Welcome to Lopburi

One of Thailand's oldest cities, Lopburi developed during the Dvaravati period (6th to 10th centuries), when it was known as Lavo. King Narai (r 1657–88) made Lopburi a second capital, hosting many foreign dignitaries in the town. An array of palaces and temples from the Khmer and Ayuthaya empires still stand, though in various states of decay.

It only takes 24 hours to see Lopburi's main sights, but it's worth staying a second day to explore the countryside. Sunflowers carpet the fields east of town from November to January, needle-like limestone peaks beckon to climbers, and temples such as Wat Khao Chin Lae overlook jaw-dropping vistas.

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$980.32 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Thailand 6-Day Tour: Chiang Mai, Chang Rai from Bangkok

Your 6-day coach tour of northern Thailand includes 4-star hotel accommodation. Beginning in Bangkok and ending in Chiang Mai, you’ll tour ancient cities, jungle-clad countryside, hilltop villages, and plenty of craft markets – including one at the Burmese border!Day 1 (L, D)Early morning departure from Bangkok, with hotel or Airport pickup. Drive north to Bang Pa-In, a royal summer palace with lovely gardens. Upon arrival, your guide will discuss the combination of Thai and European architecture. Admire the elegant Thai pavilion, which stands in the middle of a lake. Visit Ayutthaya, where ruins of temples and palaces still remain. Walk around and learn about the canal and river network that helped Ayutthaya to flourish. Then, drive through the Thai countryside to Lopburi, see a 13th-century Buddhist temple now inhabited by hundreds of monkeys!  Later, visit the town of Phitsanulok, and see numerous houseboats. Day 2 (B, L, D)Visit Sukhothai, admire numerous standing Buddha statues as you explore the ruined temples. Then, head to nearby Si Satchanalai, where you’ll have lunch. Later, drive through rural Thailand toward Chiang Rai. En route, stop in Phayao, a small 11th-century town. Day 3 (B, L, D)Visit several hill tribe villages. Enjoy mountain views, stopping in the Chinese settlement of Doi Mae Salong. Reach the Akha and Yao tribes, where villagers continue to wear traditional garments, learn about the customs of village life. Later, see Mae Sai, Thailand’s northernmost town near the Myanmar border. Drive to the heart of the Golden Triangle where the Ruak and Mekong Rivers meet. Enjoy views of Myanmar, Laos, Thailand and the mighty rivers below. Afterward, visit Chiang Saen, where evidence of the original 13th-century city can still be seen. Day 4 (B, L, D)Depart for Chiang Mai with your guide, stopping first in Mae Ka Chan, famous for its hot spring.  After lunch at a local restaurant, drive through more mountain scenery and tropical jungle to visit the hilltop temple of Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep. Climb 290 steps (or ride the cable car) up the hill for outstanding views of Chiang Mai. In the evening, enjoy a kantoke – a ceremonial dinner where traditional northern Thai dishes are served as you watch dancers perform a series of folk stories.. Day 5 (B, L, D)Visit an elephant camp where skilled mahouts (trainers) demonstrate how elephants have worked in the jungles for centuries. Watch in amazement as the elephants reveal their intelligence and strength. After lunch at a local restaurant, see the district of Sankampaeng, where Chiang Mai’s cottage industries flourish. Watch artisans create beautiful crafts. Day 6 (B)Your tour ends in Chiang Mai. If you have a flight to catch, your guide will drop you off at the Chiang Mai International Airport.

$1265.40 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Bangkok to Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai, and Chiang Rai 7-Day Tour

Day 1: Bangkok-Ayutthaya-Phitsanulok (L,D)Depart from Bangkok at 6:30am for Ayutthaya to tour the remains of the ancient city aboard a classic three-wheel tuk tuk. Next, head to Lopburi to see the famous Monkey Temple and Prang Sam Yot before checking in to your hotel in the city of Phitsanulok. After dinner, clamber aboard a pedal-powered trishaw for an evening ride around the night market.Overnight in PhitsanulokDay 2: Phitsanulok-Sukhothai (B,L,D)In Phitsanulok, visit the Wat Mahathat, a royal temple that’s home to one of the most beautiful Buddha images in the country, before setting out by road for Sukhothai. On arrival, explore the highlights of ancient Sukhothai and visit the Sangkhalok pottery village. End the day by visiting Si Satchanalai, the striking remains of the northern outpost of the historic Sukhothai Kingdom.Overnight in SukhothaiDay 3: Sukhothai-Lampang-Chiang Mai (B,L,D)The day begins with a live presentation on rice cultivation, where you'll get to try your hand at growing rice. Next, set out for Lampang to admire Wat Phra That Lampang Luang, housing the country's only Emerald Buddha other than the one in Bangkok. Finally, drive to Chiang Mai, Thailand's cultural capital, where you'll check in to your hotel and enjoy dinner at a riverside restaurant that doubles as an art gallery.Overnight in Chiang MaiDay 4: Chiang Mai (B,L,D)Start the day with an early-morning visit to a nearby temple to give alms to the monks — a common practice in Thailand's Buddhist culture. After breakfast, drive the steep road to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a sacred temple with superb views over the city. Continue to the Talat Warorot, Chiang Mai’s largest market, then ride a rickshaw to Wat Chedi Luang, one of the city's most celebrated temples. In the San Kamphaeng handicraft district, watch artisans practicing ancient Thai arts and crafts, and learn more about the generations-old traditions. For dinner, eat khan toke style, dining off low tables while seated on the floor, as you watch a performance of live music and traditional dance.Overnight in Chiang MaiDay 5: Chiang Mai-Chiang Dao-Thaton (B,L,D)The day begins with a drive to a sustainable elephant camp outside Chiang Mai, where you'll learn how elephants are used in the timber industry and their role in Thai heritage. A side-trip to a nearby orchid farm will give you a stunning impression of just a fraction of Thailand's rich variety of orchids. En-route to your hotel in Thaton, stop to explore the dramatic Chiang Dao cave complex. Overnight in Thaton

$37.91 Cultural & Theme Tours

Half-Day Ayutthaya City Cultural Bike Tour

This half-day bicycle tour is designed to be fun and educational and is suitable for all abilities. Your guide takes you around Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya (the Sacred City of Ayutthaya), the old Siam royal capital from 1350 to 1767.Ayutthaya offered a variety of geographical and economic advantages by the gathering of three rivers, the Chao Phraya, the Pasak, and the Lopburi. From a small fortified island-city, the city grew into a powerful kingdom. In its heyday, Thai culture and commerce flourished, and lots of foreign merchants resided in the capital, including Dutch, Portuguese, French, English and Japanese. Around 1700, with a population reaching 1 million, Ayutthaya was one of the world’s largest cities at that time.During our Ayutthaya bicycle tour you will get a good impression of this once mighty capital of Siam.Our first stop is at Pom Phet or “Diamond Fortress”, one of the sixteen fortresses along the city walls of Ayutthaya. Although partially destroyed, the fort still conveys what must have been ancient travelers first impressions of the Kingdom of Siam.We continue our adventure and cycle through local neighborhoods and pass so-called “Roti Road”. Dozens of vendors offer bags of the colorful “Roti Sai Mai”, one of the most famous Thai desserts in Ayutthaya – threads of twirled palm sugar wrapped in a round unleavened bread.We cycle through the quiet Somdet Phra Srinakarinda Park to Chedi Phra Si Suriyothai, a memorial for the first heroine in Thai history, we make a short photo stop. We then ride further along the river and observe the daily life of the local people living on the river banks.We stop at a Muslim community where they make handicraft woven wind mobiles from palm leaves in the shape of a carp, “Pla Tapian Bai Lan”.The tour then brings us to the world-renowned Ayutthaya Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991. Here we see the ruins of the old temples. We stop at Wat Phra Sri Sanphet which was the most important temple of Ayutthaya and situated within the Royal Palace grounds.The next stop is at Wat Mahathat, best known for its photogenic Buddha’s head entwined within the roots of a tree. It is one of the most recognizable images from Thailand and can be found on many post cards and travel books.We continue our ride to “Chao Phrom Market” and walk with our bicycle through the market. This busy market has been around since Ayutthaya was the capital of Siam. It houses a large concentration of amulet shops, food stalls and vendors selling all kinds of wares.We take a ferry back to cross the Pasak river and within a few minutes we are back at our office where the tour ends.During the trip we make regular stops for sightseeing and to provide you with drinking water/soft drink and a Thai snack.

$781.30 Multi-day & Extended Tours

6-Day Central and Northern Thailand Discovery Tour

The renowned quality of what Thailand can bring to the tourism table requires no further introduction. From north to south, the travel options are next to unlimited and a plethora of religious, natural and historical landmarks pass the revue with every turn you take. A well-balanced 6 days Thailand exploration from Bangkok is all what one needs to lift the veil of Amazing Thailand.Your journey of Thailand exploration commences with an early departure from your Bangkok hotel. Via the former capital of the Siam Kingdom, Ayutthaya, and Lopburi, we make our way northwards towards our overnight address in Phitsanuloke. Heritage from a bygone era in the form of the Bang Pa In Summer Palace and the Khmer inspired Phra Prang Sam Yot are among the highlights on this day.Filled with impressions after day one, Sukhothai Historical Park follows in the footsteps of visiting former kingdoms of ancient Siam. Its temple ruins are among the most sought-after for visits. A visit to the satellite town of Sri Satchanalai completes our morning program before making a much needed lunch break. With our overnight address in Lampang further up north, we include touring this old town before dining at the hotel’s restaurant.Making merit is filed with austerity and symbolism: a visit to Thailand is not complete in following in the early morning trails of local residents paying respect to saffron clad monks. A long day brings you via Phayao to Chiang Rai, our overnight address. The gateway to the famous Golden Triangle will be extensively explored throughout the afternoon with visits to Chiang Saen, Mae Sai and the actual Golden Triangle as essential bucket list material.Wat Rong Kung has to be the main attraction of Chiang Rai city; its story and white exterior stand out from the temple crowd in Thailand and mark the start of a new day. Afterwards, we slowly make our way south towards the Rose of the North – Chiang Mai. Seeing the handicraft masters at work and enjoying a traditional Kantoke dinner in Thailand’s second largest city marks the end of an amazing day out and about.Chiang Mai has ample to offer to fill in a day. We’re making our way into a sustainable centre that turns animal faeces into day-to-day household goods, a royal museum and ending the day with mesmerizing views from Doi Suthep Mountain temple. In the evening, we head over to the train station for an overnight train experience back to Bangkok, followed by an early morning transfer back to your hotel.

$13.16 Cultural & Theme Tours

Mysterious Museum of 3 Face elephant (Admission Ticket)

Visit The first floor represents the underworld and contains a collection of Chinese vases from the Ming and Qing dynasties and a history of the museum's construction as photographs and wall placards.Go to  second floor representing the earth (or human world) houses more precious antiques and arts including ceramics and European pottery. The hall features a statue of Guanyin, the Chinese Goddess with a thousand arms.The top floor represents the Travatimsa Heaven, which is located on top of Mount Meru in Buddhist cosmology. On display are relics of the Buddha and very old Buddha statues from several eras including Lopburi, Ayutthaya, Lanna and Rattanakosin. The walls are decorated with paintings depicting the cosmos.

$105.82 Day Trips & Excursions

Ayutthaya and River Barge Lunch

In the morning (around 8.30 am), pick up at your hotel and take 1.5 hours driving to Ayutthaya. Start visit at Bang Pa-In Royal Palace, summer palace of the kings of Thailand.Then we will enjoy fantastic Thai lunch on a Rice Barge cruising along the majestic Chao Phraya, "River of Kings".After lunch, we will explore rest on the island framed by three significant rivers: Chao Phraya, Lopburi and Pasak, the historic temples, palaces and remaining architectures of the ancient kingdom of Ayutthaya are one of Thailand’s most precious historical sites. The 715-acre area has been listed the UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991 as it portrays the heydays of one of the largest kingdoms in IndoChina history.You will be lead back to your hotel in Bangkok around 6 PM. by private vehicle.   Activities and Experiences: • Bang Pa-In Royal Palace: This palace complex is set on a lovely landscaped lake garden that was once an island itself. Abandoned after Ayutthaya fell, it was rebuilt by King Rama V (1868-1910) who commissioned additional buildings in an eclectic style that blends European neoclassical and Victorian architectures with Early Ayutthaya and Chinese palace styles. • Lunch on Rice Barge Cruising: Board our converted traditional teak rice barge and drift slowly along the majestic Chao Phraya River and explore Ayutthaya from the eye of river, enjoying en route a beautiful selection of Thai food. • Ayutthaya Historical Park: Rest of the day, we will explore Ayutthaya Historical Park such as Wat Yai Chai Mongkol and Wat Mahathat, one of the popular icons of Ayutthaya, located alongside a wall of 'Viharn Lek' (small chapel). The site of the lone Buddha's head entrapped by the roots of an overgrown banyan tree has become a famous - and not to miss - tourist attraction. Responsible Tour: • This program will be preserve the historical attractions of UNESCO World Heritage Site.