Bangkok – Amphawa – Chiang Mai – Phrao – Doi Mon Lan
10 Days & 9 Nights
- Experience unseen side of Bangkok
- Discover Tha Kha and Amphawaones of the most fertile orchard’s of Thailand!
- An authentic escape and traditional lodge and hill tribes experience
Discover the beauty of Thailand – 10 Days & 9 Nights
After your arrival, transfer to your hotel and free time at leisure.
Wat Pho School Massage
Wat Pho is known as the first medicine school in Bangkok. If you wish, let’s try this rejuvenating massage.
Today you will visit Bangkok as a local. Take the skytrain, also known as the BTS and glide through the city to reach the river, from where you can take a short boat trip to Tha Tien Pier starting with a visit of Wat Pho. You will continue your walk to Wat Phra Kaew, known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and then the Grand Palace, home of the Kings of Siam of the Chakri Dynasty. For a bit of adventure, jump on a Thai tuk tuk to visit Wat Saket and climb the heavenly Golden Mountain, which offers an incredible view over Bangkok. After that, take a Saen Saebtaxi boat to discover the Jim Thompson house. One last ride by BTS or taxi will bring you back to your hotel after a day full of striking emotions.
You will experience a gentle biking adventure by cycling from the urban jungle of Sukhumvit to the lively Khlong Toei Market. After crossing the Chao Phraya River by boat, visit of the “City of Angel’s Green Lung”, an escape from Bangkok within Bangkok, seeing Sri Nakhon Khuean Khan Park and passing through the Bang Krachao villages. If the timing is right, visit of the charming and authentic Talad Nam Pueng floating market which is held on weekends only.
From bustling Bangkok, head out to the quiet and natural communities of Samut Songkram province. Start your day by biking around the village, learn how to make both fermented sweets ‘charcoaled fruits,’ and visit the organic garden. Then have a private lunch at a traditional wooden stilt-house surrounded by lush greenery, and take part in the preparation of the lunch.After lunch, create your own art work under the guidance of local Benjarong teacher. In the evening, the boat will guide you to a fairy-tale scene, lit by thousands of fireflies!
Wake up early to see the traditional alms giving offered to monks who collect food approaching local houses by small boat. After breakfast, head to the small district of Tha Kha and discover the peaceful but productive daily life of the community. Start your canal excursion on a paddle boat, you will be invited by a friendly woman who will teach you – coconut leaf weaving -and you will be surprised at how the leaves can become tiny toys right before your eyes!
Your last stop will be Talad Rom Hub, the “Folding Umbrella Market,” which huddles right next to the train tracks –practically on top of them! You will then come back to Bangkok and catch a night train to reach Chiang Mai.
After your early arrival, deserved breakfast and fresh up, you will collect your bicycle and head out to explore the vibrant city of Chiang Mai and its surroundings. During the frequent stops on the way, your guide will tell you all about the history, customs and local culture that make Chiang Mai such a special place. To reward you after this discovery, let’s continue and enter a teahouse run by an expat who is a real tea aficionado. Your host will tell you all about how tea has been used for centuries in the region, not only for drinking but also for eating. The afternoon will be dedicated to one of the most holy site in Thailand and one of icon of Chiang Mai: The Doi Suthep.
Today you will drive to the North. On arrival you will be introduced to the Khum Lanna’s concept of ‘Rice for Life’ before collecting some vegetables from the garden and then taking part in a Thai cooking class. To better interact with your hosts, you will be given a short Thai language introduction before enjoying lunch and partaking in one of the following optional activities: bike tour, fruit carving, steam bath or therapeutic herbal massage.
You will start the day with a short visit to themarket in Phrao, a quiet town and then you will continue by local truck to Doi Mon Lan.There, on a clear day, the views stretch far to the beautiful surrounding valleys. Then, continue onward to visit the Queen’s Project, where a guide will explain the history of the area and their effort to provide a sustainable livelihood to the surrounding communities. You will then continue to an authentic Akha village, where you will learn more about their distinctive culture and customs.
In another Akha village, you will have the opportunity to taste some locally-grown coffee, before starting a leisurely hike down the mountain back towards the valley.A local truck will pick you up and bring you back to your hotel.
You will spend the rest of your stay in the morning at your leisure before heading back to Chiang Mai.Then you will join in one of the Elephant Parade workshop locations to learn about the history of the conservation project and how they link art with business and how elephant conservation fits into the equation.
You will meet your driver and transfer to the airport for your departure flight.