Overview

Located in Southeast Asia, Thailand covers a total area of approximately 513,000 square kilometers (198,000 square miles) and is the 50th largest country in the world and the 12th largest in Asia!

Thailand is divided into six regions: North, Northeast, Central, South, East, and West.

Thailand has three seasons: wet, cool, and hot. Depending on where and when you travel Thailand, it is always good to check the weather before visiting as some areas are better in certain seasons.

What’s included
  • Arrival & departure transfer
  • Meet & greet at the airport
  • 2 nights in Bangkok at Rembrandt Hotel or similar
  • 1 night in Phitsanulok at Amarin Lagoon Hotel or similar
  • 1 night in Sukhothai at The Legendha Sukhothai Resort or similar
  • 2 nights in Chiang Mai at Furama Chiang Mai or similar
  • 1 night in Chiang Mai at Maekok River Village Resort or similar
  • 1 night in Chiang Rai The Legend Chiang Rai Boutique River Resort & Spa or similar
  • 21 Meals: 8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 6 Dinners
  • Tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
  • English Speaking Tour Leader during all tour
  •  Service charge and Government tax
    Not Included
  • One way airfare Chiang Rai to Bangkok
  • Visa to Thailand
  • Water and drinks during meals
  • Tips
  • Other meals not mentioned in the program
  • Personal expenses
Details

Duration: 9 days & 8 nights

Travel Style: Guaranteed Departures

Minimum Passengers: 2
Based on double occupancy

Type of Service: Shared
Small group experience | All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Full itinerary
Please Note

While it is our intention to adhere to the route described, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable, to make alterations. On Day 1 of the tour you will be advised of any amendments.

Accommodations

Below is an example of the hotel we may use in this city. For the actual hotel your specific departure will be using, please check your voucher.

DAY 1 | ARRIVAL – BANGKOK

Arrive Suvarnabhumi Bangkok airport, you are met and transferred to your hotel, check in and free at leisure. Check into your hotel and spend rest of the day at leisure.

| Overnight in Bangkok
DAY 2 | BANGKOK – AYUTTHAYA – LOPBURI – PHITSANULOK

Breakfast at the hotel in Bangkok.

Afterwards depart to Ayuthaya and explore the 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 candy floss. There will be a short stop to see 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 Pitsanulok and check in at your 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 sample various kinds of deep fried edible insects like grasshoppers, silkworms, crickets, and water bugs.

| Overnight in Phitsanulok
|  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3 | PHITSANULOK – SUKHOTHAI – SRI SATCHANALAI – SUKHOTHAI

Breakfast at the hotel.

Visit at Wat Maha Dhat with its Thailand’s most beautiful Buddha image, Phra Buddha Jinaraj. Depart for Sukhothai, Thailand’s first capital of Thailand (1257-1379) to visit Sukhothai Historical Park. It was once a walled city surrounded by a moat and has been declared as World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The park contains almost 200 ruined chedis in remarkable condition. Visit the Sangkhalok pottery village to see local artisans throwing and hand-painting dishes and other objects made in ancient kilns. You will have an opportunity to learn and practice your hand painting on the pottery dishes. Sangkhalok is the name of a type of metallic ceramics, both glazed and unglazed. Lunch at a local restaurant. Continue to Sri Satchanalai, northern outpost town 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.”

| Overnight in Sukhothai
|  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4 | 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 plow 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 your 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 teak-wood in Northern style is used as the riverside restaurant.

| Overnight in Chiang Mai
|  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5 | Chiang Mai

An early start and a wonderful chance to make merit 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. In the afternoon, you will visit Handicraft Villages to observe manufacturing of lacquerware, spinning, and weaving of Thai Silk and paper umbrella making. Enjoy a typical Thai dinner with a presentation of ancient dances from northern Thailand, followed by a performance of dances and songs of various hill tribes.

| Overnight in Chiang Mai
|  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 6 | CHIANG MAI – THATORN

Breakfast Depart Chiang Mai to visit an orchid farm.

Continue to visit an elephant camp and watch elephants handling the huge logs. The elephants’ strength and strategic teamwork will amaze you. Lunch at local restaurant. Proceed to Thatorn 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 caven is illuminated by electric lights, while deepest recesses can be explored with oil lanterns. Arrive Thatorn, a small village just a few kilometers from the Burmese border.

Check in at your hotel.

Dinner and accommodations.

| Overnight in Thatorn
|  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 7 | THATORN – CHIANG RAI

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel.

Depart Thatorn 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 Hilltribe villages. Afterwards, head to Ban Pha Tai and board on motor-powered traditional boats for a three-hour journey down Kok River, passing tiny hill-tribe villages, bamboo huts, and jungle. Upon arrival in Chiang Rai, check into your hotel. Enjoy 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. Visit the statue of King Mengrai who built Chiang Rai City, the Hilltibe Museum, and a local market before returning to the hotel.

Enjoy dinner at the hotel.

| Overnight in Chiang Rai
|  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 8 | CHIANG RAI – BANGKOK

Following breakfast, depart from Chiang Rai to visit the Golden Triangle where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos meet. Take a short boat ride on Mekong River. Picnic lunch box provided. 3:30 PM – Transfer to Depart Chiang Rai by TG-135 (Not included, to be booked by agent) 4:45 PM – Upon arrival in Bangkok, you will be transferred to your hotel.

| Overnight in Bangkok
|  Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 9 | DEPARTURE – BANGKOK

Begin your morning with breakfast.

You will be transferred to Bangkok International Airport at the appropriate time, depending on your departure time

|  Breakfast
Departures
Hotels
The Legend Chiang Rai Boutique River Resort & Spa

Located along the banks of Mae Kok River, The Legend Chiang Rai Boutique River Resort & Spa features Thai Lanna architecture, panoramic views of the hills, mountains and river, an outdoor infinity pool with massage jets, as well as 3 on-site restaurants. Guests can enjoy free WiFi in all areas, and private parking. There is van transfer service to Night Bazaar and the walking street on Saturdays and Sundays.

Each spacious studio and villa are fitted with an open living room with large windows that open out to view of the river or garden, and an outdoor bathroom with natural stone tiles. Other amenities include a personal safe, mini stereo, DVD/CD Player, and satellite TV. A tea/coffee maker, mini-bar and hairdryer are provided.

The Legend Chiang Rai Boutique River Resort & Spa also features the Chiang Saen Spa which features both indoor and outdoor treatment rooms, and a well-equipped fitness room. Guests can approach staff at the 24-hour front desk for assistance of tour and excursion arrangements, cooking class opt-ins, and bike/car rental.

Maekok River Village Resort

Located by the river, The Maekok River Village Resort offers beautiful accommodations with private patio. It offers stunning views, an outdoor pool and the convenience of a restaurant.

Maekok River Resort is a 1.5-hour drive from Chiang Rai Airport and a 3-hour drive from Chiang Mai Town.

Spacious rooms are air-conditioned and surrounded by tropical gardens. They are equipped with satellite TV, a fridge and a mini-bar. They all have a private bathroom and seating area.

Maekok Resort provides activities such as trekking, cycling and cooking classes. Massage services are also available.

The Spice Garden Restaurant offers local and European dishes using products from the hotel’s organic farm. Stunning views of the river and valley accompany meals. Coffee can be enjoyed all day at Aod’s Bar.

Furama Chiang Mai

A 5-minute drive from Chiang Mai’s city center, Furama offers spacious rooms with flat-screen TVs. The hotel has 2 swimming pools and 4 dining options, including a rooftop restaurant. Free WiFi is available in the rooms.

Furama Chiang Mai is a 5-minute walk from the famous shopping street of Chiang Mai City, Nimman Hemin Road. Chiang Mai International Airport is a 15-minute ride away.

The rooms feature views of the city and Doi Suthep Mountain. Each room has either a dining or seating area, a safety deposit box, and tea/coffee making facilities. Some rooms have a bathtub with a separate shower. Slippers and free toiletries are provided.

Guests can relax in the sauna, or exercise in the fitness room. The hotel offers the convenience of a 24-hour reception, a business center, and a tour desk. Car rental and 24-hour room service are available.

The rooftop Xanadu Pub & Restaurant offers Thai specialties and live entertainment. Other options include French dining at The Grill Room, Thai and international meals at Heritage Café, and snacks and beverages at the lobby lounge.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Useful info about our trips

  • UPGRADED HOTELS AVAILABLE (for an additional fee)

  • All tours and entrance fees are included

  • All taxes are included and NO HIDDEN FEES

  • International Airfare is not included, but we can book it for you at very competitive rates

  • Alterations

    A transfer fee may be assessed for alterations to packages, itineraries/tours and suggested arrival/departure dates

  • Price are based on double occupancy

    Prices are per person and based on double occupancy. All prices are expressed in US dollars. Prices for vacation packages are subject to change without notice.

  • All travel documents are the responsibility of the passenger.

  • Travel insurance is highly recommended.

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