Treasures of Thailand

Bustling Bangkok, historic Kanchanaburi & ancient Ayutthaya, then explore the wild north in Chiang Rai & the Buddhist temples of Chiang Mai; optional extensions to Angkor Wat & Phuket

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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 October 2019 – May 2020 Group Size 24 travelers max
Themes History & CultureGrand Tours
Activity Level Moderate
What to Expect This moderately-paced, escorted Thailand tour includes a reasonable amount of walking or hiking and requires an average level of physical fitness.
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Package Includes

  • Flights
  • Coach
  • Transfers
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Guides
  • Round trip flights from Los Angeles including fuel surcharges, taxes and fees
  • All intra-Thailand flights and ground transportation
  • 9 nights at superior first-class & deluxe hotels
  • 16 Meals: 9 buffet breakfasts, 4 lunches & 3 dinners, including a farewell dinner
  • Comprehensive touring program including entrance fees
  • Professional English-speaking tour directors and local guides

Optional add-ons

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

Why you'll love it

  • Embark on an unforgettable dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River and indulge in mouth-watering Thai cuisine as you gaze upon the magnificent sights of the Temple of Dawn, the illuminated Grand Palace, and more.
  • Prepare to be awe-struck as you explore Bangkok's number one "must-see" attraction, the Royal Grand Palace, as well as the most revered Buddha image in Thailand, the Emerald Buddha.
  • Travel to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market via a long-tail boat ride and admire the colorful fruits and other vendor stalls along the marketplace.
  • When in Kanchanaburi, step back in time and immerse yourself in Thailand's history as you visit the famous bridge on the River Kwai, World War II cemetery, Hellfire Pass Museum and Memorial Walking Trail.
  • Discover the ancient city of Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and explore the monumental ruins as well as Wat Mahathat, Wat Yai Chaimongkol, and Wat Chaiwattanaram.
  • On your way to Doi Tung, take the time to visit the Hill Tribes of Chiang Rai.
  • Travel to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep temple, one of the most cherished temples in Thailand, and ascend the 309 steps of the Golden Naga staircase to admire its golden pagodas and one of the most sacred stupas.
Treasures of Thailand itinerary

Discover the wonders of Thailand on our new, deluxe Treasures of Thailand vacation package. You'll encounter an ancient, fascinating culture, friendly, welcoming people, gorgeous, peaceful countryside and bustling, modern cities, and the most amazing shopping—unbelievable bargains included! Start your journey in the bustling capital city of Bangkok, and then travel by motor coach to the famous Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, the historic River Kwai and the ancient city of Ayutthaya. Next, you'll fly to Chiang Rai, Thailand's northernmost city, and visit the Hill Tribes of surrounding region. Continue by road to Chiang Mai, the "Rose of the North", where you'll discover ancient temples and mysterious ruins. But don't wait too long to reserve your spot, our groups are small, our prices are exceptional, and space is definitely limited.

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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

Treasures of Thailand
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement
Nov 14, 2019;  Dec 5, 2019;  Feb 6, 2020;  Mar 12, 2020 +$649
All other departures +$599
Angkor Wat Extension
Angkor Wat Extension1 +$999
Cambodia Visa Fee2 (paid separately) +$30
Cambodia Departure Tax3 (paid separately) +$25
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Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement +$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. Fee is paid locally

3. Departure tax is paid locally

Phuket Island Extension
Phuket Island Extension1
Sep 19, 2019;  Oct 17, 2019 +$599
Nov 14, 2019;  Dec 5, 2019;  Apr 23, 2020 +$649
Feb 6, 2020;  Mar 12, 2020 +$699
rooming selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement
Nov 14, 2019;  Dec 5, 2019;  Feb 6, 2020;  Mar 12, 2020 +$299
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.

Transfers for Passengers Booking Land Only
Optional Airport Transfers
Arrival Transfer: Bangkok airport to hotel1 +$36
Departure Transfer: Chiang Mai hotel to airport2 +$20

1. Price is based on a minimum of 2 passengers.

2. Price is 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.

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Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
Los Angeles (LAX)1 included
New York Kennedy (JFK) +$50
San Francisco (SFO) +$50

1. For flights from LAX, upgrades may be available to Premium Economy starting from $1,000 and to Business Class starting from $4,000. For actual prices and availability from this or other cities, please make your request during the reservation process so that our air team can check the availability and provide you with the exact rate for your chosen travel date. Rates and space are subject to availability with the airline, an increased deposit may be required to confirm a seating upgrade.

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

Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA

  • Check-in for your overnight flight to Bangkok, 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

Accommodations: 3 nights COMO Metropolitan, or similar, Bangkok. Included meals: Dinner.

  • Upon arrival in Bangkok, transfer to your hotel for check-in
  • Tonight, experience a lovely dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River

Full Day Itinerary: Today, arrive in Bangkok. After customs formalities, transfer to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

Tonight, experience a romantic evening, Bangkok-style, on a lovely dinner cruise that will take you along the Chao Phraya River, passing the glittering sights of Bangkok. Enjoy sumptuous Thai cuisine as you take in stunning views of the Temple of Dawn, the illuminated Grand Palace, magnificent temples, striking bridges and other landmarks. The cruise offers a perfectly relaxing experience that you will never forget.

Day 4: Bangkok

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • This morning, visit Bangkok's Royal Grand Palace
  • See the mysterious Emerald Buddha and the Reclining Buddha at Wat Po
  • Evening at leisure or optional excursions

Grand PalaceFull Day Itinerary: The morning, visit Bangkok's number one ‘must see' attraction, as well as Thailand's most important landmark: the Royal Grand Palace. Your guide will take you on an in-depth journey through Thailand's history and royal heritage, where you'll be amazed at the grandeur and majesty of the building and its throne halls. This is also where you'll be treated to a special visit to see the mysterious Emerald Buddha, the most revered Buddha image in Thailand. At Wat Po, founded in the 17th century and the oldest temple in Bangkok, you'll view the amazing Reclining Buddha, whose face depicts the attainment of Nirvana and whose feet are inlaid with mother-of-pearl.

The afternoon is at leisure to explore Bangkok on your own, or join other locally available optional excursions.

Optional Excursion: Chinatown Walk, $35 per person (purchased locally). This afternoon, drive to Bangkok's Chinatown where you'll head out on an exciting walk through one of the oldest parts of the city. Walk along Yaowarat Road filled with 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, a busy local market offering a variety of fresh food, fruits, and Chinese herbs. End the walk at Wat Leng Nei Yi to visit the Taoist temple. Then proceed to Wat Trimitr on the edge of Chinatown, which houses the world’s largest solid gold Buddha.

Optional Excursion: Calypso Cabaret Show, $48 per person (purchased locally). 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 its unique setting with a panoramic view of the Chao Phraya River. Afterwards, transfer back to your hotel.

Day 5: Bangkok

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Board a long-tail boat and cruise the peaceful Klong Bang Luang
  • The boat stops at Baan Silapin, a local art gallery
  • Visit the Royal Barge Museum, to see the ceremonial barges of the Royal family
  • Marvel at the Temple of Dawn, also known as Wat Arun
  • Afternoon and evening at leisure or enjoy an optional excursion 

Wat ArunFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast, board a private long-tail boat on the peaceful Klong Bang Luang. Pass by shop houses, local temples and vendors on this waterway which was once a major trading route, and is lined with the impressive homes of aristocrats. After observing this lively area, the boat stops at Baan Silapin, a 100 year old renovated house, now home to an art gallery. Spend some time to enjoy the gallery, take part in an art workshop or explore the local community. En route back to the city, visit the Royal Barge Museum, to see the decorated ceremonial barges of the Royal family. Later, stop at the Temple of Dawn, also known as Wat Arun, on the banks of the Chao Praya River.

The afternoon is at leisure to explore Bangkok on your own, or join a locally available optional excursion.

Note: The Royal Barge Museum will be closed until Nov 5, 2019, and will be replaced by an alternative visit.

Optional Excursion: Visit to Wat Trimitr & Wat Benchamabophit, $48 per person (purchased locally). Enjoy an afternoon tour through the hustle and bustle of Bangkok to visit some of Bangkok’s hidden gems. Visit Wat Trimitr, on the edge of Chinatown, which houses the world’s largest solid 700-year old golden Buddha, and followed by a visit to Wat Benjamabophit, also known as the marble temple featuring a fusion of Thai and European styles.

Optional Excursion: Muay Thai Show, $76 per person (purchased locally). In the evening, transfer to your Muay Thai live Show. Created by acclaimed director Ekachai Uekrongtham, Muay Thai Live: The Legend Lives is a spectacular stage show about the history of Thai boxing, from its origins to present day. The show is presented in five thrilling chapters – The Tiger King, The Prisoner with Eight Limbs, The Warrior with Broken Swords, The Lethal Art of Muay Thai, and The Modern Action Hero. It also includes Muay Thai Live Boxing: Warrior Rising. A unique program that shows how the ancient and sacred art of Muay Thai has evolved into one of the most spectacular martial arts in the world.

Day 6: Bangkok, Damnoen Saduak & Kanchanaburi

Accommodations: 1 night U Inchantree, or similar. Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.

  • Discover the colorful Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
  • Continue to Kanchanaburi and visit the famous bridge on the River Kwai and the World War II cemetery 
  • Visit the Hellfire Pass Museum and walk along the Memorial Walking Trail

Full Day Itinerary: After an early breakfast this morning, depart Bangkok for the famous Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in Ratchaburi Province. Take a boat ride along the canal to see the colorful floating marketplace, bustling with boats and vendors selling tropical fruits and other delights.

Hellfire Pass War Memorial, KanchanaburiThen, continue to Kanchanaburi and visit the famous bridge on the River Kwai and the World War II cemetery. Next, visit the Hellfire Pass Museum before embarking on a short trek through the nearby canyon. The walk is along the Memorial Walking Trail which looks out on to Myanmar. A free audio guide is provided to help re-create the scene, linking the context and location with real life experiences, narrated by POW's while working on the line. This evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Day 7: Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya, Bangkok, & Chiang Rai

Accommodations: 2 nights Imperial River House Resort or similar, Chiang Rai. Included meals: Breakfast & lunch.

  • Depart Kanchanaburi and travel to the ancient city of Ayutthaya
  • Discover the sculpture of a Buddha head woven in tree roots
  • Visit Wat Yai Chaimongkol and see the statue of the Reclining Buddha
  • Conclude the tour at Wat Chaiwattanaram monastery
  • After lunch, return to Bangkok for your flight to Chiang Rai

Wat Chai Watanaram, AyutthayaFull Day Itinerary: After an early breakfast this morning, depart Kanchanaburi and 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. Among the ruins, discover the Wat Mahathat, a sculpture of a Buddha head sticking out of winding tree roots. Visit Wat Yai Chaimongkol, a temple best known for its enormous statue of the Reclining Buddha. Conclude the tour at Wat Chaiwattanaram, a monastery commissioned by King Prasatthong in 1630 in honor of his mother. However, its striking resemblance to Cambodia's famous Angkor Wat has led some to believe that the King also built the wat to commemorate his victory over Cambodia.

After lunch at a local restaurant, return to Bangkok in time for your flight to Chiang Rai. Upon arrival in Chiang Rai, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 8: Chiang Rai

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Embark on a full day tour to visit the Doi Tung region
  • En route visit various hill tribe villages
  • Visit the Mae Fah Luang gardens 
  • In the afternoon, drive to the Golden Triangle, where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos converge
  • Embark on a long-tail boat and see the area from the majestic Mekong River's perspective

Chiang Rai regionFull Day Itinerary: This morning embark on a full day tour to visit the Doi Tung region. En route to Doi Tung, visit various hill tribe villages. In the past, the forest area around Doi Tung was destroyed by shifting cultivation. In 1987, the Doi Tung Development Project was established according to the King's Mother's initiative in order to protect the region, eradicate the cultivation of opium, and encourage farmers to use sustainable agricultural practices. Visit the Mae Fah Luang Garden with its beautiful flowers and shrubbery.

In the afternoon, drive to the Golden Triangle, where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos converge. Visit the ancient kingdom of Chiang Saen on the steep banks of the Mekong River, across from Laos, where you will see magnificent ancient ruins and temples. Then embark on a long-tail boat and see the area from the majestic Mekong River's perspective.

Day 9: Chiang Rai & Chiang Mai

Accommodations: 3 nights Na Nirand or similar, Chiang Mai. Included meals: Breakfast & lunch.

  • Depart from Chiang Rai and continue to Chiang Mai
  • En route visit Wat Rong Khun, the White Temple
  • Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant en route to Chiang Mai
  • Arrive in Chiang Mai late this afternoon 
  • Visit the Borsang Handicraft Village to learn about the work of local artisans
  • Evening at leisure

Chiang MaiFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast at the hotel, depart from Chiang Rai and continue to Chiang Mai, Thailand's second largest city, often called "Rose of the North" because of the abundance of flowers that thrive in its cooler mountain climate. En route visit Wat Rong Khun, also known as the White Temple and one of the must-see sights of the northern region. The temple features unique architecture and amazing drawings. Next, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Arrive in Chiang Mai late this afternoon. Stop by the Borsang Handicraft Village to see a demonstration and learn about the work of local artisans. Afterwards, enjoy your evening at leisure.

Day 10: Chiang Mai

Included meals: Breakfast & lunch.

  • This morning, travel to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, one of the most revered temples in Thailand
  • Enjoy a delicious bowl of Khao Soy, a famous Northern Thai dish
  • Evening at leisure or enjoy an optional cooking class

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Chiang MaiFull Day Itinerary: This morning, travel to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, built in 1384 and one of the most revered temples in Thailand. Climb the 309 steps of the Golden Naga staircase to reach its golden pagodas. Inside the cloister of the temple, you will see one of the most sacred stupas. Walk around the compound and admire the many bells and statues of Buddha. Afterwards, enjoy a delicious bowl of Khao Soy. This famous Northern Thai dish is a combination of coconut cream, crispy noodles and plenty of spice that is sure to delight!

Optional Excursion: Morning Alms Giving, $8 per person (purchased locally). Depart your hotel at 6:00am and arrive at the foothill of Doi Suthep Mountain in time to observe the alms offering to the monks. Join the locals during the daily alms giving ceremony. This is a serene Buddhist procession where dozens of monks walk barefoot through the street collecting food and everyday items for those in need. (Note: Breakfast box available from the hotel)

Optional Excursion: Cooking Class at Baan Hongnual, $38 per person (purchased locally). Join a Thai cooking course at a Lanna-style teak house, Baan Hongnual Cooking School, located in Sarapee District. Learn the art of Thai cooking from master cooks in a typical Thai kitchen. Gather herbs and local vegetables from the garden and prepare them to create various types of mouth-watering dishes.

Day 11: Chiang Mai

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Explore the Palaung, Akha and Lisu hill tribe villages
  • On the way back to Chiang Mai, visit an orchid and butterfly farm
  • Enjoy a farewell dinner with fellow travelers

Full Day Itinerary: Visit the Palaung, Akha and Lisu hill tribe villages. Living separately from the lowland, the hill tribe people retain a different culture and unique way of life. On the way back to Chiang Mai, visit an orchid and butterfly farm. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner.

Day 12: Chiang Mai & Depart Bangkok/ Arrive USA

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Bid farewell to Thailand as you transfer to the airport to board your flight to Bangkok, and then 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 and Phuket Island or both!

*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 added in its place.

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 form Siem Reap to Phnom Penh on Day 14 and overnighting in Phnom Penh; please contact us for details.  

Day 12: Bangkok/Siem Reap, Cambodia

Accommodations: 3 nights Sokha Angkor Resort or similar. 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 13: Angkor Explorations

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • 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

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 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 viewpoint of 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. 

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 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 14: Angkor Explorations

Included meals: Breakfast & lunch.

  • Visit the "Citadel of Women"
  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • Afternoon tour of the Roluos Group: Preah Ko, Bakong, and Lolei temples
  • NOTE: JFK schedule may require flying from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh for overnight

Banteay Srei Full Day Itinerary: 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, 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. 

Note: JFK schedule may require flying from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh for overnight continuing back to the USA from Phnom Penh on Day 15.

Day 15: 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 12: Chiang Mai & Phuket

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

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

Days 13-14: Phuket

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Two full days at leisure on the island or enjoy an optional excursion 

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

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

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

Maya Bay, Ko Phi Phi Ley, location of 'The Beach'Join an optional tour to the breathtaking Phi Phi islands. 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.

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)

Optional Excursion: Day Tour of Phi Phi Island by Speedboat (purchased locally). 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 15: 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

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Amari Phuket

Amari Phuket

Superior First Class

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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Na Nirand Romantic Boutique Resort

Na Nirand Romantic Boutique Resort

Deluxe

Na Nirand Romantic Boutique Resort is a charming hideaway nestled in the heart of Chiang Mai. Legendary stories combined with the history of the area are inspiration behind the creation of this unique resort.

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