ARRIVE BANGKOK, THAILAND
Arrive in Bangkok, where you are met, and enjoy VIP arrival assistance before being transferred to your luxury hotel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CHIANG MAI | IN THE MAE RIM VALLEY
After a morning at leisure, enjoy lunch at your hotel before driving overland to Chiang Mai and check in to your elegant hotel, tucked amid a working rice farm in the lovely Mae Rim Valley.
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 Waroros 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.
KOH SAMUI | WATERFRONT BEAUTY
Transfer to the airport and fly to Samui. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to your resort property for a day at leisure. The Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui sits on its own private beach and has villas with private infinity pools.
KOH SAMUI | A DAY AT THE BEACH
Enjoy the amenities of Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui, lounging on the private beach and taking a dip in your villa’s infinity pool.
KOH SAMUI | A PARTING GLIMPSE
Take in one last day of relaxation at the resort, enjoying the views and amenities.
DEPART 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.
THAI KICKBOXING LESSON
Learn the basics of Thai kickboxing as you train privately with a professional Muay Thai champion at The Siam Hotel. Punch, kick, elbow and knee your instructor’s pads, getting instant feedback as you train. Afterward, enjoy a rejuvenating steam and Thai massage at the hotel’s Opium Spa.
Explore Bangkok by bicycle, taking in the riverfront, local markets and a pagoda en route to Wat Arun, a dramatic temple illuminated by its sun-shimmering porcelain mosaic. Continue your cycling tour past the temple of Wat Rakhang Khositaram, the vast square of Sanam Luangand and the Grand Palace. Pause for a leisurely stroll through the temple compound of Wat Pho. Conclude your ride in the city’s lively flower market, Pak Klong Talad.
EXPLORE KOH KRET ISLAND
Just north of Bangkok, cross the Chao Phraya River by ferry to explore the island of Koh Kret. Explore a local market, home and temple as you encounter the island’s small community of Mon, an indigenous people known for their handmade earthenware pottery.
DELVE INTO BANGKOK'S MARKETS
Set out on a whirlwind culinary adventure spanning the neighborhood market stands of Silom, a Chinatown ice cream shop, historic Nanglerng Market and the organic produce hub of Or Tor Kor. Your adventure concludes at Chatuchak Weekend Market, a 27-acre expanse of open-air stalls peddling fruits, vegetables, antiques, clothing and just about everything else under the sun.
CHIANG MAI MUSHROOM HOUSE
Visit the Chiang Mai Mushroom House, where you learn how A&K Philanthropy has teamed up with a local safe home to construct a mushroom farm benefiting families in crisis.