Peru Through Spiritual Eyes

with Howard Caesar

November 4-13, 2023

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Experience an amazing, life-transforming pilgrimage with renowned spiritual leader, teacher, author, and Life Mastery coach, Howard Caesar. Join Howard and other like-minded travelers as we bond together for an inner and outer journey to the beautiful, fascinating, and spiritually stimulating country of Thailand.

“Visiting Thailand has been on my bucket list for years. I’ve known this is a place that contains gifts that feed the soul. I’m drawn to lead a group of others in absorbing the consciousness of this unique culture, beauty, people, and deep spirituality. The itinerary we have planned has me overwhelmingly excited about experiencing amazing temples, pagodas, palaces, floating markets, cruising The River of Kings, scenic countryside, and much more… balanced with the right amount of 5 Star Resort leisure. I’m looking forward to joining other delightful people in creating many wonderful life-long memories.”
–Howard

The Details

November 4-13, 2023

Some highlights of our adventure include:

  • Bangkok City
  • Outstanding Gastronomy everywhere
  • Ancient canals on Long Tail Boats
  • Floating Markets
  • Tuk Tuk street eating night
  • Grand Palace
  • Buddhist monk chanting
  • Bang Pa-In Summer Palace
  • Diverse Art Scene
  • Temples: Wat Arun, Wat Pho, Wat Yai Chaimongkol, Wat Mahathat
  • Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand
  • City and country sites– up to Doi Suthep mountain
  • What Phra That Doi Suthep
  • Meditation Class in a temple & chat with monks
  • Elephants up close in Rescue center
  • Royal Botanic Gardens
  • Night Market
  • Thai Cooking Class or Do Inthanon waterfalls hike

Meet your Tour LEADER

Howard Caesar

“I’ve discovered early on in my travels that a pilgrimage to a spiritual land is a profoundly powerful experience. It is heart-opening and soul-expanding. It offers gifts of insight and awareness that you could not have anticipated prior to going. You return as a new person. With 40,000 temples and 95% of the country practicing Buddhism, inner peace is a way of life in Thailand. The teachings of Buddha are profoundly helpful to humanity and complimentary to those of Jesus Christ. I’ve always had great respect for the teachings of Buddha and the spiritual contributions they make to freedom of consciousness and the unity of humanity.”

Howard has been empowering people spiritually for the past four decades as an inspirational speaker, counselor, and teacher of universal spiritual/psychological principles. A Best-Selling Author on the topic of Oneness, he is also a certified Life Mastery Coach and Consultant. He has traveled the world for decades leading groups and pilgrimages that contribute to a person’s personal growth and transformation. Some of his many travels have involved meeting with world leaders and have included 3 separate week-long meetings with the Dalai Lama. Howard is married, has 3 children, and believes all the people of the world are his family.

“I hope you are called to join me to on this spiritual adventure to Thailand!”

The Itinerary

Day 1 (Nov 4): ARRIVE BANGKOK/ORIENTATION/WELCOME DINNER CRUISE

Upon arrival at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport, you will be greeted at the aircraft door and escorted to a VIP line or zone area, where you are fast-tracked through the immigration, helped with your bag, escorted through customs, and taken to your guide/driver waiting in the terminal to escort you to your home for the next 5 days, the 5 Star Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort. Find yourself smiling in this lush tropical garden and riverside setting, world-class dining, entertainment, and extensive spa.

The day is yours to relax in your deluxe river view room, take a dip in the pool, wander the beautiful grounds of the resort, and consider pampering yourself with an optional a 2-hour Thai Massage to refresh your body and mind after your travels.

Later this evening we will gather for a brief orientation with Howard and take a fabulous dinner cruise from our resort pier on the Chao Phraya River. We will pass the city’s glittering sights as we relax in luxury on this converted rice barge and enjoy a delicious 5 course Welcome Dinner. You will not only enjoy the food, the views, and the atmosphere, but the opportunity to mingle with Howard & Diane, and meet all your fellow pilgrims.

Overnight at Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort

Dinner included

Day 2 (Nov 5): BANGKOK- WAT PHO/BUDDHIST CHANTING/ GRAND PALACE

Today, we will go behind the scenes for a closer look at Buddhist culture. Start the morning with a trip to Wat Pho, arguably Bangkok’s most enchanting temple. Arrive just as the resident monks gather for their morning chants. Witness this deeply spiritual ritual and gain a better sense of Thailand’s Buddhist heritage.

After the chants, take a walk around Wat Pho and see the vast collection of religious treasures on display. Admire the famed reclining Buddha image, which stretches 45-metres in length. Learn about the symbolism of the Buddha’s intricate footprint and witness devotees making offerings to this revered image.

Nearby, we will visit the Grand Palace, which has served as the seat of Thailand’s revered Royal family for more than two centuries. Take a walk around the vast grounds, stopping in to explore the various temples, throne halls and museums within the compound. Admire the Emerald Buddha, the most revered Buddhist image in Thailand, and hear about its mysterious origins.

Afternoon, free at leisure. Take in some shopping or a spa treatment, take a dip in the pool, journal on your balcony. This is your time to do you!

Later this evening for dinner we will hop on Bangkok’s iconic 3-wheel, Tuk Tuk, for a culinary adventure ride to visit the best local eateries. Bangkok is claimed to be the city that never stops eating. Bangkokians usually find themselves eating out at night, especially street food, which the city is also well-known for. We’ll make various stops at local places where even the smells will delight your taste buds. Enjoy the local favorite Northern Thai-Isan Food, the best kept-secret Guay Tiew Gai guaranteed with a Michelin star for 2 consecutive years, and one of the best Pad Thai in town popular for both locals and foreigners alike! Between the bites, we’ll take in the city’s old town landmarks. At the end of the evening, we’ll be dropped off at our hotel by tuk tuk.

Overnight at Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort

Breakfast and Dinner Included

DAY 3 (Nov 6): TRADITIONAL THAILAND/RAILWAY & FLOATING MARKETS

Experience a more traditional side of Thailand with an insightful excursion to the capital’s outskirts. Drive away from Bangkok, watching the city’s towering high rises and busy streets fade into the distance.

After just an hour’s drive arrive in the Samut Songkhram province, we’ll venture to a rural railway market, where vendors set up stalls along the train tracks. One of the most unique Bangkok markets to visit, watch as they quickly pack up as trains arrive and then unload and carry-on business after the trains have departed.

We will continue through the countryside to a floating market; take advantage of great photo opportunities and a unique chance to experience this traditional style of marketplace. See boats laden with fresh fruit, traditional snacks and other items being sold on the canals. Imagine a time, not too long ago, when residents would paddle up to these floating stalls to buy their daily wares.

For a closer look, hop aboard a paddle boat and explore the labyrinth of canals. Pass by houses and small villages set upon the water’s edge and see the ways of life of the people in this part of rural Thailand. When we return to the floating market for lunch, enjoy people watching while dining on delicious local dishes. As we glide through the remarkable waterways by long-tail boat onwards to the King Rama II Memorial Park. Explore the ornate Thai-style pavilions of the park and learn about the former, beloved King.

After this insightful day in the Thai countryside, return to Bangkok full of fabulous memories.
Dinner on your own.

Overnight at Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort

Breakfast & Lunch Included

Day 4 (Nov 7): LEISURE TIME & ASIATIQUE NIGHT MARKET

Today is a day of leisure. Practice your mediation or take a yoga class. Enjoy your beautiful resort and the advanced wellness center that sits on the property. Check out the shopping mall across the street, have a spa treatment, sip a pina colada out of a fresh coconut, or taste the local juices as you lounge around the pool.

In the late afternoon, we will depart the edge of our pier for a boat ride to the Asiatique Night Market. We’ll explore on our own with suggestions from our guide. Browse the art, handicrafts, and clothing stalls, watch the local entertainment, dine locally, and take in the gorgeous views of the river at night. We will be driven back to our hotel at a reasonable hour so we can get a good night’s sleep before tomorrow’s big adventure.

Overnight at Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort.

DAY 5 (Nov 8): BANGKOK – AYUTHAYA EXCURSION/SUMMER PALACE

Explore Thailand’s ancient capital and cultural heartlands by land and boat with this absorbing day trip to Ayutthaya. The day begins with a drive from Bangkok to Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed city. The drive ventures through Bangkok’s sprawling suburbs and into the verdant countryside and lush paddy fields.
Venture through the temple-studded landscape, stopping to visit the venerated Wat Yai Chaimongkol and the largest monument, Wat Phra Sri Sanphet. See Wat Mahathat and snap a photo of its iconic Buddha image surrounded by a tree.

Even though a short distance from the busy modern capital of Bangkok, Ayutthaya retains a sleepy, laid-back atmosphere. Get a taste of the city’s rhythms with a walk through the market and the Muslim Quarter which offers the opportunity to sample an unusual local delicacy, candy floss roti.

Sit down for a rest and a lunch of delicious local Thai dishes at midday. Then continue exploring with a leisurely one hour long-tail boat ride down the ‘River of Kings’. Then take the cable car across the river for aerial views of the waterway and continue by golf car to Bang Pa-In Summer Palace. Built in the 1600s as the summer residence for the Royal Family, Bang Pa-In is an impressive collection of gardens and majestic mansions. Although rarely used these days, the palace retains its royal elegance and offers a great opportunity to learn about the Kingdom’s history and culture.

We will also stop along the way and visit the amazing Arts of the Kingdom Museum. Her Majesty Queen Sirikit founded the museum in order to display the artworks of the craftspeople under her patronage, the sons and daughters of impoverished farmers from Thailand’s remote countryside. They put their hearts and souls into making every piece of art without any prototype. Simply stunning!

Following this insightful day trip to Ayutthaya return to Bangkok.

Overnight at Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort

Breakfast & Lunch Included

DAY 6 (Nov 9): BANGKOK/CHIANG MAI

After breakfast, we’ll transfer and fly to Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand.

Upon arrival you’ll notice the old and modern sides of Chiang Mai. Once inside the old city walls, be captivated by the mix of eclectic markets, traditional houses, and modern edifices. See locals on their way to or from the pagodas and take note of the small spirit shrines tucked alongside family homes.

You will be introduced local Northern Thai cuisine for an authentic lunch and then we will check into our luxurious, 5-star city resort, the Shangri-La, Chang Mai. Enjoy the rest of the day to relax in the peaceful ambiance to regroup and prepare for a fun-filled day ahead.  Perhaps enjoy the largest pool in Chang Mai or the excellent spa.  Later you can visit the night market, with cheap, great food and lots of shopping stalls, about a 10-minute walk, or get cozy in the resort.  

Breakfast and Lunch included.

Overnight at the Shangri-La, Chang Mai.

DAY 7 (Nov 10): CHIANG MAI – HALF DAY WITH THE ELEPHANTS/QUEEN SIRIKIT BOTANIC GARDENS/DOI SUTHEP

After breakfast, we’ll depart for a half-day morning visit to Elephant Nature Park, a rescue and rehabilitation center for elephants, as well as many other rescued animals.

During our picturesque drive through rural countryside to Elephant Nature Park, you will learn about the rescued and orphaned elephants and their individual stories. At the park you will have the opportunity to spend time with the various herds. Many of these elephants have left behind a traumatic past and for the first time are able to form relationships with other elephants and rediscover their elephant nature.

Guests will have the chance to observe elephants as well as other rescued animals living free of fear amongst the natural surroundings of the sanctuary.

Vegetarian lunch will be served at the park.

Next we will visit the Queen Sirikit Botanic Gardens, one of the most renowned gardens in Thailand and a major hub for scientific research. Visitors can view beautiful Thai orchids and palms while walking around the expansive grounds, the site also offers canopy walks and a rainforest glasshouse where you will walk amid abundant types of plants from all tropical forests in Asia.

For our final stop, we will drive up to Doi Suthep Mountain. Upon reaching the top, explore the 14th-century pagoda where local devotees come to pay homage and pray. Wander around the towering, gilded stupa, the heart of the temple that shimmers like pure gold and enjoy the views of Chiang Mai in the distance. Take a few moments to be still and feel the energy. Time stands still as you watch the sun set, a fiery ball of red dipping down into the mountains. This memory will remain with you forever.

We will return down the mountain and continue along the spiritual trail, bringing this exciting, insightful day to a peaceful end.

Includes Breakfast and Lunch

Overnight at the Shangri-La, Chang Mai.

DAY 8 (Nov 11): HD Meditation & Monk Chat at Wat Suan Dok/Farewell Dinner

Relax this morning in your charming resort. It might be time for another Thai massage, or a cold juice and a refreshing swim. A visit to the Temple next door, or a walk around the neighborhood is always an option.
After lunch, enjoy an afternoon of spiritual exploration. Set off from the hotel with our guide to practice meditation in Chiang Mai at Wat Suan Dok. Take a short tour of the temple, learning about its history and understanding why it is revered as one of the city’s most sacred sites.

Amid this sanctuary, we’ll find a quiet corner in which to meditate. Learn traditional techniques of meditation from a local expert, discovering how to control the breath and regulate the mind. Discover the importance of meditation in the daily lives of the Thai people, then spend time practicing meditation, relaxing and purifying the mind and soul.

Feeling refreshed, we’ll meet with one of Wat Suan Dok’s monks for a chat. Enjoy this unique opportunity to talk with a Thai Buddhist monk and learn about his life, the country’s spiritual beliefs and anything else of interest. This exchange provides a remarkable forum for connecting with Thailand’s culture. Then continue to Wat Chedi Luang, an impressive monument that once housed the country’s famed Emerald Buddha and Wat Phra Singh, one of the city’s most revered temples.

Following this immersive experience into Thailand’s spiritual side, return to the hotel for some downtime.
This evening we will have an early Farewell dinner at a popular restaurant. We’ll enjoy this special evening in a truly Northern-style setting at a traditional Khantoke Dinner, one of the must-do-dining experiences in Chiang Mai. Your meal will be served on special, low, circular tables called toke, presenting various kinds of delicious Northern Thai, as we enjoy the cultural song and dance performances of the region.

Overnight at the Shangri-La, Chang Mai.

DAY 9 (Nov 12): CHIANG MAI –Thai Cooking Class OR Waterfall Nature Hike

OPTIONS:

#1) Thai Cooking Class

Uncover the secrets behind famous Thai dishes at a home cooking school. Travel south of the city center to a traditional Sala (open air) house to meet a local chef. After a short introduction on the day’s activities, head out to a nearby fresh market to collect your ingredients.

The chef will introduce the ingredients, exotic herbs and spices and their use, and explain Thailand’s food culture.
Armed with new knowledge of Thai cuisine and its ingredients, start cooking! Chop vegetables, create spicy sauces and fry up sizzling plates. Throughout the course the chef will share their personal story and offer tips and hints for preparing these same dishes in your own kitchen.

When everything is ready, sit down and enjoy the delicious fresh dishes. Savor the delicate flavors of home-cooked Thai cuisine, enjoying the results of the day’s activities. Return to the hotel with a full belly and a better understanding of Chiang Mai’s foodie culture.

OR

#2) Do Inthanon Waterfall Nature Walk

Overnight at the Shangri-La, Chang Mai.

DAY 10 (Nov 13): CHIANG MAI – BANGKOK / DEPART

This morning we’ll enjoy one more scrumptious breakfast before our guide takes us to the airport. Those going home will be flying to Bangkok to connect with their homeward bound flights, and those who are joining the 4 night beach extension will fly to Phuket. It will not be easy to say good-bye to Chiang Mai and its deep traditions. You will bask in the glow of this unique experience for a long time to come.

As you return home, the holidays will be right around the corner –perhaps you will have completed your gift shopping in Thailand, given all the amazing prices and unique handicrafts there!

 

OR OPT TO STAY ON FOR A FEW DAYS TO RELAX & ENJOY THE BEACH EXTENSION WITH HOWARD.

BEACH EXTENSION WITH HOWARD

DAY 10 (Nov 13) CHIANG MAI-PHUKET

Enjoy some free time in Chiang Mai, then FLY from Chiang Mai to Phuket and check-in to your hotel, the beautiful 5-star Resort, the Amari Phuket. Located on a secluded part of Patong Beach your own private paradise overlooking an inviting turquoise sea awaits. After plenty of rest, and delicious food, and lapping waves and exotic drinks, it’s good to know there is great shopping nearby.

Get acquainted with your new surroundings and enjoy a nice walk on the beach. This evening is on your own. Rest up because tomorrow will be a gorgeous, full day on the water.

Overnight in Phuket at Amari Phuket

Breakfast included

DAY 11 (Nov 14): Day at Leisure

Phuket is known for its beaches and restaurants. OPTIONAL tours are available to suit your interests, or visit town and the shops, or just have one more Thai massage and chill out. The spa is incredible at this resort, so take advantage. Feel all that you have experienced and your gratitude for this incredible adventure and integrate your thoughts and spirit while you unwind and relax on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

DAY 12(Nov 15): FULL DAY PHI PHI + BAMBOO ISLAND TOUR BY SPEEDBOAT

The Phi Phi Islands are one of the world’s wonders: an archipelago of lush, tropical isles set in a turquoise sea. Explore this top snorkeling spot with its spectacular underwater scenery and white-sand beaches made famous by the Leonardo DiCaprio film ‘The Beach.’ Take a 1-hour speedboat ride to Phi Phi Island. Admire the magnificent view of the Andaman Sea en route to Nui Bay, then stop to snorkel in crystal-clear waters and discover well-preserved coral gardens. Cruise to Bamboo Island for a sumptuous buffet lunch at an island hotel, followed by more time for relaxing and swimming on the white-sand beach. Next, sail to Koh Phi Phi Don and visit Monkey Bay, named after the wild macaques, that inhabit the sands and trees. Afterward, head to Maya Bay, made famous by the 2000 film The Beach. Take a dip in Piley Lagoon, surrounded by impressive cliffs. Upon your return to the marina, you’ll be transferred to your hotel.

Overnight in Phuket at Amari Phuket

Breakfast and Lunch included

DAY 13 (Nov 16): Day at Leisure

Overnight in Phuket at Amari Phuket

Breakfast included

DAY 14 (Nov 17): DEPART PHUKET

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel with free time today until your flight to Bangkok. Your tour of Thailand’s breathtaking natural beauty, inspiring temples, renowned hospitality, robust cuisine, and ancient ruins comes to an end as you board your flight with the group, and once in Bangkok, connect to your homeward flight.

Thailand Spiritual Adventure is calling…

$1599 Single Supplement
$1399 PHUKET BEACH Extension

 (Includes all Tips for guides, drivers, etc. Note: No more Admin Fees)

Option One

Pay In Full

$6497

(Includes all Tips for guides, drivers, etc.)

Option Two

Note: No more Admin Fees when paying with credit cards!

$997 Deposit

and monthly auto payments

(add $175 per payment for Phuket Beach Extension)

 

Option Three

$997 Deposit

3 Payments of $1834

(add $467 per payment for Phuket Beach Extension)

Beach Extension in Phuket: $1534 (Nov 13-17)

Add to monthly payments
OR add $467 to your 3 interim payments.

  (Tips included, no admin fees)

Have Questions? Let’s Connect.

Creating a one-of-a-kind experience is always our goal. If you have any special needs, or have questions about accommodations, the itinerary, or cultivating a trip just for you, please reach out to the Transformational Tours & Retreats team.

Sandy Babin, Managing Director

Contact me with any questions, always happy to help!