Thailand VIP Very interested People
An unique and exciting trail that takes you from Bangkok to the Riwer Kwai, through the old capitals of; Ayutthaya and Sukhothai with beautifully decorated Thai arts and magnificent Buddha statues.
Up north to Lampang, – also known as the old Horse Carriage town of Thailand, where in the midst of the forest The Thai Elephant Conservation Centre give us the option to come close with the Thai elephant.
Exploring Chiang Mai on foot display’s an interesting cultural diversity.
From Chiang Mai we travel back to Bangkok by night train.
Once in back in Bangkok, the option is open to combine this amazing exploration with a few days in the pulsating capital before southern Thailand’s beautiful white sandy beaches awaits you.
|Tour length:||9 days / 8 nights|
|Total price:||$ upon request.|
|Participants.||Min. 4 -6 VIP pers.|
|Inclusions:||See ‘Period & inclusions‘|
ARRIVAL TO THAILAND
Upon arrival you are met by our airport representative.
Transfer to the hotel.
In the evening after settling in, we join the local guide for short walk to our restaurant where we are treated to a Thai dinner in buffet style accompanied by the classical tunes of Thai music with charming traditional dance performance.
Your guide will give a short brief and hand you a small introduction package from us containing maps, vouchers, timings, train tickets, flights and more for your journey.
Overnight in Bangkok
Day 2 – 3:
GRAND PALACE, WATERFALL, FLOATING HOTEL
After breakfast at the hotel, we set out to explore Bangkok.
As we step in to the Old Kingdom of Siam at the Grand Palace of Thailand the magic compound of ceremonial halls, gilded spires, and ornate buildings that reveals an intricate past. We cruise the Chao Praya River and canals to get close up with the local life.
“Sight Walking” is one of the most recommended activities especially for Bangkok. We stroll through Chinatown and see the mixed cultures of the Thai-Chinese local vendors. We visit “Wat Trimitr” or The Golden Buddha, officially titled Phra Phuttha Maha Suwan Patimakon which is the world’s biggest solid gold statue.
The afternoon is open for own exploration
Overnight in Bangkok
Incl. Breakfast & lunch
Departing Bangkok early for Kanchanaburi.
Kanchanaburi is a province north of Bangkok in the Central Plains which borders to Burma (Myanmar).
On the way we stop at the Erawan National park and famous Erawan waterfall cascading in in 7 levels creating pools, each ready for refreshing dip.
See more of Erawan Waterfall in Cafe Indochina, here ..
We have a local lunch by the park before driving to our pier at the River Kwai.
By the river side we board a Thai long Tail type boat and sail down the River Kwai for about 20min until we get to our floating Hotel.
On the river by the bank of the jungle, The River Raft floating hotel is a natural charming and very simple hotel. Build up in pure natural materials there is no electricity, just candlelight and kerosene lamps to light up the evening.
The River Raft is operated by the Ethnic Mon-Burmese who live in the village nearby.
See more of River Raft floating hotel in Cafe Indochina, here
Dinner is served right here floating on the river to the sounds of the forest.
After dinner an optional Evening performance of the Mon-Burmese traditional dance. (chargeable)
Overnight at the Floating River Raft
Incl. Breakfast, lunch & dinner.
Day 4 – 5:
AYUTTHAYA ERA, OLD SIAM, SUKHOTHAI ERA
Moving along the countryside from Kanchanaburi to Ayutthaya, a Siamese kingdom that existed from 1351 to 1767.
It was described by foreign traders as one of the biggest and wealthiest cities in the East and included the Northern Shan states of present-day Myanmar, Lanna (Chiang Mai, Thailand), Yunnan & Shan Sri (China), Lan Xang (Laos), Champa (Vietnam) and some city-states in the Malay Peninsula.
In Ayutthaya we visit “Wat Phra Si Sangphet”: the royal palace from 1350 AD. “Wat Yai Chaimongkol” is located near the main Ayutthaya ruins, famous for an impressively large statue of the Reclining Buddha.
Local restaurant lunch before continuing north to Phitsanulok.
The evening is open for own exploration of the local markets and buzzing life.
Overnight in Phitsanulok
Incl. Breakfast & lunch
A morning visit to Mahathat” or “ Wat Phra Sri Rattana Mahathat”. The most important monastery of Phitsanaluk.
We travel for Sukhothai to se Thailand’s largest collection of historic ruins. This is the place where the Thai nation was born, the kingdom’s magical and spiritual center. With its cache of remarkably preserved columns, shrines, temples, and palaces it epitomizes old Siam. We ride a tram through the well-kept and attractive grounds of the historical park, to see the monuments and learn about its most famous king: Ramkamhaeng.
Lunch at Si Satchanalai to continue further northwards to Lampang
Overnight in Lampang
Incl. Breakfast & lunch.
Day 6 – 7:
THAI ELEPHANT, CHIANG MAI, CULTURAL DIVERSITY
THAI ELEPHANT CONSERVATION INSTITUTE
After breakfast we visit, probably, the largest state-owned preserved natural elephant habitat in Thailand.
TECC, The Thai Elephant Conservation Center, is dedicated to conservation, science, welfare and arts & culture.
The center also contains the National Elephant Institute of Thailand which is one of the main institutions in Thailand overseeing both training of experts but also teachings about the Thai elephant as well as his welfare in the country.
TECC is the home of some of the Royal white elephants.
At the TECC we get close up with the elephant and the relationship he has with his Mahout (trainer), learn about his position in today’s society and why the Thai elephant is so special in the Thai culture.
We see bathing ritual and visit the Elephant Hospital.
From TECC we drive to Chiang Mai with a local lunch en-route.
In Chiang Mai we check in to our hotel and have the remaining day open for own disposal.
Overnight in Chiang Mai
Incl. Breakfast & lunch
Chiang Mai is most like one of Thailand’s most charming and intricate cities.
Holding on to the old artistic Lanna culture amidst growing into Thailand’s 2nd largest city and being surrounded by stunning lush nature dotted with villages of ethnic minorities keeping their way of life in the mix.
Our local Chiang Mai guide will meet you at the hotel at 0800. Transportation today will be by local transportation.
First stop will be Christian Church of Chiang Mai, founded in 1968 by missionaries. We cross Charoen Muang road and compare the current situation to pictures of more than 50 years ago.
From here we follow Charoenrat Road to Wat Ket. We pass some beautiful old shop houses.
We will visit the Healing Family Foundation where physically handicapped people make beautiful souvenirs to make a living. At Wat Ket we visit the fascinating temple museum.
From here we proceed to one of the Sikh Gurdwaras in Chiang Mai. A Gurdwara is a Sikh place of worship.
We get into tuk tuks to bring us to the Warorot Market, just across the Ping River. It’s only a short ride.
Warorot Market is also known as Kad Luang. This fantastic market never ceases to amaze us. Kad Luang as well as the adjoining Ton Lamyai Market was completely destroyed in a disastrous fire in 1968.
Your guide will show you pictures of this disaster. The area around Kad Luang is the Chinatown of Chiang Mai.
We will visit two Chinese pagodas and wander around the most interesting markets of Chiang Mai. It is really a feast for the eye….and for the stomach. We will taste some of the local delicacies before we visit the oldest Chinese pharmacy of Chiang Mai.
We continue our walk to the Chinese Muslim area Ban Haw. Here we will visit the Ban Haw Mosque and enjoy a bowl of traditional Khao Soi in one of our favorite restaurants.
We continue through Charoenprathet Road and stop at two remarkable teak wooden buildings, each with its own story.
We end our walking tour at a magnificent 145-year old teak wooden Lanna style house.
From here we have a transfer back to your hotel.
Tour approx. 08.00 – 12.00.
The afternoon is open for own exploration.
Overnight in Chiang Mai
Incl. Breakfast & lunch.
CHIANG MAI – BANGKOK
After breakfast we drive out of Chiang Mai City to go up the mountain Doi Suthep for approx. 15 km. and visit Wat Prathat Doi Suthep at about 3,500 feet above sea level. The most sacred temple in the city.
You then exercise your heart, lungs and limbs by ascending the 306 steps to the temple, guarded by two magnificent Nagas (serpents).
Constructed in 1383 and has become the symbol of Chiang Mai contains a holy relic of the Lord Buddha which is enshrined in the glowing golden pagoda.
A bird’s eye view of the entire city and the surrounding areas can be seen from the temple grounds.
Continue by local truck along a bumpy mountain road to visit the ethnic White Hmong hill tribe village. It’s quite a scenic route.
The White Hmong are Migrants from China who prefer to live in simple, isolated and self-sustaining villages while preserving their primitive culture, ancient customs and gorgeous embroidered costumes.
From here we return to Chiang Mai and your hotel.
Tour approx. 8.30 – 12.00.
The afternoon is open for shopping or perhaps a pleasant Thai massage before your pick up to train station.
The night train back to Bangkok departs at approx. 6pm and we spend the night comfortably in the 2nd class air-conditioned cabin with the 4 sleeping berth.
Dinner box will be provided though also restaurant compartment is available.
Overnight on the train.
The train arrives in Bangkok approx. 6 am on day 09.
We cross the road where a breakfast buffet is ready at the Bangkok Centre hotel. (included)
After breakfast, you transfer to Bangkok International Airport is ready, or perhaps a beach destination on one of Thailand’s tropical islands.
We can arrange a day room at the hotel, if requested.
The program can be custom made to fit any phase or preference.
For details, please see the ‘Details & categories’ and the ‘Period & inclusions’ tabs below.
Level of difficulty: Easy.
Domestic flight or train service.
The program start in Chiang Mai and ends in Chiang Rai.
We are happy to help with domestic connections either by train or flight from and to, any destination in Thailand.
This is not included in the price and will be offered separately.
All day tours are private with local English-speaking guide
Choose between 3 different standards.
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Basic tourist class hotels, incl. breakfast.
Good standard hotels, incl. breakfast.
High standard hotels, incl. breakfast.
All traveler with Indochina Explorers travel are covered under our local travel agent operator insurance which in case of accidents cover hospitalization or medical expenses.
Local insurances do not cover indemnity of theft, third-party indemnity, delays or loss of flights, repatriation, legal fees and other liabilities of personal loss or lost vacation time.
We encourage all travelers to have proper travel insurance coverage.
- Travel between: June -14 & March 2015.
- Incl. all local taxes and service charges.
- Price is based on 2 or 4 persons traveling together
- Req. special price for extra person or child.
- Fully flexible and amendable
- Incl. 9 days / 8 nights itinerary
- Incl. the meals per itinerary
- Incl. all tours and transfer
- Overnight 2nd class sleeper train.
- Local English speaking guide
- Superior, -Premium or -Deluxe category accommodation
- International & domestic flights
- Travel insurance (see details)
- Meals not mentioned in the program