Experience the classic highlights of Thailand with a custom itinerary enabling you to see as much as you can during your stay. Your adventure begins with a visit to bustling city of Bangkok for an introduction of the city's most famous temples and sites. You'll continue on to the northern region of Chiang Mai where you'll have the opportunity to learn the art of Thai cuisine in the home of a local family and enjoy a full day elephant encounter experience at the highly regarded Patara Elephant Farm. End your amazing journey with some island hopping splitting your time between the famous beaches of Koh Phangan and Koh Samui.
Welcome to Thailand! Upon arrival at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport, clear Immigration, collect your luggage and exit Customs. In the arrivals area, you will be greeted by a friendly local representative holding a sign with your name on it. They will drive you straight from the airport to your hotel, for a smooth and easy start to your adventure! Get settled into your room and enjoy your first evening in this urban wonderland as you wish! (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. The wide variety of attractions, excursions and sights make Bangkok a vibrant and eclectic destination to explore, with something to keep any traveler entertained. This cosmopolitan city combines some of Asia’s oldest and most elaborately adorned temples, with modern shopping malls, impressive skyscrapers and bustling markets. Take a ride on a Tuk Tuk one evening, to feel the cool tropical breeze and marvel at the bright neon lights.
This morning, after breakfast, meet your private guide for a half-day exploration of Bangkok. First visit the Grand Palace, where an English governess once tutored a young prince and may have influenced his powerful father. The highlight of this mind-and-eye boggling palace is the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Pra Kaew), the most revered shrine in the Kingdom.
Located next to the Grand Palace is Wat Po, one of Bangkok’s oldest and largest temples. Visit this temple; housing the gigantic gold-plated Reclining Buddha. It is also the headquarters for the Traditional Medicine Practitioners of Bangkok.
Then take a water taxi to Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn. This is one of the best-known temples in Bangkok and dates back to the ancient Ayutthaya period. The tall, elongated central Khmer-style tower is surrounded by four minor towers, symbolizing Mount Meru, the earthly representation of the thirty-three heavens. Here, you'll find pavilions containing statues of the Buddha at the most important stages of life. The beautiful architecture and fine craftsmanship mark Wat Arun as one of the most remarkable temples in Thailand.
After this half day excursion you will be returned to your hotel. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure. (This service is on a private basis.)
Bright and early this morning, your guide will meet you at the hotel around 7:00 AM to embark on the 2 hour journey to the ancient capital of Ayutthaya. Ayutthaya was the capital of Siam from the 15th to the 18th century, when it was destroyed by the invading Burmese. The Thais then moved their capital to Bangkok (Krung Thep) in the 1770’s. Known as the center of distinctive art and architecture, Ayutthaya preceded modern Thailand, and is still known for its flourishing artistic community. Ayutthaya-period Buddhas are still some of the most treasured in the land.
En route to Ayutthaya, you will also visit Bang-Pa-In. This is the old royal summer residence for the 17th century Kings. From here, you will board longtail boat for a leisurely trip on the Chao Phraya River. Admire the beautiful scenery and catch a glimpse of the traditional Thai lifestyle, as you glide along the water. You will explore the town island of Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, via several places of interest, such as Phra Chedi Sisuriyothai and Phra Tamnak Siriyalai. Next, you will have the chance to discover the impressive temple ruins of the region. These include the gigantic bronze statues of Wat Mongkol Borpith, Wat Phra Srisanpetch and Wat Yai Chai Mongkol. Following your exploration of Ayutthaya, you will be transferred to Wat Chong Lom in Nonthaburi, to board the cruise back to Bangkok. This journey includes a lunch on board with snacks and drinks. Around 4:00 PM, you will arrive at Bangkok's River City Pier, from where you will be transferred to your hotel. (This service is on a private basis.)
In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel in Bangkok 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 welcomed by a local guide, waiting to take you on your next adventure. From the airport, you will be driven up to Chiang Mai’s most iconic landmark, Wat Prathat Doi Suthep. This temple is located at the summit of the 1,676 meter high Doi Suthep Mountain, which towers over the city. To reach the gateway of this sacred temple, you can either climb a 300 step staircase, or board a scenic cable car ride to the top. Take your time to explore this fascinating attraction and enjoy the impressive panoramic views over the city and the surrounding countryside. After this idyllic introduction to Chiang Mai, you will be driven to your hotel for check in. (This service is on a private basis.)
Chiang Mai is the second largest city in Thailand and the gateway to the charming northern region. Explore the cultural highlights within the old city walls, discover fascinating temples, dig into the delicious street food and take a stroll through the famous evening markets, to truly experience the spirit of this destination. Chiang Mai serves as an excellent base for outdoor and adventure lovers, offering idyllic opportunities for trekking, cycling and river rafting in the surrounding countryside. The region is also home to many elephant conservation camps and ethnic hill tribe villages.
You will be picked up from your hotel at 7:30 AM this morning, for an unforgettable experience at the Patara Elephant Farm, located just outside of Chiang Mai. Upon arrival at the farm, you will change into traditional mahout outfits. Once you look the part, you will be given a short briefing on how to handle the elephants, before heading into the bush to find them. On this full day experience, you will learn all about the elephant farm management and their breeding program. Enjoy your first encounter with these gentle giants, as your guide teaches you how to approach and interact with them. After feeding the elephants, you will walk them to the river, to join in their morning bath! You will be taught the different commands and techniques that the mahouts use to communicate with the elephants.
Later this morning, you will have the opportunity to take a bareback ride on top of the elephant. Starting around the camp, your ride proceeds to a nearby local temple. Your guide will teach you about the significance of elephants in Buddhism and the Thai’s ancient relationship with these traditional beasts of burden. Your ride continues from the temple to a picturesque waterfall, where a lovely picnic lunch will be served. In the afternoon heat, the temptation to cool off in the falls with your elephant is irresistible! You will return to the camp in time for the elephant's evening feeding, before you must say goodbye to your new friends and transfer back to your hotel around 4:00 PM. (This service is on a group basis.)
This morning at 9:00 AM you will be transferred to a local village to meet with a 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. Of course this is not your average commercial cooking class as you will learn more about their culture, the way of living and the architecture of a traditional Thai house and rice barn.
The family orchard has many types of fruit such as banana, mango, coconut, while the garden is filled with herbs for cooking. They also demonstrate their skills making a small bamboo basket. You will cook traditional home cooked recipes with authentic Northern Thai flavors that are different from standard dishes offered in commercial cooking classes. Also you will select fresh ingredients from the garden to add to today’s cooking extravaganza. Best of all you will have the opportunity to get to know a real Thai family, be their houseguest for the day and enjoy a delicious home cooked lunch with them! You will return back to your hotel later this afternoon (ETA 2:30 PM). (This service is on a private basis.)
In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel in Chiang Mai and transferred to the airport. (This service is on a private basis.)
In the afternoon, you will be picked up at the airport in Koh Samui and transferred to the pier for your speedboat transfer to your hotel in Koh Phangan.
Globally renowned for its famous “Full Moon” festivities, Koh Phangan is also home to isolated hideaways offering tranquility and abundant natural beauty. The quiet and more remote northern region of the island creates a feeling of paradise with lush tropical forests, crystal clear bays and white sand beaches.
Enjoy this free time at your leisure.
In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel in Koh Phangan and transferred to the pier for your speedboat transfer to your hotel in Koh Samui.
Koh Samui, or simply, Samui, as it is referred to by locals, is an island off the east coast of the Gulf Thailand. The island boasts beautiful white sand beaches, tropical foliage, hidden coves, rocky outcrops, and swaying palms. An eclectic array of spas; activity centers; resorts; world-class restaurants; beach bars, and a colorful mix of residents and tourists help you begin to understand the unique charm of Koh Samui.
Enjoy this free time at your leisure.
In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel in Koh Samui and transferred to the airport. (This service is on a private basis.)
Upon arrival at the airport in Bangkok you will connect with your international flight onward.
Situated along the enchanting Chao Phraya River, the Riva Surya Bangkok offers an idyllic urban getaway in the heart of this cosmopolitan capital city. This modern boutique hotel in Bangkok features 68 beautifully designed rooms, elegant dining options, a riverside swimming pool and leisure facilities that cater to the needs of all travelers. The property is the perfect base from which to explore the city's cultural treasures and lively entertainment districts, all within easy reach. The accommodating and friendly staff will ensure that all of your needs are met, from the moment you arrive, to the moment you depart.
Tamarind Village is a unique and charming boutique property that is nestled in the heart of historic Chiang Mai. Surrounded by ancient temples and quaint shopping streets, it takes its name from magnificent 200 year old tamarind tree that shelters the hotel in a shady embrace. Set around a series of garden courtyards, the 42 guest rooms and 3 suites reflect the rich ethnic diversity of northern Thailand by using fabrics and patterns drawn from various tribes of the region. Intimate, serene and relaxing, Tamarind Village is an oasis of calm and tranquility, the perfect base for exploring Chiang Mai and beyond.
Hidden amidst swaying palm trees on a secluded white sandy beach with clear turquoise water, you will find Buri Rasa Village. Experience tranquility and the natural beauty of Koh Phangan complimented by friendly personalized service that will make your holiday an experience to be remembered.
Enchanting traditional southern Thai dwellings in a Garden of Eden. Echoes of halcyon days with once upon a time tales of aristocracy escaping to country or paradise island retreats with a full compliment of servants and services to meet their every need & requirement. At Buri Rasa Village, relax by an outdoor pool or hit the beach where you can enjoy swimming. Guestrooms open to furnished balconies or patios with garden views and feature LCD televisions with premium cable channels. Other amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access and sofa beds.
*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.