Thailand Experience with Phuket (2785)

15 Day Tour from Bangkok to Phuket

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Highlighting Thailand’s rich history, fascinating culture, and religious monuments, this Thailand tour includes overnights in Bangkok, Sukhotai, Phitsanulok, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, and Phuket.

This tour through Thailand includes visits to some of the cities that have served as the country's capital: Bangkok, Ayutthaya, and Sukhothai. In Bangkok—Thailand’s current capital—visit the Temple of the Golden Buddha; the Temple of the Reclining Buddha built in 1832; and the Grand Palace, the royal residence begun in 1782 where you’ll see the Emerald Buddha, Thailand's most sacred Buddhist sculpture. In Ayutthaya, Thailand’s ancient capital, your sightseeing includes a visit to Bang Pa-In Palace, which was built as a summer residence for the Kings of Ayutthaya. In Sukhothai, Thailand's 13th-century capital, visit Sukhothai Historic Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with ruins of palaces, temples, and homes.


But that’s not all…take a train ride over the famous River Kwai Bridge, part of the infamous Death Railway built by prisoners during World War II. Visit Hellfire Pass Memorial, which houses a museum detailing the life of the Allied prisoners and Asian laborers who helped build the railway. Travel to the “Golden Triangle,” where Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar meet. You’ll also spend time at an elephant sanctuary, where over 30 elephants room freely in a sustainable environment free from mistreatment.

The perfect conclusion to your Thailand experience will be in the perfection and paradise of Phuket. Relax with 3 days of aquamarine water, pristine beaches, and pampering services available if you choose. Your budget-travel to Thailand is rich in experiences, sights, and welcoming people you’ll long remember!
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 Tour Highlights

BANGKOK
Visit the Temple of the Golden Buddha, Temple of the Reclining Buddha, Grand Palace, and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha
KANCHANABURI
Visit the Allied Forces Cemetery, Thailand-Burma Railway Center, Hellfire Pass Memorial; train ride to Wang Po Station
AYUTTHAYA
Visit Bang Pa-In Palace
SUKHOTHAI
Visit Sukhothai Historic Park and Wat Si Chum
LAMPANG
Visit Wat Phra That Lampang Luang
CHIANG RAI
Excursion to the Golden Triangle; visit a tea plantation and Wat Rong Khun
CHIANG MAI
Visit San Kampaeng, an elephant sanctuary, Wat Phra Singh, and Wat Doi Suthep

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • City of Ayutthaya
  • Historic Town of Sukothai

Transportation:

Transportation:
Private, deluxe, air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

14 breakfasts & 5 lunches

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 BANGKOK, THAILAND

Welcome to Thailand’s capital city. Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Day 2 BANGKOK

Bangkok is an exhilarating blend of historic and religious monuments, chic modernity, exciting shopping, and friendly culture. An exciting day of sightseeing is ahead. Take in the city’s principal landmarks such as the splendid TEMPLE OF THE GOLDEN BUDDHA and the spectacular TEMPLE OF THE RECLINING BUDDHA, the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in Bangkok. You will also visit the gleaming GRAND PALACE, Thailand’s most sacred monument, and the spectacular TEMPLE OF THE EMERALD BUDDHA.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 BANGKOK–EXCURSION TO KANCHANABURI

Today’s full-day excursion takes you to Kanchanaburi on the banks of the Kwai River, famed for the River Kwai Bridge, built during WWII. Visit the ALLIED FORCES CEMETERY and spend time in the fascinating THAILAND-BURMA RAILWAY CENTRE. Today’s highlight is a TRAIN RIDE across the famous bridge to Wang Po Station. This afternoon, visit HELLFIRE PASS MEMORIAL, part of the Death Railway that cuts through the mountains. Today, it houses a museum detailing life of the Allied prisoners and Asian laborers who helped build the railway, and subsequently suffered or died at Hellfire Pass.

Breakfast Breakfast
LunchLunch

Day 4 BANGKOK

Today is yours to explore Bangkok at leisure, perhaps enjoying the great-value shopping, lively market, and delicious Thai cuisine. You may opt to join an optional excursion to the legendary Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, where traders sell all manner of items from their boats, including exotic fruits, vegetables, silks, and toys.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 BANGKOK–AYUTTHAYA–PHITSANULOK

Today, head to Ayutthaya, ancient capital of Siam. Here, you will visit BANG PA-IN PALACE, which was built in the 18th century as a summer residence for the Kings of Ayutthaya. Later, drive to Phitsanulok, one of Thailand’s oldest cities, founded over 600 years ago. This evening, consider an optional rickshaw ride to experience Phitsanulok’s colorful night market.

Breakfast Breakfast
LunchLunch

Day 6 PHITSANULOK–SUKHOTHAI

Journey to Sukhothai, Thailand’s 13th-century former capital, and admire the atmospheric, moated Old Town. Here, you will visit SUKHOTHAI HISTORIC PARK, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and explore ruined temples and monasteries, including WAT SI CHUM with its stunning seated Buddha.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 SUKHOTHAI–LAMPANG–CHIANG RAI

This morning, travel to Lampang. Here, visit Phayao Lake and WAT PHRA THAT LAMPANG LUANG. Built in 1476, this ancient Buddhist temple is often thought to be the oldest-standing wooden structure in the country. After lunch at a local restaurant, continue through rural countryside to Chiang Rai.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 8 CHIANG RAI. GOLDEN TRIANGLE EXCURSION

Enjoy breathtaking vistas as you journey to Doi Mae Salong and visit a TEA PLANTATION. Continue to Mae Sai, Thailand’s northernmost town, and on to the renowned GOLDEN TRIANGLE, where the borders of Thailand, Burma, and Laos meet. You may consider an optional boat tour on the Mekong River.

Breakfast Breakfast
LunchLunch

Day 9 CHIANG RAI–CHIANG MAI

This morning visit WAT RONG KHUN, also known as the White Temple. Then, continue through lush jungle to Chiang Mai, a fragrant mountain retreat known as the “Rose of the North” for its refreshing climate. Upon arrival, visit SAN KAMPAENG to see local craftsmen make Thailand’s traditional lacquerware and teakwood furniture.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10 CHIANG MAI

Spend the morning at an ELEPHANT SANCTUARY, where over 30 elephants roam freely in a safe and sustainable environment and are not subjected to mistreatment (including rides). Here, you have the chance to touch, feed, photograph, and interact with the elephants at your leisure while you learn about their lifestyle and behaviors. This afternoon, visit WAT PHRA SINGH with its famous Buddha image, and WAT DOI SUTHEP, a temple tucked away in the mountains. For the final ascent to the temple, you can take a tram car or walk up the Naga (dragon-headed serpent) staircase, with more than 300 steps.

Breakfast Breakfast
LunchLunch

Day 11 CHIANG MAI

Today is free for you to enjoy this dynamic city. You may opt to join our optional Thai cooking class and learn the secrets of traditional dishes.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12 CHIANG MAI–PHUKET

Today, transfer to Chiang Mai airport for your flight to Phuket. On arrival, you will be met by a local representative and transferred to your hotel.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 13 PHUKET

Enjoy your days doing as little or as much as you wish. Visit fabulous beaches, treat yourself to a Thai massage, or simply relax by the pool.

BreakfastBreakfast daily

Day 14 PHUKET

Enjoy your days doing as little or as much as you wish. Visit fabulous beaches, treat yourself to a Thai massage, or simply relax by the pool.

BreakfastBreakfast daily

Day 15 PHUKET

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With COSMOS, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. We’d like you to meet one of our Tour Directors, who average over a decade of experience and are representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

TONY PITAYA KANTHONG

Escorting tours for more than 10 years

I'm Tony, and I've been working as a Tour Director since 2005. I love my profession and sharing the history and culture of Thailand with visitors from around the world. I look forward to meeting you.

Tour Director - TONY PITAYA KANTHONG

 Accommodations

Bangkok
Phitsanulok
Sukhothai
Chiang Rai
Chiang Mai
Phuket

 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyCosmos site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Bangkok
Phitsanulok
Phuket

Bangkok

Dinner Cruise on Loy Nava Traditional Rice Barge

Dinner Cruise on Loy Nava Traditional Rice Barge

We combine history, culture, cuisine, and beautiful river scenery on this romantic cruise down the Chao Phraya River aboard a converted rice barge.

Price Range: $$

Jim Thompson's House & Legacy

Jim Thompson's House & Legacy

If you love art, antiques, and fantastic architecture - as well as a good mystery - then our excursion to the Jim Thompson House & Museum is a must.

Price Range: $$$

River of Kings Dinner Cruise

River of Kings Dinner Cruise

We'll show you a unique, from-the-river perspective of Bangkok's captivating beauty on this unforgettable dinner cruise. Embark your water craft and relax as you float peacefully along the Chao Phraya River past the city's most popular attractions.

Price Range: $$

Siam Niramit Cultural Performance

Siam Niramit Cultural Performance

Immerse yourself in the wonder of Siam Niramit (the Enchanted Kingdom), one of the largest stage productions on the planet.

Price Range: $$

Phitsanulok

Rickshaw Ride

Rickshaw Ride

See the city from a different perspective on this rickshaw ride through town.

Price Range: $

Phuket

Phang Nga Bay by Speed Boat

Phang Nga Bay by Speed Boat

Join us for an unforgettable journey through one of the most unique marine settings in the world! After driving across the causeway to the mainland, you'll board a speedboat that zooms you around the towering limestone karsts in Phang Nga Bay.

Price Range: $$$

Phi Phi Island

Phi Phi Island

If a slow and leisurely boat cruise isn't your thing, then we've got the excursion for you! This island-hopping adventure whisks you to the Phi Phi Islands for a full menu of exciting activities.

Price Range: $$$

 Know Before You Go

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