14-Day VSA “Amazing Thailand Tour”
February 24 – March 8 2020
Only members of the VSA may sign up for the VSA Amazing Thailand Tour February 24 – March 8. 2020. Each VSA member may invite 2 guests on the tour from outside the VSA. The guest can be a partner, family member, or close friend. (Someone that you can enjoy 2 weeks with)
This is open to those who want to experience Thailand in a fun and safe way without leaving creature comforts of home. All accommodations are 5 star hotels with beautiful, clean, western-style rooms. Thailand has some of Asia’s best beaches, nature, culture, food, and friendly people, and is very safe. This is a private tour designed for VSA members exclusively by Jeff Howard. The local VSA English speaking tour team in Thailand will facilitate the tours and help with anything you need.
This is a once in a lifetime experience to discover Thailand’s culture, cities, beaches, and mountains. We will also take plenty of rest and relaxation times beyond our tours to just relax and will even help you to plan extra activities in the evenings. Lastly, and maybe the most important, is the time we will spend directly with the elephants in Chiang Mai, a truly magical once in a lifetime experience. This tour has been increased by 2 days from our last tour to include more relaxation and things to do.
This tour will sell out and limited spots are available and at a first come, first served basis. We have worked out the kinks from our last tour to make an even more amazing experience.
* This is a group tour and you must be able to interact kindly and respectfully to all others in the group, tour guides, locals, and staff members. Our VSA Thailand tour guides will help you in any way possible, however you are responsible for yourself. You are expected to be on time for all scheduled departures, and must be responsible for your actions and your own belongings.
Total Trip Cost per person*:
$3688 per person Double occupancy. Share a hotel room with someone you know or the VSA will provide you a list of others looking for a roommate (we cannot guarantee you a roommate, that your roommate will connect with you for 2 weeks, and it is best to find your own). Each room will have 2 beds and share a bathroom.
$4688 per person Single occupancy. A private hotel room during your entire tour in Thailand.
A $1000 deposit must be made to reserve your spot. You may pay in full at any time. The 2nd payment of $1000 is due July 1, 2019, 3rd payment of $1000 is due August 1, 2019, and the 4th and final balance is due September 1, 2019. The remaining balance due must be paid by September 1, 2019. Deposits and payments are non refundable after September 1, 2019 under any circumstances. We require you purchase your own travel insurance to cover if you cannot go. Here are 2 examples:
What is included?
*Shuttle to and from the airport. The shuttle runs hourly. Taxi or private cars are available at an additional cost.
*Accommodations are included in the below package prices and are 5 star luxury hotels including the Marriott Bangkok, Le Meridian Chiang Mai, Marriott Pattaya, and Le Meridien Suvarnabhumi Bangkok. This is a luxury 5 star tour and only the best hotels and meals are included.
*All English speaking guides and private transportation for all scheduled events are included. All scheduled events fees are included such as admission fees. No refunds for any individual events, meals, or tours that you skip.
*Round Trip Domestic Airfare from Bangkok to Chiang Mai is included.
*Breakfast included daily at the 5 star hotels featuring international cuisine, fresh juices, gourmet coffee (lattes and specialty drinks included), exotic fruits, American breakfast, and amazing Asian cuisine.
*Lunches on February 29, March 1, 3, 4, and 5 are included in the price. Bottled water is provided with all lunches, and additional beverages are at your own cost. All other lunches you are on your own. You can find delicious local food for $2-$3 or 5 star restaurants for $15-$50+ and everything in between.
*Dinners are not included except for the last night (November 2 has a 5 star farewell dinner is included). Dinners can range from $2-$3 for local street food or 5 star Restaurants for $15-$50+ and everything in between.
*All applicable taxes and service charges as of booking date
What is NOT included?
*International airfare to Thailand. Inquire with us and we can help you book your ticket for $100 fee plus ticket cost (email us to request this and give us options for departure cities email@example.com). You can find economy tickets with cheaper Chines airlines for under $600 (not recommended but an option. Others have used them in the past without issues, however they are the worst “rated” airline) and other economy tickets from $1000-$1500.) Business class tickets can range from $4000-$8000.
*Vaccinations, luggage handling, incidentals
*Travel and Health Insurance
*Driver & local guide gratuities and anything else not mentioned specifically
*Cost raised by cancelation. (Landslide, weather, political unrest, illness) which are not under our control
Daily Schedule for Thailand* (*Daily schedule subject to change)
February 24 Fly from USA to Bangkok. When you book tickets make sure to arrive February 25. For those that want to come early for an extra jetlag day this option will be available at additional costs.
February 25 Arrive in Bangkok in the evening and get settled in the hotel. No meals are provided this day. Airport transportation by shuttle bus to the hotel is included hourly. Taxi or private transport is an additional fee.
February 26 Breakfast included at the hotel in the morning. Leave the hotel at 12 noon for a private bus ride to Pattaya. Check into the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day to visit the on-site spa, relax, swim, and get over your jet lag.
February 27 Breakfast included at the hotel in the morning. This is a free day, enjoy the whole day to visit the on-site spa, relax, swim, go into the city, shop and get over your jet lag. In the evening we will have a private sunset sound concert on the beach. Additional tours are available this day for extra fees.
February 28 Breakfast included at the hotel in the morning. Leave at 12 noon to drive to Bangkok. Check into the Bangkok Hotel and enjoy the rest of your day wandering around some shopping spots or enjoying the nightlife.
February 29 Breakfast included at the hotel in the morning. Bangkok guided tour day of the famous Grand Palace and a couple Temples around Bangkok. This is a full day tour with lunch provided at a local restaurant. This day will be lots of walking and lots to see in one day.
March 1 Breakfast included at the hotel in the morning. Day trip outside Bangkok to visit a floating market, train market, and local Thai culture complex. Learn more about Thai culture and of course shopping. This is a full day tour with lunch provided at a local restaurant.
March 2 Breakfast included at the hotel in the morning. Head out late morning to the airport in Bangkok and then fly 1 hour 15 minutes to Chiang Mai Thailand. Air tickets to Chiang Mai are included in the package price. Arrive at hotel and settle in. Walk around and explore the local area. This hotel is near everything including a beautiful night market for food and shopping.
March 3 Breakfast included at the hotel in the morning, then a guided tour of Chiang Mai to learn about the history, visit many famous sites and temples, and do some shopping. This is a full day tour with lunch provided at a local restaurant.
March 4 Breakfast included at the hotel in the morning, then head out early for the elephant owner for a day at the Elephant Sanctuary. Learn about elephant health, feed the elephants, bathe the elephants, walk with the elephants, and enjoy a local picnic-style lunch. This is an all day event and professional photos are included and provided online.
March 5 Breakfast included at the hotel in the morning, then head out for the Elephant Vibrational Sound Therapy at the Elephant Sanctuary. Work with the mothers, babies, and fathers using singing bowls. Learn about Patara’s program in using the singing bowls especially with nursing mothers. We will also visit the elephant hospital with the singing bowls installed. Lunch is included.
March 6 Breakfast included at the hotel in the morning. Chiang Mai free day. Explore the city, make it a spa day, or finish your last minute shopping. Additional tours are available this day for extra fees.
March 7 Breakfast included at the hotel in the morning. This will be the last morning in Chiang Mai. Leave Chiang Mai for 1 hour 15 minute flight back to Bangkok (flight included in cost of the trip). We will stay near the airport in Bangkok for those that have early flights. We will also have our farewell private group dinner together in the evening that gives you a chance to say your goodbyes.
March 8 Breakfast included at the hotel in the morning. Flights are scheduled this day to fly back to USA. Airport transportation by shuttle bus is included. Taxi or private transport is an additional fee.
How much spending cash should I bring?
All breakfasts, tours, local air tickets, local travel and events are included. You will need money for 6 lunches and 11 dinners. The cost of these meals varies depending on you and your preference, but to use $20 a meal as a higher average hotel meal you will need $340 extra for food. Of course you can spend less or more as you desire. *** Any additional activities, food, shopping, transportation, and any other expenses not mentioned above are your own responsibility.
Call or email to register today. Limited spots available.
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