Example Itinerary

An Exploration of Temples and Ancient Relics in Northern Thailand

Duration
9 days / 8 nights
Price Per Person
From $6,000
Destinations
Thailand

The north of Thailand makes a perfect haven for those with an appreciation of culture and a taste for adventure and authenticity. Delve into its history to learn about the ethnic minorities of the hill tribes and witness the remnants of the Lanna Kingdom. Stroll through vibrant markets, spend time in traditional villages, cruise down rivers, discover ancient ruins and relics, observe monks deep in prayer at Wat Tilok Aram and spend a day interacting with elephants throughout your incredible journey.

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Highlights

  • Ancient Wats: From the ruins of Sukhothai to the quaint temples of Nan and Phayao, each wat has a unique story.
  • Hill Tribe Heritage: Northern Thailand is home to a multitude of ethnic groups whose traditions continue to endure, despite the hardships of their complex histories.
  • Elephant Encounters: Due to the country's historic logging industry, Thailand sadly has more captive elephants than anywhere else in Asia. Remote Lands' expertise in this field ensures travelers visit only the most ethical of elephant sanctuaries.

Day-by-Day

Day 1

Uthai Thani

Depart Bangkok and journey to Ayutthaya, where you will visit a historically significant spot that was once the capital of Siam and explore the temples of Wat Mahathat and Wat Phra Sri Sanphet by tuk tuk. Continue to Wat Chai Wattanaram, and then head up north to Uthai Thani, stopping in Angthong to see the reclining Buddha.

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The expansive Iyara Lake Hotel is surrounded by a picturesque landscape a short drive from the Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary. The five types of its 362 beautifully decorated contemporary guestrooms feature Thai design aesthetics and luxurious amenities such as silk sheets, a private Jacuzzi tub, or even a sauna box.

This accommodation has been personally vetted by the Remote Lands team and is the best available in the area. More information on this property is available on the “Hotels” tab at the top of the page.

Day 2

Sukhothai

Today you’ll explore Uthai Thani and a traditional village, enjoy a cruise along the Sakae Krang River and witness the unique glass interior of Wat Chantaram (Wat Tha Sung). Take a stroll through the local market and after lunch drive to Kamphaeng Phet to visit the historical park. Roam around the Kamphaeng Phet National Museum before your arrival in Sukhothai for the evening.

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Why We Love This Hotel

Prosperity, Serenity, Romance: Sriwilai Sukhothai is built around these three pillars. Prosperity is emulated through the Lanna-style architecture and cultural nods to the Sukhothai era, the most prosperous in Thai history. Serenity is embedded in the peaceful natural surroundings, while romance is expressed in room design, the spa and the swimming pool area, inviting guests to unwind and reconnect.

Location: Sriwilai is a perfect jumping off point for exploring Sukhothai Historical Park, yet far enough away from the tourist sites to feel like a secret countryside retreat - the best of both worlds.

Sustainability: Both environmental and community iniatives are in place at this green resort, including solar energy, a waste water system, zero chlorine and ECOsmarte systems for swimming pools, as well as sourcing ingredients, textiles and pottery from local producers.

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Sriwilai Sukhothai Resort & Spa Preferred Hotel
About

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.

If our Preferred Hotel is unavailable, this accommodation is a reliable alternative and has been personally vetted by the Remote Lands team. More information on this property is available on the “Hotels” tab at the top of the page.

About

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.

If our Preferred Hotel is unavailable, this accommodation is a reliable alternative and has been personally vetted by the Remote Lands team. More information on this property is available on the “Hotels” tab at the top of the page.

Sukhothai
Sukhothai

Day 3

Sukhothai

Delve into Thai history at the Sukhothai Historical Park while exploring ancient ruins in the city (the name of which translates as "Dawn of Happiness”). Visit the three famous temples – Wat Mahathat, Wat Sri Chum and Wat Sri Sawai – peruse the Ramkhamhaeng Museum, and then drive north to the Si Satchanalai Historical Park, where the residence of the Crown Prince was located in the 13th and 14th centuries.

Day 4

Nan

Depart Sukhothai and visit an authentic Lanna town en route to Phrae. In Phrae, explore Vongburi House, a two-story teak mansion, and then make your way to the highly revered Phra That Cho Hae – founded in the Sukhothai era, this royal temple is believed to hold relics (hair elements) of the Buddha. Continue to Nan and drive up to Wat Phra That Khao Noi for sunset, where you’ll enjoy fantastic panoramic views of the surrounding area.

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Nestled in a verdant valley on the border of Laos, Nan is a haven for travelers seeking to explore the natural beauty and rich cultural heritage of northern Thailand. The resort's nine Lanna style bungalows and villas are constructed with teak wood and feature local aesthetics while offering a variety of modern amenities such as Wi-Fi access along with expansive views from the balconies.

This accommodation has been personally vetted by the Remote Lands team and is the best available in the area. More information on this property is available on the “Hotels” tab at the top of the page.

Nan
Nan

Day 5

Nan

Stroll through the bustling morning market in Nan before spending the day exploring the city on foot, where you can visit the stunning temples of Phra That Chae Haeng, Wat Phumin, and Wat Sri Panton. Enjoy the evening perusing the wares and handicrafts in Nan’s vibrant night market.

Day 6

Phayao

Depart Nan for Phayao and visit the Hill Tribes of Ban Rong Hi located near Kwan Phayao. Visit an ancient house, explore Wat Tilok Aram and watch the sunset at Kwan Phayao lake before visiting the night market located in Rob Wiang Pratu Klong Road. Take the opportunity to taste a wide variety of street food dishes and browse the stalls for souvenirs.

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Located along the lakefront in Phayao is Naga Tara Boutique Resort. The villas are basic and clean with modern amenities including complimentary WiFi, AC, TV, mini fridge, and ensuite bathroom.

This accommodation has been personally vetted by the Remote Lands team and is the best available in the area. More information on this property is available on the “Hotels” tab at the top of the page.

Phayao
Phayao

Day 7

Chiang Mai

Depart Phayao and drive to Chiang Mai. Once checked in at your hotel, enjoy the evening at leisure. Relax in your accommodation or roam the historic old town and participate in a wide array of activities – a night market lined with delicious street food stalls, a Muay Thai stadium, and a plethora of unique bars and restaurants.

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Why We Love This Hotel

Individuality: The 137 Pillars House is a recently opened, renovated, historically colonial boutique property of select suites.

Added Extras: Guests receive complimentary breakfasts, soft drinks and beer from the mini bar.

Location: Situated in one of Chiang Mai’s most stylish areas, by the Ping River and near unique art galleries, antique shops, coffee houses and just a stone’s throw from some of the cities most up-market nightlife venues.

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137 Pillars House Preferred Hotel
Why We Love This Hotel

Location: The vast resort grounds comprise verdant rice terraces and lush landscaped rainforest gardens over looking a stunning Thai mountain range in the distance.

Dining: Four superb restaurants and a handful of bars in beautiful locations serving Thai, Italian and international cuisine, as well as afternoon tea, signature cocktails and fine wines.

Facilities: Guests may enjoy plenty of world-class facilities including an award winning spa, fitness center, infinity pool, tennis courts, cooking school, library and children’s clubs.

Privacy: The hideaway resort is situated away from the hustle of Chiang Mai city, yet within easy reach of the areas attractions. There are five daily shuttle services to the city center.

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Four Seasons Chiang Mai Preferred Hotel

Day 8

Chiang Mai

Spend the whole day interacting with majestic Asian elephants. You’ll learn commands in the Thai language from the mahouts (trainers), help care for the elephants, and aid in their feeding and bathing routine. In the afternoon, climb the many stairs up to Doi Suthep and watch the sunset.

Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai

Day 9

Departure

After a relaxing breakfast, transfer to the airport and fly onward to your next destination.

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