Tour code: RR004A
Duration: 6 days / 5 nights
Operated: Joint & Private arrangement
Departure: Joint mini group with guarantee departure every Monday
Pick up: At hotels in Bangkok
Drop off: At Chiang Mai Airport
Explore the historical, cultural and natural sites of both the central region and northern Thailand including the UNESCO world heritage sites of Ayutthaya and Sukhothai, the unspoiled nature of Uthai Thani, especially the Thai way of life on the raft houses along the tranquil Sakraekrang River, and Hub Patad Cave. The trip continues to the Golden Triangle, once notorious for the traffic of opium and ends with the beauty of Chiang Mai, the “Rose of the North”.
The prices are valid from 01/11/2019 to the 31/10/2020
- Transfers & Tours as mentioned
- Air-conditioned transportation
- All entrance fees as mentioned
- English speaking guide
- 1 night at Country Lake Nature Lodge or similar (sharing twin basis)
- 4 nights at good middle class hotels as mentioned in the program or similar (sharing twin basis)
- Meals as mentioned in the program
- All personal expenses (drinks, minibar, telephone call and etc.)
- Meals that not mentioned
- Air ticket Chiang Mai – Bangkok
- Compulsory Gala Dinner
- Other services
DAY01: BANGKOK- NAKORN CHAISRI RIVER – AYUTTHAYA – UTHAI THANI (-/-D)
Pick up from hotel and drive to Nakorn Chaisri where you board on a converted rice barge at Lampaya temple. Enjoy an approx. one hour river cruise on Nakorn Chaisri River, the second cleanest and most natural river in Thailand. See water vegetable plantations, water birds and the Thai way of life along the riverside. Then continue to Ayutthaya to visit the UNESCO’S World Heritage before going to Uthai Thani. Visit Wat Tasung with its amazing crystal hall and the local market of Uthai Thani on Sakaekrang River, before checking in at the COUNTRY LAKE NATURE LODGE. Dinner and overnight at the resort.
DAY 02: UTHAI THANI – KOH TEPO - HUB PATAD – KAMPHAENGPHET – SUKHOTHAI (B/L/-)
After breakfast, drive to Koh Tepo, a rural community, visit home industry making high quality knifes, visit fruit orchards. Journey on to Hub Patad Valley. Surrounded by old limestone mountains, the hidden forest of rare big palm trees, which seem to be from the time of “Jurassic Park” is waiting for the outside world to be explored. Then continue to Kamphaengphet to visit Wat Pra Kaew, a large royal temple where was used on important city events and had no monks in residence. Continue to Sukhothai, found in the 13th century, literally means Dawn of Happiness. It was the first truly independent Thai Kingdom, which enjoyed a golden age under King Ramkamhaeng, credited with creating the Thai alphabet. The superb temples and monuments of this great city have been lovingly restored in Sukhothai Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must-see for all travellers. Overnight at hotel in Sukhothai.
DAY 03: SUKHOTHAI – PHRAE – PHAYAO – CHIANG RAI (B/L/-)
Breakfast at hotel. Visit the historical Park of Sukhothai, the first capital of Thailand. Continue to Phrae, visit Prathat Suthon Temple which boasts beautiful Northern Thai style building. Teak wooden museum displaying rare antiques in the temple compound is a must-visit. Continue to Chiang Rai via Phayao with a short break at the Lake of Kwan Phayao, the largest fresh water fish habitat in the upper North which provides the livelihood of many of the local people. The surrounding scenery, particularly at dusk, is stunning. Evening arrive in Chiang Rai. Overnight at hotel in Chiang Rai.
DAY 04: CHIANG RAI – GOLDEN TRIANGLE - MAE SAI – CHIANG MAI (B/L/-)
Early morning have breakfast at hotel and afterwards drive to Chiang Saen, an ancient town located on the bank of the Mekong River to visit the Golden Triangle, where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet on the Mekong River, was once supposed to be the center of all the poppy cultivation in Thailand. View the upstream scenery of the Golden Triangle and pay a visit to the Opium Museum. Then continue to Mae Sai, Thailand’s northern- most district to visit Mae Sai Market. Guests enjoy observing cross-border trading and shopping at the market at the Thai-Burmese border. Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon drive along picturesque route to Chiang Mai. Visit Sankampaeng handicraft village to see silk weaving, wood carving and umbrella making. (Optional: evening a traditional Kantoke Dinner and Northern Thai dances with extra cost). Overnight at hotel in Chiang Mai.
DAY 05: CHIANG MAI – MAE SA ELEPHANT CAMP- DOI SUTHEP (B/L/-)
After breakfast at hotel start the trip to Mae Sa Valley to see elephants at work at an elephant camp. Continue to one of the biggest orchid and butterfly farms of Chiang Mai. In the afternoon, drive uphill to visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, the most famous and respected temple in Chiang Mai. Overnight at hotel in Chiang Mai.
DAY 06: CHIANG MAI DEPARTURE (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to airport for departure.