(Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket)
Steer your canoe through the tight caves of the uninhabited limestone islands off the coast of Phuket and float into idyllic interior lagoons where wild monkeys play in the trees and you can see your reflection in the still waters.
This is just one of the many amazing experiences you’ll enjoy on this superb trip. Meet the chanting monks of ancient Thai temples and explore the jungles of Chiang Mai atop your own elephant guide. You’ll also tour the golden temples and vibrant markets of Bangkok; cruise the River of Kings in a traditional long-tail boat; embark on a rafting expedition through remote rainforest; and experience the wild nightlife and pristine island beaches of Phuket. Experienced guides and drivers will be by your side every step of the way as you explore the diverse sights of Thailand.
From participating in Thai cooking class in a traditional country-side village, to exploring the rainforest atop your own elephant guide, this hands-on trip delivers an authentic taste of Thailand. From luxury beach resorts to colonial boutique hotels and historic villas, the collection of luxury accommodation has been expertly selected to immerse you in the vibrant culture and rich history of the country.
Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.
Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.
Welcome to the Ariyasom Villa located in the heart of Bangkok – step back in time to a more leisurely lifestyle. The villa was built in 1942 and is still in the hands of the original family who built it. With 25 beautifully appointed rooms and suites, Na Aroon Restaurant, room service, swimming pool, spa, library, and meditation hall makes them well equipped to look after guests while they stay in the "City of Angels".
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. Experience an afternoon trip along the bustling Chao Phya River and the quiet klongs in a long tail boat enjoy scenes of life by water. You'll be introduced to a serene, more traditional way of living, away from the high-rise and modern buildings of Bangkok City Centre, as you gently pass Thonburi residential areas. 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.
This amazing sightseeing tour takes you around the famous city for an up-close and personal look at some of its most notable temples, as well as stops at its old city walls, gates and moat, and the local market and Tapae Gate. The highlight of this tour includes Wat Chiang Man, the city’s oldest temple and famed for a Chedi supported by rows of elephantine buttresses; Wat Phrasing home of the beautiful Lai Kham chapel with its exquisite woodcarving and northern style murals; Wat Chedi Luang and its enormous Pagoda; and Wat Suan Dok, which dates back to the 14th century when it served as the pleasure gardens to the Thai monarchy. Nowadays it houses several white Chedi’s, containing the ashes of Chiang Mai’s former Royal family. The last temple also houses one of the most famous monk schools in all of Chiang Mai.
Aruntara Riverside Boutique Hotel Chiang Mai is a true treasure for hotel aficionados. Its British colonial design is complimented by Northern Thai influences that embrace the present while respecting the past. High ceilings sit above beautiful towering teak columns traditionally crafted by Thai tradesman. Each of the 28 luxurious guest rooms are designed to offer stylish accommodation with an expansive open-plan living area and an abundance of room to relax and unwind.
The Elephant is Thailand’s working pride and one of this country’s national symbols. Current estimates of wild elephants left in Thailand are between 3000-4000. Although logging is being banned in this Kingdom, they remain a very important mode of jungle transport as it beats any other animal or machine for its ability to move through a forest with minimum damage. For centuries these animals were trained to use their skills by moving lumber and served as a mode of transport within the jungle area. Over the past decade, with the reduction in lumbering, these giants of the forest have been protected in various conservation camps. An interesting journey through the scenic countryside brings you to Chiang Dao Elephant Conservation Camp. Here you will get to see elephants at work during a half-hour presentation. There is also an opportunity to watch the elephants as they take their morning bath. During your visit to the camp, you will have an opportunity to ride an elephant back during a one hour trek into the surrounding forest. After a Thai set lunch at the camp, the afternoon is reserved for a leisurely cruise on board a bamboo raft.
Today you will go to a Lanna style school located in a countryside village, just 15 minutes from the city of Chiang Mai. The school offers lessons on how to cook delicious Thai food, Thai sweets, fruit carving, and presentation. When cooking Thai food, various local spices that enhance your health and physical well-being, are used as ingredients. It is the ideal school to learn how to cook Thai food to preserve it for generations to come. The atmosphere surrounding the school is filled with warmth, sympathy, and helpfulness, all representing ancient, traditional Lanna custom and culture.
Fly from Chiang Mai to Phuket via Bangkok.
Following extensive renovations to all accommodations, Boathouse now offers a refreshing blend of its original elegance with modern luxuries and tropical flare. Their architects respected the most loved aspects of this iconic Phuket resort and successfully updated the classic with contemporary amenities to enhance your Thai beachfront holiday. Whether your palate prefers authentic Thai cuisine or sophisticated French cuisine, savour leisurely lunches and fine dinners. Enjoy the award-winning wine cellar, distinguished by prestigious Wine Spectator Awards since 1995. All guestrooms at the Boathouse look upon the captivating blue hues of the Andaman Sea. Sleep soundly, just steps from the powdery soft white sand, in whichever you choose among the classic yet entirely refreshed Asian retro-style guestrooms and substantial suites.
This full day of adventure and excitement begins as you depart from Laem Sai Pier and head off to Phang Nga Bay on a cruiser boat. Upon arrival, you will receive a safety briefing from a team of professional canoeists. You can then explore sea caves, tunnels and lagoons by special ‘sea-canoes’. Afterwards, return to the cruiser to enjoy a Thai buffet lunch while slowly heading to Lawa Island. Here you can enjoy swimming, canoeing or sun-bathing on the sandy beach before returning to Phuket.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
Fly from Phuket to Bangkok.
Bob Feldman ,
November 19, 2013
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October 10, 2013
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September 04, 2013
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August 30, 2013
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August 02, 2013
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July 25, 2013
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August 07, 2013
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June 21, 2013
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July 11, 2013
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