Bangkok To The North- Experience Thailand

Bangkok to the North- Experience Thailand

Route: Bangkok to Chiang Mai
Type of tour: Culture
Departure days: Selected Saturdays 
Validity:Now-  28 October 17

Price AUD $848.00pp – Twin Share

Departure Dates:

6, 13, 20 & 27 May 17
3, 10, 17,24 June17
1, 8,15,22,29 July 17
5,12,19, 26 August 17

2,9,16,23,30 September 17

7,14,21,28 October 17

 

TOUR OVERVIEW

Discover the historical and natural wonders of Thailand with this EIGHT day tour from Bangkok in the center to Chiang Mai in the north. Spend TWO days enjoying and exploring the capital before embarking on a six-day odyssey where you will visit the country’s main heritage sites such as Ayutthaya and Phitsanulok, meet the real king of the jungle at an elephant camp in Chiang Mai and explore the infamous Golden Triangle, one of the world’s leading opium-producing areas. Groups vary in size but are typically made up of about 6-15 travelers.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
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Bangkok: A city of extremes with action on every corner. Marvel at the gleaming temples, catch a tuk tul along the teeming Chinatown and take a long tail boat through the citys canals

Ayutthaya: Ancient capital of Siam and the location of an eerily haunting UNESCO World Heritage Site

Sukhothai: A historic former capital with well-preserved ruins of temples and palaces

Golden Triangle: See three countries from one spot in Sop Ruak at the confluence of the Ruak and the Mekong rivers

Chiang Rai: Stroll through the local morning market and see the bridge crossing to Myanmar

Chiang Mai: Take in the views from the hilltop Wat Doi Suthep temple and enjoy an unforgettable encounter with Thai elephants
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DON’T MISS !
Chiang Mai: Mingle with locals as they scour the bustling night bazaar for bargains and something tasty to munch on while browsing the myriad stalls
Chiang Rai: The region has 20 hill tribes, which have retained their cultures, languages, traditions and beliefs
Golden Triangle: Located just across from the Big Buddha viewing point is a small, private museum dedicated to the opium trade in this once lawless area
DAY BY DAY
D1 BANGKOK

Meet and Greet at the airport and seat in coach transfer to your centrally located hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Perhaps you could indulge yourself with a traditional Thai Massage, surprise your taste buds with the amazing local flavors and cap off the day by enjoying sunset in any of the stylish rooftop bars which have blossomed in the city’s skyscrappers in recent years… the options are limitless. Overnight in Bangkok.

D2 BANGKOK

Full day at leisure to discover Bangkok on your own or to take optional excursions. We recommend a ride in one of the characteristic longtail boats to experience the daily life along the river or a visit to the largest and the most beautiful and most important temple complexes in Thailand, The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Gaew. For those who want to go shopping this day would naturally include Bangkok’s main shopping district of Siam Square where bargains are available everywhere: if you can ‘t find it here, it probably doesn’t exist. Breakfast included. Overnight in Bangkok.

D3 BANGKOK – AYUTTHAYA – PHITSANULOK (435km – 6hrs)

Palaces, ancient ruins and temples are on the menu as your epic six-day trek from the capital to northern Thailand kicks off in style. After pick-up from your hotel head to Bang Pa-In to visit the sumptuous Summer Palace of Rama V. Continue to the former capital of Ayutthaya and contemplate the ancient temples of Wat Yai Chaimongkhon, Wat Mahathat and Wat Phanan Choeng. Have lunch at a restaurant in Chai Nat before you arrive at Phitsanulok for a short orientation tour in the city. Check in at your hotel and overnight in Phitsanulok. Breakfast and Lunch included.

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D4 PHITSANULOK – SUKHOTHAI – LAMPANG (300km – 4.5hrs)
Start your day with a visit to Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat temple housing one of the most revered Buddha statues in the country and join the locals on their morning prayers and offers. Depart for Sukhothai and explore this ancient city packed with historical landmarks, the most impressive being the Sukhothai Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire the ruined temples and palaces as well as Buddha statues of all sizes. Lunch en route at a local restaurant. A short drive away are Si Satchanalai and the evocative ruins of the temple of Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat which is reached by crossing a wooden suspension bridge. This usually quiet location offers a special spiritual interlude to the tour before arriving in Lampang for the evening. Overnight in Lampang. Breakfast and lunch included

D5 LAMPANG – PHAYAO – GOLDEN TRIANGLE – CHIANG RAI (370km – 5.5hrs)

Explore the wonderful Wat Phra That Lampang Luang temple, just a brief drive from Lampang, and marvel at the elaborate details of its the decorations and beautiful Buddha statues. Continue your journey north, stopping briefly at Phayao Lake for a coffee break before heading to “Wat Rong Khun” or the White Temple which was constructed by noted Thai painter turned architect “Chalermchai Kositipat”: this is unlike any other temple you have visited so far as in it is entirely white and built by hand. Lunch en route to the Golden Triangle, where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet. This natural wilderness gained an unwanted notoriety in the Sixties because of the abundant opium cultivation in the area. Visit the 212 House of Opium and stroll around its rare collection of opium paraphernalia such as weights, scales and pipes. Learn the history of this drug and about the devastating effect the trade had on local communities. Drive back to Chiang Rai and overnight in Chiang Rai. Breakfast and lunch included

D6 CHIANG RAI – CHIANG MAI (350km – 8.5hrs)

Enjoy a lively start to the day’s activities at the fragrant and vibrant Chiang Rai morning market. A brief stop at Wat Phra Kaew, which once housed the Emerald Buddha now in Bangkok is also included. The journey out of town is on a relaxing river cruise on a traditional long tail boat to the hill tribe village of to Pha Tai (3.5 hrs). Continue by road to Tha Ton and enjoy a tasty lunch before heading to Chiang Mai and Wat Prathat Doi Suthep, one of the most revered temples in the country. Its sacred location is at the top of a mountain from where you can appreciate stunning panoramic views over the city. To reach the temple requires a climb up a 309 steps naga staircase. Alternatively, you can reach the temple by cable car (included). Depending on the arriving time, you may be able to witness the evening prayers and chants. Overnight in Chiang Mai. Breakfast and lunch included

D7 CHIANG MAI

After all that culture and history, it is time for a day of wildlife and nature in the jungles near Chiang Mai. Get up close and personal with the national animal of Thailand at an elephant camp, where you will witness these gentle giants show off their skills and maybe even trek the rainforest on the back of one (elephant trekking is optional and not included). As of 1 November, the visit to the elephant camp will be replaced with a visit to an elephant care centre which was set up to provide care for elderly elephants retired from logging and camps. There are no rides and visitors learn about how the old-timers are nutriuted with ground grass and herb balls, can feed bananas and – if time of visit is right – watch the bath-time, as well as visiting the cemetery for elephants who have died of old age. After a tasty lunch at a local restaurant, call at the “Color Factory” where you’ll be able to see full size Elephant Parade statues from cities around the world: you will be able to choose your favourite from a collection of replicas. You can also learn about Asian elephants and the work that The Asian Elephant Foundation is doing to save these magnificent but endangered animals. If you haven’t found that souvenir you are looking for, a visit to the famous Thai Lanna handicraft center of Sankampaeng is included. Here you can learn how Chiang Mai’s famous paper umbrellas, Thai silk, silver ware and teakwood carvings are made step by step. Should you wish to skip the handicrafts village, drop off at your hotel can be arranged on the way. Evening Khantoke dinner (optional- included for those prebooked on a full board basis only) and overnight in Chiang Mai. Breakfast and lunch included

D8 CHIANG MAI – DEPARTURE

Feast on a reinvigorating breakfast and time at leisure until you are transferred to Chiang Mai Airport for onward travel to your selected destination- Seat in coach airport transfer included

INCLUDED

Tour guide:

  • Operated with English/Italian/French/German and Spanish-speaking guide* from days 3 to 7 only

Accommodation:

  • SEVEN nights as indicated on a bed-and-breakfast basis

Meals:

  • Five lunches and SEVEN breakfasts

Transport:

  • Air-conditioned transportation, transfers as stated in the program

Entrance fees and activities:

  • All entrance fees as indicated: Bang Pa-In Summer Palace, Ayutthaya Historical Park, Phra Prang Sam Yout, San Phra Kan, Buddha statue factory, Sukhothai Historical Park, Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat, Wat Phra That Lampang Luang, 212 House of Opium, Wat Phra Kaew, Tribal Museum and Education Centre, Wat Rong Khun, Wat Doi Suthep, cable car, elephant camp, orchid plantation and Elephant Parade House

*Note Tours in different languages can be combined in our vehicles for seat-in-coach itineraries. There will be a guide for each language.

NOT INCLUDED
  • Expenditures of a personal nature, drinks and meals if not stated explicitly in the program
  • Gratuity for driver and guide
  • Optional tours
  • Compulsory festival/peak season surcharges if stated separately
  • International or domestic flight tickets and airport taxes or visa fees
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
  • Minimum 2 pax needed to guarantee a departure
  • Hotel early check-in, late check-out, connecting or adjoining rooms are subject to availability and are not guaranteed
  • No refund for unused services. Splitting of package is not allowed
  • Please note that local conditions prevalent at the time of travel may result in modifications to the tour contents without prior notice
CANCELLATION POLICY
  • 45 days prior to departure date, 15% of package price will be charged
  • 30 days prior to departure date, 50% of package price will be charged
  • 15 days prior to departure date, 100% of package price will be charged

RECOMMENDATIONS
Comfortable and light clothing is the most suitable for travelling in Thailand. Visitors should not wear sleeveless shirts, shorts, short skirts or skimpy clothing when visiting temples, religious or official buildings. Shoes should be removed before entering a temple or private house. Sun protection, sun glasses, a hat and mosquito repellent can be very useful during your stay

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

Hotel Royal Bangkok @ Chinatown or similar
Amarin Lagoon or similar
Lampang River Lodge or similar
Laluna Hotel & Resort or similar
Holiday Inn Chiang Mai or Similar

 

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