Ancient Kingdom of Lanna


The Lanna Kingdom once covered vast swathes of northern Thailand – travel to its heart at Chiang Mai on board the luxurious Eastern & Oriental Express.

tour duration 7 Days from
tour price On Request
tour type Private Tour

Places Visited

UK - Bangkok (3N) - Overnight Train (2N) - UK

Tour Highlights

Ride on the luxurious Eastern & Oriental Express, a reminder of colonial opulence
Take a horse-drawn carriage through the Lanna architecture of Lampang
Explore the cultural centre of Chiang Mai
See the colourful Royal Barges that used to don the important Chao Phraya River
Discover the splendid Buddhist temple of Wat Arun, also known as the Temple of Dawn
Visit Bangkok’s Grand Palace, former home of the King of Siam

Day 1-2 Fly to Bangkok
Fly overnight to the vibrant city of Bangkok. On arrival you will be met by your expert tour guide and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 1-2 Fly to Bangkok
Day 3 Board the train
Board the luxurious Eastern & Oriental Express. (B)
Day 3 Board the train
Day 4 Lampang and Chiang Mai
Travel to Lampang, an old city rich in history. Board a horse-drawn carriage to visit Ban Sao Nak, the House of Many Pillars, and an old teak house built in the Lanna style with 116 pillars. Enjoy brunch back on the train before continuing on to Chiang Mai. Once the capital of the Lanna Kingdom, Chiang Mai is rich in culture especially in its quaint, moated old quarter. Here you will be given a choice of excursions, with the rest of the day free for sightseeing. This evening, back on board the train, sit down to a formal, decadent dinner and spend the rest of the evening at leisure - a nightcap in the bar car is highly recommended. (B,L,D)
Day 4 Lampang and Chiang Mai
Day 5 Return to Bangkok
After a relaxed breakfast return to Bangkok. On arrival, disembark the Eastern & Oriental Express and transfer to your hotel. (B)
Day 5 Return to Bangkok
Day 6 Explore Bangkok
Take to the cool and peaceful canals of Bangkok's Thonburi district. These waterways still provide a lifeline for many of the residents and are an excellent way to get a glimpse of everyday life. Visit the Royal Barges and Temple of Dawn before the dazzling Grand Palace, a complex incorporating Wat Phra Kaeo, Thailand's holiest Buddhist site. (B)
Day 6 Explore Bangkok
Day 7 Depart Bangkok
Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK, arriving home the same or following day. (B)
Day 7 Depart Bangkok

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If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 0800 9884 888 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

A visa is not required for visitors to Thailand.

International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. To call the UK the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 44, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 44 207 403 7860. Emergency 24 hour telephone (out of office hours) is 00 44 7984 041 625.
 
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are growing in popularity and you will find high quality coverage. There are active roaming agreements with all phone carriers; however SMS and call rates can be expensive. We recommend that you contact your mobile supplier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave the UK.
 
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and China is no exception. Many passengers are often uncertain of how much to tip so we have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount (in US Dollars) to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount for the kitty is calculated for each tour depending on the length, group size and services used during the trip.
 
We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.

Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs.
 
We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity – we do our best to ensure that you don’t get ripped off. 

The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is a combination of local and western food, usually served buffet style at the hotel you are staying in. Lunches and dinners consist of traditional cuisine and are served at reputable local restaurants. As is traditional in this region, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on the table for everyone to share so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. The amount served is more than ample for the whole group. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.
 
Drinks will be at each tour members’ own expense and paid for at the end of each meal. Beer is widely available and cheap. Western style wine is very expensive to import and is not widely available except at upmarket restaurants. Bottled drinking water, soft drinks, and fruit juices are also widely available – remember that you should only have ice or fruit juices from a trusted restaurant, where they will use boiled or bottled water.
Due to the French colonial influence in some Southeast Asian countries, black tea (commonly referred to as ‘lip-ton’ by the locals), coffee, and baguettes are available in most places. However, the local style is to have sweet condensed milk with their tea and coffee. Fresh dairy milk is not usually served but many restaurants will provide this if requested. ‘Cafe Sua-da’ (or iced coffee with milk) is a favourite choice amongst the locals.

What's Included

International flights
Domestic transportation
All accommodation
Meals as stated
Touring with guides and entrance fees
Excludes tipping

Why Book This Tour?

This tour is suitable for those with a short time available and who are interested in visiting the main sights of the Kingdom of Lanna. This tour is on board the Eastern and Oriental Express train, a luxury train for our more discerning traveller.

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