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Treasures of Thailand with The Golden Triangle

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Tour Pace: Leisurely
River Kwai, Thailand
Tour Style: First Class
15 Days from $3,523 per person

Promising all of Thailand's treasured sights, from Bangkok's markets to the Bridge over the River Kwai, this extended trip also journeys into the legendary Golden Triangle.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… spending time with communities barely changed by time or tourism, like the Lahu hill tribe of Banyafu, who still live in traditional wood and bamboo stilt houses.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Asia (not included).

  2. These days will operate as per days 1-10 of the Treasures of Thailand itinerary on pages 46-47.
  3. Depart this morning for Chiang Rai and en route visit an Ahka village, a Cultural Insight. The Akha are known for their bright headdresses and are among the poorest of Thailand's ethnic minorities. Visit Doi Tung a pilgrimage site for Thai, Shan and Chinese Buddhists and once a cultivating site for opium. The Doi Tung Development Project was initiated by the late Princess Mother of Thailand to help the struggling local people to educate and empower themselves to be economically self-reliant. Take a stroll through the beautifully landscaped flower garden at the villa. Make a brief stop at the unique white temple of Wat Rong Khun before continuing to Chiang Rai and your hotel for a relaxing evening.
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  4. Today start the day with a City Tour of Chiang Rai visiting some of its amazing sights like the Clock Tower and Wat Phra Kaew. Afterwards visit the little known village of Banyafu where the houses are made of wood and bamboo and the Lahu hilltribe people live their lives according to their traditions, a Cultural Insight.
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  5. This morning visit Chiang Saen, the former capital of the first Thai Lanna Kingdom. Travel by boat on the Mekong River towards the Golden Triangle, where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos converge. Stop in Laos and visit the Don Sao Island Markets, which have an abundance of local handicrafts. After lunch visit the Hall of Opium, situated in the heart of the Golden Triangle, which provides an excellent Cultural Insight into the opium trade, so prevalent in this area over the past century. Later return to your hotel in Chiang Rai.
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  6. Transfer to Chiang Rai Airport for your onward flight.
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  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
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  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
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Meal Summary

13 nights, 13 buffet breakfasts, 11 lunches, 5 dinners, On-trip transport.

Included Highlights

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure
  • As per the Treasures of Thailand itinerary plus:

Cultural Insight

  • See the Akha, Lahu hilltribe people, visit the Doi Tung Development Project, the Hall of Opium

Sightseeing Highlights

  • As per the Treasures of Thailand itinerary plus:
  • City Tour of Chiang Rai
  • Visit the unique white temple of Wat Rong Khun, the village of Banyafu, Wat Phra Kaew in Chiang Rai, the Don Sao Island Market in Laos
  • See the Clock Tower in Chiang Rai

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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.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 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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