Thailand round trip of an Australian couple

The 21-day round trip leads from Bangkok to the north of Thailand and was created individually for a couple from Australia. The trip combines cultural highlights with plenty of nature and stays in elephant camps. It first leads to Kanchanaburi in the west of Bangkok to sights such as the River Kwai Bridge and the Death End Railway. There they also spend the night in the first elephant camp. Then it's back to Bangkok and a Klong tour to a floating market, a real insider tip.
The journey leads via Ayutthaya and Sukhothai to Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. Local markets, the Doi Inthanon with its two twin pagodas, the Wat Doi Suthep temple and waterfalls await you there. The tour then continues to Chiang Rai with the White Temple of Chiang Rai, the Golden Triangle and another elephant camp. From there, they travel deep into the mountains of Chiang Rai with traditional hill tribes and scenic mountain landscapes. Finally, they return to Chiang Mai via remote routes.

Abbreviations: B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner

Travel Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Bangkok
Private transfer to the Chatrium Hotel Riverside.
Day 2: Departure for Kanchanaburi (B, L)
Visit to the Crazy Train Market and the River Kwai Bridge. Private boat trip with a longtail boat on the Kwai River. Drive to the station of the Death End Railway, where the movie "River Kwai Bridge" was produced. Ride on the Death End Railway along the most beautiful route. Overnight stay in Kanchanaburi.
Day 3: Visit to the elephant camp (B, L, D)
Visit to a wonderful elephant camp, where you will be given your own personal elephant. You will feed the animal, take it for a walk, ride on its neck and go swimming together in the river. Overnight stay in the camp.
Day 4: Spend time at the elephant camp (B, L)
A special ceremony awaits them, in which the elephants take part, before they have another opportunity to spend time with the animals. Return to Bangkok in the afternoon.

Day 5: The Secret Klongs of Bangkok (B, L)
Ride in a longtail boat through the klongs in a part of Bangkok that has so far remained untouched by tourists. Visit to another undiscovered floating market.
Day 6: Ayutthaya, the ancient royal city of Siam (B, L)
Exciting trip to Ayutthaya, partly by longtail boat. Visit to the Historical Park with destinations such as Wat Yai Chai Mongkol and the Royal Palace.
Day 7: Khmer temples and macaques (B, L)
Continue to Sukhothai. The route first leads to Lopburi, which is famous for its macaques, the Khmer temple and King Narai Palace. Another stop is in Phitsanoluk with the impressive Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat. Overnight stay in Sukhothai.
Day 8: The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sukhothai (B, L)
Visit to the King Ramkhamhaeng National Museum and the Historical Park with its 26 temples.
Day 9: Continue to Chiang Mai (B, L)
The journey along an ingenious route leads via Si Satchanalai to Chiang Mai.
Day 10: Explore Chiang Mai on your own (B)
The day is at leisure.

Day 11: Chiang Mai Special Mix (B, L, D)
Watch the monks at their morning meal collection, visit the large morning market and Buddhist rituals in Chiang Mai. Bicycle tour through the "Lost City" and climb Wat Doi Suthep.
Day 12: Doi Inthanon and the twin pagodas (B, L)
Drive to the highest mountain in northern Thailand with a stop at the Golden Temple. Visit to the twin pagodas and the beautiful gardens. Trekking tour through the forest and past two waterfalls to a small village that grows coffee.
Day 13: Weekly market (B)
The day is at leisure.

Day 14: The White Temple of Chiang Rai (B, L)
Drive to Chiang Rai with stops at hot springs, a Lahu mountain village, a coffee plantation and the famous "White Temple of Chiang Rai". Overnight stay in an elephant camp.
Day 15: The Golden Triangle (B, L)
Flexible organisation of the day with the guide, depending on how much time is spent with the elephants in the camp.
Day 16: Through the mountains to Fang (B, L)
The journey continues to the border town of Tachilek and then via Thaton to Fang. The route leads on small mountain roads through the mountains, away from all other tourists. Overnight stay in a very nice guesthouse.
Day 17: Spectacular mountain routes and viewpoints (B, L)
Drive up Doi Angkhang, visit traditional, non-touristy mountain villages and enjoy amusing observations on the border with Myanmar. Visit to a beautiful village. Overnight stay in a homestay.

Day 18: Back to Chiang Mai (B, L)
Learn about village life in a remote, typical Thai village. Visit to the Chiang Dao cave temple and one of the five most beautiful temples in Thailand. Overnight stay in the old town of Chiang Mai.
Day 19 & 20: Time for own plans (F)
The days are at leisure.
Day 21: Return flight to Sydney
Transfer to the airport and farewell.

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