Fully explore the Land of Smiles with our diverse Classic Thailand itinerary. You’ll embark upon 10 days of luxury travel, working your way through the best Thailand has to offer, including the excitement of Bangkok, the mountainous scenery of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, and the pristine beaches and crystal waters of Phuket. We've included a few optional extras in this itinerary to offer you optimal flexibility on your Thailand holiday.
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On your first day of your Classic Thailand luxury itinerary, we take you to Bangkok’s most famous site - the Grand Palace, a sprawling complex of sparkling gold structures. Next, you’ll head to Wat Arun - the Temple of the Dawn - and Wat Po, home of the Reclining Buddha. The wonderfully fragrant and brightly-hued flower market is next on the itinerary, an amazing spot for photos. Finally, you’ll learn the secrets of Thailand’s delicious cuisine with a Thai cooking class.
Today, you’ll sweat it out in the ring, learning the art of Thai kickboxing, also known as Muay Thai. Tame the adrenaline coursing through your body on a picturesque, leisurely private canal tour, learning why Bangkok was once referred to as the Venice of the East. Finally, wind down your day with a visit to the famous Jim Thompson House - a structure that pays homage to a pioneer of Bangkok’s silk trade.
Escape the hustle and bustle of Bangkok by taking a trip to Thailand’s ancient capital, Ayutthaya, just an hour’s drive from the city. The ancient ruins of the once thriving city are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and today, you’ll enjoy the thrilling experience of exploring them on the back of an elephant.
Today, you’ll fly up to the fresh, natural capital of the North, Chiang Mai. You’ll start by visiting Doi Suthep village, a traditional tribal town that sits on the footsteps of one of the country’s most majestic mountains. Next up, you’ll take in the impressive Huay Kaew Waterfall, a multi-tiered natural structure with a powerful flow. You’ll enjoy a Khantoke dinner, a northern Thail tradition that surrounds guests with music and dance while they dine. Cap off your night by releasing a lantern into the sky. Be sure to make a wish - it’s another Thai tradition.
Start off your day with a visit to the Tiger Kingdom, where you can actually pet a fully-grown tiger and play with little tiger cubs. Next, you’ll visit Wat Umong, a 700-year-old Buddhist temple nestled into the bottom of Doi Suthep. After this, you’ll get some real insight into the local industry with a visit to a textile workshop, followed by a visit to Chiang Mai’s famous night bazaar, full of handicrafts and stunning artwork.
Today, you'll drive to the heart of the Golden Triangle which connects Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar - Chiang Rai. Here, you’ll check out the Hall of Opium, which presents an intriguing look into opium production and its effects on the region. Time to switch gears and learn the basics of mahout training, which involves being taught how to mount and dismount, ride, and wash an elephant. Finish your day off with a trek through the lush jungle.
A visit to the memorable, picturesque Doi Mae Salong, with its fresh air and breathtaking panoramas, will wake you up today. Enjoy lunch with a local hilltribe family, garnering insight into their unique way of life. Finish off your day with a hike through a tea plantation, an industry for which Chiang Rai is gaining increasing fame.
Now that you’ve experienced the best of the natural North, it’s time to kick back and enjoy the hedonistic pleasures of Southern Thailand’s pristine beaches. Today, you’ll fly into Phuket, and begin your beach experience in true luxury - aboard a private yacht charter, from which scuba diving or snorkeling are favorite activities.
More beach fun is in store for you today. You’ll get the chance to do more exploring of the sparkling azure waters that surround Phuket. Guests can try their luck at fishing for their own dinner, and take in the vibrant underwater coral reefs with snorkel gear.
Guests are whisked away on a private boat today, exploring the pearl-like archipelago of the Andaman coast. Kayaks are available for those who wish to paddle themselves around at their own speed. If that weren’t enough, an unforgettable gourmet picnic lunch is served on a deserted beach.
For almost 140 years, royalty, celebrities, dignitaries and distinguished travelers from Graham Greene to Rudyard Kipling have stayed in the legendary Oriental on the Chao Phraya River. The 368 rooms and suites, with views over the river and the city, are sumptuous. The 10 restaurants and bars, serving all types of Asian and Western cuisine, are in a class of their own: Le Normandie is one of the best French restaurants in all of Asia - with an opulent setting and a superb menu - and is frequented by members of the Thai Royal Family. The Oriental Spa and fitness center are fabulous, with world-class treatments, equipment and facilities. This richly historical hotel has been consistently ranked by top publications as one of the world's finest hotels. The Oriental is a one-hour drive from Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK).
Overlooking the Chao Phraya river, the iconic Peninsula’s commanding views of the city’s skyline make it one of the most elegant choices in Bangkok. Designed with a blend of modern and traditional Thai decor, the hotel provides all of the comforts of home with an exotic flair, all with the level of quality service and amenities that define the Peninsula. The hotel boasts three restaurants: Mei Jiang for Cantonese cuisine; Thiptara for Thai home-style cooking on an open-air pavilion; and the River Cafe and Bar, located on the banks of the river. The excellent spa, ESPA, offers state-of-the-art treatments, and an extensive fitness center includes a pool set in a garden complex. The Peninsula is located approximately 45 minutes by car from Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK).
The Siam Hotel is set on 3 acres of verdant lawn along the city side of Bangkok’s main river, the Chao Praya. The Siam is a private 39-room luxury retreat with its own unique historical background located in Bangkok’s royal Dusit district. Designed by internationally acclaimed architect Bill Bensley, the property is Art Deco inspired with infusions of Thai antiques and traditional architecture. Guests have an array of amenities at their fingertips: restaurants, a cooking school, bar, café, spa, gym, yoga terrace, Muay Thai boxing ring, beauty salon, library/cinema, infinity pool, gift/antiques gallery, conservatory and traditional Thai houses. The Siam’s 39 suites and pool villas are noticeably spacious and well equipped with modern conveniences. All rooms are outfitted with plush furnishings, super-sized king beds and lofty ceilings. Each suite is individually designed with original turn-of-the-century Oriental artwork and antiquities and is catered for by a personal butler. Complimentary WiFi is available property-wide. Onsite dining options include a Thai restaurant, international cuisine bistro, bar and coffee and cakes shop. The Siam Hotel is approximately 50 minutes from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK).
A successful truck dealer with a taste for art, Suchet Suwanmongkol underwrote the $75-million dream of a young, unknown architect to build an ancient Asian city within the confines of Chiang Mai. The resulting 60-acre confection from the now-famous Rachen Intawong includes 142 suites decorated in a colonial mansion style, and individual villas built in various Thai vernaculars. At the heart of the resort is the sumptuous Dheva Spa, a multi-tiered Xanadu with 18 treatment rooms and five residences. Throughout, the bedrooms are huge: 16-foot ceilings are the norm in the colonial wing, as are private verandas and adjoining living rooms, all lavishly fitted with silk-covered chaise lounges and hill-tribe textiles. Superlatives extend to the two pools (enormous) and library (more than 5,000 books and 1,500 DVDs). Kids can also plant rice.
The Four Seasons Chiang Mai blends with its natural surroundings seamlessly, with trees growing between and around the resort, overlooking terraced rice fields and the mountains of the Mae Rim Valley. The resort has 64 boutique pavilions, each with a private veranda, as well as 16 private luxury residences. The Sala Mae Rim serves Thai cuisine and offers sweeping views of the valley below, and the Terraces have international dishes with a view of the Doi Suthep mountain range. The hotel has a health club with state of the art equipment, including a sauna, herbal steam room, whirlpool, cold plunge pool, 20-meter infinity edge swimming pool, a business center and wi-fi access. There are also mountain bikes available for use, along with maps of trails through the surrounding forest. The Spa at the Four Seasons Chiang Mai has seven treatment suites with rain shower massage tables and private herbal steam rooms. Professional spa therapists can help you choose the best treatment package for your needs. The hotel is 25 minutes from Chiang Mai International Airport.
The Anantara is a chic luxury retreat perched atop a high mountain ridge overlooking the confluence of the Mekong and Ruak rivers, and close to Thailand's borders with Laos and Myanmar. It has 58 guest rooms and 19 suites decorated in a style that blends the best of the area's rich fabric and woodcarving traditions with contemporary design. The resort includes a sybaritic spa, an infinity pool that looks over the tree canopy to the Mekong River and up towards the hills of Myanmar and Laos, a fitness center with steam rooms, saunas, squash and tennis courts, a Thai cooking school, and an elephant camp, where you can learn about the importance of the elephant in Thai culture and arrange a ride through the surrounding jungle. The Anantara is also home to three food and beverage establishments: Sala Mae Nam (international buffet breakfast and Northern Thai specialties for dinner), Baan Dahlia (authentic Italian cuisine with a wine selection from vineyards around the globe), and The Elephant Bar and Opium Terrace, the perfect setting for a night cap.
An exotic getaway reached by riverboat, the Four Seasons Tented Camp is set in a bamboo jungle at the meeting point of three countries: Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. Fifteen freestanding, luxurious tents are spaced along a half-mile-long hillside trail over the Muak River, each with a large outdoor deck to take in the lush surroundings and the sounds of the forest. The rooms are outfitted with hand-hammered copper bathtubs, and custom-made furnishings that hearken back to the style of 19th-century explorers. The spa offers simple luxury with traditional Thai massages in open-air salas that seem to float in the air amid the trees. The treatments include mountain botanicals and warming spices for a unique and restorative experience. Private yoga classes are also available. A variety of dining experiences are offered and are shared by the small group of guests: breakfast is served at Nong Yao, the camp's restaurant; lunch might be a picnic in the jungle with folding tables, stools and linen napkins; dinner could be a barbecue, a five-course formal meal or a dinner by the campfire. There is a pool and attached whirlpool at the camp that has been integrated into the landscape, surrounded by granite boulders and lush plants. The camp is 90 minutes from Chiang Rai International Airport (CEI).
Amanpuri, which means “peaceful place,” is a magnificent resort created by the architect who designed the Winter Palace of the former Shah of Iran. The resort has 40 secluded pavilions, each with a private outdoor terrace overlooking the Andaman Sea, and come with a personal cook and butler. Dining options include The Restaurant, which serves Italian cuisine, and The Terrace, which offers Thai and European specialties. Amanpuri has a Beach Club, with windsurfing and hobie-cats available, a 20-meter lap pool and a starting point for diving, snorkeling or fishing. Other facilities include a business center, floodlit tennis courts, and a fitness center with state-of-the-art weight training and cardiovascular machines and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the sea. Wifi is available in all rooms and public areas. The resort is 25 minutes from the airport in Phuket (HKT).
The beachside Andara resort rests atop a lush hillside on the west coast of Phuket, offering sweeping sea views from its rooms, restaurants and an infinity pool. Andara’s accommodations include a variety of three- to six-bedroom Pool Villas and a mix of one- to four-bedroom Pool Suites, Terrace Suites and Pool Suite Penthouses. The Silk Restaurant & Bar serves contemporary Thai cuisine focusing on locally sourced ingredients, as well as Western comfort foods and a children’s menu. Andara’s Spa has six individual treatment rooms, two couples’ rooms with jacuzzi baths, and a private steam room, with a diverse menu of therapies including Thai, Ayurvedic, Swiss, Javanese and Swedish massage, as well as a variety of scrubs, detox and body treatments. The resort’s state-of-the-art fitness center has the latest free weights and Precor machines and cardio equipment, and both group and individual yoga and aerobic classes are available as well. Andara is a 30-minute drive from Phuket International Airport.
This boutique resort is located within a beautiful tropical forest over a private bay, just 15 minutes from Phuket International Airport, on the island’s quiet northwestern coastline. The resort’s 42 pool suites and villas, guest facilities and 12 privately owned residential villas all face the sea, many with absolute sea frontage. The villas and facilities sit within 40 acres of garden that rise between two private headlands, ensuring absolute privacy from any other developments. The resort’s restaurant and bar are set directly above the beach on a deck that extends out towards the surf. Trisara’s team of creative chefs prepare beautifully presented yet simple selections of classic Thai dishes as well as specialties from around the world. Other amenities include a fully equipped fitness center, tennis courts, yacht rental, complimentary gold club rental, the opulent Trisara Spa with its sea-view treatment suites, wi-fi and a business center.