Chiang Mai

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Tour type: Daily Tour
Duration: 8 days
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Travel from Bangkok to Ayuthaya, Phitsanuloke, Sukhothai, Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai on this scenic tour through Northern Thailand. Discover unrivalled Thai hospitality along the way. Northern Thailand is a treasure-trove filled with glittering temples, ancient ruins, exotic markets and sumptuous foods. Explore the capital of Siam's golden age at Sukhothai, the famous Golden Triangle, the Akha way of life in a respectful fashion in Chiang Rai, the bustling markets of Chiang Mai, and enjoy a traditional khantoke dinner - there's so much to discover on this tour through Thailand's northern kingdom.
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On arrival, your guide will meet you upon arrival in Bangkok and transfer you to your hotel for check-in. The rest of the day will be your own for strolling the city. Overnight in Bangkok.
After breakfast, your guide & driver will pick you up to visit the Grand Palace and Wat Pho, enjoy lunch in a local restaurant, and take a walk through one of Bangkok’s most extensive flower markets. You’ll then take a local-style, long-tail boat and visit the “klongs” (canals) of Thonburi. Return to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Bangkok.
After breakfast, you’ll transfer to Ayuthaya to visit the ancient ruins. This ancient capital of Thailand flourished for several hundred years (1350 – 1770), was sacked by the Burmese, and then taken over again by the Thais. It was the last location of the capital before the government based itself in Bangkok.
In the afternoon, you’ll continue to Phitsanuloke. En route, your guide will pick a village where you can stop for refreshments, and a short walk to explore “real life” in a Thai village. Overnight in Bangkok.
After breakfast, you’ll continue on to Sukhothai to visit the historical park and ruins, many of which have been restored now by the Thai Fine Arts Department. This ancient capital preceded the later Ayuthaya period, and one can tell because the architecture is markedly different. The first site where you stop is in the centre of the town of Sukhothai. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Proceed to Sri Satchanalai, a similar & contemporary ruins, but with fewer tourists. You’ll then continue to Phrae town. The Burmese-style temples of Wat Chom Sawan and Phrathat Shoe Hea are notable among other attractions you will visit today before checking in at the hotel.
After breakfast, you’ll visit Wat Baan Pratabjai, which is a house of beautifully carved teak pillars in the graceful “Lanna” Thai style. Proceed to Phayao with stops en route. Lunch is at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, you’ll take a boat trip on the Mekong with a local Mekong Riverboat to visit the famous Golden Triangle before you continue to Chiang Rai. Overnight in Chiang Rai.

In the morning, you’ll drive to Ban Lorcha, an Akha Village. The community based development project here run by the villagers is very good, and here you can visit the Akha way of life in a respectful fashion. Continue to Mae Sai town, the northernmost town in Thailand, on the Burmese border. Border markets are usually interesting, and this one is no exception. Sometimes the border is open for visitors to shop on the Burmese side of the market (no visa necessary, dependant on local conditions).
After lunch at a local restaurant, you’ll continue your drive to Chiang Mai. Check in at the hotel, and relax or explore on your own until dinnertime. Enjoy a traditional Northern “Kantoke dinner” with entertainment. After dinner, you’ll visit the famous Night Bazaar. Overnight in Chiang Mai.
After an American breakfast in the hotel, you will visit Wat Doi Suthep, a mountain temple on the edge of town. Continue on to visit an Elephant Training Camp. Enjoy meeting the huge, friendly pachyderms! You can feed them bananas and fruits that are available on site. You’ll then take a short elephant safari into the jungle. Riding elephants is bouncy, but very exciting! Enjoy lunch in local restaurant and visit a local farm specializing in varieties of the Orchidea family (Orchids), some bred for perfume, others for beauty. After that, you’ll transfer to Chiang Mai airport for flight to Bangkok. On arrival, you’ll be taken to your hotel for check in. Overnight in Bangkok.
After breakfast, you’ll be free until your driver arrives to take you to the airport for your departure flight.
Private tours with Local English speaking guide
Hotel accommodation as mentioned
A/C transport throughout the tours
Flight ticket: Chiang Mai-Bangkok including airport taxes
Entrance fee to any applicable tourist sites
Meals as indicated
Boat cruise as mentioned
Cold water and towel during the trip
Government tax & Service charge
International flight ticket
Visa stamps upon arrival
Other meals not mentioned
Tips & personal expenses
Laundry
Other not stated above
Travel insurance

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