mother of Thailand’s present king) who wanted to give those Thai people who have never travelled overseas an opportunity to enjoy a temperate flower garden. The decorative flowers in Mae Fah Luang Garden are grown and nurtured by local villagers who benefit from the tourist revenue and job opportunities offered by the garden.

Leaving the gardens travel on to the Choui Fong Tea Plantation.  For nearly half a century, Choui Fong Tea has been well-known for producing the highest quality traditional teas cultivated in its own gardens in Chiang Rai.  The plantation grows several distinctive types of tea such as Assum, Green, Oolong and Black Tea at an altitude of around 1,200 meters above sea level.  The ideal climate and soil conditions in Chiang Rai permit the cultivation of excellent teas. Not only are the teas grown under optimal conditions produced by mother nature, the harvesting and processing of the tea leaves are performed using proven and world class best practiced methods – from carefully handpicked leaves done by well-trained pickers to the blending of the leaves by professional tea specialists from Taiwan.

Lunch today will be at a lovely restaurant outside of Chiang Mai.  Returning to the hotel after lunch the rest of the afternoon is at leisure and dinner tonight is own arrangements. 

Accommodation:  Dusit Island Resort or similar

Day 7 – Tuesday 30 January 2018 (B, L, D) Golden Triangle

Breakfast at the hotel.

Board the bus today for the trip to the Golden Triangle – about an hour away. The Golden Triangle borders the 3 countries of Thailand, Burma (Myanmar) and Laos between the Ruak and Mekong River and is historically significant from the days of the opium trade in the 1960’s.  You’ll stop at Chiang Saen which was once one of the major cities of the Lanna kingdom and served as the capital before King Mengrai established Chiang Rai in 1262. The town was captured by the Burmese in the 16th century and sacked by King Rama I in 1803.  Here you’ll visit the Wat Chedi Luang Temple.  Today you’ll visit the border town of Mae Sai which is a major crossing between Thailand and Myanmar and there will be time to walk through the local markets here. 

Lunch today will be at a hotel overlooking the Mekong River. After lunch you’ll have an opportunity to photograph the large Golden Buddha and visit the many clothing, arts and craft stalls nearby before returning to the hotel later in the afternoon.  Dinner tonight is at your hotel. 

Accommodation:  Dusit Island Resort or similar 

Day 8 – Wednesday 31 January 2018 (B, L, D) Chiang Rai – Chiang Mai

Breakfast is at the hotel. 

After breakfast check out of your hotel and depart for Chiang Mai.  This morning we’ll stop at the Wat Rong Khun - White Temple one of the most recognizable temples in Thailand.  The Temple is made completely of white stone and some glass.  Continuing by coach you’ll stop for lunch at a local restaurant en route to Chiang Mai. 

Once in Chiang Mai check into the Chiang Mai Plaza Hotel.  The Chiang Mai Plaza is located in the heart of the city and just a few minutes' walk from the famous Night Bazaar, yet with views of cool green mountains, the legendary Doi Suthep temple, and the lazy Mae Ping River.   Dinner tonight will be at a local restaurant. 

Accommodation:  Chiang Mai Plaza Hotel or similar 

Day 9 – Thursday 01 February 2018 (B, D) Cooking Class or Spa/Royal Flora Gardens

Breakfast is at the hotel. Today you have a choice of activities.  Choose to participate in a half day Thai Cooking Class or treat yourself to a couple of hours of spa luxury. 

For the cooking class you’ll be transferred to one of Chiang Mai’s most professional cooking schools where you will learn from the experts.  In a clean open air kitchen where everyone has their own work station and wok you can enjoy what you’ve prepared once the hard work is done.  Surprise your family and friends at home with your expertise when you return.  

OR

If the kitchen is not for you join us for 2 hours of luxurious pampering at a day Spa. You’ll come out feeling like a million dollars.  If you decide on this option, you’ll transfer to a day spa and luxuriate in a 2 hour traditional Thai body massage.  If you wish to stay longer at the spa and treat yourself to more pampering from the extensive menu you may of course do so (own expense).  Lunch today is own arrangements.

 This afternoon the coach will collect you to take you to the Royal Flora Gardens.  The Royal Park Ratchaphruek occupies 80 hectares of land and is a vast area of beautiful landscape nestling amidst the evergreen mountains.   The park boasts thousands of species of tropical plants and flowers.  Dinner will be at a local restaurant tonight.

Accommodation:  Chiang Mai Plaza Hotel or similar 

Day 10 – Friday 02 February 2018 (B, L) Maesa Elephant Camp/Orchid Gardens

Breakfast is at the hotel.

This morning depart from the hotel to the Maesa Elephant Camp. This is one of Chiang Mai’s most famous attractions where visitors interact with the elephants – first watching them have their morning bath and then on to the Elephant Show.  Ride on an elephant through the jungle to visit the Baan Tong Luang Hill Tribe Village (longneck tribe). The Baan Tong Luang Eco-Agricultural Village is a cultural preservation project and a tourism village, opened in 2005 to preserve the old traditional ways of Hill Tribe agriculture, and to provide an income for the Hill Tribe people. The hill tribes live in the village and welcome visitors.

After a short transfer lunch will be at the plantation style Orchid Garden.  The garden has countless varieties of exotic orchids on display. Following lunch return to the hotel and the rest of the afternoon is at leisure.

Late this afternoon transfers will be provided to one of Chiang Mai’s modern shopping centres if you wish to shop, or you may simply like dine at one of the restaurants near the hotel.  Dinner tonight is own arrangements. 

Accommodation:  Chiang Mai Plaza Hotel or similar 

Day 11 – Saturday 03 February 2018 (B, D) Chiang Mai Flower Festival

Breakfast is at the hotel.

Depart early this morning to get to your viewing platform for the Flower Festival parade.  Our group has reserved seating on a prominent bridge to give an optimum view of the parade. See an array of flower floats, performers and marching bands as they make their way past.   After the parade make your way back to the hotel at leisure.   Lunch today is own arrangements.

This afternoon those that wish to have the afternoon at leisure may do so however transfers are available for anyone who would like to visit Suan Buak Haad City Park.  This is a lovely park at the best of times however during the flower festival it is transformed with special displays of flowers and miniature trees and vendors selling plants and flowers.  You will also be able to take the opportunity to closely view the floats that have been on parade in the morning.

Tonight transfer to the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel for a farewell dinner.  This hotel is situated on the banks of the Mae Ping River and you’ll have time to enjoy the ambience and hospitality at this lovely hotel.

Accommodation:  Chiang Mai Plaza Hotel or similar 

Day 12 – Sunday 04 February 2018 (B, D) Depart Chiang Mai

Breakfast at the hotel.

Today is at leisure.  Late checkout has been confirmed at your hotel today so no need to rush.    For those who would like to take the opportunity to check out modern Chiang Mai shopping at its best, a transfer will be provided to Central Airport Plaza Shopping Centre.   This is one of the busiest and biggest shopping areas in Chiang Mai and is not only popular amongst the locals but it is also very well- known amongst the tourists. The mall is centrally air-conditioned and there are a variety of shops that sell western brands.

An early dinner will be served prior to checkout and the coach will transfer you to the airport in time to check in for your flight.

Depart                   8:50PM               CHIANG MAI on Thai Airways
Arrive                  10:10PM               BANGKOK

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Day 13 – Monday 05 February 2018  Depart Bangkok - Arrive Australia 



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