Food Trails of Thailand

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

Your Travel Experience with Spirit Journeys Worldwide

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!

Overnight at Shanghai Mansion

Indulge in unparalleled relaxation and rejuvenation at the renowned Shanghai Mansion, Chinatown's premier boutique hotel, celebrated for its excellence with prestigious awards. Ideally situated just a brief stroll from the MRT Wat Mangkorn underground metro station, this exquisite haven ensures effortless access to and from the hotel. Seamlessly connecting you to Bangkok's most vibrant shopping markets and lively nightlife districts, Shanghai Mansion promises an extraordinary experience at every turn!

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.

Overnight at the Shanghai Mansion Hotel

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!

Overnight at Iudia on the River

Nestled amidst the historic temples and ancient palaces, this boutique gem is a haven facing the Ayutthaya World Heritage Park. Immerse yourself in luxury with rooms boasting complimentary Wi-Fi, adorned with antique furnishings and offering captivating courtyard or Chao Phraya River views. Indulge in modern comfort with air-conditioned elegance, complete with a flat-screen TV, DVD player, and thoughtful amenities like tea/coffee facilities and a well-stocked minibar. Enhancing your stay is a delightful café and an inviting outdoor pool, creating a truly amazing experience at iuDia Hotel.

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.

Overnight Phuwanalee Resort

Immerse yourself in the lush embrace of tropical landscaped gardens at Phuwanalee Resort, where luxury meets tranquillity. Indulge in air-conditioned opulence within the confines of your private balcony, or venture out to explore the surroundings with complimentary rental bicycles. Located just 5 km from Palio Khao Yai and 10 km from the majestic Khao Yai National Park, this resort offers a retreat like no other, with Don Muang Airport a mere 1.5-hour drive away.

Discover a harmonious blend of style and comfort in the resort's stylish rooms and modern tents, each adorned with a flat-screen cable TV, a cosy seating area, and a safety deposit box. Your convenience is paramount, with amenities including a minibar and tea/coffee-making facilities. The en suite bathroom adds a touch of luxury, featuring a hairdryer, bathrobe, and complimentary toiletries.

Phuwanalee Resort takes leisure to new heights with various facilities, including a refreshing outdoor swimming pool, a vibrant children's playroom, and well-appointed meeting rooms. The resort's commitment to guest satisfaction is evident with a 24-hour front desk and convenient laundry services.

Savour exquisite Thai and international delights at Phu Wana Kitchen, where culinary excellence takes centre stage. For those seeking the ultimate convenience, room service is just a request away. Experience unparalleled luxury and service at Phuwanalee Resort, where every moment is crafted to be truly amazing.

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.

Overnight Wishing Tree

Discover the enchanting allure of The Wishing Tree Resort, an idyllic riverside haven nestled in the heart of Isan Province. Just a 20-minute drive from the vibrant town of Khon Kaen, this charming retreat invites you to escape the hustle and bustle, immersing yourself in Thailand's serene beauty and rural delights.

Set against a backdrop of lush rice fields and hugging the meandering Chi River, The Wishing Tree Resort seamlessly blends contemporary Thai design with 48 spacious rooms and villas. Each abode offers a haven of comfort, featuring outdoor terraces or balconies that unveil breathtaking river views and picturesque countryside.

Indulge in a culinary journey at the main restaurant, where a delectable menu showcases Thai, Isan, and a touch of Western flavours throughout the day. The resort's amenities are nothing short of exceptional, boasting a refreshing pool, rejuvenating spa, invigorating yoga sessions, and a state-of-the-art fitness centre. Immerse yourself in the local wonders with tailor-made excursions to nearby temples, ruins, and charming villages.

Conveniently located just 15 kilometres from the lively Khon Kaen town, The Wishing Tree Resort beckons travellers seeking a distinctive Thai experience. Whether you're a couple searching for romance or a family yearning for the extraordinary, this boutique gem promises a laid-back atmosphere and an authentic celebration of rural Thailand's charms. With Khon Kaen situated on the national rail network, easy access to both day and overnight services between Bangkok and Nong Khai/Vientiane adds another layer of convenience to your remarkable stay at The Wishing Tree Resort.

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!

Overnight Patara Resort

Experience unparalleled luxury at Pattara Resort and Spa, where stylish accommodation meets rejuvenating body treatments, all against the backdrop of a vast infinity-edge pool. Immerse yourself in the lap of opulence with contemporary-designed rooms boasting enchanting gardens and lagoon views. Each air-conditioned haven has a private balcony featuring a daybed, an LCD TV, and a DVD player.

Indulge in the lavish accommodations and the array of recreational offerings, including a well-equipped fitness room and a library stocked with an extensive selection of reading material, DVDs, and internet stations. Dine in style at Ton-Tan restaurant, where oriental and international cuisines are savoured amidst breathtaking lagoon views from the outdoor seating area.

Conveniently located just a 15-minute drive from Phitsanulok Airport, Pattara Resort and Spa offers easy access to nearby attractions like Buddha Chinaraj and the Night Bazaar, ensuring your stay is not only luxurious but also well-connected to the wonders of the surrounding area.

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!

Overnight The Legendha

Nestled along the tranquil banks of Mae Rampan Canal, the Legendha Sukhothai Hotel offers an extraordinary retreat just moments away from the iconic Wat Chang Lom (Ancient Elephant Temple) and a mere 1.1 km from the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sukhothai Historical Park. Immerse yourself in the lush green landscapes as this exceptional hotel unfolds its wonders, featuring a refreshing outdoor pool surrounded by sun loungers, free WiFi throughout, an exquisite on-site restaurant, and a rejuvenating spa.

Guests are treated to many activities, from the artistry of Buddha amulet-making to the serenity of almsgiving, Sukhothai-style handicraft weaving, and the secrets of traditional Thai cooking classes.

Step into classic Thai-designed air-conditioned rooms, each with a private balcony offering views of the canal, temple, or courtyard. Indulge in amenities like cable TV, a tea/coffee maker, and a hairdryer. The en suite bathroom boasts a shower facility and premium branded amenities.

Overlooking the picturesque Mae Rampan Canal, Nam Khang Restaurant beckons with all-day dining featuring delectable Thai dishes. Immerse yourself in the cultural ambience as you enjoy a Thai classical dance performance, adding a touch of enchantment to your dining experience. The Legendha Sukhothai Hotel promises an unforgettable stay, where every moment is imbued with the magic of Sukhothai's rich heritage.

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!

Overnight 99 Gallery

Discover the epitome of comfort and luxury at 99 The Gallery Hotel in Chiang Mai, where a seamless blend of opulent accommodation and leisure awaits. Immerse yourself in the allure of our outdoor pool, offering a serene oasis for relaxation. For your utmost convenience, our 24-hour front desk ensures that your every need is met. Experience the pinnacle of connectivity with complimentary high-speed WiFi available throughout the entire hotel.

Strategically situated, 99 The Gallery Hotel is a mere 5-minute ride from the iconic Tha Pae Gate and the bustling Chiang Mai Night Bazaar. A short 15-minute journey leads you to the Chiang Mai International Airport, ensuring seamless travel transitions.

Indulge in lavish accommodations where every detail has been meticulously crafted. Each room has modern amenities, including air conditioning, a flat-screen cable TV, and a safety box. Revel in added comforts such as an electric kettle and a fridge, with select room types featuring luxurious touches like slippers, bathrobes, or even a rejuvenating bathtub. The en suite bathroom is adorned with complimentary toiletries and a hairdryer, promising a pampering experience.

As evening descends, explore the vibrant local culinary scene with various restaurants and bars just a short walk from the hotel. At 99 The Gallery Hotel, we invite you to immerse yourself in a world of luxury, where every moment is designed to elevate your stay to unparalleled heights.

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!

Overnight 99 Gallery

Enjoy your second night at the 99 Gallery Resort

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!

Overnight Katiliya Mountain Resort

Nestled amidst the enchanting mist-kissed hills of northern Thailand, the extraordinary Katiliya Mountain Resort & Spa beckons with its luxurious offerings. Discover the epitome of comfort in spacious suites, each adorned with a private balcony and complimentary Wi-Fi, providing a seamless blend of opulence and connectivity. Situated in the renowned Golden Triangle, this lavish haven is a mere 30-minute ride from the Chiang Rai International Airport, ensuring a swift and picturesque journey.

Adorned with natural materials, the suites boast modern amenities, including a flat-screen TV, DVD player, and convenient coffee/tea-making facilities. Indulge in the grandeur of large attached bathrooms featuring a luxurious bathtub, while the option for in-room dining adds a touch of personalized luxury.

At the spa, immerse yourself in a world of tranquillity with various massages and body treatments, all within the serenity of private rooms overlooking tranquil twin lakes. Unwind further by refreshing the pool or invigorating your senses in the well-equipped fitness centre.

Indulge your palate at the Terrace Restaurant, an open-air culinary haven offering a delectable selection of Thai and international cuisines.

At Katiliya Mountain Resort & Spa, every moment elevates your experience, ensuring a stay transcending and embracing the extraordinary.

Private Transfer to Chiang Rai Airport

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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