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Experience Thailand and its many wonders as we bring you up close and personal with traditional Thai culture, ancient temples and natural beauty. This is private overland journey through the north and central areas of Thailand, a region rich in cultural and natural attractions.


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Full Itinerary
 

Day 1 - Bangkok - Arrival
Upon arrival in Bangkok, meet with First Choice Travel guide and transfer to your hotel.  Free at leisure to relax at the hotel or explore the city at your own pace.
Overnight in Bangkok

Day 2 - Bangkok - Sightseeing (B,L)
Breakfast at your hotel, and we have an early start to get you to Wat Po in time to experience the monks early morning chanting ritual (chanting starts at 09.00 Hrs). After this uplifting and often private experience visit the temple grounds and the famous 45-metre reclining Buddha. Continue to The Grand Palace, Thailand’s most important landmark, where you will be awed by the grandeur and majesty of the building and its throne halls. Then, of course, marvel at the mysterious Emerald Buddha, the most revered Buddha image in Thailand. Sumptuous Thai lunch awaits you at the riverside restaurant, Supatra River House.
Afternoon, we drive to Chinatown square where you start an interesting walk through one of the oldest parts of Bangkok. Walk along Yaowarat  Road where you visit interesting shop selling birds nests and shark fins, continue to a very old teashop to enjoy a cup of Chinese tea with the locals before heading down Trok Leng Moi Eia  (a small soi)to Talad Kao for an interesting local market with variety of fresh foods, fresh & dry fruits, Chinese herbs, groceries. End the walk at Wat Leng Neng Yee to visit the Taoist temple before continuing by car to Rachawong pier and board on boat for the trip along Bangkok Noi klongs (Thonburi klong tour) sampling Thai houses and Thai life along the way with stop for visit to Wat Arun. Return to hotel later afternoon.
Overnight in Bangkok

Day 3 - Bangkok - Ayutthaya - Uthai Thani (B,L,D)
Early morning depart from your hotel in Bangkok and drive to Ayutthaya, the capital of Thailand for more than 417 years from 1350 to 1776 when it was sacked by an invading Burmese army, Ayutthaya.
Discover the magnificent ruins and ancient temples in the historical park. Briefly stop near the Muslim quarter and sample one of the most famous delights of Ayutthaya – candy floss roti.  If time permits, visit local houses to see how handicrafts such as palm leaf Fish mobiles are produced. You will then be taken to the local market.
Optional: “Kermit” Tuk Tuk Ride in the Historical Park
Kermit is a pecial type of motorized available only in Ayutthaya and Trang, experience for your trip to take it to explore the Ayutthaya Historical Park.
After lunch, enjoy a leisurely long tail boat ride to Bang Pa In Summer Palace and explore the majestic royal mansions which are usually quiet in the afternoons. Continue to Wat Niwet Thammapravat, one of the most distinctive Buddhist temples with its remarkable Gothic style architecture and stained glass windows.
Proceed to Uthai Thani in the afternoon.
Overnight in Uthai Thani

Day 4 - Uthai Thani - Phitsanulok - Sukhothai (B,L)
Head-up the mountain to visit Wat Sangklat Rattanakhiri, for the magnificant bird-eye view of Uthai Thani. Then head to see the Crystal and Golden Halls of Wat Tha Sung.
Lunch onboard the rice barge cruise while slowly flat on the Sakraekrang River.
In the afternoon, drive to Phitsanuloke to visit Wat Mahathat, featuring as Thailand’s most famous Buddha image, and Cha Tawee folk museum.
Depart to Sukhothai in the late afternoon.
Overnight in Sukhothai

Day 5 - Sukhothai (B)
Sukhothai is a name meaning dawn of happiness, was founded in the 13th century and became the kingdom's first capital, overseeing a period kown as the golden age of Thai history.
Visit Ramkamhaeng National museum before proceeding to Sukhothai Historical Park, see the main sites and some important ruins.

[Optional: Rice Planting Workshop and Organic Lunch
The sumptuous local organic lunch is served in traditional Thai style at the open Sala overlooking the rice fields. Visit the seasonal orchid greenhouse, and see the live demonstration of the ceramic making and textile weaving.
Then dress up in the distinctive indigo colored cotton Thai Farmer uniform and get the hands dirty in the organic rice farm transplanting rice seedlings, harvesting, or milling rice, there is also an opportunity to plough the paddies with water buffalo.
Price: THB 900 per person (minimum 2 person)

Note:  If clients would like take the indigo farmer uniform back home it will have additional charge.
Overnight in Sukhothai

Day 6 - Sukhothai - Sri Satchanalai - Chiang Mai (B,L)
After breakfast, drive north to Si Satchanalai Historical Park on the bank of the Yom River north of Sukhothai. The ancient town, formerly called ''Muang Chaliang,'' was named ''Si Satchanalai'' during the reign of Phra Ruang and 134 ruined monuments have been discovered within the park, as well as the Celadon Kiln Site Study and Conservation Centre at Ban Ko Noi.
Lunch is at a local restaurant and visits the weaving village at Baan Haad Siew. The original people of this community are Thai Puan, migrated from Lao for many years. See their wisdoms and shopping some textiles is possible.
Continue to Chiang Mai by road.  Upon arrival, check in at your hotel.
Overnight in Chiang Mai

Day 7 - Chiang Mai - Sightseeing (B,L)
In the morning, leave from the hotel and travel to a local farmhouse in Mae Rim on the outskirts of Chiang Mai where you will take a leisurely stroll around the grounds. Then board a long-tail boat and enjoy a 30 minute cruise along the rural Mae Ping River.  Along the river banks you will see traditional wooden houses and modern residences.  Arrive at a boat landing and walk for about 10 minutes from the landing to Waroros fresh food Market for a visit, experiencing the Northern Thai way of life.  From the market you take a trishaw ride along Tapae Road past City Walls and along Rajdamnern Road to Wat Phra Singh. 
Enjoy a local specialty lunch “Khao Soy”
Afternoon, explore ancient Chiang Mai, including its old city walls, gates, moat and markets. After visiting Wat Suan Dok, where the ashes of Chiang Mai’s royal family are interred, and the historic Jed Yot temple, we drive up the mountain by “songtaew” onto a rough dirt road to the Chang Khien Coffee Research Project where you can enjoy a cup of the local ‘arabica’ surrounded by fabulous gardens of flowers. Continue to the white Hmong village of Chang Khien where the 800 inhabitants still wear their traditional hill tribe clothes and practice a culture that dates back 500 years, then end your day with Wat Prathat Doi Suthep, the temple on the mountain, and the most sacred in North Thailand. Your experienced guide will explain the story of the temple, the white elephant and lead you around its impressive chedi and show its beautiful murals. In the late afternoon, the tourist masses have already left the temple grounds and dusk will give a very special atmosphere. After your private blessing ceremony, witness the magical evening chanting of the monks. The tour ends with the spectacularly romantic evening view over Chiang Mai with its millions of glittering lights.
Overnight in Chiang Mai

Day 8 - Chiang Mai - Elephant Camp - Chiang Mai (B,L)
After Breakfast at the hotel, we drive north through the hilly, wooden area on the outskirts of Chiang Mai to the Chiang Dao elephant camp for elephant riding and a gentle bamboo raft journey down the Ping River. After lunch at a scenic local restaurant drive further North to Chiang Dao area where you visit Palaung, Akha and Lisu tribal villages. Living separately from lowland Thai’s the tribal mountain people retain a different culture and way-of life unique to every ethnic group.  Return to the hotel late afternoon
Overnight in Chiang Mai

Day 9 - Chiang Mai - Mae Kampong - Chiang Rai (B,L)
In the late morning, drive east towards Mae Kampong village. On the way, a stop will be made at a local market to select the ingredients for your lunch. The village is 1,300 meters above sea level and has a cool climate all year long. Upon arrival meet some of the villagers before starting a walk through the community forest to a waterfall. Return to the village to prepare lunch with your host family. After a short rest, continue through the mountains to Chiang Rai
Overnight in Chiang Rai

Day 10 - Chiang Rai - Mae Sai - Chiang Saen - Chiang Rai (B,L)
Breakfast at your hotel. Visit Mae Sai to see the bustling Burmese border market. Continue to Sop Ruak where to see the point of the Golden Triangle where the Mekong River converges on Laos, Myanmar and Thailand. Visit the old Opium Museum, an informative museum that documents the history of the area and details its links to the opium trade. Continue to the 13th century ruined city of Chiang Saen and the heart of the Golden Triangle where the Ruak and the Mekong Rivers meet. After a walk in its temples, take a boat ride along the Mekong River to get a closer look at Laos and Burma. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon.
Overnight in Chiang Rai

Day 11 - Chiang Rai - Departure (B)
After breakfast, check out of the Hotel and make a short tour of Chiang Rai to see Wat Pra Kaew. Then depart for Chiang Rai airport for your flight to Bangkok,

Notes:

Extend your holiday from Bangkok to Hanoi for Vietnam tours

 

 
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Thailand Overland
Trip Length:
11 days 10 nights
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