The Best of Thailand (7 days)

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Explore the contrasting styles and attractions of Thailand’s foremost city destinations – Bangkok and Chiang Mai – with this itinerary for all the family. Experience first-hand the most iconic images of the Thai capital, including floating markets and golden temples, before flying up to the walled northern city of Chiang Mai. Here, guests can enjoy a slower pace of life with a bike ride through the local countryside and a trip to an elephant sanctuary.

Tour Information

  •      Type: Private
  •      Depart Time: Daily
  •      Tour Length: 7 Days
  •      Depart from: Bangkok
  •      End in: Chiang Mai

Itinerary

The Best of Thailand via Condé Nast Traveller

Day 1: Arrive in Bangkok

Upon arrival, you will be met outside the baggage claim area by your guide who will escort you to a waiting vehicle for your transfer to downtown with a brief introduction en route. Your guide will be holding a welcome signboard with the ASIA TOUR ADVISOR LOGO & your name. During the drive your guide will provide an introduction to Bangkok. Bangkok is situated on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, Bangkok, also known as the City of Angels, is a vibrant city with many and varied charms. From grand historic buildings to peaceful temples, from exciting markets to ritzy shopping malls and from towering skyscrapers to Chinese shop-houses, Bangkok is cosmopolitan and full of sharp contrasts..

Day 2: City temples tours – Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha Temple

The tour takes you through some of the most interesting parts of Bangkok, including stops at the Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Trimit), the home of a 5.5 ton Buddha image, found when the port of Bangkok was being expanded and dating back more than 200 years. The Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho), famous as the oldest and largest temple in Bangkok. Visit to the Grand Palace, Coronation Hall and the holiest of all Thai Temples “The Emerald Buddha Temple” (Wat Phra Kaew) where the replica of Angkor Wat and the late Ayutthaya-style murals on the surrounding walls illustrate scenes from the Ramayana are included in the temple’s compound.

Day 3: Bangkok – Ayutthaya (Return by Cruise)

After breakfast in the hotel, we will go by air-conditioned car/van/coach to Ayutthaya. Visit Bang-Pa-In, once was the summer palace of the late King Rama V – this has some exquisite art works and the temples. Return on the comfortable Motor cruiser down stream to Bangkok. Enjoy the sights of the rural Thailand. Buffet lunch served onboard (excluded all beverages). Evening, arrive in Bangkok and transfer from pier to hotel.

Day 4: Bangkok – Chiang Mai

Breakfast at hotel, and free at leisure till time transfer to the Airport for flight departure to Chiang Mai. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel for check in and free on own, till time transfer to enjoy a superb dinner called Khantok (incl. hill tribe performance). After that, free on own at Chiang Mai Night Bazaar before return to the hotel.

The Best of Thailand via Condé Nast Traveller

Day 5: Doi Suthep Temple – Meo Doi Pui – Local Handicraft Village

The journey begins with a visit to a Meo Hill tribe village. Since they originally migrated from South China, the physical features of the tribe are similar to Chinese. They prefer large families and average about 8 in a family. They practice shifting agriculture. Mostly planting upland rice, corn and soybeans. Generally you will find that the womenfolk’s works harder than the men. A trait similar with most hill tribes. Their houses are not built on stilt rather directly on the ground. Due to its proximity to Doi Suthep this particular village is slightly more commercial and less traditional. Doi Pui was once famous for opium cultivation. It’s 1500 meters above the sea level. Trip continues on to Wat Doi Suthep Temple. Driving up offers a panoramic view of Chiang Mai city. Later on, embark to the San Kamphaeng district, heart of the silk and cotton home industries, to witness the fascinating process of making and weaving these popular fabrics. Continue on the Bor Sang, the umbrella village, where the delicate Thai paper umbrellas are produced and hand-painted. From here, onwards to Thai Celadon, about 6kms north of Chiang Mai, where exquisite ceramics are produced. These are modeled on the Sawankhalok pottery that used to be made hundreds of years ago at Sukhothai and exported all over the region. With its deep, cracked glazed finish the style is very distinctive and some pieces are exceptionally beautiful. Last but not least, are stops to observe the intricacies of both lacquer ware and silverware craftsmen.

Day 6: Elephant Safari – Oxcart Ridding – Orchid farm

Breakfast at hotel, embark to the Elephants Camp to see the elephants at work in a jungle area, see how the elephants are trained for working with human and the elephant shows. Then, you will be an exciting ride on the elephant ride along the trails and followed by Ox-Cart ride back to the camp. Lunch at the elephant camp. Afternoon, enjoy with local handicraft bamboo rafting along Mae Taeng river. Return to Chiang Mai and a stop will be at Orchid Nursery. Transfer to your hotel.

Day 7: Chiang Mai Departure

Breakfast at your hotel, free time until pick you up and transfer to airport for your departure flight.

Finish unforgettable Thailand Tour with Asia Tour Advisor Co.,. Good bye & see you in the next time! AsiaTourAdvisor can arrange additional customized trips for you if the above itinerary does not match your expectations.

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