Duration : 6 days
Starting from : Bangkok
Ending at : Bangkok
Duration : Adventure, Youth, Off the beaten track, Family
Visit the top attractions in Thailand’s diverse top three destinations, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Phuket. The ultimate taste of everything Thailand!
Day 1 : Bangkok
The Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha Temple
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.
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.
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.
Day 2 : Bangkok - Chiang Mai
Bangkok Sightseeing City Tram
You can see the sights of inner Bangkok from an electric city tram. En-route a professional guide describing the attractions as passengers relax and view Rattanakosin Island's myriad sights and sounds such as the Grand Palace, Paklong Talad Flower Market, the Ta Chang Pier, the National Museum and the National Gallery. The guide can provide multi-lingual commentary. Usually, you can catch the tram near front gates of the Grand Palace in Sanam Luang, which leaves every thirty minutes.
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.
Depart Bangkok to Chiang Mai
Day 3 : 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 is 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 .
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. and 9:40 a.m. daily and additional show at 1:30 p.m. during peak season. Charges for Rides are THB80-THB800 per elephant, depending on duration.
Wat chedi Luang
Wat Chedi Luang was also important because for a short time it housed the most important object in Thailand , the Emerald Buddha. The Emerald Buddha is now in its own temple in Bangkok , but a few years ago the king donated a replica to be placed in the eastern niche of the chedi.
In its day, Wat Chedi Luang must have been the most impressive temple in Chiang Mai. Built about 600 years ago, the huge chedi which gave the temple its name (the name of the temple translates to 'royal pagoda') must have soared high above the surrounding city.
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 .
Day 4 : Chiang Mai
Bo Sang Umbrella Village
For more than 200 years, almost everyone in the small village of Bo Sang has been earning a living from the umbrella trade, silk and cotton umbrellas and paper parasols.
You can watch the umbrellas being made, then choose one from the variety of beautiful and colorful designs to take home as a souvenir.
There is also an annual fair, held each January on the main street, which features an umbrella procession, beauty contests, exhibitions and the selling of umbrellas and other handicrafts.
Visit islands nearby
There are many islands nearby to visit, for example Phi Phi islands, Similand islands and many more.
Day 5 : Phuket
Phuket FantaSea is a unique cultural complex. It showcases the charm and beauty of Thailand , while enriching ancient Thai traditions with the wonder of cutting-edge technology and special effects.
Highlights include the festival village, the Golden Kinnaree Buffet Restaurant (a 5,000-seat restaurant offering a grand buffet of Thai and international cuisines) and a breathtaking Las Vegas-style show, which starts at 9 p.m.
The cost of show and buffet is THB 1,500 per person. The opening hours are 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. from Monday to Sunday and buffet starts at 6 p.m. 8:30 p.m. from Monday to Sunday.
Day 6 : Phuket - Bangkok
Kata Beach is located 17 kilometers south of the town. The bay at Kata is made up of two smaller bays, Kata Yai and Kata Noi. Both are blessed with impressively long, relatively peaceful, sandy beaches.
You are free to swim, sail, windsurf, sunbathe and even scuba dive over here, as there is an extensive coral reef off Pu Isle, just in front of the beach. Kata itself offers all tourist related amenities such as accommodation, tour agents, shops and restaurants.