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Thailand Highlights

See the very best of Thailand in 10 days. This classic itinerary is perfect for those wanting to see the variety that Thailand has on offer and are looking for a mix of sightseeing and relaxation. As always, we have hand-picked all hotels we work with so you can get the best out of your holidays.


  • Explore bustling Bangkok and visit the dazzling Grand Palace
  • Take the night train to Chiang Mai
  • Drive up Doi Suthep Mountain and visit Chiang Mai’s most famous landmark—Wat Prathat Doi Suthep.
  • Bathe and feed elephants at the Elephant Nature Park
  • Relax on the tropical island of Koh Samui

Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to Bangkok

You will be met at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport by your private chauffeur and be driven to the Riva Surya Hotel, one of our favourite boutique hotels in Bangkok. We have left this afternoon and evening free for you to relax, unwind and become accustomed to your new surroundings. Your Fleewinter guide will offer tips and suggestions if you would like to eat out tonight. (Riva Surya, Deluxe Riva Room)

Day 2 - Bangkok’s highlights done right

This morning you will be picked up by your private guide to go on a walking tour to explore the hidden side of Bangkok. From the Giant Swing via the prison park we wander through small alleys, encounter wooden houses, guardian spirit signs, fresh markets and more. After, we visit the famous Grand Palace Complex, which includes the Temple of The Emerald Buddha, as well as Wat Pho – a “must” for every visitor to Bangkok.

Day 3 - Night Train to Chiang Mai

This morning, meet your private guide and board a long tail boat to explore Bangkok’s maze of canals or Klongs. We then continue to the magnificent Wat Arun. In the afternoon, your driver will take you to Bangkok Hua Lumpong train station for your night train to Chiang Mai. Overnight at 2nd Class A/C Sleeper Train Bangkok – Chiang Mai (No. 9: 18.10 – 07.15+)

Day 4 - Discover spiritual Chiang Mai

Upon arrival at Chiang Mai train station, your Fleewinter guide will be awaiting you. This afternoon, drive up to what is probably Chiang Mai’s most famous landmark—Wat Prathat Doi Suthep. The temple is located at the summit of 1,676 meter-high Doi Suthep Mountain. Climb the 300-step staircase, or take the cable car up. The spectacular sunset views make the trip worth the effort. (Puripunn Baby Grand Boutique Hotel, Superior room)

Day 5 - Chiang Mai’s Monks and Markets

Rise early today in order to see the lively Chiang Mai Gate Market, a traditional fresh-foods market, where you can sample some typical Thai snacks. You will also see the monks making their alms rounds – a beautiful and humbling experience. After, take a “songtaew” to the riverfront Worarot Market. You will have the opportunity to stop at different pagodas where you can meet an English-speaking monk.

Day 6 - Thailand's gentle giants

A picturesque drive through agricultural Thai countryside brings you to Elephant Nature Park. You will hear the personal stories of the rescued elephants as told by expert guides. After learning how to safely and properly bathe an elephant, plunge right in and help scrub these giants as they splash around. If going into the river is not for you, then watch the elephants bathe and play while you stay dry on the sandy shore.

Day 7 - From the North to the South

After breakfast, take a flight to Koh Samui, Thailand’s third biggest island, located in the Golf of Thailand. Its turquoise water, its coral reefs and white sand guarantee some relaxing time at the beach. Check into your luxurious boutique resort and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. (Zazen Resort, Deluxe Garden Bungalow)

Day 8 & Day 9 -

Koh Samui is one of our favourite islands offering a wide choice of beautiful boutique hotels. The exclusive Zazen, decorated in Thai style, is nestled in a tropical garden setting on gorgeous beachfront of Bophut Beach. We have nothing planned for you here so you can relax and dig your bare feet into the soothing sand.

Day 10 - Bon Voyage

Check out at 12.00hrs. Today we will fly you back to Bangkok where you can catch your international flight home. Safe travels!

Details -

This itinerary costs from £2,190 per person B&B based on 2 sharing and including all private transfers but not international flights.

You can get flights from as little as £500 per person return and do ask us for advice. Alternatively, we can book the flights for you but a booking fee may apply.

What's included?

  • Prices start from £2190 per person
  • Accommodation on B&B basis
  • Private transfers (air-conditioned vehicle)
  • All entrance fees with service of English speaking guide for excursions
  • Lunch on Day 5
  • Internal flights
  • Sleeper train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
  • Local taxes
  • All trips are ATOL protected or ABTA bonded to ensure you are fully covered
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Koh Lipe
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