(Bangkok, Phuket, Krabi)
A high-powered speedboat whisks you across the turquoise Andaman Sea from Phuket to Leonardo Di Caprio’s island paradise from his film The Beach where you’ll discover one of South East Asia’s most stunning lagoon coves.
Here at Phi Phi Ley the living is easy as you relax on one of the most famous remote island beaches in the world, or elect to explore the deep limestone caverns of the island’s Viking Cave. You’ll also embark on a private canoeing tour of Thailand’s stunning southern beaches and soaring limestone cliffs around Krabi; enjoy a luxury retreat in Phuket; explore the protected island of Koh Hong where wild monkeys are easily spotted along the many nature trails; and soak in the golden temples and big-city sights of bustling Bangkok.
This top-shelf trip proves that laidback can also be luxurious. Your time will be split between some of Thailand’s finest island resorts and remote boutique villas where you’ll be left to fully appreciate the refined hospitality and dramatic vistas the country has to offer. Experienced local guides will lead you through a range of eye-opening adventures from speed boating and ocean canoeing, to nature walks and authentic cooking classes.
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Avoid the potentially long queues at the immigration counter with an exclusive immigration fast track service. You will be met by a hostess and porter after exiting your aircraft and will be escorted to the fast track immigration counter where your entry into Thailand will be quickly expedited. The airport staff will handle all airport formalities with immigration and customs officials. Your hostess and porter will also assist in obtaining your baggage from the carousel and escort you through customs. In the event of lost luggage, your hostess will assist in filling out any necessary forms.
Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.
During this tour you will visit the Royal Grand Palace - the nation’s landmark and most praised royal monument in Thailand, with the enclosed and dazzling Wat Phra Keo with its revered Emerald Buddha, the Golden Chedi, the Pantheon of the Chakri Kings, and the Eight Colored Towers. It's considered by many to be a living example of classical Siamese Court, being the former residence of the kings of Thailand. Wat Po is also regarded as the first center of public education and is sometimes called ‘Thailand’s first university’. Mural paintings, inscriptions, and statues found in the temple served to educate people on subjects such as literature, warfare, archaeology, astronomy, geology, and meditation and is considered to be the home of Thai traditional massage. In the afternoon, sail along the bustling Chao Phraya River and the quiet klongs in a long tail boat. A stop will be made at Wat Arun - the “Temple of Dawn”. Finally, a visit to the flower and vegetable market will round off the day. Located close to the Chao Phraya River, this part of Bangkok brings you to a rural piece of Bangkok where you will find a vast selection of flowers, especially orchids and tropical flowers and see how the merchants create very special flower garlands.
Photography is permitted in the Royal Palace Grounds and in the compounds of the Emerald Buddha Temple, but not inside the buildings. Please dress respectfully (no bare shoulders, knees or strapless-heel shoes) when visiting the Grand Palace and temple complex. Shoes must be removed before entering the temple buildings as a matter of respect. The Palace may be closed without prior notice during Royal ceremonies and officials or head of state visit.
Fly from Bangkok to Phuket. Flight time is approximately 1.5 hours.
This amazing adventure starts in the early morning as you set out by speed boat to the scenic Phi Phi Islands, Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Ley, located about 45 kilometers from Phuket. Sightseeing excursions include Loh Sa Mah and Phi Phi Ley cove as well as Maya Bay, where the “The Beach” was filmed. A chance to observe the majestic undersea world is also available for guests who enjoy snorkeling. Phi Phi Ley is home to the Viking Cave, a large limestone cavern in which ancient rock paintings can be found. Thought to resemble Viking ships - hence the name of the cave - they are believed to be 3000 to 4000 years old.
Today a private vehicle will pick you up and take you for some culinary training at Pat's Home Thai Cooking School. Pat, originally from Bangkok, lived in California for eight years. Having returned to Phuket she wishes to share her cuisine expertise and secrets in the comfort and exotic surroundings of her gracious home.
Transfer from Phuket to Krabi with a private vehicle, driver, and English speaking guide.
Explore the stunning natural beauty of southern Thailand's islands on this exclusive private canoeing tour. Marvel at the bright white beaches surrounded by towering limestone cliffs, the blue of the Andaman Sea, and the green of the islands lush vegetation. “Room Island,” or Koh Hong, is one of the most beautiful islands in the south. Protected by the Thai government for its wildlife, Koh Hong is full of monkeys, lizards, and a variety of birds. Take a walk on one of the islands nature trails or simply relax in the sun. Koh Hong is also known for its lagoon, which can only be accessed from the water.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
Fly from Krabi to Bangkok. Flight time is approximately 1.5 hours.
At The Peninsula Bangkok, Peninsula luxury is met with sophisticated Thai charm for the ultimate cultural experience, from the hotel’s iconic Peninsula Green Tuk Tuk to an adventure down the Chao Phraya River and sumptuous authentic Thai cuisine featuring recipes used by generations of Palace cooks. The epitome of luxury Thai style and comfort, guest rooms and suites at The Peninsula Bangkok all command magnificent river views. Intelligently designed, marrying traditional style elements with all the conveniences of state-of-the-art technology and the legendary Peninsula 24-hour service, guests are guaranteed a stay to remember.
Indigo Pearl is a hidden sanctuary just moments from the expanse of the Andaman Sea. Set against a backdrop of dense rainforest filled with rare wildlife, Indigo Pearl unfolds along Phuket's sheltered northern shore - dozens of islands lie scattered off the coast. Near both the airport and many of Phuket's finest beaches, Indigo Pearl is a world of its own, a seductive setting of lush plantation. Historic detail fuses with chic design and elegance to create an inspired setting for a beach resort getaway. Discover the essence of Phuket in the beautifully inspired rooms, dining venues, and tranquil spa. Exquisite rooms, villas, pool pavilions, and suites all embody the Indigo Pearl tropical resort experience.
Please note; this property is located quite close to the airport, in the northern part of the island and is very much away from the hussle and bussle of the islands activities which are generally located in the southern part of the island (1.5hrs away). This property would be suitable for those looking for an all-inclusive style of property as there are various activities and restaurants on site but very limited options in the nearby vicinity.
The Tubkaak Boutique Resort has been featured in "Unseen Thailand". The Tubkaak Krabi blends distinctive southern Thai architecture with the incredible natural beauty of Krabi's landscape. Villa style accommodation combines elements of east and west, with stylish interiors and oriental bathrooms open to the sky. In a superb location overlooking the sea with inspiring views of the magnificent Hong Islands, Tubkaak Beach literally translates as Visitors Cove, where local hospitality is legendary.
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December 12, 2014
"My trip to China proved to be an outstanding experience. Each location provided excellent learning and entertainment opportunities. The country was very impressive both in its deep history and in the huge modernization that has taken place in recent decades. The tour guides at each location were well informed and able to answer questions while also offering detailed information at all sites. It was a pleasure to be so well taken care of. The guides and drivers were always helpful. The meals on the tour were delicious and varied. I was pleased with the choice of restaurants. The hotels were comfortable and well located. I will recommend Kensington Tours. "
December 12, 2014
"I was a bit nervous about visiting Myanmar. Thanks to the outstanding help and planning via Kensington Tours, everything went off without a hitch!! It was a fantastic experience, that I would recommend to anyone with a spirit of adventure. "
Craig Gelman ,
December 12, 2014
"Fabulous trip. Every aspect from the planning to execution was excellent. "
Ruth Reinhard ,
December 12, 2014
"The trip was fantastic!!!Each guide and driver gave us so much information and were so helpful. They made sure that they took good care of our well being and requests. My husband, who we all call "the reluctant traveler" said, halfway through the trip, where are we going next? He said if he can go with Kensington then he will go anyplace. Thanks for making our trip to China a memorable experience."
SixtoCastenada Jr. ,
December 12, 2014
"100% satisfied! We had a wonderful trip. Our travel adviser, Tony Newman put together a tour that included everywhere we wanted to visit and within our very limited time frame. Conrad, who booked our transportation was very professional. The tour guides, hotel accommodations and transportation arrangements were all excellent. We will be using Kensington Tours again!"
December 12, 2014
"We were so impressed with all aspects of the trip that Kensington arranged for us - even at short notice. The itinerary was perfectly planned, full of extra activities like riding an elephant and a water buffalo cart ride. The guides were wonderful in all the places we went and the travel was easy between locations. Vietnam is a wonderful destination and Angkor Wat is amazing too. We loved the overnight on the boat in Halong Bay and the train ride to Sapa. The day we spent trekking between indigenous villages in the mountains of Sapa was one of the most interesting days of my life! We have travelled a lot and this was one of the best trips we have ever taken."
Olive Ramchand ,
June 03, 2014
"I have to admit, this was the BEST vacation I ever had. The tour was nothing less than Fantastic! The hotels were great, the guides were great, the transportation was great, the places were great, the people were great, the food was great and last but not least China, itself was out of this world. I'm so glad I booked this tour and would recommend this to anyone. Thanks so much for all your help, your interest and your recommendations. Steve in China was so attentive, he called constantly to make sure everything was fine. We really had a fabulous time and even my jaded husband who normally only seems to care about where the nearest golf course is, was impressed and had a wonderful time.
Thanks again, and unto the next vacation (although I don't know how we would top this one!!)
Jeanne Tarvin ,
April 21, 2014
"The tour was absolutely fabulous. It all started with the planning. Kathryn graciously accommodated our tight schedule and multiple needs, including a mid-trip change in plans. The tour guides and drivers were all great and extremely knowledgeable. The accommodations and meals were fantastic. I was apprehensive about going to China not knowing the language but it worked out great!"
January 15, 2014
"We just returned on Monday from our wonderful trip to South Korea, Bangkok and Phuket. I wanted to thank you for all of your hard work in planning our tours and adventures. Everything was spot on, from our arrivals at the airports, to the guides and the tours. I would not hesitate to recommend you and your company. It was truly a wonderful vacation. Thank you again.
Bob Feldman ,
November 19, 2013
"I wanted to let you know that our trip to China was great! Everybody enjoyed themselves. When planning a trip I am always concerned about the itinerary, the vehicles and the guides. All 3 of these were great. The guides were particularly good and in this case really made the trip a pleasure. Overall a great trip. Thanks for all you did."
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