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Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Koh Samui

11 days 10 nights


Category Thailand Classic Tours

  • Group Size 1-11 persons
  • Difficulty Level 2
  • Rating Popular
  • Trip Starts From Bangkok
  • Trip Ends At Koh Samui
  • Type Tours
  • Destination Bangkok Ayutthaya Chiang Mai Koh Samui
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Thailand is known for the glittering temples, ornate palaces, ancient archeological ruins and tropical beaches in Southeast Asia. We will have the opportunities to experience all of these on this trip. We visit the gold gilded majestic temples of Bangkok and Chiang Mai, explore the archeological ruins of Ayutthaya and learn about its glorious history, experience the serene natural beauty of northern Thailand, spend quality time with the friendly elephants in their natural habitat. We will also have time to browse through the vibrant markets, sample authentic Thai cuisine and experience the local Lanna hospitality in Chiang Mai.

After Chaing Mai, we take a flight to Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand off the east coast of the Kra Isthmus. Koh Samui is renowned for its palm-fringed beaches, coconut groves, and dense, mountainous rainforest, plus luxury resorts and posh spas. From Koh Samui, we will take an excursion of Angthong National Marine Park that contains about 42 islands! Comparing to Phuket, Koh Samui is less crowded and recommend for travelers who love the natural sceneries and peaceful environment. The trip concludes here and then we take the flight back to Bangkok and connect with the international flight back home.

Trip Cost ( May-Sep 2019)

US$ 2250 Per person (2 persons)
US$ 2035 Per person (3-4 persons)
US$ 1970 Per person (5-6 persons)
US$ 750 Private room Supplement

Trip Cost ( Oct 2019-Apr 2020)

US$ 2350 Per person (2 persons)
US$ 2125 Per person (3-4 persons)
US$ 2065 Per person (5-6 persons
US$ 790 Private room Supplement

Note: Internal Airfare Bangkok-Chiang Mai-Koh Samui-Bangkok, estimated US$ 640 (Subject to change) is not included in the trip cost.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01~Arrive in Bangkok

Upon arrival, meet your guide and driver at the arrival gate and transfer to the hotel. Take rest to recover travel fatigue.

Overnight: U Sathorn Bangkok
Day 02~Bangkok: City, Palace, Temples and food tour by tuk-tuk

The day starts with a Skytrain journey to the "Saphan Taksin" pier, where we will hop on an express boat and cruise along the Chao Phraya River to Tha Chang pier. First, we visit the two major attractions of Bangkok: The Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho and the Grand Palace. Wat Pho is the among the largest and the oldest temples in Bangkok and houses thousands of Buddha images including the 150 ft. long reclining Buddha covered by gold leaf!

The Grand Palace is definitely of any trip to Bangkok. The palace complex includes; several buildings, temples, pavilions, halls, courtyards, lawns and gardens. Located close to the banks of the Chao Phraya River, the Grand Palace is the perfect testimony of an ancient Siamese court. The Temple of Emerald Buddha (Wat Pra Kaew) is also situated within the complex.

After lunch in a local Thai restaurant, we travel by boat on Chao Phraya River and through the canals, locally called klongs, of Thonburi. We will have the opportunity to see life along the waterways.

We will also visit the 249 ft. tall Wat Arun in the west bank of Chao Phraya River that dominates Bangkok sky. The majestic shrine is adorned with glazed ceramic pieces that reflect the sunlight and that's how the temple got its name as the Hindu Got Aruna is personified as the radiations of the rising sun!

All temple visits require that you wear the proper attire with covered shoulder and knees. You also need to remove shoes when you enter the temple.

The evening time is for Tuk Tuk Urban Odyssey, a group tour that starts at 6.30 pm and lasts about 3.5 to 4-hours. Zip through the historic streets of Old Bangkok on a tuk-tuk and experience the vibrant town. We stop in the historic landmarks and food stalls that serve authentic delicious cuisines cooked on charcoal stoves. The trip ends with a belly full of delicious food and a head full of experience.

Overnight: U Sathorn Bangkok
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 03~Bangkok: Excursion of Archaeological ruins of Ayutthaya

Today, we take a day trip to Ayutthaya (47 miles, 2 hours)- the second capital of Thailand, after Sukhothai. Ayutthaya flourished from the 14th to the 18th centuries and became one of the world's largest and most cosmopolitan urban areas and international trade hub, but the city was attacked and devastated by the Burmese army in the 18th century. Now, the town exists in the archeological ruins and remnants that survived the attack, characterized by the prang (reliquary towers) and significant monasteries, that showcases the past glory.

The tour begins at the Summer Palace of the late King Rama V, commonly known as "Bang Pa-In" and continues through the magnificent ruins of early splendor. We will pass or visit the most impressive ruins of this World Heritage Site and eventually return to Bangkok by a cruise ship, cruising down the Chao Phraya River, enjoying a sumptuous buffet lunch on board. From the disembarkation point, we transfer to the hotel.

Overnight: U Sathorn Bangkok
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Day 04~Bangkok - Chiang Mai: Evening street food tour

After breakfast, check out the hotel and transfer to the airport for a flight to Chiang Mai. Upon arrival in Chiang Mai airport, you are met and greeted by your local guide and transferred to the hotel in the city.

You have free time in the afternoon to take rest or pursue your interests.

In the evening, your guide will take you on a street food tour. The street food market features a variety of authentic Thai cuisines, particularly the northern Thai specialties. Your guide will lead you through the market and share information about food and local culture. You will sample different dishes and snacks and desserts.

Overnight: Tamarind Village
Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 05~Chiang Mai: Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Camp

Today, we will take a scenic 1.5 hour 4WD ride to the Elephant Sanctuary. We travel through the beautiful farmlands and get glimpses of rural life outside the city. We will experience life with elephants in their natural home.

Upon arrival in the sanctuary, you are welcomed by English speaking local guide who will share his knowledge on elephants and rural life as he leads you through the village of Karen tribe. We change to the traditional Karen clothing, grab some bananas and sugar cane for feeding, and we are ready to meet the elephants!

Divided into small groups, we will meet and interact with each the friendly elephants personally. We learn about the life process and behavior of the elephants and discover the unique and exciting stories of each elephant as we touch, play, feed, and photograph them. After having some quality time with the friendly elephants, enjoy traditional Thai lunch and seasonal fresh fruits with a view of the picturesque river and the woods.

After lunch, we reunite and join on walking tour alongside the elephants to a nearby river where the friendly animals get a bath. Here, we will have the opportunity to bathe and brush the elephants while they enjoy wading through the water. Next is the time for the therapeutic mud spa. Be prepared to get muddy as you cover the elephants in a protective layer of mud. We will have fun playing with them and watch as they joyfully frolic in the mud spa. Now, it's almost time to bid farewell to the elephants! We head upstream and wash off the mud in the fresh, clean water. Finally, we change clothes and take a scenic walk back through the Karen village and part our ways back to the hotel in Chiang Mai.

Overnight: Tamarind Village
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Day 06~Chiang Mai: Wat Doi Suthep, City Temple and Trishaw Ride to Muang Mai Market. Evening visit a Lanna family over dinner

This morning, we take a half-day excursion. We first drive to visit the Wat Doi Suthep- situated atop a 3444 ft high mountain and requires climbing of 309 steps! Proper attire is required. The site has pagodas, statues, bells, a museum, and shrines. On a clear weather day, we will enjoy a panoramic view of the town and the province.

Next stop will be at Wat Chedi Luang in the historic center of Chiang Mai that enshrined Emerald Buddha from 1468 till 1551. Originally 280 feet tall, the temple collapsed partially due to an earthquake in 1545, and after six years, the Emerald Buddha was moved to Luang Prabang.

We will also visit the Wat Phrasingh- Chiang Mai's most revered temple that contains the most beautiful Lai Kham Chapel with its exquisite wood carving and northern style murals.

Now is the time to take a trishaw ride and browse through Muang Mai market. Most of the produces here come straight from the local farms!

Afternoon time is open for you to pursue your interests.

Late afternoon (4.30 pm), we will visit a Lanna Family. With our guide, we travel in the outskirts of the city and meet a local family in an authentic Thai neighborhood. The host family welcomes the guests with a refreshing drink. We will spend time with the family, learning about traditional Thai architecture and the elegant teakwood homes and structures. Led by the host family head, we will stroll through the orchard and herb garden. We will learn how to make bamboo baskets and cigars from banana leaves. Perhaps, there is no other better way to end the day than with a delicious home-cooked Northern Thai meal, prepared by the family. After lunch, we travel back to the hotel. 

Overnight: Tamarind Village
Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 07~Flight from Chiang Mai to Koh Samui

After breakfast, check out and transfer to Chiang Mai airport for flight to Koh Samui. Upon arrival, meet and greet with your local guide and transfer to hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure.

Overnight: Mimosa Resort & Spa
Meals : Breakfast
Day 08~Koh Samui: Angthong Marine Park

Today, we visit the Angthong National Park that consists of 42 beautiful islands. We will take a speed boat from the Nathon pier and head north. We will explore natural caves, blue lagoons, and stunning rock formations. We will visit Mae Koh Island where the inner salt water lake is located.

Lunch will be served on the boat while we head to Wau Ta Lab Island and the National Park headquarters. Here, you will have free time to enjoy sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling or just simply relaxing on the white sandy beaches. The views around is beyond anyone's imagination.


Overnight: Mimosa Resort & Spa
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Day 09~Koh Samui: At leisure

You have free time at leisure in Koh Samui.

Overnight: Mimosa Resort & Spa
Meals : Breakfast
Day 10~Koh Samui: At leisure

Another day at leisure to explore the nearby islands and attractions on your own.

Overnight: Mimosa Resort & Spa
Meals : Breakfast
Day 11~Depart Koh Samui

After breakfast, you are transferred to the airport in time for flight back to your next destination.

Meals : Breakfast

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Trip Info

Trip Includes

  • Accommodation on double occupancy basis on the listed hotels or similar.
  • Daily breakfast (Some hotels provide only half breakfast) and some meals as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Private vehicle with driver for tours and transfers.
  • Other transportation such as boat or elephant as indicated on the itinerary.
  • English speaking local tour guides.
  • Sightseeing admission fees and permits as per the itinerary.
  • Service of internal Airfare Reservation.

Trip Does Not Include

  • All airfares ( Internal airfare Bangkok-Chaing Mai-Koh Samui-Chiang Mai costs about $ 610)
  • Meals other than indicated in the itinerary.
  • Drinks, tipping, laundry, phone, internet usage and other expenses of personal nature.
  • Extra expenses due to nature and unforeseen events.
  • Travel insurance.
  • International airfare to Bangkok and return from Koh Samui.
  • Thai visa if applicable.


Bangkok: U Sathorn Bangkok

Chiang Mai: Tamarind Village

Koh Samui: Khwan Beach Resort

Note: Hotels listed above are our preferred properties and are subject to availability.


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