Explore spectacular Thailand from thriving Bangkok street life to the glittering temples of Chiang Rai, the authentic land and typical hill tribe culture of Golden Triangle to enchanting Chiang Mai. Soak up the sights, sounds and smells, be amazed at the culture glories and tap into fascinating features that Thailand has to offer.

  • Thriving street life of Bangkok
  • Boat cruise through Bangkok’s winding canals
  • Cycling Bang Krachao green oasis
  • Amazing white Temple of Chiang Rai
  • The Golden Triangle visit
  • Karen long neck village visit
  • Chiang Mai Elephant sanctuary
Trip Length: 8 days | Trip Style: Comfort | Trip Theme: Heritage, Local life & culture | Physical Rating: | Start/End city: Bangkok/Chiang Mai
Places visited: Bangkok - Chiang Rai - Golden Triangle - Chiang Mai
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Bangkok street, thailand
view of Bangkok at night, Thailand

Sa-wat-dee! Welcome to Bangkok, the “City of Angels"!
The capital and the largest city of the Kingdom of Thailand is one of Asia's most cosmopolitan cities with magnificent temples and palaces, authentic canals, busy markets and a vibrant nightlife that has something for everyone.  
Pick up from the airport and transfer to hotel (check in time is 14.00)
The remainder of the day is at your leisure to roam around, soaking up the sights, smells and sounds of the thriving metropolis or set out on a shopping spree.

Summary of inclusions

Private airport transfer
Hotel in bangkok
Bangkok temple, Bangkok, Thailand
Boat cruise canal of Thonburi, Bangkok, Thailand

Take an early visit to the famed Wat Pho to observe the serene morning chanting ritual of the monks, an incredible start for the day. This temple is considered highest among the six first-class Royal temples in Thailand, housing the largest collection of Buddha images in the country and is home to the famous 46 m long reclining Buddha. Wander around the temple ground for sightseeing and admiring the huge gold-plated reclining Buddha with auspicious symbols on the feet.
Continue to the majestic Royal Grand Palace, Bangkok’s most important landmark which used to be the residence of the Kings of Thailand and is one of the most beautiful samples of an ancient Siamese court. Nearby is the Wat Phra Kaew, popularly known as the Temple of Emerald Buddha, which houses the mysterious Buddha image that is meticulously carved from a single block of jade and deeply venerated as the country's palladium.
Following, visit the Wat Traimit, another Bangkok's famous temple with the Golden Buddha Image weighing over 5.5 tons of solid gold. The statue, said to be casted sometime around 14 century and was covered with a layer of stucco, was revealed in 1955 when people were trying to install it into a newly built viharn at the present place.
Later, you will take a long-tail cruise along the winding ‘khlongs’ (canals) of Thonburi, another world away from the chaotic streets of the capital, passing lush green dotted with gilded temples on both banks, wooden stilts houses right on water, charming local markets and vendor boats serving up Thai delicacies. Life along these ‘khlongs’ has long been an inseparable part of the Thai lifestyle and has hardly changed over the years.
Remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Summary of inclusions

Private vehicle
Sightseeing bangkok
Hotel in bangkok
Cycling Bang Krachao, Bangkok, thailand
view of Bangkok temple, Thailand

This morning you will spend time to explore Bang Krachao, the “Bangkok’s green lung”, a hidden jungle oasis offering wonderful escape from chaotic streets of the capital. Surrounded by the Chao Phraya River, Bang Krachao is some kind of a wetland that comprises several square miles of evergreen mangrove forests, ponds and lakes, small homesteads, with elevated pathways running zigzag through scenic tropical abundance. This land is unique and amazing in its own right, providing a taste of what one could expect from Thailand’s amazing national parks.
Take a bicycle for a leisurely ride, enjoy the serene natural setting as you paddle along pathways precariously perched above the canals under foliage of jungle, visiting floating market (weekend), local temple, explore Thai village life, and why not grab a beer at a tree house bar and enjoy the splendor of your surroundings – you'll find it hard to believe you're near the centre of the Thai capital.
Back to Bangkok center and remainder of the day is at your leisure.
Perhaps, you may like to hop on a tuk tuk and ride to the bustling Chinatown for an exploring of colorful streets, wander through busy market for some fun shopping or indulge yourself with a beautiful Thai massage. In the evening why not walk down the famous tourist mecca of Khao San road and venture on a street food crawl.  

Summary of inclusions

Private vehicle
cycling bang krachao
Hotel in bangkok
Wat Rong Suea Ten, Chiang Rai, Thailand
Sightseeing Chiang Rai, Thailand

Take a morning flight to Chiang Rai.
Being the northernmost large city in Thailand and has been noted as ‘the gateway to the Golden Triangle’, Chiang Rai is home to unique local culture, wonderful ancient architectures, relaxed atmosphere and fine local foods.  
Upon arrival, enjoy the exploring tour of Chiang Rai city which starts with a visit to the statue of King Mengrai who founded Chiang Rai. Then, spend time to explore the remarkable Wat Phra Kaew which is the original home of the holy Emerald Buddha.
Following is the Oub Kham Museum, the centre of the Lanna Heritage Conservation Centre that houses artifacts from ancient Lanna kingdoms that once occupied parts of Thailand, Laos, Burma and Vietnam. It houses, amongst other prominent stuffs, the Golden Throne of Chiang Tung (now Keng Tung, located in eastern Burma).
From here we cross the Kok River to visit to the Wat Rong Suea Ten, a magnificent temple famous for its blue colors and intricate carvings.
If time permits, you will also visit to the Black House (Baan Dam) which includes nearly 40 small black houses in various unique traditional styles. There is is a great display of huge collections of paintings, sculptures, animal bones, skins, sorns, and silver and gold items from around the world.
Evening is at your leisure.

Summary of inclusions

Private vehicle
Internal flight
Sightseeing chiang ra
Hotel in chiang rai
Karen hilltribe girl, Chiang Rai, Thailand
Golden Trianggle, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Early breakfast at the hotel and then depart for the Golden Triangle where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet. Here we will take visit to the Opium Museum and surrounding sights and learn about the name “Golden Triangle”.
Continue with drive on winding road along the border with splendid views of mountain landscapes with stops to visit hill tribe villages of Karen long neck, Akha, Yao and Lisu people.
You will also spend time to visit a jade cutting factory and colorful local market where you can learn more about local products and merchant practice.
Drive down to Chiang Mai and stop for visiting the Wat Rong Khun which popularly known as White Temple, a prominent religious architecture with white color and very ornate carving and decoration and the Mae Kachan Natural Hot Springs in Wieng Pa Pao district.
Check in hotel in Chiang Mai and remainder of the day is at your leisure

Summary of inclusions

Private vehicle
Golden triangle tour
Hotel in chiang mai
Chiang Mai street, Chiang mai, Thailand
Royal Park Rajapruek, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Start your exciting day with a short drive out of the town then along the scenic winding mountain road to the Doi Suthep Temple, the holiest temple in Chiang Mai which situated on a hill thousand meters above the surrounding landscapes. Climb the 309 step naga-guarded stairway up to the temple, exploring the fascinating temple ground, listen to the beautiful chanting by resident monks and enjoy the rewarding view of Chiang Mai’s downtown and surroundings.
Following, drive to the Royal Park Rajapruek, a wonderful botanical garden that covers an area of 80 hectares and divided into different zones with the prominent Lanna architecture of Ho Kham Luang Royal Pavilion perched at the center.
Spend our time to explore the Orchid Garden to see rare orchids and hop into different areas to explore the architectures and gardening cultures from different countries around the world.
Today you will also visit Bor Sang village that is well known for traditional handicrafts of paper umbrella-making.

Return to your hotel in remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Summary of inclusions

Private vehicle
Sightseeing chiang mai
Hotel in chiang mai
Elephant camp, Chiang mai, Thailand
night street, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Drive approximately an hour out of Chiang Mai through rolling hills, forest, and local farming areas to Kanta Elephant Sanctuary and enjoy your time with lovely elephants.

This full-day activity offers you the opportunity to get to know each of the remarkable elephants and gain understanding about their daily lives and behaviors.
You will enjoy your day with these friendly and happy elephants in a safe area, feeding them, play with them, roaming around with them, bathing them in the river. Taking your time to observe and allowing the elephants to enjoy each moment of their freedom, scratching, rubbing, throwing dirt, enjoy the view and take for you lots of pictures.
This first-hand experience with these giant lovely animals in their natural home is a special time you will never forget.

Drive back Chiang mai and remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Summary of inclusions

elephant experience
Breakfast & lunch
Hotel in chiang mai

Breakfast is at the hotel.

Morning free at your leisure until check out time (12.00AM).
Get transfer to the airport for your flight to onward destination.
Safe travel and see you again!

Summary of inclusions

Private airport transfer

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Number of Persons 2 3 - 4 5 - 6 7 - 8 9 - 10 11 - 12 13 - 15 Single supp
Price Please contact us for best price upon your travel date, number of travelers and specific needs


  • Accommodation in a twin/double sharing room
  • Meals as mentioned
  • English or French speaking guide
  • Transportation on tour by private vehicle
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits
  • Water & cold tissue in car
  • Government taxes & Service charges


  • Other services than mentioned
  • Visa & International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips, Travel insurance
  • Bank transfer fee if any

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