Beginning of services – Asia My Way -
Day 01 : BANGKOK
Free lunch and dinner – night in Bangkok
You are welcomed to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport by our local team and your English speaking guide and transfer by air-conditioned vehicle to the city center. Check in at your hotel and discovery of the capital. This new metropolis has a frenetic atmosphere combined with an ancient history. Visit the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew where you can see the Emerald Buddha. Continue to Wat Pho, to see the largest number of Buddha lying in the city. Visit the market of amulets, or Chinatown. Lunch during the visits. Dinner and overnight in Bangkok.
Day 02 : BANGKOK
Free lunch and dinner – night in Bangkok
After breakfast, continue to explore the Thai capital. Visit the house of Jim Thompson, the American mysteriously disappeared in 1967. Its teak house includes a large collection of Thai Art. Visit the National Museum which houses a large civilization collection. End your day in the old colonial quarter and admire the Oriental hotel. Free lunch and dinner, overnight in Bangkok.
Day 03 : BANGKOK - AYUTTHAYA - PHIMAI - NAKHON RATCHASIMA
Free lunch and dinner – night in Nakhon Ratchasima
Drive to Phimai. Lunch during the visit. Visit the Historic Site and Phimai Prasat Museum, Buddhist temple, considered as one of the finest examples of the spread of Khmer Art in the Isan Plain. It is part of sanctuaries series scattered along the main road to Angkor Wat. It was built under the Khmer leaders Suryavarman I and Jayavarman VII, between the 11th and 12th centuries. Drive to Khorat, now called Nakhon Ratchasima, free dinner and overnight in Nakhon Ratchasima.
Day 04 : NAKHON RATCHASIMA – PHANOM RUNG – MUANG TAM – BURIRAM
Free lunch and dinner – night in Buriram- 6,5h drive, 329km
Breakfast at hotel. Explore the Maha Wirawong National Museum, located inside the Wat Sutthachinda, the museum contains collections of carved wood objects, ceramics and sandstone statues dating from the Khmer and Ayutthaya periods. Continue to Phanom Rung via Dan Kwian a pottery village. The village of Pak Thong Chai is famous for silk weaving, there you can visit a workshop. Then, continue your way to the famous Angkor-style temple of Phanom Rung, built in the early 10th to the end of the 12th century. This temple dominates the surrounding plain and gives the impression to reach heaven. Transfer to Muang Tam, on the way visit Tam Meuang Prasat built in the 11th century. This temple surrounded by water is called "the City from below", compared to Prasat Phanom Rung perched on two hills. Free lunch. After this break, travel to the east along the border with Cambodia and through small villages and crops. Stop at Ta Muen Prasat Thom. These three small buildings are located in the jungle on the border between Thailand and Cambodia. The access stairs of the last cottage Ta Muen Thom is already in Cambodia. These buildings from late 12th - early 13th on the main roads of the Kingdom were built every 15 to 20 km. Drive to Buriram, free dinner and overnight in Buriram
Day 05 : BURIRAM – PRASAT SI KHORAPHUM –THA TUM VILLAGE – SURIN
Free lunch and dinner – night in Surin - 4h drive, 203km
Breakfast at hotel, then drive to Wat Ra Ngaeng, a small temple located in Si Khoraphum, built in the 12th century by King Suryavarman II for Hindu worship. Free lunch. Discover the elephant’s village in Tha Tum, member of the "Save Elephant Foundation”, the "Elephant Study Center" is located in an ancient Kui village, Baan Tha Klang. In 2005, a provincial agency has launched an initiative to gather the mahouts who often had to beg to feed their elephants with their families. The mahout must be free at least 3 hours per day and are no longer used to work for tourists. Visit the Surin National Museum to allow you to discover the history of the Province and the way of life of its various ethnic groups. City walk and free dinner. Overnight in Surin.
Day 06 : SURIN – KANTHARALAK - UBON RATCHATHANI
Free lunch and dinner – night in Ubon Ratchathani - 5h drive, 238km
Breakfast at hotel and transfer to Kantharalak. Free lunch. Visit Khao Preah Vihear, a "Jewel of Khmer Art". Perched on a cliff overlooking the surrounding plain. The cliff on which stands the temple is sacred for centuries. The sanctuary is originally dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, dates back to the period known as Koh Ker, 928 to 944. After this remarkable visit, transfer to Ubon Ratchathani, free dinner and overnight in Ubon Ratchathani.
Day 07: UBON RATCHATHANI – CHONG MEK (EMERALD TRIANGLE) – PHA TAEM – KONG CHIAM
Free lunch and dinner – night in Khong Chiam - 4,5h drive, 234km
Breakfast at hotel, explore the Supattanaram Temple and Wat Thung Sri Muang, building with stunning architecture mixing Thai, Laotian and Burmese styles. Continue to the National Museum, this beautiful place houses three of the oldest stones engraved with the country. Drive to Chong Mek, a small town on the border with Laos. Lunch during the visit. Visit Pha Taem National Park to discover some of its 300 rock paintings, with views over Laos. Cruise to Khong Chiam on the Mekong River, very friendly small town situated at the confluence of the Mun River and the Mekong, continue towards the Kaeng Tana National Park to visit a dense forest with waterfalls. Dinner and overnight in Kong Chiam.
Day 08 : KHONG CHIAM – MUKDAHAN – ROI ET
Free lunch and dinner – night in Roi Et - 6h drive, 373km
Breakfast at hotel and drive to Mukdahan through beautiful mountains. Lunch at a local restaurant offering beautiful views over the Friendship Bridge linking Thailand to Laos. Visit a traditional village 'Lao-Isan' located on the Korat Plain. Mukdahan region has a lot of attractions with ancient sites, interesting architecture in an unusual style and stunning landscapes such as waterfalls, forests and beautiful beaches like Kaeng Kabao. The mythical Mekong River originates in Tibet, ends its journey in the delta of Vietnam. All along the river, visit various places with cave paintings marking the "prehistoric" presence of human beings. Continue to Roi Et. The vast plains of Thung Kula Rong Hai have been transformed into productive and fertile agricultural land, where high quality rice is produced. The capital of the province experienced a relatively recent development, its main attraction remains its largest artificial lake "Bueng Phalan Chai" in the middle of which there is an island containing a recreation center. Off the beaten track, Roi Et gives the opportunity to experience the life and culture of the northeast of Thailand. The aquarium contains a wide variety of aquatic animals from the Isan region. Visit Wat Buraphaphiram. The temple is distinguished by its Buddha statue of Luang Pho Yai. This high statue of 59.20 m is the largest image of Buddha in Thailand with a museum containing several rooms. Arrive at your hotel and installation. Free dinner. Overnight in Roi Et.
Day 09 : ROI ET – KHON KAEN - UDON THANI
Free lunch and dinner – night in Udon Thani - 5h drive
Breakfast at hotel. Then transfer by private air-conditioned vehicle to Khon Kaen. Regional center and university town, despite its status as a modern city, Khon Kaen has an interesting historical past from prehistoric times (dinosaur fossils have been discovered on site). Visit Khon Kaen Museum, it presents beautiful exhibitions of ancient civilizations, objects found in the North East from the prehistoric Ban Chiang civilization and the Khmer period. Visit Phra Mahathat Kaen Nakhon, very pleasant lakeside place in the city center. Free lunch. Drive to Baan Chiang to visit the archaeological site, a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1992. The site is divided into Ban Chiang National Museum which displays prehistoric artifacts and outdoor excavations with bones and other remains. Then visit to Udon Thani, its farm Orchid "Udorn Sunshine" where Thai cultivates and sells a variety of new fragrant Thai orchid. This unique hybrid is the first orchid in the world used for the creation of perfumes. Free dinner. Overnight in Udon Thani.
Day 10 : UDON THANI - NONG KHAI - SI CHIANG MAI - LOEI - PHU RUEA
Free lunch and dinner – night in Loei
After breakfast, drive to the small town of Nong Khai, a border town with Laos. You can discover the bridge of friendship linking the two countries. This is an important place for trade, take time to explore the markets offering a glimpse of Laos. The city is located on the banks of the Mekong. Continue to Si Chiang Mai and the city of Loie, with the possibility to discover a Thai vineyard. Then drive to Phu Ruea, free dinner and overnight in Phu Ruea.
Day 11 : LOEI - PHRAE - NAN
Free lunch and dinner – night in Nan
After breakfast drive to Phrae, visit the city and discover the Lanna culture. Walk in the city center to see the main temples, traditional wooden houses and local Lanna architecture. Wat Chom Sawan is similar to an ancient royal palace in Mandalay (Burma). Built between 1910 and 1912, it is one of Shan monasteries. Free lunch. Drive to Nan dating from the Sukhothai period (1238-1350) and its several Buddhist temples. The oldest, Phrathat Chae Haeng is supposed to have over 600 years, and is dominated by a graceful golden pagoda. Wat Chang Kham Wora Wiharn was built in the early 16th century. Elephant’s walls support the square base of the pagoda. Phumin Wat built during the late 16th century contains a chapel that contains a unique representation of Buddha. Wat Ming Muang has rococo architecture style. In the afternoon discover the Nan National Museum located in the palace of the last two feudal lords of Nan, covering the various ethnic groups in the province. Free dinner. Visit the Night Market, Thai food and many stalls. Overnight in Nan.
Day 12 : NAN - PHAYAO - CHIANG RAI
Free lunch and dinner – night in Chiang Rai
Drive to Phayao. On the way discovery Mae Yom National Park with teak forests, waterfalls and hot springs. This is probably one of the most beautiful national park in Thailand with a large wildlife including elephants, deer, mountain goats, the Asiatic black bear. Continue to Phayao. Then visit Analayo Wat temple built on the side of a mountain with a huge Buddha that sits at the top, splendid views over Phayao lake. On the banks of the lake you can visit Wat Sri Khom Kham with an important Buddha image of approximately 17m high and 14m wide. A Folk Museum close to the Lake contains antiques and exhibitions of local lifestyles. Lunch during visits. Then drive to Chiang Rai. Free dinner and overnight in Chiang Rai.
Day 13 : CHIANG RAI
Free lunch and dinner – night in Chiang Rai
After breakfast, explore the city. Visit the white temple, Wat Rong Khun, this very recent temple is the most visited monument in the region. Thai artist's work of Chalermchai Kositpipat has started in 1997. Its creator himself announces that it will be finished 60-90 years after his death. In wihaan a fresco mixes Buddhist codes with Matrix, Star Wars, the bombing of the Twin Towers in New York and even Kung Fu Panda that stands out from the usual decorations such monuments. Free lunch. In the afternoon, motorized canoe trip on the Kok River and visit a Tibeto-Burmese town. Dinner, opportunity to visit the night market. Overnight in Chiang Rai.
Day 14 : CHIANG RAI - MAE SALONG - MAE SAI – GOLDEN TRIANGLE - CHIANG SAEN
Free lunch and dinner – night in Chiang Saen - 4,5h drive, 228km
Breakfast at hotel, then transfer by a private air-conditioned vehicle to Mae Fa Luang. The cultural and artistic Mae Fah Luang Park concentrates one of the largest collections of Lanna Thai antiques, some objects are dated from several hundred years. Visitors can also take the opportunity to admire, near the Doi Tung Royal Villa built in 1990 to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Princess Mother, the beautiful flower garden Mae Fah Luang and the exhibition in the Hall which depicts the Mahidol family history. Then continue to Mae Salong, a village in the clouds in the middle of the Golden Triangle. Mae Salong stretches over a ridge to the summit. This place offers splendid panoramic views all around. This tour will take you in the footsteps of the KMT soldiers who are now the Mae Salong inhabitants. Half day of stunning sceneries, tea plantations, ethnic minorities and an interesting history page. Then drive to Mae Sai. Lunch at a local restaurant. Mae Sai is the northernmost town in Thailand. It is one of the three crossing points between Thailand and Myanmar (Burma). Like all border towns, it is an important trade center and now the city is quite well developed for tourists. There are many markets with goods from Myanmar. Mae Sai has long benefited from the legal and illegal trade. The first thing you see upon arriving is the incredibly wide road that runs north-south through the city and ends at the bridge over the river and allows access to Burma. The end of this road is lined with a huge market. The goods have a strong influence from Burma - clothing, precious stones. Drive to Chiang Saen. Stop in Ban Sop Ruak (the point called "the Golden Triangle") at the borders of three countries: Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. Visit the Opium Museum and cruise on the Mekong River at the crossroads of three countries. Visit the majestic Wat Phra That Chom Kitti facing the Golden Triangle. Discover the fortified town of Chiang Saen, former capital of the Yonok Thai kingdom (built from 1419), with remains of 70 temples including Wat Paa Sak and museum. Dinner at your own, and overnight in Chiang Saen.
Day 15 : CHIANG SAEN - PHU CHI FA - MAE TEANG
Free lunch and dinner – night in Mae Teang - 7h drive
After breakfast, drive to Phu Chi Fa with a stop to enjoy the panoramic view over the valley. Then continue to Mae Taeng on a beautiful road through mountains and countryside. Lunch on the way. Free dinner and overnight in Mae Teang.
Day 16 : MAE TAENG - THAM LOD - MAE HONG SON
Free lunch and dinner – night in Mae Hong Son
Breakfast at the hotel, drive to the village of Pai. Visit three villages of local ethnic groups: Ban Bang Paek (Lisu tribe), although they represent only about 5% of the total population of the tribes, Lisu are very present, especially because of their bright clothes. They are established in areas of high altitude. Ban Mae Ping (Karen tribe) and finally Ban Ban Jabo and Payang (Lahu tribe). Lahu: called by the Thai "Muser" are hunters by tradition. With animistic origin, like most tribes, many of them have been converted to Christianity. Lahu women wear red and black jackets with narrow black skirts. Lunch during visits. Drive to the border town of Mae Hong Son where you can visit three other Karen villages: The Padaung, also known as the Kayan. They live near the northern border, with an uncertain legal status, in villages that make tourist attractions because of their particular body modification. The "Giraffes Women" have many spiral collars around the neck. Thais have brought these two communities in the same villages. The "Women with long ears": their lobe, distended, is indeed pierced by a huge ring. Women Kayah Li could be called "Women Elephants" because they wrap their legs with lacquered cotton rings. Drive to Mae Hong Son. Lunch during the visit. Visit Ban Tham Lod and the Tham Lod caves by bamboo raft. Dinner and overnight in Mae Hong Son.
Day 17 : MAE HONG SON
Free lunch and dinner – night in Mae Hong Son
After breakfast, drive to Nam Tok Mae Surin National Park, one of the most popular national parks in the province of Mae Hong Son. You can visit the beautiful waterfall of Mae Surin. Then, visit of a Hmong village. The Thais call the Hmong "Meo", they are from China. Very attached to their traditions, they know the harshness of mountain life, living between 1000 and 2000m altitude. They grow rice and corn, according to the will of the authorities who wish to divert them from the illicit cultivation of opium poppy. Lunch during the visit. Drive to Mae Hong Son with the visit of three temples near the picturesque Jong Kham Lake. This is one of the central points of the city, the western part of the lake has a few restaurants, a night market, and a walking path along the lake. Visit Wat Chong Kham: next to Wat Chong Klang, built in the 1860s, its Burmese style chedi can be easily seen from the shore of the lake. Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu is the main attraction of Mae Hong Son. The best time to visit is at sunset between November and February when the surrounding mountains are shrouded in fog. Dinner and overnight in Mae Hong Son.
Day 18 : MAE HONG SON - DOI INTHANON - MAE CHAEM
Free lunch and dinner – night in Mae Chaem
After breakfast, discover Doi Inthanon National Park, the highest summit in Thailand, peaking at 2565 meters altitude. The park is rich in flora and fauna, Wachiratharn waterfalls, natural hikes tracks and hill tribe villages such as the Hmong and Karen. You can visit the many pagodas scattered around the area. The best of them (located on the top) are two large pagodas built for the King and Queen of Thailand today. Free lunch. Drive to Mae Chaem, or you can visit the Village of traditional weaving cotton, Tambon Tha Pha. This village is famous for its production of cotton sarongs with northern style. Wat Pa Daet, a Lanna temple well hidden and secluded in lush paddy fields. The construction of the temple dates back to 1877 and was restored in 1980. Probably closed for security reasons, do not hesitate to ask the monks to open up the viharn to see its treasure consisting of wall paintings dating from the 19th century. Then discover Mae Chaem and its very particular market frequented by mountain tribes. You can visit the various temples of the valley like Wat Yang Luang, Wat Puttha In, Wat Phrao Num and Wat Kong Ka. Dinner and overnight in Mae Chaem.
Day 19 : MAE CHAEM - MAE WANG - CHIANG MAI
Free lunch and dinner – night in Chiang Mai
Breakfast, drive to Mae Wang. Hike in the middle of rice fields (1.5 hour). Free lunch. Elephant back ride along the river and rafting on the river. After this rich emotional day you return to Chiang Mai. Free dinner and overnight in Chiang Mai.
Day 20 : CHIANG MAI
Free lunch and dinner – night in Chiang Mai
After breakfast, drive to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. 15 km away from the city center, this temple is one of the most famous and visible site in Chiang Mai, peaking at more than 1,000 meters, it offers great views over the city and the surrounding countryside. It is accessible by a staircase of 290 steps or by a funicular. At the top, a golden chedi protects the relics of Buddha. Lunch during the visit. In the afternoon, enjoy a bike ride in the old city center and visit three Lanna temples: Wat Phra Singh, Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Chiang Man. Continue with a walk in Chinatown and near the Warorot colorful market. If time permits, go to Baan Tawai, a village of wood carvers. You can find handicrafts made by skilled craftsmen. Free dinner. Overnight in Chiang Mai.
Day 21 : CHIANG MAI
free lunch and dinner
Free time to enjoy Thai markets or having a massage. You will then be transferred to the airport
End of services – Asia My Way -
Note: The order of visits may be modified at any time in case of force majeure. If some elements of the visit - mentioned in the above itinerary - for whatever reason are made and are not executable, they will be replaced by other valid alternatives of similar quality.