Indulge your body, mind and soul at some of the best known wellness venues and resorts in Thailand! Enjoy complete cultural immersion at Bangkok and Chiang Mai, including insider tours, interactive culinary experiences, historical excursions, local market visits and more. Afterwards, savor an indulgent stay by the white sand beaches of Phuket while you rejuvenate your senses with a holistic wellness program tailored to you.
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.
Essential Bangkok with Lunch Discover Bangkok in all its regal glory! Begin with a cruise through the Thonburi klongs (canals) on a long tail boat. Stop enroute at Wat Arun, or the Temple of Dawn monastery that was built to resemble Mount Meru from Hindu mythology! Across the river, a short stroll takes you to the majestic Grand Palace, where the beautiful throne halls and enigmatic Emerald Buddha will leave you spellbound. Continue on to Wat Pho where you will find the famous reclining Buddha. Take a break for lunch at a local, riverside restaurant to sample some delicious Thai food. Once you have had your fill, continue on to Wat Benchamabophit, or the Marble Temple, which is a fantastic fusion of Thai and European architecture and offers interesting insights into the daily lives of monks. In the late afternoon, return to the comfort of your hotel. (Full day; Private Activity, transfers & longtail boat ride; Meal included: Lunch; Fitness level: Easy. To respect local customs, please dress conservatively and avoid flip flops and sandals, which are not permitted within religious complexes. Kindly note that women are generally not allowed to enter the monk’s living quarters, where chanting takes place.)
Discover the Hidden Wonders of Bangkok Set off from your hotel in the late afternoon with your guide as you take the local ferry or bus towards Memorial Bridge. Saunter across the drawbridge over the Chao Phraya river and feel the gentle river breeze as you approach Wat Prayoon Wongsawat, a striking white temple dating back to the 19th century. Climb inside the stupa or dome of the shrine for a closer look at the exquisite artwork. Participate in a traditional blessing ceremony before heading for Kudichin, the city’s Portuguese quarter. Go back in time as you wander through the quiet streets of this locality that predates the city itself. Breathe in the tantalizing aromas of Portuguese baked delicacies and get a look at the traditional method of making cookies at Khanom Farang Pa Lek. Stop by the museum to sample some of the freshly baked cookies along with a cup of Chinese tea served the traditional way. Explore the many artifacts that chronicle the history of the region before making your way to the city’s busy Wang Lang riverside market. Browse through the many stalls displaying wares ranging from electronic goods to apparel to home accessories, and of course, exotic local food delicacies. Relax with a craft beer at Baan Wang Lang and enjoy the magnificent river views before returning to your hotel by boat. (Half Day; Fixed Time: Yes; Time of Day: 1430; Duration: 4 hrs; Private Activity; Fitness Level: Easy. Please note that it is a narrow climb to the stupa or dome and if you suffer from claustrophobia, be sure to let your guide know this well in advance. Khanom Farang Pa Lek is open from Monday to Friday.)
Chiang Mai is the cultural capital of northern Thailand and is enveloped by a ring of mountains.
Chiang Mai City Tour & 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).
Thai for a Day Get an insider’s view of the culture and lifestyle of northern Thailand. Don the typical garments of Thai villagers up north – comfortable cotton trousers or ‘fishermen’s pants’ that will see you blending in with the local crowd. Visit the home of your gracious hosts, Mr. Prapat and his family, in their traditional homestead in Hang Dong. Appreciate the traditional architecture and lifestyles of the local community, far away from the crowded center of Chiang Mai. Watch artisanal practices like basket weaving and take a walk among Mr Prapat’s kitchen gardens to admire his fragrant Thai herbs and fresh vegetables. Make your own selection of produce for a hands-on cooking session with the family. Pick up secret styles and recipes for turning out perfectly delicious northern Thai dishes. Relish the sumptuous luncheon spread that will follow your interactive culinary experience. Spend the rest of your afternoon soaking up the peaceful rural ambience at Hang Dong. (Full Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 7 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Meals included: Lunch).
Phuket, in Thailand, has emerged as one of the most popular destinations in the world! Azure blue oceans, verdant rainforests and golden beaches are characteristic of the largest island in Thailand.
The Amatara: A Rejuvenating Wellness Retreat Seek complete relaxation at Amatara, the only luxury wellness resort in Phuket. Choose from a range of personalized activities and treatments that are guaranteed to destress and rejuvenate you to help restore your sense of balance. All the programs include the memorable Thai Hammam Experience, specially designed to blend traditional Turkish and Moroccan bathing practices with the gentleness of Thai spa therapies to give you a deeply relaxing experience. Whether you want to destress on this trip or have an active holiday getting fit, Amatara Wellness has something for everyone. The all-inclusive five-day program combines stay and organic, nutritional food at their health restaurant, The Retreat, with activities that promote good health and well-being. For more information on all the wellness programs at Amatara, please visit: https://www.amataraphuket.com/wellness-programs/wellness-packages/
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