Thailand Highlights – Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai, the Golden Triangle & Phuket  – 15 days

15 Days

Explore the essence of Thailand in a 15-day adventure, starting in Bangkok, where ancient temples and vibrant street life await. Discover floating markets and historical landmarks in Kanchanaburi and Ayutthaya. Immerse in Chiang Mai’s cultural richness, visit elephant sanctuaries, and explore the breathtaking Doi Inthanon National Park. Experience the diverse beauty of Chiang Rai’s temples and the allure of the Golden Triangle. Finally, unwind in Phuket with beach escapades and island explorations. This tour showcases Thailand’s heritage, natural wonders, and diverse landscapes.


Embark on a 15-day journey through Thailand’s diverse tapestry, from the pulsating streets of Bangkok to the historic wonders of Ayutthaya, the cultural haven of Chiang Mai, and the tropical allure of Phuket. Dive into Bangkok’s vibrant blend of tradition and modernity, explore Ayutthaya’s UNESCO heritage sites, discover Chiang Mai’s cultural treasures, and indulge in Phuket’s idyllic beaches and lively nightlife. This immersive private guided Thailand tour offers a captivating exploration of Thailand’s rich history, vibrant culture, and natural beauty.

Trip Highlights

  • Discover the grandeur of temples and the charm of canals in Bangkok.
  • Bathe in sparkling waterfalls at Erawan National Park
  • Explore temple ruins in the ancient city of Ayutthaya
  • Experience feeding, washing, and swimming with elephants in Chiang Mai.
  • Tour the famous Golden Triangle
  • Relax on Phuket's white sands


Sawasdee ka! Welcome to Thailand!
Thank you for choosing our best Thailand tour! Upon clearing customs at Bangkok’s airport, your guide will greet you and escort you to the hotel in the heart of Bangkok.
The vibrant capital city Bangkok is renowned for its ornate shrines and lively street life. The boat-filled Chao Phraya River runs through the city, adorned with landmark temple spires, bustling ferry piers, glitzy high-rise hotels and malls, and charming restaurants. Once settled in at your hotel, the day is free for you to spend as you wish. Relax or explore your surroundings aboard a tuk-tuk, Southeast Asia's iconic three-wheeled auto rickshaw.
For dinner, indulge in some local street food at a night market or immerse yourself in the city's cosmopolitan dining scene at a chic restaurant. From classic Thai cuisine to global bites, there's something for everyone. You can also venture to Asiatique The Riverfront, a lively waterside mall with numerous eateries and a giant observation wheel, Asiatique Sky.
Tip: Bangkok has two airports – Suvarnabhumi Airport and Don Mueang International Airport. You can book a flight landing at either airport at any time according to your needs. Our guide will pick you up at airport according to your flight schedule. Both airports are not too far from the city center, and it takes 30 to 40 minutes to reach the hotel if there are no heavy traffic jams.

After breakfast, you will have a full-day tour to explore the highlights of the capital city Bangkok. First visit the Wat Traimit, known as the Temple of the Golden Buddha. It is the home to a gold Maravijaya Attitude seated Buddharupa statue, with a weight of 5.5 tons. Next, move on to the Wat Pho, it is one of the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wat Pho houses the world’s largest reclining Buddha statue. Then comes the focus of today’s visit the Grand Palace complex, one of the must-sees in Bangkok. It was established in 1782 and consists of not only royal and throne halls, but also a number of government offices as well as the renowned Temple Wat Phra Kaew, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, which is regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand.

Later in the afternoon, board a long-tail boat for a scenic cruise tour along the Chao Phraya River and the vibrant inner canals of Thonburi, providing wonderful views of local life. Along the way, stop at Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn, in the middle of the temple, an 82m high beautifully decorated Khmer-style tower stands, where you can walk up the steep stairs and admire the view of Bangkok and the rivers. Evening free at leisure. Perhaps you could indulge yourself with a traditional Thai Massage, surprise your taste buds with the amazing local flavors and cap off the day by enjoying the sunset in any of the stylish rooftop bars which have blossomed in the city’s skyscrapers in recent year, the options are limitless.  Overnight in Bangkok.

After breakfast at your hotel, then check out and drive about 1½-hour from Bangkok to the famous Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Countless floating markets dot the country, with colorfully clad merchants paddling along congested canals in sturdy canoes laden with fresh fruits and vegetables to sell to shoppers on the banks. This is an exciting and fun way to experience local life and go bargain hunting (You need negotiate aggressively or no buy).

Afternoon head to Kanchanaburi. You'll have a free afternoon to leisurely explore the beautiful River Kwai. Optionally, you can participate in various excursions offered by your resort, such as bamboo rafting, canoeing, or boating to a nearby waterfall.
For those intrigued by World War II history, there's the option to explore significant sites like the Bridge on the River Kwai, the Death Railway Museum, and the Allied War Cemetery.
Overnight at Kanchanaburi.

Early morning departure to Erawan National Park situated 65km from the city of Kanchanaburi. Explore the magnificent Erawan waterfalls, comprising seven stunning cascades that flow successively into each other. These opulent and awe-inspiring waterfalls are nestled in the heart of a lush and unique jungle. Take the opportunity to indulge in a refreshing swim in the natural pools.
After lunch, head to the Hellfire Pass Memorial. The museum and art gallery commemorates the tens of thousands of forced laborers who died while building the Thai-Burma Railway during World War II, earning it the name the "Death Railway." Take a ride on the remaining tracks from Tham Krasae Station to Tha Kilen Station, passing by the Khwae Noi River, a poignant and historically significant journey. Following the railway experience, transfer to Ayutthaya (about 2.5 hours). Ayutthaya is the former capital of the Kingdom of Siam—a treasure trove of majestic palaces, ancient ruins, and rich history waiting to be discovered.
 Overnight at Ayutthaya.

Today you will have full day explore Ayutthaya. Firstly visit the Bang Pa-In Summer Palace, a breathtaking complex situated beside the Chao Phraya River and formerly used by the Thai kings. Then, proceed to Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon, home to a large reclining Buddha. Enjoy a delicious Thai lunch at a local riverside restaurant.

In the afternoon, journey back in time to explore old Siam at the Ayutthaya Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your guide will lead you to impressive temple ruins, including Wat Maha That (famous for the Buddha statue head in a banyan tree), Wat Phra Sri Sanphet (once the most important temple in Ayutthaya), and Wat Lokkayasutha (known as the Temple of the Earth). Learn about the rich history and culture of ancient Thailand from your knowledgeable guide as you explore this fascinating site.
Outside the historical park, visit the iconic site Wat Chai Wattanaram, a temple built in the 17th century and modeled after Angkor Wat in Cambodia. After the Ayutthaya tour, your guide and driver will transfer you back to Bangkok. Stay overnight at Bangkok.

This morning, you will be dropped off at Bangkok airport to catch your one-hour flight to Chiang Mai, the cultural capital of northern Thailand, is famed for its cooler climate, mountainous landscape, and laid-back vibe. Upon arrival, you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel.
After settling in, embark on a private tour with your guide to explore Chiang Mai. You will be arranged to visit Wat Phra Singh, a jewel among Chiang Mai's temples, known for its intricate and classical Lanna architecture. Then move on to explore Wat Chedi Luang, which stands out with its evocative 15th-century stupa. Last but not least is the ancient Wat Chiang Man. Lying in the northern part of the old walled city, it's the oldest temple in Chiang Mai and is said to predate the city itself.

In the late afternoon, venture to the famous hillside temple Wat Phra That Doi Suthep to witness a stunning sunset. Climb its iconic 306-step staircase, flanked by carved sea serpents and thick forest, leading to elaborate grounds with a massive golden chedi (stupa) and sweeping views of the surroundings. In the evening, follow the irresistible aromas to Chiang Mai's night bazaar on Chang Klan Road, where street food stalls and restaurants beckon. Indulge in the ultimate local dish, khao soi (coconut curry soup), and savor other northern Thai specialties.

Today, you will have a full-day excursion to the Happy Elephant Home, an ethical elephant sanctuary dedicated to the well-being of animals rescued from the tourist trade. Begin your day by engaging with the elephants, feeding them, and participating in washing activities. A home-cooked Thai meal will be provided for lunch, offering an authentic culinary experience.
Following lunch, accompany the elephants as they make their way to the river for a mud bath. If you wish to join in the fun, bring along a swimsuit for this refreshing and enjoyable experience. Spend the afternoon with these magnificent creatures before bidding farewell to your newfound pachyderm friends.
Later in the day, return to the sanctuary's camp and then transfer back to your hotel in Chiang Mai. The evening is yours to enjoy at leisure in Chiang Mai.

Today you will travel to Doi Inthanon National Park for the breathtaking natural landscapes of northern Thailands.
The tour begins with a 2-hour scenic drive to reach Doi Inthanon Summit, Thailand's highest peak. Following that, continue to hike on the Kew Mae Pan Nature Trail, guided by a local Hmong tribe member through unspoiled montane forests. On clear days, the trail offers magnificent views. The 2-hour hike leads through dense forests to an open space, providing a panoramic, unobstructed view of the landscape below.
After lunch, visit the Two Chedis constructed to honor the 60th birthdays of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit. Drive to explore the Hmong hill tribe market, discovering the region's shift from opium farming to sustainable agriculture. The market showcases diverse fruits, vegetables, and exotic flowers cultivated and sold by local farmers.
Continue the journey to a local Karen hill tribe village, observing their cotton weaving, admiring rice paddies, and enjoying coffee from the tribe. The Doi Inthanon full-day tour concludes with visits to two stunning waterfalls – the Sirithan Waterfall and the Wachirathan Waterfall. These cascades exhibit year-round beauty, with a roaring presence during the rainy season.

Tip: You can opt for an easier hike, a 40-50 minute walk along the Ang Ka Nature Trail, winding through a captivating mossy forest habitat.

After breakfast at your hotel, drive approximately 124 miles (200 km) from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai, passing through picturesque mountains and valleys. Along the way, make a quick stop at Mae Kachan Hot Spring, where you can soak your feet in the geothermal water and witness geysers shooting up to 66 feet (20 m) high. Continue the drive to Chiang Rai and stop to visit the temple of Wat Rong Khun, also known as the White Temple. This stunning white structure, initiated by local artist Chalermchai Kositpipa in 1997, aims to rival the Taj Mahal. Despite its serene exterior, the interior offers a contemporary representation of good versus evil, featuring masks of Wolverine and Terminator alongside Buddhas. A symbolic bridge over a pit of reaching arms represents souls emerging from hell. Then continues to travel and visit Wat Rong Suea Ten (the Blue Temple), which is famous for its magnificent blue interior with a large white Buddha that marks the spirits. The paintings are reminiscent of the style that you can see inside the White Temple. If time is allowed, pay a visit the Black House (Baan Dam), an original contemporary art museum before heading to your hotel in Chiang Rai, freely explore Chiang Rai on your own.

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, then head to admire the iconic monument of King Mangrai, and continue to the Hilltribe Museum, learn about the dozens of hill tribes who have lived in the highlands around the city for centuries.
After that start today’s travel to the Golden Triangle, on the way you will stop to visit Mae Chan district to explore the remote hill tribe villages of the Yao and Akha people, experiencing their way of life firsthand. Then proceed to Mae Sai, a small border town with a bustling market before delving into the heart of the infamous Golden Triangle, where Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar meet at the mighty Mekong River. The boat ride on the Khong River is available at your request (fee is on your own). Pay a visit to the House of Opium Museum to learn history and interesting things about opium and the famous opium trade in the golden triangle.
After lunch, visit Wat Phra That Pha Ngao and take the glass skywalk that offers a panoramic view of the Golden triangle.
Return to Chiang Rai and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Spend the night at a hotel in Chiang Rai, inclusive of breakfast and lunch.

This morning, a private transfer will take you to Chiang Rai airport for your short flight to Phuket. Upon landing in Phuket, an English-speaking driver will transport you to your accommodations. Over the next three days, you'll have the freedom to explore the island at your own pace. Enjoy the flexibility to create your own schedule and make the most of your time on this beautiful tropical island. Whether it's relaxing on the beach, exploring local markets, or trying out water sports, Phuket has something for every traveler.
Today you might want to just enjoy swimming and sunbathing on the beach, and afternoon hop on a bus down to the southern tip of Phuket to watch the sunset at Cape Promthep.

Recommended Activities:
On your first full day in Phuket, you have the freedom to enjoy the perennial favorites – the beach, seafood, and refreshing drinks. However, consider seizing the opportunity to enhance your experience by taking an add-on boat excursion to the Phi Phi Islands, located in the spectacular Andaman Sea. Marvel at the impossibly beautiful emerald coves and limestone cliffs that make these islands a must-see destination. Various tour options are available, some of which include lunch at a beachfront restaurant and picturesque stops for swimming and snorkeling, accessible only by sea.
For those who prefer to stay on Phuket, explore the island's diverse beaches. Patong and Karon offer sandy stretches and upbeat party vibes, while Kata Noi and the untouched Mai Khao provide a quieter and more serene atmosphere. Enjoy the crystal-clear waters and the natural beauty of these coastal areas.
In the evening, immerse yourself in Phuket's vibrant nightlife. Explore the bustling scene with its array of bars, restaurants, cabarets, and even live Muay Thai boxing matches.

Recommended Activities:
Enjoy another free day in Phuket by exploring some of the lesser-known parts of the island. You might want to visit the tree-lined beach of Rawai or experience the tranquility of the more secluded Kamala. Laem Singh, with its palm tree-filled bay, is a popular spot that exudes the charm of a secret beach.
In the evening, take a leisurely stroll around Phuket's vibrant Old Town, known for its colorful architecture and rich history. Consider a visit to the hillside Big Buddha, Phuket's most iconic architectural landmark, or take in panoramic views from a renowned overlook such as Karon Viewpoint.

Today is your last day in Phuket. You can choose to continue relaxing on the sunny beach or visit some of the places listed in the previous two days to explore Phuket's beauty. Alternatively, you may opt for a relaxing day by having a spa experience and enjoying an authentic Thai massage.

Today, you will fly back to Bangkok. Please pack your luggage after breakfast. Our driver will transfer you from the hotel to Phuket Airport according to your flight time. After a 1.5-hour flight, you will arrive at either Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport or Don Mueang International Airport. This marks the end of our service, and we hope you enjoyed the trip!

► Please note that if you need a connecting flight from Bangkok to reach your home or your next destination, be sure to confirm which airport your flight departs from. The two airports are 40 to 50 minutes away by car, and you should allow at least an hour for the transfer. It's advisable to book a flight departing from Bangkok in the evening to ensure sufficient time for the connection.
► If you desire an extension trip to neighboring countries such as Vietnam, Myanmar, and Laos, or destinations on other continents, feel free to contact our travel consultants anytime.

The Trip Cost Includes

  • 1. Accommodation: 14nights Hotels with daily breakfast at your selected standard.
  • 2. Guide: Experienced English-speaking guides service in Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai.
  • 3. Transportation:
  • - Ground tour with A/C vehicle with driver.
  • - Domestic airfares (economy class seat) Bangkok - Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai - Phuket - Bangkok
  • 4. Entrance tickets: Entrance fees for the included sightseeing and activities.
  • 5. Other fees: Government tax and travel agency handling fee.

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • 1. International flights.
  • 2. Any optional visits/tours for an additional cost(Please contact our team of Travel Experts if you want to add some of them to your tour.)
  • 3. Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • 4. Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • 5. Travel insurance.
  • 6. Tipping to your guide & driver.
  • 7. International Flights arrival & Departure from Bangkok.
  • 8. Thailand visa fee.

Frequently asked Questions

What is the best time to visit Thailand?

The best time to visit Thailand is during the cool and dry season between November and early April, when temperatures range from 29°C to 34°C. However, the climate varies throughout the country and you can visit all year round.

Is it safe to travel to Thailand?

Yes, Thailand is generally considered a safe destination for tourists. Exercise normal precautions, be aware of your surroundings, and follow local guidelines.

Do I need a visa to enter Thailand?

It depends on your nationality and the length of your stay. Many nationalities can enter Thailand for tourism purposes without a visa for up to 30 days. Check with the Thai embassy or consulate in your country for specific requirements.

U.S. citizen tourists entering Thailand for fewer than 30 days do not require a visa. It is strongly recommended that your passport be valid for at least six months beyond the date of your arrival in Thailand to avoid possible denied entry. Thai immigration officials or airline staff may ask for your onward/return ticket.

What currency is used in Thailand, and how should I manage my finances?

The official currency is the Thai Baht (THB). ATMs are widely available, and credit cards are accepted in most urban and tourist areas. It’s advisable to carry some cash for transactions in more remote areas.

Is it customary to tip in Thailand, and how much is appropriate?

Tipping is not mandatory, but it is appreciated. Rounding up the bill or leaving a small tip is common in restaurants. In more upscale places, a 10% service charge might be included.

What are the must-try dishes in Thai cuisine?

Some iconic Thai dishes include Pad Thai (stir-fried noodles), Tom Yum Goong (spicy shrimp soup), Som Tum (green papaya salad), and Massaman Curry. Explore street food markets for an authentic culinary experience.

How do I handle communication and language barriers in Thailand?

English is widely spoken in tourist areas, but learning a few basic Thai phrases can enhance your experience. Locals appreciate the effort, and it can be especially helpful in more rural or non-touristy areas.

How is the internet and mobile connectivity in Thailand?

Internet and mobile connectivity are generally good, especially in urban areas. SIM cards are readily available for purchase, providing affordable data plans for tourists.

What are the customs and regulations for shopping in Thailand?

Bargaining is common in markets, but it’s done with a friendly attitude. In malls and department stores, fixed prices are the norm. Be cautious with purchasing items made from protected or endangered species, as this is strictly regulated.

Do I need vaccinations for Thailand?

The National Travel Health Network and Centre, along with the World Health Organization (WHO), recommend the following vaccinations for travel to Thailand: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, rabies, and tetanus. These vaccinations are particularly advised for travelers to most regions, especially if they have not been previously vaccinated. It’s important to note that the protection from these vaccinations typically lasts for three years.

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Thailand Highlights – Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai, the Golden Triangle & Phuket  – 15 days