Best of Thailand
Day 1 - 3: Bangkok - Damnoen Saduak Floating Market - Ayutthaya
- Arrive in Bangkok and explore its iconic landmarks, including the Grand Palace and Wat Pho.
- Experience a serene voyage through Bangkok’s klongs by longtail boat.
- Discover vibrant markets like the Train Market and Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, along with historic wonders in Ayutthaya.
Day 4 - 6: Chiang Mai
- Fly to Chiang Mai. Visit the city’s attractions: Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Silver Temple & the Night Market, etc.
- Spend a day to visit the local Tea Plantation and play with the elephants at the Elephant Patara Sanctuary.
Day 7 - 12: Phuket - Phang Nga Bay - Departure
- Fly to Phuket for beach relaxation and city exploration.
- Take a day trip to Phang Nga Bay.
- Explore local markets and food stalls with a chef.
Experience the best of Thailand on this captivating journey! Begin in enchanting Bangkok, where the Golden Buddha, Reclining Buddha, Grand Palace, and Thai houses reveal tales of life and belief. Explore the world-famous floating market and the historic marvels of Ayutthaya, home to the impressive Ayutthaya Historical Park with countless Buddha statues.
Discover the grand temples of Chiang Mai and embark on a special trip to Elephant Patara Sanctuary. Then, head to Phuket, known for its stunning beaches, breathtaking landscapes, and historic Old Town with remarkable buildings. This tropical paradise, coupled with its neighboring islands, offers an all-encompassing experience for every traveler.
Welcome to Bangkok, the City of Angels.
Your guide awaits you at arrivals for a private ride to your city center hotel. This vibrant metropolis is ready to enchant you with its unique blend of tradition and modernity. Take the day to relax, and consider trying a Thai traditional massage to kickstart your holiday after your long flight.
Overnight in Bangkok
Begin your exploration in Bangkok with a visit to the iconic Wat Pho, home to the magnificent 45m (148ft) reclining Buddha and the esteemed original Thai massage school. Hop into a tuk-tuk for a thrilling ride to the Grand Palace, a place of great reverence housing the famous Emerald Buddha, meticulously crafted from jade or jasper.
Savor lunch at a local restaurant, delighting in Thai cuisine. Then, embark on a tranquil long-tailed boat ride through Thonburi’s charming canals, immersing yourself in local life and pausing at the scenic Wat Arun temple.
Be sure to explore the vibrant atmosphere of the lively Talad Kao Market, where you’ll find an abundance of culinary delights, fresh and dried fruits, and Chinese herbs. Then, return to your hotel for relaxation.
In the evening, embark on an enchanting Tuk Tuk food journey through Bangkok. Led by expert guides and Tuk Tuk drivers, savor Northeastern Thai cuisine, including spicy delicacies like papaya salad and crispy catfish. A charming detour to the flower market and Wat Pho adds a touch of magic to your evening.
Overnight in Bangkok
After breakfast, leave Bangkok and head to Mae Klong to witness the captivating Amazing Railway Market, where vendors swiftly fold stalls for passing trains.
Hop on a traditional longtail boat to reach the renowned Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, immersed in a bustling scene of tropical fruits and more. Explore the vibrant Damnoen Saduak market at your leisure, engaging with vendors and soaking in the cultural charm.
Next, journey to Ayutthaya, the capital of the Thai Kingdom for 417 years. Founded in 1350 by King U-Thong, its destruction by the Burmese army in 1767 resulted in the collapse of the kingdom.
Stop en route to enjoy a delicious lunch at the Michelin Suggested Pa Lek Boat Noodles. This third-generation family shop offers delightful boat noodles with various flavors, including pork or beef boat noodle soup and dry tom yum-style egg noodles with pork.
The afternoon unfolds with an exploration of Ayuthaya Historical Park. Visit around the ruins of Wat Phra Si Sanphet, a former royal temple during Ayutthaya’s days of glory, and Wat Mahathat, best known for a stone Buddha head entwined in tree roots, before returning to Bangkok for your free time.
Overnight in Bangkok
After breakfast, depart from Bangkok on a short flight to Chiang Mai, the largest city in northern Thailand, known for its profound history, vibrant culture, and breathtaking natural landscapes.
Upon your arrival, your local guide will welcome you and assist with your transfer to the hotel. You’ll have the rest of the day to unwind at your own pace. Whether you opt for a leisurely neighborhood walk, indulge in an authentic Thai massage, or venture out to explore the vibrant night market, the choice is yours to embrace the charm of Chiang Mai at your leisure.
Overnight in Chiang Mai
This morning, embark on a journey to Araksa Tea Garden in Mae Tang District, a lush plantation known for its premium Assam tea.
Upon arrival, friendly staff will introduce you to the art of cultivating young tea plants. Follow the resident plucker to the tea bushes and try your hand at plucking tea leaves. Then, witness the time-honored process of crafting tea by hand, from kneading to roasting, and savor a cup of tea paired with a delightful Thai snack.
After a light lunch, we’ll head to Patara Elephant Sanctuary, where you’ll learn how to approach, feed, and care for these magnificent creatures. You will also join in bathing and brushing them in the river.
Experience the unique opportunity to assist in the daily healthcare of pregnant elephants and their babies and witness elephants in their natural family interactions.
As the day winds down, we’ll return to your hotel in the early evening, leaving you with lasting memories of this enriching adventure.
Overnight in Chiang Mai
Begin your day with an early start, heading to Doi Suthep Temple to witness monks descending from the mountain for their daily alms, a visually captivating ritual.
Next, journey up the mountain to Wat Doi Suthep, founded in 1383 AD and among Northern Thailand’s most sacred temples. Explore its pagodas, statues, and enjoy panoramic city views before returning for lunch.
In the afternoon, start at the iconic Tha Phae Gate, then ride through the old city’s narrow lanes to picturesque forest-lined roads. Pause by Wat Phra That Doi Khama, serene 7th Century Buddha and visit an artisan craft village. Immerse in the bustling Chiang Mai market scene before concluding with a visit to Wat Srisuphan “Silver Temple”, Thailand’s most stunning temple, offering incredible photo ops and a local snack.
Overnight in Chiang Mai
After breakfast, we’ll transfer you to the airport for your flight to Phuket, Thailand’s beach paradise, known as the pearl of the Andaman Sea.
Upon arrival, your local guide will escort you to your resort. Later in the evening, prepare for a dazzling experience at Simon’s Cabaret, where glamorous “ladyboys” will enthrall you with non-stop musical and dance performances amid stunning costumes and lights.
Overnight at Phuket
Today you will embark on a thrilling full-day adventure to uncover the beauty of Phang Nga Bay Marine National Park, celebrated for its stunning rock formations rising from the sea.
Upon arrival, glide through captivating caves by inflatable canoe, expertly guided. Explore Hong Island, Dark Cave, leading to a mangrove-lined lagoon, and Diamond Cave, renowned for its shimmering flowstone.
Next, set sail to James Bond Island (Khao Tapu), famously featured in “The Man with the Golden Gun.” Continue your journey to Panyi Island, known for its picturesque village built on stilts, extending over the water and predominantly inhabited by Muslim fishermen.
Following a delectable Thai set lunch at a local restaurant, take a refreshing swim at Lawa or Naka Island before returning to your hotel where the remainder of the day at your leisure.
Overnight in Phuket
10:00 – 14:00: Culinary Exploration
Embark on a mouthwatering food adventure, uncovering Phuket’s hidden culinary gems beloved by locals. Immerse yourself in the flavors of Burmese curries accompanied by wood-fired naans, savor aromatic chai at a hidden teashop, perfect your chopstick skills with exceptional Hokkien noodles, and indulge in succulent grilled pork – a symphony of tastes awaiting your discovery.
Overnight in Phuket
Today is your free day to relish the renowned Thai beaches and savor local delicacies. Unwind under the sun, discover charming restaurants, cozy cafes, and unique boutiques. Above all, make sure to catch the breathtaking sunset!
Overnight in Phuket
Savor your morning on the beach before it’s time to check out. Later, your guide will accompany you to the airport for your departure flight. If necessary, we can arrange a local flight back to Bangkok, where you will connect to your outbound flight. Wishing you a pleasant journey home.
Introducing a family-owned boutique hotel with spacious stylish rooms, high ceilings, and large windows overlooking landscaped grounds. Enjoy free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV, DVD player, and private bathrooms with a bathtub and hairdryer.
Conveniently located next to Bumrungrad Hospital and less than half a mile from Ploen Chit BTS Skytrain Station. Reach Central World Plaza and Siam Paragon in just a 5-minute Skytrain ride.
Relax at Som Sen Spa with body massages or stay active in the small fitness room. The elegant library adorned with local artwork offers a casual space for guests to read and mingle.
Indulge in healthy vegetarian and seafood dishes at Na Aroon Restaurant or enjoy room service from 7 am – 10 pm.
Riva Surya Bangkok
- Prime location: 5-minute walk to Khao San Road, 10-minute walk to The Bangkok National Museum.
- Suvarnabhumi Airport is just a 1-hour drive away.
- Tastefully furnished rooms with contemporary decor, flat-screen TV, iPod docking station, and safety deposit box.
- Some rooms feature a private balcony.
- 24-hour front desk assistance with laundry services and safety deposit box.
- On-site tour desk and free private parking available.
- Stunning river views from the on-site restaurant.
- Babble & Rum Restaurant offers diverse and delectable authentic Thai, Asian, and European cuisines.
- The Garden and Mezzanine Bar offer sweeping views of the Chao Phraya River and a wide range of wine and cocktails.
- Room service available upon request.
Chala Number6 offers well-equipped rooms with a flat-screen TV, fridge, and free toiletries. Some rooms have a balcony and city views. Breakfast with continental, American, and Asian options is available. The hotel staff speak English, Thai, and Chinese. Nearby attractions include Chedi Luang Temple, Three Kings Monument, and Chiang Mai Gate. The airport is 2.5 miles away, with a paid airport shuttle service.
137 Pillars House
137 Pillars House, located just minutes away from Thapae Gate Market and Chiang Mai city centre, offers stylish air-conditioned suites with parquet flooring and a walk-in closet. The suites feature a contemporary décor, with a balcony, patio, and spacious living area. Bathrooms come with a Victorian bathtub and an open-air shower. Amenities include cable TV and a personal safe.
The Dining Room offers a variety of à la carte Thai and international dishes, while the Library Bar provides snacks, drinks, and light meals. In-room dining is also available.
Guests can take advantage of the on-site business center and tour desk. The 24-hour front desk assists with luggage storage, currency exchange, and laundry services. Free on-site parking is provided.
Mom Tri’s Villa Royale
Nestled in Kata Noi, Mom Tri’s Villa Royale offers spacious suites with stunning Andaman Sea views. Enjoy 4-star amenities, including 4 pools, a public beach, and free Wi-Fi.
Elegant suites at Mom Tri’s Royale Villa feature modern Thai décor, wooden flooring, and private balconies. Relax in comfort with a 32-inch flat-screen TV.
Indulge in a Thai massage at Mom Tri’s Spa Royale, or explore snorkeling adventures. The 24-hour front desk offers car rentals and complimentary parking.
Savor Thai and international cuisine at Mom Tri’s Kitchen, renowned for its wine selection. Veranda Bar offers drinks and live entertainment.
Just a 5-minute stroll from Kata Town, Villa Mom Tri’s Royale is a 45-minute drive from Phuket International Airport.
The Surin Phuket
Escape to The Surin Phuket for a tropical retreat on Pansea Beach’s pristine sands. Embrace cottage-style accommodations enveloped by coconut trees. Enjoy an outdoor pool, spa, and free non-motorized sports. Our elegant design integrates seamlessly with nature, connected by charming stairs and walkways.
Patong’s lively nightlife is a 30-minute drive away, while Phuket Town is a 40-minute drive.
Rooms boast spacious outdoor lounges with garden and beach vistas, plus satellite TV. Experience a range of water sports.
Watch the sun set over the Andaman Sea from our beach sundeck.
Dine on Thai, Western, and Asian delights at our outlets, including delectable barbecue and seafood specialties.
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- Immerse yourself in the finest of Thailand during a 12-day journey
- Begin in vibrant Bangkok, a city renowned for its temples and delectable local cuisine.
- Explore Damnoen Saduak, Thailand’s most famous and picturesque floating markets which offers a vibrant and unique cultural experience.
- Wander through the ancient ruins of Ayutthaya, an archaeological marvel.
- Uncover the treasures of Chiang Mai, where temples and tea plantations await.
- Indulge in tropical paradise on the idyllic beaches of Phuket.
- Set sail on a captivating full-day adventure, exploring the picturesque Phang Nga Bay Marine National Park.
- 11 hotel buffet breakfasts.
- 6 lunches at well-selected restaurants
- 1 street food tour
- An educational trip covering many of Thailand’s popular icons
- 100% tailor-made for your family’s needs and desires
- Your own private guide and driver for in-depth cultural touring based on your interests
- Firsthand, sophisticated destination knowledge and recommendations from our locally born travel specialists
- A seamless travel experience, including all logistics, hand-picked hotels and restaurants, private airport transfers, internal transportation, and entry visa assistance…etc
- Around-the-clock support from your travel designer and concierge before, during and after your trip
Private English speaking guide, accommodation, private tours and transfer, domestic flights, A/C train, some main meals, all entrance fees, tax, and service charge.
What’s Not Included?
Your international flights from and to Thailand, personal expense, tips to guide and driver.
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