Small Group Discoveries for our World Travelers

+ Discover two ancient cities, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites: The remarkable ruins of Sukhothai, the venerated first capital of the Kingdom of Siam, and Ayutthaya - the flourishing capital from 1350 until 1767.
+ Our exclusive itinerary shows you more of Thailand’s distinctive and diverse hill tribes including the Long-Neck women of the Karen tribe.
+ Delight in your unique floating villa on the banks of the tranquil River Kwai; our evocative resort is crafted of teak and bamboo and decorated in Thai style.
+ Join Chiang Mai residents in their daily alms ritual providing food to local monks as they walk silently through the streets; it’s a moving experience that offers rich insight into an ancient Buddhist tradition that endures across Southeast Asia
+ Join local farmers in their fields and learn the many steps in rice cultivation, and then sit down to a delightful lunch in this picturesque rural setting.
+ Your evening tour of Doi Suthep Temple is serenaded by the sounds of chanting monks… Enjoy a private Buddhist blessing and gaze down upon the twinkling lights of Chiang Mai+
Includes 2 UNESCO World Heritage sites  c

2017 Itinerary2018 Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Welcome to Bangkok

    You’ll be met on arrival and escorted to the deluxe Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn.
  • Day 2 - Tour the Grand Palace

    Your morning tour begins with the glittering halls and pavilions of the magnificent Grand Palace, including the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and Coronation Hall. Then set out in a traditional motor launch to explore along the city’s canals past serene family homes and bustling temples. You’ll see the beautiful Royal Barges before disembarking to visit Wat Arun, the amazing Temple of Dawn.

    Your guided sightseeing also includes Wat Pho, one of the city’s largest Buddhist temples. In addition to being one of the country’s oldest institutions of learning, this spectacular complex is home to beautiful murals, ornate architectural detail and an enormous 150-foot long gilded image of a reclining Buddha. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure and dine this evening at your 5-star hotel.  Meals B+D
  • Day 3 – Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

    This morning, we’ll take you outside of the metropolitan area to Ratchburi Province. The floating market here at Damnoen Saduak is one of the country’s busiest and most colorful. Hundreds of vendors ply the canals in their traditional wooden boats selling everything from tropical fruits and produce to daily staples and even souvenirs. You’ll also visit Phra Pathom Chedi, the world’s tallest Buddhist pagoda.
     
    Then continue to Talad Rom Hub, better known as Thailand’s famous Railway Track Market. Here you’ll be amazed by the sight of local merchants who come daily to set up their stalls along 100 yards of train track! Up to 8 times per day, vendors and shoppers alike have to scramble fast to avoid the passing trains. This is an active rail network, so you’ll have to pay close attention to your guide and surroundings! Then return to your hotel in Bangkok where the rest of your day is free to relax, shop and explore as you wish.  Meals B
  • Day 4 – Kanchanaburi + Bridge Over River Kwai

    Leaving the busy capital behind this morning, you’ll journey into the lush forests of Kanchanaburi Province, the site of the infamous Bridge over the River Kwai – immortalized in book and film. Begin your exploration at the JEATH Museum, highly regarded for its unique collection of photographs and memorabilia from World War II.  See the Death Railway and the infamous Bridge and then check in to your unique floating villa at the Float House River Kwai, set on the edge of the gently floating river against a lushly forested mountain backdrop. Take some time to enjoy your private terrace on the river and the extraordinary setting of our evocative resort. Later this afternoon, rejoin your guide to venture by boat through spectacular river gorges into the jungle to visit a Mon tribal village. Enjoy dinner and a performance of Mon music and dance at our resort before retiring to your floating room.   Meals B+L+D
  • Day 5 - Ayutthaya c + Phitsanuloke

    After breakfast, you’ll embark on a scenic journey through the fertile farmlands and jungle-clad mountains that lie along Thailand’s eastern border with Myanmar. Our destination this morning is Ayutthaya, where vast ruins bear witness to the splendor of the ancient kingdom of Siam that flourished from 1350 until 1767. Here in this erstwhile royal capital, you’ll delve into fascinating history and explore fabulous ruins including Wat Phra Sri Sanphet. This was the holiest temple on the site of the ancient Royal Palace and its still intact stupas attest to Ayutthaya’s former glory!
     
    After lunch, you’ll continue on to Phitsanulok to visit Wat Yai, beloved for its golden statue of Buddha. Then check in to the Pattara Resort here in Phitsanulok with time to refresh before dinner. Later this evening, set out in a trishaw to visit the city’s bustling and exotic Night Market. Filled with everything from souvenir t-shirts to exotic tropical fruits, the energetic and colorful Phitsanulok market is famous – or infamous! – for its wide variety of edible insects that the adventurous may wish to try!  Meals B+L+D
  • Day 6 - Phitsanulok + Sukhothai c + Chiang Mai

    Check out after breakfast and travel to Sukhothai, the venerated first capital of the Kingdom. Recognized as a World Heritage Site, its fabulous ruins date back to the 13th century. After lunch, continue overland to Chiang Mai. Embraced for its beauty as the Rose of the North, it’s beloved by the Thai people for its long heritage of art, culture and deep spirituality. This evening’s Khantoke Dinner features the region’s Lanna-style cuisine and the music and dance of the northern hill tribes. Enjoy two nights at the lovely U Chiang Mai Hotel.  Meals B+L+D
  • Day 7 - In and Around Chiang Mai

    After a leisurely morning, we’ll take you into the countryside to spend time with local farmers; learn the many steps of rice cultivation as practiced for centuries and try your hand at planting this important staple. Then sit down to a delightful al fresco lunch surrounded by sweeping rural vistas and rice paddies. Continue into the forested mountains to visit a Meo hill tribe village before ascending to 3,500 feet to visit the lavish Doi Suthep Temple. Your tour of this venerated complex has been specially timed to coincide with the magical evening chants of Buddhist monks. Receive a private blessing from one of these resident monks and then take in the mesmerizing nighttime views of the city. Return to your hotel in Chiang Mai for another tranquil night.  Meals B+L
  • Day 8 - To Thaton on the Burmese border

    Join Chiang Mai residents early this morning as they “gain merit” with food offerings to young saffron-robed monks walking silently through the city streets; it’s an ancient ritual that offers rich insight into an enduring facet of Buddhist culture. After breakfast, you’ll travel into the lushly forested, mountain landscapes of Chiang Dao National Park where an experienced guide will show you the impressive stalactites, stalagmites and other geological formations of the Chiang Dao Caves. Venerated for centuries by local residents, the entrance to these caverns is marked by statues and other Buddhist offerings. In the nearby village of Ban Huay Luek, you’ll experience the daily life and cultural traditions of the Hmong people. Then continue to the enchanting Maekok River Village Resort in Thaton, a northern province on the border with Myanmar.  Meals B,L,D
  • Day 9 - Onward to Chiang Rai

    After breakfast, embark on a one-hour boat ride along the Mae Kok River to Baan Mai. Continue overland through the beautiful countryside to visit a Karen village. The women of this tribe are famous for the brass rings which they wear around their elongated necks. Visiting with Lahu, Akha and Yao tribal villagers offers deeper insight into the traditional ways which endure here in the mountainous regions of northern Thailand. After lunch, you’ll travel to Chiang Rai to visit the unusual White Temple, a contemporary, extravagantly embellished Buddhist and Hindu complex. Explore a local market in Chiang Rai before checking in to the Legend Chiang Rai River Resort & Spa.  Meals B+L
  • Day 10 - Into the Golden Triangle

    Visit Mae Sai, the northernmost town in Thailand where a bridge over the river connects the country with Burma (Myanmar). From here, venture deeper into the Golden Triangle, the region where the borders of Burma, Laos and Thailand come together. After lunch, explore Chiang Saen, a charming town along the Mekong River rich with historical artifacts including temple carvings and ancient Buddhist statues. Return to your hotel in Chiang Rai where you can dine at your leisure.  Meals B+L
  • Day 11 - Fly Back to Bangkok

    After breakfast, we’ll take you to the airport for your included flight to Bangkok. Upon arrival, you’ll be met and escorted once again to the deluxe Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn.  Meals B
  • Day 12 - Depart Bangkok

    You’ll be escorted to the airport today for your onward flight.

Extend Your Trip

  • Travel on to Angkor Wat

    4-Day Post-Tour Extension from $799

    The magnificent jungle ruins of the ancient Khmer Empire are the perfect addition to this trip. We include your international flight from Bangkok to Siem Reap, 3 nights at your choice of deluxe or luxury hotel, daily breakfast and extensive sightseeing including the major temples, important lesser-known sites and Tonle Sap Lake.

    View Day by Day »

Similar Trips

Check In!

  • Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn - Bangkok, Thailand

    This deluxe property is centrally located in the Sathorn business district, just minutes from the world famous Chao Praya River and a short drive via the nearby expressway to Suvarnabhumi International Airport. It is unique in being the only hotel in Bangkok with its own direct access to the BTS Sky Train system at Surasak Station literally bringing the city to your doorstep. All 390 luxuriously appointed rooms and suites are decorated in soft, subtle tones and feature the latest amenities for the comfort of both leisure and business travelers while enjoying stunning views of the majestic Chao Praya River or Bangkok’s imposing skyline. Guests and outside patrons can enjoy superb meals at any one of the hotel’s three restaurants. Italian cuisine and fine wines are served at Luce adjacent to the infinity swimming pool on the 14th floor with panoramic views of the Chao Phraya River - an idyllic setting for entertaining your clients or friends. Chef Man offers Bangkok’s finest and most authentic Chinese cuisine with direct access to the Sky Train while The Glass House all day dining restaurant dishes up sumptuous daily buffets and multi-ethnic a la carte items. For those seeking to simply chill out Swizzles lobby bar and lounge is the ideal place to rest, relax and unwind.

  • The FloatHouse River Kwai - Thailand

    On the banks of this gently flowing river set against a lush tropical backdrop of densely forested hills, our unique floating hotel is designed to harmonize with the beauty of its natural setting. Crafted of teakwood and bamboo, your spacious Floating Villa is tastefully decorated in traditional Thai style and appointed with luxury linens, 32” LCD television with local and satellite channels, DVD player with movies, free WiFi, in-room safe, minibar, complimentary bottled water, and an elegant bathroom with rainforest shower. Catch up on your reading or email on an inviting daybed or take in the idyllic river views from your covered private verandah and floating sun deck. An international buffet breakfast is served along the river in the bright and airy Pontoon Restaurant.

  • Pattara Resort - Phitsanuloke, Thailand

    Pattara Resort & Spa is a newest luxury resort in the city centre of Phitsanulok. We offer 4 different spacious roomstypes as Superior Room, Deluxe Room, Float Villa & Pool Villa as well as fully facilities such as large infinity swimming pool, gym, library and spa. 

  • U Chiang Mai, Thailand

    The U Chiang Mai is a boutique hotel, located minutes away from Tha Phae Road, temples, museums and shopping. The 41 guest rooms are decorated in contemporary design, but reflect the history of the region and include private terrace with a daybed, iPod docking station, in-room safe and satellite television. In addition to a full-service spa, U Chiang Mai features an outdoor pool and a fitness facility. A bar and restaurant are also on site.

  • Maekok River Village Resort - Thaton, Thailand

    Maekok River Village Resort is located on the banks of the Mae Kok River in northern Chiang Mai. All 29 units are equipped with air-conditioning, telephone, and satellite television. Leisure facilities at the Maekok River Village Resort include swimming pool, paddling pool, library, exercise room, and sauna. Onsite dining options include the Riverside Bar and Restaurant, built in traditional style using bamboo and rice straw thatch, and the Old Mill Rice Bar.

  • The Legend Chiang Rai Boutique River Resort & Spa - Chiang Rai, Thailand

    The Legend Boutique River Resort and Spa is located directly on the Mae Kok River, secluded from the city, yet within a few driving minutes from the city centre. The property offers a panoramic view of the near-by hills and mountains. On site, dining options include western, Thai and Italian cuisine. The property also includes a pool, spa and other outdoor activities. Guest accommodations include internet access, in-room safe and mini-bar.

Our Small Group Journey Value

+ Comprehensive, expertly-guided sightseeing with never more than 16 guests and all entry fees
+ 25 meals: 11 buffet breakfasts, 8 lunches and 6 dinners
+ 11 nights in our first class and deluxe hotels and resorts
+ All on-tour transportation and airport transfers with on-coach WiFi
+ Your internal flight from Chiang Rai to Bangkok
+ Luggage handling, all hotel taxes & service charges, and all airline fees for your included flight

Trip Pricing

  • Traveling as a single?

Arrive Bangkok - Per Person Double

Dates   First Class Accommodations
Departure Return   Regular Deal
10/29/2017
Guaranteed
11/9/2017 $3999 $3499
Loy Krathong Lantern Festival
11/23/2017
Guaranteed
12/4/2017 $3799 $3299
 
12/7/2017
Guaranteed
12/18/2017 $3799 $3299
 
1/18/2018
Guaranteed
1/29/2018 $3999 $3499
 
2/8/2018
Guaranteed
2/19/2018 $3999 $3499
 
2/22/2018
Guaranteed
3/5/2018 $3999 $3499
 
3/15/2018
Guaranteed
3/26/2018 $3999 $3499
 
10/19/2018
Guaranteed
10/30/2018 $3999 $3499
 
11/16/2018
Guaranteed
11/27/2018 $4299 $3799
 
12/20/2018
Guaranteed
12/31/2018 $4299 $3799
 
1/17/2019
Guaranteed
1/28/2019 $4099 $3599
 
2/7/2019
Guaranteed
2/18/2019 $4099 $3599
 
2/14/2019
Guaranteed
2/25/2019 $4099 $3599
 
3/7/2019
Guaranteed
3/18/2019 $4099 $3599
 

Select all Deals that apply for best available price.

  • Save $1,000 per couple + $500 solo on all of our Small Group, Small Ship and Private Journeys when you book and pay-in-full before Dec 31, 2017.
  • Travel is one life's most rewarding experiences, perhaps even more so when it's shared with those you love! Combine our limited-time pay-in-full discount with our Family & Friends offers and save even more:
    • Save $50 more per person when 3 guests go
    • Save $100 more per person with 4 people
    • Save $150 more per person with 5 people
    • Save $200 more per person with 6 or more people!
    For Groups of 8 or more please call 800.221.2216

Prices are per person, land only. Holiday surcharges may apply. We offer air on Cathay Pacific. Add extra nights.

Extend Your Trip

  • Travel on to Angkor Wat

    4-Day Post-Tour Extension from $799

    The magnificent jungle ruins of the ancient Khmer Empire are the perfect addition to this trip. We include your international flight from Bangkok to Siem Reap, 3 nights at your choice of deluxe or luxury hotel, daily breakfast and extensive sightseeing including the major temples, important lesser-known sites and Tonle Sap Lake.

    View Day by Day »

Our Private Journey Value

Extensive sightseeing with never more than 16 guests including all entry fees
23 meals: 11 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 5 dinners
11 nights in our handpicked first class hotels and resorts
All on-tour transportation and one internal flight
Luggage handling, hotel taxes & service charges and all fees for the internal flight
JourneyAssist, our toll-free 24/7 emergency on-tour assistance

Trip Pricing

  • Traveling as a single?

Travel Any Day - Per Person Double

Dates   First Class Accommodations
Departure Return   Regular Deal
1/5/2017 12/31/2017 $4299 $3799
 
1/1/2018 1/3/2018 $4299 $3799
 
1/4/2018 3/23/2018 $5099 $4599
 
3/24/2018 10/23/2018 $4999 $4499
 
10/24/2018 12/15/2018 $5199 $4699
 
12/16/2018 12/31/2018 $5599 $5099
 
1/1/2019 1/4/2019 $5599 $5099
 
1/5/2019 5/1/2019 $5099 $4599
 

Select all Deals that apply for best available price.

  • Save $1,000 per couple + $500 solo on all of our Small Group, Small Ship and Private Journeys when you book and pay-in-full before Dec 31, 2017.
  • Travel is one life's most rewarding experiences, perhaps even more so when it's shared with those you love! Combine our limited-time pay-in-full discount with our Family & Friends offers and save even more:
    • Save $50 more per person when 3 guests go
    • Save $100 more per person with 4 people
    • Save $150 more per person with 5 people
    • Save $200 more per person with 6 or more people!
    For Groups of 8 or more please call 800.221.2216

Prices are per person, land only. Holiday surcharges may apply. We offer air on Cathay Pacific. Add extra nights.

Extend Your Trip

  • Travel on to Angkor Wat

    4-Day Post-Tour Extension from $799

    The magnificent jungle ruins of the ancient Khmer Empire are the perfect addition to this trip. We include your international flight from Bangkok to Siem Reap, 3 nights at your choice of deluxe or luxury hotel, daily breakfast and extensive sightseeing including the major temples, important lesser-known sites and Tonle Sap Lake.

    View Day by Day »

Private Tour Add-Ons

  • Luang Prabang

    4 Day FreeStyle Travel

    Our 4-day FreeStyle Travel package features a choice of fine hotels, 5 meals, chauffeured airport transfers and in-depth sightseeing with your own personal car, driver and guide.

  • Be A Hong Kong Insider

    4 Day Privately Guided Journey

    Our resident guide will take you around town like a savvy insider to discover facets of Hong Kong which few visitors ever glimpse! We include transfers, a choice of fine city-center hotels, our exclusive Be a Hong Kong Insider full-day private tour, and more!

  • Singapore In-Depth

    4 Day FreeStyle Travel

    Our 4-day FreeStyle Travel package features a luxury hotel, 4 meals, chauffeured airport transfers and city sightseeing with your own personal car, driver and guide, and our exclusive, uniquely-designed cultural excursions

Trip Reviews

Average Traveler Rating:  Review This Trip »

(22 Traveler Reviews)

  • Sherry from NJ gives this tour 

    Enjoyed meeting the Hill tribe people in the villages. Our guide was invaluable in assisting with the language and explaining the cultural traditions, etc. the ease in which we moved around because for the guide. We were on a private tour (2 of us) and it was great! The driver and the guide treated us like royalty in both Thailand and Cambodia. Not an ounce of stress during the entire trip. The accommodations were outstanding! Read More »

  • George A from TX gives this tour 

    The temples in Thailand and Cambodia were delightful. Read More »

  • Wende from NV gives this tour 

    One cannot change "perfect." Read More »

  • Scott and Marianne from WI gives this tour 

    Loved the friendliness of the people. Read More »

  • Karen from NY gives this tour 

    Really got to see and experience the culture and history of Thailand Read More »

  • Michele from NC gives this tour 

    Delighted by the details of the trip and the scenery and the people. It went beyond my expectations. I would highly recommend to anyone who has not been to Thailand before. Our guide Nok was very knowledge and went above and beyond to make everyone on the group happy and make sure everyone got to see what they wanted to. Read More »

  • Martha from TN gives this tour 

    The people of Thailand are so sweet. It's true, they all smile. Our tour guide Mac did a great job. Our hotels that A&R confirmed were outstanding. Hill Tribes of Thailand is a must see Read More »

  • Carol from SD gives this tour 

    The accommodations were fabulous. We saw a wide variety of cultural sites. Read More »

  • Janice from PA gives this tour 

    This was my very first tour after years of traveling on my own. I was delighted that our group was small, five to be exact. Our guide and driver were excellent in every way. I felt that I learned a great deal about the people and culture of Thailand via our guide and the places we visited. It was quite the adventure with a mix of city and jungle environment. The Thai people were so warm and friendly. Many of our hotels were unusual and exotic. The entire trip was a delight. Read More »

  • Sharon from TX gives this tour 

    The adventure was great Read More »

Save $1,000 Per Couple
+ $500 Solo

Pay in full at time of booking
before December 31, 2017.

Why you won't ride an elephant with Alexander+Roberts  

Alexander+Roberts had chosen to no longer offer elephant rides – or any activity involving captive trained elephants. Read More >>

Travel with us to the Lantern Festival  

Travel on our Oct 29, 2017 departure for the Loy Krathong Lantern Festival! You’ll join Chiang Mai residents to release your own candle-lit lanterns - down the river and into the autumn sky.

Nancy E. of Jacksonville, FL
Loved Hill Tribes of Thailand!

This was my second trip with A+R and both were outstanding. With this company, you have a chance to visit less known places, which is so very interesting and of course less crowded. We had a full size bus for the 15 of us, and were very comfortable. All the hotels were excellent, some amazing. The meals were very good. I do not like spicy food and always had many choices that I could eat. I had been to Bangkok before so was expecting gold temples and Buddhas, which are amazing, but the north of the country was a delight. How good can it get! Love the group sizes and the extraordinary value for the price.

Meet the Hill Tribes of Northern Thailand  

Nestled in the mountain ranges of Thailand's Northern Mountains is the Chiang Mai province, one of Thailand's most colorful and intriguing regions. The most famous inhabitants of Chiang Mai are the Hill Tribes, a loose confederation of... Read More >>