16 Day Classic Thailand with Phuket

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

Dec 19 departure will be accommodated at the Dusit Island Resort in Chiang Rai.

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



Is This Trip Right for You?

This active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect from two to three hours walking on some touring days. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Some tours require walking in the open air with no shade. A few early wake ups and some long drives from one city to another. You may depart independently, or with part of the group, at the end of your program as the Tour Manager may be traveling with other passengers on an extension program.

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Itinerary

DAY 1, Tuesday - Depart for Thailand
Depart for Thailand

DAY 2, Wednesday - 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, Thursday - Bangkok City Tour
This morning enjoy a city and temple tour of Bangkok, a fascinating mix of ancient and modern. Drive through 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. Later in the afternoon, enjoy a Welcome Drink and briefing by your Tour Manager on the exciting journey that lies ahead. Tonight, dinner at a local restaurant
Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Friday - 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, 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: Half Day Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha (AM)
Optional: Siam Niramit Show & Dinner (PM)
Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Saturday - 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 Prasat Tong in 1632, Bang Pa-In served as the Royal Summer Palace for the Thai Kings. 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 is at leisure
Overnight: Ayutthaya
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Sunday - Travel to Sukhothai, Sukhothai Historical Park
Start your morning with visit to a local school on the way 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. 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
Overnight: Sukhothai
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Monday - Travel to Chiang Rai
This morning, depart Sukhothai and drive to scenic Chiang Rai, the northernmost province of Thailand for overnight
Overnight: Chiang Rai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinne
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DAY 8, Tuesday - Mae Sai Border Town & Golden Triangle
Explore this city that remained completely isolated from the world until the 1920s. 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. Savor a locally prepared lunch in a nearby farming village. Later, 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 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. The opportunity to cross the border will depend on local conditions and cannot be guaranteed. If the border crossing is not possible, alternate arrangements will be made
Overnight: Chiang Rai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9, Wednesday - Travel to Chiang Mai
Morning at leisure when you have an opportunity to 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 driving to Chiang Mai, ancient capital of the Lanna Kingdom. En route, stop at a local gem gallery before arriving 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)
Overnight: Chiang Mai
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Thursday - Full Day in Chiang Mai
Morning at leisure to explore Chiang Mai independently. Or, join the optional Elephant Kingdom Tour, where you'll see elephants bathing in the running streams, attend a lecture on the Thai Elephant and learn how the mahout train and care for these majestic animals. 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. At the end of the day, pamper yourself with an optional Thai massage
Optional: Half Day Elephant Kingdom Tour with lunch (AM)
Optional: Traditional Thai Massage
Overnight: Chiang Mai
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Friday - 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 Phrathat 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, Saturday - 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, Sunday - 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, 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
Optional: Full Day Phi Phi & Bamboo Islands by Speedboat with lunch
Overnight: Phuket
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 14, Monday - 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, 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. On your last night in Phuket, enjoy the island's non-stop entertainment scene, at a choice of bars, clubs with live music and fabulous cabaret shows
Optional: Full Day Phang Nga Bay and Lawa Island by Cruiser with lunch
Overnight: Phuket
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 15, Tuesday - Flight to Bangkok
Depart Phuket this morning by flight to Bangkok. Enjoy your last day in Thailand at leisure in Bangkok revisiting 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, Wednesday - Depart Thailand
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Optional Tours

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.

Day #4 01 Jul 2017 - 30 Jun 2018 $38.00
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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.

Day #4 01 Jul 2016 - 30 Jun 2018 $60.00
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The tour departs Chiang Rai City in the morning for the drive to visit Hill Tribe at the foothill of Mae Salong. Upon arrival, change vehicles to the local Thai Combi which takes you up to the hill tribes, namely the Akha, Long Neck and Mien(Yao). 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.

Day #9 01 Jul 2017 - 30 Jun 2018 $22.00
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This morning, travel northwest through an area famous for its waterfalls and scenic views, to visit "Elephant Kingdom", an educational Elephant Camp Program. Here, see elephants bathing in the running streams, attend a lecture on the Thai Elephant, and learn how the mahout train and command these majestic animals. Later, learn the importance of herbal vitamin for the elephant's diet and special herbal treatment and hot press as a natural insect repellant. You may also be able to give the elephants bananas and sugar cane, two of their favorite treats. Travel to an Orchid & Butterfly farm in the north of Mae Rim area and savor a buffet style lunch. Afterwards, explore the gardens of orchids and visit the butterfly farm.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #10 23 Feb 2016 - 30 Jun 2018 $49.00
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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 will be given to you to wear during the massage.

Approximate tour duration is 1 hour. Gratuity is not included.

Day #10 01 Jul 2017 - 30 Jun 2018 $32.00
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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.

Note: Ladders to get in and out of the speedboats are narrow and are boarded from wet landings on the beach.

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

Day #13 01 Jul 2016 - 30 Jun 2018 $89.00
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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 Khao 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 before coming back on the cruise 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.

Day #14 01 Jul 2016 - 30 Jun 2018 $89.00
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