With a Thailand trip lasting 15 days, which is suitable for families with children, groups of friends, or a honeymoon vacation, you will have a great experience in Thailand.
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Self-sufficient travel in Thailand is becoming an attractive option for many travelers who want to explore the country's cultural space on their own. This place has never disappointed tourists thanks to its countless magnificent temples, long-lasting history and traditions, beautiful scenery, recreation centers, flavorsome cuisine, and other more. A 15-day Thailand vacation is just enough for you to travel from South to North of Thailand. You will discover the country with its natural beauty and its traditional culture.
As soon as you arrive at Bangkok airport, you will meet the designated tour guide. You will be instructed to check in at the City Center hotel. If you are unable to find a driver or tour guide, contact us immediately for assistance. For the rest of the first day, you should take a rest after a long-haul flight to Thailand and wander around Bangkok at night.
Bangkok International Airport
The 2nd day in Thailand will start with a trip to explore Bangkok.
Your first destination must be Wat Traimit, a famous temple in Bangkok thanks to its unique beauty, history, and the giant Buddha image made of solid gold. This temple is located at the end of Yaowarat Road, near Hua Lamphong Station, Samphanthawong District.
After that, you should have a visit to Wat Pho, located on Rattanakosin Island, Phra Nakhon District, Bangkok. Dating back more than 200 years, Wat Pho is known as one of Thailand's oldest temples housing more than a thousand Buddha images, more than any temple in other countries. This temple also has a Buddha statue of Buddha Saiyans. This 46-meter-long and 15-meter-high Buddha statue is carved as part of the Revival of King Rama III and embellished with gold on the body.
After visiting Wat Pho, you will have lunch at a local restaurant. Royal Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha are places to visit after the lunch break. Royal Grand Palace is located on Na Phra Lan Road, next to the Minam River. The Royal Grand Palace was built in 1972, during the reign of King Rama I. In fact, the Royal Palace is an ancient architectural complex, on a large scale, considered the 'heart' of Bangkok. It is true to say that this is a tourist destination not to be missed when coming to Thailand.
The last place you will visit on this 2nd day is Marble Temple, one of the most modern temples and a prime example of Thai architecture.
At night, you will spend time at leisure with a range of amusing activities to enjoy the nightlife in Bangkok.
Wat Traimit is a famous temple in Bangkok thanks to its unique beauty, history, and the giant Buddha image
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be free to explore the city. It is highly recommended to taste some Thai street food and go to the floating market in Bangkok to see how the vibrant local life is going day by day.
In the evening, you will enjoy a Thai buffet dinner with a wide selection of Thai dishes. The Siam Niramit Show was held at the Ratchada Theater with 2000 seats, Siam Niramit proudly with a stage size 11.95 meters, recognized by the Guinness World Record as the highest stage in the world. Occupying more than half the space of the theater, the whole scene of Ratchada theater is built appropriately with magnificent shows including performances.
More chances to feel the lively nightlife in Bangkok, you can choose either to visit night markets or enjoy bar entertainment. Both are awesome and worth trying for every tourist in Bangkok.
The Siam Niramit Show in Bangkok
After breakfast, Damnern Saduak floating market will be the next stop on the 4th day in Thailand. Damnoen Saduak is a floating market located in the same name district, Ratchaburi province, 105 km southwest of Bangkok. This market is quite crowded and sells a great diversity of goods. This is a tourist attraction where tourists come to buy souvenirs as well as to explore the beauty of Thai life on canals and ditches. The top priority of the Damnoen Saduak floating market is to serve tourists, the trade of the people frequently takes place from 6:00 am.
After that, you will have the chance to experience the Death Railway Train (about 30 minutes - from Tha Ki Len to Tham Krasae). Your lunch will be served at a local restaurant near the train station.
The next sightseeing place you must visit is Wat Pa Luang Ta Bua (or Tiger Temple). Wat Pa Luang Ta Bua is a Buddhist temple located in Kanchanaburi province, northwest of Bangkok, in Thailand near the Myanmar border. This is called Tiger Temple because there are many subspecies of Indochinese tigers raised here by monks. Tiger Pagoda is an attractive tourist destination for visitors to take photos of adorable tigers and give milk to the young ones.
The next stop is Kanchanaburi, the largest province in central Thailand. Here, you will be visiting the Allied War Cemetery, the gravestones of 6,982 allied prisoners of the war, and the JEATH War Museum, a collection of paintings, photographs, and explosive remnants of various places during the war.
Damnoen Saduak is a floating market located in the same name district
On the 5th day in Thailand, you will visit the famous Erawan National Park, also known as Thailand's 12th National Park. Located 65 km from Kanchanaburi province, the main attraction of the park is the 7-tiered Erawan Waterfall, the largest waterfall in Thailand. Erawan Waterfall is a truly unique sight formed by 2 large rivers - Omtala and Mongalai. You can see the shades of green water as the presence of calcium carbonate from the rivers.
Also this two-week trip to Thailand, you will have the chance to visit Wat Tham Sua, a tiger cave temple located in the middle of a hundred-year-old forest in the Khiriwong valley. In the past, this area was full of rugged hills and dense forests. It was the Zen masters of Thailand, who built this unique temple amidst the mountains of southern Thailand. At Wat Tham Sua, the monks are of the Vipassana sect (one of the oldest sects originating from India). Inside the cave system, you can see somewhat bizarre drawings of internal organs inside the human body. This is the qigong medical study of the Zen masters at Tiger Cave Temple!
Erawan Waterfall is a truly unique sight formed by 2 large rivers - Omtala and Mongalai
On this day, you will be transferred from Kanchanaburi to Sukhothai. When arriving at the Sukhothai hotel, you will be entertained freely. Here, you can take a bike ride along with the small villages, the roads between the farms, and the trails as you cross the rice fields. In particular, you also have the opportunity to travel on the Yom on a long tail boat to enjoy the view.
Let's bike ride along the small villages and discover interesting places
A must-visit attraction in Sukhothai is Sukhothai Historical Park, located near Sukhothai City, Sukhothai Province. The famous palace includes the ruins of Sukhothai, the capital of the Kingdom of Sukhothai in the 13th and 14th centuries.
The citadel is rectangular with a length of 2 km from East to West and 1.6 km from North to South. Inside are relics of the royal palace and 26 temples, the largest being Wat Mahathat. This place is a UNESCO World Heritage site on 12 December 1991, maintained by the Thai Fine Arts Department.
You will have the opportunity to visit Wat Mahathat. Along with that, you will visit other works such as Wat Si-Sawai, Wat Si-Chum, Wat Chang-Rop, Wat Traphang-Ngoen, Wat Chana-Songkhram, Wat Mai, and Ramkhamhaeng National Museum, etc.
Wat Mahathat is located east of the old Ayutthaya palace, on the territory of Chee Kun Road and Naresuan Road. Built in 1374, it was an important temple of the Royal Palace at that time. In 1767 the temple was destroyed by the Burmese army, almost the entire building was burned down. The temple also belongs to a historical park complex of the same name. It is considered the central relic of the Ayutthaya Royal Palace. Travelers traveling to Thailand often visit Wat Mahathat so that they can pray for peace and fortune.
In addition, the Sangkhalok Museum is also a place to visit in Sukhothai. The Sangkhalok Museum collects a collection of Sangkhalok porcelain - a type of porcelain produced in the Kingdom of Sukhothai.
Sukhothai Historical Park is a famous palace including the ruins of Sukhothai
On a journey to Thailand in 15 days, Chiang Mai is a place not to be missed. Chiang Mai is a northern Thai province located about 700km from Bangkok. Locals call Chiang Mai the capital of the North, it is also Thailand's second city with a population density of about half a million people.
After waking up, you will go to Chiang Mai to explore Thai culture. You will entertain freely for the rest of the day. On the other hand, Chiang Mai also has modern commercial centers such as MAYA Shopping Center, Central Festival Mall, Central Airport Plaza, Promenada Resort Mall, Premium Outlet at Kaed Farang, etc.
Chiang Mai also has many modern commercial centers
We will start the journey up Doi Suthep - a mountain located in the city of Chiang Mai. Here, you will visit Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, located on Suthep mountain, 15km west of Chiang Mai. Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep was built in 1383. It has a height of 1667m and is considered the sacred place of Chiang Mai people in particular and Thailand in general. To reach this place, you must pass 309 steps. If you have a health problem, you can choose to go by cable car.
When you are at the top of the mountain, if the weather is good, you will be able to see all of Chiang Mai southeast from the observatory. You can see Chiang Mai airport and Chadi Dragon temple in the center of the old capital. Visit the museum in the east, where many Buddha statues are donated from many parts of the world. Heading west, you can climb the stairs to visit the skylight and golden stupa here.
At dinner, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the unique northern Thai food. This is also an opportunity for you to experience Khantoke's dinner, which features the Old Chiangmai style and the story of the ancient Lanna kingdom. Khantoke is a special meal that the host will prepare for the guests. Therefore, this will be a rare opportunity for you to experience the traditional beauty of Thailand during the Lanna dynasty. Today, Thai people still keep the tradition of Khantoke meals when special guests visit the house. So, if this is your first time in Chiang Mai, choose big ceremonies like Bhote, Sala, Khao Pansa, or New Year celebrations to enjoy Khantoke-style dinners.
Moreover, the uniqueness of Khantoke meals is also manifested through folk dances when dinner is taking place. The first is the fingernail - a flexible, formal dance, which is a special one performed during visits between countries. Next came the powerful dances from the sword dance and bow of the boys. In addition, attending a Khantoke-style dinner, you will be led to other special dances such as swing dance, Shan royal dance, or Mahn Mui Chiangta dance. And it will be an indispensable moment of exchange between the audience and the artists on stage.
The unique Khantoke dinner in Chiang Mai
On the 10th day of the journey, you will visit Mae Sa Elephant Camp. Mae Sa Elephant Camp is located at 119/9 Tapae Street, Muang District, Chiang Mai. Mae Sa Elephant Camp is home to over 70 domesticated elephants. When visiting this elephant camp, visitors not only watch elephants perform performances such as parades, playing football, painting but also have the opportunity to learn about the life of elephants from birth till growing up. You also have the opportunity to enter an elephant training center and a nursing home for elephants. On the way back to Chiang Mai, you will visit the Orchid & Butterfly Farm.
Mae Sa Elephant Camp is home to over 70 domesticated elephants
Lisu Lodge is located in Mae Taeng, 16 km from Elephant Nature Park. A village tour is waiting for you when you arrive. It is time to learn more about local life, visit the Ton Lung Temple, and the herbal garden full of natural remedies used by the locals. On the way, you will drop by the local houses. Complete a village tour with a visit to the magicians in the village. End the day with traditional Lisu dance, performed by locals of all ages.
Come to Lisu Lodge to learn more about local life and temples
You will be transferred to Chiang Rai from Lisu Lodge. Here, you will visit Wat Rong Khun. Located in the north of Chiang Rai province, Wat Rong Khun Temple was built in 1997 based on the idea of a famous painter/ architect in Thailand - Chalermchai Kositpipat.
Wat Rong Khun is also known as the White Temple because the entire building is in magnificent white. Combined with Thai classical pagoda architecture and surreal style, Wat Rong Khun features a uniquely breathtaking design that everyone should admire. Entering the temple and looking around, you will be overwhelmed with the beauty of purely white everywhere. You can see around the temple is a park with aquariums and beautiful white sculptures. In fact, there is no denying that just standing and gazing from one project to another is never boring. Inside the White Temple, you will see many pictures of famous artists and celebrities such as Keanu Reeves, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Superman, Spiderman, etc. on display here.
Wat Rong Khun in the magnificent white color at sunset
After breakfast, you'll head for the small town and diverse border cities in the northernmost region of Thailand. You will pass several gentle hills, steep valleys. After that, you will explore many villages and roadside markets along a route from Chiang Rai to Mae Sai and visit some hill tribe villages like Akha and Yao village.
After that, you will continue to move to Chiang Saen and the Golden Triangle (the meeting point of Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar). The Golden Triangle used to be famous as the largest opium producer in the world, but today, the Golden Triangle is no longer growing opium but becoming an ideal eco-tourism site.
Golden Triangle is no longer growing opium but becoming an ideal eco-tourism site
To learn more about their ethnic group and hill tribes such as Lisu, Lahu, Akha, Yao, Hmong & Karen, you will visit Hill Tribe Museum Pda.
Before returning to Bangkok, you will visit Wat Phra Kaew located in the heart of Bangkok, within the grounds of the Royal Palace. Although there are many temples within the palace, Wat Phra Kaew is still the most worshiped temple because it houses the precious Emerald Buddha statue which has great significance to all Thai people. The construction of this temple started when King Yodfa Chulaloke (Rama I) moved the capital from Thonburi to Bangkok in 1785. The temple has a history of over 230 years of existence. Also at this time, King Rama I moved the precious Buddha image (the Emerald Buddha) from Wat Arun across the river into the temple and since then it has become a tangible symbol of the nation.
Wat Phra Kaew is still the most worshiped temple because it houses the precious Emerald Buddha statue
This will be the last day of our Thailand itinerary in 15 days. You should rest at the hotel and pack your suitcase until you move to Bangkok airport.
All in all, Thailand is famous for its tourism industry and is one of the countries attracting the most tourists in the region with an average of more than 12 million tourists come here every year. Thailand owns a beautiful location with wonderful landscapes. It will be a waste if you do not take the opportunity to once visit this interesting country.
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