Thailand

Buddha

Buddha

Thailand

11 Day Tour from Bangkok to Bangkok

20 Travelers Maximum on this tour

Jan. 11 – 22, 2015

Feb. 15 – 26, 2015

March 15 – 26, 2015

The tour is $2299, double occupancy, plus air fare. Intra-flights are estimated to be $348.

An estimate of air fare from St. Louis is $1948. An estimate for the total air fare would be $2296, which includes the tour company’s estimate for $348 for the flights within the tour. Air fare may vary depending on departure city and when purchased.

Trip Protection (Insurance) is $279.

Vacation Overview

  • On this extraordinary journey, discover ancient traditions, tranquil temples, authentic cuisine, and cosmopolitan cities.Thailand has more than 30,000 Buddhist temples, and they have always been important as a social and spiritual center.
  • Along the way you’ll see some of the most famous temples, including the Temple of the Reclining Buddha.
  • Learn about the way of life in Thailand when you take a boat ride through Bangkok’s canals to see family homes and temples built here.
  • Enjoy the Damnoen Saduak floating market, where goods are sold from boats.
  • Visit the Hill Tribe Village of Akha, known for gorgeous headdresses decorated with silver coins; the Lahu, skilled hunters and masters of herbal medicine; and the famed Padaung long-necked women, who as girls have brass rings placed on their necks and legs, creating the visual illusion of stretching their necks.
  • Other highlights include an elephant-back ride through the jungle, a traditional Thai massage, and participation in an almsgiving ceremony.
  • Thai food has become popular throughout the world, and you will

sample it throughout the country and even take a cooking class.

  • Exotic fruits and vegetables are especially abundant.
  • Leave room in your suitcase because Thailand offers great shopping—from night bazaars and boutiques to high-end mega malls—and Chiang Mai is especially famous for its high-quality handicrafts.Colorful cultures, historical sites, amazing temples, and spectacular cuisine—all of this and more await you on this enriching journey!
Four Ways We Eliminate the HasslesVIP Access
Skip the lines and get special treatment at the must-see attractions.

Perfect Hotels
We’ve done the work to find just the right hotels in just the right locations.

Tour Directors
Take your heads out of the guidebook and let expert guides make every destination fascinating.

Transportation
Leave the navigating to us – and just sit back and enjoy the ride.

Itinerary

 
Day 1 Arrive in Bangkok, ThailandWelcome to Thailand’s capital city! Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.
Day 2 BangkokToday’s sightseeing starts with a BOAT RIDE through the klongs, Bangkok’s canals, to see family homes, temples, and the way of life that gives this city the nickname “Venice of the East.” Stop at Wat Arun, the TEMPLE OF THE DAWN, whose 260-foot-tall spire has become identified with Bangkok. Continue on to the GRAND PALACE, comprised of the Funeral Palace, the Reception Palace, the Throne Hall, the Coronation Hall, the Royal Guest House, and the TEMPLE OF THE EMERALD BUDDHA. Last stop is at the TEMPLE OF THE RECLINING BUDDHA, the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in Bangkok. It houses more than 1,000 Buddha images, including the 49-foot-high and 151-foot long massive Reclining Buddha. This evening, enjoy a special THAI WELCOME DINNER featuring traditional cuisine and dancers performing stories from classical Thai literature. (B,L,D)
Day 3 BangkokToday is at your leisure to explore Bangkok. Perhaps join an optional tour to the Jim Thompson House and silk shop or enjoy a dinner cruise aboard a luxurious teak barge along the Chao Phraya River. Your Tour Director will have plenty of recommendations. (B)

 

Day 4 Bangkok–Excursion to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market–Chiang RaiThis morning, travel to [LF] DAMNOEN SADUAK FLOATING MARKET. This colorful market provides an interesting glimpse into local life. Take a longtail BOAT RIDE through the canals filled with small, flat boats expertly paddled by mature ladies who are ready to stop and bargain at a moment’s notice. Later, fly to Chiang Rai. Tonight, take a TRISHAW RIDE and WALKING TOUR through the local [LF] NIGHT BAZAAR. (B,D)
Day 5 Chiang Rai. Excursion to the Golden TriangleToday, climb narrow mountain roads with stunning views and visit several villages en route to DOI MAE SALONG, a settlement founded by Kuomintang soldiers who fled China in 1949. Continue to MAE SAI, a market town on the Myanmar border, then drive to the renowned GOLDEN TRIANGLE, where the Ruak and mighty Mekong Rivers meet. Enjoy views over Myanmar, Laos, and Thailand, and consider an optional boat trip on the Mekong River. Next, visit the HALL OF OPIUM, built to educate people on the history of opium in the area and to help combat illegal drugs. En route back to Chiang Rai, stop in CHIANG SAEN, where you can still see evidence of the original 13th-century city. (B,L,D)
Day 6 Chiang Rai–Hill Tribe Visits–Ban ThatonThis morning you have some free time in Chiang Rai before taking a BOAT RIDE on the Kok River. Then, drive to visit several HILL TRIBE VILLAGES. The AKHA are known for gorgeous headdresses decorated with silver coins and the LAHU are skilled hunters and masters of herbal medicine. Continue on to a [LF] KAREN VILLAGE, home to the PADAUNG LONG-NECKED WOMEN. Early in life, brass rings are placed on the necks and legs of the village girls. As they age and mature, additional rings are added, creating the visual illusion of stretching their necks.You will also visit the LISU, who like to settle high in the mountains. (B,L,D)
Day 7 Ban Thaton–Chiang MaiA short drive this morning brings you to Chiang Mai, Thailand’s second largest city. For lunch, participate in a THAI COOKING CLASS, where you will learn how to make several local dishes. The afternoon is at your leisure. After a long day, enjoy a TRADITIONAL THAI MASSAGE at your hotel. (B,L)
Day 8 Chiang MaiRise early this morning to witness and participate in the [LF] ALMSGIVING CEREMONY, a very special Thai custom. Each morning before dawn, Buddhist monks don their distinctive saffron-colored robes and walk along the streets, carrying alms bowls and receiving boiled rice and condiment donations. Personally present alms to the monks, and you will receive their blessings! After breakfast in the hotel, drive up a winding mountain road to visit the WHITE HMONG PEOPLE, another of northern Thailand’s unique hill tribes. Here you will witness life in the village and visit a local school (if in session). Then, visit the temple of WAT PHRA THAT DOI SUTHEP, which offers a spectacular view of Chiang Mai and the surrounding valley. (B,L)

NOTE:
You will travel on rough dirt roads in a utility pick-up truck to visit the White Hmong people.

Day 9 Chiang MaiThis morning, visit an ORCHID FARM and an ELEPHANT CAMP. Here you will see skilled mahouts show how elephants have worked for centuries and you will RIDE AN ELEPHANT through the jungle. For the more adventurous, perhaps join the optional float trip on handmade bamboo rafts. You have time this afternoon for independent exploration. Tonight, join your traveling companions for a KHANTOKE DINNER & SHOW, featuring local cuisine and traditional music and dance celebrating the Lanna Kingdom, which ruled northern Thailand from the 13th to the 18th centuries. (B,D)
Day 10 Chiang Mai–BangkokA short flight returns you to Bangkok. The rest of the day is at leisure. (B)
Day 11 BangkokYour tour ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

 

Vacation Highlights

BANGKOK
Guided sightseeing; boat ride through the klongs; visit the Temple of the Dawn, Grand Palace, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and the Temple of the Reclining Buddha; [LF] excursion to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market with boat ride; Thai welcome dinner and show

CHIANG RAI
Trishaw ride and walking tour of local night bazaar; excursion to the Golden Triangle; visit Doi Mae Salong, Mae Sai, the Hall of Opium, and Chiang Saen; boat ride on the Kok River

BAN THATON
Hill tribe excursion; visit a [LF] Karen village with long-necked women, [LF] Akha village, Lahu village, and Lisu village

CHIANG MAI
Thai cooking class; traditional Thai massage; [LF] Almsgiving ceremony; visit a White Hmong village, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, an orchid farm, and an elephant camp including an elephant ride through the forest; Khantoke dinner & show

NOTE:

  • Small-Group Discovery – We never allow more than 20 travelers on our Small-Group Discovery vacations, allowing you to truly immerse yourself in the destination and local culture.

Meals

American breakfast daily, 5 lunches, 5 dinners including a Thai welcome dinner and show in Bangkok and a Khantoke dinner in Chiang Mai

 

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

Transfers from the airport to the hotel upon arrival at the beginning of the trip*

Transfers from the hotel to the airport at the end of the trip*

Superior first class hotel accommodations throughout the trip

Porterage and hotel taxes and fees

Baggage handling at each hotel stop

Professional Tour Director throughout the trip

VIP admissions to popular sites – no waiting in line, admission included

Motor coach transportation throughout the tour

American breakfast daily

Special Welcome Dinner in Bangkok

Favorite Activities – experiences to help you become immersed in the local flavor and lifestyle

*If air fare is purchased with the tour

 

Travel Terms & Conditions

The purchase of any travel services constitutes a contractual arrangement between you and the tour company(ies) and represents your acceptance of the Terms & Conditions. Please ensure that you read carefully and understand the Terms & Conditions prior to booking. These Terms & Conditions cover Deposit & Final Payment information, Air-Inclusive Deposits & Final Payment, Revisions & Revision Fees, Air Arrangements, Participation, Travelers Who Need Special Assistance, Young Travelers, Smoking, Price Policy, Visas and Passports, Hotels & Accommodations, Baggage Allowance, Travel Documents, Not Included in the Land Price, Refunds, Service Inquires After the Vacation, Holidays, Safety, Photos & Pictures, Optional Excursions, and Responsibility.

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Important Notes

  • Vacation departures, itineraries and prices are subject to change.
  • A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $250 per person per vacation is required to reserve space for you. View Terms & Conditions for limited exceptions.
  • Charges not included in the land vacation price: airfare to and from the start of your vacation; airline baggage fees including checked and/or excess baggage fees; Federal inspection fees for the Federal U.S. Customs and Immigrations; agricultural tax; other per person taxes imposed by government entities; applicable cruise taxes, fees, fares and port charges; passports; visas and vaccinations; transfers; tips to your Tour or Cruise Director, Local Host, driver, Local Guides, and/or ships’ crew; gratuities on ferries, trains, and cruise ships; laundry; telephone; minibar; alcohol, beverages, and food outside of the contracted menu as presented at a hotel or restaurant (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel, ship, or restaurant); additional excursions and activities not listed as ‘included’ in the itinerary; porterage at airports or train stations; Travel Protection premiums; and all other items of a personal nature.Booking your Vacation with Air For air departure dates within 331 days, you’ll be offered a choice of carriers and flight schedules as well as price points to choose from when selecting your flights. Your schedule will be provided to you at the time of booking (schedules are subject to change by carriers). Flex Air allows flexibility if you want to make changes to your vacation schedule. Instant Purchase Air may offer additional airline options but has more restrictions. Some vacations may only offer one Air type option. Guaranteed air-inclusive prices: air is only available to passengers traveling from the United States and only available when booked in conjunction with a land vacation. An additional $300 per person non-refundable air deposit is required for Flex Air booked in conjunction with any land vacation (i.e. air-inclusive vacation). Air can only be booked in conjunction with a vacation package. Instant Purchase Air requires air payment in full at time of booking (i.e. air-inclusive vacation) plus non-refundable service fee ($30 per person for North America, $50 per person for International air). Once booked, Instant Purchase Air is non-refundable, and non-changeable. Some vacations may only offer one Air type option. However, once your airfare is confirmed and the tour company has received your full air and land deposit, your air-inclusive vacation price is guaranteed.Air-Inclusive Vacations — Applicable Taxes & Fees Air inclusive price quotes will include all government-imposed taxes and fees applicable at the time of booking and will be shown as a Total Amount. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply. At the time of booking your air-inclusive vacation online, carrier Websites will be provided to check baggage fees, or you can visit http://www.iflybags.com for up-to-date baggage pricing/restrictions. The total airfare price, the base airfare price, and the applicable government taxes and fees are broken-out line-by-line and shown while booking online and on the invoice after your travel is booked. For return travel from some countries, international travelers are required to pay entry and/or exit fees at the airport. These fees will be collected by the local government and are payable by the traveler at time of travel. Your confirmation booking information will contain information about these fees.