Thailand gives travelers experiences of a lifetime. From the rich history at the temples and ruins, the aromas and tastes at the bustling local markets, to the excitement on wildlife excursions and the picture perfect paradise on the Islands, it's hard to believe it's all real. You're timing your adventure well, as you'll arrive in Chiang Mai in time to celebrate Loy Krathong, a beautiful annual festival celebrating the full moon in the twelfth month of the Thai lunar calendar.
Welcome to Thailand! Upon arrival at the airport in Bangkok, clear Immigration, collect your luggage and exit Customs. Proceed to the Arrivals Hall and head towards the meeting point, where you will be greeted by a local representative holding a sign with your name on it. They will assist you in the transfer directly to your hotel, for a smooth and easy start to your adventure. Check into your room, get settled and spend the rest of the evening as you wish in this urban wonderland! (This service is on a private basis.)
With a population of over eleven million inhabitants, the capital city of Bangkok is Thailand’s largest city. This cosmopolitan city combines some of Asia’s oldest and most elaborately adorned temples, with modern shopping malls, skyscrapers and bustling markets. This variety of activities and sights make it a vibrant and eclectic destination to explore, with something to keep any traveler entertained.
Meet your guide after breakfast and head to Wat Po, one of Bangkok’s oldest and largest temples – famous for the 43 meter long reclining Buddha. Visit Lak Muang, Bangkok’s city pillar, before heading to the famous Grand Palace. See the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Pra Kaew), the most revered shrine in the Kingdom.
For lunch, instead of a standard restaurant, explore the backstreets of Thammasat University. Your guide will take you for a culinary visit among hundreds of Thai students rushing to the numerous small street restaurants. Get ready for a memorable exploration of Thai food delicacies in these less-visited streets of the capital.
Boarding a longtail boat to explore the klongs, Bangkok’s maze of canals and waterways - see parts of Thai traditional life which have disappeared from most of Bangkok. End the day with a visit to Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn, before returning to your hotel.
Visitors often see Bangkok as an enormous modern metropolis, full of expressways, massive department stores and skyscrapers. But, there is a more hidden side, which clearly shows the origins of people who still believe in traditions from years gone by. This afternoon you will be picked up by your guide at 13:00 to go on a special walking tour to explore the hidden sights of the Old Town of Bangkok. From the Giant Swing via the prison park we wander through small alleys, encounter wooden houses, guardian spirit signs, fresh markets and more. At the city pillar and amulet market you will learn more about the ancient superstitions. (This service is on a private basis.)
Today, you will be picked up at your hotel in Bangkok and transferred to the airport. (This service is on a private basis.)
Upon arrival in Chiang Mai, you’ll meet your guide and drive up to what is probably Chiang Mai’s most famous landmark—Wat Prathat Doi Suthep. The temple is located at the summit of 1,676 meter-high Doi Suthep Mountain, which towers over the city. Climb the 300-step staircase, flanked by nagas (serpent-like deities), or take the cable car up. The cool air and spectacular sunset views make the trip worth the effort. Experience a blessing ceremony here. As dusk falls, you'll be taken to the hotel and have the evening at your leisure. (This service is on a private basis.)
Chiang Mai, Thailand's second-largest city and the gateway to the country's northern region. Here you can explore the cultural highlights within the city's old walls, exploring fascinating temples, trying delicious street food or perhaps shopping at one of the famed evening markets. Chiang Mai also serves as an excellent base for outdoor and adventure lovers, offering excellent opportunities for trekking, cycling and river rafting in the surrounding countryside. The region is also home to some of the country's best elephant conservation camps and several ethnic hill tribe villages.
Today, you will enjoy a unique and special cooking course, for a truly cultural experience. A 15 minute drive outside of Chiang Mai, leads you to a traditional Lanna family. They continue the traditions of many generations, building their homes of teak wood and maintaining the natural surroundings in a way now rarely seen in Chiang Mai. During this flavorful adventure, you will use traditional home recipes with authentic Northern Thai flavors, that are different from standard dishes offered in commercial cooking classes. Select fresh ingredients from the garden to add to the cooking extravaganza. Take full advantage of the opportunity to get to know a real Thai family, be their house guest for the day and enjoy a delicious home cooked meal with them! (This service is on a private basis.)
Today, you will be met in the lobby of your hotel at 7:30 AM and transferred to the Patara Elephant Farm outside of Chiang Mai for a full day group program. At the farm, you will be given your mahout outfit and a brief talk on handling the elephants before heading into the bush to find them.
As the day goes on, you will hear all about elephant farm management and the breeding program that takes place at the farm. You will meet the elephants and learn to approach them and work with them from the ground. You will even have the opportunity to bring them to the river for their morning bath! After a short ride to a local temple, you can learn about elephants in Buddhism and the Thai’s ancient relationship with these traditional beasts of burden. Around mid-day, you will set off for a ride through the jungle to some waterfalls, where you will enjoy a picnic lunch and a swim with your elephant in the falls. Return to the camp in the afternoon, in time to assist with their evening feeding. Afterwards, it will be time to say goodbye to your new friends and transfer back to your hotel around 4:00 PM.
*Please come prepared on today's adventure with long loose pants, t-shirt, swimming suit, extra clothes for changing, sandals, sun-block and insect repellent. (This service is on a group basis.)
Today, you will be picked up at your hotel in Chiang Mai and transferred to the airport in good time to board your domestic flight to Phuket. Upon arrival in Phuket, you will be greeted at the airport by your driver and transferred to your hotel. (This service is on a private basis.)
Phuket is Thailand's largest and arguably most well known island. The island's size contributes to it's diverse offerings in accommodations and experiences, from luxurious secluded pool villa properties to boutique resorts close to all the action - restaurants, shopping and nightlife. Phuket also serves as excellent base for those looking to explore the surrounding marine parks, jungles and nearby islands.
Enjoy this free time at your leisure.
Today, you will be picked up at your hotel in Phuket and transferred to the airport. (This service is on a private basis.)
A contemporary Bangkok luxury design hotel, the Metropolitan by COMO combines passionate service with a vibrant award-winning Thai restaurant, Met Bar and proximity to the city’s renowned shopping and nightlife. All of the comfortable, spacious and luxurious 171 rooms and suites on property offer the cool, light-filled spaces typical of COMO Hotels and Resorts. The refreshing outdoor pool, yoga studio and spa secure the enduring appeal among design-focused travelers seeking a place of calm, amid the urban buzz.
Situated in the heart of Chiang Mai, close to Wat Phra Singh temple, this luxurious Relais & Chateaux property draws its architectural inspiration from a Lampang temple. Its beauty and voluptuous serenity are sure to delight travellrs. The Rachmankha is much more than just a hotel. It is an experience. For the owners, who are two of Thailand's most famous designers and architects, it is a creation of love and a treasury of Lanna art and Chinese antiquities, which can be found in every guest room and throughout the hotel. The combination of Lanna art and interior design, and the temple style architecture has created a haven of peace. This is an ideal hotel for people in need of rest and relaxation.
Mom Tri’s Villa Royale is a boutique hotel situated on a headland overlooking the Andaman Sea and the white sand beach of Kata Noi. Villa Royale is a personal creation of renowned artist and architect Mom Luang Tridhosyuth Devakul, better known simply as Mom Tri, who is a descendant of the King Mongkut Rama IV. Mom Tri opened his private summer home eight years ago to provide guests with a truly royal experience. Thirty-five suites offer the highest standard of privacy and comfort in Phuket’s last hideaway. Alluring glimpses of its distinctive Thai-style buildings, authentic Thai antiques and art, luxurious modern comforts, panoramic sea views and lush tropical gardens create an atmosphere of calm and tranquillity. Landscaped into the rocks, overlooking the sea, is a lovely saltwater swimming pool; also there are 2 fresh water swimming pools. A private path from the hotel leads to the sugar white sand beach and turquoise water of Kata Noi.
*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.