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Dazzling Dubai & Bangkok

Enjoy the desert oasis of Dubai, plus the temples, markets & cuisine of Bangkok; explore on your own with flights, deluxe hotel & temple tour included

Book this package
9 days from $2299 $1999
per person, double occupancy, including airfare
based on Sep. 14, 2017 departure*
Price includes
  • $300 Early Bird Discount if you book by Nov. 8, 2016.*


Style Independent PackageThese un-escorted packages have no set schedule or guides, so you have the freedom and flexibility to explore on your own from your centrally-located hotel. More of these packages
Freedom to explore at your own pace; unescorted
Departures Scheduled Dates; select from 5 open departures, January – September 2017
Price Includes
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Round trip flights via Emirates including fuel surcharges, taxes and fees
  • 6 nights accommodations in deluxe hotels
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • All transfers and ground transportation
  • Guided temples tour including entrance fees in Bangkok
  • Professional, English-speaking tour guide in Bangkok
  • Exciting optional excursions in Dubai and Bangkok
  • Phuket Island post tour optional extension
Highlights Independent stay in Dubai and Bangkok and an included temples tour of Wat Trimitr (Golden Buddha) and Wat Po (Reclining Buddha)
Departs New York Kennedy (JFK); other gateways on request (flight schedule)
Themes History & Culture
What to Expect This leisurely-paced, independent package requires minimal walking and is suitable for most levels of physical fitness.
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Dazzling Dubai & Bangkok tour itinerary map Prepare to be dazzled twice on this innovative tour package to Dubai and Bangkok. Dubai is home to the world’s tallest building, a man-made island archipelago created for luxury living and vacationing, an indoor ski resort complete with ski lift, plenty of fine dining, and an ancient culture that has leapt from desert tent to skyscraper condo in less than 50 years.

In Bangkok, Thailand you'll tour Asia's most popular city, with 24-hour a day bustle, incredible shopping, phenomenal cuisine, sky trains, and amazing nightlife, all amid an ancient, fascinating culture, exotic architecture, temples, canals, markets, ruins and among the most friendly people on earth.

But don't wait to reserve your place. Space is definitely limited, and at these prices, it will surely sell out fast!

Amazing Thailand

Dates, Prices & Options

Departure Dates & Prices

Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
Depart Return Price Book by
Nov 8
Wed Oct 12 2016 Thu Oct 20 2016 $2099   Departed
Sun Oct 16 2016 Mon Oct 24 2016 $2199   Departed
Wed Oct 26 2016 Thu Nov 3 2016 $2099   Departed
Wed Nov 2 2016 Thu Nov 10 2016 $2099   Closed
Sun Nov 6 2016 Mon Nov 14 2016 $2199   Closed
Wed Nov 16 2016 Thu Nov 24 2016 $2399 $2099 Closed
Sun Nov 20 2016 Mon Nov 28 2016 $2499 $2199 Closed
Sun Dec 4 2016 Mon Dec 12 2016 $2999 $2699 Closed
Thu Jan 19 2017 Fri Jan 27 2017 $2499 $2199 Available
Thu Feb 9 2017 Fri Feb 17 2017 $2499 $2199 Available
Thu Mar 9 2017 Fri Mar 17 2017 $2499 $2199 Closed
Thu Apr 6 2017 Fri Apr 14 2017 $2599 $2299 Available
Thu May 11 2017 Fri May 19 2017 $2499 $2199 Available
Thu Sep 14 2017 Fri Sep 22 2017 $2299 $1999 Available

Want to stay longer? We may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates. Contact us about prices and availability.

Options & Extensions

Dazzling Dubai & Bangkok
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement
Jan 19, Feb 9, Mar 9, Apr 6, May 11, Sep 14 +$650
All other departures +$699
Optional Excursions
Dubai Optional Excursions Package1 +$290

1. Includes: Half Day Dubai City Tour, Burj Khalifa, Desert Safari with Dinner, and Abu Dhabi Day Tour

Phuket Island Extension
Phuket Island Extension
Oct 12, Oct 16 +$599
Nov 6, Nov 20, Dec 4 +$649
Apr 6 +$799
All other departures +$699
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement
Apr 6, Sep 14 +$229
Oct 12, Oct 16 +$249
Nov 6, Nov 20, Dec 4, Jan 19, Feb 9, Mar 9, May 11 +$299
All other departures +$349

Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
New York Kennedy (JFK) included

This package includes round-trip flights from the cities listed above. Please review the flight schedule, especially if you're booking connecting flights.

Coming from somewhere else? Ask us about availability and prices for flights from other cities. Additional charges for flights from other cities are due within 24 hours of your reservation.

U.S. Gateways on Emirates: Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), Houston (IAH), Los Angeles (LAX), New York (JFK), Orlando (MCO), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA), and Washington D.C. Dulles (IAD).

Transfers: Transfers for this package are provided on a group basis only. For passengers deviating in any way from the group program, transfers are not provided. Individual, private transfers can be arranged at a supplement in price. Taxis and other forms of transportation are also available and may cost less than private transfers. If you wish to arrange private transfers, please request this service at the time of reservation.

How to Make a Reservation

To make a reservation, simply select an available departure date and reserve online using our secure booking system. Or call one of our travel specialists at 800-555-5765, Mon–Fri 9:30–6:00 Eastern time. But first, check out our Things to Know section.

We only require a per-person deposit payment, which you can pay with your credit card or PayPal account. This deposit will be applied towards the cost of your package, and is generally non-refundable (details). The balance is due 75 days prior to departure (or within 72 hours, if you're booking less than 75 days prior to departure), and can be paid by credit card, PayPal, check or money order.

Deposit $1000


Day 1: Depart USA

  • Check in for your overnight flight to Dubai

Day 2: Dubai

Accommodations: 3 nights JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai.

  • Arrive in Dubai, meet our representatives, and transfer to your centrally located hotel

Day 3: Dubai

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Enjoy the day at leisure in one of the most dazzling cities in the world, or join several exciting optional excursions

Abra water taxis, Dubai CreekOptional Excursion: Half Day Dubai City Tour, $65. Today's exciting optional morning tour will take you to picturesque Dubai Creek, which the Ancient Greeks called the River Zara. The first settlements by the Bani Yas tribe were along its banks, and later it served as a port for ships coming from as far as India and East Africa. Today, this saltwater creek divides the modern city into two parts, Deira on the north and Bur Dubai to the south, and remains a busy waterway both for traditional dhows and sleek luxury yachts. This is your first photo opportunity with a magnificent panorama of the city and its amazing futuristic skyline.

Wind towers in Bastakiya, Bur DubaiNext stop is the Bastakiya district, where traditional courtyard houses, with characteristic wind towers that cleverly catch the breezes to cool the houses, line the narrow alleys. Many of the houses in this picturesque area of Dubai, previously home to the city's merchants, have been lovingly restored by proud locals who wish to preserve the unique ambience of the district.

Al Fahidi Fort & Dubai MuseumContinue to the Dubai Museum, housed in the massive, restored Al Fahidi Fort. Inside, lifelike dioramas offer a fascinating view of life in Dubai before the discovery of oil. You'll learn the importance of the date palm to the desert culture, the maritime traditions of fishing and pearl-diving, boat building and much more. Take a walk through the bustling, exotic souks, where you'll find beautiful and bargain-priced textiles, spices and gold. Another highlight of your city tour is a chance to take one of Dubai's most reliable and inexpensive forms of transportation, the Abra water taxi.

Your coach will bring you back to your hotel.

Burj KhalifaOptional Excursion: Burj Khalifa, $59. In the afternoon, you may choose to independently visit the Burj Khalifa (formerly known as Burj Dubai), officially opened in 2010 as the tallest building in the world. This miracle of international cooperation and coordination houses a luxury Armani hotel, offices of some of the world's most successful companies, and for a lucky few, homes that are as high as the clouds. Take in sweeping views of the city from the breathtakingly high "At the Top" observation deck.

Sand dunes, UAEOptional Excursion: Desert Safari & BBQ Dinner, $90. For those in the mood for adventure, in the late afternoon, set out on an optional desert safari tour, where you'll discover the vastness and stark beauty of the sand dunes that surround Dubai. You'll also enjoy a BBQ dinner and live belly dancing entertainment on this exciting optional tour.

Day 4: Dubai

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Relax and explore on your own, or join an optional excursion to Abu Dhabi

Etihad Towers & Emirates Palace Hotel, Abu DhabiOptional Excursion: Full Day Abu Dhabi, $120. Today, see another sophisticated city of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi. Enjoy a panoramic view of Jebel Ali, the largest man-made port, en route to the iconic symbol of Abu Dhabi, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Later, drive along the sweeping curve of the Corniche, replete with parks and fountains, from which you'll enjoy a contrast of modern skyscrapers against the sparkling waters of the Persian Gulf. Visit the Heritage Village, and learn about the history of Abu Dhabi in a reconstructed oasis. Walk through the open-air museum and see craftsmen demonstrate traditional skills. Later, visit the Zayed House, home of the late Sheikh Zayed, the founder and first president of the UAE. Stop at Yas Island, where the Ferrari World theme park and Formula 1 race track are located. Return to Dubai.

Dubai Creek at nightOptional Excursion: Dhow Dinner Cruise, $85 (purchased locally). This evening, we recommend an optional dinner cruise by dhow boat on the Dubai Creek. A magnificent view of both sides of Dubai Creek illuminated by night adds to the charm of this wonderful way to experience Dubai.

Day 5: Dubai & Bangkok

Accommodations: 3 nights Royal Orchid Sheraton. Bangkok. Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Transfer to the airport for your flight to Bangkok
  • Upon arrival, you'll be met and escorted to your hotel

Day 6: Bangkok

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Half day Bangkok city sightseeing tour
  • Afternoon at leisure to explore Bangkok, or join an optional excursion

Wat BenchamabophitFull Day Itinerary: This morning, your included city tour takes you to Bangkok center. Temples, along with the monarchy, are the fabric that binds together the national identity that is Thailand, and some of the most interesting of Thai temples are found in Bangkok. Begin at Wat Trimitr where you will view the 700-year-old Golden Buddha, the largest in the world weighing approximately 5 tons. At Wat Po, founded in the 17th century and the oldest temple in Bangkok, you'll view the amazing Reclining Buddha, whose face depicts the attainment of Nirvana and whose feet are inlaid with mother-of-pearl. You'll also visit Wat Benchamabophit, also known as the "Marble Temple" and one of Bangkok's most important tourist attractions. Built of white Italian marble, it is a wonderful example of Thai temple architecture.

Wat Phra Kaew, BangkokOptional Excursion: Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha (purchased locally). In the afternoon, you can choose an optional excursion to The Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. For 150 years, the Grand Palace has served as the home of the King and his court as well as the entire administrative seat of government. Within its grounds, you'll also visit the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), a structure built to house a large Buddha image carved from a solid piece of green jadeite.

Day 7: Bangkok

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Enjoy the day at leisure in Bangkok, or join optional excursions

Wat Arun & the Chao Phraya RiverOptional Excursion: Thonburi Klongs (purchased locally). This morning's optional excursion will take you to the Thonburi Klongs (canals), the Royal Barge Museum, and Wat Arun. Experience an exhilarating boat ride along the busting Chao Phraya River and the quiet Kongs (canals) in a long-tailed boat. This is where you'll see the traditional way of life, far removed from Bangkok's modern skyscrapers. Visit the Royal Barge Museum to see the beautiful barges used by the King on state occasions. See Wat Arun, the magnificent Temple of Dawn, with its 79 meter pagoda or "prang," built in the Khmer style.

Siam Niramit show, Ratchada Grand Theatre  © siamniramit.comOptional Excursion: Siam Niramit Show with dinner (purchased locally). Tonight, enjoy a buffet dinner and a visual extravaganza at the Ratchada Grand Theatre, one of the biggest stages in the world. Travel back in time through the Kingdom of Siam and experience Thai history and culture during this spectacular show.

Day 8: Bangkok/USA

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Full day at leisure to explore Bangkok
  • This evening, bid farewell to Thailand as you transfer to the airport for your flight home via Dubai

Floating MarketFull Day Itinerary: Your last day in Bangkok is at leisure, so take advantage of some last minute shopping and independent sightseeing by visiting one of Bangkok's colorful markets on your own, like the famous Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, where merchants and villagers buy and sell fruits, vegetables and many other items from small boats. This evening, bid farewell to Bangkok, as you transfer to the airport to board your return flight to the USA via Dubai. Or, take advantage of your already-included international airfare and join our optional extension to Phuket Island!

Day 9: Arrive USA

  • Your adventure ends today as you arrive in the USA

Dubai Optional Excursions Package: $290

Save by pre-booking a discounted package of our most popular optional excursions in Dubai:

  • Dubai City Tour (Day 3)
  • Burj Khalifa (Day 3)
  • Desert Safari & BBQ Dinner (Day 3)
  • Abu Dhabi (Day 4)

You can book these excursions individually in Dubai. But you can save over $40 if you purchase this special package ahead of time—with or before your final payment. These are not "seat in coach" excursions that pick up passengers at various hotels; all are operated for Friendly Planet groups only. (A minimum of 4 passengers is required for optional excursions to operate).

Phuket Island Optional Extension

Take advantage of your already-included international airfare and enjoy a luxurious and relaxing stay on Phuket Island, Thailand's most famous resort. You will return home 3 days later than the return dates listed.

Day 8: Bangkok & Phuket

Accommodations: 3 nights Avista Hideaway Resort (2016) or Amari Phuket (2017). Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Fly to Phuket, where the balance of the day is at leisure

Days 9-10: Phuket

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Two full days at leisure on the island

Aerial view of PhuketFull Day Itinerary: Two full days at leisure to relax, shop or tour this scenic island, Thailand's largest. Phuket and the 39 smaller islands to the southeast are studded with tropical forests, mountains, gravity-defying limestone formations, and pristine beaches, surrounded by coral reefs and the aquamarine water of the balmy Andaman Sea. The west coast of Phuket was hit severely by the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004, but the resilient people have quickly rebuilt, and almost no evidence of the damage now remains. Phuket is a melting pot of Buddhists, Thai-Chinese, Muslims, and even sea gypsies, whom you'll find warm and welcoming.

Green Turtle, Phuket beachWith warm, humid weather year-round, you'll enjoy plenty of sun-drenched days lounging on the beach and all manner of water sports, including jet-skiing, parasailing, surfing, scuba and snorkeling. Most of the dive locations are suitable for all skill levels, and the waters abound with colorful coral forests, tropical fish and other marine life, including leopard sharks, moray eels, octopus and turtles.

Beach resorts, PhuketPhuket is also the sailing and yachting center of Thailand and adjacent countries, with several races and regattas happening throughout the year. And in the unlikely event that you can pull yourself away from the beach, you'll find opportunities to ride horses or elephants, hike, mountain bike, and even golf. Afterwards, unwind at one of the many spas or one of the excellent acrobatic, theatrical or cultural shows.

Maya Bay, Ko Phi Phi Ley, location of 'The Beach'Join an optional excursion (available for purchase locally) to the breathtaking Phi Phi islands, filming location of The Beach. Take a trip by boat and bus to Phang Nha Bay and to the famous limestone spire known as "James Bond Island" for its role in The Man with the Golden Gun.

Day 11: Phuket/USA

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Bid farewell to Thailand as you transfer to the airport for your flight home via Bangkok & Dubai

Day 12: Arrive USA

  • Your adventure ends today as you arrive in the USA


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We booked this trip instead of going to Hawaii for our honeymoon. It was less expensive to fly half way around the world and stay for 3 extra days than what it would have cost to go to Hawaii. As for the trip, it was by far the best trip of my life. Lek, our guide, is a wonderful person; very accommodating, friendly and seemed to genuinely care about making our experience enjoyable. Thailand is an amazing country that combines beautiful scenery, a unique culture, friendly people, a good nightlife, and is very inexpensive. What more could you ask for? We are looking to book our next trip (Africa) and are definitely looking at Friendly Planet.

Wade Honeyfield, Denver, CO

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