The Real Deal Vacation package to Thailand includes airfare from L.A. to Bangkok on China Airlines; four nights at the Park Plaza Bangkok Soi 18 (three nights at the start of your trip and one night at the end); two nights at the River Kwai Resotel in Kanchanaburi; one night at the Krungsri River Hotel in Ayutthaya; guided tours of Reclining Buddha, the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, and the Bridge over the River Kwai; all transfers; sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary; English-speaking tour guides and an air conditioned bus; and daily breakfast; from $1,559 per person including all hotel and air taxes and fees.
When May 7, 2013 ($1,559); add $20 for Mar. 12, 19, 26, 2013add $60 for Feb. 19, 2013; check Gate 1 Travel's website for more dates.
Gateways L.A. ($1,559); additional gateway cities also available.
The Fine Print No visa is required for U.S. citizens, but passports must be valid for at least six months past the date of travel. Airport taxes and fees are included in the package price. Based on double occupancy; the single supplement is from $211. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book By No deadline; based on availability.
Contact Gate 1 Travel, 800/682-3333, gate1travel.com.
Why It's a Deal A recent Kayak search shows the lowest round-trip airfare between L.A. and Bangkok starts from $1,000 in early May (China Southern). Add to that $200 per person with taxes for four nights at the Park Plaza Bangkok Soi 18, $92 per person with taxes for two nights at the River Kwai Resotel, and $28 per person without taxes for one night at the Krungsri River Hotel, and you're spending $1,320 on airfare and accommodations alone. For $239 more than that, this travel package gives you airfare and seven nights in three Thai cities, plus guided tours with English-speaking guides on an air-conditioned bus, entrance fees, all transfers, daily breakfast, and all taxes and fees.
More Several optional tours are available, including a full-day trip to Hellfire Pass and the Death Railway—built by thousands of Allied POWs during World War II—for $29 per person with lunch, a dinner cruise down the Chao Phraya River for $69 per person, or take in a traditional cultural show at Siam Niramit restaurant for $54 per person with dinner. See Gate 1 Travel's website for additional options.
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