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Experience Thailand

  • Royal Grand Palace Bangkok
  • Exploring Sticky Waterfalls in Chiang Mai
  • observe & feed elephants
  • Island hopping through the Andaman Sea
  • Feasting on Thai cuisine
Idyllic beaches, serene temples, iconic street food, vibrant flea markets – this experience has it all! See the Grand Palace, tour Old Bangkok, explore Chiang Mai, swim in a waterfall, visit an elephant sanctuary, chill on white sand beaches in Krabi, & kayak around limestone karsts of the Andaman Sea.

Have a question about the Over30Experiences Thailand trip?

How much free time do we have to explore Bangkok?

This itinerary includes two nights and a day and a half in Bangkok. Our accommodations and included activities are in the “Old City,” Chinatown, and Bang Krajoe. We do not visit the “newer city” with this itinerary. The newer city is the main business district with a variety of parks, restaurants, and shopping malls. It can be accessed via taxi and other modes of public transportation. Transportation times vary depending on the time of day.

Generally speaking, there is limited time to explore all that Bangkok has to offer. We recommend arriving in Bangkok before the trip’s start date if you are interested in exploring more of Thailand’s capital.

Is it possible to visit the floating markets as an optional activity in Bangkok?

To fit this into the itinerary is rather difficult. The two main floating markets, Damnoen Saduak, and Amphawa are about 60 miles from Bangkok. The drive is up to 2 hours, that’s if there is minimal traffic (not common). The best time to visit is in the early morning, so if you want to visit you would have to forego the included activities on Day 2.

We recommend that you arrive in Bangkok one or two days before the trip’s start date if you would like to include this activity in your Thailand experience. You would also need to organize your own transportation and tour.

Is it possible to visit the famous Maeklong Railway market as an optional activity in Bangkok?

To fit this into the itinerary is rather difficult. This destination is about 50 miles from Bangkok.  The drive is roughly 1.5 hours with minimal traffic.  

If you are interested in visiting the Maeklong Railway Market, you would have to forego the included activities on Day 2. We also suggest that if you choose to visit Maeklong Railway Market, then you combine this market tour with a trip to the Amphawa Floating Market. As a reminder, you would need to organize this tour on your own as it is not included in the itinerary.

If I'm uncomfortable riding a bicycle what are my options when the group rides bicycles in Ayutthaya on Day 3?

Travelers who choose not to ride a bicycle can choose to walk the surrounding areas of Bang Krajoe. The other option is to opt-out of this activity altogether and organize a private tour on your own in Bangkok.

Can I bargain for lower prices at the markets?

Yes, however, please be respectful and not overly aggressive. Bargaining for lower prices with the shop vendors can be exhilarating, lots of fun, and a whole new style of shopping for many of us. However, driving rock bottom prices as a tourist can be considered unethical.

I understand that water is not potable, but is the ice safe in Thailand?

Yes. Ice is produced in the same factories where the water is filtered. Ice is then shipped to restaurants, shops, and local vendors. A common rule is to only drink ice that has a hole in the center.

Will we be able to shower before our included domestic flights?

Yes. We have made arrangements with the accommodations for late checkouts for flights that may depart later in the day.

I noticed we may arrive at the Krabi accommodations before check-in time. What do we do with our luggage?

Each accommodation has allocated luggage storage areas that are monitored by their staff. After preparing a day bag with your gear, you can store your luggage in these areas until rooms are ready.

What is the luggage allowance on the included domestic flight?

44 lbs (20 kg) for checked luggage and 15 lbs (7 kg) for your carry-on bag. You can then carry one personal item onto the plane as well. Most domestic airlines will not allow passengers to purchase additional weight at the check-in counters, and if they do, it will be for an extremely high price. So be smart and pack light!

The itinerary mentions “family style” meals. What does “family style” mean?

When Thai families eat dinner, they do not order individual dishes for each person. Instead, they order several dishes to share and then a big bowl of rice to be portioned out.

A common practice is to order a curry, a soup, a vegetable, and a Thai salad. For most of our group meals, we follow a similar style as a way to give everyone an opportunity to taste the different varieties of dishes.

Will there be options for international cuisine or only Thai cuisine?

Yes, there will be options for travelers to select cuisine other than Asian food. Chiang Mai will provide the best options for multiple cuisines. We also eat at restaurants along the way that have basic Western dishes like spaghetti, pizza, and hamburgers on the menu.

How much should I budget for food and activities?

We generally recommend $300-350 USD in local currency. Below is a basic breakdown:

-2 dinners and 7 lunches are not included.

-A basic Thai dish for lunch can be anywhere from $3-5 USD, and dinners range from $6-10.  Alcohol excluded.

-Optional activities range from $15 for yoga to $60 for private paddle boarding tours.

-Clothing at markets ranges from $3-10 depending on your style.

-Iced coffees and teas typically cost $2-3.

-We suggest tipping vendors for certain activities at an average of $3 per activity (elephant sanctuary guide, island hopping guide, cooking class instructor, and masseuses). We suggest tipping your O30X Trip Leader an average of $3-5 per day.

What is the nightlife like in Thailand?

Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Railay are all home to lively nightlife!

Krabi also has relaxed bars where you can grab a drink casually.

There will be no shortage of nightlife on this trip.

How welcoming is Thailand to LGBTQ travelers?

LGBTQ+ tourists are unlikely to encounter any homophobia in Thailand. The Thais are extremely welcoming people and have been embracing LGBTQ+ tourists for decades. Anti-discrimination laws have been in place in Thailand since 2015 and it offers some of the best protections for the transgender community in Asia. However, Thai society is overall conservative, so all visitors should exercise caution with public displays of affection.

Thailand is frequently referred to as The Land of Smiles, and for good reason.

Will I be able to use my credit card, or are transactions mostly cash?

Everyday purchases in Thailand are cash transactions. Credit cards are not accepted at most restaurants unless the bill is more than $10-15 USD. Additionally, it is common for a 3% surcharge to be added for credit card transactions.

A majority of commerce takes place in open markets and small street vendors where cash rules the world.

When is the best time to visit Thailand?

Thailand's distinct regions have varying climates making all year round a good time to visit. However, the best time to travel is during the cool and dry season from late October through February. The hottest months of the year are March and April.

Travelers are often wary of the wet season, which is at its peak during July and August. However, rain showers do not last long, usually occurring during the early afternoon, and then the sun comes out and dries everything off. What’s great about the wet season is that all of the landscapes turn green, and all those delicious fruits are in season!

I have a peanut allergy? Is that a problem for this trip?

Yes, especially if you have a severe allergy. Peanuts are everywhere in Thailand.

Most restaurants have crushed peanuts on their tables. Many salads and fried noodle dishes, including the famous Pad Thai, come with crushed peanuts mixed in.

Cross-contamination is an issue as restaurants may only have one or two main woks, particularly street food vendors, so multiple dishes are usually cooked on the same frying pan without a proper wash in between.

What type of luggage is best?

The lighter, the better! If you only have a rolling suitcase, that will work, but if you can get your hands on a more mobile bag, like a large backpack, that would be better. We take all forms of transportation, and the pavement on the roads can be covered with potholes.

You'll also want a daypack for your personal gear, food, and drinks for the day.

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