Multi-Day Tour | Group, Independent, Private

Flavours of Thailand (13 days)

Trails of Indochina - Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand To Bangkok, Thailand

Valid for Departures Now Through: 07 May 2018


Day 1
Bangkok, Thailand
None Dinner

Apsara Dinner Cruise

Pick up from the hotel and drive to the River City Pier from where we set sail on one of Bangkok’s “must do” gourmand experiences, Apsara, the ultimate riverside dining experience along the Chao Phraya River. Navigate the sights and sounds of the bustling waterways and enjoy a feast fit for a king, with authentic Thai dishes. Create a unique event by chartering your own private cruise in the midst of Bangkok’s impressive scenery.

Day 2
Bangkok, Thailand
None Dinner

A Market Madness Day

Rise and shine early to catch a glimpse of Bangkok’s busiest fresh seafood market! Mahachai market is one of Thailand's largest traditional fresh seafood markets, located in an old railroad station at the delta of the Gulf of Thailand. Discover handicrafts such as wicker furniture, pottery and local sarongs amongst the colourful offerings as well of course, the biggest supply of fresh seafood. Have your camera ready for many colourful images.

Continue driving south towards Damnoen Saduak floating market. This vibrant market features numerous small boats laden with colourful array of fruits and vegetables, paddled by Thai women who are often wearing the traditional bamboo hats. Almost always crowded and with hundreds of vendors, purchasers and tourists, the best way to experience the atmosphere of the market is to board a boat and make your way through the small canals to buy fresh produce from the vendors. This is the only place to see the traditional way of selling and buying goods in Thailand.

Bangkok Food Discovery after Dark

Bangkok is claimed to be the city that never stops eating. Bangkokians usually find themselves enjoying eating even at midnight. So, what would be a better idea than to explore the city of angels and visit the best local eateries after sunset? Once the moon has risen, visit the local city dwellers’ favorite places to eat. Taste a variety of savory menus, including the local favorite “Kao Mun Kai” (Hainanese chicken rice) at Pratunam Area, and the town’s best Pad Thai Noodles at Pratuphi Area. Then visit old-town landmarks and temples for a different perspective, to observe the sheer beauty of age-old buildings lit up at night. Discover the side of Bangkok that is totally unknown to visitors. This is ‘dinner and a show’ of another kind.

Day 3
Bangkok, Thailand
None Dinner

The Royal Grand Palace

Morning visit to the most important of all Thai monuments, the royal Grand Palace - the unmissable sight in all of Bangkok. One of the most spectacular palaces in Southeast Asia, construction began in 1782 by King Rama I after he moved the capital from Thonburi to Bangkok. From the 18th century onwards it has served as the residence of the early Chakri Dynasty Kings. Within the famous palace complex are the Royal residence and throne halls, government offices and the renowned Wat Phra Kaew, containing the Emerald Buddha, the symbol of the country. Enjoy an entertaining and informative guided visit and be amazed by the opulence and splendor of the dazzling architecture.

Joe Louis Show & Thai Cuisine

“Joe Louis: Traditional Thai Puppet Theatre”, was started by Master Sakorn Yangkhieosod, a man who relaunched Traditional Thai puppet performances in 1985. He then passed on the knowledge of manipulating and fabricating puppets to his heirs who have opened a new theatre and restaurant located at Asiaque: The Riverfront, under the name “Joe Louis: The Art of Thai Cuisine”. This is a restaurant which also displays the aesthetics of art in many kinds and forms such as The Art of Puppetry Fine and Applied Arts, The Art of Cookery, The Art of Mixology and The Art of Thai Hospitality to all the customers who came to experience the atmosphere of Thai contemporary arts and the richness of Thailand itself. During a tasty set dinner of Thai cuisine, experience the unique Thai Puppet show - a perfect combination.

Day 4
Chiang Rai, Thailand
None None

Chiang Rai’s Temples

Founded in 1262 AD, Thailand’s most northern city boasts a fascinating architectural history in a mix of Thai and Burmese styles. Begin your tour by visiting the ancient temple of Wat Phra Kae, original home of the Emerald Buddha which is now housed in Bangkok. A replica was made and placed in the same spot where it was found. Continue with a visit to Wat Phra That Doi Chom Thong with its large gold stupa.

Day 5
Chiang Rai, Thailand
None Lunch

Hill Tribes of The Golden Triangle

Visits to traditional Akha and Yao hill tribe villages. The Akha originated in Tibet and whilst the Yao originated in China. Although different in many ways, they have managed to live peacefully alongside each other for decades. Continue to Chiang Saen, which is a small crossroads town on the banks of the Mekong. Scattered throughout the town are the ruins of the Chiang Saen Kingdom, founded in 1325 A.D., including chedis, images of Buddha, and earthen city ramparts. Arrive in Mae Sai, the northernmost point of Thailand, the perfect spot to observe border life as Mae Sai is one of the very few official land crossing points between Thailand and Burma. Many Burmese come over during the day from Thakhilek to work or do business, hurrying back home before sunset. Lacquer ware, gems, jade and other goods from Laos and Burma are sold in shops along the main street.

Day 6
Chiang Rai, Thailand
Chiang Mai, Thailand
None Dinner

Visit Wat Rong Khun, which is different from any other temple in Thailand. In contrast to the ancient temples, this temple was built in 1997 and was designed using white glass. While travelling through the city, observe the influence of the city’s Chinese ethnic minorities.

Khantoke Dinner & Hill Tribe Show

The “Khan Toke” dinner is traditionally related to the people of the northern region. Dinner is served in small bowls, known in Thai as "Khan". Guests are seated on cushions at a low table, known as "Toke" in Thai. The cuisine served is typical of the norhtern Thai "Lanna" style, and during dinner, entertainment is provided by traditional dancers who will perform the Forn Leb, known as the finger dance, Forn Thien, known as the candle dance, Ramwong, referred to as the circle dance and the Ram Dab, known as the sword dance.

Day 7
Chiang Mai, Thailand
None Dinner

Long Neck Women at Baan Tong Luang

Northern Thailand is famous for its colourful hill tribes. Drive out of Chiang Mai to Maerim – Samoeng and continue uphill along narrow mountain roads to visit the simple Long necked Karen hill tribe villages. The White Karen, who originated in Myanmar, are amongst the poorest of Thailand’s ethnic minorities and can also be found in the northern part of Thailand. Observe the distinct differences between them and learn more about their culture, traditions and costumes.

Northern Style Cooking Class at Ruen Kaew Yanoon

Discover the secrets of the Thai cuisine during this half day cooking course. Visit the home belonging to the Raunkaew-Yanon family who have settled down here for almost 150 years. They are a typical traditional Lanna family. Continuing the traditions of many generations in building their homes of teak wood and maintaining the natural surroundings in a way now rarely seen in Chiang Mai. You will experience the simple Lanna way of life including the family orchard with many types of fruit such as bananas, mangoes, and coconuts whilst the organic garden is filled with herbs for cooking. The subtle flavours and unique presentation of Thai cuisine is well known all over the world, and this Thai Cooking program includes an introduction to the ingredients, preparation and cooking of traditional Thai food. Soups, salads, curries, satay and desserts are covered during this course. Have dinner on the second floor terrace where you will enjoy the panoramic views of this Lanna village.

Day 8
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Phuket, Thailand
None None

Chiang Mai Excursions

Start with a visit to a local Northern food and flower market where local Thais do their shopping. Visit Wat Suan Dok where ashes of former Kings of Chiang Mai and the Royal Family are kept. Continue with a visit to Wat Phrathat on Doi Suthep Mountain, which was founded in 1383 A.D. In 1935 a road was built to the top, but nowadays people climb the 309 steps from the car park to the top or take a tram for a small surcharge. The climb up is rewarded with a superb panoramic view over the city.

After lunch, transfer to the airport for flight to Phuket. Upon arrival, meet your guide for a dinner at Villa Royale.

Day 9
Phuket, Thailand
None Dinner

Phuket Town Sightseeing Half Day

Just easy sightseeing and leisure moving around in Phuket to see the highlighted beaches and view points as well opportunities to walk along the road in Phuket.

Drive along the Phuket coastline via Karon Beach and Kata Beach to the view point where you can see Phuket’s most beautiful three beaches. Continue onto visit Promthep cape. This is one of the island’s most beautiful spots for a photo opportunities. Then drive by Rawai beach and visit Wat Chalong, Phuket's revered monastery which has an interesting history of the temple’s abbot. A short drive later takes us to the small cashew nut factory where you will see how people grow and harvest the nuts. Visit Phuket town for sightseeing and to see the Chino-Portuguese houses at Thalang and Debuk Road. This is an old town of Phuket which used to be the island's commercial centre.

Dinner at Villa Royale by Mom Tri’s Kitchen

Mom Tri ‘s Villa Royale is a boutique hotel in Phuket situated on a headland overlooking the Andaman Sea and the white sand beach of Kata Noi. Villa Royale is a personal creation of renowned artist and architect Mom Luang Tridhosyuth Devakul, better known simply as Mom Tri, who is a descendant of the King Mongkut Rama IV. Mom Tri opened his private summer home eight years ago to provide guests with a truly royal experience. Executive Chef Darren and Chef Sura offer Thai and international cuisine using only the finest ingredients. A Wine Spectator award winning wine cellar offers over 750 labels.

Day 10
Phuket, Thailand
None Lunch

Phuket Market and Cookery School of Thai – Southern Style Cooking Class

The Phuket Thai Cookery School (private class) offers you a choice of 7 different courses, which starts with an introduction to Thai ingredients, a visit of local market and actual cooking, with a wide selection of mouth-watering Thai dishes. Each course has been designed as a one-day course. You are able to select one or all of the courses you are particularly interested in. Courses are suitably arranged to accommodate not only meat lovers but also vegetarians with a substitution of mock meats and fresh vegetables. The lessons have a warm and easy-going atmosphere of Thai hospitality, breathtaking scenery of the mountains and miles of sandy beach on Sirey Island.

Day 11
Phuket, Thailand
None Lunch

June Bahtra Traditional Junk Cruise

The romance and beauty of the Andaman Sea are yours to enjoy from the deck of the June Bahtra, a traditional Siamese Junk. All the journeys aboard the beautifully appointed June Bahtra start from Phuket and take you on a magical private cruise along one of the world’s most spectacular coastlines. It's a full-day cruise with a visit to James Bond Island (the famous island where “007 The Man with the Golden Gun” was filmed) and Panyi Island - the village on stilts including lunch onboard.

Day 12
Bangkok, Thailand
None Dinner

Progressive Dinner - Dine The Best Authentic Thai Taste

Experience the unique delights that Thailand’s cultural capital has to offer on this culinary experience of Bangkok. Bangkok is Asia’s Food Capital as the city prides itself on an eclectic range of cuisines, from Asian fusion to rustic Western - this is an epicurean’s delight. With clusters of amazing venues within short driving distance, we have selected premium dining and drinking venues that celebrate the very best of local and international cuisine, taking out all the guess work and combining traditional and contemporary approaches. This is the perfect experience for those with only a limited time in Bangkok. If you're looking to experience some of the best local and international flavors in the City of Angels, then this experience should not be missed.

Day 13
Bangkok, Thailand
None None

The day can be spent at your leisure until transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Tour Features


  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Food & Wine
  • Sightseeing


Thailand is a country of rich culture, ancient history, and flavourful cuisine waiting to be explored. From the North to the South, you will find each place with its own charm. If Bangkok surprises you with its advanced metropolis side of the country, then up North, the cities are influenced by the neighbouring countries such as Laos, Burma and China.

About Us

There is an overwhelming sense of magic about Thailand, from its mystifying cultures and traditions to its exotic foods, colorful people and soul-stirring spirituality. Trails of Indochina Thailand has been creating high-end, customized experiences in this amazing land for more than 10 years, boasting its most-extensive infrastructure and network of experts to provide an unmatched level of exclusivity and rarity. Allow their team to introduce your clients to this “Land of Wellness,” where they can relax, de-stress and recharge with traditional massages, yoga and the daily tenets of Thai Buddhism.

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