Thailand for Lantern Festival

Travel to the Land of Smiles

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 vacation spot. Did we mention that the massages are only $8 each?! No matter your style, Thailand has something for everyone.

 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 (trust us, you won’t want to wear flip flops here) 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 sampling exotic fruits and our guide will explain some of 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 the cooking school to master our Thai cooking skills. This is an activity you can feel good about as some of the proceeds go to the Klong Toei slums, which are the largest in Thailand and neighboring Klong Toei market. If you want to see a market that few farangs (Thai for foreigners) 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 at 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! If you are feeling up to it, we can head to Soi Cowboy to check out why Bangkok is so synonymous with…nightlife!

Included :

  • Activities : Market visit, Cooking class, Free time
  • Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
  • Accommodation : Ad Lib Hotel

Day 3 : Bangkok – Railay Beach (plane/boat/van)  

Today we will say goodbye to Bangkok and head to Railay Beach, which is approximately a one hour plane ride away from Bangkok. Once we arrive, we will have a 45 minute minivan transfer and then a 20 minute boat ride to Railay as it is only accessible by boat. We will arrive around the late afternoon just in time for one of the most awe inspiring sunsets you will ever see! We will grab a drink or smoothie 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. Railay has 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 inaccessible 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 : Transport by plane, van and boat, Free time
  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Hotel

Day 4 : Railay Beach 

Today you will have complete control over your schedule. On the plane ride from Bangkok to Railay, you will be given an activities list including things to do and see in Railay. All of the activities can be arranged the day before without a problem, so you can pick what interests you most and we will make the arrangements for you. From kayaking, caving, snorkeling, island hopping, scuba diving or just lounging around on the beach and getting massages, it is completely up to you! We will have three full days here and four nights, so you don’t have to squeeze everything into one day and you can do things at your leisure.

Later this evening, we will take a short 10 minute walk to Phra Nang Beach. It is best to visit this beach all the day trippers from Phuket and Ao Nang have left, which is around 4 PM. 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 in hopes of good fertility. Then, let’s watch the sunset on a nice empty beach!

Included :

  • Activities : Free time (your choice of activity at cost), Phra Nang Beach visit
  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Hotel

Day 5 : Railay Beach

Today, you will have the option of going on a sunset cruise on an old Thai sailboat where you will have the opportunity to go snorkeling and enjoy the 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. The speedboat tours also tend to herd guests around like cattle, which makes for an exhausting day and an overall not so enjoyable experience. This Thai-style sail boat is also used for fishing and is a leisure boat, so it will not be packed full. This means you 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 PM allowing for views of a spectacular sunset on board and the chance to swim with the bio-luminescent plankton once the sun goes down around 7 PM. You will arrive back at Railay at 8 PM.

Included :

  • Activities : Optional sunset cruise (at your own expense, dinner included)
  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Hotel

Day 6 : Railay Beach

You have another free day to participate in one of the many optional activities today. We highly suggest going to Ton Sai Beach. Ton Sai Beach has  a bit of a “hippie” feel to it, but sadly it is slowly being developed for large scale commercial and tourism use. The highlight of Ton Sai Beach is the short 15 minute climb over some rocks (secrued by a rope) to access the beach. Many people on our past trips have done this and have told us that while it was not overly difficult, it was still a challenge, but totally worth the unique experience. Only those willing to make the brief upward journey will be granted access to this “secret beach”! On the other side there are bars and hostels that are mainly geared toward backpackers who want to learn to rock climb. For the more adventurous, we can climb back over the rocks at night, but a flashlight is needed as there is ‘path’ is not lit. If you are not feeling up to for the climb, we can simply take a boat to the other side for less than a dollar.

Included :

  • Activities : Choice of activity (at your own expense), Ton Sai Beach
  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Hotel

Day 7 : Railay – Khao Sok National Park (boat/van)

Fancy a visit to one of the oldest rain forests in the world? The Amazon Rain forest may come to mind at first thought, but Khao Sok National Park’s rain forest is estimated to be over 160 million years old, making it the second oldest in the world. It is diverse in its flora and wildlife including tigers, elephants, bears, wild boar, monkeys, and hundreds of other animal species. Tubing or canoeing down the river is just one activity you can do here. You can also visit hot springs, get jungle massages, go hiking on nature trails, and caving. 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 the 2.5 hour journey to Khao Sok National Park. We will arrive at 1 PM and check in to our jungle bungalows. From there you will have free time to go swimming in the river or if you are up for it, a night safari into the jungle!

Included :

  • Activities : Transfer to Khao Sok National Park (by boat and van), Choice of activity (at your own expense)
  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Hotel

Day 8 : Khao Sok National Park

Our hotel is situated along the 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 ‘once in a lifetime’ experience. Imagine slowly tubing down a river and as you look up, incredible mountains surround you and lush green jungle inundate 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!  Although we highly recommend the river inner tube excursion, if you would rather skip it, you can go to a nearby local hot spring or take a canoe down the river instead.

Included :

  • Activities : River inner tube excursion, Choice of activity (at your own expense)
  • Meals : None
  • Accommodation : Hotel

Day 9 : Khao Sok National Park Lake (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 tonight. 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 ride, Night boat safari
  • Meals : Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation : Floating Hotel

Day 10 : Khao Sok National Park – Chiang Mai (flight/boat/songthaew)

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, 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 leave for a night out on the town to the night market and then to the best lady boy show in town!

Included :

  • Activities :  Flight to Chiang Mai, Night market, Lady boy show
  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Hotel

Day 11 : Chiang Mai 

Today is the start of Loy Krathong (lantern festival). To learn more about Loy Krathong, click HERE. Today you will have your choice of activity. From roaming the maze of small side streets in Chiang Mai 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 most interests you. 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.

Included :

  • Activities :  Optional activities (at your own expense), Mass lantern release
  • 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 to relax before heading out on the town to see the many parades and festivities for Loy Krathong.

Included :

  • Activities :  Elephant conservation and optional activity (at your own expense), Loy Krathong parade
  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Hotel

Day 13 : Doi Saket (van)

Do you remember your childhood tree house? Well, here is your chance to relive those childhood memories and stay in an 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 (lantern). 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. It is a magical experience and by far more rewarding as well as personal than the mass lantern release in Chiang Mai.

Included :

  • Activities :  Sticky waterfalls, Krathong making workshop
  • Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation : Tree house Hotel

Day 14 : Bangkok (flight/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 is a large tourist street 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 backpacking 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
  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Ad Lib Hotel

Day 15 : Bangkok – Departure

Goodbye Thailand! See you again soon!

Included :

  • Meals : Breakfast

 

* Itinerary subject to change

Peak Season 15-day Tours

$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 $600. 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
  • 2 guides (One Thai, one Western)
  • Activities as noted in itinerary
  • 12 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches and 2 dinners

What is not included :

  •  Most excursions and activities
  •  Most meals
  • Beverages
  • Gratuities
  • International flight
  • Insurance
Currency

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

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
  • 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.
  • Phone or flashlight/head torch
Group Size

The groups on our tours have a maximum of 12 travelers plus two guides, one western and one local. 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

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. Please also remember that the floating lake house hotel is an optional stay.

Safety

Thailand is quite a safe country in terms of crime, violent and non-violent. Those who get their belongings stolen or have 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.

Water

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, but please make sure to recycle your plastic bottles!

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 used to refill a cup or your own water bottles. This is a small part of the solution to the plastic epidemic that you can take part in. 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. Another is to buy a big jug of water and just refill your water bottle with that. 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 worries about getting proper medical treatment if needed.

Tipping

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 depending 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.

Outlets

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, Americans DO NOT need a visa if arriving by air and staying 30 days or less. This means that you will NOT need a visa.

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

Flights :

The group will officially meet for the first time on Day 2 in the morning at 7:30 AM in the hotel lobby for breakfast. 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 your a questionnaire regarding your arrival to and departure from Thailand as well as if you would like to book extra nights at the Bangkok hotel through us.

*Please do not book any flights until you receive a confirmation of payment email from us, which will be sent to you 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 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 you have good weather, but less crowds. Monsoon has ended, so usually little to no rain.

LOW Season : April to October – Hot both day and night and 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 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, there is a very strong chance 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.


 

Bangkok Hotel

Ad Lib Hotel – Sukhumvit, Soi 1

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West Railay Beach Hotel

 


Khao Sok 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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Insurance :

We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance for your trip. We work with Travelex as our insurance provider. You can click on the link below to get a quote.

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You can also shop around on the internet for a provider that fits your needs.

Once you obtain any insurance, please print out your policy and bring it with you on the trip.

Vaccinations :

There are no required vaccinations prior to visiting Thailand. Below is a link to the CDC website with more information about what vaccinations the United States recommends for travel to Thailand.

CDC Website

Trip Date

OCTOBER 24
NOVEMBER 7, 2017
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USD $2900

Price based on double occupancy. Single Supplement can be purchased for an additional $600.


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  1. 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.

  2. 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. 🙂

  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!

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