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Thailand Culture & Culinary Discovery

10/Days  Flexible & Private Tour
 BangkokChiang MaiPhuket
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If you’re seeking a quick overview of Thailand, then look no further with this Enjoyable Thailand Trip 10 Days. You will not only spend time on the idyllic beaches and islands of Phuket that you see on Thailand postcards but also enjoy the country’s highlights with cultural capitals, golden temples and colorful hill tribe villages. From Bangkok and Ayutthaya to Chiang Mai then to Phuket, this express 10 day Thailand itinerary presents some of the best Thailand has to offer. Let’s come and enjoy!

Highlights

  Touring around Bangkok’s highlighted temples and palaces

  Exploring a slice of local life on Chao Phraya River by a long tail boat

  Immersing in the buzzing ambiance of Chinatown and savoring delicious street food

  Taking a day trip to Ayutthaya, the UNESCO listed ruins of the ancient capital of Siam

  Enjoying the traditional Khantoke Dinner with hill tribe dancing in Chiang Mai

  Visiting Wat Prathat Doi Suthep and highlights of the Old City by samlor

  Learning some recipes of Thai cuisine in a cooking class

  Enjoying a wonderful night out in the Fantasea Show

  Relaxing at your resort or on charming beaches of Phuket

Tour Summary

By Day Transfer Destinations Activities Meals
Day 1 Bangkok Arrive at Bangkok Airport, Transfer to hotel in city center to check...
Day 2 Bangkok Visit the highlight attractions in Bangkok, Join in the street food... B, L, D
Day 3 Bangkok Visit the ancient capital Ayutthaya B, L
Day 4 Bangkok, Chiang Mai Fly from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, Free to relax, Enjoy Khantoke Dinner B, D
Day 5 Chiang Mai Visit some highlights in Chiang Mai B, L
Day 6 Chiang Mai Join in Thai Cooking School B, L
Day 7 Chiang Mai, Phuket Fly from Chiang Mai to Phuket, Enjoy Fantasea Show with dinner B, D
Day 8 Phuket Free to relax at beach B
Day 9 Phuket Free to relax at beach B
Day 10 Phuket Free to relax, Transfer to the airport for your next flight B
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    Arrive at Bangkok Airport, Transfer to hotel in city center to check in, Free time to relax

Once you arrive at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok, you will meet our tour guide and driver then then get transferred to your hotel to check in. (Check-in time is at 14:00)
Free time to relax after your flight.
 
Overnight in Bangkok. 

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    Visit the highlight attractions in Bangkok, Join in the street food tour in the evening

After breakfast at hotel, our guide and drive will pick you up at your hotel and transfer to visit two of the most special Buddhist temples in the city. The Buddha in Wat Traimit weighs several tons, and is made of solid gold. Visit the famous Reclining Buddha at Wat Po, where the blind may be trained to become masseuses. Then visit a site the Thai people consider the most sacred in the Kingdom: The Royal Grand Palace. This is one of the most beautiful examples of an ancient Thai court, with several Halls in same compound. You will also visit the Temple of the sacred Emerald Buddha.
Lunch will be served at the local restaurant. 
Then continue your afternoon to explore the Chao Phraya River's edge, to board a local style "Long Tail Boat" , and spend a few hours to enjoy the old canals of the Thonburi side of Bangkok, where an older and more gracious lifestyle still prevails. You will have opportunities to snack, purchase knick-knacks, or use a toilet, at stops en route. Visit the Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), which you will probably recognize, from its famous silhouette. The local story goes that the shards of pottery decorating its 79 m tall spire came from a nearby shipwreck 100 years ago. 
Then transfer back to your hotel.

After relax, you will join in the street food tour in the evening. 
From Hua Lamphong MRT station where we meet, a short walk brings us the first food stop, fish balls in pink noodle soup. The noodle stall is near Wat Traimit or the Golden Buddha Temple which we visit next. Then we hit the main road of Chinatown, stopping at a Chinese temple first. Our second food stop is Dim Sum, followed by the Michelin Star Chinese fried dough. Next, we eat seafood, then pig's organ or crispy pork (your choice) in peppery soup. The desserts follow, ice cream and sesame dumplings in sweet ginger tea. Our tour guide then brings you back to Hua Lamphong MRT, or call a taxi or a TukTuk to take you home.

Overnight in Bangkok. 

Get an insightful and fabulous day touring Bangkok

Welcome to Bangkok – The capital of Thailand. Nothing is better to feel the real life in this city than spending a day touring around Bangkok in a clean and comfortable air conditioned van with our friendly local guide. You will have an amazing day visiting the must-see attraction of Bangkok: Grand Palace, Wat Pho, the Golden Buddha Temple (Wat Traimit) and Chinatown, learn more about history & culture of Thailand’s capital city, taste delicious traditional cuisine. 

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    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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    Visit the ancient capital Ayutthaya

After breakfast, our tour guide will pick you up at your hotel and we will drive to Ayuthaya
The first places you visit is Bang Pa-In Summer Palace - one of the most beautiful Summer Palace of Thailand. Then follow by Wat Phra Si Sanphet, one of the most photographed temples in Ayuthaya. Continue visiting Wat Phra MahathatWat Mongkhon Bophit, and Wat Ratburana, they are all beautiful.
Then follow by Wat Yai Chaimongkhol where you have a chance to sacred one of the biggest Reclining Buddha Image as well as the ruins of the old Royal Grand Palace & Temples. 
Have lunch at a nice restaurant in Ayuthaya. Along the way back to Bangkok, you also can try a local sweet snack and get a break to drink coconut juice. 
Then transfer to your hotel in Bangkok.

Overnight in Bangkok.

Explore the ancient capital Ayutthaya

A rich history and developing modern culture make Ayutthaya a fascinating place to visit. Located at 85 km north of Bangkok, this special place possesses both the ruins of an ancient city and the feel of a modern one. With its unique history, Ayutthaya is a worthy cultural destination to include on your tour in Thailand.Wat Phra Mahathat and Wat Ratchaburana are the highlights here. Wat Phra Mahathat is a must-see, with rows of majestic headless Buddha statues and a very famous tree, the roots twisting and weaving around a Buddha's head. Wat Ratchaburana is next door, featuring a fully-restored prang that you can climb (an intricately carved spire resembling a tower), and original temple paintings.If you are looking for a historic experience, Ayutthaya is well worth because of its majestic stone temple ruins.

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    Breakfast, Lunch

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    Fly from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, Free to relax, Enjoy Khantoke Dinner

Breakfast at hotel.
02 hours before your flight: Our drive will transfer you to Bangkok airport for your flight to Chiang Mai. 
Upon arrival in Chiang Mai, meet guide and transfer to hotel for check in.

In evening enjoy Khantoke Dinner, or known as the Northern welcome dinner including hill tribe dancing. Then return to hotel.
Overnight in Chiang Mai. 

Enjoy Traditional Khantoke Dinner and Cultural Show

When in Chiang Mai, don’t miss the opportunity to immerse your self in the Traditional Khantoke Dinner. A dinner accompanied by a “traditional cultural show” sounds a perfect combination. You will taste homemade family style dishes on large platters eaten sitting down on floor mats at low tables while enjoy traditional cultural show, including dance and music performances by several Chiang Mai hill tribes. Dive into the history, diverse background and beauty of the region in the relaxing and fun atmosphere.

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    Breakfast, Dinner

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    Visit some highlights in Chiang Mai

After breakfast at hotel, our tour guide and driver will come to your hotel to pick you up and transfer to the mountain temple of Wat Prathat Doi Suthep, the most famous landmark of Chiang Mai. Its exquisite golden pagoda with 6 kg of pure gold at its peak and the rest plated with gold shines high over the city. The sound of temple bells fills the air, and the view down over the city makes an irresistible photo opportunity. 
In the afternoon, start by tricycle (samlor) - un-motorized three-wheeler vehicle around the Old City including a visit of City moats and gates. Stop on the way to visit Three Kings Monument to pay respect to the First King of Chiang Mai, King Mengrai where the histories of Chiang Mai begin. Then visit City Art & Cultural Center (closed on Monday), The former palace of King Kawiroros Suriyavongse). Here learning about every aspect of the city from its pre-history to the present. See how people of different cultural origins and ethnic backgrounds have melted together to form a beautiful local culture that lies at the heart of the magic fascination of Chiang Mai. Continue to visit local market called "Waroros Market", the lively market in Chiang Mai where you can explore fresh fruits, vegetable, food, necessary items for daily life, etc. Then return to hotel for rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight in Chiang Mai. 

Doi Suthep Temple - The most sacred temples in Chiang Mai

Located at 15 kilometers from the city of Chiang Mai and situated at an elevation of 1,073 meters, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is one of northern Thailand's most sacred temples. From the temple, impressive views of downtown Chiang Mai can be seen. This 14th century temple is filled with beautiful Buddhist shrines and auspicious relics; it is a beautiful example of northern Thai architecture. Visitors must climb 306 steps to reach the temple’s entrance but the views are well worth it! An easier, alternative route is available via a cable car ride to the top of the staircase for who don’t have much time. 

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    Join in Thai Cooking School

Any cook knows that a lot of the result depends on the ingredients. That is why you will first join the chef to search what you need on the local market. Fresh herbs especially are important and you will smell and pick them yourself. Than the cleaning and cutting begins as the chef slowly lets you in on the secrets of Thai cuisine. You will see it takes a lot of preparation but is not always technically difficult. Learn about sweet & sour, spicy sauces and herbs and of course enjoy your own creations for lunch! Including full-color cook book of your recipes.
Free time in the afternoon. 
Overnight in Chiang Mai. 

Get fun with Cooking Class in Chiang Mai

With almost tourists, one of the most interesting activities when in Chiang Mai is cooking class. Join in a half day tour and learn how to make authentic Thai dishes will be a memorable experience for your trip in Thailand. Besides, this tour brings you the opportunity to visit local market, choose the ingredients by yourself and learn how to purchase. Take a cooking class to get fun and taste the real local flavors!

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    Breakfast, Lunch

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    Fly from Chiang Mai to Phuket, Enjoy Fantasea Show with dinner

Breakfast at the hotel and then transfer to Chiang Mai Airport where you catch a flight to Phuket. 

Upon arrival in Phuket, our driver will pick you up and transfer to your hotel.
Free to relax at hotel.
In the evening, you will be picked up for the Fantasea Show. Enjoy international buffet dinner with show.
Then return back hotel at midnight.

Overnight in Phuket.

Enjoy Phuket Fantasea Show with Dinner

When in Phuket, spending an evening at Phuket Fantasea - a theme park and entertainment complex will be an interesting experience. Phuket Fantasea is a cultural night time entertainment theme park located on the Kamala Beach, just 4kms from Patong. Buffet dinner will be served when you enjoy a charming traditional show depicting Thailand’s rich and exotic heritage. This is one of Asia's largest buffet restaurants and tourists can taste both Thai and International cuisine. This activity is certainly in your must-do list in Phuket. 

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    Breakfast, Dinner