Thailand Explorer

Thailand Explorer

  • 12 Days / 10 Nights
  • CODE: RACK
  • From: $2500

Discover the best of Thailand on this unforgettable 12-day tour that uncovers the many facets of this endlessly fascinating country. Dip into the glittering palaces, floating markets, and bustling streets of Bangkok; meet elephants and tribal hill peoples in jungle-bound Chiang Mai—Thailand’s northern capital; and finish with time to rest and recharge surrounded by the white sands and turquoise seas of idyllic Phuket.

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Itinerary at a glance:

DAY 1
USA—Bangkok
DAY 2
Bangkok
DAY 3
Bangkok
DAY 4
Bangkok – Damnoen Saduak- Bangkok
DAY 5
Bangkok – Bang Pa In - Ayutthaya - Bangkok
DAY 6
Bangkok – Chiang Mai
DAY 7
Chiang Mai
DAY 8
Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai - Chiang Mai
DAY 9
Chiang Mai – Phuket
DAY 10
Phuket
DAY 11
Phuket
DAY 12
Phuket – USA
Bangkok (4 nts) Chiang mai (3 nts) Chiang raiPhuket (3 nts)
day
1

USA—Bangkok

Your voyage begins with an international flight from the US to Bangkok, the capital of Thailand


day
2

Bangkok

Meet your tour representative at the airport arrivals hall and transfer to your downtown hotel. Check in for four nights and enjoy the remainder of the day at your own leisure—perhaps recharging at the hotel pool, or diving into the bustling city to discover its enticing restaurants, shops, and markets.


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3

Bangkok

Today enjoy a guided introduction to Bangkok, one of Asia’s most captivating metropolises. Topping the sights is the Grand Palace, a sprawling 18th-century complex of residences and temples that were home to the kings of Siam and Thailand for 150 years. Stroll around the courtyards to view the gilded buildings, including the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, regarded as Thailand’s most sacred Buddhist shrine.  While you’re exploring, stop for a delicious restaurant lunch and then transfer back to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure you enjoy a Welcome Thai set dinner at the local restaurant.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch, Dinner

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4

Bangkok – Damnoen Saduak- Bangkok

This morning, head for Damnoen Saduak, one of Thailand’s most popular floating markets, and a fascinating window into local life. Gaze at lush paddy fields and salt farms en route, and on arrival, ride a boat along noisy canals packed with fruit, vegetable, and handicraft vendors. Spend time here soaking up the atmosphere and browsing for souvenirs and street foods before returning to Bangkok after lunch and getting more time to spend as you wish.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch

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5

Bangkok – Bang Pa In - Ayutthaya - Bangkok

After breakfast, leave Bangkok and venture north to UNESCO-listed Ayutthaya, where a cluster of ruined temples, stupas, and monasteries mark what was once the medieval capital of Siam. Stroll the ruins, set on an island formed by three rivers—and stop, too, to see Bang Pa-in, a palace and garden complex that was once a summer retreat of Siam’s kings and their consorts. Admire the glittering, Thai-style lake pavilion with its multi-colored tiled roof, spires, and porches; and view the other ornate European-and Chinese-style halls that sprinkle the picturesque lawns. Having explored both Ayutthaya and Bang Pa-in, step aboard a modern riverboat and relax as you cruise back to Bangkok along the Chao Phraya river, enjoying the views and a delicious buffet lunch served on board as you sail. This evening is yours to enjoy as you wish.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch

accommodation:

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6

Bangkok – Chiang Mai

This morning, check out of your Bangkok hotel and transfer to the airport for your short flight to Chiang Mai, often dubbed Thailand’s ‘Rose of the North.’ Surrounded by lush mountains, this history-steeped city was the capital of the independent Lanna kingdom until the mid-16th century and is rich in attractions, from Buddhist temples and national parks to tribal hill villages . Pay a visit to Chiang Mai’s premier attraction: the Buddhist Temple of Wat Doi Suthep. Crowning the top of Doi Suthep mountain, this revered and lavishly decorative shrine has 14th-century origins and is one of Thailand’s most important places of worship. After checking in at your hotel, sit down to a Welcome “Khantoke” dinner—where a selection of small dishes are served together on a pedestal tray— and a cultural show at a local restaurant.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Special Dinner

accommodation:

★★★★★
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7

Chiang Mai

Relax over breakfast before journeying into Chiang Mai’s mountains to visit the Mae Rim Elephant Sanctuary, a jungle camp dedicated to the welfare of rescued elephants. Observe these magnificent animals as they’re fed and walked in the forest, and learn where they came from and how they’re cared for. Following lunch at a local restaurant, visit two tribal villages—homes to the Big Earring and Long Neck Karen community whose women wear spiral neck rings—and shop for handicrafts as you learn about their ancient cultures. After returning to Chiang Mai, enjoy the remainder of the day as you please.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch

accommodation:

★★★★★
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8

Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai - Chiang Mai

Start early in the morning to board the vehicle to Chiang Rai.  Enroute a short stop at Mae Khachan Hot Spring. Upon arrival, explore the famous  Wat Rong Khun, also known as The White Temple, designed by the renowned local artist Chalermchai Kositpipat. Stop at The magnificent Blue Temple ( Wat Rong Seur Ten). After lunch at the local restaurant, continue to the Golden Triangle area to see the Thailand, Laos and Myanmar borders from the Golden Triangle viewpoint. Back to Chiang Mai late in the afternoon.
 


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch

accommodation:

★★★★★
day
9

Chiang Mai – Phuket

Meet your tour guide after breakfast and travel to the airport for your flight to the island of Phuket, in south Thailand. Basking in the Andaman Sea, this gorgeous gem is famous for its rainforest-coated interior and palm-lined beaches fringed by luxury hotels and seaside resorts. After a transfer to your hotel, enjoy free time this afternoon to unwind in the island’s idyllic surroundings.


Included: Breakfast at hotel

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10

Phuket

After breakfast, set off on a full-day tour to Phang Nga Bay in the north of the Strait of Malacca and one of southern Thailand’s most photogenic areas. Begin at Phang Nga province to see its Buddha Cave Temple (Suwannakuha), nicknamed the “Monkey Temple” for its colonies of monkeys; and then visit the Ao Phang Nga National Park for a longtail boat ride across its green waters famous for their 40 limestone karsts, evergreen mangroves, caves, and cliffs. Soak in the bay’s beauty from your boat and sail by “James Bond Island,” a limestone pinnacle that featured in the movie “The Man with the Golden Gun.” After lunch at a stilted Sea Gypsy village, return to Phuket. This evening, dinner is served at your hotel.


Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch, Dinner at hotel

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11

Phuket

Today is yours to spend any way you wish—either lazing by the pool or enjoying independent shopping and sightseeing. You may want to consider an optional day trip to the Phi Phi Islands—an archipelago of paradise-like islets, a short speedboat ride away across the Andaman Sea. Cruise to several of these astonishingly beautiful gems to see their exquisite bays, forested rock pinnacles, powder-white shores and nodding palms, and to swim and snorkel in their fish-filled, aquamarine waters.


Included: Breakfast at hotel

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12

Phuket – USA

Today brings your vacation in Thailand to a close with a transfer to the airport and your outbound flight back to the USA.


Included: Breakfast at hotel

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What's included

Roundtrip airport transfers upon arrival and departure (with purchase of a Land & Air Package)

Daily breakfast at hotel, 6 lunches and 2 dinners at the hotel or a local restaurant

Thailand domestic air tickets from Bangkok - Chiang Mai and Chiang Mai - Phuket

Experienced English-speaking local guides

Comfortable air-conditioned tour coach with professional service of drivers

All entrance fees to featured historical sites, attractions and monuments as shown in itinerary

Guaranteed departure with a minimum of 4 guests

Upgrade to Private Tour

Private tour for 2-3 Passengers: Additional $300 per person

Enjoy a private tour for 4 or more guests at no additional cost. Please Contact Us for availability and to make a reservation. 

Bangkok: Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok or Similar

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

A flagship hotel in the midst of downtown Bangkok, this stand-out 5-star establishment is synonymous with refined luxury. Guests are treated to the finest pleasures in life: luxurious rooms and suites, gourmet cuisine and fine wines, and the height of personalized service. Grand Club Room / 430.5 sq ft Grand Club Rooms are sumptuously dressed in contemporary fashion with touches of traditional Thai design. Guests receive full access to the Grand Lounge with privileges of breakfast, evening cocktails, and personalized concierge service.

Chiang Mai: Melia Chiang Mai or Similar

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

In the heart of beautiful Chiang Mai, this elegant refuge with an oriental ambience also provides all the comforts required by global travellers. An oasis of calm with splendid, carefully designed rooms, perfectly in tune with the exotic charm of this vibrant city. A perfect place to rest on your holiday or business trip and savour Spanish influences in mystical Thailand. Located next to the River Ping, Meliá Chiang Mai provides spacious rooms in which to rest after visiting the lively local markets and Buddhist temples. 

Phuket: Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket or similar

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

A luxurious beachfront retreat in one of Thailand’s most beloved island destinations, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket combines elegant Thai heritage with gracious hospitality. Set on the white sands of Bang Tao beach, the hotel is surrounded by lush gardens, overlooking the glittering Andaman Ocean.

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