Best of Thailand (IAT)

10 Day Package from Bangkok to Chiang Mai

“Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.” Who said this? That’s right…the King of Siam (now Thailand) in “The King and I.” We’re not sure, but we think he was referring to all the benefits you get from traveling with Monograms: included meals, sightseeing, expert guides, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. In fact, on this 10-day vacation, we’ve arranged your hotel accommodations, private guided sightseeing, daily breakfast (plus three lunches and one dinner), transportation, and transfers from/to your hotels to/from the airports for all intra-vacation flights. Plus, we have arranged for you to have a Local Host®—someone who will help make sure your trip is all you want it to be—in each city: Bangkok, Chiang Rai, Ban Thaton, and Chiang Mai.

Your vacation begins the moment you arrive in Bangkok, as we can pick you up at the airport and take you to your selected hotel. Your Local Host will greet you with a warm welcome and help you get settled. The next morning, after included breakfast, we’ve arranged for a private guided tour of Bangkok. Visit the Temple of the Dawn, whose 260-foot-tall spire has become identified with Bangkok; the Grand Palace; the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, painstakingly carved from a single block of jade; and the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Wait until you see the 49-foot-high and 151-foot-long massive Reclining Buddha! We’ve also included a boat ride through the klongs, Bangkok’s canals, where you will see family homes, temples, and the local way of life.

After a full day at leisure in Bangkok, you will fly to Chiang Rai, where your Local Host will be waiting for you at the airport. In Chiang Rai, we’ve arranged private guided sightseeing that includes a trishaw ride, the favorite local mode of transportation; a visit to the local market; and a visit to Wat Phra Kaew, which once housed the Emerald Buddha. We have then arranged transportation for you to Ban Thaton, where you will have two private guided tours. We will take you to an Akha village, a hill tribe known for gorgeous headdresses decorated with silver coins, and to a Karen village, home to the Padaung long-necked women, who have brass rings placed on their necks and legs as little girls, creating the visual illusion of stretching their necks.

From Ban Thaton, we will transport you to Chiang Mai, where you will visit Wat Phra Singh with its famous Buddha image, and Wat Doi Suthep, a temple tucked away in the mountains, where you will enjoy spectacular views of Chiang Mai. You will have a full day at your leisure to enjoy independent exploration or perhaps book an optional Thai cooking class or attend a Khantoke dinner show featuring a local dance performance.

And did we mention we’ve included a boat ride on the Kok River in Ban Thaton? It’s just another one of the details we’ve included. We want to make sure you enjoy many forms of transportation: boat rides, a trishaw ride, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. In fact, between the sightseeing we’ve arranged, the transportation and attractions we’ve included, the hotels we’ve booked, the meals we’ve included, and the guides we’ve arranged, all you have to do is sit back and enjoy. We’ve taken away the stress and hassles of having to figure out where to go and what to do, so what are you waiting for? Thailand awaits!


Insider Benefits

Monograms is all about connecting you to your destination with unmatched insider guidance and support to make travel a pleasure. With a team of local experts in each destination, your Monograms vacation includes local assistance and tips that only a local would know. In addition to an expertly-planned vacation with great hotels and included sightseeing, Monograms means you'll get the VIP treatment from a team of local insiders who help you put your signature on your vacation.

Arrival & Hotel Transfer

Monograms greets you like a VIP when you arrive at your destination then whisks you off to your hotel with a friendly Monograms operated transfer, complimentary for guests who have purchased their flights through Monograms.

Hotel Check-In

Once you arrive at your hotel, your own Monograms Local Host® is there to greet you, help you get checked in, and share lots of destination insights with you to get your vacation started.

Sightseeing

Get an insider's look at the must-see sights with the insight and knowledge of an expert Monograms Local Guide. Delight in the stares of regular tourists as they slide you past the line and right into the doorway with VIP access.

Free Time

Your Monograms Local Host® can provide tips and suggestions and even help you book activities & excursions to make the most of your time at your destination, helping you drink in the local culture in just your style.

Dining

What better restaurant recommendations can you find than from a local who knows? From haute cuisine to hidden cafes, from street food to Michelin Stars, your Local Host® can give you the inside scoop on finding your favorite fare.

MonogramsGO App

To help you feel even more comfortable in your destination, Monograms offers access to our MonogramsGO app where guests can check flight, hotel and transfer information and customize their trip with a host of local suggestions.

City Connections

When your vacation includes traveling from one city to another, we'll get you to your train or plane, stress free with door-to-gate service. Your local Monograms team awaits your arrival at your next destination.

Activities & Excursions

Monograms offers a range of amazing experiences you can add to your trip, vetted by our team and perfectly coordinated with your Monograms package. Add them before you leave or on trip with the help of your Local Host®.

Airport Departure

Parting is such sweet sorrow. When you've explored all that you can explore and it's time to head home, your Local Host® will ensure a smooth departure, on time and on point, stress-free.

Your Local Host

What is the Role of a Local Host?

Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Bangkok. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host about Bangkok and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host will share local Bangkok insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Local Host Recommendations

Meet One of Your Local Hosts

Kong

I'm Kong. Since 1988, I have worked as a guide and in 2006 I was voted Best Tour Guide (English speaking) at the Thailand Tourism Awards. I love to teach others about Thai culture and how to speak some key words and phrases in Thai. I am approachable and energetic and interactions with my guests are one of the favorite parts of what I do. I look forward to sharing my knowledge of Bangkok with you.

Day-By-Day 2019 / 2020

With Monograms, we handle the details so you can focus on the sights, experience new cultures and new destinations. From arranging the right hotels and seamless transportation to providing your own Local Host® and included sightseeing, we've thought of-and included-everything you need in an all-in-one package.

Select a Departure Date for Itinerary and Available Excursions:

FEATURED HIGHLIGHT

Your vacation package to Thailand includes a visit to a Karen village to see the fascinating Padaung long-necked women.

Local Host

DAY
1
ARRIVE IN BANGKOK, THAILAND

7-Dec-2019

Welcome to Thailand! Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

No Excursions Available on this day

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DAY
2
BANGKOK

8-Dec-2019

Today’s PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR starts with a BOAT RIDE through the klongs, Bangkok’s canals, to see family homes, temples, and the way of life that gives this city the nickname “Venice of the East.” Stop at Wat Arun, the TEMPLE OF THE DAWN, whose 260-foot-tall spire has become identified with Bangkok. Continue on to the GRAND PALACE, comprised of the Funeral Palace, the Reception Palace, the Throne Hall, the Coronation Hall, the Royal Guest House, and the TEMPLE OF THE EMERALD BUDDHA. Also, visit the TEMPLE OF THE RECLINING BUDDHA, the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in Bangkok. It houses more than 1,000 Buddha images, including the 49-foot-high and 151-foot-long massive Reclining Buddha. (B,L)

Excursions Available:

Dinner Cruise on Loy Nava Traditional Rice Barge

Price: Starting From: $58/person

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Dinner Cruise on Loy Nava Traditional Rice Barge

We combine history, culture, cuisine, and beautiful river scenery on this romantic cruise down the Chao Phraya River aboard a converted rice barge.

River of Kings Dinner Cruise

Price: Starting From: $51/person

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River of Kings Dinner Cruise

We'll show you a unique, from-the-river perspective of Bangkok's captivating beauty on this unforgettable dinner cruise. Embark your water craft and relax as you float peacefully along the Chao Phraya River past the city's most popular attractions.

Siam Niramit Cultural Performance

Price: Starting From: $55/person

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Siam Niramit Cultural Performance

Immerse yourself in the wonder of Siam Niramit (the Enchanted Kingdom), one of the largest stage productions on the planet.

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DAY
3
BANGKOK

9-Dec-2019

Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore on your own. Your Local Host can help with suggestions to help maximize your time. (B)

Excursions Available:

Dinner Cruise on Loy Nava Traditional Rice Barge

Price: Starting From: $58/person

Learn More

Dinner Cruise on Loy Nava Traditional Rice Barge

We combine history, culture, cuisine, and beautiful river scenery on this romantic cruise down the Chao Phraya River aboard a converted rice barge.

River of Kings Dinner Cruise

Price: Starting From: $51/person

Learn More

River of Kings Dinner Cruise

We'll show you a unique, from-the-river perspective of Bangkok's captivating beauty on this unforgettable dinner cruise. Embark your water craft and relax as you float peacefully along the Chao Phraya River past the city's most popular attractions.

Siam Niramit Cultural Performance

Price: Starting From: $55/person

Learn More

Siam Niramit Cultural Performance

Immerse yourself in the wonder of Siam Niramit (the Enchanted Kingdom), one of the largest stage productions on the planet.

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market & Sampran Riverside

Price: Starting From: $92/person

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Damnoen Saduak Floating Market & Sampran Riverside

Imagine a grocery-shopping trip where you have to flag down the merchants as they float by on boats. No, it's not a Wonderland-style flight of fancy, but a traditional way of buying and selling colorful fruits, vegetables, meats, flowers, and sweets since the 19th century. Later, visit Nakhon Pathom to see Phra Pathom Chedi, one of the tallest Buddhist stupas in the world. Stop for lunch at the picturesque Sampran Riverside Resort, and visit Patom Organic Village.

Jim Thompson's House & Legacy

Price: Starting From: $110/party

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Jim Thompson's House & Legacy

If you love art, antiques, and fantastic architecture - as well as a good mystery - then our excursion to the Jim Thompson House & Museum is a must.

River Kwai Tour

Price: Starting From: $347/party

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River Kwai Tour

On this poignant tour, we'll introduce you to fascinating but seldom-taught parts of World War II history. A highlight of this excursion is a train ride along the historic railway, a somber reminder of the thousands of POWs and forced Asian laborers who lost their lives during the railroad's construction.

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DAY
4
BANGKOK–CHIANG RAI

10-Dec-2019

Fly to Chiang Rai. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B)

No Excursions Available on this day

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DAY
5
CHIANG RAI

11-Dec-2019

Your PRIVATE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING this morning includes a TRISHAW RIDE, the favorite local mode of transportation, through the city’s residential area and LOCAL MARKET. Also, visit WAT PHRA KAEW, which once hosted the Emerald Buddha (now in Bangkok). The afternoon is at your leisure. (B)

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DAY
6
CHIANG RAI–BAN THATON

12-Dec-2019

Today, your PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR includes an AKHA VILLAGE, a hill tribe known for gorgeous headdresses decorated with silver coins. Then, take a BOAT RIDE on the Kok River before continuing on to your hotel by private car. (B,L,D)

No Excursions Available on this day

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DAY
7
BAN THATON–CHIANG MAI

13-Dec-2019

Start your day with a fascinating PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR of a KAREN VILLAGE, home to the PADAUNG LONG-NECKED WOMEN. Early in life, brass rings are placed on the necks of the village girls and as they mature, additional rings are added. This pushes the collarbone down and compresses the rib cage, creating the illusion of stretching their necks. Continue on to Chiang Mai, Thailand’s second-largest city, by private car. (B,L)

No Excursions Available on this day

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DAY
8
CHIANG MAI

14-Dec-2019

Your PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR begins with a visit to WAT PHRA SINGH with its famous Buddha image, and WAT DOI SUTHEP, a temple tucked away in the mountains. For the final ascent to the temple, you can take a tram car or walk up the Naga (dragon-headed serpent) staircase, with over 300 steps. On a clear day, you will enjoy spectacular views of Chiang Mai. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B)

No Excursions Available on this day

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DAY
9
CHIANG MAI

15-Dec-2019

Today is free for independent exploration. Your Local Host is happy to make recommendations. (B)

No Excursions Available on this day

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DAY
10
CHIANG MAI

16-Dec-2019

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

No Excursions Available on this day

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Transportation

From City-to-City

When your vacation includes traveling from one city to another, your local Monograms team makes it an absolute breeze! We'll get to your train or plane, stress free and on time with door-to-gate service. And your local Monograms team awaits your arrival as soon as you pull into your next destination.

Hotels

Monograms offers an impressive choice of hotels pre-selected for their location, amenities and service. When booking your package check to see what other hotels are available for your dates. Some hotels may not be available for this package.

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Bangkok
Chiang Rai
Chiang Mai

Bangkok

The Blue Elephant

You may decide you can’t get enough of the delicious local flavors, and if that’s the case, spend half a day at The Blue Elephant to learn how to prepare authentic Thai at home. This cooking school takes you through the entire process—from shopping at a market to enjoying your dishes. While it’s somewhat more expensive than a half day of museums and lunch, the long-term benefits are immense.

Lumpini Park

Lumpini Park is an inner-city haven of peace, fresh air and greenery – inviting visitors to connect with nature or enjoy outdoor leisure activities. Named after the birthplace of the Lord Buddha in Nepal, the park is a shady oasis home to various flora and fauna including the eccentric water monitor lizard.

Pratunam-Phetchaburi

Grease the elbows and stretch the knees; it’s time for a hectic shopping experience. There’s something for everyone here—from the bargain-hunter to the clinically fashionable. Clothing, jewelry, crafts, and much more are on full display in this busy area. Make sure you venture behind the street-front vendors to Pratunam Market for international goods. Keep in mind, bargaining here is more about being friendly and respectful.

Apoteka Lux Bar

With an old school feel, the Apoteka Lux Bar is based on an outdated word for pharmacist and emulates a 19th century apothecary. Come for the live music or grab a spot at the patio for a nice place to curl up for a romantic night or meet some friends.

Go Sky High

Bangkok is blessed with several “Sky High” options where you can have dinner and/or drinks with a stunning view over the city. Check out the Octave Rooftop Lounge & Bar on the 45th floor of the Marriot Hotel Sukhumvit for a great sunset or romantic meal with the only 360 degree view of Bangkok. Be prepared to pay a little more but it’s worth it!

Thai massage

There are countless places offering traditional Thai massage in Bangkok. One of the best choices is the Thai Massage School at Wat Pho. Many of the local masseuse and masseurs were taught here, and you can get a 1-hour massage for $15 to $20 USD. You can also learn the techniques for yourself!

Ride a tuk-tuk

These small 3-wheeled vehicles are an interesting way to get around and should be tried by anyone traveling to Bangkok. Make sure to negotiate the fare before sitting down.

Chiang Rai

The Night Market

The market opens after sundown daily and is the perfect spot to enjoy good local cuisine for a reasonable price. Get your bargaining skills ready as the market also offers plenty of handicrafts to take home for friends and family.

Walking Street Market (Saturdays only)

On Saturday nights don’t miss the open-air Walking Street. This market (on Thanalai Road from the Hilltribe Museum to the Morning Market) is filled with a wide variety of handicrafts from Chiang Rai, as well as delicious treats and local dishes.

Clock Tower

A recent addition to the center of Chiang Rai is an incredible clock tower built by famous artist Chaloemchai Kositpipat in 2008. Sitting at the intersection of Pahonyothin and Banpaprakarn, it resembles the white temple of Chiang Rai and celebrates his majesty the king. Don’t miss the light and sound display that takes place each evening on the hour.

Chiang Mai

Night Bazaar

Spanning several blocks, this large market features food and Thai goods at great prices. Local handicrafts like carvings, jewelry, silk, and hand-woven fabrics are an especially good value here, because they are made in such close proximity. The other big draw is the street food, which is some of the best in the world. So make sure you have room in your stomach. Give yourself a couple of hours to explore fully.

Hike or Bike

The mountains surrounding the city are the best thing about Chiang Mai. You can hire a guide to help you explore them or go on your own if you are experienced. Either way, exploring the jungle on foot or on a bike is a rewarding experience.

Doi Inthanon National Park

Drive along the winding road to Doi Inthanon, the highest peak in Thailand. The Park is known for its incredible views, including Watchiratharn waterfall and the twin Chedis. Late January through February, you may be lucky enough to catch the beautiful, pink, Siamese sakura flowers in full bloom.

Baan Tawai

Baan Tawai Village is known for Thai handicrafts and handmade items that reflect the history and local way of life. Find brilliant wood carvings as a great souvenir of your travels.

* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. Pricing may vary on this date due to hotel availability. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Monograms).