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Tour Overview

Looking for a magical tour of the natural and cultural wonders of the tropics? This 10-day classic tour will take you to the best parts of Thailand. From Bangkok, catch a glimpse of the gilded Grand Palace and bustling floating markets; Fly to Chiang Mai in northern Thailand to experience local temple culture and interact closely with elephants, feeding and bathing; Finally head to the beaches of Phuket for relaxation and adventure.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Witness an impressive chanting ceremony in the early morning in Wat Pho.
  • Take a long-tail boat ride to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market to experience the bustling atmosphere.
  • Feed fruit up close to elephants and scrub them under the guidance of the nursing staff in Kanta Elephant Sanctuary.
  • Immerse yourself in Phuket Island, explore the amazing stalactite caves& grotesque rocks of Phang Nga Bay, and enjoy a swim or snorkeling.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Welcome to Bangkok, the second-largest metropolis in Southeast Asia and the capital of Thailand! Upon arrival at the airport, your driver will pick you up and take you to your hotel for rest. The whole journey takes about 45 minutes.

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: Bangkok

  2. This morning, take a guided tour of Wat Pho, where you will witness an impressive chanting ceremony. The temple is famous for its giant reclining Buddha, 46 meters long and 15 meters high, covered in gold leaf. Wat Pho is generally considered the leading massage school in Thailand and it is a great place to enjoy a traditional Thai massage.

    Bangkok Wat Pho
    Wat Pho

    A 10-minute walk takes us to the Grand Palace, the symbol of the Bangkok dynasty, which is a sprawling collection of buildings that brings together the best of Thai painting, sculpture, and decorative arts.

    After your lunch break, take a boat ride on the Khlong Bang Luang River, passing temples and shops, and learning about local landmarks and cultural traditions. We'll stop at Baan Silapin (The Artist's House), which is more than 200 years old and is where locals enjoy drinks, food, and traditional Thai puppet shows. It has been converted into a gallery where you can enjoy your time immersed in art. On our way back to Bangkok, we take a short visit to Wat Arun.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Bangkok

  3. After breakfast, drive an hour to Samut Songkhram, south of Bangkok, where you can take a short train ride to a village market. Here you will see a surprising scene - vendors will quickly move out of their stalls just before the train arrives, and then re-set up their "shops" after the train leaves.

    Take a long-tail boat ride across the canal to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, with a history of over 100 years. Every day, many Thai and foreign tourists come here to shop, eat and experience the bustling atmosphere of floating markets. Return to Bangkok in the late afternoon and enjoy the rest of the day.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Bangkok

    Bangkok Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
    Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

  4. Catch a morning flight to Chiang Mai. A local guide will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel for check-in.

    In the afternoon, your guide will show you around Chiang Mai, the ancient capital of Thailand. The first stop is Wat Suan Dok, known as the "Temple of the Garden". The white forest of pagodas stands quietly under the blue sky, which must be a favorite scene for photography lovers.

    Chiang Mai - Wat Suan Dok (Wat Buppharam)
    Wat Suan Dok

    Then visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, located on a hill. It is reached by climbing 309 seven-headed serpent stairs or by tram. This is one of Chiang Mai's holiest pilgrimage sites, where you can experience blessing at dusk. Witness the monks chanting in the evening and enjoy the illuminated city below.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Chiang Mai

  5. Today, spend a pleasant day with elephants at the Kanta Elephant Sanctuary on the outskirts of Chiang Mai. Established in 2015, the reserve is a sustainable ecotourism project dedicated to creating a free natural living environment for elephants.

    Chiang Mai Kanta Elephant Sanctuary
    Kanta Elephant Sanctuary

    Here you will learn the stories of rescued elephants and get an insight into their history and behavior.

    You'll get a unique opportunity to feed fruit up close to elephants on an observation deck. After a sumptuous buffet, scrub the giant elephants under the guidance of the nursing staff. Don't worry, you will first listen to a short guide on how to help an elephant bathe.

    You need to bathe the elephants in the river, and if you want to stay dry, just stay on the bank and watch the fun process. Drive back to Chiang Mai in the evening.

    Meal: Breakfast & Lunch

    Accommodation: Chiang Mai

  6. Today is a day to explore fascinating Chiang Mai on foot. Head first to Somphet Market, where you'll find plenty of fresh meat, vegetables, and fruit, as well as a variety of food stalls. Continue to walk to Wat Chiang Man, one of the oldest temples in Chiang Mai, with an elegant & quiet environment and gorgeous & exquisite architecture.

    Chiang Mai - Wat Chiang Man
    Wat Chiang Man

    Then a 10-minute walk will take you to the Three Kings Monument. Learn about the great deeds of three people who contributed greatly to Chiang Mai and visit the lifelike statues. Continue your tour to the nearby Lanna Folklife Museum, a white colonial-style building that houses exhibits about the life, history, and culture of the Lanna people of northern Thailand.

    Proceed to Chiang Mai Women's Correctional Institution, a Women's prison run by the Department of Correctional Services in Chiang Mai, where inmates are trained in Thai massage. Enjoy a relaxing 30-minute foot massage. Continue to Wat Chedi Luang to admire a flat-topped pagoda nearly 80 meters high.

    After the walk, enjoy the afternoon free time.

    Optional:

    You can choose to take a Thai cooking class at Baan Thai Cookery School or continue to explore Chiang Mai by yourself.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Chiang Mai

  7. After breakfast, fly to the largest island in Thailand - Phuket. The driver will wait for you at the airport exit in advance according to your flight time. After meeting you, he will send you to the beach hotel to check in. Feel free to explore southeast Asia's most iconic island resort.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Phuket

  8. Spend a relaxing day exploring Phang Nga Bay. Phang Nga Bay, located 75 km in the northeast corner of Phuket, is reputed to be the most beautiful place on Phuket Island, dotted with hundreds of strange limestone islands.

    Phuket - Phang Nga Bay
    Phang Nga Bay

    After arriving at Koh Panak and Koh Hong by private long-tail boat, take a canoe with a local guide to explore the amazing stalactite caves and grotesque rocks. Stop near a beach, have lunch on the beach, and enjoy a swim or snorkeling in your favorite area of water! We will show you James Bond Island, a famous landmark in Phang Nga Bay. A notable feature of this famous island is the numerous sheer limestone cliffs that jut vertically out of the emerald water.

    We will return to Phuket in the late afternoon.

    Meal: Breakfast & Lunch

    Accommodation: Phuket

  9. Today is yours to do as you like. You can take part in several optional activities, including kayaking, a visit to a rum distillery, and a cooking class. Or you explore the island at your own pace.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Phuket

  10. After breakfast, continue to your next destination according to your own plans or return to Bangkok for a flight home.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: N/A

Price Includes

  • Private vehicles with good air conditions;
  • Excellent English-speaking guides & experienced drivers;
  • 9 nights' accommodation & meals mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Entrance tickets to the scenic spots as mentioned;
  • Excursions and activities as listed;
  • A short train ride to a village market;
  • Foot massage in Chiang Mai;
  • Bottled water on the coach;

Price Excludes

  • International & domestic flights;
  • Meals not mentioned throughout the itinerary;
  • Any optional activities & any items not mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Travel insurance;
  • Personal expenses (such as telephone, drinks);
  • All kinds of gratuities for guides, drivers & others.

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