Small group tour of Thialand

TREASURES OF THAILAND
Small Group Tour

Bangkok – Chiang Mai – Chiang Rai
Krabi (extension)

MAIN TOUR without extension to Krabi

February 4 – February 16 (12 nights/13 days)
$5,665 per person, double occupancy
$6,765 solo traveler (includes single supplement of $1,100)

KRABI EXTENSION*

February 15 – February 19 (4 nights/5 days)
$1,795 per person, double occupancy
$2,210 solo traveler (includes single supplement of $415)

*A minimum of 4 travelers is needed to operate the extension at this price.
If 1 to 3 people only have signed up, the price will be adjusted.
Tour Monkey will advise you if there is a change.

The cost for the MAIN TOUR and KRABI EXTENSION per person, double occupancy is $7,460.
The cost for the MAIN TOUR and KRABI EXTENSION for solo travelers is $8,975.

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Registration deadline December 20, 2019

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“Bangkok retained the top spot as the world’s most visited city in 2018.” (London and Paris came in a close second and third.)
~ Mastercard’s 2018 Global Destinations Cities Index

Luxury Tour Price Comparison – Thailand

Tour Monkey Abercrombie & Kent Tauck Tours
Cost – Double Occupancy $5,665* $7,995 $9,690
Single Supplement $1,100 $3,195 $2,305
Airfare Included No No No
Airport Transfers Yes Yes Yes
Number of Days 13 11 16
All Female Yes No No
Maximum Group Size 12 18 24
Included Meals 27 16 36
5-Star Hotels (4-Star when necessary) Yes Yes Yes
Escorted by American Tour Manager Yes No Yes
All Tips Included Yes No** Add $110 No** Add $160

*$5,665 is the cost for the Main Tour, and does not include the optional extension to Krabi.
**It is customary to tip the Tour Manager. Tour Monkey founder and Tour Manager, Liz Moran, will escort the group. She will not accept a gratuity! Tips for the Tour Manager are not included in A&K and Tauck Tours.

  • Small-group tour with a minimum of 6 and maximum of 12 travelers
  • Airport transfers, with an English-speaking guide. If you are staying extra days in Bangkok, transfer to the airport is on your own.
  • Professional English-speaking guides and Tour Manager, Liz Moran
  • MAIN TOUR: 12 nights accommodation at hand-chosen authentic hotels:
    • 5 nights in Bangkok at the Riva Surya Bangkok, 4-star
    • 4 nights in Chiang Mai at the Rati Lanna Riverside Hotel, 5-star or the Na Nirand Romantic Boutique Resort, 5-star (dependent on availability at time of group booking)
    • 2 nights in Chiang Rai at The Legend, 4.5 star
    • 1 night in Bangkok at Lebua, 5-star

    KRABI EXTENSION: 4 nights accommodation at hand-chosen authentic hotels:

    • 3 nights in Krabi at the Centara Grand Beach Resort, 5-star
    • 1 night in Bangkok at Lebua, 5-star
  • Luggage porterage
  • MAIN TOUR: Daily breakfast (B) at hotel +9 lunches (L) +5 dinners (D) & 1 appetizersKRABI EXTENSION: Daily breakfast (B) at hotel + 2 lunches (L) + 2 dinners (D)Included meals are shared, with set menus. Lunches include a choice between a bottle of water, soda, or juice. Alcoholic beverages are at travelers’ expense. Coffee and tea will also be served. The Welcome and Farewell Dinners include one glass of house wine or one bottle of local beer.
  • Intra-Thailand flights via Business and Premium Economy as follows:MAIN TOUR: Bangkok – Chiang Mai via Business class; Chiang Rai – Bangkok via Premium Economy class. Business class is not available on this leg.KRABI EXTENSION: Bangkok – Krabi via Business Class; Krabi – Bangkok via Premium Economy Class. Business class is not available on this leg.
  • Transportation via air-conditioned, 9-seat luxury van (6 to 9 travelers) or 38-seat luxury coach (12+ travelers), with cooled bottled water on board.
  • 1 bottle of insect repellent for each traveler
  • MAIN TOUR:
    • Private tuk tuk ride in Bangkok (2 travelers per tuk tuk)
    • Private motorized boat ride to Wat Arun and the Royal Barges Museum in Bangkok
    • Private foodie tour of Bangkok’s Chinatown by tuk tuk (2 travelers per tuk tuk)
    • Private longtail boat ride to Damnernsaduak Floating Market (6 to 8 persons/boat)
    • Private ‘dips & sips’ cruise in Chiang Mai
    • Half-day cooking class at the Mama Noi Thai Cookery School in Chiang Mai
    • Full-day experience with elephants!
    • Private full-day trek through minority hilltribe villages, including a 45-minute bamboo raft ride
  • KRABI EXTENSION:
    • Half-day snorkeling excursion
  • All entry fees within the tour(s)
  • Gratuities for local guides, tour drivers, and restaurant waitstaff
  • Travel & Accident insurance coverage of 500,000 Baht (the equivalent of about USD $16,000). Please note that by law Thailand requires receptive tour operators to provide Travel & Accident insurance. Tour Monkey strongly recommends that you purchase individual emergency medical and travel insurance. See FAQ for more information.
  • Airfare to/from destination. Please do not book your flight until you receive written notification from Tour Monkey that the tour is a go!
  • Pre- or post-nights at hotels in Bangkok or Krabi. Please advise Tour Monkey if you would like extra nights.
  • Individual Travel Insurance. We recommend you consult with a travel insurance broker at Travel Insurance Center travelinsurancecenter.com. They can compare over 100 plans from more than 20 companies, finding a policy that best suits your needs.
  • Fee-based activities or spa services not included in the tour package.
  • Gratuity for included Healthland massage in Bangkok. Suggested tip is $5 per traveler.
  • Personal expenses, such as snacks and beverages, mini bar, telephone, etc.
  • No Tower Club privilege at the Lebua Hotel, Bangkok.

MAIN TOUR

Day 1 – ARRIVAL BANGKOK (D)

Tour Monkey’s Treasures of Thailand officially begins at our WELCOME DINNER and tour orientation at our lovely boutique hotel, Riva Surya.

ACCOMMODATION: 4 nights at the 4-star Riva Surya Bangkok

Fun Fact: Bangkok’s full ceremonial name is Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit, which translates roughly as: The city of angels, the great city, the eternal jewel city, the impregnable city of the God Indra, the grand capital of the world endowed with nine precious gems, the happy city, abounding in an enormous royal palace that resembles the heavenly abode where reigns the reincarnated god, a city given by Indra and built by Vishnukam.

DAY 2 – BANGKOK (B L D)

A tour of Bangkok would not be complete without visiting the heart of the nation and the city’s most majestic landmark– the ROYAL PALACE*. From its founding in 1782 to 1946, the Royal Palace was the official residence of the kings of Thailand. Now, it’s mostly a tourist attraction. Within its walls, the jewel in the crown is the temple that houses the revered 26-inch-tall and seasonally costumed EMERALD BUDDHA. Be prepared to take off your shoes upon entering the temple. Located at the palace exit, we’ll visit the exquisite QUEEN SIRIKIT MUSEUM OF TEXTILES. Wait until you see the collections of sumptuous silks and cotton designs, as well as ensembles worn by Queen Sirikit (wife of the former king). (Yes, there’s a gift shop!) Next, we’ll take a private local motorized boat across the CHAO PHRAYA RIVER to see the stunning WAT ARUN (Temple of Dawn). A close-up look will reveal intricate patterns fashioned from tiny shards of colorful glass and porcelain. Simple amazing. A private boat will take us off-the-beaten-path to THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ROYAL BARGES featuring beautifully crafted vessels used for royal processions and war. Our final leg of our journey by boat takes us to the SUPATRA RIVER HOUSE for lunch. Upon return to our hotel, an afternoon siesta is in order. Take a nap or lounge by the pool. We’ll end our day feasting at BUSSARADUM, the first fine-dining venue in Thailand and the first to specialize in Royal Thai Cuisine.

*There is a strict dress code for visiting royal sites! A calf- or full-length dress or skirt or full-length pants is accepted, along with tops with a short or long sleeve. Shorts, crop pants and leggings are not permitted, nor are sleeveless tops, spaghetti-strap tops, and tops showing cleavage. Wearing a scarf or shawl over a sleeveless top or dress will not suffice. Close-toed footwear and sandals (preferably with a back strap) are permitted. Shoes must be removed before entering temples.

DAY 3 – BANGKOK (B D)

If yesterday was Royal Day, today is Silk Day! After breakfast we’ll venture over to the ramshackle canal-side neighborhood called BAAN KRUA NUA, where silk dyers and weavers have crafted the highest quality fabrics for nearly 200 years. In the 1950s, Jim Thompson hired the village artisans to produce silk for his flourishing silk business. Jim Thomason served as an American intelligence officer in World War II. After the war, he settled in Bangkok and revitalized the silk industry. A short walk over a pedestrian bridge will lead us to the enchanting JIM THOMPSON HOUSE*. Now a museum, it is actually a combined complex of six traditional Thai houses collected from all parts of the country. The architecture is magnificent and his various collections, exquisite. The man had great taste! Lunch is on your own at JIM THOMPSON: A THAI RESTAURANT For those who would like to purchase silk and have a lovely traditional Thai skirt (or other garments) made, you will be transferred to KHOMAPASTR FABRICS (their website is not in English … but look at all the pretty pictures!) and then on to a hand-selected tailor! Or transfer back to the hotel for an afternoon break before we commence our FOODIE TOUR OF CHINATOWN BY TUK TUK! But first, we’ll visit the aromatic and colorful FLOWER MARKET before sampling bits of this and bites of that to satisfy your taste buds and tummy. Only local beverages or soda will be included. No alcohol will be served.

*Shoes must be removed and stored on a shelf during the tour of the Jim Thompson House. Photo and videos of the interior are not permitted.

DAY 4 – BANGKOK (B L)

If yesterday was Silk Day, today is Market Day! We’re heading way off the tourist trail, traveling past plantations and salt farms to the MAE KLONG RAILWAY MARKET. Twice a day, a train pulls through the market that flanks both sides of the tracks. When the train sounds a warning horn, market vendors fold up their roof tarps and wheel back their display carts. It’s ingenious! Watch my video to witness the crazy close proximity between market stalls and train! We’ll continue to TAO TARN to learn how coconut sugar is made before boarding our private longtail boat at Pichai Pier for a SCENIC CRUISE to Thailand’s largest and most authentic floating market, the famous DAMNOEN SADUAK FLOATING MARKET. You’ll have plenty of time to snap, snack and shop! (I highly suggest trying mango sticky rice!) We’ll lunch at the relaxing riverside SABAN-NGA RESTAURANT, located within the Baan Amphawa Resort. Upon returning to Bangkok in late afternoon, you’ll have your choice between an included 1.5-hour aromatherapy or 2-hour Thai massage at the serene, clean and cozy, HEALTHLAND* (my go-to place!). Before transferring back to our nesting place, we’ll stop at Bangkok’s newest luxury mall, the ICON SIAM. Dinner is on your own at any of the delectable hawker vendors or restaurants.

*Please tip your masseuse $5.

DAY 5 – BANGKOK to CHIANG MAI (B L)

Today we venture outside of Bangkok, heading north to tour the ROYAL SUMMER PALACE* (Bang Pa-In) established in 1632 by King Prasat Thong. After the Burmese ransacked the area in 1767, the palace was abandoned for nearly 100 years until King Mongkut (the King and I king) restored it. We’ll have lunch at CAFÉ KANTARY within the Cape Kantary Hotel  before a short drive takes us further north to the UNESCO World Heritage RUINS OF AYUTTHAYA*, the second capital of the Kingdom of Siam. Founded in 1350, Ayutthaya was strategically situated half way between India and China on an island surrounded by three rivers that connected the kingdom to the sea. During its heyday from the 14th to 18th centuries, Ayutthaya flourished as a center of trade and diplomacy, and was described by traders as a grand and wealthy city on a par with Paris. Unfortunately, all things come to an end. In 1767, Ayutthaya was raided and razed by the Burmese. That year, the capital was moved to Thonburi. Upon our return to Bangkok, dinner is at your leisure.

*There is a strict dress code for visiting royal sites! A calf- or full-length dress or skirt or full-length pants is accepted, along with tops with a short or long sleeve. Shorts, crop pants and leggings are not permitted, nor are sleeveless tops, spaghetti-strap tops, and tops showing cleavage. Wearing a scarf or shawl over a sleeveless top or dress will not suffice. Close-toed footwear and sandals (preferably with a back strap) are permitted. Shoes must be removed before enter temples.

Fun Fact: For most of its history, the country now known as Thailand was called Siam. After reforms which transformed the country from an absolute monarchy to a constitutional monarchy, the name was changed in 1939 to Thailand.

DAY 6 – CHIANG MAI (B L)

This morning we fly to Chiang Mai, a city in mountainous Northern Thailand! We’ll take a funicular 3,500 feet above sea level to one of Thailand’s most beautiful temples, the sacred WAT PHRA THAT DOI SUTHEP (Temple on the Mountain that Contains Relics of Buddha). The view from the top is breathtaking. The temple was founded in 1383 to enshrine a bone fragment from Buddha’s shoulder. As the story goes, a dream led a monk to the fragment. It broke into two pieces at the base of a mountain. The smaller piece was enshrined at Wat Suan Dok in Chiang Mai city. The larger piece was affixed to a white elephant that was released into the jungle. The elephant climbed Doi Suthep Mountain, where it stopped, trumpeted three times and dropped dead. Considered a good omen, a temple – Wat Phra That Doi Suthep – was built on the site. We’ll lunch at KHAO MAO KHAO FANG, a lush rainforest-themed restaurant, before checking into our fabulous hotel for an afternoon break. Take a nap, enjoy the pool or book a spa treatment. This evening, we’ll transfer to the Chiang Mai’s famous NIGHT MARKET to browse, shop and dine on your own.

ACCOMMODATION: 3 nights at the 5-star, Rati Lanna Riverside Spa Resort or the 5-star Na Nirand romantic Boutique Resort, dependent on availability at time of group booking.

DAY 7 – CHIANG MAI (B L APPETIZERS)

We’ll rise early this morning to purchase food at a LOCAL MARKET to PAY ALMS FOR THE MONKS* descending the base of Chiang Mai Hill. After breakfast at our hotel, we’re enrolled in a half-day cooking class at the MAMA NOI THAI COOKERY SCHOOL!  You can show off your skills upon your return home! The afternoon is at your leisure. This evening, we’ll board a small boat at our hotel to CRUISE the Ping River while enjoying ‘DIPS AND SIPS.’

*Purchasing food and/or toiletries is voluntary and at your discretion.

DAY 8 – CHIANG MAI (B L)

Today is truly special. You have a choice between two programs offered by Elephant Nature Park, one of the best-known ethical elephant sanctuaries in Thailand. Since the mid-1990s, they’ve been rescuing and rehabilitating distressed elephants, who have been subjected to a life of logging and entertaining others by force. These magnificent pachyderms recover with love.

SINGLE DAY – ELEPHANT NATURE PARK*

Enjoy exploring the grounds of Elephant Nature Park, home and sanctuary for elephants, buffalos, dogs, cats, birds and many other rescued animals. Walk with staff and the elephants to the river and watch these gentle giants splash around and play while you stay dry on the river bank. You will have a chance to feed the elephants from a viewing platform. There is no riding! A delicious VEGETARIAN PICNIC LUNCH will be served on site.

*Suggested items to bring: small backpack, hat and/or sunglasses, sunscreen, comfortable footwear, camera, insect repellent, water bottle. The Park has small lockers, if needed.

CARE FOR ELEPHANTS*

This program is supervised by Elephant Nature Park and facilitated by villagers at the camp opposite the Park. It requires more physical activity than the Single Day program described above. In the Care for Elephants program, you’ll prepare food, feed, walk, swim and play in the river with the elephants. Please know you will be trekking through uneven mountainous terrain for part of the program. There is no riding and no bull hooks! A delicious VEGETARIAN PICNIC LUNCH will be served on site.

*Suggested items to bring: small backpack, hat and/or sunglasses, sunscreen, water-proof sandals like Teva or water shoes, swim suit for elephant river bathing, towel, closed-toed shoes (sneakers are best) for walking, camera, insect repellent, water bottle. The facility has small lockers, a changing room and showers.

DAY 9 – CHIANG MAI to CHIANG RAI (B L D)

Today we embark on a full-day adventure to learn about and interact with Northern Thailand’s ethnic minority peoples. We drive east of Chiang Mai to a picturesque mountain town called Chiang Dao, which lies on the green slopes of the mighty Doi Chiang Dao Mountain — the third highest mountain in Thailand. Here, we’ll board BAMBOO RAFTS for a 45-minute scenic ride. We’ll glide by hilltribe villages and crops of corn, cassava and rice, as well as fruit crops like mango, longan, rose apple, pineapple and papaya. Next, we venture off-road into the countryside to begin our 3- to 4-hour TREK THROUGH HILLTRIBE VILLAGES*. Mostly downhill, we pass through dipterocarp, bamboo and evergreen forest. Along the way, we meet villagers in their native dress. We’ll have an opportunity to visit a home to learn about their way of life. Our trek leads to a beautiful waterfall, where a PICNIC LUNCH awaits us. Then we drive to an exhibition village, BAAN TONG LUANG, to see the exotic Long Neck Karen women, who wear coiled brass rings around their necks. Beginning at age 4 or 5, girls start wearing the rings, which are added to as they grow. By adulthood, the rings weigh about 25 pounds. Contrary to popular belief, the rings do not stretch the neck, but rather depress the neck and shoulders giving the illusion of an elongated neck. Upon our return, the evening is at your leisure. For dinner, we’ll head to a local market for NORTHERN THAI CUISINE to try the heavenly coconut curry noodle soup, Khao Soi.

*Suggested items to bring: hat and/or sunglasses, sunscreen, sneakers, insect repellent, camera, small day pack (backpack, fanny pack or tote), tissue packs to be used as toilet paper (in case the village squat toilets don’t have any), hand sanitizer plenty of USD $1s and $5s or 20B (USD .65) 100B (USD $3) notes for purchases.

DAY 10 – CHIANG RAI (B L)

We say goodbye to Chiang Mai as we head to the northern most city in Thailand, Chiang Rai. The city was founded by King Mangrai in 1262. The word ‘chiang’ means ‘city’ in Thai. So, Chiang Rai means ‘the City of (Mang) Rai’. Enroute, we’ll take a short break to soak our feet in the MAE KHACHAN HOT SPRINGS. You’ll see local people selling eggs which they boil in the hot springs water. Then, onto lunch at the open-air CHARIN GARDEN RESTAURANT that features a selection of American-style pies! The 90-year-old proprietress, Charin Singkarat, learned how to make these slices of heaven when she lived in Los Angeles. What’s in store for you next is a once-in-a-lifetime visit to WAT RONG KHUN (White Temple), a very ornate, very white Buddhist temple created by National Artist and Chiang Rai resident, Chalermchai Kositpipat. We’ll have a break at our hotel before reconvening in the evening to position ourselves for a view of the GOLDEN CLOCK TOWER also designed by Chalermchai Kositpipat. He created it to honor King Bhumibhol Adulyadej’s (Rama IV) 81st birthday in 2008. At night, the clock tower comes to life with a 10-minute music and light show. Before transferring back to our hotel, we’ll stroll through the NIGHT MARKET. You can choose to grab a bite at a food vendor or dine at our hotel.

ACCOMMODATION: 2 nights at the 4-star The Legend Chiang Rai

DAY 11 – CHIANG RAI (B L D)

Our day begins with a visit to the serene and meticulously manicured MAE FAH LUANG BOTANICAL GARDEN built on the slopes of the royal summer residence that once belonged to the former king’s mother, Princess Srinagarindra. In fact, Srinagarindra created the garden to encourage, train and hire local hilltribe peoples to cultivate ethical crops rather than opium. As a result of the princess’ efforts, almost half of the area’s population is farming coffee beans, providing a stable source of income for nearly 900 families. We’ll LUNCH with a view at Sriwan Coffee & Restaurant (no website) overlooking the GOLDEN TRIANGLE, where the borders of Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar meet at the confluence of the Ruak and Mekong rivers. Nearby, we’ll tour the HOUSE OF OPIUM museum to learn the history, cultivation and trafficking of this narcotic. Before heading back to our hotel for some relaxation, we’ll have a look at the magnificent GOLDEN BUDDHA statue down the road from the museum. Tonight, we’ll gather for our FAREWELL DINNER for those not joining the extension to Krabi.

DAY 12 – CHIANG RAI to BANGKOK (B L)

This morning, you’ll fly from Chiang Rai to Bangkok, where you will be met by an English-speaking guide. Your exploration of Bangkok will conclude with a visit to the very impressive, WAT PHO* (Temple of the Reclining Buddha). The Buddha is one of the most photographed in Thailand, and is famous for a reclining statue of Buddha that measures 140 feet long and 50 feet high. Buddha is covered in gold leaf; his eyes and soles of his feet are decorated with mother of pearl. The temple is also home to one of the country’s earliest massage schools. Lunch, in walking distance of your hotel, is at the Michelin-recommended BAAN PAD THAI. After check in, you will have access to the Sky Bar on the 67th floor. Order a cocktail and watch the sun set over the spectacular view of Bangkok’s skyline. The same view can be enjoyed on your room’s balcony! Dinner is on your own.

*Dress Code: Please wear a calf-length skirt or dress or full-length pants, with a modest top that has a sleeve. Any type of shoe is acceptable.

ACCOMMODATION: 1 night at the 5-star Lebua Hotel

DAY 13 – DEPART BANGKOK (B)

A transfer to the airport is included if you are departing on this day. We hope you had a fantastic adventure in Thailand! Please travel with Tour Monkey again! Safe travels home, and remember …. Cover the Earth before the earth covers you!

Note: Although it rarely happens, sometimes the itinerary may have to be adjusted or changed due to unforeseen circumstances. Tour Monkey will make every effort to provide a comparable alternative should any changes need to be made.

KRABI EXTENSION

DAY 12 – CHIANG RAI to BANGKOK to KRABI (B D)

For travelers continuing on to Krabi in tropical Southern Thailand, pick up a bite at the airport before our afternoon flight. Upon arrival in Krabi, we’ll be met by our guide, who will show us a few LOCAL SITES before our final transfer via speedboat to our secluded resort. DINNER at the resort is vouchered. Dine on your own or with the group at any one of the venues.

ACCOMMODATION: 3 nights at the 5-star Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas

DAY 13 – KRABI (B L)

This morning, we’ll join a HALF-DAY SNORKELING* excursion visiting 4 islands: Poda, Phranang Cave Beach, Tub island and Kai island. Lunch on the beach and snorkeling equipment (mask, snorkel and safety floatation vest) will be provided. Upon return to our hotel, the evening and dinner is at your leisure.

*Please wear your swimsuit under your clothes and wear water-proof sandals or water shoes. Bring a towel, hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. You will need money if you purchase items from vendors selling snacks and beverages. Carry your belongings in a water-proof tote, such as a Trader Joes bag! Tipping is voluntary and at your discretion. Tour Monkey suggests $5 per traveler.

DAY 14 – KRABI (B D)

The day is yours to enjoy as you wish … sun, sand, spa … In the evening, a speed boat transfers us to town, where a van will take us to the highly-rated, open-air restaurant, RUENMAI (they do not have a website) for the Farewell Dinner. Nestled in the jungle, the night comes alive with a symphony of frogs! The food, reviewed as “the best in Krabi,” is amazing!

DAY 15 – KRABI to BANGKOK (B L)

Alas we must leave beautiful Krabi. Our morning flight takes us back to the capital city. Our exploration of Bangkok will conclude with a visit to the very impressive, WAT PHO* (Temple of the Reclining Buddha). The Buddha is one of the most photographed in Thailand, and is famous for a reclining statue of Buddha that measures 140 feet long and 50 feet high. Buddha is covered in gold leaf; his eyes and soles of his feet are decorated with mother of pearl. The temple is also home to one of the country’s earliest massage schools. Lunch, in walking distance of your hotel, is at the Michelin-recommended BAAN PAD THAI. After check in, you will have access to the Sky Bar on the 67th floor. Order a cocktail and watch the sun set over the spectacular view of Bangkok’s skyline. The same view can be enjoyed on your room’s balcony! Dinner is on your own.

*Dress Code: Please wear a calf-length skirt or dress or full-length pants, with a modest top that has a sleeve. Any type of shoe is acceptable.

ACCOMMODATION: 1 night at the 5-star Lebua Hotel

DAY 16 – DEPART BANGKOK

A transfer to the airport is included if you are departing on this day. We hope you had a fantastic adventure exploring Thailand! Please travel with Tour Monkey again! Safe travels home, and remember …. Cover the Earth before the earth covers you!

Note: Although it rarely happens, sometimes the itinerary may have to be adjusted or changed due to unforeseen circumstances. Tour Monkey will make every effort to provide a comparable alternative should any changes need to be made.

FAQs

WHEN DOES THE TOUR BEGIN AND END EXACTLY?

The 12 night/13 day MAIN TOUR begins on Tuesday, February 4, in Bangkok. We suggest you arrive a day early to adjust to ease jet lag. The tour ends on departure day, Sunday, February 16 in Bangkok. Please let us know if you require extra pre- or post-tour nights in Bangkok.

The 4 night/5 day KRABI EXTENSION (with a pre-departure night in Bangkok) begins on Sunday February 16 with a one-way flight from Bangkok to Krabi. The tour ends on departure day, Wednesday, February 19 in Bangkok. Please let us know if you require extra pre- or post-tour nights in Bangkok.

Please DO NOT book your flights until you receive written notification from Tour Monkey that the trip is a go!

HOW DO I REGISTER FOR THIS TRIP?

Please click the Book Now button! You will need to fill out a registration page before securing your spot with a deposit (see below).

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WHEN DO I NEED TO PAY FOR MY TRIP?

You will need to secure your spot with a deposit, with the balance due 90 days before the trip begins as follows:

MAIN TOUR: A $750 deposit of the total payment $5,665 per person, double occupancy ($6,765 for solo travelers that includes the single supplement fee of $1,100) is needed to secure your spot on Tour Monkey’s Treasures of Thailand. $250 is non-refundable. The balance of $4,915 ($6,015 for solo travelers) is due on November 7, 90 days before the trip begins. If you book within 90 days of the trip, full payment is due at the time you reserve your spot. Please be advised that a 2.9% (3.9% for American Express) credit card processing fee will be added to your bill. To avoid this fee, a draw can be taken from your checking account at no charge.

KRABI EXTENSION: The cost for the extension to Krabi (with one additional night in Bangkok) is $1,795 per person, double occupancy or $2,210 for solo travelers (includes single supplement of $415). A minimum of 4 travelers is needed to operate the extension at this price. If 1 to 3 people only have signed up, the price will be adjusted. Tour Monkey will advise you of the new price. The cost for both the MAIN TOUR and KRABI EXTENSION per person, double occupancy is $7,460 ($8,975 for solo travelers). A $750 deposit is needed to secure your spot. $250 is non-refundable. The balance of $6,710 ($8,225 for solo travelers) is due on November 7, 90 days before the trip begins. If you book within 90 days of the trip, full payment is due at the time you reserve your spot. Please be advised that a 2.9% (3.9% for American Express) credit card processing fee will be added to your bill. To avoid this fee, a draw can be taken from your checking account at no charge.

WHY IS THERE A SINGLE SUPPLEMENT FEE FOR SOLO TRAVELERS?

The single supplement fee has been imposed by the hotel industry and cannot be waived.

I RESERVED MY SPOT, WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

You will also be sent via email a MEDICAL FORM that must be completed and returned. We know this information is personal; however, please be assured that it is only for Tour Monkey and will not be shared with anyone else. In the unlikely event that you are injured during the trip, your medical information may be needed by medical professionals.

Tour Monkey highly recommends that you purchase TRAVEL INSURANCE. We recommend you consult with a travel insurance broker at Travel Insurance Center www.travelinsurancecenter.com. They can compare over 100 plans from more than 20 companies, finding a policy that best suits your needs.

WILL I GET A REFUND IF I NEED TO CANCEL MY TRIP?

In the event that it is necessary for you to cancel, here is the refund table. Please see the Terms & Conditions clause Tour Monkey sent you for a more detailed explanation.

120 days: 100% refunded, less $250 administration fee

119 – 60 days: 50% refunded, less $250 administration fee

Less than 60 days:No refund

DO I NEED A VISA TO ENTER THAILAND?

American citizens do not need a visa to enter Thailand. If you are a citizen of a country other than the United States, please check with your embassy if a visa is required.

WILL TOUR MONKEY BOOK MY FLIGHTS?

No. You are responsible for purchasing roundtrip airfare to Thailand. The tour officially begins and ends in Bangkok. We suggest you arrive a day early to ease jet lag. Please let us know if you require extra nights on the front and/or backend in Bangkok. Please DO NOT book your flights until you receive written notification from Tour Monkey that the trip is a go!

All internal transportation is part of the cost of your trip and will be booked and purchased by Tour Monkey as follows:

MAIN TOUR: Bangkok – Chiang Mai via Business class; Chiang Rai – Bangkok via Premium Economy class. Business class is not available on this leg.

KRABI EXTENSION: Bangkok – Krabi via Business Class; Krabi – Bangkok via Premium Economy Class. Business class is not available on this leg.

Please know that Thai Smiles is operated by Thai Airways. Thai Airways will not operate flights side-by-side with Thai Smiles. Thai Smiles does not offer Business Class, and therefore, we will be flying Premium Economy class.

DO YOU PROVIDE AIRPORT TRANSFERS?

Tour Monkey provides all pre-tour airport transfers with an English-speaking guide. Tips for the guide and driver are included in the price of the tour. Tour Monkey will provide one post-trip airport transfer on February 16 (MAIN TOUR departure) and February 19 (KRABI EXTENSION departure date). Tips for the driver and guide are included. If you are staying extra days in Bangkok, you are responsible for your transfer to the airport. If you would like to arrange a private transfer, please let Tour Monkey know!

CAN A SOLO TRAVELER BE MATCHED WITH A ROOMMATE?

If solo travelers wish to be matched, Tour Monkey will provide traveler contact information. Tour Monkey suggests you meet in person or video chat to determine if you are compatible.

WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE IN THAILAND?

Overall, the best time to visit Thailand is between November and March when the weather is sunny and dry. In the north, the dry season extends to May or June. The wet season is generally between July and October. Absolutely avoid April! It is hot hot hot! The average annual temperature is 82. Be prepared for temperatures in the 80s and 90s during peak season.

WHAT IS THE MONEY SITUATION IN THAILAND? CAN I USE U.S. DOLLARS?

USD is accepted by most market vendors. However, if you pay in USD, you will receive change back in Baht, the currency of Thailand. It is better to pay with local currency!

I use ATMs to withdraw money. The most secure ATMs can be found at Thai airports and at banks. Check if your ATM imposes an international transaction fee.

You may be able to order Baht at your local bank. You can also order Baht at a currency exchange service. Use up any remaining cash-on-hand in Thailand! Your US bank or currency exchange service will only accept banknotes, and the buy back rate is shockingly low!

Credit cards are widely accepted in Thailand. However, only use credit cards at reputable places (hotels, restaurants, shops). NEVER at small market vendors! If your credit card has a chip, you no longer need to notify the credit card provider about your travel plans. If you are unsure, give them a call.

It fluctuates, but here’s an idea of the exchange rate:

BAHT USD
20 .65
50 $1.60
100 $3.25
500 $16.25

CAN I DRINK THE WATER IN THAILAND?

Drinking tap water (including drinks that have ice cubes) in Thailand is not advisable. On our tour days, Tour Monkey will provide one bottle of water per person per day. The hotels usually have complimentary bottled water in the rooms, and you can purchase bottled water just about anywhere!

CAN I EAT UNCOOKED FOOD IN THAILAND?

In all the years I have been traveling—and eating—in Thailand and Southeast Asia, I have never had an issue. That said, you know your own constitution! Eating in moderation is the best bet.

WHAT IS THE LUGGAGE ALLOWANCE?

Please call or visit the website of the airline you booked with.

WHAT KIND OF AMENITIES DO OUR HOTELS HAVE?

Generally, hotel rooms have a hair dryer, safe, and TV.

WHAT ELECTRICAL PLUGS ARE USED IN THAILAND?

Plug type A and type C fit electrical outlets in Thailand. The electricity supply in Thailand is 220V at 50Hz. To compare, the U.S. uses plug types A and B, with 220V at 60Hz. For a better understanding of the plugs you’ll need in Thailand, see this webpage: https://whatplug.info/to/thailand.  You can purchase any country-appropriate plugs on amazon.com or at travel stores.

I always carry a travel power strip with outlets and USB plugs to charge my devices.

DO THE HOTELS HAVE WI-FI?

Yes! Wi-Fi is free all over the hotels.

WHAT KIND OF CLOTHES SHOULD I BRING?

Dress in layers and don’t overpack! It ain’t free, but take advantage of the hotel’s laundry service. Please refer to the Tour Monkey Packing List and Travel Tips that you received upon registration.

As outlined in the day-by-day tour description, all royal sites and temples have a dress code: A calf- or full-length dress or skirt or full-length pants is accepted, along with tops with a short or long sleeve. Shorts, crop pants and leggings are not permitted, nor are sleeveless tops, spaghetti-strap tops, and tops showing cleavage. Wearing a scarf or shawl over a sleeveless top or dress will not suffice. Close-toed footwear and sandals (preferably with a back strap) are permitted. Shoes must be removed before enter temples.

WHAT ELSE SHOULD I REMEMBER TO BRING?

On Day 8, if you choose the Care for Elephants program, please pack a small backpack, hat and/or sunglasses, sunscreen, water-proof sandals (like Teva) or water shoes, swim suit for elephant river bathing, and closed-toed shoes (sneakers are best) for walking.

WHAT KIND OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IS REQUIRED?

The tour is designed for active travelers, who can easily walk a minimum of 3 to 5 miles per day.

On Day 8, if you choose the Care for Elephants program, you will be accompanying the elephants by hiking through mountainous, uneven terrain for about an hour. A less strenuous choice is the Single Day visit at the Elephant Nature Park.

On Day 9 (Hilltribe Villages), we will hike about 3 to 4 hours on uneven earthen paths.

On various days, stepping in and out of motorized boats, climbing up and down temple stairs, is required.

WHAT IS THE TOILET SITUATION?

Western-style toilets are the norm in Thailand, however, on Day 9, we will probably encounter traditional-style squat toilets!

WHAT KIND OF GROUND TRANSPORTATION WILL WE BE USING?

The size of our vehicle will depend on the number of travelers as follows:

6 to 8 travelers, including the tour manager, will tour Thailand in a 9-seat luxury van (the guide sits in the front seat next to the driver).

12 travelers, plus the tour manager, will tour Thailand in a 38-seat luxury coach.

I HAVE ANOTHER QUESTION!

Please email liz@tour-monkey.com.