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  TRIP FROM CENTRAL TO THE NORTH
Traveling to the North of Thailand with AAA's recommended itinerary deep into the heart of the Thailand kingdom around Thailand.  The suggested itinerary below takes you on multi-day expeditions for an in-depth look into the everyday life and beauty of the country.
 
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Day 1:
Bangkok - Phitsanulok
Drive north to visit Ayutthaya, the former capital of Siam to witness the gigantic bronze statues of Pra Viharn Mongkol Borpith, then there is a chance to visit the ancient pagodas at Wat Phra Sri Sanphet. Afternoon continue further north heading for Lop Buri, visit the museum at Narai Raja Nives Palace. Stops at the Sacred Three Spired Pagoda and the Monkey Temple. Overnight and dinner suggested here in Phitsanulok.

Day 2:
Phitsanulok - Sukhothai -Sri Satchanalai- Lampang
Morning visit the most important temple in Phisanulok, Wat Maha Dhat with its revered Buddha statue. Then strike west heading for Sukhothai to visit the Sukhothai Historical Park, and Ramkamhaeng Museum. Afternoon continue drive north heading for Lampang. Overnight and dinner suggested here in Lampang.

Day 3:
Lampang – Lamphun ‑ Chiang Mai
Early morning visit Wat Pra Dhat Lampang Luang, housing the old Emerald Buddha besides the one at the Grand Palace in Bangkok. Experience the colourful of local Market, where the handicrafts, fruit, vegetables, on sale here. This afternoon, don't miss the opportunity to visit Sankampaeng, the village that famous of woodcarving, Thai Silk factory, Gem stone factory, Umbrella and a handicraft manufacturer. Overnight and dinner in Chiang Mai

Day 4:
Chiang Mai
Morning visit Wat Pra Thad Doi Suthep, tucked away in the mountains at 3,526 feet above sea level. The temple is reached by a staircase with 290 steps, flanked by a Naga balustrade on either side and beautiful Golden Chedi, which contains partial relics of Lord Buddha. Don't miss the opportunity to visit Doi Pui where Mao Hill tribe people live their primitive way of life.

Day 5:
Chiang Mai - Mong Hilltribe Lodge
You'll visit an elephant camp in Mae Sa Valley in the morning. Then go to an orchid farm. Following lunch, proceed by pick-up truck to visit the Mong hilltribe village at Nong Hoi Mai. Overnight and dinner suggested here.

Day 6:
Thaton - Chiang Rai
Morning, head north to Fang at Thaton, a short brief stop suggest at Chiang Dao cave. At Thaton you can hire the long-tailed boat for a three-four hour journey on Mae Kok River to Chiang Rai, Excellent trip and unforgettable trip. Overnight and dinner in Chiang Rai.

Day 7.
Chiang Rai
Morning, visit the Golden Triangle and Mae Sai where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos converged. Here you can hire the boat for a short trip ride on Mekong River to Chiang Saen.

Day 8.
Chiang Rai
Drive up to the highest mountain peak on the Thai/Burma border, Doi Tung, 2,000 meters above sea- level. In the past, the forest area around Doi Tung was destroyed by shifting slash-and-burn cultivation until 1987, when the Doi Tung Development Project was established according to the King’s Mother initiative. Visit Mae Fah Luang Gardens and Royal villa. Drive further up to Wat Phra Thad Doi Tung on the mountain peak, regarded as the holiest sanctuary by the residents of Chiang Rai and nearby provinces. The Wat was built in A.D. 911 and it is believed that the left collarbone of Lord Buddha is enshrined in the twin pagodas. Return to your hotel.

Day 9.
Chiang Rai
Drive up to the highest mountain peak on the Thai/Burma border, Doi Tung, 2,000 meters above sea- level. In the past, the forest area around Doi Tung was destroyed by shifting slash-and-burn cultivation until 1987, when the Doi Tung Development Project was established according to the King’s Mother initiative. Visit Mae Fah Luang Gardens and Royal villa. Drive further up to Wat Phra Thad Doi Tung on the mountain peak, regarded as the holiest sanctuary by the residents of Chiang Rai and nearby provinces. The Wat was built in A.D. 911 and it is believed that the left collarbone of Lord Buddha is enshrined in the twin pagodas. Return to your hotel.

Day 10.
Chiang Rai
Free at leisure till depart Chiang Rai by flight to Chiang Mai / Bangkok


Day 1:
Bangkok - Korat
Early morning 35-minute flight from Bangkok to Nakhon Ratchasima (popularly known as Khorat), or 260 kilometres by drive northeast of Bangkok. Morning visit the temples. After lunch, journey south to visit Pak Thong Chai where villagers create Thai silk in authentic cottage industries. Overnight stay in Khorat.

Day 2:
Khorat - Loei
Morning visit Phimai's 11th-century Prasat hin, one of the loveliest examples of classical Khmer. The sanctuary has been partly restored to its original splendour. After lunch drive north to Loei, I-San's westernmost and northern most province. Visit the Phu Kra Dueng National Park, and the Phu Luang National Wildlife Reserve. Overnight stay in Loei.

Day 3:
Loei - Udon Thani
Early morning, trip to Chiang Khan which lines on Mekong riverbank facing Laos.  Then, proceed on to Nong Khai's riverside district seat of Si Chiang Mai for lunch. Nong Khai lines on the southern bank of the Mekong diagonally opposite the Laotian capital of Vientiane. Overnight stay in Udon Thani.

Day 4:
Nakhon Phanom
Morning visit Ban Chiang village, site of some of the 20th Century's most exciting archaeological discoveries. Proceed to Sakon. Nakhon for lunch, and afterwards visit Wat Phra That Choeng Chum, and Pa Suthawat where a memorial chapel honours the revered I-San Buddhist saint, Luang Pu Mun (1871-1949). Continue on to Nakhon Phanom, check-in to hotel, and enjoy a traditional Phu Thai dinner and show.Overnight 'stay in Nakhon Phanom.

Day 5:
Phra That Phanom - Bangkok
Morning visit I-San's most revered shrine, Phra That Phanom, the spire of which dates from the 9th century. After lunch, boarding the Thai Airways flight to Bangkok; or of making the late afternoon 40-minute flight from Sakon Nakhon to Khon Kaen, and transferring to an evening flight for Bangkok.

Day 1:
Bangkok - Tak
Early morning departure along Highway No. 1 for Tak, some 423 kilometres north of Bangkok. From Tak, the visitor may follow Route 105 westwards for the 85-kilometre journey to Mae Sot, passing the Lansang National Park and Pa Peung waterfall, and Doi Musu where Meo, Lisu and Lahu hilltribe settlements cling to hillsides. Mae Sot faces Burma across the Moei River. Major attractions include a riverside trading post and Burmese-style temples such as Wat Kokchangpuak. Visitors making this trip are advised to make an overnight stay at Mae Sot.Alternatively, the traveller can visit Tak's Wat Phrae and Wat Sibunruang before proceeding some 20 kilometres along Highway No. 1 to the well-signposted road leading to the 155-metre-high Bhumipol Dam (Thailand's largest) where the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand maintains guest houses and comfortable hotel accommodation facing landscaped gardens, an 18-hole golf course and tennis courts. Boat trips are popular on the dam's scenic reservoir which extends some 100 kilometres northwards. Overnight stay at Bhumipol Darn.

Day 2:
Bangkok - Lampang
Morning departure, travelling north along Highway No. 1 via Thoen to Ko Kha for the detour to the somnolent Wat Phra That Lampang Luang, an outstandingly beautiful old temple with exquisite woodcarving and a fascinating museum. Proceed onwards to Lampang (610 kilometres north of Bangkok), and check-in to hotel. Lampang is the sole provincial capital in Thailand where horse-drawn carriages are still used for daily urban transport. The carriages make a delightful form of transportation for visiting Lampang's Burmese-style temples which include Wat Phra Kaeo Don Tao with its towering pagoda. the beautiful and charming Wat Si Churn with filagree woodcarving and gold leaf murals, and the unusual Wat Chedi Sao Overnight stay in Lampang.

Day 3:
Lampang
Early morning departure for the 55-kilometre drive to Ngao's Young Elephant Training Centre where, in a natural setting. mahouts guide young elephants through various exercises honing forestry skills. Afterwards, proceed to Tham Pha Thai, one of Thailand's more interesting caves. The cave is reached by climbing a 280-step staircase in a forest setting. A small pagoda marks the cave entrance which is occupied by a large seated Buddha image. The 400-metre deep cave contains highly photogenic. towering limestone formations. Return towards Lampang. passing a collection of roadside spirit houses at Km. 56, and visit the small Kio Lom Darn, some 37 kilometres from town. Enjoy a boat trip on the dam's scenic reservoir which is ringed by mountains, dotted with islands, and is some 100 kilometres long and 40 kilometres at its widest point. Simple bungalow and cabin accommodation is available on islands for visitors who wish to prolong their stay. Overnight stay in Lampang.

Day 4:
Lampang - Chiang Mai
Morning departure for the comfortable 90-kilometre scenic drive to Chiang Mai. En route, visit Lamphun, a compact province famous for beautiful women, historic temples, woven cloth and boutiful lamyai orchards. The somnolent, moated provincial capital, 26 kilometres south of Chiang Mai. was formerly seat of the ancient Hariphunchai kingdom and contains two particularly noteworthy temples. Wat Phra That Hariphunchai, with its 50-metre golden pagoda, is a supreme example of classic northern Thai religious architecture and dates from the 9th century. Wat Chama Thewi is even older, its 8th-century tapering stupa containing 60 Buddha images in niches. Afterwards. proceed to Chiang Mai and check-in to hotel. That evening, enjoy a traditional Khantok northern-style dinner and northern folk dance

Day 5:
Chiang Mai
Morning visit to major city temples such as Wat Phra Sing with its lovely Lai Kham chapel and scriptural repository: Wat Chiang Man. Chiang Mai's oldest temple: and Wat Ku Tao with its exotically bulbous pagoda. Mid-morning visit to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep which overlooks Chiang Mai from its forested mountain backrop. Wat Phra That Doi Suthep's 16th-century golden pagoda contains Buddhist relics. A spectacular view of Chiang Mai can be enjoyed from the temple compound. After lunch. visit the Bo Sang Umbrella Village where colourful handicraftecl parasols make excellent souvenirs. Other local handicrafts, such as silks, cottons, jewellery, woodcarvings, silverware, celadon and lacquerware, are available to the nearby Daytime Bazaar. Proceed on the Sankamphaeng's popular Hot Springs where water with a high sulphur content possesses curative and restorative properties A late-afternoon return to Chiang Mai permits a visit to Wat Suan Dok where spectacularly photogenic sunsets are almost a daily occurrence. Overnight stay in Chiang Mai.

Day 6:
Chiang Mai
Morning departure for a full-day trip through the winding Mae Sa valley (which begins some 40 minutes north of the city), where an Elephant Camp. orchid nurseries, the sparkling Mae Sa and Mae Yim waterfalls, artfully landscaped hillside resort complexes and high-altitude Meo hilltribe villages number among prominent attractions amid arresting scenic beauty. Visitors who prefer 'effortless sightseeing' can gain lasting impressions of northern Thailand by attending the entertaining cultural show at the Erman Resort's 'Little Chiang Mai'. Traditional activities featured include colourful northern Thai festivals, the Buddhist ordination. Thai boxing, sword-fighting. cock-fighting, and graceful northern folk dances.

Day 7:
Chiang Mai - Mae Sariang
Early morning check-out of hotel prior to making the adventurous 90-kilometre trip, via Route 108, to the summit of Doi Inthanon, at 2,550 metres, Thailand's highest mountain. A sharp right turn beyond Km. 56 leads to the Inthanon National Park and popular Mae Kiang waterfall. Beyond the park entrance, the road climbs through forest. passes the lovely Wachirathan waterfall, Meo settlements, the Siriphum waterfall. and snakes up through cool, silent forests cloaking the summit. From Inthanon's summit, the traveller may retrace his journey back to Route 108 and proceed westwards via Chom Thong and Hot to Mae Sariang. or descend the more exciting route, 10 kilometres below the summit, past the beautiful Mae Pan waterfall and Karen settlements to Mae Chaem, a small town overshadowed by Inthanon's western flank A feeder road from Mae Chaem passes farming settlements, waterways and the Bo Thephanom sulphur springs -- which ooze water at a constant temperature of 90°C. before joining Route 108 14 kilometres west of the Op Luang Forest Park. Route 108 snakes westwards some 70 kilometres through carefully terraced hills and isolated Karen settlements before entering Mae Sariang, a small district town where the traveller can enjoy an overnight stay.

Day 8:
Chiang Mai - Mae Hong Son
Early morning departure for the spectacular 200-kilometre drive through some of Thailand's loveliest mountain scenery to Mae Hong Son. tiniest and most isolated northern provincial capital. Half the fun of visiting Mae Hong Son is getting there. The road from Mae Sariang passes through dense forest where trees grow to some 100 feet and work elephants are not uncommon sights. Increasingly, particularly over the final 70 kilometres, the road snakes in hairpin bends, so much so that locals refer to it as 'the road of 1,000 turns'. Narrow valleys have been cleared for rice cultivation and distant hilltop Burmese-style temples dominate verdant farmland. Frequently, the road overlooks countryside so far below the traveller feels he is inside an aircraft. Eventually the road descends into a broader valley before entering Mae Hong Son. After an early-afternoon arrival, and checking-in to a hotel, visit the lakeside Wat Chongkham where Burmese-style buildings and chapels are of considerable interest. Afterwards, visit the hilltop Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu which overlooks the town from a 900-feet vantage point. Gigantic leonine statues guard a huge staircase leading to the temple which offers an exhilarating view of Mae Hong Son and encroaching forested hills.
 
 
 
Price Baht 4,500.00
 

The above rate is per vehicle, and per day :

Inclusion :

• Private vehicle with English speaking driver

• Driver's meals and his own nightly accommodation

• Gasoline

• Mileages

• Compulsory insurance

• Express Road tolls

• Parking fee at all sites visit

• Tax and VAT

Exclude :

• Entrance fee

• Anything that is not specified above

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Vehicle drop off at other destination than Bangkok  extra day rental fee is applied.

Remark :
The above itinerary is the best recommendation  to explore the north and the most interested area around.  

 
Valid till :  31  Dec'09
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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