Silversea Luxury Cruises To PHUKET

Silversea Luxury Cruises - Phuket, Thailand
Silversea Luxury Cruises - Phuket, Thailand
Silversea Luxury Cruises - Phuket, Thailand
Silversea Luxury Cruises - Phuket, Thailand

Phuket is one of the region's economic powerhouses—millions of tourists visit the island every year, enjoying the many delights that are offered in this established resort island. Phuket is a modern, vibrant island with more than 6 million annual visitors, a number that is only increasing year-to-year. If you've never been to Phuket, you will likely love it; returning visitors will find a new island that eagerly greets its next wave of tourism. View more

Koh Phuket is linked to the mainland by a causeway, and the rest of the world by an international airport. Its indented coastline and hilly interior make the island seem larger than its 48-km (30-mile) length and 21-km (13-mile) breadth. Before tourism, Koh Phuket was already making fortunes out of tin mining and rubber plantations. Then backpackers discovered Koh Phuket in the early 1970s. Word quickly spread about its white, sandy beaches and cliff-sheltered coves, its plunging waterfalls and impressive mountains, its cloudless days and fiery sunsets. This love of Phuket has brought serious problems. Entrepreneurs built massive resorts, first in Patong, then spreading out around the island. Before the tsunami there was no easy way to navigate the island, which was plagued by horrendous traffic and overdevelopment. Some would say Phuket was being loved to death. Now visitors may be taken aback in some parts by ongoing overdevelopment, but there are also places where you can isolate yourself from the rest of the island. Even though it may seem like every other business here is a tour operator or dive shop or tailor or jeep rental or pub, there's a lot to love about the island. The beaches are still beautiful, and this remains a top destination for snorkeling and diving (with more than 180 registered dive shops). The island offers some of the most exclusive resorts and spas in the world, yet the food, drink, and accommodations are cheap compared to most visitors' home countries (though Phuket is quite expensive by Thai standards). 

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Excursions in PHUKET

Cook Thai Style at Blue Elephant

The philosophy behind Thai cuisine is that it is the medicine for health and longevity. Thai dishes are designed to balance all of the body elements and feed them on all levels with satisfying tastes and aromas that are visually appealing, withcolorful textures. Herbs and spices are the main ingredients in Thai cuisine. This class is recommended as a great introduction to the art and science to enhance an easy understanding to Thai Cuisine.


Blue Elephant Restaurant

Depart from ship via van for an approximately half hour scenic journey to the Blue Elephant Restaurant in Phuket Town. A welcome drink is served to refresh you before going to the fresh market. After a visit to the fresh market, you will be back to the Blue Elephant for a Thai Cooking Class which will be consist of 4 different dishes, they are a starter, a soup, a main dish and an accompany dish. All of your cooking dishes will be served as your lunch. After lunch, you will be back taken back to the ship.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking approximately 15 steps up and down to the second floor of the Fresh Market. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests under the age of 15 are not permitted to participate in this tour. Local currency or credit card required for any purchases.

Dusit Thani Laguna Resort Escape

Relax and unwind in style at Asia's finest destination resort during this memorable, half-day excursion to the DusitThani Laguna Resort.


Phuket, DusitThani Laguna Resort, Tropical Gardens, White-Sand Beach, Andaman Sea

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive to the heart of Laguna Phuket, Asia's finest destination resort, for a memorable visit to the DusitThani Laguna Resort. Nestled amidst acres of tropical gardens, located on the white-sands of Bang Tao Beach and flanked by the Andaman Sea, the resort is pleasant and well-kept.


Sun Chairs, Garden, Beachcombing, Swimming Pool with Jacuzzi and Whirlpool, Restaurants

During your visit, you can relax and soak up the tropical sunshine on sun chairs by the pool or in the garden near the beach, take a refreshing dip in the large, outdoor swimming pool with jacuzzi and whirlpool, stroll about the white-sand beach, and/or swim in the inviting, crystal-clear waters of the Andaman Sea. Food and beverage purchases are on your own expense at the Pool Café, Italian restaurant near the beach or Thai restaurant near the hotel lobby. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking for approximately 108 yards (about 100 metres), at times over uneven surfaces, with two-three steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and 15-20 steps to access the pool and beach. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up with beach shoes, and bring sun protection and a towel from the ship. Sun chairs and umbrellas are available by the pool, but not permitted on the beach; please use the beach towel to place on the sand. 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. 2 drinks pp are included in the cost pp.

Panoramic Phuket

Explore the splendid natural beauty, landmarks and history of Phuket during a half-day sightseeing tour of this colorful island.


Chalong Temple

Depart the pier for approximately 30 -minute drive. Visit Chalong Temple, Phuket's largest and most sacred Buddhist temple. Inside, see its renowned shrine, which has long been revered for its moulded bronze images of three respected monks.


Next, your drive continues to the west coast, Pass by the Karon Beach and Patong Beach. A brief visit is made for Photo of Patong Beach.


Afterwards, a comfort and refreshment stop is made at Pornthip Store, where you may also browse for local snacks, cashew nut and souvenirs.


Phuket Town Orientation

Learn about the island and its colorful history from your guide as you pass by villages, century-old Sino-Portuguese mansions, , the local fresh market, the Tin Dredger monument, and the Chinese Shrine at Sapan Hin, Public Park in town.


Your tour concludes with a 20-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour requires a minimal amount of walking (in total approx 200 meters which is 218 yards), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and 5 steps entering in the Temple. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and those who utilize a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing and sun protection are recommended. Proper attire is required to enter the Chalong Temple; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted. Shoes must be removed before entering the Chalong Temple;you may wish to bring socks.

Phang Nga Bay & Rang Yai Island By Speedboat

Experience the scenic splendour of Phang Nga Bay and its nearby islands during this panoramic, full-day sightseeing excursion via speedboat.


Phuket, Phang Nga Bay National Park

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive to a local jetty. Upon arrival, embark a speedboat for the panoramic, approximately one-hour boat-ride to the exquisite Phang Nga Bay National Park. As you plie the calm waters, experience views not seen on bigger boat tours. The geological features of the bay are an incredible site, formed by fault movements that pushed the massive limestone blocks up from the bottom of the sea. The result is over 40 islands of towering karst that create this unique and breath-taking scenery. Sheer cliffs, overhangs and caves typify the topography, and after millions of years, they are covered in verdant vegetation.


James Bond Island, Panyi Village, and Hong and Panak Islands

Next, a stop is made at James Bond Island, where the famous James Bond movie, The Man with the Golden Gun, was partially-filmed. Some free time is made available during your visit to browse for souvenirs. Afterward, continue past a mangrove swamp and grotto cave before riding south of the park, and past the wonderful rock formations of Hong, Panak and other islands. A highlight of your picturesque cruise is a visit to Panyi Village, where more than 200 houses are built on the stilts and wooden sidewalks provide a walkway between the humble residences. Some time is also made available here to browse for mementoes of your visit.


Rang Yai Island and Phuket

Your last stop is at Rang Yai Island, with its splendid beach and inviting, crystal-clear water. During your visit, you can relax and enjoy swimming and sunbathing, and relax with snacks and drinks. At the conclusion of your visit, embark your speedboat for the short ride back to Phuket. Upon arrival, disembark the speedboat, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 875 yards (about 800 metres), at times over uneven and cobblestone surfaces, with five steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach,a few steps to embark/disembark the speedboat, 30 steps at James Bond Island and 20 wooden steps at Panyi Village. This tour is not suitable for pregnant guests, guests with neck and/or back problems, guests prone to seasickness, guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up with beach shoes, and bring sun protection and a towel from the ship. Guests must be at least four years old to participate on this tour. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. The tour sequence may vary.

Phang Nga Bay by Speedboat

Discover one of the most picturesque and beautiful seascapes in Thailand during this memorable, half-day speedboat excursion to Phang.


Phang Nga Bay National Park

Depart the pier for the 40 minutes bus transfer to the speedboat jetty. After receiving your safety and boating instructions, embark the speedboat for an unforgettable one hour cruise to Phang Nga Bay National Park. En route, pass by a breath-taking seascape of limestone stacks, and marvel at how the dramatic colouring of ochre and amber hues contrasts vividly with the marvellous blue of the water. The seascape of the bay is nothing short of magical, and its awesome scenery is well worth the trip.


Khao Ping Kan Island

Whilst exploring this wondrous region, visit some of its most distinct landmarks. Your first stop is at Khao Ping Kan Island. Popularly known as James Bond Island, it was here where the filming of the last scene of The Man with the Golden Gun took place. Following some free time at your leisure on the island, your cruise continues on to Koh Panyi.


Koh Panyi & Scenic Cruise

This water village is comprised of more than 200 houses built on stilts, with attached wooden walkways. Its residents originally migrated from Indonesia over 200 years ago. After a brief stop here, embark the speedboat for the return ride to the jetty. Along the way cruise past mangrove swamps, Hong and Panak islands, and the grotto cave. Tide permitting, a brief visit is made inside the cave.


Upon arrival at the speedboat jetty, transfer back to the pier.


Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of travelling by speedboat and approximately 547 yards (500 metres) of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, embark/disembark the speedboat,30 steps at James Bond Island and 20 wooden steps at Panyi Village. Guests should be physically fit and prepared for a fast ride that may be bumpy at times. This tour is not suitable for guests prone to seasickness, those with back and/or neck problems, limited mobility, or those who utilise a wheelchair. Wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with beach or boat shoes that can get wet, and bring a towel and sun protection from the ship. Guests must be at least four years old to participate on this tour. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. The tour sequence may vary.

Phuket Highlights

Discover the picturesque and historic landmarks of Phuket during this half-day sightseeing tour of the island.


Giant Buddha Image

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 40-minute drive to the Giant Buddha Image, a new local landmark located atop Narkerd Mountain. The Giant Buddha Image measures approximately 148 feet (about 45 metres) in height, and is approximately 82 feet (about 25 metres) across its base.


Seang Tham Chinese Shrine & Phuket Town

Next, visit the Seang Tham Chinese Shrine. One of the oldest Chinese shrines in Phuket City it was built for the Chinese migrants who moved to Phuket to work as tin labourers. Although not as large as other shrines, Seang Tham is unique in its structure and wall paintings. Your tour continues with a sightseeing drive through Phuket Town. Along the way, pass by Provincial Hall, the local fresh market, the Tin Dredger monument and the Chinese Shrine.


Phuket's Old Town & Shopping

From here, proceed to Phuket's Old Town. Upon arrival, take a guided stroll along Talang Road, see the century-old Sino-Portuguese mansions and stop for refreshments at a local coffee shop. Following your visit, commence the drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking for approximately 875 yards, (about 800 metres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, and 78 steps at the Big Buddha Image. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Modest attire is required to enter the temple; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted, and shoes must be removed before entering. Bring a pair of socks for comfort. Local currency or credit card required for any purchases.

Sea Cave Canoeing Adventure

Discover one of the best ways to explore the fascinating limestone karst islands and sea caves of Phang Nga Bay during this picturesque, full-day, sea canoeing excursion.


Phuket, Boat Cruise, Phang Nga Bay, KoPanak, Tunnels, Sea Cave Canoeing, Hong, Mangroves

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive to a local jetty and your awaiting motorboat. Upon arrival, receive your safety and tour instructions, then embark an inflatable sea canoe for your approximately 30-minute exploration of the sea caves tunnels and lagoons at KoPanak, which is famous for its many limestone caves. After passing through the cave and reaching a 'hong' (an open-to-the-sky lagoon inside a limestone islet), marvel at your magical surrounds, which abound with nature mangroves sprouting in all directions, and shrubs and trees struggling up rock crevasses.


Ko Hong, Tunnels, Sea Cave Canoeing, Thai Lunch, Lawa Island, Free Time, Swimming

Following your first sea cave exploration, embark the boat and head to another island, Ko Hong. Upon arrival, switch to the inflatable sea canoe again for your second, approximately 30-minute sea cave exploration. After canoeing, a Thai buffet lunch is served on board during the panoramic cruise to Lawa Island. Upon arrival, some free time is made available to relax, unwind and sunbathe on the white-sand beach, and/or swim in the inviting, crystal-clear waters. At the conclusion of your visit, embark the boat for the approximately 45-minute cruise back to the local jetty. Upon arrival, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 75-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 711 yards (about 650 metres), at times over sandy surfaces, witheight steps between the lower-and upper-decks on board the boat (guests have to go up-and-down several times) and 10-15 steps at the local jetty. Guests must be able to sit on the canoe. 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 seasickness, guests with claustrophobia, guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up with flat, closed-toe walking or boat shoes, and bring sun protection and a towel from the ship. Guests must be at least four years old to participate on this tour. The maximum weight per sea canoe (two guests and one local paddler) is approximately 551 pounds (about 250 kilograms). There is no guest height restriction, but tall guests must lay down whilst entering the cave. Depending on tidal levels, the water depth is less than 3.3 feet-39 feet (about one metre-15 metres) inside the cave during the canoeing portion of this tour. All belongings must be left on board the boat during the canoe portion of this tour. This tour includes two caves for canoeing, with approximately 30 minutes in each cave. In case of too-low or too-high tide, the duration inside the cave is reduced. This tour is not self-paddled. Each canoe carries two guests and a personal paddler. A personal paddler is assigned when guests have embarked the motorboat. Guests are recommended to tip personal paddler after the last canoeing portion of this tour has concluded. Guests will get wet whilst sitting in the canoe. A signed waiver is required to participate on this tour. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. The tour sequence may vary.Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

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

Explore Phuket 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.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guides are English-speaking. Participation is limited to 6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

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

Explore Phuket 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.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Thai Performance at Siam Niramit

Experience the traditions, flavours and performing arts of Thailand during this unforgettable, half-day excursion to Siam Niramit.


Thai Village of the Four Regions

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 40-minute drive to the Thai Village of the Four Regions. Nestled adjacent to a small pond alongside the Siam Niramit Theatre, the Thai Village of the Four Regions offers a fascinating glimpse of the traditional lifestyles, arts and crafts of rural Thailand.


Siam Niramit, Thai Dinner and Show

Following your visit to this themed village, proceed for a delicious Thai dinner at Siam Niramit's elegant restaurant, which overlooks the Thai Village of the Four Regions. After dinner, proceed to the theatre for an unforgettable and entertaining three-act show featuring over 100 performers, lavish costumes and stunning set designs. Enhanced special effects and the world's most advanced technology are used to produce a very realistic, stimulating and inspiring experience. Of special note is Act II, which offers a unique look at how the Thai people conceive the concept of heaven and hell.


While heaven is so beautiful with divas and angels (literally) flying around, hell is quite scary indeed. Watch as drinkers are forced to imbibe from a cauldron of boiling water, and adulterers compelled to climb horribly spiky thorn trees. The stage setup and special effects alone are spectacular and very realistic, with amazing costumes. At the conclusion of this unforgettable experience, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 328 yards (about 300 metres), at times over uneven surfaces, with five steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and 25 steps to access the restaurant on the second floor (elevators are available). This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility, but is not wheelchair-accessible. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Photography is not permitted inside the theatre.

Land programmes in PHUKET

Mid-Voyage Adventure: Spectacular Sukhotai

An UNESCO World Heritage City, Sukhothai is home to a large number of historical sites and temple ruins. As the first capital of Siam (13th-14th centuries), the Sukhothai Kingdom was the cradle of Thai civilisation, as well as the birthplace of Thai art, architecture and language. In addition to visiting the many historic landmarks of Sukhothai, you can also relish the charms of Thailand's rustic lifestyle in this quiet, rural city. Following a scheduled flight from Phuket to Sukhothai via Bangkok, transfer to the Sukhothai Heritage Resort for dinner, check-in and an overnight stay. After breakfast the next morning, transfer to Sukhothai and take a guided stroll through the Old Town. See the enormous seated stucco Buddha image at Wat Sri Chum, and explore the archaeological finds at the Ramkhamhaeng National Museum. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Sukhothai Historical Park, which features 190 ruins. Take a sightseeing drive via tram or golf car, and marvel at ancient temples and beautifully-restored monuments. Stops are made for photo opportunities and visits to the Wat Maha That, epicentre and spiritual centre of the Sukhothai Kingdom, and Wat Sri Sawai, which features Khmer architectural influences, three corn-shaped prangs and decorative stuccos that are unique to Sukhothai's craftsmen. Back at the hotel, relax and unwind with a traditional Thai body or foot massage, and dinner and an overnight stay. After breakfast on Day 3, depart for a visit to the Si Satchanalai Historical Park, an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Highlights to be seen here include Wat Chang Lom, which is adorned with 39 stucco elephant buttresses, and Wat Chedi Ched Thaeo, a large compound with seven rows of 'chedis' reflecting various art styles. Next, stop by the Centre for the Study and Preservation of Sangkhalok Kilns to view ancient kilns, artefacts, academic documents, and ceramic wares. Your final stop is at the Hat Siao textile village to see the colourful embroidered textiles. After lunch back at the hotel, visit to the Organic Rice Farm. Dinner and overnight stay at Sukhothai Heritage Resort. Following breakfast at hotel, transfer to the airport for your scheduled flight to Colombo via Bangkok. Upon arrival, your Mid-Voyage Land Adventure concludes on Day 4 with a transfer to the pier in Colombo. Upon arrival, embark the ship.


Spectacular Sukhothai

Duration: 4 Days/3 Nights

Departs from: Phuket on the 10th April 2020

Re-join ship: Colombo on the 13th April 2020

Reserve by: 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:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for Thailand. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain all appropriate visas before cruising.



LOCAL CURRENCY:

The local currency is the Thai Baht (THB); however, US Dollars are well-accepted by most vendors; US dollars can be exchanged to local currency at hotel cashier and money-changing booths. Local ATMs are available in some locations visited, and credit cards are accepted in most larger shops and hotels (no shopping stops are planned during the program; guests may shop during their time at leisure).


Explore the historical sites and temple ruins of the ancient city of Sukhothai, an UNESCO World Heritage Site and the cradle of Thai art, architecture and language, during this captivating, three-night overland excursion.


DAY ONE - Monday, April 10, 2020 - Phuket/Bangkok/Sukhothai


Airport transfer, scheduled flight from Phuket to Sukhothai via Bankok

Upon disembarking the ship in Phuket, transfer to Phuket Airport for your scheduled, approximately 1.5-hour flight to Bangkok, and a scheduled connecting flight to Sukhothai.


Hotel transfer, check-in and free time

Upon arrival at the Sukhothai Airport, transfer to your hotel for check-in, with some free time at your leisure to freshen-up before dinner.


Dinner is at the hotel.


Overnight in a Deluxe Room at the Sukhothai Heritage Resort - Sukhothai.


DAY TWO - Tuesday, April 11, 2020 - Sukhothai


Skylab-ride through the Old Town of Sukhothai, and a local village

After breakfast at the hotel, meet your guide and depart for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive to the Old Town of Sukhothai. Sukhothai offers visitors a glimpse into true rural life; the opportunity to see endless rice paddies, a traditional market and centuries-old craftsmanship. Upon arrival in the Old Town, begin with a picturesque and fun-filled ride by skylab, the local version of a motorised tuk tuk, to visit a local village, observe the relaxed local lifestyle and meet some of the friendly villagers.


Visit to Wat Sri Chum, home of an enormous seated stucco Buddha image

Next, re-board your coach and continue on for a visit to Wat Sri Chum, which depicts an enormous, over 36-foot-wide (about 11-meter-wide), seated stucco Buddha image named Phra Achana. The approximately 344 square-foot (about 32 square-metre) mondop is approximately 49 feet (about 15 metres) in height, and the walls are approximately 9.8 feet (about three metres) in width.


Guided walking tour of the Ramkhamhaeng National Museum and its archaeological relics

Following your visit, transfer to the Ramkhamhaeng National Museum. Opened in 1964, this two-storey museum houses archaeological relics from the Sukhothai Historical Park, Si Satchanalai, Kamphaeng Phet and Petchabun. Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour of the museum. The collection includes stucco relief images, Buddha images, inscribed stones, Hindu bronze deities, and sangkhalok ceramics.


Lunch, Sukhothai Historical Park, sightseeing ride, ruins, ancient temples and monuments

After lunch at local restaurant, transfer for a visit to the Sukhothai Historical Park, which spans an area of approximately 27 square miles (about 70 square kilometres) and contains more than 190 historical ruins. Upon arrival, take a sightseeing ride on a tram or golf car to admire the ancient temples and beautifully restored monuments. Along the way, stops are made for photo opportunities and visits to the Wat Maha That, epicentre and spiritual centre of the Sukhothai Kingdom, and Wat Sri Sawai, which features Khmer architectural influences, three corn-shaped prangs and decorative stuccos that are unique to Sukhothai's craftsmen. Return to hotel for relax and fresh up.


Late afternoon, transfer from hotel to the historical park to view sunset and visit the local night market along the lake, taste some local food and shopping local souvenir.


Dinner is at the hotel.


Overnight in a Deluxe Room at the Sukhothai Heritage Resort - Sukhothai.


DAY THREE - Wednesday, April 12, 2020 - Sukhothai/Si Satchanalai/Sukhothai


Breakfast and a visit to the Si Satchanalai Historical Park, an UNESCO World Heritage Site

After breakfast at the hotel, meet your guide and depart for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive north of Sukhothai to the Si Satchanalai Historical Park, an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour of the park. Among the remains to be seen here include Wat Chang Lom, which is adorned with 39 stucco elephant buttresses, and Wat Chedi Che Thaeo, a large compound with seven rows of 'chedis' reflecting various art styles, including Sri Lankan, Pagan and Srivijaya.


Centre for the Study and Preservation of Sangkhalok Kilns

Next, continue on for the short drive to the Centre for the Study and Preservation of Sangkhalok Kilns, where more than 500 kilns have been excavated to-date. Numerous Celadon wares in perfect and broken condition have been discovered here. Also on exhibit are artefacts, academic documents and ancient ceramic wares.


Visit to the Hat Siao textile village, lunch at the hotel

Following your visit, a final stop is made at the textile village of Hat Siao for a look at their colourful collection of embroidered textiles. At the conclusion of your visit, transfer back to the hotel for lunch.


Visit the Organic Rice Farm

Afternoon, visit to the Organic Rice Farm where you can observe the Thai rice farmers' traditional way of life. Depending on the season, you may see the farmers in their distinctive indigo colored cotton uniforms ploughing the paddies with water buffalo, transplanting rice seedlings, harvesting, or milling rice


One-hour Thai body or foot massage

At the conclusion of your visit, transfer back to the Sukhothai Heritage Resort. Upon arrival, relax and unwind with a traditional, one-hour Thai massage at the hotel


Dinner is at the hotel.


Overnight in a Deluxe Room at the Sukhothai Heritage Resort - Sukhothai


DAY FOUR - Thursday, April 13, 2020 - Sukhothai/Bangkok/Colombo


Breakfast, an airport transfer, a scheduled flight to Colombo, and a transfer to the ship.

After breakfast at the hotel, check-out and transfer to the Sukhothai Airport for your schedule flight, approximately 80-minute flight to Bangkok. Upon arrival at Bangkok Airport, check in for your scheduled, approximately three-hour flight to Colombo. Upon arrival, meet your guide, transfer to the pier and embark the ship.


Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking for approximately 1.1 miles (about 1.8 kilometres), at times over uneven, rocky, sandy, grassy, and natural surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, skylab (motorised tuk tuk) and tram/golf cart, board/de-board the airplanes, and 20 steps at the sites visited. This tour is not suitable for pregnant guests, guests with back and/or neck problems, guests with heart and/or respiratory conditions, guests prone to motion sickness, guests prone to airsickness, guests with a fear of heights, guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to bring lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, sun protection, a sweater or light jacket, raingear, a camera and local currency for purchases from the ship. Proper attire is required to enter the temples and pagodas; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted. Shoes must be removed when entering religious sites; bring an extra pair of heavy socks for comfort, as the pavement may be hot. 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 itinerary 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 (about 20 kilograms)for domestic flight and 66 pounds (about 30 kilograns) for international filght per person; hand-luggage cannot exceed 11 pounds (about 5 kilograms) in weight for domestic flight 15 pounds (about 7kilograms) for international flight, 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 approximately US$3 per kilogram for domestic flight and US$15 for international flight.


Programme Includes:

  • Three-night stay in a Deluxe Room at the Sukhothai Heritage Resort - Sukhothai
  • Scheduled flights: Phuket/Bangkok/Sukhothai/Bangkok/Colombo (Economy-Class). Business-Class is available (Bangkok/Colombo only) upon request at an additional charge and subject to availability, as most aircraft do not offer business seating
  • Three breakfasts, two lunches and three dinners with drinks included
  • Skylab-ride through a local village in the Old Town of Sukhothai
  • Immense seated stucco Buddha image, Phra Achana
  • Traditional Thai body or foot massage
  • Thirty-nine stucco elephant buttresses
  • 'Chedis' reflecting various art styles
  • Ancient kilns, artefacts, ceramics and documents
  • 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. All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. 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. Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect. All Land Adventure fares are subject to change, and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable, for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years of age and older. This description is a general overview of this programme. Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays, changes made by airlines, government activities, and weather, require. The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

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.



04MIDHKT-B The Dragon Kingdom - Bhutan

Departure: April 9, 2020 from Phuket

Duration: 4.5 Days/4 Nights

Re-join ship: April 13, 2020 in Colombo

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 - Phuket / Bangkok

Disembark in the afternoon the ship in Phuket and transfer to Phuket airport for a 1.5 hour flight to Bangkok (flight TG218 - Phuket 7pm - Bangkok 825pm).Upon arrival in Bangkok, your guide waits to transfer you to Novotel Airport Hotel.


Dinner and overnight at Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel


DAY TWO - Bangkok / Paro / Thimphu

A very early start (approximately 3:00AM) is necessary to begin your fascinating trip to The Dragon Kingdom, Bhutan. Your guide awaits hotel to transfer you to Bangkok's airport for your Druk Air flight to Paro, Bhutan's only international airport. The total travel time is approximately 3 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 KB153 Bangok 5am- Paro 7am).


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 Bhutan's 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 THREE - 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, Paru



DAY FOUR - 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 FIVE - Paro / Bangkok / Colombo

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 3.10 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 Colombo. The flight from Bangkok to Colombo is approx. 3 hr and 20 minutes. Upon arrival in Colombo in the evening, you will be transferred to the ship

(flight KB150 Paro 1150am - Bangkok 4pm; flight UL407 Bangkok 825pm - Colombo 1015pm)




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. Comfortable shoes and dressing in layers is recommended. Due to a wide range of temperature (approx. 27-29c during the day/18c at night / 80-84F days, 65F nights) and climate conditions, it is recommended to bring appropriate clothing for protection against the changing conditions. 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 5 kg (11 lb.) and size is limited to 23*36*56 cm. One checked bag must be less than 20 kg (44 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 Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel, Bangkok

- One-night stay at Amankora Resort - Thimphu

- Two-night stay at Amankora Resort - Paro

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

- Flights (Economy Class) - Phuket / Bangkok / Paro and Paro / Bangkok / Colombo. 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

- 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.

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.