Flavors of Thailand (11 Days/10 Nights) From AED7,645*

Ref: TCMFTT

  • Taste Bangkok’s best street food

  • Learn the secrets of Isaan food

  • See UNESCO-heritage sites

  • Slurp noodles with the locals

Day 1: Bangkok - Arrival

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Pick up and transfer from Bangkok airport to hotel for welcome drinks and introduction to the tour.

 

After check in, we will take you on a half day sightseeing to the old heritage of Siam. The tour will start with the Royal Grand Palace, and the Emerald Buddha. Then continue to visit Wat Pho. A relaxing evening beckons with a drive through Bangkok’s old quarters. As dinner time approaches, you will start with an appetizer known as “Somtam”, a light papaya salad. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the version with raw crab!

 

For main course, we make a stop to try a classic Thai dish. The Pad Thai, cooked on a charcoal grill. Then stroll along a local fresh market in “Pak Klong Talad”, with a potential shopping opportunity awaits you at an adjacent local night market. 

 

Overnight in Bangkok.

Day 2: Bangkok

(B/L/D)

At just an hour’s drive south of Bangkok, Samut Songkhram Province. We will start the day with a stop at a local train station to experience a short regional train ride bounding for an amazing country market that has sprouted along the railway tracks. 

 

From here, we will take a boat ride on the canals out to a small coastal village, where we learn how traditional coconut desserts are made, join hands with the knowledgeable host in this homestay setting and try cooking your own dessert, making a perfect snack for the way back to Bangkok. Lunch at a local restaurant.

In the evening, experience how the locals live, eat and shop as you take part in unique local food tastings each packed with authentic history and intimate stories of the neighborhood.

 

Our local experts have hand-picked food that is guaranteed to tickle your taste buds, and their intimate stories of Bangkok and Thailand’s everyday culture will fill your minds with amazement. Fulfill your stomach with all scrumptious street food as your dinner.

 

Overnight in Bangkok.

Day 3: Bangkok - Ayuthaya

(B/L/D)

Check out from the hotel in Bangkok and drive north towards Ayutthaya where we will visit some of the most significant historical places and try a ride in the kermit tuk tuks, symbolic for and only found in Ayutthaya.

 

Lunch at Krua Pak Wan Restaurant. Proceed on a trip to the town's Muslim Quarter which offers the opportunity to sample an unusual local delicacy, candy floss roti.

 

Apart from the main temples we pass along the way, highlights include Wat Tuk, the temple with the one eyed dog and the Temples of Sins. We also visit a local blacksmith at his workshop where some of the most beautiful swords (Dab) and knifes are made by hand.

For dinner, travel to a local little cozy restaurant called Baan Khun Pra, situated just by the river. Arguably some of the best seafood in Ayutthaya can be found here.

 

In the evening, stroll the night market west of Bang Lan Road for a glimpse of the local life and some unique food tasting opportunities.

 

Overnight in Ayutthaya.

Day 4: Ayuthaya -Khao Yai

(B/L/D)

Today, the route takes us east to the valleys of Pak Chong and Khao Yai.

 

Before lunch, enter Khao Yai National Park, here we walk a trail and try to spot some wildlife, many birds can be seen and with some luck we might also spot larger mammals.

 

Lunch at Lookkai Restaurant, a local fine dining restaurant in Khao Yai.

  

For dinner, a special experience with some of the best local food and wine.

 

Overnight in Khao Yai.

Day 5: Khao Yai -    Khon Kaen

(B/L/D)

We leave Khao Yai and the beautiful valleys heading towards Nakorn Ratchasima on route 2. After a few hours, stop for lunch by the Phi Mai temples. If you’re well versed in Thai cuisine you probably heard of the renowned Pad Thai, a quite basic fired noodle dish. 

 

Continue the ride and arrive Khon Kaen in the afternoon for an Issan-style cooking class held in a garden. Experience and learn the techniques how local food is cooked and what distinct the north eastern kitchen from the rest of Thailand. Later, drive into the town of Khon Kaen to visit the lake and watch the sun set at the One Pillar Pagoda.

 

Dinner at The Concept Restaurant, offering an interesting fusion menu.

 

Overnight in Khon Kaen.

Day 6: Khon Kaen - Phitsanulok

(B/L/-)

Local picnic breakfast out in the open at a rice field before the journey takes off towards Phitsanulok. Heading west from Khon Kaen, we leave the northeast and travel back to the central plains of Thailand.

 

After passing several national parks, we arrive in Phitsanulok town for a daring tasting experience at the local market. Insects and bugs are both local delicacies here. For those who prefer just regular lunch, a local restaurant hosts us for a Phitsanulok meal.

 

After lunch, visit Wat Mahatat or Wat Yai. Situated by Naresuan Bridge, this temple is  considered to be the most beautiful golden Buddha image in the Kingdom. Continue to visit Cha Thawee Folk Museum, where a historic collection of local tools from the past reflecting local lifestyle is displayed.

 

Overnight in Phitsanulok.

Day 7: Phitsanulok - Sukhothai

(B/L/-)

After breakfast at the hotel, check out and transfer onwards to Sukhothai.

 

Upon arrival in Sukhothai, check in at the hotel situated by Sukhothai Historical Park, the UNESCO world heritage site, which contains almost 200 ruined chedis in remarkable conditions. Explore the park by bike around.

 

Lunch at a local restaurant. 

 

The rest of the day is free at leisure.

 

Overnight in Sukhothai.

Day 8: Sukhothai - Chiang Mai 

(B/L/D)

Following breakfast, transfer from Sukhothai to Chiang Mai with an en-route stop at a local community.  Established over 200 years ago, Ban Na Thon Chan is a local tourism-based community offering the balance of natural and cultural heritage to most of visitors.  Here, you will have a chance to visit the local families and befriend with them, followed by a local noodle bowl famous for Sukhothai, whose name is called after the province, “Sukhothai Noodle”.

 

After lunch, drive up north about 3 hours and a half to Chiang Mai, check-in at your hotel after that enjoy a lively night in Chiang Mai town, wandering through the South Gate of the old city to the traditional street food market that opens every evening. During the walk, the guide will be on hand to introduce the many local dishes on offer. And of course, guests will be able to try whichever dishes take their fancy. After the evening’s gastronomic adventure, guests return to their hotel with their stomach’s filled with delight.

 

Overnight in Chiang Mai.

Day 9: Chiang Mai 

(B/L/D)

After breakfast at your hotel, visit an authentic Chiang Mai market filled with fresh groceries from nearby farms, we are guided by a TV –chef showing us her best tips and advice when picking out ingredients for the Thai dishes. Loaded with vegetables, meats and fresh fruits for dessert we take on the mission trying to cook a Thai dish to perfection.

 

After the cooking class, travel on the back of a local songtaew (pickup truck) to the underground temple Wat Umong. Make merit at this unique temple and come back to the city a better person!

 

In the evening, enjoy a nice dinner at the beautiful 137 Pillars House.

 

Overnight in Chiang Mai.  

Day 10: Chiang Mai  - Mae Chan

(B/L/D)

After breakfast, check out from the hotel and start the journey northeast towards Chiang Rai. After about a 3-hour drive, including a 1 hour scenic drive up Doi Mae Salong, and continue to visit the Akha Mudhouse Mae Salong, at “Hloyo Community”. A small community of Akha tribe with 58 households.  Enjoy a home cooked lunch in Akha style here.

 

After lunch, transfer to the resort and relax at leisure for the rest of the day.

 

Dinner at the hotel.

 

Overnight in Mae Chan.

Day 11: Mae Chan - Chiang Rai - Departure

(B/-/-)

Following breakfast at the hotel, check out and transfer to Chiang Rai airport for drop off.

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Services Include

  • Accommodation at selected hotels

  • Food and drink sampling

  • Meals and as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)

  • Tours and transfers by private vehicles

  • English speaking local guide (for other languages supplements apply)

  • Snacks, drinking water and cold towel

  • Day 8: Join tour & transfer for cooking class at A Lot of Thai.

  • Tips for driver and hotel porters

Services Do Not Include

  • International and domestic flights (quoted separately)

  • Meals other than mentioned above

  • Food tasting expense on Day 3

  • Personal expenses (drinks, laundry, telephone, tips, etc.)

  • Travel insurance

  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above

* The price is subject to different factors such as the number of persons, hotel, date of booking...

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