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Classic Thailand for Foodies: Bangkok, Chiang Mai & Koh Samui

Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,707

FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Discover the land of smiles with a foodie twist – travel to Thailand with Goway and be introduced to the best of its culinary traditions!


Taste delicious street food in Bangkok and Chiang Mai, explore the colourful markets of Bangkok’s Chinatown and Chiang Mai’s North Gate, and unlock the flavours of Northern Thai cooking at a full-day cooking class. You’ll also discover sacred temples and golden Buddhas, and fly south to the gorgeous island of Koh Samui for some rest and relaxation. Arrive home refreshed and with Thai cooking secrets up your sleeve!

 

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Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,707

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Day 1

Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport to Bangkok Hotel With Guide

Duration90 Minutes

Pullman Bangkok Hotel G

The Pullman Bangkok Hotel G combines the international sophistication of Accor's Pullman brand with the edgy style of Hotel G. This stylish lifestyle hotel in the heart of Bangkok features 469 contemporary rooms, all with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Bangkok's skyline. There is also a wide range of cutting-edge food and beverage options, 12 meeting spaces, a fitness centre, open air swimming pool and a spa.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
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Pullman Bangkok Hotel G

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    Pullman Bangkok Hotel G



    The Pullman Bangkok Hotel G combines the international sophistication of Accor's Pullman brand with the edgy style of Hotel G. This stylish lifestyle hotel in the heart of Bangkok features 469 contemporary rooms, all with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Bangkok's skyline. There is also a wide …

    The Pullman Bangkok Hotel G combines the international sophistication of Accor's Pullman brand with the edgy style of Hotel G. This stylish lifestyle hotel in the heart of Bangkok features 469 contemporary rooms, all with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Bangkok's skyline. There is also a wide range of cutting-edge food and beverage options, 12 meeting spaces, a fitness centre, open air swimming pool and a spa.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Massage Treatments
    • Parking
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Secretarial Service
    • Spa
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 2

Half Day Grand Palace and Wat Pho (VIP Luxury)

You will be picked up at 14:00. Start the afternoon with a visit to the Grand Palace, which has served as the seat of Thailand's revered Royal Family for more than two centuries. Take a walk around the vast grounds, stopping in to explore the various temples, throne halls, the Emerald Buddha, the most revered Buddhist image in Thailand and museums within the compound with a particular focus on Queen Sirikit Museum. Not only does the visit showcase high fashion but it also chronicles the Queen's life and state visits.

On your way to Wat Pho, you will enjoy a coffee break in an authentic cafe.

Go behind the scenes for a closer look at Buddhist culture. Continue your journey with a trip to Wat Pho which is one of Bangkok's most enchanting temples. Take a walk around Wat Pho and see the vast collection of religious treasures on display. Admire the famed reclining Buddha image, which stretches 45-meters in length. Learn about the symbolism of the Buddha's intricate footprint and witness devotees making offerings to this revered image.

Enjoy the afternoon monk's chants. Witness this deeply spiritual ritual and gain a better sense of Thailand's Buddhist heritage.

Following the tour of these iconic Bangkok monuments, return to the hotel.

Duration4 Hours

Evening Street Food Delights by Tuk Tuk

This evening, you will be met at your hotel by your guide who will travel with you on public transport to the meeting point near Hua Lumphong Station for 5:30pm. Here, you'll bet met and greeted by your local food guide who will offer a short briefing before this fun evening excursion commences.

From here, hop on Bangkok's iconic 3-wheel tuk tuk to begin your night adventure to visit the best local eateries in town. Bangkok is claimed to be the city that never stops eating and locals usually find themselves eating out at night, especially street food, which the city is so well-known for.

Enjoy the ride and make various stops at local places in which the smells will ignite ones taste buds. From the local favourite Northern Thai-Isan Food, the best kept-secret Guay Tiew Gai guaranteed with a Michelin star for 2 consecutive years, and one of the best Pad Thais in town; popular with both locals and foreigners alike.

In between your tasty samplings, visit Wat Pho, an iconic sight of Bangkok for a night time perspective and be wowed by its illuminated chedis while learning all about the history of the temple. Walk through the city's largest flower market, Pak Klong Talad, which is busy 24-hours a day with wholesale vendors and local shoppers. Explore the stalls where orchids, other flowers, vegetables and other items spill over the crowded stalls. Here, there is a chance to taste some local snacks or fruits.

The night ends with a final stop outside a secret, hidden bar located by the river. Sip on a chilled Thai beer or a non-alcoholic drink while enjoying amazing night views of the Chao Phraya River along with the glittering Temple of Dawn.

After the tour finishes, you'll be transferred back to your hotel by tuk tuk.

Duration4 Hours
Day 3

Morning Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and Maeklong Railway Market

This morning, travel away from Bangkok's city centre for a visit to local markets and countryside neighbourhoods. Take a one-hour drive, leaving the high-rises behind and entering a land of lush landscapes and traditional wooden houses.

Stop at a local railway station where a bustling country market has sprouted up along the tracks. As a train pulls into the station, witness the vendors quickly clearing their stalls off the railway. Then, after the train departs, watch them set up shop and resume business as usual.

From here, continue to the famous Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Although these days the stalls are mostly selling items for tourists, this market remains the best example of a traditional floating market. Take a stroll around and admire the floating shops, many of which are selling fresh fruits and typical Thai snacks.

Leave the main market area and take a relaxing paddle boat ride. Pass by an old section of the floating market and enter a labyrinth of quiet canals. See houses built alongside the waterways and catch glimpses of local life in this rural Thai province.

Following your tour, you'll be returned to your hotel in Bangkok.

Duration6 Hours
Day 4

Bangkok Hotel to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport With Guide

Duration90 Minutes

Chiang Mai Airport to Chiang Mai Hotel

Duration10 Minutes

U Chiang Mai

U Chiang Mai is a boutique hotel in the largest and most culturally important city in the northern Thailand. The hotel is only a step away from the city's famous Sunday walking streets in front of the hotel as well as the well-known shopping area of Tha Phae Road. Many major temples are within walking distance of our hotel such as Wat Chedi Luang, a must see for visitors to Chiang Mai and Wat Phra Sing, famous for its fine examples of Lanna art. The boutique hotel provides the ideal base for guests wanting to enjoy diverse activities such as hill-tribe tourism and trekking, the Elephant Nature Park and Thai cookery courses at many of the city's schools.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

U Chiang Mai

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    U Chiang Mai



    U Chiang Mai is a boutique hotel in the largest and most culturally important city in the northern Thailand. The hotel is only a step away from the city's famous Sunday walking streets in front of the hotel as well as the well-known shopping area …

    U Chiang Mai is a boutique hotel in the largest and most culturally important city in the northern Thailand. The hotel is only a step away from the city's famous Sunday walking streets in front of the hotel as well as the well-known shopping area of Tha Phae Road. Many major temples are within walking distance of our hotel such as Wat Chedi Luang, a must see for visitors to Chiang Mai and Wat Phra Sing, famous for its fine examples of Lanna art. The boutique hotel provides the ideal base for guests wanting to enjoy diverse activities such as hill-tribe tourism and trekking, the Elephant Nature Park and Thai cookery courses at many of the city's schools.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Library
    • Lounge(s)
    • Massage Treatments
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa

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Day 5

Half Day Wat Doi Suthep and White Hmong Hilltribe

Today, be met at your hotel by your guide and venture away from the city centre of Chiang Mai for an insightful look at Thailand's rich culture. Start with a visit to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. Situated on a mountain rising high above the city, this sacred pagoda offers fabulous views of Chiang Mai and its surroundings. Walk up the stairs to see the exquisite gilded stupa and learn about Thai Buddhist beliefs.

Afterwards, continue higher into the hills, traveling by songtaew, a local truck. Drive along rough dirt roads to the Chang Khien Coffee Research Project. Enjoy a fresh cup of locally-grown Arabica coffee and hear about the North's flourishing coffee industry.

It's a short drive onwards to a village inhabited by the White Hmong hilltribe. Spend time exploring the village, meeting the inhabitants and learning about the traditions and customs of this unique ethnic group.

Following this insightful village visit, return to the songtaew and drive back to Chiang Mai. You will be transferred back to your hotel at the end of your day tour.

Duration5 Hours

Chiang Mai Evening Street Food Adventure

This evening, enjoy a lively night in Chiang Mai, wandering through the South Gate of the old city to the traditional street food market.

During the walk, you will be tempted by the delicious aromas emanating from the various food stalls and simple carts. Your guide will be on hand to introduce the many local dishes on offer. And of course, you will be able to try all the dishes you fancy. Some of the local specialities include deep fried pancakes, deep fried taro, kanom jeen (rice noodles with curry soup), kanom krok (Thai coconut pudding), noodle soup, pad Thai, and the summer favourite of sweet mango with sticky rice. You might also have an opportunity to sample the local rice whisky.

After the evening's gastronomic adventure, you'll be returned to your hotel with your stomach filled with delight.

Duration3 Hours
Day 6

Half Day Araksa Tea Experience

Today, drive out of Chiang Mai city to Mae Tang District to visit Araksa Tea Garden, specialising in producing high quality Assam tea, a black tea named after the name of India's largest tea growing region.

Upon arrival at the tea plantation, receive a warm welcome from the local guide who will explain the process and methods used to cultivate the young tea plants, select seeds and pick tea leaves. Then take a bamboo basket and be ready to partake in harvesting tea. Instructed by the guide, pick and collect tea leaves to fill the basket. Following this, move to the roasting station to enjoy the art of making tea by hand from kneading to roasting tea leaves.

After the roasting is done, enjoy tea tasting with delicious Thai snacks. A Thai set lunch is served at the restaurant on-site before returning back to your hotel in Chiang Mai.

Duration5 Hours
Day 7

Chiang Mai Hotel to Chiang Mai Airport

Duration10 Minutes

Koh Samui Airport or Pier to Koh Samui Hotel or Pier

Duration30 Minutes

Amari Koh Samui

Amari Koh Samui Resort offers unmatched luxury and comfort, at the quiet end of Chaweng, Koh Samui's most popular beach. With elegant traditional Thai style buildings, divided by a small road, set either on the beach or in tropical gardens, this boutique Samui resort offers spacious rooms and unrivalled services. Guests will enjoy a peaceful retreat for a romantic holiday or a family getaway.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration4 Nights
Accommodation

Amari Koh Samui

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    Amari Koh Samui



    Amari Koh Samui Resort offers unmatched luxury and comfort, at the quiet end of Chaweng, Koh Samui's most popular beach. With elegant traditional Thai style buildings, divided by a small road, set either on the beach or in tropical gardens, this boutique Samui resort offers …

    Amari Koh Samui Resort offers unmatched luxury and comfort, at the quiet end of Chaweng, Koh Samui's most popular beach. With elegant traditional Thai style buildings, divided by a small road, set either on the beach or in tropical gardens, this boutique Samui resort offers spacious rooms and unrivalled services. Guests will enjoy a peaceful retreat for a romantic holiday or a family getaway.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Massage Treatments
    • Padi Dive Centre
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Water sports/ Equipment

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Day 8

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 9

Full Day Angthong Snorkeling and Kayaking by Shared Speedboat

This morning transfer from your hotel to the pier to take a speedboat toAngthong National Marine Park, the Gulf of Thailand's crown jewel and an amazing place to visit whilst staying on Koh Samui.

This Angthong experience has got it all! Snorkel in beautiful clear waters, kayak around the archipelago, and cruise through the limestone islands.Enjoy the beautiful views from Koh Taling Nai and take a walk to the Emerald Lake.

A picnic lunch with authentic Thai flavours will be served on a private island.

Following your day tour, you'll be transferred back to your hotel on KohSamui.

Duration9 Hours
Day 10

Full Day Shared Organic Thai Cooking Class

Get a taste of Thai cuisine with a fun, hands-on cooking class. You'll be met and transferred to Island Organics where chef Lat and her team will welcome you.

Take a stroll through the organic garden to learn about the exotic herbs and fruits growing there. Lat will explain more about the organic process and its health benefits. While walking through the garden, pick fresh produce that will be used to prepare today's lunch.

Then head into the kitchen, don an apron and start cooking. Use traditional techniques -- such as mortar and pestle- to prepare the ingredients. Lat will share her recipes and secrets as she leads the group through the cooking process step-by-step. Cook popular dishes such as green curry with chicken, pad Thai, coconut soup and other tasty items.

The time spent in the kitchen is about more than just food. Chit-chat with Lat, who will share her personal story of growing up in rural Thailand. She will also provide insight into local culture and explain more about the Thai obsession with food.

When the dishes are ready, sit down for a fantastic, organic meal. Savour the delicate flavours of authentic, fresh Thai cuisine.

Then say farewell to Lat and her team, returning to your hotel with a full stomach and a new appreciation for Thai food.

Duration5 Hours
Day 11

Koh Samui Hotel or Pier to Koh Samui Airport or Pier

Duration30 Minutes

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DEPARTURES:

Daily*

*Some excursions may not operate on a daily basis and may need to be rearranged depending on start day.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers in all locations 
  • 3 nights first-class accommodations in Bangkok
  • 3 nights first-class accommodations in Chiang Mai
  • 4 nights first-class accommodations in Koh Samui
  • Private-guided Half Day Grand Palace and What Pho Tour in Bangkok
  • Private-guided Evening Street Food Delights by Tuk Tuk Tour in Bangkok
  • Private-guided Morning Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and Maeklong Railway Market Tour in Bangkok
  • Private-guided Half Day Wat Doi Suthep and White Hmong Hilltribe Tour in Chiang Mai
  • Private-guided Evening Street Food Adventure Tour in Chiang Mai
  • Private-guided Half Day Araksa Tea Experience in Chiang Mai
  • Shared Full Day Angthong Snorkeling and Kayaking by Shared Speedboat (max 14)
  • Shared Full Day Organic Thai Cooking Class in Koh Samui (max 12)
  • Breakfast daily (excluding day 1), 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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5 Sep 2023
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