taste-of-thailand
Thai cuisine, delicious and complex, is a delicate balance of sweet, spicy, sour and salty flavors. On this culinary tour of Thailand, learn how to use exotic ingredients such as keffir lime, lemongrass, coconut milk, and gangal ginger to prepare delicious traditional, regional, Thai meals and learn presentation techniques. This tour includes several cooking classes at Thailand’s leading cooking schools and a strong emphasis visiting the local food markets.Your private guide will lead you through the main cultural attractions in Bangkok,including colorful floating markets, the Grand Palace and the most impressive temples in the city. Next, visit Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai, experiencing the Lanna culture and authentic cuisine in noted local restaurants. Fly south to Phuket and feel the warm sand of this world famous beach.

Start city: Bangkok

End city: Bangkok

Duration: 9 Days 8 Nights

Departure: Daily, upon your request.

Cities to visit: Bangkok, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Phuket

- Extendable with optional tours from Bangkok

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Tour Brief

Day 1: Bangkok Arrival.  
Day 2: Bangkok Cooking Class – City Tour. 
Day 3: Bangkok Floating market – Fly to Chiang Rai.
Day 4: Chiang Rai - Drive to Doi Tung.
Day 5: Chiang Rai – Drive to Chiang Mai.  
Day 6: Chiang Mai Cooking Class - Wat Doi Suthep.
Day 7: Chiang Mai – Fly to Phuket.    
Day 8: Phuket Cooking Class.  
Day 9: Phuket – Fly to Bangkok for departure.

 

Prices are quoted in US Dollars per person, double occupancy.
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6 Persons $1,422 Reservation
4 Persons $1,557 Reservation
2 Persons $1,879 Reservation
1 Person $0 Reservation
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Day 1: Bangkok Arrival.    
Welcome to Bangkok – the city of Smiles. Your Travel Thailand tour guide and driver will pick you up and then transfer you to your hotel to check in. In the evening, enjoy a special welcome dinner on The Chaophraya River.    
Meals: Dinner.    
Accommodation:  Hotel in Bangkok.
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Day 2: Bangkok Cooking Class – City Tour.    
This morning you will take part in a joining-in Thai cooking class. This is the opportunity to learn how to cook real Thai food in a traditional “home-style” Thai setting. Afterwards taste your dishes for lunch to complete this unique and truly Thai experience. Afternoon, discover some highlights of Bangkok including the Grand Palace which is the official of the King of Siam since 1782, made up of numerous buildings, halls, and pavilions set around open lawns, gardens and courtyards. It is located on the bank of The Chao Phraya River. Inside the Grand Palace complex is Wat Phra Kaeo or Temple of the Emerald Buddha – the most beautiful and sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand.Then, visit Wat Arun which is known as Temple of Dawn – one of the most well-known sites in Bangkok. It is best seen from the opposite side of the river.     
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch.    
Accommodation: Hotel in Bangkok.    
Day 3: Bangkok Floating market – Fly to Chiang Rai.    
After breakfast, your Travel Thailand Guide shall pick you up at your hotel then drive to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market – the most colorful of Thailands floating markets – 104 km southwest of Bangkok. You can see boats of various shapes and sizes which carry goods for trading such as tropical fruits, vegetables, flowers and food on wooden boats with smile of vendors. Experience a thrilling long-tail boat ride out of the floating market and journey along the winding canals to see remote villages, gardens and plantations. Then transfer back to Bangkok for your flight to Chiang Rai.    
Welcome to Chiang Rai – an ancient place which has Lanna culture, custom and local food. You will relax, be happy and also impressed with nature at Chiang Rai.      
Meals: Breakfast.    
Accommodation: Hotel in Chiang Rai.    
Day 4: Chiang Rai - Drive to Doi Tung.
Today you have a full day to explore Lanna culture. Begin to visit Phra Tamnak Doi Tung – a beautiful royal residence and garden with scenic view at the top of the mountain. This is one of her majesty the queen mother royal successful projects, Phra That Doi Tung, the temple's most important structures are its twin chedis or stupas which were built in Lanna style by the king of Chiang Sean in pre-Thai days. The stupas were erected to enshrine relics of the Lord Buddha's collarbone in 911. When the construction of the stupas was complete, King Achutaraj of Ngon Yang ordered a 2-Kilometer-long giant flag or Tung in Thai to be flown from the peak, which gave the mountain its name. Visit a jade cutting factory and local market before returning to the hotel.    
Meals: Breakfast.    
Accommodation: Hotel in Chiang Rai.     
Day 5: Chiang Rai – Drive to Chiang Mai.    
After breakfast, you will start to visit main attractions in Chiang Rai: Wat Phra Kaew where the Emerald Buddha, Wat Phra Singha where the famous Buddha image housed here is believed to be built in 157 A.D. in Sri Lanka or Ceylon and was brought to Thailand in the Sukhothai period (1238-1438). Then visit to Wat Rong Khun (also known as White Temple) – the unique northern art temple with the beautiful painting and the chapel of this temple is in pure white and adorned with exquisite traditional Thai style stuccowork, aiming to represent heaven. In the afternoon, leave Chiang Rai for Chiang Mai – the “New city”. On arrival, travelling by foot and songthaew we explore a number of the evening street food markets around Chiang Mai city, trying out some northern Thai delicacies and learning how to order food in Thai.   
Meals: Breakfast.    
Accommodation: Hotel in Chiang Mai.   
Day 6: Chiang Mai Cooking Class - Wat Doi Suthep.
Another try with cooking class in Chiang Mai to see how it is different with that in Bangkok. Our tour guide will pick you up at hotel and go to the local market with chef. Learn more about ingredients, learn to cook the first three courses you choose and have lunch with what you have prepared.    Another try with cooking class in Chiang Mai to see how it is different with that in Bangkok. Our tour guide will pick you up at hotel and go to the local market with chef. Learn more about ingredients, learn to cook the first three courses you choose and have lunch with what you have prepared.    Continue the day with a drive to Phrathat Doi Suthep Temple – located 1,050 meters above sea level. It is the most sacred temple in Northern Thailand. Here you can see the marvelous golden pagoda, which is containing the holy relics of Lord Buddha. From the summit of Suthep Mountain, you can see the panoramic view of Chiang Mai city and Ping valley.   
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch.    
Accommodation: Hotel in Chiang Mai.    
Day 7: Chiang Mai – Fly to Phuket.    
Morning is free at your leisure until transfer to Chiang Mai airport to take flight to Phuket. On arrival, driver will pick you up & transfer to the hotel for check in.    
Meals: Breakfast.    
Accommodation: Hotel in Phuket.     
Day 8: Phuket Cooking Class.    
This morning, your tour guide will take you to the cooking class. Start a morning market trip to explore and see hundreds of exotic ingredients, tasting delicious seasonal fruits and making traditional style homemade curry paste. You will prepare, cook and eat what you have cooked. You will receive full color foolproof recipe cards to take home – a unique experience in Phuket. In the afternoon, free at leisure on the beach.    
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch.    
Accommodation: Hotel in Phuket.
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Day 9: Phuket – Fly to Bangkok for departure.    
Today is free at your leisure for last minute shopping or sight-seeing before driving to the airport to catch flight back to Bangkok for your departure flight home.    
Meals: Breakfast.    
Accommodation: N/A.

1. Are tour dates of flexible?

Yes, this tour package is private and you can depart on any dates at your convenience.

2. Can I extend or change my stay?

Absolutely! Extra days can be arranged in most areas if desired. Let us know how you would like to customize your trip and we will do our best to accommodate you. You can ask helps from our travel consultant to amend or extend your stay (subject to availability of hotels and flights; surcharge may be applicable).

3. Are the rates displayed per person or per room?

The prices shown on our website are per person based on twin/ double accommodation.

4. Any surcharges if my travel dates are during Christmas or New Year Holidays?

The rates are regular price and they are not included a compulsory dinner (Gala Dinner) on the day of Christmas or New Year Eve. Surcharges depend on specific hotels you stay at, so our travel consultants will give further information to you in communications.

5. Are there any discounts available?

We offer select trip discounts periodically throughout the year, especially in the low season (Summer time in Vietnam is from May to Sep). Please contact our travel consultants to get more details.

6. How do I pay when I want to book this tour?

We accept payment by debit/ credit card (Visa, Master, Amex), cash and bank transfer. When you confirm a booking with us, we will send you our online payment link or bank details to deposit 30% of the total tour cost. The balance will be due as soon as you arrive in Cambodia. Our travel consultants will give more details via email about payment instruction.

7. Are meals included?

We have tried to balance flexibility and convenience regarding meal options. This tour package includes daily buffet breakfast at hotels and some lunches or dinners as listed in parenthesis next to the tour itinerary on each day tour. In the major cities, where there are a wide variety of restaurants, we generally do not include meals to allow our travelers the flexibility of choosing their own food preferences. Our tour guides can recommend some options for our clients to choose from according to traveler's interest & budget.

8. What type of food is typical of Vietnam?

Vietnamese cuisine is quite varied from the North to the Centre and to the South, having had many external influences over the years that have created an interesting mix of cooking methods and ingredients. French presence in the recent past has led to the assimilation of French cuisine influence, and is often attributed with Pho noodle soup's rise to popularity. Most meals include rice, as well as fish sauce which is a popular condiment added to almost every meal throughout the country.

9. What if I have a special request on food?

You just need to share us your request on type of foods, we will choose a right restaurant and order suitable menus for you.

10. What are the accommodations like?

Vietnam Tours only recommends good hotels rated from 3 stars to luxurious resorts. They are located within walking distance of the town center and the reception generally speaks English. For more information, check with your travel consultants to view pictures of our suggestion on standard hotels/ lodges/ resorts. Don't forget that you can give your favorite name of hotel brands to us, so we can get your concept.

11. What type of transportation is used?

Our Vietnam tours utilize a variety of primarily private transportation (arranged just for your groups) including new and modern vans/ cars, motor boats, etc. We use a mix of private (vans/ cars)/ public transportation (domestic flights, sharing cruises, trains) to provide travelers with the safest and most efficient transit in each area.

12. Is this tour suitable for kids?

Yes! If you have children traveling with, ask your travel consultants to customize the tour program to fit a variety of interests and ages. We also focus on family friendly vacations with less travel and minimum drive times and maximum in-country activity that will keep younger minds engaged.

13. How many people are typically on your tours?

We only offer completely private tours, so only the people you book for will be on the tour. If you are alone, it will just be you and your guide. If you are a couple, just the two of you and your guide, and so on. We believe this is the best type of tour, so that it can be personalized to you, go at your own pace, and so that you can have the full attention of your guide for the duration of the tour.

14. Is this trip a good choice for solo travelers?

Yes, it is. You will still have a private tour guide and driver to accompany throughout the journey. However, you have to cover all expenses regarding accommodations (single room), tour guides, transportations because no-one shares cost with.

15. Do tour rates include international flights?

This tour only includes domestic flights. We find that it is usually less expensive for travelers to book these separately and this also allows you the flexibility to choose the schedule and routing that is most convenient for you. You can purchase international flights on your own, or we can certainly help you arrange these flights with an airfare consolidator who specializes in international flights.

16. How do I get to the hotel from the airport when I arrive?

When you arrive at airports, you will be greeted with your name on our driver/ tour guide's welcome sign, then get transferred to your hotel.

17. How if bad weather such as storm, flood, landslide occurs during my holiday with Vietnam Tours?

Our Travel Consultants and Tour Operators keep checking weather forecast every-day, if the weather is bad and it may affect to your safety, we will discuss with you regarding a tentative program immediately.

18. How much should I budget for tips?

Tips are not compulsory on any of our tours. However, it is customary to offer a small tip for exceptional service. Other travelers opt to bring small souvenirs from their home to give to tour guides and drivers along the way.

19. Is travel insurance included? And is it recommended?

Travel insurance is not included in our tour price. Absolutely, we recommend you to contact with your local agent in your country to buy travel insurance before you go.

20. How to change or cancel my reservation?

- You can change or amend your schedule in advance or during your trip but surcharge maybe applied according to our contract with local suppliers, hotels and airlines. Regarding cancelation terms, please check out this link: https://asiatravelandleisure.com/terms-conditions.html

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Price Included

  • Internal flights (economy class): Bangkok – Chiang Rai; Chiang Mai – Phuket –Bangkok.
  • Accommodation at 3 star hotel in everage.
  • Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Services of  private driver and air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Service of English speaking guides as stated.
  • Cooking classes on joining basis.
  • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.

Price Excluded

  • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels.
  • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.).
  • Tips for guides and drivers.
  • Personal travel insurance.
Did you know? All of our tours are private and daily depart. Travel Vietnam can organize any additional accommodations, domestic and regional flights.
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