$3995.00

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UPCOMING: Nov. 16, 2018

Thailand: Temples & Beaches

A Luxurious Gay Tour of Bangkok, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai and Phuket

DESCRIPTION

The Land of Smiles awaits on this exquisite journey. We begin in Bangkok, wandering the Grand Palace and devouring the street food. We’ll then explore the famous temples of Northern Thailand, spend time with Chiang Mai’s Asian elephants, and learn about the once-bustling poppy industry at the Hall of Opium. To wrap up our adventure, we hit the island of Phuket, where restaurants and nightlife compete with the beaches. Please note: two of our departures coincide with annual holidays, New Year's Eve and Songkran Festival. Our December departure coincides with New Year’s Eve, and includes an extra night of accommodation in Phuket to round it off as a fantastic 11-day adventure! Meanwhile, our April departure coincides with Songkran -- Thailand's famous New Year festival.

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:

Nov. 16, 2018 to Nov. 25, 2018 - 3995.00 USD
Dec. 23, 2018 to Jan. 2, 2019 - 4395.00 USD
Feb. 15, 2019 to Feb. 24, 2019 - 3995.00 USD
April 6, 2019 to April 15, 2019 - 3995.00 USD
Nov. 15, 2019 to Nov. 24, 2019 - 3995.00 USD
Dec. 23, 2019 to Jan. 2, 2020 - 4495.00 USD
Feb. 14, 2020 to Feb. 23, 2020 - 4095.00 USD
April 6, 2020 to April 15, 2020 - 4095.00 USD

HIGHLIGHTS

• Delve into the cuisine of Bangkok on a Private Food Tour
• Explore the Grand Palace, home to the King of Siam
• Immerse yourself in the famed nightlife of Silom
• Cook your own three-course meal in Chiang Mai
• Shop for the perfect souvenir at the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar
• Learn about, and spend time with, the majestic Asian Elephant
• Witness sunset from Doi Suthep Temple
• Lounge poolside at luxurious, hand-selected lodges and hotels
• Visit the Doi Tung Royal Villa in Chiang Rai
• Explore the Golden Triangle, where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet
• Live it up on Phuket, Thailand’s famous beach island
• Get an extra night in Phuket on our December 23rd departure to recover from NYE shenanigans
• Celebrate Thai New Year in April by bearing witness to the most fun water fight in the world

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ITINERARY:

Sawadee Krap! Welcome to Thailand. Our trip begins with a Welcome Meeting at 4pm in the hotel. After introductions, we'll take 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 the end of our holiday. We’ll transfer to our resort-style hotel, then head out for an optional lunch before we visit the gay beach. Beware there is nothing serene or secluded about Phuket: this global destination features tons of restaurants, nightlife galore, and beaches teeming with people. This evening we’ll enjoy an optional dinner, and if you’re up for it, the island’s epic nightlife! NOTE: If you're joining our April departure, today marks the beginning of Songkran -- Thailand's New Year festival. Be prepared to make a splash (or get splashed) at this festival as Thai people celebrate with a national water fight. 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.

Escape 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. (Please note: if you're interested in our December tour, today is NYE. You'll have the entire day to yourself and we'll reconvene for a gala dinner and celebration in the evening. Days 10 & 11 of the December tour will reflect Days 9 & 10 of this itinerary.)

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

• Domestic Airfare
• Arrival & departure transfers to/from accommodation booked through Out Adventures
• Group leader from beginning to end of tour
• 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners 
• 4-star or higher accommodation (9 nights) 
• Grand Palace & Wat Pho tour, including Queen Sirkit Textile Museum (Bangkok)  
• Local food tour (Bangkok)
• Temple Visits (Chiang Rai)
• Golden Triangle Local Boat Ride (Chiang Rai)

• Opium Museum (Chiang Rai)
• Wat Rong Khun/White Temple (Chiang Rai)
• Elephant experience (Chiang Mai)
• Doi Suthep Monastery (Chiang Mai) 
• Thai cooking class & dinner (Chiang Mai) 
• Temple Tour by Songthaew (Chiang Mai) 
• Sea Canoe Full-Day Excursion (Phuket)
• Travel Insurance (medical, trip interruption & baggage loss) on tours with a start date of January 31st, 2019 or earlier. Visit www.outadventures.com/insurance for more details.

• International Airfare
• Meals and activities not outlined in itinerary
• Travel Insurance on tours with a start date of January 31st, 2019 or later. Travel insurance is mandatory for all travellers. Visit www.outadventures.com/insurance for more details.

• Gratuities for Tour Leader ($50-$100 USD)
• Gratuities for drivers, hotel staff, porters (approximately $30-$50 USD)

RATING:

Arthur G

Thailand: Temples & Beaches

If there was only one tour available to learn all there is to learn about Thailand, the culture, people, cuisine, history and religion.....this is the one.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 5/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 4/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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Tommy C

Thailand: Temples & Beaches

Thailand was even more than I had imagined! It was a wonderful experience and equally comparable in excitement to European tours I have taken. The Thai people are so friendly, the sights are amazing, and our guide was fantastic, always willing to help us in every way. Never pass on the opportunity to experience this wonderful journey!

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 5/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 5/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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David D.

Thailand: Temples & Beaches

There is no better way to experience Thailand if you're a member of the LGBT community looking to explore the world in-depth and in-style.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 4/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 4/5

MEALS RATING: 4/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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Jeff P.

Thailand: Temples & Beaches

A trip of a lifetime. A very good sampling of the Thai culture from the people, food, religion and history.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 4/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 4/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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Steven K.

Thailand: Temples & Beaches

It was a perfectly scheduled adventure shared with like minded guys.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 4/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 4/5

MEALS RATING: 4/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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Alex S.

Thailand: Temples & Beaches

Nai was such an excellent tour leader. He went to great lengths to ensure we were all enjoying ourselves and was very knowledgeable about the country and its history.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 5/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 4/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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Ed Z.

Thailand: Temples & Beaches

It's a great way to cover a lot of ground in countries that might be daunting, or impossible to negotiate otherwise. Deluxe, comfortable, professional, fun.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 5/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 5/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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