- Duration: 8 days, 7 nights
- Destination: Bangkok, Ayuthaya, Phitsanuloke, Sukhothai, Sri Lampang, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai
- Category: Cruise, culture, history
- Class: 4 stars
- Description: A seat-in-coach Thailand round-trip tour starting in Bangkok and taking you on a road trip through the Thai countryside. Journey to Ayuthaya, Phitsanuloke, Sukhothai, Sri Satchanlai, Lampang, Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai. Explore World Heritage Sites, unique cultures and Thai heritage.
Day 1, Sunday: Arrive Bangkok. Arrive Bangkok airport, meet and greet by your guide and transferred by air conditioned vehicle to your hotel for check-in.
Day 2, Monday: Bangkok. A visit to this exquisite collection of traditional Thai homes, set in beautiful gardens, gives you an insight into the appreciation of art and gardening by members of the Royal Family. Named after the cabbage patch (Suan Pakkad) which used to occupy this land, it was built as a weekend resort by HRH Prince Chombhotpong Paripatra of Nagor Svarga and his consort, Mom Ratchawong Pantip. They took up permanent residence there after World War II. The compound contains seven traditional houses that display the diverse art collection assembled by these connoisseurs. Includes: (B).
Day 3, Tuesday: Bangkok - Ayuthaya - Phitsanuloke. Early morning breakfast followed by check-out. drive to Bang Pa In for a scenic boat trip to Ayutthaya. Visit Wat Panangchoen, Wat Yai Chaya Mongkol and the ancient ruins of Wat Chai Wattanaram. Then continue to Bang Sadet village, where we will visit an orphanage. After lunch at a local restaurant, continue to Phitsanulok. Visit Wat Maha That and its highly revered Buddha statue, Phra Buddha Jinaraj. Includes: (B, L).
Day 4, Wednesday: Phitsanuloke - Sukhothai - Sri Satchanalai - Lampang. Drive to Sukhothai, where you will visit the ancient ruins at Sukhothai Historical Park; a short ride on a traditional ox-cart brings you to Wat Sri Chum with it's gigantic Buddha statue. Continue to Sri Satchanalai for lunch at Gaeng Luang Restaurant. Upon arrival in Lampang, we take you on a 1-hour horse carriage ride through town with photo stops at two interesting temples, each which its own architectural style and history: Wat Si Rong Muang, Wat Pratu Phong. We will also visit Baan Sao Nak, a 100-year old teak-wood mansion. Includes: (B, L).
Day 5, Thursday: Lampang - Chiang Rai. Drive to the Golden Triangle. After lunch at the Imperial Golden Triangle Hotel, take a boat ride on the Mekong River, where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos converge. Continue to Mae Sai, the northern most city bordering Myanmar. Includes: (B, L).
Day 6, Friday: Ciang Rai - Chiang Mai. Early morning depart for Chiang Mai with a brief photo stop at Wat Rong Khun Wat Rong Khun, which is very different to any of temple you are likely to see in Thailand. The temple is almost entirely white – no other colours are used at all. Arrive in Chiang Mai at noon and check in at your hotel. Lunch at Empress Hotel. In the afternoon, visit Wat Doi Suthep, a famous landmark of the city, tucked away in the mountains at an elevation of 1,056 meters. The temple is reached by climbing 290 steps, flanked by a NAGA balustrade on both sides. Includes: (B, L).
Day 7, Saturday: Chiang Mai - Train. Visit Mae Saa Elephant camp and watch the skilled elephants at work. Continue to an orchid farm for lunch, then return to town and visit the handicraft villages in Sankampheng. Transfer to Chiang Mai Railway Station. Depart by second-class air-conditioned train with sleeping berth. Includes: (B, L).
Day 8, Sunday: Arrive Bangkok. Arrive Bangkok railway station early morning and end of services. Onward transfer to your next destination is not included in the package price and charged separately according to your next destination.
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