Your journey begins in northern Thailand, a hilly, forested area that borders with Laos and Burma to form the Golden Triangle. This unique area boasts utmost serenity, enchanting landscapes and intriguing culture in all of southeast Asia. Travel to the tranquil riverside town of Chiang Saen, the site of a former Thai kingdom. Explore the remnants and ruins of the once-mighty kingdom and visit the oldest and largest Buddha statue in Thailand. Venture to the less discovered town of Chiang Rai which is brimming with a diversity of cultural attractions, temples and traditional architecture. Soak up the relaxed atmosphere and visit a coffee plantation to better understand the region’s fantastic coffee culture where cafes are extraordinary in appearance serving delectable food and refreshments.
Travel south to Phuket from where your coastal adventure will begin. Located desirably in the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea, this city is Thailand’s exciting culture capital. PELORUS have arranged an exclusive visit to a nearby elephant sanctuary where you will have the entire sanctuary to yourself. For a truly intimate and once-in-a-lifetime experience, spend some quiet, serene hours with elephants that are being rehabilitated after decades of abuse. Feed the gentle giants, observe them bathing freely and explore the area with them in this special wildlife encounter. In the evening, receive a high-end Thai cooking class led by a Michelin Star chef where you will create an unbelievable meal together to indulge in.
Further north into the famous stretch of Andaman Sea lie the Surin Islands; undoubtedly some of the most stunning in Thailand. With a local anthropologist, spend quality time with the Moken tribe – ancient sea-faring people who have roamed this sea for thousands of years. Once collected by ‘long tail’ boats, visit their village and gain an intriguing insight into the intricate relationship between tribespeople and their surroundings and learn about their beach homes built on stilts. Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch accompanied by tribal music with songs telling stories of their history. Embark on a snorkel tour with a Moken guide to see the underwater life of the gypsies and gain incredible knowledge of the reefs and how they adapted to living in the water. Spot sea turtles, sharks and manta rays before learning the exceptional art of spear fishing and free diving. In this truly immersive experience, hike deep into the verdant forest and learn the uses of plants and trees that support the livelihoods of these fascinating people.