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15 Day Kaleidoscope of Thailand with River Kwai


Escorted Package Includes

  • Round trip flights LAX-Bangkok
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-flight Chiang Mai-Bangkok
  • 13 nights accommodations
    • 4 nights Bangkok
    • 2 nights Kanchanaburi
    • 1 night Ayutthaya
    • 1 night Sukhothai
    • 2 nights Chiang Rai
    • 3 nights Chiang Mai
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • 17 meals: 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

Special Features

  • Wat Po Temple & Reclining Buddha, Bangkok
  • Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
  • Bridge over the River Kwai & War Museum, Kanchanaburi
  • Bang Pa In Royal Palace, Ayutthaya
  • Chai Wattanaram Temple, Ayutthaya
  • Historical Park, Sukhothai
  • House of Opium & The Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai
  • Wat Phrathad Doi Suthep Temple, Chiang Mai
  • Authentic Thai Dinner at Chiang Mai Private Home

DAY 1, Tuesday - Depart the USA
Depart the USA for Thailand. Your international flight includes meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment

DAY 2, Wednesday - Arrive in Bangkok
Welcome to Thailand! Arrive in exotic Bangkok and transfer to your hotel; remainder of the day at leisure. Time to rest, relax and acclimate to your new time zone
Overnight: Bangkok

DAY 3, Thursday - Bangkok City Tour
Morning briefing with your tour manager on the exciting tour of Thailand that awaits you. Afterwards, an afternoon tour that introduces you to Bangkok, the "City of Angels". Discover bustling Chinatown packed with hundreds of market stalls, street-side restaurants and gold shops. On to colorful "Little India" with its bright hanging walls of glistening fabrics and the fragrant wholesale Flower Market. Visit serene Wat Po, (Temple of the Reclining Buddha) the oldest and largest temple in the city, with its astonishing giant Reclining Buddha, over 150 feet long and almost 40 feet high. Drive via Royal Avenue where most of the Government offices are located and the King’s Palace before returning to your hotel. In the evening, attend the optional Buffet Dinner and stunning performance of the "Journey to the Enchanted Kingdom of Siam". Boasting over 150 performers, this lavish production delves into Siam's history and culture
Optional: Siam Niramit Dinner and Show (PM)
Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Friday - Full Day in Bangkok
Today is yours to explore Bangkok independently. Or, take the optional tour to the elaborate 18th century Grand Palace, symbol and ceremonial heart of the kingdom, and to Wat Phra Kaew, (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), with its brightly colored buildings, golden spires and gorgeous mosaics. You’ll see the distinct contrast in style between the Thai-inspired Wat Phra Kaew and the European design of the Grand Palace. In the evening, see glittering Bangkok at night on the optional Chao Phraya River Cruise, including an International Buffet Dinner and "live" entertainment. See the brilliant glow of lights as you sail past the Royal Navy Fort, the Grand Palace and other beautiful temples magnificently illuminated
Optional: Half Day Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha (AM)
Optional: Chao Phraya River Cruise with Dinner (PM)
Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Saturday - Travel to Kanchanaburi, Visit Bridge over River Kwai & War Museum
Travel southwest this morning to the vibrant Damnoen Saduak Floating Market; observe how the ancient trading of wares is conducted between hundreds of local farmers and villagers aboard small Sampan boats. The boats are fully loaded with all kinds of products including fruits, vegetables, dry goods, and freshly cooked food. From the Floating market, we continue to the quiet provincial capital of Kanchanaburi, with its stunning natural beauty, spectacular waterfalls and beautiful rivers. Walk over the stone bridge at the River Kwai, one of the most famous rivers in the world, which gained international fame in the book and film, "Bridge on the River Kwai". The bridge, several museums and cemeteries have respectfully preserved the history and memorialized the dead
Overnight: Kanchanaburi
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Sunday - Full Day in Kanchanaburi
Day at leisure to explore Kanchanaburi independently. Or, take the optional full day Hellfire Pass and Death Railway tour. Hellfire Pass derives its name from Allied POWs forced to work day and night in the jungle to complete the bridge and rail line using only simple tools; more than 12,000 soldiers and 80,000 Thais perished during the construction. A boat trip on the River Kwai and a ride on the Death Railway is included in the tour. Lunch en route before returning to Kanchanaburi
Optional: Full Day Hellfire Pass & Death Railway with lunch
Overnight: Kanchanaburi
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Monday - Travel to Ayutthaya, Ayutthaya City Tour
Depart Kanchanaburi to Ayutthaya, the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai for over 400 years, once glorified as the largest city in Southeast Asia. In the center of the city lies Ayutthaya Historical Park, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you can see the ruins of the former capital and its remaining palaces, monasteries and towers - one can envision the grandeur and splendor that was once the Kingdom of Ayutthaya. Visit Bang Pa-In Palace, a collection of beautiful buildings in various architectural styles, surrounded by a lake. Originally built by King Prasattong in 1632, this served as the Royal Summer Palace for the Thai Kings. If time permits, there may be a visit to a local school on the way to Ayutthaya. Continue to the Chai Wattanaram Temple, built by King Prasat Tong, a commoner who overthrew the previous king and took his throne. Here, you can enjoy the peaceful and tranquil surroundings of Siam
Overnight: Ayutthaya
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8, Tuesday - Travel to Sukhothai
Drive northward today to Sukhothai, birthplace of the Thai nation, founded in the 13th century by King Ramkhamhaeng. The country's first capital was established here in 1238 and lasted over two centuries. Sukhothai is world-famous its over 100 historical sites and treasures, including some of the most beautiful Thai art and architecture in the country, created during the city's "golden era", between the 13th and 14th centuries. Arrive at your hotel in this magnificent city with time to walk around on your own
Overnight: Sukhothai
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Wednesday - Sukhothai Historical Park, Travel to Chiang Rai
In the morning, visit to the Old Town of Sukhothai, immaculately restored and set among leafy hills and peaceful lotus ponds, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At this astonishing site, most of the remains of the original city can be seen. Marvel at the ancient Buddha figures, palaces, temples and historical monuments and feel yourself drift back in time to a bygone era. Later in the day, depart Sukhothai and drive to scenic Chiang Rai, the northernmost province of Thailand, center of the Lanna Thai Kingdom during the 13th century. The region, rich in natural resources and textiles was occupied by the Burmese until 1786. Time to discover the treasures of this extraordinary city on your own
Overnight: Chiang Rai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 10, Thursday - Mae Sai Border Town & Golden Triangle
Travel to the market town of Mae Sai, at the northern-most point of Thailand. At this border crossing, arrangements may be made to enter Myanmar.* Ascend the hilltop lookout to view the famed 'Golden Triangle" of Southeast Asia - see the joining of the Mekong and Ruak Rivers and the meeting point for the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos. Then, a short cruise takes you along the banks of the Mekong to the small island of Don Sao in Laos; leisure time at the lively markets before returning to Thailand. Continue to the dramatic House of Opium Museum with its informative exhibit on the history of opium which dates back almost 5000 years. Later, enjoy a locally prepared lunch in a nearby farming village before returning to Chiang Rai for overnight.
* Note: Crossing into Myanmar (Burma) requires a visa which can obtained locally at the border crossing at your own expense
Overnight: Chiang Rai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11, Friday - Travel to Chiang Mai
Morning at leisure before departing to Chiang Mai, ancient capital of the Lamma Kingdom and cultural heart of northern Thailand, nestled in the rolling foothills of the Himalayas. Explore this city that remained completely isolated from the world until the 1920s. In the afternoon, join the optional excursion to Mae Salong, still inhabited by hill people, namely the Akha, Long Neck and Salong tribes. Visit one of the tribes to see their unique way of life and learn more about their culture before returning to Chiang Mai. In the evening, take part in the optional Kantoke Dinner and Show, featuring traditional dances from Northern Thailand
Optional: Half Day Mae Salong Hill Tribe (AM)
Optional: Kantoke Dinner & Show
Overnight: Chiang Mai
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Saturday - Full Day in Chiang Mai; Dinner at Private Home
Morning at leisure in Chiang Mai. Or, perhaps join the optional tour to the Mae Sa Elephant Camp. Here, you'll see elephants bathing in the running streams, or demonstrating their daily feats of skill and strength in a special show. (At an additional charge, you may choose to ride on the back of a Thai Elephant - a truly memorable experience.) Time is allotted to walk along the beautiful nature trails or visit the exhibition and greenhouses before returning to Chiang Mai. In the afternoon, visit Sankampang Street, Chiang Mai’s handicrafts center; see the on-site demonstrations on how silk, lacquer, silver, wood and bronze wares are created. Later, visit the world's largest gem factory to watch as gem stones are cut and set. Time to try an optional traditional Thai massage – you’ll be delighted that you did! Tonight, a unique experience. You’re invited to join a local Chiang Mai family in their home for an authentic home-cooked Thai Dinner. Tour the home, get secret recipes and discuss family life in Chiang Mai
Optional: Half Day Mae Sa Elephant Camp with lunch (AM)
Optional: Traditional Thai Massage (PM)
Overnight: Chiang Mai
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13, Sunday - Chiang Mai City & Temples Tour
This morning, visit to some of the most interesting temples in Chiang Mai. Begin at Wat Suan Dok, where the remains of the Chiang Mai Royal family are enshrined and continue to Wat Phrathad Doi Suthep. Situated 3500 feet above sea level, this temple is the most sacred in Northern Thailand, containing a holy relic of Lord Buddha and a copper-plated chedi topped by a tiered gold parasol in its interior cloister. Equally impressive is the mythological Naga (Dragon-headed serpent) staircase, consisting of 290 steps leading up to the temple grounds. As you descend the stairs, opportunity to visit a local jade factory. Later, return to your hotel for leisure time, or last minute visits in Chiang Mai
Overnight: Chiang Mai
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 14, Monday - Flight to Bangkok
Morning transfer to the airport for the flight to Bangkok. Time on your own in Bangkok to re-visit some of the city's fabulous sites, or, indulge in a last-minute shopping spree. Enjoy a night out on the town as you bid farewell to Thailand
Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 15, Tuesday - Depart for the USA
Bon Voyage! Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

Aetas Lumpini Hotel, Bangkok

This first class hotel is conveniently located next to Sathorn intersection.

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River Kwai Resotel, Kanchanaburi

This tourist class hotel is nestled within the lush tropical forest on the banks of River Kwai.

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Krungsri River Hotel, Ayutthaya

This first class hotel is located in the historic district of Ayutthaya.

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Legendha Sukhothai, Sukhothai

This superior first class hotel is less than a mile from the Sukhothal Historical Park and is surrounded by temples and historical sites.

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Dusit Island Resort, Chiang Rai

This deluxe hotel is located on an island in the Mae Kok River not far from Chiang Rai City Center.

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Le Meridien Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai

This deluxe hotel, overlooking Doi Suthep Mountain, is located in the commercial district adjacent to the famous Night Bazaar.

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Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

Siam Niramit Show & Dinner

Day #3 01 Jul 2013 - 30 Jun 2015         $59
Enjoy a delightful Buffet Dinner at the Siam Niramit Restaurant before attending this evening's stunning performance of "Journey to the Enchanted Kingdom" of Siam. This $40 million production, with over 150 performers, explores the Kingdom of Siam's history and culture, with scenes highlighting the Ancient Kingdom of Lanna, Khmer heritage, and traditions of the central plains. Then, venture into the heart of Thai mythology with scenes of Fiery Hell, the mystical Himapaan Forest, and Blissful Heaven. Lastly, enjoy a montage of joyous celebrations honoring the Buddhist tradition.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Half Day Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha

Day #4 01 Jul 2013 - 30 Jun 2015         $37
Morning tour of Wat Phra Kaew, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and the adjoining Grand Palace. Together they form the most impressive sights for visitors to Bangkok. Wat Phra Kaew consists of over 100 brightly colored buildings, golden spires and glittering mosaics, dating back to 1782, when Bangkok was founded. From Wat Phra Kaew continue to the Grand Palace. Despite the proximity of the two, there's a distinct contrast in style between the Thai-inspired Wat Phra Kaew and the European designs of the Grand Palace. It is important to note that this palace is used now only for occasional ceremonial purposes and is no longer the royal residence.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Chao Phraya River Cruise with dinner

Day #4 01 Jul 2013 - 30 Jun 2015         $72
Tonight, enjoy a very relaxing cruise on Chao Phraya, the River of Kings. See the picturesque and colorful bright lights of Bangkok as you sail by night along the river. Pass the Royal Navy Fort, the Grand Palace and many other beautiful temples which are magnificently illuminated at night. An International Buffet Dinner on board is included along with live music along the way.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Full Day Hellfire Pass & Death Railway with lunch

Day #6 01 Jan 2012 - 31 May 2015         $29
Depart early in the morning from Kanchanaburi to visit Hell Fire Pass and the Death Railway. Hellfire Pass derives its name from Allied Prisoners of War ordered by the Japanese authorities to complete the bridge and rail line earlier than scheduled. All POW's were forced to work day and night in the jungle, digging through the mountain with simple tools. More than 12,000 soldiers and 80,000 Thais perished during construction. Our tour includes a boat trip on the River Kwai and ride on the Death Railway. En route we stop for lunch before returning to Kanchanaburi.

Approximate tour duration is 8 hours.

Half Day Mae Salong Hill Tribe

Day #11 01 Jan 2014 - 30 Jun 2015         $22
The tour departs Chiang Rai City in the afternoon for the drive to visit the Mae Salong Hill Tribe. Upon arrival, change vehicles to the local Thai Combi which takes you up to the hills of Doi Mae Salong, still inhabited with many hill tribes, namely the Akha, Long Neck and Salong tribes. See this unique way of life and culture of the tribes that is still maintained today.

This tour requires walking up several steps as well as uneven pavement and trails to get to the small village.

Approximate tour duration is 5 hours.

Kantoke Dinner & Show

Day #11 01 Jul 2013 - 30 Jun 2015         $25
This evening, delight in an authentic Kantoke Dinner and performance featuring traditional dances from Northern Thailand. As guests of this unique event, it is customary that you sit on the floor while you dine and watch the acted scenes depicting local culture. After dinner, villagers from various hill tribes perform an exciting array of cultural dances, including the Fon Lep (Fingers Dance), Sword Dance, Fon Thien (Candle Dance), and Ramwong. All guests are invited to participate.

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Half Day Mae Sa Elephant Camp with lunch

Day #12 01 Jul 2013 - 30 Jun 2015         $29
Travel northwest along the Mae Sa Valley, with its scenic botanical gardens and ten-tiered waterfalls, to visit the Mae Sa Elephant Training Camp. Here, see elephants bathing in the running streams, or, demonstrating their daily feats of skill and strength in a show with music and dance, a soccer match, or an abstract painting demonstration. Even more impressive is the camp's goal to protect the endangered Thai Elephant by controlled breeding, a program which has flourished since its establishment in 1995. At an additional charge, you may choose to ride on the back of a Thai Elephant -- a truly memorable experience. Time is allotted to walk along the beautiful nature trails or visit the exhibition and greenhouses.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Traditional Thai Massage

Day #12 01 Jul 2013 - 30 Jun 2015         $32
A trip to Thailand is not complete without experiencing a traditional Thai Massage! Unlike other types of massages, in Thailand your masseuse will stretch, bend, and contort your body into various positions, known to quickly ease the stress of muscle tension and aids in curing minor illnesses. A set of personal cotton clothing with a Gate 1 logo will be given to you to wear during the massage.

Approximate tour duration is 1 hour.

Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

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Land only price does not include departure transfers, but does include flight Chiang Mai-Bangkok.

Flights from the USA may arrive on DAY 3. Included sightseeing commences in the afternoon on Day 3.


Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.




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