Bangkok to Chiangmai Overland tour

An amazing 5-day tour from the modern city of Bangkok where you will see grand temples and monks to the historic Thai capital of Ayutthaya and all of its historical ruins. Marvel at the cultural highlights of Sukhothai. Also interesting is the town of Phitsanulok where many of the Buddha statues in Thailand are moulded, sculptured and painted. Head up north to Chiang Mai for natural scenery, temples, and elephants.

Touring style: Professional English speaking guide and driver, private basis.

Best time to visit: November to April when days are dry with plenty of sunshine. Rain falls between May to September.

Prices are seasonal, include hotels, breakfast, private touring and transfers. Starts from:

GBP 670 per person sharing a twin room, Standard Class Hotels

International airfares are extra.

Bangkok to Chiangmai Overland tour at a glance
  • Day 1: Bangkok - Ayutthaya - Lopburi - Phitsanulok
  • Day 2: Phitsanulok - Sukhothai - Lampang
  • Day 3: Lampang - Lampoon - Chiang Mai
  • Day 4: Chiangmai Touring
  • Day 5: Departure
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Day 1: Bangkok - Ayutthaya - Lopburi - Phitsanulok

Depart Bangkok by minibus north to the ruins of Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of Thailand. Proceed to Saraburi to visit Phra Buddha Badh, the shrine with the holy footprint of Lord Buddha. After lunch in Lopburi continue northwards to Phitsanulok for dinner and overnight.

Distance and journey times:

Bangkok to Ayutthaya: 80 km, 1.15 hrs / Ayutthaya to Lopburi: 65 km, 1.10 hrs

Lopburi to Phitsalunok: 282 km, 4 hrs

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Day 2: Phitsanulok - Sukhothai - Lampang

After breakfast, visit the famous Wat Phra Sriratana Mahathat before proceeding to Sukhothai. Visit Wat Mahathat and the Wat Phasri National Museum. Following lunch continue onwards to the northern outpost towns of Srisatchanalai and Lampang for overnight.

Distance and journey times:

Phitsalunok to Sukhothai: 59 km, 1 hr

Sukhothai to Lampang: 210 km, 3 hrs

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Day 3: Lampang - Lamphun - Chiang Mai

After breakfast visit Wat Phrathat Lampang Luang, one of the north’s finest temples. Proceed to Lamphun for lunch and to visit Wat Haripoonchai and a White Karen Village before arrival in Chiang Mai for an overnight stay.

Distance and journey time: Lampang to Lamphun: 76 km, 1 hr

Lamphun to Chiang Mai: 19 km, 35 mins


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Day 4: Chiangmai Touring

Visit some of the other impressive temples of Chiang Mai. Wat Suan Dok is one of them, which dates back to the 14th century when it served as the pleasure gardens to the Thai monarchy. Nowadays it houses several white Chedi’s, containing the ashes of Chiang Mai’s former Royal family. This temple also houses one of the most famous Monk Schools in the whole of Chiang Mai and the Wat Jedyod, also known as The Temple of Seven Spires.

Visit the most sacred temple in the north of Thailand; the Wat Prathat Doi Suthep is the most sacred temple in Chiang Mai containing a holy relic of the Lord Buddha. Tucked away in the mountains at an elevation of 1,056 meters (3520 feet), the temple is reached using a Naga (7- 7-headed dragon head serpent) railing rising along both sides. The temple com-pound – reachable via 300 steps stairs offers an exhilarating view of Chiang Mai city and surrounding countryside.

Arrive at around sunset to hear the monks’ chanting

Evening Khantoke Dinner at Khum Khantoke
Dine on authentic Northern Thai food, sample local delicacies and enjoy the atmosphere of Lanna Khantoke. You'll be entertained by a cultural show celebrating the dancing style from every part of the country. including a Candle dance, Faun Tee, Sword dance, Hilltribe dance, Drum dance, Seung kapo, Traditional ram wong, and khon (elegant, stylized Thai drama) 

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Day 5 Departure

Departure or proceed to Mae Hong Son or Chiang Rai & Golden Triangle or extend your stay in Chiang Mai.

Distance and journey time: 13 km, 30 mins


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