Best of Thailand
Day 1 - 3: Bangkok - Ayutthaya
- Arrive in Bangkok. Join a city tour to see Bangkok’s most important landmarks: Grand Palace, Wat Pho, etc.
- Discover the historic sites in Ayutthaya on a day trip.
Day 4 - 6: Chiang Mai
- Fly to Chiang Mai. Visit the city’s attractions: Wat Pra Singh, Wat Chedi Luang, Night Market, etc.
- Spend a day with the elephants at the Elephant Nature Park. Take a cooking class to make Thai dishes.
Day 7 - 12: Phuket - Phang Nga Bay - Bangkok - Departure
- Transfer to Phuket to enjoy the island’s beautiful beaches and visit the city centre.
- Sightsee the famous Phang Nga Bay on a day trip.
- Return to Bangkok for your departure flight.
See the best that Thailand has to offer its visitors with this exciting tour! Start with discovering the charming Bangkok, from the Golden Buddha, the Reclining Buddha to Grand Palace and Thai houses, each speaks a different story about the Thai’s life and belief. Visit Ayutthaya, where lies the impressive Ayutthaya Historical Park with hundreds of Buddha statues. Explore ancient grand temples in Chiang Mai, together with a special trip to Elephant Nature Park and a cooking-class experience. Travel to Phuket for gorgeous beaches, striking landscape and the historic Old Town with remarkable buildings, this tropical island is a full package for any travelers, not to mention its stunning neighbor islands!
Arrive in Bangkok, be welcomed by your private guide and driver, and then transferred to your hotel. Check in and enjoy your time of leisure. All meals will be on your own arrangement.
Overnight in Bangkok
After breakfast at the hotel, you will start to discover Bangkok with your private tour guide and driver.
A ride through interesting parts of Bangkok will take you to your first stop at the Golden Buddha. The statue, which can be disassembled into nine pieces, was housed in a wat in Ayutthaya until the mid 19th century, and its provenance from Ayutthaya excludes the possibility of it having been made after about 1750.
Your next visit will be to the Reclining Buddha.
The chapel and the reclining Buddha (Phra Buddhasaiyas,} were built by Rama III in 1832. The image of the reclining Buddha represents the entry of Buddha into Nirvana and the end of all reincarnations. The posture of the image is referred to as sihasaiyas, the posture of a sleeping or reclining lion.
After lunch, you will visit the Grand Palace. Probably the most visited and remembered landmark of Thailand, the Grand Palace in Bangkok is where every visitor must pay a visit at least once in their lifetime. The Grand Palace served as a significant royal residence until 1925 and is now used for ceremonial purposes only.
Explore the Coronation Hall, Funeral Hall and the famous Emerald Buddha.
Your trip will continue with a long-tail boat ride along the canal to see Thai houses and typical rural life as well as a visit to the Temple of Dawn before ending your day.
Overnight in Bangkok.
After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll drive north to Ayutthaya.
Your first visit will be to Wat Phu Khao Thong, originally built in 1387 by the second king of the Ayothaya kingdom, an impressive monument in North-western part of Ayutthaya. When the Burmese took over Ayutthaya in 1569, the Burmese king built a Mon-style chedi (or pyramid) on top of the former temple to celebrate his victory over Ayutthaya and the Siamese.
Continue to the Ayutthaya Historical Park and visit the ancient palace ground. Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, once a royal temple lying beside the Grand Palace, was once the most significant temple during Ayutthaya period. Adjacent to Wat Phra Sri Sanphet is Viharn Phra Mongkolbopit, an impressive building that houses a large seated bronze Buddha image. Its rebuilt pristine hall was believed to be a replica of the old Assembly Hall of Ayutthaya.
After a delicious Thai lunch, you’ll move on to Wat Lokaya Sutha to see the largest reclining Buddha of Ayutthaya at 8 meters high and 42 meters long. The Buddha image was made of brick and covered with plaster.
You will continue to Wat Mahathat, a classic temple ruin of Ayutthaya and famous for the picturesque Buddha head engulfed by the Bodhi tree roots. The foundation size, remaining prangs, and towers attest the significance during its time.
Late in the afternoon, you’ll take your ride back to Bangkok and check in the hotel for the night.
Overnight in Bangkok
After breakfast and check-out of the hotel, you will take a short flight to Chiang Mai. Get welcomed in Chiang Mai Airport then transferred to your hotel.
Take a Chiangmai City tour. The tour includes Wat Pra Singh, which is one of over 200 ancient Buddhist temples located around the city, one of the most well-regarded examples of Lanna architecture; and Wat Chedi Luang – The temple is the within site of an enormous pagoda, originally 280 feet high, and which was partially destroyed by an earthquake in 1545. At one time, Wat Chedi Luang housed the revered Emerald Buddha image now enshrined in Bangkok’s Wat Phra Kaeo.
Back to the hotel in the late afternoon and check in. You may want to discover the Chiang Mai Night Market after dinner time.
Overnight in Chiang Mai
Today you will enjoy a full day visit to Elephant Nature Park; a natural home and sanctuary for elephants, buffalos, dogs, cats, birds and many other rescued animals.
Your visit will start with a picturesque drive through the rural countryside to Elephant Nature Park. You will hear the personal stories of rescued and orphaned elephants. See how they became a proud herd and free from abuse for the first time in their lives.
Many will find their visit to Elephant Nature Park rewarding and very relaxing. Observe free roaming elephants (no riding), and other rescued animals enjoying the natural surroundings of our sanctuary.
Your visit helps support our regional projects and offers an invaluable opportunity of helping elephant conservation.
Overnight in Chiang Mai
Today you will learn to cook some of the most famous Thai dishes at Asia Scenic – one of the best cooking schools in Chiang Mai.
After you select the menus you want to cook, you’ll get started with a local market tour to select the freshest and best ingredients for your menu.
Enjoy the guidance of the chef and prepare your own meal, then evaluate yourself by having what you have cooked for lunch!
The afternoon will be free for your own leisure.
Overnight in Chiang Mai
Today you’ll take your flight back to Bangkok, then another connecting flight to Phuket.
Arrive in Phuket, be welcomed by your guide and transferred to your hotel. Check in and enjoy this cheerful beach city!
Overnight at Phuket
Phang Nga Bay is famous for its limestone “Sea Mountains”. On your trip today, you will discover the flora of this amazing landscape at Koh Panak and Koh Hong while learning more about the bay. You’ll pass along Koh Hong on the way to Koh Tapu and pay a visit to Pinggan Island.
You will explore Tapu Island, also known as “James Bond Island” the movie “The Man with the Golden Gun” was partially filmed. Lunch will be served on board.
Enjoy the sea and weather. Transfer back to your hotel in the late afternoon.
Overnight in Phuket
You’ll start your day with a drive along beach roads through Patong, Karon, Kata, and Rawai. Visit the Three Beaches viewpoint where you can take in a great vista of the beautiful bays of Kata Noi, Kata, Karon and Kho Pu Island, at one of the best scenic spots on the island.
Explore Old Phuket Town; the historical district is a must-see in the city. Check out the yesteryear of Phuket’s old Sino-Portuguese buildings, built more than 100 years ago, these buildings portray Thai characteristics and heritage although architecturally a blend of Chinese and European styles.
Enjoy scenic views from Khao Rang Hill. A great view of Phuket Town, the southern part of the island, and some of the offshore islands can be obtained by going to the top of Kao Rang Hill, on the city’s northwest side.
After lunch, you’ll start the afternoon tour by visiting Wat Chalong, Phuket’s most beautiful and renowned monastery.
Savor a quick break to visit a cashew factory to taste a famous local product of Phuket. As a result of Phuket’s favourable climate, the cashew nuts here are of better quality than those grown elsewhere in the world. Various kinds of cashew products are on sale.
After that, you will see the Phuket Butterfly Garden & Insectarium which is the most authentic butterfly garden in Thailand. The butterfly enclosure encompasses about 1 acre with more than 10,000 free-flying butterflies per month. In the breeding room, you will be surprised how a small caterpillar can transform into a pupa and finally a butterfly.
If time permits, you may tour another destination such as the Phuket Aquarium, Phuket Seashell Museum, Phuket Zoo, or Snake Show
At around 18:00 PM, you will have the opportunity to witness the brilliance of Phuket’s sunset from a hilltop overlooking the famous Phromthep Cape, which is situated adjacent to Nai Han Beach and Rawai Beach, at the southernmost point of Phuket.
Back to the hotel to rest for the night.
Overnight in Phuket
Today will be at your own leisure to enjoy the beach.
Overnight in Phuket
Another free day to enjoy the beach.
Overnight in Phuket
Enjoy your last moments in Phuket then take your flight back to Bangkok and connecting flight home.
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- Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
- Private Vehicles and Drivers
- Private English Speaking Guides (Other languages if available, upon request)
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
- Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
- Service Charge & Government Taxes
What’s Not Included?
- Your International Flights to and from Thailand
- Thailand entry Visa Fees (contact us for further information)
- Personal Expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
- Any bank fees or charges at your end
- Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
- Personal Travel Insurance
- Tips for guides and drivers
Free service. No credit card required
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Vietnam Luxury Vacation Review: Sightseeing, Culture, 12-Day Travel
Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Sightseeing, Rice Fields, Boat Rides, 18-Day Trip
We started searching for our tour for Vietnam / Cambodia back in October 2022 to start the tour in the first week of January 2023. We selected this travel agency, and contact name provided to us was Elly. She was extraordinary with her communication with us. Excellent English speaking language capability & excellent in communication on Whats app and email communication. We went back & forth few times to arrange the tour we wanted. She was very accommodating in arranging our schedule. We requested automobile tour for both countries, just for two of us.
We requested SUV FOR OUR COMFORT AND WE GOT IT!
We requested to get the high end hotel in each city and she gave us choices and not only that but send videos of each hotel for each City and then waited for us to decide which hotel we select. All the Hotels turned out to be one of the best we would expect to be. M/s Elly, personally came to visit with us on the evening of our first day tour. Very respectful and asked if she could do anything for us.I had requested before in our communication, if she would arrange for power converter for us, since my camera chargers are all in 110. So brought two power converters for us! Something, not everyone will do this kind of service. So all the kiddos to her!
as to the drivers in each city were very courteous, very professional and very careful in how and where they have to do driving.
our Guides in each city were so friendly, courteous and knowledgeable in where ever we visited. How ever wish two guides in Hue An and Ho Chi Minh City spoke English more clearly.
We only wish we had one extra day in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, , however, there is so much to see in the world! Perhaps next time will visit Vietnam.
As to Cambodia, same thing to express about site seeing and our Guide and drivers. Guides and drivers really made our travel thro’ the countries where we do not speak that language, made it so comfortable and enjoyable.
Hi Lam…hope you don’t mind me contacting you directly. My wife Barb & I (Paul) have just arrived home after completing a great tour of Vietnam which was organised through your company Asia Pioneer Travel.
We want to tell you personally how impressed were were with the level of service that we received…it was amazing and the best that we have experienced anywhere. After we made initial contact with you, you handed us over to Chloe to arrange the trip which she did in very quick time and the amount of detail that she went to was fantastic. From the moment that we walked out of Hanoi airport on arrival to see our guide waiting, we knew that we were in for a great trip. The drivers & guides were fantastic and Chloe was in contact by email constantly making sure that everything was going to plan & that we were happy. At one stage we need to vary the itinerary by extending accommodation & changing air tickets and Chloe did that without any fuss or bother.
We also met some wonderful Vietnamese people along the way and Ive got to say that they are our kind of people, very generous & friendly.
Enough of my ramblings, thanks for a great visit to Vietnam, and a special thank you to Chloe for looking after us in such a terrific manner…she is a very special caring lady.
Kind regards & I hope that we have the opportunity to use Asia Pioneer Travel again….Paul & Barb Little from Newcastle Australia
Superbly organised and very flexible
We travelled to Vietnam for two weeks, booking the whole trip through Lizzie at Asia Pioneer, including hotels, excursions, trips, guides and internal flights. Lizzie was so helpful and flexible, accommodating changes to our schedule until the last minute, especially as we missed our connecting flight in Dubai and arrived a day later than planned (our fault). Nothing was too much trouble, including getting my wallet back to me after I left it in the car taking us to the airport.
We started in Hanoi in the North and worked our way south to Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon), taking in Ha Long with its amazing sea stacks and sleeping on a boat, then to Sa Pa on the overnight sleeper train from Hanoi, with its wonderful countryside and rice terraces. Afterwards, we went to Hoi An for three days of relaxation. Hoi An probably my favourite place and three days are enough to cover it. Then onto Hue, the original capital, my least favourite place and then finally on to HMC, which was a real contrast to the North.
The 3-star hotels that Lizzie picked were very good and comfortable, and the guides were very knowledgeable. I would definitely use Asia Pioneer again for future Asia trips.