Upon on arrival at international airport, and after clearing immigration and customs, meet up with your English speaking
guide holding a sign marked “Customer Name” and transfer to the hotel for check-in and rest.Chiang Mai (New City) was founded in 1296 by King Mengrai as the capital of the first independent Thai state, Lanna Thai (Kingdom of One Million Rice Fields). It
became the cultural and religious center of the northern Tai, those who had migrated from southern China to dwell in Thailand, and remained so throughout the
turbulent period of recurring Burmese attacks. The Burmese finally captured Chiang Mai in 1556 and occupied it until King Taksin retook the city in 1775, driving the
Burmese forces back to near the present border. Burmese influence on religion, architecture, language, cuisine, and culture, however, remains strong. The city stands on the Ping River, a major tributary of the Chao Phraya River.
Drive up Doi (Mount) Suthep to visit Wat Phrathad Doi Suthep (A . D .1384) 3500 feet above sea - level, the most sacred temple in Northern Thailand, containing a holy relic of Lord Buddha, with a challenging flight of over 300 steps, flanked by enormous mythological Nagas. A panoramic view of the city can be seen from
here. Then visit Wat Jed Yod (A.D.1455) with its seven - spire stupas.
Visit Sankampaeng District is the handicraft center which is the largest and most popular local handicraft factories. San Kampaeng Road. Both sides of the road are lined with factories and showrooms and observe the handicraft on Lacquer ware, Silverware, Hand-woven Silk and Cotton, Teak wood carving, Silver factory, Leather, delicate ceramics and celadon pottery kilns and world famous for
cotton umbrellas and paper parasols hand painted in varieties of designs. A special visit is made to Bor-Sang, a traditional umbrella-making village, where you can see the local people making umbrella or paper parasols in a variety of
pretty floral and animal designs.
In the early morning, take Offerings to Monk; purify your mind and learn how to give like Thai learn a part of Buddhism. Wake up early in the morning and take a ride to Kruba sri Vichai statue give offering to monk with local people. Travel back to the hotel and have breakfast. After breakfast, head out on an excursion to visit an elephant working site located at Mea Taman,
Chiang Dao District, approximately 70km from Chiang Mai.
Upon arrival, visit the elephant working camp and see the talent show from Elephants. Next, enjoy an exciting trek on an elephant back around camp through the jungle and along the river. Also have a chance to walk around the Lisu village in the jungle and see some product that made in their village. Lunch is on site at the camp.
Afterwards, board bamboo rafts along a very picturesque stretch of the Mea Ping River to see the beautiful scenery down the river. The rafting lasts about an hour but depends on the depth of the water and the speed of the current. Drive through different parts of the city, passing old city walls, gates and city moat, markets, residential areas, foreign consulates, government buildings and Tapae, Chiang Mai's main street.
Leave Chiang Mai for Chiang Rai then visit Wat Longkhun the beautiful temple was built in a unique style by Famous Thai architecture white construction delicate detail. It is Local temple but when you have seen, you will love it. And visit Hill tribe village, the Hill Tribe community in Mae Jan district where you can see 6 groups of hill tribe that settle down in Thailand. Meo, Yao, Akha, Long neck, etc.
Head to Mea Sai, a border town with Myanmar close encounter with local trading in an open air market. Continue to Golden triangle where its border with Laos and Burma. Visit an amazing Golden triangle. Across the border to Laos by long tail boat enjoy the view along Mea Kong River.
After breakfast, then drive to visit Phra Tamnak Doi Tung, this is a beautiful royal residence and garden with scenic view at the top of the mountain. This is one of her majesty the queen mother royal successful projects. And visit Phra That Doi Tung, the temple's most important structures are its twin chedis or stupas which were built in Lanna style by the king of Chiang Sean in pre-Thai days. The stupas were erected to enshrine relics of the Lord Buddha's collarbone in 911.
When the construction of the stupas was complete, King Achutaraj of Ngon Yang ordered a 2-Kilometer-long giant flag or Tung in Thai to be flown from the peak, which gave the mountain its name.
Then travel to Chiang Rai airport / or return to Chiang Mai
|Hotel||Name of Hotel||Room Type||Website|
|3*||Lanna Palace||Superior Rom||http://www.lannapalace2004.com/|
|4*||Wiang Inn Hotel||Deluxe||http://www.wianginn.com/|
|4+*||Holiday Inn Chiang mai||Deluxe Rive View||http://www.ihg.com|
|5*||Laluna Hotel & Resort||Pool View||http://www.lalunaresortchiangrai.com/|
|5+*||Rati Lanna Resort||Deluxe Suite||www.ratilannachiangmai.com|
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