POST TOUR

ATF 2018 Post Tour Programme
January 27-30, 2018

PT04 The memorable antique cultures :

Chiang Mai Chiang Rai Kengtung Bangkok

Saturday 27 Jan 2018

Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai

8.00 hrs
Leave Chiang Mai for Chiang Rai.
11.00 hrs
Spend a visit to Wat Rong khun, better known as “the White Temple” is one of the most recognizable temples in Thailand. Wat Rong Khun is a unique temple that stands out through the white color and the use of pieces of glass in the plaster, sparkling in the sun. The white color signifies the purity of the Buddha, while the glass symbolizes the Buddha’s wisdom and the Dhamma, the Buddhist teachings.

The temple was designed by Chalermchai Kositpipat, a famous Thai visual artist. To date the temple is not finished. Eventually there will be nine buildings including an ubosot, a hall to enshrine Buddhist relics, a meditation hall, the monks living quarters and an art gallery.
12.30 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.
14.00 hrs
Explore The Wat Phra Kaew is a Royal Temple in Chiang Rai and one of the oldest in the city. Although the exact year the Wat was founded is not known, it goes back at least to the end of the 14th century.

The Wat Phra Kaew is an important temple in Thai history, as it was here where the Emerald Buddha was discovered in the year 1434 after lightning struck the chedi where it was kept. The Emerald Buddha or Phra Kaew Morakot is the most highly revered Buddha image in the country, that is now enshrined in the Wat Phra Kaew temple on the grounds of the Grand Palace in Bangkok.
17.00 hrs
Check in to hotels at A Star Phulare Valley.
18.00 hrs
Dinner at Saban-Nga Khantoke.
20.00 hrs
Explore the pedestrian street and flea market in Chiang Rai Municipality, enjoy shopping and relax.
21.30 hrs
Get back to hotel, at your leisure.

Sunday 28 Jan 2018

Chiang Rai

9.00 hrs
Leave for Ahka Village of Ban Lor Yo.
10.00 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 Mae Sai district.
15.00 hrs
Witness Wat Hiranyawat that has a special Buddha that made from bamboo.
16.00 hrs
Visit Ban Pang Ha, take a sightseeing around the village by a farm truck. Enjoy the local workshops such as knife making (bladesmith), 12 zodiac candle molding and create your own design mulberry paper.
18.00 hrs
Check in to hotels at Serene at Chiang Rai.
19.00 hrs
Dinner and at your leisure.

Monday 29 Jan 2018

Chiang Rai - Kengtung

7.00 hrs
Check out. Transfer to the Immigration check-point in Maesai, Chiang Rai.
8.00 hrs
Immigration formalities for border crossing from Thailand to Myanmar.

Upon arrival at Thachilek Border, meet and transfer to Kengtung.

The transfer from Thachilek - Kengtung takes about 3 hrs, depending on the traffic condition.
11.00 hrs
Lunch at a local restaurant in Kengtung.
13.00 hrs
Visit the town of Kengtung is also inclusive of cultural and historical sites for you to admire. There a group of 19th century temples and structures in the center of town such as Maha Myat Muni Pagoda, known in Shan and Thai as Wat Phra Jao Lung and Zom Kham Temple, known in Shan and Thai as Wat Jom Kham. Most sites in Kengtung will have two names because of the cultural influences of the Shan and Thai languages. Sitting above the town on a hill, Wat Phra That Jom Mon is a good place for a view of the town.
18.00 hrs
Check in at Amazing Kengtong Resort.
18.00 hrs
Dinner and at your leisure.

Tuesday 30 Jan 2018

Kengtung - Bangkok

8.30 hrs
A Visit to the Kengtung market – a fascinating place to soak up some local atmosphere.
10.00 hrs
Leave for Chiang Rai.
13.00 hrs
Immigration formalities for border crossing from Myanmar to Thailand.
Lunch at Local restaurant Relaxing time with 1 hour Thai massage.
17.00 hrs
Arrive at Chiang Rai Airport and check in.
18.25 hrs
Depart for Bangkok.
19.40 hrs
Arrive at Don Muang International Airport.

Remark: the itinerary is flexible and subject to change without prior notice.