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Overview

Day 1 - 3: Bangkok - Kanchanaburi
  • Arrival in Bangkok, Discover the city’s cultural gems like the Grand Palace, Reclining Buddha, and Temple of Dawn.
  • Savor Thai cuisine on a tuk-tuk food tour.
  • Visit Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and explore history on the Death Railway in Kanchanaburi.
Day 4 - 5: Chiang Rai
  • Fly to Chiang Rai. Visit the city’s top attractions and explore the infamous Golden Triangle. Relax at Mae Khajan Hot spring.
Day 6 - 8: Chiang Mai - Departure
  • Enjoy a Chiang Mai City Tour: Doi Suthep, Wat Umong and more.
  • Take part in a morning almsgiving ceremony.
  • Explore Kata Elephant Sanctuary and the serene countryside.
  • Return to Bangkok and catch your departure flight.

Customizable itinerary

Embark on an unforgettable journey through our finest Thailand tour package!

Explore the breathtaking Grand Palace and magnificent Buddhist temples in Bangkok. Delight in a half-day excursion to Kanchanaburi, known for its stunning national parks and the historic Death Railway. Discover the captivating White Temple in Chiang Rai and venture to the fabled Golden Triangle, once the epicenter of the opium trade.

Participate in the daily almsgiving ritual at Doi Suthep mountain, and visit the serene Wat Doi Suthep, Wat Umong, and the hidden gem, Wiang Kum Kam, also known as “The Underground Empire.” Conclude your adventure with a relaxing and heartwarming experience at the Kanta Elephant Sanctuary

Welcome to Bangkok, the City of Angels
Your guide awaits you at arrivals for a private ride to your city center hotel. This vibrant metropolis is ready to enchant you with its unique blend of tradition and modernity. Take the day to relax, and consider trying a Thai traditional massage to kickstart your holiday after your long flight.

Overnight in Bangkok



Begin your exploration in Bangkok with a visit to the iconic Wat Pho, home to the magnificent 45m (148ft) reclining Buddha and the esteemed original Thai massage school. Hop into a tuk-tuk for a thrilling ride to the Grand Palace, a place of great reverence housing the famous Emerald Buddha, meticulously crafted from jade or jasper.

Savor lunch at a local restaurant, delighting in Thai cuisine. Then, embark on a tranquil long-tailed boat ride through Thonburi’s charming canals, immersing yourself in local life and pausing at the scenic Wat Arun temple.

Be sure to explore the vibrant atmosphere of  the lively Talad Kao Market, where you’ll find an abundance of culinary delights, fresh and dried fruits, and Chinese herbs. Then, return to your hotel for relaxation.

In the evening, embark on an enchanting Tuk Tuk food journey through Bangkok. Led by expert guides and Tuk Tuk drivers, savor Northeastern Thai cuisine, including spicy delicacies like papaya salad and crispy catfish. A charming detour to the flower market and Wat Pho adds a touch of magic to your evening.

Overnight in Bangkok



Get ready to kick off your adventure early as we head out to the charming Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, just 110 km to the west of Bangkok. Along the way, you’ll enjoy a leisurely drive past lush rice paddies and salt fields. We’ll make a cool stop on the route to check out a farmhouse where locals craft sugar from coconuts. And that’s not all – get ready for a quick 30-minute speedboat ride through fruit plantations, where you’ll catch glimpses of traditional Thai houses and ways of life.

We’ll arrive at the bustling Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, and you won’t believe your eyes – boats of all shapes and sizes, loaded with goodies, bustling about. Want to dive right into the shopping scene? You can even rent a little boat and explore the market like a local.

After the market buzz, we’re off to a wood carving factory to see the craft in action.

Around noon, we’ll roll into Kanchanaburi town, famous for the world-renowned bridge over the River Kwai – a piece of history built by Allied prisoners during World War II. Get ready for an unforgettable train ride on the Death Railway, complete with breathtaking scenery and a ride over the original wooden viaduct.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before we hit the road again. As we drive back to Bangkok, soak in the views of vibrant green paddy fields, charming villages, and serene temples.

Overnight in Bangkok

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Enjoy your breakfast and check out from your hotel. Then transfer to the airport for a short flight to Chiang Rai, charming city in northern Thailand known for its stunning temples, picturesque landscapes, and vibrant local culture. 

As soon as you touch down in Chiang Rai, your friendly local guide and driver will be there to give you a warm welcome. Then embark on an exploration in Chiang Rai city by visiting the impressive Wat Prakaew and paying respects at the King Mengrai Monument.

The next stop is something truly special – the White Temple. This dazzling temple, located just outside Chiang Rai, is famous all around Thailand. People from near and far come to see its beauty, and you’re about to be one of them!

Our adventure wraps up with a comfortable ride to your downtown hotel, where you’ll check in and have some well-deserved free time to do as you please.

Overnight in Chiang Rai

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Breakfast at the hotel and check out, then start the tour to visit the infamous Golden Triangle renowned for centuries as the centre of the opium trade. From a hilltop viewpoint, marvel at the splendor of the mighty Mekong joining with the Ruak and forming the actual “Triangle” with Laos Burma and Thailand.

Next up, hop aboard a traditional long-tail boat for a scenic river journey. After that, enjoy some leisurely shopping at Mae Sai Border before we hit the road for a four-hour drive to Chiang Mai.

Along the way, we’ll make a refreshing pit stop at Mae Khajan Hot Spring to unwind. Don’t miss the chance to visit the fascinating Long Neck village, a unique cultural experience.

Finally, we’ll continue our drive to Chiang Mai, where we’ll settle in for the night.

Overnight in Chiang Mai

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Begin your day with an early start, heading to Doi Suthep Temple to witness monks descending from the mountain for their daily alms, a visually captivating ritual.

Next, journey up the mountain to Wat Doi Suthep, founded in 1383 AD and among Northern Thailand’s most sacred temples. Explore its pagodas, statues, and enjoy panoramic city views before returning for lunch.

In the afternoon, start at the iconic Tha Phae Gate, then ride through the old city’s narrow lanes to picturesque forest-lined roads. Pause by Wat Phra That Doi Khama, serene 7th Century Buddha and visit an artisan craft village. Immerse in the bustling Chiang Mai market scene before concluding with a visit to Wat SrisuphanSilver Temple”, Thailand’s most stunning temple, offering incredible photo ops and a local snack.

Overnight in Chiang Mai

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Morning
After breakfast, we’ll depart from Chiang Mai for an approximately one-hour drive to Kanta Elephant Sanctuary.

On our way, we’ll make a brief stop at Araksa’s Tea House. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the intricate processes involved in nurturing young tea plants. You’ll even try your hand at picking tea leaves and witness the art of tea processing, from kneading to roasting.

Following the demonstration, you can savor a refreshing cup of iced or hot tea along with a delightful Thai snack.

Lunch will be a delightful affair featuring home-style Thai cuisine prepared with locally sourced and organic ingredients.

Afternoon Our adventure continues as we embark on a short drive to Kanta Elephant Sanctuary. Upon arrival, you’ll be warmly greeted by the staff. We’ll take a stroll through the sanctuary to understand the elephants’ environment and history. Don traditional clothing and prepare some delicious fruits for our gentle giants.

The highlight of the day is meeting with the elephants. You’ll have the chance to feed, interact, and play with these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat while learning about their behavior and background. Don’t forget to capture memorable moments with the elephants through photography.

We’ll then accompany the elephants to a serene water pond, where they can cool off, and you can observe them in their element.

As our day comes to a close, we’ll take a break for tea, coffee, and seasonal fruit, and bid a fond farewell to the elephants. Afterward, we’ll make our way back to Chiang Mai, approximately a 50-minute drive.

The tour concludes at your hotel, leaving you with cherished memories of this unforgettable experience.
Overnight in Chiang Mai

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Once you’ve enjoyed a satisfying breakfast at the hotel, your driver arrives to transfer you to Chiang Mai Airport. From there, you’ll either catch your departure flight directly or we’ll arrange a local flight back to Bangkok, where you’ll then catch your connecting flight back home. Safe travels!

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Ariyasom Villa

Introducing a family-owned boutique hotel with spacious stylish rooms, high ceilings, and large windows overlooking landscaped grounds. Enjoy free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV, DVD player, and private bathrooms with a bathtub and hairdryer.
Conveniently located next to Bumrungrad Hospital and less than half a mile from Ploen Chit BTS Skytrain Station. Reach Central World Plaza and Siam Paragon in just a 5-minute Skytrain ride.
Relax at Som Sen Spa with body massages or stay active in the small fitness room. The elegant library adorned with local artwork offers a casual space for guests to read and mingle.
Indulge in healthy vegetarian and seafood dishes at Na Aroon Restaurant or enjoy room service from 7 am – 10 pm.

Riva Surya Bangkok

Property Highlights:

  • Prime location: 5-minute walk to Khao San Road, 10-minute walk to The Bangkok National Museum.
  • Suvarnabhumi Airport is just a 1-hour drive away.
  • Tastefully furnished rooms with contemporary decor, flat-screen TV, iPod docking station, and safety deposit box.
  • Some rooms feature a private balcony.
  • 24-hour front desk assistance with laundry services and safety deposit box.
  • On-site tour desk and free private parking available.
  • Stunning river views from the on-site restaurant.
  • Babble & Rum Restaurant offers diverse and delectable authentic Thai, Asian, and European cuisines.
  • The Garden and Mezzanine Bar offer sweeping views of the Chao Phraya River and a wide range of wine and cocktails.
  • Room service available upon request.

Chala Number6

Chala Number6 offers well-equipped rooms with a flat-screen TV, fridge, and free toiletries. Some rooms have a balcony and city views. Breakfast with continental, American, and Asian options is available. The hotel staff speak English, Thai, and Chinese. Nearby attractions include Chedi Luang Temple, Three Kings Monument, and Chiang Mai Gate. The airport is 2.5 miles away, with a paid airport shuttle service.

137 Pillars House

137 Pillars House, located just minutes away from Thapae Gate Market and Chiang Mai city centre, offers stylish air-conditioned suites with parquet flooring and a walk-in closet. The suites feature a contemporary décor, with a balcony, patio, and spacious living area. Bathrooms come with a Victorian bathtub and an open-air shower. Amenities include cable TV and a personal safe.
The Dining Room offers a variety of à la carte Thai and international dishes, while the Library Bar provides snacks, drinks, and light meals. In-room dining is also available.
Guests can take advantage of the on-site business center and tour desk. The 24-hour front desk assists with luggage storage, currency exchange, and laundry services. Free on-site parking is provided.
Chala Numb

Useful Information

This sample itinerary was created by our travel experts as inspiration for your next trip. Ready for your customization. You pick to suit your budget, desires, and cultural experiences. The price of this trip will vary, depending on the number of people in your party, dates of departure, and the availability of ground services. Please click on REQUEST A FREE QUOTE (above) and give us the necessary information to enable us to send you a FREE personalized quote within 48 hours if not sooner!

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Bangkok: Explore the iconic Wat Pho, marvel at the Grand Palace, and soak in local life on a picturesque khlong tour. Explore Thai street foods by Tuk Tuk.
  • Kanchanaburi: Pay respects at the Thailand-Burma Railway Museum, War Cemetery, and the solemn Death Railway. Cross the historic Bridge on the River Kwai.
  • Damnoen Saduak: Immerse yourself in one of Thailand’s most renowned floating markets, a vibrant hub of unique cultural experiences.
  • Chiang Rai: Be enchanted by the ethereal beauty of Wat Rong Khun, known as the White Temple.
  • Golden Triangle: Explore the Hall of Opium, glide on a Mekong River boat trip, and dive into the local charm of a Laos market.
  • Chiang Mai: Delve into the Night Market’s bustling energy, and visit the serene temples of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep and Wat Chedi Luang.

 

Dining Experience

  • 7 hotel buffet breakfasts.
  • 4 lunches at well-selected restaurants
  • 1 street food tour


Travel Highlights

  • An educational trip covering many of Thailand’s popular icons
  • 100% tailor-made for your family’s needs and desires
  • Your own private guide and driver for in-depth cultural touring based on your interests
  • Firsthand, sophisticated destination knowledge and recommendations from our locally born travel specialists
  • A seamless travel experience, including all logistics, hand-picked hotels and restaurants, private airport transfers, internal transportation, and entry visa assistance…etc
  • Around-the-clock support from your travel designer and concierge before, during and after your trip


What’s Included?

Private English speaking guide, accommodation, private tours and transfer, domestic flights, A/C train, some main meals, all entrance fees, tax, and service charge.


What’s Not Included?

Your international flights from and to Thailand, personal expense, tips to guide and driver.

                           

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