A classic journey from Bangkok to the old Siamese heartland, the idyllic countryside of the central plains all the way to the old Lanna capital Chiang Mai, nestling among the forests and hills of the north. Visit places, rarely seen by rushing travelers, experience the authentic local way of life of rural Thailand and explore the northern capital’s narrow streets, golden temples and local customs.
The city is an ideal starting point for treks to the hill tribes of the northern mountains. Please contact us for more details.
Departures all year-round on request
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Day 1 - 2
Bangkok Explore the magnificent temples, the quiet canals, the bustling modernity and, if you wish, the famous nightlife of the capital city.
Day 3 - 5
Uthai Thani Visit the monuments and ruins of the once great ancient capital Ayutthaya and continue deep into the central heartlands to the sleepy town of Uthai Thani on the banks of Sakraekrang River. Uthai Thani, an idyllic province, visited by few, is an ideal place to rest and experience the rural lifestyle of the central plains. Enjoy a lunch cruise on the scenic Sakraekrang River onboard an old rice barge, while watching the life along its banks and visit the splendid crystal hall of Wat Thasung.
Day 6 - 7
Sukhothai The first capital of old Siam flourished only for some 120 years but its foundation marked the beginning of the Thai Nation and a golden age of Thai culture. Today the city’s remains have the status of a World Heritage Site. Explore the historical park of old Sukhothai, its temples and ruins among tranquil rice fields and villages outside its city walls by bicycle.
Day 8 - 10
Lamphun, Chiang Mai Leave the central plains behind and travel towards Chiang Mai and the mountains of the north. Get close to the gentle giants at the Elephant conservation camp near Lampang. The quiet town Lamphun was once the capital of the Mon kingdom of Haripunchai. Visit Wat Phra That Haripunchai, founded in 1044 and one of the region’s most important temples. Follow the old road to Chiang Mai, lined by centuries old giant yang trees, regarded by many as the most beautiful road in the north. For centuries an inaccessible Shangri-La, Chiang Mai is a modern city today, but has maintained the ambience of the golden days of the past, when it was the remote capital of the independent Lanna kingdom. Explore the narrow streets, its magnificent wooden Lanna-style temples and golden Chedis, its local crafts and traditions and stroll over the bustling night market.
Departure …or extend your tour and go trekking to the hill tribes of the North. Ask us for more details.