BANGKOK · SUKHOTHAI · CHIANG MAI · KOH SAMUI

FEBRUARY 15 to 25, 2019 Itinerary

11 DAYS From $5999

Special single supplement of $2014

Friday, 15 February, 2019
On arrival at Suvarnabhumi International Airport, pass through immigration and collect your luggage. Proceed through Exit C (left exit) and find your guide on your left-hand side, close to Door 10. You will then be transferred to your hotel by private air-conditioned vehicle.

Developed as one of the finest properties in Bangkok, its riverside location inspired the W-shaped design, capitalizing on the uninterrupted panoramic views from every room and adding a distinctive architectural statement to the Bangkok skyline. The Peninsula Bangkok offers elegant views of the famous Chao Phraya River, luxurious comfort, sophisticated facilities, extraordinary dining options and the legendary Peninsula service.  On arrival settle into your Deluxe River View room.

How about we help you melt away your jet lag with a two hour full body massage in one of Bangkok's most luxurious spas.

Tonight we kick off Zoom Thailand with a private sunset cocktail reception on the iconic Chao Phraya River and dine from our terrace location overlooking the Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), one of the most famous Thai temples, which lights up at night in golden splendor. But don't worry; we will have a more close up visit of Wat Arun tomorrow during the day.

Accommodations: The Peninsula Bangkok, River View Deluxe room
Meals: Welcome Dinner

 

Saturday, 16 February 2019
Breakfast, included at our hotel

This morning, if you are up early, experience sunrise yoga on banks of the Chao Praya River, and/or a monk "alms" giving ceremony where we provide monks with gifts of food, a daily ritual repeated every day throughout Thailand.

After breakfast, we explore Bangkok via the city’s main waterways.  From the hotel's jetty, board a private boat that takes you on a short journey along the Chao Phraya River and through the Thonburi klongs (canals) where you can observe local life as well as some interesting landmarks along the banks of the river.

Then, make a stop at one of Bangkok's most striking landmarks - Wat Arun, also known as the Temple of Dawn. Located on the south bank of the Chao Phraya River, this dramatic temple is notable for its architectural style and porcelain-decorated spires.

Next, Alight at Wat Kanlayanamit Temple Pier, we will arrange for a private monk blessing to wish the group safe travels. Please note: Appropriate attire must be worn when visiting any religious place of interest. Short skirts, shorts and sleeveless attire are not permitted.

Proceed to our restaurant for lunch

This afternoon visit The Grand Palace, considered one of Bangkok's must-see attractions, and view the famous Emerald Buddha at Wat Phra Kaew.

An intriguing blend of Italian Renaissance architecture and classical Thai roofing, the Grand Palace is one of the most beautiful examples of an ancient Siamese court, comprising several palaces and halls used for different occasions.

Your guide will then take you to see Wat Phra Kaew (also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha) Bangkok's most important and sacred temple which proudly houses the elegant Emerald Buddha, Thailand's most revered religious image.

Thailand is all about the 3 Rs - Royalty, Rivers and Religion, and nothing speaks more clearly to Royalty than the Queen Sirikit Museum.  Here the Queen’s personally designed Pierre Balmain couture gowns are ion display. Located to the right of the visitors’ entrance to the Grand Palace. Perhaps the newest museum opening in Bangkok, Support foundation under the Royal Patronage of Queen Sirikit has renovated the European-classic Ratsadakorn Bhibhathana building to showcases exhibitions telling the story of how Her Majesty Queen Sirikit has helped turn Thai silk from local handicraft into a symbol of Thailand, through her SUPPORT Foundation founded in 1976. The Museum collects, displays, preserves, and serves as a center for textiles from east, south, and southeast Asia with an emphasis on Thailand and its royal court. Note: Exhibitions change periodically

Return to your hotel by private vehicle in the afternoon

Please note: Appropriate attire must be worn when visiting any religious place of interest. Short skirts, shorts and sleeveless attire are not permitted. Some buildings within the Grand Palace are only open to visitors from Monday-Friday.

Accommodations: The Peninsula Bangkok, River View Deluxe room  
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

 

Sunday, 17 February 2019
Breakfast, included at our hotel

Discover an overview of Thai culture from past and present today through one of the most important aspects of society: eating. Through food as a medium, your guide will take you on a half-day exploration to learn about local history and heritage of Bangkok with the added bonus of sampling a delightful array of traditional and more modern treats along the way.

First we will visit the Silom neighborhood to find a glut of perpetually busy street market stands selling delicious freshly made dishes for approximately one US dollar each.

After surveying the busy morning street market, hop back in your air-conditioned vehicle for a 20-minute ride through the entertaining Chinatown district to reach a coconut ice cream shop set in a historic part of the old city.

Continue your investigation literally around the corner from the ice cream parlor and visit a famous mango & sticky rice shop. The shop, which has been in operation since 1932, also sells a range of popular Thai desserts.

Next, we head to the 200-year-old Nanglerng Market, one of the oldest and most significant bazaars in central Bangkok, and then to Bangkok’s world-famous Chatuchak Weekend Market (only open on Saturdays and Sundays), located at Chatuchak Park.  Nicknamed “JJ Market” by locals, the vast bazaar offers a staggering array of open-air stalls spread out over a huge area. Throughout the 27 acres of market, find vendors peddling a spectrum of merchandise from fruits, vegetables and household goods to fabrics, new and second-hand clothing, shoes, toys and taps cassettes to handicrafts, antiques, potted plants, pets of various species and army surplus goods. There is quite simply nothing that can’t be found at this mind-boggling market.

Once you have explored the market with your guide and sampled a variety of delicious exotic produce, begin the return journey to your hotel at 12:00.

Lunch will be a Michelin Star Street food experience like no other.  Rest of the afternoon at leisure to enjoy the hotel and surroundings.

Accommodations: The Peninsula Bangkok, River View Deluxe room  
Meals: Breakfast


 

Monday, 18 February 2019~Bangkok - Sukhothai
Breakfast, included at our hotel

After checking out of your hotel, we are transferred to Suvarnabhumi International Airport in time for our short onward flight to Sukhothai, the first capital of Siam, now Thailand, founded by King Ramkhamhaeng.

Upon arrival, we are transferred by private air-conditioned vehicle to our hotel.

After checking in, option to relax by the pool overlooking the majestic Khao Luang Mountain Range or enjoy a spa treatment at hotel.

Tonight, dinner at a local restaurant offering the best specialties of the region.

Accommodations: Sriwilai Sukhothai Resort & Spa, Deluxe room
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

 

Tuesday, 19 February 2019~Sukhothai
Breakfast, included at our hotel

After breakfast, we explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sukhothai Historical Park by bike or electric car, as you prefer; part of the fortified city and surrounded by moats. The park has 200 chedis, wonderfully preserved. We will take a bike ride through the flat Sukhothai gardens among its ruins and lakes. We will contemplate one of the most important icons, the great White Buddha of Wat Sri Chum.

We will enjoy lunch in a local restaurant, and then transfer to Thung Luang Pottery Village. This place had been famous handicraft community for over a century. Visitors here would be amazed at finding pots of various forms shaped by the young and old under their houses here as local wisdom inherited and continued over the century. Then continue to Sukhothai Ancient Gold - Sri Satchanalai & Turing Kilns of Sri Sat Chanalai

After this engaging experience, transfer back to your hotel by private vehicle.

Tonight, we enjoy dinner at one of the best restaurants

Accommodations: Sriwilai Sukhothai Resort & Spa, Deluxe room
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

 

Wednesday, 20 February 2019~Sukhothai - Lampang - Chiang Mai
Breakfast, included at our hotel

After breakfast, transfer to the town of Lampang, an important center of the international teak trade during the British Raj. The local teak merchants sponsored the construction of more than a dozen impressive temples here. Visit a few of the most impressive ones—Wat Phra, That Lampang Luang and Wat Phra Kaeo Don Tao, which once housed the sacred Emerald Buddha, now in Bangkok.

Make a stop at Ban Sao Nak (‘Nak’ means “many” in the local dialect). This house Built in 1895. This traditional Thai teak house is a mixed art of Burmese and Lanna styles as its roof and structure are in the Lanna style, whereas the verandahs around the house are a Burmese reflection. The house comprises the core building and satellite small houses with 116 supporting wooden posts.

After the visit, you will then continue driving to Chiang Mai. Founded in the 13th century, Chiang Mai has long played a role in Thai history. Historically influenced by Thai, Burmese, Lao and hill tribe forces, its culture reflects an exotic blend of styles, currently evolving as Chiang Mai embraces its burgeoning role as a contemporary economic center. After checking into your hotel, take some time to relax and freshen up.

Raya Heritage is an elegant all-suite property set in a lush green garden on the banks of the Ping River in Chiang Mai. Inspired by the spirit of Lanna life in former times, Raya Heritage offers a clean, contemporary take on local arts and crafts traditions with warm touches of handwoven textiles, artifacts and wood carvings featured throughout. Immersed in tranquil natural surroundings, the property's calm and serene atmosphere makes it the perfect base for discovering the unique charms of northern Thailand.

Accommodations: Raya Heritage, Chiang Mai, Rin Terrace Suite  
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

 

Thursday, 21 February 2019~Chiang Mai
Breakfast, included at our hotel

This morning we explore Chiang Mai’s picturesque countryside at Mae Kampong Village, an ideal destination to experience the unspoiled beauty of nature. Along the way, make a stop at a local market to buy ingredients for your cooking experience at the village in the afternoon. 

Be welcomed by local villager and have the chance to take a glimpse of their unique lifestyle while absorbing the beautiful scenery that surrounds you. The village is 1,300 meters above sea level with a pleasant average temperature of 10-18 C throughout the year.

Upon arrival, walk through the community forest, where the villagers grow tea and coffee, to see how they preserve their lands and how they live in harmony with nature. It is a good example of the self-sufficient economy theory initiative started by Thailand's beloved monarch King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

During your walk through the forest, stop to take a break at a picturesque waterfall.

Lunch will be provided at restaurant. After lunch, return to the village to relax with a 1-hour Thai traditional massage delivered by an expert masseuse. Then, take a walk around the village to witness the fermented tea leaves process, and see how other hand-made items are produced.

In the late afternoon, enjoy preparing your dinner with local people in their house. The villagers will teach you all you need to know about how to cook traditional Thai dishes before you sit down together to enjoy your self-made feast. After dinner transfer back to Chiang Mai by private vehicle.

Accommodations: Raya Heritage, Chiang Mai, Rin Terrace Suite  
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

 

Friday, 22 February 2019~Chiang Mai
Breakfast, included at our hotel

We set off for Waroros Market by trishaw ride along the famous Tapae Road through the ancient city walls and along Rajdamnern Road to Wat Phra Singh.

Move to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, which rests on Doi Suthep Mountain. The temple is reached by climbing 309 steps, but should you wish to avoid climbing the stairway a tram is available. As well as some striking examples of architecture, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep also offers exceptional views over Chiang Mai.

Afternoon, continue by private vehicle to Patara Elephant Farm to experience an unforgettable day with the elephants.

Join the group to spend quality time with the elephants and learn about the farm’s conservation philosophy - Elephant Conservation in Action. You also gain an in-depth understanding of how to care for the elephants, with an emphasis on taking care of pregnant elephants and mothers with young babies.

Take part in the farm’s daily health care routine which includes a regular health inspection and feeding. Then enjoy walking with the elephants for exercise before heading to the water where you have a chance to bathe the elephants and learn about elephant skin care. Throughout your experience, you can observe the magnificent creatures interacting with each other and their families in a natural environment.

After this engaging experience, transfer back to your hotel by private vehicle.

Optional Dinner: Tonight, dine on the finest French Cuisine in the Best French Restaurant Awarded by Thailand Tatler Magazine for the Ten consecutive years.  The location blends Northern Thai Culture in a contemporary Thai Teak Wood building.      

Accommodations: Raya Heritage, Chiang Mai, Rin Terrace Suite  
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

 

Saturday, 23 February 2019~Chiang Mai  / Koh Samui
Breakfast, included at our hotel

After checking out of our hotel, you be will met by our guide and transferred to the airport in time for your onward flight to Koh Samui.

Zoom Vacations will arrange our flight from Chiang Mai to Koh Samui (flight is at additional charge).

Upon arrival at Koh Samui, our local guide and driver will collect you from the airport and bring you to the beautiful Belmond Napasai hotel.

Evening at Leisure.

Optional activity:  Tamarind Springs is Koh Samui's first dedicated day spa. Its magical location integrates the natural environment with beautiful architecture & inspired landscaping. Visitors can reconnect with nature and experience a level of relaxation and tranquillity second to none, a formula that has established Tamarind Springs firmly as one of Asia's most acclaimed spas.

Accommodations: Belmond Napasai, Koh Samui, Sea View Villa
Meals: Breakfast

 

Sunday, 24 February 2019~Koh Samui
Breakfast, included at our hotel

Morning yoga at our hotel

Day at leisure, OR:

Optional activity:  Explore Angthong National Marine Park  stopping at rainforest-fringed islands for picnics and snorkelling with tropical fish.

This archipelago of 42 islands covers some 102 square km (40 square miles) and lies 35 km (22 miles) northwest of Koh Samui. The seven main islands are Wua Talap Island (which houses the national park's headquarters), Phaluai Island, Mae Koh Island, Sam Sao Island, Hin Dap Island, Nai Phut Island, and Phai Luak Island. The islands contain limestone mountains, strangely shaped caves, emerald-green lakes and ponds.

Farewell Cooking Party and Zoom Signature Event - The Art of Thai Cuisine.  Fusing fragrant herbs with aromatic spices, our chefs will help you conjure a true taste of Thailand. Create fiery jungle curries from scratch, or balance the heat in a delicate tom khai kai soup. Then indulge with a four-course menu of Thai specialities, beverages included.

Accommodations: Belmond Napasai, Koh Samui, Sea View Villa
Meals: Breakfast

 

Monday, 25 February 2019~Koh Samui extension
Breakfast, included at our hotel

After checking out of our hotel, you be will met by our guide and transferred to the airport in time for your onward flight home.

Meals: Breakfast

As you walk and eat and travel, be where you are. Otherwise you will miss most of your life.
— Jack Kornfield, "Buddha’s Little Instruction Book."
 

Gay Friendly, Luxury Accommodations

Peninsula Bangkok

At The Peninsula Bangkok, Peninsula luxury is met with sophisticated Thai charm for the ultimate cultural experience, from the hotel’s iconic Peninsula Green Tuk Tuk to an adventure down the Chao Phraya River and sumptuous authentic Thai cuisine featuring recipes used by generations of Palace cooks.

 

Sriwilai Sukhothai

This newly opened boutique resort offers a unique experience in the heart of Siam, Sukhothai, Thailand. Sriwilai Sukhothai is located only 1.8 km away from the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sukhothai Historical Park. Situated in the natural landscape of Thailand’s cultural heritage, the resort has 52 rooms and 2 suites, making it the only high-end accommodation with the touch of historical landmark in the area. 

 

Raya Heritage

Location, location, location!  The Raya Heritage offers perfect location, just 7 km from the center of Chiang Mai.  Each beautiful guest room is appointed with all the comforts of home, such as flat-screen television, a balcony, a large seating area, and a beautiful bathroom with a sumptuous tub. 

 

Belmond Napasai, Koh Samui

Belmond Napasai is spread out among cashew and coconut groves, between hibiscus and bougainvillea. Be welcomed with coconut ice cream, then wander through our gardens to meet the resident water buffaloes. Teak furnishings and traditional weavings bring the feel of nature inside. You can’t help but feel at peace. 


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