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Thai Wellness: Tranquil Beaches and Falls

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$ 2790 10 days Jan, Feb, Mar, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec Private

Tour Highlights

  • Marvel at the finest examples of traditional Thai architecture
  • See how Sukothai flourished in the 13th and 14th centuries
  • Investigate the impact that WWII had on the country
  • Indulge in some of the region’s finest cuisine
  • There is something for everyone, from nature lovers to history buffs  
  • Visit Wat Pho in time to experience the monks' morning chanting ritual
  • Admire the beaches and their white sand contrasting with the clear blue sea
  • Enjoy several demonstrations, including how to climb trees to pick coconuts
  • Observe the water buffaloes and their keepers plowing the paddy fields
  • Sample fresh fruits and vegetables, and try homemade herbal teas
  • Learn the art of folding lotus petals
  • pay respects to a mummified body of a monk that shows few signs of any major decay
  • visit "Big Buddha," a 12-meter high statue of Buddha located on a hilltop with beautiful views
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Tour Details

This tour includes all of the must see destinations in Bangkok and a few days relaxing in Koh Samui. In between, spend some time at the Sampran Riverside Resort. Located a short distance outside of Bangkok, this country resort will immerse you in the traditional Thai lifestyle. Here enjoy a variety of activities and classes including Thai martial arts, orchid growing, weaving, organic farming, traditional cooking and coconut harvesting.

Bangkok, meaning “city of angels”, the capital of Thailand, was established over 200 years ago and has proved irresistibly intriguing to traders and travelers ever since. Many visitors have made this city of contrasts their permanent and beloved home, transforming the city into a multicultural hub. Suiting all tastes and lifestyles, fast paced Bangkok rarely sleeps, yet houses many enticing nooks and crannies from yesteryear.

Thai Wellness is defined by leading a balanced life in harmony with nature. At the 70 acre Sampran Riverside Resort you will get insight into the traditional ways in which Thai people lead such healthy and balanced lives. Throughout your stay here, you will be encouraged to participate in activities that revolve around nature, culture and health to immerse you in the traditional Thai lifestyle.

Located in the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Samui hosts an array of beautiful beaches and a large portion of the island remains covered with coconut plantations, creating a truly tropical paradise. Before you hit the beaches, enjoy a tour around the island that will bring you to the capital, as well as many scenic vistas, fishing villages and some other local attractions. Surrounded by about 60 other islands, which compose the Ang Thong Marine National Park and include other several other popular beaches, Samui is a great base to explore from.

Country Notes:

Thailand:

A valid passport is required to travel. It should be machine readable and have at least 6 months’ validity after your return home. You should have at least 2 blank pages per country that you are visiting. If your passport does not meet this requirement at the time of departure, you can be denied boarding for your international flight and may consequently incur additional expenses.

Most nationalities may stay for at least 30 days in Thailand without a visa and at no charge (or with visa-on-arrival). However, we encourage you to check online at www.mfa.go.th for the latest information. (Note: Mexican, Venezuelan, Costa Rican and some other Central and South American nationals must apply for a visa before travelling to Thailand.) Please contact your local consulate to double check this information as it is subject to change without prior notice.

For up to date information on recommended and required vaccinations and general health travel tips for Thailand please visit the CDC Website, then use the drop down menu to select the countries you are visiting. Please consult with your physician for clarification or concerns regarding recommended or required vaccinations.


Inclusions
Price Includes:
Round trip domestic airfare from Bangkok to Koh Samui, Accommodations with daily breakfast, All private transfers and activities by air-conditioned car, An English speaking guide to escort all transfers and tours, All entrance fees and activities as mentioned, Meals where specified (food only), Government tax and services charge

Koh Samui Excursions
*Speedboat Tour of Ang Thong National Marine Park
Take a speedboat from the pier to the breathtaking 42-island archipelago of Ang Thong National Marine Park. These pristine islands are magical and exude tranquility and natural beauty. Admire the colorful schools of tropical fish as you snorkel around shimmering coral and then continue with a walk to the beautiful Emerald Lake for spectacular views of the surrounding area. Afterwards, enjoy a tasty set Thai lunch at the fisherman village of Koh Phra Ruay and take some time to relax on Song Pee Nong Beach or go kayaking. Then board the speedboat for your return to Koh Samui and transfer back to your hotel.

*Coral Island Tour
Transfer to Thong Krut Village for a 20-minute boat ride to Coral Island. Coral Island is a primitive island without roads or cars. It is home to a small pristine village and beautiful white sandy beaches, and it is surrounded by coral reefs. Swim 20 meters off-shore to enjoy snorkeling, take a nap on the beach, or enjoy sunbathing. Afterwards, cruise to Koh Mudsum where you will have free time to swim and snorkel. Enjoy lunch at a restaurant on the beach before transferring back to your hotel in Koh Samui late this afternoon.

*Koh Phangan Tour
Transfer to Bangrak Pier and enjoy a light breakfast before taking a speedboat to Koh Phangan, an island famous for its full moon parties. Koh Phangan also has several natural attractions including waterfalls and many nice sandy beaches. Upon arrival, you will be picked up by a local songthaew (pick-up truck) for a sightseeing tour. Visit several interesting local sites including the Chinese Temple, elephant camps, and a local fisherman village. Then continue to Koh Mah, a small, spectacular island with fascinating coral reefs. Enjoy snorkeling or swimming here, followed by lunch at a local restaurant on the beach. After lunch, visit Kao Thum Temple and Haad Rin Beach, the location of the full moon party. Afterwards, return to Koh Samui and transfer back to your hotel late this afternoon.

Notes:
* For Day 3, it is recommended that for religious reasons, ladies have their shoulders covered and do not wear shorts or very short skirts. No sleeveless top and the sleeve have to be part of the top. Gentlemen should wear trousers and short sleeved shirts. Shoes must be removed before entering the Emerald Buddha Temple. Full length trousers and pants are required.

* Additional supplements may apply between 19 December – 7 January with a set minimum of consecutive nights required for bookings between 23 – 5 January. Special conditions apply between 30 December – 2 January.

* Additional supplements may apply during the weeks immediately preceding and following the Lunar (Chinese) New Year. The dates vary each year, but fall sometime between January 21st and February 20th:
2016 – Monday, February 8th
2017 – Saturday, January 28th
2018 – Friday, February 16th

* Guests staying over the night of 31 December are subject to a compulsory Gala Danner at an additional cost.
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Pricing Details
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Double £$2790 £$3168 £$3733 £$5250
Single £$4203 £$4959 £$5985 £$9123

Prices shown above are per person, in US Dollars ($) or Pound Sterling (£) for residents in the UK. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability.

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

International flight to Bangkok

Overnight international flight to Bangkok

Overnight international flight to Bangkok

Day
2

Arrival in Bangkok

Upon arrival in Bangkok, airport reception and transfer to the hotel. Depending on arrival time, spend the remainder of the day at leisure.

Upon arrival in Bangkok, airport reception and transfer to the hotel. Depending on arrival time, spend the remainder of the day at leisure.

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Day
3

Visit to Wat Pho & Vimanmek Mansion with Thompson Silk Museum

After breakfast, drive to Wat Pho in time to experience the monks' morning chanting ritual. One of the oldest and most extensive temples in Bangkok, Wat Pho is home to the famous 45m Reclining Buddha. It is also the original school of traditional Thai massage. Next, visit the Grand Palace, the most important and spectacular royal palace in Thailand. The palace is an architectural wonder of golden stupas, walls and pillars encrusted in shining and colorful mosaics. Previously the residence of the Kings of Thailand, read more...

After breakfast, drive to Wat Pho in time to experience the monks' morning chanting ritual. One of the oldest and most extensive temples in Bangkok, Wat Pho is home to the famous 45m Reclining Buddha. It is also the original school of traditional Thai massage. Next, visit the Grand Palace, the most important and spectacular royal palace in Thailand. The palace is an architectural wonder of golden stupas, walls and pillars encrusted in shining and colorful mosaics. Previously the residence of the Kings of Thailand, there are multiple palaces within the complex which were used for different occasions; including the beautiful Wat Phra Kaew, which houses the most revered Buddha image in Thailand: the Emerald Buddha. Continue with a walk to the public ferry pier for a short boat ride to Wat Arun, once the grand royal temple to King Rama II. After exploring, eat lunch (not included).


Then proceed with a visit to Vimanmek Mansion, the largest teakwood mansion in the world. Also referred to as Teakwood Palace, it was built in 1900 by King Rama V as part of the Dusit Palace Complex. In 1982, Queen Sirikit was granted permission from King Rama IX to renovate the building for use as a museum. Today, the museum holds an impressive collection of photographs, personal art, and handicrafts that were all personally collected by King Rama V.


Continue with a visit to the Thai-style house of Jim Thompson, the legendary American businessman who came to Thailand at the end of World War II and rediscovered the Thai silk industry. His house is now a museum filled with fascinating Asian antiques and historical memorabilia. The house consists of six separate Thai teakwood houses from the Ayutthaya period put together as one. Jim Thompson's mysterious disappearance in the Cameron Highlands of Malaysia remains a mystery to this day. After the tour, return to the hotel for the evening.


Note: Wat Arun Temple will be under renovation until further notice. Guests will still able to visit the temple and walk around it, but the constructions are ongoing and climbing up the stupa is prohibited. Ladies should wear a short-sleeved top with full-length pants or a knee-length skirt and gentlemen should wear pants and a short-sleeved shirt for religious reasons. Sandals and flip flops are not allowed. If this tour falls on a Monday, the Vimanmek Mansion part of the tour will be replaced with a tour of Suan Pakkad Palace Museum.
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Day
4

Exploring Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Depart early morning for the two hour drive to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. This vibrant market features numerous small boats laden with colorful fruits and vegetables, paddled by Thai women wearing bamboo hats. Almost always crowded with hundreds of vendors, purchasers and tourists, the best way to experience the atmosphere of the market is to board a rowing boat and float through the small canals to buy fresh produce from the vendors. This is the only place to see the traditional way of selling and read more...

Depart early morning for the two hour drive to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. This vibrant market features numerous small boats laden with colorful fruits and vegetables, paddled by Thai women wearing bamboo hats. Almost always crowded with hundreds of vendors, purchasers and tourists, the best way to experience the atmosphere of the market is to board a rowing boat and float through the small canals to buy fresh produce from the vendors. This is the only place to see the traditional way of selling and buying goods in Thailand.


Afterwards, visit the Nakorn Pathom; the site of the highest Chedi in Thailand called "Phra Pathom Chedi", which is the largest pagoda in Southeast Asia. Enjoy an excellent buffet lunch at the picturesque Rose Garden. After lunch, there will be Thai cultural performances, including the colorful Buddhist ordination procession, an elegant fingernail dance, a Thai boxing demonstration, Hill Tribe dance performances, sword fighting, elephants, charming folk dances, a traditional Thai wedding ceremony and more.


This evening, transfer to Manohra Pier (or Saphan Taksin Pier), to board a boat for an evening cruise. Learn more about Bangkok and the Chao Phrya River, a truly magnificent waterway and one of the great rivers in Asia. The river has been a principal factor in the development of Thai heritage, culture, and economy, and is considered the nation's life and soul.


While cruising down the Chao Phrya River, enjoy a delicious Thai dinner and watch the panorama change to reveal fantastic treasures from the country's rich past, as well as fascinating modern architectural creations. The Manohra Luxury Cruise will take guests to the King Rama VIII Bridge, where the boat will turn around and head back to the pier. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel.
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Day
5

Bangkok – Nakon Prathom Province

Transfer from Bangkok to the Sampran Riverside Resort in the Nakon Prathom Province. Once guests arrive, they are free to choose activities at leisure. All activities are spread around the village so visitors are free to roam around and try out the following: bamboo dancing, weaving, rice farming, Thai martial arts, garland making and vegetable carving, pottery, orchid growing and umbrella painting.


After enjoying an international buffet lunch, visit the resort canal side market to buy fresh local read more...

Transfer from Bangkok to the Sampran Riverside Resort in the Nakon Prathom Province. Once guests arrive, they are free to choose activities at leisure. All activities are spread around the village so visitors are free to roam around and try out the following: bamboo dancing, weaving, rice farming, Thai martial arts, garland making and vegetable carving, pottery, orchid growing and umbrella painting.


After enjoying an international buffet lunch, visit the resort canal side market to buy fresh local produce from the boats or souvenirs from the shops. The resort also has a range of homemade herbal products such as soaps, shampoo, balms and coconut oil whose ingredients are either home grown or sourced locally. In the late afternoon, enjoy an optional elephant demonstration and a Thai village cultural show. Having been performed for 40 years, this is the longest running show in Thailand and is a musical that depicts typical village life. The performance takes place in a classic air-conditioned theater. Dinner is to be coordinated by guests; the options are the Rimnam, Inn Chann or Asuka restaurants.
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Day
6

Food Systems of the Ta-Chine River Delta

Across the Ta-Chine river lays a 15-acre piece of land which used to be fruit orchards and paddy fields. The Sampran Riverside has been working with the local community to bring it back to its former glory with an organic farm project. The goal is to be a model farm for the local community to highlight organic methods and diminish the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Cross the river by rowboat for a briefing on the farm, followed by a guided tour of the land and its lotus pond. Enjoy several demonstrations, read more...

Across the Ta-Chine river lays a 15-acre piece of land which used to be fruit orchards and paddy fields. The Sampran Riverside has been working with the local community to bring it back to its former glory with an organic farm project. The goal is to be a model farm for the local community to highlight organic methods and diminish the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Cross the river by rowboat for a briefing on the farm, followed by a guided tour of the land and its lotus pond. Enjoy several demonstrations, including how to climb trees to pick coconuts and how to harvest betel nuts. Observe the water buffaloes and their keepers plowing the paddy fields, sample fresh fruits and vegetables, try homemade herbal teas and learn the art of folding lotus petals.


Afterwards, enjoy a traditional cooking class followed by lunch. The chef and his team will teach the following dishes: Tom Yum Goong - a spicy prawn lemongrass soup, papaya salad and barbeque pork (or chicken) on skewers served with sticky rice, green curry with beef, marinated chicken wrapped in pandanus and stir fried fresh vegetables from the organic farm. After lunch, participate in an herbal product workshop for 30 minutes. Learn to make traditional herbal inhalers using local ingredients. The inhaler is called Som-o-meu after its main ingredient, which is a type of pomelo. Dinner is to be coordinated by guests; the options are the Rimnam, Inn Chann or Asuka restaurants.
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7

Bangkok – Koh Samui

Return transfer to Bangkok for a flight to Koh Samui. Upon arrival, airport reception and transfer to the hotel. Afterwards, spend the remainder of the day at leisure.

Return transfer to Bangkok for a flight to Koh Samui. Upon arrival, airport reception and transfer to the hotel. Afterwards, spend the remainder of the day at leisure.

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Day
8

Chaweng Beach & Na Muang Waterfall

Start today's tour with a visit to Ladd Koh View Point for a panoramic view of the famous Chaweng Beach. Its powdery white sand contrasts with the clear blue sea to create incredible scenery. Next, stop at a the famous Hin Ta and Hin Yai rock formations, or "Grandpa and Grandma Rocks". Continue to Wat Kunaram to pay respects to the mummified body of Luang Por Daeng, a sacrosanct monk who died more than 30 years ago in a sitting position of meditation. His body remains in the same position today and shows few read more...

Start today's tour with a visit to Ladd Koh View Point for a panoramic view of the famous Chaweng Beach. Its powdery white sand contrasts with the clear blue sea to create incredible scenery. Next, stop at a the famous Hin Ta and Hin Yai rock formations, or "Grandpa and Grandma Rocks". Continue to Wat Kunaram to pay respects to the mummified body of Luang Por Daeng, a sacrosanct monk who died more than 30 years ago in a sitting position of meditation. His body remains in the same position today and shows few signs of any major decay.


Then head to Na Muang Waterfall, which features a truly spectacular set of two cascades. The smaller waterfall drops 18m and is ideal for swimming. It is also accessible by car, while the larger waterfall drops 80m and requires a 20-minute walk up a hill. Proceed from there to visit "Big Buddha," a 12-meter high statue of Buddha that is located on a hilltop with beautiful views. Enjoy a set Thai lunch at local restaurant and continue to Nathon, the capital of Koh Samui, for some shopping. Return to the hotel late in the afternoon.
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Day
9

Koh Samui – Koh Tau

Depart from Koh Samui today for a small, lesser developed island with a rich jungle in the center, and beautifully tranquil surroundings. Koh Tao's setting offers amazing opportunities for relaxation on its white sandy beaches, as well as superb snorkeling and diving in crystal-clear, warm waters. Shallow reefs are just a stone's throw from the island and they feature corals of all colors, shapes, and sizes with hundreds of varieties of reef fish. After snorkeling, enjoy lunch at a restaurant on Koh Nang Yuan read more...

Depart from Koh Samui today for a small, lesser developed island with a rich jungle in the center, and beautifully tranquil surroundings. Koh Tao's setting offers amazing opportunities for relaxation on its white sandy beaches, as well as superb snorkeling and diving in crystal-clear, warm waters. Shallow reefs are just a stone's throw from the island and they feature corals of all colors, shapes, and sizes with hundreds of varieties of reef fish. After snorkeling, enjoy lunch at a restaurant on Koh Nang Yuan and then relax and take in the atmosphere. Return to the pier in Koh Samui in the late afternoon and transfer to the hotel.


Note: This tour is subject to cancellation if the tour operators do not have 10 participants. If doing the Coral Island Tour, Speedboat Tour of Ang Thong, or Koh Phangan Tour instead of the Catamaran Tour of Koh Tao & Koh Nang Yuan, please contact the travel consultant.
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Day
10

International flight home via Bangkok

Depending on the departure time, enjoy the morning at leisure before transferring to the airport for the flight to Bangkok and connection home or continue with an optional Yampu Tours add-on.

Depending on the departure time, enjoy the morning at leisure before transferring to the airport for the flight to Bangkok and connection home or continue with an optional Yampu Tours add-on.

Bangkok Thailand

Ko Samui Surat Thani Thailand

Km. 32 Pet Kasem Highway,, Sampran, นครปฐม 73110, Thailand

Ko Samui Surat Thani Thailand

Places You'll See

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    Bangkok

    Dubbed the “World’s Best City” by Travel + Leisure, Bangkok is home to a plethora of attractions, and activities. Enjoy a variety of shopping and dining experiences, or the city’s bustling night life. Or immerse yourself in the city’s rich culture by visiting the Grand Palace, any of the several Buddhist temples, or the Bangkok National Museum.

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    Koh Samui

    The beautiful island of Koh Samui offers exciting sightseeing opportunities for people of all interests. See the mummified monk on display at the Wat Khunaram Ko Samui Temple. Visit the Samui Aquarium and Tiger Zoo Ko Samui to see a variety of animals. Spend some quiet time in the Secret Buddha Garden and enjoy the views from the high vantage point, or do some swimming at one of the many beaches.

Hotel Options

3 Star Properties

Bangkok : Adelphi Suites

Bangkok : Chatrium Residence Sathon Bangkok

Bangkok : Shanghai Mansion Bangkok

Bangkok : U Sathorn Bangkok

Koh Samui : Aava Resort & Spa

Koh Samui : Mercure Samui Chaweng Tana Hotel

Koh Samui : Saboey Resort & Villas

Koh Samui : Samaya Bura

4 Star Properties

Bangkok : Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa

Bangkok : Ariyasomvilla

Bangkok : Hotel Muse Bangkok Langsuan

Bangkok : Pullman Bangkok Hotel G

Koh Samui : Akyra Chura Samui Hotel

Koh Samui : Centara Villas Samui

Koh Samui : Sea Dance Resort

Koh Samui : The Sunset Beach Resort & Spa

Sampran Riverside Resort : Sampran Riverside Resort

5 Star Properties

Bangkok : The Okura Prestige

Bangkok : Shangri-La Hotel

Bangkok : Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok

Bangkok : Sofitel So Bangkok

Koh Samui : Buri Rasa Village Hotel

Koh Samui : Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa

Koh Samui : Sala Samui Resort & Spa

Koh Samui : Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa

Luxury Properties

Bangkok : Mandarin Oriental

Bangkok : The Peninsula Bangkok Hotel

Bangkok : The Siam Hotel

Koh Samui : Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort & Spa

Koh Samui : Tongsai Bay Hotel

Koh Samui : Shasa Resort & Residences Koh Samui

Koh Samui : Vana Belle Hotel

Testimonials

Debbie

Traveled February, 2014

I will always remember this trip

We have had opportunities to review our photos and share stories with family and friends, I will always remember this trip! Bangkok hotel and tour guide was fabulous. As soon as we got to the hotel they upgraded all of us to unbelievably fantastic rooms! Our guide met us at the airport and between her and the driver all went so smoothly. Due to the protest and closed streets, our guide helped us around the city using public transportation (upon our request), so no sight was unseen. The guide treated us as friends, sharing the local market place food and making sure we were safe at all times. Chiang Mai was great. Our hotel was in a perfect location. The hotel staff, food, and our guide were excellent.In Siem Reap, the hotel and surprise birthday celebration was fantastic, great location and fantastic staff! The guide and driver were kind, knowledgeable, accommodating and very flexible! Magical is a good word for Koh Samui. The hotel was perfect and would highly recommend it. I saw a few children, but not a place I would suggest for family with young kids. I must say that our guide showed us incredible places on the island that were not on the planned itinerary and that was beautiful. This guide had such a love for Koh Samui, which was a big plus! This guide saw we loved nature and added some unique experiences for us, like climbing a fantastic waterfall. In most of the locations the included lunches were not very good and in some cases bad. Maybe people should be given a chance on tour packages to upgrade to more of a local experience not a place all the tour buses go to. The first meal in Cambodia was fine but it went downhill fast from that one.I am so grateful for the chance to get check one place off my bucket list, Angkor Wat. Seeing Angkor Wat at sunrise completed one of my dreams.

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Pamela

Traveled March, 2014

The outstanding service that we received during our trip to Thailand is the reason I chose you

It is the professionalism and understanding of Yampu that keeps me coming to your company for all my Southeast Asia travel. The outstanding service that we received during our trip to Thailand is the reason I chose you and your company for my daughters’ memorable trip.

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Rosalie W.

Traveled November, 2014

Though our time was short, our agent was able to include all our requested stops

A friend & I just completed a 10 day tour of Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand) that was compiled by Yampu Tours. Though our time was short, our agent was able to include all our requested stops while adding some very interesting side tours, all within our budget. Everything and everyone we encountered were great: guides, hotels, flights, train, food, tours, and service.

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