Thailand for Lantern Festival

One night in Bangkok......

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 make 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 adjust to the new time zone. Our hotel has a very nice salt water pool to lounge in if you want to unwind after the long flight.

Included :

  • Activities : Arrival (At your own expense); Free time
  • Accommodation : Ad Lib Hotel

Day 2 : Bangkok  

Today we will get an early start and make our way to the Klong Toei wet market, the largest and most local in 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 them! 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 the art of Thai cooking. 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 experience a market that few farangs (Thai for “foreigners”) get to see, then Klong Toei is it! If the market and cooking class are not your cup of tea, don’t worry. There is an activities list that you can choose from and an alternative activity can be arranged 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 : Klong Toei wet market; Cooking class; Free time; 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 from Bangkok. Once we arrive, we will travel 45 minutes by car and then 20 minutes by boat 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 have ever seen! We will grab a fresh coconut, smoothie or cocktail on the beach as we watch the sunset.

Railay is something out of a fairy tale with large limestone rocks jutting out from sandy beaches creating a breathtaking view right from the beach. There are also no cars or motorbikes in town, which is 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. Although Railay is a peninsula, it is only accessible by boat because it 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 in Railay. All of the activities can easily be arranged the day before or the day of, so you can pick what interests you most and then we can make arrangements. 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 that 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 truly exquisite. On the beach, we will check out a “penis temple” where Thai women go and leave a penis statue with the hope of being blessed with 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 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’re game, you can jump into the water with your snorkel gear and see the bio-luminescent plankton light up around you. This cruise is highly recommend over the speedboat tours where guests are crammed into boats like sardines. On this leisure 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. Return to Railay is around 8:00 PM and then we will head back to the hotel.

Included :

  • Activities : Free time (Choice of activity at your own expense); 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 nearby, go swimming in the river or if you are up for it, a night safari into the jungle!

Included :

  • Activities : Khao Sok National Park transfer; Free time (Choice of activity at your own expense)
  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Jungle bungalow hotel

Day 7 : Khao Sok National Park

Our hotel is situated on the banks of a river and since we are going right before dry season, we will have a full and flowing river to tube down. This activity is very fun and is highly recommended. 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 at Khao Sok include taking a dip in 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 several nearby nature trails.

Included :

  • Activities : Inner tube river excursion; Free time (Choice of activity at your own expense)
  • Meals : None
  • Accommodation : Jungle bungalow 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 is not to be missed. Once we arrive at the docks, there is a 30-45 minute boat ride to our floating hotels. The boat ride offers amazing views of large limestone cliffs and dense jungle. On arrival at the floating lake house, we will have 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.

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

Included :

  • Activities : 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 in addition to 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 handicraft 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 night market is located next to our hotel making it easy to head back to our hotel afterwards.

Included :

  • Activities : Chiang Mai transfer; Free time; Night market; Food trucks/stands
  • 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 both 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. This is also a good way for the novice monks to practice their English! Afterwards, we will head out 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. This is 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 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. You will be provided with a list of activities to choose from and 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 : Free time (Choice of 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, this moment will have a place in your memory forever. This is a half-day activity after which you will have some free time. Later that night, let’s go to a local ladyboy show and see why the ladyboys in Thailand are so famous!

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

Included :

  • Activities : Elephant conservation;Ladyboy show; Free time (Choice of activity at your own expense)
  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Hotel

Day 13 : Chiang Mai 

Enjoy your last day in Chiang Mai and the local Lantern Festival celebrations. You might opt to roam the streets and take in the bright and bold festivities around town. Or maybe take a hike through Doi Innthanon National Park. How about going whitewater rafting? The choice is yours!

Included :

  • Activities : Free time (Choice of activity at your own expense)
  • Meals : Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Hotel

Day 14 : Chiang Mai – 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 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 : Bangkok flight; Khao San Road; 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 (At your own expense)
  • Meals : Breakfast

* Itinerary subject to change

15-Day Lantern Festival Tour

$3,300 – Trip cost (See below for inclusions and exclusions.)

  • The higher cost reflects the very expensive Lantern Release tickets and elevated price of accommodation in this period.

15-Day Regular Tour

$3,000 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 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, you WILL have to pay the single supplement. Pairing with another person of the same gender comes on a first-come, first-served basis. At the time of booking, there will be a questionnaire pertaining to this. Please complete it accurately, 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 *Lantern Festival Tour only
  • 12 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners

What is not included :

  •  Optional activities
  •  Some meals
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities
  • International flight
  • Insurance
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 his or her 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 an entire restaurant forcing locals and other travelers away from their preferences.


The most convenient way to handle money is to use a debit card for withdrawals from an ATM and/or to bring US dollars (Euro, Pound, etc…) 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. *Note that American Express and Discover are not commonly accepted in Thailand.
  • ATM machines are plentiful in Thailand, so you can easily withdraw 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 USD).
  • There are many banks and money changers in Thailand that offer a fair exchange rate.

Once you arrive in Bangkok, you will need to either exchange some money at the airport or go to an ATM to take out some Thai baht. We recommend only exchanging a small amount of money at the airport (around $25-$50 USD) 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 withdrawing the maximum amount allowed as the fees tend to add up quickly and for the sake of convenience.

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 USD 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, including souvenirs. WE HIGHLY ADVISE BUDGETING MORE MONEY THAN YOU EXPECT TO SPEND IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.


Thailand has many souvenirs for sale such as dry bags, beach cover-ups, dresses, shirts, pants and much more. Many travelers pack light and then buy what is needed in Thailand. There are countless souvenir shops in all of the places we’ll be visiting. You can spend hours browsing for that perfect souvenir. Local craft markets can be found as well. These creations will make a special gift for your loved ones – or yourself! A good rule of thumb in responsible traveling is to buy locally. Keep in mind the source of the souvenirs. It is obvious that some are not from Thailand at all, but clearly marked China or some other foreign country.


If you have a smart phone, it will likely work in Thailand, but coverage may be spotty if not absent in the more rural areas. Be sure to check with your provider to get informed about data and call roaming while abroad. You also may consider contacting your service provider to learn about what kind of international plans they offer for calls, texts, and data.


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 jungle house hotel only has 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.

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.

Recommended items for this trip are :

  • Sunscreen
  • Mosquito repellent (DEET strength)
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Diarrhea medicine
  • Dramamine (if needed)
  • Bathing suit
  • Poncho or rain coat
  • Snorkeling gear (Also available to rent in Thailand so not really needed unless going scuba diving)
  • Flip flops and closed-toed shoes (Water shoes and/or sneakers with good tread. Please be aware your shoes might get wet)
  • Small backpack or across the shoulder bag for the day (A water-proof bag will be useful)
  • Flashlight or head torch
  • Ear plugs (In Chiang Mai our hotel is along the parade route and can get loud)

Thailand’s electrical outlets will fit and function perfectly with American flat prong-type plugs. The outlets in Thailand are typically 220 volts and also often fit with Euro plug-type round pins as well.

In Thailand they sell waterproof bags, sundresses, pants and so much more for very cheap so if you want bring less and you can buy in Thailand!


Laundry service is offered at most of our accommodation 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!


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 with, 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 remember to recycle!

Thailand has a very serious plastic waste problem, but unfortunately, there are not 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. The U.S. Embassy in Thailand website also has a list of doctors and medical facilities in various cities throughout Thailand. In the unlikely case of a medical emergency, you will be directed to a medical facility of good standing.


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 the quality of the service. 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.


In your pre-departure notes, you will receive the name of the Bangkok hotel in both Thai and English 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


In Thailand, most western countries DO NOT need a visa if arriving by air and staying 30 days or less. 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 the nearest immigration office for a visa extension.


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 the pre-departure notes that you will receive approximately two weeks before the trip.

When you are reserving your spot on the trip, you will complete a brief questionnaire that will ask you if you would like to book extra nights before or after your trip. After reserving your spot, you will receive an email about your arrival in and departure from Thailand.

*Please do not book any flights until you receive a confirmation email from us, which will be sent to you approximately 1 ~ 2 business days 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 there is 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 frequent short, intense showers or storms, usually in the late afternoon or evening lasting for about 15-20 minutes. The upside to traveling in Thailand in this season is that it is far less crowded.

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 floating hotels, so insects and monkeys may get in your room if you are not careful. The best way to prevent this from happening is to make sure not to have food in your room. If there is an open bag of peanuts, it is very likely that monkeys will try to break into your room and the insects will not be far behind. Welcome to the jungle! We also suggest that you use the provided mosquito net while sleeping. Accommodation style and comfort level will vary in each area that we visit.


Ad Lib Hotel

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East Railay Beach

Khao Sok National Park

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Floating Lake House

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Chiang Mai


*All hotels are subject to change.


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Trip Date

NOVEMBER 5, 2020
USD $3300

Price based on double occupancy. Single Supplement can be purchased for an additional $650.

    19 REVIEWS

  1. Trip was way beyond my expectations. Incredible tour guide(s), went to non-traditional, non-touristy places in addition to covering all the basic basis. Lantern Festival was so well organized…we had received, great seats, and it truly was a once in a lifetime experience. Great group of other guests as well. Would add another star to review if I could

  2. Hi Jodie,
    Do you have any discounts for a large group. I am thinking of 4-8 people. If you would please provide a breakout for it, I would highly appreciate it.

  3. Very rarely do I leave reviews for anything, but I just had to for the Thailand trip…
    I just got back yesterday from Thailand, and needless to say, it was the most amazing trip!!!
    This was my first international trip to an Asian country, so I was very nervous to travel by myself…and to be honest, I didn’t know what to expect with my first group tour. From start to finish, Jodie and her staff were beyond helpful…answering questions, step by step instructions from airport arrival and transportation, emailing details was so thorough!
    The itinerary was perfect! The amount of days spent at each location and the amount of free time versus group time was ideal.
    The Thailand trip was absolutely amazing and I highly recommend this trip to anyone! I met amazing people, got out of my comfort zone, made great memories, and was introduced to a whole new culture.

    Thank you so much Jodie!!!

  4. This trip looks amazing! I’ve wanted to go to Thailand for a while now, and now I desperately want to visit during the lantern release! This looks like an incredible experience! I’ve always wanted to experience one of these lantern experiences somewhere, and now I want to do it in Thailand! (Also, there are elephants and they are my favorites!) Everything about this trip looks AMAZING! However, alas, this year I will not be able to afford it. However, if I save-up for a year, I’d be able to do it in 2019. Will you guys be going back then? If so, how soon could I sign-up?

    Thanks so much!

  5. It takes a lot for me to take time out to write a review, and I’m already a bit overdue. But I have to share my thoughts about my recent trip to Thailand with Globe-Drifters. I’ve traveled extensively but this trip was absolutely amazing! And let me add, this was the first ‘group tour’ trip so I was a bit skeptical. It wasn’t just the beauty of Thailand, but every aspect of the trip was so well planned and executed flawlessly and it was an adventure! Jodie planned just enough time in every place and while we did a lot, it never felt stressful or pressure. We had plenty of time to do whatever we wanted and she kept our agenda fluid and non-rigid which really facilitated everyone being able to do/go where they wanted when they wanted! There were so many highlights of this trip that I’m planning to go back in 2018 with my family. Every aspect of this trip from the moment I booked til I landed back home after 20 days in Thailand was truly on point! Her local relationships, the hotels we stayed in (were amazing) the food, activities, touristy and local experiences, local guides made for a perfect trip! I’ll take another trip with Globe-Drifter’s in a heartbeat! And s go anywhere as long as they are managing the trip! Love them!!

  6. 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.

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