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Ancient Kingdoms and Hill Tribes:

This amazing tour will take you on an awe inspiring tour of Thailand. Starting from Bangkok we follow in the footsteps of ancient Siam people to discover its lost civilization. History and culture bursts to life as we visit its many ancient capitals, including Ayuthaya and Sukhothai, and its Hill Tribes people of the North. Explore and experience their unique culture in close encounters. Trek through the jungle on top of an Elephant and breathe the fascination of its natural wonders.  From the bridge on the river Kwai to the mighty Mekong River along its Golden Triangle bordering with Burma and Laos, every day of this trip is a highlight.

Day-01 Arrive at Bangkok
Our guide will welcome you at the airport and assist you with your transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for rest. Overnight in Bangkok
Day-02 City temples tours – Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha Temple
After a sumptuous breakfast at your hotel we will head out to visit some of the famous highlights of Bangkok. We will start with Wat Traimit, the Temple of the Golden Buddha, famous for its 900-year-old, five-and-a-half-ton solid gold statue. Visit WatArun, perhaps better known as the Temple of the Dawn. It is one of the best known landmarks and one of the most published images of Bangkok. Afterwards, visit Wat Po, the largest and oldest temple in Bangkok. The largest single Buddha image, Phra Buddha saiyas, reclines there in perpetual serenity. The temple is also known as the birthplace of traditional Thai massage "Reclining Buddha". After lunch we continue to visit the most famous tourist places in Bangkok, the Royal Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha. The Grand Palace adjoins Wat Phra Kaew but despite the proximity, the two have a distinct contrast in style between the very Thai Wat Phra Kaew and the more European inspired designs of the Grand Palace. After a busy day we head back to our hotel. You have the option to explore Bangkok at night. Bangkok is famous for its markets, restaurants and its night life. Ask your guide to for suggestions. Optional Tours: Dinner Cruise on the ChayoPharya: The Chao Phraya Cruise departs from the River City Pier, where you will begin a timeless journey up the river to witness the historic attractions and 19th-century buildings lining the two river banks.Behold the marvelous Temple of Dawn, The Grand Palace, Rama VIII Suspension Bridge and a delightful collection of waterfront hotels and landmarks. All of these and a sumptuous buffet dinner, complemented with live music and a Thai classical dance show. Sit back and relax as you enjoy the unforgettable experience with your friends or family.
Overnight in Bangkok
Day-03 Damnoen Saduak Floating Market – Kanchanaburid
After breakfast we head northwest towards the famous river Kwai region, along the way we pass the largest source of salt production in Thailand. At Damnoen Saduak, visit the gardener's house and see how the sugar is made right from the coconut tree. Damnoen Saduak is also Thailand's most famous and one of the most colourful Floating Markets. We will take a long tailed speedboat to the main market area. Take part in an experience that connects ancient traders with present day vendors. Now is your chance to try various kinds of exotic Thai fruits and purchase genuine Thai handicrafts at this unique spot. See people haggle with each other from boat to boat. Envy the customers of the food vendors who prepare dishes on board their narrow crafts. Continue to Kanchanaburi to visit the infamous Bridge over the River Kwai, now a Memorial of World War II. It was the same "Bridge on the River Kwai" that was made famous in the 1957 movie based on French author Pierre Boulle's novel. Here you can also visit the War museum and war cemetery nearby. Check in at the hotel and enjoy some leisure time. Enjoy the evening staying at your floatingrestaurant. Options: Take a short train ride over the bridge on the river Kwai
Overnight in Kanchanaburi
Day-04 Kanchanaburi – Ayutthaya
After breakfast, we head to the UNESCO World Heritage Site city Ayutthaya, the former capital of Thailand and today's capital of Ayutthaya province. Ayutthaya is also known as the Venice of the East. After checking in the hotel we will start our tour with its beautiful Summer Palace, Bang Pa-In. This very European looking palace is set beautifully around a small lake. For a short break we will head out to the Krung Sri River to enjoy a sumptuous buffet lunch. Later, embark on the Temples Tour starting with, Wat Phra Sri Sanpetch (The former Royal Temple), Wat Yai Chai Mongkol (the temple of reclining Buddha Image and the biggest chedi), Wat Mahathat (where the head of Lord Buddha Image is covered by a Poh Tree), and finally Wat Ratchabura (where the national treasures were kept). After that, transfer to the hotel and you are free at leisure. Night life is not as grand as in Bangkok, but there are still some good spots to visit at night. One can take a tuk tuk and visit the Grand Market area. After sunset, Ayutthaya turns into a mystical place, with a splendid backdrop of the ancient sites at twilight painting the skyline. You can only experience this kind of magic in Ayutthaya. Optional Tour: Ayutthaya's riverside sets the stage for a fantastic river cruise. Catch a glimpse of Ayutthaya of former years as you take your rice barge down the Pasak and Chao Phraya Rivers. Sunset with a candlelight dinner will add to the mood of the evening.
Overnight in Ayutthaya
Day-05 Ayutthaya – Kamphaeng Phet – Sukhothai
After breakfast, drive up north to Sukhothai. Enroute visit Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park, another UNESCO world heritage site.After exploring this fascinating site we continue to Sukhothai and enjoy a traditional lunch at a local restaurant. This part of Thailand is famous for its typical noodle dish. This afternoon we will visit the local market in town and discover the evening hustle bustle of this otherwise peaceful town. Return to your hotel for a relaxing evening.
Overnight in Sukhothai
Day-06 Sukhothai – Sri Satchanalai – Lampang
After breakfast, visit Sukhothai Historical Park or the 1st Capital of Thailand. Found in the 13th century, Sukhothai, literally meaning 'The Dawn of Happiness', was the first truly independent Thai Kingdom. Sukhothai enjoyed its golden age under King Ramkhamhaeng, also credited with inventing the Thai alphabet. The superb temples and monuments of this great city have been lovingly restored in Sukhothai Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must-see for all travelers. Lunch at a local restaurant before continuing to Sri Satchanalai Historical Park which is located along the banks of the Yom River at Tambon Muang Kao, in the Si Satchanalaicounty, only 55km from the town of Sukhothai. The ancient town, formerly called "Muang Chiang", was named "Sri Satchanalai" during the Phra Ruang Dynasty when a new administrative centre was established to replace Chaliang. This ancient town occupied more than 320 hectares (800 acres) of land. Of this, the 91-hectare (288 acres) area within the old laterite ramparts and the city moat is the focus of sightseeing in the historical park. After our visit we will proceed to Lampang for overnight.
Overnight in Lampang
Day-07 Lampang – Lamphun – Chiang Mai
After breakfast at the hotel we proceed to Lampang Elephant Conservation Center to see elephants at work, showing their many skills. Optional Elephant Ride is also a possibility. Our next stop is at Lamphun, the 9th century city that was founded by Queen Chama Thevi. Here we pay homage to Wat Phra that Hariphunchai and Chammadhevi Stupa. On arrival in Chiang Mai, check in at the hotel and this afternoon is free for personal activities. There is a lot to do in Chiang Mai, choose from many activities: walking the markets, taking cooking classes or a Thai Message class. Chiang Mai is also famous for its nightlife, so take time to visit the night bazaar located very close to your hotel.
Overnight in Chiang Mai
Day-08 Excursion to DoiSuthep&MeoDoiPui – Local Handicraft Villages
The journey begins with a visit to a Meo Hill tribe village. Since they originally migrated from South China, the physical features of the tribe's members reflect their origins. They prefer large families and average about 8 in a family. They practice shifting agriculture mostly planting upland rice, corn and soybeans. Generally you will find that the women work harder than the men, which is a common trait among most hill tribes. Their houses are not built on stilts, but rather directly on the ground. Due to its proximity to Doi Suthep Mountain this particular village is 1500 meters above the sea level. MeoDoiPui was once famous for opium cultivation. Our trip continues on to Wat Doi Suthep Temple. The drive up offers a panoramic view of Chiang Mai city. Later on, embark to the San Kamphaeng district, heart of the silk and cotton home industries, to witness the fascinating process of making and weaving these popular fabrics. Continue on the Bor Sang, the umbrella village, where the delicate Thai paper umbrellas are produced and hand-painted. From here, we continue on to Thai Celadon, about 6kms north of Chiang Mai, where exquisite ceramics are produced. These are modeled on the Sawankhalok pottery that used to be made hundreds of years ago at Sukhothai and exported all over the region. With its deep, cracked glazed finish, the style is very distinctive and some pieces are exceptionally beautiful. Last but not least, we shall stop to observe the intricacies of both lacquerware and silverware craftsmanship. Return to Chiang Mai and enjoy your free time for personal activities.
Overnight in Chiang Mai
Day-09 Chiang Mai – Elephants at Work – Chiang Dao
After breakfast, drive to Chiang Dao Elephant Camp to see elephants at work. This tour starts at 8.30am. You are picked up from your hotel by your guide and then driven along a scenic route to Chiang Dao (approx. 1hr) to the elephant camp. At the elephant camp you will see the elephants taking their morning bath and demonstrating some of their skills. Afterwards take an elephant ride for approximately one hour to a traditional Lisu hill tribe village. The ride takes you through breathtaking forest scenery along the river. After lunch take a bamboo raft down the river for another hour, admiring the scenery and absorbing the tranquility as you float down the river. After your visit you will be transferred to the hotel. Spend time on your own. (The elephant ride is optional).
Overnight in Chiang Dao
Day-10 Chiang Mai – Pa Pae Hot Spring – Pai
After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Pai District. En-route, we stop at The Pa Pae Hot Spring which is located approximately 40km from Chiang Mai City. The hot springs are considered to be some of the nicest within Chiang Mai province, set within a well-maintained park in a very picturesque valley. Downstream from the bubbling geysers, the rock formations form dams and make shallow pools for a pleasant hot soak. The park also offers camping and walks to nearby hill tribe villages. Transfer to your hotel for some free time to relax or to take a stroll down to the local market.
Overnight in Pai
Day-11 Pai – Hill Tribe Villages – ThamLod, ThamPla – PhuKlone
After breakfast, visit the Hill tribe villages such as Lahu, Lisu and Karen before continuing to Tam Lod Cave for a thrilling bamboo raft adventure through a cave tunnel network. The lanterns on our rafts are the only source of light as we sail through this amazing natural wonder. Later on, visit the Tham Plaa forest also known as Fish Cave. Here one of the caves attracts thousands of Phluang fish (similar to carp). After lunch at a local restaurant, head on to Mae Hong Son, also known as the city of 'three mists', set beautifully amidst the Shan Mountain Range. Mae Hong Son for its natural beauty and scenery is a dream destination for many travelers. Visit phu klone Country Club for shopping for famous products such as Mineral water spray, phu klone Mud Cleansing Bar, Cream Bath, Mud Spa Powder, etc. Your evening is free to relax and enjoy the serene beauty of its natural wonder.
Overnight in Mae Hong Son
Day-12 Baan NaiSoi –Mae Hong Son city temple tours –Fly to Chiang Mai
We get an early start this morning so we can visit the morning market area, here you can buy the exotic items and foodstuffs, such as an array of insect food such as crickets, worms and ant eggs. Next visit Baan NaiSoi, the unspoiled Karen village, located close to the Myanmar Border. Drive to the Burmese style temples Wat Jong Kham and Wat Jong Klang located next to a large pond in the southern end of the town. Wat Jong Kham was built nearly 200 years ago by Shan people who make up about 50% of Mae Hong Son's population. Wat Jong Klang houses 100-year-old glass paintings and woodcarvings from Burma, depicting various lives of the Buddha. Then drive uphill to Wat Phra that Doi Kong Moo, with its beautiful view over Mae Hong Son. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Chiang Mai. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel and you are free on your own after check in. Take time to explore on your own.
Overnight in Chiang Mai
Day-13 Chiang Mai – Golden Triangle – Chiang Rai
After breakfast, drive to Tha Ton Temple to see the biggest Lord Buddha's Image in as eated position on top of the summit of Tha Ton. Proceed to Mae Sai Border Market, one of the largest border markets around. Here you can get access to TachiLeik Province in Myanmar. At the market, you will find a lot of local goods including many which are imported from China & Myanmar such as electronic devices, fruits, clothes, stones, jewelry, jade, etc. After lunch at a local restaurant we continue to the infamous Golden Triangle renowned for centuries as the centre of the opium trade. From a hill top viewpoint, marvel at the splendor of the mighty Mekong River joining with the Ruak River and forming the famous "Triangle" bordering with Laos, Burma and Thailand.
Overnight in Chiang Rai
Day-14 Chiang Rai – Doi Tung – Bangkok
After breakfast today, head out to visit the Switzerland of Asia, Doi Tung. Here the Mae Fah Luang Gardens, which are situated at an elevation of 950 meters above sea-level, consist of flowerbeds planted with a dazzling variety of flowers and shrubs from all corners of the world. Among these, over 70 species of cool climate, temperate, ornamental and flowering plants, that thrive at high altitude, are planted in the midst of native plants, leafy shrubs and perennials. A myriad of flowering plants come into bloom all year round and form a splendid hill-side tapestry that changes with the seasons. After our visit we head to Chiang Rai Airport for our flight to Bangkok. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel and you are free for the rest of the evening. Take time to do your last minute activities, have a nice meal and get a good massage.
Overnight in Bangkok
Day-15 Bangkok - Departure
Transfer to airport for your departure flight back home.

Markets, rivers and temples of Bangkok. The old Historic centers of Ayutthaya, Sukhothai and Chiang Mai. Visit to Hill Tribe Villages, of the North, jungle, Elephant reserves and discover 'unspoiled rural cultures'.

Easy: Walks in the towns and bazaars. Short hikes in the jungles and national reserves, moderate walk along the trails. Take Bamboo rafts to discover rural backwaters.

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