This 17-day journey passes through Siam of old, where art and beauty reign, Lord Buddha is revered, nature’s bounty is savored, and gentleness prevails. On this thoughtful small group tour with no more than 24 travelers, encounter many of Thailand’s treasures, both renowned and remote. Spend three nights in the Thai capital, where exploration includes the colorful Bangkok Flower Market; riding “tuk tuks” to Wat Pho Temple; seeing the elaborate Temple of the Emerald Buddha; and boarding long-tail boats to discover “hidden” Bangkok. Visit Thailand’s ancient capital, Ayutthaya, now a UNESCO site. Traveling on to Kanchanaburi, visit the infamous “Death Railway” bridge spanning the River Kwai, and overnight in a floating hotel. Get close-up looks at Thai farming life, see the Tham Krasae bridge, and stop at the poignant Cemetery of the Allied Prisoners of War. Witness Hellfire Pass, where prisoners cut through enormous rocks for the railway, and visit an ethnic Mon tribal village. Flying to Chiang Rai, take a leisurely Mekong boat ride and tour the notorious Golden Triangle and the unusual “White Temple.” Spend two nights at peaceful Khum Lanna nature reserve, enjoying a sunrise biking trip and a Thai cooking class. A tour highlight follows: a face-to-face encounter with the elephants at an elephant sanctuary. Visit a hill tribe agricultural village en route to Chiang Mai. Explore Chiang Mai’s old city by rickshaw and tour the 14th-century Wat Pra Singh temple complex. Discover the Angkorian Empire’s amazing statuary on an optional 3-day/2-night Angkor Wat post-tour extension.
For solo travelers, the single supplement is $895.
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