Gleaming temples, lively markets and opulent palaces meet lush jungles and tropical beaches on this unforgettable journey to Bangkok and Phuket. Your adventure begins in Thailand’s exhilarating capital, with the opportunity to explore its colorful floating markets, gold-leafed shrines, and other historical highlights. Next comes Phuket, with time to laze on the sandy beaches of this idyllic Thai island in the Andaman Sea. Be sure to make your vacation extra special by adding on our optional tours and experiences: tailoring your time in Thailand around your personal wishes.
Our Asia vacation starts as we board an international flight bound for Bangkok. Enjoy inflight meals, beverages, and entertainment. *Thailand entry visa is not required for USA passport holders. Non-US passport holders, please obtain an entry visa on your own. Please click http://www.affordableworld.com/infocenter/passport-visa/thailand for more information.
Touch down in Beijing and catch a connecting flight to Bangkok, Thailand's capital city. Guests flying with Cathay Pacific will catch 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*
Bangkok is a city of gleaming modernity firmly rooted in ancient Buddhist tradition and beliefs. 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.
This morning, transfer to Bangkok airport for your short flight to Phuket, the biggest of Thailand’s islands. Measuring 30 miles long and 13 wide, this island in the Andaman Sea is famed for its white sands, crystal-clear seas and lush rainforests. Check in to your hotel, relax and soak in the gorgeous tropical setting. Enhance your Phuket stay further by upgrading your hotel to the Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket's and stay in one of their timeless rooms facing the breathtaking Andaman Sea. Enjoy the rest of your evening free at leisure or join our optional excursion to the Patong Night Market.
Enjoy the day at leisure today, perhaps luxuriating in your hotel’s beaches, pool or other amenities. Alternatively, you may fancy our full-day trip to Phang Nga Bay, an idyllic area of limestone islands, caves and mangroves. The tour starts with a visit to Phang Nga province where we will visit the Buddha Cave Temple (Suwannakuha), also known as Monkey Temple. Our jouney continues with a visit to Ao Phang Nga National Park This scenic area covers over 40 limestone islands, caves, rock formations and evergreen mangroves. Ride a long-tail boat around the bays, admire the famous James Bond Island, where parts of the movie ‘The Man with a Golden Gun’ was filmed. Enjoy lunch at the stilted Sea Gypsy Village before returning to Phuket
Spend today as you wish or delight in the stunning scenery of the Andaman Sea by taking our optional tour to Phi Phi Island. Catch a speedboat to this exquisite island and enjoy its sandy white beaches, turquoise seas and endless scenic gems. Sightseeing includes stops at Pileh Lagoon or Rantee Bay*, Loh Samah Bay, Pi Leh Cave, Viking Cave, Camel Rock, Monkey Beach and Khai Island.
*Please note as of October 2nd, Maya Bay will be closed indefinitely. A vist to either Pileh Lagoon or Rantee Bay will replace Maya Bay until further notice.
Start today with a morning sightseeing tour of Phuket. Admire the island’s porcelain-white beaches and take a drive to the Old Town to view its historic Sino-Portuguese architecture. Stop to take in the spectacular views of the local coastline and nearby islands from Promthrep Cape, and explore other scenic and cultural highlights.
For guests taking Cathay Pacific flights, after breakfast, we bid farewell to Thailand and board the return flight back home. For guests taking Air China or China Eastern flights, you have the full day to relax or explore the city before we depart for the airport later in the evening. Late check-outs are available for purchase if you wish to enjoy your hotel room until our evening departure. Otherwise, the hotel standard check-out time will be at 12 noon today.
**The flights back to the U.S. via Air China and China Eastern departs in the early morning on the following day.
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Create your ideal getaway with the following upgrade options. Extensions and upgrades can be added during the booking process.
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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
Spend an exciting evening at Patong’s night market and relax over a seafood dinner on this evening excursion. After pickup at your hotel, travel to Patong Beach, the heart of Patong’s nightlife district, and enjoy a delicious dinner featuring authentic Thai seafood dishes, such as deep-fried shrimp, stir-fried sweet clams, and steamed fish with lime
Ride a boat around the dream-like scenery of Phang Nga Bay on this 9-hour excursion from Phuket. After pickup from your Phuket hotel, travel overland into Phang Nga province to the Buddha Cave Temple (Suwannakuha), sometimes called Monkey Temple for its resident monkeys. Enter the cave to admire its Buddha statues and take photos of
Spend a day in the paradise-like Phi Phi islands, a gorgeous archipelago of islands off Phuket, on this 7-hour speedboat excursion. Cruise over the azure waters of the Andaman Sea and marvel at the sight of the islands rising from the sea like giant, rounded rock spears. Then, enjoy an unforgettable few hours hopping from
This was my first time overseas & even with 30 hours of travel time, coming from Houston, I would go back to Thailand with Affordable World over and over again! Thailand is such a beautiful country with so much to offer! Not to mention, our tour guide, Oh, was the best ever! She was very informative and super helpful the entire time!! Breathtaking beaches, floating markets, gorgeous temples, monkeys, elephants, and so much more!
Disregard everything you read from other sites about the airline and Affordable World. Affordable World definitely prepares you for everything, just make sure you read what is provided if not it is okay because Alice kept my group of 6 on track from the time she picked us up from the airport until we departed at the airport. Our group flew China Eastern - the ride is long so get over that but the seats are comfortable enough. The food ...
I went for my 30th birthday in june 2018 and i absolutely recommend it!!! You wont regret it totally worth your money. I had the best tour guide her name is”Kitty” and she is just the funniest most fun tour guide ever. She will make u laugh from start to end. The tours were amazing my favorite which I believe is not included and can be purchased separately is called John Grey!!! You will love love it you cannot miss ...
A positive review is all I'd wish to give because Thailand was really pretty and a lot of fun. Our tour guide was amazing, and it was feeling like I must have bought a personal tour. So, that was a win win. Also Alice and Patty our guides had a beautiful personality and an openness that made me feel safe through out the entire trip. People in this country make money from our tourist dollars, but it was there culture ...
Priced right. Alice our tour guide was very friendly, knowledgeable, and exceedingly helpful. Resorts were clean with awesome views for small upgrade. Food was delicious and plentiful. All and all, 5/5 stars.
Hello All, I'm planning a trip to Thailand in September...I was told this is rainy season. Has anyone traveled in September, if so how is the weather? Thank you
First, let me state that Thailand is a beautiful country with the most amazing and sweet people. The itinerary was jam-packed with things to do and places to see and Sharkie, our tour guide, went above and beyond to ensure that our group of almost 40 people were happy in every aspect. The hotels that my husband and I stayed in were beautiful, the food was inexpensive and delicious (literally 2-3 US dollars). I would 100% recommend this tour and ...
We did the 10 day Bangkok and Phuket tour in December and it was great! We booked through Groupon and we were so impressed with everything. The transportation was nice, the hotels were great - clean, good WiFi connection, great food and amenities. Our tour guide, Oh, was the best. She went above and beyond to make sure we had the best time and everything we needed including booking extra transportation and tours/events. The elephant sanctuary is a must. It ...
I bought my trip through Groupon and I was kind of hesitant at the beginning because I didnt know the company Affordable World but thank God I gave it a try. EVERYTHING was A-mazing. The hotels were pretty luxurious, the meals were very good, everything was schedule and on time always so we we saw everything that they offered. Our tour guides were exceptional, always willing to help. They recommendations were on point everytime. Plus everyone in the group was ...
First time using Affordable World and I will definitely use them again! We got more than we expected. The hotel accommodations in Bangkok and Phuket were upscale, great locations and clean. The meals that were included were buffet style and provided much variety, the excursions were once in a lifetime experiences I'll never forget and enjoyable. I absolutely loved our tour guides, Kitty and Panda. They were both extremely knowledgable, friendly and accommodating. I'm telling everyone I know about ...
I just wanted to let you know that we had a wonderful time in your country. Much to see and do and enjoy. We loved the elephants, boat rides and other memorable exursions. We will be coming back to visit again someday. I also would like to mention that our tour guides were worth mentioning. Pa was a very proffesional, knowledgeable and funny guide. Easy to understand and follow. He spared nothing to give us what we wanted, a great ...
What an amazing and inexpensive trip! Audi was our guide and it was like having our own personal assistant. We didn't have to think about anything, just show up in the lobby of the hotel bringing what he told us we would need, and off we went! We saw and did everything! Elephant rides, floating market, monkeys, bamboo river ride, temples, buddhas etc. Then met in lobby once again and off we were to Phuket. Again we didn't have to ...
Overall my experience with this package and Affordable World was positive! I would recommend anyone doing one of their packages thoroughly review the excursions and hotels offered. Purchased through Groupon for $1999/pp before optional tours. Hotels: Both Pullman G Hotel and Novatel Kamala Beach were fantastic, Pullman had an amazing breakfast spread with variety every morning and was very comfortable. The location was on Silom road and was a great location from the sky train which took you around the city, ...
I took this trip in October 2016 with my husband and we had an amazing time! This was my first time going on a guided trip and my first time going with Affordable World. Our guide, P.A. went above and beyond my expectations of a guide. He was extremely knowledgeable, organized, funny and had our best interest in mind the whole time. He really cared about our experience and did everything he could to make sure we were always having a ...
My husband surprised me with this vacation for my birthday and I could not have asked for a better trip time and experience. Our tour guide P.A was absolutely amazing and made the experience even better. He was very knowledgeable and has a great personality always willing to help and always there for you with whatever you need. Even on days that we had no tours planned he went out of his way to find things for us to do ...
This trip was amazing, we had a really great guide. Her name is Panda, she was the best. Very helpful, informative and always made sure everyone got to see what they wanted to see. Most of the people in our group were 20-35 years old and we made really great friends. The hotels were all very nice and activities were fun. In Bangkok the best activity we did was the elephant, floating marketing and bamboo rafting day, the rest were ...
Wow! My boyfriend & I took this trip April 26- May 6, 2016 & we had an AMAZING time! I can't believe how much was packed into the trip & what a great value it was! Hats off to Affordable World for putting together such a fabulous trip! Our guides (Sharkey & P.A.) were top-notch: informative, gracious, fun & funny with wonderful customer service skills. They definitely went above and beyond expectations which made the trip effortless & enjoyable. All ...
Overall I think we got what we paid for. It was a reasonably cheap expense for a reasonably weak service. Upon arrival, myself and my travel partner were overbooked for our initially selected tour guide in Bangkok, so we were added to another group led by Sharky, who did a great job. However, this added to the confusion when we left for Phuket because while we were handed off to a local tour guide, it was very confusing for everyone ...
We just got back from our trip and we have nothing but wonderful things to say. Everything was perfect and we would book another trip with affordable world any day. Our guide Naam was the BEST