ESSENTIAL THAILAND
12 Days/11 Night

For first time visitors, this Essential Thailand tour is the ultimate itinerary for discovering the diverse culture and scenery of the country. Visiting Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Phuket, this 12 day tour program is full of in-depth excursions to the main sites of Thailand as well as unique, often hidden, locations.

 
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Day 1: Bangkok – Arrival
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Upon arrival in Bangkok, meet with our guide and transfer to the hotel.

After a short interval at the hotel, your orientation relaxing evening begins with a drive through Bangkok’s old quarters that delivers sights of an illuminated Grand Palace, the Royal Ground, temples and the lit-up Rachadamnoen Avenue. A lavish Thai dinner and cocktails against the stunning backdrop of the Rattanakosin skyline at “The Deck” riverside restaurant will keep your night pleasurable. Then stroll along the Flower Market to see the myriad varieties of exotic orchids and sweet smelling flowers. The buzz in this market is best experienced at night during which busy vendors load their wares up and down their mopeds. A potential shopping opportunity awaits you at an adjacent local night market along the Memorial Bridge that overlooks the Chao Phraya River, where you can rummage for handicrafts or souvenirs to bring back home for your family and friends.

Overnight at Bangkok

Day 2: Bangkok - Sightseeing
(B/L/-)

An early start will get you to Wat Pho in time to experience the monks early morning chanting ritual (chanting starts at 09.00 Hrs). After this uplifting and often private experience visit the temple grounds and the famous 45-metre reclining Buddha. Continue to The Grand Palace, Thailand’s most important landmark, where you will be awed by the grandeur and majesty of the building and its throne halls. Then, of course, marvel at the mysterious Emerald Buddha, the most revered Buddha image in Thailand. Delicious Lunch is served at the delightful Supatra River House overlooking the Chao Phraya River.

Afternoon, we drive to Chinatown square where you start an interesting walk through one of the oldest parts of Bangkok. Walk along Yaowarat  Road where you visit interesting shop selling birds nests and shark fins, continue to a very old teashop to enjoy a cup of Chinese tea with the locals before heading down Trok Leng Moi Eia  (a small soi)to Talad Kao for an interesting local market with variety of fresh foods, fresh & dry fruits, Chinese herbs, groceries. End the walk at Wat Leng Neng Yee to visit the Taoist temple before continuing by car to Rachawong pier and board on boat for the trip along Bangkok Noi klongs (Thonburi klong tour) sampling Thai houses and Thai life along the way with stop for visit to Wat Arun. Return to hotel later afternoon.

Overnight at Bangkok

Day 3: Bangkok - Countryside Tour
(B/L/-)

In the morning, we drive south of Bangkok for 80 kms to Samut Songkram, the city offers visitors a glimpse into Thai countryside life.

We will start the day with a stop at a local train station to experience a short regional Train Ride bounding for an amazing country market that has sprouted along the railway tracks. Here, you will witness the dexterity and speed of the vendors as they quickly pack their stalls away whenever the trains approach, hence bringing shopping to a brief halt. It is a standard practice and stall holders have learnt the art of assembling and reassembling their wares at a moment’s notice! Then we will visit Tha Kha**, one of the many floating markets in the area where you can observe local trading in its authenticity.

We will take a fascinating paddleboat journey through the maze of klongs (canals), cruising past plantations and Buddhist temples before stopping to enjoy a glass of palm sugar syrup and chat with a friendly local family. (Note: The Tha Kha market is held every Saturday and Sunday.  Weekday availability is 5-6 times a month depending on the lunar cycle calendar. On days when Tha Kha is not open, we will head to Ladplee Floating Market)

Following lunch at a local restaurant, proceed to King Rama II Memorial Park which houses a Thai style pavilion museum displaying artefacts from the early Rattanakosin era and a landscaped garden filled with native flowers. A relaxing stroll through the orchards provides great fun and completes the village experience. Visit artisans who produce exquisite hand-painted Benjarong porcelain and potteries before returning to Bangkok in the late afternoon. If the visit falls on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, we will spice up your upcountry trip with a visit to the weekend evening floating market full of vendors selling local delights.  

Overnight at Bangkok

Day 4: Bangkok – Ayutthaya – Bangkok
(B/-/-)

Meet your tour guide in the morning and take the taxi or public transportation to Bangkok’s Hualamphong Train Station. Board the local train heading to Ayutthaya and enjoy scenic views along the way. Upon arrival at Ayutthaya, hop onto a “Kermit” Tuk Tuk (a special type of motorized Tuk Tuk available only in Ayutthaya and Trang province in the South) to discover the magnificent ruins and ancient temples in the historical park. Briefly stop near the Muslim quarter and sample one of the most famous delights of Ayutthaya – candy floss roti. If time permits, visit local houses to see how handicrafts such as famous Palm leave fish mobile, are made. You will then be taken to the local market for a free style lunch and our guide can give you recommendations on which local delicacies to try.

After lunch, enjoy a leisurely long-tailed boat ride to Bang Pa In Summer Palace and explore the majestic royal mansions which are usually quiet in the afternoons. Continue to Wat Nivet Thammmpravat, one of the most distinctive Buddhist temples with its remarkable Gothic style architecture and stained glass windows.

A short transfer takes you back to the railway station where you will board the train back to Bangkok.

Overnight at Bangkok

Day 5: Bangkok – Chiang Mai
(B/-/-)

Transfer to Airport with your guide (time to be confirmed the day before) for your flight to the northern capital of Thailand “Chiang Mai”

After checking in at the hotel, drive to a local farmhouse in Mae Rim on the outskirts of Chiang Mai where you will take a leisurely stroll around the grounds. Then board a long-tail boat and enjoy a 30 minute cruise along the rural Mae Ping River.  Along the river banks you will see traditional wooden houses and modern residences.  Arrive at a boat landing and walk for about 10 minutes from the landing to Waroros fresh food Market for a visit, experiencing the Northern Thai way of life. 

Late afternoon, continue exploring ancient Chiang Mai, including its old city walls, gates, moat and markets. After visiting Wat Suan Dok, where the ashes of Chiang Mai’s royal family are interred, and the historic Jed Yot temple, you continue to Wat Prathat Doi Suthep, the temple on the mountain, and the most sacred in North Thailand. Your experienced guide will explain the story of the temple, the white elephant and lead you around its impressive chedi and show its beautiful murals. The tourist masses have already left the temple grounds and dusk will give a very special atmosphere. The tour ends with the spectacularly romantic evening view over Chiang Mai with its millions of glittering lights.

Return to Chiang Mai city and transfer to your hotel or to one of the restaurants for our own dinner.

Overnight in Chiang Mai

Day 6: Chiang Mai – Chiang Dao – Chiang Mai
(B/L/-)

After Breakfast, drive north through the hilly, wooden area on the outskirts of Chiang  Mai to the Chiang Dao elephant camp for elephant riding and a gentle bamboo raft journey down the Ping River. After lunch at a scenic local restaurant drive further North to Chiang Dao area where you visit Palaung, Akha and Lisu tribal villages. Living separately from lowland Thai’s the tribal mountain people retain a different culture and way-of life unique to every ethnic group.

Return to the hotel late afternoon, and the rest of the day is free at your leisure.

Overnight in Chiang Mai

Day 7: Chiang Mai – Sightseeing
(B/-/-)

In the morning after the breakfast at your hotel, enjoy a 30 minute trishaw ride in the town passing through local houses watching Chiang Mai waking up and temples. Ride until you arrive at the covered market, purchase food, sweets and flowers as offerings to your monk and your blessing. Continue to Wat Ket by trishaw, here is little visited by tourists and is a very picturesque place. You will be at the temple when the monks are in prayer. Once the ceremony is over, offer your food and flower to the monk and receive the blessing. This is an authentic experience in Buddhist philosophy.

Afternoon, discover the lost city of Wiang Kum Kam, “The Underground Empire”, one of the greatest cultural and historical significances.  Following a massive flood, the city of Wiang Kum Kam vanished without a trace. For over 200 years Wiang Kum Kam became a lost civilization buried under layers of earth. You explore the main ancient ruined temples by bicycle: Wiang Kum Kam, Wat Chedi Liam, Wat Phraya Meng Rai, Wat Kan Thom, and Koo Paa Dom.  Afterward you visit Wat Chiang Mun, the first temple built in Chiang Mai, containing numerous old artifacts. Continue to the Three Kings Monument, and The Chiang Mai Art and Culture Hall, which offers a wonderful collection of the chronicled history of Chiang Mai.  Return to your hotel in the afternoon.

Overnight in Chiang Mai

Day 8: Chiang Mai –Mae Kampong           
B/L/-)

Depart for Mae Kampong village in the Mae On district and drive through the picturesque countryside of Chiang Mai.  Enroute a stop is made at a local market to select ingredients for your lunch. Continue to Mae Kampong village where you are met upon arrival by villagers before beginning a stroll through the community forest, passing tea and coffee fields. Return to the village in time to watch lunch being prepared by your host family to see how Thai food is prepared in the countryside. After lunch relax with Thai traditional massage and take a walk around the village to see the processing of fermented tea leaves, and various products which are hand-made in the village. Late this afternoon drive back through the mountains to Chiang Mai.

Overnight in Chiang Mai

Day 9: Chiang Mai – Phuket  
(B/-/-)

Free at leisure in Chiang Mai city until the guide picks you up from the hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight to Phuket. Upon arrival, meet up with our guide and transfer to your hotel

Afternoon, free at leisure to relax on the beach

Overnight in Phuket

Day 10: Phuket – Sightseeing
(B/-/-)

On this Phuket day trip you will discover the diverse communities inhabiting the south of Thailand. Your Multicultural Phuket tour will begin on Siray Island, home to the Moken people, also known as the sea gypsies, and animist community whom live solely off fishing. Around 25% of Phukets residents are Muslim and based around the east coast of the island. Before visiting one of its most representative villages and mosques of the island, you will stop to try the famous Rotri and Copi (a local coffee and a sweet). In the Kathu district, home to the oldest Chinese shrine on Phuket Island, you will discover the remnants of the tin mining industry that brought the Chinese migrants to Phuket in the 18th century. Finally, the day ends with some local cuisine, a favourite of the local people: Hokieng Noodle soup.

Afternoon, free at leisure to relax on the beach

Overnight in Phuket

Day 11: Phuket
(B/-/-)

Day free at leisure to relax on the beaches or you may wish to book optional excursions.

Overnight at Phuket

Day 12: Phuket - Departure
(B/-/-)

Our guide will meet up with you at the hotel and transfer you to the airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination.

RATES & CONDITIONS

 

FIRST CLASS

Accommodation

City

Hotel Name

Room Type

Bangkok

The Siam Heritage

Superior

Chiang Mai

Tri Yan Na Ros

ROH

Phuket

The Old Phuket

Deluxe

 

PACKAGE PRICES (THAI BAHT)

All rates are net per person in half-twin sharing room.

Period

1

Person

2

Persons

3-4

Persons

5-6

Persons

7-10 Persons

11-15 Persons

SGL

Sup.

 

On Request

On Request

On Request

On Request

On Request

On Request

On Request

Note:

The Old Phuket

  • Black-out Period: Dec– Jan, minimum stay of 5 nights is required.

Additional peak season surcharges, compulsory dinners and special conditions may be applied by the hotel during peak season. Rates and details will be informed in advance.

 

SUPERIOR CLASS

Accommodation

City

Hotel Name

Room Type

Bangkok

Ariyasom Villa

Studio

Chiang Mai

Yaang Come Village

Superior

Phuket

Sawasdee Village

Garden Deluxe

 

PACKAGE PRICE (THAI BAHT)

All rates are net per person in half-twin sharing room.

Period

1

Person

2

Persons

3-4

Persons

5-6

Persons

7-10 Persons

11-15 Persons

SGL

Sup.

 

On Request

On Request

On Request

On Request

On Request

On Request

On Request

Note:

Yaang Come Village

  • Peak season surcharge: Dec– Jan = TBA
  • Compulsory dinner: 31 Dec = TBA

Sawasdee Village

  • Peak season surcharge: Dec– Jan = TBA
  • Compulsory dinner: 24 Dec= TBA
  • Compulsory dinner: 31 Dec  = TBA

Additional peak season surcharges, compulsory dinners and special conditions may be applied by the hotel during peak season. Rates and details will be informed in advance.

 

DELUXE CLASS

Accommodation

City

Hotel Name

Room Type

Bangkok

Millennium Hilton

Deluxe

Chiang Mai

The Chedi

Deluxe

Phuket

The Renaissance Phuket

Deluxe

 

PACKAGE PRICE (THAI BAHT)

All rates are net per person in half-twin sharing room.

Period

1

Person

2

Persons

3-4

Persons

5-6

Persons

7-10 Persons

11-15 Persons

SGL

Sup.

 

On Request

On Request

On Request

On Request

On Request

On Request

On Request

Note:

The Chedi

Peak season surcharge: Dec– Jan = TBA

The Renaissance Phuket

  • Block-out Period: Dec – Jan, minimum stay of 7 night is required

Additional peak season surcharges, compulsory dinners and special conditions may be applied by the hotel during peak season. Rates and details will be informed in advance.

 

Our services include:

  • Accommodation in selected hotels.
  • Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner).
  • English speaking guide.
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle.
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits.

Our services do not include:

  • Other meals than mentioned.
  • Other services than mentioned.
  • International and domestic flights.
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature.
  • Tips, travel insurance.
  • 3.5% Govt. Taxes.

 

Additional Airfares:

Route

Airline

Prices

 (per person per way)

Bangkok - Chiang Mai

Thai Airways (TG)

On Request

Bangkok Airways

On Request

Chiang Mai – Phuket

Thai Airways (TG)

On Request

Phuket – Bangkok

Thai Airways (TG)

On Request

Bangkok Airways

On Request

Note: All airfares, taxes and conditions are subject to change without prior notice.

 

Supplement guide other languages:

Language

Supplement per group

French / German / Spanish

TBA

 
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