No culture is monotone and Thailand truly celebrates the diversity of people and lifestyles. You'll listen to the tales of the Karen people as their brass neck rings glisten in the shade of a remote forest. You'll join monks on their mountaintop perch, understanding the beauty and poignance of their laconic ways. In some temples you unearth odes to Thailand's past, like classic Buddha images carved with an intricacy that's impossible to find today. In others, your senses are aroused by wafting incense and the enveloping ambiance of spirituality.
Each culture has its own story and each story has an endless array of chapters. This 12-day private Thailand tour connects you with the distinctive cultures, from hill tribes mostly unknown to the world to legends that live on in an ancient capital. Of course there will be plenty of great photo opportunities. But the experience is less about point-and-shoot and more about coming to understand the nuances of the world behind the smiles.
Contrasts are also firmly alive in Thailand's different destinations. Explore Bangkok and find charms hidden down the alleyways of yesteryear. Discover the splendor of remote jungle, where elephants bulldoze a path through the trees and indigenous lifestyles continue unchanged. Visit famous attractions in Thailand's cultural heart – Chiang Mai –then find the Old City's secrets with an expert local guide. Journey into the realm of the Siam Empire at Ayutthaya, where everything is left in an evocative state of ruin. And of course there's the beach, Krabi's revered landscape of white and turquoise enhanced by monkeys, caves, temples and limestone peaks.
Over the 12 days you also take in the iconic experiences. Join monks chanting at sunrise, learn the skills of a mahout elephant trainer, drift down the river on a boat cruise from Thailand's old capital to its new. We handpick the guides and tours that reflect the authenticity of these experiences, not the excesses of tourism. Rather than simply rush round temple after temple, these guides and tours help you take in the breadth of Thailand's experiences and iconicity. It's about uncovering something absolutely unique every time you step away from the hotel.
From the northern border with Myanmar to cities on the plains, the Chao Phraya River to the coastal vistas, this signature Thailand tour is permeated with something delectably old world. You're not exploring museum pieces, but living odes to the country's glorious past. Pulling it all together is the luxury of tomorrow. Hotels have been carefully selected using years of experience, providing the opulence bases to rest the legs and recount the experiences. Chauffeured transfers keep you clear of any city chaos. Personalized dining recommendations help you taste the true Thailand. Private tours ensure the experience can be customized at every moment.
On the surface, Thailand is definitely no longer a secret. But you'll find that the country's story can be told from so many different angles. By venturing beyond the fairytale postcards you discover a country that's has the rich imagination of the most surreal storyteller.
Bangkok's streets dance with color and charm. Temples hide down the lanes of yesteryear while spiraling skyscrapers reveal the country's dreams of tomorrow. It's easy to get lost. And that can be part of the fun. Street traders send their atmospheric calls past pagodas, boats drift down the Chao Phraya River, and the aromas are quick to impress on the nostrils. There's an energy here and you're quickly wrapped up by it, feeling the pulse of a city that's big on surprise. Of course, Bangkok can also have the potential to baffle. An expert local guide greets you at the airport and helps you settle into the city, attuning you with the tips and tricks that make discovering the capital hassle free.
Beneath Bangkok's skyline of glitterati comes a remarkable harmony. Legendary temples shimmer along the water, casting a soft glow towards the remains of palatial wooden architecture. An ambiance of serenity can be discovered just steps from the bustle of local markets, where the sizzle of traditional food arouses the senses. Contrasts fill every panorama. Yet there's a balance, the city stitched together by the grandeur and glory of yesteryear and tomorrow. Today's private tour tour delves into Bangkok's rich cultural fabric, encompassing legendary highlights like the Emerald Buddha and Grand Palace. It also explores the city's stitching, unraveling why and how Bangkok is able to present such harmony. Completing the day is a journey into the back alleys, a foodies tour that celebrates the decadent treats of the streets.
A resplendent temple, bathed in the warm light of sunrise. Bare-footed monks cast in a glow of tranquility. The golden spire of Wat Saket breathing energy into the day. Bangkok may be big and buzzing but it can also be an oasis of calm, especially when the guide leads you past the brass prayer bells of the Golden Mountain. Next it's Ratchanatdaram Temple, another splendid representation of enlightenment. The Thailand luxury tour keeps you away from the crowds and showcases the country at contrasting times of the day: this morning is all about soaking up the spirituality and serenity of a Buddhist heritage. After lunch you fly to Chiang Rai, a new guide introducing you to a city clad by the green tones of the jungle. Relax. Explore. Discover. Find a new side of Thailand to hold you captive.
Indigenous tribes are scattered across Northern Thailand and they make for inspiring encounters. It's not a point-and-shoot-the-camera experience. Today's tour leads you to villages mostly untouched by tourism, from the Akha from Tibet to those who arrived from old-world Burma. A smiling face of wrinkles, glowing beneath headgear that's dotted with jewelery. A village rising on stilts, blending into a backdrop of forest and mountain. You go beyond the stereotypes and discover how communication doesn't require a common verbal language. Thailand luxury travel brings handpicked five-star hotels and opulent experiences; yet there's also a rare luxury to connecting with tribes who are mostly unknown to the world. With this signature tour, you find that luxury is also in the exclusivity of the experience.
Remarkable temples line the road to Chiang Mai. Feast your eyes on the White Temple, an artistic ode to innovation that looks nothing like any of the other temples you'll find in Indochina. Other temples reveal the beautiful simplicity of local life, told through the smiles and equanimity of those that worship there. On today's journey to Chiang Mai you also visit a Karen hill tribe, those of the famous elongated necks and dazzling brass rings. The guide helps you uncover the stories found here, told beneath the scent of forest and crackling cooking wood. Arriving in Chiang Mai your handpicked hotel is nestled deep within the old city walls, along a pedestrianized lane that immerses you in the history of Thailand's cultural heart.
Elephants bulldoze paths through the jungle around Chiang Mai. They move with a deceptive grace, each footstep a reminder that giants can also be elegant. You spend the day at a pioneering elephant camp, discovering both the methods of conservation and the ancient skills of the mahout, elephant trainers and tenders. Learn the calls and guide your elephant into the trees, the path made fresh as trunks clear felled branches. Your first destination is the river, where bath time is imbued with the untamed ebullience of youthful memories. Spend an hour on an elephant and you're wowed by its size and grandeur. Spend a day with an elephant and you feel the connection with nature, uncovering the subtleties of what hides behind those epic ivory tusks.
For many centuries the only way to Chiang Mai was be river or by elephant, torturous journeys that were measured in weeks, not days. Such isolation created a cultural preservation. Chiang Mai doesn't just look like the past. It feels like a distant era, from the robed monks who climb the steps of Doi Suthep to the exotic smells that swirl around Wat Suan Dok. Our Thailand private tours aren't just about showing the sights and this day in Chiang Mai is the epitome of the approach. A local guide helps you connect with the city of yesteryear, from tales etched into crumbling pagoda walls to conversations with monks on the mountaintop. And as you explore you find that while the city may be frozen in the past, its atmosphere lives on in the present. Later in the day you fly back to Bangkok for a luxurious night in a part of the city you haven't seen previously.
Into the countryside, where the walls are softly crumbling yet the grandeur of the Siam Empire remains proud. Ayutthaya was Thailand's capital for over four centuries and its concentric spires continue to dominate the landscape, long after the 18th century takeover by the Burmese. Tree roots wrap themselves around a sculpted Buddha head, grandiose stone stands ruined yet unbowed, and monks' robes add a new tone to the ancient city's rainbow of red hues. Explore slowly, Thailand luxury travel all about the nuances that the guides help you uncover. After lunch you drift back to Bangkok, an iconic river cruise connecting the old capital with the new: it's now time to sit back and watch local life unfold along the banks.
The white sand awaits, dreamy expanses of powder that luxuriate the feet after eight days of cultural exploration. But before drifting off into the serenity of Krabi you connect with the area's natural and cultural extravagance. Lost in the mountains you find Buddha icons, from those of intricate fingernail-sized gold to epic figures with pensive eyes. You follow the salubrious chanting of monks to a cave temple that provides refuge for hundreds of monkeys. Endless vistas await you from a mountain summit, but if the 1,272 steps sound too many then there are equally impressive panoramas from your decadent hotel in Krabi. Gazing out over soaring karsts and tranquil waters, today's accommodation is a celebration of Thailand luxury travel.
This classic Thailand tour connects you with cultures and icons, from the idiosyncrasies of hill tribes to the gilded pagodas that change color at sunset. With private guides you've unearthed the stories beneath the famous sights and the tales only found deep within the Land of Smiles. And now the country provides its famous hurrah, Krabi the archetype of Thailand's legendary coastal image. A private butler tends to your needs at the hotel and the surroundings provide seemingly endless options for languid days in the sun. These days are at your leisure and a driver is at your disposal, along with a small boat that can take you across the bays.
From one angle, Krabi's surroundings are the iconic postcard: a canopy of palms standing over the idyllic stretches of white and turquoise. But there's more here. Limestone pinnacles rise majestically, dense jungle branches reflect in the glassy water, echoed calls come courtesy of rumbustious monkeys. Krabi is a classic beach escape while also being a journey into the inspiration of nature, from fish that walk between the puddles of low tide, to the colors that merge diaphanously throughout the day. Kick off the shoes, forget about time, welcome to the atmosphere behind the postcard image.
A final morning, a final sunrise from the balcony, a final chance to soak up the enchantment of the country behind the smiles. All our Thailand private tours include luxury chauffeured transfers and you're taken to the airport for your homebound flight. As the plane soars above the country you recount the stories and connect the chapters, finding the narrative that most reflects Thailand behind the postcards.
"We were pleased that Indochina Travel was small enough to provide the things larger companies cannot, yet with all the benefits of using a larger one. In Saigon, we were honored to visit our guide's family. The BEST parts of our trip were the PEOPLE we met, especially the real, local people, not just the famous ones (though they were fascinating as well). Cuong made this possible throughout our time with him."
—Ric Haas, Menlo Park
"Chris and I had a wonderful journey. Thanks to you, everything was flawless. All of the guides were superb (especially Thiha in Burma). The accommodations were top-rate in most cases, the special activities and personal service much appreciated!"
—Ann & Chris McMurray, Alexandria, VA
"Overall, we had an excellent trip! Don and I both loved Bhutan and Myanmar. Both countries are beautiful, each in their own way. Our main comment would be to say how wonderful our guides were. As we've discussed in the past, it's really the difference between a good trip and great one. It was really nice to have the same guide for the entire itinerary, you really get to establish a rapport and they get to know us. We thought both guides were very professional, knowledgeable and personable, and we learned a lot from both."
—Irene Ing and Don Ershig, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Boating - "Thank you for an amazing adventure, we were delighted at every turn and the activities and people we met were thoroughly fascinating. We really the appreciated the authentic experiences we shared. Our girls are still talking about the trip, please give Linh and Duc our best!"
—The Anderson Family
Halong Bay Kayaking - "This was our fourth trip with you guys and it couldn't have possibly been any better. Your crew is outstanding in every way-well prepared, attentive, and professional. Again, you planned some very special things for us which we really enjoyed. Thank you for another amazing experience."
Thailand is a vast patchwork of experiences, stitched together by the intimate connection with culture. This private Thailand tour includes the best of the diverse destinations, an exuberant overview of a country’s allure and appeal. Go off the beaten track in Bangkok, uncover spirituality and soft pleasures in Chiang Mai, find an artist’s community and the Golden Temple in Chiang Rai, then meet remote hill tribes deep in the mountains. Returning south you get lost in the remarkable temples of yesteryear, as told in Thailand’s ancient capital. Then it’s the beach, the dazzling beaches of the southern islands creating the postcard-perfect conclusion.
These two weeks encompass all the images that make Thailand such a revered destination. Along the way there are elephants, private sail boats, outstanding culinary moments, and the infectious energy of the country. This tour is intended to provide the best of Thailand contrasts and has always been very popular with our clients. However, there’s much to customize and we’ll present a series of alternative destinations as well as carefully tailoring the hotels. All our luxury Thailand tours are individualized. Contact us to receive your full and personalized itinerary.
The classic combination in Indochina, first exploring the evocative World Heritage Sites of the region, then lounging at a beach resort on a hidden white sand island. Start in Bangkok, with private tours uncovering the culture and atmosphere of a city that loves to surprise. Then hop into Cambodia, where the Khmer complex of Angkor provide an inspirational three days of temples and history. North Vietnam has majestic sights, ancient Hanoi followed by a sailing trip through the limestone karst landscape of Halong Bay. And then the beach, four days of bare-footed escapism at a boutique island resort that few people know about. Decadent and delightful, this final stop provides the perfect complement to the World Heritage discovery.
Over two weeks this private Indochina tour explores our favorite selection of World Heritage Sites. But there are others you may wish to include, like the crumbling capital of ancient Siam. All our Thailand tours are fully tailored to your interests and preferences. Contact us for your full and personalized itinerary.
From romantic dinners and river cruises to sacred temples and remote resorts, this private Thailand tour enhances the romance. Tailored for privacy and packed with sensual experiences, the two-week tour also includes some of Asia’s finest accommodation, from vintage city hotels to five-star resorts hidden in the jungle. You’ll cruise through the north, where a sense of getaway accompanies every turn. Then you’ll disappear onto one of Thailand’s finest luxury beach resorts, a place that fulfills all the images of turquoise waters and hidden sand. A private yacht takes you further, so look forward to lazy days on islands that have never been populated.
Of all the reasons for a vacation, a honeymoon is the most individualized. We carefully tailor every single aspect to your requirements, from destinations and experiences to an attentive collection of hotels and resorts. We’ve planned Thailand honeymoons for over 20 years and look forward to providing unique options for yours. Contact us for your full and personalized Thailand honeymoon itinerary.
Open your senses to Asia’s most invigorating culinary destinations. Bangkok is surely the world’s most interesting gastronomic city, the journey encompassing every stage from backstreet food to opulent dining. Across Thailand you discover regional peculiarities, from foraging in floating markets to cooking with television chefs. Vietnam has firmly planted itself on the world’s culinary stage and this private tour masters its specialities, from the regal cuisine of Hoi to the modern fusion of Hoi An and the colorful presentation of Hanoi.
This is just one example of our Indochina culinary tours and you might also want to explore our Iron Chef experiences, led by Los Angeles chef Neal Fraser. Everyone tastes are personal so these tours are expertly crafted to what you want to explore and experience. Contact us for your full and personalized itinerary.
History defines Indochina and this exclusive two-week tour celebrates the region’s tales. Cruise down the mighty Mekong, admiring traditional life and Buddhist marvels along the banks. Follow the river into Laos, home of barefooted monks and an atmosphere from an ancient world. Get lost amongst the Khmer temples of Angkor, where private guides take you off the beaten track. Then keep cruising, ending in vibrant Saigon, where the Mekong Delta spills out around a city of exotic pleasures. It’s all preceded by Thailand’s two unmissable cities, both with their own historical tales to tell: Bangkok and Chiang Mai.
All our Thailand tours are private and customized to your exacting requirements. Contact us for your detailed, personalized itinerary.
Thailand’s art scene loves to surprise. This 10-day tour provides the insider’s perspectives, meeting the artists and exploring the private galleries that dot the country. Immerse yourself in the galleries and spaces of Bangkok, where contemporary creations merge with vibrant street art and regal portraiture. Spend time with bohemian art communities in Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai, your guides being the very artists that have pioneered Thailand’s art scene. Meet notable figures like Thawan Duchanee and uncover the subtleties of art that’s as distinctive as the country’s culture.
This is just one of our iconic art tours and the Thailand encounter can be supplemented with artist and gallery experiences across other Asian countries, including Japan, China and Vietnam. Our tours are private and individualized to your preferences. Contact us for your full and personalized itinerary.
Thailand offers unique adventures into the wild. World-class water sports are at the heart of the experience, from scuba diving spectacular reefs to kayaking through the karst landscapes of marine parks. Mountain bikes take you through the lush jungles of the Golden Triangle, while bamboo rafts are a vessel for floating to hidden rainforest retreats. Trek into primitive Khao Sok National Park, searching for wildlife like gibbons and tigers. Spend a day on an elephant-back safari then canoe down a remote river, passing beneath towering peaks. Completing the outdoor adventure are three days of sailing turquoise waters, wind power taking you to the deserted beaches of an unpopulated archipelago.
Thailand offers months of adventure and this two-week itinerary combines a real diversity of what’s on offer. But it can also be customized towards the activities that most excite your imagination. All our private Thailand tours are individualized. Contact us for your full and detailed itinerary.
Receive a blessing from a monk in the 16th-century temple. Kayak to a white beach that’s surrounded by tropical fish. Meet hill tribe families and watch as the children share stories. See gibbons swinging past your room and jump into more contemporary family experiences, such as the theme parks around Bangkok. This tailored Thailand getaway takes you from the banks of the Chao Phraya River to the cultural encounters of the north, then onwards to remote beaches for family rest and relaxation. It’s a two-week getaway that escapes the crowds and reveals the best of Thailand for all ages.
All our family Thailand tours are carefully customized to your preferences and we handcraft all the details, including the accommodation that is best for families. Contact us for your full and individualized itinerary.
Thailand is packed with rare cultures and intimate encounters. Deep in the jungle you’re immersed in the culture of local hill tribes, admiring the contrasts and charms they present. Spend time with indigenous sea gypsies on remote islands, sharing meals of ocean fish and fresh coconuts. Discover the life of those who train elephants. Indulge in the spirituality of Buddhist heritage, getting talked through the religion in temples from yesteryear. Uncover how art and cuisine stems from culture, then find markets that express so much about the Land of Smiles.
For more than 20 years we’ve searched for the most intimate cultural experiences, taking you away from the stereotypes and into a land of unparalleled secrets. This two-week tour celebrates the hidden angle. It can be customized, dependent on the secrets you wish to uncover. Contact us for your full and individualized itinerary.