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16 Day Classic Thailand with Phuket


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
  • All intra-flights: Chiang Mai-Bangkok, Bangkok-Phuket & Phuket-Bangkok
  • 14 nights accommodations
    • 4 nights Bangkok
    • 1 night Ayutthaya
    • 1 night Sukhothai
    • 2 nights Chiang Rai
    • 3 nights Chiang Mai
    • 3 nights Phuket
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • 18 meals: 14 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager (Days 2-11)
  • Services of English-speaking local guide (Days 12-16)
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

Special Features

  • Wat Po Temple & Reclining Buddha, Bangkok
  • Bang Pa In Royal Palace, Ayutthaya
  • Chai Wattanaram Temple, Ayutthaya
  • Historical Park, Sukhothai
  • House of Opium & Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai
  • Wat Phrathad Doi Suthep Temple, Chiang Mai
  • Authentic Thai Dinner at Chiang Mai Private Home

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

DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in Bangkok
Arrive in exotic Bangkok, Thailand’s capital city; transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to rest, relax and acclimate to the new time zone
Overnight: Bangkok

DAY 3, Saturday - Bangkok City Tour
Orientation meeting this morning with your tour manager highlights the exciting journey that awaits you. Afterwards, continue on a city and temple tour of Bangkok, a fascinating mix of ancient and modern. Begin the tour at Chinatown and then on to the colorful Indian Market. Visit serene Wat Po, the oldest and largest temple in the city, with the astonishing giant Reclining Buddha, over 150 feet long and almost 40 feet high. Drive to 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 Show & Dinner (PM)
Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Sunday - Full Day in Bangkok
Full day at leisure to explore Bangkok on your own. Or, don’t miss the optional morning tour of Wat Phra Kaew, also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and the elaborate 18th century Grand Palace, symbol and ceremonial heart of the kingdom - together they form the most impressive sights in Bangkok. Despite the proximity of the two, there's a 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" music. See the vivid and colorful bright lights as you sail past the Royal Navy Fort, the Grand Palace and many 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, Monday - Travel to Ayutthaya, Ayutthaya City Tour
Depart Bangkok to Ayutthaya, the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai for over 400 years, once glorified as one of the largest cities in Southeast Asia. Ayutthaya Historical Park, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lies in the center of the city. 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, Bang Pa-In 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 to honor his mother, conceived as a replica of the Angkor Temple - this is a serene place where one can reflect and enjoy the tranquility. Rest of the day at leisure
Overnight: Ayutthaya
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6, Tuesday - Travel to Sukhothai
Travel northward 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 beautiful city with time to walk around on your own
Overnight: Sukhothai
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Wednesday - Sukhothai Historical Park, Travel to Chiang Rai
Visit to the Old Town of Sukhothai with its impressive Historical Park, 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 for overnight
Overnight: Chiang Rai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8, Thursday - Mae Sai Border Town & Golden Triangle
Travel to the border town of Mae Sai, at the tip of Thailand. At this border crossing, arrangements may be made to enter Myanmar*. Ascend to the hilltop viewpoint to see the famous "Golden Triangle" of Southeast Asia - meeting point of the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos. The locals call it "Sop Ruak", as this is also where the Mekong meets the Ruak River. A short cruise then 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 at Golden Triangle Park, offering an informative exhibition on the history of opium which dates back almost 5000 years. Later, savor a locally prepared lunch in a nearby farming village before returning to Chiang Rai for overnight * Crossing into Myanmar (Burma) requires a visa which may be obtained locally at the border crossing, at your own expense
Overnight: Chiang Rai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9, Friday - Travel to Chiang Mai
Morning at leisure before departing to Chiang Mai, ancient capital of the Lamma Kingdom. En route, stop at a local gem gallery before continuing to magnificent Wat Rong Khun, known at the "White Temple". This white-washed glittering temple was a dream-come-true for a famous Thai Buddhist artist who dedicated his life to its creation, using white to represent Buddha's purity. In the sunshine, the White Wat glitters in all its glory with its tiny mirrors reflecting the sun. Arrive in Chiang Mai, cultural heart of Northern Thailand, located in the rolling foothills of the Himalayas. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure
Optional: Half Day Mae Salong Hill Tribe (AM)
Optional: Kantoke Dinner & Show
Overnight: Chiang Mai
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Saturday - Full Day in Chiang Mai
Morning at leisure to explore Chiang Mai independently. Or, join the optional tour to the Mae Sa Elephant Training Camp where you'll see elephants bathing in the running streams or demonstrating their feats of skill and strength in a musical show. In the afternoon, visit Sankampang Street, center of handicrafts, for on-site demonstrations on how the silk, lacquer, silver, wood and bronze wares are made. Later, visit the world's largest gem factory, to watch while the gem stones are cut and set. At the end of the day, pamper yourself with an optional Thai Massage
Optional: Half Day Mae Sa Elephant Camp with lunch (AM)
Optional: Traditional Thai Massage
Overnight: Chiang Mai
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Sunday - Chiang Mai City & Temples Tour, Dinner at Private Home
Morning tour of the most interesting temples in Chiang Mai. Begin at Wat Suan Dok, where the remains of the Chiang Mai Royal family are enshrined. Continue to Wat Phrathad Doi Suthep, Northern Thailand's most sacred temple, containing a holy relic of Lord Buddha. Equally impressive is the mythological Naga (dragon-headed serpent) staircase, with 290 steps leading up to the temple grounds. Visit to a local jade factory, followed by an afternoon at leisure to wander independently in Chiang Mai. Tonight, a unique experience. Join a local Chiang Mai family at an authentic Thai Dinner in their home. Enjoy a tour of the home, conversation about life in Chiang Mai and savor the great flavors of home-cooked food
Overnight: Chiang Mai
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Monday - Flight to Phuket
Depart Chiang Mai this morning by flight to magical Phuket, the largest island in Thailand; transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to begin your exploration of this "paradise on earth" with its world-class beaches and chic jet-set atmosphere. Tonight, perhaps sample some of the island's delicious Malay, Sri Lankan, and Thai cuisine in lively Phuket Town
Overnight: Phuket
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13, Tuesday - Full Day in Phuket
Today is yours to just relax, rejuvenate and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. There is plenty to do and much to see in Phuket, including the Aquarium, Butterfly and Orchid Gardens and the Thai Village. In the older quarters of the town, discover the 19th century buildings with their distinctive Sino-Portuguese architectural style. Be sure to stop at the buzzing market with villagers shopping for their daily meals, or watch the stoic monks on their daily alms rounds. Non-stop bustle characterizes the daytime and lasts well into the evening. Or, join the full day optional excursion by cruiser through mangrove jungles and limestone peaks, where cliffs rise vertically from the sea. Stop at Phang Nga Bay, one of the most unusual and beautiful coastal locations in the world and Lawa Island with its pristine white sand beaches before returning to Phuket
Optional: Full Day Phang Nga Bay and Lawa Island by Cruiser with lunch
Overnight: Phuket
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 14, Wednesday - Full Day in Phuket
Full day at leisure to explore Phuket independently. Spend time in Patong, the island's center where there is always a "happening" on its busy beach. Watch the trendsetters coming in droves to the many restaurants, boutiques and luxurious spas. Or, travel by speedboat on the optional full day excursion to the magnificent Phi Phi Islands. There’ll be time to snorkel in the crystal-clear waters, watch the fantastic colorful marine life or feed the monkeys at Monkey Beach. Enjoy swimming, sunbathing or just people-watching on the beach before returning to your hotel. On your last night in Phuket, enjoy the island's nonstop entertainment scene, at a choice of bars, clubs with live music and fabulous cabaret shows
Optional: Full Day Phi Phi & Bamboo Islands by Speedboat with lunch
Overnight: Phuket
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 15, Thursday - Flight to Bangkok
Depart Phuket this morning by flight to Bangkok. Enjoy your last day in Thailand at leisure in Bangkok re-visiting some of the city's fantastic sights, or shop to your heart's content for souvenirs and treasures at the city's many markets, boutiques and choice of different shops. Treat yourself to a delectable Thai dinner tonight at a world-class restaurant - a lasting memory before your departure home
Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 16, Friday - Depart for the USA
Bon Voyage! Transfer to the airport for your departure flight to the USA
Meals: Breakfast

Century Park Hotel, Bangkok

This superior first class hotel is located in Pratunam, a bustling shopping and commercial area. It is minutes from the Victory Monument.

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Kantary Hotel, Ayutthaya

This superior first class hotel is located in the city of Ayutthaya, rich in culture and once the capital of Thailand.

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Classic Kameo Ayutthaya, Ayutthaya

This superior first class hotel is located within comfortable proximity to Ayutthaya’s industrial estates and tourist attractions.

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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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Sukhothai Heritage Resort, Sukhothai

This superior first class hotel is located in the ancient capital of Sukhothai.

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Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort, Chiang Rai

This deluxe hotel is located on landscaped grounds along the Mae Kok River.

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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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Diamond Cliff Resort, Phuket

This first class hotel is perched upon the lush mountains of north Patong on the tropical island of Phuket.

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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.

Half Day Mae Salong Hill Tribe

Day #9 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 #9 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 #10 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 #10 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.

Full Day Phang Nga Bay & Lawa Island by Cruiser with lunch

Day #13 01 Jul 2013 - 30 Jun 2015         $89
Enjoy a full day excursion to Phang Nga Bay and Lawa Island, including lunch. This exciting tour takes you to Phang Nga Bay, one of the most unusual and beautiful coastal locations in the world. Travel by cruiser through the mangrove jungles and limestone peaks, where cliffs rise vertically from the sea. Visit Koh Ping Kan, the island made famous by the James Bond film, "The Man With The Golden Gun." In the afternoon, visit Koh Pannyi Sea Gypsy Island for lunch. This remarkable village is built over the water on wooden stilts, guarded by a giant rock monolith. After exploring the village, continue on the cruise to Lawa Island with its pristine white sandy beaches. Time to enjoy all of the delights of this island before returning to Phuket.

Departs at 7:00 am. Pick-up and drop-off at the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 7 hours.

Full Day Phi Phi & Bamboo Islands by Speedboat with lunch

Day #14 01 Jul 2013 - 30 Jun 2015         $89
Full day excursion to the beautiful Phi Phi Islands, with lunch. Departing from the pier by speedboat, travel first to Bamboo Island to relax on the private beach with its sparkling white sand. Next, on to Hin Klang, where you can snorkel in crystal clear waters above the coral reef with its colorful marine life. Lunch at a local restaurant before continuing to Nui Bay (Camel Rock) and to Monkey Beach where you can feed the monkeys. Arrive at magnificent Phi Phi Islands, rising from the sea like a fortress. Sheer cliffs tower overhead, and then give way to beach-fronted jungle. Here, discover the beautiful scenery of Maya Bay, the site where the movie “The Beach” was partially filmed. Spend the rest of the day swimming, sunbathing or just relaxing at the beach before transferring back to the hotel.

Departs at 7:30 am. Pick-up and drop-off at the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 8 hours.

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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Additional Information:
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flights Chiang Mai-Bangkok and Bangkok-Phuket-Bangkok.

Aug 15, Aug 29, Sep 19, Oct 3, Oct 17, Nov 7, Nov 21, Dec 19, Jan 9, Feb 27, Mar 13, Mar 27, Apr 17, May 15 and May 22 departures will be accommodated at the Kantary Hotel in Ayutthaya.

Aug 15, Aug 29, Sep 19, Sep 26, Nov 14, Nov 21, Nov 28, Dec 26, Jan 16, Jan 30, Feb 6, Feb 20, Feb 27 and April 10 departures will be accommodated at the Legendha in Suhkothai.

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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