Cycling Through Bali's Rural Villages
Combine gentle exercise with stunning scenery for a fun and exciting way to see Bali, off the beaten track. You will be transferred from your hotel to the small village of Luwus where you will meet your specialist guide. After a quick safety briefing, hop on your bicycle and set off on a leisurely ride through the beautiful Balinese countryside. Cycle along quiet countryside roads and small pathways only a bicycle can access. Pass through rural villages and rice paddies, where you can see farmers at work in the fields, women going about their daily chores, and locals walking along the roadside. There are plenty of stops along the way for photos and for a well earned drink of fresh young coconut. The ride ends in a beautiful location where you can enjoy the views over the lush rice fields while tucking into a picnic lunch
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Sunrise Trekking on Batur Volcano
Trek up to the highest peak in Bali on the island's sacred mountain. Here you will witness the glorious sunrise over a volcanic crater. Set your alarm clock and in the very early hours of the morning you will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the starting point at the base of Mount Batur. The guides will be there to welcome you, provide you with the necessary equipment, and take you through a safety briefing. Then turn on your flashlights and set off in the cool, early morning darkness. The first section takes you uphill through volcanic ash, sand and small rocks. Continue ascending to the top of the crater where the terrain becomes windswept with fewer rocks and vegetation. Relax at the summit with a simple breakfast while witnessing the sunrise and the stunning morning views of Mount Abang and Mount Agung. On clear days it is even possible to view Lombok s Mount Rinjani in the distance across the Lombok Strait. Walk to another crater rim before descending along the same path you climbed in the dark, this time being able to enjoy the spectacular views of the surrounding landscape and Lake Batur. You can even see some of the lava flows and their path of destruction from the most recent eruptions. At the bottom take a well-earned dip in a hot spring before returning to your hotel.
Rest of the Day at Leisure
Depart Bali on Thai Airways to Bangkok, Thailand
Private Transfer to Hotel
Bangkok, the Thai capital since 1782, is a national treasure house. Major attractions include Buddhist temples, palaces, floating markets, Venice of the East canals, classical dances, legendary nightlife and numerous shops selling Thai silk, gemstones, bronze and pewter-ware. No wonder Thais call this exotic city The City of Angels
Half Day Floating Market Tour
This morning, enjoy a visit to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market which dates back to 1866 when King Rama IV ordered that a canal 32 kilometers long be dug here to connect the Mae Klong and Tacheen. The Floating Market is an ideal place for you to see the old style and traditional way of selling and buying fruits, vegetables and other items from small boats. You will also be able to see traditional Thai houses and the way locals use boats in their everyday lives.
Half Day Grand Palace and Temple Tour Private
Today you will visit the famous Grand Palace, Chakri Maha Prasad, one of the most beautiful examples of an ancient Thai court. The palace was the former residence of the Thai kings. There are several things here to admire, including the Reception Hall, the Coronation Hall, the Funeral Hall, and the beautiful Temple of the Emerald Buddha, also known as "Wat Phra Kaew". You can easily visualize the splendour and pageantry of the past. Later, you will proceed to Wat Po, home of the enormous Reclining Buddha and one of the oldest and largest temples in Bangkok.
Manohra Dinner Cruise
You will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the Pier to join the Manohra Rice Barge Dinner Cruise, a romantic and unique culture experience. The cruise sets sail at 7:30PM. Cruising along the Chao Phraya River on this elegant, restored wooden rice barge, you will be introduced to Bangkok by night. It's a spectacular and memorable experience as Thai culinary delicacies are served as you glide down The River of Kings. Manohra can accommodate a maximum of 70 guest diners and en route you will pass the famous Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn), the magnificent Grand Palace, The Royal Barge Boathouse, and numerous other temples and fascinating landmarks. A delicious Thai set Dinner (Gold Menu) is included and features delicacies such as Thai dumplings, prawn skewers, spicy soups, regional curries, stir fries, fresh seafood, and a traditional Thai dessert. The cruise concludes at 10:00PM and you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Depart Bangkok for Flight to Chang Mai
Arrive Chang Mai and Transfer to your Hotel
Half Day Doi Suthep and Meo Tour
This tour features a scenic drive through the most historic areas of Chiang Mai, including a pass through the old city walls, city gates and moat. The drive continues into Chiang Mai's tourist attraction area, past the local market, foreign consulates, government buildings and 'Tapae Gate' before continuing to the acclaimed temple Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, home to a holy relic of the Lord Buddha and considered by many to be the most sacred Wat in northern Thailand. Tucked away in the mountains at an elevation of 1,056 meters (3520 feet), the temple is reached using a Naga (a 7- headed dragon head serpent) railing rising along both sides. The temple compound, accessed via 300 stairs, offers a beautiful view of Chiang Mai city and the surrounding countryside. Continue on to visit the primitive Meo Pui village, a local community known for its unique culture and colorful costumes
Elephant Nature Park Chang Mai
You will be picked up from your hotel in Chiang Mai town and taken on a picturesque drive through the agricultural Thai countryside. Travel along the Mae Taeng Valley which brings you to Elephant Nature Park. Elephant Nature Park was established in the 1990's and is an elephant rescue and rehabilitation centre that aims to provide a sanctuary for elephants. You will hear the personal stories of the rescued elephants as told by expert guides. Learn how the Elephant Nature Park is helping in the treatment and care of these important creatures. After fruit has been unloading and distributed you will have a chance to feed the elephants these treats from a viewing platform. Break for a lunch buffet (included). Afterwards walk to the river that skirts the park. Learn how to safely and properly bathe an elephant, and plunge right in and help scrub these giants as they splash around! If you are not interested in going into the river, you can watch the elephants bathe and play while you stay dry on the sandy shore. Note that the park visits are all about spending quality time observing and being with the herd, and therefore the program does not follow a strict schedule. The best way to make the most of your visit is to relax, watch and learn from the elephants. Around 5:00PM, you'll be taken on the hour long drive back to Chiang Mai where you will be dropped off at your hotel in Chiang Mai town.
Depart Chang Mai on Bangkok Airways to Krabi
Krabi's mountainous physical geography is broken by highlands and plains on the mainland. The provincial administration covers more than 130 islands in the Andaman Sea. Mangrove and Cassia trees primarily cover the natural forest. Krabi's sandy clay soil conditions are perfect for a variety of agricultural products, including rubber trees, palms, mangos, coconuts and coffee. The Krabi River flows 5 km through the city and falls into the Andaman at Tambon Pak Nam. There are other streams as well:the Khlong Pakasai, the Khlong Krabi Yai and the Khlong Krabi Noi in the province's highest range of mountains, the Khao Phanom Bencha.
Private Transfer Krabi Airport to Railey Beach