From the spires of Bangkok’s Royal Palace to the culturally diverse hill tribes and landscapes of the Golden Triangle, Thailand is truly mesmerizing. Possessing a distinctive history, warm and welcoming people, and world-renowned cuisine, this Southeast Asian country offers travelers a rich tapestry of experiences, many of which are part of The Evolved Traveler’s 12-day journey, “Thai Immersion.”
Beginning in Thailand’s energetic capital of Bangkok, a special early morning visit to Wat Pho allows you the opportunity to hear the sounds of a Buddhist chanting ritual—a deeply moving and spiritual experience. And, since no visit to Bangkok would be complete without a visit to a local market, special arrangements have been made so that your time there will be in the company of a local Thai chef. Together, select the ingredients to be used during your personal cooking lesson at the Blue Elephant Cooking School. At the Museum of Floral Culture, take part in a private floral arranging workshop.
Next, travel to the Chiang Rai province in the mountainous area of Northern Thailand, where a visit has been arranged to the hill tribe village of Hloya. Your host and guide for this one-of-a-kind experience, Yohan, is an internationally-educated member of the tribe himself. Continue to a meeting with the local Akha community, where you can witness firsthand the traditions of a way of life that is rapidly changing.
Your journey concludes in Chiang Mai, where you’ll visit the Naenna Studio to meet Patricia Cheesman, a noted expert in antique Thai and Lao textiles, pottery, and contemporary design. In the village of Hang Dong, spend the afternoon with a Thai family and help prepare and share that evening’s meal together. Enjoy a memorable visit to an elephant sanctuary where you will learn about these magnificent animals as well as assist in their care and feeding.
Shop Bangkok’s local markets to gather ingredients for a personal cooking lesson
Explore Thailand’s ancient capital and cultural heartlands of Ayutthaya
See the traditional bamboo houses and witness the daily life of the Akha hill tribe
Visit the Santikiri Kuo Min Tang Chinese refugee settlement
Join the locals in the daily alms-giving ceremony at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Spend an evening with a Thai family and enjoy a home-cooked meal together
Spend the day nurturing elephants at Elephant Chang Sanctuary
Dates & Rates
$11,195 USD per person based on double occupancy
Intra Tour Air: $380 USD per person
Any day – this tour is fully customizable
Private groups of 2 to 12 people