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Thailand Enchanted with Koh Samui

Duration
13 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,409

Experience the natural and cultural wonders of Thailand as you visit Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Koh Samui. This Thailand vacation showcases the nation’s cultural capitals, lets you visit its most significant temples, and takes you to one of its famous island getaways.


This 13-day Thailand vacation takes you to Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Koh Samui. It lets you experience the nation’s cultural wonders as well as its world-famous beaches.

Your Thailand vacation begins in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most-visited city on the planet. Upon immediate arrival, you’ll realize that Bangkok is a city of contrasts. Massive skyscrapers sit beside wooden huts. Luxury malls jostle for baht alongside bustling farmers’ markets. No one side of Bangkok is all-defining; it takes both to capture what makes this city so invigorating. During your Bangkok tour, be sure to head to the Damnoen Sanduak Floating Market, where you’ll see dozens of vendors on boats selling fruits and vegetables. You’ll also take a tour of the city’s most famous palaces and temples, starting at the Grand Palace and ending at Wat Po, home to the enormous Reclining Buddha statue.

From Bangkok, head north to Chiang Mai, the country’s unofficial northern capital. Chiang Mai is more sedate than its southerly sibling, but it still packs a potent cultural punch. In the Middle Ages it was the capital of the Lanna Kingdom and today it remains many travellers’ favourite spot in the country: a vibrant slice of authentic Thai life with an incredible food scene and great nature and culture to boot. While in Chiang Mai, you’ll tour the dozens of temples that lend the city its historical significance, including Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, which houses a relic of the Buddha and is considered the most sacred temple in northern Thailand. You’ll also stop by the market and walk along the old city walls. If you’re still itching for adventure, you can take an excursion into the nearby jungles to spot waterfalls or visit the Elephant Nature Park to see rescued elephants.

Close out your Thailand vacation by heading south to Koh Samui, a gorgeous island on the east coast where Hollywood celebrities vacation after winning Oscars. With its manicured lanes, long beaches, incredible food scene, and seemingly-infinite number of spas, Koh Samui certainly fits the bill for a pampering vacation. It’s the ideal place to treat yourself, whether that means rejuvenating with Thai massages and wellness treatments or taking advantage of the warm temperatures to lounge on the beach and enjoy a cocktail. If you get a little stir-crazy in the midst of your beach idylls, you can visit nearby coconut plantations or fishing villages. If you head south, you’ll even reach dusty villages settled by Chinese merchants in centuries past.

Combining cultural highlights with beachside getaways, this Thailand vacation captures the eternal charm of the Land of Smiles.


 

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Duration
13 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,409

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Day 1

Depart North America

Depart from North America to Thailand.

Day 2

Arrive Bangkok

On arrival, make your way to the exit and 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.

 

First Class:

Deluxe:

Duration3 Nights
Day 3

Grand Palace and Temples tour plus dinner cruise

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.

Later this evening, 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. 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 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.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 4

At leisure

Today is at your leisure to explore Bangkok.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 5

Fly to Chiang Mai

Today you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight to Chiang Mai.

On arrival in Chiang Mai you will be transferred to your hotel for check in. The rest of your day is at leisure.

 

First Class:

Na Nirand

Deluxe:

Shangri La Hotel Chiang Mai

Meal Plan 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 Breakfast
Day 7

Day at leisure

Today is a day at leisure to explore Chiang Mai.

Day 8

Arrive Koh Samui

This morning you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight to Koh Samui

On arrival in Samui, you will be transferred to your hotel for check in. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

 

First Class:

Novotel Samui Resort Chaweng Beach Kandaburi Hotel

Deluxe:

Outrigger Koh Samui Beach Resort

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration5 Nights
Days 9 - 12

Days at leisure

The next 4 days are open for you to explore the beautiful Koh Samui island. We have a variety of day tours to enhance your stay or you may just relax. 

Day 13

Depart Thailand

This morning you will be picked up for your flight back to Bangkok to connect through to North America.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Other Information

DEPARTURES AND PRICES:

Daily 1 March – 31 October 2018

Pricing in CAD from Vancouver

First Class Hotels

Deluxe Hotels

01-21 June & 02 July - 14 Aug 2018 $4,179 $4,539
22 June - 1 July 2018 $4,679 $5,129
15 Aug - 31 Oct 2018 $3,999 $4,449

Airfare information for Canada:

Toronto - add CA $290
Victoria, Montreal or Ottawa - add CA $360
Calgary or Edmonton - add CA $150
Winnipeg, Saskatoon or Regina - add CA $200
Halifax - add CA $560

Airfares are based on traveling week days Mon-Thurs, if you travel Fri-Sun, add CA $30. 
Above add on fares are valid March to October 2018, except 24 May to 14 Aug 2018, please inquire about the add on fare during this period.

Upgrade to Premium Economy

Add CA $840 departing Mon-Thurs from Vancouver, inquire for weekend departures and other gateways.

 

Pricing in USD from Los Angeles or San Francisco

First Class Hotels

Deluxe Hotels

01-21 June & 02 July - 14 Aug 2018 $3,779 $4,139
22 June - 1 July 2018 $3,779 $4,139
15 Aug - 31 Oct 2018 $3,409 $3,799

Airfare information for USA:

New York or Chicago - add US $53
Seattle - add US $110
Boston - add US $103
Dallas, Miami or Fort Lauderdale - add US $450
Denver - add US $260
Baltimore- add US $180

 

Airfares are based on traveling week days Mon-Thurs, if you travel Fri-Sun, add CA $30.
Above add on fares are valid March to October 2018, except 24 May to 14 Aug 2018, please inquire about the add on fare during this period.

Upgrade to Premium Economy

Add US $840 departing Mon-Thurs from Los Angeles or San Francisco, inquire for weekend departures and other gateways.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Round trip airfare from North America including all taxes with Cathay Pacific, 
  • Local airfare within Thailand 
  • Round trip transfers in all 3 cities
  • 3 nights accommodation Bangkok, 3 nights accommodation in Chiang Mai and 5 nights accommodation in Koh Samui
  • Half day Grand Palace and temple tour in Bangkok
  • Manohra dinner cruise in Bangkok
  • Half day Doi Suthep and Meo Tour in Chiang Mai
  • Breakfast daily

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Drinks

OTHER INFORMATION:

Here are some day trip ides to add to your free days;

Bangkok: Ayuthaya Full Day Tour by Cruise
Bangkok: Half Day Cooking Class at Blue Elephant
Bangkok: Off the Beaten Track Bike Full Day Tour
Chiang Mai: Elephant Nature Park Full Day Tour
Chiang Mai: Flight of the Gibbon Zip Lining Full Day Tour

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are quoted in CAD/USD and are ‘from’, per person, based on double/twin occupancy. Single supplements apply. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. All prices, itineraries and routing are subject to change without notice and all pricing subject to availability and may not be available every day at listed prices. Some hotels have to be booked 40 or 55 days in advance to receive reduced prices.


31 Oct 2018
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