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Comfort Thailand

Golden monasteries, world famous beaches, Thai cooking classes are tempered with personal contact with gentle Asian elephants at a conservation center and a sobering journey to the Bridge over the River Kwai, the Thai/Burma War Museum and a war cemetery. Whether you're walking the ancient streets of Ayutthaya or visits thriving night markets, our tour leader will help you discover places you wouldn't otherwise have known were there. With four star hotels this is an amazing adventure with some extra comfort.


Itinerary

July 14 : Bangkok

Arrive at any time before 6PM.

July 15 to July 16: Kanchanaburi (2B)

We head to Kanchanaburi, home to the bridge Over the River Kwai. Take a train journey on the Death Railway, visit the Thai/Burma War Museum and War Cemetery.

July 17 : Ayutthaya (B,D)

Travel by bus to Ayutthaya and explore the restored Khmer temple of Phnom Rung and the Muang Tam sanctuary on bicycle followed by a rice barge dinner.

July 18 : Sukhothai (B)

Catch minivans and head to Sukhothai and wander the ancient ruins of this old capital of Siam.

July 19 to July 21: Chiang Mai (3B,L,D)

Head to the capital of the North. Visit the Elephant Conservation Center, listen to monks chanting at Doi Suthep Temple and enjoy a traditional Kan Toke Dinner.

July 22 to July 23: Hua Hin (2B)

A short flight and transfer takes us to the beach, time to push back and relax after a busy few days.

July 24 : Bangkok (B,D)

Return to bustling Bangkok for last minute shopping followed by an evening river cruise and dinner.

July 25 : Bangkok (B)

Depart any time today.

Detailed Itinerary

July 14 : Bangkok

Bangkok has plenty of appeal. With towering skyscrapers pressed up against Chinese shop-houses and brand-new luxury cars squeezing past vendors with pushcarts, this is a city of distinct contrasts. Culture fiends will delight in the city’s countless pagodas, while shoppers could spend weeks sifting through Bangkok’s malls and open-air markets. Whether you’re eating cuisine in a plush 5 star hotel restaurant or sampling fried crickets on the side of the road, prepare to have all of your senses engaged. This is the place to eat, drink and be merry.

You will be met on arrival at Bangkok Airport and transferred to your hotel. You are welcome to arrive at any time on day 1, but please note that hotel check-in time is 12 noon.

At 6pm there will be a group meeting where you will meet your tour leader and fellow travel companions and go over the logistics of the upcoming adventure. Following the meeting your tour leader will take you for your first experience of delicious Thai food.

Our hotel tonight is centrally located in Bangkok near a number of great restaurants and markets. Each room is air conditioned and is twin/double share with attached shower and ensuite. The hotel has many facilities including wifi, a swimming pool and gymnasium.

July 15 to July 16: Kanchanaburi (2B)

On the morning of Day 2 we set out to explore the must see sights of Bangkok with the help of our experienced and informative local guide. Enjoy an intriguing long tail boat tour through the heart of Bangkok's famous klongs, or canals. A guided visit through Wat Po will introduce you to the Thai and Buddhist culture. Wat Po is also considered the birthplace of traditional Thai massage where you have the chance to ease those cramped muscles after your flight. Think of it as yoga where you don't have to do anything! We also visit the halls and murals decorating the Grand Palace, built in 1782.

In the afternoon our private minivan will transfer us to Kanchanaburi via the seven tiered waterfalls of Erawan National Park where we soak in the coolness of the pools at the base of the falls. The highest fall is said to resemble Erawan, the three-headed elephant of Hindu mythology. Spend the afternoon relaxing by the water, trekking through the jungle, climbing through the local caves, or just relaxing in the reviving shade before continuing to our hotel.

On Day 3 we visit the Allied War Cemetery, built to commemorate the POW's who died building the Thai-Burmese railway. We’ll also visit the Thai-Burmese Railway Museum, JEATH Museum and then experience a train ride over the bridge on the River Kwai and through the Kwai Noi Gorge on the Death Railway, taking a step back in time to WWII.

Our accommodation in Kanchanaburi is located by the River Kwai with a fusion of Thai and Balinese style rooms and a tropical garden setting to relax by the pool. Each room is twin/double share, has air conditioning and an attached ensuite.

Approx travel time:
Bangkok to Kanchanaburi by private minivan: 3 hours.

July 17 : Ayutthaya (B,D)

We travel by private minivan to Ayutthaya and explore the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Ayutthaya Historical Park on bicycle.

Ayutthaya served as Thailand’s capital from the 14th to 18th centuries, when it ranked as one of the most magnificent cities in the world. Late in the 17th century its population reached one million, and foreign visitors wrote awestruck accounts of its size and splendor.

This evening, we enjoy a remarkable cruise around Ayutthaya on a converted 1930's rice barge taking in the incredible sites of the city at night while enjoying a sumptuous Thai set dinner.

Our accommodation tonight is in traditional Thai wooden chalets. Each room is double/twin share, is equipped with air conditioning and has an attached ensuite bathroom.

Approx travel time
Kanchanaburi to Ayutthaya by private minivans: 2 hours.

July 18 : Sukhothai (B)

This morning we travel to Sukothai. After checking into our hotel we visit another of Thailand's UNESCO World Heritage sites, Sukhothai Historical Park, which we explore with our local guide.

The city of Sukhothai, literally translated as "Dawn of Happiness", was the original capital of Thailand's first kingdom and is viewed as representative of the Golden Age of Thai civilization. The religious art and architecture of the Sukhothai era are considered to be the most classic of Thai styles. The Sukhothai ruins contain the remains of 21 historical sites with awe-inspiring Buddha images and four large ponds often filled with stunning lotus flowers in full bloom.

Our hotel in Sukhothai is very comfortable and centrally located to the temples in the area. The hotel has a swimming pool amongst many other facilities. Each room is double/twin share, comes equipped with air conditioning and has a private ensuite bathroom.

Approx Travel Time
Ayutthaya to Sukhothai by private minivans: 4 hours.

July 19 to July 21: Chiang Mai (3B,L,D)

Day 6 will see us northbound to Chiang Mai. Along the way we will visit the Elephant Conservation Center at Lampang. All the money the center raises goes towards the care of these gentle giants. We tour the facility and learn about the regal history of elephants in Thailand. We also take a ride on an elephant and imagine living life in the hill tribes of northern Thailand. A short 1 hour drive through scenic countryside then takes us to the ancient capital of the north, Chiang Mai, where we check into our hotel before dinner at the scenic Riverside Restaurant.

Late morning on Day 7 our local guide will take us up the mountain to Doi Pui Village, where we get to experience aspects of hill tribe Hmong culture including a visit to the school and lunch with the kids. Following this we continue up to the famous temple complex of Doi Suthep for spectacular views over the city. If we are lucky we can witness the resident monks perform their evening chants. Day 8 is yours to explore this magical city, take an optional cooking class, massage class, yoga or perhaps a half day cycling tour of the countryside.

Surrounded by rolling hills, Chiang Mai offers both natural ambiance and historical architecture. Enclosed by a moat and crumbling walls, the old city features great cafes, shops and accommodations. An important Buddhist center since the 14th century, Chiang Mai is home to more than 300 temples. It is also a center of handicraft production, with a long history of silverwork, woodcarving, pottery-making and weaving. Not to be missed is the Night Bazaar, a series of covered markets, shops and stalls that offer the best selection of handicrafts in Thailand.

Our hotel in Chiang Mai is located just next to the historical Thapae Gate, close to the both the Night Bazaar and the old city. The hotel has wifi and a swimming pool amongst many other facilities. Each room is double/twin share, comes equipped with air conditioning and a private bathroom ensuite.

Approx Travel Time
Sukhothai to Lampang by private minivans: 6+ hours
Lampang to Chiang Mai by private minivans: 2.5 hours

July 22 to July 23: Hua Hin (2B)

We fly early on the morning of Day 9 to Bangkok and from here travel to Hua Hin, a beautiful beach area conveniently located within easy distance by road. Favored in past times as a royal retreat, Hua Hin provides an idyllic way to end your adventure-filled holiday.

Spend 2 nights in this tropical paradise taking boat rides, exploring its many beaches and participating in all the water sports Hua Hin has to offer. Famous for delicious fresh seafood, indulge yourself on plentiful fish, crab and squid whilst soaking up the warm tropical sunshine overlooking the Gulf of Siam.

The hotel in Hua Hin is perfect to relax in for the tail end of the journey. It is close to the beach, has a swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna, tennis court and free wifi amongst other facilities. Each room is double/twin share, has air conditioning and a private bathroom ensuite.

Approx Travel Time:
Chiang Mai hotel to airport: 20 minutes
Flight from Chiang Mai to Bangkok: 1 hour 15 minutes.
Transfer from Bangkok Airport to Hua Hin: 3 hours.

July 24 : Bangkok (B,D)

Today we return to bustling Bangkok for last minute shopping followed by an evening river cruise and dinner. Use your time this afternoon to see some of the sites of the city that you missed first time around. You may want to see Jim Thompson's House, shop on the street markets of Sukhumvit or explore the temples dotted throughout the city.

Our hotel tonight is centrally located in Bangkok near a number of great restaurants and markets. Each room is air conditioned and is twin/double share with attached shower and ensuite. The hotel has many facilities including wifi, a swimming pool and gymnasium.

Approx Travel Time:
Hua Hin to Bangkok by private minivans: 3 hours.

July 25 : Bangkok (B)

You are free to depart anytime today. Please note that check out time is 12pm.

GEEO will give you a discount for booking more than one program in the same summer! Book two or more GEEO programs and receive 10% off on the lesser value program (up to 3 programs). For more details please click here.

Our four different Southeast Asia programs can be combined together if you wish to see more of this amazing region. Our earliest trip is Bangkok to Hanoi which is a program that focuses on Laos. That trip ends in Hanoi on the 7th of July, which is just in time to start our Vietnam Group 1 program which starts in Hanoi and ends in Ho Chi Minh City. Our Angkor Adventure trip then starts in Ho Chi Minh city on the 19th of July. Vietnam and Angkor actually overlap with each other on purpose because they both go to the Mekong Delta. Don’t worry; you can book both trips without having to cover the same ground twice. The Angkor Adventure mostly focuses on Cambodia and ends in Bangkok, Thailand on July 27th just in time to join this trip, Comfort Thailand Group 2, that starts on the evening of July 27th.

If there is a part of the world that you would like to see that we aren't offering this summer, let us know. We may be able to help you arrange such a trip or we will consider offering it as GEEO program next summer.

Stuff You Need to Know

Terms and Conditions

It is very important for you to visit our Terms and Conditions page before signing up for this program.

Trip Notes

This is a comfort class trip, with upgraded hotels and transportation.

Service Level

Comfort:

All the adventure with a softer landing
Upgraded transportation (private vehicles, trains and planes)
More inclusions (transfers, more meals and activities are generally included)
Hand-picked accommodations with additional amenities and services

Physical Grading

2:

Light walking and hiking that is suitable for most fitness levels.

Minimum/Maximum Group Size

This program is guaranteed to run and will have a maximum of 15 participants.

Group Leader Description

All GEEO/G Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of G Adventure's group leaders, which they refer to as Chief Experience Officers (CEO). The aim of the group leader 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 travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. Our itineraries often have plenty of free time to explore on your own.

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.

Packing List

What you need to bring depends on the trip you have chosen and the countries or regions you are planning to visit. We suggest that you pack as lightly as possible as your are expected to carry your own luggage. As a rule we try not to have to walk more than 15-20 mintues with your bags which is why we recommend keeping the weight of your bags between 10-15kg/22-30lb. Suitcases are not recommended for our trips! Most travellers carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size (no XXL ones please!) as they need to fit under the beds when travelling on sleeper trains. You will also need a day pack/bag to carry water, cameras and other electronics like ipods and mobile phones. If your trip involves overnights in homestays, villages or camping then you usually have the opportunity to rent sleeping bags if need be instead of bringing them with you.

Please note, due to the nature of travel in Asia, a backpack is more suited to this trip than a suitcase. 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.

Suggested Checklist

Alarm clock
Flashlight
Sun hat, Sunblock, Sunglasses
Insect Repellent
Water bottle
Small towel and swim wear
Toiletries (biodegradable)
Sturdy walking shoes/Sport sandals
Moneybelt
Shorts
Long trousers
Hiking pants/track pants
Shirts/T-shirts
Waterproof clothes for wet season May-Oct. Umbrella or waterproof jacket.
Clothes for temples – long pants or sarongs.
Snorkel gear – optional (also available for hire)
Camera and film
Reading/writing material
Binoculars
Pocketknife
First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)

Document Checklist

Passport (with photocopies)
Travel insurance (with photocopies)
Airline tickets (with photocopies)
USD cash and travellers cheques
Credit or debit card (see personal spending money)
G Adventures vouchers, pre-departure information and dossier
Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required

Laundry

Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels for a charge or ask your group leader where the nearest laundromat is. There will be times when you may want or have to do your own laundry so we suggest you bring your own non-polluting/biodegradable soap.

Single Travellers

We believe single travelers should not have to pay more to travel so our trips are designed for shared accommodation. Single travelers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Most of our trips have the option for a "My Own Room" which is an extra fee that will allow you to have a room to yourself.

Money

Spending Money

Every traveler is different and therefore spending requirements will vary. Some travelers may drink more than others while other travelers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.

Money Exchange

During this tour the local currency you will use is the Thai Baht. As currency exchange rates in South East Asia do fluctuate, we ask that you refer to the following website for the most up to date daily exchange rates: www.xe.com for each of the above mentioned currencies. The best way to carry your money is in debit cards, withdrawing cash in local currencies from ATM machines. ATMs are found throughout South East Asia and will generally accept cards on the Visa and Mastercard networks. It is a great idea to travel with both a Visa and Mastercard if at all possible in case of loss or problems with one card, you will have a back up. Please note, your bank will charge a fee for overseas withdrawals. USD Cash is recommended for times when ATMs are not accessible. You should bring some cash with you for emergency situations (please refer to our trip dossier) but carrying only cash is a high safety risk. ATM card/s and some cash is the ideal mix. Travellers cheques can be tricky, timely and expensive to exchange. While we do not recommend that you bring them as your primary source of funds, it is great to have one or two cheques in case of emergency. Thomas Cook or American Express travellers' cheques in US currency are the easiest to exchange. Cash advances can also be made with some banks but are time consuming and tend to have high fees attached.Credit cards can be used at some upmarket restaurants, and at some larger stores if shopping for big items. If you are bringing US Dollars, please make sure that the notes are new and in good condition. Notes older than 2003, or with any tears or blemishes may not be accepted. Be fussy with your bank when buying cash!

Medical Forms

GEEO travel programs bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, at minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travelers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage. Travelers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travelers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our tour leaders work hard to ensure that all our travelers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings above for more information.

The medical questionnaire can be found online at: www.gadventures.com/medical-form.

Optional Activities

Please note: All optional activities are booked and paid for locally in the local currency. You do not have to decide in advance which activities you would like to sign up for. The prices listed are based on the latest information we have received from our participants and G Adventures. They are not guaranteed to be accurate. Please feel free to use them as a guide for budgeting your trip.

Bangkok

Thai massage – USD10 per hour

Chiang Mai

Bicycle tour - USD30 for Half Day
Thai Cookery Course- USD30 for Half Day
Bamboo rafting- USD15 plus transport

Kanchanaburi

Kayaking - USD6-28

Costs

Please keep in mind this trip is designed to give you the freedom to do whatever interests you. Make sure you look over all of the optional activities and keep in mind these additional costs when deciding whether you can afford this program. Very few meals are included on this trip, giving you the opportunity to eat on your own budget. The prices below are in US dollars and are rough estimates so you can budget your trip.

Tour Company Fee

$1619 USD

Non-Educator Fee

$100 USD (Educators do not have to pay this fee)

Optional Activities

$50-$150 USD, See optional activities tab to get a better idea of your budget.

International Airfare from USA

Roughly $1500-$2200 USD, See our FAQ for flight advice.

Insurance

$35- $200 USD
Please note it is mandatory for all of our travellers to have Emergency Medical insurance that covers for both emergency evacuation and repatriation to the sum of $200,000 USD. We also strongly recommend purchasing an all inclusive plan that covers cancellation/interruption insurance as well.
See our FAQ for advice on Travel Insurance.

Tipping

We recommend $40-$50 USD for your G Adventures tour leader. Budget another $20 USD to tip local guides and drivers.

Meals Not Listed in the Itinerary

Allow $250-$300 USD for meals not included.

Laundry, Drinks, Phone Calls, etc.

(Make sure you budget for these types of expenses)

Airport and Departure Taxes

Normally this included in the cost of your flight

Vaccines

(You will need to see your doctor to see if you need any vaccinations)

Souvenirs

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FAQ

What should be my expectations for this GEEO program?

Before you decide on travelling with GEEO it is important that you read all of the information about the program you are considering. To summarize, our programs are quite adventurous.

• While we use comfort class accommodation on this trip, they may still be different to what you are used to. Please come in with an open mind.

• The same goes for transportation. We use a mix of transportation that gets our guests from location to location safely. Sometimes you will have full days and nights of transportation as our trips tend to cover a lot of ground. The transportation will often be an adventure in itself.

• You must be able to easily carry or roll your luggage, so do not over-pack. We recommend using a large backpack along with a smaller daypack, which is typically the most comfortable way to carry your possessions.

• Many of our programs occur in locations where it is very hot during the day. Please make sure you have thoroughly read the itinerary and can handle the group activities, which sometime include day hikes with your daypacks.

• We recommend always carrying snacks with you because sometimes meals can be far apart.

• Please make sure you understand the role of your tour leader on this trip as they are not the traditional “guide” you may be expecting. While our trips are educational, they aren’t study/lecture trips. We want you to learn through exploring and much of your experience will be based on how active you choose to be in acquiring knowledge and interacting with locals.

• We try to set up either a school visit or a meeting with local teachers. Sometimes this is not possible due to time constraints, summer vacations, etc. Please understand this is not a guaranteed part of the program.

Hopefully this is the kind of adventure you are interested in!

Do I need a Passport? Do I need a visa?

All GEEO trips require that the participant have a valid passport that will not expire within 6 months of trip departure. If you have a U.S. passport, but it has expired, or will expire within 6 months of trip departure, click here for information on how to get it renewed. If you have never been issued a passport or have lost your passport, please click here. Processing time for US Passports is 4-6 weeks so please start this process immediately.

Americans do not need a visa for stays in Thailand of less than 30 days. Non-American participants should check with their government to find out if they need a visa.

Is it OK if I am traveling alone? Do I have to have a roommate?

Half of the people that travel with us are traveling by themselves so please don’t worry if you have no one who wants to join you on our trip. Our pricing is based on double occupancy, in other words, two people to a room. If you do not have someone that you are traveling with that you would like to room with GEEO will find you a roommate of the same gender. You never have to pay for a single room unless you want one. If you want to room alone, there is a "My Own Room" fee for this trip of $1199.

What is group travel like?

As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all across the US and beyond and are likely to be of a variety of ages too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part.

Is it possible to get references for GEEO?

Over 500 educators have traveled with GEEO since we ran our first programs in 2008. We have had an overwhelmingly positive response to the quality and value of the life changing experiences that we provide.

To read comments from past travelers, please feel free to visit a website that reviews non-profit organizations called Great Non-profits. Please click here for those reviews.

Please contact us if you would like to communicate with some of our former participants for a reference.

Who travels with GEEO?

GEEO participants are mostly made up of American K-12 teachers. Each group tends to have a good mix of educators in their 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's and 60's. About half of our participants are coming alone and do not know anyone in the group prior to the trip. We group single travelers of the same gender together as roommates, unless a participant prefers to pay an additional fee for their own room. If we have an odd amount of one gender we will rotate the single room for free among the participants.

GEEO trips are open to all Kindergarten to University teachers, school staff, school administrators, and soon-to-be teachers pursuing their teaching certificate. Our programs are also open to retired educators. Non-American educators are welcome on our trips.

Each Participant in our programs is permitted to bring one friend or family members who is not a teacher. You must be at least 18 years old to participate and of adequate fitness level for your chosen trip.

What vaccinations do I need for this trip?

We legally cannot give you any medical advice. It is very important to consult your doctor or a travel clinic about which vaccinations you will need for your trip. GEEO recommends contacting Passport Health, (http://www.passporthealthusa.com/) who have travel clinics throughout the US. Please take this seriously!

Where do I meet the group? What happens when I arrive at the airport?

Our groups meet at the hotel we use for the first night of the trip. Your tour leader will leave a note for you at the hotel's front desk with the introductory meeting time and location.

When you arrive at the airport you can either take a taxi to the first hotel or book an airport transfer. For an airport transfer you will be greeted at the airport by someone with a sign with your name on it. Some people find this comforting when getting off a long flight in an unfamiliar environment. Typically an airport transfer will cost about twice as much as a taxi would. If we have multiple participants on the same flight we can group those people together to share an airport transfer and save money. We cannot group people together if they are on different flights, even if those flights are scheduled to arrive within minutes of each other.

In May G Adventures will contact you to book both airport transfers and extra hotel nights.

Where can we get a list of hotels for this trip?

Other than the first hotel (Typically FuramaXclusive Sathorn), our partner G Adventures does not provide hotel lists for any of their trips.

The reason for this is sometimes hotels change at the last minute. G Adventures does not want to give out incorrect information because in an emergency that can only cause more issues. Instead we give you 24-hour emergency phone numbers where you and your family can reach staff in the country that you are travelling to or in Canada at G Adventure's headquarters. This way at anytime your loved ones can call the emergency contact who can immediately put them in touch with your tour leader no matter how plans have changed.

What are the hotels like?

On comfort class programs most of your hotels with be 4 star type properties. Please keep in mind that this is Thailand so they may still be different to what you are used to. Please come in with an open mind.

Can GEEO book extra hotel nights for me?

You may want to stay longer in Bangkok at the start or end of this trip, so feel free to arrive a few days early or depart a few days later. We can book your extra hotel nights for you if you wish.

In May G Adventures will contact you to book both airport transfers and extra hotel nights.

Do you recommend spending any extra days?

Answer from GEEO Executive Director:

"You will need at least a day to see the main sights in Bangkok. It is a huge sprawling city with occasionally really bad traffic. The must see sights in my opinion are the Grand Palace, Wat Po and Wat Arun. A canal tour is also a fun way to see Bangkok. All of these can be done in less than a day. Other spots you might enjoy are Chinatown, the famous Khao Sarn Road and of course one Bangkok's famous night markets.

Our program does give you some free time in Bangkok, but I would probably recommend arriving a day before the program begins or staying a day later after our program concludes."

If I wanted to extend my stay in the region, is there any other tour you would recommend?

GEEO will give you a discount for booking more than one program in the same summer! Book two or more GEEO programs and receive 10% off on the lesser value program (up to 3 programs). For more details please click here.

Our four different Southeast Asia programs can be combined together if you wish to see more of this amazing region. Our earliest trip is Bangkok to Hanoi which is a program that focuses on Laos. That trip ends in Hanoi on the 7th of July, which is just in time to start our Vietnam Group 1 program which starts in Hanoi and ends in Ho Chi Minh City. Our Angkor Adventure trip then starts in Ho Chi Minh city on the 19th of July. Vietnam and Angkor actually overlap with each other on purpose because they both go to the Mekong Delta. Don’t worry; you can book both trips without having to cover the same ground twice. The Angkor Adventure mostly focuses on Cambodia and ends in Bangkok, Thailand on July 27th just in time to join this trip, Comfort Thailand Group 2, that starts on the evening of July 27th.

The other option is you can Travel on our Comfort Thailand Group 1 program which ends in Bangkok on the 25th of July. From there you can fly to Hanoi for our Vietnam Group 2 program starting on July 26th.

If there is a part of the world that you would like to see that we aren't offering this summer, let us know. We may be able to help you arrange such a trip or we will consider offering it as GEEO program next summer.

When should I purchase my flights?

You may buy your flights now is this program is confirmed to run.

What cities/airports should I book my flight in and out of?

Your trip begins and ends in Bangkok. Please double check our itinerary for the date on which you must arrive in Bangkok by. You can arrive at anytime of the day you choose. You can depart anytime on the final day of the trip.

Where can I purchase flights?

We recommend using www.kayak.com to see what is out there in terms of flights. G Adventures also has a wonderful air department, which can be reached at 1-800-708-7761.

You may also want to take a look at the prices at www.flyforgood.com or call 1-877-359-4466 to speak to a person. They get humanitarian rates from airlines and GEEO is registered with Fly for Good as a non-profit. If you purchase a humanitarian rate flight, you will need a supporting document from GEEO. Please request this from us after you purchase the tickets. Note that humanitarian rates are not available for all flights to GEEO destinations, and are sometimes higher than tickets found on on kayak, travelocity, orbitz, etc. Often the layovers are long and sometimes impossible to navigate. Look very carefully at the offer before purchasing your ticket.

Where can I purchase travel insurance?

One of the least expensive options is the "International Volunteer Card." They have a $35 card (The individual plus option) that includes the amount of travel medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance you need for our trip, plus other trip insurance benefits.

To sign up for the card you can follow this link:

http://www.volunteercard.com/.

We recommend purchasing cancellation insurance too, which the IVC offers as an additional option.

Another option is www.insuremytrip.com. They offer different options from many different companies. You can also get your insurance directly through G Adventures if you wish.

Please note it is mandatory for all of our travelers to have Emergency Medical insurance that covers both emergency evacuation and repatriation to the sum of $200,000USD.

Will I be eating on my own? With the group? Why aren't all meals included?

Eating is a big part of traveling. Traveling with GEEO 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 affordable. 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 group leader will be able to suggest favorite restaurants during your trip. Please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

Is the water safe to drink?

Unless your tour leader tells you differently, only bottled water should be drunk, and this is readily available for purchase. Fruit and vegetables should be fine to eat. Meat and fish should also be fresh, well-cooked and hot, to avoid possible infection.

What is the weather like?

Thailand is hot, wet and humid during the summer.

Is there Internet access? Should I bring a computer? Mobile phone?

There are Internet cafes in most of the places we visit and most of the hotels also have computers that can be used as well as free wifi. Expect to be able to check your email every two to three days. You can also bring along your mobile phone if you choose. Make sure you check with your phone company before you leave to find out the rates for calling back to the US and if they have any special international plans that are worth taking advantage of. International roaming rates can be extremely high, so you don’t want to be surprised. You can bring a laptop/netbook/tablet computer if you wish, but remember, GEEO and G Adventures are not responsible for the damage or theft of you valued items.

Is there clothing that is considered inappropriate that I should not bring?

In Asia the dress standard is more conservative than it is back home. When packing try to pick loose, lightweight, long clothing that will keep you cool in the usually hot and humid climate of Asian summers. In predominately Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim countries we ask that you dress respectfully and avoid very short shorts/skirts and singlets/tank-tops when visiting temples or mosques or other holy sites.

Do I need plugs and current converters for my electronic devices?

There are two components to provide external power to your device: adapters and transformers. The adapter is the plug, adapting the prongs on a standard U.S. two to three-pronged power cord to match the prongs required by the local outlets. The transformer changes the local voltage to that required by your device.

Thailand uses a combination of both American and European outlets, The type A and type C plugs. The voltage is 220-240 Volts. U.S. outlets are 120V. Most new devices (phones and laptops) can handle the different voltage rates, but some devices only work on the U.S. standard of 120V. Check your device to see what voltage range it handles. Most transformer blocks will have an "Input" line that defines its voltage capacity. For example, "Input: 100 - 240V" means that it will work on voltages from 100V to 240V. If your transformer can't handle the different voltage, you'll need to purchase a voltage converter. You can find world regional voltage converters power packs at various vendors.

Why are some activities included in the price of the trip and others are not?

We have found paying locally for activities allows our participants to save money. Not every activity is appealing to everyone and we don't want you to pay for services you might not use. Perhaps you feel sick one day and would prefer to rest. This allows you to decide on the spot what you want to do each day with your free time and at the same time control your budget.

How much money in US cash should I bring? Should I exchange local currency in advance?

This is entirely up to you, but we think it is critical for you to bring along $200 USD in cash for emergencies. This is what GEEO's executive director Jesse does in regards to money while traveling:

"I do not exchange any money before travelling to a country but instead bring somewhere between $300-500 US in cash. I go to a bank before I leave the US and take out the cash there rather than an ATM. I make sure each bill is in great condition with no rips or tears. I like to have mostly 20's, but in some countries you are better off with 50's and 100's. In some countries it is also good to have about 20 singles for when you have no small bills in local currency. I divide this money between a money belt and my main backpack and my daypack.

I also bring an ATM card and a credit card. Before I leave the country I call the bank and credit card companies to let them know I am traveling abroad so they don't think the foreign transactions are fraudulent and cancel my cards when I am most reliant on them. Having a second bank account and bank card is pretty handy so that just in case one card doesn't work at an ATM or is lost, you always have a back up account. It's also important to check with your credit card to see if there is an international transaction fee. Some cards charge up to 4% extra for any transactions made out of the US. My Capital One visa card doesn't have any international transaction fee. I just use this card for traveling so if it gets stolen and I have to cancel it I won't have to worry about recurring automated payments. I like to split up my cards between my money belt, wallet and one emergency one hidden in my main bag.

When I arrive at the airport I make sure to go to an ATM before leaving the airport and typically take out the equivalent of $150 USD in the local currency. I find that ATMs give the best exchange rate so throughout the trip I will use the ATM card to draw out my spending cash. I will ask our tour leader for an estimate on how much I will need if I am close to leaving a country so this way I do not draw out too much money.

I try not to use the US cash I brought with me so that I can use it in an emergency. Typically I will come back to the US with most of that US cash unspent. On a recent trip I lost my ATM card and was able to get cash by paying for our group dinners with my credit card and having people pay me their share in local currency. I NEVER take cash advances on my credit card as they charge you an arm and a leg.

I also never use travelers checks, but have heard good things about AAA ATM cards that you can load up with money instead of using travelers checks."

Do you have advice on tipping?

It is customary in Asia to tip service providers such as waiters, at approximately 10%, depending on the service. Tipping is expected - though not compulsory - and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is opportunity to tip the local guides or drivers we use. You may do this individually, or your Tour Leader will offer to collect the money and tip as a group. Recommendations for tipping drivers and local guides would range from $1-$2 USD per person per day depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your tour leader for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture. Also at the end of each trip if you felt your G Adventures Tour Leader did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline $20-25 USD per person, per week can be used.

What is expected from me from an educational stand point?

Please take a look at the "Sharing your Adventure section of our website by clicking here.

What should I expect in terms of school visits?

GEEO tries to include anywhere from 1 to 3 school visits per program; however these visits are never a guaranteed part of our programming. School visits can be very tricky.

• In many of the countries we visit, schools will be closed for vacation over the summer. In that case we try to arrange an informal meeting with local teachers or a visit to a summer school.

• Some of our shorter programs are so packed with activities and places to see that we feel a school visit would mean the group would have to miss out on something important. In that case a school visit may not be scheduled.

• Many times we spend hours setting up a visit only for the school to cancel on us at the last minute.

• Often arranging school visits is easier if done in person with short notice. Your tour leader will try to schedule ad hoc school visits for your group when possible.

• Each school visit is different. We aim for you to get a tour of the school, sit in on a class and have a Q and A session with some of the staff.

• If we do schedule a school visit it is important that the entire group attend. In the past we have offended schools that were expecting ten visiting educators and only three came.

• Over time we try to establish long term relationships with schools so we can have more predictable, immersive visits that are rewarding for both our guests and the schools themselves.

Should I bring school supplies with me to donate to a school?

You can if you wish. Please keep in mind it is important for you to pack light for your trip and school supplies can take up a lot of space. Sometimes school visits are at the end of the trip so you may be carrying the supplies for the entire trip. Sometimes we aren't able to arrange a school visit at all so you would then have to figure out a way to give them out yourself.

Our advice is to bring little if any supplies with you and instead buy supplies locally when your tour leader tells you a school visit is planned. They can help the group pool money and purchase supplies such as books, athletic equipment, pencils and paper. This will allow you to give an appropriate gift, save room in your pack and also help the local economy. We encourage you to establish relationships with the schools that we visit. In the past some of our participants have run fundraisers for needy schools and have mailed supplies to the schools.

Is there any safety advice we should know about?

Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. When travelling on a group trip, please note that your tour leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Your tour leader will accompany you on all included activities. During your trip you will have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your tour leader will assist you with options available in a given location please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and we offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgment when selecting an activity in your free time. Although the cities visited on tour are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering throughout any major city at night. It is our recommendation to stay in small groups and to take taxis to and from restaurants, or during night time excursions.

Protests and Demonstrations- Protests and demonstrations, even those that are well intended, have the potential to turn violent with no warning. Counter protests can also turn violent. Action by security forces to disperse demonstrators and protesters may occur at any time. If you are in an area where demonstrators or protesters are gathering, avoid the temptation of staying for a good photo opportunity and leave the area immediately.

Water based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water based activities (in countries with varying degrees of operating standards) have a balanced approach to safety. It is G Adventure's policy not to allow our tour leaders to make arrangements on your behalf for water based activities that are not accompanied by guide(s).

Swimming, including snorkeling, is always at your own risk.

What happens if it becomes unsafe to travel on this trip?

Your safety is our utmost priority and we will cancel a trip if we do not feel our participants will be safe. If GEEO or G Adventures cancels your trip we will issue a full refund of any payments you have made including the deposit. If YOU decide to cancel your trip you will have to abide by the rules of our terms and conditions.

What are the emergency contact numbers for this trip?

Should you need to contact G Adventures during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call their local office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so that they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible. If you are unable for any reason to contact their local office,

Emergency Contact Details:

G Adventures Local Office, Bangkok, Thailand
Open 9am - 5pm
+66 2 252 6642

After office hours Emergencies:
South East Asia Managers: +66(0)870496074 (Bangkok, Thailand)

If you are unable for any reason to contact their local office they have a toll-free line within North America (or our regular direct line), which will connect you directly with their Toronto office. In the event that you cannot get through, you can reach a member of their Operations department at the mobile number below.

Toll-free, North America only: 1 888 800 4100
Calls from UK: 0844 272 0000
Calls from Australia: 1 300 796 618
Outside North America, Australia and the UK: +1 416 260 0999

What is the relationship between G Adventures and GEEO? Who is running this trip?

GEEO is an independent non-profit organization that helps teachers travel. GEEO negotiates with tour companies to get great deals for teachers. GEEO customizes these trips for teachers. GEEO provides educational materials to teachers before and after the trip to help bring the participating teacher's experience into the classroom. GEEO markets these programs to convince teachers to explore the world. For more about GEEO, please see our mission statement.

G Adventures is a tour company that GEEO has partnered with to run our trips. For over 20 years G Adventures has been sending hundreds of thousands of people abroad and today they are the largest adventure travel company in the world. They design the trips, provide expert tour leaders, ground logistics and work hard to make sure you have an excellent experience.

How long have we been running this program?

GEEO was founded in 2007 and our inaugural trips were run to Peru and India in the summer of 2008. 2013 will be the first time we run this program in Thailand. G Adventures, who actually handle the logistics of the trip have been running trips to Thailand for many years so you can have faith that your trip will be safe and well run.

Is the itinerary exactly as described on this website?

While it is our intention to adhere to the route described on our website, 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 information on our website 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.

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

Is there any advice for finding funding for this program?

The first thing we recommend you do is speak to your school's principal and/or professional development coordinator. They may know of grants that your school district or state offers. Often schools reimburse teachers for professional development expenses. You can also try contacting your school's PTA or professional organizations that you belong to.

We also recommend applying for a Fund for Teachers grant, www.fundforteachers.org. These grants can be used on GEEO trips. Please note that they are only offered to teachers in a limited number of pre-selected school districts around the country.


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1619.00 USD

*Based on Double Occupancy, International Airfare not included

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1619.00 USD

*Based on Double Occupancy, International Airfare not included

Availability: 0

This program is guaranteed to run and will have a maximum of 15 participants.

What's Included

  • Arrival Transfers, Entrance and Guide Grand Palace and Wat Po, Klong tour,visit to Erawan National Park, Entrance to Thai/ Burma War Museum, Train journey on the Death Railway, Cycling at Ayutthaya Historical Park, dinner on a converted rice barge in Ayutthaya, Elephant Conservation Center and Elephant ride, Entrance and Guide to Doi Suthep Monastery, Kantoke dinner in Chiang Mai, Flight Chiang Mai to Bangkok, Bangkok dinner cruise.

  • G Adventures Tour Leader, local guides.

  • 11 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 3 Dinners

  • Private and public bus and minivan, elephant, boat, train, internal flights

  • Comfort hotels (11 nts)

What's Not Included

  • International air

  • Incidentals

  • Insurance

  • Applicable visas

  • Airport Taxes

  • Tips or gratuities

  • Beverages

  • Meals not mentioned above

  • Optional Tours or optional admissions