Highlights of Thailand and Experiences Tour
12 days from £1,706* per person Saving you £278 per person*
This itinerary isn’t set in stone. Pick, mix, swap however you like – your trip will be totally tailor made for you.
Day 1 Arrive in Bangkok
Your local guide will meet you at Bangkok’s International Airport and transport you to a comfortable hotel for a three-night stay in Thailand’s energetic capital.
Day 2 Bangkok sightseeing and special Thai dinner
Visit Wat Pho temple to witness the monks’ morning chanting ritual and enjoy a 45-minute massage at the temple’s original Thai massage school. See the Royal Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha before taking a water taxi along the river to Wat Arun. In the early evening set out for a deluxe Thai dining experience at Sirocco Rooftop Bar and Issaya Restaurant before retiring back to your hotel.
Day 3 Bangkok markets tour
Rise and shine to catch a glimpse of Bangkok’s busiest fresh seafood market before heading to the colourful Damnoen Saduak floating market for a boat tour. Your guide will also take you to a less-known spot – Don Wai market – next to a temple where you can sample some famous local dishes and dine at a riverside restaurant. Return to your Bangkok hotel in the late afternoon.
Day 4 Fly to Chiang Mai and guided tour
You’ll be picked up and taken to Bangkok airport for your flight to the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai. Your guide will transport you to your hotel in Chiang Mai and then on for a tour of the local food and flower market and the city’s heritage temples. Finish the day with a rickshaw ride through the quiet streets of the old town before heading back to your hotel.
Day 5 Patara elephant experience
Get up close with the elephants of Patara rescue centre with the Elephant Owner for a Day educational program that includes plenty of animal interaction. You’ll help wash the elephants in a river, ride around the centre, visit a local temple and trek uphill to play with the eles under a waterfall. Spend the night at your hotel in Chiang Mai.
Day 6 Doi Inthanon National Park and hill tribe tour
Drive to the lush wilderness of Doi Inthanon National Park, crowned by Thailand’s highest mountain, for a guided tour. Hundreds of bird species including mountain hawks and Eurasian woodcocks make this a favourite birding spot. Visit a Karen hill tribe village and a scenic waterfall before returning to your Chiang Mai hotel in the late afternoon.
Day 7 Chiang Mai cycling tour and local cooking class
Experience Chiang Mai’s rural villages, temples and ruins on two wheels. Cycle through green fields and along sleepy rivers, and stop at a school for monks, a pottery village, a local bakery, a market and more. Later in the day, you’ll meet a local chef at his organic farmhouse to prepare an authentic Thai curry and savour the results before being driven back to your hotel.
Day 8 Fly to Phuket
You’ll be driven to Chiang Mai airport for your flight south to the island of Phuket. Your guide will meet you at arrivals and take you to your hotel in Phuket.
Day 9 Phuket spa experience
Relax on the lush tropical island of Phuket. Indulge in an hour-long signature spa treatment at the renowned Baray Spa that offers Indian Ayurvedic as well as ancient Thai healing therapies.
Day 10 Boat tour of Phi Phi islands
Head off on a speedboat tour of Thailand’s jaw-droppingly beautiful Phi Phi islands. Swim in the jade waters off Bamboo island’s platinum beach, snorkel Yoong Island’s coral reefs and visit an island populated by wild monkeys. Lunch on Phi Phi Don and explore magical Maya Bay where movie The Beach was filmed. Return back to your hotel in Phuket.
Day 11 Relax in Phuket
Relax on an idyllic beach or explore the island of Phuket from your resort.
Day 12 Fly Home
Your guide will take you to Phuket airport for your journey home.
*Prices are based on private arrangements (not lower priced escorted tours with set dates). Quality three star accommodation is quoted here (unless mentioned otherwise), with breakfast included and other meals where mentioned. Mostly private transfers with an English speaking driver/guide and all activities mentioned, with top guides, are included. Domestic flights and transport all included from Day 1 to end point. Can be tailored to your needs, so prices could be lower for budget arrangements or higher for luxury.
International flight is not included