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Explore the historical, cultural and natural sites of both the Central and the Northern regions of Thailand including the UNESCO world heritage sites of Ayutthaya and Sukhothai, the unspoiled nature of Uthai Thani, especially the way of life of Thai people on the raft houses along the tranquil Sakraekrang River, as well as Hub Patad Cave. The trip continues to the Golden Triangle, once notorious for the traffic of opium, and ends with the beauty of Chiang Mai, the “Rose of the North”.
2020 Daily Departure
• Guide tour narrated in English and admission fee as per itinerary
• Complimentary Airport Pick-up and Drop-Off for flight depart from 9 AM – 9 PM
• 5 Nights accommodation
• Meals as specified
• Refreshing Towel 2 pcs/day
• Drinking water 2 bottle/day
- Travel Insurance
- Meals not specified
- Gratuities and personal expenses
BANGKOK -NAKORN CHAISI RIVER AYUTTHAYA – UTHAI THANI [-/-/D]
Pick up from the hotel and drive to Nakorn Chaisri River to board on a converted rice barge at Lampaya Temple. Enjoy an approx. one hours river cruise. See water vegetable plantations, water birds and the way of life of Thai people along the riverside. Then continue to Ayutthaya to visit the UNESCO S World Heritage ancient city. Ayutthaya was a former and by far longest time active capital of Siamese Kingdom that existed from 1350 to 1767. Ayutthaya was friendly towards foreign traders, including Chinese, Vietnamese, Indians, Japanese and Persians, and later the Portuguese, Spaniard, Dutch and French, permitting them to set up villages outside the walls of the capital, also called Ayutthaya. In the sixteenth century, it was described by foreign traders as one of the biggest and wealthiest cities in the East. Then proceed to Uthai Thani to visit the Temple of Wat Tasung Temple, famous for its big and magical crystal hall made of pieces of mirror is located. The big temple complex serves as the Buddhist meditation center.
Dinner and overnight at hotel in Nakhonsawan.
NAKORN SAWAN –HUB PATAD – KAMPHAENGPHET – SUKHOTHAI[B/L/-]
After breakfast, visit a typical Thai village to experience the finest Thai hand skills, and beautiful intricately hand weaving. In the village, almost every house is a small weaving manufacturer, which makes a little enhancement to the income of the farmer s family.
Proceed to Hub Patad Valley. Surrounded by old limestone mountains, the hidden forest of rare big palm trees, which seem to be from the time of the ”Jurassic Park”, is waiting for the outside world to be explored. Then continue to Kamphaengphet to visit Wat Pra Kaew, a large royal temple where was used on important city events and had no monks in the residence. Continue to Sukhothai, founded in the 13th century, literally means ”Dawn of Happiness”. It was the first truly independent Thai Kingdom, which enjoyed a golden age under King Ramkamhaeng, credited with the creating of Thai alphabets. The superb temples and monuments of this great city have been restored in Sukhothai Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must-see for all travellers. Then, visit the Historical Park of Sukhothai, the first capital of Thailand and visit to the Temple of Wat Mahathat and the temple of Wat Sri Chum.
Overnight at hotel in Sukhothai.
PHRAE – PHAYAO – WAT RONG KUN - CHIANG RAI[B/L/-]
Breakfast at the hotel drive to Phrae,visit Prathat Suthon Temple which boasts the beautiful Northern Thai style building. Teak wooden museum displaying rare antiques in the temple compound is a must-visit. Continue to Chiang Rai via Phayao with a short break at the Lake of Kwan Phayao, the largest fresh water fish habitat in the upper North which provides the livelihood of many of the local people. The surrounding scenery, particularly at dusk, is stunning. Continue drive to Chiang Rai, the city was built by King Meng Rai in 1262 and was long period a center of Thai – Laotian Lanna Kingdom before it was defeated by Burmese army with stop to visit Wat Rong Kun Temple, very unconventional from the Buddhist Temple projected by temporary artist which still builds different parts of very spectacular statues and buildings inside a complex, kind of fairy – tale style. Then drive ward to check-in at hotel in Chiang Rai.
Overnight at Hotel in Chiang Rai.
CHIANG RAI – GOLDEN TRIANGLE – CHIANG MAI – DOI SUITHEP[B/L/-]
Early morning, breakfast at the hotel, afterwards, drive to Chiang Saen, an ancient capital located on the bank of the Mekong River. It was built by the ancestors from South China, which moved towards the South and founded the first capital of Lanna Kingdom (about years 900-1000 A.D).
Proceed to the Golden Triangle, where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet on the Mekong River, which was once supposed to be the center of the poppy cultivation in Thailand. View the upstream scenery of the Golden Triangle and pay a visit to the Opium Museum.
Lunch at a local restaurant. Then, continue drive to Chiang Mai and uphill to visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, the most famous and respected temple in Chiang Mai. After ascending its 306 steps up to the golden Chedi (you can also take a lift there), you will be rewarded by the stunning view over Chiang Mai and magical atmosphere of the temple and its shrines. Many Thai people visit this temple on the hill to pay respect and to make merit.
Overnight at hotel in Chiangmai
(OPTIONAL – In the evening, there is a chance to go for the traditional Kantoke dinner with Northern dancing performances, with additional fee.).
CHIANG MAI – MAE SA ELEPHANT CAMP – SANKAMPAENG[B/L/-]
After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Mae Sa Valley (about 30 km from Chiang Mai) to see elephants at work at MAE SA Elephant Camp. Further to visit one of the biggest orchid farms of Chiang Mai. Lunch at a local restaurant. Visit Sankampaeng handicraft village, famous handicraft area of the North to see silk weaving, wood carving and umbrella making.
Overnight at hotel in Chiang Mai
CHIANG MAI - DEPARTURE[B/-/-
Breakfast at the hotel . Transfer to the airport for the departure flight.