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This 5 day-4night itinerary departs from Bangkok to reach two of Northern Thailand most fascinating provinces, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, offering relevant cultural insights on Siam history and architecture all along the way: we will visit the two ancient Capitals of Siam, Ayutthaya and Sukhothai, now Unesco World Heritage Sites and Phitsanulok, one of the oldest cities in Thailand and a provincial center of the Khmer Empire during the Angkorian period; then we will discover the North of Thailand, enjoying the idyllic natural scenery along the Mekong and the stunning temples and Lanna architecture of Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai.
Depart the hotel for Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of Thailand, which is about 70 km from Bangkok and which we will reach after about an hour’s drive. En route we will make a stop to visit the royal residence of Bang Pa In, inside which there are different types of European, Chinese and Thai architecture, which fused together make for an extraordinary spectacle. We will finally reach Ayutthaya and visit Wat Mahathat and Wat Phra Sri San Phet (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Walking inside the archaeological site, among the ruins of the temples, we will be able to perceive the beauty of arts and cultures 600 years old. Lunch at a typical restaurant. We will then continue to Phitsanulok, where we will visit the Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat, which holds one of Thailand’s most revered Buddha images, the Phra Phutta Chinnarat, a Buddha that was first created in bronze and covered in gold only later. We will continue the journey until we reach Sukhothai. Check-in at hotel.
Overnight in Sukhothai
hotel in Sukhothai
Breakfast at the hotel and depart for Sukhothai Archaeological Park, which was the first capital of the kingdom of Siam and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will visit the temples Wat Mahathat, Wat Sri Sawai and Wat Sra Sri. After visiting the archaeological park, we will proceed to the Wat Mahathat Chalieng, a famous pre-Angkorian site and finally visit the Wat Pra That Suthon, with Burmese architectural influences. Lunch at a typical restaurant. Then we will reach the outskirts of Chiang Rai to visit Wat Rong Khun, better known as the White Temple and famous throughout Asia. Check-in at hotel.
Overnight in Chiang Rai.
hotel in Chiang Rai
Breakfast at the hotel. We begin with a visit to Wat Rong Suea Ten or Blue Temple, a modern temple with the interior decorated entirely in blue and featuring a large white seated Buddha. We will then depart to Chiang Saen where we will board a motorboat that will ply the waters of the Mekong River, allowing us to visit the Golden Triangle, the meeting point and border between Thailand, Laos and Burma. After visiting the Opium Museum we will head to Chiang Mai stopping for lunch at a typical restaurant. Continue the journey to Chiang Mai, passing through Doi Sakhet. Before reaching the hotel in Chiang Mai we will make a stop at Wat Prathat Doi Suthep to admire the picturesque atmosphere of the sunset over the city below. Arrival at the hotel, check- in.
Overnight in Chiang Mai
hotel in Chiang Mai
Breakfast at the hotel and depart to visit the elephant training camp. Those who wish, paying locally, can take a short elephant back ride. We will then go to visit the village of the long neck women, famous for their elongated necks with gold rings. We will then return to Chiang Mai for lunch at a typical restaurant. After lunch we will tour the city center by rickshaw with stops to visit Wat Chedi Luang, of the Royal Stupa and Wat Phra Sing, temple of the Lion Buddha. We will finally proceed to visit local handicraft factories. Return to the hotel.
Overnight in Chiang Mai
hotel in Chiang Mai
Breakfast at hotel, room available until noon. Transfer to airport about 2 hours before flight departure.
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The program may also be subject to changes based on traffic, weather or other events beyond our control. In this case we will take care of evaluating the necessary changes together with the travelers.
As a comprehensive itinerary that touches the most significant areas in Central and North of Thailand, the highlight of the tour are various and meaningful: from the Unesco World Heritage Site of ancient capitals Sukhothai and Ayutthaya to the extemporary beauty of the Blue Temple and White Temple in Chiang Rai, not to mention the idyllic scenery of Karen tribal villages along the river and the panoramic view over the city of Chiang Mai from the marvellous Wat Pratap Doi Suthep.
All land transfers are by air-con vehicles on a private basis, as specified in the itinerary.
Boat transfers, on a private basis, as specified in the itinerary.
Licensed guide during the tour speaking English/Spanish/Italian
Accommodation in the selected hotels in private room
Meals as specified in the itinerary
Assistance by phone in every destination.
Any VISA (which must be arranged for Non-ASEAN citizens).
Domestic and International Air tickets.
Domestic and International Insurance Surcharge
Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
Personal expenses such as drinks at meals
All other accounts which are not mentioned in the above inclusion
Peak season surcharge & compulsory dinner at the hotel (if any)
As the hotels have different seasons that vary from hotel to hotel, the tour price will be on request, and the final amount will be calculated at the time of booking, according to the travel dates chosen and according with the number of participants.
Prices are per person on request in (THB) Thai Baht
Price on request
Price on request
Travelers can cancel the tour before the deadline of cancellation; charges will be applied according to the cancellation deadline. The date of cancellation is the date in which the written communication od cancellation is received by the company. Charges are a percentage of the total tour price per person, including surcharges but excluding any amendment charges and any insurance payment.
15 to No show 100 % charge
24 to 16 days 50 % of the tour price
29 to 25 days up 10 % of the tour price
30 days up no charge
Child from 1 – 5 year: Free of charge if sharing bed with parents
Child from 6 – 7 year: charge 50% of adult price if sharing bed with parents
Child from 8 – 9 year: charge 90% of adult price if using extra bed/mattress in parents ‘room
Child from 10 year up: adult rate