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Thailand - 9 Days Wellness Small Group Tour

YOUR TRIP OVERVIEW

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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.

IS THIS TOUR FOR YOU?

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TRAVEL STYLE: WELLNESS

It’s time to introduce your inner traveller to your inner self. Discover awe-inspiring destinations combined with rejuvenating activities like yoga and meditation, and healthy food experiences to recharge the body and nourish the mind.

Service Level: Upgraded
Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other G Adventures tours, like meals, private transport, and activities.

PHYSICAL RATING: 3 - AVERAGE

Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.

TRIP TYPE: SMALL GROUP

Small group experience; Max 15, avg 12

AGE REQUIREMENT: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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WHAT'S INCLUDED

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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

ACCOMMODATIONS

7 nights hotel, 1 night guesthouse

MEALS

8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners

TRANSPORTATION

Private bus/minivan, ferry, boat, plane, walking.

STAFF & EXPERTS

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

AVAILABLE EXTRAS (ADD THESE TO YOUR TOUR WHEN YOU BOOK)

Bangkok Express: Ko Samui to Bangkok - From $367.00

Want to take the hassle out of getting back to Bangkok?

Book the “Bangkok Express: Ko Samui to Bangkok” post-tour extra and take a flight back to bustling Bangkok.

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

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Prices are in NZ$, per person, share twin, land only

 Sun, 07 Jul - Mon, 15 July 2019  - $2226 (sale price available until 30 April 2019)

Sun, 04 Aug - Mon, 12 Aug 2019  - $2619 / Sun, 29 Sep - Mon, 07 Oct 2019  - $2619

Sun, 10 Nov - Mon, 18 Nov 2019 - $2619 / Sun, 08 Dec - Mon, 16 Dec 2019  - $2619

Sun, 05 Jan - Mon, 13 Jan 2020  - $2619 / Sun, 09 Feb - Mon, 17 Feb 2020 - $2619

Sun, 15 Mar - Mon, 23 Mar 2020 - $2619 / Sun, 19 Apr - Mon, 27 Apr 2020 - $2619

Sun, 24 May - Mon, 01 Jun 2020  - $2619 / Sun, 28 Jun - Mon, 06 Jul 2020 - $2619

My Own Room - From $1069

If you're travelling solo and would prefer to have your own private room throughout your trip, please advise at the time of booking

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YOUR ITINERARY

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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.

There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.

Private Vehicle: Suvarnabhumi Airport – Bangkok45m-1h30m

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

ACCOMMODATION

Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Bangkok Menam Riverside (or similar)


 

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.

YOUR WELLNESS MOMENT: WAT PO THAI MASSAGE COURSE

This is no spa - learn traditional Thai massage from the oldest most respected massage school in Thailand.

Plane: Bangkok – Chiang Mai - 1h30m

Doi Suthep Temple Visit

Doi Suthep – Chiang Mai

Visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a golden Buddhist temple outside of Chiang Mai on the Mt Doi Suthep. Climb 300 steps to reach the temple and be rewarded with an unforgettable view. Admire the many Buddhist relics at this sacred temple and visit the white elephant shrine. Legend has it that the location of the temple was chosen after a white elephant carried a relic to the mountain and trumpeted three times before dying on the spot. Also, with a little luck, you may witness the chanting of the monks.

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.

YOUR WELLNESS MOMENT: MORNING YOGA

Wake your body up by moving through a series of poses at sunrise. Reflect on your practice and enjoy the serene quiet.

YOUR LOCAL LIVING MOMENT: THAI HERBAL COMPRESS BALL MAKING WITH LOCAL FAMILY

Travel to a local village to visit a Lanna family. You will be welcomed into their home and introduced to the many herbs and spices grown in their herbal garden. Watch and learn as they demonstrate how to make Thai herbal compress balls and then discover the healing properties of the balls with a short massage. Learn more about your hosts over a wellness menu of traditional northern style, Lanna dishes.

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.

YOUR WELLNESS MOMENT: VINYASA YOGA

Flow through a vinyasa class sorrounded by lush green trees.

ACCOMMODATION

Pai Hotsprings Spa Resort (or similar)

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.

This afternoon opt to go to the spa, stretch your legs on a day hike, or get active rafting or cycling.

FREE TIME
Pai - Full Day

Spend the day as you choose - relax and reflect, or get active and adventurous.

YOUR FOODIE MOMENT: COOKING CLASS

Learn about key local ingredients and then use them to make a healthy traditional Thai dish.

YOUR WELLNESS MOMENT: HOT SPRINGS

For thousands of years, these mineral-rich baths have been known to heal a wide variety of ailments. Relax and soak up the natural health benefits.

ACCOMMODATION

Pai Hotsprings Spa Resort (or similar)

MEALS INCLUDED:
 Breakfast | Dinner

DAY 6 - PAI/KO 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.

Plane: Chiang Mai – Ko Samui 1h45m

YOUR WELLNESS MOMENT: AFTERNOON YOGA

Enjoy a stretch with an afternoon Hatha yoga session in the historic Fisherman’s Village.

ACCOMMODATION

Paradise Beach Resort (or similar)

MEALS INCLUDED:
 Breakfast

DAY 7 - KO 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.

YOUR WELLNESS MOMENT: MORNING YOGA

Enjoy a yin yoga session. Yin practice is slow, quiet, and practiced entirely in sitting and lying postures. It aims to relax the body and soften the body's connective tissues.

STAND UP PADDLEBOARDING AT KOH SAMUI
Ko Samui

Glide your way along Ko Samui's coastline on a stand-up paddleboard.

The water in this area is generally calm and always warm, you'll be tempted to jump off for a swim.

ACCOMMODATION

Paradise Beach Resort (or similar)

MEALS INCLUDED:
 Breakfast | Lunch

DAY 8 - KO 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.

After a morning of relaxation continue by lying on the beach and going swimming in the ocean, or choose to get your heart rate up and grab a surfboard or ask your CEO for hiking trail suggestions.

YOUR WELLNESS MOMENT: SUNRISE YOGA IN THE GARDEN

Inhale the salty air while stretching through the breath guided movements sequenced with repetition to gain maximum stretching and flexibility.

FREE TIME
Ko Samui Afternoon

Take the afternoon to unwind or get your adrenaline going - Kho Samui is your oyster.

YOUR WELLNESS MOMENT: EVENING MEDITATION

On your last day in Thailand, sit through a guided meditation while feeling the sand beneath you and hearing the waves crashing in front of you.

MASSAGE (SOUTHEAST ASIA)

Lay back and soothe aching muscles with a famous local massage. Affordable and amazing, don't miss out.

ACCOMMODATION

Paradise Beach Resort (or similar)

MEALS INCLUDED:
 Breakfast

DAY 9 - KO SAMUI

Depart at any time.

MEALS INCLUDED:

 Breakfast

MORE INFORMATION

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HIGHLIGHTS

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

ITINERARY DISCLAIMER

While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.

Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

IMPORTANT NOTES

WEIGHT RESTRICTION
There may be a weight restriction for the internal flight on this tour. Each passenger is allowed to carry one checked bag with a maximum weight of 15 kg (33lbs). Additional bags or excess weight charges may apply. These charges are the responsibility of the passengers.

GROUP LEADER DESCRIPTION

All G Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of our Chief Experience Officers (CEO). The aim of the CEO is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting- we think it's the best of both worlds.

GROUP SIZE NOTES

Max 15, avg 12

MEALS INCLUDED

8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners

MEALS

Eating is a big part of traveling. G Adventures understands the importance of breakfast to start your day, we strive to include a basic breakfast wherever possible. This will typically include toast, coffee and tea, however this may vary depending on the city. Should breakfast not be included, your CEO can suggest some local options.

Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip.

For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

TRANSPORT

Private bus/minivan, ferry, boat, plane, walking.

SOLO TRAVELLERS

We believe solo travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and solo travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

ACCOMMODATION

Hotels (7 nts), Guesthouse (1 nt)

MY OWN ROOM

Please note that if you have booked the "My Own Room" option for this tour, you will receive your own single room for all night stops

TRAVEL INSURANCE

We recommend that you take out a travel insurance policy upon payment of your deposit. You should ensure that such insurance will protect you against cancellation and loss of deposits or payments prior to departure due to unforeseen circumstances, medical expenses arising from sickness or injury during your travel and protect you also against loss of or damage to your belongings. Please check natural disaster coverage and length of duration coverage. We can arrange travel insurance for you and can provide you with a quote and answer any queries you may have regarding the insurance we offer. 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Prices are per person (pp) in NZD unless otherwise stated, twin share based on lead in season. All care is taken to promote correct pricing at time of publication but is dependent upon availability and will be confirmed at time of reservation. Valid for sale until sold out. Airfares not included unless specified. Offers are subject to availability and can change without notification due to fluctuations in charges and currency. Credit card surcharges apply. For full terms and conditions please contact a World Travellers consultant.