Get off the beaten track and see the real Thailand.
Seek out abandoned ruins in Sukhothai by bicycle.
Spend time with a Hmong community close to the Laos border.
Enjoy the unspoilt scenery of Doi Angkhang and visit Black Lahu and Palaung tribes.
Soak up the atmosphere of Chiang Mai and barter at the night market.
- Chiang Khong
- Doi Angkhang
- Chiang Mai
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Day 1 International outbound flight
International outbound flight
Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Bangkok.
Day 2 Bangkok
Day 3 Bangkok
Day 4 Sukhothai
This morning sees you explore some of Bangkok's local markets before being taken to the airport in time for your flight to the ancient capital of Sukhothai in the afternoon, where you will be met and escorted to your hotel.
Day 5 Sukhothai
Today you visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site and first capital of the Kingdom of Siam, Sukhothai. The historical park is a wonderfully preserved example of this fallen city that was sacked by the Burmese in the 14th Century. A great way of exploring the park is by hiring a bike late afternoon as the sun changes the hues of the crumbling Buddha effigies and temples.
Day 6 Nan
In the morning you have more time to explore some of the historical sites around Sukhothai before departing for the sleepy town of Nan. Situated close to the Laos border, Nan is an interesting half way point for intrepid travellers taking an alternative route between the north and Sukhothai. This small town has many interesting temples to visit as well a municipal museum.
Day 7 Chiang Khong
Nan , Chiang Khong
From Nan continue through the mountains to the Golden Triangle region where the countries of Thailand, Laos and Burma converge. Enjoy the views as the road winds through stunning, picturesque scenery. Stay overnight at the Lanjia Lodge, a delightful community-based lodge nestled on a hill overlooking the Mekong River and staffed by local Hmong villagers.
Day 8 Chiang Khong
Day 9 Doi Angkhang
Chiang Khong , Doi Angkhang
This morning you will travel to the provincial capital of Chiang Rai where you will board a boat to take you to Thaton, stopping at small villages along the way. From Thaton you continue by road to Doi Angkhang, a little visited mountain retreat nestled on the Burmese border. This area is dubbed 'Little Switzerland' for its stunning scenery and alpine feel.
Day 10 Doi Angkhang
Day 11 Chiang Mai
From Doi Angkhang you travel along mountain roads before reaching the main road to Chiang Mai. Spend three nights in the capital of northern Thailand soaking up the atmosphere of this charming city.
Day 12 Chiang Mai
Day 13 Chiang Mai
Day 14 International return flight
Chiang Mai , International return flight
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