Embrace the diversity of Southeast Asia as you explore Thailand on this incredible ladies only journey with The Sisterhood featuring lavish temples, cultural discoveries, and stunning natural beauty. From tropical vistas to gilded palaces and ancient ruins, Thailand offers up a piece of its soul to travelers – and our story starts here…together.
Don’t miss your opportunity to join Sisterhood Travels for this incredible women-only once-in-a-lifetime trip. We promise you lots of fun, laughs, spectacular sightseeing and most of all….the magic of Sisterhood!
When you arrive today, your driver will transport you to your hotel. You’ll have time to relax, rejuvenate and independently explore. You will begin your discovery of Thailand in Bangkok, the capital city. Here, vibrant street life is contrasted by a backdrop of ornate shrines and rich history. Hotel: Amari Watergate Bangkok
We will begin your journey exploring the winding canals in Bangkok’s old town on a private boat trip. On Rattanakosin Island, we’ll visit Wat Po, the famous Buddhist temple complex in the Phra Nakhon District, and see the world-renowned Reclining Buddha. Enjoy some free time before joining The Sisterhood this evening for a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D) Hotel: Amari Watergate Bangkok
Today, we’ll experience more of Bangkok’s highlights, including a visit to Wat Phra Kaew where the Emerald Buddha is regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand. We’ll visit the ornately decorated Grand Palace – the official residence of the Kings of Siam since 1782.
During an afternoon in Bangkok, we’ll set off for the Jim Thompson House & Museum, where you can check out the Asian art collection of the James H.W. Thompson – “Thai Silk King,” who went missing mysteriously in 1967, leaving behind an incredible museum spotlighting his stunning collection of art. Thompson was an American architect who built this museum in 1959 to house his most secular collection of historical Buddhist statues and traditional Thai paintings made from cloth, wood, and paper that illustrate the life of Buddha. He also collected white and blue porcelain from China and other intricate artwork from Burma, Laos, and Cambodia. The founder of the Thai Silk Company was believed to revitalize the silk industry in Southeast Asia. Experience the tapestry of displays as you explore this creative space before sitting for lunch at the museum restaurant.
This evening, a night tour of Bangkok will create memories for a lifetime as you experience the city from a completely fresh perspective. Climb aboard your tuk-tuk – a motorized rickshaw – for a front-row seat to the bustling Bangkok city streets lit up at night. The streets are alive with excitement and energy as your tuk-tuk takes you for food tastings that capture the local flavor. We’ll end with a visit to the flower market – this normally busy, bustling landmark feels solitary and peaceful in the quiet of the night. Enjoy more food tastings in a private setting before returning to the hotel. (B, L, D) Hotel: Amari Watergate Bangkok
Today, it’s your choice! Choose between a walk from the hotel to visit the Suan Pakkad Palace Museum, known for its Thai antiques -OR- take our coach to visit the Marble Temple, where you will join Buddhist monks in their daily chanting. After, we’ll head to the airport for our short flight to Sukhothai. This evening, we’ll enjoy dinner together at the hotel. (B, D) Hotel: Sukhothai Treasure Resort & Spa, Sukhothai
Today we’ll dive into history as we discover the archaeological sites in Sukhothai. We’ll visit its Historical Park, spanning the ruins of Sukhothai – which means“dawn of happiness” – as well as the famous site of Wat Si Chum, a landmark temple boasting a 49-foot Buddha and an open ceiling. (B, L) Hotel: Sukhothai Treasure Resort & Spa, Sukhothai
Today, we are heading to Chiang Rai. During this long ride, we’ll stop for lunch at a local restaurant and visit the White Temple, called Wat Rong Khun – an intricately designed Buddhist-styled temple. Later, we’ll arrive in Chiang Rai, once the capital of the Mengrai Dynasty. (B, L) Hotel: The Legend Chiang Rai Boutique River Resort & Spa, Chiang Rai
We will explore the beauty and cultural experience of Chiang Rai today. We’ll enjoy a tour of the Golden Triangle, where Burma, Laos, and Thailand meet, separated by the Mekong River. We’ll also visit the Opium Museum today. As we explore this museum, we learn about the opium trade and its impact on local communities. Then, it’s all aboard for a short boat ride along the Mekong River to float at the confluence of Laos, Thailand, and Burma. Back on land, we’ll walk to a restaurant for lunch before driving to the hill tribe village to learn from locals about the long, rich traditions of this beautiful area. Most of the Thai ethnic groups are set off in remote locales, and the hill tribes relocated here to warmly welcome visitors and introduce them to each of the ethnic groups. Meet with Akha and Karen Long Neck people. As the women weave during the visit, you have the opportunity to support these local artisans by purchasing some of the products they make for tourists. This evening, we’ll enjoy a walk in a night bazaar, experiencing the culture of this region in a whole new way. (B, L) Hotel: The Legend Chiang Rai Boutique River Resort & Spa, Chiang Rai
Today, we’re off to Chiang Mai – once a religious center, where elaborate Buddhist temples create a beautiful backdrop reflecting its rich, cultural history. En route, we’ll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before visiting Doi Suthep – one of the twin peaks of a beautiful granite mountain to the west of Chiang Mai. A cable car whisks us to its peak to visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, one of the most important Buddhist temples in Thailand. Marvel at the stunning views before taking the ornate steps back down. Flanked by jeweled naga – lavish serpents – these steps are the perfect spot for a photo! Enjoy dinner on your own this evening. (B, L) Hotel: Kantary Hills Chiang Mai
Today, we’ll see elephants in their natural setting during a visit to Chang Chill, which literally means “relaxed elephants.” This sanctuary prides itself on its ethical treatment of these endangered species. We’ll climb aboard our 4×4 vehicles and meander through country roads to reach the camp. Then, we’ll walk through rice paddy fields and meet the resident elephants.* From a distance, watch them graze, bathe in the river, roam the lush forest, socialize with one another – and embrace their freedom. Make herb balls and fruit snacks to place in feeding stations. Enjoy a simple vegetarian lunch served by the camp staff as the elephants arrive for their snacks. Participate in discussion with a mahout on changes to the elephant trade practices and the impact on the mahout community. Travelers who wish to observe the elephants grazing can set off for a 20-minute hike to do so. Tonight, it’s your choice! Choose between a relaxing one-hour Thai massage -OR- get a taste of the local flavor during dinner at a local restaurant. (B, L) Hotel: Kantary Hills Chiang Mai
Enjoy a warm welcome today from an extended family belonging to the Lanna ethnic group. Visit their home, where you can learn from one of the family members about their customs and religion, see their garden and hear all about the herbs grown here. Together with our hosts, we will learn how to prepare local dishes and join them as we enjoy the fruits of our labor with a simple lunch. (B, L) Hotel: Kantary Hills Chiang Mai
This morning, we will fly to Phuket and head to our resort, set on a private tropical beach. Relax for the rest of the day as the salty sea breeze rolls in, rustling the palms and soothing the soul. Perhaps hit the waves, or unwind with a good book, reflecting on your cultural journey thus far. Stay as long as you’d like. (B) Hotel: Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket
Today, we’ll travel to Phuket’s Old Town, adorned with brightly painted, historic Sino-Portuguese townhouses, stores, cafes, and ice cream shops. Explore this charming old town all morning and enjoy free time for lunch on your own. After lunch, return to our beach-front resort to soak up those saltwater vibes and laid-back tropical lifestyle for the day. (B) Hotel: Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket
It’s a free day today, so take advantage of your idyllic tropical resort or perhaps head back to the old town and dive into some of Phuket’s most popular haunts with your Sisters. This evening, we’ll gather for a Farewell Dinner, toasting an experience full of history, beauty, culture, and incredible discoveries in Thailand. (B, D) Hotel: Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket
This afternoon, we’ll fly to Bangkok and head to an airport hotel, preparing to return home with a lifetime of memories, new friendships, and our hearts full of Sisterhood – the best kind of souvenir. (B) Hotel: Kantary House, Bangkok
Drivers will take us back to the airport for our return flights home. (B)
This is a consistently robust itinerary that is likely to be filled with a combination of long, active days, several early hotel departures and some long journeys by coach. There may be limited time for rest and rejuvenation as you explore these amazing destinations. There may be multiple flights and travel by non-traditional means such as safari vehicles, rickshaws/pedicabs, etc. Guests should have reasonable health and mobility and be capable of walking 1-2 miles over time over potentially difficult terrain which may include hills. Guests should be comfortable with standing for longer periods of time with no difficulty.