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 Thailand Compact
6 Days/5 Nights

Tuesday Arrivals

R/T BANGKOK 
We strongly suggest arriving in Bangkok the day before since the tour departs at 7am. 
  

Day 1:

Bangkok – Ayutthaya – Nakhon Sawan - Sukhothai <440km ~5½hrs>      B/L/-                                                  

07:00 hours

 

 

 

 

 

08:30 hours

This morning you will be met early in your hotel by your guide and driver. Then depart for the approximate one-hour thirty-minute journey to Ayutthaya.

 Located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, Ayutthaya once was the capital of the Siamese kingdom, until it was occupied by the Burmese army in 1767 and practically leveled to the ground. Once an important centre of global diplomacy and commerce, Ayutthaya is now an archaeological ruin, characterised by the remains of tall stupas and Buddhist monasteries of monumental proportions, which give an idea of the city’s past size and the splendour of its architecture.

 First visit the Historical Park where you will be given an in-depth tour of the most famous temples which may include some of the following:

 Wat Chai Wattanaram; one of Ayutthaya’s most photographed sites.

Wat Phra Sri Sanphet; The prototype of the famous Grand Palace in Bangkok. Wat Phra Mongkol Borphit; An 'active' temple compound that is visited by many people throughout the day to worship the huge Buddha image.

Wat Mahathat; famous for the Buddha Head in the banyan tree.

Wat Phanan Choeng; located at the banks of the Pasak River and predating the Ayutthaya period this temples houses a huge beautiful Buddha image

11:00 hours

Continue towards Nakhon Sawan.

13:00 hours

After lunch in a local restaurant drive directly to your hotel in Sukhothai and first visit a local votive tablet workshop and watch how they are made. Buddhist votive tablet collecting has becomes a cult of modern Thai society because of the value of some of the pieces which can often rise to millions of Thai Baht. Guests will have the chance to make their own votive tablet, which will be baked and then brought later to the hotel.

 

Overnight at Sukhothai Treasure Resort & Spa

Meals included

Breakfast and Lunch at a local restaurant

Day 2:

Sukhothai – Lampang <205 km ~3 hrs>                                            B/L/-

 

08:00 hours

After breakfast check-out and then discover Sukhothai Historical Park.

 Once the capital of the Sukhothai kingdom in the 13th and 14 Century the park includes the old city (Muang Kao) which was surrounded by earthen walls and water ditches. A total of four gates lead into the city and the Sukhothai period is known as the "golden age" of Thai history. Our sightseeing starts outside the walls at Wat Chetuphon with its impressive mandapa enshrining four huge brick and stuccoed images of the Buddha in different postures; walking, standing, sitting and reclining images each facing a different direction. Next it’s to Wat Chedi Si Hong where along the base of the large bell-shaped stupa are stucco reliefs, depicting animals and people. Some parts are still in good condition, giving detail of the garments and jewelry worn in the Sukhothai era.

 

10:00 hours

 

 

Once inside the Park visit Wat Mahathat, the largest and most important temple of the empire, located next to the Royal Palace; Wat Sra Sri – with its bell-shaped chedi that is constructed in typical Sri Lankan style; and Wat Sri Chum – with the graceful Buddha sculpture enshrined inside the remaining structure of the square mandala building.

 

11.30 hours

For today’s lunch we transfer to a nearby homestay where the host and your guide will introduce you to some of the homegrown herbs, vegetable and fruit whilst strolling through the lush garden. Once acquainted with the ingredients for your lunch, roll up your sleeves and participate in your own Thai cooking experience. Converse with your fellow cooks in the relaxing surroundings as you take a rest and enjoy the dishes.

 After satisfying your hunger, transfer to your hotel in Lampang.

 

 

Overnight at Lampang River Lodge:

 

Meals included

Breakfast and Lunch at the homestay

 

Day 3:

Lampang – Chiang Rai – Golden Triangle <320 km ~5 hrs.>          B/L/-

07:30 hours

In the morning, we visit a local school (closed on weekends and holidays). It would be very well received if your guest bring the pupils some gifts (for example something from your hotel country such as English picture books or stationary).

09:00 hours

We continue driving north and stop to have a  look at some pineapple fields before arriving at Kwan Phayao - A semi-natural freshwater lake created to improve irrigation in the area.

12:00 hours

At around midday we arrive at the famous Wat Rong Khun - the white temple of Chiang Rai. The temple is unusual because of the white colour of the walls and its many windows. This is a somewhat bizarre temple with sculptures that are almost frightening alongside the sparkling decorations.

13:00 hours

After enjoy Lunch in a local restaurant before driving to the Golden Triangle.

15:30 hours

 

 

 

Board a local motorized boat and cruise on the famous Mekong River close to the border of three countries; Myanmar, Laos and Thailand. Here you can see signs of a simple and traditional lifestyle. Next we visit the House of Opium. This small museum explains the history of opium production and trade in the region. It's full of opium artifacts and there are exhibits explaining how opium was cultivated in the area, as well as how it was traded and used. The exhibits also explain how opium has impacted the people in the region. Continue to a vantage point where you’ll have an excellent view of the Mekong valley and the neighboring countries.

 

Overnight at Serene@Chiang Rai Hotel

Meals included

Breakfast and Lunch at a local restaurant

Day 4:

Golden Δ – Mae Sai – Doi Tung – Mae Chan – Thaton - Chiang Mai

<380 km ~7 hrs>                                                                                  B/L/-

 

08:00 hours

 

  10:30 hours

 

 13:00 hours

  18:00 hours

In the morning, we drive towards Mae Sai, Thailand’s northernmost city, and visit Wat Phra That Wai Dao, built on a small hill up a steep staircase and overlooking Mae Sai and Tachileik. Afterwards stroll to the bridge over the Ruak River that connects Mae Sai with Tachilek on the Burmese side and observe the lively traffic of the border trade. You can explore the market best known for selling gemstones like Burmese rubies, emeralds and jade.

 Afterwards depart for Doi Tung and visit the Royal Villa and the Mae Fah Luang Garden, the Mae Fah Luang Arboretum at Chang Mub and some ethnic hill-tribe communities nearby.

 Enjoy lunch in a local lunch at Thaton Riverview Restaurant & Hotel and continue to Chiang Mai city. En route we visit an Orchid Farm in Mae Rim which includes a collection of many types of orchids, including a few that are very rare. The owner is extremely passionate and informative about both orchids and butterflies.

 We arrive into Chiang Mai in the early evening.

 Overnight at Shewe Wana Boutique Resort & Spa

 

Meals included

Breakfast and Lunch at a local restaurant

 

Day 5:

Chiang Mai – Night Train to Bangkok                                                   B/L/-

 

08:00 hours

 

 11:00 hours

 

  

 

16:00 hours

 

 
 Meals included

 

Breakfast and time at leisure until check-out.

 Today we will visit some of Chiang Mai’s most iconic sights.

 First we visit Wat Sri Supan - located in the traditional silver-making district of the city is an important centre for handicrafts and helps to preserve the silversmith tradition of this area of Chiang Mai. Techniques are handed down to the new generation of silversmiths at the Ancient Lanna Arts Study Centre (known as “Sala Sip Mu Lanna”). You are encouraged to see the artisans at work. Take a rickshaw to Wat Pan Tao – a temple made completely of Teak Wood panels. Then continue to Wat Phra Singh - situated in the heart of the city originating from the 14th century and contains beautiful examples of Lanna art.

 Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant and drive up the hill overlooking the city and visit Wat Prathat Doi Suthep, the most sacred temple in northern Thailand containing a holy relic of Lord Buddha. Return to your hotel to collect your luggage.

 Transfer to Chiang Mai train station and Take the night train ETD 17:00 hours to Bangkok.

 Overnight on the night train - 2nd class sleeping berth

 Breakfast and Lunch at a local restaurant

 

       

Day 6:

Bangkok Arrival                                                                                         -/-/-

 

Upon arrival in Bangkok (approximately 06.15hrs), transfer from the train station to your Bangkok city hotel without Guide.

Meals included

None

 Tour operates:

 On SIC basis:              Depart on every Tuesday with English speaking guide

 Accommodation Overview
Check in time: 14:00 hours and check out time: 12:00 hours 

Destination

Hotel

Room type

Sukhothai

Sukhothai Treasure Resort & Spa

Treasure Eco

Lampang

Lampang River Lodge

Lanna Cottage

Chiang Rai

Serene@Chiang Rai Hotel

Superior Room

Chiang Mai

Shewe Wana Boutique Resort & Spa

Superior

November 2019 - October 31, 2020

Package

Per person

Single Supplement

6-Day Thailand Compact
 (join-in basis)

Require minimum 2 pax to guarantee the departure

$1229

$99

 Our tour prices are inclusive of

·         Accommodation in shared Twin/Double room with air-conditioning and private bathroom

·         All sightseeing tour and transfer services with private air-conditioned car/coach as detailed in our itinerary

·         Meals as specified in the itinerary B= breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner

·         Entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the program

·         Transfers and tours with guide

·         Service charges, room tax and baggage handling

·         Drinking water and wet towels available on the vehicles

·         All arrangements as specified in the itinerary

 

Not included are

·         Meals other than mentioned in the program or drinks with meals  

·         Domestic airfare in economy class (quoted separately)

·         Thailand visa fee (if required)

·         Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the program

·         Optional tours

·         Compulsory Dinners (quoted separately if applicable)

·         Supplements for travelling during peak seasons (quoted separately if applicable)

·         Expenditure of personal nature such as drinks, tips, souvenirs, laundry, etc.

·         Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)

 

Cancellation policy

Cancellation charges are calculated from the day the written notification is received by the company or agent as a percentage of the net total tour price as shown, plus any surcharges (e.g. ticketed air sectors and other penalties imposed by suppliers, such as hotels):

 

·         Cancellations received between 0 & 7 days prior to arrival and no show: 100% of package price charged

·         Cancellations received between 8 & 30 days prior to arrival: 75% of package price charged

·         Cancellations received 31 days or more prior to arrival: 25%

 Important note

·         Please note that all timings given are approximate and subject to change.

·         Certain parts of the tours on offer are provided by independent third parties, such as airlines, hotels, transport operators and local tourist offices. Diethelm Travel is therefore not responsible for any loss, injury or damage caused thereby to the tourists, including those occurring outside of the normal touring programmers. Additional expenses incurred due to delay, accident, natural disaster, political actions and unrest shall be borne by the tourists.

·         We advise that due to frequent flight changes, delays and cancellations by the various domestic airlines and trains we cannot fully guarantee that the proposed itinerary can be carried out as planned. Based on our experience, changes of departure times and/ or cancellations can occur at very short notice even after confirmation of a flight has been received. The same applies for train travel: Schedule changes occur frequently; often without prior notification. In case of schedule changes or flight cancellations we always try everything possible to arrange an alternate programme within the framework of the original quoted costs. However, we reserve the right to charge any cost exceeding the original budget to the tour operator/ travel agent or to the participant of a tour after consultation with the agent.

·         Programmers, prices, services and conditions are based on those valid at the time of proposal submission and are subject to change thereafter without advance notice until all services have been paid in full.

·         For air ticket reservations, we require the guests' full names AS THEY APPEAR IN THEIR PASSPORTS. Airfares are subject to availability at time of booking, may change without notice and are not guaranteed until purchased and the e-tickets have been issued.

·         Please be advised that prices may be adjusted periodically in case of fuel price increase by our suppliers and hotel room availability at time of booking

 

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Bangkok Hotel Package

 
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