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  • Visit Bangkok's Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha
  • Discover the floating markets of Damneon Saduak
  • Explore the ancient cities of Ayutthaya and Sukhothai
  • Trek in the hill tribe region of northern Thailand
Experience the culture of Bangkok, two ancient Thai cities and the northern parts of Thailand on this Heritage and Hill Tribes holiday.

The trip begins in bustling Bangkok, where you'll visit the city's main cultural sights, Buddhist temples and famous floating markets. Enjoy a city tour led with your English speaking local guide. Then, explore the ancient cities of Ayutthaya and Lopburi (also known as 'Monkey City'), before continuing your journey north to Sukhothai and Chiang Mai where you'll discover the distinctive culture of northern Thailand. Spend a night in a hill-tribe lodge and trek around the local area, before continuing your northern adventure and head east to the hill tribe region above Chiang Rai. You'll stay in a lodge right in the heart of a local community and enjoy trekking in the lush mountains before heading to Chiang Rai where your holiday ends.

For more details and activity descriptions, see the what's included section and the detailed itinerary.
Hotel
Upon arrival at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport, you will be met by a Wayfairer representative and transferred to your chosen accommodation.

Your Wayfairer guide will meet you at your hotel in the evening to brief you about your itinerary and they will be able to recommend some great places to eat in this exciting city.
Hotel
Your day will start with a guided tour of Bangkok. You’ll travel like a local using transport including klong (canal) boat, public bus, the Chao Phraya River public ferry and the elevated BTS or Skytrain. Your friendly and knowledgeable local guide will take you to Bangkok’s magnificent temples and palaces, including Thailand’s most sacred sites: The Grand Palace and The Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The Grand Palace is without doubt the city's most famous landmark and Wat Phra Kaew, known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, is regarded as the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Hotel
This morning you’ll visit Damneon Saduak floating market, approximately 12km south of Bangkok. Here you’ll see hundreds of longtail boats along the narrow canals with vendors selling everything from exotic fruits, to traditional desserts and noodles cooked right on the boat.

You’ll then be driven to Ayutthaya, 80km north of Bangkok. Founded in 1350, Ayutthaya was the second capital of the Kingdom of Siam and it was a prosperous international trading port until it was attacked by the Burmese army in 1767. The Burmese burned the city to the ground and forced the inhabitants to leave.

This afternoon you’ll have an opportunity to explore this ancient city and the fascinating archaeological ruins. Ayutthaya is located on an island surrounded by three rivers connecting the city to the sea and you can take a private boat trip around the historical island to see some of the most famous temples and palaces.

You will also have a chance to observe the daily life of local people around the river and you’ll see wooden houses on stilts on the banks of the river (houses in Ayutthaya were traditionally built on stilts because of the frequent floods in the area). You’ll also see more recent, active Buddhist temples.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Hotel
This morning you’ll have additional time to explore the ancient city of Ayutthaya before driving to Lopburi, also known as Monkey City. You’ll explore Prang Sam Yot, an impressive three-pronged Khmer ruin, and San Phra Kan, a modern spirit shrine – both of which are home to most of the monkeys of Lopburi. The monkeys, specifically rhesus and crab-eating macaques, also like to steal food and hats from people: you have been warned!

Later this afternoon you’ll start your journey to Sukhothai, 427km north of Bangkok.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Hotel
A UNESCO World Heritage City, Sukhothai is home to a vast number of historical sites and temple ruins. Today you’ll have a guided tour where you’ll explore the ruins of former royal palaces, Buddhist Temples and the city gates and moats of the ancient kingdom, discovering the unique style of Sukhothai architecture.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Hotel
This morning you’ll be driven to the ancient town of Srisatchanalai, now a historical park. A total of 134 monuments have been discovered within the park, and although you’ll only spend a few hours here you’ll have time to explore the most impressive and important sites.

You’ll then continue on to Chiang Mai and this evening your guide will take you out for a traditional Kantoke dinner.
Meals
  • Breakfast & Dinner
Hotel
Today you’ll visit the Elephant Nature Park, 60km from Chiang Mai. The Elephant Nature Park focuses on education and conservation and offers the opportunity to see ex-working elephants up close without exploiting them. Your family will learn about elephants, plus you’ll have a chance to interact with them and you can also feed and bathe them. Your visit helps to improve the lives and conditions of elephants.

This evening you’ll visit the famous Chiang Mai night market.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Lodge
This morning you’ll visit a local farm outside Chiang Mai where you’ll collect the ingredients required for your Thai cookery lesson, and then you’ll prepare an authentic Thai meal for your lunch.

After lunch you’ll head into the hill tribe region outside of Chiang Mai, taking in spectacular views before arriving at your accommodation, nestled in the scenic valley of the Suthep-Pui mountain range. This evening you’ll enjoy a delicious buffet dinner at your lodge and you can watch a traditional Hmong song and dance performance.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Lodge
Today you’ll enjoy a walking tour through the mountains and rice fields of Mae Rim District. You’ll visit a local Hmong village, completely untouched by tourism, and you’ll get a glimpse into the way of life of the Hmong people, taking in the impressive views along the way.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Lodge
This morning you will be drive to your accommodation in the tribe region above Chiang Rai and this afternoon you’ll join a guided trek through lush mountains, stopping at a beautiful waterfall and a Hmong village.

This evening you’ll enjoy a delicious Thai dinner at your lodge and you’ll watch traditional Hmong and Lahu performances.
Meals
  • Breakfast & Dinner
Lodge
Today you’ll embark on a full day trek in the mountainous hill tribe region near Chiang Rai. After a picnic lunch in the forest you’ll continue trekking downhill until you reach a village by the Kong River. After exploring the village and interacting with the locals you’ll take a short transfer by local truck back to your accommodation.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Lodge
Today you’ll visit the Golden Triangle. Also known as Sop Ruak, the Golden Triangle is the point where Thailand, Myanmar and Laos converge and are separated by the Mekong River. This region is known for its breathtaking scenery and from the ‘official’ viewpoint near the town of Chiang Saen in Thailand you can see the neighbouring countries, the mighty Mekong River and the stunning landscape.

This evening you can explore the bustling Chiang Rai Night Bazaar where hill tribe people and lowlanders sell their handicrafts.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Sadly your Thailand Heritage and Hill Tribes holiday is drawing to an end. After breakfast you’ll check-out of your accommodation and you’ll be driven to the airport for your flight home.
Meals
  • Breakfast
what’s included
  • 12 nights accommodation
  • Transfers as stated in itinerary
  • Domestic flights as stated in itinerary
  • Entrance fees to national parks and sites as stated in itinerary
  • Local English speaking guide throughout
what's excluded
  • International flights
  • Optional activities and excursions not stated in itinerary
  • Visas and travel insurance
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Duration 13 days
Tour Type Private Tour
Age Requirement 1 +
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Meeting/Start Point Pick-up at your hotel or location in Bangkok, Thailand
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