From glittering golden temples dotted across Bangkok to the glamorous beaches in Phuket, Thailand is home to breathtaking architectural and natural wonders. On our exploration of this beautiful country, we’ll experience ancient temples, taste the best street food on the planet, make friend with a giant yet gentle elephant. We’ll sail on the most beautiful beaches in Thailand to spot wildlife, admire majestic sunset, and watch the miracle when bioluminescent plankton glowing on the water of an ink-black sea cave. At every stop, we’ll get a glimpse about the local life to learn what makes this country so unique.
Traveling alone isn’t always easy, especially with female travelers. But with our escort, you will explore the utter perfection of traveling while experiencing the great sense of being solo.
Upon arrival at the airport, our staff will meet you at air-bridge and escort you to the immigration counter without queue. They will also carry your luggage at the luggage belt and take you to see your driver for a private transfer to your hotel.
Being one of the most attractions and oldest temples in Bangkok, a visit to Wat Pho is a must. We'll take you there in the morning to make sure you won’t miss the monks early morning chanting ritual which often starts at 9 AM before seeing the famous 150 feet reclining Buddha. The statue’s feet display 108 auspicious symbols of Buddha. To wish for happiness and good fortune, you can drop coins into one of 108 bronze bowls in the corridor as the locals do.
Continue to the impressive royal Grand Palace that is located just right next to Wat Pho. Our guide, with more than 10 years of experience, will explain to you the significant meaning of the Funeral Palace, the Reception Palace, the Throne Hall, .. and how they are used in different occasions. Go to Wat Phra Kaew on the grounds of Grand Palace to witness Emerald Buddha - the palladium of Thailand Kingdom. The holly statuette spent its first 300 years in various temples across Thailand and Laos until it finally settled in this beautiful temples in 1784.
After lunch at a riverside restaurant, board a private long-tail boat to cruise along the peaceful canals. You will have a glimpse into the slower pace of the local life and countless temples, large and small, looming over the canals. En route back to the city stop to visit Wat Arun. Its Khmer-style central tower is encrusted with colorful Chinese porcelain, makes a truly impressive sight at any time of the day.
Free in the day for your own exploration of Bangkok, but save your stomach for a Backstreet Food Tasting Tour in the evening. This food tour is fabulous with the escort of a chef who our customers have named him as An ambassador of Thai cuisine. Warm and knowledgeable, he takes great pride to show you hidden food secrets in the backstreets of bustling Bangkok that you can’t find them on your own. Chef Nutth knows all the details about the history of the areas, the vendors, the ingredients, and the method of cooking to tell you. After a fantastic food journey that he built to you with more than a dozen of delicious dishes, you can consider yourself as a truly street foodie.
Today, we’ll return to the airport and hop on a short flight to Thailand’s second-biggest tourist destination. Chiang Mai offers a slower pace of life, in comparison to Bangkok, and a fusion of architectural influences since it was once the historic Lanna Kingdom, which spanned much of northern Thailand, as well as parts of Myanmar, China, and Laos. Upon landing, you’ll meet our local guide and take a quick van ride to the hotel. Relax at one of 30 charming, secluded and homey rooms at the luxurious Puripunn Baby Grand Boutique Hotel before exploring Chiang Mai the days after.
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven north of Chiang Mai in about 50 minutes, through rolling hills and lush forests, to Kanta Elephant Sanctuary. Here, the elephants live happily in wild open space, enjoy the natural surroundings and river bathing. No chains, no tricks, and absolutely No Riding. Your English speaking guide knows a lot about elephants. He will help you to gain an insight into their history and behavior. You’ll spend a lovely morning interacting with, feeding, and bathing elephants that have been rehomed from their previous hard work in logging, farming, or entertaining. Tea, coffee, and season fruits will be served after your quality time with these gentle creatures in their sustainable sanctuary.
We’ll leave the hotel to drive to the temple of Wat Umong in the morning. The 700-year-old wat will make you feel like stepping back in time. Wat Umong offers a great chance to take a meditative stroll into the ancient brick tunnels, read the words of wisdom hanging on the “talking tree”, enjoy the tranquil ambiance, feed the fishes and ducks in the pond, and experience a private blessing. If you want to know about a monk’s life as well as religious thoughts in the country that 95% of its population are Buddhists, you can have a chat in English with a monk who is willing to share his knowledge.
After a light lunch at a local restaurant, take a lazy walk in Baan Kang Wat artisan village - a small community of independent local artists. Flowers, shrubs, and colors seem to be embedded into every corner of the village, creating a quirky vibe. You will visit Saprang where bespoke jewelry is personally crafted to perfection and nature has been key to all the designer’s ideas. Continue to Bookoo Studio. The owner of this ceramic shop is Nattawut Ruckprasit “Big” - the man behind the idea of Baan Kang Wat. Here, you’ll find the interesting combination of woodwork and ceramic crafts that the artist put into his unique products. later, head to a local market to explore more of the daily life and sample some local food..
Today, you will pack your suitcase and escape Chiang Mai to fly to Phuket - the largest island and the most well-known attraction in Thailand. Phuket consists of more than 30 beautiful islands and numerous high-end resorts so it’s absolutely a perfect destination for your beach stay.
Make your Phuket stay a memorable experience by joining John Gray’s Sea Canoe Tour today. Travel from midday to midnight to the hidden wonders of Phang Nga Bay. There are so many interesting activities waiting for you. You will sail the emerald water, spot sea eagles and wildlife, kayak into limestone sea caves and cliff-lined lagoons with an expert guide, float your own self-made flower Krathong, and have a night paddle inside an ink-black sea cave to watch bioluminescent plankton dancing and glowing on the water with every touch. Our guide is very informative, fun, and speaks good English. You might sometimes forget he is a guide but a local friend who is proud to share everything he knows about his homeland.
A healthy and nutritious lunch will be served onboard and a seafood buffet for dinner will be arranged during majestic Phang Nga sunset.
Recharge your energy by enjoying the modern facilities in COMO Point Yamu Hotel. You can relax in the 100-meter swimming pool, lounge at the private beach club, rejuvenate at the Como Shambala Spa, or sip cocktails at the Aqua Bar as the sun dips into Phang Nga Bay.
Today is yours to explore Phuket, or simply rest and relax.
This morning, take breakfast at your leisure and enjoy the beach and hotel until a good time. You will take a private transfer to Phuket airport and depart for flights.
WOW! What an amazing trip of a lifetime. If you are EVER looking to go to SE Asia, you should look into booking your trip with Exotic Voyages! Our trip was truly amazing based on the customer service we received on this trip. From the moment we thought about going to SE Asia, we knew that we ...
WOW! What an amazing trip of a lifetime. If you are EVER looking to go to SE Asia, you should look into booking your trip with Exotic Voyages! Our trip was truly amazing based on the customer service we received on this trip. From the moment we thought about going to SE Asia, we knew that we were going to need help booking this trip. From the moment we contacted Exotic Voyages, all of our anxieties about arranging this vacation were greatly put to ease. We had the amazing Vy help us plan out 2 week trip to Thailand so we could attend the Lantern Festival. All the way from the initial questionnaire to the final booking process, she was very helpful and attentive to our needs. We spent time all over Thailand (Bangkok, Krabi & Chiang Mai) and every single day we saw such amazing temples, ate the best food and stayed at some of the most beautiful hotels. Our day guides (Mong in Chiang Mai was the BEST!) made us feel comfortable and we truly felt that we got to know them as family. I am so glad that I used Exotic Voyages to help us plan our trip & they really took all of the hard work of planning out for us. I hope that one day we will return back to Thailand or explore other parts of SE Asia and I KNOW we will use Exotic Voyages. Thank you again for the most amazing trip ever, Eva & JustinREAD MORE
It was such a pleasure to work with Annie from start to finish. Annie worked patiently with my very particular husband for a good month to plan a 19 day trip. (I think they bonded) We visited Hong Kong, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. EVERY luxury hotel was just over the top beautiful. We took ...
It was such a pleasure to work with Annie from start to finish. Annie worked patiently with my very particular husband for a good month to plan a 19 day trip. (I think they bonded) We visited Hong Kong, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. EVERY luxury hotel was just over the top beautiful. We took airplanes, 2 cruise boats, and a sea airplane to visit each country. There was always a knowledgeable and interesting English speaking guide to pick us up. She planned interesting tours and gave us plenty of leisure time. She also texted us everyday to see how we were doing! At one stop we wanted to change a tour planned for another and she managed to do that as well......Annie actually met us in Hanoi and we enjoyed a dinner together at one of her favorite restaurants, then took me shopping for a silk dress....really! Thank you Annie for the best trip ever. I will highly recommend you and Exotic Voyages.READ MORE
Exotic Voyages planned a truly amazing trip for me and my husband. Our travel designer Ha Vy was so helpful and patient as we personalized the trip itinerary and she was very responsive to all of our questions. I'd recommend going in October. It's the end of the rainy season so rates are cheaper. ...
Exotic Voyages planned a truly amazing trip for me and my husband. Our travel designer Ha Vy was so helpful and patient as we personalized the trip itinerary and she was very responsive to all of our questions. I'd recommend going in October. It's the end of the rainy season so rates are cheaper. It only rained out our plans one night and it's slightly cooler too. The execution was flawless from the moment we arrived. EV's regional manager Mark greeted us at our hotel with gifts from Thailand. We appreciated all the little details like that. We never had to wait for anything and our guides were completely knowledgeable. They quickly catered to two of our last minute requests and made them happen effortlessly. The hotels we stayed at were impeccable, especially Hotel Muse in Bangkok, Na Nirand in Chiang Mai and Sri Panwa in Phuket. Two things we would change if we'd known would be to add an extra day in Bangkok and stay in a different resort than Paradise Koh Yao. There were a lot of families with kids and it wasn't as relaxing as we would have liked given the noise. All in all, this was a once-in-a-lifetime trip that we're going to be talking about for many years. I had really high expectations and EV exceeded them all.READ MORE
Lucy(Thu Hang) was our agent and she was wonderful! She checked in w/ my wife on I almost daily to ensure the trip was going smoothly. All of our arrangements were set up and we never had any issues with rides or accommodations. Would highly recommend using Exotic Voyages and Lucy specifically ...
Lucy(Thu Hang) was our agent and she was wonderful! She checked in w/ my wife on I almost daily to ensure the trip was going smoothly. All of our arrangements were set up and we never had any issues with rides or accommodations. Would highly recommend using Exotic Voyages and Lucy specifically for planning a vacation!READ MORE
Very genuine and useful service catering for the discerning taste. If you want to enjoy Thailand and prefer to delegate the details to a competent service provider, surely they will not disappoint. Some of the trips may be done independently but if you like certainty this is one of the best options ...
Very genuine and useful service catering for the discerning taste. If you want to enjoy Thailand and prefer to delegate the details to a competent service provider, surely they will not disappoint. Some of the trips may be done independently but if you like certainty this is one of the best options we have seen.READ MORE
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