Departure from Bangkok every Sunday, but only as a joint tour.
Day 1-2 Rachaphruk Hotel, good tourist class or similar. Day 2-3 Napalai Hotel, good tourist class or similar. Day 3-4 Sook Somboon Hotel, budget class or similar. Day 4-6 La Paloma Hotel, good tourist class or similar.
An early departure from your Bangkok hotel by air conditioned minibus to Korat (Nakorn Ratchasima). On the way we visit a local fruit and flower market. We drive through the mountains of Khao Yai (Thailand's largest Wildlife Park) and make some stops for having lunch and some refreshments and to enjoy the view and maybe to encounter some wildlife. Before arrival in Korat we visit Phrasat Phanom Wan a ruin temple from the 11th century. Continue to visit Ban Dan Kwian where villagers only make pots & ceramic. In the evening, dinner (optional) in a cosy garden restaurant. Overnight in the Ratchaphruk hotel.
Day 2: Korat - Udon Thani (B/L)
Breakfast. Visit to Baan Prasat. Here archaeologists found one of the earliest prehistoric civilisations (3000 BC.) in Thailand.
Next stop is Prasat Hin Phimai, excellent restored Khmer ruins of the late 12th century located in a nice park. Phimai was linked by road with Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Lunch in local restaurant. During this trip we drive through the famous rice paddies of ISAN and of course we stop to make pictures. Before arrival in Udon Thani we visit Chonnabot, a village where the main source of income comes from silk waving. Overnight in Napalai hotel. Dinner (optional) near a lake, nice to go by rickshaw (= bicycle taxi).
Day 3: Udon Thani - Chiang Khan (B/L)
Breakfast and departure to Ban Phu National Park. Lunch at Si Chiang Mai by the Mekong River. On the other side of the river you can see Vientiane, the capital of Laos. The tour continues along the banks of the Mekong River to Chiang Khan. The side of Laos is covered in dense rain forest while the Thai side is cultivated. Check in at the Sook Somboon hotel on the bank of the Mekong river. Overnight and dinner (optional) at Sook Somboon hotel.
Day 4: Chiang Khan - Phitsanulok (B/L)
At sunrise their is the change to see how families in Chiang Khan offer to the monks their alms. After breakfast their is time for an optional boat trip over the Mekong river. We start driving over mountains covered with jungle. We will pass several National Parks and make plenty of stops. This is one of the most scenic and beautiful routes in Thailand. On the way we visit Bo Po Village. In this village they have a well, which contains salt water. Lunch in a local restaurant. We make a stop at Thung Saleang National Park to visit the Keang Sopa Waterfalls. If the current is not too strong we can swim under the waterfall. Overnight and dinner (optional) in the La Paloma Hotel.
Day 5: Phitsanulok - Sukhothai - Phitsanulok (B/L)
After breakfast and we are on the way to the ancient city of Sukhothai. We rent bicycles and spend the afternoon cycling amidst the beautiful complex of ruins this ancient capital. After lunch in the afternoon transfer back to Phitsanulok. Overnight in the La Paloma hotel. Dinner (optional) near the river.
Day 6: Phitsanulok - Chiang Mai (B)
Breakfast and time for some leisure. Visit the famous temple, Wat Mahathat on the bank of the Nan River or visit the Folks Museum in town. Transfer at noon to the train station in Phitsanulok and travel by air conditioned train from Phitsanulok to Chiang Mai. The train ride takes you through mountains beautiful landscapes and mountains covered with jungle. Up on arrival Chiang Mai, transfer to your hotel in Chiang Mai.