Thailand's Highlands & Islands

Thailand's Highlands & Islands

12 days Bangkok - Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai - Khao Sok - Phuket tour

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Highlights

Discover the sprawling city of Bangkok

Enjoy the panoramic views of Chiangmai city from the summit of Doi Suthep

Marvel at the traditional Buddhist art of Withe Temple & Blakc House in Chiang Rai

Spend time with elephants in Khao Sok

Spend a night in a unique floating tent and luxury rainforest camp

Relax on the beautiful beaches of Phuket

The trip makes the most of Thailand's diversity with time in the buzzing city of Bangkok, a national park and on one of the country's famous beaches. Exploring with experienced guides, you can discover some of Thailand's hidden spots with a city safari through Bangkok and trekking through the dramatic jungle and hills of Khao Sok National Park. Finish your trip by relaxing on the beautiful beaches of Phuket.


Itinerary idea in detail

Day 1Hello Bangkok!
Accommodation: U Sukhumvit Bangkok

Overnight: Bangkok

สวัสดีค่ะ Sawasdee ka!Welcome to Thailand! On arrival in Bangkok, Your guide will be ready to welcome you at the arrival hall, and transfer to your hotel with a private car and driver. Your guide will help you with luggage and hotel check-in, and ensure your arrival in Thailand is worry-free.

Free-time Ideas:The rest of day is arranged on your own.You may need some time to relax and recover from the long-distance flight or possibly from jet-lag. If you feel like going for a walk and checking out places nearby, feel free to ask your guide for recommendations for good dining or places to see.

Day 2Good Morning Bangkok!
Sights: Wat Phra Kaew >Wat Pho >Wat Traimit >Grand Palace
Accommodation: U Sukhumvit Bangkok

Overnight: Bangkok

Meals: breakfast and lunch

Your trip will start from visiting Wat Trimit,this temple is known for its famous Golden Buddha constructing during the Sukhothai period. The image of solid gold is 3 meters high and weighs five and a half tons. Your second stop will be Wat Pho, it is one of Bangkok’s oldest and largest temples. Wat Pho was built by King Rama I about 200 years ago and houses the gigantic gold plated Reclining Buddha image. This unique image is 49 meters long and 12 meters high with beautifully inlaid mother-of-pearl soles, then your last stop is The Royal Grand Palace, the nations's landmark and the most revered royal monuments. You will see the Palace that were used for different occasions as The Coronation Hall, Funeral Hall and Royal Guest House and the mysterious famous Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), the most revered Buddha image in Thailand. Lunch at local restaurant, and then return to hotel. Afternoon is free at leisure.

Free Time Idea: Asiatique is a nice place to chill out by yourself. It combined two of the most popular shopping experiences in the city: a night bazaar and a mall. Open from 17:00, spending an evening here is no problem: you’ll have good fun browsing the boutiques, picking up gifts or something for yourself; you are guaranteed to find something you would like to eat and if this isn’t enough entertainment, shows are performed nightly: Calypso ladyboy cabaret and soon, a classic Thai puppets performance.

Day 3Fly to Chiang Mai
Sights: Wat Chedi Luang >Tha Phae Gate
Accommodation: Tamarind Village Hotel

Overnight: Chiang Mai

Meals: breakfast 

After a sound sleep, take your internal flight to the historical and colorful city of Chiang Mai, located in the north of Thailand. Your driver is waiting for you at the airport to take you by private car to your hotel. After settle down in your hotel , spend at your own leisure!

Free Time Idea: You may start your Chiang Mai temple tour by yourself. As your hotel is located in the center part of Chiang Mai City, you may walk for only 5-10 minutes to those main spots, where you could find Wat Chedi Luang and the famous Thaphae Gate.

Day 4Half Day Explore Doi Suthep and Meo Hill Tribe
Sights: Wat Phra That >Doi Suthep Mountain >Meo Hill Tribe Village >Chiang Mai Night Bazaar
Accommodation: Tamarind Village Hotel

Overnight: Chiang Mai

Meals: breakfast and lunch

Morning departure to visit some of the local Meo hill tribe villages. The Meo, a subgroup of the H’mong, still wear traditional costumes and maintain a lifestyle unchanged in centuries. Notice how the Meo houses sit right on the ground (not on stilts), with the main floor resting on an open space for food storage. Interact with the villagers with your guide serving as a translator. Drive approximately 1hr to Doi Suthep Mountain, enjoying the spectacular views of Northern Thailand as you head past mountains and forests, towards Wat Phra That, one of Northern Thailand’s most sacred temples. Founded in 1383 AD, the temple is reached by climbing 309 steps (or for the less fitness-oriented, a tram is available for a small surcharge). The climb up is rewarded with a superb panoramic view over the city. Return to Chiang Mai with lunch at a local restaurant en route and then back to hotel.

Free Time Idea: Chiang Mai is a shopping paradise, with its famous arts and crafts. Nothing beats shopping for a bargain more than in the famous Chiang Mai Night Bazaar. The Night Bazaar, on the east side of the old walled city, is approximately 1km long. This evening, you can explore the night bazaar by a 10-15 minutes’ walk from your hotel and to find all special handicrafts and souveniers you need along the street, plus a heap of mobile food street stalls.

Day 5White Temple & Black House
Sights: White Temple >Black House >Thaweesin Hotspring
Accommodation: Tamarind Village Hotel

Overnight: Chiang Mai

Meals: breakfast and lunch

After breakfast, we will head to Chiang Rai today! On the way, we will visit a hot spring for relaxation, then continue to Wat Rong Khun or ‘the White Temple’, blending traditional Buddhist art with contemporary themes. Followed by ‘The Black House’, known as ‘Baan Dam’ in Thai. Baan Damis Thawan Duchanee’s artful portrayal of hell. The opaque decor and dead animals adorning each room make Duchanee’s estate the complete opposite of the White Temple, the glimpse of heaven designed by his teacher Chalermchai Kositpipat. Although off the beaten track, the Black House is not something to be overlooked.You will return to Chiang Mai this late afternoon and enjoy your free time at night.

Day 6Fly to Surat Thani and Then Enter the Jungle
Sights: Khao Sok National Park >The Elephant Hills Camp
Accommodation: Khao Sok National Park (Boutique Camp)

Overnight: Khao Sok

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Today you will fly to Surat thani province. Upon arrival, you will head to Khao Sok National Park (Carpooling).Khao Sok National Park is really a fantastic place to go on vacation. Close and personal elephant encounters, jungle trekking on foot and canoeing are all possible activities, which will give you the experience of a lifetime.

Upon arrival at Elephant Hills Camp of national park, buffet lunch is served at 12:00 pm, a variety of delicious Thai dishes cooked not too spicy awaits you. After lunch you can relax during a jungle river canoe trip down the Sok River. You will spend your night in a rainforest boutique camp.

After check out, your driver from national park will come to pick you up and your 3 days Khao Sok National 

Day 7Khao Sok: Nature meets Adventure!
Sights: Cheow Lan Lake
Accommodation: Khao Sok National Park (Floating Hut)

Overnight: Khao Sok

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Today you begin your jungle trekking on foot through southern Thailand’s unique Rainforest environment, and then explore Cheow-Lan-Lake by local long-tail boat. Cruise across emerald waters passing towering rainforest covered Limestone Mountains to the “Guilin” of Southern Thailand. One of the most interesting areas is stunningly beautiful Cheow Larn Lake in the heart of the National Park with its floating raft houses and luxury tents – an absolute must-see! and of course, you will overnight at the floating raft house tonight. Take your time to marvel at the majestic mountains rising sheer out of the water and experience nature at its best.


Day 8Morning Avtivities and Transfer to Phuket
Sights: canoe safari
Accommodation: Novotel Phuket Resort

Overnight: Phuket

Meals: breakfast and lunch

This morning, your guide will invite you to join in on a guided canoe safari into the little channels and side arms of Cheow-Lan-Lake. Take one of our kayaks and start scanning the tree tops for lazy hornbill birds or energetic primates. You will find yourself in heart of the rainforest on a silent adventure – words cannot do this experience justice. After lunch, it is time to move on to your next destination, you will join other guests on the 3 hour transfer to Phuket.

Day 9Free Time in Phuket
Accommodation: Novotel Phuket Resort

Overnight: Phuket

Meals: breakfast

Day at leisure. Relax at your hotel, or explore the surrounding area.


Day 10Free Time in Phuket
Accommodation: Novotel Phuket Resort

Overnight: Phuket

Meals: breakfast

Day at leisure. Relax at your hotel, or explore the surrounding area


Day 11Free Time in Phuket
Accommodation: Novotel Phuket Resort

Overnight: Phuket

Meals: breakfast

Day at leisure. Relax at your hotel, or explore the surrounding area


Day 12Return flight
Accommodation: -

Meals: breakfast                   

After breakfast at hotel, free at leisure then depart for Bangkok by flight. On arrival, connect your international flight home or to your next destination.

What's Included

All transfers specified, in private car or air-conditioned minibus

The service of an English Speaking guide

Accommodation based on two people sharing (for each person not sharing a room, the single supplement will be added)

All excursions specified in the itinerary

The flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai to Phuket, Phuket to Bangkok, including baggage fee

All entry fees

All meals specified in the itinerary

One bottle of drinking water and cold towel per guest per day

City Map

SIM card

All bank charges and exchange rate changes at time of payment

All insurances including cancellation, travel, repatriation and lost luggage insurances

All drinks with meals and other items of personal expenditure

All tips

All services not specified in the itinerary

All meals not specified in the itinerary

Domestic flights not mentioned

International flights

Entry visas and visa fees (contact us for further information)

Travel Insurance (Please DO purchase the Travel Insurance before your trip)

Reviews

4.8/5.0

Carl

5.0/5.0

I'll have to admit that Asia was not high on my list of continents to visit but boy am I SOOOOO glad I went. This trip was by far the best vacation I have ever taken. I actually left doing the figures to determine when I can retire in Thailand! If you love amazingly fresh food, amazingly blue waters and beautiful beaches, along with wonderful local people and are interested in a bit of an adventure, I recommend contacting UME Travel today!

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Kimi

4.8/5.0

The best experience of my life. I took the 13 days Thailand tour and I enjoy every minutes of it. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to taste the best part of Thailand. Our guide is also great, making every member of the group feel welcomed. I enjoy the Thailand temples the most, they are all spectacular. This trip would be great memory of a lifetime!

Fred

4.7/5.0

This tour was very amazing. Well organization, guides and wonderful sights made me indulge in pleasures without stop. Thanks UME Travel.

Randy

4.9/5.0

This 13-day’s tour gave me my money's worth. I experienced lots of highlights of Thailand. I have a wonderful guide and my tour is worry-free. Every sights in Thailand is amazing. Thank UME Travel for designing a good trip for me.

Carol

4.7/5.0

The nature landscape is my focus in this itinerary. The experience in Khao Sok National Park was so exciting. Elephants are so cute and jungle trekking on foot is full of adventure. Wonderful travel experience!!!

Bruce

4.8/5.0

UME Travel delivers an indelible experience to me. The memories shall bring many smiles upon recollection. It is a truly a customized group travel adventure allowing for one final exclamation: “Why not? It is Bangkok!” Be warned however, at the end of the trip and once at home, the heart may feel a heavy void for Thailand and the friendships newly made.

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