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14-16 June, 2017 International Exhibition and Convention Centre (CMECC) Chiang Mai, Thailand

Tour Programme


PT02: Discover the Serenity of Chiang Rai

Itinerary for Post Tour: Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai - Bangkok / (5 days, 4 nights) 300 USD/Person

17 June 2017

08.00 Hrs.
Depart for Chiang Rai by car
11.00 Hrs.
Lunch at Singha Park Singha Park (www.singhapark.com) is a new agro-tourism attraction of the North and the biggest of its kind in Thailand with total area of more than 3,100 acres. In the spacious landscaped park, visitors can enjoy great variety of plants and flowers, as well as different farm activities including farm tour on tram, feeding African animals, visiting flower fields, exploring the huge park on bike, zipline tour over picturesque tea plantation.
15.00 -17.30 Hrs.
Take an afternoon break and check-in at the riverside Legend Chiangrai Boutique Resort & Spa.
17.30 Hrs.
Spend a visit to Huai Pla Kung Buddhist Temple which is famed for its Thai-Chinese style architecture. The terrace of the country’s biggest Guan Yin statue also offers impressive panoramic view of Chiang Rai City.

The hill-top Huai Pla Kung Temple, located outskirt of Chiang Rai City, is embraced with scenic mountain view. This Buddhist temple had been neglected for quite a long time, until the developer monk Phobchok Tissawangso, revives it again. Now, the temple is another spiritual centre of Chiang Rai Buddhists.

The temple is unique with a perfect blend of Thai and Chinese architecture, particularly the outstanding 9-storey pagoda completed with the dragon staircase. The landmark pagoda houses a number of Buddha images in different attitudes, god statues, as well as a gigantic statue of Guan Yin Bodhisattva delicately carved out of sandal wood.

Local Buddhists believe pilgrimage to the temple can be compared with a journey to the heaven.
18.30 Hrs.
Dinner, explore the pedestrian street and flea market in Chiang Rai Municipality, enjoy shopping and relax.

18 June 2017

08.00 Hrs.
Leave for Ahka Village of Ban Lor Yo
09.00 Hrs.
Take a soft trekking tour to visit the Ahka Village, learn about Ahka embroidery, unique ethic cuisine and lunch in the village.

Originated in Yunnan and Guizhou Province of China, the ethnic minority Ahka made their way into Southeast Asia during the early 20th century after wars. Civil wars occuring some 80 years ago in Myanmar and Laos resulted in an increased flow of Akha immigrants, from Myanmar’s Kengtung and Laos’ Luang Namtha and Phongsaly, into Chiang Rai’s Doi Mae Salong. Now, Ahka people can be found in mountainous areas of Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Tak, Kamphaengphet, Prae, Lampang, and Phetchabun.

Ahka is good at keeping up with their family trees. They can trace back through their paternal ancestors to the origin of their families. Moreover, their ethic traditions, rites, legends, and folklores are well inherited through generations.
13.00 Hrs.
Leave for Chiang Saen District and join the 12km bike tour. The bike trail cuts through easy countryside and rural pocket packed with archeological sites, water buffalo farms, field of corn and pineapple, to House of Opium and the famous Golden Triangle.
17.00 Hrs.
Leave for A-Star Phulare Valley Resort, check-in and dinner.

19 June 2017

08.00 Hrs.
breakfast at hotel
09.00 Hrs.
Witness landscaped Mae Fah Luang Garden of Doi Tung (www.doitung.org) and experience Tree Top Walk.

Launched last August, Tree Top Walk offers a unique point of view at some 40 metres above dense forest. Hung between big trees, the elevated trails have total length of 400 metres and are equipped with veteran staff and high standard safety equipment. While walking on the canopy of century old trees, participants can learn about the very lush tropical forest of Doi Tung, relationship of coffee plantation and shades of big trees, as well as the tiny vetiver grasses of which very long root system can wonderfully prevent the mountain from erosion.
12.00 Hrs.
Lunch at Krua Tamnak, Mae Fah Luang Garden.
13.00 Hrs.
Attend workshops of ceramic painting, and making sa-paper notebook at Doi Tung Handicraft Centre.
15.00 Hrs.
Get a glimpse of local tea market at Doi Mae Salong, an important tea plantation district of Thailand. Then sit back, relax, and sip aroma-rich tea among panoramic view of Chui Fong Tea estate.

Most of Doi Mae Salong dwellers are descendants of the soldiers from the anti-communist Kuomintang (KMT) forces which moved through Myanmar and finally settled in the area after the end of Chinese Civil War in 1949. With knowledge from their homeland, they gradually develop their expertise to grow tea plantation and tea products.

Choui Fong tea plantation is a high quality tea estate of Choui Fong Tea Co. (www.chouifongtea.com), the province’s biggest tea manufacturer and exporter with an over 40 year experience. Situated on the elevation over 1,200 metres above sea level, the tea estate spans over a 400 acre area with tea shrubs well trimmed in contour line. The picturesque tea plantation design makes it new attraction of the province.

Pay a visit to the luxurious Doi Tung Lodge.
16.00 Hrs.
Get back to A-Star Phulare Valley Resort for inspection.
18.00 Hrs.
Dinner

20 June 2017

09.30 Hrs.
Visit Rong Sua Ten Temple (Wat Nam Ngern) of which wonderful decoration mirrors imagination of northern artists.

Rong Sua Ten Temple is one of very artful Buddhist temples in Chiang Rai. Phuttha Kabkaew, the artist who renovates this neglected temple, get trained by Chalermchai Kositpipat, the famous Thai visual artist who makes Wat Rong Khun or “White Temple” a debut with his dreamlike design. The delicate mural in the chapel and exterior stucco works reflect blend of great faith in Buddhism and modern art. As bluish colour is the main theme of the decoration, Rong Sua Ten Temple is also named “Blue Temple” or “Wat Nam Ngern” in Thai.
10.30 Hrs.
Relax with Chiang Rai massage at Baan Chonsuwana Spa.
12.00 Hrs.
Lunch at Chivit Thamma Da Coffee House. The coffee house in English style serves meals, snacks and drinks among laid-back atmosphere by the serene Kok River.
14.00 Hrs.
Depart for Bangkok.
15.00 Hrs.
Arrive Bangkok and check-in at the hotel in Bangkok.
16.00 Hrs.
Get back to A-Star Phulare Valley Resort for inspection.
18.00 Hrs.
Dinner

21 June 2017

At Leisure / Your own arrangement for airport transfer.