Trip around from Bangkok to the central up to the northern and upper northern provinces of Chiang Rai, Thailand: What can you expect to experience?
Trip aroundfrom Bangkok to the central up to the northern and upper northern provinces of Chiang Rai, Thailand: What can you expect to experience?
Taking a trip from Bangkok to Chiang Rai in Thailand can be a fascinating and culturally enriching experience. Here are some things you can experience along the way:
Begin your journey in Thailand’s bustling capital city, Bangkok. Explore its vibrant markets, visit iconic landmarks like the Grand Palace and Wat Arun, and indulge in delicious Thai street food.
Take a boat tour along the Chao Phraya River and witness the city’s lively atmosphere.
Including the dinner cruises along the Chao Phraya River. These dinner cruises allow you to enjoy delicious Thai cuisine while taking in the stunning views of the city’s landmarks illuminated at night.
The Royal Grand Palace
The Emerald Buiddha Temple
As you head north from Bangkok, make a stop at Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of Thailand. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is known for its stunning ruins, historic temples, and rich history.
Explore the archaeological park and marvel at the ancient temples and statues.
The Ancient Palace and The Royal Temple
Wat Phra Sri San Phet in Ayutthaya
Wat Maha That (The Temple of Buddha Relics)
It is located about 150 kilometers north of Bangkok. It has a significant historical background and is home to several ancient ruins and temples.
Some of the must-visit historical sites include visiting the famous Monkey Temple (Phra Prang Sam Yod), This temple complex, located in Lopburi City, features three towers adorned with intricate carvings.
It’s a unique and photogenic site—a Khmer-style temple overrun by monkeys.
Be prepared for some playful encounters with these mischievous creatures.
After that, explore the ancient ruins of Phra Narai Ratchaniwet, also known as the Summer Palace. This beautiful palace complex was built during the reign of King Narai the Great.
It combines Thai, Chinese, and European architectural styles.
Next up, go to Wat Phra Sri Rattana Mahathat. This temple, located in Phatthana Nikhom District, features a large reclining Buddha statue and beautiful Buddhist art. In the evening, you can wander around the city and experience the vibrant atmosphere.
The famous Monkey Temple (Phra Prang Sam Yod)
Phra Narai Ratchaniwet in Lopburi
which is about a three-hour drive from Lopburi, Visit Wat Phra Sri Rattana Mahatat Woramahawihan, also known as Wat Yai, home to Thailand’s most revered Buddha image, Phra Buddha Chinnarat.
Explore the neighboring Folklore Museum to learn about the local culture and traditions. Take a stroll along the Nan River and enjoy the serene atmosphere.
Wat Phra Sri Rathana Mahathat
Continuing northward, you can visit Sukhothai, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is home to the ruins of the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Sukhothai.
Explore the historical park and discover intricately carved Buddha statues, ancient temples, and serene lotus ponds.
Sri Sawai Temple
Wat Maha That (Temple of the Buddha Relics)
Further along the journey, you can stop at Lampang, a charming town known for its well-preserved traditional wooden houses and horse-drawn carriages.
Visit Wat Phra That Lampang Luang, a beautiful temple with a unique Lanna architectural style, and take a leisurely stroll around the town’s old quarter.
Next is a place you should not miss. It is an ideal place to immerse yourself in the local heritage and appreciate the beauty of this traditional Thai craft.
Visit the Museum Thanabordi, explore the exhibits, and learn about the history and techniques of Lampang Ceramic. You can admire the intricately designed ceramics, observe the traditional production process, and even participate in workshops to try your hand at creating your own pottery.
Wat Phra That Lampang Luang
(Temple of the Buddha Relics)
Lampang’s horse-drawn carriages (Rod-Maa)
Before reaching Chiang Rai, you can spend some time in the culturally rich city of Chiang Mai.
Explore its ancient temples, such as Wat Phra That Doi Suthep and Wat Chedi Luang, and immerse yourself in the vibrant night markets.
Take part in a traditional Thai cooking class, visit the Elephant Nature Park for an ethical elephant encounter, or indulge in a rejuvenating Thai massage.
WatPhraSing Chiang Mai
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
(Temple of the Buddha Relics)
Hill Tribe Village
Finally, you’ll arrive in Chiang Rai, a city renowned for its unique temples and serene landscapes.
Marvel at the iconic White Temple (Wat Rong Khun), a contemporary Buddhist temple known for its stunning white facade and intricate artwork.
Visit the Blue Temple (Wat Rong Suea Ten), known for its vibrant blue interior.
Explore the Golden Triangle region where Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar meet. Don’t miss the opportunity to see the ancient ruins of Chiang Saen and enjoy a boat ride on the Mekong River.
Singha Park, also known as Boon Rawd Farm, is a picturesque agricultural and recreational park located in Chiang Rai province, Thailand.
Singha Park Chiang Rai
Singha Park in Chiang Rai
Singha Park is renowned for its expansive and beautifully landscaped grounds, spanning over 9,000 acres. The park features rolling hills, tea plantations, flower gardens, and lush greenery, providing stunning panoramic views. It’s a perfect place for nature lovers and photography enthusiasts.
Boat ride on the Mekong River
The Hall of Opium is a museum located in the Golden Triangle region of Chiang Rai, Thailand. It is a museum dedicated to educating visitors about the history and impact of the opium trade in the region.
The Golden Triangle, where the Hall of Opium is situated, was once a major hub for opium production and trade.
The museum provides a comprehensive and interactive experience, showcasing the history of opium, its cultivation, production, and the social and economic consequences it had on the region and the world.
Hall Of Opium at Golden Triangle
Kham Phaeng Phet:
Drive to Kham Phaeng Phet, located approximately 150 kilometers northwest of Pitsanulok. Visit the historical park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the ancient ruins, city walls, and temples that date back to the Sukhothai and Ayutthaya periods. Enjoy a boat ride along the Yom River and take in the scenic views of the surrounding countryside. Visit the local night market to savor delicious street food and immerse yourself in the local culture.
KhamPhaengPhet Historical Park
Head west to Kanchanaburi, known for its beautiful natural landscapes and historical sites. The journey from Kham Phaeng Phet takes approximately four hours. Explore the Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum and the Death Railway, which offer insights into the tragic history of World War II. Visit the Bridge over the River Kwai, a famous landmark associated with the Death Railway. Enjoy Erawan National Park, where you can hike to see the stunning seven-tiered Erawan Waterfall and swim in its emerald-green pools. Take a boat trip along the River Kwai and enjoy the scenic beauty and local life along the river. Explore the Sai Yok Noi Waterfall and visit the nearby Lawa Cave for an adventurous experience.
River Kwai Bridge Kanchanaburi
Elephant Haven Kanchanaburi
Drive south to Samutsongkhram province, approximately a two-hour journey from Kanchanaburi. Explore the Maeklong Railway Market, famously known for its vendors selling their goods on the train tracks, which are cleared moments before the train arrives. Visit the Amphawa Floating Market, a charming market along the canal where you can shop for local products and savor delicious Thai snacks. Take a boat tour along the Mae Klong River to witness the firefly phenomenon during the evening.
Travel to Ratchaburi province, located about 70 kilometers south of Samutsongkhram. Visit the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, one of Thailand’s most famous floating markets, offering a vibrant and lively atmosphere.
Explore the unique and intricate wood carvings at Wat Khanon Nang Yai, a temple known for its shadow puppetry performances.
Enjoy a boat ride through the Khao Ngu Stone Park to see fascinating rock formations and panoramic views of the surrounding area. End the day by visiting the beautiful Ratchaburi National Museum to learn about the local history and culture.
to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Damnoen Saduak FloatingMarket
This itinerary provides a general outline for the trip and allows you to explore a wider region of central and northern Thailand, including additional provinces like Kanchanaburi, Samutsongkhram and Ratchaburi.
But all will be adjusted, rescheduled, added, and rearranged based on your interests and available timing.
Throughout your journey, you’ll have the chance to experience the warm hospitality of the Thai people, savor delicious northern Thai cuisine, and witness the diverse landscapes, ranging from bustling cities to tranquil countryside.
And for sure, with a local tour guide can provide you with a deeper understanding of the city’s history, culture, and traditions. Their expertise, insights, and personalized approach can enhance your experience and help you create lasting memories of this remarkable destination.
Safe travels, and enjoy your trip!
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