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Classic Thailand with Phuket including Airfare

Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,809

Embrace the chaos of bustling Bangkok, relaxed and culture-rich Chiang Mai, and the sprawling beaches of Phuket on this classic Thailand vacation. Stay in first class or deluxe accommodation as you catch fascinating glimpses of Thailand's rich traditions and gentle culture.


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$ 2,809

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Day 1

Depart North America

Depart North America for Thailand.

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.

Hotel Type Hotel
First Class The Continent Hotel Bangkok  
Deluxe AVANI Riverside Bangkok
Duration3 Nights
Day 3

Exploring Bangkok

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. 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.

Later, 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 10:30PM and you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Meal Plan American Breakfast
Day 4

Private Half Day Klongs Canals Tour

Today, you will travel on the picturesque Chao Phraya River, also known as the "River of the Kings", and through the klongs canals of Thonburi on the west side of the river from Bangkok. There will be a chance to observe and photograph the serene family homes and temples along the waterways ,which gave the city the nickname of "Venice of the East." You will also visit a major riverside landmark, the Temple of Dawn, or Wat Arun, which has a pagoda that soars 79 m into the sky.

Meal Plan American Breakfast
Day 5

Bangkok to Chiang Mai

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Chiang Mai. Upon arrival in Chiang Mai, you will be transferred to your hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure

 

Hotel Type Hotel
First Class Movenpick Suriwongse Hotel  
Deluxe Na Nirand
Meal Plan American Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Day 6

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.

Meal Plan American Breakfast
Day 7

Private Chang Phuak Gate Market Evening Street Food Tour

Set out from your hotel this evening to explore one of Chiang Mai's best street food markets, with small stalls serving a wide range of dishes, many of which adhere to the principles of authentic Thai and Northern Thai cooking. With the benefit of your guide's expertise, meet local vendors and taste delicious grilled meats, seafood, curries, soups, noodles and rice dishes. This market is popular with locals and is a great place to wander, relax and soak up the nighttime atmosphere of Chiang Mai. Continue onwards to the Night Market or Night Bazaar and test your bargaining skills! Return to your hotel around 9pm

Meal Plan American Breakfast
Day 8

Chiang Mai to Phuket

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Phuket. Upon arrival in Phuket, you will be transferred to your hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure

Hotel Type Hotel
First Class Novotel Phuket Kata Avista Resort and Spa  
Deluxe Avista Hideaway Resort & Spa - Patong
Meal Plan American Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Days 8 - 9

Phuket at Leisure

These two days are totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Meal Plan American Breakfast
Day 10

Depart Phuket

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

Meal Plan American Breakfast
Day 11

Arrive North America

Arrive home with fond memories of your adventure in Thailand.

Other Information

DEPARTURES DATES AND PRICING:

From Vancouver CAD

Travel Dates 

First Class

Deluxe

15 September - 10 December 2019

$3,149 $3,709

11 - 23 December 2019

$4,289 $4,849

5 January - 31 March 2020

$3,409 $3,909

For departures from:
Victoria – add $140
Kamloops / Kelowna - add $190
Edmonton / Calgary – add $240
Winnipeg / Saskatoon / Regina - add $290

 

From Toronto CAD

Travel Dates 

First Class

Deluxe

15 September - 10 December 2019

$3,249 $3,809

11 - 23 December 2019

$4,329 $4,889

5 January - 31 March 2020

$3,499 $3,999

For departures from:
Montreal / Ottawa – add $160
Thunder Bay /  Quebec / Halifax - add $290
St Johns - add $360

 

From New York USD

Travel Dates

First Class

Deluxe

15 September - 09 December 2019

$2,999    $3,419

10 - 23 December 2019

 $3,839  $3,179

January - 31 March 2020

 $3,179  $3,589

For departures from:
Chicago - add $50
Boston - add $90
Denver - add $230
Miami - add $287

 

From Los Angeles USD

Travel Dates 

First Class

Deluxe

15 September - 9 December 2019

$2,809   $3,169
10 - 23 December 2019 $2,369  $2,729 

5 January - 31 March 2020

$2,579 $2,959 

For departures from:
San Francisco / San Diego / Seattle - add $50

Book By: 31-Oct-19

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • International airfare and taxes from gateway cities mentioned
  • Inter-Thailand airfare and taxes on Bangkok Airways (Bangkok-Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai-Phuket)
  • 9 nights’ accommodation
  • Guided private and group touring as per itinerary
  • Private airport transfers
  • Meals as specified

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature and drinks
  • Limited seats, subject to availability

OTHER INFORMATION: 

Airfares used in the above pricing is subject to availability, and they have to be purchased by a certain date.  As they are the cheapest airfares, they do include restrictions that include but not limited to; no pre-seating, luggage costs at time of check in and will not present the best flying time or routing.  Please inquire for full details on above and chat with our experts on all available airfare options. 

TERMS AND CONDITONS:

Prices are "from", per person, based on twin/double share accommodation. International airfare are on a variety of airlines and the departure day from North America may require departing one day earlier. Listed flights may include stops en-route and on return. Direct flights may be available at a higher cost. Listed rates include all airline and airport taxes and subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request -- please enquire.

 


2 Dec 2019
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