Day 1: Bangkok Arrival
Welcome to Bangkok!
Upon arrival, our guide will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. The rest of the day is for you to take a good rest or have a leisure walk around to have a glimpse of the city.
Stay overnight in Bangkok.
Day 2: Bangkok Tour
After breakfast, you will have a sightseeing tour of Bangkok city, the capital and one of the most popular destinations of Thailand.
First, you will go to visit the Wat Pho
, one of the most visited temples in Thailand. Believed to be found in the 16th century, the temple has a sacred 46-meters-long reclining Buddha inside its main ordination hall. The temple also houses the richest collections of Buddhist art in Thailand.
Then visit the Grand Palace
nearby, to see the magnificent architecture of the ancient Siamese court. As the former royal residence built in 1782, the palace now is served to host royal ceremonies and welcome the king’s guests. You may get a chance to visit the Temple of Emerald Buddha
here. Besides, you need to dress properly when visiting the palace, making sure to wear long loose pants and shirts to cover your shoulders and knees.
After that, you will continue to travel on the Chao Phraya River
and on through the Klongs (canals) of Thonburi
. You will feel the ramshackle charm of the houses and temples along the waterway, which gave the city the name “Venice of the East”.
In the late afternoon, you will pay a visit to the Wat Arun
, a missile-shaped temple named after the Indian god of dawn. It is one of the most photographed sights in Bangkok. You will see and photograph the imposing view of the temple at sunset.
Stay overnight in Bangkok.
The stunning night view of the Grand Palace.
Day 3: Bangkok to Kanchanaburi
After breakfast, you will leave Bangkok and head to Kanchanaburi, a town municipality that lies 123 km west of Bangkok. Kanchanaburi is known for the Bridge Over the Kwai River and the “ Death Railway”.
The Bridge on the River Kwai
served as a major transportation route during World War II and is now the site for local markets and annual festivals. You will take a boat ride on the Kwai River to the famous bridge, where you can walk across it and walk around the site.
You will also visit the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery
and War Museum
, dedicated to the prisoners who lost their lives during the construction of the bridge.
Then move on to the Hellfire Pass
, an unusual section of the “Death Railway”. It is in part built by allied prisoners during the war. And nowadays, there is no train running on this section of the railway.
The rest of day is for you to freely explore this endearing town.
Stay overnight in Kanchanaburi.
The War Museum holds a collection of paintings and photographs from those days.
Day 4: Kanchanaburi - Ayutthaya - Ang Thong - Phitsanulok
Today, you will leave Kanchanaburi and head to the historical city of Ayutthaya, which was the second capital of the Siamese Kingdom and once a prosperous international trading port.
The ruins of the old city now form the Ayutthaya Historical Park
, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that is full of Buddhist temples, monasteries, and ancient statues. Here you will explore the great temples of the Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon
, Wat Mahathat
and holy Wat Phra Sri Sanphet
Then you will travel to Ang Thong to visit the temple of Wat Muang
. It is famous for housing the Big Buddha, the tallest Buddha statue (92 meters high) of Thailand, and the ninth-tallest in the world.
In the afternoon, you will continue northwards to the city of Phitsanulok, one of the most exotic travel destinations located in the heart of Thailand. It takes 3 to 4 hours to arrive in Phitsanulok. After arrival, you can have a good rest in the hotel.
Stay overnight in Phitsanulok.
Wat Muang houses the Big Buddha, the tallest Buddha statue of Thailand.
Day 5: Phitsanulok to Chiang Rai
In the early morning, you can make an offering to the monks nearby the hotel, to experience the unique Thai culture in person.
After breakfast, you will go to visit the Sukhothai Historical Park
, located about 80km away from Phitsanulok city center. Sukhothai, which was the capital of the Sukhothai kingdom from the 13th to the 15th century, has preserved over a hundred temples and over a thousand statues of Buddha. In this UNESCO World Heritage City, you will explore the ancient civilizations of Thailand.
After the sightseeing in Sukhothai Historical Park, you will travel to Chiang Rai. It is a long ride of about 6 hours, and on the way you will stop at the Phayao Lake for a short break to enjoy the view.
After arriving in Chiang Rai, you can enjoy your free time to rest in the hotel, or walk around to explore the surroundings.
Stay overnight in Chiang Rai.
The Sukhothai Historical Park ruins are one of Thailand's most impressive World Heritage sites.
Day 6: Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai
After breakfast, you will first visit the Wat Rong Suea Ten
, also known as Blue Temple. As the newest temple in Chiang Rai, it is completed in 2016 and is painted in an eye-catching blue with overlays of gold embellishments.
Then you will go to visit the village of Akha
, to learn about the local culture and traditions of the hill tribe people.
After that, you will move on to visit the glorious Wat Rong Kun
, also known as the White Temple, one of the most recognizable temples in Thailand. Unlike the traditional Thai temples, White Temple is all white with silver mirrors embedded into the outside, symbolizing the purity of the Buddha and the wisdom of the Buddha shining through the universe.
After the sightseeing in Chiang Rai, you will travel to Chiang Mai, another important city in northern Thailand.
Stay overnight in Chiang Mai.
Explore the local village of Akha to learn its culture and traditions.
Day 7: Chiang Mai Tour
Today, you will first enjoy a wonderful half-day excursion to the Elephant EcoValley.
Besides getting to know Thailand’s favorite creatures, you will take part in some exciting animal-friendly activities, such as harvesting grass for the elephants’ snacks; planting a banana tree or herbs; make herbs into vitamin balls and feed the balls to the elephants; hike with elephants to the upper EcoValley; etc.
Then in the afternoon, travel back to Chiang Mai to visit the famous temple of Wat Doi Suthep
. Sitting on the mountain after which it is named, the temple offers the best site to appreciate the impressive view of Chiang Mai city.
Stay overnight in Chiang Mai.
Travelers can experience elephants up close and personal.
Day 8: Chiang Mai Departure
Say goodbye to Thailand!
You are free to arrange your time before taking the scheduled transfer to the airport.
Private English-speaking tour guide
All entrance ticket fees for sightseeing listed in the itinerary
Private van for land transportation
Meals as specified in the itinerary
International air tickets
Visa Handling fee, visa stamp fee
Meals as not listed in the itinerary
Tips and gratitude to the guide and driver
Surcharge for public holidays (if any)
Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks, etc.
Thailand Travel Restriction 2022
From July 1, Thailand has been fully open for overseas tourists. Travelers can simply show proof of a complete vaccination certificate name or a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours before arrival. Documentation of the test result must indicate the traveler's name, the date of the test, and the type of test.
You will need to apply for a Thai visa before departure. For more information on visa-free countries and visas, please feel free to contact us.