Royal Kingdoms of Thailand

Resort: Royal Kingdoms of Thailand
Operator: Saga
Destination: South East Asia
Price From: £1849.00

Temples, tea plantations and tribes

From Emerald Buddhas and tea plantations in Chiang Rai to the ornately decorated monasteries of Nan, you’ll walk in the footsteps of royalty on this tantalising Thai tour. Discover Sukhothai’s ‘Grand Canyon’ and Bangkok’s bustling flower market, whilst sampling authentic Thai cuisine and staying in fabulous hotels along the way.

Including…

10nights in hotels and 1 in flight

20meals: 10 breakfasts (B), 6 lunches (L) and 4 dinners (D)

  • VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Return flights and transfers
  • Optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a reduction if not required
  • Saga tour manager
  • Welcome drink reception
  • Porterage at all hotels

Excursions and visits

  • City tour of Chiang Rai
  • Visit to a tea plantation
  • Hill tribe visit
  • Wat Rong Khun The White Temple
  • Kwan Phayao Lake
  • Tung Hong Village
  • Nan National Museum
  • Wat Phra That Chae Haeng temple
  • Phae Mueang Phi – The Grand Canyon
  • Wat Phra That Suthon Mongkhon Khiri temple
  • Sukhothai Historical Park
  • Wat Tha Sung temple
  • Bangkok’s Flower Market
  • Bangkok’s Grand Palace
  • Farewell dinner at the Blue Elephant restaurant

Itinerary

Day 1
UK-Chiang Rai

After taking Sagas included UK door-to-door travel service to your departure airport, fly overnight to Thailand, often referred to as ‘The Land of Smiles’.

 

Day 2
Chiang Rai

Arrive and check into the Dusit Island Resort Chiang Rai (4Q), where you stay three nights. Enjoy dinner at your hotel. D

 

Day 3
Chiang Rai

Spend the morning at leisure enjoying the hotel’s facilities. In the afternoon, take a short orientation tour of Chiang Rai city. Soak up the welcoming atmosphere of the city, passing the glistening clock tower recently built by Thai national artist, Chalemchai Kasitpipat. Afterwards, visit the local market to witness every day Thai life. Continue on to visit Wat Phra Kaew, a temple that housed the original Emerald Buddha during the 13th century. B

 

Day 4
Chiang Rai

This morning we drive to Doi Wawee, a long-established Chinese community in the northern part of Thailand. Here, tea drinking is an important part of the culture and the process of planting tea has been taught through generations. Walk through one of the tea plantations where you will have hands-on experience of tea leaf picking and be able to chat with tea growers and learn more about the different qualities of tea leaves. Continue to a production factory to see the tea-drying process, enjoy a tasting and the opportunity to buy some Thai tea products. After lunch at a local Chinese restaurant, drive to Wawi town for a brief walk through the local market, followed by a visit to a hill tribe village. B, L

 

Day 5
Chiang Rai-Phayao-Phrae-Nan

Drive to Phayao, stopping en route at Wat Rong Khun, the ‘White Temple’ and Phayao Lake. Continue to Nan where you stay two nights at the Sasidara Resort (3Q). B, L, D

 

Day 6
Nan

Begin the day with a city tour of Nan and its National Museum, featuring exhibits on Nan history and architecture, along with Thai silverwork and tribal costumes. Afterwards, drive to Wat Phumin monastery to admire its beautiful wood-carved doors, followed by Wat Phra That Chae Haeng temple, boasting a 55-metre high golden chedi containing a holy relic. After lunch at a local restaurant, return to the hotel for some free time. B, L

 

Optional excursions

House of Chao Fongkham |1 Hour

Perhaps join an optional excursion to the beautiful House of Chao Fongkham, one of the last noble teak houses in the area, known for its historic heritage. The 150 year old building is now a fascinating museum.

 

Day 7
Nan-Phrae-Sukhothai

Head to Sukhothai, stopping at Phae Mueang Phi the ‘Grand Canyon’ of Thailand. Continue to ancient Phrae and Tung Hong Village, known for its production of morhom fabric. After lunch visit Wat Phra That Suthon Mongkhon Khiri temple with its 86 metre-long reclining Buddha. Afterwards, perhaps join an optional visit to Wat Chang Lom for a cocktail under its chedi. Stay the next two nights at The Legendha Sukhothai Resort (4Q). – B, L, D

 

Optional excursions

Cocktail at Wat Chang Lom |45 Minutes

Before checking into your hotel in Sukhothai, you can enjoy an optional visit to Wat Chang Lom where you can savour a refreshing cocktail under the chedi of this 800-year old temple, just outside of the resort. The temple is adorned with flickering candles, creating a warm ambience.

 

Day 8
Sukhothai

This morning take a trip to Sukhothai Historical park, capital of Thailand’s first kingdom. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its historical significance and can easily be explored by tram or on foot. After lunch at a local restaurant, enjoy further free time in the park. B, L

 

Day 9
Sukhothai-Uthai Thani-Bangkok

If you’re up early enough, perhaps visit a local market before returning to the hotel to check out. Depart for Bangkok, stopping at Uthai Thani en route where you can visit Wat Tha Sung temple with its spectacular ‘Crystal Hall’. After lunch at a local restaurant, continue to Bangkok, arriving early evening at The Ramada Plaza Menam Riverside hotel (4Q). Spend the remaining three nights of your holiday here. B, L

 

Day 10
Bangkok

This morning pay a visit to Pak Klong Talad, the ‘Flower Market’, by long-tailed boat from the hotel pier to Yodpiman pier. Afterwards continue on to the Grand Palace, a beautiful ancient Siamese court, formerly the residence of Bangkok kings. There are magnificent buildings to explore here, including the Emerald Buddha Temple. Make the most of free time to explore the city this afternoon. B

 

Day 11
Bangkok

Spend today at leisure exploring Bangkok before completing your tour with a special farewell dinner at the Blue Elephant restaurant, an elegant yet traditional Thai dining experience. B

 

Optional excursions

Tuk Tuk city tour of Bangkok |4 Hours

Take the opportunity to experience a tuk tuk ride around the city, starting at the Grand Palace and, time permitting, the largest amulet market in Bangkok, where you might stumble upon some good fortune before ending up at Wat Pho temple, known for its giant reclining Buddha.

 

Day 12
Bangkok-UK

After breakfast, travel to the airport for your flight back to the UK and your included UK door-to-door travel service home.B

 

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