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Un voyage au nord de la Thaïlande, le pays du sourire

Thailande: Circuit dans l ancien royaume du Siam ,  voyage  de  12 jours en demi-pension, en dehors des itinéraires classiques.

Départ garanti aux dates de votre choix, à partir de 2 personnes.
Départ de Bruxelles, Paris, Toulouse, Marseille
Chauffeur et guide francophone
Possibilité d’extension dans le sud du pays afin de se détendre dans un hôtel de plage.

Durant ce voyage en Thaïlande : circuit dans l’ancien royaume du Siam, direction le nord du Pays du Sourire, entre montagnes, rizières, petits villages, cascades et forêts. Montagnes, rizières, forêts : le nord de la Thaïlande décline toutes les nuances de vert.

Le nord de la Thaïlande  compte de nombreux temples, où se mêlent le vert tendre des rizières, une invitation au calme et à la beauté des décors tropicaux. Ici nous sommes loin de Phuket, au cœur d’une Thaïlande hors des sentiers battus, plus verte… La nature occupe une place importante au nord, mais nous sommes aussi gâtés côté culture.

Lieux visités  : Bangkok- Kanchanaburi – Ayuthaya – Sukhothai – Chiangrai – Maesalong – Chiangrai – Chiangmai – Inthanon – Village Karen Blanc – Elephant Care – Prières du soir Doi Suthep – Cuisine thaïlandaise chez l’habitant

Prix. A partir de 2150€/p. en chambre double. Tous vols inclus – guide francophone – tous transports – toutes visites – demi-pension  – hôtels 3 et 4 étoiles  .

Itinéraire de ce voyage en Thailande: circuit dans l ancien royaume du Siam :

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On your arrival, after the baggage exit, please go to gate number 3 or 4; where a
person will carry a sign with your name
Transfer to the hotel.

Departure to visit the Grand Palace. As the residence of Thai kings, the royal palace has been the center
of every capital city in the country’s history. The Grand Palace is surrounded by outer walls which cover
almost two square kilometres. Its original form is a conscious evocation of the temple
of Ayutthaya and it is divided into several parts: the outer parts are reserved for
government offices, the central portion houses the king’s private quarters as well as the audience halls, the
the inner part is reserved for female members of the royal family and their
stewards. Visit the Audience Hall and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) with its
jade Buddha image. 
Then visit the temple of the Laying Buddha or Wat Pho
Lunch in a local restaurant
Afternoon: Departure for a boat trip through the klongs of Thon Buri, the former capital
with a lake character. You thus discover the traditional life at the edge of the canals, then of the temple Wat
Arun, the Temple of Dawn.
Return to the hotel at the end of the afternoon. Free evening

07:00 Early in the morning, departure for the floating market (approx. 80Km)
On arrival, transfer to the pier located nearby not far from the market and departure by long boat queue along the river through lush vegetation to the Damnoen saduak market.
During navigation, observation of salt farms and peasant producers working in the
salt fields. Visit a small local and very authentic floating market teeming with vendors of
fruits, vegetables and various goods.
Departure for the visit also of the astonishing market of Mae Klong, in Samuth Songkhram, which has thepeculiarity of taking place on the railway line. As the trains pass, the merchants clear the
way to take possession of it once the train has passed Lunch in a local restaurant

Afternoon: road towards Kanchanaburi, a town located on the famous River Kwai. Discovery of the bridge over the River Kwai, which was built by Allied prisoners during the Second World War. In the summer of 1945, it was bombed several times by Allied aircraft, but without major damage. You then go to the Ban Loum Soum viaduct where the way is only supported by a tangle of wooden pilings, on the side of the cliff. You will take part of the death train passage Then transfer to your hotel. Free evening

Day of 450 KM

Departure for the historic site of Ayuthaya. On arrival, visit its main temples by bike: Wat Phra Mahathat: 1st temple, with a Buddha’s head stuck in the roots of a tree. Unique in Thailand. Wat Phra Nan Choeng, located on the southern edge of the Ayutthaya River. A massive image of a golden Buddha seems to watch people as they enter. The image was created in 1324, twenty six
years before Ayuthaya was founded. Wat Chai Watthanaram built by King Prasat Thong in 1630.

The central prang is surrounded by eight other smaller ones all decorated with stucco reliefs depicting images such as that of Buddha preaching to his mother in the sky of Tavatimsa. All prangs have been restored. Wat Yai Chai Mongkol built by the first king of Ayutthaya, King U-Thong in 1347 in honor of a Buddhist monk called “Wat Pa Keaw”. Departure by road for Sukhothai. Lunch in a local restaurant Dinner free. Overnight in Sukhothai

Morning: Visit the historic site of Sukhothai by bike, listed by UNESCO. The park on the current site of the ancient kingdom includes the ruins of royal palaces, temples, city walls, moats, dams
and ditches. All have been preserved and restored to display the magnificent beauty of
Thailand’s cultural heritagestatue of Buddha seated, the right hand turned towards the ground symbolizing the victory of Buddha over the  heritage.
demon Mara (the tempter who wanted to prevent Buddha from reaching enlightenment) Lunch in a local restaurant Then, visit Wat Si Chum and its impressive

Afternoon: drive towards Chiangrai, passing through Payao. Stop at Lake Payao to visit
Wat Tilok Aram Payao. located in the middle of the lake and accessed by rowing boat
Arrival in Chiangrai, installation at your hotel and free evening.

Morning: visit Doi Maesalong. Mae Salong is nicknamed the “little Switzerland”… The atmosphere there remains clearly unique, with its Chinese-style houses and the signs in Chinese making you forget that you are still in Thailand… Road to the Golden Triangle, change vehicle by taking E Tan (rice transport) to arrive at the restaurant La Vallée, located in the heart of the Triangle in the Akha village.

After lunch, embark on a canoe for a small cruise on the Mekong. Before returning to your hotel, stop at the Choui Fong tea plantations This is the most large tea plantation in the province of Chiang Rai. This plantation is located 1,200 meters above sea level and produces, among other things, green tea, black tea, and Oolong tea. You can admire the tea plantations covering 96 hectares. Tasting of different flavors of tea. Return to hotel and free evening

After breakfast, drive to Chiangmai, and before leaving the city of Chiangrai, stop at the white temple or Wat Rong Khun This temple, a masterpiece of Thai architecture, was founded in 2000
by famous Thai artist Chalermchai Kositpipat, and is made of white concrete and several thousand small mirrors. Before arriving at the city of Chiangmai, stop for your lunch in an organic restaurant. You have lunch in a green, very quiet setting, either in the air-conditioned room of the superb Lanna teak house or outside in the shade and under the coolness of the trees.

After lunch, arrival in Chiangmai, departure for an atypical visit by TUK TUK which will allow you
discover the history of the Lanna Kingdom, the architectural style, the local products and the animation of the markets. You will walk along the walls of the old city including “Jaeng Sri Bhume”; contrast between the remains of the old and the modern city.

You will start your walk at the Wat Si Suphan temple, known as the silver temple located in a small street which has been welcoming all the artisans of the region specializing in silver work for more than 5 centuries . This temple is known for its ordination hall made entirely of silver, inside and

You can also admire on site the work of several monks and craftsmen busy working with silver… You will then discover the Wat Lok Moli temple, a perfect example of Lanna architecture; specificity of this art of the ancient Northern Kingdom. You will stop at Warorot Market, the largest and busiest in Chiang Mai. Hundreds of shops sell everything and at very good prices. Free evening.

Doi Inthanon National Park is one of the best preserved ecosystems in Thailand. Covering an area of ​​482km², there is the highest peak in Thailand which culminates at 2565m, it is nicknamed the “roof of Thailand”. Its ancient name was “Doi Luang” the royal mountain. You will start with a stop at the magnificent Wachirathan “diamond stream” waterfall. The vehicle will drop you very close to the summit but it is on foot that you will reach the highest point of Doi Inthanon. Then you will visit the 2 Royal pagodas:

The Phra Mahathat Naphamethanidon meaning “by the force of the earth and the air”. It was built in 1987 to honor the 60th birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej (RAMA IX). The Phra Mahathat Naphaphonphumisiri meaning “to be the force of the air and the grace of the earth” was built in 1992 to honor the 60th birthday of Queen Sirikit.

The flower garden that surrounds the 2 pagodas, in large multicolored terraces is a pure marvel. Following in a Hmong market: this tribe has a long history in Thailand where they arrived fleeing China to work in the opium fields at the time.

Today this tribe is dedicated to the cultivation of fruits and vegetables and sells these products on the market. After the meal, hike of 2h30 in the marked path in the tropical forest. It’s a circuit grandiose in a lush jungle where you will cross rivers, rice fields, flower farms (Gerberas, Chrysanthemums, etc.) and magnificent waterfalls, including the most famous in the region, Pha Dok Siew where the water flows along the a 280m cliff to create different pools.

The end of the hike will bring you to a village of the Karen Blanc tribe, this is the largest tribe
in northern Thailand. White Karens are the main subgroups of the Karen tribe. They are renowned for their great attachment to the preservation of the environment, perfectly illustrated by the many rituals aimed at living harmoniously “with the god of earth and water”.

Arrival at Baan Mae Klang Luang located in the middle of the rice fields (rice terraces depending on the season) return to Chiang Mai at the end of the afternoon. Free evening.

Depart from your hotel for an unforgettable half-day at Kanta Elephant Sanctuary, a real sanctuary for elephants.

Located in the heart of the Mae Taeng Valley, Kanta Elephant Sanctuary is one of the few places in Thailand where pachyderms no longer work for humans. You will spend this magnificent
morning in the company of elephants who know neither chains, nor bullying, nor beatings.

You will walk with the elephants in their natural environment, watch them cool off in the ponds, and learn a lot about their behavior.

Lunch in a local restaurant

Return to Chiangmai

4:00 p.m.: You will then leave for the mountain of Doi Suthep to attend the prayer of the monks, which takes place every evening at 6:00 p.m. (5:30 p.m. for holy days).

This sacred and very moving moment will remain a unique memory of your stay in Thailand. You can even be blessed by a bonze, who will give you a small bracelet to bring you luck. Take the opportunity to visit this famous temple, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a Chiang Mai landmark where sacred Buddha relics are held in a sacred place in the golden stupa. The panoramic view of Chiang Mai and all the surrounding landscape is very beautiful. Return to the hotel. Free evening

We invite you to discover the Thai way of life: their house, their kitchen, their vegetable garden. With your hosts and with them, you will participate in the preparation of your meal.

Upon arrival, you will meet Mae Janfong, the owner who will introduce you to his house, a
traditional Thai teak building. You will visit the places and you will be explained the customs of
Thai families: The Buddha statue, the house of spirits… and their influences on daily life.
You will then pick aromatic herbs in the huge vegetable garden of more than 9500m²: spices, peppers, basil, galangal…

You prepare the meal with the advice of the hosts (4 Thai dishes + a Thai dessert + seasonal fruits

Then place the tasting 2:45 p.m.: Transfer after lunch to Chiangmai airport, flight to Bangkok FD Air Asia 4:45 p.m.

6:15 p.m. On arrival at Don Muang airport at 6:15 p.m. take the right side: Transfer to your hotel in Bangkok OR departure for your relax extension in southern Thailand in Hua Hin or another beach.

Our rates include:

  • Hotels with 3 and 4 star breakfasts
  • International flights from an airport in Europe.
  • Private services
  • Transfers mentioned by private air-conditioned vehicle and domestic flight ChiangMai to Bangkok
  • An English-speaking guide
  • Meals mentioned: half board.
  • Visits mentioned with the entrance fees

Our rates do not include:

  •   Drinks, tips, personal expenses and other services not clearly mentioned