Thailand’s North is full of scenic highlights, fascinating temples and the friendly people. Embark on a voyage of discovery and visit Lopburi (Monkey Town), explore the former capital city of the Kingdom – Sukhothai, dive into the turbulent past of the Golden Triangle and explore the Pearl of the North, Chiang Mai.
Get to know a new side of Thailand, off the beaten track, on the trail of nature and culture!
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights from Bangkok
Overview: Bangkok, Lopburi, Uthai Thani, Sukhothai, Lampang, Phayao, Chiang Rai, Golden Triangle, Thaton, Chiang Dao Elephant Camp, Chiang Mai
From Bangkok via Lopburi to Uthai Thani
At the beginning of your trip to northern Thailand you will be picked up by our driver at the hotel or directly from the airport. We will drive towards the north, in the direction of Lopburi.
Lopburi is also called the city of apes, and not without reason. 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.
Then drive towards Uthai Thani, where we visit this pretty town with its Glass Temple, a particularly exquisite piece of architecture. In Uthai Thani you can stroll through the food market in which you can find both, fresh fruits and culinary delights as well as the one or other souvenir.
By private longtail boat you will be brought via the Skakrang River to your accommodation (journey time about 45 minutes). Overnight at Uthai River Lake Resort, located directly on the banks of the river. It has the perfect setting for a relaxing evening.
Bicycle Tour in Sukhothai
After breakfast we drive through the fertile central plain with its large paddy fields, via Nakorn Sawan and Kamphaeng Phet to Sukhothai. Here you you will check into and have an opportunity to freshen up. You will then be driven to the historical park of Sukhothai. The best way to see the park is by bicycle, which takes about two hours. Bicycles will be supplied at no extra charge.
The historical Sukhothai, the first capital of the Kingdom of Siam, is now under protection of the “Old Sukhothai Historcal Parks”. Stops on the guided bicycle tour include some most interesting buildings – the Royal Palace and Wat Mahathat, the “temple of the great relic”.
Because Sukhothai was never destroyed (unlike Ayuthaya), the buildings are mostly in very good condition and just as impressive as they were in their heyday. After the tour by bicycle, you will be taken to the Sukhothai Treasure Hotel in New Sukhothai where you will stay overnight.
From Sukhothai to Lampang towards northern Thailand
After breakfast you continue your journey in a northerly direction. On the two-hour drive to Lampang we pass by Si Satchanalai, a former sister city of Sukhothai, where you can admire Wat Chang Kom and Wat Chedi Jet Sao. The rest of the route is very scenic. Gradually the flat landscapes give way to mountainous terrain and everything looks a little greener. Upon arrival in Lampang you will check in to your hotel for the night, the Lampang River Lodge.
After check-in and a brief pause you will go with a guide and a member of staff on a bicycle ride. This chance to visit to the city of Lampang should not be missed. Cycle through the green outskirts of the city, explore ancient temples and enjoy the panorama from various viewpoints. In the late afternoon you return to the hotel for the evening.
From Lampang to Chiang Rai
Today’s tour takes you to the northerly provincial capital Phayao, which is adjacent to the largest lake in Thailand, Kwan Phayao. The tour continues in a small boat to a picturesque temple in a beautiful natural setting.
The journey then continues to Chiang Rai. Shortly before we enter the city you will visit Wat Rong Khun, also known as the “White Temple”. Unlike many other Buddhist temples, which are covered with golden leaves, Wat Rong Khun presents itself in a brilliant white, which makes it the only one of this kind in Thailand.
After visiting the temple you will be driven to your hotel in Chiang Rai. You will spend the night in Hotel La Luna.
From Chiang Mai to the Golden Triangle, Mae Sai and Thaton
Today you will visit the infamous Golden Triangle! But before we arrive there we will make a stop at the ancient city of Chiang Saen, which was for a relatively short period of time the capital of the Lanna Kingdom.
The Golden Triangle is the point where Myanmar, Laos and Thailand meet, connected and yet separated by the mighty Mekong River. Here you can take an optional short boat trip. In Mae Sai, the border town between Thailand and Myanmar, you have the opportunity to visit the exciting smuggler’s market and the jade workshops.
In the afternoon, we drive via Mae Chan and the mountain massif Maesalong to Thaton. Prepare yourself for the breathtaking views in the mountains! Then spend the night at the Khun May Baan Suan Resort in Thaton.
From Thaton to the mountain Doi Ang Khang
This morning the tour starts early as we will visit Wat Thaton before breakfast. It lies on a hill and the drive takes about twenty minutes, however you will be rewarded with a beautiful view of the Maekok River and its valley.
Next revitalise yourself with a breakfast before moving on towards Doi Ang Khang. This mountain is one of the highest in Thailand and due to sometimes cold temperatures at night also known as “Little Switzerland”. On the way to the summit we make stops at various viewpoints before reaching the top at 1,970 meters high. The Doi Ang Khang is known for some royal projects, which have been launched to provide alternatives to opium cultivation for mountain villagers. If possible, you will get one or more of the junior guides (school children who visit the project’s community school on the mountain) to show you through the various projects, from the tea cultivation to the most diverse orchards of strawberries and peaches.
After this impressive trip, you will spend the night in the beautiful Doi Ang Khang Nature Resort.
From Doi Ang Khang to Chiang Dao Elephant Camp and Chiang Mai
Today we return to the valley. After breakfast you say goodbye to Doi Ang Khang and we drive to the elephant camp in Chiang Dao. In the past the elephants in Thailand were of immense importance. They have traditionally worked with humans in the logging industry and as the trucks and heavy machinery of the day. This is now prohibited as the elephants have become an endangered species. Here in the elephant camp you can see how these gentle animals are being bathed and trained. Then swing yourself onto the back of an elephant and admire the jungle from your new vantage point.
Afterwards, float leisurely on a traditional bamboo raft across the peaceful Ping River then continue this truly captivating excursion on to Chiang Mai. There you first visit Doi Suthep, the “city mountain” where in good weather you can enjoy unparalleled views across Chiang Mai and the surrounding area.
You will spend the night in the Kampaeng Ngam Hotel.
Chiang Mai and Return
You can use the time before your departure to explore the city. Stroll through the various markets and look for unique souvenirs for loved ones at home.
Then you will be transferred by our driver to the airport or the train station according to your itinerary.
In Uthai Thani you stay at Uthai River Lake Resort in a deluxe room. Breakfast is included.
In Sukhothai you spend the night at Sukhothai Treasure Hotel in a Superior Room. Again, we have breakfast for you.
In Lampang stay in the Lampang River Lodge. Here you stay in a Superior Bungalow, breakfast included.
In Chiang Rai you stay in the Hotel La Luna in a Poolside Bungalow, breakfast included.
In Thaton you stay at Khun May Baan Suan Resort in Riverside Bungalow, breakfast included.
Doi Ang Khang
In Doi Ang Khang overnight at Doi Ang Khang Nature Resort in Mountain View Bungalow, breakfast included.
In Chiang Mai you stay at Kampaeng Ngam Hotel in a Deluxe Room, breakfast included.
- Accommodation incl. breakfast at the hotels listed above
- Meals as listed
- Air-conditioned minibus 12-seater
- All entrance fees and activities as mentioned above
- English speaking guide during sightseeing
- Meals not mentioned above
- Domestic flights
- Personal expenses
Our prices in Thai Baht *
Per person in a double room
Children below the age of 12
Children below the age of 4
Free of charge
Free of charge
*Prices are valid until 31 October 2019
*USD prices are based on the exchange rate from Thai Baht at the time of publishing.