Unravel Travel TV recently filmed with a group of Irish Travel Agents on a FAM trip to Thailand hosted by the Tourism Authority of Thailand and Thai Airways. Below is a highlights video of the trip  To book a similar holiday through one of the Irish Travel Agents on the FAM contact:

Brendam Barry, East Cork Discovery Travel http://www.discoverytravel.ie

Jane Murray, World Travel. http://www.worldtravel.ie

Suzanne Dalton, HRG Worldwide http://www.ie.hrgworldwide.com

Sean Healy, Lee Travel http://www.leetravel.ie

Kelsey Burrows, USIT http://www.usit.ie

Details of the FAM Trip

Day 1. Upon arrival at Bangkok International Airport connect to a domestic flight to Chiang Mai. Ground transfer from Chiang Mai Airport to Kantary Hills Hotel. In the afternoon depart to Wat Chai Mongkok Pier to start a cruise of the Mae Ping River by local long-tail boat. The boat stops at the “Thai Farmer’s House”, a traditional local-style teak wooden house, vegetable and fruit garden. Finally the boat drops the group off at a fresh food market to see the abundance of crops grown locally. From the market, take a local 3-wheeled Rickshaw (in Thailand called a Samlor), along Tapae Road, through the city wall gates into Chiang Mai historical old town, passing ancient Buddhist Temples, along Rajdamnern Road to see the Three Kings Monument before returning to the hotel followed by evening dinner at the River Market Restaurant.

Day 2. Depart hotel for a 1-hour drive to Elephant Nature Park in mountainous Mae Rim District outside Chiang Mai. Observe free roaming elephants (no riding), and enjoy the natural surroundings of the elephant sanctuary. Over the next several hours the group hear the personal stories of our rescued elephants as told by one of the expert guides. Visitors observe the Elephants as they roam the park with their family groups and visitors can walk around the park in smaller groups, escorted by an expert guide to meet some of the friendly elephants. Enjoying this moment up close with these majestic animals and visitors can take great pictures. After lunch watch, the elephant’s swim and bath in the Taeng River that skirts the park. bathing time. Mid-afternoon return to Chiang Mai city for some free time before departing from the hotel to Maya Shopping Mall for Sunset Cocktail at Maya Rooftop Sky Bar followed by dinner at The Deck.

Day 3. Depart Chiang Mai by air to Phuket. Lunch at KanEng@Pier Restaurant. Transfer to Chalong Bay Rum Distillery for tasting. Taste Phuket’s dynamic sugarcane history, try its custom-made white rum and beer culture includes a stop at Chalong Bay Rum Distillery & Full Moon Brewery. Next stop takes the group to another Phuket legend The Full Moon Brewery in the nearby town of Patong. As Phuket Island’s only microbrewery, this taproom brews a collection of handcrafted beers onsite using 100% all natural ingredients. Settle in and sample two glasses of craft beer, with the choice of Phuket Lager, Chalawan Pale Ale, Andaman Dark Ale or Oriental Wheat. Overnight at The Vijitt Resort.

Day 4. Leave hotel to Phuket Town. The first stop is at Phud Jaw and Jui Tui Shrines (Chinese Shrines). The first shrine is called Phud Jaw Chinese Shrine which is dedicated to Guan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy. It is the oldest shrine in Phuket, which was built over 200 years ago. Visit Down-Town Fresh Market and combine to Thai Hua Museum and Rommanee Alley. Late lunch at Tu Kab Khao Restaurant. Transfer Wat Klang Temple – Participate in monk ceremony (Blessing). Transfer to Big Buddha on Nakkerd Hill to enjoy the stunning view point. Back to the hotel. Van transfer to Patong Beach area for dinner

Day 5. Check out of The Vijitt Resort and drive to Phuket Airport for flight to Bangkok. On arrival in Bangkok transfer to have lunch at a local restaurant and them to the Pathumwan Princess Hotel for late afternoon and tour the hotel. Evening Function at Pathumwan Princess Hotel

Day 6. Morning with a stroll through the flower market located adjacent to the river. Known as ‘Pak Khlong Talad’, it’s a great place to learn about the history of this famous area where the air is filled with heavenly scents from the flower market. From here, take a “Tuk” (a motorized tricycle, one of the iconic modes of Bangkok transport) to Wat Suthat one of the most important temples in Thailand. It has been under royal patronage since Bangkok’s founding, and supplies priest for many important royal ceremonies. Transfer to Wat Rajabopit – the temple was commissioned by Rama V late in the 19th century. Late Lunch served at The Letter Press Café & Restaurant (Thai set menu), then return back to the hotel for the balance of the day at leisure and prepare for check-out and transfer to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport

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Tourism Authority of Thailand https://www.tourismthailand.org

 

To book a holiday through one of the Irish Travel Agents on the FAM contact:

Brendam Barry, East Cork Discovery Travel http://www.discoverytravel.ie

Jane Murray, World Travel. http://www.worldtravel.ie

Suzanne Dalton, HRG Worldwide http://www.ie.hrgworldwide.com

Sean Healy, Lee Travel http://www.leetravel.ie

Kelsey Burrows, USIT http://www.usit.ie

 

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