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Bite-size Break - Thailand Itinerary
Days 1-2 Bangkok
Arrive in the enigmatic city of Bangkok, Thailand, where the pulsating streets, smiling locals and colourful culture welcome you like a massive hug. Have your appetites at the ready, as tonight is a progressive dinner party - only played out on the streets of Bangkok! The first stop may look simple but is famed throughout the city for its pork satay. Tuck into some of these tasty morsels then take a short walk to dine at one of Bangkok’s most sought-after restaurants. Swoon over specialty dishes like stir-fried green curry with fish balls and tom yum with prawns, and get a fabulous food introduction to this enticing city. Make sure to leave room for dessert, as just around the corner is our last stop for the evening. People cross the city to get their sweet fix at our next destination and the quirky desserts on offer are truly unique. For those experiencing a food coma, the hotel is only a quick taxi ride away. Or for those keen to walk off this evening's indulgence, it’s only a 15-minute walk along bustling streets back to the hotel. Wake early and head to the colourful Tha Kha Floating Markets, which is anything but a tourist market. Drift through haggling traders selling fresh fruit and produce from their orchards and learn the trick behind making palm sugar from a riverside producer. Swap the river for train tracks at the crazy Mae Glong Railway Market. Fresh food stalls spread out across the rails and when a train passes through, which it does eight times a day, the stallholders quickly pull back their awnings and let it pass. It’s wondrous to see, especially since the locals barely bat an eyelid! On the way back to Bangkok, stop in at the Ampawa Markets for a lunch of noodles and satay, a real local treat. Back in Bangkok there’s a chance to shower and laze by the pool. In the late afternoon we eat dinner at a restaurant specialising in food from eastern Thailand. Share in a sea of colourful dishes, each bursting with freshness and flavour, before jumping on an overnight train to Chiang Mai. The train is a great place to meet locals and the beds are surprisingly comfy.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1
Day 3 Homestay
Roll into northern Thailand’s captivating capital, Chiang Mai. Freshen up at a local hotel then head off to begin a fabulous homestay 45 minutes from the city. While our accommodation is quite basic tonight, it is clean and comfortable, and a unique chance to learn about the food and people of this region. Meet Aoi, our gracious host, and take a tour of local food producers and the markets, buying ingredients for this afternoon’s cooking class and lunching at one of the delicious food stalls. Arrive at Aoi’s home and get ready to cook up a feast – quite literally! Eleven dishes are featured on this traditional Khantohk menu, so roll up sleeves and spend a fun afternoon learning the ins and outs of preparing this mouth-watering cuisine. Cut, chop and sizzle the day away then tuck in dishes like northern-style laab (spicy pork salad) and gai tod (fried chicken) while listening to local musicians who serenade us through dinner. As the stomach settles, watch a traditional dance performance and enjoy an evening relaxing among friends.
ACCOM: Homestay - 1
Days 4-5 Chiang Mai
Breakfast on delicious sticky rice before saying farewell to Aoi and heading back to Chiang Mai. Spend the morning relaxing in the hotel or exploring the area before visiting a local khao soi restaurant for lunch. See how this bowl of soupy-noodley goodness is made, then tuck into a hearty bowl and see why it’s one of the region’s most famous dishes. Then, perhaps visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a revered, gold-gilded Buddhist temple that has incredible views overlooking Chiang Mai, before winding back down to the city streets and getting ready for another incredible Thai meal at the Malin Night Market. More of a local haunt, the Malin market is bursting with food choices and excellent people-watching. Start the next day with the locals at Ton Payom Market and offer alms to monks collecting among the morning hustle and bustle. Enjoy a tasty Thai breakfast before wrapping up this bite-size break back at the hotel.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1
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