BANGKOK, CHIANG MAI, CHIANG RAI, GOLDEN TRIANGLE & PHUKET ISLAND
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- 4 nights in Bangkok
- 1 night in Phitsanulok
- 1 night in Lampang
- 2 nights in Chiang Rai
- 3 nights in Chiang Mai
- 3 nights in Phuket Island
- Round-trip airfare from Los Angeles via Air China (add $100 from New York)
- Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
- Intra-Thailand flights and ground transportation
- Accommodations at Superior First Class hotels
- Full buffet American breakfast daily (B)
- Welcome dinner in Bangkok (D)
- Cooking Class with Dinner in Chiang Mai (D)
- Sightseeing tours as per itinerary and all transfers
- Professional English speaking Tour Director in Thailand from day 2 through 13
- English speaking tour host in Phuket
Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.
Take off for Bangkok! Airfare from the U.S. is included in your tour package.
Land in Thailand’s capital, the “city of angels,” in the evening. Your Tour Director will be waiting at the airport to meet you and escort you to our home base for the next four nights. Menam Riverside Hotel (or similar)
After a special orientation breakfast, we’ll tour some of Bangkok’s most impressive Buddhist temples. Marvel at the five-ton solid gold statue of Buddha at Wat Trimitr and the colossal 150-foot-long reclining Buddha at Wat Po. We’ll also stop at the White Marble Temple, one of the finest examples of Thai architecture. Spend the afternoon at your leisure or hop aboard an optional canal boat ride across the river for a glimpse of daily Thai life. Your first full day in Thailand ends with a welcome dinner. B/D Menam Riverside Hotel (or similar)
With two days at leisure to discover the vibrant, exotic city of Bangkok, what will you choose to do? Your Tour Director is full of ideas for independent exploration to match your pace and interests. You can also take advantage of five optional tours and dinners that are specially priced for smarTours travelers, including a trip to the floating market, a tour of the Grand Palace, an afternoon on the canals and two unforgettable dinner excursions. See Optional Tours for specific details. B Menam Riverside Hotel (or similar)
Our travels through amazing Thailand continue as we venture into regions rich with culture, history and stunning landscapes. First: the ancient capital of Ayutthaya, which was one of the world’s largest cities in 1700. We’ll see some of its former glory in the giant bronze statue of Wat Mongkol Borpith and the three ancient pagodas at Wat Phra Sri. Our Thai adventure continues to Lopburi to view the magnificent stone carvings of Phra Prang Sam Yot and the mischievous inhabitants of the Monkey Temple. Our drive winds past rice paddies to Phitsanulok, the gateway to Northern Thailand, and…
Our destinations today are two UNESCO World Heritage sites featuring imposing temple and monument ruins. First: Sukhothai, the capital of the first kingdom of Siam in the 13th and 14th centuries. We’ll view a unique private collection of textiles before heading to its sister city, Si Satchanalai. This ancient city was known for ceramic production, and we’ll visit a ceramic kiln before traveling to our final stop of the day: Lampang. B Wienglakor Hotel (or similar)
Golden Triangle/Chiang Rai
On our way out of Lampang, famous for narrow streets and traditional horse-drawn carriages, we’ll stop at a local village known for making paper and ceramics. Our journey continues to Phayao, a quaint lakeside town, and Chiang Saen, which borders Laos. Here we’ll take a short boat ride on the Mekong River to the Golden Triangle, the meeting point of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos. In Mae Sai, the northernmost point of Thailand, we’ll browse for local handicrafts at a colorful market before ending the day in charming Chiang Rai. B Phowadol Resort & Spa (or…
Spend the day at leisure. You can also take an optional boat trip on the Mae Kok River to visit hilltribe villages. Learn about their culture and admire their colorful attire. B Phowadol Resort & Spa (or similar)
Chiang Rai/Chiang Mai
This morning, we drive on to Chiang Mai, the “Rose of the North.” Your hotel is centrally located and only a short walk to the renowned night market. You’ll have a free afternoon to explore or relax. In the evening, you can take advantage of the proximity to the night market or partake in an optional Khantoke Dinner and performance. See Optional Tours for details. B Empress Hotel (or similar)
Today we meet Thailand’s beloved national animal, the stately elephant. We’ll discover its importance to Thai agriculture, commerce and culture at an elephant camp. By the way, “chang” means elephant in Thai. Later, we’ll visit an orchid farm before enjoying a free afternoon to explore the city. B Empress Hotel (or similar)
Chiang Mai has no shortage of temples; in fact, there are over 300! Take an optional morning city tour to see some of the city’s most interesting ones, as well as the regal Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, which sits on a mountaintop overlooking Chiang Mai. (See Optional Tours.) In the evening, we explore the balanced flavors of Thai cuisine with a cooking class. Whether you participate or watch, you’ll enjoy the delicious results of our labors at our farewell dinner. B/D Empress Hotel (or similar)
Today fly to Phuket where the balance of the day is at leisure. Your hotel is ideally located at Patong Beach, overlooking the ocean. Novotel Resort (B)
Two full days at leisure to relax, shop or tour this scenic island. Perhaps head to Phi Phi Islands offering breathtaking scenery or go by boat and bus to Phang Nha Bay and the famous “James Bond Island.” (B)
Continue your leisurely stay on your magnificent Phuket island! (B)
Final day at leisure for shopping or independent pursuits. Late today, fly back to Bangkok (B)
Connect in Bangkok for your flight home. Your magical journey ends as you arrive the USA later today.
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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Feb – Aug 2019 Departures: Single room supplement is $499.
Oct 2019 Onwards: Single room supplement is $898.
Rates are based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $499.
NEW YORK DEPARTURES:
Feb – Aug 2019 Departures: Add $100 from JFK
Oct 2019 Onwards: Add $150 from JFK
BUSINESS CLASS UPGRADE:
Add $3195 from LAX and $3595 from JFK (note: upgrade only applies to long haul flights to and from Beijing)
Jul. 8, Aug. 5, Dec. 23: Please note these departures will be 1 day longer (an 18 day tour) due to the flight schedule.
For more information on this tour, please contact us or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:30-5:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.
Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit (by check) which must be received within 7 days of reservation. Full payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.
Comprehensive Travel Insurance
Trip cancellation and travel insurance are recommended. For complete insurance information, click here
Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.
To enhance and make your travel to Thailand more complete and memorable, you will be offered several optional tours and cultural/dining evening activities. All rates are approximates in US Dollars and are subject to change based on fluctuation of exchange rates and suppliers rates. Optional tours are subject to a minimum number of participants and may therefore not be offered if this minimum is not met. Some tours may not be available due to holiday schedules, and there may be additional optional tours added for your enjoyment.
Floating Market & Phra Pathom Chedi Tour
- From approx. $45 Per Person
A market on water? This fascinating full-day excursion takes you first to the colorful floating market of Damneon Saduak. It’s great fun watching merchants selling food, produce, baskets and other wares from their boats. Photo ops abound! Our other stop is Phra Pathom Chedi, the world’s tallest stupa, a dome-shaped Buddhist shrine.
Mae Kok River Boat Trip & Hilltribe Tour
- Chiang Rai
- From approx. $35 Per Person
An unforgettable and exciting afternoon awaits as you board a longtail boat for a ride up the Mae Kok River. En route visit a temple located in a beautiful cave. Proceed to the Karen Hilltribe village at Baan Ruam Mid for an unforgettable visit. The hilltribe members maintain their own distinct culture, religion, language and colorful style of dress.
Morning City/Temple Tour
- Chiang Mai
- From approx. $32 Per Person
Explore this charming city and visit some of its most interesting temples. The highlight is the golden, gleaming Wat Phra That Doi Suthep temple, tucked away in the mountains at 3,500 feet above sea level, a sacred place for many Thai people with simply divine views.
Menam Riverside Hotel
Set on the Chao Phraya River, Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Bangkok Menam Riverside features luxury rooms, free shuttle boat, spa and pool.
2074 Charoenkrung Road, Bangkorlaem, Bangkok, 10120, Thailand
Topland Plaza Hotel
Conveniently located with spa and outdoor pool.
68/33 Akathodsarod Road, A. Muang, Phitsanulok, 65000, Thailand
Lampang Wianglakorn Hotel
138/38 Paholyothin Road, Suandok
Lampang, 52000, Thailand
Phowadol Resort & Spa
- Chiang Rai
This relaxing haven welcomes with an outdoor pool and Bodhi Tree Spa, offering traditional Thai massage and more.
183 Moo 3 Rimkok Subdistrict, Muang, Chiangrai, 57100, Thailand
The Empress Hotel
- Chiang Mai
This centrally located hotel features an outdoor pool with bar, fitness center and concierge services.
199/42 Chang Klan Rd., Chiang Mai, 50100, Thailand
Novotel Phuket Resort by the Beach
- Phuket Island
Phuket, 83150, Thailand
Your flights from the USA to Thailand and back are on the following airlines with the corresponding schedules. You are expected to arrive at your departure airport at least 3 1/2 hours before your scheduled departure.
|2016: Oct. 18||Air China||2:00pm||12:00pm||4:30pm||11:30am|
|2016: Nov. 1||Air China||2:00pm||11:00am||4:30pm||10:30am|
|2016: Nov. 15, Dec. 27||Air China||1:00pm||11:00am||3:30pm||10:30am|
|2017: Jan. 3, Jan. 17, Feb. 7||Air China||1:00pm||8:00am||3:30pm||10:30am|
Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting domestic flight. We recommend at least 3 ½ hours. Please keep in mind that flight schedules are always subject to change.
ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT AND FREQUENT FLYER MILES
Air China does not assign seats in advance. Please note that smarTours is not involved with your seat assignment. It is between you and the airline! Seat assignment can only be arranged upon check-in at the airport. Also, please note that Air China does note give frequent flyer miles for passengers traveling on a group fare and therefore, you will not be able to accrue miles on this trip.
PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION
You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. American citizens do not require a visa for Thailand. If taking the Angkor Wat extension you may obtain visa upon arrival in Cambodia for a cost of US$20 . To obtain your visa on arrival you’ll need to present one visa application form (attained upon arrival at the airport) and a passport sized photo. Non U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates for current visa requirements to all their travel destinations. You’ll need to mail smarTours one photocopy of your passport with your final payment. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.
TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS
Your airline tickets along with final instructions and additional travel tips will be sent to you 10 – 7 days before the scheduled departure of your tour. Please make sure to advise us in case your address changes.
Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, you may wish to consult your personal physician or local public health authorities as to their suggestions.
You may expect daytime high temperatures ranging from the 80’s and 90’s. Chiang Mai is about 10 degrees cooler.
NON-INCLUDED MEALS AND SIGHTSEEING
The hotels used on this tour have several dining choices from coffee shop to specialty restaurants. Average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in the coffee shop is about $15 – $20 per meal per person. Optional sightseeing tours and evening activities will be offered and should be reserved and paid for directly to your guide while on your travel to Thailand. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals. Optional tours can be paid with by credit card or with cash.
CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY
Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards. However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency or U.S. Dollars. Your hotels will be able to exchange for you cash to local currency. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.
Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (suitcase maximum 44 pounds) and one carry-on piece. The carry on must not exceed 18” x 10” x 8”. We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.