Grand Adventure Through Thailand in 3 Weeks
Embark on an extraordinary 3-week tour of Thailand. Your adventure will take you across the breadth of this captivating country, commencing in the vibrant capital of Bangkok, where majestic temples and modern marvels coexist harmoniously. From there, your journey will lead you northward to the charming cities of Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Pai, and Mae Hong Son, nestled amidst lush mountains and rice fields. Finally, your 3-week exploration will culminate with an idyllic coastal retreat in Krabi, Khao Lak, and Phuket, the ultimate tropical paradise in southern Thailand, renowned for pristine beaches and stunning island getaways. Here, you'll have the opportunity to bask in the sun, plunge into crystal-clear waters, and relax on world-renowned beaches, all while immersing yourself in the vibrant tapestry of Thai culture.
- Discover the must-see sites in Thailand from North to South.
- Visit the Damnoën Saduak floating market, where boats are loaded with fruits and vegetables.
- Explore famous temples in the country, such as Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Pho, and Wat Rong Khun.
- Pai and Mae Hong Son boast a rich cultural fusion with Myanmar.
- Enjoy a seaside stay in Krabi, Khao Lak, and Phuket, which are southern paradise islands with offshore getaways.
Arrival in Bangkok, welcomed by the local guide at the airport, and transferred to the city center (hotel rooms available from 2 p.m.). Enjoy free time to rest and explore the Thai capital. Night at the hotel.
Start your "Thailand 10-day" tour today with a day dedicated to exploring the city of Bangkok.
- Visit the Grand Palace, Thailand's most important landmark, where you will be impressed by the grandeur and majesty of the building and its throne rooms.
- Admire the mysterious Emerald Buddha, the most revered Buddha image in the country.
- Visit Wat Pho along the way, the largest and oldest temple in Bangkok, famous for its 45-meter reclining Buddha statue.
- We will then visit Wat Traimit, which is well-known for the Golden Buddha.
- Board a long-tail boat to sail along the Chao Phraya River before entering a klong, staying away from the heavily touristy areas. Stop at Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn.
Return to the hotel to rest for the night in Bangkok.
Depart early to visit the Maeklong market, located on the railway tracks very close to the train terminus. Walk along the rails to explore the vibrant market and witness how quickly the merchants fold up their stalls in preparation for the train, which is scheduled to pass around 8:30 a.m.
Afterwards, head to the small market of Samut Songkhran, where you'll embark on a beautiful canoe ride along the Grand Canal and then through smaller canals, providing an authentic glimpse of rural Asia just outside of Bangkok. The approximately one-hour ride will culminate in the heart of the Damnoen Saduak floating market.
Explore this traditional market, bustling with sellers offering a variety of products, including food, flowers, plants, and even animals.
Return to Bangkok and enjoy some free time to relax.
Overnight stay in Bangkok.
Start your day with a hearty breakfast, and then embark on a journey to Bang Pa-In, which will take approximately 2 hours. Upon arrival, we'll explore the Summer Palace, an architectural gem with roots tracing back to the Ayutthaya period. This stunning palace served as a royal summer retreat during the 17th century, offering a glimpse into the opulent history of Thailand.
Following our visit to the Summer Palace, we'll make our way to Ayutthaya, often referred to as the 'Invincible City' of Thailand. To explore this ancient city, we'll hop aboard a Kermit tuk-tuk, and our first stops will be at significant temples, including Wat Yai Chaimongkol and Wat Mahathat, renowned for its sacred Buddha relics.
As we continue our journey, we'll stroll through a local market, providing an opportunity to immerse ourselves in the vibrant local life.
We'll return to your hotel to complete the check-in process, and you'll spend the night in Ayutthaya.
Following breakfast, we set out for Uthai Thani, making a stop in Lopburi along the way. In Lopburi, we will visit King Narai's Palace, a remarkable structure constructed during the reign of King Narai the Great, who ruled Ayutthaya from 1656 to 1688. Here, you'll have the opportunity to witness ancient royal artifacts and admire its distinctive architectural design, a fusion of Thai and European styles.
Continuing our journey to Uthai Thani, we will pause at Ban Khok Mo village, a place where traditional weaving remains a vibrant craft. We will also explore the fascinating Thasung temple with its "crystal hall." Following that, we will embark on a scenic boat ride along the picturesque Sakaekrang River, where you'll have the chance to observe numerous floating houses along the way.
Upon arrival in town, you can explore a vibrant and colorful night market. You will spend the night in Uthai Thani.
The schedule for today involves a 45-minute journey to the enchanting Hub Patthard, where an exciting cave exploration will lead you to a hidden valley.
Next, you'll explore another significant site in Thai history, Kampheang Phet. This archaeological park holds UNESCO World Heritage status and boasts attractions such as Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Phra Tat, and the Aranyik Archaeological Site.
Traveling along a scenic country road, you'll make a stop in Phitsanulok. Here, you will visit the Cha Tawee Folk Museum and the riverside temple of Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat, a prestigious royal monastery.
Continuing your journey, you will reach your hotel in Sukhothai for an overnight stay.
You'll be collected from your hotel and taken to the bicycle parking area to begin an exciting cycling adventure to Sukhothai Historical Park. This park boasts nearly 200 well-preserved chedis, each with a remarkable history.
As you explore the park, take a moment to appreciate the Ajana Buddha image, a legendary and highly revered figure, found at Wat Sri Chum.
Your cycling journey will lead you to Wat Prapailuang, the heart of the community, where the history of the Sukhothai Kingdom comes to life.
En route, you'll also pass by three ancient temples: Wat Sri Sawai, Wat Sra Sri, and Wat Trapang Ngoen.
After this immersive experience, you'll head to Lampang for an overnight stay at your pre-booked hotel.
Following breakfast, your journey begins with a visit to Wat Phra That Lampang Luang, an exquisite example of Lanna-style architecture meticulously preserved in its original form.
Next, you'll embark on a delightful horse-cart ride, lasting for approximately 30 minutes, as you explore the city and its charming villages.
Continuing your adventure, you'll make your way to Chiang Mai.
As the day comes to a close, you'll reach Chiang Mai, where you will spend the night at your hotel.
A day dedicated to exploring the rich heritage of Chiang Mai, a city founded in the 13th century, which reflects a blend of Lanna, Siamese, and Burmese cultures.
Begin with a walking tour of the old town, including stops at the ancient wall, the moat, and an old town gate. You'll have the opportunity to admire some of Chiang Mai's most exquisite temples, such as Wat Phra Singh, Wat Phan Tao, and Wat Chedi Luang.
Following this, wander along quaint streets lined with traditional houses and enjoy a rickshaw ride. Your exploration will lead you to the bustling Warorot Central Market.
In the afternoon, ascend to Doi Suthep Hill, offering splendid panoramic views of the city and the surrounding countryside. You can reach the summit by climbing 290 steps or taking a cable car. At the peak, a golden chedi houses the revered relics of the Buddha.
Night in Chiang Mai.
Visiting an elephant camp in Chiang Mai is a great experience to learn about the lives of elephants and experience Thai culture.
- After pickup, you'll embark on a 1.5-hour drive to the Into the Wild Elephant Camp.
- A brief stop at a local market is included for a short tour and to purchase necessary supplies.
- Upon arrival at the camp, you'll meet the elephants and receive guidance on preparing their food.
- Enjoy a short walk with the elephants into the jungle to observe their natural habitat.
- Engage in activities like a mud spa, bathing, and brushing the elephants.
- A delicious Thai lunch is provided.
- The day concludes with a return drive to Chiang Mai.
Reception in Chiang Mai and departure for Pai in the north. On the way, explore Mae Malai Market, where you can sample local delicacies and exotic fruits. Next, visit Pong Deuid Waterfall, one of Chiang Mai province's most stunning hot springs. This spa is a hidden gem within a well-maintained park nestled in a picturesque valley. Downstream from the bubbling geysers, you'll find shallow rock pools perfect for swimming.
Afterward, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before reaching Pai. This small, hillside community offers a natural, clean, refreshing, and warm atmosphere. It's a melting pot of different ethnic groups from the plains and mountains, each with their unique religious beliefs and languages that have come together to create a distinctive cultural tradition. Depending on your arrival time, you can explore the secluded village of Pai and visit three other villages representing local ethnic groups, including Ban Bang Paek (Lisu tribe), known for their vibrant clothing and high-altitude settlements.
After breakfast, visit the local market, then depart for Mae Hong Son. Make a stop at the village of Baan Phang Paek, home to the Lisou community, a Sino-Tibetan ethnic minority.
Continue on the road towards Ban Tham Lod and visit the Tham Lod caves by bamboo raft. Cruise on the inland lake, and discover its limestone concretions and prehistoric coffins. From the entrance to the outlet of the cavity, a watercourse has eroded it for over a million years.
Continue along the road to Mae Hong Son with a visit to three temples near the picturesque Jong Kham Lake. Take a walk along the lakeside trail. Visit Wat Chong Kham, which is located next to Wat Chong Klang. It is the older of the two temples, founded in 1827 by the Shan people of Mae Hong Son. The Buddha, in Burmese style and standing at 5 meters tall, is seated there. Wat Chong Klang, constructed in the 1860s, features a Burmese-style chedi that can be easily seen from the lake's shores. Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu is the main attraction of Mae Hong Son, guarding the town like a sentinel. The best time to visit is during sunset between November and February when the surrounding mountains are shrouded in fog.
You'll spend the night in Mae Hong Son
In the morning, we commence our journey by taking a boat along the Pai River. This scenic ride allows you to catch a glimpse of one of the most beautiful landscapes and the simple lifestyle along the Pai River. We'll also visit the village of the Long Neck Karen tribe, known for the women who wear brass rings on their necks.
Our journey continues to Su Tong Pae Bridge, the longest bamboo bridge in Thailand. Afterward, we'll proceed to our next destination, 'Baan Rak Thai Village.' This intriguing village is located on the border between Thailand and Myanmar and features a large lake nearby.
Our next stop takes us to the beautiful and tranquil atmosphere of the Shan village, also known as 'Baan Ruam Thai' or Pang Oung. This village is nestled in the rugged mountain range and is famous for its stunning reservoir or large lake, often referred to as the 'Switzerland of Thailand.' It is surrounded by pine forests and vibrant winter flowers, offering a cool climate year-round.
You'll spend the night in Mae Hong Son
After breakfast, at approximately 7 am, you will visit the local market before departing for Chiang Mai via Mae Chaem.
You will arrive in Chiang Mai by the end of the day, where you will spend the night at the hotel.
Transfer to Chiang Mai airport for a flight to Krabi. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by the driver and check in at the hotel. You will have free time to rest, enjoy the beach, or even explore the thrilling world of rock climbing.
Krabi is a genuine island paradise, boasting magnificent, fine sandy beaches that stretch for over forty kilometers and warm, crystal-clear waters. Surrounded by wild vegetation, reefs, secluded coves, and lush jungles, this seaside resort conceals natural wonders and extraordinary sites, including fantastic opportunities for rock climbing.
Overnight stay in Krabi.
Note: It is possible to replace Krabi with Koh Samui according to your preferences!
During your 2 days of free time in Krabi, it's up to you to organize them according to your preferences. Here are some suggestions for your activities: Railay and Ao Nang beaches stand out for their exceptional beauty, waiting to be discovered.
Krabi also offers Khao Phanom Bencha National Park, home to the Huay Toh waterfall, one of the most impressive in the country, as well as the awe-inspiring Railay limestone cliffs. In addition to traditional water activities, Krabi offers exciting adventures. The imposing limestone cliffs of Krabi are particularly renowned among climbing enthusiasts.
Travel from Krabi to Khao Lak.
Khao Lak is a great place for those who prefer tranquility and a connection with nature. Enjoy peaceful days at its most beautiful beaches.
Khao Lak is the first province in Phang Nga, located approximately 70 km north of Phuket, Thailand. The region is known for its beautiful beaches and Khao Sok National Park. Here are some suggestions for your 2-day break:
Beaches in Khao Lak: Khao Lak offers superb and tranquil beaches, perfect for relaxation. The beaches of Bang Niang and Khuk Khak are among the most popular.
Khao Sok National Park: Located about 70 km from Khao Lak, this national park is famous for its tropical forest, freshwater lakes, and activities such as hiking, cave exploration, and kayaking.
Similan Islands: Approximately 70 km from Khao Lak, the Similan Islands are renowned for their spectacular coral reefs and scuba diving
Depending on your flight schedule, you will fly back to Bangkok for the return journey.
This marks the end of your 20-day Thailand tour! Safe travels, and we hope you had a wonderful experience
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- Accommodation for the entire circuit, in hotels or with locals
- Travel according to the program by private car
- English-speaking guide for the visits mentioned in the program
- All activities mentioned in the program, including entrance fees to tourist sites
- Economy class domestic flights with airport taxes included
- Meals mentioned in the program
- Bottle of water during guided tours (2 x 500ml/traveler/day)
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- Bank fees related to payment
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Visiting the Angkor Wat temple complex is worth it. When we entered, we felt like we were becoming tiny people. It was a very surprising experience. On the second day, when we arrived at the lakeside village of Kompong Khleang, the scenery isn't beautiful, but it showcases the culture of the people, which is very interesting. The tour guide in Cambodia is very good, has a good sense of humor, and is always willing to explain everything coherently. So we didn't respond to the message immediately.
The continuity between the visit to Cambodia and the conclusion of the trip in Vietnam is certainly very reasonable. The number of days for visiting is also appropriate. In addition to following our itinerary, we also made use of our free t
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The first week in Vietnam was very good. We loved the egg coffee. Vietnamese cuisine is very diverse, and it was great because we had time to try most of the typical dishes: pho, bun cha, cao lau, and banh mi. The Old Quarter of Hanoi has an ancient beauty, but it's still a bit noisy. The cyclo experience was very reasonable and helped us not get bored while going to Hoi An, also to the Old Quarter, but to explore it by bikes. Ha Long Bay is very beautiful. The cruise was excellent.
The next part of the trip was in Cambodia, where we had truly amazing moments in front of the ruins of Angkor Wat. The tour guide in Cambodia was very detailed in everything we wanted to know. A few days in Cambodia are enough.
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Mrs and Mr SCHAMP
Dec 23, 2023 - We came back enchanted from our trip to Vietnam as a couple. Vietnam is a magnificent and endearing country.
The inhabitants are very welcoming and kind. As soon as we got back, we were already looking forward to going back. This was our first trip to Asia. Thanks to Vietnam Découverte and above all to its highly competent team, and in particular Madame Thom Doan, we set off with great confidence, and we haven't regretted it. The organization is impeccable, the hotels are top-quality and the activities varied (visits, trekking, kayaking, cycling, etc.).
The program was heavy, but we were able to split the tour into 17 days instead of 15, to take advantage of each region.
What a pleasure it was to be accompanied in each region by a guide who spoke perfect French and knew the country very well. We were able to travel with complete peace of mind, letting ourselves be guided and driven without worrying about a thing.
The family of Mr. GEIGER
Dec 6, 2023 - What a superb trip! Complete satisfaction! Discovery of the NORTH and CENTRAL VIETNAM. A very well-organized journey by VIETNAM DISCOVERY; competence and kindness of our guide LUNA; We were warmly welcomed at the agency (beautiful structure) by Mrs. THOM DOAN. The circuit and hotel services were fully in line with the program. We return with lots of beautiful memories and stunning images in our minds. Landscapes, temples, rice fields, Hmong villages, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An. We wholeheartedly recommend. BERNARD[see more]
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The hotels were chosen with great care, and we really appreciated the home-stay accommodations, which gave us the chance to share special moments with the families.
Our driver, Phong, young and careful, was wonderful and very kind. Our guide, Hiep, "a walking encyclopedia of Vietnam", knew northern Vietnam and its history inside out. He was very committed, a good listener and had great human qualities to match his skills.
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- Tour: Grand Adventure Through Thailand in 3 Weeks
- Duration: 20 days 19 nights
- Type: The Essentials
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