BANGKOK, CHIANG MAI, CHIANG RAI, GOLDEN TRIANGLE & PHUKET ISLAND
On this Amazing Thailand and Phuket Island tour with airfare included, we immerse you in multifaceted cultures and bring you to some of the most beautiful places this country has to offer. Travel through bustling Bangkok, a city brimming with impressive temples and Thai architecture. In Northern Thailand, discover the Golden Circle, an intersection of Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos. Then, visit Chiang Rai and it’s famous night market and explore temples of Chiang Mai. Here you’ll also enjoy an elephant experience and Thai cooking class! Lastly, head to Phuket for a leisurely and scenic stay on Phuket Island—relax at the beaches, go shopping, or visit Phang Nha Bay and the famous “James Bond Island”.
- 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 $150 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. We’ll see the White Marble Temple, one of the finest examples of Thai architecture.
Marvel at the five-ton solid gold statue of Buddha at Wat Trimitr and the colossal 150-foot-long reclining Buddha at Wat Po. 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. Breakfast|Dinner. Menam Riverside Hotel (or…
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. Breakfast | 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,…
Before leaving Phistsanulok, we’ll stop at the famous Buddha Foundry where Buddha images are made in authentic way. Afterward, we’ll continue to 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. Next, we head to its sister city, Sri Satchanalai where we’ll view a unique private textiles museum before traveling to our final stop of the day: Lampang. Breakfast | Wienglakor Hotel (or similar)
Golden Triangle/Chiang Rai
This morning we’ll visit Thalor Village where we’ll stop at the Apple Saa Paper shop, famous for making paper from mulberry bark. We’ll have the chance to create our own original Sa Paper canvas (delivered to the hotel in Chiang Rai). Continue to Chiang Rai were we’ll check in to the hotel. Breakfast | Phowadol Resort & Spa (or similar)
Spend the morning at leisure. You can also take an optional boat trip on the Mae Kok River to visit hill tribe villages. Learn about their culture and see how these hill-tribe villagers live in a contemporary setting. This afternoon, journey 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. Breakfast | Phowadol Resort & Spa (or similar)
Chiang Rai/Chiang Mai
This morning, we’ll visit the White Temple, one of the most recognizable temples of Thailand. Afterwards, we’ll 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. Breakfast | Empress Premier Hotel (or similar)
Today we meet Thailand’s beloved national animal, the stately elephant at a world-famous Elephant Nature Park. This top-rated Elephant Reserve has rescued elephants all over the country and serves as a sanctuary not just for elephants, but for hundreds of cats and dogs as well. Breakfast | Empress Premier 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, including the regal Wat Phra That Doi Suthep which sits on a mountaintop overlooking Chiang Mai, where you’ll have the opportunity to take part in morning offerings and prayers with the local monks. (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….
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 | Breakfast.
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.” Breakfast.
Continue your leisurely stay on your magnificent Phuket island! Breakfast.
Final day at leisure for shopping or independent pursuits. Late today, fly back to Bangkok. Breakfast.
Connect in Bangkok for your flight home. Your magical journey ends as you arrive the USA later today.
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.
Railway Market & Floating Market Tour
- From approx. $45 Per Person
Early morning drives out of Bangkok and first stop to visit Mae Klong railway market. The market is also called Talad Rom Hoop, roughly translates to closing an umbrella or awning. As the name suggests, part of the market is situated on the railway. Every morning till late in the evening, this market springs to life selling a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, seafood, snacks, and clothes and accessories. However, what makes the market unique and exciting is the fact that a train will run through the market, the action at the railway market begins several minutes before the train is…
The Klongs (Canals) Afternoon Tour
- From approx. $33 Per Person
Discover why Bangkok has been nicknamed the “Venice of the East!” Depart your hotel to Thornburi, situated on the right bank of the river, where you’ll board a private motorboat and ride along the canals to get a firsthand impression of the scenic life along the city’s waterways. A stop will also be made at the Royal Barge Museum.
The Imperial “Grand Palace” Tour
- From approx. $40 Per Person
This not-to-be-missed afternoon guided tour takes you to the Imperial Grand Palace, one of the most beautiful examples of ancient Siamese architecture. Former residence of the Kings, the mile-square palace grounds contain the greatest concentration of Thai arts and architecture in the country, including the Temple of the “Emerald Buddha.” Return to your hotel late this afternoon.
Siam Niramit Show and Dinner
- From approx. $58 Per Person, dinner included
This “must” evening begins with a sumptuous Thai and international buffet dinner. Dinner is followed with an extravagantly staged performance depicting Thailand’s historical and spiritual heritage. Boasting over 150 dazzling performers and state-of-the-art special effects, this $40 million production takes you on a journey to the enchanting Kingdom of Siam. Transfers from the hotel and back are included.
Grand Pearl Cruise
- From approx. $65 Per Person, dinner included
Enjoy a sumptuous Asian dinner while slowly drifting along the Chao Phraya River. This is a relaxing way to see the scenic river life by night firsthand.
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, and language.
Khantoke Dinner and Entertainment
- Chiang Mai
- From approx. $32 Per Person
Enjoy a dinner featuring local specialties, followed by a breathtaking performance of songs and dance by members of local hilltribes dressed in traditional garb.
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. Here you’ll have the opportunity to take part in the morning offerings and prayers with the local monks.
Ban Hmong Mae Sa Mai & Orchid Farm
- Chiang Mai
- From approx. $38 Per Person
On our optional tour, we’ll depart this morning and travel approximately 25 miles to Hmong Mae Sa Mai. We’ll begin at the Hmong Mae Sa Mai Learning Center where we’ll meet a staff member and learn more about the Hmong people from their history, way of life and beliefs, and equipment and tools for agriculture. Afterwards, we’ll walk through the village to observe their way of life. Afterwards, stop at the orchid farm en route back to Chiang Mai.
Note: Please bear in mind that the villagers may not be at home as they might be in fields,…
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
Empress Premier Hotel
- Chiang Mai
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.
|2020: Mar. 24, Apr. 7||Air China||2:00pm||9:00am||4:30pm||2:30pm|
|2020: Jul. 6, Oct. 13, Oct. 27, Nov. 3, Dec. 8, Dec. 22||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA|
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.
International flights to/from the U.S. are not included. Land-only travelers are responsible for arranging the entry and exit flights, as well as their arrival and departure transfers. smarTours cannot be held responsible for any damage caused by air schedule changes and delays. Unused land services are non-refundable.
Main Tour: Land-only services start upon independent check-in at Bangkok hotel on Day 2 of the itinerary listed on the tour page. Land-only services end upon arrival at Bangkok airport on Day 16 of the itinerary as listed on the tour page.
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.