North Thailand Adventure Tour for Couples

A 8 day trip to Thailand 
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Northern Thailand floats on a carpet of enchantment, harmoniously blending fascinating culture, astounding nature, and absolutely unique experiences. Intimate and authentic, this North Thailand adventure is handcrafted for the adventurous couple, offering a compelling romantic luxury to compliment the omnipresent charm. A spa in the jungle, private temple ceremonies, elegant river journeys, trekking in postcard perfect wilderness...this is the land of smiles at its most atmospheric.

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General Information

temples shrouded in mist at dawn against a blue sky
shallow waterfall flows between rocks trees and greenery in a national park
steps leading up to a lilac temple with green trees and blue sky
fisherman throws fishing net into river at sunset
golden buddha statue sits on top of a colored metal boat with a dragon at the front
two white elephant statues face a temple in chiang mai
Detailed Itinerary

Places Visited 

Chiang Rai, Chiang Saen, Mekong River, Golden Triangle, Padong Long Neck hill tribe village, Chiang Mai, Mae Tang River, Doi Inthanont National Park, Khun Klang Meo Village 

Departure Dates 

Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.

Detailed Itinerary 

Day 1: Elegant Relaxation in Chiang Rai

Land in Chiang Rai and soak up the panorama. Jungle clad mountains dominate the landscape, a thousand shades of green mingling amidst rugged rock and gaping valleys. Smiling locals wave hello and the quaint town blends into its natural surroundings. Welcome to Northern Thailand, a place where harmony and vibrancy combine with enthusiastic locals and elegant experiences. Your experienced driver guide is waiting in arrivals and it’s just a short transfer to Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort, the town's only five-star accommodation. This peaceful riverside paradise is ideal for recuperating from your international flight; soak up the elegant views from your private veranda, indulge in sumptuous gastronomic feasts, and allow the magic of Northern Thailand to slowly soak into your senses.

Today enables you to explore Chiang Rai at your own pace. The guide and vehicle are at your disposal and the guide will be full of suggestions depending on your mood. Chiang Rai sparkles with authentic culture; the town is imbued with a deep sense of spirituality and ancient relics.  Explore vivid local markets, weave into the mountains for stunning vistas, and experience the resplendent brilliance of Wat Rongkhun. Admire the unique kanok architecture of Wat Rong Khun and learn about the region's history at the Hill Tribe Museum. Or simply sit back and settle into the region's serene rhythm.

What's Included: overnight at Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort, airport transfer, private driver guide

Day 2: The Golden Triangle and an Exclusive Luxury Camp on the Riverside

As the sun rises, the mist clears; the Chiang Rai landscape is filled with an evocative sense of mystique. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and then weave into the green valleys towards the Golden Triangle. Decorous scents guide you through the Doi Tung Royal Flower Garden and then the road winds towards the Mekong River. Look across the jungle valley. Over there is Myanmar. To the right is Laos. And before you is Chiang Saen, the last remains of an ancient kingdom along the irrefutable river. Relics are lost in the sand, the temple ruins standing in a wonderful sense of decay. Yet some pagodas stand revitalized and restored, proud monuments that recreate the feeling of a once powerful city. Wander through these remains and absorb the 500 year old narrative from your guide, then stop at the Opium Museum for an insightful look at the region's battle with addiction and illegal crops.

The Mekong River is flanked by beauty, the jungle extending from the shore and the mountains dominating the horizon. Board a long-tail boat and gently head into the wilderness, the charms of local life ever-present along the riverside. Your destination is the Four Seasons Tented Camp, an exclusive retreat in the heart of untamed nature. Settle into your secluded luxury tent, the canvas exterior ensuring nature's resonant soundtrack accompanies your every moment. The interiors are like a five-star hotel, the custom wooden furnishings and huge beds carefully completing the submersion in nature. Now it's time to really one of the world's only open-air jungle spas. An indulgent 90 minute treatment is included for both of you. With the renowned therapists working on your body and elephants dotting the horizon, this is unrestrained Thailand luxury at its most unique.

What's Included: overnight at the Four Seasons Tented Camp, 90 minute spa therapy, tour of Golden Triangle and Chiang Saen, all meals

Day 3: Thrilling Elephant Mahout Experience and Sailing along the Mekong

Elephants wake you from slumber, their trumpeted calls floating through the trees. Birds sing from the treetops and the call of monkeys adds another voice to nature's soundtrack. Head into the deep jungle and meet your elephant, the two-ton friendly giant greeting you with a wave of the trunk. Elephant trekking is popular all over Northern Thailand but today's mahout experience offers a more intimate involvement with nature. A mahout is an “elephant driver,” a trained expert who can control an elephant's movements with verbal commands. After a lesson in elephant language you sit on the pachyderm's neck, this aerial vantage point offering fresh impressions of the jungle. Guide your elephant through the trees and towards its bathing space. Stay on board as the water spurts out of trunks and you use thick brushes to clean their immense frames.

Return to the camp and enjoy a leisurely lunch, the calming charms of the riverside providing the complimentary visuals. This afternoon you take another traditional form of transport, a private long-tail boat cruising along the Mekong River. Admire the local life by the riverside; men fish from tiny wooden canoes, women wash clothes in the shallows, and waving children seem to come at increasingly regular intervals. Cruise along to the exact point where three countries meet and then explore a local market, the baritone shouts of traders floating between stalls of fresh produce. There's even time for a temple visit before you return to the Four Seasons Tented Camp.

Every romantic escape should include some memorable candlelit dinners. Tonight you walk into a jungle clearing and sit down amidst the trees, elephant silhouettes wandering in the distance and soft moonlight accompanying the bliss. A sumptuous five-course dinner is served as nature's organic chorus accompanies this private piece of paradise.

What's Included: overnight at the Four Seasons Tented Camp, private elephant mahout experience, private long-tailed boat cruise to the Golden Triangle, luxury private dinner in the jungle, all meals

Day 4: An Intimate Journey to Chiang Mai

Wake again to the sounds of nature and savor the last moments in this tranquil tented camp. After a short long-tail boat journey you rejoin your guide for the spectacular journey to Chiang Mai. Meander through the mountains, each corner bringing fresh vistas and ongoing beauty. There's half a dozen stops en route, each concealed from the road and lost amongst the trees. Wander through a forest clearing to the Mae Kong hot spring, visit local factories specializing in Thai silk, and admire the soothing elegance of temples hidden in the greenery. There's always picturesque brilliance along the riverside, so stop to relish the vistas and enjoy lunch.

Just on the other side of Chiang Mai is the Padong Long Neck Hill Tribe village. Dazzling brass rings cover women's necks here, the gleaming metal contrasting colorful pieces of cotton that dangle from hair and arms. Girls as young as five wear the rings, this unique practice maintaining a millennia-old tribal tradition. Explore this small village and wander past the quaint wooden houses, ubiquitous children's smiles accompanying almost every turn. Then keep wandering to the nearby Mae Tang River where a cute bamboo raft floats you downstream to the waiting vehicle. You're lost in the wilderness, cruising through untamed jungle at a pace that befits the rural beauty of Northern Thailand.

You'll arrive in Chiang Mai by mid afternoon and the first stop is the luxuriant Chedi Chiang Mai hotel. It might be the last stop for the day, a romantic deluxe room the perfect place to relax for the evening. But your guide and vehicle are always waiting outside should you wish to explore Chiang Mai in the evening.

What's Included: overnight at the Chedi Chiang Mai in a deluxe room, guided journey to Chiang Mai with hill tribe visit and bamboo rafting, breakfast and lunch

Day 5: Serene Enchantment in Chiang Mai

Early risers are rewarded in Chiang Mai, your 6 am wake-up call bringing the city's most evocative sight. Red-robed monks wander barefoot in the dawn light, a procession of spirituality moving through the streets. Participate in this daily alms giving ceremony by placing food into the monks' bowls, then continue the spiritual slant by climbing the 309 steps of the Golden Naga staircase. You're now standing above Chaing Mai at Wat Doi Suthep, one of Thailand's most famous temples. Admire the fabulous murals and pagodas, feel the enchantment of incense filled temple rooms, and listen to the monks' soft chanting as it floats on the mountain breeze.

The tour continues at Wat Umong, a mysterious temple hidden beneath moss and trees, standing in an indelible sense of decay. Slowly wander beneath the greenery and through the transcendent hallways, holding hands as you follow the incense smell to a darkened temple room. A monk waits for you, softly reciting mantras and conducting a private blessing ceremony. This unique and rare experience brings the architectural relic to life, epitomizing the blend between aesthetic exterior and hypnotic interior. Return to the Chedi Chiang Mai for lunch and a leisurely afternoon. Then an evening discovery tour unveils further enchantment; join the monks in their nightly chanting, stroll through the vivid stalls of the Waroros Market, and then dine at the fabulous Pillars 137 colonial house, where gastronomic brilliance merges with graceful surroundings.

What's Included: overnight at the Chedi Chiang Mai in a deluxe room, guided morning Chiang Mai tour, private blessing ceremony in Wat Umong temple, evening discovery tour, dinner at Pillars 137, all meals

Day 6: Fabulous Thai Organic Cooking Course

Thai cuisine will already have made a rich impression during this trip and the secrets to its sumptuousness are revealed with today's organic cooking course. Like always, this is an exclusive experience and the two of you will be the only participants; so there's no interrupting the private reverie. Start in a local market where fresh ingredients and fragrant spices are bought. Continue to the chef's own herb garden and snip the most fragrant leaves to add panache to your culinary masterpiece. It's a hands-on cooking lesson, the renowned local chef starting with how to make your own curry paste. After you've had fun in the kitchen, settle down to your own creations and allow them to melt in your mouth.

The rest of the day is at your leisure and your guide will be full of suggestions depending on your mood. Relax in the stunning surroundings of the Chedi Chiang Mai or explore further cultural relics in this fascinating city.

What's Included: overnight at the Chedi Chiang Mai in a deluxe room, private organic Thai cooking class, breakfast and lunch

Day 7: A Day of Natural Wonder in Doi Inthanont

Northern Thailand's landscape has revealed its intimate beauty, the last six days filled with journeys into the wilderness and through the jungle. For your final day it's time to appreciate the scale of the landscape. Drive to Doi Inthanont and it's just a short hike to the nation's highest peak. Look left and green valleys effortlessly roll beyond the horizon. Look right and it's the same view. In fact, spin around with the camera and take in the 360 degrees of natural splendor in all its vivacious glory. Dozens of hiking trails head off through the park and the two of you can decide which is best suited. Whether it's 20 minutes or two hours, expect every corner to bring more astonishing vistas and jungle clad valleys.

While the itinerary is extremely flexible in Doi Inthanont National Park, there are a few enigmatic highlights that are difficult to miss. Nestled between the trees is the King Inthavitchayanont Stupa, a captivatingly unique monument lost in the jungle. Wander to the Vachiratarm Waterfall, an idyllic spot for a picnic in the wilderness. As you descend from the mountains and wind back to Chiang Mai, there's time to stop at the Doi Suthep, a hilltop temple and one of Northern Thailand's most famous. The evening is free so soak up the enchantment of Northern Thailand for one final night; your guide is always full of ideas for indulging in personal romantic revelry.

What's Included: overnight at the Chedi Chiang Mai in a deluxe room, excursion to Doi Inthanont National Park, breakfast and lunch

Day 8: Farewell to the Land of Smiles

This morning you transfer to Chiang Mai airport for your onward flight. All facets of this itinerary are fully customizable and you may wish to extend the vacation with some tropical beach bliss on one of Thailand's renowned islands.

What's Included: airport transfer, breakfast


Starting Price 

This trip is customizable for your private travel.

What's Included 

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all guided tours and activities (dependent on season)
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip
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.