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.

Street food in Bangkok, Thailand

One-day itinerary: Bangkok’s Culinary Delights and Muay Thai Match

Country: Thailand

1 Day

Tour two of Bangkok's local markets, sampling must-try delicacies along the way. Enjoy lunch at the Aor Tor Kor Market - a local favorite for its fresh produce and seafood options. Your afternoon is free to explore or rest, and the evening features the excitement of Muay Thai boxing. This one-day itinerary idea will make you feel much less like a tourist and more like a participant in the vibrant Thai culture.

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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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Thailand Culture, Culinary and Beaches Honeymoon

Country: Thailand

14 Days | $5,500

For honeymooners looking to get a taste of the exotic foods and culture of Thailand, with a little beach relaxation thrown in, this is the perfect honeymoon tour.  Start your adventure in Bangkok, touring the city and sampling the local cuisine with your guide, then travel north to Chiang Mai where you will visit temples and villages, and make friends with elephants. Finally, head to the Gulf of Thailand and relax in luxurious resorts on two of Thailand’s most romantic islands …

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