Discover Thailand Tour

Discover Thailand

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Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Bangkok
14 days
The tour will end on the Saturday two weeks after your start date
Development and ELEPHANTS!
Bangkok International Airport (BKK)
Bangkok International Airport (BKK)
Maximum 20 persons
Average age range : 50 - 75
Going Solo? : over 70% of those on our tours start off as solo travellers
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Itinerary

DAY 1 (SUN): Arrival - Bangkok

Upon your arrival at BKK airport one of our fabulous guides will pick you up at the airport, give you an abnormally large welcome hug, and escort you to your hotel in the heart of the town. From there, feel free to relax and recover from the jetlag or, if you’re up for it, dive into the chaos of Southeast Asia's mega city, Bangkok! Welcome to the land of smiles!

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DAY 1 (SUN): Arrival - Bangkok

Upon your arrival at BKK airport one of our fabulous guides will pick you up at the airport, give you an abnormally large welcome hug, and escort you to your hotel in the heart of the town. From there, feel free to relax and recover from the jetlag or, if you’re up for it, dive into the chaos of Southeast Asia's mega city, Bangkok! Welcome to the land of smiles!

DAY 2 (MON): Bangkok

It's time for our award-winning Bangkok tour to begin right after our Bamboo orientation. Together we will see the cities skyscrapers, temples, local crafts, and cultures. The very best through the hustle and bustle that Bangkok is famous for!

Post temple tour, you will be a little hot, so take a moment to chill and prepare for the evening's welcome meal and a beautiful local restaurant!

Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner

DAY 3 (TUE): BANGKOK - AYUTTHAYA

We will give you the morning to collect yourself, head into some last-minute temples, or simply sip coffee and witness Thai life pass before heading out on a two-hour road trip to the UNESCO World Heritage town of Ayutthaya.

Stunning vistas and towers overlook the gigantic monasteries and cobbled streets of the ancient Thai capital. They're 14th-century skyscrapers in what was once one of the world's largest and most cosmopolitan areas and a center for global diplomacy.

Once settled, we'll relish in Ayutthaya's age-old splendor—perhaps taking in a breathtaking sunset and imagining life here just hundreds of years ago.

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 4 (WED): Ayutthaya

The enigmatic temples whisper a fading royalty. The grandiose stupas and priceless artworks remind us of former grandeur.

We’ll begin our day with a bicycle tour through the gilded palaces and treasure-filled lanes of Ayutthaya, an endeavor into the New York City of the old world. You've then got plenty more time to explore as we stay another night in this ancient city.

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 5 (THU): Ayutthaya to Chiang Rai

We'll be departing by air-conditioned bus to arrive in lush and mountainous Chiang Rai in the evening.

Upon our arrival in Chiang Rai, we’ll get you to the hotel for some proper rest. From there, you’re free to explore the city, be it the famous White Temple, Blue Temple, Wat Rong Sueten (you won’t get tired of the temples, we promise), and even meander to a tea plantation. Whatever your interest, we’ll help you out.

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 6 (FRI): Chiang Rai - Hill Tribe Village

A guided tour of the town this morning. We are stepping more in-depth into the Northern Thai culture, through the morning markets, and into the 13th century.

By morning’s end, we’ll have seen the sights, gathered our belongings, and traversed to the Thai mountains into the remote villages of the region’s hill tribe communities where our give-back initiatives and trekking begins.

We’ll set you up with an orientation for the next days’ itineraries before gathering for a hill tribe welcoming meal and readying ourselves for the hard work (and endless amounts of sweat) ahead.

Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner

DAY 7 (SAT): Hill Tribe Village

Mostly untouched by the modern world, Thailand’s impoverished hill tribes lack even the most basic of contemporary resources like access to education, clean water, and, in some cases, even shelter.

Those who wished to give-back will work with a tribe to help them help themselves. As with any community-based project, it does depend on the needs of the community at that time. That said, you can expect to have the opportunity to teach English to the local children or get down and dirty building houses for the low-income families; or install freshwater pumps to ensure clean drinking water, something everyone deserves.

The trekkers in the group will have a much different experience. Hiking deep into the Thai jungles with your local hill tribesmen as guides, we’ll learn about flora and fauna of the region, how life has changed for these people over 1000s of years through a moderately challenging trek but fantastic views of the surrounding area.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

DAY 8 (SUN): Hill Tribe Village

The work continues through today, as we knuckle down, sweat through our clothes, and finish the collective project we started.

Remember, we’ll be working together, arm-in-arm, muddy-face-in-muddy-face with the locals, so it’s not finished until they say it is.

Our day concludes with a hearty dinner. We’ll then sit around the campfire and swap stories about the adventure. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

DAY 9 (MON): Hill Tribe Village to Chiang Mai

Waving goodbye to the tribesmen and the small part of our life that’ll forever remain in the Thai rainforest, we’ll bus to the incredible city of Chiang Mai, “The Rose of the North.”

The day begins with a tour of the city, where we’ll leisurely wander through the backstreets, markets, and temples that deem this town, “The Rose of the North.” Pit stops at temples and mountains are remarkable!

Upon arriving, we’ll quickly settle into our guesthouse and head out to the Night Market for copious amounts of food, music, and merriment!

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 10 (TUE): Chiang Mai

Today we're giving you day off from us to go out and explore the magic city of Chiang Mai. We'll head out to the Night Market in the afternoon for copious amounts of clothes, jewelry, music, electronics and much much more

In the evening we'll all get together for an intimate group dinner.

Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner

DAY 11 (WED): Chiang Mai to Elephant Project

Just a jaunt outside of Chiang Mai amid the Thai jungles is an Elephant Project, a sustainable eco-tourism project launched by Karen hill-tribes to protect the welfare of elephants. For the next two days, we'll befriend, feed, and bathe the elephants, all the while planting food and building an ecosystem for the mammoth mammals.

On our first day, the "Mahouts" (the elephants' guardians) will supply the "whaddup" handshake used to greet the animals. Like us humans, the way to their hearts is through their stomachs, so you'll be feeding the creatures plenty of fruits and vegetables, while simultaneously hugging them and falling deeper in love.

Once fed their daily diet of 300 kg (660 lbs.) of fruits, bamboo, and smiles, you'll parade to the mud pit for a ceremonial 'ele-bath.'

Your day ends, thoroughly muddied, and in a traditional jungle house, It may be rough-necking, but you're in elephant country now!

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

DAY 12 (THU): Elephant Project to Chiang Mai

Weather permitting, our final day in the elephant project begins a little bit differently: Bamboo rafting along the river.

The jungle scenery illuminates how removed from the Western world we are ("isn't it magical?").

Once returned, we'll wave goodbye to our newest BFFs, the elephants, and return to Chiang Mai, where a celebratory drink, perhaps a tear, and a night of memories awaits.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 13 (FRI): Chiang Mai to Bangkok

From the “Rose of the North” to the “City of Angels,” this morning we’ll board the train from Chiang Mai to Bangkok, where our final moments on tour await.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenic train ride to the bustling city.

We’ll arrive in town and head to the hotel, where our final night together begins. Meet up for dinner, drinks, or simply amble through the boulevards and soak in your final moments in Thailand. Let the Bamboo mojo guide you.

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 14 (SAT): Departure - Bagkok

Two weeks – gone in the blink of an eye. Don’t mind our sniffling.

The tour may have ended but the stories you’ll soon tell are only beginning. It can take weeks to realize what all you accomplished in such a short period of time.

Rather than saying goodbye, we prefer to say, “see you soon.” You’re part of The BamFam now.

Meals: Breakfast

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Travel Highlights

  • River of Kings tour of Bangkok
  • Explore the ancient temples of Ayutthaya
  • Visit the world's largest outdoor market
  • Connect with communities by giving back your time on our projects
  • Discover the mystical hill tribes
  • Get up close and personal with Chiang Mai's awesome elephants
  • Embrace a beautiful culture
  • Bamboo raft through the most incredible scenery

Accommodation and Meals

Bangkok: Twin or triple (single beds) share bed & breakfast accommodation in a relaxing guest house in a popular part of the old city Includes a/c, TV, hot water and western bathroom.

Ayutthaya, Chiang Rai City and Chiang Mai City - twin or triple (single beds) share in a comfortable hotel with air conditioning and western bathrooms.

Hill Tribe - Typical homestay. Dorm-style bedrooms with Thai style mattresses on the floor, mosquito nets and fans. Communal bathrooms with bucket flush toilets and cold showers. Wifi is available. All meals are included during your time with the hill tribe.

Elephant Project - Bamboo huts with Thai style mattresses on the floor covered by mosquito nets. Communal bathrooms with western toilets and cold showers. No WIFI available at the project. All meals are included whilst at the project.

Food: All breakfasts are included throughout plus a traditional welcome meal in Bangkok. In addition, lunch is also included when at your volunteering locations.

Internet: WiFi is available in all guesthouses.

Laundry: You can use the local laundry services that are quick and cheap and good!

Locations

  • Bangkok
  • Ayutthaya
  • Chiang Rai
  • Chiang Mai

What’s Included

All Accommodation
Airport pick-up on arrival in Bangkok
Guided tours and in-depth orientations of each location
All In-Country Transport
24/7 support from our hugely experienced, English speaking guides
All tour activities as outlined below
Heaps of meals!
Project donation and supplies
Full pre-departure support from our ace travel coordinators
A flashy Travel Hack packed full of helpful advice
A few surprises along the way

FAQ

In short - anything that’s not on the "What's included?" list in the info pack! The main things you’ll absolutely need to get that aren’t included are:

International flights - we have people join us from all over the world so we leave these flexible so you can choose the departure airport and airline that suits you best.

Travel Insurance - you can choose your own travel insurance, or we can organise this for you. You can find details on the travel insurance here and will be able to add this onto your booking.

Visas – depending on the passport you hold you may need to get a visa before you travel. Please see below for more info on visas.

Arrival

You need to book a flight that lands into Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport (airport code BKK) on the Sunday that the tour starts, between 6am and 8pm. Providing you arrive between these hours on this day, one of the team will then be there to meet you on arrival and take you to the hotel in the city. If you arrive later than 8pm on the Sunday start date, we will organize for you to spend that first night at the airport hotel. Then, one of the team will pick you up from the hotel the following day and take you to the hotel in the city to meet the rest of the group.

If you arrive before your Sunday start date, you will need additional accommodation. We can book this for you and you will just need to make your own way there from the airport and pay on arrival.

Departure

If you are doing the two-week tour, this will end on the Saturday 14 days later in Bangkok so you need to make your arrangements from there that day. We recommend you book your flight to depart Bangkok no earlier than midday on the Saturday your tour finishes.

Passport holders of several countries will get a 30 day ‘visa exempt’ stamp in their passport on arrival into Thailand free of charge meaning you will not need to get a visa before you travel. A quick Google search will tell you whether you need a visa or not.
This largely depends on you. All the breakfasts throughout the tour are included as are all of the meals whilst you are volunteering. The rest of the meals are up to you and if you are having local meals it will cost a couple of dollars, if you prefer western food it will be more depending on where you eat. A bottle of local beer in Thailand is around USD $1. You should bring some local currency with you (Thai Baht) but you will also be able to withdraw more from cash points in the major cities whilst you are away.
This depends on your home country and your vaccination history. You should visit a local travel clinic and see what they recommend.

When you are ready to secure your spot on a Bamboo tour, you can choose the best payment option to suit you:

1. Pay a deposit today and the remaining balance 120 days before your tour starts (you will also have the option to pay the rest of your balance in instalments).

2. Pay in full to get a discounted price and save money

3. Sign up to monthly instalment payments

If you know you want to travel but just need more time to decide on the destination or date, the best option is to get a Bamboo Travel Voucher. Not only will you be sure of a place on a tour, you'll make a saving as our vouchers match the amount you pay. Get a $50 voucher and we'll take $100 off; get a $250 voucher and we'll take $500 off; get a $500 voucher and we'll take $1000 off!! Vouchers are valid for 3 years so there's plenty of time to decide when and where you want to go. Click here to find out more and get your voucher.

You may also want to consider signing up to our Bamboo+ Membership. For $997, we'll not only reduce your tour balance by $1000 but you'll automatically get a 20% discount on each and every future tour with Bamboo! There's also loads of other benefits - click here to find out more and become a Bamboo+ member.

Like any country in the world, there will always be some dangers (even when in your home country!) and it is important to exercise common sense, particularly when in major cities and tourist destinations. However, Thailand is a very safe country to travel in and around. You’ll also be with our award-winning team throughout your stay and will be travelling with a group.
All of our prices are in USD. If you would like to see what this is in your local currency you can use a conversion site such as www.xe.com which will give you the current exchange rate. Please bear in mind that the amount will be taken in USD when you pay and exchange rates will fluctuate.
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