Embark on a discovery of Thailand’s capital and islands, mixing the excitement of Bangkok with relaxation on Koh Samui and Phuket. Spend four nights in Bangkok, absorbing the historic highlights, lavish Buddhist temples, vibrant night markets and the magnificent Grand Palace. Then, swap Bangkok’s bustle for the tropical scenery of Koh Samui and Phuket, lazing on white sands lapped by aquamarine waters. To make your vacation your own, simply add on your choice of our optional tours to enjoy the ultimate personalized adventure.
Our Thailand vacation begins 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. For passports other than US passport, please get the 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 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.
After breakfast, travel to Bangkok airport for your short flight to Koh Samui, a holiday island once favored by backpackers but now an upscale retreat. Settled by fishing communities over 1,500 years ago, the island is astoundingly beautiful with rainforest-coated hills, waterfalls, sacred temples and porcelain-white beaches flanked by luxury hotels. On arrival, get to know this romantic island on a scenic tour, seeing the 15-meter high Big Buddha statue, quirky Grandma and Grandpa coastal rocks, Namuang waterfall, and Nathon Town, the capital. After a photo stop at the Lad Koh viewpoint, finish with lunch at a local restaurant before checking in to your hotel and enjoying the afternoon and evening at leisure.
Enjoy today free to explore or relax on your own, or seize the chance to see more of the Gulf of Thailand on our optional excursion to Ang Thong Marine Park, a 42-island archipelago of limestone peaks, immaculate beaches, mangroves, waterfalls and coves. Take a boat ride to this exquisite region, a haven for marine life, and spend the day hiking and exploring before enjoying lunch and time to sunbathe, snorkel or kayak or visit a beautiful cave.
Transfer to the airport this morning and fly to Phuket, Thailand’s biggest island, and home to gorgeous beaches, lush palm groves and virgin rainforest. 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.
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.
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.
*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.
**The flights back to the U.S. via Air China and China Eastern departs in the early morning on the following day.
Create your ideal getaway with the following upgrade options. Extensions and upgrades can be added during the booking process.
*Subject to availability; extension and upgrade options vary by tour
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
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
I waited almost a whole year to take this vacation. We went on 4/3/18 during "Songkran" festival. I had never heard of Affordable Asia (World) but they were the only tour that offered Bangkok, Koh Samui and Phuket in one tour. This trip was everything we planned on and then some. The guides were present and ready and helpful and even changed a flight around for us back to Bangkok at the end of the tour. The accomodations were above what we expected and the food was delicious everywhere. I highly recommend this group for any of there programs. Looking forward to another tour someday.More Less
Affordable Asia does an amazing job with the accommodations and tours. Just myself and my cousin traveled, but we met a lot of great people from all over the U.S. Everything with the company went smoothly; transfers, hotels and tour guides. Breakfast was always the best meal of the day :) DO NOT BOOK with Air China, worst experience with that airline. Pay the extra for Cathay Pacific I've had better experiences with them.More Less