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 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.
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.)
Get an early morning start for today's adventure to see the ancient capital of Ayutthaya. Your guide will meet you at the hotel around 7:00 AM, and the journey from Bangkok will be about 2 hours. 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 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. After the tours in Ayutthaya, you will be transferred to Wat Chong Lom in Nonthaburi to board your cruise back to Bangkok. This journey including a lunch on board with snacks and drinks. At approximately 4:00 PM, you will arrive at the River City pier in Bangkok, from where you will be transferred back to your hotel.
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 in Chiang Mai, you will be greeted at the airport by your private guide and driven 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. You will have the chance to climb the 300-step staircase, flanked by nagas (serpent-like deities), or you may prefer to take the cable car up. The cool air and spectacular sunset views make the trip well worth the effort. As dusk falls, you will be taken to your hotel to enjoy 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 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.)
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. This charming property offers easy access to all of the city's cultural treasures and lively entertainment districts, the perfect base from which to explore. Their accommodating and friendly staff will make sure that every one of your needs is 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.