Arrive in Bangkok airport. Welcome by English speaking guide and transfer to your hotel. After lunch, visit of the capital with a trip by long-tailed boat (Hang Yao) on the canals (Khlongs) of Thonburi and Bangkok. Discover the typical life of the former "Venice of the East" and visit Wat Arun (on week-ends: visit of the floating market). Return to hotel in the late afternoon. Dinner at leisure and overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, depart from your hotel about 07.15 – 07.30AM for a first visit Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of Emerald Buddha) and Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha).
After lunch, visit the house of Jim Thompson who started the Thai silk industry after World War II, houses a magnificent collection of Asian art. Back to the hotel by the late afternoon, dinner at leisure and overnight at the hotel.
Depart from your hotel in the early morning. Along the way, you should definitely stop to visit Damnoen Saduak floating market in Ratchaburi province, even many tourists every morning. Take a trip by long-tailed boat along this floating fruit and flower shops and visit of a local plantation. On the market, vendors are in colorful peasant dress and straw hats bring products from their garden to sell on boat.
Continue toward Kanchanaburi and discover the military cemetery of Second World War allies, then the famous bridge on River Kwai. After lunch at local restaurant, transfer to Wang Pho and board a train through the mountains with spectacular scenery about 30 minutes.
Arrive to Takhilen and transfer to the pier on River Kwai Noi. Embark on a boat to hotel upstream of River Kwai passing unspoiled mountainous jungle scenery. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
After breakfast, depart from hotel by boat downstream to Pier and continue by coach to visit memorial Hell Fire Pass. Lunch at local restaurant and then depart to Ayutthaya. On arrival at this ancient capital of Siam, visit one of the most impressive archaeological sites in Thailand: Wat Yai Chai Mongkol, Wat Phra Mongkol Bophitr and Wat Sri Sanphet. Late in the afternoon, return to Bangkok and transfer to railway station for a journey by night train to Chiang Mai (Second class sleeping berth). Dinner at leisure and overnight on board.
Picnic Breakfast on train and when you arrive at Chiang Mai in the morning,Then transfer to your hotel located in the heart of town. (room available at 02.00 PM early check in on request). Late morning, take a sightseeing tour to visit Warorot Market and Wat Phra Singh, one of the oldest temples in the North.
In the afternoon, visit Doi Suthep temple, overlooking the city over 1000 meters above sea level. Continue to visit handicraft villages at Bo Sang and Sankamphaeng, well known for decades in the manufacturing of painted umbrellas, decorated fans, teakwood carving, lacquer and silverware, precious stones etc… Overnight in Chiang Mai.
After breakfast, depart from your hotel to Chiang Rai (by road). On the way, stop at an elephant training camp, where you can admire, touch and study elephants, even feed them with bananas. From there, take a time to discover the countryside by trek on the back of elephant for an hour through tropical forest. After that, transfer to Baan Tha Ton, lunch on the way. Then take a Thai boat (long-tailed boat) to Chiang Rai. During the journey, visit an Akha village where you can admire the breathtaking scenery of north Thailand. Arrive in the resort at the end of afternoon. Dinner at leisure and overnight in the hotel.
Breakfast at your resort and depart to Mae Sai, a border town with Myanmar (Burma). Visit Golden Triangle, strategic point which you can see a unique landscape shared between Thailand, Myanmar and Laos. Cruise Thai boat on Mekong River in Golden Triangle. Lunch and return to Chiang Mai. In the evening, enjoy Kantoke dinner and traditional Thai dance show. Overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast at hotel and it is free time at leisure until transfer to Chiang Mai Airport for your return flight to Bangkok. It is possible to extension of your stay in Thailand (beach holidays).
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