North Thailand Highlights
Doi Inthanon National Park is in the Chiang Mai Province, northern Thailand. The park is known for several waterfalls, walking trails and the country’s highest mountain, topped with two chedis (stupas) dedicated to the king and queen. The flora consists of sphagnum bog, moist and dense evergreen cloud forest, dry evergreen, pine, mixed deciduous teak and dipterocarp forests. Doi Inthanon National Park is 58 kilometres west of Chiang Mai.
On this Northern Thailand tour, begin with a comprehensive exploration of Bangkok. Visit its many temples, pagodas, and the Royal Palace. One day cruise on the Grand Pearl cruiser on the Chao Phraya river. In the Golden Triangle, cruise on the Mekong River, past villages and visit local markets. In Doi Inthanon National Park, take Kio Mae Pan, a guided nature trail, that runs through a forest featuring waterfalls & observation areas with scenic views.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 11-DAY NORTH THAILAND ADVENTURE…
And, experience cultural highlights of the Golden Triangle & Chiang Mai.
This private tour features the best of Thailand’s capital city, Bangkok with the Golden Triangle and Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. Accommodation is at Thailand’s luxury hotels and resorts and private touring is with expert local guides who provide exceptional insight into the understanding of the local people and culture.
Begin in Bangkok. With your private guide explore Bangkok’s most unusual Buddhist temples, the Chedis of the Kings and the invaluable golden Buddha weighing over 5 tons. Enjoy a fascinating, private long-tail boat tour through Bangkok's canals, the colourful markets and shop for exquisite Thai silks and art work. In the evening dine aboard a luxurious rice barge on some of Southeast Asia’s best cuisine.
With your private guide explore Bangkok’s most unusual Buddhist temples with the colossal reclining Buddha and the emerald Buddha. Visit the gilded Grand Palace, brilliantly coloured and decorated with intricate detail. Travel aboard the Grand Pearl cruiser and enjoy buffet lunch while cruising down the Chao Phraya River towards Bangkok.
Next, fly to the Golden Triangle and stay at an exclusive Four-seasons safari-style tented camp. The region has beautiful natural scenery and ancient temples. Take a cruise past villages surrounded with mountains, markets where locals come to sell their produce and waterways where Laos, Thailand and Myanmar (Burma) meet along the Mekong River. Experience cultural activities with local experts or relax by the jungle pool and enjoy fine dining.
Next, transfer to Chiang Mai for a stay at one of Asia’s most luxurious and atmospheric resorts, surrounded by mountains and lush fields of terraced rice paddies. Browse craft districts specializing in celadon ceramics, silver, teak furniture, paper umbrellas, and beautiful silk weavings. Visit a revered mountaintop temple and the royal family’s Winter Palace, and spend a morning attending a Thai cooking class and tour of a local market.
Return to Bangkok for some last minute shopping and connect with your onward flight.
North Thailand Highlights Includes cultural highlights of Thailand and the country's very best luxury resorts.
(11 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Bangkok, Golden Triangle, Chiang Mai
Day 1 – Arrive
Bangkok VIP airport assistance on arrival. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights.
Day 2 – Tour
Bangkok Full-day private city tour, including private longtail boat ride.
Day 3 – Tour
Bangkok Half-day private city tour or half-day excursion to train and lunar floating markets.
Day 4 – Transfer
Golden Triangle Private transfer to airport for flight to Chiang Rai.
Private arrival transfer to tented camp for 3 nights.
Afternoon selection of cultural and soft-adventure activities.
Day 5 – Experience
Golden Triangle Selection of cultural and soft-adventure activities, including mahout training and elephant experience.
Day 6 – Explore
Golden Triangle Selection of cultural and soft-adventure activities.
Day 7 – Transfer
Chiang Mai Private overland transfer to Chiang Mai resort for 3 nights, with touring of hill tribe villages en route.
Day 8 – Tour
Chiang Mai Option for sunrise alms-giving. Private tour of town, temples and craft districts.
Private round-trip transfer to night market.
Day 9 – Experience
Chiang Mai Morning market visit and Thai cooking lesson.
Afternoon at leisure.
Day 10 – Transfer
Bangkok Private transfer to airport for flight to Bangkok.
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 1 night.
Afternoon flexible private touring or shopping.
Day 11 – Depart
Bangkok Private airport transfer
Check In: 14:00h
Check Out: 12:00h
Make this your holiday
When to go The best time to visit most of Thailand is between November and February as it is the coolest time of year and it rains the least. These months also form the tourist high season. March-Jun brings the hot season when sightseeing is best scheduled for morning or late afternoon. The best way of cooling off during hot season is to join the Thai Water Festival generally held in mid-April. Rains start in July through October. The temperature during these months tends to be cooler, tourists are fewer and the landscape is lush and green. The rain isn't permanent though - it comes in bursts and cools things down after it has gone!
Getting There Thailand has four international airports; in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket and Hat Yai, but Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport is the country's major gateway. Practically every airline carrier that flies to Asia also flies into Bangkok. This means there are plenty of services and the competition on the routes helps to keep the ticket prices down.
There are now a throng of low-cost-carriers serving Southeast Asia, led by KL-based AirAsia. It can be cost effective to fly from your home country to Bangkok, Singapore or KL with a traditional carrier, then pick up a LCC flight to your final destination. If you are travelling with AwimAway, transfers from an airport are arranged by our representatives who will meet you at the arrival lounge and transfer you to the hotel.
Passport/Visa British national do not require a visa for stay up to 30 days when entering by air but a valid passport is required for all tourists travelling to Thailand.