Phitsanulok sees relatively few independent travellers but a fair amount of package tourists, probably because the city is a convenient base from which to explore the attractions of historical Sukhothai, Si Satchanalai and Kamphaeng Phet.
Here is how you will spend your time
Day 1: Arrival At Bangkok And Transfer To Phitsanulok
Early morning pick up passengers from various Bangkok hotels, drive to Bang Pa In for a scenic boat trip to Ayutthaya. Visit Wat Panangchoen, Wat Yai Chaya Mongkol and the ancient ruins of Wat Chai Wattanaram. Then continue to Wat Sakaeo in Bang Sadet village. This temple was constructed in 1699 when it was originally named Wat Sakae. Wat Sakaeo also serves as an orphans care center with over 1000 children under supervision. Within the temple area is a center for hand woven fabrics, a project initiated and established in 1981 by Her Majesty the Queen. Here, hand woven fabrics and products can be bought at reasonable prices. In front of the temple is the Pa Mok Cultural Center, providing demonstration of weaving, silverware and court doll production. After lunch at a local restaurant, continue to Phitsanulok. Visit Wat Maha That and its highly revered Buddha statue, Phra Buddha Jinaraj. Overnight at Amarin Lagoon Hotel.
Day 2: Phitsanulok To Lampang
Drive to Sukhothai, where you will visit the ancient ruins at Sukhothai Historical Park; a short ride on a traditional ox-cart brings you to Wat Sri Chum with it's gigantic Buddha statue. Continue to Sri Satchanalai for lunch at Gaeng Luang Restaurant. Upon arrival in Lampang, we take you on a horse carriage ride through town with photo stops at two interesting temples, each which its own architectural style and history: Wat Don Tao, Wat Pratu Phong. We will also visit Baan Sao Nak, a 100-year old teak-wood mansion. Overnight at Lampang River Lodge Or Wienglakor.
Travel from Phitsanulok to Lampang
Line 876 bus
Day 3: Lampang To Chiang Rai
Drive to the Golden Triangle. After lunch at the Imperial Golden Triangle Hotel, take a boat ride on the Mekong River, where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos converge. Continue to Mae Sai, the northern most city bordering Myanmar. Overnight at Rimkok Resort in Chiang Rai.
Early morning depart for Chiang Mai with a brief photo stop at Wat Rong Khun, which is very different to any of temple you are likely to see in Thailand. The temple is almost entirely white – no other colours are used at all. Arrive in Chiang Mai at noon and check in at your hotel. Lunch at Empress Hotel. In the afternoon, visit Wat Doi Suthep, a famous landmark of the city, tucked away in the mountains at an elevation of 1,056 meters. The temple is reached by climbing 290 steps, flanked by a NAGA balustrade on both sides.
Optional evening program (not included in package price): Traditional Kantoke Dinner & presentation of Northern Dances. Price per person: 520 Baht. Overnight at The Empress Chiang Mai.
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Travel from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai
Line 166 bus
Day 5: Chiang Mai To Bangkok By Train
Visit Mae Saa Elephant camp and watch the skilled elephants at work.
Optional (not included in package price): 1- hour elephant ride. Price per person: 800 Baht. Continue to an orchid farm for lunch, then return to town and visit the handicraft villages in Sankampheng. Transfer to Chiang Mai Railway Station. Depart by second-class air-conditioned train with sleeping berth. Overnight On TheTrain.