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Secret Recipes of Thai Food - 9 Days

Secret Recipes of Thai Food

Thailand · Private Tour · 9 Days
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This trip will take you on a food and culture adventure in the essential stops in Thailand: the vibrant Bangkok, the rich culture of Chiang Mai, and the blissful waters of the island of Phuket. 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Bangkok
Day 2 - Bangkok
Day 3 - Bangkok → Chiang Mai
Day 4 - Chiang Mai
Day 5 - Chiang Mai
Day 6 - Chiang Mai → Phuket
Day 7 - Phuket
Day 8 - Phuket
Day 9 - Phuket

What is included

  • Private transfers and transportation
  • Domestic flight Bangkok - Chiang Mai - Phuket
  • 8 nights accommodation at luxury hotels with breakfast
  • Meals as mentioned in this itinerary
  • Activities mentioned in this itinerary
  • Entrance fees at all visiting sites
  • Special visit & interaction arrangement
  • Sightseeing with local English speaking guides
  • Cold towels and water on sightseeing days
  • Welcome pack

What is NOT included

  • International flights
  • Meals not mentioned in this program
  • Drinks and water at included lunches and dinners
  • Tips and personal expenses
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day
1
Bangkok

Upon arrival at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport, your guide will come to meet you up and transfer you to hotel.   

Suan Pakkad Palace and Jim Thompson’s house

Transfer from the Airport to visit Suan Pakkad Palace, the former residence of the Royal Highnesses Prince and Princess Chumbhot of NagaraSvarga. The highlight of this museum, is the 300-year old lacquered pavilion decorated with 17th Century gold leaf murals and fine woodcarvings.

Continue with a visit to the Thai-style house of Jim Thompson, the legendary American businessman who came to Thailand at the end of World War II and rediscovered the Thai silk industry. His house is now a museum filled with fascinating Asian antiques and historical memorabilia. The house consists of six separate old Thai teakwood houses, built following the old techniques used during the Ayutthaya period, which were dismantled and brought to the present site, some from as far away as the old capital of Ayudhya. Jim's disappearance in the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia remains a mystery to this day. Transfer to the hotel to check in and free at leisure until dinner show tonight.


Siam Niramit dinner and Show 

Siam Niramit is a world-class celebration of Thailand's artistic and cultural heritage. Set in the heart of Bangkok, this must-see spectacle is performed on a gigantic stage featuring over 150 performers with as many as 500 costumes. Enhanced special effects using the latest technology are used to produce an inspiring experience. 

It's a performance in three acts: Act I takes you back into the rich history of the Kingdom, Act II introduces you to the three realms central to Traditional Thai beliefs and Act III takes you on a journey through Thailand’s festivals. Dinner is buffet-style served from 17:30 to 20:00. The show begins at 20:00 and lasts 80 minutes. A private guided return transfer is included to and from your hotel. Your guide will advise you of the time your transfer will collect you.

Overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Shangri-La Hotel

Deluxe River View Bangkok

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2
Bangkok

Sights of the city with Thai massage

After breakfast, meet your guide at the hotel’s lobby and drive to Wat Pho in time to experience the monks morning chanting ritual. One of the oldest temples in Bangkok, Wat Pho is home to the famous 45m reclining Buddha, it is also the original school of traditional Thai massage. Ideally on an empty stomach, and after visiting the Buddha, you will enjoy a 60 minutes Thai massage with herbs in Wat Pho which will envelop you in a haven of calm and leave you feeling wonderful and truly relaxed.

From here, take a tuk-tuk ride via Pak Klong Taland Flower Market towards the Grand Palace, the most important and spectacular royal palace in Thailand. The mysterious Emerald Buddha, the most revered Buddha image in Thailand, now is housed here. Next, walk to the pier to take a long-tailed boat ride along the “klongs” (canals) of Thonburi to get a flavour of local life. Stop at Wat Arun, once the grand royal temple to King Rama II.

After lunch at a local restaurant, cross the river again and drive to Chinatown and get a first-hand look at old Bangkok. Walk along Yaworat Road where there are many interesting shops selling everything imaginable. Enjoy a cup of Chinese tea with the locals at a very old tea shop before exploring the bustling Talad Kao market, where a variety of food, fresh and dry fruits, and Chinese herbs are on offer. Return to the hotel.

Apsara Dinner Cruise

Pick up from the hotel and drive to the River City Pier from where we set sail on one of Bangkok’s “must do” gourmand experiences, Apsara, the ultimate riverside dining experience along Chao Phraya River. Navigate the sights and sounds of the bustling waterways and enjoy a feast fit for a king, with authentic Thai dishes. Create a unique event by chartering for your own private cruise in the midst of Bangkok’s impressive scenery. After cruise, return to the pier and transfer back to the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Shangri-La Hotel

Deluxe River View Bangkok

day
3
Bangkok → Chiang Mai

Bangkok street food tour 

In the mid-morning, head to the Bangrak neighborhood for a chance to really become a Thai food insider, as we take you on a behind-the-scenes adventure to indulge in the local sights and flavors of this foodie’s neighborhood. There is a good chance to see the local restaurant owners at a wok station (cooking station) and hear their stories through our guide. 

Taste delicious samples from famous street vendors, local eateries and fine dining restaurants. You will spend much of the morning walking around this fascinating neighborhood and trying many Thai culinary delights. Then transfer to the airport for your flight to Chiang Mai.

Upon arrival at Chiang Mai Airport, your guide will come to meet you up and transfer you to hotel. Free time at leisure until Khan Toke dinner.


Khantoke dinner and hill tribe show

The Khantoke dinner is traditionally related to the people of the northern region. Dinner is served in small bowls, known in Thai as Khan. Guests are seated on cushions at a low table, known as Toke in Thai. The cuisine served typical of the northern Thai Lanna style. and during dinner, entertainment is provided by traditional dancers, who will perform the FornLeb, known as the finger dance, FornThien, known as the candle dance, Ramwong, referred to as the circle dance and the Ram Dab, known as the sword dance.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Bangkok → Chiang Mai 1h 15min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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137 Pillars House

Rajah Brooke Suite Chiang Mai

day
4
Chiang Mai

Elephant riding program at Rantong Elephant Center

After breakfast, at the hotel’s lobby, we will pick you from your hotel by private van. On arrival at the elephant centre, join with others and learn about the camp and these incredible creatures. You can experience feeding then riding the elephants through the forest. Enjoy a simple lunch at the camp and continue to take the elephant to bath. Later, return by private transfer to your hotel.


Street food tour

The northern city of Chiang Mai is considered Thailand’s cultural capital, while also sitting near some of the country’s top natural attractions, most within half an hour’s drive of the old town. Furthermore, many people also know that Chiang Mai street-food stalls and shop houses boast incredible northern Thai cuisine and delicious snacks. 

If you would like to enjoy, we will take you to the 3 King Monument area near the centre of town and the popular food street where you can try various delicacies such as: special northern noodle soup, stir fries, phad Thai, khao man kai, khaosoi, fresh fruit, and a variety of Thai desserts. 

Overnight at the hotel.  

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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137 Pillars House

Rajah Brooke Suite Chiang Mai

day
5
Chiang Mai

After breakfast, meet guide at the hotel’s lobby.

Sights and Sounds of Chiang Mai

This half day cycling excursion through the southern part of Chiang Mai is an amazing way to observe local rural life and get off the beaten path. The routing is along quiet and green roads, passing the former Lanna capital, Wiang Kum Kam. Take a look at the temples and ruins that date back hundreds of years.

Continue with a visit to a Chinese temple and the McKean rehabilitation centre, which houses a former leper colony. Continue by bicycle and visit a special school for monks where most of the pupils are hill tribe children. Make a stop at a small pottery village where you can see how they produce different shapes of pottery by hand. Ride along the Ping River and take in the local atmosphere that makes Chiang Mai so special.

Make a stop at a local bakery where you can try a delicious sweet bun while watching them make many other different products by hand. Later stop at a market to observe how these products are traded, and to try some of the most delicious and exotic fresh fruits and other snacks. Along the way, you will have lunch with Thai meal at a local restaurant.

Then visit to a local Northern food and flower market where local Thai do their shopping. Visit Wat Suan Dok where ashes of former Kings of Chiang Mai and the Royal Family are kept. Continue with a visit to Wat Phra That on Doi Suthep Mountain, which was founded in 1383 A.D. In 1935 a road was built to the top, but nowadays people climb the 309 steps from the car park to the top or take a tram for a small surcharge. The climb up is rewarded with a superb panoramic view over the city. Return to the car park for the transfer back to Chiang Mai where you will finish the day with a 20 minute rickshaw ride through the quiet streets of the old town.


Evening Romance – Romantic private dinner on boat 

Cruise down the Ping River in Chiang Mai on the unique scorpion tailed boat with Ratilanna Boat Creations. The legend of a uniquely northern-style boat began approximately in the 18th century. This new boat was built with ancient Lanna techniques by a local shipbuilder. The scorpion-tailed boats were used for royal processions and after that served as shipping vessels between the northern region and Bangkok. 

Today Chiang Mai’s unique boats have been brought back to serve for the tourists. You can enjoy this fantastic experience with luxurious meal or snack on the boat while cruising along the Ping River. In evening, enjoy your favorite drink and appetizer on the boat and romantic private dinner at the Riverside Lawn including nice bouquet, a bottle of wine.   

Overnight at the hotel. 

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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137 Pillars House

Rajah Brooke Suite Chiang Mai

day
6
Chiang Mai → Phuket

Home of Handicrafts

Chiang Mai is Thailand's main handicraft centre and is ringed by small villages which are home to cottage factories and workshops.

After breakfast, meet guide at the hotel’s lobby and visit San Kamphaeng district, the heart of the silk and cotton home industries, and observe the fascinating process of making and weaving these popular fabrics. Continue to Bor Sang, the umbrella village, where delicate Thai paper umbrellas are produced and hand-painted. 

Visit Thai Celadon, about 6 km north of Chiang Mai, where ceramics are produced following the Sawankhalok pottery method which dates back hundreds of years. Before we return to Chiang Mai, pay a last visit to a small village where you can observe the intricate work of both lacquer ware and silverware craftsmen.

Then transfer to the airport for your flight to Phuket. Upon arrival at Phuket Airport, your guide will come to meet you up and transfer you to hotel. Transfer from the Airport to your hotel to check in. Free at leisure until dinner tonight.


Dinner at Villa Royal by Mom Tri’s Kitchen 

Mom Tri ‘s Villa Royale is a boutique hotel in Phuket situated on a headland overlooking the Andaman Sea and the white sand beach of Kata Noi. Villa Royale is a personal creation of renowned artist and architect Mom Luang Tridhosyuth Devakul, better known simply as Mom Tri, who is a descendant of the King Mongkut Rama IV. Mom Tri opened his private summer home eight years ago to provide guests with a truly royal experience. Executive Chef Darren and Chef Sura offer Thai and international cuisine using only the finest ingredients. A Wine Spectator award winning wine cellar offers over 750 labels.

Overnight at the hotel. 

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Chiang Mai → Phuket 2h
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  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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The Surin Phuket

1 Bedroom Superior Cottage Phuket

day
7
Phuket

Phi Phi Island & Bamboo Island by speed boat

After breakfast, meet driver at the hotel’s lobby and depart by speedboat from Boat Lagoon Marina for a cruise to one of the most popular natural attractions in Thailand, Phi Phi Islands

To avoid the crowds we will first visit Bamboo Island, a pristine white sand beach set along the emerald color water; simply irresistible for swimming. From here we travel a short distance to enjoy snorkeling off Yoong Island with colorful fish swimming all around you. Board the boat again for a 30 minute cruise to Monkey beach, an island full of wild monkeys! Continue on to Phi Phi Don for a simple local buffet lunch.

After lunch, take a dip in Viking cave before continuing on to discover first-hand the magical landscape of Maya Bay, where parts of the movie “The Beach” were filmed. Enjoy a swim at this famous bay or simply relax on the white sand beach. Return by boat cruise back to Phuket and onto your hotel.


Phuket Fantasea Show & Dinner

Transfer to the theatre and then enjoy Fantasea of a Kingdom, a ultimate in Las Vegas-style show that infuses Thai Culture with magical illusions. Tonight you will see four-dimensional effects, an aerial ballet, acrobatics, pyrotechnics, special effects, an elephant circus (featuring over 30 elephants and stunts) all in one unique and unforgettable theatrical masterpiece guaranteed to thrill and delight all visitors. Afterwards, come to the enchanted festival village where you can see and buy high quality locally made products and souvenirs.

Overnight at the hotel.  

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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The Surin Phuket

1 Bedroom Superior Cottage Phuket

day
8
Phuket

After breakfast, meet guide at the hotel’s lobby.

Phuket Market & Cookery School 

The Phuket Thai Cookery School (private class) offers you a choice of 7 different courses, and starts with an introduction to Thai ingredients, then a visit of local market and actual cooking. Each course has been designed as a one-day course. You are able to select one or all of the courses you are particularly interested in. 

Courses are suitably arranged to accommodate not only meat lovers but also vegetarians with a substitution of mock meats and fresh vegetables. The lessons have a warm and easy-going atmosphere of Thai hospitality, breathtaking scenery of the mountains and miles of sandy beach on Sirey Island.


Simon Cabaret Show

Transfer to the theatre (private transfer) and enjoy the famous Simon Cabaret Show. Here you will find a world-class stage design and the famous Cabaret. It's surely the most exciting place to be on the Andaman Gulf. In exclusive and luxurious surroundings, you can look, listen and enjoy the cabaret performance which made Simon Cabaret a world famous cabaret group. Have dinner at a local restaurant.

Overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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The Surin Phuket

1 Bedroom Superior Cottage Phuket

day
9
Phuket

Flying Hanuman zip-line

After breakfast, pickup from your hotel and proceed to Flying Hanuman –a jungle zip-line voyage of adventure and discovery. This is a great chance to see the unseen face of Phuket. 

Flying Hanuman boasts long exciting journeys from tree to tree with spans of over 400 meters along with exciting abseiling drops of 40m down a centuries-old tree. After an exhilarating time in the jungle, it's time to return to your hotel.

After that, lunch at local restaurant, then transfer to airport for your next flight. 


  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodations

Bangkok
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Shangri-La Hotel

Deluxe River View
Chiang Mai
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137 Pillars House

Rajah Brooke Suite
Phuket
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The Surin Phuket

1 Bedroom Superior Cottage

Price for luxury experience

Customizable private tour
Prices per person2 pax
Double Sharing
1 May 2018 - 30 Sep 2018$3904
1 Oct 2018 - 30 Apr 2019$4161
1 May 2019 - 30 Sep 2019$4165

Photos

Thai Cooking Class
Wat Phra Kaeo, Bangkok
Thai Cuisine
Phi Phi Islands
Elephant Riding, Chiang Mai
Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai
North Thai Cuisine
Thai Street Food
Thai Cuisine
Umbrella Factory, Chiang Mai
Flying Hanuman Zip Line, Phuket
Thai Massage, Bangkok

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