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Join us on a Northern Thailand SEVA adventure beginning in the magnificent international destination of Chiang Mai. We also include an exciting excursion through Chiang Rai, Lampang Provinces and Phayao. Our itinerary includes Temples, City Markets, a Rejuvenating Resort Wellness Retreat, heart warming SEVA Service Visits at the Elephant Nature Park, the Family Foundation Special Needs Center, Wang Nuea Disability Home and the Chiang Mai Bandekdee Orphanage.
We also will have a special traditional home cooked Thai meal at Noi's home in her village which will include a day of many wonderful surprises.
By the way, the last day of our trip will be my BIG 60 Birthday Party...and that will be a CELEBRATION!!
12 DAY ITINERARY
day 1 - Arrive in Chiang Mai International Airport. Welcome and transfers to the Panviman Resort and Spa. Schedule a relaxing massage, self-care and prepare for dinner followed by a well deserved rest.
day 2 - Breakfast and relax at our resort & spa. Book a body treatment, take a walk, visit the Meditation Cave or fitness center.
SEVA PROJECT: Visit the Bandekdee Orphanage and treat the children to lunch and music.
Visit the Sankampaeng Hot Springs followed by dinner at the Kin Dee Restaurant at the Mala Dhara Yoga Resort.
day 3 - Visit the Padarapirom Buddhist Temple followed a Chiang Mai City Tour and lunch in the old city.
Rest and enjoy our resort & spa before dinner at the Panorama Restaurant.
day 4 - Drive to Lampang Province to the Wang Nuea District to visit and have lunch at our friends restaurant called the Riverside Inn . Then we visit the Wang Nuea Disabled Center to sing with them.
A short two hour drive to the Rico Resort nestled in the vast rice fields of Eastern Phayao Province to begin our 3 day Thailand Village Retreat. And we may stop at Phayao Lake for a scenic photo opportunity.
day 5 - Thailand Village Wellness Retreat - Rico Resort....Thai massage, visit the local temple, relax, visit a local market.
day 6 - Thailand Village Wellness Retreat - Rico Resort....A place to relax, recharge and to really experience old world Thailand. Enjoy a steam bath & another massage or lounge by the pool before your Thai cooking class. If the setting is right we will finish the night with music and a great dinner.
day 7 - Depart the resort for Chiang Rai to stop for lunch near Kok River before our visit to the famous White Temple.
Return to Chiang Mai and check-in to the Makka Hotel.
day 8 - Feed the Monks, and then visit the ancient Doi Suthep Golden Temple on the Mountain with 306 steps, and also an optional elevator for those who wish to ascend.
Afternoon on your own to walk and explore. Options: Visit the Chiang Mai City Temple, Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Phrasingh, Taphe Gate or the markets.
day 9 - Visit Noi's Home for a traditional Thai meal and create a traditional Loi Kratong to bring in good fortune to your life's journey. In the evening we can visit the famous Chiang Mai Night Street Market or the Night Bazaar, walking distance from your hotel.
day 10 - SEVA Project: Visit and participate in the Thailand Elephant Nature Park Sanctuary
day 11 - Morning FREE TIME in the city to walk and explore. Then our SEVA Project: We meet in the afternoon to visit the Healing Family Foundation (special needs center). Sing and smile with the happiest kids you will ever meet.
FAREWELL DINNER PARTY & BIRTHDAY PARTY at Noi's home in the Village.
day 12 - Celebration breakfast to say our goodbyes and transfers to the Chiang Mai International Airport.
$3395 - double occupancy
Single room, additional $795
**** 4 Star Accommodations ****
YOUR SEVA CONTRIBUTION: By Joining us, 10% will be contributed to the Elephant Nature Park, the Family Foundation Special Needs Center, Wang Nuea Disability Home and the Chiang Mai Bandekdee Orphanage.
*no travel visa is required in Thailand when you are in the country less than 30 days.
FULL PAYMENT is due before Thanksgiving Day.
How Can I Pay?
Payment can be paid in several ways.
1. Pay by Check
Checks written to Karl Anthony Music
Send Checks to....Karl Anthony, PO Box 103296, Carlsbad, CA 92013
2. Use a Credit Card
3% is added....*additional credit card company charges bring the adjusted total amount to $3500.00
3. Direct Bank Wire
*This option is available to you. Upon your request, our banks wiring instructions will be emailed to you.
4. Pay with Paypal.com
*You must first have an account with Paypal. Send your payment to firstname.lastname@example.org but be sure to send it using the Friends & Family option so no fees are charged. If you are not familiar with Paypal have someone assist you who is.
* DO NOT yet book your international flights until we communicate directly with you that it is time to do so.
FULL PAYMENT is due before Thanksgiving. Once we have our minimum amount of people, six (6) confirmed, it will be time to book our international flights. As soon as we reach that magic number you will hear from us and that is when you begin to purchase your flights. We will be in communication every step of the way.
* A minimum of six participants is required at the current price. If numbers are lower than six the cost will need to increase slightly. If the trip is cancelled you will receive a full refund.
* For cancelations within 45 days of departure date, $750 is non-refundable due to securing hotels, ground transportation and coordination and administration cost.
Be sure your PASSPORT is up to date.
What is included in the Price?
Accommodations (double occupancy).
All ground transportation.
Coordination for SEVA presentations.
Most meals (a few lunches or a dinner may be on your own).
All performances and music with Karl Anthony.
All entrance fees and ticket cost.
YOUR 10% SEVA CONTRIBUTION
What’s not included in the price?
*Round trip airfare to Thailand is not included. You are asked to make your own airline reservations into Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX). If you are able to use frequent flyer miles to pay for your airfare be sure to reserve early.
*Personal items, body work, massage, etc.
*Because of our schedule on just a few days, lunch/dinner will be on your own
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Please be advised that you should bring VERY COMFORTABLE walking shoes. Many of the excursions will give us a chance to do plenty of walking together. Being physically prepared to walk semi-long distances is important.
4 Star Accommodations
Rooms are comfortable, clean and beautiful. In Chiang Mai we have planned to be in the heart of the old city so it will be convenient and easy for you to take a walk and explore on your own.
The Rico Resort is situated in the vast rice fields of Eastern Phayao Province, it is a place to relax, get healthy and to really experience old world Thailand".
Summer casual will be appropriate for the entire tour. We have a few parties and nights out to get a little dressed up but in Chiang Mai, dressed up is summer casual with color.
Important Note: Although we dress casually please keep in mind that you may need a shawl or something with sleeves to enter Temples and Monasteries we will visit. You will not be allowed to enter if you have a sleeveless t-shirt or tank top of any kind. Shoulders and knees may need to be covered in some places like temples.
For the majority of the trip we recommend comfortable functional clothing. One warm layer. Hiking shoes or trainers or walking sandals. Sunglasses, mosquito repellent and sun screen are a good idea when traveling.
HEALTH & FITNESS LEVEL
Drinking plenty of purified bottled water keeps everyone healthy. We even use bottled water for brushing our teeth, you will be fine. Shots and vaccines are NOT required but ask your doctor or wellness practitioner for their recommendations. Thailand does have wonderful doctors and hospitals if needed.
To fully enjoy the experience, you should be able to....Walk 3-5 km without any challenges. Climb stairs, etc.
Is there a Release of Liability form for this tour?
Please understand that I am NOT a travel company and you are agreeing to travel with Noi and I in Thailand. When you say YES and choose to join us you must sign a release of liability form for any health conditions that would arise, accident, and even a death. By saying YES, you hold harmless Karl Anthony and Kanlayanee (Noi) Brizendine andany member of Karl Anthony Music and Karl Anthony Enterprise.
Is there an Audio Video Release for this tour?
By saying YES you automatically give permission to Karl Anthony to use any photos and videos taken for commercial use. All other participants of the tour should ask for written consent before using photos and video for commercial use.
How much luggage should I bring?
Pack as light as you can. Leave space in your bags, as you will be coming home with souvenirs, clothing, shawls, jewerly, etc.
Small day pack (backpack / side bag): we recommend you invest in a small back-pack or side bag that you keep with you for any essential items like water, water proof jacket, camera.
Passport & Money pouch: we recommend you buy a passport and money pouch which you keep on you under your clothing. If your hotel room has a safe, we recommend you use it.