About Thailand

REF: APCHG 2017 November 7 – 11, 2017 at Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel
TOUR SUGGESTIONS





River of the Kings, Royal Grand Palace & Reclining Buddha Tour code: B1B (0800 a.m. – 0200 p.m.)

Depart your hotel and experience James Bond Boat (long-tailed speed boat) cruising along the Chao Phraya River and quiet canals, observing picturesque scenes of Thai river life. Visit Wat Pho (The Temple of the Reclining Buddha), and the grand and most beautiful reclining Buddha image, over 40 metres long and 15 metres high, covered with precious gold. The massive feet of the Buddha are inlaid with intricate mother-of-pearl. End your journey in Thai history and culture at the Royal Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the most beautiful and spectacular royal complex in Thailand. Be awed by the serene Emerald Buddha, the palladium of Thailand, a seated Buddha image carved from green jasper or nephrite.

Remark

  • Certain buildings in the palace grounds are closed on Saturday and Sunday.
  • For Thailand's temples, please do not wear sleeveless shirts, shorts, divided skirts, tights or ripped jeans. All pants/trousers should have full length.



Bangkung Temple, Amphawa Market and Countryside
Tour code: B15 (0130 p.m. – 0830 p.m.)
Private tour - every Friday, Saturday and Sunday

There are three seasons in Thailand. Typically duration and temperature are as follows: 1. Rainy season (June to October) with monthly average temperature approximately 24-32 degree Celsius 2. Summer (March to May) with temperature approximately 30-38 degree Celsius 3. Winter (November to February) with temperature approximately 10-22 degree Celsius Annual average temperature is around 28 degree Celsius August with the humidity around 60%. An umbrella may be needed outdoor and the personal medicine to prevent catching a cold or other allergic disease may also be needed.



RIVER KWAI WITH TRAIN JOURNEY ON THE DEATH RAILWAY (LUNCH INCLUDED)
Tour code: B16: Private tour - every day

Make an early start today (be sure to allow time for breakfast at the hotel) as your guide meets you at your hotel 7am to begin the 2-hr journey to the famous “Bridge on the River Kwai” in Kanchanaburi Province.

Kanchanaburi’s railway line is famous around the world as the ‘Death Railway’ due to the sombre fact that 100,000 labourers and Allied POWs died while the line was under construction during World War II. Today you’ll have the opportunity to discover the famous line’s solemn past.

On arrival in Kanchanaburi, visit War Cemeteryand the resting ground’s history. Our guide will take you to see the historic steel Bridge on the River Kwai before taking a scenic train ride along the “Death Railways” crossing the Bridge over the River Kwai.

After lunch at a delightful restaurant, You will then take a 2-hour return journey back to Bangkok.



AYUTTHAYA – A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE (LUNCH INCLUDED)
Tour code: B17: (08.00 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.)

Depart in the morning for Ayutthaya, Thailand’s magni¬cent former capital. We will explore several ancient ruins, beginning with the Khmer-inspired WatChaiwattanaram, including a photo stop at the reclining Buddha image at WatLokayasutharam. We will then continue toWat Na Phra Men. This temple is perfect for those who are interested in history and archaeology. Remarkably, this temple survived Ayutthaya’s sacking by invading troops during the 18th century.

Next stop is WatMahathat (the Monastery of the Great Relic). Highlights include the octagonal stupas, solemn Buddha images, and other smaller Viharas. The most prominent landmark at the temple is the head of a sandstone Buddha entwined within the roots of Bodhi tree. After WatMahathat, enjoy a ride on a typical Ayutthaya tuk-tuk (auto rickshaw), passing several attractions including WatRatchaburana, WatPraram and WatPhra Si Sanphet, a former royal temple.

Lunch break will be at Krungsri River Hotel (international buffet).

In the afternoon, take a motorboat cruise along the river pass several historical monuments and Thai houses. Before we return Bangkok, a quick stop is made to sample roti saimai, one of Ayutthaya’s signature sweets.




ELEPHANT WORLD KANCHANABURI 1-DAY PROGRAM
Tour code: B22 by private transportation/joining Elephant Program; everyday (0700 a.m. – 0800 p.m.)

Your guide will collect you from your Bangkok hotel at 7.00am to begin the 3-hour journey to Kanchanaburi where you’ll spend the day helping to care for an elephant at the Elephant’s World centre.

Asian Elephants have been grazing from India to Borneo since time began and have played a crucial role in Thailand’s evolution, from carrying kings to working with humans in the logging industry. Sadly, numbers of wild elephants have decreased dramatically over the last 100 years, but centres such as Elephant World are doing all they can to help preserve those that remain.

The care centre was founded as a non-profit organization in 2008 by Dr.SamartPrasithpol to operate as a ‘retirement home’ for elderly and injured elephants. Today you’ll have the opportunity to assist in the care of the pachyderms, starting with a feeding as you meet the camp’s friendly residents.

Later you’ll get to watch the elephants bathe – although at times it seems more like playing than washing – before chipping in by helping clean and prepare their fruits, vegetables and sticky rice for later. After taking lunch yourself, you’ll venture into the woods to collect more food for the elephants from the sugarcane fields and banana groves.

Then it’s time for the gentle giants to eat again, as you serve them sticky rice balls before you join them in an afternoon bathing ritual to combat the afternoon sun. Finally, you’ll feed them one last time with fresh fruit and vegetables before saying a tearful goodbye to your new-found friends.

Your guide will then escort you back to your hotel in Bangkok, arriving in the Thai capital around 8pm.

Please note: working with the elephants is a highly rewarding but can also be physically demanding as you get your hands (and clothes!) dirty. If you wish to participate in all the activities, we recommend that you bring a change of clothes as well as sunscreen and insect repellent.





Risky Market and Floating Market
Tour code: B25B (0700 a.m. to 0200 p.m.)

We then drive to DamnoenSaduak Floating Market, There you’ll board a boat to explore the old-style marketplace set in a small klong (canal) network where floating vendors sell their wares from canoe-style boats

Once you’ve explored the market you will return to Bangkok

The care centre was founded as a non-profit organization in 2008 by Dr.SamartPrasithpol to operate as a ‘retirement home’ for elderly and injured elephants. Today you’ll have the opportunity to assist in the care of the pachyderms, starting with a feeding as you meet the camp’s friendly residents.

Later you’ll get to watch the elephants bathe – although at times it seems more like playing than washing – before chipping in by helping clean and prepare their fruits, vegetables and sticky rice for later. After taking lunch yourself, you’ll venture into the woods to collect more food for the elephants from the sugarcane fields and banana groves.

Then it’s time for the gentle giants to eat again, as you serve them sticky rice balls before you join them in an afternoon bathing ritual to combat the afternoon sun. Finally, you’ll feed them one last time with fresh fruit and vegetables before saying a tearful goodbye to your new-found friends.

Your guide will then escort you back to your hotel in Bangkok, arriving in the Thai capital around 8pm.

Please note: working with the elephants is a highly rewarding but can also be physically demanding as you get your hands (and clothes!) dirty. If you wish to participate in all the activities, we recommend that you bring a change of clothes as well as sunscreen and insect repellent.



Cooking Class at Blue Elephant Cooking School
(08.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m. ; operated daily)

Cooking is fun, and Thai cooking is even more fun!!

The cooking class is suitable for individuals of all abilities and will give you the confidence to cook fantastic Thai food at home.

The Blue Elephant cooking school orients participants in unique culinary philosophy. This gives you a context to understand, appreciate and create dishes that are essential parts of our authentic Thai cuisine menu.

The class is conducted in a warm, open and interactive format while taking you on an exotic Thai culinary adventure. Participants are given hands on experience in cooking while also getting inside knowledge of local ingredients. Our beautiful modern kitchens are fully equipped and you can relax and taste what you have cooked in our restaurant. All our classes are lead by professional Thai chefs who have a wealth of experience to share and are also wonderful story tellers, as almost every Thai dish has its own unique narrative.

Timings

08:45hrs – The students will be welcomed with a fresh Thai herbal drink and discuss with the chef the 4 course meal they will prepare.

09:00hrs – The group will take a ride by Sky Train (SaphanTaksin) to the Bang Rak morning market. Our instructor will advise the group and guide you in discovering the usage of Thai fruits and vegetables without forgetting the multicolored spices!

10:00hrs – Time to take a ride back by Sky Train to the Cooking School.

10:10hrs – Arrive at the Cooking School where a refreshing drink and towel is waiting for you. Let’s move to the theory class.

10:15hrs – Theory Class. Here the instructor will present a cookery demonstration of the dishes that you will have to prepare! Each student will receive a folder with the recipes of the day.

11:15hrs – Time to put your hands on the cooking utensils at the Practice Room. Each student has his own station and cooking utensils. Assisted by our instructor you will learn and experience the culinary technique of Thai cuisine. Four dishes are waiting to be prepared by you!

13:00hrs – Lunch. Now you can taste and enjoy your own culinary creation in a convivial Thai setting at the Blue Elephant Restaurant.

4 hours of Thai cooking class includes:

- Cooking demonstration and food tasting
- Hands on cooking of 4 Thai dishes at guest’s own cooking station
- Enjoying own cooked dishes at school’s veranda
- Thai recipe cooking cards to take home

TOUR PRICE PER PERSON IN THAI BAHT

Tour name Private tour
(based on a group of
2 persons)
Joining tour
(minimum
2 persons)
River of the Kings, Royal Grand Palace & Reclining Buddha (CODE: B1B)
THB 4,300
THB 2,300
Bangkung Temple, Amphawa Market & Countryside (CODE: B15)
THB 4,200
Not available
River Kwai with Train Journey on the Death Railways (CODE: B16)
THB 5,300
THB 3,800
Ayuthya – A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE (CODE: B17)
THB 5,000
THB 3,500
Elephant World Kanchanaburi (CODE: B22)
THB 8,500
Not available
Risky Market & Floating Market (CODE: B25)
THB 3,500
Not available
Cooking class at Blue Elephant (private transfers; joining cooking class)
THB 5,500
Not available

Terms & Conditions:

For tour reservations, please contact us.
Mr. Suwat, Email; suwat@worldtravelservice.coth; mobile: +66.81.832.4108
Ms. Songporn, Email: songporn@worldtravelservice.co.th; mobile: +66.97.041.8235
Office phone number: Tel. +66.2.233.5900 ext. 139

Payment can be made by credit card Payment is non-refundable.

Drinks during lunch (when meal is included in the tour program) are not included.

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