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7-Day Cultural Tour of Thailand from Bangkok: Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai

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    Day 1: Bangkok-Ayutthaya-Phitsanulok (L,D)

    Depart from Bangkok at 6:30am for Ayutthaya to tour the remains of the ancient city aboard a classic three-wheel tuk tuk. Next, head to Lopburi to see the famous Monkey Temple and Prang Sam Yot before checking in to your hotel in the city of Phitsanulok. After dinner, clamber aboard a pedal-powered trishaw for an evening ride around the night market.

    Overnight in Phitsanulok

    Day 2: Phitsanulok-Sukhothai (B,L,D)

    In Phitsanulok, visit the Wat Mahathat, a royal temple that’s home to one of the most beautiful Buddha images in the country, before setting out by road for Sukhothai. On arrival, explore the highlights of ancient Sukhothai and visit the Sangkhalok pottery village. End the day by visiting Si Satchanalai, the striking remains of the northern outpost of the historic Sukhothai Kingdom.

    Overnight in Sukhothai

    Day 3: Sukhothai-Lampang-Chiang Mai (B,L,D)

    The day begins with a live presentation on rice cultivation, where you'll get to try your hand at growing rice. Next, set out for Lampang to admire Wat Phra That Lampang Luang, housing the country's only Emerald Buddha other than the one in Bangkok. Finally, drive to Chiang Mai, Thailand's cultural capital, where you'll check in to your hotel and enjoy dinner at a riverside restaurant that doubles as an art gallery.

    Overnight in Chiang Mai

    Day 4: Chiang Mai (B,L,D)

    Start the day with an early-morning visit to a nearby temple to give alms to the monks — a common practice in Thailand's Buddhist culture. After breakfast, drive the steep road to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a sacred temple with superb views over the city.

    Continue to the Talat Warorot, Chiang Mai’s largest market, then ride a rickshaw to Wat Chedi Luang, one of the city's most celebrated temples. In the San Kamphaeng handicraft district, watch artisans practicing ancient Thai arts and crafts, and learn more about the generations-old traditions.

    For dinner, eat khan toke style, dining off low tables while seated on the floor, as you watch a performance of live music and traditional dance.

    Overnight in Chiang Mai

    Day 5: Chiang Mai-Chiang Dao-Thaton (B,L,D)

    The day begins with a drive to a sustainable elephant camp outside Chiang Mai, where you'll learn how elephants are used in the timber industry and their role in Thai heritage. A side-trip to a nearby orchid farm will give you a stunning impression of just a fraction of Thailand's rich variety of orchids.

    En-route to your hotel in Thaton, stop to explore the dramatic Chiang Dao cave complex.

    Overnight in Thaton
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Your Bangkok hotel
    Departure Time
    6:30 AM
    Duration
    7 days
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point (internal flight at extra charge).
    Inclusions
    • Accommodation as per itinerary
    • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
    • Transfers
    • Travel by air-conditioned car, minibus, or coach
    • Multilingual guide (English/German/French)
    • Boat trips
    • Service charges, room tax, VAT and baggage handling
    Exclusions
    • Domestic airfare from Chiang Rai to Bangkok
    • Expenditure of a personal nature, such as drinks, souvenirs or laundry
    • Meals, unless specified
    • Transfers (outside city center)
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
    • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
    • Joined tours include English, German, or French-speaking guide on Sundays
    • Private tours include guaranteed daily departures with a multilingual guide
    • The Dara Pirom Palace Museum will be closed on Monday
    Cancellation Policy
    All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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    Reviewed 15 April 2019

    Before this trip, I could never imagine how nice was to go to Thailand! Completely different of all the other asian countries that I know (S. Korea, Hong Kong and China). I deeply recommend!!!

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank Pedro C
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