Exceptional Experiences: Thailand

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Travelers bonding with elephants.

Thai Surprises

Bonding with Elephants, Meditating with a Buddhist Monk

A pagoda in Phuket.
A floating market.

Life with the Elephants
Don your mahout’s outfit and bond with an elephant
in its natural environment in the Mae Taman Valley. During this completely private, hands-on program, you’ll help bathe your elephant and glean training techniques before taking an elephant-back jungle ride.

The Healing Art of Thai Massage
Learn the basics of healing massage
, including the importance of pressure points and energy lines within the body. Then relax with a two-hour massage from a blind masseur whose heightened sense of touch will help you fall into a state of complete relaxation.

A Blissful Day on Phang Nga Bay
Cruise along the emerald waters of Phang Nga Bay
aboard a private long-tail boat. Dotted with spectacular limestone islands and pristine beaches, protected Phang Nga Bay offers an idyllic setting to swim, snorkel or sunbathe before your delicious barbecue lunch on a secluded island.

Thailand’s Largest Floating Market
Navigate the quiet surrounding waterways
and watch the bustle of transactions in Damnoen Saduak Floating Market on an early morning tour by small boat. Later, you’ll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and have the option of visiting the former home of Jim Thompson, pioneer in the Thai Silk Industry.

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Originally appeared in Virtuoso Best of the Best: 2014 Guide to the World's Best Hotel Experiences.

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