7 Days // 6 Nights
Up In The Air Life proudly presents The Best of Southeast Asia where you will join us on an adventure to the land of smiles. Thailand is known for its opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins, ornate temples, and tropical beaches; and on this 7-day journey, we will take you through its natural beauty and cultural wonders full of culinary delights, art, music, and exquisite deluxe hotel accommodations! You’ll explore the capital of the Lanna Kingdom, known today as Chiang Mai, and its neighbor, Chiang Ra. Get ready to enjoy your greatest adventure!
April 11-17, 2021
You’ll arrive at Chiang Mai International airport (CNX) and transfer to your exquisite deluxe hotel accommodations. Enjoy some leisure time this afternoon on a self guided tour, exploring the “new city ” in all its grandeur. Chiang Mai is one of the only cities in Thailand where you can experience the duality of today’s Thai culture. With ancient pagodas and intricate beautiful temples next to modern shops, boutique hotels, to the famous, colorful night markets. This evening let’s connect for a meet and greet before we savor a Khantoke Dinner and enjoy the Traditional Lanna performance. If we have time, we’ll check out The Sunday Walking Street. This is one of the most popular shopping experiences in Chiang Mai. A huge variety of art, handcrafts, music and food, the Sunday Walking Street is the spirit of Northern Thailand.
Rise and Shine! After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, In the afternoon we’ll visit one of the most famous temples in Chiang Mai, Doi Suthep. From the top of Doi Suthep, you’ll be able to take in the panoramic views of the town below. Once the sun sets, the city of Chiang Mai lights up! You’ll visit one of the many colorful night markets immersing yourself in the local cuisine. Fill up on khao soi (a tangy, spicy curry soup), lemongrass-stuffed rotisserie chicken, or if you’re feeling adventurous, try boat noodles, a popular pho-like street food with an intense, pork blood broth.
Jet lag is a real thing, so today we’re going to give you a much needed day to rest. Enjoy the breakfast buffet at the hotel and explore Chiang Mai at your leisure. Maybe take a stroll through Old City, or head to the posh area of Nimman and do some serious shopping, or better yet, relax and indulge in getting a much needed Thai massage. Whatever you decide to do, i’m sure you’ll enjoy every moment of it!
After breakfast, we will be taking a ride through the countryside to Chiang Rai and explore the infamous Golden Triangle, once the center of opium production and trade in SouthEast Asia. Golden Triangle is the point at which Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos meet, and where the Mekong River flows into the Ruak River. After a bit of this history, sit down and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Once we’re down eating, we’ll visit the most iconic and beautiful temple in Northern Thailand, Wat Rong Khun, also known as the White Temple. The gleaming pure white, architectural marvel over the glassy waters of the adjacent pond reflects a mirror image of the White temple’s brilliance. As dusk sets upon us, we’ll end our day with dinner at sunset overlooking the gorgeous oolong tea plantation at the amazing Singha Park.
Meals: Break, Dinner
Rest up because today we will be celebrating Songkran! The Songkran Festival is also known as Thai New year and is the largest Water Festival in the world. This is a 3 day festival of water play fun, splashing locals and visitors alike with buckets of water, water hoses and super soakers as they gather in the streets. So be prepared to get soaked, while having the time of your life in a fun and exciting water fight (all in good fun).
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Chiang Mai has a trio of magical aces of nature, culture and adventure. Once we touch down, we will be whisked away to our deluxe accommodations. Unpack and let’s meet up for our Thai cooking class! We’ll get a taste of unique flavors during our Thai and Akha cooking class. Discover the culture and cuisine of the indigenous hill tribe, Akha with the help of our local, expert host. We will prepare 11 different dishes and enjoy our fest for our last dinner in Chiang Mai.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
After breakfast at the hotel and at the scheduled time, you will transfer to the airport for your flight home. Farewell and safe travels.