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Explore the highlights of Thailand from Bangkok to Chiang Mai to the beaches of the South. This unique tour incorporates the delicious culinary scene, vibrant urban experiences, culture & history, as well as relaxing beach time. Visit the less crowded beach destination of Yao Noi, which is not as known as others but equally beautiful. Get to know the "Land of Smiles" in so many exciting and different ways!
Tuk tuk driver taking a breakGrand Palace in BangkokKhantoke dinner traditional of northern ThailandTalaat Naam -- Thailand's floating marketsThai elephant playing in the waterBoats on a Phuket beach
Highlights
  • Experience vibrant Bangkok & charming Chiang Mai
  • Taste the differences between Southern & Northern cuisine
  • Relax on the less populated, pristine beaches of Koh Yao Noi
  • Visit ancient temples, the Grand Palace & other intriguing cultural sites
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Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Arrive Bangkok

At the arrival gate, inside Immigration, you'll be met by a representative bearing a sign with your name. The representative assists you with carry-on luggage and guides you to the exclusive fast-track immigration counters, aiding with immigration document details to prevent any delays. After retrieving your luggage from the Bangkok Airport baggage claim area, you are escorted through customs to a vehicle located in front of the Arrival Hall of the Airport. Transfer to your accommodation.

Day 2: Bangkok

Breakfast at the hotel.

Temples and Prayers
Pick-up Time: between 13:00 hrs


Accompanied by your knowledgeable guide, embark on an exploration of the main temples and monuments, uncover hidden gems, and gain an insightful introduction to Thai culture and its captivating history.

Experience the monks' early morning chanting ritual during the visit to Wat Pho, Bangkok's oldest temple. Encounter the country's largest reclining Buddha, measuring 46m long (151 ft) and 15m tall (50 ft) which also gives rise to its name, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. Proceed to Lak Muang City Pillar, symbolizing the foundation stone of Bangkok. Enter the Grand Place, the official residence of the royal families from 1782 to 1925, before admiring the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Pra Kaew), the Kingdom's most revered shrine dating back to the early 18th century.

Important: When visiting the Grand Palace, please comply with the strict dress code in place. Kindly refrain from wearing sleeveless, vests, shorts, see-through tops, short skirts, torn or tight pants, culottes, or mini skirts. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Day 3: Chinatown Foodie Tour

Breakfast at the hotel.

Stroll the Old Quarter on Foot
Pick-up Time: 07:00 - 07:30 am


Set off on a morning walk with an expert insider to explore the city's Old Quarter, uncovering hidden sights, encountering local artisans, exploring intriguing Buddhist temples, and taking in the views from Bangkok's only hill.

Listen to stories of this vibrant city, both past and present, shared by the knowledgeable guide. Being at the Giant Swing and learning about its original use in Brahmanic ceremonies. Visit the Prison Park, once the location of an old and overcrowded penal facility, now actively utilized by local residents for exercise. Admire the City Pillar Shrine, erected when the capital shifted to Bangkok.

Meander through small alleys, pass through an authentic fresh market, discover wooden houses, and observe guardian spirit signs. Learn about the ancient Thai superstitions and beliefs that are deeply woven into Thai culture as you engage with the stallholders selling trinkets and good luck charms at the captivating Amulet market.

A Taste of Chinatown (Not available on Monday)
Pick-up time: 16.30 hrs.


Enjoy a mouth-watering exploration of Bangkok's 200-year-old Chinatown district by visiting various tasty eateries, ranging from sidewalk vendors to charming restaurants. Depart from the hotel and be guided through some of Chinatown's most distinctive alleys. Then, relish the breathtaking River views from a local riverside bar. Here, a short briefing by the guide is offered, and a drink (beer or soft drink) is served as you watch the setting sun. Then hop on board a tuk-tuk to venture deep into Chinatown and commence a captivating tour. You'll have the opportunity to sample over 14 delicacies, including dim sum, dumplings, fresh seafood, and local desserts.

Throughout the evening, the knowledgeable guide provided insights into the background of all the different food and beverages you'll taste, along with their own perspectives on the local area. At approximately 20:00, conclude the journey with a drink in a delightful open-air bar, where you can comfortably observe the bustling activity of Chinatown. Return to the hotel.

Day 4: Bangkok to Chiang Mai

Free time until your transfer to the airport to catch your flight to Chiang Mai, the cultural capital of Northern Thailand. On arrival to Chiang Mai, meet your guide and driver for a private transfer to your hotel. Settle into your hotel and relax on your own.

Day 5: Chiang Mai

Depart from your hotel early in order to arrive at Chiang Mai Gate Market, a traditional fresh foods market. Sample some typical Thai snacks with the assistance of your guide. You can also see the monks making their alms rounds. Return to your hotel for a relaxed breakfast before taking a “songtaew” to the riverfront (& much larger) Worarot Market. From the market, go to Thapae Gate, one of the four original city gates, where you continue by “Samlor” or rickshaw. You have the opportunity to stop at Wat Chiang Man, Wat Chedi Luang, and Wat Suan Dok where you could probably meet an English-speaking monk. 

Afterward, enjoy a traditional Thai foot massage! Enjoy a local lunch of “Khao Soi” - the world-famous North Thailand noodle soup.

Venture to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, witness pilgrims present offerings at the holy shrines, admire the golden pagodas, and soak in the atmosphere at this most sacred Buddhist temple.
 
Head straight to Doi Suthep mountain and time permitting, join the locals and climb the 308 steps up the mythical Naga serpent staircase to the temple where you are rewarded with views of the city below. Listen to the chants of the monks, drink in the atmosphere, and immerse yourself in the spirituality of this revered temple complex. Mingle with the pilgrims from across Thailand and discover pagodas and statues devoted to Buddhism with Hindu influences. Learn about Buddhism and its impact on the culture and daily life of Thai people.
 
Note: Visitors must dress appropriately, no shorts, shoulders must be covered, and shoes need to be removed
 

Day 6: Day at Wiang Kum Kam

This morning you'll visit the ancient city of Wiang Kum Kam. It is believed to be the earliest historical settlement in the Chiang Mai area established by Mon settlers. Archaeological remains excavated at the site include stone tablets with Mon inscriptions, pottery, earthenware, and Buddhist sculptures all dating back to the 8th-century Haripunchai era. Explore Wiang Kum Kam in the old style by horse cart - the perfect way to visit the sites. Enjoy a special picnic lunch amongst the ruins in one of the forgotten corners of Wiang Kum Kam. Following this feast, it’s time to say goodbye to Wiang Kum Kam and return to the hotel.

 

Day 7: Chiang Mai to Koh Yao Noi

Free time until your transfer to the airport for your flight to Phuket. Upon arrival, meet the representative for a private transfer to the pier. There you'll hop on a speedboat (join in for hotel guests only) to reach Koh Yao Noi. The island still remains a quiet refuge that feels far removed from the crowds of Phuket. Furthermore, it gained worldwide attention in 2002 after receiving the World Legacy Award for Destination Stewardship from Conservation International and National Geographic Traveler magazine for the eco-friendly programs offered to visitors. Check-in on arrival with the rest of the day at your leisure.

Day 8: Koh Yao Noi

Breakfast at the hotel.

Free day at leisure on the beach!

Day 9: Cooking with Mina

Breakfast at the hotel.

This morning, prepare yourself for a great cooking experience! Khun Mina inhabits a lovely traditional Thai house in a quiet neighborhood just outside the market. Mina is an expert cook and a gracious hostess. She’ll show you how to make some classic Thai dishes, such as a variety of curries, stir-fried dishes, and a local spicy salad. If you prefer relaxing, feel free to do so in her large garden while taking in amazing views of the surrounding ocean and rice fields! Enjoy the delicious Thai lunch that you cooked at Mina's traditional Thai house!

Transfer back to your hotel for the remaining day at your leisure.

Remark: Private class maximum with 6 people

Free day leisure in the afternoon.

Day 10-11: Koh Yao Noi

Breakfast at the hotel.

Free days on the beach!  

Day 12: Koh Yao Noi to Phuket

Breakfast at the hotel.

Free time until your transfer to the pier to board the speedboat back to the mainland. Upon arrival, your driver can take you to the Phuket airport for your departing flight.

The guest is greeted by an assistant at the meeting point, The assistant guides the guest to the Airlines Check-In counter at the Departure Hall and provides support with the check-in process to obtain a boarding pass. This is followed by immigration and passport control, where the personal assistant ensures the immigration process is completed and then accompanies the guests to the VIP lounge. The guest can then indulge in the facilities before their onward flight.

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Chiang Mai - Hotels

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Included
  • 11 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 1 Dinner
  • 11 Nights Accommodations
  • 6 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Carbon Offset Fee 
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Internal Flight: Bangkok - Chiang Mai
  • Internal Flight: Chiang Mai - Phuket
  • Internal Flight: Phuket - Bangkok

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The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.
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