08 Days Bangkok-Chiang Mai Highlights
Nothing develops intelligence like travel. In this cultural and historical journey, you will reveal the reasons why more and more people visit to combine Bangkok and Chiang Mai as their destinations in Thailand. First of all, Bangkok will warmly welcome each of your footsteps. As a vibrant city with many attractive tourist resorts, colorful life, and unique cultural cuisine, do not skip its unique public transport like BTS/MRT, public boats, and local bus. Then, come to Wat Po (Reclining Buddha), and walk to visit the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Keo. Tuk Tuk should not be missed out.
On day 4, you will move to the next wonderful land, Chiang Mai. As the rose of Northern Thailand, Chiang Mai with ancient, peaceful cities and majestic nature is an ideal place for cultural and history lovers. Golden Triangle, a boat ride on the Mekong River, or Opium Museum are well-organized. Later, a “safari” city tour will follow the path. Why don’t you ride other special means of transport in this golden land? Elephant Rescue Park will fulfill your amazing days before a safe and sound flight back to daily life.
Departure/Return LocationBangkok/ Chiang Mai
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Day 1: Bangkok (-)
Arrival at Bangkok airport. Meet and greet at the airport and private transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Bangkok.
Day 2: Bangkok (B-L)
Breakfast. Explore Bangkok is safari-style by using public means of transportation (BTS/MRT, public boats, local bus). The tour will take you to the river to reach the pier to Wat Po (Reclining Buddha), and walk to visit the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Keo. Try the lunch as the locals do. Take the tuk-tuk to the Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall (closed on Mondays). Board the bus boat in the canal to Hua Chang Pier for a short walk to the area of shopping complexes and return by BTS to the hotel (option to continue shopping on your own).Overnight in Bangkok.
Day 3: Bangkok (B-L)
Breakfast. Option of one full day option from the following excursions:
Day tour to the floating market of Damnoen Saduak:
Depart at 07:00 to Samut Songkhram for the amazing railway market. Visit a local Thai house making coconut sugar. Make a boat trip to the floating market among the vendors for an ultimate experience. Lunch at a local restaurant. Also, visit the tallest pagoda at Phra Pathom Chedi and visit the Jesada Technik Museum with its large collection of vintage vehicles. Return to Bangkok (ca. 17:00)
Day tour to Ayutthaya: Depart at 08:00 to visit the summer palace of Bang Pa In. Board the long tail boat for a cruise on the Chao Phraya up to the ancient capital of Ayutthaya.
Lunch at a local restaurant. Hop on a tuk-tuk to visit the ruined temples of Wat Mahathat, Wat Phra Si Sanphet, and Wat Lokaya Sutharam. Return to Bangkok (appx 17:00)Overnight in Bangkok.
Day 4: Bangkok - Chiang Mai (B)
Breakfast. Check-out time is noon Private transfer to Bangkok airport (no guide) for your fight to Chiang Mai (airfare excluded). Arrive in Chiang Mai and private transfer to your hotel.Overnight in Chiang Mai.
Day 5: Chiang Mai (B-L) - Golden Triangle
Breakfast. Early morning departure to Chiang Rai province (ca. 3.5 h). First, visit the border city of Mae Sai before arriving at the Golden Triangle. Here we make a boat ride on the Mekong River and visit the Opium Museum. Lunch at a local restaurant. Continue to visit the hill tribe village with the Aka, Yao, and the Paduang Karen, or the Long Necks. Also, visit the white temple of Wat Rong Khun and return to Chiang Mai (ca. 3 h). Arrival in the evening.Overnight in Chiang Mai.
Day 6: Chiang Mai (B)
Breakfast. Pick up by your guide for a full day “safari” city tour of Chiang Mai by using different modes of transportation (the songthaew, long tail boat, tuk tuk). Start with a stroll in the old traders’ community at Wat Gatekaram before heading to Wiang Kum Kam, the ancient city in ruins. Tour the small village by tram. Head to Wat Chedi Luang, where we make offers to the monks and receive their blessing. Continue uphill to the Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, not only for its view but also to be involved in a blessing ceremony or to witness the monks' chanting. Return to the hotel.Overnight in Chiang Mai.
Day 7: Chiang Mai (B-L)
Breakfast. Spend the day at an Elephant Rescue Park (join basis). Morning pick up and join the transfer to the sanctuary. Arrive at the sanctuary and get briefed on the day’s activities for your one-on-one interactions with the rescued elephants. You will get to meet them, feed them, walk with them, hug them, play with them, and bathe with them. Enjoy the memorable day and transfer back to your hotel in the afternoon.Overnight in Chiang Mai.
Day 8: Chiang Mai-Chiang Mai Airport (B)
Breakfast. Day at leisure. Check out time is noon. Private transfer to Chiang Mai airport.