Welcome to 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.
Read more about Thai Culture.
Duration: 10 days & 9 nights
Start: Please be ready to go at Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) at 3:00 pm
Finish: Trip ends at Krabi Airport (KBV) at 11:00 am
Airfare booking details will be sent after registration--please wait to book your flight until you receive further instructions.
Travelers are responsible for international airfare to Bangkok and from Krabi.
Thai culture is deeply influenced by religion with around 95% of the country being Theravada Buddhist. The most important values Thai people hold 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.
This trip mixes in various modes of transportation: private vans, open-air local transportation, overnight train, boat shuttles, domestic flight. This different modes of transportation can be challenging to some people. If you are uncomfortable with motion sickness please bring along medications. The overnight train journey is a local experience that may not meet one's comfort levels. However, realize this is more about the experience than the comfort. We advise you to bring ear plugs and a sleep mask.
-Age requirement: 21+
-Group Size: 12-14 travelers
-Physical Rating: Moderate. Rock climbing on Railay beach (April through October trips) is physical but the routes are designed for beginners. There are short hikes when visiting waterfalls and at the elephant sanctuary. Kayaking is optional and is conducted on open water. Tab Kak Hang Nak Nature Trail (November through March trips) is a physically demanding hike.
Travel connects us. Community keeps us connected.
Before your trip you'll have the opportunity to join a custom Facebook Group and connect with others members of your group. Many travelers meet in the airport, or for pre-trip drinks if they are from the same city. Others coordinate plans to stay in a country after their trip.
During your adventure, our Trip Leaders do their best to foster an open, supportive environment, where people feel safe to truly be themselves.
After your trip, you'll be an official U30X Alumni, and part of our larger online Travel Community where you'll have access to our network of thousands of past travelers. We are constantly hosting meetups that range from simple happy hours, to hikes, to outdoor movie nights.
More than 70% of our travelers come solo, but they all leave with friends.
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.
Breakfast will be served at your accommodations. Dinners are enjoyed at local restaurants and some are eaten family style where multiple dishes are ordered and everyone shares. Food vendors will range from modern restaurants to local style food stalls.
You will have a packed lunch on activity days (Day 5 & 8) and lunch will be served at the elephant sanctuary.
Sample Breakfast Menu:
Sample Dinner Menu:
We do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions.
You will be traveling by private and public ground transportation throughout your trip.
You will be staying in shared boutique hotel rooms for the duration of your trip.
For the overnight train (Day 3), travelers will sleep in open bunk compartments on a public train.
Laundry is available at some hotels for an additional fee. Ask your Trip Leader for details.
Accommodations may vary but will be the same quality.
Solo travelers are paired with someone of the same gender.
Private room options are available upon request subject to hotel availability for an extra charge.
Travel insurance is mandatory in order to participate in 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 $200,000 USD for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please ensure that all the activities you plan on participating in are covered by your travel insurance.
We recommend using either Wanderwell or World Nomads to purchase your policy. The Wanderwell “Preferred Plan” or the World Nomads “Explorer Plan” will cover all included activities on U30X trips. Wanderwell donates at least one percent of your insurance purchase to Explore Austin, a sustainable youth outdoor education program, via 1% for the Planet, selected by Under30Experiences.
If you have travel insurance with your credit card we require proof of purchase of the trip in the form of a receipt or credit card statement on a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage, and emergency contact telephone number.
Give us at least 30 days notice and you can switch your trip for free, or we'll hold your Experience Credits for future use.
If you have an emergency cancellation that is less than 30 days before your trip, please refer to your travel insurance company as they may cover you for some expenses. We are not able to transfer trips or hold experience credits within 30 days of the trip because we have already secured reservations on your behalf.
All Under30Experiences trips are accompanied by experienced Trip Leaders.
The goal of the Trip Leader 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.
Sunscreens containing Oxybenzone, Octinoxate, 4-Methylbenzylid Camphor, and Butylparaben are banned from Thailand's National Marine Parks due to their harmful effects to the coral.
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.
Below includes our staff picks of the best items on the market that we travel with! All products selected are 3 ounces or less to comply with TSA carry-on size and organically inspired when possible.
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Guidelines for U.S. Passport Holders
Make sure you have an updated passport with you. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the last date of your trip. Please consult the U.S. Department of State with any more questions.
Make sure there is no damage to your passport. Conditions that may constitute damage requiring you to replace your passport include water damage, a significant tear, unofficial markings on the data page, missing or torn out visa pages, a hole punch, or other injuries.
The VISA EXEMPTION RULE allows tourists from 55 countries to enter Thailand without a visa. They are granted to stay a maximum of 30 days if they are entering Thailand via an international airport or entering through a land border checkpoint from neighboring countries.
If you have a passport different than the USA please check visa requirements to enter Thailand.
Check out our Travel Alerts Page for up-to-date COVID requirements.
The tap water in Thailand is not safe to drink. Please bring a reusable water bottle to refill from filtered water stations and join us in our efforts to be environmentally friendly and keep Thailand beautiful.
Our suggested travel insurance vendor is World Nomads and has a minimum of $200,000 USD coverage.
Please consult with your doctor before traveling regarding physical activity and vaccinations.
No inoculations are required to enter Thailand from the United States but the Center for Disease Control suggests vaccinating for Hepatitis A and Typhoid. Required vaccines should go through CDC, recommended vaccines should be through your doctor.
Mosquito born viruses exist in most of Southeast Asia. Please cover exposed skin and use mosquito repellent.
We suggest bringing $350 USD in cash to be used at establishments that do not accept credit cards.
This is not a total cash amount that you should expect to spend on your trip. Please consider your own spending habits for additional expenses such as snacks, souvenirs, & optional activities.
The official currency in Thailand is the Thai baht (THB)
You will have to exchange your money into Thai Baht (THB), vendors do not accept USD. If you’d like a better exchange rate, call your bank and order Baht before your trip. However, there are exchange booths at every location we visit.
Remember to call your bank and credit card company and let them know you will be traveling overseas.
For an up-to-date exchange rate, download the XE Currency Exchange App.
Please be advised that US Dollar notes that are slightly torn, heavily marked, or faded may be difficult to exchange. It is best to bring notes in fairly good condition, in denominations lower than $100.
Always carry a copy of your travel insurance, health insurance, vaccination card, and passport with you. A photo of these items on your phone is also a good backup.
Keep your passport and any valuables locked in the safe at the accommodations.
Don’t leave valuables unattended and be aware of purses & backpacks, especially in crowded markets as pick-pocketing and bag snatching does occur.
US Citizens please consider registering with US State Department's “SMART Traveler Program” who can contact your family in case of emergency.
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 of March-May
Cooler season of November-February
Rainy season of June - October
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 a person 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 causing 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 a 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”.
While tipping isn’t customary, it is certainly appreciated especially when you have received great service. Be sure to tip in the local currency (Thai Baht) to ensure the recipient does not have to pay additional fees when exchanging. Here are some common guidelines to follow:
The activities below will be paid in Thai Baht. All amounts are approximate prices in US dollars.
While your Trip Leader will assist you with optional activities available, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of the Under30Experiences itinerary. We offer no guarantees on the safety or standard of the activity.
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.
Recommended Hotels & Hostels in Bangkok:
Helpful Thailand Links:
Advice for booking international flights! We recommend that you arrange for a roundtrip ticket to and from Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK).
For 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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