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Wet & Wild in Thailand Tour

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Wet & Wild in Thailand OVERVIEW

TOUR SUMMARY

13 days

Bangkok to Bangkok

ON REQUEST

Country(ies): Thailand

Tour type: Family

Group size: Min: 3 | Max: 16

Accommodation: 3-star hotel, sleeper train, raft house, tree house & 5-star beach resort

Meals:

Transport: A/C minibus, sleeper train & flight

Highlights: Bangkok sightseeing, Khao Sok National Park, lake canoeing, jungle walks, Krabi's beaches, mangrove & canyon kayaking

This family adventure tour features a wide range of activities and destinations to give your family a fun and rewarding holiday in Thailand. We spend time in Bangkok itself, including a bike ride and boat trip, before heading to Khao Sok National Park for some jungle wildlife safaris and lake trips. We then spend time by the beach in Krabi, including some kayaking and snorkelling as well as plenty of free time, before returning to Bangkok.

This is one of our more active family tours in Thailand, and suitable for children aged 7 and over. Starting in a high standard family-friendly 4-star hotel, we spend the first few days in Bangkok, visiting the Grand Palace, and doing a boat trip to the colourful Damnoen Saduak floating market.

An overnight sleeper train journey takes us south to Khao Sok National Park, where we spend an adventurous night staying in unique Treehouses in the forest canopy. We enjoy several walks with a naturalist into the park, and spend two nights staying in simple raft-houses on the Raja Phraba lake. From the lake we have more walks into the park, as well as a canoe trip on the lake, and time to relax and enjoy swimming.

From the lake we have more walks into the park, as well as a canoe trip on the lake, and time to relax and enjoy swimming. From Khao Sok we head to the beach at Krabi where we stay in a luxury beach resort for some added comfort after our previous more basic accommodation in the park. We include a boat trip to some of the most beautiful beaches, islands and coral reefs in the area.

ITINERARY

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Day 1 Arrive in Bangkok

We meet you at Bangkok airport and transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to settle in and relax.

OVERNIGHT:

Bangkok hotel

MEALS:

None

EXTRAS:

Extra day in Bangkok - pre-tour
Child discount (under 12)
Single room supplement (THFAWW)


Day 2 Bangkok, Grand Palace tour

This morning you'll enjoy a half day tour of Bangkok, visiting the stunning Grand Palace complex and the Royal Temple of the Emerald Buddha. You'll also stop at the nearby Wat Po, Bangkok's oldest and largest Wat, and home to the largest reclining Buddha. Your afternoon is free for you to enjoy at your leisure.

OVERNIGHT:

Bangkok hotel

MEALS:

Breakfast

EXTRAS:

None


Day 3 Bangkok, cycling tour & boat ride

We start today with a cycling tour of the countryside around Bangkok. You'll visit the Kamalulislam mosque, hub of the local Muslim community, ride along canals glimpsing the life of local Thai families. You'll visit fish farms, rice mills, traditional Thai wooden houses and before arriving in the old market town of Nong Chock. Here we trade your bikes for boats and complete your journey with a river cruise down the Saen Seab canal. In the evening, we transfer to the train station to board the overnight sleeper train to Surat Thani, in a second class, air conditioned, sleeping berth.

OVERNIGHT:

On board sleeper train

MEALS:

Breakfast, Lunch

EXTRAS:

None


Day 4 Khao Sok National Park

On arrival in Surat Thani, we'll take time for breakfast before transferring you by road to Khao Sok National Park. The park comprises 656 sq. km. of dense rainforest with waterfalls, limestone cliffs, numerous streams, an island-studded lake, and many riverside walking trails. Late morning you'll take a walk into the park with an experienced local jungle guide. After lunch you'll visit some small caves and a village temple. You spend the night in large treehouses (complete with proper beds, shower and toilet), right up in the forest canopy.

OVERNIGHT:

Khao Sok tree-house

MEALS:

Lunch, Dinner

EXTRAS:

None


Day 5 Khao Sok National Park, boat ride & hike

After breakfast we transfer to the Raja Phraba Lake and travel by boat to our accommodation for the night - raft houses, floating on the lake. After settling in and taking lunch, we will take a boat trip for a 2 to 3-hour hike to a wonderful vantage point giving a dramatic and panoramic view of the lake and surrounding jungle. After dinner you can take a guided walk to observe the natural nightlife of the rainforest.

OVERNIGHT:

Khao Sok raft-house

MEALS:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

EXTRAS:

None


Day 6 Khao Sok National Park, boat ride

It's an early start today for a longer hike into the jungle to observe and learn more about the local flora and fauna. We'll view local wildlife, giant trees - some with huge buttress roots, wild orchids, ferns and much more. We then return to the raft houses for a late lunch and the rest of the afternoon is free to relax. Various options are available to swim, or go tubing on the river.

OVERNIGHT:

Khao Sok raft-house

MEALS:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

EXTRAS:

None


Day 7 Khao Sok National Park, transfer to Krabi

The morning is free for you to relax and enjoy your natural surroundings in the park. After lunch we provide a private transfer to the idyllic beach resort of Krabi. You'll check into your luxurious beach resort with lots of facilities, swimming pools, and normally a private beach. The rest of the afternoon will be free for you to just relax on the beach after your exertions of the last few days in the park.

OVERNIGHT:

Krabi hotel

MEALS:

Breakfast, Lunch

EXTRAS:

None


Day 8 Krabi, boat cruise

Today you will take a cruise to visit some of the most beautiful beaches, islands and coral reefs in the area. En route you'll pass beautiful off-shore islands and spectacular limestone rock formations. We'll stop Rai Leh Beach, one of the most beautiful and romantic beaches in Thailand, with time for swimming, rock climbing or trekking up the mountain for a breathtaking view of the lagoon. You'll then visit nearby islands to experience snorkelling over the stunning corals and to swim with dazzling schools of fish.

OVERNIGHT:

Krabi hotel

MEALS:

Breakfast, Lunch

EXTRAS:

None


Day 9 Krabi, mangrove kayaking

Your next activity in Krabi is an easy kayaking trip to explore the mangrove forests and river estuary, and to admire their fascinating ecological systems. There should be a chance to see water monitor, monkeys, and gibbons. After paddling through mangrove forests, the day's highlight will be passing beneath the Khanab Nam Mountain, a magnificent canyon covered with wild flora and extending for some 400 meters. The afternoon is free to relax and soak up the sun back in your hotel.

OVERNIGHT:

Krabi hotel

MEALS:

Breakfast, Lunch

EXTRAS:

None


Day 10 Krabi, free time

We have kept today completely free for you to just enjoy and relax at your resort in Krabi. Of course if you'd like to do more excursions or activities there are plenty of options available to you.

OVERNIGHT:

Krabi hotel

MEALS:

Breakfast

EXTRAS:

None


Day 11 Krabi, free time, flight to Bangkok

You have a little more free time today before we transfer you to the airport for your flight back to Bangkok.

OVERNIGHT:

Bangkok hotel

MEALS:

Breakfast

EXTRAS:

None


Day 12 Bangkok, free, transfer to airport

Your morning is free to do some last minute sightseeing or shopping before we transfer you back to airport for flight home.

OVERNIGHT:

N/A

MEALS:

Breakfast

EXTRAS:

Extra day in Bangkok - post-tour


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Included:
  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • Internal flight from Krabi to Bangkok
  • All transport and transfers
  • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • Services of a local tour guide during sightseeing and activities
  • Entrance fees (including park entrance fee)
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary

Excluded:
  • International flights (available on request)
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance (compulsory, available on request)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tips for tour leader, rafting guide and park guide
  • Any other items not mentioned above

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Dates and Prices

If you would like to do this tour privately just for your family or together with some other families you like to travel with, we can certainly arrange this for you. Please contact us for details and prices.

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Offer price
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Accommodation

The hotels and accommodations listed below are the ones we most often on this tour. From time to time we may exchange these for similar properties at the same level. In general, specific hotels cannot be guaranteed on our group tours, but you may select your preferred options if you are booking a tailor-made trip.

I Residence Hotel Silom

I Residence Hotel Silom

Bangkok


Occupying a prime location next to BTS Chong Nonsi Station, this stylish design hotel boasts a stunning infinity pool and rooftop restaurant. Guests enjoy free WiFi access, which is available throughout.

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Our rating

 I Residence Hotel Silom I Residence Hotel Silom

Occupying a prime location next to BTS Chong Nonsi Station, this stylish design hotel boasts a stunning infinity pool and rooftop restaurant. Guests enjoy free WiFi access, which is available throughout.

Silom I Residence Silom Hotel is a 3-minute walk from La Lai Sap Market. Suvarnabhumi International Airport is a 30-minute drive away. For guests who drive, free parking is provided.

The spacious rooms at I Residence Silom feature modern décor and are equipped with a flat-screen TV with cable and satellite channels. A DVD player is available on request. Other amenities include a minibar, tea/coffee maker and safety deposit box.

Silom I Residence features a fitness centre and business centre. Laundry and ironing services are provided at the hotel. Sightseeing arrangements can also be made at the hotel’s tour desk.

The Sky Line Roof-Top Restaurant serves breakfast. Guests can have their meals while enjoying views of the cityscape.

Bang Rak is a great choice for travellers interested in chinatown, friendly people andrestaurants.

Sleeper Train

Sleeper Train

Bangkok


Thailand has one of the best metre-gauge rail systems in the world, and train travel is easily the best way to get around & see the country.

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 Sleeper Train Sleeper Train

The sleeper trains in Thailand are of a good standard and are popular with tourists. Each carriage has its own steward who ensures the train is kept clean and tidy, and from whom meals and drinks can be ordered to your seat. There is also a separate restaurant car. Each carriage will sleep approximately 40 people. On either side of the carriage there are 2 seats facing each other, with a window and small table. In the evening, the steward will convert these seats into beds for you, with a pillow, sheets and a blanket as well as a curtain for privacy.

Raft Houses

Raft Houses

Khao Sok National Park


The raft houses and tree house accommodation in Khao Sok National Park is basic but comfortable and designed to bring you close to nature in an amazing and beautiful setting.

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 Raft Houses Raft Houses

Note - some of our tours stay in both tree houses and raft houses, while others may only stay in one of these. Please check your tour itinerary for details.

Khao Sok Tree houses:
There are 7 individual tree houses and 1 tree house with 3 individual rooms. They are up quite high in the forest canopy complete with sturdy stairs and handrails. One of the tree houses is at a lower level for those with a fear of heights. Facilities are basic but comfortable with private toilet and cold water shower, double bed and mosquito net. Our backdrop is a limestone mountain with interesting caves to explore. About 100 metres away is the dining and relaxing area located in a classic Thai house.

Khao Sok Raft houses:
On the Raja Phraba lake, these floating bungalows have double and single beds and shared bathrooms. Each raft house has fans, mosquito nets and a balcony overlooking the lake. There are shared toilet facilities nearby. The dining and relaxing area located in a separate raft house. Electricity is not available during the day but is turned on in the evenings. Lanterns are lit at night. You should ensure you bring a torch.

Centara Grand Beach Resort

Centara Grand Beach Resort

Krabi


Accessible by boat only, the resort offers you an abundance of opportunities to relax and explore. Unwind in blissful spa treatments, savour local delicacies on the beach, and enjoy complimentary water sport.

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 Centara Grand Beach Resort Centara Grand Beach Resort

Hidden away in a secluded cove surrounded by emerald waters and a natural park, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi is a tropical paradise. Whether you seek a romantic hideaway or a relaxing stay with your family, you'll enjoy spacious accommodation with views of the gardens and the beach, a choice of dining venues, and many opportunities to relax.

Designed in modern Thai style, with high ceilings, spacious living areas of at least 72 square metres dominated by wooden accents, stone features and soothing colours, our rooms and villas instil tranquillity.

The resort presents a choice of ocean-view rooms, romantic retreats with an outdoor Jacuzzi, and private villas with plunge pool, all offering complimentary Wi-Fi. Family rooms have two double beds, accommodating up to 3 adults or 2 adults and 3 children, and rooms with connecting balcony are available upon request. At 167 square metres of total living space and with an easy access to the beach and the pool, the Two Bedroom Beachfront Villa makes for an indulgent family retreat.

Stay in one of our villas or upgrade to Club level if you have chosen one of our spacious rooms to enjoy Club privileges, including access to the Club Lounge where five meal presentations are served daily, and discounts at our spa.

Options

Our tours are designed to include all that you need to enjoy a really special time in the destination you‘re visiting. However, we do also offer some extra options to complement the tour and add some additional sightseeing or activities, or some extra time at either end of the tour.

All accommodation based options (e.g. Single supplements, extra nights, cruise upgrades) should be booked and paid for in advance so that we can make the appropriate arrangements. Other options may either be booked and paid for in advance or while you are on the tour, though we recommend booking in advance to ensure there are no issues with availability.

Many options are priced the same throughout the year, but some may incur single or high season supplements - full details are given on the tour reservation form or on request.

Single room supplement (VEFAFA)

Single room supplement (VEFAFA)

Min numbers: 1 person


This option guarantees you a single room in all the hotels throughout the tour. Extra beds are available for single children to share their parents room if required.

Price from
A$750
per person

This option guarantees you a single room in all the hotels throughout the tour. Extra beds are available for single children to share their parents room if required. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding room allocations for your family.

Note: The price shown is a low season price. Slightly higher prices may apply during high and peak seasons - the exact price for your dates will be shown on the online booking form and is always available on request.

Extra day in Hanoi - pre-tour

Extra day in Hanoi - pre-tour

Min numbers: 1 person


This option adds an extra day to the start of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Your airport arrival transfer is still included. Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.

Price from
A$40
per person

This option adds an extra day to the start of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Your airport arrival transfer is still included. Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.

Note: Single room and peak season supplements apply.

Child discount (under 12)

Child discount (under 12)

Min numbers: 1 person


This discount option may be added for all children aged under 12 years at the date of travel. Please contact us for more information on individual rooming arrangements and pricing for your family.

Price from
A$-280
per person

This discount option may be added for all children aged under 12 years at the date of travel. Please contact us for more information on individual rooming arrangements and pricing for your family.

Extra day in Ho Chi Minh - post-tour

Extra day in Ho Chi Minh - post-tour

Min numbers: 1 person


This option adds an extra day to the end of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Your airport departure transfer is still included. Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.

Price from
A$50
per person

This option adds an extra day to the end of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Your airport departure transfer is still included. Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.

Note: Single room and peak season supplements apply.

Cambodia Extension

Cambodia Extension

Min numbers: 1 person


This option extends your tour to 16-days, adding in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap in Cambodia. Sites visited include the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and National Museum in Phnom Penh and several of the Angkor temples at Siem Reap.

Price from
A$1019
per person

Cambodia Extension

This option extends your tour to 16-days and starts with a flight from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh (not included). Whilst here you'll visit all the tourist highlights which the city has to offer including the fascinating Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and National Museum. You'll also visit the sobering Killings Fields and Toul Sleng Genocide Museum which documents the atrocities of the Khymer Rouge. An internal flight then takes you to Siem Reap, home to the awe inspiring Angkor Wat temple complex. Whilst here you'll have a day and half filled with tours along with another free day so that you can choose to revisit the temples or join our optional tour to the floating villages of Tonle Sap.

Day 11: Tue
Option Cu Chi Tunnel tour. Fly to Phnom Penh
 
This morning we offer an optional tour to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. Later in the day you'll take a short flight to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This flight is not included in the price of this extension as it can often be built into your main international flight ticket for little additional cost. Please contact us if you would like us to book the ticket for you and we will provide prices subject to availability at the time (normally around US$110-160 p/p). After arrival in Phnom Penh we transfer you to your hotel and the remainder of the day is free to begin exploring Cambodia's exotic capital city.
 
Overnight: Phnom Penh hotel
 
Extras: Cu Chi Tunnels tour
 
Meals: Breakfast
Day 12: Wed
Phnom Penh Tour
 
Our guide will show you all the highlights of this bustling, vibrant city, including the fascinating Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum. You can climb the hill to Wat Phnom, the city's main temple, where you'll find throngs of worshippers and troops of monkeys. In the afternoon, you can visit the sobering and poignant Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, which documents the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge against the Cambodian people. Tour ends with a visit to  Choeung Ek or the "Killing Fields", where over 17,000 people were murdered and buried in mass graves by the Khmer Rouge.
 
Overnight: Phnom Penh hotel
 
Extras: N/A Meals: Breakfast & lunch
Day 13: Thu
Fly to Siem Reap. Half day temple tour
 
Free time at leisure until you are transferred to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival in Siem Reap, you are met and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, head to the famous Angkor Wat-best preserved of all the Angkor temples. Explore this huge architectural wonder at your leisure before visiting either Phnom Bakheng or Pre Rup temple to watch the sunset. 
 
Overnight: Siem Reap hotel
 
Extras: N/A
 
Meals: Breakfast.
Day 14: Fri
Siem Reap. Full day temple tour
 
The day begins at the South Gate of Angkor Thom, where you will begin your exploration of the centrepiece of this ancient city, the Bayon. The Bayon holds 54 towers decorated with more than 200 enigmatically smiling stone faces. The morning tour also visits the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Terrace of Elephants and Terrace of Leper Kings. In the afternoon you will visit Ta Prohm Temple which was famously featured in the movie, Tomb Raider.
 
Overnight: Siem Reap hotel
 
Extras: N/A
 
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Day 15: Sat
Free day in Siem Reap. Optional Tonle Sap tour
 
You have a free day in Siem Reap today. You can choose to revisit the temples, enjoy the city or choose to take our interesting trip to the floating village at Tonle Sap (described below): (Today, you will discover Tonle Sap Lake at Kompong Kleng, which is a unique village with few tourists visiting this area.  It is a large remote village located on the northern edge of the lake approximately 45km from Siem Reap. The main industry for the community is fishing. You will take a boat trip passing markets and villages to the edge of the great Tonle Sap Lake where you will enjoy a relaxing, fascinating journey to the flooded forrest. Return by boat and vehicle to Siem Reap with the balance of the day at leisure)
 
Overnight: Siem Reap hotel
 
Extras: Tonle Sap tour
 
Meals: Breakfast.
Day 16: Sun
Siem Reap. Free time. Transfer to airport for departure
 
Free time at leisure until you are transferred to the airport for your departure flight.
 
Overnight: N/A
 
Extras: Extra nights in Siem Reap
 
Meals: Breakfast.

Tour Notes

The detailed Tour Notes below have been written to give you some more detailed information about how the tour runs, what to expect, and how to prepare for your holiday. We recommend downloading an up to date copy of these shortly before you travel in case of any changes.

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  1. International Flights

We want to give you as much flexibility as possible when it comes to booking your holiday with us. So, to take account of people with varying travel plans, we don’t include your international flights in the main tour price. We are however very happy to suggest flights to go with the tour. Please contact us with your preferred dates and departure airport and we’ll give you a selection of airlines, times and fares to choose from.

Your airport arrival & departure transfers are included on the first and last days of the tour.

Most of our Thailand tours start and finish in Bangkok, and include an arrival and departure airport transfer from/to Bangkok international airport (BKK). However, some tours also finish on one of Thailand's islands. Transfers back to Bangkok or to one of the nearby island airports can be arranged on request.

  2. Culture and Customs

Dress code
The Thai people consider dressing appropriately to be important and respectful, so please follow their example. This means covering up your swimwear while not on the beach or by the pool, and while shorts and T-shirts are fine, please try not to look scruffy. Remember to take your shoes off before entering local houses or any religious buildings.

Temple etiquette
When entering temples you should wear clothes that cover your knees and shoulders. Women may be asked to wear long skirts, not trousers, and shorts are not appropriate for either sex. You may wear a shawl to cover up and these are sometimes available to hire before entry. Again please take your shoes off before entering. 

Buddhist Culture
Thailand is a Buddhist country and Buddhism permeates nearly all aspects of society and culture, resulting in a country with different customs to much of the West. Rudeness and disrespect are frowned upon and you will be judged on your behaviour. Some tips for behaviour to avoid causing offence are; do not touch other people with your feet, point your feet at Buddhist statues or shrines (be careful of this when you sit), and don't touch the head of someone you don't know well. Public displays of affection are frowned upon, so save these until you are in private. You'll find being polite using a few Thai words will really pay dividends (thank you is Kawp Khun Kaa if you are female, and Kawp Khun Kraap if you are male. Your tour guide will provide more information and advice while you are on the tour; please don't hesitate to ask them any questions or for advice.

The Royal Family
The Thai people have huge respect for their Royal Family and this is enshrined in many laws as well. You should bear this in mind when speaking to Thai people and in simple things like remembering that Thai paper money has the King's face on and should therefore be treated carefully.

Drugs and Alcohol
Drugs are illegal in Thailand and heavy penalties including very large fines and jail time can be imposed. Don't think that because you are a tourist you are exempt or will be treated differently. Drinking is legal and you should not worry about having a few beers or cocktails while on tour. However remember to be respectful to your surroundings, fellow group members and the local population.


  3. Entrance Fees

The tour price includes entrance fees to all the tourist sites mentioned in the itinerary.  You will need to cover the cost of entrance to any other extra sites that you may wish to visit.


  4. Tipping

Tipping is not part of Thai culture but has become customary but not compulsory in the tourist and service industry. Tipping is always optional, and any amounts paid should reflect excellent service. You may therefore wish to tip your guide and driver at the end of the tour.  You should not feel obliged to tip any particular amount, and should consider your personal budget. We are often asked to provide a guide however, and can suggest that approx. GBP 5 / USD 8 per person per day would be appropriate.


  5. Health and Vaccinations

You should ensure you are fully insured for medical emergencies including emergency evacuation and repatriation.

Recommended vaccinations and other health protection measures vary according to the country you are visiting and where you are travelling from. We recommend you contact your GP/medical practitioner or a travel clinic for current information on vaccinations needed for your destination. You should ensure that you are up to date with vaccines and boosters recommended for your normal life at home, including for example, vaccines required for occupational risk of exposure, lifestyle risks and underlying medical conditions. In addition, additional courses or boosters normally recommended for the countries in this region are:

Thailand: Additional vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Tetanus. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from or having transitted through an infected area.
Vietnam: Additional vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from an infected area.
Cambodia: Additional vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from or having transitted through an infected area.
Laos: Additional vaccinations: Diptheria, Poliomyelitis, Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from an infected area.

The above information can change at short notice. For up to date health information & vaccination requirements we recommend that you contact your medical practitioner or a travel clinic.

Malaria: Vaccinations are not available against Malaria, which is a disease transmitted by mosquitoes that can be very serious and sometimes fatal. You should avoid mosquito bites by covering up bare skin with clothing such as long sleeves and long trousers and applying insect repellents to exposed skin. When necessary, sleep under a mosquito net. Mosquitoes are most active during and after sunset. You should consult with your GP/medical practitioner/travel clinic about the most appropriate malaria prophylactic medication to take for the regions you are visiting.

Yellow Fever: This disease is spread by infected mosquitoes that bite during the day. A Yellow Fever Certificate of vacinnation may be required as a condition of entry depending on which country you are arriving from, or that you have travelled or transitted through recently (including connecting flights with stopovers of over 12 hours). You can view a World Health Organisation map of areas where the virus is present in monkeys and therefore a potential risk to humans. Please ensure you have this certificate with you and to hand if necessary.

Please inform us of any pre-existing conditions such as diabetes or asthma and any prescription medicine you may be taking. We also need to know about any food allergies or physical disabilities that you may have.


  6. Passports and Visas - Thailand

Passports should be valid for at least six months after your departure from the country. Please do not bring an almost full or almost expired passport. Visa arrangements are the responsibility of the traveller, and requirements are subject to change by the local authorities.

Most foreign nationals (including UK, EU, USA, CA, AU, NZ, SA) are granted a visa exemption on arrival for stays in the country of up to 30 days. If you are looking to spend longer in Thailand then you will need to leave the country and re-enter to extend your stay. We strongly recommend arranging your visa in advance if you would like to stay longer than 30 days in Thailand.


  7. Time
The time in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos is GMT plus 7 hours. Daylight saving adjustments are not observed.

  8. Voltage
Sockets are two round or flat pronged and 220 volts (Type A, B, C). Universal adaptors are available in most airport shops if you don't have one already. Standard European adapters will work fine, though sometimes they may feel a little loose in the sockets. All hotel rooms have electrical sockets where you can re-charge cameras, phones etc. Hair dryers are normally available on request from the hotel reception if not in your room already.
If you have US appliances (110 volts) you will need a voltage converter as well as a plug adapter.

  9. Money

The currency in Thailand is the Thai Baht (THB). You do not need to arrange to bring any Thai Baht with you to Thailand, as change facilities are readily available in the airport, hotels and banks. We recommend that you consider bringing both credit cards and some cash in a hard currency (e.g. GB Pounds, Euros, US Dollars).

ATMs are readily available in the arrivals hall of Bangkok airport and in most major towns. Many local shops in larger towns and resorts will accept VISA/Mastercard or Amex, but may charge fees of up to 10% - check before you pay. Travellers cheques are not recommended as they can not be changed in many places now, and can incur high fees.

For security we recommend that you use the safety deposit box in your hotel room or at the hotel reception if available. You should also be careful of pickpockets in crowded places, especially places like Khao San Road in Bangkok.

While in Thailand you will need sufficient funds to cover meals not included in the itinerary, drinks, snacks, souvenirs and personal expenses such as laundry. Check the Included/Excluded notes below the tour itinerary for more guidance. These should generally all be paid for in Thai Baht.

It is difficult to recommend a level of personal spending money which will suit everyone as this can differ greatly, but as a guideline, we would suggest allowing USD 15-25 per person per day as a minimum. Allow more if you plan on doing lots of shopping, or buying many alcoholic drinks.


  10. What to take
Luggage: Suitcases, rucksacks or fabric holdalls are all fine to bring with you to Thailand, though if your itinerary has many stops and different travel included within it, we recommend packing light and not bring any large cases. You should also bring a small daypack/bag to take out during the day. Your main luggage will normally be left in the hotel during your sightseeing trips – you will not need to carry it far, and there are nearly always hotel porters to assist.

Luggage limits: There is no luggage limit for this tour. However, most airlines restrict you to between 20kg and 25kg for your hold luggage and between 5kg and 10kg for hand luggage. Please check with your airline before travelling to the airport.

Climate and Clothing: There are three reasonably well-defined seasons in Thailand, but unlike in Europe, where seasons are temperature based, Thailand is tropical and generally speaking warm all year round. Rains from the monsoon are the marker of seasons and the rainy season is from June to October. Pre-monsoon is from March to May, when the weather becomes progressively hotter. Post monsoon is from November to February when the weather is cooler. The range of temperature is more marked in the north where pre-monsoon can be very hot, though the heat is much drier than in the south. Winter in the north can feel cool, particularly in the mountains. Take light clothes with something warmer for the winter nights if you are travelling to the north. Some light raingear would be useful in the wet season.

Other items: We recommend you also bring:

  • Cool footwear (sandals are ideal). If you are interested in exploring the reefs, a pair of reef shoes is recommended to avoid injuries. If you are trekking, then bring comfortable and sturdy walking shoes or light walking boots.
  • Swimming costumes – rash-guards/t-shirts are recommended for snorkelling to avoid sunburn.
  • Sunscreens, after sun lotions and personal hygiene products – Please adhere to 100ml restrictions for anything you wish to carry on hand-luggage on flights.
  • Prescription medications (if required) – please bring supporting documents.
  • Power adapter for phones, laptops etc
  • Sunglasses and hats
  • Basic first aid kit and toiletries
  • Money belt
  • Small torch
  • Dive certification card and log book if you intend to participate in SCUBA diving.
  • Sleeping bag if your tour includes any hill-tribe or village trekking

  11. Booking & Payment

If you would like to book a place on this tour, please complete the online reservation form on our website (via the Dates & Prices tab on the tour page). You may make a deposit or full payment online, or just hold a reservation if you prefer (full payments are due 8 weeks before departure). We will then contact you with more details about how to complete your booking. Payments may be made by debit or credit card (subject to a card processing fee), or by making a bank transfer, or posting us a cheque/bank draft. Full details will be provided in your booking confirmation email. Please contact us if you would like any more information or have any questions before making a booking.


  12. Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our tours and needs to cover personal accident & liability, medical expenses and repatriation, travel delay & abandonment. We also strongly recommend that you take out cover against cancellation and lost/stolen baggage. Personal medical insurance does not normally provide sufficient cover and is generally not suitable for travel on our tours. You will not be able to join your tour if you have not provided us with details of your insurance or if you arrive without cover in place (no refunds will be due in this event). More information...

You may arrange your own insurance, or you can take advantage of a comprehensive policy that we can arrange for you through Endsleigh Insurance which has been designed to be suitable for our tours. The policy is available to travellers of all nationalities and you do not need to live in the UK  to take out the policy. For full details of cover provided, prices and to apply for one of our policies, please complete travel insurance application form.
Note: Any country that borders the Mediterranean is considered as 'Europe' for the purposes of travel insurance (including Turkey, Israel, Egypt and Morocco). If you are doing a tour that visits one country in 'Europe' and one that is 'Worldwide' (for example, an Egypt and Jordan tour), then you need a 'Worldwide' policy. When completing the form you should enter your travel dates including any extra days involved in overnight flights or connecting travel between your home and the tour. Our policies are not able to cover any extra time or activities other than your tour and options booked with us and your travel to & from home.

Note - to comply with insurance sales regulations, our travel insurance policies are only available to customers booking directly with us. If you have booked through a travel agent you will need to arrange your own insurance.

If you plan to arrange a hot air balloon flight locally, or do some scuba diving during your tour, you should check the small print in your policy to make sure these are covered (these are covered in our policy). Please also check the maximum altitude that you will be reaching and that full cover including emergency evacuation is provided up to this altitude.

If you are taking expensive camera gear or other electronic equipment with you then please check the coverage and the fine print of your policy to ensure that you have sufficient cover.

IMPORTANT:  We must have your travel insurance details (policy number and type of insurance) before you depart or you may not be allowed to join the tour.  If you haven't told us already, please let us know the details when you can. You should take a paper copy of your insurance policy with you as you may be asked to show this at the start of the tour.


  13. Financial Security

We are a UK registered company and an ABTA Member (Y4447) and you can be confident when booking with us that your money is safe and protected.
Financial failure insurance is also provided through Affirma to protect all customers for the land portion of your tour.
Please see our website or booking conditions for more information.


  14. Responsible Tourism

It is impossible not to have an impact on the local environment, cultures and eco-systems when you travel. However, it is very possible to try and ensure that these impacts are as limited, or positive as possible. We are committed to ensuring that we try to leave our host countries in a better state than we found them and encourage and assist our travellers to help us with this.
The following are a few simple tips that require very little effort on your part but which will help ensure that any effect you have on the locations you visit is positive rather than negative.

  • Don't prejudge: Things in different countries will almost certainly be different. That doesn't make them worse or inferior, just different.
  • Communicate: Don't expect locals to speak your language. Take the trouble to learn a few words or phrases of the local language. Don't worry about sounding silly. Most locals are patient and accommodating and appreciate you making the effort to communicate in their language.
  • Conserve energy: Be careful not to waste valuable resources. Use local resources sparingly. Switch off lights, air-conditioning and fans when you leave the hotel room and don't waste water. Remove superfluous packaging. Many countries have far less efficient waste disposal systems than ours. Remove packaging from newly acquired items before leaving home.
  • Don't litter: No matter how untidy or dirty the country you're travelling in may look to you, avoid littering, as there is no need to add to the environment's stress. Many of the countries we visit have a tough challenge dealing with rubbish and waste. Please consider taking home as much plastic waste as you can (e.g. water bottles).
  • Choose environmentally friendly products: By using environmentally friendly (bio degradable) sun creams, shampoos and detergents you can help reduce pollution.
  • Respect local customs and traditions: As you are a guest in these countries, you should also comply with the local customs. If you are friendly and well mannered, the locals will reciprocate and it will only enhance your experience. It's important to follow dress and behaviour guidelines especially when visiting religious or sacred sites (your tour leader will advise you how best to do this).
  • If a client commits an illegal act the client may be excluded from the tour and Encounters Travel shall cease to have responsibility to/for them. No refund will be given for any unused services.

All porters are employed and equipped following guidelines set by the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG).


  15. Follow Us Online

You can stay in touch with us online by following us on Facebook and Twitter. We post updates on relevant travel news in our destination countries, special offers and discounts and other interesting travel related news and information.
www.facebook.com/encounterstravel
www.twitter.com/encounterstravl (yes, without the 'e')


  16. Before you travel

It is important when considering and preparing to travel anywhere in the world that you have a good understanding of the country you are visiting, its laws and customs, and the possible risks and situations that may occur. This includes specific risks related to your itinerary (eg. does it involve water & can you swim, are you fit enough for the activities included), as well as more general risks such as terrorism and natural disasters.

General details and links to more information about health risks, visa requirements, money, and travel insurance are given in these tour notes. We recommend that you re-read all these before your departure as well as the small print of your travel insurance policy so you know exactly what is covered and what is not.

You should take copies of your important travel documents with you and ideally also store them online securely as a backup. Make sure that you have given us your emergency contact details and told that person where and when you are travelling. Ensure you take enough money with you and that you have access to emergency funds.

Finally, you should read through and stay updated with the current official government travel advice for your destination. We are registered partners with the UK Foreign Office's 'Travel Aware' campaign which provides further useful and invaluable information.

'Travel Aware' campaign

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Posted 22nd of Nov 2017

Loved, loved, loved this tour. Everything was top notch. The accommodations, the sights, the people.