TEMPLE, INDIGENOUS PEOPLE AND THE BEACHES OF THAILAND

To learn more about the customs and traditions of Thailand and to enjoy the wild nature, we first drive to the north of the country. High mountains, waterfalls, caves and hot springs - the nature of the north fascinates with its diversity. Here we get to know the high mountain tribes Akha, Lizu and Karen, who are known for their bright dresses, headgear and long necks. In addition, an incredible adventure is planned: hiking and swimming with elephants in the Thai jungle! At the end of this eventful journey, you can relax on the white beaches of the island of Phuket and enjoy the azure blue waters of the Andaman Sea.
Tour-Code: THL01
Cultural trip & beach vacation
Ppeople, history and culture
13 Days / 12 Nights
Including the days of arrival and departure
Number of participants
Grops: 4 - 12 participants
Accommodation
4* Hotels & Boutique Hotels
Features
Chiang Rai White Temple; Elephant care in the jungles of northern Thailand; Cooking class; the Akha & Karen tribe, beach in Phuket!
Meals
12 x breakfast
Our local guide will give you insider tips for meals that are not included in the trip
Transfer
All transfers and all excursions
Flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
Flight from Chiang Mai to Phuket
Travel guide
Local English-speaking guides
ITINERARY
DAY 1
DAY 2
DAY 3
DAY 4
DAY 5
DAY 6
DAY 7
DAY 8
DAY 9
DAY 10 - 12
DAY 13
INCLUDED SERVICES
NOT INCLUDED INTO THE SERVICE
NOTE
Arrival and transfer to the hotel in Bangkok
Your driver will meet you at the airport in Bangkok and escort you to the hotel.

1st highlight: The Great Palace & Emerald Buddha
Today's tour begins with the city's most famous landmark - the Grand Palace, which served as the king's residence and the administrative seat of the government for over 150 years. The palace complex with its magnificent buildings, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and the gold decorations is still considered to be the spiritual heart of the city.

2nd highlight: Temple of the reclining Buddha "Wat Pho"
In addition to the palace, there is another eye catcher in the city - the statue of the gigantic, reclining Buddha. It is located in one of Bangkok's oldest temples, Wat Pho, dating back to the 12th century. The gold-plated statue is impressive because of its beauty and size: its length is 46 m and its height 15 m.

3rd highlight: floating market
After lunch, we will head to the Talin Chan area for a look at Bangkok's exotic floating market. Almost all trade here is done from the water. Fruits, vegetables, and souvenirs beautifully arranged in boats make this place truly spectacular.

4th highlight: Arun - a temple of dawn
At the end of the day we take a trip to the Temple of the Rising Sun in central Bangkok. Despite the name, the temple is even more fascinating in the evening. It is famous for the 79 m high pagoda adorned with colorful porcelain, which can be climbed up the steep steps. From here we can enjoy a wonderful view of Bangkok in the evening.

Overnight in Bangkok

1st highlight: The Jim Thompson House Museum
The house-museum is a living corner of the jungle in the city center. This former home of the American Jim Thompson, who founded the Thai silk industry after World War II, has a magnificent collection of Asian art, including Buddhist statues and Thai paintings made from wood, fabric and paper.

2nd highlight: Mr. Kukrit's house
This is another interesting place where you can learn about Thai culture from centuries past. The museum consists of five teak houses and a wonderful garden. The houses contain various artifacts, such as a Chinese altar, statues and ancient Buddhist scriptures.

3rd highlight
: free time
In the afternoon you can explore Bangkok on your own. We recommend visiting the National Museum, enjoying the magnificent city view from the observation deck of the Bayok Hotel, or strolling along Chinatown Yaowarat Street.

Overnight in Bangkok

1st highlight: Visit of the old capital of Thailand Ayutthaya (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
1,5 h drive from Bangkok is the ancient city of Ayutthaya. This once prosperous city - the capital of the Kingdom of Siam - was destroyed by the Burmese in the 18th century. Nowadays there is a special atmosphere in Ayutthaya that will enchant you. With a walk between the ruins of old temples, monasteries and many statues, we can immerse ourselves in the history of Thailand.

2nd highlight: Transfer to Bangkok Airport and flight to Chiang Mai
Your driver will meet you at Chiang Mai Airport and escort you to the hotel.

Overnight in Chiang Mai

Highlight: elephant care
Today an unforgettable adventure is planned: We spend the first half of the day in the jungle of northern Thailand caring for the elephants. The "Patara Elephant Farm" offers us the opportunity to take part in a care event for pregnant and young elephants. On this day we will learn to communicate with elephants: we will feed them, check their health, bathe with them in the river and take them for a walk. In the middle of the forest, where we can watch the elephants rest and feed in their natural environment, we will enjoy a picnic for lunch.

Overnight in Chiang Mai

1st highlight: Doi Suthep Temple
This is one of the holy temples in Northern Thailand. The temple is an excellent example of northern Thai architecture and can be reached via the 306-step staircase "Nagas", which is adorned with snakes. At the top, a truly magnificent view of the city opens up!

2nd highlight: cooking class
In the afternoon we will take a cooking class and learn how to prepare various unique Thai dishes including soups, starters and main dishes. After cooking, we can enjoy these dishes together.

Overnight in Chiang Mai

Drive to Chiang Rai:

1st highlight: Mae Kha Chan hot springs
On the way to Chiang Rai we stop at the hot springs of Mae Kha Chan. Here we can watch water sprout from the ground up to a height of about 3 m and warm our feet in thermal baths. In addition, if requested, we can buy eggs and cook them in the natural hot springs.

2nd highlight: Wat Rong Khun White Temple
In the afternoon we will visit the White Temple, which has become a symbol of modern art in Northern Thailand and one of the most famous landmarks in the kingdom. The temple is kept in snow-white colors and decorated with an incredible number of carvings and sculptures. The interior painting of its walls is also impressive, to which the events of modern life are constantly being added.

Overnight in Chiang Rai
Travel time: approx. 3 h
1st highlight: Drive to Chiang Dao
Today we drive to the west of Thailand, to the small town of Chiang Dao, which is located in the mountains. Tourists rarely come here due to the long walk, so this is a great place where we can enjoy the natural beauty of northern Thailand and meet the ethnic peoples who live here.

2nd highlight: Visit the Tham Chiang Dao cave
After our arrival we will visit a huge cave in Chiang Dao. In addition to various rock formations, we find many statues of Buddhas on their walls. One of the distinctive features of the cave is cold, clear water that flows out from inside and forms a pond at the entrance.

3rd highlight: Wat Tham Pha Plong temple
Upon request, after visiting the cave we can climb to a magnificent temple on the mountain. The path consists of hundreds of steps in the middle of the lush vegetation of the northern tropics. Also along the steps we find interesting panels with the thoughts of Buddhist wisdom.

Overnight in Chiang Dao
Travel time: approx. 5 h
1st highlight: Visiting the Akha and Lisu tribes
We dedicate this day to getting to know the ethnic groups of northern Thailand. We will first visit a village where the Akha and Lisu tribes live together to meet some of the villagers and see their colorful traditional clothing. Our guide will educate us about these fascinating tribes that immigrated from China more than a century ago.

2nd highlight: getting to know the Karen tribe
Northern Thailand is also famous for the Karen tribe who live in the high mountain villages. A peculiarity of their national custom is to use metal hoops to "stretch women's necks" to emphasize their beauty. During a visit to one of their villages we can also get to know their national clothing and way of life. Many villagers enjoy communicating with guests and tell a lot of interesting things about their traditions.

Overnight in Chiang Dao

Drive to Chiang Mai:

1st highlight: Mok waterfall Fa
On the way to Chiang Mai we stop at the Mok Fa waterfall - one of the most beautiful waterfalls in northern Thailand, which is located in the jungle of a national park. Here we can not only enjoy the great view, but also swim in the cool water.

2nd highlight: visit to the "Elefant Poopoopaper Park"
The path continues through the museum park, where we learn about the unique steps in the manufacture of world-famous paper products from elephant dung. If you wish, we can even take part in the manufacturing process.

3rd highlight: Flight to Phuket
In the evening, you have to say goodbye to northern Thailand and fly to Phuket Island to relax on the beach at the end of this exciting vacation.
Your driver will meet you at the airport in Phuket and escort you to the hotel.

Overnight in Phuket

Free time
On these days you can design your time freely and relax on the paradise beaches of the island. We also recommend visiting the following attractions in Phuket:
1. Phuket Big Buddha
This giant Buddha is one of the most famous landmarks in all of Phuket. It sits on top of the Nakkerd Hills and is 45 m high. There is a panoramic view of the island from the top of the hill.
2. Ko Phi Phi
Sail to the islands of Ko Phi Phi and visit the most spectacular bay "Maya Bay".
3. Karon View Point
Directly south of Kata Noi Beach is the Karon View Point, from which you can see the Andaman Sea. It's a perfect place to enjoy the sunset.
4. Explore the Naka Market
The market offers a lot, e.g. B. Fruits, Antiques, Animals and Clothing and is a popular spot with locals and tourists.

Overnight in Phuket

Transfer to the airport and return flight
At the agreed time, the driver will be waiting for you in the hotel lobby and will take you to the airport.
Your return flight ends the tour.

See you on a new journey!
10 x overnight stays in 4 * hotels
2 x overnight stays in boutique hotels
12 x breakfast
All transfers in an air-conditioned and comfortable vehicle
All described excursions & trips
Flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
Flight from Chiang Mai to Phuket
Elephant care
Cooking class in Chiang Mai
Entrance tickets
Local English-speaking guides
Meals & drinks not listed
Insurance
Self-organized visits and excursions
Tips
PCR tests
Visa
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