Travel to Thailand
Thailand is a feast for the senses — from Bangkok's eye-catching neon streets to mouthwatering dishes spiked with chilies and basil to the scent of incense permeating a Buddhist monastery in Chiang Mai, this Southeast Asian country has something for every traveller. Thailand's natural beauty can only be matched by its people's easygoing nature and deeply rooted spirituality, all qualities that have made the country the most popular in the region.
Thailand's capital city, Bangkok, is an enchanting juxtaposition: built around the Chao Phraya River, traditional business is often carried out on the intricate system of klongs (canals) and Buddhist shrines adorn street corners, just as cutting-edge architecture and trendy stores continue to open shop. Take in the city's vibrant culture by riding a klong to the sacred Temple of the Emerald Buddha and taking a private tour of the Prasart Museum alongside its owner, a special-access moment arranged during your A&K vacation.
For a different face of Thailand, travel to the quieter north. In Chiang Mai, find picturesque landscapes of lush countryside. Greener and sleepier than Bangkok, Chiang Mai boasts important temples, such as Wat Doi Suthep and Wat Phra Singh, home to the revered Phra Singh statue. With Thailand luxury travel from A&K, you can even take a private training session with your own elephant alongside a mahout (trainer), learning the basic commands and intimate knowledge of this complex creature.
Dig deeper into Thailand's incredible cultural diversity by travelling to Chiang Rai, in the heart of the hill tribe area. Meet tribe members of the many ethnic minority groups that live in the mountainous region in northern Thailand with A&K, many whom still lead traditional farm lifestyles. This region is also where Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet — the Golden Triangle, a picturesque mélange of lush foliage and gentle waters best explored by riverboat.
Now is the perfect time to book either of two A&K 2013 Tailor Made private journeys to Thailand.
Classic Thailand: 10 Days, from $11,255
From famed waterways in Bangkok to a revered mountaintop temple in Chiang Mai and sunny, pristine beaches in Phuket, this private journey reveals Thailand at its most authentic. Behold the spectacular Reclining Buddha statue, enjoy an enchanting Thai puppetry show, receive a private blessing at Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep and learn to create art with an elephant.
Best of Thailand: 10 Days, from $7,275
Experience the finest sights, sounds and tastes of Thailand, including the magnificent Grand Palace and the Pak Khlong Talat flower market in Bangkok. View a sacred Buddha image at Wat Phra Singh in Chiang Mai, create your own Thai dishes under the guidance of a master chef and enjoy the best of sun, sand and sea in lush Koh Samui.