One of our most popular trips will take you to the provinces in the North of Bangkok – Uthai Thani and Nakorn Sawan. You will experience a “complex nature & culture experience” as this trip will take you through the ancient market, tropical forest, cave and lake, ethnic Karen and Lao villages, “crystal temple” and UNESCO site – Ayutthaya. You will enjoy relaxing atmosphere on the rice barge ride, observing rural life on the river bank and will be surprised by nature wonder of Uthai Thani Province – Huppatad Cave, which dates back to the time of “Jurassic Park”.
BANGKOK – SUPHANBURI –UTHAI THANI - BANRAI VILLAGE – HUB PATAD - BUNG BORAPHET SWAMP-AYUTHAYA-BANGKOK – DEPARTURE
The Crystal Temple: This temple is known as Wat Jantraram or Wat Tha Sung and is very popular among tourists for the unique beauty. On the outside, the temple is white and looks just like many other temples however the gem of this temple is the interior. The interior prove the temple to be worthy of the name ‘Crystal Temple’ or ‘Glass Temple’. Built with glass as decorations, wall and columns of the interior reflects light and makes shiny glittering light everywhere you look. Located in underrated provinces, Uthai Thani, you will find that this temple is still well hidden from mass tourists.
Hup Pa Thad Cave: Hup Pa Thad is one of the most visited destinations in Uthai Thani. This cave gives out pre-historic atmosphere as you climb through the rocky path and amazed by plants you have never seen. Surrounded by Limestone Mountain, the cave is well preserved for many types of plant including the great Excoecaria, a close relative of the Old World Tropics. Those who have visited this cave willingly call it “Jurassic Park”.
Boraphet Swamp: The greatest place for water birds sighting in Thailand is just two and a half hours drive from Bangkok. Coming at the right season, you will not only enjoy smooth boat ride for local birds and lotus sightseeing but also migrating birds. This wetland destination became popular with the sighting of the rare White-eyed River Martin that however has not been sighted since 1980.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL BANGKOK
Welcome to Bangkok!
Met and transfer to your hotel then free at leisure.
Bangkok, officially known in Thai as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, is the capital and most populous city of Thailand. It’s covered an area of 1,568.7 square kilometers in the Chao Phraya River delta in central with an estimated population of 11.539 million. Over 14 million people lived within the surrounding Bangkok Metropolitan Region at the 2010 census, making Bangkok an extreme primate city, dwarfing Thailand's other urban centres in both size and importance to the national economy.
Overnight at your hotel in Bangkok
DAY 2: BANGKOK – SUPHANBURI –UTHAI THANI
Depart Bangkok Hotels and drive to Suphanburi. Visit the Lak Mueang Shrine, built in Chinese style – the legend says, here, lives a ghost of the male guard called Chao Por which is still highly respected by the locals. Just next to the shrine, there is a huge Chinese dragon statue. Then, you will enjoy a visit of a big orchid farm. Continue to a hundred years old of Sam Chuk riverside market – old Chinese community and old-fashioned market with wooden shophouses remain in original Thai style a century ago. Visit a photograph shop which still takes pictures by a century-old camera, herbal drugstore, or you can enjoy tasting local sweets, sipping old-fashioned local-style coffee by the river. The three-storey building dedicated to be a museum draw visitors back to the yesteryears by different photographs featuring the way of life in the Siam’s era.
Then.proceed to Wat Tasung Temple, the biggest and most famous temple in Uthai Thani, serving as the Buddhist meditation center. Be amazed by the crystal hall and the golden altars.
Let’s experience a boat ride along the real historical and restored rice barge on the Sakaekrang River. Relax and watch “river life” – there are many typical raft houses of the local fishermen and their fish farms built on the river. The main income here comes from fish farming and producing variety of fish products, some of them are very interesting such as famous fish vinegar or a local smoked fish.
Before the check in at the Country Lake Nature Lodge, you will take a visit to the local evening market with all local products and delicacies. Transfer to the Country Lake Nature Lodge Dinner.
Overnight at the Country Lake Nature Lodge.
Meals: Breakfast included
DAY 3: BANRAI VILLAGE – HUB PATAD
After the breakfast, visit to the Temple of Wat Tham Khao Wong, a Buddhist temple in Tambon Ban Rai or Ban Rai District of the province of Uthai Thani, near the border with Suphan Buri Province. Built in 1987, it has a two-storey Thai-style convocation hall, and the area has been exquisitely landscaped. Further to Ban Rai Village to experience the finest Thai hand skills such as the beautiful intricately hand weaving. About two hundred years ago, people from Laos, known as the Lao Krang, settled in the region bringing with them their weaving tradition. In this village, almost every house is a small weaving manufacturer which makes a little enhancement of the income to the farmers’ family.
Proceed to Hub Pa Tad Valley. Surrounded by the old limestone mountains, the hidden forest of rare big palm trees which look like from the time of “Jurassic Park” is waiting for the outside world to be explored. After walking through a 100 meters long tunnel in which you can spot many cave bats, you will find yourself in a different untouched “prehistoric” world.
Overnight at Country Lake Nature Lodge
Meals: Breakfast included
DAY 4: BUNG BORAPHET SWAMP-AYUTHAYA-BANGKOK
After breakfast, relax at the resort. Then proceed to Nakorn Sawan province. Board on a motor boat to visit the Bird Sanctuary at Bung Boraphet Swamp. Bung Boraphet is the largest swamp in Thailand and it is a wonderful area to spot many different bird species and sweet water flora. In the past was a paradise habitable by hundreds of crocodiles, thousands of fishes and even more birds. Nowadays it is home for many of them, which came to spend winter here – mostly from November to March. There is also a big aquarium and a small crocodile farm, where you can spot these prehistoric beautiful creatures. Then, proceed to Ayutthaya to visit the historical ruins, Wat Yai Chai Mongkol. Ayutthaya was a former and by far the longest time active capital of Siamese Kingdom that existed from 1350 to 1767. Ayutthaya was friendly towards foreign traders, including the Chinese, Vietnamese, Indians, Japanese and Persians, and later the Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch and French, permitting them to set up villages outside the walls of the capital, also called Ayutthaya. In the sixteenth century, it was described by foreign traders as one of the biggest and wealthiest cities in the East.
Lunch at a local restaurant on the way back to Bangkok and transfer to the hotel or the airport.
Meals: Breakfast included
Price: USD 00 Per Person
Transfers & Tours as mentioned in program, private air-conditioning vehicle
All entrance fees as mentioned in the program
Professional Experienced English speaking Guide
3 nights stay in mention hotels or in good middle class hotels
Refreshing towel 2 Pieces/day
Drinking water 2 bottle / day
International/domestic airfares & tax
Travel Insurance. (We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance from home)
Personal expenditure (telephone, laundry, shopping and so on…)
Tips for guide, driver, porters and project cost