China & Thailand (15 Days)
Beijing, Guilin, Yangshuo, Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Bangkok, Chiang Mai
(13 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis) Bangkok, Golden Triangle, Chiang Mai, Phuket
Thailand is the ultimate romantic destination, with some of the world’s most over-the-top hotels and resorts, incredible food, high style, warm people, unrivalled spas, beautiful landscapes, and travel experiences that range from elephant riding to days aboard private yachts. This tour visits our four favorite exclusive spots in Thailand and offers perfect opportunities for romance, adventure, relaxation, pampering and the utmost of luxurious indulgence. Experience the excitement of the capital city of Bangkok, enjoy the intimacy of an exclusive “safari” in the Golden Triangle jungle, take in the culture and pamper yourself in the Chiang Mai countryside, and relax on the pristine beaches of the tropical island of Phuket.
Begin with comprehensive touring in Bangkok. With your own private guide, enjoy a fascinating, private long-tail boat tour through Bangkok's canals. Visit the most important temples. Learn about Buddhist practices and influences on daily life. Hear monks chanting at a morning ceremony. Explore colorful markets selling textiles, flowers, food and crafts. Visit small museums and interesting local neighborhoods. When not sightseeing, enjoy time at the world’s leading spa, swim, play tennis, shop for exquisite Thai silks and art work, and dine on some of Southeast Asia’s best cuisine.
Next, fly to the Golden Triangle for several nights at an exclusive safari-style tented camp. While there, tour the villages, mountains, markets and waterways where Laos, Thailand and Myanmar ( Burma) meet along the Mekong River. Spend time with a professional mahout (elephant handler) at an elephant camp and learn to ride and work with these fascinating animals. Take your pick from other activities included in the tour such as picnic lunch while cruising past villages on the Mekong, massages, fishing, bird watching, cultural activities with local experts, shopping at markets, sunset cocktails in scenic spots, relaxing by the jungle pool, yoga, fine dining, and more.
From the Golden Triangle, you’ll be privately driven to Chiang Mai for several days at one of Asia’s most luxurious and atmospheric resorts, surrounded by mountains and lush fields of terraced rice paddies. During private touring, browse craft districts specializing in celadon ceramics, silver, teak furniture, paper umbrellas, and beautiful silk weavings. Also visit revered mountaintop temples and the royal family’s Winter Palace. A day will be at leisure to enjoy the resort's spa, cooking school, golf, or pool. Additional cultural excursions are also available.
Next, fly to the island of Phuket and discover the pristine beaches of the south for three nights at the island’s leading luxury resort. Take a yacht cruise one day to Phang Nga Bay, and enjoy free time to indulge at the spa and relax on the picturesque beach. Return to Bangkok for some last minute shopping or touring before departing Thailand.
In each location, Artisans of Leisure is happy to book side-by-side spa appointments, special romantic dinners, and activities tailored to your interests.
VIP airport assistance on arrival. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights
Half-day private city tour, including private longtail boat ride
Bangkok - Golden Triangle
Private transfer to airport for flight to Chiang Rai. Private arrival transfer to tented camp for 3 nights. Afternoon selection of cultural and soft-adventure activities
Days 4 & 5
Selection of cultural and soft-adventure activities, including mahout training and elephant experience
Golden Triangle - Chiang Mai
Private overland transfer to Chiang Mai resort for 3 nights, with touring of hill tribe villages en route
Option for sunrise alms-giving. Full-day private tour of town, temples and craft districts. Private round-trip transfer to night market
At leisure at resort. Optional activities can be arranged, upon request, such as a Thai cooking class, golfing, hiking, yoga lessons, shopping and more
Chiang Mai - Phuket
Private transfer to airport for flight to Phuket. Private arrival transfer to resort for 3 nights
Phuket At leisure at resort
Half-day yacht cruise to Phang Nga Bay and nearby islands or snorkeling
Phuket - Bangkok
Private transfer to airport for flight to Bangkok. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 1 night. Afternoon flexible private touring or shopping
Private airport transfer
Mandarin Oriental Bangkok
Four Seasons Tented Camp
Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai
or Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi
Per person (double occupancy)
The Artisans of Leisure Style of Travel:
Private touring with your own personal guides and drivers
Preferred rooms in the very best luxury hotels
Firsthand, sophisticated destination knowledge and recommendations from our travel specialists
Itineraries that are customized according to your interests and schedule
Artisans of Leisure upgrades and amenities
A seamless travel experience, including all logistics, skipping lines during touring whenever possible, restaurant and spa reservations, performance tickets, private airport transfers, internal transportation, VIP and fast-track airport assistance in many destinations
Around-the-clock support in each destination during your trip
Unique, insider travel experiences and access to the Artisans of Leisure network of experts around the world
All Artisans of Leisure tours are private and depart daily.
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