Best of Central and Northern Thailand

See the very best of Thailand in this seven-day tour of temples, cities and landmarks. From Bangkok, to the ancient capital of Ayutthaya and the UNESCO historical park of Sukhothai , you’ll discover the rich history of Thailand. See the famed Golden Triangle, haggle for a bargain at Chiang Mai’s bustling night market and trek through jungles with an elephant.

Destinations included:
Bangkok - Ayuthaya - Sukhothai – Phrae - Chiang Rai - Chiang Mai

We pride ourselves in creating personalised travel experiences that suit all your preferences and needs.

With this tour you can:

  • Choose your own departure date
  • Select the comfort level of accommodation
  • Adjust activities to cater to special interests
  • Modify any aspect of the tour as needed
JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Experiencing the racing pulse of Thailand's capital city, Bangkok, and visiting its highlights
  • Exploring the ancient ruins of Thailand's former capital, Ayutthaya
  • Witnessing the magnificent historical heritage of another former capital, Sukhothai
  • Visiting the "Grand Canyon of Thailand", a network of spectacular and natural limestone formations
  • Meeting colourful Akha and Yao hilltribe people while exploring Chiang Rai, the Mekong River and Golden Triangle
  • Exploring Thailand's great northern city, Chiang Mai, and enjoying its natural and cultural highlights
TOUR INCLUSIONS
  • Carefully selected accommodation with breakfast
  • Other meals listed in the itinerary
  • Expert English-speaking local guide
  • Tours as mentioned and air-conditioned transfers
  • Sightseeing and permit fees during guided times
  • Boat cruises and rides while on tour
  • Flights to tour destinations (Economy Class)
  • Service charges and government VAT tax
TOUR MAP
ITINERARY BY DAY

Day 1: Arrive in Bangkok
Arrive in Bangkok and have a day at leisure.

Day 2: Bangkok city tour     
Start early to explore Bangkok’s best temples and landmarks. Highlights include the Grand Palace and Wat Po, one of the largest and oldest temples in Bangkok which houses the impressive reclining Buddha. It’s also the home of Thai massage and medicine. Then head to China Town and Wat Trimitr with its Buddha statue of pure gold! After lunch in a Thai restaurant, board a long-tail boat and cruise down the Chao Phraya River to see the Temple of Dawn which is said to be composed of pottery from a shipwreck.

Day 3: Ayuthaya – Phitsanuloke   
Discover the grandeur of Ayutthaya the former capital of the Kingdom of Siam. Hear the tales of palaces filled with gold, lavish ceremonies and decorative monasteries that were the envy of old world Europe. Walk the grounds of the Summer Palace before heading to Phitsanuloke.

Day 4: Phitsanuloke – Sukhothai – Phrae    
Travel to Sukhothai, a magnificent historical park and a masterpiece in early Siam architecture. The park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is filled with more than 193 ruins that date back to the 13th and 14th centuries. Many of the temples have been restored by Thailand’s department of Fine Arts.  Later, explore the Burmese-style temples of Wat Chom Sawam and Wat Phrathat Chor Hae in the township of Phrae.

Day 5: Phrae - Chiang Rai    
Start your day with a visit Baan Pratabjai, a house with teak pillars built in traditional Thai style. Then it’s on to Ban Tung Hong, a village that’s well-known for making products made from a common local fabric. You’ll also see Phae Muang Phee, a network of spectacular sandstone formations known as Thailand's Grand Canyon. Some say it’s haunted, and that has rendered it inhabitable.  Continue on to the northern city of Chiang Rai, stopping along the way at Wat Sri Kom Kam and Gwan Pha Yao Lake.

Day 6: Chiang Rai - Akha Village - Golden Triangle – Chiang Mai  
Explore the upland villages of the Akha and Yao ethnic-minority groups and take a peek into their way of life. Continue on to Chiang Sean, a small ancient town on the banks of the Mekong River followed by the infamous Golden Triangle, which is known internationally as the epicentre of the illicit opium trade.  From a local hill, see the place where Laos, Myanmar and Thailand all meet. Then drive on to Mae Sai, the northernmost point of Thailand. Many Myanmar citizens come here as day labourers.  Then drive four hours to Chiang Mai arriving late in the afternoon.

Day 7: Chiang Mai - Doi Suthep  
Meet the gentle giants at the  Mae Sa Elephant Camp and learn about how they are cared for. After a few quick tips, take and elephant ride along a jungle path.  Visit an orchid farm and see the exotic flowers in bloom, then stop at the most revered temple of Doi Suthep, a Chiang Mai landmark.

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