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Grand Romance in Thailand

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  • from$3599Tour + Flights
  • 13days
per person, double occupancy*

Overview

Featuring Bangkok, Chiang Mai & an idyllic Thai island of your choosing; elegant hotels, refined meals and hand-picked sightseeing included
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 Flexible Dates: Choose your departure date and how many days you'd like to stay
Price Includes
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Round trip flights from Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO), Houston (IAH), Chicago O'Hare (ORD), New York (NYC), Seattle (SEA) including fuel surcharge, taxes and fees
  • All transfers
  • All ground transportation and internal flights
  • Hotel accommodations in your choice of deluxe hotel plans (Silver, Gold, Platinum)
  • 15 Meals: 10 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 4 Dinners
  • Sightseeing with English speaking local guides
Optional
  • Selection of exciting private optional tours in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and your choice of Island Resort
Highlights
  • Enjoy romantic dinners in each location
  • Explore the Royal Grand Palace in Bangkok
  • Cruise along the Mae Ping River
  • Discover the history of Wat Suan Dok
  • Climb the staircase of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
  • Receive a blessing of good health and fortune from a monk
  • Take a full day boat tour from your island of choice
Departs Chicago O'Hare (ORD), Houston (IAH), Los Angeles (LAX), New York City (NYC), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle-Tacoma (SEA)
Themes History & CultureNature & WildlifeRomance
What to Expect This leisurely-paced, independent tour requires an average level of physical fitness. This tour includes a number of optional excursions to fit your specific travel interests.

Prepare for your trip Already booked? Find everything you need to know before you go, including information about passport & visa requirements, flights, luggage, and more.


Grand Romance in Thailand itinerary

Start your Grand Romance in buzzing Bangkok with guided tours of the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, plus plenty of time to explore together at your leisure. Enjoy sunset drinks at a Sky Bar rooftop and a dinner and classic Thai dance show at one of Bangkok’s most prestigious restaurants along the Chao Phraya River. Then, take a short flight to 3 unforgettable nights in Chiang Mai! Quainter and quieter than Bangkok, here you’ll explore some of the country’s oldest temples and take a private cruise along the Mae Ping River.

Then fly to your choice of Thai Island Resort: Phuket, Krabi or Koh Samui. Depending on where you land, you could See ‘James Bond’ Island, then swim and sunbathe at a secluded beach.  Or set sail for Phi Phi Island and cruise the tropical waters of southern Thailand. Or, board an elegant wooden yacht to explore the tropical paradise of Ang Thong National Park. Of course, you could also just spend your days lazing by the pool or soaking in the sun on a world-class beach.

Indulge in romantic dinners throughout and stay each night at deluxe accommodations, hand-selected by our team for their impeccable service and romantic ambiance. Whether on your honeymoon or a romantic couples tryst, this package is the perfect marriage of cultural immersion and luxurious relaxation.

Customized just for you! The departure dates and prices table below gives approximate prices based on example dates and accommodation levels. When you call to book, let our Reservation Agent know your preferred travel dates, which level of hotel accommodations you want (Silver, Gold, or Platinum), and which Thai Island Resort you’d like to visit, and we’ll prepare a custom quote just for you.

Dates, Prices & Options

Departure Dates & Prices

It's your romantic getaway: make it your own! Choose the date you'd like to depart, how many days you'd like to stay, your preferred hotels, and more, and we'll prepare a custom quote just for you! As a guide, the table below lists approximate prices based on the sample itinerary and select dates.

Bangkok, Chiang Mai & Phuket
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Oct 1 – Dec 5 $4099 $5099 $6599 Select
Dec 6 – Dec 31 Call us for availability & prices
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Jan 11 – Mar 31 $4099 $5099 $6599 Select
Apr 1 – Apr 30 $3799 $4899 $5899 Select
May 1 – May 15 $3799 $4499 $5899 Select
May 16 – May 31 Call us for availability & prices
Jun 1 – Jun 10 $4299 $4999 $6299 Select
Jun 11 – Jun 30 Call us for availability & prices
Jul 1 – Jul 31 $4299 $5049 $6299 Select
Aug 1 – Oct 31 $3799 $4499 $5899 Select
Nov 1 – Dec 5 $4199 $5299 $6899 Select
Dec 6 – Dec 31 Call us for availability & prices
Bangkok, Chiang Mai & Krabi
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Oct 1 – Dec 5 $3799 $4999 $6299 Select
Dec 6 – Dec 31 Call us for availability & prices
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Jan 1 – Jan 10 Call us for availability & prices
Jan 11 – Mar 31 $3799 $4999 $6299 Select
Apr 1 – Apr 15 $3699 $4899 $5699 Select
Apr 16 – May 15 $3499 $4599 $5699 Select
May 16 – May 31 Call us for availability & prices
Jun 1 – Jun 10 $4049 $4999 $6199 Select
Jun 11 – Jun 30 Call us for availability & prices
Jul 1 – Jul 31 $4049 $4999 $6199 Select
Aug 1 – Oct 31 $3599 $4499 $5699 Select
Nov 1 – Dec 5 $3899 $5199 $6499 Select
Dec 6 – Dec 31 Call us for availability & prices
Bangkok, Chiang Mai & Koh Samui
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Jan 1 – Jan 10 Call us for availability & prices
Jan 11 – Feb 14 $3899 $5099 $7099 Select
Feb 15 – Feb 25 $3899 $5699 $7099 Select
Feb 26 – Mar 31 $3899 $5099 $7099 Select
Apr 1 – May 15 $3799 $4899 $6799 Select
May 16 – May 31 Call us for availability & prices
Jun 1 – Jun 10 $4199 $5199 $7199 Select
Jun 11 – Jun 30 Call us for availability & prices
Jul 1 – Jul 15 $4399 $5199 $7299 Select
Jul 16 – Jul 31 $4399 $5499 $7299 Select
Aug 1 – Aug 31 $3899 $4999 $6899 Select
Sep 1 – Oct 31 $3699 $4699 $6499 Select
Dec 6 – Dec 31 Call us for availability & prices

Flights & Departure Cities

This package includes round-trip flights from the cities below, subject to availability.

Departure Airports
Chicago O'Hare (ORD)
Houston (IAH)
Los Angeles (LAX)
New York City (NYC)
San Francisco (SFO)
Seattle-Tacoma (SEA)

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.

Upgrades to Premium Economy & Business Class may be available, starting at $850 and $4200 respectively. Ask us about details and availability.

How to Make a Reservation

To make a reservation and create your personalized trip of a lifetime, call one of our friendly travel specialists at 800‑555‑5765.

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 $600

Larger deposits may be required on some travel dates.

Itinerary

These are sample itineraries and suggestions and hotel options that can be customized to create your own dream trip to Thailand.

Day 1: Depart USA

  • Your journey begins as you check in for your flight to Thailand, via Taipei

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: Arrive Bangkok

Accommodations: 4 nights COMO Metropolitan (Silver), The Peninsula (Gold) or Mandarin Oriental (Platinum). Included meals: Dinner.

  • Upon arrival in Bangkok, and after customs formalities, you will be met and greeted by a local representative for your transfer to your hotel. 
  • Revel in a relaxing day at leisure
  • This evening, enjoy dinner at Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin

Wat Arun, BangkokFull Day Itinerary: Upon arrival in Bangkok, and after customs formalities, you will be met and greeted by a local representative for your transfer to your hotel. Enjoy your day at leisure.

This evening, get ready for a delicious dinner at Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin who offers a modern interpretation of Thai cuisine. Behind beautifully composed food presentation, familiar flavors of traditional dishes are maintained while the chefs push the boundaries of form, texture, and temperature.

Day 4: Bangkok

Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.

  • Enjoy your morning at leisure
  • Tour the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha
  • Watch the sunset with a drink at the Sky Bar rooftop at Lebua
  • Sala Rim Nam Restaurant & Classic Thai Dance Show

Full Day Itinerary: After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy your morning at leisure.

Grand Palace, BangkokTemples, along with the monarchy, are the fabric that binds together the national identity that is Thailand, and many of these are found in Bangkok. This afternoon visit the Royal Grand Palace, Bangkok’s number one ‘must-see’ attraction as well as Thailand’s most important landmark. Your local guide will take you on an in-depth journey through Thailand’s history and royal heritage. Discover the grandeur and majesty of the buildings, throne halls and monuments. Marvel at the mysterious Emerald Buddha made from a solid piece of green jadite (jasper), the most revered Buddha image in Thailand, resided in Wat Phra Kaew. Afterwards, enjoy a drink at the Lebua Sky Bar just in time for sunset.  The Sky Bar offers amazing views of the Bangkok skyline.

Later, cross the river to Sala Rim Nam Restaurant, one of Bangkok’s most prestigious dining venues, located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. The Sala Rim Nam Restaurant is housed in a richly decorated Thai-style pavilion, and offers an incredibly unique dining and cultural experience, including a Thai classical dance show performed every evening.

Day 5: Bangkok

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Enjoy a day at leisure or take part in one of our optional excursions

Thai cuisineOptional Excursion: Cooking Class at Blue Elephant, or similar, $175 pp. Bring an appetite for this culinary adventure! Meet with a chef from Blue Elephant Cooking School, one of the country’s most reputable traditional Thai cooking institutes. Visit one of the capital’s many morning markets for an introduction to Thai food culture. Browse the stalls, learning about the various ingredients for sale, watching the scenes of local life and selecting fresh items to be used in the cooking class. (NOTE: Market visit not available for afternoon course)
Return to Blue Elephant where the chef will demonstrate preparation methods, giving detailed commentary about the process. Then have a chance for hands-on experience! After the meal is prepared, sit down and enjoy the delicate flavors of authentic, Thai cuisine.

Couple eating, Chinatown, BangkokOptional Excursion: Bicycle and boat tour from bustling Chinatown to rural Bangkok, $230 pp. Discover the different faces of Bangkok through a 5 hour bicycle and boat tour. From the exploration of bustling Chinatown to the quiet, forgotten and green plantations of rural Bangkok. In between, learn why this city is often referred to as “Venice of the East” as you pass through charming canals, viewing classical wooden-framed homes on stilts, and scenes of daily life. Along your tour, enjoy a tasty Thai-style meal.

Day 6: Bangkok

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Day at leisure or take part in one of our optional excursions

Wat Mahathat, AyutthayaOptional Excursion: Explore the ruins of Ayutthaya, Thailand’s ancient capital, $150 pp. Early this morning travel 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.

After a delicious Thai dish for lunch, take a leisurely long-tail boat ride down the Chao Phraya River. Arrive at Wat Niwet Thammaprawat to view the Gothic-style architecture and stained glass windows of this distinctive Buddhist temple. Take the cable car across the river for aerial views of the waterway then continue to Bang Pa-In Summer Palace. The Palace offers an opportunity to learn more about the Kingdom’s history and culture, with an impressive collection of gardens and majestic mansions.

Optional Excursion: Refresh your body and mind at the Oasis Spa, $90 pp. Refresh your body and relax your tired muscles from a long journey by a selective Spa Treatment at one of the most deluxe day spas, the Oasis Spa, located in the heart of Bangkok.

Floating MarketOptional Excursion: Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, $100 pp. This morning, visit the famous Damnoen Dauak Floating Market in Ratchaburi Province. Take a boat ride along the canal to experience the colorful floating marketplace, bustling with boats and vendors selling tropical fruits and other delights.

Day 7: Depart Bangkok/Arrive Chiang Mai

Accommodations: 3 nights Ratilanna (Silver), Anantara (Gold) or 137 Pillars (Platinum). Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.

  • Transfer to the airport for your flight to Chiang Mai
  • Upon arrival in Chiang Mai, meet our representative and transfer to your hotel
  • This evening, embark on a private scorpion tailed river cruise along the Mae Ping River
  • After the short cruise, relax with a private dinner for two at the Riverside Lawn

Full Day Itinerary: Enjoy a leisurely breakfast, then transfer to the airport for your flight to Chiang Mai.

After arrival at Chiang Mai International Airport, you will be welcomed by a local representative and transferred to your hotel.

This evening, embark from the hotel on a short river cruise on a private scorpion tailed boat along the Mae Ping River. Enjoy a drink and appetizers during your cruise. Afterwards, relax with a private dinner for two set up at the Riverside Lawn.

Day 8: Chiang Mai

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Morning at leisure or enjoy an optional excursion
  • This afternoon, visit Wat Suan Dok, one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Chiang Mai
  • Next, climb the staircase of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep and enjoy a birds eye view of Chiang Mai
  • Receive a blessing of good health and fortune from one of Doi Suthep’s monks

Wat Suan Dok, Chiang MaiFull Day Itinerary: Enjoy your morning at leisure or take advantage of the optional excursion.

Your tour of beautiful to beautiful Chiang Mai start in mid-afternoon. First, a visit to the city’s old town, as you venture through the crumbling city walls and admire a blend of old and new buildings. Catch glimpses of glittering pagoda spires illuminated by the late afternoon sun.

Explore one of the city’s most revered and oldest Buddhist temples in Chiang Mai, Wat Suan Dok. Witness local devotees deep in prayer or paying homage to the mausoleum where the ashes of the former Royal Family are buried.

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Chiang MaiContinue on to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, where you will climb the staircase to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the city, admiring the intricate naga carvings along the way. Upon reaching the top, explore the 14th-century pagoda and hear about its origins. Wander around the towering gilded stupa and enjoy the views of Chiang Mai in the distance.

Before the sun sets, receive a blessing of good health and fortune from one of Doi Suthep’s monks. Afterwards, witness the evening chanting of the monks, a serene way to end the day’s tour.

Cooking lessonOptional Excursion: Pantawan Cooking Lesson with a local chef, $100 pp. Uncover the secrets behind Thailand’s famous dishes at the Pantawan Cooking School. Travel south of the city center to a traditional teakwood house to meet with a local chef.

Travel to a nearby and lively market where you will see exotic herbs and spices and learn about their uses. During the visit, the chef will introduce local vendors and explain more about Thailand’s food culture.
Armed with a basic knowledge of Thai cuisine and its ingredients, return to Pantawan and start cooking! Chop vegetables, stir up spicy sauces and fry up sizzling dishes. Throughout the lesson, the chef will share his personal story and offer tips and hints for preparing these same dishes back at home. Savor the delicate flavors of home-cooked Thai cuisine, enjoying the results of the day’s activities.

Day 9: Chiang Mai

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Day at leisure or take part in one of our optional excursions

Inthanon Mountain panoramaOptional Excursion: Doi Inthanon National Park, $145 pp. Venture away from the buzz of Chiang Mai’s city centre, driving into the hills for a day of trekking through the pristine landscapes of Thailand’s north at Doi Inthanon National Park.

Hike to a Karen hilltribe village, where you will meet locals to discover their traditional ways of life and unique culture. Learn about their work at a mountainside coffee plantation which produces high-quality beans sold throughout Thailand.

Wachiratharn WaterfallContinue deeper into the lush forest, catching glimpses of towering peaks and mountain streams on the way. Keep an eye out for a variety of species including gibbons, deer, wild boar and more than 350 bird species.
Conclude the Doi Inthanon hike at one of the most spectacular sites, the Wachiratharn Waterfall. View the stunning 230-foot fall which crashes into refreshing shallow pools at the base. Rest, relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings before returning to town late this afternoon.

Group of elephantsOptional Excursion: Mae Taeng Valley Elephant Sanctuary, $175 pp. This morning drive from Chiang Mai toward the scenic Mae Taeng Valley. Arrive at the elephant sanctuary, an organization providing a home and protection for Thailand’s elephants. Meet with some of the park’s residents to gain a better understanding of the elephant population and see these majestic animals in their natural habitat.

Phuket, days 10-13

Day 10: Depart Chiang Mai/Arrive Phuket

Accommodations: 3 nights Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach (Silver), The Surin Phuket (Gold) or Banyan Tree Phuket (Platinum). Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.

  • Enjoy a leisurely breakfast, then transfer to the airport to depart Chiang Mai
  • Upon arrival in Phuket, meet our representative and transfer to your hotel
  • The remainder of the day is at leisure
  • This evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel

Day 11: Phuket      

Included meals: Breakfast & lunch.

  • This morning, board a private long tail boat for a full day boat trip to Phang Nga Bay
  • See ‘James Bond’ Island, then swim and sunbathe at a secluded beach
  • Visit a privately-owned island for a lunch barbeque

'James Bond' Island, PhuketFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast at your hotel, board a private long tail boat and cast off for a full day boat trip to the turquoise waters of Phang Nga Bay.

Pass by the well-known ‘James Bond’ Island. Continue on to discover dramatic limestone karsts jutting out of the water and a pristine mangrove forest. Relax and enjoy the breath-taking views as the boat glides across the Bay. The boat captain will seek out a secluded beach for a chance to swim in the clear waters or sunbathe on the white sandy shores.

The day continues with a visit to a privately-owned island. Go ashore at this tropical paradise and explore the tranquil beaches. A barbeque will be prepared for lunch in this incredible setting.

Spend the rest of the day swimming and relaxing in the sun. Return to Phuket by boat as the sun begins to set.

Day 12: Phuket      

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Day at leisure or take part in one of our optional tours

Couple snorkelingOptional Excursion: Unseen Snorkeling off Koh Yao Island, $320 pp. Enjoy a full day snorkeling trip to Phang Nga Bay. Climb aboard a long-tail motorboat and cast off onto the emerald green seas of the Andaman coast. The boat will cross the Bay to Koh Yao Yai and Koh Yao Noi, two islands divided by a wide channel. Grab a mask and hop overboard to swim and snorkel in the calm waters. Enjoy the underwater wonderland, teeming with tropical fish.

Back on board, cruise onwards to Koh Hong Krabi for another chance to swim in the warm waters of Phang Nga Bay. Stop at midday for a picnic lunch on the open seas, enjoying a tasty meal while surrounded by beautiful water scenery.

Return to Phuket early this evening, feeling fresh and rejuvenated from the day at sea.

Sino-Portuguese architecture, Phuket's Old TownOptional Excursion: Electric bike tour of Phuket’s Old Town, $125 pp. Explore the old town of Phuket on this electric bike tour. These battery-powered bicycles are the perfect way to cruise around the city’s streets and small laneways.

Learn about the island’s past while exploring different architectural styles. See former Chinese schools that are repurposed into museums and restaurants as well as Chinese shrines. Pedal to Sino-Portuguese buildings that stand in testimony to the influence of the migrants who came to Phuket during the tin mining days of the 19th century. See the home of the island’s former governor, a majestic building that echoes of its glorious past.
Take a closer look at the past with a visit to Thavorn Museum. Located in the hotel of the same name, this museum boasts an impressive collection of old calculators, typewriters, tin toys and more. Seeing these relics gives a better sense of what life was like on Phuket in earlier times.

The electric-bike exploration culminates with a visit to a downtown fruit market. Explore the array of exotic tropical fruits on sale and sample some of the fresh seasonal items before transferring back to the hotel.

Day 13: Depart Phuket/Arrive USA     

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • After breakfast at the resort, transfer to the airport for your short flight to Bangkok
  • Board your return flight to the USA via Taipei, arriving in the USA later on today

Krabi, days 10-13

Day 10: Depart Chiang Mai/Arrive Krabi  

Accommodations: 3 nights Nakamanda Resort & Spa (Silver), The Tubkaak Krabi Boutique Resort (Gold) or Rayavadee Resort (Platinum). Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.

  • Enjoy a leisurely breakfast, then transfer to the airport to depart Chiang Mai
  • Upon arrival in Krabi, meet our representative and transfer to your hotel
  • The remainder of the day is at leisure
  • This evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel

Day 11: Krabi      

Included meals: Breakfast & lunch.

  • This morning, travel by speedboat for the unforgettable Phi Phi Islands
  • Visit Bamboo Island and snorkel at Hin Klang
  • Lunch at Phi Phi Don

Longtail boatsFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast at your hotel, set sail for an unforgettable tour of the Phi Phi Islands. Travel by speedboat across the Andaman Sea, leaving the mainland behind and cruising into the tropical waters of southern Thailand.

Visit Bamboo Island, one of Phi Phi’s six islands, surrounded by spectacular white, sandy beaches and bamboo trees. Relax on the shores or go for a swim in one of its peaceful bays.

Continue to Hin Klang for a snorkeling adventure. Grab a mask and plunge into the clear waters. Hin Klang is famous for its vibrant marine life, including coral reefs and dozens of tropical fish. After a good view around the underwater world of Hin Klang, return to the boat and cruise onwards to Phi Phi Don Island for lunch.

Phi Phi DonPhi Phi Don is a unique H-shaped island, with two lush mountains linked by a flat beach. Time permitting, climb to a viewpoint to see this beautiful island from above. Then continue the exploration of Phi Phi with a visit to Monkey Beach and Phi Phi Leh Lagoon. Visit the mysterious Viking Cave and, finally, Maya Bay which was made famous in the Hollywood film ‘The Beach’. Despite its popularity, Maya Bay is certainly one of Thailand’s most beautiful sites.

After this incredible Phi Phi Islands tour, return by boat to Krabi.

Day 12: Krabi

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Day at leisure or take part in one of our optional tours

Sra MorkatOptional Excursion: The Emerald Pool and Jungle Spa Experience, $270 pp. Explore lush forests and inland attractions during this day trip around Krabi.

Travel to Khao Nor Juji, one of Thailand’s last remaining rainforests that is teeming with birds and other wildlife. Take a 45-minute walk through the forest, enjoying the fresh air and sounds of birds chirping in the distance. The walk leads to Sra Morakot, a spectacular crystal-clear lagoon. Go for a swim in the refreshing lagoon and cool off after the morning’s trek.

Tiger Cave Temple viewpointContinue through the jungle to a collection of natural Jacuzzis. Hidden by thick tropical plants, the Jacuzzis offer privacy and tranquility. The waters here are believed to be healing. Then receive a head and shoulder massage at a nearby jungle pavilion for a deeper sense of relaxation. Afterwards snack on seasonal fruits and sip herbal teas.
Dry off and continue to a nearby restaurant to sample delicious Thai cuisine at this popular local spot. En route to your hotel, stop at Tiger Cave Temple, one of Krabi’s iconic sites. Learn about the history of the temple and how it is used as a meditation centre. If desired, climb 1,266 stairs to a spectacular viewpoint.

Return to the hotel late this afternoon, feeling relaxed and rejuvenated from this interactive Krabi day trip.

GibbonOptional Excursion: Discover the Flora and Fauna of Krabi during the Unseen Natural Trail hike, $205 pp. Travel away from the beaches to Hang Nak hill for a challenging but rewarding hike in Krabi to one of area’s lesser-known mountains. The 3.7-kilometre path meanders through lush tropical mountain landscapes. See an incredible array of flora and keep an eye out for some of the jungle’s inhabitants such as lizards, gibbons, butterflies and more. There are some steep stretches of the trail but there are three scenic viewpoints along the way which make for perfect places to rest.

Arrive at the summit and enjoy breathtaking views of your surroundings. Relax while overlooking Krabi’s coast and glimmering blue sea.

After soaking up the views, it is time to trek down to the base. Following the same trail, return to the bottom of Hang Nak Hill and transfer back to your hotel.

Day 13: Depart Krabi/Arrive USA

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • After breakfast at the resort, transfer to the airport for your short flight to Bangkok
  • Board your return flight to the USA via Taipei, arriving in the USA later on today

Koh Samui, days 10-13

Day 10: Depart Chiang Mai/Arrive Koh Samui  

Accommodations: Anantara Bophut (Silver), InterContinental Samui Resort (Gold) or Four Seasons Resort (Platinum). Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.

  • Enjoy a leisurely breakfast, then transfer to the airport to depart Chiang Mai
  • Upon arrival in Koh Samui, meet our representative and transfer to your hotel
  • The remainder of the day is at leisure
  • This evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel

Day 11: Koh Samui      

Included meals: Breakfast & lunch.

  • This morning, board an elegant wooden yacht to the tropical paradise of Ang Thong National Park
  • Swim and snorkel in the clear waters, viewing colorful fish and vibrant coral
  • Climb a winding staircase to view the stunning Emerald Lake on Koh Mae Island

FAng Thong National Parkull Day Itinerary: This morning, board an elegant wooden yacht to explore the tropical paradise of Ang Thong National Park. Cruise across the open sea for Ang Thong where the ship will weave around the 42 islands of the National Park, stopping to explore the pristine landscapes. Swim and snorkel in the clear waters of the Gulf of Thailand and see an abundance of colorful tropical fish and vibrant coral. After exploring the underwater wonders, discover some of the islands to see their remarkable landscapes. Take short treks through the unspoiled forests for fabulous views of the park’s limestone mountains and beaches. Keep an eye out for exotic wildlife such as monkeys, sea eagles, otters and other unique species.

Emerald Lake, Koh Mae islandVisit the highlight of Emerald Lake on Koh Mae island. Climb up a winding staircase for views of this stunning green saltwater lake. Continue exploring the island and its stunning beach before returning to the boat.
Cruise back to Samui in the early evening, watching the sun dip low into the sky.

Day 12: Koh Samui

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Day at leisure or take part in one of our optional tours

Optional Excursion: Koh Tao & Koh Nangyuan Snorkeling by Speedboat, $130 pp. Spend a day in paradise during this day trip from Koh Samui. Depart Koh Samui by speedboat, crossing the clear waters of the Gulf of Thailand on the way to Koh Tao. Enjoy breathtaking views as the boat cruises from island to island.

Koh Nang Yuan islandArrive at Muang Bay, a spectacular crescent-shaped bay. Grab a snorkel and mask and jump overboard into the warm waters. Snorkel among schools of tropical fish, admiring the vibrant colors of the exotic fish.
Cruise around the island to another scenic location for lunch.

This afternoon travel out to another picture-perfect island, Koh Nang Yuan. Nang Yuan consists of three small islands linked by a sandbar and surrounded by turquoise waters. Spend the afternoon relaxing on the white sands, snorkeling or taking a short trek to an elevated viewpoint.

Feeling fully relaxed after this day in paradise, climb aboard the speedboat and return to Koh Samui.

Big BuddhaOptional Excursion: Exploration of Koh Samui’s Local Culture, $125 pp. Spend a half day stepping away from the beaches to explore Koh Samui’s tropical paradise. Start with a visit to the island’s famous landmarks including the Big Buddha and Grandmother and Grandfather Rocks. Then drive up to Chaweng viewpoint for fabulous views over the coastline and the sea.

Continue into the island’s center, visiting a fresh market. Meet with locals who have come to do their daily shopping and learn about the different items for sale. Continue with a walk through a nearby fishing village, getting a chance to observe the daily lives and activities of the fishermen.

Next up is a tour of the Magic Alambic Rum Distillery. See how the island’s famous rum is made and take a sample of the smooth brew. Visit a coconut plantation and see how these abundant fruits are grown, collected and processed for eating and drinking.

Cap off the day with a cool drink at one of the island’s many cafes.

Day 13: Depart Koh Samui/Arrive USA    

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • After breakfast at the resort, transfer to the airport for your short flight to Bangkok
  • Board your return flight to the USA via Taipei, arriving in the USA later on today

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COMO Metropolitan

Deluxe

COMO Metropolitan Bangkok is a contemporary and stylish hotel located in the central district of Sathorn. The hotel is located 10 minutes away from Silom’s vibrant nightlife scene with close access to train stations, including the Skytrain Station.

Combining a sleek, urban style with a contemporary Asian aesthetic, COMO Metropolitan offers stylish boutique rooms with ample space. All rooms includes Wi-Fi internet access, Smart TV, an electronic personal safe, and tea/coffee making facilities.

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RatiLanna Riverside Spa Resort

Deluxe

RatiLanna Riverside Spa Resort is located in the heart of Chiang Mai with views of the Ping River and within short distance from the famous night bazaar, just a 10 minute ride away.

The resort is beautifully decorated to represent traditional Lanna life and culture through its architecture and interior decor. All rooms include Wi-Fi internet access, room service, minibar and telephone.

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Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach

Deluxe

Overlooking the crystal water of the Andaman Sea, Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach offers guests a tranquil getaway, with close access to the airport and direct stair access to the beach.

Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach is decorated in sophisticated and contemporary design. With 277 rooms and luxury ocean pool villas, the hotel boasts a high level of comfort and luxury. All rooms include Wi-Fi internet access, LED TV, minibar and room service.

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Nakamanda Resort & Spa

Deluxe

Nakamanda Resort & Spa is located on a tranquil private cove of the Klong Muang area of Krabi in Thailand’s stunning southern province. The hotel faces a tiny forested island with a backdrop of mountains standing above the Andaman Sea.

Nakamanda Resort & Spa has a stylish blend of contemporary and traditional design. Individual villas are placed upon the green hillside with tropical garden views. Guests enjoy a cozy atmosphere in one of the 39 romantic rooms and villas, with a full range of amenities. All rooms include Cable TV, telephone, personal electronic safe and minibar.

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Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort

Deluxe

Ananatara Bophut Koh Samui Resort is located on the beautiful white sands of Bophut Beach on Koh Samui’s northern coast. The quiet beachfront directly in front of the resort is perfect for swimming and water sports with its calm waters.

The rooms at Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort have a contemporary Thai style design with a rich color palette and filled with natural light. Guests can relax on their balcony to take in the lovely surrounding landscape. All rooms include high speed internet access, flat screen LCD TV, electronic personal safe and minibar.

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Gold

The Peninsula Bangkok

Deluxe

The Peninsula Bangkok fuses luxury with Thai charm for an ideal cultural experience. Located on the Chao Phraya River, the hotel offers breathtaking views of the river and city skyline, and is a short stop away from restaurants, shopping, bars and various cultural attractions.

The rooms at The Peninsula Bangkok combine classic luxury with modern technology, with Thai silk-clad finishes and indulgent marble bathrooms. All rooms include Wi-Fi internet access, telephone, state of the art sound system, in-room personal safe, daily fruit basket and flat screen TV.

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Anantara Chiang Mai Resort

Deluxe

Anantara Chiang Mai Resort is a luxurious blend of contemporary, Thai and colonial style. Edging the Mae Ping River, the hotel is located in the heart of Chiang Mai, ideal for exploration of countless temples, bustling markets and ancient Lanna ruins.

Contemporary décor of stylish furnishings and serene color palettes are accented by distinctive local artefacts to combine comfort and luxury. The 52 guest rooms and 32 suites of Anantara Chiang Mai Resort all feature private balconies, Wi-Fi internet access, flat screen TV, coffee/tea making facilities, in-room personal safe and minibar.

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The Surin Phuket

Deluxe

The Surin Phuket is a contemporary Thai experience located on the tropical landscape of Pansea Beach on the west coast of Phuket Island. Surrounded by white sand beach, coconut palms and forested hillside, guests can find total relaxation immersed in the sights and sounds of nature. For more active experiences, guests can take part in water activities, yoga classes or explore the lively nightlife that Phuket has to offer.

The 103 hillside and beachfront cottages and suites at The Surin Phuket are discreetly built into the conserved landscape that slope down to the water to meet a small coral reef. Set amongst the treetops, The Hillside Cottages offer a high level of tranquility and privacy. All rooms include Wi-Fi internet access, flat screen TV, in-room personal safe, tea/coffee making facilities and minibar.

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The Tubkaak Boutique Resort

Deluxe

The Tubkaak Boutique Resort Krabi is a chic boutique resort backed by the mighty Hang Nak Mountain and faces the archipelago of 13 islands that rise from the calm Andaman Sea. This Krabi resort is a relaxing hideaway, appropriately translating to “home for visitors.”

The 59 stylish rooms and pool villas are located at the pristine Tubkaak Beach, offering privacy and tranquility, a deluxe home away from home. Surrounded by lush gardens and shady trees, the rooms at The Tubkaak Boutique Resort Krabi are ideal for a romantic getaway. In-room amenities include Wi-Fi internet access, satellite TV, tea/coffee making facilities and minibar.

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InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort

Deluxe

InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort is nestled on a dramatic cliff of Taling Ngam, with incredible views over the bay. The resort is renowned for its legendary status as Koh Samui’s first ever luxury resort. Discover the buzzing nightlife and charming fishing villages of Koh Samui, or go island-hopping along with other water activities.

The InterContinental Samui Resort includes 79 Thai-inspired guest rooms, suites and villas, each one featuring a private balcony and panoramic views over the Gulf of Thailand. Rooms feature a sitting area, lavish bathroom, private bar, wine refrigerator, state-of-the-art entertainment and luxury amenities.

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Mandarin Oriental, Bankok

Deluxe

Established in 1876 as the first luxury hotel in Thailand, Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok has been welcoming travelers for nearly 140 years. The breathtaking Grand Palace of Bangkok is a short boat ride away on the Chao Phraya, the River of Kings. The famous skytrain is within quick walking distance from the hotel, taking you to the industrious city’s awe-inspiring temples, bustling local markets, vibrant nightlife, and vast shopping complexes.

With most of the 324 rooms featuring river views, design elements include wide French windows, spacious living areas and luxurious baths. All are furnished with the finest materials from the Orient, including natural teaks and Thai silks. Each room features a spacious bathroom with walk-in shower, complimentary amenities, hairdryer, bathrobe and slippers.

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137 Pillars House

Deluxe

137 Pillars House is built around a carefully restored colonial teak homestead constructed in the 1880’s which was once the East Borneo Company’s Headquarters. The sophisticated boutique hotel is conveniently located close to Chiang Mai’s city center as well as the Chiang Mai Night Market.

The 30 suites at 137 Pillars House are havens of tranquility with every imaginable convenience, large terraces with expansive daybeds, rattan rocking chairs, high ceilings with large king size beds, en suite dressing room with walk-in closet and views to the tropical gardens. Large bathrooms with separate indoor/outdoor garden showers and Victorian baths make these suites unique in every sense.

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Banyan Tree Phuket

Deluxe

Encircling the sparkling waters of a saltwater lagoon, the Banyan Tree luxury resort in Phuket is a sanctuary of hushed repose, the perfect backdrop to the perfect holiday. Enter the hidden world of Banyan Tree Phuket, nestled in the enclave of Laguna Phuket, and step into a tropical fairytale where the roads are lined with casuarinas and palms, the fields are bright with Allamanda blooms and the Bang Tao Bay always sparkles in sapphire brilliance.

The Banyan Lagoon Pool Villa features traditional Thai décor and overlooks the tranquil lagoon. The villa is equipped with Wi-Fi, television, in-villa safe, mini-bar, and coffee-and-tea making facilities. Bask in the oval open-air bathtub, or enjoy a dip in the private pool.

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Rayavadee Resort

Deluxe

Rayavadee Resort is situated in the heart of Krabi’s beautiful Phranang Peninsula on the border of Krabi Marine National Park, an area renowned for its natural beauty and rich flora, fauna, and marine life.

Each two-story Deluxe Pavilion offers fully-equipped, spacious accommodations and stylish, tropical décor with polished wood and richly-colored fabrics and hand-crafted details throughout as well as an outdoor terrace with seating. The circular design of the pavilions blends perfectly with the resort’s natural surroundings, echoing the rounded cliffs of the rock formations that characterize the area’s unique landscape. Each pavilion features flat screen satellite TV, wireless internet service, hairdryer, flashlight, slippers and bathrobes, signature bath amenities, as well as coffee-and-tea making facilities.

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Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui

Deluxe

At Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui, experience island perfection in your private hillside luxury villa, shaded by coconut groves and overlooking the mystical Gulf of Thailand.

Perched on the lush tropical hillside, this sea-facing villa comes with a private infinity pool. Relax on the foliage-fringed outdoor deck as you take in views of the Gulf of Siam and nearby islands. The island-inspired interiors come with all amenities and touches of local design, bringing together comfort, elegance and culture. The air-conditioned bedroom, separated from the outdoor living area by sliding glass doors, has an 32-inch LCD flat-screen television, iPod docking station, telephone, and high-speed internet access. The outdoor living area is furnished with a daybed, marble dining table, and two sun lounges and can be curtained all around. Each villa also has a private infinity pool. The full bathroom, featuring a terrazzo shell-shaped bathtub and separate glass-walled shower, has a sliding glass door opening onto a deck for an al fresco bathing experience.

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Just returned from this wonderful trip. The accommodations were A+, our guide, Ekachai, a delight, the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, a feast for the senses. The Phuket extension was a welcome few days of relaxation, before returning to the snow in Winnipeg. Much impressed by your organization and will be planning another adventure with you soon. Many thanks for a memorable holiday.

Elaine Repchinsky, Winnipeg, Canada

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