Bangkok and Ancient Capitals


  • Bangkok and Ancient Capitals

Bangkok and Ancient Capitals

 Thailand

09 days from £1299 pp  return flights from LHR

Discover both modern Thailand and historical Siam during this memorable eight-day round-trip that begins and ends in Bangkok.

At a Glance

  • Discover the old and the new Thailand
  • Experience the dazzling Rose of the North
  • Cruise on a traditional boat around Aytthaya
  • Visit the ancient ruins of Lopburi
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Discover both modern Thailand and historical Siam during this memorable eight-day round-trip that begins and ends in Bangkok. Admire the ancient monuments, dazzling temples, and bustling markets that help make Thailand the most captivating country in Southeast Asia. Visit ruins such as those of Ayutthaya and Sukhothai, which offer an insight into the grandeur of past glories, and meet the inhabitants of remote rainforest villages, where the past is very much alive. Join us on a magical journey to uncover Siam’s glittering gems!

The Experience

Day 1 : DEPART LONDON HEATHROW

Today you will board on an overnight plane to Bangkok (1 stopover; 1-5 hours’ layover).

Overnight stay in the plane.

Day 2 : ARRIVAL BANGKOK

Arrive at Bangkok International Airport, where our representative will meet and greet you. Then, transfer to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, exploring the beautiful surroundings on your own. Perhaps indulge yourself with a traditional Thai massage and delight your taste buds with the amazing local flavours. End the day watching the sunset at any of the stylish rooftop bars which have blossomed in the city’s skyscrapers in recent years – the options are limitless.

Overnight in hotel in Bangkok.

Day 3 : BANGKOK

Enjoy a full day at leisure to discover Bangkok on your own or to take one of the many optional excursions available on the spot. The Royal Grand Palace, a great architectural masterpiece of several buildings from the outside was used as a royal residence from the 18th century to the mid-20th century. It is without any doubt a national reference and possibly the most visited royal monument in Thailand. The building houses the “Wat Phra Kaew”, Bangkok’s most sacred temple, where the famous Emerald Buddha is located.

Overnight in hotel in Bangkok.

Day 4 : BANGKOK – AYUTTHAYA – KAMPHAENG PHET (380km – 5hrs)

Enjoy a tasty breakfast and then head to the former capital of Ayutthaya to contemplate the impressive ruins of this once-vast island city, which was mostly destroyed by an invading army 250 years ago. Today, the haunting ruins hint at its former glories as can be seen in the beautiful temples like Wat Yai Chaimongkhon, Wat Phanan Choeng and Wat Mahathat, the place where the roots of trees have devoured the head of a Buddha. Hop on a traditional long-tail boat and enjoy a scenic cruise around the island to see the city’s ruins from a different perspective. After delighting in lunch at a local restaurant, continue to Kamphaeng Phet and check into your selected hotel.

Overnight in hotel in Kamphaeng Phet.

Day 5 : KAMPHAENG PHET – LAMPANG – CHIANG MAI (350km – 5hrs)

Begin your journey after breakfast at the hotel, heading towards Lampang. On arrival, visit Wat Phra That Lampang Luang. This large Lanna-style temple is prominently located on a hill, surrounded by walls. Climb the Naga staircase and explore the mesmerising complex that boasts seven buildings and a sacred tree. Admire the bronze Buddha statue in the ordination hall and the relic of Buddha in the golden chedi. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before continuing to Chiang Mai, popularly known as the ‘Rose of the North’. Check in on arrival and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Maybe explore the city at your own pace or spoil yourself with a relaxing Thai massage. In the evening, head to the bustling night bazaar for a stroll or indulge in a khantoke dinner, a traditional northern Thai feast combined with a selection of traditional cultural performances. The Thai massage and the khantoke dinner are not included.

Overnight in hotel in Chiang Mai.

Day 6 : CHIANG MAI

After a delightful breakfast at the hotel, visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, one of the most revered temples in the country. This sacred location is at the top of a mountain from where you can appreciate stunning panoramic views of the city. To reach the temple, you must climb up a 309-step naga staircase, or use the cable car. This spiritual experience is followed by a visit to the famous San Kamphaeng Road, a 10km-long stretch of road flanked by shops selling locally produced goods such as pottery, silverware, lacquerware, handmade saa paper, sculptures, jewellery, wood carvings and silk products. In some shops, you can even watch the artisans at work. Keep an eye out for the celadon pottery and the silver goods, known for their excellent quality. After a typical lunch in a local restaurant, return to the hotel and spend the afternoon free at leisure.

Overnight in hotel in Chiang Mai.

Day 7 : CHIANG MAI – LAMPHUN – SUKHOTHAI (370km – 5hrs)

Bid farewell to Chiang Mai after breakfast at the hotel, heading to Lamphun, which is home to one of the north’s most important temples, the one-thousand-year-old Wat Phra That Hariphunchai. Visit the temple and admire the Buddha statues and impressive stupas, including the 46-metre-tall Lanna-style golden chedi and 21-metre-tall Haripunchai-style chedi. Afterwards, head south to Sukhothai Historical Park, to see the ruins of the first capital of Siam. Founded in the 13th century, Sukhothai means ‘Dawn of Happiness’, and it proved to herald the beginning of a golden age for Thai culture under the rule of King Ramkhamhaeng the Great, who is credited with creating the Thai alphabet. The historical park hosts the ruins of almost 200 buildings, including dozens of temples.

Overnight in hotel in Sukhothai.

Day 8 : SUKHOTHAI – LOPBURI – BANGKOK (480km – 7 hrs)

Depart Sukhothai after breakfast at the hotel, heading towards Lopburi. This historic city is famed for the troops of macaques that roam the streets as if they were in the jungle. Visit the ruins of the ancient Khmer temple of Phra Prang Sam Yot and the adjacent Brahman shrine of San Phra Kan, known as the ‘Monkey Temple’. Enjoy a typical lunch in a local restaurant en route and continue to Bangkok.

Overnight in hotel in Bangkok.

Day 9 : DEPART BANGKOK

Begin your last day in Thailand with a delicious breakfast at the hotel. Then transfer to Bangkok airport and continue with your travelling arrangements.

Breakfast included.

Tour Ends

Discover both modern Thailand and historical Siam during this memorable eight-day round-trip that begins and ends in Bangkok. Admire the ancient monuments, dazzling temples, and bustling markets that help make Thailand the most captivating country in Southeast Asia. Visit ruins such as those of Ayutthaya and Sukhothai, which offer an insight into the grandeur of past glories, and meet the inhabitants of remote rainforest villages, where the past is very much alive. Join us on a magical journey to uncover Siam’s glittering gems!

The Experience

Day 1 : DEPART LONDON HEATHROW

Today you will board on an overnight plane to Bangkok (1 stopover; 1-5 hours’ layover).

Overnight stay in the plane.

Day 2 : ARRIVAL BANGKOK

Arrive at Bangkok International Airport, where our representative will meet and greet you. Then, transfer to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, exploring the beautiful surroundings on your own. Perhaps indulge yourself with a traditional Thai massage and delight your taste buds with the amazing local flavours. End the day watching the sunset at any of the stylish rooftop bars which have blossomed in the city’s skyscrapers in recent years – the options are limitless.

Overnight in hotel in Bangkok.

Day 3 : BANGKOK

Enjoy a full day at leisure to discover Bangkok on your own or to take one of the many optional excursions available on the spot. The Royal Grand Palace, a great architectural masterpiece of several buildings from the outside was used as a royal residence from the 18th century to the mid-20th century. It is without any doubt a national reference and possibly the most visited royal monument in Thailand. The building houses the “Wat Phra Kaew”, Bangkok’s most sacred temple, where the famous Emerald Buddha is located.

Overnight in hotel in Bangkok.

Day 4 : BANGKOK – AYUTTHAYA – KAMPHAENG PHET (380km – 5hrs)

Enjoy a tasty breakfast and then head to the former capital of Ayutthaya to contemplate the impressive ruins of this once-vast island city, which was mostly destroyed by an invading army 250 years ago. Today, the haunting ruins hint at its former glories as can be seen in the beautiful temples like Wat Yai Chaimongkhon, Wat Phanan Choeng and Wat Mahathat, the place where the roots of trees have devoured the head of a Buddha. Hop on a traditional long-tail boat and enjoy a scenic cruise around the island to see the city’s ruins from a different perspective. After delighting in lunch at a local restaurant, continue to Kamphaeng Phet and check into your selected hotel.

Overnight in hotel in Kamphaeng Phet.

Day 5 : KAMPHAENG PHET – LAMPANG – CHIANG MAI (350km – 5hrs)

Begin your journey after breakfast at the hotel, heading towards Lampang. On arrival, visit Wat Phra That Lampang Luang. This large Lanna-style temple is prominently located on a hill, surrounded by walls. Climb the Naga staircase and explore the mesmerising complex that boasts seven buildings and a sacred tree. Admire the bronze Buddha statue in the ordination hall and the relic of Buddha in the golden chedi. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before continuing to Chiang Mai, popularly known as the ‘Rose of the North’. Check in on arrival and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Maybe explore the city at your own pace or spoil yourself with a relaxing Thai massage. In the evening, head to the bustling night bazaar for a stroll or indulge in a khantoke dinner, a traditional northern Thai feast combined with a selection of traditional cultural performances. The Thai massage and the khantoke dinner are not included.

Overnight in hotel in Chiang Mai.

Day 6 : CHIANG MAI

After a delightful breakfast at the hotel, visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, one of the most revered temples in the country. This sacred location is at the top of a mountain from where you can appreciate stunning panoramic views of the city. To reach the temple, you must climb up a 309-step naga staircase, or use the cable car. This spiritual experience is followed by a visit to the famous San Kamphaeng Road, a 10km-long stretch of road flanked by shops selling locally produced goods such as pottery, silverware, lacquerware, handmade saa paper, sculptures, jewellery, wood carvings and silk products. In some shops, you can even watch the artisans at work. Keep an eye out for the celadon pottery and the silver goods, known for their excellent quality. After a typical lunch in a local restaurant, return to the hotel and spend the afternoon free at leisure.

Overnight in hotel in Chiang Mai.

Day 7 : CHIANG MAI – LAMPHUN – SUKHOTHAI (370km – 5hrs)

Bid farewell to Chiang Mai after breakfast at the hotel, heading to Lamphun, which is home to one of the north’s most important temples, the one-thousand-year-old Wat Phra That Hariphunchai. Visit the temple and admire the Buddha statues and impressive stupas, including the 46-metre-tall Lanna-style golden chedi and 21-metre-tall Haripunchai-style chedi. Afterwards, head south to Sukhothai Historical Park, to see the ruins of the first capital of Siam. Founded in the 13th century, Sukhothai means ‘Dawn of Happiness’, and it proved to herald the beginning of a golden age for Thai culture under the rule of King Ramkhamhaeng the Great, who is credited with creating the Thai alphabet. The historical park hosts the ruins of almost 200 buildings, including dozens of temples.

Overnight in hotel in Sukhothai.

Day 8 : SUKHOTHAI – LOPBURI – BANGKOK (480km – 7 hrs)

Depart Sukhothai after breakfast at the hotel, heading towards Lopburi. This historic city is famed for the troops of macaques that roam the streets as if they were in the jungle. Visit the ruins of the ancient Khmer temple of Phra Prang Sam Yot and the adjacent Brahman shrine of San Phra Kan, known as the ‘Monkey Temple’. Enjoy a typical lunch in a local restaurant en route and continue to Bangkok.

Overnight in hotel in Bangkok.

Day 9 : DEPART BANGKOK

Begin your last day in Thailand with a delicious breakfast at the hotel. Then transfer to Bangkok airport and continue with your travelling arrangements.

Breakfast included.

Tour Ends

What's included

  • TOUR GUIDE: Operated with English guide
  • ACCOMMODATION: Seven nights in selected room
  • MEALS: Seven Breakfasts on days 3-8 and five lunches on half board basis Seven Breakfasts on days 2-7, five lunches and four dinners on days 3-6 on full board basis.
  • TRANSPORT: Air-conditioned transportation, transfers as stated in the programme
  • ENTRANCE FEES AND ACTIVITIES: All entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary: Wat Yai Chaimongkhon, Wat Phanan Choeng and Wat Mahathat, visit Wat Phra That Lampang Luang, visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep (the cable car included), shopping stop San Kamphaeng Road, Wat Phra That Hariphunchai, Sukhothai Historical Park, ruins of the ancient Khmer temple of Phra Prang Sam Yot and the adjacent Brahman shrine of San Phra Kan

What's not included

  • Expenditures of a personal nature, drinks and meals if not stated explicitly in the programme
  • Gratuity for driver and guide
  • Optional tours
  • Domestic flight tickets and airport taxes or visa fees.

Accommodation

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

Bangkok = Royal hotel @ Chinatown or similar 4*
Kamphaeng Phet = Chakungrao Riverview or similar 3.5*
Chiang Mai = Empress Chiang Mai or similar 4*
Sukhothai = Legendha Sukhothai or similar 4*

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Bangkok: Enjoy the sweet smells of fresh flowers at Bangkok’s largest flower market, Pak Khlong Talat.
Ayutthaya: Explore the ancient capital of Siam and the location of a haunting UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Chiang Mai: Enjoy an unforgettable encounter with Thai elephants, admire the views from the hilltop Wat Doi Suthep temple, and explore the shopper’s paradise of San Kamphaeng Road.
Lamphun: Visit the thousand-year-old Wat Phra That Hariphunchai, one of the holiest temples in the north.
Sukhothai: A historic former capital with well-preserved ruins of temples and palaces.
Lopburi: Explore two historic temples in this earthly city with troops of macaque monkeys roaming the streets.

Please note

  • BANGKOK SUVARNABHUMI AIRPORT: On arrival at Bangkok Airport please collect your luggage and proceed to the exit in the Customs Hall and make your way to the meeting point at gate number 6 (six) inside the terminal. You will be met by a representative of Lumle Holidays who will be holding a sign with your name on it. Should you fail to meet our guide, please contact the ATTA (Association of Thai Travel Agents) counter at the arrivals hall. They will contact our airport rep and somebody will be with you for assistance as soon as possible
  • Local conditions prevalent at the time of travel may result in modifications to the tour contents.

What do I need to bring?

Comfortable and light clothing is the most suitable for travelling in Thailand. Visitors should not wear sleeveless shirts, shorts, short skirts or skimpy clothing when visiting temples, religious or official buildings. Shoes should be removed before entering a temple or private house. Sun protection, sunglasses, a hat and mosquito repellent can be very useful during your stay.

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Your Program Duration = 09 Days
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Travel Info

    • Flight time 11 1/2 hours (Bangkok)
    • Timezone GMT+7 hours
    • Recommended airlines Emirates, Etihad, EVA, Jet, Qatar, British  & Thai Airways
    • Best season Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Nov & Dec

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