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Travel to Chiang Mai by the historical route and take in Thailand's old kingdom's of Ayutthaya, Phitsanulok and Sukhothai. This Bangkok to Chiang Mai Tour is a great alternative to travelling direct as we will take in some of Thailand's temples and historical heritage which is missed by most travellers between Bangkok and Chiang Mai.
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Quick facts
Trip Code: IDT-THTRE04
Trip Type: Active
Duration: 7 days
Departure: Bangkok
Arrival: Chiang Mai

from $0 Land only
Holiday Itinerary
DAY 01 – Arrival in Bangkok
Upon arrival at the airport and after clearing the immigrations and customs, embark on your comfortable vehicle for transferring to your hotel for check in.
Meals: none
Accommodation: 3* - Deluxe room at Glow Trinity Silom (silom.glowstudios.com) or similar

DAY 02 – Essential Bangkok
After breakfast, drive to Wat Po in time to experience the monks’ morning chanting ritual. One of the oldest temples in Bangkok, Wat Po is home to the famous 45m reclining Buddha; it is also the original school of traditional Thai massage.  From here, take a tuk-tuk ride via Pak Klong Taland Flower Market towards The Grand Palace, the most important and spectacular royal palace in Thailand.  The mysterious Emerald Buddha, the most revered Buddha image in Thailand, now is housed here.  Continue with a walk to the pier for a long-tailed boat ride along the “klongs” (canals) of Thonburi to get a flavour of local life.  Stop at Wat Arun, once the grand royal temple to King Rama II.  Lunch is served at one of the riverside restaurants.  Cross the river again and drive to Chinatown and get a first-hand look at old Bangkok.  Walk along Yaworat Road where there are many interesting shops selling everything imaginable.  Enjoy a cup of Chinese tea with the locals at a very old teashop before exploring the bustling Talad Kao market, where a variety of food, fresh and dry fruits, and Chinese herbs are on offer.  Return to the hotel afterwards. (Ladies should wear short-sleeved top with full-length trousers or knee-length skirts.  Gentlemen should wear trousers and short-sleeved shirts for religious reasons. No sandals or flip-flop allowed.)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: 3* - Deluxe room at Glow Trinity Silom (silom.glowstudios.com) or similar

DAY 03 – Rickshaws and Hiking in Bangkok
Enjoy a different side of Bangkok on this day trip by using a rickshaw and your feet. See just what happens away from the concrete walls and buildings of Bangkok. After visiting a typical local temple, walk at a relaxed pace through one of the poorest neighborhoods of Bangkok. You will quickly learn that, although people don’t have much by Western standards, they’re friendly and content with their lives. After this experience, venture further by long-tail boat across the Chao Phraya River. Once on the other side, you actually enter an orchard of banana, mango, papaya and coconut trees in a part Bangkok that is unreachable by vehicle, even bicycle. Visit a beautiful park where you can take a rest and feed the hundreds of fish at the pond. After enjoying the beauty of the park and watching the birds, squirrels and butterflies, continue walking to your lunch destination, a Thai lunch served in a typical local setting. Continue the journey in a real “samlor” (Thai rickshaw or “bicycle taxi”). Take a cycling trip through the greenest part of Bangkok before reaching the jetty where a long-tail boat awaits, ready to bring you back to the familiar hustle and bustle of Bangkok.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: 3* - Deluxe room at Glow Trinity Silom (silom.glowstudios.com) or similar

DAY 04 – Ayutthaya by Car, Return by Cruise
Depart for a 1.5 hour drive through Bangkok’s rural outskirts to Ayutthaya History Park. Begin by visiting the Bang-Pa-In Summer Palace, located 60km north of Bangkok, an impressive architectural blend of East and West dating back to the 17th century.  Continue to Ayutthaya, which was the capital of the Thai Kingdom for 417 years.  The city was founded in 1350 by King U-Thong and in 1767 it was destroyed by the Burmese army. Nowadays the ruins of the former city are on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Stroll around the ruins of several ancient temples including Wat Prasrisanphet, a former royal temple during Ayutthaya's days of glory; Wat Mahathat, where the roots of a tree surround the head of Buddha; and if time allows, Wat Chai Wattanaram, a perfect example of Khmer architectural influence.    This afternoon, board the Grand Pearl and enjoy a Thai lunch whilst cruising back to Bangkok. Witness the daily life of the river’s inhabitants and watch the scenery change from rural to cosmopolitan Transfer back to your hotel on arrival at the pier.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: 3* - Deluxe room at Glow Trinity Silom (silom.glowstudios.com) or similar

DAY 05 – Bangkok – Chiang Mai City Excursion
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Chiang Mai. Meet your guide and check in to your hotel. Enjoy lunch on your own, then in the afternoon transfer to Wat Suan Dok, just outside the ancient city walls of Chiang Mai.  The temple was built in the 14th century by King Keu Na of Lanna to accommodate important priests visiting from Sukhothai, as well as a place for local monks to shelter from the rain.  Continue to Wat Chedi Luang where the Emerald Buddha was once enshrined.  This impressive temple was built between the 14th and 15th centuries and nowadays houses a replica of Thailand’s most important Buddha relic.  Wat Phra Singh, with its impressive prayer hall, is the next stop.  Built in the 14th century, it was carefully restored in 2006 and now houses a very sacred 1,500 year old Buddha image.  End the trip with a visit to Wat Phrathat on Doi Suthep Mountain, which was founded in 1383 A.D. In 1935 a road was built to the top, but nowadays people climb the 309 steps from the car park to the top or take a tram for a small surcharge. The climb up is rewarded with a superb panoramic view over the city.  Return to the car park for the transfer back to Chiang Mai.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: 3* at (www.empresshotels.com) or similar

DAY 06 – Chiang Mai Elephants and Bamboo Rafting
Enjoy a day with elephants, Thailand’s most loved animal.  After breakfast travel one hour north of Chiang Mai to the Chiang Dao Elephant Training Camp, passing through spectacular scenery while driving through the mountainous areas that surround Chiang Mai.  Arrive at the camp and watch a herd of elephants taking their morning bath in a mountain stream.  A demonstration starts at 10.30 am and shows how elephants work in the jungle nearby and what kind of tasks they undertake. After the demonstration, enjoy a one and a half hour elephant ride through the jungle that surrounds the camp, followed by lunch. After lunch enjoy a one-hour bamboo raft trip downstream.  Float down the river and take in the tranquillity and beauty of the area.  Set foot again on the mainland and transfer back to Chiang Mai.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Accommodation: 3* at (www.empresshotels.com) or similar

DAY 07 – Chiang Mai – Bangkok – Onward
After breakfast, check out for your return flight to Bangkok and your connecting flight onward.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: none
Dates & Prices
All Pioneer Asia Holidays’s tours are small group departures and therefore places can fill quickly. To avoid disappointment, we suggest you book your trip as soon as possible.
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(*) All prices quoted on this website and in The Indochina Trekking Company are in American Dollar per person, land only and based on twin/double occupancy.

What is the single supplement?

The single supplement option is available if you are traveling solo and prefer the privacy of your own room. Please refer to the pricing section on the itinerary of your choice within our brochures, to see the supplement. A twin share option is also available, which means you can share a room with another guest of the same gender and therefore avoid paying the single supplement.
What's Included
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Private transfers and transportation on tour.
  • Sightseeing with Local English speaking guides (one guide in each city)
  • Entrance fees
  • Meals as specified
  • Cold towels and water on sightseeing days
  • Simple First Aid Kit.
  • International flight reconfirmation.
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We had great time in Indochina
On behalf of Kassie and myself, I want to thank you.  The trip was amazing!  The services were great.  You did a wonderful job.  No issues at all!  I would like to let you know that all of the guides were outstanding, but I do want to give Loan, our first guide in Vietnam a special outstanding recommendation.  She was knowledgeable, spoke awesome English, went out of her way for us, and was all around not only a great guide but a great person as well.  A+
I will recommend all my friends to use your services!

Thank you and please keep in touch.
Thank for the great motorbike trip
Hi Tuan, 

You have delivered everything as you promised. I will defiantly recommend you and Pioneer Asia Holidays as a go to provider in the future.

Again thank you for your professionalism and advice.we have enjoyed every aspect of your fantastic country.

Kind regards

Dave from UK