Thailand & the Islands (Summer)

14 days starting at $3,336
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  • FLIGHT 1 Night

  • Day 1

    Overnight flight

    Overnight flight
    Board your overnight flight, bound for Asia.
  • BANGKOK 3 NIGHTS

  • Day 2

    Arrive in Bangkok

    Arrive in Bangkok
    Welcome to Bangkok! After clearing customs, you’ll meet your full-time tour director and the rest of your group. Bangkok is known for its fun—people here like to have a good time. Like many big cities in this part of the world, Bangkok is an eclectic mix of ancient and modern, with restaurants, bars, clubs, temples and markets.
  • Day 3

    Sightseeing tour of Bangkok (local guide)

    Welcome Mixer

    Sightseeing tour of Bangkok (local guide)
    Tour the Thai capital with a local guide. Begin with a boat ride on the Chao Phraya River and through the city's many canals. Along the way, stop at the Temple of Dawn, one of Bangkok's most iconic landmarks. Visit the Grand Palace, an enormous compound whose high walls once separated the kings from the commoners. Also go inside the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and see Thailand's most sacred Buddha statue.

    Welcome Mixer
    Get to know your fellow travelers at an authentic local spot over some drinks and light appetizers.
  • Day 4

    Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

    Thai dinner and traditional dances

    Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
    Ride in a speedboat through marshes and past traditional stilt houses all the way to Thailand's famed floating market. Check out the traditional crafts and wares among the market’s barges and waterways. Buy some souvenirs or just soak in the atmosphere of rural Thai life.

    Thai dinner and traditional dances
    Enjoy authentic Thai cuisine and watch dancers perform stories based on classic Thai literature and folktales.
  • PHITSANULOK 1 Night

  • Day 5

    Travel to Phitsanulok via Ayutthaya

    Arrive in Phitsanulok

    Optional Rickshaw Ride and Night Market Tour (extra cost)

    Travel to Phitsanulok via Ayutthaya
    Head to Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one-time capital of Thailand. This was one of the most impressive cities in Asia until it was sacked by the Burmese in 1767. You'll visit the amazing Summer Palace, with its interesting mix of Thai, Chinese and Gothic architecture.

    Arrive in Phitsanulok
    Continue to Phitsanulok. This area is home to Sukhothai national park, full of crumbling ancient temples, and a friendly town that was once the capital of Thailand.

    Optional Rickshaw Ride and Night Market Tour (extra cost)
    Experience the night markets of Phitsanulok from the backseat of a rickshaw. This is a classic Thailand experience that you won’t want to miss.
  • CHIANG MAI 3 NIGHTS

  • Day 6

    Sukhothai Historical Park

    Travel to Chiang Mai via Lampang

    Introduction to Chiang Mai Night Market

    Sukhothai Historical Park
    Visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site, which houses the remains of the royal palace and many Buddhist temples.

    Travel to Chiang Mai via Lampang
    Travel via Lampang to Chiang Mai, Thailand's second-largest city. Chiang Mai is chock full of Buddhist temples (more than 300 in all), and it’s a great place to really get a sense of the Thai culture.

    Introduction to Chiang Mai Night Market
    Your tour director will take you on a quick walk so you can get to know the area.
  • Day 7

    Chiang Dao Elephant Camp and Bamboo Raft Ping River

    Chiang Mai Hill Region

    Optional home hosted dinner (extra cost)

    Chiang Dao Elephant Camp and Bamboo Raft Ping River
    Head into the jungle to get up close and personal with the local jumbo elephants. You’ll have an opportunity to take a ride on their backs, then enjoy a peaceful paddle on a bamboo raft.

    Chiang Mai Hill Region
    Experience the lush and green rural Thailand while visiting several hill tribe villages. Meet the people, learn their history, and understand their culture.

    Optional home hosted dinner (extra cost)
    Enjoy an authentic home-cooked meal in a local family’s home during a rare glimpse into Thai culture. Get to know them personally, while experiencing how their daily life feels, smells, and most importantly, tastes!
  • Day 8

    Doi Suthep Temple

    Monk Chat

    Doi Suthep Temple
    It’s hard to tell which is more beautiful, the view from the temple, or the temple itself. The ornate golden temple is a work of art, and was built on a mountain over 600 years ago. This spot is known to have the best view of Chiang Mai on a clear day.

    Monk Chat
    Head to WatSuanDok, a temple built in the 14th century. After exploring the beautiful, ancient temple, you’ll get a rare glimpse at the inner workings of the monastery life. While most monks take a vow of silence and don’t speak to the public, the monks at WatSuanDok allow small groups of foreign visitors to interact with their students to learn about Buddhism. This will be an open forum where you will get a once-in-a-lifetime look inside this private and peaceful culture.
  • KOH SAMET 3 NIGHTS

  • Day 9

    Travel to Koh Samet

    Travel to Koh Samet
    Travel by flight and ferry to reach the small, picturesque island of Koh Samet. This peaceful island is exactly what you imagine when you think of Thai Islands: crystal clear water, white sandy beaches, and tropical coral reefs.
  • Day 10

    Boat tour of Koh Samet

    Boat tour of Koh Samet
    Spend a day traveling around the small island, exploring the beaches, snorkeling, and feasting on a BBQ lunch.
  • Day 11-12

    Free Days

    Free Days

    Free time suggestions:

    1. Hike the island’s trails that connect the small villages and beaches – find your perfect private cove!
    2. Relax on the beach and work on your tan.
    3. Shop for souvenirs in the local shops.
    4. Experience KohSamet’s beautiful snorkeling, or rent a jet ski for the afternoon.
  • BANGKOK 1 Night

  • Day 13

    Return to Bangkok

    Farewell Dinner

    Return to Bangkok
    Head back to Bangkok for your last day in Thailand.

    Farewell Dinner
    Share some last laughs (and maybe shed a few tears) over a farewell dinner with the group.
  • FLIGHT 1 DAY

  • Day 14

    Fly Home

    Fly home
    It's time to say your goodbyes. Head to the airport for your flight back home.
Build your trip

Washington DC (BWI, IAD, DCA)
 
Departs
Returns
Alerts
05/16/15
05/29/15
-$200
05/30/15
06/12/15
-$200
06/13/15
06/26/15
-$200
06/27/15
07/10/15
-$200
07/11/15
07/24/15
-$200
07/25/15
08/07/15
-$200
08/08/15
08/21/15
-$250
08/15/15
08/28/15
-$200
08/29/15
09/11/15
-$200
09/05/15
09/18/15
-$200
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Accommodations
  • Travel between cities
  • Welcome Mixer
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Night train
  • 3 meals daily days 3-10
  • Breakfast days 11-14
  • Full-time tour director
  • Sightseeing tours
  • Entrance to select attractions
This tour has no optional excursions.
SIGHTS YOU'LL SEE:

Grand Palace

Temple of the Emerald Buddha

Summer Palace

JEATH Museum

CITY GUIDES

Bangkok