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Amazing Thailand

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  • 14
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BANGKOK, GOLDEN TRIANGLE, CHIANG RAI AND CHIANG MAI

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!

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

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)

Activity Level: Discoverer 

Your Tour
Includes

  • 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
  • Full buffet American breakfast daily (B)
  • Welcome dinner in Bangkok (D)
  • Cooking Class with Dinner in Chiang Mai (D)
  • 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)

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/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.

Bangkok/U.S.

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.
Apr – Aug 2019 Departures: Single room supplement is $279.
Oct 2019 Onwards: Single room supplement is $399.

NEW YORK DEPARTURES:
Apr – Aug 2019 Departures: Add $100 from New York (JFK)
Oct 2019 Onwards: Add $150 from New York (JFK)

BUSINESS CLASS UPGRADE:
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.

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 for vacation packages to Thailand can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable, non-transferable deposit which must be received within 48 hours 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.

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.

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.

The Klongs (Canals) Afternoon Tour

  • Bangkok
  • 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

  • Bangkok
  • 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

  • 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.

Grand Pearl Cruise

  • Bangkok
  • 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, language and colorful style of dress.

Khantoke Dinner and Entertainment

  • Chiang Mai

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.

Reviews

Antonio

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

Danette

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!!!!!!

Jennifer

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!

Mitchell

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.

Amelia

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!

Diane

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.

Karen

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.

Li-Chen

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.

Tony

Thailand was amazing (April 18 -May 1 2018), but our tour guide Nok (aka Kanokwan Taewattana) was fantastic. She is caring, knowledgeable, fun, and just a pleasure to be around. The best tour guide of all my travels. The food was incredible, the people super nice, and the temples out of this world. Can't wait to go back! Thank you Nok!

Barbara’s B

After reading other reviews on the Amazing Thailand trip, I feel the trip should be renamed the Amazing Ketsara trip, When I think of words to describe my experience so many words comes to mind, outstanding, spectacular, remarkable, exciting and unblemished. I have been on many tours but I can say that by far this is the most remarkable trip to date. Thanks to Ketsara our tour was not only special it was also very spiritual.. Thank you Smartours for hiring Ketsara, by the time our trip was over we was more than people that met on a trip, we became a part of Ketsara’s family.

Nancy S

We just returned from the "Amazing Thailand" trip. It was beyond amazing for so many reasons: Ketsara, our guide was absolutely extraordinary. She is passionate about her job. She shared her incredible knowledge about the history, culture, and customs no matter where we went to. On the last day that was a free day, she even volunteered willingly to accompany 5 of us on a tut tut ride to further explore Chang Mai and do last minute shopping. We loved all the places we visited. The Thai people were so welcoming and friendly. The group of people in the tour was great. We all got along very well. All the hotels were fantastic. We loved the bus driver and his wife assistant who also took care of our every need. It was a very memorable trip and I look forward to traveling again with Smartours. This is my second trip with them. I highly recommend them for the low costs, expert guide, well rounded tour, accommodations and adventures/educational experiences with them.
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