Thailand essentials

Between majestic temples, sandy beaches and lush jungle

Thailand essentials

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Welcome to Thailand – a land of rich history, incredible culture, friendly people and some of the best food in the world. Discover the country’s iconic landmarks and deep-rooted traditions as you explore Bangkok, Chiang Mai and the lands in between. Then head south to Phuket to enjoy the seaside.

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  • Discover Bangkok in depth
  • Visit to the village of Mae Kampong
  • Explore authentic Phuket
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Day 1: Arrival in Bangkok

Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport – Bangkok City (approx. 40 km): 40 min On arrival in Bangkok, meet guide and transfer to hotel.

Optional: Glittering evening in Bangkok

Start this night tour of Bangkok just as the sun begins to set, at around 6 pm. Bangkok, a city known for its lively streets and vibrant atmosphere, is a place that really comes alive after dark. The sights, sounds and smells associated with the city’s iconic street life are amplified by the glow of its lampposts. Meanwhile, the light of late afternoon gives way to the glow of early evening.

The city’s ancient temples and palaces take on a whole new beauty.

Transport will be provided in the Rattanakosin area of the old town, past the floodlit Grand Palace and Wat Pho.

After a relaxing cocktail in the hotel’s riverside boutique, Hotel Riva Arun, take a short stroll to where a delicious dinner awaits you. Enjoy a delicious Thai meal on the banks of the Chao Phraya River,

with the majestic Wat Arun in the background. After dinner, stroll through the gardens of Wat Pho temple to soak up the beauty of its chedi glittering at night: an incredible photo opportunity.

Please note that the Reclining Buddha is not open at night. Then head for the last stop of the evening, the lively area of Khao San Road. A popular destination for backpackers, this eclectic region comes alive at night with a variety of activities, night markets and entertainment venues. Enjoy a stroll through the streets of Khao San to experience the incredible energy of the place.

Discover the undeniable energy of this region.

Day 2: Bangkok

An early start will bring you to Wat Pho in time to experience the early morning chanting ritual (chanting begins at 09:00). After this uplifting and often private experience, visit the temple site and the famous 45-metre Reclining Buddha. Continue on to the Grand Palace, Thailand’s most important monument, where you’ll marvel at the grandeur and majesty of the building and its throne rooms. Then, of course, marvel at the mysterious Emerald Buddha, Thailand’s most revered Buddha image. A delicious lunch is served in the rustic Thai restaurant Never Ending Summer, located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River.

After lunch, board a long-tail boat up the majestic Chao Phraya River before entering the Khlong, which takes us away from the usual tourist trail. Inside the Khlongs network, guests will stop at Wat Khun Chan, an interesting temple rarely visited by tourists. Crossing a small footbridge leads into the old alleyways where a cold coffee can be enjoyed before entering Wat Paknam or the white stupa with a hidden museum.

Back in the boat and continue along a beautiful stretch of the Khlong with a mix of old wooden houses and new modern mansions until you reach an orchid and fruit farm where guests will have time to walk.

around and see the many types of orchids on display. On the way back to Saphan Taksin jetty, a stop is made to feed the Khlong’s sacred catfish.

Overnight in Bangkok.

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Day 3: Bangkok’s outskirts

Bangkok – Samut Songkhram (approx. 80 km): 1 hour from Mae Klong market – Tha Kha

Floating market (9.3 km): 21 min Tha Kha floating market – Amphawa district (9.3 km): 17 min

After breakfast at the hotel, take a short drive from Bangkok’s bustling streets, as the high-rise urban landscape dissolves into a verdant rural idyll. This day trip to Samut Songkhram province, just an hour from the capital, will allow you to discover the traditional charms of the Thai countryside.

The day begins with an excursion to a local railroad station, where a bustling country market has sprung up along the tracks. When a train pulls in or out of the station, the vendors quickly clear their stalls, only to be confronted with the most difficult situations.

to reassemble them a few moments later, once the train has passed! From here, the journey continues to the famous Damnoen Saduak floating market. Although very touristy at present, the market remains the best example of how a floating market originally was decades ago.

A relaxing pedalo ride through the labyrinth of canals offers the chance to see the old part of the floating market and the local lifestyle along the canal.

Off the boat, it’s time to stroll through the colorful floating market bustling with boats and vendors selling tropical fruits and other delicacies.

For visits that fall on a Saturday or Sunday, the tour offers the chance to explore from Damnoen Saduak to the smaller, less touristy Tha Kha floating market, where a short pedal-boat excursion in the backwaters offers a visit to an old Thai house. coconut sugar. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant at the floating market.

The tour continues by long-tail boat to a local Buddhist temple and the King Rama II Memorial Park, with its ornate collection of Thai-style pavilions. For visits falling on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, the

The tour ends with an exploration of the weekend floating market in Amphawa.

Overnight in Bangkok.

Day 4: Ayutthaya

Bangkok – Ayutthaya (83.3 km): 1.03 h Ayutthaya Historical Park – Bang Pa-In Summer Palace (21.9 km): 28 min

Breakfast at the hotel. The day then begins with an hour-and-a-half drive from Bangkok to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Ayutthaya, passing through lush green countryside and lush rice paddies. Arriving in Ayutthaya, which dates back to the 14th century, you’ll spend the morning exploring the breathtaking scenery, visiting the city’s highlighted temples, Wat Yai Chaimongkol, Wat Mahathat and strolling through a local market to get to Wat Phra Srisanphet. Take a trip to the city’s Muslim quarter, where you can sample an unusual local delicacy: cotton candy.

After lunch at a local restaurant, the tour continues with a long, hour-long boat trip on the Chao Phraya River. This boat trip starts at Wat Niwet Thammaprawat, one of the most famous and distinctive Buddhist temples, with remarkable Gothic architecture and stained glass windows. Then take the cable car across the river to Bang Pa-In Summer Palace, the majestic home of the Thai royal family. Once your visit to Bang Pa-In is over, you return to Bangkok by van, about an hour’s drive.

Overnight in Bangkok.

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Day 5: Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai Airport – Chiang Mai City (4.7 km): 10 min

Transfer to the airport with your guide (time to be confirmed the day before) for your flight to the capital of northern Thailand, “Chiang Mai”.

On arrival in Chiang Mai, you will be met by our guide for transfer to your hotel.

After checking in at the hotel, take a 30-minute drive north of Chiang Mai city to the long-tail boat dock, where you’ll stroll through the surrounding area with its herb garden. Then board a long-tail boat and enjoy a 30-minute cruise on the rural Mae Ping River. Along the banks of the river, you’ll see traditional wooden houses and modern residences. Arrive at a landing stage and walk about 10 minutes from the landing stage to the Waroros fresh produce market to discover the North Thai way of life.

After the tour, transfer to your hotel or one of the restaurants for dinner.

Overnight in Chiang Mai.

Day 6: Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai City – Chiang Dao (70.9 km): 1.04 h

After breakfast at the hotel, head to Elephant Discovery Camp, via Chiang Mai’s most beautiful route, with a fantastic local road and panoramic views.

On arrival, meet an elephant mahout, learn about elephants and discover their history and daily way of life. Interact and play with elephants under the supervision of mahouts and form a bond with them. Walk alongside them and watch them play in the mud pond. Learn to communicate with them and prepare nutritious foods and desserts using a variety of natural ingredients. Have fun bathing elephants in a large pond. Lunch is served at the camp.

(Note: the elephant activity is attached)

Late afternoon, return to Chiang Mai.

Overnight in Chiang Mai.

Day 7: Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai City – Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Temple (17.2 km): 39 min Wat Phra That Doi Temple

Suthep – Wat Umong (14.9 km): 33 min

Leave your hotel at 06:00 (Note: have breakfast at the hotel) and arrive at the foot of Doi Suthep mountain, in time to buy offerings and join the locals in the daily alms-giving ceremony. This is a serene Buddhist procession where dozens of monks walk barefoot through the streets in search of food and everyday items. Continue up the mountain towards Wat Doi Suthep and climb the 309 steps of the Golden Naga staircase to reach its golden pagodas. After a visit to Doi Suthep, continue on to discover one of Chiang Mai’s best-kept secret temples, Wat Palad, known as the Temple Below the Temple. This temple is an important part of the history of the Chiang Mai region, with its park of temples over 650 years old.

Next, head for Wat Umong, built in the 14th century, a heavily wooded temple covered in moss and small plants offering a unique but charming sense of natural decadence. After a stroll through its mysterious tunnels, you reach the temple’s Viharn to experience your own blessing ceremony. Afterwards, enjoy the day with a delicious bowl of Khao soy. This famous dish from northern Thailand is a combination of coconut cream, crispy noodles and lots of spices that’s sure to delight! In the afternoon, visit the Three Kings Monument, followed by Chiang Mai city arts and

Cultural center, housed in an elegant old building constructed in 1927. Located on the site of a former royal hall, the building served as Phayap’s central administrative office.

administrative unit of Siam, and later as the provincial hall of Chiang Mai. (Note: Chiang Mai City Arts and Culture Center is closed on Mondays and during the Songkran festival. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 08:30 to 17:00.

Overnight in Chiang Mai.

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Day 8: Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai City – Mae On District (31.8 km): 44 min

Depart for the village of Mae Kampong in Mae On district and cross the picturesque Chiang Mai countryside. En route, a stop is made at a local market to select the ingredients for your lunch. Continue on to the village of Mae Kampong, where the villagers welcome you on arrival before beginning a walk through the community forest past tea and coffee fields. Return to the village in time to watch lunch being prepared by your host family to see how Thai cuisine is prepared in the countryside.

After lunch, relax with a traditional Thai massage and stroll through the village to see the processing of fermented tea leaves and various handmade products in the village. At the end of the day, drive back through the mountains to Chiang Mai.

Day 9: Phuket

Phuket Airport – Phuket Town (32.5 km): 30 min

Free time in Chiang Mai until your guide picks you up from your hotel and transfers you to the airport for your flight to Phuket. On arrival, meet the guide and transfer him to your hotel.

Afternoon free to relax on the beach.

Overnight in Phuket.

Day 10: Phuket

Breakfast at the hotel.

Today’s tour starts at 08:30. Discover a different side of Phuket with this enlightening tour of the lesser-known corners of the town.

Start by visiting a rubber plantation, one of Phuket’s main industries, along the roadside. Our guide will explain how rubber sap is collected from the trees and processed, then continue further from the shore to Tong Sai National Park, an expanse of lush jungle teeming with wildlife.

Meet a volunteer from the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project (GRP) and learn about the center’s activities to protect the indigenous gibbon population and their natural habitats. Take a look around and see some of the many gibbons being cared for at the center. Refuel with a cup of Phuket coffee and snacks before continuing your tour.

Take a closer look at Phuket’s past at the informative Kathu Mining Museum.

Discover Phuket’s former glory, its people, economy and history, while learning about the island’s mining industry.

Then stop off at a cashew nut factory, another of Phuket’s major industries. Find out how to extract the nut from the fruit to better understand why it’s the most expensive nut in the world! The half-day tour of Phuket ends with a visit to Wat Prathong, one of Phuket’s oldest temples.

Deepen your understanding of Buddhism as you watch local devotees pray before this sacred monument.

Afternoon free to relax on the beach.

Days 11 to 13: Phuket

Breakfast at the hotel.

Enjoy the region during your free time.

Day 13: Departure

Phuket Hotel – Phuket Town (between 20 and 50 km): 20 – 50 min

Our guide will meet you at the hotel and take you to the airport for your departure flight.

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From €1,990 per person based on double room, including international flights, airport taxes, accommodation, breakfasts, guided tours and excursions.

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