Chiang Mai & Mae Hong Son Explorer

Northern Thailand is filled with rising mountains, fertile lands and picturesque countryside. Discover the laidback ambience and unique cultures of Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son Provence.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Chiang Mai

Welcome to Chiang Mai Airport. Be greeted by our representative and transferred to the Imperial Mae Ping for check-in. The remainder of the day is free at leisure.

Hotel: Imperial Mae Ping, 4 nights

Day 2: Half Day Doi Suthep & Temples

Visit the most sacred temple in the North of Thailand: Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep. The most sacred temple in Chiang Mai and which contains a holy relic of the Lord Buddha. Tucked away in the mountains at an elevation of 1,056 meters (3,520 feet), the temple can be reached by the carved mythical Naga Serpent Staircase. The temple offers an exhilarating view of Chiang Mai city and its surrounding countryside. Drive back down to the city centre to visit some of the other impressive temples of Chiang Mai. Wat Suan Dok is one of them, and dates back to the 14th century when the Thai monarchy was taking leisure walks in its gardens. Nowadays, it houses several white Chedis, all containing the ashes of Chiang Mai’s former Royal family, and features one of the most famous Monk Schools in the whole locality of Chiang Mai. We will also visit Wat Jedyod, also known as The Temple of Seven Spires.

Day 3: Half Day River Cruise & Temples

From Wat Chai Mongkol boat pier, you will enjoy stunning views of the Ping River while being on a relaxing cruise upstream to Chiang Mai town. Next will be a quick stop at the Thai Farmer House where fresh fruits and soft drinks are offered in a lush garden. After the cruise, visit a local flower market as well as to Wat Chedi Luang (current temple grounds were originally made up of three temples — Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Ho Tham and Wat Sukmin) and Wat Phra Sing (home of the beautiful Lai Kham chapel with its exquisite woodcarving and northern style murals) before returning to the hotel.

Day 4: Half Day Long Neck & Hill Tribes 

Drive to Mae Rim district to visit a hill-tribe village at Baan Tong Luang. Pay a visit to the Karen, Lahu Shibala and Palong hill-tribes which originated from Tibet. Visit also the Long Neck hill-tribe: join them, admire their colourful costumes and experience their way of life. In the village of these people who migrated from Myanmar (Burma) and have kept their cultural traditions and customs alive. You will be able to observe the brass rings women wear around their necks as a tribal sign of their individual identity. Your guide will explain how the hill-tribe subsists. Thanks to its farming work and unique crafts, especially its beautiful woven textiles. Return back to the hotel after this exploring tour.

Day 5: Chiang Mai – Pai

Depart Chiang Mai at 0830 hours and transfer to Pai. Along the way stop at Mae Malai Market, and then continue to visit the Pong Duet Hot Springs. It is not only a good place to see the hot springs bubble up to the surface but also good facilities to bathe or to dangle your feet in the natural hot spring stream. Then en-route we visit Huay Nam Dong National Park. The park is situated on top of a ridge of hills and highest peaks source streams that feed the Pai, Ping, and Taeng Rivers. Arrive Pai, visit Nam Hu Temple where a sacred Buddha image which topknot contains holy water and can be opened.

Hotel: Phu Pai Art Resort, 2 nights

Day 6: Pai – Baan Pambok – Pambok Waterfall

Depart hotel to visit Wat Mae Yen. This small temple on a hill 2 km from Pai and is especially interesting for its setting and its views overlooking the city. The 353 steps long staircase to reach the temple is charming or can take the road to access to Wat Phra That Mae Yen. The temple consists of two buildings and a few small golden chedis. Continue to Pai Canyon or Kong Lan as it is known in Thai, and is located 8 km from Pai. A visit to the canyon is worth your time as it is an outstanding natural attraction with lovely nature walks in its surroundings. Continue to Baan Pam Bok, a small Village of Thai Yai. Lunch at a Home Stay (Prepared by local people, style Th  ai Yai MOU JOR (Pork). After lunch, depart to Ko Ku So Bridge, made in Bamboo of 815 M. above the Rice fields. The bridge was built for the people and monks to cross the rice field to the temple. From July to November, you have very nice views over the Green Rice fields below the Bridge.

Day 7: Pai – Mae Hong Son

Depart Pai at 0830 and transfer to Mae Hong Son with stop at Tham Nam Lod . Tham Lod is a cave with a length of 1,666 meters near Soppong in Pang Mapha district, Mae Hong Son Province. The Nam Lang River flows through the cave which is filled with stalactites and stalagmites. The cave is also home to large numbers of bats and swifts.

After lunch route to Mae Hong Son visit Ban Rak Thai (literally “the Thai-loving village”), also known as Mae Aw. It was settled by former Kuo Min Tang (Nationalist) fighters from Yunnan Province, China, after the Communist takeover of China. The population is about 800, mainly Chinese-born or Thai-born Chinese. Many signs are in Chinese, and much of the population speaks a heavily accented version of Mandarin Chinese. If you speak Chinese, try it out, especially on some of the elderly people. They will be happy to speak with you, and can share some rather interesting stories of their lives pre- and post- exile, as well as about the drug trade that used to dominate the economy here. Arrive Mae Hong Son. And transfer to The Imperial Mae Hong Son Resort

Hotel: The Imperial Mae Hong Son Resort, 3 nights

Day 8: Mae Hong Son

Depart from hotel to Boat Pier, take a long tail boat for approx. 50 minutes to visit the Long Neck Karen Village. These are the famous long neck women who wear heavy brass necklaces around their neck at very young age. The more brass necklaces around the neck signifies a women of great beauty. They are believed to have migrated from far north of Burma, possibly Tibet. Their weaving skills are popular.

Afternoon visit the city of Mae Hong Son. We include Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu, located at the hilltop where you can have a panoramic view of the city. Wat Chong Klang & Wat Chong Khum houses glass paintings and woodcarvings brought from Myanmar some 100 years ago.

Day 9 : Mae Hong Son

This morning depart from hotel to Baan Pang Mou, a village located at 8 KM from the city of Mae Hong Son. Chinese Shan minority live in this village and they still keep their original life style. The main activity of the village is the traditional preparation of soya sauce. We then walk for around 40 minutes to Baan Pa Teung, village of Lisu People. Walk through the village to see their way of life. Return to Mae Hong Son town. Afternoon free at leisure.

Day 10: Depart Mae Hong Son

Transfer to Mae Hong Son Domestic Airport for your onward flight.

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Departs daily from Chiang Mai:Price on ApplicationPrice on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch
Transport: Airport Transfers & private air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation:9 nights accommodation
Guide: Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

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Enchanting Chiang Mai

Surrounded by mystical mountains and valleys, Chiang Mai’s cultural heritage gives it a unique personality. Silk, exquisitely crafted silver and wood items, excellent accommodation, restaurants and entertainment all combine to make Chiang Mai one of Thailand’s prime tourist attractions.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Chiang Mai

Welcome to Chiang Mai Airport. Be greeted by our representative and transferred to the Imperial Mae Ping for check-in. The remainder of the day is free at leisure.

Hotel: Imperial Mae Ping, 4 nights

Day 2: Chiang Mai – Private Half Day Doi Suthep & Temples

Visit the most sacred temple in the North of Thailand: Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep. The most sacred temple in Chiang Mai and which contains a holy relic of the Lord Buddha. Tucked away in the mountains at an elevation of 1,056 meters (3,520 feet), the temple can be reached by the carved mythical   Naga Serpent Staircase. The temple offers an exhilarating view of Chiang Mai city and its surrounding countryside. Drive back down to the city centre to visit some of the other impressive temples of Chiang Mai. Wat Suan Dok is one of them, and dates back to the 14th century when the Thai monarchy was taking leisure walks in its gardens. Nowadays, it houses several white Chedis, all containing the ashes of Chiang Mai’s former Royal family, and features one of the most famous Monk Schools in the whole locality of Chiang Mai. We will also visit Wat Jedyod, also known as The Temple of Seven Spires.

Day 3: Chiang Mai – Private Half Day River Cruise & Temples

From Wat Chai Mongkol boat pier, you will enjoy stunning views of the Ping River while being on a relaxing cruise upstream to Chiang Mai town. Next will be a quick stop at the Thai Farmer House where fresh fruits and soft drinks are offered in a lush garden. After the cruise, visit a local flower market as well as to Wat Chedi Luang (current temple grounds were originally made up of three temples — Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Ho Tham and Wat Sukmin) and Wat Phra Sing (home of the beautiful Lai Kham chapel with its exquisite woodcarving and northern style murals) before returning to the hotel.

Day 4: Chiang Mai – Private Half Day Long Neck & Hill Tribes 

Drive to Mae Rim district to visit a hill-tribe village at Baan Tong Luang. Pay a visit to the Karen, Lahu Shibala and Palong hill-tribes which originated from Tibet. Visit also the Long Neck hill-tribe: join them, admire their colourful costumes and experience their way of life. In the village of these people who migrated from Myanmar (Burma) and have kept their cultural traditions and customs alive. You will be able to observe the brass rings women wear around their necks as a tribal sign of their individual identity. Your guide will explain how the hill-tribe subsists. Thanks to its farming work and unique crafts, especially its beautiful woven textiles. R

eturn back to the hotel after this exploring tour.

Day 5: Depart Chiang Mai

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

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Inclusions 
Meals: 4 breakfasts
Transport: Airport Transfers & private air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation:4 nights accommodation
Guide: Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

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* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Historical Lanna Kingdom

Your own private tour focusing on Thai Temples and spiritual Thailand. Staring in Chiang Mai follow the legend of the Lanna Kingdoms driving through historic towns and cities of Northern Thailand. Drive along beautiful mountain roads with lush green vistas, ride a horse drawn carriage in the ancient city of Lampang, once the capital of the Thai Lanna Kingdoms.

See old ‘Teak House Mansions’ dotted all around the city of Phrae featuring traditional Thai architecture. Visit the unseen province of Nan, quiet and peaceful but also steeped in history due to its close proximity to its more famous neighbour, Sukhothai. With its rich history, natural beauty and heritage it is definitely worth a visit as you step back to a time to when things were not as rushed and as hectic as today.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Chiang Mai – Lampang – Phrae

This morning depart from Chiang Mai to Phrae. Stop in the town of Lampang and visit the unseen ancient city by horse drawn carriage to discover Buddhist Temples and the town’s Rooster Statue which you will pass along the way. The horse & carriage is a traditional mode of transportation in Lampang and it is a wonderful way to get around to see the town. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Afterwards we continue our journey to the attractive town of Phrae, here we discover traditional Thai architecture in the form of charming teak houses and eclectic shimmering temples which date back to 19th century. Visit Wat Phra Non with its revered reclining Buddha and Vongburi House, an attractive teak house museum located in the heart of the old town. Dinner will be served at the hotel.

Hotel: Huern Na Na Hotel

Day 2: Phrae – Nan

Start your day in Phrae and visit Wat Phra That Cho Hae, a royal temple built during the Sukhothai period in the reign of King Maha Dhamaracha (Lithai). Regarded as one of the most sacred and ancient temples in Phrae, it is renowned locally for people who are born in the year of the Tiger. It’s good luck to pray at this temple for good fortune. Heading north we continue onto Phae Muang Phi Forest Park known locally as the “City of Ghosts”. The rocks in the park over the years have formed into spectacular natural rock formations. Afterwards we continue our journey towards Nan, upon arrival we make a stop at the Malbri village “Ba

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.an Boonyuen” in Rong Kwang district to see the Malbri tribe people. These nomadic tribal people live in the jungle which covers a large part of Nan and neighbouring Phrae Province. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Early afternoon we will arrive into Nan to explore and stroll around its city centre. Visit Phumin Temple and Nan National Museum, view the murals in Wat Phumin, which were renowned throughout the country. In the evening, enjoy the stunning panoramic views out over Nan. On the hill top at Wat Phra That Khao Noi see the towering Buddha statue which overlooks the downtown and the surrounding areas. Dinner will be served at the hotel.

Hotel: Nan Boutique Hotel

Day 3: Nan – Bo Kluea

After breakfast, we depart to explore Bo Klua known as Ban Bo Luang. Here we can observe traditions from the past which are still employed today. The people of Ban Bo Luang produce use salt from the brine which they collect from two mountain wells located 1,900 meters above sea level. Afterwards we drive directly to your hotel in Bo Klua, where lunch will be served. The afternoon is at leisure for you to explore the town at your own pace. Dinner will be served at the hotel.

Hotel: Boklua View Resort

Day 4: Nan – Nong Bua – Phayao – Chiang Rai

After breakfast visit the village of Nong Bua to see the beautiful temple of Nong Bua, with its stunning Thai Lue murals. Visit the local cooperative silk and cotton weaving sheds run by the local women’s group to see crafts being handmade in traditional methods. Afterwards we hit the road for Chiang Rai which is approximately a 4-5 hours journey with stops along the way. We will stop at the magnificent lake in Phayao for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch why not take a short stroll around the lakes, promenade to take in the view of the lake and surrounding areas. In the afternoon, we visit Oub Kham home collection – a museum to see a collection of objects from areas once belonging to the Lanna Kingdom. Transfer to your hotel in Chiang Rai or fly to your next destination.

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Inclusions 
Meals: 3 breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & private air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation:3 nights
Guide: Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

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* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Explore the Highlights of Northern Thailand by bike

Our cycling journey through Northern Thailand begins in the city of Chiang Rai, home to the famous White Temple which we will pedal to visit. After an exploration of the local night market, we’ll hop on our bikes and ride to the dramatic Chiang Dao mountain where our efforts will be rewarded with jaw-dropping views. Here we’ll have the chance to pedal our way through Pha Daeng National Park, past impressive limestone karsts and idyllic waterfalls.

Ride to the sloping landscapes of Maetang, where we’ll have the chance to learn about a carefully-chosen elephant sanctuary and make the most of our surroundings with some engaging activities.

From here, we make our way on two wheels to Chiang Mai, perhaps the most well-known northern Thailand city. We’ll delve into the local culture with a food tour that showcases the highlights of this flavorful (and often spicy!) cuisine, a tour of a local botanical garden, and visits to the spiritual sites of Doi Suthep and the Monk’s Trail. This tour encapsulates the best of the Chiang Mai region and provides the opportunity to make genuine connections with friendly locals, great riding and plenty of picturesque landscapes.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Riding: 45km cycling – Welcome to Chiang Rai! We’ll start our tour by meeting in the lobby at 10 am ready to head out and explore this interesting Northern city. Our loop ride along the Kok river takes us pedaling through the region’s bucolic countryside, past coffee and tea plantations, local communities and riverside fields.

We’ll stop for a quick look at the local pineapple market, with produce so fresh from the surrounding farms that it often sells out early in the day! Our first day’s ride drops us right back at the hotel door and you can spend the afternoon at your leisure. Tonight we’ll enjoy the first of many delicious Thai dinners after a walking tour of the lively Night Bazaar.

Riding: 65km cycling – We’ll start off the morning with a ride through the backroads and fields, pedaling to the city’s iconic White Temple. Wat Rong Khun, constructed in 1997, is an unconventional piece of Thai architecture that looks like something out of an ice kingdom and is sure to spark your interest. After our visit, we’ll hop on the bikes again and ride out to Singha Park. This place is extremely popular with the Thai community and will give you a snapshot of the fun lifestyle of modern Thais’.

In the afternoon we will visit a locally-based coffee house known as The Roastery, where we’ll meet the owner, who has not only built a successful business but is also deeply passionate about helping local hill tribe communities start sustainable coffee plantations. He’ll take us through the growing and roasting process, and everything that goes into making a great coffee before we try it for ourselves.

Riding: 40km cycling – Our morning begins with a longtail boat transfer up the Kok river, avoiding the hilliest terrain outside of Chiang Rai to Tha Ton district. This is the perfect time to sit back and enjoy the scenery as your guide shares more about the surrounding region. From here we mount the bikes and head south, reaching further and further into Thailand’s rural landscapes, riding through local communities on quiet roads surrounded by greenery.

A nourishing lunch is followed by a transfer through the hills to our destination, the mountainside town of Chiang Dao. In the evening we’ll enjoy a good meal made with fresh local ingredients and meet a local beer brewer to sample some of his amber goodness.

Riding: 60km cycling – Today is the day the mountains of Northern Thailand truly shine! We begin with a transfer into the hills of the Araksa Tea Plantations for a cup of their finest brew to settle ourselves for the ride ahead. Astride your wheels today we’ll be exploring the district of Mae Taeng. Our ride consists of several short sharp hills, but don’t be afraid to put in a solid effort today as tomorrow we have a day off the bikes to enjoy the mountain tranquility. A support van is always on hand, as it is throughout the tour, if you feel like giving your legs a rest. Our ride concludes with a final climb into Mae Rim and the door of our impressive mountainside accommodation.

On our day off the bikes in the hills of Chiang Mai province, you’ll have the opportunity to seek out some more active adventure, whether it be trekking through the bamboo forests, white-water rafting, or ziplining through the jungle. You could also take advantage of the breathtaking surroundings with a hike to a nearby waterfall for a blissful swim.

Alternatively you can use this day to rest and recharge. Our chosen resort has many recreational facilities to take advantage of, including a large swimming pool overlooking the valley where you can spend the morning soaking up the views. There is also a spa where you can pamper yourself with a traditional Thai massage or any number of their available treatments. The day is yours to enjoy as you wish.

Riding: 40km cycling – Let’s saddle up on our bikes and start the ride to Chiang Mai! Today the hills are in our favor as we pedal down to meet the scenic Ping River. From here, the route is quite flat and a welcome respite from the previous climbing, allowing you to enjoy the views from over your handlebars.

Upon our arrival in Chiang Mai, we’ll check into our delightful resort before taking part in an afternoon cooking class and getting truly hands-on with traditional northern Thai cuisine. This is an experience that keeps on giving, in addition to enjoying all the delicious dishes you prepare, you can take your new-found skills home with you and share your favorite Thai specialties with family and friends.

Riding: 40km cycling – Today we’ll make our way on two wheels through the surroundings of Chiang Mai, cycling through the countryside, over mild hills to a botanical garden. After a tour of the botanical garden’s vibrant hues and sweet fragrances, we will make our way back along scenic roads to the hotel, where you’ll have time to enjoy the pool or another well-earned Thai massage before our evening activity.

Tonight we give our taste buds a workout on a food tour of the city, and you’ll likely have worked up a healthy appetite from today’s adventures! We’ll make our way through this famous northern city to hole-in-the-wall local restaurants, markets, and bars to try authentic dishes such as red curry, spicy papaya salad, classic pad thai, and mango sticky rice. Is your mouth watering yet? Along the way, we’ll meet countless friendly Thai locals, likely curious about your adventures, and will have the opportunity to trade stories with these people in the “Land of Smiles”.

Riding: 35km cycling – Today we have a bit of a climb in store as we tackle the route up Doi Suthep, a landmark mountain that stands over Chiang Mai and offers incredible views of the city down below. Although this ascent will work out the leg muscles, you’ll be rewarded with one of Chiang Mai’s most famous and culturally significant sites, the beautifully ornate Wat Phra That Doi Suthep pagoda and panoramic views over the city!

After exploring the site we can enjoy a nature walk in one of Thailand’s national parks and possibly sample some mountain-grown coffee before a transfer back down the hill.

Hike & Cycle options – Enjoy the morning at your leisure, exploring town, relaxing by the pool or maybe trying some other activities in town, your tour leader can help with suggestions. The tour concludes upon checkout from our Chiang Mai resort.

Your guide is happy to assist you in making further travel arrangements, or you are welcome to join any Grasshopper day tour in Chiang Mai for further bike exploration of the city and surrounds.

2019 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
December: 14USD $2,800.00USD $3,460.00
2020 Dates & Prices
January: 11USD $2,800.00USD $3,460.00
February: 15USD $2,800.00USD $3,460.00
June: 13USD $2,800.00USD $3,460.00
October: 03USD $2,800.00USD $3,460.00
November: 21USD $2,800.00USD $3,460.00
December: 19USD $2,800.00USD $3,460.00
2021 Dates & Prices
January: 09USD $2,800.00USD $3,460.00
February: 14USD $2,800.00USD $3,460.00
June: 19USD $2,800.00USD $3,460.00
October: 02USD $2,800.00USD $3,460.00
November: 20USD $2,800.00USD $3,460.00
December: 18USD $2,800.00USD $3,460.00
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Inclusions 
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners
Transport: Cannondale Quick 1 Disc mountain bikes
Support Vehicle :An air-conditioned backup support vehicle is always available for tired riders and to carry your luggage.
Accommodation:8 nights accommodation
Guide: Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Thailand & The Temples of Angkor

The temples and tuk tuks of Bangkok give way to the ancient traditions of Chiang Mai on this in-depth trip. A journey from the colourful streets of Bangkok to the sacred spaces of Chiang Mai. You’ll visit the terracotta-coloured ancient ruins of Ayutthaya and enjoy a northern Thai-style lunch with a family in their wooden stilt house.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Bangkok

Say sawadee ka to the land of smiles, starting your Thai adventure in Bangkok. Transfer to your hotel where this evening, we meet our Travel Director and fellow guests for a Welcome Reception drink with local appetisers.

Hotel: Shangri-La, 3 nights

Day 2: Bangkok Sightseeing

Rise early and join the locals for a graceful T’ai Chi practice in Lumpini Park to kick-start your day. Alternatively, enjoy a leisurely start before joining your fellow travellers on a City Tour, which begins with a visit to Bangkok’s Grand Palace, where you’ll visit the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand, Wat Phra Kaew. See the largest-reclining Buddha in Thailand in Bangkok’s oldest temple, Wat Pho, and enjoy a traditional Thai massage in the temple’s massage centre. Return to your hotel by express river boat, cruising down the Chao Praya past beautiful Wat Arun, the Temple of the Dawn.

Day 3: Bangkok

Immerse your senses in the five flavours of Thai as you join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a traditional cooking class in a colonial-style house. Visit a local market nearby to source the freshest ingredients that reveal the sweet, sour, salty, bitter and hot flavours of Thai cuisine. Sample the results later, then spend the afternoon exploring the City of Angels on your terms, or consider joining an Optional Experience to Jim Thompson’s House, home to an impressive collection of Asian art.

Day 4: Bangkok – Damnoen Saduak – Kanchanaburi

A riot of colours greets us this morning as we embark on a visit to the famous floating market at Damnoen Saduak. Connect with the friendly merchants who paddle along the congested canals in their sturdy canoes, laden with fresh fruit and vegetables to sell to shoppers on the banks. En route, we’ll ‘Dive Into Culture’, stopping at a coconut palm sugar plantation where we’ll discover how the farmer extracts the sap from his palm trees to create palm sugar. After lunch in a local restaurant, we’ll visit the Thailand-Burma Railway Museum, revealing insights into the history of the infamous railway line built during WWII by the Imperial Japanese army. Our final stop today sees us pay tribute to the thousands of allied prisoners of war who were laid to rest at the War Cemetery.

Hotel: Away Kanchanaburi Dheva Mantra Resort and Spa, 2 nights

Day 5: Kanchanaburi Sightseeing

This morning, we visit Hellfire Pass, a section of the Thailand-Burma “Death Railway”, so named for the tortuous conditions that prisoners of war endured during WWII to build it. After lunch, we embark on a thrilling train ride across wooden viaducts, skirting the winding waters of the Kwai River. We’ll disembark and see the wooden viaducts first-hand walking across one. This evening, we enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 6: Kanchanaburi – Ayutthaya – Sukhothai

After breakfast, we travel to the UNESCO-listed Ayutthaya, once the second-most important ancient capital of Old Siam and the largest city in the world. Here, we’ll delve into the trading heritage of a mighty city that was all but raised to the ground by an 18th century Burmese invasion. We’ll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, then return to Bangkok for our flight to Sukhothai, Thailand’s first capital.

Hotel: Sriwilai Sukhothai Resort and Spa, 2 nights

Day 7: Sukhothai Sightseeing

Gain insights into a powerful kingdom that enjoyed its golden age during the 13th and 14th centuries and shaped modern Thailand as we know it today. Start the day with a visit to the UNESCO-listed Sukhothai Historical Park which reveals thousands of years of history and a 15-metre seated Buddha secreted within its walls. Your choice of exploring will see you engage with the historic complex by bicycle or on the internal tram. This afternoon, visit the home of a local family and learn how to make amulets which are thought to protect the owner from harm.

Day 8: Sukhothai – Chiang Mai

Our day begins with a visit to the village of Natonchan, where we ‘Make A Difference’ with our visit by supporting the community’s eco-tourism project. We’ll interact with the locals and meet one of the villagers to learn about ‘gymnastic doll’ making and the villagers’ traditional cotton clothes which are soaked in mud to protect them from fading. We continue north, enjoying lunch en route and make a brief visit to the ‘Friends of the Asian Elephant’ Hospital, a foundation that cares for wounded elephants. Arriving in Chiang Mai, we enjoy an evening walk with our Travel Director and visit the colourful Sunday market. Our hotel tonight is located in the old town of Chiang Mai.

Hotel: The Rim Resort, 3 nights

Day 9: Chiang Mai Sightseeing

Admire the delicate hand-painted fans and colourful paper umbrellas that are famously crafted in Chiang Mai’s Sankamphaeng district and meet the children and teachers at a local school to which Trafalgar will donate much-needed supplies. We continue to a small village nearby where we’ll ‘Connect with Locals’, joining a family in their typical stilt house for a northern Thai-style ‘Be My Guest’ lunch. Next is a visit to Wat Suan Dok where we’ll meet a local monk and learn about Buddhism, against the backdrop of the temple’s magnificent golden chedi.

Day 10: Chiang Mai

Your morning is free to spend as you please or consider joining an Optional Experience to the Ban Tong Luang Hilltribe Village. Later, we visit Wat Doi Suthep, one of Thailand’s most sacred temples. As the sun sets over this mystical temple, listen quietly to the tranquil sounds of the monks chanting. This evening, we join fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner at a traditional Thai restaurant located next to the river.

Day 11: Chiang Mai – Siem Reap

Transfer to the airport for the short international flight to Bangkok and onward to Siem Reap. On arrival meet your Cambodia Travel Director and check in to your hotel. This afternoon is at leisure.

Hotel: Le Meridien, 4 nights

Day 12: Angkor Wat And Siem Reap Sightseeing

Today, we venture deep into the Cambodian jungle, through a pyramid-shaped gateway into an ancient world. Serene stone faces watch over us as we cross the causeway suspended over a moat into the spiritual heart of the ancient lost city of Angkor. A ‘Local Specialist’ and renowned Khmer scholar brings to life the stories behind the intricate carvings and murals of celestial nymphs and mythical serpents along the abandoned hallways of Angkor Wat. Our next stop are the terracotta-hued walls of Banteay Srei Temple – the “Citadel of Women” dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. We’ll have time to admire the 10th century carvings of women, said to have been too delicate to have been carved by a man, hence its name. We’ll return to Siem Reap and this afternoon embark on a walking tour. We ‘Make A Difference’ to the lives of rural youths during our visit to Artisans d’Angkor, where we’ll witness the revival of Khmer arts and crafts. Later we’ll visit Wat Damnak and participate in a private blessing ceremony during which a sacred thread will be tied around our wrists to protect against evil spirits. Our final stop today is to the labyrinthine Old Market, where the locals spend their early mornings shopping for fresh fruit, vegetables and spices. Wander past the busy stalls and smell freshly baked baguettes, a remnant of the country’s French heritage.

Day 13: Angkor And Siem Reap

Our intimate encounter with a lost empire continues today, as we uncover other iconic sites of the ancient abandoned city of Angkor that have been devoured by the Cambodian jungle. We explore its ancient ruins in the company of saffron-clad monks and monkeys that clamber up and over the roots of centuries-old trees that have carved their way deep into the Great City’s walls. Our first stop today is a visit to the fortified Angkor Thom, where we’ll see such iconic sites as the Terrace of Elephants, the Royal Enclosure and the Temple of Bayon with its giant smiling faces of Buddha. We venture underneath the dense tree canopy to the crumbling, moss-covered ruins of the Buddhist temple of Ta Prohm, which featured as the location for the film ‘Tomb Raider’, exploring its towers courtyards and corridors to uncover the intricate stone reliefs that are shielded by the surrounding foliage. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure or consider joining an Optional Experience to learn the secrets of Khmer cuisine.

Day 14: Peak Sneng Village

We begin the day in the company of local Khmer villagers and ‘Make A Difference’ with a visit to their local school (term time only) for an opportunity to chat to some of the children who will join us on our walk through the village to see how they spend their day-to-day lives. We’ll ‘Dive Into Culture’, gaining insights into their time-honoured craft traditions, such as palm leaf weaving. After the rest of the day at leisure, we’ll join our Travel Director and fellow expeditioners for a Farewell Dinner with Apsara dance show.

Day 15: Depart Siem Reap

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

2019 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 20$5,975.00$7,615.00
February: 17$5,975.00$7,615.00
March: 03$5,975.00$7,615.00
April: 07$5,795.00$7,435.00
May: 19$5,795.00$7,435.00
June: 16$5,795.00$7,435.00
July: 14$5,795.00$7,435.00
August: 11$5,795.00$7,435.00
September: 15$5,795.00$7,435.00
September: 29$5,895.00$7,535.00
October: 13$5,895.00$7,535.00
November: 17$6,250.00$8,050.00
December: 15$6,375.00$8,275.00
2020 Dates & Prices
January: 12$6,750.00$8,710.00
February: 16$6,550.00$8,510.00
March: 01$6,550.00$8,510.00
April: 05$6,325.00$8,045.00
May: 17$6,325.00$8,045.00
June: 14$6,325.00$8,045.00
July: 12$6,325.00$8,045.00
August: 09$6,325.00$8,045.00
September: 13$6,325.00$8,045.00
September: 27$6,450.00$8,170.00
October: 11$6,450.00$8,170.00
November: 15$6,595.00$8,445.00
December: 20$7,150.00$8,445.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 14 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 6 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned Coach
Flights: Air Ticket: Bangkok - Sukhothai / Chiang Mai - Siem Reap
Accommodation:14 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Bike Adventure from Bangkok to Chiang Mai

This is the best way to tour Thailand’s north, cycling from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Start off in Thailand’s busy capital, Bangkok, before riding through the ancient kingdoms of Sukhothai and Chiang Mai. Explore the highlights of the rural north on two-wheels and immerse yourself in the country’s early history along the way. Among many other cultural and historic sites of note, this back-country cycle route takes you past Thailand’s tallest mountain, Doi Inthanon, through small Thai villages and the imposing walled city of Lamphun.

With smiling locals cheering you on, you will discover a great deal about the northern reaches of this exciting country on two wheels, topping off a memorable bike adventure with your arrival in the city of Chiang Mai.

This is a fulfilling bike tour that will leave you with new cherished memories of your journey from one great Thai city to another, through back roads and byways, with plenty of sights, smells, delicious food and highlights discovered best on two wheels.

326 Km riding. This ride is a mixture of flat terrain with a few days of rolling hills. Most of the trip is on rural back roads and occasionally on dirt roads and highways. This ride is achievable by anyone who can ride a bike for the distances involved (and if not just jump in the air conditioned support vehicle for a rest).

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrival in Bangkok & Overnight Train

We will meet in the late afternoon at a hotel near Bangkok’s main railway station. If you are flying in, we will gladly pick you up from the airport (Please note that your flight needs to arrive before 3 pm) before we board a train. The sleeper train is a nice alternative to flying for long-distance travel in Thailand. The train is well run, relatively punctual and a pleasant way to travel through the country. We have dinner before boarding the train, and as we leave the metropolis of Bangkok the rocking motion will send you into an early sleep.

Riding: 66km cycling – The train arrives early in Uttaradit, so we make use of some rooms at a guesthouse to shower and change into cycling gear. Enjoy a great local breakfast before setting off on the bikes. As we leave town, we find Wat Phrathat Thung Yang, an ancient temple that features an unusual image of the Buddha and is still in use today. From there, we cycle to the countryside, pedaling through sugar fields and orchards over fairly flat terrain. We reach the small town of Si Satchanalai in the early afternoon and have plenty of time to explore this small town at a relaxed pace.

Riding: 88km cycling – This morning we will ride along country roads next to the Yom River and visit artisans who are weaving gold into cloth and crafting pieces of pottery. From there we cycle through the Si Satchanalai Historical Park past ancient ruins. This evening we settle in our hotel outside the city gate of Thailand’s first capital: Sukhothai.

Riding: 12km cycling – Today is our first opportunity to stretch out and enjoy the landscape of the ancient kingdom of Sukhothai. We start off with a gentle pedal through the Sukhothai Historical Park, visiting the scattered ruins of the ancient city. We then cycle south along the base of a mountain to a temple in the Ramkhamhaeng National Park.

Following lunch, we have a fun outing to explore the local community. You’ll have the chance to see and experience local life as we join Thai in the rice fields and their places of work, checking out rural handicrafts such as weaving, woodwork or making coal. This will be a fascinating cultural immersion.

Riding: 80km cycling – Following a 1.5 hour transfer, you’re in store for one of our most scenic and enjoyable days of cycling! Today’s ride brings us into hill country with lots of easy ups and downs and interesting twists and turns. The cycling journey is peppered with villages and charming hilltop temples and stupas – the most impressive of these being Wat Prathat Huai Thom. At the end of a great day’s cycling, we transfer 1 hour to Chom Thong.

Riding: 80km cycling – Starting off in the shadow of Thailand’s tallest mountain Doi Inthanon, we pedal our way across rice paddies and through small villages and towns to the site of the ancient Kingdom of Hariphunchai- now called Lamphun. From Lamphun, we ride out of town down tree-lined roads, through fruit orchards, along irrigation canals, and across fields. Eventually, we arrive in the artisan village of Ban Tawai. From Ban Tawai we will transfer the last bit by van into the city of Chiang Mai. This evening we’ll enjoy a special dinner to commemorate the final evening of your tour.

The bike tour concludes after breakfast today. Our team, including your leader, will be more than happy to assist you in confirming any onward travel plans from Chiang Mai. Should you need to reach the airport, our van will be waiting for you.

2019 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
November: 06USD $1,790.00USD $2,010.00
December: 15USD $1,790.00USD $2,010.00
December: 07USD $2,058.00USD $2,278.00
2020 Dates & Prices
January: 05USD $2,058.00USD $2,278.00
February: 23USD $1,790.00USD $2,010.00
June: 28USD $1,790.00USD $2,010.00
August: 02USD $1,790.00USD $2,010.00
October: 16USD $1,790.00USD $2,010.00
November: 01USD $1,790.00USD $2,010.00
December: 28USD $2,058.00USD $2,278.00
2021 Dates & Prices
January: 03USD $2,058.00USD $2,278.00
February: 28USD $1,790.00USD $2,010.00
June: 27USD $1,790.00USD $2,010.00
August: 15USD $1,790.00USD $2,010.00
October: 31USD $1,790.00USD $2,010.00
December: 28USD $2,058.00USD $2,278.00
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Inclusions 
Meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
Transport: Merida mountain bikes
Rail: Train Ticket: Bangkok / Uttaradit
Support Vehicle :An air-conditioned backup support vehicle is always available for tired riders and to carry your luggage.
Accommodation:6 nights accommodation
Guide: Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Treasures of Thailand

The temples and tuk tuks of Bangkok give way to the ancient traditions of Chiang Mai on this in-depth trip.

A journey from the colourful streets of Bangkok to the sacred spaces of Chiang Mai. You’ll visit the terracotta-coloured ancient ruins of Ayutthaya and enjoy a northern Thai-style lunch with a family in their wooden stilt house.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Bangkok

Say sawadee ka to the land of smiles, starting your Thai adventure in Bangkok. Transfer to your hotel where this evening, we meet our Travel Director and fellow guests for a Welcome Reception drink with local appetisers.

Hotel: Shangri-La, 3 Nights

Day 2: Bangkok

Rise early and join the locals for a graceful T’ai Chi practice in Lumpini Park to kick-start your day. Alternatively, enjoy a leisurely start before joining your fellow travellers on a City Tour, which begins with a visit to Bangkok’s Grand Palace, where you’ll visit the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand, Wat Phra Kaew. See the largest-reclining Buddha in Thailand in Bangkok’s oldest temple, Wat Pho, and enjoy a traditional Thai massage in the temple’s massage centre. Return to your hotel by express river boat, cruising down the Chao Praya past beautiful Wat Arun, the Temple of the Dawn.

Day 3: Bangkok

Immerse your senses in the five flavours of Thai as you join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a traditional cooking class in a colonial-style house. Visit a local market nearby to source the freshest ingredients that reveal the sweet, sour, salty, bitter and hot flavours of Thai cuisine. Sample the results later, then spend the afternoon exploring the City of Angels on your terms, or consider joining an Optional Experience to Jim Thompson’s House, home to an impressive collection of Asian art.

Day 4: Bangkok – Damnoen Saduak – Kanchanaburi

A riot of colours greets us this morning as we embark on a visit to the famous floating market at Damnoen Saduak. Connect with the friendly merchants who paddle along the congested canals in their sturdy canoes, laden with fresh fruit and vegetables to sell to shoppers on the banks. En route, we’ll ‘Dive Into Culture’, stopping at a coconut palm sugar plantation where we’ll discover how the farmer extracts the sap from his palm trees to create palm sugar. After lunch in a local restaurant, we’ll visit the Thailand-Burma Railway Museum, revealing insights into the history of the infamous railway line built during WWII by the Imperial Japanese army. Our final stop today sees us pay tribute to the thousands of allied prisoners of war who were laid to rest at the War Cemetery.

Hotel: Away Kanchanaburi Dheva Mantra Resort & Spa, 2 Nights

Day 5: Kanchanaburi

This morning, we visit Hellfire Pass, a section of the Thailand-Burma “Death Railway”, so named for the tortuous conditions that prisoners of war endured during WWII to build it. After lunch, we embark on a thrilling train ride across wooden viaducts, skirting the winding waters of the Kwai River. We’ll disembark and see the wooden viaducts first-hand walking across one. This evening, we enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 6: Kanchanaburi – Ayutthaya – Sukhothai

After breakfast, we travel to the UNESCO-listed Ayutthaya, once the second-most important ancient capital of Old Siam and the largest city in the world. Here, we’ll delve into the trading heritage of a mighty city that was all but raised to the ground by an 18th century Burmese invasion. We’ll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, then return to Bangkok for our flight to Sukhothai, Thailand’s first capital.

Hotel: Sriwilai Sukhothai Resort & Spa, 2 Nights

Day 7: Sukhothai

Gain insights into a powerful kingdom that enjoyed its golden age during the 13th and 14th centuries and shaped modern Thailand as we know it today. Start the day with a visit to the UNESCO-listed Sukhothai Historical Park which reveals thousands of years of history and a 15-metre seated Buddha secreted within its walls. Your choice of exploring will see you engage with the historic complex by bicycle or on the internal tram. This afternoon, visit the home of a local family and learn how to make amulets which are thought to protect the owner from harm.

Day 8: Sukhothai – Chiang Mai

Our day begins with a visit to the village of Natonchan, where we ‘Make A Difference’ with our visit by supporting the community’s eco-tourism project. We’ll interact with the locals and meet one of the villagers to learn about ‘gymnastic doll’ making and the villagers’ traditional cotton clothes which are soaked in mud to protect them from fading. We continue north, enjoying lunch en route and make a brief visit to the ‘Friends of the Asian Elephant’ Hospital, a foundation that cares for wounded elephants. Arriving in Chiang Mai, we enjoy an evening walk with our Travel Director and visit the colourful Sunday market. Our hotel tonight is located in the old town of Chiang Mai.

Hotel: The Rim Resort, 3 Nights

Day 9: Chiang Mai

Admire the delicate hand-painted fans and colourful paper umbrellas that are famously crafted in Chiang Mai’s Sankamphaeng district and meet the children and teachers at a local school to which Trafalgar will donate much-needed supplies. We continue to a small village nearby where we’ll ‘Connect with Locals’, joining a family in their typical stilt house for a northern Thai-style ‘Be My Guest’ lunch. Next is a visit to Wat Suan Dok where we’ll meet a local monk and learn about Buddhism, against the backdrop of the temple’s magnificent golden chedi.

Day 10: Chiang Mai

Your morning is free to spend as you please or consider joining an Optional Experience to the Ban Tong Luang Hilltribe Village. Later, we visit Wat Doi Suthep, one of Thailand’s most sacred temples. As the sun sets over this mystical temple, listen quietly to the tranquil sounds of the monks chanting. This evening, we join fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner at a traditional Thai restaurant located next to the river.

Day 11: Depart Chiang Mai

Our exhilarating encounter with old Siam and new Thailand at its end, we take a transfer to Chiang Mai International Airport for your onward flight.

2019 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 20$4,395.00$5,735.00
February: 17$4,395.00$5,735.00
March: 03$4,395.00$5,735.00
April: 07$4,325.00$5,565.00
May: 19$4,325.00$5,565.00
June: 16$4,325.00$5,565.00
July: 14$4,325.00$5,565.00
August: 11$4,325.00$5,565.00
September: 15, 29$4,325.00$5,565.00
October: 13$4,325.00$5,565.00
November: 17$4,495.00$5,735.00
December: 15$4,625.00$6,145.00
2020 Dates & Prices
January: 12$4,925.00$6,455.00
February: 16$4,925.00$6,455.00
March: 01$4,925.00$6,455.00
April: 05$4,795.00$6,245.00
May: 17$4,795.00$6,245.00
June: 14$4,795.00$6,245.00
July: 12$4,795.00$6,245.00
August: 09$4,795.00$6,245.00
September: 13, 27$4,795.00$6,245.00
October: 11$4,795.00$6,245.00
November: 15$4,950.00$6,480.00
December: 20$4,975.00$6,505.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 10 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 5 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned Coach
Flights: Air Ticket: Bangkok / Sukhothai
Accommodation:10 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Thailand Experience

Highlighting Thailand’s rich history, fascinating culture, and religious monuments, this Thailand tour includes overnights in Bangkok, Phitsanulok, Sukhothai, Chiang Rai, and Chiang Mai. This tour through Thailand includes visits to some of the cities that have served as the country’s capital: Bangkok, Ayutthaya, and Sukhothai.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Bangkok

Welcome to Thailand’s capital city. Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Hotel: Narai Hotel, 4 nights

Day 2: Bangkok

Bangkok is an exhilarating blend of historic and religious monuments, chic modernity, exciting shopping, and friendly culture. An exciting day of sightseeing is ahead. Take in the city’s principal landmarks such as the splendid Temple Of The Golden Buddha and the spectacular Temple Of The Reclining Buddha, the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in Bangkok. You will also visit the gleaming Grand Palace, Thailand’s most sacred monument, and the spectacular Temple Of The Emerald Buddha.

Day 3: Bangkok – Kanchanaburi – Bangkok

Today’s full-day excursion takes you to Kanchanaburi on the banks of the Kwai River, famed for the River Kwai Bridge, built during WWII. Visit the Allied Forces Cemetery and spend time in the fascinating Thailand-Burma Railway Centre. Today’s highlight is a Train Ride across the famous bridge to Wang Po Station. This afternoon, visit Hellfire Pass Memorial, part of the Death Railway that cuts through the mountains. Today, it houses a museum detailing life of the Allied prisoners and Asian labourers who helped build the railway, and subsequently suffered or died at Hellfire Pass

Day 4: Bangkok

Today is yours to explore Bangkok at leisure, perhaps enjoying the greatvalue shopping, lively market, and delicious Thai cuisine. You may opt to join an optional excursion to the legendary Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, where traders sell all manner of items from their boats, including exotic fruits, vegetables, silks, and toys.

Day 5: Bangkok – Ayutthaya –  Phitsanulok

Today, head to Ayutthaya, ancient capital of Siam. Here, you will visit Bang Pa-In Palace, which was built in the 18th century as a summer residence for the Kings of Ayutthaya. Later, drive to Phitsanulok, one of Thailand’s oldest cities, founded over 600 years ago. This evening, consider an optional rickshaw ride to experience Phitsanulok’s colourful night market.

Hotel: Grand Riverside Hotel

Day 6: Phitsanulok – Sukhothai

Journey to Sukhothai, Thailand’s 13th-century former capital, and admire the atmospheric, moated Old Town. Here, you will visit Sukhothai Historic Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and explore ruined temples and monasteries, including Wat Si Chum with its stunning seated Buddha.

Hotel: Legendha Sukhothai Thai Village Resort

Day 7: Sukhothai – Lampang – Chiang Rai

This morning, travel to Lampang. Here, visit Phayao Lake and Wat Phra That Lampang Luang. Built in 1476, this ancient Buddhist temple is often thought to be the oldeststanding wooden structure in the country. After lunch at a local restaurant, continue through rural countryside to Chiang Rai.

Hotel: Wiang Inn Hotel, 2 nights

Day 8: Chiang Rai – Golden Triangle – Chiang Rai

Enjoy breathtaking vistas as you journey to Doi Mae Salong and visit a Tea Plantation. Continue to Mae Sai, Thailand’s northernmost town, and on to the renowned Golden Triangle, where the borders of Thailand, Burma, and Laos meet. You may consider an optional boat tour on the Mekong River.

Day 9: Chiang Rai – Chiang Mai

This morning visit Wat Rong Khun, also known as the White Temple. Then, continue through lush jungle to Chiang Mai, a fragrant mountain retreat known as the “Rose of the North” for its refreshing climate. Upon arrival, visit San Kampaeng to see local craftsmen make Thailand’s traditional lacquerware and teakwood furniture.

Hotel: Empress Hotel, 3 nights

Day 10: Chiang Mai

Spend the morning at an Elephant Sanctuary, where over 30 elephants roam freely in a safe and sustainable environment and are not subjected to mistreatment (including rides). Here, you have the chance to touch, feed, photograph, and interact with the elephants at your leisure while you learn about their lifestyle and behaviours. This afternoon, visit Wat Phra SINGH with its famous Buddha image, and Wat Doi Suthep, a temple tucked away in the mountains. For the final ascent to the temple, you can take a tram car or walk up the Naga (dragon-headed serpent) staircase, with more than 300 steps.

Day 11: Chiang Mai

Today is free for you to enjoy this dynamic city. You may opt to join our optional Thai cooking class and learn the secrets of traditional dishes.

Day 12: Depart Chiang Mai

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 12, 19$2,089.00$2,621.00
February: 02, 09, 23$2,089.00$2,621.00
March: 01, 15, 22$2,089.00$2,621.00
April: 12$2,089.00$2,621.00
May: 03, 17, 31$2,089.00$2,621.00
September: 13, 27$2,089.00$2,621.00
October: 25$2,089.00$2,621.00
November: 01, 08, 22$2,089.00$2,621.00
December: 06$2,089.00$2,621.00
2021 Dates & Prices
January: 10, 17, 31$2,229.00$2,796.00
February: 07, 21, 28$2,229.00$2,796.00
March: 14, 21$2,229.00$2,796.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 11 breakfasts, 5 lunches
Transport: Touring by private, air-conditioned motorcoach
Accommodation:11 nights accommodation
Guide: Services of a professional Tour Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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The Old Kingdoms of Thailand

Travel through the heart of old Siam on this 10 Day The Old Kingdoms of Thailand tour that emphasises the cultural aspects of this ancient kingdom. Travel from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and visit the historical Parks of ayutthaya, Kamphaengphet, Sukhothai and Sri Satchanalai.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Bangkok

On arrival at the Bangkok International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Hotel: Pathumwan Princess, 2 nights

Day 2: Bangkok

An interesting introduction to Bangkok which combines two of the city’s must-see attractions, both located within a tranquil walled compound, close to the Chao Phaya River. This royal oasis encloses Thailand’s most revered temple of Wat Phra Kaew, home to the unique, centuries-old, gold-clad Buddha figurine: “The Emerald Buddha” and the wonderfully impressive Royal Grand Palace, more stunning in real life than photography can convey. The whole area occupies almost one square mile, and would represent a lifetime of study for a serious historian. The 66-centimetre tall Emerald Buddha, carved from a single piece of jade, has a compelling history of its own, and is so sacred that only the Thai King may touch it. This happens three times a year during a devout ceremony when the statue is clothed in different gold and jewelled attire, according to the changing seasons. The spectacular Grand Palace dates back to 1782 and was home to Thai royalty until 1925. Today, it still houses some important royal offices, but mostly serves as a museum reflecting unique and glorious testament to the architectural genius and creativity of the Thai people. The entirety of its stunning beauty is difficult for the human eye to encompass, and the effect can be overwhelming.

Day 3: Bangkok – Ayutthaya

Depart Bangkok to visit the old capital city of Ayutthaya (70 km north of Bangkok) a World Heritage Site, and on to the beautiful summer palace at Bang Pa-In. Take a journey into the past, viewing the silent monuments and temple ruins at Ayutthaya, destroyed by the Burmese in 1767, but still reflecting their intrinsic and noble beauty. Admire the fabulous architecture and absolute elegance of the Bang Pa-In royal palace.

Hotel: Sala Ayutthaya

Day 4: Ayutthaya – Kamphaengphet – Sukhothai

This morning we continue north to the Kamphaengphet Historical Park. The Park contains the ruins of the ancient town of Kamphaeng Phet, an important town in the Sukhothai Kingdom. The park that is little visited by foreign tourists contains monuments built during the 13th to 17th centuries by the Sukhothai and Ayutthaya empires. The city of Kamphaeng Phet derives its name from the ancient walls protecting it. Kamphaeng Phet translates to “wall of diamonds”. The town was an important part of the defense system of the Sukhothai Kingdom. Kamphaeng Phet was a “wang” or garrison town to protect the capital Sukhothai from invasion by Burmese armies. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant before making our way to Sukhothai. Upon arrival and after check in, visit at the local market in Sukhothai Town before return to the hotel for relaxing and overnight.

Hotel: Ruean Thai Hotel, 2 nights

Day 5: Sukhothai Historical Park

This morning transfer to Sukhothai Historical Park for a walking tour. Having gained recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Sukhothai Historical Park is situated at the actual site of the ancient kingdom. Many of the important ruins are located within the walled Royal City. Ruins of royal palaces, temples, city walls, moats, dams, ditches and other infrastructures have been well preserved and constantly restored to display the magnificent beauty of Thailand’s cultural heritage.  Located in the North zone, outside the walled city is the Wat Si Chum temple, known for its mondop with a large image of the Buddha partly visible from the outside. The name of the temple translates to “temple of the Bodhi tree”. Bodhi trees are found in many temples around Thailand, because it was this tree that the Buddha meditated under when reaching enlightenment.  An ancient stone inscription is found in the mondop of the Wat Si Chum giving information about how the Sukhothai Kingdom was founded. The 13th century temple comprises of a mondop and a viharn. The viharn or assembly hall, of which just the base and rows of pillars remain, stands in front of the mondop.

Day 6: Sukhothai – Sri Satchanalai – Lampang – Chiang Mai

This morning visit Sri Satchanalai Historical Park, located on the banks of the Yom River at Tambon Muang Kao, Amphoe Sri Satchanalai. This ancient town, formerly called ”Muang Chaliang” was named “Sri Satchanalai” during the reign of Phra Ruang when a new administrative center was established to replace Chaliang. The ruins of 134 monuments have been discovered within the park.  Continue to Lampang, where we visit the most sacred of Lampang people, Wat Phra That Lampang Luang. The temple is the most complete wooden temple in Thailand with significant historical and architectural value.  Arrive Chiang Mai and check in at your hotel.

Hotel: Imperial Mae Ping, 3 nights

Day 7: Half Day Doi Suthep & Temples

Visit the most sacred temple in the North of Thailand: Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep. The most sacred temple in Chiang Mai and which contains a holy relic of the Lord Buddha. Tucked away in the mountains at an elevation of 1,056 meters (3,520 feet), the temple can be reached by the carved mythical Naga Serpent Staircase. The temple offers an exhilarating view of Chiang Mai city and its surrounding countryside. Drive back down to the city centre to visit some of the other impressive temples of Chiang Mai. Wat Suan Dok is one of them, and dates back to the 14th century when the Thai monarchy was taking leisure walks in its gardens. Nowadays, it houses several white Chedis, all containing the ashes of Chiang Mai’s former Royal family, and features one of the most famous Monk Schools in the whole locality of Chiang Mai. We will also visit Wat Jedyod, also known as The Temple of Seven Spires.

Day 8: Cooking Class with local Family 

Depart your hotel to join in a Cooking Class with a local Family. Besides Thai cooking, it will be a great opportunity to discover the lifestyle of Chiang Mai people; their house, cooking, vegetable garden. With your host, you will prepare your meal. Your host speaks only Northern dialect and your guide will serve as an interpreter. You will be collected from your hotel and with your guide go to the house of Mae Janfong family. Their teak Thai house is located in the region of Hong Dong. On arrival, you will tour the house with Mae Janfong who will explain why – in all Thai houses – you will find the Buddha image, the House of spirits and their influences on daily life.  You will then collect herbs in the garden; onions, green peppers, galangal, ginger, cumin, basil. Then you will start preparing your meal with the assistance and advice of the hostess. You will then enjoy your preparations (4 Thai dishes + dessert + Thai seasonal fruits). Return to your hotel at approx 14h30 and the remainder of the afternoon at leisure

Day 10: Depart Chiang Mai

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

2019 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs daily from Bangkok:Price on ApplicationPrice on Application
Inclusions 
Meals: 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches
Transport: Airport Transfers & private air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation:9 nights accommodation
Guide: Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Thailand

Thailand is well known for its delicious Thai cuisine and has a variety of experiences to please every visitor. Whether you like to relax by a beach, take in historic sites, lose yourself in vast metropolises or encounter tribes and religions you haven’t experienced before; there is something for you.

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A fantastic country to travel in; efficient transport, cheap accommodation and delicious national cuisine. The Thais are also renowned for their friendliness and hospitality, ensuring your visit to Thailand will be a “holiday to remember”.

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Explore the culture and history surrounding the area that is the River Kwai. You will visit some of the area’s most historically significant sites and enjoy some cultural performances and experiences.

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Your own private tour focusing on Thai Temples and spiritual Thailand. Staring in Chiang Mai follow the legend of the Lanna Kingdoms driving through historic towns and cities of Northern Thailand.

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Frenetic Bangkok will arouse your senses like no other place in the world. Its is a fascinating blend of east meets west where ancient and modern sit side by side.



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Surrounded by mystical mountains and valleys, Chiang Mai’s cultural heritage gives it a unique personality. Silk, exquisitely crafted silver and wood items,

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Krabi is renowned for its stunning natural beauty. Picturesque white sandy beaches, tropical forests, natural hot springs and soaring limestone cliffs are just some of the superb natural attractions you can expect to find.

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Known as the Pearl of the Andaman, Phuket boasts white sandy beaches, fun adventures in tropical inland forests and quality snorkelling.



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Powdery white sanad beaches, hammocks slung between coconut trees and pristine coral reefs are just some of the idyllic things you’ll stumble across on the island of Koh Samui.

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Northern Thailand is filled with rising mountains, fertile lands and picturesque countryside. Discover the laidback ambience and unique cultures of Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son Provence.

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Travel through the heart of old Siam on this 10 Day The Old Kingdoms of Thailand tour that emphasises the cultural aspects of this ancient kingdom.



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From USD $1,790.00 per person

This is the best way to tour Thailand's north, cycling from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Start off in Thailand’s busy capital, Bangkok, before riding through the ancient kingdoms of Sukhothai and Chiang Mai.

From $2,089.00 per person

Highlighting Thailand’s rich history, fascinating culture, and religious monuments. This Thailand tour includes overnights in Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya, Phitsanulok, Chiang Rai, and Chiang Mai.

From USD $2,800.00 per person

This is the best way to tour Thailand's north, cycling from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Start off in Thailand’s busy capital, Bangkok, before riding through the ancient kingdoms of Sukhothai and Chiang Mai.



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From USD $2,800.00 per person

Our cycling journey through Northern Thailand begins in the city of Chiang Rai, home to the famous White Temple which we will pedal to visit.

From 4,795.00 per person

The temples and tuk tuks of Bangkok give way to the ancient traditions of Chiang Mai on this in-depth trip. A journey from the colourful streets of Bangkok to the sacred spaces of Chiang Mai

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