THAILAND
Thailand is often referred to as a golden land, not because there is precious metal buried underground but because the country gives off a certain lustre, be it the fertile rice fields of the central plains, white sandy beaches or the warm hospitality of its citizenry. Thailand is a constitutional monarchy with King BhumibolAdulyadej, the ninth king of the House of Chakri, as the ruling monarch. The king has reigned for more than sixty-three years, making him the longest reigning Thai monarch and the longest reigning current monarch in the world. The king is officially titled as the Head of State, the Head of the Armed Forces, an Upholder of the Buddhist religion, and the Defender of all faiths.

With sixteen million foreigners flying into the country each year, Thailand is Asia’s primary travel destination and offers a host of places to visit. Yet despite this vast influx of visitors, Thailand’s cultural integrity remains largely undamaged – a country that adroitly avoided colonization has been able to absorb Western influences while maintaining its own rich heritage. Though the high-rises and neon lights occupy the foreground of the tourist picture, the typical Thai community is still the farming village, and you need not venture far to encounter a more traditional scene of fishing communities, rubber plantations and Buddhist temples. Around forty percent of Thais earn their living from the land, based around the staple rice, which forms the foundation of the country’s unique and famously sophisticated cuisine.

Tourism has been just one factor in the country’s development which, since the deep-seated uncertainties surrounding the Vietnam War faded, has been free, for the most part, to proceed at death-defying pace – for a time in the 1980s and early 1990s, Thailand boasted the fastest-expanding economy in the world. Politics in Thailand, however, has not been able to keep pace. Since World War II, coups d’état have been as common a method of changing government as general elections; the malnourished democratic system – when the armed forces allow it to operate – is characterized by corruption and cronyism.

Through all the changes of the last sixty years, the much-revered constitutional monarch, King Bhumibol, who sits at the pinnacle of an elaborate hierarchical system of deference covering the whole of Thai society, has lent a measure of stability. Furthermore, some
85 percent of the populations are still practising Theravada Buddhists, a unifying faith that colours all aspects of daily life – from the tiered temple rooftops that dominate every skyline, to the omnipresent saffron-robed monks and the packed calendar of festivals.

Attractions in Thailand: Bangkok:
Bangkok is the capital, largest urban area ?nd primary city of Thailand. Bangkok has a tropical wet ?nd dry climate under the Köppen climate classification syst?m. Average temperatures in the city are about 2 °C ‹3.6 °F› higher than the ones shown for the Don Mueang Airport during the 1960-1990 period. Bangkok is considered to be one of the world`s tourist hotspots. Bangkok is Thailand`s major tourist gateway, which means that the majority of foreign tourists arrive in Bangkok. The city boasts some of the country`s most visited historical venues such as the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, ?ndWatArun. There are numerous projects to maintain Bangkok`s historic sites in the Rattanakosin area ?nd river districts.

Pattaya:

Pattaya, located off the Gulf of Thailand, is approximately 145 km south of the city of Bangkok, surrounded by Bang Lamung District. The main sweep of the bay area is divided into two principal beachfronts. Pattaya Beach is parallel to city centre, and is the main destination for bathers and loungers with the section from Central Road “PattayaKlang” south to the harbor forming part of the

core of the town`s restaurants, motorcycle hire, and night attractions. The city and its suburbs have a very large number of bars and night clubs, and some discotheques. Many major hotels also operate restaurants, cocktail lounges, nightclubs and supper clubs which offer food, drinks, music and international entertainment. The Walking Street is a pedestrian area south of the beach and a center for nightlife.

Phuket:

The bustling, administrative center of Phuket is often overlooked in favor of the beaches, but there`s a lot to see and do “and spend your money on!” in Phuket City. Having been recently upgraded to city status, Phuket City features an exciting mix of old and new, simple and sophisticated, peaceful and pulsating. The activity in Phuket City is nearly around-the-clock. In the early morning, stoic monks take to the streets on their daily alms round and the fresh market buzzes with restaurant owners buying ingredients for the day`s meals. Non-stop bustle characterizes the daytime, and lasts well into the evening. Nights are reserved for enjoying good company, whether at a restaurant, a disco, a quiet bar, or a combination of all three.

OUTLINE ITINERARY:
DAY 01: ARRIVE BANGKOK & TRANSFER TO PATTAYA HOTEL
DAY 02: HALF DAY CORAL ISLAND IN PATTAYA WITH LUNCH, DAY FREE IN THE AFTERNOON
DAY 03: TRANSFER TO BANGKOK HOTEL, HALF DAY BANGKOK & TEMPLE TOUR
DAY 04: DAY FREE FOR SHOPPING
DAY 05: DEPARTURE FOR KATHMANDU

Includes:

  • 02 Nights twin sharing Hotel Accommodation with daily breakfast on 3 Star Hotel at Bangkok
  • 02 Nights twin sharing Hotel Accommodation with daily breakfast on 3 Star Hotel at Pattaya
  • Arrival Departure Transfers
  • Half day City Tour of Coral Island with Lunch in Pattaya
  • Half Day Tour of Bangkok with Temple Tour
  • Visa processing & documentation fee
  • Kathmandu-Bangkok-Kathmandu Economy Air Fare including baggage and meal both ways (Nepal Airlines)

Exclude:

  • Bar expenses
  •  Telephone, laundry, email and internet bills and own expenses
  • Tips and gratuities to Driver and Guide
  • Programs other than the itinerary