Hiking and culture in Northern Thailand

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Thailand is not only dream beaches and coconut palms. When you go inland north of Bangkok, you discover a magical country for hiking enthusiasts, always as welcoming when you go to meet minority ethnic groups and very rich culturally.

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View of Wat Jet Yot Buddha. Chaiwatthanaram Pagoda of the temple of Ayutthaya. Wat Wattanaram. Historic park of Kamphaeng Phet. Tuk-Tuk in the streets of Chiang Mai. Short Blood Poi Ceremony, ordination of novices. Historic door of Tha Phae. Traditional sausages from northern Thailand. Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palais. Panoramic view of Bangkok.

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  • Bangkok
  • Ayutthaya
  • Chiang Mai
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Details of the stay: Hiking and culture in Northern Thailand - 14 days

Day 1 : Bangkok

Arrival at the hotel. Discovery of the city: startling descent of the Chao Phraya river or long tail boat ride along the klongs (no traffic jams). Possible visit of several temples or museums (Wat Phra Kaew  ; Museum national  ; Wat Po  ;Wat Arun - le " Temple de l'Aube "). Traditional massage school in the Wat Po area. Choice of restaurants in Sukhumvit

Day 2 : Towards Ayutthaya

Transit to Ayutthaya by train or by train.

Day 3 : Ayutthaya

Discovery of historical remains located in the city itself. Visit of the museum. However, if you have to choose between Ayutthaya and Bus, the second site is more secluded and it also allows you to get closer to Chiang Mai.

Day 4 : Sukhothai

Quiet visit of the historic park (30 min from the city centre). Nights of rest in a "dream" guesthouse, drowned in the vegetation of a tropical garden.

Day 5 : Towards Chiang Mai

Transit to Chiang Mai in the afternoon of the last day or the next morning.

Day 6 : Chiang Mai

Contact with the city and organisation of walking if the question could not be settled in advance. At the end of the day, walk at Night Bazar or in Moon Muang Neighbourhood (choice of coffees, bars and small restaurants). Dinner.

Day 7 : Doi Inthanon

Trekking in the national park followed the following day after a transit to Mae Hong Sound with possible step at Pai.

Day 8 : Mae Sariang-Mae Hong Sa-Pai Region

Hiking under the responsibility of a local guide. Choice of activities: hiking in the forest, rafting on bamboo rafting (except in times of crue!!), balade balade (usually 1 to 2 hours). In the evening, bivouac in forest or stage in a lodge. It is an opportunity to contact different mountain groups in this still wild region.

Day 9 : Pai Pai

Discovery of this friendly North-west village. Relaxation and well-deserved rest in the guesthouse. Exit to coffee. Return to Chiang Mai the next morning.

Day 10 : Chiang Mai

Visit of temples the day (the choice is wide). Shopping at Night Bazaar early in the evening. Handicraft market every Sunday at the Tha Phae Gate.

Day 11 : Chiang Mai

One morning excursion to the Doi Suthep (panorama on the city by clear weather). Evening: Thai boxing match or restaurant along the Ping River, in White House, for example with local groups.

Day 12 : Lampang

Tour organized at the Thai Elephant Conservation Center: demonstration of dressage of the elephants to forest work (in the morning) followed by the discovery of the famous Wat Phra Who Luang (afternoon). Ride in horse-carriage in a possible way... Either direct return to Bangkok (from Chiang Mai or Lampang) by plane or night train (reservation to be booked in advance, in both cases).

Day 13 : Bangkok

Visit to museums and Jim Thompson House. Continue your evening with a cocktail on the terrace of a skyscraper overlooking the city

Day 14 : Bangkok, Chinatown version and shopping

Direction Chinatown for lunch. You can take the opportunity to make some purchases in the huge Chinese market, a real labyrinth dedicated to shopping. A short return to your hotel to refresh yourself. If you haven't already done so, it's time to go to a Thai boxing match. Then go to one of the many restaurants in Sukhumvit or Sathorn for dinner. The most enduring will visit one of the many discos in the city.

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