China & Thailand (15 Days)
Beijing, Guilin, Yangshuo, Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Bangkok, Chiang Mai
Essence of Northern Thailand
(11 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis) Bangkok, Golden Triangle, Chiang Mai
This private luxury tour includes the cultural highlights of Thailand and the country's very best luxury resorts.
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, 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.
Next, you will be privately transferred to Chiang Mai for a stay at one of Asia’s most luxurious and atmospheric resorts, surrounded by mountains and lush fields of terraced rice paddies. Browse craft districts specializing in celadon ceramics, silver, teak furniture, paper umbrellas, and beautiful silk weavings. Visit a revered mountaintop temple and the royal family’s Winter Palace, and spend a morning attending a Thai cooking class and tour of a local market.
Return to Bangkok for some last minute shopping or touring before departing Thailand.
VIP airport assistance on arrival. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights
Full-day private city tour, including private longtail boat ride
Half-day private city tour or half-day excursion to train and lunar floating markets
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
Selection of cultural and soft-adventure activities, including mahout training and elephant experience
Selection of cultural and soft-adventure activities
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. Private tour of town, temples and craft districts. Private round-trip transfer to night market
Morning market visit and Thai cooking lesson. Afternoon at leisure
Chiang Mai - 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.
Please Contact Us for more information regarding the above tour, or to begin customizing your own itinerary.