I can say without question that while the scenery was extraordinary, the hotels luxurious, and the food beyond compare, it was the guides who made this trip beyond memorable for us.
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Exploring Thailand's Ancient Capitals

Enjoy a cultural, culinary and natural adventure as you step into the North of Thailand. The culture is contrastingly different to the country’s neighboring tropical South. The ancient capitals are still evident with vast, well-preserved ruins dotting the countryside. This four-day itinerary is the perfect way to see the ancient ruling lands of Thailand as you explore Sukhothai’s cities and finish in Chiang Mai.

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  • Bike between majestic temples in the fresh air
  • Revel in the beautiful bird’s-eye view of the sun rising over Sukhothai’s historical park
  • Sip coffee in an old-world, beautiful Moungngwezin House, restored to its original perfection
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Day 1
Bangkok - Sukhothai

Fly from Bangkok to Sukhothai. Sukhothai is located in the far North of Thailand, and can be translated to mean “the dawn of happiness.” Meet your guide and driver at the airport. You will be staying at a beautiful Thai-style boutique resort - The Legendha. Enjoy a dip in the spacious swimming pool or savor an authentic Northern dish in the resort’s restaurant. The food in the North of the country is vastly different from the South, and considered internationally delicious.

Day 2

Begin the day early with a sunrise visit to the fascinating history park near the hotel. After breakfast, take a bike ride in the fresh air to see Wat Sri Chum, Wat Phra Pai Luang and Thuriang Kilns. Thuriang Kilns produced the famous Sukhothai Celadon. After lunch inside the park’s restaurant, visit the Ramkamhaeng Museum and learn the history of Thailand’s first capital. Next, enjoy an extensive temple tour, visiting the Wat Mahathat and Wat Si Sawai. There are several interesting ruins within the city’s moats. Visit a ceramics factory and feel free to purchase any of the clay pottery you would like to take home with you. Finish the day at a bronze casting factory that specializes in producing statues of Ganesha and Buddha.

Day 3
Sukhothai - Si Satchanalai - Phrae

Begin the day visiting Wat Chetuphon and Wat Saphan Hin just east of the city. Gaze at a picturesque view of the historical park from above. Continue onto Si Satchanalai. Take the centuries-old road from Wat Bot to Sawaklok. Catch glimpses of several other ruins along the way. Si Satchanalai was once the second-most important town in the kingdom. Bicycle between the ruins of Wat Suan Kaew Uthayan Yai, Wat Chedi Chet Taew, Wat Nang Phaya and Wat Chang Lom. After a day full of historical culture, return to the hotel to relax for the night.

Day 4
Lampang - Chiang Mai

After breakfast, visit the gorgeous Moungngwezin House that has been restored to its original beauty. The house now has a gallery and coffee shop. Admire the old-world teakwooden viharn at Wat Koh. Next, visit the historical, majestic Wat Phra Kaeo Don Tao. In the afternoon, enjoy a horse-cart ride through Lampang and visit a Burmese-style temple - Wat Si Rong Muang. Explore the old city wall by foot. Have lunch alongside the Wang River at the delicious Riverside Restaurant. Drive to Wat Phrathat Lampang Luang - one of the most magnificent temples in Northern Thailand. After enjoying the serenity of the temple, drive to the most popular, vibrant city of the North - Chiang Mai. Stop by the lively Thung Kwian Market and visit the hospital of the Friends of the Asian Elephant Foundation. See how these people are making a difference in these animals’ daily lives and futures. End the tour in Chiang Mai. Choose to either extend in the friendly city or begin your journey home.


Suggested Accommodations

Legendha Sukhothai, Sukhothai Heritage Resort

Legendha Sukhothai

Modelled on a traditional Thai village, the Legendha Sukhothai is located near the heart of the old town and is adjacent to the beautiful Chedi Wat Chang Lom temple. This boutique resort boasts 62 fully-equipped rooms with classical teakwood furniture. Nham Khang restaurant offers classic Thai dishes in an authentic environment, and has a nightly traditional dance show. The resort also has an open-air saltwater swimming pool and spa.

Sukhothai Heritage Resort

Scenically situated amidst organic ricefields midway between the airport and the city, Sukhothai Heritage Resort is designed to blend seamlessly with Sukhothai’s ancient architecture and consists of 68 beautifully appointed rooms and suites, including luxurious Jacuzzi Suites. Traditional Thai fare is available at the Lotus Restaurant and Sala Sukhothai, while the Vanda Bar is the perfect place for a relaxing drink beside one of the resort’s two swimming pools.
Phoomthai Garden Hotel

Phoomthai Garden Hotel

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. 

Anantara Chiang Mai Resort, Four Seasons Chiang Mai

Anantara Chiang Mai Resort

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.


Four Seasons Chiang Mai

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.

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