Explore the “Venice of the East,” Laos, and The Golden Triangle

Thailand is at once chaotic and serene, exotic but welcoming — a country where modern day life is still imbued with centuries-old customs and guided by strong religious beliefs. Gutsy Women Travel offers a 12-day escorted tour that explores all the allures of this country of wonderful contrasts.

“Our Exotic Thai Escape is a great example of the Body-Mind-Spirit focus of our itineraries. At Gutsy Women Travel we endeavor to design tours that not only educate women about the places they are visiting, but also pampers their bodies and allows them to get in touch with their spirituality.” noted April M. Merenda, President and Co-Founder of the company that designs tours for the unique interests of women.

The 12-day trip takes participants, from the southern capital city of Bangkok to Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai in the north, on an adventure that visits magnificent temples (in a land of 26,000 temples), royal palaces, remote hilltribe villages, and an elephant training and conservation camp. Along the way, the traditional way of life and bustling floating markets along its rivers can still be seen. A day-trip journeys to Laos and the Golden Triangle, where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos converge.

Ladies will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Thai culture by attending performances in classical and folk dance; learning the ancient art of Tai Chi – also known as a form of moving meditation; dining in the home of a local family; shopping for ingredients in an open market before taking a Thai cooking class. Ladies will be pampered with a two-hour spa treatment complete with Thai massage and aromatherapy steam ritual. Throughout the trip, there will be many opportunities for shopping and sampling Thai cuisine. Ladies will come away from this trip having truly experienced the many facets of Thai life.



· Travel in small groups
· Bangkok City Tour
· Participate in a Tai Chi class
· Tour to Ayuthaya & Bang-Pa-In Summer Palace
· Visit a Chinese Refugee Village
· Take a day trip to Laos & Golden Triangle
· Indulge in a spa treatment in Chiang Mai
· Attend a Thai Cooking Class
· Visit the Mae Sa Elephant Camp


· Round trip airfare from LAX-Bangkok (Other departure cities are available)
· Flights from Bangkok-Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai-Bangkok
· Three nights at the Bangkok Marriott Resort & Spa in Bangkok
· Three nights at the Dusit Island Resort in Chiang Rai
· Three nights at the Holiday Inn in Chiang Mai
· One night at the Novotel Bangna in Bangkok
· Ten Breakfasts; Six Lunches; Four Dinners
· Tour Director throughout with English speaking guide

The February 28 departure for this tour is priced from $2799 per person, based on double occupancy including land and air from LAX. Fares from other departure cities are available. Tour price does not include airport taxes, fees, September 11th Security Fee, or tips to tour manager.

Other 2008 departure dates include August 28 and December 18.

About Gutsy Women Travel

Gutsy Women Travel, a division of Gate 1 Travel, offers a fabulous array of domestic and international tours designed specifically by women for women and their unique interests. From Sedona to Sicily and Asia to the Amalfi Coast, women from all walks of life come together to enjoy an incredibly distinctive travel experience that is exclusively Gutsy Women Travel. It’s about broadening horizons, feeding an inner desire to travel, and creating new friendships with other gutsy women! There’s never been a better time to be bold, be adventurous, be spontaneous, and just, be gutsy!

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