Detail of Thai temple architecture
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Departs every Saturday
Personal Expenses and meals other than Breakfast are not included in the tour price.
Silver & Gold Hotels
Two categories of accommodation are offered. Gold hotels are better located, offer more amenities and have higher standards of service than Silver Hotels
Silver Category hotels include:
Radisson Sukhumvit, Bangkok
Novotel Lotus Bangkok
Gold Category hotels include:
Royal Orchid Sheraton, Bangkok
Millennium Hilton, Bangkok
Sheraton Hua Hin Resort
|This wonderful introduction to Thailand takes you from the glittering temples and busy waterways of cosmopolitan Bangkok to the exotic North, where local hill-tribes still maintain the traditional customs of their ancestors. Watch the landscape change before your eyes on this exciting overland journey. Explore ancient towns witness to Thailand's rich heritage, shop for local handicrafts, and sample the diverse flavors of regional Thai cuisine as you make your way to the infamous Golden Triangle. Then, travel south to the Gulf of Siam, to enjoy a couple of relaxing days in the neighboring beach resorts of Cha Am or Hua Hin. |
Your vacation package includes all this:
Round-trip air, including applicable fuel surcharges and airport taxes/fees,
from either Los Angeles or San Francisco to Thailand. Departures from other airports are available at a surcharge.
All airport / hotel / airport transfers.
2 Nights' accommodation in Bangkok, with a tour of the city and the spectacular Grand Palace.
5-Day tour of northern Thailand, covering architecturally significant locations such as Ayutthya, Sukhothai etc., the famous 'Golden Triangle' and the northern attractions of Chiang Mai & Chiang Rai.
3 Nights' accommodation in a beach resort of Hua Hin or Cha Am.
Daily buffet breakfast at all hotels.
All applicable hotel taxes and Thai VAT
Of course you may choose to extend your vacation in Thailand or visit some of the fascinating neighbor destinations. You could also stop over for a few days at en route points such as Tokyo or Hong Kong. Please request a custom quote.
Day 1: U.S. - Asia
Depart from Los Angeles or San Francisco and fly over the Pacific Ocean, crossing over the International Dateline en route.
Day 2: Bangkok
Arrive in Bangkok this evening and after clearing immigration and customs, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel for a two-night stay. This bustling city is a colorful kaleidoscope of traditional and contemporary aspects with something special to offer every visitor.
Day 3: Bangkok
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of some of Bangkok’s most important temples and landmarks this morning, with the afternoon / evening free to spend as you wish.
Day 4: Bangkok Ayuthaya - Phitsanuloke
Depart from your hotel in the morning and travel to the historic city of Ayuthaya, former capital of the Thai Kingdom. Explore the ancient ruins there and then proceed to Lopburi to visit the fascinating Khmer temples. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant enroute. Arrive in Phitsanuloke in the early evening and visit Wat Mahathat before checking into your hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.
Day 5: Phitsanuloke Sukothai Lampang Visit Wat Maha That and its highly revered Buddha statue, Phra Buddha Jinaraj. Drive to Sukhothai, where you will visit the ancient ruins at Sukhothai Historical Park and Wat Sri Chum with it's gigantic Buddha statue. Continue to Sri Satchanalai for lunch at Gaeng Luang Restaurant. Upon arrival in Lampang, go on a short horse carriage ride from the local market to Baan Sao Nak, a 100-year old teak-wood mansion. Then drive to visit Wat Don Tao. Overnight in Lampang.
Day 6 Lampang – Phayao – Chiang Rai
After breakfast, drive to Phayao with the biggest natural lake in Thailand. Proceed to Chiang Rai for lunch. In The afternoon, continue to Chiang Saen and take a boat ride on the Mekong River towards the Golden Triangle, where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos converge. Continue to Mae Sai, the northern most city bordering Myanmar. Overnight in Chiang Rai.
Day 7: Chiang Rai – Chiang MaiDepart Chiang Rai early this morning and head towards Chiang Mai. Visit the local handicraft centers around Chiang Mai, followed by lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon visit Wat Doi Suthep, a famous landmark of the city, tucked away in the mountains at an elevation of 1,056 meters. The temple is reached by climbing 290 steps, flanked by a NAGA balustrade on both sides. Overnight in Chiang Mai.
Day 8: Chiang Mai – Bangkok (by train)
Visit the Mae Saa Elephant camp and watch the skilled elephants at work. Enjoy a 1 hour elephant ride. Continue to visit an orchid farm. After lunch at a local restaurant, free time until transfer to Chiang Mai Railway Station. Depart by second-class air-conditioned train with sleeping berth. Overnight on the train.
Day 9: Bangkok – Cha Am/Hua HinAfter arrival at Bangkok railway station this morning you will be met and then transferred by car to your resorts on the Gulf of Thailand, just about 2 hours away from Bangkok. Spend 3 nights at your resort.
Days 10 + 11: Cha Am/Hua Hin
Enjoy your time at the resort for some R&R and use the opportunity to discover some fresh seafood cooked Thai style!
Day 12: Cha Am/Hua Hin – Bangkok - USA
Early this morning you will be transferred back to the airport for your return flight to the US. Crossing the International Date Line the other way, you arrive back on the West Coast on the same day!
Visitors are warmly welcomed
The Grand Palace, Bangkok
Thai Temple Architecture
Floating Market, near Bangkok
Exquisite carving / crafts
Monks at Doi Suthep, Thailand