If you’re short on time but want to see the sights north of Bangkok (and really, who doesn’t?), this is the express trip for you. Take seven days, pack them full of wonderment and reflection in Northern Thailand — Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya, and Chiang Mai, and plenty of temples, palaces, and small villages to explore — and you’ve got a recipe for one of the most memorable weeks you’ll ever have. Toss in the ease of travel by trains and buses and there’s no way you’ll feel like you’re missing out on anything in this dynamic region.
Arrive at any time.<p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.</p>
Accommodation Name: Hotel Royal Bangkok @ Chinatown (or similar)
Meals: ,No Meals,
Location: Bangkok, Kanchanaburi
Enjoy a klong boat tour of Bangkok including a visit to Wat Pho. Travel to Kanchanaburi and head to your floating rafthouse accommodation. Enjoy free time to explore.<p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Travel by longtail boat on the busy Chao Phraya River and through the small canals of western Bangkok's Thonburi district. Observe colourful scenes of everyday life along the river banks.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> This temple is known for its reclining Buddha, its feet covered with mother-of-pearl engravings of Buddhist symbols. Explore the large grounds and other compounds to see other Buddha figures, murals and the chedis that contain the ashes of Buddha. This is also the birthplace of traditional Thai massage. </p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Enjoy a unique homestay experience aboard a floating rafthouse on the famous River Kwai. Relax, swim, and mingle with locals in the community. </p>
Accommodation: ,Petch Fa Raft house (or similar)
Enjoy a day of sightseeing at Erawan Falls and the Bridge on the River Kwai.<p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Enjoy a short drive to view the beautiful Erawan Waterfalls. (1-2 hours per direction)</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Visit one of the world’s most beautiful waterfalls. Its seven tiers offer a unique experience at every climb, reaching up to 1,500m (4921 ft). Swim in the turquoise pools, snap photos from the top tier, and opt to hike in the jungle to spot monkeys.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Take in a piece of World War II history on this visit. We're sure you've seen or at least heard of the famous movie "Bridge on the River Kwai." Well, now you can tour the real thing. It's massive, majestic, and imposing, offering fabulous views of the river below.</p>
Accommodation: ,Good Times Resort (or similar)
Location: Kanchanaburi, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya
Explore the Allied War Cemetery and the Thai-Burmese Railway Centre to learn more about the area's history. Travel to Ayutthaya and visit the historical sites of the old capital city. Opt to visit Chan Kasem National Museum and Chao Sam Phraya Museum.<p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Visit the ruins of Ayutthaya, which served as Thailand’s capital from the 14th to 18th centuries, when it ranked as one of the most magnificent cities in the world. Located 86km (53 mi) north of Bangkok, the ruins of this UNESCO World Heritage Site include stunning pagodas and Buddha images.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Visit the Thai-Burmese Railway Museum to learn about the Death Railway's dark history, and the Allied War Cemetery where more than 6,000 prisoners are buried.</p>
Accommodation Name: Ayothaya Hotel (or similar)
Location: Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai
Spend a full day exploring Ayutthaya before boarding an overnight train to Chiang Mai.<p><strong>FREE TIME: FULL DAY</strong> Enjoy free time exploring all Ayutthaya has to offer.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Experience overnight travel like a local. Sit back and get some well-earned (and likely much-needed) rest en route to your next stop.</p>
Accommodation: ,Overnight Train
Location: Chiang Mai
Arrive in Chiang Mai and explore the city. Visit Doi Suthep in the afternoon.<p>Chiang Mai is a vibrant city with heaps to see and do. Famous for its night market, cooking classes, and Muay Thai, it's a feat to fit it all in. Experience the flavours and scents of traditional northern Thai cuisine by pre-booking the Northern Thai Cooking Class. Or pre-book the tuk tuk adventure and cruise around to see the most of Chiang Mai.</p><p><strong>FREE TIME: MORNING</strong> Use free time here to make the most of your time in Chiang Mai.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a golden Buddhist temple outside of Chiang Mai on the Mt Doi Suthep. Climb 300 steps to reach the temple and be rewarded with an unforgettable view. Admire the many Buddhist relics at this sacred temple and visit the white elephant shrine. Legend has it that the location of the temple was chosen after a white elephant carried a relic to the mountain and trumpeted three times before dying on the spot. Also, with a little luck, you may witness the chanting of the monks. </p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.</p>
Accommodation Name: Chiang Mai Gate - Superior Room (or similar)
Meals: ,No Meals,
Location: Chiang Mai
Depart at any time.<p>With a little extra time in the area, hilltribe treks are easily accessible, as is the Golden Triangle. </p>
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