9 days The essential circle - highlight Thailand tour:
- The essential circle
- Duration: 9 days / 8 nights
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|Day 1||Welcome to Thailand and prepare for your trip|
|Day 2||Heritage of Bangkok||B/L|
|Day 5||Lampang-Lampoon-Chiang Mai|
|Day 6||Sightseeing - Chiang Mai|
|Day 7||Chiang Mai-Mae Sa-Hmong Hill Tribe Lodge|
|Day 8||Chaing Mai – Chaing Rai|
|Day 9||Chiang Rai-Golden Triangle-Bangkok|
You will be welcomed and lead at Suvarnabhumi International Airport and transfer to the hotel by private air conditioned vehicle with English- speaking guide. After check in, you are free to explore around on your own. You will stay overnight in Bangkok.
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning transfer to explore Bangkok by boat. A cruise tour along the Chao Phraya river reveals scenes at odds with the bustling, modern inner city. Visitors get a glimpse of the serene and simple lifestyle of riverbank dwellers. En route, stop at the Royal Barges Museum and Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn). Look across Wat Arun is the Grand Palace, one of the most beautiful samples of the ancient Siamese court. It used to be the residence of the Kings of Thailand. Here you will see palaces which were used for different occasions, the Funeral Palace, the Reception Palace, the Throne Hall, the Coronation Hall, the Royal Guest House, and Wat Phra Keow, the beautiful Emerald Buddha Temple. (Note: The Grand Palace is closed during special royal ceremonies and during visiting heads of state).
Lunch will be served at local restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Bangkok
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out from the hotel and transfer to Ayuthaya, the former capital of Thailand. The principal sights are Wat Panancherng at the bank of Pha Sak River, the three ancient pagodas at Wat Phra Sri Sanpetch and the gigantic bronze statues of Wat Phra Mongkol Borpith.
Proceed to Lopburi for lunch at local restaurant.
Continue to Hin Song Kon village where the villagers produce white kaolin. Later visit Phra Prang Sam Yod (Sacred Three Spired Pagoda) and the Monkey Temple. Continue to Phitsanuloke. Overnight at hotel in Phitsanuloke
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit a Buddha-statues foundry and Wat Phra Sri Rattana Maha Dhat, housing the revered Buddha statue, Phra Buddha Jinaraj. Continue to Sukhothai. On the way, visit a silo and rice-mill using traditional steam engine. Arrive in Sukhothai,visit the Sukhothai Historical Park. A tram will take you inside and around the park, the tram will stop occasionally for you to take closer look and capture some pictures.
Lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon visit the famous ruins of this first capital of Thailand (1257-1379). See Wat Maha Dhat, Wat Sra Sri and Wat Sri Sawai and Wat Sri Chum. Proceed to Lampang. Stay overnight at hotel in Lampang.
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart for Koh Kah to visit a local primary school and visit an old city with Horse Cart. Continue to Chiang Mai for lunch at local restaurant. After lunch, visit to Thai handicraft factories, to see the procedure of spinning and weaving of Thai silk and to silverware factories.
Also visit to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, tucked away in the mountains at 1,056 meters above sea level. Observe the evening regular practice and chanting of Buddhist monks in this temple. Continue to the town of Chiang Mai and check-in at hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, we venture out to discover Chiang Mai. We drive into the old part of Chiang Mai where you find more than 50 beautiful Wats (temples). Walk through the many lanes and stop to visit Wat Phra Sing – one of Chiang Mai most famous temples, Wat Chedi Luang and etc. From there, we drive down to the Ping River walk through Chiang Mai busy whole sale market, Worarot. You will find an amazing choice of goods, flowers and plants, vegetables and fruits.
Lunch will be ready for you at local restaurant, after lunch from the city, we drive out into the hills to visit Joy’s Farm and the School for life. This place has become the care center for orphans from part of Chiang Mai and nearby. The children will guide you around and you visit their school rooms, their vegetable plantation and later enjoy their cooking experience.
Leave from Joy’s farm in late afternoon and return transfer to hotel, you may spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Enjoy Chiang Mai tonight
Breakfast at the hotel. Leaving Chiang Mai to visit Sai Nam Pueng Orchid Farm and continue to the elephant camp. Watch the elephants taking timber in the forest, you will be amazed by their strength and clever team work. Proceed by truck to visit the Karen and Meo Hill-tribes Villages located on the way to the H'mong Hill tribe Lodge.
B.B.Q. dinner and camp fire at the Hmong Hill tribe Lodge followed by presentation of Meo dances. After dinner transfer you back to your hotel. Overnight at hotel in Chiang Mai
Breakfast at the hotel. Early depart for a long journey to Thatorn through the picturesque landscape, on the way visit Houy Nam Rin Village to see how the villagers produce the noodle. Arrival in Thatorn, a small village just a few kilometres away from the Burmese border. Lunch is served at local restaurant.
Continue to Baan Pha Tai, a short stop en route at the Akha Hill-tribe Village of Houy Salah. At Baan Pha Tai, depart by typical motor boat for a three-hour journey along the Kok River passing a few rapids, tiny hilltribe villages, bamboo huts and jungle. Stop to visit village on the riverbanks. Afternoon will arrive in Chiang Rai. Stay Overnight at hotel in Chiang Rai
Breakfast at local restaurant. Transfer to the Golden Triangle area on the Mekong River’s bank where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet. Stop for a visit at an old-days’ opium house museum, afterwards, take short boat trip on the Mekong River along the 3 countries’ border-area before returning to Chiang Rai. Transfer to Chiang Rai Airport for flight to Bangkok. Arrive at Bangkok Domestic airport and transfer to your hotel in Bangkok.