13 Day Classic Thailand 2019-2020 (Friday Departure)
13 days with
Gate 1 Travel
DAY 1, Friday - Depart for Thailand
Depart for Thailand.
DAY 2, Saturday - Arrive in Bangkok
Arrive in exotic Bangkok, Thailand's capital city. The rest of the day is at leisure to rest, relax and acclimate to the new time zone.
DAY 3, Sunday - Bangkok City Tour
Begin your day with a city and temple tour of Bangkok, a fascinating mix of ancient and modern. Drive through Chinatown and then on to the colorful Indian Market. Visit serene Wat Po, the oldest and largest temple in the city, with the astonishing giant Reclining Buddha, over 150 feet long and almost 40 feet high. Drive to Royal Avenue where most of the Government offices are located and the King's Palace. Later in the afternoon, enjoy a Welcome Drink and orientation meeting with your Tour Manager on the exciting journey that lies ahead, followed by a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 4, Monday - Full Day in Bangkok
Full day at leisure to explore Bangkok on your own. Or, don't miss the optional morning tour of Wat Phra Kaew, also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and the elaborate 18th century Grand Palace, symbol and ceremonial heart of the kingdom - together they form the most impressive sights in Bangkok. Despite the proximity of the two, there's a distinct contrast in style between the Thai-inspired Wat Phra Kaew and the European design of the Grand Palace. In the evening, attend the optional buffet dinner and stunning performance of the "Journey to the Enchanted Kingdom of Siam". Boasting over 150 performers, this lavish production delves into Siam's history and culture. (Breakfast)
Optional: Half Day Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha (AM)
Optional: Siam Niramit Show & Dinner (PM)
DAY 5, Tuesday - Flight to Chiang Mai, Dinner at Private Home
Morning is at leisure before flying to Chiang Mai, ancient capital of the Lanna Kingdom. The afternoon is free for individual interests, before a unique experience tonight. Join a local Chiang Mai family at an authentic Thai Dinner in their home. Enjoy a tour of the home, conversation about life in Chiang Mai and savor the great flavors of home-cooked food. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 6, Wednesday - Full Day in Chiang Mai
Morning is free to explore Chiang Mai independently or, join the optional tour of the Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden, established in 1993, as the first botanical garden in Thailand. Stroll through the lush grounds covered with exotic types of trees, plants and flowers. After your visit, stop for lunch at a local restaurant before returning to your hotel. In the afternoon, visit Sankampang Street, center of handicrafts, for on-site demonstrations on how the silk, lacquer, silver, wood and bronze wares are made. Later, visit the world's largest gem factory, to watch while the gem stones are cut and set. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. (Breakfast)
Optional: Half Day Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden Tour with lunch (AM)
DAY 7, Thursday - Doi Suthep Temple
Start today’s morning tour with Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, Northern Thailand's most sacred temple, containing a holy relic of Lord Buddha. Equally impressive is the mythological Naga (dragon-headed serpent) staircase, with 290 steps leading up to the temple grounds. Visit a local jade factory, followed by an afternoon at leisure, or pamper yourself with an optional Thai massage. (Breakfast)
Optional: Thai Traditional Massage (PM)
DAY 8, Friday - Travel to Chiang Rai
This morning, depart Chiang Mai and drive to scenic Chiang Rai, the northernmost province of Thailand. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Or, join an afternoon optional excursion to Mae Salong, still inhabited by hill people, namely the Akha, Long Neck and Salong tribes. Visit one of the tribes to see their unique way of life and learn more about their culture. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Optional: Half Day Mae Salong Hill Tribe (PM)
DAY 9, Saturday - Mae Sai Border Town & Golden Triangle
Travel to the border town of Mae Sai, at the tip of Thailand. At this border crossing, arrangements may be made to enter Myanmar*. Ascend to the hilltop viewpoint to see the famous "Golden Triangle" of Southeast Asia - the meeting point of the borders of Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos. The locals call it "Sop Ruak", as this is also where the Mekong meets the Ruak River. Later, a short cruise then takes you along the banks of the Mekong to the small island of Don Sao in Laos; leisure time at the lively markets before returning to Thailand. Continue to the dramatic House of Opium at Golden Triangle Park, offering an informative exhibition on the history of opium which dates back almost 5000 years. Later, savor a locally prepared lunch in a nearby farming village before returning to Chiang Rai for overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch)
*Entering Myanmar (Burma) requires a border crossing fee of approx US$45, payable locally. The opportunity to cross the border will depend on local conditions and cannot be guaranteed. If the border crossing is not possible, alternate arrangements will be made.
DAY 10, Sunday - Travel to Sukhothai
Travel southward to Sukhothai, birthplace of the Thai nation, founded in the 13th century by King Ramkhamhaeng. The country's first capital was established here in 1238 and lasted over two centuries. Sukhothai is world-famous for its over 100 historical sites and treasures, including some of the most beautiful Thai art and architecture in the country, created during the city's "golden era", between the 13th and 14th centuries. Remainder of the day is at leisure to explore historical Sukhothai independently. (Breakfast, Lunch)
DAY 11, Monday - Sukhothai Historical Park, Travel to Ayutthaya, Ayutthaya City Tour
After breakfast visit the Old Town of Sukhothai with its impressive Historical Park, immaculately restored and set among leafy hills and peaceful lotus ponds, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At this astonishing site, most of the remains of the original city can be seen. Marvel at the ancient Buddha figures, palaces, temples, and historical monuments and feel yourself drift back in time to a bygone era. Depart Sukhothai to Ayutthaya, the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai for over 400 years, once glorified as one of the largest cities in Southeast Asia. Ayutthaya Historical Park, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lies in the center of the city. Here, you can see the ruins of the former capital and its remaining palaces, monasteries, and towers - one can envision the grandeur and splendor that was once the Kingdom of Ayutthaya. If time permits, there may be a visit to a local school. Continue to the Chai Wattanaram Temple, built by King Prasat Thong to honor his mother, conceived as a replica of the Angkor Temple - this is a serene place where one can reflect and enjoy the tranquility. Rest of the day is at leisure. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 12, Tuesday - Travel to Bangkok
Depart Ayutthaya this morning and drive to Bangkok. En route, visit Bang Pa-In Palace, a collection of beautiful buildings in various architectural styles, surrounded by a lake. Originally built by King Prasat Thong in 1632, Bang Pa-In served as the Royal Summer Palace for the Thai Kings. Arrive at your hotel and spend the remainder of the day at leisure to enjoy all of the delights of Bangkok on your own. Shop to your heart's content, visit the many amazing markets and try some of the fabulous restaurants in this energetic city. (Breakfast)
DAY 13, Wednesday - Depart Thailand
Your vacation ends after breakfast. (Breakfast)
All This Included
Intra-flight Chiang Mai-Bangkok
11 nights First Class accommodations*
Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
18 meals: 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners with wine or beer
Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
Entrance fees per itinerary
Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
In Bangkok, visit serene Wat Po, home of the astonishing giant Reclining Buddha, over 150 feet long
Visit Bang Pa-In Royal Palace, used as a summer palace by the Siamese royalty
Marvel at Chai Wattanaram Temple, one of Ayutthaya’s most impressive remaining monuments
Explore Historical Sukhothai, capital of the first Kingdom of Siam
Visit the House of Opium and Golden Triangle
Discover Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep Temple, the most sacred temple in Northern Thailand
Authentic Thai Dinner at Chiang Mai Private Home
♦Flights from the USA may arrive on DAY 3. Included sightseeing commences in the morning on Day 3.
*Some departures operate in reverse order, going to Chiang Mai after Bangkok instead of Ayutthaya
†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates
Bangkok: Holiday Inn Bangkok Silom
Chiang Mai: Movenpick Suriwongse Hotel Chiang Mai
Chiang Rai: A-star Phulare Valley
Sukhothai: Sukhothai Heritage Resort
Ayutthaya: Classic Kameo Ayutthaya
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flight Chiang Mai-Bangkok. Friday & Sunday departures continue to Chiang Mai from Bangkok. Flights from the USA may arrive on DAY 3. Included sightseeing commences in the morning on Day 3.
This active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect from two to three hours walking on some touring days. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Some tours require walking in the open air with no shade. A few early wake ups and some long drives from one city to another. You may depart independently, or with part of the group, at the end of your program as the Tour Manager may be traveling with other passengers on an extension program. This is a Classic program.
Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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