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Itinerary for Thailand Travel Adventures 2015-16 Trip A
Northern, Central & Southern Thailand – 26 days in Thailand
November 23 to December 18, 2015

2015-16 Trip A Itineraries: Calendar  |  PDF – Calendar

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This is the itinerary for the 2015 trip. No other trips are currently scheduled.

The trip will be divided into two parts:

  • Part 1 will be the first 16 or 17 days, covering central and northern Thailand. These pictures will apply to Kasma's Trip B;
  • Part 2 will be the final 10 days covering southern Thailand. These pictures will apply to Kasma's Trip SO.

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Floating Market boats Sukhothai ruins Hmong mother and child Fried Chicken Painting umbrella Hua Hin Market Krabi emerald pool Beach in Krabi, Thailand Two fish Thai dancer

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Travel Day, Sunday, November 22, 2015 Arrive in Bangkok


Part 1

Day 1, Monday, November 23, 2015 – Bangkok – Sightsee the magnificent Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) and the adjoining Grand Palace, beautiful Wat Benjamabhophit (the Marble Temple) and the Queen's exquisite Support Museum of fine arts and crafts. Dine on superb Thai cuisine!

Floating Market boatsDay 2, Tuesday, November 24, 2015 – Bangkok to Ayuthaya – Leave Bangkok early for Damnoen Saduak floating market in Rajburi – explore quiet canals and be part of the hustle-bustle of a lively market afloat on boats. Visit Nakon Pathom's enormous Buddhist shrine dating back to the 5th century and walk the temple fair. Sample delicious kao laam (sticky rice in bamboo).

Day 3, Wednesday, November 25, 2015 – Ayuthaya to Sukhothai – Explore the awesome remains of a glorious period in Thai his-tory prior to the Bangkok era: Wat Na Phra Meru, Wat Chaiwatanaram, Wat Yai Chaimongkol, Wat Mongkolbhophit, Wat Phra Srisanphet, Wat Lokayasutharam, Wat Mahathat. On to Sukhothai.

Sukhothai ruinsDay 4, Thursday, November 26, 2015 – Sukhothai – Walk the atmospheric ruins of Thailand's first capital (UNESCO World Heritage site) dating back 700+ years: Wat Mahathat, Wat Sri Sawai, Wat Sra Sri, Wat Sri Chum. In nearby Si Satchanalai, visit a textile museum and a model farming village where some of the area's softest handwoven textiles are produced.

Mae Hong Son Drive ViewDay 5, Friday, November 27, 2015 – Sukhothai to Mae Sa – After a hearty noodle breakfast, walk Sukhothai's bustling market, sampling local treats from street vendors. Continue our journey northward, stopping by a very sacred, ancient temple in Lampang with elegant Lanna-style architecture and a history that predates Thailand's.

Hmong mother and childDay 6, Saturday, November 28, 2015 – Mae Sa – Meander up the Mae Sa hills to visit a Hmong hilltribe village. Learn their culture, walk around the village and see how they farm the hillsides. Optional trip to the Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden. Leisure time in the afternoon to enjoy our charming garden resort. Treat yourself to a healing Thai massage in a natural setting.

Day 7, Sunday, November 29, 2015 – Mae Sa to Mae Hong Son – Travel via Mae Sariang, stopping first at Pada's house and weaving center which produces exquisite natural-dyed, handwoven textiles. Drive through picturesque mountain country lined with terraced fields and teak forests. Visit a Karen hilltribe co-op textile center. In MHS, we'll stay at a secluded lodge near a forest preserve.

Day 8, Monday, November 30, 2015 – Mae Hong Son – Refreshing morning market walk – mingle with hilltribe and Shan traders and their colorful wild produce and sample tasty snacks from friendly vendors. Walk around the small town, visiting Shan "Burmese"-style temples. Lunch on delicious local delicacies. Free afternoon to enjoy our peaceful, nature resort.

Fried ChickenDay 9, Tuesday, December 1, 2015 – Mae Hong Son – Trek through wooded areas on elephant back along the scenic Pai river, then take a longtail boat ride to the quiet border post just 1/4 kilometers from Myanmar. Lunch in town and shop for local crafts and Burmese artifacts. Free afternoon – get a Thai massage, or take an optional hike in the forest preserve near our resort.

Day 10, Wednesday, December 2, 2015 – Mae Hong Son –Tour the beautiful mountainous country of Mae Hong Son, taking a rice field walk in a lovely valley and visiting thundering Pha Seua waterfall, a hilltribe village and a Chinese refugee settlement near the border where we'll do tea tasting and feast on a scrumptious Yunnan Chinese lunch!

Day 11, Thursday, December 3, 2015 – Mae Hong Son to Pai – Drive through breathtaking country (foothills of the Himalayas) –one of Thailand's most spectacular drives! Stop by a colorful Lisu hilltribe village for a walk and explore the extensive caves of Tham Lod near Soppong –raft down the stream flowing through the caves. Overnight stay at a garden inn outside Pai town.

Painting umbrellaDay 12, Friday, December 4, 2015 – Pai to Chiang Mai – Drive down lush mountain country into the valley of Chiang Mai, land of the old Lanna kingdom. Visit an orchid and butterfly farm and shop at Mengrai Kilns, known for their gorgeous celadon ceramics –an age-old craft of the North. Dine on tasty northern cuisine, then walk the North's largest Night Bazaar.

Day 13, Saturday, December 5, 2015 – Chiang Mai – Tour the handicraft centers for which the North is known and see how traditional crafts are made: hand-made "sa" (mulberry) paper, traditional hand-painted parasols, lacquerware, hand-woven silks and cottons (tailoring services available), textile crafts, ceramics, silver and bronze wares. Dine at a charming riverside restaurant with an art gallery.

Doi Suthep BuddhaDay 14, Sunday, December 6, 2015 –Chiang Mai – "Pilgrimage" to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep – the North's most revered temple on mountaintop overlooking the city. Visit old Wat Jet Yod temple, then lunch on delectable northern specialties at a favorite Chiang Mai restaurant! Stroll the tranquil grounds of Wat Umong Forest Monastery. Last night to walk the Night Bazaar.

Day 15, Monday, December 7, 2015 – Chiang Mai – Graze our way through lively Worarot market and shop for dried Thai herbs, spices and cookware. Sightsee historical temples in the "old city": Wat Phra Singh, Wat Chiang Man. In the afternoon, we'll visit an impressive, wood-carving museum outside the city. Last night to shop the Night Bazaar!

Day 16, Tuesday, December 8, 2015 – Chiang Mai to Bangkok – Free morning. Explore more markets, temples, shops and whatever else you wish on your own, or relax with a traditional Thai healing massage. Fly back to Bangkok in the afternoon.

Note: If a trip member is only going on Part 1, they may choose to end the trip after day 16 or after day 17.

Part 2

Monday, December 7, 2015 – Travel Day for Part 2 trip members: – Arrive in Bangkok.

Day 17 (or 1), Wednesday, December 9, 2015 – Bangkok – Breakfast in and walk the bustling alley market of Chinatown. Sightsee Wat Traimitr with the awesome 5 1/2-ton gold Buddha and explore the fascinating canals across the Chaophraya River from Bangkok. Observe the simple, unfettered ways of living along the canals, visiting serene temples and the Royal Barge Museum.

Hua Hin MarketDay 18 (or 2), Thursday, December 10, 2015 – Bangkok to Chumpon – Drive down the long, narrow peninsula to the southern part of the country. Stop by Hua Hin for an exciting market walk and “Squidville” in Pranburi where thousands of squid dry on a maze of racks along the beach for a scrumptious seafood feast. Stay in a small family-run beachside resort on the gulf coast.

Day 19 (or 3), Friday, December 11, 2015 – Chumpon to Khao Sok – Continuing south, sightsee the ancient Buddhist temple of Wat Phra Borom That Chaiya; visit the cotton and silk weaving village nearby. After a seafood lunch on the gulf coast, head west toward Khao Sok Nationall Park, where we'll take a boating tour of a magical lake surrounded by spectacular limestone karsts.

Krabi emerald poolDay 20 (or 4), Saturday, December 12, 2015 – Khao Sok to Krabi Coast – Drive through scenic country punctuated by dramatic limestone karsts. Stop by Than Bokaranee for a walk through a verdant rainforest park, graced by soothing cascades and emerald pools. In Krabi, we'll stay at a beachside resort with views of the beautiful coast. Fine southern dining at a favorite restaurant.

Krabi emerald poolDay 21 (or 5), Sunday, December 13, 2015 – Krabi Coast – Explore Krabi province's magnificent coastline with enormous limestone cliffs, immense caves, idyllic islands, and dazzling white and golden sand beaches. Swim, sun, snorkel, beachcomb and enjoy the beauty of the Andaman seacoast –in particular, two enchanting islands with lively coral reefs. Lovely sunset on the beach

Two fishDay 22 (or 6), Monday, December 14, 2015 – Idyllic Island Home – Day trip to the captivating islands of Phi Phi Marine National Park, flanked by towering limestone cliffs, ringed by picturesque bays, lagoons and gorgeous white-sand beaches, and surrounded by extensive reefs, home to millions of fish and delightful coral gardens. If permitted, visit Viking Cave (featured in National Geographic).

Day 23 (or 7), Tuesday, December 15, 2015 – Krabi Coast – Last day to enjoy the Andaman seacoast. Boat down the peninsula to beautiful Phra Nang beach and learn the legend of the Sea Princess. Then boat out to tall twin karsts in the middle of the sea to snorkel their seawall and the abundant nooks and crannies around the coral rocks –home to colorful fishes and myriad other marine life.

Island sunriseDay 24 (or 8), Wednesday, December 16, 2015 – To Krabi Town – Leave our beachside resort and head inland to soak in the refreshing natural pools of an unusual waterfall hot spring in a forest preserve. Walk a lovely nature trail through lowland forest to a spring-fed crystal pool for a swim. Shop for handpainted batiks, then check into a boutique hotel in Krabi town.

Day 25 (or 9), Thursday, December 17, 2015 – Krabi Town – Free day to explore the town on your own from our centrally located hotel with plenty of attractions within walking distance, including the bustling morning market, a tranquil temple, the scenic riverfront, shops and coffee shops, the colorful afternoon and evening market and Thai massage places. 

Thai dancerDay 26 (or 10), Friday, December 18, 2015 – Krabi to Bangkok – Following breakfast, we'll return to Bangkok by air, arriving in the capital city around mid-day. Walk and graze our way through a vibrant open-air fresh food and fruit market. Shop for packaged Thai snacks and natural herbal products to take home. Farewell Party & Feast!


Travel Day, Saturday, December 19, 2015 – Depart Bangkok.

This is the itinerary for the 2015 trip.
No other trips are currently scheduled.
Participants can go on either Part 1 or Part 2, or both.

Note: Trip B has a similar itinerary as the first 19 days of this trip. Check out the Trip B Itinerary for more pictures. Be sure to click on the pictures for a larger image with caption. Trip B is scheduled for November 30 – December 16, 2016.

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