For travellers willing to step outside their comfort zone, who don’t mind being thrown in at the deep end. Just the ticket for those aged between 18-35 or anyone young at heart with an open mind, an eye on the budget & a nose for adventure.
Our Basic tours offer superb value and are ideal for those who are happy to forgo some creature comforts in favour of an authentic and fun experience. Under the leadership of a fully trained tour leader, you will enjoy all the highlights and freedom of independent travel with the convenience, security and companionship of a small group.
At Imaginative Traveller we always aim to provide accurate information for our travellers. Unfortunately information such as the price of optional activities is occasionally subject to change, and this means that we are constantly revising our trip notes. In order to ensure that you have the most up to date information for your trip we suggest that you check the trip notes for your tour around one month before departure.
Trip code : GTTD
Trip valid from : 01/01/2013
Trip valid until : 30/06/2014
Trip length : 17
Trip starts in : Bangkok
Trip ends in : Phuket
Maximum group size : maximum 16
(Was Thailand in Depth)
One way the Elephant Conservation Centre raises money is by selling dung paper (that’s paper made from elephant poo if you were wondering).Travel by songthaew to accommodation at the Lampang Thai Elephant Conservation CentreTake a guided tour of the complex and enjoy free time to relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings
Get up early to help the mahouts (elephant handlers) and say goodbye to your big, grey pals. You’re bound to feel underdressed around the colourful hilltribe people in Chiang Mai so hit the Night Bazaar for some new threads.Spend a free day exploring the northern city of Chiang Mai, with over 120 temples in the centre alone Set off on an excursion to the top of Doi Suthep, with fantastic views over the city Perhaps get a traditional Thai massage or even partake in a cooking class Why not visit the Night Bazaar a great chance to practice those bargaining skills
Head into the hills for a night in a local homestay. Get a taste of Burma in the village of Tachileik and a sneak peak into the opium trade in The Golden Triangle (the meeting of Thailand, Burma and Laos).Day 6Journey through the countryside to Thaton, situated on the banks of the Mae Kok River Board a long-tail boat for a journey down stream, passing several villages along the way Enjoy the surroundings along the Kok River, then meet your local hosts for this evening Spend the night with your Northern Thai friends in local accommodationDay 7Perhaps cross the border for some sightseeing and shopping in the Burmese town of Tachileik Travel to the Golden Triangle - the point where the three countries, Laos, Burma (Myanmar) and Thailand meet Optional visit to the small opium museum that provides information on the infamous trade for which this region is knownDay 8For early risers there's time to visit the temples of Chiang Rai, such as Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Jet YotPerhaps browse the markets, where the local hill tribe people sell their wares Catch a local bus back to Chiang Mai, then overnight sleeper train to Bangkok
You’ll be a bit sleepy after a long overnight train ride, but the city tour of Wat Pho, Grand Palace etc will wake you right up. Back on the sleeper train heading south tonight.Visit some of Bangkok’s most famous sights, including the Grand Palace and Emerald BuddhaEnjoy the rest of the day to further explore the city Shop for bargains, eat in exotic restaurants and perhaps hit some bars or nightclubs
Choose from hanging in a hammock, lazing in the sun or snorkelling/diving. Life’s tough. Embark on a two-hour ferry trip to the beautiful island of Koh Samui Take a trip around the island in a songthaew, visiting the 15-metre tall Big Buddha Enjoy a dip in the cool tropical waterfalls of Na Muang and drop in to see the Mummified Monk Spend free time on Koh Samui swimming, lazing in the sun, riding elephants, diving or snorkellingPerhaps take an optional day tour to the Ang Thong National Marine Park
Home to monkeys, snakes, tigers and the weird smelly Rafflesia kerrii flower. Take the ferry back to the mainland and then continue to Khao Sok National Park by local songthaew Head down to the river for a canoeing trip in the country's finest and largest rainforest Perhaps spot monkeys playing by the waters edge during the experience Optional walks along the many interesting trails and beside the many waterways that exist within the park
Life just gets harder and harder as we camp overnight on Bamboo Island. Console yourself with a swim and a cold Singha.Camp under the stars at Bamboo Island Beach Camp – it’s the best kind of cliche. Try cave exploring, sea kayaking, diving and rock climbing.Day 13 Depart by public bus from Khao Sok to Ao NangArrive at the beautiful and secluded beach area of Ao Nang Day 14 Morning, take teh long tail boat to Bamboo Island for beach campingSpend time swimming in teh warm waters of a hidden tropical paradiseEnjoy beach over night camping Day 15 Relaxing on the beach soaking up island life, after breakfast return to Ao Nang Perhaps visit a rubber plantation and school, take a Thai cooking class or watch some Thai kick-boxing
Fill up your bellies with some tom yum gung from the market and shop for last minute silk scarves and bags. Stroll along the streets of Phuket, indulge in shopping opportunities or wander through a local market Perhaps consider extending your stay to really make the most of your time in Phuket. Otherwise your free to leave at any time on the final day of your trip!
While the information presented here details our planned itinerary, including routes taken, activities included, accommodation and meeting times, please accept that unforseen changes may occur. We are constantly on the lookout to improve our program and further enhance your experience. Naturally, we will keep you up to date with any last minute amendments to your tour.
Our Raw tours are best suited for those with a sense of adventure, are willing to step outside their comfort zone and don’t mind being thrown in at the deep end. For independent travellers who want to travel with others. Just the ticket for those aged between 18-35 or anyone young at heart who has an open mind, an eye on the budget and a nose for adventure. Authentic experiences that expand the mind rather than hold the hand.
International flights, arrival and departure transfers, departure and airport taxes, visas, all other meals, all optional tours or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.
5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
Most of our travellers like the thought of travelling with a few like-minded souls. There are NO compulsory single supplements on most tours as we simply arrange twin shared accommodation for you and another tour member of the same sex. But don't worry if that doesn't appeal. We do understand there are times when you just want a bit of privacy and 'me' time so we are more than happy to arrange a private room upon request when you book.
The local payment is the final part of your overall tour cost. It MUST be paid in cash, in the currency indicated, to your tour leader at the start of your trip. Having a local payment helps us to pass cost savings on to you. Please note that the Local Payment is non-refundable.
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