Reclining Buddha

Chiang Mai to the south

TOUR OVERVIEW


Journey back in time to the ancient kingdoms of Thailand with this enchanting eight-day tour. Start your adventure in Chiang Mai, the beautiful former capital of the Lanna kingdom, before continuing to Sukhothai and Ayutthaya, two UNESCO World Heritage Sites that both served as capitals of Siam. Your odyssey ends in bustling Bangkok, the capital known as the ‘City of Angels’. Groups vary in size but are typically made up of about 15 travellers max.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS


 

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Chiang Mai: The fragrant ‘Rose of the North’ was capital of the Lanna Kingdom founded by Mangrai the Great in the 13th century

Sukhothai: Explore the well-preserved ruins of the former capital of the Sukhothai Kingdom

Ayutthaya: Discover the impressive ruins of what was one of the world’s biggest cities during the early modern period

Kanchanaburi: Visit the notorious ‘Death Railway Bridge’ that inspired the World War II novel and film, The Bridge on the River Kwai

Damnoen Saduak: Immerse yourself in the scents and sounds of Thailand at the colourful floating market – one of the most enchanting images of the country

Bangkok: A city of extremes with action on every corner. Marvel at the gleaming temples, catch a tuk tul along the teeming Chinatown and take a long tail boat through the citys canals

 

DON'T MISS

 

Chiang Mai: Treat yourself to coffee and cake in one of the many cool cafés that have sprung up in the city in recent years

Sukhothai: Join the locals for an early morning offering of food and alms to Buddhist monks in exchange for blessings

Nakhon Pathom: Behold the sheer scale of the stunning stupa of Phra Pathommachedi, the tallest in the world at 127 metres

 

DAY BY DAY


DAY 1 | CHIANG MAI

Transfer from Chiang Mai Airport to your centrally located hotel. Rest of day at leisure. Relax at the hotel or maybe explore the charming old town, which is surrounded by walls and a moat. Wander through streets and alleys teeming with the lovely artisan shops and the savory food stalls. In the evening, the night market is a must, with an astonishing selection of local handicrafts, colorful souvenirs, tasty snacks and more. Vendors will test your bargaining skills to max!

  •  Overnight in hotel in Chiang Mai.

DAY 2 | CHIANG MAI

Full day at leisure to explore Chiang Mai at your own pace. Suggestions for today include an elephant camp and the hilltop Doi Suthep temple, which is famed for its breathtaking views.

  • Overnight in hotel in Chiang Mai. Breakfast included.

DAY 3 | CHIANG MAI – LAMPHUN – LAMPANG – SUKHOTHAI (380km – 4.5hrs)

Pick-up at 08:00 from your hotel in Chiang Mai city (exact time TBC at hotel). Depart for Lamphun to visit Wat Phra That Hariphunchai, a golden temple complex whose origins have been traced to the Mon Kingdom in the eighth century, before arriving at the picturesque town of Lampang to visit the historic temple of Wat Phra That Lampang Luang. After lunch, relax with a scenic drive to Sukhothai Historical Park, arriving in the late afternoon. Explore the park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site covering the ruins of ancient Sukhothai, which was the first capital of the kingdom of the same name

  • Overnight in hotel in Sukhothai. Lunch included.

DAY 4 | SUKHOTHAI – UTHAI THANI – AYUTTHAYA (430km – 5hrs)

A spiritual start to the day as you join locals in offering food to Buddhist monks during their morning alms round. Drive south and break for lunch in Chai Nat. Today’s route from Sukhothai via Uthai Thani to Ayutthaya mirrors the southward expansion of Siam, following the kingdom’s historical development. On arrival to Ayutthaya, a former capital of Siam, head to Ayutthaya Historical Park to visit the temple of Wat Phra Si Sanphet and the adjacent Viharn Phra Mongkol Bophit to contemplate the golden Buddha. Continue to the eerily enchanting ruins of Wat Phra Mahathat, with its famous statue of Buddha devoured by tree roots. Such a heavenly heritage ensemble has earned this historical park the status of UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Overnight in hotel in Ayutthaya. Breakfast and lunch included.

DAY 5 | AYUTTHAYA – KANCHANABURI (190km – 2hrs)

Drive through pastoral landscapes virtually untouched by the passage of time before arriving at Kanchanaburi, a quiet town at the confluence of the rivers Kwai Noi and Kwai Yai. It is renowned for the beauty of its natural surroundings and abundant wildlife but it also holds an unwanted place in history as the location of the notorious World War II ‘Death Railway Bridge’, immortalised in the Hollywood classic, The Bridge on the River Kwai. Visit the war cemetery, the final resting place of thousands of soldiers, and the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre to learn about the appalling conditions in which Allied POWs and Thai slave labourers worked to build a military supply railway. After lunch, enjoy an afternoon of free time with a number of activity options available.

 

  • Overnight in hotel in Kanchanaburi. Breakfast and lunch included.

DAY 6 | KANCHANABURI – Nakhon Pathom – BANGKOK (150km – 2hrs)

Depart Kanchanaburi after breakfast at the hotel with a scenic drive to Nakhon Pathom to visit the temple with the magnificent 127-metre-high Phra Pathommachedi stupa, the tallest of its kind in the world. Continue to Damnoen Saduak, which is famed for its vibrant and colourful floating markets. Breathe in the fragrances of the orient as dozens of boats glide along, selling fresh fruit and vegetables as well as tasty local delicacies. The buzz of the noise and the bustle of activity are quintessential Thai experiences. Continue to Bangkok for drop off at your hotel in the city.

  • Overnight in hotel in Bangkok. Breakfast included.

DAY 7 | BANGKOK

Full day at leisure to discover Bangkok on your own or to take optional excursions. We recommend a ride in one of the characteristic long-tail boats to experience the daily life along the river or a visit to the largest, most beautiful and most important temple complexes in Thailand, The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Gaew. In the evening you can cap off the day by enjoying the sunset at any of the stylish rooftop bars which have blossomed in the city’s skyscrapers in recent years - the options are limitless.  

  • Overnight in hotel in Bangkok. Breakfast included.

DAY 8 | DEPART BANGKOK

Time at leisure until you are transferred to Bangkok airport for onward travel to your selected destination. 

  • Breakfast included.

END OF SERVICES


INCLUDED


TOUR GUIDE: Operated with English speaking guide* from days 3-6

ACCOMMODATION: Seven nights as indicated on a bed-and-breakfast basis

MEALS: Seven breakfasts and four lunches

TRANSPORT: Air-conditioned transportation, transfers as stated in the programme

ENTRANCE FEES AND ACTIVITIES: All entrance fees as indicated: Wat Phra That Hariphunchai, Wat Pra That Lampang Luang, Sukhothai Historical Park, food offering, Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, Viharn Phra Mongkol Bophit, Wat Phra Mahathat, Thailand-Burma Railway Centre, Allied War Cemetery Phra Pathommachedi, Royal Grand Palace and Emerald Budha Temple

*Note: Tours in different languages can be combined in our vehicles for seat-in-coach itineraries. There will be a guide for each language

NOT INCLUDED


Expenditures of a personal nature, drinks and meals if not stated explicitly in the programme

Gratuity for driver and guide

Optional tours

Compulsory festival/peak season surcharges if stated separately

International or domestic flight tickets and airport taxes or visa fees

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS


 

Day
Destination
Activities
Hotel/Resort
Category
Board
1
Chiang Mai
Transfer in
Empress Chiang Mai or similar
Superior
-
2
Chiang Mai
Free at leisure
Empress Chiang Mai or similar
Superior
B
3
Sukhothai
Round Trips with visits
Sukhothai Treasure or similar
Superior
B-L
4
Ayutthaya
Round Trips with visits
Kantary Ayutthaya or similar
Studio
B-L
5
Kanchanaburi
Round Trips with visits
Felix River kwai or similar
Superior
B-L
6
Bangkok
Round Trips with visits
Hotel Royal Bangkok @ Chinatown or similar
Deluxe
B-L
7
Bangkok
Free at leisure
Hotel Royal Bangkok @ Chinatown or similar
Deluxe
B
8
Bangkok
Transfer out
-
-
B

 

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TERMS AND CONDITIONS


Minimum 2 pax needed to guarantee departure

Hotel early check-in, late check-out, connecting or adjoining rooms are subject to availability and are not guaranteed

No refund for unused services. Splitting of package is not allowed

Please note that local conditions prevalent at the time of travel may result in modifications to tour contents without prior notice

CANCELLATION POLICY


45 days prior to departure date, 15% of package price will be charged

30 days prior to departure date, 50% of package price will be charged

15 days prior to departure date, 100% of package price will be charged

Failure to arrive will be treated as a no-show and no refund will be given

RECOMMENDATIONS     


Comfortable and light clothing is the most suitable for travelling in Thailand. Visitors should not wear sleeveless shirts, shorts, short skirts or skimpy clothing when visiting temples, religious or official buildings. Shoes should be removed before entering a temple or private house. Sun protection, sunglasses, a hat and mosquito repellent can be very useful during your stay.