Thailand Inspired Highlights

Discover the food of Chiang Mai • Experience a day with the elephants • Visit the home of a nationally renowned artisan 
Enjoy the white sand beaches of Krabi • Indulge in a Thai massage

You’re invited to discover Thailand at its best. This curated tour will take you to the very heart of this gracious culture known as The Land of Smiles. You’ll encounter elephants up close in their natural habitat, relax with serene spa and authentic dining experiences, explore lush gardens and remote beaches, and interact with traditional artisans. Every single day is special, highlighting unforgettable exotic adventures you won’t want to miss!

Small groups

Attentive,
personalized service

Private local guides
and transportation

Your curated itinerary

 

 

Chiang Mai, Thailand’s Rose of the North

Day 1, Nov 4. Welcome to Thailand! Tour begins at 1 pm. Your introduction to Thailand starts with a visit to Doi Suthep, a sacred temple for many Thai people. Along with the traditional architecture and long history, the temple offers a stunning view of the city of Chiang Mai. Afterward, spend time getting to know your group over a delicious welcome dinner.

 

Day 2, Nov 5. Top of the mountain. The national forest of Doi Inthaton offers cool temperatures and panoramic views. Experience the “evergreen cloud forest” that boasts some unique flora and fauna for this region of the world. After your return late afternoon, take some down time before experiencing a Chiang Mai must—Sunday night walking street.

 

Day 3, Nov 6. Elephant experience. Get up close and friendly with Thailand’s most notable local—the iconic elephant. You’ll spend the day caring for a few of the 3500 wild or rescued elephants that graze in national parks and sanctuaries today. You’ll be surprised at the connection you feel to these giant creatures. Optional: evening food tour

 

Day 4, Nov 7. Boutique shopping & Thai massage. Enjoy a leisurely morning before browsing carefully selected boutique shops. Later meet skillful, local artisans who specialize in creative silk weaving, umbrella painting, and ceramics. Wrap up the day with a luxurious Thai massage.

 

Day 5, Nov 8. Local artisan and village life. Travel to the northern mountains of Thailand to meet a national expert in the tradition of regional pottery and learn about the creative process. After lunch, make your way to a mountain village to discover rural life. Meet local women for a weaving demonstration and try your hand at it if you like.


 

 

Southern beaches of Krabi

 

Day 6, Nov 9. Krabi’s beaches. Today it’s on to the iconic beaches of Krabi. Relax in the lush environs of beautiful resort with multiple pools and restaurants along with private beach access. In the evening experience local Thai cuisine at a nearby venue.

 

Day 7, Fri Nov 10. Island tour. Pack your sunscreen for this all-day “island hopping adventure”! Take in gorgeous scenery, enjoy a scrumptious picnic, and snorkel, swim or just laze on the sugary sand. Find out why the rich and famous love to vacation on these beaches of southwestern Thailand.

 

Day 8, Sat Nov 11. Relaxation. Enjoy downtime at the pool or stroll the sandy beaches. Or if you’d like, join a morning excursion to see the Emerald Pool, a favorite destination for local families. Dinner in downtown Krabi.

 

 

Bangkok, Venice of the East

 

Day 9, Sun Nov 12. Bound for Bangkok. After a morning flight, settle in to your hotel then tour the Jim Thompson House. Famed for founding The Thai Silk Company, Thompson’s beautiful home serves as a museum. The art, traditional Thai-style architecture, gardens, and furnishings are an unforgettable backdrop for a wonderful cultural experience.

 

Day 10, Mon Nov 13. Grand Palace. The glimmering Grand Palace, situated in the heart of the city, is a complex of impressive, artistic structures surrounded by manicured grounds. Explore the grounds and then visit the not-to-be-missed textile museum. Enjoy free time before a farewell dinner

 

Day 11, Tues Nov 14. Final goodbyes. Enjoy free time to prepare for the upcoming journey home. Say goodbye for now to your new friends and to this beautiful country. We hope you will return with us to the Land of Smiles one day!

 

Travel that Transforms

12 days in Thailand

November 4-14, 2023

Tour Price

$3469

$300 early bird discount

when you register by December 15, 2022.

Price based on double occupancy.

What does the tour price include?
  • Eleven nights’ accommodation
  • Breakfast plus one other meal daily
  • Private transportation, inclusive of airport transfer for those arriving the first day of the tour
  • All tour activities per the itinerary
  • Local English-speaking guide who’s intimately knowledgeable of the region and culture
  • All pre-trip information, including a day-by-day itinerary and travel and cultural tips
  • Detailed service & personalized attention 

Does not include international airfare into Chiang Mai (CNX) and out of Bangkok (BKK); gratuities for driver, local guide and hotel staff; alcoholic beverages; optional activities

How is this tour unique?

Because of Niteo Tours’s local connections, you’ll be introduced to cultural experiences that many often miss, resulting in an insider’s glimpse at what makes Thailand a unique destination. And your tour indirectly benefits a nonprofit benefitting underprivileged children in northern Thailand. 

What are some cultural activities in this tour?

Learn from an expert the regional dishes of Thailand. Visit local women in the mountains north of Chiang and learn about their handicrafts. Meet a nationally known artisan and hear his story of perseverance resulting in designs that today are found in the house of royals. 

Meet Your Creative Coaches

Teri Sommer
Hi there. I’m a simple girl, currently living near Atlanta, and learning daily to be comfortable in my own skin. My husband Ray and I have had the joy of raising a son and a daughter, and our empty nest is just around the corner! I love God, my family and I have loved photography and pictures for as long as I can remember.
 
From a young age, I’ve been fascinated by the beautiful cultures and people in this world and am privileged to have traveled and lived cross-culturally through the years. I can’t think of a better way to bring these passions together than with travel photography. I’m looking forward to share its many joys with you in some of the most beautiful places in the world.
 
Looking at the world through the lens of my camera gives me the opportunity to slow down and notice details I might overlook. I’m creatively inspired by the power of photography to freeze moments and capture experiences with nature and the world around me.
 
Over the years I’ve benefited from relationships with fellow travelers. My passion for taking pictures has been fueled by the generous mentoring of other photographers. My goal is to offer encouragement and inspiration as you learn to tap into your unique creativity through photography. Whether you’re using a smart phone or an XLR to document your trip, I can’t wait to walk alongside you as we explore the world together!
 
Rachel Greenhouse

Ciao! I’m Rachel and I grew up in a small town in Canada where I wrote poetry and read novels by the river, practiced hand lettering in front of the tv, and dreamed of living in France. My husband and I have lived in Minneapolis since the late 1990s and have two wonderful sons. I am a vocabulary nerd and studied languages at university, but pivoted into a marketing career when I discovered I had a natural talent for it. I’d been a business owner for 17 years when Covid came calling and it was time to close shop.

 

I’ve been reconnecting with my craving to create art and celebrate beauty in all its forms. I’ve been learning to be led by joy rather than by obligation and to embrace play and adventure in new ways. Recently I’ve fallen in love with art journaling as a healing form of creative expression.

 

This photo was taken on my first Niteo Girlfriends’ Trip where I was deeply nourished by the people, food, and culture of Thailand, and inspired by the beauty of my fellow travelers, including Teri.  Throughout my life, I’ve held the privileged role of collecting and connecting remarkable women. I’m passionate about helping women see their potential, discover their gifts, and prioritize their own well-being. These tours offer me the opportunity to cultivate a community of courageous women who want to see more of the world and discover more of themselves along the way.

As your Creative Coaches, we’ll fan the flames of your creative spark through creative prompts and companion coaching. We’re excited about introducing you to art journaling–an “accessible to absolutely everyone, no skills needed, no rules allowed” method for reliving your tour experiences long after you’ve returned home.

 

We invite you to experience the transformative power of traveling in this intentional, unparalleled way. Whether you choose Mexico, Italy, Thailand or another destination for your first Niteo Girlfriends’ Tour, simply say “YES” and you will never be the same.

© 2022. Original artwork + design by Rachel Greenhouse, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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