Friendly Planet (tel. 800/555-5765; sends you to Thailand for seven nights, from $1,699 per person with airfare, some meals, and transportation.

When you arrive in Bangkok just after midnight, you'll be grateful that you let Friendly Planet handle all the transfers and hotels. Spend the first three nights at Dusit Thani, adjacent to the sky train, close to the subway, and across from Lumpini Park.

On your first day, you'll visit the city's flower market (Pak Klong Talaat) and enjoy a canal boat ride on the waterways that branch off from the Chao Phraya River. You'll visit Wat Arun and spend some time shopping before returning to the hotel in time for a traditional Thai dinner at Supatra River House Restaurant. Spend the next two days exploring Bangkok on your own, or take one of Friendly Planet's optional excursions (visit the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, catch a theater performance, see the Damneon Saduak floating market, and more). After three nights in Bangkok, you'll take a three-hour drive via air-conditioned coach to Hua Hin, a popular resort town on the Gulf of Thailand. Spend the last four nights at Dusit Thani Hua Nin; rooms all have private balconies with panoramic water views. There, you'll be free to explore the beaches, national parks, mountains, pineapple plantations, and waterfalls in this area.

Why is this a deal? If you were to book the airfare independently, it would cost you $1,053 per person. Three nights at Dusit Thani Bangkok would cost 6,000 baht per night (about $190), or 20,009 total with tax ($633). Four nights at Dusit Thani Hua Hin cost 4,800 baht ($152 per night), or 22,598 for four nights ($715.02). Three nights in Bangkok and four in Hua Hin would cost at least $1,348, or $674 per person. If you were to book just the airfare and accommodations separately, it would cost you $1,728 per person --$29 more than the starting price of $1,699. The additional tour inclusions -- all your intra-Thailand transportation, hotel-airport transfers, tours, and meals -- would likely cost you an additional $600-$800 per person, according to Friendly Planet.

Trip Type: Assisted; air-inclusive

What the Quoted Price Gets You: Airfare from Los Angeles to Bangkok via China Airlines; transfers and intra-Thailand transportation via air-conditioned coach; seven nights' lodging (three in Bangkok, four in Hua Hin) with hotel taxes and fees; breakfast daily; a welcome dinner; a Bangkok flower market and canal tour led by a professional English-speaking tour guide; fuel surcharges, government taxes and fees; and hotel taxes and fees

What Else You Will Have to Pay: Meals not covered by tour (seven lunches and six dinners).

Book By: July 11 in order to book at the quoted price, which is $300 off per person.

When: Nov. 6 (from $1,699); Nov. 20 (from $1,749); Feb. 5, March 12, 2013 ($1,799)

Single Supplement: $499

Other Departures: Friendly Planet does not offer departures from anywhere other than Los Angeles, so you'll need to book your connecting flight separately.

Other Details: You may decide to extend this tour with a four-day extension to Chiang Mai (add from $499 per person).

Other Details: All prices are per person and, if lodging is a component of the package, based upon two people traveling together (unless otherwise noted). The prices listed are general starting rates; see "What Else You'll Have to Pay" for details about associated taxes and fees. Base-prices, taxes, and fees can vary based on point of departure and time of travel. Blackout dates may apply. Trip add-ons like sightseeing tours and meal plans may also increase the price. Check with the tour operator for additional gateways. The single supplement is the extra cost that a solo traveler would pay to book the deal.