Essence of Siam

(1 customer review)

$ 895.00

10 days Bangkok – Ayutthaya – Lopburi – Phitsanuloke – Sukhothai – Chiang Rai – Chiang Mai


Day 1 Bangkok – Arrival
Arrival in Bangkok
For many travelers, Thailand is the perfect gateway to Southeast Asia and its exotic delights. Straddling the great Chao Phraya River, 12 miles upstream from the Gulf of Thailand, Bangkok is an exuberant and exhilarating metropolis of seven million people. Founded by Rama I in 1782, it is one of the world’s most exciting cities, highly regarded for its trendy nightclubs, cosmopolitan dining scene, and its markets, magnificent temples and palaces, offering something to everyone.

Arrive at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi airport where you will be met and greeted by your guide, waiting for you at the exit gate with a signboard. You will be transferred to your hotel for check-in. The rest of the day will be free: you can enjoy the facilities of your hotel, explore the surroundings or rest at leisure.

Furama Xclusive Sathorn (Deluxe Room) or similar

Day 2 Bangkok (B)
Breakfast at the hotel before your morning excursion: half day city & temples excursion
Join one of our most popular tours, bringing you along 3 of the most stunning temples Bangkok has to offer! It features the “Wat Traimit” with its 5, 5, ton heavy Golden Buddha Image, Wat Chetuporn (commonly known as Wat Pho), that boasts the over 45-meters long Reclining Buddha. Wat Pho is also regarded as the first center of public education and is sometimes called Thailand’s first university. Mural paintings, inscriptions, and statues found in the temple educated people on varied subjects such as literature, warfare, archaeology, astronomy, geology, meditation. Not to forget, Wat Pho is also considered the home of the world-renown Thai traditional massage. The tour ends with a visit to Wat Benchamaborpit (also known as the Marble Temple): a representation of an outstanding success of marriage between Italian Carrera marble and classical Thai architecture.

Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 3 Bangkok (B)
We take an excursion to the Damnoen Saduak and visit the floating market. Continue to drive through the countryside to Kanchanaburi where we will visit the famous bridge over the River Kwai and the nearby World War II Cemetery. Enjoy a boat trip on the River Kwai before return to Bangkok.

Day 4 Bangkok – Ayutthaya – Lopburi – Phitsanuloke (B/L)
Depart Bangkok in the morning for northern Thailand. Our first stop is at Bang Pa In, the former summer residence of the kings of Ayutthaya built in the 18th century. There we’ll visit the Royal Palace, the Thai pavilion, the Chinese-style Palace Vihat Chamrun with their trimmed bushes in elephant shapes. Continue to Ayutthaya, which used to be the capital of Siam from 1350 to 1767 and visit the most interesting temples. Proceed to Lopburi, visiting Phra Prang Sam Yod, a temple with three towers and impressive ornaments as well as the shrine of the Hindu Goddess Kali at the Sarn Prakarn Temple. Lunch at a local restaurant then continue on to Phitsanuloke.

Accommodation at Topland Hotel or similar

Day 5 Phitsanuloke – Sukhothai – Chiang Rai (B/L/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. Proceed to Sukhothai, the first capital (13th century) of the Thai Kingdom. Old Sukhothai is one of Asia’s most important historical sites and therefore under the supervision of UNESCO. After a visit of the temples Wat Sra Sri and Wat Sri Chum, we continue to Sri Satchanalai, the former sister town of Sukhothai for lunch and a visit to some of its most interesting temples and ruins. We drive further North to Chiang Rai and check in at your hotel.

Accommodation at Wiang Inn Hotel or similar

Day 6 Chiang Rai (B/L/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. North Thailand is well known for its exotic hill tribes and this morning we will visit some of their villages. The drive takes us on narrow hilly roads through the beautiful landscape with spectacular views to the villages of the Akha and Yao hill tribes. Then drive to Mae Sai, which is the most northern town of Thailand on the border of Burma. Take lunch then continue to the center of the famous Golden Triangle,
the meeting point of the borders of Burma, Laos and Thailand. For those who would like to come even closer to the border of Burma and Laos, an optional trip by boat on the Mekong River will be on offer. Visit the old Opium House before continuing to the provincial town of Chiang Saen, which is located at the scenic borders of the Mekong River. Return to the hotel.

Accommodation at Wiang Inn Hotel or similar

Day 7 Chiang Rai – Chiang Mai (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Mae Ka Chan, which is famous for its hot springs. Then we continue our trip through scenic hillsides and jungles to Chiang Mai, the “Rose of the North “. Lunch at a local restaurant before arrival into Chiang Mai. Drive to Wat Phra Dhat Doi Suthep mountain temple then continues to the hotel. In the evening, a traditional Kantoke traditional dinner is on the program. Typical Thai dishes from the northern
region are served while elegant Thai dancers are performing.

Accommodation at Park Hotel or similar

Day 8 Chiang Mai (B/L/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning we visit an elephant camp to see how elephants work and maybe take an optional elephant ride. Visit the Orchid & Butterfly Farm before taking a local lunch. Visit the handicraft villages at San Kampaeng The various traditional handicrafts are fascinating to watch and there are chances to purchase the pieces also.

Accommodation at River Kwai Jungle Rafts or similar

Day 9 Departure Chiang Mai (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer from the hotel to Chiang Mai Airport for your departure flight

Low Season
Land only per person based on sharing

  • For 10 or more passengers: $895
  • For 6-9 passengers: $1050
  • For 3-5 passengers: $1125
  • For 2 passengers: $1375
  • Single supplement: $315

Should Season
Land only per person based on sharing

  • For 10 or more passengers: $950
  • For 6-9 passengers: $1075
  • For 3-5 passengers: $1150
  • For 2 passengers: $1400
  • Single supplement: $350

High Season
Land only per person based on sharing

  • For 10 or more passengers: $975
  • For 6-9 passengers: $1095
  • For 3-5 passengers: $1180
  • For 2 passengers: $1425
  • Single supplement: $375

Additional information


Through this trip, you will travel around Thailand’s ancient cities and see each province’s cultural highlights. The program especially includes the visit of numerous beautiful temples, the authentic Sukhothai Historical Park and local customs as Sankampaeng home industries or the entertaining Kantoke dinner. You will also have the chance to meet with hill tribes, to uncover their way of life and to be amazed by admiring their colorful traditional outfits.


Guaranteed departure on any days for minimum 1 traveler.


Bangkok: Furama Xclusive Sathorn (Deluxe Room) or similar
Phitsanuloke: Topland Hotel or similar
Chiang Rai: Wiang Inn Hotel or similar
Chiang Mai: Park Hotel or similar


– Transportation by 4×4 WD with English speaking guide.
– Elephant ride, Ox cart ride, Bamboo rafting and Boat trip.
– Accommodation in hotel as mentioned.
– Meals as specified.


◾International Airfare/train ticket, Call 1-888-887-1688 to get a quote from your home city
◾Travel insurance. visa fees, gratuities, drinks, personal spending and optional activities.
– Other meals than mentioned in the program.
– Expenditure of a personal nature i.e. laundry, telephone bills, drinks, souvenirs etc.
– Air ticket and airport tax.


Should you have any further questions, please call 1888-887-1688 for assistance or chat online with us.

1 review for Essence of Siam

  1. Travel Agent

    I just wanted to let you know that I received feedback yesterday from my client Amber’s trip to Thailand! She apologised for the delay in emailing but wanted to say how much she enjoyed the trip.
    She had a fantastic time and the tours she said were amazing, along with the tour guides and driver.
    The only negative point she mentioned was the Village Show. She enjoyed the lunch at Rose Garden Resort and they had areas set up before the show to learn and take part in different customs which was interesting. However, the show itself was very underwhelming at only 20% occupancy and she thought probably more suited to younger children and families.
    She was very appreciative and said she got to experience so much culture and hopes to re visit Thailand at a later date.

    From a Travel agent in Oakville, Ontario

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