Amazing Thailand & Phuket Island

BANGKOK, CHIANG MAI, CHIANG RAI, GOLDEN TRIANGLE & PHUKET ISLAND

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  • Duration: 17 days
  • Price: from $2,399
Save up to $1000 per couple!!!

For a limited time only save up to $1000 per couple on this remarkable journey to Thailand and Phuket Island. Reserve by June 5, 2014 to qualify for the early booking discount. Space is limited so please reserve early.

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Itinerary at a glance Highlights Your tour includes
  • 4 nights in Bangkok
  • 1 night in Phitsanulok
  • 1 night in Lampang
  • 2 nights in Chiang Rai
  • 3 nights in Chiang Mai
  • 3 nights in Phuket Island
  • Buddhist Temples (Bangkok)
  • Floating Market (Bangkok)
  • Grand Palace (Bangkok)
  • Wat Mongkol Borpith Statue (Ayutthaya)
  • Elephant Camp (Chiang Mai)
  • Wat Doi Suthep (Chiang Mai)
  • Beautiful Phuket Island
  • “James Bond Island”
  • Round-trip airfare from Los Angeles or New York via Air China or Korean Air (no added charge for New York departure, except for 10/15/14 & 11/5/14 dates add $150)
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-Thailand flights and ground transportation
  • Accommodations at Superior First Class hotels
  • Full buffet American breakfast daily (B)
  • Welcome dinner in Bangkok (D)
  • Sightseeing tours as per itinerary and all transfers
  • Professional English speaking Tour Director in Thailand from day 2 through 13
  • English speaking tour host in Phuket

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Land + Air 
(Land Only Prices Available Upon Request)

Tour cost airfare included

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Oct 15

Oct 31

$ 2499

$ 2599

$ 2999

Nov 5

Nov 21

$ 2599

$ 2699

$ 3099

Nov 19

Dec 5

$ 2599

$ 2699

$ 3099

Dec 25

Jan 10 ’15

$ 2699

$ 2799

$ 3199

2015

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Jan 6

Jan 22

$ 2399

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$ 2899

Feb 10

Feb 26

$ 2599

$ 2699

$ 3099

Mar 3

Mar 19

$ 2499

$ 2599

$ 2999

Mar 31

Apr 16

$ 2499

$ 2599

$ 2999

Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $499.
NEW YORK DEPARTURES:
No additional charge from JFK, except for the 10/15/14 and 11/5/14 dates add $150
Reservations and Payments 
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable deposit (by check) which must be received within 7 days of reservation. Full payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.
Comprehensive Travel Insurance
Trip cancellation and travel insurance are recommended. For complete insurance information, click here

Day 1
Depart USA.
Your exotic journey to Thailand begins as you depart today aboard your wide-body jet.
Day 2
Arrive Bangkok.
Welcome to Thailand, the “Land of Smiles”. Evening arrival in Bangkok, the breathtaking capital. You’ll be met by your Tour Director and escorted to your upscale hotel located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. Menam Riverside Hotel
Day 3
Bangkok.
Special “orientation breakfast”, then embark on an included tour introducing you to some of the outstanding Buddhist temples in Bangkok. Visit Wat Trimitr with its invaluable 5-tons solid gold statue of Buddha and Wat Po, featuring the colossal 150 foot long “Reclining Buddha”. See the White Marble Temple representing the finest example of Thai architecture. Afternoon at leisure or join an optional canal boat ride across the river for a glimpse of local daily life ($30). This evening enjoy a welcome dinner. (B,D) 
Day 4
Bangkok.
Two days at leisure to discover Thailand’s vibrant and exotic capital at your own pace. Your Tour Director can make suggestions for independent exploration. Join an optional excursion to the colorful Damnoen Saduak floating market, reached by a rice barge followed by a visit to Phra Pathom Chedi, the tallest stupa in the world ($45). A tour of the spectacular Grand Palace, former residence of the Kings ($40) is also available. Both tours can be on either days 4 or 5 depending on the departure date. (B) 
Day 5
Bangkok Continued.
Continue to enjoy your independent exploration of one of the world’s greatest cities! (B)
Day 6
Bangkok/Ayutthaya/Phitsanulok.
Over the next few days venture into some of Thailand’s most fascinating regions, rich with culture, history and stunning landscape. In Ayutthaya, the ancient capital, see the giant bronze statue of Wat Mongkol Borpith and the three ancient pagodas at Wat Phra Sri. Continue to Lopburi to view the magnificent stone carvings of Phra Prang Sam Yod as well as the Monkey Temple. Drive via beautiful scenery of rice paddies to Phitsanulok, the gateway to Northern Thailand, visit the Bronze Case Factory and view how Buddha Images are made in an authentic way. Topland Hotel (B)
Day 7
Phitsanulok/Sukhothai/Lampang.
Today travel to Sukhothai to see the famous ruins of this 13th century first capital of Siam. Visit the Textile Museum, a unique private collection. Continue to Sri Satchanalai, the northern outpost town of the Kingdom of Sukhothai, built by King Ramkamhaeng where you’ll visit an ancient Ceramic Kiln before proceeding to Lampang for overnight. Wiang Lakorn Hotel (B)
Day 8
Golden Triangle/Chiang Rai.
Lampang is famous for its narrow streets and traditional horse-drawn carriages. Visit a local paper and ceramic making village. Depart for Phayao, a rural lakeside town and once princely state. Proceed to Chiang Saen, situated on the border with Laos. Enjoy a short boat trip on the Mekong River towards the Golden Triangle – the meeting point of Thailand, Burma and Laos. Visit Mae Sai, the Northern-most point of Thailand, stroll through the colorful local market and shop for Burmese handicrafts before arriving in charming Chiang Rai. Phowadol Resort & Spa (B)
Day 9
Chiang Rai.
Day at leisure. Your hotel is located within easy access to the Mae Kok River. Today join an optional boat trip down the river and visit the fascinating local hilltribe villages, learn about their culture and observe the colorful costumes ($35). (B)
Day 10
Chiang Rai / Chiang Mai.
Morning drive to Chiang Mai, the “Rose of the North.” Your hotel is centrally located within a short walking distance to the renowned night market. Afternoon at leisure. Tonight we suggest an optional “Kantoke Dinner” featuring local specialties as well as breathtaking performance of songs and dances by a local hilltribe dressed in traditional costumes ($35, dinner included). Centara Duang Tawan Hotel (B)
Day 11
Chiang Mai.
Today visit an elephant camp and see a demonstration of the role of the elephant in Thai agriculture, commerce and culture. Later visit an Orchid Farm. Afternoon at leisure to discover the charm and beauty of this ancient city. (B)
Day 12
Chiang Mai.
Morning optional city tour visits Chiang Mai’s most interesting temples as well as fascinating Wat Doi Suthep located high in the mountains ($30). Tonight, why not celebrate with your fellow travelers in an optional farewell dinner at a famous riverside restaurant ($30). (B)
Day 13
Chiang Mai/Phuket
Today fly to Phuket where the balance of the day is at leisure. Your hotel is ideally located at Patong Beach, overlooking the ocean. Novotel Resort (B)
Day 14
Phuket.
Two full days at leisure to relax, shop or tour this scenic island. You may join an optional tour to the beautiful Phi Phi Islands offering breathtaking scenery or an optional excursion by boat and bus to Phang Nha Bay and the famous “James Bond Island.” (B)
Day 15
Phuket.
Continue your leisurely stay on this magnificent island! (B)
Day 16
Phuket/Bangkok.
Final day at leisure for shopping or independent pursuits. Late today, fly back to Bangkok (B)
Day 17
Bangkok/USA.
Connect in Bangkok for your flight home. Your magical journey ends as you arrive the USA later today.

Optionals

To enhance and make your visit to Thailand more complete and memorable, you will be offered several optional tours and cultural/dining evening activities. All rates are approximates in US Dollars and are subject to change based on fluctuation of exchange rates and suppliers rates. Optional tours are subject to a minimum number of participants and may therefore not be offered if this minimum is not met. Some tours may not be available due to holiday schedules, and there may be additional optional tours added for your enjoyment.

Bangkok
Floating Market & Phra Pathom Chedi Tour ($45 per person)
This most interesting full day excursion takes you to the rural floating market of Damneon Saduak, located south of Bangkok. Spend some time in this exotic, colorful and bustling market where you can observe floating merchants hawk their fruits, corps, baskets and weavings. Proceed to Phra Pathom Chedi, the tallest stupa in the world.
Chiang Rai
Mae Kok River Boat Trip & Hilltribe Tour ($35 per person)
An unforgettable and exciting afternoon awaits as you board a longtail boat for a ride up the Mae Kok River. En route visit a temple located in a beautiful cave. Proceed to the Karen Hilltribe village at Baan Ruam Mid for an unforgettable visit. The hilltribe members maintain their own distinct culture, religion, language and colorful style of dress.
Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai Morning City/Temple Tour ($30 per person)
A morning city tour features visits to Chiang Mai’s most interesting temples. The highlight of your tour is a visit to the magnificent Doi Suthep Temple, tucked away in the mountains at 3,500 feet above sea level.
Phuket Island
Full Day Phang Nga Bay & James Bond Island Boat Excursion ($70 per person, lunch included)
This excursion is a “must see” for any visitor to Phuket. You’ll travel by boat to Phang Nga Bay and the famous “James Bond Island”. Travel by boat through majestic scenery surrounded by dramatic limestones. Upon arrival to Ping Gun Island, known as James Bond Island, enjoy free time for swimming and relaxing You may also visit a local village and enjoy a lunch. Return to your hotel by boat late this afternoon. National Park fee is included. 

Trip Preparation

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Your flights from the USA to Thailand and back are on the following airlines with the corresponding schedules.  You are expected to arrive at your departure airport at least 3 1/2 hours before your scheduled departure.

Date

Airline

LAX

JFK

Depart Return Depart Return
Oct. 15 Korean Air 12:30pm 10:00am 2:00pm 11:30am
Nov. 5 Korean Air 11:00am 9:00am 12 noon 10:30am
Nov. 19, Dec. 25, Jan. 6 ’15, Feb. 10 ’15, Mar. 3 ’15 Air China 11:30am 10:30am 3:30pm 10:30am

Mar. 31 ’15

Air China

1:00pm

11:00am

4:30pm

10:30am

Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting domestic flight.  We recommend at least 3 ½ hours.  Please keep in mind that flight schedules are always subject to change.

ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT AND FREQUENT FLYER MILES

Air China and Korean Air do not assign seats in advance. Please note that smarTours is not involved with your seat assignment. It is between you and the airline! Seat assignment can only be arranged upon check-in at the airport. Also, please note that Air China and Korean Air do note give frequent flyer miles for passengers traveling on a group fare and therefore, you will not be able to accrue miles on this trip.

PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION

You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. American citizens do not require a visa for Thailand. If taking the Angkor Wat extension you may obtain visa upon arrival in Cambodia for a cost of US$20 per person. To obtain your visa on arrival you’ll need to present one visa application form per person (attained upon arrival at the airport) and a passport sized photo. Non U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates for current visa requirements to all their travel destinations. You’ll need to mail smarTours one photocopy of your passport with your final payment. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.

TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS

Your airline tickets along with final instructions and additional travel tips will be sent to you 10 – 7 days before the scheduled departure of your tour.  Please make sure to advise us in case your address changes.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, you may wish to consult your personal physician or local public health authorities as to their suggestions.

CLIMATE

You may expect daytime high temperatures ranging from the 80’s and 90’s. Chiang Mai is about 10 degrees cooler.

NON-INCLUDED MEALS AND SIGHTSEEING

The hotels used on this tour have several dining choices from coffee shop to specialty restaurants.  Average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in the coffee shop is about $15 – $20 per meal per person. Optional sightseeing tours and evening activities will be offered and should be reserved and paid for directly to your guide in Thailand. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals. Optional tours can be paid with by credit card or with cash.

CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY

Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards. However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency or U.S. Dollars. Your hotels will be able to exchange for you cash to local currency. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.

BAGGAGE

Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (suitcase maximum 44 pounds) and one carry-on piece. The carry on must not exceed 18” x 10” x 8”. We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.

 

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