A Taste of Thailand

The humming capital of Bangkok, historic Kanchanaburi & the River Kwai, plus ancient Ayutthaya; optional extensions to Angkor Wat & Phuket

Overview

from$1699Tour + Flights from$1199Tour Only 10days
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Style Small Group TourTravel with a small, intimate group of no more than 24 likeminded travelers (and often much fewer), escorted by an English speaking guide and/or tour manager for some or all of your journey. More of these packages
Dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
Departures September 2020 – April 2021 Group Size 24 travelers max
Themes History & Culture
Activity Level Moderate
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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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!

Package includes

  • Flights
  • Coach
  • Transfers
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Guides
  • Round-trip airfare from Los Angeles including fuel surcharges, taxes and fees
  • Intra-Thailand transportation and transfers
  • 7 nights at Superior First Class hotels
  • 8 Meals: 7 buffet breakfasts & a welcome dinner
  • Comprehensive touring program including entrance fees
  • Professional, English-speaking tour guides

Optional add-ons

  • Optional Angkor Wat post-tour Extension
  • Optional Phuket post-tour Extension

Why you'll love it

  • Visit Bangkok's colorful Flower Market & Grand Palace.
  • Cruise the Chao Phraya River by long-tail boat.
  • Indulge your taste buds at a Thai Set dinner.
  • Admire the 79-meter pagoda of Wat Arun, one of the most striking riverside landmarks of Thailand.
  • Navigate the canals of the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market for fresh fruit and other treats.
  • Stop along the historic Bridge over the River Kwai, a staple of the infamous Death Railway.
  • Meet the descendants of a Thai war hero in Kanchanaburi
  • Explore the magnificent ruins of Ayutthaya
  • Visit artisans in a local shop in Ayutthaya and see how they weave palm leaves into fish-shaped ornaments.

Itinerary at a Glance

A Taste of Thailand map

Angkor Wat Extension

Phuket Extension

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Dates & Prices

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If you want a few extra days to explore on your own, we may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates, including extra hotel nights and separate airport transfers, for an additional charge. Ask us about prices and availability when you reserve. More information Want to extend your trip?

Options & Fees

Taste of Thailand
Rooming Selection
Double occupancy included
Single Room Supplement +$249
Angkor Wat Extension
Angkor Wat Extension1 +$999
Cambodia Departure Tax2 (paid separately) +$25
Cambodia Visa Fee3 (paid separately) +$30
Rooming Selection
Double occupancy included
Single Room Supplement +$199

1. The Angkor Wat extension is subject to availability and requires a minimum of 2 passengers to operate. Flights for this extension must be confirmed separately with the airlines, which typically takes 3 to 5 business days after we receive your booking. We will notify you immediately upon confirmation.

2. Departure Tax is paid locally

3. Visa Fee is paid locally

Phuket Island Extension
Phuket Island Extension1
Sep 1, 2020;  Sep 22, 2020;  Oct 20, 2020 +$549
Jan 5, 2021 +$649
All other dates +$599
Rooming Selection
Double occupancy included
Single Room Supplement
Nov 10, 2020;  Dec 8, 2020;  Jan 5, 2021 +$299
All other dates +$249

1. The Phuket Island extension is subject to availability and requires a minimum of 2 passengers to operate. Flights for this extension must be confirmed separately with the airlines, which typically takes 3 to 5 business days after we receive your booking. We will notify you immediately upon confirmation.

Optional Airport Transfers for Land Only Passengers1
Arrival Transfer: Bangkok airport to hotel +$36
Departure Transfer: Bangkok hotel to airport +$36

1. Prices based on a minimum of 2 passengers.

So that we can offer you the best deals, our packages are, like most hotels and cruises, priced based on double occupancy rooms or cabins. We charge solo travelers an extra fee to cover the extra costs of single occupancy rooms or cabins. (Consider: if you booked a $200/night hotel room solo, you would pay the $200 yourself; but if a couple booked the same room, each one would pay only $100.) But you only pay extra for the rooms or cabins, nothing else, including meals, sightseeing, tips, etc. Why are single rooms more?

Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
Los Angeles (LAX) included
New York Kennedy (JFK) +$75
San Francisco (SFO) +$75

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

Want to fly from another city? Unfortunately, we don't offer flights from other cities, but you can book your own.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Depart USA

  • Your exotic 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 Bangkok, Thailand

  • Arrive in Bangkok, and after customs formalities, transfer to your centrally located hotel for check-in and a welcome briefing with fellow travelers
  • Balance of the day at leisure
  • Enjoy a traditional Thai Set dinner at a local restaurant

Rembrandt Hotel & Suites or similar Dinner

Day 4 Bangkok

  • Start your day at the Flower Market and learn how to create your own Thai garland
  • Tour The Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha
  • Balance of the day at leisure or enjoy one (or both!) of our optional excursions

Rembrandt Hotel & Suites or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Grand Palace, Bangkok

Your day of discovery begins with a visit to Bangkok's vibrant and colorful Flower Market. Meet with a local vendor and create a traditional Thai flower garland that you can then present as an offering at any one of Bangkok's magnificent temple. The 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 morning, 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 jadeite (jasper). Continue to Wat Pho, 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. Balance of the day is at leisure.

Optional Excursion: Chinatown Walk (purchased locally), +$35

This afternoon, drive to Chinatown square where you will start an exciting walk through one of the oldest parts of Bangkok. Walk along Yaowarat Road where you'll visit interesting shops selling unique objects. Continue to an old tea shop to enjoy a cup of Chinese tea with the locals before heading to Talad Kao for a busy local market with a variety of fresh food, fruits, and Chinese herbs. End the walk at Wat Leng Nei Yi to visit the Taoist temple, and continue to Wat Traimit on the edge of Chinatown, which houses the world’s largest solid gold Buddha.

Optional Excursion: Calypso Cabaret Show (purchased locally), +$48

This evening, transfer to the Thai dance show at Calypso Cabaret, one of Bangkok’s renowned shows. Calypso Cabaret is located at Asiatique the Riverfront, which is a famous night venue for dining, shopping and entertainment, and features a panoramic view of the Chao Phraya River. Afterwards, transfer back to your hotel.

Day 5 Bangkok

  • Enjoy the morning at leisure or take part in an optional excursion
  • Afternoon boat ride along Chao Phraya River
  • Visit to the Royal Barge Museum
  • Stop by Wat Arun, the magnificent temple of Dawn

Rembrandt Hotel & Suites Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Wat Arun, Bangkok

Enjoy the morning at leisure, or join an optional food & culture excursion.

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.

Optional Excursion: Bites & Sites in the "Village of Love" (purchased locally), +$105

Begin the day by joining a local guide on an insightful walking and food tour through the Bangrak neighborhood, also known as the "Village of Love." This is the ideal place for food lovers and curious travelers to connect over authentic local culture and cuisine. Known for its food and family-run stalls, stop to taste the best local snacks, from the traditional to the exotic. Engage with the chefs and store owners and listen to their own personal stories and history of Bangrak. After glimpsing into the history and the culture of the "real" Bangrak, continue to the afternoon tour.

Day 6 Bangkok, Kanchanaburi & the River Kwai

  • Scenic morning drive through Thai countryside to Samut Songkhram Province
  • 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
  • Visits today also include the war cemetery

Royal Riverkwai Resort & Spa or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Bridge over the River Kwai

After breakfast this morning, drive about an hour south of Bangkok to Samut Songkhram Province, enjoying the beautiful Thai countryside along the way. See an amazing country market that has sprouted up along the tracks of the Maeklong Railway Market. The true marvel here is watching as vendors skillfully move their stalls out of the way of trains passing right through the market.

Next, 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.

Continue 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. Visits today also include the war cemetery.

Day 7 Kanchanaburi

  • Panoramic train ride viewing the Kwai gorge
  • Meet with the surviving family members of influential Thai war heroes
  • Evening at leisure

Royal Riverkwai Resort & Spa or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Train ride, Death Railway

This morning, take a one hour train ride on the famous Death Railway passing the breathtaking panoramic view of the Kwai gorge. Take in the significance of the railway as you pass through Thailand's rural and agricultural province.

In the afternoon, transfer to the Pak Praek Community, Kanchanaburi's historic quarter, rich in both culture and history. Pass along the wooden houses and shops and meet with a local history expert who will take you along this interesting route. Stop at the Chuan Panich Shop and the House Boonpong, the former residence of a Thai merchant credited with saving the lives of many during World War II. With courageous intentions, Mr. Boonpong Sirivejaphan smuggled medicine, money and food to POW's who were working on the railway. His valient work received abundant praise from many including Queen Elizabeth II. Meet and talk with the descendants of this war hero and gain a better understanding of the significance of these two houses. The rest of your evening is free at leisure.

Day 8 Kanchanaburi & Ayutthaya

  • This morning drive to the ancient city of Ayutthaya and visit some of its historic sights
  • Visit Wat Yai Chaimongkhol and see the statue of the Reclining Buddha
  • Discover the sculpture of a Buddha head woven in tree roots
  • Explore the Mongkol Bophit Temple Market and local shops
  • Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to explore on your own

Kantary Hotel Ayutthaya or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Buddha statue, Ayutthaya

After breakfast this morning, board your motor coach and drive to the ancient city of Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. King U-Thong founded the city of Ayutthaya 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, and some have been restored. Exciting archaeological excavations are still proceeding at many sites in the area.

Upon arrival, you’ll visit some of Ayutthaya's historical sites. Among the ruins, you will see the Wat Yai Chaimongkhol to view the reclining Buddha statue, and Wat Mahathat to discover a Buddha head entwined in tree roots. Continue to a vibrant market located next to the Mongkol Bophit Temple. Here, you’ll see how they make Roti Sai Mai, a Thai dessert similar to cotton candy. Watch as a local vendor demonstrates how the sweet is made, and have an opportunity to create your own! Afterwards, enjoy the whimsical former capital of Thailand on your own.

Day 9 Ayutthaya & Bangkok

  • Learn more about an integral part of the Thai lifestyle, rice harvesting
  • Visit the Bang Pa to view King Rama IV's summer palace
  • View the Gothic style architecture of Wat Niwet Thammaprawat
  • Return to Bangkok in the afternoon and enjoy a final night on your own

Rembrandt Hotel & Suites or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Bang Pa, Ayutthaya

This morning, check out and transfer to Klong Pho Community and learn about an integral part of the Thai lifestyle, rice. During the spring months, farmers all across Thailand spend their days planting rice crops in time for the summer rainy season. When the rainy season passes, the rice is harvested and becomes a staple in the Thai diet. Today, meet with a local family whose living is mainly dependent on rice harvesting and the tools used to harvest the rice. Engage with the family on the importance of this practice, and discover some of the integral and interesting tools that they use. Come out of this experience with a touch of both local adventure and a better understanding of the cultural significance of this daily livelihood.

Afterwards, the day's sightseeing takes you to Bang Pa to view King Rama IV's summer palace, once used 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 and enjoy your final night at leisure with the rest of our fellow travelers.

Day 10 Depart Bangkok/Arrive USA

  • 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!

Breakfast

*NOTE: Due to high water levels during and closely following monsoon season (summer into early winter), select sites among the canals may have restricted access. If any sites are temporarily restricted, equally enjoyable visits will be substituted.

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 which may require flying from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh on Day 12 and overnighting in Phnom Penh; please contact us for details.

Day 10 Bangkok/Siem Reap, Cambodia

  • Transfer to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap, gateway to the Angkor Archaeological Park. After customs formalities, transfer to your hotel for check-in.
  • A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the park contains the ruins of more than 1000 stone temples dating from the 9th to the 13th centuries

Sokha Angkor Resort or similar Breakfast

Day 11 Angkor Explorations

  • Tour the royal walled city of Angkor Thom
  • Visit the Bayon Temple in the exact center of the city
  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • Explore the temples of the Small Circuit
  • Discover the famous Angkor Wat archaeological site
  • Dinner at a local restaurant

Sokha Angkor Resort or similar Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Aerial view of Angkor Wat

Built by the Khmer civilization between 802 and 1220 AD, the temples at Angkor and the great city that surrounds it 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.

After breakfast, begin your explorations at the mysterious walled city of Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire. The city is surrounded by an 8 meter high wall, drawing a perfect square, 4km on each side. Enter the city through the South Gate, an impressive stone entryway flanked by larger-than-life carved elephants and capped with four giant smiling faces of the Buddha. On each side of the entrance path stands a row of 54 gods and demons, each holding a sacred Naga snake.

Continue to Bayon Temple, located in the exact center of the city of Angkor Thom. This monument includes dozens of towers featuring faces that some believe depict King Jayavarman VII represented as a Buddhist deity. While the scores of faces are nearly identical, the staggered height of the towers and the different viewpoints from each keep the design from appearing repetitious. Atop the temple, you are engulfed by the silent, enigmatic gaze of those faces, through half-closed eyes, staring out from a remote time in history.

After 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 archaeological site, 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

  • Visit the "Citadel of Women"
  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • Create a memorable souvenir at a social enterprise that re-purposes recycled plastic
  • Visit some of the earliest Angkorian temples of the Roluos Group: Preah Ko, Bakong, and Lolei temples
  • Spend the evening at leisure or join an optional excursion
  • NOTE: JFK schedule may require flying from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh for overnight

Sokha Angkor Resort or similar Breakfast & lunch

Full Day Itinerary
Banteay Srei

This morning's excursion takes you to the "Citadel of Women" of Banteay Srei and Banteay Samré, considered to be the birthplace of Khmer classical architecture. After lunch at a local restaurant, join a group of underprivileged mothers and learn how to make a personal re-purposed souvenir. Receive a warm welcome by the women who are part of a social business that is fighting two massive issues in Cambodia, the circle of poverty and plastic waste. Enthusiastic to show their artistry, these wonderful women are crafting both incredible and colorful products made from recycled plastic. Take the time to craft your own memorable souvenir as you interact with your new friends.

Next, visit 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. The surrounding countryside, with its paddy fields and sugar palm trees is very typical for Cambodia - enjoy the natural beauty and get in touch with rural Cambodia and its friendly people. This evening is at your leisure or join an optional dining tour that visits some of Siem Reap's tastiest restaurants.

NOTE: JFK schedule may require flying from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh for overnight and continuing back to the USA from Phnom Penh on Day 13.

Optional Excursion: Dining for a Cause (purchased locally)

One distinctive feature of the culinary scene in Siem Reap is a selection of restaurants providing culinary arts training to disadvantaged Cambodian youth. Visit a variety of such culinary social enterprises to enjoy some of the finest Khmer cuisine while supporting the education of at-risk youth.

Day 13 Depart Siem Reap/Arrive USA

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

Breakfast

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

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

Amari Phuket or similar Breakfast

Day 11 Phuket

  • Full day at leisure or enjoy an optional excursion

Amari Phuket or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Aerial view of Phuket

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 it, 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.

With warm, humid weather year-round, you'll enjoy plenty of sun-drenched days lounging on the beach and all types of water sports, including jet-skiing, parasailing, surfing, scuba diving 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, octopi 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, hike, mountain bike, and even golf. Afterwards, unwind at one of the many spas or one of the excellent acrobatic, theatrical or cultural shows.

Join an optional tour to the breathtaking Phi Phi Islands. Take a trip by boat and bus to Phang Nga Bay and to the limestone spire known as "James Bond Island" for its role in The Man with the Golden Gun.

Optional Excursion: Day Cruise by June Bahtra (purchased locally)

Departing early this morning, experience the spectacular limestone scenery of Phang Nga Bay onboard the June Bahtra, a traditional Chinese junk bearing designs from Thai, Malay and Dutch influences. Recline on comfortable deck cushions below the schooner’s striking red sails as the scores of beautiful islands and towering limestone spectacles unfold before you. Stopping at a deserted white sandy beach, a refreshing dip in the turquoise waters beckons. Later, a ride on a long-tail boat will take you to the caves and grottoes scattered throughout the mangrove delta, with birdsong and monkey chatter keeping you entertained along the way. At James Bond Island, revel in the views of the iconic rock formation jutting out of the azure bay. Back onboard, enjoy a delicious buffet lunch followed by a leisurely afternoon of swimming, sunbathing and relaxation. Sailing the open sea on this idyllic cruise will definitely make an unforgettable memory. (Lunch included)

Day 12 Phuket

  • Full day at leisure or enjoy an optional excursion

Amari Phuket or similar Breakfast

Optional Excursion: Day Tour of Phi Phi Island by Speedboat (purchased locally)
Crown-of-Thorns Starfish

Departing this morning, escape to a quieter and more natural side of southern Thailand with this day trip from Phuket. Travel by speedboat across the Andaman Sea to the six scenic Phi Phi Islands. The journey to Phi Phi takes around 45 minutes, passing by spectacular limestone karsts that jut out from the blue seas. Sit back and relax, enjoying the views as the boat cruises closer to paradise. 

See stretches of islands that boast swaying palm trees and white sands. There are also calm, clear waters brimming with fish for those who wish to discover Thailand’s underwater beauty. 

During the day, enjoy lunch while taking in sweeping views of the surrounding sea. The afternoon is spent cruising around the Islands, for more chances to snorkel and swim in the Andaman Sea. (Lunch included)

Day 13 Depart Phuket/Arrive USA

  • 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

Breakfast

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.

Hotels

Rembrandt Hotel & Suites

Rembrandt Hotel & Suites
Superior First Class

Rembrandt Hotel is conveniently located in the new, trendy Sukhumvit area of Bangkok. The hotel is within walking distance of Asoke (BTS) as well as Sukhumvit (MRT) public transport stations offering guests access to all major shopping, entertainment and nightlife areas of Bangkok.

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Royal Riverkwai Resort & Spa

Royal Riverkwai Resort & Spa
First Class

The Royal Riverkwai Resort offers a wonderful retreat to relax and unwind from your sightseeing.

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Kantary Hotel Ayutthaya

Kantary Hotel Ayutthaya
First Class

The Kantary Hotel Ayutthaya is conveniently located within easy walking distance of shopping and other amenities, and not far from the old city of Ayutthaya and the Chao Phaya River. The hotel provides some of the most luxurious and modern accommodations in Ayutthaya.

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Sokha Angkor Resort

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Amari Phuket

Amari Phuket
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Hidden on a secluded beach, Amari Phuket offers a prime location in Patong’s southernmost corner surrounded by the Andaman Sea. Less than an hour’s drive from Phuket International Airport, Amari Phuket is conveniently set within a 5-minute walk to Patong Beach while Phuket Town and the island’s popular attractions are also easily accessible from the resort.

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