TopTropicals in Thailand

TTTT: Top Tropicals Tour to Thailand - March 9-18, 2006

Updated detailed information about this tour - see at the end of this page.

During the tour you will:

  • visit one of the most beautiful and exotic country
  • meet friendly Thai people, their culture, customs, enjoy sight-seeing, historical tours, shows, markets, Thai cuisine, etc.
  • visit botanical gardens, nurseries, including our suppliers
  • shop for plants, buy the plants yourself - after the tour we will arrange the delivery from Thailand (certain restriction applied - see below)
  • bring seeds back with you (TopTropicals provides all import paperwork for you, certain restriction applied - see below)
  • see the exotic plants in their habitat
  • make thousands of pictures to share with your family, friends and associates! Get you cameras ready.

Plant Shopping

We provide all necessary import paperwork and the plants will be shipped to our facility in the US. This way you will be able to chose particlular plants you like and need, and to save some money, too. You can buy plants from Chatuchak market and nurseries. (Extra charge will be added for shipping cost, customs, etc.)

Besides, the tour will be unbelievable! It will include, besides general sightseeng (historical or romantic, whichever you prefer), visits to the best nurseries, botanical gardens, and shows. You will go to Rose Garden Resort with thousands of rose bushes and hundreds of exotic birds, and beautiful cultural show. You will see with your own eyes Adenium and Plumeria Fields, Euphorbias, Heliconia collections, and of course thousands of beautiful orchids. You will visit our suppliers and pick up the plants you like to be shipped for you. For further information and details, please contact us.

You can bring seeds back with you. We will provide free import paperwork for all Tour members.

Restrictions: imported plants must conform to USDA regulation (no soil, size restrictions, age restrictions). CItrus and other fruit trees are prohibited. Contact us for full list of prohibited plants.

Seeds: must be clean. Some species (citrus) are prohibited.

Tour program includes (detailed program see below)

Tour Schedule (see also tour program)


March 9-18, 2006
From Thursday to Saturday (10 days total)
You buy your own ticket leaving the US on March, 9. See below for more info

to Bangkok: March, 10


PATTAYA : Asia Pattaya Hotel - Seaview room - located about 3 kilometers south of Pattaya overlooking the Gulf of Thailand, the Asia Pattaya Beach Hotel is perfect for those looking for a glorious vacation in their own private paradise. Pattaya's liveliness and non-stop action has earned it a reputation as one of the world's most exciting resorts, and the city is just a short drive away. The hotel is set amidst 22 acres of exotic gardens and has its own long beach front. Other amenities include a pool, tennis courts, snooker room and a private 9-hole par 3 golf course. The hotel offers several restaurants and snack bars, a pool bar and dancing at the Neptune Discotheque.
352 Moo 12 Pratamnak Road. Nongprue, Pattaya City, Cholburi 20150, Thailand
Tel:+66 38 250401-11 Fax : +662-215-2642
BANGKOK : Royal Princess Hotel (Larnluang) - Superior room - conveniently located in what has remained an old-fashioned charming district of Bangkok, experience traditional Thai hospitality at this hotel. Caters to businessmen and tourists alike, and features superbly furnished guestrooms and exquisite dining. High Speed Internet Service available everywhere in the hotel – a necessity for today’s business traveler. Pool, spa, nice restaurants.
269 Larn Luang Road, Pomprab, Bangkok 10100, Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 2281 3088 Fax: +66 (0) 2280 1314

Tour cost:

Tour total cost depends on airfare (departure city) and is based on current ticket prices.
You buy your own ticket leaving the US on March, 9. See below for more info

Cost of tour (not including airticket): $800

VISA is not required for the US citizens.
For non-US citizens, VISA can be provided at the airport at extra charge ($20.00). Please contact us for more info.

Price includes:

  1. Accommodation sharing in twin room basis for 2 nights in Pattaya and 5 nights in Bangkok. Supplementary for single room use is 150.00 per person.
  2. Daily breakfast at hotel.
  3. English speaking guide and the air-conditioned transportation 32 seaters throughout the program.

Price does not include:

  1. Lunch and Dinner. The additional for the OPTION meals where mentioned at $40.00 per person.
  2. All personal expenditure i.e. telephone charges, mini bar, laundry services etc.
  3. International departure airport tax (500 Baht, about $15)
  4. Gratuities for guide and driver


March 9 Departure - Thursday, March 9, 2006
March 10
Arrival in Bangkok - 8:45 pm (if using flight Korean Air 12 / 651)
Upon arrival Bangkok airport, meet / assist and transfer to Pattaya.
Arrive Pattaya, check-in at hotel and rest of the day free at own leisure. Beach, ocean, etc.
March 11
Breakfast at hotel.
Depart hotel for Nong Nooch Botanical Garden and enjoy the Thai cultural show at Nong Nooch.
Option : Lunch at Nong Nooch Botanical Garden.
Afternoon, visit the Elephant Village with show in Pattaya. Rest of the day, free at own leisure for beach and shopping.
Option : Seafood dinner at Nang Nual Restaurant.
Late evening entertainment for Cabaret Show at Alcazar.
March 12
Breakfast at hotel.
Check-out and depart hotel for Rayong to visit the Lipstick palm garden, Ornamental plants garden and Fragrant flower garden.
Option : Lunch at Tamnanpa Restaurant.
Return to Bangkok, check-in at Royal Princess Larnluang Hotel.
March 13
Breakfast at hotel.
Leave hotel for Damnernsaduak Floating Market, on the way visit the local sugar palm houses. Then continue trip to experience the long-tailed boat along the canal to the floating market.
Option : Lunch at the Rose Garden.
After lunch, continue trip to Sampran crocodile farm for the crocodile shows.
Return to hotel and rest of the day free at own leisure.
March 14
Breakfast at hotel.
Depart hotel for all day visiting the Fruit Garden, Indoor plants Garden at Ban Paew.
Return to hotel and rest of the day free at own leisure.
March 15
Breakfast at hotel.
Depart hotel for Chatuchak Plants Market, the near by Fruit Market and continue trip to WANAPLUK GARDEN.
Return to hotel and rest of the day free at own leisure.
March 16
Breakfast at hotel.
Depart hotel for all day visiting the Fragrant flower nursery around Bangkok and the adenium and plumeria nursery.
Return to hotel and rest of the day free at own leisure.
March 17
Breakfast at hotel.
Depart hotel to visit Bangkok's most important landmark, the spectacular Royal Palace and the Emerald Buddha Temple with its Emerald Buddha Image, is the most sacred object in theKingdom, the Golden Chedi, Pantheon of Kings and Towers of Nine Planets and visit Wat benchamabopit, constructed from the imported Carrera marble from Italy built in 1899.
Option : Lunch at the Riverside Restaurant
After tour, free for local products and souvenir shopping.
Return to hotel for refreshment and check-out at hotel and then transfer to Bangkok airport for departure flight.
March 18 Arrival back to the USA

This tour is organized and guided by:

Tatiana & Mike (Top Tropicals, USA) and Nok & Woraphan (Wanapluk Garden, Thailand)
For all questions and requests please contact us

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Detailed information: questions and answers

(detailed tour information and program - see above)

What is it all about?

We consider this tour more as a group of friends trip, not as a travel agency organized vacation.  If you like tropical plants, then you have opportunity to see where they grow, meet people who grow them and buy thee plants

Where do we meet? Do I have different travelling options?

We can meet either in the US or in Bangkok.

If you want to fly with us, then most likely it'll be Atlanta or New Yourk
If you want to fly on your own, then we meet in Bangkok airport. We meet on Fri evening (we're leaving on Thu). It's kind of confusing, so please check twice, so you don't spend extra day in the airport or arrive late. We're leaving on Thu, 03/09 and arrive in Bangkok on Fri, 03/10, evening LOCAL time. We discuss later where and when we meet. Of course, you will be provided phone numbers, so you can always get help from local travel agent.

There is a very nice non-stop flight from New York to Bangkok on Thai Airlines, right now on Expedia it's around $1150 round trip. It's 17 hrs of eating, sleeping and doing nothing. When did last time you had such fun?

There many flight from the West Coast, for example ff you're leaving from LAX, then there is a Korean Air flight arriving at 8.45 pm

12:10 am Depart Los Angeles (LAX)
Arrive Bangkok (BKK) 8:45 pm +1 day
Thu 9-Mar
Duration: 29hr 35mn
Korean Air 12 / 651
Connect in Seoul (ICN)
12:05 am Depart Bangkok (BKK)
Arrive Los Angeles (LAX) 8:50 am
Sat 18-Mar
Duration: 23hr 45mn
Korean Air 652 / 17
Connect in Seoul (ICN)

And of course there are flights from Dallas, Chicago, etc.

Can I use other flight than the one you are suggesting? I have free miles of Super-Global-Airline.

Of course, there are other flights. You can search the Internet, we can help you, or you can go to the travel agent, who will search the Internet for you.
If you decide to meet us anywhere else in Bangkok, then please let us know.

Are you providing group rates for airline tickets?

Unfortunately, we won't be able to get group rates for air tickets, since people are flying from different places in the country. If we have more than certain number of people flying from one major airport, then we can try. Otherwise, it doesn't matter to get cheap ticket from New York if you have to fly from San-Diego to New York

Can I stay longer/less than the planned trip?

Iterniary is pretty flexible, so you can stay more, stay less. You don't have to follow us. For example, we're thinking about also visiting Northen Thailand, which is one of the centers of plant industry. We've never been there, so if anybody has crave for an adventure, then he/she is welcomed to join us (we don't yet how much will it costs).

What plants or seeds can I bring with me? Are there any restrictions?

You can buy plants in Thailand and we'll bring them in for you later. Of course, some plants are prohibited. We can supply you with USDA manual, which is very-very long.
Cost of plants will be: 

  • Whatever you pay at the market (it's cheap)
  • Handling by our agent and shipping (if they add them to the regular shipping, then it's minimal)
  • Broker charges in the US (not bad for large shipments)
  • If you want, then we'll Fedex plant to you (it'll be bare-rooted) or, because it's not that easy to adjust bare-rooted plant, we can establish the plant for you - 4-6 weeks (we'll charge you nominal fee).
The final cost of the plant can be somewhere between $7 for barerooted and $25 for established plant. Of course it depends.

Seeds will be brought with us under our import permit.

What kind of hotel are we staying in? How nice is it?

Stay in Bangkok will be in Royal Princess Hotel, which is very nice and high quality, Western standard (price included in the tour cost), and, the most important, has REAL hi-speed Internet connection (you'd have to pay extra, but the cost is minimal). For example, it's vital for us.

Can I have other activities besides the tour program?

We'll have English speaking guide. If you want to entertain yourself, then there are people who speak English and they'll be happy to help you.

What is the tour payment schedule?

For standard iterniary, the cost is $800 (plus, airfare). We need to collect a $100 deposit NOW, since we have to know exactly how many people are going. We couldn't make it in November, thanks to the hurricane season, so we have to know how many people will join us. You may either send us a check (email us for reservation first) or call us for credit card payment at 1-866-897-7957 from 10 am to 6 pm Eastern Time.

The rest is payable by the end of February.

Please contact us if any questions!



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