| Bang Pa-In : was used as a country residence by every Ayutthaya monarch after King prasat Thong, but when the new capital
was established in Bangkok, Bang Pa-In ceased to the used and was left unoccupied for 80 years|
|Bridge over the River Kwai : |
The black iron bridge was brought from Java by the Japanese army and reassembled under
Japanese supervision by Allied prisoner-of-war labour as part of the "Death Railway" linking Thailand with Burma. Still in use today,
the bridge was the target of frequent Allied bombing raids during l945, and was rebuilt after the war ended. The curved spans of the bridge are the original sections.
|7 days / 6 nights|
Bangkok - Floating market - River Kwai - Ayutthaya - Lopburi
Sukhothai - Chiang Rai - Chiang Mai
|Day 1 : Floating market - River Kwai - Ayutthaya |
|We drive passing through salt fields and rice paddies before boarding a long tail speedboats to the Floating market
The market is made up of Thai style canoes laden with colorful, succulent fruits, meats and vegetable. Continue
to visit the infamous bridge over the River Kwai. Upon arrival. Proceed on to visit JEATH war museum and the Allied War Grave Cemetery.
Afternoon, drive to Ayutthaya and overnight.|
|Day 2 : Ayutthaya - Lopburi - Phitsanulok|
|Check out and drive to visit an ancient capital of Siam- Ayuthaya. Visits the splendid ruins of palaces, ruins temples, memories of Burmese invasions from centuries before.
After lunch, we proceed to visit Lopburi, the former summer capital of Siam. See the magnificent stone carvings of Phra Prang Sam Yod, which is a 13th century laterite block shrine with three spires.
Stop can be made to visit the Kala shrine of Sarn Prakarn, which was a Buddhist sanctuary in the mid 13th century. Hundreds of monkeys can be seen. Afternoon, drive further north to Phitsanulok which is spread along the banks of the Nan River.|
|Overnight in Phitsanulok|
|Day 3 : Sukhothai - Lampang|
|After breakfast we drive out to visit Sukhothai. Formerly the capitol of Siam in the 13th century this city had no less than three rows of earthen ramparts and two moats to enclose the inner city. The ruins and Buddha statues here are superb.
Just 55 km north is Sri Satchanalai , which was considered Sukhothai’s twin city, highly recommended to visit. After lunch enjoy and relaxation on our vehicle while driving further north through jungle-clad hills heading for Lampang to visit more temples|
|Overnight in Lampang|
|Day 4 : Golden Triangle|
|This morning, check out and drive to Chiang Rai to visit Hall of the Opium. The hall are combines a museum on the history of opium and the impact of illegal drugs, with an information centre for research and extension education on opium, opiates and other narcotics. Continue on to visit the Golden Triangle area, where the borders of Thailand, Burma, and Laos meet.
Here you can enjoy ride on the splendor of mighty Mae Khong River which joining the Ruak River and forming the “ triangle “ Thailand, Burma, and Laos.
Then continue on to visit Chiang Saen, the old capital city in A.D.1260. There are many interest ancient magnificent ruins, temples and museum to visit. |
|Overnight in Chiang Rai|
|Day 5 : Chiang Rai |
|Morning, depart for Mae Sai, Thai-Burma trading border. Cross the Sai River into Tha Chilek, Burma border town to witness local Burmese life in nearby village.
Afterward, visit long necked hill tribe village. There are an estimate 250,000 to 500,000 tribes people living in the north, spilt among seven major groups; Karen, Meo, Akha, Lahu, Lawa, Lisu and Yao.
All retain distinct cultures, language and religious beliefs, though their most obvious difference is their dress to wear their own style of elaborate costume. The Long - Necked Karen hill tribes or Padaung is one
of the latest hill tribe immigrants who came to form a new minority group in Thailand.|
|Overnight in Chiang Rai|
|Day 6 : In Chiang Mai |
|Morning, departs for Chiang Mai stopping along the way at Mae Ka Chan, famous for a hot spring which locals believe has healing powers. Local lunch can be found en route.
Continue on driving through spectacular hilly and jungle scenery heading for Chiang Mai, the “Rose of North”.
Tonight, don't miss the opportunity to enjoy a typical northern Thai dinner known as Khantoke. As you savor traditional dishes and dancers will perform a series of folk stories along
with colorful hill tribe dances. |
|Overnight in Chiang Mai|
|Day 7 : In Chiang Mai |
|Morning suggest to visit the Elephant camp. Skilled “Mahouts” show how Elephants have worked in the jungle for years due to their immense strength. Watching the elephant play and bathe is also quite an experience.
Afternoon, visit Sankampeang , Chiang Mai’s cottage home industries producing and selling various kinds of quality handicrafts. Thai Silk, pottery, hand painting paper umbrella,
teakwood furniture and many mores.|