Bangkok, Thailand’s capital, in south of the country, lies along the Chao Phraya River. It’s known for Buddhist temples or Wats, such as Wat Arun, one of the most recognised in Southeast Asia. Its China town and floating markets offer a cultural experience. The Chatuchak weekend market is where locals find bargains and Khao San Road, where East meets West. Its vibrant culture is woven by one silken thread, found in Jim Thompson’s House & Museum.
Chiang Mai is Thailand’s second largest city. Located in the north, its more relaxed and culturally vibrant. Its known for its many temples but is popular travellers who prefer a mix of culture and adventure. Wat Prathat Doi Suthep, set on a mountaintop, dominates the city. Nearby, are the ruins of Wat Chedi Luang. Not to be missed is the city’s markets, especially the Night Bazaar. In the surrounds, are Hmong villages and Elephant Nature Park.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 8-DAY THAILAND TOUR…
And, experience its two iconic cities, Bangkok and Chiang Mai.
This luxurious, leisurely private tour is the perfect introduction to Thailand. The tour features Bangkok and Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. Stay at one of Asia’s most luxurious and atmospheric resorts, surrounded by mountains and lush fields of terraced rice paddies. Tour with your own expert guides and drivers, and experience Thailand's incredible culture.
Begin in Bangkok. With your private guide explore Bangkok’s most unusual Buddhist temples, the Chedis of the Kings and the invaluable golden Buddha weighing over 5 tons. Enjoy a fascinating, private long-tail boat tour through Bangkok's canals, the colourful markets and shop for exquisite Thai silks and art work. There will also be time to enjoy the world’s leading spa, swim, shop for exquisite Asian art, and dine on some of Southeast Asia’s best cuisine.
Continue to rural Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. Stay at one of Asia’s most luxurious and atmospheric resorts, surrounded by mountains and lush fields of terraced rice paddies. With your private guide explore the city of Chiang Mai, with a wealth of beautiful and historic Buddhist wats (temples) and the royal family’s Winter Palace.
Visit a revered mountaintop temple and see monks collecting their morning alms. One day, take an excursion to an elephant camp. Another day, enjoy a morning market visit and Thai cooking class. You will have enough time at leisure to browse craft markets or enjoy the resort's spa, cooking school, golf, or pool.
Thailand Experience This luxury tour is the perfect introduction to Thailand.
(8 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Bangkok, Chiang Mai
Day 1 – Arrive
Bangkok Meet and greet service. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights.
Day 2 – Tour
Bangkok Full-day private city tour, including private longtail boat ride.
Day 3 – Tour
Bangkok Half-day private tour. Options include culinary touring, cultural touring, shopping, or excursion to train and lunar floating markets.
Day 4 – Transfer
Chiang Mai Private transfer to airport for flight to Chiang Mai. Private afternoon tour on arrival, followed by transfer to resort for 4 nights.
Day 5 – Experience
Chiang Mai Option for sunrise alms-giving. Half-day private tour of town and craft districts.
Day 6 – Explore
Chiang Mai Half-day excursion to elephant camp or hiking excursion. Private round-trip transfer to night market.
Day 7 – Cooking Class
Chiang Mai Morning market visit and Thai cooking lesson.
Day 8 – Depart
Thailand Private transfer to airport for flight to Bangkok. Arrival airport assistance to connecting departure flight.
Check In: 14:00h
Check Out: 12:00h
Make this your holiday
When to go 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!
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.
Passport/Visa British national do not require a visa for stay up to 30 days when entering by air but a valid passport is required for all tourists travelling to Thailand.