6 day escorted tour itinerary

Classic Thailand Tour

The Land of Smiles

The ideal way to experience the unique atmosphere of vibrant Bangkok and the mountainous jungle landscapes of Northern Thailand, our Classic Thailand tour combines shopping and sightseeing with ancient ruins and great cultural heritage. Before returning home, why not spend a few days relaxing on one of Phuket or Koh Samui's gorgeous beaches? Group tour starts in Bangkok every Friday. Private departures are available daily (on request) - please call our Destination Specialists for prices.

Our Experts Recommend:
  • Shopping and sightseeing in Bangkok
  • Discover the ancient ruins of Ayutthaya
  • Try exciting bamboo rafting in Chiang Mai
  • Visit the vibrant markets in the Golden Triangle

Sample Itinerary Summary

We can tailor any part of this itinerary or create a new one just for you.

Duration
10 days
Destination Breakdown
Options
Private or Group basis, Escorted
Included
  • Accommodation as detailed with private facilities (in case of early transfer breakfast cannot be guaranteed) (Hotels are subjct to change).
  • Meals included as detailed. Breakfast is usually a Western style buffet in your hotel, while most other meals are taken in local restaurants.
  • Services of an English speaking guide, transfers and tours on a seat-in-coach basis.
  • All entrance fees and government taxes as appropriate.
  • International and Domestic Flights
Not included
  • Beverages during meals
  • Optional excursions
  • Tips for the guide and driver
  • Domestic and international departure taxes

Itinerary Breakdown

Upon arrival to this busy and bustling city, you will check in at the hotel of your choice and have the time at your leisure. Visit the fascinating sights that this vast contrasting city has to offer, from the Grand Palace to the many Budhist temples, and the night markets,there is something to suit all. Bangkok has an endless list of restaurants however the street food is just as good and at a fraction of the cost.

Overnight Accommodation

First stop today is a visit the sumptuous Summer Palace of Rama V. Continue to the former capital of Ayutthaya and contemplate the ancient temples of Wat Yai Chaimongkhon, Wat Mahathat and Wat Phanan Choeng. Have lunch at a restaurant in Chai Nat before you arrive at Phitsanulok for a short orientation tour in the city. Check in at your hotel and overnight in Phitsanulok

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Amarin Lagoon or similar

Start your day with a visit to Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat temple housing one of the most revered Buddha statues in the country and join the locals on their morning prayers and offers. Depart for Sukhothai and explore this ancient city packed with historical landmarks, the most impressive being the Sukhothai Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire the ruined temples and palaces as well as Buddha statues of all sizes. Lunch en route at a local restaurant. A short drive away are Si Satchanalai and the evocative ruins of the temple of Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat which is reached by crossing a wooden suspension bridge. This usually quiet location offers a special spiritual interlude to the tour before arriving in Lampang for the evening.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Wieng Lakor or similar

Explore the wonderful Wat Phra That Lampang Luang temple, just a brief drive from Lampang, and marvel at the elaborate details of its decorations and beautiful Buddha statues. Continue your journey north, stopping briefly at Phayao Lake for a coffee break before heading to Wat Rong Khun or the White Temple which was constructed by noted Thai painter turned architect Chalermchai Kositipat.This is unlike any other temple you have visited so far as in it is entirely white and built by hand. Lunch en route to the Golden Triangle, where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet. This natural wilderness gained an unwanted notoriety in the Sixties because of the abundant opium cultivation in the area. Visit the 212 House of Opium and stroll around its rare collection of opium paraphernalia such as weights, scales and pipes. Learn the history of this drug and about the devastating effect the trade had on local communities. Drive back to Chiang Rai and overnight in Chiang Rai.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Laluna or similar

After the previous day of culture and history, it is time for a day of wildlife and nature in the jungles near Chiang Mai. Get up close and personal with the animal kingdom at the Thai Elephant Care Centre, which was set up to provide care for elderly elephants retired from logging and camps.There are no rides and visitors learn about how the old-timers are fed with ground grass and herb balls, feed them bananas and time allowing - watch their bath-time.

After a tasty lunch at a local restaurant called "The Colour Factory where you can view a selection of full size Elephant Parade statues from cities around the world and choose your favourite from a collection of replicas. You can also learn about Asian elephants and the work the Asian Elephant Foundation is doing to save these magnificent but endangered animals. Visit also the Lanna handicraft centre on San Kamphaeng Road. Learn how they make Chiang Mai most famous products such as colourful parasols, silk, silverware and teakwood carvings. An optional khantoke dinner is available in the evening.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Holiday Inn Chiang Mai or similar

Enjoy a lively start to the day activities at the fragrant and vibrant Chiang Rai morning market. A brief stop at Wat Phra Kaew, which once housed the Emerald Buddha now in Bangkok is also included. The journey out of town is on a relaxing river cruise on a traditional long tail boat to the hill tribe village of Pha Tai (3.5 hrs). Continue by road to Tha Ton and enjoy a tasty lunch before heading to Chiang Mai and Wat Prathat Doi Suthep, one of the most revered temples in the country. Its sacred location is at the top of a mountain from where you can appreciate stunning panoramic views over the city. To reach the temple requires a climb up a 309 steps naga staircase. Alternatively, you can reach the temple by cable car (included). Depending on the arriving time, you may be able to witness the evening prayers and chants.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Holiday Inn Chiang Mai or similar

After a reinvigorating breakfast enjoy the freedom of Chiang Mai. Explore the city at your own pace and leisure and catch the sights and attractions of this city teeming with green spaces and popularly known as the Rose of the North. The day is yours to do as you wish until your transfer to Chiang Mai airport for your onward travel to Bangkok or alternatively take a flight onwards to a beach destination.

Transfer to airport for your onward journey, or alternatively extend your stay in Bangkok.

  • Bangkok

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Visiting a temple, and take food for the monks
    • Sample the street food in Bangkok
    • Make time to visit the floating market in Bangkok
    • Take a ride in an exciting tuk-tuk
  • Chiang Rai

    Itinerary Highlights

    • See the magnificent Wat Rong Khun
    • Visit the Golden Triangle and the Aka & Yao Hilltribes
    • Enjoy a relaxing boat ride on the Mae Kok River.
  • Chiang Mai

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Visit the wonderful Thai Elephant Care Centre
    • Enjoy a traditional Kantoke Dinner
    • Try bartering at the colourful night markets