Best of Thailand & Bhutan
Thailand and Bhutan tour is designed for travellers who like to combine their Thailand holiday with Bhutan. Paro Valley, western Bhutan has the country’s only international airport and Taktsang Palphug Monastery (Tiger's Nest), a prominent Buddhist sacred site. To the east, Thimphu is home to Tashichho Dzong and Memorial Chorten, dedicated to Bhutan’s third king, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. Also visit central Bhutanese town of Punakha, with its huge, spectacular monastery set by the river.
The Grand Palace, in Bangkok city was the official residence of the Kings of Siam since 1782. Wat Arun, on the Thonburi west bank of the Chao Phraya River is personified as the radiation of the rising sun. The Golden Buddha, is a gold statue that weighs 5.5 tons (5,500 kilograms). Chiang Ma, a mountainous town in the North, is home to hundreds of elaborate Buddhist temples. Elephant Nature Park, near Chiang Mai is a rescue centre for elephants.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 12-DAY TOUR OF THAILAND & BHUTAN…
And, explore its spectacular landscapes, impressive temples and monasteries.
Best Thailand & Bhutan Explore dynamic cities, spectacular landscapes, impressive temples and monasteries.
Bangkok, Thimphu, Punakha, Paro, Chiang Mai
(12 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
This ultra-luxurious private tour features two of the world's most fascinating cultural destinations: Bhutan and Thailand. With your own private guides and drivers in each location, explore dynamic cities, spectacular landscapes, impressive temples and monasteries, interesting markets, delicious food, and rich cultural traditions. Accommodation is at some of the world's most luxurious hotels.
Begin with introductory touring in Bangkok. Enjoy a fascinating, private long-tail boat tour through Bangkok's canals. Visit the most important temples. Learn about Buddhist practices and influences on daily life. Hear monks chanting at a morning ceremony. Explore colourful markets selling textiles, flowers, food and crafts. When not sightseeing, enjoy time at the world’s leading spa, swim, play tennis, shop for exquisite Thai silks and art work, and dine on some of Southeast Asia’s best cuisine.
Continue to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Enjoy comprehensive touring of Thimphu’s many cultural attractions and important Buddhist highlights. Meet local people, learn about local traditions, explore a bustling market, and visit various small museums specialising in textiles, folk heritage, and traditional Bhutanese arts and crafts.
Next, drive through the mountains, passing the 108 stupas of Dochu La, to Punakha, the ancient winter capital located in a sub-tropical valley where rhododendron and magnolia bloom and orange and banana trees flourish. Relax at your luxurious farmhouse-style lodge, set among rice terraces, chili and cabbage fields and traditional Bhutanese farmhouses. Enjoy a peaceful walk through rural farming villages, receive a blessing from a monk, opt to hike up a mountain for beautiful panoramic views of the valley, and visit the stunning Punakha Dzong.
Return to Paro, a resort town nestled among the Himalayas. Visit the National Museum, browse shops for Himalayan crafts and Buddhist items, and hike to Tiger's Nest, a breathtaking monastery clinging to a cliff that is one of the most important icons of Bhutan. Other activities can be incorporated based on your interests, such as a private archery lesson, yoga, a biking excursion, or traditional Bhutanese spa treatments.
Return to Thailand and spend several days in rural Chiang Mai in northern Thailand at one of Asia’s most luxurious and atmospheric resorts, surrounded by mountains and lush fields of terraced rice paddies. Browse crafts districts specializing in celadon ceramics, silver, teak furniture, paper umbrellas, and beautiful silk weavings. Visit revered mountaintop temples, the royal family’s Winter Palace, an elephant camp, and local hill tribe villages. Also enjoy a cooking class at the resort’s renowned cooking school. A day will be at leisure to enjoy the resort's spa, golf, or pool. Additional cultural excursions are also available. Return to Bangkok for your onward flight.
Day 1 – Arrive
Bangkok, Thailand Meet and greet on arrival. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights.
Day 2 – Tour
Bangkok Full-day private city tour, including private longtail boat ride.
Day 3 – Transfer
Thimphu, Bhutan Private transfer to airport for business class flight to Paro.
Private arrival transfer to Thimphu hotel for 2 nights. Begin private touring.
Day 4 – Tour
Thimphu Full-day private tour.
Day 5 – Transfer
Punakha Private overland transfer to Punakha hotel for 2 nights, with touring en route.
Day 6 – Explore
Punakha Full-day private gentle hikes and cultural touring.
Day 7 – Transfer
Paro Private overland transfer to Paro hotel for 2 nights, with touring en route.
Day 8 – Explore
Paro Full-day private tour, including hike to Tiger’s Nest.
Day 9 – Transfer
Bangkok-Chiang Mai, Thailand Private transfer to airport for business class flight to Bangkok.
Meet and greet on arrival and connecting flight to Chiang Mai.
Private arrival transfer to resort for 3 nights.
Day 10 – Tour
Chiang Mai Morning Thai cooking lesson and market tour.
Afternoon flexible private touring and shopping.
Private round-trip transfer to night market.
Day 11 – Explore
Chiang Mai Option for sunrise alms-giving.
Half-day private tour with option for city touring or excursion to elephant camp.
Day 12 – Depart
Thailand Private airport transfer for flight to Bangkok.
Check In: 14:00h
Check Out: 12:00h
Make this your holiday
Getting There Thailand has four international airports; in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket and Hat Yai, but Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport is the country's major gateway. Practically every airline carrier that flies to Asia also flies into Bangkok. This means there are plenty of services and the competition on the routes helps to keep the ticket prices down.
There are now a throng of low-cost-carriers serving Southeast Asia, led by KL-based AirAsia. It can be cost effective to fly from your home country to Bangkok, Singapore or KL with a traditional carrier, then pick up a LCC flight to your final destination. If you are travelling with AwimAway, transfers from an airport are arranged by our representatives who will meet you at the arrival lounge and transfer you to the hotel.
When to go Thailand: The best time to visit most of Thailand is between November and February as it is the coolest time of year and it rains the least. These months also form the tourist high season. March-Jun brings the hot season when sightseeing is best scheduled for morning or late afternoon. The best way of cooling off during hot season is to join the Thai Water Festival generally held in mid-April. Rains start in July through October. The temperature during these months tends to be cooler, tourists are fewer and the landscape is lush and green. The rain isn't permanent though - it comes in bursts and cools things down after it has gone!
Bhutan: The best time to visit Bhutan is during the spring months of March, April and May, when Bhutan offers warm days and cool nights. It is a great time for treks and to watch the flora and the many birds of Bhutan. The rainy season arrives in July and by mid-September the monsoon clouds have all but dried and the skies begin to clear. The two-month window between October and November offers clear skies but it can be cold in the night. It is also a good time for trekking deep into the Himalayas, sitting around a camp fire and seeing the high Himalayas in the morning and evening golden light.