Food Trails of Thailand

Tour from Bangkok (BKK) to Chiang Rai (CEI), Thailand

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Day 1

Arrive at Bangkok International Airport

Uncover Bangkok's rich heritage with a dazzling palace tour, delectable cuisine,

After check-in, join us for a half-day exploration of the captivating heritage of Siam! The excitement begins with a visit to the Royal Grand Palace, a dazzling masterpiece and Bangkok's absolute must-see attraction. Roam the enchanting throne halls and marvel at the radiant Emerald Buddha. To enhance your experience, our expert guides can schedule your visit either early morning or late afternoon, ensuring you savour the grandeur without the usual crowds. If you fancy a change of scenery, we're ready to whisk you away to alternative gems like Wat Saket or Wat Suthat – the choice is yours!

Next up is the venerable Wat Pho, Bangkok's oldest temple and a sanctuary for the reclining Buddha. It boasts this iconic masterpiece and houses the first school of traditional medicine and Thai massage, making it Thailand's inaugural university.

After a day of exploring the bustling metropolis, prepare for an enchanting evening drive through Bangkok's historic quarters. Witness the illuminated splendour of the Grand Palace, Royal Ground, temples, and the dazzling Ratchadamnoen Avenue.

As the night unfolds, treat your taste buds to an appetizer at Krua Apsorn Restaurant, where the "Somtam" papaya salad takes centre stage. For the daring Epicureans, there's even a version with raw crab!

For the main course, we venture into the heart of old Bangkok to savour an authentic Pad Thai at Lung Pha, cooked in the traditional way over a charcoal grill – a culinary experience that guarantees satisfaction! Conclude the evening with a leisurely stroll through the vibrant "Pak Klong Talad," one of the region's largest fresh markets. Immerse yourself in the array of orchids, exotic flowers, fresh vegetables, and aromatic herbs.

Your unforgettable day concludes with an overnight stay in the heart of Bangkok, setting the stage for more exciting adventures!

Day 2

Today is an exciting journey just an hour south of Bangkok in Samut Songkhram Province. Dive into local life with a train ride to a bustling market along the tracks, where vendors showcase lightning-fast packing skills before the train arrives at 8:30 am. Witness the fascinating art of assembling and reassembling stalls in a heartbeat!

Next, hop on a boat to a coastal village and discover the secrets of crafting traditional coconut desserts. Join a homestay experience, cook your own delectable treats, and enjoy them on the journey back to Bangkok. Lunch awaits at a charming local restaurant.

As evening descends, immerse yourself in the flavours of Bangrak, the historic Village of Love. Explore the local lifestyle through unique food tastings, each laden with authentic history and intimate neighbourhood stories. Our hand-picked delights will tantalize your taste buds, accompanied by tales that unveil the heart of Bangkok and Thailand's daily culture. Indulge in a satisfying dinner of scrumptious street food, and rest your adventurous spirit overnight in Bangkok.

Day 3

Depart Bangkok for Ayutthaya's historical wonders, zipping around in a Kermit tuk-tuk. Savour unique delights at Krua Pak Wan and dive into Ayutthaya's Muslim Quarter for candy floss roti. Encounter quirky temples like Wat Tuk and the mysterious Temples of Sins. Witness the craft of a skilled blacksmith creating exquisite swords and knives.

Enjoy a delightful seafood dinner by the river at Baan Khun Pra. As night falls, explore the vibrant night market on Bang Lan Road, indulging in local life and delectable treats.

Brace yourself for an unforgettable overnight adventure in Ayutthaya!

Day 4

Embark on a thrilling adventure as our route leads us eastward to the enchanting valleys of Pak Chong and Khao Yai. Brace yourself for an immersive experience that combines the beauty of nature, exquisite dining, and the secrets of Thai winemaking. Before lunch, step into the captivating realm of Khao Yai National Park. Traverse scenic trails, where the air is filled with excitement as we attempt to spot diverse wildlife – from vibrant birds to majestic mammals. The wilderness may reveal some of its larger inhabitants with a touch of luck.

Recharge with a delightful lunch at Lookkai Restaurant, a local gem renowned for its fine dining in the heart of Khao Yai. As the day unfolds, venture into the prestigious GranMonte Vineyard, where an exclusive encounter awaits. Meet Nikki, the daughter of the founder and an internationally acclaimed wine master. In a privately guided tour, unlock the secrets behind crafting world-class quality wine in the tropical embrace of Thailand. Sip your way through a wide selection of locally produced wines, stroll through the vineyards, and soak in the tranquil, relaxed atmosphere that permeates this vinicultural haven.

Treat your taste buds as the evening approaches to a special dinner featuring the finest local culinary delights paired with exquisite wines. Finally, conclude this day of excitement and indulgence with an overnight stay in the captivating surroundings of Khao Yai, where anticipation for more adventures lingers in the air.

Day 5

Embark on an exhilarating journey from Khao Yai through scenic valleys to Nakorn Ratchasima. Pause for a mouthwatering lunch by the ancient Phi Mai temples, indulging in the local delight of Pad Mii Korat. This unique spin on the classic Pad Thai is a must-try, especially in its birthplace, Korat.

As the adventure continues, the excitement builds, leading us to the vibrant city of Khon Kaen. After checking in at the hotel, join your guide for a thrilling town exploration. Witness the breathtaking sunset at the One Pillar Pagoda by the picturesque lake, creating a magical atmosphere.

The fun doesn't end there! Dive into the local culinary scene with a delightful dinner at a charming restaurant, savouring the flavours of Khon Kaen.

Get ready for a night of relaxation and anticipation as the enchantment of Khon Kaen unfolds during your overnight stay.

Day 6

Get ready for an exhilarating day packed with exciting experiences! Begin your adventure with a delightful picnic breakfast in the open, surrounded by the lush beauty of a rice field. As the sun rises, energize yourself for the journey ahead.

Embarking westward from Khon Kaen, bid farewell to the northeast and venture back into the heart of Thailand's central plains. The landscape unfolds with picturesque views as you pass through several national parks, each offering a unique glimpse of nature's wonders. Your destination is the vibrant town of Phitsanulok, where culinary daring takes centre stage. Dive into a thrilling tasting experience at the local market, where insects and bugs are not just creatures but local delicacies. For those seeking a more conventional lunch, a charming local restaurant awaits, offering a delicious spread of Phitsanulok's culinary delights.

Post-lunch, your journey through Phitsanulok continues with visits to cultural gems. Explore the enchanting Wat Mahathat or Wat Yai, both nestled by the Naresuan Bridge. Uncover the Kingdom's hidden treasure – a breathtaking golden Buddha image known to only a select few. The adventure doesn't end there! Make your way to the Cha Thawee Folk Museum, a captivating showcase of historical tools that glimpse the local lifestyle of bygone eras.

As the day unfolds, find rest and excitement combined during your overnight stay in the lively city of Phitsanulok. Get ready to immerse yourself in this destination's vibrant culture and thrilling experiences!

Day 7

For a unique and immersive experience, grab a bike and explore the Sukhothai Historical Park. Feel the wind in your hair as you navigate the pathways, uncovering the hidden stories behind each chedi. The combination of history and adventure creates a thrilling experience that captivates you.

As midday approaches, treat your palate to the flavours of Sukhothai at a local restaurant. Delight in the region's culinary treasures, savouring every bite as you recharge for the afternoon ahead.

The rest of the day unfolds at your leisure with the sun high in the sky. Whether you choose to continue your historical exploration, unwind at the hotel, or venture into the local surroundings, the possibilities for fun and excitement are endless.

As the day draws to a close, bask in the enchanting atmosphere of Sukhothai. Your overnight stay promises relaxation and the anticipation of more adventures to come. Get ready to immerse yourself in the magic of Sukhothai!

Day 8

Get ready for a day of excitement! After a delicious breakfast, make the journey from Sukhothai to Chiang Mai, making a thrilling stop at the award-winning community, Ban Na Thon Chan. Immerse yourself in the rich heritage and customs of the ancient Lanna kingdom, connect with locals, and savour the famous Sukhothai Noodle.

Post-lunch, the adventure continues with a 3.5-hour drive to Chiang Mai. Check into your hotel, then dive into the vibrant energy of Chiang Mai town. Explore the South Gate of the old city, where a lively street food market comes to life every evening. Let the tantalizing aromas guide you to various stalls, with your guide introducing you to an array of local delights. Indulge in deep-fried pancakes, kanom krok, pad Thai, and more. Don't miss the chance to sample local rice whisky.

After this gastronomic journey, return to your hotel with a satisfied stomach, ready to dream of the exciting adventures that await in Chiang Mai. Overnight in Chiang Mai, where the fun continues!

Day 9

Gear up for a day of culinary fun! Start with a lively Chiang Mai market tour guided by a TV chef who shares insider tips for selecting the freshest ingredients. Dive into a hands-on cooking class, crafting a perfect Thai dish with a bounty of veggies, meats, and fresh fruits. After the culinary adventure, hop on the back of a local songtaew to reach the underground marvel of Wat Umong. Immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of this temple, making merit and returning to the city as a better person.

Treat yourself to a delightful dinner at the enchanting 137 Pillars House as the evening unfolds. Get ready for a night of relaxation and anticipation in Chiang Mai, where the excitement never ends!

Day 10

Embark on an exhilarating journey! After a delicious breakfast, we bid farewell to the hotel and set off northeast to Chiang Rai. In just about a 4-hour drive, arrive at the enchanting Ahsa Farmstay, an elegant oasis nestled in the vibrant northern Thai countryside. Get ready for a feast with an Akha-style set lunch, presented in natural bamboo and banana leaves. Witness a lively cooking demonstration of "Namprik Akha," an Akha-style chilli paste that adds a kick to your culinary adventure. After lunch, explore the farm, meandering through the picturesque rice paddy fields and experiencing the art of rubber tapping from the nearby trees.

As the sun sets, transfer to the resort and unwind at your leisure, soaking in the beauty of your surroundings. A delightful dinner at the hotel awaits, promising a night filled with flavours and relaxation.

Prepare for an exciting overnight stay in Mae Chan, where the day's adventures are just the beginning of a thrilling Northern Thai escapade!

Day 11

Following breakfast at the hotel, check out and transfer to Chiang Rai airport for drop off.   **Distances and journey time:**  Mae Chan – Chiang Rai Airport (49 km): 1 hr

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