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 Phuket and Koh Phi Phi.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Bangkok Arrival

Bangkok Arrival
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Airport Transfer
  • Accommodation: Riva Surya Bangkok

Welcome to Thailand! On arrival at the Bangkok airport, clear Immigration, collect your luggage and exit customs. Proceed to the Arrivals Hall and head towards the Meeting Point, where our guide will be waiting for you at “Exit B – Door 6”. You will then transfer to the hotel. Check in and enjoy the rest of day free. (This service is on a private basis.)

Bangkok

The capital, Bangkok, with a population of over eleven million inhabitants 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 busy markets making it a vibrant and eclectic city to visit with something for everyone.

Day 2: Bangkok

Bangkok
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Half Day City Highlights Tour
  • Accommodation: Riva Surya Bangkok
  • Meals: B

Half Day City Highlights Tour

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.)

Day 3: Bangkok

Bangkok
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Day Excursion to Ayutthaya
  • Accommodation: Riva Surya Bangkok
  • Meals: B, L

Day Excursion to Ayutthaya

Early this morning, begin your drive north to Ayutthaya. Ayutthaya was the capital of Siam from the 15th through the 18th century until it was sacked by the Burmese. The Thai's moved their capital to Bangkok (Krung Thep) in the 1770s. 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.

Before reaching Ayutthaya, visit Bang-Pa-In, the old royal summer residence. From here, take a longtail boat to Ayutthaya and tour Wat Phanachoeng, Wat Yai Chai Mongkol and Wat Mahathat. After tours in Ayutthaya you will be transferred to Wat Chong Lom in Nonthaburi to board your Grand Pearl Cruise back to Bangkok including a buffet lunch on board with snacks and drinks on board. At approximately 4:00pm, arrive at the River City pier in Bangkok and you will be transferred back to your hotel. (This service is on a group basis.)

Day 4: Bangkok - Chiang Mai

Bangkok - Chiang Mai
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Airport Transfers
  • Accommodation: The Rim Resort Chiang Mai
  • Meals: B

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. Upon arrival in Chiang Mai, you will be picked up at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

Chiang Mai

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.

Day 5: Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Patara Elephant Farm Experience
  • Accommodation: The Rim Resort Chiang Mai
  • Meals: B, L

Patara Elephant Farm Experience

Today you will be met in the lobby of your hotel at 7:30am and transferred to the Patara Elephant Farm outside of Chiang Mai (group basis). 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 taking place here. You will meet the elephants and learn to approach them and work with them from the ground and to take 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 and say goodbye to your new friends before being transferred back to your hotel around 4pm.

*Please come with short pants, t- shirt, swimming suit, face towel, extra clothes for change, sneakers, sandals, sun-block lotion, insect spray, and camera.
(This service is on a group basis.)

Day 6: Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Cultural Connections Through Cooking Class
  • Accommodation: The Rim Resort Chiang Mai
  • Meals: B, D

Cultural Connections Through Cooking Class

Learning to cook Thai food can be as much a cultural experience as a culinary one. This fun excursion takes you to the traditional home of the Raunkaew-Yanon family, proud descendants of northern Thailand’s historical Lanna Kingdom. Located about 14 km outside of Chiang Mai, they maintain their teak home and generous garden in the Lanna style rarely seen now in modern times. Their local village is home to many artisans and workshops.

The home is a living museum. The friendly hosts show their family tree in photos of their forefathers arriving in Chiang Mai riding elephants almost 150 years ago. The wealth of the family shows in the size of the house and rice barn as well as the large area dedicated to gardens and orchards. Their Buddhist beliefs and cultural values are evident everywhere.

You will be welcomed with a refreshing drink and a pair of Thai fisherman pants (like loose-fitting spa pants) that immediately create a relaxed atmosphere. The homeowner will then take you out to the garden to select fresh ingredients and fruits such as mango and coconut from the orchard. You will then cook some traditional northern Thai food with flavors (and freshness!) quite unlike other commercial classes. In the end, the experience is really all about getting to know the way of life of a real Thai family by enjoying each other’s company and sharing together a delicious home cooked meal. (This service is on a private basis.)

Day 7: Chiang Mai - Phuket - Koh Phi Phi

Chiang Mai - Phuket - Koh Phi Phi
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Airport Transfer
  • Transportation: Domestic Flight
  • Transportation: Island Transfer
  • Accommodation: Mama Beach Residence
  • Meals: B
Domestic Flight
Chiang Mai - Phuket
Flight #: TBD
Departs: TBD
Arrives: TBD

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 Phuket and transferred to the pier for your speedboat transfer to your hotel in Koh Phi Phi.

Koh Phi Phi

The Phi Phi islands are a small archipelago of six islands situated inbetween Phuket and Krabi. Koh Phi Phi Don is the largest and only populated island. Phi Phi's extraordinary blessings are nature-made: exceptional undersea sanctuaries, towering limestone monoliths, and dazzling beaches. Discover alluring Koh Phi Phi from deep sea caverns to warm sandy shores and barefoot beach bars to elegant resorts.

Day 8: Koh Phi Phi

Koh Phi Phi
Daily Summary
  • Accommodation: Mama Beach Residence
  • Meals: B

Enjoy this free time at your leisure.

Day 9: Koh Phi Phi

Koh Phi Phi
Daily Summary
  • Accommodation: Mama Beach Residence
  • Meals: B

Enjoy this free time at your leisure.

Day 10: Koh Phi Phi - Phuket

Koh Phi Phi - Phuket
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Island Transfer
  • Accommodation: Avista Phuket Resort & Spa, Kata Beach
  • Meals: B

In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel in Koh Phi Phi and transferred to the pier for your speedboat transfer to your hotel in Phuket.

Phuket

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.

Day 11: Phuket

Phuket
Daily Summary
  • Accommodation: Avista Phuket Resort & Spa, Kata Beach
  • Meals: B

Enjoy this free time at your leisure.

Day 12: Phuket

Phuket
Daily Summary
  • Accommodation: Avista Phuket Resort & Spa, Kata Beach
  • Meals: B

Enjoy this free time at your leisure.

Day 13: Phuket - Bangkok Departure

Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Airport Transfer
  • Transportation: Domestic Flight
  • Meals: B
Domestic Flight
Phuket - Chiang Mai
Flight #: TBD
Departs: TBD
Arrives: TBD

In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel in Phuket 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.

Accommodation

Riva Surya Bangkok

Riva Surya Bangkok

Along the Chao Phraya River in the heart of Bangkok, Riva Surya Bangkok is surrounded by some of the city’s most treasured historical sites. A Sixty eight-room boutique hotel, Riva Surya adds a touch of style and charm to this bustling locale. Surrounded by cultural treasures, Riva Surya gives you direct access to many popular sites and connects you to the city center via a distinctive mode of transportation, the river boat.

The Rim Resort Chiang Mai

The Rim Resort Chiang Mai

The Rim is situated in The Old City along the fascinating canal in the Chiang Mai historical ramparts and moats. At the center of the estate is an old Colonial Lanna house as the guest welcome lounge surrounded by swimming pool, restaurant, bars, tropical garden and 36 comfortable guest rooms on three edifices named after beautiful northern flowers “Chaba, Dahla, Monta”. The resort is conceptualized to a Colonial Lanna design emphasizes on the northern Thai landscape, local arts and handicrafts.

Mama Beach Residence

Mama Beach Residence

Offering a private beach and water sports facilities, Mama Beach Residence is on Phi Phi Island. Rooms feature flat-screen TVs and balconies with views of the ocean or beach. The air-conditioned rooms at Mama Residence come furnished with modern décor and have plenty of natural light. Each room has an open-air bathroom with hot shower. Guests can go on snorkeling and diving trips, or take yoga lessons. Sightseeing arrangements can be made at the tour desk.

Avista Phuket Resort & Spa, Kata Beach

Avista Phuket Resort & Spa, Kata Beach

From the perch on a verdant hill overlooking the aquamarine expanse of the Andaman Sea and pristine white sands of Kata Beach in southern Phuket, Avista Phuket Resort & Spa, Kata Beach offers endless views on the tropical escape with something for everyone. Whether you are a couple, family, group of friend or independent travelers, you will find a gloriously relaxing and tranquil getaway experience in a resort that presents, in our view, the fresh face of accessible, comfortable luxury. Chill, indulge, and above all just enjoy the two generou, meandering swimming pools, a celebrated spa, five-star amenities and magical vistas from the private balconies of your oversized rooms. From the resort's hilltop vantage point, find yourself within a few minutes walking distance of Kata and Karon beaches, with manicured golf courses, boutique shopping, and the family-fun Dino Park nearby, all complimented by the grace, warm hospitality and smiles of the resort's Thai staff.

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