With exclusive ‘insider’ tours, elegant hotels and carefully curated experiences, this is not just any Thailand holiday. Designed for the discerning traveller, this 11-day adventure goes beyond the ordinary visits and provides a back-stage pass to Thailand’s incredible traditions and natural wonders.
The start of a luxurious holiday begins with privilege from the moment the airplane lands in Thailand. Upon exiting the aircraft, or before entering the terminal area, receive a warm welcome and be escorted to a VIP area and fast-tracked through immigration. After being helped with bags and escorted through customs, receive a transfer to one of Bangkok’s most esteemed hotels by private helicopter.
Note: The helicopter will only operate in daytime hours. Guests arriving at night will be transferred by private limousine instead.
In the evening, experience a romantic cruise along the Chao Phraya River on the luxurious Manohra Rice Barge -a heritage vessel that has been meticulously renovated and converted into one of Bangkok’s finest dining venues. While cruising down the river, pass by the glittering sights of Bangkok including the stunning Temple of Dawn, the illuminated Grand Palace, magnificent temples, striking bridges and other Bangkok landmarks. The cruise offers a perfect and unforgettable introduction to Bangkok’s metropolitan splendor and beauty. Meanwhile, enjoy a sumptuous five-course and five-star quality dinner.
Overnight in Bangkok
Today offers the chance to explore Thailand’s rich cultural heritage. The day starts with a visit to a secluded century-old house now open to the public as the Museum of Floral Culture. Embark on a 45-minute guided tour through the museum, which features incredible floral art and designs reflecting Asian culture and heritage.
The museum is also home to a quaint tea house, surrounded by impeccably landscaped gardens. Relax in these peaceful surroundings while enjoying a cup of tea from the renowned florist Sakul Intakul’s own collection, accompanied by some Thai desserts.
Guests then have the chance to take part in a private flower workshop, or “Dok Mai Pra Yuk”. The instructor will teach the fundamentals of flower arranging, equipping guests with the skills to prepare floral displays for dinners or special events. At the end of the class, get to keep handmade arrangements as a unique souvenir. (Note: Museum closed on Mondays.)
Head to The House on Sathorn for lunch. Bangkok’s latest culinary destination, and one of the most recognizable landmarks of Bangkok, this restaurant is set in a restored heritage building next to W Bangkok Hotel. It aims to offer unique cuisine, unparalleled service and a one-of-a-kind experience in a luxurious yet comfortable and friendly environment.
After lunch, transfer to the hotel for some time to relax.
In the evening, be taken to the Mahanakorn Building for dinner at VOGUE Lounge, a new destination which has earned a good reputation for its high-quality cuisine, classic cocktails and contemporary music. The VOGUE Lounge’s cuisine is presented in bite-sized servings created by Michelin-starred chef Vincent Thierry.
Overnight in Bangkok
After breakfast at the hotel the morning is free at leisure.
In the afternoon, transfer to Issaya Siamese Restaurant for lunch. While it is set in an old house, this is no ordinary Thai restaurant! Run by the ‘prodigal son,’ Ian Kittichai, Issaya offers a vibrant and exciting take on traditional Thai cuisine. The décor is bright and bold, but somehow manages to combine perfectly with the traditional heritage building. The food achieves the same high‐wire act of being resolutely traditional and thought‐provoking in equal measure. Although the menu is innovative, most of the dishes are easily recognisable. There are also organic vegetarian options.
After lunch, be taken to Bangkok’s vast network of canals, or khlongs, to board a private boat. This cruise along the peaceful Klong Bang Luang passes shop houses, local temples and vendors. Once a major trading route, the canal is also lined with the impressive homes of aristocrats. The guide will point out local landmarks and cultural hotspots of the area along the way. After observing this lively area, the boat stops at Baan Silapin, a 100-year-old renovated house which now houses an art gallery. Here, stop for up to two hours to enjoy the gallery, take part in an art workshop or explore the local community, before experiencing a unique puppet show performed by puppeteers trained under the Joe Louis School of puppetry (puppet show performance not guaranteed due to short notice changes – Puppet show is not available on Mondays and Tuesdays (subject to change without notice)
Optional Private Puppet Show at Baan Silapin surcharge 17,900 THB per group
Then return to the hotel to freshen up before dinner.
In the evening, be transferred to Sirocco for a sunset cocktail. Located on the 63rd floor of the Lebua at State Tower hotel, Sirocco is the world’s highest al fresco restaurant and one of Bangkok’s most coveted venues. It never fails to leave one mesmerized, with its breathtaking views of Bangkok and the Chao Phraya River, its amazing Sky Bar and live jazz music, which combine to create a captivating ambience and a perfect evening.
Continue to the Metropolitan Hotel for dinner at Nahm, which was ranked 22nd in a list of the “World’s 50 Best Restaurants”. At Nahm, Thai cuisine is showcased using some of the best market-fresh produce in the world, all carefully put together by Executive Chef David Thompson and his experienced team. Standout dishes feature rare ingredients from all regions of Thailand.
Overnight in Bangkok
DAY 4 – Bangkok – Chiang Rai – Golden Triangle
The Peninsula Hotel – Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (36 km): approx. 1 hr Chiang Rai Airport – Anantara Golden Triangle (67.8 km): 1.14 hr
In the morning, be met at the hotel by the guide and transported to the airport in a private, air-conditioned luxury vehicle for a flight to Chiang Rai. (Optional: Private jet for the flight from Bangkok to Chiang Rai on request)
Upon arrival in Chiang Rai Airport, be transferred to the factory and showroom of Doi Din Dang Pottery. Little more than 20km from the town of Chiang Rai, Baan Doi Din Dang is a small pottery factory owned by a famous local artist who creates hundreds of unique, high-quality, pieces of handmade pottery which can be found nowhere else in the world.
Then, be driven to Chivit Thammada Coffee House for lunch.
Afterwards, head to Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort, followed by dinner at the hotel.
Overnight in Chiang Rai
After breakfast at the resort, bring passports and an adventurous spirit along for a whirlwind adventure exploring three countries in one day -the perfect way to witness the contrast between the cultures of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos.
Cross the border to Tha Khi Lek, Myanmar, hop in a tuk-tuk and head off to a local food market for a taste of local life in the area. Uncover age old traditions at Shwedagon Pagoda while making merit with a temple offering to gain good karma. Take in the area’s gorgeous mountain scenery before moving on to explore the spiritual treasures of the Jade Temple. Then, it’s off to the border to practice bargaining skills at the eclectic Chinese Market. Return to Thailand and visit the ancient Lanna Kingdom Capital, Chiang Saen. Tour the scattered ruins of defensive walls and sacred temples, reliving the rise and fall of this historic town through the knowledge of the local guide. Board a traditional long tail boat to cruise the Mekong. Heading directly across the world’s 12th largest river, skirt the riverbanks of Laos, where local children often play at the water’s edge. Pass the impressive Golden Buddha statue and the point where three countries converge to mark the Golden Triangle. Wrap the day up with a cruise down the Ruak River to reach the resort’s private pier.
Dinner at the hotel and spend the rest of the evening relaxing.
Overnight in Chiang Rai
After breakfast at the resort, be met by the guide in the lobby and escorted to the elephant camp. Be introduced to an elephant and, with a mahout (elephant handler) as a guide, be taken on an hour-long ride through the bamboo forest, woodlands and grasslands, spotting seasonal birdlife and mammals along the way. After an hour, return to the hotel and spend some time at leisure before being transferred to Chiang Mai.
Stop en route at the famous Wat Rong Khun or ‘The White Temple’, a contemporary Buddhist temple created by renowned artist Chalermchai Kositpipat. Marvel at the temple’s unique architecture and artwork before having lunch at Boonrawd Farm.
Upon arrival at the hotel in Chiang Mai, check in and spend some time at leisure.
Dinner and overnight in Chiang Mai
Depart the hotel at 06:00 and arrive at the foot of Doi Suthep Mountain in time to buy some offerings and join the locals in a daily alms-giving ceremony. This is a serene Buddhist procession and centuries-old tradition which sees dozens of monks walking barefoot through the streets collecting food and everyday items. Then continue up the mountain to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep and climb the 309 steps of the Golden Naga staircase to reach its golden pagodas. Proceed to Wat Umong, which dates back to the 14th Century. This forested temple is covered with moss and foliage, giving it a unique and charming natural ambience. After a walk through its mysterious tunnels, guests reach the centre of the temple and experience a private blessing ceremony.
Then, from 10:00 to 12:00, visit Studio Naenna and meet up with Patricia Cheesman, an expert in antique Lao and Thai textiles, as well as lecturer in Thai textile, ceramics and contemporary design at Chiang Mai University.
Note: A takeaway breakfast box will be provided by the hotel.
Lunch will be served at The Service 1921, at Anantara Chiang Mai. This unique culinary experience is filled with mystery and intrigue from the moment of arrival, with a spy hole in the entrance door. Guests can watch the resident mixologist concoct Asian-inspired cocktails from high bar stools, or relax in vintage-style salons. Lunch will be created by the restaurant’s expert chefs, either in the sociable surroundings of the communal dining rooms or in the private dining room which is accessed through a secret door hidden in one of the bookshelves that line the library wall.
After lunch, head to the village of Hang Dong to spend an afternoon with a Thai family. In true Thai style, slip into a pair of local ‘fisherman’s pants’ and discover the architecture of a traditional Thai house and rice barn. The family will also demonstrate their basket weaving skills, a traditional craft that has been practised in Thailand for centuries. Stroll around the small, family orchard and select fresh ingredients for the home-cooked dinner, which guests will help prepare. Under the tutelage of the local family, learn how to create traditional home-cooked recipes with authentic Northern Thai flavours that are considerably different from standard dishes offered in commercial cooking classes. Best of all, have the opportunity to get to know a real Thai family, be their house guests for the day, and enjoy a delicious home cooked dinner together.
Overnight in Chiang Mai
Today, meet with the guide and receive air-conditioned transportation to Chiang Mai Airport. Receive assistance with check-in procedures before taking a flight to Phuket, in the south of Thailand.
Upon arrival at Phuket Airport, be met be a hotel representative and transferred to the hotel by private limousine.
In the evening, transfer to Da Maurizio Bar Ristorante (Baan Rim Pa) for dinner. Da Maurizio Bar Ristorante offers fine contemporary Italian cuisine in a beautiful seaside location. Enjoy a sumptuous cuisine while seated just a few metres away from waves crashing onto softly-lit rocks.
Overnight in Phuket
Be picked up from the hotel in morning and transferred to the pier for a private luxury speedboat tour of Phang Nga Bay. This stunning seascape is dotted with spectacular limestone islands that rise from the emerald water like the arms of giants, making it a must-see for anyone exploring the region. Cruise through this picturesque bay in comfort and privacy, taking time along the way to stop at the famous James Bond Island for some relaxation on a private beach while enjoying a mouth-watering barbeque picnic lunch. This idyllic tour is the perfect way to relax amidst spectacular scenery, far from the tourist crowds!
Overnight in Phuket
Depart the hotel at 7am and head to Layan Beach for a sunrise yoga session, led by a trained yoga guru.
After an hour of yoga, return to the hotel for breakfast, followed by a spa session.
Trisara Oil Massage (90 minutes)
An Aromatherapy massage, using only organic massage oils and traditional techniques using palms, thumbs, knuckles and elbows. This aroma – therapeutic massage soothes body tissues and relieves sore muscles.
Overnight in Phuket
Today is free at leisure until departure time.
Meet with the guide at the hotel in Phuket and transfer by air-conditioned luxury vehicle to Phuket Airport. Then, receive assistance during check-in procedures before catching the departure flight.