6 DAY EXCURSIONS - EX BANGKOK
Tour Code: 5NBHT        Historical Thailand                                                                                                (6 Days / 5 Nights)

North Eastern Thailand is an intriguing area full of history, beautiful sceneries and unforgettable landmarks.

    Day 1         Bangkok – Saraburi – Khao Yai (L,D)
    Depart Bangkok early in the morning and head to Saraburi. Visit the Phra Buddha Badh with its shrine of the
    holy footprint of Lord Buddha and various large temple bells around the compound. Continue to Khao Yai
    National Park with a stop at a local fruit market. Watch the bats migration from the cave before sunset. For
    your comfort and stay, overnight at Greenery Khao Yai Hotel or similar.

    Day 2         Khao Yai – Korat – Nakhon Ratchasima - Korat (B,L,D)
    Visit Krong Keo Waterfalls with the original bamboo suspension bridge and the Haew Suwat Waterfalls
    before proceeding to Korat. Visit the city highlights including the Tao Suranaree Memorial, built in
    commemoration of her brave deed. Continue to Nakhon Ratchasima to visit Phimai Historical Park. This is one
    of the largest Khemer sanctuary in Thailand and one of the finest example of classical Khemer architecture. It
    was once linked by a direct road to Angkor itself. Marvel at the magnificent structure and the detailed
    restoration that has been done. And then the Sai Ngam Banyan tree sprawled in tangles extended. Check in to
    Simar Thanee Hotel or similar in Korat to for overnight.

    Day 3         Korat – Village of Dan Kwain - Surin (B,L,D)
    After breakfast, depart Korat and drive north through the pottery production village of Dan Kwain. Make a quick
    stop there to get some beautifully done clay handicraft pieces before continuing uphill to Prasat Phanom
    Rung. This finely restored temple was originally built in the 12th century on an extinct volcano by order of the
    Khemer King.  An impressive 200 metre avenue adorn with superb stone carvings lead to the main building.
    Many fine carvings and friezes adorn the temple and the main phrang of the temples. These carvings depict
    daily life at that time and also mythical beast of the Ramayana story.  The temple has been restored to a very
    fine condition through a combination of local and international effort.  Every year, many locals still come to
    see sunrise over the temple on summer solstice morning. Then travel down to Prasat Muang Tham, a Khemer
    temple, the oldest sanctuary that is well preserved. Afterward, proceed to Surin where the elephant round-up
    festival is held every year in November. For your comfort and stay, overnight at Tarin Hotel or similar in Surin.

    Day 4         Surin – Kantharalak – Khao Phra Viharn – Ubon Rachathani (B,L,D)
    After breakfast, drive to Khao Phra Viharn via Kantharalak. This Khemer temple is situated on a cliff 544 metres
    high, which overlooks Cambodia from the top. The temple was once a very important place of worship with
    one of the longest path way from the foot of the cliff to the central temple complex. It is now in ruins due to
    the years of recent war and not much restoration has been done on this temple at all. Nonetheless, its
    location and grandeur can still be felt as one walks up the long passageway pass the various groups of
    smaller temples to the main complex. It is definitely worth the walk all the way to the top of the cliff where
    the central temple complex is located. Picnic lunch at a nearby national park before continuing to Ubon
    Rachathani. Overnight at Thorsaeng Hotel or similar.

    Day 5         Ubon Rachatani – Khong Chiam – Mekong River (B,L,D)
    Breakfast at the hotel before starting to explore the various places of historical interest in Ubon Rachatani.
    The museum has a good collection of artifacts and archaeological discoveries of the area. There are also old
    temple of interesting architectural features and importance. Later, proceed to Khong Chiam where we will take
    a boat trip along the Mekong River. Here you will see the meeting of the 2 colors river - the Khong river and the
    Moon river. On the other side of the Mekong river is Laos.

    Take a walk in the Pha Taem National Park to see the different rock formations and columns formed by
    erosion and natural phenomena. One of the most important discoveries of the national park are the pre-
    historic cave paintings that dates back 3000-4000 years ago, reflecting the ancient way of life of the people
    who once used to live in this area. Return to hotel for overnight.

    Day 6         Khong Chiam - Bangkok (B)
    Following breakfast, departure for Bangkok by road. Alternatively, take a short flight to Bangkok or other
    destination in Thailand. Additional cost for flight from Ubon to Bangkok is USD $ 55 per person, each way
    (price subject to change).






Tour Code: 5NBKT        Kingdom of Thai – Classic Tour                                                                           (6 Days / 5Nights)

Visit the Kingdom starting from the capital city of Bangkok, overland to North cities of Chiang Maiand Chiang Rai passing by the
ancient city of Ayutthaya. In the north, visit to hill tribe community, handicrafts shopping, enjoy local style dances and
performance, elephant ride and bamboo rafting experience. Return to Bangkok by train.

    Day 1         Bangkok – Ayutthaya – Lopburi – Phitsanulok         (L)
    Depart Bangkok in the morning to Bang Pa In for a scenuc boat trip to Ayutthaya. Visit Wat Yai Chaya Mongkol
    and the ancient ruins of Wat Chai Wattanaram. Continue to Lopburi, where you will be treated to a trishaw
    ride around the city. Lunch will be served at a hotel restaurant after which, journey continues to Phitsanulok.
    Tonight, overnight at Krung Sri River Hotel.

    Day 2         Phitsanulok – Sukhothai – Lampang                (B,L)
    Morning visit Wat Maha That where the highly revered Buddha statue of Phra Buddha Jinaraj is housed.
    Journey continues to Sukhothai to isit ancient ruins at Sukhothai Historical Park and Wat Sri Chum with its
    gigantic Buddha statue.  After lunch continue to Lampang for a horse carriage tour of the old city, here you will
    visit Baan Sao Nak, a 100 year old teak-wood mansion and Wat Chedi Sao which derives its name from 20
    stupas erected on the temple grounds. Monks in this temple prepare medicines from herbs and plants which
    promise to cure a number of diseases. Overnight at Lampang River Lodge.

    Day 3                Lampang – Phayao – Chiang Rai         (B,L)
    Early morning visit to local market following by a drive to Phayao - the biggest natural lake in Thailand.
    Proceed to Chiang Rai. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant and journey continues to a visit to the hill
    tribe community project at Ban Lorcha. Drive via Mae Sai, a Thai town in the Golden Triangle located in the
    northern end of the kingdom.  Enjoy a boat ride on the Mekong River and drive to Chiang Rai for your overnight
    stay at Rimkok Resort.

    Day 4                Chiang Rai – Chiang Mai         (B,L,D)
    Early morning departure for Chiang Mai and visit the local handicraft centers in town. Lunch will be served at a
    local restaurant followed a visit to Wat Doi Suthep, a temple that is tucked away in the mountains at an
    elevation of 1,056 meters. In order to get into the temple, you have to climb a stairs of 290 steps, flanked by a
    Naga balustrade on both sides. In the evening, enjoy a typical Kantoke dinner, a local style dinner seated on
    the floor with presentation of traditional dances from Northern Thailand. Tonight, Overnight at Imperial Mae
    Ping Hotel.

    Day 5                Chiang Mai – Bangkok by Train (B)
    Morning visit an elephant camp in Chiang Dao and watch skilled elephants at work. Optional elephant ride
    and bamboo rafting is available at additional cost. The tour continues to visit an orchid farm and lunch at a
    local restaurant. Transfer to Chiang Mai train station for your departure train back to Bangkok. Train: Second
    class air-conditioned with sleeping berth (Couchette). Overnight on the train.
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