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Bangkok Chiang Mai Connector

Duration
3 Days
Prices From:
US$ 882

This wonderful overland journey connecting two cities visits Ayuthaya, the ancient capital with its impressive archaeological treasures and Sukhothai, first capital of the Thai Kingdom.


Why not travel from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and discover the UNESCO World Heritage sites of ancient Thailand. Ayuthaya is the former capital of Thailand (then Siam) from 1350 to 1767. The city was almost destroyed after an invasion by the Burmese, but today the ruins of once impressive temples and palaces still remain reflecting the way it used to be. Sukhothai is one of Asia's most important historic sites and was the first capital of the Thai Kingdom in the 13th century.

Departing from Bangkok, visit the ancient capital Ayuthaya to view the impressive ruins of famous temples. Continue to Saraburi to see the sacred pilgrimage temple, the Phra Buddha Temple. After lunch in the town of Lopburi, view the Khmer Temples before arriving at Phitsanulok for overnight.

Phitsanulok is one of the oldest cities in Thailand as it is over 600 years old. Here the main attraction is the ornate and colourful Wat Maha Dhat Temple built in 1357. Next head to Sukhothai, the first capital of Siam. The sites here are under UNESCO protection. Visit the Sri Satchanalai Park with its many temples.

Continue to Lampang for an overnight stay. Lampang is a trading and transportation centre and is also known for its Burmese style temples. The final stop is at Lampoon, the oldest existing city in Thailand dating back to 660 AD. Here visit the Wat Haripoonchai Temple with its bronze gong. Arrive later in Chiang Mai to end your connector tour. 


 

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Duration
3 Days
Prices From:
US$ 882

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Day 1

Bangkok to Phitsanulok

Pick-up from your Hotel in Bangkok in early morning and drive heading in northerly direction to Ayuthaya, the former capital of Siam from 1350 to 1767. The city was almost completely destroyed after an invasion by the Burmese in 1767 and today only the remains of the once so impressive temples and palaces remind us of its glorious past. Visit the famous temples; Wat Yai, Wat Phra Sri Sanpetch and Wat Panangcherng. Onwards to Lopburi with a stop at Wat Phra Phuttabat. With an enormous staircase bordered by a Naga snake, it houses a huge foot imprint of Buddha. Buddhists all over Thailand worship this temple as a holy place. The drive to Lopburi brings us through a scenic countryside. The former summer residence and second capital of the Ayuthya period houses many major funds of the bronze area and had its peak during the Daravati period. Especially worth visiting are Phra Prang Sam Yod, a temple with three towers and impressive ornaments (some of them still intact) as well as the shrine of the Hindu Goddess Kali at the Sarn Prakarn Temple. In ancient times, the temple used to be a Buddhist sanctuary, today numerous monkeys made the temple complex their home.

After lunch at a local restaurant, we visit Narai Naja Nives Museum. We continue to travel further north towards Phitsanulok.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Topland Hotel & Convention Centre

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    Topland Hotel & Convention Centre



    Situated near Nan River and in the business centre, 16-floor Topland Hotel commands the panorama of the river and the heart of Phitsanulok city. The hotel complex also harbours a department store of more than 10,000 square meters plus a parking lot that can house ...

    Situated near Nan River and in the business centre, 16-floor Topland Hotel commands the panorama of the river and the heart of Phitsanulok city. The hotel complex also harbours a department store of more than 10,000 square meters plus a parking lot that can house over 500 cars. The hotel's 253 key card-operated accommodation spaces comprises 192 Superior Rooms, 46 Deluxe Rooms, 9 Business Suites, 5 Executive Suites, and 1 Royal Suite.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Conference Facilities
    • Meeting Rooms Available
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Spa
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 2

Phitsanulok to Lampang

Visit of Phitsanulok's Wat Maha Dhat with its famous shrine. The complex gives a good impression of the ancient religious Thai architecture. Drive to Sukhothai and visit the old part of town and first capital (13th century) of the Thai Kingdom. We enter these historic grounds through the Kampheng-Hak-Gate. To protect the inner part of the city against enemy attacks, it was protected by three rows of earthen walls and two moats. Old Sukhothai is one of Asia's most important t historic sites and therefore under the supervision of UNESCO. After a visit of the temples Wat Sra Sri and Wat Sri Chum, we continue to Sri Satchanalai, the former sister town of Sukhothai. Lunch at a local restaurant.

After lunch, we visit some of its interesting temples i.e. Wat Nang Phya, Wat Chang Lom and Wat Jedi Jew Thaew. We then travel onwards to Lampang.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Lampang River Lodge

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    Lampang River Lodge



    It is well known as a cultural place of Lanna Kingdom. Visiting and exploring the unseen part of Thailand. River Lodge can be truly best for short or long stay, Weddings in Thai style, Available meeting rooms make this place best for business leisure. Also, ...

    It is well known as a cultural place of Lanna Kingdom. Visiting and exploring the unseen part of Thailand. River Lodge can be truly best for short or long stay, Weddings in Thai style, Available meeting rooms make this place best for business leisure. Also, enjoy relaxing traditional Thai Massage.

    Facilities

    • Dining facilities
    • Massage Services
    • Meeting Rooms
    • Swimming Pool
    • Weddings

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Day 3

Lampang to Chiang Mai

In the morning, we visit Wat Phra Keo Don Tao. It used to be the place where the Emerald Buddha was once enshrined (the same statue now installed in Bangkok). Interesting structures include the large Chedi containing the hair of the Lord Buddha, a Burmese-style Mondop, an ancient Vihan housing a reclining Buddha and a museum exhibiting ancient relics of the Lanna era. Drive onwards to Lampoon to visit Wat Haripoonchai. This temple was built on the site of Queen Chama Thevi's palace in 1044. The compound contains an assortment of structures built in various styles. The 50m tall chedi is topped with a nine-tiered, pure gold umbrella tier, weighing 6.5kg. The main viharn houses many Buddha images, all in the attitude of subduing Mara. Also in the compound, housed in a pavilion, is the world's largest bronze gong. Lunch at a local restaurant Then drive to your Hotel in Chiang Mai.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

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Daily

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 2 nights' accommodation
  • Touring and transfers by private air-conditioned car or minivan
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees at sites as per itinerary
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Service charge and current government tax

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Optional tours
  • 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 may apply. Limited seat/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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