TUESDAY (DAY 1): BANGKOK – ARRIVAL
Transfer in regular basis from Bangkok airport to the hotel.
WEDNESDAY (DAY 2): BANGKOK – AYUTTHAYA – LOPBURI – PITSANULOKE
06:30: Pick up passengers from major Bangkok hotels.
Depart from Bangkok to Ayutthaya. Upon arrival, visit Wat Pranangcherng and the three ancient pagodas at Wat Phra Sri Sanpetch. Afterwards, continue to visit hand-crafted Aranyik Knife Villages, dating back to early Ratanakosin period. The villagers at Ban Ton Pho and Ban Nhong Pai, grew up in Vientiane in Laos and emigrated to Thailand. Most of them worked as a Craftsmen, like goldsmiths and blacksmiths, especially those who produced Knives. Aranyik is a traditional name from the Ayutthaya period, when wars were fought in hand-to-hand battles. Proceed to Angthong, visit Ban Bang Sadet Court Doll center, housed in a traditional Thai style wooden house on stilts. Local people produce dolls that show various aspects of traditional Thai way of life and culture. Visitors can watch how the dolls are made and buy them in a shop. Continue drive to Chai Nat for lunch. En route, visit Wat Muang for its famous the largest Phra Nakhon image in Thailand. After lunch, continue drive to Phitsanuloke. Stop at Lopburi for a visit to the ancient Khmer temple of Phra Prang Sam Yot. Upon arrival in Pitsanuloke, visit Wat Pra Sri Rattana Maha Dhat, home to Thailand’s most beautiful Buddha image, Phra Buddha Jinaraj. Accommodation.
THURSDAY (DAY 3): PITSANULOKE – SUKHOTHAI – SRI SATCHANALAI – LAMPANG
08:30: Visit Sgt. Maj. Thavee Folk Museum. The private museum collects unique items representing Thai rural life from the last era. Also visit a Buddha statue factory and observe the skilled craftsmen at work. Continue the trip to Sukhothai, visit to Sukhothai Historical Park. Once a walled city surrounded by a moat, it has now been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park contains almost 200 chedis in remarkable condition followed by a visit at Wat Sri Chum or The Temple of the Bodhi Tree, located north of the old city walls and it might well be the most enigmatic of Sukhothai’s temples.
Lunch at local restaurant.
After lunch, proceed to Lampang. Upon arrival, visit one of the foremost ceramic manufacturers in Thailand. Lampang is noted as a center for the production of blue and white pottery. Here, you can learn history of the Lampang’s signature Chicken ceramic bowls which used across Thailand. Before check-in at the hotel, stop for a walking tour to visit some of the most remarkable colonial style houses in Talad Gao Street. Accommodation.
FRIDAY (DAY 4): LAMPANG – PHAYAO – CHIANG RAI
06:30: An early start and a wonderful chance to make merit with the monks at a temple nearby. Thai Buddhists believe that by making merit, they earn happiness, peace in life, and the chance to progress in their next life, while this sacred experience creates a harmonious way to start the day for all.
Return to the hotel for breakfast.
08:00: Check out and depart for Chiang Rai. En route, visit pineapple plantation where you will see how pineapples are cropped and varies of products made from pineapple. Continue drive northwards with a short break at Phayao Lake, the biggest freshwater lake in Northern Thailand. Then, proceed to Chiang Rai, en route lunch at local restaurant. After lunch, continue the trip to Doi Mae Salong, passing through beautiful mountain scenery. Mae Salong lays 1800 meters above the sea level and is famous for its tea plantations. There are Chinese temples, ethnic tribes living in the area, and plenty of open-air bazaars offering Chinese specialties such as tea and locally grown preserved fruits. Return to Chiang Rai and check-in at WIENG INN HOTEL Accommodation.
SATURDAY (DAY 5): CHIANG RAI – CHIANG MAI
08:00: Check out and drive to Golden Triangle where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet. Take short boat ride on Mekong River. Return to Chiang Rai to visit the famous Wat Rong Khun or White Temple, with its unique “Kanok” architecture and fantastical sculptures, designed by National Artist Chalermchai Kositpipat.
Lunch at local restaurant. Then, proceed to Chiang Mai.
Upon arrival in Chiang Mai, visit Handicraft factories to observe manufacture of lacquerware, the spinning and weaving of Thai Silk and to watch how paper umbrellas are made. Afterwards, drive to Chiang Mai and check-in at THE EMPRESS HOTEL.
19:15-22:15: Kantoke Dinner. Enjoy a typical Thai dinner with ancient dances from northern Thailand, followed by a performance of dances and songs by various hill tribes. Accommodation.
SUNDAY (DAY 6): CHIANG MAI
08:30: Visit to an orchid farm where you will see a greater variety of species and colors of this king of flowers that grows in Thailand. Afterwards, drive to Elephant Poo Poo Paper Park. An eco-friendly, naturally built outdoor museum park that introduces and explains the unique steps involved in making paper products from elephant poop fibers! Then, continue to The Dara Pirom Palace Museum (closed on Monday). An elegant house of the late Princess Jao Dara Rasamee, one of the princess consorts of King Rama V, transformed into the museum full of exhibits showing the palace décor as well as Chiang Mai’s rich culture and history at the time of her life.
12:30: Lunch at local restaurant.
13:30: Drive up the serpentine road to the magnificently situated Wat Phra Dhat Doi Suthep. Perched on a forested mountain (3,280 ft), this most sacred Chiang Mai temple provides a superb view over the city, as well as a wealth of images and frescos. Return to Chiang Mai. Overnight
MONDAY (DAY 7): BANGKOK
Transfer to the airport for the flight to Bangkok. Arrival and transfer to your Bangkok hotel. Accommodation at FURAMA SILOM hotel.
TUESDAY (DAY 8): BANGKOK
This tour includes three of the most unusual Buddhist temples in Bangkok: Wat Trimitr with its invaluable Golden Buddha (5 ½ tons of solid gold) – Wat Po, the most extensive temple in Bangkok, with its colossal Reclining Buddha and the Chedis of the Kings. The Grand Palace is one of the most beautiful samples of an ancient Siamese court. It used to be the residence of the Kings of Thailand. Here you will see palaces which were used for different occasions: The Funeral Palace, the Reception Palace, the Throne Hall, the Coronation Hall, the Royal Guest House, and the beautiful Emerald Buddha Temple.
WEDNESDAY (DAY 9): BANGKOK – DEPARTURE
Breakfast. Transfer in regular basis to the airport for your next fly.