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$926.16 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.

$501.43 Multi-day & Extended Tours

6-Day Discover-Along Journey to Northern Thailand

Thailand has long been the known for its superb destinations that fulfills wide ranges of special interests. Yet there are gorgeous destinations that remains unbeaten and serve only to real explorers. This 6-day tour bring forth both shining and hidden gems of religious, nature, and historical landmarks that Thailand has to offer. Your exploration begins on water, where you will board a rice barge and discover the local life along Nakhon Chaisri River before arriving at Ayutthaya, the ancient city once prospered as the capital city of the Siam Kingdom. Visiting the Glass Temple in Uthai Thani will leave you in awe with its bright and shining hall of crystal. More than just beautiful temples, the province centered in the small town with river-side market offering local products and delicacies. Finishing your day with delicious dinner at Country Lake Nature Lodge where we overnight.(-/-/D, Country Lake Nature Lodge) After a nice walk around the resort admiring nature and learning about organic plantation, we commence another day full of great impression. Still in Uthai Thani, we travel back through time at the valley filled with the reminiscent of Jurassic period. We journey further northwards to the famous ancient city of Sukhothai where we overnight. Numerous historical sites and temple ruins tell tales and truth of Thailand old civilization. (B/L/-, Le Charme Hotel) Full of energy after a good night's sleep, we head to Phrae which locate the Temple that boast the beautiful northern style building, a teakwood museum before taking off on your long journey to Chiang Rai via Phayao where we make a short stop at a serene lake. A great day ends with the magnificent White Temple visit, Wat Rong Khun, designed to imitate the heaven on human ground. (B/L/-, Phuwadol Resort) Golden Triangle is said to be the bucket list of most travelers. Without delay, we make our way towards the significant intersection of the three borders with a visit to the ancient city of Chiang Saen and not leaving out the Opium museum. Our journey ends at the top of mountain in Chiang Mai. A visit to Doi Suthep, the temple atop the mountain with the panoramic view of the Rose of the North. Rest after a long day or choose to go for traditional Khantoke dinner with additional fees. (B/L/-, Lotus Pang Suan Kaew or Park Hotel) Elephant Experience has to be in the bucket list of Chiang Mai travelers. Meet this wild creatures seeing them working at Mae Sa Elephant Camp before a stop at the Orchid Farm. Visiting the center of handicraft masters and watching them craft amazing handwork in the form of umbrellas mark the end of our tour.(B/L/-, Lotus Pang Suan Kaew or Park Hotel) The morning after a full rest at the hotel, transfer to the airport for your flight or stay and explore more of the north!(B/-/-)

$860.02 Multi-day & Extended Tours

6-Day Unbeaten Northern Track:Ayutthaya,Sukhothai,Uthaithani,Chiangrai,Chiangmai

Day 1: BANGKOK -NAKORN CHAISI RIVER AYUTTHAYA – UTHAI THANI (-/_/D) Pick up from the hotel to Nakorn Chaisri River, board on a converted rice barge. Enjoy an approx. one hour€™s river cruise. See water vegetable plantations, water birds and the way of life of Thai people along the riverside. Then continue to Ayutthaya, the UNESCO World Heritage ancient city. Then proceed to Uthai Thani to visit the Crystal Temple, famous for its undeniable beautiful crystal-like decoration across the hall. Visit the riverside local market with local products and delicacies in the city of Uthai Thani. Day 2 : NAKORN SAWAN –HUB PATAD – KAMPHAENGPHET – SUKHOTHAI (B/L/-)After breakfast, visit a typical Thai village to experience the finest of Thai crafts and beautiful intricate hand weaving. Proceed to Hub Patad Valley. Surrounded by old limestone mountains, the hidden forest of rare big palm trees, which seem to be from the Land before Time. Then continue to Kamphaengphet to visit Wat Pra Kaew. Continue to Sukhothai, the first capital of Siam where the famous ruins of Sukhothai, or "Sukhothai Historical Park" which is designated as the UNESCO World Heritage site is located. The temples and monuments of this great city, have been restored in the Historical Park, have long been a must-see for all travelers. Day 3 : PHRAE – PHAYAO – WAT RONG KUN - CHIANG RAI (B/L/-)Takes a road trip to Phrae and visit Prathat Suthon Temple which boasts the beautiful Northern Thai style building. Depart for Chiang Rai via Phayao with a short break at the Lake of Kwan Phayao, the largest freshwater fish habitat in the upper North. Continue drive to Chiang Rai, the city was a center of Thai – Laotian Lanna Kingdom before it was defeated by the Burmese army. Visit Wat Rong Kun Temple or namely the White Temple. Overnight at the Phowadol Resort in Chiang Rai. Day 4: CHIANG RAI – GOLDEN TRIANGLE – CHIANG MAI – DOI SUITHEP (B/L/-)Early morning drive to the ancient capital of Chiang Saen. Proceed to the Golden Triangle, where Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar meet on the Mekong River. View the upstream scenery of the Golden Triangle and pay a visit to the Opium Museum. Drive to Chiang Mai to visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, the most famous and respected temple in Chiang Mai with the stunning view of Chiang Mai. Day 5 : CHIANG MAI – MAE SA ELEPHANT CAMP – SANKAMPAENG (B/L/-)After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Mae Sa Elephant Camp. Further, visit one of the biggest orchid farms of Chiang Mai.After Lunch,Visit Sankampaeng handicraft village, famous for umbrella making. Day 6: CHIANG MAI - DEPARTURE (B/_/-) Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for the departure flight. See Hotel Options at Tour options