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What to Expect

Thailand is without doubt one of the world’s favourite travel destinations, thanks to its unique blend of beautiful landscapes, vibrant cities, spectacular cultural heritage, idyllic sandy beaches and distinctive cuisine. This tour combines a diverse range of attractions, locations and themes, to provide you with a full flavour of all that Thailand has to offer. From the blissful temples, Buddhist monasteries and cultural melting pot of the North, where Thailand intersects with neighbouring Laos and Myanmar in the fabled Golden Triangle; to the ruined cities of Sukhothai and Ayutthaya in the historical heartland of the country, through the bustling modern metropolis of Bangkok and onto the lazy, sun-kissed beaches of Phuket; this comprehensive and eclectic adventure combines history, nature, culture and culinary delights into one grand experience.

What You Will Do

Day 1

Arrival Chiang Mai

(No Meals)

Arrive at Chiang Mai Airport, where you will be met by our local guide and transferred to your selected hotel by private air-conditioned car/minivan, incl. baggage handling.
Check in and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight at your choice of hotel

Day 2

Chiang Mai

(B/L/D)

You will be picked up from your hotel to visit the most interesting temples in Chiang Mai: such as Wat Phra Singh, with its famous Buddha image; Wat Chedi Luang; and Wat Chiang Man, the oldest temple in Chiang Mai, built by King Managrai. Also pass by the city’s largest market, Varorot Market. In the afternoon, continue to drive to the magnificently situated Wat Doi Suthep. Perched on a forested mountain, this most sacred temple in Chiang Mai offers superb views over the city. In the evening, listen to the monks during the evening chanting and join a blessing ceremony, take in the energy of this divine gift.
Return back to hotel in the late afternoon and prepare to go for a traditional Khantoke Dinner

Overnight at your choice of hotel

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Day 3

Chiang Mai – Chiang Rai

(B/L/-)

After breakfast, depart to Chiang Rai. Stop at Chiang Dao Cave at Wat Tham Chiang Dao, then a short stop at an orchid farm along the way. The caverns are full of sacred Buddha images and natural formations. The main cavern is illuminated by electric lights, while the deepest recesses can be explored with oil lanterns. Afterwards, continue overland to Chiang Rai, via Fang.
Before reaching Chiang Rai, stop at Wat Rong Khun, The White Temple. It is an example of modern architecture, designed by a famous Thai artist. It is considered one of the most beautiful temples in Thailand. Arrival at hotel and rest of the day at leisure.  (Optional Mae Kok river by Long Tail boat)

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Day 4

Chiang Rai – Golden Triangle

(B/L/-)

After breakfast, check out and depart for the Golden Triangle; the area where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet at Sob Ruak, forming the “Triangle” between the three countries.
Next stop will be a visit to Hall of Opium, constructed on more than 40 acres of land at a site near The Golden Triangle. The site incorporates an exhibition area and information centre of the Hall of Opium within the landscape of the Golden Triangle Park. The Hall of Opium combines a museum on the history of opium and the impact of illegal drugs, with an information centre for research and extension education on opium, opiates and other narcotics.
Continue your day with a boat trip downstream to Chiang Saen (A.D.1260) to visit its ancient ruins and magnificent temples. Visit Chiang Saen Museum (closed on Monday), Wat Pa Sak Ngarm and Wat Phra Thad Jom Kitti overlooking the Mae Khong River. The stupa, built in the mid-14th century, combines elements of the Hariphunchai and Sukhothai styles, along with possible Burmese Bagan influences. Afterwards visit the Golden Triangle mountain viewpoint before driving to your hotel.

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Day 5

Golden Triangle – Payao – Lampang

(B/L/-)

Breakfast at hotel, then journey to Payao where you can admire the largest lake in Thailand, before continuing your day with a stopover at the Lampang Elephant Hospital prior to arrival in Lampang; a city rich in archaeological evidence from the kingdoms of Hariphunchai and Lanna. Lampang boasts a long history of human settlements within the Wang River basin, some of which date back more than 1,000 years. Continue to visit Wat Phra Dhat Lampang Luang, housing the only Emerald Buddha other than the one at Wat Phra Keo in Bangkok.
Take a ride on a traditional horse carriage; a mode of local transportation that has survived the introduction of automobiles and is a fun way to explore the surprisingly large town. The rooster statue, which you are likely to pass along the way, is a much older symbol of Lampang, dating back to the city’s former name (Kukutthanakorn), meaning ‘City of Roosters’.

Overnight at your choice of hotel

Day 6

Lampang – Sukhotai – Phitsanulok

(B/L/-)

Breakfast at hotel and then start your drive south to discover Sukhothai, Thailand’s first capital (1257-1379) and visit the famous Sukhothai Historical Park. It was once a walled city surrounded by a moat and has been declared as World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The park contains almost 200 ruined chedis in remarkable condition.
Continue your day with a visit to the Sangkhalok pottery village to see local artisans throwing and hand-painting dishes and other objects made in ancient kilns. You will have an opportunity to learn and try your hand at painting on the pottery dishes. Sangkhalok is the name of a type of metallic ceramics, both glazed and unglazed.

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Day 7

Phitsanulok – Lopburi – Ayutthaya - Bangkok

(B/L/-)

Breakfast at hotel and depart for Lop Buri, with the first stop at Phitsanulok temple, then continue to Lopburi and visit Prang Sam Yod (Sacred Three-Spired Pagoda) and Monkey Temple. Proceed to Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. King U-Thong founded the city in 1350 as the capital of his kingdom of Siam. By 1700, Ayutthaya had as many as a million inhabitants, making it one of the largest cities in the world at the time. Then in 1767, the city was invaded and destroyed by the Burmese army. Magnificent ruins of the old city still remain, some having been restored. Exciting archaeological excavations are still proceeding at many sites in the area.
Continue to Wat Yai Chaimongkol, a temple best known for its enormous statue of the Reclining Buddha. Conclude the tour at Wat Chai Watanaram, a monastery commissioned by King Prasatthong in 1630 in honour of his mother. However, its striking resemblance to Cambodia’s famous Angkor Wat has led some to believe that the king also built the wat to commemorate his victory over Cambodia.
Then tour takes you to Bang Pa In to view King Rama IV’s summer palace, used occasionally by the king and queen to host receptions and banquets. The palace and its surrounding temples represent an appealing fusion of Thai, Chinese, and European architectural styles.
At the end of the visit, proceed to Bangkok.

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Day 8

Bangkok

(B/-/-)

After breakfast, head to Wat Po and listen to the morning chanting. Continue by Tuk Tuk to the Grand Palace which is one of the most beautiful examples of an ancient Siamese court. In the afternoon, float through Thonburi, the western part of Bangkok, situated on the right side of the Chao Phraya River. Its many canals led many to call Bangkok “Venice of the East”. Passing by boat along the canals gives you a first-hand impression of the scenic life along Bangkok’s waterways. One outstanding wooden house is Baan Silapin (Artist’s House). A traditional puppet show is performed, showing stories of Thai epos mixed with modern and fun elements (subject to schedule).
Continue to visit the Temple of Dawn, Bangkok’s landmark. Finally, walk through Yaowarat, the world’s largest Chinatown, where you will have a chance to taste several Thai-Chinese dishes from various eateries (not included).

Overnight at your choice of hotel

Day 9

Bangkok

(B/-/-)

Early morning leave Bangkok for Samut Songkhram province. Visit to the rural Maeklong Railway Market. The nickname of the market, Talad Rom Hoop, roughly translates to ‘closing an umbrella’. As the name Maeklong Railway Market suggests, part of the market is situated on the railway. Every morning until late in the evening, this market springs to life selling a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, seafood, snacks, and clothes and accessories. However, what makes the market unique and exciting is the fact that a train will run through the market eight times a day, every day of the week. As soon as the siren signals the arrival of the train, everything stops. Shoppers will hop off the tracks, and vendors will quickly pack their goods and prepare to close/retract their awnings from the train track as the train passes by.
Continue to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. A very attractive place to see the old style and traditional way of selling and buying fruits, vegetables, etc., from small boats. You will also see traditional Thai houses, the way they live and travel by boats.
Return to Bangkok and the rest of the afternoon is free at leisure

Overnight at your choice of hotel

Day 10

Bangkok – Phuket (Koh Yao)

(B/-/-)

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to catch a morning flight to Phuket.
Upon arrival in Phuket, transfer to Koh Yao and check in at your hotel before spending the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight at your choice of hotel

Day 11 to 14

Phuket (Koh Yao)

(B/-/-)

Time free at leisure

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Day 15

Phuket (Koh Yao) - Airport

(B/-/-)

Breakfast is served at your hotel. The day is at yours to enjoy leisure until the designated time for your transfer to Phuket Airport for your onward flight.

Choice of accommodation

Na Nirand Romantic Boutique Resort

Conveniently located not far from Chiang Mai Old Town, Na Nirand Romantic Boutique Resort offers spacious rooms fitted with wooden furniture. The outdoor swimming pool is perfectly designed for indulgent relaxation. The on-site restaurant offers peaceful views of the Ping River. Free WiFi is accessible in all areas and free private parking is available for all guests who drive.

Boasting modern Northern Thai style, all rooms at this property feature an air conditioning, flat-screen TV and comfortable seating area. Certain rooms offer a living room. The private bathroom comes with a bathtub and complimentary premium amenities. Slippers and bathrobes are provided for guests' comfort.

The Legend Chiang Rai Hotel

Located along the banks of Mae Kok River, The Legend Chiang Rai Boutique River Resort & Spa features Thai Lanna architecture, panoramic views of the hills, mountains and river, an outdoor infinity pool with massage jets, as well as 3 on-site restaurants. Guests can enjoy free WiFi in all areas, and private parking. There is van transfer service to Night Bazaar and the walking street on Saturdays and Sundays.

Each spacious studio and villa are fitted with an open living room with large windows that open out to view of the river or garden, and an outdoor bathroom with natural stone tiles. Other amenities include a personal safe, mini stereo, DVD/CD Player, and satellite TV. A tea/coffee maker, mini-bar and hairdryer are provided.

The Imperial Golden Triangle

Overlooking the Mekong and Ruak Rivers, The Imperial Golden Triangle Resort offers accommodations with scenic views and free WiFi access. Its facilities include an outdoor swimming pool and a restaurant.

The Imperial Golden Triangle Resort features rooms with private balconies and traditional teak furniture. Each room has a satellite TV, mini-bar and air conditioning.

Baan Suchadaa Lampang Resort

Baan Suchadaa Lampang Resort features free bikes, outdoor swimming pool, a garden and bar in Lampang. The property provides free WiFi, as well as a terrace and a restaurant.

Complete with a private bathroom equipped with a shower and a hair dryer, all guest rooms at the resort have a flat-screen TV and air conditioning, and some rooms come with a seating area.

Pattara Resort Phitsanulok

Pattara Resort and Spa offers stylish accommodation and relaxing body treatments, a large infinity edge pool and free wireless internet throughout the hotel.

Rooms at the Pattara Resort feature contemporary designs with garden and lagoon views. Each air-conditioned room has a balcony with daybed, LCD TV and DVD player.

Ariyasom Villa

Ariyasom Villa is a peaceful garden oasis within busy Bangkok City, conveniently located at the start of Sukhumvit Road. Presenting 1940s heritage Thai decor, it has a cozy outdoor pool, an organic restaurant and a pampering spa.

With high ceilings and large windows opening out to landscaped grounds, stylish rooms are spacious and decorated in warm colors. Featuring free Wi-Fi, each comes with a flat-screen TV and DVD player. Private bathrooms have a bathtub and hairdryer.

Santhiya Koh Yao Yai

Located in Loh Pared Beach, Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Resort & Spa offers cozy accommodations. It features an outdoor pool and a variety of restaurants. Free WiFi is provided in the entire property.

The property is 50 minutes from Phuket International Airport by car and speed boat. It takes 30 minutes from the airport to Ao Po Grand Marina Pier and 20-minute boat ride from Ao Po Grand Marina Pier to the property.

Our ‘Grand Thailand Tour’ package includes:

  • • 14 nights’ accommodation based on twin sharing
  • • Meals mentioned in the itinerary as specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner)
  • • Private transportation in a chauffeur-driven, air-conditioned
  • • Bottled drinking water during private transfers
  • • Tours and activities as indicated in the itinerary
  • • Professional and licensed English-speaking guide (additional charge applies for other language-speaking guide)
  • • All entrance fees, donations and parking fees as per itinerary
  • • 7% local government tax

Our ‘Grand Thailand Tour’ package does NOT include:

  • • Visa fee / arrangements if applicable
  • • Any Domestic and International flights
  • • Any alcoholic beverages
  • • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone call, room service, mini bar, etc
  • • Personal health and travel insurance
  • • Gratuities/ tipping for driver and/or guide and porterage
  • • Any applicable High Season and Peak /festive Season surcharge
  • • Any additional excursion/optional tours/activites that are not mentioned in the itinerary

Good to know

  • • Suitable for FITs, families and small groups. Minimum 2 persons per booking
  • • Not suitable for those to travel with wheelchairs or walking gear
  • • Private basis only (no seat in coach available)

Terms & Condition

  • • Minimum 2 persons
  • • Additional charges apply during high season and peak season period
  • • Price and booking confirmation are subject to room availability. No rooms nor services have been booked yet.
  • • Price is valid only for the period and dates mentioned in the programme, surcharges may apply in case of change of period.
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