The Real Deal Vacation package to Thailand includes airfare from L.A. to Bangkok on Korean Air; all intra-Thailand transportation including a flight from Chiang Mai to Bangkok; four nights at the Ramada Plaza Menam Riverside Hotel in Bangkok; one night at the Topland Hotel in Phitsanulok; one night at the Wienglakor Hotel in Lampang; two nights at the Phowadol Resort & Spa in Chiang Rai; three nights at the Centara Duangtawan Hotel Chiang Mai; a full American buffet breakfast daily and welcome dinner in Bangkok; sightseeing and tours per itinerary with all transfers, entrance fees, and the services of an English-speaking tour guide; guided tours of the Golden Buddha, Reclining Buddha, and the White Marble Temple, three ancient pagodas in Ayutthaya, stone carvings in Lopburi, the Monkey Temple, the Bronze Case Factory in Phitsanulok, 13th century ruins of Siam, the Textile Museum, a visit to the northern outpost of the Kingdom of Sukhothai, trip to the lakeside town of Phayao, a boat trip on the Mekong River to the Golden Triangle where Thailand meets Laos and Myanmar, trip to Mae Sai (northernmost point of Thailand), and visits to an elephant camp and orchid farm in Chiang Mai; from $1,799 per person including all hotel and air taxes and fees.
When Apr. 1, 2014 ($1,799); add $100 for Jan. 7, Feb. 4, 18, Mar. 4, 18, 2014; add $300 for Dec. 27, 2013.
Gateways L.A. ($1,799); add $129 for New York City.
The Fine Print Vacation package reflects the cash discount price ($1,799). Call SmarTours to reserve and send a $300 non-refundable check deposit within seven days to confirm your spot. Remaining balance is due 75 days prior to departure. Based on double occupancy; contact the company directly for single supplement pricing. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book By Dec. 18, 2013.
Contact SmarTours, 800/337-7773, smartours.com.
Why It's a Deal A recent Kayak search shows the lowest round-trip airfare between L.A. and Bangkok starts from $809 in early April (China Southern). Add to that $74 per person for the flight from Chiang Mai to Bangkok, $211 per person without taxes for four nights at the Ramada Plaza Menam Riverside Hotel, $33 per person without taxes for one night at the Topland Hotel, $27 per person including taxes for one night at the Weinglakor Hotel, $65 per person including taxes for two nights at the Phowadol Resort & Spa, and $259 per person including taxes for three nights at the Centara Duangtawan Hotel Chiang Mai, and you're already spending $1,478 on airfare and accommodation alone. For just $321 more than that, this travel package gives you the same perks—plus several guided tours, all transfers and ground transportation in Thailand, an extensive sightseeing program including entrance fees and the services of an English-speaking tour guide, and all taxes and fees.
More Several optional tours are also available, including a guided tour of Bangkok's Grand Palace for $40 per person, a guided trip to the villages of Chiang Rai for $35 per person, a traditional Kantoke dinner show for $30 per person including dinner, a trip to the Wat Doi Suthep Temple for $30 per person, and a farewell dinner in Chiang Mai for $30 per person.
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