The Real Deal Vacation package to Thailand includes airfare from Los Angeles on Korean Air; ground transportation and flights within the country; four nights at the Ramada Plaza Menam Riverside Bangkok Hotel (three at the start of the trip, one at the end); one night at the Topland Hotel in Phitsanulok, one night at the Wienglakor Hotel in Lampang; two nights at the Phowadol Resort & Spa in Chiang Rai; three nights at the Centara Duangtawan Hotel Chiang Mai; daily American buffet breakfast; welcome dinner in Bangkok; sightseeing, entrance fees, and guided tours per itinerary with an English-speaking tour guide; guided tours of the Golden Buddha Statue, Reclining Buddha Statue, ruins of the 13th century original capital of Siam, Textile Museum, Sri Satchanalai outpost, trip to a traditional ceramic kiln, boat trip on the Mekong River; from $1,699 including all hotel and air taxes and fees.
When Oct. 9, 23, 2012, Apr. 2, 16, 2013 ($1,699); add $100 for Nov. 6, 20, 2012, Jan. 8, Feb. 5, 19, Mar. 5, 2013.
Gateways L.A. ($1,699); add $129 for New York City.
The Fine Print Vacation package reflects the cash discount price ($1,699). Call SmarTours to reserve and send a $300 check deposit within seven days to confirm your spot. Remaining balance is due 75 days prior to departure. Airport taxes and fees are included in the package price. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is from $249. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book By Sept. 27, 2012.
Contact SmarTours, 800/337-7773, smartours.com.
Why It's a Deal A recent Kayak search shows the lowest round-trip airfare from L.A. to Bangkok starts from $1,013 in early October (United Airlines). Add to that $194 per person without taxes for four nights at the Ramada Plaza Menam Riverside Bangkok Hotel, $32 per person without taxes for one night at the Topland Hotel, $26 per person including taxes for one night at the Wienglakor Hotel, $84 per person including taxes for two nights at the Phowadol Resort & Spa, and $234 per person including taxes for three nights at the Centara Duangtawan Hotel Chiang Mai, and you're spending $1,583 on airfare and accommodation alone. For $116 more, this package gives you airfare and 11 nights in five cities, plus ground transportation and flights within Thailand, a number of guided tours, some meals, and all taxes and fees.
More Several optional tours are also available, including a canal boat ride in Bangkok for $30 per person, a guided tour of the Grand Palace for $40 per person, or a guided boat trip down the river to visit remote hilltribe villages in Chiang Rai for $35 per person.
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