Elephants & Beaches
Elephants & Beaches
Elephants & Beaches

Elephants & Beaches

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ELEPHANTS AND BEACHES

 

OVERVIEW

Where aren’t you going on this amazing all encompassing trip?!

Your first stop is the incredible capital city of Bangkok where you will witness sights and sounds you never even knew existed. After a couple of days in the hustle and bustle of this city you may be happy to head on to Chiang Mai, the beautiful mountainous city in the North of Thailand – on each travellers bucket list.

Your final stop on this whirlwind tour is Krabi which offers stunning white beaches, crystal waters and incredible marine life. What more could you want from 15 days?  

 

 Day 1: Arrival

 Arrive at BKK airport and the Starfish team will meet you and transfer you to your Bangkok accommodation (arrivals must be between 06:00 and 22:00). Alternatively ‘make your own way’ to the arrival accommodation after 14:00pm where the Guest House staff will have your name and be able to check you in to your shared room.

 Once all travellers have arrived, the group usually head out for dinner / drinks together and to explore the lively Khao San Road area.

 INCLUSIONS:

Airport pick up and transfer (BKK airport only)

Accommodation in twin share, air-con en suite room, Khao San Road area

 

Day 2: Bangkok Tour

After breakfast there is a quick orientation/chat about your trip followed by our Bangkok tour. You will experience some of the most famous sites of Bangkok including the Temple of Dawn, Wat Arun and the Giant Golden Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) and of course a classic long tailed boat ride. Then later that evening you will head back to Khao San road for a few drinks with your new travel buddies.

 

INCLUSIONS:

Bangkok tour (excluding entry fee to The Grand Palace)

Accommodation in twin share, air-con en suite room, Khao San Road area

Breakfast

 

 Day 3:  Transfer to Chiang Mai

 We leave Bangkok straight after breakfast and heading to your next location, Chiang Mai. We will usually travel by train or bus – a pleasant 6-7 journey. The journey is unaccompanied but all organised and our Bangkok team will ensure you catch the bus with your group.

 On arrival in Chiang Mai your group will be met by our Chiang Mai staff and transfer to the elephant home. The elephant home has WiFI, dorm style accommodation with fans. The two houses are in a great location. There are a few local restaurants and shops within a few minutes walk.

 

INCLUSIONS:

Breakfast, Dinner

Transfer to Chiang Mai (train or coach)

Transfer to the Elephant Home

Accommodation: Shared fan cooled rooms, hot water showers, wi-fi

 

 Day 4: Chiang Mai Elephant Home

 You will be picked up by the team from your bus or train in the evening and transfer for around 60 minutes to the elephant home. The home is set in a typical Thai village.

 Activities you’ll participate in during your time in the home include:

Walking with the elephants to the local river and helping bathe them

Rafting on the local river

Learning how to make elephant vitamin tablets

Helping plant / harvest crops for the elephants

Feeding the elephants

 

 INCLUSIONS

Transfer to the elephant home village (and back to Chiang Mai on Day 7 6)

Activities as listed in the itinerary

Accommodation: basic but clean shared rooms in the home, fan cooled, cold water showers – WIFI.

Food – breakfast, lunch and dinner on Day 4

 

Days 5 and 6: Jungle Trek

 

Set out in the morning for an amazing trek through the jungle and hills of Chiang Mai. You will pass farm land, rice terraces, hill tribe communities, fantastic view points and lunch at a waterfall. In the afternoon you arrive at the top of valley to relax at your homestay overnight accommodation.

 

The next morning you trek backdown the hill and have one last chance to spend time with the elephants before your transfer to Chiang Mai City.

 

INCLUSIONS

2D1N Trek

Breakfast, lunch dinner Day 5, Breakfast and lunch Day 6

Overnight accommodation is dorm rooms mattresses on the floor

Transfer to hotel in Chiang Mai City

 

Day 7: Chiang Mai City Free Day

 

You and your group have a free day to explore Chiang Mai, you can organise an activity if you wish or just relax. Whatever you decide enjoy!

 

INCLUSIONS:

Accommodation: Twin or triple share room with aircon and private bathroom

 

 Day 8: TRANSFER TO KRABI – BEACHES HERE WE COME

 Today is the start of your beach week. You will have already been given your flight details and pick up time from our Chiang Mai hotel, DO NOT BE LATE. If you miss your flight you will be responsible for organising your new flight. On arrival at Krabi Airport a driver will be waiting with a sign ‘Starfish Adventure’ to transfer you to our Ao Nang hotel.

 INCLUSIONS

Airport transfers and flight Chiang Mai to Krabi

Accommodation in twin/triple share, air-con en suite room, Ao Nang Krabi

 

Day 9: Explore Mangrove Forest and Caves By Kayak

 

In the morning you will be picked from your hotel and taken by private taxi to the village of Bor Thor, here you will spend the next few hours exploring the local mangrove forests by kayak. In addition within the mangrove forest there are several caves to explore which have cave drawings dating back 3000 years. You trip ends at a local restaurant where you can buy lunch before being returned by private transport to your hotel.

 

INCLUSIONS:

Accommodation in twin/triple share, air-con en suite room, Ao Nang Krabi

One day kayaking adventure in the mangrove forests of Bor Thor

 

 Day 10-12: The Beach

 

Free days to relax, use the pool or explore locally. You are only 200m to Ao Nang Beach. You can take the local taxi boats to explore Railay or book an independent trip/adventure. Why not try rock climbing?

 INCLUSIONS

Accommodation in twin/triple share, air-con en suite room, Ao Nang Krabi

 

Day 11-12: The Beach

 

The next 3 days are yours to do what you wish. There are lots of hidden bays and beaches to explore – for the adventurous – cafes and bars for those looking for a wild night out and also more relaxing pursuits like Yoga retreats and Massages dotted around the island. To misquote Samuel Johnson – if you’re bored of Koh Phangan, you’re bored of life!

 INCLUSIONS

Accommodation: twin/triple/quad share rooms, air-con, en suite

 

Day 13: Island Boat Trip

 Your last full in Krabi ends with a real treat! Exploring the local area by boat. Your full day trip including visits 2-3 local islands, snorkelling and lunch. Get ready for a fun day out on the waves.

 INCLUSIONS

Accommodation: twin/triple/quad share rooms, air-con, en suite

One day activity by boat to 2-3 local islands including lunch and drinking water

 

Day 14: Bangkok bound

Check out in the early morning, transfer to Krabi bus station and coach back to Bangkok arriving mid-late evening. You will have all relevant information from our partner’s staff before you head to Bangkok but the hotel manager will also assist you with any questions/queries you have.

 

You’ll get back to Bangkok, check back into your accommodation and have one final night to enjoy your time in the City of Angels.

 

INCLUSIONS

Transfer from accommodation on Krabi to Bangkok

Accommodation: twin share rooms, air-con, en suite

 

 Day 15: END

Check out is 11am and then it’s time for further travels / returning home!

 

 

 

We want to do everything we can to ensure you have an enjoyable stay in Thailand. An important part of this means staying safe, so here are some things to be aware of before you travel:

  • Vaccinations – Thailand is very safe indeed, but as with any hot and humid country there are health risks and viruses that we may not be used to back at home. Contracting anything is very rare, but it’s always best to check with experts before you travel to get the latest and most up to date medical advice. Visit your local travel clinic or your local doctor before travelling to check if you do need any vaccinations or medication.
    *We suggest doing this as far in advance as you can, as some courses of vaccinations can take several weeks to complete*
  • Food – Trying the local food is always a fun part of travelling, but it’s common to have the odd upset stomach within the first few days, as your body adjusts to the climate and different foods you may not be used to. Generally, it’s important to keep hydrated, keep your energy levels up and make sure you eat well and enough.
  • Water – Tap water is not safe to drink so please only drink bottled or filtered water. It’s very easy to buy bottled water throughout Thailand and it’s very cheap too.
  • Alcohol – Please drink in moderation. Remember that it’s very easy to become dehydrated, especially in the heat of Thailand, and so your tolerance to alcohol may be lower than normal.
  • Drugs – Extremely strict drug laws for possession or use. The penalties are severe. Drug use of any kind is not tolerated on any of our experiences.
  • Motorbikes – Riding a moped or motorbike is a common way for locals to travel around, and motorbike taxis are commonplace. Renting a motorbike when traveling through Thailand may look fun, but the fact is that it’s incredibly dangerous and Thailand does in fact have one of the highest road traffic accident fatality rates in the world.
    We strongly recommend you avoid using motorbikes at all costs.
  • Crime levels are no different to at home, and so please be as cautious as you would at home. Don’t leave your belongings on show or unaccompanied, and please don’t ‘show off’ your spending money.

 

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