Arrive in Bangkok and take a transfer to the hotel, check-in and free time.
Visit Dusit Zoo (if you arrive before 11:00am an additional fee is charged). In the evening –
dinner will be at the famous Baiyoke Sky Hotel, after you can enjoy watching the nightlife of
Bangkok from the viewing decks located on the 77th and 84th floors.
Breakfast provided at the hotel. After you will go on a Bangkok sightseeing tour, to see all
of the major attractions. The Royal Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha are
the main attractions of Bangkok, which every visitor must see. The palace is a huge landmark
that consists of several buildings. Some of them are housing government institutions; however
the royal family no longer lives there. Its construction began in 1782 by King Rama I,
the founder of the Rama dynasty. The Palace has a huge area of 218 thousand square
meters with 95 pagodas. The buildings that are open to visit are located in the southern part
of the palace complex.
The Wat Pho is right next to the Royal Palace. It is the Temple of the Reclining Buddha which
is very popular among visitors. The Reclining Buddha is 46 meters long and 15 meters high.
His body is covered in gold plating. Then you will visit the Wat Arun, one of the most beautiful
temples in Bangkok. This amazing temple was named after the Indian god of dawn (Aruna) and
erected on the banks of the Chao Praya River. It is famous for a great, almost 80-meter pagoda,
which is decorated with colorful porcelain.
Lunch at a local restaurant provided. After lunch you will have a boat trip through
the Bangkok canal system.
Breakfast at the hotel and then take the transfer to Bangkok airport. Fly to Chiang Mai.
Chiang Mai is a real treasure trove of Buddhist temples. Wat Phra That – one of the largest and
most important monasteries of Thailand is located on the top of Doi Suthep mountain overlooking
an awesome panorama view of Chiang Mai. In order to reach the temple, you need to climb a steep
staircase comprising of 306 steps, designed with fanged dragons. An elevator is provided at an
additional charge. Golden chedi is a calling card of Doi Suthep. Most recently it has been restored
and now it is a shiny gold statue.
Wat Suan Dok takes a special place among major religious sites of Chiang Mai. Although this
monastery is situated outside the city, it’s popular among tourists. There is a whole legend associated
with the history of this temple. Once the temple was opened, the king invited a well respected, in the
Buddhist world, monk from Sukhothai to be the chief monk of the temple. The monk brought a part of
the sacred relic to Wat Suan Dok, which he found in the ancient town of Pang Cha. Once he had a
vision where a divinity pointed out the way to the ruins of this ancient city. When the monk came
there, he discovered a chest among high bushes deep underground. Having opened it, he saw an
artifact inside which was surprisingly shiny. This proves that the object was of a sacred origin. When
the king invited the monk to move to Chiang Mai, this relic miraculously duplicated itself, one part of
which he brought to Wat Suan Dok.
The next place to visit according to our program is the Wat Chedi Luang. The beauty and charm of
this amazing place used to attract many Buddhists. After many years, this temple which is made of
pink bricks has become worn and is not as beautiful as it once was. However, it is still the
monument of its former greatness. Wat Chedi Luang is known for being the first place to house the
revered Emerald Buddha image. Any questions about Buddhism can be answered in English
language at the Monk Chat station just on the north side of the temple.
A Khantoke dinner show is provided in the evening.
Breakfast will be provided at the hotel. You will then be driven to the “Tiger kingdom” where you
can take pictures with the tigers, as well as pet them going inside the cage. After that you will go
to one of the most wonderful places in the north of Thailand – Padaung tribe village, known for its
unusual tradition to wear the big brass rings around their necks. Transfer to Chiang Mai airport.