Siam Impressions

RR003 : 6 DAYS SIAM IMPRESSIONS

Explore Thailand’s natural and cultural treasures from the West crossing the Central to the Northeast. Starting from an exciting train ride on the Death Railway in Kanchanaburi to the famous floating market at Damnoen Saduak in Nakorn Pathom, the trip brings you to witness Thailand’s ancient splendor of Ayutthaya, Lopburi and Saraburi in the Central of Thailand as well as the highlights of Northeastern Thailand including the fabulous Angkor style temple Prasat Phanom Rung, Khmer Sanctuary at Phimai and Khao Yai National Park.


Tour Code:    RR003
Duration:      6 days / 5 nights
Operated:       Private arrangement only
Departure:      Daily departure from Bangkok 
Pick up:        at hotels in Bangkok
Drop off:      at hotels in Bangkok
Language:    English or German Speaking guide

DAY 01: BANGKOK – KANCHANABURI – RIVER KWAI – ERAWAN NATIONAL PARK (-/L/-)
Early morning pick up from hotel and drive to Kanchanaburi province, approximately 129 kilometres west of Bangkok. Visit the Bridge over the River Kwai constructed in 1942. Over 16,000 POWs from England, Australia, Holland and America  and 90,000 laborers from Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia and Indonesia died during the construction. Then proceed to Donrak War Cemetery where the remains of 6,982 POWs are buried as well as the nearby war museum which features the World War II story and art objects such as war weapons, army uniforms, photographs, jewelry, etc. Then board on the famous “Death Railway” and ride along the exciting route overlooking the Kwai Noi River.  After lunch at local restaurant, visit Erawan National Park, 65 kilometers away from Kanchanaburi town. The park, covering 550-square-kilometers, is the site of the seven-tiered Erawan waterfall, one of Thailand’s loveliest waterfalls. The second tier has a pool, which is ideal for swimming and is particularly picturesque. Explore the waterfalls and the surrounding nature as well as enjoy swimming and relaxing. Overnight at hotel in Kanchanaburi.

DAY 02: FLOATING MARKET – NAKHON PATHOM – AYUTHAYA (B/L/-)
Early morning drive to Ratchaburi province. Visit the famous Damnoen Saduak floating market where farmers and merchants load their goods on small “Sampan” boats to meet and trade. Then further on to Nakhon Pathom to visit the temple Wat Phra Pathom Chedi  with its upside down bell shape sacred Chedi (Lankan style), which was built by King Rama IV and completed in the reign of King Rama V in 1870 AD to house Lord Buddhas relics. The height from ground to a top crown is some 120.45 metres, and a total diameter at the base is 233.50 metres. After lunch at a local restaurant, drive to Samphran Elephants’ Ground and Zoo to see the historical elephant theme shows; crocodile farm and crocodile wrestling show. Continue to Ayuthaya, one of Thailand's historical and majestic highlights. Serving as the Thai capital for 417 years (1350-1767), it was once glorified as one of the biggest cities in the world, a Southeast Asia center for civilizations. During the 17th century, most foreign visitors to Ayuthaya, traders or diplomats alike, claimed Ayutthaya to be the most illustrious and glittering city that they had ever visited. Overnight at hotel in Ayuthaya.

DAY 03: AYUTHAYA – LOPBURI – SARABURI – NAKHON RATCHASIMA (B/L/-)
After breakfast visit Ayuthaya’s historical park including ruins of royal palaces and royal temples. Then proceed to Lopburi, one of several provinces in central Thailand where many significant historical artifacts and prehistoric settlements have been discovered.  Visit the Narai Ratchaniwet Palace, built in 1665 and 1677, when King Narai the Great decided to make Lop Buri the second capital of the Ayutthaya Kingdom. Although the buildings were designed with the contributions of French architects, the Khmer influence was still strong. The Palace was a perfect blend of the both world, an awesome mixture of Khmer-European styles. Continue to Saraburi province, 108 km from Bangkok. Visit the important historical site at the temple Wat Phra Phutthabat : - 
Lord Buddha's Footprint, discovered on a nearby stone panel during the reign of King Songtham of Ayutthaya who commanded to build a Mondop - a square building with a seven-tier castle roof -  to cover the footprint.  The pearl inlaid artwork on the Mondop doors represents one of the best craftsmanship in the country. Further to Nakhon Ratchasima or Khorat, Thailand's largest province situated on sprawling northeast plateau. Located approximately 260 kilometers northeast of Bangkok, the city itself serves as the gateway to the lower northeastern region. Evening enjoy a walk around the city’s lively downtown and the food market at night. Overnight at hotel in Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat).

DAY 04: BAAN DAN KWIAN – PHANOM RUNG – SURIN  (B/L/-)
After breakfast visit the village Dan Kwian where villagers use clay from the riverbanks to make pottery. Dan Kwian is famous as a center that produces beautiful pottery by using a type of black clay with a variety of unique designs. The uniqueness of Dan Kwian clay is its durability, pliability and rusty color. When combined with attractive designs and the proper heating process the products are irresistible. Guests enjoy shopping and continue to Burirum province. Visit Phanomrung Historical Park, a grand and majestic Khmer site over a thousand years old. Built on an extinct volcano, it is originally a Hindu religious site and later became a Buddhist one. Most of the buildings of the sanctuary are made of laterite and sandstone, all with elaborate designs. Then proceed to Surin province, world-famous for the Elephant Roundup and for its many Khmer sanctuaries and wide variety of handicrafts. Drive to the elephant village at Ban Ta Klang. The locals here, Suai people,  are skilled in capturing, training and raising elephants. An elephant museum here displays a complete elephant skeleton, its organs, tools used to capture elephants, elephant-raising techniques, and the history and development of Surin elephants. Return to Surin for overnight. Overnight at  hotel in Surin.


DAY 05: SURIN - PHIMAI – “SAI NGAM” BANYAN TREE - KHAOYAI (B/L/-)
Morning ride on a rickshaw to the railway station and board on a train to Huay Talaeng. Pick up by car and drive to the Khmer sanctuary of Phimai, one of the grandest and most important Khmer historical sites in Thailand. From stone inscriptions and the architectural style, the Phimai Sanctuary was most likely built at the end of the 11th century during the reign of King Suriyaworaman I to be a religious site of the
Mahayana sect. The architectural style is that of the Baphuon style with some similar characteristics to that of Angkor Wat. Then make a short visit to the 350 years old Banyan tree park “Sai Ngam” on the Mun River before proceeding to check in at a resort near by the national park for overnight.

DAY 06: KHAO YAI NATIONAL PARK - MINI TREKKING – HAEW NAROK WATERFALL – NAKHON NAYOK  - BANGKOK  (B/L/-)               
After breakfast drive to Khao Yai National Park which covers an area of 2,168 square kilometers in the
Phanom Dong Rak mountain range, stretches over 4 provinces including Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Nayok, Saraburi, and Prachin Buri. Khao Yai became Thailand’s first national park on 18th September 1962 and is also originally recognized as the National Park Heritage of Asian Group Countries. The park has numerous butterflies and birds as surveys indicate that over 293 species of birds use Khao Yai as a feeding ground while Khao Yai is the habitat of over 200 species. In addition, the park is home to an abundance of wildlife. The most frequently spotted animal is the deer that grazes on grass plains. Other animals spotted include elephants, sun bears, wild boars, monkeys, tigers, gaurs, and mountain goats. Guests enjoy mini trekking of 8 km from Krong Kaew Waterfall to Haew Suwat Waterfall. Then drive to Haew Narok Waterfall, literary means the Valley of Hell.  This is the largest and highest waterfall in the park with 3 levels. The first level is about 60 meters high and water from this level flows straight down to the second and third levels, with a total drop of at least 150 meters. The water has considerable strength in the rainy season and is quite dangerous, but refreshing, when it comes splashing down on rocks at the bottom. The area around the waterfall is the usual feeding grounds of wild elephants. There have been occasional accidents when elephants drop from the cliff and die. Late afternoon return to Bangkok via Nakhon Nayok. On the way visit to one of Thailand’s biggest horticulture center, where colorful flowers and tropical plants are offered. Transfer to the hotel.

Package included
Transfers & Tours as mentioned in the program
Air-conditioned transportation
All entrance fees as mentioned in the program
English or German speaking guide
5 Nights middle class hotels
Meals as mentioned on the programm

Package excluded
All personal expenses (drinks, minibar, telephone call and etc..)
Other services, meals that not mentioned in the program
Compulsory Gala Dinner

The prices are valid from the 01/10/2013 to the 31/10/2014

Total price per person: Twin   889,- EUR

Single room addition:              129,- EUR

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Total price per person: Twin  1170,- USD

Single room addition:               180,- USD

 

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