Thailand is a place of dramatic contrasts. This ancient country’s historic sites, welcoming people, lush jungles, elephants, gorgeous beaches, and fabulous food all combine to make it an enchanting and fascinating destination. From the stunning gilded temples and exotic klongs (canals) of Bangkok, to exploring the ancient city of Ayutthaya, the temples and tea plantations of Chiang Mai, the tribal highlands of the Chiang Rai Province, to life along the Upper Mekong, this Best of Thailand adventure will delight and enchant you. There is also time for relaxation on the idyllic secluded beaches of Phuket and the Andaman Coast. Oh, and did we mention the elephants…
A tour of two cities
Your best of Thailand private tour begins with a three-day city-break in the thrilling capital of Bangkok, where you can indulge in a Thai massage, explore the capital’s buzzing markets and gold-tinged temples, ride on a long-tailed boat through narrow canal ways, visit the iconic floating market of Damnoen Saduak, and sample delicious treats in the night markets of Chinatown before discovering the rich past and ancient ruins of the grand complex of Ayutthaya. Located about an hour from Bangkok, this former capital of Thailand was once one of the wealthiest cities in the region. Here, dozens of ruins, many of which have been at least partially restored, offer a tantalizing glimpse into Ayutthaya’s rich past.
Temples, tea, and elephants
Delve into the temples of Chiang Mai on this next leg of your Thailand temple tour, where you will be drawn by the golden spire of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, one of northern Thailand’s most sacred temples, which glitters near the summit of Doi Suthep. Visit a tea plantation, pick your own tea leaves, and later spend an afternoon interacting with the beautiful elephants of the Patara Elephant Sanctuary. In the Chiang Rai Province, near the famous Golden Triangle, cruise the Upper Mekong, immerse yourself in the fascinating culture of the traditional hill tribe villages, observe commercial trade on the border of Laos, and again on the border of Myanmar.
Phuket and Phang Nga Bay
Finally head to the sublime whiter-than-white tropical beaches of Phuket to chill out and take in a cabaret show before island hopping through the islets, caves, mangrove lagoons, and sheer limestone cliffs that jut vertically out of the emerald green water in the Phang Nga Bay Marine National Park. Visit James Bond Island and the floating fishermen’s village on Panyi Island. Swim or grab an inflatable canoe and paddle around the dramatic karst formations. The birds and wildlife are almost as stunning as the cliffs themselves, making this a spectacular way to spend your final day.
Accommodations and Food
Throughout your Best of Thailand tour, you will be staying in comfortable four-star city hotels and upmarket beachside resorts, where you can enjoy superb service and luxury facilities as well as outstanding Thai and western cuisine. There will be opportunities to sample street food, and you can enjoy ample free time for private exploration, relaxation, and shopping.
All excursions and transfers on this tour are on a private basis, featuring private transport with private guide, and all day trips, activities, and accommodations can be tailored to suit your taste, budget, and the time that you have available in accordance with your personal wishes.