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Thailand: The Golden Kingdom

12 days
From bustling Bangkok, you’ll travel north to ancient ruined capitals, hill tribe villages and mountaintop temples to investigate all sides of this vibrant country of contrasts. The spice and rice will nourish your body; the scenery and history will nourish your soul.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Tour group size: 18 - 35 travelers

Tour Pace: You will walk for about 1 hour daily across uneven terrain with some hills.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 4 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Map of Thailand & Cambodia

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Thailand today.

Bangkok 3 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Bangkok

Welcome to Thailand! Settle in to your hotel tonight.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Bangkok

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, your Tour Director leads a sightseeing tour of Bangkok.

• Explore the sprawling Grand Palace complex, built in 1782 for the king of Siam

• See the city’s vast array of Buddha statues at the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho), and the Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit) 

• Tour the city’s canals, called klongs, on a speedboat and converted rice barge

This evening, get acquainted with your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.

Day 4: Damnoen Saduak Floating Market & River Kwai

  Included meals: Breakfast

Explore the region on a series of stops at local cultural sites.

• Experience the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, where locals sell produce from their small boats

• Journey to Kanchanaburi, home to the River Kwai and the Thai-Burma Railway bridge that was made famous by the novel and film about its construction

• Visit the World War II Cemetery, resting place of over 9,000 Allied soldiers

Phitsanulok 1 night Hotel info

Day 5: Ayutthaya & Uthai Thani

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Journey to Ayutthaya, Thailand’s capital from 1350 to 1767. 

• Tour the ruins, decorated with beautiful images of the Buddha draped in saffron robes, just like living monks

• Continue on to Uthai Thani to visit the beautiful Wat Chantaram

Enjoy a free evening in Phitsanulok or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Rickshaw Ride & Market $29pp* Details

Take a cycle rickshaw to the Phitsanulok Night Market, where you’ll find fresh food cooked and served to order. Watch as local cooks perform their signature "flying vegetables show," in which vegetables are fried in a wok, then tossed high into the air. Be sure to try the finished product, Pak Boong Loy Fah (or "Flying Morning Glory" in English). In addition to the food, you’ll discover an astounding variety of local handicrafts, souvenirs and clothing for sale.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $39)

Chiang Rai 2 nights Hotel info

Day 6: Sukhothai Historical Park

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

On your way to Chiang Rai, stop to tour the Sukhothai Historical Park. Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, this park includes classical Buddha statues and temple ruins.

Day 7: Mae Kok River, oolong tea plantation & the Mekong River

  Included meals: Breakfast

This morning, board a long-tail boat and venture along the Mae Kok River to a hill tribe village. 

• Learn about the traditional life of the hill tribe people, who live in bamboo houses raised on stilts and are skilled at crop rotation and hunting with spears and crossbows

• Stop in Mae Salong, an ethnically Chinese town where various agricultural products are produced—including oolong tea, which you’ll learn about at a tea plantation visit

• Visit the Golden Triangle, where the three countries of Burma, Thailand and Laos meet on the Mekong River

• Take a short cruise across the Mekong River to visit a local market in Laos

Chiang Mai 3 nights Hotel info

Day 8: Wat Rong Khun & Doi Suthep

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

On your way to Chiang Mai, stop at Wat Rong Khun, the otherwordly “White Temple.” Then, enjoy the stunning scenery as you stop at some of the region’s most impressive temples and historic sites.

• Discover Doi Suthep, the regal mountain overlooking the city from the northwest and  home to some of the most deeply loved symbols in the Kingdom

• Walk the 290 steps skyward or take a cable car to Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, a major temple and pilgrimage destination during the important Buddhist holidays of Makha Buja and Visak

• Visit Wat Suan Dok, a temple constructed for a revered priest visiting from Sukhothai, to learn about Buddhism from one of the resident monks

Day 9: Elephant Nature Park

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Drive through the countryside to the Mae Taeng Valley and the Elephant Nature Park, a camp dedicated to caring for the elephant population thought conservation efforts and ending  mistreatment. You’ll learn about Asian elephants as you watch them feed and bathe.

Enjoy a free evening in Chiang Mai or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Khantoke Dinner $39pp* Details

Revel in a delectable, entertaining khantoke dinner. The customary northern Thai style of eating, khantoke-style dining became popular in the early 1950s, though it has been a Lanna Thai tradition for centuries. Relax as traditional food is served on large platters, and enjoy your meal as you are entertained by a variety of cultural performances.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $49)

Day 10: Local handicraft market

  Included meals: Breakfast

Travel to San Kamphaeng to see how regional products are made by visiting local artisans, a silk factory and a paper umbrella manufacturer.

Enjoy a free afternoon in Chiang Mai or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Traditional Thai Cooking Class & Dinner $69pp* Details

Venture outside Chiang Mai to a secluded part of Sankhampaeng village, amidst the stunning rice field scenery of Northen Thailand. Start at a local market and learn about fresh ingredients which you will cook. Culinary school chefs will teach you how to prepare four traditional Thai dishes. Enjoy your meal with your fellow travelers.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $79)

Bangkok 1 night Hotel info

Day 11: Flight to Bangkok

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Fly to Bangkok for your final day in Thailand. After reaching the capital city, spend time relaxing or exploring on your own. 

Later, join your group for an included farewell dinner.

Day 12: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your early morning flight home or continue your tour in Cambodia.

Add Cambodia Starting from $999 pp

Learn about the dramatic history of the Khmer civilization and see how Cambodia is reinventing itself today. Wander among Angkor’s temples and terraces and discover one of humankind's most astonishing and enduring architectural achievements. From the layout of the temple sites to the intricate bas-relief and the iconographic sculpture, the sites of Siem Reap will mesmerize and amaze.

Siem Reap 2 nights Hotel info

Day 12: Sunset at Angkor Wat

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia and arrive in time for lunch. At sunset, tour the majestic temples of Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious monument and an outstanding example of Khmer architecture. Honoring Hinduism and Buddhism, its five layers of rectangular walls and moats are said to represent mountains and the ocean.

Day 13: Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm & Preah Khan

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Spend the day exploring evocative temple ruins with your Tour Director. 

• Experience Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Kmer Empire and home of the Elephant Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and the Bayon Temple 

• Explore Ta Prohm, a 12th-century temple that has been largely reclaimed by the jungle, known as the setting of the Tomb Raider movie as nature takes over the man-made 

• Stop at the ruins of the nearby Preah Khan temple

Bangkok 1 night Hotel info

Day 14: Flight to Bangkok

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a morning tour of Banteay Srei and Banteay Samre, the latter meaning “Citadel of the Women.” 

Later, fly back to Bangkok for a group farewell dinner.

Day 15: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your early morning flight home.

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Passport & Visa

In order to enter Thailand (as well as Cambodia on the tour extension), U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry. A visa is also required for U.S. and Canadian passport holders to enter Cambodia on the tour extension. You have the option to obtain a Cambodian visa upon arrival (you will need $30 USD and two passport-sized photos). You may choose to obtain your individual visa in advance by applying directly to the Cambodian consulate or by using a visa provider, such as our partner company, VisaCentral. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.  Contact your airline for detailed information regarding luggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height).  Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Health

There are no major health risks when traveling to Thailand (or Cambodia on the tour extension). It is always advisable to check with your doctor or health-care provider for the latest updates and overseas travel requirements. More information on vaccinations and other health precautions can be found via the CDC website.

Transportation

Round-trip flights arrive in and depart from Bangkok. Included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach. There is one internal flight from Chiang Mai to Bangkok. Your tour to Thailand does involve some moderate walking around historic sites. Walks are leisurely paced. However, be aware of some climbing of steps and winding, narrow passageways.

Clothing & Packing Tips

Light, loose-fitting clothing that provides comfort when exploring the sights is essential for your tour. A sun hat, sunglasses and a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers are recommended for sightseeing. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for any eventuality—a lightweight sports jacket and emergency rainwear are advised. Remember that it is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).

Currency

On the main tour: The currency in Thailand is the baht. It is best to bring only major currencies, such as US Dollars or Canadian Dollars, to exchange. Also, Visa, Amex, Diners Club and Mastercard are accepted in Thailand and Cambodia, the extension destination. 

On the tour extension: The official unit of currency in Cambodia is the riel (KHR). In Cambodia, USD cash is accepted everywhere, though change may be given in riel. ATMs dispense U.S. dollars and can be found in most major tourist centers. Most hotels and restaurants, shops, taxis, buses and airlines set their prices in U.S. dollars, but small transactions (less than a dollar) are usually done in riel. Change of less than $1 is given in riel. Always carry some small riel for motorcycle taxis, snacks and other small purchases. There is no coinage in Cambodia, only currency notes. Cambodian riel notes come in 50, 100, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10,000, 50,000 and 100,000 denominations, but the distinctive red 500 riel note and the 1000 riel note are the most useful and common. Riel cannot be exchanged outside Cambodia. Cash advances via Mastercard or Visa can be obtained at exchange booths and banks and Siem Reap. Credit cards (Visa and Mastercard) are accepted in most mid-range to upmarket hotels, as well as some boutiques and restaurants. If you bring traveler’s checks, it is best to use USD, but these are now becoming harder to cash.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it is customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver, $2USD/CAD per day for your bus attendant and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

Traveler Tips

Pay a visit to Chatuchak Weekend Market, where people buy and sell thousands of local products, including food, clothing, art, collectibles, handicrafts and potted plants. It operates on Saturdays and Sundays. From Wednesday to Fridays, the market becomes a venue for wholesale of various plants. Also, be sure to visit the Suan Lum Night Bazaar and test your bargaining expertise. Thousands of local products, like antiques and handicrafts, are up for grabs.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/15/2016

Number of Past Tours: 6

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

The Land of Smiles!

Thailand, the Land of Smiles, left me with nothing but smiles! This was my sixth Go Ahead tour, and it was exceptional from start to finish. Temples abound in Thailand, and I enjoyed seeing such stunning architecture, rich colors, and incredible design. From major sites to tiny spirit houses, every site was unique but vibrant. The sprawling Sukhothai Historical Park showed the “old” while the modern White Temple by artist Chalermchai Kositpipat (Thailand’s most famous) showed the “new.” Just be sure to cover shoulders and knees (both ladies and gentleman) in temple sites; pack a wrap skirt, shawl, or long pants in case. Also, shoes are removed for going inside Thai temples, so pack accordingly. Food was exceptional. Buffets were delicious, but also try eating outside the hotel when you can. The same goes for massages. Get a Thai massage, but if you step outside the hotel setting to do so, the experience will be more authentic and about a fourth of the price you would pay in the hotel spa. Up close nature encounters were a surprise delight of this trip. The Elephant Nature Camp was a touching sanctuary for at-need elephants, and we got to feed and bathe them. Bus travel is easy, with lots of comfortable stops. From rest areas to a tea plantation to a butterfly and orchid farm, our tour guide, Kong, kept the surprises coming. His enthusiasm and love for Thailand was contagious: we loved it too! In Cambodia, our guide, Rath, was as enthusiastic. He made us feel at home and shared with us an incredible wealth of knowledge and personal experience that made us understand Cambodia’s complex history and its progressive future. The temples held unspeakable beauty, and seeing them early, late, and at midday gave us a gorgeous range of scenery. Each tour guide offered personal touches that made the trips especially memorable. Kong encouraged us to go the Night Market, bought and explained different types of homemade Thai treats for us to try, arranged excursion options for our small group of 9, and took excellent photos that he shared with us. Rath took us to a special restaurant, kept us laughing with jokes, taught us Khmer words each day, and helped us exchange money (although American dollars were used everywhere in Cambodia). These two guides are top-notch! Thailand and Cambodia are not to be missed, and any time is the perfect time to go!

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Hi Audrey! We’re happy to learn that you enjoyed your sixth Go Ahead tour! We couldn’t agree more about the beautiful architecture of the Thai temples. It’s wonderful to know that you enjoyed the included food, and we’re glad you were able to get a Thai massage. We’re also pleased to hear that your guides had a wonderful impact on your experience. Between their expertise and unwavering support, it sounds like they added a lot of value to the tour, and we will be sure to share this feedback with their supervisors. Thank you for your review, and we look forward to welcoming you on your next tour!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 11, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 3/18/2016

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Amazing!!!

This trip was totally amazing. From the Airport pick up to when I was dropped off. I played with Tigers, took a elephant ride. Food was amazing, well except the bugs. The Hotels were top notch. We visited a school and sang with the children there, then surprised then with snacks. We took a boat ride to Laos and did a little shopping. Our Tour Guide "Hong" went out of his way for us and for this I want to say Thank You! This was my 3rd trip with Go Head and I have already booked my 4th to the Greek Islands. October 10, 2017. Join me! Go Head Tours is the way to Go!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 3/18/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

The Best Tour Ever

My dream from childhood was to visit Thailand. This far exceeded my expectations. With Go Ahead , we got to see some places we would have never found on our own. Thanks to having the best tour guide, we learned about the beautiful culture of Thailand people. From exotic landscapes, wild life, and ancient ruins, and temples we saw it all. Food that was provided every morning for breakfast. But more than a breakfast.There were choices there, in American,Korean,Thai, and Japanese, that made for an excellent breakfast, lunch,or dinner. We experienced many modes of transportation, from a large comfy bus, to trucks, and 3 or 4 different type of water cruisers. Massages , oh the best! One a day is recommended. Average price is only $20 for an hour. The tour guide was with us there, day and night to make sure we were all safe and happy. Available on some long days, any time to help, and answer any questions. A new adventure, every day, and something you would not experience anywhere else in the world. Be sure to try the Kan thong dinner and culture show. Thanks Go Ahead for the time of my life!

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Hi Wendell! Between the gorgeous landscapes, the excellent food, and the daily massages, we can understand why you had the time of your life! We’re thrilled to hear this. We’re also pleased to learn that your Tour Director was helpful and made you feel cared for. Thank you for sharing your experience, and we hope to welcome you on tour again soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | April 22, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 1/29/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Amazing Adventure

My sister and I booked the grand tour of Thailand this February. Must say that is the perfect time to go. No rain the entire time we were there and the weather was beautiful. Ranging from the 90s in Bangkok to mid 80s in Chiang Rai. Was a whorl wind tour. We were always on the move. Our guide Kong was amazing. Always adding to the tour by giving us some of the local snacks and taking us to some of the local spots. He also tried to give us a broader view of Thailand then what was planned. Best Tour Guide ever!!!. Our driver was perfect. Got our bus into and out of places I would never have thought possible. Our bus boy made sure we always had water and the bus was always clean. Thailand is a fabulous country that is moving forward quickly. The road and transit systems seem very up to date. I did not feel that the pollution is extreme. Certainly nothing like Beijing. The sites we went to were amazing. Mostly temples each more detailed and extensive then the next. Seeing them and all the detail and time to make the temples was humbling. I can barely make my bed in the morning and the Thai people are up and moving it seems like at all hours. I have a greater understand and a deeper respect for the Buddhist people. Its a perfect way of life. Seeing the original tribes that form Northern Thailand was wonderful. Learning the about their heritage gave us greater insight to why Thailand is such a great place to visit. Playing with Elephants and Tigers is an experience I will carry with me for life. Can't wait to come back and visit. There are two reasons I did not give this tour a 5/5; the food and the time spent at each site. I have to say buffet after buffet really detracts from the experience. I don't want to eat American, Spanish, or Japanese I want to eat Thai food!! I understand that buffets are easy and appease everyone but many times the food was cold or old. We did stop at a few stops just to grab a quick bite while we were one the fly and those were amazing local places. Great food. I just wish we could have done that with more of the meals. Even the hotel dinners were buffets. I know that might be a little thing but its a big thing for me. The time spent at each site is limited I realize that. However, having only 10 minutes to spend on my own isn't enough. I wish our tour guide would have set a meeting spot and said ok we have an hour here. Meet me at this spot at --- time. Then he could have done his commentary and we could have chose to follow and listen or wondered around on our own. Many of the sites we had very limited time to spend taking pictures or buying souvenirs. Our guide was so proud of his country that he would spend 30-45 minutes telling us about the details of the site. It was wonderful information but I feel I missed out on spending some time getting the pictures I wanted, taking in the sites, or purchasing souvenirs. While these are some cons to the tour overall it was amazing. The hotels were grand and accommodating. The people were friendly and helpful. I felt very safe and was not concerned at any time. I will go on another tour! I just have to decide where. :)

 

Hi Ester! Thank you for your detailed review. We’re so glad you had a great time on tour. We completely agree that Thailand is a fabulous country that boasts an incredible culture and rich history. February is a particularly ideal time to visit. We’re pleased to hear you enjoyed your Tour Director. Our Tour Directors are passionate about their destinations and always go out of their way for our travelers. Regarding your culinary experience, our Operations Team conducts extensive research to ensure food quality on tour, as well as variety. As everyone has different tastes, it can be challenging to appeal to everyone’s palette. We appreciate your feedback about the meals and will definitely be communicating your experience to our Operations Team. Similarly, structuring and balancing time spent at various stops can be tricky, as varying interests and a packed itinerary are major factors which come into play. We completely understand your desire for more time on your own, and again, we do our best to provide opportunities for that as much as possible while also making time for our Tour Directors to educate travelers about a particular site. We appreciate your feedback on these two matters as we continue evaluating this itinerary in the future. Again, thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We hope to welcome you on tour again soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | February 11, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 1/29/2016

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: WA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Thoughts on Thailand Trip

I enjoyed everything about this trip except I thought the rickshaw ride & market excursion was not worth the money or time spent. The rickshaw ride was enjoyable but at the market we watched a chef toss cooked vegetables to our fellow travelers. We got a chance to sample insects also which was interesting. The Khantoke dinner with entertainment was very good, and the cooking class was interesting in that we got to meet a Thai couple and spend time with them besides cooking Thai dishes and eating what we cooked. There are a lot of temples included in this tour so be prepared! The time spent at the elephant park was fascinating.

 

Hi Rose! Thank you for your review. We’re glad to hear that overall you were happy with your tour in Thailand. We’re pleased that you enjoyed the cooking class, sampling unique foods, and visiting the Elephant Nature Park. You’re right that there are a number of temple visits included in this itinerary. When designing itineraries, our Product Development team takes a cue from the central themes of the local culture, one of which is the religious aspect. The Thai are very proud of their ornate and impeccably designed temples and enjoy sharing this part of their culture with visitors. We regret to hear that you felt the market excursion wasn’t worthwhile, but we are glad you enjoyed the rest of the itinerary. We thank you for taking the time to review your tour experience, and we hope to welcome you on tour again soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | February 17, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 11/3/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NM

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Didn't Want to Come Home

Thailand is beautiful, and we saw an amazing amount of temples, ruins, animals, and great resorts. May, our tour director, was one of the best guides I've ever had - knowledgeable, fun, and patient, with just the right balance of keeping us on schedule while making sure everyone was happy. This tour covers a lot of ground to loop from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, which means a lot of time on a bus, but luckily the bus was very comfortable and our bus attendant was wonderful about providing cold water and towelettes to help us cool off after each excursion (even in November, it was very hot and humid). There were so many great sights/activities - my favorites were the Reclining Buddha temple, boat rides on the river and canals, the temple ruins at Ayuthaya and Sukhothai, the white temple, and the Elephant Nature Park. I did the optional Cambodia extension and it was well worth the extra time and money to see Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, and other temples. We had a great diverse tour group, ranging in age from 20s to 80s, and as a solo traveler I always felt comfortable mixing with others and made some new friends. The hotels/resorts were all nice, and a couple were exceptional - great rooms with Thai furnishings, beautiful pools, and good food. This was one of those rare trips where after 2 weeks of a busy schedule, I didn't want to go home and would have happily spent another week exploring... I hope that GoAhead can make some minor tweaks to the itinerary for this trip based on suggestions that I and others made in our detailed surveys, but I would recommend this trip to anyone who is interested in experiencing the beauty and culture of Thailand. Some advice for future travelers - cotton and wicking fabrics worked best for the heat/humidity, wear shoes that are easy to take off at each temple, plan to do laundry along the way, there is easy access to ATMs or to change money all over, and if at all possible you should do the cooking class and the Cambodia extension. Thanks GoAhead and May for a great tour!

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 11/2/2015

Number of Past Tours: 6

From: AL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Thailand adventure

Our tour guide, May, was awesome, Always friendly and helpful. The tour was quite nice, but we toured too many temples that began to all look the same. The White Temple in Chiang Rai was superb.. nothing else quite like it. But too many archiological sites are now a blur. The hotels and meals were fabulous. Our trip to see and ride the elephants was a highlight of the trip, but we totally skipped several places listed on the itinerary. I would like to have seen a museum or two, to understand more of the history and culture, but we did make several side stops to pineapple fields, coconut farm which was interesting. Also, the night market was fun.

 

Hi Diane! Thank you for writing this review and for speaking with us this afternoon about your experience! We’re so happy to hear you enjoyed your expert Tour Guide and your trip overall. We regret to hear you felt the tour featured too many temples, although we’re happy you loved the White Temple. We do our best to strike a balance when designing our itineraries. However, we also take a cue from the cultural offerings, and Thailand has a lot of very iconic temples that many of our travelers don’t want to miss. We definitely value all our traveler feedback and will continue to monitor other comments regarding the itinerary to find places in which changes to the tour might improve the traveler experience. Thank you so much for traveling with us, and we look forward to seeing you on another Go Ahead tour in the future!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | December 28, 2015

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/18/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Mr. Louis, Best Tour Director in the World!

My 17 year old daughter and I just returned from this tour and have to say that it was perfect and the trip of a lifetime! We have traveled extensively in the past and this was our 2nd Go Ahead tour (our family of four did Grand Tour of Italy about 4 years ago). There were 34 persons on this tour, with ages ranging from 15-60s (mean age probably late 20s-early 30s), and 17 people on the optional Cambodia extension (a must-see). Mr. Louis (a holder of a Masters Degree in political science, prior professional chef, and prior monk!), saw to all of the logistics to perfection. Our accommodations were all 4 star, meals 4-5 star, and travel/transfers organized to perfection, often using local transportation means when possible, making our Thailand/Cambodia tour very enjoyable. It's one thing to travel in a different culture and an entirely different thing not to have to worry about all the details. For instance, in Chang Rai, we followed Mr. Louis from our island hotel to long boats that were waiting on us at the hotel pier. We enjoyed this river cruise by long boat to the elephant camp where our elephants and Mahoots awaited our arrival for a one hour elephant ride among rice fields and local villages (this excursion was not one we had expected since it was not a part of the tour and not one of the optional prepaid excursions - Mr. Louis arranged it independently as an optional, extra charge item and was one of the trip highlights). When we arrived back at the elephant camp, we fed the elephants (3 bags of bananas and sugar cane for about $2) and then climbed into our air conditioned bus where we were offered ice cold water and an ice cold towel for refreshing ourselves. From there we went to a village to see cotton scarfs being hand-loomed and rice being "washed" by local craftsmen/tradesmen. Mr. Louis would frequently bring local treats he had purchased on the bus for all of us to try, ranging from rice cakes to fruit. Throughout our entire trip, these "extras" were apparent. In Bangkok, he offered the opportunity to see a couple of shows at night, such as a cabaret, but these evenings could be spent independently as well. We never waited for a bus, a meal or a room key - these things were always waiting for us! The optional excursions were wonderful and worth the money. There is NO WAY I could ever do this tour on my own for the same cost or with the same level of efficiency that I experienced with Go Ahead. I will not shop around for other tour groups because Go Ahead is as good as they come!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 3/6/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

So Much Culture, So Little Time

This trip was amazing. Lek was an awesome tour director, the food was awesome, and the hotels were gorgeous. Even on days when we didn't have meals included, Lek was able to give us good, budget friendly options. The cooking class and elephant sanctuary were the highlights of the trip for me. Feeding an elephant was once in a lifetime and I was so fortunate to be able to hang out with some of the rescues for an afternoon. Pom--the instructor of the cooking class was exceptional and we were all proud of our creations when we were done. I am so glad I went and I will use Go Ahead again as soon as I decide where I am going to go. Also, Hannah W. in the Go Ahead office was a great help to me because of the short notice for booking my trip. She is always quick to respond and make sure that everything is going according to plan with my booking process.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 3/6/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: ON

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Family Thailand Adventure

We thoroughly enjoyed our travel experience to Thailand. My husband and I travelled with our 10 year old son who enjoyed the tour as well. This was our first trip with Go Ahead Tours. We was pleased with the communication and service offered by Go Ahead pre-tour. Having dealt with many tour directors on other EF educational tours, we felt that our tour director, Lek, was outstanding. He went above and beyond to arrange optional tours according to the interests of the group. As a guide, he was extremely knowledgeable and quietly efficient. We enjoyed his sense of humour and pleasant personality. His language proficiency was 7.5 - 8 out of 10. Transportation and hotel accommodation throughout the tour exceeded our expectations. The optional cooking class in Chiang Mai was a highlight for my husband. In terms of the itinerary itself, we felt there were way too many Temples/Buddahs included, especially the first 3 days of the tour - the monk chat which was excellent should take place earlier in the trip to make sites more relevant.. I would recommend Go Ahead Tours to friends and family - overall, we were very pleased and look forward to travelling with them in the future.

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