Nine-Day, Seven-Night Tour of Dubai and Bangkok
You’ll get to experience two vastly different cities—Dubai and Bangkok—on this nine-day, seven-night tour from Friendly Planet Travel, which includes round-trip airfare to and from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) aboard Emirates airline. The package comes with deluxe hotel accommodations, transfers, sightseeing tours with an English-speaking guide, and daily breakfast. During the trip, you’ll have the option to explore on your own, embark on the included tours, or schedule additional excursions for an added fee.
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Days 1–5: Dubai
In the last 50 years, Dubai has transformed itself from a small desert town to one of the wealthiest city-states in the world, thanks to the discovery of oil in the late 1960s. Signs of affluence are everywhere—from a chain of manmade luxury islands to an indoor ski resort complete with a chairlift. To get a sense of life before the oil boom, you'll head to the Dubai Museum on the city tour, housed in the historic Al Fahidi Fort, to admire life-size dioramas on pearl diving, boat building, and date farms.
Must-See: Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world, measuring in at 2,716 feet (828 m). Enjoy heady views from the world’s highest outdoor observation deck; included in the city tour.
Accommodations: Five-star rated Fairmont Dubai
Days 6–9: Bangkok
The remainder of your trip will be spent in Bangkok, the bustling capital of Thailand. On the included city tour, you’ll visit a handful of temples, beginning with the Wat Trimitr, famous for its 700-year-old Golden Buddha—the largest in the world, weighing in at five tons. In addition, you'll visit the Reclining Buddha at Wat Po, and Wat Benchamabophit also known as "The Marble Temple." You’ll have ample free time to explore on your own, or you can sign up for optional excursions (for an additional fee) to visit landmarks such as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, home to a gorgeous statue carved from green jadeite. Be sure to stop by one of Bangkok’s outdoor markets, such as the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, where you can purchase local fruits, vegetables, and other wares from small boats.
Must-See: Temple of Dawn, known as Wat Arun, might be the most photographed monastery in all of Thailand. Its 230-foot (70 m) spire is adorned with shards of colored glass and Chinese porcelain.
Accommodations: Five-star rated Dusit Thani Bangkok
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Book by 3/13/13 or promo value expires. Valid only for date and option purchased. Limit 2/person, + 2 as gifts. Reservation required, subject to availability. $300 fee to cancel. 75-day cancellation notice required or fee of $600; 45-day notice or fee of $1,000; 30-day notice or fee of $1,500; 10-day notice or fee of Groupon price. Valid only for Standard Rooms. Tax included. $549 fee required for solo travelers. Additional fee to travel from alternate gateway: $100+ from SEA, $150+ from JFK, $175+ from IAD, DFW from $250+, IAH from $250+; subject to availability. 8+ to travel. Under 18 accompanied by adult 21 years or older. 21+ to book.