South-East Asia offers a fascinating window into a unique and captivating culture, and this journey is meant to inspire and give you a full look into the beauty, culture, and paradise that is Thailand, a place with warm people, amazing weather, and stunning landscapes. You will hop on beautiful islands, eat delicious food, see elephants in an ethical and sustainable way, and have the time of your life.
You will be arriving in the hub of Thailand at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK). Gather your luggage and meet your private driver, they will be your transportation to the hotel. After a long flight, the rest of the day is free time. Use this time to rest and acclimate to your surroundings and get ready for an amazing adventure that awaits. Bangkok will certainly jolt your senses: it's a lively, unique capital of eight million residents.
Start your day with a delicious breakfast at your hotel to fuel you for your journey ahead. After breakfast, it's time to meet your guide at the hotel to start a fun day of sightseeing through some of the city's most significant and breathtaking landmarks. The tour starts at The Grand Palace—the most important and impressive royal palace in Thailand. Your guide will show you many different palaces, which are used for different occasions, and of course, the mysterious Emerald Buddha, the most revered Buddha image in Thailand. From here, you'll continue to Wat Pho, one of the oldest temples in Bangkok, and home to the famous 149-foot (45 m) reclining Buddha!
In the late afternoon, you'll have some time to rest at your hotel or continue to sightsee on your own.
Dinner will be a chance to explore Thai cuisine, options will be provided.
After breakfast at the hotel, prepare for check out and head to the airport for a short 1-hour and 20-minute flight to Chiang Mai! (CNX)
Upon arrival in Chiang Mai, you'll transfer to your hotel for check-in. Once you're settled at the hotel, put on some walking shoes and get ready to explore on your own. You will want to head for the Old City, which is lined with historic buildings, beautiful temples, and old shops. Walk around and enjoy the area's relaxed atmosphere while visiting the city's finest monuments, including Wat Phra Singh, Wat Chedi Luang, and Wat Phan Tao—within walking distance of each other.
If you're in town on a Sunday, make sure to check out the Sunday Walking Street Market. This is when the Old City's main road gives way to thousands of pedestrians who have street stalls selling a range of local goods and unique gifts.
For dinner, you can enjoy a cheap and delicious dinner at one of the many street stalls which can be found all over the city
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Jay is an avid world traveler who has primary roots in South Carolina. She has a background in healthcare as an ICU nurse, but her passion is traveling. Jay’s earliest life as an explorer began at age 8 traveling with her parents. She has been to over 30 countries, visited almost every state in the U.S., and completed 2 cross-country U.S. road trips on her motorhome. Jay spends her free time exploring, practicing her videography skills, and always planning the next big adventure.
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