Thailand

THAILAND 20 DAYS: BANGKOK TO THE BEACH


Bangkok 4n, Kanchanaburi 1n, Ayutthaya 1n, Sukhothai 2n, Lampang 1n, Chiang Rai 3n, Chiang Mai 4n, Phuket 3n

Day 1 - Arrive Bangkok (-/-/-)

On arrival at Suvarnabhumi International Airport (off flight # International ticket on your own arrangement). After you received your luggage please go to the main hall and proceed to EXIT #3. Our guide will be waiting for you at the meeting point zone holding the sign with you name. After meeting your guide, you are transferred by private vehicle to your hotel.

*Hotel check in time is at 14.00

 

Day 2 - Bangkok (B/-/-)

08.00 your guide will take you in a private car to visit the three of the most attractive points of interest in Bangkok. 

The Grand Palace, considered one of Bangkok's must-see attractions, and view the famous Emerald Buddha at Wat Phra Kaew. An intriguing blend of Italian Renaissance architecture and classical Thai roofing, the Grand Palace is one of the most beautiful examples of an ancient Siamese court, comprising several palaces and halls used for different occasions. Your guide will then take you to see Wat Phra Kaew (also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha) Bangkok's most important and sacred temple which proudly houses the elegant Emerald Buddha, Thailand's most revered religious image.

Continue to visit Wat Pho. Built by King Rama I almost 200 years ago, Wat Pho houses the gigantic reclining Buddha (or Phra Buddhasaiyas), a distinctive image 150 feet long and almost 50 feet high all covered in gold leaves. Wat Pho is considered the first center of public education and the cradle of traditional Thai massage, which is why it is sometimes called the "First University of Thailand".

Head to a nice local restaurant for lunch (at your own expense)

After lunch, across the river to one of Bangkok's most striking landmarks - Wat Arun, also known as the Temple of Dawn. Located on the south bank of the Chao Phraya River, this dramatic temple is notable for its architectural style and porcelain-decorated spires.

Return to your hotel around 15.00

Note: When visiting the Grand Palace and all temples, appropriate clothing must be worn. Miniskirts, shorts or tank tops are not allowed. 

 

Day 3 - Bangkok (B/-/-)

07.00 meet your guide and depart from Bangkok to Railway Market, also known as Train Umbrella Market, or The Folding Umbrella Market. See the exciting of activity as the fruit and vegetable sellers quickly pack up their goods to let the train pass through the market.

Then head towards to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. See how local people have been trading their products on paddleboats for more than 150 years. Broad on paddleboat to navigate through the busy canal and sample some of the fresh tropical fruits, local desserts or noodles along the way.  

Depart from the floating market for lunch at local restaurant (at your own expense) before head back to Bangkok. Arrive your hotel around 15.00

 

Day 4 - Bangkok (B/-/-)

Today is free at your leisure. Explore Bangkok city on your own pace.

 

Day 5 – Bangkok - Kanchanaburi (B/-/-)

06:30 meet your guide and depart from Bangkok to Kanchanburi to visit Erawan National Park. The 550 square kilometer national park with the famous seven-tiered Erawan Waterfall.

Lunch at the local restaurant (at your own expense)

After lunch, visit Tham Kra Sae then take a train ride on the historical Death Railway which was built by prisoner of WWII. Get off the train and continue by car to Bridge over the River Kwai and visit JEATH War Museum, a war museum in Thailand about the Death Railway built from 1942 to 1943 by Allied POWs under the direction of the Japanese, a part of the Thai-Burma railways.

After visit, transfer to your hotel in Kanchanaburi.   

Overnight in Kanchanaburi.

 

Day 6 – Kanchanaburi - Ayutthaya (B/-/-)

08:00 After enjoying breakfast this morning you will leave for Ayutthaya, one of the oldest capitals in Thailand.

Ayutthaya or Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya highlighted as the second Siam capital from 1350 to 1767. Despite having been sacked during the 18th century the surviving ruins stand out as testament to the ancient splendor of this once magnificent city.

First, visit Bang Pa In Summer Palace, a former retreat for Thai kings, to explore beautifully-landscaped gardens and a floating pavilion.

Continue to Wat Yai Chai Mongkol, it is situated to the southeast of the city. The large chedi there can be seen from a great distance. The monastery was constructed by King U-Thong in 1357 A.D. to accommodate the monks that were ordained by Phra Wanratana Mahathera Burean. This monastery was named "Wat Pakaew". Afterwards, Phra Wanratana of Wat Pa Kaew suggested to King Naresuan the Great to build a Chedi (pagoda). He decided to construct a large Chedi in this monastery in 1592 A.D. This monastery became known as Wat Yai Chaimongkhon.

Lunch at local restaurant (at your own expense).

Continue to Wat Mahathat, a classic temple ruin of Ayutthaya and famous for the picturesque Buddha head engulfed by the Bodhi tree roots. The foundation size and the remaining prangs and towers attest the significance during its time.

Next you will visit Wat Phra Si Sanphet, an ancient royal temple that was inside the palace grounds. The grounds surrounding the temple once housed a 52-foot Buddha statue covered with 550 pounds of gold, which was stolen and cast by the invading forces.

Before the sunset, visit Wat Chaiwatthanaram, a magnificently restored temple located on the west banks of the Chao Phraya River before check in at your hotel in Ayutthaya.

Overnight in Ayutthaya.

 

Day 7 – Ayutthaya - Lop Buri – Phitsanulok - Sukhothai (B/-/-)

08.00 Leave hotel for Ayutthaya city to Sukhothai via Lopburi and Phitsanulok province. Visit Three Khmer Prangs (Phra Prang Sam Yod) in Lopburi province.

Then drive to Phitsanulok, visit Wat Prasri Ratana Mahathat, Buddha Chinarat Temple in Phitsanulok province. And continue to Sgt.Maj. Thawee Folk Museum, fascinating museum displays a remarkable collection of tools, textiles and photographs from Phitsanulok Province, as well as many knick-knacks from previous decades, all accumulated by the eponymous Sergeant Major Thawee. Those interested in cooking will find much of interest in the display of a traditional Thai kitchen.

Overnight in Sukhothai.

 

Day 8 – Sukhothai (B/L/-)

Half day agricultural tour (Outdoor Classroom program).

  • Collecting duck eggs at the coop
  • Watch over 200 buffalo
  • Visit the zoo in the airport.
  • Visit the brown rice mill.
  • Visiting organic vegetable plots
  • Visit the buffalo stall
  • Transplant rice seedlings,
  • Have lunch with many organic menus

Afternoon, visit Sukhothai Historical Parks, a UNESCO listed site, the Sukhothai Historical Park is located on the site of the ancient kingdom with many important ruins which are located within the walls of the Royal City. The ruins of royal palaces, temples, city walls, moats, dams, ditches and other infrastructure have been well preserved and restored to display the magnificent beauty of Thailand's cultural heritage

Overnight in Sukhothai.

 

Day 9 – Sukhothai - Lampang (B/-/-)

This morning visit Sri Satchanalai Historical Park, located on the edge of the Yom River at Tambon Muang Kao, Amphoe Si Satchanalai. The ancient city, previously called "Muang Chaliang" was renamed "Si Satchanalai" during the reign of Phra Ruang when the new administrative center was established to replace chaliang. Ruins of 134 monuments have been discovered inside the park.

After visit, transfer to Lampang and visit Wat Phra Thad Lampang Luang. The temple itself is located on a hill surrounded by walls. The arches at the entrance, called Pratu Khong are decorated with very beautiful plaster patterns. The main wallless Vihan houses a bronze Buddha statue called the Phra Chao Lan Thong. Behind is a golden Chedi in the architectural style of Lanna, which contains a sacred relic and another vihan with very beautiful frescoes on wooden walls.

Then visit Baan Sao Nak, an ancient Lanna-Burmese wooden house. Baan Sao Nak is the museum supported by 116 square teak pillars. The inside of Baan Sao Nak displays ancient appliances which were used in northern people’s lifestyle in the past

Check in to your hotel in Lampang.

 

Day 10 – Lampang – Phayao – Chiang Rai (B/-/-)

Private transfer from Lampang to Chiang Rai via Phayao and Chiang Rai. Enroute visit to Kwan Phayao, (Phayao Lake). Kwan Phayao, or Phayao Lake covers around 20 square kilometers and was formed by the creation of a dam by Thailand’s Fisheries Department in 1941. Prior to the dam’s construction the area was filled by a number of smaller lakes and swamps, with their levels changing seasonally with the rains

Visit Wat Analayo Thipphayaram. Wat Analayo is one of the more interesting hilltop wats in Thailand’s north. The temple is set on the first range of low hills, more or less opposite Phayao town on the far side of the lake. The wooded hillside houses an eclectic collection of Buddha images, shrines, pagodas and halls and is set in lush tropical gardens with a real jungle feel to them.

Then continue to Chiang Rai. Stop to visit Wat Rong Khun, better known as “the White Temple” is one of the most recognizable temples in Thailand. Wat Rong Khun is a unique temple that stands out through the white color and the use of pieces of glass in the plaster, sparkling in the sun. The white color signifies the purity of the Buddha, while the glass symbolizes the Buddha’s wisdom and the Dhamma, the Buddhist teachings. The Wat Rong Khun was designed by Chalermchai Kositpipat, a famous Thai visual artist.

Check in to your hotel in Chiang Rai.

 

Day 11 – Chiang Rai (B/-/-)

08:30, Leave for Mae Chan 40 kms away.  Then drive uphill to visit Yao & Akha Hilltribe Villages.  Continue driving up Doi Mae Salong to Santi Kiri KMT Yunan Chinese Refugee settlement, with its tea plantations and see also co-op store where home-made wines, medical herbs and other locally grown products are sold. The villagers are ethnic Chinese, descendents of KMT Nationalist Chinese army regiment that took fugitive in Thailand almost 50 years ago when Communist Forces won the civil war in mainland China. Doi Mae Salong enjoys a cool and refreshing climate all year round. In January, Japanese Sakura flowers cover the hillsides.

Then leave to visit to a nearby Padong Long-necked hilltribe at Baan Thong Luang, where you will see the long-necked hilltribe people in their normal simple life.

The Padong people (also known as the Longneck people or the Giraffe women) prefer to be called Ka-Yan, having originated from Myanmar’s northern, highland state of Ka-Ya. There are now thought to only number about 7000. Of these, only about300 have fled to Thailand and live along the Thai/ Myanmar border.

Overnight in Chiang Rai

 

Day 12 – Chiang Rai (B/-/-)

This morning visit Chiang Rai Blue Temple or Wat Rong Seua Ten is located in Rong Suea Ten in the district of Rimkok a few kilometers outside Chiang Rai. Monumental, modern Buddhist temple distinguished by its vivid blue coloring & elaborate carvings.

Followed by visit to the Black House, covering over 100 rai, it comprises more than 25 buildings of pure and applied northern architectural styles. Belonging to the Thai National Visual Artist Thawan Duchanee, Baandam Museum exhibits folk art of local artists from the past to the present together with a large collection of rare folk appliances from the old days.

Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant (at your own expense), before continue to the Golden Triangle area. There are magnificent views over the Mae Khong River to the physical triangle made by Burma, Laos and Thailand at the confluence of the Ruak and Mekong River. For a small fee (at additional cost), you can also enjoy the boat ride to view the splendor of mighty Mae Khong River. Afterward, return journey back to hotel.

Day 13 – Chiang Rai - Chiang Mai (B/-/-)

After breakfast, overland transfer to Chiang Mai. Arrive Chiang Mai, start your Chiang Mai city tour.

The city of Chiang Mai has a wealth of beautiful and historic Buddhist Wats (temples), and on this tour a visit to the most fascinating Wats is made.

Near the summit of Doi Suthep, is the 600-year-old temple of WAT PHRATHAT DOI SUTHEP. After a drive up the mountain’s winding road, the final climb to the site is via an enormous mythological Nagas (Dragon-headed serpent) staircase of 306 steps (elevators are available). Inside the cloister is an intriguing copper-plated chedi topped by a five-tier gold parasol, which contains partial relics of Lord Buddha. On a clear day, there are incomparable views over the city of Chiang Mai from the temple grounds.

Other temples visited on this tour include WAT SUAN DOK, whose large central stupa contains Buddha relic which supposedly self-multiplied, and WAT CHEDI LUANG consist of an impressive chedi, originally built in 1411. It reached a height of over 85 meters before it was partially destroyed by an earthquake in 1545. It now reaches a height of only 60 meters the temple also contains the city pillar.

Check in to your hotel in Chiang Mai.

 

Day 14 – Chiang Mai (B/L/-)

Today is full day Kanta Elephant Sanctuary

Kanta Elephant Sanctuary is an ethical and sustainable eco-tourism project, offers a retirement home for elephants who have previously worked hard for tourism entertainment or the logging industry. Feed, walk with and observe our beautiful rescued elephants as they roam throughout our sanctuary, socialize and bathe in the river and watch the elephants cover themselves in thick mud as they would do in the wild.

A full-day package to KANTA ELEPHANT SANCTUARY package offers visitors the opportunity to get to know each of the remarkable elephants and gain a special understanding of their daily lives and behaviors. Observe Experience life with the elephants in their natural home as well as gain an insight into their history.  Spent a time with these amazing animals with friendly and happy elephants in a safe area.  Feed, Cook Herbal, Roaming and Observing elephant bathe in the River.

ITINERARY

8.30 am. Pick up from your hotel.

09.00 am Drive approximately 50 Mins North of Chiang Mai through rolling hills, forest, and local farming areas.

10.00 am Arrive at Kanta Elephant Sanctuary, change into traditional clothing

10.30 am Prepare fruits for our elephants and Meet our elephants.  Feed, Roaming, Observing, Playing with elephants. *** At the Sanctuary, we will allow you to spend as much time as possible with the elephants.

12.00 am Lunch

13.00 pm Prepare and cook sticky rice mixed with herbal for our elephants. Learn about Background, health care and behavior of Elephant.

14.00 pm Enjoy more time roaming, feeding and take elephant walk to the river and enjoy Bathe, scrub elephants. Feed sticky rice balls, Fruits to Our elephants. ** This part is focused on taking your time to observe and allowing the elephants to enjoy each moment of their freedom, scratching, rubbing, throwing dirt, enjoy the view and take lots of pictures**

15.00 pm. Tea and coffee break.

Leave Kanta Elephant Sanctuary and drive approximately 50 Mins back to Chiang Mai. Drop off at your hotel or accommodation.

Overnight in Chiang Mai

 

Day 15 – Chiang Mai (B/L/-)

0830- 1530 hrs.

A day in the embrace of nature! Located south of Chiang Mai is one of the most fertile troves of natural treasure in Thailand, Doi Intanon National Park. The invigorating mountain air, the fresh, cool climate, makes it a rejuvenating break from the city. Doi Intanon, 8514 feet above sea level – the highest peak in Thailand, is probably the most preserved in Thailand. It is extremely popular among bird watchers, with more than 383 species have been reported.

On this tours stops are made at: Wat Phrathad

Chom Thong with its holy relic and ancient treasures, Wachiratharn Waterfall, the twin chedi – built by Thai Airforce to honour King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit, and the summit – containing the shrine of Chao Inthawitchayanon, the former prince of Chiang Mai. A short trek along Michael’s Trail offers a beautiful and unforgettable experience.

Lunch on this tour is served picnic style

 

Day 16 – Chiang Mai (B/-/-)

Today is free at your leisure. Explore Chiang Mai city on your own pace or relax at your hotel.

 

Day 17 – Chiang Mai – Phuket (B/-/-)

After checking out of your hotel, meet your guide for your private transfer to the airport for flight to Phuket (flying hours- about 2 Hour)

You will be met at the airport's arrival hall by your guide and you will be transferred to your hotel by private air-conditioned vehicle.

*Hotel check in time is at 14.00

After check in, enjoy your free time at the hotel

Overnight in Phuket

 

Day 18 – Phuket (B/L/-)

08:00 You are met at your hotel and transferred on a half-hour drive to the Boat Lagoon Pier. At the pier, board a private speedboat that takes you on 45-minute ride to the Phi Phi Islands. Presenting some of the region's most beautiful seascapes, the Phi Phi Islands are a group of islands in the Andaman Sea that sit serenely between Phuket and the western coast of mainland Thailand. 

Visit Phi Phi Lay Island to see its steep limestone cliffs rising up from the sea and crystal clear waters which are ideal for sightseeing, snorkeling and swimming. Explore the most stunning and picturesque sites in the area, including Pi Leh Cove, Monkey Beach and Viking Cave, which is sometimes called "Tam Phaya Nak", or "Cave of the Naga", in reference to the great serpent of Buddhist legend. The cave is revered by locals as a place to collect the coveted swift's nests that are used to make Bird's Nest Soup. 

Enjoy a packed lunch at a scenic spot on the beach. Then spend some leisurely time swimming, snorkeling or simply relaxing in the tropical island paradise. Continue to Khai Island, one of the best snorkeling spots in the area with a variety of exotic marine life such as black tip reef sharks and giant clams. After a rewarding day, return to the pier for the return transfer back to your hotel, arriving at around 16:30.

Note: 

  • The tour program may change depending on weather and tide conditions. 
  • The excursion is subject to availability upon booking confirmed.
  • Include lunch Box, private speedboat and English-speaking guide.

 

Day 19 – Phuket (B/-/-)

Free at leisure. Enjoy the paradise on the beach.

 

Day 20 – Depart Phuket (B/-/-)

After checking out of your hotel, meet your guide for your private transfer to the airport. (International ticket on your own arrangement).

 

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