Thailand’s historical highlights are staggered across its endearing expanse, but some of the most notable heritage sites lie within the borders of the Isan region or the Northeast of Thailand. The destinations that makeup Isan are teeming with character from their diverse cultural influence to idyllic stretches of forest and green jungles. On this tailor-made, 14-day immersion in Isan, you will retreat to these locations and discover the fascinating history of Thailand from its dramatic wartime...
Day 1 - 3
Bangkok – Where Thailand’s Sacred Heritage is Highlighted
Before you explore the elaborate Isan region of Thailand, you will uncover the cultural roots that underpin Bangkok’s timeless traditions. Your discovery of this diverse destination will begin as you land and transfer through the dazzling streets toward your luxurious accommodation. An enchanting ambiance will exude from your premier suite, where uninterrupted spectacles of the cityscape stretch as far as the eye can see. These spectacles will lead you along enthusiastic roads, where local markets express the city’s lively spirit, and grand temples highlight its rich heritage. In the evening, you will begin to feel Bangkok’s lavish embrace as you dine on artisanal Thai cuisine at a prestigious rooftop restaurant that will provide you with a view of the divine skyline.
Wat Pho stands as a beacon of sacred history and highlights the country’s unending devotion to Buddha. The walls of the complex's spiritual constructs are embellished with precious jewels that glisten under the tropical Thai sun, and its halls are home to a wealth of history that is represented in intricate murals that your experienced guide will decipher. The apogee of nonsecular appreciation within the grounds is a monumental Buddhist image, whereby the iconic figure reclines 46 meters in length and is completely gilded. The beloved Grand Palace stands adjacent to Wat Pho, and you will soon experience its striking presence. A variety of intricately designed buildings constitute the entire Grand Palace, and among these revered establishments is Wat Phra Kaew or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The venerated Emerald Buddha image, which was sculpted from a block of jade in the 15th century, is enshrined within the temple and is accentuated by golden robes that are seasonally draped over its body by the king in hopes of good fortune for the country.
Vendors will have constructed their stalls, and locals will flock to morning markets at the first sign of light the following day. Within the meandering aisles of the bustling market, you will indulge in traditionally prepared Thai cuisine. Each delightful delicacy originates from years of culinary customs and will introduce your palate to the indelible flavors for which authentic Thai cuisine is famous.
Day 4 - 5
Ayutthaya – Ruins and Restoration from Bygone Days
Day 6 - 7
Nakhon Ratchasima – Escape to an Evergreen Forest
Day 8 - 10
Ubon Ratchathani – A City Glowing with Culture
Day 11 - 12
Khon Kaen – Through Caves to Serenity
Day 13 - 14
Udon Thani – A Farewell Surrounded by a Sea of Flowers
- Absorb the captivating spiritual energy that exudes from Bangkok’s most beloved temples that have been constructed in varying degrees of regality
- Immerse yourselves in celebrated dishes of Thailand’s famous flavorful cuisine at both local markets and top-tier culinary institutes
- Discover the ancient city of Ayutthaya, which reveals Thailand’s tumultuous past through the ruins that embody the trials, tribulations, and triumphs during the Burmese-Siamese War
- Explore the vastly diverse Isan region as you traverse the emerald green forests and sprawling plateaus of Khao Yai National Park in Nakhon Ratchasima
- Capture mesmerizing images of the archaic red cave paintings of Ubon Ratchathani and witness a fluorescent temple unlike any other
- Uncover timeless Thai traditions like sacred texts that have been preserved in Khon Kaen City Museum
- Traverse the depths of tunneling cave systems at Phu Pha Man National Park
- Find yourselves surrounded by a sea of lotus flowers that stretch as far as the eye can see
- Marvel at the peculiar prehistoric rock formations near the capital of Isan, Udon Thani
The magnetism of Isan spreads across the secluded landscape of Northeast Thailand and is highlighted on this enchanting tour that will begin amid the bustle of Bangkok. Sacred Buddhist temples that are ornately designed in golden plates and rare jewels share their majesty and cultural traditions alongside grandiose skyscrapers that extend toward the sun. Vibrant markets surround these significant sites and will provide you with the opportunity to delve into the delicately rich flavors that constitute Thailand’s world-renowned cuisine. The nearby ancient city of Ayutthaya, which is your second destination before reaching Isan, is enveloped in precious history that is highlighted by the dramatic temple ruins that you will soon peruse in awe.
Nakhon Ratchasima will welcome you to Isan with its evergreen jungle terrain and Khmer-influenced highlights. As you tour across the diverse topography, you will capture images of gibbons as they swing across the canopy and waterfalls as they pound over the striking limestone cliffs. Magnificent mammals will traverse the tranquil wilderness as you and your experienced safari guide wallow in their fascinating habitats. You will then venture further into the heart of Isan and find yourselves amid the stretching sandstone region of Ubon Ratchathani. Prehistoric cave paintings are carved into the rocks that encompass Ubon’s beloved Pha Taem National Park, while the fluorescent green glow of Wat Phu Prao will invite you to uncover age-old spirituality in a completely new light.
The final stretch of your immersive Isan tour will bring you to Khon Kaen, which is a destination that holds significant importance as a leader in education within the region. Its prominent City Museum houses sacred texts, which offer insight into the traditional Thai lifestyle that dates back to archaic ages. Thailand’s immense, cave-riddled national parks will give you the thrill of adventure that you have been desiring. These exceptional environmental highlights will be accentuated when you arrive on the peaceful Red Lotus Sea in Kumphawapi, where you will be surrounded by a flurry of flourishing lotus flowers. Before your tour comes to an end, Udon Thani will divulge more of its immense natural beauty at Phu Phra Historical Park, which is the home of monumental rock formations that served as shelters in the old-world.
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$3,999 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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