Day 1 – Bangkok
Arrive Bangkok, Transfer to hotel in Bangkok city.
Dinner at your own.
Overnignt in Bangkok.
Day 2 – Bangkok
Breakfast at hotel’s cafeteria.
After breakfast pick up to visit Grand Palace and temple tours, Wat Pho (Reclining Buddha), Wat Trimit (Golden Buddha).
Lunch at Thai Restaurant.
Dinner on Cruise.
Overnight in Bangkok.
Day 3 – Bangkok – Ayutthaya – Phitsanuloke
Approx. 07.30hrs, A very short drive of 60 kilometers (40 miles) north of Bangkok along the banks of the Chaopraya River will bring you to Bang Pa In, summer palace of the kings of Thailand. The palace dates back to the seventeenth century, pre-dating the establishment of Bangkok as the capitol, although it did fall into disuse for a long period. All the buildings you see
date from its revival by King Mongkut (Rama IV) in the nineteenth century. Today, the palace is only used infrequently, and then mostly for state occasions rather than as a royal summer residence.then visit the city to the Ancient Capital City of Ayuthaya, with its interesting ruins and extensive river network. Lunch will be at riverside restaurant. Afternoon, we will drive further north to Phitsanuloke, a major regional commercial centre, spread along the banks of the Nan River. Visit the much-venerated shrine of Wat Mahathat, which is home to Thailand’s most beautiful Buddha image. Dinner at Hotel. Overnight in Pitsanuloke.
Day 4 – Phitsanuloke – Sukhothai – Chiang Mai
After breakfast, a short drive to Sukhothai Historical Park, now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire beautiful standing Buddha statues as you explore the many ruined temples and monasteries. Lunch will be at a local restaurant. This afternoon’s drive takes us further north to Chiang Mai “The Rose of the North”. Chiang Mai has a rich cultural and agricultural heritage and is famous for the production of high quality handicrafts. . Tonight, you will be treated to a northern Thai style Khantoke dinner while you watch elegant dancers performing traditional Thai dancing. After dinner, explore the Night Bazaar. Overnight in Chiangmai.
Day 5 – Chiang Mai
After breakfast, we will drive up the mountain’s winding road of Doi Suthep, where we will change vehicles to travel the remainder of the journey by “Songthaew”, which is pick up utility truck with a covered area and two rows of seats in the back. We will travel by songthaew along a rough dirt track to visit the White Hmong people in their village. There maybe a chance to visit the village school here if in session. On the return journey, we pay a visit the temple of Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep which offers spectacular views of Chiang Mai and the surrounding valley, from it’s mountain side location. Return to city for lunch at local restaurant before heading to the district of Sankampaeng, home to many of Chiang Mai’s handicraft industries. Dinner at hotel. Overnight in Chiangmai.
Day 6 – Chiang Mai – Chiang Rai
In the morning we will visit Orchid Farm and one of the elephant camps where skilled “mahouts” show how elephants have worked in the jungles for centuries, with possibility for OPTIONAL: Elephant riding & river rafting on handmade bamboo rafts. Then we drive through beautiful mountain scenery, to Chiang Rai via Wiang Pa Pao with stop for lunch en-route. Dinner at hotel. Overnight in Chiangrai.
Day 7 – Mae Sai – Golden Triangle – Chiang Rai Airport
After breakfast, we drive to Mae Sai, Thailand’s northernmost town on the Myanmar border. Walk around the bustling market where there are many handicrafts from Burma and imported goods from China. From Mae Sai, we drive to the renowned Golden Triangle where the Ruak and Mekong Rivers meet. Enjoy views over Myanmar, Laos, Thailand and the mighty Mekong River.
OPTIONAL: boat trip will be available. After lunch at local restaurant, proceed to Chiang Rai Airport approx. 13.30hrs for afternoon flight to Bangkok (Airfare is not included).