Experience colourful street life, ancient temples, palaces, traditional villages and the relaxed atmosphere of Koh Yao Noi on this sixteen-day itinerary through the many and diverse attractions of the Kingdom of Thailand.

Our expert team of Travel Designers have carefully selected this ultimate Thailand itinerary which incorporates the landmark destinations of Chiang Mai, Pai, Chiang Rai and Phuket but also travels off the beaten path to the unspoiled island of Koh Yao Noi. One of the many highlights will be a two-night stay at the renowned Elephant Hills, a luxury tented camp, which is one of the leading conservation programmes in South-east Asia.  

Thailand is a fascinating destination where religion is central to most people’s daily lives and you’ll begin in one of its most soulful places, Chiang Rai. You’ll spy its monasteries, tea plantations and buzzing night bazaar before moving onto its bigger sister, Chiang Mai. Its ancient core still retains a sleepy ambience with its Lanna architecture, temples and pagodas – a corner of Chiang Mai you’ll explore with good measure through the local eyes of a guide – as well as being a good base for a life-changing ethical elephant experience at a nearby jungle camp, where you can walk alongside, wash and make friends with these beautiful beasts.

Next, you’ll swap culture for the natural playground of Pai, a lush mountain valley stocked with waterfall hikes, hot springs, tribal villages and the 1.5km-long Tham Lod cave system. After going full throttle since day one, pause for breath at the glamorous bolthole of Iniala Beach House in Phuket, a sandy escape that feels as if it’s fallen off the map. Once you’ve recharged on your Phuket tour, head for the primal rainforest on a Khao Sok National Park tour, where you’ll take a boat to your serene lakeside lodge and use it as a comfy springboard for exploring the limestone formations of Pakarang Cave aboard a bamboo raft.

Your final few days of your Thailand adventure will be spent winding down at TreeHouse Villas on jungle-fringed Koh Yao Noi. This is rustic luxury at its pinnacle, with its eco-friendly thatched beachfront villas feeling like a luxury home belonging to the Swiss Family Robinson.


Experience highlights

  • Explore the remote monastery Tham Pa Acha Thong in Chiang Rai. It is here that the monks collect their daily alms by horse instead of on foot. You’ll also visit a neighbouring temple to watch monks practising Muay Thai martial arts.  
  • Learn about tea production with a visit to Chui Fong plantation. One of the most renowned tea plantations in Chiang Rai, you’ll witness the complete process, from leaf picking to sampling the final product. 
  • Step into one of Chiang Mai’s most revered pagodas, Wat Suan Dok. Observe devotees deep in prayer or paying homage to its mausoleum where the ashes of the former royal family from the Chet Ton dynasty are interred.
  • Visit one of Doi Suthep’s monks and receive a blessing of good health and fortune. Stay for the monks’ evening chanting to conclude the day, a truly ethereal experience.
  • Marvel at the beauty of Wat Srisuphan, a temple where everything that glitters is silver. Chiang Mai is renowned for its skilled silversmiths and this temple is decorated with the same fine artisan creations they display in their shops throughout the city. The glittery mix of silver, aluminium and nickel (as well as the odd splash of gold) is like stepping into a giant jewellery box.
  • Float through the vast Tham Lod cave system on a bamboo raft, spying its unusual limestone formations. These caves come alive in the evening, when swifts return to nest and bats leave in search of food.
  • Relax on the golden sands of Phuket at Iniala Beach House, a tranquil sanctuary that boasts a front-row seat for some of the most fiery sunsets in Thailand.
  • Explore the natural splendour of Khao Sok National Park. Wake up to the morning mist hanging over Cheow Larn Lake at Elephant Hills, tour through pristine jungle to an emerald-hued lagoon and glide through the limestone cavern of Pakarang Cave.
  • Finish amidst the tropical isolation of Koh Yao Noi, an island off Thailand’s Andaman Coast oozing sleepy seclusion and buttermilk beaches. Feel like a refined version of Robinson Crusoe as you stay on your own treehouse-style villa overlooking supreme sands.
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Experience highlights

Be encased by rice paddies, tropical gardens and jungle-wrapped mountains with a stay at Pa Sak Tong
Soak up the surrounding emerald landscape from your villa at Pa Sak Tong
Watch the monks collect their daily alms on horseback from Wat Tham Pa Acha Thong
Learn about the work that goes into Chiang Rai's tea production with a visit to Chui Fong tea plantation
Enjoy a cuppa with a view on the plantation's terrace, overlooking the sprawling tea landscape
Be spellbound by the chalk-white creation Wat Rong Khun (also known as the White Temple), which fuses traditional Buddhist beliefs with modern pop culture in its design
Visit one of Chiang Mai's most hallowed pagodas, Wat Suan Dok, home to both a Buddha relic and royal family remains
Witness orange-robed monks deep in prayer, paying homage to Wat Suan Dok's mausoleum
Wander the fourteenth-century pagoda, intricate naga carvings and gilded stupa of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Receive a blessing of good fortune from one of the monks at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Gasp at the silvery splendour of Wat Srisuphan temple, where nearly everything is made from either silver or aluminium
Hike to hot springs and waterfalls in Huay Nam Dang National Park
Explore the huge cave system of Tham Lod aboard a bamboo raft
Relax on cashmere-soft sands with a stay at Iniala Beach House in Phuket
The striking design on the resort armadillo-like buildings, jewel-encrusted mosaics and lengthy infinity pools blurring with the horizon
Kayak the millpond-calm waters of emerald-hued Cheow Larn Lake
Wake up to the morning mist hanging over Cheow Larn Lake
Float through Pakarang Cave and its enchanting limestone formations
Finish your Thailand adventure on the serene shores of Koh Yao Noi
As its very name suggests, your stay at Treehouse Villas on Koh Yao Noi will in your very own rustic treehouse-style bolthole
Located in the remote northern tip of Koh Yao Noi, the resort has incredible views

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    Where you’ll stay


    Pa Sak Tong

    Set in sprawling gardens, rice fields and ponds, the Pa Sak Tong offers an exclusive retreat of two private villas with their own personal chef, hostess and unrivalled privacy.


    Villa Mahabhirom

    This boutique hotel offers an opulent stay in the heart of Chiang Mai. With luxurious furnishings with the emphasis on eclectic antique art, guests will love the black-tiled pool.


    Reverie Siam, Pai

    With a peaceful and tranquil riverside location, this colonial style hotel harks back to a forgotten era. Guest rooms have been styled with a mix of antique reproduction furniture and local art works.


    Iniala Beach Resort

    World-class dining and views to die for on this beachside hotel, this hotel is located on the edges of the hustle and bustle of the edge of Natai Beach. The interior designs have been created by over 10 separate international designers, to give its guest rooms and public area’s their own unique identity.


    Elephant Hills

    An awarding winner for their advanced conservation work, Elephant Hills offers two camps: one in the jungle and another floating on a lake. The guests’ tents offer simple but rustic accommodation in the style of the region, which the camp is located.


    TreeHouse Villas, Koh Yao Noi

    Imagine being nestled in the jungle canopy and sleeping in your own treehouse. This is what awaits you at TreeHouse Villas. Koh Yao Noi is considered to be one of the last unspoilt islands with its pristine beaches and tropical jungle.

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