Pre or Post Famil 1: Cultural Treasures, The Highest Summit, The Best Eco Village
August 14, 2018 - August 21, 2018 -
Located amongst the highest mountains in the country, Chiang Mai is the largest and probably the most culturally significant city in Northern Thailand. This tour is designed to showcase the region’s beautiful temples as well as share an insight into some of the local arts and crafts. On the last day, you will visit the award-winning Mae Kampong Eco Village in the mountains.
Chiang Mai means “new city” and was so named because it became the new capital of the Lanna Kingdom, succeeding Chiang Rai. The modern city has now grown up around ancient Chiang Mai, but a short drive will take you to rain forested national parks, cascading waterfalls, bubbling hot springs and peaceful country villages, as well as hiking trails, tree-top adventures and elephant sanctuaries.
PRE – TUESDAY 14 AUGUST | POST – SUNDAY 19 AUGUST
Bangkok – Chiang Mai
AM: Depart from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
07:55 Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK)
09:15 Chiang Mai International (CNX)
AM: Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
This temple is near the top of Doi Suthep (Mount Suthep), about 30min drive from Chiang Mai town. It is Chiang Mai’s most reputable temple and when the sky is clear, its stunning golden pagoda can be seen from Chiang Mai town.
Lunch at Meena Rice Based Cuisine – an organic food restaurant
PM: Experience Green route “เขียว ชม เมือง” by exploring Wat Chiang Man (the first temple in Chiang Mai), Wat Loke Molee (a huge Chedi and beautiful Viharn), Wat Sri Supan (Silver Temple) and the silver crafts shops along Wua Lai Street. (On Sundays, there is a Sunday Night Walking Street in Chiang Mai Old Town.)
Overnight in Chiang Mai
PRE – WEDNESDAY 15 AUGUST | POST – MONDAY 20 AUGUST
AM: Doi Inthanon National Park – Kio Mae Pan Nature Trail / Vachirathan Waterfall
Doi Inthanon National Park is also known as “The Roof of Thailand”. The park is part of the Himalayan mountain range, elevation ranges between 800 and 2,565 meters with the highest peak at Doi Inthanon which is the highest point in Thailand. The main attractions here are the summit of Doi Inthanon for its spectacular views of early morning, waterfalls, few trails and the two stupas dedicated to King Bhumibol’s and Queen Sirikit’s 60th birthday anniversaries.
PM: Dinner at Khum Khantoke for traditional meal and performance
Overnight in Chiang Mai
PRE – THURSDAY 16 AUGUST | POST – TUESDAY 21 AUGUST
Chiang Mai – Bangkok
AM: Mae Kampong Eco Village
Admire the local ways of life and wisdom, amusement and Thai blessing ceremony in Ban Mae Kam Pong, which is awarded one of Thailand’s best eco-tourism attractions. Visit the occupation groups see the making of local hats, bamboo furniture making, bamboo handicraft, herbal products and the process of old tea leave fermented processing.
Visit Wat Khantha Phueksa: the old and only Buddhist temple in the community. It was built around 1953 B.E., with the unique style of Northern Thai architectures. The main hall was built in the middle of water to serve as the marking stone, as for the central Thai culture.
Depart Chiang Mai for Bangkok
TG2161 Thai Airways (operated by Thai Smile Airways)
12:20 Chiang Mai International (CNX)
13:35 Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK)