Experience the exquisite 'Land of Smiles' in comfort. Thailand conjures up images
of spicy cuisine, majestic elephants, golden Buddha's, colourful hill tribe villages,
fantastic shopping and exotic hideaways - this trip has it all. Discover the traditional
way of life in a Hmong Hill tribe village, support the rehabilitation of the endangered
Asian elephant, step back in time to imagine the ancient kingdom of Sukhothai's 'Dawn
of Happiness' and try your hand at conjuring up some Thai gastronomic delights.
Lampang is the only province in Thailand still retaining horse-drawn carriages as
a means of transport within city limit. You can explore places such as markets, traditional
houses along the river bank and the numerous temples in town. Lampang boasts a long
history of human settlements on the Wang River basin, some of which dating back to
more than 1,000 years. It is rich in archaeological evidence reflecting the ancient
civilisations of Hariphunchai, Lanna and Burma.
1st Day: Bangkok Arrival (D)
Upon arrival in Bangkok meet your guide who will escort you to your hotel. Check-in
hotel and spend the rest of the day relaxing or exploring Bangkok with you own personal
guide. In the evening you will be taken to the Chao Phraya river for a wonderful
dinner cruise by candle light under the stars and moonlight with a live band.
You will be picked up from the lobby of your hotel by a local guide to visit the
Royal Grand Palace & Temple of the Emerald Buddha. This Bangkok landmark which features
some of the most spectacular architecture in South East Asia should be the first
place on any visitor’s itinerary. Building the Palace begun in 1782 and consists
of several buildings with highly decorative architecture that details the magnificent
Royal Chapel, Wat Phra Kaew, which in the same compound houses the Emerald Buddha,
the most sacred Buddha image in Thailand.
Enjoy your lunch along the River of Kings: The Chao Phraya River. After lunch you
will visit Buddhist temples in Bangkok: Wat Pho, with the world famous largest reclining
Buddha and a traditional Thai massage school, also the Marble Temple Wat Benchamabopit.
Then return to your hotel. Free evening to choose your own activity or one of our
optional tours (price not included).
Optional Tours: Dinner on the 78th floor of the world’s highest hotel. A special
experience to have dinner and enjoy the view of Bangkok by night. Mua Thai Boxing.
The Night Bazaar Market. Or for the not so fain of heart the famous red light districts
of Nana Plaza or Patpong (adults only).
A relaxing morning by the pool or short shopping trip are available if you wish then
to the airport leaving for Chiang Mai TG114 (15:00 – 16:10). Arrive Chiang Mai Airport,
your guide will meet you and take you to your hotel. After refreshment, visit Wat
Phrathat Doi Suthep. A famous landmark of the city, tucked away on the mountain at
an elevation of 1,056 meters, the temple is reached by climbing 290 steps or by gondola
to the top of the mountain. Wonderful views of the surrounding countryside can be
seen. Later we will enjoy the world renowned Lanna show performed at Khuntoke Dining
and was the traditional Tribal dance show followed by the presentation of traditional
Hill Hmong culture show.
Early morning pick then 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 such as playing soccer and painting . Enjoy your lunch along
the river at the elephant camp.
After lunch we will stop at the butterfly farm & orchid nursery and have the opportunity
to admiring the many different kinds of butterflies & orchids. Afterwards we will
return to your hotel for a free evening so that you can explore the wonders of the
Chiang Mai Night Market.
Optional Tours: At the elephant safari take an elephant ride for one hour to a Lisu
hill tribe village. The ride takes you through the forest and along the river. You
will come back to the elephant camp by ox-cart. Then take a bamboo raft trip down
the river, admire the scenery and absorb the tranquility as you float down the river
(price not included).
5th Day: Chiang Mai – Lampang – Thai Elephant Conservation Centre (B, L, D)
From Chiang Mai, we will drive to Lampang province to visit Thai Elephant Conservation
Centre (approx. 1hr). Here you will tour the facilities of the elephant hospital
and see how the elephants are weaned from their mothers. All the money raised by
this centre goes towards the care of the elephants. After lunch you have the opportunity
to take 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 which its own unique architectural style and history: Wat
Si Rong Muang and Wat Pratu Phong. Then check in to the beautiful Lampang River
Start your day early so as not to miss out anything! Check-out hotel, visit Wat Phrathat
Lampang Luang one of the most beautiful temples in the North that dates back more
than 1,300 years. Also visit the ceramic home industry to learn about the process
of pottery creation as well. Continue your journey to Sukhothai province (approx.
4hrs), 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 the 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. After lunch at Sri Satchanalai we
continue to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Optional Tour: Bicycle tour will be available for you to explore the Sukhothai Historical
Park (price not included).
On our seventh day we head out to explore the natural beauty and fascinating history
of the riverside city of Kanchanaburi and its surrounding area. No trip to Thailand
would be complete without seeing the Bridge over the River Kwai, A trip to historic
Kanchanaburi and the legendary of World War II Death Railway with visits to Bridge
over the River Kwai, which is part of The “Death Railway”. The black iron and concrete
bridge also constructed by Allied prisoners of war and Asian conscripts has become
a famous tourist attraction. Later we stop at Kanchanaburi War Cemetery and the
Thailand-Burma Railway Centre Museum, built to honour the Allied POW's and Asian
conscripts who died while constructing some of the most difficult stretches of the
Burma-Thailand “Death Railway”. Lunch, will be at the restaurant near the bridge
along the river bank. Then book into your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at
your own leasure
In the morning we head back to Bangkok (approx 3-4 hrs), check-in hotel and spend
the rest of the day relaxing or enjoying a guided shopping expedition. You have
time to visit any number of sights, such as the Baiyoke Sky Tower and its external
observation deck at the 78th floor which offers a spectacular view of Bangkok and
its surrounds. Pick all manner of electronics at Bangkok's premier IT superstore,
Pantip Plaza. Jim Thompson's house, complete with antiques and a wonderful silk gift
Optional Tour: Royal Thai Traditional Massage, Herbal Pad & Herbal Steam Bath. A
visit to Thailand is not complete without a traditional Thai massage and basic meditation
tips. Aroma Oil Massage, Thai Spa or Buffet Dinner with Calypso cabaret show or a
Thai set dinner with the puppet show at the renowned Joe Louis Puppet Theatre (price
Leaving Bangkok early morning we drive to Hua Hin a beautiful beach town resort in
Prachuapkhirikhan province (approx 3 hrs). Favoured in past times as a Royal retreat,
Hua Hin is an ideal escape from the pressures of the city at the end of an adventure-filled
Spend 3 nights in this tropical paradise isle taking boat rides, exploring its many
beaches and participating in all the water sports it has to offer. Justly famous
for the delicious fresh seafood, indulge yourself on the plentiful fish, crab, lobster
and squid that is on offer! We will visit Maruka Thai Yawan Palace (Palace of love
& hope) designed by King Rama VI, and completed in 1924. We will spend time walking
around the beautiful Teakwood Palace, now restored to its former glory. In the evening
we will take you to explore the town by pedal trishaw “Samlor” and go through the
bustling town to see the busy fishing pier, watch the day’s catch being off-loaded
before we enjoy dinner in one of Hua-Hin’s Thai seafood restaurants. After dinner
we will walk to the “Night Market” and enjoy time to explore before our return to
Optional Tour: Golf, Sailing, Scuba Diving & Snorkelling, Horseback Riding, Thai
Traditional Massage are available at your leisure (price not included).