Discovering Central and Northern Thailand in 2 Weeks
- Chiang Rai
- Chiang Mai
- Mae Hong Son
If you seek adventure, relaxation, and unforgettable family moments, this 2-week Thailand tour is tailor-made for you! With a moderate pace, you'll embark on a journey from majestic temples to pristine white sandy beaches, savoring delicious cuisine and embracing unique experiences. Every step of this adventure promises to be memorable. Join us as we explore the enchanting corners of Thailand, crafting precious memories for you and your children!
- Visit to the must-see sites in Thailand with the most beautiful temples: Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Pho
- Visit to the Damnoën Saduak floating market where many boats loaded with fruits and vegetables bring together
- Visit the famous Wat Rong Khun, also known as the “White Temple”
- Several fun activities: cooking classes, bike ride, visit to an elephant camp
- Seaside stay in Koh Kood still authentic
- Chiang Rai
- Chiang Mai
- Mae Hong Son
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.
Breakfast and departure for the Erawan Waterfall, famous for its multi-level waterfalls and caves, some of which are decorated with rock paintings. You can swim in the crystal-clear waters and see the many animals that live in this national park.
Afternoon, drive towards Ayutthaya. The ancient city of Ayutthaya is known as the “Venice of the East” because it lies along the Chao Phraya River, surrounded by tributaries. Many monuments and remnants of the era can be visited in this city founded in 1350 by King Uthong when the Thais had to migrate south under pressure from their northern neighbors.
Night in Ayutthaya.
After breakfast, embark on an exploration of the ancient city of Ayutthaya via a charming "Kermit" tuk-tuk ride, a unique mode of transportation found exclusively in two of Thailand's provinces: Ayutthaya and Trang. During this journey, you'll discover the highlights of Ayutthaya, including Wat Yai Chaimongkol, Wat Mahathat (home to a remarkable Buddha face emerging from a tree), and have the opportunity to stroll through a vibrant local market.
Next, continue your cultural expedition with a visit to the Bang Pa-In Palace, originally constructed during the Ayutthaya period. The palace showcases a captivating blend of architectural styles, drawing inspiration from European, Khmer, Thai, and Chinese influences. It has long been a favored summer retreat of the Thai kings.
Following your Ayutthaya adventures, return to Bangkok for your onward flight to Chiang Rai. Upon your arrival, you will be warmly greeted by our driver and comfortably settled into your hotel.
Enjoy your night in Chiang Rai.
After breakfast, hit the road towards Doi Mae Salong. You'll journey through rolling green hills draped with tea plantations, where you'll have the opportunity to savor the exquisite teas produced by one of the many local plantations. At Doi Mae Salong, you'll explore two ethnic minority villages: Loyo, home to the Akha community, and Ban Haygo, a Lisu village.
Next, your itinerary takes you to Mae Sai, situated on the Thai-Myanmar border and marking the northernmost point of Thailand.
Continuing your journey, you'll head to the Golden Triangle, a strategic location offering a unique vista shared by Thailand, Burma, and Laos - the point where these three borders converge.
Upon arrival, you'll delve into the intriguing world of opium at the Opium Museum, which offers comprehensive insights into the history and significance of opium in the Golden Triangle.
Then, your visit continues to Chiang Saen, an ancient city dating back to around 1328. Here, you'll explore a multitude of historical sites, including ancient temple ruins, stupas, remnants of ancient fortifications, and moats.
Spend the night in Chiang Saen.
Morning is dedicated to exploring Chiang Rai, starting with the renowned Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Phra Singha, one of the oldest Thai temples still inhabited by Buddhist monks to this day.
Your journey continues with a visit to Wat Rong Khun, the stunning White Temple, an architectural marvel of the city. This temple stands out with its radiant white color and the use of glass pieces embedded in the plaster, sparkling in the sunlight.
Afterwards, you'll depart for Chiang Mai, passing through scenic hills, valleys, and charming villages. On the way, there's a brief stop at the Mae Khachan hot spring for coffee, restroom facilities, and a chance to soak your feet in the springs.
Night in Chiang Mai.
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.
In the morning, it takes about 2 hours to reach Thailand's highest peak at Doi Inthanon National Park.
Upon arrival, a 2 to 3-hour jungle walk follows along a narrow mountain trail leading to a hidden waterfall within the lush jungle. Along the way, before reaching the hill tribe village of Pagagayaw Karen, we'll pass through farmlands where coffee plantations, flower farms, and beautiful rice terraces can be observed. You'll have the chance to explore the Karen hill tribe village of Pagagayaw and savor a cup of locally grown coffee. Later, we'll head to Vachiratharn Waterfall, a 70-meter-high, powerful waterfall.
Afterward, you'll have the opportunity to admire the splendid architecture of Nopamaytanidol Chidi and Phra Mahatat Nopaphon Bhumisiri, both constructed to commemorate the 60th anniversary of King Bhumipol and Queen Sirikit.
Finally, we'll return to Chiang Mai for the night.
08:00 - 08:30: Begin your day with a warm welcome from your English-speaking guide at your hotel. Then, embark on a car journey, approximately one and a half hours south of Chiang Mai, meandering through hills, forests, and local agricultural areas.
10:30 a.m.: Arrive at the sanctuary. Meet your guide and take a 10-15 minute walk through the jungle to reach the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary. Here, don traditional Karen clothing and participate in an introductory lesson about elephant anatomy, history, and behavior.
11:00 a.m.: It's time to meet the elephants. Interact with, feed, and play with these magnificent creatures in their natural environment while learning about their behavior and history. Capture memorable moments with the elephants through photos.
12:00 p.m.: Savor a delicious lunch featuring Thai dishes and fresh fruit.
1:00 p.m.: Engage in crafting herbal balloons, feed the elephants once more, and then embark on a leisurely walk with the elephants to the river. Here, you'll have the opportunity to bathe and brush the elephants.
2:00 p.m.: Join the elephants for a therapeutic mud spa and take a refreshing swim in the river, all while continuing to create lasting memories with these gentle giants.
3:00 p.m.: Bid farewell to the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary and embark on a 1.5-hour drive back to Chiang Mai.
5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.: Return to your hotel or accommodation.
Spend the night at your hotel in 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, your day begins with a visit to the local market. Following that, you'll set off for Mae Hong Son.
Along the way, you'll make a stop at Baan Phang Paek Village, home to the Lisou community, an ethnic minority with Sino-Tibetan roots.
Your journey continues towards Ban Tham Lod, where you'll explore the Tham Lod caves on a bamboo raft. You'll cruise on an inland lake, uncovering its remarkable limestone formations and prehistoric coffins. These caves have been shaped over millions of years by a watercourse that follows a circular path, creating an impressive geological wonder. The site comprises three separate caves: Sao Hin, Tukta, and IP Man. To explore these caves, tourists embark on a 1600-meter raft journey.
Lunch Break: After your cave exploration, you'll enjoy lunch.
Mae Hong Son: You'll then proceed on the road to Mae Hong Son. Along the way, you'll visit three temples near the picturesque Jong Kham lake, a central point of the town.
Wat Chong Kham: This temple, founded in 1827 by the Shan of Mae Hong Son, features a 5-meter-high seated Buddha in Burmese style. It's located next to Wat Chong Klang, the town's other temple.
Wat Chong Klang: Built in the 1860s, this temple has a Burmese-style chedi that can be easily spotted from the lake's shores.
Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu: This temple stands as the main attraction of Mae Hong Son, overlooking the town like a sentinel. The best time to visit is during sunset between November and February when the surrounding mountains are enveloped in mist.
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.
Depending on your flight schedule, you will fly to Bangkok for your return journey.
This marks the end of your 15-day Thailand tour! Safe travels and 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)
- Government taxes currently in force (VAT, etc.)
- International flights from your home
- Visa fees, payable directly at the airport customs (see VISA)
- Bank fees related to payment
- Personal insurance
- Personal beverages during meals: beer, Coca-Cola, fruit juice, etc.
- Other meals not specified in the program
- SIM card and mobile plans
- Tips, personal expenses, and other services not mentioned in the "Our Included Services" section
Our Happy Customers
The Le Boucher family
February 15-28, 2024 -
"Hello, the trip is going very well. Yesterday I grew rice. A symbol and a source of pride for me, I would even say one of the goals of this trip. Thank you"
"The work in the rice paddies is already well underway...we are lucky to see the peasants in full activity, it is really enriching to learn about your way of life. A 12km walk today was an intense moment. "
The Diego Family
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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
Mr. Sebastian Rodriguez and his friends
January 2024 - The trip went well. We had memorable experiences in Asia with your team, the guides, and even the driver. Everything went smoothly, from the weather to the services (meals, accommodations) you arranged for us. Here are more details:
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.
The end of the trip was in
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]
Karine, solo trip
November 27, 2023 - I was apprehensive about this first solo trip and decided to enlist the help of Vietnam Discovery agency. Linh, my contact there, immediately proved to be extremely available, attentive, and reassuring. We discussed my desires and expectations, and she put together a magnificent 15-day trip for me, from which I have incredible memories.[see more]
Mrs Gisele Denaes and friends
28 Octobre 2023 - Hello, we had good feedback. All my friends were satisfied with your services. I will come back to you if we decide to go back.
Thanks again. I hope to see you soon.
Hello, yes, the return trip went well. We appreciated the beauty of your country, its authenticity and the kindness of the inhabitants.
Thank you for your warm welcome. Our guide Duc and the driver were excellent, very professional and very kind.
Sincerely Agnès and Gilbert STRAUCH.
The Patricia Ait family
November 13, 2023 - Our trip was simply extraordinary and wonderful. It was a lesson in life. It would not have been possible without Mrs. Duong Lan, our Vietnam découverte correspondent, who was always available and very attentive, and who proposed a personalized tour according to our needs, guiding us in our choices.
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: Discovering Central and Northern Thailand in 2 Weeks
- Duration: 14 days 13 nights
- Type: The Essentials
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