- Your private helicopter taking you from the airport to the rooftop helipad of your luxury hotel
- A private lunch on the banks of the Chao Phraya River on the grounds of a villa built by a Thai Prince
- Discussing and learning about Buddhism with a group of monks
- Learning how to bathe and care for an elephant at your luxury camp in the Golden Triangle
Day 1 Depart USA
You board your aircraft for the overnight flight to Thailand and its capital, Bangkok
Day 2 En Route
During your flight you will cross the International Date Line technically "losing" a day but you will regain it on your return flight.
Day 3 Welcome to Thailand
Arriving in Bangkok you will be met by our representative as you exit the plane. They will facilitate your expeditious move through customs and immigration and assist you with the retrieval of your luggage. Once in the arrivals hall you will be escorted to your private helicopter for the transfer to your hotel. Arriving at your hotel, your guide will assist with check-in and coordinate the next day's agenda. We have set up a Thai massage for you so that you can work out the kinks. You then are free to relax in your room with a delightful view over the Chao Phraya River. This evening enjoy a quiet dinner in the hotel and a good night's rest.
Day 4 An Enchanted Day in Bangkok
You will have an early breakfast this morning so that your guide can get you to Wat Pho in time to experience the monks' early morning chanting ritual. After this uplifting and often private experience you have a chance to visit the Temple and its famous reclining Buddha stretching out over 140 feet. You will then 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. You then have the chance to be impressed by the mysterious Emerald Buddha, the most revered Buddha image in Thailand. After your visit you will be taken to Chakrabongse Villa built a century ago and the former home of Prince Chula Chakrabongse. Built in traditional Thai style it is located in a lush tropical garden by the river. We have arranged for a special Thai lunch for you, served in an open air riverside pavilion where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Chao Praya River. After lunch, your guide will take you to Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall which until recently was not available to the public. The building was built as a Parliament Building in 1907 and this impressive renaissance style building is different than many of Bangkok's more traditional buildings with gold and fresco domes enhanced by magnificent interior painting. The art on display reflects priceless Thai art treasures which are part of the Royal Family's private collection. In the evening, your guide will meet you and take you to a hotel shuttle boat which will take you to a pier where you will board the Manohra Rice Barge. This barge has been converted into one of Bangkok's finest dining venues offering you a sumptuous five-course dinner as you cruise the Chao Phraya River enjoy the sights.
Day 5 Bangkok to Chiang Mai
You have the morning at leisure allowing you the opportunity to sleep late, go shopping or go to the spa for a massage. Late morning your guide will meet you in the lobby to take you to the airport for the flight to Chiang Mai. You will be met upon arrival and driven to the hotel with your guide and driver. After checking in you will be taken to Studio Naenna to see the display of the finest textile arts of South East Asia. Studio Naenna is the marketing arm for a woman's weaving group which was founded in Northern Thailand in 1986. Known as the Weavers for the Environment, this group was initiated by Patricia Cheesman Naenna an expert in antique Lao and Thai textiles. After your visit you then proceed to Wat Phra Thad Doi Suthep which was built in 1348 and considered to be the most sacred temple in Northern Thailand. The temple is situated 3,500 feet above sea level and offers spectacular views of the city. This evening enjoy typical Thai cuisine at the charming Baan Suan Restaurant nestled on the banks of the Ping River.
Day 6 Traditional and Trendy Chiang Mai
Early in the morning you will depart the hotel and head west of the old city. You arrive at Somphet Market in time to buy dishes of food and join the locals during the daily alms giving ceremony to the monks. You then proceed to Wat Pantao to experience your own private blessing ceremony. You then continue to Wat Suan Dok which is famous for its whitewashed Lanna stupas. The International Buddhist studies center adjacent to the temple offers a unique opportunity to learn and exchange ideas informally with the monks about Buddhism and other general topics. Return to the hotel for lunch and then the afternoon is free. Chiang Mai is a charming town to explore so take advantage of the time to do so. Tonight we will take you to your choice of Chiang Mai's hottest eating venues, the elegant Mahanaga or the trendy "The House" in either case we will help you select a perfect Thai Fusion cuisine menu for your enjoyment. After dinner, you jump into a tuk-tuk and head to Chiang Mai's famous night bazaar for a stroll among the colorful stalls.
Day 7 Journey to the Golden Triangle
You have the morning at leisure before being transferred to the airport where your private aircraft is waiting to fly you to Chiang Rai and the Golden Triangle. Having your own aircraft allows you the opportunity to fly at a lower altitude and get a panoramic view of the scenery heading to Chiang Rai. You get a superb view of the town and the Golden Triangle itself before making the final approach into the airport. Upon landing you are met by our representative who will collect your luggage and take you to the dock where a representative of the tented camp will take you to the camp. Your activities for the next three days are under the careful watch of the tented camp, starting with the boat ride. A boat, in fact, is the only way to access the camp. Upon arrival you can relax, explore the camp or watch wildlife with one of the camp's naturalists. In the evening enjoy ‘Sundowners" a camp tradition (and familiar to those who have been on one of our East African programs). All activities cease to savor the magnificent sunset of another day in the Golden Triangle. Wherever you are, at the elephant camp, on the river or anywhere else, the next thirty minutes are spent with a casual drink and relaxation while watching the sky turn golden. Beverages of choice are served accompanied by local and western snack items. Dinner will be served at the Nong Yao Restaurant, an open-air thatched-roof pavilion by the riverbank, with rustic hardwood floors. The restaurant offers Thai, Laotian, Burmese and western cuisine.
Day 8 A Day with the Elephants
In the morning you will receive a wakeup call followed by breakfast before you meet with the professional mahouts who will provide training on how to care for and "drive" an elephant. You spend the morning in training and then head back to the camp for lunch and a chance to take a swim in the pool or try your luck at fishing with a local guide. In the afternoon you have the chance to go elephant trekking, practicing the skills you learned in the morning. You will also learn how to care for the elephant including bathing. Afternoon tea is followed by sundowners in the jungle. Return to the camp for dinner. In keeping with the camp's atmosphere, you have the option of dining at a long family-style table, seated in suede chairs or privately, at separate tables. A bar area, complete with a double-sided fireplace in the middle, is perfect for post-dinner drinks.
Day 9 A Cruise on the Mekong
After breakfast try a cruise on the Mekong River or select an option to drive to Chiang Saen to explore a local market. In either case you return to camp for lunch. In the afternoon you can try a photo trek or take a craft class. After afternoon tea enjoy a relaxing massage at the Spa. At the spa, wonder-working treatments rejuvenate your body and bathe your spirit in perfect serenity. Amidst the bamboo forests of the Golden Triangle are two open-air salas featuring double treatment rooms, spa beds and a bathtub/shower area. Your massage can be followed by sundowners at The Burma Bar, an open-air thatched-roof lounge within sight of Elephant Camp and overlooking the Ruak River and Burma on the other bank. This offers spectacular views of the sunset. Tonight you enjoy your final dinner in the camp.
Day 10 Final Camp Activities and a Special Thailand Farewell
You have the morning to enjoy some more camp activities. After lunch you will board the boat for the trip back to Chiang Rai. Our representative will meet you and take you to the airport for your scheduled flight to Bangkok. Upon arrival you are met by your guide and taken back to your hotel. You have a chance to freshen up and relax. Tonight you are in for a special treat. We have arranged for you to have dinner with a Thai family who will share a meal and their home with you. You will cherish the experience.
Day 11 Return to USA
After breakfast, your guide will be waiting to take you to the airport to say goodbye and to turn you over to our representative who will assist you with check-in. Since you will "gain" the day previously lost, you will arrive back the same afternoon.
Available Year Round
Luxury Private Tour - Central and Northern Thailand ULTH03 Location and other villas and tours nearby
Disclaimer: Pins in map may not be accurate if Google Maps cannot find the exact address. In this case an approximation is made.
Tour Location / Places Visiteds
Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Golden Triangle
Additional Pricing Information
- Superior Rooms at the properties indicated in the accommodations area (We reserve the right to substitute a property of equal quality in advance of departure should the designated hotel be unavailable)
- Private Transfers to and from the airport at destination
- All meals as indicated on the itinerary by B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner
- Private guides for city explorations and private driver/guide while traveling.
- Entrance fees to all museums, attractions and other venues as indicated on the daily itinerary
- Baggage handling at all hotels
- All applicable taxes and service fees
Services Not Included
- International airfare (round-trip from hometown departure gateway to destination)
- Beverages with included meals (unless otherwise indicated on itinerary page)
- Any meals not indicated on the Itinerary page
- Items of a personal nature e.g. minibar, film, postcards etc.
- Gratuities to Guides and Driver/Guides (we provide suggested guidelines for your selected destination in your pre-departure material)
- Any passport or visa fees or government departure taxes (It is the traveler’s responsibility to secure the latest informationregarding passports and visa requirements)