September 14, 2016

Experience Central Thailand and Chiang Mai

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In this journey through the central plains of Thailand into the beautiful west and north of the country you will visit the two former imperial cities, Ayutthaya and Sukhothai.

Trip to the Khao Yai National Park, a complete day in the company of friendly elephants and of course the journey itself to Chiang Mai, the “Rose of the North” – it will be an unforgettable tour through the heart of Thailand!

Duration :   8 days / 7 nights


Overview:    Bangkok, National Park Khao Yai, Lopburi, Sukhothai, Chiang Mai, Elephant Camp, Lampang, Phitsanuloke, Uthai Thani, Ayutthaya, Bangkok


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Day 1:

Arrival in Bangkok

After landing at the Suvarnabhumi Airport you will be picked up by our driver who will drive you to your hotel by the Chao Phraya River. Here you will get the first impression of this lively and colourful city.

The next two nights you will spend in a comfortable hotel in Bangkok.

Day 2:

Day at leisure in Bangkok

Today you have free time a perfect opportunity to explore Bangkok on your own – there is always something to see! About 400 temples, the Royal Palace, a ride on the Chao Phraya River or shopping in the city – Bangkok is never boring.

In the evening you can take a stroll through one of the night markets that open their gates at dusk. Various souvenirs and culinary treats are lined up side by side and always manage to surprise visitors.

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Day 3:

Trip to the Khao Yai National Park

The tour starts in the morning at your hotel in Bangkok. First we drive to Nakhon Nayok, about 100 km northeast of Bangkok. At the fruit market, you can taste and buy some local fruits. Then we continue to the entrance of the park. Khao Yai opened in 1962 and was the first national park in Thailand. Since 2005 it has been listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

On a guided tour through the park you will visit two impressive waterfalls, Haew Narok at 80 meters high and the Haew Suwat, which is known for its gorgeous orchids. You may recognize it because Haew Suwat was used as a backdrop for a scene in the movie “The Beach” starring Leonardo Di Caprio.

After a visit to the park’s museum you will be driven to your accommodation for the night. You will be staying at Belle Villa Hotel.

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Day 4:

Continue to Lopburi and Sukhothai

After breakfast we drive through the central plains to Lopburi, also called the city of apes. In the centre of the city, there is an old Hindu-shrine that is the home to many monkeys. (These monkeys are found throughout the city and most restaurants have sticks ready to scare them away.) The area behind the shrine is known as the monkey sanctuary.
Here they may be fed. But be careful! The nimble monkeys also have nimble fingers and might try to take your bag, sunglasses or the like.

Then you will be driven to Sukhothai, which was in the 13th & 14th Centuries AD the first capital of the former Kingdom of Siam. You will visit some ancient temple ruins, such as Wat Sra Sri and Wat Sri Sawai. During your visit of this huge park, you may walk or otherwise you may use bicycles, which our driver can rent for you.

After this unique trip you stay overnight at a Deluxe Cottage room in the beautiful Legendha Sukhothai.

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Day 5:

Drive to Chiang Mai

Today we will drive further north. After breakfast we continue from Sukhothai towards Chiang Mai, the Rose of the North. We will stop on the road in the province of Phrae and visit Wat Phrathat Suthon Mongkon Khiri. It is especially known for its huge reclining Buddha statue (85 m long). Another must to see is the golden Buddha in the Ubosot (prayer room).
During a visit to the local market you have the opportunity for a leisurely stroll. Discover exotic Thai snacks, artfully dyed and woven textiles and other souvenirs of this unique tour! After you have checked into to your hotel in Chiang Mai, you can use the evening for a visit to the Night Market.

Overnight at Bodhi Serene Hotel.

 

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Day 6:

Trips around Chiang Mai

Today will be a special experience, a visit to the elephant camp in Mae Rim. Ride on the back of the gentle giants and discover the jungle from a different perspective.

Next you will visit an orchid farm and later the Hmong village. The Hmong are one of Thailand’s hill tribes, who migrated from China in the 18th century. Today the Hmong strike a balance between tradition and tourism and benefit from the travelers who want to explore the north of Thailand.

The perfect ending for the day is a cruise on the Ping River from which you can admire Chiang Mai.

Overnight in Bodhi Serene Hotel.

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Visit to Lampang and Phitsanuloke

After breakfast, we visit the landmark of Chiang Mai, the Doi Suthep Mountain with the temple Wat Doi Suthep. From here you have a breathtaking view of Chiang Mai and should definitely keep your camera at the ready!

Then we continue south through the picturesque mountains, up to Phitsanoloke. On the way we will stop near Kampang and visit, Wat Phra That Lampang Luang, a temple, which is considered one of the most fascinating in Thailand. Surrounded by high walls, the temple served in the past as a refuge from invaders. A special highlight is the Naga staircase that leads to the main entrance.

In the afternoon you reach Phitsanuloke, which has the nickname “Gateway to the North”. Here is an old temple, Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat. Local believers from all over Thailand come here to worship the Buddha’s image which is inside this temple. Outside the Temple grounds you will find many soothsayers reading palms.

Spend the night in the beautiful Pattara Spa Resort in Phitsanuloke.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

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  Uthai Thani, Ayutthaya and return to Bangkok

Before returning to Bangkok, there are two highlights in your program. We visit the pretty town of Uthai Thani with the Glass Temple, and enjoy the view over the city.

Then we stop in Ayutthaya the last capital of Thailand, which was destroyed in 1767 by the Burmese army. Here you can visit the most important temples Wat Si Sanphet and Wat Mongkhon Bophit.

From Ayutthaya we will drive back to Bangkok. From here according to your itinerary you will be transferred either to the airport or to your hotel.

Our Hotels:


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Bangkok


In Bangkok your stay will be at Ramada Plaza Menam Riverside in a Deluxe Riverview Room, breakfast is of course included.

Central Thailand -Pakchong

Pakchong


In Pakchong you will stay at Belle Villa Hotel in a Deluxe Room, breakfast included.

Central Thailand - Sukhothai

Sukhothai


In Sukhothai the Legendha Sukhothai awaits you. Here you stay in a Deluxe Cottage, breakfast included.

Central Thailand-Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai


In Chiang Mai you stay at Bodhi Serene Hotel in a Deluxe Room.

Central Thailand-Phitsanuloke

Phitsanuloke

In Phitsanuloke you stay at Pattara Spa Resort in a Superior Room. The breakfast is included.

Services included:

  • Accommodation incl. breakfast at the hotels listed above
  • 6 x lunch (local food)
  • Air-conditioned car with English speaking driver
  • All entrance fees and activities as mentioned above
  • English speaking guide

Not included:

  • Meals not mentioned above
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips

Our prices in Thai Baht *

 

 

 

Per person in a double room

48,600 THB

1385 USD*

Single surcharge

11,150 THB

 318 USD*

Extra Bed

10,100 THB

 288 USD*

Children below the age of 12

17,900 THB

 510 USD*

Children below the age of 4

On request

On request

*Prices are valid until 31 October 2019

 

 

 

*USD prices are based on the exchange rate from Thai Baht at the time of publishing.

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