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THAILAND: Island Adventures (SE Asia Part 2)
(Open to Public)
Status Normal
Start Time 6:00 PM - Nov 25, 2023 (Saturday)
End Time 6:00 PM - Dec 02, 2023 (Saturday)
Location - Thailand Adventure
Category Trips & Travel
Club Urban Diversion
Region UD-San Francisco Trips & Travel
Sharing All Clubs
Event Host Kristin Short
Max Attendees 11
Max Guests User Max
Cost Range $724.00 - $824.00
Join us for an unforgettable adventure through the southern islands of Thailand as we experience all things sun, sand, and sea. Go island hopping, take a mud bath with elephants, snorkel with sharks, experience an iconic full moon beach party, and more with your UD friends. This custom travel experience is the perfect island adventure in one of the most picturesque places of Southeast Asia. And the best part? All of the logistics are taken care of for you! Island life truly doesn't get much better than this. (price listed is a 50% deposit of total cost)
Basic Details:

THAILAND: Island Adventures

(Southeast Asia PART 2)
Island Hopping, Beach Parties, & Sea Exploration

Sat Nov 25 - Sat Dec 2: Phuket, Phi Phi Islands, Railay Beach, Bangkok

8 days/7nights packed full of island adventures with this custom trip itinerary planned just for you!
We have more activities and ideas than we have time for, which means lots of flexibility to make this trip exactly what you want. Between the picture perfect white sand beaches, island hopping adventures, energizing nightlife, cultural experiences, and lots of land & sea wildlife encounters, we guarantee you'll get the best introduction to Thailand's islands.


Want to make the most of your time, money, and jet lag?

Extend your trip with PART 1: BALI (Sat Nov 18 -  Sat Nov 25)



The 9 Absolute BEST Beaches in Thailand (2019) | JetsetterTRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the most pristine and picturesque islands of Southwest Thailand
  • Experience all things sun, sand, and sea with activities like cave kayaking, bioluminescent bay swimming, full moon beach parties, snorkeling, sunset beach yoga, and more
  • Dance the night away at an epic Full Moon Beach Party with fire shows and bucket cocktails
  • Hike with monkeys, snorkel with sharks, and watch for exotic birds
  • Visit an Elephant Sanctuary: enjoy an elephant mud bath together & learn about these gentle giants
  • Wander through colorful street markets and enjoy authentic Thai street food




  • 7 nights island & city lodging accommodations
  • All tours and excursions (not notated with $)
  • Some breakfasts and coffee/tea service
  • Lunches & dinners during tour excursions
  • Boat transfers between islands
  • Midnight beach parties
  • Private all-levels sunset beach yoga class
  • A full itinerary packed with fun and exciting adventures
  • Your adventurous, fun, and charismatic host to lead you on this journey


  • *Arrival + Departure Flights
  • *Arrival + Departure Airport Transfers (can be arranged by your host for additional fee)
  • *Transfer flight from Krabi to Bangkok
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended!)
  • Lodging for any nights before or after designated itinerary
  • *Most Lunches & Dinners
    • Plan for around $15-20 per day
  • Personal beverages/alcohol
  • Optional classes or experiences - notated by ($) in itinerary



 DAY 0  |  Thur Nov 23 / Fri Nov 24 

Leave for Phuket, Thailand

  • All attendees MUST arrive no later than 10PM on Sat 
  • You lose a calendar day flying into this timezone, so make sure to double check your flight arrival date and time before booking your flight.
  • Transportation from the airport to our hotel can be arranged for an additional cost

*OPTIONAL COME EARLY - PHUKET IS PERFECT FOR SCUBA FOR THOSE THAT WANT TO* - The Similan islands are great for a scuba divers that are certified to see the amazing underwater life! Not scuba certified? No worries! There's some great snorkeling available too.


 DAY 1  |  Sat Nov 25 

Welcome to Thailand! (late arrival)

  • Highlights:
    • Settle in
    • Explore Old Town Phuket
    • Night Market
    • Authentic Thai street food dinner
  • Your host and crew from Part 1: BALI will be arriving late this evening around 8pm. Those arriving early can spend the day exploring Old Town, get a Thai massage, try a Thai cooking class, or simply hang out and relax
  • Ask your host to help you plan a day itinerary if you're arriving early and want to explore on your own or with other early arrivals!


 DAY 2  |  Sun Nov 26 

Phang Nga Bay Island Hopping

  • Highlights:
    • Kayak to emerald lagoons and secret sea caves
    • Sunset dinner from a secluded beach
    • Paddle through bioluminescent algae
    • Light a "krathong" floating lantern under the stars
    • Lunch & dinner included
  • Adventure Mode Activated! This full day sea kayak sunset tour is the perfect definition of island hopping with the benefit of fewer crowds and experiencing the islands at sunset and under the full moon.
  • Wanna take it slow? Switch out for another adventure - relax on the beach, explore the town, hike to a waterfall, or whatever else suits your fancy. Your host can help you book any additional tours


 DAY 3  |  Mon Nov 27  

Phi Phi Island Full Moon Party

  • Highlights:
    • Arrive to Phi Phi Islands
    • Full Moon Beach Party
    • Longboat Excursion to Monkey Beach
    • Explore Phi Phi Don's City Center
  • Early risers can spend one last stroll through Old Town Phuket before the crowds fill in
  • Travel day via boat and walking - make sure you bring luggage that's easy to carry around!
  • Check in to our bungalows choose to chill or adventure
  • Take a quick trip to Monkey Beach to see some monkeys ($)
    • Watch out - these kleptomaniacs love to steal food and phones!
  • **FULL MOON** PARTY!! 
    • Bucket cocktails from beach side bars, fire shows, and dancing the night away under the full moon


 DAY 4  |  Tue Nov 28 

Boat Adventure + "The Beach" Beach

  • Highlights:
    • Special Boat Tour to Iconic Locations
    • Maya Bay - the location from "The Beach" with Leonardo DiCaprio 
    • Picture-Perfect Pi Leh Bay
    • Snorkeling at Shark Point
  • Morning beaches and breakfast
  • Full day special boar tour to the most iconic (and some secret) spots in the Phi Phi Islands
  • Dinner and chill... or back out for more dancing!


 DAY 5  |  Wed Nov 29 

Relax at Railay Beach

  • Highlights:
    • Arrive at Railay Beach
    • Pristine White Sand beaches
    • Princess Cave (aka penis cave)
    • Choose Your Own Adventure
    • Sunset Beach Yoga
  • Welcome to a stunning jungle island and white sand beaches, accessible only by sea - aka NO cars!
  • Choose Your Own Adventure:
    • Beaches - step outside the resort onto the beach and chill here or walk 10 minutes to 2 other beaches
    • Jungle - lace up and hike/scramble/climb through a mangrove forest to an epic viewpoint (this is low-key climbing, so it's not for the faint of heart!)
    • Rock Climbing ($) - book a half day climbing tour and learn why Railay is a climber's paradise. Maybe even try deep water soloing if you're an avid climber... nothing like climbing a limestone cliff with no harness and falling into vibrant turquoise water!
  • Regroup and join your host/certified yoga teacher for a private sunset yoga class just steps from the resort
  • Group dinner


 DAY 6  |  Thur Nov 30 

Elephant Spa Day

  • Highlights:
    • Visit an Elephant Sanctuary
    • Take a mud bath with Elephants 
    • Thai Massage & Spa ($)
    • Diamond Cave Hike
    • Sunset Beach Dinner ($)
  • Take a slow morning to really enjoy that island time... group brunch, anyone?
  • Afternoon excursion to a nearby elephant sanctuary where we'll learn about their rescue stories, feed them snacks, and then get down and dirty with a couple's mud bath - a once-in-a-lifetime spa day!
  • Wash up and wind down with a classic Thai massage at the resort spa ($)
    • Or go for a short walk to the dazzling Diamond Cave
  • Last dinner together on the beach, or at least overlooking the beach - your host is working some magic for you


 DAY 7 |  Fri Dec 1 

"One Night in Bangkok"

  • Highlights:
    • Khao San Road Market
    • Bangkok Nightlife
    • Final Farewell Party
  • This will be mainly a travel day - you'll thank us tomorrow when you have 30+ hr of travel back home
  • Arrive Saturday evening and check into the hotel
  • Final night in Thailand on the famous Khao San Road night market - the largest and craziest one you'll probably ever experience
    • also a good time to try riding in a tuk tuk!
  • Last night together - let's make it the best one!

 DAY 8 |  Sat Dec 2 

Off to the Next Adventure (Home)

  • All good things must come to an end - make your way back to the airport when you're ready
  • If you can make the most of the expensive overseas flights and stay a while longer, we highly recommend spending some extra time in North Thailand or checking out Vietnam
    • One of our past UD hosts lives in Vietnam if you want to say hi to Sam!





  • PASSPORT THAT DOES NOT EXPIRE WITHIN 6 MONTHS OF ARRIVAL (see 'Post Registration Details' for more info)
  • Alternative Photo ID
  • Cash - you can exchange USD for Thai Baht (THB) when you arrive
  • Secure money belt
  • Proper attire for the activities planned (review the itinerary and plan accordingly) 
  • Day bag for city and island excursions
  • Pack light! Please do not bring 2 suit cases, a carry on, and a back pack. We promise you won't use half of it. Packing light makes for moving around easier and less to worry about losing. 



  1. Add this to your watch list to be notified about updates
  2. Message the host with any questions
  3. Register here and pay your 50% deposit - remaining balance is due 30 days prior to event start date (Oct 28)
    • This trip will be 100% guaranteed by no later than Oct 21. If we don't hit the required signups needed by then, your 50% deposit will be refunded to your card. We recommend getting travel insurance and/or booking flights that you can cancel just in case (or just steal our itinerary and do it on your own!)
  4. Register for the optional Part 1: BALI trip a week prior to join us for an adventurous week exploring the magical island's jungles, rice patties, and coastline.
  5. Review the 'Added Details & Directions' and 'Post Registration Details' to book flights and make other preparations.
  6. Post on the message wall to introduce yourself and get to know your fellow travelers 


Questions?  Contact your host (Kristin) directly @ 415-766-7317 or email kristin@urbandiversion.com

Registration Deadline: Through
Sep 11, 2023 (Monday)
Oct 26, 2023 (Thursday)
Nov 25, 2023 (Saturday)
Member Special Rate
(25-50% discount)
$724.00 $774.00 $1,648.00 Pay in full when registering after Oct 28 
Normal Rate
(NO Discounts)
$774.00 $824.00 $1,748.00 Pay in full when registering after Oct 28 
Cancelation Policy: No Refund - All Registrations Final (View Cancelation Policy)
Added Details and Directions:




REGISTRATION IS A 50% DEPOSIT - the remaining 50% is due 30 days prior to event start date (Oct 28). Below are the total event costs that you can expect based on your membership type when you register.


Member Type  Early Bird (by Sep 11)   Standard (Sep 12-Oct 11)   Last Call (Oct 12 or later) 
Standard/Premium $1448 $1548 $1648
Prospect $1548 $1648 $1748
Non-Member $1648 $1748 $1848

We will automatically charge your credit card on file for the remaining balance on Oct 28. Those registering on/after Oct 28 will pay in full at the time of registration. Email member_relations@urbandiversion.com to discuss additional payment plan options if needed.


Update 10/4/23: This trip is officially GUARANTEED! 
If you decide to join us on this adventure, please note that your 50% deposit due at the time of registration is non-refundable.

This trip will be 100% guaranteed by no later than Oct 21 so long as we meet our minimum number of registrations. If we don't hit the required signups needed by Oct 21, your 50% deposit will be refunded to your card. We recommend getting travel insurance and/or booking flights that you can cancel just in case.



  • PASSPORT THAT DOES NOT EXPIRE WITHIN 6 MONTHS OF ARRIVAL (see 'Post Registration Details' for more info)
  • Alternative Photo ID
  • Cash - you can exchange USD for Thai Baht (THB) when you arrive
  • Secure money belt
  • Proper attire for the activities planned (review the itinerary and plan accordingly) 
    • Most temples will require all visitors to be have legs and arms below the elbows covered. We recommend bringing a sarong or buying one in the street markets on Day 1
    • We highly recommend bringing a beach towel to take with you for all our water adventures - also doubles as a great yoga mat for the beach yoga class.
  • Day bag for city and jungle excursions
  • Pack light! Max 2 moderate bags per person - 1 large duffel bag, 1 smaller day backpack.
    • We will have times where we'll have to walk 20 minutes carrying luggage over uneven ground - roller suitcases are no good! Packing light makes for moving around easier and less to worry about losing. Here are a few of our top recommendations:


To get the most out of our time, we will be doing a lot of moving during this trip; you will not be in one location for more than 3 nights. All lodging accommodations are considered to be mid-range luxury options with all basic amenities included. Sharing rooms and/or beds will be required for this trip. Room assignments will be determined closer to the trip dates. If you require your own room for any reason, your host can review possible upgrade options.


PHUKET: The Memory at On On Hotel



PHI PHI DON: Phi Phi Harbour View Hotel


RAILAY BEACH: Railay Village Resort

BANGKOK: Nouvo City Hotel




You will be flying into Phuket (HKT) and must ARRIVE NO LATER than Sat Nov 25 at 10pm. We recommend arriving out on Thursday or Friday so you can spend Saturday exploring Phuket and getting over any jet lag. If you plan to arrive earlier than Saturday and need help finding accommodations/transportation, reach out to your host for tips and help planning.

NOTE: Try doing your own flight searches using the multi-city selection to book a "round trip" flight with different arrival and departure airlines. You may be able to save a bit using this method, or at least save some time in booking multiple times. CHECK OUT THIS OPTION FOR ~$1,350


  • Depart SFO Thur 11/23 @12:20pm (EVA Air BR7)  2hr 25min layover in Taipei (TPE)  
    • fly to Bangkok (BKK) (EVA Air BR205) ⇒ 8 hr 25min (long) layover in Bangkok ⇒ 
      • fly to Phuket (Bangkok Airways PG271) ⇒
        • Arrive Phuket International Airport (HKT) Sat 11/25 @ 9:35am
  • Note: Be sure to confirm baggage allowances, seat preferences (if available), and change/cancelation policies before booking!
  • Be aware of the long layover from Bangkok (BKK) to Phuket (HKT) - perhaps you want to leave the airport and find somewhere to sleep overnight
  • We recommend sleeping on the plane and during the overnight layover as much as possible. Taipei is only 1 hr ahead of Thailand's time zone. Getting regulated on the new time zone schedule ASAP will help minimize the effects of jet lag!


You will be flying home from Bangkok (BKK or DMK) and may leave any time on Sun Dec 2. We recommend arriving to the airport 3 hours before your flight departure for enough time to get through customs and account for any traffic delays.

  • Don't worry - you'll save a day with time zone transfers on the flight back (real life time travel)!


  • Depart Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok (BKK) Sat 12/9 @2:20pm (Vietnam Airlines VN604) 
    • 1hr 50min layover in Ho Chi Minh City (SGN)  
      • Arrive SFO Sat 12/9 @ 5:00pm (Vietnam Airlines VN98)
  • Note: Be sure to confirm baggage allowances, seat preferences (if available), and change/cancelation policies before booking!
  • Transportation to airport not included - ask your host for help reserving a ride, or coordinate ride sharing with other members heading home.


Day 7 - Krabi to Bangkok: We will be traveling from Krabi Airport to Bangkok together for our last night. This will help make the trip home the next day smoother. 


  • Depart Krabi (KBV) Thur 12/1 @4:35pm (Thai Vietjet Air VZ343) ⇒
    • Arrive Bangkok (BKK) @6:00pm
  • We highly recommend booking this exact flight below so we can all travel together - let your host know if you need to book a different flight for any reason so we can coordinate group transfer into the city for the night.


Location: Thailand Adventure
Address: , Thailand
Post Registration Details:


We're SO excited you chose to join us on this epic adventure to Thailand! Take a moment to look over the next steps and other helpful info below. As always, don't hesitate to message your host with any questions, requests, dietary restrictions, or if you need help with booking travel.

(available 1 month prior to the trip)




  • If your passport expires less than 6 months after your arrival date, you will not be allowed into the country. You will not receive a refund from the airline or us.
  • Need s passport? Go to this link and start your application now. This may take up to 3 months, so start this process ASAP!
    • If you are in a pinch to get your passport, you can bring your ticket that leaves within a few days to the passport agency in SF or LA and pay a ton of money for a same day passport.... but don't plan on it!



  • Thailand - 30-day visa approved upon arrival



COVID-19: No vaccinations or proof of negative test currently required for entry/exit. Learn more on the the official COVID-19 Thailand-Specific Information page.

Additional Vaccinations: Standard vaccination recommendations should be fine. Please check the CDC's official requirements and recommendations and talk to your doctor.

Drinking Water:  Tap water in Thailand is generally NOT safe to drink - bring a reusable water bottle to fill from filtered water available at lodging accommodations (look for those big blue water jug dispensers). When eating at restaurants, only accept water in unopened water bottles, and be aware that ice cubes may be made from tap water.

View the official US Department of State's travel website for a helpful all-inclusive guide on traveling to Indonesia.




Group Communication: For this trip, we will plan to stay in contact before and during our travels via WhatsApp. This allows for free texting over WiFi and is the primary method of communication for business and travelers in Southeast Asia. Your host will start a group chat shortly before the trip and provide more info to join.

WiFi: Unless you really don't feel comfortable getting around or not being able to send texts while wandering, you can get by with using just WiFi at your accommodations or local cafes/restaurants. Note that connection strength in rural places can often be weak and/or non-existent, even if they "have WiFi", and you must feel comfortable navigating the old fashioned way... aka a map and your brain.

SIM Cards: Available to purchase pre-paid data amounts at the airport or most convenience stores on site. Just make sure you have an unlocked phone and/or check to make sure your phone provider allows third party SIM card plans.

e-SIM Cards: Same as above, only you purchase online and can set it up in advance.

International Data Plans: Most major phone providers will offer temporary international data plans. Either pay a flat rate per day for unlimited roaming, or a set amount of data. Just set it up with them in advance for each day you plan to use data roaming.

Check out more details with this great comprehensive blog post on using your phone internationally!



Thailand is a tropical country and experiences only two seasons: wet and day. The dry season is generally between late Nov to Feb, and the wet season (meaning hot and sticky) lasts the rest of the year. Expect average temperatures of 21°C (70°F) at night and over 30°C (86°F) during the day. 



The currency exchange rate changes regularly, but is generally around 34-40 TBH per 1 USD



Questions?  Contact your host (Kristin) directly @ 415-766-7317 or email kristin@urbandiversion.com

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