6-Day Northern Thailand Tour: Ayutthaya, Sukhothai, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai from Bangkok

WHAT\'S INCLUDED?

* Entrance fees
* English-speaking guide
* Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
* Hotel/airport pickup and drop-off
* 5-night accommodation in 4-star hotels
* Transport by air-conditioned coach
* Cable car ride

Discover the cultural delights of northern Thailand on this 6-day
coach tour from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. With an expert guide, you'll
see the ruins of Ayutthaya and Sukhothai, visit hill tribe villages
near Chiang Rai, and watch both elephants and artisans at work in
Chiang Mai. Head to the Thailand - Myanmar (Burma) border for the
opportunity to walk across the bridge (depending on border
conditions). Enjoy views from the Golden Triangle with optional boat
ride on the Mekong River, and dine on traditional Thai delicacies in
local restaurants daily.

Your 6-day coach tour of northern Thailand includes 4-star hotel
accommodation with full board. Beginning in Bangkok and ending in
Chiang Mai, you'll tour ancient cities, jungle-clad countryside,
hilltop villages, an elephant camp and plenty of craft markets -
including one at the Burmese border!

¿Qué está incluido?

Duración

6 días

Cubierto de destino

Bangkok

Más adecuado

Todo, Presupuesto, Familias, Grupos, Luna de miel, Niños, Lujo, Personas viajando solas
DAY 1 - BANGKOK - PHITSANULOK (L, D)

Begin your tour with an early morning departure from Bangkok, with
pickup from your Bangkok hotel or Bangkok International Airport. Then,
drive north by air-conditioned coach to Bang Pa-In, a lavish royal
summer palace set amid lovely gardens that include charming Thai
topiaries cut into the shapes of elephants.
Upon arrival at the palace, your guide will discuss the combination
of Thai and European architecture. Admire the elegant Thai pavilion,
which stands in the middle of a lake, and see a Thai house constructed
entirely out of wood.
Back aboard the coach, head to Ayutthaya - the ancient capital city
of Siam - where ruins of splendid temples and palaces once destroyed
by the Burmese still remain. As you walk around with your guide, learn
about the extensive canal and river network that helped Ayutthaya to
flourish.
Enjoy free time to browse the numerous stalls of Thai handicrafts and
then have lunch at a local restaurant with your group. Afterward,
embark on a scenic drive through the Thai countryside to Lopburi, a
former summer capital of Siam during the 6th to 11th centuries. Here,
view the magnificent stone carvings of Phra Prang Sam Yod, a block
shrine with three spires. See the Kala shrine of Sarn Prakarn, a
13th-century Buddhist temple sanctuary now inhabited by hundreds of
monkeys!
In the afternoon, your guide will drive your group further north to
the town of Phitsanulok along the banks of the Nan River, where
numerous houseboats are moored. Visit the shrine of Wat Mahathat for a
glimpse of ancient Thai religious architecture. Then, enjoy dinner
with your group before an evening spent at leisure.
Overnight: Amarin Lagoon (or similar) in Phitsanulok

DAY 2 - PHITSANULOK - CHIANG RAI (B, L, D)

After breakfast, you'll visit Sukhothai, the 13th-century capital of
Thailand. Admire numerous standing Buddha statues as you explore the
ruined temples and monasteries in the ancient city, which was once
protected by rows of ramparts and two moats. Then, head to nearby Si
Satchanalai, considered Sukhothai's twin city, where you'll have lunch
at a local establishment.
In the afternoon, your coach tour will take you through rural
Thailand and even further north through jungle-clad hills toward
Chiang Rai. Along the way, stop in Phayao, a small 11th-century town
where you'll enjoy refreshments beside a lake.
Arrive at your accommodation in the late afternoon and relax before
dinner.
Overnight: The Teak Garden Spa and Resort (or similar) in Chiang Rai

DAY 3 - CHIANG RAI (B, L, D)

After breakfast, board a van for an exciting day trip to visit
several hill tribe villages for which northern Thailand is famous.
Enjoy scenic mountain views on the narrow climb, stopping in the
Chinese settlement of Doi Mae Salong (Santikhiri) on the way. When you
reach the Akha and Yao hill tribes, where villagers continue to wear
traditional garments, learn about some of the customs of rural village
life.
Returning to the valley for lunch, your guide will take your group to
Mae Sai, Thailand's northernmost town near the Myanmar (Burma) border.
Here, browse for Burmese handicrafts, and watch Thai and Burmese
locals walking across the bridge that separates the two countries.
Depending on conditions at the Thailand-Myanmar border, your group
may have the option to cross the bridge into Myanmar on an approximate
one-hour exploratory walk with your guide. (Two photocopies of your
passport are required along with a border pass fee.) If you want to
explore the marketplace in a different way, hop onto a rickshaw and be
taken through its winding alleways aboard this local transport (own
expense).
From Mae Sai, drive to the heart of the renowned Golden Triangle
where the Ruak and Mekong Rivers meet. Stand on a hilltop and enjoy
views of Myanmar, Laos, Thailand and the mighty rivers below. An
optional boat trip (own expense) is available for those who want to
get closer to Laos, where you may spend approximately 30 minutes
exploring the market area here. Afterward, visit Chiang Saen, where
evidence of the original 13th-century city can still be seen; enjoy
views of lovely old temples and finely carved figures from a tranquil
spot on the banks of the Mekong River before your drive back to Chiang
Rai.
Overnight: The Teak Garden Spa and Resort (or similar) in Chiang Rai

DAY 4 - CHIANG RAI - CHIANG MAI (B, L, D)

After breakfast, depart for Chiang Mai with your guide, stopping
first in Mae Ka Chan, famous for its hot spring - a favorite bathing
spot for the locals who soak there to relieve aches and pains.
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, referred to as the "Rose of
the North."
In the evening, after checking in at your hotel, enjoy a kantoke - a
ceremonial dinner where traditional northern Thai dishes are served as
you watch elegant dancers perform a series of folk stories. After
dinner, the show continues with northern hill tribes performing
traditional dances in colorful costumes.
Overnight: Empress Hotel or Chiang Mai Orchid Hotel in Chiang Mai

DAY 5 - CHIANG MAI (B, L, D)

Enjoy breakfast with your group in preparation for a full day touring
the Chiang Mai region. In the morning, 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, and be amused by their play as the
elephants relax and bathe in the river afterward.
After lunch at a local restaurant, your guide will take your group to
the district of Sankampaeng, where Chiang Mai's cottage industries
flourish. Watch artisans create beautiful crafts as you browse for the
perfect gift or souvenir. See how they weave intricate patterns of
silk with their handlooms, carve elegant teakwood ornaments and
furniture, and make distinctive Thai ceramics and lacquer ware - using
eggshells to create unusual designs. Marvel at the transformation of
bamboo, silk and paper into colorful hand-painted umbrellas.
When you return to your hotel, enjoy a relaxing evening with free
time to explore Chiang Mai on your own.
Overnight: Empress Hotel or Chiang Mai Orchid Hotel in Chiang Mai

DAY 6 - CHIANG MAI (B)

Enjoy a final breakfast before saying farewell to your group. Your
tour ends in Chiang Mai, where you can choose to spend a few more
days, or return to Bangkok by air or rail (own expense). If you have a
flight to catch, your guide will drop you off at the Chiang Mai
International Airport.
Excluded
* Food and drinks, unless specified
* Gratuities (optional)
* One-way flight from Chiang Mai to Bangkok on the last day
* Boat ride
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