There are endless unforgettable flavors to discover and enjoy on this custom tailored tour through Thailand and its remarkable culinary traditions. From sensational cooking classes to magnificent local restaurants, opulent temples to immaculate beaches, you will make a culinary journey from spice to decadence and you will relish everything in between. Uncover the secrets of famous restaurants, delight in the cultural traditions of home cooks, and taste the diverse flavors from north to south that...
Bangkok – Tasteful Beginnings
Welcome to Bangkok, Thailand, the metropolis filled with unexpected tranquility hidden within the secret niches that make the city your own. You will be met at the airport by a private transfer who will take you to your plush hotel located along the bustling streets of the cityscape. The Peninsula Bangkok offers you the luxuries of modern Thailand overlooking the expansive city that surrounds you. The afternoon is yours to explore the city at your own pace. Initially the sidewalks of the metropolis can be a bit overwhelming; however, you will quickly become an expert at maneuvering the streets as you discover the open friendliness of the people. The aroma of fresh noodles and lemongrass fill the air. Stroll through serene Lumpini Park, known as a ‘tranquil oasis,’ within the fast paced rush of the city. The large pond reflects the shimmering skyscrapers, the trees offer respite from the sunlight, both are entangled within the city but seem to be miles apart.
Bangkok – Taking it to the Street
Bangkok – When Elephants Are Blue
Bangkok – Fabulous House and Royal Cuisine
Chiang Mai – Urban Jungle to Mountainous Jungle
Chiang Mai – Land of 1,000 Rice Fields
Chiang Mai – In and Around the Walls
Phuket – Flavors of the Forest to the Sea
Phang Nga – Somewhere Along the Sea
Phang Nga – Within the Wondrous Caves
Bangkok – Endless Flavor Undone
- Experience the culinary mastery of Thailand with special tasting and cooking classes that are meant to show you the secrets and diversity of Thai cuisine
- Traverse the marveled temples and grandeur of Bangkok’s opulent history and modernity
- Visit the remarkable architecture of Jim Thompson’s house that combines the styles of both the East and West
- Enjoy the panorama of Chiang Mai from the summit of Doi Suthep
- Discover the mesmerizing landscape and flavors of the pristine resort Khum Lanna
- Journey along the immaculate water of Phang Ng Bay
- Dine at luxurious restaurants discovering the traditional flavors of Thailand as well as the ingenuity of newer fusions
There is an endless flavor to Thailand that will guide you through the mesmerizing tastes, from north to south, on this 11-day culinary tour. From the spicy cuisine of the south to the hardy dishes of the north, the vibrant produce to perfect seafood, you will have the wonderful traditions of Thai cooking before you. The flavors range from fusion to customary; each focusing on the particular hints that you know well and many that are unfamiliar, making Thailand a haven for food-lovers. From herbaceous to spicy, succulent to sweet, you will find comfort and quintessence within the food and throughout your tour of Thailand.
Begin your culinary exploration with your arrival in Bangkok. The city wraps around the horizon on either side of you filling the view with urban landscape and skyscrapers. The beauty of the metropolis is within its hidden niches and small flavors, from quiet parks with serene walkways, to the always exciting cuisine. A private tour takes you through the flavors of the city, from the temples to the streets, where Wat Po brings chanting monks, the Grand Palace brings immaculate architecture and an Emerald Buddha, and wandering through historic Bangkok shows you the splendor of a locally known food-driven neighborhood.
The next day you will meet your guide and chef at the Blue Elephant restaurant located within a historic mansion. Follow the chef through the local market to experience the fresh scents and flavors of Bangkok before learning the famous dishes of the eatery. In the evening you will have the option to dine at Sirocco, located on the 64th floor of the State Tower with an immaculate view of the sparkling city. An alternate option for an exquisite meal is at Nahm, Bo Lan, Sra bua, where the delicate flavors of traditional Thailand fare will melt in your mouth and ease your palette. A visit to Jim Thompson’s House displays the influence that the west has had on the vibrant silk industry, while the afternoon has you indulging in a Royal Thai cooking class at the marvelous Mandarin Oriental.
Continue your flavorful adventure in Chiang Mai and visit the remarkable Wat Suan Dok just outside of the city walls. You will delight in a lunch of khao soy, a wonderful creamy curry over egg noodles, before visiting the temple where the Emerald Buddha was originally housed. Visiting Khum Lanna is a special treat, located within the mountains of an area that was once ruled by a kingdom which overtook Myanmar and Laos. The tour brings you through the fabulous garden and eventually has you observing a demonstration of, in addition to tasting, five diverse dishes before visiting an acclaimed herbalist at Aui Kham’s house.
Back in Chiang Mai you will have a tour through various neighborhoods that specialize in the silk, cotton, and even paper umbrella industry before partaking in a cooking course with A Lot of Thai. Once in Phuket you will traverse the fabulous flavors of the island, from its cashew nut factory to the grand Sino-Portuguese architecture of Phuket Town. An optional cruise on the June Bahtra will take you out along Phang Nga Bay, to visit James Bond Island and the magnificent reef around Khai Nai Island. The next day you will journey deeper into the Phang Nga Bay National Marine Park, by way of canoe, to witness the grottos and lagoons. In the evening you will dine at Alzamendi at Iniala; this three-Michelin-star restaurant will offer some unforgettable Thai fare, and when your vacation ends you will know that you have found, tasted, and enjoyed the diverse flavors of Thailand.
$3,141 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.
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