11 day sample itinerary

Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai Multi Centre

Beauty of northern Thailand

Let the temples of Bangkok and Chiang Mai and the laidback charm of Chiang Rai dazzle you on this suggested itinerary through Thailand’s culture and traditions. Tour the palaces, meet the locals in hillside tribes and learn to cook tasty Thai dishes before finishing with a stay in Chiang Rai. Chiang Rai is great for scenic surroundings, national parks, botanical gardens, caves, and excellent trekking areas. Referred to by many as the Gateway to Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai offers a more outdoorsy vibe.

Our Experts Recommend:
  • Visiting the temples and palaces in Bangkok
  • Sample the street food in Bangkok
  • Join a walking tour in Chiang Mai
  • Visit the spectacular White Temple in Chiang Rai

Sample Itinerary Summary

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Duration
11 days
Guide Price
£2,659 per person
Price based on
Based on 05 March 19 departure from London Heathrow flying with Eva Air, staying for 3 nights bed & breakfast in a Tower Club Cityview Suite (Bangkok), 4 nights bed & breakfast in a Lanna Room (Chiang Mai) and 3 nights all inclusive in a Deluxe Country View Room (Chiang Rai) including transfers.
Our guide price gives you an idea of pricing which will vary depending on exchange rates, accommodation, duration, dates, airline and cabin class.
Destination Breakdown
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Itinerary Breakdown

Chiang Mai, nestled in the hills of the north, is a glorious city with the feel of a traditional village. Home to hundreds of stunning temples, it is Thailand's second city. The best known and possibly the most impressive temple is Wat Doi Suthep. Take a cooking class to learn how to make your favourite Thai dishes at home. If you want distinctive Thai culture, arts, and traditions amid lush countryside and stunning mountain scenery, Chiang Mai will not disappoint.

Points of Interest

We love Chiang Rai for its scenic surroundings, national parks, botanical gardens, caves, and excellent trekking areas. Take a bicycle ride around the small town centre, visit Chiang Rai Beach, and head out to the lush scenery of the nearby hills and forest parks.

Points of Interest

A blend of modern-day sophistication and centuries-old traditions, Bangkok is an intriguing city to explore. Bursting with culture, bustling with people and plenty of temples and palaces amongst skyscrapers Bangkok is an exciting and tantalising city that has plenty to offer.

Bangkok

A blend of modern-day sophistication and centuries-old traditions, Bangkok is an intriguing city to explore. Bursting with culture, bustling with people and plenty of temples and palaces among skyscrapers, Bangkok is an exciting city that has plenty to offer.

Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai, nestled in the hills of the north, a glorious city with the feel of a traditional village. Home to hundreds of stunning temples, it's Thailand's second city. The best known and possibly the most impressive temple is Wat Doi Suthep. Take a cooking class to learn how to make your favourite Thai dishes at home. If you want distinctive Thai culture, arts, and traditions amid lush countryside and stunning mountain scenery, Chiang Mai will not disappoint.

Chiang Rai

We love Chiang Rai for the scenic surroundings, national parks, botanical gardens, caves, and excellent trekking areas. Take a bicycle ride around the small town centre, visit Chiang Rai Beach, and head out to the lush scenery of the nearby hills and forest parks.

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Floating market Bangkok

Excursion

Floating Market

Visit  the world famous floating market of "Damnern Saduak". The colourfully clad merchants at these lively markets paddle along congested canals in sturdy canoes laden with fresh fruits and vegetables to sell to shoppers on the banks. There is a lot of chatter and activity - bargaining is common. You visit the lively market at its best early in the morning, before the crowds arrive and the day's heat breaks.

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The Bridge over the River Kwai

Excursion

The Bridge Over The River Kwai - Thailand

This tour takes you to the beautiful province of Kanchanaburi where you will take a trip back in history at the River Kwai and its famous bridge. You will visit the war cemetery and a reconstructed POW camp that now houses a museum.

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Ayutthaya

Excursion

Ancient Ayutthaya by River Cruise - Full Day

Ayutthaya lies about an hour’s journey by coach to the north of Bangkok and was the proud and powerful ancient capital of Siam until its destruction, 230 or so years ago. Much of the fabulous ornate city was lost at that time but what remains will still give you an excellent idea of life during the 4 centuries that the Kings of Ayutthaya ruled.

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River cruise

Excursion

Relax in Chiang Mai

Leave the city behind and relax awhile, carried along the cool waters of the River Ping. Enjoy the ever-changing river scene: authentic teak houses, rural greenery and smiling children scrambling into the water with shouts of glee. Stop at a local farmer's house and taste the local dish, Kao Soi, a smooth flavor of spicy noodle curry soup.

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Wat Bupparam

Sight

Visit Chiang Mai's temples

Thailand’s historic city of Chiang Mai is home to more than 300 temples (known as ‘wats’), some dating as far back as the 13th century. Whether you love their statuesque architecture or serene atmosphere, these impressive Buddhist sites are as beautiful as they are fascinating.

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Museum / gallery

Chiang Rai's Hill Tribes

Hill tribes have settled around Chiang Rai for hundreds of years, including the Akha, Lisu, Lahu Shi and Skaw, and Karen. These tribes follow their own customs, religions and cultures distinct from the rest of Thailand. Numerous tours depart Chiang Rai for local hill tribe settlements, visiting scenic locations where village folk are ready for tourists with local crafts in hand.

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