Arrive in Bangkok in the morning and take the transfer to the hotel. Free time.
Breakfast at the hotel and take a city tour around Bangkok.
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; which 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 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. Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant, then you will return to the hotel
and enjoy free time.
Have breakfast and then you will be driven to Bang Pa-In Royal Palace. It was originally built by King
Prasattong in 1632, and King Mongkut (Rama IV) completely rebuilt it and added new palaces.
Wat Yai Chai Mongkol – a monastery, erected in 1357, was the place where the patriarch stayed, and
therefore it is known as Wat Phra Chao Phya-thai, which means the Temple of the Supreme Patriarch.
The monastery is famous for its Buddha statue and the chedi constructed in honor of the Prince
victory in a duel on elephant backs.
Wat Phra Mahathat translated as “a great stupa temple” and is one of the oldest Buddhist temples.
The architectural style of the temple is typical enough for the architecture of the Ayutthaya era, i.e.
somewhere between Thai and Khmer buildings of Angkor. It represents a huge temple surrounded
by smaller stupas.
Wat Phra Si Sanphet – a temple that used to serve as the royal residence for some kings when
Ayutthaya was the capital of the kingdom, it is currently called “Ancient Palace”. The temple
architecture is similar to that of the Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok and represents one
of the most exciting attractions in the Ayutthaya historical park.
Wat Chai Wattanaram – a Buddhist monastery, erected in 1630 and destroyed during capturing
Ayutthaya in 1767. Currently the monastery is a ruined temple but is still very impressive. The complex
consists of several towers and the tallest one reaches 35 meters in height. All towers are located along
the gallery with around a hundred images of Buddha. You will then be driven to Lopburi. On the way
there,lunch will be served at a local restaurant.
Lopburi is one of the oldest cities in Thailand. It is a monkey-filled city. Monkeys freely roam the
streets, swing on power lines and bother the locals. Local people believe that Lopburi is the capital of
an ancient monkey kingdom described in the national epic of Thailand. In the morning monkeys stay
near the Wat San Phra Kan and in the afternoon when the sun starts to burn, they move across the
road towards the Wat Prang Sam Yot. Three ancient towers (prangs) represent the trinity of Brahma,
Vishnu and Shiva. They were once an entertainment attraction from the movie set for “Indiana Jones
and the Temple of Doom”. Lopburi Prang Sam Yot – a temple, was built in the classic style of Khmer
architecture. It used to be a Hindu temple but then became a Buddhist temple. Three towers
symbolized the trinity of Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma. Currently two of them contain Buddha images
designed in Lopburi style. You can still see the original lintels of the Khmer period and some of them
seem to be unfinished.
After this you will be driven to Phitsanulok. Phitsanulok is a historic city. It is one of the oldest cities
in Thailand founded more than 600 years ago. It is widely known as a birthplace of King Naresuan
who freed Thailand from Burmese rule back in the late 16th Century. As the cross-road between the
northern and central regions of the country, it has long played an important political and strategic
role. Therefore it has been fought over many times in the past. This city was the capital of Thailand
for 25 years during the reign of King Boromma Trailokanat. Originally this city was called Song Kwae
which means two streams. This name was given to it as it is situated on the conflux of two rivers
Nan and Noi.
The transport In Phitsanulok is considered to be an attraction. It looks like a bicycle with one man
sitting in the front and spinning pedals, and another one sitting behind on a small chair. You will have
a chance to ride this mode of transport and explore the city.
Breakfast. Drive to Sukhothai, which was the capital of the Sukhothai medieval kingdom in the 13th
and 14th centuries. In this city you will find one of the most revered Buddha images – the Phra
Buddha Chinnarat. This statue is covered with a gold-colored paint and located in the Wat Phra Si
Rattana Mahathat. This statue was cast in 1357. It is considered to be the most beautiful Buddha
statue in Thailand. One of the most amazing attractions is the Wat Sri Sawai. It was erected in Khmer
style and consists of prangs (towers) that have spike like forms.
One more Sukhothai holy place is Wat Sri Chum. There you will see the world famous 11 meter statue
of Buddha. By using the stairs, you can go up around this statue. Dinner is provided. Take a transfer
to Lampang to visit Ban Sao Nak, a 100 years old teak mansion. You can do some sightseeing in horse
carriages since horse carriage is a symbol of the city. Visit the Wat Chedi Sao and the most beautiful
temple in Thailand – Wat Pratat Lampang Luang. In the center of Lampang you will see a real open-air
museum – the Sao Nak village with teak wooden houses and huts built in Burmese style.
Breakfast and you will then be driven to Chiang Mai. Here you will visit the famous village of the
long-necked tribe. Then you will go to the Golden Triangle and take a trip down the Mekong River
on a longtail boat. Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant. You will be taken on a trip to Mae Sai,
the northern-most point of Thailand on the Thai – Burmese border. Dinner will be provided and
you will check-in at the hotel.
Breakfast and then take an early drive to Chiang Rai. On the way you will stop at the magnificent
Wat Rong Khun (White Temple) and lunch will be provided at a local restaurant. Next you will visit
an elephant camp, where you can watch the work of these noble animals (elephant trekking is an
additional charge) and you will visit an orchid farm.
Wat Phra That – one of the largest and most important monasteries of Thailand located on the top
of Doi Suthep mountain, which offers 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 cost. The Golden chedi is a calling card of Doi
Suthep. It has recently been restored and now it is a shiny gold statue. A lot of people come here,
both tourists and local pilgrims.
A traditional Khantoke dinner is provided in the evening.
Breakfast and then a transfer will take you to Chiang Mai airport.