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Bangkok: Damnoen Saduak Market and Maeklong Railway Market

1. Bangkok: Damnoen Saduak Market and Maeklong Railway Market

Choose from either a shared group or private guided experience to see 2 iconic markets on a day trip from Bangkok. See a market located on the railway tracks, the Maeklong Railway Market, and a market that floats on the canals at the Damnoen Saduak Market. After pickup, arrive at the Maeklong Railway Market, also known as Talad Rom Hup (“Umbrella Pulldown Market”). Maeklong is one of the largest fresh seafood markets in Thailand and hugs the track of the Maeklong Railway. Gain fascinating insights into how the market is run and what products are sold here from your local guide. Marvel at how market stalls and awnings are pulled back from the tracks every time a train approaches to let the train pass through. Next, head to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, one of the most famous floating markets in Thailand. To reach the market, take a short ride in a paddleboat. Enjoy plenty of time to meander around the colorful market, where friendly vendors sell directly from their boats. Take in the sights and sounds, and try local specialties like mango sticky rice. Your guide will give you advice on what not to miss. Return to Bangkok in time for the early afternoon.

Chiang Mai: Elephant Care at Elephant Retirement Park

2. Chiang Mai: Elephant Care at Elephant Retirement Park

Start your journey in the morning with a hotel pick-up from Chiang Mai city center. Take the 1-hour ride to the countryside of Mae Tang district. Get changed into the local clothes and be ready for the fun activities. The experienced guide will provide information about the elephants' behavior and how to provide proper care for them. Then, you will get to prepare food and healthy treats for the elephants and feed them afterwards. After that, you and the elephants will walk to play in the mud and sand spa. During this time, you will have a chance to observe their behavior. You can also enjoy the beautiful scenery as well. After your time with the elephants, change your clothes, shower and then enjoy a delicious traditional Thai buffet lunch, which is suitable for vegetarians. After lunch, you will take the 1-hour journey back to the city and will be transferred back to your hotel in Chiang Mai city center.

From Bangkok: Ayutthaya Temples Small Group Tour with Lunch

3. From Bangkok: Ayutthaya Temples Small Group Tour with Lunch

Enjoy a small-group tour of the magnificent temple ruins of Ayutthaya, the capital during the golden age of Siam. All entrance fees, an expert guide, and lunch at a local restaurant are included. Travel from Bangkok in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle or choose to join the tour at your first stop in Ayutthaya, Wat Lokayasutha. This temple is known for its giant reclining Buddha image, one of the few structures remaining intact here. Your next stop is Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, being part of the royal palace complex this is where royalty performed rituals. It is considered the most important temple of Ayutthaya. Then, visit Wat Mahathat Ayutthaya. One of the oldest and most significant temples in the history of Ayutthaya, it once housed the Buddha's holy relic. Admire the famous Buddha head entwined within the roots of a Bodhi tree. After, tuck into a hearty lunch at a local Thai restaurant, where your guide will be available to advise on local culinary specialties. Last but not least, finish your trip at the grand, riverside Wat Chaiwattanaram. Marvel at its compelling architectural style, influenced by the Angkor Wat complex in Cambodia, as you wander around the monumental grounds.

Phuket: Phi Phi Islands and Maya Bay Day Trip with Lunch

4. Phuket: Phi Phi Islands and Maya Bay Day Trip with Lunch

Tour the paradisical Phi Phi Islands, and explore Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh on a guided speedboat day trip from Phuket. Dip below the waves with 3 snorkeling stops and tuck into a buffet lunch by the beach. Start your morning with hotel pickup and a complimentary coffee or tea with cookies. Make your way to Green Island for snorkeling and a chance to see some marine wildlife. Continue to Phi Phi Leh island, featured in iconic movies, including "The Beach." Sightsee along Maya Bay and Loh Samah Bay by boat before taking a swim in Pileh Lagoon, known for its emerald water encircled by limestone karst cliffs. Bring your camera to Viking Cave and see its bird nests. At noon, arrive at Phi Phi Don island. Here, regain your strength with a buffet lunch at a beachside restaurant. After, enjoy free time to discover this lush island with its many shops and cafes. Stop by Monkey Beach to catch a glimpse of the monkeys who call this beach home. Then, head to Nui Bay to swim, snorkel or soak up the sunshine. Finally, visit Khai Island and relax on its pristine shores or enjoy the water before a return transfer to your hotel.

Doi Inthanon National Park Small Group Full Day Tour

5. Doi Inthanon National Park Small Group Full Day Tour

Get picked up from your hotel in Chiang Mai city center for a day to explore one of Thailand’s original national parks and highest mountain, Doi Inthanon. Perfect for adventurers and culture enthusiasts alike, this tour will feature picturesque landscapes, remote villages, and incredible viewpoints. The first stop is one of the largest and the most beautiful waterfalls in the country, the Wachirathan Waterfall. Over 80 meters high, the power of this waterfall creates a refreshing mist that feeds the surrounding vegetation. The next stop is the stunning 50-meter cascade, Sirithan Waterfall fed by the Mae Klong River.  Next, you’ll stop at the famous twin pagodas: the Napamatanee Don and Napaphon Bhumisiri. Built for the Royal King and Queen, they are located at the highest point in Thailand. The last stop is a visit to the Karen Tribe locale. Learn a bit about the hill tribes people’s culture and way of life in their village of Sobhad.

Suvarnabhumi Airport: 2.5-Hour Miracle Lounge Access

6. Suvarnabhumi Airport: 2.5-Hour Miracle Lounge Access

Enjoy VIP access at Miracle Lounge Suvarnabhumi for a relaxing wait in between flights. Be pampered with unlimited food and hot or chilled beverages, including delicious Thai food from The Miracle Group Hotel chef. Each lounge has comfortable couches, free WiFi, work stations and international TV channels, magazines, and newspapers. The lounge also offers a shower room, a prayer room, and open-air space (Concourse D). At the breakfast counter, you will find fresh cookies, pies, sandwich, and cakes. This is the best place enjoy a break before your next flight.

Phuket: White Water Rafting and Jungle Adventure with Lunch

7. Phuket: White Water Rafting and Jungle Adventure with Lunch

Feel the excitement of white-water rafting in the heart of one of the most picturesque countries in the world. This 5km white water rafting tour is a great way to discover Thailand's lush jungles. Take your adventure to the next level add optional ATV, zipline, and elephant bathing experiences. Each raft is led by a trained trip leader and safety is covered in a comprehensive briefing prior to the tour. You'll practice safety drills before the most intense spots, ensuring a fun and safe experience for everyone. Afterward, enjoy lunch at the camp before heading out for the next activity. If the full-day option with elephant bathing, ATV, and zipline option is selected, enjoy a 30-minute ATV ride through the jungle at maximum speed. After the ATV ride, walk to the river, see the friendly elephants, and help them cool down together. Climb up above and experience a zipline in the middle of the jungle that will present you with amazing views. Then visit the unique Monkey Cave and head up to the waterfall for a refreshing swim to finish off the day.

Bangkok: City Highlights Temple and Market Walking Tour

8. Bangkok: City Highlights Temple and Market Walking Tour

Start with pickup from your hotel in Bangkok's major area by 8AM, then begin the journey by 9AM from River City Bangkok by local transport to the Emerald Buddha Temple. Along the way, pass by the amulet market, one of the most famous, historical community markets of Rattanakosin Island. Discover the first stop of Wat Phra Kaew which is commonly known in English as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and officially as Wat Phra Si Rattana Satsadaram. It is regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand.  Explore the Grand Palace which was the official residence of the Kings of Thailand. Nowadays, the Grand Palace is still used for official events. Several royal ceremonies and state functions are held within the walls of the palace every year. After the Grand Palace, continue to visit Wat Pho, if you've selected this option. On the way, pass Tha Thien Market, a culture food market that sells dried, salted seafood and wholesale products. Visit the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho. It is on the list of six temples in Thailand classed as the highest grade of the first-class royal temples. Learn about King Rama I who rebuilt the temple complex on an earlier temple site and how it became his main temple where some of his ashes are enshrined. The temple is considered the earliest center for medical public education surrounded by the marble illustrations and inscriptions placed in the temple for public instructions. It has been recognized by UNESCO in its Memory of the World Programme. Most importantly, it is the birthplace of traditional Thai massage which is still taught and practiced at the temple until today. Complete the list of must-visit temples in Bangkok by continue your journey to Wat Arun (the Temple of Dawn), one of Bangkok’s most famous landmarks which is known for its giant tower, next to the Chao Phraya River, standing 70 meters high. The temple is decorated with tiny pieces of colored glass surrounded by Chinese porcelain.

From Chiang Mai: Chiang Rai Famous Temples Small Group Tour

9. From Chiang Mai: Chiang Rai Famous Temples Small Group Tour

Visit Chiang Mai’s sister city, Chiang Rai, on a 12-hour journey to visit 3 very different temples. Quirky, charming, and creative are words that could describe Chiang Rai. At the very least, this city is quite different from Chiang Mai, so join this trip to experience something quite new. Select the private option to have this experience with your friends and family only. Before you begin your tour, you’ll break up the long drive at the Mae Khachan Hot Springs to relax, dip your feet into steaming mineral water, have a snack, or walk around the gardens. Your first stop is the main attraction of the day: the White Temple. If you were expecting ancient ruins, then you might be surprised to find a modern architectural masterpiece designed and built by a local artist, Chaloemchai Khositphiphat. People say he spent over $40 million of his own money to create this unconventional art exhibit and through it, gain immortal life.   After exploring this Temple, head to the next stop, the Blue Wonder. Locally known as Wat Rong Seua Ten, this translates to “temple of the dancing tiger”, because it was built on a site where tigers were said jump over the river.   If the White Temple could be called the stairway to heaven, the Black House has been called a “dark, mysterious, and almost sadistic” place, complete with preserved animals and a collection of bones. Built by national artist Thawan Duchanee, the Black House (also called the Baan Dam Museum) is a cluster of nearly 40 shadowy structures exhibiting art dating back to the Ayutthaya period. After fully admiring these 3 very different structures, you'll be taken back to Chiang Mai.

Chiang Mai Elephant Sanctuary Small Group Ethical Tour

10. Chiang Mai Elephant Sanctuary Small Group Ethical Tour

Depart Chiang Mai and journey into the mountains of northern Thailand to visit the ethical Lanna Kingdom Elephant Sanctuary (approximately 1-hour drive from the city center). Upon arrival, learn about the elephant conservation program and benefit from an introductory talk and the chance to interact with the rescued animals. Get the chance to give them a hug and discover how to prepare a healthy meal to feed them. Go for a walk around the sanctuary with the elephants and stop to give them a mud bath to keep their body temperature down and protect them from parasites. Feed them before enjoying a homemade lunch at a restaurant inside the sanctuary.

Thailand, located in Southeastern Asia, is a land of dramatic contrasts. From the bustling city of Bangkok to the tranquility of Chiang Mai, Thailand will delight all.

For those seeking culture and excitement, Bangkok will deliver. Numerous tours are available utilizing all of the city's thrilling public transportation options to a variety of sites such as The Royal Grand Palace which houses the Emerald Buddha, Chinatown, and Jim Thompson's House Museum. For a change of pace, tours are available that travel to the countryside for a paddleboat ride through the authentic floating Tha Kha Market. Whether one's interest is in nightlife, temples, or shopping, Bangkok will not disappoint.

Visitors interested in the ancient religion of Buddhism will want to tour important temples such as Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Phra Singh, located in the serene city of Chiang Mai. Another once in a lifetime opportunity waits near Chiang Mai: the opportunity to explore rice paddy fields!

Surrounded by crystal clear turquoise waters, Phuket will appeal to lovers of the sea. While visiting Phuket, visitors will want to take advantage of tours that will allow them to participate in tsunami relief efforts. For those wanting to get off the beaten path, sea canoe tours are also available to lesser known areas of Phang Nga Bay, where visitors will discover spectacular flora and fauna.

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