Discover the historic temples and famous cuisine of colourful Chiang Mai before spending a week relaxing on the beach at Khao Lak.
3 nights Chiang Mai including breakfast and excursions; 7 nights Bangsak Village including breakfast. Includes flights and transfers
13 days from £1,660pp
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On the beach - 8 days
Bangsak Village, Khao Lak
Bangsak Village is set on the golden sands of Khao Lak on Thailand’s west coast. A small, intimate hotel with a laid-back atmosphere, it reflects the best of Thai tradition.
Surrounded by greenery and set on a peaceful beach, the Bangsak is a boutique resort with just 50 rooms. Natural materials are used throughout giving the hotel a simple charm and a wonderful connection to its rich natural surroundings. The open-air restaurant is constructed in typical Thai style with a bamboo roof and serves delicious Southern Thai dishes as well as international choices. The centrepiece of the resort is the beautiful pool stretching down toward the beach, surrounded by small trees. Khao Sok National Park with its dramatic limestone cliffs, lush jungle and beautiful waterfalls is one of the oldest rainforests in the world and just over an hour’s drive away. Also within easy reach are the picturesque seascapes of Phang Nga Bay and the excellent diving around the Similan Islands. While the hotel enjoys a secluded location, the shops and restaurants in the centre of Khao Lak are also only a short drive away.
The rooms have a spacious, open plan design and are set in single storey or two storey thatched bungalows located in the gardens or beside the pool.
Before the beach - 3 days
Chiang Mai Thailand’s second largest city, historic and colourful Chiang Mai is an easy and rewarding place to explore. Visit the historic centre with its gleaming temples and bustling markets, and the lost city of Wiang Kum Kam on a private tour. Learn to cook traditional dishes in a region famed for its cuisine or venture into the Mae Sa Valley with its quiet rural villages and beautiful countryside. Home to the H'mong hill tribe and some stunning botanic gardens, it is a tranquil and scenic contrast to the city.
Amata Lanna is a small boutique property bursting with charm. Designed in traditional Thai style, its 12 rooms sit in teak buildings surrounding a small pool near the Ping River. It is a convenient base for all areas of the city including the night bazaar.
Bangsak Village, Khao Lak
50 rooms, 1 restaurant, 1 pool
Set on the beautiful sands of Khao Lak in Southern Thailand, Bangsak Village has only 50 rooms and a simple, natural feel that reflects Thailand as it used to be.
Service is friendly and with its small size, intimate atmosphere and no children allowed under 12 years old, the hotel is perfect for those looking to relax and switch off. However, as the centre of Khao Lak only 15 minutes drive away it’s still easy to head out to explore other restaurants or do a bit of shopping.
The rooms are comfortable and spacious offering stylish accommodation while the rest of the resort has a simple, rustic feel very different to the polished style of large, international resorts.
Bangsak Village does not allow children under 12 years old.
Khao Lak lies just one hour’s drive north of Phuket and boasts a beautiful coastline and secluded beaches. Much less developed than Phuket to the south, Khao Lak has a more relaxed pace of life. It’s also the gateway to incredible diving around the Similan Islands and the world’s oldest evergreen rainforest at nearby Khao Sok National Park.
The Bangsak Village is located about 15 minutes’ drive from the centre of Khao Lak in a peaceful, secluded location.
Set along the beach, the resort enjoys a relaxed, rustic setting. The long sweep of golden sand beach is backed by lush green foliage and has a natural, unpolished feel, scattered with shells, driftwood and small bushes or green shoots. As the region is protected, beach chairs and umbrellas are not allowed on the beach.
Shops, restaurants and bars are available in Khao Lak, 15 minutes’ drive away and there are also some local restaurants about 20-40 minutes walk along the beach.
This intimate, characterful hotel offers a simple, natural feel. Low-key and relaxed in a secluded setting it's a lovely spot in which to get away from it all yet is well placed for exploring the local area or visiting the local restaurants and shops.
The spacious rooms have a calming décor with muted tones and fairly minimalist furnishings warmed by natural materials such as wood, bamboo or coconut shells. All feature a luxuriously large bath that can open out to the room by drawing back the screen doors.
Alocasia Superior Bungalow
These spacious 44m2 rooms are on the ground or first floor of 2 storey thatched bungalows, set among the gardens toward the back of the resort, and offer a balcony or patio.
Casuarina Deluxe Cottage
The 8 Casuarina Deluxe Cottages are similar to the Alocasia Superior Bungalows but are based in single storey cottages in the centre of the resort, closer to the pool.
There are 14 Coco Chalets, each slightly larger than the other room types and set toward the front of the resort, closer to the beach.
Pictures of the rooms
Activities, diving & excursions
The hotel has a beautiful pool that stretches down toward the beach and is a lovely spot in which to relax and switch off.
This is a small resort where the emphasis is definitely on taking it easy and facilities are more limited than in the larger resorts. However guests can hire mountain bikes to explore the local area and the resort is happy to help arrange excursions for those who wish to be more active.
The resort doesn’t have its own dive centre but is happy to help guests arrange dive trips with local companies.
Diving in the area is among the best in the world and the Similan Islands are regularly featured in lists of the top ten dive sites worldwide. Visibility can be up to 30 metres and you can see manta rays, whale sharks and turtles. Weather conditions between June and October usually mean that diving is not available.
Food & drink
The Rim Lae Bangsak Restaurant sits on a wooden deck at the beachfront with beautiful views over the beach to the sea beyond. Open air but covered by a bamboo roof, it has a simple, rustic but typically Thai feel and serves delicious meals. The traditional Southern Thai dishes are recommended and international dishes and seafood is also available.
The Coconut Bar is a great spot for sunset drinks. In keeping with the relaxed atmosphere at the resort, evening entertainment is not usually arranged except on special occasions.
There is a simple one room spa at the beachfront that offers massages, scrubs and body wraps. It is also possible to have treatments outside on a small wooden deck that can be screened with blinds.
Location: Chiang Mai
Northern Thailand reveals a culture and cuisine distinct from those of Bangkok and the south.
Bustling, historic and colourful, Chiang Mai is the focal point of this massive region and is Thailand’s second largest city.
Points of interest
The hilltop temple of Doi Suthep overlooks the city and many more temples are dotted along the side alleys of the old town. In the centre of town is the fascinating night market with a frenetic atmosphere and handicrafts from all over the northern provinces on offer. You will encounter the wonderful traditional dress worn by hill tribe people selling their wares as you wander around the stalls. Easy walks can be undertaken from Chiang Mai to some of the less-visited villages in the nearby hills.
The cuisine of the north is world-famous and Chiang Mai is the best place to learn how to create that perfect Thai curry. There are a number of excellent cookery schools where you can barter for your ingredients at the local markets before preparing your meal under the expert tutelage of your Thai chef.
Accommodation: Amata Lanna
This small boutique property has only twelve rooms but is bursting with charm and has a traditional Thai feel. The fusion of traditional Thai design (including magnificent heavy hand-carved doors) and modern amenities (including plasma screen TVs) works beautifully. Located near the Ping River, on the eastern edge of the city centre, access is good for all areas including the night bazaar.
Day by day
Fly from London to Bangkok
In Bangkok connect with your flight to Chiang Mai. Your driver and guide will meet you here and transfer you to Amata Lanna.
A full day exploring the quiet rural villages and beautiful scenery of Mae Sa Valley, one of Chiang Mai's Off the beaten track in one of Chiang Mai’s hidden secrets.
Today enjoy a leisurely tour of Chiang Mai using traditional modes of transport — including the songthaew and bicycle.
Today take a flight to Phuket where you will be transferred to Khao Lak and taken to the Bangsak Village.
Days 6 - 11
Today you will be transferred to Phuket airport for your flight to Bangkok.
Change planes in Bangkok and board your plane to return to London.
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