6 days, 5 nights
Today we leave behind the modern, cosmopolitan capital and journey back in time to Thailand’s ancient past. Our first call is at historic Ayutthaya, the former capital of the Kingdom of Siam. We then visit Wat Pranangcherng and the three ancient pagodas at Wat Phra Sri Sanpetch. We then call at Aranyik Knife Village which dates back to the early Rattanakosin period. This is home to a long line of blacksmiths, goldsmiths and other master craftsmen who are skilled at hand crafting knives and similar products. We then head to Angthong to visit Ban Bang Sadet Court Doll Centre. This is housed in a traditional Thai-style wooden house on stilts and we will see how Thai dolls are made. Next, we explore Wat Muang, home to the largest sitting Buddha image in Thailand. En route to Phitsanulok, we stop for lunch in Lopburi and briefly view the ancient Khmer temple of Phra Prang Sam Yot. Upon arrival in Phitsanulok, we visit Wat Pra Sri Rattana Maha Dhat which contains Phra Buddha Chinnarat, one of the most beautiful Buddha images in the country. Overnight at Topland Hotel.
Culture and history is combined perfectly on this day trip to Lampang. Our exploration of Phitsanulok takes in the fascinating Sgt. Maj. Thavee Folk Museum, a quaint attraction with a fascinating collection of antiques that mirror Phitsanulok’s past. We also visit a Buddha statue factory and observe skilled craftsmen fashion iconic spiritual images. We continue to the Sukhothai Historical Park. Meaning the ‘dawn of happiness,’ this destination was the site of a realm that flourished from the mid-13th to the late 14th centuries. As the first capital of Siam, it laid the cultural and political foundation for Thailand. The remains of the former kingdom can be seen in a 45 sq-km UNESCO World Heritage Site, containing 193 antiquities of palaces, temples, city gates, walls and villages. After lunch at a local restaurant, we proceed to Lampang and visit one of the foremost ceramic manufacturers in Thailand. Lampang is noted as a leading centre for the production of blue and white pottery and you will learn about the signature ceramic bowls. Ahead of the hotel check-in, we enjoy a walking tour of stylish colonial houses in Talad Gao Street. Overnight at Wienglakor Hotel.
Delve into Thai traditions with a day soaking up the country’s rich culture. An early start is rewarded with the unique opportunity to ‘make merit’ by donating food to monks at a local temple in return for blessings. Buddhists believe this ritual is rewarded with virtue. This sacred experience also creates a harmonious start to the day. We then return to the hotel for breakfast, followed by the departure to Chiang Rai. On the way, we visit a pineapple plantation to see the cultivation of this fruit. We then continue north, stopping for a coffee break at picturesque Phayao Lake. After lunch at a local restaurant, we visit Doi Mae Salong, a mountain just 6 km from the border with Myanmar. This area became home to a Chinese military division in 1961. Near the peak are several tea plantations and tea houses as the cooler climate, at an elevation of 1,800 metres, produces superior leaves. Through this Chinese connection, there are also abundant open-air bazaars and shops that sell Chinese specialties. We then return to Chiang Rai. Overnight at Wiang Inn Hotel.
Wiang Inn Hotel
Our exciting excursion trades in Chiang Rai’s tranquil calm for the livelier vibe of Chiang Mai. In the morning, we check-out and drive to the Golden Triangle and see where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet. We take a short cruise along the Mekong River and soak up a stunning landscape of rugged mountains that frame the mighty Mekong River. We then return to Chiang Rai to visit the famed Wat Rong Khun. This is known as the white temple and it features surreal sculptures. After lunch, we depart for Chiang Mai and upon arrival we visit some handicraft factories to view the skilful creation of products such as Thai silk and paper umbrellas. We then continue to the hotel for check-in. In the evening we enjoy a unique tradition of Chiang Mai, a khantoke dinner. This culturally rich experience involves dinner and dance and musical performances. The food is served in small bowls known as khan and guests are seated at a low table known as toke. Entertainers will perform intricate dances, including the forn leb finger dance and the ramwong circle dance. Overnight at Centara Riverside Hotel Chiang Mai.
Centara Riverside Hotel Chiang Mai
Delve into nature, history and culture, ahead of boarding a sleeper train to bustling Bangkok. In the morning, we visit an orchid farm to get a colourful insight into the blaze of blooms cultivated at this attraction. We then drive to Elephant Poopoo Paper Park, an eco-friendly attraction that explains the unique steps in making paper products from elephant waste. Next is Dara Pirom Palace Museum, the elegant property of late Princess Jao Dara Rasamee, one of the royal consorts of King Rama V. The building today serves as a museum and it houses a wide range of exhibits that showcase palace decor and Chiang Mai’s rich culture and history. After lunch, we drive up the Serpentine Road to the magnificently situated Wat Phra Dhat Doi Suthep. This mountain top temple, which dates back to 1383, affords spectacular views of Chiang Mai city and the sprawling Ping Valley. It is positioned 1,676 metres above sea level and is Chiang Mai’s most sacred shrine. We then head to Chiang Mai Railway Station and board the train for a second-class air-conditioned overnight journey to the capital.
Wake to the hypnotic feel of the carriages rocking as we proceed down the length of the country to the capital Bangkok. You will be treated to a rolling view of verdant landscapes and picturesque towns and villages, as we enjoy the final-leg of our train journey from Chiang Mai to Bangkok. Upon arrival in the capital, we will be met by our driver and head directly to the hotel for check-in.
6 days, 5 nights
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