Experience the Kingdom of Thailand on this 11 day journey starting from Bangkok and ending in Chiang Mai. See the city sites, key temples, bustling neighbourhoods, the Grand Palace, a boat ride on the city’s residential canals, and some time for independent discovery. Head to Kanchanaburi, see the River Kwai, and enjoy some R & R before heading to two ancient capitals of the Kingdom of Siam, Ayutthaya and Sukhothai. Now, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites, you’ll have guided tours of the impressive monuments and ruins before traveling to the northern capital, Chiang Mai. See a mountaintop temple, chat with monks, gain insight into elephant care at a sanctuary, and walk the maze of lanes at a local market. Complete with English speaking guides, this trip is an unwrapping of the Kingdom for first-timers and combines well with a beach extension in the south.
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Upon arrival in Bangkok, you will be met in the arrivals area by your local guide holding a name-board. After a warm welcome, take a private airport transfer to your hotel for assistance with check-in. The remainder of the day is free at your leisure.
Take a full day to explore the city sites. Highlights include bustling Chinatown and the flower market, the Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha, a Thai lunch, and a boat ride on the Chao Phraya River of Kings and residential canals, the Temple of Dawn, and more.
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Depart Bangkok and head towards Kanchanaburi. En route, stop at the bridge over the River Kwai, War Museum, War Cemetery, and take a ride on the Death Railway train passing through lush forest for insight into a tragic period in the history of the region. Continue onward to the pier where you will take a short boat ride to your hotel on the river. Check-in, and enjoy dinner with a cultural show in the evening.
Enjoy the full day at your leisure, or opt to join one of the excursions or activities offered by the hotel.
Depart Kanchanaburi and head towards Ayutthaya, the ancient Siamese capital. Today Ayutthaya hosts some of Thailand’s most important historical landmarks and has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll visit some of the most interesting temples, including the Bang-Pa-In Summer Palace. In the evening, check-in to your hotel for the evening at leisure.
Checkout and drive to Sukhothai, en route stopping in Phitsanulok to visit the impressive Wat Phra Sri Mahathat, a temple built in the 13th century, and the sacred "Buddha Jinaraj"- said to be one of the most beautiful Buddha statues in Thailand. A Thai lunch is included during your tour. Continue onward to Sukhothai and visit the impressive Historical Park of another of Siam’s former capitals, also recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend the night in Sukhothai.
Depart the hotel and visit Sri Satchanalai for further insight into the ancient Kingdom’s reign, and which contains some even more impressive sites. Both sites play a very important cultural and historical role in the development of today’s Thailand and are on the World Heritage List. Continue to Chiang Mai via Lampang, stopping to visit oldest teakwood temple, Wat Phratat Lampang Luang. On arrival in Chiang Mai, you’ll check-in for the evening at your leisure.
Today’s guided tour takes you around Northern Thailand’s most visited city for an up-close and personal look at some of its most notable temples, as well as stops at its old city walls, gates and moat. Highlights include the mountaintop temple of Wat Doi Suthep, other key temples in the city, some time to chat with monks, and a discovery of Chiang Mai’s oldest public market, a bustling marketplace of which can be both disorienting and exciting. Return to the hotel afterwards and have the night to yourself.
Join a group excursion to the Elephant Nature Park. A picturesque drive through agricultural Thai countryside, along Mae Taeng Valley brings you to Elephant Nature Park. You will hear the personal stories of rescued elephants as told by expert guides. You will learn about the problems elephants face in Southeast Asia, and how the Elephant Nature Park is helping in the treatment, and care of Thailand's dwindling elephant population. After your day out, return back to your hotel in Chiang Mai for the evening free at your leisure.
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel, and transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
Day 2: Visit the Grand Palace.
Day 7: Visit the impressive Wat Phra Sri Mahathat.
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CLASSIC THAILAND WITH PHUKET
TEMPLES & BEACHES OF THAILAND & CAMBODIA