A Taste of Thailand Tour

Describing Thailand is like trying to capture all the nuance of flavors represented in its street fare. How can you singularly describe food that’s salty, sour, sweet, subtle and sometimes spicy, light and yet often rich? The diversity of sights and sounds and people of Thailand is exciting and exotic, a blend of rich culture, history, and of course, delicious food.


A Taste of Thailand

11 Days! 

A Few Tour Highlights


  • Cruise the canals and floating markets in and around Bangkok.
  • Experience an elephant ride.
  • Savor local specialties on a food tour in Chiang Mai.
  • Boat ride along the Kok River.
  • Visit Wat Rong Khun, the famous “White temple”, and Doi Suthep.

Thailand Map

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 – Welcome to Thailand

Welcome to Thailand and the thriving metropolis of Bangkok. Enjoy free transfer from the airport and settle in at your hotel. In the evening you’re invited to a welcome dinner followed by an orientation of all the exciting things that lay ahead.

Meals D

Accommodations: Mercure Hotel


Day 2 – Bangkok highlights

Tour Bangkok’s klongs, the waterways vital to the transportation and livelihood of the city. Next visit the Grand Palace, an expanse of fifty-three acres that includes the royal residence, throne halls, and the famous Temple of the Emerald Buddha. After lunch, visit the historical home of Jim Thompson, credited for reviving the Thai silk industry. For the rest of the afternoon and evening, you’re free to shop, have a famous Thai massage, or walk the evening street market.

Meals B, L

Accommodations: Mercure Hotel


Day 3 – Relaxing life of Amphawa

Trade Bangkok’s fast pace for the slower ambience of Amphawa. Stop at the unique Maeklong Railway Market for tastings of local cuisine. Check in to your hotel and relax for a few hours by the pool overlooking the river until a late afternoon boat ride to a by-the-water cooking experience. Watch as a chef uses fresh, local ingredients to prepare your meal. Dinner is followed by a short evening boat ride and, when in season, a look at the fireflies.

Meals B, L, D

Accommodations: Baan Amphawa Resort & Spa


Day 4 – Early Morning Floating Market and Chiang Mai

Take in the sights and sounds of the early morning floating market where longboats serve both as floating kitchens and grocery markets. Next, drive to Bangkok for a leisurely lunch before a flight to Chiang Mai, the gateway to Northern Thailand. Check in to the hotel and enjoy dinner together followed by a visit to Walking Street.

Meals B, D

Accommodations: Yaang Come Village


Day 5 – Food Tour in Chiang Mai

In the morning visit Doi Suthep temple with its sweeping views of the city. Throughout the afternoon, take a food tour and experience some of the city’s specialties. Visit the day market and unique shops along the way. Free evening. Overnight in Chiang Mai.

Meals B, L

Accommodations: Yaang Come Village


Day 6 – Top of the Mountain in Doi Inthaton

Hiking through the forest walkways of Doi Inthaton is like stepping into a magical forest. Take in spectacular views, beautiful waterfalls, and Thailand’s highest peak. The twin stupas, built in honor of the king and queen, and its gardens provide a stunning vista of surrounding mountains. Travel back to Chiang Mai. Free evening. Overnight in Chiang Mai.

Meals B, L

Accommodations: Yaang Come Village


Day 7 – A Hands-on Cooking Experience

Head to an organic farm for an unforgettable cooking experience. Use several of the twenty herbs available at the farm to create several dishes. After savouring your meal, return early afternoon to Chiang Mai for some down time. In the evening, explore the Sunday Night Walking Street with its offerings of local handicrafts, and if you’re still hungry, a bounty of street food. Free evening. Overnight in Chiang Mai.

Meals B, L

Accommodations: Yaang Come Village


Day 8 – Cultural Connections in Wiang Pa Pao and Chiang Rai’s White Temple

The small town of Wiang Pa Pao is home to a world-renowned potter whose unusual techniques have made him a favourite of the royals. After a visit to his studio, you’ll have a chance for some hands-on experience at a local village. Continue on to Wat Rong Khun, the White Temple, a magnificent display of artistry with an unconventional twist. Overnight in Chiang Rai.

Meals B, L, D

Accommodations: Le Patta


Day 9 – The Golden Triangle 

Depart late morning for northern Thailand, where the countries of Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar intersect. After lunch, explore the Hall of Opium to better understand the history of the opium trade in this region and its impact on the people. On the return to Chiang Rai visit a tea plantation for tea tasting and sweets. Free evening. Overnight in Chiang Rai.

Meals B, L

Accommodations: Le Patta


Day 10 – River boat and Elephants

Take a longtail boat and speed along the mountain ridge that runs from Thaton to Chiang Rai. For two hours, you’ll make your way through small rapids, around islands, past water buffalo, fishermen, and small farms. Stop at a Karen village for an hour-long elephant ride through villages, fields, and mountains. Return to Chiang Rai for a farewell dinner. Overnight in Chiang Rai.

Meals B, D

Accommodations: Le Patta


Day 11 – Traveling home

Free time until transfer to airport. Come again!

Meals B


Includes 10 nights accommodations, all ground transportation, in-country flights, all activity fees, all breakfasts, 7 lunches, 5 dinners, and full private guide services. Excludes tips and international airfare.

Grand Palace - Thailand

On the grounds of the Grand Palace


Samut Songkhram - Thailand

A local chef near Samut Songkhram


Floating market - Thailand

Floating market


Chiang Mai - Thailand

Preparing to make green curry


Doi Inthanon - Thailand

Gardens near the twin stupas of Doi Inthanon


Wat Rong Khun - Thailand

Wat Rong Khun


Elephant ride - Thailand

Elephant ride, anyone?