Your Ultimate Thai Experience begins:
Optional – Half day in the morning to the Thai Village of Rose Garden Riverside to experience traditional Thai way of life. Participate in art and craft workshops with guidance from the Thai Village staff. All activities are spread around the village so visitors are free to roam around and try out the activities such as bamboo dancing, weaving, rice farming, garland making and vegetable carving, pottery making, orchid growing, umbrella painting, and traditional country cooking. Also visit the Thai martial arts and Thai wellness pavilions. After a buffet lunch, option to visit the canal side market where fresh local produces can be purchased, before returning to hotel in early afternoon. Participants can take home all the handicrafts they have made.
Transfer in the evening and board sleeper train for overnight journey to Chiang Mai in 1st class sleeper seats. OVERNIGHT ON TRAIN; B
Today, visit Doi Suthep. Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep is a Buddhist temple, often referred to as “Doi Suthep”. This is actually the name of the mountain it is located on. The original founding of the temple remains a legend and there are a few varied versions. The temple is said to have been founded in 1383 when the first chedi was built. Over time the temple has expanded and been made to look more extravagant with many more holy shrines added to it. HOTEL; B
Option 1 – Thai Cooking Class
includes introduction to Thai Spices, making Thai Curry Paste, tour of the local market, shopping at the market and vegetable carving. Begin with a shopping at the local market, an introduction to Thai ingredients followed by cooking 4 dishes. Each dish will be demonstrated by Chef Sompon or qualified instructors in English. Participants will then cook each dish themselves with the assistance from expert staff including written instructions. Enjoy the dishes for lunch before returning back to hotel.
Option 2 – Biking tour through the southern part of Chiang Mai known as “Colors of Chiang Mai” biking tour. The route is through country roads, passing by the former capital of Lanna; visit temples and ruins dating back hundreds of years. Next visit a Chinese temple; the McKean rehabilitation center; a former leper colony; a special school for monks or an elementary school mostly attended by hill-tribe children; a local pottery place to see handmade artifacts made in front of you. Ride along the Ping River, enjoying beautiful scenery that makes Chiang Mai so special. Sample some of the delicious candy that Chiang Mai is famous for; a local bakery to watch them make a variety of products by hand. At the village market explore the small traditional shops and opportunity to sample some of the most delicious and exotic fruits and other snacks. Water or a soft drink is provided during 4 hr ride with ample stops and sampling Thai meal (Kao Soy Kai) in a local restaurant.
Bicycles used are all imported US design- 24 speeds, front suspension, and all terrain comfort bikes.
Note: The visit to the school is subject to school schedule. B