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 camp experience and a Thai cooking class add spice to this amazing destination!
- 4 nights in Bangkok
- 1 night in Phitsanulok
- 1 night in Lampang
- 2 nights in Chiang Rai
- 3 nights in Chiang Mai
- Round-trip airfare from the U.S.
- 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
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)
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. B
Connect in Bangkok for your flight home. Your amazing Thailand tour ends with arrival in the U.S. later today.
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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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 Wienglakor Hotel
Set in the inner city, this comfortable 100-room hotel is decorated with folk art.
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
- 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
Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting domestic flight. We recommend at least 3½ hours. Please keep in mind that flight schedules are always subject to change.
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|2019: Apr. 3, Apr. 10||Air China||2:00pm||9:00am||4:30pm||2:30pm|
|2019: Apr. 16, Jul. 2, Aug. 6||China Eastern Airlines||11:55pm||10:00am||11:55pm||2:30pm|
ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT AND FREQUENT FLYER MILES
The airlines above do not assign seats in advance. Seat assignments can only be arranged at the airport upon check-in, and smarTours® is not involved with assigning seats. If you have a preferred seating choice, please make sure you check in for your flight as early as possible. Also, please note that Air China and China Eastern Airlines do not give frequent flyer miles for passengers traveling on a group fare; 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 your Bangkok hotel on Day 2 of the itinerary and end at the Bangkok airport on Day 13.
PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION
You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. U.S. citizens do not require a visa for Thailand. Non-U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates for current visa requirements to all their travel destinations. 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 7–10 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 about to their suggestions.
Thailand’s climate is tropical. Expect daytime high temperatures in the 80s and 90s. Chiang Mai is about 10 degrees cooler.
NON-INCLUDED MEALS AND SIGHTSEEING
The hotels on this tour offer dining choices ranging from coffee shops to specialty restaurants. Average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) is about $15–$20 per person. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals. Please reserve and pay for optional sightseeing tours and evening activities directly with your guide in Thailand. Credit card or cash is accepted.
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 your 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) max. 44 pounds, and one carry-on, not exceeding 18”x10”x8”. We recommend that you do not overpack and that you take a variety of casual separates with climate and comfort in mind.