15 Day Kaleidoscope of Thailand with River Kwai

Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Sukhothai, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai & Bangkok
Airfare from NYC, 13 nights first class accommodation with all transfers, most meals

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Price Includes
  • Round trip flights LAX-Bangkok
  • Other departure cities available
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-flight
  • 13 nights First Class accommodations in the following order:
  • 3 nights at the [Aetas Hotel], Bangkok
  • 2 nights at the [River Kwai Resotel], Kanchanaburi
  • 1 night at the Krungsri River Hotel, Ayutthaya
  • 1 night at the [Legendha Sukhothai], Sukhothai
  • 2 nights at the Dusit Island Resort, Chiang Rai
  • 3 nights at the Kantary Hills Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai
  • 1 night at the [Aetas Hotel], Bangkok
  • All transfers
  • 14 meals: 13 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
Special Features
  • Wat Po Temple & Reclining Buddha, Bangkok
  • Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
  • Bridge over the River Kwai
  • War Museum, Kanchanaburi
  • Bang Pa In Royal Palace, Ayutthaya
  • Chai Wattanaram Temple, Ayutthaya
  • Historical Park, Sukhothai
  • House of Opium & The Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai
  • Wat Phrathad Doi Suthep Temple, Chiang Mai
  • Authentic Thai Dinner at Chiang Mai Private Home
Day By Day Itinerary
DAY 1: Tuesday - Depart the USA
Depart the USA for Thailand. Your flight includes meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment for your journey.
DAY 2:  Wednesday - Arrive in Bangkok
Arrive in Bangkok and transfer to your hotel. Overnight: Bangkok.
DAY 3: Thursday - Bangkok City Tour
This afternoon, enjoy a half day city and temple tour. This tour will introduce you to Bangkok, the “City of Angels”. Drive through Chinese Town, the Indian Market, and the Wholesale Flower Market. Visit Wat Po (Temple of the Reclining Buddha), the oldest and first school for people in the olden days. See the biggest Reclining Buddha statue, that is 160 feet long and 40 feet high. Before continuing to the Royal Avenue where most of the Government offices are located and the Palace of the Present King. Optional: Siam Niramit Show & Dinner (PM). Overnight: Bangkok. ( B )
DAY 4: Friday - Full Day in Bangkok
Full day at leisure to explore Bangkok independently. Optional: Half Day Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha (AM). Optional: Chao Phraya River Cruise with Dinner. Overnight: Bangkok. ( B )
DAY 5: Saturday - Travel to Kanchanaburi
This morning we will head southwest of Bangkok to explore the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. You will have the opportunity to see how local farmers and villagers trade their wares aboard small Sampan boats. The boats are loaded with all kinds of products including fruits, vegetables, dry goods, housewares, and freshly cooked food. From the Floating market, we will travel on to Kanchanaburi. In Kanchanaburi, we will visit the Bridge Over the River Kwai, the War Museum, which was built with donations from Australians and former prisoners, and the War Cemetery. The cemetery was built by the British Commonwealth War Grave Association, on a plot of land that was donated by local Thai citizens. Overnight: Kanchanaburi. ( B )
DAY 6: Sunday - Full Day in Kanchanaburi
Full day at leisure to explore Kanchanaburi independently. Optional: Full Day Hellfire Pass & Death Railway with lunch. Overnight: Kanchanaburi. ( B )
DAY 7: Monday - Travel to Ayutthaya
Depart for Ayutthaya, the second and most prosperous capital of Thailand, from 1350-1767. On the way, stop at Bang Pa In Royal Palace. Bang Pa In was the royal summer palace for Thai kings. Originally constructed in 1632, the complex fell into disrepair. In the mid-1800s, King Mongkut restored the site to its former glory. Upon arrival in Ayutthaya, enjoy sunset at Chai Wattanaram Temple. This temple was built by King Prasat Tong, who was actually a commoner who overthrew the previous king and took his throne. This is a lovely place to take in the nature and peace of Siam. Optional: Ayutthaya by Night Tri-Shaw Tour. Overnight: Ayutthaya. ( B )
DAY 8: Tuesday - Travel to Sukhothai
Depart Ayutthaya and travel north to Sukhothai. Sukhothai was founded in the 13th Century by King Ramkhamhaeng, as the capital of Siam. Overnight: Sukhothai. ( B )
DAY 9: Wednesday - Sukhothai Historical Park, Travel to Chiang Rai
Some of the most beautiful Thai art and architecture was produced during Sukhothais golden era - between the 13th and 14th centuries. Modern Sukhothai is made up of the old town and new town. The old town of Sukhothai mainly consists of the large Historical Park, where most of the remains of the original city can be seen. Today you will have the opportunity to tour this historical site and marvel at the ancient Buddha figures, palace buildings and ruined temples. Later in the day, board your tour bus to venture north for Chiang Rai. Overnight: Chiang Rai. ( B )
DAY 10: Thursday - Mae Sai Border Town & Golden Triangle
This morning, travel to the town of Mae Sai, the northern-most point of Thailand, on the border of Myanmar. Here you will have the opportunity to cross over into Myanmar (Visa into Myanmar is obtained locally, at the border crossing, and at your own expense). After the morning excursion, we will stop at the infamous Hall of Opium. This tour combines a museum of the history of opium and the impact of illegal drugs, with an information center for research and extensive education on opium, opiates and other narcotics. Later, visit the night bazaar for an evening of shopping for the local wares of Chiang Rai. Optional: Mekong River Cruise (PM). Overnight: Chiang Rai. ( B )
DAY 11: Friday - Travel to Chiang Mai
After a morning at leisure, we will head to Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai is the cultural heart of Northern Thailand. Located in the rolling foothills of the Himalayas, Chiang Mais remained isolated from the world until the 1920s. Optional: Half Day Mae Salong Hill Tribe (AM). Optional: Kantoke Dinner & Show. Overnight: Chiang Mai. ( B )
DAY 12: Saturday - Full Day in Chiang Mai Dinner at Private Home
Enjoy the morning at leisure to explore Chiang Mai independently. Chiang Mai is a city known for culture, nature and handicrafts. This afternoon, visit the handicraft street of Sankampang for on site demonstrations of how the silk, lacquer, silver, wood and bronze wares are made. In the evening, enjoy the authentic experience of dinner in a local Chiang Mai family home. Enjoy a tour of the home, and an open conversation of how a typical Thai family lives, all while enjoying the savors of home cooked Thai cuisine. Optional: Half Day Mae Sa Elephant Camp with lunch (AM). Optional: Traditional Thai Massage. Overnight: Chiang Mai. ( B, D )
DAY 13: Sunday - Chiang Mai City & Temples Tour
Morning at leisure in Chiang Mai. This afternoon, enjoy a half day city and temple tour, and visit the most interesting temples in Chiang Mai. Your tour takes you to Wat Suan Dok, where the remains of the Chiang Mai Royal family are enshrined. The tour continues to Wat Phrathad Doi Suthep, erected in 1384 A.D. Located 3500 feet above sea level, Wat Phrathad Doi Suthep is Northern Thailands most sacred temple, containing a holy relic of Lord Buddha and a copper-plated chedi topped by a tiered gold parasol in its interior cloister. Equally impressive is the mythological Naga (Dragon-headed serpent) staircase, consisting of 290 steps leading up to the temple grounds. As you descend the stairs, there will be an opportunity to visit a local jade factory. Later, return to your hotel for an evening at leisure. Overnight: Chiang Mai. ( B )
DAY 14: Monday - Chiang Mai, Bangkok
This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Bangkok. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Afternoon at leisure to explore Bangkok on your own. Overnight: Bangkok. ( B )
DAY 15: Tuesday - Depart for the USA
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight. ( B )
Dates & Prices Call to book (877) 636-6660
Notes :
  • Land only price does not include departure transfers, but does include Chiang Mai - Bangkok flight.
  • Flights from the USA may arrive on DAY 3. Included sightseeing commences in the afternoon on Day 3.
  • US citizens require a passport valid for six months beyond travel dates.
  • All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary.
  • Passport required. Visa not required for tourist stay up to 30 days.
Not Included
Optional tours and gratuities

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