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13 Day Classic Thailand


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
  • 11 nights First Class accommodations
    • 4 nights Bangkok
    • 1 night Ayutthaya
    • 1 night Sukhothai
    • 2 nights Chiang Rai
    • 3 nights Chiang Mai
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • 15 meals: 11 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
  • 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

Note: your itinerary will change depending upon the day of the week you depart. Click a day above to see what is included.


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

DAY 2, Tuesday - 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, Wednesday - 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, Thursday - 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" 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, Friday - 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, Saturday - 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, Sunday - 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, Monday - 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, Tuesday - 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, Wednesday - Full Day in Chiang Mai
Morning at leisure to explore Chiang Mai independently. 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
Optional: Half Day Mae Sa Elephant Camp with lunch (AM)
Optional: Traditional Thai Massage
Overnight: Chiang Mai
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Thursday - 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, Friday - Flight to Bangkok
Depart Chiang Mai this morning on your flight to Bangkok; arrive and transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to enjoy all of the delights of Bangkok on your own. Shop to your heart's content, visit to the many amazing markets, and try some of the fabulous restaurants in this energetic city
Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13, Saturday - Depart for the USA
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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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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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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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.

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 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.

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.

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 arrival transfer, but does include flight Chiang Mai - Bangkok.


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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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