An amazing journey through some of the less-traveled trails in the northeast of the Kingdom of Siam. Our voyage begins from the hustle and bustle of metropolitan Bangkok, filled with dazzling temples and skyscrapers in an impressive manner. The journey then takes us away from the busy street to the quiet mountain in the northeast, nearby Chiang Mai. Along the way, we learn about the history of ancient Ayutthaya, see an infamous railway line running along the River Kwai, and drive up and down the hills for breathtaking views and old ruins. We also live a day in the life of a Thai Elephant Whisperer, also known as a mahout.
Upon arrival at the airport, our staff will meet you at the air bridge and escort you to the immigration counter, avoiding you from waiting in lines. A private guide is waiting with a driver to transfer you to your hotel.
Free time to relax after your long flight.
This morning, we’ll enjoy a food tour. Start at a narrow alley market lined with century-old shophouses to have Thai breakfast. Then we’ll visit one of the oldest markets in Bangkok to taste a wide range of traditional dishes to understand what brings Thai street food to the forefront of international cuisine.
Between the bites, stroll along old streets, pass by Sino-European houses and ancient Chinese shrines. An authentic vibe of Bangkok we won't see anywhere else.
Visit Wat Pho in the morning to experience a monk's early morning chanting ritual. Wat Pho is home to the famous 45-meter reclining Buddha, more than 1,000 Buddha images, and 95 chedis which are different in style and size. It is also known as the first school of traditional Thai massage. Continue to the Grand Palace, the most important and impressive royal palace in Thailand where we’ll learn more about the Thai monarchy.
After having lunch at a riverside restaurant, we’ll board a private longtail boat to peaceful canals to explore lovely shophouses, small temples, and vendors along the waterway. On the way back to the city, stop to visit Wat Arun- the Temple of Dawn.
Drive more than one hour from Bangkok to visit the busy Maeklong Railway Market. This market is also known as a “life-risking” market because stalls and sellers are sitting close to the functioning train tracks. After that, head to an authentic floating market where we’ll board a rowing boat and make our way through the small canals. Experience a lively, busy life on the water, get close to floating stalls that are operated primarily by local women to sample some fresh food or have some talks to learn more about a different Thailand.
Get back to our car to drive to Kanchanaburi. Stop in Nam Tok to visit the “Hellfire Pass”, a railway line constructed by POWs during WWII. A leisurely boat ride will take us on to the fabulous Float House River Kwai Resort where we’ll stay for a couple of days.
Today, we’ll go to the Erawan National Park, home to evergreen jungles and thundering waterfalls. Hike to the Erawan Fall to admire the emerald water cascading through seven tires of bedrocks before pouring down to a beautiful plunge pool. Take a refreshing dip if you want to reward yourself for the trek.
We’ll have lunch at a local restaurant to try some local delicacies.
After breakfast, we’ll depart to Ayutthaya - the capital of the Kingdom of Siam. In its 400 years history, the city went from a prosperous port city and political capital to a defaced city that is abandoned and ruined. Visit the Summer Palace of King Rama V, impressive architecture, and well-preserved temple ruins to recall the glorious past of one of the darkest periods in Thai history.
Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before returning to the hotel.
This morning, your guide will take you to Sukhothai. This town is home to many ancient ruins from the Sukhothai Kingdom that date to the 14th century, making it one of the most visited ancient sites in Thailand.
This morning, we’ll meet a local historian. Growing up and living in Sukhothai, he will be happy to share inside knowledge of the place he calls home. We’ll enjoy tasty Sukhothai noodles for lunch then try to make a Buddhist amulet on our own. In Thailand, a Buddhist amulet is considered a lucky charm.
Cycling through the ancient Sukhothai is an enjoyable way to explore the UNESCO World Heritage City. Sukhothai craftsmen were successful in developing their own style with lotus-bud chedis and graceful Buddha statues. Apart from being a historical site, Sukhothai itself is a quiet rural city where we can enjoy the rustic lifestyle while winding on our bikes.
After breakfast, drive to Phrae. Relax after a 3-hour drive and get ready for the awaiting experience.
In the afternoon, we’ll explore the historical center of Phrae, as well as its surrounding countryside. Phrae was once a busy trading post for teak wood. Today it is a quiet city with small local communities scattered around its outskirts. Get closer to the local life by visiting some handmade workshops.
In the evening, enjoy dinner at Vongburi house - the oldest, well-maintained teak house in Thailand. This house used to be the residence of the prince of Thailand. Nowadays, it serves as a teak museum with a nice collection of antique furniture, artifacts, and paintings.
Once having enjoyed breakfast, we will be transported towards Chiang Mai. In mid-afternoon, we’ll travel to Doi Suthep, one of Chiang Mai’s most noteworthy temples, standing on top of a hill. Experience a private blessing and witness the monks chant. Soak in the spectacular views before returning to our hotels.
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 a day 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, misty mountains, and numerous gushing waterfalls. The resident communities of this National Park are of the Karen people, renowned for their unique, colorful fashion.
Free to relax today until it’s time to be transferred to the airport for the departure flight.
Mai booked us an absolutely amazing tour of Thailand, which was so perfectly suited to us, it was like she knew us. Lek and Anan were both incredible tour guides in Bangkok, both the street food tour and temple tours were about as awesome as we could have hoped for! All the resorts were perfect, ...
Mai booked us an absolutely amazing tour of Thailand, which was so perfectly suited to us, it was like she knew us. Lek and Anan were both incredible tour guides in Bangkok, both the street food tour and temple tours were about as awesome as we could have hoped for! All the resorts were perfect, all of the small touches (champagne and roses in one room, honeymoon deserts in another) just really made the trip amazing, Thanks so much to everyone involved. J&AREAD MORE
MP helped me plan our 16 day vacation that included a seaplane, a 2 night cruise on Halong Bay, sightseeing in Hanoi and multi-city tour of Thailand with amazing guides and activities including getting a tattoo in Bangkok. She booked an incredible personalized itinerary. Every detail was perfect ...
MP helped me plan our 16 day vacation that included a seaplane, a 2 night cruise on Halong Bay, sightseeing in Hanoi and multi-city tour of Thailand with amazing guides and activities including getting a tattoo in Bangkok. She booked an incredible personalized itinerary. Every detail was perfect and travel was easy every step of the way. Thu went the extra mile when we were undecided if we should postpone our trip. It was agonizing and she was patient, calm and reassuring. When we were not satisfied with our room, she took care of it and solved it immediately. She was very professional and responsive. I would recommend Exotic Voyages to anyone who wants to have a well planned worry free vacation! Great team!READ MORE
A very big compliment to Ha Vy, Mai Phuong, and everybody involved in setting up our Thailand itinerary. From the moment our first tour guide Patrick picked us up at the Laem Chabang cruise port (near Bangkok), until the last day, 14 days later, when we were guided through Bangkok Airport, to ...
A very big compliment to Ha Vy, Mai Phuong, and everybody involved in setting up our Thailand itinerary. From the moment our first tour guide Patrick picked us up at the Laem Chabang cruise port (near Bangkok), until the last day, 14 days later, when we were guided through Bangkok Airport, to transfer from domestic to international check in, every moment we spent under "the wings" of Exotic Voyages was remarkably well organized. Thanks to local tour guides we discovered the real Thailand, local cultures, food and markets, not Tourist traps! All tour guides during our private tour were well english spoken and have an excellent knowledge of every corner in Thailand. All the Hotels Exotic Voyage have booked for us were 5 star, well selected and centrally located to the places we wanted to see. I can certainly highly recommend Exotic Voyages to everybody who wants to discover the REAL Thailand! Thank you for an excellent job done!READ MORE
My girlfriend and I booked a 20-day tour in Thailand with Exotic Voyages from mid January to mid February 2020. Their interface was very easy to use - we had to specify a budget, the types of things we were interested in doing on vacation, and when we wanted to go...from that information, our ...
My girlfriend and I booked a 20-day tour in Thailand with Exotic Voyages from mid January to mid February 2020. Their interface was very easy to use - we had to specify a budget, the types of things we were interested in doing on vacation, and when we wanted to go...from that information, our planner at Exotic put together a pretty detailed itinerary spanning 5 cities in 20 days. Everything was taken care of (drivers, guides, accomodations) - in many ways, this was the least effort either of us have ever put into a vacation. Our planner, Ha, put together things that we probably never would have thought to try, but were fabulous (ex: staying at a boutique camp on top of a mountain in Khao Sok, a traditional Thai cooking class that turned out to be a full day activity). The accommodations were great. And at the end of the trip, when our flight home was cancelled due to the coronavirus issue, the operational support team helped us find a place to stay in Phuket longer and arranged transportation for us. I highly recommend this group.READ MORE
We just kicked off our tour of South East Asia yesterday in Hanoi with Exotic Voyages. Our experience so far beginning right from the airport had been seem less. We skipped the lines and were at our hotel within 45 mins. Our guide Trung was absolutely amazing and the itinerary for the day had us ...
We just kicked off our tour of South East Asia yesterday in Hanoi with Exotic Voyages. Our experience so far beginning right from the airport had been seem less. We skipped the lines and were at our hotel within 45 mins. Our guide Trung was absolutely amazing and the itinerary for the day had us immersed in the culture of the countryside in the morning, walking the streets of the Old Quarter in the afternoon and a nighttime scooter tour of famous landmarks along with a delicious tasting menu at a local restaurant. Trung was so informative throughout the course of the whole day. He loves his City and it really shows. His knowledge of the history of Vietnam’s past along with his stories of growing up in Hanoi made for a wonderful day. I can not say enough good things about the trip so far expect they have exceeded our expectations and we are only 2 days in. Next stop Ha Long Bay!!!READ MORE
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