Tailored from £2,750 per person excl. flights
13 days Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Sukhothai, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai,
13 days Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Sukhothai, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai,
Your Thailand Heritage and Hill Tribes holiday begins in Bangkok with a tour by an English speaking local guide to visit the city's best cultural sights, visits to famous markets and even the chance to ‘make merit’ at a local temple. We then travel to Ayutthaya and Lopburi to explore the ancient cities now overtaken by monkeys! Continuing your journey, we travel north through Sukhothai and Chiang Mai. Here you will discover the distinctive culture of northern Thailand as well as enjoying a range of activities and the local hospitality. We’ll spend a night in a hill-tribe lodge and trek around the local area. We continue our northern adventure as we head east to the hill tribe region above Chiang Rai. We’ll stay right in the heart of a local community and your guide will help you to explore through 2 days of trekking. We then head to Chiang Rai to relax for a few days before completing this magical trip.
As you arrive into Bangkok, our Wayfairer representative, who will be waiting to welcome you will transfer you to your chosen accommodation.
Once you get there and settle in, your English speaking local guide will visit you during the evening to give you a breakdown of the tour and recommend great eateries nearby.
Bangkok is gaining recognition for its art, culture, food, shopping, hospitality and affordability. The city combines some of Asia’s oldest and most elaborately adorned temples with modern shopping malls and skyscrapers – a city that packs in so many sights and attractions you won’t know where to begin. However, your friendly and knowledgeable local guide will give you a helping hand and introduce you to some of Bangkok’s most famous sights - including the impressive Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Po.
This morning we visit Damneon Saduak floating market, which is around 12km south of Downtown Bangkok. You will come cross hundreds of boats along the narrow canals selling everything from exotic fruits, traditional desserts to noodles cooked right on the boat. The floating market is a perfect opportunity for trying Thailand's traditional food, learning the local culture and taking the perfect shots.
We then transfer just 80km north of Bangkok, to the ancient city of Ayutthaya, which reigned as capital of Thailand from the 14th - 18th century. Upon arrival we visit some of the key sites in this ancient capital taking time to visit the impressive ruined temples of Wat Mahathat and Wat Phra Sri Sanphet
This morning we take a look around more of ancient Ayutthaya before driving to Lopburi, otherwise known as Monkey City. We’ll explore Prang Sam Yot, an impressive three-pronged Khmer ruin, and San Phra Kan, a modern spirit shrine - which are home to most of the monkeys of Lopburi. The monkeys, specifically rhesus and crab-eating macaques, also like to steal food and hats from people: you’ve been warned!
In the mid afternoon we will start the 4 hour journey to Sukhothai - arriving at around 7pm.
Today the lasting remains of Old Sukhothai are contained within a small UNESCO-Listed historic park and is one of the most visited ancient sites in all of Thailand. Here we enjoy a guided tour, discover ruins of royal palaces, Buddhist Temples and the city gates and moats of the ancient kingdom, discovering the unique style of Sukhothai architecture.
This morning we drive to the ancient town of Srisatchanalai, now a historical park. A total of 134 monuments have been discovered within the park, and while we only spend a few hours here we will explore the most impresseive and important sites. We will then continue on to Chiang Mai where we’ll check in your hotel for the next few nights. This evening we take you out for a traditional Kantoke dinner, a local gem where you’ll be served the best Thai cuisine has to offer.
This morning we visit the Elephant Nature Camp for their full day adventure. A fantastic experience and a great chance to get hands on with these majestic animals at a park which matches with the values of Wayfairer and our clients. We then head back to the hotel to relax before visiting the famous Chiang Mai night market.
This morning after an early breakfast we head to a local farm outside Chiang Mai. We start by collecting the ingrediants before diving into our Thai cookery lesson, finishing with your own cooked lunch. We then head further into the hills, taking in incredible views before arriving at Hmong Lodge. This is the perfect place to spend the day and night to relax. You’ll arrive just in time for dinner where a buffet of local Thai dishes will be accompanied by traditional dance.
This morning we start a full day exploring the local hill tribe areas. Your local guide will show you around and you will meet and interact more with the locals. This evening we again join for a buffet.
This morning your Wayfairer driver will be waiting to pick you up and transfer you to your chosen accommodation in Chiang Rai. After a brief rest, we will start trekking along a nature trail (3 - 4 hours) through evergreen mountains. En route you will visit a waterfall and a Hmong village. Then return to the lodge by a local truck. In the evening you will enjoy a delicious Thai dinner whilst watching a magical performance by villagers, both Hmong and Lahu, who will demonstrate local dances and music during the evening
Following breakfast, we start a full days trek across forested mountains, experience local jungle food and learn about the area from your guide. After a picnic lunch in the forest we continue trekking mainly downhill until we reach a Thai village by the Kong River. After exploring the village and mixing with the locals we take a short transfer by local truck back to the lodge.
After breakfast we head to the centre of Chiang Rai, where we explore the mysterious Golden Triangle, bordering Myanmar and Laos. This evening you can browse through the bustling Chiang Rai Night Bazaar, where hill tribe people and lowlanders gather to sell their handicrafts.
As your Thailand Hertiage and Hill Tribes holiday comes to an end, you will be swiftly transferred to the airport to board your flight home.