Explore old and new Thailand on this memorable 10-night tour, taking in Bangkok, Pattaya, Chiang Mai and more. Be swept up in the bustle and glitz of thrilling Bangkok, experiencing highlights such as the Grand Palace, Buddhist temples, and colorful flower and floating markets. Discover the famous Bridge of the River Kwai and ruins of UNESCO-protected Ayutthaya, and then finish in laid-back Chiang Mai, where mystical hill temples and the chance to visit the Golden Triangle, the meeting place of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos, await.
Our Asia vacation starts as we board an international flight bound for Bangkok. Enjoy inflight meals, beverages, and entertainment. *Thailand entry visa and China entry visa are not required for USA passport holders. If you choose to extend your stay in Beijing, then you will need to obtain China visa. For passports other than US passport, please get the entry visa on your own. Please visit: http://www.affordableworld.com/infocenter/passport-visa for more information.
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*
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*
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. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before returning back to the hotel. Spend the evening as you wish or join our optional tour to Asiatique Riverfront Night Market and enjoy a classic Thai dinner and dance show.
Included: Breakfast , Lunch
After an early start, travel into scenic Kanchanaburi province and 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. Check in to the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Alternatively, make the most of your time with our optional tour to the Elephant World Sanctuary for rescued elephants. Admire, feed and help bathe these incredible animals in the river before enjoying lunch at the camp.
After breakfast, journey to Ayutthaya, home to the UNESCO-listed ruins of the medieval capital of Siam. Founded in 1350, this royal city was a major power for over 400 years, until Burmese forces destroyed it in the 1700s. Stroll around the remains of this once-thriving city, seeing the restored chedi of the crumbled Wat Phra Si Sanphet, the blackened remnants of monasteries, the carved Buddha face entangled in tree roots, and the working Wat Yai Chaimongkol temple. Your tour also includes time at the Bang Pa In palace, a beautiful lakeside retreat of Thailand’s kings during the 19th century. Tonight, make the most of Ayutthaya’s setting by joining us for an optional dinner cruise on a traditional wooden rice barge.
Relax over breakfast before a scenic drive to Pattaya, a popular vacation spot on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand whose beaches and entertainments draw thousands of visitors annually. On arrival, experience the virtual ‘Theme Park - Dark Ride’ at a gems gallery, learning about Thailand’s most prized gemstones. Then, check in to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day as you please, perhaps relaxing on the sands or by the pool. Later, you may wish to take our optional Pattaya by Night tour, savoring a sumptuous seafood dinner and cabaret show.
Included: Breakfast , Lunch
After breakfast, transfer to Bangkok airport and fly to Chiang Mai, nicknamed the ‘Rose of the North,’ for its beautiful temples, rich Lanna heritage, and setting among rainforest-clad hills. On arrival, get to know this delightful city on a tour, visiting one of the oldest temples, Wat Suan Dok. Enjoy a panoramic drive around the old city, seeing its moat and remains of the city gates. Then, discover Chiang Mai’s rich culture with a visit to the bustling Warorot Market. Enjoy the evening free or choose to sample the distinctive cuisine and culture of northern Thailand on our optional Lanna Kantoke dinner show excursion.
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.
Today, ease back at your hotel or experience more of northern Thailand on our optional day trio to Chiang Rai, The Golden Triangle and Don Sao Island in Laos. Discover the beautiful Maekhajan hot springs and temples of Wat Rong Khun and Wat Chedi Luang before heading into the Golden Triangle, once the hub of the opium trade, and where Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet. After an authentic Thai lunch at a local restaurant, ride a boat along the Mekong River to Don Sao, an island located inside the borders of Laos where you’ll find markets and an opium museum. Visit the museum and a market at Mae Sai before heading back to Chiang Mai.
Wake to a full day at leisure today. Perhaps lounge by the hotel pool, enjoy your own independent sightseeing trip, browse for souvenirs at Chiang Mai’s markets, or sample some of the street food and restaurants— the choice is yours.
Start with a tasty breakfast at your hotel, and after checking out, enjoy a convenient morning transfer to Chiang Mai International Airport. Then, board your return flight to the USA, bidding farewell to Thailand and concluding your discovery of this exotic country.
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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*Subject to availability
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
Visit Bangkok's largest riverfront evening market and sit down to a Thai dinner and show on this enjoyable excursion. Travel to Asiatique Night Market, a vibrant outdoor night market located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River in a restored dock complex. After an introduction from your guide, enjoy free time to stroll around
This afternoon, venture further into Thailand's scenic Kanchanaburi province to visit Elephants World, a sanctuary for rescued elephants. Meet the elephants and prepare rice balls and fruit to feed them before taking the opportunity to help bathe these magnificent animals in the river. Enjoy a leisurely lunch at the camp before returning to the hotel for the evening.
Experience Ayutthaya by tuk tuk this evening on this exciting optional night tour. Enjoy the city of ruins after sunset. Stop for a glimpse of the local markets and Wat Wattanarum temple before continuing on to a local restaurant by the river. Tonight's dinner will include local dishes such as deep fried sea bass fish
Enjoy a slice of Pattaya’s legendary nightlife on this 4-hour Pattaya by Night tour with cabaret show and dinner. Following pickup from your hotel, start your evening with a scrumptious seafood dinner at a local restaurant before taking a seat for one of Pattaya’s best-known spectacles: the famous Alcazar Cabaret Show. Sit back and enjoy
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.
Visit Chiang Saen to admire
This Is a wonderful trip, good hotels, and our guide Oh, Was great, kínd, patience, with good knowledge of her country, the only thing is that I suggest to spend two days in Chiang Mai and two days in Chiang Raí, also that the flight to Chiang Raí be in the afternoon, so you can have time to visit the coral island in Pattaya. But we have a great time.