(Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket)
Luxury private guided tour featuring the best hotels and top sights in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket.
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 Coloured Towers. It is 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 centre 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. Here, you will enjoy a 30 minute Thai massage as an excellent break after a morning sightseeing. In the afternoon, sail along the bustling Chao Phya 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 Chiang Mai. Flight time is approximately 1.5 hours.
This tour features a scenic drive through the most historic areas of Chiang Mai, including a pass through the old city walls, city gates, and moat. The drive continues into Chiang Mai’s tourist attraction area, past the local market, foreign consulates, government buildings, and Tapae Gate before continuing to the acclaimed temple Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, home to a holy relic of the Lord Buddha and considered by many to be the most sacred Wat in northern Thailand. Built by King Gue-Na in 1383 and situated 3,500 feet above sea level, this temple offers an interesting challenge as it contains a flight of over 300 steps to reach its top level. Once on top of the summit, visitors will be treated to a panoramic view of the city before leaving to visit the primitive Meo Pui village, a community known for its unique culture and colourful costumes. Please dress respectfully by not wearing sleeveless T-shirts, shorts or strapless sandals when visiting the Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep.
Inspired by the ancient Lana Kingdom, renowned for its refinement and artistry, the cooking school takes you on a culinary adventure. Experienced cooks and beginners alike will delight in the discovery of Thai cuisine and the culture, which produced it. This Thai culinary experience includes a market trip, cooking class, fruit and vegetable carving class, and soft drinks and local beer with lunch. To ensure personal attention, class size is limited to 8 attendees. Customized group programs can be organized in the afternoon.
The two ancient cities of Lampang and Lamphun are located in the southern Chiang Mai region. One of the interesting highlights of this tour is a visit to the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre. It was founded in 1993 under Royal Patronage, and cares for more than 50 Asian elephants in a beautiful forest with a relaxed non-commercial feel. Here you will learn how to care for an elephant and experience a one-hour jungle ride on top one of these majestic animals. After a delicious local lunch, the tour heads back towards Chiang Mai, stopping at Lamphun. Steeped in a history that dates back to A.D. 700, Lamphun is famous for several ancient and revered temples. Among them is Wat Prathat Hariphunchai, built in A.D. 1044 at the site of the ruins of the Royal Palace, and Wat Jamathevi, named after a 7th century queen and founder of Lampoon. Her ashes are interred in the main stupa of the Wat. The trip concludes with a fascinating ride along the old Lampoon-Chiang Mai Road.
Fly from Chiang Mai to Phuket via Bangkok.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
A haven of calm on the banks of the river, Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok is a truly remarkable hotel. Excellently situated within easy reach of all Bangkok’s main attractions, the hotel enjoys a peaceful yet central location. A sophisticated retreat in one of the world’s most exciting cities, they enjoy a reputation for style, service, and excellence. Combining elegant Thai style with seductive modern touches, each of the rooms and suites has its own distinct character. Home to nine outstanding restaurants and bars, Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok is the city’s premier gourmet destination. The exquisite spa boasts a serene design and over forty unique treatments blending contemporary and ancient techniques.
Enjoy signature spa techniques, traditional Thai cuisine, and impeccable Four Seasons service from your spacious pavilion in the Mae Rim Valley at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai. The Four Seasons Chiang Mai is within walking distance to delightful antique shops and art galleries and is only 30 minutes by shuttle bus to the city centre. With vaulted ceilings and covered verandas, each of their 98 spacious pavilions and luxury villas in Chiang Mai feature polished teak floors, rich Thai cotton decorations, and beautiful Siamese artwork, all under cooling overhead fans. The 20-metre infinity-edge swimming pool seems to flow into the picturesque rice terraces of the Mae Rim Valley. Visit the Health Club for state-of-the-art exercise equipment, saunas for men and women, a unisex Thai herbal steam room, a heated outdoor whirlpool, and a cold plunge pool.
A search for the idyllic and the refreshing has brought us together at Paresa, the heaven of all heavens where the outside world fades away and time stands still. Perched high on the cliffside, amid tropical forests, over azure blue waters and a picturesque panorama of the Andaman Sea, Paresa is an oasis of tranquility and unrivalled luxury. Cocoon yourself in style within Phuket’s best kept secret, along its most spectacular coastline at Paresa luxury Kamala resort. A secluded retreat to getaway from it all and enjoy an island escape.
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."
Gloria DeWeese ,
October 10, 2013
"A wonderful trip and everything went like clockwork. Thank you so very much for all your assistance. I hope I will have a chance to work with you again."
Wayne Gavioli ,
September 04, 2013
"We just returned from our thailand/cambodia trip. It was fantastic. You did a great job. The guides were excellent as was the drivers. We loved the Victoria Hotel you selected in Siem. Wish we had more time. Thailand met our expectations but our expectations for Cambodia were low and they exceeded them. Loved the places selected for the included lunches. Certainly would use Kensington again"
Santo Filice ,
August 30, 2013
"Thank you for arranging our guided trip to Thailand - Vietnam. It was a memorable, and pleasant trip - a 1st for us with Kensington tours and a most enjoyable one. We found that we were able to maximize our visit of the the area without the concern of booking hotels, airline, finding parking and understanding the local language. "
Tim Mesarch ,
August 02, 2013
"Alexis helped us fit in all of the sites we wanted to see on our trip to Thailand and Cambodia, and suggested some more. It was valuable talking with someone who had been there and done that. The planning went pretty smoothly, and so did the trip. The local guides were all top-notch! "
July 25, 2013
"I highly recommend Kesington Tours. The planning of our trip to Cambodia was outstanding. Our advisor Alexis Mayer was unbelievably patient, knowledgeable and responsive. We planned the trip in every possible detail and Alexis was extraordinary during the whole process. Once we were in Cambodia, we had a tiny issue with the car. I was able to get in contact with Alexis right away and the problem was instantly solved. The trip itself was fantastic. Everything was very well planned and perfectly organized. The local guides and drivers were great. The hotels were very well chosen.
Great trip. I would definitely travel again with Kensington Tours."
Pennie Quintana ,
August 07, 2013
"Thank you so much for the amazing trip we enjoyed!! All our guides were fantasy. Joseph in Jakarta, July in Jojakarta and Deon in Borneo!! Wow!! Bless you for all your attention to detail and the outstanding communication to all my questions. You made me feel so taken care of and tended too!! "
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