Thailand Culinary Experience

Price
From U$2520 Per Person
  • 10  nights  11  days
  • Bangkok, Chaing Mai, Phuket,
Highlights
  • Bangkok: Tuk Tuk adventure to explore Bangkok’s food scene
  • Bangkok: Damnernsaduak, the world-famous floating market<...Read More
    Highlights
    • Bangkok: Tuk Tuk adventure to explore Bangkok’s food scene
    • Bangkok: Damnernsaduak, the world-famous floating market
    • Bangkok: Bangrak – “Village of Love”
    • Chiang Mai: Enjoy a Khantoke dinner and emerge into the Lanna Culture
    • Chiang Mai: Cooking class
    • Phuket: Open air restaurant with a panoramic view at Chalong Bay
    • Phuket: Phi Phi Island 
    • Phuket: Elephant Jungle Sanctuary
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Thailand Culinary Experience

Explore the flavours, soak up the local culture and experience that smiling is highly contagious!

Seek out the culinary treasures of Thailand! Thailand’s food is a mixture of the best flavours in life: from aromatic to bold spices.  This tour will take you cruising from stalls and markets of street food where you can visit the tastiest vendors in each market to find the flavours to please your palates.  Aside from a gastronomic experience, fall in love in depth with Thailand’s culture, the local people, and their historic temples. First stop is Bangkok, best known for its stunning temples and floating markets, where you can enjoy shopping and bargaining like a local. Then travel to Chiang Mai, recognized as a cultural capital. Your stay in this city will give you an understanding why Thailand is known as “The land of smiles”. The ultimate highlight is interacting with the locals in the hill tribe villages.  Move on to the sunny destination of Thailand – Phuket and enjoy some vitamin “Sea”! Before changing into your bikinis, enjoy a nice seafood dinner on the shore of Chalong Bay with a panoramic view of the glistening water set by the moon. You will also get the opportunity to spend quality time with the gentle giants in a Mud Spa at the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary. Food, culture, and their peoples’ smiles are what make this trip extraordinary. This trip will surely fill your mind, hear and belly!

Itinerary

Arrive at Bangkok International airport and meet the local representative for your private transfer from Bangkok Airport to Hotel in Bangkok

Accommodation: Grand Centre Point Ratchadamri or similar
Today, explore the hidden world of Bangkok’s backstage, up close and personal. Discover the “City of Angels”, with its large shopping streets, temples, and the palace that for sure will wow you. Highlight of your morning tour include: Local Fresh Market, Muslim Mosque & Village (wooden houses), Buddha Tree, unseen life at the Klongs (private long-tailed boat ride), Old Big-Bell Temple, Flower and Vegetable Market, and Wat Pho. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant with authentic Thai cuisine. In the afternoon, visit the Grand Palace, a must see for every visitor to Bangkok. Located close to the banks of the Chao Phraya River (The River of Kings), the Grand Palace is the perfect example of an ancient Siamese court. Within the compound is the Temple of The Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), which houses Thailand most precious image of the Lord Buddha. Afterwards visit The Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho is a giant lying Buddha, covered in gold leaf. After the tour, enjoy a traditional Thai massage at Wat Pho, before your evening Tuk Tuk adventure, where you can explore Bangkok’s legendary food scene, sample a range of local foods, and whizz around Bangkok in Tuk Tuk to take in the beauty of Bangkok by night. Pick up some street snacks in a local street food paradise where will we sample a selection of items ranging from one of Bangkok’s most famous pork satays (Moo Satay) to fresh spicy chili dips (Nam Prik). You will no doubt sample a combination of curries, regional specialties and sweet surprises as we go. And at least one of the stops we will grab a beer with your food.

Meal(s):: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Grand Centre Point Ratchadamri or similar
EIn the morning, travel to the rural yet world-famous floating market of Damnernsaduak, situated around 100 kilometres west of Bangkok. It is generally known as Klong Ton Khem Floating Market or Damnernsaduak Floating Market. Damnernsaduak has officially three floating markets. A narrow canal flanked with food stalls and souvenir shops forms the principal market. Photographers at Ton Kem will get their best shots from the bridge which crosses over the canal and from the shed on the right. Nowadays, the market is bustling with activity from very early in the morning until about 11.00 am. For those who want to buy some memorabilia here, do not forget to bargain! Return to your hotel after the tour and enjoy the afternoon at leisure.
In the late afternoon, pick up from your hotel for an evening foodie experience. There are thousands of street food stalls in Bangkok, which contribute to Thailand’s good reputation for yummy food. Bangkok is the hub for cheap tasting food. If you are looking for great authentic food, the tour allows you to discover delicious and amazing tastes at Chinatown, locally called Yaowarat. In the middle of Bangkok you will find that district which is full of traditional, cultural and excellent food – and not only Chinese food. Explore, eat and enjoy! Your tour highlight include: Variety of dishes such as Hong Kong noodles, dim-sum, pan-fried taro cake, steamed pork rib with preserved soya bean, grilled jumbo prawn with Thai seafood chilli sauce, fried battered mussels, Chinese bun, old Chinese herbal-drink, black sesame dumpling in ginger tea, and Thai tropical seasonal fruit.

Meal(s):: Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation: Grand Centre Point Ratchadamri or similar
Enjoy your morning at leisure. In the afternoon, continue your culinary adventure. Walk the streets of one of Bangkok’s oldest neighbourhoods to take in the historical sites and taste authentic Thai cuisine. Thai food is full of fresh aromas and heavenly spices, but to taste true Thai cuisine you need to frequent the places where the locals eat. This tour takes you to Bangrak, also known as the ‘Village of Love’, a local area full of small family-run shop houses that have been passed down from generation to generation and sell all sorts of homemade products. Meet your guide at the sky train station and start the tour on foot – the best way to explore the back alleyways and experience the sights and smells of the city. Along the way pass by stalls and shops where aromatic dishes are being whipped up in front of your eyes. Stop at Ban Oou Mosque, which can trace its roots back to the 18th century before visit a homemade Chili Paste Shop which supplies to the shops in the area as well as to some hi-end hotels. Stroll around the Bangrak Wet Market to see the different vegetables and fruits on offer and sample some of the delicious freshly cooked snacks. Also hear the story and beliefs behind the spirit house that is located inside the market. Take a short walk to Boonsap, an old dessert shop that has been operating for three generations and try out some typical homemade Thai desserts. As well as sampling the culinary delights of the area, you will also stop in at some of the historic sites including the Suan Plu Temple; Sueb Samphanthawonse Church, the first Protestant Church in Thailand. Then make your way to Thanying, a 50-year-old restaurant that serves up the best homemade spicy curries to be found in the city. Return to your hotel after the tour and enjoy the evening at your leisure.

Meal(s):: Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation: Grand Centre Point Ratchadamri or similar
After breakfast, transfer to airport for flight to Chiang Mai. Upon arrival, meet your local representative and transfer to your hotel.

In the early evening, travel by Thai Tuk-Tuk, and journey to Chiang Mai’s lively night bazaar, one of the main attractions in this city. Explore the many stalls around the market where you will have the chance to barter for traditional souvenirs, as well as local antiques and handicrafts. Afterwards, we will continue to a local restaurant for a traditional Khantoke dinner and a delightful exhibition of Lanna culture. Enjoy a fine meal of local specialties while being entertained by a selection of cultural performances.

Meal(s):: Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation: Mercure Chiang Mai, Deluxe room or similar
Breakfast at the hotel, then pick up for full day tour. Morning Takes you around the famous city for an up-close and personal look at some of its most notable temples, as well as stops at its old city walls, gates and moat. Highlight of this trip include Wat Phra Sing home of the beautiful Lai Kham chapel with its exquisite woodcarving and northern style murals; Wat Chedi Luang and its enormous Pagoda (which was partially destroyed by an earthquake in 1545); and the famous landmark of Chiang Mai- the mountain temple Wat Doi Suthep , which is situated on a hill, 1050 m high. On clear days, you will enjoy a fantastic view over the town and the province. Enjoy lunch at Orchid Farm. In the afternoon, take an unforgettable excursion to the hill tribe villages of Chiang Mai to meet the people of the Palong, Padong and Karen tribes, who live peacefully there as small farmers, observing and honoring their traditional ways of life. They’ll share their crafts.


Meal(s):: Breakfast and Lunch
Accommodation: Mercure Chiang Mai, Deluxe room or similar
After breakfast join your chef and visit the local market to pick out some ingredients for your class. Return to the cooking school to learn how to cook Thai food and test your culinary skills. Lunch is eating the food of your efforts – enjoy! Leave the city behind and relax awhile, carried along the cool waters of the River Ping. Enjoy the ever-changing river scene: resplendent steak houses, rural greenery and sunny – faced kids scrambling into the water with shouts of glee. Stop at a local farmer’s house and see for you self the cultivation of jasmine rice and a variety of herbs for use both in medicine and cookery. Enjoy a snack of seasonal fresh fruits and savor the refreshing taste of lemon-grass and other herb juices. Then return back to hotel.

Meal(s):: Breakfast and Lunch
Accommodation: Mercure Chiang Mai, Deluxe room or similar
Enjoy breakfast at hotel and morning at leisure. In the afternoon, transfer to Chiang Mai airport for flight to Phuket. Upon arrival, meet and transfer to hotel.

Tonight, pick up from your hotel and taken to a restaurant on the shore of Chalong Bay where a set menu featuring fresh seafood caught in the bay awaits. Take your seat for the evening and savour the panoramic views over the pier, yacht harbour and nearby islands as they glitter under the rising moon. Caught every day from the Gulf of Siam and the Andaman Sea, only the freshest seafood will be served at one the best local open-air restaurants in Phuket. Delight in quality dishes and unbeatable atmosphere as you relax to the sound of the waves lapping up against the shore.

Meal(s):: Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation: Amari Phuket or similar
After breakfast, transfer to port for a day excursion to Phi Phi Island. Pick up from your hotel and arrive at the prestigious Royal Phuket Marina. Depart for Phi Phi Island. Snorkeling and Swimming in clear water at Pileh Cove, Sightseeing the Viking Cave now home to bird nest producing swallows, feeding the local inhabitants at “The Monkey Beach”. Appreciate the magnificent marine life at the Great Coral reef. Lunch will be served at Phi Phi Natural Resort (Private beach). After lunch, explore to “Bamboo Island”, a flat beautiful island with blending white sand and very clear water. Relaxing on beach or swimming and snorkeling. There is also a nice coral reef near the beach. Relax and swimming at Khai Nok Island or Rang Yai Island (depending on the tide and weather condition). Return to the Royal Phuket Marina and transfer back to your hotel.

Meal(s):: Breakfast and Lunch
Accommodation: Amari Phuket or similar
Enjoy your morning at the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary, for an enjoyable opportunity to spend quality time with elephants in their natural home, as well as gain an insight into their history and behavior, and create cherished lifelong memories of your time spent with these amazing animals. After pick up from your hotel, drive to North-West of Phuket Town to Naithon Beach, over rolling hills, through forest and local farming areas, and alongside picturesque coastline. Arrive at Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Phuket. Enjoy a welcome snack, sip tea or coffee, and learn about elephants as you are given an introduction to the program. Change into traditional Karen clothing and assist with the preparation of natural dietary supplements for the elephants. Walk a short distance to the jungle and observe the elephants as they roam freely in their home, stopping frequently to eat any delicious treats the trees have to offer. Mud spa with the elephants, and join the elephants in our specially constructed outdoor ‘Elephant Shower Room’ and cool down as you bathe them. After a shower and change back to dry cloths, enjoy lunch of traditional Thai food, freshly cooked Pad Thai, and seasonal fruit, before saying goodbye to the friendly elephants. Return to you hotel after the tour and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Meal(s):: Breakfast and Lunch
Accommodation: Amari Phuket or similar
After breakfast, enjoy free time until your transfer to airport for your onward flight.

Meal(s):: Breakfast

Price Includes

  • Domestic Airfare within Thailand-  Bangkok to Chiang Mai and Chiang Mai to Phuket
  • Return Private transfers between airport and hotel.
  • 4-Star hotel accommodation based on double occupancy
  • Private sightseeing tours with admission
  • Professional English Speaking local guide service.
  • Daily breakfast, 5 lunches and 4 dinners

Price Excludes

  • International Airfare to Thailand
  • Travel/Medical/Cancellation insurance
  • Travel Visa
  • Personal expenses
  • Tipping and gratuities to local guides, drivers, and hotel staff
  • Any items not specified as included

Travel Tips

Travel documents: Many nationalities, including the citizens of Australia, Canada, USA and most European countries, do not need a visa for stays of up to 30 days (29 nights). A passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of entry, return ticket or onward travel arrangement needs to be presented upon request at your arrival in Thailand. These requirements are subject to change. Please check with the embassy or consulate in your home country before departure.

For Visa requirements please refer to CITB Visas.

Currency: The Thai monetary unit is the Baht (THB). There are 100 Satang to one Baht. Coins are used in denominations of 25 Satang, 50 Satang, 1 Baht, 5 Baht and 10 Baht. Bank note denominations comprise 20 Baht (green), 50 Baht (blue), 100 Baht (red), 500 Baht (purple) and 1000 Baht (grey). Notes are also scaled in size; the larger the denomination, the larger the note. Money and travelers cheques of all major currencies can be exchanged at the airports, hotels, banks, money exchange booths and mobile exchange kiosks in tourist areas. Banks usually offer the best rates. Credit cards are widely accepted in department stores, major hotels, up-market shops and restaurants.

Weather: The average annual temperature is about 28C. The northern region can be a bit cold during the cool season. Acclimatization to the sometimes-oppressive heat and humidity of Thailand can often take longer than expected. Make sure you drink lots of fluids (preferably non-alcoholic drinks) to avoid dehydrating. Thailand enjoys a tropical climate with three distinct seasons:
Hot Season: March – May
Rainy Season: June – October
Cool Season: November – February

What to Pack: It is advisable to dress in cool, non-restricting clothes made from natural fibres. Sunglasses, sunscreen and a head cover are a must at all times. Be sure to bring along a sweater or a light jacket if you intend to visit the Northern region during the cool season. During the rainy season, downpours hardly last more than a couple of hours.

Power Supply: The electric current for the whole of Thailand is 220 volts AC, 50 cycles. Dual-prong rounded plugs as well as flat-pin plugs can be used in sockets. Adaptors are provided by most of the hotels.

Tips & Gratuities: Traditionally, tipping is not a common practice in Thailand, though it is becoming more widespread as a result of foreign influence. Tipping is entirely up to your discretion. In hotels and finer restaurants, where a service charge of 10% is added to the bill, it is not necessary to tip further. Taxi fares should be rounded up to the nearest 5 or 10 Baht.

Bargaining: It is expected for you to bargain at small shops and with street vendors, but not at large department stores and most non-tourist shops. It is challenging and fun, if you keep your sense of humour.

Do’s & Don’ts :

  • The Royal Family is held in the highest reverence in Thailand. Negative remarks about the Monarchy could be considered as an offence against the Thai Law.
  • Public displays of affection between men and women are frowned upon.
  • Always dress neatly in all religious shrines – shorts, hot pats and sleeveless shirts are considered inappropriate.
  • Thais greet each other with a “wai”, a prayer-like, palms-together gesture, not a handshake. Generally, a younger person wais an elder, who then returns it.

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