17 Day Best of Thailand & Phuket (2016)



Stopover Programs

3 Day/2 Night Post-Trip Beijing Stopover Program ($200 per person, Beijing) - Post Tour
Extension tour in Beijing

Take advantage of China's new 72-hour visa-free transit program and visit imperial Beijing!

Our Beijing stopover program features two-night hotel accommodations, including breakfast and roundtrip airport transfers. We also recommend our optional full-day Beijing tour of the Great Wall and Forbidden City, which includes a sumptuous Peking Duck dinner.

This tour is only available to Air China travelers.
Day 2: Full day excursion to the Great Wall and Forbidden City with Peking Duck dinner ($130 per person, Beijing)
Optional tour in Beijing

After a hearty breakfast, we take a scenic drive through the countryside and mountains to visit China's most renowned monument-the Great Wall. The wall was begun in the 5th century BC to keep out foreign invaders. Construction continued for centuries, eventually linking up the walls of the former independent kingdoms. The Great Wall meanders through China's northern mountain ranges from the Yellow Sea to the Gobi Desert—a distance of more than 3,500 miles! Chairman Mao once said, "You haven't walked on the Wall, you haven't been a good Chinese." Today, you will have time to walk on the wall and experience its splendor.

In the afternoon, we continue to visit the royal Forbidden City, the symbolic center of the Chinese universe and a lasting monument of dynastic China, from which 24 emperors of the Ming and the Qing Dynasties ruled the Middle Kingdom for nearly 500 years (1420-1911). Completed in 1420, the Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the world's largest palace complex and China's most magnificent imperial architecture, consisting of many buildings with 9,999 rooms on a 250-acre compound, protected by a 171 feet wide moat and 20 feet deep. Now known as the Palace Museum, the Forbidden City was the exclusive domain of the imperial court and dignitaries where outside visitors were forbidden for five centuries. Here you will explore the imperial treasures in the grand palaces and pavilions, exquisite courtyards and gardens in what was once the residence of China's rulers.

Tonight, we enjoy a dinner of specially prepared Beijing Duck, cooked to crispy perfection.

Please note: The Forbidden City is closed on Mondays. On these days, we will visit the Summer Palace instead. The sprawling grounds of the Summer Palace served the Qing Dynasty as an imperial retreat from the stifling summer confines of the Forbidden City.
3 Day/2 Night Post-Trip Taipei Stopover Program ($220 per person, Taipei) - Post Tour
Extension tour in Taipei

Take advantage of China Airlines (CI) flights and visit Taiwan, one of Asia's hidden gems.

World Spree's Taiwan Stopover Program offers two-night hotel accommodations in a 4-star hotel within Taipei' s bustling business district. We include buffet breakfasts and airline stopover change fees. We do not include airport transfers as it is easy to arrange those by yourself. It costs about $30-$40 per cab ride from Taipei Taoyuan Airport (TPE) to your hotel.

Price based on twin sharing basis.


Optional Tours

Day 3: Thai massage ($35 per person, Bangkok)
Optional tour in Bangkok

Thai massage is an ancient practice combining elements of acupressure, Indian Ayurvedic principles, and assisted yoga postures. It uses no oils or lotions; instead the masseur pulls, stretches and compresses you in a process designed to improve posture, breathing, flexibility, digestion and circulation. Those seeking a gentler introduction can opt for a foot massage.
Day 4: Klongs and Grand Palace ($55 per person, Bangkok)
Optional tour in Bangkok

Experience a half-day trip along the bustling Chao Phraya River and the quiet Klongs (canals) in a longtail boat, enjoying scenes of life by the water. We bring you to a more traditional way of living, more serene, away from all the high-rise and modern buildings of Bangkok City Center, as we gently pass Thonburi residential areas. A stop will be made at the "Temple of Dawn" (officially named Wat Arun).

A visit to the Royal Grand Palace, the nation's landmark and most praised royal monument in Thailand, is a must. Situated close to the Chao Phraya, Bangkok's River of Kings, the palace occupies nearly one square mile. The former royal residence of the Chakri Kings, the palace is the perfect example of an ancient Siamese court. Built in 1782 by King Rama I, it was the center of power for more than 150 years. Today, the palace is Bangkok's major landmark and most popular tourist attraction.
Day 5: Chiang Mai's Night Market with Tuk-Tuk ride and Kantoke Dinner ($38 per person, Chiang Mai)
Optional tour in Chiang Mai

In the evening, head out to Chiang Mai's lively night bazaar. One of the main attractions of the city, we will travel by Thai Tuk-Tuk - colorful 3-wheeled, motorized rickshaws that are seen throughout Thailand. Exploring the many stalls, you will have the chance to barter for traditional souvenirs, as well as pretty antiques and handicrafts. Afterwards, we will continue for a traditional Khantoke dinner, a delightful exhibition of Lanna culture. We will enjoy a fine meal of local specialties while being entertained by a selection of cultural performances.
Day 6: Thai cooking Class ($38 per person, Chiang Mai)
Optional tour in Chiang Mai

In the evening, enjoy a special Thai cookery class. Set in a small family holding on the outskirts of Chiang Mai, this is an opportunity to immerse yourself in an important part of Thai culture. We will stop off at a market en route to shop for ingredients and pick fresh vegetables and herbs from the garden before learning how to craft exquisite Thai dishes, which of course we will be able to enjoy as dinner.
Day 12: Full Day Damnoen Saduak floating market and River Kwai ($75 per person, Bangkok)
Optional tour in Bangkok

This busy full-day tour takes you first to the rural yet world-famous floating market of Damnoen Saduak, situated around 60 miles west of Bangkok. This is one of the iconic images of Thailand with vendors in small boats maneuvering around the canals to sell their assorted wares. There are actually three floating markets here: A narrow canal flanked with food stalls and souvenir shops forms the principal market at Ton Kem; further south are the rarely visited markets at Her Kui and Khun Pitak. Photographers at Ton Kem will get their best shots from the bridge, which crosses over the canal, and from the produce shed on the right. Nowadays, the market is bustling with activity from very early in the morning until about 11 a.m.

The tour continues to the world-famous bridge on the River Kwai, built by prisoners of war during World War II. The bridge is located near the town of Kanchanaburi. Here, we visit the well-kept cemetery of Allied Prisoners, which contain the graves of an estimated 9,000 Allied soldiers who lost their lives while building the bridge and constructing the notorious "Death Railway" which the Japanese had hoped to stretch from Thailand and into Burma. We will pay a visit to the JEATH War Museum (the name "JEATH" is derived from the countries involved: Japan, England, America/Australia, Thailand and Holland), a thought provoking site where the past has been created and relived with pictures and artefacts from the time.
Day 14: Day excursion Phi Phi Islands by boat with lunch ($75 per person, Phuket)
Optional tour in Phuket

Made famous as the filming location of the film 'The Beach,' the Phi Phi Islands are two beautiful limestone islands (Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Ley) set in the Andaman Sea, a short boat journey from Phuket. Our amazing adventure starts in the early morning as we set out by cruiser boat to visit these scenic Islands. Our trip includes Lho Sa Mah and Phi Ley cove as well as Maya Bay, where 'The Beach' was filmed. As well as enjoying the scenery, there is the chance to go snorkeling to experience the clear waters and wide variety of marine fauna.

Phi Phi Ley is home to the Viking Cave, a large limestone cavern where ancient rock paintings can be found. Thought to resemble Viking ships - hence the name of the cave – they are thought to be 3,000 to 4,000 years old.
Day 15: Day excursion to Phang Nga Bay & Lawa Island by boat with lunch ($95 per person, Phuket)
Optional tour in Phuket

This exciting excursion takes visitors to the unique and spectacular seascape of Phang Nga, a striking bay with dramatic limestone rock formations, and the site of the 1974 James Bond film "The Man with the Golden Gun." Traveling by speed boat, we can enjoy the incredible limestone scenery that the area is famed for, including Panak Island and Hong Island, before approaching Koh Tapu which has become known as James Bond Island. From here, we continue through mangrove and silent caves with cliff faces that seemingly rise majestically straight from the sea. An afternoon lunch is served at Koh Pannyi (also known as Sea Gypsy Island) which is built over the water on stilts, before the day concludes with a stop at Koh Lawa Beach.