Chiang Mai is the heart of Northern Thailand, from it's many sacred temples to an old city surrounded by ancient walls. Temple Hop by day, and browse the many stalls of the Bazaar by night. Round off your experience with an excursion where you'll learn to care for the majestic Asian Elephant, then hop on its back for and adventurous ride through the jungle!
• Lap in Luxury at the gay-welcoming Rim Resort (or similar) • Learn to care for, and ride an elephant • Witness monks chanting at Doi Suthep • Stroll through the famous Night Bazaar • Temple hop with a private guide by tuk-tuk • Learn to cook traditional Thai food
• Arrival & departure transfers to/from accommodation booked through
• 4 nights accommodation at the 4-star, gay-welcoming Rim Resort (or similar)
• 4 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
• Local temple tour by Songthaew car
• Visit to Chiang Mai night bazaar
• Traditional Thai cooking class
• Elephant rehabilitation visit & elephant ride
• International Airfare
• Meals and activities not outlined in itinerary
• Gratuities for drivers and guides
• Travel insurance package covering medical, trip interruption & baggage loss.
4 Star Hotel (4 nights)
The Rim Resort, Chiang Mai
Offering boutique accommodation in Chiang Mai's Old City, The Rim features classic Lanna architecture, tropical gardens, and an outdoor pool. The hotel is a 15-minute stroll from Sunday Walking Street. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.
Boasting a private balcony, rooms at The Rim Chiang Mai feature wooden interiors and Thai fabrics. Each room has a flat-screen TV, a minibar, and tea/coffee making facilities. The private bathroom is fitted with a bathtub and separate shower.
Guests enjoy the convenience of a 24-hour front desk and car rental service. Staff can also help guests with sightseeing arrangements. The hotel has a small fitness room and walking paths in the garden.
Buffet breakfast is served at The Canal restaurant, which is open during mealtimes. It offers local and international dishes, plus a selection of wines and cocktails.
The Rim Chiang Mai is a 10-minute drive from Chiang Mai International Airport and the famous night bazaar.
Sa-wat dee! Welcome to Thailand.
You are met on arrival at the airport and transferred to your centrally located 4-star hotel, The Rim Resort.
You are free to relax this evening, or perhaps wander around Chiang Mai's Old City, located just outside of your hotel!
Today you'll the best temples in the area by local Songthaew car. The trip leads you back in time to the ancient period of Lanna Kingdom. The history of Chiang Mai dates back more than 700 years with unique architecture and a way different form of buddhism being practiced at every temple we visit.
In the evening, you'll visit Doi Suthep, one of northern Thailand's most sacred temples, accompanied by a knowledgeable local guide. Pass the naga (dragon) that guards the staircase of 300 steps which leads to the temple at the top of the mountain. Once you're up there, soak up the wonderful views of the countryside.
Following an included dinner at a small local restaurant we'll head to the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar where you can shop amidst the various stalls for souvenirs.
You have a free morning to relax by your pool, or to explore this magnificent city.
This afternoon you'll discover some of the secrets of Thai cuisine by joining a cookery course in a beautiful setting surrounded by rice fields. You will learn about the main ingredients used in Thai cuisine, how they are used, and what alternatives you can substitute if you can't get them at home. Questions are welcome and you are provided with a comprehensive book of recipes and ingredient details. For dinner, sit down and feast on the delicious results.
On your last full day in Chiang Mai, you are in for an adventure! From Chiang Mai you'll head to the countryside where you can learn how to care for the magnificent Asian Elephant. Only after learning about the health of the elephant, you'll go for a short elephant ride through the forest.
This evening is free to enjoy one of the many fantastic Chiang Mai restaurants. May we recommend the stunning 137 Pillars House Hotel Restaurant.
There are no activities planned today. You are free to depart at any time, with your airport transfer included.