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Amazing Thailand

BANGKOK, CHIANG MAI, CHIANG RAI & GOLDEN TRIANGLE

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  • Duration: 14 days
  • Price: from $1,599

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For a limited time only save up to $1000 per couple on our Thailand tours. Reserve by November 16, 2017 to qualify for the early booking discount. Space is limited so please reserve your Thailand vacation package early.

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Itinerary at a glance Tour 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
  • Buddhist Temples (Bangkok)
  • Floating Market (Bangkok)
  • Grand Palace (Bangkok)
  • Wat Mongkol Borpith Statue (Ayutthaya)
  • Elephant Camp (Chiang Mai)
  • Wat Doi Suthep (Chiang Mai)
  • Round-trip airfare from Los Angeles via Air China (add $100 from New York)
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-Thailand flight and ground transportation
  • Accommodations at Superior First Class hotels
  • Full buffet American breakfast daily (B)
  • Welcome dinner in Bangkok (D)
  • Cooking Class with Dinner in Chiang Mai (D)
  • Sightseeing Thailand tours as per itinerary and all transfers
  • Professional English speaking Tour Director throughout
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Guided Tour Pricing

Pricing includes land and airfare

(Land only pricing available upon request)

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Dec 23 Jan 6 ’18 $ 2199 $ 2299 $ 2699
Dec 26* Jan 9 ’18 $ 1999 $ 2099 $ 2499

2018

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Jan 3 Jan 16 $ 1899 $ 1999 $ 2399
Jan 10 Jan 23 $ 1999 $ 2099 $ 2499
Jan 17 Jan 30 $ 1999 $ 2099 $ 2499
Jan 30 Feb 13 $ 1899 $ 1999 $ 2399
Feb 28 Mar 13 $ 1899 $ 1999 $ 2399
Mar 14 Mar 27 $ 1799 $ 1899 $ 2299
Mar 21 Apr 3 $ 1699 $ 1799 $ 2199
Mar 28 Apr 10 $ 1799 $ 1899 $ 2299
Apr 4 Apr 17 $ 1599 $ 1699 $ 2099
Apr 11 Apr 24 $ 1699 $ 1799 $ 2199
Apr 18 May 1 $ 1599 $ 1699 $ 2099
Jul 3* Jul 17 $ 1899 $ 1999 $ 2399
Aug 7 Aug 21 $ 1999 $ 2099 $ 2499
Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $279.
NEW YORK DEPARTURES:
Add $100 from New York (JFK)
BUSINESS CLASS UPGRADE:
Add $3195 from LAX and add $3595 from JFK (note: upgrade only applies to long haul flights to and from Beijing)
*Dec 26 ’17, Jan 30 ’18 & Jul 3 ’18: Please note that these departures will be one day longer (a 15 day tour) due to the flight schedule.
For more information on this Thailand vacation tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:30-5:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.
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Reservations and Payments 
Reservations for vacation packages to Thailand can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable, non-transferable 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 Thailand vacation 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 Thailand tours 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 ($33). 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 Thailand 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. Wienglakor 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 ($32, dinner included). Empress 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 ($32). Tonight, enjoy a classic Thai cooking class and delicious farewell dinner experience with your fellow travelers. Whether you want to try cooking Thai food yourself or not, you’ll surely walk away having enjoyed a delicious meal! (B,D)
Day 13
Chiang Mai/Bangkok.
Final day at leisure for shopping or independent pursuits. Late today, fly back to Bangkok (B)
Day 14
Bangkok/USA.
Connect in Bangkok for your flight home. Your magical Thailand vacation 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. Payment must be made by cash in US dollars only or by credit card (American Express, Visa, or MasterCard). Please note that if you wish to use credit card a service charge (approximately 4%) will be added automatically to the optional tour prices below. 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 ($32 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.

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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

2017: Nov. 1 Air China 2:00pm 8:00am 4:30pm

1:30pm

2017: Nov. 8, Nov. 29
2018: Jan. 3, Jan. 10, Jan. 17
Air China 1:00pm 8:00am 3:30pm

1:30pm

2017: Dec. 23, Dec. 26
2018: Jan. 30
China Eastern 11:55pm 9:00am 11:55pm

1:30pm

2018: Feb. 28 Air China 1:00pm 9:00am 3:30pm

2:30pm

2018: Mar. 14, Mar. 21, Mar. 28, Apr. 4, Apr. 11, Apr. 18 Air China 2:00pm 9:00am 4:30pm

10:30am

2018: Jul. 3, Aug. 7 China Eastern Airlines 11:55pm 10:00am 11:55pm

2:30pm

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 does 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 does not 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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by Mandy S on Blank Business Name
Thailand Love Affair

This trip was a trip of a lifetime from the activities planned, to the people we met, and the landscape we traversed. There is so much beauty to see in each town we visited and so much culture to take in. Our guide Katsarah is a treasure and has a heart for the land and her people and we could not ask for more.

by Sandra Gourdine on Blank Business Name
Best of Spain

Recently returned from Best of Spain, my 4th trip with Smartours. There were 14 in our group and we were there during Semana Santa, Easter Week in Spain., and our guide made sure we had many opportunities to observe the processions. It was a wonderful week! Great hotels in excellent locations and a comfortable A/C bus that moved us from town to town, always stopping every 2 hours. Our tour guide Pao was SUPERB...truly the best tour guide I've ever had! I can't possibly say enough good things about him. We recommend Smartours to all our friends and they have never been disappointed.

by Beth Conwell & Bud Robertson on Blank Business Name
Wonderful & Amazing Thailand

My husband and I spent two of the most wonderful weeks (April 5-18, 2017) touring Thailand with a very nice group of American tourists headed by our terrific tour guide Nok (aka Kanokwan Taewattana). She was really fantastic in taking care of everyone and planning exciting and enchanting excursions and sightseeing spots throughout the journey. We rode on elephants which had to be booked in advance, got us first row seats for the dinner show, visited a Buddha cave, the monkey temple, tiger photo shoots, the Panang Karen long-neck tribe village and helped with great places to shop along the long drives around the country. We were thoroughly amused being there for the Thai New Years celebrations driving through the water splashing/throwing celebrations around Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai. Don't miss going to Thailand if you have the opportunity as it can change your life.

by Mary Hall on Blank Business Name
Beyond Expectations

Thailand was fantastic, above and beyond my expectations. The trip was a dream come true. Our guide, Ketsara Chocksmai, was superb. She shared a wealth of knowledge about Thailand and the places we visited. The country is beautiful, the people are friendly and the food was excellent. The hotels were first class. I can't wait for my next smarTours adventure.

by Suzy Stauffer on Blank Business Name
Outstanding Quality and Value

Outstanding value for our trip to Thailand! We had an excellent tour guide that took care of all the details. He was attentive and kind to everyone in the group. Chianne was also very knowledgable and a great ambassador for his country. We fell in love with Thailand!! We had a full intineary that over and above what we expected. The quality of this tour was excellent. We will take another SmarTour in the near future!

by John nales on Blank Business Name
2 weeks in Thailand!!!

I was part of a group of 20 that booked a 2 week trip to Thailand through SmarTour (we all know each other from Pennsylvania, USA). We landed in Bangkok and traveled north. Without a doubt the trip was AWESOME! I can say that SmarTours puts a fantastic package together, all I needed to do was show up (our Pennsylvania group leader Ling, organized the trip with the SmarTour contact). Chaiyan our tour guide, was excellent: engaging, organized, easy, knowledgeable and funny. After being tethered together with Chaiyan for 2 weeks, it was hard to say goodbye to him at the airport in Chiang Mai. As for Thailand itself, WOW! if you have any hesitations about Thailand, fear not. Thai people understand English and want to help you get around, most signage is in English, the food is off the charts delicious, its safe to walk around, there is a ton of Asian culture that's fascinating and you'll meet plenty of American and Europeans. Thailand is on my list to visit again next year. Next time, I will hang in Bangkok longer and head south to the beaches. People, add Thailand to your travels and book through SmarTours.

by Alexander Johnson on Blank Business Name
Amazing Thailand & Angkor Wat

Thank you Smartours for such an interesting, memorable and well organized
tour. Our tour guide was courteous and professional. His knowledge of the history and culture of Thailand was very extensive. He had a great sense of
humor that made his talks humorous and most interesting. Tan was very attentive to everyone in the group. It was so nice of him to escort us to a store to buy a camera because we had lost ours. I would be amiss if I didn't mention the excellent and helpful bus driver and his assistant. It was also very enjoyable to travel with a such a friendly group of people that were very helpful.
In Cambodia our guide Sith Ross was also very knowledgeable about the history and culture of Cambodia.
Our only concern about the trip was having an hour and a half to make a transfer in Beijing which has a huge international airport. We arrived from New York and we had to transfer for a flight to Bangkok. We almost missed our flight. Fortunately we received transportation to our gate in an electric airport vehicle. Other people on our tour had a similar experience. We realize it was out of Smartours control because of flight changes and airline schedules.
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the tour. We can't wait to take another trip with Smartours. We highly recommend a tour with Smartours.

by Sandra Hennessey on Blank Business Name
Excellent guide

Ketsara was an outstanding guide for our trip Nov 17-29. She worked to make sure that each individual had the experience heshe was looking for. When we expressed an interest in going to Jim Thompson House in Bangkok, she asked if anyone else was interested and took us on the ferry and skytrain on her time off. In Chiang Mai, she arranged for a minivan to take us and several others to a hilltribe village nearby. She went above and beyond in her attention to all members of the tour.

Great tour!

We were nervous due to the low cost, but the tour was a fun, safe, and organized experience. The tour guide was amazing and very helpful.

by Peter Fair on Blank Business Name
After the fact

During the tour I knew it was one of the best tours I'd taken. And I simply adored Ketsara from the moment she greeted us at the airport. But it wasn't until I began to relive the trip through my pictures that I realize how amazing, educational, and fun the tour was.
I am seriously considering doing it again.

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