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Luxurious Thailand in 18 days

Embark on this Luxurious Thailand 18-day trip covering the country’s most iconic spots and natural wonders. See revered temples and monasteries in Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai like Wat Srisuphan. Get an opportunity to bond with elephants at the Mae Taeng valley  and explore some of Thailand’s most beautiful natural spots in Pai and Phuket including, Mok Fah Waterfall and Prakarang Coral Cave. End off this fantastic trip with a relaxing break at the tranquil Koh Yao Noi.


Various activities on sites

  • Visit the magnificent temples from the White Temple of Chiang Rai to the silver-adorned temple of Wat Srisuphan in Chiang Mai.
  • Appreciate the natural beauty of Thailand with visits to the Prakarang Coral Cave and the 1.5 kilometre Tham Lod Cave. 
  • Visit Khao Sok, the region of Thailand’s rainforest and take part in many activities to explore this area

Unforgettable moments

  • Put on a mahout’s attire, learn the basic commands and feed and bathe the elephants in the river.
  • Experience jungle trek to the emerald lagoon, swimming in the lake, exploring the surroundings by kayaking ...
  • Enjoy leisurely days and relax on the beaches of Southern Thailand

Nature exploration

  • The amazing and peaceful scenery of the countryside of Thailand
  • The magical beauty of the forested mountains, waterfalls and stunning rice fields of Thailand
  • The peaceful beauty of the southern Thailand with caves, hidden lagoons and white sand beaches

Culture experience

  • Learn about the culture & history of Thailand
  • Learn about the traditional Thai cuisine while enjoying good food in here
  • Experience the peasant culture of the people living in the countryside of northern and southern Thailand


Detailed schedule

Day 1 - Welcome to Chiang Rai

Upon arrival in Chiang Rai, be meet and greeted by our guide escort who will facilitate the transfer to Pa Sa Tong, a secluded 6-star sanctuary nestled among lush gardens, mountains and rice paddy fields. It’s the perfect location surrounded by true nature, offering pure privacy and wellness.
Overnight in Chiang Rai


Chiang Rai Airport – Chiang Rai town (21 km): approx. 30 min

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Day 2 - Chiang Rai exploration

After breakfast at the hotel, set off early in the morning from Chiang Rai to discover Mae Chan area. The first stop is ‘Wat Tham Pa Acha Thong’ or ‘Golden Horse Monastery’. This remote monastery is one-of-a-kind in Thailand as its monks collect their daily alms by horse instead of on foot. Learn the tale of how this unique procession came to be while walking around the grounds. There may be an opportunity to make an offering to the monks as they pass by on horseback. Continue to a nearby hilltop temple where monks and novice monks are often practicing Muay Thai martial arts. 
Following this, drive to Chui Fong Tea Plantation, one of the famous tea plantations in Chiang Rai. Get a brief introduction on the process of tea making and enjoy tea tasting. Then grab a cup of coffee at the plantation’s coffee shop overlooking a nice panoramic view of the plantation.
Depart for lunch at Manee Dheva Resort with a great view of rice field.
After lunch, continue the afternoon with a drive up on Doi Tung Mountain, one of the famous regions of Chiang Rai that colours the morning hours. Visit the Doi Tung Royal Villa and the beautiful Mae Fah Luang Gardens. This is the former residence of King Rama IV’s mother built around natural scene for perfect rest.
Depart back to town.
Dinner at Singha Boon Rawd Farm while enjoying the beautiful sunset over the tea plantation.
Overnight in Chiang Rai

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Day 3 - Chiang Rai

Breakfast at the hotel. The day is free at leisure until evening when it’s time for some exploration again.
In the evening, be whisked away in a VIP van together with the luxury guide escort and go to the King Meng Rai monument to pay homage to the founder of Chiang Rai: King Meng Rai, who also set the foundations of Chiang Mai. Then take a samlor to ride around town, and transfer to the local night bazaar. Enjoy a local dinner of Thai cuisine at the night bazaar. After dinner, enjoy some time bargaining for local hilltribe handicrafts and other and products at the Chiang Rai night bazaar before returning to the hotel.
Overnight in Chiang Rai

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Day 4 - Chiang Rai - Chiang Mai

After breakfast at the hotel, check out and ride in a VIP van for Chiang Mai (approximately 3 hours drive). Upon arrival in Chiang Rai, visit the beautifully fascinating Wat Rong Khun, also known as the White Temple. Soak up the amazing beauty of the unique kanok architecture by the famous artist Chalermchai Kositpipat.
In the late afternoon, visit the city’s old town, venturing through the crumbling city walls and admiring the blend of old and new buildings. Catch glimpses of glittering pagoda spires illuminated by the late afternoon sun.
Then step into one of the city’s most revered pagodas, Wat Suan Dok. Witness local devotees deep in prayer or paying homage to the mausoleum where the ashes of the former Royal Family are interred. Learn about the beliefs and traditions of Thailand’s Buddhists.
Continue on the spiritual trail, leaving the city centre, and taking a winding drive into the hills. Climb up the staircase of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, admiring the intricate naga carvings along the way. Upon reaching the top, explore the 14th century pagoda and hear about its origins. Wander around the towering gilded stupa and take a moment to enjoy the views of Chiang Mai in the distance.
Before the sun sets, visit one of Doi Suthep’s monks and receive a blessing of good health and good fortune.  Then witness the magical evening chanting of the monks, a serene way to end the day’s spiritual tour.
Overnight in Chiang Mai


Chiang Rai Hotel – Chiang Mai Hotel (182 km): approx. 3 hrs

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Day 5 - Chiang Mai - Elephant Life Experience

Breakfast at the hotel.
The day begins with a ride in a VIP van heading northward to Mae Taeng valley. The destination is E.L.E. (Elephant Life Experience), the only boutique camp in northern Thailand set among the marvelous scenery and beautiful setting of mountains and rivers. This sanctuary offers only a private and exclusive elephant experience in luxury style.
Upon arrival at the sanctuary, receive a warm welcome from the elephants and staff, followed by a feeding of the elephants. At the main lodge, change into a mahout’s outfit which can be taken home. Meet the elephants and the mahout before starting the basic mahout course with easy command, learning how to ride on the elephant’s bare back for a short practice or ride on the elephant with the mahout for 30 minutes along the beautiful trail.
There will also be an opportunity to witness the elephants’ artistic skill in painting or participate in painting a personalised masterpiece to take home as a unique souvenir. Following this, watch the elephants bathe in the river or enjoy bathing them (during dry season only). Luxury picnic lunch basket from Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai will be served at the sanctuary. After that, enjoy bamboo rafting along Mae Taeng River for 30 minutes before returning to the hotel.
Overnight in Chiang Mai

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Day 6 - Chiang Mai exploration

Be picked up from the hotel at 09:00 and drive to the temple grounds. Meet with the monks and proceed to the workshop area where silver plates are made. Learn how these silver plates  are made and create a personalised one using patterns taught at the workshop.
Wat Srisuphan is a silver temple that was first constructed at the beginning of the 16th century. Almost everything in the temple is made of silver and aluminum. The ordination hall is surrounded by sema stones, having remnants of the original wat with its intricate designs. The beautiful murals decorating the interior is a stunning tribute and example of the rich tradition for which the area is renowned for. Incorporating all aspects of Zen, Buddhist, Theravada and Taoist traditions, the murals bring life to the building and seem to illuminate the story of the Buddha. Two hundred years ago, the Ancient Arts Study Centre here was once a tiny silver-making community established just outside the city walls of Chiang Mai as a means of restoring heritage.
Then head to a popular local restaurant for a snack. Order a bowl of khao soi, Chiang Mai’s most famous dish which combines crispy noodles and coconut curry sauce. Slurp up the delicious noodles while reflecting on the magical morning then return to the hotel.
Free afternoon at leisure.
Overnight in Chiang Mai

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Day 7 - Chiang Mai - Pai

After breakfast at the hotel, check out and depart by a VIP van northwards to Pai (approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes drive) along a winding mountainous road. A stop can be made at the pretty, 60-metre high, Mok Fah Waterfall and Pong Duad Hotspring located in Huay Nam Dang National Park. This powerful phenomenon spurts up from under the ground at a temperature of 99 degrees. Thai people believe its natural properties are good for the skin's complexion!
Before arriving at the accommodation in Pai, make a stop at the impressive Pai Canyon, the picturesque red sandstone, which is the best place for catching the beautiful sunset. The picnic is set up at the canyon overlooking the great views of the mountain and sunset.
Overnight in Pai

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Day 8 - Pai exploration

After breakfast at the hotel, drive approximately an hour to the famous cave system Tham Lod. Explore the 1.5 kilometre long cave system by guided bamboo rafts floating on the river which flows through it. Visitors entering the cave from 16:00 onwards will bear witness to a truly remarkable spectacle of the nature as thousands of swifts fly into the caves and an equally remarkable number of bats exit for the night. Close to Tham Lod is the village of Jabo. Inhabited by members of the colourful and welcoming Black Lahu Tribe, the community established its own tourism initiative to demonstrate their culture, traditional values, healing methods and ability to live in harmony with nature rather than destructive farming practiced elsewhere.
On the way back to the hotel, make a brief stop at Kiew Lom Viewpoint, where breathtaking views of the Himalayan mountains can be seen as they stretch across northern Thailand and through to Myanmar.
Overnight in Pai

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Day 9 - Pai - Chiang Mai - Phuket

After breakfast at the hotel, check-out, meet with the luxury guide, and transfer to Pai Airport for the onward private flight back to Chiang Mai, and the connecting flight to Phuket.
Upon arrival in Phuket, meet and greet the luxury Sonasia Travel guide who will facilitate the transfer to the hotel.
Overnight in Phuket

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Day 10 - Phuket - Leisure day

Breakfast at the hotel. The day is free at leisure.
Overnight in Phuket

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Day 11 - Phuket - Khao Sok

After breakfast at the hotel, check out and transfer to Khao Sok, the region of Thailand’s rainforest. Head towards the pier or Ratchaprapa Dam, and embark on a scenic boat ride to The Greenery Panvaree, seeing the emerald waters of Chiew Larn Lake along the way.
Arrive at The Greenery Panvaree Floating Resort and be welcomed by the resort’s staff. Check in at the resort and enjoy a delicious lunch at the restaurant.
Spend the afternoon at leisure, swimming in the lake, exploring the surroundings by kayaking or simply relaxing in the natural atmosphere.
In the late afternoon, enjoy a boat ride around the place.
Dinner at the resort.
Overnight at the Greenery Panvaree


Phuket Hotel – Khao Sok (147 km): 2 hrs

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Day 12 - Khao Sok exploration

The morning will be spent with the most beautiful view of the lake along with the sunrise over the mountains as the mist floats across the water.
Get breakfast at the resort, relaxing in the tranquil beauty of the surroundings.
Lunch at the resort.
After lunch, enjoy an adventurous trip to Prakarang Coral Cave, jungle trek to the emerald lagoon, then embark on the bamboo raft to the cave. See the wildlife and rare plants in the rainforest. 
Return to the resort and relax at leisure until dinner time.
After dinner, embark on a boat ride out to the lake for a Loy Krathong activity at the Holy Land of the lake.
Overnight at the Greenery Panvaree

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Day 13 - Khao Sok - Phuket - Koh Yao Noi

Wake up in the morning under the beautiful mist floating across the sky. Enjoy breakfast. 
Check out and board a longtail boat for cruising back across the reservoir with a panoramic view of ‘Guilin Thailand’. Return back to the pier.
Upon arrival at the pier, meet with the Sonasia Travel guide and transfer to Phuket. Lunch at a local restaurant on the way. Head towards Yacht Haven Marina pier to board the hotel’s private VIP speedboat and transfer to Koh Yao Noi Island.
Overnight at Tree House Villa Koh Yao Noi

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Day 14 - Koh Yao Noi - Leisure day

Breakfast at the hotel. Free day at leisure on the beautiful white sandy beach. The beach here offers tranquility and more privacy.
Overnight at Tree House Villa Koh Yao Noi

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Day 15 - Koh Yao Noi - Leisure day

Breakfast at the hotel. Free day at leisure on the beautiful white sandy beach. The beach here offers tranquility and more privacy.
Overnight at Tree House Villa Koh Yao Noi

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Day 16 - Koh Yao Noi - Leisure day

Breakfast at the hotel. Free day at leisure on the beautiful white sandy beach. The beach here offers tranquility and more privacy.
Overnight at Tree House Villa Koh Yao Noi

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Day 17 - Koh Yao Noi - Phuket

After breakfast at the hotel, check out and embark on the hotel’s private VIP speedboat crossing the Andaman Sea to Yacht Haven Marina pier. Upon arrival at the pier, continue on the hotel’s private transfer to Phuket Hotel.
Overnight in Phuket

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Day 18 - Phuket - Departure

You are free to stroll around the town for your own exploration before taking the departure flight

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International travelers to Thailand will no longer be required to show proof of vaccination or ATK test results from October 1st, 2022 onward.

In a new move to attract travelers during peak season, Thailand is doing away with the requirement of needing vaccination certificates or Covid-19 negative results in the case of unvaccinated passengers. Additionally, those infected with Covid-19, but have mild symptoms don’t need to isolate from next month. The same applies to those who test positive but display no symptoms.

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul announced these changes on Thursday after the National Communicable Diseases Committee (NCDC) had a meeting on Wednesday.

Instead of isolating those who have contracted the disease would be required to wear a mask, socially distance themselves from others and wash their hands frequently for the first five days. They also need to stay away from those who are immunocompromised and vulnerable.

Dr. Sophon Iamsirithaworn, deputy director-general of the Department of Disease Control, informed that since the present Covid-19 mutation doesn’t cause serious symptoms in most people, disease control measures can be relaxed.

National Security Council secretary-general Supoj Malaniyom added that the new measures are being put in place to help improve the economic conditions of the country.

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How long to spend in Thailand may seem like a ridiculous question to address, but if you have plenty of time and aren’t sure how much to dedicate, this blog will definitely help you out. 

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Well, as long as you like! From 10 days to a month, there are various ways you can travel across Thailand and uncover its secrets. Advising an ideal trip length for Thailand is a bit of a complex challenge, as it depends on several factors such as the places you wish to visit, the activities you plan to join, or if you want to combine Thailand with its neighbor countries. 

Stay tuned! We are going to sort all these things out including the step-by-step guide to create the best itinerary in Thailand.

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