Highlights of Thailand
Ko Samui, Thailand’s second largest island, lies in the Gulf of Thailand, off the east coast of the Kra Isthmus. Nathon, Koh Samui’s capital town on the west coast, is the ferry point. Big Buddha statue at Wat Phra Yai Temple, sits on a small rocky island, in the north-eastern corner of Koh Samui. Day trip to the Ang Thong Marine National Park, an archipelago of limestone-cliff islets offer snorkelling, diving and hiking.
Take a short tour of Bangkok to visit its many temples, pagodas and the Grand Palace. Take a long-tail boat to view floating market of Damnoen Saduak, a photo opportunity. Visit Chiang Mai, the mountainous region, north of Thailand. Then transfer to Koh Samui, known for its beautiful best beaches. Take a cruise to Ang Thong Marine National Park with possibilities of snorkelling, then continue to Mae Koh Island with its emerald lake in the mountain.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 10-DAY THAILAND HIGHLIGHTS TOUR…
And, explore its regional culture, history, arts and cuisine.
This private tour features the best of Thailand’s cities, beautiful beaches and rural countryside with an emphasis on regional culture, history, arts and cuisine. Accommodation is at Thailand’s luxury hotels and resorts and private touring is with expert local guides who provide exceptional insight into the understanding of the local people and culture.
Begin with comprehensive touring 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. In the evening dine aboard a luxurious rice barge on some of Southeast Asia’s best cuisine.
Continue to Chiang Mai where you will 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. Later, browse craft markets or enjoy the resort's spa or pool.
Next fly to Koh Samui, Thailand’s self-styled ‘boutique island’ that boasts some of the best beaches in the region. Stay at one of Thailand's leading luxury resorts and indulge yourself at the spa, swimming, taking cooking classes or yoga lessons. Take a half-day yacht cruise to view the island’s attractions and explore a pristine world of beaches, reefs, rainforest and sunshine. Return to Bangkok for some last minute shopping or touring before departing Thailand.
Highlights of Thailand This private tour features the best of Thailand’s cities, beautiful beaches and rural countryside with an emphasis on regional culture, history, arts and cuisine.
Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket or Koh Samui
(10 Days – Travel Any Day)
Day 1 – Arrive
Bangkok Meet and greet on arrival at Bangkok International Airport. After a warm reception, our representative will escort you to your hotel for 3 nights stay. The rest of the day will be organised based on your arrival time and how tired you feel.
Dinner Cruise on a Luxurious Rice Barge: Experience Bangkok at its best by cruising the historic Chao Phraya River aboard one of the beautifully old rice barges that were completely re-built and restored for dining and cocktail cruising. Enjoy an authentic Thai cuisine served with courses of classical music and traditional dances from different periods in Thai history. Seating is limited to ensure an intimate experience.
Mandarin Oriental Hotel (D)
Day 2 – Tour
Bangkok Today, we travel to view the floating market of Damnoen Saduak that come alive in the morning with vendors selling vegetables and fruit grown in the surrounding fertile grounds. A short trip by long-tail boat will provide plenty of photo opportunities.
Afterwards, visit the Grand Palace, a lavish, awe-inspiring monument of tapering gilded spires, majestic pavilions, dazzling murals and brilliant colours. The architecture is vibrantly Thai though there are some European features as well.
In the afternoon visit the Jim Thompson house, one of the best examples of traditional Thai residential architecture and a breathtaking collection of Southeast Asian art collected by an American national. Now a museum, it is well worth a visit.
Mandarin Oriental Hotel (B)
Day 3 – Transfer
Chiang Mai Transfer to the airport for your flight to Chiang Mai. In the evening, enjoy dinner at Le Grand Lanna featuring ancient Lanna culture, the foundation of northern Thai lifestyle for almost a thousand years. It represents peace, tranquillity, and living in harmony with one another and with the nature around them.
Four Seasons Tented Camp (B)
Day 4 & 5 – Explore
Chiang Mai Chiang Mai is both the name of Chiang Mai Province in Northern Thailand and the name of its capital City. The region is mostly mountainous and the river valleys have the highest elevations in Thailand. The city of Chiang Mai has a wealth of beautiful and historic Buddhist wats (temples) and the royal family’s Winter Palace. There are various options available here:
Option 1: Eco Soft Adventure. Depart Chiang Mai by 4-WD Land Rover to the hill tribe museum at Mae Rim. Then continue to Mae Taeng for an elephant safari through the rain forest. After lunch at the elephant village, embark on an inflatable raft to enjoy a thrilling rafting adventure on the unspoiled Mae Taeng River for about an hour (on bamboo rafts during the dry season between February to August). The tour ends with a visit to the Orchid Farm.
Option 2: Doi Inthanon National Park. Doi Inthanon is Thailand's highest mountain and towers over 2,500 metres. Complex mountain ranges and a mild climate characterize an area with moist and dense forest, which is the source of important tributaries of the Mae Ping River, one of northern Thailand's major waterways. Various streams descend, forming beautiful waterfalls throughout the park. Hmong and Karen hill tribes inhabit the park.
Visiting the Doi Inthanon National Park is possible throughout the year. The best period for viewing waterfalls is May to November, while the wild flowers are at their best from December to February, and the best months for ornithologists are from November to March. The drive to the summit offers some fine views, especially during November and December, before the dry season haze has become well established.
Option 3: Khum Lanna cooking class. Kum Lunna is a beautiful, large teak wood house in the rural heart of northern Thailand, surrounded by emerald green rice fields and tropical orchards with an exotic and charming ambience. The local chefs here will share their years of experience to prepare some of the most loved and best-known Thai dishes. Learn how to cook authentictasting Thai food and deserts. Later take a short cycling tour.
Four Seasons Tented Camp (B)
Day 6 To 8 – Transfer & Explore
Koh Samui Next fly to Koh Samui, Thailand’s self-styled ‘boutique island’, which boasts some of the best beaches in the region. Stay at one of Thailand's leading luxury resorts and indulge yourself at the spa, swimming, taking cooking classes or yoga lessons. Take a day cruise to view the island’s attractions and explore a pristine world of beaches, reefs, rainforest and sunshine.
Full day excursion of Ang Thong by Speedboat (Joint tour): Discover Ang Thong Marine National Park. Cruise across several of the 42 islands and enjoy the natural beauty of this untouched area. The first stop is made north of the National Park for some snorkelling (subject to sea conditions), then continue to Mae Koh Island with its emerald lake in the mountain. Climb the stairs to the viewpoint and enjoy a surrounding view over the national marine park. Away from any development, no cars, no electricity, people of the four small villages make a living from fishing & coconut picking. Enjoy a delicious Thai lunch at the village’s only restaurant. After lunch, take a break on a quiet beach with enough time for relaxing, sunbathing, swimming or playing beach games.
Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui – one bedroom villa (B)
Day 9 – Transfer
Bangkok Transfer from hotel to Samui Airport for flight to Bangkok. On arrival transfer to your hotel.
Sukhothai hotel (B)
Day 10 – Depart
Bangkok Transfer to the airport for your onward journey.
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.