Amazing Thailand

  • $1999
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The Kingdom of Thailand is a veritable feast for the senses, and you’ll savor its fascinating culture, extraordinary art and architecture, and flavorful cuisine with gusto. Our escorted Thailand tour package takes you to places both remote and well-known, starting with bustling Bangkok, the capital and the most visited city in the world. After the visual splendor and vibrant energy of Bangkok, you’ll be ready to breathe in Northern Thailand’s zen beauty and cultural delights. Intersect with Thailand, Myanmar and Laos at the Golden Triangle before visiting laid-back Chiang Rai and temple-rich Chiang Mai, where an elephant experience and a Thai cooking class add spice to this amazing destination!

5/5 stars on Tripadvisor!

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


  • Buddhist Temples (Bangkok)
  • Floating Market (Bangkok)
  • Grand Palace (Bangkok)
  • Wat Mongkol Borpith Statue (Ayutthaya)
  • Elephant Nature Park (Chiang Mai)
  • Wat Doi Suthep (Chiang Mai)

Activity Level: Discoverer 

Your Tour

  • Round-trip airfare from Los Angeles (New York-JFK available at an additional cost)
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-Thailand flight and ground transportation
  • Accommodations at superior first-class hotels
  • 13 Meals: 11 breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • Sightseeing Thailand tours as per itinerary and all transfers
  • Professional English-speaking Tour Director throughout

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)


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)

Chiang Rai

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)

Chiang Mai

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

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….

Chiang Mai/Bangkok

Our final day in Chiang Mai offers ample free time for shopping or independent pursuits. It’s a manageable city to navigate, and your Tour Director will have plenty of suggestions. We’ll fly back to Bangkok late in the day. Breakfast.


Connect in Bangkok for your flight home. Your amazing Thailand tour ends with arrival in the U.S. later today.

Guided Tour Pricing

Price includes round-trip airfare from the U.S. (Land-only pricing available on request.)

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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Jan – Jul 2021 Departures: Single room supplemet is $399.
Oct 2021 – Jul 2022 Departures: Single room supplemet is $349.

Add $169 from New York (JFK)

Add $3195 from LAX and add $3595 from JFK (note: upgrade only applies to long haul flights to and from Beijing)

Apr 16, Jul 2, Jul 16, Dec 24: Please note that these departures will be one day longer (a 15-day tour) due to the flight schedule.

Mar 4 Departure: This is a women-only departure. To learn more about the added experiences, please click here.

For more information on this Thailand vacation tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00-5:30 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 your non-refundable, non-transferable deposit, which must be received at the time of reservation. Deposits are $99 per person for all 2021 departures, and $300 per person for all 2022 departures. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. Please see the smarTours Terms and Conditions for complete booking information.

Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.

Please note that you must decide on and pay for these tours in Bangkok.

Pricing is subject to change. Payment (non-refundable) should be made by cash or credit card (VISA, MasterCard or AmEx, subject to service charge). Optional tours are subject to a minimum number of participants.

The Klongs (Canals) Afternoon Tour

  • Bangkok
  • From approx. $50 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.


Note: This optional activity is available as an afternoon tour on Day 3 and conflicts with the Grand Pearl Cruise tour. Travelers may select either this tour or the Grand Pearl…

Grand Pearl Cruise

  • Bangkok
  • 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.


Note: This optional activity is available as an afternoon tour on Day 3 and conflicts with the afternoon Klongs tour. Travelers may select either this tour or the afternoon Klongs tour, but cannot book both.

The Imperial “Grand Palace” Tour

  • Bangkok
  • From approx. $40 Per Person

This not-to-be-missed morning 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.” 


Note: This optional activity is available as a morning tour on Day 4.

Siam Niramit Show and Dinner

  • Bangkok
  • 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.


Note: This optional activity is available as an evening tour on Day 4. 

Railway Market & Floating Market Tour

  • Bangkok
  • 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…

Local Life: Bangkok Streets by TukTuk

  • Bangkok
  • From approx. $53 Per Person

New for 2022! Embark from the meeting point on an exciting tuk-tuk ride through Bangkok’s vibrant streets until reaching Saphan Khao Market. Wander the rows of bustling stalls, learn about local delicacies, and sample from the vast array of street food, including coconut pudding, suckling Thai-style grilled meat and local fruits. Hop back into the iconic vehicle and continue this culinary excursion of the city’s hidden eateries. Along the way, get a glimpse of two important Bangkokian landmarks – the Giant Swing and the Democracy Monument – both wonderfully…

Mae Kok River Boat Trip & Hilltribe Tour

  • Chiang Rai
  • From approx. $35 Per Person

An unforgettable and exciting morning 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.


Note: This optional activity is available as a morning tour on Day 9.

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.


Note: This optional activity is available as an evening tour on Day 10.

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.


Note: This optional activity is available as a morning tour on Day 12 and conflicts with the Local Life: Chiang Mai Rickshaw Explorer tour and the…

Local Life: Chiang Mai Rickshaw Explorer

  • Chiang Mai
  • From approx. $31 Per Person

New for 2022! Explore the charming city of Chiang Mai without leaving a carbon footprint – ride on a traditional Rickshaw, which has been used in Thailand for over 60 years. These three-wheeled bikes have evolved greatly over time and continue to prove to be a very useful mode of local transportation. The meeting point is at Tha Pae Gate. From the vantage point of a rickshaw, ride leisurely through the colorful narrow streets towards Wat Puak Tam community. Walk around this unique artisan village, where they make beautiful brass ornaments and regalia. Look out for…

Essence of Chiang Mai: Full-Day Coffee & Jungle Excursion

  • Chiang Mai
  • From approx. $72 Per Person

New for 2022! Visit a Karen village in the misty mountains of Northern Thailand, where a local guide will lead a workshop teaching every step of the coffee production process. Learn to roast, winnow, and grind the hand-picked coffee beans, then sit down to taste the fresh creations. Over a cup (or two!) of the hot, strongly caffeinated goodness, our Karen hosts explain how the coffee project was founded to replace an opium trade, allowing villagers to make a living while reducing drug use and death. Awake and enlightened, embark on a gentle, two-hour trek along nature…

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,…


Alan S

Just got back from an amazing time on the AMAZING Thailand tour. This is our third smartours trip and it exceeded our expectations. Our tour Guide KetSara was exceptional. friendly, informed and attentive to all of our needs. Coach transport was tops as was the driver Jon & his assistant Goy. Always helping us on or off the coach with a smile, providing bottled water and cold towels and candies to help us through the hot Thai days. The sites in Thailand are magnificent and Ketsara's knowledge and ability to convey the Thai experience was great.The Hotels were top notch and the entire trip was a great value for what we received. It was planned out with just the right number of days in each location. My wife & I haven't stopped talking about this trip and recommend it highly to all our friends and family.

Ilda E

The trip was fantastic, from beginning to end!!! Our tour guides where there to meet us at the airport and send us off. They met everyone of our needs. Kaksara and Nok were the best tour guides I've experienced in all our travels. The value for the money was great, which allowed us to traveling from the south to the north of Thailand allowed us to see the country side, experience the cities and the temples. The hotels were nice and clean, there weren't any worries there. I wish we could of stayed longer, there was so much to see!!

Louise E

This was my 4th Smartour trip. " Amazing Thailand" was everything and more. You will not be disappointed with this tour as it gives you an insight into a culture that has been around for centuries. Our tour guide, Ketsara was excellent! Her expertise in her country was outstanding. She made the tour very enjoyable and memorable for all. I loved Thailand and look forward to someday returning.


Everyone in our group was satisfied and willing to travel with me on the next Excursión I organice! Congratulations


This was my first "SMARTOUR" ever and it was truely AMAZING!!!! We did "Amazing Thailand" and it was the best trip ever!!!! Great group with a wonderful tour guide group, Ketsara, Wat, Max and Nok. Highly recommend this tour!!!!!!


First time using Smartours or any tour company. Not normally a fan of large group tours. Our tour guide Ketsara was amazing, can't say enough good things about her and she made all the difference on the trip. Got lucky and our group was only 10 people so made it a nice intimate experience. Have to admit if the group was as large as they normally are, not sure I would have had such a good time. Amazing Thailand was a fantastic trip though and anyone who goes is lucky to be led by Ketsara!


This was my third Smartour trip and it was mostly good though more of a mixed bag than my two previous trips. We loved Thailand! It's rich history, warm people and beautiful scenery and delicious food were amazing. Our guide Tan did a good job and displayed great knowledge though we would have benefitted from some local guides as on previous trips. The bus, which we had several long days in was not up to smart ours usual standards. The back tv display wasn't working and presentations on the front could not be seen in the rear. Tours didn't include the whisper system usually used so you could only hear information if you were next to Tan. Water and wet naps were readily available from our friendly bus assistant. I was surprised to see an Elephant camp included since last year Smartours informed us they were no longer using them because of the mistreatment. We passed on that day and booked our own trip to an ethical Elephant Sanctuary. All in all a mixed bag with the good outweighing the bad but has us reconsidering if we want to do any more Smartours or long drive motor coach trips.


Our tour of Thailand was fabulous. We saw so much and had such a wide variety of experiences. Our tour guide, Nok, was the best!


Our tours of Thailand and Cambodia were amazing, from the hustle & bustle of Bangkok, to the rice paddies on the way North and the many Temples & UNESCO sites we visited along the way. Angkor Wat in Cambodia was a true highlight! Tan, our tour guide in Thailand was very knowledgeable and provided many stories about each area we visited. Narun, out Cambodia guide was also outstanding & knew so much about his country & all the history dating back to the Khmer Rouge era. I wanted to add a photo, but wasn’t able to with the choices provided to add one.


Ketsara, our guide for our group of 14, was the best guide we have ever experienced in our many travels. There were trips to the hospital to oversee two travelers, all with the greatest care shown. She maintained her humor, shared her expertise regarding Thailand, and made each day special. As group leader, I was pleased that such an amazing woman was assigned to our group of friends. Please commend her. Karen Snow, organizer for our trip to Amazing Thailand, starting Nov. 7.


I would rate smarTours 4.5 stars. In terms of hotel quality, tour guides chosen, itinerary design, and transportation provided, smarTours has done a magnificent job. The only improvement is to cut down some optional tours and possibly to include them in the basic tours like done before. Too many optional tours- for example in my recent Thailand and Phuket tour.

Aurora F

Our Tour Director, Sergio Lucato, made our trip to Italy this summer of 2018 a very wonderful memorable experience. Sergio made it his mission to take care of our group like we were family. This was my first trip with smarTours and will definitely not be my last.

Beth a

We were on the same Amazing Thailand tour that Barbara Burke wrote about. She is 100% and more correct when she wrote about how wonderful and amazing Ketsara is. While Ketsara’s official title is tour director, she is that but so much more. She infuses her love and pride of Thailand in such a remarkable way leaving every person with a deep, fulfilling and spiritual experience every day of the trip. Ketsara shares with you her deep knowledge of Thai culture and history, her love of people, and Buddhism and leaves one wanting more. We are forever grateful to Ketsara for allowing us to love Thailand (and her) and to think of our trip daily as a life changing journey we will carry in our hearts always.

Mercedes S

We took your Thailand tour on April 2018. It was an excellent trip, and we enjoy your beautiful Thailand and, it´s beautiful people. Noc, our tour guide took excellent care of us. She added her personal touch to all the attractions and places we went. Everybody in our group, became very fond for her. We think that you should know, that professionals Noc, are an asset to your operations. Cordially, Hector Hernandez and Mercedes Solano

Ann H

Nook was an amazing guide. She went out of her way to guide us to where to dine, which markets to attend, and many additional sites to visit. She handled a few difficult travelers to keep our program very positive. I would recommend this to anyone planning to visit Thailand.
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