12-Day Bangkok and Around North Thailand for Family Package

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Tour type

Tour Level: Moderate

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: 12 Days

tour details

Transfer from Bangkok International Airport to Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort by private air-conditioned van, including baggage handling.
Hotel check-in time at 15:00hrs. (Early check-in subject to room availability)
19:30-22:30 Dinner Cruise on The Manohra
Experience Bangkok at its best by cruising the historic Chao Phraya river aboard the beautifully restored rice barge, the "Manohra" and "Manohra Moon", 50-year-old rice barges that were completely re-built and restored for dining and cocktail cruising. Seating is set for 40 guests only to ensure an intimate experience. The boats depart from the Manohra Cruises pier on the river frontage of the Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort.
Accommodation at Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort
08:00-13:30 China Town & Flower Market.
Visit Bangkok's vibrant China Town district, which runs along Yaowarat Road. The street is lined with gold shops, Chinese herbalists, food stalls selling a large variety of snacks, household goods, incense and just about everything else. We will visit Sri Gurusingh Sabha Temple, where local Sikhs come to worship and then continue on foot through Sampang Lane, a labyrinth of small alleys.
Here you will find a large variety of stalls and shops selling cheap clothing and household goods. Explore Pahurat Market, located more or less in the heart of "Little India". This is the place to shop for fabrics, clothing and wedding keepsakes. In Thailand, it is customary, that guests invited to a wedding reception receive some small memento of the occasion. Along Pahurat road will see numerous shops sell them by the dozens in hundreds of varieties. Having walked along these truly bustling districts, take a short rest at one of the numerous food stalls along the footpath and taste one of the local dishes (noodle soup or phad thai or fried rice). By Tuk Tuk (the local version of a motorized samlor) we continue to Flower Market. Bangkok Flower Market (Pak Klong Talad) is the biggest wholesale and retail fresh flower market in Bangkok. The market has all kinds of popular flowers and flora-related items, including roses, forget me nots, orchids, lilies and more. Most of them sold in packs of 50 or 100 flowers in each, and prices are amazingly cheap. Part of the Old City, Bangkok Flower market is located on Chak Phet Road near Saphan Phut or the Memorial Bridge. Shops and vendors are housed inside two to three-storey shop-houses on both sides of the main road. After lunch at local restaurant, transfer to your hotel for leisure.
Accommodation at Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort
08:30-11:00 Jim Thompsons House
One of the best examples of traditional Thai residential architecture and a breath taking collection of Southeast Asian art are exemplified in a house built by an American national. Nonetheless, Jim Thompson's House is one of Bangkok's more popular destinations for visitors - and deservedly so. Jim Thompson, who was born in Delaware in 1906, fell in love with Thailand while posted as an intelligence agent in Bangkok during WWII. He later made it his permanent home and started a business supplying fine Thai silk to overseas fashion houses, single-handedly saving what had been a dying cottage industry. His silk company continues to flourish today. With the proceeds of his success, Thompson collected an impressive range of art works, and sections of derelict teak houses, assembling them into a teak house/museum complex set in a lush garden alongside central Bangkok's Saen Saep Canal. The main house is full of tastefully displayed Asian art and curios including Buddha images, paintings, ceramics and antique furniture. The living areas have been preserved as they were when Thompson lived there before his mysterious disappearance in Malaysia's Cameron Highlands while on holiday in 1967. Near the entrance there is a newly-built Thai restaurant and bar plus a sizeable boutique selling quality silk items, books and prints.
13:00-17:00 Thonburi Klongs & Baan Silapin
Among the best ways to explore Bangkok is by boat. A cruise along the Chao Phraya River - the city's lifeblood - and the canals of Thonburi reveal scenes at odds with the bustling, modern inner city. Visitors get a glimpse of the serene and simple lifestyle of riverbank dwellers. This picturesque view is what earned Bangkok the title of "Venice of the East." En route, stop at Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), one of the most attractive temples in Thailand. Then continue to Klong Bang Luang for visit Baan Silapin (in English Artist's House). The house, formerly, belonged to "Raksamruat Family", an old goldsmith family, but was later sold to Khun Chumphon Akaphanthanan who renovated and re-opened it as art gallery which is the center of all arts lovers. Moreover, this house is the place where Tumnai Puppet Company was formed with purpose to promote Thai puppet dance. Today, the puppet dance show performs at Baan Silapin for free only at 2 p.m. daily except on Wednesday. Baan Silapin is considered as an important learning center for students.Return to your hotel.
Accommodation at Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort
07:00hrs. Transfer from your hotel in Bangkok to Kanchanaburi. Fascinating, nostalgic and memorable sums up this day tour to Kanchanaburi province. Visit Elephant's World is a non-profit-organization in Kanchanaburi province that functions as a retirement home for elephants that have been working for humans before - either in the logging industry or entertaining tourists at camps and circuses or begging in the streets of the big cities. The foundation takes care of old and sick elephants, and also attempts to rescue young elephants before they enter a life of begging on streets or working in circuses. Elephant's World gives the symbol of Thailand a peaceful life in a natural surrounding, preparing food for their elephants, feeding them, washing them - and you can be a part of it! Every day is different at Elephants World, depending on the needs of the elephants! General activities are: Feeding the elephants Planting/gathering crops Preparing special food for old elephants Enjoy a swim with the elephants / scrub them Sample itinerary (order of activities subject to change according to the season and elephant's needs): 07:00hrs Transfer from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi 10:00hrs Arrive at Elephant's World, meet & feed the elephants 10:30hrs Observe the elephants bathing 11.00hrs Clean fruit/vegetables, prepare and cook sticky rice for the old elephants 12.00hrs Lunch 13.00hrs Gather or plant food for the elephants, such as banana trees, sugar cane, grass 14:30hrs Feed sticky rice balls to the old elephants 15:00hrs Take the elephants to the river for a bath and scrub them clean 15:30hrs Feed the elephants fruit and vegetables 16:00hrs Say good-bye to the elephants.
Then drive to Resotel pier for continue by long-tailed motor boat to your hotel.
Dinner accommodation at River Kwai Jungle Rafts (no electricity, nature resort style)
08:00hrs. Check-out and take a motor long-tailed boat to Resotel pier. Then visit the famous bridge and the beginning of the 'Death Railway' is a poignant reminder of the thousands of POW's and forced laborers who lost their lives in the Second World War during the construction works of the railway. Visit the Thailand-Burma Railway Museum, an interactive museum, information and research facility dedicated to presenting the history of the Thailand-Burma Railway. The fully air-conditioned center offers the visitor an educational and moving experience. Visit the War Cemetery, the final resting place for over 6,000 allied P.O.W. that worked and died during the Japanese occupation. Then continue by van to Suphanburi. Visit Buffalo Village (Baan Kwai) Occupying over 27 acres land, this water buffalo preservation area not only contains a water buffalo ranch, but also features the authentic rural lifestyle of farmers in Thailand's central region. Watch the daily activities of farmers such as rice-threshing, and explore traditional Thai homes on stilts. Various areas feature different types of folk knowledge such as traditional Thai medicine, traditional Thai massage, indigenous herbs, and Thai astrology. Visitors can also enjoy half-hour buffalo shows throughout the day. Continue to visit Samchuk Market. This Chinese community and old-fashioned market, complete with wooden shop houses, has retained its authentic Thai style, dating from a century ago. Visitors can explore the traditional shops, including a photography store that continues to use a century-old camera, an herbal drugstore, or enjoy tasting local sweets and sipping old-fashioned local-style coffee by the river. A three-story building, now transformed into a museum, displays photos from the days of yesteryear, taking visitors back to a bygone era. In 2009, the Sam Chuk Old Market received an Award of Merit in the 2009 annual UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation. Afterwards continue to Phitsanulok. Upon arrival visit Wat Maha That and its highly revered Buddha statue, Phra Buddha Jinaraj.
Accommodation at Amarin Lagoon Hotel
08:00hrs. Drive to Sukhothai, where you will visit the ancient ruins at Sukhothai Historical Park; a short ride on a traditional ox-cart brings you to Wat Sri Chum with it's gigantic Buddha statue. Continue to Sri Satchanalai for lunch at Gaeng Luang Restaurant. Upon arrival in Lampang, we take you on a horse carriage ride through town with photo stops at two interesting temples, each which its own architectural style and history: Wat Don Tao, Wat Pratu Phong. Transfer to the hotel
Accommodation at Lampang River Lodge
08:00hrs. Drive to the Golden Triangle via Phayao. On the way stop visit Phayao Lake as well known "Kwan Phayao" the largest freshwater fish habitat in Thailand's upper northern region. A range of recreational activities, restaurants, and food stalls line the shores of the beautiful lake, shaded by lush vegetation. Afterwards continue to Golden Triangle for lunch at the Imperial Golden Triangle Hotel, take a boat ride on the Mekong River, where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos converge. Also visit Don Sao Island, an island that is technically on the Laos side of the border. You do not need a Laos visa to visit Don Sao, but they levy a fee of 30 bath per person (payable at the small booth when you land). There is a market on Don Sao offering the typical handicraft, which is a bit of a tourist trap, but worthwhile to walk around. Afterwards boat trip back to Golden Triangle and continue by van to your hotel
Accommodation at The Legend Chiang Rai, A Boutique River Resort & Spa
08:00hrs. Depart by minibus for Doi Tung, a pilgrimage site for Thai, Shan and Chinese Buddhists and once a cultivating site for opium. Along the way, visit an Ahka village distinctly. The Akha are known for their bright headdresses and are among poorest of Thailand's ethnic minorities. Then stop at Doi Tung Royal Villa and Doi Tung Development Project of Her Royal Highness the Princess Mother on the slopes of Doi Tung. Take a stroll through a beautifully landscaped flower garden at the villa, which is open to the public. Afterwards drive up to the peak to visit Wat Phra That Doi Tung, the twin Lanna-style chedis purportedly erected in 911 AD. From the walled edge of the temple you can get an aerial view of the surrounding area. Afterwards back to Chiang Rai city to take an experience by Rickshaw to look around the city local life.
Then back to your hotel for leisure
Accommodation at The Legend Chiang Rai, A Boutique River Resort & Spa
08:00hrs. Depart Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai approx. 3 hours driving. Before reach Chiang Mai city we stop visit Ban Mae Kampong for learn Cultural and Way of Life. Ban Mae Kampong is a typical Northern Thai village. It possesses a unique Northern Thai culture. Local villagers speak Northern Thai dialect and identify themselves as khonmuang, a separate ethnic group from the central Thai. They have their own traditional customs. In addition, the fermented-tea producing community is also a major tourism attraction. Then drive to Chiang Mai and stop visit Handicrafts Village in the Sankamphaeng district of Chiang Mai is the heart of the handicraft industry. Many of Thailand's major producers are located here and you will find all of the traditional crafts of the old days and the new in the shops along the Chiang Mai - Sankampaeng Road. Lacquer-ware: This ancient art form of decorating wooden objects with many layers of black lacquer provides a combination of beauty and practicality. Silk and textiles: Thailand is famous worldwide for its fine, pure silk and Chiang Mai produces some of the finest. You can select readymade products or have an arrangement for your own tailoring. Hand-woven and ethnic textile designs for the collector are also offered. Woodcarving: Another feature that you don't want to miss is the woodcarving industry. The skilled craftsmen are professional experts in carving fine teakwood in reliefs, statuary, and furniture. A wide range of handcrafted souvenirs is also available. Umbrella making: Borsang has been the traditional center of Chiang Mai's famous umbrella and fan making. Here the hand-painted wares are made of delicate "Sa" paper and are available in many designs and colors. Silverware and Gems: Silversmithing in Chiang Mai began centuries ago along Wualai Road, an area still known as the Silver village. Traditional items such as trays, bowls and boxes are on sale, precious stones and high quality jewelry can be bought at Gems Gallery.
Continue to your hotel for check-in.
Accommodation at Yaang Come Village
08:00hrs. Visit to Wat Doi Suthep, tucked away in the mountains at 3,280 feet. The temple is reached by a staircase with 290 steps, flanked by a naga balustrade on either side. The monastery was built by King Gue-Na in 1383. The center is a big Chedi (spired pagoda), which contains partial relics of Lord Buddha. Continue to Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden and orchid farm. Covering an area of 560 acres, the botanic garden was established in 1992 in order to gather, conserve and strengthen the study and research on Thai plants and herbs. More than 700 species of plants, mostly Thai natives, are grown here. Visitors can drive around and drop in at the spots of their interest, e.g. the Orchid Breeding Center, the Herbs Center, and the Greenhouse. After lunch back to Chiang Mai City, take a local Tuk Tuk for visit biggest market Waroros Market before going to two important temples: Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Phra Singh. Afterwards back to your hotel for leisure.
Accommodation at Yaang Come Village
After breakfast, check-out and transfer to Chiang Mai Airport for fly to Bangkok. Or by overnight train.

includes

  • All sightseeing tour and transfer services with private air conditioned car/van as detailed in itinerary
  • Accommodation with breakfast as specified (11-nights)
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (11-Breakfast, 8-Lunch & 2-Dinner)
  • All entrance fees, boat fees for the places as mentioned in the program
  • Transfers and tours with English-speaking guide
  • Service charges, Government taxes and 7% VAT

excludes

  • International airfare to / from Thailand
  • Domestic airfare from Chiang Mai to Bangkok
  • Train ticket from Chiang Mai to Bangkok
  • Surcharges for other language guides
  • Personal expenditure, such as meals, drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • Drinks with meals
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme
Tour code: BKKDBANF
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