Explore the vibrant cities of Bangkok and Chiang Mai and the infamous Golden Triangle; visit some of Thailand's most interesting and beautiful ancient sights; spend the night in a Thai village as guests of a local family; learn to cook the mouth-watering dishes that have made Thai cuisine a world favorite. On this exciting trip you do all of this and more on a fabulous journey to the heart of Northern Thailand.
Day 1: Arrival - Bangkok. On arrival at Don Muang Airport, you are met and transferred to hotel. The glorious history of Thai Capital, Bangkok is much interwoven with the Chakri dynasty which still reigns but no longer rules Thailand. In the midst of dynamic modern growth, this bustling metropolis still preserves plenty of cultural heritages making it the national treasure house. No activities planned for this afternoon; however our guide is on hand to advise some available options. Overnight in Bangkok.
Day 2: Bangkok. Today we commence our tour of Bangkok with a longtail boat trip along the Chao Phraya River and the many lively inner canals which offer some fantastic views of the local life close up. Along the way we visit Wat Arum, the temple of Dawn, before continuing to the Grand Palace, dedicated to the Thai Royal Family’s ceremony. Nearby is the magnificent Wat Phra Kaew, which is famous for the Emerald Buddha Image. After seeing this complex we drive through the many vibrant streets of China Town to some of the most significant temples in Bangkok. The landmark of Wat Traimit is well known as the Golden Buddha Temple while Wat Po houses a gigantic Reclining Buddha. We visit these sights and board a night train to Chiang Mai. The train conditions are basic; we travel on soft sleeper class. Overnight on board. Includes: (B)
Day 3: Chiang Mai. The train journey arrives in Chiang Mai, this morning. After checking into hotel we drive west towards the famous Doi Suthep Mountain and embark on a walk leading us to Wat Prathat Temple near the summit. At an elevation of over 1,000 m, the temple grounds afford a panoramic view over the surrounding countryside. We follow this with a visit to the old and new parts of the town featuring the great diversity. The “Rose of the North”, Chiang Mai has been always noted for exquisite handicrafts whose the combination with the traditional wares of the hill tribe people offers fantastic shopping opportunities. Heading out of town we drive to the neighboring villages of Sankampaeng and Borsarng to see the various cottages industries including silk weaving, wood carving, silver ware and umbrellas making, as a highlight of this evening we visit the vibrant night market, which is full of local treasures. Overnight in Chiang Mai. Includes: (B)
Day 4: Chiang Mai – Chiang Sen. An early morning departure to Chiang Sean, the royal capital of the ancient Lanna Kingdom. This delightful town is nestled on the Mekong riverbank which is now the border between Thailand and Laos. The drive is long, but views are fantastic. On arrival in Chiang Sean we visit the major sights including Wat Phrathat Jom Kitti, Wat Chedi Luang and a nearby museum. Heading out of the town we drive through some verdant and rugged mountain scenery to the famous Golden Triangle in which powerful warlords have fought for control the opium trade. After a visit to the border town of Mae Sai we return to Chiang Sean, stopping en route at Mae Chan to explore the large Akha and Yao hill tribe settlements. Overnight in Chiang Sean. Includes: (B)
Day 5: Chiang Sen – Chiang Khong (Exit to Laos). This morning we embark on our vehicle for a short drive delivering us at Chiang Khong. The trip ends after arrival at border gate. Includes: (B)
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