Journey: Chiang Mai Thailand
Ten days, with car tour through west-thailand
The experienced Thailandganger has already had the necessary tours and visited most of the most famous tourist sites. Hence our advice for anyone who wants something else: book a car rental at Thai Quality Vacations and travel with your hired car freely through Thailand. You will then really get in touch with ‘Amazing Thailand’.
Nice points to know
Detailed dutch directions and dutch explanation
Transfers as described by your own rental car (excluding the tour price), Air-conditioning, All risk insurance, Full tank gasonline, Unlimited mileage
Stay in carefully selected accommodations as described with airco and private sanitary facilities
All mentioned meals and defined transfers
Excluding : Other meals, transfers, airline tickets (local and international), visa costs, luggage handling and optional excursions, rental car, extra costs, fuel, extra insurance, renting extra’s rental car etc and personal expenses.
Bangkok – Kanchanaburi (185 km)
Your first day starts with a not too long distance.
A nice route is to drive first towards Samut Songkhram and take a look around in a cozy spot on the river before visiting Amphawa’s floating market with its many stalls and colorful boats. A boat trip through the area with its many plantations is also included.
From here you continue to Kanchanaburi city. You can stop here to see the famous bridge over the River Kwai and one of the war cemeteries. Then through to the Pung Waan Resort, which is beautifully located on the Kwai Noi River, about 55 kilometers from Kanchanaburi city. Time to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
On exploration road in Kanchanaburi
Go on exploration road in Kanchanaburi and surrounding area. Upstream you will find numerous caves, waterfalls and virgin tropical rainforest, where countless movies are recorded.
Do not forget to visit the ruined ruins of the deserted city of Muang Singh. The excursions to the bustling waterfalls in the Erawan and Saiyok National Parks are impressive as well. One of the most beautiful trips is to Chalerm Rattanakosin National Park. After a long and firm walk through virgin rainforest, you will end up with the impressive cave, Tham Tahn Lod. At the end is a temple, a surrealist sensation!
Kanchanaburi -> Ayutthaya (150 km)
From west we are going a bit to the east where Ayutthaya is waiting for you.
Less than 100 kilometers north of Bangkok lies the former capital of Siam, Ayutthaya, where 33 kings ruled in a row, until the city in 1767 was destroyed by the Burmese army. Unfortunately, the once-so-rich culture has remained mostly temple ruins, but they are still so impressive that they were declared world heritage in 1991 by UNESCO. A visit to Ayutthaya may not be missing in your first trip to Thailand. Of course, you can always return to explore this historical treasure room.
Many visitors do Ayutthaya for a day trip but if you really want to snuggle the atmosphere of the former capital of the Siamese empire while viewing the impressive remains of ancient temples and palaces in the UNESCO World Heritage Park, then a Stay in Iudia on the River completely in the picture.
Ayutthay -> Sukhothai (350 km)
A nice route to the unspoiled nature of Uthai Thani with on the way enough beautiful places to stop for a while. Hidden temples and sleepy villages. Khao Pla Ra is a mountain of 558 meters that you can climb via a path. On the west side, prehistoric murals of 3000 years old are admired. Between the Chao Praya River and the Sakae Krong River lies the island of Koh The Pho with sugarcane plantations. Nice to look around before heading to Sukhothai.
We continue the journey to the ancient capital of the ever-powerful kingdom of Sukhothai, which ranged from 1238 to 1438 from its peak to Burma, far to Laos and south to the present Malaysia.
In the historical park are the remains of mysterious Buddhist images between tropical vegetation. The park is best seen by bike, which can be rented at the entrance. And not far from the historic park you will find your hotel, Ruean Thai Hotel.
Sukhothai -> Mae Sot (170 km)
From Sukhothai we continue to Mae Sot, but we first make a stopover in Tak. Tak is known for its vibrant markets, ethnic diversity, and natural beauty. Historians believe that the city was built by Tak before the Sukhothai era and later served as the western border of the Kingdom.
Tak is a beautiful province, almost completely outside the tourist map, so if you are looking for true Thai hospitality and a view of everyday Thai culture that is not yet covered by mass tourism, Tak is the right place.
Mae Sot in the province of Tak is a lively border-trading area. This can be seen in the signposts of stores, which are usually Thai, Burmese and Chinese. The street scene is also very varied. A visit to the Thi Lo Su Falls is a must. River rafting is highly recommended. You spend the night in Centara Mae Sot Hill Resort, which is located in the cool mountains, on the border with Myanmar.
Mae Sot -> Mae Sariang (236 km)
In the morning you leave north, heading to Mae Sariang. This route along the Myanmar border is a very nice route. You are surrounded by the beautiful unspoiled nature, where you are already silent and enjoying it.
In the afternoon you arrive in Mae Sariang, where you can check in at River House Resort. Then explore the village. You will find many mountain trunks nearby if you know where to look. Nearby you can also find a hot spring where people are very friendly, but hardly speak a word of English. The scenery is very beautiful and you can enjoy it while chatting with local snacks. Nice after a long day driving.
Mae Sariang -> Mae Hong Son (166 km)
Mae Hong Son, is one of the northern provinces and is definitely the most western of Thailand, on the border with Myanmar. Due to mountainous surroundings, it is a cooler climate than the rest of the country. The same capital, the village in the fog, lies in a valley with an authentic culture, with many Burmese influences. Over the centuries, the inhabitants have been engaged in the training of elephants for work in the dense forests.
There is a lot of exploration in Mae Hong Son, such as the “fish caves” with carp, waterfalls, Burmese-style temples, mountain tribes and the special Palong mountain people or “long necks”, with copper rings around the neck. The friendly locals show a rich mix of Lanna Thai, Karen and Burmese mountain volcanoes. The charm and serene rest in Mae Hong Son ensure a perfect atmosphere. For lovers of nature and culture this is a vacation in paradise!
Mae Hong Son
Mae Hong Son is also the place to enjoy treatment with special ‘pooklon’ mud. This face mask provides a gentle, healthy and rejuvenated skin, due to the many minerals it contains. The volcanic boon stimulates a better blood circulation in the facial skin in 15 to 20 minutes.
The resort is located on the San Fah Doi Hills, and is in fact the gateway to Mae Surin National Park. There you can do trekking tours, hiking, waterfalls, and mountain biking.
Mae Hong Son –> Pai (110 km)
A little piece of Mae Hong Son is from Pai. Pai is a nice and small city, halfway between Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son. The surrounding area is fascinating, with interesting villages of diverse mountain tribes. You are awakened by the delicious aroma of freshly brewed coffee, which is being cultivated here. This is the chance to complete a relaxing day, totally according to your dreams.
Or do you prefer to visit one of the intriguing places in Pai? Relax in the quiet countryside, sail across the Pai River on handmade bamboo rafts, discover caves, swim under a waterfall, bath in a hot spring, visit ancient temples in the town and take an adventurous walk to meet the different mountain tribes. You will get the desire to come back again. Pai is a place where music is in place, not only for Thai, but also for many Western youths who come down here, with or without an instrument.
Belle Villa Resort is about 1 mile from the town. Until recently this area was difficult to achieve. That is part of the authentic attraction, with all the mountain tribes and their villages at your fingertips.
Pai –> Chiang Mai (130 km)
Your last few kilometers have arrived. Your final point is in Chiang Mai.
You will stay in Raming Lodge, where you will see a lot of Lannestyle, both from the outside and inside.
If you are on a Sunday in Chiang Mai, do not forget to visit the Sunday Market. The Sunday Market is a bravery of Thai style that extends over the old city walls over a long street. Car traffic is not allowed, so you can walk around to the heart and try to conquer your commercial lust.