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Some places are so full of flavour that once you get a taste of it, everywhere else seems bland in comparison.

Such is the case with Thailand — a longstanding traveller’s buffet of food, scenery, people, and history — where you are set to spice up your sense of adventure during a ten-day escape with Authentic Asia. The planned group itinerary is peppered with luxurious hotels, decadent restaurants, complimentary transportation, and mesmerizing sights from Bangkok to surrounding destinations ($2,650 with scheduled dates in March 2012*).

Once all of the main ingredients are in order, heat things up with a flight to Bangkok. Then, mix in some sage advice from your local English-speaking escort in the included transportation from the airport to The Peninsula. Ranked one of the World's Best Hotels by Travel + Leisure, this opulent outpost lets guests simmer in rooms that have views of the Chao Phraya River, TVs in the marble bathrooms, daily fruit baskets and free wi-fi.

Spend your thyme in this energetic city with visits to temples and a flower market, followed by a private boat excursion on the famed canals. Later, you'll s(curry) to The National Museum, The Jim Thompson House and Chinatown.

Now that your adventure is really cooking, you'll be scooped up north to Sukhothai on an included flight with a guide. Have a "pinch me" moment as you view the Wat Mahathat temple at sunset, and then gingerly cruise the streets of Old Town on a bicycle tour before resting at The Legendha Sukhothai Resort.

Dice up the next few days in nearby Chiang Mai with a visit to The Elephant Hospital, Doi Suthep, the Chiang Mai City Art and Cultural Center, and a silk-weaving centre. When each day is through, clove the door on your Shangri-La Hotel room and enjoy five-star features like a pillow menu, a bedside control panel and a flat-screen TV.

After visiting a tribal village in the morning, you'll be whisked away on a private long-tail boat to Tham Pha Thai National Park and then taken by private bus to Chiang Rai to see the Golden Triangle. You can then cross the border into Burma, or you can pars-leave the group for a hike through the jungles near Katiliya Mountain Resort and Spa, where you'll stay for night seven and eight.

Upon returning to Bangkok, move through the city on a search for the best of its ubiquitous street food — like drunken noodles and samosa pastries — before you stick a fork in your trip. A dip in the Jacuzzi and the beds at the Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok will provide the perfect nourishment before leaving for the airport the next day.

Fill your plate with all the flavours of this escape to Thailand, and you'll savour it until the very last bite.
*Dates: 3 March to 12 March, 2012; 6 March to 15 March, 2012; or 12 March to 21 March, 2012

Escape kit

  • A 10-day all-inclusive tour of Thailand for one guest, including:
  • A three-night stay at The Peninsula Bangkok, a one-night stay at The Legendha Sukhothai Resort, a two-night stay at the Shangri-La Hotel Chiang Mai, a two-night stay Katiliya Mountain Resort and Spa in Chiang Rai, and a one-night stay at the Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok
  • Round-trip flight from Bangkok to Sukhothai
  • English-speaking tour guide service and private bus transportation
  • Entrance fees to included sightseeing spots
  • Seven buffet breakfasts and five lunches
  • Dates: 3 March to 12 March, 2012; 6 March to 15 March, 2012; or 12 March to 21 March, 2012
  • Book by 11 December

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