Thailand Highlights 19 Days 18 Nights

Maeklong Railway Market
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
China Town Bangkok
Wat Phra Kaew Bangkok
Wat Pho Bangkok
Wat Arun Bangkok

Overview: Embark on an unforgettable journey that commences in Bangkok and concludes in Chiang Mai. Experience the vibrant atmosphere of Thailand as you visit the renowned Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in Ratchaburi Province and witness the thrilling Maeklong Railway Market in Samut Songkhram Province. Explore the captivating attractions of Bangkok, including the bustling Yaowarat Road, the majestic Grand Palaces, and Temples, and indulge in a scenic cruise along the Chao Phraya River. Immerse yourself in the enchanting ambiance of Bangkok at night while savoring a delightful dinner on a cruise ship. Trace the footsteps of history as you venture to Ayutthaya Historical Park and Sukhothai Historical Park, where the glory and prosperity of the Thai capital in the past come to life. Journey to the upper northern region of Thailand and discover the renowned natural wonder of Phae Muang Phi in Phrae province. Delight in the breathtaking beauty of the floating road in Nan Province, where driving along the horizon offers stunning panoramic views. Embark on exhilarating activities and explore the captivating attractions of Chiang Rai, including a memorable Mekong River Cruise, the legendary Golden Triangle, the scenic Doi Mae Salong Tea Plantation, and encounters with vibrant hill tribe villages and ancient temples. Continue your adventure in Mae Ai, a charming district of Chiang Mai Province, where you can immerse yourself in the tranquil ambiance of a rural village and indulge in a serene stay at the peaceful resort of Thaton Village. From Tha Ton Village, journey to Pai District and discover its various beautiful tourist attractions. Marvel at the grandeur of Tham Lod, where nature has intricately crafted stunning stalactites and stalagmites. Experience the rich culture and lifestyle of the Lahu hill tribes at Ban Cha Bo village. Embrace the natural wonders and immerse yourself in the vibrant hill tribe villages that line the Thai-Myanmar border in Mae Hong Son Province. Travel to Chiang Mai Province, where the majestic Doi Inthanon, the highest mountain in Thailand, awaits your exploration. Be mesmerized by the spectacular views and diverse attractions within Doi Inthanon National Park. Visit the intricate and awe-inspiring temples of Chiang Mai, and indulge in relaxation with a rejuvenating spa session and traditional Thai massage. Depart with cherished memories and lasting impressions from your remarkable journey. Allow us to guide you through this captivating itinerary, ensuring a seamless and unforgettable adventure through the enchanting provinces of Thailand.


Upon your arrival in Bangkok, we’ve got you covered with a seamless pick-up service from either Don Mueang Airport or the Suvarnabhumi Airport. Our dedicated team will be there to warmly welcome you and ensure a smooth transfer to your hotel, setting the stage for a fantastic start to your stay in this vibrant city. Once you’ve reached your hotel, the rest of the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure. Embrace the freedom to explore Bangkok on your terms, taking in its bustling streets, cultural landmarks, and unique charm. Whether you’re in the mood for shopping, sightseeing, or simply relaxing, Bangkok offers an array of experiences to suit your preferences.

Embark on a delightful journey from Bangkok to explore the charming attractions of Thailand’s countryside. Begin your adventure in Damnoun Saduak District, Ratchaburi Province, where you’ll experience the tranquil beauty of the region. Hop on a private long-tail boat as it gracefully navigates the narrow canals, offering mesmerizing views of the picturesque landscape and immersing you in the laid-back lifestyle of the locals living on either side of the canal. Your boat will gracefully lead you to the renowned Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Thailand’s first and oldest floating market. Operating from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., this bustling market is a vibrant display of small rowing boats and countless vendors. Here, you’ll find an array of agricultural produce, local delicacies, delightful desserts, and an assortment of souvenirs and handicrafts. The Damnoen Saduak Floating Market epitomizes the authentic way of life of the locals and promises an unforgettable visit.

Next on your itinerary is a journey to Muang Samut Songkhram District, Samut Songkhram Province, where the enchanting Maeklong Railway Market awaits. Known locally as Talad Rom Hub, this market uniquely occupies both sides of an active railway track. Every day, vendors, along with curious tourists and locals, gather here to shop for an assortment of products. Villagers confidently stroll along the railway tracks, making purchases from the stalls set up on both sides. The highlight of the Maeklong Railway Market is a captivating sight to behold: when a train approaches, the vendors swiftly move their stalls and umbrellas to make way for its passage. The train slows down and signals its arrival with a distinct sound, prompting shoppers and visitors to find shelter beside the tracks. Witnessing this seamless and rhythmic dance between vendors and the train is a singular experience that captivates all who visit. This remarkable market stands as a cultural treasure, a testament to the lifestyle of the vendors who call the railway tracks their place of trade, and draws visitors from across the globe.

After this exhilarating excursion, return to Bangkok to continue your exploration of the city’s enchanting evening charms. At 5:30 PM, a pick-up service will take you to the pier for a delightful cruise along the majestic Chao Phraya River. Indulge in a sumptuous buffet dinner featuring diverse culinary delights from around the world while sailing through the mesmerizing nighttime scenery of Bangkok. Along the way, capture the beauty of iconic landmarks such as Wat Arun Temple, the Emerald Buddha Temple, and the beautifully illuminated Grand Palace. The cruise also treats you to captivating cultural performances and delightful musical entertainment, adding a touch of magic to your memorable evening. As the night settles, return to your hotel, filled with the joy and wonder that only Thailand’s countryside and its vibrant city life can provide.

Embark on a captivating journey through the cultural and architectural wonders of Bangkok, starting with a visit to the ancient Wat Traimit Wittayaram Worawihan, also known as Wat Traimit. This temple, shrouded in mystery as its construction era remains undocumented, boasts the extraordinary Maha Mondop, housing the Buddha Maha Suwan Patimakorn, or Luang Por Thong Kham. This exquisite gold Buddha statue holds the distinction of being the largest pure gold Buddha in the world, acknowledged by the Guinness Book of World Records. Wander through the temple grounds, marveling at the various magnificent structures that adorn this spiritual haven. Next, venture into the vibrant Chinese community nestled along Yaowarat Road, affectionately known as Chinatown. This bustling road is not only the residence and livelihood hub of the Chinese people but also ranks as the largest Chinese community in Thailand. Besides its cultural significance, Yaowarat Road is a thriving business district with a wide array of financial and banking services, gold shops, restaurants, and various shops. Undoubtedly, it has earned its place as one of Bangkok’s major tourist attractions.

Continue your journey to Pak Khlong Talat, Bangkok’s largest and oldest flower market. The market comes alive every day with an array of vibrant flowers transported from all corners of Thailand, earning it a well-deserved place among the world’s top flower markets. The sights and scents of the flowers create a captivating atmosphere, leaving visitors in awe of the beauty on display. Explore the grounds of Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimonmangkalaram, or Wat Pho, another significant ancient temple with an expansive area housing remarkable structures. The temple’s highlight is the viharn, home to the awe-inspiring reclining Buddha image. This massive Buddha, crafted from brick and mortar and adorned with gold leaf, ranks as Thailand’s third-largest reclining Buddha. Wat Pho is also renowned as the birthplace of Thai massage, serving as an essential center for the study and practice of traditional medicine.

Continue your journey to the majestic Grand Palace, once the residence of Thai kings during the Rattanakosin period. While no longer the royal residence, the Grand Palace remains the venue for various significant ceremonies and events to this day. It stands as Thailand’s most sought-after tourist destination, captivating visitors with its grandeur and historical importance. Adjacent to the Grand Palace lies the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, also known as Wat Phra Kaew, Bangkok’s most revered and beautiful temple. Enshrined within is the revered Phra Maha Manee Rattana Patimakorn, or Emerald Buddha, which holds immense significance in Thai culture. The temple also serves as a place for the King to perform various ancient royal traditions and merits.

Conclude your expedition with a ferry ride to Wat Arun, fondly called Wat Chaeng, majestically positioned on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River (Thonburi side). Wat Arun stands out with its distinct architectural style, featuring the elegant and intricate Phra Prang adorned with porcelain and benjarong crockery imported from China, displaying exquisite patterns and designs. After a day filled with exploration and cultural immersion, return to your hotel for a well-deserved rest, cherishing the memories of your unforgettable journey through the captivating city of Bangkok.

Embark on a historical and cultural journey from Bangkok to Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya province, where the captivating Ayutthaya Historical Park awaits. Once the flourishing capital of the Thai nation and a mighty kingdom, this park now preserves the rich stories of its past. The park’s beauty lies in its ancient structures, old Buddha statues, and historical sites that, despite the ravages of time, still exude the grandeur of their original architecture. It comes as no surprise that UNESCO recognized the significance of Ayutthaya Historical Park and designated it as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 1991. Upon arrival in Ayutthaya, begin your exploration at Wat Lokaya Sutharam, home to a striking and well-preserved reclining Buddha statue. This massive statue ranks among Thailand’s largest reclining Buddha images and stands as a testament to the city’s artistic and spiritual heritage. Next, proceed to Wat Phra Si Sanphet, the former royal temple of the ancient palace. Here, the sight of three towering pagodas lined up majestically will captivate your senses, offering a glimpse into the captivating architectural beauty of ancient Thailand.

Continue your journey to Wat Mahathat, one of Ayutthaya’s oldest and most significant temples, steeped in historical importance. The site’s allure is further enhanced by the famous Buddha head, serenely surrounded by the ethereal roots of a Bodhi tree, creating a mesmerizing sight that has intrigued visitors for centuries. Conclude your visit to Ayutthaya Historical Park at the splendid Wat Chaiwatthanaram, gracefully positioned along the Chao Phraya River. The temple’s awe-inspiring architectural style draws inspiration from Khmer art and pays homage to the iconic Angkor Wat in Cambodia. This cultural gem is a testament to the cross-border influences that shaped the region’s history. With cherished memories of Ayutthaya’s rich history, bid farewell to this remarkable province as you set forth to Sukhothai Province. Arriving in Sukhothai City during the evening, you’ll be transferred to your hotel, where you can unwind and reflect on the incredible historical and cultural treasures you’ve experienced throughout the day. Rest well, for the adventure continues in Sukhothai, another gem in Thailand’s historical tapestry.

Embark on a captivating journey to explore the historical wonders of Sukhothai Historical Park, an expansive area spanning approximately 70 square kilometers. As the first capital of Thailand between the 18th and 20th Buddhist centuries, Sukhothai played a crucial role in shaping the nation’s political, economic, and cultural foundations. Recognizing its significance, UNESCO registered Sukhothai Historical Park as a World Cultural Heritage site in 1991. Here, you will discover a wealth of important arts and culture, showcased through intricate Thai characters and masterful urban planning. Marvel at the exquisite Sukhothai Buddhist sculptures, renowned for their unique delicacy and considered the pinnacle of beauty in various art forms. The park boasts an array of impressive structures, including majestic ancient Buddha images and numerous buildings both within and outside the city walls. With around 70 locations outside the walls and 26 within, there is much to explore, such as the iconic Wat Mahathat Temple, Wat Chana Songkhram Temple, Wat Traphang Ngoen Temple, Wat Sri Sawai Temple, Wat Si Chum Temple, and many more.

Another essential historical site awaits at Si Satchanalai Historical Park, located in Si Satchanalai District. Like Sukhothai, Si Satchanalai was also registered as a World Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO in 1991. This remarkable archaeological site provides traces of prehistoric settlements and spans over 45 square kilometers, encompassing a total of 215 archaeological sites. Notably, the park features several large archaeological sites constructed from laterite, adding to its historical significance. Within Si Satchanalai Historical Park, you’ll encounter five crucial archaeological sites, each housing essential temples, such as Wat Chang Lom Temple, Wat Chedi Chet Thaeo Temple, Wat Nang Phaya Temple, Wat Suwan Khiri Temple, Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat Temple, Wat Suan Kaew Yai Temple, Wat Suan Kaew Noi Temple, and the City Pillar Shrine, among others. The park’s unique location, nestled amidst the forest and separated from modern civilization, lends it an enchanting natural beauty, making it one of Thailand’s most complete and preserved ancient sites. Departing from Sukhothai Province, your next destination is Phrae Province, a gateway to the enchanting Lanna Kingdom, boasting a fascinating history and a myriad of attractions, including temples, natural wonders, and museums. Arriving in Phrae during the evening, you’ll be transferred to your hotel, where you can rest and prepare for the enchanting exploration that awaits in this historically rich province.

Embark on an enchanting expedition to Phae Mueang Phi, also known as Phae Mueang Phi Forest Park or The Ghost Pillars. This natural wonder is a captivating tourist attraction formed by the erosion of soil and sandstone over time, resulting in an array of beautifully lined-up, strangely shaped clay pillars. Established as a forest park on March 4, 1981, Phae Mueang Phi covers an expansive area of over 100 rai. As you explore this geological beauty, you’ll encounter magnificent cliffs and unique formations that leave visitors in awe. The park offers a nature trail, allowing tourists to delve into the wonders of the forest and deepen their understanding of its geological features.

Next on your itinerary is a visit to Wat Pong Sunan, where you’ll discover a large golden reclining Buddha situated near an auspicious archway. Inside the ubosot, an ancient Buddha image named “Phra Chao Saen Suk” is enshrined, dating back over 500 years. The pagoda houses the relics of Lord Buddha, including the remarkable 108 Phra That Chedi Wiharn Kaew. This striking white temple boasts 108 pagodas encircled by a wall of plexiglas balls, which uniquely display the pagodas upside down. The viharn holds a prominent Buddha image named “Phra Saraswadee Prathanpon,” surrounded by captivating murals depicting various Buddha images in Phrae province and the zodiac years.

Explore the historic beauty of Khum Wong Buri, also known as Ban Wong Buri, an iconic pink ancient Thai house with a rich history spanning over 100 years. Constructed in 1897 by Mae Chao Bua Tha, the first consort of Chao Luang Piriyathepwong, the last ruler of Phrae, Khum Wong Buri showcases a fascinating blend of Thai-Lanna and European architectural styles. The house features traditional Thai craftsmanship, employing wooden wedges instead of nails and intricately decorated with stenciled wood patterns popular during the reign of King Rama V. Inside the building, you’ll find captivating rooms, such as Chao Mae Bua Tha’s room, the living room, and the bedroom, each adorned with various ancient appliances, silverware, and ancient Buddha images from the Chiang Saen and U-Thong periods, along with historical pictures recounting the house’s story.

Conclude your journey with a visit to Khum Chao Luang, an ancient house over a century old steeped in the history of Phrae city. Built in 1892 by Chao Luang Piriyathepwong, the last ruler of Phrae, Khum Chao Luang showcases a blend of Thai Lanna and European architectural styles. This valuable building stands as a testament to outstanding craftsmanship, featuring intricate fretwork and beautifully carved patterns. With 72 windows and doors, the building exudes a sense of grace and luxury, supported by solid wood logs without the use of piles. Under the elevated structure, three rooms store belongings, money, and treasures, adding to the allure of this remarkable historical site.

As your journey continues to Nan Province, prepare to be captivated by the rich history and unique attractions that await. Upon arrival in Nan City during the evening, you’ll be transferred to your hotel, where you can unwind and reflect on the extraordinary experiences that have enriched your exploration of Thailand’s historical and cultural treasures. Rest well, for Nan Province promises more enchanting discoveries to come.

Next on your enriching journey is a visit to the Nan National Museum, housed in the former residence of Nan’s ruler. This two-storey brick and mortar building showcases a delightful blend of Western and Thai art. Inside, you’ll find an array of art antiques and exhibits depicting the way of life of the local people in the north, as well as insights into the various hill tribes that have settled in the region. Don’t miss the opportunity to take photos with the frangipani tunnel arch in front of the museum, where rows of frangipani trees create a stunning tunnel-like canopy of branches. Continue your exploration with a visit to the Nan Riverside Art Gallery, a sprawling art center spanning more than 13 rai along the Nan River. Founded and curated by renowned Nan artist, Winai Prabripoo, this gallery serves as the heart of Nan’s arts and culture scene. It houses an impressive collection of contemporary Thai art, showcasing the creative and unique works of talented artists.

Next, venture to Wat Phra That Khao Noi, majestically perched atop Khao Noi Mountain in Du Tai Subdistrict, Mueang Nan District. This ancient temple features a relic pagoda made of brick and mortar, artfully blending Burmese and Lanna styles. Inside the pagoda, precious Buddha hair relics are enshrined, making it a significant and ancient archaeological site in Nan province. From this elevated location, marvel at the breathtaking panoramic views of Nan city, with the viewpoint area also adorned with a graceful golden Buddha image bestowing blessings.

The journey continues to Wat Phumin, a temple with a remarkable history spanning over 400 years and showcasing outstanding and unique architecture. The Phra Ubosot Chaturamuk (Ubosot with four porches) of Wat Phumin is believed by the Fine Arts Department of Thailand to be the country’s first Chatura Muk Ubosot, blending elements of an ubosot, a temple, and a pagoda. Notably, four large Buddha images grace the center, facing in all four directions. The temple is also famous for its captivating mural paintings, known as Hoop Tam, which narrate Jataka stories, local legends, and the way of life of the Nan people from bygone eras. Among these murals, the renowned Pu Man Ya Man painting stands out, depicting a man whispering lovingly to a woman with a perfect balance of emotion and composition. Alongside this masterpiece, many other intriguing murals await admiration. After a day filled with cultural wonders and historical treasures, you’ll stay another night in Nan, savoring the memories and experiences that have enriched your journey through this captivating province.

Embark on a scenic journey from Nan city to Bo Kluea District, making a delightful stop at The View at Kew Muang, a charming mountain cafe. Here, you can relish a refreshing coffee while marveling at the breathtaking views of the lush, forested mountains. The serene atmosphere and fresh mountain air offer the perfect opportunity to rejuvenate and embrace the beauty of nature. As the journey continues along Highway No. 1081, you’ll be treated to awe-inspiring vistas as the road winds along the mountain ridge. This route is a beloved choice among tourists visiting Nan province, renowned for its spectacular scenery and captivating charm.

Arriving at Sapan Village, immerse yourself in the tranquility of this small, peaceful community nestled in a picturesque valley with meandering streams. Experience the simple and harmonious lifestyle of the locals as you admire the panoramic views of mountains, fertile forests, and the locals’ lush fields, where vibrant green rice paddies grace the landscape during the rainy season and turn golden yellow as winter approaches, signaling the upcoming harvest season. After reveling in the beauty and essence of Sapan Village, your next destination is the Rock Salt Boiling Plant, home to an ancient salt well that has been in use for over 800 years. This well is considered the origin of the rock salt wells in Nan Province. Delve into the local way of life as you witness traditional rock salt production methods, gaining insights into this centuries-old practice. (Please note that salt production is not visible during the rainy season due to the inability to dry the salt.)

Continuing the adventure, venture to Doi Phu Kha National Park and make a stop at the viewpoint, situated approximately 1715 meters above sea level. Here, you’ll experience refreshingly cool weather and be rewarded with awe-inspiring views from the highest point of Doi Phu Kha National Park. Finally, your journey leads to Pua District, where you’ll arrive and settle into your hotel for a restful overnight stay. The day’s exploration has brought you closer to the natural wonders, cultural treasures, and warm hospitality that Nan province has to offer, creating cherished memories that will stay with you long after your journey ends.

As you bid farewell to Nan Province and journey towards Chiang Rai Province, make a memorable stop at Kwan Phayao Lake, a captivating crescent-shaped lake nestled in Muang Phayao District, Phayao Province. The lake is surrounded by intricate mountain ranges, boasting the title of the largest freshwater lake in the north and the fourth largest in all of Thailand. It holds great significance as the primary freshwater fishing area in the upper northern region, teeming with over fifty species of freshwater fish and serving as a vital breeding ground for various fish species.

Continue your adventure with a visit to Wat Rong Khun Temple, more famously known as the White Temple. This exquisite temple was designed and built by the renowned artist Professor Chalermchai Kositpipat, showcasing a harmonious fusion of contemporary religious architecture with Lanna culture. The temple’s aesthetic allure is enhanced by stucco patterns adorned with glass, a pure white chapel resembling a castle in paradise, and an intriguing bridge leading to the chapel, featuring sculptures depicting religious precepts and a journey through heaven and hell. The chapel is adorned with gleaming silver mirror patterns, and the temple complex also houses captivating art galleries and exquisite sculptures for tourists to admire.

Next on your itinerary is Singha Park Farm, an agricultural gem managed by Boon Rawd Brewery. This vast attraction spans over 3,000 acres, featuring alternating slopes of hills and a stunning lake. Explore over 250 acres of green oolong tea plantations and various fruit kingdoms, including melon, strawberry, raspberry, giant gooseberry, and more. Wander through vegetable and herb gardens, marvel at the blooming flower fields, and encounter African wildlife grazing in the lush green fields.

Continue your exploration by visiting Wat Rong Suea Ten, commonly known as the Blue Temple. This temple is celebrated for its captivating architectural design, crafted by the talented folk artist of Chiang Rai, Mr. Puttha Kabkaew. Inside the temple, the vihara stands in striking blue and gold tones, creating a mesmerizing and beautiful artwork. The temple’s enshrined place houses Phra Buddha Ratchamongkol Bodi Tri Lokanath, containing relics within the head of the Buddha image for devotees and tourists to pay homage.

As the sun sets, indulge in the vibrant atmosphere of Chiang Rai Night Bazaar, a popular shopping destination enticing both Thai and foreign visitors. Discover a wide array of hill tribe handicrafts, local products, clothing, accessories, and home furnishings. The bazaar also offers a diverse selection of delectable food and beverages. Be captivated by folk cultural activities in the enchanting Lanna style and enjoy performances by numerous hill tribes, creating a delightful evening for all to savor. Finally, rest and rejuvenate for the night in Chiang Rai, cherishing the unforgettable experiences and captivating beauty that have filled your day in this enchanting province.

Continue your exciting journey to Mae Fah Luang District, where you’ll be enchanted by the allure of Doi Tung Palace and Mae Fah Luang Garden. These popular attractions in Chiang Rai captivate visitors year-round with their stunning floral displays. The garden boasts a mesmerizing array of flowers that change with the seasons, ensuring a constant stream of beauty for tourists to admire. Alongside the blossoming flora, you’ll be captivated by the artistic beauty of Doi Tung Palace, showcasing Lanna-style architecture that adds to the charm of the area.

Next on your itinerary is Mae Sai District, the northernmost district of Thailand, which borders Myanmar’s Tachilek province, with the Mae Sai River serving as a natural boundary. Tourists can catch a glimpse of Myanmar from the Thai side and have the opportunity to explore Mae Sai Market, a renowned border market. This bustling marketplace serves as a hub for free trade between Thai and Myanmar citizens, offering a vast array of products at budget-friendly prices, including electronics, local goods, herbs, woven items, dry foods, and more.

As your journey continues, venture to the Golden Triangle at Sop Ruak Village, Chiang Saen District. Here, the Mekong River joins with the Ruak River, forming the borders between Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos. In the past, this area was infamous for opium cultivation and trade, earning it the moniker “Golden Triangle” due to the wealth generated from opium trade, often referred to as “black gold.” While opium cultivation is a thing of the past, visitors can learn about the area’s intriguing history and then pay respects to the Golden Triangle Buddha. This magnificent bronze statue, gilded with topaz, stands at an impressive 69 tons and measures 10 meters in width and 15 meters in height. It replaces the former Buddha image that was submerged in the Mekong River and now stands majestically on the river’s shore.

Embark on a cruise along the Mekong River, a significant waterway that flows through multiple countries and cultures. The Mekong River plays a vital role in the lives of people living along its banks, nourishing their way of life and connecting them through economic and cultural ties. This mighty river originates from the Tibetan Plateau, flowing through China, Laos, and Myanmar before reaching the “Golden Triangle” area in Chiang Saen District, where it serves as a demarcation line between Thailand and Laos. It continues on, supporting communities in Vietnam before flowing into the South China Sea. This majestic river showcases the remarkable interconnection of nations and the beauty of the surrounding landscapes. With your senses enriched by the wonders of Mae Fah Luang District, Mae Sai District, and the Golden Triangle, you’ll find comfort and relaxation as you settle in for another night in the enchanting city of Chiang Rai.

The journey takes you to the captivating Wat Huay Pla Kang Temple, where you’ll be awed by the impressive 9-storey, 12-sided chedi adorned with intricate Chinese and Lanna art. Inside the chedi, you’ll find the Goddess Guan Yin Bodhisattva in a posture of giving blessings and forgiveness, made from large sandalwood. Additionally, the temple houses a 69-meter tall statue of Guan Yin Bodhisattva, offering visitors the chance to ascend and witness the breathtaking landscapes of Chiang Rai. Continuing your exploration, you’ll arrive at Doi Mae Salong, a picturesque area renowned for its fine tea cultivation. This Chinese Yunnan village was established by immigrants from China several decades ago, who settled in northern Thailand and focused on agriculture, particularly tea and various fruits and vegetables. The terraced tea plantations and mountain scenery create a serene and natural ambiance, reminiscent of a Chinese village in southern China.

Next, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the Akha hill tribe’s intriguing culture, traditions, and lifestyle. The Akha people originally resided in southern China, then moved to the north of Myanmar before settling in the northern regions of Thailand. They prefer high-altitude living, and their villages feature houses with thatched roofs and bamboo walls, often situated on mountain ridges. Agriculture, including crop planting and livestock, forms the backbone of their economy, while household industries like sewing, embroidery, and silverware making supplement their income. The Akha people are known for their brightly colored dresses and eye-catching silverware and bead decorations, making their tribal attire a sight to behold. As your journey continues, you’ll reach Ban Huai San Village, where you can explore the Roi Jai Rak Project managed by the Mae Fah Luang Foundation. The project’s goal is to provide employment opportunities and income generation for the local hill tribes. You’ll have the chance to admire the Suan Roi Jai Rak, a garden plantation showcasing winter flowers and vegetables, and visit Kad Luang Roi Jai Rak, a market offering fresh produce and handicrafts from the area for tourists to enjoy.

The journey then takes you to Ban Tha Ton Village, a charming border village adjacent to Myanmar in Mae Ai District, Chiang Mai Province. Surrounded by mountains and a gentle river flowing through the village, Ban Tha Ton’s cool weather creates a soothing atmosphere all year round. The village exudes the rich culture and traditions of the diverse multi-ethnic hill tribe people living in the area. You’ll have the opportunity to visit Wat Tha Ton, a temple located on the hillside with a panoramic view of the village and surrounding landscapes. The temple’s unique architecture features nine layers, each housing a sacred religious place, with the center peak enshrining “Phra Borommathat Ratchamangkalachan Samanchan” or “Phra Chedi Kaew.” The stunning views from every peak of Wat Tha Ton offer a beautiful perspective of the village and Mae Ai District. Settle in for a night in Ban Tha Ton Village, immersed in the natural beauty and cultural richness of this charming border region.

Your journey continues with a visit to Hinoki Land, a unique Japanese architectural attraction in Thailand. This kingdom of hinoki wood offers visitors the chance to experience Japanese art, culture, and architecture in a beautiful Japanese-inspired setting. As you pass through the gate, you’ll encounter a tunnel lined with 88 pairs of torii gates leading to the impressive four-story Hinoki Castle, inspired by Kinkakuji Castle in Kyoto. The stunning surroundings of mountains, forests, and beautiful scenery complement the serene atmosphere of Hinoki Land. Next, you’ll visit the enchanting Wat Ban Den Temple, also known as Wat Den Sari Sri Muang Kaen. Situated in the ancient old city of Muang Kaen, the temple boasts a wide area and a plethora of beautiful buildings featuring exquisite Thai Lanna Architecture. The temple’s details are as exquisite as a painting, providing tourists with a true sense of artistry.

Your journey takes you to the captivating Mork Fah Waterfall, a single-tiered waterfall surrounded by lush greenery. The waterfall’s flowing streams create a beautiful and serene environment, with sunlight reflecting off the water and forming sparkling rainbows in the morning. In the rainy season, the waterfall becomes even more majestic, with the water’s spray floating throughout the area like a white mist. Afterward, you’ll visit the Pong Dueat Hot Springs, featuring large-sized geysers with underground hot spring characteristics. The steam rising from the hot springs creates a unique and impressive natural spectacle. The surrounding jungle offers a nature study route, allowing you to immerse yourself in the beauty of the forest, big trees, ferns, and moss along the way.

As your journey continues to the Pai district, you’ll travel along the historic World War II road, encountering numerous sharp curves as you ascend and descend the hills to enjoy breathtaking views of the beautiful mountains. Once in Pai, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the local lifestyle on the lively walking street. The street offers various handmade products, clothes, jewelry, and souvenirs, as well as a variety of international and Thai restaurants to try out delicious food. The vibrant walking street is open from 5 pm until midnight, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of Pai. Overnight in Pai, surrounded by the enchanting beauty of this charming district.

The journey takes you to the charming Santichon village, which belongs to Yunnan Chinese people who emigrated from China and settled down there long ago. The village’s unique culture, traditions, and way of life have remained unchanged over the years. The houses, decorations, and environment still reflect the distinct Yunnan Chinese style. From Santichon village, you can visit the Yun Lai viewpoint, offering a breathtaking landscape of Pai city surrounded by paddy fields and a high, rugged mountain range. Whether it’s winter or the rainy season, a sea of mist often covers the area, creating a mesmerizing sight. Additionally, the Yun Lai viewpoint is renowned for its spectacular sunrise, leaving an indelible impression in the memories of visitors.

Next, you’ll visit Wat Phra That Mae Yen Temple, situated on the high hill of Mae Yen village. From this elevated location, you can enjoy a panoramic view of Pai city and its stunning landscape, particularly during sunrise and sunset. The picturesque sight of sunlight spreading over the horizon, framed by the intricate mountain ranges in the background, is truly captivating. Your journey continues to the Memorial Bridge, built during World War II when Japan used Thailand as a route to transport troops and arms into Myanmar. Although the original bridge has been replaced, it remains a historical landmark where tourists can take photos and commemorate its significance during their visit to Pai District.

You’ll then explore Pai Canyon, also known as Kong Lan, a natural wonder formed by the subsidence of soil on high mountains and erosion caused by wind and rain. The deep trenches and ridge-like ridges create a continuous area of more than 3 acres. The surrounding landscape boasts a mixed deciduous forest with diverse plant life. The narrow and steep trails along the ridges offer an adventurous journey with breathtaking views of the villages, farms, and mountains below. Next, you’ll visit the Merit Bridge, “Khokuso,” a winding bamboo bridge constructed by villagers to conveniently connect Pambok village and Huai Khai Khiri temple. The bridge serves the purpose of allowing monks to receive alms in the morning without damaging villagers’ agricultural crops. It also provides a convenient path for both tourists and locals to cross the bridge and make merit while enjoying the natural beauty of the forest, mountains, and rice fields along the way. Enjoy another night in the captivating town of Pai, surrounded by its unique charm and enchanting landscapes.

Leaving Pai behind, your next destination is Pang Mapha District, where you’ll visit the famous Doi Kiew Lom Viewpoint. This viewpoint is renowned for its stunning sea of mist that often gathers in the valley, offering a mesmerizing sight for both Thai and foreign visitors. Moreover, the area is adorned with various colorful flowers, enhancing the beauty of the landscape. Continuing your journey, you’ll explore Tham Lod Cave, one of the most significant archaeological sites in the region. The cave is traversed by a stream known as “Lang,” which flows from one end to the other, creating a magnificent cave adorned with stalactites and stalagmites. Within the cave, you can also find a fascinating collection of ancient tools and utensils, presumed to be over 2,000 years old. Beyond admiring the natural wonders, there are other thrilling activities to enjoy, such as bamboo rafting inside the cave and short treks around the cave area.

Your next visit will be to a Lahu hill tribe village. The Lahu people have a fascinating history of migration, originating from Tibet and gradually moving southward, settling in different regions of China and Myanmar before finally populating the north of Thailand hundreds of years ago. The Lahu tribe’s villages are typically situated on high land, reflecting their preference for elevated locations. They lead a simple yet meaningful lifestyle centered around agricultural activities, such as rice farming and corn planting, as well as raising animals for consumption. The Lahu people are renowned as skilled hunters, adding to their self-sufficient way of life. One of the distinctive aspects of the Lahu culture is their belief system, which involves spirit worship. They have a deep spiritual connection to nature and the elements, maintaining a strong bond with the land they inhabit. This spiritual connection is expressed through their rituals and ceremonies. The Lahu people are known for their warm hospitality and openness towards visitors. They readily embrace people from different cultures and backgrounds, making it easy to connect and forge friendships with them. As you explore the village, you’ll have the opportunity to witness their unique traditions and interact with the local community, gaining insights into their way of life and cultural practices. After the insightful visit to the Lahu hill tribe village, you’ll head to Mae Hong Son, where you’ll transfer to your hotel and spend the night.

Continuing your journey in Mae Hong Son, you’ll visit several significant and culturally rich temples, each with its own unique charm and historical importance. First, you’ll head to Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu temple, located on the top of Kong Mu Mountain. This temple holds immense religious significance for the people of Mae Hong Son. It comprises two pagodas, one larger one constructed in 1860 by “Chong Thong Su” and a smaller one built in 1874 by “Phraya Singhanatracha.” From the hilltop, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding town, nestled amidst lush mountains and picturesque valleys. Next, you’ll explore Wat Chong Kham and Wat Chong Klang temples, situated next to a large swamp. Both temples boast beautiful Burmese-style architecture and are adorned with stunning edifices. Inside Wat Chong Klang, you’ll find an abundance of Burmese wood carving dolls and grand glass paintings depicting Buddhist history. These temples offer a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of the region.

The journey will then take you to the Su Tong Pae Bridge, known as the longest bamboo bridge in Thailand. This remarkable bridge connects Suan Tham Phusama Temple and Kung Mai Sak village, crossing over paddy fields and canals. The bridge’s classic beauty stands out against the verdant fields in the rainy season and the golden grains in winter, creating a truly unforgettable sight. You’ll continue your exploration by visiting Baan Rak Thai village, also known as the Yunnan village, located near the border with Myanmar. The village was once home to the Chinese Nationalist 93rd division, also known as “Kuomintang,” who migrated from Southern China during the communist regime’s revolution. Baan Rak Thai offers stunning mountain views, beautiful lakes, and colorful shrubbery within the village. You’ll have the chance to taste delicious Yunnan cuisine and sample the renowned Chinese tea, considered the best quality tea in Mae Hong Son province.

Lastly, you’ll be enchanted by the tranquility of the Shan village, Baan Ruam Thai, also known as Pang Oung. This village is nestled amidst rugged mountains and features a beautiful reservoir, often referred to as “Switzerland in Thailand.” The area is surrounded by pine forests and vibrant winter flowers, offering a serene and peaceful atmosphere all year round. The stunning scenery of the pine forest along the spacious reservoir, complemented by the morning fog and cool weather, makes it a popular destination for tourists throughout the year. After a day filled with cultural experiences and natural beauty, you’ll spend another night in the serene town of Mae Hong Son.

Continuing your journey from Mae Hong Son to Doi Inthanon National Park, you’ll embark on a scenic drive that takes you through numerous sharp curves up and down the hills, offering impressive views of the beautiful mountains. Doi Inthanon, the highest peak in Thailand at 2,565 meters above sea level, awaits you with its diverse climate and forest types, including rain forests, pine forests, and mixed forests at different elevations. The peak provides stunning panoramic scenery and a cool climate all year round, making it a popular destination for travelers from around the world.

Upon reaching Doi Inthanon, you’ll visit the Twin Royal Pagodas, Napamethanidol and Napapolpumisiri, situated atop a high hill within the national park. These pagodas were constructed by the Air Force in collaboration with people from all over Thailand to commemorate the 60th anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej Rama 9 in 1987 and to honor Her Majesty Queen Sirikit on her 5th anniversary of birth on August 12, 1992. The pagodas are beautifully surrounded by winter flower gardens and a variety of plants, offering breathtaking views and one of the most picturesque viewpoints in Chiang Mai.

As you approach Wachirathan Waterfall, you’ll be greeted by the soothing sound of rushing water. The waterfall is located within Doi Inthanon National Park, surrounded by lush greenery and diverse flora. As you get closer to the falls, you’ll be in awe of its majestic presence, standing tall at 70 meters (230 feet) in a single-tiered drop. Throughout the year, Wachirathan Waterfall maintains a continuous flow, thanks to the abundant water sources from the surrounding mountains and forests. This constant flow ensures that the waterfall is a sight to behold no matter when you visit. During the rainy season, which typically spans from May to October, the flow of the waterfall intensifies. The rainwater and runoff from the mountains create a spectacle as it cascades down the rock face with greater force, creating a stunning display of nature’s power and beauty.

One of the highlights of visiting Wachirathan Waterfall during the rainy season is the occurrence of rainbows. The sunlight filtering through the water droplets creates a mesmerizing array of colors, painting the surroundings with a natural kaleidoscope. The combination of the roaring waterfall, lush greenery, and vibrant rainbows makes for a truly enchanting experience. Wachirathan Waterfall offers visitors the opportunity to get up close to its splendor. There are viewing platforms and walking paths that allow you to explore the area safely and capture the waterfall’s beauty from various angles. It is an ideal spot for nature enthusiasts, photographers, and anyone seeking a moment of tranquility amidst the captivating sights and sounds of nature. Whether you visit Wachirathan Waterfall during the rainy season or any other time of the year, you’re bound to be captivated by its outstanding beauty and the raw power of nature on display. It’s no wonder why this breathtaking waterfall is one of Thailand’s most beloved natural treasures.

You’ll then explore the Royal Agricultural Station Inthanon, a research station for winter plants. Here, you’ll be captivated by colorful flower plots and a wide variety of vegetables and fruits. The station conducts research on flowers, ornamental plants, vegetables, fruits, and highland fisheries. Additionally, it promotes social and forest watershed conservation while generating income for hill tribe farmers’ families living in nearby villages. Finally, you’ll head to Chiang Mai, where you’ll check into your hotel and spend the night.

As you embark on your journey to Prathat Doi Suthep temple, you’ll find yourself surrounded by the serene beauty of Chiang Mai’s landscapes. Located at an altitude of 1,053 meters above sea level on the top of Doi Suthep, the temple is not only an important religious site but also a historical landmark that holds significant cultural significance for the Thai people. To reach the temple, you’ll need to climb nearly 300 stairs, which adds to the sense of pilgrimage and reverence as you ascend towards the sacred site. The temple’s full name, “Praboromathat Doi Suthep Woravihan,” reflects the importance of the temple as a place of worship and devotion, showcasing the exquisite Thai Lanna art and architecture.

Once you arrive at the temple, you’ll be captivated by the grandeur of the Mon-style pagoda that stands as the centerpiece. Inside the pagoda, the relics of Lord Buddha are enshrined, making it a revered and sacred place for Buddhists. The temple’s significance stretches back to its founding in 1429, and over the centuries, it has become one of Thailand’s most sacred and renowned temples. The surrounding area of Prathat Doi Suthep temple offers a breathtaking view of Chiang Mai city. From this vantage point, you’ll be able to see the cityscape spread out below, surrounded by the natural beauty of the region. It’s no wonder why this viewpoint is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike to take in the scenic beauty and appreciate the spirituality of the site.

As you arrive at Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, you’ll be greeted by the impressive sight of one of Chiang Mai’s most significant and historic temples. Situated in the heart of the city, Wat Chedi Luang holds great cultural and religious importance, making it a must-visit destination for travelers exploring the region. The pagoda was built during the reign of King Prachao Sanmuangma, the seventh king of the Mungrai dynasty, and it is believed to have been constructed around the year 1391. Standing tall with a width of 60 meters on each side, the pagoda showcases the distinctive Lanna architectural style that is characteristic of the region. As you approach the pagoda, you may notice that the top part is missing. This is due to a major earthquake that struck Chiang Mai in 1545, causing significant damage to the structure. Despite this, the remaining base of the pagoda still stands as a testament to the remarkable craftsmanship and artistry of the Lanna period.

Within the temple area, you’ll encounter a range of significant artifacts and structures. Among them is the Viharn Luang, the assembly hall that houses a revered and ancient Buddha image. It is a place of worship and meditation for locals and visitors alike. Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan is not only a site of historical and architectural importance but also a living spiritual hub for the local community. The temple is often bustling with monks, devotees, and tourists who come to pay their respects, seek blessings, and marvel at the remarkable craftsmanship of the Lanna era. Visiting Wat Chedi Luang offers a profound cultural and spiritual experience, allowing you to connect with the rich heritage of Chiang Mai and gain a deeper understanding of its profound significance in Thai history and religion.

As you continue your journey to the San Kamphaeng district, you’ll be immersed in the rich arts and crafts of the region. San Kamphaeng is renowned for its silk and cotton weaving, offering visitors the chance to witness the traditional techniques used to create these intricate fabrics. The district is also a hub for various handicrafts, including wood carving, silverware, lacquerware, leather goods, pottery, and more. It’s the perfect place to find unique souvenirs to take back home. With the day’s adventures and cultural experiences, you’ll spend another night in Chiang Mai, cherishing the memories of the sacred temples, scenic viewpoints, and the vibrant arts and crafts that make this city so captivating.

Indeed, experiencing a traditional Thai massage is a must when visiting Thailand, and Chiang Mai is a perfect place to indulge in this therapeutic practice. Thai massage is deeply rooted in Thai traditional medicine and has been practiced for centuries as a way to promote relaxation, healing, and overall well-being. Thai massage involves a unique combination of stretching, acupressure, and yoga-like movements. The practitioner uses their hands, elbows, knees, and feet to apply pressure to various points on the body, working along energy lines known as “sen.” The massage aims to release tension, improve blood circulation, and restore balance to the body’s energy flow. Currently, Thai massage is highly popular among foreign tourists. Therefore, after feeling tired from a long journey, we never miss the opportunity to offer our customers relaxation with a Thai massage and spa course at a well-known Thai massage and spa salon in Chiang Mai, where we provide a variety of courses for customers to choose from before taking a massage and spa course.

While Thai massage is generally safe for many people, individuals with certain medical conditions, such as blood pressure disease, heart disease, osteoporosis, neurological issues (especially in the spinal cord), loose joints, obstructive vascular or lymphatic diseases, or diabetes, may need to avoid certain massage techniques or consult with a healthcare professional beforehand. For those without contraindications, a Thai massage and spa session in Chiang Mai can be a rejuvenating and relaxing way to unwind after a long journey. The experience of receiving a traditional Thai massage amidst the tranquil and culturally rich surroundings of Chiang Mai will undoubtedly leave visitors with lasting memories.

As your journey nears its end, spending your last night in Chiang Mai will provide the opportunity to immerse yourself in the city’s vibrant atmosphere, explore its bustling night markets, indulge in delicious local cuisine, and reflect on the unforgettable experiences you’ve had during your Thailand adventure. Chiang Mai’s charm and warmth will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression as you bid farewell to this beautiful city.

As your remarkable journey through Northern Thailand comes to an end, it is time to bid farewell. Our dedicated team will accompany you to Chiang Mai airport, ensuring a smooth and comfortable transition for your journey back home or to your next destination, and this is where our service ends.

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