Explore Central Thailand
4 Days / 3 Nights
A short, interesting exploration of Central Thailand from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Visit Ayutthaya, then head to Sarn Prakarn, an ancient Khmer sanctuary in Lopburi. Next, proceed to Phra Prang Sam Yod, another ancient Buddhist compound. Have lunch on a traditional rice barge while cruising on the Sakae Krang River. Explore Sukhothai, then continue up north to Phrae, visit Wat Chom Sawan, a Burmese-style temple, the Khum Wongburi Museum, before having lunch in the laidback town of Lampang where we visit the impressive Wat Phra That Lampang Luang as well as Wat Phra Kaeo Don Tao and two elephant hospitals at the Thai Elephant Conservation Center before continuing to Chiang Mai.
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Day 1. Bangkok - Ayutthaya (-/-/-)
This morning, meet your driver in the lobby of your hotel (booked separately, not included in package price) for a private transfer to Ayutthaya, the former capital of the Kingdom of Siam (80kms, about 1.5h drive).
On arrival, free time to explore Ayutthaya Historical Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) on your own, or with your guide. Overnight in Ayutthaya.
Day 2. Ayutthaya – Lopburi - Sukhothai (B/L/-)
This morning (around 09.30), meet your English speaking guide and driver in the lobby of your hotel for an interesting overland journey to the North through an unspoiled countryside.
We will first make a stop in the quiet town of Lopburi (75kms, about 1h drive) where you will visit Sarn Prakarn, an ancient Khmer sanctuary. It's been said that in ancient times there were many large fig or Krang trees, where monkeys lived. Later, people brought food and fruits to make a votive offering to the shrine.
Next, proceed to Phra Prang Sam Yod, another ancient Buddhist compound comprised of 3 prangs linked to one another by a corridor. Today, the sanctuary and surrounding city have been overtaken by monkeys coming in from the nearby jungle as local monks continue to feed them. As visitors, you can wander the grounds watching the lively action on the temple, and explore the markets nearby where the monkeys continue to live. The next stop is Phra Narai Ratchaniwet, a palace built in the 1600’s. Although the buildings were designed with the contributions of French architects, the Khmer influence is still strong. The palace is a perfect blend of both worlds, a mixture of Khmer-European styles.
We then continue up North and stop at the lovely province of Uthai Thani (120kms, about 2h drive) for a tasty lunch on a traditional rice barge while cruising on the Sakae Krang River. A great way to break up today’s long ride!
After lunch we continue to our final destination of the day – Sukhothai (240kms, about 3h drive). Check-in on arrival with the evening at leisure.
Day 3. Sukhothai (B/-/-)
Free day to explore the Sukhothai Historical Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) on your own, or with your guide.
Day 4. Sukhothai – Phrae - Lampang - Chiang Mai (B/-/-)
This morning (09.30), meet your guide and driver in the lobby of your hotel to continue your journey up north to Chiang Mai, the cultural capital of Northern Thailand.
We will first head to Phrae Province (180kms, about 2.5h drive) which has many wonders to offer making it one of the hidden gems of Northern Thailand. Hundred years ago, Phrae used to dominate the entire region, being a center of the teak logging industry and home to the Mo Hom – an ancestral indigo diving technique. Merchants came from all around the world to trade their valuable goods and there was a great deal of Western influence. This is clearly seen in the colonial-style buildings and gingerbread houses which are scattered around the city.
We visit Wat Chom Sawan, a Burmese-style temple. The teak building features multi-tiered roof adorned with fine frameworks. Next is Wat Luang, an ancient temple as old as the town itself.
We then make an interesting stop at Khum Wongburi Museum, the former residence of the Governor. The builders were Chinese from Canton while the carpenters were locals. The outstanding feature of Khum Wangburi is its elaborate woodcarvings, which can be found on all its gables, eaves, verandahs, doors and windows.
We then continue to the interesting Thai Seri Museum. Built in 2007 by a local, the museum tells the forgotten story of the Free Thai Movement, an underground resistance movement against Japan during WWII.
We then take the road west to our next destination: Lampang (115kms, about 2h drive), a charming little town that features horse drawn carriages, relaxing riverside bars and restaurants, a number of spectacular Buddhist temples, and a friendly, laid-back local population. We will arrive just in time for a well deserved lunch.
In the afternoon, visit the impressive Wat Phra That Lampang Luang as well as Wat Phra Kaeo Don Tao which once housed the sacred Emerald Buddha. While in Lampang enjoy a special visit to the Elephant Conservation Center. The center houses the country's only dedicated hospital and recovery center for elephants. Currently there are two elephant hospitals at the Thai Elephant Conservation Center, both funded by the Foundation "Friends of the Asian Elephant." You'll have a chance to learn about the project and the hospital.
Continue driving to Chiang Mai (100kms, about 1.5h drive). On arrival, check-in at your resort (booked separately, not included in package price) and evening at leisure.
4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS FROM £ request a quote
based on 2 people travelling together
The price includes:
Transfers and tours with local English-speaking driver guide in private air-conditioned vehicle
All entrance fees as mentioned in the program
Meals as mentioned in the program without drinks (B/L/D) = (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
The price does not include:
Return flights from the UK to Thailand. Request a quote from us.
Anything not specifically mentioned above.
Optional tours, camera fees.
Tips to the guide and driver, porters and waiters.
Personal costs such as drinks, laundry, etc.
Peak season surcharges
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