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GLOBAL EXPEDITIONS CLUB – Thailand: Beaches, Jungle & Bangkok Group Tour (with optional Cambodia)

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WIN THIS TRIP TO THAILAND!* That's right, if at least 12 full paying passengers are on this Thailand trip in March 2015 (not including the Trip Leader), then one person will travel for FREE! It's very simple: on the final night of the tour the Trip Leader will hold a random raffle and one person will have the entire base land cost of their trip refunded!*

*NOTE: The refund, which will be applied to the winner's credit card (or a check issued), is valid only for the actual $2,299 base land price of the Thailand portion of trip paid to Head Out Adventures. No airfare, extras or optionals will be refunded. The Trip Leader will oversee the raffle. The winner of the free trip promotion will be required to complete a W2 form before payout is issued (all applicable taxes are the responsibility of the winner). See important information section below for more details.


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This is a Global Expeditions Travel Club Trip:

The group will travel March 10-18, 2015

(optional 3d/2n trip extension to Angkor Wat in Cambodia available making the entire trip run March 10-20, 2015).

Join other like-minded club members on this Global Expeditions Travel Club group tour to the exotic and diverse country of Thailand. Join us as we explore the vibrant city of Bangkok, the colorful Damnernsaduak Floating Market, explore Chiang Mai in the north and travel through the jungles on an Elephant and a bamboo raft, and end this amazing trip on the stunningly beautiful beaches of southern Thailand.

Starting in the vibrant city of Bangkok we will take a trip up river to visit the famous Damnernsaduak Floating Market. We will then travel up to Chang Mai and visit the nearby jungles. Here we will take an exciting Elephant ride, as well as travel down the Mae Taeng River on a traditional bamboo raft.

We will end this exciting tour with a visit to the unforgettable beaches of Phuket in Southern Thailand. With their towering limestone cliffs and crystal clear emerald waters, the spectacularly beautiful beaches of Thailand are the perfect ending to an amazing trip.

This classic trip has all the makings of a 'Trip of a Lifetime'. It has the fun, exploration, adventure and the opportunity to make life-long friends! That is, after all, what the Global Expeditions Club is all about: Make Friends. Travel the World.

OPTIONAL: 3d/2n trip extension. Feel like extending the fun with a bit more adventure? Then why not add on the highly recommended optional 3d/2n trip extension to the incredible ancient city of Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

At the end of the Thailand trip we'll fly from Phuket to the Cambodian city of Siem Reap. Here we will take a guided exploration of the ancient city and awe-inspiring temples of Angkor Wat while also experiencing the friendly and welcoming people of Cambodia. This is a cutting-edge destination that beckons the true adventurer to explore (option to purchase is available on check out).



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Places Visited:

Thailand Group Trip, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Bangkok, Damnernsaduak Floating Market, optional Koh Phi Phi Island, optional Phang Nga Bay (James Bond Island), Optional Extension: Cambodia Group Tour, Angkor Wat, Siem Reap


Trip Itinerary:
B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner

Brief Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive Bangkok
Day 2: Half Day Tour Damnoensaduak Floating Market (B)
Day 3: Fly Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Hill tribe dinner show (B, D)
Day 4: Elephant Safari and Bamboo Rafting Trip (B, L)
Day 5: Chiang Mai city and Temple Tour (B, L)
Day 6: Fly Chiang Mai to Phuket. (B)
Day 7: Leisure Day beaches or optional Boat Tour to Koh Phi Phi Islands (B)
Day 8: Leisure Day at beaches or optional Phang Nga Bay (James Bond Island) boat tour. (B)
Day 9: Trip ends in Phuket after breakfast OR start of Cambodia extension trip. (B)

OPTIONAL: 3 day, 2 night Trip Extension (Angkor Wat Cambodia)

Day 1: Fly Phuket to Siem Reap. Visit Angkor Wat. (B)
Day 2: Full day visit to Angkor. (B)
Day 3: AM Angkor Tour. Trip Ends with Transfer to Airport. (B)



Detailed Itinerary:

B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner

Day 1:
Arrive Bangkok


Arrive in Bangkok and meet at the assigned hotel. If you purchased airport transfers through us, then you are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Bangkok. The remainder of the day is free to relax and explore the city of Bangkok.

In the afternoon at the scheduled time (exact group orientation time and place to be provided before departure), you will meet with the group at the hotel for a trip orientation meeting. Here you will meet the club Trip Leader, as well as your fellow travel mates for this fantastic trip. In the evening, why not go out and explore Bangkok's famous night life. Today many people will be strangers to you, but by the end of the trip they will be lifelong friends! Overnight in Bangkok


Day 2:
Half Day Tour Damnoensaduak Floating Market (B)


In the morning, we will travel with a local guide from Bangkok to the north to visit the one of the most popular floating markets of Thailand; Damnernsaduak Floating Market. Here we will have a chance to hire a paddle boat to explore the colorful market like a local. Our boat ride will also allow us to see, up close, the lifestyles of the local people who live along the small canals. We will return back to the hotel in the afternoon, giving us plenty of free time to shop, get a famous Thai massage, and/or check out the city further. Overnight in Bangkok.


Day 3:
Fly Bangkok to Chiang Mai. (B, D)


Today we will fly to the lush northern region of Thailand. Arriving in Chiang Mai, we will be met by our local tour guide and transferred to the hotel. You will have some free time to explore Chiang Mai with your fellow travel mates. Be sure to visit the famous Chiang Mai market. In the evening we will enjoy a traditional northern hill tribe welcome dinner, including a hill tribe dancing show. Overnight in Chiang Mai


Day 4:
Elephant Safari and Bamboo Rafting Trip (B, L)


In the morning we will make a much anticipated visit to a nearby Elephant Camp to see the elephants at work in a jungle area. Here we will see how the elephants are trained and cared for by their loving handlers. We will then take an exciting elephant ride along the jungle trails, returning via an Ox-Cart ride back to the camp. After lunch at the elephant camp we will take a ride on a traditional local handcrafted bamboo raft down the beautiful Mae Taeng River. On our return ride to Chiang Mai, we’ll make a brief stop at an Orchid nursery to learn about the history of these beautiful flowers. Overnight in Chiang Mai


Day 5:
City and Temple Tour (B, L)


After breakfast our guide will take us on a tour of Chiang Mai, making stops at a number of important and scenic sights, including the Doi Suthep Temple (one of the most sacred temples in Chiang Mai), Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep and at a hilltop lookout to enjoy a panoramic view of the whole city. We will then return to the hotel and have the afternoon to relax or explore the surrounding area. The evening is yours to spend at your leisure with your fellow club members. Overnight in Chiang Mai


Day 6:
Fly Chiang Mai to Phuket. (B)


Today we will fly from Chiang Mai to the vibrant and active island of Phuket in the south and transfer to the hotel. The afternoon and evening are free to explore the famous beaches, restaurants, and nightlife of Phuket. Overnight in Phuket.


Day 7:
Leisure Day at Beaches or Optional Boat Tour to Koh Phi Phi Islands (B)


Today is a leisure day to spend as you like. Visit the beautiful beaches of Phuket with the white sands and warm waters, relax at the hotel pool, do some shopping around town, etc. OR why not join the group on the optional boat tour to Koh Phi Phi Islands!

OPTIONAL: After breakfast we will witness one of the most spectacular sights in Asia; the legendary island of Koh Phi Phi Ley, where the movie "The Beach" with Leonardo DiCaprio was filmed. Departing from Phuket, we will take an exciting speed boat ride across the crystal clear waters of the Andaman Sea, stopping along the way to snorkel in the beautiful and warm waters. After snorkeling, we will enter the mind-blowingly beautiful, nearly enclosed lagoon of Koh Phi Phi. Surrounded on all sides by towering limestone cliffs and punctuated with aqua blue waters that are warmer than the air, the stunning beauty of this national park island is unsurpassed. It is truly one of the great destinations on earth.

After visiting Koh Phi Phi Ley, we will head over to the island of Koh Phi Phi Don, where we will enjoy a beachside lunch with time to wander around the island. After lunch we return to Phuket. Overnight in Phuket.


Day 8:
Leisure Day at Beaches or Optional Phang Nga Bay (James Bond Island) Boat Tour. (B)


Today is another leisure day to spend as you like. Visit the beautiful beaches of Phuket with the white sands and warm waters, relax at the hotel pool, do some shopping around town, etc. OR why not join the group on the optional boat tour to Phang Nga Bay (aka James Bond Island)!

OPTIONAL: After breakfast travel to Phang Nga Bay via boat. Phang Nga Bay is loaded with hundreds of towering islands and beautiful limestone cliffs... the most famous being "James Bond Island," a lone tower in the bay that was prominently featured for its beauty in the movie The Man With the Golden Gun. This full day trip explores the scenic islands, beautiful caves, local fishing villages, and specular waters of the bay.

Day 9:
Trip Ends After Breakfast in Phuket OR Start Cambodia Extension (B)


Trip ends after breakfast. Make your way to the Phuket airport for your flight home OR hotel pick up and transfer for those who purchased airport transfers through us. OR for those who are continuing to Cambodia on the optional Angkor Wat trip extension, transfer to the airport for our group flight (see below).

OPTIONAL: 3 day, 2 night Trip Extension (Angkor Wat Cambodia)

Day 1 (Wed):
Fly Bangkok to Siem Reap. Visit Angkor. Evening dinner show. (B)


With an early start, we will fly from Phuket to the Cambodian city of Siem Reap. The town of Siem Reap is our base for visiting the world famous temples of the ancient city Angkor, which was the capital of the powerful Khmer Empire dating from 802 AD to 1350 AD. This stunning and extensive site sprawls through the dense jungle over an area of 60 square miles.

Upon arriving, we will spend a half day exploring the wondrous ancient ruins starting with Angkor Wat; the crowning jewel of Khmer architecture and the national symbol and highlight of any visit to Cambodia. To approach the temple, first cross the vast moat, continuing along a broad causeway lined with naga balustrades. On the way, stop to enjoy the intricate stone carvings that adorn nearly every surface, with some 1,700 Apsaras, or celestial dancers, sculpted into the walls. Along the outer gallery walls run the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which narrates stories from Hindu mythology, including the famous Churning of the Ocean of Milk were we will enjoy a sunset view before return to our hotel.


Day 2 (Thur):
Full day visit to Angkor. (B)


Today we will enjoy a full day tour of the Angkor complex, starting with the jungle covered temple of Ta Prohm. At this incredible and famous sight, there are enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers which embrace themselves in the stone foundations of the structure giving the impression of man's creation being reclaimed by the powerful forces of nature. We explore this masterpiece as well as many other of the surrounding temples and buildings.

Overnight in Siem Reap


Day 3 (Fri):
AM Visit to Angkor. Trip ends. (B)


After breakfast you will check out of the hotel and store your luggage at the hotel. With the local guide we then head out to visit Angkor Thom. Enclosed by a wall and wide moats, the city includes many of Angkor's most popular sights. Enter by the monumental South Gate over a causeway lined on either side by statues of demons and gods, each carrying a giant naga. Continue to the Terrace of The Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper Kings, former spaces for public ceremonies, both adorned with dramatic bas reliefs. Visit the ruined Baphuon, Royal Enclosure and Phimeanakas before continuing to the mysterious Bayon Temple. We then return to the hotel in late morning/early afternoon.

Trip ends with return to hotel. Make your own way via taxi to the airport for your flight home (hotel can arrange) OR you can take the complementary transfer to the airport which departs the hotel right after returning from the tour. (B)



Important Information

This is a Global Expeditions Travel Club group trip that is open to anyone.

Prices are based on double occupancy. However, if you do not mind being paired up with a roommate of the same gender, then the single supplement DOES NOT apply. If you would like your own hotel room, please choose the optional single supplement at check out.

All prices are land only. You are responsible for making your own international flight arrangements between your home city and the Start & End cities as noted in the itinerary (and below) and for arriving at the designated departure location as per the itinerary (see important Flight Notes below). However, flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you receive a written guarantee from Global Expeditions Club that the trip is guaranteed to go. If you would like to discuss international flight options, please contact the Global Expeditions Club at info@GlobalExpeditionsClub.com

Flight Note 1: we arrange the domestic group flights in Thailand (Bangkok to Chiang Mai & Chiang Mai to Phuket) and the flight for the Cambodia extension (Phuket to Siem Reap). These flight costs are extra and are mandatory add-ons.

Flight Note 2: if you DO NOT choose the Cambodia extension, you will book your international flight to fly into Bangkok (BKK) and out of Phuket (HKT)

Flight Note 3: if you DO choose the Cambodia extension, you will book your international flight to fly into Bangkok (BKK) and out of Siem Reap, Cambodia (REP)


This tour requires a total minimum group size to run. Please DO NOT purchase your airfare or any personal travel requirements until you receive a written confirmation of guaranteed departure from the Global Expeditions Club.

Visa are obtained on entry at the airport for citizens of the US and Canada (at time of writing), however your passport must be valid for at least 6 months following the last day of the tour.

A minimum of 12 full paying passengers must be physically present on the trip for the 'free trip' raffle to occur. The refund, which will be applied to the winner's credit card (or a check issued), is valid only for the actual $2,299 base land price of the Thailand portion of trip paid to Head Out Adventures. No airfare, extras or optionals will be refunded. The Trip Leader will administer and oversee the raffle and while his/her say is final, the ultimate final decision and/or any disputes are made solely and bindingly by Head Out Adventures, LLC. The winner of the free trip promotion will be required to complete a W2 form before payout is issued (all applicable taxes are the responsibility of the winner).

Trip ID: AS1133
PRICING
Departure Dates:

2 Thailand Domestic Flights: Bangkok-Chiang Mai & Chiang Mai-Phuket
$689.00
Optional Add-Ons
 
OPTIONAL: Airport Transfer (round trip)
$49.00
OPTIONAL: Single Room (choose only if you want your own hotel room-where available)
$589.00
OPTIONAL: Koh Phi Phi Island Day Trip (day 7)
$118.00
OPTIONAL: James Bond Island Day Trip (day 8)
$118.00
OPTIONAL: 3d/2n Angkor Wat Cambodia Extension
$599.00
OPTIONAL: Phuket-Cambodia Flight (MUST choose if doing the Angkor Wat Extension)
$497.00

Price Includes
  • Fully guided tour of Thailand's best cities, jungles and beaches
  • 2 domestic flights: Bangkok-Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai-Phuket (mandatory add-on)
  • Tour of Damnernsaduak Floating Market
  • Tour of Chiang Mai city and temples
  • Elephant ride into jungle
  • Traditional bamboo raft ride down the Mae Taeng River
  • Ox-Cart ride in jungle
  • Tours of numerous palaces and temples
  • Optional boat tour of Koh Phi Phi Islands
  • Optional boat tour of Phang Nga Bay (James Bond Island)
  • Transportation in private A/C vehicles
  • Excellent 3-4* hotels throughout
  • English speaking local guides
  • English speaking Global Expeditions Club Trip Leader
  • Breakfast daily, 2 lunch & 1 dinner
  • Entrance fees for tours mentioned

  • OPTIONAL 3d/2n Angkor Wat Trip Extension:
  • Tour of the World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat
  • Phuket-Siem Reap, Cambodia one-way flight (mandatory add-on)
  • Transportation in private A/C vehicles
  • 2 nights in excellent 3-4 star hotel
  • English speaking local guide
  • English speaking Global Expeditions Club Trip Leader
  • Breakfast daily
  • Entrance fees
Price Does Not Include
  • International airfare
  • Airport Transfers (start/end)
  • Meals & beverages not indicated
  • Optional activities
  • Airport departure taxes and fees (Approximately US$ 2 domestic & US$ 19 international)
  • Beverages
  • Visas (obtained on entry)
  • Travel medical insurance (details) mandatory
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • OPTIONAL: Koh Phi Phi Island & snorkeling boat tour
  • OPTIONAL: Phang Nga Bay (James Bond Island) boat tour

  • OPTIONAL 3d/2n Angkor Wat Trip Extension:
  • Cambodian visas (approximately $30 - obtained on entry)
  • Airport departure taxes and fees (Approximately US$ 25)
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Lunch and dinner at the hotel
  • Beverages
Accomodation Included
  • Excellent 3-4* hotels throughout

  • OPTIONAL 3d/2n Angkor Wat Trip Extension:
  • Excellent 3-4* hotel
Transportation Included
  • Transportation in private A/C vehicles
  • Elephant
  • Ox Cart
  • Bamboo raft
  • Boat on optionals
Meals Included
  • Breakfast daily, 2 lunches & 1 dinner

  • OPTIONAL 3d/2n Angkor Wat Trip Extension:
  • Breakfast daily
Seasonal Info
  • Peak season is November through May. Rainy season is June through September.


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