Dubai to Bangkok: From the Future to the Past

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Escape Kit

  • A Nine-Day Tour of Dubai and Bangkok ($2,399 to $3,049 per Person), Including:
  • Round-Trip Flights from Los Angeles, Seattle, New York, Houston, or Dallas-Fort Worth to Dubai via Emirates Airlines
  • Round-Trip Flights Between Dubai and Bangkok
  • Round-Trip Ground Transportation from the Airport to Hotels and Itinerary Destinations
  • Double-Occupancy Accommodations for Three Nights at the 5-Star Hyatt Regency Dubai and Three Nights at the 4.5-Star Dusit Thani Bangkok
  • Six Breakfasts
  • City Tours of Dubai and Bangkok
  • English-Speaking Tour Directors and Local Guides
  • Airline Taxes, Fuel Surcharges, Hotel Fees, and Entrance Fees per Itinerary Included
  • Priced per Person Based on Double Occupancy (See Fine Print)

The Destinations
Dubai's reputation as a global economic hub and an ultra-luxurious playground for oil magnates is perfectly encapsulated by the Burj Al Arab, a sleek 1,000-foot-tall hotel whose curved facade was built to resemble a ship's sail. Sometimes called the Cloud City, this Western-style metropolis is famous for its skyscrapers, including the 211-story Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building at 2,722 feet. Dubai's cultural heritage remains alive and thriving at the traditional Gold Souk market, home to more than 300 jewelry vendors (and approximately ten tons of gold at any given moment).

Then it's off to Bangkok. An explosion of color, scents, and sounds, Thailand's capital city reveals itself the way it sounds—with a bang. Rustic, regal, and exotic, Bangkok brims with sensory delights. From the gold-drenched Temple of the Reclining Buddha and the opulent Grand Palace to the spice-soaked flavors of the city's infamous floating markets (think food trucks in canoes), Bangkok offers an ever-rotating carousel of adventures minute by fast-paced minute. Hop in a tuk-tuk (rickshaws on motorbikes) and careen through shop-laden streets with the wind at your back, or sail above the crowds on the sophisticated Skytrain en route to a high-end club. History-rich, Bangkok is as vibrant as its signature silks that waft in the hot afternoon sun.

You'll go full-throttle toward the future, then step back in time during this nine-day excursion to Dubai and Bangkok, courtesy of Friendly Planet Travel.

The Itinerary
day 1: Depart for your exciting journey to Dubai on a wide-body jet flight via Emirates airlines.

day 2: Arrive in Dubai and a representative will assist you through visa and customs, then escort you to your coach for the short transfer to your centrally located, five-star hotel.
Overnight at the Hyatt Regency Dubai.

day 3: After breakfast and orientation at the hotel, you'll be able to purchase optional excursions or spend time on your own. Then, board your coach for the first stop of the day: the picturesque Dubai Creek, which offers a spectacular panorama of the city. Next stop: the Bastakiya District, where traditional courtyard houses, with wind towers that provide natural air-conditioning, line the narrow alleys. Continue on to the Dubai Museum, where dioramas depict life in Dubai before the discovery of oil. Find beautiful bargain-priced textiles, spices, and gold at the bustling souks, then visit the Burj Khalifa observation deck, which officially opened in 2010 as the tallest building in the world. The tour also includes an abra—or water taxi—ride, then it's back to your hotel.
Overnight at the Hyatt Regency Dubai. Breakfast provided.

day 4: Enjoy a full day at your leisure in Dubai. Be sure to visit the Mall of the Emirates, where you'll have a chance to don a jacket, boots, gloves, and hat on the indoor ski slopes.
Overnight at the Hyatt Regency Dubai. Breakfast provided.

day 5: A transfer will bring you back to the airport to catch your included flight to Bangkok, where you'll clear immigration and customs before transferring to your centrally located, 4.5-star hotel.
Overnight at the Dusit Thani Bangkok. Breakfast provided.

day 6: Your included city tour takes you to Bangkok city center, where you'll see some of the most ornate and interesting temples in the city, including Wat Trimitr, home of the 700-year-old Golden Buddha. At the oldest temple in Bangkok, Wat Po, you'll view the amazing Reclining Buddha. Then you'll visit Wat Benchamabophit. Known as the Marble Temple, it's one of Bangkok's most important attractions.
Overnight at the Dusit Thani Bangkok. Breakfast provided.

day 7: Explore Bangkok at your leisure, or purchase optional tours.
Overnight at the Dusit Thani Bangkok. Breakfast provided.

day 8: Do some last-minute shopping and sightseeing by visiting one of Bangkok's colorful markets, like the famous Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, where merchants and villagers buy and sell fruits, vegetables, and many other items from small boats. Then, bid farewell to Bangkok and transfer to the airport to board your return flight to the United States via Dubai.
Breakfast provided.

day 9: Your adventure comes to an end as you arrive in the United States.

The Dates
Los Angeles (LAX) departures: January 10, 2014 ($2,699); February 7, 2014 ($2,499); March 7, 2014 ($2,499); April 11, 2014 ($2,399); May 9, 2014 ($2,399)
Seattle (SEA) departures: February 7, 2014 ($2,649); March 7, 2014 ($2,649); April 11, 2014 ($2,549); May 9, 2014 ($2,549)
New York (JFK) departures: January 10, 2014 ($2,874); February 7, 2014 ($2,749); March 7, 2014 ($2,749); April 11, 2014 ($2,699); May 9, 2014 ($2,574)
Houston (IAH) departures: January 10, 2014 ($3,049); February 7, 2014 ($2,849); March 7, 2014 ($2,849); April 11, 2014 ($2,749); May 9, 2014 ($2,749)
Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) departures: January 10, 2014 ($3,049); February 7, 2014 ($2,899); March 7, 2014 ($2,849); April 11, 2014 ($2,749); May 9, 2014 ($2,749)
*Priced per person based on double occupancy (see fine print)

  • "In Dubai, just about everything is meant to be the biggest and the best—and it's no joke."

    -- Frommer's
  • "With its intense humidity, hedonistic nightclubs and hurly-burly taxiing of tuk-tuks, Bangkok is an exhilarating attack on the senses."

    -- Frommer's

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the fine print

  • Vouchers cannot be combined to extend stay
  • Reservations required and subject to availability; must be booked by November 11, 2013
  • Must be 21 or older to make booking and anyone under 18 must be traveling with another person that is 21 or older; travelers on the tour must be 8 years of age or older
  • Not valid toward existing reservations
  • Merchants cancellation policy applies. For more information, please see www.friendlyplanet.com/terms/packages.html?tourId=518
  • Rates are per person based on double occupancy (two people sharing a room). Each of two guests must purchase an Escape and arrange to stay together at the hotel. Single occupancy requires an additional fee of $599
  • Rate for extra nights is available upon request; subject to availability and must be confirmed at booking
  • All other major US airports available for a surcharge and will be collected at time of booking
  • Includes Round-Trip Flights Between Dubai and Bangkok, Round-Trip Ground Transportation from the Airport to Hotels and Itinerary Destinations, Double-Occupancy Accommodations for Three Nights at the 5-Star Hyatt Regency Dubai and Three Nights at the 4.5-Star Dusit Thani Bangkok, Six Breakfasts, City Tours of Dubai and Bangkok, English-Speaking Tour Directors and Local Guides, Airline Taxes, Fuel Surcharges, Hotel Fees, and Entrance Fees per Itinerary
  • Does not include gratuities to drivers, local guides, etc., meals and beverages other than specified, personal and baggage insurance, and items of a personal nature
  • Passport required
  • Review the State Department's website for passport/visa requirements and important announcements before traveling to your destination
  • Nights must be spent consecutively; all inclusions must be redeemed during one stay
  • The promotional value is valid only for date range purchased and may not be exchanged or redeemed for any other dates
  • Other conditions apply • PROMOTIONAL VALUE EXPIRES ON May 9, 2014 • Enjoy By May 9, 2014
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