Duration
12 Days
Fitness
Moderate
Travel
Multiple dates in 2019
Destination
Thailand
Seize the chance to encounter the best of Thailand at an excellent value. The 12 Day Classic Thailand Tour, with an exciting $400 MyDiscoveries discount, covers from top to bottom the rich natural and cultural landscape of this South East Asian gem. Busy yourself with the brilliant bustle of Bangkok and its scrumptious street food, Wat Pho temple and Grand Palace. Scope out Ayutthaya’s temples, step back in history in Thailand’s first capital, then traverse the ‘Golden Triangle’ where Thailand meets Myanmar and Laos. Chiang Mai will stand out for its ornate temples, Buddha holy relics and for delightful encounters with local families.
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Included international return flights to Thailand with Tiger Airways or similar
  • My Discoveries exclusive discount – save up to $400
  • Encounter the giant reclining Buddha at Bangkok’s oldest and largest temple, visit a jade factory in Chiang Mai, peruse historic sites in Thailand’s first capital, Sukhothai

HOLIDAY INCLUDES
International return flights included Australia-Bangkok, Bangkok-Australia
Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
Save up to $400 with an exclusive MyDiscoveries discount
Intra-flight Chiang Mai-Bangkok
11 nights First Class accommodations: 4 nights Bangkok, 1 night Ayutthaya, 1 night Sukhothai, 2 nights Chiang Rai, 3 nights Chiang Mai
18 meals included: 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners with wine or beer
Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
Hotel porterage
All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
Entrance fees per itinerary
Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

TRAVEL DATES 
Departure dates in 2019:
  • Sep: 03, 04, 11, 14, 25
  • Oct: 01, 02, 08, 09, 10, 12, 16, 17, 23, 24, 26, 29
  • Nov: 01, 02, 05, 06, 09, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 30
  • Dec: 02, 03, 04, 07, 08, 09, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 22, 26, 28, 29, 30, 31
Departure dates in 2020:
  • Jan: 01, 04, 05, 06, 08, 09, 11, 13, 18, 20, 28, 30, 31
  • Feb: 04, 05, 06, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29
  • Mar: 01, 02, 04
*These departures are subject to availability and prices may vary. Please call for an up to date price on 1300 404 606 **Advertised price based on departure dates: 17 Oct 19 from Sydney at time of publishing Already booked your flights? Call us to book your Land only package at MyDiscoveries on 1300 404 606
ITINERARY
  • Day 1: Depart for Thailand
  • Day 2: Bangkok City Tour / Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 3: Full Day in Bangkok / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 4: Travel to Ayutthaya, Ayutthaya City Tour / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5: Travel to Sukhothai, Sukhothai Historical Park / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 6: Travel to Chiang Rai / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7: Mae Sai Border Town & Golden Triangle / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day 8: Travel to Chiang Mai / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 9: Full Day in Chiang Mai / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 10: Chiang Mai City & Temples Tour, Dinner at Private Home / Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 11: Flight to Bangkok / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 12: Depart Thailand / Meals: Breakfast
For Full Itinerary information CLICK HERE
MAP  
HOTELS
  • Bangkok: Movenpick Hotel Sukhumvit 15 Bangkok or similar
  • Ayutthaya: Kantary Hotel
  • Sukhothai: Sukhothai Heritage Resort
  • Chiang Rai: The Riverie by Katathani
  • Chiang Mai: Movenpick Suriwongse Hotel Chiang Mai

WHY BOOK WITH MYDISCOVERIES?
At MyDiscoveries we want to help you make ‘one day’, today. Whether you’re into cruising or glamping, or if you’d prefer to holiday at home or abroad, we’re driven to make your holiday dreams come true. With over 20 years of travel experience, you can be sure we can create the right holiday for you. Can’t find what you’re looking for on our site? Call us on 1300 404 606 and one of our travel consultants can create an incredible package for you.
The MyDiscoveries 30 Day Booking Guarantee means that if you can’t get the travel dates you want within 30 days of buying the voucher, we’ll give you your money back
Pay over 5 x monthly, interest-free instalments. Credit card holders can spread their payments over 5 months on all MyDiscoveries holidays

FINE PRINT 
  • Valid for travel: Multiple departure dates in 2019.
  • Advertised price based on a 02 Nov 2019 departure from Sydney at time of publishing.
  • Advertised price may vary and is subject to availability at time of booking.
  • Subject to availability at time of booking for new bookings only.
  • Airlines are subject to best available at the time of confirmation or may change depending on date of departure.
  • All prices are subject to change at any time without notice.
  • Valid for sales unless sold out prior.
  • If you need to cancel your trip after travel has been confirmed, the travel operator may impose cancellation fees. In addition, MyDiscoveries will charge a AUD $100 per person cancellation fee. We recommend taking out travel insurance as soon as you have booked your travel dates so you have protection against emergency cancellations that might be needed.
  • Travel insurance not included, customers are advised to purchase appropriate cover.
  • Once your MyDiscoveries Voucher has been purchased you will be contacted by the MyDiscoveries Reservations team will work with the tour operator to get you booked onto your preferred travel dates.
  • When booking in your travel dates, make sure you have your travel voucher number, traveller names and details of any special requirements (e.g. vegetarian etc)
  • The MyDiscoveries team will send an email to you confirming all of your booking information.
  • Excludes: visa, travel insurance, meals not mentioned and items of a personal nature

VISA INFORMATION
A visa gives a non-citizen permission to enter and stay in a certain country. MyDiscoveries cannot issue visas for your trip. You will need to research Visa requirements and contact the nearest embassy or consulate. Australian Government’s travel advice service smartraveller.gov.au is a good place to start. Read more Visa information here.

Book your holiday now by purchasing online at www.mydiscoveries.com.au or calling us on 1300 404 606
1

Depart for Thailand

Depart for Thailand. Arrive in exotic Bangkok, Thailand’s capital city; transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to rest, relax and acclimate to the new time zone.
2

Bangkok City Tour

Begin your day with a city and temple tour of Bangkok, a fascinating mix of ancient and modern. Drive through Chinatown and then on to the colorful Indian Market. Visit serene Wat Po, the oldest and largest temple in the city, with the astonishing giant Reclining Buddha, over 150 feet long and almost 40 feet high. Drive to Royal Avenue where most of the Government offices are located and the King’s Palace. Later in the afternoon, a Welcome Drink and orientation meeting with your Tour Manager on the exciting journey that lies ahead, followed by a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers. MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
3

Full Day in Bangkok

Full day at leisure to explore Bangkok on your own. Or, don’t miss the optional morning tour of Wat Phra Kaew, also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha,* and the elaborate 18th century Grand Palace, symbol and ceremonial heart of the kingdom – together they form the most impressive sights in Bangkok. Despite the proximity of the two, there’s a distinct contrast in style between the Thai-inspired Wat Phra Kaew and the European design of the Grand Palace. In the evening, attend the optionalbuffet dinner and stunning performance of the “Journey to the Enchanted Kingdom of Siam”. Boasting over 150 performers, this lavish production delves into Siam’s history and culture

Optional: Half Day Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha (AM)

Optional: Siam Niramit Show & Dinner (PM)

MEALS: Breakfast
4

Travel to Ayutthaya, Ayutthaya City Tour

Depart Bangkok to Ayutthaya, the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai for over 400 years, once glorified as one of the largest cities in Southeast Asia. Ayutthaya Historical Park, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lies in the center of the city. Here, you can see the ruins of the former capital and its remaining palaces, monasteries and towers – one can envision the grandeur and splendor that was once the Kingdom of Ayutthaya. Visit Bang Pa-In Palace, a collection of beautiful buildings in various architectural styles, surrounded by a lake. Originally built by King Prasat Thong in 1632, Bang Pa-In served as the Royal Summer Palace for the Thai Kings. Continue to the Chai Wattanaram Temple, built by King Prasat Thong to honor his mother, conceived as a replica of the Angkor Temple – this is a serene place where one can reflect and enjoy the tranquility. Tonight, gather together for dinner at the hotel.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

5

Travel to Sukhothai, Sukhothai Historical Park

Start your morning with visit to a local school. Continue to Sukhothai, birthplace of the Thai nation, founded in the 13th century by King Ramkhamhaeng. The country’s first capital was established here in 1238 and lasted over two centuries. Sukhothai is world-famous its over 100 historical sites and treasures, including some of the most beautiful Thai art and architecture in the country, created during the city’s “golden era”, between the 13th and 14th centuries. Visit the Old Town of Sukhothai with its impressive Historical Park, immaculately restored and set among leafy hills and peaceful lotus ponds, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At this astonishing site, most of the remains of the original city can be seen. Marvel at the ancient Buddha figures, palaces, temples and historical monuments and feel yourself drift back in time to a bygone era. MEALS: Breakfast
6

Travel to Chiang Rai

This morning, depart Sukhothai and drive to scenic Chiang Rai, the northernmost province of Thailand for overnight. MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
7

Mae Sai Border Town & Golden Triangle

Explore this city that remained completely isolated from the world until the 1920s. Travel to the border town of Mae Sai, at the tip of Thailand. At this border crossing, arrangements may be made to enter Myanmar*. Ascend to the hilltop viewpoint to see the famous “Golden Triangle” of Southeast Asia – meeting point of the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos. The locals call it “Sop Ruak”, as this is also where the Mekong meets the Ruak River. Savor a locally prepared lunch in a nearby farming village. Later, a short cruise then takes you along the banks of the Mekong to the small island of Don Sao in Laos; leisure time at the lively markets before returning to Thailand. Continue to the dramatic House of Opium at Golden Triangle Park, offering an informative exhibition on the history of opium which dates back almost 5000 years before returning to Chiang Rai for overnight *Entering Myanmar (Burma) requires a border crossing fee of approx US$40, payable locally. The opportunity to cross the border will depend on local conditions and cannot be guaranteed. If the border crossing is not possible, alternate arrangements will be made.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch
8

Travel to Chiang Mai

Morning is at leisure when you have an opportunity to join the optional excursion to Mae Salong, still inhabited by hill people, namely the Akha, Long Neck and Salong tribes. Visit one of the tribes to see their unique way of life and learn more about their culture before driving to Chiang Mai, ancient capital of the Lanna Kingdom. En route, stop at a local gem gallery before arriving in Chiang Mai, cultural heart of Northern Thailand, located in the rolling foothills of the Himalayas. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure.

Optional: Half Day Mae Salong Hill Tribe (AM)

MEALS: Breakfast
9

Full Day in Chiang Mai

Morning is at leisure to explore Chiang Mai independently or, join the optional Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden, established in 1993, as the first botanical garden in Thailand. Stroll through the lush grounds covered with exotic types of trees, plants and flowers. After your visit, stop for lunch at a local restaurant before returning to your hotel. In the afternoon, visit Sankampang Street, center of handicrafts, for on-site demonstrations on how the silk, lacquer, silver, wood and bronze wares are made. At the end of the day, pamper yourself with an optional Thai massage.

Optional: Half Day Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden with lunch (AM) Optional: Traditional Thai Massage
MEALS: Breakfast
10

Chiang Mai City & Temples Tour, Dinner at Private Home

Morning tour of the most interesting temples in Chiang Mai. Begin at Wat Suan Dok, where the remains of the Chiang Mai Royal family are enshrined. Continue to Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, Northern Thailand’s most sacred temple, containing a holy relic of Lord Buddha. Equally impressive is the mythological Naga (dragon-headed serpent) staircase, with 290 steps leading up to the temple grounds. Visit to a local jade factory, followed by an afternoon at leisure to wander independently in Chiang Mai. Tonight, a unique experience. Join a local Chiang Mai family at an authentic Thai Dinner in their home. Enjoy a tour of the home, conversation about life in Chiang Mai and savor the great flavors of home-cooked food.
MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
11

Flight to Bangkok

Depart Chiang Mai this morning on your flight to Bangkok; arrive and transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to enjoy all of the delights of Bangkok on your own. Shop to your heart’s content, visit to the many amazing markets, and try some of the fabulous restaurants in this energetic city.

MEALS: Breakfast
12

Depart Thailand

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

MEALS: Breakfast
DESTINATION The heart of South East Asia, Thailand is a destination of excellent value, delicious cuisine, beautiful temples and friendly welcomes. In beating cities like Bangkok, the air is full of sweet and spicy street-food aromas and ample opportunity for mall and market shopping. Deep greens of verdant jungle and crystal blues of island beaches combine with the golden shine of Buddha statues at the many beautiful temples throughout the country. You’ll be grateful for the chance to check in at Wat Pho in Bangkok, Chai Wattaranam in Ayutthaya and Chiang Mai’s famous temple complex housing a holy Buddha relic and a majestic ‘naga’ (dragon serpent) staircase. The best bit about Thailand is the smiling faces of its people, so enjoy the chance to share a meal in the home of a Chiang Mai family.
FLIGHT Flights included in the deal!
TRANSFER All domestic transfers are included
MYDISCOVERIES VIP PACK
  • Start your holiday before you’ve even stepped on the plane with MyDiscoveries exclusive VIP package.
  • Arrive at Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane airport in the comfort and style of a privately chauffeured luxury SUV or sedan, complete with complimentary water and WiFi.
  • Relax and unwind away from the usual airport hustle and bustle with premium lounge access complete with an array of amazing facilities at your disposal.
Read more CLICK HERE
WEATHER Thailand’s climate is tropical with a mean annual temperature of 28°C and high humidity. There are three distinct seasons – the hot season from March to May, the cool season from November to February and the rainy season from about June to October.
VISA  We do not issue visas for overseas travel and cannot provide definitive information on visas. Only the countries you plan to visit can provide up-to-date information about their visa requirements. For all countries, contact the nearest embassy or consulate of the country you intend to visit well in advance of travel. Not all countries have representation in Australia. For a list of all countries visa requirements Click Here
TRAVEL INSURANCE
  • MyDiscoveries can arrange a personalised travel insurance quote for you.
  • Call us on 1300 404 606 and quote Discovery10 for a 10% discount.
What is included in The Deal? Please refer to the ‘Includes’ section in The Deal for details of what’s included. If you are unclear, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 1300 404 606 for more information.
Are there any health precautions or vaccinations that I need? We recommend you see your doctor at least six weeks prior to travel to get their advice and to allow time for any necessary vaccinations.
Can I arrange my flights with MyDiscoveries? MyDiscoveries is a full-service travel agency and we can arrange flights to any destination. Call us on 1300 404 606 to get a personalised quote.
Do I need travel insurance? We always recommend that you purchase travel insurance as soon as your travel dates are confirmed. MyDiscoveries can arrange a personalised travel insurance quote for you – call us on 1300 404 606
Can MyDiscoveries organise my travel insurance? We always recommend that you purchase travel insurance as soon as your travel dates are confirmed. MyDiscoveries can arrange a personalised travel insurance quote at competitive rates for you – call us on 1300 404 606
When will my booking be confirmed? Once your MyDiscoveries holiday voucher has been purchased you will be contacted by a member of the MyDiscoveries Reservations team. MyDiscoveries will work with the tour operator to get you booked onto your preferred travel dates and will send you an email to confirm your booking information. If for any reason we are unable to book you onto your preferred dates please refer to the MyDiscoveries 30 Day Booking Guarantee to understand our refund policy. When booking in to your travel dates, make sure you have your travel voucher number, traveller names and details of any special requirements.
What is the cancellation procedure? / Can I cancel or make changes to my booking? If for any reason you need to cancel your booking, contact the MyDiscoveries Reservations team on 1300 404 606. Once we have received your verbal request for cancellation we will ask you to confirm the request in writing (email or post is fine) so that we can accurately start processing the cancellation. Make sure you include your travel voucher number and traveller names when requesting and confirming the cancellation. Please be aware that the travel operator may impose cancellation fees. In addition, MyDiscoveries will charge a AUD $100 per person cancellation fee for cancellations outside our 30 Day Booking Guarantee period.
When will I receive my tour documentation? This one depends on the tour operator.
What type of clothes should I bring? Bring comfortable walking shoes, a sweater, clothes you can layer, an all-weather jacket, and an umbrella.
I haven’t received my MyDiscoveries voucher yet. What do I do? If you have not received your voucher contact MyDiscoveries on 1300 404 606 and we will resend your voucher by email or post.
How fit do I need to be? We have graded all MyDiscoveries products with a fitness level. Relaxed, Moderate & Active. For more information on the MyDiscoveries Fitness Levels CLICK HERE
How do I take advantage of the 5 monthly payments plan? At time of booking online, you should be able to select our 5 monthly installment plan as a payment option. If booking over the phone, please mention you wish to pay in 5 monthly payments and our team will ensure this is set up. This is a free of charge service that allows you to pay off your holiday in 5 equal payments. How does it work? Pay only 1/5th of the total of your Holiday at time of booking. Your remaining 4 payments will be taken automatically from the same credit card on the same day of the next 4 months. Easy!
Where can I find the full terms and conditions for MyDiscoveries? Specific terms and conditions for each holiday can be found in the Fine Print section of every holiday. Full terms and condition for My Discoveries can be found HERE
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