Trip code: VLTL-08(NRT10)
Trip duration: 11Days / 10 Nights
Trip Operates: Year Round / On Demand
Trip price: Available upon Request
Trip route: Bangkok–Thai house- Mekhala-Nakon Sawan-Sukhothai-Phrae Nan-Khum Lana-Lisu Logde-Chiang mai
Starts/Ends trip: Bangkok /Bangkok
Trip type’: Natural, historical & cultural.
Day 1: Bangkok - Thai house
Day 2: Thai house - Mekhala
Day 3: Mekhala -Nakon Sawan
Day 4: Nakon Sawan-uthai Thani-Nakon Sawan
Day 5: Nakon Sawan-Sukhothai
Day 6:Sukhothai-Phrae- Nan
Day 7:Nan-Phayao – Khum Lanna
Day 8: Khum Lana-Lisu
Day 9: Lisu
Day 10:Lisu-Chiang Mai - Departure Bangkok
Get an insight in the hidden Thai kingdom by going on this new tour, passionately built with charm and quest for authenticity. Enjoy home stay, ethnical lodge, river barge cruises and discover of the
lesser-known treasures of Thailand and truly experience the traditional way of life of the Thai people.
Day 1 BANGKOK– THAI HOUSE (-/-/D)
Pick-up from your hotel in Bangkok and transfer to the Health Land Sathorn Spa & Massage, to enjoy a specially tailored mix of treatments such as Aromatherapy, Body massage and foot reflexology lasting for 2.30 hours. Afterwards continue by road to The Thai House, in the rural outskirts of the city. Check-in and explore the traditional house and its garden. Free time at leisure.
Dinner and Overnight at the Thai House
Day 2 THAI HOUSE – MEKHALA (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the Thai House. Leave with the neighbor’s boat from the pier of the Thai House to discover the very authentic and lesser-known Klongs (canals) of Bangkok’s Nonthaburi side. Stop to discover a typical fruit farm hidden in the maze of the canals and taste some delicious local fruits with the owner. Continue by boat to reach the majestic Chao Phraya River, all the way to the Supara River House, where lunch is served by the river, overlooking the Grand Palace and Wat Arun. In the afternoon the Mekhala a traditional restored rice barge will come and pick you up directly at the restaurant. Start cruising up the Chao Phraya River with spectacular views. Just after the sunset, the Mekhala docks at Wat Kai Tia, a Thai temple set in a tranquil rural village. An exquisite candlelit dinner of mouth-watering Thai cuisine will be served on the deck.
Overnight on board in your air-conditioned cabin on the Mekhala
Note: Mekhala program Upstream (Bangkok - Ayuthaya): Daily departure, Except on every Friday, no cruise up. Check-in time is requested around 14:00hrs
Day 3 MEKHALA – AYUTHAYA – NAKHON SAWAN (B/L/-)
An option for alms offering to the monks can be made prior to a delicious breakfast served on board. Then depart for Bang Pa-In summer palace where you will disembark around 10h00. Then visit the Palace which used to be a summer residence for King Rama V. Continue by boat to visit Wat Phanancherng which contains the oldest large cast bronze Buddha image in Ayutthaya. Proceed by boat to a local riverside restaurant in Ayuthaya for lunch. Afternoon visit the Historical Research Center, Wat Chai Wattanaram and Wat Pra
Srisanphet. Drive on the scenic road to Ang Thong to see the largest reclining Buddha in Thailand at Wat Khun Inthapramun. Continue to Utthai Thani to watch the sunset from Sakaenkrang hill, overlooking the city and the countryside. Improve your luck by trying to throw a coin in the belly button of the Chinese Buddha statue.
Overnight at Country Lake Nature Lodge (Superior room) in a bungalow surrounded by trees.
Day 4 NAKHON SAWAN - UTHAI THANI – NAKHON SAWAN (B/L/-)
Wake up to the sound of birds and enjoy your breakfast next to the lotus field on the lake. Drive to Uthai Thani to explore the lively and colourful fresh market before you embark on a
typical river barge for a boat trip along the floating houses, fish farms and picturesque temples. Before you return to the Country Lake stop at the unique Wat Chantharam, a large meditation center with its “Crystal Hall”, famous throughout Thailand. Lunch at the Resort. In the afternoon, enjoy free time for relaxation or bird watching. You also have the possibility to hire of a bicycle or kayak to explore the rural surroundings (at extra costs). In the evening visit the local village temple and attend the daily Buddhist prayer with the monks. Listen to the sound of Sanskrit canons and experience this very unique atmosphere.
Overnight at Country Lake Nature Lodge (Superior room) in a bungalow surrounded by trees.
Day 5 NAKHON SAWAN - SUKHOTHAI (B/L/-)
Breakfast at hotel Morning drive on the rural back road to Kamphaeng Phet and visit the Historical Park and the National Museum which houses an impressive collection of artifacts that were unearthed from the archaeological excavations conducted in and around the Historical Park. Lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon continue to Sukhothai to visit the famous Historical Park, with the impressive ruins of the royal palaces, Buddhist temples, the city gates, walls and the water dyke control system are now preserved and have been restored by the Fine Arts Department with the cooperation of UNESCO. Also visit the temples around the historical park: Wat Phra Phai Luang, Wat Sri Chum, and Wat Chang Lom. After the visit, continue to visit Sangkalok museum, displaying a collection of Sangkhalok wares and ceramic wares produced some 700 years ago in the Lanna Kingdom.
Overnight at The Ananda Gallery Hotel (Superior Room)
Day 6 SUKHOTHAI – PHRAE – NAN (B/L/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning proceed on the scenic road to Sri Satchanalai to visit the historical park with its impressive temple ruins in the forest. Then drive to Phrae and visit Wat Chom Sawan and the Vongburi house (museum). Continue to Tung Hong Village and visit a Mohom shirt workshop. Lunch at a local restaurant in Phrae before driving to Nan. Stop for a visit of the Saa paper production shortly before Nan. Afternoon visit of the Nan National Museum (closed on every New Year and Songkran Festival), Wat Phumin and Wat Chang Kham, interesting temples famous for the mural paintings in Thai Lue style.
Overnight at Dhevaraj hotel (Deluxe room)
Day 7 NAN – PHAYAO – KHUM LANNA (B/L/D)
After breakfast, depart to visit Wat Nong Bua for a stroll in the Thai Lu village which ends at the silk weaving shop before departing for Chiang Kam. Proceed to Phayao for a visit to Kwan Phayao (Phayao Lake), the largest Fresh Water Swamp in Thailand and Wat Sri Khom Kham famous for its 17 metres high sitting Buddha image. Lunch at a local restaurant by the lake and afterwards continue to Khûm Lanna. 16h00: Arrive at Khum Lanna and be greeted by local Lanna people. A tasty welcome drink (herbal tea or fruit juice from the garden) will be served. Khum Lanna will provide Thai farmer shirts for guests use during the stay.
16h30: Get your free sample of our “Khum Lanna Thai Recipe Book” before the Thai cooking class begins. Enjoy the fruits of your labors with a full 4-course sit-down Thai dinner with your host and friends. Get an introduction to Thai language (which will prepare you for your market shopping next day). Watch a million stars beside a campfire in the garden.
Overnight at Khum Lanna
Day 8 KHUM LANNA - LISU LODGE (B/L/D)
05h30: Coffee/tea will be brought to your room for your wake-up call before we start our sunrise biking trip along the rural country road via San Kwang village to Phrao to visit an early morning local market where local coffee is available. With the help of your guide you may buy cookies and the flower garland for the temple offering on the way back. Then walk to visit the farmer’s rice and traditional tools shop, chat with the owner and learn more about the rice legends and differences and properties of the varieties of rice. Your local escort will translate. Cycle back to Khum Lanna with a stop to visit Wat Pa and pay respect to the Buddha image under the sacred tree. Continue biking to Khum Lanna along the canal with a stop in the rice fields to get more information about the rice- growing process and the place of rice in Thai life. Upon return, refreshment or shower before a local Lanna-style breakfast is set on the riverside. Afterwards, we take you on a garden tour around the compound, where you collect different seasonal herbs, vegetables, and fruits for cooking. Get a hands-on demonstration of a Lanna country – style BBQ lunch. Then, experience a hot-pressed herbal massage. (Consisting of 8 kinds of herbs; ginger, zingiber, lemongrass, plantain, tamarind leaves, soap pod, camphor and Aom Kiew). 16h00: Leave Khûm Lanna, onto visit Wat Tham Dork Kum with the big reclining Buddha image at the cave. Afterwards drive to the Lisu Lodge.
Dinner and overnight at Lisu Lodge.
Day 9 LISU LODGE (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the Lodge Start the trip with 13 kilometres of cycling to the Elephant Camp. Enjoy an hour of elephant riding through the mountainous jungle scenery down to the river. After a healthy picnic lunch on the bank of the river, you will go on an exciting ride about 45-minutes of white water rafting that takes you to a traditional Thai country village.
From there you return to Lisu Lodge either by bike or by local truck, depending on your mood. On the way back, we stop at the traditional Akha village for a chat with the shaman (spirit doctor). 16h00: Arrive at the Lisu Lodge and experience an ox-cart ride through farmlands and orchards to the Thai village of Baan Pang Mai Daeng. Then our Lisu ‘guide’ will take you for a walk through the village. You will start from Ton Lung temple to view the herbal garden then continue visiting some local families with a stop for a cup of tea and a spot of traditional medicine at the shaman’s house. Afterwards visit the cultural centre and ‘museum’ created by the villagers. Inside you will find a collection of typical household items and tools used by the Lisu and Akha mountain tribes. Evening, enjoy a Thai dinner with a traditional Lisu dance show.
Overnight at Lisu Lodge
Day 10 LISU LODGE – CHIANG MAI (B/-/D)
Breakfast at the lodge. Morning depart for a visit of Wiang Kum Kam, the archeological remains of an ancient city before transfer to check-in at the hotel. Afternoon Depart for a visit to Chiang Mai City Art and Cultural Center (closed on Monday). Then, proceed to visit Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, the city’s most famous temple located on top of the Suthep Mountain. Change on to local truck to visit White Hmong village with a coffee break at the Coffee Research Project. Evening, dinner at the Gallery Restaurant, a northern style riverside teakwood Restaurant.
Overnight at The Imperial Mae Ping Hotel (Superior room)
Day 11 DEPARTURE FROM CHIANG MAI (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel At leisure until the transfer to Chiang Mai airport for the flight to Bangkok (ticket not included in the price).
Our Treasures of Thailand Tour includes:
Tours & transfers as mentioned by private air-conditioned vehicle (car-capacity 2 persons / minivan-capacity 6 persons), open-air long-tailed boat and open-air truck with English speaking guide. EXCEPT package of Mekhala Cruise, Khum Lanna and Lisu Lodge will be on Join-in basis for all transfers, tours and activities.
English speaking guide throughout the program, except on board joined Mekhala Cruise, Join-in basis at Khum Lanna and Lisu Lodge all where English speaking assistance is provided.(other language guides available on request with additional fee)
Twin/double share accommodation with daily breakfast . For the single traveler must add the single supplement price. Accommodation in air-conditioned room, EXCEPT at Thai House, Khum Lanna and Lisu Lodge, where non air-conditioned room with electric fan is provided.
Join in 2days 1night (on day 2-3) Mekhala Cruise program up with English speaking assistance is provided only.
Join in 2days 1night (on day 7-8) Khum Lanna Thai Country Living with English speaking assistance is provided only.
Join in 2days 1night (on day 8-9) The Lisu Lodge Experience with English speaking assistance is provided only.
Admission fees for all sights visited
Meals as indicated in itinerary with B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner (all meal are set menu with Thai food & service at local restaurants) as well as local coffee at local market on day 8. If you have any specific food requirements: vegetarian, vegan, food allergies…please inform us in advance so that we can provide & notice to our restaurant.
Services charge & government taxes
Our Treasures of Thailand Tour excludes:
All airfares and airport taxes to & from Thailand
Flight/Train ticket Chiang Mai / Bangkok or v.v.
Hotels before & after trip
Optional visits to sights not mentioned in the program
Early check in ( before 2PM) & late check out ( after 12:00)
Surcharge fees in peak season ,national holidays & weekend
Compulsory meal at hotels
Admission fees during free time
Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry, etc
All alcoholic and drinks at mealtimes
Camera and video cameras fees if applicable
Compulsory Personal Travel Insurance (It should cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident of illness, client must buy before departure day)
Tips for guide, driver, boat crew & hotels' porters
Meals other than those mentioned above
Other services not clearly indicated in the Inclusion Package above.
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