15 Day Kaleidoscope of Thailand with River Kwai
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|2020 Dates & Prices|
Optional tours and gratuities.
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flight Chiang Mai-Bangkok.
Flights from the USA may arrive on DAY 3. Included sightseeing commences in the morning on Day 3.
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.
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Escorted Package Includes
- Round trip flights Los Angeles-Bangkok, Bangkok-Los Angeles
Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
- Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
- Intra-flight Chiang Mai-Bangkok
- 13 nights accommodations
- 4 nights Bangkok
- 2 nights Kanchanaburi
- 1 night Ayutthaya
- 1 night Sukhothai
- 2 nights Chiang Rai
- 3 nights Chiang Mai
- Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
- Hotel porterage
- All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
- 21 meals: 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners
- 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
- In Bangkok, visit serene Wat Po, home of the astonishing giant Reclining Buddha, over 150 feet long
- Visit the buzzing and vividly colorful Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
- Walk the bridge over the River Kwai & explore the War Museum
- Visit to impressive Ayutthaya Historical Park, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Explore historical Sukhothai, capital of the first Kingdom of Siam
- Visit the House of Opium & Golden Triangle
- Discover Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep Temple, the most sacred temple in Northern Thailand
- Authentic Thai dinner at a Chiang Mai private home
♦ Flights from the USA may arrive early on DAY 3. Sightseeing commences in the morning of Day 3.
†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates
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This active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect from two-three hours walking on some touring days. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Some tours require walking in the open air with no shade. We have a few early mornings. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.
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This first class hotel overlooks the Chao Phraya River.Hotel Details
This superior tourist class resort overlooks the Khwae Yai River.Hotel Details
This superior first class hotel is located within comfortable proximity to Ayutthaya’s industrial estates and tourist attractions.Hotel Details
This first class hotel is less than a mile from the Sukhothal Historical Park and is surrounded by temples and historical sites.Hotel Details
- Tours purchased while travelling may cost an extra 10% or more
- Tours often sell out. Avoid disappointment
- Save your cash. Credit card processing may not be possible locally
- Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure
- Book Online or call to book these tours up to 1 week before your departure
- The day the optionals operate varies by the day of the week
Morning tour of Wat Phra Kaew, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and the adjoining Grand Palace. Together they form the most impressive sights for visitors to Bangkok. Wat Phra Kaew consists of over 100 brightly colored buildings, golden spires and glittering mosaics, dating back to 1782, when Bangkok was founded. From Wat Phra Kaew continue to the Grand Palace. Despite the proximity of the two, there's a distinct contrast in style between the Thai-inspired Wat Phra Kaew and the European designs of the Grand Palace. It is important to note that this palace is used now only for occasional ceremonial purposes and is no longer the royal residence.
Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.
|Day #4||02 Jan 2020 - 30 Jun 2020||$38.00|
Enjoy a delightful Buffet Dinner at the Siam Niramit Restaurant before attending this evening's stunning performance of "Journey to the Enchanted Kingdom" of Siam. This $40 million production, with over 150 performers, explores the Kingdom of Siam's history and culture, with scenes highlighting the Ancient Kingdom of Lanna, Khmer heritage, and traditions of the central plains. Then, venture into the heart of Thai mythology with scenes of Fiery Hell, the mystical Himapaan Forest, and Blissful Heaven. Lastly, enjoy a montage of joyous celebrations honoring the Buddhist tradition.
Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.
|Day #4||01 Jul 2019 - 30 Jun 2020||$60.00|
Depart early in the morning from Kanchanaburi to visit Hellfire Pass and the Death Railway. En route, stop at nearby Sai Yok National Park, known for its waterfalls, caves and rare wildlife. Here, visit the Sai Yok Noi Waterfall, the most popular attraction in the park. After lunch, continue to Hellfire Pass that derives its name from Allied Prisoners of War ordered by the Japanese authorities to complete the bridge and rail line earlier than scheduled. All POW's were forced to work day and night in the jungle, digging through the mountain with simple tools. More than 12,000 soldiers and 80,000 Thais perished during construction. Conclude the tour with a train ride that crosses the Bridge over River Kwai.
Approximate tour duration is 8 hours.
Please note that there are approximately 154 stairs with 4 small platforms to descend to the railway bed to view the pass. You will need to climb back up the stairs to return to the start point. Walking to the pass requires walking approximately 400 meters on an unpaved path of rocks of the former railbed.
|Day #6||01 Jul 2019 - 30 Jun 2020||$29.00|
The tour departs Chiang Rai City in the morning for the drive to visit Hill Tribe at the foothill of Mae Salong. Upon arrival, change vehicles to the local Thai Combi which takes you up to the hill tribes, namely the Akha, Long Neck and Mien(Yao). See this unique way of life and culture of the tribes that is still maintained today.
This tour requires walking up several steps as well as uneven pavement and trails to get to the small village.
Approximate tour duration is 5 hours.
|Day #11||01 Jul 2019 - 30 Jun 2020||$22.00|
This morning, visit the Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden (QSBG), located in the foothills of the Doi Suthep-Pui mountains north of Chiang Mai. QSBG was established in 1993, as the first botanical garden in Thailand. It covers an area of 6,500 acres and is named after Queen Sirikit. Follow the paths and take your time as you stroll through the lush grounds covered with exotic types of trees, plants and flowers. After your visit, stop for lunch at a local restaurant.
Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.
|Day #12||01 Jul 2019 - 30 Jun 2020||$39.00|
A trip to Thailand is not complete without experiencing a traditional Thai Massage! Unlike other types of massages, in Thailand your masseuse will stretch, bend, and contort your body into various positions, known to quickly ease the stress of muscle tension and aids in curing minor illnesses. A set of personal cotton clothing will be given to you to wear during the massage.
Approximate tour duration is 1 hour. Gratuity is not included.
|Day #12||01 Jul 2019 - 30 Jun 2020||$32.00|
Very good! Nice hotels, great guide, interesting temples. Especially loved the visit to a local school, and was very glad to hear that Gate 1 provides financial support for the students!Michael B. Morro Bay, CA
The trip was amazing, so many colorful temples and tasty foods. Every hotel was great. Loved immersing ourselves in the different culture. Our tour manager , OH, was wonderful, he was very informative , funny , kept an eye on everyone at all times, helpful with info for our alone times. As with my other Gate 1 trips, I am 100% satisfied and will continue to travel with you.Yvette F. Sebring, FL
Our Gate 1 trip in Thailand was very nice. The hotels were great. We really enjoyed our two nights in the hut in the jungle. Please keep that in the itinerary. For many, that was one of the favorite things. Our guide, Yo, did an excellent job of leading us. She was very informed on everything and we especially enjoyed all the little Thai treats she bought for us to try. We are looking forward to planning another gate 1 trip in the near future, hopefully with some friends.Nancy and Tim B. Glen Ellyn, IL
Fantastic. Uza is a great tour guide and very helpful. She even worked with the airline to get our bags checked all the way to Hong Kong, our next stop after the tour. The bus was clean and comfortable. The driver and the helper are very professional. The hotels are very nice. I am looking forward to my next tour in August to Germany.Marian E. Danville, CA
It was a great trip. My Wife MaryAnn had a wonderful time in Thailand. Her most memorable experience was boat ride to the floating market, walking the memorial on the River Kwaii. She loved the jungle hotel that you could only take a boat to get too.. The tour guide was very healthful. The whole trip was such a wonderful experience. We both really love traveling with Gate 1.Don & Maryann A. Walnut Creek, CA
The trip was great! We had a very good time. The tour guide Kit was very good. Also the driver and the bus assistant Kit gave us so much information about the history of Thailand and the people. She went a milestone over. We will recommend Gate One travel to all of our friends!Leah K. Great Neck, NY
It was fabulous. Kit was an excellent tour guide. She was very professional and congenial. We enjoyed all the tours of the temples and the hotels were fabulous. The show and food was great. My first time using Gate 1 and we will definitely be using your services again. I told all my family and friends about Gate 1 and they are looking into using your services. Everyone on the tour have used your services multiple times and they all had wonderful experiences. I'm so glad we took this trip with Gate 1 and I'm looking forward to booking our trip to Dubai in a couple of months. Thank you again Gate 1 for providing exceptional service.Allison B. Jamaica, NY
Everything was perfect, no kidding. Our guide, Ray, was wonderful. The hotels and meals were top notch. The itinerary was varied and interesting. Every detail went smoothly. We had a great time. We’ll be recommending Gate 1 and this tour to others.Victoria X. Binghamton, NY
The trip to Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia with the opportunity to visit a border town in Myamar was excellent. The Tour Manager, POK, was the best of the 9 tours I have taken with GATE 1 over the years. He was knowledgeable, funny, and treated everyone individually which was a challenging task since our group consisted of 34 people. The temples of Cambodia, Angor Wat, etc. were beyond my expectations. The White Temple in Thailand was unique and a special treat to see. The use of Le Meridian properties on the trip was an excellent choice. An unforgettable, enjoyable experience.Wes W. Stephenson, VA
It was fabulous! Gate 1 always does top notch trips!! Everything was first class...tour guides, hotels, food, buses and driver's, and all the beautiful sites!Teresa H. San Diego, CA
It was marvelous! Udom, our guide, made the trip. He was considerate, efficient, and informative. Without his knowledge and experience, we wouldn’t have gotten nearly as much from the tour. We learned about the history and culture of Thailand and of Buddhism, and he told personal stories that brought the facts and places to life. I especially enjoyed the school visit, and we both really appreciated the visit to the farms ... We must mention our extremely skilled drivers who handled large vehicles with calm and care. We’re in awe! Thanks to all who put these trips together and especially to Udom.Janyce E. Loves Park, IL
My trip was amazing. The tours arranged for the group were great. Our tour manager Nok provided us with so much information and the organization of everything went well. I enjoyed the sights of Thailand and I can't wait to return again. All the hotels were beautiful.Messina W. Middletown, NY
My trip to Thailand was WONDERFUL! Our tour guide was the best! Knowledgeable, fun and happy, and willing to show us everything we wanted to see and more! She went above and beyond her job making sure our trip was perfect! She made sure each one of our group members was taken care of! We could not have had a better tour guide than Busabong!Catherine B. East China, MI
Our trip was great. Our guide - Oh- was very efficient and knowledgeable. Very patient as well. He made sure we had water and bathroom breaks; he said good bye to each of us and saw us off when we left Bangkok. He gets an A+ for his effort and efficiency. Job well done.Flora W. Modesto, CA
Our trip was fabulous! We have been taking international trips for the past 10 year (some with Gate 1) and this trip was excellent. Vit, our tour guide was so friendly, and knowledgeable. The pace of the trip was appropriate. We saw many aspects of Thailand but did not feel rushed. All the accommodations were excellent ... The bus was clean and comfortable. We had no negative incident of any nature. Just an overall great trip that we would recommend to friends and family ... Looking forward to traveling with Gate 1 in the future.Tom C. Elk Grove, CA
The trip was amazing, very successful and highly enjoyable. I specially want to share my appreciation for Steven, our tour manager and guide. His broad knowledge, friendliness and professionalism had significant contribution to the success of the trip. Our overall experience was extremely positive.Jacob L. Agoura Hills, CA
Everything was wonderful, we had a great time, everyone in our group was great. Peter was an excellent tour guide and was very personable , knowledgeable and most of all very professional. All of the hotels were great, as was the bus. Hope to tour again in the future with Gate 1.Zahira R. Kissimmee, FL
Thailand is an amazing country! Our Gate 1 tour guide, Pong, was very knowledgeable and informative. We visited many temples and landmarks. One nice thing is that I didn't realize we were staying at a beautiful resort called Mida in Kanchanaburi. And, unbelievably, we had only one day of rain when we went to see the floating market. The weather really cooperated. We visited a school en route to Bangkok and found out that Gate 1 supports a lot of local schools throughout the world. My friend and I also went to see the Siam Niramit Show & Dinner. It was just fantastic. The cost was reasonable and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Thank you, Gate 1, for a wonderful tour experience.Josie M. Albuquerque, NM
Both trips were excellent. Our guide in India and Thailand were superb. I have no complaints about either trips. The itinerary was good, the hotels were excellent, the bus was clean, the driver kept us safe and the bus boy was really good. During the trip, we were looked after really well. We will definitely be booking with your company again.Mary M. Red Deer, Canada
My trip was simply amazing and perfection. First, my travel itinerary was perfect .... I was in a small group of 15 people and I really enjoyed my tour guide, Uza. Uza is a class act. She was very knowledgeable about Thailand, she was very relatable, caring, nurturing, and she knew the tours inside and out. Furthermore, she was able to recommend the best optional tours for my desires. Second, My driver was also phenomenal and really attentive and nice. Third, I enjoyed the host home dinner, that was really an honor and blessing to be greeted and treated so warm and kind. Fourth, I loved every hotel that we stayed in and the customer service was exceptional. Fifth, The trip flowed and we were where we needed to be in a timely fashion. Absolutely a wonderful trip and I would highly recommend gate 1 to anyone!!Clynnetta N. Beltsville, MD
Well done. Our expectations were exceeded throughout the trip. Great hotels and a very knowledgeable, helpful, friendly, guide. He made the trip very interesting and comfortable and went above and beyond in arranging activities and giving us inside information on how, where to go, what to do, etc. We will definitely consider Gate 1 for future travel.Mark H. Colorado Springs, CO
It was wonderful. Thailand was amazing and our local Gate 1 representative was kind and helpful. This was a self-guided tour and we had an amazing time ... Our hotel was fantastic and in a really good location and the morning breakfast buffet included was excellent. I will definitely recommend Gate 1 to my friends and family.Laurie N. Phoenix, AZ
It was exceptional! Our guide Steven was amazing ... We were driven around by the most talented driver ... I will recommend this tour to everyone I know. It’s a add to your bucket list experience ... My daughter and I had such a wonderful time in Thailand. Such a beautiful country with the most friendly people in the world.Kristy R. Paducah, KY.
I would like to thank Gate 1 for a fantastic holiday in Thailand. My family and I enjoyed our trip immensely, so much so we are planning our next holiday to Vietnam with Gate 1. From the booking process, throughout the tour and to the departure process, everything was faultless and ran smoothly. Our tour guide Otto was such a knowledgeable and thoughtful person and was faultless in his role. His service should be commended and is second to none. Otto is a huge asset to your company. Otto has a passion for his country and this is reflected in how he conducts this tour. Again thank you for making our holiday experience one we will never forget for all the right reasonsRobyn J. Shoal Point, AU
Just wanted to say that our tour guide KIT for our 13 day Thailand tour was the BEST tour guide I have ever had! She made our trip so special and memories of a lifetime because of her friendly, kind, loving personality and amazing knowledge, attention to detail and great communication skills, all while making the trip very fun and enjoyable. A++++++ for Kit :) If I could tour the world with her as my tour guide I would! I will never forget this amazing Thailand tour and Gate 1 travel because of her.Christopher B. Azusa, CA
The trip was wonderful! This was our first experience with Gate1, and certainly won’t be our last. We would like to give special recognition to our tour guide, Ray. He was fantastic, and a real asset to Gate 1. He is personable, his English is flawless, and he’s a great teacher. We learned so much about Thailand from him during the travel that the time on the bus seemed to fly. All in all you folks put on a great tour, and we are so glad we took advantage of it.Donna J. Chevy Chase, MD
Our trip was amazing. Everything from accommodation, food transport was awesome. Max the bus driver did an awesome job getting us safely to each destination & M his assistant was always polite & ready with cold towelettes & cold water & kept the bus spotless. I cannot speak highly enough of our tour guide Lada she was very informative, great sense of humor & VERY PATIENT she went above & beyond to make sure we all enjoyed ourselves.Linda W. Nelson Bay, NSW, AU
Thailand was lovely! Highest compliments to our Tour Manager, Pong. She was a delight. The hotel in Chiang Rai was superb. The hotel selection in general was very good, as were the optional excursions.Laura S. Belmont, CA
The trip was great! As usual Gate 1 provided a full, enjoyable, and well-rounded itinerary. The hotels were comfortable, as was the touring coach. The Bangkok hotel was so well-situated, walking distance to all sorts of shops, restaurants, and night life. The resort on the river was a fantastic escape for a couple of days, it felt so isolated and peaceful. Anil was terrific - competent, organized, knowledgeable, and friendly. The bus driver, Mr. Honda, was also friendly and a safe and responsible driver in a country where traffic looked a bit on the chaotic side to me overall! The airport transfers were smooth and the sightseeing was amazing - there's so much exotic beauty and history and culture to soak up. I wish I could have dialed down the temperature by about twenty degrees, but that was beyond Gate 1's control! Overall a really enjoyable trip.Kyra C. San Rafael, CA
We had a great holiday in Thailand, more to see and do than we expected . Your tour guide did a really good job looking after us all and the tour covered so much of the country and its history.Slade L. Mindarie, WA, AU
The trip was above and beyond our expectations. So wonderful. Kit was the best. She has so much knowledge about sites. Most important, she made us feel safe at all times. She guides us from pick up to last day transfer to airport. Will be looking at other trips with gate 1 in the future.Cheryl D. Orlando, FL
It was a wonderful trip. Thailand was not on my bucket list, but it should have been. The accommodations and food were outstanding. Our tour manager, Udom, was fantastic. He was what pushed the experience over the top. If I could be sure to get him again, I would book another trip to Thailand tomorrow! We have already made up our minds to go back for “The Gems of Southeast Asia”.Dennis C. Peoria, AZ
The trip was amazing! So many beautiful places and experiences! The tour manager and the guides were absolutely wonderful making our trip an absolute delight! Thank you, Gate 1!Zhanna Y. Philadelphia, PA