Thailand Highlights with Koh Samui

9 days from $3,303 per person*
  • Explore Bangkok by traditional long tail boat.
  • Discover Koh Samui's secluded coves & beaches by sea kayak.
  • Learn to cook traditional Thai food with a Lanna family.
  • Private transfers throughout.
  • Stay in elegant boutique hotels & a luxurious beach resort.
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Explore dazzling Bangkok by long tail boat, find tranquility in the monasteries of Chiang Mai and relax on the exquisite beaches of Koh Samui. This stylish private guided journey showcases Thailand's mesmerizing cities and tropical seas.

Discover Bangkok's exotic temples and witness the captivating chanting ritual of the saffron-robed monks. On a traditional long tail boat, explore Bangkok's canals and floating markets and see why the city was once known as “the Venice of the East.” Visit the famous Damnoen Saduak Floating Market to get a fascinating insight into Thai culture with your private guide. Fly north to tranquil Chiang Mai to meet orphaned elephants and spend an unforgettable day with a local Lanna family as they teach you to cook traditional cuisine. Unwind on the turquoise-fringed beaches of Koh Samui, a small island off the coast of Thailand. On this intimate island sanctuary you'll enjoy upscale Thai hospitality at its finest. Swim and play on some of the world's best beaches while enjoying world-class international cuisine, lush jungle interiors, brilliant snorkeling and magnificent kayak tours. This Thailand tour has something for everyone. ... 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
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 2 Bangkok
    Bangkok
    • Tour - Private - Full Day Best of Bangkok by Boat with Lunch - Vehicle/Driver/Guide/Boat - Non Riverside
  • Day 3 Bangkok to Chiang Mai
    Bangkok to Chiang Mai
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Exploring Damnoen Saduak Floating Market - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Bangkok - Chiang Mai [(1.5hrs)] - Economy (Bangkok Air)
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver - In Chiang Mai Town
  • Day 4 Chiang Mai
    Chiang Mai
    • Tour - Private - Full Day Fun Cooking Experience with a Local Family with Lunch - Cooking Class
  • Day 5 Chiang Mai
    Chiang Mai
    • Tour - Private - Full Day Elephant Hospital, and Temples of Lampang & Lamphun with Lunch - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 6 Chiang Mai to Koh Samui
    Chiang Mai to Koh Samui
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Doi Suthep and Temples Tour (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver - In Chiang Mai Town
    • Chiang Mai - Koh Samui [via Bangkok] - Economy
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 7 Koh Samui
    Koh Samui
    • Tour - Shared - Full Day Kayaking at Angthong Marine Park with Light Breakfast & Lunch by Tour Boat - Coach/Boat
  • Day 8 Koh Samui
    Koh Samui
    • At Leisure
  • Day 9 Koh Samui
    Koh Samui
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Koh Samui - Bangkok [(1hr)] - 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.

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

Accommodation: Ariyasom Villa (4*)

Constructed in 1942 as a private home during World War II, the Ariyasom Villa is still owned by the family of the original people who built it, creating both historical significance and a very caring attitude towards the guests that step inside. Originally constructed in the outskirts of the city, the hotel has found itself in the heart of the Central Business District due to the massive expansion of Bangkok. The hotel is situated just 30 minutes from Suvarnabhumi International Airport and is also located close to the Bangkok Skytrain and Bumrungrad International Hospital. Instilling a real sense of bygone Bangkok, the rooms are adorned with original artwork, Thai silk drapes, and equipped with charming bathrooms. Furthermore, based on a mainly vegetarian menu, with some seafood, Na Aroon Restaurant exudes a wonderful old Thai vibe that features a philosophy of healthiness and organic living. With a successful attempt at delivering an authentic Thai experience, the Ariyasom Villa also provides the Som Sen Spa, adjacent to the swimming pool which completes the perfect Bangkok stay.

Thailand Highlights with Koh Samui Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Bangkok
Bangkok
Thailand Highlights with Koh Samui Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Ariyasom Villa
Ariyasom Villa

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: Ariyasom Villa (4*)
Thailand Highlights with Koh Samui Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Grand Palace & Wat Phra Keaw
Grand Palace & Wat Phra Keaw

Day 3: Bangkok - Chiang Mai

Early in the morning meet your private guide for an excursion to Damnoen Saduak. Located 50 miles southwest of the city, it is the largest floating market in the Kingdom. Along the way you will see rice paddies and shrimp farms and stop to visit the largest pagoda in Thailand, Nakorn Pathom. An early start to the morning ensures that you will beat the tourist herds to the market. The colorful vendors at this lively market paddle along in their canoes overflowing with fresh fruit, vegetables and souvenirs to sell to shoppers on the banks. There is lots of chatter and activity – bargaining is common – that’s all part of the fun -- but don’t expect to get the price down more than a few baht. Try a bowl of noodle soup from one of the boats before driving back to Bangkok.

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.

Accommodation: Tamarind Village (4*)

A charming boutique property inspired by local history and culture, Tamarind Village combines the winning elements of design, service and comfort in a stylish Chiang Mai hotel that offers guests a tranquil setting, genuine hospitality and attention to detail throughout. Surrounded by ancient temples and quaint shopping streets, it takes its name from the magnificent 200 year old tamarind tree that shelters it. Set around a series of garden courtyards, the guest rooms and suites reflect the rich ethnic diversity of northern Thailand by using fabrics and patterns drawn from various tribes of the region. Enjoy a variety of mouthwatering Thai and international dishes in the stylish setting of Ruen Tamarind, providing indoor and outdoor dining in a cozy café-style restaurant. Intimate, serene and relaxing, Tamarind Village is an oasis of calm and tranquility, the perfect base for exploring Chiang Mai and beyond. 

Thailand Highlights with Koh Samui Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai
Thailand Highlights with Koh Samui Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Tamarind Village
Tamarind Village

Day 4: 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: Tamarind Village (4*)
Thailand Highlights with Koh Samui Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Khao Soi with Chicken
Khao Soi with Chicken

Day 5: 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: Tamarind Village (4*)
Thailand Highlights with Koh Samui Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Asian Elephant
Asian Elephant

Day 6: Chiang Mai - Koh Samui

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. 

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

Fly from Chiang Mai to Koh Samui via Bangkok.

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

Accommodation: Buri Rasa Village (4*)

Buri Rasa Village Koh Samui is a true oasis in the heart of Chaweng. Its enchanting traditional southern Thai dwellings are spread amidst a ‘Garden of Eden’. The Buri Rasa Village Samui is situated only an hour by plane from Bangkok. The accommodation offered by Buri Rasa Village nestles on what is considered the island's finest white sand beach, a true island paradise location in every sense of the word. Located on a quiet part in the middle of Chaweng beach only 15 minutes from the airport, Buri Rasa Village Samui is conveniently situated within walking distance to the main shopping and entertainment and nightlife attraction of Chaweng.

Thailand Highlights with Koh Samui Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Koh Samui
Koh Samui
Thailand Highlights with Koh Samui Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Buri Rasa Village
Buri Rasa Village

Day 7: Koh Samui

You will be picked up early in the morning from your hotel and transferred to Nathon Pier. The boat departs from there at 8:00 am. A light breakfast on the boat is included. Arrival at Angthong Marine National Park is around 10:00 am. You will start the first session of kayaking in the morning along the island of Koh Mae and visit the viewpoint and the Green Lagoon (Emerald Lake). Lunch is on board the boat as it travels to the northern islands. After lunch, start your second kayak tour exploring small caves, lakes and beaches at Koh Thai Plao. Snorkeling is also possible in this area. Finally, depart from the Marine Park for Koh Samui.

Accommodation: Buri Rasa Village (4*)
Thailand Highlights with Koh Samui Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Kayaking
Kayaking

Day 8: Koh Samui

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

Accommodation: Buri Rasa Village (4*)

Day 9: Koh Samui

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

Fly from Koh Samui to Bangkok. Flight time is approximately 1 hour.

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.

Ariyasom Villa (4*): Bangkok

Constructed in 1942 as a private home during World War II, the Ariyasom Villa is still owned by the family of the original people who built it, creating both historical significance and a very caring attitude towards the guests that step inside. Originally constructed in the outskirts of the city, the hotel has found itself in the heart of the Central Business District due to the massive expansion of Bangkok. The hotel is situated just 30 minutes from Suvarnabhumi International Airport and is also located close to the Bangkok Skytrain and Bumrungrad International Hospital. Instilling a real sense of bygone Bangkok, the rooms are adorned with original artwork, Thai silk drapes, and equipped with charming bathrooms. Furthermore, based on a mainly vegetarian menu, with some seafood, Na Aroon Restaurant exudes a wonderful old Thai vibe that features a philosophy of healthiness and organic living. With a successful attempt at delivering an authentic Thai experience, the Ariyasom Villa also provides the Som Sen Spa, adjacent to the swimming pool which completes the perfect Bangkok stay.

Thailand Highlights with Koh Samui Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Ariyasom Villa
Ariyasom Villa
Thailand Highlights with Koh Samui Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Swimming Pool
Swimming Pool

Tamarind Village (4*): Chiang Mai

A charming boutique property inspired by local history and culture, Tamarind Village combines the winning elements of design, service and comfort in a stylish Chiang Mai hotel that offers guests a tranquil setting, genuine hospitality and attention to detail throughout. Surrounded by ancient temples and quaint shopping streets, it takes its name from the magnificent 200 year old tamarind tree that shelters it. Set around a series of garden courtyards, the guest rooms and suites reflect the rich ethnic diversity of northern Thailand by using fabrics and patterns drawn from various tribes of the region. Enjoy a variety of mouthwatering Thai and international dishes in the stylish setting of Ruen Tamarind, providing indoor and outdoor dining in a cozy café-style restaurant. Intimate, serene and relaxing, Tamarind Village is an oasis of calm and tranquility, the perfect base for exploring Chiang Mai and beyond. 

Thailand Highlights with Koh Samui Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Tamarind Village
Tamarind Village
Thailand Highlights with Koh Samui Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Tamarind Village
Tamarind Village

Buri Rasa Village (4*): Koh Samui

Buri Rasa Village Koh Samui is a true oasis in the heart of Chaweng. Its enchanting traditional southern Thai dwellings are spread amidst a ‘Garden of Eden’. The Buri Rasa Village Samui is situated only an hour by plane from Bangkok. The accommodation offered by Buri Rasa Village nestles on what is considered the island's finest white sand beach, a true island paradise location in every sense of the word. Located on a quiet part in the middle of Chaweng beach only 15 minutes from the airport, Buri Rasa Village Samui is conveniently situated within walking distance to the main shopping and entertainment and nightlife attraction of Chaweng.

Thailand Highlights with Koh Samui Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Buri Rasa Village
Buri Rasa Village

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.
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    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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