Thailand

6-Day Thailand Compact: Join In

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Tour type

Tour Level: Moderate

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: 6 Days

English, German    Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Nakhon Sawan, Sukhothai, Lampang, Chiang Rai, Chiang Saen, Chiang Mai

tour highlights

  • Be guided to iconic Thai destinations such as Ayutthaya, Sukhothai and the Golden Triangle
  • Experience a votive tablet workshop near Sukhothai
  • Visit a homestay in Sukhothai to learn about homegrown produce and have the chance to participate in the kitchen
  • Get the chance to meet local children in a school near Lampang.
  • Stay in characterful boutique accommodation throughout

tour details

A great introduction to Thailand. A classical overland route from Bangkok to Chiang Mai (via Ayutthaya – Sukhothai – Lampang – Golden Triangle) but we offer some different experiences throughout. These include a votive tablet workshop near Sukhothai where guests have the chance to make their own votive tablet (baked and later brought to their hotel) and in Sukhothai guests visit a local homestay and help prepare lunch as well as touring the fruit and vegetable gardens.

07:00 hours
In the morning pick up from your Bangkok city hotel and transfer to Ayutthaya Historical Park. Ayutthaya once was the capital of the Siamese kingdom, until it was occupied by the Burmese army in 1767 army and practically leveled to the ground. Located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River visit the restored ruins of the Wat Chai Wattanaram is one of Ayutthaya's most photographed sites. Then visit Wat Phra Sri Sanphet - the prototypes of the famous Grand Palace in Bangkok; Wat Phra Mongkol Borphit, an 'active' temple compound that is visited by many people throughout the day to worship the huge Buddha image; Wat Mahathat - to have a look at the famous Buddha Head in the banyan tree; and Wat Phanan Choeng - located at the banks of the Pasak River and predating the Ayutthaya period, houses a huge beautiful Buddha image (sequence is subject to change).

11:00 hours
Continue towards Nakhon Sawan.

13:00 hours
Lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, drive directly to your hotel in Sukhothai and visit a local votive tablet workshop and watch how they are made. Buddhist votive tablets collecting has becomes a cult of modern Thai society because the exchange value of some pieces can rise easily to be as high as many million baht. Clients will have the chance to make their own votive tablet, which will be baked and then brought to their hotel.

18:00 hours
Overnight at Sukhothai

Meals included: Breakfast
Lunch at a local restaurant
08:00 hours
Breakfast and check-out. Once capital of the Sukhothai kingdom in the 13th and 14 Century it includes the old city (Muang Kao) which was surrounded by earthen walls and water ditches. A total of four gates use to lead into the city. The Sukhothai period is known as the "golden age" of Thai history. Our sightseeing is started outside the walls with Wat Chetuphon - with its impressive mandapa enshrining four huge brick and stuccoed images of the Buddha in different postures, the walking, standing, sitting and reclining images each face a different direction, and Wat Chedi Si Hong - along the base of the large bell-shaped stupa are stucco reliefs, depicting animals and people. Some parts are still in good conditions, giving details of the garments and jewelry during the Sukhothai era.

10:00 hours
Then visit Wat Mahathat - the largest and most important temple of the empire, located next to the Royal Palace; Wat Sra Sri - with its bell-shaped chedi that is constructed in the typical Sri Lankan style; and Wat Sri Chum - with the graceful Buddha sculpture enshrined inside the remaining structure of the square mandala building.

11.30 hours
For today's lunch we transfer to a nearby homestay where the host and your guide will introduce you to some of the homegrown herbs, vegetable and fruit while strolling through the lush garden. Once acquainted with the ingredients for your lunch, you can roll up your sleeves and participate in your own Thai cooking experience. Converse with your fellow cooks in the relaxing surroundings as you take a rest and enjoy the dishes you have, or have not, prepared.
After satisfying your hunger, transfer to your hotel in Lampang.

16:00 hours
Overnight at Lampang

Meals included: Breakfast
Lunch at homestay
07:30 hours
In the morning, visit a local school (closed on weekends and holidays). It would be nice if you bring the pupils some gifts (for example something from your hotel country or English picture books, pencils, etc.)

09:00 hours
On the way northwards, we stop at some pineapple fields.

11:00 hours
At the Kwan Phayao - A semi-natural freshwater lake created to improve irrigation in the area.

12:00 hours
And Wat Rong Khun - the white temple of Chiang Rai. The temple appears to be unusual because of the white color of the walls and the many windows, the sculptures that are almost frightening, the grotesque statues and the sparkling decorations.

13:00 hours
Lunch in a local restaurant and afterwards drive to the Golden Triangle area to a public pier

15:30 hours
Embark a local motorized boat and cruise on the Mekong River close by the border of three countries, where you can see the simple and traditional lifestyle. Afterwards visit the house of opium. This small museum explains the history of opium production and opium trade in the region. It's full of opium artifacts and there are exhibits explaining how opium was made as well as how it was traded and used in the region. The exhibits also explain how opium has impacted the people in the region. Continue to a vantage point where you'll have an excellent view of the Mekong valley and the neighboring countries.

17:30 hours
Overnight at Chiang Rai

Meals included:Breakfast
Lunch at a local restaurant
08:00 hours
In the morning, drive towards Mae Sai, Thailand's northernmost city, and visit Wat Phra That Wai Dao, built on a small hill up a steep staircase and overlooking Mae Sai and Tachileik. Afterwrds you can stroll to the bridge over the Ruak River that connects Mae Sai with Tachilek on the Burmese side, observe the lively traffic of the border trade and explore the market best known for gemstones like Burmese rubies, emeralds and jade.

10:30 hours
Afterwards depart for Doi Tung and visit the Royal Villa and the Mae Fah Luang Garden, the Mae Fah Luang Arboretum at Chang Mub and some ethnic hill-tribe communities nearby.

13:00 hours
Enjoy lunch in a local lunch at Thaton Riverview Restaurant & Hotel and continue to Chiang Mai city.

17:00 hours
En route visit an Orchid Farm.

18:00 hours
Overnight at Chiang Mai

Meals included:Breakfast
Lunch at a local restaurant
Breakfast and time at leisure until check-out.

11:00 hours
Visit Wat Sri Supan - located in the traditional silver-making district of the city is an important centre for handicrafts and helps to preserve the silversmith tradition of this area of Chiang Mai. Techniques are handed down to the new generation of silversmiths at the Ancient Lanna Arts Study Centre (known as "Sala Sip Mu Lanna"). You are encouraged to see the artisans at work. Take a rickshaw to Wat Pan Tao - a temple made completely of Teak Wood panels. Then continue to Wat Phra Singh - situated in the heart of the city originating from the 14th century and contains beautiful examples of Lanna art.

Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant (whenever guests feel hungry therefore sequence is subject to change) and drive up the hill overlooking the city and visit Wat Prathat Doi Suthep, the most sacred temple in northern Thailand containing a holy relic of Lord Buddha. Return to your hotel to collect your luggage at your hotel.

16:00 hours
Transfer to Chiang Mai train station and Take the night train ETD 17:00 hours to Bangkok.

Overnight on the night train/2nd class sleeping berth

Meals included:Breakfast
Lunch at a local restaurant
Upon arrival in Bangkok, ETA 06.15hrs, transfer from the train station to your Bangkok city hotel without Guide.

Meals included: None

includes

  • Accommodation in shared Twin/Double room with air-conditioning and private bathroom
  • All sightseeing tour and transfer services with private air-conditioned car/coach as detailed in our itinerary
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary B= breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner
  • Entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the program
  • Transfers and tours with guide
  • Service charges, room tax and baggage handling
  • Drinking water and wet towels available on the vehicles
  • All arrangements as specified in the itinerary

excludes

  • Meals other than mentioned in the programme or drinks with meals
  • Domestic airfare in economy class (quoted separately)
  • Thailand visa fee (if required)
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme
  • Optional tours
  • Compulsory Dinners (quoted separately if applicable)
  • Supplements for travelling during peak seasons (quoted separately if applicable)
  • Expenditure of personal nature such as drinks, tips, souvenirs, laundry, etc.
  • Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)

notes

  • Please note that all timings given are approximate and subject to change.
  • Certain parts of the tours on offer are provided by independent third parties, such as airlines, hotels, transport operators and local tourist offices. Diethelm Travel is therefore not responsible for any loss, injury or damage caused thereby to the tourists, including those occurring outside of the normal touring programmers. Additional expenses incurred due to delay, accident, natural disaster, political actions and unrest shall be borne by the tourists.
  • We advise that due to frequent flight changes, delays and cancellations by the various domestic airlines and trains we cannot fully guarantee that the proposed itinerary can be carried out as planned. Based on our experience, changes of departure times and/ or cancellations can occur at very short notice even after confirmation of a flight has been received. The same applies for train travel: Schedule changes occur frequently; often without prior notification. In case of schedule changes or flight cancellations we always try everything possible to arrange an alternate programme within the framework of the original quoted costs. However, we reserve the right to charge any cost exceeding the original budget to the tour operator/ travel agent or to the participant of a tour after consultation with the agent.
  • Programmers, prices, services and conditions are based on those valid at the time of proposal submission and are subject to change thereafter without advance notice until all services have been paid in full.
  • For air ticket reservations, we require the guests' full names AS THEY APPEAR IN THEIR PASSPORTS. Airfares are subject to availability at time of booking, may change without notice and are not guaranteed until purchased and the e-tickets have been issued
  • Please be advised that prices may be adjusted periodically in case of fuel price increase by our suppliers and hotel room availability at time of booking
Tour code: PKBNTC6A

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