OVERVIEW

Travel across Thailand from sparkling modernity through its golden pages of history, richness of culture and mesmerizing landscapes. Explore the vibrant street life and savor exotic tastes, wander through ancient glories, and be enchanted by marvelous nature from the central plain up to mountainous north of this fascinating Kingdom.

Highlights
  • Cruise the winding canals of Thonburi
  • Ayutthaya Royal garden 
  • Sukhothai Historical Park visit
  • Horse carriage ride in Lampang
  • Thung Kwian Jungle Market
  • Chiang Mai cooking class
  • Local village visit & local interaction
Trip Length: 9 days | Trip Style: Comfort | Trip Theme: Heritage, Culture & local life | Physical Rating: | Start/End city: Bangkok/Chiang Mai
Places visited: Bangkok - Ayutthaya - Uthai Thani - Phitsanulok - Sukhothai - Lampang - Lamphun - Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai
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Itinerary Details

Bangkok city, Thailand
Khao San Road, Bangkok, Thailand

Sa-wat-dee! Welcome to Bangkok, the “city of angels", the capital and the largest city of the Kingdom of Thailand. It 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.
Get picked up and transferred to hotel for check in. Free at your leisure to roam around the lovely parts of the city.
Perhaps, you may think about 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.  

Overnight in hotel in Bangkok.

Summary of inclusions

transportation
Private airport transfer
Hotel in bangkok
Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand
Boat cruise Bangkok canal, Thailand

Breakfast at the hotel and take an early visit to the famed Wat Po to observe the serene morning chanting ritual of the monks, an incredible start to the day. Wander around the temple ground for sightseeing and admiring the huge reclining Buddha.
Continue to the majestically and grandeur Royal Grand Palace, Thailand’s most important landmark and marvel at the mysterious Emerald Buddha, the most revered Buddha image in Thailand.
In the afternoon, visit the Chinatown with walk though colorful old streets and shopping areas. Experience the hustle atmosphere and enjoy sightseeing, shopping in local market. Take a visit to one of the Chinese temple.
Later, enjoy a discovery trip into the canals of Thonburi by a long-tailed boat, passing by venerable temples among lush greenery, wooden houses built on stilts, coconut groves, garlanded shrines and spirit houses and vendors offering goods on their boats. Bangkok was given the name the “Venice of the East”.  Life along the river and canal has become an inseparable part of the Thai lifestyle.  A boat cruise allows visitors to see Thai way of life along both banks, scenes of a traditional lifestyle which has hardly changed over the years.
End the day tour with a visit to the Wat Traimit - Bangkok's most famous temple with the Gold Buddha of over 5.5 tons of solid gold.

Back to the hotel in late afternoon. Evening is at your leisure. 

Summary of inclusions

transportation
Private vehicle
Boat
Sightseeing bangkok
Breakfast
Hotel in bangkok
Ayutthaya historical park, Ayutthaya, Thailand
Ayutthaya historical park, Ayutthaya, Thailand

After breakfast, check out and leave Bangkok for a drive to Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of Thailand from the 14th to the 18th century.

Founded around 1350 by King U Thong, Ayutthaya became the second capital of Siam after Sukhothai. With its convenient and strategic location, the city was the trading capital of the area and even the World. Ayutthaya is now home to numerous magnificent temples and ruins concentrated in and around the city which are in a fascinating mix of Khmer and early Sukhothai styles. The city plays a very important role in Thailand’s history, culture and art and is one of the best highlights of the country.

Upon arrival, we spend time to discover the ruins and ancient temples in the historical park and then 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 making such as palm leaf fish mobiles. Continue with a visit to local market and experience some interesting shopping of local products.
Later, visit the Bang Pa In Royal Palace. Enjoy 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 our way to Uthai Thani. Check in hotel and free at your leisure to wander around the lovely town by the Sa Kae Krang River.
Overnight in hotel in Uthai Thani.

Summary of inclusions

transportation
Private vehicle
Sightseeing ayutthaya
Breakfast
Hotel in uthai thani
Local market in Phitsanulok, Thailand
Sukhothai historical park, Sukhothai, Thailand

This morning, after breakfast at the hotel, take a visit to the Wat Sangkat Rattana Khiri on a mountain for sightseeing of the temples and a magnificent view of Uthai Thani.
Drive to Phitsanuloke, an important and historic city on the banks of the Nan River.

Founded over 600 years ago, Phitsanulok is one of the oldest cities in Thailand and used serve as the capital of Kingdom of Ayutthaya for 25 years from 1463. The charming city of Phisanulok is home of several prominent ancient royal vestiges as well as religious monuments.

Visit to Wat Phra Sri Rattana Mahatat (Wat Mahathat/Wat Yai), famous throughout Thailand for its 700 years old golden sculpture of the Buddha called the Phra Buddha Chinnarat that is considered to the most beautiful Buddha portrait in Thailand. Continue to the Local History and Cultural Museum to learn about the history and culture, tradition of the place and the country.

After the visit, proceed with one hour drive to Sukhothai.

Meaning “the dawn of happiness”, Sukothai is a small, beautiful city in Lower Northern Thailand, most famous for the ruins of the ancient city Sukhothai which was the first capital of Siam during the 13th century at the dawn and golden age of Thai history. The place is considered the cradle of Thai civilization, art and architecture with around 200 ancient temples have been excavated and partly reconstructed recently.

Visit to the Sukhothai Historical Park. Here you will wander around and visit the ruins of the Royal Palaces, Buddhist temples, the city gates, walls, moats, dams, ditches, ponds canals and the water dyke control system which was the magical and spiritual center of the Kingdom are now preserved and restored by the Fine Arts Department with the cooperation of UNESCO.

Check in hotel and free at your leisure to explore around at your own pace.

Summary of inclusions

transportation
Private vehicle
Phitsanulok & sukhothai explore
Breakfast
Hotel in sukhothai
Horse down carriage, Lampang, Thaialnd
Monk in Buddhist temple in Lamphun, Thailand

Breakfast at the hotel and then check out and depart Sukhothai on the north direction to Chiang Mai. After around 1 hour, you will have a stop to visit the Sri Satchanalai Historical Park, a world heritage site on the bank of Yom River. Ruins of 134 monuments have been discovered within this park.  
Drive northward to Lampang where we take a leisurely ride in a horse carriage around for sightseeing of the town, admiring wooden houses built along the river and take a visit to Wat Chedi Sao, a temple with 20 stupas.
From here we go further to Lamphun with a stopover at Thung Kwian Jungle Market to experience the atmosphere of selling and buying of locals with all kinds of product from land to jungle.
On the way to Chiang Mai, we will have another stop to visit Wat Phra That Haripunchai, an incredibly beautiful temple with a huge golden Chedi that is a postcard favorite.

Arrive in Chiang Mai in the late afternoon. Check in hotel and the remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Being the hub of Northern Thailand Chiang Mai is Thailand's fifth-largest city and surrounded by mountains and lush countryside. Founded in 1296 AD, Chiang Mai is one time the capital of the ancient Lanna kingdom.

Summary of inclusions

transportation
Private vehicle
Sightseeing lampang & lamphun
Breakfast
Hotel in chiang mai
Wat Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Bor Sang umbrella village, 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

transportation
Private vehicle
Sightseeing chiang mai
Breakfast
Hotel in chiang mai
Wat Rong khun, Chiang Rai, Thailand
Wat Song Suea Ten, Chiang Rai, Thailand

After breakfast, depart Chiang Mai for a day tour to Chiang Rai, the capital of ancient Lana Kingdom.
Along the way we stop at Mae Kachan Natural Hot Springs in Wieng Pa Pao district to stretch your legs and visit the spring as well as wandering around the local market. Continue our drive and then take a visit to the Wat Rong Khun - The White Temple of Chiang Rai – a unique Hindu and Buddhist temple with special architecture and color.
Upon arrival in Chiang Rai, we take the exploring tour of Chiang Rai city with visiting to the King Mengrai’s statue who founded Chiang Rai in 1262 and the remarkable Wat Phra Keow.
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.
Drive back to Chiang Mai.
Remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Summary of inclusions

transportation
Private vehicle
Sightseeing chiang rai
Breakfast
Hotel in chiang mai
Visiting local market, Chiang mai, Thailand
cooking class in 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.

Summary of inclusions

transportation
bus
Thai cooking class
Breakfast & lunch
Hotel in chiang mai

Breakfast is at hotel.
Free at leisure until we get transfer to the airport for flight to onward destinations.
Safe travel and see you again!

Summary of inclusions

transportation
Private airport transfer
Breakfast
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PRICE & TERMS

PRICING IN US DOLLAR FOR PRIVATE TRIP PER PERSON BASED ON TWIN/ DOUBLE SHARING:

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

Inclusions

  • 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

Exclusion

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

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IMPORTANT NOTES

Tour itinerary: This tour itinerary can be tailored to meet your travel time frame, style, budget and expectation the best

Tour price: Travel Authentic Asia focus on quality and affordable package prices with the best value. The price is based on number of traveler taking the trip, the accommodation category you wish to stay, the mode of transportation, meals provided….

Payment: A deposit of 30% of total price is needed to initiate the tour booking after the itinerary is finalized. The balance for the trip is due 15 days prior to your arrival.

Arrival and departure flights: You are advised to make your own booking for international flights from/back your home country. This allows you to determine better the travel time frame, budget and to deal with insurance claim when needed. Travel Authentic Asia team will base on your flight schedule to work out the best itinerary for you or/and to modify the itinerary to get it matches.

Travel documents: You must carry a valid passport and have obtained all of the appropriate visas, permits and certificates for the countries in which you will visit during your trip. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the duration of the trip. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of the correct visas, permits and certificates for your trip. Travel Authentic Asia accepts no responsibility or liability whatsoever for the failure of clients to obtain appropriate documentation.

Travel insurance: It is your responsibility to get your own international travel insurance and read the insurance policy before you travel and ensure that the insurance scheme provides with the requisite level of cover. Insurance should cover personal accident and medical expenses, evacuation and repatriation, baggage loss, and cancellation or curtailment of vacation. In some cases, travelers may have pre-existing medical conditions which their travel insurance company will not cover.
Other than local travel insurance(s) included in sightseeing tickets at sites, Travel Authentic Asia does not provide any kind of travel insurance on the trip except required and paid separately from the tour price.

 
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