Classic tour of Northern
highlights of Thailand include a huge variety of religious
and historic monuments; a rich cultural and artistic heritage;
museums and beautiful scenery.
elements are naturally included in sightseeing tour itineraries,
but Mekong Travel also seeks out the less obvious attractions
- interesting local markets, festivals, wherever these coincide
with travel plans, traditional handicrafts and industries,
plus the opportunity to meet local people in their own environments.
Also included are opportunities to try regional cuisine and
to see typical or traditional forms of entertainment.
The tour starts
with a tranquil river cruise along the the Chao Phraya River 70
kms north to the former Siamese capital of Ayutthaya. This UNESCO
World Heritage dates from (1350-1767) and its impressive ancient
ruins of temples and palaces are reminders of the glorious past
of this period of Thai history.
The tour continues
to Korat once part of the Angkor-centred Khmer Empire and onto the
UNESCO World Heritage site of Sukhothai, site of the first independent
Thai kingdom. We end up in the heart of the fabled Golden Triangle,
the mountainous region where the borders of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar
(Burma) converge, an area populated by hilltribes whose lives have
changed little over the centuries.
Bangkok - Mekhala Transfer from the hotel to board the Mekhala.
Cruise, up the Chao Phraya River passing by the Grand Palace and
the Temple of Dawn. Candlelight dinner and overnight on board at
Wat Kai Tia.
Day 2: Mekhala - Ayutthaya - Korat Depart for Bang-Pa-In
to visit Summer Palace of King Rama V then by longtailed speed boats
to Ayuthaya, former capital. Continue to Pimai, to visit museum
and Khmer temples. Overnight in Korat.
Day 3: Karat - Saraburi - Lopburi - Sukothai Visit the earthenware
village of Daan Kwien. Visit to Phra Buddha Badh in Saraburi, then
sightseeing in Lopburi. Proceed to Sukothai.
Day 4: Sukothai - Sri Satchanalai - Lampang Visit to ruins
of Sukhothai, the first capital of Thailand and Sri Satchanalai,
its northern outpost. Proceed to Lampang for overnight.
Day 5: Lampang - Phayao - Golden Triangle Visit Emerald Buddha,
then depart for Phayao. Continue to historical Chiang Saen, then
by longtailed boat on Mekong to Golden Triangle.
Day 6: Chiang Saen - Doi Mae Salong - Mac Sai - Chiang Saen
Visit Lisu Village then via Mae Chan to visit Yao and Akha villages.
Proceed to Doi Mae Salong for lunch then continue to Mae Sai, on
Burmese border. Return to Chiang Saen.
Day 7: Chiang Saen - Chiang Mai Depart for Mae Chan and stop
at the hot spring. Proceed to Chiang Mai then afternoon visits to
various handicrafts factories.
Day 8: Chiang Mai Visit elephant camp at Mae Taman for elephant
ride then visit orchid farm. Afternoon visit mountain of Wat Doi
Day 9: Chiang Mai - Bangkok Flight to Bangkok or one of the
islands off of southern Thailand.
Price £715.00 per person for minimum of two people.
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