Thailand Highlights Tour
This 10-day Thailand Highlights Tour shows you around the wonderful natural sceneries, leads your way to featured temples and experience real life in local ways. You won’t miss all the classic Bangkok attractions and see local people with their life in the Grand Royal Palace, Wat Arun, Damnoen Saduak Floating Market; extend your tour to ancient capitals, Ayutthaya, Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai to learn the history of Thailand; trekking in Doi Inthanon National Park feeling the beauty of nature in the summer resort. A complete Thailand will be on display in front of you…
Duration: 10 days & 9 nights
Destinations: Bangkok - Ayutthaya - Chiang Rai - Chiang Mai
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After breakfast, you will first visit the Grand Royal Palace, built for the ceremony of Thailand royal family. Wat Phra Kaew, a great architecture group, is known for the Statue of the Emerald Buddha. And then, have a visit of Wat Pho, named after a famed lying Buddha. It’s the oldest temple in Bangkok and the largest one in Thailand, a Buddhism country. There is a massage school in the temple, where you can experience the most authentic ancient Thai massage. And then, experience an interesting activity and enjoy a unique view of local lifestyle by boating along the Chao Phraya River with a long tail boat. You can stop at Wat Arun on the way, the temple of the Aube. Wat Arun is an ancient royal temple praised as the Eiffel Tower in Thailand. After enjoying your lunch in a floating restaurant, go to the Wat Traimit which is well known as the Golden Buddha.
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In the early morning, drive to the southwest of Bangkok and visit the Maeklong Railway Market. It’s a good place to take photos, and you can also find out a few tasty local snacks here. Enjoy your time before transferring to Damnoen Saduak, a rural floating market. Take a long-tailed boat trip along the waterway to the picturesque floating market of Damnoen Saduak. It’s a picture of real local life and you can try so many fruits at low price.
Next, take the road to the city of Kanchanaburi. Upon arrival, visit the Victory Monument, Kanchanaburi War Cemetery and JEATH War Museum. Victory Monument was built during World War II and the hub of the city center of Bangkok. Kanchanaburi War Cemetery and JEATH Museum are both witnesses to the history of Thailand's national struggle. Lunch will be served at a local floating restaurant next to the Kwai River Bridge. Transfer to Wang Pho to feed wild monkeys before taking a half-an-hour train to Ban Kao station riding along the beautiful river. In the end, have a visit at Kwai Bridge. Check in hotel in Kanchanaburi.
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Transfer to Ayutthaya in the morning, it takes more than one hour to reach this former Thai capital. Witness the glory of the ancient capital through its temple and palace ruins. You will first visit Wat Phu Khao Thong, the “Monastery of the Golden Mount”, which is located just outside Ayutthaya. It’s a symbol of Thailand’s development. Then you will proceed to the ancient palace at Wat Phra Si Sanphet. As the royal palace of the ancient kingdom of Ayutthaya in Thailand, Wat Phra Si Sanphet is now a royal temple and the prototype of the Wat Phra Kaew. You can visit Viharn Phra Mongkol Bopit as well, which is one of the largest bronze Buddha’s in Thailand. To spice up today’s Ayutthaya tour, you will have chance to visit Wat Lokaya Sutha, this temple enshrines a large reclining Buddha images. Stay overnight in Ayutthaya.
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Visit the Bang Pa-In Summer Palace in the morning, built during the Ayutthaya era. The palace displays a series of buildings that unite different architectural styles of European, Khmer, Thai and Chinese, making it the most favorite summer palace of the King.
Later, transfer back to Bangkok and fly to Chiang Rai. Pick up and transfer to hotel. Free time for leisure.
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Chiang Rai, the capital of the kingdom of Lanna in the 13th century, is a great place to learn about Thai history and appreciate the mountains and rivers. After enjoying breakfast, go the local market first where you may explore the local products and have a vivid view of Thailand life. Next, visit Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Phra Singh where the Buddha images were once enshrined. Then move to Baan Dam Museum. Baan Dam Museum (Black House) is actually a huge garden museum full of mystery. The museum is about hell and death. Most of the buildings are painted black, with animal bones scattered around and the site laid out as if it were a religious sacrifice site.
After lunch, take Mae Kok River Cruise from Chiang Rai to Karen Village. Mae Kok River is the most famous waterway in Thailand, take your time and enjoy the outstanding view on the both banks of the river. In Karen Village, you can get closer to elephants and feed them. After that, you will take 1-hour elephant riding. Finally, transfer back to Chiang Rai.
Drive to Chiang Saen, one of its most famous attractions is the Golden Triangle. The ancient city located on the Khong River Bank where you can see the bounder of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. You can also find some historical relics form old city wall or ruins. Next, move to Opium Museum where show about the opium’s history in the past in Thailand. Have lunch at the local restaurant at the Golden Triangle. Taking a boat trip along Mekong River to see Thailand, Burma & Laos meet at the Golden Triangle. In the end, transfer directly to Chiang Mai and check in hotel.
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Chiang Mai was once the capital of the Thai Kingdom for a long time, preserving a large number of historical and cultural sites. As the second largest city in Thailand, it has beautiful scenery and is a famous summer resort now. Today, you’ll first have a walking tour in the old town with a stop at the old wall, the moat and a door of the old town. You will see the most beautiful temples of Chiang Mai: Wat Phra Singh Temple, Wat Phan Tao Temple, Wat Chedi Luang Temple. Then you can stroll along small streets lined with traditional houses, where you can have a rickshaw tour. After that, walk through the Warorot Market. It’s a paradise for food lovers where you can find out a train of tasty Thai snacks and Southeast Asian fruits. In the afternoon, transfer to the Doi Suthep. Enjoy the fresh air and beautiful scenery of the hill, visiting temples on the hill is also available. To brighten up your evening, you can wander around the Night Market to experience the night life here.
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In the morning, move to the highest peak of Thailand – Doi Inthanon National Park. After arrival, you will spend 2-3 hours walking through the jungle following a narrow mountain trail. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery on the way, which leads you to stunning hidden waterfall in the middle of lush jungle. Before reaching the Pagagayaw Karen hill tribe village, we will pass through the farmland where you will see the coffee plantation, flowers farm and the beautiful rice terraces. If you prefer, you can taste a cup of locally grown coffee. Go on to Vachiratharn Waterfall, a 70-meter-high thunderous waterfall. Continue to move on, you can seet the beautiful architecture of Napamaytanidol Chedi and Phra Mahatat Napaphon Bhumisiri which build to honor the 60th birthday of King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit. Finally, drive back to Chiang Mai.
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Free day in the morning, and our guide and driver will pick you at the hotel at the appointed time and transfer to the airport or train station. Head to your next destination.
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