A drive through the mountains will take you to the sophisticated and cultured northern Thai city of Chiang Mai. Here we will immerse you in ancient Lanna culture and history by day while you enjoy the pleasures of the Oriental Dhara Dhevi at night - surely one of the world's most luxurious jungle retreats. We will arrange for a private audience with a celebrated local textile weaver and take you to a village in the countryside where you will meet and eat with a local family and learn how life in the Thai countryside has hardly changed. This tour ends in Phuket where we suggest you stay at Sala Phuket, one of our favorite resorts, however you can choose any of Thailand's islands or beaches where a mesmerizing choice of luxury resorts are available to indulge your every desire.
Day 1: Arrival in Bangkok. On arrival you will be welcomed by your tour guide and taken to the Oriental Hotel. Spend the day relaxing or recovering from your flight or take one of our highly recommended Bangkok city tours. Overnight at The Oriental Bangkok, Thailand.
Day 2: Bangkok. Today we take you out of the city to Samut Songkram province where you will discover an amazing country market along the railway tracks as well as one of the many floating markets of Thailand. Take a fascinating boat ride through the maze of canals stopping along the way to visit Buddhist temples and meet local Thai people before arriving at Rama II Park with its Thai style Pavilion Museum. Overnight at The Oriental Bangkok, Thailand. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 3: Bangkok. Head out of Bangkok to the ancient city of Ayutthaya and spend the morning with your guide soaking up the atmosphere and history of the medieval Siamese court. You will also see stately Bang Pa, before taking a gentle cruise back down the Chaophraya River to your hotel in Bangkok. Overnight at The Oriental Bangkok, Thailand. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 4: Bangkok-Chiang Rai. Today you fly to Chiang Rai and drive to the golden triangle area in far north of Thailand to your hotel on the Mekong River with views across Laos and Burma. Enjoy the view while sipping cocktails by the pool or a take time out for a relaxing spa - it's your holiday. Overnight at Anantara Resort and Spa Golden Triangle, Thailand. Includes: (B).
Day 5: Chiang Rai. Spend a day in the jungle traveling by elephant, boat and ox-cart through bamboo forest, woodlands, rice paddies and farmland. Enjoy a picnic by the river and discover a remote Akha hill tribe village on the top of Doi Sa Ngo Mountain with stunning views of Mekong River. Also visit the old capital of Chiang Saen (AD 1260) on the steep banks of Mekong River before returning to your resort. Overnight at Anantara Resort and Spa Golden Triangle, Thailand. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 6: Chiang Rai-Chiang Mai. Today we drive through the mountains to Chiang Mai. Choosing the most scenic route, your guide will take you to see the royal palace and gardens at Doi Tung as well as stopping to visit some of the lesser visited tribal communities.
Overnight at Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai, Thailand. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 7: Chiang Mai. The morning is free for you to enjoy the luxuries surroundings of your hotel. In the afternoon we will take you to visit Studio Naenna, a woman's weaving group founded in 1986 by Patricia Cheesman Naenna, an expert in antique, Lao and Thai textiles. Not only will you see the gorgeous textiles but also meet Patricia or her daughter. In the late afternoon we will take you up the mountain to visit Wat Prathat Doi Suthep, the most famous and sacred temple in Northern Thailand. Overnight at Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai, Thailand. Includes: (B).
Day 8: Chiang Mai. Mae Kampong village in the t is a beautiful Thai village perched amongst the hills of Mae On district just outside Chiang Mai. You spend day learning about Thai culture, how people live and work in the countryside; you will cook and eat with your hosts, visit tea and coffee plantations, walk through the forests and try Thai traditional massage. This is real-life experiential tourism. Late this afternoon drive back through the mountains to Chiang Mai. Overnight at Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai, Thailand. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 9: Chiang Mai-Phuket. Spend the morning relaxing at your hotel or take one of our highly recommended sightseeing tours before transferring for your direct flight to Phuket. On arrival in Phuket you will be met by one of our local team and transferred to your hotel. Includes: (B).
Days 10-13: Phuket. Relax, unwind and enjoy the beautiful beaches and unrivaled charms of south Thailand. Our local office in Phuket will be very pleased to arrange sightseeing excursions, escorted shopping tours or to take care of any other issues or requirements you may have. Includes: (B).
Day 14: Phuket departure. At the end of your holiday we will transfer you to the airport for your departure flight and wish you bon voyage. Includes: (B).
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