Bangkok – Phitsanulok – Chiang Rai – Chiang Mai - Phuket
Arrival in Bangkok. You will be met by our guide, who will escort you to your hotel. Check in and free time.
Explore the two most renowned attractions in Bangkok - The Grand Palace with the Chapel of Emerald Buddha and Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha). Spend the day learning about Bangkok's most notable landmarks. Learn about the Buddhist places of worship and the Thai history.
Drive towards the Rattanakosin Island where you will visit the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew). The palace once served as the residence of the Royal family and the administrative court from 1782-1925. Inside the same compound is the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, revered as the most sacred temple. See the carved statue of the Lord Buddha in a traditional seated pose. Admire the gilded interior that surrounds the statue on all sides. Continue to Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha), one of the largest and oldest temples in Bangkok and home to the famous reclining Buddha image of 15 meter high and 46 meter long. Wat Pho is a beautifully decorated Buddhist temple complex with magnificent architecture which contains nearly a hundred stupas, as well as hundreds of typical Chinese statues of different shapes and sizes.
Experience an exhilarating long-tailed boat ride along the Chao Phraya River and canals in Thonburi. See hundreds of wooden houses built on stilts and explore traditional way of life near water canals.
Breakfast. Visit a summer royal retreat in Bang Pain. Proceed to Ayutthya. See the splendid ruins of the ancient temples. Ayutthaya was completely destroyed by Burmese forces in 1767 but the ruins still bear witness to its former splendor. Continue to Lopburi – one of the oldest towns in Thailand. It is famous for the hundreds of crab-eating macaques that live in the town center. See Phra Prang Sam Yot – a former Hindu shrine with its three towers symbolizing gods Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Drive to Phitsanulok – an important historic city in the lower north of Thailand. Visit Wat Phra Sri Rattana Mahatat Temple, a 14th century temple housing a Buddha sculpture (Phra Buddha Chinnarat), considered by many to be the most beautiful Buddha image in the country. Overnight in Phitsanulok.
Breakfast. Proceed to Sukhothai – the capitol of the first Kingdom of Siam in the 13th and 14th centuries. Visit the Sukhothai Historical Park, a world heritage site listed by UNESCO. Continue to Lampang. On the way lunch at a local restaurant. See Wat Phra That Lampang Luang – one of the most important temples in Northern Thailand, built on a hill top in picturesque surroundings. Its main chedi enshrines a Buddha relic. Proceed to Chiang Rai – the capital of Thailand’s northernmost province. Overnight in Chiang Rai.
Breakfast. Visit Mai Sai on the Burmese border. Enjoy shopping at a local market, see Burmese jade. Optionally: cross the border to visit Tachilek town in Burma (not included in the program). Continue to the infamous Golden Triangle, where the borders of Thailand, Laos and Burma converge. Lunch at a local restaurant. Visit the Hall of Opium to see an exhibition about the history of opium trade. Take a boat ride on the Mekong River. Visit a local market on Donsao Island located on Lao territory. Return to your hotel.
Early morning go to mountainous regions of Chiang Rai province. On the way visit a hill tribe village where you can see the famous “Long Necks” (Karen Paduang tribe). Board a typical long-tail boat for a one-hour boat ride to small villages and hamlets along the Kok River. Arrive at the Baan Ruammit, a Karen village and elephant camp. Optionally enjoy a one-hour ride on the back of an elephant through the village and surrounding fields (elephant riding not included in the price). Lunch at a local restaurant. Proceed to Yao and Akha hill tribe village. Relax at Huay Maekamin waterfall, then go back to Chiang Rai. Late afternoon transfer to Chiang Mai – the capital of Northern Thailand. Overnight in Chiang Mai.
Breakfast. Morning visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. This majestic temple sits atop Doi Suthep mountain. It was built as a Buddhist monastery in the 14th century. It is considered one of the most important and most beautiful temples in Thailand. After that experience an hour long bamboo rafting on Mae Tang River. Lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon visit the Orchid farm. Return to Chiang Mai.
Breakfast. Transfer to Chiang Mai airport. Flight to Phuket. Transfer to the hotel; check in & overnight in Phuket.
Breakfast. Free time at leisure.
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport. End of services.