Thailand - Wellness - Bangkok to Koh Samui: 9 Days from R15 175 pps land only

When can I go?

Set Departures:

07 July 2019 from R15 175 pps

04 Aug, 29 Sep, 10 Nov and 08 Dec 2019 from R17 343 pps

 

Description

Wellness Thailand – 9 days – Bangkok to Koh Samui

G Adv

 

What’s included in the deal?

  • Transfers
  • 8 Nights accommodation
  • 8 Breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Local guides
  • Your Wellness Moment: Wat Po Thai Massage Course, Bangkok
  • Your Wellness Moment: Morning Yoga, Chiang Mai
  • Your Local Living Moment: Thai Herbal Compress Ball Making with Local Family, Chiang Mai
  • Your Wellness Moment: Vinyasa Yoga, Pai
  • Your Foodie Moment: Cooking Class, Pai
  • Your Wellness Moment: Hot Springs, Pai
  • Your Wellness Moment: Afternoon Yoga, Ko Samui
  • Your Wellness Moment: Morning Yoga, Ko Samui
  • Your Wellness Moment: Sunrise Yoga in the Garden, Ko Samui
  • Your Wellness Moment: Evening Meditation, Ko Samui
  • Arrival transfer, Doi Suthep Temple visit, Stand-up paddleboarding, All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

 

 

More Info

  • Peak season and block out dates surcharges apply.

 

 

Terms & Conditions

• Packages are subject to availability at the time of the reservation.
• Passport & visa cost (if applicable), travel insurance & items of a personal nature are also not included.
• Prices are subject to change without prior notice due to airfare increases and currency fluctuations.
• Re-booking and cancellation fees apply.
• All prices are per person sharing unless otherwise specified.
• Standard terms and conditions apply.

Why we like it

From the moment you first feel the warmth of Thailand’s golden sun, you can’t help but take in the positive vibes. This nine-day tour immerses you in ancient restorative practices, yoga sessions, and healthy food that will leave your smile beaming and your soul stirring. Soak in the country’s culture of kindness with a dip in Pai’s hot springs and a visit to the birthplace of traditional Thai massage at the Wat Po Buddhist temple. Then you can kick the energy up a notch with an optional round of Muay Thai. Your journey ends in Ko Samui, where you’ll reflect inward while nestling your toes in the sand as the sun sets over the glittering ocean.

  • Thai massage class in Wat Po
  • Challenge yourself with stand-up paddleboarding
  • Climb 300 steps to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
  • Relax in jungle accommodations with private hot springs
  • Practice sun salutations with yoga at sunrise
  • Stay in traditional family-run guesthouse

 

Packing List

Conservative Dress:
• Modest clothing that covers knees and shoulders (Long pants, long skirts, shirts that cover shoulders)
• Shawl or scarf (for temple visits)

 

Documents:
• Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
• Insurance info (required) (With photocopies)
• Passport (required) (With photocopies)
• Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies)
• Vouchers and pre-departure information (required)

 

Essentials:
• Binoculars (optional)
• Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries)
• Cash, credit and debit cards
• Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights)
• Ear plugs
• First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
• Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal)
• Fleece top/sweater
• Footwear
• Hat
• Locks for bags
• Long pants/jeans
• Moneybelt
• Outlet adapter
• Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.)
• Reusable water bottle
• Shirts/t-shirts
• Sleepwear
• Small travel towel
• Sunglasses
• Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable)
• Watch and alarm clock
• Waterproof backpack cover
• Windproof rain jacket

 

Sleep Sheet and Pillow:
• Sleeping bag liner/sleep sheet
• Travel pillow

 

Warm Weather:
• Sandals/flip-flops
• Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended)
• Sun hat/bandana
• Swimwear

 

Wellness:
• Flip flops or comfortable shoes (required)
• Large towel (required)
• Yoga clothes or comfortable clothing (required)
• Yoga mat (required)
• Face towel
• Journal
• Water Bottle
• Yoga props

 

Note: Please pack clothing for the season in which you will be travelling. From Nov-Feb weather can be cold, so please pack warm clothing. From May-Oct it is the wet season, so please bring waterproof clothing.

 


Itinerary

Day 1 – Bangkok

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included. This evening, meet the group and CEO for a welcome meeting. Take this opportunity to set your intention for the trip ahead.

Day 2 – Bangkok/Chiang Mai

Learn traditional techniques from the oldest massage school in Thailand. Fly to Chiang Mai and spend your day exploring the vibrant city famous for its night market, cooking classes, and Muay Thai. Travel to Doi Suthep for the chanting of the monks.

Exclusive Inclusions: Your Wellness Moment Wat Po Thai Massage Course
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3 – Chiang Mai

Begin the day breathing through a morning yoga session. Head out to a village outside Chiang Mai to a Lanna family’s house to observe how traditional northern Thai people live. Explore their homegrown herbal garden and learn about various herbs and spices before creating a Thai Herbal Compress Ball made for massages. Sit down for a traditional Lanna wellness menu for dinner.

Exclusive Inclusions: Your Wellness Moment Morning Yoga| Your Local Living Moment Thai Herbal Compress Ball Making with Local Family
Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 4 – Chiang Mai/Pai

Transfer to your chalet on the riverbank of Pai. Relax and breathe in fresh air in the quiet hillside resort and soak in the tranquil hot springs. This afternoon stretch through a yoga class in an old teak Thai building.

Exclusive Inclusions: Your Wellness Moment Vinyasa Yoga
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 5 – Pai

This morning delight in the fresh, local ingredients during a vegetarian cooking class. Spend your afternoon wandering around town or relaxing in the hot springs and with a cold drink by the pool.

Exclusive Inclusions: Your Foodie Moment Cooking Class| Your Wellness Moment Hot Springs
Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 6 – Pai/Koh Samui

Transfer to Chiang Mai and fly to Ko Samui. Freshen up before a yoga session followed by a wander around the famous Fisherman village walking street where the market comes alive every Friday night.

Exclusive Inclusions: Your Wellness Moment Afternoon Yoga
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7 – Koh Samui

After a particularly calming morning yoga session, enjoy a fresh vegetarian buffet lunch. In the afternoon change into your swimsuit, grab a paddle and head out on the water. Stand up, get your balance and soak in the view.

Exclusive Inclusions: Your Wellness Moment Morning Yoga
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 8 – Koh Samui

Climb out of bed in the dark and enjoy the unforgettable experience of doing yoga while the sun rises over the Gulf of Thailand. Your afternoon is at leisure but be sure to return for a reflective meditation on the beach this evening.

Exclusive Inclusions: Your Wellness Moment Sunrise Yoga in the Garden| Your Wellness Moment Evening Meditation
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9 – Koh Samui

Depart at any time.

Meals included: Breakfast

Welcome to Thailand

The Kingdom of Thailand lies in the heart of South East Asia. The shape and geography are divided into four distinct natural regions : the mountains and forests of the North; the vast rice fields of the Central Plains; the semi-arid farm lands of the Northeast plateau; and the tropical islands and long coastline of the peninsula South.The land of smiles is jam-packed full of excitement– from Temples and Buddhist monks to oriental dances, bustling markets, unique fauna and flora, exotic food, exciting nightlife, serene hills, virgin rain-forests and charming island resorts.

Bangkok also offers a treasure trove of cultural attractions and an opportunity to experience fascinating glimpse of Thailand’s gentle culture amidst the bustle of a great and dynamic metropolis.710 Years old, Chiang Mai, lies to the north and is more laid-back than Bangkok but is still as captivating.The original city layout still exists as a neat square surrounded by a moat with vestiges of the fortified wall. Surrounded by lush mountainous terrain, the north is perfect for trekking and offers an insight into the local hill tribes.Of course, Thailand is blessed with some of the world’s most-enviable islands and beaches with Phuket, Koh Samui and Koh Phi Phi ensuring your holiday in the south will be filled with water sports, hammocks and sunset strolls along the water’s edge. Some areas are busier whilst others offer a more serene experience – be sure to research your breakaway carefully.

 

Getting Around

It’s affordable and easy to get around Thailand. Each of the hubs are serviced by scheduled air services and we are able to offer convenient and hassle free transfers from the airports to your hotel or resort.There are no shortages of taxis in the cities and Bangkok also offers the Skytrain as well as tuk-tuks and boats running up and down the Chao Phraya River. The island havens off the coast of Koh Samui and Phuket are accessible by ferries.

 

WEATHER

Thailand’s tropical climate has three main seasons :

Hot : March to June
Rainy : July to October
Cool : November to February

Average temperatures range from 20°C to 35°C, with the weather being a little cooler in the north of the country.

The East and West coasts experience different monsoon seasons:

The Gulf of Thailand (East coast) = November to March

The Andaman Sea (West coast) = May to October

The monsoon rains are generally short and heavy, clearing quickly and days of constant rain are rare.

 

AIRPORT & RESORT TRANSFERS

The airport lies on its own island, Hulhule,close to the capital Male. Transfers are either by speedboat or seaplane depending on your chosen resort location. The Maldives has one of the largest seaplane fleets in the world and the low altitude journey provides a breath taking view of the atolls and islands. Seaplanes only operate during daylight hours the last check in time being 16h00. Speedboats and fixed wing flights operate during daylight hours and after dark.

 

WHAT TO WEAR

Light, cool clothes are sensible.Shorts (except knee length walking shorts), sleeveless shirts, tank tops and other beach-style attire are considered inappropriate dress when not actually at the beach or in a resort area.

 

LANGUAGE

The national language is Thai, although English is widely spoken in cities and larger towns.

 

COMMON COURTESIES

It is important to show respect for the Thai Royal Family. Revealing attire is not allowed in religious shrines. Do not climb over or sit on Buddha monuments. Do not touch or give anything directly to a Buddhist monk if you are a woman. Thais greet each other by pressing their palms together called ‘wai’. It is rude to touch people on their head or point your feet at people or an object.

 

VISAS & PASSPORTS

South African passport holders do not require a visa.

 

TIME DIFFERENCE

Thailand is 5 hours ahead of South Africa.

 

HEALTH

Visitors do not require vaccinations unless coming from or passing through a designated contaminated area.Drink only bottled water and avoid ice unless you know is made from bottled or boiled water. Don’t eat from the food vendors on the street, unless you are sure of their cleanliness and proper care must be taken against sunburn.

 

CURRENCY

The currency is the Thai Baht which is better for bargaining and shopping in markets. US Dollars, Pounds and Euros are accepted at hotels.

 

TIPPING

A service charge is already included in all prices. Tips, in general, are not mandatory, and you should only give them if you are really content with the service offered.Waiters, bellboys, porters, restroom attendants and taxi drivers will happily accept loose change.

 

ELECTRICITY

The electric current is 220 volts AC (50 cycles) and the majority of electrical outlets take a round, two-pronged slim plug.

 

FESTIVALS

Thailand boast many festivals throughout the year, one of the most famous being the Songkran Festival in mid-Aprilwhich washes away all the bad spirits and celebrates the traditional Thai New Year. Basically, Songkran is all about getting wet so be prepared to be squirted with ice water!.

 

RESTAURANTS

Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant – THB 60.00’Street snacks’

Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course – THB 550.00

Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar – THB 150.00

Local Beer (0.5 liter draught) – THB 60.00

Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) – THB 90.00

Cappuccino (regular) – THB 70.00

Coke/Pepsi (0.33 litre bottle) – THB 25.00

Water (0.33 litre bottle) – THB 10.00

 

MARKETS

Milk (regular), (1 litre) – THB 45.00

Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) – THB 40.00

Rice (white), (1kg) – THB 40.00

Eggs (12) – THB 60.00

Local Cheese (1kg) – THB 450.00

Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) – THB 120.00

Apples (1kg) – THB 99.00

Oranges (1kg) – THB 60.00

Tomato (1kg) – THB 40.30

Potato (1kg) – THB 50.00

Lettuce (1 head) – THB 26.60

Water (1.5 liter bottle) – THB 20.00

Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) – THB 500.00

Domestic Beer (0.5 litre bottle) – THB 60.00

Imported Beer (0.33 litre bottle) – THB 90.00

Pack of Cigarettes – THB 90.00.

 

TRANSPORT

One-way Ticket (Local Transport) – THB 20.00

Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) – THB 35.00(meter start – see per km charge below)

Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) – THB 5.00(per km)

Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) – THB 100.00

Gasoline/Petrol (1 litre) -THB 39.23

Tuk Tuk (within an approx. 5 -10 km radius in cities/10 – 13 km radius in beach areas).

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