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.
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
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.
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.
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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
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
OPTIONAL (yet included): At 7AM, we depart for the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market where you will see traditional Thai lifestyles going back into history OR 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
This morning, we embark on a journey to the Kanchanaburi province. Our morning includes 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. Shortly after noon, board a historic train and enjoy the lush jungle scenery from the infamous railway. We then enjoy a lunch at a local restaurant (included) before returning to Bangkok. Dinner is at leisure.
This morning, we catch an early flight to Chiang Rai, where we are greeted and transferred to our incredible estate, the Anantara Chiang Rai. You have deserved a day of pampering and therefore, nothing is planned for the day. 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.
Bring your passport and an adventurous spirit to 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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 $4999.
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.