Thailand A la Carte Private Vacation

Tropical beaches, bountiful forests, ancient temples and mouth-watering cuisine are only a few elements that make Thailand the ultimate destination. Bustling city centers, rural farmlands and hill tribe villages weave the elaborate tapestry that is modern day Thailand. From vibrant Bangkok to Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai—home to several hill tribes, each with a unique indigenous identity—explore the stunning geography of Thailand, get to know the locals and experience a simpler way of life.

10 day/9 night package featuring Bangkok, Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai. This program includes accommodation in Deluxe hotels, daily breakfast and lunch, five dinners, bottled water and cool towel during transport, Thai dinner and show at Sala Rim Naam, nighttime street food excursion in Bangkok, Golden Triangle Discovery program at Anantara Golden Triangle (daily meals, beverages, Hall of Opium entry, one daily activity of choice), hilltribe village visit, handicraft class, and a cooking class.

Includes

  • Meals per itinerary; (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner
  • Porterage; one luggage per person
  • Travel funds escrow protection program
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Private driver/guide
  • Private custom sightseeing per itinerary
  • Private transfers by luxury vehicle per itinerary
  • Select luxury accommodation
  • Emergency assistance

Excludes

  • Personal expenses
  • Optional tours
  • Customary tips and gratuities
  • Local city taxes
  • Drinks during meals
  • Flights

Daily Itinerary

Day

1

Bangkok - Arrival

Well known as the City of Angels, Bangkok is the present capital city and the focal point for Thailand. Upon arrival at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport your guide will meet you for a private transfer to your hotel for check-in. The remainder of the day is yours at leisure.

Day

2

Discover Bangkok

This morning your guide will pick you up from your hotel to begin your day with a tour of Wat Po, the most extensive temple in Bangkok and home to the third largest reclining Buddha in Thailand. You will have the opportunity to witness the solemn atmosphere of monks’ chanting in its marvelous main hall, not commonly seen by visitors. Next, visit the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, commonly known as Wat Phra Kaew, originally intended as a temple compound for royalty and to house the most revered statues of Buddha. After your tour, visit a traditional restaurant to try authentic Thai dishes. After lunch, you will board a typical long-tailed boat that will take you through Bangkok’s waterways into the complex network of the Thonburi Canals. Return to your hotel for a light rest before experiencing a Thai dinner show at the Sala Rim Naam, located on the Chao Praya River. Enjoy a traditional Thai dinner at low tables as you enjoy a spectacular live show of Thai song and dance. (B,L,D)

Day

3

Rural Bangkok

Today you will leave the city center and head toward Thailand’s countryside to the west of Bangkok and Samut Sakhon. You will pass by numerous salt farms along the way, located on the shore of the Gulf of Thailand. You will visit the most famous floating market in Thailand, the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, whose many vendors call out their wares and haggle over price from their boats. Take this opportunity to explore local orchards and a local home by paddleboat to see how the locals process coconut sugar, one of the most important sugars in Thai cuisine. You will arrive back in Bangkok for a visit to the Jim Thompson House and Museum. This architectural gem is hidden away in a quiet street and was once the home of the man who took the production of Thai silk to a higher level on the international stage. An open-air café is now situated in the garden where you will enjoy a light lunch and some shopping. Later this evening, you will experience Bangkok’s culinary scene with a midnight food tour by tuk-tuk. You will visit several local eateries around the city to sample some staples in Thai culture. (B,L)

Day

4

Bangkok - Chiang Rai

You will have this morning at your leisure to explore the capital city one last time and perhaps catch an early morning market. At the appropriate time, you will meet your driver for a private transfer to Suvarnabhumi Airport for a short flight to Chiang Rai (not included), the northernmost province of Thailand. Upon arrival, you will be met by your driver and guide to begin your exploration of Chiang Rai. You will visit Wat Phra Kaew, the royal temple in Chiang Rai and the location where the Emerald Buddha was first found. Later, continue to Baan Dam, or Black House, a museum of art created by Thailand’s national artist Thawan Duchanee, whose works depict dramatic scenes with a dark tone while paying homage to traditional Thai art. You will have lunch at a local restaurant before returning to your hotel for dinner at a local restaurant of your choice. (B,L,D)

Day

5

Explore Chiang Rai

Today you will have the day at your leisure to take advantage of your included resort package. During your stay, you will have the opportunity to visit the Opium Museum to learn about the history behind this afflicting export. Take some time for lunch at a local restaurant of your choice then, later, you will have the choice of four different excursions including an elephant camp experience, a cooking class or a spa treatment. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a restaurant of your choosing. (B,L,D)

Day

6

Explore Chiang Rai

Spend your day today taking advantage of one of your resort’s other excursions to make the most of your time in the Golden Triangle. You may decide to join the Golden Triangle Discovery, a visit to the three countries who surround the Mekong River and create what is known as the Golden Triangle. You’ll visit Tachileik, Myanmar, Chiang Saen, Thailand and have the option to visit Don Sao Island in Laos. Enjoy lunch and dinner today at a local restaurant of your choosing. (B,L,D)

Day

7

Chiang Rai - Chiang Mai

Your morning is at your leisure to explore the many facilities of your resort before an early lunch and your private transfer to Chiang Mai. En route, you will visit Wat Rong Khun, one of Chiang Rai’s iconic temples popularly known as the “White Temple.” Continue on your scenic drive to Chiang Mai where you will check-in to your hotel upon arrival and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure to take in the extreme natural beauty and unique indigenous cultural identity of the region. (B,L)

Day

8

Discover Chiang Mai

Begin your day with an early morning alms giving. Each day, Buddhist Monks walk the streets of Chiang Mai to collect alms from the local community. You can take this opportunity to offer food to the monks, this often being the only meal they eat all day. After, you’ll return to your hotel for breakfast followed by a private exploration of the Old City of Chiang Mai. You’ll explore the city on an authentic trishaw which will maneuver you through the busy roads which still capture the old world charm of the city. You will visit Wat Pra Singh, Wat Chedi Luang and the Doi Suthep Temple and Hilltribe Village. You’ll return to your hotel later in the afternoon after lunch at a local restaurant. The remainder of the evening is at your leisure. (B,L)

Day

9

The Artistry of Chiang Mai

Today will be spent exploring the deep and unique artisan culture of Chiang Mai. First, you will visit the Mae Sa Craft Village for a hands-on demonstration in a variety of crafts such as Saa paper making, The village is set in an idyllic setting alongside a small stream among the trees, perfect of inspiring your creative talents. A relaxing lunch is included before leaving this place of tranquil serenity. The afternoon is at your leisure followed by a private cooking class at Pantawan Cooking School. You’ll begin with a tour of the local market where your private chef/guide will teach you about the exotic produce and different techniques used to prepare them. Your chef will demonstrate your recipe before offering assistance during your hands-on recreation. Enjoy your dinner on the balcony of the traditional Thai wooden house overlooking the beautiful gardens. (B,L,D)

Day

10

Chiang Mai - Return

You will be picked up from your hotel for a private transfer to Chiang Mai International Airport to continue on to your next destination. (B)