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New! Tailor Made Thailand: Bangkok to the Beach
Days: 11 | From: $6,895
Luxury Tailor Made Journeys depart on the dates that work for you and feature expert local guides throughout your journey. The itinerary below can be customized to your interests.
Day 1: Arrive Bangkok, Thailand
Arrive in Bangkok, where you are met, and enjoy VIP arrival assistance before being transferred to your luxury hotel.
Day 2: Bangkok | Bustling City
Immerse yourself in Thai history this morning. Begin at the spectacular Grand Palace. Formerly the nation’s official royal residence, this sprawling complex features an eclectic array of architecture spanning several eras. Explore the palace’s numerous buildings, halls and pavilions, including the Throne Room, Coronation Hall and Funeral Palace. Continue on to explore Wat Po, one of the grandest and oldest temples in Bangkok and home to the enormous gold-plated Reclining Buddha. After lunch at a local restaurant, cruise through Bangkok's canals, a lively network of waterways teeming with commercial barges and whistling passenger vessels. Pass the striking Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), the morning sun reflecting from millions of colorful porcelain fragments embedded in the temple walls. Finally, dock to tour the Royal Barge Museum’s collection of elaborate royal sailing junks.
The Peninsula Bangkok | Meals: B L
Day 3: Bangkok | Jim Thompson House
Enjoy a half-day guided tour of the former home of Jim Thompson, the legendary American architect and entrepreneur who settled in Thailand after World War II and almost singlehandedly revived the silk industry. The maze of seven Thai-style teak houses has been converted into a small, private museum filled with a priceless collection of Asian antiques, pottery and curiosities. End your visit with a stop at the Jim Thompson Thai Silk Company, which stocks some of the best quality silk products available.
The Peninsula Bangkok | Meals: B
Day 4: Chiang Rai | Relax & Recharge
Fly to tranquil Chiang Rai. Check in to your camp, which is set on a ridge overlooking the hills of Myanmar and Laos. Relax at leisure, spending your time here as you choose.
Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort | Meals: B D
Day 5: Chiang Rai | A Range of Exciting Activities
You may opt to explore the Golden Triangle during an aptly named “Three Countries Tour,” which offers insight into the cultures of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos. With your passport in hand, pay visits to Tha Khi Lek, Chiang Saen and Don Sao Island. Or, partake in a hands-on culinary experience at Spice Spoons, where you learn the art of Northern Thai cooking. Alternately, opt to book a 90-minute spa treatment at your hotel.
Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort | Meals: B L D
Day 6: Chiang Mai | In the Mae Rim Valley
Drive overland to Chiang Mai and check in to your elegant hotel, tucked amid a working rice farm in the lovely Mae Rim Valley. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai | Meals: B L
Day 7: Chiang Mai | Amid Temples
Participate in the fascinating local customs of Chiang Mai on a half-day guided tour of the city’s markets, lanes and sacred complexes. Your guide collects and takes you to Warorot Market, one of Chiang Mai's busiest indoor marketplaces. Founded by royalty more than a century ago, it is the best place in the city to find typical Northern Thai food and clothing. From here, take a rickshaw ride along famous Tapae Road, through ancient city walls. Continue along Rajdamnern Road to Wat Phra Singh, where you visit the ancient complex that holds the sacred Phra Buddha Singh image. Move on to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, set on a mountain 3,500 feet above sea level. It is reached by a climb of 300 steps or by a tram. Legend says the temple, considered the most important in Chiang Mai, was built after a bone of Buddha was carried up the mountain on the back of a white elephant.
Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai | Meals: B
Days 8-10: Phuket or Koh Samui | Waterfront Beauty
Transfer to the airport and fly to Phuket or Samui. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to your resort property. Tucked in a tropical forest above a private bay, Trisara fronts Phuket's picturesque western coastline. Each of the boutique luxury resort's 40 guest pavilions features its own swimming pool. Meanwhile, the Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui sits on its own private beach and has villas with private infinity pools. The following days are yours to spend as you choose, enjoying the amenities available at your resort.
Day 11: Depart Phuket or Koh Samui
Transfer to the airport and fly to Bangkok, where you connect with your international departure flight.
Enhance Your Journey
Elevate your experience with a host of options available for an additional cost.
Combine Your Journey
Extend your time in Southeast Asia by combining this journey with Tailor Made Angkor, Tailor Made Luang Prabang, Tailor Made Myanmar or Tailor Made Best of Vietnam.
A Choice of Beaches
Choose between a stay in Phuket or Koh Samui. Your Travel Consultant can suggest which resort is best based on your dates of travel.
Design Your Day
Customize your time in Bangkok to your interests. You may visit Ayutthaya, the country's former capital, or travel just outside the city to explore some of the area's vibrant villages and markets.