Thai Woman, Wat Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai

A Taste of Thailand

Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, the River Kwai & Ayutthaya with Angkor Wat & Phuket Island optional extensions

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10 days from $1599
per person, double occupancy, including airfare
based on May 9, 2017 departure from LAX*

Overview

Style Small Group TourTravel with a small, intimate group of 15-24 likeminded travelers escorted by an English speaking guide and/or tour manager for some or all of your journey. More of these packages
24 travelers max, dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
Departures Scheduled Dates; select from 11 open departures, October 2016 – May 2017
Highlights Bangkok’s Royal Grand Palace, Wat Arun, Wat Po (Reclining Buddha), Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, the River Kwai, UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ayutthaya
Price Includes
  • Round-trip airfare from Los Angeles via China Airlines including fuel surcharges, taxes and fees
  • Intra-Thailand transportation and transfers
  • Accommodations at Superior First Class hotels
  • 8 Meals; buffet breakfast daily plus 1 dinner
  • Comprehensive touring program including entrance fees
  • Professional, English-speaking tour guides
Departs Los Angeles (LAX), New York Kennedy (JFK), San Francisco (SFO) (flight schedule)
Themes History & Culture
What to Expect This moderately-paced, escorted tour includes a reasonable amount of walking or hiking and requires an average level of physical fitness.
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A Taste of Thailand itinerary Even the most sophisticated travelers long to visit Thailand, with its beautiful beaches and islands, fascinating culture, exotic architecture, and ancient ruins. This tour to Thailand showcases some of the highlights of this magnificent country, including the bustling capital city of Bangkok, the historic River Kwai, and the ancient city of Ayutthaya—all for an amazingly affordable price. At prices this low, you can be sure that this tour will sell out quickly, so hurry to reserve your space soon!

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Dates, Prices & Options

Departure Dates & Prices

Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
Depart Return Price
Sat Aug 27 2016 Mon Sep 5 2016 $1599 Closed
Sat Sep 10 2016 Mon Sep 19 2016 $1649 Closed
Sat Oct 1 2016 Mon Oct 10 2016 $1699 Available
Sat Oct 22 2016 Mon Oct 31 2016 $1699 Available
Tue Nov 8 2016 Thu Nov 17 2016 $1699 Available
Tue Nov 15 2016 Thu Nov 24 2016 $1699 Available
Tue Nov 29 2016 Thu Dec 8 2016 $1699 Available
Tue Dec 6 2016 Thu Dec 15 2016 $1699 Available
Tue Jan 3 2017 Thu Jan 12 2017 $1699 Closed
Tue Feb 14 2017 Thu Feb 23 2017 $1699 Closed
Tue Mar 7 2017 Thu Mar 16 2017 $1699 Available
Tue Mar 21 2017 Thu Mar 30 2017 $1699 Available
Tue Apr 4 2017 Thu Apr 13 2017 $1699 Available
Tue Apr 18 2017 Thu Apr 27 2017 $1649 Available
Tue May 9 2017 Thu May 18 2017 $1599 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 & Fees

Taste of Thailand
Rooming selection
Double occupancy included
Single occupancy +$299
Angkor Wat Extension1
Angkor Wat Extension +$899
Cambodia Departure Tax2 (paid separately) +$25
Cambodia Visa Fee3 (paid separately) +$30
Rooming selection
Double occupancy included
Single occupancy +$189

1. The Angkor Wat extension is subject to availability and requires that your flights be confirmed separately by the airlines. Please note that it typically takes 3 to 5 business days to confirm your extension flights with the airline, and that we will notify you immediately upon confirmation of the flights. This extension also requires a minimum of 2 passengers to operate.

2. Departure Tax is paid locally

3. Visa Fee is paid locally

Phuket Island Extension1
Phuket Island Extension
Oct 22, Nov 8, Nov 15, Nov 29, Dec 6 +$549
Jan 3, Feb 14, Mar 7, Mar 21 +$599
All other departures +$499
Rooming selection
Double occupancy included
Single occupancy
Oct 22, Nov 8, Nov 15, Nov 29, Dec 6 +$299
Jan 3, Feb 14, Mar 7, Mar 21 +$349
All other departures +$249

1. The Phuket Island extension is subject to availability and requires that your flights be confirmed separately by the airlines. Please note that it typically takes 3 to 5 business days to confirm your extension flights with the airline, and that we will notify you immediately upon confirmation of the flights. This extension also requires a minimum of 2 passengers to operate.

Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
Los Angeles (LAX) included
San Francisco (SFO)
Nov 29, Jan 3, Feb 14, Mar 7, Mar 21, Apr 4, Apr 18, May 9 +$125
Aug 27 +$300
Nov 8, Nov 15, Dec 6 unavailable
All other departures +$100
New York Kennedy (JFK)
Nov 8, Nov 15, Nov 29, Dec 6, Jan 3, Feb 14, Mar 7, Mar 21, Apr 4, Apr 18, May 9 +$200
All other departures +$175

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

Coming from somewhere else? Unfortunately, we don't offer departures from cities that are not listed, but you can book your own connecting flights separately.

Los Angeles (LAX): Aug 27, Nov 8 & Nov 15, 2016 Departures: Due to a schedule change on China Airlines, passengers will depart Day 2 and arrive Day 3 shortly after midnight. Please see flight schedule for details.

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
Deposit $800

Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA

  • Your exotic journey begins as you check in for your flight to Thailand, via Taipei
  • NOTE: Passengers from Los Angeles (LAX) on Aug 27, Nov 8 & Nov 15, 2016 depart Day 2 and arrive Day 3 shortly after midnight, please see flight schedule.

Day 2: En Route

  • Cross the International Dateline and lose a day (which you will recover on the return leg of your trip)

Day 3: Bangkok, Thailand

Accommodations: 3 nights Rembrandt Hotel, Bangkok.

  • Arrive in Bangkok, and after customs formalities, transfer to your centrally located hotel for check-in
  • Balance of the day at leisure
  • NOTE: Passengers from Los Angeles (LAX) on Aug 27, Nov 8 & Nov 15, 2016 departures arrive to Bangkok shortly after midnight this evening, please see flight schedule.

Day 4: Bangkok

Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.

  • Afternoon boat ride along Chao Phraya River
  • Visit to the Royal Barge Museum
  • Traditional Thai Set dinner at Supatra River House Restaurant

Wat Arun, BangkokFull Day Itinerary: Enjoy the morning at leisure. This afternoon, experience an exhilarating boat ride along the bustling Chao Phraya River and the quiet Klongs (canals) in a long tail boat. Be taken back in time to a more traditional way of life, far removed from Bangkok's modern skyscrapers. Visit the Royal Barge Museum to witness the beautiful barges used by the King on state occasions, then visit Wat Arun, the magnificent temple of Dawn with its 79-meter pagoda or 'prang', built in the Khmer style.

Tonight, enjoy a traditional Thai Set dinner at Supatra River House Restaurant. Located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, this beautiful two-story traditional Thai house is the former home of Khunying Supatra Singholaga, a leading advocate of women's rights in Thailand. Its contemporary décor blends perfectly with the traditional architecture, and the views of the River, Grand Palace, and Wat Arun are downright spectacular.

Day 5: Bangkok

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Tour The Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha

Grand Palace, BangkokFull Day Itinerary: 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. This afternoon, depart for The Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. For 150 years, the Grand Palace, 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 jadite (jasper). Continue to Wat Po, founded in the 17th century and the oldest temple in Bangkok. This temple is also home to the amazing Reclining Buddha, one of the largest in the world, whose face depicts the attainment of Nirvana and whose feet are inlaid with mother-of-pearl.

Day 6: Bangkok, Kanchanaburi & the River Kwai

Accommodations: 2 nights Royal Riverkwai Resort. Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Experience a Thai fairy tale at the Woodland Fantasy Museum
  • Visit Damnoen Saduak Floating Market on a long-tail boat ride
  • See the historic bridge over the River Kwai before touring the Death Railway museum

Full Day Itinerary: After breakfast this morning, drive about an hour to Nakhon Pathom and visit the Woodland Fantasy Museum, where you can enjoy a fascinating journey of imaginary and sculpture straight out of a Thai fairy tale.

Floating market, Ratchaburi  © Tourism Authority of ThailandNext, visit Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and take a long-tail boat ride through the canals and see how Thai people live alongside the labyrinth of canals in this area. Arrive at the famous market where you can stroll around the colorful floating stalls bustling with boats and vendors selling tropical fruits and other delights.

Bridge over the River KwaiContinue to Kanchanaburi. Upon arrival, visit the historic bridge over the River Kwai, part of the infamous Death Railway built by the Japanese using Allied prisoners of war during World War II. At the Death Railway museum, you'll learn more about life in the camps, the building of the bridge, and the more than 8,000 POWs who died during construction.

Day 7: Kanchanaburi

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Panoramic train ride viewing the Kwai gorge
  • Afternoon at leisure

Full Day Itinerary: This morning, take a one hour train ride on the famous Death Railway passing the breathtaking panoramic view of the Kwai gorge. The rest of the afternoon is yours at leisure. We suggest a visit to the resort's spa for a Thai massage, steam bath, or a dip in the pool.

Day 8: Kanchanaburi & Ayutthaya

Accommodations: 1 night Kantary Hotel, Ayutthaya. Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Morning drive to the 100 year old Samchuck Market
  • Afternoon at leisure to explore Ayutthaya

Full Day Itinerary: After breakfast this morning, board your motor coach and drive through the picturesque rice fields of Suphanburi to visit the 100 year old Samchuck Market, where traditional woven houses line its riverbank. Here you can browse through a wide range of products from local food to antiques.

Buddha statue, AyutthayaContinue to the ancient city of Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. King U-Thong founded the city in 1350 as the capital of his kingdom of Siam. By 1700, Ayutthaya had as many as a million inhabitants, making it one of the largest cities in the world at the time. But in 1767, the city was invaded and destroyed by the Burmese army. Magnificent ruins of the old city still remain, some having been restored. Exciting archaeological excavations are still proceeding at many sites in the area. Upon arrival, visit some of Ayutthaya's historical sites, such as Wat Chaiwattanaram, Wat Phra Sri Sanpetch, Wat Mongkhol Bophit, and Wat Yai Chaimongkhol.

Day 9: Ayutthaya & Bangkok

Accommodations: 1 night Rembrandt Hotel. Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Half day sightseeing tour of Ayutthaya
  • Return to Bangkok in the afternoon
  • Optional visit this evening to the Asiatique Night Market

Bang Pa, AyutthayaFull Day Itinerary: Today's sightseeing tour takes you first to Bang Pa to view King Rama IV's summer palace, used occasionally by the king and queen to host receptions and banquets. The palace and its surrounding temples represent an appealing fusion of Thai, Chinese, and European architectural styles.

Continue to Wat Niwet Thammaprawat, one of the most distinctive Buddhist temples with its remarkable Gothic style architecture and stained glass windows. Continue to Bangkok this afternoon. The balance of the day is at leisure or you can join an optional excursion to the Asiatique Night Market, where you can see a cabaret show or Muay Thai boxing.

Day 10: Depart Bangkok/Arrive USA

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Today, bid farewell to Thailand as you transfer to the airport to board your return flight to the USA via Taipei
  • Or take advantage of your already-included international airfare and join our optional extensions to Angkor Wat or Phuket Island...or both!

Angkor Wat Extension

Take advantage of your already-included international airfare by joining our extension to Cambodia for a special opportunity to visit Angkor Wat, a massive complex of temples that ranks among the most fascinating religious sites in the world. For JFK passengers, the Angkor Wat Extension must be arranged on a custom basis to be coordinated with China Airlines' JFK schedule; please contact us for details.

Day 10: Bangkok/Siem Reap, Cambodia

Accommodations: 3 nights Sokha Angkor Resort. Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Transfer to the airport to take a short flight to Siem Reap, gateway to the Angkor Archaeological Park
  • A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the park contains the ruins of more than 1000 stone temples dating from the 9th to the 13th centuries

Day 11: Angkor Explorations

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Tour the royal walled city of Angkor Thom
  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • Explore the temples of the Small Circuit
  • Dinner at a local restaurant

Aerial view of Angkor WatFull Day Itinerary: Built by the Khmer civilization between 802 and 1220 AD, the temples at Angkor and the great city that surrounded them represent one of mankind's most astonishing and enduring architectural achievements. The structures you see today are the surviving remains of a grand religious, social and administrative metropolis whose other buildings—palaces, public buildings, and houses—were built of wood and have long since decayed and vanished.

Satellite photographs reveal Angkor to have been the largest preindustrial city in the world, with an urban sprawl of 3000 square kilometers (the closest rival is Tikal in Guatemala, at most 150 square kilometers) and supporting a population of up to one million people. Mysteriously abandoned in the 15th century, the Angkor site remained largely cloaked by the forest until the late 19th century, when archaeologists began to clear away the forest and embark on a long restoration process that continues today.

Angkor Thom west gateAfter breakfast, begin your explorations at the mysterious royal walled city of Angkor Thom. Its 54-tower temple is an awesome sight that most visitors never forget, with each of its surreal towers topped with four giant, barely smiling faces, staring out in the directions of the four points of the compass. The faces, which depict a Khmer royal ruler as a Buddhist deity, are identical, but the staggered height of the towers and the different viewpoint of each keep the design from appearing repetitious. You are engulfed by the silent, heavy, enigmatic gaze of those faces, through half-closed eyes, staring out from a remote time in history.

Ta Prohm doorwayAfter lunch at a local restaurant, explore the temples of the Small Circuit. The most famous is Ta Prohm temple, built in the mid-12th to early 13th centuries. Ta Prohm is unique in that it has been left largely as it was found: overgrown by jungle trees and vines, with many parts of the temple crumbling to the ground, giving it the most mysterious atmosphere of the temples in the Angkor area.

Continue to the magnificent Angkor Wat Temple, built by Suryavarman II in the early 12th century. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the history of the region. This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 12: Angkor Explorations

Included meals: Breakfast & lunch.

  • Morning tour of the Roluos Group: Preah Ko, Bakong, and Lolei temples
  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • Visit the "Citadel of Women"

Banteay Srei Full Day Itinerary: This morning's excursion takes you to three early-Angkor era temples of the Roluos Group: Preah Ko, Bakong, and Lolei, built by King Indravarman I and his successor in the 9th century. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the "Citadel of Women" of Banteay Srei and Bantay Samré, considered to be the birthplace of Khmer classical architecture.

Day 13: Depart Siem Reap/Arrive USA

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Transfer to the airport for the short flight to Bangkok, then continue to the USA via Taipei

Phuket Extension

Take advantage of your already-included international airfare and enjoy a luxurious and relaxing stay on Phuket Island, Thailand's most famous resort.

Day 10: Bangkok & Phuket

Accommodations: 3 nights Amari Phuket. Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Fly to Phuket and transfer to your hotel upon arrival Enjoy the balance of the day at leisure

Days 11-12: Phuket

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Full day at leisure

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.

Crown-of-thorns starfish With 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.

Phuket 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.

Phi Phi IslandsJoin an optional tour 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 limestone spire known as "James Bond Island" for its role in The Man with the Golden Gun.

Day 13: Depart Phuket/Arrive USA

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Transfer to the airport for the short flight to Bangkok, then continue to the USA via Taipei
  • Passengers returning to JFK must leave Phuket early in the morning before breakfast is served at the hotel

Combining Extensions

Travelers may take both Angkor Wat and Phuket extensions, in that order. On Day 13 of the Angkor Wat extension, passengers will continue to Phuket Island for 3 nights returning to LAX on Day 16. JFK passengers will overnight in Taipei en route back to New York.

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Excellent value. Great hotels. Food was very good, buses large and comfortable. The guide in Cambodia was excellent and the love of his country showed. Our guide in Vietnam was very knowledgeable. Ha Long Bay was beautiful. All in all, just loved the trip and will most certainly use Friendly Planet again.

Osa Lemma, Hudson, FL

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