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12-Day Thailand Wonders Tour

Unveiling Thailand's Hidden Gems

This itinerary is specially crafted for those who would like an off-the-beaten-path Thailand adventure. It's packed with exhilarating outdoor adventures, historical exploration, immersive cultural experiences, and delectable local cuisine. But what truly sets it apart is the in-theme choice of Krabi, a secluded island paradise, over the bustling crowds of Phuket.

With our expert planning, you're guaranteed an extraordinary Thai vacation that will leave you with memories to cherish.

  • Days:12±
  • Best for: adventurers, history and culture fans
  • Departure date: up to you
  • Sample price:US$2,749 each (2 per room)*
  • Flights:Thailand domestic's included (international on request)

*The price is based on a private tour. The cost for a customized private SE Asia tour from US$200/person/day

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Thailand Wonders Tour Map (Suggested Route)

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Tour Highlights

Spend a night in a Thai floating villa over the River Kwai.

The float house river kwai

Encounter a variety of hill-tribe villages.

the long deck karen village

Take local transport to explore the bustling markets of Bangkok.

bangkok market tour

Discover the unique karst formations of Chiang Dao Cave.

Chiang Dao Cave

Dive into a Chiang Mai street-food tour.

Chiang Mai street-food tour

Have a memorable elephant care experience in Elephant Rescue Park.

Elephant Rescue Park

Soak up some relaxation on the stunning beaches of Krabi.

the stunning beaches of Krabi

Suggested Itinerary for Inspiration

Your preferences design the real journey. The days, stops, and travel pace can be adjusted. We're ready to create a unique Thailand trip for you.

Day 1
Bangkok Arrival

On arrival in Bangkok, the charismatic capital of Thailand, your private guide and driver will greet you at the airport and drive you to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to spend as you please.

Day 2
Bangkok City Highlights Tour
  • Your day begins with a visit to magnificent Wat Pho, home to the huge and sacred Reclining Buddha. If you arrive early, you might even catch the morning chanting of the monks within the temple halls.
  • Hop on a tuk-tuk next, and head to the imposingGrand Palace. After that, take a longtail boat ride across the Chao Phraya River to iconicWat Arun, one of the oldest temples in Bangkok.
  • Conclude your day with a visit to the bustling Chinatown area.
The must-see sights in bangkok
The must-see in Bangkok
Day 3
Bangkok to Float House River Kwai Resort in Kanchanaburi
  • We'll pick you up from your Bangkok hotel and transfer you to Kanchanaburi province — 128 km (80 miles) west Bangkok.
  • At Kanchanaburi, visit Thailand-Burma Railway Centre, Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, and the famous Bridge over the River Kwai.
  • In the afternoon, visit Hellfire Pass Interpretive Centre, interpreting prisoner experiences at the most-hellish-to-construct cutting of the Thailand-Burma Railway.
  • Then we'll transfer you to Phutakien pier for a long-tail boat ride from Phu Takien pier to The Float House River Kwai. Check-in upon arrival.
the famous Bridge over the River Kwai
The famous Bridge over the River Kwai
Day 4
The FloatHouse River Kwai;Kanchanaburi to Bangkok
  • After breakfast, take a long-tail boat to visit Mon Tribal Village, where the Mon people have lived for generations. There, visit Golden Rock, Buddha image cave, and their village school.
  • Take a short walk on an easy jungle trail along the river bank to get to a stunning viewpoint over the River Kwai.
  • Return to The Float House River Kwai and check out ready for a history-themed ride on a Death Railway train passing over an original wooden viaduct constructed by Allied POWs.
  • Then we'll comfortably transfer you back to your Bangkok hotel.
Take a history-themed tain ride in Kanchanaburi
Take a history-themed tain ride in Kanchanaburi
Day 5
Bangkok Local Markets Discovery; Fly to Chiang Mai
  • In the early morning, head out to Mahachai Market, the largest seafood market in Thailand.
  • Take a local 3-wheeled bicycle trip to Bangkok's first train station, where you'll board a train to Maeklong Railway Market. Experience the market from a unique perspective, while others flock to the railway market to watch trains pass, you'll be riding the rails, very slowly traversing the bustling market!
  • Next, head to another highlight — Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Hop on a long-tail boat and cruise through the canals, surrounded by fruit plantations, seasonal produce, flowers, and the homes of local residents.
  • After the sightseeing, transfer to Bangkok airport for your onward flight to Chiang Mai. Upon your arrival in Chiang Mai, we'll directly transfer you to your hotel.
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
The Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Day 6
A Memorable Elephant Care Experience
  • Situated in a pristine and picturesque valley in Chiang Mai, about 1 hour outside the city, Elephant Rescue Park is a paradise for rescued elephants. It provides a safe, loving, and secure environment for all the elephants that live there.
  • Spend half a day caring for the elephants. You are allowed to interact with the elephants, feed them, hug them, and even bathe them.
Bathe the elephants in Elephant Rescue Park.
Bathe the elephants
Day 7
Chiang Mai Highlights Exploration and Street Food Experience
  • Rise at dawn for a unique and culturally-immersive experience.
  • Depart from your hotel and drive towards Doi Suthep to witness the spectacle of monks descending from the mountain to receive alms from the locals. Observe and join in this ritual and gain insight into the Buddhist traditions of the region.
  • Drive up Mount Doi Suthep to visit sacred Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. Descending from the mountain, we'll then head to Wat Chedi Luang, a historied temple that once housed the Emerald Buddha.
  • Then, we proceed to Wat Suan Dok for a unique monk chat experience.
  • In the afternoon, learn about Chiang Mai's local street food by touring food stalls and shophouses, especially around the Three Kings Monument area under your professional local guide's assistance
Witness monks descend for alms-giving at Doi Suthep
Witness monks descend for alms-giving at Doi Suthep
Day 8
Natural and Cultural Adventure: Chiang Dao Cave, Sticky Waterfall, Hill Tribe Village
  • We'll embark on a scenic 2-hour drive north of Chiang Mai to explore magnificent Chiang Dao Cave. This limestone wonder holds hidden beauty within.
  • Next, we'll head to a village inhabited by a Kayan Long Neck Tribe, descendants of immigrants who have preserved their unique cultural traditions.
  • In the afternoon, we'll visit the awe-inspiring Grand Blue Temple (Wat Ban Den). This architectural marvel boasts stunning buildings that are celebrated throughout Chiang Mai.
  • Our final stop is Sticky Waterfall, a one-of-a-kind natural wonder. Unlike other waterfalls, its unique rock formations allow you to climb and explore without slipping.
Witness monks descend for alms-giving at Doi Suthep
The Sticky Waterfall
Day 9
Chiang Mai to Krabi
  • You will fly down to southern Thailand to see one of the best tourist destinations on the Thai west coast — Krabi. Both of the airport transfers are included in our private tour service.
  • Spend the rest of the day exploring your idyllic hotel by Ao Nang Beach.
Day 10 - 11
Enjoy Tropical Coast Time Your Way in Krabi
  • You will have two full free days to experience the natural charm of Krabi and entertain yourself by trying out various activities.
  • The untouched tropical beaches of Krabi are the perfect destination for laid-back or adventurous couples and families. Just relax in paradise, or take your own choice of activities and attractions, which include the following…
  • Ao Nang Center Point is famous for its high-energy nightlife, Tiger Cave Temple offers visitors the chance to pay their respects to the Buddha, and the beautiful mangrove forest is the perfect place to spend some natural leisure time.
  • Krabi's seascape is famous for its steep limestone cliffs. If you enjoy rock climbing, then you will love Krabi — it is one of the best spots for rock climbing in the world.
  • Snorkeling and scuba diving enthusiasts will be pleasantly surprised by the spectacular coral reefs and colorful array of fishes in Krabi's waters.
A Private Cooking Experience
The Ao Nang beach of Krabi
Krabi Departure

We'll provide an airport transfer to ensure a warm send off and a smooth transition out of Thailand as you catch your flight back home.

Thanks for traveling with Asia Highlights. We hope to serve you again!

Ideas for Making This Trip Uniquely Yours

Special experiences can be added to brighten a honeymoon trip, a family vacation, a birthday, or satisfy personal interests.

champagne on the night cruise
Manohra Luxury Dinner Cruise

For couples

chiang mai cooking class
Cook Thai cuisine on a local organic farm

For foodies

chiang mai handicraft village
Explore Chiang Mai handicraft village

For culture fans

sukhothai historical park
Journey back in time at Sukhothai

For history fans

Hand-Picked Hotels

We select hotels with style and local features. Let us know your preferences and we'll find your ideal hotel.

hotel in Bangkok
Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn (4-star)
Smile Lanna Hotel in Chiang Mai
Smile Lanna Hotel in Chiang Mai
The Float House River Kwai
The Float House River Kwai Kanchanaburi
Ao Nang Villa Resort
Ao Nang Villa Resort Krabi

Tour Price:

12 days from
US$2,749 p/p(based on a private tour for 2 people)
  • The price is based on a private tour during the low season with 4-star hotel options.
  • The price varies based on program, travel date, number of people.
  • We could also price a tour including both 4-star and 5-star hotels for you.
  • The price for a child younger than 8 is approximately 80% of the adult's price.
  • We accept payments in multiple currencies (GBP, AUD, CAD, EUR...).

Price Includes:

  • Privately-driven air-conditioned vehicle with ample space (except where stated)
  • English-speaking local guide for the sightseeing
  • Attraction tickets and itinerary activities
  • Accommodation for all nights
  • Flights/trains between itinerary cities
  • Hotel breakfasts and itinerary lunches/dinners
  • 24/7 helpline while touring
  • Governmental taxes

Price Excludes:

  • International flights not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Overweight luggage more than 20 kg per person
  • Visa fee, if applicable
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Personal expenses

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