There is no doubt that Thailand is one of the best honeymoon destination not only in Asia but around the world! It’s not only a romantic getaway for all their turquoise waters and palm-lined, white-sand beauty, but also for its cultural richness and extraordinary scenaries. This itinerary is a unique concept created by Conscious Journeys for individuals willing to travel in an ecological way.
It will bring you to cruise over the Chao Phraya river towards the ancient capital of Ayutthaya, stay as guests of a hill tribe in some of the most remote forest eco-resorts and finally relax in one of the most beautiful tropical island in the heart of the bay of Phang-Nga. During all the tour we selected charming hotels, but with a particular attention to sustainable tourism policy, employing local workers and getting their supplies from local markets.
After the first two days in Bagkok where you will start your discover of the Country, you will later visit the most important cultural and historical sites located on the road between Bangkok and Chiang Rai. A traditional rice barges provide the setting for an overnight relaxing river cruise between Bangkok and the UNESCO world heritage city of Ayutthaya. The cruise gives you an opportunity to revisit the ‘old Siam’ and see a charming way of life of local people along the Chao Phraya River.
In Chiang Rai and Chang Mai you will be host in eco-friendly community-based lodges nestled high on the hills of northern Thailand. They offers hill tribe holidays that combine hill tribe experience with eco-friendly tours such as hiking and Hmong batik class. Contributions from your stay will be used on community projects that will improve the local hill tribe people’s living conditions.
Finally from Chaing Mai you will fly to the south where a perfect ‘ZEN’ hotel is waiting for you. Not only because of its exceptional location on one of Thailand’s most beautiful beaches, or because of its superb panoramic views, but mainly because of the very soul of the place. The resort offers yoga programs, care and treatments, as well as beautiful walks on the island. One can here practice scuba-diving or swim, in full quietness. Located in the heart of the bay of Phang-Nga, the hotel beach is sheltered from the tides and is therefore suitable for swimming. The hotel has an excellent restaurant preparing freshly-caught fishes and seafood for a refined clientele, slightly laid-back and aiming pure relaxation, comfort and tranquility.
Day 1: Bangkok
Arrival at Bangkok Airport. Pick-up by your guide and transfer by private a/c vehicle to your hotel. Rest for sometimes after the international flight. After lunch pick-up by your guide at your hotel lobby for visiting the main buildings of Bangkok’s historic district (Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Grand Palace and Temple of the Reclining Buddha).
Overnight in Bangkok
Day 2: Bangkok
After breakfast pick-up by your guide at your hotel lobby. Private tour with vehicle and driver – Visit a farmers’ community in Bangkok surroundings, where lotus flowers are grown, that will be later offered in Buddhist temples – Visit an orchid farm. Enjoy lunch with local communities. After lunch return to Bangkok. You will have a chance to experience a traditional Thai massage from visually impaired therapist. Perception Blind Massage was launched in December 2014, with an aim of introducing new massage place concept to Bangkok while providing employment for blind or visually impaired therapists. We let them demonstrate their unique talent for massage therapy as they are able to fully focus on their sense of touch in a way others cannot. Evening free to discover the city.
Overnight in Bangkok (B/L)
Day 3: Bangkok-Wat Kai Tia
In the late morning transfer to Sathon pier, where you will start a cruise trip towards Ayutthaya (boat casts off around 1:30 pm) on the Chao Phraya River, passing the magnificent Grand Palace and the Temple of Dawn. Along the way you’ll be able to observe the way of rural life along the river. Arriving at Pathum Thani in the afternoon, you will visit a fresh market where local people shop for food, fresh produce and a variety of Thai sweets. At sunset, the MEKHALA will dock at Wat Kai Tia, a Buddhist temple located in a tranquil rural village. An exquisite candlelit dinner of mouth-watering Thai delicacies will be served on the deck. You will spend the night on board the boat, in your air-condition cabin.
Overnight on the boat (B/L/D)
Day 4: Wat Kai Tia-Ayutthaya
We start the day by cruising to the small village of Baan Saladang, an aged-old Mon community that migrated from Burma to this area in the early 19th century. The villagers here have successfully maintained their traditional life style, customs and natural surroundings. You will also see a collection of well-preserved typical Thai houses in this charming village. Afterwards, you be served a delicious breakfast on board. Later in the morning, you will disembark at Bang-Pa-In Summer Palace, Ayutthaya. Transfer to your hotel and check in. Pick-up by your guide at your hotel lobby. Private tour with vehicle and driver – Visit the Summer Royal Residence of Bang Pa In (main pavilions) and the Neo-Gothic Buddhist monastery – Back on the road to Ayutthaya. After lunch visit the main ruins of the country’s former capital, Ayutthaya (site classified by UNESCO). Evening free to rest and explore more on your own.
Overnight in Ayutthaya (B)
Day 5: visits to village
After breakfast pick-up by your guide at your hotel lobby. Private tour with vehicle and driver – Road to the province of Sukhothai – Stop in the village of Lopburi to observe monkeys living in the ruins of a Khmer temple – Back on the road – Stop in the village of Uthai Thani to see the riparian houses, a local attraction. Later back on the road to Sukhothai – Stop in the city of Phisanulok to visit its main temple, a significant place of Buddhist pilgrimage in Thailand – Arrival in Sukhothai by late afternoon.
Overnight in Sukhothai (B/D) Le charme hotel
Day 6: Sukhothai
After breakfast pick-up by your guide at your hotel lobby. Private tour with vehicle and driver – Visit Sri-Satchanalai historical site (UNESCO). After lunch visit Sukhothai historical site (UNESCO), including the Wat Sri Chum.
Overnight in Sukhothai (B/D) Le charme hotel
Day 7: Sukhothai – Lampang – Chiangrai
After breakfast pick-up by your guide at your hotel lobby. Private tour with vehicle and driver to Chiangrai. On the way short stop to visit the ancient temple of Lampang (Wat Phra Thad Lampang Luang) – Short visit of the centre of the small city of Lampang. After lunch continue to Chiangrai. Visit the famous White temple located at the entrance of Chiangrai – Arrival at your lodge by 4 pm. After a welcoming drink, your Lanjia host will give you an overview of various tribal peoples in Thailand, particularly the Hmong and the Lahu, who will be your hosts during your stay. You will also learn about the livelihoods of people living near the Mekong river and about the famous giant catfish (locally known as Pla Buek), which is the world’s largest freshwater fish, found in this area of the river. In the evening, you will partake of a sumptuous dinner with local delicacies, followed by a cultural show performed by Hmong and Lahu villagers.
Overnight in Chiangrai (B/D) Lanjia Lodge
Day 8: Chiangrai
After breakfast, you will start the day with a tour through the nearby Hmong and Lahu village, called “Baan Kiew Karn”. You will learn about their traditions, their beliefs and their way of life. You will be shown how to create your own batik piece or, if you are interested, you can learn how to make and set animal traps. You will also visit the shaman of the village who will be pleased to share with you his knowledge of Hmong culture. Later, you will travel in a pick-up truck to the village of Baan Muang Karn, where you will board a boat for a cruise down the Mekong River to the town of Chiang Khong. Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant next to the river. In the afternoon, you will go on a walking tour through the town. You will have the opportunity to visit Buddhist temples and the village of Ban Had Krai, where local fishermen will be eager to share their experiences about catching the famed giant catfish.Your last stop of the day will be the temple of Phra That Jom Meng. Situated on a mountain top, this offers the most scenic views of the Mekong River basin with Laos in the background. After this, you will now return to the lodge where you can relax and prepare for a delicious dinner incorporating the unique flavors of the local cuisine.
Overnight in Chiangrai (B/L/D) Lanjia Lodge
Day 9: Chiangrai – Chiangmai
After breakfast transfer to Chang Mai by private veichle. On the way visit Mae Salong village – Tea plantations and factory – Discover the village, its panoramas and the old settlement of the Chinese soldiers (Kuomintang). Continue to Chiang Mai by taking the beautiful road of Tathon – Stop in Tathon village – Arrival in Chiang Mai in the late afternoon. Visit the local market of Warorot and the flower market – Short tour of the city to see the remains of the ancient wall and the most ancient temples. Check in in the lodge where you will be greeted with a welcome drink. Time at leisure enjoying the scenic views of natural surroundings of Lisu Lodge until Thai traditional dinner.
Overnight in Chiangmai (B/D) Lisu Lodge
Day 10: Chiang Mai
After breakfast your Lisu guide will then take you for a walk in the village. Your first visit is Ton Lung temple, a place where local people go for spiritual guidance. The temple’s herbal garden has many medicinal plants that are used by the villagers. Your next stop is the shaman’s house. You will have a cup of tea and chat with him about his spiritual practice. Return to Lisu Lodge for a tasty Thai Lunch. After lunch, you will have a walk with our guide through rice paddies, visit Himmapaan nursery and the vegetable garden where organic vegetable and fruits are used for the guest of the lodge. You will have the chance of learning about the flora of northern Thailand and the efforts in restoring the forest eco-system at a tree nursery of the Himmapaan Foundation. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. You can experience a traditional Thai massage (optional) or a steam bath, which not only helps to relax the whole body on a deeper level but also improve blood circulation, release of muscle tension, as well as stress relief. In the evening, enjoy delicious Thai dinner and watch a traditional Lisu dance.
Overnight in Chiangmai (B/L/D) Lisu Lodge
Day 11: Chiang Mai
After breakfast at the Lodge, start an exciting day with an easy 13 kilometers (8 miles) of cycling to Muang Guert village. Enroute stop at tea plantation – Stop off to relax and enjoy a magnificent landscape at our tea plantation where you will be led by an experienced guide who will introduce you to the process of growing and harvesting tea as well as vegetative propagation to produce tea seedlings at the nursery, whilst teaching you how to pluck tea leaves and enjoy a cup of fresh-roasted tea. Continue cycling to a rafting station. After a healthy picnic lunch by the river, you will go on an exciting ride, about 45 minutes of white water rafting that takes you a Thai country village. From there, you will proceed to Khum Lanna. Upon arrival at Khum Lanna, enjoy a refreshing herbal tea or fruit juice from the bountiful gardens of Khum Lanna. Check-in to your room and relax at your leisure. In the evening, you will receive a “Khum Lanna Thai Recipe Book” in order to have a first lesson to learn to prepare an authentic Thai meal. Enjoy the Thai dinner that you help prepare yourself.
Overnight in Chiangmai (B/L/D) Khum Lanna Lodge
Day 12: Chiang Mai-Koh Yao Noi island
After breakfast transfer by a/c vehicle to the airport for your flight to Phuket. Arrival at Phuket Airport. Pick-up by the hotel representative – Joining-up transfer by a/c vehicle and private boat. Koh Yao Noi is an island situated in the hearth of the Bay of Phang-Nga, in Southern Thailand, between Phuket Island and Krabi province. Landscapes are a blend of mountains topped with tropical jungle, cultivated plain and hills, mangrove and tropical beaches. Located in the heart of the bay of Phang-Nga, the hotel beach is sheltered from the tides and is therefore suitable for swimming. Time for leisure to enjoy the beach.
Overnight at Paradise Koh Yao (B/D)
Day 13: Koh Yao Noi island
After breakfast departure by long-tailed boat for a full day of fishing and discovery of Phang-Nga Bay. This unique experience to discover the local fisherman daily life. It is based on a real cultural interchange and a mutual learning relationship between the visitor and the local population. You will wake up early in the morning, like them, and will go fishing in one of the most beautiful bays on earth. In this way you will learn how fishermen throw out their nets and harvest their fish from the nests. Once back to the island you will sell their fish on the local market. Back to your hotel. The rest of the day will be for leisure to enjoy the beach.
Overnight at Paradise Koh Yao (B/L/D)
Day 14: Koh Yao Noi island
Full day rest for leisure on the beach or participate in an activity or excursion organized by the hotel (optional).
Overnight at Paradise Koh Yao (B/D)
Day 15: Koh Yao Noi-Pukhet airport
After breakfast transfer back to Phuket Airport by private boat and a/c vehicle for your international flight.
The Thailand climate is tropical and monsoon, for the particular form which has its own territory it can be subdivided into many microclimates. You can basically distinguish three seasons, a first cool and dry season from November to February, when it blows the north-west monsoon; a second hot season from March to mid-May; and the rainy season from May to November, with short bursts of water