Experience the highlights of northern Thailand on this four-day tour from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Delve into the wartime history of Kanchanaburi with its famous Bridge over the River Kwai, wander the atmospheric ruins of two former Thai capitals at Ayutthaya and Sukhothai, and soak up the natural beauty of Thailand along the way.
From the bustle of Bangkok, head northeast through the lush landscapes of Kanchanaburi to uncover its notorious wartime history along the Thai-Burma Railway. Pay your respects at the War Cemetery where those Allied POW soldiers who perished are now buried and visit the famed Bridge over the River Kwai. Witness the natural beauty of the Erawan waterfall en route to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historical park of Ayutthaya – the capital of the Kingdom of Siam from 1350 until it was razed by the Burmese in 1767. Ayutthaya took over from Sukhothai in the mid-14th century, and it is here that you will travel next to explore its atmospheric ancient ruins. Spend time wandering the twin city ruins of Si Satchanalai just to the north and admire the Lanna-style architecture of Wat Phra That Lampang Luang, before arriving in the former Lanna Kingdom capital of Chiang Mai.
You will be picked up from your Bangkok hotel at 8am for the magnificent journey north-west to Kanchanaburi. Visit the famous Bridge over the River Kwai, the notorious Death Railway and the War Cemetery which holds the remains of nearly 7000 Allied POWs who died building this railroad from Thailand to Burma.
Overnight at a hotel in Kanchanaburi
After breakfast at your hotel, we will depart at 8am and travel to the most beautiful waterfall in the region – Erawan. Refresh in its turquoise waters before heading towards the former capital and historical park of Ayutthaya. Stop for lunch at an authentic local restaurant along the way, then explore the atmospheric palace and temple ruins of the former Kingdom of Siam capital.
Overnight at a hotel in Ayutthaya
Following breakfast at the hotel, you will depart Ayutthaya to explore the former Kingdom of Sukhothai which existed from 1238 until 1583. Serving as Thailand’s first capital, Sukhothai’s ruins are scattered just outside of its modern city, offering a fascinating glimpse into the religious, social and political life of the period.
Overnight at a hotel in Sukhothai
After breakfast at the hotel, you will depart at 8am for the journey north to the twin towns of the Si Satchanalai Historical Park. Translating as ‘City of Good People’, Si Satchanalai was founded in the mid-13th century, with many of its ancient palaces, temples and Buddha figures still standing today.
You will have lunch in Lampang, then visit the most important temple in the region, Wat Phra That Lampang Luang – one of the best surviving examples of Lanna-style temple architecture in Thailand. You will also have time to visit Lamphun, one of the oldest and most captivating cities of the Lanna Kingdom, before arriving in Chaing Mai in the evening.
Overnight at a hotel in Chiang Mai