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Thailand, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket

Trip Duration

11 days/10 nights

Culturally enchanting and playfully cosmopolitan, discover ultramodern cityscapes amid sacred golden temples, peaceful country villages and world-renowned beaches. Experience Bangkok's piquant street life and foodie culture, the pristine rainforests and elephant sanctuaries of Chaing Mai and Chaing Rai, and the tropical allure of culture-chic Phuket.

Below is just a sample of the immersive itineraries our Destination Specialists can create. Click on the experiences links in the itinerary to see other curated excursion choices offered by Journese. Our Destination Specialists are happy to book our hotels and excursions highlighted in the itinerary below, or let them know if you would like something customized. And, feel free to offer our non-hyperlinked suggestions to your clients to further explore the destination.


Day 1: USA / Bangkok, Thailand

Arrive in Bangkok and meet your private transfer to the grand Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit. Rising over one of Bangkok's most chic and lively districts with easy access to shopping, entertainment and attractions, unwind in world-class luxury for four nights in an executive guestroom. Ideal for every kind of traveler, enjoy an acclaimed steakhouse and international venues, dessert shop and open-air rooftop bars; plus infinity and family pools, indulgent Anne Semonin Spa, fitness center and kids zone.

Day 2: Bangkok

Following a delicious breakfast buffet spread, head out for the day on the private guided Thonburi Khlong Boat Ride & Grand Palace Experience. Begin with a cruise on a traditional long-tail boat upon the Chao Phraya River, traveling the khlongs, or ancient canals, with sights of local life along the waterways, and landmarks including the Royal Barges Museum and pagoda of Wat Arun, the Temple of the Dawn. Then, step ashore to explore the architectural wonder of the Grand Palace. Marvel at its golden stupas, ornate pillars and colorful mosaics, and adjacent Wat Phra Kaew, Thailand's most sacred temple, and the famous Emerald Buddha.

Watch the sunset as you sip a favorite craft cocktail while savoring panoramic view of the Bangkok skyline. Then, indulge in fresh seafood or Angus steak in The District Grill Room & Bar in the hotel, or rub elbows with hip locals in local clubs and sophisticated eateries in vibrant Thonglor and Ekkamai for a night on the town.

Day 3: Bangkok

Start your day with a flavorful breakfast in the hotel before experiencing everyday life on the Thai waters on the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Excursion. Touted as the most popular floating market in Thailand, your private guided experience begins at a coconut farm for a look at the process of making sugar from coconuts and the local farmers and residents who live and work on the interconnected canals. Next, hop aboard your long-tail boat on the picturesque waterways to the famous floating market and its lively vendors. Be sure to keep your camera ready to snap photos of the colorful produce carefully placed on the small boats, and prepare to barter for tempting bites and artisan handicrafts.

Day 4: Bangkok

After an opulent sweet pastry with your morning coffee from the Chocolate Cake Company, spend your day at leisure or explore this remarkable city on your own. For a family fun day, head to the largest indoor play and entertainment area at AVANI Atrium or spend your day at Safari World. Search for the perfect outfit Siam Paragon shopping mall or hop the BTS Skytrain to immerse in a day of cultural discovery.

This evening, savor traditional Thai cuisine, captivated by a delightful cultural dance performance on the Thai Dinner & Classical Dance Experience. Marvel at the vibrant jeweled costumes, elaborate headdresses and masks as they gracefully perform a six-act show filled with music and stories, for an unforgettable night of magical tradition.

Day 5: Bangkok / Chiang Mai

Board your transfer for your comfortable flight to Chiang Mai. Upon arrival, meet your private transfer to the upscale Le Meridien Chiang Mai for two nights in a Le Meridien Club guestroom with daily breakfast, all-day snacks and evening cocktails. Set in the heart of Thailand's northern capital, steps from the vibrant Night Bazaar, dining and nightlife, revel in contemporary sophistication with Italian and international dining, multi-sensory spa and outdoor swimming pool with panoramas of the Suthep mountain.

Day 6:  Chiang Mai

Savor a flavorful breakfast buffet this morning before embarking on the Wat Doi Suthep & White Meo Hilltribe Excursion. Board your private transportation and travel through scenic mountain terrain to the shimmering golden Wat Doi Suthep. One of the most sacred temples in Thailand, marvel at the breathtaking summit views and grandeur of Buddhist designs and carvings. Then head to a hilltop village to meet friendly villagers and experience native life and their unique customs and heritage before your return to the hotel.

Spend the rest of your day at leisure. Just minutes from the hotel, explore the historical old city of Chiang Mai filled with incredible temples and museums or venture out to one of the amazing elephant sanctuaries. Revel in the carnival-like Night Bazaar and market areas, filled with unique eateries and local arts and crafts, or simply relax poolside with your favorite cocktail as the sunsets over Doi Suthep.

Day 7: Chiang Mai / Phuket

Following an early breakfast, check out of the hotel and board your private transfer for your flight to the island of Phuket. Upon arrival, board your private transfer bound for The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa, Phuket where you will stay for four enchanting nights in a luxury seaview guestroom. Overlooking the ocean just moments away from soft sandy beaches and access to watersports, unwind in magnificent comfort in signature Heavenly Beds, rainforest showers and furnished balconies. Indulge in tantalizing cuisine from a selection of six restaurants and bars, three outdoor pools, Heavenly Spa by Westinand Westin Kids Club for a memorable stay.

Day 8 - 9: Phuket

Sip your morning coffee before discovering the main sights of the city on the private guided Phuket City with Big Buddha Experience. Depart from the hotel and travel to the famous and vibrant Patong Beach, continuing to Karon Viewpoint to savor panoramic views of Kata, Kata Noi and Karon beaches, before visiting one of the most photographed places at Promthep Cape. Then, observe the rituals at Phuket's most iconic Buddhist temple, Wat Chalong, concluding with a stop at a cashew and jewelry factory prior to your return to the hotel.

Spend your afternoon and your next day at leisure. Hop a tuk tuk to explore Phuket Town and its vibrant island shops, eateries, bars and exciting nightlife. Marvel at the animals at Monkey Hill, Phuket Zoo or the nearby aquarium with its see-through tunnel. Indulge in a spa treatment, relax poolside or at the beach with the array of watersports available. Later, watch the sunset overlooking the beach with a crafted cocktail and tasty cuisine for the perfect ending to a wonderful day in Phuket.

Day 10 - 11: Phuket / USA

Spend your final day in this dazzling country exploring the Phi Phi Islands by Speedboat. Hop onto a speedboat for a day on the sparkling waters of Maya Bay, whose beach was made famous by the movie The Beach. Revel in stunning verdant-covered hills and mountains with ample time to swim, snorkel and soak up the sun, with a midday lunch at a beachside restaurant.

Following your day of fun, make a toast as you reminisce about your enchanting days and nights in this glittering, culture-rich country. In the morning, board your private transfer to the airport and begin planning your next magical getaway to Asia and its many fascinating countries.

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