Essence Tours: Thailand November 2015
Thailand Thailand - Bangkok • Boutique Chinatown • Relics of Siam • Canals of Krung Thep
Phuket • Boutique Heritage Walk
Chiangmai • Coffee and Jungle Trail • Essence of Chiang Mai: Lanna Temple Relics
Essence Tours: Thailand Essence of Bangkok: Boutique Chinatown See Bangkok’s fascinating Chinatown district up close and personal as we explore the backstreets and alleyways that give this district its unique charm. Visit a museum, temples as well as seeing the residents go about their days as you participate in a Chinese offering and enjoy herbal tea with a local. Dig into delicious Dim Sum at a boutique restaurant that encapsulates the atmosphere of this Chinese enclave in the heart of bustling Bangkok. • See the real Chinatown • Visit Wat Traimit, and the accompanying museum including a huge Golden Buddha statue • Dim Sum in a restaurant with 1940s Shanghai décor. • Visit a gold shop over 100 years old • Try local herbal speciality drink
Essence Tours: Thailand Essence of Bangkok: Relics of Siam Bangkok’s royal district of Rattanakosin has attracted floods of visitors for hundreds of years and is full of magnificent monuments to old Siamese culture. Get a more authentic look with a real traditional experience and learn how to fold a lotus flower in the traditional way and get to know the community that lives in the shadow of such grandeur. After a rewarding day exploring the area, relax and unwind with a traditional foot massage. • Visit the Grand Palace and Wat Pho; homes of the Emerald Buddha and Reclining Buddha. • Learn to fold a lotus flower to give as an offering. • Enjoy world-famous Bangkok food in a riverside restaurant • Visit a local alms-bowl artisan and learn his craft • Enjoy a traditional Thai foot massage in a relaxing spa
Essence Tours: Thailand Essence of Bangkok: Canals of Krung Thep Meander through Bangkok’s canals and rivers and visit Wat Arun or ‘The Temple of the Dawn’ and the Royal Barge Museum. Turn back the clock to a time when life by the river was very different than that of modern Bangkok. Visit a local artist village and get to know local craftsman on a route not often visited by tourists. • Visit Royal Barge Museum, Artist Village, Wat Arun, travel along the river by long-tailed boat. • See beuatiful boats that are around two hundred years old and very ornate • Thai set lunch at Supattra River House Restaurant, • Chit chat or make friends with local people at Artist Village and learn about people ways of life by the river.
Essence Tours: Thailand Essence of Chiang Mai: Coffee and Jungle Trail Get away from the crowds and enjoy the peaceful surroundings of Chiang Mai at a relaxed pace. A gentle trail takes you through jungle, across rivers and to a coffee farm, where you will get hands on with one of the regions best crops. After a fresh fish lunch learn the way of life of the H’mong hill tribes of the area and journey to some of the most beautiful waterfalls in Thailand. • A real off the beaten track experience, but still a gentle route • Visit Doi Inthanon and try your hand at roasting local coffee for yourself • Lunch at the Royal Project with fresh fish and hydro vegetables. • Visit Mae Ya waterfall, a spectacular waterfall deep in the countryside • Interact with and learn the H’Mong way of life
Essence Tours: Thailand Essence of Phuket: Boutique Heritage Walk Learn about the rich history of Phuket town on this walk through the relaxed downtown area and really get to know this unique island’s culture. Stroll along streets of Portugese architecture and visit the morning wet market where locals stop off to get the freshest daily produce, visit the Chin Pracha house and Thai Hua Museum and stop off at the famous old post office building. A gallery and temple provide an afternoon of culture before a delicious dinner in an old colonial-building restaurant. • Learn about the local culture in a way that no other tour offers • Visit Phuket Old Town with Sino-Portuguese style buildings • Lunch at an old style restaurant, and local snacks at a local shop on the beautiful Thalang Road • Old Chinese temple and art gallery visits
Essence Tours: Thailand Essence of Chiang Mai: Lanna Temple Relics Spend a day exploring the highlights of Chiang Mai, including a stop at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Waroros Market, Wat Srisuphan and Wat Chedi Luang – all while reducing your carbon footprint by travelling aboard a traditional Thai rickshaw.
• Visit Doi Suthep and Rickshaw riding • Thai set lunch at a riverside restaurant with Ping river view • Riding rickshaw to visit temples and local market in Chiang Mai town • Visit local market and with local fruit tasting