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The Thailand Golden Triangle Tour - 8 days and 7 nights
   

Starts: Beijing;                                    Ends: Beijing
Itinerary: Beijing / Bangkok / Pitsanuloke / Lampang / Chiang Mai / Bangkok /  Beijing;    
Duration:  08 Days / 07 Nights
 


Thailand
 is often referred to as a golden land, not because there is precious metal buried underground but because the country gives off a certain luster, be it the fertile rice fields of the central plains, white sandy beaches or the warm hospitality of its citizenry. The route going up north from Bangkok to Chiangmai, Chiang Rai and GoldenTriangle is a 'classical' route and a good start. The interesting places to visit are: Bangkok, Ayuthaya, Lopburi, Sukhothai, Sri Satchanalai, Chiang Mai, ChiangRai. Traveling west from Bangkok, Kanchanaburi may be of interest, especially to those who still have war memories. While the province may be of interest for those who have time and want to relax in a pleasant green environment, it does not warrant a great detour, if you are on a tight schedule. Close to Chiang Mai, Lamphun is worth a half-day trip. You really should visit Chiang Rai and also the Golden Triangle. But, again, depending on your time available, you may skip this area. Phitsanulok, in between Bangkok and Chiang Mai, can be a good base to visit Sukhothai and Sri Satchanalai. Sri Satchanalai was the sister city of Sukhothai during the Sukhothai kingdom, and has some interesting ruins, though not as extensive as the ones in Sukhothai itself. All the cities above are connected by bus routes. 
  

Highlights

  • The former capital of Thailand, Ayuthaya
  • Ruins of this first capital of Thailand, Sukothai
  • Wat Phra Dhat, Lampang Luang
  • Wat Phra Singh, Chiang Mai
  • Traditional Kantoke Dinner, Chiang Mai
  • Hmong Hilltribe Lodge, Chiang Mai
  • Boat trip in Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai
  • Optional Bangkok City Tour
     


Starts: Beijing;                                    Ends: Beijing
Itinerary: Beijing / Bangkok / Pitsanuloke / Lampang / Chiang Mai / Bangkok /  Beijing;    
Duration:  08 Days / 07 Nights

 

Day 01: Beijing - Bangkok  

  • Your own transfer to catch the flight to Bangkok
  • Flight: TG615; 1705 / 2120; daily departure;
  • Meet upon arrival at Bangkok airport and transfer to your hotel to check in.
  • Have a good rest in your hotel.
  • Overnight in Bangkok

Day 02: Bangkok- Ayuthya–Lopburi - Pitsanuloke(B, L, D)  

  • Breakfast served at your hotel, then begin your 7-day coach tour with English speaking tour guide
  • In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel. Depart from Bangkok to Ayuthaya, the former capital of Thailand. (90km, around 2 hours driving) The principal sights are the gigantic bronze statues of Wat Mongkol Borpith, the three ancient pagodas at Wat Phra Srisanpetch and Wat Pranangcherng
  • Continue via Saraburi to Phra Buddha Badhwith its shrine of the holy footprint of Lord Buddha. Proceed to Lopburi for lunch (60km, around 1.5 hours driving)
  • Visit to the museum at Narai Raja Nives Palace, the Prang Sam Yod (Sacred Three Spired Pagoda), and the ruin of Wat Phra Sri Ratana Maha Dhat, as well as the Monkey Temple.
  • Proceed by bus to Pitsanuloke (240km, around 5 hours driving) and check-in your hotel
  • Overnight in Pitsanuloke

Day 03: Pitsanuloke - Sukothai - Sri Satchanalai - Lampang(B, L, D) 

  • Breakfast served at your hotel
  • Early morning visit Wat Maha Dhat with its revered Buddha statue, Phra Buddha Jinara
  • Then depart for Sukhothai (60km, 1.5hours driving), visit to the famous ruins of this first capital of Thailand (1257-1379). See Wat Maha Dhat, the Ramkamhaeng Museum, Wat Sra Sri and Wat Sri Chum. Lunch at a local restaurant
  • Continue to Sri Satchanalai, the northern outpost town of the Kingdom of Sukhothai, built by King Ramkamhaeng. Visit Wat Chang Lom, Wat Chedi Jet Thaew, Wat Nang Phya and Wat Phra Sri Ratana Maha Dhat which stands on the site of the Khmer fort called "Chalieng
  • Proceed to Lampang and check-in your hotel
  • Overnight in Lampang

Day 04: Lampang - Lampoon - Chiang Mai (B, L, D) 

  • Breakfast served at your hotel
  • Early morning depart for Wat Phra Dhat Lampang Luang housing the only Emerald Buddha besides the one at WatPhraKeo in Bangkok. Continue to visit Wat Phra Keo Don Tao, a very interesting Burmese style temple as well as Wat Chedi Sao with its many small pagodas
  • Proceed to Lampoon. Visit to the famous Wat Haripoonchai in Lampoon built in 1157, one of the most sacred monuments in the north.
  • Continue to Chiang Mai. Lunch at a local restaurant
  • Afternoon visit to the Handicraft Villages. See the manufacturing of lacquer ware, spinning and weaving of Thai Silk and how paper umbrellas are made. Also visit a famous Thai wood carving factory with the possibility to buy Burmese antiques.
  • Overnight in Chiang Mai

Day 05: Chiang Mai (B, L, D) 

  • Breakfast served at your hotel.
  • Morning Chiang Mai City Tour. Visit the most interesting temples in Chiang Mai such as Wat Phra Singh with its famous Buddha image, Wat Chiang Man, the oldest temple in Chiang Mai built by King Mangrai, and Wat Suan Dok which houses the remains of many generations of the old Chiang Mai Royal Family.
  • Also visit Wat Doi Suthep, tucked away in the mountains at 1,056 meters above sea level. Lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon is leisure time.
  • In the evening, enjoy traditionaKantoke Dinner with presentation of ancient dances from northern Thailand, followed by a performance of dances and songs of various hill tribes.
  • Visit the city's night market in search of bargains.
  • Overnight in Chiang Mai

Day 06:  Chiang Mai – Hmong Hill Tribe Lodge (B, L, D)

  • Breakfast serviced at your hotel
  • Early morning depart Chiang Mai to visit the elephant camp to watch the elephants taking timber into the forest. Then take a one-hour elephant ride into the jungle surroundings. Continue to visit the Orchid Farm and have your lunch
  • Proceed by pick-up truck to visit the Meo Hill tribe Village at Nong Hoi Mai and continue to Ban Meo Mae Ki. Then the afternoon is leisure time to discover the many activities in the hill tribe village.
  • Dinner at Hmong Hill tribe Lodge followed by presentation of Meo dances.
  • Overnight in Hmong Hill Tribe Lodge.

Day 07: Hmong Hill tribe Lodge – Thatorn-Chiang Rai (B, L, D) 

  • Breakfast served at your hotel.
  • Early morning depart for Fang and Thatorn via Chiang Dao. Short stop at the village of Chiang Dao for drinks and walk around the local market. Then visit to HuayLuek, a Meo hill tribe village.
  • After arrival in Thatorn, a small village just a few kilometers away from the Burmese border, you will have your lunch. Depart by motor boats for a five-hour journey down the Kok River, passing tiny hill tribe villages, bamboo huts and jungle
  • The first stop is made at the village of Mae Salah; a river check point. Further down the river, after passing a few rapids, visit a Lahu hill tribe village
  • The last stop before arriving in Chiang Rai is made at a cave housing many sacred statues of Lord Buddha. In the early evening arrival in Chiang Rai and check-in your hotel
  • Overnight in Chiang Rai

Day 08: Chiang Rai – Bangkok – Beijing (B, L)  

  • Breakfast served at your hotel.
  • Early morning depart Chiang Rai by minibus to visit the Golden Triangle where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos convene. Take a short boat trip on the Mekong River. Picnic lunch-box is provided.
  • Transfer to Chiang Rai Airport for the flight to Bangkok
  • Flight: TG135; 1545 / 1705; daily departure;
  • connecting
  • Flight: TG674; 2359 / next day 0540; daily departure except every Tue. Thu. & Sat.;
  • *end of service*
  • *TG- Thai Airways*; *B- Breakfast; L- Lunch;D- Dinner*


Price Information:

Tour Duration: 08 Days / 07 Nights
Tour Operates: Year Round / On Demand
Tour Price: Available upon request

Rates vary frequently. Please contact us to get the best possible price based upon your travel period and specific touring needs    

City
Hotel name & website
Room type
Package price
Bangkok
Standard room
Pitsanuloke
Standard room
Lampang
Standard room
Chiang Mai
Standard room
Hmong Hilltribe Lodge
Standard room
Chiang Rai
Standard room















 

Included Services:

  • All flights mentioned in the trip in economy class with ticket tax and Beijing airport tax
  • Accommodation at selected hotels
  • Professional English speaking local guide for all mentioned sightseeing
  • Seat-in-coach transfers mentioned in the program with air-conditioned vehicles
  • All meals mentioned in the program (B: breakfast; L: lunch; D: dinner)
  • First entrance fee for all sights mentioned in the program 

Excluded Services:

  • Meals not mentioned above.
  • Gratuities to guides and drivers and hotel porters.
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
  • All expenses not mentioned above.
  • Thailand visa

Thailand Visa Information:

  • According to the Interior Ministerial Announcements, passport holders from 48 countries and 1 special administrative region - Hong Kong - are not required to obtain a visa when entering Thailand for tourism purposes and will be permitted to stay in the Kingdom for a period of not exceeding 30 days on each visit
  • Those 48 counties including most of the western counting, such as Australia, Brazil, Canada France, UK and USA

Creating Unique Touring Experiences:

All the touring itineraries on this website have been carefully crafted by our in-country management teams and represent a series of experiences we can certainly recommend. However, we understand that every travel experience should be as unique and individual as each traveler. Our consultants are waiting to hear from you so that we can tailor or custom design a Thailand tour to your individual specifications


Things To Know Before You Go

Although most of the planning and preparation is taken care of for you, there are still a few things you should know and some details you should take care of to ensure your comfort, safety and peace of mind. Please review the following information before your departure to ensure that any surprises along the way will only be pleasant ones.

Getting Ready to Go

Trip Preparation:   

A little pre-planning can make your trip go a lot smoother. Several weeks before your trip, make a list of what you will need to take with you. Make sure your personal documents (passports, visas) are in order and that you have enough prescription medications to last through the trip. We suggest that you make photocopies of passports, visas, and any other important travel documents and pack them separately from the originals. Pack a list of medications including dosage and generic names. If you lose the originals while traveling, you'll have copies for easier reporting and replacement. We recommend that you pack a portable alarm clock. 

Passport and Visa

It is each traveler's responsibility to have a passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of departure and a visa, if required.
 
According to the Interior Ministerial Announcements dated 23 June 2554 (2011), passport holders from 48 countries and 1 special administrative region - Hong Kong SAR - are not required to obtain a visa when entering Thailand for tourism purposes and will be permitted to stay in the Kingdom for a period of not exceeding 30 days on each visit.
 
*Note: American, Canada, Germany, British and Australian are visa free*
 
1. Australia : Commonwealth of Australia
 
2. Austria : Republic of Austria
 
3. Belgium : Kingdom of Belgium
 
4. Brazil : Federative Republic of Brazil (****)
 
5. Bahrain : State of Bahrain
 
6. Brunei Darussalam : Negara Brunei Darussalam
 
7. Canada
 
8. Denmark : Kingdom of Denmark
 
9. Finland : Republic of Finland
 
10. France : French Republic
 
11. Germany : Federal Republic of Germany
 
12. Greece : Hellenic Republic
 
13. Hong Kong : Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
 
14. Iceland : Republic of Iceland
 
15. Indonesia : Republic of Indonesia
 
16. Ireland : Republic of Ireland
 
17. Israel : State of Israel
 
18. Italy : Republic of Italy
 
19. Japan
 
20. Korea : Republic of Korea (****)
 
21. Kuwait : State of Kuwait
 
22. Luxembourg : Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
 
23. Malaysia
 
24. Monaco : Principality of Monaco
 
25. Netherlands : Kingdom of the Netherlands
 
26. New Zealand
 
27. Norway : Kingdom of Norway
 
28. Oman : Sultanate of Oman
 
29. Peru : Republic of Peru (****)
 
30. Philippines : Republic of the Philippines
 
31. Portugal : Republic of Portugal
 
32. Qatar : State of Qatar
 
33. Singapore : Republic of Singapore
 
34. Spain : Kingdom of Spain
 
35. South Africa : Republic of South Africa
 
36. Sweden : Kingdom of Sweden
 
37. Switzerland : Swiss Confederation
 
38. Turkey : Republic of Turkey
 
39. United Arab Emirates
 
40. United Kingdom : United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
 
41. United States of America
 
42. Vietnam : Socialist Republic of Vietnam
 
43. Czech : Czech Republic
 
44. Hungary : Republic of Hungary
 
45. Liechtenstein : Principality of Liechtenstein
 
46. Poland : Republic of Poland
 
47. Slovak : Slovak Republic
 
48. Slovenia : Republic of Slovenia 
 
If you do not belong to the above 48 countries, you can apply for a visa with following items before you enter Thailand:
 
a.    original passport with at least 6 months of remaining validity
 
b.    two photos with white background and 2 inches
 
c.    one application form
 
d.    3 working days (a fast visa can be obtained within one day)
 
e.    visa fee: RMB80/ per person (Fast visa fee: RMB150/per person)

Climate & Clothing

Thailand's climate is tropical, high both in temperature and humidity, and dominated by monsoons. April and May are the hottest months of the year, when even the locals are moved to complain about the heat. June sees the beginning of the South West Monsoon, and brings with it the rainy season, which continues intermittently until the end of October. From November to the end of February the climate is much less trying with a cooling northeast breeze and a reduction in the humidity level. This is also the main tourist season, and the best time to visit Thailand.
 
The north and north-east are generally cooler than Bangkok in winter, and hotter in summer. In the far north, around Mae Hong Son temperatures can occasionally drop as low as 20C
 
Thailand's Average Temperatures

 
BANGKOK/
CENTRAL/EAST
SOUTH
NORTH
NORTHEAST
SUMMER (mid Feb to Apr)
27-36
27-34
22-37
25-37
RAINY (May to Oct)
25-33
26-32
24-31
25-33
WINTER (Nov to mid Feb)
22-32
25-32
15-28
17-30


 
BANGKOK/
CENTRAL/EAST
SOUTH
NORTH
NORTHEAST
SUMMER (mid Feb to Apr)
81-97
81-93
72-99
77-99
RAINY (May to Oct)
77-91
79-90
75-88
77-91
WINTER (Nov to mid Feb)
72-90
77-90
59-82
63-86
  
For the Western visitor there is no such thing as "cool". Just cooler than "hot" and "drier than humid", so light cotton clothing is the order of the day. Don't worry about bringing too much clothing with you, as almost everything can be purchased locally, at a fraction of the price you will pay at home. Do remember that the tropical sun can be quite fierce so a hat is useful, and don't forget to use a good sun screen  

Time Zone:

 Thailand is 07 hours ahead of GMT  

Currency information:

The currency of Thailand is the "Baht" - sometimes spelled "Bath" but pronounced to rhyme with "hot." One Baht is divisible into 100 Satang. Major credit cards are accepted by hotels and large shops, but "hard cash" is the preferred tender almost everywhere. Traveler checks are not widely accepted outside of hotels, so change them for cash at a bank exchange, which you'll find in any and every tourist destination. One USD is worth approximately 30.23 THB (2012)   

Electricity:

Electricity is on the 220 Volts AC/ 50-Cycle system  

Language:

Thai is the official language. English is widely spoken, especially in establishments catering to tourists  

Food and drink:

Thai food is traditionally fairly hot and spicy, but most tourist restaurants tend to tone down the heat for the more fragile Western palate. Most Thai food is prepared with fresh ingredients, such as lemon grass and coriander. Rice is commonly eaten with most meals. Popular fruits are papaya, jackfruit, mangosteens, rambutans, pomelos (similar to grapefruits) and, above all, durians, which farangs (foreigners) either love or hate. The thorny fruit has a rather malodorous scent which has even resulted in many hotels banning them from their premises. Excellent food can be found at the stalls of the many street vendors around the country as well as top-notch eateries. There are also many Asian and European restaurants throughout the major cities and smaller towns.

Specialties: 
 
  • Tom yam (a coconut-milk soup prepared with makroot leaves, ginger, lemon grass, prawns or chicken) 
  • Gang pet (hot 'red' curry with coconut milk, herbs, garlic, chili, shrimp paste, coriander and seasoning)
  • Pad Thai (stir-fried rice-noodles) served with shrimp or chicken and garnished with peanuts
  • Desserts include salim (sweet noodles in coconut milk)
  • Well worth trying is sticky rice and mangoes (rice cooked in coconut milk served with slices of mango)
  • All water should be regarded as being potentially contaminated. Water used for drinking, brushing teeth or making ice should have first been boiled or otherwise sterilized. Milk is unpasteurized and should be boiled. Powdered or tinned milk is available and is advised. Avoid dairy products that are likely to have been made from unboiled milk. Only eat well-cooked meat and fish. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled 

Tipping:

Tipping is not obligatory in most places. Most hotels and restaurants will add a 10% service charge and a 7% government tax to the bill  

Making Telephone Calls from One Country to Another

When dialing a number from one country to another, you should proceed as follows: dial your country's Exit Code + destination Country Code + Phone Number.
 
For most countries, the exit code is 00. Exceptions include the USA and Canada (011), Hong Kong (001), Australia (0011), and Russia (8 Pause 10*). For Brazil, please consult with the local telephone company. If the international number you wish to call starts with a 0 (zero), you must drop this starting digit when dialing the number. You can also visit this website to check details: http://www.countrycallingcodes.com/


 

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