The north offers places which are perhaps the true Thailand such as the ancient capital, Sukhothai, the traditional temple town of Lampang and the “Rose of the North’, Chiang Mai.
The north of Thailand offers a totally different experience and perspective to the country after visiting Bangkok and the beaches of southern Thailand. Departing from Bangkok, travel overland to Sukhothai, a small city in Lower Northern Thailand famous for the ruins of the ancient city of Sukhothai which translates as "the dawn of happiness". It was the Thai capital during the 13th Century and was the first capital of Siam. The temples and monuments have been restored and Sukhothai Historical Park is an area with numerous sites of historical interest which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Highlights here will be the night market and a bicycle tour of the temples. .
Continuing north, arrive at Lampang famous for its horse-drawn carriages. It boasts a long history of human settlements, some of which dating back more than 1,000 years. It is rich in archaeologically evidenced in ancient civilizations. Here enjoy a visit to an Elephant conservation centre, a rural village and a Khantokhi dinner.
Next is Chiang Mai, Thailand's cultural capital, a thriving city in the country's north. There is much to see and do, Visit beautiful temples dotted throughout its old town, see the local markets, enjoy a cooking class and take a cruise on a bamboo raft.
An overnight train brings you back to Bangkok.