FROM $4,899

Essence of Thailand Escorted Coach Tour from Bangkok to Phuket

Explore Thailand on a 14-night tour from Bangkok to Phuket. Visit must-see places, like the Reclining Buddha, Emerald Buddha, and Grand Palace in Bangkok, and witness the meeting point of Laos, Burma, and Thailand on the Golden Triangle. Experience cultural activities such as riding a tuk-tuk in Bangkok, feeding elephants at an elephant sanctuary, and exploring the canals of Bangkok's Old Town by boat. Discover the Sino-Portuguese architecture in Phuket's Old Town. The tour includes a home-hosted meal and Lanna home visit. Don't forget to take a ride on a tuk-tuk in Phuket as well.

Essence of Thailand Escorted Coach Tour from Bangkok to Phuket

DEPARTURE DATE: February 23, 2024
Countries Visited: Thailand


Delve into a land where bustling modern cities, ornate ancient temples, and stunning jungle beaches coexist. Discover the busy metropolitan roads of Bangkok by tuk tuk. Nosh on perfectly balanced street food. See intricate coloured tiles and golden statues at Buddhist shrines. Explore the melting pot of culture and bright, eccentric Sino-Portuguese architecture in Phuket’s Old Town. Relax at pure white sandy beaches overlooking turquoise waters beside verdant green jungles. Uncover the beautifully balanced mosaic of old and new, metropolitan, rural, and coastal in Thailand.

Highlights: Bangkok; Reclining Buddha; Emerald Buddha; Bangkok Street Food; Sukhothai; Chiang Rai; The Golden Triangle; Chiang Mai; Elephant Experience in Chiang Mai; Lanna Home Visit; Home-Hosted Meal; Phuket; Tuk Tuk Rides

Travel Dates & Pricing

February 23, 2024from $4,899 CADPer Person

What's Included

  • 14 night escorted coach tour from Bangkok to Phuket
  • 14 breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • Must-See Inclusions: See the gilded Reclining Buddha, the sacred jade Emerald Buddha, and the dazzling Grand Palace in Bangkok ;Float along the waters of the Mekong River and see the Golden Triangle: where Laos, Burma, and Thailand meet; Admire the Sino-Portuguese architecture of Phuket’s Old Town.
  • Cultural Experiences: Zip around the buzzing city streets of Bangkok on a tuk tuk; Trek by 4x4 vehicle to an elephant sanctuary where you will prepare tasty treats for the endangered residents; Explore the canals of Bangkok’s old town on a boat trip.
  • Culinary Inclusions: Savour the sweet, spicy, and salty flavours of Bangkok’s famous street food; Join a Lanna family, thought to be the first people of Thailand, for a home-hosted meal.
  • Bangkok: Choose between a walk from the hotel to visit the Suan Pakkad Palace Museum, known for its Thai antiques -OR- take the coach to visit the Marble Temple where you will join Buddhist monks in their daily chanting
  • Chaing Mai: Choose between a relaxing one-hour Thai massage -OR- get a taste of the local flavour during dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Taxes


1Fri Feb 23Bangkok
2Sat Feb 24Bangkok
3Sun Feb 25Bangkok
4Mon Feb 26Bangkok – Sukhothai
5Tue Feb 27Sukhothai
6Wed Feb 28Sukhothai – Chiang Rai
7Thu Feb 29Chiang Rai
8Fri Mar 1Chiang Rai – Chiang Mai
9Sat Mar 2Chiang Mai
10Sun Mar 3Chiang Mai
11Mon Mar 4Phuket
12Tue Mar 5Phuket
13Wed Mar 6Phuket
14Thu Mar 7Bangkok
15Fri Mar 8Bangkok

Day 1 – Bangkok

Begin your discovery of Thailand in Bangkok, its capital city. Here, vibrant street life is contrasted by a backdrop of ornate shrines and rich history.

Day 2 – Bangkok

Begin your journey exploring the winding canals in Bangkok’s old town on a private boat trip. On Rattanakosin Island, visit Wat Po, the famous Buddhist temple complex in the Phra Nakhon District and see the world-renowned Reclining Buddha. Enjoy some free time before sitting down with your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner at hotel.

Day 3 – Bangkok

Today, experience more of Bangkok’s highlights, including a visit to the Wat Phra Kaew; the Emerald Buddha is regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand. Visit the ornately decorated Grand Palace – the official residence of the Kings of Siam since 1782. Enjoy some free time or choose to join an optional tour to the Jim Thompson house and museum, featuring lunch. This evening, a night tour of Bangkok will create memories for a lifetime as you experience the city from a completely fresh perspective. Climb aboard your tuk tuk – a motorized rickshaw – for a front row seat to the bustling Bangkok city streets lit up at night. The streets are alive with excitement and energy as your tuk tuk brings you for food tastings that capture the local flavour. End with a visit to the flower market – this normally busy, bustling landmark feels solitary and peaceful in the quiet of night. Enjoy more food tastings in a private setting before returning to the hotel.

Day 4 – Bangkok – Sukhothai

Today, it’s your choice! Choose between a walk from the hotel to visit the Suan Pakkad Palace Museum, known for its Thai antiques -OR- take the coach to visit the Marble Temple where you will join Buddhist monks in their daily chanting. After, head to the airport for a short flight to Sukhothai. This evening, enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Day 5 – Sukhothai

Dive into history today as you discover the archaeological sites in Sukhothai. Visit its Historical Park, spanning the ruins of Sukhothai – which means “dawn of happiness” – as well as the famous site of Wat Si Chum, a landmark temple boasting a 49-foot Buddha and an open ceiling.

Day 6 – Sukhothai – Chiang Rai

Set off today for Chiang Rai. During this longer ride, stop for lunch at a local restaurant and visit the White Temple, called Wat Rong Khun – an intricately designed Buddhist-styled temple. Arrive in Chiang Rai, once the capital of the Mengrai Dynasty.

Day 7 – Chiang Rai

Explore the beauty of Chiang Rai today. This laid-back town offers up a cultural experience as an ethnic melting pot in Thailand. Enjoy a tour of the Golden Triangle, where Burma, Laos and Thailand meet, separated by the Mekong River. Visit the Opium Museum today. As you explore this museum, learn all about the opium trade and the impact to local communities. Then, it’s all aboard for a short boat ride along the Mekong River, to float at the confluence of Laos, Thailand and Burma. Back on land, walk to a restaurant for lunch before driving to the hill tribe village to learn from locals about the long, rich traditions of this beautiful area. Most of the Thai ethnic groups are set off in remote locales, and the hill tribes relocated here to warmly welcome visitors and introduce them to each of the ethnic groups. Meet with Akha and Karen Long Neck people. As the women weave during the visit, you have the opportunity to support these local artisans by purchasing some of the products they make for tourists. This evening, enjoy a walk in a night bazaar, experiencing the culture of this region in a whole new way.

Day 8 – Chiang Rai – Chiang Mai

Today, it’s off to Chiang Mai – once a religious centre, where elaborate Buddhist temples create a beautiful backdrop reflecting its rich, cultural history. En route, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before visiting Doi Suthep – one of the twin peaks of a beautiful granite mountain to the west of Chiang Mai. A cable car whisks you to its peak to visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, one of the most important Buddhist temples in Thailand. Marvel at the stunning views before taking the ornate steps back down. Flanked by jeweled naga – lavish serpents – these steps are the perfect spot for a photo! Enjoy dinner on your own this evening.

Day 9 – Chiang Mai

See elephants in their natural setting today during a visit to ChangChill, which literally means “relaxed elephants.” This sanctuary prides itself on its ethical treatment of these endangered species. Climb aboard your 4×4 vehicles and meander through country roads to reach the camp. Then walk through rice paddy fields and meet the resident elephants.* From a distance watch them graze, bathe in the river, roam the lush forest, socialize with one another – and embrace their freedom. Make herb balls and fruit snacks to place in feeding stations. Enjoy a simple vegetarian lunch served by the camp staff as the elephants arrive for their snacks. Participate in a discussion with a mahout on changes to the elephant trade practices and the impact to the mahout community. Travellers who wish to observe the elephants grazing can set off for a 20-minute hike to do so. Tonight, it’s your choice! Choose between a relaxing one-hour Thai massage -OR- get a taste of the local flavour during dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 10 – Chiang Mai

Enjoy a warm welcome today from an extended family belonging to the Lanna ethnic group. Visit their home where you can learn from one of the family members about their customs and religion, see their garden and hear all about the herbs grown here. Together with hosts you will learn how to prepare local dishes and then join them as you enjoy the fruits of your labour with a simple lunch.

Day 11 – Phuket

Fly to Phuket this morning and head to your resort, set on a private tropical beach. Relax for the rest of the day as the salty sea breeze rolls in, rustling the palms and soothing the soul. Perhaps hit the waves, or unwind with a good book, reflecting on your cultural journey thus far. Stay as long as you’d like.

Day 12 – Phuket

Travel to Phuket’s Old Town, adorned with brightly painted, historic Sino-Portuguese townhouses, stores, cafes and ice cream shops. Explore this charming old town all morning and enjoy free time for lunch on your own. After lunch, return to your beach-front resort to soak up those salt water vibes and laid-back tropical lifestyle for the day.

Day 13 – Phuket

It’s a completely free day today, so take advantage of your idyllic tropical resort or perhaps head back to the old town and dive into some of Phuket’s most popular haunts. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a farewell dinner, toasting an experience full of history, beauty, culture and incredible discoveries in Thailand.

Day 14 – Bangkok

Fly to Bangkok this afternoon and head to an airport hotel, preparing to return home with a lifetime of memories – the best kind of souvenir.

Day 14 – Bangkok

Say farewell to Thailand and return home today.

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