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Grand Tour of Thailand: Bangkok, Chiang Mai & Phuket

14 days |  17 days with Cambodia extension
14 days |  17 days with Cambodia extension
Group size1222 travelers

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Phra Maha Prasat complex in The Royal Grand Palace Bangkok Thailand
Thai traditional wooden longtail boat and beautiful sand on a beach in Thailand
Golden buddhist statue in Thailand
Rescued elephant taking a bath in a sanctuary Thailand
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Immerse yourself in a country where each moment is more smile-inducing than the last.

From the moment you touch down in Thailand, you’ll understand how it earned its nickname, the Land of Smiles. The country brims with joy: local fishing villages filled with friendly-as-can-be residents, regional dishes that hit a spicy-salty-sweet high note, and history that spans millennia. Over the course of this Grand Tour, you’ll come to feel right at home—and the same goes for the extension to neighboring Cambodia.

Your tour package includes

  • 12 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 12 breakfasts
  • 4 lunches
  • 4 dinners with beer or wine
  • 1 cooking class
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Included highlights

  • Grand Palace
  • Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
  • Organic farm visit
  • Ayutthaya Historical Park
  • Oolong tea plantation tour
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Bangkok today.

Bangkok3 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Bangkok

Welcome to Thailand! As you arrive at your hotel tonight, you might receive a wai: a traditional greeting where the hands are placed in a prayer-like position, followed by a gentle bow of the head. Return the greeting (or offer a warm smile back) then settle into your room.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Bangkok
Included meals: Breakfast, Welcome lunch, Tasting

Join your Tour Director for a sightseeing tour of Bangkok, the bustling capital city set on the banks of the Chao Phraya River.

  • Explore the sprawling Grand Palace, home to the kings of Siam from 1782 to 1925. The landmark’s exterior elegantly blends traditional Thai architecture with inspiration from the European Renaissance. Give it a good look before venturing on.
  • While roaming the complex, pass by Wat Phra Kaew. Also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, this structure is the spiritual core of Thai Buddhism and a pilgrimage site for the devout.
  • Step inside the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, or Wat Pho, to admire the grandeur of the gilded, 150-foot-long statue depicting the Buddha’s passing and attainment of nirvana. (It’s the biggest reclining Buddha statue in the city!)
  • Look over the nearby flower market’s rainbow-hued rows of blooms before taking a walking tour of the Chinatown neighborhood—one of the largest in the world. Bursting with food stalls, ornate temples, and the rich history of its immigrants, it’s truly a sight to behold.

Enjoy an included welcome lunch with your fellow travelers, then tour the city’s canals, or klongs, on a converted rice barge as you sample local fruits.

Day 4: Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Maeklong Railway Market & organic farm visit
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting

Leave the bustle of Bangkok behind for a day and go to the city’s outskirts. Then, dive into a pair of uniquely Thai sites.

  • Climb aboard a long-tail boat and glide past villages to the canal-crossed Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Here, shoppers and merchants do business on the water, placing orders and transferring goods between vessels. Maneuver through its varied stalls and take it all in.
  • Swap water for land, and one shopping hub for another, when you visit the Maeklong Railway Market. Built on an active rail line, it experiences a flurry of activity whenever a train comes rumbling by. Vendors will hurriedly pack up their stalls and duck out of the way; once the locomotive passes, they set back up and keep on selling.

From there, continue to a local organic farm to learn about eco-friendly agricultural practices from the farmers who till the land. Sample freshly picked fruit and a refreshing coconut drink, take part in a hands-on planting workshop, then head back to your hotel for some well-earned rest.

Chiang Rai2 nights
Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Ayutthaya Historical Park & flight to Chiang Rai
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Bid Bangkok farewell and head north to the provincial capital of Ayutthaya, where you’ll learn more about its royal history during a guided tour of the UNESCO-listed Ayutthaya Historical Park.

  • Tour the ruins of palaces and monasteries—decorated with beautiful, saffron-robed statues of the Buddha—and discover how the city was once the capital of the Ayutthaya Kingdom, the predecessor of modern Thailand.
  • Visit Wat Lokkayasutha, the Temple of the Earth, and see its 42-meter-long stone statue of the reclining Buddha.

Sightseeing complete, go back to Bangkok and transfer to the airport. You’ll fly to Chiang Rai, a hilly city close to the Myanmar and Laotian borders, dotted with Buddhist shrines and ancient ruins. Once you arrive, enjoy an included dinner with your group, then catch up on rest in anticipation of tomorrow’s adventures.

Day 6: Mekong River cruise & oolong tea plantation sightseeing tour
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tasting

After breakfast, venture beyond Chiang Rai to explore the waterways, villages, and farms of the countryside. Begin by boarding a long-tail boat for a cruise along the Mekong—one of the longest rivers in Asia. You’ll sail past the villages of hill tribes en route to the Golden Triangle, where Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos come together.

Disembark for an included lunch overlooking the Mekong, then make your way to Choui Fong Tea, a plantation that specializes in oolong. Link up with an expert for a guided tour, and after, sample three different kinds of local tea. Savor each sip—and the view of the terraced fields unfurling before you—then call it a day.

Chiang Mai3 nights
Day 7: Chiang Mai via Wat Rong Khun, Doi Suthep & cooking class
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Begin making your way to Chiang Mai, stopping to bask in the beauty of the region’s most impressive landmarks as you go.

  • Start at Wat Rong Khun. Completed in 1997, the White Temple is otherworldly in scope and scale, blending modern art with traditional Buddhist symbolism. Cross its main bridge, flanked by outreaching hands symbolizing unchecked desire, and admire the temple’s fine craftsmanship up close.
  • Visit Doi Suthep, half of a twin-peaked granite mountain overlooking Chiang Mai, and take a cable car to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. This mountaintop temple is steeped in legend and is one of the most sacred places in Thailand, making it a popular pilgrimage site during the Buddhist holidays of Makha Bucha and Visak.
  • Soak up vistas of downtown Chiang Mai in the distance, then either ride the cable car back to the base of Doi Suthep or, time permitting, opt for a one-hour hike down a well-marked trail. (Please note: If you choose to hike, be ready to negotiate steps and declines.)

End your evening with a Thai cooking class, where trained chefs will teach you how to prepare four classic dishes. Relax in a secluded village surrounded by rice paddies as you eat dinner, then continue to Chiang Mai and end your day.

Day 8: Chiang Mai Night Market
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting

Rewind the clock during today’s optional excursion and immerse yourself in traditional Thai life among the Mae Kampong hill tribe. Alternatively, stay behind and get to know Chiang Mai yourself. One must-see: the Old City. Protected by a wall, ringed by a moat, and packed with more than 300 temples, this cultural quarter showcases seven centuries of history.

Tonight, join your Tour Director to explore the Chiang Mai Night Market, a sprawling complex just outside the Old City’s ancient walls. You’re in for what’s arguably the best night market experience in Thailand, where vendors sell everything from street food to clothing to antiques. Because prices here aren’t fixed, the market is a beloved spot among bargain hunters, and you’ll get plenty of free time to shop at your leisure.

Mae Kampong Hill Tribe: Village Visit & Hike

From $89 per person

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of ChangChill elephant sanctuary
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Drive through the countryside and visit ChangChill, an organization at the forefront of elephant welfare and responsible tourism in Chiang Mai.

  • Hear how the group works with World Animal Protection, an animal rights nonprofit, to create a safe living environment for elephants and an educational experience for visitors.
  • Walk along hillsides and through rice paddies, learning about Asian elephants as you watch them freely roam the sanctuary’s grounds.
  • Chat with the mahouts, or elephant caretakers, and enjoy a vegetarian meal overlooking the elephants’ natural bathing spot.
  • Help staffers prepare medicine and food for the gentle, giant residents.

Wrap up at ChangChill and look forward to your evening as you journey back to your hotel. Dig into dinner—and another aspect of Thai culture—at a Lanna family’s home on tonight’s optional excursion, or set out on your own to track down a particular dish you’ve been craving. (Don’t leave without trying the khao soi, a fragrant coconut curry noodle soup that’s a Chiang Mai specialty.)

Please note: Travelers should wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to walk along uneven paths with some hills.

Lanna Family Home-Hosted Dinner

From $125 per person

Phuket Island3 nights
Day 10: Buddhist monk visit at Wat Suan Dok & flight to Phuket
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, visit the Wat Suan Dok Buddhist temple—distinguished by its gold leaf-covered, 160-feet-tall chedi, or stupa—to meet with a resident monk. They’ll teach you about their faith and how they live, and you’ll have the chance to ask them questions.

Afterward, transfer to the airport and fly to Phuket, where crystal clear water and powdery white sand await you. Sit down for an included dinner, served with beer or wine, with your group before retiring for the night.

Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Ao Phang Nga & Talu Island canoeing
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Board a speedboat, push off Phuket Island, and skim over turquoise waves, bound for the jungle-crowned isles of Ao Phang Nga National Park.

  • Boat between the park’s towering limestone formations, or karsts. You’ll pass thick mangrove forests, too—keep an eye out for some of the 200 bird species that call them home.
  • Enjoy an included lunch on your boat, then motor to Talu Island. There, you’ll get to canoe through dramatically arched sea caves with experienced local paddlers as your guides.
  • Visit the iconic shores of Khao Phing Kan, better known to some as James Bond Island. It was made into a popular travel destination when it was chosen as a filming location for the 1974 movie, The Man with the Golden Gun.
Day 12: Free day on Phuket Island
Included meal: Breakfast

Add another of Thailand’s most famous destinations to your itinerary—and dive into those enticing tropical waters—on today’s optional excursion to the Phi Phi Islands. For something more low-key, stay behind and make the most of a day to yourself. (There’s nothing wrong with a spot of sunbathing.)

Phi Phi Islands Cruise, Snorkeling & Lunch

From $145 per person

Bangkok1 night
Day 13: Flight to Bangkok
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Fly to Bangkok this afternoon and spend your free time exploring the city at your leisure.

Tonight, head to a local restaurant and celebrate your trip with your fellow travelers during a farewell dinner, served with beer or wine.

Flight Home
Day 14: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport and either fly home or to Cambodia for this tour’s extension. (With the UNESCO-listed towers of Angkor Wat this close, why wouldn’t you spend a few more days in Southeast Asia?)

Extension to Cambodia
Despite being squeezed between Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and the sea, Cambodia’s impossible to overlook. While the mesmerizing Angkor Wat complex may get most of the attention, there are plenty more treasures to uncover. From resort towns to lost capitals and ruined temples, this country offers up countless surprises. Join your Tour Director there and see for yourself.
Siem Reap2 nights
Day 14: Flight to Siem Reap & sunset at Angkor Wat
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Instead of flying home from Bangkok, you’ll board a flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia. After landing, begin your trip’s extension with an included lunch of Cambodian specialties. As the sun starts sinking toward the horizon, you’ll head out for a tour of Angkor Wat—the world’s largest religious monument and an outstanding example of Khmer architecture.

Learn how this UNESCO-recognized complex honors both Hinduism and Buddhism as you watch the sun dip behind its lotus blossom-shaped towers. Then, sit down for an included dinner with your groupmates.

Day 15: Angkor Thom & Ta Prohm
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Leave Siem Reap once more for a final day of ruin-roaming with your Tour Director, beginning at Angkor Thom—the longest-serving capital of the Khmer Empire. Explore the complex, stopping to view the Terrace of the Elephants. This ornamental platform was named for the designs carved into its eastern wall and was used by King Jayavarman VII to observe the return of his victorious army.

Depart from Angkor Thom and enjoy an included lunch at a local restaurant before setting out for Ta Prohm. Decorated by bas-reliefs and shaded by trees shooting out from gaps in its stones, this 12th-century temple was made famous by the 2001 film, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.

Bangkok1 night
Day 16: Cambodian Landmine Museum & flight to Bangkok
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Before heading to the airport and beginning your journey home, spend your last full day in Cambodia reflecting on a heavy part of its modern history. This country suffered through numerous wars in the 20th century, and countless pieces of unexploded ordnance (UXO) were left buried in the soil in their wake. Today, you’ll enter the Cambodian Landmine Museum, the headquarters of an organization dedicated to defusing UXO, to hear about their efforts and see their impact firsthand.

  • Watch a short film about Aki Ra, a former Khmer Rouge child soldier who founded the museum.
  • Take a guided audio tour of the museum, which is home to a collection of decommissioned explosives, and learn about the organization’s de-mining projects and community development initiatives.
  • Learn how the revenue from your visit supports relief projects for those harmed by landmines and UXO.

Later, fly back to Bangkok for a farewell dinner with your group, served with beer or wine.

Flight home
Day 17: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your early morning flight home.

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    5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing trip to Thailand and Cambodia
    5/17/24 by 2nd-time traveler Jeffrey

    This was such an amazing experience. I loved everything about the tour. Our group was awesome and our tour director even more so! We saw so many fantastic places and ate delicious food everyday. The Thai people are so lovely and happy all the time. They always greeted us with warm smiles and enjoye...

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    Amazing On Every Level
    5/17/24 by 1st-time traveler Carol

    EF didn’t disappoint. The itinerary was fabulous (tho day 1 in Bangkok may have been a little too ambitious!) Every excursion was worthwhile. We were lucky to have a great mix of people on the tour. Making new friends was an extra perk. The physical aspects of the excursions were well communi...

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    Thai Adventures
    3/1/24 by 3rd-time traveler Shannon

    I have been on a few tours with GoAhead and know that the learning and experiences are great. This tour through Thailand was no exception. The tour guide Adisorn was superior and very patient. He was attentive and took care of the group very well. He even went above and beyond in free time to make ...

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    Hotels, flights & FAQ

    Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.


    We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
    Doubletree by Hilton Bangkok Ploenchit
    Doubletree by Hilton Bangkok Ploenchit

    This contemporary hotel is located in the Sukhumvit district of downtown Bangkok, Thailand. Guests enjoy an outdoor saltwater pool, sun terrace, and f...

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    Phowadol Resort & Spa
    Phowadol Resort & Spa

    This countryside resort is located in the peaceful city of Chiang Rai. Guests enjoy the outdoor pool, the Bodhi Tree Spa, relaxing atmosphere. Nearby ...

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     Mövenpick Suriwongse Chiang Mai
    Mövenpick Suriwongse Chiang Mai

    This contemporary hotel is located in downtown Chiang Mai. Guests enjoy the rooftop pool, restaurant, and convenient location. Nearby you’ll find the ...

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    Centara Karon Resort Phuket
    Centara Karon Resort Phuket

    This modern hotel is located steps from the Karon Beach in Phuket. Guests enjoy several pools and dining options, tennis courts, and spa. Nearby you’l...

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    Angkor Paradise Hotel
    Angkor Paradise Hotel

    This classic hotel is located in Siem Reap’s city center. Guests enjoy the outdoor pool, sun terrace, and on-site restaurant. Nearby you’ll find Angko...

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