Silversea Luxury Cruises To BANGKOK (Laem Chabang)

BANGKOK (Laem Chabang)
BANGKOK (Laem Chabang)
BANGKOK (Laem Chabang)

A voyage of flavour, and an all-out sensory assault, Bangkok is one of the world's most fascinating cities, and a place to plunge right in at the deep end. Immense tradition and relentless modernity combines, and it's these contrasts and collisions that make Bangkok the remarkable, all-encompassing experience it is. One second you can be dodging whizzing hordes of mopeds, the next, absorbed into the blissful tranquillity of a silent temple courtyard. View more

Ornate towers and places of worship blend in alongside cathedral-like shopping malls and skyscrapers, while the streets hum with bartering from the markets that spill out wherever you walk. Part of Bangkok's allure is that Iife is well and truly played out on its streets. Stalls of flowers, spices and silk fabrics fill bustling alleyways with colour and exotic fragrances. You can find fine dining hidden away here - including Michellin-starred restaurants - but the real Bangkok is the feast of flavours on street level - where authentic Pad Thai is cooked up alongside spicy papaya salad. To truly know Bangkok you must sail the waters of the Chao Phraya river, which provides a cooling thoroughfare through the city. You'll sail through Bangkok's soul, with glorious temples leaning up against the river's banks, filled with intricately decorated Buddha statues. One of the country's most sacred sites - the Temple of the Emerald Buddha - rises in a river bend, while the beautiful Grand Palace, and the skyscraper-like tower of the colourful Wat Arun temple, also watch out over the water. It's hard to leave the intoxicating fizz of the city behind, but the journey north to Ayutthaya is an incredible voyage, where you can see the extraordinary ruins of the former capital Kingdom of Siam, which was destroyed in 1350.

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Excursions in BANGKOK (Laem Chabang)

A Day in Bangkok

After an early breakfast, depart the ship for the 2,5-hour journey to Bangkok. Upon arrival, enjoy a sightseeing drive of the city followed by a visit of Bangkok's most splendid attraction, the Grand Palace, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and a river cruise to Wat Arun.


Grand Palace

During this 90-minute visit, listen and look in awe as the guide points out the major highlights.

Although King Vajiiralongkorn lives today in the Dusit Palace in the northern part of the city, the Grand Palace is still used for certain ceremonial occasions. The grounds encompass over 100 buildings, representing 200 years of history and architectural experimentation. Most of the architecture, royal or sacred, can be classified as old Bangkok style - all of it simply overwhelming. The wat (temple) structures are colourful, comprising gilded stupas, polished orange and green tiled roofs, mosaic-encrusted pillars and rich marble pediments. Fabulous murals line the walls of the palace complex and glittering temple spires provide endless photo opportunities.


Temple of the Emerald Buddha

Also known as Wat Phra Kaew, this temple adjoins the Grand Palace on common ground. It was consecrated in 1782 and houses the most important image, the 23-inch (58-cm) high Emerald Buddha. The jade statue, enshrined in a glass case standing above the worshippers, is clothed with a different robe for each of the three seasons - hot, rainy and cool. The mystical figure and its legendary spiritual power draw pilgrims from all over.


Returning, head to Sala Rim Naam Restaurant at the Mandarmin Oriental Hotel for lunch.


Board a private boat at the restaurant's pier for a cruise on the Chao Phraya River and through some of the canals. Watch the fascinating activities along the busy waterway. Stop along the way at the following locations (Take caution getting in and out of the boat.):


Wat Arun

At the 'Temple of Dawn', Wat Arun, the boat pauses to allow you a closer look at this magnificent temple, which is among Bangkok's most recognised landmarks. While the temple is best seen from the river, its curious decorations and statues of mythical figures are well worth a visit.


Royal Barge Museum

Leaving Wat Arun, resume your cruise through the klongs (canals) and head toward the Dockyard, home to the ceremonial royal barges. Once a year, the king would proceed down the river to Wat Arun in a flotilla of royal barges. Today, these elaborately decorated boats are preserved in this specially constructed museum and are a rare treat to visit.


Following your cruise, re-join the coach and start the journey back to Laem Chabang.

Ang Sila & Nong Mon Market

Experience some of the local lifestyles, traditions and holy sites of Thailand during this picturesque, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Laem Chabang, Ang Sila Fishing Village, Granite Carving Demonstration

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive to Ang Sila, a seaside fishing village known for its granite products. The fishermen here are not only skilled at fishing, but also making implements and crafts from granite, and have passed on their craftsmanship from generation-to-generation. Upon arrival, observe a carving demonstration to learn how their most renowned products, including pestles and mortars, are made.


Naja Chinese Shrine

Next, re-board your coach and continue on for a visit to the Naja Chinese Shrine, a beautiful attraction adorned with Chinese architecture. Here, local residence and visitors come to honour the Chinese Gods, especially the celestial God named Naja.


Nong Mon Market

Following your visit, re-board your coach and head to the Nong Mon Market, a local market with more than 100 stalls selling dried seafood, desserts, fruit and preserved foods. Popular local delicacies include khao lam (sweet sticky rice in bamboo) and khanom chak (sweet coconut wrapped in palm leaf). Following some free time to stroll about the market, re-board your coach and commence the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier.

Ayuttaya - A World Heritage Site

This full-day excursion offers a visit to one of Thailand's most majestic historical sites, included on UNESCO's World Heritage list since 1991. Begin your outing with a 2.5-3 hours drive north to Ayutthaya, considered one of Thailand's major attractions. Then, enjoy visiting the following highlights:


Bang Pa-In Summer Palace

En route to Ayutthaya wall, make a visit at the Bang Pa-In Summer Palace. The palace comprises a collection of buildings of various ages and various architectural styles surrounded by a lake. Built in the 17th century and left unoccupied when Bangkok became the capital, the palace gained importance again in 1851 when King Mongkut restored it and resumed residence there. Enjoy a visit and marvel at the richly decorated turn-of-the-century European aristocratic style, interspersed with whimsical Thai touches.


Ayutthaya Historical Park

Continue drive to the ruined city of Ayutthaya was once the ancient capital of Siam for four centuries and in its heyday was said to be more beautiful than either London or Paris. Located on a 2.5-mile (four kilometre) island at the confluence of three rivers, Ayutthaya was once encircled by a seven-mile (11-kilometre) wall. After the destruction of the city by the Burmese in 1767, a new dynasty was established and the capital was moved to Thonburi. Today, much of the ancient fabled city is contained within a Historical Park, where archaeological studies are still carried out.


While many of the buildings are in ruins, those drawn to relics of the past still find a visit to the remaining temple compounds and numerous structures awe-inspiring and a memorable experience. Begin the historical park tour with a noteworthy visit at the spectacular Wat Chai Wattanram, reminiscent of Angkor Wat in Cambodia.


Take a break from sightseeing and enjoy lunch at the Krungsri River Hotel (or similar).


Afterwards, visit Wat Maha That, the major original construction was the high pagoda which was destroyed by Burmese invaders. Then visit Wat Phra Si Sanphet, the most important temple within the Royal Grand Palace compound, the equivalent of the Emerald Buddha Temple in Bangkok's Royal Grand Palace.

Following your visit, re-join your coach for the trip back to Laem Chabang and the ship.

Ayutthaya and Bangkok overnight

Thailand offers a wealth of opportunities to explore its ancient past during visits to Bangkok and Ayutthaya. At the Ayutthaya Historical Park, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, see the archaeological ruins of palaces, Buddhist temples, monasteries and statues. In Bangkok, experience a traditional Thai dinner and dance performance, visit the spectacular Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and take a private boat-cruise along the Chao Phraya River and peaceful canals. Following a scenic drive to Ayutthaya, explore this mid-14th-century city during visits to three temple ruins. Included are the Wat Maha That Temple, Wat Chaiwatthanaram and Wat Phra Si Sanphet, the most important temple in the Royal Grand Palace compound, Afterward, transfer to Bangkok and proceed to the Peninsula Bangkok Hotel for check-in. This evening, embark a boat and ride to the Sala Rim Naam restaurant for a traditional Thai dinner accompanied by a classical Thai dance performance. Following an overnight stay at the hotel, take a tuk tuk-ride to the spectacular, late-18th-century Grand Palace. Upon arrival, take a walking tour through the Royal Palace Grounds and Grand Palace, one of the most beautiful examples of an ancient Siam Court and former residence of the kings of Thailand. The vast grounds encompass over 100 buildings, including the Grand Palace. Next, visit the adjoining Temple of the Emerald Buddha to see the revered Emerald Buddha image. Your tour continues with a private boat-cruise along the Chao Phraya River and peaceful canals. En route, observe local residents living and working along the water, then pass by the Temple of Dawn, a magnificent temple and one of Bangkok's most recognised landmarks. Your boat-cruise ends at the Peninsula Bangkok Hotel's pier. Upon arrival, disembark the boat and proceed for check-out and lunch at the hotel. Your Mid-Voyage Land Adventure concludes on Day Two with lunch at the hotel, followed by a scenic drive back to Laem Chabang. Upon arrival, head to the pier and embark the ship.



01MIDLMC-C Ayutthaya and Bangkok overnight

Duration: 2 Days / 1 Night

Departs from: Laem Chabang on the 14th November 2019

Re-join ship: Laem Chabang on the 15th November 2019

Reserve by: 90 Days Prior to the Start of the Cruise



IMPORTANT NOTE

This Silver Shore Mid-Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations no later than 90 days prior to the sail date. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis. Tickets are available in limited quantities, and participation cannot be guaranteed for those guests not booking well in advance. A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme. If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure. Cancellation fee, unless otherwise advised, 90 - 0 days prior to the initial sailing date: 100% of the programme fare per person is due.

Payment-in-full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. Booking made within 120 days of sailing require full payment within seven days of booking or sooner, as specified by Silversea. Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme.

All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable within 90 days of sailing. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by someone 18 years of age or older. All Land Adventures are owned by independent contractors and Silversea makes no representations and assumes no responsibility for the services provided by these operators. Land Adventures may be modified by the operators at their sole discretion.


VISA INFORMATION:

No visa is required


LOCAL CURRENCY:

The local currency is the Thai Baht; however, Euros and US Dollars are well-accepted by most vendors; local ATMs are available in some locations visited, and credit cards are accepted in most larger shops and hotels.


Discover the legacy, culture, traditions and lifestyles of Thailand during this fascinating, one-night overland excursion to the Ayutthaya Historical Park and Bangkok.


DAY ONE - Thursday, November 14, 2019 - Laem Chabang/Ayutthaya/Bangkok


Scenic Drive from Laem Chabang to Ayutthaya City, with a stop at the Bang Pa-In Summer Palace

Depart Laem Chabang Port for the scenic, approximately 2.5-hour drive to the historic city of Ayutthaya. En route, a stop is made for a visit the beautiful Bang Pa-In Summer Palace, formerly a popular summer retreat for Thai kings. Upon arrival, marvel at Bang Pa-In's captivating collection of exquisite pavilions built in a variety of Thai, Chinese, Italian and Victorian architectural styles, and encircled by a beautiful garden and lake.


Lunch at the Krungsri River Hotel, and a visit to the spectacular Ayutthaya Historical Park

Next, proceed for lunch at the Krungsri River Hotel. After lunch, re-board your coach and head to the spectacular Ayutthaya Historical Park, an UNESCO World Heritage Site and a superb testament to true national Thai art. The second capital of the Siamese Kingdom, Ayutthaya was founded in 1350 and flourished from the 14th-18th centuries


Exploration of three temple ruins

Upon arrival, stops are made at three temple ruins. First, a visit is made to the Wat Maha That Temple, whose original construction included a high pagoda that was destroyed by Burmese invaders. From here, continue on to Wat Phra Si Sanphet. The most important temple within the Royal Grand Palace compound, Wat Phra Si Samphet is the equivalent of the Emerald Buddha Temple in Bangkok's Royal Grand Palace. The last stop on your tour is the Wat Chaiwatthanaram with its large prang and pagodas, most of which have retained their original shapes.


Transfer to Bangkok and check-in at the Peninsula Bangkok Hotel

At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 1.5-hour drive to Bangkok. Upon arrival, proceed for check-in at the Peninsula Bangkok Hotel to freshen-up before dinner.


Boat-transfer to the Sala Rim Naam restaurant, Thai dinner and classical Thai dance performance

This evening, embark a boat for the short transfer to the Sala Rim Naam restaurant. Upon arrival, your Thai dining experience features a choice of traditional Thai dishes accompanied by a classical Thai dance performance. At the conclusion of your visit, embark the boat for the short ride back to the hotel's pier.


Overnight accommodations in a Deluxe Room at the Peninsula Bangkok Hotel - Bangkok.


DAY TWO - Friday,November 15, 2019 - Bangkok/Laem Chabang


Tuk tuk-ride from the hotel to the spectacular Grand Palace

After breakfast at the hotel, depart for the scenic, approximately 30-minute transfer to the Grand Palace via Bangkok's typical taxi, an open-air, motorised tricycle called a tuk tuk. Upon arrival, then proceed for a visit to Bangkok's greatest treasure, the late-18th-century Grand Palace. Take a guided, 1.5-hour walking tour through the Royal Palace Grounds and Grand Palace, one of the most beautiful examples of an ancient Siam Court and former residence of the kings of Thailand. The vast grounds encompass over 100 buildings, including the Grand Palace.


Visit to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha

Next, a visit is made to the Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), which adjoins the Grand Palace and houses the revered image of the 23-inch-high (58-centimetre-high) Emerald Buddha. This jade statue is enshrined in a glass case, and perched on a pedestal high above the worshippers. Extensive murals line the inside walls of the compound, and the colourful temple structures feature gilded stupas, polished orange-and-green-tiled roofs, mosaic-encrusted pillars and rich marble pediments.


Private boat-cruise along the Chao Phraya River and peaceful canals, and past the Temple of Dawn

Leaving the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, walk to the boat landing and embark a private boat for a cruise along the Chao Phraya River and through some of the more peaceful canals. En route, observe local residents living and working along the water, and view the spectacular Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), a magnificent temple and one of Bangkok's most recognised landmarks.

Check-out and lunch at the Peninsula Bangkok Hotel

Your boat-cruise ends at the Peninsula Bangkok Hotel's pier. Upon arrival, disembark the boat and proceed for check-out and lunch at the hotel.


After lunch, depart for the approximately 2.5-hour drive back to Laem Chabang Port. Upon arrival at the pier, embark your ship.


Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure involves an extensive amount of driving and walking for approximately 1.5 miles (about 2.4 kilometres), at times over uneven, slippery and natural surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and tuk tuk, embark/disembark the boat, and at the sites visited. This tour is suitable for active guests in good physical condition. This tour is not suitable for pregnant guests, guests with neck and/or back problems, guests with heart and/or respiratory conditions, guests prone to motion sickness, guests prone to seasickness, guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection, insect repellent, a light jacket, camera, and any necessary medication from the ship. Proper attire is required to enter the Grand Palace and Bang Pa-In Summer Palace; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted, and skirts must cover the knees. Tight or see-through blouses are not permitted, even if a jacket is worn over them. Tight-fitting trousers or leggings are not permitted, and trousers must be full-length to cover the ankles. Shoes must be removed when entering into the main chapel of the Emerald Buddha image. Also for dinner at Sala Rim Naam Restaurant, ladies are kindly asked to wear elegant attire and proper footwear, and gentlemen are kindly asked to wear a smart shirt, long trousers and closed shoes. Video and still cameras are allowed within the grounds of the Grand Palace, but photography is not permitted inside the buildings. Avoid bringing valuables (such as jewellery or large amounts of cash) on this tour. Expect crowds and long lines at the Grand Palace. The tour sequence may vary.


Programme Includes:

- One-night stay in a Deluxe Room at the Peninsula Bangkok Hotel - Bangkok

- One breakfast, two lunches and one dinner (lunch includes choice of two local beers, soft drinks, bottled water; beverage at dinner also includes house wine)

- Guide services

- Lunch at the Krungsri River Hotel

- Lunch at the Peninsula Bangkok Hotel

- Thai dinner and classical Thai dance performance at the Sala Rim Naam restaurant

- Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha image

- Bang Pa-In Summer Palace and Ayutthaya's Temple ruins

- Private boat cruise along the Chao Phraya River

- Tuk tuk-ride

Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance and other personal items.

Bangkok On Your Own

Spend a full-day experiencing the spectacular beauty, mystique and culture of Thailand at your leisure during this picturesque, self-guided excursion to Bangkok.


Laem Chabang, Scenic Drive, Bangkok, Central World Plaza

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 2.5-hour drive to Bangkok, with a comfort stop en route. Upon arrival, your drop-off point is at the Central World Plaza, which provides easy access to taxis, the Skytrain, and many shopping complexes and restaurants within walking distance.


Independent Sightseeing, Shopping and Lunch at Your Own Expense, Chao Phraya River Cruise

Whilst in Bangkok, enjoy approximately five hours of free time for independent sightseeing, shopping and lunch at your own expense. Your guide assists with your plans, including shopping information and opening hours of attractions. And to escape Bangkok's legendary traffic, take a leisurely cruise on the Chao Phraya River. If shopping is on your agenda, discover everything from precious gems to silk and antiques.


Popular Landmarks, Markets and Temples

Bangkok has a wealth of popular historic and modern landmarks to explore. Sites to be seen may include the Golden Buddha Temple, Chinatown, the Old City, Flower Market, Grand Palace, Marble Temple, Grand Palace with its sacred Wat Phra Kaew Temple, home of the Emerald Buddha, the Wat Pho Temple with its enormous reclining Buddha, Wat Arun Temple and Jim Thompson's House and Museum, among others. At the pre-designated departure time, return to your coach at the Central World Plaza drop-off point and commence the approximately 2.5-hour drive back to the pier, with a comfort stop made en route.

Bangkok overnight & Floating Market


Bangkok, Thailand's capital, is a large, bustling city renowned for ornate shrines, abundant waterways and vibrant street-life. During your overnight excursion in this city of contrasts, new and unusual experiences await you at every turn. Explore life along the Chao Phraya River and peaceful canals via private boat. Discover bustling markets, and beautiful and sacred old temple with stunning Buddha image. Indulge your senses with Thai cuisine and a Thai dancing performance, and more. Following a scenic drive from Laem Chabang to Bangkok, visit the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, which houses an immense reclining Buddha image. Continue sightseeing drive in Bangkok old city pass the Grand Palace and the Emerald Buddha Temple, old government buildings on Ratchadamnoen Avenue, photo stop at Mahajedsadabadin Royal Pavilion. Arrive at the pier, take a private boat cruise along the Chao Phraya River and peaceful canals, and past the magnificent Temple of Dawn. Following your day's excursions, check-in to the Peninsula Bangkok Hotel, then round out your evening with an authentic Thai cuisine accompanied by a classical Thai dance performance at the Sala Rim Naam restaurant. After an overnight stay and breakfast at the hotel, proceed for a visit to the unique railroad market at Mae Klong and Damnernsaduak Floating Market, with some free time for shopping. At the conclusion of your visit, transfer back to the hotel for check-out. Your Mid-Voyage Land Adventure concludes on Day Two with lunch, then a scenic drive back to Laem Chabang. Upon arrival, head to the pier and embark the ship.



Bangkok overnight & Floating Market

Duration: 1.5 Days / 1 Night

Departs from: Laem Chabang on the 10th December 2019 at approx. 1230pm

Re-join ship: Laem Chabang on the 11th December 2019 at approx. 6pm

Reserve by: 90 Days Prior to the Start of the Cruise



IMPORTANT NOTE

This program requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations no later than 90 days prior to the sail date. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis. Tickets are available in limited quantities, and participation cannot be guaranteed for those guests not booking well in advance. A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme. If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure. Cancellation fee, unless otherwise advised, 90 - 0 days prior to the initial sailing date: 100% of the programme fare per person is due.


Payment in full is due at time of final payment. Bookings made within 120 days of sailing require full payment within seven days of booking or sooner, as specified by Silversea.


All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable within 90 days of sailing. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by someone 18 years of age or older. All Land Adventures are owned by independent contractors and Silversea makes no representations and assumes no responsibility for the services provided by these operators. Land Adventures may be modified by the operators at their sole discretion.


VISA INFORMATION:

No visa is required


LOCAL CURRENCY:

The local currency is the Thai Baht; however, Euros and US Dollars are well-accepted by most vendors; local ATMs are available in some locations visited, and credit cards are accepted in most larger shops and hotels.


Explore the traditional local lifestyles, unique flavours, busting markets and revered landmarks of historic Bangkok during this picturesque, one-night overland excursion.


DAY ONE - Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - Laem Chabang/Bangkok


Scenic drive to Bangkok, and a tour of the Temple of the Reclining Buddha

Depart Laem Chabang Port for the scenic, approximately 2.5-hour drive to Bangkok, then proceed for a visit to Wat Po (Temple of the Reclining Buddha). One of the largest and oldest temples in Bangkok, Wat Po is home to more than 1,000 Buddha images. It is named after the largest single Buddha image, that of a reclining Buddha measuring approximately 151 feet (about 46 metres) long and approximately 49 feet (about 15 metres) high. The Buddha image is decorated with gold plating on his body, and mother-of-pearl on his eyes and the soles of his feet.


Sights of Old Bangkok

Re-join the coach for a sightseeing drive through Old Bangkok. Enjoy viewing major highlights from your coach as it passes the Grand Palace and the Emerald Buddha Temple, City Pillar Shrine, old government buildings on Ratchadamnoen Avenue, the Democracy Monument (built in commemoration of the change of government from absolute monarchy to democracy with the king as head of state).


The Royal Pavilion Mahajetsadabadin

A photo stop will be made at the monument dedicated to King Rama III. The bronze statue, half larger than life size, is seated on a throne. The surrounding area has been turned into a beautiful square decorated with beautiful plants, comprised with the Royal Reception Pavilion and three minor pavilions, as well as a nice view of Wat Ratchanaddaram.


Private boat-cruise along the Chao Phraya River and peaceful canals, and past the Temple of Dawn

Afterward, re-board your coach for the short drive to the boat landing. Upon arrival, embark a private boat for a cruise along the Chao Phraya River and through some of the more peaceful canals. En route, observe local residents living and working along the water, and view the spectacular Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), a magnificent temple and one of Bangkok's most recognised landmarks.


Check-in at the Peninsula Bangkok Hotel, and free time at your leisure

Following your cruise, disembark at the Peninsula Bangkok Hotel's pier, then proceed for check-in. The remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure.


Boat-transfer to the Sala Rim Naam restaurant, Thai dinner and a classical Thai dance performance

This evening, embark the boat for the short transfer to the Sala Rim Naam restaurant. Upon arrival, your Thai dining experience features a choice of traditional Thai dishes accompanied by a classical Thai dance performance. At the conclusion of your visit, embark the boat for the short ride back to the hotel's pier.


Overnight accommodations in a Deluxe Room at the Peninsula Bangkok Hotel - Bangkok.


DAY TWO - Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - Bangkok/Damnernsaduak Floating Market/Laem Chabang


Scenic drive and visit to the unique, Mae Klong Railroad Market

After breakfast at the hotel, depart for a scenic, approximately 1.5-hour drive from Bangkok to visit two rural markets located approximately 68 miles (about 110 kilometres) west of Bangkok. Upon arrival, your first stop is at the unique market at Mae Klong, where part of the market is on the railroad tracks. Every morning until late in the afternoon, this bustling market springs to life, selling a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, seafood, snacks, and clothes and accessories. However, what makes this market so unique and exciting is the fact that a train runs through it eight times a day, seven days a week.


Visit to the Damnernsaduak Floating Market with some free time for shopping

Next, re-board your coach and continue driving to Damnernsaduak. Upon arrival, embark a boat for a fascinating ride that offers an interesting glimpse into the local daily life, orchards, traditional teak houses, floating water hyacinths, local people living and working by the canal, and more. Disembark at the Damnernsaduak Floating Market for some free time to stroll along the small canals filled with small, flat boats jockeying for position, and expertly paddled by mature ladies ready to stop and bargain at a moment's notice. Postcards, books, local souvenirs, handicrafts, and fresh and preserved foods are available at the markets. Following your visit, re-board your coach for the approximately 1.5-hour drive back to Bangkok.


Check-out and lunch at the hotel, and a transfer back to Laem Chabang and your ship

After check-out and lunch at the hotel, depart for the approximately 2.5-hour transfer back to Laem Chabang Port. Upon arrival at the pier, embark the ship.


Please note: This overnight program involves an amount of driving and walking for approximately 0.7 miles (about 1.1 kilometres), at times over uneven, slippery and natural surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and tuk tuk, embark/disembark the boat, and at the sites visited. This tour is suitable for active guests in good physical condition. This tour is not suitable for pregnant guests, guests with neck and/or back problems, guests with heart and/or respiratory conditions, guests prone to motion sickness, guests prone to seasickness, guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection, insect repellent, a light jacket, camera, and any necessary medication from the ship. Proper attire is required to enter Wat; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted. Shoes must be removed when entering into the main chapel of the temple. Also for dinner at Sala Rim Naam Restaurant, ladies are kindly asked to wear elegant attire and proper footwear, and gentlemen are kindly asked to wear a smart shirt, long trousers and closed shoes. Avoid bringing valuables (such as jewellery or large amounts of cash) on this tour. The tour sequence may vary.


Programme Includes:

- One-night stay in a Deluxe Room at the Peninsula Bangkok Hotel - Bangkok

- One breakfast, one lunch and one dinner (lunch includes choice of two local beers, soft drinks, bottled water; beverage at dinner also includes house wine)

- Guide services

- Lunch at the Peninsula Bangkok Hotel

- Thai dinner and classical Thai dance performance at the Sala Rim Naam restaurant

- Reclining Buddha image

- Photo stop at Mahajedsadabadin Royal Pavilion

- Private boat cruise along the Chao Phraya River

- Shopping at the Mae Klong Railroad Market and Damnernsaduak Floating Market

Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance and other personal items.

River Cruise & Flower Market

Explore the scenic beauty, waterways and traditions of Bangkok during this panoramic, full-day sightseeing excursion.


Laem Chabang, Bangkok, Pak Klong Talad Flower Market

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 2.5-hour drive to Bangkok, with a comfort stop en route. Upon arrival, your first stop is at the Pak Klong Talad Flower Market, where you can stroll amongst the colourful display of the country's exotic flowers.


Chao Phraya River and Canals by Boat, Temple of Dawn

Next, embark a private boat for a panoramic, approximately one-hour cruise along the Chao Phraya River, and through some of its more peaceful canals. Here, observe the busy river traffic, as well as the traditional lifestyles of the local people living and working along the water. Along the way, view the spectacular Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn).


Downtown Bangkok, Central World Plaza, Free Time, Sightseeing, Lunch on Your Own

Following your cruise, re -board your coach and head to downtown Bangkok for approximately 3 hours of free time at your leisure for independent shopping, sightseeing and lunch at your ow n expense. Your drop -off point is at the Central World Plaza, which provides easy access to taxis, the Skytrain, and many shopping complexes and restaurants within walking distance. Your tour guide assists with your plans, including shopping information and opening hours of attractions. At the pre-designated departure time, return to your coach at the Central World Plaza dr op-off point and commence the approximately 2.5 -hour drive back to the pier, with a comfort stop made en route.

Sanctuary of Truth & Pattaya Viewpoint

Discover the largest wood-carved structure in Thailand and enjoy breath-taking vistas over Pattaya Bay during this panoramic, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Laem Chabang, Sanctuary of Truth

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive to the Sanctuary of Truth (Wooden Pavilion), a mystical building constructed according to ancient Thai specifications, and the largest wood-carved structure in Thailand. Designed as a pagoda-shaped pavilion, the building is over 340 feet (about 103.6 metres) in height, and is a fusion of religion, culture and art. Originally crafted entirely from Thailand's native teak, parts of it have been replaced by the more durable redwood to withstand the ravages of the salt air.


Guided Tour, Wooden Sculptures, Inner-Chapel

Upon arrival, take a guided tour of the Sanctuary of Truth. The entire building is covered with intricate and detailed wooden sculptures, reflecting the Ancient Vision of Earth, Ancient Knowledge and Eastern Philosophy. Inside, the cavernous inner-chapel reveals scenes from Chinese, Hindu and Buddhist traditions, with samples of animism and geomancy thrown into the mix.

Pattaya Beach Road, Phra Tumnak Hill, Pattaya Viewpoint, Pattaya Bay Vistas

Next, re-board your coach and continue driving along the Pattaya Beach Road to Phra Tumnak Hill, which is located between Pattaya Beach and Jomtien Beach. A stop is made to walk up to the Pattaya Viewpoint. From here, the place from which all classic photos of Pattaya Bay are taken, enjoy spectacular panoramic vistas overlooking the bay. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Full Day)

Explore Laem Chabang at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Half Day)

Explore Laem Chabang at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Full Day)

Explore Laem Chabang at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Half Day)

Explore Laem Chabang at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Temples of Bangkok

Discover the renowned landmarks and temples of Bangkok during an unforgettable, full-day sightseeing excursion to this beautiful, bustling city.


Laem Chabang, Golden Buddha Temple, Huge Buddha Image

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 2.5-hour drive to Bangkok, with a comfort stop en route. Upon arrival, your first stop is at Wat Trimit (Golden Buddha Temple) built by three Chinese comrades around 150 years ago. It was restored in 1937, and granted the new name of Wat Trimitwitthayaram. The main attraction in the temple is the incredible Golden Buddha Image. Weighing in at approximately 5.5 tons (about five metric tons) and standing over ten feet (about three metres) in height, this massive statue dates back to the 700-year-old Sukhothai period.


Old City, Chinatown, Flower Market, Grand Palace, Ratchadamnoen Avenue, Marble Temple

Next, re-board your coach and continue on for a sightseeing drive through Bangkok's Old City. Along the way, pass by Chinatown, the Flower Market, Grand Palace, Ratchadamnoen Avenue, and more. Afterward, a visit is made to Wat Benchamabopit (the Marble Temple), built of Italian marble with unique European ecclesiastic details. The Marble Temple is adorned by stained-glass windows housing a Sukhothai-style Buddha statue, and a superb cloister-collection of bronze Buddha images.


Downtown Bangkok, Central World Plaza, Free Time, Sightseeing, Lunch on Your Own

Leaving the Marble Temple, proceed to downtown Bangkok for approximately three of free time at your leisure for independent shopping, sightseeing and lunch at your own expense. Your drop -off point is at the Central World Plaza, which provides easy access to taxis, the Skytrain, and many shopping complexes and restaurants within walking distance. Your tour guide assists with your plans, including shopping information and opening hours of attractions. At the pre -designated departure time, return to your coach at the Central World Plaza drop -off point and commence the approximately 2.5 -hour drive back to the pier, with a comfort stop made en route.

The Sanctuary of Truth & Bangkok Overnight

Thailand offers a wealth of opportunities to explore Bangkok and to discover the largest wood-carved structure in Thailand and enjoy breath-taking vistas over Pattaya Bay. In Bangkok, experience a traditional Thai dinner and dance performance, visit the spectacular Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and take a private boat-cruise along the Chao Phraya River and peaceful canals. Following a scenic drive to Pattaya, visit the Sanctuary of Truth (Wooden Pavilion), a mystical building constructed according to ancient Thai specifications, transfer to Bangkok and proceed to the Peninsula Bangkok Hotel for check-in. This evening, embark a boat and ride to the Sala Rim Naam restaurant for a traditional Thai dinner accompanied by a classical Thai dance performance. Following an overnight stay at the hotel, take a tuk tuk-ride to the spectacular, late-18th-century Grand Palace. Upon arrival, take a walking tour through the Royal Palace Grounds and Grand Palace, one of the most beautiful examples of an ancient Siam Court and former residence of the kings of Thailand. The vast grounds encompass over 100 buildings, including the Grand Palace. Next, visit the adjoining Temple of the Emerald Buddha to see the revered Emerald Buddha image. Your tour continues with a private boat-cruise along the Chao Phraya River and peaceful canals. En route, observe local residents living and working along the water, then pass by the Temple of Dawn, a magnificent temple and one of Bangkok's most recognised landmarks. Your boat-cruise ends at the Peninsula Bangkok Hotel's pier. Upon arrival, disembark the boat and proceed for check-out and lunch at the hotel. Your Mid-Voyage Land Adventure concludes on Day Two with lunch at the hotel, followed by a scenic drive back to Laem Chabang. Upon arrival, head to the pier and embark the ship.




Duration: 1.5 Days / 1 Night

Departs from: Laem Chabang on the 10th December 2019

Re-join ship: Laem Chabang on the 11th December 2019

Reserve by: 90 Days Prior to the Start of the Cruise



IMPORTANT NOTE

This Silver Shore Mid-Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations no later than 90 days prior to the sail date. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis. Tickets are available in limited quantities, and participation cannot be guaranteed for those guests not booking well in advance. A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme. If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure. Cancellation fee, unless otherwise advised, 90 - 0 days prior to the initial sailing date: 100% of the programme fare per person is due.

Payment in full is due at time of final payment. Bookings made within 120 days of sailing require full payment within seven days of booking or sooner, as specified by Silversea.

All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable within 90 days of sailing. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by someone 18 years of age or older. All Land Adventures are owned by independent contractors and Silversea makes no representations and assumes no responsibility for the services provided by these operators. Land Adventures may be modified by the operators at their sole discretion.


VISA INFORMATION:

No visa is required


LOCAL CURRENCY:

The local currency is the Thai Baht; however, Euros and US Dollars are well-accepted by most vendors; local ATMs are available in some locations visited, and credit cards are accepted in most larger shops and hotels.


Discover the legacy, culture, traditions and lifestyles of Thailand during this fascinating, one-night overland excursion to the Sanctuary of Truth and Bangkok.


DAY ONE - Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - Laem Chabang/Pattaya/Bangkok


Laem Chabang, Sanctuary of Truth

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive to the Sanctuary of Truth (Wooden Pavilion), a mystical building constructed according to ancient Thai specifications, and the largest wood-carved structure in Thailand. Designed as a pagoda-shaped pavilion, the building is over 340 feet (about 103.6 metres) in height, and is a fusion of religion, culture and art. Originally crafted entirely from Thailand's native teak, parts of it have been replaced by the more durable redwood to withstand the ravages of the salt air.


Guided Tour, Wooden Sculptures, Inner-Chapel

Upon arrival, take a guided tour of the Sanctuary of Truth. The entire building is covered with intricate and detailed wooden sculptures, reflecting the Ancient Vision of Earth, Ancient Knowledge and Eastern Philosophy. Inside, the cavernous inner-chapel reveals scenes from Chinese, Hindu and Buddhist traditions, with samples of animism and geomancy thrown into the mix.


Transfer to Bangkok and check-in at the Peninsula Bangkok Hotel

At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 2.5-hour drive to Bangkok. Upon arrival, proceed for check-in at the Peninsula Bangkok Hotel to freshen-up before dinner.


Boat-transfer to the Sala Rim Naam restaurant, Thai dinner and classical Thai dance performance

This evening, embark a boat for the short transfer to the Sala Rim Naam restaurant. Upon arrival, your Thai dining experience features a choice of traditional Thai dishes accompanied by a classical Thai dance performance. At the conclusion of your visit, embark the boat for the short ride back to the hotel's pier.


Overnight accommodations in a Deluxe Room at the Peninsula Bangkok Hotel - Bangkok.


DAY TWO - Tuesday, December 11, 2019 - Bangkok/Laem Chabang


Tuk tuk-ride from the hotel to the spectacular Grand Palace

After breakfast at the hotel, depart for the scenic, approximately 30-minute transfer to the Grand Palace via Bangkok's typical taxi, an open-air, motorised tricycle called a tuk tuk. Upon arrival, then proceed for a visit to Bangkok's greatest treasure, the late-18th-century Grand Palace. Take a guided, 1.5-hour walking tour through the Royal Palace Grounds and Grand Palace, one of the most beautiful examples of an ancient Siam Court and former residence of the kings of Thailand. The vast grounds encompass over 100 buildings, including the Grand Palace.


Visit to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha

Next, a visit is made to the Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), which adjoins the Grand Palace and houses the revered image of the 23-inch-high (58-centimetre-high) Emerald Buddha. This jade statue is enshrined in a glass case, and perched on a pedestal high above the worshippers. Extensive murals line the inside walls of the compound, and the colourful temple structures feature gilded stupas, polished orange-and-green-tiled roofs, mosaic-encrusted pillars and rich marble pediments.


Private boat-cruise along the Chao Phraya River and peaceful canals, and past the Temple of Dawn

Leaving the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, walk to the boat landing and embark a private boat for a cruise along the Chao Phraya River and through some of the more peaceful canals. En route, observe local residents living and working along the water, and view the spectacular Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), a magnificent temple and one of Bangkok's most recognised landmarks.

Check-out and lunch at the Peninsula Bangkok Hotel

Your boat-cruise ends at the Peninsula Bangkok Hotel's pier. Upon arrival, disembark the boat and proceed for check-out and lunch at the hotel.


After lunch, depart for the approximately 2.5-hour drive back to Laem Chabang Port. Upon arrival at the pier, embark your ship.


Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure involves an extensive amount of driving and walking for approximately 1 mile (about 1.5 kilometres), at times over uneven, slippery and natural surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and tuk tuk, embark/disembark the boat, and at the sites visited. This tour is suitable for active guests in good physical condition. This tour is not suitable for pregnant guests, guests with neck and/or back problems, guests with heart and/or respiratory conditions, guests prone to motion sickness, guests prone to seasickness, guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection, insect repellent, a light jacket, camera, and any necessary medication from the ship. Proper attire is required to enter the Grand Palace; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted, and skirts must cover the knees. Tight or see-through blouses are not permitted, even if a jacket is worn over them. Tight-fitting trousers or leggings are not permitted, and trousers must be full-length to cover the ankles. Shoes must be removed when entering into the main chapel of the Emerald Buddha image. Also for dinner at Sala Rim Naam Restaurant, ladies are kindly asked to wear elegant attire and proper footwear, and gentlemen are kindly asked to wear a smart shirt, long trousers and closed shoes. Video and still cameras are allowed within the grounds of the Grand Palace, but photography is not permitted inside the buildings. Avoid bringing valuables (such as jewelry or large amounts of cash) on this tour. Expect crowds and long lines at the Grand Palace. The tour sequence may vary.


Program Includes:

- One-night stay in a Deluxe Room at the Peninsula Bangkok Hotel - Bangkok

- One breakfast, one lunch and one dinner with drinks included

- Guide services

- Lunch at the Peninsula Bangkok Hotel

- Thai dinner and classical Thai dance performance at the Sala Rim Naam restaurant

- The Sanctuary of Truth

- Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha image

- Private boat cruise along the Chao Phraya River

- Tuk tuk-ride

Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance and other personal items.

Tropical Garden & Cultural Show

Explore the award-winning manicured gardens, and take in Thai cultural and traditional performances, during this relaxing, half-day sightseeing excursion to the famous Nong Nooch Tropical Garden.

Laem Chabang, Nong Nooch Tropical Garden, Abundant Plant and Flower Gardens

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive to the Nong Nooch Tropical Garden, the largest botanical garden in Southeast Asia. The vast gardens are set amidst approximately 600 acres (about 243 hectares) that originally was utilised as a plantation to grow local fruits. The area was then turned into a garden for the conservation of certain plant and flower species, and later opened to visitors. They have won multiple awards at London's world-famous Chelsea Flower Show.

Thai Cultural and Traditional Performances, Elephant Show

In addition to the abundant flowers and plants, see a varied program of beautiful, contemporary Thai cultural and traditional performances. Included are sword-fighting, Muay Thai boxing, a Thai wedding ceremony, traditional Thai dance.

Sightseeing Tram

After the show, board a panoramic sightseeing tram for an overview of the various gardens, with photo stops along the route. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier via scenic Jomtien beach, Pattaya's sister beach but more peaceful and popular amongst locals, family travelers and retirees.

Wat Yannasangwararam & Khao Chi Chan

Explore a pair of revered sites honouring the Lord Buddha during this scenic and informative, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Laem Chabang, Wat Yannasangwararam Complex, Gardens, Large Lake, Pavilion, Buddha Relics

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive to Wat Yannasangwararam, a temple under H.M. the King Rama IX's patronage. Set in a huge area spanning approximately 145 acres (about 58.6 hectares), the complex houses several buildings of diverse architectural styles, along with well-tended gardens and a large lake that make the complex a peaceful, relaxing and inviting setting. The temple is renowned for its modern design, and built in a very different style than most Thai temples. A pavilion called 'mondop', or 'mandapa', contains a replica of a footprint of the Buddha. Inside a large white chedi (Buddhist stupa), a number of relics from the Buddha and his followers are kept.


Khao Chi Chan, Giant Lord Buddha Image, Marble Mountains

Next, re-board your coach and continue on to the nearby Khao Chi Chan. This famous landmark features a giant sculptural image of Lord Buddha erected on a giant cliff. It was built 1995 as an initiative by the Supreme Patriarch, who felt it was a shame to let these marble mountains be destroyed. Consequently, he ordered the giant Buddha image be created on the cliff that was already cut in half. It was also built to honour H.M. the King Rama IX, on the occasion of his Golden Jubilee. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier.

Land programmes in BANGKOK (Laem Chabang)

Mid-Voyage Adventure: The Dragon Kingdom - Bhutan

Venture into one of the most isolated countries in the world, aptly referred to as the 'Last Shangri-La', and discover the extraordinary Dragon Kingdom of Bhutan at the 'Roof of the World'. Bhutan is truly an unspoiled preserve with a cultural heritage that has largely remained intact due to its isolation from the rest of the world until the early 1960s. Stay in Thimphu, the capital of the tiny Himalayan kingdom, with a two-night stay at the luxurious Amankora Resort. The climb to the Tiger's Nest completes your adventure.



03MIDLMC-B The Dragon Kingdom - Bhutan

Departure: December 11th, 2019 from Laem Chabang at 4am

Duration: 4 Days/3 Nights

Re-join ship: December 14th, 2019 in Ho Chi Minh at 11pm

Reserve: A minimum of 90 days prior to sailing


IMPORTANT NOTE

This Silver Shore Mid-Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations no later than 90 days prior to the sail date. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis. Tickets are available in limited quantities, and participation cannot be guaranteed for those guests not booking well in advance. A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme. If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure. Cancellation fee, unless otherwise advised, 90 - 0 days prior to the initial sailing date: 100% of the programme fare per person is due.


Payment-in-full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. Booking made within 120 days of sailing require full payment within seven days of booking or sooner, as specified by Silversea. Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme.


All Land Adventure fares are subject to change, and not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable, and non-refundable, within 90 days of sailing. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by someone 18 years of age or older. All Land Adventures are owned by independent contractors, and Silversea makes no representations and assumes no responsibility for the services provided by these operators. Land Adventures may be modified by the operators at their sole discretion.

VISA INFORMATION:

Guests need to bring two passport photos with them.

Passports must be valid for six months or more after the date of departure from Thailand, and must have two completely blank pages.


Silversea will contact you 4-6 weeks prior to departing to Bhutan to complete the necessary paperwork for the group visa required for your participation.


LOCAL CURRENCY:

The national currency in Bhutan is the Ngultrum (Nu) and cash is the most widely accepted throughout the Kingdom. Prices are usually quoted in Ngultrum although US dollars are widely accepted and changed. Guests are recommended to carry cash in currency as limited ATM access is available (only with credit cards currently and not always available). However, most of the antique/textile shops around Thimphu and Paro take VISA and a few take American Express. Ngultrum can be reconverted if changed from Authorized Money Exchanger. At Amankora, VISA, MasterCard and American Express are accepted and currency exchange to Bhutanese Nu is available using the following currencies - US Dollar, Pound Sterling & Euro. Cash advances on credit cards are not available at Amankora.



Located in the Himalayas between China and India, visitors find not only stunning natural scenery but also unique architecture that, by law, must conform to traditional design. Historically and culturally the mountain kingdom is linked with Tibet, but politically and economically the country today is drawn much closer to India. The nation is a bastion of Vajrayana Buddhism, which influences all aspects of life in the kingdom.


Bhutan has been a monarchy since 1907, and in April of 2007, King Jigme Singye Wangchuk abdicated in favour of his son, Jigme Khesa Namgyal Wangchuck. This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure focuses on two areas:


THIMPHU

The capital town of Bhutan and the centre of government, religion and commerce, Thimphu is a unique city with unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient traditions. Although not what one expects from a capital city, Thimphu is still a fitting and lively place. Home to civil servants, expatriates and many monks, Thimphu maintains a strong national character in its architectural style.


PARO

The beautiful valley of Paro encapsulates a rich culture, scenic beauty and hundreds of myths and legends. It is home to many of Bhutan's oldest temples and monasteries, the National Museum and the country's only airport. Mount Chomolhari (7,314m) reigns in white glory at the northern end of the valley and its glacial waters plunge through deep gorges to form Pa Chhu (Paro river). Paro is also one of the most fertile valleys in the Kingdom producing the bulk of the locally famous red rice from its terraced fields.


Tourism in this landlocked country is still relatively slow and regulated by the government in an effort to sustain the current culture and traditions. There are some rules that need to be remembered: When visiting temples, hats and shoes must be removed; modest dress is required for visits to sacred sites, and smoking in public is a fineable offence. The outlined programme may require adjustments due to local conditions beyond Silversea's control. We invite you to join us on this adventure!


DAY ONE - Bangkok / Paro / Thimphu

A very early start (approximately 4:00AM) is necessary to begin your fascinating trip to The Dragon Kingdom, Bhutan. Your guide awaits pierside to transfer you to Bangkok's airport for your Bhutan airlines flight to Paro, Bhutan's only international airport. The total travel time is approximately 4x hours.The flight to Paro in itself will be a thrilling experience as it passes over the green wall of hills known as the gateways into Bhutan and then gradually ascends into the Himalayas. (flight B3 707 Bangok 730am- Paro 1110am).


Upon arrival at Paro airport, an airport assistant will take you to the lounge and process the necessary final visa formalities and customs clearance for your baggage. All foreign nationals require a visa for Bhutan and Silversea will apply for this visa several weeks before your departure. Once completed, you are met by your Amankora guide and begin the 1.5 hour scenic drive to Thimphu, the capital of the tiny Himalayan kingdom. Check-in and enjoy lunch at the luxury Amankora Resort.


This afternoon there are plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in the rich culture this kingdom has to offer. Your first stop is the Chorten Memorial; a beautiful stupa built in the memory of Bhutans third King "The father of Bhutan" which serves both as a memorial to the late king and a monument to peace.


From here, move on to the Folk Heritage and National Textile Museums. Both of these museums opened in 2001 and provide a fascinating insight into Bhutanese material culture and way of life. Though the country has modernized in recent decades, most citizens continue to rely upon the traditional medicines of their ancestors. You will visit the Institute of Traditional Medicines where today's practitioners are trained to uphold this rich tradition.


Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight accommodations - Amankora Resort, Thimphu

DAY TWO - Thimphu / Paro

Following breakfast, check-out of the hotel and start the day with a visit of Trashichhodong, an impressive fortress/monastery which houses the Secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty, the King and various government offices.


Then, depart Thimpu and start your travel to Paro. Along the way stop for a visit of the Pangri Zampa, a monastic training school for astrologers. If time permits, make another stop at Tachugang and take a short walk to the riverside bridge to see the prayer flags. Check-in at the Amankora Resort and enjoy lunch.


This afternoon, try your hand at Bhutan's national sport, archery. Each village has its own archery range and high spirited competitions are regularly held. Dinner is served this evening at the hotel followed by a traditional cultural performance.


Overnight accommodations - Amankora Resort, Paro



DAY THREE - Paro

This morning will begin with a hike up to view one of Bhutan's most revered monuments, the Taktshang Goemba, more commonly referred to as the 'Tiger's Nest'. Please ensure you have a hearty breakfast.


The Monastery is built on a 3,000-foot (914-metre) cliff and is the country's most famous and sacred site. The monastery clings to a huge granite cliff and was devastated in a fire in 1998. The government took immediate steps to restore the complex to its original structure. The climb to the viewpoint will take you past small settlements and through pine forests. The four to five hour return trek offers spectacular views of this sacred monastery and its surrounds, high above the valley floor. (Horses or mules will be provided to take guests up to the viewpoint and thereafter guests need to walk to the monastery, another 45-60 minute walk up and down steps.)


Return to the hotel for lunch. Time permitting, your afternoon in Paro will include a visit to the Kyichu Lahkhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines in Bhutan or time for browsing among the shops in town. If you prefer, just enjoy the ambience that only the Amankora can offer. Dinner will be served at the hotel.


Overnight accommodation is at the hotel, the Amankora Resort - Paro



DAY FOUR - Paro / Bangkok / Ho Chi Minh

This morning you bid farewell to Bhutan. Your driver takes you to the Paro International Airport for your flight to Bangkok. Our airport assistant will process all formalities on your behalf for your departure flight to Bangkok and you will be hosted in the lounge until boarding time. The total travel time is approximately 4 hours to Bangkok. Upon arrival at Bangkok Airport, you will be met at the arrival gate by our airport representative who will assist you to pass the formalities then check in for flight to Ho Chi Minh. The flight from Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh is approx. 1 hr and 45 minutes. Upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh in the evening, you will be transferred to the ship

(flight B3706 Paro 1155am - Bangkok 535pm; flight VN606 Bangkok 735pm - Ho Chi Minh 920pm)



Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking and climbing of many steps at most sites. The hike to the Tiger's Nest is about 5 hours in total and is taken at a slow pace. Altitude sickness may be a problem for guests suffering from palpitations, shortness of breath or severe headaches. This program is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilize a wheelchair. Winter in Bhutan is from mid November to mid March and at this time of the year, climate is dry and sunny for the most parts with perfect blue sky, temperatures peaking at around 15c in the daytime and falling below zero at night. Comfortable clothing and sturdy, soft-soled shoes are essential for travel in Bhutan. Warm clothing is recommended; down jackets and woolen sweaters are suggested. Shorts, hats, sleeveless blouses are not permitted to wear in the monasteries. Dress code throughout the trip is modest casual with sturdy walking shoes. It is recommended to leave jewelry and valuables on board. The order of the itinerary may be amended due to flight schedule changes or other unforeseen factors. In case of flight changes, the tour sequence may be reversed or amended. Remember to bring your camera. There are baggage restrictions as follows: hand baggage gross weight is limited to 7 kg (15 lb.) and size is limited to 23*36*56 cm. One checked bag must be less than 30 kg (66 pounds). Guests must be aware that Bhutan's infrastructure is still very limited and touring in the country requires some 'roughing it'. As travel within the Kingdom needs to be flexible, your understanding and a sense of adventure is necessary. This description is a general overview of the programme only and changes may be made if local conditions require.

Thimpu is at an elevation of 7,656 ft (2,334 m), therefore guests should be prepared for the effects that may result from the altitude.


Programme Includes:

- One-night stay at Amankora Resort - Thimphu

- Two-night stay at Amankora Resort - Paro

- Three breakfasts, three lunches, three dinners with drinks included

- Flights (Economy Class) - Bangkok / Paro and Paro / Bangkok / Ho Chi Minh. At an additional charge, an upgrade to First or Business Class may be requested, subject to availability. Requests must be submitted at the time of booking this programme. Each flight is quoted separately and is non-refundable once confirmed.

- Visa for Bhutan

- Visa for Vietnam

- All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary


Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, charges incurred by the airlines for excess or overweight luggage, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation and/or medical insurance and other personal items.

Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: Angkor Wat!

Once the capital of the Khmer Empire from 800 AD to approximately 1200, Angkor spreads out over an area of about 40 miles (63 km). The city and its famous temples were abandoned in the early 15th century and remained unknown to the outside world until 1860, when a French botanist stumbled upon them in the jungle overgrowth. Today, travellers flock to Angkor to see this spectacular temple city, rated among the world's premier architectural sites and since 1992 on the UNESCO World Heritage List.


02MIDLMC-A Angkor Wat!

Duration: 2.5 Days / 2 Nights

Depart Ship: Laem Chabang (Bangkok), Thailand on the 8th January at approx 730am

Re-join Ship: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on the 10th January at approx 3pm

Reserve no later than 90 days prior to sailing



IMPORTANT NOTE

This Silver Shore Mid-Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations no later than 90 days prior to the sail date. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis. Tickets are available in limited quantities, and participation cannot be guaranteed for those guests not booking well in advance. A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme. If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure. Cancellation fee, unless otherwise advised, 90 - 0 days prior to the initial sailing date: 100% of the programme fare per person is due.

Payment in full is due at time of final payment. Bookings made within 120 days of sailing require full payment within seven days of booking or sooner, as specified by Silversea.

All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable within 90 days of sailing. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by someone 18 years of age or older. All Land Adventures are owned by independent contractors and Silversea makes no representations and assumes no responsibility for the services provided by these operators. Land Adventures may be modified by the operators at their sole discretion.


VISA INFORMATION:

Cambodian and Viet Nam visas are included and will be issued upon arrival at Siem Reap and Ho Chi Minh Airport. Guests will need to bring two passport-sized photos (2"X2") with them. Passports must be valid for 6 months following the date of your entry into both Cambodia & Vietnam. Guests must have 2 blank pages for local visas.


LOCAL CURRENCY:

Cambodian riel and US dollars are well-accepted by most vendors; local ATMs are available in some locations visited.


DAY ONE - Laem Chabang/ Bangkok / Siem Reap

After a full breakfast, leave the ship and begin the hour's drive to Bangkok Airport for your flight to Siem Reap, gateway to the Angkor temple city.(flight PG905 Bangkok - Siem Reap 1130am-1235pm).


Following Immigration formalities, a transfer coach will take you to the Sokha Angkor Resort Hotel in downtown Siem Reap. Following check-in, have lunch at hotel's restaurant.

Continue you day to drive to Aulaok Village where is one place you can see workshop hand making such as themes carving, weaving by the villager and visit the one of the temple called Preah Ko (Sacred Bull) derives its name from the three statues of sandstone located in the front of and facing the temple's central towers. These statues represent Nandi, the w hite bull who serves as the mount of Shiva

Return drive to the hotel to relax and freshen up for the dinner with Khmer foods at Madame Butterfly restaurant .

Overnight accommodation at the Sokha Angkor Hotel - Siem Reap.


DAY TWO - Siem Reap

Following breakfast at the hotel, begin your exploration of Angkor Wat, the most famous of the Angkor sites and the largest Buddhist monument ever built. It spans an area of 500 acres (202 hectares), and is surrounded by a 660-foot-wide (201-meter-wide) moat. The construction required some 385,000 workers and 40,000 elephants over a 35-year period. The site remained covered by dense jungle growth until the late-19th century, when French archaeologists began a long restoration process. While some sections are still in ruins, others are used for worship and are occupied by Buddhist monks.


Entrance to this majestic and vast complex is via a long causeway across the moat. Then begin your exploration with a guided walking tour through corridors and courtyards. The walls are covered with bas-reliefs featuring battle scenes, dancing deities and visions of punishment in hell and rewards in paradise. The temple's central building is three stories high and accessible via a steep staircase (only recommended for very fit and agile guests).


Then drive to Banteay Srei, to visit the Citadel of Women. This petite temple possesses some of the most intricate carvings in the Angkor area. Although it is small, the details and quality of its architecture make it a must-see attraction.

After intensive walking in the temples, head to a local hotel for a buffet-style lunch.


Continue the afternoon with the visit to Angkor Thom, the former capital of the Khmer Empire. King Jayavarman VII established Angkor Thom in the late-12th century. It spans 3.5 square miles (90.65 square km), and features 25-foot-high (7.6-metres-high) gates at each of the cardinal points.


At the end of your visit, proceed to Ta Phrom. The temple is reached via a footpath through the forest and your first glimpse is of an extraordinary sight. The invading jungle-like growth has been left in place. Serpentine trunks of towering fig trees wind around the temple ruins, across walls and through doorways, creating an incredible atmosphere. Ta Phrom is also featured in scenes of Angelina Jolie's movie, Tomb Raider.


After return to the hotel. Freshen up and enjoy dinner this evening enhanced by a performance of lovely Apsara dancers. Depending on the number of guests at the Sokha Hotel, the dinner/entertainment may be at a local club outside of the hotel and not within the hotel grounds.


Overnight at Sokha Angkor Resort Hotel - Siem Reap.


DAY THREE - Siem Reap/Ho Chi Minh

Following breakfast and check out, you are transferred to the airport for a morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City (flight K6808 Siem Reap - Ho Chi Minh 1135am-1305pm). Upon arrival there, and following Immigration formalities, a transfer coach will take you to the pier where you re-embark Silver Spirit


Please note: There is an extensive amount of walking and climbing steps required at all sites visited, making the tour unsuitable for guests with limited mobility or utilizing a wheelchair. Viet Nam and Cambodian visas are included and will be issued upon arrival at Siem Reap Airport. Guests will need to bring two passport photos with them. Lightweight clothing and comfortable shoes are recommended. Proper dress is required for the visit to the Angkor temples: no sleeveless blouses or tight tops; skirts must cover knees and trousers must be full length. At some buildings, shoes have to be left at the entrance. The tour sequence may vary in the event of flight changes.


Programme Includes:

· Two night-stay at the Sokha Angkor Resort Hotel (or similar) - Siem Reap

· Scheduled flights: Bangkok / Siem Reap / Ho Chi Minh City (Economy Class). Business Class upon request at an additional charge and subject to availability

· Two breakfasts, two lunches and two dinners with drinks included

· Apsara dance performance with dinner at the Sokha Angkor Resort Hotel or at a local restaurant/club.

· All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary

· Angkor Temple Pass

· Cambodian & Vietnamese visas


Not Included:

· Any meals and drinks not specified above, charges incurred by the airlines for excess or overweight luggage, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance and other personal items.


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Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: Discover Laos

Discover one of Southeast Asia's almost forgotten countries, which recently started to attract ever more savvy and adventurous travellers. Thanks to Laos' breathtakingly beautiful landscape, long history, rich Buddhist culture, and laid back lifestyle the country's isolation is now quickly changing and becoming a popular destination for those in the know. Visit the country's capital, Vientiane and temple-filled Luang Prabang, a World Heritage Site situated 2,296 feet (700 metres) above sea level amid a backdrop of scenic mountains.

02MIDBKK-P Discover Laos

Departure: From Laem Chabang on the 8th January at approx 11am

Duration: 2.5 Days/2 Nights

Rejoin ship: In Ho Chi Minh City on the 10th January at approx 3pm

Reserve: A minimum of 90 days prior to sailing


This Silver Shore Mid-Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations no later than 90 days prior to the sail date. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis. Tickets are available in limited quantities, and participation cannot be guaranteed for those guests not booking well in advance. A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme. If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure. Cancellation fee, unless otherwise advised, 90 - 0 days prior to the initial sailing date: 100% of the programme fare per person is due.

Payment in full is due at time of final payment. Bookings made within 120 days of sailing require full payment within seven days of booking or sooner, as specified by Silversea.

All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable within 90 days of sailing. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by someone 18 years of age or older. All Land Adventures are owned by independent contractors and Silversea makes no representations and assumes no responsibility for the services provided by these operators. Land Adventures may be modified by the operators at their sole discretion.


VISA INFORMATION:

Laos and Viet Nam visas are included and will be issued upon arrival at Luang Prabang and Saigon Airports. Guests will need to bring two passport-sized photos (2"X2") with them. Passports must be valid for 6 months following the date of your entry into both Laos & Vietnam. Guests must have 2 blank pages for local visas.


LOCAL CURRENCY:

Laos Kip and US dollars are well-accepted by most vendors; local ATMs are available in some locations visited.


Guests must bring two passport-sized photos (2"X2") with them.

Discover Laos, one of Southeast Asia's almost forgotten countries. Officially called Lao People's Democratic Republic, the country has only recently begun to attract the attention of savvy and adventurous travelers due to Laos' breathtakingly beautiful nature, long history, rich Buddhist culture, and laid back lifestyle. The country's isolation is now quickly changing and the number of visitors is ever more increasing. On this Mid-Voyage Land Adventure you will have the opportunity for a brief visit to Laos' capital, Vientiane and to Luang Prabang, the country's showpiece and a World Heritage Site.

DAY ONE - Bangkok/ Luang Prabang

After a full breakfast, leave the ship and begin the hour's drive to Bangkok Airport. After check-in and security, board your two-hour flight to Laos, arriving in Luang Prabang (flight bangkok to Luang Prabang 305pm-435pm). Visa formalities are handled on arrival and your guide will be there to assist you to your transfer to the hotel. After check-in, your guide takes you to Prabath Tai to admire the beautiful sunset view of the Mekong River. Next, explore the Street Night Market, home to a lovely collection of textiles, handmade by the local and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Take advantage of this stop to acquire a few local souvenirs, if you wish.

Return to the hotel where dinner is served before retiring for the evening.

Overnight accommodations are at Victoria Xienthong Palace - Luang Prabang

DAY TWO - Luang Prabang/ Vientiane

Optional: For early risers a special treat awaits. Near the hotel you can watch one of Luang Prabang's most fascinating rituals as hundreds of orange-robed monks begin their walk at dawn to collect alms from faithful residents. It is a great opportunity for some very unusual and memorable photographs.

After breakfast and check out, discover the major sites of Luang Prabang. The beautiful setting, splendid scenery and blend of foreign influences have earned the town top billing as the country's showpiece. Located at an elevation of 2,296 feet (700 metres) above sea level, Luang Prabang is encircled by impressive mountains and wedged between the Mekong and Khan Rivers. As the former royal capital of the Lan Xang Kingdom, Luang Prabang has long been a centre of culture and preserved heritage.

The main attractions of this World Heritage Site can be seen within a short period of time and include ornate temples of and charming colonial architecture. A stop at Wat Mai lets you admire the most richly decorated of all the temples in Luang Prabang. Visit the nearby Royal Palace Museum. Once the residence of the kings of Luang Prabang, exhibits feature a collection of personal memorabilia of the royal family, including photos, musical instruments and numerous gifts received from dignitaries of foreign countries. Many of the rooms have been preserved since the day of the revolution when the royal family was forced into exile. (Shoes have to be removed at the entrance to the museum.)

From here proceed to Wat Xieng Thong, the Temple of the Golden City and one of the most important temples in Laos. The temple's rear wall is adorned with one of the best known artworks in Laos - the exquisite Tree of Life mosaic. Next, make your way to the airport for your 40-minute flight to Vientiane (flight QV102 Luang Prabang 105pm - Vientiane 150pm).

Upon arrival in Laos' capital city, you are met and taken to the Settha Palace Hotel for lunch and check-in. Built in the 1930s, this Vientiane landmark hotel underwent extensive restoration and now serves once again as a testament to classical elegance and gracious service. After lunch, enjoy an overview of Southeast Asia's 'biggest village'. An interesting mix of Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, French and American influences makes Vientiane a charming and fascinating capital. An afternoon tour of the city will show you the major highlights. Most of the sites are in relatively close proximity of each other.

Begin with a visit to the most important national monument in Laos, Pha That Luang. This impressive gold-covered stupa is a symbol of both the Buddhist religion and Lao sovereignty. The exterior of the 'Great Stupa' resembles a fortress surrounded by high walls. The main stupa stands 148 feet (44 metres) tall and is covered with gold leaf. Legend has it that Ashokan missionaries from India erected a thâat or reliquary stupa here to enclose a piece of the Buddha's breastbone as early as the 3rd century BC. Excavations have found no trace of this, but did find suggestion of a Khmer monastery that might have been built near here between the 11th and 13th centuries AD. Continue for a photo stop at the imposing Patuxai Monument, or 'Victory Gate', touted as Vientiane's own Arc de Triumph. It was built in the 1960s to commemorate those who fought in the struggle for independence from the French.

Dinner this evening is at the Khua Lao Restaurant where you are treated to a traditional dance show.

Overnight accommodation at the Settha Palace Hotel - Vientiane.

DAY THREE - Vientiane/ Ho Chi Minh City

Following an early breakfast and check-out, visit Wat Sisaket, the temple famous for its cloister wall with thousands of miniature Buddha statues. Vientiane's oldest surviving monastery, it was built by King Anouvong in 1818, in the Siamese style. Its grounds are richly planted with a variety of vegetation that is lovingly tended, so it becomes a restful retreat as well. Next, visit Ho Phra Keo, 'Altar of the Emerald Buddha'. Built as a royal chapel and repository for the celebrated Emerald Buddha which Loatians took from northern Thailand in the 16th century (it was taken back to Bangkok two centuries later), this temple was restored to its former glory in 1993.

Conclude your Laos Discovery with a lunch-time flight to Ho Chi Minh City, via Phnom Penh. A light meal is served in-flight. (flight Vientiane 1135am-Ho Chi Minh 255pm) . Upon arrival in Vietnam, you are met and assisted with arrival visa formalities. Then board your transfer coach that returns you to your awaiting ship.

Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking and climbing of steps at all sites visited, making the tour unsuitable for guests with limited mobility or those utilising a wheelchair. Visas for both Laos and Vietnam are included and will be issued upon arrival at the airports. Guests will need to bring two passport-sized photos (2"X2") with them. This Land Adventure involves touring outdoors and guests may be exposed to warm/hot, humid and/or wet weather and insects; please pack accordingly. Lightweight clothing, a sunhat, sun block, insect repellent and sunglasses are imperative. Bring a jacket or shawl for the cooler region of Luang Prabang. Comfortable walking shoes that are easy to slip on and off are essential. Out of respect, dress modestly, with any skirts or pants well below the knee and shoulders must be covered for visits to Buddhist shrines. Some temples and the Royal Palace Museum require shoes be removed at the entrance. Remember to bring your camera. Monks may be at the sites; their picture may only be taken after obtaining their permission and women may not touch monks. US dollars are well accepted by most vendors; local ATMs are available in some locations visited however you should carry small change. Bargaining is common at markets. Airlines restrict baggage to 44 lb (20 kg) per person; hand luggage cannot exceed 11 lb (5 kg) in weight, should smaller aircraft be utilised (at the discretion of the airline). The tour sequence may vary in the event of flight changes; order of sites and/or the itinerary may change. The tour sequence may vary in the event of flight changes; order of sites and/or the itinerary may change.

Programme Includes:

· One-night stay at Victoria Xienthong Palace - Luang Prabang

· One-night stay at Settha Palace Hotel (or similar) - Vientiane

· Two breakfasts, one lunch, one in-flight lunch and two dinners with drinks included

· Flights in Economy Class: Bangkok/Luang Prabang, Luang Prabang/Vientiane, Vientiane/Phnom Penh/Ho Chi Minh City

· Laos and Vietnamese visas

· All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary

Not Included:

· Any meals and drinks not specified above, charges incurred by the airlines for excess or overweight luggage, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance and other personal items.

Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: Chiang Mai Cultural Experience

SHORT INTRODUCTION:

The largest city in mountainous northern Thailand, Chiang Mai was founded in 1296, and remained the capital of the independent Lanna Kingdom until 1558. Its Old City area still retains vestiges of walls and moats from its history as a cultural and religious centre. It's also home to hundreds of elaborate Buddhist temples, including the 14th-century Wat Phra Singh and 15th-century Wat Chedi Luang, which is adorned with carved serpents. Chiang Mai sits astride the Ping River, a major tributary of the Chao Phraya River. During your unforgettable, two-night visit, explore the traditional local landmarks, culture and lifestyles of this beautiful and historic city. Following a transfer to Bangkok Airport and a scheduled flight to Chiang Mai, your arrival is greeted by a welcome garland presented by a lady in a northern Thai costume. Next, meet your guide and proceed for lunch at a local restaurant in Chiang Mai, followed by a scenic orientation drive through this wonderful city. Your first stop is at Wat Chedi Luang to see Chiang Mai's largest Buddhist chedi and the Ordination Hall, an example of beautiful Lanna architecture and highlighted by serpents. Afterward, tour a bustling local market, then transfer to the Four Seasons Hotel for check-in and some free time at leisure. This evening, proceed to 'Le Grand Lanna' restaurant for a welcome dinner accompanied by Thai music and a traditional dance performance. Following an overnight stay and breakfast at the Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai, transfer to the Elephant Nature Park. Take a guided tour of the park and elephants, and participate in elephant-feeding and bathing. After lunch at a local restaurant, transfer back to the resort for free time at your leisure, then relax and unwind with a complimentary, 90-minute Thai or Herbal Oil massage. Following dinner, an overnight stay and breakfast at the hotel, check-out, meet your guide and head to San Kampaeng Village. Here, browse handmade textiles, pottery, and silk and cotton goods, then observe the processes for weaving, and making brightly-coloured paper umbrella and parasols. After lunch at a local restaurant, transfer to the airport for your scheduled flight to Bangkok, and immediate connecting flight to Ho Chi Minh. Your Mid-Voyage Land Adventure concludes on Day Three with a transfer to the port of Ho Chi Minh. Upon arrival, embark the ship.


Chiang Mai Cultural Experience

Duration: 3 Days/2 Nights

Departs from: Laem Chabang on the 11th December at approx.6am

Re-join ship: Ho Chi Minh on the 13th December at approx. 9pm

Reserve: At least 90 days prior to sailing


IMPORTANT NOTE

This Silver Shore Mid-Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations no later than 90 days prior to the sail date. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis. Tickets are available in limited quantities, and participation cannot be guaranteed for those guests not booking well in advance. A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme. If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure. Cancellation fee, unless otherwise advised, 90 - 0 days prior to the initial sailing date: 100% of the programme fare per person is due.


Payment-in-full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. Booking made within 120 days of sailing require full payment within seven days of booking or sooner, as specified by Silversea. Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme.


All Land Adventure fares are subject to change, and not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable, and non-refundable, within 90 days of sailing. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by someone 18 years of age or older. All Land Adventures are owned by independent contractors, and Silversea makes no representations and assumes no responsibility for the services provided by these operators. Land Adventures may be modified by the operators at their sole discretion.



VISA INFORMATION:

Viet Nam visa is included and will be issued upon arrival at Ho Chi Minh Airport. Guests will need to bring two passport-sized photos (2"X2") with them. Passports must be valid for 6 months following the date of your entry into Vietnam. Guests must have 2 blank pages for local visas.



LOCAL CURRENCY:

The local currency is the Thai Baht; however, Euros and US Dollars are well-accepted by most vendors; local ATMs are available in some locations visited, and credit cards are not accepted in most larger shops and hotels (a shopping stop is planned during the program).


Explore the traditional local landmarks, culture and lifestyles of Chiang Mai during an unforgettable, two-night overland excursion to this beautiful and historic city.


DAY ONE - Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - Laem Chabang/Bangkok/Chiang Mai


Airport transfer from the ship to Bangkok Airport, and a scheduled flight to Chiang Mai

After an early-morning disembarkation from the ship in Laem Chabang, meet your guide, transfer to Bangkok Airport and check-in for your scheduled, approximately 80-minute flight to Chiang Mai, known as the 'Rose of the North.'


Receive a welcome garland by a lady in a traditional costume, and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant

Upon arrival at Chiang Mai Airport, you are welcomed with a garland presented by a lady in a northern Thai costume. Next, meet your guide and proceed for lunch at a local restaurant in Chiang Mai.


Take a scenic orientation drive through Chiang Mai Town

After lunch, re-board your coach and take an orientation drive through Chiang Mai Town. Along the way, take in the highlights and unique atmosphere of this wonderful city.


Visit Wat Chedi Luang to see Chiang Mai's largest Buddhist 'chedi', and the Ordination Hall

Your first stop is at Wat Chedi Luang, one of the most important temples in Chiang Mai. Wat Chedi Luang is home to Chiang Mai's largest Buddhist 'chedi', which measures approximately 321 feet (about 98 metres) in height and approximately 177 feet (about 54 metres) in diameter. The construction of the original chedi was completed in 1481, but the current Chedi Luang is a restoration following the destruction of the chedi in 1545 due to an earthquake. The Ordination Hall, located in the front of Wat Chedi Luang, is an example of beautiful Lanna architecture and adorned with carved serpents.


Tour a bustling local market, then transfer to the Four Seasons Hotel for check-in and time at leisure

Your tour continues with a visit to a bustling local market abounding with fresh fruits, flowers, clothes, dry goods, and spices. Following your visit, transfer to the Four Seasons Resort, a unique resort that consists of clusters of Lanna-style pavilions decorated with rich Thai materials and fabrics, and overlooks gardens, terraced rice paddies and mountains. After check-in, the rest of the day is at your leisure.


Welcome dinner with Thai music and a traditional dance performance at Le Grand Lanna

This evening, meet your guide and transfer to the Dhara Thevi Resort for a welcome dinner served at Le Grand Lanna restaurant, a typical wooden pavilion decorated with precious Lanna artefacts. During your visit, sample classic Thai and northern-Lanna style dishes, which are accompanied by a music and traditional dance performance. At the conclusion of your visit, transfer back to your hotel.


Overnight accommodations in a Garden Pavilion Room at the Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai - Chiang Mai


DAY TWO - Thursday, December 12, 2019 - Chiang Mai


Breakfast and a transfer to the Elephant Nature Park

After breakfast at the hotel, meet your guide and depart for the scenic, approximately 40-minute drive to the Elephant Nature Park, an elephant rescue and rehabilitation in northern Thailand.


Take a guided tour of the park and elephants, and participate in elephant-feeding and bathing

This natural home and sanctuary for elephants offers you a unique opportunity to get to know each of the remarkable elephants, and learn about their daily lives and behaviours. You are also invited to distribute and feed fruit treats to the elephants from the viewing platform, and walk with the staff and elephants (no riding) to the river that skirts the park. Here, you can watch the elephants take a bathe and play, whilst you stay dry on the river bank. Your visit helps support the regional projects, and offers an invaluable opportunity to help elephant conservation.


Lunch at a local restaurant, a transfer back to the resort and free time at your leisure

Next, re-board your coach and proceed for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, transfer back to the hotel. Spend the balance of your day at the resort, a sanctuary of well-being that is ideal for unwinding, recharging and finding your fulfilment with individually-tailored experiences. Journey on the path to well-being on your own terms; from a private pavilion overlooking the verdant landscape or the plush interiors of an exclusive residence.


Complimentary, 90-minute Thai or Herbal Oil massage

Your stay also includes a choice of 90-minute Thai Massage or Herbal Oil Massage at the resort. Enjoy an ancient massage technique (also known as yoga massage) handed down through centuries. Pressure techniques along the body's energy lines are combined with muscle-stretching to replace tension and stress with a feeling of energy and peace.


Dinner is at the hotel.


Overnight accommodations in a Garden Pavilion Room at the Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai - Chiang Mai


DAY THREE - Friday, December 13, 2019 - Chiang Mai/Bangkok/Ho Chi Minh


Visit San Kampaeng to browse handmade textiles, pottery, and silk and cotton goods

After breakfast at the hotel, check-out, meet your guide and depart for the approximately 30-minute drive to San Kampaeng Village, best-known for its Lanna-style silk and cotton products. During your visit, browse an array of beautiful handmade textiles, clay pottery and silverware, which are ideal for souvenirs.


Observe the processes for weaving, and making brightly-coloured paper umbrella and parasols

The village also demonstrates a weaving process that requires several steps before it produces finished products. In addition, observe the process by which brightly-coloured paper umbrella and parasols are made.


Lunch at a local restaurant and an airport transfer for your scheduled flight to Bangkok

Next, re-board your coach and proceed for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, transfer to the Chiang Mai Airport and check-in for your scheduled, approximately 80-minute flight to Bangkok.


Upon arrival at the Bangkok Airport, you are met at the gate by an airport representative who assists you with your flight formalities, then escorted to board your approximately 1.5-hour flight to Ho Chi Minh.


Transfer to the pier and ship

Upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh, meet your guide, transfer to the pier and embark the ship.


Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.87 miles (about 1.4 kilometres), at times over uneven, cobblestone, slippery, and natural surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and embark/disembark the airplane, and 20 steps at the sites visited. This tour is not suitable for pregnant guests, guests with neck and/or back problems, guests with heart and/or respiratory conditions, guests prone to motion sickness, guests with a fear of heights, guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection, insect repellent, a swimsuit, sweater or light jacket, camera, medications, and local currency for purchases from the ship. Proper attire is required to enter the Wat Chedi Luang; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted, and skirts must cover the knees.Hats and shoes must be removed when entering religious sites; bring an extra pair of heavy socks for comfort, as the pavement may be hot. Guests should be respectful towards local sentiments and customs. Avoid bringing valuables (such as jewellery or large amounts of cash) on this tour. Guests must carry their passports and ship's ID at all times. Guests must be at least 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. The tour sequence and timings may vary. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.


Airlines restrict baggage to one bag at approximately 44 pounds or 20 kilograms for Bangkok Airways flight (Bangkok-Chiang Mai) and 66 pounds or 30 kilograms for Thai Airways flights (Chiang Mai-Bangkok-Ho Chi Minh) per person; hand-luggage cannot exceed 11 pounds or 5 kilograms for Bangkok Airways flight and 15 pounds or 7 kilograms for Thai Airways flights in weight, and smaller aircraft may be utilised (at the discretion of the airline). Additional bags can be checked in at the service desk, and the fee is payable at the check-in counter at the time of booking. The current prices are approx. $3 per kilogram for domestic flight and $12 per kilogram for international flight.


Programme Includes:

  • Two-night stay in a Garden Pavilion Room at the Four Seasons Resort - Chiang Mai
  • Scheduled flights: Bangkok/Chiang Mai/Bangkok/Singapore (Economy-Class). Business-Class is available upon request (from Thai Airways only) and subject to availability, as most aircraft do not offer business seating.
  • Two breakfasts, three lunches and two dinners with drinks included
  • Receive a welcome garland by a lady in a traditional, northern-Thai costume - Chiang Mai Airport
  • Chiang Mai's largest Buddhist chedi - Wat Chedi Luang
  • Ordination Hall with beautiful Lanna architecture and serpents - Wat Chedi Luang
  • Visit to a bustling local market - Chiang Mai
  • Welcome dinner with Thai music and a traditional dance performance at Le Grand Lanna - Chiang Mai
  • Guided tour of the park and elephants, and elephant-feeding and bathing - Elephant Nature Park
  • Three lunches at local restaurants - Chiang Mai
  • Complimentary, 90-minute Thai or Herbal Oil massage
  • Browse handmade textiles, pottery, and silk and cotton goods - San Kampaeng Village
  • Observe the processes for weaving, and making brightly-coloured paper umbrella and parasols
  • Comfortable, seating, refreshments, fresh fruit and drinks in the Premium Lounge - Bangkok Airport
  • All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary

Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, charges incurred by the airlines for excess or overweight luggage, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance, and other personal items.

Hotels in BANGKOK (Laem Chabang)

LAEM CHABANG SIMPLY HTL

Our Simply Hotel selection is the perfect choice for those who want a centrally located setting from which to discover - or rediscover - the city. Rooms in these 4.5 and 5-star properties are generally Standard Double or King rooms that provide comfortable accommodations and superior service for those who wish to extend their trip with a cultural or shopping experience in some of the world's most iconic cities.

For your convenience, we can easily organize transfers between the airport and hotel or between the hotel and the pier so that you only have to decide how much or how little you wish to do.

Hotel brands that we consistently feature include Intercontinental, JW Marriott, Fairmont or the Conrad Group.

LAEM CHABANG GRANDE HTL

Grande Hotel is for those who want to begin or prolong their Silversea holiday - luxury accommodations, exclusive service and impeccable attention to detail in style. Grande Hotel guests appreciate the finer things in life. These properties have been chosen not only for their prime location but for their outstanding service and their exceptional quality.


For your convenience, we can easily organize transfers between the airport and hotel or between the hotel and the pier so that you only have to decide how much or how little you wish to do.


Hotel groups that are frequently featured in our program include Shangri-La, Four Seasons, Peninsula or Fairmont to name just a few.

SIMPLY HOTEL: SHANGRI-LA HOTEL

Shangri-La Hotel

The Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok, is a 5-star luxury hotel in Silom district, Bangkok. The design and appointments express the welcoming warmth and richness of Thai culture throughout the hotel, from traditional teak dining pavilions to the most up-to-date room features. The hotel has a total of 802 rooms including 72 suites in two wings.

GRANDE HOTEL: PENINSULA HOTEL

Peninsula Hotel

In December 1928, a legend of Asian hospitality was born - The Peninsula Hong Kong opened its doors. Contemporary and chic, The Peninsula Hong Kong is considered a legend of the East defining luxury hospitality. Heralding the latest guest-focused technology and elements of personalization, all rooms accent simplicity and elegance with an aesthetic that melds the distinctive design touches. Extensive facilities include a Roman-style swimming pool, a 12,000-square-foot Peninsula Spa, eight award-winning restaurants and bars, plus a Shopping Arcade.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.