(Bangkok, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Koh Phi Phi)
As you search the dense Thai jungle for signs of roaming elephants and prowling tigers, grasp the hand of your loved one and feel your hearts beat as one in thrilling anticipation on this unforgettable honeymoon adventure.
The soaring high-rise skyline of bustling Bangkok gives way to the quiet Klongs (canals) of Chao Phya River as you witness the slower rural life from your traditional long tail boat. Pay your respects to the remarkable Emerald Buddha and Eight Coloured Towers at the Royal Grand Palace, and venture deep into World Heritage-listed Khao Yai National Park where elephants, tigers, gibbons and deer roam the high-altitude plains and dense virgin forest. In Chiang Rai, you’ll cruise the Mae Kok River and visit a traditional Karen hill tribe village; climb the steep staircase to a hidden mountain temple to reveal panoramic views of Chiang Mai; learn how to cook Thai delicacies in an authentic Lanna school in a countryside village; visit Thailand’s highest mountain in Doi Inthanon National Park; and indulge all your senses at a luxury beach resort on stunning Phi Phi Island.
You’ll savor every moment of this extensive trip through magical Thailand. Feel the country’s deep spirituality at some of its most important – and most beautiful – temples, witness its breathtaking mountain vistas and majestic wildlife, and take some time out from the world at a remote island resort where stress is a foreign concept. All the while, your experienced team of local guides and private drivers will ensure a seamless experience.
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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.
In the early morning, depart from your hotel and drive toward Khao Yai National Park with a stop at a local market along the way. Khao Yai National Park is Thailand’s second largest national park and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that lies in the four provinces of Nakorn Ratchasima (Korat), Saraburi, Prachinburi, and Nakorn Nayok. It covers an area of 2,168 square kilometers with an altitude mostly ranging from 400 to 1000 meters above sea level. It's famous for its dense virgin forests, streams, waterfalls, and high altitude plains. Such a rich landscape makes it a haven for wildlife, including elephants, tigers, gibbons and deer, and over 300 bird species. You will see unchanged jungle, mountain range creeks, and waterfalls and have the chance to watch the diverse animal world. Look into deep gorges and wander on trod elephant paths. From a stand at the lake, game animals can often be observed. According to season, you will see orchids blooming wildly, great colorful butterflies, and beautifully colored and shaped night butterflies. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant before you are transferred back to your hotel in Bangkok.
Fly from Bangkok to Chiang Rai. Flight time is approximately 1.5 hours.
Today you will depart from the hotel to visit the Wat Phra Kaew, said to have been the original place where the Emerald Buddha was found, now venerated into Bangkok's Wat Phra Kaew Chapel. Proceed to Wat Phra Singha, a fine example of Lanna Thai religious architecture. Continue to the Ob Khum Museum Lanna Heritage Conservation Center, which is known to embrace a collection of objects from the areas affiliated with the Lanna kingdom including ritual objects and objects used at the royal courts. If time permits, you will also tour the Wat Rong Khun. Unlike the many temples with centuries of history behind them, Wat Rong Khun (also known as the White temple) was only built recently. Construction began in 1998 and is expected to take seven generations to fulfill the design and vision of noted local artist Chalermchai Kositpipat who is overseeing the project. Visit the most popular fresh market of the Chiang Rai town and return to the hotel.
Today you will be picked up from your hotel and driven to the Chiang Rai boat pier. You will travel by longtail boat for approximately 1 hour on the Mae Kok River to Baan Ruam Mitra, a traditional Karen Hill Tribe village. Enjoy a 30 minute elephant ride around the village before continuing to a local Lahu Hill Tribe. It's believed that the Lahu originally came from the highlands of Tibet and have a close connection with the Lolo tribe in the south of China. Natural hot springs have been discovered in several areas in Thailand, and some have been developed into tourist attractions. You will get to learn about the history of these natural phenomena before returning to your hotel.
Transfer from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai with a private vehicle, driver, and English speaking guide. The transfer is approximately 4 hours.
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.
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.
Begin your tour with a scenic drive through the mountainous countryside to the Doi Inthanon National Park, home to a preserved forest and Doi Inthanon, the highest mountain in Thailand (8,415 feet). The tour continues with a visit Phra Mahathat Napha Methanidon and Phra Mahathat Naphaphon Phumisiri, twin pagodas which were built to commemorate the fifth cycle birthdays of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit. Both pagodas share similar bases as well as a two-level walking path that surround them. The pagodas enshrine Lord Buddha’s ashes and Buddha images and overlook the magnificent scenery of Doi Inthanon. Later you will visit the Karen Hill Tribe Village and the Royal Project, followed by lunch at a local restaurant. Upon descending, guests will stop at the beautiful Vachiratharn waterfalls then drive to Baan Ta-Wai’ (Hang Dong District) a village that produces everything from woodcarving and pottery to classical Thai artworks.
Fly from Chiang Mai to Phuket via Bangkok.
Transfer from Phuket to Ao Po Grand Marina by shared vehicle (approx. 45 mins) and then take a resort catamaran (approx. 1.5hrs) to your resort. During the month of June, the boat transfer will be done by public ferry and longtail boat (2hrs 20 mins). Please allow approximately three hours upon arrival at Phuket airport to travel to your resort.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
Transfer from your hotel by resort Catamaran (approx. 1.5hrs), then by minibus to the airport (approx. 45 mins) or your Phuket hotel. During the month of June, the boat transfer will be done by public ferry and longtail boat (2hrs 20 mins). Please allow approximately three hours upon departure from the resort to travel directly to Phuket Airport.
Fly from Phuket to Bangkok. Flight time is approximately 1.5 hours.
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 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".
Gain a new perspective at Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort where the rich history, culture, and beautiful landscape of Chiang Rai blend effortlessly with chic design encompassing traditional Lanna architecture and warm Thai hospitality. Designed specifically for the well-traveled, the resort occupies an idyllic 26 rai site on the banks of the Kok River, close to the center of Chiang Rai town. Le Méridien Chiang Rai Resort is located close to Chiang Rai town and airport.The Resort is only a 45 minute drive to the legendary Golden Triangle where the borders of Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar converge. Located in Thailand’s northernmost province, the resort is the perfect launching point to enjoy one of Thailand’s most beautiful and culturally significant regions.
Ping Nakara Hotel & Spa is located in the center of Chiang Mai city. The hotel’s graceful gingerbread architecture is accented by hand-carved fretwork and creates a cool and restful environment. The hotel features large rooms that are individually styled and decorated with unique hand-crafted furniture. Decorative accessories and furnishings reflect colonial traditions and are made from the highest quality materials. This sophisticated design is matched by relaxed yet professional service, providing a welcoming retreat for all guests.
Outrigger Phi Phi Island Resort and Spa is a 4 star tropical resort nestled amidst an atmosphere of natural tranquility surrounded by lush vegetation. The resort overlooks the spectacular scenery of the Andaman Sea and the world renowned Phi Phi Islands. Soak up the ambient atmosphere of sea, sand and sunshine at the haven of serenity. With world class hospitality and friendly staff, you are assured your every need is catered for.
Maynard Fossum ,
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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