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Thailand Discovered

Rambunctious cities, religious sanctuaries, ancient kingdoms and tropical beaches contribute to this well-rounded Thailand trip. Explore the bustling city of Bangkok, visiting temples, a floating market and cruise the extensive canals. Chill out in Chiang Mai, a tranquil town in northern Thailand; the perfect place to visit elaborate temples and feast at a local night market. Relax in Phuket, a Thai beach haven with incredible views of the famed limestone structures, isolated beaches and top notch snorkeling. Thailand Discovers combines all of the best of Thailand all into one extensive itinerary to make sure you won’t miss anything in this beautiful country!

Trip Type: Cosmopolitan, Cultural, Sun & Sand, Wildlife

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Day By Day

Day 1 – USA to Bangkok
Today you will begin your Swain Destinations customized itinerary. Please note, international air has not been included in this package price. 

Day 2 – Welcome to Bangkok, Thailand
Upon arrival and after clearing customs and immigration, a driver will meet you and transfer you directly to your downtown hotel.

The city of Bangkok provides sensory indulgence overload with ornate temples, spectacular food and endless activity. The city shines with color from its lavish temples including Wat Trimitir featuring a 5.5 ton Golden Buddha, Wat Po which is the largest and oldest temple in Bangkok, and of course, the magnificent Grand Palace. The tastiest cuisine is served up at the street stalls and tiny sidewalk restaurants where food is cheap and safely prepared so fill up on curries  soups, fresh fish, rice, noodles, and fruit shakes. The night markets are a great time to experience the culture of the city that never sleeps. 

An exciting brew of traffic and temples, luxury hotels and labyrinth-like streets, the “City of Angels,” is a hectic heaven. This inexhaustible energy is part of Bangkok’s charm, and it has made this feisty capital one of Asia’s favorite tourist destinations. Cutting through the heart of the city, the magnificent Chao Phraya River, “the River of Kings” provides easy access to Bangkok’s numerous Buddhist temples and the Grand Palace, as well offering insight into Thai life.

Starting Accommodation: Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers

Day 3 – Klong Cruise and Grand Palace
Take a morning boat ride along the Chao Phraya River, known as the ‘River of Kings’ and its quiet canals, on the West Side of Bangkok. Life along the river and canals is very interesting especially in the Orchis area. Stop at the Temple of Dawn 'Wat Arun' which is one of the city’s landmarks and visit the Royal Palace to see Dusit Hall (funeral hall), holy Wat Phra Kaew (Emerald Buddha), and a fabulous Buddha image, carved from a single piece of Jade.

Bangkok City and Temple Tour
This afternoon you will visit some other notable temples in the city. Thailand has over 26,000 temples (or Wats). This tour will bring you to three of the most distinguished temples in Bangkok. Wat Trimitr, the temple of the Golden Buddha, features a statue made from solid Gold weighing 5.5 tons. It is a fine example of Sukhothai art and was discovered by chance from a layer of stucco during construction of the temple.

Passing through Chinatown your next stop is Wat Po, the temple of the reclining Buddha which is the largest and oldest in Bangkok. Your last stop is at Wat Benchamabopit or the marble temple. This magnificent monastery was built with white Italian marble from Carrara.

Starting Accommodation: Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers

Day 4 – At leisure, Bangkok
Thailand's capital, Bangkok, is a city that displays 30,000 lavish temples and a great variety of colorful architecture. Take a tuk-tuk ride around the city to check out some of the temples your might have missed or cozy up at a street stall and sample some street Pad Thai. Souvenir shopping is also a must; just be sure to bargain! The day is at your leisure to explore Bangkok.

Starting Accommodation: Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers (B)

Day 5 – Bangkok to Chiang Mai
An English speaking representative will meet you in your hotel lobby for your private airport transfer for your flight to Chiang Mai. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your accommodation by private vehicle.

It would be difficult to find a city that reflects more of Thailand’s diverse cultural heritage and modern aspirations than Chiang Mai. Tour buses crowd Burmese-style temples ablaze with the color of saffron and humming with the chanting of monks, and narrow streets lined with ornately carved teak houses lie in the shadow of contemporary skyscrapers.

Chiang Mai is the gateway city to Thailand’s lush north and its rustic hill tribe villages. Dating back 700 years, the focal point is “Old City,” the walled and moated remains of an imposing fortress. Surrounding this historic site is a blossoming city containing all the characteristics of a modern town. Original gates have been lovingly restored and the chanting of monks drifts softly through the narrow streets from three of the area’s most revered temples. Travel by tuk-tuk (motorized three-wheeler) to the Night Bazaar where local tribes-people sell handicrafts alongside merchants hawking jade jewelry, hammered silver plates, and reams of silk.

Starting Accommodation: Ratti Lanna Riverside Spa Resort (B)

Day 6 – At leisure, Chiang Mai
Today is at your leisure to enjoy Chiang Mai. Explore the temples dotted within the city, relax at a quaint cafe, or pick up some local goods. Fill your day enjoying the laid back atmosphere of this northern Thai city. 

Starting Accommodation: Ratti Lanna Riverside Spa Resort (B, L)

Day 7 – Chiang Mai to Phuket
An English speaking representative will meet you in your hotel lobby for your private airport transfer for your flight to Phuket. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your accommodation by private vehicle.

Although Phuket’s name is derived from the Malaysian word “Bukit,” meaning “mountain,” it is the island’s sheltered coves and long stretches of pristine beach that draw most visitors to its shores. The warm waters of the Andaman Sea beckon a plethora of water sports ranging from snorkeling to windsurfing, and yield the best seafood in Thailand. If you can tear yourself away from that perfect spot on the beach, go on a safari and explore Phuket’s lush jungles. 

Starting Accommodation: Katathani Beach Resort (B)

Day 8 – At leisure, Phuket
A day at leisure enjoying the beauty of Phuket. Speedboat through mangrove swamps or view the bay’s famed limestone out crops in Phang Nga Bay. Visit James Bond Island, site of the movie, 'The Man With The Golden Gun'. In the afternoon you could visit Khai Island; renowned for the beautiful rocks, corals, and isolated beaches, Khai Island is famous for snorkeling. Spend your day as you please!

Starting Accommodation: Katathani Beach Resort (B)

Day 9 – At leisure, Phuket
This day is at your leisure. Explore the surrounding area on your own or on one of our additional day excursions.

Starting Accommodation: Katathani Beach Resort (B)

Day 10 – Phuket to Bangkok
Transfer to the airport by private vehicle for your flight to Bangkok. Upon arrival you will transfer to your Bangkok hotel for the night.    

Starting Accommodation: Hotel Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (B)

Day 11 – Bangkok to USA
Transfer from your Bangkok hotel to the airport for your return flight to the USA. (B)

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Highlighted Activities

Bangkok City & Temples
Bangkok City & Temples
Length: Half-day
Chiang Mai City and Temples
Chiang Mai City and Temples
Chiang Mai
Length: Half-day
Klong Cruise and Grand Palace
Klong Cruise and Grand Palace
Length: Half-day
Phang Nga Bay and Khai Island
Phang Nga Bay and Khai Island
Length: Full-day


BangkokRoyal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & TowersShangri-La Hotel, BangkokThe Peninsula Bangkok
Chiang MaiRatti Lanna Riverside Spa ResortAnantara Chiang Mai ResortFour Seasons Resort Chiang Mai
PhuketKatathani Phuket Beach ResortJW Marriott Phuket Resort & SpaTrisara


Please note all prices listed below are approximations and subject to current rate of exchange adjustments. Each itinerary can be fully customized to your interests and needs.

Twin Share
11/1/2017 - 12/19/2017$1,900$2,975$2,465
Single Traveler
11/1/2017 - 12/19/2017$3,150$4,680$4,285

Add internal air to this package from $605*

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Prices are per person, twin/double share in USD. All highlighted savings are reflected in the price. Travel may be limited to certain days of the week. Hotels and tours remain subject to availability. Cancellation penalties and other booking or alteration restrictions may exist. Please note blackout dates may apply to Christmas, New Year and local special event periods. Pricing may increase over Holiday and special event periods and may not be reflected in price grid. Prices indicated remain subject to change without notice. Prices are not guaranteed until full payment is received and processed. CST #2012413-20 See our full Terms and Conditions: