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Amazing Thailand

BANGKOK, CHIANG MAI, CHIANG RAI & GOLDEN TRIANGLE

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  • Duration: 14 days
  • Price: from $1,799

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For a limited time only save up to $1000 per couple on our Thailand tours. Reserve by July 31, 2018 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 or China Eastern Airlines (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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Aug 7* Aug 21 $ 1999 $ 2099 $ 2499
Oct 17 Oct 30 $ 1899 $ 1999 $ 2399
Oct 31 Nov 13 $ 1799 $ 1899 $ 2299
Nov 7 Nov 20 $ 1899 $ 1999 $ 2399
Nov 28 Dec 11 $ 1799 $ 1899 $ 2299
Dec 22* Jan 5 ’19 $ 1999 $ 2099 $ 2499
Dec 25* Jan 8 ’19 $ 1999 $ 2099 $ 2499

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Jan 2 Jan 15 $ 1899 $ 1999 $ 2299
Jan 15* Jan 29 $ 1899 $ 1999 $ 2499
Jan 29* Feb 12 $ 1899 $ 1999 $ 2399
Feb 12* Feb 26 $ 1899 $ 1999 $ 2399
Feb 27 Mar 12 $ 1899 $ 1999 $ 2399
Mar 13 Mar 26 $ 1899 $ 1999 $ 2399
Mar 27 Apr 9 $ 1799 $ 1899 $ 2299
Apr 3 Apr 16 $ 1799 $ 1899 $ 2299
Apr 16* Apr 30 $ 1799 $ 1899 $ 2299
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)
*Aug 7, Dec 22, Dec 25, Jan. 15, Jan. 29, Feb. 12, Apr. 16: 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.
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. Note that optional tours are non-refundable.

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

2018: Aug. 7
2019: Apr. 16
China Eastern Airlines 11:55pm 10:00am 11:55pm

2:30pm

2018: Oct. 17 Air China 2:00pm 12:00nn 4:30pm

2:30pm

2018: Oct. 31, Nov. 7, Nov. 28
2019: Jan. 2
Air China 1:00pm 11:00am 3:30pm

1:30pm

2018: Dec. 22 China Eastern Airlines 11:55pm 9:00am 11:55pm

1:30pm

2018: Dec. 25
2019: Jan. 15, Jan. 29, Feb. 12
China Eastern Airlines 11:55pm 10:00am 11:55pm

1:30pm

2019: Feb. 27, Mar. 13, Mar. 27 Air China 1:00pm 9:00am 3:30pm 2:30pm
2019: Apr. 3 Air China 2:00pm 9:00am 4:30pm 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 and China Eastern Airlines do 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 Aurora Flores-Wolsky on Blank Business Name
Grazie mille, Sergio!

Our Tour Director, Sergio Lucato, made our trip to Italy this summer of 2018 a very wonderful memorable experience. Sergio made it his mission to take care of our group like we were family. This was my first trip with smarTours and will definitely not be my last.

by Beth and Stan Teich on Blank Business Name
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We were on the same Amazing Thailand tour that Barbara Burke wrote about. She is 100% and more correct when she wrote about how wonderful and amazing Ketsara is. While Ketsara’s official title is tour director, she is that but so much more. She infuses her love and pride of Thailand in such a remarkable way leaving every person with a deep, fulfilling and spiritual experience every day of the trip. Ketsara shares with you her deep knowledge of Thai culture and history, her love of people, and Buddhism and leaves one wanting more. We are forever grateful to Ketsara for allowing us to love Thailand (and her) and to think of our trip daily as a life changing journey we will carry in our hearts always.

by Mercedes Solano on Blank Business Name
Excelente

We took your Thailand tour on April 2018. It was an excellent trip, and we enjoy your beautiful Thailand and, it´s beautiful people.
Noc, our tour guide took excellent care of us. She added her personal touch to all the attractions and places we went. Everybody in our group, became very fond for her. We think that you should know, that professionals Noc, are an asset to your operations. Cordially, Hector Hernandez and Mercedes Solano

by Ann Holstein on Blank Business Name
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Nook was an amazing guide. She went out of her way to guide us to where to dine, which markets to attend, and many additional sites to visit. She handled a few difficult travelers to keep our program very positive. I would recommend this to anyone planning to visit Thailand.

Amazing Thailand

Thailand was amazing (April 18 -May 1 2018), but our tour guide Nok (aka Kanokwan Taewattana) was fantastic. She is caring, knowledgeable, fun, and just a pleasure to be around. The best tour guide of all my travels. The food was incredible, the people super nice, and the temples out of this world. Can't wait to go back! Thank you Nok!

by Barbara’s Burke on Blank Business Name
Amazing Thailand

After reading other reviews on the Amazing Thailand trip, I feel the trip should be renamed the Amazing Ketsara trip, When I think of words to describe my experience so many words comes to mind, outstanding, spectacular, remarkable, exciting and unblemished. I have been on many tours but I can say that by far this is the most remarkable trip to date. Thanks to Ketsara our tour was not only special it was also very spiritual.. Thank you Smartours for hiring Ketsara, by the time our trip was over we was more than people that met on a trip, we became a part of Ketsara’s family.

by Paul Dayton on Blank Business Name
Best tour of my long life!

By Paul Dayton

I preface my remarks confessing that I am grumpy and hypercritical, but you could not chisel the smile of my face every minute of this tour. This was by far the best tour I have ever taken. As with the others praising Ketsara, I assert that on a scale of 1-10, she is a full 20! She is proud of her country and her culture and she went into this business from a background in education because she wants to teach visitors about the really big perspective of the history of Thailand as well as the cultural and natural history aspects that she presented so well. But she also taught us about all sorts of interesting crafts and let us to many fascinating markets. She is an absolute gem! We enjoyed several boat rides and a wonderful introduction to elephants. I urge readers to take advantage of all the extra opportunities because Ketsara orchestrates and oversees all of those as well.

In addition to Ketsara, I am anxious to praise the bus driver and attendant. One worries about safety and simply getting lost, but our driver was truly an excellent professional and very safe driver and the attendant was always there with a huge smile, a cold drink and wash cloth. We were truly babied on every stop. Our group ranged from old grumps like me to very active and enthusiastic kids; some of us wandered off and lagged behind, yet the guides never lost track of us and somehow managed to keep to a schedule.

Finally, past groups as well as our group had problems with Air China and we found that Smartours was perfectly willing to let us book our own flights which in our case anyway were about the same price as Air China.

by Nancy Sing-Bock on Blank Business Name
Beyond Amazing Trip!

We just returned from the "Amazing Thailand" trip. It was beyond amazing for so many reasons: Ketsara, our guide was absolutely extraordinary. She is passionate about her job. She shared her incredible knowledge about the history, culture, and customs no matter where we went to. On the last day that was a free day, she even volunteered willingly to accompany 5 of us on a tut tut ride to further explore Chang Mai and do last minute shopping. We loved all the places we visited. The Thai people were so welcoming and friendly. The group of people in the tour was great. We all got along very well. All the hotels were fantastic. We loved the bus driver and his wife assistant who also took care of our every need. It was a very memorable trip and I look forward to traveling again with Smartours. This is my second trip with them. I highly recommend them for the low costs, expert guide, well rounded tour, accommodations and adventures/educational experiences with them.

by Natasha on Blank Business Name
It was AMAZING

Ketsara is the reason this trip was 10/10. She went above and beyond constantly. This tour was both educational and fun with a little downtime (there is downtime if you decide not to go on the optional tours, which I highly suggest you shouldn't miss many of them). Katsara gave an us a wonderful adventure of incredible people and beautiful places. The only issue was Air China. Horrible. They wouldn't even sit me next to my family. Smart Tours, can you help fix that problem? Anyway...already looking forward to another Smart Tours trip!

by Violet Ramos on Blank Business Name

The trip to Thailand was awesome! What a wonderful Experience. Ketsara our tour guide is so caring and made us feel Ike family. Ketsara was very knowledgeable and loves her country. It was so educatonal and interesting. The tours were also great. We had a wonderful time!

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