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Northern Thailand & eastern Gulf Coast
Northern Thailand & eastern Gulf Coast
  16 days / 15 nights
  Bangkok - Kanchanaburi - Ayutthaya - Uthai Thani - Sukhothai - Lampang - Chiang Rai - Chiang Mai - Koh Chang - Koh Mak

 

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The combination tour starts with a visit to the fascinating metropolis of Bangkok. This is followed by a comprehensive Northern Thailand round trip with focus on the nature, culture and its people. Afterwards explore the beautiful islands in the eastern Gulf of Siam.

Location Information
DAY 1 - 3 Bangkok

Pick up from the airport in Bangkok and transfer to the Hotel. The next days are at your leisure. Explore the magnificent temples and relicts. Discover the bustling Chinatown, the modern shopping malls and relax in idyllic parks.

DAY 3 Bangkok – Kanchanaburi

In the early morning pick up at the hotel in Bangkok and drive along the Gulf Coast to the west. Stop at the salt fields of the province Samut Sakhon. Visit of the traditional floating market in Damnoen Saduak. Lunch at a local restaurant. Afterwards explore the Erawan National Park with the impressive seven-tier waterfall. Drive to the historical Hellfire Pass where during World War II a railway line was built to Burma by prisoners of war. Continue the tour by long tail boat on the Kwai River along the virgin jungle to the floating hotel. Overnight at the unique raft hotel, surrounded by dense rainforest. After dinner enjoy a performance of traditional Mon dances.

DAY 4 Kanchanaburi – Ayutthaya – Uthai Thani

After breakfast return by boat to the waiting car. Drive towards the ancient capital Ayutthaya. Visit Wat Phanang Choen with its huge seated Buddha and the large Chedi of Wat Yai Chai-Mongkol. Lunch at a local restaurant. Drive along rice fields and plantations to Singburi. Visit a local temple whose surrounding trees are home to giant bats. Continue to Uthai Thani. Cruise along the Sakae Krang River in an old rice barge. Discover the river and the traditional way of life. Drive to the resort and check-in. Dinner with a beautiful view over the lake.

DAY 5 Uthai Thani – Sukhothai – Phitsanulok – Lampang

After breakfast drive to Phitsanulok. Visit Phra Si Rattana Mahathat, known as Wat Yai. The temple houses the statue of Phra Buddha Chinnarat, one of the most beautiful Buddha images in Thailand. Afterwards visit a nearby Buddha statue factory. Lunch at a local Restaurant. Drive to Thailand’s first capital Sukhothai. Visit the historical park, an UNESCO world heritage site. Explore its impressive temple complexes, palace buildings and Buddha sculptures. Continue to Lampang, the gate way to the most northern provinces. Enjoy a horse carriage ride through the old town. Admire the Wat Si Chum temple with its carved teakwood pillars and ceilings. Transfer to the resort with check in.

DAY 6 Lampang – Chiang Rai

After breakfast at the resort drive towards Phayao. Stop at Thailand’s biggest lake. Continue to the famous Golden Triangle where the borders of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet. Lunch at a local restaurant. Afterwards enjoy a boat trip on the mighty Mekong River along impressive sandbanks. On the way stop at a small Laotian village. Afterwards visit the interesting Opium Museum. Drive to the border town of Mae Sai, the northernmost point of Thailand. Explore the huge market. Transfer to Chiang Rai and check in at the hotel.

DAY 7 Chiang Rai – Chiang Mai
After breakfast at the hotel drive along jungle covered mountains. The region is home to Akha and Yao hill tribes. Boat ride on the Mae Kok River towards Thaton. Visit a huge Buddha statue placed on a hilltop. Continue on scenic roads to Chiang Dao, passing rice terraces and fruit orchards. Lunch at a local restaurant. Afterwards explore the huge Chiang Dao cave with its impressive stalagmites and stalactites. Then drive up to Doi Suthep. The view from the famous mountain temple is terrific. Transfer to the hotel in Chiang Mai for check in. In the evening enjoy a classical Kantoke Dinner with traditional northern Thailand folk dances. Afterwards visit the country’s biggest night market.
DAY 8 Chiang Mai – Bangkok by train

After breakfast drive to the elephant camp north of Chiang Mai. During an interesting show the elephants perform some forestry tasks. Enjoy an elephant trek through the forest. Afterwards rafting on the nearby river. Continue to one of Chiang Mai’s many orchid farms. Lunch at the farm and time to admire the beautiful flowers. Return to the city. Late afternoon transfer to the train station in Chiang Mai. Overnight train journey to Bangkok in second-class air-conditioned sleeping bed carriage.

DAY 9 - 14 Koh Chang

In the morning pick up from the train station in Bangkok. Transfer by car/ferry to Koh Chang. Check in at your resort. 

On the second day after arrival pick up in the morning from your resort. Boat excursion through the Koh Chang Marine National Park, including snorkeling and lunch.

The following days are at your leisure. Relax at the beautiful beaches, swim in the clear water or explore the interior of Thailand’s second biggest islands.

DAY 14 - 16 Koh Mak
In the morning pick up from your hotel. Transfer by car/speed boat to Koh Mak. Check in at your resort. The following day is at your leisure. Enjoy the tranquil beaches and lonely coves or discover the small island by motorbike.

On the last day transfer back to Bangkok Airport or your hotel.

End of service.

Note: day 3 - 8 are with guide.
Accommodation
Destination Hotel Rating Category Nights
Koh Chang Koh Chang Paradise Resort & Spa Superior Bungalow 5
Bangkok Narai Hotel Superior Room 2
Kanchanaburi River Kwai Jungle Rafts
River Kwai Resotel

Raft Room (Half Board)
Standard Chalet
1
Lampang Lampang River Lodge Standard Room 1
Koh Mak Koh Mak Resort Comfort Beachfront Bungalow - 1 Bedroom 2
Uthai Thani Uthai River Lake Resort Superior Room 1
Chiang Rai Laluna Hotel & Resort Garden Bungalow 1
Chiang Mai Centara Duangtawan Hotel Chiang Mai Superior Room 1
Services Included

Air-conditioned car /van and driver

Domestic flights as per itinerary

All transfers, ferries, day tours as per itinerary 

English speaking guide (French and German speaking guides available upon request)

Accommodation as listed on twin sharing basis

Daily breakfast in the hotel (B)

Other meals as per itinerary (L/D)

Services Excluded

Personal expenses

Visa fee by tours to Cambodia/Laos

Tips

Remarks

Children under 12 years sharing room with 2 adults with extra bed 70% of adult rate.

Children under 12 years sharing room with 2 adults without extra bed 50% of adult rate.

Valid only if child travels with two paying adults.

 

 

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