Tailor-Made Holiday

Thailand Highlights Holiday

Bangkok, Northern Landscapes & Southen Beaches

14 days

from £2,670pp

With some insider knowledge a visit to Thailand is as exhilarating, rewarding and fulfilling as it ever was. The 'Land of Smiles' with bustling Bangkok, the remote hill tribes and elephants of the north and the irresistible southern beaches, Thailand should still be considered as a must visit destination.

  • Explore the canals of Bangkok by private long tailed boat 
  • Learn to 'drive' an elephant on a Mahout course in Chiang Rai
  • Visit an indigenous Hill Tribe village in the Golden Triangle
  • Relax on the idyllic beaches of the southern islands

Start your Thailand holiday amidst the canals and Temples of Bangkok. This vibrant city is bursting with sites, from the soaring spires of the Grand Palace to the explosion of colour at the flower market and the constantly busy waterways, teeming with barges and boats going about their daily business. Continue north to the Golden Triangle and the cities of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai to experience a more rural side of Thailand with hill tribe villages, lush scenery and the chance to interact with elephants. No trip to Thailand would be complete without some time to relax on a white sandy beach and Phuket offers some of the best in the country. The perfect trip for a first time visit to Thailand.

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

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what is included

  • All accommodation
  • Internal flights
  • International flights as detailed
  • Sightseeing with private guide as per the itinerary
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas


Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Bangkok overnight

Day 2

Day at leisure in Bangkok

If you enjoy cities then Bangkok is a must when visiting Thailand. Busy, hectic and sometimes overwhelming it is a true attack on the senses. With exquisite temples, a beautiful Grand Palace plus street markets and long tailed boats, there is so much to explore and enjoy. Glittering temples vie for space with modern skyscrapers and hotels, while quiet back lanes carry the sounds of every day life.

You will be staying at Peninsula Hotel

Day 3

Choice of activties and excursions
Some suggestions for sightseeing are:
• Cooking lesson in a private home
• Travel by private long-tailed boat along the small rivers, known locally as klongs
• Visit the Grand Palace
• Have lunch at Jim Thompsons House, explore the museum and buy some of Thailand’s best silk
• Visit the ancient capital of Ayutthaya
• Travel outside the city to the Bridge on the River Kwai
• Spend the morning at the authentic Tha Kha floating market

You will be staying at Peninsula Hotel

Day 4

Fly Bangkok to Chiang Rai

Known as the gateway to the Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai was founded in 1262 by King Mengrai as the capital of the Lanna Kingdom. Wat Pra Keow in Chiang Rai was once home to the famed 'Emerald Buddha' now residing at Wat Pra Keow in the Grand Palace in Bangkok. Chiang Rai itself is situated in a valley and the mountains in the surrounding area are home to many people of the various ethnic minority 'hill tribe' groups. It is possible to arrange treks into the nearby mountains to visit the villages where these people still live a basic lifestyle, albeit one that is changing rapidly.

You will be staying at Anantara Golden Triangle

Day 5

Full Days Sightseeing in Chiang Rai
Venture out for a full day exploring this northern region. Visit the Opium Museum, looking into the infamous history of this regions former role in the opium trade, explore the Golden Triangle with Lanna Hill Tribe villages, speed up the Mekong on a private long tailed boat to the walled city of Chiang Saen and most importantly learn more about the majestic Asian Elephant. The best way to do this is become a Mahout, learn how to 'drive' these wonderful animals, trek through the local jungle and finish with a dip in the river, the elephants favourite part of the day.

You will be staying at Anantara Golden Triangle

Day 6

Travel from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai

Driven from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai, a drive of around four hours. En route stop for lunch and at local sites.

The capital of the North, Chiang Mai, is a wonderful small city, yet increasingly busy city with a history spanning more than 700 years old. Sitting in a beautiful valley, surrounded by farmland, orchards and forested mountains, Chiang Mai still retains a charm of its own.

Visitors to Chiang Mai are sure to find themselves busy exploring old temples, bustling markets, and mountain top temples, such as Wat Prathat Doi Suthep. The streets and lanes are lined with shops selling a fantastic range of goods and of course the famous night bazaar is a great place to explore.

You will be staying at Puripunn Baby Grand Boutique Hotel

Day 7

Choice of activties and excursions
Some sightseeing suggestions include:

• Chiang Mai Temples with time with the monks
• Visit the Karen Long Necked Hill Tribe village
• Spend the day at the Elephant Conservation Centre in Lampang
• Flight of The Gibbon Treetop Adventure (zip wiring)!
• White Water Rafting
• Chiang Mai is also a good place to consider a cooking lesson
• Visit the charitable Queen Sirikit Botanic Gardens

You will be staying at Puripunn Baby Grand Boutique Hotel

Day 8

Time to Yourself

You will be staying at Puripunn Baby Grand Boutique Hotel

Day 9

Fly Chiang Mai to Phuket

The famous island of Phuket is located in the south of Thailand and is the country's largest and most popular island. It is where the lush forests of the south meet the exquisite waters of the Andaman Sea, and has long attracted visitors in their droves. Though it remains Thailand's most popular destination, the island's size makes it relatively easy to avoid the tourist traps.

You will be staying at The Sarojin

Day 10

Time to Yourself

You will be staying at The Sarojin

Day 11

Time to Yourself

You will be staying at The Sarojin

Day 12

Time to Yourself

You will be staying at The Sarojin

Day 13

Time to Yourself

You will be staying at The Sarojin

Day 14

Fly Phuket to Bangkok

Fly Bangkok to London


Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Peninsula Hotel

Peninsula Hotel

One of the finest properties in Bangkok, The Peninsula's riverside location capitalizes its position with panoramic views from every room where guests are assured legendary Thai service....

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Puripunn Baby Grand Boutique Hotel

Puripunn Baby Grand Boutique Hotel

Puripunn Baby Grand Boutique Hotel is a small luxury hotel inspired by traditional Lanna design and fused with contemporary colonial styles....

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Anantara Golden Triangle

Anantara Golden Triangle

On a ridge overlooking the hills of Myanmar and Laos, Anantara Resort Golden Triangle is as enchanting as the region in which it's located....

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The Sarojin

The Sarojin

The hotel is a great honeymoon destination with white sand beaches,beautiful gardens and infinity pools making the perfect recipe for well earned adult time....

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