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Thailand: Classical Explorer Bangkok - Chiang Mai (6 days)

Thailand

Our tour visits the archaeological wonders of Bangkok, the central plains as well as the splendid scenery and culture in the North.

Bangkok, Thailand's capital city, known to Thais as "Krung Thep" (the City of Angels) is one of the world's most exciting cities. It holds the essence of the Thai spirit, and is a centre of culture, colour and cuisine and provides the ideal jumping off point for any Asian adventure.


2017 Departures Dates and Costs

Join in group departures each Tuesday: $ 950 USD per person

Private tour (based on 2 persons departing any day): $ 1,325 USD
Single Supplement $ 195

To fly from Chiang Mai to Bangkok on day 5 instead of returning by train add $ 135 USD
We offer an incredible array of customized tours available throughout Thailand on an individual and daily basis - ASK FOR DETAILS!


Itinerary

DAY 1 BANGKOK - AYUTTHAYA - PHITSANULOK (L)
Early morning pick up, drive to Bang Pa In for a scenic boat trip to Ayutthaya. Visit Wat Yai Chaya Mongkol and the ancient ruins of Wat Chai Wattanaram. Continue to Lopburi, where we will travel around the city in a pedaled rickshaw. After lunch continue to Phitsanulok. Overnight at Topland Hotel.

DAY 2 PHITSANULOK - SUKHOTHAI - LAMPANG (B,L)
Visit Wat Maha That and its highly revered Buddha statue, Phra Buddha Jinaraj. Drive to Sukhothai and visit the ancient ruins at the historical park and Wat Sri Chum with it's gigantic Buddha statue. Continue to Sri Satchanalai for lunch. Upon arrival in Lampang we will take a tour of the old city on horse carriages. Also visit Baan Sao Nak, a 100-year old teak-wood mansion, and Wat Chedi Sao, which derives its name from 20 stupas erected on the temple grounds. Monks at this temple prepare medicines from herbs and plants, which promise to cure a number of remedies. Overnight Lamplang River Lodge.

DAY 3 LAMPANG - PHAYAO - CHIANG RAI (B,L)
After a visit to the morning market, drive to Phayao with the biggest natural lake in Thailand. Proceed to Chiang Rai. After lunch, visit the hill tribe community project at Ban Lorcha. Drive via Mae Sai, the northernmost Thai town to the Golden Triangle, where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos converge. A boat trip on the Mekong River and return to Chiang Rai. Overnight at Rimrock Resort.

DAY 4 CHIANG RAI - CHIANG MAI (B,L,D)
Early morning depart for Chiang Mai and visit the local handicraft centers around Chiang Mai. Lunch. In the afternoon visit Wat Doi Suthep, a famous landmark of the city, tucked away in the mountains at an elevation of 1,056 meters. The temple is reached by climbing 290 steps. In the evening you may wish to add a typical Kantoke dinner with a presentation of traditional dances from Northern Thailand. The local guide will collect 250 baht ($10.00US) locally. You may also wish to visit the night market. Overnight at the Empress Hotel or similar.

DAY 5 CHIANG MAI - BANGKOK BY TRAIN (B,L)
Visit an elephant camp in Chiang Dao and watch the skilled elephants at work. Continue to an orchid farm. After lunch free time until transfer to the Railway Station. Depart by air-conditioned train with sleeping berth (Couchette). Overnight ON THE TRAIN.

DAY 6 BANGKOK
Arrive at Bangkok Railway Station and transfer to your hotel.


Additional Information

VISA/ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Please note that there have been changes to entry requirements for Thailand. Canadian and U.S. passengers arriving overland into Thailand are permitted to stay for up to 15 days without a Visa. Passengers arriving by air are permitted to stay for 21 days. For stays longer than this, passengers will be required to obtain a VISA in advance.

Extensions....

5 day Golden Triangle Tour

A wonderful adventure that visits the highlights of Northern Thailand including temple adorned Chiang Mai, passage along the Mekong River to the golden triangle where Thailand, Laos & Myanmar meet, and the hill tribe cultures in the region. Seat in coach departures each Tuesday and daily departures on a private basis.

3 day River Kwai adventures

A range of 3 day adventures await in the rainforests in Kanchanaburi province. Hin Tok River Camp at Hellfire Pass is the latest addition of luxury safari tents built along the Kwai River that offer a unique experience close to nature in true comfort. Daily departures.


Testimonials

"Barry and I would like to thank you for all your efforts. Our trip was wonderful. Our guides and drivers were super. Barry and I felt so happy having so much attention-especially when we saw the tour buses with so many people in them. The country is a delight, and the people are very kind. We learned alot about the culture, food and Buddhism. We can highly recommend your trips to anyone. Hopefully we will have another chance to book with you in the future." B & L Lubin, MA