With our intimate approach, this private Thailand tour offers a choice of deluxe or luxury hotels and our unique privately guided sightseeing. It’s an efficient 1-week itinerary showcasing Thailand’s two most important cities - with a variety of private touring extensions which you can add to personalize this tour.
Day 1 – Our VIP Fast Track Arrival Services in Bangkok
On arrival at the airport, our VIP Fast Track Welcome Services begin soon after you step off the plane. With our in-the-know staff on hand, you’ll be personally assisted through immigration formalities, baggage claim and customs. Then step into your awaiting chauffeured vehicle and transfer to your choice of hotel: Enjoy a River View Room at the deluxe Anantara Riverside Hotel or delight in the elegance of your Deluxe Room at the luxurious Peninsula Bangkok.
Day 2 – Discover Bangkok by Water + Land
Your exploration of this vibrant and endlessly fascinating city begins aboard a traditional long-tail boat. With insight and information from your personal guide, this excursion finds you cruising on the bustling Chao Phraya River, continuing along the city’s more tranquil canals, you’ll even venture into residential districts that seem worlds’ away from the skyscrapers and energy of the city center. Though you haven’t traveled all that far, it’s a glimpse into the timeless ways of life that still exist in this 21st-century city.
Step off to visit the Temple of Dawn and then tour the Royal Grand Palace, with its glittering pavilions, grand ceremonial halls and sacred sites like the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. After lunch at the Supatra River House Restaurant, the balance of the afternoon is free to relax and explore as you wish. This evening, your private guide will take you on a walking culinary tour. As the sun dips toward the horizon, the already-bustling streets of Bangkok’s Chinatown are further energized by the hundreds of food stalls that open every evening – drawing city residents and visitors alike. With our in-the-know guide at your side, you’ll have a chance to sample a delicious variety of Asian delicacies from grilled prawns and roast pork buns to Hong Kong style noodles and Thai favorites like Pad Thai. Meals B+L
Day 3 – Day at Leisure
This entire day is free to enjoy as you wish. Take advantage of our hotels’ terrific city-center locations to sightsee, dine and shop at your leisure. Meals B
Day 4 – Fly to Chiang Mai
You’ll be chauffeured to the airport today for your included flight to Chiang Mai. Revered for its historical heritage, this ancient capital of the Lanna Kingdom flourished in the 14th and 15th centuries and is still revered by the Thai people s the cultural, artistic and spiritual heart of their nation. On arrival, your personal car, driver and guide will be waiting to show you one of the Chiang Mai’s most important sites. Situated on a forested hilltop overlooking the city, the glittering Doi Suthep Temple traces its history to the late 1300’s and remains an outstanding example of Lanna temple architecture and style. Back in the city, your private tour continues with other historic sites including the old city walls and impressive Tha Pae Gate. After sightseeing, your private car and driver will take you to your choice of hotel: The deluxe Anantara Chiang Mai or luxurious 137 Pillars House. Meals B
Day 5 – Excursion to Mae Salong + A Hill Tribe Village
After breakfast, your private car, driver and guide will be waiting to take you on a full-day excursion deep into the verdant rolling hills of Chiang Rai province. Delight in the scenery of the passing countryside as your engaging guide shares insight into the history and traditions of this northern region. After lunch, you’ll visit Mae Salong, a hilltop community founded by Kuomintang soldiers fleeing Communist rule in 1949. Hailing mostly from southern Chinese provinces like Yunnan, their legacy lives on: Many residents, even of the younger generation, still speak the Chinese dialect of these settlers - and you’re as likely to see a Chinese restaurant as you are a Thai eatery. Enhancing your visit is the town’s spectacular setting amidst rolling hills and lush tea plantations. Before returning to Chiang Mai, you’ll get to know the ways of the Akha tribe as you spend time in their village. Meals B+L
Day 6 – Chiang Mai at Leisure
This day is yours to relax, shop, dine and explore at your own pace. If you wish, we can arrange additional privately-guided sightseeing excursions in and around Chiang Mai. Meals B
Day 7 – Depart Chiang Mai
After breakfast, we’ll chauffeur you to the airport for your onward flight. Meals B