Arrive Bangkok, Thailand
Arrive in Bangkok, where you are met and transferred to your hotel.
Bangkok | Emerald Buddha & Klong Cruise
Visit the Grand Palace, a beautiful example of a royal Siamese court, and Wat Phra Kaew, home to the revered Emerald Buddha statue. Then, Ride Like a Local by tuk-tuk to Wat Pho temple, to behold the 150-foot-long Reclining Buddha statue. Next, explore the city’s renowned klongs (canals) by boat and cruise the Chao Phraya River. Also visit Wat Arun and the Royal Barge Museum. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Bangkok | Intriguing Local Market Visits
Travel outside the city limits to a floating market where vendors sell their wares from small boats laden with goods. Drive to a market set up on railroad tracks, where vendors take down and reset their displays to accommodate the passing of each train. Finish with lunch at a local restaurant.
Chiang Rai | Sunset on the Mekong
Fly to Chiang Rai, and then journey into the countryside to your enchanting accommodations. Later, embark on a cruise on the Mekong River, followed by dinner at your hotel.
Chiang Rai | Encounter the Golden Triangle
Set off on a fascinating excursion, exploring the “Golden Triangle” — a mountainous region where Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet. Explore the ruins of sacred temples and defensive walls in Chiang Saen. This afternoon, enjoy time at leisure at your hotel, capped off with a scenic sundowner before dinner.
Chiang Rai/Chiang Mai | Dazzling White Temple
Drive to Chiang Mai, stopping en route at sparkling Wat Rong Khun, also called “The White Temple,” to view its fine murals and paintings. Arrive in Chiang Mai, and tonight gather for a unique dining experience at the home of the late Thai author, Rong Wong-savun, savoring a home-cooked meal prepared by his widow, Sumalee.
Chiang Mai | Meeting with a Local Monk
Visit a fascinating local market, and then return to your hotel for an interactive Chef’s Table experience. In the afternoon, visit a textile museum to view a wonderful selection of Thai textiles and learn about the individual hill tribes where they originated. Then, and enjoy a private audience with a monk at a Buddhist temple. Proceed to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep for sunset views.
Chiang Mai/Phuket | PARADISE FOUND
This morning, set out for Waroros Market to browse locally made products and ride a trishaw to Wat Phra Singh. Later, fly to Phuket, where you check in to your hotel and enjoy dinner on the beach.
Phuket | Touring the Historic City
Set out on a city tour of Phuket, including the Phuket Thai Hua Museum, housed in a charming 1930s British-colonial-style mansion. Then, savor a lunch of authentic Thai cuisine at the Blue Elephant, a historic 105-year-old landmark. Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure.
Phuket | Phi Phi Island Excursion
After a morning at leisure, embark by speedboat to Phi Phi Island, one of the most beautiful destinations in Asia. Swim or snorkel in shallow, crystal blue waters, visit the Viking Cave to view what are believed to be prehistoric wall paintings, and relax on the white sand beaches of this lush tropical paradise. Tonight, gather with fellow guests for a farewell dinner.
Fly to Bangkok, transfer to your hotel and use an executive room for up to 24 hours after check-in. Depart tonight or the next day.