Thailand Trip Itinerary
Week 1 - June 15 to June 19th
Day 1 - June 15th
Arrive in Phuket for the start of an incredible week in Thailand.
You will be picked-up from the airport along with travelers that are arriving at the same time as you, the driver will stop at a cost efficient currency exchange on the way to the villa upon request.
Driving time to the villa: 25 mins
Villa Name: Villa Beyond&Namaste Phuket Thailand
Villa Address: 130/42 Moo. 2 Chengtalay, Talang, Phuket 83110
Ms. Sukanya K - +66878885801 (Whatsapp)
Check in starts at 2pm - Settle into the villa
Meet the other guests and get settled into your home for the next 5 days!
Rooms are pre-assigned and your name will be on your door.
More details about your villa and in-house services here.
Welcome dinner party
Lets start the trip off with great vibes and networking! Enjoy a Thai style buffet while connecting with the rest of the group and after dinner the fun continues! (or turn in early if you are exhausted from traveling)
The welcome dinner starts at 7pm in Villa Beyond
Pre-dinner photoshoot starts at 6:15pm
Dinner theme & dress code: Semi formal - Living my best boujee life!
(We do not provide alcohol for safety reasons, purchasing alcohol is at your sole discretion)
Day 2 - June 16th
Spend the day exploring the island of Phuket, you can choose to do your own thing or join the group on a scheduled Phuket city tour.
(Included) Private Phuket tour (9:00am-3:00pm):
Explore Phuket’s natural beauty and culture on this half day trip to the islands top highlights.
Lunch is not included (Budget $10-$15 for lunch depending on your choice of restaurant)
Scenic drive across the island, passing by iconic beaches
Wat Chalong, Phuket's most famous & beautiful monastery
Big Buddha - A must see in Phuket! A giant statue of Buddha with buddhist monks and the beautiful view will make you feel the soul of Phuket.
Views, Views, Views - Get a one of a kind perspective over the city at the Karon viewpoint
Explore the true essence of Sino-Portuguese architecture
(Optional) Rooftop/Pool side hangout in the villa (From 5:00pm)
Not Included - Other options for the day
Please arrange additional tours with the villa manager at-least a day before your intended date. We will also provided the contact for our lead tour coordinator who can help you arrange separate private tours upon your request.
Tiger sanctuary ( My full thoughts on this experience can be found in my Phuket travel guide)
Patong beach or Bangla road
Beach club and chill
Phuket trick eye museum
Walk around Phuket old town
What to budget for today?
Lunch & Dinner ($30)
Shopping (Completely up to you)
Additional tours if you are doing your own thing ($30-$75 depending on the tour)
Day 3 - June 17th
Island Hopping - Phi Phi Island Overnight stay
Approximate itinerary (Itinerary is subject to change based on the weather)
8:15 Pick up from the hotel.
9:00 Boat departure from Chalong Pier to Maithon Island.
10:30 Arrival to Maithon for dolphin watching
11:30 Leaving Maithon island for Phi Phi Islands.
12:30 Arrival to Phi Phi Leh Island to see Maya Bay. Here we can use kayaks and snorkel. Thai style buffet lunch is served (Included)
14:00 Cruising around Phi Phi Leh to see Viking Cave and Pileh Lagoon, and then to Phi Phi Don Island: Nui Bay and Monkey Beach.
15:00-16:00 Drop off at Phi Phi Island - Spend the night on Koh Phi Phi
WHAT TO BRING:
- Swimming suite
- Hat or cap
- Back Pack/small overnight bag
- sun block lotion
- Beach towel
- Personal expenses
Day 4 - June 18th
Explore Phi Phi Island - Back to Phuket
After breakfast, spend the morning exploring Phi Phi island
Enjoy the beaches/Hike the View Point
If you’re not too busy enjoying the beaches and islands, take the time to go explore at your own time and pace, you could also try hiking in Phi Phi as it has some of the most beautiful viewpoints in Thailand. From each peak, you are greeted with uninhibited views of the clear waters and lush greenery of Ko Phi Phi.
At 1pm take a 1 hour ferry back to Phuket Island - Return to the villa by 3:30pm
Opt in for a 60 minute Traditional Thai massage in the villa 5:30pm-7:30pm (Sign-up sheet will be available from Check in till June 16th)
Night out - Lets enjoy our last night out in the town! (10pm)
Details will be provided at the start of the trip.
Day 5 - June 19th
Goodbyes & Check out at 1pm
If your flight is later in the evening you will need to bring your bags out of the room so the staff can clean and you can hangout in the living room of the villa until your pick up.
For all guests leaving us in Phuket you will be missed!
If you signed up for the Chiang Mai experience you will be picked up for the airport at 7:45am.
Breakfast will be served as a takeaway box for connecting Chiang Mai travelers.
Phuket - Chiang Mai
June 19th - Departure time (10:30am), Arrival time (12:30pm)
Each flight includes 20kg/44lbs baggage per person, to purchase additional baggage please do so on the Air Asia website using your name and flight number.
You are responsible for checking yourself into your flight and making it to the boarding gate on time. If you are late or you miss your flight for any reason you are responsible for handling all changes and expenses that arise as a result.
Week 1 June 19th - June 23rd
We will be splitting our time in Chiang Mai between The Chai Lai Orchid Eco Lodge and Hotel Charla No.6 in old City Chiang Mai to gain a full perspective of the charming multi dimensional City!
See room assignments & accommodation details here.
The group will be split into two in order for the elephant experiences to be more intimate and to prevent us from over crowding the animals.
Please note that The Chai Lai Orchid is an eco lodge and elephant sanctuary - there will be bugs, you will have moments when you might feel very out of your comfort zone! The Chai Lai orchid is not a 5 star hotel it is run by refugees from Burma and former sex trafficking victims most of which may not speak English well, please be patient and respectful to everyone you encounter.
Chai Lai Orchid
Check in Day
Arrive at the Chai Lai orchid either from the hotel or from the airport depending on your group.
Spend the day taking in the natural scenery and grab lunch with a view of elephants in the river.
Spend time with the elephants that surround you and get acquainted with the gentle giants.
Group 1 (June 19th-June 21st)
You will be picked up from the airport and transported to the Chai Lai Orchid Eco Lodge.
Group 2 (June 21st-June 23rd)
You will be transported from your hotel in Chiang Mai Old city to the Chai Lai Orchid Eco Lodge.
SPEND TIME WITH ELEPHANTS + WATERFALLS + BAMBOO RAFT + VISIT A KAREN HILL TRIBE VILLAGE
Experience the best of Northern Thailand and escape the crowds with a full day filled with swimming at waterfalls and befriending elephants in the jungle.
Learn how to take care of an Asian elephant: one on one time with your own elephant will let you get to know her personality. Take in some of Northern Thailand’s most beautiful landscapes on a hike with a local Karen guide. Visit a Karen, Hmong, or Lahu village and swim in a hidden waterfall. Bamboo raft down the Mae Wang River that winds through the jungle mountains of Northern Thailand. Feed all the elephants in the herd, bathe a baby, and walk with or bareback ride an elephant through the jungle. Finally, say goodbye to the elephants before heading back to the city, or enjoy refreshments and snacks at our riverside cafe.
This tour starts at 9am
The day will start with trekking. Come prepared with your daypack ready with swimwear, a reusable water bottle, bug spray, a change of clothes and trekking shoes.
Enjoy a waterfall, explore and relax
Your guide will cook you a meal using local ingredients over a fire
After lunch, you'll typically past through 1 or more Karen Hill Tribe village where your guide can tell you about local life for this rare tribe
A truck will take you to the bamboo rafting starting point a few minutes down the road
We suggest leaving your camera and anything you don't want to get wet in the truck, which will meet you after rafting
Depending on the time of year, the ride can have rapids or just be relaxing. It is about 1 hour and always lots of fun!
Don't be afraid to get wet when you bathe and play with our young elephants in the river. They love to play!
Spend the afternoon walking alongside these gentle giants, feeding them and bathing them in the river.
Learn how to take care of elephants from their knowledgable caretakers
WHAT TO BRING
Comfortable athletic clothing
Sandals with good grip / trekking shoes
Change of clean clothes
Reusable water bottle
Cash for buying drinks or handcrafts
Local guides to translate for you
Start time 9:00 and drop off 17:00
Elephant Wake up Call (7:00am-9:00am Individual room wake up schedule will be announced on arrival at the lodge) - Wake up to Elephants at your doorstep.
Enjoy breakfast in your room or at the main restaurant.
Check out is at 12pm.
Chiang mai old City - Charla No.6
Check in day
Group 2 (June 19th-June 21st)
You will be picked up from the airport and transported to the Charla No.6.
Group 1 (June 21st-June 23rd)
After checking out from the Chai lai orchid you will be transported from the Chai Lai orchid to hotel Charla No.6
Welcome dinner in Old Chiang Mai at Khum Khantoke (Dinner and Thai dance performance Show included)
Pick up will be at 6:00pm
Temples, Temples and More temples
Visit Chiang Mai’s most iconic temples & local craft markets with a Thai local tour guide
Doi Suthep Temple + Phalad temple + Old city
( Chedi Luang temple , Phrasing temple, Chiang Man temple)
- Lunch (Included) Asian Cuisine Buffet
Back to the Hotel around 3:00pm-4.00 pm
Today’s agenda - Optional at your own cost
Take the day to yourself and relax in the hotel.
In the evening check out Chiang Mai’s famous night bazaar markets with hundreds of clothing shops and food stalls (You might see some crocodile, scorpions, and other crazy eats!)
- Thai boxing 550 baht Standard Seat / person
Includes : Transportation
- Thai boxing 800 baht Ringside Seat / person
Includes : Transportation , 1 Drink
- Thai boxing 1200 baht V.I.P Seat / person
Includes : Transportation , Unlimited Drinks
Breakfast and Check Out from the Hotel by 12pm
Emergencies - WHAT TO DO if YOU GET LOST?
Always buddy up when you go out, Thailand is generally very safe but to prevent getting lost or having safety issues be sure to tell someone where you are going and preferably go out with someone especially at night.
Please do not carry your passport and all your money around with you to prevent being stranded if you lose your bag or wallet.
Please message Raven - she will be your go to person for all trip related issues and is available to answer all your questions, and ensure you have an amazing time. Whatsapp - +1 917-345-7533
Villa Conceirge for additional tours, taxi service and Dining requests - Oi +66 87 888 5801
Villa Manager for any issues with your room or dining request- JumJum +66 84 241 9080
HOW MUCH MONEY SHOULD YOU BRING?
I would suggest anywhere between $250 to $500 to cover extra activities, food, shopping and emergencies. Of course this is a very general estimate, you are the best judge of your spending habits. Thailand can be as cheap or as expensive as you make it. You can find food for $2 for a full meal or eat at a high end restaurant for $30 a meal , it all depends on you. Please note that Phuket is more expensive than Chiang Mai and restaurants in tourist areas usually up-charge significantly so your meals could range from $15-$20, again this depends on your choices.
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As you all know I am working on building a business and so I would love your feedback on the entire process thus far, it helps me know what’s working and what isn’t as we prepare for your trip.
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