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6 Days for Attractive Thailand
6 Days for Attractive Thailand

Duration : 6 days

Starting from : Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep

Ending at : Bangkok

Duration : Romance, Adventure, Family

Overview :

Begin with temples, shopping, and elephants in Chiang Mai, where you will also attend the flower festival, then visit Bangkok’s top attractions, and finally explore southern Thailand’s spectacular beaches and islands.

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Day by Day Itinerary : Day 1 (Chiang Mai) - Day 2 (Chiang Mai) - Day 3 (Bangkok) - Day 4 (Bangkok) - Day 5 (Krabi) - Day 6 (Krabi)

Chiang Mai

Day 1 : Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai

Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep

This famous and important temple founded since 1383 enjoys a prominent position in Chiang Mai, overlooking the city from its mountainside perch. It sits about 3,520 feet above sea level and is accessible via a steep naga staircase comprising around 300 steps.

The temple has a huge golden chedi (spire), within which lie some holy Buddha relics that attract devotees from the world over. To reach the temple itself requires a climb up a naga staircase of 309 steps. For the faint of heart, there's also a funicular cable-car to the top which has just been re-built after several fatal crashes. The fare for the new improved funicular is 20 Baht per person.

The chedi is in a small courtyard at the very peak of the mountain. The courtyard building sits on a larger plaza containing several buildings as well as a lookout point from which you can see, weather permitting, all of Chiang Mai and the surrounding plain.

The visiting hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday to Sunday. The site is situated at the Continuation of Huay Keaw Road, Chiang Mai 50300 Thailand . For more information you can send email to prdiv3@tat.or.th or contact the tourist information service at +66 53 24 8604.

Mae Sa elephant Training center

The majestic elephants in one of Thailand 's best elephant camps along the Mae Sa Valley. Over here, you can get the chance to watch these mammoth creatures play football, among other tricks everyday with the fees of THB80.

You can also get the opportunity to ride an elephant from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. through the local countryside, feed them with bananas and sugarcane, and take plenty of photographs. Also within the camp you will find an elephant nursery and a rafting center (open 8 a.m.to 4 p.m. daily).

The Show times are: 8 a.m.

Chiang Mai Arts Cultural Centre

The Chiang Mai Arts Cultural Centre is a welcome addition to the city's museums and galleries. It is situated in a lovely two-storey building in the heart of the old city, right behind the Three Kings Monument .

The ground floor of the centre features exhibits on the pre-Chiang Mai period, the city's founding, relationships with other cities and changes in the last 100 years.

The entrance fee for foreigners is THB100.

Night Bazaar

Though the main Night Bazaar is located in a rather drab three-storey building, this shoppers' paradise also sprawls along the entire Chang Klan Road .

The street stalls sell a variety of items, including fine Thai silk, antiques, silver, clothing, handicrafts, CDs, videos, perfumes and watches. Many imitation branded goods flock the market, and wandering vendors will try to sell you an unusual range of products.

Chiang Mai

Day 2 : Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai Puppet Playhouse View

The Chiang Mai Puppet Playhouse offers the opportunity to learn something of the rich history of North Thailand, once known as the Kingdom of Lanna .

The puppets are beautifully made and spring to life during a series of sketches that recount Buddhist folk tales.

The playhouse is located behind the Contemporary Art Museum . The entrance fee is Adults THB250, children of age 11-15 THB100, children of age 5-10 THB80

It opens daily 10 a.m. to dusk during the festival and is situated at Buak Hat Park and Tha Pae Road , Chiang Mai 50100 Thailand . For more information, please visit http://www.tat.or.th

or email at tatchmai@tat.or.th or Tel: +66 53 248 604

Chiang Mai Flower Festival

This annual festival is held for three days during the first week of February. It celebrates the rich diversity of plants for which Chiang Mai and northern Thailand are famous, focusing on temperate-zone specimens, which are at their best during this cool month.

Along the streets are displays of flowers, handicraft sales, flower competitions and beauty contests. Exquisite floral floats, portraying many themes, make their way down Tha Pae Road . This colorful event is fun for all the family and makes for some great photo-taking opportunities.

It opens daily 10 a.m. to dusk during the festival and is situated at Buak Hat Park and Tha Pae Road , Chiang Mai 50100 Thailand . For more information, please visit http://www.tat.or.th

or email at tatchmai@tat.or.th or Tel: +66 53 248 604

Bangkok

Day 3 : Bangkok

Bangkok

Grand Palace

The outstanding Grand Palace is an architectural marvel and the gem of Bangkok 's impressive collection of temples and palaces. However, the four main buildings are incorporated in the grounds of the glittering Wat Phra Keo. This is the must to visit the experience of its diverse styles that no one should miss.

The entrance fee is THB 250 which includes the allowance entrance to Vimanmek Palace and Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall. The opening hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. from Monday to Sunday.

It is situated at Na Phralan Road , Bangkok 10200 Thailand . For more details, you can contact at Tel: +66 2 222 0094 / +66 2 222 6889 / +66 2 222 2208 or visit the website at www.palaces.thai.net or email at webmaster@palaces.thai.net

Note: Appropriate dress code required (cover shoulders and legs).

Wat Pho

Wat Pho also known as Wat Phra Chetuphon situated just behind the extravagance of the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Most western tourists never miss to visit the temple's huge reclining Buddha and other attractions of the temple.

The most attractive point other than the Buddha's face are the soles of the Buddha's feet, 45 meters (150 feet) away from the head, which have been inlaid with mother-of-pearl to display the 108 auspicious signs which distinguish a true Buddha.

Moreover, Wat Pho is also Thailand 's oldest learning center and a respected Thai massage school that operates teaching techniques to the eager and providing massages to the weary.

The entrance fee is worth only THB20. However, the contact details are: 2 Sanamchai Road , Bangkok 10200 Thailand . Tel: +66 2 222 5910, +66 2 226 2942, +66 2 226 1743, +66 2 225 9595

Note: Appropriate dress code required (cover shoulders and legs).

Jim Thompson's House and Museum

Jim Thompson's House and Museum is a small but fine museum, being the former home of the man who saved the Thai silk industry from collapse. It is constructed from six different traditional teak houses; the walls were reassembled from the outside in.

The museum shows Jim Thompson's beautiful collection of art and artifacts from Thailand and Southeast Asia .

It opens at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday to Sunday; last tour is at 4:30 p.m. It is located at Rama I Road, 6 Soi Kasemsan 2, Bangkok 10330 Thailand . For more information, please visit http://www.jimthompsonhouse.com or contact at Tel: +66 2 216 7368

Bangkok

Day 4 : Bangkok

Bangkok

Manohra Cruises

A Manohra cruise accommodating 40 people is a must for anyone who really wants to experience the true essence of Bangkok . Marvelous renovated teak barges offer daily luncheon cruises, including a private guide for Royal Palace tour (THB1,100++); daily dinner cruises (THB1,400); a sunset cocktail cruise (THB500) and overnight cruises (from THB24,000).

Longer excursions are available on the Manohra Song, which features four luxuriously appointed, air-conditioned bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms.

The opening hours are: Daily Luncheon Cruise: 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Daily Dinner Cruise: 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Overnight Cruises leave 2 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday, 8 a.m. on Tuesday



For enquiries and bookings, call + 66 2 477 0770, email
manohra@minornet.com or visit
www.manohracruises.com.



Lumpini Park

Lumpini Park is a popular oasis, named after Buddha's birthplace. The best time to visit the park is just after sunrise, when hordes of fitness fanatics can be spotted jogging, doing aerobics, practicing tai chi, yoga or even ballroom dancing. You can even hire a paddle boat, eat at one of the reasonably priced outdoor restaurants, or just take it easy under a shady tree. There is no entry fee to visit the park.

There are four entrances to the park each at Rama IV Road , Sarasin Road , Wireless Road and Ratchadamri Road repectively.

Siam Paragon

Siam Paragon considered as the first mega shopping complex in Thailand located in the heart of Bangkok , offers a magnificent and elegant shopping experience. You can enjoy a gastronomic delight with the finest international cuisines from the best restaurants in town at Siam Paragon.

Chinatown

China town is the place full of shops, stalls and alleys, where the movers and shakers of Thailand 's economy got started. You can get everything from household and electronic goods to Chinese medicine and antique. However, this place is famous for dealing in gold and of course Chinese food. Some of stores and restaurants here are opened 24 hours a day.

Krabi

Day 5 : Krabi

Krabi

Rai Le beach

This beach is generally divided into two sections, east and west. West Rai Le provides visitors with peace and quiet as it is a broad sandy beach with fewer facilities than Ao Nang.

East Rai Le which lies across the peninsula from West Rai Le is different from other beaches in the area as it could actually be classified as a mud flat, especially during low tide. In addition to remarkable views and mangrove forests to the north of the beach, the main attraction for visitors to Hat Rai Le is the adrenaline pumping activity of cliff climbing. The limestone cliffs on the huge headland between Hat Rai La East and Tham Phra Nang, as well as other nearby islands provide world-class rock climbing facilities against a stunning backdrop of the sea with approximately 700 sport routes of mid to high difficulty ratings.

Rock climbing

Apart from marine sports, Krabi is also an ideal place for rock climbing. Lines of sheer limestone cliffs along Tham Phranang and Rai Le beaches have challenged thousands of climbers from all over the world every year. The levels of difficulty of the various routes vary, so even the most inexperienced climbers can experiment. Equipment, instruction and guides are available at most lodgings.

Krabi

Day 6 : Krabi

Krabi

Ao Nang

Ao Nang is located approximately 6 kilometers from Hat Noppharat Thara and 20 kilometers from the town of Krabi . A large bay with scenic beaches and 83 small islands, Ao Nang has several famous beaches which include East Rai Le, West Rai Le and Tham Phra Nang (cave) which stretches to the foot of a prominent limestone range.

A boat from Ao Nang Village can be hired for sightseeing excursions around Ao Nang, Hat Tham Phra Nang and Hat Nam Mao, all of which are only accessible by foot.

Other offshore isles such as Ko Poda, Ko Kai, Ko Mo and Ko Thap, are popular destinations that can be reached by a rented boat from Ao Nang. An abundance of colorful coral reefs and lovely cartoon fishes make these islands ideal for diving and snorkeling.

Emerald Pool

This hot spring originates from a warm stream in the lowland forest of Khao Nor Juji which is supposedly Thailand 's last piece of virgin and fertile forest. The intensity of the pools turquoise colored water varies according to the light and time of the day so visitors determined to see the real emerald color should plan to visit at dawn or early in the morning.

The pool, which can be visited all year round, charges and entrance fee of 20 baht. To get there, take Highway No. 4 to Khlong Thom District , then turn left to Route No. 4038 to Lam Hap Sub-district . The Emerald pool is located along the way, with clear signs posted.

Koh Phi Phi

Regarded by travelers from all walks of life as being among the most beautiful tropical islands of the world, Phi Phi Islands have become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Thailand . In addition, the islands are famous as the location where the movie ""The Beach"" featuring Leonardo Di Caprio was shot. The islands, together with the nearby Noppharat Thara Beach , a total area of 390 square kilometers, were recently established as a national park.

Phi Phi Islands are located just 40 kilometers away from both Krabi and Phuket. Thus, despite the fact that both Noppharat Thara Beach and Phi Phi administratively are a part of Krabi Province , most tourists think that Ko Phi Phi is part of Phuket Province .

The islands and the coastal hills are composed mainly of limestone and are an extension of the limestone mountain range in Phang-Nga Province . The main characteristics of these mountains and islands are their steep cliffs, large caves and dwarf trees growing out of the rock crevices, like those in Phang-Nga Bay .