Best Connection Travel Inc ~ since 1988

Thailand, River Kwai 
& Pattaya!

Feb. 12 to 23, 2019

This active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect from 2 to 3 hours walking on some days. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter uneven surfaces, stairs, steps & significant slopes. a few early wake-ups, as well as some long days of 10 to 12 hours, are necessary to cover the territory. You may choose not to join the group for the day, as long as the group is staying at the same hotel that night, however, no refund will be given for unused services.
Trip insurance is available that will reimburse your cancellation penalties should you cancel for a covered reason (mostly related to medical, death, fire or flood). If you purchase it within 15 days of making your deposit it also covers cancellation due to  your job and pre-existing medical condi-tions. The cost is based on your age and trip cost. Please call Ruby at 410-224-4555 for a quote and to purchase it.
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join the group

Your Best Connection Travel Planner: Ruby

Thailand, known as the Land of Smiles, is a jewel of Southeast Asia. Developed enough to provide most comforts, yet still wild enough to offer off-the-beaten path adventure, Thailand is a country ripe with opportunity for once in a lifetime travel experiences. Whether you start with the world class beaches in the south, or the mountain villages of the north, Thailand will not disappoint.
Per person cost:
Double Occupancy $2,088
Single Occupancy $2,518
Price includes roundtrip, one-stop air from Dulles on Emirates Air, 9 nights accommodations, 9 break-fasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners, hotel porterage, taxes, ser-vice fees, touring per itinerary by Gate 1 Travel.


Feb 12, Tuesday - Depart for Thailand
Depart for Thailand-

Emirates Air flight 232 Departs Dulles at 10:25am


Feb 13, Wednesday - Arrive in Bangkok
Emirates Air flight 232 arrives in Dubai at 8:10am

Emirates Air flight 370 departs Dubau at 11:45am and arrives in Bangkok at 8:50pm

Welcome to Thailand! Arrive in exotic Bangkok and transfer to your hotel. 
Overnight: Bangkok, Ramada Plaza Bangkok Menam Riverside


Feb 14, Thursday - Bangkok City Tour
This morning enjoy a tour that introduces you to Bangkok, the "City of Angels". Drive through Chinatown packed with hundreds of market stalls, street-side restaurants, and gold shops. On to colorful "Little India" with its bright hanging walls of glistening fabrics and the fragrant wholesale Flower Market. Visit serene Wat Po, (Temple of the Reclining Buddha) the oldest and largest temple in the city, with its astonishing giant Reclining Buddha, over 150 feet long and almost 40 feet high. Drive via Royal Avenue where most of the Government offices are located and the King's Palace. The rest of the day is at leisure before tonight’s Welcome Drink and briefing by your Tour Manager, followed by a Welcome Dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Bangkok, Ramada Plaza Bangkok Menam Riverside
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Feb 15, Friday - Full Day in Bangkok
Today you will continue to explore Bangkok. First you will visit the elaborate 18th century Grand Palace, symbol and ceremonial heart of the kingdom, and then go to Wat Phra Kaew, (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), with its brightly colored buildings, golden spires and gorgeous mosaics. You'll see the distinct contrast in style between the Thai-inspired Wat Phra Kaew and the European design of the Grand Palace. In the evening, attend a buffet dinner and stunning performance of the "Journey to the Enchanted Kingdom of Siam". Boasting over 150 performers, this lavish production delves into Siam's history and culture
Overnight: Bangkok, Ramada Plaza Bangkok Menam Riverside
Meals: Breakfast
, Dinner

Feb 16, Saturday - Travel to Kanchanaburi, Visit Bridge over River Kwai & War Museum
Travel southwest this morning to the vibrant Damnoen Saduak Floating Market; observe how the ancient trading of wares is conducted between hundreds of local farmers and villagers aboard small Sampan boats. The boats are fully loaded with all kinds of products including fruits, vegetables, dry goods, and freshly cooked food. From the Floating market, continue to the quiet provincial capital of Kanchanaburi, with its stunning natural beauty, spectacular waterfalls, and beautiful rivers. Walk over the stone bridge at the River Kwai, one of the most famous rivers in the world, which gained international fame in the book and film, "Bridge on the River Kwai". The bridge, several museums, and cemeteries have respectfully preserved the history and memorialized the dead. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a hotel restaurant
Overnight: Kanchanaburi, River Kwai Reshotel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Feb 17, Sunday - Full Day in Kanchanaburi 
Today is a full day Hellfire Pass and Death Railway tour. Hellfire Pass derives its name from Allied POWs forced to work day and night in the jungle to complete the bridge and rail line using only simple tools; more than 12,000 soldiers and 80,000 Thais perished during the construction. Lunch en route before returning to Kanchanaburi
Overnight: Kanchanaburi, River Kwai Reshotel
Meals: Breakfast
, Lunch

Feb 18, Monday - Travel to Ayutthaya, Ayutthaya City Tour
Depart Kanchanaburi to Ayutthaya, the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai for over 400 years, once glorified as the largest city in Southeast Asia. In the center of the city lies Ayutthaya Historical Park, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you can see the ruins of the former capital and its remaining palaces, monasteries, and towers - one can envision the grandeur and splendor that was once the Kingdom of Ayutthaya. After lunch, continue to the Chai Wattanaram Temple, built by King Prasat Tong, a commoner who overthrew the previous king and took his throne. Here, you can enjoy the peaceful and tranquil surroundings of Siam before dinner 
Overnight: Ayutthaya, Krungsri River
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Feb 19, Tuesday - Travel to Pattaya
Start your morning with a visit to Bang Pa-In Palace, a collection of beautiful buildings in various architectural styles, surrounded by a lake. Originally built by King Prasat Tong in 1632, this served as the Royal Summer Palace for the Thai Kings. Continue to Pattaya, a seaside resort on the East Coast of the Gulf of Thailand, with its beautiful beaches and sparkling azure waters. En route stop at a gem gallery to watch jewelry being made and learn more about the gems used. Arrive at the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure
Overnight: Pattaya, Dusit Thani Pattaya
Meals: Breakfast

Feb 20, Wednesday - Full Day in Pattaya
Today is at leisure to relax, rejuvenate and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Perhaps, escape by speedboat to the stunning Coral island, brimming with an abundance of coral formations and underwater life or, visit the idyllic island of Koh Lam-an. Unwind at the beach or, try out some water sports, including waterskiing, parasailing, and windsurfing. Choose to visit the Pattaya Floating market, one of the biggest in the world. Separated into four sections, with each offering and representing items from the four major regions of Thailand. Here, you will find food and fruit stalls as well as souvenir shops. Tonight, time on your own to savor a delicious dinner at a seaside restaurant or enjoy the vibrant nightlife that the town is known for
Overnight: Pattaya, Dusit Thani Pattaya
Meals: Breakfast

Feb 21. Thursday – Full Day in Pattaya

Today is a second full day in Pattaya on your own to relax or to see or do something you missed the day before.

Overnight: Pattaya, Dusit Thani Pattaya
Meals: Breakfast


Feb 22, Friday - Depart Thailand
Transfer to the airport in Bangkok for your departure flight. The ride from your hotel to the airport will take about 2 hours.
Meals: Breakfast

Emirates Air flight 373 departs Bangkok at 8:35pm, arrives Dubai 12:50am on Feb 23.


Feb 23, Saturday – Arrive Home!

Emirates Air flight 231 departs Dubai at 2:25am, arrives Washington Dulles at 8:10am