GENERAL INFORMATION OF THE NORTHERN AND CENTRAL THAILAND ADVENTURE TOUR
Discover Thailand’s authenticity and fascinating lesser-seen facades on Thailand holiday with hidden trace. Explore Bangkok for its iconic landmarks, journey through Chiang Mai, Ayutthaya and Kanchanaburi for deep rooted cultural highlights while enjoying the natural beauty of Thailand’s lesser visited corners. See all of this through this Northern and Central Thailand adventure from Orient Skyline Travel!
Bangkok – Kanchanaburi – Ayuthaya – Chiang Mai
- Discover the essentials of Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Ayuthaya and Chiang Mai
- Learn the secret of Thai massage
- Dinner at a local family
- Accommodation in selective hotels
- Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
- English speaking local guide
- Tour transferred in air-conditioned vehicle and public vehicle as mentioned
- Entrance fees during the guided visits
- Drinking water and wet tissue
- Local train on 1st class from Ayuthaya to Chiang Mai
- Service charge
THROUGH THE NORTHERN AND CENTRAL THAILAND ADVENTURE, YOU WILL DISCOVER
Day 1: Arrive Bangok
On your arrival at Bangkok, be warmly welcome and our guide and driver will provide transfer to the hotel.
After refreshment, transfer to the starting point of a Railway Station and embark on street food tour through the Chinatown. Visit the bustling Chinatown backstreets to learn and discover Yaowarat Street history while it is the best opportunity to try culinary offerings. Sample the taste of variety kinds of food from Chinese dumplings to spicy noodles with pork and more with Thai’s local delicacies on display along the walk. Being nearly full, take the Thai-Chinese mixed desserts.
After the food tour, have a mini cocktail tour at a nice nightlife bar with stunning views of the Royal Chao Phraya.
Spend the night in Bangkok.
Day 2: Bangkok city tour (B, L)
Begin the day with the first visit to the Royal Palace; one of Bangkok’s most iconic must see highlights and Thailand’s most prominent landmark. Walk through the grand complex and listen to your expert guide for an in-depth history of Thai and their royal heritage. Visit the mysterious Wat Phra Kaew with the Emerald Buddha – the most highly respected Buddha image throughout Thailand.
Enjoy tasty lunch and after that visit Wat Pho – this Bangkok’s oldest temple is believed to be birthplace of world well known traditional Thai massage. Also include seeing a reclining Buddha statue stretching over 45 m in length. Here, participate in a Thai massage lesson. The training involves the basic understanding and practical pressure points.
Later, enjoy a massage where all the perception you learnt will be performed.
Overnight in Bangkok.
Day 3: Bangkok city tour (B)
Venture to Vimanmek Mansion in the morning, a splendid teak building that is the largest of its kind in the world. This incredible cultural monument is one of the lesser-explored destinations in Bangkok, and a perfect opportunity to get off of the tourist track.
Peruse the inside of this lesser-known Bangkok attraction and uncover a treasure chest of Thai history, with the series of grandly appointed rooms showcasing items used for several hundred years by the Thai Royal family. Built by King Rama V in 1901, this mansion boasts a glittering silverware room, ceramic display room, glassware and ivory display. Some of the rooms have been carefully preserved to retain the atmosphere of the earlier era, particularly the bedrooms, bathrooms and the Audience Chamber.
Transfer back to your hotel and have a free afternoon.
Overnight in Bangkok.
Day 4: Bangkok – Kanchanaburi (B, L)
Leave Bangkok for a day trip to Samut Songkhram and Ratchaburi rural area. Visit the railway station market where train tracks run through a rural and colorful market. Only when the lights turned on, vendors will quickly clear their goods away and less than a minute the train has left everything gets back to normal! Next, drive to Damnoen Saduak Market, this time not on the train track but on water. This is one of Thailand’s best traditional floating markets.
The day continues with a drive to Kanchanaburi. Stop to enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, situated near the famous bridge on the River Kwai, built by Allied prisoners of war during World War II. After the Railway Museum walk along the historical rail in Pak Preak village then drive back to the hotel.
Overnight in Kanchanaburi.
Day 5: Kanchanaburi – Elephant camp (B, L)
Leave the hotel for Elephants World which locale is near the famous Kwai Bridge. In this Elephant World they can enjoy the natural jungle landscape with great harmony.
On reaching the elephant sanctuary, receive brief information from the volunteers from the Elephant World. With assistance from the mahout, take part in some meaningful activities like cutting grass, cane plants or banana plants to feed the elephants.
After lunch at the camp, drive to the activity center to take an hour bike ride through local communities and temples. Then take an hour river canoeing. (Note: Please bring spare clothes to change on this day).
Overnight in Kanchanaburi.
Day 6: Kanchanaburi – Ayuthaya (B, L)
Enjoy breakfast before leaving Kanchanaburi for Ayutthaya, Thailand’s former capital city which flourished from 14th century until being burnt down in 18th century. Enjoy the great landscape and visiting some ancient highlights such as Wat Yai Chaimongkol and Wat Mahathat. Visit a nearby market on the way to Wat Phra Srisanphet.
Enjoy a local lunch in small restaurant before board a boat on Chao Phraya River. Near the boat jetty, visit Wat Niwet Thammaprawat, the Buddhist temples featuring distinctive style of remarkable Gothic-style architecture with colorful glass windows. Cross the river on a cable car and take a cable car to visit Bang Pa-In the Summer Palace of the Thailand’s Royal family.
Overnight in hotel in Ayutthaya.
Day 7: Ayuthaya – Train to Chiang Mai (B)
Today you will be transferred to the train station to take the train to Chiang Mai.
Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by our guide & transferred to the hotel.
Overnight in Chiang Mai.
Day 8: Chiang Mai – Dîner Khantoke (B, D)
After a lavish breakfast, drive to Wiang Khum Kham to start an interesting cycling day. Stops are made to visit temples and local markets, discover more Thai culture with the influence of Buddhism. Cycle to Wiang Khum Kham to explore this ancient city which founded in 13th century then vanished. Until recently, it was excavated.
Continue cycling along Ping River before heading south to Ban Tawai, known as the Village of Handicrafts – perhaps one of the largest handicraft markets in Thailand.
The cycling morning tour is approximately 25 km. Many stops for refreshment with water and fresh fruit are made. Transfer to the hotel for a little rest.
In the late afternoon, visit a Thai family in Hang for a genuine cultural exchange while enjoying a home meal with an authentic Thai family. Roll up your sleeves and put a hand in helping to pick fresh ingredients, learn traditional recipe used cooking Thai’s northern food. After hard working, enjoy a family Khantoke dinner with the host family for unforgettable home meal.
Overnight in hotel in Chiang Mai.
Day 9: Chiang Mai – Doi Inthanon (B, L, D)
Today, take full day tour to experience Doi Inthanon National Park, with mist-covered peaks, primary forests, rivers and waterfalls this is truly a sanctuary of wildlife for deer, boars and gibbons and incredible 383 bird species.
Embark on a hike to visit Karen village, home of a hilltribe. Trek through their coffee plantation and enjoy meeting with these friendly villagers. After picnic lunch, continue the trek along forest trails, cross rivers on bamboo bridges, soaking in water of dramatic waterfalls en route. Finally, finish the trek on reaching Wachiratharn Waterfall, one of the most stunning and dramatic waterfall in north Thailand as the flow crashes down from 70m above.
In the evening, attend a local temple as the monks there start their chants. Experience the sacred ritual ceremony by lighting incense and candles for an unforgettable Thai experience.
Tonight, after enjoying dinner at Rachamankha with exquisite food cuisine from Lanna, Burmese and Shan, head to Waroros Market to sample some local Thai delicacies for Thai traditional dessert.
Overnight in Chiang Mai.
Day 10: Chiang Mai – Departure (B)
After breakfast, be transferred to the airport for the departure flight.