Thailand Culture and Bird Watching Tour
Duration: 11 days 10 nights
Destinations: Bangkok, Aytuthaya, Khao Yai National Park, Pitsanulok, Sukhothai, Chiangmai, Doi Inthanon National Park
This itinerary blend all the fascination of the culture, history, beauty of nature and wild life which Thailand has to offer. From the exciting capital city where we will observe modern society and magnificent Grand Palace, ancient historical park in middle of Thailand, to the contrasting adventurous tour of serene and tranquil different national parks, this exciting discovery will turn your dreams of Thailand into reality. The journey is an education of how Thai cultures and ways of life have complimented both modern progress and the divers of birds, wild animals and nature environment.
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Day by day itinerary
Day 1 Bangkok
Start the day by taking a long tail boat cruise down the Chao Phraya River. See the traditional houses precariously perched along the river. Along the way, stop to visit The Temple of dawn, an extraordinary feat of architecture and one of the most revered sights along the river, and The Royal Barge Museum, to note the ornately carved and gilded royal barges, much talked about by European visitors since the 17th century, due to their grandeur.
After your boat trip, we will visit the exquisite Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha Temple.
After a traditional Thai lunch at a local restaurant, we will head for “Wat Pho” or The Reclining Buddha Temple. This temple is one of the oldest and largest in Bangkok.
Day 2 Bangkok > Ayuthaya
This morning we check out of our hotel and leave for The Bang Pa In Summer Palace, used by the Royal Family for over three centuries (journey time approx 1hr). Continue on to the ancient city of Ayuttaya, once the capital of Siam, which is protected and conserved by the World Heritage Organisation. We will visit Wat Phra Srisanpet and Wat Mongkol Bopit. The latter houses a glorious sitting Buddha statue. Stroll around the age-old ruins and discover how Ayuttaya grew to be one of the most powerful cities in South-East Asia. Late afternoon drive back to Khao Yai National Park area, Check in at the hotel
Day 3 Ayuthaya > Khao Yai National Park
After breakfast we drive to Khao Yai National Park foot hill area. Late afternoon check in at your hotel, those who wish to stay relax around the pool. Keen birder will go check for Red-breasted Parakeet and the other birds in the fields and open area close to Natioanal Park.
Evening return to hotel.
Day 4 Khao Yai National Park
6:00 am start to drive up to Khoa yai National Park, one of the best bird watcher paradise. We will stroll around different nature trail in the park area. Great opportunity to spot wild life: Gibbon, wild elephants, Red Muntjac, short tail macaque. Birds possible to be seen: Coral-billed Ground – Cuckoo, Brown-backed Needletail, Laced Woodpecker, Heart-spotted Woodpecker, Great Hornbill, Oriental Pied Hornbill.
Evening animal spotting safari and return to hotel.
Day 5 Khao Yai > Sukhothai
After checking out from the hotel. We heading north, a stop to visit Pra Prang Sam Yod, a classic Hindu shrine, Khmer Bayon architecture period. The compound also famous for monkeys, which stay around the temple. We will then carry on to Pitsanulok town to visit the distinguished Wat Mahathat, the provinces most important religious structure. This temple houses the major spectacle of Sukhothai Art, Phra Buddha Chinaraj – an awe-inspiring sculpture, and then we will head for Thailand’s first capital – Sukhothai (approx 1hr drive).
Check in at the hotel
Day 6 Sukhothai
After breakfast To get an insight into the history of this area, we will start out at The Ramkangkeng National Museum. Then, move on to begin discovering the cities ruins of Royal Palaces, several Buddhist temples, city gates, walls, moats, canals, ponds and the water dyke control system which was the spiritual center of the Kingdom.
Overnight in Sukhothai
Day 7 Sukhothai > Chiangmai
After breakfast and checking out from your hotel. We drive north, past rice paddies, villages to The Historical Park of Sri Satchanalai. The twin city of Sukhothai, visit the ruins temple such as Wat Chang Lorm, Wat chedi jed teaw etc, Then wander down to the riverside to explore an archeological site showing an excavation of over 1,000 pottery kilns. After lunch we will drive to Lampang will stop at Wat Phrathat Lampang Luang – a monument to fine Lanna Thai art and architecture. We will then drive on to Chiang Mai
Check in at hotel.
Day 8 Birding and Doi Suthep Temple
Early morning, will drive up to the back site of Doi Suthep National Park for bird watching, birds possible to be seen; Long – tailed Broadbill, Silver – breasted Broadbill, Maroon Oriole, Hill – blued Flycatcher, Black Baza, Silver – eared Mesia, Mountain Bulbul, Striated Yuhina, White-rumped Munia, Golden – fronted Leafbird etc.
Later we will visit one of the most important temple, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, once you have reached the temple, you can enjoy the best views of Chiang Mai city, from 3,000ft above the ground. Learn about the history of this temple and how it came to be constructed so high up the mountain.
Evening return to Chiangmai
Day 9 Chiang Doi Elephan camp > Chiang Mai
Today we will take an exciting safari trip at Chiang Dao Elephant Camp. We will watch the elephants take their daily bath and a demonstration of the elephant working, pushing and pulling the heavy logs. Then take an elephant ride through the peaceful jungle to visit a Lisu Hill Tribe Village. Look around the village, then continue your elephant ride back to the camp. After lunch, take a Bamboo raft down the Ping River. On the way back to the hotel we can stop at the Orchid farm.
Evening Check in at hotel in Chaing Mai
Day 10 Chiangmai – Doi Inthanon
5:00 am today we will check out, leave from the hotel to meander up the roads leading to Doi Inthanon. When arrive at the Park entrance, we will drive up to the second checkpoint, birds that possible to be seen are; Rufouse-bellied Niltava, Small Niltava, White-gorgeted Flycather, White-browed Scimitar-Babbler, Yellow-checked Tit, Grey-checked Fulveta, Black-headed Sibia, Asian Emerald Cuckcoo, White – tailed Leaf Warbler, White-throated Fantail, Silver-eared Mesia, Spectacled Barwing, Fulvous – breasted Woodpecker.
Later, we will proceed up to the mountains summit to look for some of the mountains rarer birds such as Green – tailed Sunbird, Chestnut – tailed Minla, Pigmy Wren Babbler, Slaty – bellied Tesia, Ashy – throated Warbler, Snowy – browed Flycatcher, Rufous – throated Partridge.
Lunch will be at local restaurant in the park. Afternoon we will explore water fall area, birds that possible to be seen: Plumbeous Redstart, White – capped Water Redstart, Slaty – backed Forktail, Black – backed Forktail, Blue Whistling Thrush, Silver – breasted Broadbill, Black – napped Monarch, Asian Paradise – Flycatcher and more…
Evening Check in at Accommodation
Day 11 Doi Inthanon – Chiangmai
Early morning enjoy spotting birds in the others National Park area. Birds possible to be seen; Short – billed Minivet, Bar – winged Flycatcher – Shrike, Grey Treepie, Lesser – Racket tailed Drongo, Verditer Flycatcher, Chestnut – bellied Leafbird, Grey – throated Babbler,Black – throated Parrotbill. Ashy Bubul, Mountain Bulbul, Striated Bulbul
Late afternoon will drive back and transfer to Chiangmai Airport for your flight to next destination
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