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Thailand Highlights Tour

Number of days: 8

Price from: 00$

Tour Type: Private Tour

Departure: Daily

Start from: Bangkok or any other city

Highlights: Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Kanchanaburi, Phuket & Koh Phi Phi

Jade statues shimmer in the bright lights, golden temples offer lustrous history, and immaculate beaches glow three shades of blue. Witness ornate boats ridden by kings on this custom tailored tour in and around Bangkok and Phuket. From the Chao Phraya River to the famed Buddha within the tree, the Big Buddha overlooking the ocean to the remarkable school of fish swimming beneath the sea, explore the luxurious diversity of Thailand set within its history, along its cityscape, and beside its shores.

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  • TRIP HIGHLIGHTS 
    Discover the majesty of the Grand Palace and stunning Jade Buddha at the heart of Bangkok 
    Witness the wonderful history marked in the temples in Ayutthaya, the capital city of the empire of Siam 
    Walk along the path of a historic railway as you learn about the Second World War’s effect on Thailand in Kanchanaburi
    Experience the luscious beaches of Phuket 
    Visit the powder sands of Maya Bay where Leonardo Dicaprio’s The Beach was filmed 

    ACTIVITIES 
    Architecture Tours / Cultural Activities / History & Archaeology Tours / Landmarks / Monument / Memorial / Gourmet Dining / Beaches / Walking Tours / Ecotourism / Hiking / National Park / Reserve / Nature / Outdoor Adventures

    TRIP AT A GLANCE 

    Day 1: Arrive in Bangkok, Thailand 

    Day 2: Discover the Grand Palace and Sensational Temples of Bangkok 

    Day 3: Cruise along the River to find the Fabulous Capital of Siam, Ayutthaya

    Day 4: Explore Kanchanaburi and Famous Bridge of River Kwai 

    Day 5: Transfer to Phuket, Thailand

    Day 6: Revel along the Sensational Waters of Phuket

    Day 7: Traverse the Ocean to see the Beauty of Koh Phi Phi

    Day 8: Depart for Home

    TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

    - Discover the majesty of the Grand Palace and stunning Jade Buddha at the heart of Bangkok

    - Witness the wonderful history marked in the temples in Ayutthaya, the capital city of the empire of Siam

    - Walk along the path of a historic railway as you learn about the Second World War’s effect on Thailand in Kanchanaburi

    - Experience the luscious beaches of Phuket

    - Visit the powder sands of Maya Bay where Leonardo Dicaprio’s The Beach was filmed


    ACTIVITIES

    Architecture Tours / Cultural Activities / History & Archaeology Tours / Landmarks / Monument / Memorial / Gourmet Dining / Beaches / Walking Tours / Ecotourism / Hiking / National Park / Reserve / Nature / Outdoor Adventures


    TRIP AT A GLANCE


    Day 1: Arrive in Bangkok, Thailand


    Day 2: Discover the Grand Palace and Sensational Temples of Bangkok


    Day 3: Cruise along the River to find the Fabulous Capital of Siam, Ayutthaya


    Day 4: Explore Kanchanaburi and Famous Bridge of River Kwai


    Day 5: Transfer to Phuket


    Day 6: Revel along the Sensational Waters of Phuket


    Day 7: Traverse the Ocean to see the Beauty of Koh Phi Phi


    Day 8: Depart for Home


    Include: 

    - Hotel's accommodation with daily breakfast bases on twin/double sharing

    - Meals as mentioned in the itinerary 

    - Transportation by private vehicle with A/C

    - Internal flights (Economic Class)

    - Boat trips as per programs

    - Tours with Local English speaking tour guides

    - All entrance fees and permits where applicable

    Exclude:

    - Meals that not mentioned in the program

    - Travel insurance

    - Thailand visa (if applicable)

    - International flight and departure tax

    - Tipping, drinks and other personal expenses

  • Day 1: Arrive in Bangkok, Thailand
    Arrive in the capital of Thailand, Bangkok, where the cityscape reaches both upward and outward, creating the country’s largest metropolis. The charm of the city is hidden beneath the shade of trees and around the gilded spires of temples that continue to grace the city in the best of ways. The bustle of the city is part of its elegance. The speed works with the people, almost as if every person has a part to play, knowing where they are supposed to be at any moment, giving a sense of choreography to the mayhem. The streets are filled with the scent of fresh noodles and decadent fried chicken, where sweet, sour, and spicy come together for an unforgettable combination. Your time in the grandeur of Bangkok has just begun, but you can already see its splendor underneath the banyan trees, within the smiles of shop owners, and definitely within the alluring aromas of the unparalleled cuisine. 

    What’s Included: transfer, accommodation

    Day 2: Discover the Grand Palace and Sensational Temples of Bangkok
    Set along the waterway of the Chao Phraya River, the Grand Palace is a spectacle to experience. Where once the river was the main source of transport, the palace has an opulent posture set against the lapping water on the riverbanks. Built in the latter half of the 18th century, the palace continues to be a symbol of the king, though it is now used largely for ceremonial purposes. Within the palace complex are sensational temples that house some of the most well-preserved and coveted Buddhist artifacts, including Wat Phra Kaew, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. 

    The structure is raised on a series of platforms, giving height and grandeur to the golden building. The balcony walls are decorated with sensational murals telling the story of the Ramayana, epic in its entirety. The statues that guard the temple are over 15 feet tall, each an ornately carved and. The spicy aroma of incense surrounds the interior. The Buddha is spotlighted, giving him green glow beneath golden robes. His cloaks are changed seasonally by the king in a ritual that brings good fortune to Thailand. There is peacefulness within the temple, filled with the quiet of visitors and the awe of pilgrims that makes a visit worthwhile. 

    What’s Included: breakfast, lunch, tour, accommodation

    Day 3: Cruise along the River to find the Fabulous Capital of Siam, Ayutthaya
    After breakfast you will venture outside of the metropolis to the fabulous city of Ayutthaya, the once storied capital of Siam. The history of the city spans over four-centuries, all writ in the remains of the fabulous temples that continue to tower over bits of the city and the jungle commanding respect and reverence amongst all visitors. Wat Mahathat is over 600 years old and was once the home to the Supreme Patriarch leader of the Thai Buddhist monks. The manicured grass gives a manufactured structure to the sandstone, where the colors of the ruins shift from white to deep brown stone and back again. The Temple of the Great Relics, as it is called in English, continues to inspire with the elegance of its remains. 

    A Buddha sculpture proudly sits on a platform, legs crossed, and hands placed by his knees. A large swath of yellow cloth is draped across his body as he is forever poised in the moment of enlightenment. A large tree has its roots dangling and tangling out of the ground; it looks as though the tree’s trunk is made of a collection of vines. Look deeper within the tangle and you can see the famed Buddha Head hidden within the niches of the tree. No one is certain how the head became wrapped up in the vines but, as Buddha’s slight smile peers at you from within the dangling roots, there is an ease to the moment, where the sun dimmer, the shade feels cooler, and the world offers you a moment to take a deep breath. You will return to Bangkok in the late afternoon with the calm and wonder of Ayutthaya echoing in your thoughts. 

    What’s Included: breakfast, lunch, tour, accommodation

    Day 4: Explore Kanchanaburi and Famous Bridge of River Kwai
    The early morning brings with it the lusciousness of creamy coconut and fresh squeezed orange juice. After breakfast you will once again venture outside of Bangkok to the riverside town of Kanchanaburi, known as the filming location for the movie, The Bridge on the River Kwai. The bridge was built by prisoners of war during World War II, overseen by the Japanese, and meant to stretch 250 miles from Ban Pong, Thailand to Thanbyuzayat, Burma.  The Thailand-Burma Railway Museum is an interactive museum filled with photos and first hand accounts from actual POWs during the war. The interior of the museum is immaculate, with black and white photos documenting the tracks, the officers in charge, and the conditions of the camp. Follow your guide out of the museum and onto a stretch of tracks that hug the mountainside. The air is warm and scented with granite and steel. You can walk along a short stretch of the railway, where the tracks are clear, and the experience of walking through the modern history sends tingles down your spine. Back in town you will be able to step onto the actual bridge depicted in the movie, overlooking the Mekong River, where the gentle trickle of the water settles the history. 

    What’s Included: breakfast, lunch, tour, accommodation

    Day 5: Transfer to Phuket, Thailand
    Today you will venture away from the metropolis of Bangkok and transfer to the stunning island of Phuket. Off of the western shores of the mainland are the sensationally clear waters of Phuket, where history adds elegance to the island paradise. Old Phuket Town stands like a beacon of a colonial past where cultures and beauty decorate the shores, from Portuguese mansions to Chinese tradition. There is an essence of classic architecture beneath the rise of palm trees and within the calm rush of waves on the immaculate beach. No matter where you are on Phuket you are never far from majesty, whether next to the cool, clear ocean, within the hills by the Big Buddha, or strolling through Old Town between the tailors and candy shops, art galleries and Chinese noodle shops. 

    What’s Included: breakfast, transfer, accommodation

    Day 6: Revel along the Sensational Waters of Phuket
    The grandeur of the island is yours to explore today at your whim and pleasure. The morning sun bounces off of the water with the glint of crystal. For a fantastic view of the entire island you can visit Big Buddha in Chalong, whose white frame towers over Phuket on the island’s highest summit. The large image rises over Nakkerd Hill, standing over 135 feet tall, and is considered a welcome sign for those out to sea.  The sweeping vistas of Phuket offer an overwhelming panorama of Phuket Town, where the Portuguese mansions shine beneath the trees, the ocean waves are vibrant and lively throughout the island, and the distinctive reach of jungle mixes with the sapphire horizon. 

    In the afternoon you can venture to Wat Chalong, where Poh Than Jao Wat, one of the most important Buddhist statues in Phuket, is housed. In the most westerly hall of the temple you can find two statues of old men, representations of an old local who continued to win lotteries after being blessed by the Poh Than Jao Wat statue. The Grand Pagoda dominates the temple, decorated with wall paintings that depict the Buddha’s life story. The air is breezy and cool and the temple is famed for housing a splinter of Buddha’s bone. There is an ease and softness to the temple giving you a pleasant urge to continue to the water and watch the quiet reaches of the sunset. 

    What’s Included: breakfast, accommodation

    Day 7: Traverse the Ocean to see the Beauty of Koh Phi Phi
    Today you will embark on a journey away from the luster of Phuket that will take you to the diverse and alluring waters of the Phi Phi Islands. Climb aboard a speedboat to begin your exceptional day where six islands comprise the archipelago only 45 minutes away. The wind whips through your hair as the mist sprays against your cheeks. The water is three shades of blue, ranging from nearly clear to sapphire, sitting beneath the rising green of the jungle island. With many shores to visit, you first step along the sands of Monkey Beach where the primates hide within the trees and lurk within the branches. Over the years they have become less shy and coarser, scouring for food within the visitors. The long-tailed macaque monkeys are dark gray with faces like sour men, and they reach for bananas or chocolate, taking their treasures and jumping nimbly onto the rocks, scared of the surf.

    Along the shores of Koh Phi Phi Leh you can see the familiar beach that was home to Leonardo Dicaprio in the film The Beach. Enter into Maya Bay where the limestone karsts are bright and majestic, capturing your imagination and making you wonder if you may be dreaming. The natural beauty is unparalleled, from the clear water that allows you to see to the ocean floor to the rising precipices that are capped with stellar greenery, and powdery white sands that make the beach nothing but inviting. The beach faces the entrance of the bay where you can dive into the water and watch the colorful fish swim in huddled schools. The vibrant hues beneath the sea rival the effervescence above the surface. Eventually you will carry on to the outlying shores of other islands before returning to Bangkok, but within the pristine waters of Maya Bay, with the karsts above and wondrous life below, you know that the moment is perfect. 

    What’s Included: breakfast, lunch, tour, accommodation

    Day 8: Depart for Home
    The opulent beauty of the island continues to glisten in the morning sun giving you one last look at the magnificent beauty of Phuket and Thailand before arriving at the airport. Your flight will have you home in almost no time, filled with the majestic memories of your time within the fabulous cities and grand waters of Southeast Asia. Home is filled with comfort and familiarity, but you have trouble remembering a time before Thailand that has ever been more luxurious. 

  • Categories of Accommodation


    Value:

    With basic hotels and simple accommodation, this is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel. We would normally accommodate your in these in remote areas.


    Standard:

    Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant. Sometimes these are a good affordable choice in cities where accommodation is very expensive, but where being centrally located is a prime consideration.


    Superior:

    Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre. This is the 'classic' hotel standard we use on most of our group based tours.


    Deluxe:

    Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care. India and Southeast Asia have a fabulous array of top notch 5-star properties.


    Luxury:

    Luxury accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

  • PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS FOR THAILAND 

    American and Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the intended return date in order to enter and depart the country. The traveler must also have empty pages and proof of confirmed air tickets for return or onward travel within 30 days. In addition, each traveler is responsible for ensuring that his/her passport is up to date. Citizens of other nationalities should check with respective authorities before departure.

    Please make a photocopy of your passport’s identification page and keep it separate from your original. It’s also a good idea to leave a digital copy with someone at home. This may speed up the replacement process should you lose your passport. Please ensure that the name on your passport matches all travel documents we have issued. If this is not the case, please contact us immediately. Never leave your passport as collateral when renting a motorcycle, snorkels and fins, Skidoos or other equipment.


    VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR THAILAND

    American and Canadian citizens and those from most European nations do not need a visa to enter Thailand if they can show evidence of onward or return travel within 30 days. Please note that if you are staying longer than this, obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is recommended that you check with a Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate General for the most up- to-date information.


    INSURANCE RECOMMENDATIONS

    Cancelation and Medical Insurance is highly recommended as it can safeguard against the expenses associated with in-country medical emergencies, lost or delayed baggage and emergency cancelation or interruption of your trip. Please ensure your policy will provide you with upfront medical coverage so that you are not responsible for a hefty medical bill. 

    MEDICATION REQUIREMENTS

    If there are any medical items essential to your health, such as prescription drugs or corrective eye wear, bring duplicates and divide them between your checked bags and hand luggage. While non-prescription drugs such as aspirin are generally available, it is difficult to replace prescription items.

    Other recommended Items:

    • Sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher), after-sun lotion, lip balm, wide brimmed hat, sunglasses
    • Insect repellent with a high concentration of DEET (at least 30 percent)
    • Basic medicine kit (painkillers, band-aids, antiseptic cream, etc.)
    • Digestive aids such as Imodium, Pepto-Bismol; re-hydration salts and anti-diarrhea preparations.
    • Hydrocortisone tablets or cream for allergic skin reactions and bites
    • Anti-nausea tablets if you suffer from motion sickness

    WEATHER, SEASONS AND CLIMATE IN THAILAND

    Thailand has a tropical climate, typical of the country’s location just 15 degrees north of the equator. The weather is generally hot and humid and can be divided into three seasons: hot, rainy, and cool, though Thailand’s geography allows you to find pleasant weather somewhere at any time of the year. Temperatures typically range from 19 C° to 38 C° degrees C° (66 F°-100 F°). For up-to-date forecasts, check www.weather.com.

    ELECTRICITY, PHONE AND INTERNET IN THAILAND

    Electricity is 220 volts, 50 HZ. Outlets generally feature flat, two pronged plugs, though some feature holes for round plug ends. It is useful to bring a two- to three-prong adapter for notebook computers.

    Phone: Roaming charges vary between carriers, but tend to be quite costly. Consult your phone provider prior to departure to discuss overseas rates and international package options. It is also possible to purchase a SIM card locally to avoid international charges. You should check to see that your cell phone is SIM card compatible. Or, purchase a temporary mobile phone for use in Thailand.

    Internet: You’ll find Internet cafés and wireless access in almost all regions, including the islands.


    CURRENCY IN THAILAND

    The currency is the Thai Baht. Notes come in denominations of 1000, 500, 100, 50, 20 and 10 with satang coins as 50, 25, 10, 5, 2, and 1 satang. Note: It is important to pay with new bills featuring anti-counterfeit features (2006 and younger) as old bills may not be accepted.

    Generally speaking, we advise bringing about $75 U.S. per day, per person, for spending money including tips. Be sure to bring lots of small bills for porters, wait staff and housekeeping (not obligatory and based on your satisfaction).


    QUICK FACTS

    Capital: Bangkok

    Language: The official language is Thai, although English is spoken widely, especially in tourist areas

    Currency: The currency is the Thai Baht, divided into 100 satang. Notes come in denominations of 1000, 500, 100, 50, 20 and 10; coins 50, 25, 10, 5, 2, and 1 satang.

    Religion: Over 94 percent Buddhist; a small percentage of Muslim and Christian believers

    Time Zone: GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) +7. Thailand does not have daylight saving.

    Electricity: 220 volts, 50 HZ.

    Telephone: Country code for calling Thailand is 66

    Calling North America: Dial 001 and your 10-digit number. International operator assistance is available by dialing 110.

    Emergency numbers: Medical: 191; Tourist Police: 1155; Fire: 199

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