Thailand: Hidden Treasures and Beaches
Thailand, the Land of Smiles, is Asia at its most welcoming. From cosmopolitan Bangkok and jungle elephant safaris to cooking classes, long-tailed boat rides and stunning beaches, you'll be immersed in exquisite experiences that reveal the magnificent culture of this land. You’ll experience the traditional Buddhist rituals, the exotic hill tribes’ customs, tranquil islands, lush rainforests, bamboo rafting, superb cuisine and fabulous artistic achievements.
expectations at the door and feel free to get swept up in the contradictions - bustling street markets and air-conditioned malls and chic jazz lounges, towering skyscrapers and inspiring temples, antiquities and the latest trends, history and modernity all vying for your attention in this concrete jungle. Thailand's capital boasts a population of ten million, over 30,000 taxis and a yearly influx of tourists eager to experience the racing pulse of this vibrant city. Bangkok's revamped public transportation system includes the rapid Skytrain, and you can also still travel by klorng boat to popular destinations such as the Central World mall.
There are few performances more elegant and mesmerizing than traditional Thai Dance. With its graceful movements, brilliant color, soft rhythm and radiating presence, the Thai Dance, or "Fawn Thai", was originally an art performed for the royal courts of old Siam. The dance troupes were formed within the courts and their precision and beauty was the highlight of every performance. Today, although "Fawn Thai" is still a very important part of royal performances, the dancers are selected and trained from among the general population and dance performances themselves are often an event for the general public.
Thai cuisine is fresh and flavorful, a balance of sweet, salty, sour and bitter with light preparation and heavy spice. Strongly influenced by neighboring traditions such as the styles of Laos and Myanmar, Thai cuisine is divided by four different regions - Northern, Northeastern, Central and Southern, each region known for an emphasis on particular ingredients and tastes shared by the surrounding countries. Thai curries are some of the most recognizable Thai cuisine outside of the country itself, and these can vary by region as well - Southern Thai curry will often contain coconut milk and turmeric while the Northeastern variation is made with lime juice.
11 Days / 10 Nights
Tour starts in Bankgok and ends in Phuket