An engaging Thailand tour that explores the country’s fascinating former capitals of Ayutthaya and Sukhothai, with visits to the northern borders connecting Laos and Burma and a night in the cultural capital of Chiang Mai. This tour of Thailand is great value for money and unveils the Kingdom’s most revered and charming cities as it ventures from Bangkok to Chiang Mai.
Upon arrival at Bangkok Airport, our representative will meet to assist you for your transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Bangkok.
Free at leisure.
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Bangkok – Ayutthaya (B,L)
Ayutthaya – Lopburi – Phitsanulok – Sukhothai (B,L)
Continue your journey north on the way to Lopburi, then Phitsanulok before to visit the Wat Mahathat. Follow up with an incredible insects tasting experience in a traditional Thai market, then drive to the kingdom’s first capital Sukhothai. Overnight in Sukhothai.
Sukhothai – Lampang – Chiang Mai (B)
Morning visit at Sukhothai Historical Park which was once a walled city surrounded by a moat, the park contains almost 200 ruined chedis in remarkable conditions.
Continue up to the north to Chiang Mai via a stop in Lampang. Visit Wat Phra That Lampang Luang, one of the most spectacular temples in Thailand. Next visit is “FAE”, Friends of the Asian Elephant, where you will learn more about the living conditions of the elephants in their natural surroundings. Visit the World’s First Elephant Hospital to observe the way the elephants being treated.
Arrive Chiang Mai later in the afternoon. Overnight in Chiang Mai.
Chiang Mai (B,L)
Have an early start in Chiang Mai
Depart your hotel in the morning and arrive at the foot hill of Doi Suthep mountain, in time to buy offerings and join the locals during the daily alms giving ceremony. Continue up the mountain to Wat Doi Suthep and climb the 309 steps of the Golden Naga stair case to reach its golden pagodas. After a walk through its mysterious tunnels you reach the Viharn of the temple to experience your own private blessing ceremony.
In the afternoon, head towards the Mae Ping River banks and Waroros market for a stroll among the colorful stalls. Continue by rickshaw along Tapae Road, Chiang Mai’s main street. From the eastern gate, explore ancient Chiang Mai on foot, including the Three Kings Monument, the city’s most important temples Wat Chedi Luang, where the famous Emerald Buddha was once enshrined, and Wat Phra Singh, home to a very old and sacred Buddha image.
Overnight in Chiang Mai.
Chiang Mai – Chiang Rai (B,L)
After breakfast at the hotel, depart from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai, and en route visit is Wat Rong Khun with its unique “kanok” architecture. Continue your visits with some of the temples of the town, Wat Phra Kaew with its beautiful brass and copper Buddha image.
Lunch at a local restaurant.
Drive to Mae Sai, the northernmost Thai town on the Myanmar border. Walk around the local market, and continue to visit Chiang Saen on the steep banks of Mekong River, opposite of Laos where you will see some magnificent ancient ruins and temples. Take a boat ride along the Mekong River to get a closer look at Laos and Myanmar. Stop at the Golden Triangle viewpoint for a panoramic photography of the triangle.
Overnight in Chiang Rai.
Chiang Rai – Bangkok (B)
After breakfast transfer to Chiang Rai Airport to catch your flight back to Bangkok. Arrival in Bangkok and transfer to your hotel. Evening free at leisure.
After breakfast transfer to airport for your onward flight.
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All Pricing subject to availability & per person sharing.
Currency: Thai Baht (THB)
Vaccinations: No compulsory. Please check with your GP.
Visa: Not required for Irish Nationals.
Best time to Travel: The best time to visit most of Thailand is between November and February, because it rains the least and it is not too hot. This period is also Thailand’s main season for festivals, like Loi Krathong.
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