Experience Bangkok and Chiang Mai on our enchanting 7-night Thailand Scenic tour. Drink in the sights and sounds of Bangkok over four nights, visiting highlights such as gold-tipped temples, floating markets and venturing into the countryside to see the legendary Bridge over the River Kwai. Follow your time here with a stay in Thailand’s northern capital of Chiang Mai, taking in its mystical temples, rich Lanna heritage and jungle-clad hills. Tailor your experience by choosing from our optional tours and activities, customizing your vacation around your individual wishes and interests.
Our Thailand vacation starts as we board an international flight bound for Bangkok, the "City of Angels". *Thailand entry visa is not required for U.S citizens, effective for the duration of 30 days . Non-US passport holders, please contact your local Thai Consulate regarding Thailand Visa requirements.
Touch down in Beijing and catch a connecting flight to Bangkok, Thailand's capital city. Guests flying with 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. 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. 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.
After breakfast, fly to Chiang Mai, dubbed Thailand’s ‘Rose of the North,’ and home to over 1.5 million people. On arrival, enjoy a fascinating introduction to this majestic city, whose streets have spilled beyond the medieval walls that defined it as the capital of the northern Lanna Kingdom. After exploring one of the oldest temples, Wat Suan Dok, enjoy a panoramic drive around the old city, seeing the moat and ruins of the city gates. Then, discover Chiang Mai’s rich culture with a visit to the bustling Warorot Market. Enjoy this evening at leisure, or join our optional Lanna Kantoke excursion to experience the food and culture of northern Thailand.
Enjoy the day to yourself today, or why not join our optional Spirit of Chiang Mai tour and experience the highlights and hidden treasures of this colorful city. Discover the village and the customs of the Long-Necked Karen Hill Tribe. Afterward, pay a visit to Doi Suthep Temple, an important gold-coated shrine set on Doi Suthep Mountain. Climb up to this 14th-century place of worship, one of northern Thailand’s most sacred, and admire views of the holy relic of Buddha embedded in the golden pagoda and the bird’s-eye views down over Chiang Mai from the hillside.
Spend today as you wish or explore the beautiful Chiang Mai region further on our optional Chiang Rai, Golden Triangle and Don Sao Island of Laos day trip. See the fairy tale-like Maekhajan hot springs and temples of Wat Rong Khun and Wat Chedi Luang, and then drive through verdant countryside to the Golden Triangle, once a hub of the opium trade and the place where Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet. Savor a delicious Thai lunch, and enjoy a boat ride along the Mekong River to visit Don Sao, an island located over the Laos border, which is home to an Opium Museum. Visit the museum and a local market before returning to Chiang Mai.
All good things come to an end, so this morning, enjoy breakfast at your hotel in readiness for your return journey. After checking out, enjoy a convenient transfer to Chiang Mai international airport, and board your flight to the USA, bringing your Thailand adventures to a close.
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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
Celebrate an evening in Chiang Mai with a traditional Lanna Kantoke dinner show, featuring classic dance and cuisine from Lanna, the Thai name for northern Thailand’s lands, customs, art, music and culture. Begin with pickup from your Chiang Mai hotel and travel to an authentic local restaurant-cultural center for an unforgettable evening.
Head inside and settle
This morning, journey from Chiang Mai to a village of the Long-Necked Karen hill tribe, the largest hill tribe in Thailand. Discover the rich culture of this ancient community. Meet some of the Karen women, who famously wear high-stacked brass rings around their necks. Afterwards, savor a traditional Thai lunch at a nearby orchid farm.
Experience Thailand’s beautiful Chiang Rai region on this scenic full-day excursion from Chiang Mai. Take an early morning drive north east through lovely scenery, and stop to see the geysers of the Maekhajan Hot Springs and weird-but-wonderful White Temple* (Wat Rong Khun), an intricately carved Buddhist temple-combined- artwork built in 1997.
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I never expected this 9 day tour to be as amazing and positively overwhelming as it was! Our tour guides were knowledgeable, fun and extremely helpful! In Bangkok, Ten was the super star guide! A few of us wanted to go to the beach, given that we did not book Phuket or Krabi, Ten created a whole separate day trip for us to Pattaya and Coral Island - absolutely perfect day trip! She went above and beyond to take us ...
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