(Bangkok, Khao Yai National Park, Chiang Mai)
Explore Thailand like an insider, navigating hidden Bangkok, trekking in an undiscovered National Park, eating your way through Chiang Mai, and lounging on the beaches of an out-of-the-way island in the South.
Bangkok is a city best seen with locals, and from the water. Take off from the pier on your private city tour by long tail boat, visiting all of the must see temples. Walk the secret alleyways of the city’s 200 year old China town, where a plethora of delicacies await. Learn ancient superstitions, and view historic houses squeezed amid towering skyscrapers, elements that dominated Bangkok’s past.
Khao Yai National Park, just a few hours from the city, is packed full of exotic wildlife and thundering waterfalls. Enjoy a few nights in your private villa at an isolated & luxurious resort, and spend a day trekking the park with your own private forest ranger as escort. If you’re lucky you may spot wild elephants, deer, and Asian black bears.
Fly North to Thailand’s culinary and cultural capital, Chiang Mai. Spend a day with a traditional Lanna family, selecting ingredients from their garden, and learning the art of Thai cuisine. Visit the world’s first elephant hospital, and a small village where horse-drawn carts are still a preferred method of transportation.
Finally, any trip to Thailand is not complete without some time at the beach. Koh Lanta is the perfect all-around island, far from the crowds of the more popular destinations in the South, your stay here will give you time to unwind after the adventures you’ve just had.
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Upon arrival, a representative will escort you through a special fast track service. Avoid the potentially long queues at the immigration counter with an exclusive immigration fast track service.
Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.
Meet your guide after breakfast and head to Wat Po, one of Bangkok’s oldest and largest temples – famous for the 43 meter long reclining Buddha. Visit Lak Muang, Bangkok’s city pillar, before heading to the famous Grand Palace. See the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Pra Kaew), the most revered shrine in the Kingdom. Enjoy lunch at a riverside restaurant before boarding a long-tail boat to explore the klongs, Bangkok’s maze of canals and waterways where you will see parts of Thai traditional life. End the day with a visit to Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn, before returning to your hotel.
Visitors often see Bangkok as an enormous modern metropolis, full of expressways, massive department stores and skyscrapers. But there is a more hidden side, which clearly shows the origins of a people who still believe in traditions from years gone by. You will be picked up by your guide at 7:00 am to go on a special walking tour to explore the hidden sights of the Old Town of Bangkok. From the Giant Swing via the prison park you will wander through small alleys, encounter wooden houses, guardian spirit signs, fresh markets and more. At the city pillar and amulet market, you will learn more about the ancient superstitions. The tour ends with a local lunch at a riverside restaurant before returning to your hotel.
This Chinatown tour brings you to discover sophisticated flavors of Bangkok’s 200 year old district that is filled with rich ethnic traditions and delicious food. During the tour, you will explore on foot and taste local cuisines from 7 famous eateries, ranging from street food vendors to renowned fine dining restaurants. Between each tasting location, you will have behind the scenes detours that will give you a closer look at this unique neighborhood. You will meet the food bazaar’s lively characters, hearing its memorable stories and visiting religious and cultural landmarks.
Transfer from Bangkok to Khao Yai National Park with a private vehicle and English speaking guide. The transfer is approximately 2.5 hours.
Spend some down time today enjoying luxurious Muthi Maya Forest Pool Villa Resort located within the Khao Yai National Park. Order an in villa BBQ, or enjoy a meal at MYTH restaurant with 360 degree panoramic views of the park. Schedule a famous Thai massage at MAYA spa, a magical sanctuary and perfect setting to enjoy this must-try indulgence. For the more adventurous take a hike into the surrounding forest, or relax in privacy beside your personal plunge pool.
Spend today exploring Khao Yai National Park privately with an expert Park Ranger. This is Thailand's 3rd largest park, and home to the Asian black bear, the Asian elephant, gibbons, deer, and wild pigs not to mention 320 species of bird. The sounds of the jungle canopy will envelop you, as your ranger speaks to the unique flora and fauna that populate this remote region. Explore evergreen forest, grasslands, and take a dip in one of the many waterfalls. Haew Nerok Waterfall is the tallest and most impressive (and was featured in the movie The Beach!). Trek miles of trail, or just relax with a picnic on this day adventure into one of Thailand's most impressive natural settings.
Transfer from Khao Yai National Park to Bangkok with a private vehicle and English speaking guide. The transfer is approximately 2.5 hours.
Fly from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Flight time is approximately 1.5 hours.
Meet your private guide and transportation at your hotel and set out for a pleasant evening city tour in Chiang Mai. First, stop at the vibrant markets of Somphet and Worarot (opening days may vary depending on seasons) before reaching smaller, more authentic markets where only locals can be seen shopping around. Chiang Mai is also internationally renowned as a “foodie city”, where all kinds of delicacies from the Northern regions can be found in one place! Your guide will make selection of delicious appetizers that will certainly meet all kinds of taste while strolling through the city’s main night market. Afterward, return to your hotel.
A 15 minute drive out of Chiang Mai leads you to a traditional Lanna family, continuing the traditions of many generations in building their homes of teak wood and maintaining the natural surroundings in a way now rarely seen in Chiang Mai. Use traditional home recipes with authentic Northern Thai flavors that are different from standard dishes offered in commercial cooking classes. Select fresh ingredients from the garden to add to today’s cooking extravaganza. Take full advantage of the opportunity to get to know a real Thai family; be their houseguest for the day and enjoy a delicious home cooked lunch with them.
The first stop of the day is the FAE Elephant Hospital, the world’s First Elephant Hospital, founded in 1993. Browse the Kaad Thung Kwian Market and then visit the magnificent Temple Wat Phra That Lampang Luang on the way to Lampang. This is the only place in Thailand where horse-drawn carriages are still used as public transport. After lunch at a riverside restaurant, return to Chiang Mai via the venerable Wat Haripunchai in Lamphun. If time permits, you will visit Ban Tawai. This village has rapidly gained a reputation as the best place to shop for handicrafts.
Fly from Chiang Mai to Krabi via Bangkok.
Transfer from Krabi to Koh Lanta with a private vehicle, driver, ferry and English speaking guide. The transfer is approximately 2 hours.
This morning at 8:00 am, you will be picked up and taken to the Old Town pier, South East of Koh Lanta, where you will have some drinks while listening to the briefing and afterwards depart for the four islands of Koh Chuak, Koh Muk, Koh Kradan and Koh Ngai. Upon arrival at the four islands group, you may snorkel, paddle and explore the sea caves around Koh Chuak, enter Koh Muk's Emerald caves by swimming 80 meters, visit the inner lagoon, and cruise to Koh Kradan, while snorkeling from the boat or kayaking at various places. Buffet lunch is served on board the ship. After lunch, you will head for the beach of Koh Ngai, where you can relax at leisure. At approximately 1:15 pm, it’s time to leave Koh Ngai and return to Lanta Old Town. You will arrive at approximately around 4:30 pm and you will be transferred back to your hotel.
NOTE: Tour does not disembark at Koh Kradan.
Ranked by Conde Nast as Thailand's best all around island, Koh Lanta offers a multitude of activities to entertain, or choose to do simply nothing at all. With tropical forest behind you and pristine beach in front, we highly recommend a day at leisure. Try one of the countries famous massages, dine on just-caught seafood, take kayaks into the mangroves, jump in a taxi and head down to one of the local fishing villages to mingle with locals - so much is at your fingertips in this island paradise.
Transfer from Koh Lanta to Krabi with a private vehicle, driver, ferry and English speaking guide. The transfer is approximately 2 hours.
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.
Located roughly 200 kilometers away from Bangkok, Muthi Maya Forest Pool Villa Resort offers an instant escape from the crowded city life. Here, on the edge of Khao Yai National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the elegance of contemporary living is mixed perfectly with natural beauty. The accommodations are built and decorated solely for the purpose of privacy, integrated into the surrounding forest. The Resort contains an Italian and Japanese cuisine restaurant as well as a superb golf course, spa and outdoor swimming pool.
137 Pillars House is a boutique hotel in Chiang Mai that revives the old world elegance of the Orient and invites guests to enjoy every modern luxury. The home-style residential concept at this Chiang Mai luxury hotel allows guests to participate and share in the richness of a like-minded international community while creating plenty of space for sublime intimacy in sumptuous suites and throughout the tropical grounds. Architectural historians and conservationists worked meticulously to conserve the integrity of the original 1889 structure at 137 Pillars House ensuring truly distinctive luxury accommodation in Chiang Mai. Guests can look forward to the same nostalgic ambience in all suites, along with modern comforts and conveniences that you would expect at the finest Chiang Mai luxury hotel. From breakfast in bed or on your veranda, to lunch under the sun or well-shaded daybed by the shimmering infinity pool and on to intimate dinners set up just for you in secluded tropical nooks, meals at 137 Pillars House are gastronomic memories in the making. Guests can make use of the hotel’s 25-meter long pool, spa, and gym.
Fall asleep to the whispers of the waves and wake up each morning to nature’s calming breeze. Away from the traffic and vendors, the sun, sea, and sky is all yours. It’s the reason Pimalai is Koh Lanta’s best kept secret, one that’s just too tempting not to share. With 100 acres of tropical vegetation, direct access to 900 meters of pristine sandy beach, Pimalai brings you the closest you will ever be to nature’s glorious splendor. Located away from other resorts and the hectic buzz of tourism on Koh Lanta, guests are free to relax and rejuvenate in their rooms and villas, right within the heart of nature. From location to interior design, every aspect of the resort was hand-picked by the Pimalai’s owners and their business partners. Experience Pimalai’s 35-meter long fresh water infinity swimming pool at the resort, equipped with Jacuzzi jets at the attached pavilion, perfect for a refreshing swim. Or try out the stunning infinity pool at the pool villa’s estate. Located 50 meters above sea level, the pool offers guests a breathtaking 180-degree view of the bay below. There are many dining options at Pimalai, with three restaurants specializing in different kinds of cuisines, as well as relaxing bars providing guests with breathtaking view of the bay. Guests are also free to keep healthy at the fitness center with high quality equipment, and tennis courts. Or perhaps choose indulgence with some of Pimalai Spa’s relaxing treatments. Enjoy a wide selection of books, newspapers DVDs and CDs at the Library and Internet Lounges, one located adjacent to the resort, and the other at the Pool Villa’s estate. Stay in touch with family and friends with free internet service at the Library Lounge or in the comfort of your own room.
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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