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ThailandBangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phuket

 

Indulge in the ultimate Thailand Experience on this 13-day stylish journey exploring northern and southern Thailand and its dynamic capital Bangkok. A feast for all senses will await you as you delve in the culinary classics of Thai cuisine and encounter the aromatic flora unique to this region. All the beauty and wonders of Thailand are on offer from the dazzling lights of Bangkok to the lush landscape of the Golden Traiangle and the spectacular coastline of Southern Thailand.

 

Day 1:  Bangkok

Upon arrival in Bangkok, an airport representative will assist you with immigration and luggage. Then, meet your personal host and enjoy a private transfer to the riverside hotel.

Experience ‘One Night in Bangkok’ as you walk through various neighbourhoods, ride a Tuk Tuk around Rattanakosin Island, eat great local food, drink cocktails in strange places, and visit area markets and historic districts.  The evening winds up at either one of the famous red-light market districts, or even the Bohemian backpacker community of Khao San Road, depending on your hotel location and your interests.

Travel by private tuk tuk and discover the beauty of Bangkok’s famous landmarks by night.

Just as the sun is setting climb into the back of your private tuk tuk and set off for an adventurous and thrilling drive through the historic centre of Bangkok. Located in a giant bend of the Chao Phraya River, Rattanakosin Island dates back to 1782 and is home to some of Bangkok’s most famous buildings and temples. At night when the lights are turned on, these beautiful sights become even more spectacular and magical. Drive from the Rama V Monument past the glittering spires of Wat Pho and the majestically-lit chedis of the Grand Palace. Continue to the City Pillar along Ratchadamnoen Avenue (Royal Avenue), a wide tree-lined road illuminated with colourful lights.
For an even more unforgettable evening, this tour can be combined with a visit to the colourful flower and vegetable market located along the bustling riverside wharfs, followed by cocktails and dinner at a rooftop restaurant opposite Wat Arun.

Overnight in Bangkok

 

Day 2:  Bangkok

Catch a glimpse of monks performing their morning chant and perform a private ceremonial offering. Visit the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha as well as Queen Sirikit Textile Museum next door.

In the afternoon we will visit a very unique and hidden traditional house that hosts a flower exhibition. The brainchild of internationally renowned Thai floral artist Sakul Intakul is the founder of The Museum of Floral Culture. This has been created specially for lovers of flowers, nature and those with an interest in Thai art and culture. The museum focuses on Thai floral culture an important part of the Thai way of life. The museum also features unique exhibits of important floral cultures from civilizations across Asia such as India, China, Japan, Laos and Indonesia. After a tour through the museum with the owner himself you are invited to an afternoon tea in the beautiful garden of the property.

Afterwards travel by riverboat to Pak Khlong Talad – Bangkok’s famous flower market to round out a great evening.

Overnight in Bangkok

 

Day 3:  Bangkok

Explore narrow lanes, fresh markets, religious landmarks and textile booths in colourful, legendary Chinatown. Enhance the journey by sampling street snacks while gaining candid impressions for the cultural mosaic that is Bangkok.

Enjoy klong tour on the Chao Phraya River by Chakrabongse Royal Speedboat. Exploring Bangkok by boat is a fantastic way to get a glimpse into the timeless charm of the city, as well as witness the role Bangkok’s many waterways have played in its past right up to the present day. With the wind in your hair and majestic sites and attractions lined up on both banks of the mighty Chao Phraya, most people fall for the charm of getting around Bangkok by boat.

Overnight in Bangkok

 

Day 4:  Bangkok – Chiang Rai

Take a short flight to Chiang Rai, and meet your hotel representative.

This afternoon, visit the Hall of Opium at your own pace.

Overnight in Chiang Rai

 

Day 5:  Chiang Rai – Chiang Mai

As a mahout trainee you’ll learn to drive an elephant with verbal commands and light touches behind the ear. Trek along beautiful nature trails on your trusty steed, and take part in the river bathing ritual

During a private transfer to Chiang Mai, stop en-route at a few interesting places, such as Wat Rong Khun, the spectacular, impressionistic “white temple”, and/or Baan Dum as well as hot springs if you wish.

Evening at leisure.

Overnight in Chiang Mai

 

Day 6: Chiang Mai

Visit local sites in and around Chiang Mai and see as much or as little as you like. Take in sites that are not open daily such as the Sunday market or even Phuping Palace. Visit one of Chiang Mai’s famous umbrella making villages, walking streets, antique shops or Chiang Mai Art & Culture Center if you prefer less of a focus on temples – your wish is our command!

Enjoy this afternoon at the spa or have some pool time.

Overnight in Chiang Mai

 

Day 7: Chiang Mai

After exploring the vibrancy of Chiang Mai escape the city and cycle into the heart of Northern Thailand’s lush valleys, mountain landscapes, local shrines, rice paddies and rural charm. Explore the communities and great outdoors north of the Mae Rim valley along the Ping River, away from the bustle of the city.  We’ll cycle mostly flat roads with mild hills, and experience signature Northern Thai food as the locals do.

End your day at the Mae Rim market and upon returning to your hotel there are options to visit the Mae Saa Waterfall or Doi Suthep temple overlooking Chiang Mai city.

Overnight in Chiang Mai

 

Day 8: Chiang Mai – Phuket

Your private transfer will take you to the airport for your flight to Phuket.

Upon arrival, your resort representative will meet you and escort you to the resort.

Overnight in Phuket

 

Day 9:  Phuket

Day at Leisure

Overnight in Phuket

 

Day 10:  Phuket

Day at Leisure

Overnight in Phuket

 

Day 11:  Phuket

Day at Leisure (Optional tours are available)

We recommend you take our speedboat excursion to Phang Nga Bay, view the incredible Phang Nga Bay from the comfort and luxury of a stylish speedboat.

The area was well and truly placed under the spotlight back in the mid-1970s with the filming of the James Bond movie ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’. As you glide through the calm bay lie back on the spacious sun roof and admire the majestic cliffs that rise above you. Keep your camera ready as you cruise past numerous islands, stilted fishing villages and craggy caves with drooping stalactites. Stop on a beautiful beach for a picnic lunch and a chance to cool off in the crystal clear waters

Overnight in Phuket

 

Day 12:  Phuket

Day at Leisure

Overnight in Phuket

 

Day 13: Phuket – Bangkok

Enjoy your private transfer to the airport for your onward journey via Bangkok.