Thailand In Style

Travel far ahead of the crowd on our Thailand In Style itinerary, indulging in special experiences and staying in cherry-picked properties that guarantee a travel style as lavish as your destinations are intriguing.

At a glance
  • Explore Bangkok’s chic haunts with an expert guide
  • Feel the urban buzz on a tuk-tuk safari
  • Dine at one of the finest restaurants in Chiang Mai
  • Be blessed by a saffron-robed monk
  • Spend time with elephants at the Anantara Golden Triangle Resort
  • Indulge in the laid-back luxuries of Krabi island
  • Kayak in an idyllic marine national park
Itinerary
Price & Hotels

Bangkok - 3 nights

Bangkok, Thailand’s capital since 1782, is a bustling metropolis that simply mustn't be missed. Bubbling with energy, this city is always on the go, endlessly reinventing itself with fabulous new hotels, a trendy art scene, world class dining and shopping, stunning temples and a deep cultural heritage all very much in evidence. You'll explore the city by ‘sky train’, tuk-tuk, traditional longtail boat, river taxi, and - importantly! - with your tastebuds. Day three is entirely at leisure.

Day 1 - Arrive Bangkok, evening tour

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On arrival in Thailand, you'll be met by your private guide, who will accompany you to your hotel.

Welcome to Selective Asia! This level of personal service (such as private transfers, private tours etc) is what you can expect throughout your trip. A few services (eg boat cruises) will be shared, but we'll always make sure you're aware of these.

Late afternoon your guide will meet you for an evening tour of Bangkok’s glittering temples and heritage area. Climb aboard Bangkok’s efficient sky train system towards Krung Thonburi. From here you'll take a tuk-tuk to Lhong 1919, a collection of old riverside warehouses transformed into a trendy outdoor venue of chic eateries and galleries which showcase the work of local artists. Enjoy a dinner of contemporary Thai cuisine before continuing your evening in the tuk-tuk, stopping to view Wat Arun, also known as the ‘Temple of Dawn’, and Wat Pho (home of a famous 45 metre long reclining Buddha), both of which are beautifully lit up at night. Final stop is the Prime Hotel, which boasts enviable city views from its rooftop bar. Relax with a cocktail or two and soak up the night-time views over Bangkok, before returning to your hotel.

Day 2 - City Safari

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Step into the flow today on a tour of highlights, some well known, others further off the track. The city is kept in perpetual motion by a buzzing public network whose modes of transport span from ancient to ultramodern, and your transportation today will include a traditional longtail boat, the sky train, and the ubiquitous and exciting tuk-tuk - a combination that ensures you get to explore areas of the city that most visitors don't see. You'll cover a lot of ground, but there's is no better way to truly experience the 'City of Angels'. Start at the wonderful Lumpini Park where locals practice Tai Chi in the morning, before a proper exploration of Wat Pho. Visit one of the oldest traditional Thai massage schools in the country, a handicraft community known for the unique art of making monk’s alms bowls, the historic house of Jim Thompson, a mysterious American silk merchant, and the cutting-edge Siam Square. One key highlight is the Grand Palace, where you can see some of the buildings used for different occasions, including the Funeral Palace, Reception Palace, Throne Hall, Coronation Hall, Royal Guest House, and the Emerald Buddha, the most revered Buddha image in Thailand.

Day 3 - Relax & explore

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Your day will be at leisure to relax or continue your exploration of Bangkok.

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Chiang Mai - 2 nights

Chiang Mai – Thailand's ‘Rose of the North’ – has a laid-back ambience and pleasant climate, a fine selection of restaurants (many consider Thailand’s northern cuisine to be the best in the country) and a high number of temples & sites of cultural significance. The city is an excellent base for exploring the surrounding valleys and hill tribe regions beyond, and the Sunday market in the city centre offers a more authentic experience and wider array of hill tribe goods than the tourist trinkets more commonly associated with the nightly market in the same area.

Day 4 - Fly to Chiang Mai, Temple tour, Dinner at Oxygen restaurant

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Take a morning flight to Chiang Mai where you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel. There are an incredible number of ‘wats’ in Chiang Mai – seemingly one on every street. You’ve only got a day – which ones do you visit? Step in your Selective Asia guide who will introduce you to the city’s culture and history on an afternoon tour of the old town. In addition to significant temples you’ll visit the city’s silver making district and observe silversmiths at work. Return to your hotel where there will be time to freshen up before heading out for a set Thai dinner at Oxygen Dining Room – one of the best restaurants in Chiang Mai.

Day 5 - Wat Phra Thad Doi Suthep, monk blessing at Wat Umong

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Set off at first light, arriving in time to witness the saffron-robed monks emerge from their monasteries at Wat Phra Thad Doi Suthep, the most important temple in Northern Thailand. They walk silently down the streets, collecting alms from local Buddhist residents - a serene ceremony which is the perfect introduction to Chiang Mai’s spiritual side. Climb past the Golden Nagas lining the staircase to the temple cloister, where you can view one of Thailand's most sacred stupas, and enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the city below. Continue your spiritual journey at unique Wat Umong, also known as the ‘Tunnel Temple’. Hidden amongst the trees at the foot of Doi Suthep, its network of underground tunnels and caves dates back to the 14th century. In one of these quiet corners, you can receive a special blessing from a local monk. Feeling sufficiently soulful, head to a popular local restaurant for a hearty bowl of khao soi, Chiang Mai’s most famous dish. The rest of your day will be at leisure.

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Golden Triangle - 3 nights

Thailand's fabled Golden Triangle is a region of immense natural beauty, and home to many hilltribe communities and ancient temples. One of our favourite places to stay here is the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort, set in a huge estate on the banks of the Rauk River. Boasting superb panoramas of Myanmar and Laos, the resort offers unique activities which combine perfectly with the high standard of luxury we've come to expect from an Anantara property. Your stay here is arranged on a package basis, meaning that not only are all your meals included, but you’ll also be able to make the most of the resort's extensive facilities, in particular its unique elephant camp. The options are as varied as they are engaging, ensuring something to suit every guest, and you can select one activity or treatment a day from a range of elephant camp activities, cooking classes, spa treatments and excursions in to the Golden Triangle. Your entire stay here is at leisure to spend as you choose.

Day 6 - Drive to the Golden Triangle

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Morning departure in a northerly direction to the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort. The remainder of your day will be at leisure to relax, get involved in the resort's activity programme and meet the resident elephants.

Days 7 & 8 - Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort

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Indulge in a spa treatment, try your hand at cooking Thai cuisine, get up close to the resident elephants, or simply relax...the choice is yours!

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Krabi - 4 nights

With more than its fair share of world class beaches, great diving, a unique local cuisine and a variety of adventure sports, it’s easy to understand why Krabi is amongst Thailand’s most popular beach resorts. The most distinguishing feature of both Krabi and neighbouring Phang Nga are the huge, unworldly limestone karsts which rise up out of the sea. Your time here will be spent almost entirely at leisure, relaxing in this superb tropical landscape, with a day of guided kayaking and island hopping on your private speedboat, in the scenically beautiful Than Bokkharani National Park.

Day 9 - Fly to Krabi

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Take a flight from Chiang Rai to Krabi (via Bangkok) where, on arrival, you will be driven to your hotel. The remainder of your day will be at leisure.

Day 10 - Relax on the beach

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Your day will be at leisure to relax and dig your toes in the sand.

Day 11 - Hong Island speedboat & kayak

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Enjoy a relaxing day exploring Than Bokkharani National Park, an idyllic area dotted with rocky limestone outcrops, hidden caves, soft sandy beaches and jungle-clad uninhabited islands. Board your private speedboat to visit some of the islands, spending most of the day on Koh Hong - one of the largest. Swap your speedboat for a kayak, embarking on a guided paddle around the island’s towering limestone karsts and the island's hidden lagoon, accessible through a narrow passage and surrounded by imposing limestone cliffs. After time on the beach, speed off to other smaller islands in the area, where you'll have the opportunity to snorkel and swim before a picnic on one of the beautiful stretches of sand. Take the speedboat back to Krabi, where the rest of your day will be at leisure.

Day 12 - R&R time

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Enjoy another day of R&R on Krabi's idyllic sands.

Day 13 - Depart Krabi

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Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

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We only provide privately guided holidays - meaning that you will not be expected to share guides or transport for the duration of your visit. You can also start on any day you choose.

Please click on the hotel category buttons below to view hotel details. These are recommended properties only - we have many alternative options for you to choose from if you would prefer. You can mix hotel categories throughout your holiday.

Hotel class Price per person (based on total # travelling)
2 persons 3-4 5-6
Superior £5,035US$6,010 £4,721US$5,634 £4,568US$5,452

Riva Surya

The intimate surroundings of the Riva Surya will suit those looking to get away from the more intense parts of Bangkok... See more

Na Nirand

If you’re looking for a characterful hotel with a real sense of place, in a central location but set apart from the hustle and bustle, Na Nirand ticks all the boxes. The location is spot on: in a serene setting... See more

Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp

Recently refurbished and upgraded, the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp is set in huge grounds on the banks of the Rauk River, and in the most remote of lush jungle locations... See more

The Tubkaak Boutique Resort

The award-winning Tubkaak is one of our favourite properties in the popular west coast resort of Krabi. Located on a beach by the same name.… See more
Deluxe £5,748US$6,860 £5,393US$6,436 £5,202US$6,209

COMO Metropolitan Bangkok

Amongst Bangkok's most sought-after properties, COMO Metropolitan Bangkok is the ideal hotel for clients wishing to experience the hip and ultra-modern side of the city... See more

137 Pillars House

A stunning home from home in a historic neighbourhood in Chiang Mai, 137 Pillars House has true Colonial style, but meets every modern requirement...

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Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp

Recently refurbished and upgraded, the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp is set in huge grounds on the banks of the Rauk River, and in the most remote of lush jungle locations... See more

Rayavadee

Rayavadee is set on a stunning peninsula overlooking the Andaman Sea in Thailand’s southern Krabi province. Lush jungle, tropical gardens, dramatic cliffs, and beaches bordering the resort on three sides... See more

Solo travellers are always welcome - please contact us for a tailored quote.

These prices are shown in GBPUSD.
Selective Asia is a UK-registered company, but our client-base spans the globe, so we bank in both GBP and USD and can therefore provide a fixed price in either currency.
We also have payment facilities in Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the EU, and can typically offer better-than-bank exchange rates on the date of payment in these currencies (against a booking priced in GBP).

Itinerary additions

  • Thailand is known around the world for its white sands, with a startlingly large choice of stunning beaches and luxurious resorts scattered across the southern section of the mainland and outlying islands. While this holiday includes a specific beach destination, you are by no means restricted to this and we are always happy to help you discover your perfect stretch of paradise.
  • There are any number of half and full day activities that we can incorporate into your stay in Bangkok. Options range from: cycling through the green heart of the city (away from the traffic and skyscrapers!); visiting the various city centre temples, either by boat or on foot; witnessing the monks’ early morning chants at Wat Po; massage schools; cooking classes; tours of China Town - the list goes on and on.
At Selective Asia we specialise in creating unique, tailor-made experiences. The holiday itineraries provided on this website are intended to help you visualise what is achievable in your destinations of choice, over a given period of time and at an intended budget.
Whilst many clients are happy with of our recommended itineraries in the current form (and at the price quoted), there are those that wish to personalise their holiday in some way, whether it be a change of hotel, an additional destination or even start from scratch. This is when our tailor-made specialists come into their own; with many years of experience both living and working in the region they are ideally equipped to advise on alternatives and to facilitate any necessary changes.

The important stuff

Please note: During high season periods (such as Christmas and New Year) hotels often levy a surcharge and these are not included in the above prices. Your consultant will be happy to advise you of these.

Inclusive:

  • English speaking, local guide
  • All accommodation listed
  • Land transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Any domestic flights listed (unless marked otherwise)
  • All admission fees at attractions, temples and activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All meals listed
  • International flight reconfirmation.

Exclusive:

  • Flights to/from Asia. We are an ATOL bonded operator and can arrange flights for all our clients, regardless of whether you are departing from the UK or from almost any other worldwide destination.
  • Entry visas
  • Any meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Drinks, other than water on activity days
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance
  • All other services not listed in 'inclusive'

Please note

All prices are correct at the time of publishing. They are liable to change and can only be confirmed upon submitting an enquiry.

 

Extras

Flights

We will arrange all internal flights used within our holiday itineraries. We can also arrange discounted flights from all UK airports to Asia and we are a fully bonded ATOL operator. If you would like a quote for your international flights then please complete the required section on the enquiry form.

Visa

You may require a visa to enter Thailand. Your consultant will be happy to advise you on visa requirements.

Passport

Please ensure that you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining after your return date. You will also need at least one blank page for each of the countries you are visiting.

Insurance

You will require a comprehensive travel insurance that covers you for medical costs associated with hospitalisation, emergency travel and repatriation back to your home country. We offer our customers a specially discounted insurance policy, ideally suited to the needs that a trip such as this creates. Tick the insurance box in the enquiry form and we will send you a quote to suit your needs.

Vaccinations and Malaria Prevention

You will undoubtedly require vaccinations for your visit to Asia. Please consult your doctor or a vaccination clinic for the most up-to-date advice. They will also be able to advise you of the most suitable anti-malarial medication if required. It is important that you do this well in advance of your departure date.

Booking Procedure

Only once you are completely happy with any holiday itinerary we create for you will we ask for a payment. In order that we can secure availability for your booking we would typically require a deposit of 20%.

Travelling Responsibly

We care about the places and the communities that you will travel through. It is important to us that we travel as responsibly as possible throughout Asia and that we are giving something back to the regions and the people that make these journeys so special. Full details on our approach to responsible travel can be found on a dedicated section of this website.

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Steve – Thailand tailor-made specialist

'Thailand hasn't been at the forefront of Asian tourism for decades by accident, this is a country that has so much to offer.'

SteveThailand tailor-made specialist

Speak to Steve on 01273 670 001

Make it yours!

Call us on 01273 670 001

Get in touch

Our tailor-made service costs you no extra

This itinerary is designed to work straight off the peg, but we'll happily tailor it until it's a perfect fit for you, to ensure we’re making the absolute best of your time and funds. All you need to do is ask...

Your own private guides & drivers

You'll typically have your own private guides & drivers throughout your trip. When you will be sharing a service (eg a boat cruise) with others, we'll always let you know.