Remote Lands, the world’s leading ultra-luxe and intrepid Asia travel tour operator, is delighted to announce four new wellness- and culinary-themed itineraries in Thailand in conjunction with the Tourism Authority of Thailand. This culturally-enriching country offers flavorful and diverse cuisine, luxurious wellness experiences, magnificent landscapes and natural attractions, as well as some of the finest five-star hotels and resorts in Asia.
Remote Lands and the Tourism Authority of Thailand have teamed up to promote inspiring Thai cuisine which is known for its strong aromatic flavors and rich spices, as well as plush wellness retreats and experiences in the country’s southern and northern cities including Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Khao Lak. Each of the new itineraries may be booked as is or customized to suit individual travelers’ interests. These itineraries offer a wide variety of experiences ranging from cooking lessons with one of Bangkok’s most celebrated chefs Ian Kittichai and strolling through the Chiang Mai hills to cook lunch alongside local villagers, to meditating by the soothing waterfalls in Chiang Rai, as well as relaxing with curated wellness and restorative sleep programs in Phuket.
The Ultimate Insider Access to Bangkok's Fine-Dining Scene – Travelers with an appreciation for food and curated experiences will enjoy this three-day journey that invites them to deepen their knowledge of some of the finest cuisine in the world. After checking in at The Rosewood Bangkok, participants will foray into the capital’s fine dining scene for lunch at Michelin-starred restaurant Sorn, housed in a nearly 100-year-old home with seating for only 22 guests. Travelers will also experience an exclusive evening with one Bangkok’s most celebrated chefs to learn about where he draws inspiration and passion; enjoy private cooking classes with the award-winning chef and author Ian Kittichai, being guided through his restaurant’s kitchen prior to opening time to observe how they prepare for dinner service; and mingle with the local chefs and housewives at Klong Toei market, the largest wet market in the city, to see how they gather inspiration for purchasing ingredients. The itinerary also includes one final exclusive experience: the opportunity for an insider’s look at a Michelin-starred restaurant’s inner culture as the guest at a family or staff meal. Rates for this itinerary begin at $7,150 per person for three days.
Tastes of the Lanna Kingdom – This five-day epicurean journey through Chiang Mai and Lamphun gives travelers a deeper look into Thailand’s food scene, delving into Lanna cuisine named after the ancient Lanna Kingdom. Due to its geographic proximity to China and Burma, Lanna cuisine developed distinctive palates from Bangkok and the rest of the country with predominantly hot and salty flavors from mountain herbs and fermented seasoning pastes. Highlights include learning how to cook over traditional clay pot fires from local chefs and families in the rural outskirts of Lamphun; exploring lively night markets at dusk to taste rarer culinary finds such as hor mok pla and tod mun hua plee dishes; and finally driving down the mountain to Huay Tueng Thao, a favorite relaxation area amongst locals, to indulge in a lively seafood and herb-infused lunch. Rates begin at $3,500 for five days.
Chiang Rai Retreats: Peace and Well-Being in the Mountains – Travelers seeking a wellness journey in Thailand can embark on this six-day experience soaking up the best of what Chiang Rai has to offer, including guided nature walks through the jungles and paddy fields, mountaintop coffee and tea tastings, as well as indulgent accommodations at Pa Sak Tong Hotel. Participants will have full access to the luxurious all-inclusive Pa Sak Tong teak villa, complete with personal butlers, wellness chefs that have been trained by a world class plant-based master chef, masseuses and a resident yoga master that can provide services tailored to personalized wellness regimens. Additional itinerary highlights include a guided hike through the rural village of Suan Doc; visits to a private elephant sanctuary, walking alongside the friendly animals on a jungle trail with the option of bathing them in the river; a private trek to the 1,400-meter-high Doi Chang village famous for producing some of the world’s finest Arabica coffee; and indulgent massage and spa treatments, meditation by the hotel’s waterfall, or biking through the hotel’s neighboring rice fields and foothills to round out their activities. Guests may take a scenic detour to Doi Mae Saelong, an ethnic Chinese community that is distinctly known for their alternative food, music, arts and culture. The itinerary also includes the opportunity to discover Phu Chaisai, an 800- acre property boasting natural spring-fed waterfalls, abundant bamboo and tree species, organic vegetable farms and fruit orchards, and more. Rates begin at $6,700 per person for six days.
A Sense of Well-Being: Sanctuaries & Cuisine in Southern Thailand – This six-day tour invites travelers to balance their body, soul and mind in the stunning paradise of southern Thailand. Beginning their journey in Phuket, guests will experience top-tier accommodations at their retreat of choice – the Banyan Tree Spa Sanctuary or Rosewood Phuket – where a wellness host will help to create a personalized program of experiences that may include in-villa spa treatments, yoga, cardio sessions and unlimited wellbeing activities. Deep restorative sleeps are encouraged with pillows and sheets that travelers can select from Banyan Tree’s Sanctuary Sleep Experience menu. As mindful eating is an important factor of overall wellness, this experience treats guests to local delights at Phuket’s Old Town, discovering the flavors, textures and aromas of fresh seafood and abundant fruit in multi-cultural cafes and eateries and a lauded farm-to-table restaurant within the area. To conclude their trip, travelers may get away to the secluded Khao Lak and take their wellness routine seaside, enjoying meditation sessions and massage treatments on local beaches, experiencing private cruises through Phang Nga National Park’s limestones cliffs and mangrove forests, and unwinding with private dining experiences by a jungle waterfall at Sarojin. Rates begin at $6,250 per person for six nights.
“It is our pleasure be working with the Tourism Authority of Thailand once again, bringing increased awareness to the country’s enriching culinary and wellness offerings,” said Catherine Heald, Co-founder and CEO of Remote Lands. “Working with the tourism board to celebrate Thailand’s unique offerings is a natural partnership that we believe will be of strong interest to our discerning clientele who are always looking for the best in cuisine, wellbeing and culture. We aim to deliver unforgettable experiences that are out of the ordinary and Thailand is a magical place to bring these experiences to life.”
About Remote Lands, Inc.
Remote Lands, Inc. creates highly personalized and unique, luxury and intrepid holidays throughout Asia. Based in New York and Bangkok, the company specializes in extraordinary experiences that are difficult to arrange and require privileged access to important people and exclusive events, drawing upon Remote Lands’ relationships with remarkable people around Asia. Unparalleled service, creative itineraries and extreme attention to detail are what set Remote Lands apart.
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