Thailand for Lantern Festival

Treehouses, Tuk-Tuks and Temples...Oh My!

From island hopping on a long tail boat to jungle trekking in one of the oldest rainforests in the world, you won’t be disappointed in the Land of Smiles. Come join us this year for one of the most coveted events in travel…The mass lantern release in Chiang Mai! This highly anticipated event sells out fast and is definitely a bucket list item! It is an awe-inspiring sight to witness thousands of lanterns drift into the sky simultaneously.

Thailand’s breathtaking landscape, mouth-watering food, relaxing massages and laid back vibe makes it the perfect travel destination. Did we mention that the massages are only $8 each?! No matter your style, Thailand has something for everyone.

Check out the video on Youtube by clicking the following link : Globe Drifters Thailand Video!

 Day 1 : Bangkok Arrival

Sawasdee ka and Welcome to Thailand! Bangkok is an intoxicating and sometimes jarring mix of modern and ancient. Scattered concrete skyscrapers share space with traditional wooden homes while gleaming temples sparkle in the background with the smells of street food encompassing the air. Bangkok has a vast array of activities such as golden temple visits, cabaret shows, Muay Thai fights, boat rides on back canals, floating markets and much more! Just taking a walk around the city and sampling the street food is an amazing experience in itself. Today is arrival day and as many of you will have had long plane rides, you will have the day to settle in and get adjusted to the new time zone. The hotel we are staying at has a very nice salt water pool to lounge in if you need some time to unwind after the long flight.

Included :

  • Activities : Arrival; Free time
  • Accommodation : Ad Lib Hotel

Day 2 : Bangkok  

Today we will get an early start and make our way to the wet market, Klong Toei, the largest and most local in all of Bangkok. If you are squeamish or sensitive to smells, this might not be the best option for you. However, if you would like to see what a real market looks like, then put on a pair of closed toe shoes and let’s head to Klong Toei where everything and anything is sold, including live ducks, insects and snakes! We will walk through the market tasting exotic fruits and our guide will explain the foods that you see. If you’re brave enough you can sample some of it! Along the way we will be picking up food for the cooking class after the market visit. Thereafter, we will head to our cooking school to master our Thai cooking skills. This is an activity that you can feel good about as some of the proceeds go to the Klong Toei slums, which are the largest in Bangkok. If you want to see a market that few farangs (“foreigners” in Thai) visit, then Klong Toei is it! If the market and cooking class are not your cup of tea, don’t worry. We have an activities list that you can choose from and we can arrange an alternative activity for you to do based on your interests!

After the cooking class, we will head back to the hotel for some R&R. Later that evening, we will go for a drink on a rooftop bar that offers a 360 degree, panoramic view of Bangkok at sunset. After that, let’s head to Cabbages and Condoms for dinner. This restaurant promotes family planning and generates income for various projects that advocate family planning. Inside the restaurant almost everything is made of condoms!

Included :

  • Activities : Market visit; Cooking class; Rooftop bar
  • Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
  • Accommodation : Ad Lib Hotel

Day 3 : Bangkok – Railay Beach (by plane, boat & van)  

Today we will head to Railay Beach, which is approximately a one hour plane ride away from Bangkok. Once we arrive, we will have an approximately 45 minute minivan transfer and then a 20 minute boat ride to Railay as it is only accessible by boat. We will arrive in the late afternoon just in time for one of the most awe inspiring sunsets you will ever see! We will grab a fresh coconut, smoothie or local beer on the beach and then have dinner together.

Railay is something out of a fairy tale with large limestone rocks jutting out from the sandy beaches making for a breathtaking view right from the beach. There are also no cars or motorbikes in town, which will be a relief coming from the bustle and blaring horns of Bangkok. The town itself is completely walkable making it easy to get around without ever feeling lost. Even though it is a peninsula, it is only accessible by boat because the peninsula is surrounded by large limestone cliffs making it unreachable by ground transportation. Railay is best known for its rock-climbing, but don’t worry…there are plenty of other activities from which to choose!

Included :

  • Activities : Railay transfer; Free time
  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Hotel

Day 4 : Railay Beach 

Today you will have complete control of your schedule. On the plane ride from Bangkok to Railay, you will be given a list of activities while in Railay. All of the activities can easily be arranged the day before, so you can pick what interests you most and we will make the arrangements for you. You can go kayaking, caving, snorkeling, island hopping, scuba diving or just lounge around on the beach and get massages; it is completely up to you!

Later this evening, we will take a short 10 minute walk to Phra Nang Beach. It is best to visit this beach after all the day trippers from Phuket and Ao Nang have left and then we can have the beach to ourselves. This is one of the most photographed beaches in Thailand and it is exquisite. On the beach, we will check out a “penis temple” where Thai women go and leave a penis statue with the hope of good fertility. Then, let’s watch the sunset on a nice, empty beach! If you are up for it you can check out the fire show and Muay Thai fight at the ‘Last Bar‘ later that evening!

Included :

  • Activities : Free time (Choice of activity at your own expense); Phra Nang Beach visit, Fire show/Muay Thai fight (Optional)
  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Hotel

Day 5 : Railay Beach

Today we will set sail on an old Thai sailboat where you will have the opportunity to go snorkeling and enjoy views of the massive rocks protruding from the ocean depths. Once the sun goes down, the fun does not end. If you fancy, you can jump into the water with your snorkel gear and see the bio-luminescent plankton light up around you. We highly recommend this cruise over the speedboat tours where guests are crammed into boats like sardines. On this boat you will have plenty of space to relax as you take in the scenery. Dinner will be served on the boat and it has a full bar. If you are not into snorkeling, you can get on an inner tube and float around or try out paddle boarding from the boat. It’s completely up to you! The boat trip starts at 2:00 PM and allows for views of a spectacular sunset on board as well as the chance to swim with bio-luminescent plankton once the sun goes down. You will arrive back at Railay around 8:00 PM and head back to the hotel.

Included :

  • Activities : Free time;  Sunset cruise
  • Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
  • Accommodation : Hotel

Day 6 : Railay – Khao Sok National Park (by boat & van)

Fancy a visit to one of the oldest rainforests in the world? The Amazon rainforest may come to mind at first thought, but Khao Sok National Park’s rainforest is estimated to be over 160 million years old, making it the second oldest in the world. This park is one of the most awe-inspiring places in the world. Be forewarned, monkeys will steal your food and leeches will suck your blood. Welcome to the jungle!

Today we will take a 2.5 hour journey to Khao Sok National Park. We will arrive around 1:00 PM and check in to our jungle bungalows. From there you will have lunch and then free time to get a massage, check out the small town, go swimming in the river or if you are up for it, a night safari into the jungle!

*Videos of the boat ride to Khao Sok National Park can be seen by clicking HERE and HERE

Included :

  • Activities : Khao Sok National Park transfer; Choice of activity (At your own expense); Free time
  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Hotel

Day 7 : Khao Sok National Park

Our hotel is situated along a river and since we are going right before the dry season, we will have a full and flowing river to tube down. This activity is not to be missed and it really is a fun experience. Imagine lazily tubing down a river and as you look up, incredible mountains surround you and lush green jungle inundates the river banks. Luckily, we will float right back to our hotel, so we can just drop the inner tube off at the hotel lobby and go right for a massage or have drinks and appetizers! This is an optional activity and if this does not interest you, there is much more to choose from. Some activities here include taking a dip in some hot springs, visiting a local handicraft workshop, canoeing or checking out the many caves in the area. You can also just relax on the large hotel property lined by lush jungle and with many nature trails nearby.

Included :

  • Activities : Inner tube river excursion; Choice of activity (At your own expense); Free time
  • Meals : None
  • Accommodation : Hotel

Day 8 : Khao Sok National Park Lake (by van & boat)

Today we will leave our jungle bungalows to spend the night in a floating lake hotel inside the national park. This is a unique experience that is specific to this area and should not be missed. Once we arrive at the docks, there is a 30 minute boat ride to our floating hotels. The boat ride offers amazing views of large limestone cliffs and dense jungle. Once we arrive at the floating lake house, we will have some lunch and then head out for a jungle trek. During the trek, we will stop at a cave and take bamboo rafts down a river. This trek is considered easy by most with no incline and plenty of time to stop and look at wildlife. After the trek, we will head back to our floating hotels where you can take a dip in the lake or rest. We will have dinner together later that night. After dinner you will have the option to go on a night safari by boat while trying to spot local wildlife.

Included :

  • Activities : 1 jungle trek; Boat & minivan transfer; Nighttime jungle safari; National park fee; Jungle guide
  • Meals : Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation : Floating Hotel

Day 9 : Khao Sok National Park – Chiang Mai (by plane, boat & van)

In the morning, we will have breakfast and then you can take a swim in the lake or kayak around before departing. Afterwards, we will head back to the airport and escape the heat as we make our way North toward the mountains.

Chiang Mai is laid-back, creative and reverential. Once in Chiang Mai, there are endless things to discover apart from its beautiful and historic temples. Intriguing diversity among ethnic tribes, a number of elephant sanctuaries, abundant cooking and massage schools, numerous outdoor activities, a variety of handicrafts workshops, various cultural performances, waterfalls and more waterfalls along with breathtaking scenery make Chiang Mai a must-see when visiting Thailand.

After we check in to our hotel, you will have the afternoon at your leisure. Our hotel is centrally located, so there are plenty of things to see nearby and you can easily walk around to check things out on your own. Later, we will head out to the the night market for some souvenir shopping, but before we start shopping, we will have dinner at the ‘farang’ market which is a large food stand area serving everything from pad thai to pizza! The ‘farang’ market is located inside the night market next to our hotel and we can mingle with the hipsters there before continuing on to explore.

Included :

  • Activities : Chiang Mai transfer; Free time; Night market; Food truck/stand area
  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Hotel

Day 10 : Chiang Mai 

Today is the start of Loy Krathong (Lantern Festival). We will start our day with a tuk-tuk tour around Chiang Mai. During the tour, we will check out the silver temple (Wat Sri Suphan) and Wat Chedi Luang all dating back to the 14th century. If you are feeling up to it, you can sign up for a monk chat at both of these temples. Monk chat is when tourists are invited to speak with monks (usually novices) and ask them anything about Buddhism or Thailand that they would like to know. It is a good way for the novice monk to practice their English as well! Afterwards we will head for lunch and try the most famous dish in the North, Khao Soi, at a local restaurant. Later that night, get ready for the mass lantern release as crowds of people simultaneously release lanterns together in one area making for a moment that will never be forgotten as thousands of lanterns drift through the air and light up the night sky. These tickets sell out usually within two days, but we get them every year!

Check out our video of the last year’s lantern release here : LANTERN RELEASE

Included :

  • Activities : Tuk-Tuk tour; Mass lantern release event
  • Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation : Hotel

Day 11 : Chiang Mai 

Today you will have your choice of activity. Activities are vast and varied…from roaming the maze of small side streets in Chiang Mai with excellent shopping to taking flight as you zip line through the jungle. We will provide you with a list of activities for you to choose from while here, so you are free to pick what interests you.

Later that night, we will head out to see the many parades and festivities for Loy Krathong. Luckily, our hotel is right along the main parade route!

Included :

  • Activities : Optional activity (At your own expense); Loy Krathong parade & events
  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Hotel

Day 12: Chiang Mai

Today you will have the option to go to an elephant conservation outside of Chiang Mai. Once you get up close and personal with these majestic creatures, the moment will be etched in your mind forever. This will be a half-day activity and thereafter you will have some free time. Later that night lets go to a local ladyboy show and see why the ladyboys in Thailand are so famous!

*The elephant conservation is an optional activity, but does require advanced booking. Two months before your trip, you will be asked if you want to participate this activity. 

Included :

  • Activities :  Elephant conservation/Optional activity (At your own expense); Ladyboy show
  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Hotel

Day 13 : Doi Saket (by van)

Do you remember your childhood tree house? Well, here is your chance to relive those childhood memories and stay in a tree house made for adults! This ‘hotel’ will bring out the kid in you and is reminiscent of The Swiss Family Robinson. The tree houses are in Doi Saket, which is about one hour away from Chiang Mai. Along the way we will make a quick stop at one of the coolest waterfalls in Thailand that bears the nickname ‘Sticky Waterfalls’. To find out how it got its nickname, then come on the trip! Surrounding our tree house hotel is a small Thai village where you can get a taste of Northern Thai village life. At the hotel, we will participate in a workshop in which we will make our own krathong. After we make the krathong, we will set them adrift down the river. The longer your incense and candle stay lit, the better luck you will have in the coming year.

Included :

  • Activities : Doi Saket transfer; Sticky waterfalls; Krathong making workshop & release
  • Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation : Tree house hotel

Day 14 : Bangkok (by plane & van)

We will head back to Bangkok today where you can enjoy your last massage, fruit smoothie and pad thai on the famous (or should we say infamous?) Khao San Road. Khao San Road is a large tourist street that is jam-packed with backpacker hostels, bars, massage parlors, street food, bars, souvenir stalls and did we mention…bars?! Nearly all backpackers doing a SouthEast Asia journey start here on this road. It is a great place to sit back and watch people from every walk of life stroll by as well as pick up some last minute souvenirs.

Included :

  • Activities : Flight to Bangkok; Khao San Road visit; Free time
  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Ad Lib Hotel

Day 15 : Bangkok – Departure

Depending on your flight time, you will have free time on your own in Bangkok before catching your flight home.

Included :

  • Activities : Free time; Departure
  • Meals : Breakfast


* Itinerary subject to change

15-Day Lantern Festival Tour

$3,200 – Trip cost (See below for inclusions and exclusions)

  • Lantern Release tickets are very expensive and the price of accommodation increases at this time, hence the higher price.

15-Day Regular Tour

$2,900 Trip cost (See below for inclusions and exclusions)


I’m a single traveler. Will I be charged a single supplement?

If you would like to be paired up with someone of the same gender on the trip to avoid paying the single supplement, we can arrange this for you. If there is no other traveler with whom to pair you up, you WILL have to pay the single supplement. Pairing with another person of the same gender comes on a first-come, first-served basis. After you reserve your spot, we will send you a questionnaire pertaining to this. Please return it to us immediately, so that we can try our best to accommodate your needs.

If you want a single room throughout the tour, you can buy the “single supplement”. The single supplement fee for this trip is $650. If you would like your own room, you can buy the additional supplement at check-out.


What is included :

  • 14 nights accommodation
  • 3 domestic flights
  • Ground transportation
  • Ferry/Speed boat transfers
  • Activities as noted in itinerary
  • Lantern Festival Ticket *For lantern trip only
  • 12 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners

What is not included :

  •  Optional activities
  •  Some meals
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities
  • International flight
  • Insurance

The most convenient way to handle money is to use a debit card for withdrawals from an ATM and/or to bring US dollars to exchange.

  • Many of the hotels and finer restaurants will take major credit cards (Visa and MasterCard), but be prepared to pay a foreign transaction fee every time you use your credit/debit card.
  • ATM machines are plentiful in Thailand, so you can easily pull out money. However, the fee is quite high at 200 baht (approximately $6 USD) for every ATM withdrawal. The maximum you can pull from an ATM at one time is 10,000 baht (approximately $280).
  • There are many banks and money changers in Thailand that offer a fair exchange rate for the US dollar.

Once you arrive in Bangkok you will need to either exchange some money at the airport or go to an ATM machine to take out some Thai baht. We recommend only exchanging a small amount of money at the airport (around $25-$50) because the exchange rates at the airport are not very good. The next day, you can go to a bank and exchange a larger amount of money at a much better rate. Pulling from an ATM is always very easy and we recommend pulling the maximum amount allowed in order to avoid fees and hassles.

We strongly recommend calling your bank before arriving in Thailand to let them know that you will be traveling, so they do not put a hold on your card.

We suggest bringing or having access to anywhere from $800 – $1,000 while on the trip, either in cash or on your debit card.  On past trips, most travelers have spent approximately $400 – $600 on the trip and this includes souvenirs. WE HIGHLY ADVISE BUDGETING MORE MONEY THAN YOU EXPECT TO SPEND IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

What to Bring

In Thailand, pretty much anything goes. It is almost always hot, so bring lightweight, cool clothes that dry fast. When visiting a temple, shoulders and knees need to be covered, so please take this into account when deciding what to bring. A long, thin scarf or shawl that can be easily packed into a day pack or purse is a good idea for temple visits.

Laundry service is offered at most of our accommodations and is very cheap. You can bring less clothing and have your clothes laundered at the hotels. This will allow for more room in your bag for souvenirs!

Recommended items for this trip are :

  • Sunscreen
  • Mosquito repellent (DEET strength)
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Diarrhea medicine
  • Bathing suit
  • Poncho or rain coat
  • Snorkeling gear (Also be available to rent in Thailand)
  • Flip flops and closed-toed shoes (Water shoes and/or sneakers)
  • Small backpack or across the shoulder bag for the day (A water-proof bag will be useful)
  • Flashlight or head torch

Thailand has many souvenirs for sale such as dry bags, beach cover-ups, dresses, shirts, pants and much more.  If you want, pack less and then you can buy what you need in Thailand.

Group Size

The groups on our tours have a maximum of 12 travelers. Large groups are less able to integrate into a society and generally have less authentic contact with the locals. The more people in the tour group, the more the group experiences their own culture rather than the one of the country they are visiting.

The small size means that tour group members will receive a more personal treatment by the tour guide who can more thoroughly cater to each person. Small tour groups are also more mobile and can be easily integrated into a social scene in Thailand where the traveler is more likely to be treated as an individual rather than a tourist ready to be exploited for their money.

Small tour groups are more flexible as travel plans can be more easily changed or altered en route. If the group discovers a special event or festival in Thailand that they would like to attend and this is not covered by the original tour itinerary, it is possible to change the itinerary. As a small group it is easier for the group to come to an agreement and for the tour guide to alter the reservations.

Small groups are low impact because they don’t introduce a large number of foreigners to a local scene where they can have adverse impacts on the local society and other travelers. For example, a large tour group can take up all the seats on a local bus or book out an entire restaurant forcing locals and other travelers away from their preferences.


Wifi is available at almost every hotel at which we will stay. At some hotels, the Internet is not available in your room, but only in the hotel lobby/reception area. The only hotel without wifi is the floating lake house hotel for one night. The tree house hotel and jungle house hotel only have wifi in the reception/lobby area. The rest of the hotels have access to the Internet from your room. Almost every restaurant we go to will have wifi available as well.


Thailand is a safe country in terms of crime, violent and non-violent. Those who get their belongings stolen or have had something bad happen to them usually have acted irresponsibly. In most cases of theft, drugs and alcohol are usually involved. If you steer clear of illegal and irresponsible behavior, your biggest worry will most likely will only be sunburn, so make sure to lather up each day!

Gun violence and armed robberies are extremely rare in Thailand and the penalty for this type of crime is quite severe in Thailand.

U.S. State Department Travel to Thailand


The water in Thailand is safe for brushing your teeth, but it is not recommended for drinking. The bottled water in Thailand is very affordably priced at around $0.10 USD per bottle, but please make sure to recycle!

Thailand has a very serious plastic waste problem, but unfortunately, they do not have many water refill stations. Most of the hotels at which we stay have two free glass water bottles that are placed in your room each day. These can  be used to refill your personal water bottles, so you can bring a water bottle and refill it with water from the glass bottles in your room. This is a small role we can play in the solution to the plastic epidemic that plagues Thailand.

Another thing you can do to help the environment is to put purchased items in your day pack/backpack rather than using the plastic bag that the store provides you. Small things can add up to make a big difference!

Medical Facilities

The doctors in Thailand are very well-trained, so you will not have any problems getting proper medical treatment if needed.


Tipping is not compulsory at most establishments in Thailand, but for many Western travelers, it is customary. If you receive exceptional service from anyone, tipping is greatly appreciated. It is best to tip equivalent to the local standards and follow the same guidelines as in the West, 10-20% of the total cost and dependent on how good the service was. Most of the people who will be helping you make very little money and any tip is highly appreciated. Services and goods are relatively cheap, so the tip will usually only cost you a dollar or two. If you do not receive good service, do not feel obligated to tip. It is not compulsory.


American plugs will fit and function perfectly fine with Thai outlets.

Airport Arrival

In your pre-departure notes, you will receive the name of the Bangkok hotel in both Thai and English language as well as pertinent phone numbers and instructions on how to get a taxi from the airport to the hotel.

You can read more about getting to your hotel from the airport by clicking HERE.

Visa :

In Thailand, most western countries DO NOT need a visa if arriving by air and staying 30 days or less. This means that you will NOT need a visa for this trip.

Citizens of most western countries do not need a visa for entry into Thailand, including : USA, Australia, UK, South Africa, Canada, New Zealand and Ireland.

Entry into Thailand allows for 30 days without a visa. If you plan on staying in Thailand before or after the trip, please be aware that after 30 days, you will need to either leave the country or go to your nearest immigration office for an extension.

Flights :

The group will officially meet for the first time on Day 2 in the morning for breakfast in the hotel lobby area. This will be discussed more in your pre-departure notes that you will receive approximately two weeks before your trip.

Once you reserve your spot on the trip, we will send you a confirmation email containing a questionnaire regarding your arrival and departure from Thailand as well as if you would like to book extra nights before or after your trip.

*Please do not book any flights until you receive a confirmation of payment email from us, which will be sent to you approximately 24 hours at the most after paying your deposit!

PEAK Season:  December and January – A bit cooler than the other months and not as much humidity. Monsoon season has ended, so usually little to no rain. Although the weather is nice, the crowds are the biggest during this time period.

SHOULDER Season : November, February and March – Shoulder season is right before and after peak season and is a great time to experience Thailand as there is good weather, but less crowds. Monsoon season has ended, so there is usually little to no rain.

LOW Season : April to  early October – Hot both day and night along with some short, intense showers usually in the late afternoon or evening. The upside to this is that it is far less crowded. In the tropics, the storms are short, but intense and usually come late in the afternoon only lasting for about 15-20 minutes.

The accommodation on the trip has been a highlight for many of our past travelers. Please understand that 2 of the 5 hotels at which we stay are jungle and tree house hotels, so insects and monkeys can get in your room if you are not careful. The best way to prevent this from happening is to make sure that you have no food in your room. If you have an open bag of peanuts, it is very likely that you will have monkeys trying to break into your room and the insects will not be far behind. Welcome to the jungle! We also suggest that you use the mosquito net while sleeping. Accommodation style and comfort level will vary in each area that we visit.


Ad Lib Hotel

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 West Railay Beach Hotel

 Khao Sok National Park Hotel

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 Floating Lake House Hotel

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 Chiang Mai Hotel

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 Doi Saket Hotel

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If you want to see a video of our treehouse hotel by clicking HERE

We strongly recommend that you purchase trip/travel insurance for your trip. We work with Travelex, which offers travel protection plans to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more. Otherwise, you are welcome to shop around online for a provider and policy that best suits your needs.

For more information on the recommended plans or to enroll, click on the image below or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792. Globe Drifters’ reference location number is 09-0984.


Vaccinations :

Below is information from the CDC and its recommendations regarding vaccinations for travel to Thailand :

CDC Thailand


Trip Date

USD $3,200

Price based on double occupancy.  Single Supplement is $650.

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  1. This was the most amazing trip EVER!!!! I cannot recommend Globe Drifters any higher. I am an accomplished traveler and have traveled SEA on my own for long periods of time many times. I do not know what possessed me to book a tour but I am so incredibly glad I did. Jodie found places to take us that I would have never found on my own. The floating village was absolutely breathtaking!!! There is no place like it on Earth. The beauty, and serenity and hospitality and food were beyond description. You can not help but be at peace while you are there… or kayaking after the swimming monkeys. Either is fabulous! The tree houses north of Chiang Mai were like nothing I have ever experienced before. I felt like a hobbit living in my personal individualized multi-cubbied creation of a house. And then the highlight of the trip… the lantern festival and parade in Chiang Mai. Soul moving while you experience the Buddhist ceremony, 10 thousand person meditation and then the freedom of flight for all your cares and worries, mixed in with tens of thousands of other peoples cares and worries. I am crying as I write this review because it was beautiful and moving. The trip was set up perfectly with places that had some flexibility. So if you needed a little more time to overcome jet lag (no one did), or wished to do something on your own, you could easily take it. The whole trip was expertly planned with events and down time perfectly intertwined, while at the same time allowed for individual flexibility and taste. I will never forget this trip. It was one of the highlights of my life!!! Thank you Jodie and Rebecca. And thanks to my tour-mates!! We have gotten together post trip and I have made life long friends.

  2. I just returned from a two weeks Thailand trip with Globe Drifters and still can not believe how amazing the trip was.
    I am a well travelled individual but I have to say, Jodi, exceeded all my expectation in organizing and managing this trip. It was an adventure every day, relaxation everyday, amazing sceneries everyday, fun everyday, experiencing something new everyday,… I can not say enough.
    The highlight, lantern festival, was just breathtaking. One of those experiences you will never forget.
    This was my second trip with Globe Drifters and I am already planning my next trip with them for next year.
    The other amazing part was the group of people I got to meet on this trip, the coolest and nicest travel mates. We truly had an amazing time and I highly recommend you try it.
    Kop Koon Ka Jodie and Rebecca for such an amazing experience.

  3. I spent two weeks in Thailand over the December holidays on a Globe Drifters trip. I have traveled in many different formats, to perhaps 50 countries. i chose this group for Thailand because my previous trip with them to Cuba last summer was one of the best trips I have ever been on. They specialize in small groups, well thought out itinerary and planning; organized, consumer-oriented, and flexible. I had high expectations based on the Cuba experience, and they came through again! They try to keep the group size to less than ten. On this trip, there was only two of us, led by the owner of Globe Drifters, Jodie. !t was almost like a private tour! I was delighted they did not cancel due to the low turnout (probably due to the holiday time period). Thailand is indeed the land of smiles, and John and I were pretty much smiling the whole time. The country is far more diverse than I had imagined and Jodie had planned it out right again. Thanks Ladies. You provide the experiences of a lifetime in your trips. I will travel with you again. I hope to see you soon!

  4. I took the two-week trip to Thailand (not the scooter trip) in December 2016 and was 100% glad that I did. It truly was an amazing experience and adventure ! Our group consisted of only 3 people, including Jodie from Globe Drifters.
    From the very beginning, when I signed up for the trip, (9 months in advance) Jodie was very responsive and addressed all of my questions and concerns. I had limited international travel experience and had never flown such a long distance. However, after talking to Jodie, reading Yelp reviews, and reading all of the detailed trip information on the web site, I was sold. Particularly helpful to me were the excellent notes on getting from Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok to the Ad Lib Hotel. I followed them to the letter and had absolutely no problems ! The pre-departure checklist, info on preventing jet lag, and the details of the trip itself were all top- notch.
    I really enjoyed the mix of environments and activities that we encountered. These included starting and ending in Bangkok (Khao San Road, Nana Plaza, drinks on a rooftop bar downtown, the awesome Ad Lib Hotel), Elephants World sanctuary in Kanchanaburi, a night in a jungle house, a night in a treehouse hotel, a stay in a floating hut in Khao Sok National Park, a few nights on Railay Beach, and a stay in the beautiful city of Chiang Mai. Ed, the trek leader at Khao Sok was very informative, fun to chat with, and had eyes like a hawk when it came to spotting, monkeys, scorpions, tarantulas and other jungle creatures. The itinerary was mostly defined, but I liked that we had also had the freedom to pick and choose some events as well.
    Jodie was amazing as a guide and knew all the ins and outs of Thailand, how to get around, and how to barter with the locals. Everything went as planned regarding transportation, schedule etc, except for 1 driver that was late meeting us at the airport in Chiang Mai. No worries, Jodie simply got us another driver ! She is also a blast to hang with, laugh, and have a few drinks with ! It was great meeting and hanging with her friends Mandy at the Jungle House, and Firzt, a Thai native, in Bangkok. Myself, Jodie, and Tom really had a blast and I consider them both friends now. I absolutely would take another Globe Drifters trip and highly recommend that you do as well ! The entire experience was fantastic; the beautiful scenery of Thailand, friendly and polite locals, amazing and inexpensive food and goods, all of it had a strong impact on me. I fell in love with Chiang Mai and can see myself living and/or retiring there. 🙂

  5. I have taken two trips with Globe Drifter’s so far. The first trip was to Cuba in the Summer of 2015 and the second was to Thailand that fall. Both trips were small groups of under ten people. This allowed us to travel by mini bus and blend into the local culture without causing the disruption of a larger tour group. In both cases I also scheduled additional time in the country to travel after the tour ended. I think this is the best of both worlds. The tour part allowed me to get a quick and economical overview of the country without having the hassle of making my own reservations. Then after the tour portion ended I had a base of knowledge about each country to continue traveling on my own. If you have always dreamed of being a world traveler but didn’t know where to start – Globe Drifter’s is the place.

  6. This is a very long overdue review. My trip to Thailand was in November 2015.

    I had an absolutely wonderful time in Thailand with Jodie and the group of women I had the pleasure of traveling with. Jodie was an excellent tour guide who knew all of the ins and outs of how to travel smartly. Every stop we made and every local tour we went on was exciting. I was so happy that we went to an elephant sancutary instead of a place you took rides on top of an Elephant. I’m 57 years old and thoroughly enjoyed Zip Lining for hours in the jungle. Took my breath away (due to the beauty and freeness, and not due to my age.). LOL

    The extra tour guides that Jodie had selected were high class tourist guides who knew how to speak the native language and English. Milkey was one of the guides that went everywhere with us as we traveled, along with Jodie. Milkey was awesome!!! She was extremely sweet, knowledgeable, great translator and had a wonderful sense of humor. All of the different tour guides were very knowledgeable and confident in talking about the history and the people of Thailand.

    I plan on taking more trips with Jodie and Globe Drifter’s!! I plan on going to Romania via Globe Drifter’s. Anyone wanting a great trip and awesome guides….Globe Drifters is the way to go.

  7. This review is a bit late but I went on Jodi’s trip to Thailand in 2015 and I have to say it was probably one of the best trips I have ever been on. I had a bit of trepidation signing up as she mentioned at the group meeting she held in SF that these were going to be her first guided trips to Thailand. I signed up for the trip anyways because at the informational meet-up she held she had such passion for the country and her trips and I also I liked the idea of being able to pick what you wanted to do each day which was how the trip was set up.

    I am glad I did not let my trepidation get the better of me because this trip was a once in a lifetime experience! The hotels that she chose were attractions in and of themselves. During the trip Jodi was very transparent about her business and you can really tell she has such passion in wanting people to see the country from a non-tourist side. I have taken a couple guided trips in the past and although I did enjoy them, this trip offers more of a ‘experience’ and I think one of the selling points of the trip was you got to pick what you wanted to do each day and it worked really well in our group. I am a pretty active person so I wanted to do some hikes and skip the temples and so it worked out great being able to choose. I had 2 girlfriends go to Thailand the year prior and they were not impressed with the country mentioning it was quite touristy and after coming back from my trip and showing them pictures of where I had went they were so disappointed they did not get to do and see the things I got to see on the trip.

    A couple notes that I wish I was pre-warned about is that at the tree house hotel and jungle bungalows there will be bugs that get in your room, although I am fine with that as you have a mosquito net around your bed I think she should pre-warn people more about this. Both hotels were extremely nice but at night time it was a bit scary as I was in room by myself in the jungle. The other hotels were 5 star boutique hotels with infinity pools and really amazing. Also, if you go to the floating hotel on the trip the bed is hard as a rock but it was one of the most fantastic experiences and the view made up for the bed.

    I will sign-up for her trips in the future and I am very impressed with the the trip, it is nothing like any other tour I have been in a good way. Thanks Milky Milk and Jodi for one of the most amazing trips I have ever been on!

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