Mon, Mar 18: Board your flight to Thailand.
Tue, Mar 19: Cross the International Date Line
Wed, Mar 20: Arrive in Bangkok, Thailand, and check in to your hotel for the night.
Thu, Mar 21: Today, tour two of the most distinguished temples in Bangkok. See Wat Trimitr, the temple of the Golden Buddha, whose statue is made from solid gold weighing 5.5 tons and is a fine example of Sukhothai art. Passing through Chinatown, your next stop is Wat Po, the temple of the Reclining Buddha, which is the largest and oldest in Bangkok. This evening, dinner is a luxurious river cruise. Relax in modern comfort and dine on a variety of Thai dishes while you slowly cruise along the River of Kings- Chao Phraya River, passing the Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), Grand Palace, and city life along the river as it starts to unwind after a busy day. (Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)
Fri, Mar 22: A glimpse of everyday life in Thailand can be seen at the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. An exhilarating narrow, long-tailed speedboat ride through the marshes and stilt houses prepares you for this unique market. Thai style canoes, laden with colorful fruits and vegetables, sweets, and meats gently ply their way through the canal. Remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure. (B)
Sat, Mar 23: Fly to Chiang Mai and check in to your hotel for three nights. This afternoon, cruise along the rural Mae Ping River by long-tail boat where you will see traditional wooden houses along with modern residences and colorful scenery reflecting the lifestyle of the local people. Continue onto Waroros Market and finish the day at Wat Prasinge, which houses a very old and sacred Buddha image. (B)
Sun, Mar 24: Head north of Chiang Mai to visit the Elephant Care Center. In an unspoiled setting, marvel at these magnificent animals in their natural habitat. Spend the day learning how to bathe and prepare food for the elephants. Go on a jungle walk with these beautiful creatures and pass bamboo trees as you head to their afternoon resting spot. Enjoy a local lunch, before returning to the city. (B,L)
Mon, Mar 25: Enjoy a day at leisure. Explore the walled Old City of Chiang Mai, visit museums, or do some shopping at the local night markets. (B)
Tue, Mar 26: Fly to Phuket and check in to your resort for three nights. This evening, enjoy a grand buffet dinner and Vegas style theatrical show. The Phuket FantaSea Show is inspired by Thailand’s rich and exotic heritage and showcases the charm and beauty of Thailand but also enriches ancient Thai traditions with the wonder of cutting edge technology. (B,D)
Wed, Mar 27: Today, take a speedboat to the most famous landmark in Phang Nga Bay, Koh Tapu Island, more commonly known as James Bond Island. Phang Nga Bay enjoys spectacular scenery and first found its way onto the international tourist map through its appearance in the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun. Afterward, explore the bay by canoe, where an expert guide will paddle you around as you marvel at the hidden caves and lagoons. (B,L)
Thu, Mar 28: End your trip with a relaxing day at your resort to enjoy the pristine beaches, stunning views, or spa amenities. (B)
Fri, Mar 29: Transfer to the airport, and fly home to Indianapolis. (B)
Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok.
Surrounded by premier shopping this convenient location allows you to experience the vibrant Thai capital. Highlights: in-room coffee/tea maker • complimentary WiFi Internet access • restaurant • A/C • bar • indoor pool • fitness center • spa.
Dusit D2 Chiang Mai.
Located just off the famous Chang Klan Road in the heart of Chiang Mai’s city centre, the hotel is surrounded by the city’s bustling night bazaar, restaurants, and entertainment. Highlights: in-room coffee/tea maker • A/C • complimentary WiFi Internet access • restaurant • bar • outdoor pool • fitness center • spa.
Katathani Phuket Beach Resort.
Located steps from the beach, the hotel boasts unparalleled views and luxurious accommodations. Highlights: in-room coffee/tea maker • A/C • restaurants • bar • 24 hour room service • 6 outdoor pools & hot tubs • fitness center • spa.