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Classic Thailand featuring Phuket incl. Airfare

Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,099

Start with exciting Bangkok, continue to charming Chiang Mai and finish in the fabled resort of Phuket. This perfect combination allows you to truly immerse yourself in this country of contrasts.


This air-inclusive 11-day trip serves as a great introduction to Thailand, taking you to bustling Bangkok, relaxed and culture-rich Chiang Mai, and the sprawling beaches of Phuket.

Bangkok, the Thai capital since 1782, is a national treasure with its Buddhist temples, palaces, floating markets on small canals, legendary nightlife, and abundant shopping opportunities. It offers visitors the opportunity to experience fascinating glimpses of Thailand's rich traditions and gentle culture amid the bustle of a diverse metropolis.

This dynamic city has successfully combined the ancient and modern worlds. Bangkok, the Thai capital since 1782, is a national treasure with its Buddhist temples, palaces, floating markets on small canals, legendary nightlife and abundant shopping opportunities. It offers visitors the opportunity to experience fascinating glimpses of Thailand's gentle culture amid the bustle of a great and diverse metropolis.

Your stay begins with a visit to the renowned Grand Palace, the former residence of Thai kings. In this complex, you will be able to relive the splendour and pageantry of the past. A highlight will be the impressive Emerald Buddha. Continue to Wat Po, one of the oldest and largest temples in Bangkok where the large Reclining Buddha is housed. In the evening, you will take a cruise on the Chao Phraya River which cuts through the city, taking in spectacular sights on both banks including the Temple of Dawn, and the Grand Palace. Thai delicacies will be served during the cruise.

The following morning, head outside the city to Damnoen Saduak to see the colourful floating market where the customers travel in their boats to the merchants who are lined up on the sides of the canals selling their wares. Also visit the tallest Buddha pagoda in the world, the Phra Pathom Chedi. After lunch at the nearby Rose Garden, you will be entertained by a Thai cultural show including music, singing and the martial arts. Return later back to Bangkok.

Chiang Mai is the principal city in the north surrounded by the highest mountains in the country. The atmosphere here is much more serene than Bangkok. With a wall surrounding the old part of the city and over 300 ancient temples, "The Rose of the North" is famous for its history, culture, spirituality, lush hills, shopping, and fascinating tribal people.

During your stay, visit the Wat Chiang Man Temple, the oldest in the city built in the 13th Century with its two statues of Buddha, one of which is made of crystal. You'll also visit the Wat Phra Singh, built in Northern Thai classical style with its exquisite wood carvings and the Wat Chedi Luang with its Lama style chedi (a conical shaped stupa). The last temple to be visited is the Wat Suan Dok built in the 14th Century and one of the most famous for Monk studies. After this, head to the expansive Varoros Market, where you can buy almost anything. The afternoon is free to explore further, shop etc.

The next morning, travel outside the city to Doi Suthep, a temple built on top of a mountain with amazing views of the surrounding countryside and even Chiang Mai in the distance. After this, visit a hill tribe village and meet the Hmong tribe close up with their colourful outfits and a special way of life.

Fly the next day to the south of Thailand to the beach resort of Phuket, your home for the next three nights. Phuket is blessed with magnificent coves and bays, powdery white beaches, hospitable people and lushly forested mountains - everything necessary for a memorable, relaxing stay. The next morning, you will enjoy a boat ride to PhiPhi Island where the movie “The Beach” was filmed. You are free to explore the charms and serene beauty of the island. Later, you will have the opportunity to travel on a small boat to a secluded beach to swim, snorkel or just relax. After lunch here, enjoy free time before it’s time to travel back to Phuket.

The following day is totally at leisure to explore, swim, relax or go shopping as you wish.


 

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Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,099

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Day 1

Depart North America

Depart from New York or Vancouver airport from North America.

Day 2

Arrive Bangkok

On arrival, look for a driver holding a sign with your name. You will be transferred to your accommodation and the rest of the day is at leisure.

Duration3 Nights
Day 3

Half Day Grand Palace and Temple Tour SIC

Today you will visit the famous Grand Palace, Chakri Maha Prasad, one of the most beautiful examples of an ancient Thai court. The palace was the former residence of the Thai kings. There are several things here to admire, including the Reception Hall, the Coronation Hall, the Funeral Hall, and the beautiful Temple of the Emerald Buddha, also known as "Wat Phra Kaew". You can easily visualize the splendour and pageantry of the past.

Later, you will proceed to Wat Po, home of the enormous Reclining Buddha and one of the oldest and largest temples in Bangkok.

Please note that modest dress is expected on this tour.

Duration4 Hours

Manohra Dinner Cruise

You will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the Pier to join the Manohra Rice Barge Dinner Cruise, a romantic and unique culture experience. The cruise sets sail at 7:30PM. Cruising along the Chao Phraya River on this elegant, restored wooden rice barge, you will be introduced to Bangkok by night. It's a spectacular and memorable experience as Thai culinary delicacies are served as you glide down The River of Kings. Manohra can accommodate a maximum of 70 guest diners and en route you will pass the famous Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn), the magnificent Grand Palace, The Royal Barge Boathouse, and numerous other temples and fascinating landmarks. A delicious Thai set Dinner (Gold Menu) is included and features delicacies such as Thai dumplings, prawn skewers, spicy soups, regional curries, stir fries, fresh seafood, and a traditional Thai dessert. The cruise concludes at 10:00PM and you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Duration3 Hours
Day 4

Full Day Floating Market and Sampran Riverside with lunch SIC

Enjoy a full day of sightseeing, starting with a visit to the famous floating market in Ratchaburi Province. The Damnoen Saduak Floating Market dates back to 1866 when King Rama IV ordered that a canal be dug here to connect the Mekong and Tachin rivers. The Floating Market is an ideal place to witness the traditional ways fruits and vegetables were sold and to see the way locals continue to use boats in their everyday lives. Continue to Phra Pathom Chedi, the world's highest stupa, then visit Sampran riverside village. Here you will have the chance to engage in a variety of Thai arts and crafts workshops, including pottery, martial arts, music and dance, food and herbs, weaving and silk processing. Later in the afternoon, return to your Bangkok hotel.

Duration10 Hours
Day 5

Bangkok Hotel to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport With Guide

Duration90 Minutes

Chiang Mai Airport to Chiang Mai Hotel

Duration10 Minutes

Sala Lanna Chiang Mai

Sala Lanna Chiang Mai is located along the east bank of the famous Ping River and offers 15 stylish guest rooms with private balconies. This boutique property is within an easy walk of Warorot Market, the night bazaar and the old city.

Meal Plan American Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Sala Lanna Chiang Mai

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    Sala Lanna Chiang Mai



    Sala Lanna Chiang Mai is located along the east bank of the famous Ping River and offers 15 stylish guest rooms with private balconies. This boutique property is within an easy walk of Warorot Market, the night bazaar and the old city.

    Sala Lanna Chiang Mai is located along the east bank of the famous Ping River and offers 15 stylish guest rooms with private balconies. This boutique property is within an easy walk of Warorot Market, the night bazaar and the old city.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Outdoor Pool
    • Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Terrace
    • Tour Desk

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Day 6

Half Day Chiang Mai City Temples Tour

Today you will explore some of Chiang Mai's most notable temples including Wat Chiang Man, the city's oldest temple and famed for a Chedi supported by rows of elephantine buttresses; Wat Phra Sing home to the beautiful Lai Kham chapel with its exquisite woodcarving and northern style murals; Wat Chedi Luang and its enormous Pagoda (which was partially destroyed by an earthquake in 1545); and last, Wat Suan Dok, which dates back to the 14th century when it served as gardens to the Thai Monarchy. Nowadays Wat Suan Dok contains the ashes of the Chiang Mai Royal family and also houses one of the most famous Monk Schools in Chiang Mai. Continue onto to see Chiang Mai's old city walls, moat and gate, and local market.

Duration3 Hours
Day 7

Half Day Doi Suthep and Meo Tour

This tour features a scenic drive through the most historic areas of Chiang Mai, including a pass through the old city walls, city gates and moat. The drive continues into Chiang Mai's tourist attraction area, past the local market, foreign consulates, government buildings and 'Tapae Gate' before continuing to the acclaimed temple Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, home to a holy relic of the Lord Buddha and considered by many to be the most sacred Wat in northern Thailand. Tucked away in the mountains at an elevation of 1,056 meters (3520 feet), the temple is reached using a Naga (a 7- headed dragon head serpent) railing rising along both sides. The temple compound, accessed via 300 stairs, offers a beautiful view of Chiang Mai city and the surrounding countryside. Continue on to visit the primitive Meo Pui village, a local community known for its unique culture and colourful costumes.

Note: Please dress respectfully. No sleeveless shirts, shorts or strapless sandals are allowed when visiting the Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep.

Duration4 Hours
Day 8

Chiang Mai Hotel to Chiang Mai Airport

Duration10 Minutes

Phuket Airport to Phuket Hotel

Duration45 Minutes

Novotel Phuket Kata Avista Resort and Spa

Within a few minutes walking distance away from Kata and Karon beaches, Avista Phuket Resort & Spa will gives the guests the opportunity to enjoy the luxurious and the endless view of the tropical setting. Whether they are couples, families, group of friends or independent travelers – they will no doubt enjoy the high end luxury and relaxation, which is perfect for a getaway experience.

Meal Plan American Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Novotel Phuket Kata Avista Resort and Spa

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    Novotel Phuket Kata Avista Resort and Spa



    Within a few minutes walking distance away from Kata and Karon beaches, Avista Phuket Resort & Spa will gives the guests the opportunity to enjoy the luxurious and the endless view of the tropical setting. Whether they are couples, families, group of friends or independent ...

    Within a few minutes walking distance away from Kata and Karon beaches, Avista Phuket Resort & Spa will gives the guests the opportunity to enjoy the luxurious and the endless view of the tropical setting. Whether they are couples, families, group of friends or independent travelers – they will no doubt enjoy the high end luxury and relaxation, which is perfect for a getaway experience.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Children's Facility
    • Fitness Centre
    • Gift Shop
    • Internet Access
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa Services

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Day 9

Full Day Phi Phi Island Tour by Shared Speedboat Phuket Central Hotels

Phi Phi island located just 48 km East of Phuket is renowned worldwide for its natural scenic beauty with silversand beaches fringed with palm trees, towering limestone cliffs and marine life. This morning you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the pier for the Phi Phi Islands. Arrive at Phi Phi Lay where you can explore the fantastic landscape of Maya Bay - the location where the movie "The Beach" was partially filmed. Enjoy swimming or snorkeling with the colourful fish and exploring Loh Samah Bay and Pileh Cove. Phi Phi Ley is also home to the Viking Cave, a large limestone cavern where ancient rock paintings can be found. These paintings are believed to resemble Viking ships and are predicted to be over 3000 years old. Due to the sea conditions we are not able to go ashore in the cave but admire it from our boat. Arrive at Phi Phi Don to enjoy more snorkeling or simply relaxing on the white sandy beach at Yong Kasem (Monkey Beach). Have lunch at a beachside restaurant (included). Later arrive at Bamboo Island for more free time on the beach, to feed the fish, swim or snorkel. Depart back to the pier, later this afternoon and onto your hotel.

Duration10 Hours
Day 10

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 11

Depart Phuket

Transfer to the airport for your departure to North America, arriving home the following day.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES AND PRICES:

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Vancouver
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Toronto
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Montreal
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01-31 Aug'17 $ 2,349 $ 2,679 $ 3,989 $ 4,149 $ 4,609
01-28 Sep'17 $ 2,099 $ 2,359 $ 3,109 $ 3,639 $ 3,789
29 Sep - 10 Oct'17 $ 2,569 $ 2,429 $ 3,349 $ 3,799 $ 4,049
11-31 Oct'17 $ 2,299 $ 2,129 $ 3,379 $ 3,769 $ 3,939

  

PRICE INCLUDES:

Round trip airfare from North America including all taxes, roundtrip transfers airport / hotel in Bangkok and Phuket, 3 nights accommodation at the Continent Hotel in Bangkok, 3 nights accommodation at the Sala Lanna in Chiang Mai and 3 nights accommodation at the Novotel Phuket Kata Avista Resort and Spa in Phuket, 6 touring days as per itinerary and breakfast daily.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

Travel insurance, items of a personal nature and drinks. Limited seats, subject to availability

OTHER INFORMATION:

Book by 30 September 2017

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from", per person, based on twin share and include international airfare from the cities mentioned above, and all taxes and hotels mentioned.  There are other hotel options on offer. For departures from other cities, please inquire. Subject to availability.  

DP BANCLA10DPHUTH2
30 Sep 2017
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