This three-day tour of Northern Thailand provides a fascinating window to the past. A trek through the stone formations of Phae Muang Phi, or ‘Ghost Canyon,’ demonstrates the power and ware of time on even nature's toughest elements. Next, visit Phrae, where a phantom teak industry has left behind an interesting fusion of European and Asian influence. Take in spectacular sights, including 15th-century temples, along the way to your next destination of Lampang. Here, you will tour the city by horse and cart and examine the crumbling walls around it.
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Upon arrival in Phrae, your guide will greet you and escort you to a local restaurant for lunch. This afternoon, you will visit Phae Muang Phi Forest Park, a natural landmark of the north. The park is full of small-to-medium size geological formations. Estimated to be as old as 30,000 years, the mushroom-shaped rock pillars are the result of subsidence and erosion over the centuries. Muang Phi translated means ‘ghost town’ as the park is the subject of many local fables. Return to Phrae and check in to the Heuan Na Na Boutique Hotel for a good night’s rest.
The day begins with a short tour of the walled city of Phrae, known as the Teak capital of Thailand a century past. Once a logging hub of the British and Danish, foreign business withdrew when resources ran out. Next, visit Khum Chao Luang, residence of Phrae’s former ruler. Built in 1892, the architectural style reflects a fusion of European and Thai influence, a remnant of the teak logging past. Stop by the Vongburi House, a teak house that was built by one of the prominent families of the area and is now a private museum. Following lunch, visit some of Phrae’s most fascinating temples – Wat Luang and Wat Phra That Cho Hae. Later in the day, you will be transferred by private vehicle to the city of Lampang. Spend the night at Auangkham Resort, a boutique hotel in the center of Lampang.
Prepare for a full day of sightseeing, beginning with stops at the Moungngwezin House and the magnificent Wat Phra Kaeo Don Tao, a stunning 15th-century temple. Sit back in a horse-drawn cart and take in the sights of Lampang. Pass along Wat Si Rong Muang, a stunning Burmese-style temple. Enjoy lunch beside the River Wang at the Riverside Restaurant before visiting Wat Phrathat Lampang Luang, one of the most magnificent temples in Northern Thailand. Heading toward Chiang Mai, stop at the vibrant Thung Kwian Market and Friends of Asian Elephant Foundation. You will be driven by private vehicle to your hotel in Chiang Mai.
Enjoy a visit to the town of Phrae in northern Thailand with a stay at the Phoomthai Garden Hotel. Built in the same colonial style as the rest of the town, the hotel exudes the traditional charm of Phrae, steeped in history, style and character. Choose between a Superior, Deluxe and Grand Deluxe room, each with air conditioning and complimentary WiFi. After spending the day exploring Phrae, guests can unwind with a drink in the Garden Terrace Bar overlooking the property’s lush garden before grabbing a bite to eat at the Phoomthai Kitchen. Guests may also enjoy massage services and complimentary bicycles, to truly indulge and explore.
Enjoy a stay in Lampang, Thailand at Auangkham Resort - a modest but cozy hotel featuring a beauty and massage center, private bathrooms, WiFi, and an airport shuttle. Rooms on the second floor offer spacious balconies while first-floor rooms walk out onto the hotel’s lush garden area, where guests can also enjoy outdoor dining. A great homebase for exploring the area, the hotel is a short drive to many of the region’s main sites and also offers bicycles for rent for those who want to get out and explore the beauty of northern Thailand by pedal.
Formerly The Chedi,Anantara Chiang Mai Resort is a riverside hotel that offers private courtyards and balconies in each of its 84 rooms and suites. The on-site restaurant includes a selection of Thai, Indian and international cuisines in addition to the two bars on the main and second level. The resort facilities include a large swimming pool, fitness centers, a shopping boutique and a spa. Anantara is approximately 15 minutes from Chiang Mai airport.
The Four Seasons Chiang Mai blends with its natural surroundings seamlessly, with trees growing between and around the resort, overlooking terraced rice fields and the mountains of the Mae Rim Valley. The resort has 64 boutique pavilions, each with a private veranda, as well as 16 private luxury residences. The Sala Mae Rim serves Thai cuisine and offers sweeping views of the valley below, and the Terraces have international dishes with a view of the Doi Suthep mountain range. The hotel has a health club with state of the art equipment, including a sauna, herbal steam room, whirlpool, cold plunge pool, 20-meter infinity edge swimming pool, a business center and wi-fi access. There are also mountain bikes available for use, along with maps of trails through the surrounding forest. The Spa at the Four Seasons Chiang Mai has seven treatment suites with rain shower massage tables and private herbal steam rooms. Professional spa therapists can help you choose the best treatment package for your needs. The hotel is 25 minutes from Chiang Mai International Airport.