Thailand Highlights

9 days from $3,276 per person*
  • Dive headlong into the busy streets and canal-like khlongs of Bangkok on a privately guided tour.
  • Tour ancient temples and monasteries, including Doi Suthep and Wat Suan Dok.
  • Give alms to Buddhist monks and hunt for bargains at Chiang Mai’s lively markets.
  • Marvel at Phang Nga Bay’s limestone karsts on a private sea canoe excursion.
  • Stay at a handpicked selection of comfortable accommodations.
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Thailand, Southeast Asia’s tropical kingdom of endless smiles, is divided into 76 provinces and three distinct states of mind. The first: “bustling,” epitomized by always-buzzing Bangkok, the vibrant southern capital seemingly held together by its steamy food carts, dazzling street life, and bewildering contrasts. The second: “stately,” embodied by Chiang Mai, the northern capital, where ancient temples and quiet monasteries dot the skyline and the all-enveloping rainforest is just a short drive away. The third: “serene,” felt most strongly stretched out on the white sands of a Phuket beach at the country’s southern tip. Thailand’s diversity of moods is precisely what holds it all together. Come make yourself whole.

There’s no better introduction to Thailand than Bangkok. Here, you’ll spend a full day exploring the busy capital’s sights, from an early-morning visit to Wat Suthat to beat the crowds to a longtail boat ride through the city’s vast network of canal-like khlongs. Later, climb the 300 steps (or take a cable car) to the stately Doi Suthep pagoda for incredible views of Chiang Mai, meet the patients at a elephant rehabilitation hospital, stroll through the temples and wats of Lampang, and haggle for souvenirs or chat with Buddhist monks on a private morning tour of the local markets. Finally, fly south to Phuket and paddle the impossibly clear waters of Phang Nga Bay by sea canoe before devoting a full day to exploring on your own or doing as little as possible on the beach. Fast, slow, or paused, Thailand moves at the same speed you do. ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Bangkok
    Bangkok
    • VIP Meet & Greet and Fast Track Airport Service - VIP Meet & Greet - Max 6 Pax
    • Airport Meet & Greet
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Bangkok
    Bangkok
    • Tour - Private - Full Day Best of Bangkok by Boat with Lunch - Vehicle/Driver/Guide/Boat
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Bangkok to Chiang Mai
    Bangkok to Chiang Mai
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Air - Bangkok - Chiang Mai [(1.5 hrs)] - Economy (Bangkok Air)
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver - In Chiang Mai Town
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Doi Suthep & Temples - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 4 Chiang Mai
    Chiang Mai
    • Tour - Private - Full Day Elephant Hospital, and Temples of Lampang & Lamphun with Lunch - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 5 Chiang Mai
    Chiang Mai
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Morning Thai Markets With Alms - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 6 Chiang Mai to Phuket
    Chiang Mai to Phuket
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver - In Chiang Mai Town
    • Air - Chiang Mai - Phuket [via Bangkok (4 hrs)] - Economy
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 7 Phuket
    Phuket
    • Tour - Private - Phang Nga Bay Sea Canoe with Private Long-tail Boat & Lunch - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 8 Phuket
    Phuket
    • Self-Guided - Beach Day at Leisure
  • Day 9 Phuket
    Phuket
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Air - Phuket - Bangkok [(1.5 hrs)] - Economy
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Day 1: Bangkok

For a more relaxing arrival experience, a representative will greet you upon exiting the plane and escort you through a special fast track service. Avoid the potentially long queues at the immigration counter with an exclusive immigration fast track service.

To ensure a seamless experience, your guide will be waiting for you outside the secure customs area with a sign with your name on it. The guide will assist you in meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.

Enjoy a private transfer between the airport and your hotel with an English-speaking guide.

Accommodation: Riva Surya (4*)

A premium boutique riverside property conveniently surrounded by the heritage sites of the Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Wat Arun, the Riva Surya offers 68 beautifully designed rooms that are a fantastic choice for guests seeking an intimate setting in Bangkok’s historic district. This modern boutique hotel features tasteful Thai furnishings in the rooms, elegant dining options, a riverside swimming pool and facilities designed to cater to the needs of both business and leisure travelers and is situated within easy walking distance from the boisterous entertainment district of Khao San Road. The hotel has convenient access to the city center via the Chao Phraya Express Boats and Bangkok’s Skytrain from Saphan Taksin BTS station. This hotel is a great choice for guests wishing to be close to nightlife and walking distance from Bangkok’s quintessential sites.

Thailand Highlights Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Bangkok
Bangkok
Thailand Highlights Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Riva Surya Entrance
Riva Surya Entrance

Day 2: Bangkok

Bangkok is a city of contrasts - Buddhist temples, golden topped palaces, trendy sky bars, and traditional Thai living along the waterways - called khlongs - offering marvelous photo opportunities. This morning, head with your private guide to the historic center of Bangkok and start your day at Wat Suthat. Few visitors come to this temple early, so much the better to enjoy the monks melodic chanting ritual. It’s an incredible sensory experience. Then, a walk to Wat Pho (famous for its 141-foot-long reclining Buddha) takes you through small alleys with wooden houses, guardian spirit signs and lively fruit and flower markets. Pause at Lak Muang, Bangkok’s city pillar, well worth a five-minute detour before heading to the iconic Grand Palace and the adjacent Wat Phra Kaew, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. By now it’s time to enjoy a leisurely lunch and enjoy the scenic views at the riverside Eat Sight Story restaurant and experience the mid-day bustling atmosphere of the lively Chao River. But you haven’t really arrived in Bangkok until you get out onto the river itself on a Long Tail Boat ride. So, after lunch, come and explore the khlongs and be amazed by the constantly changing sights, from Thai wooden houses on stilts to the many boats with sellers offering everything from fruit to souvenirs. Your day ends with a visit to Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn. Unique from the rest of Bangkok’s temples, its stunning design is made up of colorfully decorated spires and looks to stand guard over the river. Your guide can take you back to your hotel, or you might decide to stay and watch the sunset over Wat Arun from one of the rooftop bars across the river.

Accommodation: Riva Surya (4*)
Thailand Highlights Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Grand Palace & Wat Phra Keaw
Grand Palace & Wat Phra Keaw

Day 3: Bangkok - Chiang Mai

Enjoy a private transfer between the airport and your hotel with an English-speaking guide.

Board a flight from Bangkok with direct service to Chiang Mai. Approximate flight time is 1.5 hours.

Enjoy a private transfer between the airport and your hotel with an English-speaking guide.

The most sacred temple in northern Thailand is Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, and it is believed to contain a relic of the Lord Buddha. Head to the outskirts of the city with your private guide to visit this mountain-top temple compound, located 3,500 feet above the city below. Breathtaking views of Chiang Mai and the surrounding countryside are the reward for the 300-step staircase to Doi Suthep, or you may choose to access the grounds via a small cable car. Head back into the center of the city to visit other iconic temples that give the region its crown as the cultural capital of Thailand, including Wat Suan Dok, a temple that is built in a mix of Sri Lankan and Lanna style that houses one of the most prestigious monk schools in all of Chiang Mai. End your temple tour with a visit to Wat Jed Yod, an Indian-inspired temple 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: Yaang Come Village (4*)

A quiet retreat in tranquil verdant green settings with all of the convenience of being close to Chiang Mai’s bustling Sridonchai Road and the Night Bazaar, the Yaang Come Village hotel is a premium boutique hotel that elegantly preserves the history, design and culture of the region. The hotel embodies the charm and elegance of its picturesque surroundings, and the gardens are home to numerous exotic species of birds and squirrels. Relax in the saltwater pool, or pamper yourself with a Thai Massage at the spa. The traditional Lanna décor pairs with the warm and friendly Thai hospitality. The hotel is an ideal retreat for value-oriented families with their family-friendly larger rooms and for guests who enjoy discovering their surroundings in the evening on foot.

Thailand Highlights Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai
Thailand Highlights Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Yaang Come Village
Yaang Come Village

Day 4: Chiang Mai

Head out to the countryside around Chiang Mai with your private English-speaking guide to discover the temples of Lampang and Lamphun, as well as a moving visit to the FAE Elephant Hospital, the world’s first elephant hospital, founded in 1993. The elephants here are long-term patients recovering from injuries sustained in the logging trade or in the wild, and the rehabilitative care they receive here is unique to the region. Continue to Lampang, stopping to browse for the famous Lampang ceramics and a snack at the Kaad Thung Kwain Market. Discover the magnificent Lanna architecture of Temple Wat Phra That Lampang Luang, a unique place in Thailand where horse-drawn carriages are still used as public transportation at the temple.  Enjoy lunch at a riverside restaurant, and continue to Lamphun to visit the dazzling temple complex of Wat Phra That Hariphunchai, a temple that is considered an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists, especially for those born in the Year of the Rooster. If time permits on the way back to city, a stop can be made at Baan Tawai, a village on the outskirts of Chiang Mai that has gained a reputation as the best place to shop for handicrafts, particularly wood carvings.

Accommodation: Yaang Come Village (4*)
Thailand Highlights Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Wat Phra That Hariphunchai in Lampun
Wat Phra That Hariphunchai in Lampun

Day 5: Chiang Mai

The fresh markets of Chiang Mai are at their liveliest just after dawn, as the city stirs to life and locals pop by food stalls for steaming bowls of noodles for breakfast before work. The city’s Buddhist traditional side is best witnessed early in the day, as monks in saffron-colored robes silently make their way through the sois, receiving alms for the day. Visit the Chiang Mai Gate Market early this morning with your private guide and sample some typical Thai snacks and breakfast foods. Remember, though, that you will adjourn to your hotel for a leisurely breakfast before you head back into the center of the city by songtaew as the riverfront Warorot Market stirs to life. By rickshaw, or “Samlor”, visit Thapae Gate, one of the four original city gates. Chat with an English-speaking monk at a nearby temple for an insight on monastic life – they are usually very excited to practice their English skills with visitors. Return to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure.

Accommodation: Yaang Come Village (4*)
Thailand Highlights Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Thai Dish
Thai Dish

Day 6: Chiang Mai - Phuket

Enjoy a private transfer between the airport and your hotel with an English-speaking guide.

Board a flight from Chiang Mai to Phuket, with service via Bangkok. Approximate flight time is 4 hours.

Enjoy a private transfer between the airport and your hotel with an English-speaking guide.

Accommodation: Katathani Beach Resort (4.5*)

Katathani Phuket Beach Resort is located on the Southwest coast of Phuket Island in secluded Kata Noi Bay, less than an hour from Phuket International Airport - and a world away from all care. The hotel rests along 850 meters of crystal clear waters and white sandy beach on the stunning Kata Noi Beach. Warm sands, the soft rhythm of lapping waves, and gently swaying coconut palms relax your senses—while six swimming pools, six restaurants, and a full-service spa delight them. Every interior was recently renovated in graceful contemporary Thai style, blending elegant design with the quiet sensuality of natural teakwood, sandstone, and silk to create a feeling of complete relaxation. Many rooms feature private balconies, first class amenities and a tantalizing Katathani Signature Scent that whisks you away into a world of serenity.

Thailand Highlights Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Phuket
Phuket
Thailand Highlights Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Katathani Beach Resort
Katathani Beach Resort

Day 7: Phuket

Phang Nga Bay offers stunning views of the sea, dotted with limestone karsts that jut out of the clear emerald-green water, and exhilarating caves carved out of the rock formations by the tides. The islands in the bay are best explored by sea canoe with your private guide, avoiding the larger tourist boats. Each canoe can accommodate two guests and one guide. Paddle through the crystal clear waters around Koh Panak and Koh Hong, and explore the limestone formations and caves from the comfort of your canoe with expert safety guidance. Enjoy a relaxing seafood lunch on a remote beach off the coast of Koh Hong island. After lunch, visit iconic Koh Tapu, more famously known as James Bond Island from its starring role in in the James Bond movie, “The Man with the Golden Gun”. You may find yourself wondering how the oddly shaped island doesn’t fall over as it juts vertically out of the water. End the afternoon by exploring the coastline of Phang Nga Bay before heading back to Phuket for the evening.

Accommodation: Katathani Beach Resort (4.5*)
Thailand Highlights Tours 2017 - 2018 -  James Bond Island in Phang Nga Bay
James Bond Island in Phang Nga Bay

Day 8: Phuket

Phuket is Thailand's largest and most famous island. The hotels here offer a multitude of activities to entertain, or choose to do simply nothing at all. With tropical forests to explore and pristine beaches to relax on, we highly recommend a day at leisure. Try one of the country's famous massages, dine on just-caught seafood, 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.

Accommodation: Katathani Beach Resort (4.5*)
Thailand Highlights Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Phuket Aerial View
Phuket Aerial View

Day 9: Phuket

Enjoy a private transfer between the airport and your hotel with an English-speaking guide.

Board a flight from Phuket with direct service to Bangkok. Approximate flight time is 1.5 hours.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

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.

Riva Surya (4*): Bangkok

A premium boutique riverside property conveniently surrounded by the heritage sites of the Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Wat Arun, the Riva Surya offers 68 beautifully designed rooms that are a fantastic choice for guests seeking an intimate setting in Bangkok’s historic district. This modern boutique hotel features tasteful Thai furnishings in the rooms, elegant dining options, a riverside swimming pool and facilities designed to cater to the needs of both business and leisure travelers and is situated within easy walking distance from the boisterous entertainment district of Khao San Road. The hotel has convenient access to the city center via the Chao Phraya Express Boats and Bangkok’s Skytrain from Saphan Taksin BTS station. This hotel is a great choice for guests wishing to be close to nightlife and walking distance from Bangkok’s quintessential sites.

Thailand Highlights Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Riva Surya Entrance
Riva Surya Entrance
Thailand Highlights Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Riva Surya Lobby
Riva Surya Lobby

Yaang Come Village (4*): Chiang Mai

A quiet retreat in tranquil verdant green settings with all of the convenience of being close to Chiang Mai’s bustling Sridonchai Road and the Night Bazaar, the Yaang Come Village hotel is a premium boutique hotel that elegantly preserves the history, design and culture of the region. The hotel embodies the charm and elegance of its picturesque surroundings, and the gardens are home to numerous exotic species of birds and squirrels. Relax in the saltwater pool, or pamper yourself with a Thai Massage at the spa. The traditional Lanna décor pairs with the warm and friendly Thai hospitality. The hotel is an ideal retreat for value-oriented families with their family-friendly larger rooms and for guests who enjoy discovering their surroundings in the evening on foot.

Thailand Highlights Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Yaang Come Village
Yaang Come Village
Thailand Highlights Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Swimming Pool
Swimming Pool

Katathani Beach Resort (4.5*): Phuket

Katathani Phuket Beach Resort is located on the Southwest coast of Phuket Island in secluded Kata Noi Bay, less than an hour from Phuket International Airport - and a world away from all care. The hotel rests along 850 meters of crystal clear waters and white sandy beach on the stunning Kata Noi Beach. Warm sands, the soft rhythm of lapping waves, and gently swaying coconut palms relax your senses—while six swimming pools, six restaurants, and a full-service spa delight them. Every interior was recently renovated in graceful contemporary Thai style, blending elegant design with the quiet sensuality of natural teakwood, sandstone, and silk to create a feeling of complete relaxation. Many rooms feature private balconies, first class amenities and a tantalizing Katathani Signature Scent that whisks you away into a world of serenity.

Thailand Highlights Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Katathani Beach Resort
Katathani Beach Resort
Thailand Highlights Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Swimming Pool
Swimming Pool

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

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.
  • Kenneth D — November 09, 2017 — Asia

    Kensington did a fantastic job of arranging our tour to South Korea and Japan. The guides were all knowledgeable and spoke good English. The tour involved a lot of coordinating different guides, train and subway schedules and the schedules of places we were visiting. They even arranged for a couple of Uber drivers to take us to airports. Everything was flawless.

  • Elizabeth B — November 07, 2017 — Asia

    Hotels were all outstanding. Especially recommend Gora Kadan for anyone interested in a deluxe ryokan!! Ten stars to that gorgeous place. All transfers, tickets and services worked perfectly and that’s not a small feat, very appreciated.

  • Larry F — November 09, 2017 — Asia

    We have used your services several times and have never been disappointed. You do a great job of planning and organizing everything and are very attentive to our wants and needs. We look foreword to more travels with your service.

  • Kevin W — November 09, 2017 — Asia

    Because we traveled in several cities we had many different guides. They were all very good, with some being outstanding. We would like to especially commend our Beijing guide, Jerry Wang, for his expert and very personalized guidance.

  • Bruce H — November 07, 2017 — Asia

    Our guide in Beijing Jerry was absolutely fantastic!!!! He was extremely knowledgeable and had a great personality. He was able to quickly asses the level of detail we wanted to hear and provided an excellent tour experience. He was very attentive to all our needs, ensured that we were understood the local culture and went out of his way to ensure that when we were not with him we still would have a great experience. Our driver Mr. Wong was also very competent and an extremely safe driver, we never felt nervous at all with him behind the wheel. Overall just a fabulous tour and experience!!!

  • Cynthia H — November 07, 2017 — Asia

    In general, the trip was an amazing experience with wonderful guides and well planned . The itinerary was perfect for the time we allotted. Our accommodations In Tokyo and Kyoto and Koyasan were excellent.Thanks for arranging another memorable trip.

  • Anette L — November 07, 2017 — Asia

    Our guides were knowledgeable, informative, and very helpful.

  • John B — November 07, 2017 — Asia

    It was a wonderful experience from the driver to each city representative and, of course, the guides. Especially Sunita who organized it all! Thank you

  • Jessica P. — September 26, 2017 — Asia

    Our trip was amazing and left us with amazing memories. We appreciate the seamlesness of our travel and transfers to different cities and countries.

  • Nicole C — September 08, 2017 — Asia

    The Viceroy in Ubud was beauty and perfection in every way.

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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