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Iconic Thailand

9 Days from $1,550 per person

Style: Value | Pace: Active

Highlighting Thailand’s rich history and fascinating culture, experience the contrasts between the bright lights, skyscrapers and street markets of Bangkok to the peaceful rural life of northern Thailand as you travel by boat into the Golden Triangle.

Travel to Asia often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

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Highlighting Thailand’s rich history and fascinating culture, experience the contrasts between the bright lights, skyscrapers and street markets of Bangkok to the peaceful rural life of northern Thailand as you travel by boat into the Golden Triangle.

Travel to Asia often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

  1. Welcome to Thailand. On arrival transfer to your hotel and this evening enjoy dinner with your Travel Director and fellow guests.

    meal(s):Dinner
    hotel:Rembrandt Bangkok
  2. Your city tour begins with a visit to Wat Pho, Bangkok's oldest temple which features the largest reclining Buddha in Thailand. Continue to the Grand Palace which was the seat not only of the king and his court, but contained within its walls the entire government administration. The architecture is vibrantly Thai and the overall effect is dazzling with all the brightly colored intricate detail. After lunch in a local restaurant depart on a private boat to explore Bangkok's maze of canals, known locally as khlongs. Catch a glimpse of the serene and simple lifestyle of riverbank dwellers. Pass by the Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) and its impressive ceramic covered pagoda before returning to your hotel.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
  3. Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore this vibrant city or join an Optional Experience.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  4. Have a late start this morning and transfer to Bangkok Airport for your flight to Chiang Rai. On arrival check in to your hotel and later experience the local color of Chiang Rai with a brief City Tour. Visit Wat Phra Kaew, a significant temple best known for originally housing the Emerald Buddha in the 13th century which can now be seen at Bangkok's Grand Palace. Pass by Chiang Rai's iconic golden clock tower which was designed by a local Thai artist and unveiled in 2008 in honor of His Majesty the King. Continue to a local restaurant for dinner before returning to your hotel.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Laluna Resort
  5. This morning visit the Hall of Opium, situated in the heart of the Golden Triangle, providing an excellent insight into the opium trade so prevalent in this area in the past century. The state-of-the-art exhibition journeys through more than 5,000-years of history on the use and abuse of opium related drugs. Learn about the origins of the opium poppy, the medical and ritual use of opium in ancient civilizations and the Opium Wars and their impact on China. After lunch in a local restaurant board a boat on the Mekong River towards the Golden Triangle, where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos converge. Make a stop in Laos and visit the Don Sao Island Markets, which have an abundance of local handicrafts. Later return to your hotel in Chiang Rai.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
  6. Depart this morning and make a brief stop at the unique white temple of Wat Rong Khun. Unlike many other Thai temples that have a history going back centuries, this extraordinary place of worship was only built around 20 years ago. Make a stop along the way at Mae Kajaen Hot Springs and dip your feet into the warm mineral waters, a popular spot with local Thais. After a lunch in a local restaurant visit the Sankamphaeng area on the outskirts of Chiang Mai where all the traditional handicrafts such as the famous umbrella and fan making can be found. On arrival at your hotel check-in and later this evening join your Travel Director for a visit to the famous Night Market.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel:Holiday Inn Chiang Mai
  7. Enjoy a late start this morning and later explore the center of Chiang Mai by rickshaw, known locally as samlor. Visit one of Chiang Mai's most impressive temples; Wat Phra Singh which was built in 1345 by King Pha Yu to house the remains of his father King Kam Fu. See the elegantly decorated Lai Kam assembly hall and its restored murals depicting the lives of locals hundreds of years ago. Afterward for lunch enjoy a typical dish of Chiang Mai khao soi (rice noodle soup) followed by some free time in the center to explore further, do some shopping or perhaps treat yourself to a relaxing foot massage. Later make a visit to Wat Doi Suthep, tucked away in the mountains at an elevation of 3,465 feet. In its center stands a huge Chedi (spired pagoda), which contains partial relics of Lord Buddha. Stay when the crowds depart to observe the monks chanting at sunset before returning to your hotel.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
  8. Today is free for you to explore this fascinating city or choose to take part in an Optional Experience.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  9. Transfer to Chiang Mai International Airport for your onward flight.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Flights: Prices include internal airfares and taxes for the flight from Bangkok to Chiang Rai and are accurate as of 1 June 2018.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Breakfast Daily Breakfast Daily
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
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  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options

Meal Summary

8 Buffet breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 2 Dinners.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Bangkok - Visit Wat Pho and the Grand Palace, observe local life along the canals during a khlong tour
  • Chiang Rai - Visit Wat Phra Kaew and see the city's iconic clock tower
  • Golden Triangle - Visit the Hall of Opium, take a boat trip along the Mekong River, visit a local market in Laos
  • Chiang Mai - Visit the handicraft area of Sankamphaeng, the Night Market and the temples of Wat Phra Singh and Wat Doi Suthep
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    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Thailand must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering Thailand.

  • The currency in Thailand is the Baht. The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM or debit card at local banks in Thailand. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is sampling the local food, and Thai cuisine is one of the most popular in the world.   You’ll find an emphasis on lightly prepared dishes and interplay of flavors including sour, sweet, salty, bitter and spicy. Glass noodles, curries, and hot and sour soups are popular meals and are usually served family style.  You’ll also encounter a delicious selection of exotic fruits in Thailand such as lychee, durian, papaya and jackfruit.

  • We suggest bringing comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that can be layered for your trip. Sturdy walking shoes are important for sightseeing excursions; a hat, lightweight jacket, and shawl or scarf could also come in handy. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • Tipping in Thailand is not expected but always appreciated.  It is common to leave extra change at most bars and restaurants. At nicer restaurants it is appropriate to tip your waiter 5-10 percent.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend the equivalent of $4 per person/per day for your driver and $6 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is the equivalent of 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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