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Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket


11 days 10 nights

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Category Thailand Classic Tours

  • Group Size 1-11 persons
  • Difficulty Level 2
  • Rating Popular
  • Trip Starts From Bangkok
  • Trip Ends At Phuket
  • Type Tours
  • Destination Bangkok Ayutthaya Chiang Mai Phuket
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Overview

Thailand is known for the glittering temples, ornate palaces, ancient archeological ruins and tropical beaches in Southeast Asia. We will have the opportunity to experience all of these on this trip. We visit the majestic temples in 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, browse through the vibrant markets, sample authentic Thai cuisine and experience the local Lanna hospitality in Chiang Mai.

The trip concludes in Phuket where you can relax, or explore the area around or take some active adventures such as snorkeling and others! This trip will enrich you with knowledge of Buddhism, Thai culture and traditions, allow interacting with the local people and monks and experience the serene beauty of Northern Thailand as well as the beautiful islands, including Phi Phi.

Trip Cost ( May through September)

US$ 2320 per person (2-persons)
US$ 2105 per person (3-4 persons)
US$ 2035 per person (5-6 persons)
US$ 925 private room supplement

Trip Cost ( October through April)

US$ 2548 per person (2-persons)
US$ 2330 per person (3-4 persons)
US$ 2265 per person (5-6 persons)
US$ 950 private room supplement

Plus, internal airfare Bangkok-Chiang Mai-Phuket-Bangkok US$ 605 (subject to change)

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

Today, we will visit the two major attractions of Bangkok: The Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho and the Grand Palace. Wat Pho is 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 a highlight 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 God 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 the 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 local 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 a 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 require climbing of 309 steps! Proper attire is required. The site has pagodas, statues, bells, a museum, and shrines. With luck, we have a good weather day, and we can 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 partly collapsed due to an earthquake in 1545 and the Emerald Buddha was moved to Luang Prabang in after six years.

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 free 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 the meal, your guide and driver will bring you back to the hotel.  

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

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

Overnight: Novotel Phuket
Meals : Breakfast
Day 08~Phuket: Phi Phi Islands

After breakfast, we transfer to the pier and take a speedboat (45 minutes) to Phi Phi Islands that no longer need introduction!. We visit the Loh Sa Mah, Phi Phi Ley cove and Maya Bay, where the 2000 film "The Beach" (starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tilda Swinton) was shot. Those who enjoy snorkeling you have to observe the majestic undersea world. If you are an explorer type of person and Phi Phi's natural beauty is not enough, there is plenty to do on and off the island. Phi Phi Ley is home to the Viking Cave, a large limestone cavern, where you can see the ancient rock paintings can. 

After lunch at a beachside restaurant, we will visit the Bamboo Island where we can enjoy swimming and snorkeling or lie and rest on the beach. The departure in the afternoon will be from Hin Klang Island. Upon arrival at the pier in Phuket, we are met and transferred to the hotel.

Overnight: Novotel Phuket
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Day 09~Phuket: At leisure

You have free time in Phuket.

Overnight: Novotel Phuket
Meals : Breakfast
Day 10~Phuket: At leisure

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

Overnight: Novotel Phuket
Meals : Breakfast
Day 11~Depart Phuket

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.
  • Internal Airfare economy class (Bangkok-Chiang Mai-Phuket).

Trip Does Not Include

  • 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 Phuket.
  • Thai visa if applicable.

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