Thailand also known as land of elephants, is a great place to visit. It is known for tropical beaches, royal palace, temples and ultramodern cityscape. It is a Buddhist country full of fashionable, bustling and emerald Buddhist Temples. The north is the chief destination for trekking and adventure travel with its diverse ethnic minority groups and forested mountains.
Day 1: Bangkok:
Upon your arrival in Bangkok airport, our representative will meet, greet and transfer you to the booked hotel. Here, you can rest and relax in the remaining time. Overnight Hotel.
Day 2: Bangkok City Tour:
Today, you will visit the spiritual and religious heart of the city - the striking Grand Palace. Topped by golden stupas, the complex has been the site of royal coronations and is home to the legendary Emerald Buddha. You will also visit the House of Reclining Buddha, the Original Thai Massage School and the 24hr Flower Market before boarding long tail boats to explore the city’s canals. Known as khlongs, the canals enable surface water to make its way to the sea and have long been a way of getting around Bangkok. On this journey you will glide by curious stilted houses and gleaming temples whilst old men fish and children frolic about on the water's edge. Overnight Hotel.
Day 3: Kwai & Hellfire Pass:
Today, you will visit Kwai, Kanchanaburi and Hellfire
Pass. You will start the program quiet early and catch the vehicle to reach
Kanchanaburi. The approximate time taken for the drive is 2 - 3 hours. Here,
you will see the place where thousands of Allied POWs were perished by the
Imperial Japanese Army. After spending some time at the Allied War Cemetery,
you will continue to the infamous ‘Bridge over the River Kwai’, immortalized by
the film of the same name. You can take some pictures before you board a train
for a 2 hour journey that crosses the bridge before following the tracks dug by
the POWs and locals, 75 years earlier.
Now, you will drive to ‘Hellfire Pass’ where the POWs dug through a mountain often using only their bare hands. A fascinating museum at the entrance details the region’s history. Now, you will take a leasurely longtail boat ride which leads you to the fabulous floating jungle raft hotel. To the beauty of a hundred softly glowing lanterns and the sounds of the tropical forest and cool water flowing by we enjoy dinner and a relaxing evening on the deck.
Day 4: Kanchanaburi - Ayuthaya. Erawan Waterfalls & Ayuthaya:
This morning you will travel to the beautiful Erawan National Park, to explore the rivers, waterfalls and trails on foot. The park boasts a stunning tiered waterfall and there’s time to take a quick dip in the crystalline waters before you visit an elephant park to see these amazing creatures form very nearer. Your today's final destination is Ayuthaya - once a wealthy and cosmopolitan city with golden temples and richly decorated palaces that shone from miles away. Overnight: Ayutthaya.
Day 5: Ayuthaya - Bangkok - Chiang Mai:
Today, you will explore Ayuthaya’s famous ruins. You will
visit the magnificent stupas at Wat Phri Sanphet, the giant Bronze Statue of
Buddha and iconic Wat Mahatat where the head of a damaged Buddha statue has
slowly been embraced and lifted by a nearby tree. This is one of the most
religious and significant place of Thailand.
After departing from Ayuthaya, you will catch a cruise ship on the mighty Chao Praya River, for a scenic cruise back to the Bangkok. On arrival in Bangkok, you will get some free time before heading to Bangkok’s main train station to catch the overnight express sleeper train (2nd class A/C sleeper cabins) to reach Chiang Mai. Overnight: Sleeper train.
Day 6: Arrive Chiang Mai:
This morning, you will reach the picturesque city of Chiang Mai, nestled in the foothills of northern Thailand. You will check-in to the hotel and rest there. In the afternoon, you will take a trishaw ride and explore the old city of Chiang Mai before driving up to the majestic Doi Suthep, standing like a sentinel overlooking Chiang Mai. The tranquility of monks chanting as the sun slowly heads to the horizon is the main highlight. In the evening, you can stroll around the night market to explore many of the street foods. Overnight: Chiang Mai.
Day 7: Free day in Chiang Mai:
Today is your free day in Chiang Mai. You can rest and relax or participate in some of the many activities on offer. Choose from the more relaxing options with spa treatments and massages, to the adrenaline-fuelled with canopy zip lines and rock climbing. No trip to Chiang Mai would be complete without trying a local cooking class and perfecting your very own Pad Thai! Overnight: Chiang Mai.
Day 8: Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai:
Today, the journey takes you through stunning karst and
jungle scenery. You will board private long tail boats for a cruise down the
Kok River watching rural life at the bank of the river. You can see the Farmers
working on the land and there are lots of orange trees. You can also enjoy the
people fishing along the banks and buffalo wallow in the shallow waters. From the
arrival point, continue to Wat Rong Khun (White Temple) - a beautiful complex
of newly built white and golden temples that are still a work in progress.
Proceed to Chiang Rai where you can visit the night market for last-minute
souvenirs and tasty street food. Overnight: Chiang Rai.
Day 9: Chiang Rai - Bangkok:
This morning, you will visit a Karen village where you
may encounter with the famous Long Neck tribe, known for the neck rings that
the women wear to elongate their necks. Continuing to the border frontier town
of Mae Sai, you might get a chance to cross briefly into Myanmar. From Chiang
Saen, you will be able to see both Myanmar and Laos. Here, you will have some
time to visit the Opium Museum. After visiting the Museum, you will return back
to Chiang Rai to catch the flight to get back to Bangkok. Overnight: Bangkok.
Day 10: Final Departure:
After having breakfast in the hotel, you will get some free time to explore the city on your own style. You will then check out from the hotel and drive to the airport to catch the flight to your onward destination.
· Arrival transfer.
· Overall accommodation on bed and breakfast basis throughout the trip.
· Overall transfers as per the itinerary.
· An English speaking guide throughout the trip.
· Overall entrance fees included in the itinerary.
· Tipping (Tips).
· Personal Expenses.
· Entrance fees for temple and monasteries not mentioned in the program.
· Donations in Temples, schools, Monasteries, etc.
· Personal gears.
· First aid kit (for you).
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