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Treasures of Thailand

11 Day Thailand Tour from Bangkok

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11 Days
1 Country

Thailand

5 Cities

Bangkok, Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Kanchanaburi, Sukhothai, Chiang Mai

23 Meals

1 Welcome Reception, 10 Breakfasts, 7 Lunchs, 2 Dinners, 1 Regional Dinner, 1 Be My Guest, 1 Farewell Dinner

Comfortable

Mainly 2–3-night stays in each location. Comfortable travel days with numerous stops. Requires 1-3 miles of walking per day that might involve some uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones and stairs.

Average group size average 40-45
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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.

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Day 1

Welcome to Bangkok

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.

Tuk Tuk in Bangkok, Thailand
Accommodation Montien Surawong
Included Meals Welcome Reception

Day 2

See the Sights of Bangkok

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 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.

Reclining Buddha Statue in Bangkok, Thailand
Accommodation Montien Surawong
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Dive Into Culture Enjoy T'ai Chi in Bangkok, Thailand
Join Locals for T'ai Chi in Bangkok

Visit Lumpini Park in Bangkok and join the locals in their daily T'ai Chi practice.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Dive Into Culture Enjoy a Thai massage in Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok Traditional Thai Massage

Enjoy a traditional Thai massage in the grounds of Wat Pho, a center for traditional Thai massage.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Iconic Experience Statue Garuda in Wat Phra Kaew Temple, Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok City Tour

Begin your city tour by visiting Bangkok's Grand Palace, home to the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand, Wat Phra Kaew. Continue your explorat...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Wat Arun in Bangkok, Thailand
Chao Praya River Boat Cruise

Embark on an Express River Cruise on the Chao Praya River and admire the beautiful Temple of the Dawn along the way.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Cruise along the Chao Phraya River aboard the Loy Nava in Bangkok, Thailand
Dinner Cruise on The Loy Nava (with drinks)

Experience Bangkok at its best while cruising along the historic Chao Phraya River, aboard the "Loy Nava", a 40-year-old antique rice barge which w...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Visit Bangkok in Thailand
Dinner Cruise on The Loy Nava (without drinks)

Experience Bangkok at its best while cruising along the historic Chao Phraya River, aboard the "Loy Nava", a 40-year-old antique rice barge which w...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 3

Thai Cuisine and Cooking Experience

Immerse your senses in the five flavors of Thai cuisine 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 to Jim Thompson's House, home to an impressive collection of Asian art.

Visit a food market with your culinary host and shop for local produce in Bangkok
Accommodation Montien Surawong
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Dive Into Culture Cooking in Bangkok, Thailand
Thai Cooking Demonstration in Bangkok

Learn the secrets of Thai cooking and visit a local market to buy fresh ingredients.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Optional Experiences Visit Jim Thompson's house in Bangkok, Thailand
Jim Thompson House

Jim Thompson House is one of the best examples of traditional Thai residential architecture and houses a breath-taking collection of Southeast Asia...

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Optional Experiences

Day 4

Onwards to Damnoen Saduak and Kanchanaburi

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, visit the world famous Bridge over the River Kwai. After a walk along the bridge continue to 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.

Floating market in Damnoen Saduak, Thailand
Accommodation Dheva Mantra Resort Kanchanaburi
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Dive Into Culture Visit a coconut palm sugar plantation in Kanchanaburi, Thailand
Palm Sugar Plantation Visit

Stop at a coconut palm sugar plantation and discover how the farmer extracts the sap from the palm trees to be turned into sugar.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Iconic Experience Floating market in Damnoen Saduak, Thailand
Damnoen Saduak Orientation

Visit the famous floating market at Damnoen Saduak and paddle along the canals laden with fresh produce to sell.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 5

Railways and Rivers in Kanchanaburi

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.

River Kwai in Kanchanaburi, Thailand
Accommodation Dheva Mantra Resort Kanchanaburi
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Regional Dinner
Iconic Experience Discover the "Death Railway" and Hellfire Pass, Thailand
Visit Hellfire Pass

Discover the "Death Railway" when you visit Hellfire Pass and learn about the horrible conditions of which the prisoners of WWII had to endure when building this landmark.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Bridge over River Kwai in Kanchanaburi, Thailand
Scenic Train Ride by Kwai River

Bask in the views of the Kwai River as you make your way across wooden viaducts on your scenic train ride.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 6

On to Ancient Ayutthaya and Sukhothai

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.

Monk in Temple, Ayutthaya, Thailand
Accommodation Sriwilai Sukhothai Resort and Spa
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Iconic Experience Buddha Statue in Ayutthaya, Thailand
Ayutthaya City Tour

Delve into the rich trading history of the UNESCO-listed Ayutthaya as you embark on your city tour.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 7

Explore Sukhothai

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 15-meter 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.

Ancient District in Sukhothai, Thailand
Accommodation Sriwilai Sukhothai Resort and Spa
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Iconic Experience Historical Park in Sukhothai, Thailand
Sukhothai Historical Park Visit

Visit Sukhothai Historical Park and choose to explore the park by bicycle or tram tour. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Learn the art of amulet making, Sukhothai, Thailand
Thai Amulet History

Spend some time with a local family and learn the art of amulet making and how these jewels protect the owner from harm. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 8

Continue to Chiang Mai

Our day begins with a visit to the first of our MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® experiences today at the village of Natonchan, where our visit supports 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. 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.

Elephants in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Accommodation Movenpick Suriwongse Hotel
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® On a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER visit to Natonchan village, learn about traditional crafts and textiles, Natonchan, Thailand
Support Eco-Tourism in Natonchan

On a visit to Natonchan we interact with the locals and meet one of the villagers to learn about traditional crafts such as gymnastic doll making a...

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Included in Trip

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Iconic Experience Colorful Lamp Festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Chiang Mai Orientation

Spend the evening enjoying a walk through the vibrant Sunday market of Chiang Mai with your Travel Director.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 9

Meet the locals of Northern Thailand

Admire the delicate hand-painted fans and colorful paper umbrellas that are famously crafted in Chiang Mai’s San Kamphaeng district. 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.

Umbrellas at Wat Tha Luk in Chiangmai, Thailand
Accommodation Movenpick Suriwongse Hotel
Included Meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
Be My Guest Join the Saiwangjit family in their stilt house for a traditional Thai-style meal in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Meet the Sawangijt Family for Lunch in Chiang Mai

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

Included in Trip

Be My Guest

Iconic Experience Visit Wat Suan Dok Temple, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Visit Wat Suan Dok Temple

Visit Wat Suan Dok Temple, marvel at the golden details and meet a local monk.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Umbrellas at Wat Tha Luk in Chiangmai, Thailand
Visit San Kamphaeng District

See the vibrant paper umbrellas that are famously crafted in the San Kamphaeng District.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 10

A Day to Discover Chiang Mai

Your morning is free to spend as you please. 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.

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Accommodation Movenpick Suriwongse Hotel
Included Meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Iconic Experience Wat Phra That Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Visit Doi Suthep

Visit Wat Doi Suthep, which is one of Thailand's most sacred temples and listen closely for the chanting of the monks.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 11

Farewell Thailand

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.

Captivating culture of Chiang Mai, Thailand
Included Meals Breakfast

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Dive Into Culture
Join Locals for T'ai Chi in Bangkok

Visit Lumpini Park in Bangkok and join the locals in their daily T'ai Chi practice.

Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Bangkok Traditional Thai Massage

Enjoy a traditional Thai massage in the grounds of Wat Pho, a center for traditional Thai massage.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Bangkok City Tour

Begin your city tour by visiting Bangkok's Grand Palace, home to the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand, Wat Phra Kaew. Continue your explorat...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Chao Praya River Boat Cruise

Embark on an Express River Cruise on the Chao Praya River and admire the beautiful Temple of the Dawn along the way.

Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Thai Cooking Demonstration in Bangkok

Learn the secrets of Thai cooking and visit a local market to buy fresh ingredients.

Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Palm Sugar Plantation Visit

Stop at a coconut palm sugar plantation and discover how the farmer extracts the sap from the palm trees to be turned into sugar.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Damnoen Saduak Orientation

Visit the famous floating market at Damnoen Saduak and paddle along the canals laden with fresh produce to sell.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Hellfire Pass

Discover the "Death Railway" when you visit Hellfire Pass and learn about the horrible conditions of which the prisoners of WWII had to endure when building this landmark.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Scenic Train Ride by Kwai River

Bask in the views of the Kwai River as you make your way across wooden viaducts on your scenic train ride.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Ayutthaya City Tour

Delve into the rich trading history of the UNESCO-listed Ayutthaya as you embark on your city tour.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Sukhothai Historical Park Visit

Visit Sukhothai Historical Park and choose to explore the park by bicycle or tram tour. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Thai Amulet History

Spend some time with a local family and learn the art of amulet making and how these jewels protect the owner from harm. 

Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Support Eco-Tourism in Natonchan

On a visit to Natonchan we interact with the locals and meet one of the villagers to learn about traditional crafts such as gymnastic doll making a...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Chiang Mai Orientation

Spend the evening enjoying a walk through the vibrant Sunday market of Chiang Mai with your Travel Director.

Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Meet the Sawangijt Family for Lunch in Chiang Mai

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

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Wat Suan Dok Temple

Visit Wat Suan Dok Temple, marvel at the golden details and meet a local monk.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit San Kamphaeng District

See the vibrant paper umbrellas that are famously crafted in the San Kamphaeng District.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Doi Suthep

Visit Wat Doi Suthep, which is one of Thailand's most sacred temples and listen closely for the chanting of the monks.

Included in Trip

About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Optional Experiences and free time
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.
Flight from Bangkok to Sukhothai.

What to expect

Explore Bangkok and Chiang Mai
Visit the Grand Palace, the temples of Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Pho in Bangkok, Damnoen Saduak floating market, the ancient city of Ayutthaya and Sukhothai Heritage Park
View the Bridge over the River Kwai and Hellfire Pass in Kanchanaburi and Wat Mahathat in Ayutthaya

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Dinner Cruise on The Loy Nava (with drinks)

Experience Bangkok at its best while cruising along the historic Chao Phraya River, aboard the "Loy Nava", a 40-year-old antique rice barge which w...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner Cruise on The Loy Nava (without drinks)

Experience Bangkok at its best while cruising along the historic Chao Phraya River, aboard the "Loy Nava", a 40-year-old antique rice barge which w...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Jim Thompson House

Jim Thompson House is one of the best examples of traditional Thai residential architecture and houses a breath-taking collection of Southeast Asia...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Official Languages across Thailand: Thai the official language of Thailand.
  • Currency used in Thailand: The currency of Thailand is the Thai Baht (฿).
  • Capital City:: The capital of Thailand is Bangkok.
  • Time Zone(s) in Thailand: Indochina Time (ICT)

 

Thailand passport, visa, and entry requirement information for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter Thailand.
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

Thailand has a tropical climate with high temperatures and humidity throughout the year. The country experiences three distinct seasons: hot season, rainy season, and cool season. The hot season runs from March to June, with temperatures often exceeding 35°C (95°F) and high humidity. The rainy season typically occurs from July to October, bringing frequent showers and occasional heavy downpours. The cool season, from November to February, offers milder temperatures and lower humidity, making it the most popular time for tourism. However, the climate can vary across different regions of Thailand, with southern coastal areas experiencing a slightly different monsoon pattern than the rest of the country.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits for Asia Tours

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10." For internal flights within Asia tours, there is generally a 44-lb luggage allowance.

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

When going on a guided tour of Asia, it's essential to pack smartly to ensure you have all the necessary items without burdening yourself with excessive luggage. Here's a limited packing list that covers the basics for your trip:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • A pair of comfortable walking shoes or sandals for exploring.
  • Lightweight and breathable clothing suitable for warm and humid weather. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and one or two long-sleeved shirts for cooler evenings or places with mosquitos.
  • A light sweater or jacket for cooler climates or air-conditioned spaces.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: A compact travel umbrella or a lightweight, packable rain jacket.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.

Miscellaneous:

  • A lightweight and foldable day bag to carry essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A small phrasebook or language app for basic communication when you're out exploring on your own (without your Travel Director)
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Consider the specific cultural norms and dress codes of the countries you visit to ensure respectful attire. Adapt this packing list to your specific needs and the duration of your trip, and you'll be well-prepared for your guided tour of Asia!

Electricity

Most Asian countries run on 220-240 volts at 50Hz AC (Alternating Current) electricity. However, there are some exceptions in certain regions. Here are some voltage variations for specific countries or regions in Asia:

  • Japan: Japan uses 100 volts at 50Hz in eastern Japan (including Tokyo) and 100 volts at 60Hz in western Japan (including Osaka). It's essential to check the voltage requirements for the specific area you will be visiting.
  • Malaysia: Malaysia uses 230 volts at 50 Hz.

Always verify the voltage and frequency for the particular country you'll be visiting, as using incompatible devices can lead to damage or malfunction. If you plan to bring American appliances or electronics to Asia, you will likely need a voltage converter and a plug adapter. Here's what you need to know:

  • Voltage Converter: American appliances designed to run on 110 volts may not function properly or could be damaged if connected directly to the higher voltage in Asian countries. A voltage converter (or voltage transformer) will allow your devices to work safely.
  • Plug Adapter: The physical shape of electrical outlets in Asian countries may also differ from those in the United States. You'll need a plug adapter to match the American-style plug with the outlets in the destination country.

It's essential to check the voltage and plug type requirements for the specific Asia country you plan to visit, as they might vary slightly from one country to another. Some modern electronic devices, like laptops and smartphones, are often designed to handle a wide range of voltages, so they might only require a plug adapter. 

Before your trip, verify the compatibility of your appliances and devices. You can find this information on the labels or tags of your electronics or in the user manuals. If in doubt, consult with the manufacturer or a qualified electrician.

We suggest buying an adapter with a voltage converter to help reduce the number of things you have to pack. Additionally, it's essential to get any required adapters or converters for your electronic devices before embarking on your guided tour and bringing them along. It's crucial to be cautious when using electrical devices in foreign countries, as using incorrect voltage or plugs without the right adapters can cause damage to your devices or even pose a safety hazard.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

In many hotels across Asia, hairdryers are commonly provided in guest rooms or available upon request. However, the availability and quality of hairdryers can vary depending on the hotel's star rating, location, and amenities.

It is important to keep in mind that the voltage of the hair dryer provided by the hotel will match the local electrical standards of the country where it is located. If you would like to use your own hair dryer, you will need a voltage converter (transformer). Before using your hair dryer or any electronic device, it is essential to verify voltage compatibility and use the appropriate plug adapter if necessary. Although many modern hair dryers are designed to be dual voltage, meaning they can work on both 110 volts and 220-240 volts, it is always recommended to double-check the label or user manual to be sure.

If you are unsure about the electrical compatibility or amenities provided by a specific hotel, you can contact them directly before your trip to inquire about the availability of hair dryers and other electrical considerations for international travelers. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but cannot find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

  • Air conditioning is common in hotels across Asia, especially in urban and tourist areas. As Asia experiences diverse climates and varying temperatures, air conditioning has become a standard feature in most hotels to provide comfort to guests, especially during hot and humid weather.
  • However, the availability of air conditioning can vary based on the type of accommodation and the specific location within each country. Some hotels in Asia may have energy-saving initiatives, which could include setting temperature limits on air conditioning during certain hours. This is especially true for eco-friendly or environmentally-conscious hotels.

Regardless of where in the world your tour visits, we do our best to ensure your transportation is as comfortable as it can be.

Coach travel on Asia Tours

  • Asia tour vehicles do not have Wi-Fi on board
  • There are no onboard restrooms -  there are regular rest stops.

Airport transfers

Transfers will depend on the trip you choose and vary among destinations. In general, if you are joining or departing your guided vacation on the first or last day, return transfers between the airport and hotel are included. You’ll find specific information on your itinerary page.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

Traveling to Asia on a guided tour can be an exciting and enriching experience. Staying informed, prepared, and cautious will go a long way in ensuring a safe and enjoyable travel experience. Always stay in touch with your Travel Director and always follow their recommendations.

Here are some health advice and recommendations for travelers heading to Asia:

Visit the Doctor: Before embarking on your trip, schedule a visit with a medicine specialist or your healthcare provider. They can provide personalized health advice based on your medical history, current health status, and the specific countries you'll be visiting.

Travel Insurance: Ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, evacuations, and trip cancellations.

Personal Medications: Bring an ample supply of any prescription medications you require, along with a copy of your prescriptions. Keep them in their original containers. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Vaccinations: While there are no vaccine or testing requirements, travelers should ensure that all routine vaccinations are up to date. Commonly recommended vaccinations for travelers to Asia may include:

  • Routine Vaccinations: These include measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap), and influenza.
  • Hepatitis A and B: These protect against food and waterborne diseases.
  • Typhoid: Another vaccine to guard against food and waterborne illnesses.

Malaria Prevention: Malaria is present in some parts of Asia, especially in rural or forested areas. Consult with your healthcare provider about the appropriate antimalarial medications and mosquito bite prevention measures (e.g., insect repellents, mosquito nets) for your specific destinations.

Insect Bite Prevention: Protect yourself from insect bites, as they can transmit diseases like dengue, chikungunya, and Zika. Use insect repellents containing DEET or Picaridin and wear long-sleeved clothing and pants to reduce the risk of bites.

First Aid Kit: Carry a basic kit with essential items like band-aids, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, antidiarrheal medication, and any prescribed medications.

Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water, especially in hot and humid climates, to prevent dehydration.

Hand Hygiene: Carry hand sanitizers and use them frequently, especially before eating or after touching surfaces in public places.

Respect Local Customs: Be aware of and respect local customs and traditions, as some practices may have health implications.

Avoid Street Food if Unsure: While trying local cuisine is a highlight of travel, be cautious about eating from street vendors or in places with questionable hygiene standards.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these. 

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Our tour guide Suriya was great way beyond our expectations. No opportunities for learning about the culture were overlooked, whether planned or impromptu. He has great humor and treated us all fairly. This tour highlights many key areas and we were able to be a part of them personally.
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