Flavours of Thailand - 11 Days

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Discover the flavours of Thailand on a culinary journey through this beguiling country. Browse local markets, learn about local produce and try your hand at preparing delicious Thai meals. This tour includes market visits and cooking classes with expert chefs and local families offering a great way to experience the culture and cuisine of this fascinating country, taking in the key highlights along the way.

Day 1: Bangkok
Saturday. Upon arrival into Bangkok, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. A Welcome Meeting takes place this evening where you'll meet your guide and the rest of your group, and after we'll head into the city for an optional group meal at the Mango Tee, a modern Thai restaurant serving up traditional dishes from around the country. Overnight - Bangkok
Day 2: Bangkok City Tour
This morning we embark on a sightseeing tour of Bangkok, making our first stop at the spiritual and religious heart of the city - the striking Grand Palace. Topped by golden stupas, the complex has been the site of royal coronations and is home to the legendary Emerald Buddha. We’ll also visit the House of the Reclining Buddha and Original Thai Massage School before boarding traditional longtail boats to explore the city’s canals. Known as khlongs, the canals enable surface water to make its way to the sea and have long been a way of getting around Bangkok. On our journey we’ll glide by curious stilted houses and gleaming temples whilst old men fish and children folic about on the waters edge.

Our boats drop us off within walking distance of Khao San Road, popular with backpackers and hippies. We then return to our hotel to freshen up before setting out to one of the most popular micro-breweries in the city, Tawan Daeng. This popular spot serves a fusion of German/Thai drinks and food and sports a lively scene. Overnight - Bangkok (B)
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Browse market stalls in Thailand.
Day 3: Kanchanaburi
Bangkok - Kanchanaburi. It’s an early start today as we drive west of the capital to the small town of Kanchanaburi. Here we pay our respects to the thousands of Allied POWs who perished in the area under the hand of the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. After pausing at the Allied War Cemetery we continue to the infamous ‘Bridge over the River Kwai’, immortalised by the novel and film of the same name.

You have a chance to take pictures here before we meet our teacher for the day and head to the market to buy the produce for our cooking class. We will learn about the different herbs and spices and fresh produce on offer, and how they have been used over the years. We then head to the cooking school where we scrub up and get cooking. Our teacher will run through the different catering styles and techniques as you produce food that you can snack on along the way.

Following our cooking class we take a leisurely longtail boat ride to our fabulous floating jungle raft hotel. To the beauty of a hundred softly glowing lanterns and the sounds of the tropical forest and cool water flowing by we enjoy dinner and a relaxing evening on the deck. Overnight - Kanchanaburi (B, L, D)
Explore Wat Yai Chai Monkol in Ayutthaya on a Thailand tour.
Day 4: Hellfire Pass
Kanchanaburi - Sukhothai. This morning we take a short boat ride back to land where we stop to visit Hellfire Pass, an infamous railway cutting that claimed the lives of many POWs and labourers who worked on the Death Railway. We then continue through Kanchanaburi en route to Sukhothai driving along Thailand’s lifeline - the Chao Phraya River, passing the confluence where four lesser rivers join to form the ‘Mother River’. After stopping for lunch we continue to Sukhothai, the country’s first capital city dating back eight centuries. The remainder of the day is free for you to relax by the hotel pool or treat yourself to a famous Thai massage. Overnight - Sukhothai (B)
Day 5: Ancient Sukhothai
Sukhothai - Chiang Mai. After breakfast and hotel check-out we visit the Sukhothai Historical Park and World Heritage site. After spending a couple hours exploring the ancient ruins, we continue on to the city of Chiang Mai arriving in the late afternoon where the rest of the day is free for you to enjoy at leisure.

In the evening we set off on foot to the night market, where our guide will buy local street food for you to sample and explain a little about each choice. You are then free to explore on your own. Overnight - Chiang Mai (B)
Learn how to cook in Chiang Mai.
Day 6: Cooking Class
This morning we head out into the countryside to meet with our cook and teacher. We explore the organic garden to pick the herbs and spices we need before cooking our lunch. We return to our hotel in the late afternoon where the rest of the day and evening are free for you to enjoy at leisure. Overnight - Chiang Mai (B, L)
Day 7: Chiang Mai - your way
A free day for you to relax or participate in some of the many activities on offer. Choose from the more relaxing options with spa treatments and massages, to the adrenaline-fuelled with canopy zip lines and rock climbing. Overnight - Chiang Mai (B)
Marvel at the white church of Wat Rong Khun in Chiang Rai on a Thailand tour.
Day 8: Boating on the Kok River
Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai. Our journey today takes us through stunning karst and jungle scenery. Stopping for lunch at Ta Thon we board private long tail boats for a cruise down the Kok River watching rural life pass us by. Farmers work the land where oranges grow whilst men fish along the banks and buffalo wallow in the shallow waters. We later dock in a small village and enjoy a one hour elephant ride through the surrounding countryside. From our arrival point we continue to Wat Rong Khun (White Temple) - a beautiful complex of newly built white and golden temples that are still a work in progress.

We then continue to our hotel in Chiang Rai arriving in the early evening. After hotel check-in we take a short stroll down to the night market for you to do some last minute bargain hunting. Overnight - Chiang Rai (B)
Learn how to prepare Thai cuisine at a cooking school in Chiang Rai.
Day 9: Cooking Class
Today we visit the produce markets in Chiang Rai to get the necessary supplies for our cooking class, which will be focused on northern Thai cuisine. The class covers some of the best the region has to offer. In the evening you are free to explore the town or to simply relax by the river. Overnight - Chiang Rai (B, L)
Day 10: Hill tribes
Chiang Rai - Bangkok. After breakfast and hotel check-out we head out to a local village where you'll have the chance to encounter the famous Long Neck or Karen tribe. We then continue then to the border frontier town of Mae Sai, where you have the chance to cross briefly into Myanmar and enter the Burmese town of Tachilek (optional).

Our next stop is a viewpoint in Chiang Saen, better known as the Golden Triangle, which earned its name from the fact that so much opium once passed through the area. From this viewpoint we are able to see Myanmar in front of us and Laos to the right. We then have some time to visit the Opium Museum before returning to Chiang Mai to catch our flights back to Bangkok. Upon arrival we transfer to our hotel. Overnight - Bangkok (B)
Day 11: Bangkok - your way
Tuesday. Today marks the end of your Thai adventure. After breakfast and hotel check out we will transfer you to the airport in time for your onward departure flight. Your most welcome to extend your stay in Bangkok. If choosing to book post tour accommodation with us a departure transfer to the airport will be offered at the completion of your post tour accommodation arrangements. (B)
Tour Details
  • Starts in: Bangkok / Ends in: Bangkok
  • Departs: Saturday
  • No local payment required
  • Breakfast:10, Lunch: 3, Dinner: 1
  • Hotel Rating: 3 - 4 star & Special Class
  • Tour Guide: Yes, escorted by a tour guide
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