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- 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
- Private transfers and one English-speaking tour guides
- All guided sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary
- Hotel accommodations mentioned in the itinerary
- Breakfasts at hotels and lunch for every guided day as detailed in the itinerary
- Governmental taxes
Itinerary in detail
This sample itinerary provides inspiration yet your preferences design the real journey. Following our Tailor-made Guidelines to create a wonderful Thailand holiday in your own way.
Day 1 Bangkok | Sprig 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
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.
Day 3 Bangkok - Chiang Mai | Local Markets
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.
Day 4 Chiang Mai | The Temple Tour in Old Town and A Thai Home Cooking Experience
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.
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.
Day 5 Chiang Mai | Alms-Offering and Mountain Doi Suthep
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.
Day 6 Chiang Mai - Koh Samui | Flying to the Beach
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.
Day 7 to 9 Koh Samui | Unwinding on the Beach
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!
Asia Highlights handpicked hotels
Thailand never goes short of hotel choices. Only one category of hotels is used in this itinerary yet it can also be tailor-made to your own preferences.
- #9 and granted Certificate of Excellence on TripAdvisor.
- Centrally located in Sathorn, subway stations and malls nearby.
- Superior Sky Room, 32sqm, higher floors and better city views.
- Winner of Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor.
- Located inside the Old City, garden setting and quiet.
- Deluxe Room, 40sqm with balcony and garden view.
- #4 and granted Certificate of Excellence on TripAdvisor.
- Centrally located in Chawen Beach, garden setting.
- Deluxe Room, 41sqm, with balcony and great views.
- Best time for this trip: Unlike other beach destinations in Thailand, Koh Samui's rain season runs through May to early December, with the peaks at September, October and November. Rainfall can be heavy and rapid, accompanied with strong wind that forces flights to cancellation in case of typhoons. However, temperature is mild all year around, floating from 26 to 30c and this makes it a pleasant choice as long as you choose a nice hotel that compensates being held out to outdoor activities.
This particular journey is designed for all times as little of the activities are to be compromised by the weather and they can always be replaced with something else.
- Meals:Daily breakfast at hotels and lunches for days with sightseeing are included. And for some early mornings, we will have a fund for you to grab some simple brunch. Some dinners are also included and they are chosen carefully to enhance your experiences.
For meals that are not included, your tour guides will suggest where and what to eat.
Food in Thailand is mainly rice-based and you will eat a lot of vegetables, fish, chicken and beef. If you would like to make special arrangements, such as Halal or Kosher food, or none-dairy, please inform your travel advisor at the time of inquiry. We will do our best to accommodate you.
- Transportation: You will have a private car in each destination; our cars are within 5 years of usage and your private drivers will be polite and drive with strong regard for safety.
For internal flights, we will choose Thai Airways or Bangkok Air for their superb safety and punctuality as well as outstanding services. Luggage of 15 to 20kg per person is also included. Nevertheless, sometimes we can also change to local private firms such as Nok Air and Thai Lion Air.
- Arrangements Sightseeing, activities and accommodations that are mentioned in this tour you are looking at are just for your inspiration. Every detail can be changed to your own palate. Flexibility always applies.
Discovery your way, Asia Highlights' motto suites you the best.
- Responsible travel: Travel avails you with special experiences. Somehow its impact on the local community can be more beyond imagination and what Asia Highlights wishes to do is lead the impact onto a good path, a path that helps the local people (not only your tour guides) borden their outlook and the local communities develop.
Your chat with the local monk will help him with oral English, which can be useful for his further education. Also, your time with Lin contributes to her goal of spreading Lanna culinary cultures. You are traveling to help preserving cultural legacies of Thailand.
Taking baby steps one at a time, we highly appreciate you would like to be part of it (of course, we can make other arrangements if needed).
With that being said, detours to so-called factories, specialty workshops or gimmick visit to hill tribes are strictly prohibited. We make sure your tour guides earn enough to support their families without squeezing commissions out of you.
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