Elephant ride at Patara Elephant Farm

One-day itinerary: Mahout Training at Patara Elephant Farm

Country: Thailand

1 Day

Chiang Mai, Thailand: You will be met in the lobby of your hotel at 7:30 a.m. and transferred to the Patara Elephant Farm outside of Chiang Mai. At the farm you will be given your training outfit and a brief talk on working with elephants before heading into the bush to find them.

As the day goes on you will hear all about elephant farm management and the breeding program taking place at the Patara Elephant Farm. You will meet the elephants and learn to approach them and work with them from the ground and to take them to the river for their morning bath.

After a short ride to a local temple you can learn about elephants in Buddhism and the Thai’s ancient relationship with these traditional beasts of burden. Around mid-day you will set off for a ride through the jungle to some waterfalls where you will enjoy a picnic lunch and a swim with your elephant in the falls.

Return to the camp in the afternoon and say goodbye to your new friends before being transferred back to your hotel.

Note: Journeys Within’s one-day itinerary ideas are some of our favorite one-day activities – many of which are exclusive to Journeys Within. We do not book these one-day itineraries by themselves, but only as part of a full tour package.

Kayaking the hongs near Phuket, Thailand

One-day itinerary: Hongs by Starlight

Country: Thailand

1 Day

This unique tour, set up by the highly acclaimed John Gray’s Sea Canoe, highlights one of the most beautiful and unique locations in the world – Phang Nga Bay. Phang Nga Bay has witnessed a rapid growth in tourism in the past 20 years, not just for its pristine white beaches but also for its unique topography. The 400km-wide area is decorated with a display of uniquely-formed limestone karst islands, some just an outcrop of rock, others with low-lying land and beaches. Often likened to Guilin in China, or the magical Halong Bay in Vietnam, one of Phang Nga’s most appealing and captivating attractions are the ‘’hongs’’ , or lagoons, which lay hidden within the islands. It was these hidden worlds set among the towering limestone karsts that we went in search of with the Hongs by Starlight team.

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Koh Kood island beach

Remote Islands Beach Crawl Tour

Country: Thailand

7 Days | $1,180

Thailand is famous for its gorgeous island getaways, many of which are world famous destinations. Koh Kood and Koh Mak, on the other hand, are up-and-coming islands where you can soak up the unique culture and scenery of the Gulf of Thailand without the crowds you'd find on the more popular islands. We've designed this itinerary with a minimum of pre-planned activities, allowing you to fully relax and explore the islands at your leisure.

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highlights of Thailand tour

Classic Thailand Tour

Country: Thailand

14 Days | $4,490

Thailand is truly one of the world’s best destinations, not only because of its friendly people and reasonable prices, but because there is so much to see and do in a single country. In this 14-day tour you’ll see the diversity and beauty of Thailand by visiting the vibrant capital, Bangkok; the peaceful and beautiful cultural capital, Chiang Mai; and the paradise island of Phuket.

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