For adventure-minded travelers seeking unique local experiences, this route is perfect for those looking to check major items off their travel bucket lists.

Chiang Rai (Days 1–3)

Chiang Rai is located in the northernmost of Thailand. It is a mountainous region with rivers and jungles, so there is a lot of beautiful nature surrounding the area. The north of Chiang Rai borders Myanmar, the south borders Phayao Province, the east borders Laos, and the west borders Chiang Mai Province.

Chiang Rai, the former capital of the great Lanna Kingdom, is a fascinating province filled with cultural and natural wonders, including the Golden Triangle where Thailand, Laos, and Burma come together; an area that was once the hub of opium production, a trade that had much influence on cultural practices and lifestyles.

Day 1

Temple Tour

Wat Rong Khun (White Temple)

Whereas most of Thailand’s Buddhist temples have centuries of history, Wat Rong Khun’s construction began in 1997 by noted Thai painter-turned-architect Chalermchai Kositpipat. Seen from a distance, the temple appears to be made of glittering porcelain; a closer look reveals that the appearance is due to a combination of whitewash and clear-mirrored chips.

Wat Rong Suea Ten (Blue Temple of Chiang Rai)

Wat Rong Suea Ten (Blue Temple of Chiang Rai) was established in October 27th, 2005 and successfully completed in January 22nd,2016 (The temple is already 1 year now.) It is on the area of 6 acres. Blue color represents the Dharma, the Lord Buddha virtue code of moral that spread all over the world becomes the doctrine of logically naturalistic as the bright blue sky. This temple displays the contemporary Buddhist art that implied the Lord Buddha ‘s doctrine.

Baan Dam (Black House)

Baan Dam (Black House), is the unique creation of national artist, Thawan Duchanee. Part art studio, part museum, part home, Baan Dam is an eclectic mix of traditional northern Thai buildings interspersed with some outlandish modern designs.

The Black House isn’t just one structure, but a collection of around 40 buildings of varying shapes and sizes dotted around a peaceful garden. The largest structure is located by the main entrance and sets the tone for what visitors can expect as they explore the rest of the site. Traditional and elegant on the outside, the combination of honey-colored teak timbers and imposing doors are a work of art in their own right, but it’s what’s inside that surprises.

Day 2

Hilltribe

Doi Mae Salong

At an elevation close to 1,800 meters, It is one of the highest peaks in the province and commands some breathtaking and far-reaching panoramic views. When the mist comes, the views change dramatically, especially at sunrise and sunset. The air is crisp, cool and refreshing all year round. Doi Mae Salong mountain is unlike any other area found within Thailand. The mountain is unique not only for its beautiful alpine-like landscape and climate, but also for its short, but intriguing history that has led to distinctive and mixed population to settle there.

Mae Fah Luang Garden of Doi Tung

Tree Top Walk offers a unique point of view at some 40 metres above dense forest. Hung between big trees, the elevated trails have total length of 400 metres and are equipped with veteran staff and high standard safety equipment. While walking on the canopy of century old trees, participants can learn about the very lush tropical forest of Doi Tung, relationship of coffee plantation and shades of big trees, as well as the tiny vetiver grasses of which very long root system can wonderfully prevent the mountain from erosion.

Day 3

Out-Of-City and Elephant Camp

Elephant Mahout Training at Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle

Interact and get comfortable with these gentle giants in their own natural habitat.

The Four Seasons camp has its own Asian elephants, with training taught by a team of experienced mahouts. As you learn to interact with these magnificent animals, you will discover the unique personality of your elephant, which can range from the brightly curious to the gently mischievous. Then, embark on an exploration of the jungle wilderness, wherein you guide your elephant with your newly acquired skills! Your elephant’s mahout will be by your side the entire time. Guests who are interested in the customary daybreak ritual are invited to join the mahouts as they bathe the elephants in the river or pond, getting them ready for trekking. Spending time with these kind, majestic creatures leaves a lasting impression on everyone—yet, each guest’s experience is different. For some, it is an incredible adventure; for others, the interaction is spiritual and transformative; for yet others, it results in unforgettable friendships. We invite you to create your very own elephant experience.

Camp Dara at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort

The renowned Dara Camp is a true highlight of Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort, which offers unforgettable adventures and unique experiences with a cast of gentle giants. Established in 2003 as a traditional mahout village, the camp works alongside the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation to perform street rescues, provide employment and a comfortable lifestyle for our elephants and their entire mahout families, and to participate in bigger picture projects. We now support more than 20 elephants and 50 people, and are proudly fully funded by Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas, our owning company and guest donations

The Golden Triangle

The Golden Triangle, Located 9 km to the north of Chiang Saen county is this world-famous place where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet. Sightseeing on the boat along Khong River and touring the bordering village of Laos.

Krabi (Days 4–5)

Krabi a province on southern Thailand’s Andaman coast, is an almost otherworldly region of labyrinthine archipelagos, where islands seem to erupt vertically out of the sea and secluded beaches are only accessible by colorfully adorned long tail boats. Krabi’s myriad of bays and coves have sheltered pirates, merchants, and sea gypsies for thousands of years and archaeological evidence indicates that Krabi was originally inhabited as early as 25,000 - 35,000 years ago!

With attractions including hot springs, a wildlife sanctuary, sea caves, flourishing coral reefs and exotic marine life, limestone cliffs that draw rock climbing enthusiasts from around the world, and national parks that include the island paradises of Koh Phi Phi and Koh Lanta, one could easily spend weeks in Krabi and leave yearning for more.

Day 4

Local Experience

Ban Ko Klang

This village is not a ‘paradise’ of white sandy beaches. It is a traditional fishing community where visitors can see the living relationship between islanders and the sea. It is located 5 mins by boat from Krabi Town, populated mainly by Muslim small-fisher families. The main form of livelihood is still fishing, but other community-based initiatives have been giving the residents relative sustainability: rice farming and harvesting (‘Sang Yod’ rice), batik art, wooden boat art, and many others. You can also learn from the locals how to make delicious Thai ‘Roti’.

Day 5

Best Island Hopping

Koh Phi Phi

Made up of six small and large islands. The two main islands are Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh. Exciting activities including snorkeling, diving, rock climbing, cliff jumping and more.

Koh Poda

Located about seven kilometres from Ao Nang, Koh Poda can be reached in about 25 minutes by long-tail boat. Featuring a 1,100m-long beach, a superb coral reef 50m off its eastern shore, and a luscious central area. Sunbathing, snorkeling, diving and kayaking are the main activities here.

Koh Hong

Lying toward the southern end of Phang Nga Bay, some seven kilometers off the Krabi coast. Its name comes the 20,000sqm lagoon located in its central area. Surrounded by tall limestone cliffs, it is only accessible through a narrow channel. Kayaking around Koh Hong is a must.

Koh Lanta

Consists of two adjacent island; Koh Lanta Yai and Koh Lanta Noi. Most of the beaches o Koh Lanta Yai lie in the west, offer a wide range of accommodations.

Koh Tub, Koh Mor, Koh Kai

Three small islands located one kilometer south of Koh Poda. The peculiarity of these island is that they are linked by a strip of sand covered by the sea at high tide. At low tide, the form a single island, allowing visitors to walk from one to another.

Samui (Days 6–8)

Samui is one of the most popular places to visit in Thailand because it has wonderful nature, white beaches, clear seas, waterfalls, spectacular viewpoints, beautiful temples, and many activities for tourists to enjoy. The island has an airport and a vast array of accommodation options, which makes it a great place for travelling.

Samui is now the main travel hotspot of the southern areas of Thailand’s Gulf. There are so many beautiful beaches here like Chaweng, Lamai, Taling Ngam, and Natien. Besides plentiful nature, the island is also full of history and culture.

Day 6

Discover Thainess through the Arts of Muay Thai

Super Pro Koh Samui

Superpro Samui offers Muay Thai, MMA and fitness classes in Koh Samui, Thailand that are designed for all levels. We can let everybody enjoy the health benefits while learning Muay Thai or MMA in Thailand. It is a great and fun way of exercising.

Yodyut Muay Thai

At Yodyut Muay Thai, there are 8 full time Thai trainers all of whom are also experienced fighters with a lot of knowledge of the sport. The trainers work hard to ensure that you get the most out of your training, encouraging and supporting you every step of the way.

Day 7

Local Experiences

Fisherman Village in Koh Samui

Though its glory days as a fisherman’s village and busy port are long gone, the area is still bustling with life thanks to its rows of shophouses, cafes and pubs that still retain its olden charms. Fisherman’s Village was established to preserve the distinctive character of this area and to rid of all loud music and go-go bars, making this a sedate destination for all ages.

Sitting in the heart of Bo Phut, Fisherman’s Village is now a favorite among tourists and locals alike for its beautiful Chinesestyle buildings that seem to take you back in time. The area makes a great sanctuary for peaceloving night owls who want to get away from the commotion of the island’s more populated beaches.

Day 8

Sea Excursion

One Day Trip to Koh Nang Yuan & Koh Tao by Speedboat

Explore paradise on the islands of Koh Nang Yuan and Koh Tao with this full-day snorkeling tour form Koh Samui. Travel by speedboat to the three islets of Koh Nang Yuan, where you can swim and snorkel around coral reef. Then continue to your second destination for a beachside lunch and enjoy some of the best marine spots in the Gulf of Thailand. For the combination of fantastic scenery above and below the water, this tour is simply a must.

Trat (Days 9–11)

Eastern-most province of Thailand, located about 315 kilometers from Bangkok. This small province borders Cambodia with the Khao Banthat mountain range forming a natural boundary between the two countries. With 52 large and small islands featuring long, white, sandy beaches and unspoiled coral reefs, Trat offers delightful scenery and a number of tranquil hideouts for beach and nature-lovers. The province also serves as a major fruit-growing, fishing, and gem mining region.

Day 9

Koh Chang

Ko Chang

Ko Chang or Elephant Island is the largest island in the Gulf of Thailand and is Thailand’s second largest island after Phuket. There are more than 50 large and small islands nearby. At Koh Chang, snorkeling and scuba-diving ae the most popular water sport activities.

Ao Salak Khok

Ao Salak Khok is a well-preserved mangrove forest where visitors can enjoy the beauty of the peaceful natural beauty on a long-tailed boat or padding through your way on a kayak. A concrete bridge has been built for a mangrove walk, where visitors can learn about the mangrove and animals inhabiting here through the sign posted along the bridge.

Day 10

Island Hopping

Including Koh Kradat, Koh Lang, Koh Mak, Yak Yai, Yak Lek and neighboring islands, etc.

Koh Kradat

Koh Kradat is situated to the northest of Koh Mak. This island is famous for its white long sandy beach and wonderful coral reefs. The only island that is inhabited by deer.

Koh Mak

Koh Mak is situated between Koh Chang and Koh Kut. Koh Mak is another tourist destination because of its white sandy beaches and calm crystal clear water. Ko Kham, a nearby island, is only a short kayak paddle from Koh Mak.

Day 11

Discover Koh Kud – A True Laid Back Paradise

Ko Kut is the farthest island form the coast of Trat. Being the fourth largest island in Thailand or the second largest island next to Koh Chang. Due to its relatively remote location in the waters, the clarity of the sea water around Ko Kut is very crystal clear.

The highlight of this island is the visually appealing Namtok Khlong Chao, the beautiful waterfall which cascades to a pool at the bottom where you can swim in the midst of verdant jungle to the melodies of birdsong and insect chatter.

Visit Ang Yai fishermen village to learn how to grow corals & reefs and witness the fishermen’s local way of life on Koh Kut.

Kanchanaburi (Days 12–14)

Kanchanaburi is the third biggest province in Thailand. The area is mostly mountains and hilly terrains. Important rivers are the Kwai Yai and the Kwai Noi which merge at the Mae Klong River.

Only two hours from Bangkok, Kanchanaburi is accessible by road or rail, the latter of which includes sightseeing day trips that run on weekends and public holidays; these weekend special trains are reasonably priced and make hassle free and enjoyable adventures. Even the climate of Kanchanaburi, cooled by the altitude, forests, and rivers, is a welcome respite from the heat and congestion of the nearby capital city.

Day 12

Elephant Experience, Bamboo Rafting, and Waterfalls

Elephant Camps: i.e. ElephantsWorld, Thaweechai Elephant Camp and etc.

Observe elephants bathing. Clean fruits/vegetables. Prepare and cool sticky rice for our old elephants. Gathering / planting food for the elephants. e.g banana trees / sugar cane / banana grass or prepare fruit baskets for the afternoon. Feed sticky rice balls to the old elephants.

Take the elephants to the river for a bath / scrub them clean.

Feed the elephants fruit and vegetables

Bamboo Rafting

If you want to experience something more local, bamboo rafting could be your perfect choice. (i.e. River Kwai Jungle Rafts, Taweechai Elephant Camp and etc.)

Erawan National Park

located 65 kms or an hour and a half drive northwest of Kanchanaburi. With milky turquoise waters tumbling over various cascades, the falls are wonderfully photogenic and thought by many to be Thailand’s most beautiful. Several of the pools below the falls are ideal for bathing in.

Day 13

City Attractions

Explore Kanchanburi Town: i.e. The Bridge over the River Kwai, The Death Railway, JEATH War Museum, World War II Musuem, Thailand-Burma Railway Centre.

The Bridge over the River Kwai

Situated just the north of the town, this bridge was made famous by the 1957 film “Bridge over the River Kwai” by David Lean, though in fact the move portrayed a wooden bridge that was constructed earlier.

The Death Railway

Originally started at Nong Pla Duk Station in Amphoe Ban Pong of Ratchaburi Province, passing Kanchanaburi across the Kwai Yai River and the Three Pagodas Pass on the west to Tanbyuzayat in Myanmar. The historic railway built at the cost of lives and labor runs through fabulous sceneries on both sides, especially at Krasae Cave where the breathtaking journey runs along the high cliff overlooking the Kwai Noi River.

Prasat Mueang Sing Historical Park

Prasat Mueang Sing Historical Park, built around the end of the 12th century, located on the banks of Kwai Noi River 43 kms. West of Kanchanaburi.

Boat Trips

Another relaxing way to enjoy Kanchanaburi’s surroundings is to take a raft trip, which typically includes several of the nearby attractions, a leisurely lunch, and an overnight stay on the raft.

Day 14

Thai Traditional Martial Arts

Buddhaisawan Conservation Center of Thai Sword Fighting Kanchanaburi

Learn how to practice wood sword fighting.

It was originally called Buddhaisawan Sword Centre Ayutthaya. Later the name Ayutthaya was replaced by Kanchanaburi. When Khun Samai passed away, his son Khun Thanongsak carried on the tradition started by the father. Although the name in English is Buddhaisawan Sword Conservation Centre, the centre teaches all forms of traditional Thai weapons as the name in Thai suggests.

It’s important to understand the philosophy behind this traditional weapons centre; it’s more than just a school that teaches the use of the various types of traditional weapons. Like all martial arts, there is a certain physical and mental discipline. More than that, it teaches the culture, history and traditions of these weapons, the men and women and events involved with these weapons. That’s why it’s called a conservation centre; it preserves a national heritage.

These were the weapons used in the previous centuries when the old Siamese kingdom was engaged in continuous struggles with her neighbours. These weapons embody the efforts and sacrifices of earlier generations that ensured the survival of the kingdom. The centre is located in an area of historical significance; the Khwae Yai valley in Kanchanaburi where many big battles were fought with the Burmese. In 1785 when the Burmese launched a massive invasion of Siam, the Nine Army Battle, the critical battle for that campaign was fought just 24 km north of this weapons centre.