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Sample Itineraries

Browse our collection of sample trips which have been designed to inspire you. Keep in mind, we customize every trip to meet your specific travel needs and budget.

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Thailand: Mountains and Villages - Bangkok, Thailand
Thailand: Mountains and Villages
Northern Thailand Off-the-Beaten Track

Highlights of Thailand

Bangkok Grand Palace


The capital, Bangkok, with a population of over eleven million inhabitants is Thailand’s largest city. For years, it was only a small trading post on the banks of the Chao Phraya River until King Rama I, the first monarch of the present Chakri dynasty, turned it into the capital of Siam in 1782 after the burning of Ayutthaya by Burmese invaders. Since then, Bangkok has become a national treasure house and functions as Thailand's spiritual, cultural, political, commercial, educational, and diplomatic center. This cosmopolitan city combines some of Asia’s oldest and most elaborately adorned temples with modern shopping malls, skyscrapers and busy markets making it a vibrant and eclectic city to visit with something for everyone.

Thailand Beaches & Islands

Thailand is blessed with miles of stunning coastline and hundreds of offshore islands. The seas are calm, the bays small and picturesque and the sea life abundant. The scenery and topography varies from coast to coast, from north to south and island to island which is one of the many reasons people return again and again. Lush, green forest vegetation extending down to limestone cliffs and pure white beaches lapped by warm, turquoise waters; the coast of Thailand is a tropical paradise with spectacular waterfalls and coconut palms bending towards the sun. The tranquility and natural splendor of the Thai coast and its islands has to be seen to be believed.
Northern Hill Tribe Villagers

Chiang Mai and the North

The province of Chiang Mai and the provincial capital is set in the mountains of the north. As an ancient capital of the former Lanna Kingdom, Chiang Mai is considered the heartland for the country's culture and arts. It is now a fairly large and active metropolis but the charm of the city can still be recaptured in the old town inside the city wall. The people are legendary for their open and friendly nature which makes the city one of the most popular destinations in Thailand. From Chiang Mai there are plenty of options for exploring the north whether you are looking to visit ethnic minority villages, trek in the jungle, head down river on a bamboo raft, visit the magnificent temples or just relax and enjoy the scenery.

Ayutthaya and Sukhothai

The ancient cities of Ayutthaya and Sukhothai were the former capitals of the Thai kings during the 13th and 14th centuries. They bear testimony to the ancient glory of the Thai nation and eloquently demonstrate the skills and heritage of the Siamese people. In Sukhothai the ruins of imposing temples, palaces and monuments have been expertly restored by archaeologists within special historical parks and are designated UNESCO World Heritage sites. The Ayutthaya Historical Park which includes the ruins of the ancient city is also recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. The buildings here include Viharn, Wats, and Chedis as well as the Royal Palace.

The North West

Pai is famed for its relaxed atmosphere and live music scene. Here you'll find plenty of opportunities to explore the amazing countryside and villages. In the evenings the main street is filled with market stalls and food carts serving delicious pad-thai noodles, amongst other things. Mae Hong Son, one of the most northwesterly towns in Thailand and not far from the border with Burma. Here local art and culture have been influenced by Burmese styles. The Shan people, who represent the largest ethnic group in Mae Hong Son, wear distinctive traditional clothing. There are several other ethnic groups living in Mae Hong Son that all have their own distinctive styles of art and traditions which is one special reason to visit the area.

Destination Information

  • Thailand’s capital city, Bangkok, has many highlights including Wat Trimitr, the famous Reclining Buddha at Wat Po, and the Grand Palace.
  • Chiang Mai is a moated city best known for the extraordinary Wat Prathat Doi Suthep. From here you can visit ancient temples, the famous night bazaar, bustling markets, and some of the best Thai cooking schools.
  • Patara Elephant Farm is a 100% Thai owned and managed farm focusing on health-care and breeding management for friendly, beautiful and special elephants to produce healthy elephants to live on Earth for long term elephant conservation. The farm offers clients a unique hands-on experience by allowing them to participate in taking ownership of an elephant for a day. The staff at Patara Elephant Farm will teach you how to unchain the elephant, walk, hike and track with it, and shower the elephant in the river etc.
  • Flight of the Gibbon is a unique ziplining experience that allows you to experience jungle life from a perspective previously reserved for a select group of researchers.
  • Chiang Rai itself is situated in a valley and the mountains in the surrounding area, are home to many people of the various ethnic minority 'hill tribe' groups. It is possible to arrange treks into the nearby mountains to visit the villages where these people still live a basic lifestyle. From Chiang Rai you can also easily access the ‘Golden Triangle’ or other places of interest such as Mae Salong and Mae Sai.
  • Phuket island is considered to be the ‘pearl of the Andaman’. Surrounded by some of Asia’s most incredible scenery and the world's best scuba diving sites.
  • For a laid back beach holiday, Koh Samui Island offers visitors a truly tropical oasis. Here you can relax along the coconut palm lined beaches and enjoy the calm azure sea.
  • Koh Tao, a diving and snorkeling paradise, 70 km further north of Samui famed for the clearest and best underwater visibility in the Gulf of Thailand. It’s a home of various coral species where you can find abundant of tropical marine life, giant clams, and colorful fish.

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