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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Countries Visited

Thailand

DAY 1, Tuesday - Depart for Thailand
Depart for Thailand

DAY 2, Wednesday - Arrive in Bangkok
Arrive in exotic Bangkok, Thailand's capital city; transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to rest, relax and acclimate to the new time zone
Overnight: Bangkok

DAY 3, Thursday - Bangkok City Tour
Begin your day with a city and temple tour of Bangkok, a fascinating mix of ancient and modern. Drive through Chinatown and then on to the colorful Indian Market. Visit serene Wat Po, the oldest and largest temple in the city, with the astonishing giant Reclining Buddha, over 150 feet long and almost 50 feet high. Drive to Royal Avenue where most of the Government offices are located and the King's Palace. Later in the afternoon, attend an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 5:00PM, followed by a light dinner with your fellow travelers
Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Friday - Full Day in Bangkok
Today is yours to explore Bangkok independently. Or, take the optional tour to the elaborate 18th century Grand Palace, symbol and ceremonial heart of the kingdom, and to Wat Phra Kaew, (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), with its brightly colored buildings, golden spires and gorgeous mosaics. You'll see the distinct contrast in style between the Thai-inspired Wat Phra Kaew and the European design of the Grand Palace*. In the afternoon, embark on the optional canal tour along the Chao Phraya River passing by Wat Arun and other iconic landmarks as well as a scenic view of local life along the river. Then travel on a tuk-tuk to dinner at a local restaurant before returning to your hotel *For the Oct 10 departure, the Half Day Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha optional will take place on day 3
Optional: Half Day Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha (AM)
Optional: Bangkok Canal Tour with Dinner (PM)
Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Saturday - Travel to Ayutthaya, Ayutthaya City Tour
Depart Bangkok to Ayutthaya, the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai for over 400 years, once glorified as one of the largest cities in Southeast Asia. Ayutthaya Historical Park, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lies in the center of the city. Here, you can see the ruins of the former capital and its remaining palaces, monasteries and towers - one can envision the grandeur and splendor that was once the Kingdom of Ayutthaya. Visit Bang Pa-In Palace, a collection of beautiful buildings in various architectural styles, surrounded by a lake. Originally built by King Prasat Thong in 1632, Bang Pa-In served as the Royal Summer Palace for the Thai Kings. Continue to the Chai Wattanaram Temple, built by King Prasat Thong to honor his mother, conceived as a replica of the Angkor Temple - this is a serene place where one can reflect and enjoy the tranquility. Tonight, gather together for dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Ayutthaya
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Sunday - Travel to Sukhothai, Sukhothai Historical Park
Travel to Sukhothai, birthplace of the Thai nation, founded in the 13th century by King Ramkhamhaeng. The country's first capital was established here in 1238 and lasted over two centuries. Sukhothai is world-famous its over 100 historical sites and treasures, including some of the most beautiful Thai art and architecture in the country, created during the city's "golden era", between the 13th and 14th centuries. Visit the Old Town of Sukhothai with its impressive Historical Park, immaculately restored and set among leafy hills and peaceful lotus ponds, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At this astonishing site, most of the remains of the original city can be seen. Marvel at the ancient Buddha figures, palaces, temples and historical monuments and feel yourself drift back in time to a bygone era
Overnight: Sukhothai
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Monday - Travel to Chiang Rai
This morning, time permitting, meet children at a local school* before departing Sukhothai. Then, travel to scenic Chiang Rai, the northernmost province of Thailand for overnight*School visit is subject to changes due to school scheduling
Overnight: Chiang Rai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Tuesday - Golden Triangle & Mekong Boat Ride
Today travel to the famed "Golden Triangle" at Sop Ruak, where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos converge, and the Mekong River meets the Ruak River. Continue to the House of Opium, offering an informative exhibition on the history of opium which dates back almost 5000 years. This afternoon, enjoy a locally prepared lunch before embarking on a long tail boat ride along the banks of the Mekong River between Myanmar, Laos and Thailand where you will see local farmers and fishermen at their craft and learn more about how this river played a role in the opium trade. End the day with a stop at an old teak forest and view centuries old giant teak trees before returning to Chiang Rai for the evening
Overnight: Chiang Rai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9, Wednesday - Travel to Chiang Mai
Morning is at leisure when you have an opportunity to join the optional excursion to Mae Chan, still inhabited by hill people, namely the Akha, Long Neck and Palong tribes. Visit one of the tribes to see their unique way of life and learn more about their culture before driving to Chiang Mai, ancient capital of the Lanna Kingdom. En route, stop at a local gem gallery before arriving in Chiang Mai, cultural heart of Northern Thailand, located in the rolling foothills of the Himalayas. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure
Optional: Half Day Mae Salong Hill Tribe (AM)
Overnight: Chiang Mai
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Thursday - Full Day in Chiang Mai
Morning is at leisure to explore Chiang Mai independently or, join the optional Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden, established in 1993, as the first botanical garden in Thailand. Stroll through the lush grounds covered with exotic types of trees, plants and flowers. After your visit, stop for lunch at a local restaurant before returning to your hotel. In the afternoon, visit Sankampang Street, center of handicrafts, for on-site demonstrations on how the silk, lacquer, and silver, wares are made. At the end of the day, pamper yourself with an optional Thai massage
Optional: Half Day Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden with lunch (AM)
Optional: Traditional Thai Massage
Overnight: Chiang Mai
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Friday - Chiang Mai City & Temples Tour, Dinner at Private Home
Morning tour of the most interesting temples in Chiang Mai. Begin at Wat Suan Dok, where the remains of the Chiang Mai Royal family are enshrined. Continue to Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, Northern Thailand's most sacred temple, containing a holy relic of Lord Buddha. Equally impressive is the mythological Naga (dragon-headed serpent) staircase, with 306 steps leading up to the temple grounds. Visit to a local jade factory, followed by an afternoon at leisure to wander independently in Chiang Mai. Tonight, a unique experience. Join a local Chiang Mai family for an authentic Thai dinner in their home. Enjoy a tour of the home, conversation about life in Chiang Mai and savor the great flavors of home-cooked food
Overnight: Chiang Mai
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Saturday - Flight to Bangkok
Depart Chiang Mai this morning on your flight to Bangkok; arrive and transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to enjoy all of the delights of Bangkok on your own. Shop to your heart's content, visit to the many amazing markets, and try some of the fabulous restaurants in this energetic city
Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13, Sunday - Depart Thailand
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

Please Note: Land Price does not include airfare, departure or arrival transfers, airline taxes and fuel surcharges.

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Inclusions

Please Note: Land Price does not include airfare, departure or arrival transfers, airline taxes and fuel surcharges.

Escorted Package Includes

  • Round trip flights Los Angeles-Bangkok, Bangkok-Los Angeles ♦
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-flight Chiang Mai-Bangkok
  • 11 nights First Class accommodations*
  • 4 nights Bangkok
  • 1 night Ayutthaya
  • 1 night Sukhothai
  • 2 nights Chiang Rai
  • 3 nights Chiang Mai
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 18 meals: 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

  • Special Features

  • In Bangkok, visit serene Wat Po, home of the astonishing giant Reclining Buddha, over 150 feet long
  • Visit Bang Pa-In Royal Palace, used as a summer palace by the Siamese royalty
  • Marvel at Chai Wattanaram Temple, one of Ayutthaya's most impressive remaining monuments
  • Explore historic Sukhothai, capital of the first Kingdom of Siam
  • Visit the House of Opium and Golden Triangle
  • Discover Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep Temple, the most sacred temple in Northern Thailand
  • Authentic Thai dinner at Chiang Mai private home

  • ♦Flights from the USA may arrive on DAY 3. Included sightseeing commences in the morning on Day 3.

    *Some departures operate in reverse order, going to Chiang Mai after Bangkok instead of Ayutthaya

    †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    Not Included:
    Optional tours and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flight Chiang Mai-Bangkok.

    Friday, Saturday & Sunday departures continue to Chiang Mai from Bangkok.

    Flights from the USA may arrive on DAY 3. Included sightseeing commences in the morning on Day 3.

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    Accommodations

    Holiday Inn Bangkok Silom
    This first class hotel is located in the heart of the shopping and business district of Bangkok.

    Kantary Hotel
    This superior first class hotel is located in the city of Ayutthaya, rich in culture and once the capital of Thailand.

    Sukhothai Treasure Hotel
    This first class hotel is a ten minute drive from the Sukhothai Historical Park.

    The Riverie by Katathani
    This deluxe hotel is located on an island in the Kok River not far from Chiang Rai City Center.

    Kantary Hills Chiang Mai
    This first class hotel is situated in the city center of Chiang Mai.

    Kantary Hills Chiang Mai
    This first class hotel is situated in the city center of Chiang Mai.

    Kantary Hills Chiang Mai
    This first class hotel is situated in the city center of Chiang Mai.

    Chiang Mai Marriott Hotel
    This first class hotel, overlooking Doi Suthep Mountain, is located in the commercial district adjacent to the famous Night Bazaar.

    Chiang Mai Marriott Hotel
    This first class hotel, overlooking Doi Suthep Mountain, is located in the commercial district adjacent to the famous Night Bazaar.

    Chiang Mai Marriott Hotel
    This first class hotel, overlooking Doi Suthep Mountain, is located in the commercial district adjacent to the famous Night Bazaar.

    Chiang Mai Marriott Hotel
    This first class hotel, overlooking Doi Suthep Mountain, is located in the commercial district adjacent to the famous Night Bazaar.

    Holiday Inn Bangkok Silom
    This first class hotel is located in the heart of the shopping and business district of Bangkok.

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    Questions & Answers

    Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

    Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

    Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

    Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

    Gate1 Tours Customer Reviews

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    Itinerary
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    Professional Staff
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    Value for Money
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