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18 Day Thailand & Golden Triangle SuperValue

  Tour Code: 7AS18BK
LOCALLY GUIDED
Visits:
Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai

DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY:

Day 1 • Depart San Francisco for Bangkok
Fly transpacific aboard United Airlines.

THAILAND

Day 2 • Arrive Bangkok

Upon arrival, you are met and escorted to the hotel.
Century Park Hotel

Day 3 • Bangkok

The exotic tapestry of ancient and modern Thai culture unfolds as you embark on a visit to Bangkok's landmarks. See the resplendent seat of the Thai royal family, the Royal Grand Palace with its 100-building opulence. No less awe-inspiring are the Emerald Buddha at Wat Phra Kaeo, the Eight Colored Towers, Pantheon of Kings and Golden Chedhi. The rest of the day is at leisure then enjoy a welcome Thai dinner with dance performance at the hotel this evening.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Dinner in Hotel

Day 4 • Bangkok

Drive through the countryside to Damnoen Saduak and its Floating Market, where vendors hawk their exotic goods along the canals (klongs) from produce-laden skiffs. Visit Nakhon Pathom, the tallest pagoda in the world. Lunch at the Rose Garden Country Resort ushers us into an afternoon of magical sights and sounds: a Thai fingernail dance, a Buddhist ordination ritual, northern hill tribe folk dances, exciting Thai boxing and sword fighting, a traditional Thai wedding ceremony, and rousing demonstrations of working elephants.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 • Bangkok/Ayutthaya/Bangkok

A drive to Bang Pa In, King Rama V's magnificent summer residence, starts the day's sightseeing. The ruins of the ancient Thai capital, Ayutthaya , a UNESCO World Heritage Site , loom in regal dignity as you walk along its well-planned byways, the inspiration for modern Bangkok. Lunch is served aboard a motor launch as you cruise down the River of Kings, Chao Phraya, returning you to Bangkok. Evening is at leisure.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6 • Bangkok/River Kwai/Bangkok

Today, a full day tour to the River Kwai near Kanchanaburi (known for its prized blue sapphires), featuring the railway and bridge whose World War II construction cost hundreds of lives and spawned epics of courage. Visit the memorial dedicated to around 9,000 Allied soldiers who died building the so-called Death Railway. Evening is at leisure.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7 • Bangkok/Chiang Rai

Today, fly to Chiang Rai where the balance of day is at leisure. Enjoy dinner at the hotel this evening.
Dusit Island Resort
MEALS: American Breakfast, Dinner in Hotel

Day 8 • Chiang Rai

Intricate designs and the fetching color of Thai handicrafts surround you as we visit the Handicraft Vocation Center and Cottage Industries (an ethnic minority village and agricultural training center), and the Doi Tung Development Project. Rest of the day is at leisure with dinner at the resort.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 • Chiang Rai

A day at leisure, or join one of our optional tours. We suggest a full day tour to visit the unique and fascinating Long Neck hill tribe village (Padong Karen) before continuing to Doi Mae Salong village, located on the highest peak in Chiang Rai, an area known as Thailand's Little Switzerland. Here, visit the hilltop village of Santikhiri. Return to Chiang Rai for a trishaw trip in the city. This evening in Chiang Rai, dinner is included.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Dinner in Hotel

Day 10 • Chiang Rai

Wonders of Chiang Saen, a city that dates back to the 1300s, is the highlight of our morning sightseeing. We then board a longboat for a cruise to the Golden Triangle, the fabled region where the borders of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar (Burma) converge. Formerly notorious for raising the area's opium poppy crop, the Golden Triangle is now a showcase of lush fruit orchards and coffee plantations sponsored by the Crown of Thailand. Continue on to the border trading town of Mae Sai.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Dinner in Hotel

Day 11 • Chiang Rai/Chiang Mai

Free morning before you depart for Chiang Mai. Dinner is at the hotel. You may wish to enjoy an after-dinner walk along the glittering Night Bazaar of Chiang Mai.
Chiang Mai Plaza Hotel
MEALS: American Breakfast, Dinner in Hotel

Day 12 • Chiang Mai

Experience the presence of seven centuries of Thai history as you visit the ancient city wall and ornate temples, of which the Wat Chedi Luang and the 1345 A.D. Wat Phra Singh are the prime examples. Wat Chiang Man enshrines two Buddha images and a remarkable chedi guarded by elephant head statuary. Wat Suan Dok, meanwhile, houses the ashes of the royal family of Chiang Mai and other relics. The rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight we treat you to a traditional northern Kantoke dinner and a charming cultural show by a troupe of ethnic hill tribe performers.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Dinner Show

Day 13 • Chiang Mai

The beauty and intricacy of Thai cottage arts comes to life during a Home Industries Village tour including Sankam­paeng and Bosarng. Enjoy the selection of wondrous silk and other fabrics, elaborate jewelry, handmade celadon, lacquer ware, paper umbrellas, and other gems of Thai handicraft. The rest of the day is free for relaxing or exploring. This evening, enjoy dinner at a charming riverside restaurant.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14 • Chiang Mai

Today is highlighted by a trip to an elephant camp at Mae Sa to see the gentle behemoths' feats of brain and brawn. You may opt to try an age-old mode of jungle transport: atop a tame elephant's back. Visit a Meo hill tribe village and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Queen Sirikit's famed Botanical Garden and an orchid farm fill your afternoon with blazing hues and tropical fragrance. Rest of the day is at leisure.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch

Day 15 • Chiang Mai

Doi Suthep awaits us this morning, as we drive up the mountain pass that takes us to the temple compound of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, famous for its breathtaking vistas of Chiang Mai below. The evening is at your leisure.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Dinner in Hotel

Day 16 • Chiang Mai

Discover Chiang Mai's treasures on your own, or take an optional tour. A popular option is a full-day visit with lunch to Lamphun and Pasang. This tour features Wiang Kum Kam's relics, and the impres­sive ruins of Lamphun, the former capital of the Haripoonchai Kingdom. Buddhist monks now study at a school built on the site of the magnificent palace that presided over Lamphun in the 9th century. Amphur Pasang's cotton weaving industry and the White Karen hill tribe village are must-see features of the optional tour. We host a farewell dinner party in your honor this evening at the hotel.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Dinner Party

Day 17 • Chiang Mai/Bangkok

Transfer to the airport and fly to Bangkok. Transfer to your hotel.
Century Park Hotel
MEALS: American Breakfast, Dinner in Hotel

Day 18 • Depart Bangkok for your return flight to San Francisco.


CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS:
BANGKOK: 6 Nights Century Park Hotel

Royal Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaeo's Emerald Buddha, Golden Chedhi , Pantheon of Kings, Eight Colored Towers , Floating Market tour at Damnoen Saduak , Nakhon Pathom , Lunch at Rose Garden Country Resort , Thai Cultural Shows ,River Kwai
AYUTTHAYA: Day Tour
Bang Pa In , Ruins at Ayutthaya , a UNESCO World Heritage Site , Luncheon Cruise on Chao Phraya River
CHIANGRAI: 4 Nights Dusit Island Resort
Royal Project at Doi Tung Development Project , Handicraft Vocation Center & Cottage Industries , Chiang Saen , Golden Triangle Cruise , Mai Sai village
CHIANGMAI: 6 Nights Chiangmai Plaza Hotel
Chiang Mai Temple Tour including Wat Chedi Luang , Wat Prasingh , Wat Chiang Man's Sacred Buddhas , Wat Suan Dok , Traditional Kantoke Dinner with Performance by Ethnic Hill Tribe Troupe , Home Industries Village tour to Sankampaeng and Bosarng , Visit to an Elephant Camp, Mae Sa's Meo Hill Tribe Village with Lunch at a Local Restaurant , Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden , Tour of the Temple of Wat Phra Thad Doi Suthep , Farewell Dinner Party

ALL INCLUSIVE FEATURES:
Round-trip transpacific air transportation
United Mileage Plus® members earn: frequent flyer credit with the purchase of each air/land tour package
All intra-Thailand air/land transportation
Locally guided: local guides provide transfers, sightseeing, information and assistance in each city
16 nights in deluxe and superior first class hotels
15 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 10 dinners
Round-trip transfers between airport and hotel, baggage handling, hotel taxes and service charges
Sightseeing, cultural activities and performances as noted
$100,000 Automatic Flight Insurance for transpacific air ticketed by PDTours
USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program

MONDAY DEPARTURES; THURSDAY ARRIVALS ON UNITED AIRLINES:

Tour Cost (Per Person)†

Departure
Date

Return
Date

LAND ONLY

AIR & LAND
from
San Francisco

AIR & LAND
from
New York

Single
Supp.

2007:

Apr 9

Apr 26

$1,388

$2,128

$2,328

$470

Apr 23

May 10

$1,388

$2,128

$2,328

$470

May 7

May 24

$1,388

$2,128

$2,328

$470

May 21

Jun 7

$1,388

$2,188

$2,388

$470

Jun 11

Jun 28

$1,388

$2,188

$2,388

$470

Jun 25

Jul 12

$1,388

$2,348

$2,548

$470

Jul 9

Jul 26

$1,388

$2,348

$2,548

$470

Jul 23

Aug 9

$1,388

$2,348

$2,548

$470

Aug 6

Aug 23

$1,388

$2,348

$2,548

$470

Aug 20

Sep 6

$1,388

$2,348

$2,548

$470

Sep 3

Sep 20

$1,388

$2,188

$2,388

$470

Sep 17

Oct 4

$1,388

$2,188

$2,388

$470

Oct 1

Oct 18

$1,388

$2,188

$2,388

$470

Oct 8

Oct 25

$1,388

$2,188

$2,388

$470

Oct 22

Nov 8

$1,388

$2,188

$2,388

$470

Oct 29

Nov 15

$1,388

$2,128

$2,328

$470

Nov 12

Nov 29

$1,428

$2,168

$2,368

$480

Dec 3

Dec 20

$1,428

$2,188

$2,388

$480

Dec 17

Jan 3

$1,598

$2,558

$2,758

$480

2008:

Jan 7

Jan 24

$1,428

$2,188

$2,388

$480

Jan 21

Feb 7

$1,428

$2,188

$2,388

$480

Jan 28

Feb 14

$1,428

$2,188

$2,388

$480

Feb 4

Feb 21

$1,428

$2,388

$2,588

$480

Feb 11

Feb 28

$1,428

$2,388

$2,588

$480

Feb 18

Mar 6

$1,428

$2,168

$2,368

$480

Feb 25

Mar 13

$1,428

$2,168

$2,368

$480

Mar 3

Mar 20

$1,428

$2,168

$2,368

$480

Mar 10

Mar 27

$1,428

$2,168

$2,368

$480

Mar 17

Apr 3

$1,428

$2,168

$2,368

$480

Mar 24

Apr 10

$1,428

$2,168

$2,368

$480

Special Notes:
Other Gateways: For domestic Add-On airfares from interior U.S. cities to San Francisco, refer to Add-On Fare Chart below.
Air taxes and fuel surcharges are additional and subject to change.
Land Only rate does not include transpacific air, or initial arrival and final departure transfers in Asia.
Tour fares are subject to change.


BUSINESS CLASS AIR UPGRADE AVAILABLE

UNITED AIRLINES ADD-ON AIRFARE CHART

ZONE 1: Not Applicable

Honolulu, HI

ZONE 2: No Additional Charges

Los Angeles, CA

Portland, OR

Seattle, WA

 

ZONE 3: Add $40.00 to San Francisco tour fare

Eugene, OR

Las Vegas, NV

Phoenix, AZ

Sacramento, CA

Fresno, CA

Palm Springs, CA

Reno, NV

Spokane, WA

ZONE 4: Add $120.00 to San Francisco tour fare

Albuquerque, NM

Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX

Houston, TX

San Antonio, TX

Austin, TX

Denver, CO

Salt Lake City, UT

 

ZONE 5: Add $120.00 to San Francisco tour fare

Anchorage, AK

Kansas City, MO

Omaha, NE

 

Detroit, MI

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

  

ZONE 6: Add $180.00 to San Francisco tour fare

Chicago, IL

Columbus, OH

Memphis, TN

St. Louis, MO

Cincinnati, OH

Green Bay, WI

Milwaukee, WI

 

Cleveland, OH

Indianapolis, IN

Nashville, TN

 

ZONE 7: Add $200.00 to San Francisco tour fare

New York, NY

Newark, NJ

  

ZONE 8: Add $220.00 to San Francisco tour fare

Baltimore, MD

Hartford, CT

Pittsburgh, PA

Syracuse, NY

Boston, MA

Manchester, NH

Richmond, VA

Washington, DC

Buffalo, NY

Philadelphia, PA

Rochester, NY

 

ZONE 9: Add $260.00 to San Francisco tour fare

Atlanta, GA

Greensboro, NC

Orlando, FL

West Palm Beach, FL

Charlotte, NC

Jacksonville, FL

Raleigh-Durham, NC

 

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Miami, FL

Tampa, FL

 

If your city is not shown on the lists above, please call us for information.

IMPORTANT NOTE :
The above add-on fares are applicable only when using flights on United Airlines. Valid from April 1, 2007 C March 31, 2008. Fares subject to change.

   


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