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Thailand.13 Day Classic

Thailand.13 Day Classic

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$999.00Price

13 Day Classic Thailand

Escorted Package Includes

From $999 land only/ from $1569 land and air

 

  • Round trip flights Los Angeles-Bangkok, Bangkok-Los Angeles (some departures operate in reverse)♦
    Other departure cities available. 
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-flight Chiang Mai-Bangkok
  • 11 nights First Class accommodations*
    • 4 nights Bangkok
    • 1 night Ayutthaya
    • 1 night Sukhothai
    • 2 nights Chiang Rai
    • 3 nights Chiang Mai
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • 18 meals: 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners with wine or beer
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

 

Special Features

  • In Bangkok, visit serene Wat Po, home of the astonishing giant Reclining Buddha, over 150 feet long
  • Visit Bang Pa-In Royal Palace, used as a summer palace by the Siamese royalty
  • Marvel at Chai Wattanaram Temple, one of Ayutthaya’s most impressive remaining monuments
  • Explore Historical Sukhothai, capital of the first Kingdom of Siam
  • Visit the House of Opium & Golden Triangle
  • Discover Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep Temple, the most sacred temple in Northern Thailand
  • Authentic Thai DiFlights from the USA may arrive on DAY 3. Included sightseeing commences in the morning on Day 3.* some departures operate in reverse order, going to Chiang Mai after Bangkok instead of AyutthayaIs This Trip Right for You?This active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect from two to three hours walking on some touring days. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Some tours require walking in the open air with no shade. A few early wake ups and some long drives from one city to another. You may depart independently, or with part of the group, at the end of your program as the Tour Manager may be traveling with other passengers on an extension program.Note: your itinerary will change depending upon the day of the week you depart. Click a day above to see what is included.nner at Chiang Mai Private Home
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  • tour description

    DAY 1, Sunday - Depart for Thailand
    Depart for Thailand

    DAY 2, Monday - Arrive in Bangkok
    Arrive in exotic Bangkok, Thailand's capital city; transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to rest, relax and acclimate to the new time zone
    Overnight: Bangkok

    DAY 3, Tuesday - Bangkok City Tour
    This morning enjoy a city and temple tour of Bangkok, a fascinating mix of ancient and modern. Drive through Chinatown and then on to the colorful Indian Market. Visit serene Wat Po, the oldest and largest temple in the city, with the astonishing giant Reclining Buddha, over 150 feet long and almost 40 feet high. Drive to Royal Avenue where most of the Government offices are located and the King's Palace. Later in the afternoon, enjoy a Welcome Drink and briefing by your Tour Manager on the exciting journey that lies ahead, followed by a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers
    Overnight: Bangkok
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    DAY 4, Wednesday - Full Day in Bangkok
    Full day at leisure to explore Bangkok on your own. Or, don't miss the optional morning tour of Wat Phra Kaew, also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and the elaborate 18th century Grand Palace, symbol and ceremonial heart of the kingdom - together they form the most impressive sights in Bangkok. Despite the proximity of the two, there's a distinct contrast in style between the Thai-inspired Wat Phra Kaew and the European design of the Grand Palace. In the evening, attend the optional buffet dinner and stunning performance of the "Journey to the Enchanted Kingdom of Siam". Boasting over 150 performers, this lavish production delves into Siam's history and culture
    Optional: Half Day Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha (AM)
    Optional: Siam Niramit Show & Dinner (PM)
    Overnight: Bangkok
    Meals: Breakfast

    DAY 5, Thursday - Flight to Chiang Mai, Dinner at Private Home
    Morning is at leisure before flying to Chiang Mai, ancient capital of the Lanna Kingdom. The afternoon is free for individual interests, before a unique experience tonight. Join a local Chiang Mai family at an authentic Thai Dinner in their home. Enjoy a tour of the home, conversation about life in Chiang Mai and savor the great flavors of home-cooked food
    Overnight: Chiang Mai
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    DAY 6, Friday - Full Day in Chiang Mai 
    Morning is free to explore Chiang Mai independently or, join the optional tour of the Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden, established in 1993, as the first botanical garden in Thailand. Stroll through the lush grounds covered with exotic types of trees, plants and flowers. After your visit, stop for lunch at a local restaurant before returning to your hotel.  In the afternoon, visit Sankampang Street, center of handicrafts, for on-site demonstrations on how the silk, lacquer, silver, wood and bronze wares are made. Later, visit the world's largest gem factory, to watch while the gem stones are cut and set. Spend the rest of the day at leisure
    Optional: Half Day Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden Tour with lunch (AM)
    Overnight: Chiang Mai
    Meals: Breakfast

    DAY 7, Saturday - Doi Suthep Temple
    Start today’s morning tour with Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, Northern Thailand's most sacred temple, containing a holy relic of Lord Buddha. Equally impressive is the mythological Naga (dragon-headed serpent) staircase, with 290 steps leading up to the temple grounds. Visit to a local jade factory, followed by an afternoon at leisure, or pamper yourself with an optional Thai massage
    Optional: Thai Traditional Massage (PM)
    Overnight: Chiang Mai
    Meals: Breakfast

    DAY 8, Sunday - Travel to Chiang Rai
    This morning, depart Chiang Mai and drive to scenic Chiang Rai, the northernmost province of Thailand. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Or, join an afternoon optional excursion to Mae Salong, still inhabited by hill people, namely the Akha, Long Neck and Salong tribes. Visit one of the tribes to see their unique way of life and learn more about their culture
    Optional: Half Day Mae Salong Hill Tribe (PM)
    Overnight: Chiang Rai
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    DAY 9, Monday - Mae Sai Border Town & Golden Triangle
    Travel to the border town of Mae Sai, at the tip of Thailand. At this border crossing, arrangements may be made to enter Myanmar*. Ascend to the hilltop viewpoint to see the famous "Golden Triangle" of Southeast Asia - the meeting point of the borders of Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos. The locals call it "Sop Ruak", as this is also where the Mekong meets the Ruak River. Later, a short cruise then takes you along the banks of the Mekong to the small island of Don Sao in Laos; leisure time at the lively markets before returning to Thailand. Continue to the dramatic House of Opium at Golden Triangle Park, offering an informative exhibition on the history of opium which dates back almost 5000 years. Later, savor a locally prepared lunch in a nearby farming village before returning to Chiang Rai for overnight
    *Entering Myanmar (Burma) requires a border crossing fee of approx US$40, payable locally. The opportunity to cross the border will depend on local conditions and cannot be guaranteed. If the border crossing is not possible, alternate arrangements will be made
    Overnight: Chiang Rai
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    DAY 10, Tuesday - Travel to Sukhothai
    Travel southward to Sukhothai, birthplace of the Thai nation, founded in the 13th century by King Ramkhamhaeng. The country's first capital was established here in 1238 and lasted over two centuries. Sukhothai is world-famous for its over 100 historical sites and treasures, including some of the most beautiful Thai art and architecture in the country, created during the city's "golden era", between the 13th and 14th centuries. Remainder of the day is at leisure to explore historical Sukhothai independently
    Overnight: Sukhothai
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    DAY 11, Wednesday - Sukhothai Historical Park, Travel to Ayutthaya, Ayutthaya City Tour
    After breakfast visit the Old Town of Sukhothai with its impressive Historical Park, immaculately restored and set among leafy hills and peaceful lotus ponds, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At this astonishing site, most of the remains of the original city can be seen. Marvel at the ancient Buddha figures, palaces, temples, and historical monuments and feel yourself drift back in time to a bygone era. Depart Sukhothai to Ayutthaya, the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai for over 400 years, once glorified as one of the largest cities in Southeast Asia. Ayutthaya Historical Park, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lies in the center of the city. Here, you can see the ruins of the former capital and its remaining palaces, monasteries, and towers - one can envision the grandeur and splendor that was once the Kingdom of Ayutthaya. If time permits, there may be a visit to a local school. Continue to the Chai Wattanaram Temple, built by King Prasat Tong to honor his mother, conceived as a replica of the Angkor Temple - this is a serene place where one can reflect and enjoy the tranquility. Rest of the day is at leisure
    Overnight: Ayutthaya
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 12, Thursday - Travel to Bangkok
    Depart Ayutthaya this morning and drive to Bangkok. En route, visit Bang Pa-In Palace, a collection of beautiful buildings in various architectural styles, surrounded by a lake. Originally built by King Prasat Tong in 1632, Bang Pa-In served as the Royal Summer Palace for the Thai Kings. Arrive at your hotel and spend the remainder of the day at leisure to enjoy all of the delights of Bangkok on your own. Shop to your heart's content, visit the many amazing markets and try some of the fabulous restaurants in this energetic city
    Overnight: Bangkok
    Meals: Breakfast

    DAY 13, Friday - Depart Thailand
    Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
    Meals: Breakfast

     

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