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If I'm uncomfortable riding a bike what are my options when the group rides bicycles in Ayutthaya on Day 3?

Travelers who opt to not ride a bicycle can choose to either walk to each temple or rent a tuk-tuk for the afternoon for a cost of about 200-300 thb ($7-10 USD).

A tuk-tuk is an motorized rickshaw that seats 3-5 people depending on the size.

Can I bargain for lower prices at the markets?

Yes, however please be respectful and not overly aggressive. Bargaining for lower prices with the shop vendors can be exhilarating and lots of fun, plus a whole new style of shopping for many of us.

What is the train travel like from Ayutthaya to Chiang Mai?

The group travels on the 2nd class, air-conditioned sleeper train. Each car has 40 individual beds with a curtain that can be closed for privacy. The beds consist of either a lower or upper berth, bunk bed style.  Luggage is stored on racks in the isle next to one’s bed. The travel time is approximately 12 hours.

Can I choose between an upper or lower berth bed on the train?

No. Train tickets are pre-booked by our team and the beds are assigned upon ticket purchase. Bedding selection is random and is based on availability of tickets. If you are assigned an upper berth and have concerns, it is best to ask another traveler in the group to switch beds.

I understand that water is not potable, but is the ice safe in Thailand?

Yes. Ice is produced in the same factories where the water is filtered. Ice is then shipped to restaurants, shops and local vendors.  A common rule is to only drink ice that has a hole in the center.

Will we be able to shower before boarding the train?

Yes. We have made arrangements with a guesthouse in Ayutthaya where we can rest and shower. The guesthouse provides a towel and liquid body soap.  The bathrooms are part of a common showering area but are individual stalls to allow for privacy. The guesthouse also has an open veranda with hammocks, chairs and cushions for relaxation.

I noticed we arrive to the Chiang Mai and Krabi accommodations before check in time. What do we do with our luggage?

Each accommodation has allocated luggage storage areas that are monitored by their staff. After preparing a day bag with your gear, you can store your luggage in these areas until rooms are ready to check in.

What is the luggage allowance on the included domestic flight?

20 kg (44 lbs) for checked luggage and 7 kg (15 lbs) for your carry-on bag. You can then carry one personal item onto the plane as well.  Most domestic airlines will not allow passengers to purchase additional weight at the check in counters and if they do it will be for an extremely high price. So be smart and pack light!

The itinerary mentions “family style” meals. What does “family style” mean?

When Thai families eat dinner they do not order individual dishes for each person. Instead they order several dishes to share and then a big bowl of rice to be portioned out.

A common practice is to order a curry, a soup, a vegetable and then Thai salad.  For most of our group meals we follow a similar style as a way to give everyone an opportunity to taste the different varieties of dishes.

Will there be options for international cuisine or only Thai cuisine?

Yes, there will be options for travelers to select cuisine other than Asian food. Chiang Mai will provide the best options for multiple cuisines.  We also eat at restaurants along the way that have basic western dishes like spaghetti, pizza and hamburgers on the menu.

Why does the itinerary list two beach destinations depending on the time of year and what are the difference between the two?

From April through October, this trip visits Railay Beach in Krabi province.  Railay Beach is one of Thailand's most traveled to destinations.  During this time of year there are less crowds as it’s considered the off-season.  It is well known for its limestone karsts jutting out of the water and various recreational activities: rock climbing, viewpoint hikes, kayaking and paddleboarding. Rock climbing is an included activity on this itinerary. Railay beach has a lively atmosphere with lots of restaurants and nightlife options. We choose not to visit Railay Beach during the peak season as it can be overcrowded.

From November through March, this trip visits Khlong Muang beach in Krabi province. Khlong Muang is a quieter, remote area home to a majority Muslim population. The beachfront is less crowded and the surrounding community offers travelers a glimpse into the local life of southern Thailand. Recreational activities such as kayaking and paddleboarding are available on the beachfront and at Ao Thalane.  Rock climbing is not included in this itinerary but a hike to Ngorn Nak-Hang Nak (Dragon Crest) mountain is included where you can see a panoramic view of Phang Nga bay and limestone karsts from the summit.

How much should I budget for food and activities?

We generally recommend $300-350 USD.  Below is a basic breakdown:

-7 dinners and 3 lunches are included.

-A basic Thai dish for lunch can be anywhere from $2-4 and dinners range from $6-10.  Alcohol excluded.

-Optional activities range from $10 for yoga to $60 for private paddle boarding tours.

-Clothing at markets range from $3-10 depending on your style.

-Iced coffees and teas typically cost $2.

-We suggest tipping vendors for certain activities an average of $3 per activity (elephant sanctuary guide, island hopping guide, cooking class instructor and masseuses).

What is the nightlife like in Thailand?

Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Railay are all home to lively nightlife!

Krabi also has relaxed bars where you can grab a drink casually.

There will be no shortage of nightlife on this trip.

Will I be able to use my credit card or are transactions mostly cash?

Everyday purchases in Thailand are cash transactions. Credit cards are not accepted at most restaurants unless the bill is more than $10-15 USD. Additionally it is common for a 3% surcharge to be added for credit card transactions.  

A majority of commerce takes place in open markets and small street vendors where cash rules the world.

When is the best time to visit Thailand?

Thailand's distinct regions have varying climates making all year round a good time to visit.  However, the best time to travel is during the cool and dry season from late October through February.  The hottest months of the year are March and April.

Travelers are often wary of the wet season which is at its peak during July and August. However, rain showers do not last long, usually occurring during early afternoon and then the sun comes out and dries everything off.  What’s great about the wet season is all the landscapes turn green and all those delicious fruits are in season!

What type of luggage is best?

The lighter the better! If you only have a rolling suitcase that will work, but if you can get your hands on a more mobile bag, like a large backpack, that would be better. We take all forms of transportation and the pavement on the roads can be covered with potholes.  

You'll also want a daypack for your personal gear, food, and drinks for the day.

I have a peanut allergy? Is that a problem for this trip?

Yes, especially if you have a severe allergy.  Peanuts are everywhere in Thailand.  

Most restaurants have crushed peanuts on their tables.  Many salads and fried noodle dishes, including the famous Pad Thai, come with crushed peanuts mixed in.  

Cross contamination is an issue as restaurants may only have one or two main woks, particularly street food vendors, so multiple dishes are usually cooked on the same frying pan without a proper wash in between.

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