Off The Beaten Path in Thailand

(posted in Luxury Travel)

 

Luxury Asia tour operator Remote Lands has announced five new off-the-beaten path itineraries in Thailand in conjunction with the Tourism Authority of Thailand. The two have partnered up to to promote the lesser-known areas of Thailand beyond Bangkok, Phuket, and Koh Samui.

All new itineraries may be booked as is or customized to suit individual travelers’ interests. Itineraries range from snorkeling off Koh Kood Island and strolling through Buriram Night Bazaar in Isaan, to visiting elephant sanctuaries and exploring temples.

Added itineraries include:

An Exploration of Temples and Ancient Relics in Northern Thailand (Nine Days)

Travelers will explore this history Northern Thailand through visits to the Hill Tribes of Ban Rong Hi, the remnants of the Lanna Kingdom, ancient stone ruins of Phra Nakhon, and a royal temple believed to hold relics of the Buddha.

Also included in the itinerary is an entire day working with Asian elephants helping care for them, learning commands in Thai from the trainers, and aiding in feeding and bathing routine.

Temple Hopping and Elephant Excursions in Northern Thailand (Seven Days)

The tour begins in Ayutthaya where travelers will explore what was once the capital of Siam before heading north to Uthai Thani and stopping in Angthong to see the 164-foot-long reclining Buddha. The tour will also stop in Sukothia to explore the three most famous temples. Also included is exploring ancient ruins, visiting and caring for elephants in their natural environment, and walking through the Chiang Mai’s famous night markets.

Cambodia & Soneva Kiri: Connecting Ancient Culture with Island Charm (Eight Days)

This itinerary not only explores some of the best spots in Thailand, but also makes stops in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Travelers stay four-nights at the Soneva Kiri resort in Koh Kood with a variety of activities to choose from including the resort’s experience Cinema Paradiso, where visitors can watch classic movies in an open-air theatre with specially made cocktails. Guests can take a sea safari to Koh Kradad Island, visit the local fishing villages, or make reservations at the Mushroom Cave Lunch.

Also included in the itinerary is a boat cruise to Prasat Chrung before exploring the ruins of Angkor Wat, and enjoying a private Cambodian dance performance at the Conservatoire d’Angkor.

Nature, Culture and History in Isaan (Six Days)

Travelers journey though the jungles of Khao Yai, the Angkorian sandstone temples, an elephant village, and Pha Taem National Park on the Mekong River. Also included is a wine-tasting tour in Khao Yai, a night safari, a visit to the new, 32,600-seat I-Mobile Stadium, and a food tour of the Buriram Night Bazaar.

Floating Elephant Camps and Island Paradise in Thailand (13 Days)

This ultimate tour takes travelers to the country’s top lesser-known islands. It begins with a long-tail boat cruise on Cheow Lan Lake, which is followed by treetop dining in a bird’s nest-style pod suspended in the air while waiters deliver an array of dishes via zipline at Soneva Kiri resort; and a stay at one of the only floating tented camps in the world at Elephant Hills Rainforest Camp in Khao Sok National Park. The itinerary also offers opportunities for participants to get up close and personal with wildlife as well as eat at a restaurant  that feed wild eagles at a location only reached by bicycle.