Go beyond the standard Thailand vacation packages and experience the cultural beauty and intriguing natural treasures that the country has to offer. Once you’ve completed your off-the-beaten-path adventure, unwind on the magical beaches of Khao Lak, surrounded by Thailand’s iconic rising islands.
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.
Highlights of Bangkok Embark on Bangkok in all its regal glory! Begin with a cruise through the Thonburi klongs (canals) on a long tail boat. Stop en route at Wat Arun, also known as the Temple of Dawn monastery. Proceed onwards to the majestic Grand Palace to witness majestic throne halls and the enigmatic Emerald Buddha. Feast on lunch overlooking the Chao Phraya River at the exotic Supatra River House. Spend your afternoon with a visit to the world’s largest teak building, Vimanmek Palace, before finishing your day at Wat Benjamabophit, the Marble Temple, which is a fantastic fusion of Thai and European architecture.To respect local customs, please dress conservatively and avoid flip flops and sandals, which are not permitted within religious complexes. Kindly note that women are generally not allowed to enter the monk’s living quarters, where chanting takes place.
Kanchanaburi town lies 13kms west of Bangkok, bordering north-west Myanmar (Burma).
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.
The Historic City of Ayutthaya (also spelled ‘Ayudhya’) or Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya founded in 135, is the capital of Thailand’s Ayutthaya province.
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 417yrs. 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.
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.
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!
Phitsanuloke, Lampang & Lamphun Visits (en route from Sukhothai) There’s so much to see and do when driving down from Sukhothai to Chiang Mai! En route in Phitsanoloke (about 50 km), you can visit one of Central Thailand’s most beautiful and most important temple, the Wat Mahatat, which lies on the banks of Nan River. Then, 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.
Chiang Mai is the cultural capital of northern Thailand and is enveloped by a ring of mountains.
Half Day Wat Prathat Doi Suthep & Hill Trip Tour Enjoy the scenery as you drive up Doi Suthep mountain to Chiang Mai’s most famous landmark, the magnificent golden pagoda of Wat Prathat Doi Suthep. With irresistible photo opportunities of the city below, climb the Naga (mythical serpent) staircase as the temple bells chime through the air. A songtaew (red seated truck) will take you further up a dirt track where you can stop for a brew. Enjoy a cup of the locally grown Arabica coffee, part of the Chang Khein coffee research project. Head onwards to Chang Khien where you can interact with a White Hmong of 800 traditional ethnic peoples and observe their traditional 500 year old lifestyle of unique culture and customs.