Day 1 - Bangkok - Chachoengsao - Khao Yai (L)
Escape from the chaotic capital city and take a journey back intoa more traditional Thai era. Start with a short train ride to Chachoengsao, a lesser known historical town east of Bangkok (Note: We sometimes experience delays with trains in Thailand. Should this occur, it may require changes to the program).
Upon arrival at the train station in Chachoengsao, hop on a tuk tuk ride to Wat Sothorn Wararam Woraviharn, the famous temple with its remarkable hall made from Italian marble. After that, continue to Talad Klong Suan, a 100-year old canal-side market which impresses visitors with its simple daily lifestyle, and be dazzled with its old shop houses and stalls selling a variety of items including food, quaint old utensils and ancient tin toys. If a visit falls on the weekends, alternative visit is also Talad Baan Mai, another 100-year old market.
Lunch at the market.
After lunch, depart for Chao Phraya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital in Prachinburi. Within this charming yellow colonial building lies a center of traditional herbal pharmacy study and training. Experience the varieties and healing properties of Thai herbs, and then relax with a Thai traditional massage for 30-60 minutes (choice of Thai, foot or oil massage). Continue to Khao Yai via a scenic road that runs alongside Khao Yai National Park. Start a 1km walk through the forest to Nong Phug She Tower, which is located near Nong Phug Shee pond - the main water source for many species of animal.
Continue to the hotel.
Overnight at Khao Yai.
Distances and journey time:
Bangkok – Wat SothornWararamWoraviharn (88.8 km): 1.03 hr
Wat SothornWararamWoraviharn – Talad Baan Mai (4.2 km): 5 min
Talad Baan Mai – TaladKlongSuan (21.6 km): 22 min
TaladKlongSuan - Chao Phraya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital (92.8 km): 1.18 hr
Chao Phraya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital – Khao Yai (147 km): 2.23 hr