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Your Thailand tour begins in the buzzing capital of Bangkok, before you head to the charming north. Discover local communities and stunning white temple of Chiang Rai. Venture onward to explore the cultural side of Thailand and discover ancient wonders for yourself!


Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 3BangkokTraditional Buildings, Modern Skyscrapers, Beautiful MonasteriesMovenpick Hotel Sukhumvit 15, Riva Surya
3 - 5KanchanaburiLimestone Hills, Sugarcane Fields, Erawan National ParkOriental River Kwai Resort, Float House River Kwai Resort
5 - 6AyutthayaTall Prangs Ruins, Headless Buddha, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Historical ParkIudia on the River, Sala Ayutthaya
6 - 8SukhothaiUNESCO World Heritage site, Sukhothai Ruins, Sri Satchanalai National Park, Wat MahathatLegendha Sukothai, Sriwilai Sukhotai Resort & Spa
8 - 11Chiang MaiCultural Capital, Vibrant Nightlife, Ethnic and Modern CulturesBodhi Serene, Tamarind Village
11 - 13Chiang RaiGolden Triangle, Local Communities, White Temple, Gorgeous PeaksLegend Chiang Rai, Le Méridien Chiang Rai Resort
13 - 13BangkokTraditional Buildings, Modern Skyscrapers, Beautiful Monasteries

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  • Heritage
  • Landscape
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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 3

International Arrival

Transfer from Bangkok Airport to Hotel


2 Nights

Bangkok is a quintessential blend of old and new! Meaning the city of angels, Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand – and is its largest metropolis.

Included Activities

Bangkok City Safari With Lunch
Bounce into the cultural delights of Bangkok. This pulsating cosmopolitan metropolis is best known for its incredible shopping opportunities and larger than life malls, and yet, you can also enjoy rich historical treasures too. Experience the local transport, including a scenic ride on the elevated skytrain, and a public boat trip on the Chao Phraya River that takes you past precariously balanced local stiltments. Disembark at the flower market and you will be charmed by the plethora of exotic flora on display, including various species of beautiful orchids. Afterwards, a short tuk tuk ride will take you to the spectacular Grand Palace, which includes Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha), and a leading massage school, where you can observe the chanting prayers of Buddhist monks. Break for lunch at a local restaurant where delicious and authentic Thai delicacies are served up. After you meal, it’s time for a leisurely longtail boat ride through Bangkok’s famous ‘klongs’, or waterways, past charming neighborhoods and quaint local stiltments. Just a little distance away lies Soi Ban Bat near Wat Saket, where monks’ alms bowls are made. As the sun starts to dip in the distance, stop at Wat Arun which is famous for its distinctive architectural style and gorgeous views of the Chao Phraya River. In the late afternoon, return to your boat and journey back to your hotel. (Full Day; Private Activity with Public Transport; Meal included: Lunch; Fitness level: Easy. Please note that shorts, miniskirts, tights, sleeveless shirts, vests and sandals are not allowed inside temples and palaces. Kindly note that this activity can only be enjoyed with an early morning start.)

Hotel Options
RoomSuperior Room
Riva Surya – Opt 2
RoomRiva-River View Room
Day 3 - 5

Drive from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi (130 km, 2.5 hrs)


2 Nights

Kanchanaburi town lies 13kms west of Bangkok, bordering north-west Myanmar (Burma).

Included Activities

Highlights Of Kanchanaburi
Explore the poignant War Cemetery, the infamous Bridge on the River Kwai and visit the JEATH War Museum that holds artifacts related to the notorious Death Railway, constructed by Prisoners of War in World War 2. Take a train ride up this line through stunning jungle scenery and historic sites to the Nam Tok terminus, where by late afternoon you will reach your accommodation.

Half Day Visit To Erawan National Park
Drive to Erawan National Park with the jaw-dropping seven-tiered Erawan waterfall dropping down over 1,500m. This 550-sq-km park includes the impressive cascading and pooling waterfall that feeds into Mae Nam Khwae Yai. It is said that the uppermost fall appears to resemble the three-headed white elephant of Hindu mythology – Erawan. Weather permitting, you can enjoy a leisurely swim in one of the seven pools created by this beautiful waterfall. Alternatively, take a walk uphill to the seventh tier to truly admire this amazing place.

Hotel Options
RoomGarden Cottage
RoomFloating Villa
Day 5 - 6

Drive from Kanchanaburi to Ayutthaya (130 km, 2.5 hrs)


1 Night

The Historic City of Ayutthaya (also spelled ‘Ayudhya’) or Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya founded in 135, is the capital of Thailand’s Ayutthaya province.

Included Activities

Half Day Visit To Ayutthaya Ancient Ruins
Visit first the Bang-Pa-In Summer Palace, an excellent architectural blend of the East and West, with beautiful gardens. Ayutthaya, was once the Thai Kingdoms capital for 417 yrs. The ruins of this former city are a UNESCO World Heritage site. Stroll through the ruins of Wat Prasrisanphet, a former royal temple during Ayutthaya’s days of glory; Wat Mahathat, where the roots of a tree surround the head of Buddha.

Highlights of Uthai Thani (Enroute)
Beginning from Ayutthaya in the morning, head north for two hours until you arrive at Uthai Thani. Visit Wat Chantaram, a temple complex known for its elaborate decorations. Past the mirror work outside, marvel at the glittering interiors adorned with crystal pillars, mirrored walls, chandeliers, and a golden Buddha statue. Drop by its monastery that features artwork depicting the life of Buddha, and the magnificent Golden Castle nearby covered in carved and gilded figurines. Rest and meditate at the handful of pavilions around, and also feed the fish in the temple’s pond. Next up, stroll through the town’s markets to see an assortment of local produce. Around noon, hop on a traditional wooden riverboat, and cruise the Sakae Krang river, the region’s lifeline. Enjoy local Thai specialties for lunch onboard as you get a glimpse of the life of raft residents along the river. Disembarking about an hour-and-a-half later, continue onwards to the ancient city of Sukhothai, reaching just in time for sunset! (Full Day; Time: 0800 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Lunch included; Fitness level: Easy; Note: Enroute activity between Ayutthaya and Sukhothai)

Hotel Options
RoomIudia River view 1st Flr Room
Sala Ayutthaya – Opt 2
RoomDeluxe River View Room
Day 6 - 8

Drive from Ayutthaya to Sukhothai (352 km, 4.5 hrs)


2 Nights

Located 427 km north of Bangkok, Sukhothai, meaning the “dawn of happiness,” is a small city in lower northern Thailand, renowned for the ruins of the ancient city Sukhothai which was the Thai capital during the 13th century.

Included Activities

Highlights Of Sukhothai
In the late 13th/14th century, Sukhothai was the first capital city of the former Kingdom of Siam. Today it is a UNESCO protected historical park as it exemplifies the glory of original Siamese architecture and houses over 190 ruins related to the first Thai state. Discover the temple zone, especially the Wat Mathathat, the kingdom’s spiritual center with its prominent yet unique Sukhothai lotus-bud chedi (stupa or Buddhist shrine). The Wat Phra Pai Luang showcases early 13th century Khmer and Lopburi architecture, whilst the Wat Sri Sawai boasts floral stucco reliefs and Lopburi-style ‘apsaras’ (celestial nymphs). Don’t miss the Wat Sri Chum that holds much mystery with its ‘Phra Atjana’ or ‘immovable Buddha’ that stretches 15 meters tall and 11 meters wide!

Lampang and Lamphun Visits (En Route From Sukhothai)
There’s so much to see and do when driving down from Sukhothai to Chiang Mai! Follow the route via the mountains to Lampang, where just a few kilometers away from the city you will stop at Wat Phratat Lampang Luang. Built largely of teak wood, this wat (temple) once contained the famous Emerald Buddha Statue, which is today housed in the Wat Phra Keio. Drive further for another 20 km before reaching Tungvien market, where the inhabitants from the surrounding mountains gather to sell all kinds of exotic animals to eat ..if you have the stomach for it! Then visit Lampuhn city, to see Wat Haripunchai – one of the oldest temples in northern Thailand. Arrive in Chiang Mai, just 30 km away, by late afternoon.

Hotel Options
RoomDeluxe Room
Day 8 - 11

Drive from Sukhothai to Chiang Mai via Lampang and Lumphun (420 km, 5.5 hrs)

Chiang Mai

3 Nights

Chiang Mai is the cultural capital of northern Thailand and is enveloped by a ring of mountains.

Included Activities

Chiang Mai City Tour and Doi Suthep
Explore the wonders of Chiang Mai by foot! Begin your walking tour of this charismatic city at the banks of Mae Ping River. At Warorot Market, you will be greeted by excited locals hunting for exotic culinary delights, colorful fruits and spices, and a variety of household staples. Walk down to the historic Tapae Gate and the Three Kings Monuments, before visiting Wat Chiang Man, which is the oldest temple in the region. Take a fortifying lunch break at a local restaurant, sampling local delicacies. Afterwards, drive up to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, an iconic temple site in Northern Thailand. The climb up the famous Naga staircase offers spectacular photo opportunities of the city spread out below in all its glory. At the top, admire the enormous temple gong and unending row of temple bells. (Full Day; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy; Please be suitably attired for temple visit with covered and loose fitting clothes – shorts, mini-skirts, tight fitting trousers, sleeveless shirts or vests, and sandals are not allowed inside the temple).

Hiking at the Doi Inthanon Waterfalls
Discover the fantastic natural beauty of Thailand’s northern region. Set out for Ban Mae Klang Luang, a picturesque Karen village featuring wooden stilted houses. Get a glimpse into the intriguing culture of this hill tribe, engaging with locals and learning about their livelihood at mountainside coffee plantations. Further, hike inside the Doi Inthanon National Park, passing by several trickling streams and beautiful cascades. Soak in the pristine and diverse forest ecosystem teeming with interesting wildlife, and dotted with several shrines and stupas. Situated at the edge of the Himalayas, a few rare species of flora and fauna call this region home. Enjoy ambling along a fairytale-like wooden bridge trail above the Ang Ka Luang swamp forest, known for myriad birdlife. Under a sunset glow, enjoy a refreshing swim at the plunge pools of the stunning Waichitran waterfalls before heading back. (Full day; 08:00 – 17:00; Private activity & transfer; Lunch included; Fitness level: Moderate to difficult 2 hours trek, Notes: Suitable only for guests with good fitness and a sense of uphill/downhill balance, suitable for families with teenage kids but not younger than 13 years old).

Picturesque Drive to Chiang Rai With Stop at Mae Kampong
Set off on a drive to Chiang Rai stopping en route to explore Mae Kampong, a village that sits nestled in the mountains surrounded by lush greenery. Wander around the local market with its exotic aromas and colorful displays, interacting with locals and browsing through their wares. Traverse across the nearby forest until you come upon a lovely waterfall. Capture images of the natural beauty of the region before making your way back to the village. Rest your feet and savor a cup of freshly brewed coffee before returning to your vehicle for the drive into the mountains. Relish a delicious lunch at a local restaurant before heading to Chiang Rai. (Full Day; Duration: 6 hrs; Private Activity & Transfers; Meal Included: Lunch; Fitness Level: Easy. Drinking water will be provided.)

Hotel Options
Bodhi Serene – Opt 1
RoomGrande Deluxe Room
Tamarind Village – Opt 2
RoomLanna Deluxe Room
Day 11 - 13

Drive from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai (180 km, 3.5 hrs)

Chiang Rai

2 Nights

Chiang Rai is a quaint 13th century town, surrounded by two mountain peaks, Doi Mae Salong and Doi Tung.

Included Activities

Highlights of Chiang Rai with Lunch
Explore the temples of Chiang Rai on this fabulous tour, which showcases a fascinating fusion of Thai and Burmese architecture. Begin your exploration at the modern temple of Wat Rong Khun, which was designed and constructed in 1997 with intricately carved white glass. With its sparkling exterior, it is a delight to witness in the daytime! Continue onwards to Wat Rong Sua Ten, also known as the Blue Temple, which is known for its fine sculptures and unique architecture. A short drive away from the heart of the city lies Baan Dam, or The Black House. This beautiful studio, museum and home was created by celebrated artist Thawan Duchanee to showcase an artful blend of traditional Thai architecture and quirky modern design. Afterwards, lunch is served at a charming restaurant on the banks of Kok River. (Half Day; Private Activity & Transfer; Meal Included: Lunch. Please note that shorts, miniskirts, tights, sleeveless shirts, vests and sandals are not allowed inside temples.)

Hotel Options
RoomSuperior Studio
RoomDeluxe Garden View
Day 13 - 13

Transfer from Hotel to Chiang Rai Airport

Flight from Chiang Rai to Bangkok


0 Nights

Bangkok is a quintessential blend of old and new! Meaning the city of angels, Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand – and is its largest metropolis.

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 4,390 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 4,690 /person

Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in one double room for 13 days / 12 nights
  • Meals as indicated
  • Flights mentioned below on Economy Class unless otherwise specified:
    • Chiang Rai – Bangkok
  • All activities as listed :
    • Bangkok: Bangkok City Safari with Lunch
    • Kanchanaburi: Highlights of Kanchanaburi
    • Kanchanaburi: Half Day Visit to Erawan National Park
    • Ayutthaya: Half Day Visit to Ayutthaya Ancient Ruins
    • Ayutthaya: Highlights of Uthai Thani (Enroute)
    • Sukhothai: Highlights of Sukhothai
    • Sukhothai: Lampang & Lamphun Visits (en route from Sukhothai)
    • Chiang Mai: Chiang Mai City Tour & Doi Suthep
    • Chiang Mai: Picturesque Drive to Chiang Rai With Stop at Mae Kampong
    • Chiang Mai: Hiking at the Doi Inthanon Waterfalls
    • Chiang Rai: Highlights of Chiang Rai with Lunch
  • All airport and hotel transfers
  • A high-quality air conditioned vehicle with a safety-tested chauffeur for all activities specified in the itinerary
  • All activities specified in the itinerary, including entrance fees wherever applicable, accompanied by our tour guide
  • Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
  • Welcome kit including all important documents and information regarding your itinerary
  • Insolvency insurance
  • Fees and taxes
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