Join Sunny Dawn Johnston in Thailand
Nov 6, 2018 – Nov 18, 2018
Golden palaces, floating markets, majestic porcelain-laid spires…you’ve never seen a capital city quite like Bangkok. Visit Pratunam or Siam Square for premium shopping, then unwind in the European-style gardens of Dusit. Thon Buri is home to the awesome Wat Arun temple, and over in Phra Nakhon, you’ll find the Wat Pho temple of the Reclining Buddha. Savor mango sticky rice at a food stall before taking in the gilded splendor of the Grand Palace.
You could spend your whole Chiang Mai vacation exploring the famous Night Bazaar. Once you’ve exhausted the art of the cheerful haggle, however, there’s plenty more to explore. The National Museum and Botanic Garden are great places to soak up some local culture and to breathe in the delicate fragrance of Thai orchids. In the city’s center, the remains of ancient walls embrace over 30 temples. Limber travelers can climb 300 stairs to Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, an ornate Buddhist temple in the hills.
Thailand’s largest island is an international magnet for beach lovers and serious divers, who enthusiastically submerge themselves in the Andaman Sea. Blue lagoons and salmon sunsets make for a dream-like atmosphere, and indeed, a vacation here can feel a bit surreal. Water sports are the most popular activities, though once you’ve had enough sun there’s still plenty to explore at the island’s aquariums, gardens, and Buddhist temples.
- Travel agent Jerry Miner will book your reservation.
- Travel agent Jerry Miner will book your reservation.
12 Hour Workshop with Sunny
- $111 Workshop Deposit non-refundable
Please be aware that cancellation from June 2017- May 2018 will result in a $500 cancellation fee per person. Total cost of the trip with air from Los Angeles is $4500 per person based on double occupancy. Singles not wishing to have a roommate will incur a $706 single supplement. The price includes internal air in Thailand, hotels, transfers, tours, and some meals.
ITINERARY IN BRIEF
|Day 01||Nov 7, 2018 (Tue)||BANGKOK ARRIVAL|
|Day 02||Nov 8, 2018 (Wed)||BANGKOK LEISURE|
|Day 03||Nov 9, 2018 (Thu)||BANGKOK SIGHTSEEING|
|Day 04||Nov 10, 2018 (Fri)||BANGKOK – FLOATING MARKET – BANGKOK|
|Day 05||Nov 11, 2018 (Sat)||BANGKOK – CHIANG MAI BY AIR|
|Day 06||Nov 12, 2018 (Sun)||CHIANG MAI LEISURE|
|Day 07||Nov 13, 2018 (Mon)||CHIANG MAI SIGHTSEEING|
|Day 08||Nov 14, 2018 (Tue)||CHIANG MAI SIGHTSEEING|
|Day 09||Nov 15, 2018 (Wed)||CHIANG MAI – PHUKET BY AIR|
|Day 10||Nov 16, 2018 (Thu)||PHUKET – KOH PHI PHI ISLAND TOURS|
|Day 11||Nov 17, 2018 (Fri)||PHUKET LEISURE|
|Day 12||Nov 18, 2018 (Sat)||PHUKET – DEPARTURE|
THAILAND ITINERARY IN BRIEF
We will also be including an optional 2-3 day extension in Phuket – to hang on the beach, relax and maybe check out James Bond island.
These are a few of the highlights … the days that are missing are either workshop days or leisure days on your own
Breakfast at the hotel and then group will be taken on a half day tour, hitting the highlights of Bangkok such as the Grand Palace and Wat Pho. Lunch is included today. Your guide will pick group up at hotel. We will visit Wat Phra Kaew and the nearby attractions first, before moving on to the Grand Palace. Wat Phra Kaew or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, is located right next to the Grand Palace, and they probably form together the greatest spectacle for visitors in Bangkok. A visit to the Royal Grand Palace, the nation’s landmark and most praised royal monument in Thailand, is a must. The palace, which is the former royal residence of the Chakri Kings, is the perfect example of an ancient Siamese court. Built in 1782 by the King Rama I, it was the centre of power for more than 150 years. Today, the palace is Bangkok’s major landmark and most popular tourist attraction. Indeed, the Grand Palace is an amazing place to visit, as it consists of over 100 brightly coloured buildings, golden spires and glittering mosaics, that all date back to the foundation of Bangkok in 1782.
(Tour is approx. 4 hours from 8:30A – 12:30P)
Please note that photography is permitted in the Royal Palace Grounds and in the compounds of the Emerald Buddha Temple, but not inside the buildings – Important: Please note that you are required to wear proper attire (no bare shoulder, bare knees or strapless-heel shoes). Shoes must be removed before entering all temple buildings.
Lunch will be served in a local Thai Restaurant, the Supatra River House. Health and Happiness in Living and dining the traditional Thai way. This two-story traditional Thai house on the Banks of the Chao Phraya River near on the Temple of the dawn is a little piece of Thai history. Afterwards, you will be dropped off at the hotel for an afternoon at leisure until tonight when group will have dinner and a show at Silom Village. Silom Village Within a compound of 15 teakwood houses and 3 buildings built under the reign of the King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) in 1908, the ‘Ruen Thep’ hall offers a range of succulent dishes. With a well-established name, the staff of Silom Village has always strived to offer to guests a perfect evening through a unique combination of delicious authentic Thai Cuisine amid a warm atmosphere of traditional Thai Style house hospitality. There, taste delicious traditional Thai dishes, while enjoying a set of graceful classical Thai Dances that have been performed for many generations. The Dancers and musicians are all trained by the Fine Arts Department.
(Day 4): A full day tour of the Floating Market and Sampran Riverside. Your guide will pick group up at hotel between 7:00 – 7:30am. Today you will discover the way Bangkok used to be, travel approximately 100 km outside of Bangkok to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market with its many colors, flavors and exotic fragrances. Start with a scenic ride on a narrow longtail speedboat, passing riverside villages and fruit plantations, before entering the vibrant market. There will be many photo-opportunities along the way and on the colorful market on the water. The tour includes a visit to Nakorn Pathom; site of the highest Chedi in Thailand called “Phra Pathom Chedi, which is the largest pagoda in Southeast Asia. An excellent international buffet lunch will be served at the picturesque Sampran Riverside, A prime Country Resort. Afterwards, you will attend the Thai village show at the Thai Village, giving you a short introduction into the many customs of Thai life. The show includes the colorful Buddhist ordination procession, an elegant fingernail dance, a Thai boxing demonstration, Hill Tribe dance performances, sword-fighting, elephants at work, charming folk dances and a traditional Thai wedding ceremony and much more
(Day 6): Group will enjoy an Afternoon Cooking Class at Baan San Sai Cooking School with Dinner, or similar (Private Cooking Class). At approx. 4:30pm group will be picked up from the hotel and drive through to observe Talaad Samyak Sansai local market with your chefs. You will be able to see many different kinds of herbs, vegetables and fruits. Then proceed to our farm where you can see the real organic herbs, vegetables and fruits that we grow ourselves. You will give the opportunity to pick some of the fresh ingredients that you will use when preparing your favorite dishes in one of our spacious well-equipped kitchens. Each person will have his/her own cooking station. Finally, enjoy eating your meal on the terrace overlooking the fishpond.
(Day 7): Full day tour with Elephant Safari, Ox Cart Ride and Bamboo Rafting including Vegetarian lunch. Experience the beauty of the north. Our first stop will be made at a beautiful orchid nursery & next-door butterfly farm in the Mae Rim District. Then, we continue our journey through the hilly, and forest area, just north of the city to see the elephants at work at Mae Taman camp a lovely place behind the hills. Here, we will give you the chance to make a journey through the forest on the back of these gentle animals; you will be crossing the river and get up and close with the jungle (approximately half an hour). The ox and cart is another traditional means of transportation and you will experience this; a 30-minutes’ ox-drawn cart brings you at a leisurely pace past rural villages. This journey gives you a direct insight into of how the inhabitants life and dwell in the northern part of Thailand. Lunch will be provided during the day. The afternoon is reserved for a 5 kilometers’ long bamboo rafting along the beautiful Mae Taeng River to the raft station before heading back into Chiang Mai. Pure adventure all the way. Afterwards return to the hotel and enjoy the evening at your leisure. Overnight in Chiang Mai – Jirung Hotel or similar.
(Day 8): Half day tour visiting the Long Neck and Various Hill Tribes at Baan Tong Luang, lunch is included today and in the afternoon visit Chiang Mai Temples. Drive to Mae Rim district to visit a hill-tribe village at Baan Tong Luang. Pay a visit to the Karen, Lahu Shibala and Palong hill-tribes which originated from Tibet. Visit also the Long Neck hill-tribe: join them, admire their colorful costumes and experience their way of life. In the village of these people who migrated from Myanmar (Burma) and have kept their cultural traditions and customs alive, you will be able to observe the brass rings women wear around their necks as a tribal sign of their individual identity. Your guide will explain how the hill-tribe subsists thanks to its farming work and unique crafts, especially its beautiful woven textiles. Lunch is included at a local restaurant. Return to Chiang Mai and enjoy an afternoon visit to Doi Suthep and Temples. Visit the most sacred temple in the north of Thailand; the Wat Prathat Doi Suthep is the most sacred temple in Chiang Mai containing a holy relic of the Lord Buddha. Tucked away in the mountains at an elevation of 1,056 meters (3520 feet), the temple is reached using a Naga (7- headed dragon head serpent) railing rising along both sides. The temple compound – reachable via a 300-step stairs offers an exhilarating view of Chiang Mai city and surrounding countryside. Drive back down to the city centre to visit some of the other impressive temples of Chiang Mai. Wat Suan Dok is one of them, which dates back to the 14th century when it served as the pleasure gardens to the Thai monarchy. Nowadays it houses several white Chedi’s containing the ashes of Chiang Mai’s former Royal family. This temple also houses one of the most famous Monk Schools in the whole of Chiang Mai and the Wat Jedyod, also known as The Temple of Seven Spires.
(Day 10): A full day tour to Phi Phi Island by speedboat . Enjoy a swim / snorkel stop at its beach. Drive to Phi Phi Ley famous for its birds’ nests. Pick up from your hotel around 7:00 am and arrive at the prestigious Royal Phuket Marina. Depart for Maya Bay and Phi Phi Island, Relax Maya Bay (where “The Beach” was partially filmed), Snorkelling and Swimming in clear water at Loh Samah and Pileh Cove, Sightseeing the Viking Cave now home to bird nest producing swallows, Feeding the local inhabitants at “The Monkey Beach”, Appreciate the magnificent marine life at the Hin Klang (Great Coral Reef). Lunch will be served at Phi Phi Natural Resort (Private beach). After lunch, exploration to “Bamboo Island” is flat beautiful island with blending white sand and very clear water. Relax on beach or go swimming and snorkeling. There is also a nice coral reef near the beach. Return to the Royal Phuket Marina and transfer back to your hotel around 5:00 pm
(Day 11): Optional tours available but not included