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Iconic Thailand

9 Days 1 Country 3 Cities

Highlighting Thailand’s rich history and fascinating culture, experience the contrasts between the bright lights, skyscrapers and street markets of Bangkok to the peaceful rural life of northern Thailand as you travel by boat into the Golden Triangle.

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      • Flights: Prices include internal airfares and taxes for the flight from Bangkok to Chiang Rai.
      • Visas are generally not required for Thailand, however please contact the consulate/embassy for further information. Visas are not required for the short visit to Laos.
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

      About this trip

      Highlighting Thailand’s rich history and fascinating culture, experience the contrasts between the bright lights, skyscrapers and street markets of Bangkok to the peaceful rural life of northern Thailand as you travel by boat into the Golden Triangle.


      Trip type: CostSaver i

      Trip code: CSOI

      8 Nights

      accommodation

      14 Meals
      • 8 Buffet breakfasts

      • 4 Lunches

      • 2 Dinners

      On-trip Transport

      All transport shown.

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • Bangkok
          Visit Wat Pho and the Grand Palace, observe local life along the canals during a khlong tour

        • Chiang Mai
          Visit the handicraft area of Sankamphaeng, the Night Market and the temples of Wat Phra Singh and Wat Doi Suthep

        • Chiang Rai
          Visit Wat Phra Kaew and see the city's iconic clock tower

        • Golden Triangle
          Visit the Hall of Opium, take a boat trip along the Mekong River, visit a local market in Laos


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 8 Buffet breakfasts

        • 4 Lunches

        • 2 Dinners


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      What's Included

      Unbeatable Features

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        • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Variety of Optional Experiences

        • City orientation tours

        • An expert Travel Director and separate driver

        • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


       

      Iconic Thailand

      Your Itinerary

      1. Arrive Bangkok (3 Nights)

      Welcome to Thailand. On arrival transfer to your hotel and this evening enjoy dinner with your Travel Director and fellow guests.

      Meal(s)
      Dinner
      Hotel
      Rembrandt Bangkok

      2. Bangkok Sightseeing

      Your city tour begins with a visit to Wat Pho, Bangkok's oldest temple which features the largest reclining Buddha in Thailand. Continue to the Grand Palace which was the seat not only of the king and his court, but contained within its walls the entire government administration. The architecture is vibrantly Thai and the overall effect is dazzling with all the brightly coloured intricate detail. After lunch in a local restaurant depart on a private boat to explore Bangkok's maze of canals, known locally as khlongs. Catch a glimpse of the serene and simple lifestyle of riverbank dwellers. Pass by the Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) and its impressive ceramic covered pagoda before returning to your hotel.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Lunch

      Optional Experiences

      Jim Thompson House

      Jim Thompson House is one of the best examples of traditional Thai residential architecture and houses a breath-taking collection of Southeast Asian art. Jim Thompson, born in Delaware in 1906, fell in love with Thailand while posted as an intelligence agent in Bangkok during WWII. He later made it his permanent home and started a business supplying fine Thai silk to overseas fashion houses, single-handedly saving what had been a dying cottage industry. His silk company continues to flourish today. With the proceeds of his success, Thompson collected an impressive range of art works, and sections of teak houses, assembling them into a museum complex set in a lush garden alongside central Bangkok’s Saen Saep Canal. The main house is full of tastefully displayed Asian art and curios including Buddha images, paintings, ceramics and antique furniture. The living areas have been preserved as they were when Thompson lived there before his mysterious disappearance. There is also a Thai restaurant and bar plus, a sizeable boutique selling quality silk items, books and prints.

      Adult Price: ฿1350.00

      Royal Canadian Tour 25 mins

      This journey will only enhance the Three Sisters Peaks Tour by exploring the Goat and Sundance Ranges of the Rocky Mountains. You will see mountain peaks, alpine meadows, waterfalls and untouched glacier lakes. Perhaps even a glimpse of some wildlife. It's an extraordinary adventure not to be missed.

      Adult Price: $290.00

      3. Bangkok

      Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore this vibrant city or join an Optional Experience.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Mt. Assiniboine Tour 30 mins

      You are in for something special as you are transported to Mount Assiniboine - "the Matterhorn" of the Canadian Rockies. Our most popular adventure has all the fantastic scenery of the previous tours plus a fly by over top of the glacier. This photogenic peak rises majestically to 3,611meters (11,870 feet) along the Great Divide. The Gloria and Assiniboine Glaciers will astound you. This is an experience you will never forget! Approx. duration: 30 minutes.

      Adult Price: $348.00

      4. Bangkok - Chiang Rai (2 Nights)

      Have a late start this morning and transfer to Bangkok Airport for your flight to Chiang Rai. On arrival check in to your hotel and later experience the local colour of Chiang Rai with a brief City Tour. Visit Wat Phra Kaew, a significant temple best known for originally housing the Emerald Buddha in the 13th century which can now be seen at Bangkok's Grand Palace. Pass by Chiang Rai's iconic golden clock tower which was designed by a local Thai artist and unveiled in 2008 in honour of His Majesty the King. Continue to a local restaurant for dinner before returning to your hotel.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Dinner
      Hotel
      Laluna Resort

      5. Golden Triangle Sightseeing

      This morning visit the Hall of Opium, situated in the heart of the Golden Triangle, providing an excellent insight into the opium trade so prevalent in this area in the past century. The state-of-the-art exhibition journeys through more than 5,000-years of history on the use and abuse of opium related drugs. Learn about the origins of the opium poppy, the medical and ritual use of opium in ancient civilizations and the Opium Wars and their impact on China. After lunch in a local restaurant board a boat on the Mekong River towards the Golden Triangle, where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos converge. Make a stop in Laos and visit the Don Sao Island Markets, which have an abundance of local handicrafts. Later return to your hotel in Chiang Rai.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Lunch

      6. Chiang Rai - Chiang Mai (3 Nights)

      Depart this morning and make a brief stop at the unique white temple of Wat Rong Khun. Unlike many other Thai temples that have a history going back centuries, this extraordinary place of worship was only built around 20 years ago. Make a stop along the way at Mae Kajaen Hot Springs and dip your feet into the warm mineral waters, a popular spot with local Thais. After a lunch in a local restaurant visit the Sankamphaeng area on the outskirts of Chiang Mai where all the traditional handicrafts such as the famous umbrella and fan making can be found. On arrival at your hotel check-in and later this evening join your Travel Director for a visit to the famous Night Market.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Lunch
      Hotel
      Holiday Inn Chiang Mai

      7. Chiang Mai Sightseeing

      Enjoy a late start this morning and later explore the centre of Chiang Mai by rickshaw, known locally as samlor. Visit one of Chiang Mai's most impressive temples; Wat Phra Singh which was built in 1345 by King Pha Yu to house the remains of his father King Kam Fu. See the elegantly decorated Lai Kam assembly hall and its restored murals depicting the lives of locals hundreds of years ago. Afterwards for lunch enjoy a typical dish of Chiang Mai khao soi (rice noodle soup) followed by some free time in the centre to explore further, do some shopping or perhaps treat yourself to a relaxing foot massage. Later make a visit to Wat Doi Suthep, tucked away in the mountains at an elevation of 1,056 metres. In its centre stands a huge Chedi (spired pagoda), which contains partial relics of Lord Buddha. Stay when the crowds depart to observe the monks chanting at sunset before returning to your hotel.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Lunch

      8. Chiang Mai

      Today is free for you to explore this fascinating city or choose to take part in an Optional Experience.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Hill Tribe Village Experience

      Head to the north of Chiang Mai to visit Baan Tong Luang Village, an ecological Paduang village situated in a beautiful valley and the home to Long Neck Karen hill tribe from Myanmar. The women wear heavy copper neck rings as a ritual starting from when they are 5 or 6 years of age. Other hill tribes such as Lahu, Hmong and White Karen can also be seen in the village in their traditional costumes. The price shown is in Thai Bhat.

      Adult Price: ฿2015.00

      THAI COOKING EXPERIENCE

      Unlock the secrets of traditional-style Thai cooking at the Pantawan Cooking School which is located in the south of the city. The class takes place in a classic teak wooden house set in a beautiful garden with an organic farm. See the various kinds of herbs growing and use some of these in your cooking lesson. After a demonstration by one of the instructors, using the freshest ingredients, prepare and cook your own Thai food under the helpful supervision of the instructors. Each participant has their own individual cooking station and will prepare four dishes which vary on a daily basis from Northern Thai cuisine to All Time Thai Favourites. The best bit is that after the class you get to eat your creations. Soft drinks are included with the meal and beer and wines are available at an additional cost. Also included is a trip to a local market to sample some local delicacies. The price shown is in Thai Bhat.

      Adult Price: ฿2600.00

      9. Depart Chiang Mai

      Transfer to Chiang Mai International Airport for your onward flight.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast

      Available Departures

      Please see http://www.costsavertour.com:80/en-nz/tours/iconic-thailand?tripcode=csoi for the latest discounts & departure information.

      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

      Iconic Thailand Sightseeing 609850900
        • Bangkok
          Visit Wat Pho and the Grand Palace, observe local life along the canals during a khlong tour

        • Chiang Mai
          Visit the handicraft area of Sankamphaeng, the Night Market and the temples of Wat Phra Singh and Wat Doi Suthep

        • Chiang Rai
          Visit Wat Phra Kaew and see the city's iconic clock tower

        • Golden Triangle
          Visit the Hall of Opium, take a boat trip along the Mekong River, visit a local market in Laos


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 8 Buffet breakfasts

        • 4 Lunches

        • 2 Dinners


      $name

      What's Included

      Unbeatable Features

      Iconic Thailand Travel 160869628
        • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Variety of Optional Experiences

        • City orientation tours

        • An expert Travel Director and separate driver

        • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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