Thailand on a Shoestring & Full Moon Party

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15 days, from £1069
G Adventures
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Description

Who says you can?t become a world traveller without having a little fun? This tour combines Thailand?s cultural highlights with one of the world?s most famous celebrations ? the Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan. But before you throw down, get your cultural fill first. Keep the energy up in Bangkok before relaxing in serene Chiang Mai. See a different side of Thailand on a Northern Hilltribes trek, or marvel at the unique lowland jungle of Khao Sok. When it comes to Thailand, you really can have it all.

What's Included: Visit to Chiang Mai night market. Hilltribe trek. Bamboo rafting. Street food crawl. Lake Cheow Larn excursion. Full Moon Party. Bottle Beach full-day excursion. Beach time on Koh Phangan. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Highlights: Explore bustling Bangkok, dample some of Chiang Mai?s famous flavours on a street food crawl, trek to remote hilltribes to learn about traditions and daily life, take a longtail boat ride on Lake Cheow Lan, celebrate the full moon in Ko Pha Ngan

Group Size Notes: Max 18, avg 12.

Meals Included: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinners

Meals: Eating is a big part of traveling. G Adventures understands the importance of breakfast to start your day, we strive to include a basic breakfast wherever possible. Included breakfasts will usually be asian style consisting of noodles or congee (rice porridge) or bread and eggs, however this may vary depending on the city. Should breakfast not be included, your CEO can suggest some local options.

Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. While trekking in remote regions etc. food is included, plentiful and made of fresh local ingredients.

For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

Transport: Local bus, train, private vehicle, walking, boat, ferry.

Minimum Age: Minimum age of 18 years for this trip.

Max Pax: 18

Travel Style:18-to-Thirtysomethings

Physical Grading:3 - Average

Itinerary


 Day 1 Bangkok

Today is arrival day, so there are no activities planned. Enjoy free time to relax, explore the city, and adjust to the frantic pace and humid heat of Bangkok.

After your meeting, head out for an optional dinner to get to know your CEO and fellow group members better.

Additional Notes:
Please arrive at our start point hotel before 18:00 for an important group meeting where you will meet your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members. Please look for a sign on the hotel's notice board for the time and location of your group meeting.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting


 Day 2 Bangkok/Chiang Mai (1B)

Opt to visit Wat Po and the Grand Palace, or check out the city's klongs by boat. Board an overnight train to Chiang Mai.

Additional Notes:
Due to disruptions of Thai trains in the north during the monsoon season, trips running July through October may use alternative transport.

Transport:
Basic overnight train (beds)


 Day 3 Chiang Mai

Enjoy one of two street food crawls with the group and CEO. Opt to visit Doi Suthep temple, comb the night markets for souvenirs, or participate in a Thai cooking class.

Included Activities:
Street Food Crawl


 Day 4 Chiang Mai/Ban Mae Jok (1B, 1L, 1D)

We might have time to visit a local market before stopping for lunch and starting our trek.

Tucked away in the hills of northern Thailand is where the most colourful and unchanged traditional communities can be found. Trek through forests and rural terrains to visit some of these diverse hilltribe villages; often, each will have their own unique language, clothing style, and belief system that differs significantly from those of neighbouring tribes. You are well looked after by your local guides, who take the responsibility of preparing all meals and carrying food supplies.

Additional Notes:
The exact itinerary of the walking on this trip may change from time to time, taking into account the weather and local conditions. Also, please note there may be times when the use of video and/or still cameras may be inappropriate -- your CEO and guides will be able to advise you. Be prepared for the accommodation to be basic; remember, it's all about an authentic and unique experience!

Included Activities:
Hilltribe Trek Day 1

Transport:
Pickup truck


 Day 5 Ban Mae Jok/Pa Khao Lam (1B, 1L, 1D)

You will also have the chance to fish at Mae Tang River using local tools; learn how to construct a bamboo raft.

Included Activities:
Hilltribe Trek Day 2


 Day 6 Pa Khao Lam/Chiang Mai (1B, 1L)

After breakfast, leave the village by bamboo raft, stopping at other villages along the way. Meet the van after lunch and head back to Chiang Mai for some free time to explore.

Included Activities:
Bamboo Rafting to Lahu Village
Lahu Village Visit
Bamboo Rafting to Shan Village

Transport:
Pickup truck


 Day 7 Chiang Mai/Bangkok (1B)

Opt to go shopping, enjoy a Thai massage, or explore Chiang Mai's many temples. Board an overnight train to Bangkok.

Additional Notes:
Due to disruptions of Thai trains in the north during the monsoon season, trips running July through October may use alternative transport.

Transport:
Basic overnight train (beds)


 Day 8 Bangkok

Get out and explore this fantastic city where there is endless sightseeing to be done.

Additional Notes:
As this longer tour is comprised of two shorter tours, there is the possibility that you will need to change hotels on this day. Check in with your CEO about this while on tour. The two hotels we generally use are within walking distance.


 Day 9 Bangkok/Surat Thani (1B)

Get to know Thailand's capital. Check out Wat Pho and the Grand Palace, get a Thai massage, or explore the klongs on a boat tour before an overnight train. Enjoy a street food crawl with the group and CEO either today or another day on tour.

Included Activities:
Street Food Crawl

Transport:
Basic overnight train (beds)


 Day 10 Surat Thani/Khao Sok (1L)

Khao Sok is a diverse area of natural beauty, a perfect place for people who want to hike and get out there in nature or those that just want to chill out in a hammock by the riverside watching monkeys take their afternoon bath.

As entry to Khao Sok NP is included for the day, you can opt for a trek in the park after checking in this afternoon. The park entrance is a short walk from the hotel, as is the main stretch of restaurants and bars in town.

Included Activities:
Lake Cheow Lan Excursion

Transport:
Private Vehicle
Private Vehicle


 Day 11 Khao Sok/Koh Pha Ngan (1B)

Travel to Koh Phangan, known for its epic parties. Explore the island and its beaches by day and dive into the nightlife when the sun goes down.

Transport:
Private Vehicle
Ferry
Songthaew


 Day 12 Koh Pha Ngan (1L)

Experience some of the best Koh Phangan has to offer on a full day excursion to idyllic Bottle Beach. After a guided trek through the jungle, savour a Thai lunch on the beach and soak up the sun and laid back vibes. This evening, head out for a party you won't soon forget.

Additional Notes:
Depending on departure date the Full Moon Party will fall on Day 5 or 6 of your tour.

Included Activities:
Bottle Beach Full-Day Excursion
Full Moon Party


 Day 13 Koh Pha Ngan

Spend the day exploring the island.

Additional Notes:
Depending on departure date the Full Moon Party will fall on Day 5 or 6 of your tour.


 Day 14 Koh Pha Ngan

Spend the day exploring the island.


 Day 15 Koh Pha Ngan

Depart at any time.

Want to take the hassle out of getting back to Bangkok? Book the Bangkok Express, a two-day post-tour Extra. Speak to your Global Connection Officer or travel agent to book.

Additional Notes:
Add the ?Bangkok Express: Koh Phangan to Bangkok? to your adventure and make your way back to bustling Bangkok with the guidance of a CEO. This nifty post-tour Extra includes a ferry to the mainland where you?ll board an overnight train to Bangkok arriving in the city early the next morning. Speak to your Global Connection Officer or travel agent to book.

Included Activities:
Departure Day


Dates and Prices

DatePrice
Wed 19-Dec-2018£1,069
Thu 19-Dec-2019£1,069

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