Tentative Itinerary 2010–11 Trip A Thailand Travel Adventures

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					          Sunday                             Monday                             Tuesday                          Wednesday                          Thursday                             Friday                               Saturday
                                        November                     20                                  21                                22 Bangkok –                       23 Bangkok to Ayuthaya – 24 Ayuthaya to Sukhothai -
                                                                                                                                           Sightsee the magnificent Wat       Leave Bkk early for Damnoen           Explore the awesome remains of
         Tentative Itinerary                                                                                                               Phra Kaew (Temple of the           Saduak floating market in              a glorious period in Thai his-
                                                                        Depart San Francisco                  Arrive in Bangkok                                               Rajburi – explore quiet canals        tory prior to the Bangkok era
           2012–13 Trip A                                                   for Bangkok
                                                                                                                                           Emerald Buddha) and the
                                                                                                                                                                              and be part of the hustle-bustle           Wat Chaiwatanaram,
                                                                                                                  (mid-day)                adjoining Grand Palace,
     Thailand Travel Adventures                                         (very early morning)                                               beautiful Wat Benjamabhophit       of a lively market afloat on
                                                                                                                                                                              boats. Visit Nakon Pathom’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Wat Yai Chaimongkol,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Wat Mongkolbhophit,
                                                                                                                                           (the Marble Temple) and the
   North, Central & South Thailand                                                                             Free Afternoon              Queen’s exquisite Support          enormous Buddhist shrine                   Wat Phra Srisanphet,
                                                                          (Lose one day)                                                   Museum of fine arts and crafts.    dating back to the 5th                     Wat Rajburana,
      Nov. 20 to Dec. 18, 2012                                                                                                             Dine on superb Thai cuisine!       century. Sample delicious kao         Wat Mahathat.
                                                                                                                                                                              laam (sticky rice in bamboo).         On to Sukhothai.
25 Sukhothai –                     26 Sukhothai to Mae Sa – 27 Mae Sa –                                  28 Mae Sa to                      29 Mae Hong Son –                  30 Mae Hong Son –                     1         December
Walk the atmospheric ruins of      After a hearty noodle             Meander up the Mae Sa hills              Mae Hong Son –               Refreshing morning market          Drift down the misty Pai in the       Mae Hong Son –
Thailand’s first capital (Unesco   breakfast, walk Sukhothai's       to visit a Hmong hilltribe vil-     Travel via Mae Sariang. Drive     walk – mingle with hilltribe       early morning on bamboo rafts,        Tour the beautiful mountain-
World Heritage site) dating        bustling market, sampling         lage. Learn their culture and       through picturesque canyon        traders and their colorful wild    then trek on elephant back            ous country of Mae Hong Son,
back 700 years: Wat                local treats from street          how they've benefited from          country lined with terraced       produce and sample tasty           along the scenic river. Lunch in      visiting thundering Pha Seua
Mahathat, Wat Sri Sawai, Wat       vendors. Continue our journey     our beloved King's Royal pro-       fields and teak forests, stop-     snacks from friendly vendors.      town and take some time to            waterfall, a hilltribe village, &
Sra Sri, Wat Sri Chum. In          northward, stopping by a very     jects. Leisure time in the after-   ping at scenic viewpoints         Walk around the small town,        shop for local crafts and
nearby Si Satcha-nalai, see                                                                                                                                                                                         a Chinese refugee settlement
                                   sacred, ancient temple in         noon to enjoy our charming          along the way. Visit a Karen      visiting Shan “Burmese”-style      Burmese artifacts. Late               near the border. Beautiful
ancient celadon kilns, visit a     Lampang with elegant Lanna-       resort, set amidst lush gar-        hilltribe textile center and      temples. Lunch on delicious        afternoon leisure time to enjoy
textile museum & the area's                                                                                                                                                                                         views & scrumptious Yunnan
                                   style architecture and a          dens and cascading streams.         weaving village. In Mae Hong      local delicacies. Late after-      our resort and swim in the            Chinese lunch! Optional late
cottage businesses (cera-mics,                                       Treat yourself to a healing
textiles, gold/silver crafts).     history that predates                                                 Son, we'll stay at a secluded     noon boating tour on the Pai       refreshing pool. Another              afternoon nature walk in the
                                   Thailand's.                       massage in an idyllic setting.      lodge near a forest preserve.     River to the Burmese border.       delicious Thai meal for dinner!       nearby forest preserve.
2 Mae Hong Son to Pai - 3 Pai to Chiang Mai –                        4 Chiang Mai –                      5 Chiang Mai –                    6 Chiang Mai –                     7 Chiang Mai to                       8 Bangkok –
Drive through breathtaking         Drive down lush mountain          Tour the handicraft centers for     “Pilgrimage” to Wat Phra          Graze our way through lively            Bangkok –                        Breakfast in and walk the alley
country (foothills of the          country into the valley of        which the North is known and        That Doi Suthep – the North’s     Worarot market and shop for                                              market of Chinatown. Sightsee
Himalayas) – one of Thailand’s     Chiang Mai, land of the old       see how traditional crafts are      most revered temple on moun-      dried Thai herbs, spices and                Free Day                     Wat Traimitr with the awesome
most spectacular drives! Stop      Lanna kingdom. Lunch at a         made: hand-made “sa” (mul-          taintop overlooking the city.     cookware. Sightsee historical      Explore more markets,                 5 1/2-ton solid gold Buddha
by a colorful Lisu hilltribe       lovely orchid farm, then visit    berry) paper, traditional hand-     Visit the old temple of Wat Jet   temples in the “old city”: Wat     temples, shops and whatever           and explore the fascinating
village for a walk and explore     Mengrai Kilns, known for their    painted parasols, lacquerware,      Yod, then lunch on delectable     Phra Singh, Wat Chiang Man.        else you wish on your own, or         canals near Bangkok, from
the extensive caves of Tham        gorgeous celadon ceramics –       hand-woven silks and cottons        northern specialties at a fav-    In the afternoon, we'll visit an   relax with a traditional Thai         Thonburi to Nonthburi.
Lod near Soppong – raft down       an age-old craft of the North.    (tailoring services available),     orite Chiang Mai restaurant!      impressive, wood-carving           healing massage.                      Ob-serve the simple,
the stream flowing through         Dine on tasty northern            textile crafts, ceramics, silver    Stroll the quiet grounds of       museum outside the city. Last                                            unfettered ways of living along
the caves. Stay at a hotspring     cuisine, then walk the North’s    and bronze wares. . . . More time   tranquil Wat Umong Forest         night to shop the Night            Overnight train to Bangkok.           the canals, visiting serene
garden inn outside Pai town.       largest Night Bazaar!             for the extensive Night Bazaar!     Monastery.                        Bazaar!                                                                  temples & the interesting Royal
9 Bangkok to Ranong – 10 Ranong to Krabi –                           11 Krabi –                          12 Idyllic Island Home – 13 Idyllic Island Home – 14 Idyllic Island Home – 15 Island to Krabi –
Drive down the long, narrow        Continuing south, we’ll drive     Take a refreshing morning soak      Explore Krabi province’s          Free day to relax and enjoy our    Daytrip to the beautiful islands      Last chance to swim and
peninsula to the southern          through scenic country dotted     in the natural pools of an          magnificent coastline with tall   charming, tropical island para-    of Pee Pee Marine Nat'l Park,         snorkel the waters of our
part of the country. Stop by       here and there with dramatic      un-usual waterfall hot spring       limestone cliffs, mysterious      dise and swim in her inviting      with towering limestone karsts,       island home. We'll return to
Hua Hin for an exciting            limestone karsts. Stop by Than    in a forest preserve. Walk a        caves, idyllic islands and        waters. Sunbathe on the beau-      sparkling white-sand beaches          mainland shores mid-day and
market walk. Our destination       Bokaranee for a nature walk       lovely nature trail through         dazzling white and golden         tiful beach, watch hornbills       & colorful coral reefs, home to       feast on wonderfully fresh sea-
is Ranong, known for its           through the verdant rainforest    lowland forests to a spring-fed     sand beaches. Swim, sun,          feed and frolic amidst the         millions of colorful fishes. Picnic   food at a restaurant near the
healing, hot mineral springs.      park, graced by lovely cascades   crystal pool for a swim.            snorkel, beachcomb and enjoy      coconut and papaya trees, or       & enjoy the day in & out of the       pier. We'll return to our luxu-
Bathe in the rejuvenating          and emerald pools. In Krabi,      Optional afternoon visit to         the beauty of the Andaman         rent a kayak to explore hidden     water. If permitted, we'll visit      rious resort in Krabi where you
waters at the spa of the hotel     we’ll stay in a plush resort      Tiger cave forest monastery.        seacoast. Settle in on our own    coves. Partake of a memorable      Viking Cave (featured in Nat'l        may wish to pamper yourself
where we'll spend the night.       with impressive, sweeping         Scrumptious meals of                enchanting island home with       sunrise and sunset on the          Geographic) where prized              at the spa, or relax and enjoy
Dine on fine southern cuisine.     views.                            southern specialties at a           dramatic scenery.                 Andaman seacoast.                  bird's nests are collected.           the views from your room.
16 Krabi –                         17 Krabi to Bangkok –             18
                                   Following breakfast, we’ll                                                                                                                     Kasma Loha-unchit
        Free Day                   return to Bangkok by air,
                                                                          Depart Bangkok for                                                                                   Thailand Travel Adventures
Enjoy our resort’s enormous        arriving in the capital city
pool beneath towering              around mid-day.                          San Francisco                          Note: Itinerary                                                  P. O. Box 21165
limestone karsts. Walk to          Last chance shopping at an                 (mid-day)                          Subject to Change                                            Oakland, California 94620
town along the lovely river        emporium of Thai arts and
front, shop, or visit the          crafts, with beautiful things
                                                                                                                                                                                Phone: (510) 655-8900
bustling market as you wish.       from all over the country.         (Gain 1 day – return on                                                                                    kasma@earthlink.net
Or pamper yourself to hours-       Farewell Party & feast!                  same day)                                                                                         www.thaifoodandtravel.com
long spa treatment in an           (With live traditional music
idyllic setting.                   and dance performance.)                                                                                                                                                                     v1, 11/21/2011

				
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