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The Essence of Maldives and Thailand



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Trip Name: The Essence of Maldives and Thailand

Trip Date(s):
Saturday March 17th 2018- $5200

Trip Length: 18 days

Destination Continent: Asia

Destination Country: Maldives & Thailand

Tour ID: 160601T655b

Upfront Deposit: $300

Trip Highlights

On this 18 day journey through Maldives and Thailand, you will experience the best of Asia. In Maldives, you embark on a nautical odyssey on a cruising safari to explore one of nature's last untouched treasures. Awake to the sun rising over the azure ocean, snorkel areas that are famous throughout the world for their stunning beauty and abundance of marine life, surf waves that will accommodate every level of experience, visit unspoiled islands and sample the local way of life and by night relax on deck gazing at the millions of stars above you.
In Thailand, you discover many spectacular ancient temples, visit the ancient masterpiece of Ayuthaya, on the UNESCO's list of World Heritage, tour war memorials, lounge on the beach, speed boat on Pattaya coral island and learn traditional cooking styles.

Trip Daily Itinerary

Day 1 MALDIVES- HULHUMALE
Welcome to Maldives! Arrive at any time in Hulhumale, then check in and enjoy this developing city island. Please try to arrive before 9:30pm for an important group dinner meeting where we'll meet with our Tour Guide and other group members.

Overnight: stay at Hotel UI Inn or similar at Hulhumale


Day 2 MALDIVES- HULHUMALE
Spend the whole day in Hulhumale at your leisure while adjusting yourself to the flight time lag. Optional excursions and activities available for those feeling energetic!

Overnight: stay at Hotel UI Inn or similar at Hulhumale


Day 3-9 MALDIVES- LUXXURY SAFARI CRUISE

** From Day 3 to the rest of your trip, we embark on a Luxury Safari Cruise **

 

Day 3 MALDIVES- CRUISING SOUTH MALE ATOLL
Today, we accompany you to your luxury boat and your cabin and given a full tour of the boat before beginning your voyage of discovery!

We then, cruise to Rihiveli Boduveli island which is the South of South Male’ Atoll. Dhoni will cruise through Vadhoo channel to reach the island which will take about 2-3hrs. Launch will be served on the way to the island. Boduveli is a beautiful uninhabited island perfect for your first lesson in snorkeling the beautiful coral reefs of the Maldives. Bodu means big and Veli means sand so this island is the island of big-sand, making it an ideal place for some sunbathing and just relaxing. You can spend the afternoon to do as you please, relax on the sundeck, sit in the shade of the sun canopy and watch the beauty of the Maldives pass you by and maybe catch sight of dolphins.

 

Day 4 MALDIVES- CRUISE INTO FELIDU ATOLL
Today morning we cruise to Felidu Atoll, which takes 4-5 hours (weather permitting). Breakfast will be severed on the way. Fedidu Atoll is a quite untouched island where its main industry is fishing.

Lunch will be served on the way or just as we reach the first island of the Atoll, Fulidhoo. Fulidhoo is a picturesque inhabited island with neat coral houses lining the streets spread among the palm trees along the shores. You would be able to walk through the island, meet the local people, observe their crafts like boat building, and their lifestyle. Night at anchorage on Fulidhoo lagoon

 

Day 5 MALDIVES- CRUISE TO VASHUGIRI- UNINHABITED ISLAND
Following breakfast, we cruise to an uninhabited island- Vashugiri. Relax on the beach, snorkel or swim- the day is for you to explore and relax. Tonight a wonderful beach barbecue will be set up for you if the weather permits. Night at anchorage on Vashugiri lagoon.

 

Day 6 MALDIVES- CRUISE TO AMBARAA- UNINHABITED ISLAND
Today is at your leisure at another uninhabited island South of Atoll called Ambaraa. This uninhabited island is lined with coconut trees. You can enjoy some early morning fishing, , swimming/snorkeling or just relaxing on the beach. Night at anchorage on Ambaraa.

This evening at sunset experience the art of Maldivian line fishing! The Maldives is unique in that its history depends on tuna fishing and the locals are excellent fishermen using pole and line and are happy to share their skills with you. Your catch will be freshly prepared for you to enjoy.


Day 7 MALDIVES- CRUISING TO FELIDHOO- INHABITED ISLAND
Following breakfast, we depart to a beautiful inhabited island, Felidhoo which is the capital of the Atoll. Islanders are mostly fishermen and are well known for their local traditional entertainment of Boduberu. Boduberu means big drum where a group of men sits around and sings to a rhythmical beat of drum till it reaches a crescendo and stops abruptly. After special Maldivian food prepared for you by the chef, you will be entertained by a local group with Boduberu. Boduberu will take place on the island, this is not to be missed. Night at anchorage on Felidhoo lagoon.

 

Day 8 MALDIVES- CRUISE BACK TO MALE’ ATOLL
Following breakfast, we cruise north back into Male Atoll, a longest cruise 5-6 hours taking you back to Male. Launch will be severed on the way. In the afternoon, you visit the capital Male. In a short guided tour, you visit the fish market and  local market, Presidents Palace, Sultan Park, Friday Mosque, Tsunami monument and artificial beach area. After that you will have some time to do your souvenir shopping. Late afternoon, we depart to a close-by resort island, either Embudhu Village or Club Faru and having one last snorkeling session on the beautiful reefs. Night at anchorage in Hulumale lagoon.


HIGHLIGHTS OF CAPITAL MALE
Hukuru Miskiiy is the oldest mosque in the country, dating from 1656. It’s a beautiful structure made from coral stone into which intricate decoration and Quranic script have been carved. The interior is superb and famed for its fine lacquer work and elaborate woodcarvings. One long panel, carved in the 13th century, commemorates the introduction of Islam to the Maldives.

The Old Friday Mosque is another oldest mosque in the country, dating from 1656. It’s a beautiful structure made from coral stone into which intricate decoration and Quranic script have been chiselled. The mosque was built on the foundations of an old temple that faced west towards the setting sun, not northwest towards Mecca. Overlooking the mosque is the solid, round, blue-and-white tower of the munnaaru - the squat minaret. Though it doesn’t look that old, it dates from 1675. To one side of the mosque is a cemetery with many elaborately carved tombstones. Stones with rounded tops are for females, those with pointy tops are for males and those featuring gold-plated lettering are the graves of former sultans. The small buildings are family mausoleums and their stone walls are intricately carved.

The busy Produce Market gives you a sense of the real flavor of the Maldives- people from all over the country gather here to sell home-grown and imported vegetables. Coconuts and bananas are the most plentiful produce, but look inside for the stacks of betel leaf, for wrapping up a ‘chew’. Just wandering around, watching the hawkers and the shoppers and seeing the vast array of products on display is fascinating and as real a Maldivian experience as possible.

The Fish Market or the soul of Male- and it’s great fun watching the day’s catch being brought in from the adjacent fishing harbor. Look out for some truly vast tuna, octopus and grouper.

 

Day 9 DEPARTURE
After breakfast, you will be transferred back to the Male airport in time for your departure flight to Bangkok in Thailand.

******The journey to Thailand Begins******

DAY 9 : ARRIVE BANGKOK
Arrive at Bangkok International Airport. Welcome and transfer to your hotel by a private car.
Overnight stay at Ecotel Bangkok hotel or similar in Bangkok
Bangkok is one of Asia's most cosmopolitan cities. Created as the Thai capital in 1782 by the first monarch of the present Chakri dynasty, Bangkok is a national treasure house and Thailand's spiritual, cultural, political, commercial, educational and diplomatic centre.


DAY 10 : BANGKOK CITY TOUR / BAAN KANITTHA RESTAURANT / NIGHTLIFE
Meals : Breakfast (hotel) / Lunch / Dinner 

After Breakfast at the hotel, we go to the Rattanakosin Island, the original area of Bangkok when it was first established as the capital over 200 years ago, then we visit the following:
- Colorful Flower Market, a spectacular wholesale flower market near Chinatown. Hundreds of varieties of cut flowers and tropical plants are offered at very low prices.
- Wat Trimit, known for its famous Golden Buddha. The beautiful image of solid gold is three meters high and weighs five and a half tons.
- Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha), founded in the 16th century, the oldest and biggest temple with the largest number of pagodas (95 in all) in the city. Wat Pho was the first open university of Thailand which offered courses in several branches of knowledge like literature, astrology, medicine and massage. It's well known for its huge Reclining Buddha, 46 m. long and 15 m. high.

Lunch at local restaurant by riverside.

Afternoon, we visit Grand Palace & Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), the most beautiful and important Buddhist temple in Thailand. It is so richly and intricately decorated that, once entering the temple, you will feel as if you are in a real "city of angels"

We continue our city-sightseeing tour along Ratchadumnoen Rd.(The Royal's Way). En route you can see many magnificent temples and architectural buildings, including the city pillar shrine, National Museum, Democracy Monument, Golden Mountain, Thai Boxing Stadium, Anantasamakhom Palace, National Assembly, Dusit Zoo and Chitlada Palace King's Residence.

We dine at Baan Kanittha Restaurant, located on the Sathorn road, one of the best Restaurant in Bangkok. You can enjoy all sorts of delicious food. After dinner If you are still full of energy, a guide will accompany you on a special Bangkok night tour.

Overnight stay at Ecotel Bangkok hotel or similar in Bangkok


DAY 11 : FLOATING MARKET & ROSE GARDEN TOUR / BANGKOK SKY RESTAURANT / NIGHTLIFE
Meals : Breakfast (hotel) / Lunch / Dinner

Breakfast at the hotel. Today we go to The Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is a very attractive place for tourists to see the old style and traditional way of selling and buying fruits, vegetables, etc., from small boats. Experience Thais rural life and a charm of countryside at Damnoen Saduak Floating Market.

Depart floating market to visit the wood carving factory. Then head to Rose Garden Country Resort for buffet lunch.

Enjoy the unique and unforgettable experience of the world-renowned Thai Village Cultural Show, featuring an impressive cast of 150 performers, portrays captivating scenes of everyday life in rural Thailand and ‘Thai ways’ and offers a vivid introduction to: Thai living, the ‘cycle of life’, time-honored customs and traditions in an agricultural community in Thailand; the Thai passion for festive fun or ‘sanuk’ and Thai ‘joie de vivre’ -the celebration of a good life and good times, as expressed in the folk songs and dance of the four regions of Thailand.

We dine at Bangkok Sky Restaurant, located on the top of the Baiyoke Sky Hotel which is the tallest hotel in Thailand. You can enjoyed all sorts of delicious food while enjoying the sight of Bangkok. After dinner, you can access to the observation and revolving roof decks, which offers its visitors a spectacularly clear view of Bangkok in all its panoramic glory.

If you are still full of energy, a guide will accompany you on a special Bangkok night tour.

Overnight stay at Ecotel Bangkok hotel or similar in Bangkok

 

DAY 12 : AYUTHAYA & SUMMER PALACE / YOK YOR RESTAURANT / NIGHTLIFE
Meals : Breakfast (hotel) / Lunch / Dinner

Breakfast at the hotel. Today we go to Ayutthaya, located 76 kms. north of Bangkok. It was one of Indo-China's most prosperous cities and is one of Thailand's major historical attractions. The grandeur of Ayutthaya is reflected by numerous magnificent structures and ruins concentrated in and around the city . The island surrounded by the Chao Phraya, Pa Sak and Lop Buri Rivers. The area, well conserved as a historical park, has been included in UNESCO's list of World Heritage since 13 December 1991. Ayutthaya covers an area of 2,556 square kilometers.
We visit Bang Pa-In Summer Palace that was first used by the royal court as a Summer retreat in the 17th century. However, the Palace was destroyed with the fall of Kingdom of Ayutthaya and was restored by King Rama IV in the mid-19th century. Most of the buildings that exist today date from the reign of King Rama V, who regularly spent his Summers there. The structures represent a variety of architectural styles, set in a large park around ponds and waterways. The only royal residence open to the public is the Chinese-style Wehat Chamroon Palace, constructed entirely of materials imported from China. In addition, there is an Italian-style palace, a circular pavilion with steps leading down to a pool, the graceful Thai-style Aisawan Tippaya Asna Pavilion in the middle of a lake, and, across one of the waterways, a Buddhist chapel in the neo-Gothic style with stained-glass windows. Scattered around the extensive gardens are European statues as well as monuments ordered to be built by King Rama V in memory of members of his family, one of them a much-loved Queen who drowned in a boating accident. Continue to Wat Phananchoeng. This monastery is the most revered by the inhabitants of Ayutthaya, was built in A.D. 1325.
We also visit Wat Yai Chaimongkhon where one can see the large pagodas, built to celebrate the victory of his single-handed combat on the elephant's back during Ayutthaya capital. Lunch will be provide at riverside restaurant.
We visit Wihan Phra Mongkhon Bophit. Phra Mongkhon Bophit, a large bronze cast Buddha image was originally enshrined in the open area outside the Grand Palace and later covered by a building in the reign of king Songtham. During the fall of Ayutthaya, the building was badly destroyed by fire. The one currently seen was reconstructed, but does not have as beautiful craftsmanship as the previous one. The open area East of the sanctuary was where the royal cremation ceremonies took place.
We continue to visit Wat Phra Si Sanphet. This is the most important temple within the Royal Palace compound and the original from which the Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok has been copied. Three outstanding Ceylonese style pagodas were built during the 15th century to enshrine the ashes of three Ayutthayan kings.
We dine at Yok Yor Restaurant, located on the Sathorn road one of the best Restaurant in Bangkok. You can enjoy all sorts of delicious food. After dinner If you are still full of energy, a guide will accompany you on a special Bangkok night tour.

Overnight stay at Ecotel Bangkok hotel or similar in Bangkok

 

DAY 13 : KANCHANABURI AND TIGER TEMPLE TOUR/ YOK YOR RESTAURANT / NIGHTLIFE
Meals : Breakfast (hotel) / Lunch / Dinner
Breakfast at the hotel. Today we go to Kanchanaburi including the Bridge over the River Kwai. Be amazed at with an extreme experience of a "Tiger Watch" in the Buddhist temple-cum-tiger conservation centre.
We visit Kanchanaburi War Cemetery. It contains the remains of 6,982 war prisoners (mostly the British, Dutch, Australian and American) who lost their lives during the construction of the Bridge over the River Kwai and the railway to Burma (the Death Railway). Continue to JEATH War Museum, a realistic depiction of prisoner of war living quarters, with photographic, pictorial and physical memorabilia dating from World War II.
Then, we have a scenic boat ride along the Maeklong River to the World famous Bridge over the River Kwai to visit world-famous Bridge over the River Kwai, a part of the Death Railway constructed by Allied prisoners of war. Take leisurely walks around town and pictures on the world-renowned Death Railway.
For lunch, you can enjoy Thai spicy food and great view of the bridge on floating restaurant.
After launch, we visit Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua - well known as Tiger Temple. The Tiger Temple is a rescue centre for wild animals and the home of wild tigers, wild pigs, deer, antelopes, water buffalos, apes and a hand full other animals. The tigers are taken out from their cage from in the afternoon and visitors can even touch them. The tigers brought tiger cubs into the world there.
We dine at a local Restaurant.

Overnight stay at Ecotel Bangkok hotel or similar in Bangkok

 

DAY 14 : JIM THOMPSON'S THAI HOUSE & VIMANMEK MANSION/ YOK YOR RESTAURANT / NIGHTLIFE
Meals : Breakfast (hotel) / Lunch / Dinner
Breakfast at the hotel. Today we go to Vimanmek Mansion, the world's largest building made entirely of golden teak. The three story wooden palace has 81 rooms, halls and ante-rooms, and now Thailand's first handicraft museum. The Jim Thompson's House is one of the best preserved traditional Thai houses in Bangkok city. Jim Thompson, an American, a former member of the US Office of Strategic Services came to Thailand during the World War II. He revived the flagging silk weaving industry later at the end of the war. Now a day, the house contains connoisseur collections of Asian artifacts and antiques.
We visit Jim Thompson's Thai House. This remarkable Thai style house is named after the man who created it from several exceptional examples of traditional Thai domestic architecture. Jim Thompson came to Thailand at the end of World War II. He became famous for reviving the Thai silk industry before disappearing under mysterious circumstances somewhere in Malaysia. Now a museum, Jim Thompson’s Thai House contains connoisseur collections of Asian artifacts and antiques.
Then, we visit Vimanmek Mansion (Cloud Mansion), the world’s largest building made entirely of golden teak. The three story wooden palace has 81 rooms, halls and ante-rooms. The building was originally constructed on Srichang Island in the Gulf of Siam. In 1901, the building was removed to the Dusit Palace by the command of King Rama V (King Chulalongkorn). Many rooms currently maintain the atmosphere of the past. Most of the building in the same compound are now used as museums.
You may also visit Abhisek Dusit Hall, which exhibits H.M. Queen Sirikit's collection of handicraft masterpieces created by rural people. The other displays of various items and art objects including H.M. King Bhumibol's photography, paraphernalia of rank and portraits, ancient cloth, clocks, and royal carriages.
We continue our city-sightseeing tour along Ratchadumnoen Rd.(The Royal's Way). En route you can see many magnificent architectural buildings, including Anantasamakhom Palace, Parliament House, Dusit Zoo and Chitlada Palace King's Residence.
Overnight stay at Ecotel Bangkok hotel or similar in Bangkok


DAY 15 : DEPART BANGKOK TO PATTAYA
Meals : Breakfast (hotel)
Breakfast at the hotel. Free time until your private transfer to Pattaya and extend your relaxing stay in Pattaya, 

Optional Activity: today, you can tour around Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo, which is the largest crocodile farm in the world with 100,000 crocodiles and it boasts the largest crocodile in the world, named Yai, which is 20ft long. The farm is 2 km south of Bangkok. At the zoo, you can see a wide variety of animals other than crocodiles, including elephants, lions, tigers, monkeys, horses, and hippos. There are frequent crocodile shows, famous for the performers putting their heads inside a crocodile's mouth. After this, we transfer you to your Pattaya hotel.


Overnight stay at Metro Resort hotel or similar in Pattaya

Pattaya is a popular resort on the North Gulf Coast of Eastern Thailand, 150 km south-east of Bangkok. Most famous for its go-go and beer bars, it's also one of Thailand's best locations for all manner of sports and activities. Pattaya has everything to offer to holiday makers; wide beaches, water sports, interesting attractions, sightseeing, shopping, great hotels and resorts, international dining experiences - together of course with a raucous and naughty nightlife scene that's talked about the world over - makes Pattaya's formula for fun a big winner. This is the place where you can fill your day with endless activities.

 

DAY 16: FREE DAY IN PATTAYA
Meals : Breakfast (hotel)
Breakfast at the hotel .Enjoy your free time on the beach, relax, swimming, sporting and diner at Nang-Nuan Seafood restaurant.

You can visit cabarets show and after show to see pattaya by night or back to the hotel.

Optional Activity: Today, you can escape from the bustling city and go to the relaxing countryside and enjoy a cooking class with a local family in a local village. Upon arrival at the house, you can take a walk around the farm while the chef explains about the herbs and ingredients. Then, you'll learn to cook the first three courses you choose and have lunch with what you have prepared on the terrace. After lunch, you are free to relax, after going back to the hotel.


Overnight stay at Metro Resort hotel or similar in Pattaya


DAY 17: PATTAYA COROL ISLAND TOUR
Meals : Breakfast (hotel) and launch

(Complimentary Half Day Tour)* subject to changes*
We sail across the sparkling aqua-blue water of the Gulf of Thailand to the Coral Island (Koh Lan). Here under the brilliant tropical sun, you can relax, swim, or snorkel or simply bronze yourself on the island's golden beaches. After a delicious buffet lunch, board on a glass-bottomed boat to view the beautiful coral formations around the island. Return to Pattaya Bay in the late afternoon.
Overnight stay at Metro Resort hotel or similar in Pattaya


DAY 18: PATTAYA
Meals : Breakfast at Bangkok hotel

Today you are free to do your last minute shopping till it is time for us to bring you back to the airport in Bangkok for your flight back home.

Escorted Package Info

• 17 night First Class accommodations: 2 night stay at Hotel UI Inn or similar in Hulhumale, 6 night stay at luxury cruise boat 6 night stay at Ecotel Bangkok hotel or similar in Bangkok and 3 night stay at Metro Resort or similar in Pattaya
• One way flight from Maldives to Thailand
• All transfers
• Meals as stated on the itinerary
• Sightseeing per itinerary with private transport
• Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout.
• Services of English-speaking local guides.
• Entrance fees per itinerary
• Toll and parking fees
• Domestic flights as mentioned in the itinerary
• One dinner at Baiyoke Sky hotel
• Pattaya coral island by speed boat
• Accommodation on the cruise boat in Maldives based on double/twin share
• Full board meal plan on the cruise boat in Maldives - breakfast, lunch, snacks, high tea and dinner
• Bottle mineral water per person per day on the cruise boat in Maldives
• Drinking water at meal times in addition to daily bottle of water on the cruise boat in Maldives
• Snorkeling including equipment on the cruise boat in Maldives
• Uninhabited and local island tour in Maldives
• Special BBQ dinner on the beach of the sand bank or uninhabited island (weather permitting) in Maldives
• Fishing trip including lines, hooks and bait (weather permitting) in Maldives
• Sightseeing visit to capital of Maldives, Male
• Music and movies library on the cruise boat in Maldives

Important Reminders

Tour Fee
Tour prices are LAND ONLY and double occupancy. The total tour fee for a single occupancy traveler is $ 6,790

Roommate Matching
If you have a preference for a roommate, please let us know full first and last name. Otherwise, we will match you up with a roommate as long as you're a non-smoker. You must book at least 90 days prior to the tour date to take advantage of our free roommate match up service. Don't let not having a roommate keep you from going on this amazing trip!

Flight Reservation Instructions
Depending on your departure point, you may experience a long flight, so we advise you to arrange your flight early enough to get to the Male airport (MLE) or Ibrahim Nasir International Airport on 3/17/2017. Also, you should schedule your return flight (for 4/3/2017) from Bangkok airport (BKK) or Suvarnabhumi Airport of Thailand. We may assist you with your flight reservations via our Travel Services.

Insurance
We advise all travelers to have travel insurance- Travel Insurance Options- InsureMyTrip

Trip Supplements

After making your trip reservation, on My Account page, you can add any of below supplements to your trip.

  • Single Room Occupancy

    An option to have your own room at the hotel while being on the trip and enjoy the total privacy.

  • Thai Cooking Class

    Escape from the bustling city and go to the relaxing countryside and enjoy a cooking class with a local family in a local village. Upon arrival at the house, you can take a walk around the farm while the chef explains about the herbs and ingredients. Then, you'll learn to cook the first three courses you choose and have lunch with what you have prepared on the terrace. After lunch, you are free to relax, after going back to the hotel.

  • World's Largest Crocodile Farm

    On this trip supplement, we tour you around Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo, which is the largest crocodile farm in the world with 100,000 crocodiles and it boasts the largest crocodile in the world, named Yai, which is 20ft long. The farm is 2 km south of Bangkok. At the zoo, you can see a wide variety of animals other than crocodiles, including elephants, lions, tigers, monkeys, horses, and hippos. There are frequent crocodile shows, famous for the performers putting their heads inside a crocodile's mouth. After this, we transfer you to your Pattaya hotel.

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