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.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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.
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.
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
I have to admit it - I was a little apprehensive about using a foreign travel agent. After reading a glowing review in Travel & Leisure magazine, I decided to reach out to Exotic Voyages to discuss planning a two-week trip to Thailand in celebration of my 30th wedding anniversary. I could not have ...
I have to admit it - I was a little apprehensive about using a foreign travel agent. After reading a glowing review in Travel & Leisure magazine, I decided to reach out to Exotic Voyages to discuss planning a two-week trip to Thailand in celebration of my 30th wedding anniversary. I could not have made a better decision. My initial concerns were quickly allayed when I requested and received from Ha Vy local references from her clients in the US. Each of those references proved to be happy and satisfied customers who were more than willing to share their experiences working with Exotic Voyages and specifically, Vy as their travel agent. I usually plan and book my own travel however, in this case, being a first-time visitor to Asia and in unfamiliar territory, I decided to use a professional travel agent and boy am I glad I did so. Vy was an absolute pleasure to work with. Her knowledge, attention to detail, and responsiveness far exceeded my expectations. We communicated via email, phone, and WhatsApp. WhatsApp was probably the easiest communication mechanism we used. Vy answered all of my questions (and there were many) quickly and professionally. She took care of everything and communicated with me before, during, and after the trip. Vy made sure we were happy throughout our adventure and that we got home safely - we were lucky to have just missed by two days the airport closure in Hong Kong which was our connection point back to NY. My initial guidance to Vy was as follows - I wanted unique local experiences coupled with five-star luxury boutique accommodations and personalized service. And, that is exactly what she delivered. We were taken care of from the moment we stepped off the airplane in Bangkok until the moment we left Koh Samui. We had a private air-conditioned van with driver and knowledgeable guides (thank you Nud and Aree) throughout our trip who ensured our safety, helped communicate with the locals, and made sure we had experiences "off the beaten path". Our trip started at the Anantara Golden Triangle Resort in Chiang Saen, Northern Thailand (border of Myanmar and Laos). This is a beautiful resort and elephant sanctuary and was probably the highlight of our trip. We walked with the elephants and learned from the mahouts who care for them. This was followed by wonderful massages in the spa. We also crossed the border into Myanmar where we visited local markets and temples and rode in tuk tuks. Lastly, we took a long boat up the Mekong River and stopped briefly in Laos. August is the rainy season in Thailand but in my opinion, it is a great time to visit as the weather is not so hot and there are fewer tourists. Rain showers did not prevent us from doing any of the activities and in fact, contributed to the romantic appeal of these exotic locales. Other stops along our journey included: Khum Lanna, Pai, Chiang Mai, and finally Koh Samui. Each boutique hotel was spectacular and the staff greeted us warmly. I can go on and on about how pleased we were with this trip but suffice it to say that Exotic Voyages is a first-class travel agency who provides real value to their clients. I highly recommend this fantastic company and specifically Ha Vy for all of your journeys to SE Asia. I have already forwarded my itinerary to many colleagues and friends and expect that they will be contacting Vy in the not too distant future. Finally, I anticipate returning to SE Asia (perhaps Vietnam and Cambodia) in the coming years and will certainly call on Vy once again.READ MORE
Review of: PARADISE UNTOUCHED - THAILAND HONEYMOON I don’t even know where to begin I haven’t even gone on my honeymoon yet! Let me start by saying THANK YOU TO ...
Review of: PARADISE UNTOUCHED - THAILAND HONEYMOON I don’t even know where to begin I haven’t even gone on my honeymoon yet! Let me start by saying THANK YOU TO THE BEST AGENT HA VY! Her and I have worked back-and-forth for the last two months to plan my dream honey moon! It wasn’t easy I had 1 million questions, concerns, and doubts. Yet the whole time she was extremely patient answered my million questions and put my mind at ease. She was very persistent always checked in to make sure I was on track and ready for my honeymoon. Went back-and-forth on deals and budget, she did everything she could to get me in my dream honeymoon within my budget. I have dealt with many agencies but I have never experienced this good of customer service! So thank you so much! I haven’t even gone on my trip yet but I am at peace and so excited to experience Thailand and all the beauty of it! I will be giving another review after my honeymoon! Thank you, Ha Vy!READ MORE
I’m so happy we booked our honeymoon with Exotic Voyages. Ha Vy was great to work with and she tailored the honeymoon package to match our needs and interests perfectly. As soon as we arrived in Thailand, there was someone waiting for us just outside the airplane with a sign and they helped us ...
I’m so happy we booked our honeymoon with Exotic Voyages. Ha Vy was great to work with and she tailored the honeymoon package to match our needs and interests perfectly. As soon as we arrived in Thailand, there was someone waiting for us just outside the airplane with a sign and they helped us with everything. We never went anywhere without a guide helping us and everything was already paid for which made the trip so smooth and easy. All the activities were so much fun, especially Patara Elephant farm and snorkelling in Koh Tao :) Each day was a new adventure and we got to rest in the beautiful beaches of Koh Samui in the final two days. All the tour guides were awesome, especially Pong. We will remember our amazing trip for the rest of our lives :) I highly recommend booking your trip with Exotic Voyages, it’s so worth it.READ MORE
We had an excellent experience with Exotic Voyages! From the moment we contacted the agency to the moment they picked us up at the airport, everything was perfectly coordinated! Ha Vy did and amazing job setting the trip! Special thanks to our tour guides ( Hoang, Lan, Pong, York); they were all ...
We had an excellent experience with Exotic Voyages! From the moment we contacted the agency to the moment they picked us up at the airport, everything was perfectly coordinated! Ha Vy did and amazing job setting the trip! Special thanks to our tour guides ( Hoang, Lan, Pong, York); they were all friendly and knowledgable, definitely made our trip more interesting! Our hotels were beautiful, food tours super fun (thank you Nuchyss) People were very nice! We would definitely recommend Exotic Voyages for your Honeymoon Vietnam & Thailand!READ MORE
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