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Amazing Thailand in 14 Days
Amazing Thailand in 14 Days

Duration : 14 days

Starting from : Bangkok

Ending at : Chatuchak Market

Duration : Romance, Youth, Family

Overview :

A comprehensive tour of Thailand’s top historical, cultural, and natural attractions from Ayutthaya and Chiang Mai to Sukhothai and Kanchanaburi, with stops in Bangkok to shop and experience nightlife and in Krabi to have fun in the sun.

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Day by Day Itinerary : Day 1 (Ayutthaya) - Day 2 (Bangkok) - Day 3 (Bangkok ) - Day 4 (Chiang Mai) - Day 5 (Chiang Mai) - Day 6 (Sukhothai) - Day 7 (Sukhothai) - Day 8 (Bangkok) - Day 9 (Krabi) - Day 10 (Bangkok) - Day 11 (Bangkok) - Day 12 (Kanchanaburi) - Day 13 (Kanchanaburi) - Day 14 (Bangkok)

Ayutthaya

Day 1 : Ayutthaya - Bangkok

Ayutthaya

Chao Phraya River Cruise

A cruise along the Chao Phaya River and Thonburi's vast network of canals is an experience no other Asian capital can offer. However, if you have specifically come here for sightseeing, then a trip to Chao Phraya River in Bangkok suits the best.

Moreover, you can see various traditional old houses, temples, shops and Floating Market on a trip to Chao Phraya River. You'll get a nice tour of many of Bangkok's sites, including the Palace, Wat Arun, and some fancy hotels such as the Oriental.

Wat Chaiwatthanaram

The temple is located on the bank of the Maenam Chao Phraya (River), to the west of the city island. It is built in 1630 by King Prasat Thong to honor his mother. Wat Chai Wattanaram was conceived as a replica of the Angkor temple.

A Royal monastery, the temples unique feature is a huge prang which is surrounded by smaller prangs. This symbolizes Mount Meru, the abode of the heavenly gods. The temple is also accessible by a long-tailed boat trip from Chankasem Palace Pier. This 1-hour round trip to the temple costs about THB300 - 400. Entry fee to the temple is only THB20.

Wat Phra Si Sanphet

Wat Pra Si Sanphet was built by King U-Thong upon the founding of the city in 1491 inside the compound of the Grand Palace. Its foundations are still visible-and served as the royal chapel, as Wat Phra Kaeo does in Bangkok. It used to be the royal palace as a residential palace. It became a monastery in the reign of King Ramathibodi I.

When King Borom Trai Lokanat commanded the construction of new living quarters, this residential palace was transformed into a temple, and the establishment of Wat Phra Si Sanphet. In Ayutthaya's heyday, this was the largest temple in the city.

The three main chedis which have been restored contain the ashes of three Ayutthaya kings. The temple is situated at the northern end of Si Sanphet Road. The royal chapel does not have any monks and novice inhabitants.

Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon

Located to the Southeast of the island, this temples lofty chedi is visible from most of the town. The monastery was built in 1900 by King U-thong who granted the temple with the name Wat Pra Kaeo. The intention was to create a center of Buddhist studies (Ceylonese Sect). As the temple used to be headed by a patriarch, local people also called it Wat Chao Phraya Thai.

The present name was given granted to the temple by King Naresuan to commemorate a battle fought against the Crown Prince of Burma in 1592. His momentous victory a single-handed combat on the elephant back brought independence to Ayutthaya after 15 years as a Burmese dependent. Within the complex is a huge image of a reclining Buddha in brick and stucco. The chedi is bell-shaped, about 60 meters high, constructed on a mound of raised ground (15 X 32.4 X 32.4 m.) with steps going up to the Buddhist image placed midway to the top. The chedi itself now has a distinct tilt, but still can be entered via the stairs.

The Ubosot or ordination hall is windowless but ventilated by pierced holes stretching down the roof on both walls. Also situated in the compound is King Naresuans statue, which is highly revered by Thais.

The entrance fee is THB20.

Bang Pa-in Summer Palace

Bang Pa-in Summer Palace is situated a few miles down the Chao Phraya River from Ayutthaya. The site was first used by the royal court as a summer retreat in the 17th century. However, the Palace was destroyed with the fall of Kingdom of Ayutthaya and was restored by King Rama IV in the mid-19th century.

Most of the buildings that exist today date from the reign of King Rama V, who regularly spent his summers there. The structures represent a variety of architectural styles, set in a large park around ponds and waterways. The only royal residence open to the public is the Chiness-style Wehat Chamroon Palace, constructed entirely of materials imported from China. In addition, there is an Italian-style palace, a circular pavilion with steps leading down to a pool, the graceful Thai-style Aisawan Tippaya Asna Pavilion in the middle of a lake, and, across one of the waterways, a Buddhist chapel in the neo-Gothic style with stained-glass windows. Scattered around the extensive gardens are European statues as well as monuments ordered to be built by King Rama V in memory of members of his family, one of them a much-loved Queen who drowned in a boating accident.

Bangkok

Day 2 : Bangkok - Nakhon Pathom

Bangkok

Bangkok Floating Market

An early morning trip in Thailand is at most interesting and authentic rural floating market where many varieties of products are on sales from vendors in tiny boats which dominat e the colorful scene. Your visit to the floating market can take you away from all the bustle of the city. You will get the chance to visit the Thai Village show which gives you an introduction into Thai life. You will witness ordination into monkshood, fingernail dance, Thai boxing, hill tribe dance, sword-fighting, elephant at work and folk dancing.

The Rose Garden

This tourist attraction is located on Petchakasem Road 32 Kms. from Bangkok. It is located adjacent to the Nakhon Chaisi River and occupies an area of 137.5 Rais (about 55 acres). There are a multitude of beautiful floral displays of great variety. Thai-style houses; parts of the area are hotel, lodges, and golf course. It also features an attractive Thai cultural show that commences daily in the afternoon. It is open daily from 08.00-18.00. An entrance fee to the garden is 10 Baht. Admission as well as shows fee cost 300 Baht for all. For more information call 0 2295 3261-4.

Joe Louis Theater

Joe Louis Theater is the only spot in Bangkok where you can see a live puppet show. It has one-hour daily show, from 10-11am, which includes the story of the Ramayana as well as legends from neighboring Myanmar and India. From 9.30-10am, before the show, you can watch how Thai traditional masks are made. Night shows are usually held on Friday and Saturday from 7.30 p.m. The visiting fee is THB200-600. You can also get souvenirs, from key chains to khon masks.

Samphran Elephant Ground and Zoo

Smphran Elephant Ground and Zoo, located on the Phetkasem Road at Km.30 marker, 1 Km. before the Rose Garden. It occupies an area of 62 Rais (about 24.8 acres).

There are various kinds of animals on display and show. There are daily elephant shows, elephant ride around the compound, elephant musical shows, crocodile-wrestling shows, and magic shows.

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.

Erawan Shrine

Erawan Shrine is built incongruously in one of Bangkok's hubs of consumerism. This very popular shrine is devoted to Brahma and Erawan, his elephant. It is located next to the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel. The shrine was beset by a series of accidents during its construction in the 1950s. You can often get to see traditional Thai dancing over here. It is a public place and is free to visit 24 hours a day from Monday to Sunday.

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

Wat Arun

Wat Arun gets its name from Aruna, the Indian god of the dawn, hence its common name The Temple of Dawn.

The location of the temple is in the area that used to be occupied by the palace of King Taksin who re-established the Siamese Kingdom after the fall of Ayuttaya more than two hundred years ago. The main Buddha image is believed to have been designed by King Rama II.

Wat Arun, often called The Temple of Dawn, is one of the most remarkable visual identities of Bangkok. The imposing Khmer-style prang or tower is 104 metres tall and decorated with bits of porcelain that was used as ballast by boats coming from China. It is surrounded by four smaller prangs. Construction of the prangs were started by King Rama II and completed by King Rama II.

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

Jim Thompson's House and Museum

This small but fine museum is the former home of the man who saved the Thai silk industry from collapse.

Constructed from six different traditional teak houses, the walls were reassembled from the outside in.

Inside you will find Jim Thompson's beautiful collection of art and artifacts from Thailand and Southeast Asia.


MBK

MBK is the perfect place for those who love shopping in a market style atmosphere but prefer to do so in air-conditioned comfort. Bargaining is a common issue at MBK. However, you should be careful of the products against imitation such as clothes, watches and others.

Chiang Mai

Day 4 : 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.

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. However, you should be careful of many imitation branded goods.

It is opened from 6 p.m. until midnight from Monday to Sunday. It is located at 104-1 Chang Klan Road, Chiang Mai 50100 Thailand.

Chiang Mai

Day 5 : Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai

Doi Inthanon National Park

The park is 1,005 square kilometer located south of Chiang Mai City and is, in parts, mountainous and wild. Species which are not found anywhere else in Thailand can be found here. Doi Inthanon being the Thailand's tallest mountain standing at 2,565 meters, it offers one of the best places in Thailand for bird watching.

On higher ground, one can see wild orchids growing. Trekking tours can be arranged through many agencies in Chiang Mai. It is opened 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Monday to Sunday. The charge for foreigners is THB200 and Thai is THB20.

Chiang Mai Zoo

The Chiang Mai Zoo has more than 6,000 animals in an environment comprising two waterfalls, reservoirs, an open park, camping spots and animal breeding areas. Among its recent arrivals are 10 penguins, the first ever in Thailand; gibbons, which are bred successfully; and Chayo, the baby elephant, born at the time of the Leonid meteor shower, who became the symbol of the Bangkok Asian Games. The entrance fee for adult is THB40 and for child is THB20.

Sukhothai

Day 6 : Sukhothai

Sukhothai

Sukhothai Historical Park

Sukhothai Historical Park is designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, but still is not the only spot in Sukhothai in terms of world history. The glory of Sukhothai is reflected in the abundant ancient temples and Buddha image stuccos, ruined brick pagodas as well as laterite viharn columns. There are more than a hundred sites in the whole complex many of which are worth visiting.

This is located 12 kilometers from town on the Sukhothai-Tak Highway. You can reach the destination by local bus or hired motored tricycle from town. The park also offers tram services as well as bicycles for rent for exploring around its large area.

The Tourist Service Centre in the park (Tel: 0 5569 7527, 0 5569 7310) provides information, as well as displays models of historical buildings and structures in old Sukhothai. The park is open daily from 8.30 a.m. - 4.30 p.m. The entrance fee is THB 40 each.

Si Satchanalai Historical Park

The ancient town, formerly called Muang Chaliang, was named Si Satchanalai during the reign of Phra Ruang when a new administrative centre was established to replace Chaliang. Ruins of 134 monuments have been discovered within the park.

Night market

The Sukhothai night market, like the rest of Sukhothai, is not as foreign tourist-dominated as others in Thailand. The night market consists of food stalls and cheap clothing usually full of the local hangout for anyone between the ages of 12 and 18 apparently. Usually, people come here for browsing than shopping. You may also try some tasty Thai food.

Sukhothai

Day 7 : Sukhothai - Chiang Mai

Sukhothai

Queen Sirikit Botanical Gardens

The garden was opened in 1992 and covers a large area that incorporates many vegetation types, including some rare species. Moreover, the mountain location makes it an enjoyable escape for everyone, particularly nature enthusiasts.

The best time to see the flowers in bloom is during the cool season. Visitors can take a leisurely walk along the many winding nature trails and generally get away from it all. The entrance fee is THB20 each. It is located at 100 Moo 9, Km 12, Chiang Mai 50180 Thailand.

Chiang Mai Zoo

The Chiang Mai Zoo has more than 6,000 animals in an environment comprising two waterfalls, reservoirs, an open park, camping spots and animal breeding areas. Among its recent arrivals are 10 penguins, the first ever in Thailand; gibbons, which are bred successfully; and Chayo, the baby elephant, born at the time of the Leonid meteor shower, who became the symbol of the Bangkok Asian Games. The entrance fee for adult is THB40 and for child is THB20.

Bangkok

Day 8 : Bangkok - Krabi

Bangkok

Back to Bangkok and depart to Krabi

Arrive Krabi

Ao Nang Beach

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 where you can be reach by renting a boat from Ao Nang.

An abundance of colorful coral reefs and lovely cartoon fishes make these islands ideal for diving and snorkeling.

Canoeing and kayaking

Canoeing and kayaking are two ways to enjoy the spectacular seascape, limestone cliffs and caves in Krabi's waters as these sports allow visitors to explore hidden offshore areas at a more leisurely pace. Canoeing and kayaking operators are available at Ao Nang.

Krabi

Day 9 : Krabi

Krabi

Ko Phi Phi

Ko Phi Phi is regarded as the most beautiful tropical islands of the world by most of the travelers who have visited them. These 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.

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.

Bangkok

Day 10 : Bangkok

Bangkok

Spa

The Thai spa experience brings together a range of indigenous resources, folk wisdom and traditions that have been handed down through the centuries. It captures the very essence of traditional Thai living. Spa operators delve into this ancient treasure trove to create exceptional spa products so that alluring dimensions of this tropical paradise enrich the spa experience.

Gracious hospitality and service is complemented by the friendly and caring nature and gentle ways of the Thai people, adding a uniquely Thai touch to world-class service and hospitality. Kindness, compassion and the act of comforting and caring for others, as advocated by the Theravada Buddhist tradition, is very much part of everyday life. The gesture is instinctive and genuine.

Dinner at Sirroco @ The Dome

Sirocco approves the Bangkok dining scene in several ways. As the first of the Dome's venues, it generated a lot of buzz simply because so many people were curious to finally see the view from the city's second tallest building, and its highest outdoor balcony.

Sirocco is also one of Bangkok's best live jazz venues, featuring the vocal styling of international performers six nights a week.

Bangkok

Day 11 : Bangkok

Bangkok

River City

You can touch the Thai magic at River City. It was founded in 1984. This shopping adventure is located on the Chao Phraya River next to the Royal Orchid Sheraton and features 192 shops and presents an ideal place to look for hand-woven Thai silk and cotton, gems and jewelry, decorative objects, leather goods, antiques, handicrafts and other souvenirs. A free shuttle service runs to and from nearby major hotels located on the river.

You can get there by BTS to Saphan Taksin Station. There's a free shuttle boat service to the River City available at Sathorn Pier everyday from 10:00 to 20:00.

Thai food

Thai food has become one of the world's favorite cuisines. Talking about 'Thai food' , means talking of four very distinct regions in the country, each with their own culinary and traditions. This also means the dishes created in the royal courts and palaces of Old Siam, that have been passed down through many generations of chefs, and finally into public domain.

Good food and popular dishes also comes up from the street level, at the smallest food stalls and restaurants. And there is the influence of China, India, Malaysia and other neighboring countries. So all these different factors come together under the label 'Thai food' , and you will find them in varying degrees at any Thai restaurant you care to visit, anywhere in the world.

Recommended restaurants

Blue Elephant
Housed in a century-old building, visiting Blue Elephant is like a journey back in time. Traditional Thai cuisine is enhanced with a twist of fusion to suit Western tastes as well as to appeal to local diners.

Baan Kanitha
Located in a grand, converted Thai house, this restaurant is decorated with antique furniture and numerous paintings. The extensive menu lists all the popular Thai dishes, as well as a wide selection of seafood, reflecting the diversity of Thai cuisine.

Kanchanaburi

Day 12 : Kanchanaburi

Kanchanaburi

The Bridge on the River Khwae (the Death Railway Bridge)

The Bridge on the River Khwae has become notoriously famous and attracted both Thais and foreigners to the site, through different films and books. If an ordinary black iron bridge can tell a story, you can be sure it's a dramatic one.

The bridge spans across Maenam Khwae Yai which is a branch of Maenam Mae Klong. During the Japanese occupation of Thailand in World War II, the Japanese Imperial Army brought the iron bridge from Java. It was then resembled by Allied Prisoners of War (POW) under Japanese supervision. The bridge was part of a strategic railway route to Myanmar in which the Japanese aimed to secure supplies with which to conquer other western Asian countries. It was 415 kilometers long (about 303 kilometers in Thailand and about 112 kilometers in Burma) and passed through the Three Pagoda Pass in Sangkhlaburi District, the northern most part of Kanchanaburi province.

The railway currently ends at Ban Tha Sao or Namtok Station, a distance of around 77 km. from Kanchanaburi Station. A special train running from Bangkok to Namtok Station is available on weekends and national holidays.

For further details, please contact the State Railway of Thailand at Tel. 0 2220 4334 or visit the website at www.railway.co.th.

Kanchanaburi War Cemetery

This is the place where the remains of 6,982 POWs died during the construction of the Death Railway are buried. The cemetery, which is located on Saengchuto Road, opposite the Railway Station is just 1.5 kilometers from the TAT office.

It is open daily from 8.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.

Wat Pa Luangta Bua Yanasampanno

A tiger conservation area where various kinds of wild as well as domestic animals live together freely in the nature such as barking deer, hog, gibbon, peafowl, red jungle fowl, horse, water buffalo, goat, etc. Wildlife of different species will be seen living together in peace and being friendly to the monks and visitors.

Kanchanaburi

Day 13 : Kanchanaburi

Kanchanaburi

Trekking

Home to a large ethnic population, including the Mon, Karen and Burmese, who have long settled in the border towns of Sangkhlaburi and Thong Pha Phum. Most tour operators in Kanchanaburi offer trips to these areas that combine culture and adventure in one easily accessible package. Some of the best hiking trails are in three national parks: Saiyok in Saiyok District and Erawan and Chalerm Rattanakosin in Srisawat District.

Sai Yok National Park

The park covers approximately 300-square-kilometers and contains several interesting caves and the nation's famous Sai Yok Yai waterfall. The park has dense forests, including majestic teak trees and an abundance of small mammals such as squirrels, bats and deer, as well as numerous bird species.

In addition, the park is home to what is probably the smallest mammal in the world, the two-grammed Kittis Hog-nosed Bat, which was first discovered in 1973 by a Thai naturalist. The park is 104 kilometers from Kanchanaburi via Highway No. 323 and can also be reached by chartered boat from the Pak Saeng Pier. The park is very popular during the weekends. Bungalow accommodations, river rafts, camping facilities, and a daytime food market are available.

Sai Yok Yai Waterfall (Namtok Sai Yok Yai)

The waterfall is located 104 kilometers from the town, flows directly into Khwae Noi River. Its idyllic beauty has been repeatedly celebrated in Thai poetry and songs. A rope bridge enables people to cross the river to view the waterfall. Rafts are available for a river trip along the riverbank.

Bangkok

Day 14 : Bangkok

Bangkok

Chao Phraya River Cruise

A cruise along the Chao Phaya River and Thonburi's vast network of canals is an experience no other Asian capital can offer. However, if you have specifically come here for sightseeing, then a trip to Chao Phraya River in Bangkok suits the best.

Moreover, you can see various traditional old houses, temples, shops and Floating Market on a trip to Chao Phraya River. You'll get a nice tour of many of Bangkok's sites, including the Palace, Wat Arun, and some fancy hotels such as the Oriental.

To approach the spot, you can get on the Sky Train to the Saphan Taksin stop and getting on the river boats there.

Chatuchak Market

Chatuchak Market is the Worlds Biggest Weekend Market selling practically everything under the sun, from the smallest nails, to foods, trendy fashions, antiques intricate wooden carvings, masks from far-off lands, adorable fluffy dogs, colorful fish of every hue and singing birds.

The market is as huge including 9,000 individual booths filled with every type of wares catching the trends. You can get anything from incense to insects and food stalls in case you get hungry.

It opens only on evening of weekends (Saturdays and Sundays).