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Ancient Kingdoms of Siam

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,212

Travel through the heart of old Siam on this Thailand tour that emphasises the cultural aspects of this ancient kingdom. You’ll also explore the history of the River Kwai, old Sukhothai, and Chiang Mai.


This 9-day Thailand trip offers you a taste of Bangkok before taking you through the country’s rich heritage and centuries-old Siamese culture.

Spend your first night in Bangkok, or arrive early to spend several days in this incredible city before setting out for Kanchanaburi and the River Kwai. Learn about the brutal conditions endured by Allied prisoners of war and Asian labourers, see the famous bridge, and visit the moving JEATH museum. The following day, visit Ayutthaya, the highlight of Suphan Buri, and the centre of the ancient Ayutthaya Kingdom, which dominated the region between the 14th and 18th centuries.

Transfer to Sukhothai for two nights, where you’ll explore the historical ruins, religious art and architecture. Hire a bicycle and explore at your own pace, before visiting Wat Sri Chum, the temple of the Bodhi tree. Your next stop is Si Satchanalai Historical Park, a World Heritage site where more ruins sites tell the story of this 13th century kingdom.

Arrive in Chiang Mai, Thailand’s second most popular city for visitors after Bangkok. The cultural centre of the north, the city boasts a range of famous temples, peerless cuisine, and opportunities to enjoy distinctly Thai arts including Khantoke dining, and Thai kick boxing. There is plenty to see and do here, so spend an extra day at leisure before heading up to Chiang Rai. You’ll even stop in at a number of hill-tribe villages, where you’ll meet some of the Hmong, Akha, Palong, and Karen peoples.

Transfer to Chiang Rai airport for your onward flight.


 

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,212

Itinerary

Day 1

Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport to Bangkok Hotel With Guide

Duration90 Minutes

Shanghai Mansion Bangkok

Shanghai Mansion is an award-winning boutique hotel in the heart of Bangkok's historic Chinatown, one of the city's most fascinating neighborhoods. Find yourself transported to a bygone golden era, where the old world romance of 1930's Shanghai meets new world Shanghai-chic. In this opulent oasis, each of the 76 rooms are indulgently decorated Chinoise-style complete with fine linens, plush textures and rich hues. Amenities include a complimentary minibar, free Wi-Fi, and butler service. The property features a sleek, quirky new lobby lounge and the eclectic Red Rose Restaurant.

Meal Plan American Breakfast
Duration1 Night
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Shanghai Mansion Bangkok

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    Shanghai Mansion Bangkok



    Shanghai Mansion is an award-winning boutique hotel in the heart of Bangkok's historic Chinatown, one of the city's most fascinating neighborhoods. Find yourself transported to a bygone golden era, where the old world romance of 1930's Shanghai meets new world Shanghai-chic. In this opulent oasis, ...

    Shanghai Mansion is an award-winning boutique hotel in the heart of Bangkok's historic Chinatown, one of the city's most fascinating neighborhoods. Find yourself transported to a bygone golden era, where the old world romance of 1930's Shanghai meets new world Shanghai-chic. In this opulent oasis, each of the 76 rooms are indulgently decorated Chinoise-style complete with fine linens, plush textures and rich hues. Amenities include a complimentary minibar, free Wi-Fi, and butler service. The property features a sleek, quirky new lobby lounge and the eclectic Red Rose Restaurant.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Ballroom
    • Complimentary WI-FI
    • Library
    • Meeting Rooms
    • Reception
    • Restaurant
    • Terrace

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Day 2

Bangkok to the River Kwai

This morning, depart Bangkok and travel west to Kanchanaburi. This beautiful area contains some of the darkest parts of World War II history, including the infamous bridge on the River Kwai. 60,000 prisoners of war and Asian labourers worked in searing heat and torturous conditions to construct the bridge as part of the "Death Railway" intended to link Thailand and Burma. Visit the Death Railway Museum and Research Centre, and the immaculately preserved Kanchanburi war cemetery. You will also have the chance to ride the train over the original Death Railway track. In the afternoon, continue to your floating hotel on the River Kwai, and the remainder of the day is at leisure.

Meal Plan Lunch
Duration1 Night
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The Float House River Kwai

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    The Float House River Kwai



    Elegant in it's distinctive boutique style, The FloatHouse River Kwai Resort aims to be the world's best floating resort. The FloatHouse River Kwai Resort is a fancy boutique hideaway and can be found in very few places in the world. The only way to reach ...

    Elegant in it's distinctive boutique style, The FloatHouse River Kwai Resort aims to be the world's best floating resort. The FloatHouse River Kwai Resort is a fancy boutique hideaway and can be found in very few places in the world. The only way to reach the resort is by boat as it actually floats on a flowing river surrounded by thick green jungle. Each luxurious and spacious floating villa is totally private and rich in custom tailored-made teakwood furniture with thatched roofing. The design is delightfully impressive with exotic decorations including natural materials and ropes. The design concept for the resort is known as "Contemporary Boutique Folk Style," for a smooth blend of local artistic traditions with the natural environment, yet different from anywhere else in its characteristic rope designs that convey an oriental air.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • 24 Hour Security
    • Airport Shuttle (Surcharge)
    • Daily Housekeeping
    • Parking

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Day 3

River Kwai to Ayutthaya

After breakfast, check out of the floating hotel and embark on your journey to Ayutthaya. Start by visiting Hellfire Pass, part of the Death Railway which passes directly through a stone mountain. Continue onwards to Ayutthaya via Suphan Buri. This journey close to the Burmese border takes you through fertile farmland and jungle-clad mountains. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant en-route, and you will arrive Ayutthaya in the afternoon. Check in to your hotel and enjoy the late afternoon/evening to explore on your own.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration1 Night
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Sala Ayutthaya

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    Sala Ayutthaya



    Sala Ayutthaya is an oasis offering intimate and indulgent experiences that is located in the heart of ayutthaya, along the banks of the chao phraya river. This boutique accommodation in Thailand is opposite of the famous wat phutthaisawan and situated near tourist attractions along with ...

    Sala Ayutthaya is an oasis offering intimate and indulgent experiences that is located in the heart of ayutthaya, along the banks of the chao phraya river.

    This boutique accommodation in Thailand is opposite of the famous wat phutthaisawan and situated near tourist attractions along with archeological and historical sites.

    This boutique accommodation in thailand features twenty-six unique guest rooms including a duplex river view suite and a pool suite as well as a signature restaurant - sala ayutthaya eatery and bar.

    Facilities

    • Eatery and Bar
    • Library
    • Newspapers
    • Outdoor Pool
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • WiFi

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Day 4

Ayutthaya to Sukhothai

This morning, transfer to the Ayutthaya Railway Station and then board the train for Phitsanulok (departs 9:48am / arrives 1:22pm). Upon arrival, meet your guide and transfer onwards by private vehicle to Sukhothai. Sukhothai was the first capital of Siam and flourished from the mid-13th to late 14th century. The remainder of the day is at leisure; you might venture out for a walk in the small town and browse the night market.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Days
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Legendha Sukhothai Resort

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    Legendha Sukhothai Resort



    The Legendha Sukhothai Resort is located in the old town of Sukhothai. The resort is close by to the Sukhothai Historical Park, the ruins of Thailand's first capital which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is also close by to the fresh ...

    The Legendha Sukhothai Resort is located in the old town of Sukhothai. The resort is close by to the Sukhothai Historical Park, the ruins of Thailand's first capital which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is also close by to the fresh food market, government offices and business area.
    The resort is just in front of the ancient Wat Chang Lom, an ancient pagoda of elephants. With 64 spaciously Thai contemporary designed villas with Thai traditional village-like landscape, The Legendha Sukhothai proudly presents a feeling and experience of authentic Thai.

    Facilities

    • Bicycles
    • Massage Treatments
    • Meeting Rooms Available
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant
    • Spa

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Day 5

Sukhothai

Head out to the historical ruins of Old Sukhothai and the Historical Park, set amidst beautiful lakes and gardens. You and your guide will explore the area by songthaew (shared open-air taxi) and bicycle. The artistic style and Buddha sculptures of the Sukhothai era were directly influenced by Sri Lanka, and this style has remained popular in Thailand ever since. The largest and most important temple is Wat Mahathat, surrounded by a moat. It was considered the spiritual centre of the Sukhothai kingdom. Another fascinating temple is Wat Si Chum, known as the temple of the Bodhi tree, featuring a 15-metre high seated Buddha statue. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Spend time with your guide soaking up the atmosphere of this extraordinary UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to your hotel late in the afternoon.

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Day 6

Sukhothai to Chiang Mai

Today, set out for Si Satchanalai, situated on the banks of the Yom River. Translated as "city of good people", Si Satchanalai was the second city of the Sukhothai kingdom. Explore the ruins and historical park, then continue to Lampang for lunch at a local restaurant. Journey onwards to Chiang Mai, known as the Rose of the North, arriving in the mid-afternoon.

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Rachamankha

Situated in the heart of historic Chiang Mai, the 25-room and suite Rachamankha is next to Wat Phra Singh, justifiably the city's most famous temple (circa 1345). Four temples of notable interest are within easy walking distance from the hotel, and there are thirty-three functioning wats or temples within the walled city of old Chiang Mai. Rachamankha does not reveal itself to the passerby, but excites curiosity and creates a receptive mood. Only after passing through the hotel forecourt, the Zen-like simplicity and sophistication of the colonnaded courtyards welcome guests to the world of serenity and contentment. The distinctive architecture is inspired by ancient vernacular Chinese dwellings, from which Northern Thai architecture has its roots. Rachamankha was designed by Thai architect Ong-ard Satrabhandhu in the style of residential living to encourage a genuine feel for the history and culture of Lanna Chiang Mai.

Meal Plan American Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Rachamankha

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    Situated in the heart of historic Chiang Mai, the 25-room and suite Rachamankha is next to Wat Phra Singh, justifiably the city's most famous temple (circa 1345). Four temples of notable interest are within easy walking distance from the hotel, and there are thirty-three functioning ...

    Situated in the heart of historic Chiang Mai, the 25-room and suite Rachamankha is next to Wat Phra Singh, justifiably the city's most famous temple (circa 1345). Four temples of notable interest are within easy walking distance from the hotel, and there are thirty-three functioning wats or temples within the walled city of old Chiang Mai. Rachamankha does not reveal itself to the passerby, but excites curiosity and creates a receptive mood. Only after passing through the hotel forecourt, the Zen-like simplicity and sophistication of the colonnaded courtyards welcome guests to the world of serenity and contentment. The distinctive architecture is inspired by ancient vernacular Chinese dwellings, from which Northern Thai architecture has its roots. Rachamankha was designed by Thai architect Ong-ard Satrabhandhu in the style of residential living to encourage a genuine feel for the history and culture of Lanna Chiang Mai.

    Facilities

    • DVD players
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Library
    • Restaurant
    • Spa
    • TV

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Day 7

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 8

Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai

After breakfast, depart Chiang Mai and travel by road to the far north of Thailand. Stop for lunch in a Hmong hill-tribe village, then take a half-hour boat ride along the Mae Kok River. Continue by road to visit three more hill-tribe villages: Akha, Palong and Karen. The women of the Karen tribe wear brass rings on their necks and limbs, which increase according to their age. Proceed to the small town of Thaton and visit Wat Thaton, situated on the top of the hill and offering beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding villages, river and forests. If time permits, stop at a local market before transferring to Chiang Rai. The evening is free for you to explore Chiang Rai on your own.

Meal Plan Lunch
Duration1 Night
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The Legend Chiang Rai

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    The Legend Chiang Rai



    Resting on the banks of the Mae Kok River, the Legend Chiang Rai delivers an authentic Lanna atmosphere with its blend of northern Thai architectural details, local artwork and hand-plastered white walls. Graced with 78 studios and villas, the room interiors are adorned with a ...

    Resting on the banks of the Mae Kok River, the Legend Chiang Rai delivers an authentic Lanna atmosphere with its blend of northern Thai architectural details, local artwork and hand-plastered white walls. Graced with 78 studios and villas, the room interiors are adorned with a generous-sized bed, teakwood furnishing and spacious open-air seating area. Villas make bigger and more inviting spaces for families as each comes with its own private pool and garden, ideal for relaxing by the river's edge. The shady rain trees, lotus ponds and lush vegetation further lend a tranquil feel to this attractive riverside retreat. The infinite-edge pool is perfect for taking in panoramic views of the surroundings. The Chiang Saen Spa provides a soothing space for quality pampering with a host of traditional herbal treatments and massages. To sample culinary indulgences, the Legend's restaurants serve reined Thai and international cuisine with creative touches.

    Facilities

    • Babysitting Services
    • Beauty Salon
    • Fishing Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Plaza and Lobby
    • Reading Room
    • Shuttle Service
    • Souvenir Shop
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 9

Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai

This morning, visit Wat Rong Khun, popularly known as the White Temple. Construction of this contemporary Buddhist and Hindu temple began in 1997 and has been ongoing; designer Chalermchai Kositpipat estimates it will take his skilled workmen 90 years to complete. Afterwards, visit Black House Museum (Baan Dam), an open-air collection of mostly black buildings of varying shapes and sizes, often decorated with animal bones. Afterwards, transfer to either the Chiang Rai Airport, or travel by road back to Chiang Mai (approximately 3.5 hours) and transfer to the Chiang Mai Airport for your onward flight. Please note that if flying from Chiang Mai, departure should be no earlier than 6:00pm.

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 8 nights’ accommodation
  • Private touring with local guides as per itinerary
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Transfers by private vehicle
  • Train from Ayutthaya to Phitsanulok

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Drinks
  • Personal items
  • Gratuities

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from", per person, based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates will apply, Limited seats/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request -- please inquire.

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