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10-Day Best of Thailand Tour

10-Day Best of Thailand Tour

By Nora OuUpdated Oct. 18, 2022
Best of Thailand with Koh Samui Island

Make your way to Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Koh Samui. Thailand's essence gets better interpreted in special experiences including walking in Bangkok's top attractions, Lanna private cooking and chat with a monk in Chiang Mai, perfecting it up with some unwinding in Koh Samui - only for the most discerning travelers like you.

Highlights

  • Cruise along Bangkok's ancient canals
  • Walk into the magnificent Grand Palace and photogenic Wat Arun.
  • Boat through the bustling Damnoen Saduak Floating Market.
  • Early morning alms-giving ritual and afternoon chat with a local monk in Chiang Mai
  • Take a Thai home cooking experience and sample northern dishes.
  • Put your feet up on the beach of Koh Samui

Journey Route

tour map of bangkok,Chiang Mai, Ko Samui

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Itinerary in Detail

Day 1
Bangkok Arrival
Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn Bangkok

Feel the heat wave once you land in Bangkok. Meet up with your private tour guide whose first word might be Sawadee-ka (Hello in Thai).
Transfer to your hotel in a private car and free at leisure for the rest of today.

Day 2
Bangkok | City Exploration and Visit Bangkok's Top Attractions
breakfast and lunch

Experience the morning chanting ritual at historical Wat Pho, which is one of the oldest temples in Bangkok. Take a tuk tuk ride via Pak Khlong Talat flower market to the magnificent Grand Palace. Continue with a long-tail boat ride along the ancient canals of Thonburi to get a flavor of the local life. Stop at the iconic Wat Arun, which was once the grand royal temple of King Rama II.
After lunch at a local restaurant, you will cross the Chao Phraya River and be driven to Chinatown for a glance at Old Bangkok.

The Royal Palace
The Magnificent Grand Palace
Day 3
Bangkok - Chiang Mai | Local Markets
Bodhi Serene Chiang Mai
 
breakfast and lunch

After breakfast, drive for about an hour southwest of Bangkok to visit Maeklong Railway Market, which is a traditional Thai market selling food including fresh fruit and vegetables. What makes it special is that the market is located on a train line where, a few times a day, the train runs directly through the market. Later, drive for another 20 minutes to visit Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. It is the most popular floating market in Thailand and is great for photo opportunities, food, and giving you an insight into a bygone way of life.

You will be on the way to the airport in the afternoon. After 2 hours of driving (up to 3 hours depending on the traffic), you will board the flight to Chiang Mai. Arrive in Chiang Mai at night. Transfer to hotel and enjoy a restful night.

Damnoen Saduak floating market and its vendor boats
Vendor boats along the canal of Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Day 4
Chiang Mai | The Temple Tour in Old Town and A Thai Home Cooking Experience
breakfast and lunch

Time just kinda slows down in Chiang Mai. Ease your mind with a late morning breakfast at your hotel. Your tour guide will pick you up at around 1000am.
Visit the three primary shrines inside Chiang Mai Old Town, namely Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Phra Signh and Wat Lok Molee, each expresses different aspects of Lanna aesthetics.

a novice walking in rain in an old temple of chiang mai
A monk is walking in rain in historic Wat Phra Signh of Chiang Mai

Learn How to Make Thai Dishes from a Local Family

In the afternoon, visit a local family' the host will welcome you and walk you through her organic vegetable garden to collect the different kinds of herbs and vegetables that will be used in the variety of Thai food that you will be preparing. You will learn how to make some of the best home-cooked dishes that you can easily cook for your family when you return home. During the class, in addition to cooking, you will also sample dishes from the north, northeast, and central regions of Thailand.

preparing a table of lanna cuisine with lin
Preparing a table of Lanna cuisine with the Lanna kitchen master
Day 5
Chiang Mai | Alms-Offering and Mountain Doi Suthep
breakfast and lunch

In the early morning at 0600am, you will be sitting by the roadside waiting for monks on their daily alms collection. As a must-do for any Thailand trips to Chiang Mai, Alms-Offering is both important for the monks and the participants: by offering the freshly cooked rice to monks who only consume two meals a day is good karma archived for the givers.

Later visit the famous Doi Suthep. Despite the stunning natural beauty, the main reason many visitors go to Doi Suthep Mountain is to visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. Built in 1382, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is one of the most holy Buddhist sites in Thailand. Many Thai people go on a pilgrimage there, especially during the Buddhist holidays. Later, return to downtown Chiang Mai and visit Wat Chedi Luang. It is one of the six most important temples in Chiang Mai. It attracts a lot of Thai people who worship there each year as it was once the home of the Emerald Buddha.

The monks on their daily alms collection
The monks on their daily alms collection on Mountain Doi Suthep
Day6
Chiang Mai - Koh Samui | Flying to the Beach
breakfast

Free at leisure in the morning and take an afternoon flight to Koh Samui.
Known as the one of world's finest beach destinations, the entire island of Koh Samui is under remarkable preservation for natural landscape, traditional lifestyles and a wide selection of upscale hotels and resorts cannot be more tempting.
Check in your hotel/resort and free at leisure.

Koh Samui
The stunning beach of Koh Samui Island
Day 7 - 9
Koh Samui | Unwinding on the Beach
breakfast

Enjoy your days kicking back on white sandy beach of Koh Samui or get geared up for various water sports it has to offer.

Day 10
Koh Samui - Bangkok Departure | See you, Thailand!

Take a morning flight back to Bangkok and connect with your international departure flight.
Thanks for traveling with Asia Highlights and we hope to see you again soon!

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Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn Bangkok
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Chiang Mai
Bodhi Serene
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Koh Samui
Buri Rasa Village

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USD 2,470
per person (based on 2 persons and 4-star hotels)
  • Private transfers and English-speaking tour guide
  • All guided sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary
  • Hotel accommodation mentioned in the itinerary
  • Breakfasts at hotels and lunches for every guided day
  • Governmental taxes

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