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 THAILAND 2021 Part I - Northern Jungle Trek & Burma/Laos   THAILAND 2021 Part I - Northern Jungle Trek & Burma/Laos 

THAILAND 2021 Part I - Northern Jungle Trek & Burma/Laos
Nov 19, 2021 (Friday) - 9:00 PM    (Open to Public)
Urban Diversion
UD-San Francisco Trips & Travel
 
Basic Details:

Thailand Adventure Tour 2021
*PART I - Northern Thailand Jungles & Burma/Laos*
From exotic temples to Riding elephants up the mountainside!

TRIPS ARE OPEN TO EVERYONE! 

This is an amazing 'choose your own adventure' style tour actually broken up into 3 parts so you can choose what you want to do!  Register for the parts you are interested in!

Dec 14 - Dec 19: Pre-Trip Add-on to Exotic Bali (upon request)
Nov 19 - Nov 27:  Part I - Thailand/Laos/Burma Jungles Adventure
Nov 28 - Dec 5 : Part II - Thailand's Best Beache

THIS TRIP IS OUR MOST POPULAR AND FILLS UP EVERY YEAR!

Questions?  Call your host directly - 415-776-7455 (Lance) 

 

(Actual images from where we will be in Thailand)

>>CHECK OUT THESE SLIDESHOWS<<
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PAST TRIP - NORTH THAILAND SLIDESHOW
and
PAST TRIP - SOUTH THAILAND SLIDESHOW

Highlights of North Thailand & Burma/Laos: Temples, Elephant Rides, River rafts, Cooking class, and jungle trekking, remote villages, local guides ....then, sadly, you must return home to your job.... or continue on the next part!


We are arriving at the famous and biggest lantern festival in the world!

 

Expert Hosts!

Lance Evander - Urban Diversion Founder, expert guide, crazy, sure to keep the group laughing.


Deo *Our local Thailand guide for many years, he is a fun guy who knows the area well and can customize our adventure to our needs.

 

Why November? This is the best time to visit Thailand, low rain and a cool breeze keep away the summer humidity.

How it works: This is a perfect trip where you can choose the parts you wish to take part in or add your own excursions! You can come for all of the parts you want, or leave out one of the destinations of the trip to create your own adventure!

 
What to Expect :

Northern Thailand  - for those of you that have never been, you are in for a once-in-a-lifetime treat!! Cooking the best Thai food you have ever had yourself, Imagine riding a bamboo boat down a river to a remote village where you jump on an elephant that takes you up the hills to a long-neck tribe in jungles.  That night we gather in a hut, make amazing food on an open floor fire, chat and laugh before slumbering off on sleeping mats.

Laos/Burma - As part of our exploring of norther Thailand we will briefly go into Burma and Laos for a day. For a long time, these two countries were off-limits to most foreigners so it is a pleasure as we are able to explore freely now, and will provide a good introduction should you decide to spend more time in these countries in the future.

More - we will be making short half-day trips into Burma and Laos so you can get your feet wet in the neighboring cultures!

Get ready because it is time to explore, we are heading on an adventure through the jungle, on a boat to a magical island, to breathtaking underwater views.

 

Who will be on the trip?: Expect 8-15 of your fellow Urban Diversion members as well as non-members looking to escape the rat-race of the working world and experience some peaceful surrealism of the pristine jungle combined with the thrill of foreign adventures.  THIS HAS FILLED UP EVERY YEAR!

How UD Trips Work?: Think of UD trips as friends and friends of friends traveling together.  We have arranged an exciting itinerary of included activities and some optional activities below.  A few weeks before the trip you will be given a very detailed customized itinerary... This is what the host is doing that day, join, or organize your own itinerary. Because your host knows the area very well, the group can customize things on the fly!

Travel Arrangements: YOU are responsible for your own flight to Thailand AND the designated inland flights.  See I'm ready to book my flights below.

Getting Around: We will arrange boats, planes, and other means of transport inside Thailand. You will be on the go several times so PACK LIGHT! Also, you MUST PACK EVERYTHING IN A BACKPACK!! Beaches and small villages are not designed for wheeled suitcases. You may need to carry everything on your back for at least 1/2 mile in the sun on the beach at each segment! Bangkok is perhaps the cheapest place in the world to buy luggage. A good option is for travelers to buy an extra bag there to fill with all your exotic purchases.

 

Regular Arrival - (Depart Fri- Land Sun) - Yes, you will probably leave SF on at night and land in Thailand two days later in the morning!! The flight is not that long but you are flying in the evening and over the dateline (You earn this day back when you fly home...If you depart at 9am you may land at 10am!)

NORTH THAILAND ITINERARY - (Fri - Sat) - (All Activities are INCLUDED unless otherwise noted)
this is all custom for this trip, and may have some typos, just let me know.

  • Thur (Nov 18 / early arrival) - optional - if you are arriving early let me know an I'll set up your hotel room a day earlier... I'll be there too
  • Fri (Nov 19/Lantern Festival) -  We arrive in Chang Mai Airport, check in to hotel and have a nice walk about to get dinner and meet.  Markets tour of chiang mai, . and night time amazing lantern festival Loy Krathong the biggest holiday in Thailand is a celebration of lights, as Chinese lanterns fill the sky and floating krathong fill the rivers
  • Sat - Morning Thai Cooking class!, monk chat, shop for lanterns..
  • Sun, Mon, Tue - Trekking the easy way. Elephant Ride, gorgeous river excursion, excursion into Laos, excursion into Burma, gorgeous waterfalls, amazing temples, caves, and amazing views as we visit a rural village of the long-neck people, and a night stay at a local Karen village in a traditional hut, one night stay near burma, one night stay to catch the non-touristed local night life.
  • Wed, Thur - We will be exploring Pai, the famous backpacker chill adventure town of the north.  *see updated itinerary .
  • Fri - back to Chiang Mai, a chill night and a great place to do gift shopping and practice your bartering skills
  • Sat (Nov 27) - Fly to Bangkok for week 2 or to fly home

Host Notes: Hey all! We have spent a lot of time creating this itinerary to get the most out of your time there! We will be hitting all of the most beautiful attractions in Thailand and be doing it in style. If you have never been to Thailand, then this is the way to do it best and at a fraction of the cost.

If you have any questions please call me at 415-776-7455 
or email lancejk@UrbanDiversion.com

 

Trip Specifics:

Accommodation Location- 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 accommodations are above average (3-4 star) and not the cheap backpacker style places.  When available, we have mid-range beach bungalows in the south and nice boutique hotels in the north.

Costs and Payment: - Cost is Registration PLUS the Balance is paid later
**Far better and cheaper than most trips out there!  AND we see the best of the best with your friends from the bay area!!!**

  1. Registration: $495 to $795 - Registering for this event will require you to pay the Registration fee immediately. This amount changes depending upon when you register, register early THIS SELLS OUT EVERY YEAR! This fee is non-refundable.

  2. Balance:  +$850  (AGAIN THIS IS IN ADDITION TO EACH REGISTRATION FEE)
    The balance is due by check at least 45 days prior to this event, and can be charged, or paid via paypal/venmo/check

  • +$850 - For 1 week  (in addition to registration fee)
  • +$850 x 2 - For 2 weeks (in addition to 2x registration fees, aka register for both here)

If a payment is not received 45 days prior to this event, we will use your Credit Card to pay for the balance unless you notify us otherwise.

Price includes:

  • All events listed in the itinerary (unless otherwise noted)
  • 2 person Bungalow or midrange accommodations (the northern trek will be more rustic bungalow style, with one evening sleeping with the locals in a one-room hut)
  • Local Guides as well as exclusive expert guide
  • Your Urban Diversion Host sacrificing several weeks to tough it out with you in the Jungles and beaches!!
  • All ground and water transportation, including trains, vans, motorboats and long-tail boats! We'll have it all setup for you.
  • The usual tons of photos and memories that we are known for
  • Loads of fun and laughs

Flights & Getting There: Here is a rundown on Visas for AMERICANS 

  • Thailand - not needed
  • Laos - We will pay that at the border for our short excursion
  • Burma - We pay that at the border for our short excursion, you will also need a passport photo, you can get at the border too.   cost about $30
    --- other places you may want to go before/after
  • Bali Indonesia - You need a visa, you can obtain one on arrival at the Denpasar airport.  cost is $25
  • Cambodia - You need to get it online BEFORE you fly, Cambodia visas online (there is a blinking visa button toward the top) cost $20+$5.  alternatively, you can obtain them at the airport on arrival....but they may scam you for more money.

Health & Vaccinations: Usually for the areas we are going it is not required, but this changes often... please check the health site here and talk to your doctor.

What to Bring:

  • PASSPORT THAT DOES NOT EXPIRE WITHIN 6 MONTHS OF ARRIVAL!!  If your passport expires in less than 6 months, they will not let you in.  you get no refund from the airline or us.  don't do it!  Need one? Go to this link (it will take a few weeks so do it now) - 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!
  • A full printout of this!
  • A money pouch. (bring 20- $1 bills, and some $5 they come in handy for tipping)
  • Clothing, shoes, swim shorts, toiletries, etc etc... Here is an exhaustive 8-page list if you really want one.
  • Some unusual things from the list that are good ideas; flashlight/headlight, extra batteries, camelback or small travel cooler, bandana, zip-ties, and some zip-lock bags (never know when you want to get wet but are carrying your camera.)

Add this event to your watch list to view the list of people interested in going and more details on where we are going!

 
Cost:
Registration Deadline: Through
Aug 21, 2021 (Saturday)
Through
Sep 20, 2021 (Monday)
Through
Nov 19, 2021 (Friday)
 
Your Special Rate
(25-50% discount)
$495.00 $595.00 $695.00 Deposit. Balance of $850 due 45 days before trip 
Normal Member Rate
(NO Discounts)
$595.00 $695.00 $795.00 Save $100! Join Urban Diversion 
 
Member's Guest Rate: $595.00 $695.00 $795.00 Save $100! Join Urban Diversion
Cancelation Policy: No Refund - All Registrations Final (View Cancelation Policy)
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Wooohoo.. get ready for a fun crazy adventure in Thailand.   First things first.... you have to be able to handle this kind of music if you going to ride in a tuk tuk in Thailand...  Listen here

I'm ready to Book My flights!
Great, here is what you need to do.... Deviating from these flights can get very complicated, especially with the local flights because there are often only 1-2 flights per day.   Remember, the reason we do this is that a 1hr flight covers about 24hours worth of driving on the ground in 3rd world countries.

YOUR MAIN FLIGHT  
You can also book a round trip ticket with DIFFERENT ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE CITY.. this is called a multi-city ticket 

RECOMMENDED FLIGHTS   (found via kayak.com or fly.com)

 

 

*****CREATE YOUR OWN FLIGHT PLAN*******************

Arrival Flight stipulations    

  • ARRIVING Week 1:   You are fly to Chang Mai, you must ARRIVE  Sunday 10pm
    MY FLIGHT:  
  • ARRIVING Week 2:   You are Flying in to Bangkok, you must ARRIVE by Sunday 10pm
      RECOMMENDED FLIGHT:  
    Note:  you can also arrive 2 days earlier and we'll set up a plan for you for your 2 extra days.

Departure Flight stipulations

  • DEPARTING WEEK 1: You are flying home from Bangkok, you must NOT DEPART before Sun  at 5pm
    • Don't worry you will save a day on the flight back
    • RECOMMENDED FLIGHT: 
  • DEPARTING WEEK 2:  You are flying home from Bangkok, you must NOT DEPART before Sun 10am 
    • RECOMMENDED FLIGHT:  
  • DEPARTING FROM BALI:  You are flying home from Dempesar..whenever you want! 

OTHER FLIGHTS YOU MUST BOOK

YEP! you are booking a couple of little 1 hour flights that cost around $50, this is how we get to experience months worth of travel is just 2 weeks!!.... your other option is to take 20hr stinky bus rides, save $30 and waste 1 day of your holiday for each flight.   THESE FLIGHTS CAN BEE BOOKED AFTER YOUR MAIN FLIGHT, and you can do it even a few weeks before the trip, but it get slightly more expensive.

NOTE:  YOU ARE BOOKING THESE FLIGHTS VIA WEB SITE   AIRASIA.COM or others
Air Asia now flys into  DMK Bangkok Don Meung instead of BKK/BAK.  Don't worry about this.  I will setup transport between the two airports when needed.

  • Bangkok --> Siem Reap:   **DETAILS COMING SOON**
  • Siem Reap --> Chang Mai: **DETAILS COMING SOON**
  • Chang Mai --> Bangkok:  **DETAILS COMING SOON**
  • Bangkok --> Krabi:  **DETAILS COMING SOON**
  • Phuket --> Bangkok:  **DETAILS COMING SOON**
  • Phuket --> Denpensar:  **DETAILS COMING SOON**

Send us your flight itineraries as soon as you book them!  lancejk@urbandiversion.com

Coming Earlier - If you are arriving early, we can get everyone together in a good inexpensive centrally located Bangkok Hotel, let us know if you wanna share a room too.

Staying Later - Many people like to stay a few extra days in Bangkok at the end to get souvenirs, buy suits/dresses, or take in the extra culture... or optionally on the beaches in southern Thailand

Full Moon Party - If you are a party person, a week or so after the south trip there is also the full moon party in Koh Phangan or do the New Moon party

About the Airports - Bangkok has TWO airports ALL international flights go to the new suvarnabhumi airport but some domestic flights still fly to/from Don Mueang older airport.  A taxi will get you between them in no more than 50 minutes.

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

Here is an animated Thai weather map -- an interactive map to the weather situation in Thailand

This map will be updated soon...

 

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Location Thailand Adventure
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Nov 19, 2021 (Friday)
9:00 PM
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Nov 26, 2021 (Friday)
9:00 PM
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