Though Thai cuisine is sought-after as a whole, its dishes encompass many different cultural influences that are represented across its immense, tropical landscape. The zenith of culinary influence is shared within the Northern regions of the country, and this tour is customized to lead you to these beloved foodie destinations. You will explore the wonderfully diverse and unique flavors that are coveted worldwide and experience the finer aspects of Thai cuisine in addition to the traditional approaches...
Day 1 - 3
Bangkok – Flavors of Modernity and Tradition
With a cityscape that features grandiose skyscrapers that are topped with celebrated restaurants and streets that come to life with exuberant markets, Bangkok is a sight to behold that will serve as the finest first destination of your foodie tour through Northern Thailand. Your window seat will afford you views of the cultural landmarks that you will soon explore as you weave your way through Bangkok’s culinary hotspots. The energetic atmosphere will embrace you as soon as you have touched down and transferred to your prestigious, 5-star accommodation that will be nestled on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. A faultless fusion of traditional and modern design will decorate the walls of your premier hotel, which will be equipped with a rooftop infinity pool, exceptional dining hall, and overlooks of the sprawling city below. You will feel on top of the world as you settle into your comfortable suite and acclimatize to your surroundings from the seclusion of your high-rise balcony.
An in-depth exploration of Bangkok’s delectable cuisine will begin shortly after you have unpacked your things. Your experienced guide will collect you in a spacious Tuk-Tuk, which is a traditional open-air vehicle that originated in Southeast Asia, and transfer you through the city on a behind-the-scenes food tour. The soundtrack of honking horns and shuffling feet will complement your journey as you slip through the infamous Bangkok traffic toward your first stop. An unassuming stall will sit alongside the street, and from yards away, you will catch the wafts of frying garlic. Drawing you closer and closer, those wafts will form stronger aromas as an authentic Pad Thai, which is a traditional rice noodle dish with meat, is brought to life and plated. You can sink your teeth into what is claimed to be the best Pad Thai in Thailand as your revered chef attends to other hungry visitors. After your meal, your chef will join you for a cup of Thai iced tea, and you will have the opportunity to delve deeper into their time-tested traditions. You will continue to more adored local eateries that are each firmly rooted in ancient Thai culinary practices for a rigorous exploration of the wonderful flavors that make up the cuisine.
The following day will bring with it a spectacular sunrise over the sky-high cityscape and will embellish the streets in a golden glow. Your private guide will meet you in the morning and will lead you on an inspiring cultural and food tour. After breakfast, you will wrap around toward the multi-colored, pottery encrusted walls of Wat Arun, which is an imposing temple that stands tall within the heritage hub of Bangkok. You will be able to feel the spiritual ambiance as it resonates from the ornately decorated walls while you wander through sacred buildings and peer into the elaborate main hall. You will continue to learn more about the endearing history at a select set of distinguished temples before setting off on a luxurious food tour of the cities classiest establishments. During your tour, you will luxuriate amongst the clouds at white-lined, coated tables as sophisticated meals are served to your table and paired with world-class wines. Michelin-stars cannot even begin to capture the premium atmosphere and exceptional taste that is exalted by the restaurants in which you will delight. This will bring your stay in Bangkok to an idyllic close.
Day 4 - 5
Chiang Mai – Northern Capital Bursting with Cultural Cuisine
Day 6 - 7
Chiang Rai – Local Dishes of Pure Authenticity
Day 8 - 9
Hua Hin – Seafood Shines in this Seaside Town
Day 10 - 12
Pattaya – Luxuriance on the Gulf of Thailand
Day 13 - 14
Nakhon Ratchasima – A Distinctly Distinguished Wine Tasting Experience
- Experience both the charm of Bangkok’s famous street food and the allure of its premier, award-winning restaurants’ trailblazing cuisine
- Marvel at the ornately designed temples that house a wealth of insight into the country’s spiritual traditions
- Explore the iconic landmarks such as Doi Suthep temple and indulge in the Hmong culture-influenced dishes of Chiang Mai
- Indulge in a visit to an ethnic hill tribe and enjoy a family meal with friendly locals in Chiang Rai
- Luxuriate on the pearl-white shores of Hua Hin and tuck into the sumptuous seafood dishes for which the seaside town is renowned
- Venture to the golden, embellished Buddhist images that are sprawled across Pattaya and wander through the luscious, award-winning gardens of Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Park
- Immerse yourselves in the distinct flavors of Isan cuisine at Nakhon Ratchasima as well as the adored winemaking culture that is unique to Thailand at the region's premier estates
There are few places like Bangkok that perfectly capture the heart of Thai cuisine while presenting a sophisticated take on classic dishes at award-winning restaurants. From these exceptional gourmet creations to the humble meals of beloved street-side eateries, you will completely immerse yourselves in the cuisine’s unique flavors. Furthermore, you will explore the heritage that shrouds coveted Buddhist temples while doing so. Afterward, you will transfer to Chiang Mai, where you will delve into both the finer and more traditional aspects of culturally-inspired food that has long-served to commemorate the country’s devotion to culinary practices. Your tour will continue to Chiang Rai, which is a rural destination that is home to many fascinating ethnic tribes. Beyond tucking into sumptuous meals, you will be welcomed into the home of a local family for a truly enchanting dining experience.
The luxurious resorts of Hua Hin, which is a flourishing seaside town of unrivaled allure, await your arrival the following day. Amidst the picturesque pearl-white shores, you will indulge in the most spectacularly presented and prepared seafood dishes that will be paired with delectable wines. You will luxuriate with the backdrop of the serene location and enjoy a premium spa treatment at a prestigious wellness center before transferring across the Gulf of Thailand to Pattaya. Pattaya boasts a splendid stretch of soft sand and its emerald waters are inviting. You will spend a few days exploring the city’s iconic highlights as well as the flawless beauty of the surrounding landscapes of Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Gardens. To top off your vacation, you will delight in world-class, Thai meals at award-winning restaurants that pride themselves in their modern flair.
Nakhon Ratchasima is the final destination of your journey and offers an unparalleled glimpse into the Isan, Northeastern, lifestyle. Traditional dishes will be served in glorious fashion while you admire the countryside’s splendor and the melody of the untamed wildlife. The highlight of your stay will be a tour of the recognized wine estates that are sprawled across the rolling, green valleys. The distinct flavors of upscale Thai wine and production practices will reveal the craftsmanship behind this niche winemaking technique that is outstanding in many regards. You will return to your home, having explored the delectable flavors of Thailand’s endearing cuisine and having gained a wealth of insight into the timeless traditions that underpin it.
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$3,075 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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