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Thailand, Air, 10 Nights, From $1,499

This classic, guided itinerary combines fast-paced, urban Bangkok with Central Thailand’s top historic sites.

Explore the Venice of the East.

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The Real Deal Round-trip airfare to Bangkok on Korean Air; three nights in Bangkok at Century Park Hotel; one night in Phitsanulok at Topland Hotel; one night in Lampang at Wienglakor Hotel; two nights in Chiang Rai at Phowadol Resort & Spa; three nights in Chiang Mai at Centara Duangtawan Hotel; daily breakfast and one dinner; all ground transfers, including sightseeing per itinerary in a modern air-conditioned motor coach; the services of an English-speaking guide, including for tours of the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, Sukhothai Historical Park, and Wat Doi Suthep; hotel taxes; and fuel surcharges; from $1,499—plus estimated airport taxes and fees of up to $106.

When Apr. 3, 16, 2012 ($1,499); add from $100 for Jan. 10, 24, Feb. 7, 21, Mar. 6, 2012; from $300 for Dec. 27, 2011.

Gateways Los Angeles ($1,499); add from $129 for New York.

The Fine Print Does not include up to $106 in airport taxes and fees. Price includes $100 cash discount per person; must pay deposit and final payment in U.S. dollars by check or money order to qualify. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is from $249. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book By Jan. 12, 2012, for up to $500 savings per person.

Contact SmarTours, 800/337-7773, smartours.com.

Why It’s a Deal A recent search on Kayak showed that the lowest round-trip airfare from Los Angeles to Bangkok starts from $976 with taxes for travel in early April (Air China). Add to that $137 per person including tax for three nights at Century Park Hotel, $33 for one night at Topland Hotel, $33 for one night at Wienglakor Hotel, $84 for two nights at Phowadol Resort & Spa, and $205 for three nights at Centara Duangtawan Hotel, and you’d be paying $1,468 for just the airfare and accommodations. For just $137 more than that, this package covers the flight and 10 nights’ hotel accommodations, plus daily breakfast and a dinner, all ground transfers including sightseeing per itinerary in a modern air-conditioned motor coach, the services of an English-speaking tour guide, and all taxes and fees.

More Additional excursions/activities are available for a fee, including a Kantoke Dinner featuring local specialties and a performance of traditional songs and dances by locals from $30 per person, and a boat trip down the Mae Kok River from $35 per person. Adventurous travelers may opt to extend their trip with a three-day add-on to either Phuket Island or Angkor Wat, Cambodia, for about $600 per person.

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Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.
 

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