Take a six-day holiday in Thailand and visit exquisite temples and palaces and historic sites on this tour. See two UNESCO World Heritage Sites on this trip, Ayutthaya, the old Siamese capital, and Old Sukhothai, the 13th century first capital of the Thai kingdom. The Bang Pa In or the famous Royal Palace served as the summer residence of Ayutthaya kings. Another attraction is the Thai pavilion built in the middle of a lake and the Chinese-style palace Vihat Chamrun. Explore Ayutthaya’s large number of temples. Keep your camera ready in Lopburi and get some great photographs of the three-towered temple, Phra Prang Sam Yod and the Hindu Goddess Kali shrine at the Sarn Prakarn Temple. The large sitting Buddha statue at Wat Sri Chum here makes for a wonderful sight.
Get a glimpse of Thailand’s local people as you meet the Yao hill tribes and visit the tiny bamboo houses of the Akha, the natives of North Thailand. The famous “Golden Triangle“ is the meeting point of the borders of Burma, Laos and Thailand and one of Asia’s two main illicit opium-producing areas. The Opium House museum here will educate you about the infamous history of opium. Mae Ka Chan’s hot springs are relaxing and rejuvenating. The Wat Phra Dhat Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai, which is also called the ‘Rose of the North’, is more than 3,500 feet above sea level!
Explore the rich beauty and vibrant culture of Northern Thailand on this six-day tour.
Depart Bangkok in the morning for northern Thailand. The first stop is at Bang Pa In, the former summer residence of the kings of Ayutthaya built in the 18th century. There, you’ll visit the Royal Palace, the Thai Pavilion, the Chinese-style Palace Vihat Chamrun with its bushes trimmed in elephant shapes.
Continue to Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which used to be the former royal Siamese capital from 1350 to 1767. See its most interesting temples. Proceed to Lopburi, and visit Phra Prang Sam Yod, a temple with three towers and impressive ornaments as well as the shrine of the Hindu Goddess Kali at the Sarn Prakarn Temple. Lunch at a local restaurant then continue on to Phitsanuloke. Retire for the night at the Topland Hotel.
Have breakfast at the hotel. Proceed to Sukhothai, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the 13th century first capital of the Thai Kingdom. Old Sukhothai is one of Asia’s most important historical sites.
After visiting the temples Wat Sra Sri and Wat Sri Chum, you will continue to Sri Satchanalai, the former sister town of Sukhothai for lunch and visit some of its most interesting temples and ruins. Drive further north to Chiang Rai and check in at your hotel, the Wiang Inn Hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel, continue exploring Chiang Rai. North Thailand is well known for its exotic hill tribes and in the morning you will visit some of their villages. Drive along narrow hilly roads, enjoying spectacular views of the beautiful landscape and arrive at the villages of the Akha and Yao hill tribes. Spend some time here and then drive to Mae Sai, the northern most town of Thailand, on the border of Burma.
Take lunch and then continue to the heart of the infamous “Golden Triangle“, the meeting point of the borders of Burma, Laos and Thailand. For those who would like to come even closer to the border of Burma and Laos, an optional trip by boat on the Mekong River will be on offer. Visit the old Opium House before continuing to the provincial town of Chiang Saen, which is located at the scenic borders of the Mekong River. Return to the Wiang Inn Hotel.
Have breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Mae Ka Chan, famous for its hot springs. Continue the trip through scenic hillsides and jungles to Chiang Mai, the “Rose of the North “. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant before arriving at Chiang Mai. Drive to Wat Phra Dhat Doi Suthep mountain temple, and then continue to the hotel.
In the evening, a traditional ‘Kantoke’ traditional dinner is on the programme. Typical Thai dishes from the northern region will be served while elegant Thai dancers are performing. Spend the night at the Chiang Mai Plaza Hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel, visit an elephant camp to see how elephants work and maybe take an optional elephant ride in the morning. Visit the Orchid and Butterfly Farm before stopping for a local lunch. Visit the handicraft villages at San Kampaeng. The various traditional handicrafts are fascinating to watch and you may even make some purchases if you want. Return to the Chiang Mai Plaza Hotel.
Have breakfast at the hotel. Transfer from the hotel to Chiang Mai Airport for your departure flight.
Hotel pick-up and drop-off Breakfast, Lunch Dinner on Day 4 Baggage handling Entrance fees Accommodation at mentioned hotels or similar Service charge and current government tax
Breakfast on Day 1 Lunch on Day 6 Domestic air tickets and domestic airport tax Departure airport tax for International flight Expenditure of a personal nature i.e. laundry, telephone bills, drinks, souvenirs etc
The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details. They’re a nice bunch, and will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. Please give them a call at least 24 hours before your organised activity to reconfirm.
United Kingdom, 08/Apr/2016
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