Met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. Hotel: 4★ Majestic Grande or similar (2 nights)
A full-day tour highlights visits to the spectacular Grand Palace, Temples of the Emerald Buddha, Golden Buddha, and Reclining Buddha. Enjoy a long-tailed boat ride for an exciting cruise through the canals of outer Bangkok followed by a cruise on the bigger canals in a converted Rice Barge.
Drive to Ratchaburi and take a long-tailed boat to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Continue to Kanchanaburi and experience the original “Death Railway”, the new Thailand - Burma Railway Center and visit the World War II Cemetery. Tonight, enjoy a 60-minute Thai massage in your hotel.
Hotel: 3*+ Pung Waan Kwai Yai Hotel or similar (1 night)
Travel to Ayutthaya via Suphan Buri and visit the ruins of this ancient capital city. Continue to Saraburi with a stop at Phra Buddha Badh to see the shrine of the holy footprint of Buddha. Continue your drive to Sukhothai for your overnight stay. Hotel: 4★ Legendha Sukothai Resort or similar (1 night)
Today you will visit the Wat Mahathat and explore the many ruined temples at Sukhothai Historical Park. Travelling further north to Lampang, you will stop en route to visit Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao and Wat Phra That Lampang Luang. Hotel: 3★+ Lampang River Lodge or similar (1 night)
Depart for Chiang Rai with a stop at a small town of Phayao for refreshments beside the lake. Continue to Chiang Rai and visit Wat Rong Khun (White Temple) and Wat Phra Singh, a cultural landmark in the history of Buddhism in Thailand. Hotel: 4★+ Le Meridien Chiang Rai or similar (2 nights)
Drive to Mae Sai, cross the Sai River to Myanmar and witness local Burmese in nearby village. Explore the colourful markets and the Shan style temples on a rickshaw. Enjoy a scenic boat trip along the Mekong River to the Golden Triangle area, and a visit to the Opium Museum. Visit Wat Pa Sak (Teak Forest Temple) in Chiang Saen.
Drive to Chiang Mai with en route visits to the Doi Tung Hilltribe village to learn about one of Thailand’s many Royal Projects; Doi Tung Royal Villa, the former mountain retreat of the King’s Mother; and the Karen “long neck” tribe village where women can be seen tending their small shops . Continue to Chiang Mai and visit Doi Suthep with its 300-step naga stairway leading to the temple. Tonight, enjoy a cultural show and a ceremonial northern Thai Dinner, known as Kantoke. Hotel: 4★+ Le Meridien Chiang Mai or similar (2 nights)
Get closer and personal with an elephant and learn some of the care and skills needed to handle an elephant. There will be time spent bathing the elephant at a waterfall/stream and riding bareback dressed in Karen ethnic type clothes as the mahouts typically wear. A picnic lunch will be served at a waterfall.