Wat Pra Dhat Doi Suthep Chiang Mai
FROM: AUD $1,355 pp
Bangkok to Chiang Mai Express - 5 days map

Discover the essence of Thailand in just 5 days. Explore Ayutthaya's sacred ruins, Lopburi's playful monkeys, and Sukhothai's serene historical park. Venture to Chiang Rai's colorful temples and the famed Golden Triangle before delving into Chiang Mai's tea culture at Araksa Tea Garden. An optional visit to an ethical Elephant Sanctuary offers a unique wildlife encounter.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

Trip Highlights

Bangkok - Explore Thailand's bustling capital city, home to lively street markets and exciting cultural landmarks
Chiang Rai - Discover the unique architecture of Wat Rong Khun (White Temple) and Wat Rong Suea Ten (Blue Temple), and explore the cultural richness of this northern city
Sukhothai - Step back in time amidst the ancient ruins of Sukhothai Historical Park, admire the iconic White Buddha of Wat Sri Chum, and experience the tranquility of this UNESCO World Heritage Site
Ayutthaya - Wander through the ancient ruins of temples like Wat Mahathat and Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, marvel at the iconic Buddha head entwined in tree roots, and soak in the rich history of the former capital of Thailand
Chiang Mai - Visit the historic temple Wat Phra That Doi Suthep and enjoy tea at the Araksa Tea Garden
Phitsanuloke - Explore the rich cultural heritage of this northern city and immerse yourself in the local way of life

Included

4 breakfasts & 4 lunches
Airport arrival transfer on day 1 and departure transfer on day 5
All transportation and transfers in private air-conditioned vehicles
Entrance fees for all included sites
Note: Touring is operated in conjunction with other tourist groups, not solely On The Go Tours. Guiding may be in an additional language to English.
4 nights 4 star hotel
Escorted by an English-speaking Thai tour guide
Guided sightseeing - Ayutthaya, Lopburi, Phitsanuloke, Sukhothai, Chiang Rai & Chiang Mai
All applicable taxes and service charges

Not Included

International flights and visas
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Bangkok

Welcome to Bangkok, the bustling capital city of Thailand! A world-renowned tourist destination, this vibrant city offers an eclectic mix of lively street life, cultural landmarks, and busy shopping areas.

Arriving at Suvarnabhumi or Donmuang Airport, you'll be met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel for check in. Spend the rest of the day at leisure to explore Bangkok. Why not try some tasty street food or take a thrilling tuk tuk ride?
Overnight: Bangkok

Day 2

Ayutthaya & Lopburi

Bangkok - Ayutthaya - Lopburi - Phitsanulok. There will be an early morning departure to the captivating Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Siam. Nestled along the banks of the Chao Phraya River, approximately 76 kilometers from Bangkok, Ayutthaya boasts a magnificent archaeological park recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Here, we explore sacred ruins, including the Wat Chaimongkol temple, a hub of the Buddhist nun community; the ancient Wat Mahathat, famous for the Buddha image enshrined within the roots of a thousand-year-old tree; and the Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, originally a royal chapel and the largest and perhaps most magnificent temple in the area.

Continuing on to Lopburi, we make a stop at the Phra Prang Sam Yod, a Khmer-style Hindu sanctuary, renowned especially for the hundreds of long-tailed macaques that call it home. Playful, inquisitive, and well-fed, these monkeys have become the main attraction of the area. After lunch at a local restaurant, we head to Phitsanulok, one of the most important cities in the north of Thailand.
Overnight: Phitsanulok  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3

Sukhothai Historical Park

Phitsanulok - Sukhothai - Pha Yao - Chiang Rai. After breakfast, we journey to the magnificent Sukhothai Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991. Sukhothai means "dawn of happiness," and encapsulates the ruins of the ancient capital of the kingdom dating back to the 13th and 14th centuries. While here, you can opt to take a bike ride through the historic park and the surrounding nature.

Our exploration includes a visit to the iconic White Buddha of Wat Sri Chum (Temple of the Sacred Tree), whose hand, adorned with gold leaf and resting on its knee, is revered by locals. This colossal Buddha statue stands atop a 32-meter pedestal, towering to a height of 15 meters. Afterwards, lunch awaits at a local restaurant before we continue our journey to Chiang Rai. En route, we pause for a brief stop at the picturesque Phayao Lake, nestled in the valley of the Ing River. Here, we will stroll along the lake's banks, lined with stalls and local food vendors. As a gesture of good luck, we'll even feed the fish before reaching our destination in the evening.
Overnight: Chiang Rai  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4

Golden Triangle

Chiang Rai - Golden Triangle - Chiang Mai. The first stop of the day is to Wat Rong Khun, also known as the "White Temple," a masterpiece by local artist and designer Chalermchai Kositpipat, who began the project in 1997. We'll also explore Wat Rong Suea Ten, known as the "Blue Temple" or "Temple of the Dancing Tiger," a new Buddhist sanctuary characterised by vibrant blue and yellow hues and adorned with white accents.

Mid-morning, we'll visit the famous Golden Triangle, the meeting point of Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand, locally known as "Sop Ruak." From atop a hill, we'll enjoy magnificent views of the Mekong River and the Ruak River, which divides the borders of the three countries, forming the famous triangular shape. Next, we'll explore the Hall of Opium. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.

Afterwards, we'll travel from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai by road (approx 3 hrs). In the evening, we'll visit the city's most famous temple, Wat Doi Suthep, perched atop a small hill 15 kilometers northwest of the city. This temple, the most sacred in the north, offers a serene atmosphere, and sometimes you can even hear the chants of the monks!
Overnight: Chiang Mai  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5

Chiang Mai & Goodbye

Chiang Mai - Araksa Tea Garden - Chiang Mai. This morning, we'll journey to Araksa Tea Garden in the picturesque hills of Mae Tang District. This small factory specializes in crafting premium Assam tea. Learn about organic tea cultivation and processing, master the proper technique for harvesting tea leaves, and witness the skilled hand-roasting process. After the demonstration, we'll enjoy lunch and a tea tasting experience at the Araksa Tea House.

For animal enthusiasts, there's an option to visit an ethical Elephant Sanctuary instead, where you can feed and care for elephants under expert guidance. Lunch is provided. Return to the hotel by 3:00 PM for departure transfer (supplement applies - please see trip notes for details).

After lunch, the journey concludes as we return to our hotel in Chiang Mai. Later, you'll be transferred to Chiang Mai airport your onward flight, ideally scheduled after 6:00 PM.
Breakfast, Lunch

Prices & Dates

Departure dates marked with a 'G' are operating. All departure dates are guaranteed to operate when there are 2 persons booked on the tour. 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to solo travellers or anyone wanting the privacy of a single room. We also offer a triple share option on this tour, please contact us for details.

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Extra Prices

Twin Share
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Pre tour accommodation - Bangkok
AUD $164
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Post tour accommodation - Chiang Mai
AUD $138
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Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

Mandarin Hotel Bangkok, Bangkok

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Mandarin Hotel Bangkok is recognized by its iconic white Mandarin building and has evolved into a renowned luxury destination for global travelers seeking both leisure and business comforts. Boasting two wings—the original Mandarin wing and the Princess wing added after refurbishments in 1981—the hotel's 367 modern and tastefully furnished rooms and suites, including Deluxe, Premier, Executive, and Grand Suite options, offer a comfortable and contemporary experience. There is an outdoor pool, fitness center, spa and restaurant on site.

Topland Hotel, Phitsanulok

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Positioned conveniently near the Nan River, Topland Hotel & Convention Centre in Phitsanulok provides captivating views of the river and the city. With complimentary Wi-Fi, an inviting outdoor pool, and a rejuvenating spa, the hotel offers a blend of relaxation and convenience. Rooms are air-conditioned and equipped with amenities including a bathtub, shower, cable TV, minibar, and fridge. The hotel boasts a variety of restaurants serving Chinese dishes and local specialties. Additionally, guests can unwind in the sauna and hot tub, or indulge in recreational activities such as karaoke, nightclub, and snooker rooms for an enjoyable stay.

Chainarai Riverside, Chiang Rai

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Chainarai Riverside features a restaurant, free private parking, an outdoor swimming pool, and free bikes. It provides a range of facilities, including a 24-hour front desk, room service, and free WiFi throughout the property. Guests can enjoy the fitness center and shared lounge. The air-conditioned rooms are equipped with a desk, kettle, minibar, safety deposit box, flat-screen TV, terrace, and a private bathroom with a hot tub. All rooms come with a wardrobe.

Mövenpick Suriwongse Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Situated in the heart of Chiang Mai, just steps away from the vibrant night bazaar and the scenic Ping River, Movenpick Suriwongse Hotel Chiang Mai provides accommodations with free WiFi and a rooftop pool offering stunning city views. The spacious, air-conditioned rooms feature modern Thai-Lanna interiors, cable flat-screen TVs, a sofa, and a tea/coffee maker. Guests can also enjoy the comfort of a bathtub and a hairdryer in their rooms. Fuengfah Restaurant serves a buffet breakfast, Thai dishes, and nightly live entertainment, while Le Bistrot Restaurant offers European and Mediterranean specialties.

At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Bangkok
Ends
Chiang Mai
Departs
Tuesdays
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 24
Hotel Rating
4 star
Tour Guide
Yes, escorted by tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 4, Lunch: 4
Countries
Minimum Age
4 yrs, accompanied by an adult
Arr. Transfer
Yes
Dep. Transfer
Yes
Chatuchak Market in Bangkok - On the Go Tours
Ancient temples against a bright blue sky in Ayutthaya
The magnificent and intrictae designed White Temple in Chiang Rai
White Buddha statue in front of one of the many temples of Chiang Mai
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