North to Chiang Mai
In Bangkok, we plan to visit the Grand Palace and temples of the Emerald Buddha and Wat Po (Temple of the Reclining Buddha), then take a night train to the northern city of Chiang Mai. A highlight of this pleasantly cool place will be climbing the 'Dragon Steps' to the hilltop monastery of Doi Suthep.
Aboard our Rice Barge
The breathtaking complex of ancient temples and palaces at Si Satchanalai and Sukhothai are also along our route. At Sukhothai, we marvel at the free-standing Buddhas and imposing ruins of Wat Mahathat. From Phayuha Khiri we board our rice barge and spend the next day cruising along the Chao Phraya past a medley of isolated villages and jungled landscapes.
River Kwai & 'Death Railway'
After exploring the 600-year-old ruins of Ayutthaya, we drive to Kanchanaburi and the 'Bridge over the River Kwai'. We then board the train to Nam Tok (along the infamous 'Railway of Death'), before taking a longtail boat up the Kwai Noi river and into the jungle. Here, we stay in raft houses and have time to walk to a nearby Mon village, ride elephants, and enjoy some bamboo rafting.
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