Three-City Tour of Thailand, from Bangkok to Ayutthaya and the River Kwai
The tour includes:
- Round-trip airfare from Los Angeles (LAX) or New York (JFK) on China Airlines, including fuel surcharges, taxes, and fees
- All transportation and transfers in Thailand
- Three nights of standard accommodations at the 4.5-star Rembrandt Hotel in Bangkok
- One night of standard accommodations at 4-star Kantary Hotel Ayutthaya
- Two nights of standard accommodations at 3-star River Kwai Resotel in Kanchanaburi
- Daily buffet breakfast and one dinner
- Sightseeing tours with professional, English-speaking tour guides<p>
To see a full itinerary, click here.
Days 1–4: Outgoing Flight and Bangkok
After departing from Los Angeles on day 1, you’ll arrive in Bangkok in the early morning on day 3. The 18-hour flight crosses the International Date Line and includes a stopover in Taipei.
On your first afternoon in Bangkok, take a guided boat ride through the city’s extensive canal system. You’ll pass by the king’s fleet of royal barges and Wat Arun, a waterfront temple with a 79-meter pagoda. You’ll also visit the Royal Barge Museum. The next day is yours to explore Bangkok on your own. That evening, feast on traditional Thai cuisine at Supatra River House during a group dinner on the banks of the Chao Phraya River.
Optional excursions: Check out Wat Pho—the city’s oldest temple—or the Grand Palace, current home of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and his court. (extra fees for optional excursions)
Day 5: Ayutthaya
A one-hour drive north brings you to Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage site that served as headquarters for the kingdom of Siam beginning in 1350. The Burmese army destroyed the city in 1767, but you can see the ruins on a guided sightseeing tour. You’ll also visit King Rama IV’s summer palace and two magnificent temples, reminiscent of Cambodia’s famous Angkor Wat.
Days 6–7: Kanchanaburi and the River Kwai
Travel through verdant rice fields en route to Kanchanaburi, situated west of Ayutthaya. Upon arrival, the group heads straight to the historic bridge over the River Kwai. Part of a railroad built by Japan’s prisoners of war during World War II, the bridge was immortalized in David Lean’s 1957 film epic starring Alec Guinness and William Holden. In the afternoon, you’ll get to see the bridge and take a train ride through the Kwai Noi gorge. The next day at the Hellfire Pass museum, you can pay your respects to the thousands of men and women who died during the railroad’s construction. The rest of the day is reserved for independent exploration.
Optional excursion: Take an elephant ride through the jungle, then sail down the river on a bamboo raft (extra fee)
Days 8–9: Bangkok and Return Flight
In the morning, you’ll board the tour bus for a drive back to Bangkok. The rest of the afternoon and the next morning are yours to explore the city at your leisure. You’ll depart Bangkok on the afternoon of day 9 and arrive in Los Angeles or New York that same day, following an 18-hour flight with another stopover in Taipei.
Optional excursions: Watch a show on the history and culture of Thailand at the Ratchada Grand Theatre, or visit the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, where boats packed with foods sell their produce in the canals of Bangkok. (extra fees)
Two three-day extensions are available for an additional fee: Phuket, Thailand’s largest island and scenic destination for boating and lounging on the beach ($499+), or Angkor Wat, the Hindu and Buddhist complex in Cambodia ($899).
Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How much would it cost to fly from an airport not listed as part of this deal?<p> This deal is only available with departure from Los Angeles (LAX) and New York (JFK).<p>
2. Can we extend our trip before or after the promotional dates for the deal?<p> Early departures and/or late returns are possible at a cost of $100 per person, plus any difference in airfare and additional services required, and are subject to availability. To book an early departure and/or late return, let Friendly Planet know and they’ll do their best to accommodate your request.<p>
3. How do I find out if the dates I want to travel are available?<p> If your requested date is available for purchase on Groupon’s site, it should still be available.<p>
4. What happens if I buy the Groupon and my travel dates are not available?<p> Technically, you should not be able to buy a Groupon for a sold out date or departure city.<p>
5. Does my child need a Groupon, and can they stay in my room?<p> Every passenger traveling is required to have one. Triple rooms are only available upon request.<p>