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BKK005 - UNSEEN WESTERN THAILAND - 5 days/4 nights

An overland tour from Bangkok to Chiang Mai in the north, which for most parts will not be on the usual routes. The itinerary begins with a train ride (optional also possible by short flight) from Bangkok to Phitsanulok, then goes on to the former capital Sukhothai and further all the way to the Burmese border area in the west. Then the route follows along the border to the north and finally via the Doi Inthanon National Park to the northern capital Chiang Mai.
Daily departure from Bangkok, minimum 2 persons

Day 1: Bangkok - Phitsanulok

Train ride (2nd class air-con., 5 hours) from Bangkok to Phitsanulok. Here you will be welcomed by our guide. Transfer to the hotel. Then short tour in the town with a visit to Wat Mahatat and its all over Thai-land famous Buddha image. See the Nan River, where part of the population still live on raft houses. In the evening you are invited to a welcome dinner along the river.

Day 2: Phitsanulok - Mae Sot

In the morning start to the neighbouring province of Sukhothai, Thailand's first capital. Visit the Historical Park with its impressive monuments dating back to the 13th century. Go on via Tak. After lunch continue through some mountain area to the west until the border town of Mae Sot. Observe the border trading at the Moei River with its many small shops. Then visit Wat Thai Wattanaram, a Burmese style temple with a giant 45 meters reclining Buddha statue. Overnight in Mae Sot.

Day 3: Mae Sot - Mae Sariang

After breakfast take a walk over the local market in Mae Sot, which is one of the most colourful in the country. Thais, Burmese, Chinese, Indians and Karens trading vegetables, fruits and all kind of other goods.
Leave Mae Sot and heading to the north. At some parts the road follows the Moei River and later passing through the mountain wilderness. Do some stops on the way, such as at a Karen village and the Mae Usu cave, but as well at a big Karen refugee camp. Take a side trip to Mae Ngao National Park where you can enjoy a raft trip. Early evening arrive Mae Sariang. Overnight in the town on the banks of the Yuam River.

Day 4: Mae Sariang - Chiang Mai

In the morning drive to Mae Chaem, the village at the foot of Doi Inthanon (Thailand's highest peak with 2565 m). Some short stop on the way, such as at some hot springs. Then drive on to the mountain peak. See the royal pagodas and take a short walk through some dense forest. On the way down see a picturesque waterfall, as well as a Hmong hill tribe village with a royal farming project. Then the last part of this tour will bring you to Chiang Mai, where you will arrive late afternoon. Overnight in the city centre.

Day 5: Chiang Mai

Leisure until transfer to the airport, or extend your stay ... depend on your further schedule

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Price includes:

Train ticket Bangkok-Phitsanulok (or air ticket against surcharge), air-conditioned transportation during the tour, English speaking tour guide, all transfers and excursions as mentioned in the above itinerary, accommodation at middle- and upper middle class hotels/resorts, daily breakfast, lunch during tours, entrance fees.

Not included:

All meals not mentioned in the above itinerary, drinks, tips and personal expenses,


This tour can be done also the other way, start in Chiang Mai and end in Bangkok.


Photo: Historical Park in Sukothai

Photo: Wat Thai Wattanaram in Mae Sot

Photo: Karen Refugee camp in Tha Song Yang

Photo: Vachitaran waterfall at Doi Inthanon


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During a tour booked with us, all participants are insured with AVIVA Insurance (Thai) Co. Ltd.
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