• The Best of Thailand

    Code: TCT04 - Duration: 10 Days
    Start: Bangkok | Finish: Chiang Rai
  • As a wondrous kingdom, Thailand is famous for Buddhist temples, exotic wildlife and spectacular islands. With The Best of Thailand 10 Days, you will have a nice experience with an overland trip through many wonders of this beautiful country. Start in Bangkok - the center for most commercial and economical activities of the Kingdom, you will be given a chance to discover this charming city with a variety of tourist sites such as: Royal Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaeo, Golden Chedi and Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Leaving Bangkok, we then start our overland trip with the first stop at Ayutthaya to visit the ancient city and then Uthai Thani and to enjoy the natural resources, such as forests and wildlife. Continue trip to Sukhothai, most famous for the ruins of the ancient city Sukhothai which was the Thai capital during the 13th Century A.D. Heading further north to Chiang Mai, the charming city rich of culture – you will enjoy the beauty ancient wonders coexist with modern Thai style. Get the nice experience by elephant back riding trip through the jungle and bamboo rafting along a very picturesque stretch of the Mea Ping River to see the beautiful scenery down the river. Extend your time to explore the infamous Golden Triangle where you'll learn about the region's opium trade and get a closer look at Laos and Burma during a river boat ride. Relax in a local village before climbing to a border peak that offers breathtaking views over Laos. End the trip with the final visit of lovely Chiang Rai.


    • Exploration in Bangkok city with temple of the Royal Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaeo and Golden ChediThe Best of Thailand 10 days
    • Scenic drive from Bangkok to the golden triangle by car
    • Boat trip to explore Damnoen Saduak floating market - the most popular floating market to get an insight into a bygone way of life
    • Drop a visit to Jim Thompson House 
    • Enjoy the natural resources, such as forests and wildlife and visit of the ancient ruins, temples at Aytthaya and Sukhothai
    • Visit Kamphaeng Pet Historical Park, Unesco heritage site in Sukhothai
    • Horse carriage riding to visit a Burmese style temple at Wat Prakaew Dontao at Lampang
    • Visit the glittering temples and the hill tribe village in Chiang Mai
    • New experience with elephant riding through the jungle and bamboo rafting along the river
    • Exploration of the infamous Golden Triangle to learn more about the region's opium trade
    • Take river boat ride along the Mekong River to get a closer look at Laos and Burma
    • Charming hotels in great locations
    • Comfortable & spacious vehicle for transfers

    Itinerary in brief:

    Day 1: Bangkok Arrival (-/-/-)
    Day 2: Bangkok - Damnoen Saduak Floating market (B/L/-)
    Day 3: Bangkok - Ayuthaya - Uthai Thani (B/L/-)
    Day 4: Uthai Thani - Phitsanulok - Sukhothai (B/L/-)
    Day 5: Sukhothai - Sri Satchanalai - Chiang Mai (B/L/-)
    Day 6: Chiang Mai (B/L/-)
    Day 7: Chiang Mai - Elephant Camp (B/L/-)
    Day 8: Chiang Mai - Golden Triangle - Chiang Rai (B/L/-)
    Day 9: Chiang Rai - Mae Sai - Chiang Saen - Chiang Rai (B/L/-)
    Day 10: Chiang Rai - Departure (B/-/-)

    • Ability to change the direction of the program
    • Possibility of an extension in Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia or Vietnam


    - We specialize in “tailor-made” tours for groups of two or more. We carefully inspect each step of your journey from the accommodation to the perfect guide to suit your needs
    - The itinerary is open to modification to fit your personal travel needs
    - Modifications to the itinerary may increase the price of the package
    - For the price of this trip, just ask for a quote by clicking on "TOUR PRICE" above

    - If you are looking for a trip modified to your requirements, please send us your needs by filling out the form in Customize your trip” 
    - We will contact and send you a quote, excluding holiday period, within 48 hours of receiving your request. 

  • Day 1: Bangkok Arrival (-/-/-)

    Bangkok - Airport: 30km, ~40min drive

    bangkok-tour-tonkin-travelUpon arrival at Bangkok airport, you will be met and transferred to hotel by our guide and driver. After making sure of your successful hotel check-in, he will be pleased to leave you free time for your own lunch and leisure to recover after the long flight.

    We then transfer for a cultural journey starting with a visit to the Royal Grand Palace, the city’s iconic landmark that awes with its exquisite architecture. Continue to nearby Wat Phra Kaeo - the kingdom’s most sacred site which houses the greatly revered Emerald Buddha. Also visit Golden Chedi, the Pantheon of the Chakri Kings, and the Eight Colored Towers.

    Meals Included: None
    Accommodation: Hotel in Bangkok

    Day 2: Bangkok - Damnoen Saduak Floating Market (B/L/-)

    Bangkok - Damnoen Saduak: 95km, ~1h30min drive

    the most colorful of thailand's floating marketAfter breakfast at hotel, we drive to visit the most colorful of Thailand's floating markets at Damnoen Saduak in Ratchaburi Province, about 104 km southwest of Bangkok. On the way, stop by the sea salt farms to see how sea water becomes salt. Upon arrival, take a private long tailed boat to navigate your way through the Floating Market along the canals. This afternoon, visit the Jim Thompson House – the charming Thai style house is a not to be missed visit for the antique collector and historically minded visitors with its wide range collection of rare Asian arts and antiques such as Thai paintings, blue-white Chinaware, Sawankalok Pottery, Benjarong porcelain and Khmer statues. Jim Thompson's disappearance in 1967 made the home become the 'talk of the town' and the 'city's most celebrated social center'.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Bangkok

    Day 3: Bangkok - Ayuthaya - Uthai Thani (B/L/-)

    Bangkok - Ayuthaya: 80km, ~1h15min drive; Ayuthaya - Uthai Thani: 148km, ~2h30min drive

    ayuthaya thailand tourMorning after breakfast, we drive to Bang Pa In for visit the summer palace, and to Ayutthaya for visit the ruins of ancient capital in the. Ayuthaya Historical Park at Wat Phrasri Sanphet and take rickshaw (cyclo) to Wat Mahathat for visit, explore the ruins along the way. After by drive to Angthong, visit the impressive reclining Buddha at Wat Khun In Pramoon.

    After lunch at a local restaurant, we proceed to Uthai Thani for visit the magnificent crystal hall and compound of Wat Thasung, after drive to the Country Lake Natural Lodge Uthai Thani for overnight.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Lodge in Uthai Thani

    Day 4: Uthai Thani - Phitsanulok – Sukhothai (B/-/-)

    Uthai Thani - Sukhothai: 230km, ~4h drive

    sukhothai- tour in thailandAfter breakfast at lodge, we drive to a monkey temple, see and feed hundreds of monkeys. They lived in the bush around the temple they are tame and friendly to all people. Drive to Nakhorn Sawan for boat trip on Bueng Boraphet, the big natural lake enjoy the scenery and hundreds of birds live around the lake.

    After that, we proceed to Kamphaeng Phet stop at Banana Market to see people make different sources of banana and tastes, then proceed to Kamphaeng Pet Historical Park which declaered by UNESCO as The World Herritage, visit Wat Prakaew and compound in the park, lunch at local restaurant. Then drive to Sukhothai on the way stop at villagers' rice mill and proceed for visit Sukhothai Historical Park.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Sukhothai

    Day 5: Sukhothai - Sri Satchanalai – Chiang Mai (B/L/-)

    Sukhothai - Chiang Mai: 217km, ~3h50min drive

    chiang mai - thailand toursMorning after breakfast at hotel, we drive to Sri Satchanalai Historical park for visit, and drive along mountainous area for visit the Soldier Temple or Wat Phrathat Suthon Mongkhol Kiri, the magnificent Reclining Buddha, the decorative Lanna Style stupas covered with gold and the compound. Drive to Lampang for horse carriage ride to visit a Burmese style temple at Wat Prakaew Dontao. After lunch at a local restaurant, we drive to Chiang Mai for overnight.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Chiang Mai

    Day 6: Chiang Mai (B/L/-)

    elephant camp thailand toursBreakfast is served at hotel. We start morning by drive to the elephant camp explore and watch the elephant performance;- work in the forest tugging log, dancing, kicking football, painting, etc. Then you can have a chance to experience elephant ride. After experience the big animal by drive to Orchid Farm for visit.

    After lunch at a local restaurant, we drive to Doi Suthep for visit the most important Chiang Mai attraction. Wat Prathat Doi Suthep. Proceed to the handicraft village for choices of shopping in this city.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Chiang Mai

    Day 7: Chiang Mai - Elaphant Camp (B/L/-)

    Chiang Mai - Ta Yaak Village: 70km, ~1h5min drive

    chiang mai kidsAfter breakfast at hotel, we head out on an excursion to visit an elephant working site located at Ta Yaak Village, Chiang Dao District, approximately 70 km from Chiang Mai. On the way, you can observe the way of living of people who live in the outskirt of Chiang Mai area and pass by Mae Rim, Mae Taeng and many of hill tribe villages including the long neck hill tribe.  Upon arrival in Chiang Dao, visit the elephant working camp on the banks of the Mae Ping River Next, enjoy an exciting trek on an elephant back around camp through the jungle and along the river. Afterwards, board bamboo rafts along a very picturesque stretch of the Mea Ping River to see the beautiful scenery down the river. The rafting lasts about an hour but depends on the depth of the water and the speed of the current. Transfer back to your hotel.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Chiang Mai

    Day 8: Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai (B/L/-)

    Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai: 200km, ~3h15min drive

    chiang raiMorning after breakfast, we travel east by car to the lovely Mae Kampong village, which sits 1,300 meters above sea level and boasts a cool climate all year long. Upon arrival meet some of the villagers and learn more about Thai culture before visiting a local waterfall. After lunch and a short rest, you'll have a chance to enjoy the mountain scenery as we drive you to Chiang Rai.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Chiang Rai

    Day 9: Chiang Rai - Mae Sai - Chiang Saen - Chiang Rai (B/L/-)

    Chiang Rai - Golden Triangle: 91km, ~1h30min drive

    Chiang Saen - tonkin travelMorning after breakfast, we transfer to bustling Mae Sai where you can check out an intriguing Burmese border market before heading to the infamous Golden Triangle. Find out about the area's sordid past at the Opium Museum then continue to the 13th century ruined city of Chiang Saen and the heart of the Golden Triangle. Your day of travel in Thailand ends with a boat ride along the Mekong River to get a closer look at Laos and Burma - experiential travel at its best.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Chiang Rai

    Day 10: Chiang Rai - Flight to Bangkok – Departure (B/-/-)

    Chiang Rai - Bangkok: 792km, ~1h20min flight

    bangkokThis morning after having breakfast, we'll take you for short tour of Chiang Rai to see the famous Wat Pra Kaew before saying bon voyage as we bring you to Chiang Rai airport for your flight to Bangkok to connect your flight home. End of our services./.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  • Prices

    This trip is private and therefore can be altered to suit your needs, date of commencement and budget requirements.

    Prices vary due to a number of specifics:

    • The period: during high season (from October till April), the price of services is generally higher compared to the low season (from May till September).
    • The number of participants: the more of you travel together, the less you will pay.
    • The choice of hotels: a 5-star hotel for example can cost ten times as much as a 2-star hotel; two hotels all classified among the three stars may have different prices if they are more or less charming.
    • The activities during the trip: two trips on the same itinerary and of the same length can have two different prices depending on the number and nature of activities included.
    • The booking date: in some cases, too close booking departure date can raise the price due to the low availability of services.


    • Accommodation as recommended or similar category according to availability.
    • Transfers according to program by private air-conditioned vehicle with driver except free day
    • English-speaking guide’s assistance at every stage
    • Meals as indicated in program (B: Breakfast /L: Lunch / D: Dinner)
    • Entrance fees for attractions included in the program
    • Domestic air ticket: Chiang Rai – Bangkok
    • Elephant riding in Chiang Mai
    • Water and cool tissues
    • Government taxes & service charge


    • Other drinks and meals not clearly mentioned
    • Early check-in, late check-out
    • Personal expenditures, tips
    • Personal insurance (compulsory)
    • Any service not clearly mentioned in the program
    • International air transfers associated with airport taxes
    • Visa and visa arrangement (available upon request)


    Here are 2 steps to book your trip with Tonkin-Travel:

    Step 1. Focus on your travel program:

    You can choose this trip as is or customize it to your specific desires. Just click on the “Customize this trip” tab and fill in the form. One of our travel consultants will contact you within 48 hours to develop the travel program based on your specifications.

    Step 2. Booking:

    • Following the first step, tour program is selected and we access the rates.
    • Upon confirmation of the trip, the registration must be accompanied by a deposit up to 25% of the total estimate.
    • For programs with private junk (cruise) and/or 5 star hotels, the deposit is represented by 30% of the total estimate.
    • Tonkin-Travel carries out the booking process upon receipt of the deposit. Confirmation of these reservations is sent to customer within 10 days via email

    Nature of travel

    This trip is private. That implies:

    • You will be escorted by a private guide and driver. This approach guarantees a smooth trip with fewer organizational constraints.
    • You will be the master of your trip. We guarantee flexibility in organizing visits at your request.
    • Our services will be personalized according to your desires. Thus the proposals in this package are not fixed and you can bring suggest all the desired changes.
    • You receive individualized care: ample food, organizing small events (anniversary, honeymoon, etc.), targeted information, followed necessary modifications, etc.


    • Accommodation is an important expenditure of your trip. When you choose a luxury trip for example, the accommodation can represent three quarters of the price. Thus, your choice of hotels is closely related to your budget.
    • Tonkin-Travel has negotiated rates with a wide range of hotels from 2 to 5 stars.
    • In some places you will have the option to choose ‘home-stay’. Although this provides less comfort that a hotel it is a truly authentic experience and highly recommended for at least one night of your journey.


    All transfers during your trip are covered by private vehicle with driver, unless otherwise indicated in our offer. We ensure that our vehicles are new and comfortable. Fuel, tolls, accommodation, compensation and the driver are included in our offer. Only gratuities are not included and are at your discretion.

    The size of the selected vehicle is based on the number of tour participants according to the following quality standards:

    No. of participants

    2 pax

    3 pax

    From 4 to 7 pax

    From 8 to 14 pax

    From 15 to 20 pax

    Vehicle size

    Car 4-7 seats

    Car 7 or minivan 
    16 seats

    Minivan 16 seats

    Bus 24 seats

    Bus 35 or 45 seats

    Domestic flights

    If your trip includes domestic flights if any, they will be operated by Vietnam Airlines, the largest airline in Vietnam. The fleet consists mainly of Airbus and Boeing. On some short trips, the company operates 72 ATR and some Fokker.

    Rail transport

    Train travel can be offered (particularly between Hanoi-Lao Cai and Hanoi-Hue). Travelling at a speed of 60km/h on average it is not necessarily the fastest but an interesting experience nonetheless.

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