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From Chiang Mai: Chiang Rai Famous Temples Small Group Tour

1. From Chiang Mai: Chiang Rai Famous Temples Small Group Tour

Experience Chiang Rai on a full-day trip from Chiang Mai to White Temple, Wat Rong Seua Teb, and Baan Dam Museum. Travel in a comfortable car and choose from a group or private tour. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in Chiang Mai. Sit back and relax on the air conditioned drive. Stop at the Mae Khachan Hot Springs to relax, dip your feet into steaming mineral water, have a snack, or walk around the gardens. Continue to the modern architectural masterpiece known as the White Temple. Explore this fantastical space that was designed and built by a local artist, Chaloemchai Khositphiphat. Head to the Wat Rong Seua Ten (temple of the dancing tiger) to uncover the secrets of this religious site that was built where tigers were said to have leapt over the river. Admire the stunning blue and gold colors of this temple. Make your way to the Baan Dam Museum (Black House Museum). Explore a cluster of nearly 40 shadowy structures exhibiting art dating back to the Ayutthaya period. See preserved animals and a collection of bones. Travel by car back to your accommodation in Chiang Mai.

Chiang Mai: Elephant Care at Elephant Retirement Park

2. Chiang Mai: Elephant Care at Elephant Retirement Park

Meet and feed elephants on this elephant sanctuary tour from Chiang Mai. Watch these majestic creatures up close and learn about them from specialists. Sit down to an authentic Thai lunch and stay hydrated with complimentary water. Start your journey in the morning with a hotel pickup from Chiang Mai city center. Take the 1-hour ride to the countryside of Mae Tang district. Get changed into the local clothes and be ready for the fun activities. The experienced guide will provide information about the elephants' behavior and how to provide proper care for them. Then, prepare food and healthy treats for the elephants and feed them afterward. After that, you and the elephants will walk to play in the mud and sand spa. During this time, you will have a chance to observe their behavior, in beautiful natural surroundings. After your time with the elephants, change your clothes, shower, and then enjoy a delicious traditional Thai buffet lunch, which is suitable for vegetarians. After lunch, relax on the 1-hour journey back to your hotel in Chiang Mai city center.

Chiang Mai: Ethical Elephant Observation Nature Park Visit

3. Chiang Mai: Ethical Elephant Observation Nature Park Visit

Visit Elephant Nature Park, a natural rescue center for elephants, dogs, cats, buffaloes and many other animals that need care. Volunteers and visitors contribute to the animals' healing while learning about their lives. Choose from a half-day or full-day tour. After pickup from your hotel in central Chiang Mai, admire the views as you drive through picturesque countryside to the nature park. Learn the stories of the rescued orphaned elephants and spend time with the different herds. Enjoy a vegetarian buffet lunch at the park, and get dropped off back in Chiang Mai at the end of your tour. With the full-day experience, have the chance to see and learn the elephants' eating behavior from a viewing platform. After lunch, walk down to a river that skirts the park and watch these gentle giants as they splash around while you stay dry on the riverbank.

Bangkok: Canal Tour by Longtail Boat

4. Bangkok: Canal Tour by Longtail Boat

Enjoy a long tail boat journey in Bangkok. Meet your guide at River City Shopping mall and visit the old city of Thonburi, an independent province until it was merged with Bangkok in 1971. Experience the local way of living, rarely seen from the other side of town. Historically, the Thai capital Bangkok was crisscrossed by klongs (canals), and gained the nickname "Venice of the East". Klongs were used for transportation and for floating markets, but also for sewage disposal. Today, most of the khlongs of Bangkok have been filled in, although the Thonburi side of Bangkok (covering areas west of Chao Phraya River) still retains several of its larger khlongs.

Elephant Sanctuary & Kanchanaburi Highlights Tour

5. Elephant Sanctuary & Kanchanaburi Highlights Tour

This full-day tour begins when you meet with the group and drive to ElephantsWorld. Learn about this sanctuary for old and rescued elephants, who will spend their remaining years well cared for in a natural environment. Help care for the animals by feeding them, gathering food and bathing them. Around noon, enjoy a buffet lunch before heading out to see the major attractions of Kanchanaburi. Visit the Bridge on the River Kwai, which is part of the infamous Death Railway, built by prisoners during World War II. Continue your tour with a stop at the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, the final resting place of 6,982 allied prisoners who died during the construction of the railway.

From Bangkok: Erawan National Park & Kanchanaburi Group Tour

6. From Bangkok: Erawan National Park & Kanchanaburi Group Tour

Tour the region of Kanchanaburi in West Thailand and uncover local history on this guided day trip. During this memorable day trip from Bangkok, visit the Death Railway which was put on the map by the 1957 movie, 'Bridge Over the River Kwai.' Begin at one of the country’s best-loved national parks, Erawan National Park. Connect with pristine nature at the Erawan Waterfall which has seven tiers, turquoise pools and a set of limestone caves at its base.  Continue to the JEATH Museum, dedicated to the Allied Prisoners of War who died building the Burmese railway. This museum is a sad yet important reminder of Thailand’s history. It’s thought that over 100,000 lives were lost during this period.  Finally, visit the historic Bridge over the River Kwai. Have the chance to walk over the bridge, admire the impressive scenery, and take a moment to remember the past, before returning to your accommodations/meeting point at approximately at night. 

Hua Hin: Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand Full-Day Visit

7. Hua Hin: Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand Full-Day Visit

Meet your driver at your accommodation in Hua Hin, Cha-Am, Pran Buri or Phetchaburi and drive to the Wildlife Friends Foundation in Phetchaburi. When you arrive, meet and greet your guide for the day. Follow an informed guided tour around all areas of the center as you see some of the rescued animals, hear their stories, and learn why they are living at the center. At noon, enjoy lunch and refreshments including a Thai buffet looking over the large multi-species enclosure with elephants, gibbons, and other animals. The various meal options consist of vegan, vegetarian, and meat. After lunch, meet and feed one of the elephants. See how the volunteers at the elephant refuge go about their daily tasks. Learn about the elephant’s individual stories and personalities. Find out about the conservation issues that elephants face, and how they are exploited by tourist attractions, forced to carry lots of people and perform tricks – you will see none of this at the elephant refuge, where the elephant's natural behavior is of paramount importance. Finally, drive around the whole site and get to see the bears and monkeys enjoying their meal before the tour ends at approximately 3:30 PM. Your tour ends with a transfer back to your accommodation.

Bangkok: Blue Elephant Thai Cooking Class

8. Bangkok: Blue Elephant Thai Cooking Class

Spice things up and experience Thai culture through its vibrant culinary scene. After meeting at Blue Elephant, a renowned Bangkok establishment recognized by the Michelin Guide, you’ll head out to the marketplace to pick up supplies for the day (in the case of the morning class), or get straight to business in the afternoon class.  Your day begins with a theory class, in which your passionate instructor will explain the ingredients and techniques behind Thai cooking, complete with a thorough demonstration of the recipes you’ll be making. After the theory portion, don your apron and head to your station, complete with all the ingredients you’ll need, utensils, a burner, and a wok.  With the guidance of acclaimed chefs, prepare your 4- or 5-course meal to perfection. Afterwards, savor the food you’ve prepared in the historic, century-old restaurant. To cap things off, you’ll take home a culinary certificate, as well as recipes for all the dishes you’ve created so you can recreate the gems of Thai cuisine at home.

From Bangkok: Historical Day Tour to River Kwai

9. From Bangkok: Historical Day Tour to River Kwai

Learn about the construction of the Burma Railway, also known as the “Death Railway,” on this 10-hour historical tour to Kanchanaburi, approximately 80 miles (130 kilometers) west of Bangkok. Upon arrival, you will tour the well-kept War Cemetery, where the graves of an estimated 9,000 Allied soldiers are tended. They perished while constructing the notorious "Death Railway,” which the Japanese had hoped would stretch all the way to the Burmese border. Uncover the terrible history of the railway at the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre, an interactive museum, research, and information center dedicated to presenting the story of the Thailand-Burma Railway built during World War II. See the past recreated and relived with pictures and artifacts. You will also ride a train along the original Death Railway track, with a sumptuous lunch awaiting at the disembarkation station. Return to Bangkok in the late afternoon for your hotel drop-off.

Pattaya: Underwater World Pattaya Aquarium Admission Ticket

10. Pattaya: Underwater World Pattaya Aquarium Admission Ticket

Enjoy a family-friendly day learning about life under the sea with this ticket to the Underwater World Pattaya aquarium in Pattaya. Step into a colorful underwater world as you walk through a 105-meter-long clear acrylic tunnel full of sea life. Present your voucher at the counter and uncover the secrets of Thailand's facinating marine ecosystem. The aquarium hosts a multitude of marine life as well as colorful corals that you can view through the sea tunnel which gives you a 180-degree view. Take a stroll under marine life as you see the tunnel's Coral Reef Zone, Shark and Stingray Zone, and Siam Giant Zone. Head over to the majestic Jellyfish Zone to safely view these vibrant creatures. Get up close and interact with sea life in a safe way at the Touch Pool Zone. Learn about these creatures as you make your way to each exhibit.

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Visiting the White Temple was the highlight of our Thailand trip for my teenage boys. I was initially concerned that the drive would be too long, but after the visit, it was well worth the drive! Since we are a family of four, we paid a little extra and made it a private tour, which is well worth the money! We had flexibility with how we want to spend our time, and never wasted any time waiting for others or feeling rushed. Our guide, Sammy, was excellent! He spoke great English, and provided such detailed explanation/context for our visit so we can truly appreciate all the details of our visit. I love that he started our White Temple visit with the museum, which gave us so much appreciation for the artist that designed the temple, as well as all the thoughtful details throughout the Temple. Blue Temple was smaller, but also stunning. Sammy knew all the beautiful spots for taking pictures, and patiently took (and re-took) many pictures for our family.

This tour should be on top of the list for day tours outside Chiang Mai. The White Temple is just spectacular, the Blue Temple worth the stop and the Black House a third very different expert. It is fine to book the tour from the hotel, that guarantees pick-up and drop-off on site (and not at the McDonald in town). Also, insist on 2 hours time at the White Temple, don’t let the guide chase you through that marvel.

It was a great experience. The black house was a very unique place and I really like open area museums. The white temple was truly beautiful and had surprisingly modern art within. Don't forget to save some time for the art museum you are allowed to visit for free. Our guide Sunny was very helpful, taking photos for us, great storytelling and had a great energy! Thanks for this wonderful experience!

Erawan Falls was absolutely incredible. It took me a little longer to climb because I am not in good shape, but it was so worth it.

Great tour with Julie who told us all about life on the canals, and in Bangkok. We even got to see a few water monitor lizards!