9 Days Trails of Thailand

Tours Starting From Bangkok

Enjoy this nine-day tour of the north of Thailand taking in religious, cultural and just plain fun sights and experiences. This area is bursting with fascinating history and culture. Enjoy top-rate accommodation as well as local food – everything is organised for you so that all you have to do is take in the sights. History, culture, great food, a river cruise, elephant riding and good shopping opportunities. English/German/French-speaking guide


9 Days Trails of Thailand
DAY 1

BANGKOK—AYUTHAYA (BY MEKHALA CRUISE)
12:30

Transfer from hotel to pier and board Mekhala Cruise.

13:30 
Cruise up the Chao Phraya River with spectacular views of the Grand Palace and Temple of Dawn observing the way of rural life along the river. Arriving at Pathum Thani in the afternoon, visit a fresh market where local people shop for food, fresh produce and a variety of Thai sweets. At sunset, the Mekhala will dock at Wat Kai Tia, a Buddhist temple located in a tranquil rural village.  An exquisite candlelit dinner of mouthwatering Thai cuisine will be served on the deck.  Overnight on board in your air-conditioned cabin.

DAY 2

MEKHALA—AYUTHAYA—NAKORNRATCHASRIMA

We start the day by cruising to a small village Baan Saladang, an old Mon community who migrated from Burma to this area in the early 19th century. The villagers here have successfully maintained their traditional lifestyle, customs and natural surroundings. You will also see a collection of well–preserved typical Thai houses in this charming village. Afterwards, enjoy a delicious breakfast. Later in the morning, depart for Bang-Pa-In where you will disembark at the pier and your guide will take you to visit the Summer Palace of King Rama V. Continue by long-tail boat to Ayuthaya, the former capital of Thailand. Visit the gigantic bronze statues of Wat Mongkol Borpitr, the three ancient pagodas at Wat Phra Sri Sanpetch and Wat Pranangcherng. Depart for Korat via Saraburi. Lunch at a local restaurant in Saraburi, continue to Pimai to visit the museum and the magnificent Khmer temples, the ‘Angkor Wat of Thailand’, supposedly built by King Jayavarman VI in the 11th century. Return to Korat and check-in at SIMA THANI HOTEL or similar hotel accommodation.

DAY 3

NAKORNRATCHASRIMA—SARABURI—LOPBURI—SUKHOTHAI  /  07:30
Visit the village of Daan Kwien, famous for its beautiful earthenware. Continue to Lopburi via Saraburi. Visit the Phra Buddha Badh in Saraburi, with its shrine of the holy footprint of Lord Buddha. Lunch at a local restaurant. Sightseeing in Lopburi, visit the museum at Narai Raja Nives Palace, the Prang Sam Yod (Sacred Three-Spired Pagoda), and the ruins of Wat Phra Sri Ratana Maha Dhat as well as the Monkey Temple. Proceed to Sukothai and check-in at the Ananda Museum Gallery Hotel or similar hotel.

DAY 4

SUKHOTHAI—SRI SATCHANALAI—LAMPANG  /  08:00
Visit the famous ruins of this, the first capital of Thailand (1257-1379). See Wat Maha Dhat, Wat Sra Sri and Wat Sri Chum. Continue to Sri Satchanalai, the northern outpost town of the Kingdom of Sukhothai,built by King Ramkamhaeng. Visit Wat Chang Lom, Wat Jedi Jet Thaew, Wat Nang Phya and Wat Phra Sri Ratana Maha Dhat which stands on the site of the Khmer fort called ‘Chalieng’. Proceed to Lampang and check-in at Lampang River Lodge or similar hotel. Dinner and accommodation.

DAY 5

LAMPANG—PHAYAO—GOLDEN TRIANGLE—CHIANG SAEN   /  07:30
Drive to Ko Kah to see Wat Phra Dhat Lampang Luang, housing the only Emerald Buddha besides the one at Wat Phra Keo in Bangkok. Depart for Phayao, a unique rural town and once the princely state whose former glory will be seen at Wat Sri Kom Kam. Proceed to Chiang Rai and lunch at a local restaurant. Continue to Chiang Saen, the former capital of the first Thai Kingdom, situated directly on the Mekong River at the border between Thailand and Laos. Visit Wat Phra Dhat Jom Kitti by climbing up 383 steps to the top of the hill. Also visit Wat Chedi Luang and the small museum nearby. Continue by long-tail speedboat upriver on the Mekong towards the Golden Triangle where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos convene. Check-in at the Imperial Golden Triangle Resort or similar hotel.

DAY 6

CHIANG SAEN—DOI MAE SALONG—MAE SAI—CHIANG RAI  /  08:00
Depart from Chiang Saen to visit Lisu Village at Baan Mae Kaotom and continue to Doi Mae Salong, passing through beautiful mountain scenery. The view from the top takes in a large part of Thailand, Myanmar and the Mekhong Valley which makes this trip very worthwhile. Lunch at Mae Salong Villa in Doi Mae Salong. Drive to Ban Lorcha, a Phami Akha hilltribe community center. This community-based tourism development project promotes sustainable, self-reliant development to improve the quality of life of villagers of this Akha Commnuity, and is a model for tourism in Hilltribe villages. Continue to Mae Sai, the northernmost Thai town on the Myanmar border. Walk around the local market with opportunity for shopping. Continue to Chiang Rai. Accommodation at The Legend Chiang Rai Boutique River Resort & Spa or similar hotel.

DAY 7

CHIANG RAI—CHIANG MAI  /  08:00
Depart for Mae Chan with a short stop at a hot springs along the way. Proceed to Chiang Mai and lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon visit to Handicraft Villages to see the manufacturing of lacquerware, spinning and weaving of Thai Silk and how paper umbrellas are made. Also visit Thai wood carving factory with possibility to buy Burmese antiques. Check-in at Holiday Inn Chiang Mai or similar hotel.

DAY 8

CHIANG MAI  /  07:30
Visit the Mae Ping Elephant Camp to watch the elephants working with timber in the forest; their strength and clever teamwork will amaze you. Take an one-hour elephant ride into the jungle. After, visit an Orchid Farm and go to lunch. Afternoon, visit Wat Doi Suthep, tucked away in the mountains. At 1,056 metres, the temple is reached by a staircase with 290 steps, flanked by a NAGA balustrade on either side. The monastery was built by King Gue-Na in 1383 and features a big Chedi (spired pagoda) which contains relics of the Lord Buddha. Accommodation at Holiday Inn Chiang Mai or similar hotel.

DAY 9

CHIANG MAI—BANGKOK
Transfer to Chiang Mai Airport.

Prices
9 Days Trails of Thailand
Rates per person in Thai Baht
Private Groups Price Single Supp
2 Pax 3-5 Pax 12,455
58,811 48,575
  • Rates are valid until 28 February 2015 and beyond unless stated otherwise.
  • During 01 Nov - 28 Feb Departure every Tue, Thu and Sat
  • From March, April, July, August and October, 2015 Every Tuesday & Thursday
  • From 01 May – 20 June and 01 – 30 September, 2015 Departure will be only on specific dates. Tue 05 May, 2015 Tue 19 May, 2015 Tue 09 June, 2015 Tue 23 June, 2015 Tue 08 September, 2015 Tue 22 September, 2015
  • Minor program changes are sometimes necessary, depending on road conditions and room availability.
  • Join tour requires a minimum of two people.
  • Child rates are applicable for child lower than 12 years old are granted discount on package tours provided that they share room with adults and no extra-bed.
  • A maximum of two children per party is granted for such discounts.
  • Children requiring their own rooms are charged as adults.

 

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