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Itinerary for Thailand Travel Adventures 2017-18 Trip B
Northern & Central Thailand – 17 days in Thailand
November 24 – December 10, 2017

2017-18 Trip B Itineraries: Calendar  |  PDF – Calendar

We are planning to offer this trip again during January 2019.

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Boat Figurehead Sukhothai Noodles Mae Hong Son Resort Temple Roof Lisu Folk Making snacks Fish dish

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Itinerary is subject to change.

Travel Day, Thursday November 23, 2017 – Arrive Bangkok.


Nakhon Pathom Buddha Day 1, Friday, November 24, 2017 – Bangkok Sightsee the magnificent Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) and the adjoining Grand Palace. We'll lunch along the Chaophraya River and, if time permits, take a short canal tour to visit the Royal Barge Museum and the Ban Bu community known for its gorgeous, hand-crafted traditional bronzeware.

Boat FigureheadDay 2, Saturday, November 25, 2017 – Bangkok Explore the bustling market of Chinatown and enjoy a scrumptious dim sum brunch. Then we’ll visit the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall, housing the fabulous "Arts of the Kingdom" exhibit, and the exquisite Marble Temple (Wat Benjamabhophit). Dine on superb Thai cuisine at a fine neighborhood restaurant!

Day 3, Sunday, November 26, 2017 – Bangkok to Ayuthaya Leave Bangkok early for Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in Ratchaburi – explore quiet canals and be part of the hustle-bustle of a lively market afloat on boats. Visit Nakhon Pathom's huge Buddhist shrine dating back to the 5th century. In Ayuthaya, sightsee Wat Na Phra Mane and the awesome ruins of Wat Chaiwatanaram.

Day 4, Monday, November 27, 2017 – Ayuthaya to Sukhothai Explore the impressive remains of a glorious period in Thai history prior to the Bangkok era and a UNESCO World Heritage site – Wat Yai Chaimongkol, Wat Mongkolbhophit, Wat Phra Sisanphet, Wat Lokayasutharam, Wat Mahathat. On to Sukhothai.

Sukhothai NoodlesDay 5, Tuesday, November 28, 2017 – Sukhothai– Walk the atmospheric ruins of Thailand's first capital (a UNESCO World Heritage site) dating back nearly 800 years. Sightsee Wat Mahathat, Wat Si Sawai, Wat Sa Si, Wat Si Chum. In nearby Si Satchanalai, visit a textile museum, shop for local handicrafts, and explore a quiet weaving village to experience its traditional way of life.

Day 6, Wednesday, November 29, 2017 – Sukhothai to Mae Sa After a noodle shop breakfast, walk Sukhothai's bustling market, sampling local treats from street vendors. Continue our journey northward, stopping by an ancient temple and sacred pilgrimage site (Wat Phra That Lampang Luang) with elegant Lanna-style architecture and a history that predates Thailand's.

Day 7, Thursday, November 30, 2017 – Mae Sa Meander up the hills to a Hmong hilltribe village. Learn their culture and how they've benefited from our beloved King's Royal projects. Sightsee lovely Queen Sirikit Garden. Afternoon leisure time at our charming resort amidst gardens and cascading streams. Evening cultural exchange program with the Hmong.

Mae Hong Son ResortDay 8, Friday, December 1, 2017 – Mae Sa to Mae Hong Son Travel via Mae Sariang. Drive through picturesque canyon country lined with terraced fields and teak forests, stopping at scenic viewpoints along the way. Visit a renowned weaving center and a Karen hilltribe co-op textile center. In Mae Hong Son, we'll stay at a secluded nature resort by a forest preserve.

Mae Hong Son Market VendorDay 9, Saturday, December 2, 2017 – Mae Hong Son Refreshing morning market walk – mingle with hilltribe traders and their colorful wild produce and sample tasty snacks from friendly vendors. Walk around the quiet town, visiting Shan “Burmese”-style temples. Lunch on delicious local delicacies. Free afternoon to enjoy the solitude of our eco-resort.

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Day 10, Sunday, December 3, 2017 – Mae Hong Son After breakfast, we'll take a lovely drive to Fish Cave Park, followed by a visit to Pha Seua waterfall. Then, we'll take a scenic ride on a longtail boat up-river to the border post with Myanmar and have a fabulous lunch in town. Optional afternoon hike in the forest preserve near our resort for those interested.

Day 11, Monday, December 4, 2017 – Mae Hong Son Tour the beautiful mountainous country of Mae Hong Son. Take a rice paddy walk in a lovely valley and meet local farmers. Visit Pang Tong Palace and Royal Agricultural Station, a hilltribe village, and a Chinese refugee settlement near the border. Beautiful views and scrumptious Yunnan Chinese banquet-style luncheon!

Lisu Folk Day 12, Tuesday, December 5, 2017 – Mae Hong Son to Pai Drive through breathtaking country (foothills of the Himalayas) – one of Thailand’s most spectacular drives! Stop by a small Lisu hilltribe village for a walk and explore the extensive caves of Tham Lod near Soppong – raft down the stream flowing through the caves. Stay at a lovely garden inn outside Pai town.

Day 13, Wednesday, December 6, 2017 – Pai to Chiang Mai Drive down lush mountain country into Chiang Mai valley, land of the old Lanna kingdom, stopping at view-points along the way. Visit Mengrai Kilns, known for their gorgeous celadon ceramics – an age-old craft of the North. Dine on tasty northern cuisine, then walk the North’s largest Night Bazaar!

Making snacksDay 14, Thursday, December 7, 2017 – Chiang Mai Graze our way through lively Worarot market; shop for dried Thai herbs, mushrooms, spices, and cookware to take home. Tour the handicraft centers for which the North is known; see how traditional crafts are made, including silk, mulberry paper, silver, ceramics, lacquer-ware... More time at the Night Bazaar or get a massage.

Day 15, Friday, December 8, 2017 – Chiang Mai Sightsee historical temples in the “old city:” Wat Phra Singh and Wat Chiang Man. Then we'll head out of town to the extensive Royal Flora Park with an exquisite Royal Pavilion dedicated to our late King and a gorgeous orchid garden. In the afternoon, visit an impressive museum with the most amazing wood carvings.

Day 16, Saturday, December 9, 2017 – Chiang Mai "Pilgrimage” to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep – the North’s most revered temple on a mountain-top overlooking the city. Visit the old temple of Wat Jet Yod, then lunch on delectable northern specialties at a favorite Chiang Mai restaurant! Walk off our big lunch on the quiet grounds of tranquil Wat Umong Forest Monastery.

Fish dishDay 17, Sunday, December 10, 2017 – Chiang Mai to Bangkok – Return to Bangkok by air, arriving around mid-day. Eat our way through the city's finest and most colorful fresh food market, with top quality fruits and irresistible snacks. Shop for organic herbal products to take home. Farewell party & Feast! (with live traditional music and dance performance).

Travel Day, Monday, December 11, 2017 – Depart Bangkok.

Itinerary is subject to change.

We are planning to offer this trip again during January 2019.

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