Wat Phra That Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai, Thailand

First Time Thailand Vacation for Seniors

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Countries Visited


Places Visited

Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai

Suggested Duration

7 Days

Thailand is filled with wonderfully diverse experiences. Gibbons will softly hoot as you relax in a jungle spa, dancers will twirl as you dine on the Chao Phraya, chanting monks will provide a serene sunset atmosphere, and a helicopter flight will bring endless jungle vistas. Connect the finest handpicked highlights on this seven-day private tour for seniors, including the country’s best hotels and the full mix of history, culture, nature, spirituality, spa, and wilderness.

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Trip Highlights

  • Ride a helicopter above the Golden Triangle and admire the jungle where three countries meet
  • Cruise the Chao Phraya River at sunset with five-course fine dining that is complemented by traditional Thai dancing
  • Take a tour around Chiang Mai’s old hidden charms, and then rest in the city’s finest hotel spa
  • Experience spiritual chanting in the pre-eminent temples of Chiang Mai and Bangkok
  • Escape into the wilderness with a two-day jungle retreat within the Golden Triangle
  • Explore Bangkok’s back canals on a long-tail boat, or spend a day cruising in Ayutthaya
  • Watch the sunset during a sublime evening ceremony at Doi Suthep
  • Interact with elephants in the jungle and meet with puppeteers in the city
  • Sleep in a handpicked selection of Thailand’s finest hotels

Detailed Description

It is difficult to pigeonhole the Thai experience, as this is a fantastic destination that can be molded to your mood and energy. History stretches out across dusty plains and atmospheric cities, and culture unfolds in temples and small wooden villages. An air of spirituality is elevated at hilltop temples or when monks chant. The natural beauty is profound, especially in the jungles of the North, where elephants and gibbons send their calls through the trees. One day, you can be cruising the back canals on a long-tail boat, feasting on adventure and local scenes, and the next day you are tucked up in a luxury spa.

Here is a country that makes travel easy for senior travelers. The diversity of experiences means seven days can be adjusted to your mood. Local airplane and helicopter flights provide simple travel between destinations, and the hotels are outstanding by Western standards, including a special retreat deep in the jungle. Through the seven days, there are dozens of opportunities for local interaction and time to appreciate the culture. There are also many places of silence and privacy where there is ample time and space to reflect on what you are experiencing.

Handcrafted for senior travelers, this seven-day tour of Thailand creates a private introduction to the country’s diverse highlights. It is focused in the Northern half of the country but could be extended by a few days to also include an island in the South. Your week in Thailand will be split across three destinations, allowing time for adventure at an easy-going pace. First, you will fly into Bangkok and indulge on experiences along the water, starting on a fine dining cruise to a long-tail boat along back canals. You will then take a local flight to Chiang Mai, Thailand’s most cultural city. Then, you will helicopter into the Golden Triangle jungle for a two-night wilderness retreat. Here elephants and monkeys become your neighbors.

Private guides will accompany you throughout, and this tour can respond to your energy levels. In all three destinations, there can be more and less things to do and see. So, depending on how you are feeling, skip the puppeteer or add in the Temple of Dawn during day two in Bangkok. You can see the morning alms ceremony in Chiang Mai or stay in bed. You can also meet with specific hill tribes if you plan wildlife experiences. Ultimately, this is a relaxed private tour that is designed for first-time senior visitors to Thailand. Take your time, embrace the spirituality, try new experiences, escape to a jungle retreat, and make a connection with a country that inspires all ages.

Your five-star Bangkok hotel is on the water and has a contemporary and central base from which to explore. Such serene river views are an excellent antidote to Bangkok’s hustle and bustle and help to keep your two-night stay relatively calm. Chiang Mai is famous for its spas and you are staying in the city’s finest spa hotel, which is also located on a river. It is a retreat that is only within a ten-minute ride of the old city, so inspirational cultural connections can be followed by a quiet time at the hotel. You will spend the final two nights at a wilderness camp. Do not be put off by thoughts of camping, as this is a five-star jungle escape – a home away from home in wonderfully wild surroundings and there are not many places where you can be sunning by the pool as elephants and monkeys roam past.

After seven days it will be the experiences you remember most fondly. Whether it is the revered welcome senior visitors receive, witnessing elephants wander serenely along a trail, indulging in Chiang Mai’s colonial outposts, or cruising the rivers and helicoptering into the jungle, these seven days offer a diverse experience that will captivate those with all tastes and desires. Learn more about how the luxury Thailand tour companies we work with can personalize the vacation of your dreams.

Starting Price

$1,997 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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