Day 1 Bangkok - Ayuthaya - Sukothai (-)
Leave Bangkok in the morning. Moving in a northward direction, take the first stop in historic Ayuthaya, the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai, which was destroyed during the Burmese wars in 1776. Visit the ruins and the outstanding Viharn Mongkul Bobitre statue, one of Thailand's largest Buddha images cast from bronze in the 15th century. Proceed to the Central province of Lopburi, and drive further on to Sukhothai. Stay overnight in Sukhothai.
Day 2 Sukothai - Chiang Mai (B)
After breakfast, explore Sukhothai, the first capital of Thailand. Make stops at the Historical Park, Wat Mahatat, Wat Sri Chum and the Sukhothai Museum. Then continue on to enchanting Chiang Mai. Visit the centrally located Wat Chedi Luang, a formerly massive pagoda that was partly destroyed by the earthquake of 1545 and Wat Phra Singh, the "Monastery of the Lion" depicting Lanna architecture and containing a highly respected Buddha image. Stay overnight in Chiang Mai.
Day 3 Chiang Mai - Doi Suthep and Handicrafts (B)
In the morning, visit the beautiful Wat Doi Suthep, the landmark of the city. Located 1,050 meters above sea-level and originating from the 16th century, the temple consists of buildings grouped around a 32-meter-high golden chedi. Enjoy an impressive view of the city of Chiang Mai from this vantage point. Overnight in Chiang Mai. In the afternoon visit the world famous handicraft villages to observe artisans at work in an umbrella making centre, a silk factory, a silversmith shop, and a wood carving centre. Overnight in Chiang Mai.
Day 4 Chiang Mai / Elephants (B)
In the morning go on a 45-minute drive to an Elephant Camp where the animals demonstrate their traditional forestry skills. Optional you can take the opportunity to ride on the back of one of these majestic animals and savour the experience of drifting slowly along the river aboard a bamboo raft. Return to Chiang Mai. The evening is free at leisure. You should not miss an optional Kantoke Dinner or to stroll over the famous night market. Overnight in Chiang Mai.
Day 5 Chiang Mai - Lampoon - Phistanuloke (B)
Depart Chiang Mai for Lampoon, the former capital of the Mon Kingdom of Northern Thailand, to visit the famous Wat Haripoonchai monastery, one of the most holy places in Thailand originating from the 9th century. Proceed in a southward direction to Lampang to visit the oldest Lanna style temple, Wat Phratat Lampang Luang with its Emerald-Buddha before arriving in Phitsanuloke in the afternoon. Stay overnight in Phitsanuloke.
Day 6 Phitsanuloke - Lopburi - Bangkok (B)
After breakfast, visit the historic 13th century Wat Phra Sri Mahatat temple with its sacred Buddha Jinaraj, one of the most beautiful Buddha statues in Thailand. Before returning to Bangkok, make a last stop in Saraburi to visit the Phra Buddha Bat or a model of the footprint of the Lord Buddha. The tour ends in Bangkok.
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