Overview

Discover rich culture and ancient history on this spectacular trip to Thailand. Within the span of a week, our tour brings you the best this country has to offer - from ancient ruins and traditional Thai cuisine to its spellbinding natural beauty and beautiful handicrafts. You will get a fascinating insight into Thailand’s past with a visit to Ayutthaya and Sukhothai, the country’s erstwhile capitals. Take in the sights and sounds of natural beauty on a boat ride down the Mekong River after a stop at the Golden Triangle, earlier notorious for its opium trade. This exciting trip to Thailand will also take you around Lampang on a traditional horse carriage from where you can marvel at the magnificent temples and old wooden houses. Observe the local elephants in action at Mae Sai, and get up close and personal with crafts that have been passed down the ages, including weaving and silverwork. As we hit Chiang Mai, one of Thailand’s most famous cities, you’ll have your breath taken away by the stark beauty of the white Wat Rong Khun temple, and get the chance to climb up the 290 steps to its other tourist attraction - Wat Doi Suthep. Discover the top highlights of this exquisite country on our Quintessential Thailand tour.

 

5 Nights 6 Days 07 Dec, 08 Dec, 09 Dec, and more Chaing Mai Airport
Inclusions/Exclusions
What we'll give. What we won't

What is included in the tour

  • Air-conditioned transfers and tours from Bangkok hotels
  • Chiang Mai-Bangkok train ticket
  • Twin-sharing ensuite rooms
  • Guide fluent in English and/or German
  • VAT and service tax

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Transfers from Bangkok Railway Station on Day 6
  • Other tours and personal expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Any meals or services not mentioned in the tour schedule
Highlights
What makes this tour special
  • Trip to the past at ancient ruins in Ayutthaya and Sukhothai
  • Feed elephants at Chiang Mai
  • Ox-cart and horse carriage rides in Lampang
  • Visit traditional handicraft villages in Sankhampeng
  • Enjoy a relaxing boat ride down the Mekong River
Itinerary
Day 1 - Bangkok - Ayutthaya - Phitsanulok
  • Our Thailand tour begins bright and early with a pick up from your hotel, from where we head to Bang Pa In. Here, you will enjoy a picturesque boat ride down the rippling river to the ancient town of Ayutthaya. You will be able to take in the sights, sounds and colours of this beautiful place, with stops at temples including Wat Panangchoen, Wat Yai Chaya Mongkol and Wat Chai Wattanaram. From here, we proceed to Chainat where you can sample delicious Thai flavours for lunch. Our last stop is Phitsanulok, the home of Phra Buddha Jinaraj, worshipped by thousands each year at Wat Maha That. You will stay the night at Amarin Lagoon Hotel.
  • Meals: Lunch is provided
Day 2 - Phitsanulok - Sukhothai - Lampang
  • The second day of your trip to Thailand will tak e you back in time to pretty archaeological finds, but with a difference. You’ll travel the traditional way - in an ox-cart or a horse-drawn carriage. The first stop on Day 2 of your Thailand tour is at the Sukhothai Historical Park that is filled with interesting ruins from the days gone by. You’ll then trundle along in the company of our benevolent oxen to Gaeng Luang Restaurant at Sri Satchanalai for a scrumptious meal. At Lampang, you’ll have postcard-perfect photo ops as you ride around town in a horse-drawn carriage, stopping at Wat Don Tao and Wat Pratu Phong - each unique in architecture and history - and at the century-old teak mansion of Baan Sao Naak. Your accommodation for the night is at Lampang River Lodge.
  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch are provided
Day 3 - Lampang - Golden Triangle - Chiang Mai
  • Our Quintessential Thailand tour gives you the unique opportunity to position yourself on the very spot where Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet. You’ll reach this spot after a drive along a scenic route through neighbouring towns and villages. A flavourful lunch at the Imperial Golden Triangle hotel precedes a relaxing boat ride down the famous Mekong River to the point where the international borders meet. From here, we will take you to the edge of Thailand, the town of Mae Sai, which sits at the country’s tip near the border of Myanmar. Your accommodation for the night is at Phowadol in Chiang Rai.
  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch are provided
Day 4 - Chiang Rai - Chiang Mai
  • On the fourth day of your trip to Thailand, you will come face-to-face with one of the country’s most prominent landmarks. Stark white and a perfection of architectural beauty, Wat Rong Khun is nothing like anything you’ve ever seen before. We proceed to Chiang Mai where you can check into your hotel - The Empress. Here, you will enjoy a sumptuous lunch. High up in the mountains at 1056 metres sits Wat Doi Suthep, the temple Chiang Mai is most famous for. Take the stairway of 290 stairs featuring beautiful Naga balustrades to a view that’s most certainly jaw-dropping. At Wat Doi Suthep, you can opt to stay for a Northern Dances performance and traditional Kantoke dinner (optional. Cost: 570 baht per person). Your accommodation for the night is at The Empress Chiang Mai.
  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch are provided
Day 5 - Chiang Mai - Bangkok
  • Today is all about Thailand’s flora, fauna and traditional handicrafts. We head to the Thai Elephant Care Centre, where you will witness how the organisation cares for its old elephants in particular. You will get a chance to understand the intricacies of elephant herd life at its education centre, and visit the elephant cemetery (Between 9am and 10.15am). And that’s not all! Watch these gentle giants being fed and get a chance at feeding them yourself (Included: feeding set). Later, surrounded by fragrant aroma and floral beauty, you will enjoy lunch at the Orchid Farm before heading back to Chiang Mai town. We take a trip to Sankhampeng, a collection of handicraft villages that show you a slice of Thailand’s traditional craft. The day ends at Chiang Mai Railway Station, where you will take the overnight train to Bangkok (second class, air-conditioned sleeper).
  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch are provided
Day 6 - Arrival Bangkok
  • The train arrives early in the morning at Bangkok Railway Station, from where you are free to carry on with your own itinerary. Your arrival at the station marks the end of our services included in this exciting tour of Thailand. Transfers to any onward destinations are charged separately.
  • Meals: No meals are provided

Points to Note

  • Road conditions and room availability may force slight changes in the schedule
  • Deduct 1041 Baht per person if returning to Bangkok from Chiang Mai by flight. Refund only applicable if we are explicitly informed of this when the tour is being booked
  • We provide domestic air tickets, charged separately
  • Transfers to Chiang Mai airport and from Bangkok airport are excluded from the tour cost, and are charged separately
Pickup point
Directions.
Chiang Mai Airport (CNX), Mahidol Road, Su Thep, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai, Thailand View on Map