This journey combines a fairly conventional itinerary with the tradition and rustic charm of the Isan region. From Bangkok to Chiang Mai and the famous Golden Triangle, explore remote parts of the country untouched by mass tourism and the pleasures of charming boutique hotels. Before returning to Bangkok, spend a day in the largest National Park in Thailand – Khao Yai - a great opportunity to catch a glimpse of the assorted wild animals in the park's unspoiled forest. Truly a trip of a lifetime!
The itinerary has been created by our local agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.
Upon arrival at Bangkok Airport, meet your guide before a private minibus transfer to your hotel.
In the early afternoon, cruise along the canals (klongs) in Thonburi. Discover a different side of the capital - houses built on stilts and the hustle and bustle of daily life on the canals. Explore Wat Arun and its immense stupa before heading back to your hotel.
Leave for Or Tor Kor Market in the North of Bangkok. Off the beaten path, this is a very popular market where the north and north eastern culinary specialties await. Continue to the Museum of Modern Art (MOCA) before lunch.
Then set off for Bang Pa In Summer Palace Route, home to an eclectic collection of beautiful buildings from Chinese, European and Thai influences.
Next, board a traditional boat for a river trip to Ayutthaya before the check-in at your hotel.
This morning, visit the town of Ayuttaya, former capital of the Kingdom of Siam. Your tour includes Wat Mahathat, known for its Buddha head enveloped in the branches of a Banyan tree; Wat Ratburana with its Khmer-style stupa, and Wat Sri Samphet which is home to a majestic statue of Buddha. Finish with Mongkol Bophit, famous for its bronze Buddha and the spectacular Wat Chai Watanaram on the banks of the river.
After lunch, transfer to the airport for your flight to Chiang Rai. Meet your guide upon arrival and transfer to your hotel.
Travel through the Golden Triangle, making a short stop at Mae Chan where many locals including the Yao and Akkha clans live together. Continue to Chiang Saen which is home to some beautiful, yet lesser known relics, such as Wat Chedi Luang. Explore the island in the Mekong, located between the three countries making up the triangle: Burma, Laos and Thailand.
Visit the Opium Hall before a stop for lunch and setting off to Mae Sai, a town in Thailand on the border with Burma and its colourful market. Then climb to Wat Phra That Wai Dao, rewarded with a spectacular view over the two countries.
On your way back to your hotel in Chiang Rai, stop at Tham Pa (the fish caves), where the pools are filled with hundreds of multi-coloured species of fish - and the Buddha statue sits deep in the caves.
Head for Chiang Mai, the capital of the Lanna Kingdom. Not too far from that is Wat Rong Khun or “the White Temple”, blending traditional Buddhist art with contemporary themes.In the afternoon, set off for Doi Suthep and find the temple at its summit. It is one of the most sacred in the country and is reached by climbing the four hundred steps of a magnificent staircase with a Naga snaking alongside it.Enjoy a free evening in Chiang Mai to relax or explore the famous night market.
Head for your lodge where you will be welcomed with refreshments. Your host will list the activities available for the afternoon before your guide takes you for a walk in the village.
Stop at the Ton Lung Temple where the locals go for spiritual guidance. Continue to the home of the village shaman who will explain the spiritual beliefs and practices of the village before you return to the lodge for a Thai lunch.
Visit the organic rice fields; learn and participate in the different stages of rice cultivation practiced in the North of Thailand. Explore the Himmapaan Nursery which aims to support environmental and social projects by working with the local communities.
In the late afternoon, choose between a bike ride, a steam bath, Thai massage or a ride through the fields and orchards of Baan Pang Mai Daeng village.
Enjoy a delicious Thai dinner and a performance of traditional Lisu dances in the evening.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Go for an easy bike ride to the village of Muang Guert. Along the way, stop at a tea plantation while a local guide explains how the tea is produced. You'll get to taste a fresh brew then continue to a rafting base.
After your picnic lunch on the riverbank, set off on an exciting raft ride to a village in the Thai countryside.
After check-in at your lodge in Khum Lanna in the late afternoon, take part in a Thai cooking class and receive a book of Khum Lanna Thai recipes. After all this activity, you'll be able to enjoy the Thai food you've just prepared.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Begin the day with a bike ride along a country road to the local market. Visit a rice shop where you'll learn about the history of rice cultivation in Thailand. On your way back to Khum Lanna, stop at a local temple which houses a sacred Buddha statue that sits under a tree.
After lunch, visit the small museum or take a stroll through the garden where you can collect herbs, vegetables and fruits you need for your next cooking class. End the morning with a traditional lunch.
In the afternoon, you have the choice between the following activities: bike tour in the countryside with a local guide; learning how to make sculptures of fruits or vegetables; steam bath or a therapeutic massage.
Afterwards, return to Chiang Mai for dinner.
Breakfast and lunch included
Discover Chiang Mai, home to numerous Lanna-style temples, along with Burman and Shan. Explore Wat Pra Singh, a sacred temple for the locals, and the imposing Wat Chedi Luang.
Stroll through the old town marked by old moats before heading to the airport for your flight to Udon Thani in the afternoon. Meet your guide and transfer to your hotel.
Visit Ban Chiang, a village renowned throughout Thailand for its pottery and traditional silk goods. The site was granted UNESCO World Heritage in 1992.
Then continue to Nong Khai, a small town on the Mekong across Laos. In Tha Sadet Market, you will find handicrafts and products from Burma, China, Laos and Vietnam. Have lunch on the riverbank before visiting the extraordinary park in Sala Kaew Ku, filled with different statues and sculptures inspired by both Buddhism and Hinduism.
Witness the splendid views of Chiang Khan following the Mekong river.
Head for Phu Phra Bat Park to see its strange rock formations, prehistoric cave paintings, small shrines and sculptures. Learn about the traditions and culture of the Thai Dam people, usually dressed in their traditional black clothes in Ban Na Pa Nat. Watch the villagers weaving in their traditional fashion and visit the small cultural centre built to preserve their ancesters.
After lunch, visit the National Park at Phu Wiang, one of the most important historical sites in Thailand due to the dinosaur remains that have been unearthed in the park. It is also home to the Tat Fa waterfalls.
Afterwards, set off for Khon Kaen.
Visit the town of Khon Kaen and the Lao-style temple at Nong Wang Muang. Enjoy the splendid views over the lake and the surrounding area.
Next, travel to Chonnabot, a small town well-known for its fine Mutmee silk, embroidered with beautiful motifs.
Return to your hotel and enjoy a traditional tea ceremony after lunch.
Head south, stopping at the lesser-known Khmer temple in Puay Noi, in the heart of the Thai countryside.
Continue to Phimai and visit Prasat Hin, one of the most beautiful Khmer temples in the country, followed by a visit to its museum.
Go to Khao Yai after lunch, then Sai Ngam where a giant Banyan tree has formed an immense arbor. Finish with the archeological site of Ban Prasat.
Explore Khao Yai National Park, the first in Thailand and still considered one of the most beautiful. The park was granted World Heritage status based on its bio-diversity.
Have lunch on site and follow the trail to the waterfalls at Haew SuWat.
Return to your hotel at the end of the afternoon.
After breakfast, enjoy your free time until your transfer to Bangkok Airport.
The price reflects this specific tour itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.
|For 2||For 4||Single Supplement|
|Price per Person||£2,630||£2,030||£820|