Day 1 Arrival Bangkok
Arrival at Bangkok Airport, Welcome and Transfer to hotel
Day 2 Bangkok (B)
Board a long-tail boat and travel along the Chao Phraya River. Observe the Thai lifestyle – the contrast between luxurious condominiums and ruined houses along both sides of the River. Visit the Royal Barge Museum which houses ceremonial King’s barges decorated with multi-color glass, gilt and stucco. Visit Wat Arun,'Temple of Dawn'. This monumental 86-meter Khmer-style prang, one of the largest religious monuments in the country, towers above the Chao Phraya to form Bangkok's most impressive and famous landmark. Wat Arun symbolically represents the Buddhist universe, with its trident-capped central tower indicating Mount Meru and the four smaller towers depicting the four worldly oceans. Reflective beauty comes from thousands of multi-glazed Chinese porcelains embedded into the structure by Buddhist devotees. Visit the Flower Market or Pakklong talad, a wholesale market for various kinds of fresh flowers, fruits and food. Different colors of orchids, roses, daisies and lotus can be found. You will appreciate their beauty and fragrance. Continue on a tuk tuk to the Emerald Buddha temple. The exquisite temple contains an image of Buddha carved from a single piece of jade and is one of the most holy and revered of religious objects in Thailand. Afterwards continue to the Grand Palace, Bangkok's major landmark. Marvel at the beauty, color, size and architectural design of this enormous Royal Palace Complex. Note the detailed ornamentation and view the famed Emerald Buddha. The Royal Chapel is Thailand's most important and sacred wat and the Emerald Buddha is Thailand's most venerated image. Last visit at the Reclining Buddha temple or Wat Pho, the oldest and biggest temple with the largest number of pagodas (95 in all) in the city. Also, it was the first open university of Thailand which offered courses in several branches of knowledge like literature, astrology, medicine and massage. It's well known for its huge Reclining Buddha, 46 m. long and 15 m. high. Late afternoon we can arrange for you to visit our recommended tailor. They will design personally for you, or copy clothes you take with you. The tailor will do final fittings in your hotel room on your last night in Bangkok.
Day 3 Bangkok – Bangkok Pa In (Ayutthaya) – Lopburi – Sakaekrang River – Uthai Thani (B)
Depart Bangkok in the morning and drive to Bang Pa In (Ayutthaya), the former summer residence of the kings of Ayutthaya built in the 18th century. There we’ll visit the Royal Palace, the Thai pavilion, the Chinese-style Palace Vihat Chamrun with their trimmed bushes in elephant shapes. Proceed to Lopburi, visiting Phra Prang Sam Yod, a temple with three towers and impressive ornaments as well as the shrine of the Hindu Goddess Kali at the Sarn Prakarn Temple. After lunch, drive to Singburi and visit Reclining Buddha. Then drive to Uthai Thani and visit Wat Thasung. Later in the afternoon travel on the Sakaekrung River in the rice barge “Khiri Nava”. Visit of markets in Uthai Thani. Accommodation at Uthai River Lake Resort
Day 4 Uthai Thani – Hub Patad – Kamphaengphet – Sukhothai (B)
Journey on to Hub Patad Valley. Surrounded by old limestone mountains, the hidden forest of rare big palm trees, which seem to be from the time of “Jurassic Park” is waiting for the outside world to be explored. Lunch at a local restaurant, then continue to Kamphaengphet to visit a waterfall at Klonglan National Park. Then visit Wat Pra Kaew, a large royal temple where was used on important city events and had no monks in residence. Continue to Sukhothai, found in the 13 th century, literally means Dawn of Happiness. It was the first truly independent Thai Kingdom, which enjoyed a golden age under King Ramkamhaeng, credited with creating the Thai alphabet. The superb temples and monuments of this great city have been lovingly restored in Sukhothai Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must-see for all travellers. Accommodation at Le Charme Sukhothai Resort or similar
Day 5 Sukhothai – Phitsanuloke – Ayuthaya (B)
Visit The Magnificent Historical park of Sukhothai, see ruins of the Royal Palace and the Royal temples Wat Mahatat, Sukothai’s largest temple with a customary main stupa in lotus-bud shape and a ruined Buddha image hall. Then drive to visit some historical sites outside the old city wall including the temple Wat Sichum with a huge monumental stucco-over-brick Buddha image in the attitude of Subduing Mara Called Phra Arcana. After lunch, visit Sri Satchanalai, the former sister town of Sukhothai for lunch and a visit to some of its most interesting temples and ruins. Continue to Phitsanuloke to visit Wat Mahathat which houses Thailand’s most beautiful Buddha Image “Phra Buddha Chinaraj”, the large Sukhothai style bronze statue was cast in 1357 and now is highly respected by Thais countrywide. Continue transfer to Ayuthaya : Accommodation at Krungsri River Hotel or similar
Day 6 Ayuthaya – Suphanburi – Kanchanaburi (B)
Visit ruin of Ayutthaya, which used to be the capital of Siam from 1350 to 1767 and visit the most interesting temples of Wat Yai Chai Mongkol and Wat Phra Srisanpetch. Drive to Kanchanaburi, on the way, stop at Suphanburi to visit Wat Pa Laelai and lunch at a local restaurant. Continue to Kanchanaburi to visit the Bridge over the River Kwai and Allied War Cemetery. Accommodation at Pung Waan Resort & Spa Kwai Yai
Day 7 Kanchanaburi (B)
Visit to the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre Museum, then take a historic ride on Death Railway Train, passing lush forest. After lunch, Visit of Hellfire Pass and continue to visit the Hellfire Pass Memorial. Wat Pa Luang Ta Bua (Tiger Temple in the forest) and have your photograph taken close-up with more than 20 grown tigers and tiger cubs living within the temple grounds.
Day 8 Kanchanaburi – Damonesaduak Floating Market – Bangkok (B)
Check out and drive to Sam Phran, Nakhon Pathom for Lunch and visit elephant show and crocodile farm. En route catch a long-tail boat and tour the Floating Market with plenty of time to explore and shop. Arrival in Bangkok at 17.30 hrs and return transfer to your hotel in Bangkok
Day 9 Bangkok (B)
Day free at leisure or book an optional Tour (we suggest Jim Thompson’s House). If you have had clothes made up at our tailor, they will visit your hotel to do final fittings.
Day 10 : Bangkok - Departure (B)
Transfer to Bangkok Airport for departure flight