Thailand: A Natural Adventure

Thailand offers adventures from the newest wine tasting boutique vineyard, to canoeing mangrove swamps. Explore rainforest canopies by zipline and encounter the some of Asia's traditional Hill Tribe villages.

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Thailand: A Natural Adventure Enrichment Series

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(Interest Type(s))

Romantic Getaways


Adventure Travel

(Tour Length)

20 Days

Tour Highlights

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  • Explore exotic Bangkok, once known as ‘Venice of the East’  for the many canals that once laced the city
  • Enjoy a new Thai sensation – wine tasting at a boutique winery, the GranMonte Vineyard
  • Discover the historic and famous Bridge on the River Kwai, built during World War II by the Allied prisoners of war captured by Japan
  • Experience the rural countryside on a biking tour through the southern part of Chiang Mai as well as traveling to some of the famous Hill Tribes including the Karen, Lisu, and Akha
  • See life above the rainforest as you zipline through thick rainforest canopy  and canoe down mangrove waterways

Day 1: Bangkok, Thailand
Welcome to exotic Asia. You enjoy VIP service with our Fast Track program. You are met at the jet way by a hostess and porter, who carries any hand carry luggage. You then will be escorted to the Fast Track Immigration counter, where you receive expedited service, avoiding the regular queues. The hostess will handle all airport formalities with immigration and customs officials. In the event that you need to obtain a "Visa on Arrival", the hostess will assist you in this process. After the porter collects your luggage, both of hostess and porter escort you through customs to your awaiting transportation. You meet your private guide who transfers you to your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure. Ariyasom Villa – Studio Room

Day 2: Bangkok
This morning is at leisure. This afternoon, venture into 19th-century Bangkok, once laced with canals leading visitors to call it the ‘Venice of the East’. Surviving canals as well as the Chao Phraya River provide memorable vignettes of a traditional waterborne lifestyle that remained essentially unchanged for centuries. The river and canals can conveniently be explored by public transport or via a traditional long tailed boat with your private guide. Visit Wat Arun Temple, a famous riverbank landmark, which is best known for its porcelain encrusted 79-meter/259-foot sparkling pagoda. The afternoon is at leisure for you to enjoy as you wish. Your hotel’s amenities include a spa and swimming pool. This evening, you are transferred to the Jok Kitchen Restaurant in the Yaowarat area. This highly regarded restaurant serves fantastic fusion cuisine featuring Thai and Chinese flavors. Jok Kitchen has only a few tables as chef Jok only serves a maximum of four tables at a time and no set menu. Note: this hidden gem requires reservations to be made 50 days in advance. Ariyasom Villa – Studio Room (B,D) 

Day 3: Bangkok / Khao Yai / Bangkok
Enjoy a unique wine-tasting excursion today in the GranMonte Vineyard, which is among the newest and most cutting-edge experiences that has emerged in Thailand in the last year or so. Early this morning, depart on a private transfer to the vineyard in the Khao Yai region, where you join into one of the signature tasting tours. GranMonte Vineyard, nestled in the foothills of KhaoYai National Park, is where the founder, Visooth Lohitnavy’s and his wife, Sakuma, settled with their two young daughters. Visooh had a vision and little by little, he studied vines and soil types to choose the best varieties of vitis vinifera for growth and yield fruit. You are welcomed to explore the vineyard, and learn about GranMonte’s innovative techniques to capture the best aromas from the growing grapes. And, of course, you will samplea wide range of award-winning wines before enjoying a fine international menu at VinCotto Restaurant on the vineyard grounds. Well-known dishes are given the special family touch. Ariyasom Villa – Studio Room (B,L)

Day 4: Bangkok / Kanchanaburi / River Kwai
This morning to see the world famous bridge on the River Kwai, built during World War II by the Allied prisoners of war. The bridge is located near the town of Kanchanaburi, you will have a short stop on the bridge before transferring for lunch at a local restaurant. Head to a local conservation camp for an excursion by elephant back. Current estimates of Thailand’s wild elephant population are thought to be about 3,000-4,000 individuals. Although logging is slowly being banned in the kingdom, elephants remain an important mode of jungle transport for their ability to move through a forest with minimum damage while ensuring constant protection from possible poachers. Following this brief interaction, enjoy a gentle sail over the Kwai Noi River on a bamboo raft. This evening, check into the Floating House on River Kwai, a teakwood resort made with bamboo accents following traditional Thai design. Elegant boutique floating villas are tastefully decorated in Thai folk style design with teakwood furniture enhancing the comfort and harmony with nature. Each villa features private balcony and pier where you can relax. All rooms are connected with spacious common space. This afternoon, visit the remote forest temple of Wat Pha Luangta Bua (Tiger Temple). In these beautiful surroundings, dedicated Buddhist monks live with wild animals. The temple is known for the 17 or so tigers who live here, too. The temple was founded in 1994 to act as a refuge for orphaned and injured animals, including tigers. It can be a little disturbing to watch the monks walk these tigers on leashes every afternoon, but they are well treated and protected from poachers. Please note: visitors to the temple are required to comply with a standard dress code: women should have their shoulders and chest covered, as well as legs at least down to the knee. Additionally, there are dress regulations in order to be able to approach animals at the temple: no red clothing, flowing skirts or scarves are permitted; no clothing made out of materials that produce audible noise (i.e. some rain jackets); no strong smelling perfume. The Floating House River Kwai (B,L,D)

Please note this is an amazing cultural experience but please be aware that facilities are basic at this jungle lodge; and meals are on a set menu due to restricted access.

Day 5: River Kwai
Today you travel to Erawan Waterfalls National Park, 65 kilometers/40 miles from Kanchanaburi. The major feature of the park are this seven-tiered falls, said to resemble the Erawan, three-headed white elephant of Hindu mythology. The second tier has a lovely pool that is ideal for swimming. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, return transfer to your floating hotel where the balance of the day is at leisure. The Floating House River Kwai (B,L,D)

Day 6: River Kwai / Bangkok / Chiang Mai
Transfer to Bangkok and the airport for your flight to Chiang Mai. On arrival, you are met and transferred to your hotel with the remainder of the day at leisure. This evening, you have the option to visit the Night Bazaar along the Ping River, Thailand’s most famous night market. Anantara Chiang Mai – Deluxe River View Room (B)

Day 7: Chiang Mai
This morning, you set out on a guided half-day Chiang Mai biking tour through the southern part of Chiang Mai. You travel along serene roads, passing by the former capital of Lana; with Wiang Kum Kam showing you temples and ruins dating back hundreds of years. Riding along the Ping River, take in the local atmosphere that makes Chiang Mai so special. Stop at a candy factory to sample Chiang Mai’s famous treats, visit a local bakery and market where you’ll have the opportunity to sample some of the most delicious and exotic fruits and other snacks. Halfway through the trip, enjoy a small Thai meal (Kao Soy Kai) in a local restaurant. Special note: Guests should be in reasonable physical condition and should know how to safely ride a bicycle. The program is subject to change due to local conditions. Following a short break, you join other adventure enthusiasts on an exhilarating ride through the rainforest canopy on zip lines and via sky bridges through pristine, 1500-year-old rainforest. It has 18 platforms, sky bridges and lowering stations that connect 2 km/1.24 miles of zip lines. You zip easily from tree to tree on a spectacular and gradual downhill course, taking time to linger in your favorite places, soaking up the fragrance, clean air and spotting animals such as gibbons and some of the wonderful birds in the forest. Anantara Chiang Mai – Deluxe River View Room (B)

Day 8: Chiang Mai
Today you explore the world of Asian elephants, beginning at the Chiang Dao young elephant training camp, located 56 kilometers/37 miles from Chiang Mai. In the morning, you observe the elephants taking their morning baths in a stream before begin their daily routines such as pulling and pilling logs. Then, you have the opportunity to ride one of these intelligent animals into the jungle. After lunch, travel to the Chiang Dao area to encounter some of the Hill Tribe villages. You will learn how the different cultures, costumes and traditions of each group, including Karen, Akha, Lisu, Lahu and Palong hill tribe villages. This evening, enjoy the Chiang Mai Night Market and return to your hotel. Anantara Chiang Mai – Deluxe River View Room (B)

Day 9: Chiang Mai
Today, you are in for an exhilarating ride through the rainforest canopy on zip lines and sky bridges in the mountains outside of Chiang Mai. Flight of the Gibbon Adventure is a unique zip line canopy excursion through pristine, 1500-year-old rainforest outside of Chiang Mai, Thailand. Some 18 platforms, sky bridges and lowering stations connect 2km of zip lines that take you through different layers of the rainforest canopy. You zip line easily from tree to tree on a spectacular and gradual downhill course, taking time to linger in your favorite places, soaking up the fragrance, clean air and animal life. Our safety team accompanies you and teaches you how to move through the trees with the speed and grace of a young gibbon. You also trek about an hour to Mae Kompong waterfall.  Anantara Chiang Mai – Deluxe River View Room (B,L)

Day 10: Chiang Mai / Chiang Rai
After breakfast, you set out through rugged mountain landscapes and fascinating hill tribe settlements to the far north on your drive to Chiang Rai. Stop at the hot springs of Wiang Pa Pao. Thailand’s Hill Tribes actively work to preserve their distinctive traditional heritage. Encounter the villages of the Akha Hill people in sumptuous costumes with elaborate silver-embellished headdresses; and the Yao, in their colorful embroidered outfits. Continue on to the Golden Triangle where the borders of Thailand, Burma, and Laos converge at a bend in the Mekong River. Retire to the intimate seclusion of your island resort on the Kok River. Le Meridien Chiang Rai – Deluxe Room (B,L)  

Day 11: Chiang Rai
After breakfast, travel a wild, weaving route through hills of scented flowers and lush greenery to the majestic mountains of Doi Tun. Visit the royal project of Mac Fah Luang, which is dedicated to eliminating the opium trade by cultivating new, more profitable crops. Return to town for long-tail boat ride to a Hill Tribe village of the Karen, a gentle and hardworking people distinguished by their woven attire worn with a profusion of beaded jewelry. Le Meridien Chiang Rai – Deluxe Room (B,L)

Day 12: Chiang Rai / Pai
This morning after breakfast, you head to Pai via Thaton. After lunch, visit the local temple, Wat Num Hu, at Pai. Then proceed to your hotel in Pai for the night. Pai Hotspring Spa Resort - Chalet River View Room (B,L)

Day 13: Pai / Mae Hong Son
After breakfast, set out to visit the Lisu Hill Tribe village of Huay Nam Rin. Next, explore the famous Fish Cave. Although there is no cave for you to enter, you can see big brook carp, some one meter long, swimming in a small stream that emerges from the rock face of a hill. Continue to Mae Hong Son on a scenic road that offers breathtaking views. Catch a long-tailed boat and travel along the Pai River to discover the exotic village of the Pa-Dong Long Neck Karen Tribe. The women of this local village have necks that have been elongated by brass rings. Visit Pa-long.  Fern Resort - Suite Creek View Room (B,L)

Day 14: Mae Hong Son / Chiang Mai
Set out early this morning for the small village of Baan Teen Doi, where you take a short stroll to Mae Pa. Ride a mountain bike to Baan in order to witness that typical Thai and Buddhist tradition of people offering food to Buddhist monks. Then visit a vibrant local market in search of the best bargains before continuing back to your hotel for breakfast. Later, encounter the famous Burmese-style City Temples ofWat Doi Kong Mu, Wat Jong Klang, Wat Jong Kham before you drive back to Chiang Mai, passing the beautiful northern mountains and valley. Savor lunch at a local restaurant. In  Chiang Mai, check into your hotel for the night. Anantara Chiang Mai – Deluxe River View Room (B,L)

Day 15: Chiang Mai / Bangkok / Krabi
This morning after breakfast you are transferred to the Chiang Mai Airport for your flight to Krabi via Bangkok. On arrival at the Krabi Airport, you are met and transferred to your hotel where the rest of the day is at leisure. Ao Nang Villa Resort - Superior Sea View Room (B)  

Day 16: Krabi / Khao Sok National Park
Today you have a private transfer from your hotel in Krabi to Phang Nga Province. Explore the rivers by motorized dinghy as you travel through the mangrove forest. You can opt to explore the smaller creeks by self-paddle canoes. Emerging further along the coast meet up with a classical Burmese junk to enjoy lunch. Spend the afternoon on a deserted beach before transferring to Khao Sok and your tented camp. Elephant Hills Camp – Tent (B,L,D) 

Day 17: Khao Sok National Park
Wake up to the sounds of nature with birds chattering close to your tent. Then transfer to the elephant camp where you will participate in the “Elephant Experience”, you will get close to an elephant and experience first-hand these magnificent animals, interact with them and feed them.  Returning from the jungle, you enjoy a buffet lunch that is served at the camp. Then, take a jungle river canoe trip down the Sok River. In the afternoon you return to your hotel in Khao Lak. Elephant Hills Camp – Tent (B,L,D) 

Day 18: Khao Sok National Park / Khao Lak
After a good night rest it’s time for a wholesome breakfast before coming face to face with the jungle by exploring it on foot. Weather permitting, lunch will be served in the rainforest cooked in bamboo.  The Sands Khaolak By Katathani – Seaside Junior Suite (B,L)

Day 19: Khao Lak / Phuket / Bangkok
Today after breakfast, you are transferred to the Phuket International Airport for your flight back to Bangkok. On arrival in Bangkok, collect your bags and proceed outside the arrival hall to take the Bangkok airport shuttle on your own to the Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel where a room is booked for you for the night. Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel - Superior Room (B)  

Day 20: Bangkok / Depart
This morning you check out of your airport hotel and take the hotel shuttle bus back to the Bangkok airport in time to connect your international flight home. (B)

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