Thailand Getaway

6 Days / 5 Nights

Discover the essence of Bangkok and Chiang Mai in under a week, with numerous opportunities to immerse into local life.

Bangkok – Chiang Mai

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the fabulous district of Bangluang, Bangkok. Bangluang is a cultural neighbourhood with plenty of attractions, including an artists’ house, a bustling market, and wonderfully restored teak houses to admire
  • Explore Thailand through tours that use local transportation – the tuk-tuk, the longtail boat, and the rickshaw
  • Observe Pa Noi’s (Aunty Noi) daily life as a retired teacher turned traditional desserts maker

Inclusions:

  • Accommodation 5 nights
  • Airport transfers
  • Meals: 4B 1L 1D
  • Bangkok street eats tour
  • Bangkok urban fun tour
  • Overnight train to Chiang Mai
  • Chiang Mai rickshaw tour
  • Local Life: dessert maker tour

Itinerary summary

Day 1: Arrival in Bangkok

The driver will meet travellers at the airport and accompany them to the hotel. In the evening, enjoy an exciting tuk-tuk ride through Bangkok’s vibrant streets until reaching Saphan Khao Market. Wander the rows of bustling stalls, learn about local delicacies and sample from the vast array of street food. The next stop is pad-thai at a Michelin-star restaurant before visiting a nighttime flower market and a golden temple after dark, beautifully lit. End the night with a cocktail at a rooftop bar.

Day 2: Bangluang, Bangkok

Head to the Museum of Siam to learn all about Thai identity and culture. The concept of the museum is based on ‘play + learn’, and so the museum features many interactive exhibits. After, take a longtail boat ride through Bangkok’s quaint canals to the Thonburi side.  Stop at the Artist Village, a small, charming community known as Klong Bangluang, and refresh with an iced coffee and a local lunch of noodles or pad thai. Enjoy a traditional Thai puppet show performed by local artists, explore the craft shop and local temple. Take the evening overnight train to Chiang Mai.

 

Day 3: Chiang Mai

After arriving in Chiang Mai and heading to the hotel, it’s time to explore in a rickshaw to some famous sites, thus helping to preserve this traditional profession. Head to Warorot market by the Ping river – a huge market selling everything from local delicacies to flowers and homewares. Next, visit two separate communities famous for local handicrafts – brass makers and silversmiths. Learn about their craft and see examples of their work. Admire the gilded designs and buddhas at the Silver temple.

Day 4: A day in the life of a Chiang Mai dessert maker

Enjoy a Discova-exclusive experience learning about Pa Noi, Auntie Noi, a dessert-maker in Chiang Mai. Learn from this retired teacher about the importance of Thai desserts to the local culture and their relevance to local festivals. Witness how the desserts are made, from shopping to cooking to preparing for a business day and, of course, there is also time to taste some of the creations with some tea in the afternoon.

Day 5: Chiang Mai

Enjoy a free day at leisure. Travellers can opt for one of our additional tours in Chiang Mai.

Day 6: Departure

Free time until airport transfer for departure flight. We recommend, if possible, adding a beach break to extend the trip to Thailand.

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