TREASURES OF THAILAND
Your Small Group Tour Highlights
Bangkok touring, including Wat Pho Temple and Grand
Palace complex • Long-tail boat ride through “hidden”
Bangkok • Ayutthaya UNESCO site • Damnoen Saduak
Floating Market • Kanchanaburi’s WWII cemetery and
Burma Railroad memorials • Close-up looks at Thai farming life • Golden Triangle, including Mekong boat ride •
Two-night stay at Khum Lanna nature reserve • Thai cooking class • Visit to an elephant sanctuary • Chiang Mai
Day Itinerary Hotel Rating
1 Depart U.S. for Bangkok
2-4 Bangkok Royal Orchid Deluxe Sheraton
5-7 Kanchanaburi The Float House Not rated River Kwai
8-9 Chiang Rai Le Meridien Deluxe
10-11 Phrao Khum Lanna Not rated Resort
12-13 Chiang Mai Na Nirand Romantic Deluxe Boutique Resort
14 Chiang Mai/Depart for U.S. (overnight flight)
15 Arrive U.S.
Ratings are based on the Hotel & Travel Index, the travel
industry standard reference. Unrated hotels may be too
small, too new, or too remote to be listed.
Avg. High (°F) Jan Feb Mar Apr Oct Nov Dec
Bangkok 89 89 91 94 89 88 87
ChiangMai 84 89 92 97 88 85 82
ChiangRai 82 87 92 93 86 83 80
15 days from $3,792 total price
from Los Angeles, San Francisco
($3,495 air & land inclusive plus $297
airline taxes and fees)
Journey with us to Siam of old, where art and beauty reign, Lord Buddha is revered,
nature’s bounty is savored, and gentleness prevails.
On this thoughtful small group tour, we encounter
many of Thailand’s treasures, both renowned
Day 1: Depart U.S. for Bangkok, Thailand
Day 2: Arrive Bangkok We arrive in the Thai capital
late this evening and transfer directly to our hotel.
Day 3: Bangkok After meeting our fellow travelers
and Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director at this morning’s
briefing about the journey ahead, we set out to explore,
beginning at the colorful Bangkok Flower Market.
Then we ride “tuk tuks,” traditional three-wheel open-air taxis, to Wat Pho Temple, home of the Reclining
Buddha. Covered in gold leaf, the icon measures some
49 feet tall by 151 feet long. Next we visit the immense
Grand Palace complex where we see the elaborate
Temple of the Emerald Buddha, with its venerated 31-
inch-high statue carved from a single piece of jade.
Then we board boats for a tour of “hidden” Bangkok.
Tonight we enjoy a welcome dinner. B,L,D
Day 4: Bangkok/Ayutthaya Today’s first stop is
Bang Pa-in, the historic summer palace of Thai royalty.
Then we continue on to Ayutthaya, Thailand’s ancient
capital that in 1700 was the largest city in the world
– and that by 1767 lay in ruins. It’s the evocative remains of the palaces, pagodas, and monasteries that
once stood here that we encounter today as we explore
the historical park, now a UNESCO site. B,L
Day 5: Bangkok/Kanchanaburi This morning we
visit the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, where
vendors aboard hundreds of sampans laden with fresh
flowers, fruits, and vegetables traverse the canals selling their wares. Then we travel on to Kanchanaburi,
where we visit the infamous bridge that spans the
River Kwai, part of the World War II “Death Railway” project and whose story is immortalized in book
and film as The Bridge on the River Kwai. We end
the day’s touring with a long-tail boat ride along the
River Kwai to our floating hotel. B,L,D
Day 6: Kanchanaburi A look at Thai farming life
is on tap as we visit the village of Nong Khao for a
tour by local truck. We pay our respects at the village
shrine then head out to the fan-palm orchard to see
how locals collect the palm products for market. We
sample some of the local goods and tropical fruits, and
learn about the important role rice plays in Thai life.
Before returning to our hotel, we see the wooden bridge
of the Tham Krasae Death Railway, and stop at the
Cemetery of the Allied Prisoners of War, burial site of
WWII prisoners who perished as forced laborers on
the construction of the notorious Burma Railway. B,L,D
Day 7: Kanchanaburi We travel downstream to
witness another poignant scene from the Death Railway: Hellfire Pass, where prisoners had only hand
We explore the ruins of the once-grand city of Ayutthaya, now a UNESCO site, on Day 4.