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Best of Northern Thailand 11 days

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Best of Northern Thailand 11 days takes you to the major destinations of northern Thailand to go up close and personal with the country’s culture and traditions. You’ll begin with an in-depth tour of the capital city, Bangkok. Then you fly to the infamous Golden Triangle for several days of sight-seeing before transferring to Chiang Mai for a relaxing stay at one of Asia’s most beautiful and exotic resorts, surrounded by mountains and lush fields of terraced rice paddies. With Best of Northern Thailand 11 days, you can browse craft districts specializing in celadon ceramics, silver, teak furniture, paper umbrellas, and beautiful silk weavings. After that, you return to Bangkok for some last minute shopping and touring before departing for home, your mind and soul full of amazing memories…

Highlights

  • An in-depth tour of the capital city, Bangkok with a fascinating boat tour through Bangkok's canals and the city’s must-see sites
  • A relaxing stay at one of Asia’s most beautiful and exotic resorts, surrounded by mountains and lush fields of terraced rice fields
  • Visit to craft districts specializing in celadon ceramics, silver, teak furniture, paper umbrellas, and beautiful silk weavings

What's Included

  • Internal flights (economy class): Bangkok – Chiang Rai; Chiang Mai – Bangkok
  • Accommodation at 3 star hotel in everage.
  • Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Services of private driver and air-conditioned vehicle
  • Service of English speaking guides as stated
  • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary

What's Not Included

  • International flights
  • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels
  • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Personal travel insurance

Upon arrival at the airport and after clearing immigration and customs, meet with your  guide and transfer to your hotel for check in.

Bangkok (bang means riverside village” and kok means “a wild olive”) became Thailand’s capital when Ramathibodi, or Rama I, moved the city across the Chao Phraya river from Thon Buri in 1782 to ensure its fortification against the Burmese, who had sacked the capital of Ayutthaya. Magnificent palaces, temples, and canals were built. Today Bangkok hammers the senses of visitors with its controlled chaos. But scratch the surface of this metropolis – population about eight million – and you will find pockets of surprising beauty and grace.

Breakfast shall be served at hotel and then begin the sightseeing tour to visit main attractions in Bangkok: Wat Traimit – houses the world’s largest massive gold seated Buddha; Wat Pho – one of the largest temple complexes in city and famed for giant reclining Buddha as well as the birthplace of the traditional Thai massage; Wat Arun – better known as the Temple of the Dawn. Lunch on one of riverside restaurants. After lunch, we continue to visit the most famous tourist destinations in Bangkok – Royal Grand Palace and The Emerald Buddha. The most famous building on the palace grounds is Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple (Wat) in Thailand.

On evening time, we will enjoy Siam Niramit Show. This must-see spectacular show is performed on the gigantic stage listed in the Guinness World Records!

Fly to Chiang Rai - the main commercial centre serving the Golden Triangle border region of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to your hotel. Check in at your hotel and free time at your leisure for the rest of the day.

After your breakfast, you will begin to visit the main attractions in Chiang Rai: Wat Phra Kaew where the Emerald Buddha, Wat Phra Singha where the famous Buddha image housed here is believed to be built in 157 A.D. in Sri Lanka or Ceylon and was brought to Thailand in the Sukhothai period (1238-1438). Continue to visit the Hill tribe Museum and Education Center with the intention of teaching people about the hill tribes and strengthening the position in Thai society. Then visit to Wat Rong Khun (also known as White Temple) – the unique northern art temple with the beautiful painting and the chapel of this temple is in pure white and adorned with exquisite traditional Thai style stuccowork, aiming to represent heaven. Finally, Transfer back to the hotel.

Breakfast at hotel and then we depart to visit Chiang Saen. Taking longtail boat along the Mae Kong River around 30 minutes. Later we continue our trip to Golden Triangle where three countries meet (Laos, Myanmar & Thailand) and it was notorious for opium trading in the past. After lunch time, visit Akha and Yao Tribal Villages to walk around and see their lifestyle. Then we go back to the hotel in Chiang Rai late afternoon.

Leave Chiang Rai for Chiang Mai. Stop en route at Sankampang District which is famous for Thai Northern Handicraft Villages, such as silk weaving, umbrella making, wood carving and silvers ware. Upon arrival, check in your hotel and free at leisure rest of the day

This morning, drive 16km northwest to a mountain named Doi Suthep to visit the golden temple of Wat Doi Suthep. Doi Suthep rises to a summit elevation of 1,676m above sea level. See the marvelous golden pagoda which is containing the relics of the Lord Buddha. From the temple you will enjoy a panoramic view of Chiang Mai city. In the afternoon we continue to the biggest market in Chiang Mai, Talad Vororot and visit other main temples, such as Wat Suan Dok, Wat Chiang Mun, Wat Chediluang and Wat Phrasing.

Breakfast shall be served at the hotel and then we will visit one of the popular Elephants Camp, where you can see the Elephants at work. You have a chance to ride the elephants crossing the river into the forest. Then return by Oxcart to the elephant village to have lunch. After lunch, enjoy a bamboo rafting adventure along the river for around 45 minutes. Onwards to an orchid farm where there are many beautiful species of orchid. And after that going back to the hotel and free at leisure.

This morning, you will take a drive to Mae Hong Son – City of the Three Mists. Explore the unspoiled city to touch its beauty. Visit Wat Phra That Doi Kong Moo – the most important temple of Mae Hong Son, located on the top of the hill with the panoramic view of the city, then drive through the mountainous area to visit Fish Cave where numerous colorful fishes can be seen. Back to Mae Hong Son for overnight stay.

Get up early morning to visit the morning market to observe a traditional mode of living of the local Shan people selling foods, vegetables. It will be the great chance to taste the local food here that different from local Thai.

After that, drive to the boat landing for a picturesque boat trip through exciting rapid of Pai River to visit the village of the long –necked Karen or Padong to witness the elongated – neck girls wearing numerous brass rings around their necks. Take the boat riding back to Mae Hong Son and have lunch at the local restaurant before driving back to Chiang Mai.

Today is free at your leisure for last minute shopping or sight-seeing before driving to the airport for flight to Bangkok to catch your departure flight home.

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