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SVI THAILAND

Golden Smiles Tour

April 18 – 29, 2019

From $3895/person Land Only*
Prices Are Based Upon Double Occupancy
+$1995 Single Supplement ($5890 for single)

11 nights/ 30 meals/ All transfers & intra country flights

Deposit $1500/person

Savor the incredible hospitality of the Land of Smiles and its spectacular sites during a custom tour created exclusively for SVI! 

Join us in our guided visits of the shimmering, gold-plated Reclining Buddha in Bangkok, and learn why it is designated as the Venice of the East. Appreciate the treasures of temple-rich Chiang Mai, and the heart of the Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai. Interact with the gentle giants residing in Elephant Nature Park rescue center. Float with SVI through Damnern Saduak Floating Market. Then, cap off your adventure by traveling to James Bond Island by speedboat during our three sun-soaked days in the culture-rich beach town of Krabi.

SVI of Service in Thailand!
Unite with us as we continue with our mission to be of service in the countries we visit. During our trip, SVI will be assisting AK Philanthropy as we visit Chiang Mai Mushroom House and Organic Farm, a project designed to empower local women.

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Thailand Golden Smiles Tour 2019
$3,895.00/Adult

Choose this option if you are a couple or a solo traveler who desires a roommate. If you know who your roommate will be, please provide his or her name. Please make separate reservations if you wish to have separate bills. If you would like Sober Vacations to assign a roommate to you, please indicate in the roommate box when making your reservation.

Thailand Golden Smiles Tour 2019 – Single
$5,890.00/Adult

Single person traveling alone who desires a private room.

Itinerary

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Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort

On arrival at Suvarnabhumi International Airport, an airport representative meets you immediately to accompany you through the special fast-track lane at immigration. You will be assisted with collecting your luggage and customs formalities before being escorted to the arrivals area of the airport. After meeting your Akorn guide, you are transferred to your hotel by private air-conditioned vehicle.

Dinner will be served at your hotel.

Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort

Breakfast at your hotel

Klong Tour, Grand Palace and Wat Pho
After breakfast at your hotel, this morning your Akorn guide will take you (by air-conditioned vehicle) to board a private boat to explore the Thonburi Klongs. Criss-crossing Bangkok, the complex network of klongs (canals) highlights the traditional Thai way of life that once gave the capital the nickname “The Venice of the East”.

This excursion, which also includes a cruise on the mighty Chao Phraya River (the River of the Kings), provides a glimpse of how important the city’s water network remains in the life of the residents of stilted houses and floating bank barges which line the majestic river.

After an intriguing canal tour, visit Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), a dramatic temple on the south bank of the Chao Phraya embedded with pieces of multi-colored porcelain which strikingly reflect the rays of the morning sun. Wat Arun once housed the Emerald Buddha before it was moved across the river to Wat Phra Kaew in 1782 by Rama I.

Leaving the klongs, and your guide will take you to visit The Grand Palace, Emerald Buddha and Wat Pho, three of Bangkok’s most alluring attractions.

Lunch will be served at local restaurant (drinks included)

An intriguing blend of Italian Renaissance architecture and classical Thai roofing, The Grand Palace is one of the most beautiful examples of an ancient Siamese court, comprising several palaces and halls used for different occasions. Construction on the palace began in 1782 by King Rama I and has been improved upon by subsequent rulers.

Your knowledgeable A&K guide will escort you around the Throne Hall, the Coronation Hall, the Reception Palace and the Funeral Palace as you soak in the regal ambience of the elegant compound.

Your guide will then take you to see Wat Phra Kaew (also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha) Bangkok’s most important and sacred temple. Built at the end of the 18th century by King Rama I, this splendid wat (temple) is a beautiful example of Thai aesthetics and architecture and proudly houses the Emerald Buddha, Thailand’s most revered religious image. Though perhaps small in stature, the effigy symbolizes independence and strength and is said to bring good fortune to the nation.

Visit Wat Pho next. Built by King Rama I nearly 200 years ago, Wat Pho plays host to the gigantic Reclining Buddha (or Phra Buddhasaiyas), a distinctive image covered in gold leaf that lies 45 meters (150 feet) long and stands almost 15 meters (50 feet) high. Wat Pho is considered the first center of public education and the birthplace of traditional Thai massage, therefore the temple is sometimes referred to as “Thailand’s First University”.

Please note: appropriate attire must be worn when visiting the Grand Palace. Short skirts, shorts and sleeveless attire are not permitted. Some buildings within the Grand Palace are only open to visitors from Monday-Friday.

Dinner will be served at your hotel.

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Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

China Town by Night

Breakfast at your hotel

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Your guide collects you from your hotel by private vehicle at 07:00 to travel to one of Bangkok’s local floating markets located 100 kilometers west of Bangkok. Board a long-boat to visit Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. This old-style marketplace is set in a small klong (canal) network where floating vendors sell their wares from canoe-style boats.

After investigating the market’s many offerings, return to Bangkok for lunch.

Lunch will be served at local restaurant (drinks included)

Afternoon free at leisure at your hotel

China Town by Night
Tonight your guide will take you to visit Chinatown, known locally as “Yaowarat”. After dusk the glimmering gold shops are obscured by a cluster of food carts preparing exciting Chinese culinary creations to order.

Arriving around 18:00, witness the streets come alive as you enjoy the exotic aromas that fill the air. Famed for superb restaurants, authentic shops and distinctive gold and jeweler retailers, this area is home to a wide variety of goods for sale including shops selling traditional medicines and other uniquely Chinese goods.

Once you’ve browsed the market, return to your hotel.

Dinner will be served at your hotel

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Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort

Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort

Breakfast at your hotel

After checking out of your hotel, you be will met by an Akorn guide and transferred to Suvarnabhumi International Airport in time for your onward flight.

You will be met on arrival at Chiang Rai Airport by a professional Akorn guide who will accompany you to your hotel and assist with check in.

Dinner will be served at your hotel (drinks excluded / drinks on client’s consumption basis)

Located on the banks of the Kok River near to Chiang Rai airport and just a 45-minute drive from the Golden Triangle where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar converge, Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort is the ideal base from which to discover the charms of northern Thailand. Spread over 10 fertile acres of land, the resort blends traditional Lanna heritage with a chic design concept.

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Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort

Doi Tung Garden & Tribal Village

Chiang Rai Sightseeing by Rickshaw

Breakfast at your hotel

Doi Tung Garden & Tribal Village
08.30 This morning, you will admire the views of the countryside as you make your way to visit two local villages – the Lahu hill tribe village and the Akha hill tribe village. Here, you will witness the rural way of life and some different traditional customs.

You will then continue your journey to the mountain of Doi Tung, which is situated near the Thai-Myanmar border and rises approximately 2,000 meters above sea-level. The Doi Tung Development Project was established in 1987 by the mother of King Rama IX with the aim of preserving the landscape and reversing the effects of major deforestation in the area. The result is the beautiful Mae Fah Luang Garden, where you will see flowers and plants of many colors.

Drive on to Wat Phrathad Doi Tung, a sacred hilltop shrine built in AD 911. The shrine is revered by locals who believe that the Buddha’s left collarbone is enshrined there.

Lunch will be served at local restaurant (drinks excluded)

Chiang Rai Sightseeing by rickshaw

13.00 This afternoon, enjoy an original way to see the highlights of Chiang Rai – from the back of a rickshaw. Your Akorn guide will collect you from your hotel at 13.00 and take you (by air-conditioned vehicle) to the King Meng Rai Monument to switch to your rickshaw for a 15-minute ride to the city’s main market area. While at the market, experience the exotic smells and authentic feel of the region in an area that’s as real today as it ever was; a place where locals have convened for centuries to buy and sell life’s essentials.

Next your rickshaw will take you to visit Wat Phra Kaew Chiang Rai, where the famous Emerald Buddha (now housed in Bangkok) was found in 1434 AD. After investigating the temple’s fascinating brass, copper and jade Buddha effigies, continue (again by rickshaw) on to a hill tribe museum operated by the Population & Community Development Association where you can learn about the different ethnic groups that have existed within the region for as long as records began.

Bid farewell to your rickshaw ‘driver’ and travel to Wat Rong Khun in your private air-conditioned vehicle. Wat Rong Khun, also commonly known as “The White Temple”, is a spectacular yet unconventional building like no other temple in the world. Built in an all-white appearance using thousands of tiny mirrors, the temple appears to sparkle in the sunlight and bizarrely houses an eclectic mix of murals and paintings that combine the Buddhist faith with 21st century iconography.

Once you have toured the intriguing temple with your expert guide return to your hotel by private air-conditioned vehicle, arriving at approximately 17.00.

Dinner will be served at your hotel

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Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort

SVI of Service: Chiang Mai Mushroom House and Organic Farm

Le Meridien Chiang Mai

Breakfast at your hotel

You will be met at your hotel’s lobby by an Akorn guide who will transfer you to Chiang Mai in a private air-conditioned vehicle. Along the (three-hour) journey, you will have the option to make a stop at the Mae Kajan Hot Springs as well as the AK Philanthropy project, “Chiang Mai Mushroom House and Organic Farm”.

Located along the route between Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, stop by for a visit to Chiang Mai Mushroom House and Organic Farm. Providing a home, natal care and job-skills training to single mothers and pregnant women, the home guides its residents towards a life of independence and self-sufficiency.

Currently housing 10-20 women, the home aims to expand and take in up to 50 women and their children at a time. With support and funding from Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy (AKP), a mushroom house has been built, where the women learn how to grow mushrooms as a source of income and food security. They also learn project management and financial planning skills.

Now, you have an opportunity to explore the two-and-a-half acre plot of land and visit with the women and children who live there. Take time to admire the countryside scenery with its fish pond and farm animals, as your guide explains about the inspiring work the home has done to improve the lives of its residents.

AKP is currently raising funds to build an organic farm for the home. To get involved, or learn more about AKP’s long-term commitment to this project and other philanthropic projects around the world, please visit akphilanthropy.org. Lunch will be served at local restaurant (drinks excluded)

On arrival in Chiang Mai your guide will take you to check-in at your hotel.

Dinner will be served at your hotel

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Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort

Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden

Chiang Mai City Tour

Breakfast at your hotel

Hill tribe villages visit
08:30 Meet your guide at your hotel and depart for Mae Sa, a district located just north of the city. Mae Sa is home to the Hmong hilltribe village of Baan Mae Khi. Stop here to learn a bit about life in the village. Then continue driving via a scenic mountain route, passing some beautiful viewpoints along the mountain ridges to Baan Hmong Nong Hoi, home of the Nong Hoi Royal Project. Next, make a stop at the Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden, the first international standard botanical garden established in Thailand. After exploring the inspiring garden, return to your vehicle for the transfer to your next destination.

Lunch will be served at local restaurant (drinks excluded)

Chiang Mai city tour included Doi Suthep

13.30 After lunch, set off for Waroros Market accompanied by your Akorn guide. From the market, take a trishaw ride along the famous Tapae Road through the ancient city walls and along Rajdamnern Road to Wat Phra Singh. Move to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, which rests on Doi Suthep Mountain. The temple is reached by climbing 309 steps, but should you wish to avoid climbing the stairway a tram is also available for a small additional cost. As well as some striking examples of architecture, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep also offers exceptional views over Chiang Mai.

Dinner will be served at your hotel

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Le Meridien Chiang Mai

Elephant Nature Park

Breakfast at your hotel

Elephant Nature Park
08.30 Today you will be collected from your hotel by your Akorn guide and taken on a drive through the picturesque Chiang Mai countryside to Elephant Nature Park. Unlike other elephant camps, this unique project is not an attraction; the park provides a sanctuary for dozens of rescued elephants taken from abusive and harmful environments.

You won’t have the opportunity to ride one of these magnificent animals, but you will have a chance to contribute to their rehabilitation. During your visit, feed the elephants from a special platform as you hear the personal history of many of the rescued (often orphaned) elephants and discover how, at Elephant Nature Park, they have now become a proud herd and free from abuse for the first time in their lives. Your visit will also help to support other regional projects as well as national elephant conservation.

Lunch will be provided at the elephant camp.

Once you’ve had time to appreciate these majestic pachyderms in their natural environment, your guide will transfer you on to your hotel at approximately 16.30.

Dinner will be served at your hotel

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Le Meridien Chiang Mai

The Tubkaak Krabi Boutique Resort

Breakfast at your hotel

After checking out of your hotel, you be will met by an Akorn guide and transferred to the airport in time for your onward flight.

You will be met at Krabi Airport’s arrival hall by an Akorn guide. Your guide and private air-conditioned vehicle will then transfer you to your hotel in Tub Kaek.

Dinner will be served at your hotel (drinks excluded / drinks on client’s consumption basis)

Tubkaak literally translates to ‘home for visitors’, which offers the philosophy on which the beachside retreat was founded. Nestled on the Krabi coastline, Tubkaak benefits from stunning views across the Andaman to the large twin islands of Ko Yao Noi and Ko Yao Yai which also provide the serene bays surrounding the resort with peaceful shelter. Tubkaak’s rooms and villas are inspired by southern vernacular architecture with each villa featuring a distinctive curved roof and coconut and teak wood detailing, not to mention outdoor bathtubs and private pools in the Tubkaak Suite category and above. One of the most romantic retreats in Krabi, Tubkaak is the quintessential honeymooners resort.

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The Tubkaak Krabi Boutique Resort

Breakfast at your hotel

The balance of the day is free at leisure

Lunch and Dinner will be served at your hotel

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The Tubkaak Krabi Boutique Resort

James Bond Island- Speedboat Tour

Breakfast at your hotel

Lunch and Dinner will be served at your hotel (drinks excluded / drinks on client’s consumption basis)

James Bond Island- Speedboat Tour
08:00 – 08:15 Pick up from your hotel to Phang Nga pier and get aboard speedboat to enjoy the spectacular scenery of Phang Nga Bay National Park.

While traveling on speedboat, you will be amazed by the scenery of mangrove forest, rocks formation in strange shapes such as Khao Majoo and the limestone cave at Tham Lod where you can get through the hole to another side.

After that, we will visit Khao Ping-Gan of which the name means literally ‘leaning mountain’. It is really a huge rock split in two; the smaller half has slid down and the remaining one appears now to be leaning. Though Kao Ping-gan is a very small island, another one is still smaller, Koh Tapoo or known as “James Bond Island”. It is situated in a little bay of Khao Ping-gan where a lot of visiting boats pull up. Tapoo means nail and this shore less rock projects up from the sea as its name implies: flat and wide at the top and very narrow at waterline. The island became more famous after the James Bond adventure film called “The Man with the Golden Gun” was partly filmed here.

We will have lunch at local restaurant at Panyee Island. “Panyee Island” has a picturesque village, which rests on small pilings and extends out across the water. It is inhabited mostly by Muslim fishermen, whose unique culture has still existed for more than a hundred year. Souvenir shops and seafood restaurants are ready to serve all visitors from around the world. In the afternoon, the speedboat takes you back to Pier on mainland and then transfer back to the hotel.

Dinner will be served at your hotel (drinks excluded / drinks on client’s consumption basis)

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The Tubkaak Krabi Boutique Resort

Departure

Breakfast at your hotel

After checking out of your hotel, you be will met by an Akorn guide and transferred to Krabi Airport in time for your onward flight.

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*All prices are per person based on double occupancy, unless single supplement option is upon booking. Prices do not include airfare or any additional fees. All reservations are subject to Sober Vacations cancellation policy. Please review and accept before booking. For any questions please email info@sobervacations.com