This North Thailand tour provides a broad insight into different landscapes and cultural highlights. The trip leads from the Central Plains to the west and continues along the border of Myanmar. Before reaching Chiang Mai you explore Thailand's highest mountain.
In the morning pick up at your hotel in Bangkok. Drive to Pak Kret and visit the local market on the river banks of the Chao Phraya. Boat ride with a traditional longtail boat to Koh Kret. The small island is home to the Mon people. Explore the island with a bicycle, passing through orchards and small villages. Lunch at a local restaurant. Visit the royal summer palace at Bang Pa In. Board a longtail boat and drive along small river communities to Ayutthaya. After arriving in the former capital of Siam transfer to the hotel. In the evening visit the lively night market.
After breakfast explore the famous temple ruins of What Mahatat and Wat Yai Chaimongkon. Visit Wat Phanan Choeng with the huge sitting Buddha statue. 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.
After breakfast visit the morning market. Enjoy the beautiful view over the countryside from a nearby mountain temple. Drive to Hup Pa Tat valley, also known as Jurassic park. The valley is complete surrounded by high cliffs. It has a higher humidity than its surroundings, providing an abundant flora. On the way north stop for lunch at a local restaurant. In 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. Drive to Sukothai, Thailand’s first capital. Check-in at the hotel and discover the city.
After breakfast short drive to Sukhothai Historical Park. Explore the UNESCO world heritage site with its impressive temple complexes, palace buildings and Buddha sculptures. Drive west towards the border of Myanmar. Lunch at a local restaurant. Afterwards explore the Lansang National Park. Hike to one of the scenic waterfalls. Continue to the border town of Mae Sot. Visit Wat Thai Wattanaram, also known as Wat Thai Yai. The temple houses a 45 meter long reclining Buddha image and a beautiful marble Buddha statue. Transfer to the hotel and check in.
After breakfast visit the colorful border market. Thai, Burmese, Chinese, Indians and Karen people are trading a huge variety of items. The following scenic drive leads along Moei River through the mountains. Stop at a refugee camp. Visit a Karen hill tribe village. Afterwards explore the Mae Usu cave with its impressive stalactites and stalagmites. Lunch at a local restaurant. At Mae Ngao National Park enjoy rafting along the Mae Ngao River. The ride leads through dense tropical forest. Drive to Mae Sariang and check in at the hotel.
After breakfast drive along rice fields towards Mae Chaem district. Stop at some farms and chance to communicate with the locals. Continue to the 2,565 meter high Doi Inthanon. It is Thailand's highest mountain and located at Doi Inthanon National Park. Enjoy the fantastic view from the mountain plateau. Visit of the royal pagodas. Lunch at a local restaurant. Walk to the Wachirathan waterfall. Transfer to the airport, train station or hotel in Chiang Mai.
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|Mae Sariang||Riverhouse Resort||Standard Room||1|
|Sukhothai||The Legendha Sukhothai Resort||Superior Room||1|
|Uthai Thani||Uthai River Lake Resort||Superior Room||1|
|Mae Sot||Centara Mae Sot Hill Resort||Superior Room||1|
|Ayutthaya||Krungsri River Hotel||Luxury Room||1|
Air-conditioned car /van and driver
English speaking guide (French and German speaking guides available upon request)
Rates include all entrance fees as per program
Accommodation as listed on twin sharing basis
Daily breakfast in the hotel (B)
Other meals as per itinerary (L/D)
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.