Multi-Day Tour | Group, Independent, Private

Romantic Getaway in Thailand (11 days)

Trails of Indochina - Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand To Phuket, Thailand

Valid for Departures Now Through: 05 Feb 2019

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Bangkok, Thailand
The Siam None

Upon arrival at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport, please proceed to the Arrival Hall on second floor and look for your guide holding a signboard with your name at.

Transfer from the Airport to your hotel. The rest of the day is for you to rest after your flight(s).

Day 2
Bangkok, Thailand
The Siam Breakfast, Lunch

Morning visit to the most important and spectacular of all Thai monuments, the royal Grand Palace.

King Rama I began the construction one of the most impressive palaces in Southeast Asia in 1782 after he moved the capital from Thonburi to Bangkok. Formerly the residence of the early Chakri Dynasty kings, the buildings are now used by the King only for certain ceremonial occasions. The vast 94ha (233ac) grounds encompass more than 100 buildings including the Royal Residence and Throne Halls, government offices and the renowned Wat Phra Kaew, home to the most revered Buddha image in Thailand, the Emerald Buddha (which is actually made of jade or jasper, rather than emerald).

Ranked the 4th best fresh market in the world by a famous travel guide, Or Tor Kor Market is so much more than a local market. Products displayed here are selected among the best found in the entire country, with such an incredible range of beautiful fruits, extremely fresh vegetables, meats and seafood.

Ready-to-eat meals come in all varieties, types and servings. Steamed fish curry custard, Som tam, Chili pastes, Chili dips, fresh herbs and spices, green curry, red curry, vegetables stir-fried dishes, deep-fried fish, and grilled prawns are all available at Or Tor Kor Market.

Other highlights include ready-cut and custom-cut meats, seafood, fresh mackerel (plaa too), dried meats and the various condiments used in Thai cooking. There is also a small food court selling delicious Thai food, including braised duck noodles, fried oyster pancakes, pad thai and various noodle soups, although at a slightly higher price than most other places. Adjacent to the market, the Doi Kham shop features organic vegetables, spa products and other dry grocery items from the Royal Project.

Day 3
Bangkok, Thailand
The Siam Breakfast

Explore the rivers and canals of Bangkok for an insightful view of local life. Transfer from your hotel to the Chao Phraya River and visit the Bangkok riverside. Bangkok has been called the “Venice of the East” because of its many klongs (canals) that zigzag through the city. While many of them have been filled in to make way for roads, old bridges remain and colourful houses still crowd the water’s edge, making a visit to the waterways very much a local experience rather than a touristy one.

Make a stop at Wat Arun on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. It is easily one of the most stunning temples in Bangkok, not only because of its riverside location, but also because of its unique design. Notice its impressive 82m (269ft) high Khmer-style tower and the many detailed floral mosaics made from broken Chinese porcelain. After this visit, return to your hotel by road.

The rest of the day is at your leisure either to further explore the city or to go shopping at this shopper’s paradise.

Day 4
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, Thailand Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, transfer to the airport for your departure flight to Chiang Mai.

Upon arrival at Chiang Mai Airport, please proceed to the Information Booth (AOT) opposite to the entrance gate of Exhibition Hall. Here you will find your guide waiting for your holding the Trails of Indochina signboard with your name on it. Transfer from the airport to city hotel.

The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure.

Enjoy an evening cruise down Chiang Mai’s Ping River in a unique scorpion-tailed boat with Ratilanna Boat Creations. The upturned stems of the long, wooden scorpion boats resemble a raised scorpion’s tail and were once poled upriver from Bangkok to deliver goods to Chiang Mai. Transfer 15min to the pier and board your private boat, enjoying a drink and an appetizer while taking in the riverside scenes along the Ping River, one of the two main contributaries of the Chao Phraya River. Disembark and enjoy a romantic private dinner on the Riverside Lawn complemented by a lovely bouquet and a bottle of wine. Return to your hotel.

Day 5
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, Thailand Breakfast, Lunch

Depart on a 30km (19mi) drive to Patara Elephant Farm and join the “Elephant Owner for a Day” program. Especially designed for those who want to learn about and interact with elephants as an elephant owner would, the program teaches you how to approach your elephant, discern the elephant’s temperament, feed it and check its health.

You will also learn how to take care of your own elephant, bathe and brush it in the river, how to ride on its neck, and communicate through different spoken commands. You will also get a chance to ride bareback on your elephant and visit a local temple to learn about elephants in relation to Buddhist beliefs as well as how elephants are regarded by Thai people.

Continue on to a waterfall where you will enjoy a picnic lunch and a refreshing moment in/around the water with your elephant. The camp has adopted/rescued elephants from unsuitable living conditions (eg. circuses, illegal logging camps, etc.), nursed them back to health and has so far released eight back into their natural habitat.

Day 6
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, Thailand Breakfast, Lunch

Rise at dawn and drive towards Doi Suthep to witness dozens of monks streaming down the mountain to the city of Chiang Mai to receive alms from the locals in a visually striking daily ritual.

Afterwards, drive up the mountain to visit the picturesque Wat Doi Suthep set amidst the beautifully forested mountains. Founded in 1383 AD, Wat Phra That is considered one of Northern Thailand’s most sacred temples and is reached by climbing 309 steps (or for the less fitness-minded, a tram is available for a small surcharge). Inside the temple compounds, explore the pagodas, statues, bells and shrines and enjoy the superb panoramic view over the city before returning to your hotel.

Learn Thai cooking secrets in a family environment with a well-known local chef. As a trekking guide, Chef Sawat noticed that travellers were interested in preparing food with him. His passion for cooking and experience as a chef in several restaurants inspired him to set up an organic farm where he has a spacious garden full of Thai herbs, vegetables and tropical fruits.

Visit the organic garden at the chef’s farmhouse located just an hour north of Chiang Mai and pick some fresh herbs for use in the hands-on cooking experience where you will learn how to pound curry paste and to make authentic Thai curry. Create a dessert with the fruits you pick right from the trees. Enjoy your culinary efforts for dinner before returning to your hotel.

Day 7
Phuket, Thailand
Trisara Breakfast

This morning, at leisure until your transfer to the airport for your flight to Phuket.

Upon arrival at Phuket Airport, please proceed to exit and you will find your guide waiting for you, holding the Trails of Indochina signboard with your name on it. Transfer from the Airport to your hotel.

Day 8
Phuket, Thailand
Trisara Breakfast, Lunch

Depart by speedboat from Boat Lagoon Marina to visit one of Thailand’s most popular natural attractions, the gorgeous Phi Phi Islands. To avoid the crowds, first visit Bamboo Island and its pristine white sand beach with emerald waters, simply perfect for swimming. Next, enjoy snorkelling off Yoong Island noted for its antler corals and colourful fish.

Enjoy a simple local buffet lunch on arrival at Koh Phi Phi Don before taking a dip in Viking Cave on the island’s northeastern tip, known for its swifts’ nests used in Bird’s Nest Soup. Visit Maya Bay, the postcard-perfect setting made famous by the film “The Beach”, and enjoy a swim or simply relax on its white sand beach. Cruise back to Phuket and transfer to your hotel.

Day 9
Phuket, Thailand
Trisara Breakfast, Dinner

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
Trisara Breakfast, Lunch

Full-day tour by speedboat to explore Phang Nga Bay Marine National Park, famed for its rock formations rising out of the sea. On arrival, explore some of the area’s fascinating caves by inflatable canoe accompanied by an expert guide. Visit Hong Island as well as Dark Cave, Mangrove Cave leading to a lagoon with mangroves and Diamond Cave, named for a glittering flowstone inside. Cruise to James Bond Island (Khao Tapu), famous for being in the film "The Man with the Golden Gun".

Continue to Panyi Island noted for its picturesque village built over small pilings and extending out across the water and inhabited mostly by Muslim fishermen. After a tasty Thai set lunch at a local restaurant, swim at Lawa or Naka Island before returning to Phuket and your hotel.

Day 11
Phuket, Thailand
None Breakfast

At leisure until transfer for your departure flight home.

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Tour Features

Experience(s)

  • Romance, Weddings & Honeymoons
  • Sightseeing

Description

Set off on a honeymoon of a lifetime to exotic Thailand. Arrive in Bangkok where you will explore the city’s hidden treasures. Visiting ornate temples and busy markets makes travellers feel like locals. Next, enjoy a slower pace of life in the northern city of Chiang Mai. The Ping River is the perfect location for a romantic evening of cruising and dining under the stars. Take in the sights, interact with elephants, and learn how to make the local cuisine in Thailand’s cultural hub. Wrap up your Thai escape with a beachside getaway to Phuket, where your days will be filled with time relaxing together on the white sand shores. Ride the waves on a speedboat for a day of bouncing around the scattered islands that call the Andaman Sea home. Making pit stops to swim and snorkel, couples will be amazed at the natural beauty that surrounds them.

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.

Insider Tip

Don’t miss out on the Loy Krathong and Yi Peng festivals in Chiang Mai in November. Chiang Mai is illuminated by lanterns floating on the waters, hanging on the trees and soaring through the sky.

Terms & Conditions

Payment:

- 20% of the total tour cost to be deposited upon commitment of the tour. The deposit is non-refundable.

- 80% of the total tour cost to be paid 45 days prior to arrival date.

Note: If booked less than 45 days from arrival, full payment is required immediately.

Cancellation: Any cancellations should be made in writing.

- 22 days or more prior to arrival date: deposit only

- 21 - 15 days prior to arrival date: 50% of the total tour cost

- 14 - 8 days prior to arrival date: 75% of the total tour cost

- 7 days or less prior to arrival date: 100% of the total tour cost



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Great Trip to VIETNAM

By: PB


Reviewed on: 23 Oct 2014

All we pay for we got, can't complaint about that, all hotels were very fine, a great trip
Travel Advisor:  Kathy Brown

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By: Kari


Reviewed on: 20 Jul 2018

Very good. We liked all of our tour guides and loved most of them. The tours were interesting and well planned and the transportation was very nice.
Travel Advisor:  Cristina Buaas