Thailand

Explore Thailand with the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) from March 3 - 14, 2018, on an 11-night small group adventure.

ThailandTravel with the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) from March 3 to 14, 2018, on a majestic adventure to Thailand, a destination that blends ancient traditions and modernity within a whirl of neon lights that glow in the tropical Southeast Asian air.

Leave the city and the pace relaxes, as you float languorously down rivers, trek through ancient forests, and explore the archaeological vestiges of Thailand’s past, still inextricably connected to its present. Travel to the high country and witness how formerly isolated tribes maintain their cultural heritage in the face of encroaching modernity. On an optional post-tour extension, visit the expansive ruins of the Angkor Archeological Park and navigate the largest fresh water lake in Southeast Asia.

Space is limited, so please contact the Alumni Travel Study Program at 866-325-8664 or travelstudy@Columbia.edu for more details and to reserve your place today!

Dates & Prices

Trip Dates: March 3 - 14, 2018

Price: from $3,595 per person based upon double occupancy

Single space is  limited. If available, the single supplement is an additional $695. Please contact us to check single availability prior to sending your reservation, or to inquire about possible roommate options.

Optional group airfare:  $1,460 estimated international air from New York, including airline taxes and fuel surcharges (subject to change until time of booking).

Itinerary:

March 3 - 4, 2018 — U.S.A/BANGKOK, THAILAND
Board your flight to Bangkok where you will be welcomed upon arrival by your  specialist guide and transferred to your tranquil hotel situated along the Chao Phraya River – the legendary River of Kings. View the mercurial metropolis of Bangkok and its idiosyncratic blending of the traditional and modern.
MONTIEN RIVERSIDE HOTEL. (Meals Aloft)

March 5 - 2018 — THONBURI/EMERALD BUDDHA/JIM THOMPSON’S HOUSE
Navigate klongs (canals) by boat to the iconic temple of Wat Arun. Continue on to the Grand Palace, the most important center of Thai culture, once the royal abode, but today used mainly for ceremonial functions. Marvel at the Emerald Buddha, the displays of royal artifacts and memorabilia, and wall decorations. After lunch visit the Jim Thompson House, an architectural gem and former home of the mysterious H.W. Thompson. This evening enjoy a Thai dinner accompanied by Thai classical music and dances.
MONTIEN RIVERSIDE HOTEL. (B,L,D)

March 6, 2018 — CHAO PHRAYA RIVER/AYUTTHAYA
After breakfast, board the Grand Pearl, which will carry you up the Chao Phraya River, past the Grand Palace and Temple of Dawn to Ayutthaya. Sit back and observe rural life along the river. Arrive at Nonthaburi at Wat Chonglom Pier, and transfer by private vehicle to the north of Bangkok, and onto the ancient city of Ayutthaya, the former capital of Siam. Enjoy the balance of your day at leisure. Your hotel for the evening is centrally located among the ancient ruins of Ayutthaya.
KANTARY HOTEL. (B,L,D)

March 7 - 8, 2018 — AYUTTHAYA/KHAO YAI NATIONAL PARK
Explore the ruins of Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the once magnificent capital of the Thais, praised by foreign emissaries as the finest city they had ever seen. It flourished under 33 Siamese kings from 1350 until 1767. Continue to Khao Yai National Park, Thailand’s oldest and most revered national park. Next day, explore the spectacular Park, home to some 3,000 plant and 70 mammal species, including Asian elephant, white handed gibbon, gaur, Asiatic black bear, and wild dog. Search for over 350 bird species from the brilliant colors of the Redheaded Trogon to Thailand’s national bird, the Siamese Fireback Pheasant. See also the spectacular 260-foot-high Haew Narok waterfall.
BOTANICA KHAO YAI. (B,L,D Daily)

March 9 - 10, 2018 — BANGKOK/CHIANG RAI
Return to Bangkok and fly to Chiang Rai, then drive to the Golden Triangle in the far north where Laos, Myanmar and Thailand meet, and where the opium trade once flourished. Visit museums dedicated to the now defunct opium trade then travel by boat along the Mekong River enjoying spectacular views of the Laotian countryside. Next, drive to Mae Sai, the northernmost point of Thailand, and one of the few official land crossings between Thailand and Myanmar – formerly Burma. The next day, visit the Hill Tribe Villages to enjoy an Akha cultural and lifestyle show at Lojas Village. Learn about the women who wear brass rings around their necks at the Karen Long Neck Village, the elaborate, colorful dresses of the Lisu at Ban Bangjars, and the only Hill Tribe to have a written language, the Yao, at Ban Pong Takham.
PHU CHAISAI MOUNTAIN RESORT & SPA. (B,L,D Daily)

March 11, 2018 ~ CHIANG RAI/CHIANG MAI
Transfer to Chiang Mai, renowned for its historic temples and scenic beauty. Visit the 600-year-old Wat Prathat Doi Suthep. After a winding drive, continue the final climb to the site via a Napa staircase and enjoy the incomparable view over the city. Light candles and bow to Buddha before walking to the nearby Jade Factory for some shopping. In the afternoon, you may wish to visit textile booths to learn about traditional textile weaving, as well as various handicraft factories on Sankhampaeng Road. Early this evening visit the bustling Night Bazaar and return by tuk tuk to your beautifully rustic hotel, featuring a 200-year old Tamarind Tree.
EMPRESS HOTEL CHIANG MAI. (B,L,D)

March 12, 2018 ~ CHIANG MAI/LAMPANG
Begin the day with a drive to Lampang to visit the Elephant Hospital and Conservation Center, run by Mr. Richard Lair, Thailand’s leading elephant expert. Watch the elephants demonstrate their logging and painting skills, and even their musical talents. Venture into Lampang, where you can take a carriage ride, view some of the finest Burmese Temples in Thailand, and see the stunning Thai temple of Wat Prathat Lampang Luang and its Emerald Buddha House. Continue to Lamphun, the oldest continuously inhabited city in Thailand dating back to 663 AD, with its Wat Phrathat Hariphunchai, one of the most striking temples in all of Thailand.
EMPRESS HOTEL CHANG MAI. (B,L,D)

March 13 , 2018 — COOKING CLASS/WOOD CARVING AT BAN TAWAI/BANGKOK
Visit a Thai cooking school where you will prepare and eat a simple and delicious Thai meal. Continue to Ban Tawai, Thailand’s largest handicraft market. In the afternoon transfer to the Chang Mai airport and board your flight back to Bangkok where you’re escorted to your hotel near the airport. Spend the rest of the evening at leisure.
NOVOTEL BANGKOK SUVARNABHUMI. (B,L,D)


March 14, 2018 — BANGKOK/NEW YORK (or home destination)
Return to the airport for your flight home. It is now time to say la-gon (goodbye) to Thailand. Your journey comes to an end today as you arrive home eager to share all your wonderful adventures with family and friends.
(Meals Aloft)

B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Due to the nature of safari explorations, itineraries are guidelines and may change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters and weather conditions.

*Itinerary subject to change

What's included:

  • Flight between Bangkok and Chiang Rai; Chiang Mai and Bangkok
  • Superior accommodations throughout at hotels and lodges listed in the itinerary, or similar.
  • Breakfasts daily, all other meals as indicated in itinerary.
  • All touring via air-conditioned motor-coach.
  • All applicable hotel gratuities and taxes.
  • All park, reserves, and attractions entry fees.
  • Expert professional tour director.
  • English-speaking local guides
  • Complimentary baggage tags and passport wallet.
  • Complimentary emergency evacuation insurance.

What’s not included:
International airfare; taxes; passport, visas and associated fees if required; personal expenses such as laundry (exfept as noted), internet access, and telephone calls; accident/sickness, trip cancellation, and baggage insurance; excess baggage charges on aircraft; transfers and baggage handling to/from hotel on day of arrival and/or departure if you  if you are arriving earlier or later than and/or departing earlier or later than the scheduled group transfer(s); any overnight on land due to flight schedule(s); meals, alcoholic or other beverages and all other services not specifically mentioned in the “Included Features” section of the program brochure.

Please call us toll-free at (866) 325-8664 or email us at travelstudy@columbia.edu for more details.