A Taste of Thailand

The humming capital of Bangkok, historic Kanchanaburi & the River Kwai, plus ancient Ayutthaya; optional extensions to Angkor Wat & Phuket


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Style Small Group TourTravel with a small, intimate group of no more than 16 likeminded travelers (and often much fewer), escorted by an English speaking guide and/or tour manager for some or all of your journey. More of these packages
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Departures April – October 2023 Group Size 16 travelers max
Themes History & Culture
Activity Level Moderate
What to Expect This moderately-paced, escorted tour includes a reasonable amount of walking or hiking and requires an average level of physical fitness. Travel safely and confidently with our new health & safety protocols.
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Experience a taste of Thailand on this 10-day journey,  with its beautiful beaches and islands, fascinating culture, exotic architecture, and ancient ruins. Discover some of the best highlights of this magnificent country, including the bustling capital city of Bangkok, the historic River Kwai, and the ancient city of Ayutthaya—all for an amazingly affordable price.

Package includes

  • Flights
  • Coach
  • Transfers
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Guides
  • Round-trip airfare from Los Angeles including taxes & fees
  • Intra-Thailand transportation and transfers
  • 7 nights at Superior First Class hotels
  • 8 Meals: 7 breakfasts & a welcome dinner
  • Comprehensive touring program including entrance fees
  • Professional, English-speaking tour guides

Optional add-ons

  • Optional Angkor Wat post-tour Extension
  • Optional Phuket post-tour Extension

Why you'll love it

  • For each traveler visiting, Friendly Planet contributes to a carbon-neutral program which supports reforestation, clean water, replenishing mangroves, and seeding coral reefs.
  • Visit Bangkok's colorful Flower Market & Grand Palace.
  • Cruise the Chao Phraya River by long-tail boat.
  • Indulge your taste buds at a Thai Set dinner.
  • Admire the 79-meter pagoda of Wat Arun, one of the most striking riverside landmarks of Thailand.
  • Navigate the canals of the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market for fresh fruit and other treats.
  • Stop along the historic Bridge over the River Kwai, a staple of the infamous Death Railway.
  • Meet the descendants of a Thai war hero in Kanchanaburi
  • Explore the magnificent ruins of Ayutthaya
  • Visit artisans in a local shop in Ayutthaya and see how they weave palm leaves into fish-shaped ornaments.

Itinerary at a Glance

A Taste of Thailand map

Angkor Wat Extension

Phuket Extension


Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

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Dates Regular
Departs U.S.: Tue, Feb 21, 2023
Finishes: Thu, Mar 2, 2023
Feb 21 – Mar 2
$2499 Sold Out
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Finishes: Thu, Mar 16, 2023
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Finishes: Thu, Apr 13, 2023
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Finishes: Thu, Apr 27, 2023
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Finishes: Thu, Sep 21, 2023
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Finishes: Thu, Oct 26, 2023
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Finishes: Thu, Oct 26, 2023
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$1999 –$300 $1699 Select

If you want a few extra days to explore on your own, we may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates, including extra hotel nights and separate airport transfers, for an additional charge. Ask us about prices and availability when (or after) you book. More information Want to extend your trip?

Options & Fees

Taste of Thailand
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Occupancy
Sep 12, 2023;  Oct 17, 2023 $349
All other dates $299
Angkor Wat Extension
Angkor Wat Extension1
Apr 4, 2023;  Apr 18, 2023 $899
Feb 21, 2023 $949
Sep 12, 2023;  Oct 17, 2023 $1049
All other dates $999
Cambodia Departure Tax2 (paid separately) $25
Cambodia Visa Fee3 (paid separately) $30
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Occupancy
Apr 18, 2023 $149
Sep 12, 2023;  Oct 17, 2023 $249
All other dates $199

1. Requires a minimum of two passengers to operate and is subject to availability.

2. Paid locally.

3. Paid locally.

Phuket Island Extension
Phuket Island Extension1
Sep 12, 2023;  Oct 17, 2023 $649
Feb 21, 2023;  Mar 7, 2023 $699
All other dates $599
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Occupancy
Mar 7, 2023;  Mar 21, 2023;  Apr 4, 2023;  Apr 18, 2023 $299
Feb 21, 2023;  Sep 12, 2023;  Oct 17, 2023 $349

1. Requires a minimum of two passengers to operate and is subject to availability.

Optional Airport Transfers for Land Only Passengers1
Arrival Transfer: Bangkok airport to hotel $45
Departure Transfer: Bangkok hotel to airport $45

1. Prices based on a minimum of two passengers.

So that we can offer you the best deals, our packages are, like most hotels and cruises, priced based on double occupancy rooms or cabins. We charge solo travelers an extra fee to cover the extra costs of single occupancy rooms or cabins. (Consider: if you booked a $200/night hotel room solo, you would pay the $200 yourself; but if a couple booked the same room, each one would pay only $100.) But you only pay extra for the rooms or cabins, nothing else, including meals, sightseeing, tips, etc. Why are single rooms more?

Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
Los Angeles (LAX) included
New York Kennedy (JFK) $75
San Francisco (SFO) $75

This package offers round-trip flights from the cities listed above, subject to availability. Please review the flight schedule, especially if you're booking connecting flights.

Want to fly from another city? Unfortunately, we don't offer flights from other cities, but you can book your own.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Depart USA

  • Your exotic journey begins as you check in for your flight to Thailand, via Taipei

Day 2 En Route

  • Cross the International Dateline and lose a day (which you will recover on the return leg of your trip)

Day 3 Bangkok, Thailand

  • Arrive in Bangkok, and after customs formalities, transfer to your centrally located hotel for check-in and a welcome briefing with fellow travelers
  • Balance of the day at leisure
  • Enjoy a traditional Thai Set dinner at a local restaurant

Rembrandt Hotel & Suites or similar Dinner

Day 4 Bangkok

  • Start your day at the Flower Market and learn how to create your own Thai garland
  • Tour The Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha
  • Balance of the day at leisure or enjoy one (or both!) of our optional excursions

Rembrandt Hotel & Suites or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Grand Palace, Bangkok

Your day of discovery begins with a visit to Bangkok's vibrant and colorful Flower Market. Meet with a local vendor and create a traditional Thai flower garland that you can then present as an offering at any one of Bangkok's magnificent temples. The temples and the monarchy are the fabric that binds Thailand's national identity, and Bangkok is home to some of the most fascinating Thai temples. This morning, depart for The Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. For 150 years, the Grand Palace served as the home of the King and his court and the entire administrative seat of government. Within its grounds, you'll also visit the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), a structure built to house a large Buddha image carved from a solid piece of green jadeite (jasper). Continue to Wat Pho, founded in the 17th century and the oldest temple in Bangkok. This temple is also home to the remarkable Reclining Buddha, one of the largest in the world, whose face depicts the attainment of Nirvana and whose feet are inlaid with mother-of-pearl. Enjoy the balance of the day at leisure.

Optional Excursion: Chinatown Walk (purchased locally), $35
Bustling Chinatown, Bangkok

This afternoon, drive to Chinatown square, where you will start an exciting walk through one of the oldest parts of Bangkok. Walk along Yaowarat Road, where you'll visit exciting shops selling unique objects. Continue to an old tea shop to enjoy a cup of Chinese tea with the locals before heading to Talad Kao for a busy local market with various fresh food, fruits, and Chinese herbs. End the walk at Wat Leng Nei Yi to visit the Taoist temple, and continue to Wat Traimit on the edge of Chinatown, which houses the world's most giant solid gold Buddha.

Sold locally at approximately 1,150 THB

Optional Excursion: Calypso Cabaret Show (Temporarily closed), $48

This evening, transfer to the Thai dance show at Calypso Cabaret, one of Bangkok's famous shows. Calypso Cabaret is located at Asiatique the Riverfront, a renowned night venue for dining, shopping, and entertainment, and features a panoramic view of the Chao Phraya River. Afterward, transfer back to your hotel.

Temporarily closed until further notice. 


Day 5 Bangkok

  • Enjoy the morning at leisure or take part in an optional excursion
  • Afternoon boat ride along Chao Phraya River
  • Visit to the Royal Barge Museum
  • Stop by Wat Arun, the magnificent temple of Dawn

Rembrandt Hotel & Suites Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Boat ride on the Chao Phraya River, Bangkok

Enjoy the morning at leisure, or join an optional food and culture excursion.

This afternoon, experience an exhilarating boat ride along the bustling Chao Phraya River and the quiet Klongs (canals) in a long tail boat. Travel back to a more traditional way of life, far removed from Bangkok's modern skyscrapers. Visit the Royal Barge Museum to witness the beautiful barges used by the King on state occasions, then visit Wat Arun, the magnificent temple of Dawn with its 79-meter pagoda or 'prang,' built in the Khmer style.

Optional Excursion: Bites & Sites in the "Village of Love" (purchased locally), $105
Kanom Thua Paep

Begin the day by joining a local guide on an insightful walking and food tour through the Bangrak neighborhood, known as the "Village of Love," an ideal place for food lovers and curious travelers to connect over authentic local culture and cuisine. Known for its food and family-run stalls, stop to taste the best local snacks, from the traditional to the exotic. Engage with the chefs and store owners and listen to their personal stories and history of Bangrak. After glimpsing into the past and the "real" Bangrak culture, continue to the afternoon tour.

Sold locally at approximately 3,200 THB

Day 6 Bangkok, Kanchanaburi & the River Kwai

  • Scenic morning drive through Thai countryside to Samut Songkhram Province
  • Visit Damnoen Saduak Floating Market on a long-tail boat ride
  • See the historic Bridge over the River Kwai before touring the Death Railway museum
  • Visits today also include the war cemetery

Royal Riverkwai Resort & Spa or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Bridge over the River Kwai

After breakfast, drive about an hour south of Bangkok to Samut Songkhram Province, enjoying the beautiful Thai countryside. See a unique country market that has sprouted up along the tracks of the Maeklong Railway Market. The true marvel here is watching as vendors skillfully move their stalls out of the way of trains passing right through the market.

Next, visit Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and take a long-tail boat ride through the canals and see how Thai people live alongside the labyrinth of canals in this area. Arrive at the famous market where you can stroll around the colorful floating stalls bustling with boats and vendors selling tropical fruits and other delights.

Continue to Kanchanaburi. Upon arrival, visit the historic Bridge over the River Kwai, part of the infamous Death Railway built by the Japanese using Allied prisoners of war during World War II. At the Death Railway museum, you'll learn more about life in the camps, the building of the bridge, and the more than 8,000 POWs who died during construction. Visits today also include the war cemetery.

Day 7 Kanchanaburi

  • Panoramic train ride viewing the Kwai gorge
  • Meet with the surviving family members of influential Thai war heroes
  • Evening at leisure

Royal Riverkwai Resort & Spa or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Train ride, Death Railway

This morning, take a one-hour train ride on the famous Death Railway, admiring the breathtaking panoramic view of the Kwai gorge. Take in the significance of the railway as you pass through Thailand's rural and agricultural provinces.

In the afternoon, transfer to the Pak Praek Community, Kanchanaburi's historic quarter, rich in culture and history. Pass along the wooden houses and shops and meet with a local history expert who will take you along this interesting route. Stop at the Chuan Panich Shop and the House Boonpong, the former residence of a Thai merchant credited with saving the lives of many during World War II. With courageous intentions, Mr. Boonpong Sirivejaphan smuggled medicine, money, and food to POWs working on the railway. His valiant work received abundant praise from many, including Queen Elizabeth II. Meet and talk with the descendants of this war hero and gain a better understanding of the significance of these two houses. The rest of your evening is free at leisure.

Day 8 Kanchanaburi & Ayutthaya

  • This morning drive to the ancient city of Ayutthaya and visit some of its historic sights
  • Visit Wat Yai Chaimongkhol and see the statue of the Reclining Buddha
  • Discover the sculpture of a Buddha head woven in tree roots
  • Explore the Mongkol Bophit Temple Market and local shops
  • Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to explore on your own

Kantary Hotel Ayutthaya or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Buddha head, Wat Mahathat

After breakfast, board your motor coach and drive to the ancient city of Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. King U-Thong founded the city of Ayutthaya in 1350 as the capital of his Kingdom of Siam. By 1700, Ayutthaya had as many as a million inhabitants, making it one of the largest cities in the world at the time. But in 1767, the city was invaded and destroyed by the Burmese army. Nevertheless, magnificent ruins of the old city remain, with some restored. Exciting archaeological excavations are still proceeding at many sites in the area.

Upon arrival, visit some of Ayutthaya's historical sites. Among the ruins, see the Wat Yai Chaimongkhol and view the reclining Buddha statue, then visit Wat Mahathat to discover a Buddha head entwined in tree roots. Next, continue to a vibrant market located next to the Mongkhon Bophit Temple. Witness how they make Roti Sai Mai, a Thai dessert similar to cotton candy. Watch as a local vendor demonstrates how the sweet is made, and have an opportunity to create your own! Afterward, enjoy the whimsical former capital of Thailand on your own.

Day 9 Ayutthaya & Bangkok

  • Learn more about an integral part of the Thai lifestyle, rice harvesting
  • Visit the Bang Pa to view King Rama IV's summer palace
  • View the Gothic style architecture of Wat Niwet Thammaprawat
  • Return to Bangkok in the afternoon and enjoy a final night on your own

Rembrandt Hotel & Suites or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Bang Pa, Ayutthaya

This morning, check out and transfer to Klong Pho Community to learn about rice's integral part of the Thai lifestyle. During the spring months, farmers all across Thailand spend their days planting rice crops in time for the summer rainy season. When the rainy season passes, the rice is harvested and becomes a staple in the Thai diet. Meet with a local family whose living is mainly dependent on rice harvesting and the tools used to harvest the rice. Engage with the family on the importance of this practice, and discover the integral and fascinating tools they use. Come out of this experience with local adventure and a better understanding of the cultural significance of this daily livelihood.

Afterward, the day's sightseeing takes you to Bang Pa to view King Rama IV's summer palace, once used by the king and queen to host receptions and banquets. The palace and surrounding temples represent an appealing fusion of Thai, Chinese, and European architectural styles.

Continue to Wat Niwet Thammaprawat, one of the most distinctive Buddhist temples with its remarkable Gothic architecture and stained glass windows. Continue to Bangkok and enjoy your final night at leisure with the rest of our fellow travelers.

Day 10 Depart Bangkok/Arrive USA

  • Today, bid farewell to Thailand as you transfer to the airport to board your return flight to the USA via Taipei
  • Or, take advantage of your already included international airfare and join our optional extensions to Angkor Wat or Phuket Island...or both!


*NOTE: Due to high water levels during and closely following monsoon season (summer into early winter), select sites among the canals may have restricted access. If any sites are temporarily restricted, equally enjoyable visits will be substituted.

Angkor Wat Extension

Take advantage of your already-included international airfare by joining our extension to Cambodia for a special opportunity to visit Angkor Wat, a massive complex of temples that ranks among the most fascinating religious sites in the world. For JFK passengers, the Angkor Wat Extension must be arranged on a custom basis to be coordinated with China Airlines' JFK schedule which may require flying from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh on Day 12 and overnighting in Phnom Penh; please contact us for details.

Day 10 Bangkok/Siem Reap, Cambodia

  • Transfer to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap, gateway to the Angkor Archaeological Park. After customs formalities, transfer to your hotel for check-in.
  • A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the park contains the ruins of more than 1000 stone temples dating from the 9th to the 13th centuries

Borei Angkor Resort & Spa or similar Breakfast

Day 11 Angkor Explorations

  • Tour the royal walled city of Angkor Thom
  • Visit the Bayon Temple in the exact center of the city
  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • Explore the temples of the Small Circuit
  • Discover the famous Angkor Wat archaeological site
  • Dinner at a local restaurant

Borei Angkor Resort & Spa or similar Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Angkor Wat Photo by Gyorgy Bakos in Unsplash

Built by the Khmer civilization between 802 and 1220 AD, the temples at Angkor and the great city surrounding it represent one of mankind's most astonishing and enduring architectural achievements. Today's structures are the surviving remains of a grand religious, social, and administrative metropolis. Other buildings, such as palaces, public buildings, and houses were built of wood and have long since decayed and vanished.

Satellite photographs reveal Angkor to have been the largest preindustrial city in the world, with an urban sprawl of 3000 square kilometers (the closest rival is Tikal in Guatemala, at most 150 square kilometers) and supporting a population of up to one million people. Mysteriously abandoned in the 15th century, the Angkor site remained primarily cloaked by the forest until the late 19th century, when archaeologists began to clear away the forest and embark on a lengthy restoration process.

After breakfast, begin your explorations at the mysterious walled city of Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire. The city is surrounded by an 8-meter high wall, drawing a perfect square, 4km on each side. Enter the city through the South Gate, an impressive stone entryway flanked by larger-than-life carved elephants and capped with four giant smiling faces of the Buddha. On each side of the entrance path stands a row of 54 gods and demons, each holding a sacred Naga snake.

Continue to Bayon Temple, located in the exact center of the city of Angkor Thom. This monument includes dozens of towers featuring faces that some believe depict King Jayavarman VII as a Buddhist deity. While the scores of faces are nearly identical, the staggering height of the towers and the different viewpoints keep the design from appearing repetitious. Atop the temple, you are engulfed by the silent, enigmatic gaze of those faces, staring out from a remote time in history through half-closed eyes.

After lunch at a local restaurant, explore the temples of the Small Circuit. The most famous is Ta Prohm Temple, built in the mid-12th to early 13th centuries. Ta Prohm is still as large as it was when discovered: overgrown by jungle trees and vines, with many parts of the temple crumbling to the ground, giving it the most mysterious atmosphere of the temples in the Angkor area.

Continue to the magnificent Angkor Wat archaeological site, built by Suryavarman II in the early 12th century. Inside the temple, carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the region's history cover the walls. This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 12 Angkor Explorations

  • Visit the "Citadel of Women"
  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • Create a memorable souvenir at a social enterprise that re-purposes recycled plastic
  • Visit some of the earliest Angkorian temples of the Roluos Group: Preah Ko, Bakong, and Lolei temples
  • Spend the evening at leisure or join an optional excursion
  • NOTE: JFK schedule may require flying from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh for overnight

Borei Angkor Resort & Spa or similar Breakfast & lunch

Full Day Itinerary
Banteay Srei

This morning's excursion takes you to the "Citadel of Women" of Banteay Srei and Banteay Samré, considered the birthplace of Khmer classical architecture. After lunch at a local restaurant, join a group of underprivileged mothers and learn how to make a personal re-purposed souvenir. Receive a warm welcome from the women who are part of a social business fighting two massive issues in Cambodia, the circle of poverty and plastic waste. Enthusiastic about showing their artistry, these wonderful women craft incredible and colorful products made from recycled plastic. Take the time to prepare a memorable souvenir as you interact with your new friends.

Next, visit three early-Angkor era temples of the Roluos Group: Preah Ko, Bakong, and Lolei, built by King Indravarman I and his successor in the 9th century. With its paddy fields and sugar palm trees, Cambodia's surrounding countryside is very typical. Enjoy the natural beauty and get in touch with rural Cambodia and its friendly people. This evening is at your leisure, or join an optional dining tour that visits some of Siem Reap's tastiest restaurants.

NOTE: JFK schedule may require flying from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh for overnight and continuing back to the USA from Phnom Penh on Day 13.

Optional Excursion: Dining for a Cause (purchased locally)

One distinctive feature of the culinary scene in Siem Reap is a selection of restaurants providing culinary arts training to disadvantaged Cambodian youth. Visit a variety of such culinary social enterprises to enjoy some of the finest Khmer cuisines while supporting the education of at-risk youth.

Day 13 Depart Siem Reap/Arrive USA

  • Transfer to the airport for the short flight to Bangkok, then continue to the USA via Taipei


Phuket Extension

Take advantage of your already-included international airfare and enjoy a luxurious and relaxing stay on Phuket Island, Thailand's most famous resort.

Day 10 Bangkok & Phuket

  • Fly to Phuket and transfer to your hotel upon arrival
  • Enjoy the balance of the day at leisure

Amari Phuket or similar Breakfast

Day 11 Phuket

  • Full day at leisure or enjoy an optional excursion

Amari Phuket or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Longtail boats, Phuket Photo by Frankie Spontelli on Unsplash

Spend two full days at leisure to relax, shop, or tour this scenic island, Thailand's largest. Phuket and the 39 smaller islands to the southeast are studded with tropical forests, mountains, gravity-defying limestone formations, and pristine beaches, surrounded by coral reefs and the aquamarine water of the balmy Andaman Sea. The west coast of Phuket was hit severely by the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004. Still, the resilient people have quickly rebuilt it, and almost no evidence of the damage now remains. Phuket is a melting pot of Buddhists, Thai-Chinese, Muslims, and even sea gypsies, whom you'll find warm and welcoming.

With warm, humid weather year-round, enjoy plenty of sun-drenched days lounging on the beach and water sports, including jet-skiing, parasailing, surfing, scuba diving, and snorkeling. Most of the dive locations are suitable for all skill levels. The waters are home to colorful coral forests, tropical fish, and other marine life, including leopard sharks, moray eels, octopi, and turtles.

Phuket is also the sailing and yachting center of Thailand and adjacent countries, with several races and regattas throughout the year. In the unlikely event that you can pull yourself away from the beach, you'll find opportunities to ride horses, hike, mountain bike, and even golf. Afterward, unwind at one of the many spas or one of the excellent acrobatic, theatrical, or cultural shows.

Join an optional tour of the breathtaking Phi Phi Islands. Take a trip by boat and bus to Phang Nga Bay and the limestone spire known as "James Bond Island" for its role in The Man with the Golden Gun.

Optional Excursion: Day Cruise by June Bahtra (purchased locally)
James Bond Island

Departing early this morning, experience the spectacular limestone scenery of Phang Nga Bay on board the June Bahtra, a traditional Chinese junk bearing designs from Thai, Malay, and Dutch influences. Recline on comfortable deck cushions below the schooner’s striking red sails as the scores of beautiful islands and towering limestone spectacles unfold before you. Stopping at a deserted white sandy beach, a refreshing dip in the turquoise waters beckons. Later, a ride on a long-tail boat will take you to the caves and grottoes scattered throughout the mangrove delta, with birdsong and monkey chatter keeping you entertained. At James Bond Island, revel in the views of the iconic rock formation jutting out of the azure bay. Back on board, enjoy a delicious lunch followed by a leisurely afternoon of swimming, sunbathing, and relaxation. Sailing the open sea on this idyllic cruise will make an unforgettable memory. (Lunch included)

Day 12 Phuket

  • Full day at leisure or enjoy an optional excursion

Amari Phuket or similar Breakfast

Optional Excursion: Day Tour of Phi Phi Island by Speedboat (purchased locally)
Phi Phi Islands viewpoint

Departing this morning, escape to a quieter and more natural side of southern Thailand with this day trip from Phuket. Travel by speedboat across the Andaman Sea to the six scenic Phi Phi Islands. The journey to Phi Phi takes around 45 minutes, passing by spectacular limestone karsts that jut out from the blue seas. Sit back and relax, enjoying the views as the boat cruises closer to paradise. 

See stretches of islands that boast swaying palm trees and white sands. There are also calm, clear waters brimming with fish for those who wish to discover Thailand’s underwater beauty. 

During the day, enjoy lunch while taking in sweeping views of the surrounding sea. Spend the afternoon cruising around the Islands for more chances to snorkel and swim in the Andaman Sea. (Lunch included)

Day 13 Depart Phuket/Arrive USA

  • Transfer to the airport for the short flight to Bangkok, then continue to the USA via Taipei
  • Passengers returning to JFK must leave Phuket early in the morning before breakfast is served at the hotel


Combining Extensions

Travelers may take both Angkor Wat and Phuket extensions, in that order. On Day 13 of the Angkor Wat extension, passengers will continue to Phuket Island for three nights returning to LAX on Day 16. JFK passengers will overnight in Taipei en route back to New York.


Rembrandt Hotel & Suites
Rembrandt Hotel & Suites
Superior First Class

Rembrandt Hotel is conveniently located in the new, trendy Sukhumvit area of Bangkok. The hotel is within walking distance of Asoke (BTS) as well as Sukhumvit (MRT) public transport stations offering guests access to all major shopping, entertainment and nightlife areas of Bangkok.

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Royal Riverkwai Resort & Spa
Royal Riverkwai Resort & Spa
First Class

The Royal Riverkwai Resort offers a wonderful retreat to relax and unwind from your sightseeing.

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Kantary Hotel Ayutthaya
Kantary Hotel Ayutthaya
First Class

The Kantary Hotel Ayutthaya is conveniently located within easy walking distance of shopping and other amenities, and not far from the old city of Ayutthaya and the Chao Phaya River. The hotel provides some of the most luxurious and modern accommodations in Ayutthaya.

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Borei Angkor Resort & Spa
Borei Angkor Resort & Spa

Located near the center of Siem Reap Town, the Borei Angkor Hotel is a short drive from many of the finest monuments of the Angkor Temple Complex. The property's philosophy is based on authentic Cambodian heritage and lifestyle. The hotel decor reflects the intricate and ornate designs that adorn the ancient monument of Khmer Culture.

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Amari Phuket
Amari Phuket
Superior First Class

Hidden on a secluded beach, Amari Phuket offers a prime location in Patong’s southernmost corner surrounded by the Andaman Sea. Less than an hour’s drive from Phuket International Airport, Amari Phuket is conveniently set within a 5-minute walk to Patong Beach while Phuket Town and the island’s popular attractions are also easily accessible from the resort.

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In the unlikely event that a particular hotel is not available, a similar or better hotel may be substituted.

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Small Group Tour A Taste of Vietnam
$2399 w/ Flights $1699 Tour Only 10 days
per person, double occupancy*
Small Group Tour Ancient Capitals of Indochina
$4999 w/ Flights $4299 Tour Only 16 days
per person, double occupancy*
Small Group Tour Best of Thailand
from $2999 w/ Flights from $2499 Tour Only 12 days
per person, double occupancy*
Small Group Tour Best of Vietnam & Cambodia
from $4299 w/ Flights from $3799 Tour Only 17 days
per person, double occupancy*
* Advertised prices may include an "Instant Savings" discount and/or sale discount, available for a limited time. Prices reflect these discounts. Advertised prices are per person, based on double occupancy; single occupancy rooms may be available for an additional charge. Advertised prices are the best available based on the least expensive travel dates, departure city, and other options, and do not include optional excursions or other optional items. Your total price will vary based upon the dates, flights, and other options you select during the booking process. For packages including flights, prices include Airline Taxes, Fees & Sept. 11th Security Fee, but do not include excess baggage fees or advance seat reservations. Prices and availability subject to change. More about our prices.

† The Carefree Booking policy is not travel insurance and only applies to a new booking—defined as booking without the use of funds on file from a previous cancellation. With our Carefree Booking policy, if you book one of our scheduled departures and decide later not to travel for any reason, you can transfer all payments you've made excluding the cost of any issued flight tickets, towards another available departure date or package, with no change fees or penalties.

Alternately, you can choose to receive a future travel credit for all payments made, excluding the cost of any issued flight tickets; or you can choose to receive a refund for that same amount, minus the deposit, per person future travel credit.

You may use these credits anytime, however they must be used or transferred within 5 years of your booking.

The Carefree Booking policy only applies to your original booking—limiting rebookings to one. Subsequent bookings will be subject to standard cancellation penalties. Additionally, any coupon or discount (other than our Instant Savings) does not transfer from the cancelled booking and therefore will not be applied to the new booking.

Travel protection premiums may be credited to your new tour provided: no claim is filed; (no vendor penalties such as Air, sea or rail etc have been incurred); and your new trip departs within 1 year of the cancellation of your original tour.

Valid for bookings made on or after September 23, 2022 Offer may not be available on all packages, including private and custom group departures and Biblical Journeys. Changes or cancellations requested after final payment due date are subject to our regular change and cancellation fees & policies. For more information and some additional restrictions, see our terms & conditions.

†† $199 deposit available on select packages. Valid for new bookings only. Changes to your package, departure date, or flights may require an increased deposit. If you select our optional travel protection plan, the premium will be added to your deposit. See additional terms & conditions.

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