Introduction
Thailand's public face boasts showy gold temples and Instagram worthy beaches. You want to see them, and we'll be sure you do. But the secret to Thailand is to shift your focus a few degrees, allowing the local people to richness of this dazzling land. You'll sail on a traditional junk boat through glorious Phang Nga Bay to James Bond Island. You'll visit an elephant camp deep in foothills of Chiang Rai to meet the mahouts, men who are more the partners than the masters of the revered animals. Walks take you from dike-top paths in emerald rice paddies to remote villages where proud hill tribes practice ancient traditions and crafts. You'll receive the blessing of saffron-robed Buddhist monks at an early morning alms-giving...glide over rivers in classic long-tail boats...and be welcomed into one of the country's finest kitchens. Because Thailand has a long history of hospitality to travelers, your accommodations here are especially fine—soothing ends to stimulating days.
Itinerary at a glance
DAYS 1-2 - PHUKET
We meet in exotic Phuket, the largest island in Thailand (2 nights), with generous time for a scenic three beaches ride to spectacular viewpoints, a walk to Big Buddha at Chalong and a full day Phang-Nga Bay private cruise onboard a traditional junk boat. 

DAYS 3-4 - CHIANG MAI
A brief air hop delivers us to Chiang Mai and our temple-style hotel (2 nights). On foot, we’ll explore the fine archaeological sites at Wiang Kum Kam and time our visit to a Buddhist temple to offer alms to monks. You’ll also enjoy a delicious cooking lesson at the The Farm before our ascent by trail or by funicular to Wat Doi Suthep.

DAYS 5-7 - CHIANG RAI 
We’ll settle into our spa hotel (2 nights), overlooking the hills of Laos. An array of activities here includes demonstrations of Siemese arts such as silk weaving and pottery. On our last day, you'll learn how the Dara Camp contributes to Thailand's elephant conservation. 
Picture yourself...
  • Mingling with members of colorful hill tribes
  • Touring exquisite palaces and sacred temples
  • Communing elephants along forest and jungle paths
Thailand
Culture + Walking
7 Days / 6 Nights
Starting Point: Phuket – lobby of hotel - 1:30 pm (Note: an airport transfer to our starting hotel is included in the trip price)

Ending Point: Chiang Rai airport - upon your flight departure

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Thailand
Culture + Walking
7 Days / 6 Nights

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Tour Dates & Prices
Tour prices are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement is only applicable if you are traveling solo and/or have a room to yourself.
TOUR DATES
TOUR PRICES
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
Dec 29, 2018-Jan 6, 2019$5595.00$1995.00
Jan 28-Feb 3, 2019$5695.00$1295.00
March 4-10, 2019$5695.00$1195.00
November 4-10, 2019$5695.00$1195.00
Dec 27, 2019-Jan 2, 2020$6295.00$2195.00


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Internal Air
This trip includes one internal flight, which is priced separately from the land tour. The total cost for the internal flight is approximately $495 per person.
What's Included
  • Accommodations for 7 days and 6 nights at our favorite luxury boutique hotels
  • Full time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip, handle behind-the-scenes logistics and are there to help with anything from haggling for a rug to buying a tube of toothpaste
  • Support vehicle(s)
  • Admissions to tastings, historic sites and other scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary.
  • Gratuities for hotels, meals and baggage
  • Trip literature
  • All land transportation during the trip
• All breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners, 1 cooking instruction lunch
Above & Beyond Benefits
  • Invisible Check-In
    When your group arrives, we whisk you and your bags to your room immediately. No waiting – no tipping.
  • Privileged Access Events
    One-of-a-kind access to remarkable people, places and activities arranged just for you.
Thailand
Culture + Walking
7 Days / 6 Nights
Thailand has a warm to hot tropical climate with some variations in the far northern areas during the ‘cool’ season from November through February. Days and evenings will generally be quite hot and humid with minimal variation. When we venture into the northernmost areas (i.e. Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai) the evenings will be a little cooler to cold at times.

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Hotels
Anantara Layan Phuket Resort and Spa

This five-star luxury beach retreat overlooks a quiet sandy cove on the island's low-key northwest coast. Open-air public spaces make the most of the natural surroundings. The airy guest rooms are decorated in modern Thai style with dark carved woods.

Ratilanna Riverside Spa Resort

Capturing the essence of the ancient Lanna heritage through its impressive architecture and interior decor, this luxury boutique resort is nestled serenely along the bank of Mae Ping River. Luxurious guestrooms feature private balconies and rain showers.

Anantara Resort Golden Triangle

A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, this resort is perched on a ridge overlooking the hills of Myanmar and Laos. The deluxe accommodations and spa ensure that every moment is perfectly peaceful and memorable.

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