Mystical Thailand

Experience Thailand's culture and traditions on this small curated journey of only 8 guests. Our journey to Thailand takes you to Bangkok, the Kwai river, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai and even into Laos and Burma.

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10 Nights

4 Home Bases

4 Destinations

From USD 8,999 per person

Thailand is the ‘land of a thousand smiles’. Its exotic landscapes, rich Buddhist culture and palm-fringed beaches have been attracting sun-seekers for generations. We have created an itinerary that takes you on a discovery the frenetic street life and stately palaces of Bangkok, that introduce you to the calm and authentic hill tribes of the north and that introduce you to neighboring Laos and Myanmar.

Your host, Kris, knows Thailand inside and out and is the perfect host to give you a window into its culture, people and landscape. Walk through the thronging markets of Bangkok, barter to your heart’s content in vibrant night bazaars, uncover the sights and sounds of the jungle-covered mountains and hill tribes that surround Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, see and interact with the mighty elephant in Thailand’s famed Golden Triangle, chant and meditate with the monks of Wat Sri Supan and sample some of the best cuisine the world has to offer.

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28 Nov 2019 - 08 Dec 2019
  • Luxury Rooms and Pavilions $8999Only 4 rooms left
  • Glamping at the Four Seasons in Chiang Rai $11998Only 1 room left!
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Rates displayed are per person per journey, based on double occupancy. Solo travelers are welcome for a small single supplement fee .


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JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS

The perfect dose of culture, traditions and food

On this journey, you get to experience three of our favorite activities. Thailand's culture, dating back centuries and at the heart of regional influences, its traditions which today are embraced by many around the world and of course, its food and spices. We have mixed the three and along with a private cooking class, have created the perfect combination to give you the best Thailand has to offer

A journey of meditation with local Monks

You will get to experience and learn about a Monk's typical day in the northern part of Chiang Mai, as well as witness a daily ritual as Monks descend the mountain through towns and villages. These two unique experiences could very well change the way you approach life.

The perfect pinch of outdoor activities

We have not forgotten to ensure guests get their daily exercise with a combination of fun and healthy (yet optional, of course) hikes and river kayaking experiences. In both Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai, jungles and rivers offer the perfect setting for walks to local villages and visit of local tribes.

Size is almost everything

Get more from your personal guides and hosts by being part of a smaller group. Art In Voyage takes pride in limiting the size of its curated journeys to ensure a unique and personal experience each and every day.

ITINERARY

All activities are optional in attendance

Day 1: Welcome to Thailand, and Bangkok

Welcome to Thailand. On arrival, you are transferred to your property where you are greeted by your hosts. Since international flights arrive after noon, we have not scheduled any activities today, but will be delighted to arrange for a private tour should you arrive early. Tonight, experience the unique delights that Thailand’s cultural capital has to offer in this culinary experience of Bangkok, our welcome dinner. IMPORTANT: Guests who choose to arrive a day early would still receive our private airport transfer service on day of arrival

Day 2: Wat Arun & The Grand Royal Palace

Enjoy a morning at leisure. Shortly after noon, we depart for a private afternoon tour of Bangkok’s most notable landmarks: We start with Wat Arun (also known as the Temple of Dawn), a Buddhist temple named after the Indian god of dawn (Aruna), constructed between 1809 and 1851. We then continue to The royal Grand Palace. Formerly the residence of the early Chakri Dynasty kings, the vast 94ha (233ac) grounds encompass more than 100 buildings including the Royal Residence and Throne Halls. Dinner is at leisure, with our recommendations

Day 3: Bangkok & Ayutthaya

This morning, we drive Bangkok’s rural outskirts to the Ayutthaya History Park and visit the Bang Pa-In Summer Palace, a beautiful collection of European, Chinese and Thai buildings built in the 17th century and restored by King Rama V. Continue to Ayutthaya, the former capital of the Thai Kingdom for 417 years. Founded in 1350 by King U-Thong, its destruction by the Burmese army in 1767 resulted in the collapse of the kingdom. The ruins of all the most important buildings, a UNESCO World Heritage site, have been consolidated, repaired reconstructed. Lunch will be included. We are back in Bangkok late afternoon. Dinner at leisure

Day 4: Floating Market & Kwai river

Early this morning, we depart for the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market where you will see traditional Thai lifestyles going back into history. We continue our journey to the Kanchanaburi province. A lunch stop will be organized (included). This afternoon, we pay a visit to the infamous bridge over the River Kwai and the Death Railway, built by thousands of allied prisoners of war captured by the Japanese. We explore the Death Railway Museum featuring photographic and physical memorabilia dating from the Second World War. Take an historic train ride and enjoy the lush jungle scenery from the infamous railway. We are expected at our hotel late afternoon, on time to enjoy our river rooms. Dinner is at leisure.

Day 5: Chiang Rai

This morning, we head back to Bangkok to catch a flight to Chiang Rai, where we are greeted and transferred to our incredible estate, the Anantara Chiang Rai. After a long day traveling, enjoy the property's grounds and amenities. Tonight, experience one of the property's restaurant for dinner (included) after sipping on a lovely cocktail watching the sun set over the jungle and rice fields.

Day 6: Golden Triangle excursion

Bring your passport and an adventurous spirit to investigate three countries in one day. Explore the contrasting characters of Thailand, Burma and Laos. Hop in a tuk-tuk and head off to the food market. Enjoy meeting the locals and the thrill of new finds. Uncover age old traditions at Shwedagon Pagoda. Take in the mountain scenery before moving on to explore the spiritual treasures of Jade Temple. Then, re-imagine Chiang Saen’s time as the ancient Lanna Kingdom capital. Tour the scattered ruins of defensive walls and sacred temples, reliving the rise and fall of this historic town through the knowledge of your guide. Last, but not least, we board a traditional longtail boat to cruise the Mekong towards to Don Sao Island. As our final stop of the day, you might also be tempted to try a Beer Laos, and if you’re feeling braver, the potent rice whisky. Tonight, dinner is back at the property.

Day 7: Day at leisure

Today, enjoy the incredible amenities, most of them included, the Anantara (or Four Seasons for guests upgrading) are making available. Have a lazy morning and discover their Elephant sanctuary, or join one of their several treks and hikes. Dinner included at the property

Day 8: Yao Hill Tribes and Chiang Mai

After breakfast, transfer to visit Thailand’s northernmost town of Mae Sai, known for its large open-air market. We then start our journey towards Chang Mai. On the way, This morning we pay a visit to the Yao hill tribes, whose origins are in China, are heavily influenced by Chinese traditions, still using Chinese characters in the writing of their language. We then stop for a visit of the hot springs of Mekajan, where the mineral waters are believed to have curative and restorative properties. Lunch will be included on the way to Chiang Mai. Upon arrival at our property, the rest of the afternoon and the evening are at leisure.

Day 9: A Trek and a cooking class

For the most courageous ones, start our day with a guided trek of Doi Suthep - Pui National Park, its temple and the Mon Tha Than Waterfall. Experience the grandeur and breathtaking views the trail offers as you walk among forests of bamboo, tall hardwoods, a variety of colorful flowers, and a diverse bird population. Other guests may enjoy a morning at leisure. After lunch (included for guests joining the trek), we depart and hold a cooking class with a local celebrity, Chef Sawat. Discover his organic farm and its Thai herbs, vegetables and tropical fruits. After picking the ingredients, start your cooking class and enjoy your efforts with dinner before returning to our property.

Day 10: A day of culture and meditation

On option this morning, rise at dawn and witness dozens of monks streaming down the mountain to the city of Chiang Mai to receive alms from the locals in a visually striking daily ritual. After breakfast, we drive to Wat Sri Supan and join a monk chanting ceremony. We continue our day of meditation with the visit of Wat Chedi Luang, a historic temple that once housed the Emerald Buddha, now held in Bangkok’s Wat Phra Kaew. There, enjoy a 20 minute rickshaw ride through the quiet streets of the old town before returning to our property. Tonight, we say farewell in an exceptional setting and dinner, paired with excellent world wines.

Day 11: Departure day

This morning, catch a flight to Bangkok where your international journey begins. Interested in Extending to Phuket, Ko Samui or other exotic parts of Thailand for a few days of R&R, let our experts design the perfect customized extension to suit your preferences and interests.

OUR HOME BASES

X2 River Kwai Resort

X2 (pronounced cross-to) River Kwai is located at the most beautiful stretch of the Kwai Noi River with its spectacular view and backdrop of mountain ranges and blue sky. Traveling to the Kanchanaburi resort, one will pass-by rice paddy fields, sugar cane plantations, local temples and villages which are the signature scenery of Kanchanaburi.

X2 River Kwai consists of 22 rooms – all facing the spectacular Kwai Noi River. The unique XFloat Cabins rests upon the rivers surface and come with full amenities including bathtub, private rooftop sundeck and speculator river views.

The facilities include a river view restaurant with an outdoor deck, The Bridge Bar & Bistro, library, an infinity riverfront pool with sun lounges and sun beds, bicycles on loan, free wifi in all common areas, guarded car park and iPads on loan.

 

Four Seasons Golden Triangle

(upgrade property on the “Mystical Thailand” journey)
Discover the legendary Golden Triangle up in the north of Thailand, at the fantastically luxurious Four Seasons Tented Camp, stunningly located on the border of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar, and overlooking the Mekong River. Usually accessed by river boat, and set amidst Thailand’s exotic bamboo jungles, there is a spectacular and unique experience awaiting the more active at the safari-style Four Seasons Tented Camp.

With just 15 supremely luxurious tented accommodations – complete with roll top baths and attention to detail that is second to none – a three or four night adventure here is inclusive of exquisite cuisine, wines from the cellar as well as many activities such as learning how to train the camp’s elephants, river trips on the mighty Mekong and learning more about this fascinating region’s culture and tradition.

The tents themselves have got to be seen to be believed, you’d be forgiven if you thought you’d just stepped into a luxury city hotel room, until of course you look out the windows to the dramatic landscape encompassing you.

Four Seasons Chiang Mai

A wonderful Four Seasons resort set in a tranquil, idyllic location. The perfect luxury base from which to explore the local culture, relax, enjoy the peaceful surroundings and experience excellent service and facilities. The Four Seasons Chiang Mai is a stunning property set in the beautiful Mae Rim Valley, just north of Chiang Mai. It is designed like a traditional Thai village, laid out around working rice terraces and surrounded by mountains, and a stay here feels like stepping into another world yet is just 30-minutes drive from the center of Chiang Mai.

The spacious pavilions and huge residences are luxuriously appointed with local touches, and all have outdoor salas with daybeds. Twelve luxurious one-bedroom villas set in tropical gardens have been added to the portfolio at the Four Seasons Chiang Mai, with stunning views onto the mountains and spacious private pools.

The renowned cuisine here must be sampled to be believed and not only is the food incredible but the settings for the various restaurants simply stunning. For the ultimate in romance, the Rice Barn is a private dining venue for two overlooking the resort’s rice paddies and lake – after a five course candlelit meal, designed by yourselves with the chef, you can release a krathong – or banana leaf cup – containing a candle, onto the lake in traditional Thai style.

Anantara Golden Triangle

Perched on a ridge in northern Thailand overlooking the border with Myanmar and Laos, among the finest Chiang Rai hotels, Anantara Golden Triangle immerses you in once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Bond with elephants at our mahout camp, Spa in the jungle, Cruise down the Mekong River, exploring the unique cultures of three countries.

Dining at the Anantara Golden Triangle is a culinary journey through centuries of Lanna culture and Old World European favorites, and both restaurants have dramatic views over the valley and its surrounding landscape. The Elephant Bar and Opium Terrace serves casual meals and fabulous cocktails. The Anantara’s signature Chiang Rai spa comprises teak wood suites perched high above the Thai and Burmese jungle and uses ancient Thai remedies as well as pioneering treatments from across the globe. After your treatment relax in one of the private open air terrazzo tubs with views across the valley.

The Anantara Golden Triangle prides itself on its private elephant camp and this is a wonderful place to experience these great animals first-hand by walking with them through the bamboo jungle, helping bathe them or even spend a full day learning how to master the art of being a mahout.

There is an abundance of other activities on offer during your stay at the Anantara Golden Triangle, including visits to Chiang Rai and to the neighboring countries by long tail boat, yoga, mountain biking, tree planting, trekking and a wonderful Thai cookery school where the chef personally takes you to visit the local market. Alternatively enjoy the magnificent free form infinity-edged swimming pool looking down over the tree canopy towards the Mekong River.

Peninsula Bangkok

The Peninsula towers over the western side of the Chao Praya, a short ferry or boat ride away from the Saphan Thaksin skytrain station and the city’s main historic sites, including the Royal Palace. It’s a little further to the city’s downtown shopping and nightlife meccas, but for all those who want sumptuous tranquility and amazing views, it is the perfect property. It is a classic luxury urban resort offering neoclassical international elegance effortlessly coupled with contemporary Thai design touches. This makes for a subdued, formal ambiance in the spacious public areas of the hotel, especially in the imposing lobby area.

The deluxe rooms (upgrades available – ask us) are offer spectacular views of the Thai capital’s soaring skyline across the river.

In addition to the property’s many lovely restaurants, the River Bar is the place to enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine before dinner. Breakfast is a sumptuous buffet affair with plenty of Asian and western selections, great juices, and freshly cut fruit, best enjoyed outside by the river.

THIS JOURNEY INCLUDES

10 Nights

3 nights in Bangkok 1 night on the Kwai River 4 nights in Chiang Rai (all inclusive) 3 nights in Chiang Mai

22 Meals

10 breakfasts 7 lunches 6 dinners

10 +Activities

In our all inclusive properties (Golden Triangle Anantara or Four Seasons), all your meals, drinks and activities are included Privately guided tours and visits as listed on the itinerary, including: Cooking class Meditation & temple experiences Trekking Elephant sanctuary experience $100 of spa credit per room in Bangkok and Chiang Mai $100 in resort credit at the Anantara Golden Triangle

As well as...

Private transfers and luxury transportation throughout Domestic air fares as listed on the itinerary Cold towels and water on sightseeing days Luggage handling throughout

GOOD TO KNOW

No visa required to enter Thailand (US/CANADIANS/EUROPEANS). No vaccinations needed to enter Thailand (some may be recommended by your doctor based on your health)

HOW ABOUT EXTENDING?

When traveling to Thailand, a world of opportunities open up. You are close to Cambodia, Laos, Nepal and even Sri Lanka. For those seeking isolation, how about the white sand beaches of Seychelles or the Maldives? If flying on Emirates, a stop by Dubai, its bustling city and incredible desert landscape is a must. Wherever your extension may take you, we are here to assist in putting together, piece by piece.

WHY TRAVEL WITH US?

Expertise Flexibility Friends /Family Spirit /Small Groups Luxury Conditions Exclusive Experiences

FINEPRINT

All listed retreats (hotels, villas and barges) are, at times, subject to changes. If replaced, similar or higher standards will be upheld.

A refundable deposit* of $2500 per person is due at the time of your reservation. In case of a cancelation at more than 90 days prior to departure, your deposit will be returned minus a $250 per person administrative fee.

Solo travelers welcome for a small single supplement of $.

Your final balance is due 90 days prior to departure, at which point your journey becomes non-refundable.

NEW! Find a replacement at least 30 days prior to departure and your journey will be fully refunded, minus a $250 per person administrative fee.

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