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.
Welcome to Thailand! On 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 your guide will be waiting for you at “Exit B – Door 6”. You will then be transferred directly to your hotel. Check into your room and have fun on your first evening in this bustling and beautiful city! (This service is on a private basis.)
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.
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.)
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.)
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 greeted at the airport by your driver and transferred to your hotel. (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 and say goodbye to your new friends, before being transferred back to your hotel around 4:00 PM.
*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.)
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 Phuket and transferred to the pier for your speedboat transfer to your hotel in 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.
Enjoy this free time at your leisure.
Enjoy this free time at your leisure.
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 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.
Enjoy this free time at your leisure.
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 onward.
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*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.