A WEEK IN THE LAND OF SMILES
Thailand, nicknamed the Land of Smiles, is a country full of magical experiences. Hello Escapes has prepared a customized experience for the Millennial traveler. If you want to snorkel on an island, spend time with nurturing elephants, learn to cook pad thai and much more, this trip is for you! Our experience is curated for open minded Millennials seeking to escape the mundane 9 to 5 life for one week. We will visit the northern city of Chiang Mai, The Rose of the North, famous for its history, culture, relaxing vibes and ancient temples. We will then complete our journey with some days in Phuket, Pearl of the South, with its endless beaches and crystal-clear blue ocean.
You don’t want to miss this trip.
Your Thailand Escape is available for the low investment of $750 and includes:
- Exclusive travel group size limited to 20 people to create a more inclusive experience
- Airport transportation to and from Chiang Mai & Phuket Airports
- A bed in a double occupancy room in 3-star or higher rated hotels (you will have a roommate)
- Delicious, local-style breakfast
- All activities outlined in the itinerary
- A private Facebook group for getting to know your fellow travelers and staying up-to-date on trip-related information
- The opportunity of a lifetime to connect with Millennials from all over the country
This $750 investment does not include: flights, lunches and dinners unless otherwise noted, or alcoholic beverages
December 20 - Leave America, fly to Thailand
December 21 - Arrive in Chiang Mai
December 22 - Temple visit, local market & cooking class
December 23 - Elephant sanctuary
December 24 - Travel to Phuket
December 25 - Island hopping & snorkeling
December 26 - Big Buddha & Chalong temple
December 27 - Fly back home
Fly from the United States into Thailand. You'll cross several time zones so you will be landing the next day.
You've made it to Chiang Mai! You're probably exhausted so we will arrange for pickup from the Chiang Mai Airport and give you time to settle into your hotel room. Feel free to take this time to rest, explore the area, and eat some delicious street food.
Included: airport pickup, accommodation
We're visiting one of the most important temple Chiang Mai: Doi Suthep. This Buddhist temple is situated on top a mountain, overlooking Chiang Mai below. The temple is reachable by a 300 step staircase or cable car (cost not included.) After that, we'll break for a light lunch and some down time. During the afternoon we'll visit a market to purchase fresh, locally grown ingredients for our cooking class. We will then head outside of the city to learn how to cook six authentic Thai dishes. Everyone is not obligated to make the same dishes and there are vegetarian-friendly options.
Included: breakfast, temple visit, market visit, cooking class, dinner, transportation, accommodation
We'll start the day by traveling to an elephant sanctuary where you'll have the opportunity to care for, wash, and play with these gentle creatures. Most of these elephants have been rescued from unethical businesses where violent trainers abused them and allowed tourists to ride on their backs, damaging their spines. Hello Escapes does not support elephant riding but we do support showing love to animals. We'll return to Chiang Mai for lunch on your own and a free evening to venture off, shop, or rest.
Included: breakfast, elephant sanctuary, transportation, accommodation
We're off to Phuket! The flight is only two hours long, giving you plenty of time to settle in and enjoy a day of lounging on the beach.
Included: breakfast, airport pickup, accommodation
We're starting our day early by taking a speedboat to the Phi Phi Islands, Maya Bay, and Bamboo Island. You'll see some beautiful sights, get to snorkel in pristine waters surrounded by impressive limestone cliffs, and even swim with monkeys! This is a full day of adventure so prepare for a #lituation.
Included: breakfast, lunch, snorkeling equipment, transportation, accommodation
We will start the morning with a visit to Wat Chalong, one of the most important temples in Phuket. After that, we are headed to Big Buddha, one of the most important and revered landmarks on the island. This sacred site offers the best 360-degree views of the island. After this, we'll break for lunch and you will have free time explore Phuket some more, shop, rest, or enjoy the beach one last time.
Included: breakfast, Wat Chalong, Big Buddha, transportation, accommodation
Our Escape comes to an end. We'll arrange transportation to the Phuket Airport and say our goodbyes.
Included: breakfast, airport transfer
Apply for the Thailand Escape by Saturday, February 25 at 11:59 P.M. EST