From the cosmopolitan of Bangkok to historical Bridge over the Kwai and spectacular Erawan waterfalls, glittering monuments in Ayutthaya ancient capital to the Golden Triangle, enchanting Chiang Mai to hidden hill tribe villages and beauty spots in Pai and Mae Hong Son, this 14 day itinerary covers lots of ground and offers a great chance to delve deep into fascinating Thailand.   

  • Thriving street life of Bangkok
  • Lively Damnoen Saduak floating market
  • Spectacular Erawan waterfalls & National park
  • Exploring the Golden Triangle
  • Wonderful sunset at Pay Canyon
  • Hill tribe villages in Pai & Mae Hong Son
  • Tham Lod Cave exploring
  • Trekking Doi Inthanon National Park
Trip Length: 14 days | Trip Style: Comfort | Trip Theme: Culture & Nature | Physical Rating: | Start/End city: Bangkok/Chiang Mai
Places visited: Bangkok - Ratchaburi - Kanchanaburi - Erawan NP - Ayutthaya - Chiang Rai - Golden Triangle - Chiang Mai - Pai - Mae Hong Son - Doi Inthanon NP
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Itinerary Details

Royal Palace, Bangkok , Thailand
Chao Phraya River, Bangkok, Thailand

Sa-wat-dee! Welcome to Bangkok, the “City of Angels"!
Met and greeted at the airport and transfer to hotel for check in (check in time is 14.00). Remainder of the day is at your leisure.
Being one of Asia's most cosmopolitan cities with magnificent temples and palaces, authentic canals, busy markets and a vibrant nightlife, Bangkok really has something for everyone.   
Enjoy your free time to roam around, soaking up the sights, smells and sounds of the thriving metropolis. Perhaps, you may like to take a river taxi to the bustling Chinatown for an exploring of colorful streets, wander through busy local market for a shopping spree, enjoy a Thai massage, or walk down the famous tourist mecca of Khao San road and venture on a street food crawl.  

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Private airport transfer
Hotel in bangkok
Wat Pho temple, Bangkok, thailand
China Town, 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, hop on a colorful river taxi and cruise on Bangkok canals to visit the city’s China town. Wander through crowded street, visit a Chinese temple and perhaps enjoy some fun shopping around.
Back to the hotel and remainder of the day is at your leisure.

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Sightseeing bangkok
Private vehicle
Hotel in bangkok
Damonen Saduak floating market, Ratchaburi, Thailand
Bridge over The Kwai River, Kanchanaburi, Thailand

Leave Bangkok and drive southwestward to the Ratchaburi Province for the Damnoen Saduak floating market. Make stops along the way to visit salt fields and chat with salt workers in Samut Songkhram and to experience the interesting Mae Klong Railway Market which has the train tracks running right through with canopies quickly shut and stuffs are moved in whenever the train passing by. This place is full of locally grown fruits, freshly caught seafood, dried spices, peppers, and other local foods.
Then, hop on a long-tail boat and cruise along winding canal to the Damnoen Saduak floating market where you will see a fascinating Thai way of life from the ancient time that is still widely practiced in this area. It is a great chance to try various kinds of exotic Thai fruits and Thai foods or make some fun shopping for Thai handicrafts that are available at the spot.
Continue to Kanchanaburi Province and upon arrival, visit the Chong Kai Allied War Cemetery which is the resting place for 1,740 POWs who died of force labor, malnutrition, sickness and sub-human treatment under the cruelness of Japanese Imperialism Army during the construction of the Siam – Burma railway that known as the Death Railway. Next is the Baan Tai Temple which used to be the camp of the POWs and then, take a long tail boat cruise on the Kwai River exploring the sceneries along banks and the old bridge that featured in world’s famous book and film: The Bridge on the River Kwai.
Overnight at hotel in Kanchanaburi.

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Ratchaburi & Kanchanaburi explore
Private vehicle
Hotel in kanchanaburi
Erwan waterfall, Kanchanaburi, Thailand
Erwan waterfall, Thailand

Depart for Erawan waterfall in the Erawan National Park, about 75km from Kanchanaburi. The fall has seven levels dropping down over 1,500m and is regarded as one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Thailand.
You can walk to each level fairly easily on the paths but if you're aiming to get to the very top then it's a bit of a scramble up the cliff - it's worth the effort though!
Enjoy your time trekking, swimming or relaxing at one of the many waterfalls.

After that, drive toward Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of Thailand from the 14th to 18th centuries. This city, during its glorious time, was the largest and one of the most magnificent cities in the world before being destroyed by war with the Burmese in 1767-1768. Located in the valley of the Chao Phraya River, Ayutthaya became the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai. Its remains, characterized by reliquary towers and gigantic monasteries, give an idea of its past splendor.
Check in hotel and enjoy the evening free at your leisure.

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Private vehicle
erawan waterfalls explore
Hotel in ayutthaya
Ayutthaya historical park, Thailand
Bang Pa In Royal Palace, Ayutthaya, Thailand

After breakfast, we spend time to discover the Ayutthaya Historical Park. Wander through ruins and ancient temples and delve deep into the Kingdom’s historical glory.
Also, this morning we will have chance to visit to local market, experience some interesting shopping of local products, sample one of the most famous delights of Ayutthaya – candy floss roti; visit to local houses for local interaction and to learn about their life and traditions as well as observing the traditional handicraft.

Later, visit the Bang Pa In Royal Palace. Enjoy the sightseeing of majestic royal gardens, mansions and landscaping including the Wehart Chamrunt, the Warophat Phiman, the tower Ho Withun Thasana and the Aisawan Thiphya-Art pavilion…
Continue to Wat Nivet Thammmpravat, one of the most distinctive Buddhist temples with its remarkable Gothic style architecture and stained glass windows.

Drive back to Bangkok in the afternoon and remainder of the day is at your leisure.

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Private vehicle
Sightseeing ayutthaya
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.

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Private vehicle
Internal flight
Sightseeing chiang rai
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

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Private vehicle
touring golden triangle
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.

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Private vehicle
Sightseeing chiang mai
Hotel in chiang mai
cooking class, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Night street, Chiang Mai, Thailand

This morning you will have chance to explore the fascinating cuisine of Chiang Mai with an interesting class at a Thai cooking school.
The course begins with a visit to the food market where your Thai chef will guide you through the market and provide descriptions of the array of exotic items in the bustling marketplace, giving you instructions of how to get right ingredient for your cooking, how to use them, and what to use instead in case you can’t get them at home. Upon returning to the cooking school, you will begin the fun, informative course on how to prepare five different Thai dishes and then, it is time for you to enjoy the excellent meal you have prepared. Of course, after the class you will also have for you a comprehensive recipe book for the dished you have done.

Remainder of the day is free at your leisure to explore lovely Chiang Mai at your own page.

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thai cooking class
Breakfast & lunch
Hotel in chiang mai
Pai landscape, Pai, Thailand
Pai canyon, Thailand

Depart Chiang Mai and drive northwestward to Pai. After a short drive out of the town we will make stop to visit the Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden which covers an area of more than a thousand hectares of hills and forest, with 12 greenhouses displaying a huge variety of native plants and flowers. This is the center to research, maintaining biodiversity and promoting environmental conservation.
Continue to Mork Fa Waterfalls, a beauty spot in Mea Tang district, part of the Doi Suthep-Pui National Park. Here we take a short walk along the forest path to the fall to enjoy the scenery and perhaps to take a swim there.
Nearer to Pai, you will spend time to visit the Pai Memorial Bridge, a historical site from the World War II, build by the Japanese troop in 1941 with forced labor of locals in order to pave the way for their attack to Burma.
Check in hotel and after a break, you will take a visit to the Mae Yen Temple with great view of the surrounding areas.
End the day with visit to the Pai Canyon, the nature site of the beautiful eroded red sandstone, sometimes described as the answer to the Grand Canyon though not really that big. Enjoy a hike along narrow trails, lingering around and catch up spectacular sunset with mesmerizing surrounding mountain landscape from view point.
Back to the hotel and evening is at your leisure.

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Private vehicle
pai explore
Hotel in pai
Monks in Hae hong son, Thailand
Mae Hong Son night market, Thailand

After breakfast, check out and leaving Pai to Mae Hong Son.  
On the way, make stops to visit the Sai Ngam hot spring with cystal clear water where you can take a swim; Tham Lod - one of Thailand’s most impressive caves, with a freshwater stream running through the middle of the cave, containing beautiful stalactites and stalagmites and artifacts of the prehistoric man dating back from 5000BC; hill tribe villages of Lahu, Lisu and Karen people. 

Check in hotel and this afternoon you will take a city tour of Mea Hong Son with visit to the Burmese style temples Wat Jong Kham and Wat Jong Klang built by Shan people who make up about 50% of population here, Wat Phra Dhat Doi Kong Moo with its beautiful view over Mae Hong Sorn.
Remainder of the day is at your leisure.

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Private vehicle
mae hong son touring
Hotel in mae hong son
Royal Twin Pagodas, Doi inthanon NP, Chiang Mai
Wachirathan Waterfall, Doi Inthanon NP, Chiang Mai

Leave Mae Hong Son to Doi Inthanon National Park.
Visit the Royal Twin Pagodas on the top of the mountain at level of 2,565 meters above the sea level, known as Naphamethinidon and Naphaphonphumisiri, built to honor Their Majesties the King and Queen of Thailand.  
Following, take a 2 hour hike on the Pha Dok Sieo Trail along wilderness of the jungle and the cloud forest. On the hike we will have chance to see waterfalls, birds, flowers, rice fields and scenic views. Visit the White Karen hill tribe village famous for their coffee plantations.
Later, explore the Wachirathan Waterfall, a spectacular nature highlight in the national park area which has the water runs all year round.
Drive further to get back to Chiang Mai. Check in hotel and remainder of the day is at your leisure.

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Private vehicle
Doi inthanon np trek
Hotel in chiang mai
Chiang Mai street, Thailand
Chiang Mai street, Thailand

Today you're free to enjoy Chiang Mai at your own pace. There are quite a few of optional activities to check out if you wish. Perhaps you may like to pick up a bicycle and take a leisurely ride to explore the surrounding country or simply award yourself with a traditional Thai massage. It is also a good idea to take a visit to an elephant sanctuary where you can contact with lovely giant animals at their happy land, playing and feeding them and learn about the importance of natural conservation. This evening, why not head out and join in the exciting atmosphere at the Chiang Mai famous night markets.

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Hotel in chiang mai

Breakfast is at the hotel.
Enjoy your morning free at leisure. Check out time is at 12.00AM.

Get transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Safe travel and see you again!

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Number of Persons 2 3 - 4 5 - 6 7 - 8 9 - 10 11 - 12 13 - 15 Single supp
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