Thailand Splendours 10 Days

$2,299.00

Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya, Pattaya

Take in the diverse sights of Bangkok, and the commercial hustle and bustle of the world-famous floating market and two-century-old Chinatown. Follow this up with a journey through history to the 'death railway' and then on to Thailand's ancient capital Ayutthaya, then change the pace of your journey with island hopping and snorkelling at Pattaya, and a final trip through south-central Thailand before heading for home. Enjoy the highest level of service with deluxe hotel accommodation, ground transfers, friendly tour guides, and engaging sightseeing.

Highlights:
  • Relax on a cruise along the Chao Phraya River and witness ancient temples and modern landmarks
  • Explore Damnoen Saduak Floating Market by riding a boat along the small canal
  • Marvel at ancient architecture in Ayutthaya Historical Park, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Pray to the golden Buddha at Wat Sothon Wararam Worawihan Temple

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Guaranteed Departures

2017 Package Price Single Supplement
04 Mar 23 Sep * From $2,299
per person twin share

$499
08 Apr * 28 Oct
20 May 25 Nov
* Peak season surcharge: $300

Package Inclusions:

  • China Southern Airlines/Malaysia Airlines/Thai Airways return economy class airfares departing Sydney or Melbourne
  • 8 nights 4 star hotel accommodation
  • Round trip airport & hotel transfers
  • Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Coach transportation
  • Admissions to scenic attractions
  • English speaking tour guide(s)

Package Exclusions:

  • Tour guide & driver tipping prepaid in Australia: $135
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenditure & anything not stated on the itinerary

Hotel Accommodation

Location Accommodation Local Rating
Bangkok Ramada Plaza Menam Riverside or similar
Kanchanaburi River Kwai Village or similar
Pattaya Jomtien Garden Hotel or similar

Optional Pre-Tour Extension

Colourful Malaysia 6 Nights

Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Cameron Highlands, Penang

Located in South East Asia, Malaysia offers you unmatched cultural, religious and geographical diversity. Buildings are of valuable cultural and historical significance with many retaining a unique European and Asian architectural style due to a long history of European colonisation. As a cultural melting pot, Malaysia is home to the Malays, Chinese, Indians, indigenous Orang Asli, and people of many other nationalities. As such, this extraordinary variety produces some of the most sumptuous cuisine, with food stalls and hawker foods incredibly popular amongst locals and travellers alike.

Highlights:

  • Retreat to the serene Cameron Highlands and uncover a sea of green rolling tea fields
  • Observe the heritage wooden stilt houses at The Weld Quay Clan Jetties Waterfront Settlement
  • Discover the historical and cultural riches of Malacca once colonised by the Portuguese, Dutch, and British (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Hop on a Beca and speed through the bustling city streets of Georgetown in style
Package Price Single Supplement
From $1,399
per person twin share
Tour will operate with a minimum of 9 persons
$420

Inclusions:

  • International airfares, taxes & fuel surcharges (Penang>Kota Kinabalu)
  • 6 nights 4 star hotel accommodation
  • Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch)
  • Transportation & transfers
  • Admissions to scenic attractions
  • English-speaking tour guide(s)

Exclusions:

  • Tipping prepaid in Australia: $105
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenditure & anything not stated
Location Deluxe Accommodation Local Rating
Kualu Lumpur Hotel Capitol Kuala Lumpur or similar
Cameron Highlands Heritage Hotel Cameron Highlands or similar
Penang The Wembley – A St Giles Hotel or similar

Optional Pre-Tour Extension

Singapore Stopover 2 Nights

Singapore is loved as a ‘hot’ destination full of contrasts inside a small area. Gardens by the Bay is a must-see attraction in Singapore. It is a massive garden built on 101 hectares of reclaimed land with a rich diversity of plants as well as decorative lighting. Do not forget about the culinary delights in Singapore. Their food culture is diverse; Chinese, Indian, and Malay dishes such as stir fry noodles, roti chennai, and laksa and are also well known. You will see hundreds of street foods in China Town.

4 Star Hotel 5 Star Hotel
From $399
per person twin share

Single Supplement: $350
From $549
per person twin share

Single Supplement: $500

Upgrade your flights to Singapore Airlines to book this package

Inclusions:

  • 2 nights hotel accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Return transfers
  • Unlimited rides on SIA Hop-on Bus
  • Multi Pass

Multi Pass Inclusions (subject to change):

  • Singapore Cable Car (Sky Pass)
  • National Gallery Singapore
  • Sentosa Admission + Admission to 2 out of 8 Attractions (Surrender Chamber @ Fort Siloso, Sentosa Merlion, Wings of time – Standard seat, Sentosa 4D Adventureland, GoGreen Bi-Pedal Bicycle Ride, GoGreen Segway Fun Ride, Tiger Sky Tower, Skyline Luge Sentosa)
  • Alive Museum
  • Gardens by the Bay (2 Conservatories)
  • National Orchid Garden
  • Singapore River Bumboat Tour
  • Jurong Bird Park (tram not included)
  • Singapore Zoo (tram not included)
  • The Original Singapore Walks (choose 1 out of 5 Walking Tours)
  • $5 Chinatown Food Street Voucher
  • Singapore Flyer
  • Malay Heritage Centre
  • Singapore Philatelic Museum
  • ClimbMax (choice of 1 course)
  • Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
  • 1-Altitude Gallery & Bar (entry after 6:30pm)
  • Satay by the Bay
  • Universal Studios Singapore
Local Rating Hotel Accommodation
Four Points by Sheraton Singapore, Riverview or similar
Hotel Grand Central or similar
Furama City Centre or similar
Mandarin Orchard Singapore or similar
Marina Mandarin Singapore or similar
Swissotel The Stamford Singapore or similar

Fly to Bangkok, Thailand’s capital city, via connecting cities. Upon arrival, you will be warmly greeted and transferred to your hotel (Note: some flights may depart one day earlier).
Bangkok radiates modernity, but with deep roots in Buddhist tradition. Explore the city after breakfast, starting with the Reclining Buddha at Wat Po, a signature sight representing the Thai national religion. Wat Po also houses a school of Thai medicine and is the birthplace of Thai massage. Take a stroll through China Town, and visit the largest local wholesale flower market at Paklong Talat. In the afternoon, take a boat ride along the Chao Phaya River and canals on a local speed boat. Visit Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn, one of Thailand’s best known landmarks, restored in the 18th century by King Taksin the Great who liberated the country from the Burmese. Spend your evening at leisure, or enjoy an optional Thai dinner ($45) while watching classical dance at the Silom Village Restaurant.
Enjoy the day at leisure or join our optional Bangkok Day Tour & Boat Ride along the River of the King ($60). During this optional tour we visit the Grand Palace and the Emerald Buddha Temple, regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand. The emerald Buddha housed in the temple is a potent religio-political symbol and the palladium of Thai society. Explore the city on your own this afternoon, or watch an optional Siam Niramit Light & Sound Show ($65), a world-class showcase of Thai culture with incredible visual effects, followed by a classic Thai dinner.
This morning, after breakfast, take a bus to the provincial town, Kanchanaburi. Along the way, visit the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market with a boat trip along the small canal. You will have some free time to browse through the produce offered by the vendors. Upon arrival in Kanchanaburi, visit a WWII cemetery site and the bridge over the Kwai River, built by prisoners of war at a huge cost of life, and ride a mini train over the bridge. Learn about history at the Death Railway Museum at the WWII War Memorial.
Depart Kanchanaburi for the historic city of Ayutthaya, the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai for over 400 years, and once the largest city in Southeast Asia. Start the city tour by visiting the Ayutthaya Historical Park in the city centre, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. The remains, characterised by the reliquary towers and gigantic monasteries, give an idea of its glorious past. Envision the grandeur and splendour that once was the Kingdom of Ayutthaya, as you walk through the ancient town. After lunch, continue to the Chai Wattanaram Temple, built by King Prasat Thong, a commoner who overthrew the previous king and took his throne. Here, you can enjoy the peaceful and tranquil surroundings of historical Siam before dinner.
Transfer to Pattaya after breakfast. Start your morning with a visit to the illustrious Bang Pa-In Royal Palace, a lakeside complex used as a summer dwelling by the Siamese royalty and their consorts, created by King Prasat Thong in 1632. Continue the drive to Pattaya. Stop by a Gem Gallery en route,and visit a Theme Park Ride into a spectacular show of the glittering world of gems.
After breakfast at the resort, enjoy a day of leisure. You may also join an optional day cruise to the idyllic beaches of Koh Larn (Coral Island) ($55), relax on the white sand and enjoy a seafood lunch there. This formerly sleepy fishing village boasts translucent blue waters, brimming with an abundance of coral and marine life.
Have a restful morning at leisure and check out of the resort. Transfer to Bangkok in the afternoon, visit the province Chachoengsao en route in south-central Thailand, east of Bangkok. It is an agricultural hub centred on the Bang Pakong River, which runs the length of the province. The main town, also called Chachoengsao, sits on the river’s edge. It’s known for the stately Wat Sathon Wararam Worawihan temple, which has an important Buddha image, making the temple one of the most famous in Thailand. Continue the drive to Bangkok airport. We will check in at the airport hotel for a rest.
Transfer to the airport for your home-bound or onward flight via connecting cities.
Arrive home this morning (Note: some flights may arrive home one day earlier).

Optional Pre-Tour Extension

Colourful Malaysia 6 Nights

Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Cameron Highlands, Penang

Located in South East Asia, Malaysia offers you unmatched cultural, religious and geographical diversity. Buildings are of valuable cultural and historical significance with many retaining a unique European and Asian architectural style due to a long history of European colonisation. As a cultural melting pot, Malaysia is home to Malays, Chinese, Indians, indigenous Orang Asli, and people of many other nationalities. As such, this extraordinary variety produces some of the most sumptuous cuisines, with food stalls and hawker foods incredibly popular amongst locals and travellers alike.

Highlights:

  • Retreat to the serene Cameron Highlands and uncover a sea of green rolling tea fields
  • Observe the heritage wooden stilt houses at The Weld Quay Clan Jetties Waterfront Settlement
  • Discover the historical and cultural riches of Malacca once colonised by the Portuguese, Dutch, and British (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Hop on a Beca and speed through the bustling city streets of Georgetown in style
Fly overnight to Kuala Lumpur via connecting cities (Note: some flights may depart one day later).
Arrive in Kuala Lumpur. Your friendly tour guide will meet you at the airport to transfer you to your hotel.
This morning, travel to Malacca (listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site), a city with a history of colonisation by the Portuguese, Dutch, and British. Many of the buildings including churches here are a cultural blend of 18th century European and Asian architectural styles. Visit St. Peter’s Church, the oldest operational Catholic Church in Malaysia, where various ceremonies are held. Afterwards, visit Porta De Santiago, a fortress that was built by the Portuguese to secure their position in Malacca. Later on, take a stroll through St Paul’s Church, a historical church ruin on the summit of St. Paul’s Hill. Proceed to the Dutch administrative building known as Red Square or ‘Stadthuys’ before exploring the finest temple in Malaysia – Cheng Hoon Teng Temple. The peaceful unity of Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism found in the same complex is a unique feature of this temple. Take a stroll along Malacca River before returning to Kuala Lumpur.
Begin your journey today to the Cameron Highlands. Enjoy the crisp air and breathtaking views of verdant tea plantations at 5000ft above sea level. On the way, stop by Iskandar Waterfall, passing by gurgling jungle streams. Some of the main attractions in this area include the Rose Garden, green rolling hills of lush tea plantations as well as a Butterfly Farm. The cooler climate due to higher altitude and abundant water is perfect for cultivating tea and is also the perfect environment for unique species of flora and fauna. Take a sip of your favourite tea (own expense).
Enjoy breakfast with a free morning at your own leisure. Travel to Penang.
Explore Penang Island today. First stop will be Tropical Spice Garden, an award-winning landscaped tropical garden that is home to more than 500 species of tropical plants and herbs from around the world. Next, visit Penang Craft Batik Factory and learn how the pioneers of batik manufacturing create quality batik garments using complex prints and patterns. Afterwards, taste juicy tropical fruit at the Penang Tropical Fruit Farm. The farm grows 370 edible fruit species, including exotic ones such as durian. Stroll through The Weld Quay Clan Jetties Waterfront Settlement, a living heritage site that served as one of the main Southeast Asian ports for international trade, before visiting the Khoo Kongsi, the extravagant clan house of the most distinctive Chinese clan association in Malaysia. The building is most famous for its gorgeous gold decorations and detailed ornamental carvings. Walk down ‘The Street of Harmony’, a street with a variety of places of worship grouped together, including Kapitan Keling Mosque, Kuan-Yin-Ten (a Chinese temple and a symbol of pride, compassion and love), and St George’s Church – South East Asia’s oldest Anglican Church. In the afternoon, visit Kek Lok Si Temple, where a magnificent 30.2m tall bronze statue of Guanyin and the temple’s pagoda decorated with 10,000 statues of Buddha is the main draw-card for many Buddhist pilgrims. Ride a funicular train up to Penang Hill for a fresh breeze and stunning panoramic view of Georgetown.
Free time during the day at your own leisure to explore Georgetown. Penang is home to the finest Southeast Aisan cuisine and also a gourmet’s paradise. Tour continues in the evening. Hop on a beca, an open-fronted pedal-powered ride, and speed through the bustling streets of Georgetown. Take a closer look at Kapitan Keling Mosque, Kuan Yin Teng and St George’s Church. Afterwards, explore Penang’s famous Red Garden Food Paradise, offering a one stop destination for delicious local and international hawker food.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Bangkok.

Optional Pre-Tour Extension

Singapore Stopover 2 Nights

Singapore is loved as a ‘hot’ destination full of contrasts inside a small area. Gardens by the Bay is a must see attraction in Singapore. It is a massive garden built on 101 hectares of reclaimed land with a rich diversity of plants as well decorative lighting. Do not forget the culinary delights in Singapore. Their food culture is diverse; Chinese, Indian and Malay dishes such as stir fry noodles, roti chennai, and laksa are well known. You will see hundreds of street foods in China Town.

Fly to Singapore via connecting cities and transfer to your hotel for rest.
Today is free at your leisure. You may choose from a variety of activities covered by your Multi Pass (Note: transportation is not included, however, most venues are covered by the SIA Hop-on Bus).
After breakfast, fly to Bangkok. Upon arrival, you will be warmly greeted and transferred to the hotel.