Highlighting Thailand’s rich history, fascinating culture, and religious monuments, this Thailand tour includes overnights in Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya, Phitsanuloke, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, and Phuket. </BR></BR>This tour through Thailand includes visits to some of the cities that have served as the country’s capital: Bangkok, Ayutthaya, and Sukhothai. In Bangkok—Thailand’s current capital—visit Wat Trimit, home of the Golden Buddha; Wat Po, home to the Reclining Buddha built in 1832; Phra Pathom Chedi, the world’s tallest Buddhist pagoda; and the Grand Palace, the royal residence begun in 1782 where you’ll see the Emerald Buddha, Thailand’s most sacred Buddhist sculpture. In Ayutthaya, Thailand’s ancient capital, your sightseeing includes a visit to Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, the royal monastery and once the Thais’ spiritual center. In Sukhothai, Thailand’s 13th-century capital, visit Sukhothai Historic Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with ruins of palaces, temples, and homes.</BR></BR>On this Thailand tour, you’ll also have an opportunity to learn about the Thai culture. In Bangkok, enjoy a Thai dinner accompanied by Thai classical music and dancers. Visit the legendary Damnoen Saduak floating market, where you’ll see traders sell exotic fruits, vegetables, and more from their boats. In Chiang Mai, enjoy a traditional Kantoke dinner and dance show, as well as a visit to San Kampaeng to see local craftsmen make Thailand’s traditional lacquerware and antique wood furniture.</BR></BR>But that’s not all…visit the “Golden Triangle,” where Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar meet and take a train ride over the famous River Kwai Bridge, part of the infamous Death Railway built by prisoners during World War II. Visit Hellfire Pass Memorial, which houses a museum detailing the life of the Allied prisoners and Asian laborers who helped build the railway. </BR></BR>This Thailand vacation designed for value-minded travelers also includes five nights in Phuket, so you can relax and enjoy this popular beach destination. It’s a perfect vacation!
Sightseeing: In Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya, Phitsanuloke, Sukhothai, Chiang Rai, and Chiang Mai. Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
BANGKOK Narai Hotel (MF)RIVER KWAI Felix River Kwai Resort (F)AYUTTHAYA Kantary Hotel, Ayutthaya (F)PHITSANULOK Amarin Lagoon Hotel (MF)CHIANG RAI Wiang Inn Hotel (F)CHIANG MAI Empress Hotel (MFPHUKET Holiday Inn Resort (F)
17 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 2 dinners
Transportation: Private, deluxe, air-conditioned motorcoach while touring