Discover the best of Thailand on this unforgettable 10-day tour that uncovers the many facets of this endlessly fascinating country. Dip into the glittering palaces, floating markets, and bustling streets of Bangkok; wallow in the natural beauty of Krabi, with its towering limestone cliffs lapped by emerald seas; and finish with time to rest and recharge surrounded by the white sands and palm-fringed beaches of idyllic Phuket.
Your vacation starts with an international flight from the U.S for Thailand’s capital—Bangkok.
Touch down in Bangkok International Airport on day two. Enjoy an airport transfer to your hotel in Thailand’s vibrant capital, which straddles the Chao Phraya River. Check in at your hotel and use the rest of the evening to recharge your batteries or perhaps get your first taste of this sprawling metropolis—a mesmerizing blend of gold temples, markets, skyscrapers and malls.
*Airport transfers not included for land only packages
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Today, enjoy a guided introduction to Bangkok, one of Southeast Asia’s most captivating metropolises. After breakfast, 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. Pass by 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. Topping the sights is the Grand Palace —a walled complex on the banks of the Chao Phraya River that was once the seat of Siam’s—and later, Thailand’s—kings. Feast your eyes on the gold- and mosaic-coated palaces, halls, and stupas; and join the faithful at the iconic Temple of the Emerald Buddha, home to a small-yet-revered 15th-century Buddha carved from jade. Later, witness the riverside Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) and relax on a motorboat ride 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*
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This morning is devoted to Thailand’s most popular floating market— Damnoen Saduak—situated about an hour’s drive west of Bangkok. After an early start, drive by salt fields and rice paddies to this colorful market, where food and handicrafts vendors gather to trade their wares along a network of narrow canals. Spend time here soaking up the atmosphere and browsing for souvenirs or trying the endless array of local snacks. Snap photos to capture the ever-changing vibrant scenes before returning to the hotel to relax and explore Bangkok further as you wish. Spend the evening as you wish or enjoy our optional dinner cruise along the Chao Phraya River.
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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.
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Transfer to Bangkok airport for your short flight to Krabi. Considered one of Thailand’s most beautiful regions, this lush province lies on the country’s southeast coast and boasts more than 150 outlying islands. With its provincial hub of Krabi Town, it boasts a jungle-blanketed interior and gorgeous white-sand beaches lapped by the aquamarine waters of the Andaman Sea. Its islands, meanwhile, are mini-paradises, with powdery sands that melt into bath-warm seas and coral reefs. On arrival in Krabi, enjoy a comfortable transfer to your hotel and after checking in, relish the remainder of the day to relax into your tropical surroundings.
Today is yours to do exactly as you please. Choose to lounge by the pool or on the beach, perhaps only breaking your idyll for lunch and dinner at your hotel or local eateries. Alternatively, visit Krabi’s islands on our optional half-day Unseen Four Islands Tour By Speedboat. After hotel pickup, ride a speedboat to four tropical hotspots for a morning of sunbathing, snorkeling, swimming, and exploration. Stops include Phranang Beach, the snorkeling* meccas of Tup Island and Chicken Island; and jewel-like Poda Island, famous for its long beach. Your tour includes a buffet lunch and early afternoon transfer back to your hotel, leaving the rest of the day free to spend as you wish.
*Snorkeling gear not included
After breakfast, check-out and board our coach bus as we make our way to Phuket. The country’s largest island, this beautiful corner of the world is fringed with white sand beaches and the emerald waters of the Andaman Sea, making it a tourist hotspot.
Upon arrival, enjoy an afternoon orientation tour, admiring the old Sino-Portuguese buildings on the Thalang Road, taking in the Andaman Sea and island views from Phrom Thep Cape, and visiting the famous Gem Discovery experience to learn about the island’s beloved precious stones. This evening, relax and settle into your tropical surrounding or perhaps join our optional excursion to the vibrant Patong night market and enjoy a local seafood dinner.
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. This gorgeous bay is characterized by sheer limestone karsts and mangroves, and is home to “James Bond Island,” a limestone pinnacle that starred in the James Bond movie “The Man with the Golden Gun.” The tour begins with a stop at Phang Nga province to visit the Buddha Cave Temple (Suwannakuha), also called the “Monkey Temple.” Our journey 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.
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.
Your included accommodation will be at one of the below hotels or a hotel of a similar category; we will notify you of your final hotel list before departure.
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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
Make the most of Krabi with this optional tour to four of its tropical islets. After an early morning hotel pickup, take a speedboat to Phranang Beach—whose cliff-backed shores harbor a decorated cave. After swimming and relaxing here, explore the gin-clear waters of Tup Island before visiting Chicken Island, so-called for its rock shapes; and
Spend an exciting evening at Patong’s night market and relax over a sumptuous seafood BBQ and international buffet 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 a seafood BBQ and international buffet spread*. After your meal, enjoy
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