Photograph your way through Thailand with Ewen Bell, Australian Society of Travel Writers Photographer of the Year. Bell walks you through the intricacies of your camera. Grasshopper Adventures hires area guides to make sure travelers get off the beaten tourist path, and stop at local shops, restaurants, and important sights.
Trip Tip: Bring a notebook to write down the recipes you will be learning during an evening class on authentic Thai cooking.
Luxury Level: Travelers spend eight nights in smaller boutique hotels, two nights in a mountain lodge, and one night on a sleeper train. Meals are in regional restaurants.
Key Cultural Immersion and Historical Conservation: Grasshopper Adventures, 66-87/929-5208; grasshopperadventures.com; 12-day trips, including most meals, from $2,600; January 21-February 1.