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Thailand Experience (2580)

13 Day Tour from Bangkok to Chiang Mai

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Highlighting Thailand’s rich history, fascinating culture, and religious monuments, this Thailand tour includes overnights in Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya, Phitsanulok, Chiang Rai, and Chiang Mai.

This tour through Thailand includes visits to some of the cities that have served as the country's capital: Bangkok, Ayutthaya, and Sukhothai. In Bangkok—Thailand’s current capital—visit the Temple of the Golden Buddha; the Temple of the Reclining Buddha built in 1832; Phra Pathom Chedi, the world’s tallest Buddhist pagoda; and the Grand Palace, the royal residence begun in 1782 where you’ll see the Emerald Buddha, Thailand's most sacred Buddhist sculpture. In Ayutthaya, Thailand’s ancient capital, your sightseeing includes a visit to Bang Pa-In Palace, which was built as a summer residence for the Kings of Ayutthaya. In Sukhothai, Thailand's 13th-century capital, visit Sukhothai Historic Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with ruins of palaces, temples, and homes.

On this Thailand tour, you'll also have an opportunity to learn about the Thai culture. In Bangkok, enjoy a Thai dinner accompanied by Thai classical music and dancers. Visit the legendary Damnoen Saduak floating market to see traders sell exotic fruits, vegetables, and more from their boats. In Chiang Mai, enjoy a traditional Kantoke dinner and dance show, as well as a visit to San Kampaeng to see local craftsmen make Thailand's traditional lacquerware and antique wood furniture.

But that’s not all…visit the “Golden Triangle,” where Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar meet, and take a train ride over the famous River Kwai Bridge, part of the infamous Death Railway built by prisoners during World War II. Visit Hellfire Pass Memorial, which houses a museum detailing the life of the Allied prisoners and Asian laborers who helped build the railway.

All of this and more await you on this fascinating Thai vacation designed for value-minded travelers!
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 Tour Highlights

Sightseeing:

In Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya, Phitsanuloke, Sukhothai, Chiang Rai, and Chiang Mai.

Guides:

Services of a professional Tour Director

Scenic Highlights:

Hellfire Pass, Sai Yok Yai Waterfall, Sakaekrang River, the Golden Triangle

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • City of Ayutthaya
  • Historic town of Sukothai

Transportation:

Transportation:
Private, deluxe, air-conditioned motorcoach while touring

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

12 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 2 dinners

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 BANGKOK, THAILAND

Welcome to Thailand’s capital city. Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Day 2 BANGKOK

Bangkok is an exhilarating blend of historic and religious monuments, chic modernity, exciting shopping and friendly culture. An exciting day of sightseeing is ahead, taking in the city’s principal landmarks such as the splendid TEMPLE OF THE GOLDEN BUDDHA and the spectacular TEMPLE OF THE RECLINING BUDDHA, the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in Bangkok. You will also visit the gleaming GRAND PALACE, Thailand’s most sacred monument; and the spectacular TEMPLE OF THE EMERALD BUDDHA. This evening, enjoy a special THAI DINNER, accompanied by Thai classical music and dancers.

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Day 3 BANGKOK

Visit the legendary DAMNOEN SADUAK FLOATING MARKET, where traders sell all manner of items from their boats, including exotic fruits, vegetables, silks, and toys. Later, visit the world’s tallest Buddhist pagoda, PHRA PATHOM CHEDI, before returning to Bangkok.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 BANGKOK

Explore Bangkok at leisure, perhaps enjoying the great-value shopping, lively market, and delicious Thai cuisine.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 BANGKOK–KANCHANABURI

Travel to Kanchanaburi on the banks of the Kwai River, famed for the River Kwai Bridge, built during WWII. Visit the ALLIED FORCES CEMETERY and spend time in the fascinating THAILAND-BURMA RAILWAY CENTRE. Today’s highlight is a TRAIN RIDE across the famous bridge to Wang Po Station. This afternoon, visit HELLFIRE PASS MEMORIAL, part of the Death Railway that cuts through the mountains. Today, it houses a museum detailing life of the Allied prisoners and Asian laborers who helped build the railway, and subsequently suffered or died at Hellfire Pass.

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Day 6 KANCHANABURI–SAI YOK NATIONAL PARK–AYUTTHAYA

Start the day with a stop in SAI YOK NATIONAL PARK to see SAI YOK YAI WATERFALL. Then, head to Ayutthaya, ancient capital of Siam. Here, you will visit BANG PA-IN PALACE, which was built in the 18th century as a summer residence for the Kings of Ayutthaya.

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Day 7 AYUTTHAYA–UTHAI THANI–PHITSANULOK

Depart Ayutthaya to Uthai Thani, a small town on the Sakaekrang River, and visit WAT THA SUNG, an impressive temple with its Crystal Hall and Golden Grand shrine. Take a 1-hour CRUISE along Sakaekrang River, enjoying the local life. Later, drive to Phitsanulok, one of Thailand’s oldest cities, founded over 600 years ago. This evening, consider an optional rickshaw ride to experience Phitsanulok’s colorful night market.

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Day 8 PHITSANULOK–SUKHOTHAI–CHIANG RAI

Journey to Sukhothai, Thailand’s 13th-century former capital, and admire the atmospheric, moated Old Town. Here, you will visit SUKHOTHAI HISTORIC PARK, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and explore ruined temples and monasteries, including WAT SI CHUM with its stunning seated Buddha. Later, travel through rural countryside to Chiang Rai.

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Day 9 CHIANG RAI. GOLDEN TRIANGLE EXCURSION

Enjoy breathtaking vistas as you journey to Doi Mae Salong and visit a TEA PLANTATION. Continue to Mae Sai, Thailand’s northernmost town, and on to the renowned GOLDEN TRIANGLE, where the borders of Thailand, Burma, and Laos meet. You may consider an optional boat tour on the Mekong River.

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Day 10 CHIANG RAI–CHIANG MAI

Today’s journey takes you to Chiang Mai. Visit WAT RONG KHUN and the hot springs at MAE KA CHAN, which locals believe relieve a host of ailments. After lunch, continue through lush jungle to Chiang Mai, a fragrant mountain retreat known as the “Rose of the North” for its refreshing climate. Upon arrival, visit SAN KAMPAENG to see local craftsmen make Thailand’s traditional lacquerware and teakwood furniture. Tonight, enjoy a traditional KHANTOKE DINNER and DANCE SHOW.

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Day 11 CHIANG MAI

Spend the morning at an ELEPHANT SANCTUARY, where over 30 elephants roam freely in a safe and sustainable environment and are not subjected to mistreatment (including rides). Here, you have the chance to touch, feed, photograph, and interact with the elephants at your leisure while you learn about their lifestyle and behaviors. You will also have a chance to interact with the Karen tribe, home to the PADAUNG LONG-NECKED WOMEN.

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Day 12 CHIANG MAI

Today is free for you to enjoy this dynamic city. You may opt to join our optional Thai cooking class and learn the secrets of traditional dishes.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 13 CHIANG MAI

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

TONY PITAYA KANTHONG

Years of Experience: 12

I'm Tony, and I've been working as a Tour Director since 2005. I love my profession and sharing the history and culture of Thailand with visitors from around the world. I look forward to meeting you.

Tour Director - TONY PITAYA KANTHONG

 Accommodations

BANGKOK Narai Hotel (MF)
KANCHANABURI Felix River Kwai Hotel (F)
AYUTTHAYA Kantary Hotel, Ayutthaya (F) or Classic Kameo Hotel Ayutthaya
PHITSANULOK Amarin Lagoon Hotel (MF)
CHIANG RAI Wiang Inn Hotel (F)
CHIANG MAI Empress Hotel (MF) or Kham Mon Lanna Resort

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Chiang Rai
Chiang Mai

ChiangRai

Boat Tour on the Mekong River

Boat Tour on the Mekong River

Take an exhilarating trip in a long-tailed speed boat on the Mekong River to get closer to Burma & Laos en route to the ancient capital of Chiang Saen on the banks of this mighty river.

Price Range: $

ChiangMai

Thai Cooking Class including Lunch

Thai Cooking Class including Lunch

Visit the market with your experienced cooking instructors where you will learn how to select and buy the fresh Thai ingredients that they will require for the day's cooking lesson. This tour is an unforgettable experience in itself, leaving them with lasting memories of new sights, sounds and wonderful spicy aromas, as well as a broader knowledge of Thai fruits, vegetables and spices. Returning to the delightful semi-rural setting of the cookery school itself, our instructors take students through every stage of the cooking process. You will learn by doing, not merely watching, so the course is full of activity and fun. Enjoy preparing 4 different dishes, which would be part of the dinner for today. At the end of the session you will have the opportunity to taste and eat your creations.

Price Range: $

Culinary delights of Chiang Mai

Culinary delights of Chiang Mai

This evening excursion will take on a guided culinary tour, where the client will sample the delights of Chiang Mai cuisine, including various mouthwatering local snacks, and the delicious Khao Soi - a delightful coconut curry noodle dish that is unique to Chiang Mai.

Price Range: $

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