Private Tour

Highlights of Thailand - 10 Days / 9 Nights

Spend 3 nights each in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and a beach resort to see the most iconic parts of Thailand and experience the wide variety of food, scenery, and cultures it has to offer. In Bangkok, visit the Grand PalaceWat P(the Reclining Buddha), Wat Arun (the Temple of Dawn), and Wat Saket (the Golden Mount). Also experience an off-the-beaten-path culinary feast of local delicacies that help you understand the local culture.

In the north visit Chiang Mai to have a truly engaging experience with Thai food that can only be found in the north, plus an exclusive, private experience at a village-operated responsible elephant camp…no riding allowed!

Then travel south to the island of Koh Yao Noi off the coast of Phuket to experience the scenic beauty of Phang Nga Bay at a beach resort–selected based on your input about the kind of location and experiences you want.

Private, Local Guides!

We use the best guides available! Our local guides will be your cultural connection to the country. 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.

Seamless Logistics!

Leave to us to handle all of the logistics and safety considerations for your trip so you can enjoy the food, culture, and your limited time.

Choose Your Dates!

Just let us know the dates that work best for you and we will arrange everything. This is not a fixed-departure-date tour and can be arranged for when it will suit you best.


Want more time? Less time? Want to see or do something that isn't included? The options are unlimited, so talk to us about the different possibilities and our recommendations.

Great Accommodation!

We've scouted the best hotels in the best locations of all categories. We'll recommend accommodation to suit your budget and travel style.
  • Historic Grand Palace and Temples
  • Thai-Portuguese Quarter in Bangkok
  • Amazing Culinary Experiences
  • An Exclusive Private Elephant Experience at a Responsible Village-run Camp
  • Exotic Island with the most Spectacular Views of Phang Nga Bay
Private Tour

Highlights of Thailand - 10 Days / 9 Nights

See the most iconic parts of Thailand and experience the wide variety of food, scenery, and cultures. Experience an off-the-beaten-path culinary feast of local delicacies while wondering around lesser known local neighborhoods. In the north of Thailand, enjoy a rare private experience at a small village elephant camp Chiang Mai. Then travel south to the smaller island of Koh Yao Noi off the coast of Phuket, select from our handpicked boutique resorts for a relaxing beach stay.

  • Day 1Arrive Bangkok

    Upon arrival at Bangkok Airport, you will be welcomed and transfered to your hotel. Rest of the day is free to rest up from your long flight.

    Overnight at Bangkok

  • Day 2Grand Palace and Iconic Temples

    Enjoy a leisure morning, later in the afternoon visit the Grand Palace with the Emerald Buddha, the famous Wat Po Temple and enjoy sunset views from the Golden Mount Temple.

    Constructed in 1782, the Grand Palace in Bangkok is one of the most important highlights as it was a former residence for King Rama I to King Rama V of the Rattanakosin Kingdom. Today, the place is used for hosting royal ceremonies and welcoming the king’s guests, State guests, and other foreign dignitaries. You will explore two main zones, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and the former royal residence.

    Located south of the Grand Palace, Wat Po is the most iconic temple in Bangkok, also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. It houses the largest collection of Buddha images in Thailand and the famous 150 ft. long reclining Buddha. It is also the birthplace of traditional Thai massage which is still taught and practiced in the temple.

    Then take a short tuk tuk ride around the old town past some iconic sights. At sundown, visit The Golden Mount, known locally as Wat Saket Temple. Climb up 300 short steps on a wide stairway that spirals up and around the sides of the mount. It is not a strenuous climb as the slope is gentle and there are areas to stop and rest. You’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the city once you’re at the top! Transfer back to your hotel after the tour.

    Overnight at Bangkok

  • Day 3Morning Long-tailed Boat Canal Cruise and Wat Arun

    Travel by long tail boat to discover traditional neighborhoods hidden along the banks of Bangkok’s winding river canals, called klongs. Along the cruise, you will do short walks to discover centuries old communities and visit Wat Arun, also known as the Temple of Dawn. This iconic pagoda incrusted with colored faience had existed since at least the 17th century, its distinctive prang was built in the early 19th century during the reign of King Rama II.

    Stroll through the backstreets to explore the “Kudeejeen” neighborhood, a 200-year-old community of mixed Thai-Portuguese ancestry. Lunch will be served at Baan Sakulthong, a special restaurant where the owner’s family can be traced back to the Portuguese settlers who migrated here from Ayutthaya in the 18th century. You will feast on snacks made from Thai Royal recipes and unique dishes made with Portuguese influences passed down from generations.

    Rest of the afternoon is free to explore on your own, or head for a relaxing message

    Evening, go on a mouthwatering street food tour at our secret eateries. Our foodie tour takes you to lesser known local neighborhoods where you get to sample delicious street food that you cannot find at restaurants back home. Many of these vendors are operated by 2nd or 3rd generations!

    Overnight at Bangkok

  • Day 4Fly Bangkok to Chiang Mai, Ancient Temples, Artisan Dinner

    Take a short flight to Chiang Mai, capital city of North Thailand.

    Afternoon, explore the old town stopping at two famous ancient Lanna temples, Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Phra Singh. Take a coffee break at a local café serving fresh brews from local hill tribe coffee farms.

    Before sunset, drive up the mountain to Wat Doi Suthep and climb the 309 steps of the Golden Naga staircase (or take an elevator) to reach its golden pagodas. After admiring the beautiful sunset and panoramic views of Chiang Mai, stop by one of the best-kept secret temples of Chiang Mai, Wat Palad, known as the Temple below the Temple. This temple is significant to Chiang Mai’s history with its temple grounds dated beyond 650 years old.

    This evening, you will enjoy an incredible culinary experience at a famous local artisan restaurant. Using fresh local ingredients, the Chef delivers an innovative set menu highlighting traditional northern Thai flavors with artistry presentation. For nightcaps, we will take you to a local bar serving unique cocktails with fresh local ingredients and tropical fruits.

    Overnight at Chiang Mai

  • Day 5Half Day Elephant Camp Experience

    This morning, head out of Chiang Mai for an exclusive private experience at a responsible camp at run by a Karen village where proper care is provided for retired or rescued elephants. At the camp, you will help to prepare food for the elephants, accompany them for a short walk before taking a bath with them.

    Return to your hotel after lunch at the campsite and rest of the afternoon is free to explore the town on your own or visit a local market to shop for local snacks and herbal tea.

    Overnight at Chiang Mai

  • Day 6Half-Day Family Farm Visit and Cooking Class

    Today, prepare yourself for an authentic experience with a local, multi-generational family in their beautiful traditional teak homes on an organic farm! This family arrived in Northern Thailand from China possibly on the back of an elephant 150 years ago. You will learn about their traditional culture, way of living, and the architecture of a traditional Lanna Kingdom teak wood house. Their family farm has a rice field and many types of fruit trees, herbs, spices and vegetables. Together with your hosts, you will learn to cook authentic Northern Thai dishes with a copy of the recipes to bring home. After your hard work in the kitchen, enjoy a sumptuous meal before returning to your hotel.

    This unique cooking class is available in the morning with lunch or afternoon with dinner.

    Overnight at Chiang Mai

  • Day 7Fly to Phuket, Speedboat to Koh Yao Noi Island

    Take a short flight today to Phuket followed by a speed boat transfer to your resort at Koh Yao Noi island. A hidden oasis offering scenic views of Phang Nga Bay, Koh Yao Noi offers a tranquil hideaway for those seeking an off-beaten path paradise away from the crowds.

    For the rest of your stay, you can choose to relax at your beachfront resort or arrange additional activities with the resort. This area offers a range of activities catering to all fitness levels from snorkeling, diving, island hopping to kayaking around sea caves by the picturesque Phang Nga Bay.

    Overnight at Koh Yao Island

  • Day 8Free Day to Enjoy the Resort Activities

    Today is free to relax at the pool or on the beach and or book one of the many spa treatments or resort activities.

    Overnight at Koh Yao Island

  • Day 9Free Day to Enjoy the Resort Activities

    We highly recommend a sea kayaking trip around the spectacular Phang Nga Bay or a snorkeling trip around the pristine small islands.

    Overnight at Koh Yao Island

  • Day 10Transfer to Phuket Airport

    Return to Phuket by boat followed by a private transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

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Highlights of Thailand - 10 Days / 9 Nights

Our private tours include the things that make it so you don’t have to worry about logistics for your trip.

This Tour Includes

  • Airport Transfers
  • In Country Flights
  • Accommodation, including all Taxes and Service Fees
  • Private, Local, English-speaking Guides for Tours & Activities
  • All Tours and Activities as described
  • Entrance Fees to Sights

This Tour Does Not Include

  • International Airfare
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for Guides and Drivers

Itinerary Add-Ons to Consider

Consider a pre- or post-tour extension to this itinerary. Many options are possible including city stopovers in Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, and Singapore. However, if you’re going all that way, we highly recommend a side trip to Siem Reap, Cambodia, to explore the ancient archaeological sights of Angkor Wat.

Angkor and Siem Reap Highlights

Starting Price : $1125 / Person

Spend 4 nights in Siem Reap to explore the various Angkor archaelogical sights including Angkok Wat, Ta Prohm, and others along with fascinating cultural activities in and around Siem Reap such as the floating villages of Tonle Sap Lake, a cooking class with a celebrity chef, and the creative arts scene like the Phare Circus, and Bambu Stage puppet shows.

Singapore Discovery

Starting Price : $1200 / Person

Go behind the glitzy skyscrapers where locals live and learn true facts about the Singapore life. Despite being one of the most modern city states in Asia, this tiny island offers some of the most fascinating multicultural and culinary experiences under one roof.

Private Tour

Highlights of Thailand - 10 Days / 9 Nights

Here’s an explanation of what to expect and the planning process with a Red Lantern Journeys travel consultant.

The price for this trip will vary based on many factors including:

  • Dates of travel – high vs. low vs. shoulder season
  • Your preference of hotel standards – 3, 4, or 5-star categories. We’ve scouted the best hotels and the best locations in each category and will make our recommendations based on your budget and travel style. We’ll even try to book specific room categories to avoid street noise or other inconveniences.
  • The number of people in your group
  • Customization of tours and activities
  • How far in advance you book the trip
  • Personal Travel Consultant

    Your personal travel consult to work with you to prepare your itinerary, recommend tours and activities and accommodation and explain the reasoning behind every aspect of your tour.

  • Private Vehicles with Driver and Guides

    You'll have your own private, chauffeur-driven vehicle for all of your airport transfers and daily excursions. These will also include your personal, English-speaking guide who is licensed and will provide the insights to make each of your tours an exceptional experience.

  • Hotel Recommendations

    We've scouted the best hotels and the best locations in each category and will make our recommendations based on your budget and travel style. We'll even try to book specific room categories to avoid street noise or other inconveniences, or to get the best view from your balcony!

  • Activity Recommendations

    We have access to a wide range of activities to make your trip truly memorable. Activities range from visiting iconic sights to meeting local personalities and artists, adventure sports, and exclusive dining experiences!

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Highlights of Thailand - 10 Days / 9 Nights

The Best Time to Do This Itinerary

November through February are the best times to travel to the destinations in this itinerary. However, hotel rates are higher during this peak time and the main tourist sights will be quite busy.


Other Good Times To Travel in Thailand

October is the tail end of the monsoon season, so things are still quite humid but improving throughout the month. March is also ok, but there’s risk of smoke in the north due to forest fires and agricultural burning, while other areas are starting to get oppressively hot.


Times to Avoid
The End-of-Year Holiday Season

Unless this is the only time you can travel, we recommending avoiding Thailand from December 20th to January 3rd. Hotel rates skyrocket during this peak season and many beach resorts require a minimum 3 to 7 night stay, depending on the resort. Some hotels and resorts also have mandatory gala parties on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve that can cost from $50 to $300 per person.

The Monsoon Season

The monsoon season lasts from June through September. During this time, it’s hot and humid and with near-daily thunderstorms, which can actually bring a bit of relief from the heat. The seas on the Andaman (west) coast of the country will be rougher and snorkeling and diving won’t be good unless you’re in protected areas like Phang Nga Bay near Phuket. During this time, we recommend beach stays at the islands off the east coast such as Koh Samui.

The Burning Season

March through May is the burning season in Northern Thailand. Fields are burned during this time creating very smoky conditions with low visibility until the monsoon rains arrive in June. Air quality can get so bad at times that it can be hazardous to health, especially to people with respiratory issues. Read this web site for comprehensive information about the fire season in Northern Thailand.


Availability at Hotels

Some of our favorite hotels in Thailand are the smaller luxury boutique hotels in great locations that have between 20 and 100 rooms. These can fill up well in advance of the bigger hotels that have hundreds of rooms…so plan accordingly.


How Far in Advance Should You Book?

For travel during the peak season of November through February, book at least 6 months in advance. For travel in the shoulder seasons, book at least 4 months in advance.  For travel in the monsoon season of June through Septemberbook at least a month in advance.

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Highlights of Thailand - 10 Days / 9 Nights

Customize This Itinerary

Starting From: $3800 / Person
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  • Number of travelers – adults and children with ages
  • When you want to travel – are your dates fixed or flexible?
  • Destinations of interest – country or countries, plus destinations within a country
  • Activities of interest – like beaches, wildlife, hiking, shopping, art, local culture, adventure, etc.
  • Purpose of trip and Special Occasions – holiday, honeymoons, important birthdays, anniversaries, etc.
  • Approximate budget per person

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