8 Days Bangkok and Ancient Capitals

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Discover both modern Thailand and historical Siam during this memorable eight-day round-trip that begins and ends in Bangkok. Admire the ancient monuments, dazzling temples, and bustling markets that help make Thailand the most captivating country in Southeast Asia. Visit ruins such as those of Ayutthaya and Sukhothai, which offer an insight into the grandeur of past glories, and meet the inhabitants of remote rainforest villages, where the past is very much alive. Join us on a magical journey to uncover Siam’s glittering gems!
ItineraryDay 1: ARRIVAL BANGKOKPass By: Suvarnabhumi AirportArrive at Bangkok International Airport, where our representative will meet and greet you. Then, transfer to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, exploring the beautiful surroundings on your own. Perhaps indulge yourself with a traditional Thai massage and delight your taste buds with the amazing local flavours. End the day watching the sunset at any of the stylish rooftop bars which have blossomed in the city’s skyscrapers in recent years - the options are limitless. Overnight in hotel in Bangkok. No meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Standard Hotel Category = Royal hotel @ Chinatown or similar 4*Day 2: BANGKOKPass By: Hotel Royal Bangkok ChinatownEnjoy a full day at leisure to discover Bangkok on your own or to take one of the many optional excursions available on the spot. The Royal Grand Palace, a great architectural masterpiece of several buildings from the outside was used as a royal residence from the 18th century to the mid-20th century. It is without any doubt a national reference and possibly the most visited royal monument in Thailand. The building houses the "Wat Phra Kaew", Bangkok's most sacred temple, where the famous Emerald Buddha is located.Overnight in hotel in Bangkok.Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Standard Hotel Category = Royal hotel @ Chinatown or similar 4*Day 3: BANGKOK – AYUTTHAYA – KAMPHAENG PHET (380km – 5hrs)Pass By: Chakungrao Riverview HotelEnjoy a tasty breakfast and then head to the former capital of Ayutthaya to contemplate the impressive ruins of this once-vast island city, which was mostly destroyed by an invading army 250 years ago. Today, the haunting ruins hint at its former glories as can be seen in the beautiful temples like Wat Yai Chaimongkhon, Wat Phanan Choeng and Wat Mahathat, the place where the roots of trees have devoured the head of a Buddha. Hop on a traditional long-tail boat and enjoy a scenic cruise around the island to see the city’s ruins from a different perspective. After delighting in lunch at a local restaurant, continue to Kamphaeng Phet and check into your selected hotel. Overnight in hotel in Kamphaeng Phet.Meals included: • Breakfast • LunchAccommodation included: Standard Hotel Category = Chakungrao Riverview or similar 3.5*Day 4: KAMPHAENG PHET – LAMPANG – CHIANG MAI (350km – 5hrs)Pass By: The Empress Chiang Mai HotelBegin your journey after breakfast at the hotel, heading towards Lampang. On arrival, visit Wat Phra That Lampang Luang. This large Lanna-style temple is prominently located on a hill, surrounded by walls. Climb the Naga staircase and explore the mesmerising complex that boasts seven buildings and a sacred tree. Admire the bronze Buddha statue in the ordination hall and the relic of Buddha in the golden chedi. Continue to the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre, which offers shelter and care to more than 50 Asian elephants in a natural rainforest habitat. The centre’s prize attraction, however, are the six elephants from the king of Thailand’s Royal Stables. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before continuing to Chiang Mai, popularly known as the ‘Rose of the North’. Check in on arrival and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Maybe explore the city at your own pace or spoil yourself with a relaxing Thai massage. In the evening, head to the bustling night bazaar for a stroll or indulge in a khantoke dinner, a traditional northern Thai feast combined with a selection of traditional cultural performances. The Thai massage and the khantoke dinner are not included.Overnight in hotel in Chiang MaiMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchAccommodation included: Standard Hotel Category = Empress Chiang Mai or similar 4*Day 5: CHIANG MAIPass By: The Empress Chiang Mai HotelAfter a delightful breakfast at the hotel, visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, one of the most revered temples in the country. This sacred location is at the top of a mountain from where you can appreciate stunning panoramic views of the city. To reach the temple, you must climb up a 309-step naga staircase, or use the cable car. This spiritual experience is followed by a visit to the famous San Kamphaeng Road, a 10km-long stretch of road flanked by shops selling locally produced goods such as pottery, silverware, lacquerware, handmade saa paper, sculptures, jewellery, wood carvings and silk products. In some shops, you can even watch the artisans at work. Keep an eye out for the celadon pottery and the silver goods, known for their excellent quality. After a typical lunch in a local restaurant, return to the hotel and spend the afternoon free at leisure.Overnight in hotel in Chiang Mai.Meals included: • Breakfast • LunchAccommodation included: Standard Hotel Category = Empress Chiang Mai or similar 4*Day 6: CHIANG MAI – LAMPHUN – SUKHOTHAI (370km – 5hrs)Pass By: Legendha Sukhothai Resort at Sukhothai Historical ParkBid farewell to Chiang Mai after breakfast at the hotel, heading to Lamphun, which is home to one of the north’s most important temples, the one-thousand-year-old Wat Phra That Hariphunchai. Visit the temple and admire the Buddha statues and impressive stupas, including the 46-metre-tall Lanna-style golden chedi and 21-metre-tall Haripunchai-style chedi. Afterwards, head south to Sukhothai Historical Park, to see the ruins of the first capital of Siam. Founded in the 13th century, Sukhothai means ‘Dawn of Happiness’, and it proved to herald the beginning of a golden age for Thai culture under the rule of King Ramkhamhaeng the Great, who is credited with creating the Thai alphabet. The historical park hosts the ruins of almost 200 buildings, including dozens of temples. Overnight in hotel in Sukhothai.Meals included: • Breakfast • LunchAccommodation included: Standard Hotel Category = Legendha Sukhothai or similar 4*Day 7: SUKHOTHAI – LOPBURI – BANGKOK (480km – 7 hrs)Pass By: Hotel Royal Bangkok ChinatownDepart Sukhothai after breakfast at the hotel, heading towards Lopburi. This historic city is famed for the troops of macaques that roam the streets as if they were in the jungle. Visit the ruins of the ancient Khmer temple of Phra Prang Sam Yot and the adjacent Brahman shrine of San Phra Kan, known as the ‘Monkey Temple’. Enjoy a typical lunch in a local restaurant en route and continue to Bangkok. Overnight in hotel in Bangkok.Meals included: • Breakfast • LunchAccommodation included: Standard Hotel Category = Royal hotel @ Chinatown or similar 4*Day 8: DEPART BANGKOKPass By: Suvarnabhumi AirportBegin your last day in Thailand with a delicious breakfast at the hotel. Then transfer to Bangkok airport and continue with your travelling arrangements. Breakfast included.Meals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

What’s included

  • 7x Breakfast
  • 5x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 7 nights
  • TOUR GUIDE: Operated with English, Italian, French or Spanish-speaking guide
  • Air-conditioned transportation, transfers as stated in the programme
  • All entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary:
  • - Wat Yai Chaimongkhon, Wat Phanan Choeng and Wat Mahathat, visit Wat Phra That Lampang Luang,
  • - Thai Elephant Conservation Centre, visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep (the cable car included),
  • - shopping stop San Kamphaeng Road, Wat Phra That Hariphunchai, Sukhothai Historical Park,
  • - Ancient Khmer temple of Phra Prang Sam Yot ruins and the adjacent Brahman shrine of San Phra Kan

What’s not included

  • Expenditures of a personal nature, drinks and meals if not stated explicitly in the programme
  • Gratuity for driver and guide
  • Optional tours
  • International or domestic flight tickets and airport taxes or visa fees.

Itinerary

Day 1: ARRIVAL BANGKOK Pass By: Suvarnabhumi Airport Arrive at Bangkok International Airport, where our representative will meet and greet you. Then, transfer to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, exploring the beautiful surroundings on your own. Perhaps indulge yourself with a traditional Thai massage and delight your taste buds with the amazing local flavours. End the day watching the sunset at any of the stylish rooftop bars which have blossomed in the city’s skyscrapers in recent years - the options are limitless. Overnight in hotel in Bangkok. No meals included on this day. Accommodation included: Standard Hotel Category = Royal hotel @ Chinatown or similar 4*
Day 2: BANGKOK Pass By: Hotel Royal Bangkok Chinatown Enjoy a full day at leisure to discover Bangkok on your own or to take one of the many optional excursions available on the spot. The Royal Grand Palace, a great architectural masterpiece of several buildings from the outside was used as a royal residence from the 18th century to the mid-20th century. It is without any doubt a national reference and possibly the most visited royal monument in Thailand. The building houses the "Wat Phra Kaew", Bangkok's most sacred temple, where the famous Emerald Buddha is located. Overnight in hotel in Bangkok. Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Standard Hotel Category = Royal hotel @ Chinatown or similar 4*
Day 3: BANGKOK – AYUTTHAYA – KAMPHAENG PHET (380km – 5hrs) Pass By: Chakungrao Riverview Hotel Enjoy a tasty breakfast and then head to the former capital of Ayutthaya to contemplate the impressive ruins of this once-vast island city, which was mostly destroyed by an invading army 250 years ago. Today, the haunting ruins hint at its former glories as can be seen in the beautiful temples like Wat Yai Chaimongkhon, Wat Phanan Choeng and Wat Mahathat, the place where the roots of trees have devoured the head of a Buddha. Hop on a traditional long-tail boat and enjoy a scenic cruise around the island to see the city’s ruins from a different perspective. After delighting in lunch at a local restaurant, continue to Kamphaeng Phet and check into your selected hotel. Overnight in hotel in Kamphaeng Phet. Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch Accommodation included: Standard Hotel Category = Chakungrao Riverview or similar 3.5*
Day 4: KAMPHAENG PHET – LAMPANG – CHIANG MAI (350km – 5hrs) Pass By: The Empress Chiang Mai Hotel Begin your journey after breakfast at the hotel, heading towards Lampang. On arrival, visit Wat Phra That Lampang Luang. This large Lanna-style temple is prominently located on a hill, surrounded by walls. Climb the Naga staircase and explore the mesmerising complex that boasts seven buildings and a sacred tree. Admire the bronze Buddha statue in the ordination hall and the relic of Buddha in the golden chedi. Continue to the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre, which offers shelter and care to more than 50 Asian elephants in a natural rainforest habitat. The centre’s prize attraction, however, are the six elephants from the king of Thailand’s Royal Stables. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before continuing to Chiang Mai, popularly known as the ‘Rose of the North’. Check in on arrival and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Maybe explore the city at your own pace or spoil yourself with a relaxing Thai massage. In the evening, head to the bustling night bazaar for a stroll or indulge in a khantoke dinner, a traditional northern Thai feast combined with a selection of traditional cultural performances. The Thai massage and the khantoke dinner are not included. Overnight in hotel in Chiang Mai Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch Accommodation included: Standard Hotel Category = Empress Chiang Mai or similar 4*
Day 5: CHIANG MAI Pass By: The Empress Chiang Mai Hotel After a delightful breakfast at the hotel, visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, one of the most revered temples in the country. This sacred location is at the top of a mountain from where you can appreciate stunning panoramic views of the city. To reach the temple, you must climb up a 309-step naga staircase, or use the cable car. This spiritual experience is followed by a visit to the famous San Kamphaeng Road, a 10km-long stretch of road flanked by shops selling locally produced goods such as pottery, silverware, lacquerware, handmade saa paper, sculptures, jewellery, wood carvings and silk products. In some shops, you can even watch the artisans at work. Keep an eye out for the celadon pottery and the silver goods, known for their excellent quality. After a typical lunch in a local restaurant, return to the hotel and spend the afternoon free at leisure. Overnight in hotel in Chiang Mai. Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch Accommodation included: Standard Hotel Category = Empress Chiang Mai or similar 4*
Day 6: CHIANG MAI – LAMPHUN – SUKHOTHAI (370km – 5hrs) Pass By: Legendha Sukhothai Resort at Sukhothai Historical Park Bid farewell to Chiang Mai after breakfast at the hotel, heading to Lamphun, which is home to one of the north’s most important temples, the one-thousand-year-old Wat Phra That Hariphunchai. Visit the temple and admire the Buddha statues and impressive stupas, including the 46-metre-tall Lanna-style golden chedi and 21-metre-tall Haripunchai-style chedi. Afterwards, head south to Sukhothai Historical Park, to see the ruins of the first capital of Siam. Founded in the 13th century, Sukhothai means ‘Dawn of Happiness’, and it proved to herald the beginning of a golden age for Thai culture under the rule of King Ramkhamhaeng the Great, who is credited with creating the Thai alphabet. The historical park hosts the ruins of almost 200 buildings, including dozens of temples. Overnight in hotel in Sukhothai. Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch Accommodation included: Standard Hotel Category = Legendha Sukhothai or similar 4*
Day 7: SUKHOTHAI – LOPBURI – BANGKOK (480km – 7 hrs) Pass By: Hotel Royal Bangkok Chinatown Depart Sukhothai after breakfast at the hotel, heading towards Lopburi. This historic city is famed for the troops of macaques that roam the streets as if they were in the jungle. Visit the ruins of the ancient Khmer temple of Phra Prang Sam Yot and the adjacent Brahman shrine of San Phra Kan, known as the ‘Monkey Temple’. Enjoy a typical lunch in a local restaurant en route and continue to Bangkok. Overnight in hotel in Bangkok. Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch Accommodation included: Standard Hotel Category = Royal hotel @ Chinatown or similar 4*
Day 8: DEPART BANGKOK Pass By: Suvarnabhumi Airport Begin your last day in Thailand with a delicious breakfast at the hotel. Then transfer to Bangkok airport and continue with your travelling arrangements. Breakfast included. Meals included: • Breakfast No accommodation included on this day.
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