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The fascinating Thailand
The fascinating Thailand

Duration : 8 days

Starting from : Bangkok

Ending at : Chao Phraya River Cruise

Duration : First time travelers, Romance, Adventure, Family

Overview :

The ultimate 8 day adventure, featuring the historical and natural wonders of historical Sukhothai and exotic Chiang Mai, the beautiful islands and beaches of Krabi, and Bangkok’s shopping, dining, and temple highlights!

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Day by Day Itinerary : Day 1 (Bangkok) - Day 2 (Chiang Mai) - Day 3 (Sukhothai) - Day 4 (Sukhothai) - Day 5 (Chiang Mai) - Day 6 (Krabi) - Day 7 (Bangkok) - Day 8 (Bangkok)

Bangkok

Day 1 : Bangkok - Chiang Mai

Bangkok

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 .

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 2 : 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 3 : Sukhothai

Sukhothai

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.

Si Satchanalai Historical Park is located on the bank of the Yom River . This may be visited after Sukhothai Historical Park . It is open daily between 8.30 a.m. - 4.30 p.m. The entrance fee required is THB 40 each.

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.

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 4 : 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

Day 5 : Chiang Mai - Krabi

Chiang Mai

Back to Bangkok and depart to 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 6 : Krabi

Krabi

Koh Phi Phi

Koh 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 7 : Bangkok

Bangkok

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.

Siam Square

This shopping area stretches from Rama 1 Road down to the Chulalongkorn University campus and from Phayathai Road over to Henri Dunant.

The area is home to Bangkok 's Hard Rock Cafe and is full of pubs, small shops, restaurants, cyber cafes, fast food outlets, clothing shops, cinemas, and book stores.

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.

The opening hours of the MBK center are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Monday to Sunday. It is situated at Phayathai Road , Bangkok 10330 Thailand . For more details, you can visit http://www.mbk-center.com/ or email at marketing@mbk-center.com or contact at: +66 2 620 9000.

Bangkok

Day 8 : 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

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 Roa

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

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).

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 SkyTrain to the Saphan Taksin stop and getting on the river boats there.