Bangkok & Chiangmai
9 Days / 8 Nights Program of Bangkok & Chaingmai, which includes the principle sites of Bangkok & Chiangmai, including Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Floating Market, floating market, Doi Suthep Temple, Elephant Riding & rafting, etc.
DAY 1 Arrival
On arrival at BANGKOK Airport you will be met and transferred to Your Bangkok Hotel, where your reservation is for the next 4 Nights and includes Breakfast. En route to the Hotel, your Guide will give you an introduction to Thailand and your Program. (Specific aspects of your Sightseeing, etc. can also be discussed with your Guide).
DAY 2 Grand Palace & Temple of Emerald Buddha
This morning we visit Bangkok's most revered site - The Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha. We can also visit Wat Pho, one of Bangkok's oldest and largest Temple complexes, among the many sites of interest here is the Viharn which is home to a 46-meter Reclining Buddha. After lunch at a local restaurant we travel by Private Boat through the Klongs (Canals) of Thonburi where we get an insight to why Bangkok was once known as “the Venice of the East”, we also call in to see the Royal Barge Museum (if open) and Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn), before returning to the Hotel.
DAY 3 Floating Market & Jim Thompson House
Leaving the Hotel early we drive South of Bangkok through the countryside passing Palm Plantations and Salt Fields to Damnoen Saduak, to visit Thailand's largest floating market. Here we travel by small boat around the quiet waterways and the bustle of the main floating market. After looking around the market we drive back to Bangkok, taking lunch at a local restaurant en route. In the afternoon we can visit Jim Thompson's House, the classic Thai-style former home of a Pioneer of the Thai Silk Industry (to your interest, as time and energy permits!) before returning to the Hotel.
DAY 4 Ayutthaya & Bang Pa-In Summer Palace
Today we have a trip to the Ancient Capital of Ayutthaya. We travel by road, North of Bangkok to Ayutthaya, here we visit the various Ruins and Temples of this Ancient Capital City (now designated a World Heritage Site), including the Wat Phra Si Sampet Ruins, Wat Rachabophit, and the Chao Sam Phraya National Museum. After lunch at a local Restaurant, we then continue to Bang Pa-In, where we take a look around the Royal Summer Palace Gardens (The Palace is still used by the Thai Royal Family), after which return to Bangkok by road, and return to the Hotel.
DAY 5 Prasart Museum & to Chiangmai
This morning we have a personal visit to the unique (and private) Prasart Museum with it's beautiful traditional design, extensive tropical gardens and unusual collection of classical Thai & Asian antiques. On completion we transfer to Bangkok Airport for your early afternoon flight to Chiangmai.
On arrival at CHIANGMAI Airport we transfer to Your Chiangmai Hotel, where your reservation is for the next 4 Nights and includes Breakfast. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure in the Hotel.
DAY 6 Special Merit Making Ceremony, Doi Suthep Temple & City Sights
This morning we leave the Resort early (around 06.00am) to arrive early at the foot of Doi Suthep, where we can take part in a local make merit ceremony by giving Alms (some food & drink, etc.) to the local Monks from Wat Sri Soda. This is an amazing and moving site with usually hundreds of Saffron Robed Monks walking out of the Temple. After this we continue with a drive up to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, the most venerated Temple in Chiangmai, situated on the hill-side some 3000 ft. above the City in the Doi Pui National Park. On the way up the mountain we stop for a short coffee break before visiting The Temple itself (before all the crowds arrive !!). Here we can climb the 306 stairs, to reach the Temple which encloses a large traditional, “Lanna” style Chedi covered with gold plates (A small mountain Tram is also available if the stairs are too much effort !!) From the Temple Grounds there are also panoramic views over Chiangmai and the surrounding area.
On our descent we can spend the rest of the day in and around Chiangmai City, visiting some of the Principle Temples inside Chiangmai old moated City, such as - Wat Phra Singh, Chiangmai City's most important Temple. Constructed in the 14th Century, of particular interests here are some well-preserved murals. Wat Chedi Luang, once home to the Emerald Buddha (Now in the Grand Place in Bangkok) built over 600 years ago, is dominated by it's massive Chedi, which was partially destroyed by an earthquake in the mid 1500's. and Wat Chiang Man, the City's oldest Temple. Wat Suan Dok, best known for its large number of pagodas in which the ashes of the Chiang Mai Royal Family are enshrined.
DAY 7 Elephant Owner for a Day & Hill Tribe Village
This morning around 07.30am, we drive by Private Air-conditioned vehicle, to Patara Elephant Farm, in the Hang Dong Valley on the outskirts of Chiangmai. On arrival at the Site, you will be greeted by your Host, discuss your program, and get changed to a more comfortable Local "Elephant" Outfit.
We then start our "Elephant Owner for a Day" Training Session, which includes: Learn about elephant farm management and our breeding program, Train to approach and be near elephant. Learn to observe elephant temperament, Introduction to our elephants. Morning feed, Daily health care for elephant, Learn about elephant skin care and bathing your elephant, Showing different techniques for the mahout to get on & off the elephant neck and spoken commands for elephant.
You then lead your Elephant into the Water for a refreshing dip, before having a very local picnic lunch at the waterfall. After lunch, we walk with the Elephant through the Fields & Forest to the Elephant Nursery Center, where you have an opportunity to see & play with the "young" Elephants. On completion, we say farewell to your elephants, then meet up with our Vehicle.
On our way back to the Chiangmai, we can stop in to visit the "Thung Luang Hill Tribe Village". This village forms the Ethno-Eco agricultural Livelihood Conservation Group, which is combined of various ethnic Hill Tribes, including the Padong "long-necked" tribe, Karen, Lahu, Palong, Yao & H’mong Hill Tribes that has been established up in a natural environment and will give you a good insight into the different Hill Tribes traditional Culture and way of life.
DAY 8 Local Handicraft Village
Today we visit some of the various Traditional Local Handicrafts & Craft villages that Chiangmai is renowned for. Specific interests and details can be discussed with your Guides, but could include Silk Weaving; Teak-wood carving; Silver working; Laquerware production; Ceramics and a village community producing Sa-paper (to your interest, as time and energy permits!) before returning to the Hotel.
DAY 9 Departure
Today is at your leisure until we transfer you to CHIANGMAI AIRPORT, for your onward flight to Bangkok.
This would include:
- Private Transfers, Touring, Transportation, Entrance Fees, etc. with Qualified, English-speaking Guide & Road Transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles in Bangkok & Chiangmai on DAY 1-9
- Lunch taken at Local Restaurants on DAY 2-8
- 4 Nights including Breakfast at Your Bangkok Hotel on DAY 1-5
- 4 Nights including Breakfast at Your Chiangmai Hotel on DAY 5-9
- Bottled Water, Soft Drinks & Cool Towels in Vehicles
- P.A. Insurance (Local Cover) while on Tour
- Domestic Air Ticket (Economy Class) for:
- Bangkok>Chaingmai DAY 5
- Chiangmai>Bangkok DAY 9
- Air Tickets (other than above)
- Hotel "Extra" Accounts, Late Check-out Arrangements, etc.
- Gratuities (Guides, Drivers, Porters, etc.)
- Other Meals Items & Services not indicated in the program
This is the EXAMPLE of the type of Private Program that we can offer – While this can be booked directly as it is, it could also be used as Guideline to help you prepare an individual Program that we can arrange and finalize for you.
Please remember, the very nature of these private trips makes them quite flexible and wherever possible we do try to cater directly to your interests.
Specific costs will vary dependent on Dates of Travel, International Arrival & Departure Flight Times, Number of Clients in the Party, Availability of Hotel Accommodation & Room Category, etc.