6-Day Train to The North Experience

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Tour type

Tour Level: Moderate

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: 6 Days

tour details

This environmental friendly tour takes you by train through the Central plains of Thailand to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Ayutthaya, Sukhothai and Si Satchanalai, to the provincial town of Lampang and finally to Chiang Mai, the vibrating capital of the North and starting point for trekking and rafting trips, canopy adventures, exciting cycling tours, scenic boat rides and drives. During site visits we will use environmental friendly bicycles and local transport, such as pedaled rickshaws, horse carriage or ox-carts to minimize our carbon footprint.

Late morning, private van transfer from your hotel in Bangkok to Hua Lampong Railway station. 10:05hrs depart by train to Ayutthaya (~ 1hr20min). Just across the railway station is your hotel, where you will deposit your luggage and take lunch, before exploring the UNESCO World Heritage site by bicycle.
Late afternoon, relax your muscles during a 2-hour Thai traditional massage. In the evening, board a converted rice barge for a dinner cruise around Ayutthaya. Overnight at KRUNGSRI RIVER HOTEL
09:48 hrs. board the train to Phitsanuloke - this leg of the journey traverses the "rice bowl" of Thailand. Arrival in Phitsanuloke is scheduled for 13:12hrs. Lunch at a local hotel, then visit the most important sites of the city including Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat, also known as Wat Yai. This famous temple is home to Phra Buddha Chinnarat, regarded as one of the most beautiful Buddha images in Thailand, cast in 1357. The beautiful mother-of-pearl inlaid doors were added by King Bornkot in 1756. Also visit the Sgt. Maj. Thawee Folk Museum, a private collection of antique items representing Thai rural life (closed on Mondays). They include indigenous arts, pottery, farming and trapping equipment and household items. Old photographs revealing Phitsanuloke's good old days are also on display.
Across the street small bronze Buddha image casting foundry (closed Mondays & Tuesdays), which is the only of its kind in the province. The foundry allows visitors with the opportunity to witness skilled crafts men working on the reproduction of Phra Buddha Chinnarat images. It is possible to actually walk along the production line to see the entire bronze-casting process. In addition, huge Buddha images are also cast here. Late afternoon, private van transfer to Sukhothai. Overnight at SUKHOTHAI TREASURE RESORT or similar.
Today visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Sukhothai by bicycle. You'll be able to appreciate the beautifully restored monuments at a slow pace - biking is on flat, mostly surfaced routes and frequent stops will be made to snap photos and admire the ancient temples dating back to the 13th century. After lunch, return to the resort to freshen up and then continue your tour of the remote sites by skylab, the local version of a motorized tuk tuk. Stops will be made at Wat Chetupon and Wat Sapan Hin, an impressive Buddha statue located on a hill-side (please wear appropriate footwear - you won't be able to ascend on flip flops or high heeled sandal!). The last destination today will be Wat Sri Chum, depicting an enormous seated stucco Buddha over 11 meters in width, called Phra Achana. The mondop is 32 metres square, 15 metres high and the walls are 3 metres thick. The final highlight today will be a ride on carts pulled by oxen back to the resort. Overnight at SUHKOTHAI TREASURE RESORT or similar.
After breakfast, depart by private van to Si Satchanalai, yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located about 53km or 1 hour drive north of Sukhothai, the major sights include Wat Chang Lom, Chedi Chet Thaeo Temple and Nang Phaya Temple, just to name a few. Again, you will use environmentally friendly bicycles to tour the park. However, if you do not feel up to the challenge, your private van is on stand-by to shuttle you around. You will also visit the Centre for Study and Preservation of Sangkhalok Kilns. Within a distance of 1 kilometer, more than 500 kilns have been excavated up to now. Numerous celadon wares in perfect and broken conditions have been discovered. There are also exhibitions on artifacts, academic documents, and on the evolution of ancient ceramic wares. After lunch at a local restaurant, transfer to Uttaradit Railway station, where you board the train at 14:27hrs for the 3.5 hour trip to Lampang. Transfer to Wienglakor Hotel by local songthaew. Overnight at WIENGLAKOR HOTEL.
DAY 5In the morning, tour the city on horse-drawn carriages. Stops will be made at the most interesting temples, each which its own architectural style and history: Wat Si Rong Muang, Wat Pratu Phong and Wat Phra Kaeo Don Tao. You will also visit one of the oldest teak wood houses, Ban Sao Nak. After an early lunch, transfer to the train station, where you board the local train (non-air-conditioned) at 12.36hrs train bound for Chiang Mai. Upon arrival at 14:35hrs, private van transfer to Empress Hotel for check in. Rest of day at leisure. Overnight at EMPRESS HOTEL.
Day at leisure for own activities.

includes

Our package tour prices are inclusive of -

  • Transfers and tours by air-conditioned car/minibus/coach from city hotels in Bangkok
  • Services of an English or German speaking guide on the seat-in-coach tour
  • Services of an English speaking guide on the private tour
  • Baggage handling (1 piece per luggage per person)
  • Admission fees and activities mentioned in the program
  • Boat trips as mentioned in the program
  • Meals as specified in the program (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch)
  • Accommodation shared twin rooms with private bathroom
  • 2nd class air-con sleeper berth train-ticket from Chiang Mai to Bangkok
  • Service charges and VAT

excludes

Not included are -

  • Transfer from Bangkok Railway station to your next destination on Day 6
  • Surcharges for other language guides (private tour)
  • Other meals than mentioned in the program
  • Surcharges for compulsory gala dinners
  • Optional tours
  • Expenditures of a personal nature (drinks, phone calls, mini bar consumptions, laundry etc.)
  • Tips for guide and driver (at your discretion)

notes

Note -

  • Small deviations in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending on road conditions and availability of rooms.
  • Return to Bangkok by flight: You may deduct the amount of Baht 880.
  • net per person, whenever participants do not require the train ticket from Chiang Mai to Bangkok. However, the refund can only be applied if we are informed at the time of booking that client(s) will not require train tickets from Chiang Mai to Bangkok.
  • Domestic air tickets will be issued by Diethelm Business Travel and charged for separately.
  • Please note, that transfers to Chiang Mai airport as well as transfers from Bangkok airport are not included in our package price and will be charged for separately according to our transfer price lists.
Tour code: BKKDBTRN
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