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TH08: 13 Days Bangkok - Kanchanaburi - Ayutthaya - Lopburi - Sukhothai - Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai - Phuket - Bangkok

Tour Type: Private tailor-made tour, experienced guide and driver
Accommodation: 4-star well selected hotels, also be open to your own choice
Highlights:

  • Most leisurely lie-in holiday in the picturesque island Phuket.
  • Two major World Heritage sites in one time: Ayutthaya and Sukhothai.
  • Long road trip deep north to Chiang Rai and mysterious Thai-Myanmar-Laos border.
  • Kanchanaburi: a glance of scars of war hidden beneath the prosperity.
  • Travel different: super fun interaction with a troop of monkeys in Lopburi!

Itinerary Details
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Day 1: Arrive in Bangkok, Thailand
Arrival Note: Welcome to choose this classic Thailand travel package! Please let us know in advance which airport your flight will land at, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport or Don Mueang International Airport. Our guide and the driver will meet you at the airport on time. We will prepare a comfortable air-conditioned car to take you to the hotel and the guide will assist you in checking in.

Activities & Dinner Suggestion:
Considering your fatigue after the long flight, we will not arrange any sightseeing plan for the rest of the day. You can rest in the hotel, or if you arrive early and have energy, you can go for a walk. The hotel we have selected for you enjoys a great location, convenient for eating and shopping. The hotel is very close to the Terminal 21, a 15-minute walk away, and it arranges a free shuttle bus to and from Terminal 21 every 15 minutes. The Terminal 21 is a 9-floor shopping mall with the concept of making the shopping experience like a journey around the world. It is also a good food court with super wide varieties of Thai food at reasonable prices.

Accommodation: Movenpick Bangkok Sukhumvit 15 (4 stars)
Day 2: Bangkok city sightseeing to Grand Palaces and temples
Sightseeing Activities: Today, we are going to visit downtown Bangkok. First, the guide will lead you to visit the Wat Traimit, which features a gilded exterior and a giant golden Buddha statue, and Wat Pho, famous for the huge Reclining Buddha. After that, we will step into the magnificent Grand Palace, where our guide, who is well versed in Thai history and culture, will tell you about the architecture and story of the royal complex. We will also visit the Wat Phra Kaew, a temple housing the iconic emerald Buddha statue, which is located just north of the grounds of the Grand Palace.

After lunch, the guide will accompany you on a boat tour of the Chao Phraya River. Known as the mother of all rivers in Thailand, the Chao Phraya runs through downtown Bangkok. Taking the Chao Phraya Express Boat, we can enjoy the Grand Palace and a number of temple sites along the way, and see the real life of the riverfront residents. The guide will lead you to disembark at the Wat Arun for a visit. The towering stupa in the evening light will impress you, marking a perfect end of the day.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Movenpick Bangkok Sukhumvit 15 (4 stars)
  • Wat Pho Temple, Bangkok
    Wat Pho, Bangkok
  • Temple of Dawn
    Wat Arun, aka Temple of Dawn
Day 3: Bangkok Floating Market & Kanchanaburi (140 km; 2.5 hours by car)
Sightseeing Activities: After breakfast, we will drive to the bustling Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in Bangkok’s western suburbs, where you can get a taste of the local life. It would be fun to watch the vendors navigate the narrow canals in wooden boats loaded with goods and souvenirs for sale. Next, we’ll continue west to Kanchanaburi. Here, the guide will first take you to the JEATH War Museum, which focuses on Thai military history and some photos and weapons from World War II. Afterwards, the guide will lead you to walk to the nearby River Kwai Bridge and talk about the construction of the Thailand-Burma Railway during the World War II. Finally, we’ll check in at a hotel in Kanchanaburi for the night.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: U Inchantree (4 stars)
  • Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
    Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
  • Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
    Vendors at the Bustling Market
Day 4: Transfer from Kanchanaburi to Ayutthaya (170 km; 3 hours by car)
Sightseeing Activities: In the morning, we will head for Ayutthaya, 2.5 to 3 hours’ drive from Kanchanaburi. The Historic City of Ayutthaya, founded in 1350, was once the second Siamese capital and is now a World Heritage site. Despite the ravages of war, it retains many large monasteries. Upon arrival, our guide will show you the luxurious and elegant Bang Pa-in Palace, as well as several renowned temples, including the Wat Chai Wattanaram, Wat Phra Si Sanphet, Vihara Phra Mongkhon Bophit, and Wat Mahathat. At the end of the day, the guide will accompany you to check in at a local hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Kantary Hotel Ayutthaya (4 stars)
Day 5: Ayutthaya to Lopburi & Sukhothai (400 km; 5.5 hours by car)
Morning Activities: After a hearty breakfast, our guide and the driver will pick you up and drive to Lopburi, which takes about 1 hour on the way. Originally built in the 5th century, the city is best known not for its monuments but for being a city overrun by monkeys. The guide will show you the most famous Phra Prang Sam Yot, also known as the Monkey Temple, and the nearby Wat San Phra Kan. Go there and you will know what a Monkey City is. There is an ironic scene that the remnants of a former Buddhist temple are overrun with monkeys! If you like monkeys, this can be a very interesting experience.

► Special Note: Some monkeys are very curious, especially the young ones. They are used to being photographed and fed by visitors from all over the world, and often snatch things. Therefore, be sure to hold on to your phone and take care of your personal belongings.

Car Ride and Afternoon Visit: Later, we’ll drive north to Sukhothai, once the capital of Thailand’s first ancient dynasty. It’s a long drive of 4 hours that allows you to enjoy the Thai countryside landscape or take a nap. Upon arrival, we will check into the hotel before the guide takes you to the Sukhothai Historical Park. This is another World Heritage site in Thailand, with amazing temple ruins. In the evening, you can take pictures of these ancient buildings silhouetted against the setting sun.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Sukhothai Heritage (4 stars)
Day 6: Travel from Sukhothai to Chiang Mai (280 km; 4 hours by car)
Morning Car Ride: After breakfast, the driver and the guide will escort you to Chiang Mai. It’s a long ride further north, about 4 hours, with a short break. The road is hilly and beautiful, but it can also lead to motion sickness and discomfort. If you are carsick, remember to take medicine in advance, or tell the guide if you feel unwell. Upon arrival, we will first check into a hotel in Chiang Mai.

Afternoon Sightseeing: After a short break, the guide will take you to the Mount Suthep. This is a famous Buddhist shrine on the western outskirts of Chiang Mai. The guide will accompany you to explore the hillside Wat Phra That Doi Suthep and the Meo Hilltribe Village. You can also climb 300 steps to the observation deck at the top of the mountain for a panoramic view of the downtown Chiang Mai. After that, return to the city center where the guide will lead you to the Wat Phra Singh to admire the statue of Phra Singh Buddha.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: The Rim (4 stars)
  • Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
    Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
  • Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
    Golden Buddha Statues in the Temple
Day 7: Chiang Mai Elephant Nature Park (Join-in)
Elephant Care Program: Today, we have something special planned for you. After breakfast, we will head to the Elephant Nature Park. There you will meet animal protectors from around the world and spend a memorable day together in the company of a park volunteer, who will tell you their stories of rescuing the abused elephants, as well as the elephants’ living habits and current conditions. You can see dozens of elephants living a carefree life in the park and get close to them. Later in the afternoon, we’ll get back to the hotel in Chiang Mai.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: The Rim (4 stars)
Day 8: Travel from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai (250 km; 4.5 hours by car)
Sightseeing Activities: In the morning, we will take the comfortable private car to Chiang Rai. After a 3-hour drive, we will stop at Wat Rong Khun, also known as the White Temple, to appreciate this exquisite architectural work of art. Then we’ll continue our journey to Chiang Rai, with a short rest at a hot spring resort on the way. It will be afternoon when we arrive in Chiang Rai. Check into the hotel first, and then the guide will take you to the Mae Sai Border in the northernmost part of Thailand, where you can enjoy the stunning view from the boundary of Myanmar, Laos and Thailand. Before dusk, we will return to the hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: The Legend Chiang Rai (4 stars)
  • Wat Rong Khun (White Temple)
    Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai
Day 9: Fly to Phuket from Chiang Rai
Flight Transfer: After breakfast, please check out and our guide and the driver will transport you to the Chiang Rai Airport for your flight to Phuket. After a 2-hour flight, our Phuket local driver will greet you at the arrival hall of the airport and escort you to the hotel.

About Phuket: Phuket is a famous seaside resort in Thailand, owning a long and charming coastline, various islands scattering around like pearls, and dense rainforests and national parks. Here you can try the most exciting extreme sports and entertainments, as well as enjoy the most relaxing lie-in vacation. We have considerately set aside the next three full days of free time for you to spend it exactly the way you want.

About Accommodation: Our carefully selected hotel is located near the Patong Beach. You will stay here for four nights. It is the most popular and convenient tourist hub in Phuket, with many restaurants and hotels. The beach is within a few minutes’ walk. If you’re going on a group day trip in the next few days, the local tour operators usually offer hotel transfers.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: The Charm Resort (4 stars)
Day 10: Free Day in Phuket
This is the first day of your 3-day free time in Phuket, where you can enjoy your holiday on the beach.

Activity Suggestions: After nine days of travel, you can have a rest today. Patong Beach, where the hotel is located, has a soft beach and clear sea water. In addition to watching the sea, you can also experience rich water activities, such as swimming, surfing, snorkeling, banana boat, windsurfing, motorboat, and sea paragliding. If you get tired, you can rent a recliner and lie back in the sun to admire the handsome men and beautiful women from all over the world on the beach.

In addition to this lively beach, the seaside road is home to most of Phuket’s hotels, resorts, shopping malls, restaurants, and many traditional Thai stalls selling food and souvenirs. For dinner, you can pick up fresh and cheap seafood to be cooked on site at the Banzaan Fresh Market, not far from the beach. In the evening, you can go to the Thanon Bangla for nightlife if you like.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: The Charm Resort (4 stars)
Day 11: Free Day in Phuket
This is another free day in Phuket and you can plan your trip exactly as you want.

Activity Suggestions: In Phuket, it is highly recommended to choose a sunny day to go out to sea on a speedboat or sailboat. There are many beautiful islands around you to choose from, such as the Racha Island and Coral Island route, or the combo of Phi Phi Island, Khai Island, and Bamboo Island. Otherwise, you can head to the Similan Islands, a fabulous site for diving which is only open for six months a year, from November to April, to protect the marine life. There are many local day trips to the islands and if you need help, feel free to contact our travel consultants to arrange them for you.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: The Charm Resort (4 stars)
  • Phi Phi Island
    Phi Phi Island, Phuket
Day 12: Free Day in Phuket
It’s the last day in Phuket, and you can enjoy the end of your holiday by lounging on the beach or arranging some fun activities.

Activity Suggestions: Today, you can book a day trip, or rent a motorcycle to travel around the Phuket Old Town, Chillva Flea Market, Chalong Temple, and go up to the Big Buddha Peak for a panoramic view of the whole island. Then continue to visit the Rawai Seafood Market, Promthep Cape, Karon Viewpoint, and return to the Patong Beach. If you still have the energy and interest, you can go to the Phuket FantaSea for a night tour, where there are many rides and wonderful shows.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: The Charm Resort (4 stars)
Day 13: Phuket – Bangkok

Departure Note: Our memorable trip to Thailand is coming to an end. After breakfast, please pack your bags and check out. Our guide and the driver will take you to the airport for your return flight to Bangkok. This is the end of our service. Bon voyage!


Meals Included: Breakfast


► Note: Once in Bangkok, if you need a connecting flight home or to your next destination, you need to pay special attention to which airport your booked flight will depart from, as Bangkok has two airports – Suvarnabhumi Airport and Don Mueang International Airport. If it’s a different airport, then you need to allow at least an hour to get to the right airport, and it’s best to book the airport transfer service in advance. You’d better book a late afternoon or evening departure flight to avoid missing it. If you need to extend your trip to other parts of Thailand, or neighboring countries such as Laos or Cambodia, feel free to contact our travel consultants to arrange for you.

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  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect 12% discount.
  • Any part of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
What's Included
  • Economy class airfare of Chiang Rai - Phuket; Phuket - Bangkok.
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Services of private/S.I.C driver and air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Service of English speaking guides per itinerary.
  • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited.
What's Excluded
  • International flight into and out Bangkok.
  • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.).
  • Tips for guides and drivers.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Thailand Visa Fee.
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