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Elephants and Opium

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Day 1 - Arrive Bangkok
Relax on the banks of the Chao Phraya in luxurious surroundings designed by Bill Bensley.

Overnight: The Siam.

Day 2 - Explore Bangkok 
Exploring the beauty and chaos of Bangkok. Lose yourself in the haunting chants of worshiping monks at Wat Pho and marvel at the Grand Palace. Experience all modes of transport including boats, tuk tuks and the Sky Train before an after dark walking tour of the hidden gems of Bangkok with cocktails!

Overnight: The Siam.

Day 3 - Bangkok-Chiang Rai
Fly to Chiang Rai in the Golden Triangle to bond with elephants and understand the history of the Opium Country.  Your balcony commands views of The Mekong with Myanmar and Laos providing the backdrop.

Overnight: Anantara Golden Triangle.

Day 4 - Walking with elephants
Join the elephants on their daily walk into the jungle and watch them bathe in the river and play in the mud.  Immerse yourself in the Hall of Opium Museum, gaining a deeper understanding of the illicit trade which made the Golden Triangle so infamous.

Overnight: Anantara Golden Triangle.

Day 5 - Cooking and spa in the Golden Triangle
Try your hand at Thai cooking, starting with a visit to the local market to select your ingredients and finishing with a delicious lunch cooked by you.  Swim in the hotel's oversized pool with views of Myanmar and Laos or try one of Anantara's renowned spa treatments.

Overnight: Anantara Golden Triangle. 

Day 6  - Golden Triangle to the Mountains
Drive through open farmland towards the highlands and thrilling mountain passes.  The view of the Thai-Myanmar from Doi Chaang Mub is superb.  Visit the Royal Gardens of Doi Tung and try the home grown coffee and learn about the hill tribes.  

Overnight: Katiliya Mountain Resort.

Day 7 - Doi Mae Salong and Chinatown
Doi Mae Salong is one of the Kingdom's most stunning areas and the king himself named it the "Switzerland of Thailand".  The first settlers were the Ahka and Lahu tribes and more recently the Chinese who fled the communist revolution in China in 1949.  Go walking through terraced tea and rice plantations - once Opium country and now home to Thailand's premier Oolong tea production.

Overnight: Katiliya Mountain Resort.

Day 8 - Wat Rong Khun and Chiang Mai
Drive 4.5 hours to Chiang Mai through beautiful countryside.  Stop at the incredible white temple of Wat Rong Khun and enjoy natural hot springs on the way. Your hotel was once the private home of Louis Leonowens, son of Anna from the film "Anna and the King".

Overnight: 137 Pillars.

Day 9 - Buddhism and culture in Chiang Mai
Spend the day with your guide exploring the Buddhist culture of this mountain city.  Learn about Lanna culture, talk with monks at Wat Chedi Luang, absorb the peace at the Flower Garden Temple and finish at the impressive Wat Doi Suthep with views over the city.

Overnight: 137 Pillars.

Day 10 - Depart
Fly home, via Bangkok or if you have a few more days we can arrange an extension to relax on one of Thailand's island or beach resorts.


 

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PRICING

From £3,998 / $5,785 per person for land arrangements only, based on two people sharing a room in green season (1st April - 31st October 2017).  Apply a supplement of approximately £464 / $670 per person if travelling between November 2016 and March 2017.

All of our itineraries are tailor-made according to the interests of our clients and the above itinerary is an example only. Please contact our Thailand specialist, Melissa Matthews, for your own tailor-made holiday to Thailand on +44 (0)1242 787804.

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