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ASEAN World Heritage Cities

Planner :
Sukhothai 2 Day , Lampang 1 Day , Chiang Mai 2 Day , Others 3 Day
Period :
5 Days 4 Nights
Category :
Arts, cultural & heritage, Experience Thailand and More,
  • Day 1
    Nov 15
  • Day 2
    Nov 16
  • Day 3
    Nov 17
  • Day 4
    Nov 18
  • Day 5
    Nov 19
Day 1 : Sukhothai

Sukhothai Historical Park or Old Sukhothai City

Sukhothai is the very first capital city of Thailand. In the golden time of this city it is a center of everything on this south-east Asia. Now a day the ruin from that glorious time a left behind for people of this generation to study story about one of the ancient city that accept by United Nation Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to be World Heritage.                   Sukhothai Historical Park location’s is at the opposite of Ramkhamhaeng National Museum. There a lot of interesting place inside this area.                   Wat Maha That. This temple is a center of the historical park. Inside the temple is the grand pagoda that surround by another 8 pagodas as if they are a lotus. Front gate of the temple has a Buddha statue called Phra Atha Ros.                   The King Ramkhamhaeng monument. This monument can be found at the end of Jarod Vitee Tong road on the north side of Wat Maha That.                   Sukhothai city’s defensive wall. It a two layer wall that use to defense the city. Inner layer is built on upper ground and use laterite as a material. Outer layer is a canal switch with a slit wall. Between two layer there city gate and defensive fort both side of defensive wall.                   Wat Chana Songkram. This temple locate at the north side of Wat Maha That. The point of interest is main pagoda inside the temple that look like a giant bell.                   Prasart Phra Ruang hill. This area use to be a royal palace it locate at east side of Wat Maha That.                   Wat Tra Phang Ngearn. This temple locate at west side of Wat Maha That. Around the temple has no wall and only one lotus style pagoda inside.                   Wat Sa Sri. This temple locate at north-west side of Wat Maha That. The design of this temple actually outstanding from another temple around it has a building on pool and pagoda in Ceylon style.                   Wat Sri Swai. This temple locate at south side of Wat Maha That. There are three pagodas build in Lopburi style inside the temple.                   Ta Pha Deang Shrine. This ancient shrine that build in Khmer style. Fine Arts Department rebuilt this shrine and bought the relics they found inside to Ramkhamhaeng National Museum.                   Wat Phra Luang Luang is the second most important temple after Wat Maha That. This temple is the center of community back in it time. The oldest remains of the temple are the three pagodas.                   Sukhothai Historical Park Tourist center. This center is a Thai style Sukhothai architecture. Located in front of Wat Phra Phai Luang. Inside the center there are information about Sukhothai Historical Park to provide for tourist.                   Sukhothai pottery archaeological site. This site is near Wat Phra Phai Luang around the old moat area called "Mae Joan". The burner historian found here is a burner in Sukhothai period. Pottery that mostly found in this area are cups and bowls.                   Wat Sri Chum. This temple has large Buddha statue called Phra Ajchana. Due to an old condition of temple there is barley anything left to see this temple in a shape of building however the statue is still in task and remain until this day.                     Wat Charng Rob. This temple is locate at west side of Reed gate. There are pagoda in Ceylon style which has surround it base by 24 elephants.                   Sreed Phong Dam. This dam locate at old city district. The purpose to build this dam for store water and then send through canal around city’s defensive wall to gold and silver basin inside the city.                   Wat Che Tu Phon. The temple that has sanctuary build from brick, laterite and slate. Inside sanctuary there are four statue of Buddha in different pose include sit pose, lay down pose, stand pose and walk pose.                   Wat Jedi Si Hong. This temple is locate at east side of Wat Che Tu Phon. Inside of the temple has a Ceylon pagoda that decorate by man and woman sculpture around base of this pagoda.                   Wat Sapan Hin. This temple standing Buddha image in attitude of meditation tall around 12.5 m. called Phra Attha Ros.                   Wat Charng Lom. This temple has a Ceylon pagoda that decorate by half elephant sculpture around its base.                   Wat Tra Pung Thong Lang. This temple is locate at the end of Jarod Vitee Tong. Inside the temple has a sanctuary and Buddha statue that tale about the story when Buddha came back to earth and edify his own father and mother.                   According to Sukhothai Travel guide there still some place to pay a visit.                   Sawan Vorra Nayok National Museum. This is another national museum aside from Ramkhamhaeng National Museum.                   Sri Suchanalai Historical Park. This historical park is locate at Sri Suchanalai district nearby Sukhothai also this place accepted to be world heritage like Sukhothai Historical Park.                   Wat Sopharam. This temple is the present city’s temple of Sukhothai province.                   Mae Rawing plain. This is a beautiful public park surround by water side.                   Tourist can travel to Sukhothai Historical Park by personal vehicle on highway No.12 also known as Sukhothai-Tak road to the west about 12 Km. Or else there are some local bus from Sukothai transport station to hire.   

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2 Min. ( Approx. 0.40 Km.)

Wat Maha That

Mahathat Temple is one of the oldest and most significant temples in Thailand. According to the historians, they think that the temple was established in the 13th century and was rebuilt in the beginning of the 14th century with the total of 11 vihara including the main one, ubosot, and 200 chedi. The abundance of the temple indicates how significant the temple was to Sukhothai people as a religious center. Also have a look at the restored stucco frieze which is marvelous piece of art. Mahathat Temple is made of laterite amid the brick wall and long moat. The main chedi is built over the Sukhothai character with the shape of lotus bud and presumably contained the relics of the Buddha. Entering the temple, you will see the two grand Buddha sculptures. There are eight chedi standing inside with four being the Khmer style seen from the cardinal points and the other four is Lanna Art. The niches of these smaller chedi also contain 28 Buddha images and the stucco that depicts the life of Buddha and shows the Singhalese and Burmese styles. On the base of the main chedi, the stucco relief is decorated with the Buddha's disciples. Situated in front of the chedi, the only remain treasure from King Lithai of Sukhothai period in 1362 is the column in the vihara that consists the remarkable seated bronze Buddha image in Sukhothai style, cast and placed by him. At the end of the 18th century the image was relocated to Suthat Temple in Bangkok according to the order of King Rama I and it was named Phra Si Sakaya Muni since then. Further on, there are the remaining standing of smaller vihara built in the era of Ayutthaya and inside one of the vihara is the marvelous eight-meter Buddha image. Opening hours: 6.00 am – 9.00 pm   Admission: 150 baht (entry to Sukhothai Historical park) http://www.tourismthailand.org/See-and-Do/Sights-and-Attractions-Detail/Wat-Maha-That--6077

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3 Min. ( Approx. 0.73 Km.)

Wat Sa Si

Sa Si Temple boasts overthe Singhalese-style chedi situated on the main sanctuary located on the island in the middle of Traphang Trakuan Pond. A large Wihan contains a stucco Buddha image and there are nine different chedi situated on the south of the temple.Opening hours: 6.00 am – 9.00 pmAdmission: 150 baht (entry to Sukhothai Historical park)http://www.tourismthailand.org/See-and-Do/Sights-and-Attractions-Detail/Wat-Sa-Si--750

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4 Min. ( Approx. 1.35 Km.)

Wat Si Sawai

The main highlights of the historic site of Wat Si Sawai are the tree prangs (pagodas) that feature the Lopburi architectural style with an influence from Hindu belief, adjacent to an ordination hall made of laterite. Historians had founded numerous archaeological evidences in the area, such as Chinese porcelains and Hinduism statues of gods, they later summarized it was first build as a Hindu religious structure and was later turned into a Buddhism temple.  Opening hours: 6.00 am – 9.00 pm Admission: 150 baht (entry to Sukhothai Historical park)http://www.tourismthailand.org/See-and-Do/Sights-and-Attractions-Detail/Wat-Si-Sawai--751

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6 Min. ( Approx. 2.42 Km.)

Wat Si Chum

Wat Si Chum is a temple where Phra Atchana, a gigantic Buddha image at the attitude of subduing Mara sits in the main hall. This Bhuddha image is known as a ‘speaking Bhuddha.’ The temple was assumingly built in King Ramkamhaeng the Great’s era then became abandoned in late Ayutthaya era. The temple was renovated by an order from King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1952.      Si Chum Temple or Wat Si Chum hosts a Bhuddha image in the main hall, which is different from normal temples that have main Bhuddha image in a chapel. You can also witness the beauty and mightiness from its highest days even through faded murals on the main hall.    Wat Si Chum is also a place where the 2nd stone inscription or Wat Si Chum stone inscription was found. Undoubtedly, Wat Si Chum is one of the most important Sukhothai attractions in term of national history. The unique Sukhothai arts is expressed through remaining Bhuddha images, temple halls, and pillars in the historical park. Visiting temples during your Sukhothai travel is one the things to do in your vacation time.

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47 Min. ( Approx. 40.22 Km.)

Organic Agriculture Project in Sukhothai

With an aim to promote social benefit, certain area around Sukhothai Airport has been gradually converted into green area starting about ten years ago . Initially with rice farming experiment in small field without using any chemical we accumulated learning experiences little by little before venturing into larger and larger space until setting up the Organic Agriculture Project, Sukhothai Airport as we can see today. Up till now we fully realized that “Organic Agriculture” along the sufficiency pathway” is the answer to keep a smile on every living face. Thus, we are glad to have a part in the production of safe food for consumers and to have friendly relation with environment, as well as to provide supporting effort to broadening the expansion of organic agriculture system in Thailand.

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Day 2 : Sukhothai,Lampang,Chiang Mai

Si Satchanalai Historical Park

A visit to Sukhothai wouldn’t complete without a visit to the historical site of the ancient Si Satchanalai City, which was the second largest city after Sukhothai during its glory days. The 45-square-meter park is home to remaining structures of what used to be palaces, temples and homes. The main attractions are Wat Phra Si Mahathat, Wat Chang Lom and Wat Chedi Jet Taew---all of which feature authentic Sukhothai architectural style. Opening hours: Daily 6am-9pm Admission: 150 baht   http://www.tourismthailand.org/See-and-Do/Sights-and-Attractions-Detail/Si-Satchanalai-Historical-Park--778

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2 Hr. 48 Min. ( Approx. 184.53 Km.)

Thai Elephant Conservation Centre

The Thai Elephant Conservation Center (TECC), founded in 1993 under Royal Patronage, cares for more than 50 Asian elephants in a beautiful forest conveniently located near the famous city of Chiang Mai. Beyond being an exciting tourist experience, the TECC is also known for its pioneering work in conservation and science. The TECC also proudly houses six of HM King Bhumibol's ten white elephants in the Royal Elephant Stables.Opening hours: 8:30am-4:30pmContact: 054-247-871, 054-247-979, 054-228-108Getting there: From city center, head to Lampang-Chiang Mai Highway. It's on Km. 28-29.http://www.tourismthailand.org/See-and-Do/Sights-and-Attractions-Detail/Thai-Elephant-Conservation-Centre--4132

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58 Min. ( Approx. 71.49 Km.)

Pantawan cooking school

Pantawan Cooking School (บ้านปานตะวันคุ๊กกิ้ง) is a fine cooking school in Chiang Mai, Thailand. We provide half day Thai cooking class.  We provide and hands on, fun class taught you by professional and full of experiences Chef instructor.  Here at Pantawan Cooking Chiang Mai, we will make sure you will come back with the amazing experience of cooking delicious Thai food like never before.  We have 2 sessions per day. Lunch session 9:00-14:0hrs and Dinner session 16:00-21:00hrs. The menu each day is different, please visit www.pantawancooking.com for more detail on the menu.

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Day 3 : Chiang Mai,Others

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Opening Hours: Daily Location: Tambon Suthep, Amphoe Mueang, Chiang Mai Province   Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is the most important temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Built in the early 19th Buddhist century, the beauty of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is marked by seven-headed serpent statues that line the stairs to the temple where a Chiang Saen style golden pagoda and all its exquisite Lanna architecture is situated. The view of Chiang Mai from here is just phenomenal as well.   At Wat Phra That Doi Suthep they also have Tiaw Khuen Doi Festival, which is the travel up Doi Suthep Hill to worship the Buddhist relics enshrined there. It is an experience worth checking out.   Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is located in Tambon Suthep, Amphoe Mueang, Chiang Mai Province. Doi Suthep Hill is 14 kilometers away from the center of Chiang Mai.    If you travel by car, take the Huai Kaew - Chiang Mai University - Chiang Mai Zoo road and you will see the way to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep signposted. There are also small buses running from Chiang Mai University, which are available from 5.00 am – 5.00 pm.   Two ways to get to Phra That Doi Suthep Temple   - Walking up the seven-headed serpent stairs. It is also a great spot to take pictures.   - Taking an electric tram, which is available from 6.00 am – 6.00 pm. The fee is 20 THB for Thais and 50 THB for foreigners.

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33 Min. ( Approx. 23.58 Km.)

Doi Suthep-Pui National Park

Most tourists visiting Chiang Mai often go to Doi Suthep which is a part of Doi Suthep-Pui National Park. Doi Suthep-Pui National Park covers the areas of Amphur Mae Rim, Amphur Hang Dong, and Amphur Mueang in Chiang Mai.  The national park contains Doi Suthep, Doi Buak Ha, and Doi Pui which are sources of rivers and share many tourist attractions. Chiang Mai’s Attractions Wat Phra That Doi Suthep : one of the north’s most sacred temples in Chiang Mai for many years. Phra Tamnak Phu Phing : a palace located in Doi Buak Ha that is 4-km beyond Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.  Visitors can go sightseeing  gardens and flowers like roses around the palace. Nam Tok Huay Kaew : the waterfall holds water year-round.  Visitors can go tracking or birdwatching among green circumstances. Doi Pui : a Hmong hill-tribe village and beautiful flowers always welcome the visitors.  There are also Hmong crafts and souvenirs for selling. Accommodation in Doi Suthep-Pui National Park includes bungalows, tents and restaurants.  Visitors can go to the website of the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department - www.dnp.go.th for more information. Location : Huay Kaew road, Tambon Suthep, Amphur Mueang, Chiang Mai.  Tel : +66 5329 5041 (24 hours), and +66 5321 0244 (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

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33 Min. ( Approx. 23.58 Km.)

Chiang Mai airport

Chiang Mai is a major gateway to Northern Thailand that is becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination and its international airport welcomes over 2 million visitors per year, receiving 130 flights a week from Bangkok as well as Singapore, China, Taiwan, Myanmar and Laos. The airport has a full range of facilities to offer to its visitors.   Located less than 10 minutes by taxi from the city center, Chiang Mai International Airport consists of a domestic and international terminals in a single building.   There are travel agent offices at the airport and customer service desks for Thai Airways, Singapore Airlines, Bangkok Airways, AirAsia, Nok Air, and a number of other airlines. There are several exchange bureaus and ATMs in the terminal as well.   Chiang Mai Airport has several food outlets, including two coffee shops, a deli and a fast food outlet. There are also a number of shops selling silk, handicrafts, fresh produce and souvenirs.   Within the departure lounge there are additional food and merchandise shops.

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13 Hr. 45 Min. ( Approx. 697.88 Km.)

Luang pra bang airport

Luang Prabang Airport, Laos Luang Prabang International Airport is located 4 kilometers from the center of Luang Prabang in northern Laos (Lao People’s Democratic Republic)

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12 Min. ( Approx. 5.11 Km.)

Nava Mekong Boat

As a dependable dining cruise operator, with a strong ethic for corporate social responsibility, and operating in a high traffic tourist destination, we know it is imperative we take a leading role in responding to the needs of both the local authorities and the international travellers. While the local authorities are fighting hard to reduce city migrations, the lure of the city brought about by foreign and international investors are undeniable. Children growing up in the villages want to work in the city and sometimes are not interested to preserve and keep their indigenous heritage alive.   We are not here to tell the villagers they should stay in the village, we are only here to give them to option to share their heritage and past times, through dance and folklores, to visitors. We want to show them tourists visit to see traditions and without traditions the destination will slowly lacks its appeal. With this in mind, we approached the local authority in Luang Prabang, shared our idea and sought their help to identify some communities that might be at danger of losing their culture and heritage. And they helped identified one traditional village. We met the village head and through interpreters agreed on a mutually beneficial agreement. We will sail the traditional long boat alongside his village and the appointed youths would perform traditional folklores and dances to our dinners.   Proceeds form our earnings are given to the village head, which uses this fund to build shared facilities that benefit the whole village. However, it’s not always about helping with cash. Sometimes just by knowing their heritage is sought by international visitors is sufficient to make the youths realise the intrinsic value of their culture and heritage.    

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Day 4 : Others

wat xieng thong

Luang Prabang is renowned for Buddhist temples of outstanding beauty with Wat Xieng Thong an outstanding example. A symbol of great historic importance, this magnificent masterpiece is characteristic of the Luang Prabang style and features an elaborate tree of life mosaic, intricately carved walls, rare Buddhist deities and a 12-metre high funeral carriage. Also known as the ‘Golden Tree Monastery’, Wat Xieng Thong acts as a gateway to Luang Prabang as it is strategically situated close to where the Mekong joins the Nam Khan River. This site is famous as the location for the coronation of Lao kings and as an important gathering place for significant annual festivities. The original temple was created in 1560 under the royal instruction of King Setthathirath and narrowly missed invasion on several occasions, nevertheless time took hold and much-needed remodelling took place during the 1960s. The temple still remains in its original form with repairs undertaken to the roof, and gold leaf gilding and gold lacquering restoration added to the walls and entrance.

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5 Min. ( Approx. 1.01 Km.)

Luang prabang's national museum

The Royal Palace Museum in Luang Prabang (also known as “Haw Kham” or "Golden Hall") was once Laos’ Royal Palace. It houses a lot of interesting historical items. Every item tells a story…so you will learn quite a lot about Lao history and about Laos’ royal.   Built in 1904, it features a blend of Lao traditional and French style. It was built for King Sisavang Vong and his family during the French colonial era.   After the death of King Sisavang Vong, the crown Prince Savang Vatthana and his family were the last to occupy the palace. After the revolution in 1975, the building was taken over by the government. The palace was then converted into a national museum and opened to the public in 1995.

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1 Hr. 31 Min. ( Approx. 29.37 Km.)

Pak ou Budha caves

One of the most respected holy sites in Lao; Pak Ou Caves have a history dating back thousands of years. Packed with over 4,000 Buddha icons, the caves, a shrine to the river spirit and Lord Buddha, are set in a dramatic limestone cliff at the point where the Mekong joins the Nam Ou River. There are two caves to visit, the lower cave called Tham Ting and the upper cave Tham Theung, both boasting miniature Buddhist figures that are mostly made from wood.    Positioned about 50 feet above the river, Tham Ting filters in some light but a torch is required for the absolutely pitch black Tham Theung. The upper cave is home to the majority of the Buddha statues and you will need to find your way in darkness to the thousands of hidden icons. The statues are believed to have been left in the caves by local people for hundreds of years.

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1 Hr. 30 Min. ( Approx. 29.27 Km.)

Luang Prabang's market

The Evening Market is a nightly event that takes place between 17:00 and 23:00 beginning at Wat Mai and running along Sisavangvong Road to the town centre (Settathilat Road). The street is closed off to vehicles and the hill-tribe traders emerge with their various apparels, ceramics, bamboo, lamps, blankets, bed covers, handicrafts and silk scarves. Vendors often quote higher prices than when buying from the shops during day time, so make sure you haggle (politely) or shop around first.

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3 Min. ( Approx. 0.90 Km.)

Elephant restaurant

L'Eléphant Restaurant is located in the heart of the historic peninsula of Luang Prabang, between the Mekong and the Nam Khan river. Luang Prabang, the former Lao royal capital, is a UNESCO listed World Heritage site.  From the home-made charcuterie to the duck breast roasted with “Mak Toum” or the Burgundy snails, L'Eléphant offers you original French family style cuisine. A cuisine revisits the classics like; lamb shank perfumed with Indochina cardammon, tarte Tatin with exotic fruits… Fresh herbs from our organic garden (coriander, mint, ginger, lemon grass…..), coconut milk, Luang Prabang mushrooms, fish from the Mekong, buffalo are the essential ingredients of Lao cuisine. L'Eléphant restaurant cooks typical Lao dishes for you; dried meats and river weed as an aperitif, soups, grills or fish wrapped in banana leaves The vegetables and fresh herbs that we use come directly from our gardens which are located 30 minutes from Luang Prabang. Our plantings are seasonal and we use neither pesticides nor fertilisers. Our aim above all is to obtain fresh high quality ingredients which are indispensable to tasty cooking, but we also want to offer our clients healthy products which come from the almost totally intact natural Lao environment.   L'elephant Restaurant offers customised menus, catering services, picnic lunches, and even wedding cakes.   Contact us with your special order.

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Day 5 : Others

pasaneyom coffee shop

You just have to try this local place. After all, you are coming to Laos to experience Lao culture right? This is one of the most local and authentic places to sit down for a cup of joe. You might even strike up a chat with a fellow Lao next to you while you relax in the early hours of the morning. Pasaneyom Coffee shop is not a place where you would sit with a laptop or even casually read the newspaper, but it is an experience in and of itself.

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16 Min. ( Approx. 5.02 Km.)

Living lands community farm

The LIVING LAND PROJECT was formed in response to the destructive methods of farming in Laos: slash and burn (swidden) culture, which leaves land overgrown with invasive shrubs (Lantana!) and weeds, preventing natural tree re-growth, and the extensive and indiscriminate use of insecticides, herbicides, pesticides and chemical fertilizers. This results in degraded, unusable land: dead land.

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