An amazing journey through some of the less traversed tracks and trails in the northeast of the Kingdom of Siam – Thailand. Your voyage begins from the hustle and bustle of the busy streets of metropolitan Bangkok, filled with a mix of modern architecture, and ancient temples. The road then takes a quiet turn away from the skyscrapers and towards the remote mountains in the northeast, nearby Chiang Mai. Along the way, we introduce you to the history of ancient Ayutthaya, an infamous railway line by the River Kwai, ascend and descend a few breathtaking hills and mountains for the views. You will also have the chance to live a day in the life of a Thai Elephant Whisperer, also known as a mahout.
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met near the air-bridge and be escorted to the immigration counter without a queue. Our staff will carry your luggage at the luggage belt and take you directly to meet your driver for a transfer with a guide to your hotel check-in. Free time to stretch your body after the long flight.
Bang Rak, a small, yet busy “little” hub, popular for shopping, art galleries, rooftop bars and most importantly a vast range of both street food and fine-dining experiences! You have been brought here to experience the very tastes that have brought Thai food to the forefront of international Cuisine. From vibrant fried prawns that maintain their glowing orange color to grilled pineapple and forceful bird’s eye chili: a single taste of any given dish and you will surely not want this tour to come to an end
Our guide will pick you up at your hotel to take you to experience the mesmerizing chanting of the Buddhist monks at Wat Pho, one of the oldest temples in Bangkok. Continue to the Grand Palace that is known for being the most visually impressive, thus most important royal palace in Thailand. After lunch, board a private longtail boak onto the peaceful canal. You will pass several shop house, local temples, landmarks, and vendors on the waterway which was once a major trading route.
En-route back to your hotel, you will stop at one of Thailand’s more important religious sites; the Temple of Dawn - Wat Arun.
Visit the local Maeklong Railway Market about an hour outside of Bangkok, known as the “life-risking” market where stalls and canvas are attached to the railway. After that, head to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Markets, board a rowing boat and make your way through the small canals to buy fresh produce from boat stalls that are operated primarily by local women.
Continue to drive toward Kanchanaburi, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant on the way. Stop in Nam Tok, known as “Hellfire Pass” in English, a railway line constructed by POWs during WWII. A leisurely boat ride then leads us on to the fabulous Float House River Kwai Resort.
Heading into the Erawan National Park area, home to vast emerald green jungles and thundering waterfalls, hike to the famed Erawan Falls and admire the crystal clear waters and smoothened bedrocks amidst the scattered azure colored pools. Do not hesitate to take a refreshing dip, as the hike to this location may warrant it.
Lunch shall be served at a local restaurant, then dinner is served at your resort, where you will be spending the night.
Departing for the former capital of Thailand; Ayutthaya, now a World Heritage Site, the city started off as a 16th Century shipping route to and from neighboring countries, then it became an essential port city with trade routes extending throughout the globe. From the Summer Palace of the late King Rama V, and to various ruins depicting Ayutthaya’ former glory, there’s plenty to see.
Enjoy a succulent Thai meal at a local restaurant.
Once having enjoyed a nourishing breakfast, you will be free at your own leisure before traveling towards Sukhothai, residing approximately 4,5 hour’s drive away. Lunch will be served en-route to your next destination at a local restaurant. Once you’ve checked-in to your hotel, you are free to do as you please for the remainder of the day.
A local historian will share his knowledge with you during the morning. Sample a delicious dish of Sukhothai noodles, then you will have the opportunity to create your own Buddhist amulet. Next up take a winding bicycle ride through the ancient city of Sukhothai, one of Thailand’s most important feudal kingdoms. This UNESCO Heritage Site boasts a variety of incredible wall paintings, intricately carved elephants, images of Buddha and a towering stupa.
Explore the historical center of Phrae, as well as its surroundings. Once a busy trading post for teak wood, today it remains a quiet city with small local communities scattered around its outskirts. Perfect for cycling, catching glimpses into the lives of local people, visiting local homes and workshops where they make a variety of handcrafted products. The ornate Vongburi House is an amazing pink colored almost all-teak mansion which serves as a teak museum nowadays.
Once having enjoyed breakfast, you will be transported towards Chiang Mai. At mid-afternoon, once picked up by a guide you shall travel to Doi Suthep, one of Chiang Mai’s most noteworthy temples, on top of a large hill. Experience a private blessing and witness the monks chant. Soak in the spectacular views before returning to your hotel.
Early in the morning, you will be taken to Patara Elephant Farm, where you are to be briefed on the history of the Asiatic Elephant. Embark on an informative training course that includes trekking to find the elephants in the bush, learning about farm management and breeding practices, training to approach the elephant, observing temperament, feeding practice and much, much more!
Spend time in Doi Inthanon National Park, famous for its cool climate, lush nature, countless waterfalls, and various resident hill tribes. The highest peak in Thailand is also located here, at an altitude of 2,565 meters. Highlighted sights are the many peaceful temples and numerous gushing waterfalls. The resident communities of this National Park are of the Karen people, renowned for their unique fashion in wearing many hoops around their necks.
You are free to do as you please until it’s time to be transferred to the airport for your departure flight. Breakfast will be served at the hotel as per usual. Check out at 12:00 PM.
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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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