Northern Thailand with Pattaya Extension [TCNP 1001]
Route: Bangkok – Ayutthaya – Sukhothai – Lampang - Chiang Rai - Chiang Mail - Pattaya
Route Overview: By Land & Air
Tour Duration 10 Days 9 Nights
Tour Style: Cultural & History, Beaches & Cruises
Level of Difficulty: Moderate – Challenging (hot session)
Season: All Seasons.
This tour allows you to explore Thailand's northern treasures and see how local
hill tribe people live in simple accommodation in the mountains. Thirteenth century
temples and pagodas, elephant rides through tropical climes, historical tours of
the Golden Triangle, local handicrafts of hill tribe markets, extraordinarily tasty
Thai foods, and to wrap up a 3 days extension to the sea side resort town of Pattaya
which makes an absolutely perfect holiday around the country of Thailand.
1st Day: Bangkok Arrival (D)
Upon arrival in Bangkok you are welcomed and escorted to your hotel. Check-in to
the hotel and spend the rest of the day relaxing or even take a short optional tour.
After refreshment in the afternoon, start your trip and experience a slice of Thai
life along the Chao Phraya River by a long tail speed boat which passes various canals
or “Klong” and temples. You will see this great waterway and observe the daily lives
of Thai people who live along the canals. We will visit Klong Morn, Klong Bangkhunsri,
Klong Chukpra and Klong Bangkok Noi.
That evening we will then travel to the River City Pier and travel by a traditional
rice barge travelling along the Chao Phraya River where you will be enchanted by
the natural beauty as you cruise past the Royal Barge Museum, the Royal Grand Palace,
Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn) and then back to the River City Pier. The rice barge
serves seasonal fruits and soft drinks and you will also enjoy a delicious Thai Dinner
and watch elegant classical Thai dancers.
An early morning so start as not to miss out on anything! We head out north of Bangkok
to Sukhothai province (approx. 5 hrs) with a brief stop to visit the ancient temples
of Ayutthaya, walk through the wonderfully kept gardens at the Bang Pa-In Summer
Palace of Thai royal. The palace has a long history dating back to King Prasatthong
in the 17th century. It is set amidst magnificent surroundings that you can enjoy
. The harmonious mixture of diverse architectural styles derived from Thailand,
China, and European countries is astonishing and don’t miss the art on show in the
buildings within the palace.
We will then visit some of the other outstanding historical sites, such as Wat Phra
Mahathat, Wat Na Phra Mane, Wat Yai Chai Mongkol, Wat Panan Choeng, Wat Chaiwatthanaram,
Wat Phra Si Sanpeth and Wat Lokayasutharam. After lunch we continue on to Sukhothai,
where you will visit the ancient ruins at the UNESCO World Heritage sites: Sukhothai
Historical Park. The city of Sukhothai “Dawn of Happiness” was the first truly independent
Thai Kingdom, which enjoyed a golden age under King Ramkhamhaeng, credited with creating
the Thai alphabet. The religious art and architecture of the Sukhothai era are considered
to be the most classic of Thai styles. The Sukhothai ruins contain the remains of
21 historical sites with awe-inspiring Buddha images and 4 large ponds often filled
with stunning lotus flowers in full bloom.
Explore the remains of this ancient royal realm, now one of Thailand's World Heritage
sites and marvel at the evocative religious art and architecture of the classic Sukhothai
era. We will then travel approx 1 km to your hotel.
Lampang was an important trade town during the Dvaravati period (around the 7th century),
and was supposedly founded by the son of Queen Chama Devi of the Hariphunchai Empire
(she was the first ruler of the state which was one of the important ancient towns
of the Khmer's). The state was eventually absorbed into the Lanna kingdom in the
13th century when King Miengrai (the founder of Chiang Rai) defeated the Khmer's.
Lampang was made the temporary capital of the Lanna kingdom between 1776 and 1791
when Chiang Mai was deserted as a result of successive wars with the Burmese. You
will have the opportunity to take a 1 hour horse-drawn carriage through the town,
an experience which many find to be a highlight of their visit to this enchanting
town with photo stops at two interesting temples, each with its own architectural
style and history: Wat Si Rong Muang, Wat Pratu Phong. Then you will have time to
explore the area on your own.
4th Day: Lampang – Chiang Rai – Golden Triangle (B, L)
In the morning we will drive to the province of Chiang Rai (approx. 4hrs) and stop
at Thai Elephant Conservation Centre where we will tour the facilities of the elephant
hospital and see how elephants are weaned from their mothers. All the money raised
by this centre goes towards the care of the elephants. Next we will proceed to the
provincial capital of Thailand’s northernmost province, Chiang Rai, which is a good
base from which to explore the Golden Triangle, the remote area where the borders
of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet. Mountains form a natural border between Thailand
and Myanmar, while the mighty Mae Kong River divides Thailand from Laos. Populated
by diverse hill tribes, this region has long been associated with the opium trade,
although poppy fields have now given way to vegetable plots—at least on the Thai
side. A visit to the border of Mae Sai gives you the opportunity to see some local
Burmese markets and pick up a few souvenirs. Here, if you want you can cross to the
Burmese side and get a new 1 month visa for Thailand. A visit to the Opium Museum
will allow you to understand the history of the region before heading back to your
On fifth day of your journey we continue to Chiang Mai, also know as the Rose of
the North. Check-in to your hotel and relax or take an optional tour.
Optional Tour: Thai Cooking Course. What better way to learn Thai cooking. First
you need to buy your produce from the local market and with our knowledgeable tour
guide you will gain an insight into the many herbs and spices used in Thai cooking.
Once your have purchased your fresh inexpensive produce its off to the cook’s centre
and start to learn from how to cook in true Thai style which is great fun. Then
share and compare your creations with others with you. You will learn some fantastic
Thai cooking tips, that will surprise your friends and family back home and show
you the importance of natural fresh ingredients, for a guaranteed original Thai taste
(price not included).
Overnight: Suriwongse Hotel or similar class, which is located close to the Night
Bazaar, a series of covered markets, shops and stalls that offer the best selection
of handicrafts in Thailand, definitely not to be missed!!!
You will then be picked up from your hotel and drive north of Chiang Mai to Mae Taman
to the Elephant Camp. At the elephant camp you will see the elephants taking their
morning bath and demonstrating some of their skills, soccer and painting amongst
Enjoy your lunch along the river at the elephant camp. After lunch you will visit
some of the small factories at San Kampaeng, Chiang Mai’s most extensive collection
of handicrafts and art shops like silver works, woodcarvings, lacquer ware, leather
products, gems and Thai silk. Rarely in Asia can you enjoy such a range of handicrafts
and learn first hand the amount of time and skill involved in their production. Whether
you buy anything or not, visiting these factory work shops is an experience worth
the trip. Afterwards back to the hotel, enjoy the nightlife at Night Bazaar.
Optional Tour: Take an elephant ride for one hour to a Lisu hill tribe village. The
ride takes you through some lovely forest scenery and along the river. You will come
back to the elephant camp by ox-cart. And take a bamboo raft trip down the river,
admire the scenery and absorb the tranquility as you float down the river.
7th Day: Doi Suthep & Departure on the night train to Bangkok (B, L, D)
One of the most famous temples in Thailand is the temple Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep.
They say you haven’t really been to Chaing Mai if you haven’t seen this temple, tucked
away in the mountain at an elevation of 1,056 meters, the temple is reached by climbing
290 steps, or the condole to the top of the mountain from where there are wonderful
views of the surrounding countryside. Then on to a village of the Hmong hill tribe
who always build their houses on top of a mountain.
After lunch you have some free time before leaving Chiang Mai by the night train
with air-conditioning and sleeping berths. 1st class carriage.
8th Day: Bangkok – Jomtien Beach, Pattaya (B)
On arrival in Bangkok we will first have breakfast before continuing on to Pattaya,
located on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand, about 165 km southeast of Bangkok
or just over two hours drive. Pattaya City's main beach is separated in North, Central
and South areas, going from a more family oriented to the iconic night life of Walking
Street in the South Pattaya area, with endless beer bars, A Go-Go bars, massage parlours
and discos serving drinks, food and fun until very late. Even if you may not be interested
in the “Pattaya nightlife experience” visitors should visit this strip at least once
when in town. Pattaya never sleeps and is known as one of the best after-dark entertainment
towns in the world. This is a place where fun, excitement and adventure come together
in a tropical seaside hotspot.
The two main areas in Pattaya are Pattaya Beach and Jomtien Beach, and each features
its own unique charm and individual characteristics.
Activities including jet skiing, speed boating, parasailing, wind surfing or just
relaxing by the beaches, both are found in these locations.
Jomtien Beach which is more family focused and orientates around water sports is
only 10 minutes from Pattaya Beach. Jomtien also has the famous Pattaya Park Tower
with its revolving restaurant with panoramic views. Also close by is Pattaya Park
with water slides, a roller coaster ride and many other theme park attractions. Jomtien
also rates highly in the number of superb indoor and outdoor restaurants of all types.
During the day relax on the beach with your own deck chairs and large umbrellas and
try the fresh fruit or even barbequed prawns that are served to you. You can even
enjoy a traditional Thai massages as you look over the calm warm waters of the Gulf
A 10 minute baht bus ride will take you to Pattaya’s famous Walking Street area.
Here you will find it all. Large shopping malls, the famous Ripley’s Believe It
or Not Museum, a go-cart racing track, restaurants, bars, discos even a blues bar.
The sites, sounds and colours of Walking Street has everything for everyone and
No trip to Thailand would be complete with out a visit to Pattaya.
Free day for you to choose from the following available activities:
Golf Tour, Water Sports, Cultural Show, Cabaret Show, or simply sightseeing. Jomtien
Beach offers you a lot more than seaside classics like sun, sand and sea, or noisy
all-night hedonism. Or spend the day on Koh Lan Island (price not included).