Day 3 - Sukhothai - Phrae - Lampang (B,L)
For early risers, there is an option to participate in the monks' alms offering ceremony. After breakfast drive north to Si Satchanalai Historical Park on the banks of the Yom River north of Sukhothai. The ancient town, formerly called ''Muang Chaliang,'' was named ''Si Satchanalai'' during the reign of Phra Ruang and 134 ruined monuments have been discovered within the park. Visit the main sites including several temples, as well as the Celadon Kiln Site Study and Conservation Center at Ban Ko Noi, some 4 kilometers to the north of Si Satchanalai.
Continue to Phrae, one of Thailand's oldest cities founded in 828 under the name Muang Phon and one of the most authentic Lana towns, Phrae is packed with traditional Thai architecture in the form of beautiful teak houses, eclectic wats and quiet lanes as well as several large colonial period teak mansions. We will spend some time visiting Vongburi House, a large two-storey teak mansion built in 1897 for a family that held a large teak concession in the area. The house has remained in the family ever since and is a living museum, full of fascinating relics of the past including documents related to the purchase of slaves. Also, visit the small silver workshop on site to see bowls and other ornaments being made.
Continue to Lampang, a large trading centre during the 19th Century. Visit Wat Pong Sanook, a temple awarded by UNESCO for Culture Heritage Conservation provides an inspirational model of community-led conservation in saving a unique Lanna temple. Take a horse cart ride along Taladkao Road where you can see old Thai, Chinese, British and Burmese merchant houses.
Overnight in Lampang