11-Day Thailand in Essence

Tour Route: Bangkok - Kanchanaburi - Ayutthaya - Lopburi - Sukhothai - Lampang - Chiang Rai - Chiang Mai

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  • Tour Code: ODY-TH-005
  • Tour Style: Private Tour (No Join-in Group Tour)
  • Travel Date: Private tour with flexible travel date
  • Price Inclusions: All transportation mentioned in the itinerary (flight, train, ship, private car, etc.); private guides & drivers, hotels, meals (based on your meal plan), and all service charges & taxes.
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Day 1: International Arrival, Bangkok

Upon your arrival in Bangkok, your guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel. The rest of the day is on your own.

Overnight: Bangkok

Day 2: Bangkok City Tour

Following breakfast, set out to visit Wat Traimit, 'Temple of the Golden Buddha' famous for its 900-year-old and five-and-a-half-ton solid gold image. Continue to see Wat Arun, perhaps better known as the Temple of the Dawn, which is one of the most published images of Bangkok.

After that, explore Wat Po, this city's largest and oldest temple housing the largest single Buddha image - the Reclining Buddha. 

After lunch comes to the highlight of today's tour - the renowned Grand Palace, one of the must-sees that adjoin Wat Phra Kaew, the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand. 

Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Bangkok - Kanchanaburi

In the early morning, you'll visit Damnoen Saduak Floating Market (about 2 hours drive away from Bangkok). Then you will be escorted to Kanchanaburi. Board a train along the Burma Railway built by Japanese prisoners of war and Indonesian slave laborers. Next, visit JEATH War Museum (World War II Museum) and take a photo at the Bridge over the River Kwai, where the famous movie The Bridge On River Kwai was filmed.

Overnight: Kanchanaburi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Kanchanaburi - Ayutthaya

Breakfast at hotel, then meet your guide and check out. Depart for Ayutthaya (about 2.5 hours drive), the former Capital of Thailand by van. En route, visit Bang Pa-In Summer Palace, the summer palace for the King and Queen. Later on, continue to see Wat Chai Wattanaram (Khmer Temple), one of the most imposing ancient Buddhist monasteries, Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, the largest temple in Ayutthaya, Wat Mongkhon Bophit, the former Royal Temple built in 1610 and restored in 1956, and Wat Mahathat, one of the 10 royal temples of the highest class in Bangkok. Nearby is Wat Ratchabura, the most significant feature of which is the 600-year-old stupa that enshrines relics of the Buddha.

Overnight: Ayutthaya
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Ayutthaya - Lopburi - Sukhothai

After breakfast at your hotel, drive to Lopburi and visit Wat San Phra Kan (Phra Prang Sam Yot) and San Phra Kan (Monkey Temple). Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before driving to Sukhothai (about 5 hours' drive) for some relaxing on your own.

Overnight: Sukhothai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Sukhothai - Lampang

Your tour today focuses on the Sukhothai Historical Park and the Sri Satchanalai Historical Park. Found in the 13th century, Sukhothai (literally means Dawn of Happiness) was the first truly independent Thai Kingdom, which enjoyed a golden age under King Ramkhamhaeng, credited with creating the Thai alphabet. After the tour, drive to Lampang for overnight.

Overnight: Lampang
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Lampang - Chiang Rai

Check out and drive to visit Phrathat Lampang Luang Temple, the northern finest temple and best presentation of Lanna style architecture and explore with a unique colorful Horse Carriage around the town. Also, visit Baan Sao Nuk, a 150 years old teak house in northern Thai style and Wat Phra Kaeo Don Tao, where the famous Emerald Buddha was enshrined for 32 years (from A.D. 1436 to 1468). Later on, proceed to Chiang Rai (about 5 hours drive). Free at leisure after check-in.

Overnight: Chiang Rai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: Chiang Rai - Chiang Mai

After check out, you will meet your guide for driving to Mae Sai Border. This is not only the biggest border but also used as an important gateway to Tha Khi Lek, Myanmar the mystic country. (Tourist pays immigration fee 500THB / person on your own) After that, continue to Golden Triangle where the three borders of Laos - Myanmar.

Overnight: Chiang Mai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9: Chiang Mai, Cooking Class

After breakfast, you will have a half day Cooking Class to learn about Thai food and Chiang Mai culture. In the afternoon, you will continue to visit Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, one of the most sacred temples in Chiang Mai, and have a bird-eye view of the incredible Chiang Mai on the top.

Overnight: Chiang Mai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10: Chiang Mai, Elephant Nature Park

Your visit starts a Full day Elephant Nature Park (Join-in Group Tour). You will hear the personal stories of rescued and orphaned elephants. See how they became a proud herd and free from abuse for the first time in their lives. Many find their visit to Elephant Nature Park rewarding and very relaxing. Observe free-roaming elephants, and other rescued animals enjoying the natural surroundings of our sanctuary. Your visit helps support the regional projects and offers an invaluable opportunity to help elephant conservation.

Overnight: Chiang Mai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11: Chiang Mai, Departure

In the morning, you will meet the guide and be transferred to the airport for onward flight.

Meal: Breakfast

Recommended Accommodation for Your Journey

It is no doubt your journey enjoyment will be increased by a good choice of accommodation. Our well-established network with key hotel chains around Indochina area will bring you more benefits of competitive rates and guaranteed hotel quality with availability.

We pick hotels for you based on:

Location: most of the properties we selected are either located in the downtown area with main city attractions or close by main transportations. These conveniences will certainly improve your holiday experience.

Facility & Service Quality: all hotels are inspected strictly and regularly, must be with great performance in accommodating English speaking customers, and excellent feedback from our previous clients as well.

Variety in Choice: many styles and grades of hotels are available for different budgets, tastes, and cultural backgrounds.


Hotel Standards

3-Star Class It will meet the basic requirements for a comfortable stay, good size and clean guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower, and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants with breakfast included and lunch or dinner at your own pickup. A small fitness center or spa can be expected.

4-Star Class Across Indochina, a wide range of comfortable boutique hotels are available with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Featuring quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, fitness center with spa (and swimming pool in most cases), the hotels are expected to offer an above-average accommodation experience.

5-Star Class Top-notch services and an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site and a wide range of choice for buffet breakfast, good size of swimming pool, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience.



Normally Indochina Odyssey Tours includes two meals each day during the tour: Breakfast and Lunch. You will have the freedom to make your own dinner choice.


It is normally served at the hotel where you stay. Depending on the hotel, the breakfast would be in western style, local style, or a combination.


Lunches are usually set menu at the handpicked local restaurant with comfortable dining environment where you can rest assure to taste the local flavor. All restaurants arranged by Indochina Odyssey Tours selected carefully and evaluated constantly based on customer feedback and our on-site inspection.


Dinners will not be included in your meal plan unless you have that requirement. Enjoying the local food could be one of your best experiences in “tasty” Indochina area. This is why we provide you this flexibility of food choice. Your private guide will always give you good suggestions based on your preferences.

If you have certain food allergies or special requirements such as vegetarian food, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.


Private Guide & Transfer

You will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel across Southeast Asia. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility

All tour guides of Indochina Odyssey Tours are qualified professionals and registered English Speaking Tourist Guides who are reassessed annually. All of our tour vehicles are clean and in excellent condition, manned with licensed & experienced drivers.

Private Tour Guide


You will always be greeted punctually on arrival at each destination airport. At every departure, you’ll be escorted & assisted until you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint.

All of our tour guides in every destination are locals. Knowing the area well, they are good at guiding you around and telling background stories of the tour sites, as well as showing you the secret spots for the best photos.

If any change of itinerary is needed for unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you always have a wonderful experience.


Private Vehicle & Licensed Driver

With our comfortable and safe private transportation, your tour will be more relaxing and less tiresome, keeping you in the best spirits to make the most out of your journey across Southeast Asia.

Your vehicle in each destination is air conditioned, insured, clean, and regularly maintained. Your private driver is licensed and always put your safety first.


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