Thailand: Rivers, Rainforests & Reefs
Our Rivers, Rainforest and Reef luxury Thailand holiday gives you a wonderful window of perspective on a country begging to be explored. Thailand is brilliantly beautiful, offering an intoxicating mix of experiences, from the mountains and fast-flowing rivers of the mysterious Golden Triangle in the north, to the rainforests of a secret national park and the castaway beaches of the southern islands in the Gulf of Thailand.
In this luxury Thailand tour, we delve into this country’s’ fascinating history and culture, witness majestic wildlife up close, see the dazzling bright lights of one of South East Asia’s most exciting capitals and even find time to luxuriate on exquisite beaches.
Arriving in Thailand, the land of smiles, will leave you grinning from ear to ear. Your Yonder chauffeur will be waiting to whisk you off to The Siam, your Bangkok boutique bolthole. It will be difficult to drag yourself away from the delights of your luxury Bangkok hotel but there’s a city waiting to be discovered on foot, by boat and on the Skytrain, with ever helpful assistance from your knowledgeable Yonder guide. You’ll experience jaw-dropping culture, friendly locals and endless vistas of contrast.
You’ll jump on a flight and head to Chiang Rai in the far north of the country. Here, on the border with Burma and Laos, you’ll settle into the Anantara Elephant Camp in the heart of the mysterious Golden Triangle. Aside from pampering the pachyderms and interacting with them during their daily routines, you’ll enjoy venturing out by boat onto the mighty Mekong river to explore the small tributaries, canals and waterways that are the hallmarks of this border area.
You jet southwards again towards Surat Thani, where you’ll jump in a car and be driven to the little known Khao Sok national park. Here the prevailing soundtrack is the astonishing song of the gibbons and your view is the oldest evergreen rainforest in the world. The interaction with elephants will continue as your lodge takes great pride in its ethical stewardship of these gentle giants. The towering karsts will be experienced from water level paddling in a canoe over the shimming surface of Cheow Lan Lake.
From the mainland, its a short transfer in a high-speed catamaran to Koh Samui. In a hop skip and jump, you’ll be be settling in at the Six Senses Samui, the very essence of a luxury Thailand beach hotel, where you will spend your first few days on the beach. After your intense voyage of discovery elsewhere in Thailand, you’ll be more than ready to relax on a comfortable sun lounger.
Your private speed boat will race you across the the azure sea between Koh Samui and nearby Koh Phangan. You’ll step off into the warm shallows in front of the Anantara Rasananda, one of our favourite castaway beachfront hotels. The arc of sand on Thong Nai Pan Noi is picture postcard perfect. You’ll love it! On your final day, your private speed boat will be waiting to take you back to Koh Samui, where you will catch a flight to Bangkok to connect with your flight home.
What you get for your money
This itinerary would typically cost from £4,200pp per person inclusive of international flights, staying in the specified hotels and having the services of a private chauffeurs and guides. The costs can vary based on season, room type and board basis.