Grand Tour of Thailand, 18 days

Day 1   BANGKOK                                          
Upon arrival, welcome by the local guide at Bangkok airport, transfer and check-in at the hotel. Note: Rooms are available from 2pm. Day is at leisure.
Overnight in Bangkok.

Day 2   BANGKOK                                               (B/L)
After breakfast, departure to visit the Grand Palace surrounded by large walls, its original form is a conscious evocation of the Temple of Ayutthaya. Visit the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) and its jade Buddha image. Visit the Hall of the Throne, State Reception Hall, and the Coronation Hall. The morning ends with a visit to Wat Pho in which lies the famous Reclining Buddha, in the heart of the largest monastery in Thailand. Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, transfer and board a local boat to explore the Klongs of Thonburi. Stop to visit the Wat Arun, named after Arune, Indian goddess of the dawn. The style of this monument of Khmer origin is unique in Thailand.
Overnight in Bangkok.
Clothing: For religious reasons, women must have their shoulders covered and cannot wear shorts or miniskirts. Shoes must be removed before entering the Emerald Buddha Temple and sandals are not permitted.

Day 3   BANGKOK – FLOATING MARKET – RIVER KWAI (228 KM)                    (B/L)
After breakfast, Depart to the floating market Damnoen Saduak, situated about 80 km from Bangkok. Transfer to the pier near the market and ride a long tail boat over the river through lush vegetation. During navigation, observe salt farms and farmers working in the salt fields. Visit a local and very authentic floating market. Lunch at local restaurant. Then transfer by road to Kanchanaburi, located on the river Kwai’s bank. Free time at the famous Bridge on the River Kwai, built by Allied prisoners during World War II. In summer 1945, he was repeatedly bombed by Allied aircraft, but remained without major damage. Visit the Jeath museum dedicated to the prisoners’ life during the construction of the bridge. Then embark on a motorized canoe for a cruise on the River Kwai. Check-in at hotel on arrival.
Overnight in River Kwai.

Day 4   RIVER KWAI – AYUTHAYA (235 KM)                    (B/L)
After breakfast, embark on the train nicknamed "the Death Train" because of the many deaths of prisoners of war, during the bridge construction. Then pass Ban Loum Soum viaduct where the track is only supported by a tangle of wooden stilts on a cliff. Lunch at local restaurant then depart by road towards Ayuthaya, the former capital famous for the ruins and its prestigious past, listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO. On the way, stop to visit Bang Pa-In, a royal palace dating from the reigns of King Mongkut and Chulalongkorn.
Overnight in Ayuthaya.

Day 5   AYUTHAYA–LOPBURI–NAKHON RATCHASIMA (KHORAT) (264 KM)                    (B/L)
After breakfast, spend the morning exploring the ancient city of Ayutthaya. Visit Wat Phra Si Sanphet, a royal sanctuary, the extent of the ruins gives an idea of its past splendour and finally visit Wat Phananchoeng. Then depart by road to Lopburi and Prang Sam Yod Temple, known for its unusual inhabitants. In the afternoon, drive to the door of Isan: Nakhon Ratchasima, better known as Khorat. Finally, visit Prasat Hin Muang Than often forgotten by tourists. The complex dates from the tenth century and is located at the base of an extinct volcano.
Overnight in Nakhon Ratchasima.

Day 6   NAKHON RATCHASIMA – PHIMAI – KHON KAEN (253 KM)                    (B/L) 
After breakfast, visit Phimai Khmer temple, which is closely associated with the temples of Angkor in Cambodia. Prasat Hin Primal dates from the late eleventh century and is one of the finest examples of primary Khmer art that has subsequently been modified to meet the needs of Mahayana Buddhism. Lunch at local restaurant then drive to Sai Ngam to discover the oldest and largest Banyan tree of Thailand. Continue by the visit of the archaeological site of Baan Prasart, a several thousand years old village where were found many daily life artifacts as well as skeletons. In the afternoon drive to Khon Kaen. Stop in one of the traditional weaving silk centres of Chonnabot. Check-in at hotel on arrival.
Overnight in Khon Kaen.

Day 7   KHON KAEN – UDON THANI (113 KM)                    (B/L)
After breakfast stroll through this modern and old city. Visit Nong Wang temple and Sanjao Bueng Tao Gong Ma. Depart later by road toward Udon Thani. On the way, stop at Ban Khok Sa Nga village to attend an unusual show. The peculiarity of this village comes from his trainers of Cobra. Upon arrival visit Phu Phra Bat Historical Park, one of the most beautiful in the region.
Overnight in Udon Thani.

Day 8   UDON THANI–PHITSANULOK (378 KM)                    (B/L)   
After breakfast, explore the archaeological site of Baan Chiang. Listed as a World Heritage by UNESCO since 1992, this site is considered as one of the most significant in Southeast Asia for its interesting pre-historic villages and cemetery that were first excavated in 1967.  It is now completed by a museum rich with remnants exploring over 4,000 years of history. Then depart for a long drive to Phitsanulok (approximately 5 hours), an ancient city of the Kingdom of Siam and hometown of King Naresuan (XVI century). Check-in at hotel on arrival and time is free at leisure.
Overnight in Phitsanulok.

Day 9  PHITSANULOK – SUKHOTHAI – PHITSANULOK (150 KM)                     (B/L)
After breakfast, stroll through the city and visit Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat, the most important temple in the area, built on the banks of the Nan River in the middle of the fourteenth century. Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, depart to visit the Sukhothai Historical Park listed World Heritage by UNESCO. The park is situated on the location of the ancient kingdom and includes the ruins of royal palaces, temples, cities, walls, moats, dams and ditches. All have been preserved and restored to show the magnificent beauty of the cultural legacy of Thailand. Return late in the afternoon to hotel.
Overnight in Phitsanulok.

Day 10    PHITSANULOK – PHRAE (246 KM)                (B/L)
After breakfast, depart by road to the small town of Phrae, located in an isolated region often forgotten by most visitors. On the way, visit Sri Satchanalai Historical Park, located on the banks of the Yom River at Tambon Muang Kao, Amphoe Si Satchanalai. The ancient city, formerly called "Muang Chaliang" was renamed during the reign of Phra Ruang. Lunch at local restaurant before driving toward Northeast. Upon arrival, enjoy a ricksaw ride through the narrow streets of the old town surrounded by moats and transfer to hotel.
Overnight in Phrae.

Day 11   PHRAE – NAN (120 KM)                       (B/L)
After breakfast, stroll in the morning market then visit Burmese style temples: Wat Jom Sawan and Wat Saraborkeo. The road continues to the city of Nan, located in a mountainous region whose landscapes are an invitation to escape on unusual paths to meet ethnic minorities. Stop in Pae Muang Pee Canyon for a nice walk through its rock formations- around 2 million years old. Lunch at a local restaurant on the way. Arrival in Nan in the afternoon and visit the main temples of the city. Finally visit the residence of the kings of Nan, a beautiful teak building, built in 1866 and restored in the mid-twentieth century.
Overnight in Nan.

Day 12   NAN                       (B/L) 
After breakfast, depart for a full day excursion in the villages of Mabris (Spirits of yellow leaves). According to their tradition, the “Mabris” people move their houses when the leaves on their temporary huts turned yellow; hence their Thai name "Phi Tong Lueng". Then move to the eastern part of Nan, visiting tribal villages Mien or Yao and Hmong. In the afternoon, drive to Htin, then a short walk to Mabris (some gifts such as stationeries and clothes for the children would be greatly appreciated). Return to Nan by another route.
Overnight in Nan.

Day 13    NAN – PHAYAO – CHIANG RAI (350 KM)                    (B/L) 
After breakfast, depart for a morning drive to Chiang Rai. On the way, stop at Payao Lake and visit the temple of Khom Kham. Arrival in Chiang Rai in the early afternoon for a late lunch. Visit the amazing White Temple, a masterpiece of Thai architecture. It was founded in 2000 by renowned Thai artist Chalermchai Kositpipat and is made of white concrete and several thousand small mirrors. Finally, enjoy a boat ride on the Kok River leading to a Karen village. Transfer and check-in at hotel.
Overnight in Chiang Rai.

Day 14   CHIANG RAI – GOLDEN TRIANGLE – CHIANG MAI (350 KM)                     (B/L)
After breakfast, drive to Mae Sai, the most northern city before the Burmese border in the heart of beautiful mountain scenery. Depart for an excursion to Doi Tung. Visit the villa of the Princess Mother and Mae Fah Luang gardens. This northern mountain has many view points, including the Royal Villa, the Mae Fah Luang Botanical Garden and the top of Wat Phrathat Doi Tung Mountain which offers spectacular views. Stop in the Golden Triangle for a cruise on the river bounding the 3 countries: Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. Lunch at local restaurant then drive to Chiang Mai (approximately 4 hours). Arrival in the early evening and check-in at hotel.
Overnight in Chiang Mai.

Day 15   CHIANG MAI                      (B/L)   
After breakfast, explore Chiang Mai or often called the "Rose of the North". Departure from the hotel by rickshaw to the large local market and discover the remains of the ramparts and moat surrounding the Old City. Stroll at Warorot, a typical covered market where many stalls are full of local products, very colorful! Then visit Wat Phra Singh temple built by King Pha Yu to honor relics of his father King Kam Fu Kinh. The temple is also protecting a copy of sacred texts among the finest in the region. Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, one of most important Chiang Mai’s landmarks where sacred Buddha relics are preserved in a golden stupa. The panoramic view of Chiang Mai is fantastic. Return to hotel and free time at leisure.
Overnight in Chiang Mai.

Day 16   CHIANG MAI – MAE HONG SON (239 KM)                        (B/L)
After breakfast, depart by one of the most beautiful road of Thailand to Mae Hong Son (approximately 6 hours) through a mountain landscape. On the way stop in the small town of Pai and visit Tham Nam Lot cave, decorated with colourful stalagmites and stalactites. Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, arrive in Mae Hong Son and transfer to the hotel. In the northwest of Thailand near the Myanmar border, the city’s interest lies in its friendly people but also by the strong Burmese influence in everyday life and finally its breathtaking sceneries.
Overnight in Mae Hong Son.

Day 17   MAE HONG SON                    (B/L)
After breakfast, embark on a motor-boat for a ride along the Pai River. Stop in a village Padong to meet its long neck inhabitants. Then return to explore Mae Hong Son. In the city walls stand some impressive temples: the teak temple of Wat Hua Wiang displays the Burmese style; Wat Chong Klang is distinguished by its white and golden chedi and painted panels on glass representing the Jataka tales. Lunch at local restaurant. Finally visit Wat Doi Kong Mu perched on a hill, west of the city, to enjoy a very nice panoramic view.
Overnight in Mae Hong Son.

Day 18   MAE HONG SON – CHIANG MAI (239 KM)                    (B)
After breakfast, stroll through the local market, a meeting point where hill tribe exchange local products: fruits, vegetables, meat... Then drive back to Chiang Mai’s province (approximately 6 hours). Lunch at local restaurant on the way. On arrival, transfer to the airport for the departure the flight.
End of our services.

Accommodation in a shared double or twin room at selected hotels
Transfer by a private air-conditioned vehicle as per program
English speaking guide except during free time
Entry fees for all sightseeing as mentioned on the program
Meals as mentioned on the program: (B) for breakfast, (L) for lunch or (D) for dinner
Government taxes currently in force (V.A.T.)
Visa fee (for the concerned nationalities)
International flights and airport taxes
Domestic flight Chiang Mai/Bangkok and airport taxes
Drinks, tips, personal expenses and all services not clearly mentioned


Departure date
E.g., 19 Mar 2018
Price dates: 
Monday, May 1, 2017 to Saturday, September 30, 2017
Price table: 

Product table

Product ID Title Maturity Room Price
1703 Grand Tour of Thailand, 18 days (Adults, Double)
1704 Grand Tour of Thailand, 18 days (Adults, Single)