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Classic Thailand: Bangkok, Chiang Mai & Phuket

Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,612

FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Start with exciting Bangkok, continue to charming Chiang Mai and finish in the fabled resort of Phuket. This perfect combination allows you to truly immerse yourself in this country of contrasts.


This 10-day trip serves as a great introduction to Thailand, taking you to bustling Bangkok, relaxed and culture-rich Chiang Mai, and the sprawling beaches of Phuket.

Bangkok, the Thai capital since 1782, is a national treasure with its Buddhist temples, palaces, floating markets on small canals, legendary nightlife, and abundant shopping opportunities. It offers visitors the opportunity to experience fascinating glimpses of Thailand's rich traditions and gentle culture amid the bustle of a diverse metropolis.

This dynamic city has successfully combined the ancient and modern worlds. Bangkok, the Thai capital since 1782, is a national treasure with its Buddhist temples, palaces, floating markets on small canals, legendary nightlife and abundant shopping opportunities. It offers visitors the opportunity to experience fascinating glimpses of Thailand's gentle culture amid the bustle of a great and diverse metropolis.

Your stay begins with a visit to the renowned Grand Palace, the former residence of Thai kings. In this complex, you will be able to relive the splendour and pageantry of the past. A highlight will be the impressive Emerald Buddha. Continue to Wat Po, one of the oldest and largest temples in Bangkok where the large Reclining Buddha is housed. In the evening, you will take a cruise on the Chao Phraya River which cuts through the city, taking in spectacular sights on both banks including the Temple of Dawn, and the Grand Palace. Thai delicacies will be served during the cruise.

The next day, you'll enjoy a scenic tour of Bangkok's klongs (canals) where there will be plenty of opportunities to see local life. After your time spent in vibrant Bangkok, it's off to Chiang Mai.

Chiang Mai is the principal city in the north surrounded by the highest mountains in the country. The atmosphere here is much more serene than Bangkok. With a wall surrounding the old part of the city and over 300 ancient temples, "The Rose of the North" is famous for its history, culture, spirituality, lush hills, shopping, and fascinating tribal people.

The next morning, travel outside the city to Doi Suthep, a temple built on top of a mountain with amazing views of the surrounding countryside and even Chiang Mai in the distance. After this, visit a hill tribe village and meet the Hmong tribe close up with their colourful outfits and a special way of life.

On your final day in Chiang Mai, you'll enjoy a sumptuous street food tour at Chang Puek Market. A foodie's paradise!

Fly the next day to the south of Thailand to the beach resort of Phuket, your home for the next three nights. Phuket is blessed with magnificent coves and bays, powdery white beaches, hospitable people and lushly forested mountains - everything necessary for a memorable, relaxing stay. 

Your time in Phuket is at leisure to explore, swim, relax or go shopping as you wish.


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Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,612

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Day 1

Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport to Bangkok Hotel With Guide

Duration90 Minutes

X2 Vibe Bangkok Sukhumvit

The X2 Vibe Bangkok Sukhumvit design hotel is situated only 5 minutes from the BTS Sky Train in the Onnut area, considered one of the more popular residential areas of Bangkok. Ideally located adjacent to shopping malls and supermarkets, it offers easy access to the highway and to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport. A 28 SQM cozy but cool guest room with everything a traveler needs.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

X2 Vibe Bangkok Sukhumvit

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    X2 Vibe Bangkok Sukhumvit



    The X2 Vibe Bangkok Sukhumvit design hotel is situated only 5 minutes from the BTS Sky Train in the Onnut area, considered one of the more popular residential areas of Bangkok. Ideally located adjacent to shopping malls and supermarkets, it offers easy access to the …

    The X2 Vibe Bangkok Sukhumvit design hotel is situated only 5 minutes from the BTS Sky Train in the Onnut area, considered one of the more popular residential areas of Bangkok. Ideally located adjacent to shopping malls and supermarkets, it offers easy access to the highway and to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport. A 28 SQM cozy but cool guest room with everything a traveler needs.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Cafe
    • Gym
    • Onsen
    • Pool
    • Shuttle Service
    • Spa

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Day 2

Half Day Grand Palace & Wat Pho

This morning, you'll be collected from your hotel at 8:00am to go behind the scenes for a closer look at Thailand's Buddhist culture. Start the morning with a trip to Wat Pho which is one of Bangkok's most enchanting temples. Arrive just as the resident monks gather for their morning chants and witness this deeply spiritual ritual to gain a better sense of Thailand's Buddhist heritage.

After the chants, 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-metres in length. Learn about the symbolism of the Buddha's intricate footprint and witness devotees making offerings to this revered image.

Your tour then continues to the nearby 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 and museums within the compound. Visit the Emerald Buddha, the most revered Buddhist image in Thailand, and hear about its mysterious origins.
Following your tour of these iconic Bangkok monuments, you'll be returned to your hotel.

Duration4 Hours

Evening Manohra Rice Barge Dinner Cruise

Take a loved one on a memorable and romantic evening cruise through the glittering city of Bangkok. Enjoy a sumptuous dinner while gazing at stunning iconic sights such as the illuminated Temple of Dawn and Grand Palace.

You'll experience the romance of Bangkok in style on the luxury Manohra rice barge cruise that has been converted into one of Bangkok's finest dining venues as you cruise along the Chao Phraya River. From the stunning Temple of Dawn, the illuminated Grand Palace, magnificent temples, striking bridges and other Bangkok's landmarks, this cruise offers a truly memorable evening experience in Bangkok.

While cruising down the river, you'll enjoy a sumptuous five-course dinner.

Following your cruise, you'll be returned to your hotel.

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

Evening Street Food Delights by Tuk Tuk

This evening, make your way independently (at own expense) by train or taxi to MRT Hua Lumphong Station (Exit 3) for 5:30pm where 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 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 Chiang Mai Temples and Traditions

Today, be introduced to the culture and history of the city on this great orientation tour. Head to the centre of town with a local guide and visit Tapae Gate, the main entrance to the old walled city. See the crumbling walls and hear about Chiang Mai's rich past.

Then hop on a pedal-powered trishaw to explore the old town. Visit the Three Kings Monument on the way to Wat Phra Singh, one of the city's most revered temples. See the various buildings in the compound, admire its ancient Buddha image and hear about its 700-year history. Then continue foot to Wat Chedi Luang, an impressive monument that once housed the country's famed Emerald Buddha.

Continue onwards to Chiang Mai's silver making district, one of the city's traditional crafts neighbourhoods. Observe silversmiths at work on impressive murals unique to Northern Thailand and admire their skilled craftsmanship. Then take a short drive to Wat Sri Suphan, a unique temple made from ornate silver.

Following this introduction to Chiang Mai's heritage, culture and temples, you'll be returned to your hotel.

Duration4 Hours
Day 6

Half Day Wat Umong Tunnel Temple and White Hmong Hilltribe

Take a closer look at Chiang Mai's rich traditions with a morning tour to Wat Umong Temple. A number of tunnels dug out of a mound contains shrines with Buddha images, where devotees can pay their respect to the Buddha. The large, shady temple grounds are often filled with the sounds of monks' chanting. The temple's setting in a forested area with a natural lake makes Wat Umong an excellent place for meditation.

Continue higher into the hills, travelling by songtaew (a local truck) as you're driven along dirt roads to the Chang Khien Coffee Research Project. Enjoy a fresh cup of locally-grown Arabica coffee and hear about the flourishing coffee industry in northern Thailand.

Afterwards, take a short drive onwards to a local hilltribe village inhabited by the White Hmong people. Spend time exploring the village, meeting the inhabitants and learning about the traditions and customs of this unique ethnic group. This Hmong tribal village is a big village consisting of a museum, beautiful garden, houses and souvenir shops.

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

Duration4 Hours
Day 7

Chiang Mai Hotel to Chiang Mai Airport

Duration10 Minutes

Phuket Airport to Phuket Hotel

Duration45 Minutes

X2 Vibe Phuket Patong

Just a short walk from the soft white sands of Patong Beach and within easy reach of the vibrant dining and entertainment district, X2 Vibe Phuket Patong puts guests right in the heart of Thailand's most exciting island. It's the ideal base for an unforgettable holiday on Phuket’s world-famous west coast.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
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X2 Vibe Phuket Patong

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    X2 Vibe Phuket Patong



    Just a short walk from the soft white sands of Patong Beach and within easy reach of the vibrant dining and entertainment district, X2 Vibe Phuket Patong puts guests right in the heart of Thailand's most exciting island. It's the ideal base for an unforgettable …

    Just a short walk from the soft white sands of Patong Beach and within easy reach of the vibrant dining and entertainment district, X2 Vibe Phuket Patong puts guests right in the heart of Thailand's most exciting island. It's the ideal base for an unforgettable holiday on Phuket’s world-famous west coast.

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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

Day at Leisure

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

Day 10

Phuket Hotel to Phuket Airport

Duration45 Minutes

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Daily

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket
  • 3 nights first-class accommodations in Bangkok
  • 3 nights first-class accomodations in Chiang Mai
  • 3 nights first-class accomodations in Phuket
  • Private-guided morning Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and Maeklong Railway Market Tour in Bangkok
  • Private-guided Half Day Grand Palace & Wat Pho Tour in Bangkok
  • Shared evening dinner cruise in Bangkok (max 20 guests)
  • Private-guided Half Day Wat Umong Tunnel Temple and White Hmong Hilltribe Tour in Chiang Mai
  • Private-guided evening Street Food Delights by Tuk Tuk Tour in Bangkok
  • Private-guided Half Day Chiang Mai Temples and Traditions Tour in Chiang Mai
  • Breakfast daily (excluding day 1), 1 dinner

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

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

This itinerary requires flights between Bangkok and Chiang Mai, and Chiang Mai and Phuket (additional cost). Please enquire with your Goway destination specialist.

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 enquire. 

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