Thailand offers endless opportunities to explore ancient temples and opulent palaces, connect with locals, and discover the secrets of eras past. Pose at the Temple of the Golden Buddha for an iconic Instagram post. Visit a remote Akha village and learn about the hill people’s traditional colorful headdresses. Explore the art, antiques, and fantastic architecture of the Jim Thompson House while learning about the man who helped save the Thai silk industry before mysteriously disappearing from the face of the earth. On a poignant tour of the River Kwai, hear somber stories of WWII while taking a train ride on the historic railway.
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Chiang Mai - Wat Phra Singh and Wat Doi Suthep
Enjoy a private guided tour to Wat Phra Singh with its famous Buddha image, and Wat Doi Suthep, a temple tucked away in the mountains. For the final ascent to the temple, you can take a tram car or walk up the Naga (dragon-headed serpent) staircase, with over 300 steps.
RECOMMENDED WAYS TO CONNECT WITH THE HISTORY AND CULTURE OF THAILAND
Best of Thailand10 daysBangkok to Chiang Mai
Begin this 10-day journey with a private guided tour of Bangkok. Visit the Temple of the Dawn, whose 260-foot-tall spire has become identified with Bangkok; the Grand Palace; the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, painstakingly carved from a single block of jade; and the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in Bangkok. In Chiang Rai, enjoy a trishaw ride, the favorite local mode of transportation to the local market. Visit two local villages in Ban Thaton: an Akha village, known for silver coin draped headdresses, and a Karen village, home to the Padaung long-necked women, whose necks are adorned with brass rings. In Chiang Mai, take part in a Khantoke dinner show featuring a local dance performance.
Thailand Experience12 daysBangkok to Chiang Mai
This 12-day tour reveals iconic palaces and temples with overnights in Bangkok, Phitsanulok, Sukhothai, Chiang Rai, and Chiang Mai. Visit some of the cities that have served as the country’s capital: Bangkok, Ayutthaya, and Sukhothai. In Bangkok, Thailand’s current capital, visit the Temple of the Golden Buddha; the Temple of the Reclining Buddha built in 1832; and the Grand Palace, home to the Emerald Buddha, Thailand’s most sacred Buddhist sculpture. Take a train ride over the famous River Kwai Bridge, part of the infamous railway built by prisoners during World War II. Visit Hellfire Pass Memorial, a museum detailing the life of the Allied prisoners and Asian laborers who helped build the railway. Travel to the “Golden Triangle,” where Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar meet. You’ll also spend time at an elephant sanctuary, where over 30 elephants room freely in a sustainable environment free from mistreatment.
Short Break: River Kwai & Ancient Thai Kingdoms3 daysRoundtrip Bangkok
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Leave behind the fast-moving streets of the Thai capital and take time out to experience Ayutthaya, a World Heritage-listed wonder near the border of Myanmar (Burma). Explore this ancient Siam capital with a knowledgeable local guide, and bear witness to timeworn temples, bell-shaped chedis and intricately carved relics of Thailand’s golden era. Travel onwards to the shady town of Kanchanaburi and pay tribute to the brave POWs who perished while building the infamous Hellfire Pass and Bridge on the River Kwai. Delve further into World War II history on a visit to the War Museum and Allied Cemetery before this historical sojourn completes the loop back in Bangkok. End the journey amid the buzz of night markets, sidewalk restaurants and colourful, chaotic streets.
Featured Hotel: Anantara Chiang Mai ResortChiang Mai
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Set on the grounds of the former British consulate in the center of the ancient capital, Anantara is firmly rooted in the 21st century with a modern, clean aesthetic. Carefully chosen artifacts appoint the property’s 84 rooms. Book one overlooking the tranquil Mae Ping River. The colonial consulate building now houses a pan-Asian restaurant. Relax by the waterfront pool or in the spa and get in a Thai frame of mind with an elephant trek or hill tribe visit.