Highlights of Thailand
Bangkok, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai & Krabi
based on 13 nights
Full Board and Activities at Anantara Golden Triangle
Price based on two people sharing one room with private transfers, selected tours and daily breakfast. Please note around public vacations and festive seasons this price will increase.
At a Glance
Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai are in the far north of Thailand and surrounded by the most gorgeous mountain scenery, hidden deep in the jungle. Make sure to get out and about whether on foot or by bike to fully make the most of it.
This itinerary provides a great combination of culture, adventure, city and relaxation
Bangkok is a bustling international city, offering something for everyone. Take a trip to the Grand Palace, enjoy the night life at a skybar, indulge in the shopping opportunities or simply take a longtail boat along the klongs to check out the local life.
Finishing your vacation on the beach for five nights of blissful relaxation will ensure you leave Thailand refreshed and ready to return home.
North and South Thailand are very different in terms of food and culture. Enjoy learning more about this wonderful country over the course of two perfect weeks.
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October to May is the best time to visit these areas of Thailand with generally dry and sunny days that are perfect for exploring and relaxing on the beach. A fantastic time to visit Thailand is during Songkran from 13-15 April when the whole country turns into a big water fight and this is a really fun experience.
We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. To start planning your vacation
Put simply this is the definitive Thailand itinerary; combine the delights of bustling Bangkok, the cultural adventure playground of Northern Thailand and the palm-fringed beaches of Krabi. It brings together fantastic experiences and relaxation in equal measure while fully introducing you to the beating heart of this fascinating country.
Days 1-4: Bangkok
Start your adventure in Bangkok where you will stay for three nights soaking up the sights and sounds of this non-stop capital city. We suggest spending a fun morning with your personal guide, jumping in a traditional long-tail boat to drift slowly down the klongs to a rural floating-market to see how the locals really live. A visit to Wat Pho and the Grand Palace are also a must, arriving early in the morning to listen to the chanting of monks, before heading inside the temple the marvel at the vast 45m (147ft) reclining Buddha. Explore resplendent throne rooms and museums crammed with priceless curios as your guide explains the unique relationship Thai people have with their King and Queen. Finish off your day in a roof-top bar or ask the Scott Dunn team about the hottest new restaurant in town. We always tailor each Bangkok experience to each guest, so let us know your interests and we will turn it into reality.
Accommodation: COMO Metropolitan Bangkok (3 nights)
Days 4-6: Golden Triangle
Fly to Chiang Rai in Northern Thailand which lies in the heart of the Golden Triangle with outstanding views of Myanmar and Laos, overlooking the Mekong River. Spend your days exploring the area, trekking alongside rescued elephants and bathing them in the river, visiting the hill tribes of the north or simply watching the world go by as you journey down the Mekong on a traditional long-tail boat. There are treks into the remotest corners of Northern Thailand, and maybe you’d like to stop at a traditional restaurant on your ongoing search for the perfect Pad Thai.
Accommodation: Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort (2 nights)
Days 6-9: Chiang Mai
Drive through the hills to Chiang Mai, Thailand's cultural northern hub. There is so much to see and do here, from exploring the vibrant markets to wandering down narrow streets, the air spiced with the tantalising scent of sizzling street food. With your guide, spend a half day exploring some of the city’s better-known temples and visit the silver craft neighborhood to learn how the traditional murals are made. We also recommend hopping on a bicycle and heading out into the stunning countryside to explore ancient ruins and local villages alongside your knowledgeable guide.
Accommodation: 137 Pillars House (3 nights)
Days 9-14: Krabi
After all your adventures in the north, fly directly to Krabi for some relaxing time on the beach. You can of course select from a range of beach hotels Scott Dunn feature in Koh Samui, Phuket, Koh Lanta or Krabi - but for this itinerary we think Tubkaak fits the bill. With a fantastic beach and views overlooking Yao Noi and the Hong Islands - its position is hard to beat. Unwind for five perfect nights, perhaps taking a kayak out to watch the sun set or spending a day island hopping and snorkeling, taking in the last of the beautiful scenery before eventually it’s time to head home.
Accommodation: Tubkaak (5 nights)
Chiang Mai City Temples
This half day tour takes in Chiang Mai's best known and most impressive temples. Accompanied by your own English-speaking guide, learn more about the history of Chiang Mai and northern Thai culture and craftsmanship.
Cycling Wiang Khum Kham to Ban Tawai
Venture out into the beautiful Chiang Mai countryside on a bicycle to explore ancient ruins, local villages and the lush landscape. This route offers a lovely way to learn more about northern Thai history, culture and rural lifestyle.
Floating Markets - Half Day
Leave Bangkok's skyscrapers behind and head out into the suburbs to experience some of Thailand's most vibrant and bustling markets, ranging from railways to rivers.
Grand Palace & Wat Pho in Style
Spend half a day exploring two of Bangkok's most iconic sites; the Grand Palace and Wat Pho. Accompanied by your own English-speaking guide, you will learn more about Buddhism in Thailand as well as the country's much loved Royal Family.