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12 Nights | from £3,315pp
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- Explore Bangkok like a local, via canal boats and tuk-tuks
- Learn to drive an elephant in the Golden Triangle
- Delve into Chiang Mai's lively Night Bazaar
- Whip up some delectable Thai dishes on a private cookery course
- Snorkel with tropical fish off the paradise isle of Phuket
Day 1 UK/Bangkok
Maximise your time by flying overnight to Bangkok.
Day 2 Bangkok
Bangkok is a brilliant, bustling, glittering, energetic introduction to South-East Asia. This buzz is part of city's allure – though it's good to know you can escape it too, if you like: after being fast-tracked through Bangkok's busy airport, you'll be scooted to The Peninsula, a calming haven with three-tiered pool, spa and restful river views. Relax here, or plunge into the melee.
Day 3 Bangkok
To really get a grip on Bangkok, explore it like a local, with a private local guide. Glide down hidden klongs (canals) in a traditional boat, take a tuk-tuk ride from the Grand Palace, visit the Emerald Buddha – one of the most sacred sites in Thailand – and head to the Golden Mount Temple for wonderful views over Bangkok's oldest district. Finish with a different view, from the Sky Train, the elevated railway that whizzes through the heart of the city.
The Peninsula | Meals: Breakfast
Days 4-5 Bangkok/Chiang Rai
Flying to Chiang Rai is a short hop into another world – Thailand's lushly rampant north. This is the gateway to the Golden Triangle, where Thailand, Laos and Burma meet. Find out more about the area's infamous past at the world-class Hall of Opium Museum, or choose from a range of activities – from learning to drive your own elephant to cookery classes to touring three countries in one day. Your base, the Anantara Resort & Spa Golden Triangle, offers a wealth of options, as well as an indulgent spa and endless jungle views.
Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort | Meals: Breakfast , Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 Chiang Rai/Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai is the capital of northern Thailand, a lively, bohemian hub amid the verdant mountains. After the drive from Chiang Rai, you can relax into the riverside The Anantara Chiang Mai hotel and start to take the pulse of the city. We recommend an evening visit to the vibrant Night Bazaar.
Anantara Chiang Mai Resort & Spa I Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 Chiang Mai
The Chiang Mai area is dripping in history: although its name means 'new city', it was founded in 1296. Soak up some of that heritage – visit the lost city of Wiang Kum Kam, known as the Underground Empire;take a rickshaw ride through Chiang Mai's old town;and head up to the beautiful Wat Doi Suthep, the north's most holy shrine, which dominates the hillside in the west of the city.
Anantara Chiang Mai Resort & Spa I Meals: Breakfast
Day 8 Chiang Mai
Perhaps the best way to get to know Thailand is through its mouth-watering cuisine, so take a private cooking class. Discover the ancient secrets of Thai food, pop to a local market to select the best ingredients then return to the kitchen to make the magic happen. Afterwards, eat the delicious spoils.
Anantara Chiang Mai Resort & Spa I Meals: Breakfast
Days 9-12 Chiang Mai/Phuket
White sand, turquoise seas, teeming reefs, swaying palms: Thailand's islands take some beating, and Phuket – less than a two-hour flight from Chiang Mai – is a beauty. With four nights at The Naka Island Resort, you have plenty of time to dial down to beach mode, or explore the island's fascinating cultural heritage – or both. The diving and snorkelling here is sublime, as is the food at the sumptuous Tonsai restaurant.
The Naka Island. A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa I Meals: Breakfast
Day 13 Phuket /Bangkok/UK
Scrub the last grains of sand out from between your toes before boarding the short flight to Bangkok, for your onward flight home.
At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 13 day suggested holiday will cost from £3,315 per person, based on two sharing, including international flights.
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Our office in Bangkok is managed by a local team of experienced and passionate travel professionals with an intimate knowledge of Thailand, enabling them to provide clients with great insight into this fascinating destination, and ensuring a seamless experience every step of the A&K journey. With their long standing personal connections and networks they're also there to help you uncover local secrets and experiences, and to open doors to people and places normally beyond the reach of the ordinary traveller.
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Best time to be there
November to March. April is often the hottest month of the year, and also the month of the celebratory 'Songkran' festivals. May to October is the rainy season, with short bursts of rainstorms refreshing the green paddy fields once more.
Bangkok (British Airways/Qantas/Eva Airways/Thai Airways)
11 hours 30 minutes non-stop
GMT +7 hours
Not required for UK passport holders
Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area