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Best of Singapore & Thailand

Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Koh Samui, Phuket, Singapore 

Activities

  • Singapore

    • National Garden- Gardens by the Bay

    • Flower Dome

    • Cloud Forest

    • Garden Rhapsody Show

    • China Town

    • Night Safari

    • Sentosa Island

    • Cable car ride

    • S.E.A. Aquarium

    • Wings of Time Show

    • Merlion Park

    • Arab Street

    • Sultan Mosque

    • Singapore City Gallery

    • Birds Paradise

    • Southern Ridges

  • Bangkok

    • Dinner Cruise on Manohra

    • Damnoen Saduak Floating Market​

    • Paddle Boat Ride

    • Grand Palace

    • Wat Pho

  • Chiang Mai

    • Thai cooking class

    • Chiang Mai Temple Tour

    • Kanta Elephant Sanctuary 

  • Koh Samui

    • Around the Island Tour

    • Grandmother and Grandfather Rocks

    • Coconut Plantation

    • Wat Kunaram

    • Na Muang Waterfall

    • Big Buddah

  • Phuket

    • Enjoy the beach​

    • And more!

Inclusions

  • Round-Trip Airfare from Los Angeles

  • Flights within Thailand

  • Airport Transfers

  • 4 Star Hotels

  • Breakfasts and some dinners

  • Activities/Entrance Fees listed on itinerary

  • Transportation on chartered bus

  • Tour Guides

  • Tour Host

Price

$3,999 -
 
per person (double occupancy) 


$899 for single supplement option




 

Fine Print

  • $500 deposit per traveler required (make below) to secure airfare

  • Full payment due 110 days before and must be made by check

  • Trip deposit and final payments are non-refundable once paid

  • Passports are required and must be valid 6 months after final date of the trip

  • No COVID Restrictions

  • No required visas

Your Host: McKenna Jensen

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January 18-30, 2024: Sold Out

Singapore 2024/2025
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Day One & Two

During these days you will depart LAX and travel to Thailand; cross the international dateline. Welcome to Thailand!

Day Three

Upon arriving at your hotel, you can look forward to a delightful evening by embarking on a dinner cruise on the Manohra, a luxurious rice barge that has been transformed into one of Bangkok's premier dining experiences. The cruise will take you along the Chao Phraya River, allowing you to marvel at the city's magnificent landmarks, including the Temple of Dawn, the Grand Palace, beautiful temples, impressive bridges, and other iconic attractions that light up the city at night.

As you glide along the river, you will be treated to a delicious five-course meal, presented in the sophisticated style of a 5-star hotel. This will be a night to remember, with an ambiance of romance and relaxation, making it the perfect way to experience the best of Bangkok's evening delights. (D)

Day Four

In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel to embark on a trip away from Bangkok's city center. The journey takes about an hour, passing through lush landscapes and traditional wooden houses, leaving behind the high-rise buildings.

 

The first stop is a local railway station where a vibrant country market has grown around the tracks. As the train arrives at the station, watch vendors hastily clear their stalls off the tracks, and after the train departs, observe them setting up shop again and resuming their usual business.

 

Next, head to the renowned Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, which is the best example of a traditional floating market. Here, you can stroll around and admire the floating shops, selling fresh fruits and typical Thai snacks. On weekends, you have the option to visit the less touristy floating market, Tha Kha. After exploring the main market area, take a relaxing paddle boat ride and venture through a labyrinth of quiet canals. You will witness houses built alongside the waterways and gain glimpses of local life in this rural Thai province.

 

Once you have gained insightful exposure to the countryside, you will return to Bangkok's modern city center.

You will be picked up for the HD Grand Palace and Wat Pho tour. The Grand Palace is one of Bangkok's most spectacular and famous attractions, serving as the seat of Thailand's revered royal family for over 200 years. The half-day tour will allow ample time for you to explore the complex of temples, palaces, pavilions, and museums. One must-see attraction is the enchanting Emerald Buddha, which is said to be nearly 2000 years old.

 

After the Grand Palace, the tour continues to the nearby Wat Pho, which is Bangkok's oldest temple and perhaps its most impressive. The temple houses the magnificent 45-meter-long reclining Buddha and has also served as Thailand's first school of traditional medicine and Thai massage. (B)

Day Five

Today you have a reservation for a cooking class at Grandma's Home Cooking School. You will be picked up from your hotel and driven to a traditional Sala house south of the city center. There, you will meet a local chef who will introduce you to the ingredients, herbs, spices, and food culture of Thailand.

 

You will then head to a nearby fresh market to collect the ingredients for your cooking class. With the guidance of the chef, you will learn how to chop vegetables, create spicy sauces, and fry up sizzling plates. Throughout the class, the chef will share personal stories and offer tips and hints for preparing these same dishes in your own kitchen.

 

Once everything is ready, you can sit down and enjoy the delicious, fresh dishes you have prepared. You will savor the delicate flavors of home-cooked Thai cuisine and gain a better understanding of Chiang Mai's foodie culture. After the class, you will be driven back to your hotel with a full belly and new cooking skills to take home with you. (B, D)

Day Six

This morning enjoy the Chiang Mai temple tour with a local guide taking you to the center of town to see Tapae Gate, the main entrance to the old walled city, and learn about Chiang Mai's rich history. You'll then ride a pedal-powered trishaw to explore the old town, stopping at the Three Kings Monument on the way to visit Wat Phra Singh, one of the city's most revered temples, and admire its ancient Buddha image and 700-year history. Next, you'll continue on foot to Wat Chedi Luang, an impressive monument that once housed the country's famed Emerald Buddha.

 

Afterward, you'll head to Chiang Mai's silver-making district, where you'll observe silversmiths at work on impressive murals unique to Northern Thailand, and then take a short drive to Wat Sri Suphan, a unique temple made from ornate silver. Following this, you'll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Chiang Mai.

 

In the afternoon, you'll go to the HD Kanta Elephant Sanctuary, where you'll learn about the elephants, feed them bananas and sugar cane, and walk with them through the sanctuary while hearing their individual stories. You can touch, feed, photograph, and interact with the elephants at your leisure while you learn about their lifestyle and behaviors. After observing the elephants get muddy for a healthy cosmetic mud treatment and playing in the nearby river, you'll take final photos with them before changing into dry clothes and enjoying some seasonal fresh fruit. The tour ends with a scenic drive back to Chiang Mai. (B,L)

Day Seven

Today we will fly to Koh Samui. Koh Samui is a tropical paradise located in the Gulf of Thailand, known for its pristine white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, and lush greenery. The island offers a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure, with a wide range of activities to suit every type of traveler. From snorkeling and scuba diving in the colorful coral reefs, to hiking through the jungle to hidden waterfalls, to indulging in luxurious spa treatments, Koh Samui has something for everyone. (B)

Day Eight

Experience the true essence of Samui on this tour today, where you can witness the island's untouched beauty firsthand. You'll be taken to breathtaking viewpoints and see the famous "Grandmother and Grandfather Rocks," which are renowned for their unusual twin rocks on the shore. After passing through a coconut plantation and watching monkeys pick coconuts, you'll have the chance to try fresh young coconuts, which have a completely different taste from the older ones. You'll also observe a demonstration by the locals on how to make coconut milk by hand.

Later, you'll visit Wat Kunaram to see the mummified monk and then proceed to the hill to witness Na Muang waterfall before arriving at Nathon, the main town on the island, where you can explore the shops. On the way back to your hotel, you'll stop to see the Big Buddha, which has become the most iconic landmark on the island. (B)

Day Nine

Early in the morning, fly to Phuket. Phuket is a stunningly beautiful island located in the Andaman Sea off the southwest coast of Thailand. It is one of the country's most popular tourist destinations, known for its crystal-clear waters, powdery beaches, and vibrant nightlife. With its tropical climate, Phuket is an ideal destination for sun seekers all year round. In addition to its natural beauty, the island also offers a rich cultural heritage, with Buddhist temples, shrines, and traditional festivals that provide a glimpse into the local way of life. Visitors can explore the island's vibrant street markets, indulge in delicious Thai cuisine, or take part in a variety of exciting activities such as snorkeling, diving, surfing, or ziplining through the lush jungle. Whether you're looking for a relaxing beach vacation or an adventure-packed getaway, Phuket is the perfect destination to explore and enjoy. Enjoy freetime today. (B) 

Day Ten

In the morning you will fly directly to Singapore. In the afternoon join us on a tour of Singapore's latest National Garden, the Gardens by the Bay. You'll have the chance to explore two cooled conservatories, the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest, featuring unique plants from Mediterranean regions, South Africa, California, Spain, and Italy. Admire the Baobab trees, Madagascar Ghost Tree, and 1000-year-old Olive tree in the Flower Dome, and take in the vibrant blooms of the Flower Field. Next, be amazed by the Cloud Forest, home to the world's tallest indoor waterfall at 35 meters, surrounded by lush vegetation and tropical epiphytes. Finally, witness the award-winning light and sound show, the Garden Rhapsody Show, happening daily at the Supertrees. It's the perfect way to experience the unmissable beauty of Gardens by the Bay. (B)

Day Eleven

In the morning you will have the opportunity to explore Singapore's historical Chinatown. A vibrant mix of old and new, the area is home to traditional shops, local markets, as well as new artisanal stores and cafes. One of the main attractions is the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, where you can see the rich interior design and a comprehensive exhibit on Buddhist art and history, spanning hundreds of years. You can also take a break at the Chinatown Food Complex, where you can sample some local specialties such as Kaya Toast, Chee Cheong Fun, Carrot Cakes, and many more.

This afternoon, embark on a journey to Sentosa Island, a unique destination unlike any other. Experience a spectacular ride on the world-famous Singapore Cable Car, which will take you from Keppel Bay to the island. Once you arrive, head to the S.E.A Aquarium, which is the largest aquarium in the world. Immerse yourself in a stunning marine world featuring over 800 different species of marine animals. From graceful manta rays and colossal goliath groupers to the majestic Napoleon wrasse and other gentle sea giants, the aquarium showcases the marvels of marine life like never before. Get up close and personal with over 200 sharks and discover the myths and legends surrounding these awe-inspiring predators of the sea.

 

After some leisure time, witness the Wings of Time, a one-of-a-kind, multi-sensory extravaganza that tells an epic tale of courage, magic, and mystery. This permanent night show, set in the open sea, is the first of its kind and features a contemporary storyline that incorporates the latest multimedia effects, including 3D projection mapping, state-of-the-art lasers, robotic water fountains, giant water jets, and pyrotechnics. The show promises to be an unforgettable experience for all. (B)

Day Twelve

Depart this morning on a tour where you will explore Singapore's Civic District, you will see historical landmarks such as the Padang, Cricket Club, old Parliament House, Supreme Court, and City Hall while learning about their history. You will also stop at Merlion Park, where you can enjoy stunning views of Marina Bay and take a photo with the iconic Merlion statue. After that, you will visit Kampong Glam, a district known for its Malay culture, and take a walk in Arab Street to see the Sultan Mosque and various shops selling traditional Arab-Muslim food and merchandise. Finally, you will visit the Singapore City Gallery, which showcases the nation's planning challenges and efforts through over 50 audiovisual and interactive exhibits spread across three floors.

This afternoon, you will have the opportunity to visit the newly opened Birds Paradise, which was previously known as Jurong Birdpark. This is Asia's largest bird park where you can experience over 3500 birds across 8 aviaries while dining and having fun. You will then have some free time at leisure to enjoy some snacks and drinks before embarking on a journey to the Night Safari.

 

As the sun sets, the Night Safari opens its shutters, inviting you into a world of nocturnal creatures and their mysterious habitats. It may take a moment for your eyes to adjust to the darkness, but once they do, you will be greeted by close to 900 animals from over 100 species in the world's first nocturnal wildlife park. You will have the opportunity to observe many endangered species that are native to the region, such as the Asian elephant, Malayan tapir, and Malayan tiger, which make up 41% of the species in the park. (B)

Day Thirteen

Today the Southern Ridges offers a refreshing break from the urban landscape, providing a perfect opportunity to connect with nature. The stunning views of the city skyline, harbor, and Southern Islands are an added bonus. This ten-kilometer expanse of green spaces encompasses some of Singapore's most popular parks and gardens, connected by beautiful ridges and pathways. At Henderson Waves, you can walk across a thrilling pedestrian bridge perched 36 meters above the ground, linking two hilltops. This iconic wave-like structure with undulating curves is a sight to behold and Singapore's highest pedestrian bridge.

In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the airport ahead of your flight. You will arrive with plenty of time to explore the incredible attractions within Changi Airport, dubbed the world's best airport, including the Canopy Park, Butterfly Garden, and a series of art exhibits. Finally, you will board your flight and cross the international dateline, welcoming you back home! (B)

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