OUT Adventures: The Land of Smiles awaits on this exquisite journey. We begin in Bangkok, wandering the Grand Palace and devouring the street food. We’ll then explore the famous temples of Northern Thailand, spend time with Chiang Mai’s Asian elephants, and learn about the once-bustling poppy industry at the Hall of Opium. To wrap up our adventure, we hit the island of Phuket, where restaurants and nightlife compete with the beaches. Please note: our December departure coincides with New Year’s Eve, so consider it to ring in 2017. You can also pair your trip with our Phuket Beach Break if you want time to unwind.

Highlights:

  • Delve into the cuisine of Bangkok on a Private Food Tour.
  • Explore the Grand Palace, home to the King of Siam
  • Immerse yourself in the famed nightlife of Silom
  • Cook your own three-course meal in Chiang Mai
  • Shop for the perfect souvenir at the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar
  • Learn about, and spend time with, the majestic Asian Elephant
  • Witness sunset from Doi Suthep Temple
  • Lounge poolside at luxurious, hand-selected lodges and hotels
  • Visit the Crystal Pagoda in Chiang Rai

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ITINERARY
Day 1: Bangkok
Sawadee Krap! Welcome to Thailand. Our trip begins with a foodie tour to fuel the many adventures ahead. We then we head for for Silom – the financial district that let its hair down after sunset – to scope out the gay scene.

Day 2: Bangkok
Bangkok is even more breathtaking from the river, our unusual avenue to the gleaming spires of the Grand Palace by local river boat. Here, the Emerald Buddha awaits, highly regarded as the Palladium of the Kingdom of Thailand. We’ll then venture to Wat Pho to marvel at the majesty of the Reclining Buddha, and feast on a local lunch before some free time by the infinity pool.

Day 3: Chiang Rai
This morning we fly to the chilled-out town of Chiang Rai, where we’ll visit the temple of the Crystal Pagoda, or Wat Thaton, upon arrival. Our next stop is not only a feast for the eyes, but also a real mouthful: the Phra Borommathat Chedi Kanchanaphisekstupa is said to house a sacred relic of Lord Buddha. From the village of Mae Salong, we may even see Akha people, an indigenous tribe that populates many hillside villages. Our last stop, the OTOP Agriculture Centre, is a great place to grab some souvenirs. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy after we check in to our cozy mountain retreat, with tonight’s dinner included.

Day 4: Chiang Rai
After breakfast we’ll drive to the Golden Triangle, where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet on the Mekong River. We’ll explore this epic waterway by boat tour, then head for the Hall of Opium to glean some highlights about how this region was once the hub of the poppy-growing industry. We’ll enjoy an optional lunch before we visit Wat Phra That Pha Ngao temple for some sweeping views of the countryside, then end our day with an an optional dinner and a relaxing evening.
 
Day 5: Chiang Mai
Today begins with a 3-hour drive to Chiang Mai, Thailand’s lively northern capital. We’ll stop at the White Temple (Wat Rong Khun) on our way, an essential site on any visit to the Golden Triangle. Upon arrival we’ll enjoy an orientation walk, then leave you the afternoon to explore on your own. Then things get cooking with a culinary lesson that turns into a dinner to savour over sunset. Enjoy the rest of the evening in solace, or join us out for drinks.
 
Day 6: Chiang Mai
Another day forward, and we’ve stepped back in time: get a taste of the Lanna Period at Doi Suthep temple, replete with chanting monks and a sultry sunset from the mountain where copper-plated stupas populate the sweeping views. Tonight’s dinner is included, then we’ll stroll the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar for some friendly haggling and souvenir-hunting.
 
Day 7: Chiang Mai
Prepare for the biggest day of our adventure, which will be spent with one of the world’s kindest beasts: the Asian Elephant. We’ll learn about their health, then join them on a walk through the jungle with lunch included. This evening you may relax or stroll around the hotel with fellow travellers.

Day 8: Phuket
The famous beach island of Phuket is our final stop on this tour, and a perfect place to celebrate the end of our holiday. We’ll transfer to our resort-style hotel, then head out for an optional lunch before we visit the gay beach. Beware there is nothing serene or secluded about Phuket: this global destination features tons of restaurants, nightlife galore, and beaches teeming with people. This evening we’ll enjoy an optional dinner, and if you’re up for it, the island’s epic nightlife!

Day 9: Phuket/Sea Kayaking
Escape the hustle and bustle of Patong Beach on our final excursion. We’ll transfer to the other side of the island to explore the caves of Phang Nga Bay by sea kayak. No experience is necessary, as you’ll be captained by an expert local. We’ll explore hidden bays and caves and even make our own krathong (buoyant, all-natural decorated baskets). Launched after sunset, they may even stir up the bioluminescent plankton, causing the water to glow gorgeously. After heading back to land, we’ll freshen up for Farewell Drinks.

Day 10: Phuket/Departure
There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart at your leisure.

ACCOMMODATIONS
4-Star +

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DATE
Departures:
Nov. 17, 2017 to Nov. 26.
Dec. 23, 2017 to Jan. 1.
Feb. 9, 2018 to Feb. 18,2018.


PRICE
Nov. 17, 2017 to Nov. 26, 2017 – 3295.00 USD
Dec. 23, 2017 to Jan. 1, 2018 – 3395.00 USD
Feb. 9, 2018 to Feb. 18, 2018 – 3295.00 USD

What’s included:

  • Domestic Airfare
  • Arrival transfer to accommodation booked through OUT Adventures
  • Group leader from beginning to end of tour
  • 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  •  4-star or higher accommodation (9 nights)
  • Grand Palace & Wat Pho tour, including Queen Sirkit Textile Museum (Bangkok)
  • Local food tour (Bangkok)
  • Temple Visits (Chiang Rai)
  • Golden Triangle Local Boat Ride (Chiang Rai)
  •  Hall of Opium (Chiang Rai)
  • Wat Rong Khun/White Temple (Chiang Rai)

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