Experience the flavors of Thailand as you discover Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Phuket through food and market tours, cooking classes, and exclusive dining experiences.

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 Moscow Khao Soi, curried noodle soup.   Credit: Tourism Authority of Thailand.  Small temple near Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai  Coral Island, off the coast of Phuket  Young monks at a temple in Bangkok  Chillis and kaffir lime leaves, essential ingredients in Thai cuisine  Grinding chillis for Thai curry  Food stalls as found on most streets in Bangkok   Freshly cooked food at a street stall in Bangkok  Freshly cooked food at a street stall in Bangkok   Home-made Pad Thai at a cooking class in Chiang Mai  Rural floating market, reflecting traditional river life, Amphawa  Market stalls on the railway track in Amphawa   Sunset over the river in Amphawa  Twin Palms resort property in Phuket

Thailand Culinary Adventure: A Tailor-Made Journey

12 days from $4,850

Experience the flavors of Thailand as you discover Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Phuket through food and market tours, cooking classes, and exclusive dining experiences.

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or call 855-215-8690

Overview

Smithsonian Archivist Circle membership. Benefits include:

  • Recognition in the Friends of the Smithsonian Honor Roll displayed electronically on the National Mall in the Membership Reception Center
  • Invitation to a special welcome tour for new members at a Smithsonian venue
  • A Smithsonian Institution annual engagement calendar with full color images of exceptional art and artifacts
  • A complimentary Smithsonian museum guidebook
  • Subscription to the award-winning magazine Smithsonian
  • 20% discount at Smithsonian Museum Stores, 10% discount at selected dining facilities, at SmithsonianStore.com, and Folkways Recordings
  • Special member rate for tickets to the Smithsonian's IMAX® theaters and Einstein Planetarium
  • Admission to Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City
  • Weekday access to the Friends of the Smithsonian Reception Center

If you are already a member of the Archivist Circle or above, you will receive The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects by Richard Kurin.

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 — Bangkok

You will be met at the Bangkok International Airport by your private driver and transferred to your hotel, a tranquil retreat in the heart of the city. Enjoy the remainder of the day to relax.

Day 2 — Bangkok

Set off on a privately guided tour of Bangkok to get your bearings. As your guide shares insights on Thai culture and the significance of the city’s main attractions, you’ll navigate multiple forms of public transportation–from the Skytrain winding its way through downtown skyscrapers to a longtail boat, a public boat taxi, and the ubiquitous tuk-tuk. Visit the Grand Palace and see the immense, gold-covered Reclining Buddha at Wat Po. You’ll finish up just in time for lunch, and your guide will have restaurant recommendations for you. After time to relax or explore on your own, we suggest celebrating the start of your culinary adventure with a meal at your hotel’s own Michelin-starred restaurant, Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin. (B)

Day 3 — Bangkok

Today you'll dig into Bangkok's delicious street food scene on a tour with a local guide. You’ll get an introduction to different local cuisines, visit some of the most popular food stalls, and be taught key phrases to order on your own as you continue your journey through Thailand. During your free afternoon, we suggest a visit to the Jim Thompson House Museum, where an impressive collection of art, silks, and antiques is displayed in traditional Thai houses. (B, L)

Day 4 — Bangkok

Spend the day as you wish, relaxing by the pool or venturing into the city on your own. Consider rising early to visit the stunning temple of Wat Arun before the crowds arrive.  In the evening, you will be met by your guide for a walk through the neighborhood of Suan Plu. Explore some of the local cottage industries of the area, including an intriguing amulet market where tiny talismans are sold. Sit down to a delicious Thai meal at a local restaurant, and end the evening with a drink at a jazz bar. (B, D)

Day 5 – Amphawa

Make the short journey to Amphawa, a picturesque village of traditional wooden homes and winding canals. Here, see the Tha Kha floating market, where merchants sell their produce—and cook snacks and dishes—in boats clustered on the canals.  Get a sense of local cuisine and commerce, and sample some of the merchants’ offerings. After lunch at a nearby restaurant, set off on an easy bike ride to the organic farms of Ban Bang Phlap. This inspiring community-based tourism project is part of the late king’s sustainable agriculture initiatives and is particularly known for producing organic pomelos and coconuts. Pedal among the plantations, stopping to meet farmers and taste the fruits grown here. Tonight, stay at a riverside eco-retreat away from the bustling city. (B,L)

Day 6 — Chiang Mai

Meet your guide and drive for the transfer ot the airport, where you’ll catch a flight to Chiang Mai, a centuries-old city set within the mountains of northern Thailand. You’ll be picked up and driven to your hotel.  In the evening your guide will take you to a local temple to witness monks performing their nightly rituals. Sit down to a delicious meal at an acclaimed restaurant before taking a stroll with your guide through the enchanting night market. Sample a Thai dessert as a sweet ending to your evening. (B,D)

Day 7 — Chiang Mai

Spend today exploring Chiang Mai at your leisure. We recommend a walk through the markets for a fascinating look at Thai culture and everyday life. Be sure to try Khao soi noodles or Chiang Mai pork sausage, both local specialties. (B)

Day 8 — Chiang Mai

This morning you will be picked up in a classic vehicle and transported to your cooking class outside the city. Your teacher, Yui, is a well-known chef within Thailand who will teach you how to make Thai specialties that you can later prepare when you return home. Enjoy a full day of learning about ingredients, concocting various dishes, and savoring them together. (B, L)

Day 9 — Phuket

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the island of Phuket, via Bangkok. You’ll be met by your private driver and taken to your boutique beach hotel, set amid water gardens on the west coast. Spend a relaxing afternoon enjoying this secluded resort and the island’s white-sand beaches. (B)

Days 10 — Phuket

Meet your guide for a tour of Phuket's street food today. The island’s cuisine is distinct, incorporating spices and curries brought by Chinese, Malay, and Singaporean merchants. Then enjoy another free afternoon to discover a new beach or explore Phuket Town on your own. (B, L)

Day 11 — Phuket

Spend a final day relaxing at the beach or at the pool, or set out on a long boat to explore nearby islands. You’ll also have options for snorkeling and sea kayaking arranged by your resort. (B)

Day 12 — Depart for home

Return to Bangkok and connect with your international flight home.

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)