Journey to Southeast Asia

Take an immersive journey through Southeast Asia including Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Siem Reap, Chiang Mai, Phuket, and more...

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What's Included in your Journey to Southeast Asia

  • 3-Nights in Hanoi
  • 1-Night in Ho Chi Minh City
  • 1-Night on Thoi Son Island
  • 3-Nights on Jayavarman Cruise
  • 3-Nights in Phnom Penh
  • 4-Nights in Siem Reap
  • 1-Night in Bangkok
  • 2-Nights in Chiang Mai
  • 2-Nights in Phuket
  • Private & Small Group Tours with Expert Local Guides
  • Flights between Destinations
  • Full support before, during and after your trip
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Day 1-3 Hanoi, Vietnam

ACCOMMODATIONS:

Conveniently located between Hanoi’s Old quarter and the New Business District, Lotte Hotel Hanoi connects the rich cultural history of the past and combines the promising future of Hanoi. Situated in the upper part of the magnificent 65th floor Lotte Center, Lotte Hotel Hanoi proudly represents a new standard of international 5-star hotels.

ACTIVITIES in HANOI, VIETNAM:

  • Hanoi City Tour

Set off on a half-day guided tour of Hanoi’s highlights. Dive right in a visit to the Ho Chi Minh complex; following the long queue to the Mausoleum. See locals paying homage to this historic figure and ‘father’ of modern Vietnam. Take a short walk to his house on stilts, where he lived from 1958 to 1969. Walk around the tranquil grounds, learning about Ho Chi Minh’s life and legacy. 

Continue to the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology. Here, browse informative exhibitions displaying artifacts and infographics that portray the remarkable diversity of Vietnam’s ethnic communities. Meanwhile, take a look at view traditional costumes on display which represent each of the ethnic groups.

In the afternoon, enjoy a half-day tour with a local who understands the traditional eating habits of Hanoians. 

Experience a Hanoi street food safari with a passionate chef who prides herself on decades of street food experience. Take a stroll along the streets to explore the different flavors of Hanoi. Make the first stop to taste pho cuon, and let the chef explain how to make a tasty fresh spring roll from steamed rice-paper and beef. Wrap, roll, and dip while experiencing street food heaven.

Proceed to explore a local market and enjoy the sights, sounds, and aromas from hundreds of different meals available. Learn to cook the freshest and most typical ingredients, carefully picked by the chef. Get ready to try out banh cuon, made from a thin, wide sheet of rice batter filled with a mix of seasoned pork. Continue down the streets and try out the tiny plastic chairs the locals sit on to have some nom –mixed salad of beef and papaya. Make sure to try out the extensive collection of desserts, including flan -coconut ice cream and che -sweet soup. Then, conclude this trip by hunting down whatever fruit is in season.

  • Ky Son Day Trip

Drive 1 hour northwest of Hanoi for an interesting excursion in a unique lodge reconstructed from authentic Thai Binh and Mai Chau province buildings and set in the fertile Tonkinese valley next to the village of Ky Son.

Upon arrival, explore the traditional structures and bucolic landscape that comprise this lovely property before rolling up your sleeves in the spacious, bright kitchen for a cooking class, learning from the owner how to make delicious Vietnamese dishes served as lunch!

Spend some time at leisure after lunch at a Vietnamese traditional house. Then, hop on a bicycle for a six-km leisure ride along charming back roads, rice paddy fields, and through picturesque villages such as the ancient village of Duong Lam.

Visit Mia Pagoda, built in the 15th century and sheltering 287 statues of all sizes, among which are statues of Buddha and statues of the ‘Eight Vajra Deities. Then, discover the Mong Phu temple in the Mong Phu commune – one of the few hamlets where the original village entrance remains.

Continue riding through the narrow alleys to see the old laterite houses. Finish at Ngo Quyen temple and Phung Hung temple-places dedicated to two national heroes.

Return to the lodge and try a local tisane and a traditional herbal steam bath before the drive back to Hanoi.

Day 4 – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

ACCOMMODATIONS:

Embark on a journey back in time to Vietnam in the 1930s with Hôtel des Arts boutique lifestyle hotel in Saigon. Combining the classical charm of French Indochina with a sense of timeless chic that only the MGallery Collection can provide, the hotel is as much an art museum as it is a 5-star hotel. Hôtel des Arts Saigon invites guests to relive the romance of this bygone era in their luxury hotel which offers all the comforts of the 21st century. Watch the video here.

ACTIVITIES in HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM:

Your journey to Southeast Asia continues in the metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City – still called “Saigon” by the locals today, is Vietnam’s largest city with a population of around 10 million. Life pulsates here 24 hours a day. Despite the fact that modern skyscrapers are slowly blending more and more into the city skyline, there are still many beautiful buildings in French colonial architecture and the city has retained a small-town, familiar character despite all developments.

  • Health and Wellness Experience

Enjoy an interesting experience that is designed to relax you with a chance to understand your inner-self, go on this journey to learn all about how natural essential oils affect the mind, body, and spirit. Get a chance to mix a personal essential oil in the peaceful atmosphere of this workshop.

Aromatic plants have been used for thousands of years as traditional remedies to enhance health and wellbeing. The ability of fragrances to affect emotion, mood, atmosphere, aesthetics, and even spirituality has long been recognized all over Asian cultures. You will meet an aromatherapy expert and begin the journey to explore, listen and heal the inner self.

As a yoga teacher, chemist, and qualified aromatherapist with 10 years of experience, the expert will share the story of aromatherapy, essential oils, and how to use them as a method to see what the body truly wants.

Learn how each smell and oil has a different use and effect on the mind and body. Immerse in the peaceful atmosphere of this cozy and lovely workshop and get a chance to create a personal mix, a ‘one-of-a-kind’, essential oil.

 

 

Day 5 – Ben Tre Provence, Vietnam

ACCOMMODATIONS: 

A place where you can experience the hospitality of the owners and the service of most high-end hotels.

Immerse yourself in the warm and relaxing atmosphere of the Lodge away from the sound, ostentatious, and rush of Saigon, A natural and intimate environment cuts off the outside world through a deep flashing back into Indochina’s period decor…

ACTIVITIES in BEN TRE:

Explore the back roads and intriguing waterways of Ben Tre Province, deep in the heart of the Mekong Delta. Visit authentic cottage industries, meet friendly locals and taste traditional cuisine for a better insight into the authentic culture of the Mekong Delta.

Today’s tour will begin at 08:00. Leave the buzz of Ho Chi Minh City behind and drive through the countryside for this tour to Ben Tre. Situated at the edge of the Mekong Delta, Ben Tre is the perfect starting point for this insightful excursion.

The adventure begins with a ride on the back of an xe loi, a local motorized cart. Bounce along back paths through coconut groves, lush rice paddies, and fruit farms a picturesque canal. Step aboard the ‘Mango Cruise’ and cast of for a glimpse of Delta scenery. Sip a freshly picked coconut as the boat winds through the maze of canals.

Stop at a small brick workshop where locals still use centuries-old traditional methods to make the bricks by hand. Observe this labor-intensive process, then return to the boat and cross the An Hoa River. Hop onto a bike for a short ride through Phong Nam, a typical delta village. Visit a local house to see coconut processing by hand and learn how every part of the coconut is used. Continue cycling through gardens and stop to visit a ruou dua factory, observe the process of making the coconut spirits.

Then get a closer look at delta life with a visit to a family home. Enjoy the tropical fruits and honey tea in the garden and hear how the family relies on fishing and farming to make a living. After this unique immersive visit, climb into a sampan boat and row through a hidden maze of small, sun-dappled canals gaining an insider’s perspective on daily river life.

Having worked up an appetite during the morning’s tour, take a break at Mango Home Stay restaurant to enjoy a delicious Vietnamese lunch. Afterward, take a leisurely walk past green gardens to a local house. Have a chat with the family members and watch them makes crispy rice paper, the most famous specialty of this village.

Day 6 – 8 My Tho Jayavarman Cruise

ACCOMMODATIONS:

Jayavarman is the father of Heritage Line’s unique ship collection and is named after the most renowned Cambodian monarch, King Jayavarman VII, who was known for his tranquility and love for artistic creations. He created some of the most famous temples of the lost Angkorian civilization.

Jayavarman is a ship resembling a floating art gallery, with fine objects d’art exhibited all over the public decks. A charming French-colonial design theme along with stylish Art-Deco accents are found throughout the ship’s rooms and public areas. The warm and embracing atmosphere invites you to feel at home from the first step aboard.8

 

ACTIVITIES on your MEKONG RIVER CRUISE:

  • Embarkment Day

Meet our guide and driver at your hotel and transfer to My Tho to embark on our vessel. After checking into your luxurious floating “home” for the next several days, your first inclination may be to step on your balcony to watch the ship set sail on its fascinating Mekong River voyage.

A lunch buffet is served in the restaurant while the vessel steadily glides upstream. 

Let your soul float and your eyes wander while the boat makes it’s way upstream. It is often stated that “nautical air” makes you hungry, so you are cordially invited to our afternoon tea in the open-air bar as twilight bathes the Mekong Delta in a golden haze. Get to know your fellow travelers while enjoying some tasty treats. The rest of this cruising day is fully yours to relax on your private balcony or be pampered by their therapists at the Apsara Spa.

While you savor your delightful dinner, the ship reaches Cai Be. This historic town was established in the 19th century by Vietnam’s last ruling family, the Nguyen dynasty, on the Mekong River where three provinces meet: Tien Giang, Vinh Long, and Ben Tre. Cai Be would later become the surrounding region’s predominant water-based trading hub, as we will see in tomorrow’s visit to the floating market. We anchor mid-stream near Cai Be and moor there overnight. If you are in the mood for some evening entertainment, there is a cinema in the lounge showcasing classic movies and interesting documentaries on a nightly basis.

  • On your way to Tan Chau

Arrive Cai Be, a charming market town that is famous for its Catholic French church and the manufacturing of traditional crafts and food products. The once enormous floating market of Cai Be gets smaller year by year since trading on the water is continually shifting towards modern markets. However, you can still see boat-to-boat trading of local goods, such as fruits and agricultural products, and imagine what this must have looked like on a larger scale. We learn from our guide about the long-lasting trading culture and how each boat has a special marker to let buyers know what goods they are selling.


By local boat, we sail along with the green canal network and watch the farmers working in the fields. A visit ashore of a workshop shows us the manufacturing of rice paste, rice paper, rice cookies, and rice wine. Cai Be’s surrounding areas are covered by palm trees, which is why the region is also famous for the production of coconut candy. While the vessel continues sailing upstream, you can enjoy time to yourself or head to the bar and enjoy a true Vietnamese coffee as you watch the life on the riverbanks floating by.

In the afternoon, the vessel reaches the area of Sa Dec and arrives at one of the larger islands in the vast stream of the Mekong, Binh Thanh Island. Several communities have settled here and made their living by growing water hyacinths. We exclusively visit one of these untouched areas. By wandering through the village, we get a deep understanding of native life. One of the local artisans, for example, demonstrates the entire process of traditional mat making. You can try weaving yourself. We also meet a local elderly couple who share their story of living on this island. They are always happy to chit-chat with our guests.

Back on board, you may take a dip in the pool on the sun deck. In the evening, our expert guide offers a presentation on life on the Mekong Delta as the ship continues sailing to Tan Chau, a pleasant, slow-paced border town near the Cambodian border with a sizeable Chinese, Kinh, and Khmer community. We moor near the city with views on the riverbanks.

  • Tan Chau

Welcome to the fish sanctuary of Vietnam.

Once on shore, we see Tan Chau’s vibrant town life as we hop on “xelois”, which are local vehicles still used as a taxi in this area. Your personal xeloi driver slowly navigates through the streets to observe all the workshops, houses, and shops while feeling the laid-back vibe of this place. We stop at the colorful, local market near one of the town’s temples. This is a great opportunity to interact with the vendors of this friendly town and try your hand at bargaining with them.

To see what Tan Chau is famous for, we board local boats and head to a floating fish farm. You are about to get an exclusive look into the world’s largest inland aquaculture industry. Each of the floating structures has netting hanging down into the water to enclose the fish, which are raised and fed on a daily basis. The region’s specialties are tilapia and the Basa catfish, or Pangasius, which is unique to the Mekong River basin and rapidly gaining popularity on the international seafood market.

Back on board your “home”, we sail towards the Vietnamese-Cambodian border. Get ready for a fascinating and leisurely cruise through the deep Cambodian countryside towards Phnom Penh.

The whole afternoon is at your own disposal. From here, even the last passenger turns on their cruise mode and hopefully experiences the relaxing influence this mighty river emanates. The afternoon is perfect for massages, relaxation on a terrace deck sunbed, or private balcony kick-backs. Conjure up a spell to merge with the river and float into a state of mild bliss.

After some additional cruising time back aboard, the boat arrives and docks at the pier of Phnom Penh. Feel free to go out and explore by yourself after dinner. Stroll along the river promenade and watch the locals chit-chatting, selling odds and ends or have a drink in one of the numerous bars.

  • Phnom Penh and Disembarkment

Welcome to Phnom Penh – the city once named Paris of the East. Despite its rapid development, it has retained a lot of its rustic charm and elegance. It is an amazing town with centuries of incredible history and culture which can still be felt at many street corners.

Enjoy your last breakfast aboard your floating home before disembarking the ship. We hope you enjoyed this fascinating river cruise, just as our crew does every single time. Moreover, take the enchanting memories and friendships along with you and share the stories of this amazing river – the Mighty Mekong.

Upon disembarking the cruise in Phnom Penh pier, you will be welcomed by a local guide and driver then pick up for a transfer to your comfortable hotel and check-in. 

Phnom Penh was once considered one of the most beautiful cities in the Orient, and despite its recent turbulent history it still retains a colonial charm as much of its original architecture remains. Cambodia’s capital is a bustling city majestically located at the confluence of the mighty rivers of the Mekong and the Tonlé Sap. Wide tree-lined boulevards and many colonial-era buildings reflect the glorious days and add to the charm of the city where Asian traditions meet Western customs in a fascinating way.

Day 9 – 10 Phnom Penh, Cambodia

ACCOMMODATIONS:

Welcome to the Palace Gate Hotel & Resort, a new luxury hotel situated in the heart of the thriving and lively capital city of the Kingdom of Wonder. Only 11.5km from Phnom Penh International Airport, the hotel is located adjacent to the splendors of the Royal Palace and within a short walking distance of the bustling Riverside area of Sisowath Quay.

Palace Gate Hotel & Resort offers you luxurious accommodation is perhaps the city’s most convenient location. How often do you encounter a hotel where your neighbors are Royalty? 

ACTIVITIES in Phnom Pehn

  • Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Get to know Phnom Penh, a vibrant city steeped in history. On the first appearance, it appears to be a busy, soulless capital, but through carefully selected tours the soul of Phnom Penh reveals itself.

Commence the sightseeing in Phnom Penh with a visit to the Royal Palace located in the city center. Explore the majestic compound and step back in time to when the Kingdom flourished. See the spectacular reception halls and historic royal costumes. The elegant Silver Pagoda, with its solid-silver floor, is a reminder of the prosperity of the former royal families.

Continue to the adjacent National Museum. Housed in a beautiful old building surrounded by tropical gardens, the museum is a tranquil oasis in the busy city center. Go inside to see seemingly endless displays of art and artifacts dating back to the pre-Angkorian era. Continue by traveling to the hilltop pagoda of Wat Phnom, for which the capital was named. Although not the most beautiful temple, the hilltop offers fabulous views of the city below.

Lunch on your own account.

Explore the more recent history of Cambodia this afternoon. Visit Tuol Sleng Prison (S-21) and the Killing Fields at Choeung Ek, sites used by the Khmer Rouge regime when they ravaged the country in the 1970s and 80s. The lasting effects of this tragic period are still being felt. Although the visits are somber, studying this era is important in helping to understand present-day Cambodia.

Before wrapping up the sightseeing in Phnom Penh, pay a visit to the Russian Market. This bustling bazaar earned its name in the 1980s as the ex-pat Russian population often shopped here. These days the market is filled with everything from souvenirs to local handicrafts, silver jewelry to electronic goods.

Day 11 – 14 Siem Reap, Cambodia

ACCOMMODATIONS:

Located in the Kingdom of Cambodia, Siem Reap, and minutes away from the magical temples of Angkor Wat, Navutu Dreams Resort & Wellness Retreat offers an upscale, plastic-free, and luxury hotel in a peaceful paradise.

Navutu Dreams is famous for its personalized service and authentic local touches. After a busy day exploring Siem Reap, Angkor Wat, and beyond, retreat back to eco-chic Navutu, where three luxurious outdoor pools are situated in lush gardens full of palm trees, bougainvillea, and frangipani flowers in our Siem Reap paradise.

ACTIVITIES in SIEM REAP:

Your driver and guide will pick you up for a full-day temple tour. Take a drive through the countryside to the Rolous Group. Located amid rice paddy fields and sugar palm tree plantations, the setting is quintessentially Cambodian.

Admire the three monuments of the Rolous Group from afar while the guide provides a brief introduction of their history. Dating back to the 8th and 9th centuries these are the oldest ruins in the region and, yet, are still remarkably well preserved.

Take a closer look at the temples, named Lolei, Bakong, and Preah Ko, with a three-kilometer walking tour.

Following this visit, climb into an ox cart for a short ride around the area. Soak up the beauty of the surroundings and enjoy the tranquillity of the countryside as the cart slowly makes its way through the fields. See typical scenes of rural farming life set amid Cambodia’s iconic sugar palm trees.

Savor one last look at the remarkable Rolous group and scenic countryside before returning to the hotel for refreshment. Lunch on your own account.

  • Small Circuit

Visit the small circuit the most famous among these is Ta Prohm Temple. This is the jungle overgrown temple that has been featured in several Hollywood movies such as Tomb Raider, Indiana Jones, and Two Brothers. The large fig trees have merged with the ancient stones and have been left untouched by conservationists. It is truly an awe-inspiring site to see how the vegetation keeps the temple walls “glued” together.

Next, visit another temple complex built during the reign of Jayavarman VII, Preah Khan. Preah Khan, originally known as “the city of victorious royal fortune,” and now named after The Sacred Sword that some believe may have once been housed here. Built-in the late-12th century in honor of the great King Jayavarman VII’s father, this massive temple complex originally had a population of 97,840 in its service. 

Last but not least, go further and visit the Neak Pean, built by King Jayavarman VII to symbolize the rebirth of the Kingdom after the supposed destruction of the city by the rival Champa empire. This unique temple built in the center of an artificial reservoir was described in inscriptions as “a sacred island drawing its charm from its ponds and clearing away the sins of those who approached it.” The central sanctuary, itself surrounded by pools, is surrounded by a pair of snake statues whose tails are twisted together at the back of the structure, lending itself to the modern name which translates literally as “the entwined serpents.”

  • Full-day Angkor Temple Tour

Your guide and driver will pick up and visit the ancient city of Angkor Thom. Angkor Thom was the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. This city is surrounded by an 8 m high wall, with each side of the city being 4 km long, drawing a perfect square. Enter the city through the ancient South Gate, an impressive stone gate carved with Elephants and four giant faces. On each side of the entrance path, a row of 54 gods or demons is holding the sacred Naga snake.

From here, continue to Bayon Temple in the exact center of the city. The particularity of this monument is the 54 towers with four faces representing the 54 provinces of the then Great Khmer Empire. The Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King are also must-visits as they are both known for their intricate bas-reliefs. 

Continue your sightseeing tour to the famous Angkor Wat Temple. Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, Angkor Wat is constructed following the model of the temple mountain symbolizing Mount Meru, the home of the gods. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stone carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman II fought during his reign.

Angkor Wat is well known for the more than 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple. Construction is thought to have taken around thirty years of intensive labor. Today, Angkor Wat is figured on Cambodia’s national flag as the temple symbolizes the soul of the Khmer people.

  • Kulen Mountain – Banteay Srei

Travel through the rice paddies and past villages to Phnom Kulen, an impressive sandstone plateau in this otherwise flat area.

The mountain is considered the birthplace of the Khmer empire and is thus a popular pilgrimage site for locals. Travel to the top and learn about the origins of the empire while venturing from temple to temple, many of which are hidden by nature. Continue to the unusual River of 1000 Lingas, a riverbed carved with Hindu gods and other religious symbols. Be amazed at this set of underwater carvings which are around 1000 years old.

1400 Drive down and return to the base of the mountain. On the way back to Siem Reap, stop and visit Banteay Srei. Banteay Srei is made of pink sandstone and is one of the smallest temples you can visit but one of the most beautiful as well.

Built in 967 AD by a guru to Jayavarman V, it showcases the most exquisite, deep, and complex carvings in all Khmer architecture. As well the carvings and bas relief are in perfect condition although being here for more than millenary.

In a small contemporary pagoda, Buddhist monks will celebrate a private blessing ceremony for you, wishing you health and a safe journey – a very special experience!

On the way back, you will have the possibility to stop at local communities along the way and your guide will help you to interact with the local community to learn about the way of life here. Seize the opportunity to see how rice paper is produced and to taste Palm Wine and Palm Sugar, which are popular local produce (seasonal).

Day 15 Bangkok, Thailand

ACCOMMODATIONS:

Few cities in the world exude a personality as Bangkok does, that is at once steeped in culture and tradition, as it is cosmopolitan and vibrant. Welcome to the City of Angels.

Named in honour of the ancient capital of Thailand, the hotel is surrounded by luxurious gardens and lotus ponds that pay homage to the old-world elegance and beauty for which Thailand is known.

With award-winning fine-dining restaurants, exquisite spa facilities, a state-of-the-art fitness center, expansive swimming pool, and an exemplary level of charming and efficient service, the Sukhothai Bangkok is the perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of the modern world.

ACTIVITIES in BANGKOK:

As you continue on your Journey to Southeast Asia, upon arrival at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport, you will be greeted at the aircraft door and escorted to a VIP line or zone area, where you are fast-tracked through the immigration, helped with your bag, escorted through customs, and taken to your guide will be waiting in the terminal to escort you to your hotel.

  • Bangkok Chinatown Tour

Traveling by Tuk Tuk, and accompanied by an English-speaking guide, venture into Bangkok’s bustling Chinatown. Soak up the buzzing atmosphere and cacophony of sites, sounds, and smells, stopping off to sample delicious dishes as you go.

Chinatown is one of Bangkok’s most vibrant neighborhoods. There are a variety of dishes on offer, and so this is a great opportunity for first-time visitors to sample their first street food, or for Asian cuisine experts to try some new dishes.

Your experience will usually start at around 5 pm. Chinatown is easiest to navigate on foot or by tuk-tuk, and so you will be dropped off by car at a meeting point by Hua Lamphong Railway Station where your guide will introduce you to your tuk-tuk driver for the evening. The tour usually lasts around three to three and half hours, and then your tuk-tuk driver will return you to your awaiting car.

Day 16-17 Chiang Mai, Thailand

ACCOMMODATIONS:

Rachamankha, the leading luxury boutique hotel, does not reveal itself to the passerby, but excites curiosity and creates a receptive mood. Only after passing through the hotel forecourt, the Zen-like simplicity and sophistication of the colonnaded courtyards welcome guests to the world of serenity and contentment. The hotel’s distinctive architecture aesthetic is inspired by the eleventh centuries B.C. vernacular Chinese dwellings, from which Northern Thai architecture has its roots.

Situated in the heart of historic Chiang Mai old city founded in 1296, the 25-room and suite Rachamankha is next to Wat Phra Singh, justifiably the city’s most famous temple (circa 1345). Four temples of notable interest are within easy walking distance from the hotel, out of thirty-three functioning wats or temples in the walled city of old Chiang Mai.

ACTIVITIES in CHIANG MAI:

  • Tour on the way to your hotel

Take a journey of spiritual discovery in Chiang Mai. Start with a visit to the city’s old town, venturing through the crumbling city walls and admiring a blend of old and new buildings. Catch glimpses of glittering pagoda spires illuminated by the late afternoon sun.

Then step into the secret jungle temple, Wat Phalad. As one of the most peaceful and enchanting crafted temples in Chiang Mai, the temple has got a fantastic history as it was built to enshrine a piece of bone said to be from the historical Buddha. Here, visit one of the monks and receive a blessing of good health and good fortune.

Continue on the spiritual trail, leaving the city center, and taking a winding drive into the hills. Climb up the staircase of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, admiring the intricate naga carvings along the way. Upon reaching the top, explore the 14th-century pagoda and hear about its origins. Wander around the towering gilded stupa and take a moment to enjoy the views of Chiang Mai in the distance.

Before the sun sets, witness the magical evening chanting of the monks, a serene way to end the day’s spiritual tour.

  • Kanta Elephant Sanctuary Experience

Drive approximately 50 Mins North of Chiang Mai through rolling hills, forest, and local farming areas. Arrive at Kanta Elephant Sanctuary. Walkthrough and learn about the elephants, change into traditional clothing and prepare fruits for our elephants.

Meet the elephants. Feed, interact, and play with the elephants in a natural environment and get muddy as you learn about their behavior and history. Take photos with the elephants. Walk with the elephants to a river and bathe them. Get some tea, coffee, and season fruit then say goodbye to the elephants.
Leave Kanta Elephant Sanctuary and drive approximately 50 Mins back to Chiang Mai. Drop off at your hotel or accommodation.

What to bring: towel, swimming suit, camera, insect repellant, and sunscreen.

Day 16-17 Phuket, Thailand

ACCOMMODATIONS:

Amatara Wellness Resort resort family emerges with a renewed appreciation for human connection, resilience, and our commitment to your well-being.

Our secluded location on the Southern tip of Phuket, overlooking the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea continues to provide an ideal setting for experiencing leisure and wellness—relaxation along with your own journey of personal discovery. Choose from a wide range of Retreat experiences while staying in some of Phuket’s most spacious Suites, along with 35 Private Pool Villas and 17 Private Pool Pavilions—all with sea views!

They offer expert instruction in Muay Thai, Pilates, traditional yoga, personal training, water exercise, mountain biking, and beach sports.

ACTIVITIES at AMATARA WELLNESS RESORT:

Enjoy the last two days of your Journey to Southeast Asia just relaxing before heading home.

Surround yourself with the perfect tranquility of the Andaman’s blue seas and endless skies, Amatara Wellness Resort was established with the vision of creating this place to be the comprehensive wellbeing sanctuary. The place to support your life journey with continued improvement, learning, and sharing aligned with mindful practice and a sustainable wellness approach.

We realize that everyone travels for their own purposes; hence, we create the atmosphere, services, facilities, and activities to cater to each group of guests. These allow everyone to spend and share moments of healthy happiness. Amatara strives for the guest’s needs and requirements as our top priority. And we are doing our best to facilitate your requirements to ensure your holiday is inspiring and memorable moments.

The Amatara wellness experience that we are offering is a personal journey to your most vibrant self. Our professional and holistic ‘middle way’ approach to wellness means that you can enjoy the journey while achieving the results you seek. Amatara offers all-inclusive wellness programs that combine spacious accommodation, healthy cuisine, health consultations from our experts, and personalized wellness treatments and activities.

Amatara’s peaceful setting and exceptional staff provide the perfect environment to support your health and wellbeing improvement.

Return home with memories that last a lifetime!

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