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sublimeXcursions FIFTY + 5 in Thai! December 26, 2020 - january 1, 2021

Join us as we celebrate Annette's FIFTIETH Birthday and sublimeXcursions' 5th Anniversary on this week long trip to Thailand.

We will start our Thailand tour with 3 nights in the cosmopolitan city of Bangkok ending with 3 nights near the beaches in Phuket.

Bangkok is one of Asia’s most cosmopolitan cities, Bangkok features modern buildings with awe-inspiring architecture, magnificent temples and palaces, authentic canals, and busy markets on trips to Thailand. Bangkok is also the most visited city in the entire world.

Bangkok is located in Thailand’s central plains, along the Chao Praya River delta, which empties into the Gulf of Thailand, approximately 25 kms south. Chao Praya River meanders through Bangkok from north to south, and once played an important role to the city’s inhabitants.

The Thai capital since 1782, Bangkok was once a village situated on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. Because of its ideal location near the mouth of the river, Bangkok served as a customs outpost on both sides of the river, and gradually expanded economically through international trade. Before the 19th century, life took place along the river. Bamboo huts were built as dwellings, and while bamboo rafts served as transportation, floating markets selling fruits and vegetables had business conducted on the river itself. Bangkok was considered the ‘Venice of the East’, with its various canals.

Phuket is the largest island in Southern Thailand and is one of Asia’s most popular beach destinations on trips to Thailand. Surrounded by the Andaman Sea to its west and various bays to its east, Phuket features powdery white beaches, magnificent coves, lush mountains, and hospitable people.

Located approximately 536 miles (863 km) south of Bangkok, Phuket is approximately the size of Singapore, and the province’s borders include other smaller, nearby islands.

Previously named Thalang, Phuket is located on one of the major trading routes between China and India, attracting the competing Dutch, English and French for its tin and rubber resources.

December, 26, 2020

Day 1 Arrive into Bangkok (BKK) Airport where you will be met by a local representative and then transferred via air conditioned vehicle to the hotel.

Rest of the day at leisure.

Bangkok Accommodations (3 Nights)

Pullman Bangkok Hotel G 4* or similar (G Deluxe Room)

Located in the city center of Silom district and close to Sathorn, the 5-star lifestyle Pullman Bangkok Hotel G is just minutes' walk away from the Chong Nonsi BTS skytrain station and ideal for shopping, entertainment and business. The rooms & suites feature floor to ceiling window with panoramic view of Bangkok. The hotel also provides a multitude of dining options, including 25 Degrees, the renowned 24-hour burger restaurant & bar and Scarlett, the award-winning rooftop bar & restaurant.

The hotel's superb location connects you to many of Bangkok attractions. For those who wish to visit the cultural Grand Palace and Wat Arun, the Chao Phraya River boat ride in the Saphan Taksin station provides an excellent alternative transport. Located in the heart of Southeast Asia, Bangkok is a modern and lively city with a variety of attractions to offer. The bustling city is filled with magnificent palaces, diverse cuisine from world-class restaurants to street stalls and shopping malls.

December 27, 2020

Day 2 Breakfast at hotel

Half Day (8:30am - 12:30pm) combined "Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha Temple" with "Wat Pho (Reclining Buddha Temple)" Tour

We will visit Wat Phra Kaew and the nearby attractions first, before moving on to the Grand Palace. Wat Phra Kaew, or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, is located right next to the Grand Palace, and they probably form together the greatest spectacle for visitors in Bangkok.

A visit to the Royal Grand Palace, the nation’s landmark and most praised royal monument in Thailand, is a must. The palace, which is the former royal residence of the Chakri Kings, is the perfect example of an ancient Siamese court. Built in 1782 by the King Rama I, it was the centre of power for more than 150 years.

Today, the palace is Bangkok's major landmark and most popular tourist attraction. Indeed, the Grand Palace is an amazing place to visit, as it consists of over 100 brightly coloured buildings, golden spires and glittering mosaics, that all date back to the foundation of Bangkok in 1782.

Please note that photography is permitted in the Royal Palace Grounds and in the compounds of the Emerald Buddha Temple, but not inside the buildings.

Then visit “Wat Pho” with its Reclining Buddha image.

Wat Pho is regarded as the first centre of public education and is sometimes called ‘Thailand’s first university’. Mural paintings, inscriptions, and statues found in the temple educated people on various subjects such as literature, warfare, archaeology, astronomy, geology, meditation and is considered to be home of Thai traditional massages.

Dress Code: Please note that the chapel is a national shrine and that you will be required to wear proper attire (no bare shoulders, knees or strapless-heel shoes). Shoes must be removed before entering the temple buildings as a matter of respect.

Evening at leisure so this may be a great time to take a dip in the pool or to take a "Food Tour Tuk Tuk".

December 28, 2020

Day 3 Breakfast at hotel

Full Day combined Excursions of “Damnoensaduak Floating Market” & “River Kwai / Kanchanaburi” Tour with Lunch (Food only) at local restaurant on the way. (07:30 – 17:00)

Damnoensaduak Floating Market:

First visit at the rural yet world-famous floating market of Damnern Saduak, situated about 100 kilometers west of Bangkok. It is generally known as Klong Ton Khem Floating Market or Damnernsaduak Floating Market.

Damnernsaduak has officially three floating markets. A narrow canal flanked with food stalls and souvenir shops form the principal market at Ton Kem. Farther south are the rarely visited markets of Her Kui and Khun Pitak.

Photographers at Ton Kem will get their best shots from the bridge which crosses over the canal and from the shed on the right. Nowadays, the market is bustling with activity from very early in the morning until about 11.00 am.

River Kwai / Kanchanaburi:

We will then continue to the world famous bridge on the River Kwai, built during World War II by the prisoners of the war. The bridge is located near Kanchanaburi town, 130 kilometers west of Bangkok. You will visit the well-kept War Cemetery of Allied Prisoners, which contains the graves of an estimated 9,000 Allied soldiers. These soldiers died while building the bridge and the notorious "Death Railway” which the Japanese had hoped to stretch all the way to the Burmese border. This tour will also bring you closer to the past, as paying a visit to the JEATH Museum (the name “JEATH” is derived from Japan, England, America/Australia, Thailand and Holland), where the past has been created and relived with pictures and artefacts out of this time. Included Lunch (Food only) at local restaurant during excursion.

Train : Due to time constraints in relation to the train schedule, we are unable to include a train ride over the Death Railway in this programme.

December 29, 2020

Day 4 Breakfast at hotel then transfer to to Bangkok airport for departure flight to Phuket. (Flight information and pricing will be provided by Feb 15, 2020. Approx $350 roundtrip)

Upon arrival at Phuket Airport you will be met and greeted by a local representative who will then transfer you to the hotel.

Phuket Accommodations (3 Nights)

The Movenpick Spa Resort Karon Beach 4* or similar (Superior Room)

Holiday dreams come alive at our Mövenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Phuket, a truly wonderful spa resort in Thailand. Amid the lush tropical gardens and just steps away from pristine sands of Karon Beach, are a range of luxurious rooms perfect for family vacations, leisure travellers or a special occasion. Exclusive Villas, perfect for couples seeking the ultimate comfort and privacy, are surrounded by beautiful gardens.

Spend some time enjoying your tropical surroundings in one of our 4 swimming pools or indulge yourself at The Spa after working out in the fitness centre. There's plenty to do for the kids as well, who will be entertained all day in The Play Zone. In the evenings, treat your family to fabulous dining in one of our 4 restaurants. Have a look at some of the videos to see what Karon Beach Resort & Spa has to offer, and contact us today to reserve a room.

Afternoon at leisure.

This may be a great time to visit the Big Buddha Temple in Phuket.

December 30, 2019

Day 5 Breakfast at hotel

Speedboat + Private RT Land Transfer Phi Phi Island Tour with lunch

0800–0900 Hrs : Pick up from your hotel and transfer to our departure lounge at Royal Phuket Marina.

1000 Hrs : Depart from our pier to PHI PHI ISLANDS.

1100 Hrs : Arrive to the beach at BAMBOO ISLAND, enjoy swimming, snorkeling and relaxing on the beach.

1230 Hrs : Join International buffet lunch at PHI PHI DON.

1330 Hrs : Amazing sightseeing at MONKEY BEACH and VIKING CAVE, enjoy a take photo.

Discover PHI PHI LAY and include PI LEH COVE for swimming and snorkeling.

1600 Hrs : Arrive at RANG YAI ISLAND which has a beautiful and long sandy beach, enjoy swimming and relaxing on the beach.

1700 Hrs : Arrive at Royal Phuket Marina and transfer to your hotel.

The itinerary and timing above are given for information and can be modified without notice to fit the tide.

WHAT TO BRING

• Swimming wear

• Shorts

• Light T-Shirt

• Beach Towel

• Sun Block

• Sun Cap

• Sunglasses

• Camera and Light Deck Shoes

PROGRAM INCLUDES:

• Hotel return transfer by air-conditioned vehicle.

• Licensed Experienced English speaking Tour Guide.

• National Park visiting fees.

Refreshment on board: soft drinks, water and fresh fruits.

Buffet Lunch: meal, soft drink, coffee and tea (vegetarian menu available at no extra charge)

• Full snorkeling equipment: Life jacket, fins, masks and snorkel.

December 31, 2020

Day 6 Breakfast at hotel. Full day at leisure.

We plan on doing a special NYE celebration at a local establishment. More details along with pricing to come summer 2020.

January 1, 2021

Day 7 Breakfast at hotel, check out and transfer to Phuket airport to board your flight to Bangkok or to the United States.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US ON OUR LATEST SUBLIME XCURSION!!!!

Additional Info

  • This trip does not include airfare. This is a land only package.
  • $100 non-refundable deposit per person is due at the time of booking this land only package.
  • NOTE that all rooms are DOUBLE OCCUPANCY. The single supplement is an additional $700.
  • IF you are sharing a room with someone that will be booking separately, you will need to be sure to note their name in the appropriate field. AND they will need to book their package the same day.
  • Monthly payments are due on the 15th of every month starting the month after your initial deposit has been made. (Add it to your monthly bill calendar so you don't miss a payment). FINAL PAYMENT DUE ON SEPTEMBER 15, 2020.
  • A copy of your valid passport with an expiration date AFTER July 2, 2021 will be required on September 15, 2020.
  • Thailand Visas are not required for citizens carrying a US Passport with an onward ticket out of the country. Non-US citizens should contact the Thailand Embassy for current entry requirements.
  • Please consult with your physician before traveling out of the county. Also visit the Center for Disease Control site for any recommendations on vaccinations. https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/thailand
  • Prices are subject to change without notice. Please make your reservation today to lock in the current rate.
  • All prices are based on the rates of exchange in effect at the time of the price quotation. In the event the US dollar devalues we reserve the right to increase prices accordingly if that happens.
  • Reservations must be made in your full name as it appears on your passport. There will be a $50 fee for any name changes through September 15, 2020. No name changes will be permitted after that date.
  • Protect your trip and purchase travel insurance today.

Credits:

Created with images by Humphrey Muleba - "untitled image" • Simon - "thailand bangkok temple" • 3dman_eu - "bangkok buddha gold" • Lauren Kay - "untitled image" • Quangpraha - "floating market on the river culture" • foursummers - "death railway river kwai river" • Momentmal - "buddha meditation zen" • Andrzej Suwara - "untitled image" • Sebastian Davenport-Handley - "untitled image"