Around Ayutthaya

  • Destination:
  • Duration: 7 days

Ayutthaya had consecutively been a prosperous kingdom for 417 years. There had been 33 kings who reined the kingdom over that period, beginning with King Uthong in 1893 B.E.

ITINERARY IN BRIEF
  • Day1. Pick up at Chiang Kong around 16.00 -Chiang Rai
  • Day2. Mar 29 2013:Chiang Rai – Chiang Mai
  • Day3. Mar 30 2013: Elephant ride-Transfer to Train station departure for Bangkok

 

Detail Itinerary :

 

Day 01
Bangkok – Ayutthaya – Lopburi – Phitsanulok

Pick up from your hotel and drive to Ayutthaya.

Ayutthaya had consecutively been a prosperous kingdom for 417 years. There had been 33 kings who reined the kingdom over that period, beginning with King Uthong in 1893 B.E. The kingdom glorious time ended when it succumbed to Burmese troops on 7th April 1767, concluding 5 dynasties that used to rein the kingdom of Ayutthaya.

Visit the Summer Palace at Bang Pa-in, this Royal Palace is combined with Thai, Western and Chinese architectures. Then, continue visiting the Temple Phanan Choeng, an old monastery housing Thailand largest ancient Buddha image, known as “Luang Po To”., Yai Chai Mongkol Temple, was built in 1357 by King U Thong and the Ayutthaya Historical Park world heritage. Then continue your trip to visit shrines and Lopburi style of Khmer in Lopburi. Lunch by your own.

After lunch, continue to Phitsanulok road with a stop at Phra Prang Sam Yot, the former Hindu Shrine located close to the railway station. The laterite and sandstone structure was constructed in the Lopburi style and decorated with stucco. The three towers signify the Hindu Trinity of Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the Preserver and Shiva the Destroyer. During the reign of King Narai the Great the shrine was converted to a Buddhist temple.

Installation in the hotel.

Meals: None
Accommodation: Araya Grand Palace Hotel – Superior room (or similar)

Day 02
Phitsanulok – Sukhothai

After breakfast, we’ll see the Buddha Chinnarat (In Phitsanulok) considered the finest in Thailand. The most important monastery of Phitsanulok, and Phra Buddha Chinnaraj is the one of the most beautiful Buddha image in Thailand. Phra Buddha Chinnaraj was build in 1900 B.E. Now Phra Buddha Chinnaraj is housed in Wat Phra Sri Maha That Woramahaviharn. Then transfer from hotel and drive to Sukhothai.

Sukhothai City is a small modern town about 427 km north of Bangkok on the River Yom, a tributary of the Chao Phraya River. Population is about 37,000. The city is a popular tourist destination because it is located near the ruins of the ancient city of Sukhothai, which was the Thai capital during the 13th Century A.D., ans it is near other interesting places include Ramkhamhaeng National Museum, Ramkhamhaeng National Park, Sri Satchanalai National Park and The Royal Palace and Wat Mahathat.

Visit the Sukhothai Historical Park, is Thai ancient capital and UNESCO World Heritage site. Located about 440 kilometers north of Bangkok, Sukhothai was established in 1238 as the capital of the first independent Thai kingdom and considered the cradle of Thai Civilization as Thai alphabets, arts, culture and laws originated during this Sukhothai Era. Take time for bicycle trip and enjoy taking photos.

Enjoy your lunch time at local restaurant in historical park by your own and transfer back to hotel in Sukhothai for refreshment.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Pailyn Sukhothai Hotel – Deluxe room (or similar)

Day 03
Sukhothai – Sri Satchanalai – Lampang

Depart Sukhothai for Sri Satchanalai Historical Park, Sri Satchanalai located on the banks of Yom River in Sukhothai province is one of the valuable representation of ancient human life called as the Satchanalai Historical Park. Sri Satchanalai was declared by UNESCO as a world heritage site, Satchanalai Historical Park houses some the ancient remnants and relics depicting human life, their culture and traditions during Sukhothai and Ayutthaya periods. Lunch at local restaurant by your own.

Continue drive to Lampang, the only city in the country where horse carts still provide public transportation, and we have a short carriage ride on the local market to Baan Sao Nak – drawn carriage.

Baan Sao Nak was designed in a combination of northern Thai and Burmese architectures. The verandah around the house shows a distinct Burmese architecture, while the roofs and general structures are typical Lanna Thai. The wonder of the house is that it is supported by 116 teak pillars. Ban Sao Nak has become one of the tourist attractions in Lampang. Antiques collections are shown together with a souvenir shop selling handicraft products.

And then visit Wat Don Tao; is the most important temple in the city of Lampang. The most interesting aspect of Wat Phra Kaeo Don Tao is that it used to be the place where the famous Emerald Buddha image was once enshrined. The most notable feature of the temple is its sky soaring beautiful chedi that rests on a rectangular base with a circular spire adorned with gilded bronze plaques.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Wienglakor Hotel – Standard room (or similar)

Day 04
Lampang – Lamphun – Chiang Mai

In the morning, pick up from your hotel and transfer to visit Wat Lampang Luang Phrathat, a Lanna-style Buddhist temple in Lampang. To enter the temple, you must pass a pair of guardian lions and climb the Naga stairway up to the massive main gate. The main prayer hall, the Wiharn Luang, stands close inside the main entrance. The wiharn is open on all four sides, forming a huge covered hall. Sturdy columns support the roof. The columns are finished in black lacquer and stenciled with gold leaf designs.

Departure to Lamphun to visit Wat Phra That Hariphunchai Woramahawiharn, the one of the most important temples of the North which was built during the reign of King Arthitayarat some 800 years ago. A principal landmark is the 46-metre tall golden Chedi whose present appearance was the result of the restoration work in 1443 by a king of Chiang Mai. It has long been regarded as a major place of worship. Other architectural works include the ancient-style brick arch adorned with fine designs and the pair of sculptured lions at the door. Then visit Wat Chamathevi (also called Wat Kukut). It has been named after the (legendary) Mon queen Chamathevi who fled from Lopburi in order to found a new city in the North. When she arrived at the river Kwang she ordered that a city be built, which was called Haripunchai and is now called Lamphun. Enjoy your lunch time at local restaurant by your own.

We arrive in Chiang Mai noon. Then free afternoon for rest or your personal exploration.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: The Park Hotel – Superior room (or similar)

Day 05
Chiang Mai city tour

Drive through different parts of the city, passing old City walls, gates and city moat, markets, residential areas, foreign Consulates, Government buildings and Tapae, Chiang Mai’s main street.

Drive up Doi (Mount) Suthep to visit Wat Phrathad Doi Suthep(A.D.1384) 3500 feet above sea-level, the most sacred temple in Northern Thailand, containing a holy relic of Lord Buddha, with a challenging flight of over 300 steps, flanked by enormous mythological Nagas. A panoramic view of the city can be seen from here at 3,500 feet above sea-level. Then visit Wat Jed Yod (A.D.1455) with its seven-spire stupa; and Wat Suan Dok where the ashes of Chiang Mai’s royal family are interred. Lunch at local restaurant by your own.

In the afternoon, continue your trip to visit Wat Phra Singh, founded in the 14th century to enshrine the ashes of King Kam Fu has the most complete version of Lanna chapel and is home to Phra Buddha Singh, considered Chiang Mai’s most important and sacred Buddha image.

Wat Chiang Man is the first temple built in Chiang Mai around 1300 AD built by the founder of the city 700 years ago King Mengrai. It enshrines the Crystal Buddha, one of the greatest treasures in Thailand, and other important Buddha images.

Before time back to hotel, visit Wat Chedi Luang (Temple of the Big Stupa) is an impressive ruined temple in the center of Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, dating from the 14th and 15th centuries.Wat Chedi Luang must have been the most impressive temple in Chiang Mai. Built about 600 years ago, the huge chedi which gave the temple its name (the name of the temple translates to “royal pagoda”) must have soared high above the surrounding city. Then transfer back to Hotel.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: The Park Hotel – Superior room (or similar)

 

Day 06
Chiang Mai Handicrafts Workshop Tour

Visit Sunkampaeng, with its Thai Silk and cotton looms; Bo Srang, the paper and umbrella-making village; the Celadon kilns, with its exquisite, traditional high-fired stoneware; lacquer ware, teak-wood carving, jewelry, and silverware factories. This tour shows you how Chiang Mai craftsmen produce their crafts by hand from the first stage until the finish, and gives you an idea of what there is to buy and take home as souvenirs from Chiang Mai.

Enjoy free day at your leisure in the afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: The Park Hotel – Superior room (or similar)

Day 07
Chiang Mai – Bangkok

The rest of the day is free and easy at leisure on your own until time to transfer to the airport for departure flight.

Note
Inclusive of:
  • Local English speaking guides
  • Private transfers and transportation on tours
  • Entrance fees
  • Set menu meals as specified (no drinks)
  • Water & cold towels on sightseeing days
  • Accommodations
Non-inclusive of:
  • Possible Thailand visa
  • International Air tickets from your country
  • Domestic air ticket
  • Other meals and all drinks at meals
  • Airport taxes
  • Hotel early check in / Late check out
  • Overweight luggage
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Other services not listed in inclusive column
  • Boat cruises

** Regular hotel check-in time at 02:00pm and check-out time at 12:00pm

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