With this private Thailand vacation, discover the warm heart of the north. Set off for lesser-known destinations in northern Thailand to uncover historical treasures and vibrant, local cultures. Afterwards, spend downtime on the stunning beaches of Koh Samui, enjoying some sun and surf.
Bangkok is a quintessential blend of old and new! Meaning the city of angels, Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand – and is its largest metropolis.
Bangkok City Safari With Lunch Bounce into the cultural delights of Bangkok. Experience the local transport, including a scenic ride on the elevated skytrain, and a public boat trip on the Chao Phraya River that takes you past precariously balanced local stiltments. Disembark at the flower market and you will be charmed by the exotic flora on display. Afterwards, a short tuk tuk ride will take you to the Grand Palace, which includes Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha), and a leading massage school, where you can observe the Buddhist monks at prayer. Break for lunch at a local restaurant where delicious Thai delicacies are served up. Afterwards, it’s time for a leisurely longtail boat ride through Bangkok’s famous ‘klongs’, or waterways, past charming and quaint local stiltments. As the sun starts to dip in the distance, stop at Wat Arun which is famous for its distinctive architectural style and gorgeous views of the Chao Phraya River. In the late afternoon, return to your boat and journey back to your hotel. (Full Day; Private Activity & Public Transport; Meal included: Lunch; Fitness level: Easy. Please note that shorts, miniskirts, tights, sleeveless shirts, vests & sandals are not allowed inside temples and palaces. Kindly note that this activity can only be enjoyed with an early morning start.)
Ayutthaya Insights With Train Ride Discover the UNESCO World Heritage city of Ayutthaya on this all-day tour packed with activities. Take a 1.5 hour long train ride from Bangkok to this cultural capital of Thailand, marveling at the lush green countryside and paddy fields passing you by. In Ayutthaya, visit the iconic 14th century temples on a Kermit tuk tuk. Learn more about this ancient capital as you visit Wat Yai Chaimongkol, Wat Phra Sri Sanphet and Wat Mahathat, where the Buddha’s face is said to have emerged naturally out of a tree. Walk down to the bustling and colorful Muslim Quarter to encounter local flavors and people, and try out the rare delicacy of a candy floss roti bread. Enjoy a delicious luncheon spread at a local restaurant before taking a leisurely river boat ride around Ayutthaya Island. Witness panoramic views of the many historic sites strewn around this heritage city and afterwards, take a van ride back to Bangkok. (Full Day; Time of Day: Morning; Private Activity & Transfer; Meal included: Lunch; Fitness Level: Easy; Please be suitably attired for temple visit with covered and loose fitting clothes. Shorts, mini-skirts, tight fitting trousers, sleeveless shirts or vests, and sandals are not allowed inside the temple.)
Chiang Mai is the cultural capital of northern Thailand and is enveloped by a ring of mountains.
Full Day Visit To Elephant Nature Park Spend a day with gentle giants! The majestic elephant is one of the most revered creatures in Thailand. At the Elephant Nature Park in the picturesque valley of Mae Taeng just an hour from Chiang Mai, these beautiful pachyderms receive all the care and respect that they truly deserve. This 20 year old sanctuary houses the country’s rescued elephants, from newborn babes to imposing oldtimers, and provides them a natural habitat to thrive in. Learn about the life of elephants and the threats they face in Southeast Asia from wildlife experts and local caregivers. Help feed the elephants and come away with a new perspective and insight into their lives. (Full Day, Morning 0930 Hrs, Shared Activity & Private Transfer; Travel Time to Activity: 40 mins, Duration: 6-7 hrs, Meal: Lunch Included, Fitness Level: Moderate. Please carry appropriate sun protection including sunscreen and a hat. Please wear comfortable running shoes and light, extra pair of cloths)
Chiang Mai City Tour and Doi Suthep Explore the wonders of Chiang Mai by foot! Begin your walking tour of this charismatic city at the banks of Mae Ping River. At Warorot Market, you will be greeted by excited locals hunting for exotic culinary delights, colorful fruits and spices, and a variety of household staples. Walk down to the historic Tapae Gate and the Three Kings Monuments, before visiting Wat Chiang Man, which is the oldest temple in the region. Take a fortifying lunch break at a local restaurant, sampling local delicacies. Afterwards, drive up to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, an iconic temple site in Northern Thailand. The climb up the famous Naga staircase offers spectacular photo opportunities of the city spread out below in all its glory. At the top, admire the enormous temple gong and unending row of temple bells. (Full Day; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy; Please be suitably attired for temple visit with covered and loose fitting clothes – shorts, mini-skirts, tight fitting trousers, sleeveless shirts or vests, and sandals are not allowed inside the temple).
Pai is a small and lively town in northwestern Thailand. Apart from its bustling market and wellness and yoga centers, Pai prides itself on the magnificent natural beauty around, also serving as an ideal base for trekking opportunities.
Pai Reverie Siam 2N/3D Program Discover the lush highlands of northern Thailand around the pretty little hilly town of Pai on this extended excursion. Drive over from Chiang Mai to Pai for a leisurely two-night trip and back. Day One: After an early breakfast at your hotel, drive up to Pai with your local guide. Enjoy your three and a half hour ride through winding roads amid a spectacular highland landscape of hills and valleys. Along the way, take a break at the Huay Nam Dang National Park, home to the beautiful Mok Fah Waterfall and Pong Duad Hot Spring. Make the most of the wonderful photo opportunities here and perhaps take a dip in the mineral rich spring. Rejuvenated by the legendary powers of the hot spring, make your way to the striking red sandstone Pai Canyon. The fiery stone catches the light beautifully at sunset, as you enjoy a delicious picnic at the canyon, in the lap of the Thai mountains. Stay overnight at your hotel in Pai. Day Two: After a hearty breakfast at your hotel, step out for an eventful day. Enjoy an hour-long drive through highland country to reach the spectacular network of caves and streams at Tham Lod. Explore the area in the best way possible – on local bamboo rafts that easily flow in and out of the caves. If your timing is right, you may even witness an unforgettable natural change of guard at the caves that takes place every afternoon. As flocks of swifts fly into the caves to roost for the night, an equally large battalion of bats leave them for their nocturnal rounds! Visit the nearby village of the local Lahu community at Jabo. Interact with the local villagers, learning more about their naturalist culture and unique way of life. On your way back to the hotel, stop by the Kiew Lom Viewpoint for grand views of the Eastern Himalayas stretched across the horizon. You could enjoy a sumptuous lunch along the way or back at the hotel. Spend your evening at leisure, mingling with fellow guests at your hotel or stepping out to explore the popular dining options in town. Stay overnight at Pai. Day Three: After breakfast, travel back to Chiang Mai over beautiful mountain roads. (2 Nights/3 Days; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Moderate; Please bring comfortable walking shoes).
Chiang Mai is the cultural capital of northern Thailand and is enveloped by a ring of mountains.
Night Bazaars And Dining Explore Chiang Mai in the evening, when it is at its most charming. This bustling city is known to explode into action each night! Under the warm glow of streetlights, discover ancient golden temples and the stunning palace architecture. Advance through the traffic in local style sitting snugly on your tuk tuk, and afterwards, enjoy a romantic dinner by the riverside. Venture to the city’s renowned Chiang Mai night bazaar, where you will find the most delightful handicrafts – from lanterns to carved soaps. (Half Day; Duration: 4 hrs; Time of Day: Evening, Private Activity & Transfer; Travel time to activity: 20 mins, Fitness Level: Easy; Meal included: Dinner – Fixed menu, excluding beverages; Please note that Chiang Mai Night Bazaar is open Monday to Sunday and Walking Street Markets are open only on Saturday and Sunday.)
Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.
Accommodation in one double room for 14 days / 13 nights
Meals as indicated
Flights mentioned below on Economy Class unless otherwise specified:
Bangkok – Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai – Koh Samui
All activities as listed:
Bangkok: Bangkok City Safari with Lunch
Bangkok: Ayutthaya Insights with Train Ride
Chiang Mai: Full Day visit to Elephant Nature Park
Chiang Mai: Chiang Mai City Tour & Doi Suthep
Pai: Pai Reverie Siam 2N/3D Program
Chiang Mai: Night Bazaars and Dining (Half Day)
All airport and hotel transfers
A high-quality air conditioned vehicle with a safety-tested chauffeur for all activities specified in the itinerary
All activities specified in the itinerary, including entrance fees wherever applicable, accompanied by our tour guide
Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
Welcome kit including all important documents and information regarding your itinerary
Fees and taxes
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