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Bangkok - Ayutthaya - Sukhothai - Lampang - Chiang Mai 

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A discovery tour of the ancient kingdom of Siam, for an immersion in the daily life of the Thai people by using all the means of transport used by the local population. But also craft activities in rural areas through an unusual itinerary.

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Highlights

  • 8 nights

  • Discover the best-kept secrets of the City of Angels by electric scooter as close as possible to Thai life + visit of the Royal Palace and Emerald Buddha, Wat Pho (lying Buddha), Wat Arun (temple of dawn)

  • Visit Jim Thompson's house, remarkable for its traditional wooden architecture and its collection of objects.

  • The site of Ayutthaya, classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, with its Buddha's head embraced by the roots of a cheese tree.

  • Discovery of the small town of Sam Chuk, its centennial market and lunch cruise aboard a converted rice barge.

  • Discovery of the historical park of Sukhothai, listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO. Visit of its main vestiges of the 13th century: Wat Mahathat and Wat Sra Sri. 

  • Visit the city of Lampang by horse-drawn carriage.

  • Discovery of the old city of Chiang Mai with its small alleys lined with old houses and its bohemian atmosphere, the temple Wat Chiang Man, the oldest temple of the city.

Day 1: ARRIVAL IN BANGKOk (-/-/-)

English speaking guide and a private vehicle

Arrival in Bangkok by flight ___ to___ (flight managed by you).

 

"We start our descent to Bangkok. Please return to your seat and fasten your seat belt", announces the chief purser. In less than 30 minutes, your plane will land in Bangkok, the "City of Angels" and capital of the Kingdom of Thailand. 

 

When you exit the plane, an airport personnel waiting for you with a personalized sign will greet you. The officer will assist and escort you through immigration until you meet your guide and your vehicle. Welcome by your guide and transfer to your hotel. Room available from 2:00 pm. On the way to the hotel, as the urban landscape unfolds before your eyes, you will feel the first sensations of the "Land of smiles", known as Thailand is nicknamed. Dinner at leisure and night at the hotel.

Day 2: BANGKOK (Breakfast/-/-)

English speaking guide and different modes of local transportation

•    09:00 am Departure for the visit of Jim Thompson's house 
•    11:00 am Water taxi ride to Phanfa Bridge pier  
•    11:30 am Ascent of Wat Saket   
•    12:30 pm Lunch at leisure in Khaosan Road district 
•    1:30 pm Water taxi ride to Wat Arun 
•    3 :00 pm Visit of Wat Pho
•    4:30 pm Visit of the Talad Noi neighborhood 
•    6:00 pm Enjoy refreshments at the River vibe restaurant  
•    7:30 pm Return to the hotel


Today you will being you day with a visit to now a museum, Jim Thomson's house, a symbol of traditional wooden architecture, has an important collection of Asian art objects. A return to a not so distant past since the former American spy, who was behind the revival of the silk industry in Thailand, mysteriously disappeared in Malaysia in 1967.

 
You will take a water taxi to Phanfa bridge pier via the klong (canal), which will pass in front of local inhabitant homes before reaching Wat Saket (the temple of the golden mountain). It is necessary to climb 344 steps to visit it. You will not be disappointed as from the above; Bangkok appears in all its diversity and architectural contrasts, varying from modern to ancient. 


Another means of transportation still widely used by the inhabitants of the capital, the tuk-tuk, which you will take that will allow you to reach the heart of the historic district of the capital of the Angels and the Chao Phraya river, which winds through Bangkok. You will then take another water taxi to reach and visit the Wat Arun temple ("Temple of Dawn"), erected on the water's edge. Its unique architecture with its 79-meter high central tower decorated with millions of porcelain fragments makes it the most beautiful Buddhist temple in the city.


A last boat crossing takes you to the opposite shore to discover Wat Pho, which has an impressive 45-meter long reclining Buddha and a famous school of traditional massage (30 min foot massage optional).


In the late afternoon, you will arrive in the district of Talad Noi, one of the oldest in the City of Angels, where the day you discover Bangkok using only local transportation will end. In addition to its photogenic setting, this part of Bangkok located in the historic Chinatown is pleasant to explore on foot. Before the evening falls you will arrive at the River vibe Restaurant, where you can watch the sunset over the river while sipping a refreshing drink. Transfer back to the hotel and dinner at leisure. Night at the hotel.

Day 3: BANGKOK: DICOVER THE HIDDEN SECRETS (Breakfast/Lunch/-)

English speaking guide and a private vehicle

 

  • 09:00 am Departure from the hotel

  • 10:00 am Start of the electric scooter ride  

  • 12:00 pm Lunch and visit of the Portuguese district of Kudeejeen

  • 3:30 pm Return to the hotel

 

Departure from your hotel to the historical district of Bangkok where the best kept secrets of the City of Angels can be discovered on an electric scooter. An original experience that allows you to explore places where few tourists can go, close to the communities who live in the narrow and sometimes hidden streets of the Kudeejeen district. An easy ride accessible to all (children from 10 years old), several encounters and unusual places such as small canal, an improbable mural fresco, a retro cafe... Surprise effect and smiles guaranteed, Bangkokers are not yet used to this new way of riding!

 

The Kudeejeen district, or Portuguese district, is located on the right bank of the river. After the destruction of Ayutthaya, the former capital of the kingdom of Siam in the 19th century, King Taksin allocated land to various communities, including that of Kudeejeen to families of Sino-Portuguese origin. The church, admirably restored, is the most striking symbol of this. Mrs. Taan, who lives in a traditional house, likes to share her knowledge of royal Thai cuisine with visitors. 

 

Local lunch in the neighbourd of Kudeejeen. The "Kanom Jeen", to be enjoyed at lunch, is a typical dish of rice vermicelli accompanied by sliced chicken with red curry and coconut cream. A few steps away, a craftsman makes the famous cream tarts called here "Khanom Farang Kudeejeen" using the original Portuguese recipe. After lunch return to your hotel and rest of afternoon and evening at leisure. Meals at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: BANGKOK – AYUTTHAYA (Breakfast/-/-)

English speaking guide and a private vehicle

 

  • 08:00 am Departure for Ayutthaya (85 km, 1h45 drive)

  • 11:00 am Visit to a local market

  • 12:00 pm Lunch at leisure

  • 1:00 pm Visit of the main temples of the city

  • 4:00 pm Check-in to the hotel

Today you will departure to Ayutthaya an archaeological site classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Founded around 1350, the city became the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai. The Burmese destroyed it in the 18th century. Its vestiges, characterized by "prangs", or reliquary towers, and by monasteries of gigantic proportions, give an idea of its past splendor. Lunch at leisure. It is recommended to try the local culinary specialty, to be enjoyed as a dessert, is Roti Sai Mai, known as the "cotton candy" of Ayutthaya.

After lunch, continuation to visit the main temples of the city, starting with the most emblematic and impressive temples of the site are Wat Phanangchoeng, Wat Lokaya Sutharam with its 42-meter reclining Buddha, and Phra Si Sanphet, which served as a royal temple at the time. The visit of Wat Mahathat, symbol of Ayutthaya, will mark this dive into the rich history of the Siamese past. Very beautiful pictures in perspective when, at the end of the afternoon, a shower light comes to illuminate the site. Transfer to hotel for check-in and rest of evening at leisure. Dinner at leisure and night at the hotel.

Day 5: AYUTTHAYA – SUPHAN BURI – UTHAI THANI – SUKHOTHAI (Breakfast/Lunch/)

English-speaking guide and a private vehicle

 

  • 08:00 am Road to Suphanburi

  • 09:15 am Visit of Sam Chuk's centennial market

  • 10:00 am Stop at the farmers' training center (Uncle chai - Suphanburi)

  • 12:30 pm Lunch cruise aboard a rice barge

  • 2:00 pm Road to Sukhothai

  • 6:00 pm Hotel check-in

 

Time to continue your journey up-country towards the province of Suphan Buri, to a small town of Sam Chuk and its hundred-year-old market. It all started in a very well preserved ancestral house, which has now become a museum. A remarkable place distinguished by Unesco, with the bonus of great encounters.  You will also stop by at a farmers centre to see and learn about Thailand agriculture, before reach Uthai Thani for lunch. In Uthai Thani, a traditional rice barge invites you on-board to have lunch along the Sakae Krang River. This is great opportunity to meet the local people living in floating houses.

 

Also you will the fishermen busy maintaining the floating bamboo baskets used for the breeding of gouramis fish, a popular local activity in the area. Early afternoon you will depart towards Sukhothai where you will check-in the hotel. Dinner at leisure. Night at the hotel.

Day 6: SUKHOTHAI – LAMPANG (Breakfast/Lunch/-)

English-speaking guide and a private vehicle

•    08:00 am Walking tour of the historical site 
•    09:30 am Sit in a Local taxi < Song Taew > to Khun Mam 
•    10:00 am Bike ride in the rice fields  < Meeting of the population >
•    Visit of a fish smoking workshop 
•    Visit of a workshop for the production of rice alcohol 
•    12:30 pm Lunch at a French-speaking resident's house 
•    2:30 pm Road to Lampang 
•    5:30 pm Hotel check-in


This morning, you will visit by foot, the historical park of Sukhothai, former capital of the kings of Siam, is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Its main vestiges date from the 13th century, such as Wat Mahathat and Wat Sra Sri. 


Its time to discover off the beaten path roads by bicycle! Gets on your bike and off you go in countryside roads. You will have impromptu stops as you meet the villagers as you cross the rice fields. In the distance you will witness smoking workshops, here the workers are skillfully engaged in cutting and preparing the fish while the coconut fire is fanned to produce the necessary smoke. The other specialty of the region that you will visit is the artisanal production of rice alcohol, distilled in the traditional way. 
Lunch will be at a resident home. A nice experience! After lunch you will continue your journey to the province of Lampang. Upon arrival check-in to the hotel. Rest of evening and meals at leisure. Night at the hotel.

 

Day 7: LAMPANG – CHIANG MAI (Breakfast/-/-)

English-speaking guide and a private vehicle

08:15 pm Visit of the province of Lampang by horse-drawn carriage
09:15 pm Road to Chiang Mai
12:45 pm Lunch at leisure
2:00 pm Visit of the city and its main temples
3:30 pm Transfer to your hotel

Welcome to Lampang, this is the last stop before reaching Chiang Mai. The province known for its rehabilitation center and its hospital for elephants, this city with the Lanna culture can be visited by horse-drawn carriage. Its time to get on your carriage and begin your visit of the province of Lampang! Its time to continue by vehicle, only a couple more hours until you reach Chiang Mai. Lunch will be at leisure upon arrival.

The Kad Luang market in Chiang Mai surprises you by the diversity of colors and scents. Thai people frequent this large market a lot, looking for the best products. The competition is hard between the merchants, and the most beautiful stalls win the game. The best manufacturers of homemade sausages and grilled pork rind are immediately recognizable to the many buyers who are patiently waiting their turn.

 

A very interesting space is dedicated to the ethnic handicrafts of the northern tribes.

After lunch you will start to visit the Chiang-Mai and its main temples and learn more about the Lanna culture. The culture and architecture of Lanna, a kingdom that was conquered and attached to Siam, are distinguished by their refinement. The temples in particular have left their mark on the landscape, such as Wat Chiang Man, the oldest in the city. Its Chedi is remarkable for its rows of elephants that seem to support the entire building.

 

The Wat Chedi Luang is the most important and the most visited. Finally, the Wat Phra Sing contains precious objects of Lanna art and is the repository of a copy of sacred texts. End of your visits and transfer by private vehicle to your hotel. Check-in and rest of evening at leisure. Meals at leisure and overnight at the hotel.
 

Day 8: CHIANG MAI – ELEPHANT NATURE PARK – CHIANG MAI (Breakfast/Lunch/-)

English-speaking guide and a private vehicle

•    08:30 pm Departure from your hotel
•    Immersion with elephants
•    12:00 pm Lunch on site
•    3:30 pm Return to your hotel

This morning, meeting with the most emblematic animal of the kingdom. Long used by the wood industry and then in the tourist industry, the domesticated Asian elephant is today preserved in sanctuaries dedicated to its well-being, the Elephant Nature Park sanctuary. Through various playful activities, you will share a privileged moment in the respect of the most sacred animal of Thailand. 
Return to the hotel in the afternoon. Take advantage of this end of the day to get lost in the charming little streets of the old square of Chiang Mai, between small restaurants, cafes and art stores.  Rest of evening and dinner at leisure. Night at the hotel.

 

Day 9: CHIANG MAI <Flight> (Breakfast/-/-)

English speaking guide and a private vehicle

 

Breakfast at the hotel. Room available until 12 noons. According to the schedule, transfer by private vehicle to Chiang Mai airport for your flight

Included

  • During the tour, private air-conditioned vehicle (except boats – Local taxi - etc)

  • Accommodation in double rooms in the indicated hotels.

  • The meals specified in the program

  • Your local English speaking guide according to your program.

  • Visits mentioned in the program and entrance fees to tourist sites and national parks.

  • Hotel taxes and service

  • Our 24-hour English-speaking hotline in case of emergency during your trip

Not included

  • Visa fees (If necessary)

  • Beverages and personal expenses

  • International flights

  • Domestic flights

  • Regional flights

  • The tips for the guides are about 5 USD per night per person.

  • Repatriation and Health Insurance

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