Discover Thailand on this classic vacation. Start in Bangkok, where you’ll see temples and explore the river. Continue to Chiang Mai to visit remote hilltribes and city markets. Close out your time in Phuket with several days at a beachside resort.
- Round trip airfare from Canada on Cathay Pacific
- Domestic airfare in economy class from Bangkok to Chiang Mai to Phuket
- Private arrival and departure airport transfers in all locations
- 9 nights deluxe accommodation: Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket
-Bangkok: 3 nights at the COMO Metropolitan Bangkok in a City Room
-Chiang Mai: 3 nights at the RatiLanna Riverside in a Deluxe Riverside Room
-Phuket: 3 nights at Twinpalms Phuket Resort in a Palm Deluxe Room
- 10 Meals: 8 breakfasts, 2 dinners
- Private-guided Half Day Grand Palace & Wat Pho Tour in Bangkok
- Shared evening dinner cruise in Bangkok (max 20 guests)
- Private-guided Half Day Klongs with Temple of Dawn & Royal Barge Museum Tour in Bangkok
- Private-guided Half Day Wat Doi Suthep and White Hmong Hilltribe Tour in Chiang Mai
- Private-guided Evening Chiang Mai Night Discovery Tour
|February 15-May 24, 2022||from $3249 + $360 tax|
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- Travel insurance
- Gratuities unless otherwise stated
- Items of a personal nature
- Optional excursions
- Beverages unless otherwise stated
- Visa fees if applicable
- Park fees unless stated
Day 1: Canada – Bangkok
Departure from your Canadian gateway city for Bangkok.
Day 2: Arrive Bangkok
On arrival at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport you will be transferred to your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure to begin your discovery of Bangkok.
Hotel: Como Metropolitan Bangkok (3 nights)
Day 3: Grand Palace & Wat Pho and Manohra Dinner Cruise (B/D)
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.
This evening 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 see 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.
Day 4: Half Day Klongs with Temple of Dawn & Royal Barge Museum (B)
Today, be met at your hotel by your guide and take a longtail boat through Bangkok’s canals to discover the true heart of the city. Start with a ride along the Chao Phraya River, also known as the ‘River of Kings’. Admire the passing skyline where glittering pagodas stand in the shadows of towering skyscrapers. The boat then turns off the main waterway and onto the canals, or ‘klongs’. See why Bangkok is often called the ‘Venice of the East’, while cruising along the intricate network of canals. Capture glimpses of small villages on the water’s edge and enjoy the slower pace of life away from the city centre.
Make a stop at the Royal Barge Museum. See the eight spectacular boats used by Thailand’s royal family to mark special occasions. Carved from teak and intricately decorated with gold leaf and mosaics, the barges are a truly impressive sight.
Afterwards, return to the boat and cruise back onto the Chao Phraya for one final stop to see Wat Arun, a 79-metre-high pagoda built in a style similar to Angkor Wat. Meaning ‘Temple of Dawn’, Wat Arun is one Thailand’s most beautiful temples and the perfect last stop on the day’s tour.
Following your tour, you’ll be transferred back to your hotel.
Day 5: Bangkok to Chiang Mai (B)
Following breakfast, transfer to the airport for the short flight to Chiang Mai. On arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure.
Hotel: Ratilanna Riverside Spa Resort (3 nights)
Day 6: Half Day Wat Doi Suthep and White Hmong Hilltribe (B)
Following breakfast you will 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.
Day 7: Chiang Mai Night Discovery with Dinner (B/D)
Experience a charming evening of discovery in Chiang Mai. With a local guide, enjoy a night out on the town embracing the spiritual traditions and rich heritage that make Chiang Mai so special.
Start with a visit to a local temple at sunset, watch as the monks gather for their evening prayers and be soothed by the calm sounds of their chanting. Join local devotees in lighting incense and candles, offerings of good luck and health.
After this unforgettable experience, it’s time for dinner. Travel through the illuminated city streets
to 137 Pillars House, one of Chiang Mai’s top tables. Enter the incredible courtyard which was inspired by ancient Chinese dwellings. In this atmospheric setting, enjoy a dinner of exquisite dishes of Thai cuisine.
Cap off the evening with a trip to Warorot Market. Busy from morning till late at night, the bustling market is a hub of local life. Browse stalls overflowing with fresh food, flowers, and more and enjoy the lively atmosphere. Sample Thai desserts from a popular street vendor, providing a sweet end to an enchanting evening.
Day 8: Chiang Mai to Phuket (B)
Following breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight to Phuket. On arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure.
Hotel: Twinpalms Phuket Resort (3 nights)
Day 9 & 10: Phuket at Leisure (B)
Two full days at leisure to discover Thailand’s largest island.
Phuket has a large Chinese influence, so you will see many Chinese shrines and Chinese Restaurants around the city. A Chinese Vegetarian Festival is held there every year. While the Chinese community is quite big, there are many other ethnicities bringing all their traditions and festivals from all over the world to Phuket.
Being a big island, Phuket is surrounded by many magnificent Beaches such as Rawai, Patong, Karon, Kamala, Kata Yai, Kata Noi, and Mai Khao. Laem Phromthep Viewpoint is said to feature the most beautiful sunsets in Thailand.
Day 11: Phuket – Canada (B)
Following breakfast, transfer to the airport for your onward journey.