|Purpose:||Lifestyle & Culture|
|No. of days:||9 days - 8 nights|
|First & Last Cities:||Bangkok|
|Other cities:||Ayuthaya, Lopburi, Pitsanuloke, Sukhothai, Sri Satchanalai, Lampang, Chiang Mai, Thaton, Chiang Rai|
Your Tour includes:
Price does not include:
Hotels in your Tour:
|Pitsanuloke||Amarin Lagoon Hotel||3|
|Sukhothai||The Legendha Sukhothai Resort||4|
|Chang Mai||Imperial Mae Ping Hotel||3.5|
|Thaton||Maekok River Village Resort||4.5|
|Chiang Rai||The Legend Chiang Rai Boutique River Resort & Spa||4.5|
Hotels will be confirmed at time of booking
Day 1 – Sat: 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 – Sun: Bangkok, Ayuthaya, Lopburi, Pitsanuloke
Pick up passengers from major Bangkok hotels. Depart from Bangkok to Ayuthaya and explore this first capital of Thailand by Ayuthaya’s Tuk Tuk (unique motorized 3-wheeler only available in Ayuthaya) to discover the magnificent ruins and ancient temples in the historical park. Sample the famous dessert “Roti Sai Mai”, the Thai-style candyfloss. Short stop to sight the Buddha’s head entrapped by the roots of an overgrown banyan tree, an iconic of Ayuthaya at Wat Maha Dhat. Continue to Lopburi for lunch and visit Narai Raja Nives Palace, the Prang Sam Yod (Sacred Three-Spired Pagoda) and Monkey Temple. Proceed to Pitsanuloke and check in at amarin lagoon hotel or similar hotel. After dinner at the hotel, take the trishaw ride to explore the city night market. See the famous food market at night and stop nearby the train station for your cool snack experience, possibly sampling various kinds of deep fried edible insects like grasshoppers, silkworms, crickets, and water Bugs. Accommodations. [B/L/D]
Day 3 – Mon: Pitsanuloke, Sukhothai, Sri Satchanalai, Sukhothai
Visit Wat Maha Dhat, home to Thailand’s most beautiful Buddha image; Phra Buddha Jinaraj. Depart for Sukhothai, Thailand’s first capital of Thailand (1257-1379) and a visit to Sukhothai Historical Park. Once a walled city surrounded by a moat, it has now been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park contains almost 200 chedis in remarkable condition. Visit the Ganesha pottery village where local artisans use the ancient Sangkhalok skills to produce wonderful hand-painted dishes and other objects. Here, you will have an opportunity to learn some of these skills for yourself and practice your own painting skills on the pottery dishes. Sangkhalok refers to a specific type of metallic ceramics, both glazed and unglazed. Lunch at a local restaurant. Continue to Sri Satchanalai, the northern outpost of the Kingdom of Sukhothai, built by King Ramkamhaeng. Visit Wat Chang Lom, Wat Chedi Jet Thaew, Wat Nang Phya and Wat Phra Sri Ratana Maha Dhat on the site of the Khmer fort "Chalieng.” Check in at Legendha Sukhothai Resort. Dinner and accommodations. [B/L/D]
Day 4 – Tue: Sukhothai, Lampang, Chiang Mai
Depart for Sukhothai Organic Agriculture Farm. See the demonstration rice planning workshop and Thai rice farmers’ traditional way of life. You can participate in the organic rice farm transplanting, rice seedlings, harvesting, or milling rice. There is also an opportunity to plough the paddies with water buffalo. The farmer’s clothes and shoes are arranged for. Afterwards, enjoy local organic lunch in traditional Thai style at the open Sala overlooking the rice field. Continue to Chiang Mai via Lampang. Stop visit at Wat Phra Dhat Lampang Luang, housing the only Emerald Buddha other than the one at Wat Phra Keo in Bangkok. Check in at imperial mae ping hotel or similar hotel. Dinner at The Gallery Restaurant Chiang Mai, built in 1892 situated along the Ping River. The Chinese style front building currently houses the art gallery while the rear structure built of teakwood in Northern style is used as the riverside restaurant. Accommodations. [B/L/D]
Optional: Opportunity for bargain-hunters to visit city's night market.
Day 5 – Wed: Chiang Mai
An early start and a wonderful chance to meet 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. Drive up the serpentine road to the magnificently situated Wat Doi Suthep. Perched on a forested mountain, this most sacred Chiang Mai temple (3,280 ft) provides a superb view over the city, as well as a wealth of images and frescos. Visit the city’s biggest market, Talat Warorod, for a stroll among the colorful stalls. Continue by rickshaw to visit Wat Chedi Luang, the oldest temple built by King Mengrai. Lunch at local restaurant.
Afternoon visit to Handicraft Villages, to observe manufacturing of lacquerware, spinning and weaving of Thai Silk and paper umbrella making. Kantoke Dinner. Enjoy a typical Thai dinner with presentation of ancient dances from northern Thailand, followed by a performance of dances and songs of various hilltribes. Accommodations at Imperial Mae Ping Hotel or similar hotel. [B/L/D]
Day 6 – Thu: Chiang Mai, Thaton
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. Lunch at local restaurant. Proceed to Thaton via Chiang Dao and Fang. En route, visit Chiang Dao Cave at Wat Tham Chiang Dao. The caverns are full of sacred Buddha images and natural formations. The main cavern is illuminated by electric lights, while deepest recesses can be explored with oil lanterns. Arrive Thaton, a small village just a few kilometers from the Burmese border. Check in at Mae Kok River Village Resort or similar hotel. Dinner and accommodations. [B/L/D]
Day 6 – Fri: Thaton, Chiang Rai
Depart Thaton to visit Ban Lorcha, a Phami Akha hilltribe community center. This community-based tourism development project promotes sustainable, self-reliant development to improve the quality of life of villagers of this Akha Community, and is a model for tourism in hill tribe villages. Drive to Ban Pha Tai and board on motor-powered traditional boats for three-hour journey down Kok River, passing tiny hill tribe villages, bamboo huts and jungle. Arrive Chiang Rai and disembark at the legend Chiang Rai boutique river resort and spa. Check in on arrival and followed by lunch at the hotel. Visit the famous Wat Rong Khun or White Temple, with its unique “kanok” architecture and fantastical sculptures, designed by National Artist Chalermchai Kositpipat. Continue visit the statue of King Mengrai who built Chiang Rai City and the Hilltibe Museum and a local market before returning to the hotel. Dinner and accommodations. [B/L/D]
Day 7 – Sat: Chiang Rai, Bangkok
Depart Chiang Rai to visit Golden Triangle where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet. Take short boat ride on Mekong River. Picnic lunch box provided. Transfer to Chiang Rai Airport.
Depart Chiang Rai by TG2135 (air ticket is not included). Arrive Bangkok with transfers to your Bangkok hotel. [B/L]
Day 8 – 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 9 – 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/L] = Breakfast and Lunch | [B/L/D] = Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Surcharges are per person
Tour Code: TH04BKK17AT