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A Family Adventure in Thailand: Bangkok, Buddhas and a Beautiful Beach

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Program #21259RJ
15 Days | 14 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Jul 30 — Aug 13, 2014

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Day One: Wednesday, July 30 - Departure for Thailand
Depart From: Overnight flight

Day Two: Thursday, July 31 - En route to Thailand
Note: If you are prone to jeg lag, it is a good idea to arrive a day early to get the additional rest that you may need.

In Transit: Cross International Dateline.

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: An elegant 4-star flagship city hotel in Bangkok, Furama Silom, Bangkok is under Furama, an award-winning brand. Located centrally in the heart of Silom, Bangkok's main business, banking, shopping and night-life district, it is a perfect destination for both business and leisure travellers. This city hotel in Bangkok features 251 expansive guestrooms that are decorated with a combination of modern and contemporary Thai style creating a cosy feel

Contact info:
533 Silom Road
Bangkok, 10500 Thailand
phone: +66-(0)2-688-6888
web: www.furama.com/silom/

Room amenities: The rooms at Furama Silom Bangkok encompasses a spacious 40sqm with the basic amenities such as coffee and tea-making facilities, in-room safe, IDD phones, hairdryer, TV offering local and cable channels.

Facility amenities: A large outdoor swimming pool on the 20th floor at the rooftop of this hotel in Silom provides guests with an ideal place to take a refreshing dip or work on their tan while enjoying the cool breeze of metropolitan air. Alternatively, Silom Sky Bar offers a selection of creative beverages, cocktails and snacks amidst stunning panoramic views of Bangkok's skyline. The more energetic will love our indoor modern fitness room with well-equipped facilities, including sauna room and lockers.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBA
Please contact Travel Services.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Friday, August 01 - Arrival / Orientation in Bangkok
Arrive To: Arrive in Thailand.

Afternoon: Convene with your Group Leader and other participants for program orientation.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at hotel.

Lodging: Furama Silom

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: An elegant 4-star flagship city hotel in Bangkok, Furama Silom, Bangkok is under Furama, an award-winning brand. Located centrally in the heart of Silom, Bangkok's main business, banking, shopping and night-life district, it is a perfect destination for both business and leisure travellers. This city hotel in Bangkok features 251 expansive guestrooms that are decorated with a combination of modern and contemporary Thai style creating a cosy feel

Contact info:
533 Silom Road
Bangkok, 10500 Thailand
phone: +66-(0)2-688-6888
web: www.furama.com/silom/

Room amenities: The rooms at Furama Silom Bangkok encompasses a spacious 40sqm with the basic amenities such as coffee and tea-making facilities, in-room safe, IDD phones, hairdryer, TV offering local and cable channels.

Facility amenities: A large outdoor swimming pool on the 20th floor at the rooftop of this hotel in Silom provides guests with an ideal place to take a refreshing dip or work on their tan while enjoying the cool breeze of metropolitan air. Alternatively, Silom Sky Bar offers a selection of creative beverages, cocktails and snacks amidst stunning panoramic views of Bangkok's skyline. The more energetic will love our indoor modern fitness room with well-equipped facilities, including sauna room and lockers.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBA
Please contact Travel Services.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Four: Saturday, August 02 - Bangkok / Grand Palace / Wat Pho / Klong Ride / B...
Note: You will need to dress appropriately for the temple visit and the Grand Palace with your shoulders and legs covered. For the Grand Palace you will need to have closed heal shoes. You will also need to take off your shoes as well when you enter the temples. For the Klong Rides, you will need to be able to get in and out of small boats without assistance.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Begin your exploration of Bangkok on a Tuk Tuk, taking you to the Grand Palace, the number one ‘must see’ attraction as well as Thailand’s most important landmark. Marvel at the mysterious Emerald Buddha, the most revered Buddha image in Thailand. Continue to Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha), Bangkok’s oldest temple and home to the magnificent reclining Buddha and Thailand's first school of traditional medicine and Thai massage.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant by the river.

Afternoon: After lunch, board a private long tail boat taking you into the peaceful Klong Bang Luang (one of the myriads of Bangkok Canals). Pass by shop houses, local temples and vendors on this waterway which was once a major trading route and lined with impressive homes of aristocrats. After observing this lively area, stop at Baan Silapin, a 100 year old renovated house now home to an art gallery. Experience a unique puppet show performed by puppeteers trained under the Joe Louis School of puppetry.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Furama Silom

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: An elegant 4-star flagship city hotel in Bangkok, Furama Silom, Bangkok is under Furama, an award-winning brand. Located centrally in the heart of Silom, Bangkok's main business, banking, shopping and night-life district, it is a perfect destination for both business and leisure travellers. This city hotel in Bangkok features 251 expansive guestrooms that are decorated with a combination of modern and contemporary Thai style creating a cosy feel

Contact info:
533 Silom Road
Bangkok, 10500 Thailand
phone: +66-(0)2-688-6888
web: www.furama.com/silom/

Room amenities: The rooms at Furama Silom Bangkok encompasses a spacious 40sqm with the basic amenities such as coffee and tea-making facilities, in-room safe, IDD phones, hairdryer, TV offering local and cable channels.

Facility amenities: A large outdoor swimming pool on the 20th floor at the rooftop of this hotel in Silom provides guests with an ideal place to take a refreshing dip or work on their tan while enjoying the cool breeze of metropolitan air. Alternatively, Silom Sky Bar offers a selection of creative beverages, cocktails and snacks amidst stunning panoramic views of Bangkok's skyline. The more energetic will love our indoor modern fitness room with well-equipped facilities, including sauna room and lockers.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBA
Please contact Travel Services.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Five: Sunday, August 03 - Bangkok Discovery / Free afternoon
Note: This is a 2 hour biking. Biking today can vary. Some parts are moderate and some parts are difficult. A small part of the lane is narrow which makes it difficult for biking. However, you can walk your bikes on this part. There is no support vehicle driving along because there is no car access. Overall, the routing is through lush green gardens and landscape.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Explore the green side of Bangkok by bicycle. Pedal through Bang Ka Jao, an area of waterways and small roads. Pass local markets, lush gardens, small temples, and Thai houses and see the communities that live and work here. Just outside the heart of Bangkok, Ka Jao is a haven of green and this two hour ride exposes a different side of the capital city.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Free afternoon on your own to explore the many aspects of Bangkok.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Furama Silom

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Laluna Hotel & Resort is nestled in a beautiful garden amid a prime location of Chiang Rai. The hotel boasts 79 modern Thai style houses that are fully equipped with international standard facilities. Our goal is to make you feel as welcome and comfortable as if you were in your own home.

Contact info:
160 Moo 14 Sanambin Road
Chiang Rai, 57000 Thailand
phone: +66 (0) 8 79.10.56.20
web: www.lalunaresortchiangrai.com/

Room amenities: Cable TV, Television, Refrigerator, Mini Bar, Radio, Laundry Services

Facility amenities: 24 hours reception, 24 hours security, 24 hours concierge, 24 hour room service, Bar and Restaurant, Coffee shop (Fresh brewed coffee), Wheelchair access, Outdoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, Massage, Car,Motorbike and bicycle rental, Meeting and function rooms, Wireless Internet access

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Six: Monday, August 04 - Fly from Bangkok to Chiang Rai / Chiang Rai Disco...
Note: You will be using local transportation this afternoon, the tuk tuk, a motorize 3 wheel vehicle in Chiang Rai.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Free morning to prepare for your flight to Chiang Rai. Fly to Chiang Rai.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Participate in an independent discovery of Chiang Rai on your own family tuk tuk, a motorized vehicle. You will be given a list of sites to discover and you need to navigate with your tuk tuk driver. You will need to take a picture of these places and give some facts about it. Afterwards, reconvene with your group leader to discuss what you have learned.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Laluna Hotel and Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Laluna Hotel & Resort is nestled in a beautiful garden amid a prime location of Chiang Rai. The hotel boasts 79 modern Thai style houses that are fully equipped with international standard facilities. Our goal is to make you feel as welcome and comfortable as if you were in your own home.

Contact info:
160 Moo 14 Sanambin Road
Chiang Rai, 57000 Thailand
phone: +66 (0) 8 79.10.56.20
web: www.lalunaresortchiangrai.com/

Room amenities: Cable TV, Television, Refrigerator, Mini Bar, Radio, Laundry Services

Facility amenities: 24 hours reception, 24 hours security, 24 hours concierge, 24 hour room service, Bar and Restaurant, Coffee shop (Fresh brewed coffee), Wheelchair access, Outdoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, Massage, Car,Motorbike and bicycle rental, Meeting and function rooms, Wireless Internet access

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Seven: Tuesday, August 05 - Chiang Rai / Hill Tribe Museum / Hall of Opium (C...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Today learn about the hill tribes of Northern Thailand. Depart for a visit to the Hill Tribe Museum. Adults will listen to a brief lecture on the hill tribe museum and the different hill tribe communities. Young learners will have a guided visit through the museum, then time to explore the museum on their own. The museum gives you a better understanding of the tribal cultures of Thailand.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: This afternoon learn about the opium trade at the Hall of Opium in Chiang Saen. Adults and young learners will split into two groups, each with a guide and group leader to explore the museum and learn about the importance of this trade in the Golden Triangle. Then continue to the Golden Triangle, where the borders of Thailand, Burma and Laos meet.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Lodging: Laluna Hotel and Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Nestled in a bustling neighborhood just off Tapae Road and in walking distance to the Tapae Gate entrance to the old city, Banthai Village is a cozy retreat that also affords easy access to much of Chiang Mai’s best attractions including the Sunday Walking Street market and the Night Bazaar. The small luxury village still gives you a choice of accommodations, 11 Superior, 7 Deluxe rooms, 4 Junior Suites and one of Banthai Suite, all very chic and accommodating including a rain shower and wireless internet. To workout and indulge your tired muscles, a swimming pool with Jacuzzi and The Pool Bar & Bistro, the charming spots are invite you to relax and dine. We are serving simple Thai and Western fare as well as your favorite beverages. The warm and friendly atmospheres are awaiting you at Banthai Village-Chiang Mai.

Contact info:
19 soi 3, tha Pae Rd, T. Chang Klan,
A Muang
Chiang Mai, 50100 Thailand
phone: +66 (0) 53.25.27.89
web: www.banthaivillage.com/index.php

Room amenities: Air-condition Cable TV DVD Player IDD phone Safety box Mini bar Coffee-Tea Maker Hair dryer Bath tub Rain shower Hot water Bathrobe & Slippers Bathroom amenities

Facility amenities: Swimming pool with Jacuzzi Car park Transportation Free Internet Service at Lobby and wireles internet The Village Shop Small Library

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eight: Wednesday, August 06 - Chiang Rai / Transfer to Chiang Mai / Wat Prathat...
Note: Transfer time to Chiang Mai is approximately 4 hours with a couple of stops. There are many stairs to Doi Suthep, but there is also a cable car that you can take to the top. You will need to dress appropriately for the temple visit with your shoulders and legs covered. You will also need to take off your shoes.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel.

Morning: Depart Chiang Rai for Chiang Mai. Drive is approximately 4 hours with a few bathroom stops along the way.

Lunch: Lunch at your hotel in Chiang Mai.

Afternoon: Young learners can explore Waroros Market. You will be given a list of Thai items transcribed into English and your job is to talk with the local vendors and find out what these items are in English or describe it in English and then take a picture of it. This is an opportunity for you to interact with the vendors at this market. Then the entire group will explore Chiang Mai's Icon, Wat Prathat Doi Suthep, the temple on the mountain, and the most sacred in Northern Thailand. Participate in a private blessing ceremony and witness the magical evening chanting of the monks. The day ends, with a view over Chiang Mai city.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Banthai Village

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Nestled in a bustling neighborhood just off Tapae Road and in walking distance to the Tapae Gate entrance to the old city, Banthai Village is a cozy retreat that also affords easy access to much of Chiang Mai’s best attractions including the Sunday Walking Street market and the Night Bazaar. The small luxury village still gives you a choice of accommodations, 11 Superior, 7 Deluxe rooms, 4 Junior Suites and one of Banthai Suite, all very chic and accommodating including a rain shower and wireless internet. To workout and indulge your tired muscles, a swimming pool with Jacuzzi and The Pool Bar & Bistro, the charming spots are invite you to relax and dine. We are serving simple Thai and Western fare as well as your favorite beverages. The warm and friendly atmospheres are awaiting you at Banthai Village-Chiang Mai.

Contact info:
19 soi 3, tha Pae Rd, T. Chang Klan,
A Muang
Chiang Mai, 50100 Thailand
phone: +66 (0) 53.25.27.89
web: www.banthaivillage.com/index.php

Room amenities: Air-condition Cable TV DVD Player IDD phone Safety box Mini bar Coffee-Tea Maker Hair dryer Bath tub Rain shower Hot water Bathrobe & Slippers Bathroom amenities

Facility amenities: Swimming pool with Jacuzzi Car park Transportation Free Internet Service at Lobby and wireles internet The Village Shop Small Library

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Nine: Thursday, August 07 - Buddhism / Monk Chat / Chiang Mai Discovery
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Transfer to Wat Suan Dok, famous for its whitewashed Lanna stupas. The International Buddhist Studies Center adjacent to the temple offers a unique opportunity to learn and informally exchange ideas with the monks about Buddhism and other general topics. Adults can take this opportunity to learn about Buddhism and its importance to Thailand, while the young learners can converse with novice monks and learn about the monk hood and its importance to their culture.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Free afternoon on your own to explore Chiang Mai. For those interested, in the late afternoon, join your group leader for a service project at Baan Hmong Hope hostel. Help prepare dinner for 50 children that reside there.

Dinner: Then join the children for dinner. If you choose not to do this activity, dinner is on your own.

Lodging: Banthai Village

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Nestled in a bustling neighborhood just off Tapae Road and in walking distance to the Tapae Gate entrance to the old city, Banthai Village is a cozy retreat that also affords easy access to much of Chiang Mai’s best attractions including the Sunday Walking Street market and the Night Bazaar. The small luxury village still gives you a choice of accommodations, 11 Superior, 7 Deluxe rooms, 4 Junior Suites and one of Banthai Suite, all very chic and accommodating including a rain shower and wireless internet. To workout and indulge your tired muscles, a swimming pool with Jacuzzi and The Pool Bar & Bistro, the charming spots are invite you to relax and dine. We are serving simple Thai and Western fare as well as your favorite beverages. The warm and friendly atmospheres are awaiting you at Banthai Village-Chiang Mai.

Contact info:
19 soi 3, tha Pae Rd, T. Chang Klan,
A Muang
Chiang Mai, 50100 Thailand
phone: +66 (0) 53.25.27.89
web: www.banthaivillage.com/index.php

Room amenities: Air-condition Cable TV DVD Player IDD phone Safety box Mini bar Coffee-Tea Maker Hair dryer Bath tub Rain shower Hot water Bathrobe & Slippers Bathroom amenities

Facility amenities: Swimming pool with Jacuzzi Car park Transportation Free Internet Service at Lobby and wireles internet The Village Shop Small Library

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Ten: Friday, August 08 - Chiang Mai / Elephant Education
Note: Transfer time one way is about 1.5 hours one way. You will need to climb ups stairs to a platform and then get on the seating areas of the elephants back.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Spend the day learning about elephant at the Elephant Center in Lampang. Begin with an elephant ride and then learn about these elephants, bathing them, etc.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Return to Chiang Mai.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Lodging: Banthai Village

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Old Phuket at Karon Beach is a Sino-Portugese-style creation that evokes memories of 19th century Southeast Asia. The atmosphere will take travelers back to the days of the spice trade, of tin mining, of Chinese junks plying the straits of Malacca and the golden age of travel before resorts and package tours. Built as a replica of the architecture that still remains in the old sections of Phuket Town. The Old Phuket provides guests with an historical alternative to the typical hotel holiday. The golden sands of Karon Beach stretch out in front of the hotel to the Andaman Sea, beckoning you to join us when the hotel is officially opened in October 2001.

Contact info:
192/36 Karon Rd,Karon Beach
Muang, Phuket, 83100 Thailand
phone: +66 (0)76.39.63.53
web: www.theoldphuket.com/facilities.htm

Room amenities: - Self controlled air-conditioning. - Private balcony - Refrigerator - Bath tub and shower - Satellite television with remote control - Safety deposit box - Coffee and tea maker - IDD telephone system - Full set bath room amenities - Full-stocked mini-bar - Hot & cold running water. - 220 Voltage A.C. - Hairdryer - Umbrella

Facility amenities: SHARK RESTAURANT: Serving daily buffet breakfast from 06.30 hrs. - 10.30 hrs. CHILI RESTAURANT: Sea side restaurant serving International and Seafood from 14.00 hrs. - 23.00 hrs. BAI TOEY: Serving daily Thai cuisine a la carte from 11.00 hrs. - 23.00 hrs. AL DENTE: Serving daily a la carte Lunch & Dinner. Authentic contemporary Italian's cuisine from 11.00 hrs. - 23.00 hrs. LOBBY CORNER : Varieties of drinks, coffee and tea from 10.00 hrs. - 11.00 hrs. KO-I POOL BAR : Located on 3rd floor of Sino Wing, serving snack and varieties of food & drink from 10.00 hrs. - 19.00 hrs. THE POOL BAR: Located at Serene Wing, serving snack and varieties of food & drink from 10.00 hrs. - 19.00 hrs. - Laundry and dry cleaning service. - Room service till midnight. - Baby sitting. - Doctor on call. - Swimming pool with child pool attached. - Fitness center equipment. - Massage service at pool-side. - Tour desk & information. - Ample parking area. - Luggage porter service.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights after: TBA
Please contact RSTS.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Eleven: Saturday, August 09 - Chiang Mai / Cooking class / Fly to Phuket
Breakfast: Breakfast at your hotel.

Morning: Take an excursion to the local fresh produce market in preparation for a cooking course. Learn about the different herbs and spices sold here. Then learn how to cook the Thai way, using local ingredients, and make your own Thai dish that you can enjoy for lunch.

Lunch: Taste your culinary delights.

Afternoon: This afternoon head out for your flight to Phuket.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: The Old Phuket

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Old Phuket at Karon Beach is a Sino-Portugese-style creation that evokes memories of 19th century Southeast Asia. The atmosphere will take travelers back to the days of the spice trade, of tin mining, of Chinese junks plying the straits of Malacca and the golden age of travel before resorts and package tours. Built as a replica of the architecture that still remains in the old sections of Phuket Town. The Old Phuket provides guests with an historical alternative to the typical hotel holiday. The golden sands of Karon Beach stretch out in front of the hotel to the Andaman Sea, beckoning you to join us when the hotel is officially opened in October 2001.

Contact info:
192/36 Karon Rd,Karon Beach
Muang, Phuket, 83100 Thailand
phone: +66 (0)76.39.63.53
web: www.theoldphuket.com/facilities.htm

Room amenities: - Self controlled air-conditioning. - Private balcony - Refrigerator - Bath tub and shower - Satellite television with remote control - Safety deposit box - Coffee and tea maker - IDD telephone system - Full set bath room amenities - Full-stocked mini-bar - Hot & cold running water. - 220 Voltage A.C. - Hairdryer - Umbrella

Facility amenities: SHARK RESTAURANT: Serving daily buffet breakfast from 06.30 hrs. - 10.30 hrs. CHILI RESTAURANT: Sea side restaurant serving International and Seafood from 14.00 hrs. - 23.00 hrs. BAI TOEY: Serving daily Thai cuisine a la carte from 11.00 hrs. - 23.00 hrs. AL DENTE: Serving daily a la carte Lunch & Dinner. Authentic contemporary Italian's cuisine from 11.00 hrs. - 23.00 hrs. LOBBY CORNER : Varieties of drinks, coffee and tea from 10.00 hrs. - 11.00 hrs. KO-I POOL BAR : Located on 3rd floor of Sino Wing, serving snack and varieties of food & drink from 10.00 hrs. - 19.00 hrs. THE POOL BAR: Located at Serene Wing, serving snack and varieties of food & drink from 10.00 hrs. - 19.00 hrs. - Laundry and dry cleaning service. - Room service till midnight. - Baby sitting. - Doctor on call. - Swimming pool with child pool attached. - Fitness center equipment. - Massage service at pool-side. - Tour desk & information. - Ample parking area. - Luggage porter service.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights after: TBA
Please contact RSTS.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Twelve: Sunday, August 10 - Phuket / Koh Yao Noi Community Project
Note: You will be taking a long trail boat to this island and then an open air jeep to the village.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Spend the day making a positive impact on a Thai community. Travel to Koh Yao Noi, a small island which was affected by the 2004 tsunami, and spend the day with the villagers learning about their traditional lifestyles and traditions as well as learning about post-tsunami recovery efforts. Partake in activities set up by the community to promote the autonomy of the people including coconut-shell souvenir making.

Lunch: Lunch with a local family.

Afternoon: In the afternoon, interact with the children as you visit other villages on Koh Yao Noi. Return to Phuket late this afternoon.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Lodging: The Old Phuket

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Old Phuket at Karon Beach is a Sino-Portugese-style creation that evokes memories of 19th century Southeast Asia. The atmosphere will take travelers back to the days of the spice trade, of tin mining, of Chinese junks plying the straits of Malacca and the golden age of travel before resorts and package tours. Built as a replica of the architecture that still remains in the old sections of Phuket Town. The Old Phuket provides guests with an historical alternative to the typical hotel holiday. The golden sands of Karon Beach stretch out in front of the hotel to the Andaman Sea, beckoning you to join us when the hotel is officially opened in October 2001.

Contact info:
192/36 Karon Rd,Karon Beach
Muang, Phuket, 83100 Thailand
phone: +66 (0)76.39.63.53
web: www.theoldphuket.com/facilities.htm

Room amenities: - Self controlled air-conditioning. - Private balcony - Refrigerator - Bath tub and shower - Satellite television with remote control - Safety deposit box - Coffee and tea maker - IDD telephone system - Full set bath room amenities - Full-stocked mini-bar - Hot & cold running water. - 220 Voltage A.C. - Hairdryer - Umbrella

Facility amenities: SHARK RESTAURANT: Serving daily buffet breakfast from 06.30 hrs. - 10.30 hrs. CHILI RESTAURANT: Sea side restaurant serving International and Seafood from 14.00 hrs. - 23.00 hrs. BAI TOEY: Serving daily Thai cuisine a la carte from 11.00 hrs. - 23.00 hrs. AL DENTE: Serving daily a la carte Lunch & Dinner. Authentic contemporary Italian's cuisine from 11.00 hrs. - 23.00 hrs. LOBBY CORNER : Varieties of drinks, coffee and tea from 10.00 hrs. - 11.00 hrs. KO-I POOL BAR : Located on 3rd floor of Sino Wing, serving snack and varieties of food & drink from 10.00 hrs. - 19.00 hrs. THE POOL BAR: Located at Serene Wing, serving snack and varieties of food & drink from 10.00 hrs. - 19.00 hrs. - Laundry and dry cleaning service. - Room service till midnight. - Baby sitting. - Doctor on call. - Swimming pool with child pool attached. - Fitness center equipment. - Massage service at pool-side. - Tour desk & information. - Ample parking area. - Luggage porter service.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights after: TBA
Please contact RSTS.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Thirteen: Monday, August 11 - Phuket Town Discovery / Cave Canoe in Phang Nga B...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Uncover the rich and colorful cultural heritage of Phuket as you wander through the historic quarters of this provincial island. Explore the oldest Chinese shrine and uniqueness of the Sino-Portuguese architecture that are standing testimonies to the influence of the Chinese migrants during the tin mining days of the 19th century. After the walk, head to the summit of Rang Hill where you get to savor a refreshing cocktail and snack while reveling in the sweeping panoramic view of Phuket town. Around noon, being your afternoon journey in Phang Nga Bay. Then transfer to Oa Po cove and board a modern twin-engine escort boat to Phang Nga Bay. Uncover the pristine beauty of Phuket by day and night as you explore the limestone cliffs and turquoise waters of Phang Nga Bay.

Lunch: Enjoy a Thai lunch as you cruise around the Bay.

Afternoon: Spend the afternoon exploring the sea caves and limestone islets as the guides gently paddle you past low-roofed caverns filled with bat colonies and giant stalactites into secluded hongs. A hong is a lagoon surrounded on all sides by towering cliffs.

Dinner: Enjoy a Thai seafood buffet dinner underneath the stars on one of the beautiful beaches of Thailand.

Evening: At dusk, set adrift the kratongs that you made as the sun dips beneath the watery horizon. The final highlight comes when you canoe into a hong beautifully lit by stars, fireflies and phosphorescence, capping your sea sojourns perfectly.

Lodging: The Old Phuket

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Old Phuket at Karon Beach is a Sino-Portugese-style creation that evokes memories of 19th century Southeast Asia. The atmosphere will take travelers back to the days of the spice trade, of tin mining, of Chinese junks plying the straits of Malacca and the golden age of travel before resorts and package tours. Built as a replica of the architecture that still remains in the old sections of Phuket Town. The Old Phuket provides guests with an historical alternative to the typical hotel holiday. The golden sands of Karon Beach stretch out in front of the hotel to the Andaman Sea, beckoning you to join us when the hotel is officially opened in October 2001.

Contact info:
192/36 Karon Rd,Karon Beach
Muang, Phuket, 83100 Thailand
phone: +66 (0)76.39.63.53
web: www.theoldphuket.com/facilities.htm

Room amenities: - Self controlled air-conditioning. - Private balcony - Refrigerator - Bath tub and shower - Satellite television with remote control - Safety deposit box - Coffee and tea maker - IDD telephone system - Full set bath room amenities - Full-stocked mini-bar - Hot & cold running water. - 220 Voltage A.C. - Hairdryer - Umbrella

Facility amenities: SHARK RESTAURANT: Serving daily buffet breakfast from 06.30 hrs. - 10.30 hrs. CHILI RESTAURANT: Sea side restaurant serving International and Seafood from 14.00 hrs. - 23.00 hrs. BAI TOEY: Serving daily Thai cuisine a la carte from 11.00 hrs. - 23.00 hrs. AL DENTE: Serving daily a la carte Lunch & Dinner. Authentic contemporary Italian's cuisine from 11.00 hrs. - 23.00 hrs. LOBBY CORNER : Varieties of drinks, coffee and tea from 10.00 hrs. - 11.00 hrs. KO-I POOL BAR : Located on 3rd floor of Sino Wing, serving snack and varieties of food & drink from 10.00 hrs. - 19.00 hrs. THE POOL BAR: Located at Serene Wing, serving snack and varieties of food & drink from 10.00 hrs. - 19.00 hrs. - Laundry and dry cleaning service. - Room service till midnight. - Baby sitting. - Doctor on call. - Swimming pool with child pool attached. - Fitness center equipment. - Massage service at pool-side. - Tour desk & information. - Ample parking area. - Luggage porter service.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights after: TBA
Please contact RSTS.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Fourteen: Tuesday, August 12 - Phuket / Free Day / Farewell dinner
Note: Your hotel is only 5 minutes away from the beach and within walking distance to the main street with restaurants and shops.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Today is a free day for you to enjoy your time on the some of the most beautiful beaches in Thailand. Take a snorkeling trip, swim in the ocean or just relax at your hotel. Your group leader can help you with suggestions and guidance.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Continue the day with your own exploration.

Dinner: Regroup today for your farewell dinner.

Lodging: The Old Phuket

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Fifteen: Wednesday, August 13 - Departure
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel.

Morning: Depart for Phuket International Airport for your return flight home.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Chiang Rai
Ho Watthanatham NithatHo Watthanatham Nithat is a museum exhibiting ancient artifacts and written records on history, literature and indigenous knowledge as well as exhibits on royal activities by the late Princess Mother at Doi Tung. Located at the former town hall, it is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, 8.30 a.m.–3.30 p.m.
Oub Kham MuseumOub Kham Museum is located near Den Ha market, one kilometer from the town center. The collection includes objects from the areas once belonging to or affiliated with the Lanna kingdoms encompassing northern Thailand and some parts of northeast Myanmar, southwest China and Vietnam. Apart from objects used in rituals, the collection mainly consists of objects used at the royal courts, including lacquer ware, silver jewelry and clothing. Most notable is a golden bowl, a masterpiece, used by royals. It is open daily from 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Admission fee is 100 bahts. For more information call 0-5371-3349.
Rai Mae Fah LuangRai Mae Fah Luang is a cultural centre and centre of Lanna Studies dedicated to the conservation and promotion of Lanna heritage. There are five exhibit areas: The Botanical Gardens and Nature Park; The Haw Khumm (Golden Pavilion); The Haw Khum Noi (Small Golden Pavilion); Sala Kaew-A ceremonial space for riturals; Haw Kaew-Gallery of Lanna Cultureal Arts. Rai Mae Fah Luang opens daily from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. (except Monday). Entrance fee is 200 bahts.
Bangkok
A Stroll Through ChinatownOne of the best ways to experience the true flavor of a city is to walk its streets. Discover Bangkok’s Chinatown, one of the most densely populated, richly ethnic neighborhoods in the city. Walk at your own pace through narrow lanes, peer into the doorways of apothecary shops with their medical herbs and natural cures. Take the opportunity to watch fresh Chinese delicacies being prepared and served while the aromatic fragrance of spice and herbs saturates the air. Pay special attention to the “funeral shops,” where they sell paper models of worldly items that ensure the deceased will have the complete comforts of home on the journey to the afterward. Wonder at the intricate architecture of ancient Chinese Temples, perhaps even donating some coins to the temple “burial society,” a charity devoted to recovering the bodies of unfortunate road accident victims.
Suan Pakkad PalaceSuan Pakkad was built by Prince and Princess Chumbhot of Nakhon Sawan, who moved five traditional Thai houses from Chiang Mai in 1952. The cabbage garden was turned into one of Bangkok’s finest landscaped gardens and is calm in a uniquely Eastern way. The princess was one of the country’s most dedicated art collectors, and the house has been turned into a museum displaying objects such as perfume bottles, betel nut boxes and musical instruments. Antiques including an exquisite Buddha head from Ayutthaya, Khmer statues and European prints of old Siam. Located Prayatahi Road.
Vimanmek PalaceThe Palace is a magnificent, golden, teakwood residence of King Chulalongkorn that houses numerous exhibits, including antiques furniture, glassware, porcelain and many other items of historic interest. Located on Ratchavithee Road.
Wat PhoThe temple was originally built in the 16th century and covers twenty acres. One of its pavilions houses a 150-feet long reclining Buddha. Wat Pho is also home to Thailand’s most famous school of massage. (See listing). Respectful dress required: Shorts, flipflops and bare shoulders are not permitted inside the temple complex and you should be prepared to take off shoes to enter temples. Open daily 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Admission fee of 20 baht.
For additional information, visit: www.watpho.com
Wat Pho Thai Traditional Massage SchoolIn the eastern end of the Wat Pho complex is the country’s most famous school of massage. Appointments are on a first-come, first-served basis, so it is a good idea to start your exploration of Wat Pho here before the line becomes too long. A 60-minute, full body massage costs approximately 300 baht ($8 U.S.) and is done fully dressed. A set of cotton clothing is provided for the 60-minute herbal massage that costs 400 baht ($10 U.S.).
For additional information, visit: www.watpho.com
Wat Phra KaeoHome of the Emerald Buddha and located within the grounds of the Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew is the most sacred and the most beautiful of Thailand’s temples. Open daily 8 a.m.– 4 p.m. Admission 200 baht ($5 U.S.). The dress code is very strict: No shorts, no bare shoulders, no slippers or sandals.
For additional information, visit: thailandforvisitors.com/north/chiangrai/prakeo/index.html
Phuket
BeachThere are many different beaches that one can visit. On there beaches are several different sports activities that you can take advantage of.

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