Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Pai, Bangkok
Dates are customizable for private departures.
The vast area of tropical highlights will present itself to you during this luxurious 10-day adventure of its iconic destinations. Luscious forests proliferate across Thailand, and its culture shines through its welcoming communities. Whether you are indulging in a steamy bowl of Thai broth, connecting with the spirited locals at an ethnic hill tribe, or watching the wildlife rustle through the tree line, you will be absorbed by the incredible beauty that emanates from the landscaped locations...
Chiang Mai – The Lively Culture
Once you have breezed through customs, the temperate climate will embrace and welcome you to Thailand. When you have collected your things and met your private driver, you will be transferred to your luxurious accommodation in the heart of the city. With a private infinity pool in your suite, you can admire the scenes of the immaculate landscape from the comfort of your room. This evening, you will transfer to a local night bazaar, where the culture will be imbued in the handcrafted items and woven fabrics. During your time here, you can navigate the aisles by the fragrances of sizzling dishes, which will introduce you to the unique flavors of Thai cuisine.
Chiang Mai – Pha Chor and Flora of Sirikit
Thailand’s diverse topography is categorized by rising cliffs, sprawling meadows, and tranquil rivers. You will certainly be absorbed by these wilderness scenes as you transfer through the countryside with your knowledgeable guide after breakfast. Pha Chor Canyon is an iconic sandstone valley situated outside of Chiang Mai, and you will traverse the rugged terrain from base to peak to witness its archaic beauty. Your tour will then lead you to the heartland of Chiang Mai, where you will arrive at the entrance of Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden. The enrapturing display of indigenous flora was designed for research and biodiversity purposes, and it is now considered one of the most significant gardens in the country.
Chiang Mai – Encounters with Elephants
Though elephants have suffered abuse at the hands of unethical tourism, there is an increasing shift toward the ethical treatment and rehabilitation of these animals. This encourages foreigners to witness and support the livelihoods of indigenous elephants. Chiang Mai prides itself on several sanctuaries that have pioneered this mentality, and you will enjoy the luxury of visiting one of them and their stunning elephants today. Upon your arrival, you will be welcomed by a representative of the organization who will trace the philosophical shift regarding elephants in Thailand. For dinner, you will enjoy some of the finest Thai cuisine at a celebrated restaurant in the jungle.
Chiang Rai – Soothing Spa Therapies
Although Chiang Rai city has a vibrant energy, there will be no better way to enjoy the illustrious countryside that fringes the city center than with a luxurious accommodation huddled between the forest canopies. Your transfer will lead you to the mountainous side of Chiang Rai, and you will feel worlds away at this hidden gem. World-class tents will be positioned in the shade, under the trees, and within them. Unwind upon your arrival, you may delight in an unrivaled spa therapy with gorgeous jungle views. With a collection of ancient and ritualized therapies on offer, you will be spoiled for choice as to how you soothe your spirit this sunny afternoon.
Chiang Rai – Ethnic Hill Tribe Traditions
Today, you will discover the endearing simplicity of the local lifestyle as you tour ethnic hill tribes dotted throughout the region. When you are ready, you will be transferred to an Akha village, where the people will don elaborate and colorful costumes representative of their tribal roots. Your tour will continue to a Yao hill community, which is situated at high altitudes on top of the rolling greenery. Your hosts will prepare an elaborate spread of authentic Thai cuisine that you are unlikely to find anywhere else. You will leave the village with a great deal of knowledge about its people and their customs.
Pai – Memorable Wildlife Sightings
This morning, you will transfer to Mae Hong Son’s scenic destination Pai in a luxury vehicle and be wowed by the astonishing sights of golden rice paddies, imposing mountains, and evergreen pastures. Eventually, you will arrive at your luxurious accommodation in the forest. You will be endlessly entertained as you survey the forest with high-quality binoculars with the hopes of spotting a few colorful creatures in the canopy. The Tha Pai Hot Springs will be the perfect place to bask in the scenic splendor after your vitalizing walk through the forests of Mo Paeng.
Pai – Trace the Spirit of Santichon
The city center of Pai constantly bursts with cultural character, and you will be enthralled to witness it in action from its premier sightseeing location: the Buddhist temple of Wat Phra That Mae Yen. The intricate architecture will reveal its elegantly crafted details as you stroll through the golden-encrusted temples that surround the colossal statues. Afterward, you will travel out of Pai to the Santichon Village. This community was founded by Chinese Yunnan settlers and is now an intriguing display of their ancient traditions and customs. Clay houses line the streets, wafts of green tea emanate through the air, and authentic Chinese food sizzles on the grill.
Bangkok – Lavish Spoils in the Cityscape
Today, you will transfer by plane to Bangkok for a final few nights in the beating heart of Thailand. You will be totally immersed in the regality of Bangkok from the moment you land. You may wish to rest and relax once you arrive, but you may find yourselves yearning to explore. For your introductory tour, you will be ushered through traffic like a celebrity to Bangkok’s premier shopping districts. You will have the afternoon to shop until you drop at the city’s upper-class establishments, which are a treasure trove of unique pieces that you cannot find anywhere else. This evening, you will treat yourselves to a candlelit dinner on a royal riverboat.
Bangkok – Bangkok’s Art and Architecture
Today, you will cruise through the city on an exclusive tour to iconic sites to uncover Thailand’s unique culture. Your expedition will begin at the Museum of Floral Culture. A first of its kind, the recognized museum is housed in the halls of an age-old colonial mansion and shares bewitching floral exhibitions to commemorate the country’s long-established fondness for its indigenous flora. Your tour will conclude at the grounds of Bangkok’s spiritual complexes. Each venerated temple presents distinctive architecture, which highlights the incredible craftsmanship of their designers and shares a great deal of information about the traditions of Thailand.
Bangkok – A Morning to Reminisce
Locals rise early in Bangkok and will set up their stalls for a busy day. The sun will peek through the clouds before reflecting off the golden temples. Bangkok is a hub of activity, and your final morning will reflect this as you venture from your hotel to an esteemed cafe for a delicious cup of coffee and breakfast. Before you know it, you will have to catch your international flight. You will be collected from the restaurant by a private transfer, and all of your luggage will be safely stowed in the vehicle. Your driver will then transfer you to the international airport for your flight home.
- Discover Chiang Mai’s charming culture as you meander through a vibrant night bazaar and feast on authentic Thai cuisine
- Indulge in a tour of the dramatic sandstone peaks of Pha Chor Canyon and navigate the fragrant flower-flanked pathways of Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden
- Learn about the pioneered conservation practices of an ethical elephant sanctuary in Chiang Mai, where you can spend unforgettable moments with the majestic animals
- Soothe your spirit with an ancient Thai massage therapy under the luscious forests of Chiang Rai
- Retreat to an ethnic hill tribe and immerse yourselves in the time-honored traditions that have been upheld by the friendly residents
- Explore the wilderness that shrouds Mo Paeng Falls’ cascading rock pools and Tha Pai Hot Springs’ vitalizing waters
- Climb the steps that lead to the colossal Buddhist sculpture of Wat Phra That Mae Yen and capture panoramic views of Pai
- Cruise through Bangkok in a chauffeured supercar en route to the city’s booming upper-class shopping districts
- Witness stellar pieces of art curated by renowned local talent on a guided tour of the Museum of Floral Culture and the Museum of Contemporary Art
Chiang Mai’s staggering mountainscapes and luscious jungles are among some of the finest spectacles in Thailand, and you will appreciate them from a gorgeous sanctuary suite tucked away in the forest. Your destination is brimming with dynamic character and fervent wildlife, which you will discover as you tour a spirited night bazaar and transfer to the dramatic cliffs of Pha Chor Canyon. These scenes, along with a visit of the Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden, will provide you with breathtaking moments within the landscaped paradise that fringes Chiang Mai. The following day, you will venture closer than ever to local elephants, which hold a dear place in the hearts of the Thai people. You will transfer to an ethical elephant sanctuary, which has been pioneering the way for the rehabilitation of the magnificent creatures. During your elephant immersion, you will be blown away by the spectacular scenes that will backdrop your enchanting experience.
The next leg of your vacation will lead you to the neighboring city of Chiang Rai, and your private transfer will guide you across the prolific countryside to a chic resort in the viridian jungle. Featuring first-class amenities and antique Thai furnishings, your stay will be dreamlike in every aspect. From a wondrous jungle spa therapy to a sumptuous dinner in a prestigious wine cellar, you will be utterly spoiled with royal treatment throughout your stay. During your time here, you will be provided with a guided tour of nearby hill tribes, which will allow you to connect with the simplistic cultures. Friendly locals will invite you for an authentic Thai meal, which will highlight the nuances of northern Thai cuisine in addition to providing a peaceful atmosphere.
The next destination on your adventure will be the fabled forests that surround Pai, and here, you can find yourselves nestled among the greenery at a coveted resort. With access to the dramatic Mo Paeng Falls and the vitalizing Tha Pai Hot Springs, you can enjoy irresistible encounters of the flourishing wilderness and its unrivaled charm. Before you continue to your final stop, you will visit a few revered cultural landmarks of Pai, such as Wat Phra That Mae Yen and the Santichon Chinese Village. Each iconic site showcases the distinctions of their cultural origins and traces the spiritual history of the residents. Bangkok will mark the conclusion of your vacation. In this bustling city, you will cruise through the cityscape in a supercar and along the Chao Phraya River on a royal riverboat. Your final full day will share the stellar art and architecture of Bangkok as you delight in an exclusive tour of the Museum of Floral Culture, Museum of Contemporary Art, and golden temples that glisten under the sun. With one last breakfast at an esteemed cafe the following morning, you will share a toast to your marvelous experiences across Thailand over a cup of delicious Thai coffee.
$1,795 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.
The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.
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