Day 1 Departure from the UK.
Day 2 Arrival in Bangkok - meet your tour leader and transfer to a comfortable, downtown hotel in the City’s Banglamphu district. Afternoon to relax, recover from your jet-lag by the pool or explore the area’s lively markets and street-life.
Day 3 City tour with a difference - central Bangkok by riverboat, skytrain, tuk-tuk and canal boat. We’ll see the famous sites and what lies behind the famous sites! Visits will include the Grand Palace, fabulous Wat Phra Keow (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), Siam Square and the fascinating Jim Thompson House Museum.
Day 4 Morning departure by train across the Central Plains and their emerald green rice paddies, to up-country Phitsanolok town – the Gateway to the North. Lunch time arrival and a visit to the local handicraft museum. Transfer to nearby Sukhothai town with the afternoon to relax in our guesthouse garden or discover the local markets.
Day 5 Bicycle tour of the nearby, ancient city and now UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sukhothai – former capital of Siam – which, with it’s crumbling sandstone temples, ancient carvings, towering Buddha statues and lotus-covered ponds, is one of the country’s most sacred and evocative sites.
Day 6 Scenic drive through the mountains to Chiang Mai. Check in to our centrally located hotel with time to relax by the pool or explore the area before an evening tour of the town’s famous night bazaar.
Day 7 Departure from Chiang Mai for the far North with a scenic drive to the remote border town of Tha Ton, including a stop on the way to visit the fascinating cave temples at Chiang Dao, before checking out the spectacular views at Tha Ton Pagoda situated high on a mountain top straddling the Thai/Burmese border.
Day 8 Beginning with a descent by boat of the scenic Kok River, we’ll trek on foot and by elephant through the region’s dramatic mountain scenery with an overnight stay in a Lahu village.
Day 9 Our hike continues across streams and through the forests of this spectacular and remote mountainous region. Overnight stay as guests of a Akha minority family in a rarely visited, and still very traditional, village.
Day 10 Morning transfer by truck to the nearby fascinating town of Mae Salong. Originally founded by Chinese Republican soldiers (Kuomintang), who took refuge in the area after defeat by Mao Tse Tung’s communist forces.
The town was off limits for many years due to its role as a centre for the opium trade but is now known for tea plantations and spectacular scenery as well as being the centre for the local hill-tribe peoples. Time to wander around the picturesque mountain-top town and perhaps participate in a tea tasting ceremony?
Day 11 Opportunity for an early start to visit the morning hill-tribe market before continuing to the magnificent botanical gardens at Mae Fah Luang. From here we’ll travel north to the bustling Burmese border market at Mae Sai. Visit Sob Ruak and the Golden Triangle itself, where the borders of Thailand, Laos and Burma meet, and where we can take in the unusual Opium Museum, before continuing to Chiang Rai for our overnight accommodation.
Day 12 Morning scenic drive through the mountains to Chiang Mai with a stop on the way to visit the spectacular Wat Rong Khun Temple. Mid afternoon arrival with time to stretch your legs or just relax by the pool.
Day 13 Day at leisure in Chiang Mai. Check out the local markets, some last minute shopping or visit the famous Doi Suthep, with an evening departure for the UK, via Bangkok. (Note, an optional Thai cookery lesson can be arranged if desired).
Day 14 Arrival in the UK.
Notes: this tour if offered with or without return flights from the UK. Persons not wishing to take up the flight option will join the tour on day 2 in Bangkok and depart in Bangkok on day 13. (Note flight from Chiang Mai to Bangkok is included.)
Please note these are photos of sample hotels and resorts; accommodation options may vary and are subject to availability
Hotel De Moc. A big favourite in downtown Bangkok; the Hotel De Moc’s excellent location, and excellent facilities combined with friendly helpful service and well appointed rooms make this one a winner!
Up country to Sukhothai where we stay in the charming chalet style accommodation of the Lotus Village.
The delightful Karinthip Village – lovely garden, refreshing pool and north Thai decor – an oasis in the heart of Chiang Mai City.
Yafu village – a village of the Red Lahu ethnic group spectacularly sited on a mountain top with simply awesome views over the surrounding mountain ranges.
The charming and quirky Mae Salong Villa in the old Kuomintang town of Mae Salong itself.
A wonderful find in Chiang Rai Town: La Luna has well appointed pool-side chalets set in a beautiful tropical garden a 5 minute tuk-tuk ride from the town’s lively night bazaar.
"We are now back from our travels and I am writing to thank you for the excellent organisation that went into our holiday. Despite so many hotels and methods of transport there was not one single hitch or problem.
A very special word for Wi. I could write ten pages and that would still not really be sufficient praise for the care she took to make sure we enjoyed ourselves. It was really quite sad saying goodbye to her - even though we had Koh Lanta to look forward to!
We would certainly not look any further than All Points East for any future trips to that part of the world. I think that the holiday was very well priced also.
Anything I would change/comment on? Only that I would possibly describe the walking as "moderate" rather than "easy to moderate" as, although the walk is not long, what uphill bit on the second day on a really hot day was quite challenging. When we went the scenery was not that great, largely owing to the burning of vegetation at this time of the year - it might be worth your pointing out that there is that risk in March/April and people might want to trade off the risk of some rain in the rainy season for a "greener" aspect.
Stephan & Jill - April 2016
"My trip to Thailand is a memorable trip thanks to Wi's knowledge and congeniality. Everything was well prepared and the trip went on with ease. We followed the basic itinerary but Wi modified it slightly to accommodate my request to view as many temples as possible. It was my first introduction to Buddhism, one the great religions of the world.
The drivers were most congenial and everybody could speak English which was a certain plus.
We were able to visit and stay in two hill tribe villages which was a great experience. The landscape in Northern Thailand is so lush and hilly. Many good pictures were taken. Sun-down with its orange and purple sky is well worth the visit. Another experience is to see the night sky with its hundreds of stars was incredible (I live near Boston in the US where light pollution is everywhere).
I will definitely recommend this trip to my friends and acquaintances." Michael 2015
"A superb holiday in which we felt we could relax into the care and guidance of all the members of the company. The activities were wide ranging and interesting and each day there was a sense of adventure - "what are we going to do today that's different and exciting" - The Songkran festival enhanced the holiday - we also enjoyed being by ourselves with Marc our guide. It all turned out extremely well. Thank you!" Laura, 2011
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