Come ready with an appetite for all that Thailand has to offer! On your custom anniversary celebration, you will be led on a tour of the classic highlights and hidden treasures of Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket. Guided through the eyes of locals, you will have the opportunity to truly immerse yourself in the culture and understand the rich history. Between the bustling markets, flavorful cuisines, picturesque temples and wildlife encounters, you will be revealed into a world of wonders. Discover the charm and embrace the traditions, before experiencing Thailand's iconic beach. Relish in relaxation, stroll the white sand beaches and take a dip in the heavenly turquoise waters...The perfect ending to your trip!
Upon arrival at Suvarnabhumi International Airport, please proceed to the guide pick up area located at the arrival gate B or C (on your left hand side as you walk out of the arrival hall). There you will be met by our representative* (he/she will be 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 anniversary getaway. (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.
This morning at 10:30 AM, meet your guide and head to the Chatuchak Weekend Market where an estimated 5,000 vendor stalls cater to 80,000 visitors who are looking at purchasing everything from the mundane such as housewares and handicrafts to the bizarre like live snakes and live animals. Open only on Saturday and Sunday, this market spans many miles, and is the perfect place to barter for souvenirs and try some truly authentic Thai street food, or simply sit back, grab a drink, and watch the excitement. Your guide will accompany you through the maze of stalls and help you with your haggling skills. After exploring the bustling market, return to your hotel and freshen up before your Chinatown tour in the evening.
Enjoy a mouth watering exploration of Bangkok's 200-year-old Chinatown district this evening! You will have the chance to visit a variety of tasty eateries, from sit-on-the-pavement-vendors, to characterful restaurants. To begin the journey, your guide will transfer you from your hotel to the heart of Chinatown around 5:00 PM. Wander through the vibrant alleyways, and make your way to a local rooftop bar, from where you can admire magnificent views of the River. At this spot, you'll be given a short briefing by your guide, as you sip on a cocktail and marvel at the colorful sunset.
Once you have worked up an appetite, continue on to your next destination to begin sampling all kinds of dishes (and a few more local drinks too)! This selection includes the likes of dim sum, dumplings, fresh seafood, local deserts and much more! Throughout the evening, your knowledgeable guide will explain the background of all the different food and drinks that you taste, offering a better cultural understanding with each bite. They will also give you their own insight into the local area. Just when you feel like you can't eat a single thing more, you will make your way to a lovely open air bar. Enjoy some leisurely people watching and observe the hustle and bustle of Chinatown pass you by, as you indulge in one last cocktail. As the night comes to an end, you will be transferred back to your hotel around 9:00 PM. (This service is on a private basis.)
Your guide and driver will meet you at the hotel this morning to be whisked away on an exploration of the city's highlights and hidden treasures! Your excursion begins with a visit to Wat Pho, one of Bangkok’s oldest and largest temples – famous for the 43 meter long reclining Buddha. From there, continue on to Lak Muang, Bangkok’s city pillar and the famous Grand Palace. Marvel at the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Pra Kaew), the most revered shrine in the Kingdom.
Lunch will be served at a lovely local restaurant, before boarding a longtail boat to explore the klongs. Floating along Bangkok’s maze of canals and waterways, you will have the chance to observe aspects of traditional Thai life, which have disappeared from most of Bangkok. Your tour will finish off with a visit to admire Wat Arun, the stunning Temple of Dawn, before you are transferred back to your hotel in the late afternoon. (This service is on a private basis.)
After a lovely few days in Bangkok to kick off your adventure, you will be picked up at your hotel at 9:00 AM and transferred to the airport in good time to board your domestic flight to Chiang Mai. (This service is on a private basis.)
Upon arrival at the airport in Chiang Mai, you will be warmly welcomed by a local guide (he/she will be holding a sign with your name on it), waiting to take you on your next adventure. From the airport, you will transfer to your hotel to drop off your luggage and then continue on to the beautiful Wat Doi Suthep. Enjoy a scenic winding drive up to 3,500 feet above sea level, where the sacred temple of Doi Suthep lies. You will then climb up the 306 steps to the temple gateway, guarded by two threatening Nagas (serpents). Strolling around the grounds of Doi Suthep, you will have the chance to admire the golden pillars, six foot gongs and tinkling rows of bells. Wat Prathat Doi Suthep was built in 1383 to house the holy relic of the Lord Buddha, and has since become a symbol of Chiang Mai. Feeling suspended in a balance between earth and sky, you can marvel at the spectacular views over the city and the surrounding countryside. At the end of your tour, you will be dropped off at your hotel, with 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.
This morning at 8:00 AM, you will be picked up from your hotel today and taken for a full day group experience at the Elephant Nature Park. Get ready for a day that is sure to be a highlight of your trip, and an adventure you will never forget!
A picturesque drive through agricultural Thai countryside, along Mae Taeng Valley, brings you to the Elephant Nature Park. You will have the opportunity to hear the personal stories of the rescued elephants, as told by expert guides. You will learn about the problems elephants face in Southeast Asia, and the role that Elephant Nature Park is helping in the treatment and care of Thailand's dwindling elephant population.
Next, the fun activities will begin...first up, feeding time! After unloading and distributing the fruit treats, you will have a chance to feed the elephants from the viewing platform. A sumptuous and varied buffet of Asian and International dishes follows, for you to enjoy for lunch. The tour will be continued, walking with the staff to the river that skirts the park. This is where the bathing process will take place.
Once you learn and feel confident in how to safely and properly bathe an elephant, plunge right in and help scrub these giants as they splash around. If you choose not to go into the river, then you can still watch the elephants bathe and play, while you stay dry on the sandy shore. Around 5:00 PM it will be time for goodbyes to the elephants and to Elephant Nature Park. You will then start the hour-long drive back to Chiang Mai, where you will be dropped off at your accommodations. (This service is on a group basis.)
Around 9:00 AM this morning, you will be transferred to a local village for an unforgettable cultural experience. Today, you will visit the house of the Raunkaew-Yanon family, who arrived in the area possibly on the back of an elephant, almost 150 years ago! They are a Lanna family, continuing the traditions of many generations in building their homes of teak wood and maintaining the natural surroundings in a way now rarely seen in Chiang Mai.
During today's cooking class you will learn more about their culture, their way of living and the architecture of a traditional Thai house and rice barn. The thriving family orchard grows many types of fruits, such as banana, mango and coconut, while the garden is filled with herbs for cooking. The local family will also demonstrate their unique practice and skills of making a small bamboo basket.
A true treat to your senses, today you will cook using traditional home cooked recipes with authentic Northern Thai flavors, much different from standard dishes offered in commercial cooking classes. You will even get to select the fresh ingredients from the garden yourself, so you will be hands on every step of the process. Best of all, you will have the opportunity to truly get to know a real Thai family, be their house guest for the day and share a delicious home cooked lunch! (This service is on a private basis.)
At 2:30 PM it's time to say goodbye to charming Chiang Mai and head down to southern Thailand, today. This afternoon following your cooking experience, you will be transferred to the airport in good time to board your domestic flight to the picturesque island of Phuket (via Bangkok).
Upon in Phuket, you will be greeted at the airport by your driver and transferred directly to your resort. Check in and enjoy the evening as you wish! (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.
Spend this free day relaxing and soak in the easy Island life. Explore the beaches and take the opportunity to experience the tranquility.
Following a relaxing morning to enjoy the amenities at your hotel, you will be picked up around 11:00 AM and transferred to the pier. There, you will board a boat for the one hour journey to Phang Nga Bay, as a light lunch is served on board. This bay is part of the incredible Ao Phang Nga National Park. You will spend the afternoon today exploring several sea caves (also known as hongs) by canoe and discovering the unique wildlife within them. You will learn all about their creation and the unique ecosystem the area now boasts. Your activities will depend on the tides, although typically you will visit at least four different caves, on top of the time reserved for swimming and paddling around on your own.
Once you have worked up an appetite, you will be served a delicious dinner on board, just in time to savor the spectacular sunset. As darkness falls, your very special “Hong by Starlight” tour begins. You will pass through a cave guided by three natural light sources - no torches and no talking. You will launch your own Krathong, which is a lovely traditional lotus-shaped floating vessel made of banana leaves with a candle and incense. Watch as the phosphorescence from millions of plankton swirls in the water. After a truly amazing day, you will return to land around 9:00 PM, from where you will be transferred back to your hotel. (This service is on a group basis.)
Today you will be picked up from your hotel for a foodie exploration of Old Town Phuket. So much more than just a beach destination, Phuket was once major trading center on the route between India and China, frequented by Portuguese, French, Dutch and English traders. Phuket's historic old town offers tantalizing glimpses of this era amid its Thai, Chinese and Muslim shrines, temples, markets, shop houses, cafés and museums. The contribution of foreign influences has produced a cuisine that you won’t find anywhere else in the world.
Indulge in a scrumptious breakfast at a little dim sum place on a small soi behind the fresh market. Then after walking the charming streets of the city center try some delicious roti with curry. And later, la piece da resistance Sino-Thai cuisine a feast of noodles and local delicacies you will never forget! Along the way, you will also visit the local fresh market where you will become familiar with some of the unique products of Thailand. Like Penang in Malaysia Phuket will soon be come famous for its local street food, come see (& taste!) it before everybody else! (This service is on a private basis.)
Although it won't be easy, you will have to say goodbye to this picture perfect tropical setting of Phuket. After a 5:00 PM late-check out, you will be met by your driver and transferred to the airport in good time to board your domestic flight back to Bangkok. (This service is on a private basis.)
Upon arrival in Bangkok, proceed to the arrivals area, and look for the Novotel Suvarnabhumi’s hotel representative. They will direct you to the hotel’s complimentary shuttle service, for a smooth and easy transition into this evening. The shuttle picks up outside, between Gates 4 and 5 on the arrivals level, and departs every 5 minutes. Alternatively, you can access the hotel from the airport’s main terminal, via the 200-meter, air-conditioned underground walkway.
Sadly, the time has arrived to say goodbye to beautiful Thailand. After checking out of your hotel, you can take the hotel’s complimentary shuttle service to the airport. Alternatively, you can access the hotel from the airport’s main terminal, via the 200-meter, air-conditioned underground walkway.
We hope you had an incredible anniversary trip and we wish you safe and pleasant travels onward!
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*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.