Discover the classics of Thailand with a perfect combination between urban cities, nature and culture. Thailand, a country not to be missed, which provides an unforgettable experience! From Bangkok to the northern border, all the stages of the history and the diversity of nature in the Kingdom of Siam. First discover Bangkok, the bubbling cultural and economic capital.
Discover then the central plains of the country: on the canals by long-tail boat at Damnoen Saduak, the most colorful floating market, by railway in Kanchanaburi where you board the “train of death” and discover the river Kwai and its famous bridge.
Trace the history and richness of the past and visit the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Siam: Ayutthaya with its ruins scattered throughout the city and Sukhothai, with its smiling Buddha’s and ponds covered with water lilies. Explore Northern Thailand: Chiang Rai, the famous Golden Triangle and the Mekong River, Chiang Mai Rose of the North, with its temple on the Doi Suthep mountain and jungle safari’s on elephant’s back.
An unforgettable journey in luxurious hotels: a real discovery of the Thai culture, complete with a stay at the beach which you can extend upon request!
On arrival at the airport you are met by your guide who will take you to your hotel. Your afternoon is free at leisure for you to rest from your flight.
In the early morning you visit the jewel of the city, the fabulous Royal Palace in Bangkok. It was built at the beginning of Bangkok, between 1782 and 1784 by the first king of the Chakri dynasty, his personal residence, his courtrooms and the royal temples. The Grand Palace Royal Chapel (Wat Phra Si Ratana Satsadaram) houses the Emerald Buddha, a jadeite statue venerated in Bangkok, the religious and symbolic emblem of the Chakri Dynasty, and the symbol of the country’s security. Then you visit the Wat Po, known for its large reclining Buddha. After lunch in a restaurant along the Chao Phraya, the “River of Kings”, you enjoy a trip in a long tail boat on the canals (klong) of Bangkok. You will discover different aspects of the daily life of the Thai people and the contrasts of Bangkok. Along the way, you stop at the majestic Wat Arun or Temple of Dawn, on the site of the first royal palace in Bangkok.
Early morning, you visit the floating market of Damnoen Saduak in Ratchaburi province, about a hundred kilometers southwest of Bangkok. This small village has several floating markets, narrow networks of khlongs (channels), scattered in different areas. Trade is done by boat. Many of the market people wear the traditional costume: a straw hat and a fitted shirt, symbol of the peasant community. They sell their products to clients on the banks or on board. Overloaded sampans offer delicious fresh vegetables, fruits, spices and decorative handicrafts. After this shimmering visit, you continue to Nakhon Pathom to discover the Phra Pathom Chedi, the tallest stupa in the world. After your lunch you continue towards Kanchanaburi.
Today you discover the famous bridge over the river Kwai. Afterwards you take the train that takes you along an interesting part of the legendary Death Railway going over the long wooden viaduct overlooking the River Kwai. Before returning to your hotel, you visit the infamous Hell Fire Pass which was built with forced labor during the Second World War, in part by Allied prisoners of war. The pass carved into the rock extends over 500 meters and has a height of 26 meters. It is noted for the harsh conditions and heavy loss of life suffered by its laborers during construction. Hellfire Pass is so called because the sight of emaciated prisoners laboring at night by torchlight was said to resemble a scene from Hell. An estimated 100,000 forced laborers and 16,000 prisoners of war lost their lives to the realization of this work.
This morning you take the road towards Ayutthaya. Ayutthaya was the capital of the kingdom which took the place of Sukhothai and ruled for over 400 years. Its configuration, its splendor made it called the Venice of the East, a historic city full of monuments and magnificent remains in a historic park listed as a World Heritage by UNESCO. First you will visit the ruins of a temple of the old capital of Siam, the Wat Chaiwattanaram, located on the banks of the river. It is one of the most impressive temples of Ayutthaya combining Khmer and Thai art.
Then you will enjoy a nice boat ride around the island of Ayutthaya, getting a better sense of the life of the local people along the river banks and enjoying the sights of several beautiful temples and ruins along the way of the Pasak, Lopburi and Chao Praya rivers. After your lunch you will discover the Wat Yai Chaimongkol, known for its huge reclining chedi. Then transfer to your hotel.
This morning you return to the airport of Bangkok for your domestic flight to Chiang Mai. On arrival at the airport you are greeted by your driver to take you to your hotel. You can enjoy an afternoon at leisure to relax or to discover the city.
After breakfast you go to the beautiful mountainous region of Chiang Dao where you visit an elephant training camp. This Elephant Conservation Centre combines the cultural interest with environmental concern. Elephants have played a key role as a tool of work, during the heyday of the teak industry. That era is now over and a number of elephants have found refuge at the Centre. Visitors can admire the skill of these forest mammals and their surprising mastery in the field of painting. Not to forget the spectacle of their swim in the river. You also experience an extraordinary safari on elephant back through the jungle. Your adventure and your discovery of nature is complemented by a bamboo raft ride through the jungle. Then you have lunch at a local restaurant. You continue your day with a visit to a famous orchid nursery in Mae Rim, with over 300 identified varieties. A great show of brilliant colours where you will have plenty of time to admire their beauty.
After breakfast, you visit the temple of Doi Suthep, one of the largest Buddhist temples in the north. This is an important place of pilgrimage dating from the late 14th century. Located at an altitude of 1,054 meters, at the summit of the mountain you can enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of the city. You will learn the legend of the white elephant, carrying the relics of Buddha, which is the origin of this site. Back in Chiang Mai, you visit the different centres of local crafts that are the hallmark of the region, like silk weaving, manufacturing of umbrellas and fans and the art of jewellery. A good opportunity to appreciate the artistic talents of the craftsmen from Chiang Mai and to do your souvenir shopping!
This morning you take the road to Mae Chan. Along the way you make a stop in Thaton, a small village on the Mae Kok River dominated by a hill topped by a temple (Wat Thaton) where we see the whole valley. You will visit the Doi Mae Salong (doi in Northern language means mountain). Formerly Mae Salong was a center of the opium trade, led by Chinese refugees from the 93rd regiment of the Kuomintang. To break this drug feud image, Mae Salong, which has kept its typical Chinese character, was officially renamed Santikiri “hill of peace.” Poppy crop substitution have been introduced by the Thai government. These efforts are bearing fruit, judging by the extent of plantations of tea and maize crops and the quantities of products sold in markets. You will then reach your hotel in Mae Chan. Built in the middle of rice fields at the foot of lovely hills this charming hotel is a haven of peace. The rustic beauty of Thailand with the comfort of a modern hotel.
After breakfast you will experience a fascinating introduction into Myanmar. Thanks to our fast track immigration service no valuable time is wasted at the border crossings and you can walk almost straight away into Takhilek in Myanmar. There you will enjoy a surprising city tour by Burmese samlor, including visits to a local Burmese market, a Burmese temple, a residential area, The Takhilek Swedagon pagoda and still have some leisure time to enjoy the busy border market. This visit is followed by your transfer to the Golden Triangle for your lunch. Today the joining point of three countries (Thailand, Myanmar and Laos), it was formerly the name given to the entire area devoted to poppy cultivation. After a visit to the Opium Museum you go to the Wat Phra Pukhao temple to enjoy exceptional views of the Mekong River, followed by the transfer to your hotel.
At the appropriate time, you will be transferred to the airport of Chiang Rai for your flight to Bangkok and your connecting flight to Phuket. On arrival at the airport, you are greeted by your driver who will take you to your hotel.
Free day at leisure to enjoy sun, sea and sand.
Free day at leisure to enjoy sun, sea and sand.
At the appropriate time, you will be transferred to the airport of Phuket for your flight to Bangkok and your connecting flight back home.
Private English speaking guide (from day 1 until 11) (Note: other languages available)
Accommodation in selected hotels, in air-conditioned room with bath/shower
Overnight with breakfast in all mentioned hotels
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned minivan, with private driver
Meals as indicated in itinerary: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
All excursions as described in itinerary
Admission fees to the mentioned sites
Insurance covering our responsibilities
One bottle of water per person and per day
International and domestic airline tickets and airport taxes
Other meals and services than mentioned in the itinerary
Expenditures of a personal nature
Gratitude/Tips to local guides, drivers and porters
Insurance (personal and travel)
Early check-in or late check-out
All other services not mentioned in our itinerary
Anantara Riverside Bangkok
Anantara Chiang Mai
Le Meridien Chiang Rai
Centara Grand Beach Phuket
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