Ayutthaya – Students will spend the day visiting the ruins from this city which served as the capital of Thailand from 1350 – 1767. At its peak, Thai culture and commerce flourished, and many foreign merchants resided in the capital including Dutch, Portuguese, French, English and Japanese who were most impressed by its splendor. Unfortunately, the Burmese invaded and the capital fell in 1767, destroying most of the city’s temples and religious sculptures. However, proud monuments to its glory are still standing, some restored.
Bangkok – In the modern capital city students will experience the buzzing and exotic city that is larger than life. Enjoy the riverside cafes, the traditional theater of Khon Dance and the international budget travelers’ favorite destination, eclectic Kao San Road. A curious blend of the traditional East with the modern West, Bangkok’s every street has a surprise in store for the visitor. Ramshackle buildings crouch next to exotic temples surrounded by delightful gardens, which are in turn overlooked by modern hotels and offices.
Pattaya – The excursion to this coastal resort community consists of three days and two nights to explore white sandy beaches, bustling street markets, and the excitement of night life down Walking Street. It lies 75 miles to the southeast of Bangkok, less than two hours by road, and stretches for some 8 miles along the Eastern Seaboard. Pattaya beach is a palm-fringed, sandy bay with a view of coral islands on the horizon. It is one of the oldest diving centers in this part of Asia with good visibility, an average water temperature of 83 F and a rich variety of marine life and coral.
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market – This is like visiting a living museum where students can get immersed in the local culture and way of life as it once was before the arrival of global consumerism. Totally lively and somewhat chaotic, small ‘khlongs’ or canals are filled with flat boats piled high with fresh produce, each jockeying for position and paddled by ladies ready to stop and bargain at a moment’s notice. It’s colorful, noisy, touristy but great fun. During the canoe ride to market, students will pass orchards, traditional teak houses and local people going about their lives.