|Purpose:||Discovery, Adventure, Relaxation, Culture|
|No. of days:||8 days - 7 nights|
|First & Last Cities:||Bangkok|
|Other cities:||Ayuthaya, Lopburi, Pitsanuloke, Sukhothai, Sri Satchanalai, Lampang, Phayao, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai|
Your Tour includes:
Price does not include:
Hotels in your Tour:
|Chiang Rai||Wiang Inn||3.5|
|Chang Mai||Imperial Mae Ping||3.5|
Hotels will be confirmed at time of booking
Day 1 – Tue: Bangkok:
Upon arrival and after clearing formalities, you will be welcomed by our representative and then transferred by air-conditioned coach to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Well known as the City of Angels, Krungthepmahanakorn (Bangkok) is the present capital city and the focal point for Thailand. It was made the capital of Thailand in 1782 by the first monarch of the present Chakri Dynasty. It is a vibrant city, a national treasure house and Thailand’s spiritual, cultural, political, commercial, educational and diplomatic center with endless choices of sightseeing and entertainment opportunities. In addition to the many temples and historic buildings, such as The Grand Palace and Wat Arun, the list of interesting places to visit is endless. There are numerous canal (klong) networks, the Chaophraya River, giving it the name of “Venice of the East”. In Bangkok, there are also bustling markets, Jim Thompson’s House, Chatuchak Weekend Market, Wat Po, Wat Benjamorpit and Mahboonkrong Shopping Center. Food and entertainment opportunities in Bangkok are endless with excellent eating options, from international style restaurants to roadside stalls almost 24 hours a day. Bangkok is home to many excellent Spa facilities, both in large hotels and privately run. Overnight in Bangkok.
Day 2 – Wed: Bangkok, Ayuthaya, Lopburi, Pitsanuloke
After breakfast you’ll meet the guide who will accompany you on your tour. Depart from Bangkok for Bang Pa In to visit the Summer Palace of King Rama V. Afterwards, take a local motorboat for a scenic boat trip to Ayuthaya. Disembark at local pier and visit Wat Pranangcherng and the three ancient pagodas at Wat Phra Sri Sanpetch. Have lunch at a local riverside restaurant and, after lunch, continue to Phitsanuloke. En route, visit the ancient Khmer temple of Phra Prang Sam Yot. Upon arrival in Pitsanuloke, visit Sgt. Maj. Thavee Folk Museum. The private museum collects unique items representing Thai rural life from the last era. Also visit a Buddha statue factory and observe the skilled craftsmen at work. Check in at your hotel for dinner and overnight. [B/L/D]
Day 3 – Thu: Pitsanuloke, Sukhothai, Sri Satchanalai, Lampang
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and be ready to start your visit of Wat Pra Sri Rattana Maha Dhat with its revered Buddha statue, Phra Buddha Jinaraj. Continue the to Sukhothai and visit Wat Sri Chum or the Temple of the Bodhi Tree, located north of the old city walls and maybe the most enigmatic of Sukhothai's temples. Continue to Sri Satchanalai Historical Park, the northern outpost town of the Kingdom of Sukhothai, and Wat Phra Sri Ratana Maha Dhat standing on the site of the Khmer fort "Chalieng”. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and, in the afternoon, proceed to Lampang. Upon arrival, enjoy a ride on horse drawn carriage around the old streets of Lampang. Before check-in at the hotel, stop for a walking tour to visit some of the most remarkable colonial styled houses in Talad Gao Street. Check in at the hotel for dinner and accommodation. [B/L/D]
Day 4 – Fri: Lampang, Phayao, Chiang Rai
Start a wonderful day making merit with the monks at a temple nearby. Thai Buddhists believe that by making merit, they earn happiness, peace in life and the chance to progress in their next life, while this sacred experience creates a harmonious way to start the day for all. Return to the hotel for breakfast. Check out and depart for Chiang Rai to visit a pineapple plantation where you will see how pineapples are cropped and the various products made from the fruit. Continue your drive northwards, stopping briefly at Phayao Lake for a coffee break. Then, proceed to Chiang Rai with a stop en route for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, continue your drive to Chiang Saen, former capital of the first Thai kingdom, situated directly on the Mekong River at the border between Thailand and Laos. Take a boat trip upriver on the Mekong to the Golden Triangle where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet. Afterwards, drive to Mae Sai, the northernmost Thai town on the border with Myanmar. Stroll through and shops at the local market and return to Chiang Rai to check in at the hotel for dinner and accommodation. [B/L/D]
Day 5 – Sat: Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai
Check out of the hotel after breakfast and start the day with a visit to the famous Wat Rong Khun or White Temple, with its unique “kanok” architecture and fantastical sculptures, designed by National Artist Chalermchai Kositpipat. Continue driving to Ban Lorcha, a Phami Akha hilltribe community center. This community-based tourism development project promotes sustainable, self-reliant development to improve the villagers’ quality of life in the Akha community. Proceed to Chiang Mai and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit handicraft ateliers to observe the manufacture of lacquer ware, the spinning and weaving of Thai Silk and to watch how paper umbrellas are made. Check in at your hotel. Later enjoy a
Kantoke Dinner, a typical Thai dinner with ancient dances from northern Thailand, followed by a performance of dances and songs by various hill tribes. Overnight in Chiang Mai. [B/L/D]
Signature Option: Opportunity to visit the city's night market in search of bargains.
Day 6 – Sun: Chiang Mai, Bangkok
Start your day with breakfast at the hotel before a visit to an orchid farm where you will see a greater variety of species and colors of this king of flowers that grows in Thailand. Afterwards, drive to Elephant Poopoo Paper Park, an eco-friendly, naturally built outdoor museum park, that introduces and explains the unique steps involved in making paper products from elephant poop fibers! Then, continue to The Dara Pirom Palace Museum (closed on Monday). An elegant house of the late Princess Jao Dara Rasamee, one of the princess consorts of King Rama V, transformed into the museum full of exhibits showing the palace décor as well as Chiang Mai’s rich culture and history at the time of her life. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and drive up the serpentine road to the magnificently situated Wat Phra Dhat Doi Suthep perched on a forested mountain (3,280 ft). This most sacred Chiang Mai temple provides a superb view over the city as well as a wealth of images and frescos. Return to Chiang Mai railway station to board an air conditioned train with sleeping berth for your return to Bangkok. Dinner-box and overnight on train. [B/L/D]
Option: Return by air from Chiang Mai to Bangkok also possible. Please contact us for details.
Day 7 – Mon: Bangkok
Arrive Bangkok Railway Station. No breakfast. Transfer to your Bangkok hotel for check-in and getting ready for a city tour and visit to the most important temples in Bangkok. Start with Wat Trimitr, an ancient golden temple home to the world’s largest Buddha statue sculpted in pure gold weighing 12,125 pounds and standing 10 feet high. Continue through China Town to arrive at Wat Pranangcherng Wat Pranangcherng Wat Pranangcherng Wat Pranangcherng Wat Pranangcherng royal temples complex that houses a reclining Buddha 151 feet long and the tombs of the kings. One the oldest temples in Bangkok, the Wat Pho were declared as Royal Monastery during the kingdom of Rama I of Thailand.
The sightseeing will end with a visit to Wat Benchamabophit, known as the “Marble Temple” due to the Italian mable imported from Carrara to build the “ubosoth”, a structure used for the ordinance of priests. Return to the hotel. Overnight in Bangkok. [B]
Day 8 – Tue: Bangkok, USA
Enjoy a few more hours relaxing before you are met and transferred to Phuket International Airport to board your Bangkok bound flight the first leg of your return back home. [B]
[B] = Breakfast | [B/D] = Breakfast and Dinner
Surcharges apply for stays on 31 December 2017
Tour Code: TH03BKK18AT