Mystical Thailand with Phuket (OTE2) - 2015

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14 Day Tour from Bangkok to Bangkok

Mystical Thailand with Phuket
The Grand Palace once functioned as the official residence of the King of Thailand
The Grand Palace once functioned as the official residence of the King of Thailand
See the Temple of the Dawn, an iconic landmark in Bangkok
Do your shopping by boat at the popular Floating Market

Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; to get an estimated price, use a currency converter for exchange rate information (pricing may vary at the time of booking).

Once you have booked your vacation, Globus provides the ability to pre-purchase excursions, register for your vacations and provide emergency contact information online.

Dinner Cruise on the Chao Praya River Enjoy a superb Asian dinner on a traditional converted Rice Barge while slowly drifting along the riverside of the Chao Phraya River, past the Temple of Dawn and the Grand Palace. Embark on a journey through Thai history, culture and gastronomy in a truly romantic ambiance - an experience of Thailand you will never forget.

Approximate value: $66 USD per person

Jim Thompson's House & Legacy Visit Jim Thompson's House & Museum - a collection of traditional, wooden teak buildings that captivate the nostalgic charm of an old and more simplet Bangkok. As the famed "Legendary American of Thailand" Jim Thompson, with his natural flair for design and color, gained worldwide recognition for his contributions to the development of the Thai Silk industry. The American pioneer mysteriously disappeared in the jungles of Malaysia during Easter weekend in 1967. Since his death little has changed in the home which continues to be key stop for visitors to Bangkok.

Approximate value: $48 USD per person

River Kwai & Tiger Temple Experience fascinating insight into Thailand's World War II history. The infamous River Kwai Bridge and the "Death Railway" is a poignant reminder of the thousands of POWs and forced Asian laborers who lost their lives in the Second World War during the construction of the railway. After lunch, visit Tiger Temple - built in 1994 as a forest monastery focused on meditation, surrounded by mountain ranges and natural forest. At the temple, walk along Tiger Valley where the tigers are taken for their afternoon exercise.

Approximate value: $140 USD per person

River of Kings Dinner Cruise The beauty of Bangkok is as easily explored from the water as it is on the land. Relax as you float along the Chao Phraya River past Bangkok's most prized landmarks: the Temple of Dawn, the Temple of Emerald Buddha, the Grand Palace, and finally, the royal barges. The Chao Phraya River has a storied legacy and today, the river is vital to the Bangkok's commerce. View Bangkok through a unique lens while enjoying a meticulously crafted buffet boasting Thai and International cuisine. Afterward, enjoy a classical Thai dance performance before disembarking.

Approximate value: $58 USD per person

Siam Niramit Cultural Performance The recipient of numerous awards, Siam Niramit, is a world-class performance of Thailand's arts and cultural heritage. Thailand has been the home to diverse cultures for more than seven centuries yet Sian Niramit takes the audience on three-act journey through history in stunning fashion. A production of epic proportion, 100 performers congregate on the award-winning stage to deliver a performance deserving of only the highest praise.

Approximate value: $62 USD per person

Boat Trip on Mekong River Enjoy a scenic boat trip on the Mekong River passing through the waters of the Golden Triangle. Your journey starts in Thailand, and you pass through Burma before stopping at Laos where you have free time for a stroll through the markets before returning to Thailand. For a small fee, visitors can get the Laos entry stamp in their passport.

Approximate value: $30 USD per person

Dinner at Gallery Restaurant A combination of exquisite Lanna architecture, fine Thai cuisine, and exhibits of northern Thai art, the Gallery is the perfect setting for relaxation and entertainment during a stay in Chiang Mai. Set in a 100 year old Teakwood House on the banks of the Ping River, the Gallery was selected as the Best Conserved Private House by the Association of Siamese Architects in 1993 and was awarded the Chiang Mai Conservation Prize presented by the Lanna Architect Group in 1991.

Approximate value: $50 USD per person

Rafting along the Mae Ping River After a busy week of touring sometimes it's nice to kick back and relax. A bamboo rafting excursion is the perfect marriage between relaxation and sightseeing. Once aboard your bamboo vessel you'll have the opportunity to enjoy the tranquility of the Ping River and the beauty of the lush vegetation along the shoreline. Photographers and tourists alike will enjoy the leisurely pace of this excursion.

Approximate value: $30 USD per person

Phang Nga Bay by Speed Boat An unforgettable journey through one of the most unique marine settings in the world! Start the perfect day with a drive across the causeway to the mainland where a boat will await to take you on a cruise around the towering limestone karst islands in the famous Phang-Nga Bay. These majestic rocks rise dramatically out of the sea and are interspersed with mangroves and fascinating hidden caves. En-route a visit is made to the renowned James Bond Islands, the location for 'The Man with the Golden Gun' and countless other movies. A trip to the floating sea gypsy village of Koh Panyi is next. This village is notable for being built on stilts at the end of the 18th century by nomadic fisherman.

Approximate value: $110 USD per person

Phi Phi Island For those who prefer a speedier trip than those offered by the larger, slower, boat cruises, this excursion takes guests on an island hopping adventure that takes in the larger Phi Phi Don, where you will discover the amazing limestone cliffs, long sandy beaches and the clear emerald water. Also visit the smaller Phi Phi Ley islands which were the setting for the Hollywood film The Beach and stop at Ao Ling (Monkey Bay). Once on Koh Phi Phi Don, snorkel over the amazing reefs abundant with colorful tropical fish and enjoy lunch at a restaurant.

Approximate value: $100 USD per person

Phuket Fantasea Show with Dinner Inspired by Thailand's exotic heritage, Phuket Fantasea not only showcases the charm and beauty of Thailand, but also enriches ancient Thai traditions with the wonder of cutting-edge technology and special effects. Prepare for an unforgettable theatrical masterpiece guaranteed to thrill and delight you as you watch the Prince of Kamala on a journey to discover what it means to be the perfect Thai - uncovering a love for freedom, fun, courage and compassion.

Approximate value: $80 USD per person