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Join STI on a truly remarkable experience in Thailand! From Stunning Chiang Mai, to the Vibrant Capital City of Bangkok; Visit an Elephant Sanctuary, take a Thai Cooking Class, Tour the Grand Palace and Shop the Floating Markets!

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Discover Northern Thailand through picturesque Chiang Mai and the vibrant capital city of Bangkok. Chiang Mai is popularly known as the Rose of the North, as it is blessed with stunning natural beauty. It is also the economic, cultural and tourism center of Thailand. Together, we will tour the historic center, of Chiang Mai, by tri-shaw, visit Doi Suthep Temple and shop the infamous Night Market. We will have the opportunity to attend a fabulous cooking school, with an authentic Thai Chef, and even visit an Elephant Nature Park. We will get up close and personal, with the beautiful elephants, as they enjoy the sanctuary, finally free from captivity and abuse.

Our next stop is Bangkok, Thailand’s spiritual, cultural, educational and diplomatic center with endless sightseeing and entertainment opportunities. Bangkok is home to bustling markets, temples, canals and Mahboonkrong Shopping Centre. We will tour the Grand Palace, Wat Po, Chinatown and the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Enjoy our last evening with a traditional Thai Dinner at the luxurious Mandarin Oriental Hotel, while we enjoy classical music and dancing.

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Inclusive Features of Our Tour:

  • Custom and Carefully Designed Vacation Elements so You Don’t Have to Plan, Just Show Up!
  • 7 Nights, 4-Star Hotel Accommodations with Private Bath or Shower; 4 Nights at Rachamankha Hotel Chiang Mai and 3 Nights at Riva Surya Bangkok
  • Flight from Chiang Mai to Bangkok
  • Tri-Shaw Tour through Historic Chiang Mai
  • Full Day Visit to Elephant Nature Park 
  • Tour of Grand Palace and Wat Po
  • Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Bottled Water and Cool Towel Provided on Transfers and Sightseeing
  • Free Time to Explore Chiang Mai and Bangkok at your Leisure
  • 8 Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches & 2 Dinners including; Thai Cooking Lesson and Dinner and Dancing at the Sala Rim Naam Restaurant in the, Award-Winning, Mandarin Oriental Hotel.
  • Optional Extra Night Packages in Chiang Mai and Bangkok
  • Complimentary Roommate Matching Via our State-of-the-Art Member Profile Feature
  • Services of a Professional, English Speaking Tour Leader in Each City*
  • View Member Profiles and Meet Fellow Travelers Online Before You Go.
  • Private and Secure Chat Reserved Exclusively for Members on Your Vacation – Topics Include Optional Tours, What to Pack, Who’s Coming Early etc., to Assist Members in Coordinating Activities in Advance. Create your own Topic and have fun!
  • Exclusively Singles Only Events and the Company of Other Like Minded Members with a Passion for Travel
  • All Taxes and Gratuities for Hotels & Included Meals

Inclusive features are subject to revision at the discretion of STI. Ages listed are not meant as a restriction, but are simply used as a guideline. Singles Travel International does not guarantee the number of guests, ages or ratios

*STI has partnered with a local company and our program includes tour leaders, familiar with our itinerary, that will be with our members to help us get orientated in each city. Hotels and activities listed are subject to change. We’ve built in lots of free time for our members to create their own experiences.

Itinerary

Sat, Nov 30:  Chiang Mai, Thailand – Optional Extra Night Pre Tour Package Arrival and Transfer to Hotel (included) Looking for more time in Thailand? Book our Singles Sailing Adventure Singapore to Thailand to experience Singapore, Malaysia and the Thailand Islands, before your adventure through Northern Thailand!
Sun, Dec 1:  Chiang Mai, Thailand – Arrival and Meet & Greet  
Mon, Dec 2:  Chiang Mai, Thailand – City Tour by Tri-Shaw, Doi Suthep Temple and Optional Night Market
Tue, Dec 3:  Chiang Mai, Thailand – Elephant Nature Park
Wed, Dec 4:  Chiang Mai, Thailand – Cooking Class and Free Time
Thu, Dec 5:  Chiang Mai, Thailand – Bangkok, Thailand
Fri, Dec 6:  Bangkok, Thailand – Grand Palace and Was Po, China Town and Thonburi Klong
Sat, Dec 7:  Bangkok, Thailand – Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Thai Dinner and Classical Dance
Sun, Dec 8:  Bangkok, Thailand – Transfer to Airport or Stay and Extra Night in Bangkok
Mon, Dec 9:  Bangkok, Thailand – Transfer to Airport (included)
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OPTIONAL EXTRA NIGHT PRE TOUR PACKAGE IN CHIANG MAI – November 30 – December 1, 2019

Our Package Includes:

  • One way Transfer from Airport to Hotel
  • Company of other Single Travelers
  • Air Conditioned, Twin or Double Bedded Room at Rachamankha Hotel
  • Complimentary In Room Internet
  • Breakfast (1)
  • Hotel Tax

Rates are subject to change at any time until confirmed by STI vacation specialist.

Note that guests must make the reservation with STI in order to participate in group activities in Chiang Mai. Bookings made directly with the hotel do not qualify.

Optional pre and post cruise/tour stays are not eligible for the guarantee. Chances are excellent that we’ll find you a match, but if no match found by 30 days prior to departure, member pays the single supplement.


Day 1 – Sunday, December 1

Arrival in Chiang Mai

Upon arrival at Chiang Mai Airport, we will be met by a local representative and transferred to Rachamankha Hotel for check in. This evening, we will enjoy a drink during our Meet & Greet, at the hotel. The rest of the night is ours to explore Chiang Mai and grab some dinner with new friends!

Chiang Mai is situated, on the Mae Ping River basin, some 310 metres above sea level and is known as the economic, cultural and tourism center of Northern Thailand. Surrounded by high mountain ranges, the terrain is mainly jungles and mountains, parts of which are within national parks still fertile and verdant with plentiful flora and fauna. There are plenty of sites and landmarks to visit to learn about the unique indigenous culture, and lifestyle, of the tribal people who live up in the high hills. Some of the most popular sites include: Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Phra Singh, famous temples,  and Doi Pui National Park, home to Bhubing Palace.

Day 2 – Monday, December 2 (B, L)

City Tour, Doi Suthep Temple and Optional Night Market

After breakfast at the hotel, we will embark on our trishaw tour, pedaled by a strong driver, around the old city area of Chiang Mai. We will pass markets, and locals, lining the busy central road. The moat, bounding the historic center, is still intact although the walls were largely destroyed during World War II. Admire the charm of the unique architecture, especially at the old temples, as Chiang Mai is the focal point for the construction of temples and monasteries. We will visit Wat Pra Singh, or Monastery of the Lion Lord, founded in the 14th century, to house the ashes of King Kham Fu and to serve as the principal religious center of the Lanna Kingdom. The complex is composed of several buildings, of varying architectural and artistic merit, that form the most famous temple in Chiang Mai. The Viharn Lai Kham gilded hall, decorated with murals of everyday life, houses the revered Phra Buddha Sihing image. We will also have the opportunity to attend the Monk Blessing Ceremony where the monks will chant their mantras and sprinkle holy water to bring good luck to the guests. Be sure to present offerings to them in return! It is considered fortuitous to begin the day with a Monks’ Blessing Ceremony to ensure business success and spiritual happiness. There will also be spare time for a discussion with one of the Buddhist monks.

After lunch, at a local restaurant, we will continue to the 600 year-old Wat Pra That Doi Suthep, one of the many beautiful and historic Buddhist temples. After a drive up the mountain’s winding road, we will climb the 306 steps of the magnificent Naga (dragon-headed serpent) staircase. Inside is an intriguing copper-plated chedi, topped by a five-tier gold umbrella, which contains partial relics of Lord Buddha. Bring a camera to snap photos of the panoramic views over Chiang Mai.

After the tour, the rest of the evening is ours to spend how we choose. Try a local restaurant, for dinner, or join a group and discover the infamous night market. Here, our guide can assist us with bartering, or searching for particular items, should we need any help.

Day 3 – Tuesday, December 3 (B, L)
Elephant Nature Park

After breakfast, we will be picked up for our, picturesque, 1-hr. drive to Elephant Nature Park, in the mountainous Mae Rim district, outside Chiang Mai. Upon arrival, we will be greeted by rescued animals such as dogs, cats and buffalo. Observe the beautiful, free roaming (no riding), elephants and enjoy the natural surroundings of the sanctuary. Witness how they became a proud herd, free from abuse, for the first time in their lives. Over the next several hours we will hear the personal stories, of our rescued elephants, told by one of our expert guides. Admire the incredible giants, from the viewing platforms, as they roam the park with their family groups. We will also be able to walk around the park with an expert guide, in smaller groups, and meet some of the friendly elephants. Enjoy this moment, up close, with these majestic animals and be prepared for great photo opportunities. One of the highlights is feeding time, when the volunteers and mahouts (elephant handlers/caretakers) prepare fresh fruit and vegetables for the elephants.

After the elephants have had their snacks, and we have had our first guided walk through the park, it’s time for us to eat too. Enjoy the delicious buffet of all vegetarian, Thai, cuisine on the viewing platform, as we continue to watch the elephants walking around the Park. Chat with our guide, and park volunteers, to learn even more about these magnificent animals.

We will also have a chance to view “Vanishing Giants”, the award-winning, National Geographic documentary, which profiles the work of Khun Lek, founder of Elephant Nature Park. We will learn of the problems elephants face in Southeast Asia, as well as the changes, advocated by Elephant Nature Foundation, regarding the treatment, care, and training of domestic and wild elephants.  Walk with the staff, and the elephants, to Taeng river, which skirts the park. Sit back and watch the gentle giants as they splash around, and play, while we stay dry on the observation platform, close to the river. It is a unique photo opportunity to see the elephants enjoying their quality bathing time.

Important: Park visits are all about spending quality time observing and being around the herd. Elephant Nature Park does not follow a strict schedule and visitor’s interaction with the elephants is kept to a minimum. The best way to make the most of our visit is to relax, watch and learn from the elephants.  Our visit helps support their regional projects and offers an invaluable opportunity of helping elephant conservation. All proceeds, from gift shop sales, go directly to helping the elephants and the mahouts who care for them.

What to bring: Hat, Sunscreen/bug repellent, Change of clothing, or rain gear (just in case you get muddy or wet), comfortable footwear and camera.

After our day with the elephants, it’s time to say goodbye and return to Chiang Mai city, where we will be dropped off at our hotel. The rest of the night is at our leisure.

Day 4 – Wednesday, December 4 (B, L)
Cooking Class at Pantawan Cooking School

After breakfast, we will head off to the Patawan Cooking School. The unique Thai cooking school is located just 10 minutes from Chiang Mai city. It is a classic, teak wood house with luxury cooking stations, nicely set up, with space for each person. We will experience a traditional ambiance, while cooking and having a meal, in this beautiful, Thai style, old house. The program starts with a tour, at the local fresh market, where the chef will teach us the techniques of how to choose the perfect ingredients. Check out the garden, as well, and choose some herbs to use in our Thai cooking. Before we begin, at our own station. the chef will demonstrate how to cook each meal. Once we have finished we can enjoy our lunch, on the balcony, overlooking the beautiful gardens.

The rest of our last day, in Chiang Mai. allows us the opportunity for some free time to spend how we please.

Day 5 – Thursday, December 5 (B, D)
Chiang Mai – Bangkok

After breakfast, we will check out of the hotel, and transfer to the Chiang Mai airport, for our flights to Bangkok. Book your flight with an STI representative in order to arrive with the group.

Upon arrival, transfer to the Riva Surya Hotel for check-in. The day is ours, to begin exploring Bangkok, until our group dinner at the hotel this evening.

Well known as the City of Angels, Krungthepmahanakorn (Bangkok) is a vibrant, capital city. In addition to the many temples and historic buildings, such as The Grand Palace and Wat Arun, the list of interesting places to visit is endless. There are numerous canal (klong) networks, like the Chaophraya River, giving it the name of “Venice of the East”. Bangkok takes pride in their entertainment options, as well as their excellent dining, from international style restaurants to roadside stalls open almost 24 hours a day. Bangkok is also home to many excellent Spa facilities, both in large hotels and privately run. 

Day 6 – Friday, December 6 (B, L)
Grand Palace, Wat Po, China Town and Thonburi Klong

After breakfast this morning, we will make our way to the Grand Palace, a “must see” attraction in Bangkok. The palace served as the official residence of the past Kings of Thailand from the 18th to the mid-20th century. It is an architectural wonder of golden stupas, walls and pillars encrusted in shining and colourful mosaics. The architecture is predominantly Thai, though there are some European influences. We will see buildings once used for different occasions; the Reception Hall, the Coronation Hall, the Throne Hall, the Royal Guest House and, the most famous building within the palace grounds, Wat Phra Kaew. Wat Phra Kaew is regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand. Continue to Wat Po, with its massive reclining Buddha, before we break for lunch at a local restaurant.

After lunch, we will continue on to visit China Town and the Klongs (canals) of Thonburi. We start our visit to Thailand’s largest Chinese community. Enjoy a short walk in one of the most densely populated, ethnic neighborhoods in Bangkok and be captivated by the diversity. Continue, by long boat on the on the picturesque Chao Phraya River, visit the canals of Thonburi and stop to visit the majestic Temple of Dawn, “Wat Arun”.

Once we return to the hotel, the rest of the day is at our leisure.

Day 7 – Saturday, December 7 (B, D)
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and Thai Dinner with Classical Dancing

After breakfast today, we will head to one of Thailand’s most famous floating markets; Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Situated 110 km, from Bangkok, in Ratchaburi province, this market is like a trip back in time to the Siam of old. We will see colourfully clad merchants paddle, along congested canals, in sturdy canoes laden with fresh fruit, vegetables and other foodstuff to sell to shoppers on the canal banks. There is a lot of activity and bargaining is part of the fun of the sale. This buzzing market is at its best, in the early morning, before the crowds arrive and the heat of the day builds up. After visiting the market, we continue on to Phra Pathom Chedi, in Nakorn Pathom, reportedly the largest pagoda in South East Asia. The golden-tiled dome of the Chedi towers is almost 116-metres into the air.

This evening, enjoy a luxury excursion to the, award-winning, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, internationally renowned as one of the world’s greatest hotels. With a history dating back to 1879, it is also the destination of choice for celebrities, world leaders and authors like Joseph Conrad, Noel Coward, John le Carre and Graham Greene. Some of the guest rooms are even named after leading writers! For our traditional dinner experience, we will sit on pillows, at low tables, in the glittering, bronze-trimmed, teak and marble main hall, and dine on finely crafted Thai cuisine. The delicious food is complemented by classical music and traditional dancing from different periods in Thai history. This is a truly spectacular way to bring our Thailand adventure to a close.

Day 8 – Sunday, December 8 (B)
Transfer to Airport 

This morning, enjoy our last breakfast before we are transferred to the Bangkok Airport, for flights home.

NOTE: Itinerary is subject to change, at the discretion of our local operators, without compensation. Singles Travel International is not responsible for the consequences of any changes.


OPTIONAL EXTRA NIGHT POST TOUR PACKAGE IN BANGKOK – December 8-9, 2019

Our Package Includes:

  • Company of other Single Travelers
  • Air Conditioned, Twin or Double Bedded Room at Riva Surya Bangkok
  • Complimentary In Room Internet
  • Breakfast (1)
  • One Way Transfer from Hotel to Airport on December 9
  • Hotel Tax

Rates are subject to change at any time until confirmed by STI vacation specialist.

Note that guests must make the reservation with STI in order to participate in group activities in Bangkok. Bookings made directly with the hotel do not qualify.

Optional pre and post cruise/tour stays are not eligible for the guarantee. Chances are excellent that we’ll find you a match, but if no match found by 30 days prior to departure, member pays the single supplement.

FAQs

Once you make your online reservation you will receive a final invoice from us confirming your reservation details.  Our STI reservation specialists are available to review your reservation and recommend additional services. Depend on them for assistance with airfare, proper protection, pre and post tour services, etc.  Contact us with your travel requests.

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PASSPORT MANDATORY
A passport is required for US citizens and be sure to confirm that your passport is current and will be valid at least six months after your departure. If you do not have one or need a new one, contact the State Department Passport Office in your area immediately or visit their website.

Non US Citizens are responsible for verifying their own required documentation for this tour.

UPLOAD a COLOR copy of your passport to us within 7 days of your reservation (within 24 hours if reserved after August 2, 2019). Note that a passport is mandatory and must be valid for 6 months form your return date.

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INSURANCE:
Travel Insurance is mandatory for this trip and available through Travel Guard. We sent you a quote, regarding travel insurance, after reserving your vacation.  If you have any questions, Travel Guard’s professional, expert agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us today if you have not received your Travel Guard quote or CLICK HERE to go directly to Travel Guard and request a policy quote. It only takes a few minutes.

It is also mandatory for all travellers to have Emergency Medical insurance that covers for both emergency evacuation and repatriation to the sum of $200,000 USD.

Questions and comments after you have reserved your vacation are addressed promptly when you send a message to us at service@singlestravelintl.com.

 

The tour begins in Chiang Mai (CNX) at 6:00 p.m. on December 1, 2019, and ends the morning of December 8, in Bangkok (BKK). Therefore the tour is 7 nights/8 days.

Note: Flights from North America must depart on November 30 in order to arrive in Chiang Mai (CNX) on December 1, so the actual length of the trip is 8 nights/9 days (first night on airplane).

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Of course not. You will be pleased to find out that nearly 90% of our guests on every trip sign up and have never met anyone before joining the group. In 25 years, we have perfected the singles vacation experience. It is paramount that our guests meet each other right away and have opportunities to mingle every day.  Our first day begins with an orientation and the camaraderie builds as we go along. The object of your vacation is trying something new, seeing new places and making new friends. The bonds that develop on our tours are by far the strongest and longest lasting.

Absolutely. Our site is so popular that we guarantee to find a roommate for you or the single room is on us! In order to take advantage of our offer, you must be paid in full by August 2, 2019. Book today as we are limited to only a few single reservations, based on a first come, first serve basis.

Roommate matches are based on the same sex, general age range and smoking preference whenever possible, but not guaranteed. STI reserves the right to make any match up until day of departure, including roommate changes once on tour for members who select the Share & Save option.

We highly recommend that our guests contact their roommates in advance. Booked members have access to our private online chat. Meet your roommate as well as the other members on your vacation. Singles Travel International makes every effort to accommodate requests, but does not guarantee the satisfaction or success of a roommate match. It’s the responsibility of the guest to contact his/her roommate and ask the appropriate questions.

Optional pre and post cruise/tour stays are not eligible for the guarantee. Chances are excellent that we’ll find you a match, but if no match found by 30 days prior to departure, member pays the single supplement.

Read more about Roommate Matching on our Frequently Asked Questions found at the Help Center.

Our “Baby Boomer” vacations cater to singles in their 50s and 60s but you will often meet singles ranging anywhere from 45-75. We generally have a ratio of 60/40, women to men. As a travel club, matchmaking is not our focus. Ages listed on our page are not restricted. They are simply used as a guideline. We offer an opportunity for single travelers to see the world in the company of other singles and do not guarantee ratios or ages.

We recommend that you meet the members of the STI Community online where you may view and interact with members via “Who’s Going” on every trip page. This is the best way to find out exactly who will be on your vacation.

Make sure your flight lands at Chiang Mai airport (CNX) any time before 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 1 in order to join us for our welcome orientation at approximately 6:00 p.m.

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Singles Travel International is a vacation event company that plans singles events and markets our events at our expense to create a “singles only” experience. We do not allow guests to join the group unless the reservation has been made by STI. Our policy is firm for tours and cruises, as well as pre and post trip hotel stays. Members and friends that “show up” will not be allowed to participate without paying an equivalent fee to the rest of the group that made the reservation with STI. Your credit card on file will automatically be charged.

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If you need other arrangements, please call us, we’d be happy to assist with your vacation plans. Remember that if you arrive early or stay late, transportation to and from the hotel is not included in our package. Public transportation is reliable and available.

A deposit is due at time of reservation. Refer to the Book Now or Price my Trip for the amount. Final payment is due in our office by August 2, 2019. A reminder will be emailed to you 14 days prior to due date and you will need to call our office, with your payment details, to secure your reservation. If you make a reservation after August 2, full payment is due at time of reservation.

Yes. All cancellations must be made in writing to Singles Travel International and are subject to per person penalties as follows:

After deposit and at anytime of cancellation, a minimum charge of $175 plus credit card charges will apply in addition to other penalties listed below.

*Cancellations made between August 2 and September 1, 2019 – $500 penalty applies.

*Between September 2 and October 1, 2019- 50% penalty applies in addition to.

*After October 2, 2019 – 100% penalty applies.

 

In order to accommodate singles from all over the world, our tours and cruises are priced as land/cruise only. Therefore, airfare is additional. Singles Travel International is a licensed ticketing agency and oftentimes has low negotiated fares. Your internal flight between Chiang Mai and Bangkok is included.

In order to be ready to begin the tour at 6:00 p.m. on December 1, 2019, you may be required to depart your home city on the day before. Please make sure that your flight lands in Chiang Mai by 3:00 p.m. and allow 1 hour for customs and immigration after you land.

The trip concludes on the morning of December 8, 2019, in Bangkok and you may depart at any time. Transfer to the airport in not included.

Please contact your preferred carrier directly to make your reservation. If Singles Travel International issues a promotional economy fare, granting of frequent flyer credit is entirely at the airline’s discretion. If the flights are eligible, to ensure you earn frequent flyer credit from the airline, give your frequent flyer account number when you check in for your flights. In addition, save your boarding passes and the passenger receipt from your airline ticket. You may need to submit these to the airline (not to Singles Travel International) to claim any credit allowed.

Our package includes one group arrival transfer, in Chiang Mai (CNX), around 2:00 pm, on December 1. STI also offers private transfers for $79, on arrival in Chiang Mai, if you cannot make it for the group transfer. Click PRICE MY TRIP or BOOK NOW to add to your reservation.

There will be one group transfer included, on December 8, to Bangkok Airport (BKK), early in the morning. Please schedule flights to depart after 11:00 am. STI also offers private transfers for $79, if your flight does not coincide with the planned group transfer.

If you have paid in advance for an arrival transfer, our local  representative will be at the airport to meet you. If for any reason you are not met at the airport, please call our local support line (in your final documents). If you are unable to make contact for whatever reason, please make your way to the joining point hotel via taxi.

 

Our tour does not include international airfare, 5 dinners and 2 lunches. You are responsible for alcoholic beverages (except when included in STI events), incidentals such as laundry and phone calls, plus gratuities to STI Concierge ($15 per day) and your local Driver/Guide ($10-12 per day).

We suggest you bring along $150-200 for additional sightseeing. All prices are in USD.

 

All guests are required to travel with a valid Passport that does not expire prior to 6 months after return home.

U.S. citizens carrying a tourist passport and in possession of an onward or return airline ticket do not require a visa to enter Thailand.

Non US Citizens are responsible for verifying their own required documentation for this cruise.

We use comfortable tourist-class accommodations, with character, in a centrally located area whenever possible.

Chiang Mai: Rachamankha Boutique Hotel

Bangkoki: Riva Surya Bangkok

 

Temperatures in Thailand will be around high 70s to high 80s (degrees Fahrenheit). Perfect weather for an adventure!

Currently, most airlines will allow you to check 1 bag, weighing 50 pounds each, for a fee. However, our internal flight in Thailand has a max weight limit of 15kg (33lbs). Our program is very laid back and you will be in beach wear most of the time with a pair of shorts, T-shirt or sarong.

Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels for a charge. There will be times when you may want to or have to do your own laundry so we suggest you bring non-polluting/biodegradable soap.

Members are responsible for any excess luggage charges.

 

 

Bring along summer clothing all the way!  The fashion of the day is the sarong and you will finds 100s from which to choose in colorful designs in every shop. Comfortable walking shoes are a must.

In Asia the dress standard is more conservative than it is back home. When packing try to pick loose, lightweight, long clothing that will keep you cool in the usually hot and humid climate of Asian summers. In predominately Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim countries we ask that you dress respectfully and avoid very short shorts/skirts and singlets/tanktops when visiting temples or mosques or other holy sites. In Thailand, topless or nude sunbathing is not allowed or appropriate and in some Muslim villages passengers should swim using a sarong or a long t shirt to cover up their swimsuit.

Your best smile! Thailand is also known as the land of smiles.

Essential Items: We highly recommend that you bring the following items.

– Modest clothing that covers knees and shoulders (Long pants, long skirts, shirts that cover shoulders)
– Shawl or scarf (for temple visits)
– A good, comfortable pair of broken-in walking shoes.
– Sandals/flip-flops
– Shorts
– Swim wear
– Shirts/t-shirts
– Sleepwear
– Small travel towel
– Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights)
– Ear plugs
– Toiletries: all your daily essentials.
– Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal)
– Dive certificate (rent gear locally)
– Reusable water bottle
– Sunglasses, sun block, sun hat or visor
– Drybag or large ziplock baggies (Will help keep cameras and essentials dry)
– External battery pack
– Motion sickness tablets
– Snorkel gear (optional) (Only if own equipment is preferred.)
– Prescription medications: sufficient supply for the entire trip plus legible written prescription in case of loss. Keep medications in their original, labeled container. Always pack your medications in your carry-on bag!
– Eyeglasses, contacts, contact lens solution. You may want to bring along a written prescription for your eyewear in case of loss.
– First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, cold remedy, antacid/stomach upset remedy, Band-Aids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
– Travel alarm clock with illuminated face, especially for guests in an inside cabin.
– Small, Swiss Army type utility knife. Remember to pack this in your checked luggage!
– Moneybelt
– Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.)- Travel journal/notepad and reading material.
– Home address book for sending postcards. A useful tip to avoid bringing your entire address book is to pre-write names and addresses of people to whom you want to send postcards on sheets of self-adhesive labels. It saves time and space in your luggage.
– Small, basic sewing kit with a few extra buttons. Remember to pack scissors in your checked bag!
– Photography Equipment: Bring a sufficient supply of film or extra batteries/memory cards.
– Electrical Adapter/Converter for Asia

The currency used in Thailand is the Thai Baht.

A combination of ATM card (s) and some cash is the ideal mix.

As currency exchange rates do fluctuate, we ask that you refer to the following website for the most up to date daily exchange rates: www.xe.com for each currency.

ATM Machines: The best way to carry your money is in debit cards, withdrawing cash in local currencies from ATM machines. ATMs are found throughout Thailand and will generally accept cards on the Visa and Mastercard networks. Please note, your bank will charge a fee for overseas withdrawals.

USD Cash is recommended for times when ATMs are not accessible. You should bring some cash with you for emergency situations (approximately $250) but carrying only cash is a high safety risk. If you are bringing US Dollars, please make sure that the notes are new and in good condition. Notes older than 2003, or with any tears or blemishes may not be accepted. Be fussy with your bank when buying cash!

Travellers cheques may be tricky, timely and expensive to exchange. While we do not recommend that you bring them as your primary source of funds, it is great to have one or two cheques in case of emergency. Thomas Cook or American Express travelers’ cheques in US currency are the easiest to exchange.

Cash advances may also be made with some banks but are time consuming and tend to have high fees attached.

Credit Cards: Credit cards may be used at some upmarket restaurants and at some larger stores if shopping for big items. Your credit card will likely be accepted to settle your incidentals bill at hotels as well.  MasterCard and Visa are most widely accepted. It is a great idea to travel with both a Visa and Mastercard if at all possible in case of loss or problems with one card, you will have a back up.

Travel Insurance is mandatory for this trip and available through Travel Guard and in addition to direct access immediately upon completing your purchase, you will receive a quote from Travel Guard regarding travel insurance after reserving your vacation. If you have any questions, Travel Guard professional, expert agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Call us, if you have not received your quote within 3 days.

It is also mandatory for all travellers to have Emergency Medical insurance that covers for both emergency evacuation and repatriation to the sum of $200,000 USD.

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recommends updating all routine booster shots for travel almost anywhere. In addition, we suggest that you have a physical check-up before your trip, and discuss the type of trip in which you are participating with your physician.

You and your physician may access much more, very detailed health information for travelers (including tips on staying healthy while traveling).  Inoculations for Typhoid and Hepatitis A are recommended.

Two excellent websites outlining the major precautions for Thailand are: CDC, click here or call toll-free 24-hours at 1-800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) and Who International which are the official sites for the centers of disease control prevention and the World health organization respectively.

 

Your “Final Vacation Details & Meetup Information” including transportation and how to meet up with the group will be available on the YOUR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS button on the left navigation bar on the trip site, 21 days prior to trip start date.

Check with your mobile phone provider. You will likely be able to establish a data, text and phone plan and we recommend that you check before departure.

Our office is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. In an emergency after hours, please have your family contact Tammy Weiler at 815-715-6998.

All countries you will visit have laws against the purchase and export of certain items, including antiquities, national cultural property and certain animal products, especially endangered species (ivory, rhino horn, tortoise shell, coral, feathers, etc.). Additionally, the United States has laws prohibiting the import of certain items, which include many of the same things. You face having your purchase confiscated and/or heavy fines for exporting or importing prohibited items.

On return to the U.S., your baggage is subject to search by U.S. Customs. Currently, you are permitted to bring back $800 of goods duty free. Persons aged 21 or over may also bring in one liter of liquor and one carton of cigarettes. If you plan to purchase a lot of souvenirs or expensive items, it is important to retain all purchase receipts. However, please note that U.S. Customs may not accept a receipt as true cost if it seems unusually low for the estimated value of the item. You may access the regulations and restrictions governing US Customs on their official website, click here to learn more.

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