Thailand Highlights with Phuket

9 days from $2,745 per person*
  • Visit friendly giants at the Thai Elephant Conservation Center.
  • Learn the secrets of Thai food during a cooking class in Chiang Mai.
  • Explore sea caves, tunnels, and lagoons on a canoe expedition.
  • Complete your trip with relaxation on the tranquil beaches of Phuket.
  • Featuring expertly selected hotels.
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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, the collection of accommodation has been expertly selected to immerse you in the vibrant culture and rich history of the country. ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Bangkok
    Bangkok
    • Fast Track Express Service at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport - Arrival
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 2 Bangkok
    Bangkok
    • Private - Highlights of Bangkok (9hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver (Local Lunch)
  • Day 3 Bangkok to Chiang Mai
    Bangkok to Chiang Mai
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Bangkok - Chiang Mai [(1.5hrs)] - Economy (Bangkok Air)
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Private - 1/2 Day Doi Suthep and Temples (4hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 4 Chiang Mai
    Chiang Mai
    • Private - Lampang Elephant School & Lamphun with Lunch (7.5hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 5 Chiang Mai
    Chiang Mai
    • Tour - Shared - Thai Cooking at Baan Hongnual Cookery School (6hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 6 Chiang Mai to Phuket
    Chiang Mai to Phuket
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Chiang Mai - Phuket [via Bangkok] - Economy
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Phuket
    Phuket
    • Private - Sea Canoeing in Phang Nga Bay with Lunch (9.5hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Lunch Included
    Breakfast
  • Day 8 Phuket
    Phuket
    • At Leisure
    Breakfast
  • Day 9 Phuket
    Phuket
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Phuket - Bangkok [(1.5hrs)] - Economy
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Day 1: Bangkok

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.

Accommodation: Park Plaza Sukhumvit (3.5*)

Located in the district of Sukhumvit, and situated next to the Benjakkitti Park and lake, Park Plaza Sukhumvit Bangkok offers exceptional views of Bangkok’s skyline and benefits from being located next to the city’s green lung. It is a two-minute walk away from both the BTS Skytrain and MRT subway networks, 45 minutes from Suvarnabhumi Internatonal Airport, and is also the nearest hotel to the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center. The rooms feature elegant hardwood floors, dark wood furniture contrasting with white linens and provide tranquility amongst the noise and commotion of Bangkok. Furthermore, CO2 Restaurant offers a combination of Thai cuisine and Mediterranean flavors, with an open concept kitchen enabling direct requests to the chef. The rooftop swimming pool allows for an amazing panoramic view of the entire city.

Bangkok
Bangkok
Park Plaza Sukhumvit
Park Plaza Sukhumvit

Day 2: Bangkok

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.

Accommodation: Park Plaza Sukhumvit (3.5*)
Royal Palace
Royal Palace

Day 3: Bangkok - Chiang Mai

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Fly from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Flight time is approximately 1.5 hours.

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

On this tour you will visit the most sacred temple in northern Thailand: the Wat Pra That Doi Suthep. It's the most sacred temple in Chiang Mai and contains a holy relic of the Lord Buddha. Tucked away in the mountains at an elevation of 3,520 feet, the temple is reached using a Naga (7- headed dragon head serpent) railing rising along both sides. The temple compound – accessible via a 300-step staircase – offers an exhilarating view of Chiang Mai and the surrounding countryside. Drive back down to the city center to visit some of the other impressive temples of. Wat Suan Dok is one of them, 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. This temple also houses one of the most famous monk schools in all of Chiang Mai and the Wat Jedyod, also known as the Temple of Seven Spires. Please dress respectfully by not wearing sleeveless T–shirts, shorts or strapless sandals when visiting the Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.

Accommodation: Aruntara Riverside Boutique Hotel (4*)

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. Nestled on the banks of the Mae Ping River, the hotel creates an atmosphere of secluded tranquility, yet is still close enough to Chiang Mai’s vibrant and exotic city. This can be seen by the traditional Lanna style handcrafted teak columns and high ceilings. Every piece of furniture is exclusively designed and traditionally handmade by Thai craftsmen which enhances the overall Lanna concept. The rooms are portrayed by one of the four classical elements (Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water) which help to bring peace and to define the Buddhist cultural theme. At Tara restaurant you can sit outdoors and watch life on the river float by or stay cool and be seated inside the air conditioned dining room. The restaurant boasts a varied selection of Thai specialties along with Western cuisine.

Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai
Aruntara Riverside Boutique Hotel
Aruntara Riverside Boutique Hotel

Day 4: Chiang Mai

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 Center. 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.

Accommodation: Aruntara Riverside Boutique Hotel (4*)
Elephant
Elephant

Day 5: Chiang Mai

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's 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. 

Accommodation: Aruntara Riverside Boutique Hotel (4*)
Cooking Thai Cuisine
Cooking Thai Cuisine

Day 6: Chiang Mai - Phuket

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.

Fly from Chiang Mai to Phuket via Bangkok.

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle, driver and English Speaking Guide.

Accommodation: Boathouse (4*)

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, savor 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.   

Phuket
Phuket
Boathouse
Boathouse

Day 7: Phuket

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. 

Accommodation: Boathouse (4*)
Phang Nga
Phang Nga

Day 8: Phuket

Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.

Accommodation: Boathouse (4*)

Day 9: Phuket

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle, driver and English Speaking Guide.

Fly from Phuket to Bangkok. Flight time is approximately 1.5 hours.

Accommodation:
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Park Plaza Sukhumvit (3.5*): Bangkok

Located in the district of Sukhumvit, and situated next to the Benjakkitti Park and lake, Park Plaza Sukhumvit Bangkok offers exceptional views of Bangkok’s skyline and benefits from being located next to the city’s green lung. It is a two-minute walk away from both the BTS Skytrain and MRT subway networks, 45 minutes from Suvarnabhumi Internatonal Airport, and is also the nearest hotel to the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center. The rooms feature elegant hardwood floors, dark wood furniture contrasting with white linens and provide tranquility amongst the noise and commotion of Bangkok. Furthermore, CO2 Restaurant offers a combination of Thai cuisine and Mediterranean flavors, with an open concept kitchen enabling direct requests to the chef. The rooftop swimming pool allows for an amazing panoramic view of the entire city.

Park Plaza Sukhumvit
Park Plaza Sukhumvit
Park Plaza Sukhumvit - Guest Room
Park Plaza Sukhumvit - Guest Room

Aruntara Riverside Boutique Hotel (4*): 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. Nestled on the banks of the Mae Ping River, the hotel creates an atmosphere of secluded tranquility, yet is still close enough to Chiang Mai’s vibrant and exotic city. This can be seen by the traditional Lanna style handcrafted teak columns and high ceilings. Every piece of furniture is exclusively designed and traditionally handmade by Thai craftsmen which enhances the overall Lanna concept. The rooms are portrayed by one of the four classical elements (Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water) which help to bring peace and to define the Buddhist cultural theme. At Tara restaurant you can sit outdoors and watch life on the river float by or stay cool and be seated inside the air conditioned dining room. The restaurant boasts a varied selection of Thai specialties along with Western cuisine.

Aruntara Riverside Boutique Hotel
Aruntara Riverside Boutique Hotel
Aruntara Riverside Boutique Hotel
Aruntara Riverside Boutique Hotel

Boathouse (4*): Phuket

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, savor 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.   

Boathouse
Boathouse
Swimming Pool
Swimming Pool
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • Elizabeth W — June 24, 2015 — Asia

    Excellent trip. All of the guides were professional and top quality. We were able to see many sights due to their knowledge of the train system and they also taught us how to get around on our own. The guides also recommended places to see on our own time and all worth while. In addition they taught us local customs and foods that we needed to try in that region. Very helpful. Special day was with our guide on the Fish Market and sushi making tour, made sushi personally with her. She made it a very special day. Great tour for those who want guides but also some free time on our own. The guides were always on time, the transportation on time and everyone was so nice and helpful. We also appreciated not having to be in a large group of strangers and the one on one quality of the tour. Was not sure what to expect but the trip met all expectations and then some. Will use Kensington again and will refer friends.

  • Lynn m — June 18, 2015 — Asia

    We booked all accommodation ourselves so not rated on survey. Kensington did a perfect job for us customizing all our transportation needs at the airport, ferry, hotel or boat transfer. There was always someone waiting with a sing on the correct day, time and place. As well the guides we used were friendly, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and spoke English well. Our travel consultant Marc Sison was excellent always prompt returning my call or email as well as making fabulous suggestions like going to Oslob to snorkel with the Whale Sharks, an absolute highlight of our trip. Our trip to the Philippines was primarily to snorkel and we were not disappointed, the water was warm and clear with lots of fish, coral, sea snakes, sting rays and even a couple of black tipped reef sharks. Of course there were turtles but we have seem many in our past snorkeling. This has created another way of traveling. Thanks! All the categories on the survey I rate as 10.

  • Maynard Fossum — December 12, 2014 — Asia

    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.

  • FayeLaing — December 12, 2014 — Asia

    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 — Asia

    Fabulous trip. Every aspect from the planning to execution was excellent.

  • Ruth Reinhard — December 12, 2014 — Asia

    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 — Asia

    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!

  • TerryCreighton — December 12, 2014 — Asia

    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 — Asia

    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 — Asia

    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!

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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