$3895.00

FROM: $3895 USD

UPCOMING: April 6, 2019

Thailand: Songkran Water Festival

A Luxurious Gay Tour of The Land of Smiles with a Focus on the Thai New Year

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Experience The Land of Smiles on a luxurious gay journey. Enjoy two days in Bangkok, a chance to get up close and personal with Asian elephants, then fly to Phuket to get soaked at the famous Songkran water-fight to ring in the Thai New Year. To quote that unforgettable circuit ditty, “Let’s get soaking wet!”

QUICK FACTS

Duration: 10 Days/9 Nights
Starts In: Bangkok
Ends In: Phuket
Group Size: Min 4, Max 16
Deposit: $750 USD
Accommodation: 4-5 Star Hotels
Physical Rating: 2/5
Prices: Based on double occupancy

DEPARTURES & PRICES:

April 6, 2019 to April 15, 2019 - 3895.00 USD

HIGHLIGHTS

• Experience the Thai New Year, Songkran Water Festival
• Devour the cuisine of Bangkok on a Private Food Tour
• Explore the Grand Palace, home to the King of Siam
• Immerse yourself in Silom nightlife
• Cook a three-course meal in Chiang Mai
• Shop for souvenirs at Chiang Mai Night Bazaar
• Learn about, and spend time with, the majestic Asian Elephant
• Watch the sun set over Chiang Mai from Doi Suthep Temple
• Lounge oceanside in Phuket
• Sea kayak the caves of Phang Nga Bay.

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ITINERARY:

Sawadee Krap! Welcome to Thailand. Our trip begins with a short ride via BTS Skytrain to a streetfood tour to fuel the many adventures ahead. We then head for Silom – the financial district that let its hair down after sunset – to scope out the gay scene.

Bangkok is even more breathtaking from the river, our unusual avenue to the gleaming spires of the Grand Palace by local river boat. Here, the Emerald Buddha awaits, highly regarded as the Palladium of the Kingdom of Thailand. We’ll then venture to Wat Pho to marvel at the majesty of the Reclining Buddha, and feast on a local lunch before some free time by the infinity pool.

This morning we fly to the chilled-out town of Chiang Rai, where we’ll visit Doi Tung Royal Villa, once home to the Princess Grandmother Srinagarindra, affectionately known by the hill tribe people as “Royal Mother from the Sky”. Here we’ll take in the royal gardens, and sweeping views – before continuing to Choui Fong Tea plantation for more views, and, you guessed it – tea. We’ll then visit Wat Rong Suea Ten, also known as the Blue Temple, before checking in to our lovely hotel for some free time. This evening we’ll enjoy an included dinner at, or near our hotel.

After breakfast we’ll drive to the Golden Triangle, where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet on the Mekong River. We’ll explore this epic waterway by boat tour, then head to the Opium Museum to glean some highlights about how this region was once the hub of the poppy-growing industry. We’ll enjoy an optional lunch before we visit Wat Phra That Pha Ngao temple for some sweeping views of the countryside, then end our day with an an optional dinner and a relaxing evening.

Today begins with a 3-hour drive to Chiang Mai, Thailand’s lively northern capital. We’ll stop at the White Temple (Wat Rong Khun) on our way, an essential site on any visit to the Golden Triangle. Upon arrival we’ll enjoy an orientation walk, then leave you the afternoon to explore on your own. Then things get cooking with a culinary lesson that turns into a dinner to savour over sunset. Enjoy the rest of the evening in solace, or join us out for drinks.

Another day forward, and we’ve stepped back in time: get a taste of the Lanna Period at Doi Suthep temple, replete with chanting monks and a sultry sunset from the mountain where copper-plated stupas populate the sweeping views. Today's lunch is included. In the evening we’ll stroll the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar for some friendly haggling and souvenir-hunting.

Prepare for the biggest day of our adventure, which will be spent with one of the world’s kindest beasts: the Asian Elephant. We’ll learn about their health, then join them on a walk through the jungle with lunch included. This evening you may relax or stroll around the hotel with fellow travellers.

The famous beach island of Phuket is our final stop on this tour, and a perfect place to celebrate Songkran Water Festival. We’ll transfer to our resort-style hotel, then head out for an optional lunch before we visit the gay beach. Since it's Songkran, be prepared to make a splash (or get splashed). This evening we hit the streets armed with water balloons and water guns to fully embrace the festival. We'll head to the Paradise Complex where the majority of the festivities are taking place.

For the second day of Songkran we're escaping the hustle and bustle of Patong Beach on our final excursion. We’ll transfer to the other side of the island to explore the caves of Phang Nga Bay by sea kayak. No experience is necessary, as you’ll be captained by an expert local. We’ll explore hidden bays and caves and even make our own krathong (buoyant, all-natural decorated baskets). Launched after sunset, they may even stir up the bioluminescent plankton, causing the water to glow gorgeously. After heading back to land, we’ll freshen up for Farewell Drinks.

There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart at your leisure. Your local guide will help you arrange your included departure transfer.

• Arrival & departure transfers to/from accommodation booked through Out Adventures
• Domestic flights: Bangkok/Chiang Mai & Chiang Mai/Phuket
• Group leader from beginning to end of tour
• 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
• 3.5/4-star accommodation (5 nights)
• Grand Palace & Wat Pho tour, including Queen Sirkit Textile Museum (Bangkok)

• Local food tour (Bangkok)
• Elephant experience & ride (Chiang Mai)
• Doi Suthep Monastery (Chiang Mai)
• Thai cooking class & dinner (Chiang Mai)
• Temple Tour by Songthaew (Chiang Mai)

 

• International Airfare
• Meals & Activities not mentioned in itinerary
• Travel insurance is mandatory for all travellers. Visit www.outadventures.com/insurance for more details.

• Gratuities for Tour Leader ($30-$50 USD)
• Gratuities for drivers, hotel staff, porters ($30-$50 USD)

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