Savor local specialties on a food tour • Discover white sand beaches on your private snorkeling excursion
• Explore floating markets • Encounter elephants up close
• Capture insights in history and religion from a Christian perspective
Visiting Thailand can’t help but bring a smile to your face. It highlights warm hospitality, exotic tropical beaches, fresh and fragrant cuisine, and rich cultural venues.
Join us in exploring the beautiful mountainous northern regions known for its village life and markets, then travel south to experience the energy of Bangkok and the laid-back luxury of white sand beaches.
Along the way, we’ll introduce you to the worldview and history that’s infused in Thai culture.
Kjell & Carol Garborg
Private local guides
12 Days in The Land of Smiles
Day 1, Feb 19 – Welcome to Thailand. Arrive in Bangkok, a blend of markets, high rises, temples and ornate buildings that showcases both the contemporary and ancient. Meet your travel companions before a welcome dinner.
Day 2, Feb 20 – Understanding the Thai worldview. Several factors impact Thai worldview, including Buddhism. Cruise Bangkok’s waterways to visit Wat Aroon and gain understanding into culture and context. Over a traditional dinner, meet a Christian leader doing a world of good in the heart of Bangkok.
Day 2, Feb 21 – Floating Markets. Experience a classic Thai outing with a visit to a sprawling floating market. There’s nothing quite like watching merchants aboard small canoes navigate the canals selling everything from fruit to flowers. Expect to shop, taste and experience local life.
The Rose of the North
Day 4, Feb 22 – Food & History Tour. After the short flight to Chiang Mai, experience a diversity of regional flavors with tastings of everything from sweet coconut dumplings to Thai-style satay. Everything is interwoven with the history of both the Lanna and Siam kingdoms that make up Thailand today.
Day 5, Feb 23 – Elephant Experience & Thai Massage. Elephants are not only beautiful creatures, they play a central role in Thai culture and today you’ll discover why. Interact with the elephants up close and personal. Later in the day, indulge in a Thai massage.
Day 6, Feb 24 – Village Life. Travel to a small town in northern Thailand to the studio of a nationally known potter who designs art for the royal family. Hear his story and learn some of his techniques. Then travel up a mountain for beautiful views and a hands-on look at rural village life and a Christian nonprofit doing good in the area.
Day 7, Feb 25 – Sunday Walking Street. Enjoy a free morning followed by lunch with a key expert in the role of Christianity in Thailand. The afternoon is yours to explore on your own. At night we’ll hit Chiang Mai’s not-to-be-missed famous Sunday Night walking street for great food and shopping.
Thailand’s Southern Beaches
Day 8, Feb 26 – To the coast. Fly to Thailand’s southwest coast, then wind your way through a forest preserve to two unusual brilliantly colored pools, a favorite local destination. Then it’s on to your beach resort.
Day 9, Feb 27 – Island Hopping. The best way to see the area’s tropical paradise is from the water. You’ll take a private boat to visit several islands including Railay Beach & Bamboo Island for snorkeling, swimming and picnicing on beautiful white sand.
Day 10, Feb 28 – Relaxation. This is a free day to do whatever you like…scuba dive, ferry to Phi Phi Island, laze on the beach or by the pool, or explore more on your own.
Day 11, Feb 29 – Fine silk & Farewell dinner. Take the short flight back in Bangkok where we’ll learn the story and visit the home of Jim Thompson, the New York City architect who revolutionized the silk industry Thailand is so famous for. After some free time, we’ll wrap up the evening with an amazing final dinner.
Day 12, March 1 – Back home. After final goodbyes at breakfast, the rest of the morning is yours. We’ll arrange for private transportation to the airport. Because of time differences, you’ll be back in in the USA the same day you leave.
Itinerary is subject to change due to weather or other factors.
February 19 – March 1, 2024
based on double occupancy
Space is limited!
How is this tour unique?
- Experience hands-on local cultural opportunities that many don’t get.
- Come away with confidence knowing that your tour makes a difference in an underprivileged community in Thailand. Because of Niteo’s local connections, your vacation does a world of good!
What does the tour price include?
- Curated small group experience
- Private bi-lingual guide
- Private ground transportation, inclusive of airport transfer on first and last days of tour
- Eleven nights in excellent hotels, personally vetted by our staff
- All activities and entrance fees per the itinerary, unless listed as optional
- All breakfasts and one other meal daily
- Hands-on cultural experiences
- Personalized customer service, including detailed packet with cultural information, travel tips, and suggested packing list.
Does not international airfare, alcoholic beverages and gratuities.
What are some cultural activities included in this tour?
- Visit a remote but beautiful mountainous village to learn about local living
- Learn about regional cuisine from a cultural insider
- Discover the art of fine ceramics from a nationally known artisan