Aerial view of Ko Yao Noi island at sunset

Luxury Thailand

Trip code
LXT001

This is our no-holds-barred, no-indulgence-spared, ultimate dream trip through Thailand. You want luxury? You got it.

The finest accommodation, the most unique and exclusive experiences, the most comfortable transportation, the most knock-down-gorgeous locations. What more can we say? This is the very best Thailand has to offer.

Pricing

Price based on 5* accommodation
From
$15,595
pp

Key facts

14 days / 13 nights
Get beneath the surface of Thai culture as you go on a spiritual tour of Chiang Mai, visit a silver plate workshop at Wat Srisuphan, visit a remote monastery known for its horse-riding monks, and stop in at Chiang Rai’s famous White Temple
Steep yourself in history with a tour of Bangkok’s Grand Palace and Wat Pho, and on a day trip to Ayutthaya and Bang Pa-In
Get to know one of the world’s great cuisines as you dine at one of the world’s 50 best restaurants, take a dinner tour of Chiang Rai’s night bazaar, and enjoy khantoke afternoon tea with Chef Gee
Spend a day with the elephants at Anantara Golden Triangle
Admire some of the finest scenery in Southeast Asia as you visit the tea plantations of Doi Tung Mountain, explore the waterfalls, hot springs and canyons of Huay Nam Dang National Park, see the amazing cave system of Tham Lod, and relax on the beaches of Ko Yao Yai
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DAY 7-8 CHIANG MAI DAY 1-2 BANGKOK DAY 3-4 GOLDEN TRIANGLE DAY 11-14 KO YAO NOI DAY 5-6 CHIANG RAI DAY 9-10 PAI
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DAY 7-8 CHIANG MAI DAY 1-2 BANGKOK DAY 3-4 GOLDEN TRIANGLE DAY 11-14 KO YAO NOI DAY 5-6 CHIANG RAI DAY 9-10 PAI

This trip includes two domestic flights (from Bangkok to Chiang Rai and from Chiang Mai to Phuket). All other transfers will be by private luxury vehicle (journeys from 45 mins to three hours) except from Phuket to Ko Yao Yai and back, which will be 45 minutes by speedboat each way.

What's great

Contrasts Thailand’s dramatic northern mountains with its stunning southern beaches

Includes a great mix of cultural, historical and scenic experiences guided by local experts

You’ll get to balance some of Thailand’s most popular destinations with some of its lesser-known gems — without sacrificing comfort in any location

We’ve designed this trip to suit a wide range of interests, but we can tailor it to focus on a specific angle if you prefer

Things to consider

Travelling in northern Thailand means long drives can’t be avoided — but we promise they’re worth it

Ko Yao Yai is best visited from December to August. If you’d rather travel at another time of year, we can suggest alternative beaches for some top-notch R&R

Domestic flights are only available in economy class

With six destinations in 13 nights, this trip may be too fast-paced for some tastes. If that’s the case, let us know and we’ll tailor it to you

The experience

The ultimate luxury? Choice. Everything in this itinerary can be tweaked and adjusted to suit you — you only need to say the word.

Day 1-2

Bangkok

As one of the most visited cities in the world, nowhere does hospitality like Bangkok. With one of its finest hotels as your base, you’ll dive deep into the royal and religious heritage of the city — touring the resplendent Grand Palace, making a day trip to historic Ayutthaya, and witnessing afternoon prayers at one of the capital’s most important temples. While most visitors will visit these local icons, you’ll do it in style: touring the palace museum with a curator; contrasting UNESCO ruins with cutting edge architecture at a trendy wine bar on the Chao Phraya River, and following it all up with dinner reservations at one of the top 50 restaurants in the world.

Gold statues at Grand Palace in Bangkok

Highlights

See the beautiful textiles as you tour the Queen Sirikit Museum with a curator

Experience the otherworldly atmosphere of prayers at Wat Pho

Eat at one of the world’s best restaurants: nahm

Take a day trip to Ayutthaya and visit eccentric Bang Pa-In Summer Palace

Ruins of Ayutthaya

Day 3-4

Golden Triangle

At the Golden Triangle, where Thailand meets Laos and Myanmar, different cultures bleed across borders to create a rich cultural flavour quite different from that of the capital. Here, with the stunning Anantara resort as your base, you’ll explore the region’s rich (and often troubled) history with a visit to the Hall of Opium, then lose yourself in its stunning jungle scenery at the resort’s elephant sanctuary. When you’re not exploring, admire the incredible three-country views from your suite, or relax in a milk bath at the world-class spa. Northern Thailand has some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in the world, and there’s nowhere better to soak it up than the Anantara.

Elephant walking through undergrowth in Thailand

Highlights

Learn about the 19th century opium trade at the fascinating Hall of Opium

Look out over Myanmar, Laos and Thailand from your ridgetop suite at the Anantara

Spend a morning with the elephants at the Anantara’s onsite sanctuary

Jungle bubble pods at Anantara luxury resort

The finer detail

  • Breakfast every day

  • Six lunches: one at The Wine Ayutthaya; one at the Anantara Golden Triangle; one at Phu Chaisai Mountain Resort; one during sightseeing in Chiang Mai; one afternoon tea set; one picnic overlooking Pai Canyon

  • Eight dinners: one at Nahm Bangkok; two at the Anantara Golden Triangle; one at the Chiang Rai night bazaar; one at Singha Boon Rawd Farm tea plantation; one at Ginger & Kafe in Chiang Mai; two at the Reverie Siam

  • Three full-day experiences: day trip to Ayutthaya Historical Park & Bang Pa-In Summer Palace; Chiang Rai introduction including monasteries, tea plantations, Doi Tung Mountain & a royal villa; explore Tham Lod cave system by bamboo raft

  • Seven half-day experiences: Bangkok’s Wat Pho & Grand Palace; elephant experience at Anantara Golden Triangle; tour of the White Temple; spiritual tour of Chiang Mai; silver workshop with the monks of the silver temple; afternoon tea from Chef Gee; waterfalls, hot springs & canyon of Huay Nam Dang National Park

  • Two evening experiences: dinner at Nahm; dinner & tour of Chiang Ria’s night bazaar

  • All entrance fees to sites included in guided experiences

  • All internal transport & accommodation

Day 1:

Car transfer from Bangkok airport to city (45 minutes)

Day 2:

Round trip car transfer to Ayutthaya (1 hour each way)

Day 3:

Car transfer from hotel to Bangkok airport (45 minutes)

Flight from Bangkok to Chiang Rai (1.5 hours)

Car transfer from Chiang Rai airport to the Golden Triangle (1 hour)

Day 5:

Car transfer from the Golden Triangle to Chiang Rai (1 hour)

Day 7:

Car transfer from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai (3 hours)

Day 9:

Car transfer from Chiang Mai to Pai (3 hours, plus sightseeing stops)

Day 10:

Round trip car transfer to Tham Lod Caves (1 hour each way)

Day 11:

Car transfer from Pai to Chiang Mai Airport (3 hours)

Flight from Chiang Mai to Phuket (2 hours)

Car transfer from Phuket Airport to jetty (20 minutes)

Speedboat from Phuket to Ko Yao Noi (45 minutes)

Day 14:

Speedboat from Ko Yao Noi to Phuket (45 minutes)

Car transfer from jetty to Phuket Airport (20 minutes)

  • International flights

  • Meals not mentioned

  • Entrance fees to any sites not included in guided experiences

  • Tips for guides & porters