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Treasures of Thailand

11 Days from $2,920 per person

Style: First Class | Pace: Leisurely

A journey from the colorful streets of Bangkok to the sacred spaces of Chiang Mai. You'll visit the terracotta-colored ancient ruins of Ayutthaya and enjoy a northern Thai-style lunch with a family in their wooden stilt house.

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

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Overview

A journey from the colorful streets of Bangkok to the sacred spaces of Chiang Mai. You'll visit the terracotta-colored ancient ruins of Ayutthaya and enjoy a northern Thai-style lunch with a family in their wooden stilt house.

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

  1. Say sawadee ka to the land of smiles, starting your Thai adventure in Bangkok. Transfer to your hotel where this evening, we meet our Travel Director and fellow guests for a Welcome Reception drink with local appetizers.

    meal(s):Welcome Reception
    hotel:Royal Orchid Sheraton
  2. Rise early and join the locals for a graceful T'ai Chi practice in Lumpini Park to kick-start your day. Alternatively, enjoy a leisurely start before joining your fellow travelers on a city tour, which begins with a visit to Bangkok's most well-known fruit and flower market, Pak Klong Talad. Continue to the golden spires of Bangkok's Grand Palace, where you'll visit the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand, Wat Phra Kaew. See the largest-reclining Buddha in Thailand in Bangkok's oldest temple, Wat Pho, and enjoy a traditional Thai massage in the temple's massage center. Return to your hotel by express river boat, cruising down the Chao Praya past beautiful Wat Arun, the Temple of the Dawn.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
  3. Immerse your senses in the five flavors of Thai as you join a Local Specialist for a traditional cooking class in a colonial-style house. Visit a local market nearby to source the freshest ingredients that reveal the sweet, sour, salty, bitter and hot flavors of Thai cuisine. Sample the results later, then spend the afternoon exploring the City of Angels on your terms, or consider joining an Optional Experience.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
  4. A riot of colors greets us this morning as we embark on a visit to the famous floating market at Damnoen Saduak. Connect with the friendly merchants who paddle along the congested canals in their sturdy canoes, laden with fresh fruit and vegetables to sell to shoppers on the banks. En route, we'll dive into culture, stopping at a coconut palm sugar plantation where we'll discover how the farmer extracts the sap from his palm trees to create palm sugar. After lunch in a local restaurant, we'll visit the Thailand-Burma Railway Museum, revealing insights into the history of the infamous railway line built during WWII by the Imperial Japanese army. Our final stop today sees us pay tribute to the thousands of allied prisoners of war who were laid to rest at the War Cemetery.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel:Away Kanchanaburi Dheva Mantra Resort & Spa
  5. This morning, we visit Hellfire Pass, a section of the Thailand-Burma "Death Railway," so named for the tortuous conditions that prisoners of war endured during WWII to build it. After lunch, we embark on a thrilling train ride across wooden viaducts, skirting the winding waters of the Kwai River. We'll disembark and see the wooden viaducts first-hand walking across one. This evening, we enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. After breakfast, we travel to the UNESCO-listed Ayutthaya, once the second-most important ancient capital of Old Siam and the largest city in the world. Here, we'll delve into the trading heritage of a mighty city that was all but raised to the ground by an 18th-century Burmese invasion. We'll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, then return to Bangkok for our flight to Sukhothai, Thailand's first capital.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel:Sriwilai Sukhothai Resort and Spa
  7. Gain insights into a powerful kingdom that enjoyed its golden age during the 13th and 14th centuries and shaped modern Thailand as we know it today. Start the day with a visit to the UNESCO-listed Sukhothai Historical Park which reveals thousands of years of history and a 49-foot seated Buddha secreted within its walls. Your choice of exploring will see you engage with the historic complex by bicycle or on the internal tram. This afternoon, visit the home of a local family and learn how to make amulets which are thought to protect the owner from harm.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
  8. Our day begins with a visit to the village of Natonchan, where we make a difference with our visit by supporting the community's eco-tourism project. We'll interact with the locals and meet one of the villagers to learn about 'gymnastic doll' making and the villagers' traditional cotton clothes which are soaked in mud to protect them from fading. We continue north, enjoying lunch en route and make a brief visit to the 'Friends of the Asian Elephant' Hospital, a foundation that cares for wounded elephants. Arriving in Chiang Mai, we enjoy an evening walk with our Travel Director and visit the colorful Sunday market. Our hotel tonight is located in the old town of Chiang Mai.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel:The Rim Resort
  9. Admire the delicate hand-painted fans and colorful paper umbrellas that are famously crafted in Chiang Mai's Sankamphaeng district and meet the children and teachers at a local school to which much-needed supplies will be donated. We continue to a small village nearby where we'll connect with locals, joining a family in their typical stilt house for a northern Thai-style Be My Guest lunch. Next is a visit to Wat Suan Dok where we'll meet a local monk and learn about Buddhism, against the backdrop of the temple's magnificent golden chedi.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
  10. Your morning is free to spend as you please or consider joining an Optional Experience. Later, we visit Wat Doi Suthep, one of Thailand's most sacred temples. As the sun sets over this mystical temple, listen quietly to the tranquil sounds of the monks chanting. This evening, we join fellow travelers and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner at a traditional Thai restaurant located next to the river.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  11. Our exhilarating encounter with old Siam and new Thailand at its end, we take a 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.

Single Room Supplement: from $930 p.p.

Flights: Prices include internal airfare and taxes for flight from Bangkok to Sukhothai and are accurate as of 1 June 2018.

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  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options

Meal Summary

10 buffet breakfasts, 8 lunches, 5 dinners.

Included Highlights

Connect with Locals

  • Join the Saiwangjit family who lives in a wooden Thai stilt house for a traditional northern Thai-style meal.

Dive into Culture

  • Visit Lumpini Park in Bangkok and join the locals in their daily T'ai Chi practice.
  • Enjoy a traditional Thai massage in the grounds of Wat Pho, a center for traditional Thai massage.
  • Learn the secrets of Thai cooking and visit a local market to buy fresh ingredients.
  • Stop at a coconut palm sugar plantation and discover how the farmer extracts the sap from the palm trees to be turned into sugar.

Stays with Stories

  • Relax at your charming hotel with its exotic Lanna-Burmese style architecture, perfectly positioned near the Pratu Suan Dok Gate in Chiang Mai's Old Town.

Make a Difference

  • Visit a local primary school where the local children are integrated with those of the Hmong and Lahu hill tribes.
  • Visit the 'Friends of the Asian Elephants,' a Thai registered foundation looking after the welfare of elephants throughout Thailand.

Local Specialist

  • In Bangkok

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of Bangkok, Chiang Mai
  • Visit Wat Pho Temple, the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Damnoen Saduak floating market, the ancient city of Ayutthaya, Sukhothai Heritage Park
  • See the Bridge over the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi
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    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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    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.

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    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.

  • Intra-Air Included

    Prices include economy airfare for any intra-trip flights required by this itinerary. For trip specific terms and conditions, please refer to the Dates & Prices tab.

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Bangkok

Dinner Cruise On The Manohra

Adult Price: $99

Experience Bangkok at its best while cruising along the historic Chao Phraya River, aboard the "Manohra" or "Manohra Moon". The 50-year-old rice barges have been completely re-built and beautifully restored for dining and cocktail cruising. Savour Thailand’s finest regional specialties, whilst passing some of Bangkok’s most famous cultural and majestic landmarks. Seating is set for only 40 guests to ensure an intimate experience. The cruise departs from Sathorn Pier adjacent to Saphan Taksin BTS station. Take the Royal Orchid Sheraton’s complimentary boat shuttle service to Sathorn pier where you will embark on your glorious evening cruise.

Siam Niramit Cultural Show With Dinner

Adult Price: $62

Siam Niramit combines an authentic Thai meal with a world class stage show depicting Thailand's historical and spiritual heritage. Travel back through time into the history and culture of the Kingdom of Siam. With over 150 dazzling performers and state-of-the-art special effects, it's a captivating journey. In addition to the dinner and show there will also be time to stroll through the replica villages from the country's rural regions where Thai handicrafts may be purchased or simply just soak up the atmosphere.

Jim Thompson House

Adult Price: $37

Jim Thompson House is one of the best examples of traditional Thai residential architecture and houses a breath-taking collection of Southeast Asian art. Jim Thompson, born in Delaware in 1906, fell in love with Thailand while posted as an intelligence agent in Bangkok during WWII. He later made it his permanent home and started a business supplying fine Thai silk to overseas fashion houses, single-handedly saving what had been a dying cottage industry. His silk company continues to flourish today. With the proceeds of his success, Thompson collected an impressive range of art works, and sections of teak houses, assembling them into a museum complex set in a lush garden alongside central Bangkok’s Saen Saep Canal. The main house is full of tastefully displayed Asian art and curios including Buddha images, paintings, ceramics and antique furniture. The living areas have been preserved as they were when Thompson lived there before his mysterious disappearance. There is also a Thai restaurant and bar plus, a sizable boutique selling quality silk items, books and prints.

Chiang Mai

Hilltribe Village Experience

Adult Price: $61

Drive to the north of Chiang Mai to visit Baan Tong Luang Village. Situated in a beautiful valley the village is home to the Long Neck Karen hilltribe from Myanmar. These women wear heavy copper neck rings, a ritual starting from when they are girls of 5 or 6 years of age. Other hill tribes which can be seen at the village are the Lahu, Hmong and, White Karen all wearing their own traditional costumes.

Chiang Rai

Dinner At Boon Rawd Singha

Adult Price: $53

The Singha park is home to a farm and an enormous tea plantation. Delight yourself with a great meal at Singha Park’s restaurant; enjoy some of the typical dishes served only here such as their famous fried tea leaves salad. Take in the beautiful view from the panoramic terrace of the restaurant over the farm and beyond while you dine.

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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.

  • Intra-Air Included

    Prices include economy airfare for any intra-trip flights required by this itinerary. For trip specific terms and conditions, please refer to the Dates & Prices tab.

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