Thailand, The Land of Smiles, is one of the few places that never seems to disappoint, keeps travelers begging for more, and offers surprises at every corner. From idyllic beaches to serene temples, and iconic street food stalls to vibrant flea markets - Thailand has everything that one can ask for.
Travel to three popular destinations of Thailand: Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Krabi. Discover the capital city of Bangkok - visiting the Grand Palace and touring the alleyways that weave through the city. Explore the mountainous region of Chiang Mai - swimming in a waterfall and visiting an elephant sanctuary. Chill on the white sand beaches on Krabi, and kayak around limestone karsts of the Andaman Sea.
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Duration: 10 days / 9 nights
Start: Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK), Bangkok
To ensure shuttle service: plan to arrive Day 1 by 3:00 PM
Finish: Krabi Airport (KBV)
To ensure shuttle service: plan to depart Day 10 after 2:00 PM
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-10 days / 9 nights in double accommodations
-9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 7 dinners
-Overnight train ticket to Chiang Mai
-Domestic flight to Krabi
-Transport and entrance fees to Ayutthaya Historical Park
-Transport and entrance fees to Doi Suthep Temple
-Transport and entrance fees to Bua Tong Sticky Waterfalls
-Full day experience at an elephant sanctuary
-Transport to & from Krabi beach destination
-Rock Climbing Experience (included for April through October trips)
-Island tour with snorkeling
-Insider local knowledge of the finest Thai cuisine
-Pickup at BKK airport
-Drop-off at KBV airport
-An Under30Experiences leader and one local guide
-The chance to meet awesome people!
Attendees are responsible for their own airfare to Bangkok and from Krabi
-Royal Grand Palace (Bangkok): the official residence of the Kings of Siam since 1782
-Ayutthaya Historical Park: a UNESCO World Heritage site, Ayutthaya was the second capital of the Siamese Kingdom which was founded in 1350
-Elephant sanctuary: spend a day learning about Asian elephants and the conservation efforts taken to protect these giant mammals
-Island hopping through the Andaman Sea: tour the magnificent karsts with our private boat and swim in hidden lagoons
-Thai cuisine: indulge in the curries and spices of Thailand at local food stalls
Thai culture is deeply influenced by religion with around 95% of the country being Theravada Buddhist. The most important values Thai people hold to are respect, self-control, and a non-confrontational attitude.
We expect our travelers to adhere to and respect Thai culture. Remember, we are Thailand’s guests, and learning about new cultures is one of the greatest gifts of travel.
Thailand has a tropical, humid climate. Please advise that daytime temperatures can be hot (upper 80’s to lower 90’s fahrenheit). This trip involves of lot of movement throughout the day and you will sweat.
-Age requirement: 21+
-Group Size: 12-14 travelers
-Physical Rating: Moderate. Rock climbing on Railay beach (included on April through October trips) is physical but the routes are designed for beginners. There are short treks when visiting waterfalls and at the elephant sanctuary. Kayaking is optional and is conducted on open water. Tab Kak Hang Nak Nature Trail (offered on November through March trips) is a high physical hiking activity.
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Travel can be unpredictable. Our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience.
While it is our intention to adhere to the itinerary, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into it and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations.
Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
Sample Breakfast Menu:
Dinners are mostly family style where multiple dishes are ordered and everyone shares.
Sample Dinner Menu:
Food vendors will range from modern restaurants to local style food stalls.
Packed lunch on activity days (Day 5 and Day 8) and lunch served at the elephant sanctuary.
We do our best to accommodate vegan and vegetarian requests or any allergies.
Private minivan service from Bangkok airport to accommodation in Bangkok
Public transit system including subway, skytrain and boats in Bangkok
Private minivan service from Bangkok to Ayutthaya Historical Park
Public train service from Ayutthaya to Chiang Mai
Private and public songthaews (truck with covered benches in the bed) in Chiang Mai
Private boats while visiting and touring the islands in Phang Nga Bay
Shared boutique hotel rooms for duration of trip
Single travelers are paired with someone of the same gender
Laundry available at hotel (ask front desk for details)
*Private room options available upon request subject to hotel availability (for an extra charge)
*Accommodations can vary but will be the same quality.
Travel insurance is mandatory in order to participate on any of our trips.
When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all travelers must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.
All Under30Experiences trips are accompanied by experienced trip leaders and community managers.
The goal of the trip leaders is to facilitate an awesome experience and help our travelers have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends.
You can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.
We recommend using a travel backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage.
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Passports and Visas (Guidelines for US passport holders)
The weather can be described as tropical and humid for the majority of the country during most of the year. Average temperatures are in the mid to upper 80’s fahrenheit.
There are three seasons:
-Hot season: March through May; hot, dry weather. Rainfall is scarce. Prepare for high temperatures and make sure to stay hydrated if you're traveling during these months.
-Cold (cooler season): November through February; temperatures keep in the 70’s and low 80’s fahrenheit. Known as the high season with plenty of tourists.
-Rain season: June through October; please expect showers and thunderstorms that pass through on most days.
Thai people do not shake hands. They greet one another with the wai, or pressing one’s palms together about chest level and bowing one’s head slightly.
When eating, using a fork and spoon is more common than chopsticks. The spoon is held with the dominant hand and the fork is used to push the food onto the spoon.
Touching someone’s head is highly offensive. So is raising or pointing your feet at someone or any religious object.
Smile regularly, just like Thai people. Raising your voice is unacceptable and considered an act of losing control. Avoid doing or saying anything that may embarrass another person cause them to “lose face”.
Touching or showing affection in public is not common, so please avoid this as well.
Duck down when walking between two people or when walking past a person blocking their vision. This is polite gesture of respect to acknowledge the interruption.
Note on politeness: Men always end their sentences with “krap” and women always end their sentences with “ka”. So a man would say “sa-wat-dee krap” as a greeting, and a woman would say “sa-wat-dee ka”.
Thai Cooking Classes
See pricing listed below as each operator has different rates
Thai cuisine is worldly famous and most travelers coming to Thailand choose to opt for an instructional cooking class. Learn directly from the host who will teach you about the flavors, ingredients and techniques. Most importantly, you get to taste the food as you cook before enjoying the full meal at the end of the class.
MaMaNoi Thai Cookery School: Set in the heart of a beautiful, serene organic farm and garden, this school provides travelers with a relaxing atmosphere in which to learn. All classes include a guided market tour, during which you will learn about a number of Thai ingredients, many of which you will later use to prepare your delicious meals. Half Day courses = 800 thb ($25 usd) Contact: https://www.mamanoicookeryschool.com/ / +66 53-281-089
Elephant Parade House
600 thb ($18 usd) for small size and 1000 thb ($30 usd) for larger size sculpture
Elephant Parade is a social enterprise and runs the world’s largest art exhibition of decorated elephant statues. Created by artists and celebrities, each Elephant Parade statue is a unique art piece. The life-size, baby elephant statues are exhibited in international cities and raise awareness for the need of elephant conservation. The Elephant Parade House in Chiang Mai offers travelers a chance to paint their own elephant sculpture with the proceeds going to elephant conservation initiatives. This is a nice, relaxed and informative activity in an air-conditioned room.
Activity times: Open everyday; suggested to reserve a space beforehand for multiple people
Included: Presentation about elephant conservation, assistance from local artists and a sculpture to bring home as a souvenir
Contact: http://www.elephantparade.com/ / +66 53-246-448
Free, though a donation to the temple is suggested = 100 thb ($3 usd)
Informally talk with a monk to learn about everyday life, Thai culture and tradition and more in-depth aspects of Buddhism. This is a perfect cultural exchange to not only learn more about the spiritual progression with the Thai Buddhist framework but to also share your culture and language with a Thai monk.
Activity times: 8:00 - 10:00 am and 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Contact: www.monkchat.net / +66 84-609-1357
Free Bird Stand Up Paddleboarding
Take a beginner lesson to learn the basics, test your balance with a yoga practice or join in on a sunset tour off the beaches of Railay.
300 thb ($10 usd) hourly rental; 1,700 thb ($55 usd) sunset tour; 600 thb ($20 usd) yoga classes with minumum of 4 participants.
Activity times: Open everyday; must reserve a space 2 days before for the yoga and sunset tour options.
Contact: https://www.gofreebird.com/ / +66 61-953-9913
Respect the people around you and the environment in which you’re traveling. This includes, but is not limited to fellow travelers, trip leaders, the local community, nature, wildlife, and yourself.
Do your best to keep yourself and fellow travelers out of harm’s way.
It’s important to obey local laws and customs while on our trips. This includes, but is not limited to wearing appropriate clothing while visiting certain communities, refraining from taking photos of people without asking, avoiding the use of illegal drugs, having weapons, and soliciting prostitution. If you’re not sure about something, take time to educate yourself, or ask.
Travel involves contact with new cultures. When confronted with a different way of living than you’re used to, do your best to understand that neither way is better or worse. They’re simply different ways of life.
Know your limits! This applies to physical ability, emotional space, social situations, and alcohol consumption. If you can’t participate in something, be upfront about it. If you need a break from people, take it. Stop drinking before you get too drunk.
Trip leaders are working in the travelers’ best interest. If they say something or ask you not to do something it’s not because they’re tyrants, but because they want you to have a good time!
Lying or withholding information about any physical or mental condition that might affect your ability to participate in any of the activities may be grounds for removal from your trip with no refund.
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Advice for booking international flights! We recommend that you arrange for a roundtrip ticket to and from Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK). On the final day (DAY 10) of the trip, purchase a separate domestic flight from KBV (Krabi) - BKK (Bangkok). Bangkok Airways and Thai Smile are recommended carriers. This will provide less expensive international flights and will offer more flight time options.
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