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Thailand - A Cultural Journey 12 Days
Price 12 Days
From   USD 2986 Per Person

 

Flight 1Nts, Bangkok 4Nts, Chiang Mai 3Nts, Phuket 3Nts
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  • Extend to Singapore or Malaysia
  • This tour can be tailored made on private basis. Please contact our travel experts.
  • Discover the amazing treasures of Thailand and the scenic beauty of North and South

     

    Day 01
    Depart for Bangkok
    Fly to Bangkok.
    Day 02
    Bangkok, Thailand
    On arrival at the airport, you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the time will be free to relax. Overnight at hotel.
    [x] Breakfast [x] Lunch [Y] Dinner 
    Day 03
    River Kwai - Jeath Museum - Train ride
    After breakfast depart for a trip to River Kwai.  The trip includes a visit to the infamous bridge on the River Kwai, built by Allied prisoners of war (POW) during World War II. It includes a visit to a war cemetery containing the graves of an estimated 9,000 Allied soldiers who died while building the bridge and constructing the notorious “Death Railway”. At the JEATH Museum, guests will see a replica of a Japanese POW camp, followed by a train journey along a stunning stretch of the Death Railway. Upon arrival at Wang Po station, close to the Burmese border, you can buy a buffet lunch. After an exciting day, we head back to Bangkok for dinner. Overnight in Bangkok.
    [Y] Breakfast [x] Lunch [Y] Dinner
    Day 04
    Bangkok - Damnoen Saduak Floating Market - Rose Garden
    This morning you visit the floating market of Damnoen Saduak, where traders sell exotic fruit and vegetables, silks and toys. Following, you will proceed to visit the world's tallest Buddhist pagoda, Phra Pathom Chedi, before heading to the Rose Garden cultural centre for lunch and a fantastic Thai show that includes the fingernail dance, sword fighting and Thai boxing. Overnight in Bangkok.
    [Y] Breakfast [x] Lunch [Y] Dinner
    Day 05
    Bangkok - Ayutthaya
    After breakfast head north from Bangkok to the city of Ayutthaya the capital of Kingdom of Siam from 1350-1767. The former Siamese capital Ayutthaya lies 70 km north of Bangkok. Visit Bang Pa-In Summer Palace, which was revived by the Chakri kings in the 19th century and sports a mixture of Thai, Chinese and European architectural styles. Continue to the ruins of Ayutthaya, abandoned after a Bamar invasion of 1767. In its heyday, Ayutthaya was one of the wealthiest and most magnificent cities of the Orient. Visit the remains of Wat Maha That (the 'great relic' temple) Wat Na Phramane and Wat Lokayasutharam with its giant reclining Buddha image. Board the river Cruise and return to Bangkok along the Chao Phraya, the 'River of Kings'. Enjoy the countryside scenery gives way to the city of Bangkok. Overnight in Bangkok.
    [Y] Breakfast [x] Lunch [Y] Dinner
    Day 06
    Bangkok - City Tour - Chiang Mai
    Today we check out from our hotel and start with the city tour of Bangkok. Visiting the splendid Wat Traimit Temple with its golden Buddha, Wat Po with its stunning reclining Buddha, the amazing Grand Palace, and the wonderful Temple of the Emerald Buddha. We then proceed to the airport for your flight to Chang Mai. On arrival transfer for dinner and overnight in Chiang Mai.
    [Y] Breakfast [x] Lunch [Y] Dinner
    Day 07
    Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai
    After breakfast depart for Chiang Rai city, the older sister of Chiang Mai, founded in 1262 by King Mengrai. We start off to Chiang Rai and visit the beautiful White Temple also known as Wat Rongkhun built by Mr. Chalermchai, the famous Buddhist artist. Next, drive to the Golden Triangle territory, visiting Sop Ruak, where the Ruak River converges with the mighty Mekong and the borders of Myanmar, Thailand and Laos converge. This is the apex of the Thai portion of the notorious Golden Triangle, but nowadays this side of the border is less wild. Descend to the busy border market town of Mae Sai, at the northern most point in Thailand, facing the Burmese town of Tachilek across the Sai river. Overnight in Chiang Mai.
    [Y] Breakfast [x] Lunch [Y] Dinner
    Day 08
    Chiang Mai - City Tour - Hmong Nong village Botanical Gardens
    After breakfast have a half day city tour of Chiang Mai has many beautiful and historical Buddhist temples, and this tour will take you to visit Chiang Mai's most interesting one, 600 year old Wat Phra That Doi Suthep perched 1053 metres above sea-level on Doi Suthep mountainside. The final ascent to the site is via a magnificent Naga (dragon-headed serpent) staircase of 306 step (alternatively for a small extra cost the temple can be reached by a cable-lift). Inside is an intriguing copper-plated chedi topped by a five-tier golf umbrella which contains partial relics of Lord Buddha. Other temples include Wat Suan Dok whose large central stupa contains a Buddha relic and where the ashes of Chiang Mai's Royal Family are interred; Wat Chedi Luang where the Emerald Buddha was once enshrined; and Wat Phra Singh, housing a very sacred 1,500 years old Buddha image. Continue onto Make your first stop in the Hmong village of Baan Hmong Nong Hoi Mai, a development which has been designated as a ‘Royal Project’ of the Thai monarchy. Whereas the members of the community once made their living by cultivating opium, today the villagers have transformed the nearby hillsides of the area into a series of sustainable farm fields and test plantations. Continue to the Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden, another development project kick startedby the Thai Royal Family. Overnight in Chiang Mai.
    [Y] Breakfast [x] Lunch [Y] Dinner
    Day 09
    Chiang Mai - Phuket
    After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight to Phuket. Rest of the day at leisure. In the evening attend the FantaSea Show with dinner. Spend an evening at Phuket Fanta-Sea: The Ultimate Cultural Theme Park. Watch an award-winning show that brings Thai legends to life and enjoy a delicious buffet dinner at this family-friendly venue. You’ll be charmed by the magic of state-of-the-art special effects and dancing elephants on stage. Overnight Phuket.
    [Y] Breakfast [x] Lunch [Y] Dinner
    Day 10
    Phuket
    After breakfast day at leisure.
    [Y] Breakfast [x] Lunch [Y] Dinner
    Day 11
    Phuket
    After breakfast day at leisure.
    [Y] Breakfast [x] Lunch [Y] Dinner
    Day 12
    Depart from Phuket
    After breakfast depending upon your flight time transfer to the airport for your flight.
    [Y] Breakfast [x] Lunch [x] Dinner
    Accomodation Detail to be announced later.
    Thailand - A Cultural Journey 12 Days
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    Departures

     

    2020 Tour Departures

    Ex. London

    Departure Date
    17 Nov 2020
    Arrival Date
    28 Nov 2020
    Available
    Per Person Cost on Twin Sharing basis
    (With Flight From UK) USD 3750 ,
    (Without Flight) USD 2987
    (With Flight From UK) Adult USD 139 Child USD 139

    (Without Flight) Adult USD 139 Child USD 139

    Passengers
    Rates
    With Flight From UK Without Flight
    USD USD
    Sharing
    Per Adult
    3750 2987
    Twin Room
    Per Adult
    3750 2987
    Double Room
    Per Adult
    3750 2987
    Triple Room
    Child 2-11YRS
    2445 1806
    1st Child(with Bed) when 2 adults paying
    Child 2-11YRS
    2167 1528
    2nd Child(without Bed) when 2 adults paying
    Infant 0-23 Months
    1112 834
    Infant
    Per Adult
    4237 3473
    Single Room
    2021 Tour Departures

    Ex. London

    Departure Date
    03 Feb 2021
    Arrival Date
    14 Feb 2021
    Available
    Per Person Cost on Twin Sharing basis
    (With Flight From UK) USD 3750 ,
    (Without Flight) USD 2987
    (With Flight From UK) Adult USD 278 Child USD 278

    (Without Flight) Adult USD 278 Child USD 278

    Passengers
    Rates
    With Flight From UK Without Flight
    USD USD
    Sharing
    Per Adult
    3750 2987
    Twin Room
    Per Adult
    3750 2987
    Double Room
    Per Adult
    3750 2987
    Triple Room
    Child 2-11YRS
    2445 1806
    1st Child(with Bed) when 2 adults paying
    Child 2-11YRS
    2167 1528
    2nd Child(without Bed) when 2 adults paying
    Infant 0-23 Months
    1112 834
    Infant
    Per Adult
    4237 3473
    Single Room
    Departure Date
    10 Mar 2021
    Arrival Date
    21 Mar 2021
    Available
    Per Person Cost on Twin Sharing basis
    (With Flight From UK) USD 3750 ,
    (Without Flight) USD 2987
    (With Flight From UK) Adult USD 278 Child USD 278

    (Without Flight) Adult USD 278 Child USD 278

    Passengers
    Rates
    With Flight From UK Without Flight
    USD USD
    Sharing
    Per Adult
    3750 2987
    Twin Room
    Per Adult
    3750 2987
    Double Room
    Per Adult
    3750 2987
    Triple Room
    Child 2-11YRS
    2445 1806
    1st Child(with Bed) when 2 adults paying
    Child 2-11YRS
    2167 1528
    2nd Child(without Bed) when 2 adults paying
    Infant 0-23 Months
    1112 834
    Infant
    Per Adult
    4237 3473
    Single Room

    Q: What essentials do I need to carry with me on the journey?

    A: Passports with relevant visas, travel insurance policy, appropriate currencies. Long journeys are unavoidable, and we recommend you wear comfortable clothing and carry essentials such as a jacket or jumper, tissues etc., as access to the luggage hold may not be possible until a comfort stop or arrival at your destination.
     


    Q: Do I need to carry a passport, apply for Visa and what vaccinations?

    A: All passengers require a passport for travel outside your country of residence.Please ensure you have a passport that is valid for 6 months from the date of completing the tour. Always advisable to have passport copy in your main luggage. 

    We request you to see the following websites for the latest updates on travel to your destinations.

    For UK Residents: 
    https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
    For USA Residents: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country.html

    You are responsible for ensuring that you have correct visa prior to travel. Sona Tours is not responsible or liable in any way should you be denied travel due to incorrect documentation.

    For further information on vaccinations please check the above websites or 
    https://www.iamat.org  or contact your medical doctor for recent updates.


    Q: What happens tome if stopped at customs & Immigrations?

    A: Sona Tours cannot be held responsible if passengers are stopped or held by any government departments, e.g. Police, Customs, Immigration or any other authorities. We are sorry to say that the tour will continue and no financial or any other kind of responsibility will be accepted by Sona Tours.


    Q: Should I bring all my medicament with me?

    A: Please note, that in airport your luggage will be checked. You should keep only minimum amount of medicament on you. In case, please bring report from your doctor, confirming the need of medics.


    Q: What clothes shall I wear or pack?

    A: During the lovely summer months, it is advisable to wear light garments during the day,but keep a light jacket or sweater in your hand luggage as evenings can get chilly. Also, highly recommended are a family sized umbrella, rain wear, pair of sunglasses, pair of trainers or comfortable walking shoes Smart clothes will be required if you wish to go to a Casino or Nightclub. You may also be required to be ‘covered’ up when visiting certain countries or religious places.


    Q: What are the luggage requirements on the aeroplane and coach?

    A: Different airlines will have different requirements on the weight allowance. It can range from 20 - 30kg for your main luggage and 5kg for hand luggage. We do advice you to travel light. This information will be on your e-ticket once the tickets been issued. Local and domestic flights in Asia will have only luggage allowances of 15- 20kg, this information will be sent on your final confirmation document.
     
    In the coach once you arrive at you first destination, maximum weight allowed for luggage of each passenger occupying a seat is 20 kg. Please make sure that you can carry your luggage from the coach to your rooms as porter service is not provided on the holidays.

    Some tours you may have to pack a small bag for overnight stay for logistics purpose.

    We also recommend that children or family members not sharing a room have separate luggage as rooms cannot be guaranteed adjoining or nearby. It is advisable to put your name and address on each piece of luggage as many passengers have similar bags to avoid delays and confusion. Should there be any reasons your baggage or personal valuable is lost or stolen, you must report it to the tour guide, or in the absence of a tour guide to the local police or hotel. Sona Tours cannot accept any responsibility for your personal belongings.



    Q: Will I travel with people from other countries?

    A: The beauty of taking a guided holiday with us is you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.


    Q: How many people will be on my trip?

    A: It varies from different tours, but an average of 40. This tour can be conducted on a private basis, please enquire the office.


    Q: Will I have free time?

    A:  Each itinerary offers the perfect balance of downtime and discoveries. We also give you the opportunity to tailor your trip with optional experiences.
    If you decide to venture on your own during your free time, preferably you go in a group, keep the guide contact and the hotel address handy. Please do inform the tour director. We recommend you download an offline map too.



    Q: What type of coach will I be travelling in?

    A: We pride ourselves on having the finest fleet of fuel-efficient, most will have armrests& fully air-conditioned or air-cooled coaches – all with reclining seats. There are no on-board restrooms (W.C.), we will try and make sufficient stops to ensure comfort for passengers. The high vantage point from your coach’s window means you can take in all the glorious scenery, whether it’s a vast-rural landscape or an urban city centre.
     
    On a touring holiday there are some long journeys which are unavoidable especially when travelling from city to city.

     


    Q: Can I join Asia tours from other pick up point or destination?

    A: Yes, you can fly over to our first point of destination of the tour preferably a day earlier. Please do enquire the office to arrange your logistics for both your arrival and departure

    Kindly note that there will be no reduction to the cost of your holiday in this case.
     
     

    Q: Can I select my seats on the aeroplane?


    A: Yes, you have the option to select the seat number when making a booking with an additional cost and provided there is availability. Flight bookings are on a group basis and the airlines will allocate the seats. Should you have a specific request it will be forwarded to the airline but cannot be guaranteed.


    Q: Can I select my seats on the coach?

    A: In Asia tours, depending on the destination, you will have the opportunity to have a different seat as the coach will vary. However, the management reserves the right to change the seat numbers and we have seat rotation policy on all our international tours.


    Q: What time do I need to be at my point?

    A: It is imperative that you are at the pick-up point at least 15 minutes before the coach departure time. Also, for those who are arriving at the pick-up via taxi,we recommend that you book the taxi the night prior to departure day as trying to get one on the day may be difficult. In the event that you miss the pick up at the appointed time, you would need to get to the next destination on your itinerary at your expense. We will not be able to provide any refunds in any circumstances if you do not continue with the tour.
     
    All flight tours require that you be at the airport for your flight at least 3 hours prior to your flight time. Your final itinerary confirmation will confirm the time you need to be at the airport. Should you miss your flight Sona Tours will not be liable for any costs incurred for you to join the tour.The office will make every effort to assist you in such circumstances.

    Please be on time as we cannot be held responsible or liable for any loss or expense suffered if you miss the coach or flight. 


     

    Q: When does my day start?

    A: The day usually starts between 8 & 9am. Further instructions you will be given the night before. However, this may differ when having an early flight.
     


    Q: Can I travel with my child or infant?

    A: Sona Tours welcomes children and infants. The rates for children and infants for all the tours are available in the brochure and on the website. If your child requires a booster/child seat, please carry one.


    Q: Do hotels have hot water for my baby?

    A: Please also note that not all hotels provide a kettle so if hot water is required for warming milk etc. in the hotel then it is advisable to carry a bottle warmer /kettle (do not forget your adapter). Fold-able pushchairs can be kept in the luggage hold of the coach.


    Q: Are wheelchairs provided?

    A: Sona Tours does not provide special tours for the disabled. It is possible to bring along a folding type wheelchair which may be kept in the baggage hold of the coach.The driver will load and unload the wheelchair from the coach for the passenger however they will need to be physically fit enough to be able to embark and disembark the coach on their own. It is also essential that a capable person is accompanying such a passenger on the tour to push their wheelchair. Please note that not all sightseeing’s in Asia will be disable friendly. It is anticipated that we will walk longer distances at certain sightseeing / city tours therefore we request cooperation and team work when walking in a group.

    Sona Tours will also request hotels for suitably equipped rooms. However, this is only on a request basis and cannot be guaranteed. Should you require the above please advise at the time of booking to avoid inconvenience.



    Q: Is there a tour director on the tour?

    A: Escorted tours are accompanied by professional tour director or local guides throughout your itinerary. On rare occasions, your tour director may not meet you at your dedicated pick up point but at a later stage; however, the driver will be thereto take care of your needs. Sona Tours provides services of local tour guides to make sure you will get an unforgettable experience.

    A number of itineraries include flights, rail journeys or cruises; it may be that you are not accompanied during these journeys; in this case, your Tour Director will meet you on arrival at your first destination. On occasions, it may be the case that your Tour Director may change whilst on tour; this is usually due to operational reasons or utilising local guides for their wealth of experience. If minimum number of passengers has not been achieved, we will have a local guide.

    Please ensure your tour director has your mobile number that you are carrying with you on tour. The tour director will provide passengers with their contact details for the duration of the tour on the first day.



    Q: Where will I stay?

    A: The hotels on our tours are carefully selected and of good quality. These can be located either in the city you are visiting or on the outskirt. Facilities vary from hotel to hotel and include en-suite bath or shower and generally a TV and telephone.Some of the rooms may have mini bars and 24-hour room service, use of these facilities will be charged to your account and payable by you on departure(Most hotels may require a credit card to cover your extras or cash deposits).Please remember that some hotels have small rooms unlike many other countries and also not all hotels will have air-conditioning or lift as standard. (If you have difficulty with stairs please advise us so we can try and request a room on a low floor). Rooms are also allocated as ‘run of the house’ so some guests may get larger or different type of rooms -we do not have control over this.

    Sona Tours reserves the right to substitute hotels whilst passengers are on tour to a similar standard due to unforeseen circumstances. Please note that hotel’s normal check-in times are from late afternoon, e.g. 3 pm, and check out around 11 am, but it does vary from hotel to hotel.



    Q: Should I bring any electric outlet adapter?

    A: Electrical currents vary between Britain and Asian Countries. We suggest you carry a converter for your appliances such as electric shaver, travelling iron, hairdryer and other personal appliances. We recommend that you purchase a universal electrical travel adapter to help prevent accidents and damage to your appliances


    Q: What will I eat?

    A: Breakfast is normally either continental or buffet and is taken