14 Days / 13 Nights - Tour
Kingdom of Thailand
Day 1 Bangkok - Kanchanaburi
- River Kwai
Begins with a morning departure from Bangkok and a stop to see the
chedi at Nakorn Pathom and the tropical fruit market at Nakhon Chaisri
nearby. Then on to Kanchanaburi where your sightseeing includes
a visit to one of the cemeteries for the Allied prisoners of war
who died during the construction of the bridge. Continue to Pak
Seng to board river boats to the River Kwai Jungle Rafts - enjoy
your overnight stay in the jungle.
Day 2 River Kwai - Ayuthaya
Following American breakfast, a tour to the Lava cave which is a
unique Buddhist temple. Afternoon departure for Pak Seng by boat
and continue by road to Nam Tok Station for a train ride on the
so-called 'Death Railway' which crosses the Bridge. Upon arrival
in Kanchanaburi town we shall visit the JEATH Museum prior to continuing
our journey by coach to Ayuthaya the ancient capital of Thailand.
Day 3 Ayuthaya - Nakorn Ratchasima (Korat)
This morning we will begin the day with a visit of the ruins of
Ayuthaya, the old capital of Siam, and Bang Pa-In which was used
as a summer retreat by the Royal Family during the reigns of King
Rama V and VI. Continue to Lopburi for the ruins of Wat Phra Sri
Rattanamahathad and Sarn Phra Karn - which is also known as the
largest Monkey Shrine in Thailand. Overnight in Korat.
Day 4 Nakorn Ratchasima - Khon Kaen
A short distance outside of Korat is a recently discovered archaeological
dig, Ban Prasat, an excavation that reveals prehistoric male and
female skeletons; unique high quality, red-slipped, burnished, trumpet
rim, globular pots; black Pimai pottery; bronze ornaments; crucibles
and moulds for socket axes. From there continue to Prasat Pimai
to see the beautiful ancient Khmer-style ruins before proceeding
to the highlight of today, Prasat Khao Phnom Roong, one of the most
important of the Khmer ruins to be found in Thailand. Overnight
in Khon Kaen.
Day 5 Khon Kaen - Phitsanuloke
Morning departure from you hotel by coach traveling along highway
12 which will take us from the Northeast of Thailand to the lower
North of Thailand. Enjoy the change of scenery enroute as we travel
through the different towns and villages.
Day 6 Phitsanuloke - Lampang
Leave for Lampang, but before we shall visit Wat Phra Mahathad,
and then continuing to Sukhothai for Wat Mahathad, Wat Sri Choom,
and Wat Phra Sriratana Mahathad before continue the journey to Sri
Satchanalai - an ancient kingdom.
Day 7 Lampang - Chiang Rai
Begin the day with a short city tour of Lampang, and continue to
Chiang Rai where we shall check in at the Wiang Inn Hotel prior
to taking a cruise on long-tailed boats on the Mae Kok River to
visit a Black Muser hilltribe village. Return to the hotel via samlors
Day 8 Chiang Rai
Today we shall visit Yao and Egaw hilltribe villages, and then continue
to Mae Sai the northernmost point of Thailand, and the infamous
Golden Triangle at the junction of Thailand, Burma, and Laos on
the Mekhong River.
Day 9 Chiang Rai - Chiang Mai
Drive along a beautiful road winding through the mountains of the
north to the northern capital of Chiang Mai, the Rose of the North.
Overnight accommodation at the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel. For those
who wish to eat out, there is a chance to purchase an optional tour
to the Khantoke Dinner & Show which will provide you with an
opportunity to see the northern cultural dances and shows, otherwise
dinner will be provided at the hotel as arranged.
Day 10 Chiang Mai - Mae Hong Son
Depart Chiang Mai by minibus to Mae Hong son via Pai. Enroute make
a short stop at a hot spring at Ban Papae. Then continue to drive
to Pai and visit a Lisu Village, here you will have an inside look
into their daily life. Afterwards drive to the Water Cave, Tam Lod,
a large limestone cave with a wide stream running through it. Tam
Lod is one of the two local caves which happen to be the largest.
Besides the main chamber there are three side chambers that can
be reached by ladder, it takes two or three hours to see the whole
thing. After enjoying your lunch box, we will visit the Lahu Village,
one of the Tibeto-Burmese Hilltribes, then drive to Mae Hong Son,
along the way visiting a Fish Cave, where thousands of carps live
an undisturbed life. Dinner and overnight in Mae Hong Son.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11 Mae Hong Son - Chiang Mai
Early breakfast prior to taking a long-tail boat cruise on the Pai
River, changing mode of transport to an elephant, taking you through
unspoiled jungle to the suspension bridge. Afterwards take a car
to visit the hilltribe village of the long-necked-women, the Padongs.
The women of this tribe from an early age on have brass rings put
around their necks making them appear as if they have long necks.
Return to Mae Hong Son for lunch before visiting the best known
temples of this town, Wat Doi Kong Moo, Wat Chong Kam and Wat Chong
Klang - all of Burmese origin. Then transfer to Mae Hong Son Airport
for the late afternoon flight back to Chiang Mai.
Upon arrival in Chiang Mai you will be transferred
to your hotel for check-in. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Day 12 Chiang Mai
Visit Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, one of the most sacred temples in
Chiang Mai. The temple also commands a panoramic view of the city
down below. We then continue back down to town to visit Wat Chedi
Luang, the site of a formerly massive pagoda that was destroyed
in the great earthquake of 1545, followed by Wat Phra Singh a temple
of tradional northern Thai style architecture dating back to 1385.
This is afternoon we will visit some artisans'
workshops to observe the creation of Chiang Mai's most famous products.
They can also be purchased of course. Included are celadon, pottery,
umbrellas, silver and wood carvings, paper-making and silk and cotton
Day 13 Chiang Mai - Train
A morning visit to Doi Suthep Temple atop a mountain will allow
you an opportunity to see one of the most important temples in Chiang
Mai, which also happens to command a panoramic view over the city.
Departure transfer for Chiang Mai Train Station for your overnight
2nd class sleeper train to Bangkok.
Breakfast, Dinner Box
Day 14 Arrive Bangkok
Arrive at Bangkok Hua Lumpong Railway Station and transfer to your
Sightseeing tours and transfers as detailed in
Accommodation in specified hotels, or hotels of a similar category.
Meals as specified
All entrance fees.
Transportation by air-conditioned vehicles.
Flight tickets Mae Hong Son-Chiang Mai / Chiang Mai-Bangkok.
Domestic airport tax.
Services not mentioned.
Meals not mentioned.
Expenses of a personal nature (eg. Drinks, souvenir, laundry, etc.)