Jewels of Thailand

From $1399 (was $1649)

Per person, double occupancy, excludes roundtrip airfare

12 Days
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Thailand Vacation Package Details

Take a Thailand tour to enjoy an unforgettable guided journey through its most incredible temples and monuments. Enjoy cultural and culinary experiences, from the jungles to the misty mountains, and through the busy streets of some of Southeast Asia’s most interesting cities.

The colorful Thai capital of Bangkok is known for its exceptional food, gorgeous beaches, historic sites, and boundless energy. You’ll be amazed to see tranquil temples and colossal statues surrounded by the hustle and bustle of the city that blossomed around them. Discover Thailand’s WWII history at sites from the Bridge over the River Kwai to the Thailand-Burma Railway Museum and the Allied War Cemetery.

The lush, hilly, alpine Chiang Rai region of Northern Thailand is known as both Little Switzerland and the onetime capital of the global opium trade. You will be struck by the extreme contrast between the area’s beauty and its tumultuous past.

Nearly every day of this tour includes stops at Buddhist temples, whose impressive size and beautiful design attract visitors from every religion and region in the world. The ruins of Sukhothai are dotted with the columns and spires of 700-year-old shrines guarded by massive Buddha statues. The Blue Temple and White Temple are dazzling monochromatic monuments. And the Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, perched on a mountain and almost unbelievably detailed, is one of the holiest sites in the country.

Tour Includes

1 Country
  • Thailand
  • Bangkok
  • Wat Pho
  • Wat Arun
  • Kanchanaburi
  • Bridge over the River Kwai
  • Thailand-Burma Railway Museum
  • Ayutthaya
  • Sukhothai
  • Lampang
  • Chiang Rai
  • Golden Triangle
  • Chiang Mai
  • Bhubing Palace
Hotel Accommodations
  • 10 Nights
  • Moderate hotels based on twin/double occupancy
  • Daily Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, and 4 Dinners
  • A professionally trained English-speaking local tour director who is knowledgeable of the area and will provide you with a wealth of information. Their friendly service will make your trip a memorable experience.
Baggage Handling
  • To and from your hotel room throughout your land tour for one piece of Checked Baggage per person.

Activity Level

Activity Level Active

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Tour Highlights

  • Tour of Bangkok’s stunning Grand Palace
  • Visit to WWII sites in Kanchanaburi including Burma Railway Museum and the Allied War Cemetery
  • Authentic amulet workshop
  • Tea tasting and plantation tour in the mountains of Chiang Rai
  • Explore Thailand's most famous Buddhist temples

Mandatory Vaccinations Against COVID-19

All guests, including minors, must be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines prior to departure to participate. Guest vaccination requirements are currently for all departures until further notice. For more information visit our Travel Safe page.

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Jewels of Thailand

Tours Starts: Bangkok, Thailand

Tours Ends: Chiang Mai, Thailand

Day 1

Depart for Bangkok

Your journey begins on an overnight flight. Redeye flights are possible on arrival and departure.

Day 2

Arrive in Bangkok

If you purchased airline tickets from YMT, a representative will welcome you at the airport and transport you to the hotel. Learn about the days ahead over the included dinner tonight. (D)

Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Bangkok Menam Riverside or similar

Day 3


Spend the day exploring Bangkok, the colorful Thai capital known for its exceptional food, ornate temples, and boundless energy. See the city’s most iconic sites, starting with the Golden Buddha in the temple of Wat Traimit.

Continue to Wat Pho to see the 150-foot-long Reclining Buddha. The Grand Palace is the anchor of Bangkok’s historical center, adorned with spires, architecture, and gardens. The Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand, is at the heart of the Grand Palace.

Take a boat across Chao Phraya River and enjoy an authentic Thai lunch. Then continue to the Museum Siam to discover the national identity and history of the people of Thailand. Travel through Bangkok’s Chinatown to Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn. (B, L)

Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Bangkok Menam Riverside or similar

Day 4

Bangkok to Kanchanaburi

Travel through stunning rice fields and rural scenery to the resort town of Kanchanaburi. Following a city tour, visit the floating market at Damnoen Saduak.

Spend the rest of the day uncovering Thailand’s WWII history, starting at the world-famous Bridge over the River Kwai. Continue to the Thailand-Burma Railway Museum, which provides insights into the history of the railway line built by the Imperial Japanese army. Finally, visit the visit the Allied War Cemetery, where thousands of allied prisoners of war were laid to rest . (B, L, D)

Mida Resort Kanchanaburi or similar

Day 5

Kanchanaburi to Ayutthaya

En route to Ayutthaya , stop at the massive Buddha carved into the limestone quarry cliffs of at Khao Tham Thiam. Visit the lavish 17th century Wat Chaiwatthanaram temple outside of Ayutthaya Historical Park, then enjoy a tour of this incredible UNESCO Site! (B)

Classic Kameo Hotel or similar

Day 6

Ayutthaya to Sukhothai

Stop at an amulet workshop to craft an authentic, handmade souvenir en route to Sukhothai, a name that means “The Dawn of Happiness.” The ruins of Sukhothai are one of Thailand’s best-kept secrets. The remnants of the Thai state’s first capital are dotted with the columns and spires of 700-year-old temples and shrines guarded by massive Buddha statues! (B)

The Legendha Sukhothai or similar

Day 7

Sukhothai to Lampang

Discover antique fabrics and garments at the Sathorn Gold Textile Museum. Then see how Thai ceramics—including the utterly enchanting Lampang Chicken Bowl—are made at the Dhanabadee Ceramic Museum.

The highlight of your day will be the Wat Phra That Lampang Luang, an ancient compound including a stunning wooden Lanna temple. The open-sided Wihan Luang dates back to 1476 and features a triple-tiered wooden roof supported by immense teak pillars. (B)

Wienglakor Hotel or similar

Day 8

Lampang to Chiang Rai

Explore the charming Phayao Lake on the way to Chiang Rai, Thailand’s northernmost province. The area has an alpine-like landscape and climate, and is known for its hill tribe villages, tea plantations, and cherry blossoms.

Visit the fascinating Hill Tribe Museum, dedicated to the history, culture, beliefs, and ways of life of several local hill tribes. Next, visit the serene Mae Fah Luang Art & Cultural Park, a hidden lakeside gem that houses folk art and teak artifacts from the Lanna Kingdom! (B, D)

Phowadol Resort & Spa or similar

Day 9

Chiang Rai & Golden Triangle

Spend the day in the Golden Triangle, the hilly, forested area where Northern Thailand meets Laos and Myanmar. Visit the Blue Temple, whose signature sapphire hue is associated with purity and wisdom. From there, take a tour of the Black House. The Baan Dam Museum is set amongst sprawling gardens, its ebony structures filled with the surreal artwork of Thawan Duchanee.

Head high into the mountains to Doi Mae Salong. The de facto heart of “Little Switzerland” is known for its enchanting scenery and tranquil atmosphere. Visit a tea plantation, where you can enjoy fresh-picked oolong tea whose plump leaves blanket the lush hillsides. Your final included stop of the day is the Hall of Opium, a museum that takes a deep look into the devastating narcotic that defined so much of Northern Thailand’s contemporary past (B)

Phowadol Resort & Spa or similar

Day 10

Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai

On your way to Chiang Mai, visit Wat Rong Khun, the White Temple. The ivory building is covered with glass and mirrors that make it shine and sparkle in the sun or moonlight.

Continue to the 600-year-old Wat Chedi Luang, the ruined temple famous for its chedi. There are also daily Monk Chats on the temple grounds, where friendly brothers welcome your questions.

Tour Wat Phra Singh, a temple dominated by an enormous, mosaic-inlaid sanctuary. See the bronze Three Kings Monument, then continue to Wat Chiang Man, an Old City temple established in the 13th century. Your final stop is the Tha Pae Gate, part of the crumbling city wall that protected the Old City from the armies of the Mongol Empire. (B)

Cross Vibe (X2) Decem Chiang Mai or similar

Day 11

Chiang Mai

Your day begins at the mountainside Wat Phra That Doi Suthep a temple reached by a long staircase flanked by naga, Thailand’s scariest sea serpents.

Then visit Bhubing Palace, the Thai Royal Family’s winter residence. There are a number of charmingly rustic buildings and an excellent garden, including hundreds of varieties of roses and rare orchids. Join your fellow travelers for an included farewell. (B, D)

Cross Vibe (X2) Decem Chiang Mai or similar

Day 12

Depart for Home (B)

Please note that this is a proposed itinerary; the actual itinerary may vary due to season, special events, or weather. Hotels may differ depending on date. Because our tour arrangements are often made a year or more in advance, YMT Vacations reserves the right to alter the itinerary. Itinerary changes are made to improve your vacation experience, as well as respond to any unforeseen circumstances that mandate alterations. By their nature, all tour vacations involve a certain level of physical activity. While YMT tours have been designed with our guests in mind and are not physically demanding, this tour does include walking and periods of standing during the sightseeing visits. You will also encounter steps and some uneven ground along the way, particularly at older, historical sights. Please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.

YMT Vacations itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.

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