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Treasures of Thailand - 10 days/9 nights

Bangkok - Chiang Rai - Chiang Mai - Phuket

See the highlights of Thailand with 3 nights each in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Phuket. From the bustling urban city, border markets with Myanmar to pristine beaches, this itinerary allows you to experience some of the most impressive yet diverse aspects of Thailand on privately guided tours.

Privately-Guided! Whether you are a single person, a couple, or a group, you'll have your own guide and driver for all airport pickups, drop offs, and daily excursions. 
 
Choose Your Own Dates! This is not a fixed-departure-date tour. Just let us know the dates that work best for you and we will arrange everything.
 
Customizable! Need more time? Less time? Want to see or do something that isn't included? Just let us know, and we will arrange it for you and let you know the change in costs.
 
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Trip Highlights

  • Bangkok Grand Palace and Temples
  • Vibrant border markets of Myanmar
  • The famous Golden Triangle
  • Cooking class at the home of a traditional Lanna family
  • Night kayaking at Phang Nga Bay
     

Itinerary

Day 1:  Bangkok
Arrive at the Bangkok airport in the late evening where you'll be welcomed by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Bangkok.
 
Day 2:  Bangkok
This morning, visit the Grand Palace with the Emerald Buddha and the famous Wat Po (Reclining Buddha temple). Afternoon, take a boat ride through the Klongs (canals) and see traditional life by the riverside. After, finish your tour at the famous Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), the iconic pagoda incrusted with colored faience. Overnight in Bangkok. (Breakfast)
 
Day 3:  Bangkok

After breakfast, visit the charming Jim Thompson House, home of James H.W. Thompson, a self-made American entrepreneur who was the founder of the world renowned Jim Thompson Thai Silk. Since his disappearance in 1967, little has changed in his traditional Thai home.

After, hop on Bangkok’s oldest form of public transportation. Join the local people and take a fast riverboat towards Old Bangkok city. After disembarking, take a short coffee break at a local shop with a great view of The Golden Mount, known locally as Wat Saket. Walk through the temple grounds, have a look at a firework shop before heading the area known as the Monk's Bowl Village. Continue on foot towards Chinatown and explore the fascinating narrow alleys crammed with masses of goods from dried seafood to local street snacks. Overnight in Bangkok. (Breakfast)

Day 4:  Bangkok to Chiang Rai
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be welcomed by your guide and drive about an hour to Mae Sai, the bustling border town. Cross the border into Myanmar and explore Tachilek by tuk tuk (motorized rickshaw). Visit the Temple of the Enrobe Ned Elephant and the Mahamyatmuni Temple, a fine example of typical Burmese temple architecture. Continue to Tachilek’s own Shwedagon Pagoda, a smaller copy of the famous Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, former capital of Myanmar.

After an authentic Burmese lunch, visit a bustling border market, a favorite destination for Thai day-trippers. Return back to Thailand and continue to the Golden Triangle, the place where the borders of Laos, Thailand and Myanmar meet. Tour the Opium Museum to know a little more about the opium trade which once made the Golden Triangle infamous. After, proceed to see the ruins at ancient Chiang Saen which was an early Lanna kingdom to visit a couple of old temples like Wat Chedi Luang and Chom Kitti. Overnight in Chiang Rai. (Breakfast, Lunch)
 
Day 5:  Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai
In the morning, drive via Wiang Pa Pao to Chiang Mai, the “Rose of the North”. On the way, stop over at the unique Wat Rong Khun, also known as the “White Temple”.
 
Afternoon, visit some of the famous temples such as Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Phra Singh. Then drive up to Wat Doi Suthep mountain temple, Chiang Mai's most famous landmark at 5,500ft high. Evening is free at leisure, explore the night market where there are lots of souvenirs and hill tribe handicraft on sale. Overnight in Chiang Mai (Breakfast)
 
Day 6:  Chiang Mai
This morning, prepare yourself for a full day experience with a local Thai family! The home you will be visiting belongs to the Raunkaew-Yanon family, who arrived in the area possibly on the back of an elephant, almost 150 years ago. They are a Lanna family, continuing the traditions of many generations in building their homes with teak wood and maintaining the natural surroundings in a way now rarely seen in Chiang Mai. This is not your average commercial cooking class as you will learn more about their traditional culture, way of living and the architecture of a traditional Thai house. The family orchard has many types of fruits such as banana, mango and coconut. You will also gather fresh herbs from their garden for your cooking class. Together with your hosts, you will learn to cook authentic Northern Thailand dishes using traditional recipes unknown to most commercial cooking schools. After your hard work in the kitchen, you will enjoy lunch with your local host and learn more about their family history. Overnight in Chiang Mai. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 7:  Chiang Mai to Phuket
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Phuket. Upon arrival you'll be welcomed and taken to your hotel. Overnight in Phuket. (Breakfast)
 
Day 8:  Phuket
Morning free to relax on the beach. Be picked up from your hotel between 12:30 and 1:00 pm and depart for Phan Nga Bay to explore the waters and caves of the bay by sea kayak. Arrive at Ao Po and board the escort boat. Enjoy a Thai style light lunch and a trip briefing. Spend the afternoon exploring several cave/hong systems with time for swimming and free-paddle. Enjoy a Thai seafood buffet dinner during the beautiful Phan Nga Bay sunset and learn to make your own Kratong, a small “raft” made from banana leaves with a candle inside. Once daylight totally disappears, return to a previously visited Hong to launch your Kratong. No torches and no talking - three natural light sources and one special feeling create a lifetime memorable moment. Cruise back to the pier and transfer back to your hotel. Overnight in Phuket. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
Day 9:  Phuket
Today is free for your own activities. Choose to relax on a beach, shop in Phuket, or dine out at one of Phuket’s many excellent restaurants.  Overnight in Phuket. (Breakfast)
 
Day 10:  Departure
After breakfast, transfer to the Phuket airport for your flight to Bangkok where you'll connect to your return flight home. (Breakfast)

(Note: If your connecting flight from the Bangkok Airport departs early morning, you'll need to return to Bangkok on the evening of Day 9.)
 

Inclusions and Exclusions

Our Package Rates Include

  • Private airport transfers
  • Daily accommodation with breakfast
  • Private vehicle transportation for all excursions per itinerary
  • Meals as listed in above itinerary
  • Services of a local, English-speaking guide for all visits and excursions
  • All tours and activities mentioned in the itinerary, including entrance fees
  • Internal flights from Bangkok to Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai to Phuket, and Phuket to Bangkok

Rates Do Not Include

  • International airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for drivers and guides
  • Expenses of a personal nature
     

To Book This Tour

Please call us toll free at 1-877-362-2793 and let us know that you are interested in this tour. To prepare a proposal, we'll ask questions about how many people are traveling, your preferred travel dates, standard and types of accommodation, and any special interests that we may be able to accommodate.

Once we have finalized a customized price quote for you, your agent will inform you a per-person non-refundable deposit to initiate reservations (typically 20% of tour cost). Final payment is due 75 days prior to departure.

If your reservation is made less than 75 days prior to departure, the non-refundable deposit will allow us to initiate reservations. Full payment will be due immediately upon confirmation of all hotels and transportation services. If the services quoted cannot be confirmed, alternate accommodation or transportation will be arranged and the price will be adjusted accordingly.

Payments can be made by personal check, bank wire transfer, or credit card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will initiate your reservations and send you a statement showing your payment. Approximately 2 weeks prior to your departure, we will send you a final confirmation containing your itinerary and detailed information on the logistics of your trip.
 
Please review our complete terms and conditions:
Booking Terms and Conditions

Cancellation/Refund Policies

- Cancel more than 60 days prior to departure - forfeit your deposit.
- Cancel between 30 and 60 days prior to departure - forfeit 50% of the tour cost.
- Cancel less than 30 days prior to departure - NO REFUND of tour cost.
- Cancellations must be made in writing and sent via mail, fax, or email to Red Lantern Journeys.
- Refunds will be processed within 30 days of receipt of your written request.
- No refunds are available for unused services or tours during your trip.
 


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