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Thailand Explorer • Guided Tour

Tropical Islands, Bangkok Temples and Floating Market

Details

Length:

11 days in Thailand

Tour Season:

Winter, Spring

Trekking Grade:

Cost

$3200

Climbing Grade: Advanced

This climb requires a high level of climbing proficiency on steep, exposed and technical terrain above 8000 meters. Class 5.6 rock climbing is required. Excellent physical conditioning is requisite for this expedition. Climbers must provide climbing resume including high altitude experience.

Climbing Grade: Advanced Intermediate

This climb requires a high level of climbing proficiency on steep, exposed and technical terrain at high altitude. Class 4 ice or 5.8 rock climbing is required. Excellent physical conditioning is requisite for this expedition. Climbers must provide climbing resume including high altitude experience.

Climbing Grade: Intermediate

This climb requires snow and ice climbing skills with proficiency on steep and icy terrain. Strong backpacking and excellent physical conditioning is requisite for this expedition. Prior climbing experience is required. High altitude experience is beneficial.

Climbing Grade: Advanced Beginner

Prior climbing experience is beneficial. Basic snow and ice climbing skills are introduced during the program. Above average physical conditioning is requisite for this climb. No high altitude experience is required.

Climbing Grade: Beginner

No prior climbing experience is required. Strong hiking skills and good physical conditioning are requisite.

Trekking Grade: Easy

No experience required.

Trekking Grade: Moderate

This trek requires 4-6 hours of hiking per day with a small pack. Elevation gains of 1000-2000 feet per day. Strong hiking skills and good physical conditioning are requisite.

Trekking Grade: Strenuous

This trek requires 6-8 hours of hiking per day with a small pack. Elevation gains of 2000-3000 feet per day. Strong hiking skills and great physical conditioning are requisite.

If you have further questions about our climbing or trekking grades; or about your qualifications for a particular expedition, trek, climb or course, please contact us.

Tour Overview

Mountain Gurus is proud to offer an exciting journey to Thailand’s beautiful and remote beaches. Experience the “Land of Smiles“ and sea kayak through spectacular tropical islands, trek through lush jungle, explore hidden waterfalls and lagoons, snorkel crystal clear turquoise waters, rock climb on white sand beaches, discover underwater sea life, watch amazing red sunsets, roam Siam’s ancient temples, cruise by longboat through Bangkok’s urban canals, experience a traditional floating market, enjoy exquisite Thai cuisine and relax with a famous massage. This trip has it all for those who love the beach and enjoy warm ocean waters. Our founder has been traveling Thailand for over fifteen years and seeks to share his passion for this amazing land and its friendly people. Our Explorer programs seek to provide a blend of activity and tour focused adventures.

Topical Islands, Bangkok Temples & Amphawa Floating Market • 11 day tour

Our tour begins in Bangkok, the epicenter of traditional Thai and pop culture. We tour the historic Grand Place and Thailand’s amazing Buddhist Wats (temples). Afterwards we enjoy sunset dining on the Chao Phraya River. From here we discover Siam’s hidden pathways, seldom visited by Thailand’s mass tourist market. We travel west and tour Amphawa Floating Market, known by Thais but rarely visited by foreigners. This fun and interesting marketplace offers a blend of traditional Thai culture with an opportunity to shop for local handicrafts. The next day we’ll explore the regions mangrove forests and ancient temples by riverboat. After returning to Bangkok we offer two spectacular beach options.

Our first option travels southeast to Koh Chang in the Gulf of Thailand. We explore this beautiful garden island with it’s stunning turquoise waters, white sand beaches and mountainous landscape. Koh Chang offers a host of activities including sea kayaking, snorkeling, hiking and elephant riding. We also have a chance to do some island hopping to Koh Kood and it’s remote beaches. Koh Chang is a fantastic place to escape from the crowds and enjoy the local Thai culture and seafood. We return to Bangkok and enjoy one last opportunity to shop and experience the cities outdoor markets.

Our second option travels to southern Thailand’s Phang Nga Bay. Early morning we fly to Krabi and transfer by long boat to Railay beach, famous for its limestone cliffs which host some of southeast Asia’ s best rock climbing. Once on the beach we settle into Thailand’s “mai pen rai“ culture, meaning “don’t worry, relax“. During the next few days will explore Phang Nga Bay’s seldom visited island beaches while enjoying a host of outdoor activities. We transfer to Phuket known for its shopping and nightlife. We return by flight to Bangkok and depart for flights home.

Both itineraries provide excellent opportunities to discover Thailand’s remarkable beaches. We’ll choose the itinerary based on the size and interest of the group.

Itinerary

Flight Schedule: USA – Bangkok (BKK) 
Tour begins and ends in Bangkok, Thailand

Day 1 • Arrive Bangkok
Airport transfer hotel. Evening walking tour of old Bangkok.

Day 2 • Bangkok
Tour of Bangkok’s historic Grand Place, the temple of the Emerald Buddha, Wat Pho and Wat Arun ~ Temple of Dawn. Enjoy famous Phad Thai lunch and dinner near the river. Optional canal tour or evening river boat tour on the Chao Phraya. Overnight in Bangkok. (B, D)

Day 3 • Amphawa Floating Market
Morning drive to Amphawa. Shop and explore Amphawa’s Floating Market. Optional evening boat trip to see firefly show. Overnight in Amphawa. (B)

Day 4 • River Boat Tour
Morning river boat and canal tour though mangrove forests and ancients temples. Afternoon drive to Bangkok, shopping and overnight in Bangkok. (B)


Koh Chang Itinerary

Day 5 • Bangkok • Koh Chang
Early morning private van ride to ferry terminal and Koh Chang. Relax on the beach and walking tour. Overnight at hotel. (B)

Day 6-7 • Koh Chang
Hike and explore hidden waterfalls. Optional activities include swimming, sea kayaking, snorkeling, hiking and elephant riding, fishing village. Overnight at hotel. (B)

Day 8 • Koh Chang or Koh Kood
Transfer to Koh Kood by boat. Discover tropical islands and remote beaches. Overnight at bungalow. (B)

Day 9 • Koh Chang or Koh Kood
Sea Kayaking or optional mountain bike tour. Overnight at bungalow. (B)

Day 10 • Bangkok
Transfer by boat and return Bangkok by private van. Evening dinner and shopping in Bangkok. Overnight at hotel. (B)

Day 11 • Depart
Transfer to Suvarnabhumi International Airport for flights home. (B)


Phang Nga Bay Itinerary

Day 5 • Bangkok • Krabi (KBV)
Morning flight to Krabi. Long boat ride to Krabi Railay Beach. Relax on the beach and walking tour to Pranang cave beach. Overnight at hotel. (B)

Day 6-7 • Krabi
Hike and explore hidden topical lagoon. Optional activities include rock climbing, swimming, kayaking or longboat ride to Tonsai and Ao Nang. Overnight at hotel. (B)

Day 8 • Krabi • Phang Nga Bay
Transfer to Phang Nga Bay for sea kayaking tour and sea cave exploration. Discover tropical islands and remote beaches. Overnight at bungalow. (B)

Day 9 • Phang Nga Bay
Sea Kayaking or mountain bike tour. Overnight at bungalow. (B)

Day 10 • Phuket (HKT) 
Transfer by boat to Phuket Island. Evening dinner and shopping in Phuket. Overnight at hotel. (B)

Day 11 • Depart
Early morning flight from Phuket to Bangkok and transfer for flights home. Suvarnabhumi International Airport. Or extend your trip and stay a few more days in Phuket or Bangkok. (B)


Itinerary Notes: Mountain Gurus makes every effort to uphold the scheduled itinerary, although our guides are given discretion to adapt the itinerary for reasons beyond our control or due to the particular needs of the group. Meal schedule: (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner

Details

Land Cost
Price per person: $3200
Single Supplement: $500

Phang Nga Bay Itinerary Supplement: $900


Deposit and Payments
$700 deposit includes reservation fee, due with application.
Balance due 90 days prior to departure


Services included
All land transportation in Thailand
10 nights hotel accommodation, 5 star in Bangkok, 3-4 star during tour
Scheduled meals
Professional guide


Services not included
International airfare and meals during travel – USA – Bangkok
Domestic airfare for Phang Nga Bay
Non-scheduled airport transfers
Non-scheduled meals
Optional activities
Personal gear
Trip cancellation insurance
Medical and evacuation coverage
Staff gratuities

Gear List

Tour • Thailand

Clothing and Gear:
• Beach and casual wear

A complete clothing and equipment list specific to your program will be sent to you in the departure packet upon reservation.

Travel Information

International Programs • Thailand

Program start time & location: begins and ends in Bangkok

Visa/Entry Information: A valid passport is required for American citizens to enter Thailand. American citizens do not need a visa for visits of up to 30 days for tourism.

Health & Immunizations: Immunizations are not required for entry into Thailand

Flight Travel Information: USA – Bangkok (BKK)

International Departures: Our itineraries reflect the date and time you’ll need to arrive in country for a particular program. Mountain Gurus programs begin and end in the countries, destination city. When booking your flight you’ll need to account for travel time and crossing the international dateline if needed. It’s easiest to give your booking agent the day and time you’ll need to arrive.

Meals and Food: All meals are provided as per meal schedule. (see itinerary for meal schedule)

Gear: A complete clothing and equipment list specific to your program will be sent to you in the pre-departure packet upon reservation. For your safety and comfort it is extremely important that you adhere strictly to the equipment list.

Frequently Asked Questions

Even the most experienced climbers have questions and if this is your first time on an Expedition, Trek or Northwest Climb you’re sure to have them. We provide information about such things as travel dates, itineraries and required equipment throughout our website. However, if you can’t find the answers you seek anywhere else, we try to provide them here!

Travel & Insurance

When do I need to arrive and depart?

International Departures: Our itineraries reflect the date and time you’ll need to arrive in country for a particular program. Mountain Gurus programs begin and end in the countries, destination city. When booking your flight you’ll need to account for travel time and crossing the international dateline if needed. It’s easiest to give your booking agent the day and time you’ll need to arrive.

Domestic Departures: Regarding Northwest programs our itineraries reflect the date and time the program begins at a particular start location (North Cascades NP, Olympic NP, etc.). When flying to Washington State you’ll likely need to arrive the day before the climb begins in order to meet the group at the program start location. In regards to your departure flight, our return time to the program start location is often unpredictable. We suggest a hotel reservation for the night of the last day and plan to return home the day after the end of the program.

What if I want to arrive early or depart later than the program? Mountain Gurus can assist in arranging accommodations before or after the program. Our Operations Director can recommend things to do if you desire.

Will a Mountain Gurus agent greet me at the airport? For International programs depending on your arrival time, we coordinate ground transportation. We either greet you at the airport or arrange transportation to your hotel. In most cases the program formally begins the morning after arrival day.

Do you recommend trip cancellation insurance? Mountain Gurus highly recommends purchasing of trip cancellation and travel insurance. This comprehensive travel insurance provides coverage for trip cancellation and interruption, travel delays, loss of baggage and travel documents, baggage delays, medical expenses and emergency assistance.

Do I need any other insurance? Make sure you provide yourself adequate traveler’s medical and evacuation insurance for coverage should you have a problem during the trip.

Should I have concerns when traveling internationally? We recommend registering with the United States Department of State when traveling anywhere internationally. Registration is voluntary and is your sole responsibility. Also, the United States Department of State maintains a travel Warning/Alerts list for most countries around the world. www.travel.state.gov

Experience and Fitness

What are climbing and trekking grades? Mountain Gurus provides climbing and trekking grades to help our client choose which programs are best suited for their experience level, knowledge of climbing and overall physical conditioning. Mountain travel can be extremely challenging yet profoundly rewarding. We offer programs of various skill levels and difficulty. Regardless which program you choose we expect our clients to be physically and mentally prepared for the demands of the journey.

Can anyone participate on your MG programs? We feel that anyone in reasonably good physical fitness should be able to join us on many of our programs. Mountain Gurus guides will introduce basic trekking and climbing skills needed during the course of the program. Remember your ability to participate in the program is largely dependent upon your overall health and fitness. An expedition, trek or climb shouldn’t be taken lightly and we encourage you to prepare for it by physically conditioning yourself for the strenuous aspects of the program. We strongly advise anyone who is considering a climb with Mountain Gurus, who may have a medical condition or medical history that may affect their performance, first consult with their physician. If you have further questions or concerns please contact us and our Operations Director can discuss which program is best suited for you.

Domestic & International Programs

How can I find out about necessary visas or entry requirements for the country I am visiting? Mountain Gurus will send you all necessary visa information contained within our pre-departure package. In most case American citizens can obtain a visa upon arrival. It is your responsibility to send in all pre-required visa applications and associated fees. In addition most countries maintain websites that provide all necessary information and application forms.

How can I find about necessary immunizations for the area where I am traveling? As part of your itinerary, we’ll provide you with current recommended/required immunizations for the country where you are traveling. You can always consult the Center for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov

Can I hire an additional porter? On International programs Mountain Gurus can arrange hire of a personal porter if desired for an additional cost. Please notify MG in advance if you’re considering a personal porter.

Can additional gear or clothing be stored during the program duration? In most cases additional items can be stored at the hotel or with our ground operator.

What type of accommodations can I expect?

Hotels: During our stay in international destination cities you can expect to stay in high quality hotels. When available we opt to stay in smaller boutique style hotels that provide a friendly atmosphere and high quality experience.

Camping or Lodges: When camping we provide our clients with high quality mountaineering tents. Depending on the expedition or climb clients participate in setting up tents and help in establishing camp as well as participate in cooking. On Treks and Tours, Mountain Gurus provides our clients with a fully supported experience, your tent will be set up and waiting when you arrive in camp and you’ll be greeted with hot water and a cup of tea. Destinations like Nepal we often opt to stay in high quality lodges (also known as Tea Houses) as an alternative to camping. Due to our local knowledge we choose from the finest lodges available which provide great food and a friendly warm environment.

Do you provide single accommodations? International programs that include hotels, a single room supplement is available for an additional cost if desired. For those traveling alone who do not wish to pay an additional cost for a single room, we will pair you in a room with another same-sex team member. In the event another team member of the same sex is not available for room pairings, you will be assigned a single room. During Northwest climbs single tent accommodations are not available.

How heavy a pack do I need to carry?

On Northwest programs you will be required to carry a portion of the group gear and food, in addition to your personal gear. This should be taken into consideration when deciding what you should bring. Be prepared to carry between 40-65 lbs. depending on the length of the program and group size.

For International programs pack weight varies greatly depending on the type of program. On our fully supported Treks and Tours you will only be expected to carry a small to medium sized day pack with each trekking day’s necessary clothing and essentials. 15-30 lbs. Expeditions will be required to carry a portion of the group gear and food in addition to your personal gear. 40-65 lbs. On fully supported Expeditions we utilize high altitude climbing porters which greatly minimizes the need to carry group gear. 35-50 lbs.

Private and Custom Programs

I have a group of family/friends/colleagues and we have specific dates we would like to climb. Can you customize a program for us? All of our programs can be run on a private basis. The beauty of a private program is you climb what you want, with who you want, when you want. We’ll take care of the entire program. We are also able to provide you with a custom itinerary depending on your interests. We may require a $100 non-refundable deposit for custom program planning which will be applied towards your program cost at the time of reservation.

General

Is it customary to tip your support staff or mountain guide? On international programs where we utilize support staff (porters, cooks, kitchen staff, etc.); it is Mountain Gurus practice to take a group tip and divide it among the support staff. Tipping of Mountain Guides for a job well done is always appreciated.

How can my family get in contact with me when I’m on a on a Mountain Gurus program? After your application and deposit are accepted; you will be provided with a detailed itinerary which will include hotel and ground outfitter contact information for your program. Due to the nature of the wilderness areas we travel it is likely you will be out of contact during the duration of the program. Telephone and internet access is available in some destinations at you own expense.

What if my spouse, family or friends don’t climb; can they still join me on safari? We would be delighted to make arrangements for non-trekking family and friends to join you after the climb. We suggest you extend your safari a few days to take advantage of Tanzania’s remarkable wildlife parks and diverse landscape.

Can my son or daughter join me on the program? What’s the minimum age requirement? Possibly, we would prefer to talk with you about the program you’re interested in and see if it’s an appropriate choice for someone under the age of 18. We accept participants 16 years or older on our regularly scheduled trips, accompanied by a legal guardian.