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MAR 24 - 31, 2024
MAY 12 - 19, 2024
NOV 10 - 17, 2024
NOV 24 - DEC 1, 2024
Thanksgiving Trip - Likely to Sell Out
DEC 22 - 29, 2024
Christmas Trip - Likely to Sell Out
8 days/7 nights
starting at $2,899 USD
Payment can be broken down into a $500 deposit + 3 additional installments.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Our small group trip to Thailand is designed for travelers in their 20s and 30s looking for megacity excitement in Bangkok, wildlife thrills in Chiang Mai, and paradise island fun in Koh Lanta.
Kick things off with your new travel crew as you set off to explore Bangkok, the gateway to Southeast Asia, in all its glory. Crisscross between colorful market food stalls buzzing with local life, Buddhist temples nestled into the urban chaos, and serene canals cutting through the excitement. From there, we'll head north to the mountain-backed, elephant stomping grounds of Chiang Mai. Finally, we'll turn south for the beachy bliss of less-visited Koh Lanta and the tropical vibes of the Andaman Sea.
If you're up for connecting with new friends, some of the friendliest locals anywhere, and lush, tropical beauty that can't be beat, the Land of 1000 Smiles is the adventure you've been waiting for.
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SIZZLING STREET FOOD
2 nights in Bangkok, 2 nights in Chiang Mai, and 3 nights in Koh Lanta
5 dinners, 3 lunches, and 7 breakfasts
All internal transfers (flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, flight from Chiang Mai to Krabi, transfer from Krabi to Koh Lanta)
Sunset cruise along the Chao Phraya River
Historical walking tour of Bangkok’s temples, palaces, and markets
Food walking tour of the historic Chinatown neighborhood
Local farm-to-table cooking class
Ethical elephant camp workshop
Walking tour of Koh Lanta
Private boat charter in the Andaman Sea
*All activities are weather dependent; in the unlikely event that we are unable to run an activity, we will have a suitable alternative in place.
Flights to & from Thailand
Mandatory trip insurance
Meals not mentioned (budget around $200)
day by day
*Itinerary is subject to change
Day 1 - Bangkok
Welcome to Bangkok, the beating heart of Thailand, where futuristic skyscrapers rub shoulders with ancient temples. After dropping your bags and giving your first sawasdee kha a go (no one said Thai was easy), meet up with your crew and get ready to explore one of the most fun cities on earth.
Head to the Chao Phraya River, which snakes its way through the urban chaos, and hop on a boat for a sunset cruise to soak up Bangkok's evening glow. Grab a drink, make fast friends, and take in the skyline from the Tetris tower to the gold-roofed Grand Palace.
We'll head back into the hustle and bustle for a welcome dinner and your first taste of spicy Thai cuisine. After that, check out the world-famous nightlife—who knows when you'll visit Bangkok next?
Day 2 - Bangkok
Grab a coffee with the crew at the hotel to get things started (if you hit up Khao San Road's chaos last night, you should probably make that three or four cups). Bangkok is famous for blending different elements together, and today, we'll see a bit of it all.
You’ll get an idea for what turned this 15th-century trading post into the most visited city on earth on our locally guided walking tour of the temples, markets, palaces, and canals. After that, rest up and get ready to eat, because in the evening we’re headed to Chinatown (Yaowarat for locals) for an unforgettable meal.
From steaming bowls of Guay Jub (rolled noodle soup) to succulent roasted duck, prepare for a delicious adventure. The golden rule is to follow the locals—if there's a line, grab a plastic stool and dive in.
Day 3 - Bangkok, Chiang Mai
If you’re up early, hop in a tuk-tuk and ride over to the Jim Thompson House to learn about Bangkok’s most famous expat, the silk empire he built, and his mysterious demise. Or, if you're feeling a more leisurely pace, consider a Thai massage to loosen up a bit before we head to Bangkok airport.
Up next, we're swapping the capital city for lowkey Chiang Mai in the mountains of northern Thailand. Set between dense jungle and rice-paddy countryside, this town of just over 100,000 people is a mix of ancient ruins, historic sites, and natural wonders.
After dropping your bags at the hotel and freshening up, it’s time to head to a nearby farm-to-table experience to dive into more Thai cuisine and explore Chiang Mai's culture as we cook with the locals.
Day 4 - Chiang Mai
Thailand may be known for its crazy capital, golden beaches, limestone mountains, and spicy cuisine, but in the north, it’s the wildlife that’s impossible to miss. Elephants have played an important role in the region for centuries, and today, we're heading to a certified humane sanctuary for an experience you'll be bragging about for years.
Our local third-party partner has a 22-point ethical vetting process, so when you meet our mahout and learn all about the importance of elephants in Thai culture, tradition, and history, you’ll be doing it the right way. We’ll hand over some snacks and watch these smiling creatures eat up before we sit down for a picnic lunch ourselves.
After a day with Chiang Mai’s friendliest locals, head to the famous night market for some pad thai or mango sticky rice with friends, and then grab drinks at the bars nearby.
Day 5 - Chiang Mai, Koh Lanta
to the islands
Today, we're grabbing an early bite at the hotel and then catching a flight down south for a beach getaway. We’ll skip the more touristy areas like Krabi and Koh Samui in the Bay of Thailand and instead head to the beautiful Andaman Sea, where we’ll cruise past iconic Phang Nga Bay and wind up on the sandy shores of Koh Lanta.
Check out the Old Town with the crew—with traditional wooden shophouses lining the streets to the bay and a super local vibe, it's like stepping back in time. After a bit of market fun and island history, grab a drink at the laid-back beach bars that dot the coast.
That evening, we'll all meet up for an island feast and another Singha or two. Welcome to paradise in the Thai islands.
Day 6 - Koh Lanta
Paradise Boat Club
Grab a hat and sunscreen; it's time for some island hopping. Today, we're cruising out on the blue-green Andaman Sea for a full day of swimming, laughing, and living the tropical good life.
Expect lush islands and perfect lagoons hugging limestone cliffs. Dive in, snorkel vibrant coral reefs, and keep your eyes peeled for dolphins jumping just off idyllic beaches. You'll have lunch on board as you chill out in total paradise, making memories to last a lifetime.
After a day of bliss with a whole crew of new friends, we’ll turn back to Koh Lanta as the sun begins to set on Thailand. That evening, round out one to remember with dinner, drinks, and a few more laughs by the beach.
“In Bangkok, where one sees sky trains and people on high-speed Internet - and at the same time, you see people making offerings to spirit houses on their land. Or you walk the streets, and see saffron-robe monks waiting for alms-givers to give them food in the morning.”
- Pitchaya Sudbanthad
Day 7 - Koh Lanta
Today's all about kicking back, unwinding, and relaxing or adventuring on Koh Lanta, any way you please.
If you’re into hiking, explore the trails of Mu Ko Lanta National Park; this jungle at the southern tip of the island is full of wildlife—just watch your things, monkey theft is no joke. If you’re stuck on beachy vibes, check out Long Beach for some stunning views or head down to quieter Kantiang Bay in the south. Nestled between hills and jungle, it's a real hidden gem.
After a day of self-guided adventure, meet up with the rest of the crew and get ready for a farewell dinner to reminisce about a trip of wild scenery, chaotic cities, and brand-new best friends.
Day 8 - Koh Lanta
Now that's how you visit Thailand! After a week of Thai adventure, today, we’re cruising out of Koh Lanta and making our way back to Krabi and the real world.
If you're heading home, safe travels! If instead you're extending your stay in Thailand or adventuring further into the heart of Southeast Asia, we are fully on board.
Just for fun
Songkran, Thai New Year, is celebrated with a country-wide water fight.
Thailand is the world's largest exporter of the stinky yet delightful Durian fruit.
Muay Thai, or the Art of Eight Limbs, is Thailand’s national sport.
While we can’t guarantee private rooms, you should book your trip earlier if you prefer one, as they usually fill up.
All activities are weather dependent; in the unlikely event that we are unable to run an activity, we will have a suitable alternative in place.
More information regarding visa requirements and Covid restrictions can be found here.
Thailand, affectionately known as the Land of Smiles, is conveniently located in the heart of Southeast Asia. This tropical haven is renowned for its culturally rich tapestry, steeped in history and tradition, its phenomenal cuisine, and its breathtaking natural landscapes, ranging from verdant mountains and dense forests around Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai to picturesque beaches and pristine islands in the Andaman and Gulf of Thailand. With so much to see, eat, and do, it's no surprise that tourism is hugely important to the economy. While some Thailand vacation packages focus on just one aspect of this amazing country, our Thailand tours are geared toward seeing it all.
Good to Know
Thais speak, you guessed it, Thai! One of Asia's tonal languages, it's not exactly easy.
The currency in Thailand is the Thai baht.
Tipping is not expected in Thailand.
Fly into Suvarnabhumi
You’ll need to arrive at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) by 3pm on day 1 to reach your hotel by 4:30pm. The cab ride is around 30 minutes.
Fly out of Krabi International Airport (VTSG)
If you are flying home, you should depart any time after 3pm from Krabi International Airport (VTSG) on your final day.
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