Experience the frenetic streets and golden temples of Bangkok before slowing the pace on the jewel-like island of Koh Samui on this 8-night odyssey around Thailand. Savour the hustle and bustle of Bangkok on a 4-night stay, admiring everything from revered statues of Buddha to the Grand Palace, the infamous Bridge over the River Kwai and colourful Damnoen Saduak floating market. After enjoying the Thai capital, rest and relax on idyllic Koh Samui, basking in the island’s white beaches and turquoise seas. Customize your stay in both destinations by choosing from our many optional experiences, making your time truly personal to you.
Our Thailand vacation begins as we board an international flight bound for Bangkok. Enjoy inflight meals, beverages, and entertainment. *For LAX guests flying EVA Airlines, please refer to your flight confirmation email as select LAX flights will depart one day earlier than the scheduled departure date* Thailand entry visa is not required for USA passport holders.
Touch down in Beijing and catch a connecting flight to Bangkok, Thailand's capital city. Guests flying with EVA Air will catch a connecting flight in Taipei, while guests traveling by Cathay Pacific, will board a connecting flight in Hong Kong. Upon arrival at Bangkok International Airport, enjoy a transfer to your hotel and the remainder of the evening to rest and relax. *Airport transfers not included for land only travelers*
Depart on a half-day tour after breakfast to witness some of Bangkok’s most interesting sights. Visit the Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Trimitr) to see its solid-gold Buddha, and peek inside the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho), known for its monumental horizontal Buddha. Stroll through the Paklong Talat flower market, a whirlwind of stalls selling masses of perfumed orchids, marigolds and roses. After a buffet lunch at a local restaurant, enjoy the afternoon independently, or explore Bangkok’s must-sees on our optional Landmark of Bangkok tour. Tour the splendid Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha, see the riverside Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), and ride a motorboat along the Chao Phraya River.
*Men and women must have their shoulders, arms and legs covered when visiting the Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha Temple*
Included: Breakfast , Lunch
Following breakfast, depart Bangkok for Damnoen Saduak, one of Thailand’s most famous floating markets. Ride a long-tail speedboat around the lively canals, passing boats and stalls laden with fresh produce, spices, and handicrafts. Continue to a local gem workshop and silk factory to see how these precious items are produced for sale, and perhaps purchase some as souvenirs. After returning to Bangkok, spend the evening as you wish or enjoy our optional dinner cruise on the Grand Pearl ship along the Chao Phraya River.
A free day beckons, giving you the opportunity to explore and enjoy Bangkok on your own. Alternatively, make the most of your time with our optional full-day Elephant World Sanctuary and River Kwai excursion. After an early start, travel into scenic Kanchanaburi province and visit the Elephant World Sanctuary for rescued elephants. Admire, feed and help bathe these incredible animals in the river before enjoying lunch at the camp. Later, visit the Bridge over the River Kwai, famously connected to the ‘Death Railway’ of World War II, and the poignant Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, home to 9,000 Allied war graves.
Following breakfast, take a short domestic flight to beautiful Koh Samui, once a favoured haunt of backpackers, but now a luxury vacation destination. First inhabited 1,500 years ago, this paradise-like gem serves up soft white sands, swaying palms and untouched rainforests, together with plush beachside hotels, traditional villages and picturesque tropical sunsets. After landing, check in to your hotel and spend the rest of the day as you want, perhaps lounging on the beach or by the pool, or setting off to explore on your own.
This morning we’ll depart on a scenic tour of Koh Samui’s highlights. Drink in the island’s splendour as you travel through rainforest-coated hills, taking in landmarks such as the 15-meter high Big Buddha statue, the quirky Grandma and Grandpa Rocks, the idyllic Namuang waterfall, and Nathon Town, the capital. Finish with a photo op at Lad Koh, a spectacular clifftop terrace with far-reaching views of the outlying islands and coastline before returning to your hotel and enjoying the remainder of the day at leisure.
Enjoy today as you wish, or perhaps take our optional full-day excursion to Ang Thong Marine Park. This protected reserve in the Gulf of Thailand is famed for its exotic undersea world and wildlife, and is home to 42 exquisite islands, known for their limestone peaks, stunning beaches, mangroves, waterfalls and coves.
Ride a boat to this dream-like nature park, and spend the day hiking, exploring and sightseeing, with time to relax, swim, kayak, snorkel and linger over an included lunch on its idyllic beaches.
Enjoy downtime at your hotel today or choose to explore more of the Koh Samui region further with our optional day-long speedboat trip to Koh Tao and Nang Yuan. Speed over the seas to Koh Nang Yuan, a trio of teardrop-shaped islands connected by a sandbar. Laze on the beautiful sands and snorkel in the crystal waters before continuing to Koh Tao, also known as Turtle Island, to enjoy a local lunch and explore further before returning to Koh Samui.
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel this morning, and if you are flying with EVA Airlines, check out and transfer to Koh Samui International Airport for your homeward flight. If you are traveling with Air China, enjoy the day to relax on the beach or do some last-minute shopping before taking the bus to the airport in the evening. Your night-time flight will arrive in the US in the following morning or afternoon.
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Visit Bangkok’s signature sights — the Grand Palace — and its famous Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) and the Temple of Emerald Buddha on an afternoon sightseeing tour, including a boat ride on the Chao Phraya River.
After pickup from your Bangkok hotel, travel to the Grand Palace, the landmark that tops Bangkok’s must-see list. Head
Drift along the Chao Phraya River past Bangkok’s illuminated landmarks on this memorable dinner cruise by the luxurious Grand Pearl River Cruise. Step aboard and enjoy a welcome cocktail as you set sail. Cruise upriver and stop for photos of highlights such as the Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), the spires of the Grand Palace
Venture into Thailand’s scenic Kanchanaburi province to an elephant sanctuary and the Bridge over the River Kwai on this full-day excursion from Bangkok. After breakfast, travel into the Thai countryside and visit Elephants World, a sanctuary for rescued elephants. Meet the elephants and prepare rice balls and fruit to feed them before enjoying a tasty
Bask in the tropical beauty of Ang Thong Marine Park, an idyllic archipelago of islands off Koh Samui on this day trip. After early morning transfer from your hotel to Nathon Pier, drink in the seascapes and savor breakfast as you ride a speedboat to Ang Thong’s Mae Koh island. From here, either paddle a
Immerse yourself in two of Koh Samui’s most idyllic islands on this speedboat trip to Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan. Depart your Koh Samui hotel in the early morning, and travel to the Bophut Pier, where your speedboat awaits. Step aboard savor breakfast on the boat as you cruise to Mango Bay (Ao Muang)
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