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Amazing Thailand & Phuket Island

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  • $2999
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  • 17
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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”.

Itinerary at
a Glance

  • 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

Tour
Highlights

  • Buddhist Temples (Bangkok)
  • Floating Market (Bangkok)
  • Grand Palace (Bangkok)
  • Wat Mongkol Borpith Statue (Ayutthaya)
  • Elephant Nature Park (Chiang Mai)
  • Wat Doi Suthep (Chiang Mai)
  • Beautiful Phuket Island
  • “James Bond Island”

Activity Level: Discoverer 

Your Tour
Includes

  • 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

Tour Itinerary

Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.

Depart USA

Take off for Bangkok! Airfare from the U.S. is included in your tour package.

Arrive Bangkok

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)

Bangkok

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. Breakfast|Dinner. Menam Riverside Hotel (or similar)

Bangkok

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)

Bangkok/Ayutthaya/Phitsanulok

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…

Phitsanulok/Sukhothai/Lampang

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. Breakfast | 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. Breakfast | Phowadol Resort & Spa (or…

Chiang Rai

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. Breakfast | 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. Breakfast | Empress Hotel (or similar)

Chiang Mai

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 nature park. By the way, “chang” means elephant in Thai. Later, we’ll visit an orchid farm before enjoying a free afternoon to explore the city. Breakfast | Empress Hotel (or similar)

Chiang Mai

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. Breakfast|Dinner. Empress Hotel (or similar)

Chiang Mai/Phuket

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.

Phuket

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.

Phuket

Continue your leisurely stay on your magnificent Phuket island! Breakfast.

Phuket/Bangkok

Final day at leisure for shopping or independent pursuits. Late today, fly back to Bangkok. Breakfast.

Bangkok/USA

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 here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00-9:00 EST and Sat-Sun, 10:00-6:30 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

  • Bangkok
  • 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.

Reviews

ann

We really enjoyed this tour although mid April in Thailand gets very hot and humid. Our tour guide,Tan, was excellent and we learned a lot. We saw a lot of beautiful temples and the hotels were very good as was the food.

SUSANA G

My first trip with smarTours and I had such a great time. I had read some reviews about certain guides but you never know how you will get. Nok our guide was so good and out of the ordinary, she made the trip so friendly, funny and got the hole group involved we really connected with each other. Nok gave us so much information and always buying local food so we can try and she took us to a local market to try Dancing Shrimp (ceviche like) you eat the fish while still jumping it was delicious. The trip was very well organizes on time no pressure and we saw many places not in the itinerary. Smartours deserves a 5 star review but Nok our guide gets a 12 star rating, taking care of her group with anything we needed, remedies for mosquito bites, headache, colds, coughs, acid stomach she also helped us with reservations for those that wanted to do extra activities and took us to the launder-mat.Highly recommend Smartour for your next vacation.Susa

James F

This was a fantastic trip, our guide Mr. Boeing was the reason everything went so well. His knowledge, personality and attention to details was awesome. Our driver and helper kept us on time keeping the tour bus clean and well stocked with supplies. There was plenty of time for our group to explore or relax and enjoy the sites on our own. While most of the accommodations were very good the hotel in Lampang should be changed. The rest of the accommodations were great. We recommend this trip to everyone, you have to do this once in your life time.

gene a

What an amazing Trip. Mr Chai and rest of the drivers, helpers were quite excellent in keeping our vacation excellent.This is our first SMART Tour experience and everything is wonderful.....

Emilia G

I had a wonderful time. The tour guide (Sue B & crew) kept an excellent schedule. I hope to redo this tour at another time.

Linda G

We've actually done this trip three (3) times. Why? We just love Thailand, its' people, the food, the tour is amazing, as is the price.Considering doing it again soon. The Tour Directors have been super amazing.Thank you, smarTours, for keeping this on your list of available trips!
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