Thailand – join us for your journey of the life time

A Taste of Thailand: Jan. 15-29, 2014

monkDay 1
We begin our journey in the steamy modern capital of Bangkok where your guide will help you navigate the canyons of skyscrapers and introduce you to the small village that lies napping in the narrow lanes of old Siam. Start your day with a traditional Thai massage or ride a water taxi through the canals (klongs) before we take in the wonders of Wat Pho and the Grand Palace. We will be staying in the Khao San Road area — Thailand’s hub for getting acquainted with the richness of Thai culture! Its many adjoining ‘sois’ (sub-streets) are rich in of-the-minute shopping, eating and nightlife.

Day 2
Float down the klongs of the Floating Market, traditionally Bangkok’s main source of commerce, a truly delightful experience.

Day 3
Bus/Boat tour to UNESCO World Heritage site: Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of Siam. at it’s height it was one of the most stunning capitals in the world, offering religious freedom during a time when many parts of the world suffered bloody wars based on religious differences. Travel to Chiang Mai.

Day 4
In Chiang Mai we lose ourselves in the twisting flower filled lanes, finding crumpling stupas, semi hidden cafes and noodle stands along the way. Explore the ultimate souvenir stand of Chiang Mai’s Night Bazaar stretching as far as the eye can see. Visit one of Thailand’s last village healers, whose herbal ball locates and heals disease in the body.

Day 5-7
Guests have the option to take a three-day Thai Massage class. Study at one of Thailand’s most revered schools: Lek Chiaya. Those not taking the class will have optional tours including: zip lining through forest canopy, temple tour, day markets, day markets and more day markets, join a monk chat session, try your hand at cooking class, get pampered at a spa, Doi Inthanon National Park (highest spot in Thailand), waterfalls, San Kamphaeng Hot Springs, Muang On Cave and Crazy Horse.

Day 8
We start the morning by receiving a blessing by a Buddhist monk and then travel up to the spectactular temple of Doi Suthep. Doi Suthep, named after a the hermit Sudeva who lived on the mountain slope for years, is one of Northern Thailand’s most sacred temples.

elephantsDay 9-10
Every traveler agrees our day with the elephants is captivating. On this tour we have the honor of spending the night at their home! As we feed them breakfast, walk with them to the river’s edge and bathe them, we are educated on how these once-abused, gentle giants have found a home where they can happily live out their days.

Day 11-13
Journey past rice fields on our way to Chiang Dao, a secluded retreat at the base of a sacred mountain. First class meals fill our bellies after hikes to Buddhist caves, mountain temples and rice paddies. Volunteer at an orphanage. Offer alms to the local monks. Visit the herbal hill tribe market. Take a bamboo ride down the river…these days are yours to explore at your leisure and witness how rural Thailand still functions as it did 50 years ago.

Day 13
Return to Chiang Mai for last minute shopping!

Day 14
Return to Bangkok for last minute shopping and to begin your journey home.

About Your Guide

beth_thailand_tasteSawatee ka. Dee chan Beth ka. I welcome you to visit what I consider my second home. My dentist, my hair dresser, and some of my closest friends are here. It first became home when I lived in Lampang for a year doing an internship for Grad school. I have returned repeatedly over the past 20 years and have lost count as to just how many times I have been to Thailand. I speak enough Thai to make the locals giggle and fill my belly with 5 star meals!

I love going to the elephant sanctuary! It is the best day of every trip. To spend the night amongst these gentle giants impacts me to my very core!

beth_thailand_elephantIt is here in Thailand that I had a tumor healed by a local healer, received the best massages in the world, eaten more unusual food than your wildest imaginings. I have explored many of the nooks and crannies of this country that most farang (foreigners) never have the opportunity to experience. That is the part of Thailand I so look forward to sharing with you. We’ll eat well, laugh hard and go to bed smiling!

Phob kan mai…see you later!

Tour cost: $ 2,395 / person for 12 people.  based on double occupancy. Airfare not included.
call 2487902578

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Itinerary subject to change

 

 

Upcoming trips:

Hooping in Morocco: Sept. 21-28, 2013

New Year’s….Thai Style: Dec. 28, 2013-Jan. 11, 2014

A Taste of Thailand: Jan. 15-29, 2014

India…Discovery of the Sacred: Feb. 1-Feb. 22, 2014

Bali: Eat Pray Hoop : March 6-17,2014

www.MyJourneyofaLifetime.com

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