Day 1 - Arrive Bangkok
Upon arrival in Bangkok, check in to the the Peninsula Bangkok for two nights.
On the way your guide will give you some more information about the city and its rich history as well as Thai culture in general.
Day 2 - Bangkok
An early start will get you to Wat Pho in time to experience the monks early morning chanting ritual and avoid the crowds who arrive later. After this uplifting and often private experience you will visit the temple grounds and the famous 45-metre reclining Buddha. Later you will continue to The Grand Palace, Thailand's most important landmark, where you will be awed by the grandeur and majesty of the building and its throne halls. Then proceed to the Wat Phra Kaew to marvel at the mysterious Emerald Buddha, the most revered Buddha image in Thailand.
In the afternoon, board a private long tail boat taking guests onto the peaceful Klong Bang Luang.
A relaxing evening beckons with a drive through Bangkok’s old quarters that delivers sights of an illuminated Grand Palace, the Royal Ground, temples and the lit-up Rajdamnoen Avenue followed by a lavish Thai dinner and cocktails against the stunning backdrop of the Rattanakosin skyline.
Day 3 - Bangkok - Chiang Mai
Early morning transfer to Suvanarbhumi airport for your flight to Chiang Mai. Upon arrival into Chiang Mai, you will check in to your hotel, the Chedi Chiang Mai for two nights.
This afternoon, explore ancient Chiang Mai, including its old city walls, gates, moat and markets. After visiting Wat Suan Dok, where the ashes of Chiang Mai’s royal family are interred, and the historic Jed Yot temple, we drive up the mountain by "songtaew" onto a rough dirt road to the Chang Khien Coffee Research Project where you can enjoy a cup of the local ‘arabica’ surrounded by fabulous gardens of flowers.
This evening you'll experience Chiang Mai coming alive! Your evening tour starts at Wat Ket temple to join monks in their nightly chanting of prayer. After the temple, you will have the chance to light a stunning paper lantern and release it into the night sky. From here it’s time to dine at the beautiful Pillars 137 colonial house
Day 4 - Chiang Mai
Today you will spend the day at the Patara Elephant Farm, located in a beautiful valley on the edge of Doi Suthep National Park.
Throughout the day, experience the life of a mahout (elephant owner), learning how to approach elephants in the bush, unchain, feed, and bathe them. Once your elephant is ready, enjoy an exciting 1hour bare-back ride through rice paddy fields to a waterfall with a picnic lunch served in the jungle.
Day 5 - Chiang Mai - Samui
Early morning transfer to Chiang Mai airport for your flight to Samui. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel, The Kamalaya Koh Samui for the next four nights.
Enjoy the property at your leisure for the remainder of the day.
Day 6 - Samui
The Kamalaya Personal Yoga Synergy offers private one-to-one yoga sessions with customized instruction along with complementary treatments, including Ayurveda therapies from our experienced Indian therapists.
This personal yoga and wellness retreat is suitable for beginners and experienced yogis alike, as the daily yoga sessions are tailored to the individual’s skill level and goals. The customised instruction includes asana (physical postures), pranayama (breathing) and meditation. Instruction can be adapted to fulfil a range of goals, such as addressing physical limitations, developing a regular home practice or deepening and intensifying existing practice.
Day 7 - Samui
Enjoy the Kamalaya Personal Yoga Synergy program
Day 8 - Samui - Bangkok - Depart Bangkok
Depart your hotel and transfer to the Samui airport for your flight to Bangkok. On arrival, connect to your international flight to your onward destination.
2014 Land Only Prices Excluding International and Domestic Airfare:
From: USD $3,199 per person*, based on a minimum of 2 people sharing a room.
Call Greaves on (800) 765 3222 / (224) 765 4575 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org for all the details on this itinerary and what is included in your tour. We would be happy to work with you to modify this itinerary to suit your personal budget and taste.
Single room occupancy prices on request.
International and Domestic Airfares on Request.
*All prices are subject to change at any time and are not guaranteed until the Booking Form is completed and the deposit payment received.