Thailand Highlights

9 days from $2,898 per person*
  • Visit and elephant sanctuary & meet the gentle giants.
  • 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 with an expert 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 with an expert 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
    • 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 - Non Riverside
    Breakfast
  • 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 - In Chiang Mai Town
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Doi Suthep and Temples Tour (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • 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 - Full Day Fun Cooking Experience with a Local Family with Lunch - Cooking Class
  • Day 6 Chiang Mai to Phuket
    Chiang Mai to Phuket
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver - In Chiang Mai Town
    • Chiang Mai - Phuket [(2hrs)] - 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/Longtail Boat
  • Day 8 Phuket
    Phuket
    • At Leisure
  • 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

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.

For your added comfort, your guide will be waiting for you outside the customs area with a sign with your name on it. Your guide will assist you to co-ordinate meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.

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

Accommodation: Riva Surya (4*)

Situated along the enchanting Chao Phraya River, Riva Surya Bangkok offers an idyllic urban getaway in the heart of this cosmopolitan city. This modern boutique hotel in Bangkok features comfortable rooms, elegant dining options, a riverside swimming pool and facilities that cater to the needs of both business and leisure travellers. Riva Surya adds a touch of style and charm to this bustling locale once dubbed “Venice of the East”. It is bounded by cultural treasures including The Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Wat Arun; and within walking distance of the lively entertainment district of Khao San Road. The Bangkok boutique hotel conveniently connects you to the city centre via the Chao Phraya Express Boats and Bangkok’s Skytrain from Saphan Taksin BTS station.

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

Day 2: Bangkok

Today, you will explore the many wonders of Bangkok. Meet your guide after breakfast and head to Wat Po, one of Bangkok’s oldest and largest temples, famous for its 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 Phra 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.

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

Day 3: Bangkok - Chiang Mai

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

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

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

On this tour you will visit the most sacred temple in northern Thailand, the Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. It's the most sacred temple in Chiang Mai and contains a holy relic of the Lord Buddha. The temple is tucked away in the mountains at an elevation of 3,520 feet. 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 such as Wat Suan Dok.  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: Yaang Come Village (4*)

Yaang Come Village boasts of Thai architectural buildings amidst verdant greens which shelter various exotic birds and squirrels. It is truly an oasis of beauty surrounded by an ever-increasing area of new high rise hotels, rich history, and culture. The hotel embodies the charm and elegance of its picturesque surroundings. The traditional Lanna ambience engulfs you into a peaceful retreat. Guests are ushered in with warm and friendly hospitality. Exceptional accommodation facilities make a memorable stay for all travelers. 

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

Day 4: Chiang Mai

Today, you will be exploring Chiang Mai. The first stop of the day is the FAE Elephant Hospital, the world’s First Elephant Hospital, founded in 1993. Afterward, browse the Kaad Thung Kwian Market and then visit the magnificent Temple Wat Phra That Lampang Luang on the way to Lampang. Uniquely, this is the only place in Thailand where horse-drawn carriages are still used as public transportation. 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, a village that has rapidly gained a reputation as the best place to shop for handicrafts.

Accommodation: Yaang Come Village (4*)
Thailand Highlights Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Asian Elephant
Asian Elephant

Day 5: Chiang Mai

A short yet scenic 15-minute drive out of Chiang Mai leads you to a traditional Lanna family. This family is responsible for 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. You will have the opportunity to 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 by becoming their houseguest for the day and enjoy a delicious home cooked lunch with them.

 

Accommodation: Yaang Come Village (4*)
Thailand Highlights Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Khao Soi with Chicken
Khao Soi with Chicken

Day 6: Chiang Mai - Phuket

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

Fly from Chiang Mai to Phuket. Flight time is approximately 2 hours.

Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle, driver and 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

Today at 8:00 AM after your breakfast at the hotel, meet your guide and driver then transfer to Bangrong pier. Then take a private long tail boat to explore Phan Nga Bay. When you reach Koh Panak and Koh Hong, enjoy a paddle in the clear waters. In each canoe there are spaces for two persons and one guide. You will be taken closer to the limestone rocks and explore the nature and caves from the canoes. A truly memorable experience! Then, it’s time to have lunch on Panyee Island (Ko Panyi), a local fishing Village. In the afternoon visit James Bond Island and explore the coastline around the island before heading back to Phuket.

Accommodation: Katathani Beach Resort (4.5*)
Thailand Highlights Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Panyee Island (Ko Panyi)
Panyee Island (Ko Panyi)

Day 8: Phuket

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

Accommodation: Katathani Beach Resort (4.5*)

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: 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

Situated along the enchanting Chao Phraya River, Riva Surya Bangkok offers an idyllic urban getaway in the heart of this cosmopolitan city. This modern boutique hotel in Bangkok features comfortable rooms, elegant dining options, a riverside swimming pool and facilities that cater to the needs of both business and leisure travellers. Riva Surya adds a touch of style and charm to this bustling locale once dubbed “Venice of the East”. It is bounded by cultural treasures including The Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Wat Arun; and within walking distance of the lively entertainment district of Khao San Road. The Bangkok boutique hotel conveniently connects you to the city centre via the Chao Phraya Express Boats and Bangkok’s Skytrain from Saphan Taksin BTS station.

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

Yaang Come Village boasts of Thai architectural buildings amidst verdant greens which shelter various exotic birds and squirrels. It is truly an oasis of beauty surrounded by an ever-increasing area of new high rise hotels, rich history, and culture. The hotel embodies the charm and elegance of its picturesque surroundings. The traditional Lanna ambience engulfs you into a peaceful retreat. Guests are ushered in with warm and friendly hospitality. Exceptional accommodation facilities make a memorable stay for all travelers. 

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

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.
  • Patrick T — August 22, 2017 — Asia

    Preparations were excellent - we really appreciated the attention to detail. The VIP Visa handling in Vietnam & Cambodia was much appreciated also. Guides were outstanding - particularly Borin in Cambodia.

  • Charles M. — September 22, 2017 — Asia

    We had a GREAT time on this tour with our granddaughter. All the tour guides were knowledgeable. Thanks for planning this great trip for us.

  • Levi P — August 22, 2017 — Asia

    Used Kensington Tours to book my honeymoon in the foreign speaking country of Thailand. It was great to not have to worry about transportation or accommodation. Our itinerary was amazing but the best part was probably our English speaking guides. We had three separate guides and each of them became like close friend to us. The travel was long but I wouldn't trade our experience in Thailand for anything.

  • Karen K — August 22, 2017 — Asia

    I went to private tour w Kensington to Japan for 3 weeks last month. It was incredible. My daughter was studying in Niigata so I wanted her to hook up with me periodically throughout my tour to see all the highlights of Japan. It worked out perfectly. I'd personally like to thank Adam Watkins who was incredible with detail, kindness and professionalism. The guide selection was a perfect fit. I cannot say enough about my and my daughter's experience with Kensington Tours. A trip of a lifetime.

  • Debra Y — August 22, 2017 — Asia

    All the accommodations were great. The guides were very personable and knowledgeable. As a woman traveling alone, I never felt unsafe.

  • Kathleen P — August 22, 2017 — Asia

    My husband and I had a wonderful trip to Japan with Kensington Tours. Our private tour guides were incredibly knowledgeable and charismatic. We cannot wait to make a return visit to Japan! Thank you again for helping us create an amazing honeymoon.

  • Ellen Weisstein — May 23, 2017 — Asia

    Poopsha in Thailand was extremely knowledgeable, enthusiastic and great company!!!!

  • Kelly Jennings — May 23, 2017 — Asia

    This was the first time I used a tour company and loved it. We REALLY REALLY appreciated Phusa in Chiang Mai, when she suggested the Silk factory tour and Pottery factory tour, that was great.

  • Sydni Smith — May 23, 2017 — Asia

    All travel guides were excellent!! Mutchalin from Chiang Mai is new to Kensington.She should be used by you again. Excellent

  • Jane L — March 29, 2017 — Asia

    Having Cindy Kwan organize our trip made it incredibly easy. Everything flowed smoothly.

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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