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Thailand Songkran Water Festival Gay Tour

Thailand Songkran Water Festival
Gay Group Tour 2019

Bangkok, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai and Phuket

10 Days from Bangkok to Phuket, Thailand

April 6 – 15, 2019

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HappyGayTravel YouTube ChannelSongkran Water Festival ThailandExperience The Land of Smiles on a luxurious gay journey. Enjoy two days in Bangkok, wandering the Grand Palace and devouring the street food. We’ll then explore the famous temples of Northern Thailand. You have a chance to get up close and personal with Asian elephants, then getting soaked at the famous Songkran water-fight to ring in the Thai New Year. To quote that unforgettable circuit ditty, “Let’s get soaking wet.”

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Songkran Festival which is also the Thai New Year starts on from the 13th of April to the 15th of April will have you all soaked into the hustle and bustle that consists of three days of fun-filled water-fights and non-stop revelries.

Songkran stands to be the most popular festival of Thailand that marks the beginning of the new solar year and the start of the summer season as well.

 

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Thailand Songkran Water Festival Gay Tour Highlights

• Experience the Thai New Year, Songkran Water Festival
• Devour the cuisine of Bangkok on a Private Food Tour
• Explore the Grand Palace, home to the King of Siam
• Immerse yourself in Silom nightlife
• Cook a three-course meal in Chiang Mai
• Shop for souvenirs at Chiang Mai Night Bazaar
• Learn about, and spend time with, the majestic Asian Elephant
• Watch the sun set over Chiang Mai from Doi Suthep Temple
• Lounge oceanside in Phuket
• Sea kayak the caves of Phang Nga Bay.

 

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What's Included

• Arrival transfer to accommodation booked through OUT Adventures
• Departure transfer
• Domestic flights: Bangkok/Chiang Mai & Chiang Mai/Phuket
• Group leader from beginning to end of tour
• 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
• 3.5/4-star accommodation (9 nights)
• Grand Palace & Wat Pho tour, including Queen Sirkit Textile Museum (Bangkok)
• Local food tour (Bangkok)
• Elephant experience & ride (Chiang Mai)
• Doi Suthep Monastery (Chiang Mai)
• Thai cooking class & dinner (Chiang Mai)
• Temple Tour by Songthaew (Chiang Mai)
• Travel insurance package covering medical, trip interruption & baggage loss

 

Not Included

• International Airfare
• Departure Transfer
• Meals & Activities not mentioned in itinerary
• Gratuities for Tour Leader ($30-$50 USD)
• Gratuities for drivers, hotel staff, porters ($30-$50 USD)

 

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Accommodation

4 Star Boutique Hotels (9 nights)

We have carefully chosen these gay-welcoming properties with you in mind. They have the right balance of comfort and luxury.

Joining Point Hotel
Sofitel So Bangkok

Sofitel So BangkokSofitel So Bangkok is the city's first truly urban hotel, bringing together elegant French luxury and warm Thai hospitality. This design hotel was styled by Monsieur Christian Lacroix, and the result is a one-of-a-kind collaboration between an award-winning architect and five of Thailand's leading designers. The hotel features two restaurants, a fantastic pool, free mini-bar and wifi and a monthly LGBT party at their famous rooftop bar!

This stylish urban oasis boasts stunning interior design inspired by the 5 natural elements of Water, Earth, Wood, Metal and Fire. Rising 30 stories above the city, Sofitel So Bangkok has rooms equipped with Apple Mac minis and suites with iPads.

Sofitel So BangkokElegant and modern, the themed rooms feature full-length windows with views or the city or Lumpini Park. All come with free Wi-Fi, a 40-inch flat-screen TV and a free minibar. Bathrooms have a bathtub and separate rainshower.

An arrival transfer is included on day 1 of this trip. Transfers cannot be arranged on arrival. Please advise your flight arrival details at least 14 days prior to your departure. If you plan to arrive earlier, this arrival transfer can only be offered in conjunction with pre-tour accommodation booked through us. You are provided with one complimentary arrival transfer per booking even if clients are arriving at different times.

 

Finishing Point Hotel
Novotel Phuket Vintage Park Resort

Novotel Phuket Vintage Park ResortNovotel Phuket Vintage Park is a 4-star resort featuring contemporary South East Asian architecture and modern facilities. The resort boasts an all-day dining restaurant, a swim-up bar, a lobby bar, a rooftop bar, a ballroom dividable into three meeting r ooms, a 2,000 m² swimming pool, fitness centre, award winning spa, large outdoor car park and complimentary WIFI throughtout all area as well as a wealth of varied activities to ensure that everyone gets the most from the site.

Novotel Phuket Vintage Park Resort roomLocated in the heart of Patong. A few steps away from the beach, shopping centers and nightlife street. Enjoy sleek comfort and spaciousness in a stylish room designed to meet all your needs. Pamper yourself with a spectacular pool view from your own private balcony, and stay connected with our free WIFI access throughtout the resort.

Enjoy a great experience in hotels The Square Restaurant. You are served freshly prepared meals, with a large choice of Asian and international specialities, and à la minute cooking. Stylish designs bring European and Asian influences together.

 

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Thailand Songkran Water Festival Gay Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok Gay TourSa-wat dee! Welcome to Thailand.

Bursting with life and colour, Bangkok is a modern city with an ancient heart.

Our trip begins with a short ride via BTS Skytrain to a streetfood tour to fuel the many adventures ahead. We then head for Silom – the financial district that let its hair down after sunset – to scope out the gay scene.

Accommodation
Sofitel So Bangkok - 4 star Hotel

 

Day 2 - Bangkok, Thailand
Gay Bangkok TourBangkok is even more breathtaking from the river, our unusual avenue to the gleaming spires of the Grand Palace by local river boat. Here, the Emerald Buddha awaits, highly regarded as the Palladium of the Kingdom of Thailand.

We’ll then venture to Wat Pho to marvel at the majesty of the Reclining Buddha, and feast on a local lunch before some free time by the infinity pool.

Accommodation
Sofitel So Bangkok - 4 star Hotel

 

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Day 3 - Chiang Rai, Thailand
Chiang Rai Wat Rong KhunThis morning we fly to the chilled-out town of Chiang Rai, where we’ll visit Doi Tung Royal Villa, once home to the Princess Grandmother Srinagarindra, affectionately known by the hill tribe people as “Royal Mother from the Sky”. Here we’ll take in the royal gardens, and sweeping views – before continuing to Choui Fong Tea plantation for more views, and, you guessed it – tea.

We’ll then visit Wat Rong Suea Ten, also known as the Blue Temple, before checking in to our lovely hotel for some free time.

This evening we’ll enjoy an included dinner at, or near our hotel.

 

Day 4 - Chiang Rai, Thailand
Thailand Gay Tour - Golden TriangleAfter breakfast we’ll drive to the Golden Triangle, where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet on the Mekong River. We’ll explore this epic waterway by boat tour, then head to the Opium Museum to glean some highlights about how this region was once the hub of the poppy-growing industry.

We’ll enjoy an optional lunch before we visit Wat Phra That Pha Ngao temple for some sweeping views of the countryside, then end our day with an an optional dinner and a relaxing evening.

 

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Day 5 - Chiang Mai, Thailand
Chiang Mai night marketToday begins with a 3-hour drive to Chiang Mai, Thailand’s lively northern capital. We’ll stop at the White Temple (Wat Rong Khun) on our way, an essential site on any visit to the Golden Triangle.

Upon arrival we’ll enjoy an orientation walk, then leave you the afternoon to explore on your own.

Then things get cooking with a culinary lesson that turns into a dinner to savour over sunset. Enjoy the rest of the evening in solace, or join us out for drinks.

 

Day 6 - Chiang Mai, Thailand
Wat-U Mong Chiang MaiAnother day forward, and we’ve stepped back in time: get a taste of the Lanna Period at Doi Suthep temple, replete with chanting monks and a sultry sunset from the mountain where copper-plated stupas populate the sweeping views.

Today's lunch is included. In the evening we’ll stroll the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar for some friendly haggling and souvenir-hunting.

 

Day 7 - Chiang Mai, Thailand
Chiang Mai elephantsPrepare for the biggest day of our adventure, which will be spent with one of the world’s kindest beasts: the Asian Elephant.

We’ll learn about their health, then join them on a walk through the jungle with lunch included.

This evening you may relax or stroll around the hotel with fellow travellers.

 

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Day 8 - Phuket, Thailand
Phuket gay tripThe famous beach island of Phuket is our final stop on this tour, and a perfect place to celebrate Songkran Water Festival.

We’ll transfer to our resort-style hotel, then head out for an optional lunch before we visit the gay beach. Since it's Songkran, be prepared to make a splash (or get splashed).

This evening we hit the streets armed with water balloons and water guns to fully embrace the festival. We'll head to the Paradise Complex where the majority of the festivities are taking place.

Accommodation
Novotel Phuket Vintage Park Resort - 4 star Hotel

 

Day 9 - Phuket, Thailand
Phang Nga Bay TourFor the second day of Songkran we're escaping the hustle and bustle of Patong Beach on our final excursion.

We’ll transfer to the other side of the island to explore the caves of Phang Nga Bay by sea kayak. No experience is necessary, as you’ll be captained by an expert local. We’ll explore hidden bays and caves and even make our own krathong (buoyant, all-natural decorated baskets).

Launched after sunset, they may even stir up the bioluminescent plankton, causing the water to glow gorgeously. After heading back to land, we’ll freshen up for Farewell Drinks.

 

Day 9 - Phuket, Thailand / Departure
There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart at your leisure. Your local guide will help you arrange your included departure transfer. Check out time from the hotel is at 12 noon. If you are departing later, you can arrange luggage storage at the hotel.

 

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Trip Notes

How We Travel
OUT Adventures is all about good times with likeminded guys. Whatever's on the itinerary - from fireside camping to five-star decadence - our goal is to make the experience magical. To ensure authenticity we hire local guides, stay in locally-owned accommodations whenever possible, and seek out local cuisine. It's a great way to immerse yourself in the culture while supporting the communities we visit.

Visas
A visa is not typically required for American, Australian, British and Canadian citizens travelling to Thailand for fewer than 30 days. There may be exceptions, and all visas are the responsibility of the traveller.

 

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Culture Shock
Tourism in Thailand is developed enough to afford the luxuries of home, but the manic culture be overwhelm. Relax, take a deep breath, and have a sense of humour.

Songkran
Celebrated every year from April 13-15, Songkran is Thailand's New Year, and the biggest holiday in the country. It also tends to be very wet, because the highlight is a water-fight where literal buckets of water get bandied about.

 

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Local LGBT Scene
Most Thai cities like Bangkok and Chiang Mai have vibrant gay scenes. Paraodixically, being queer isn't socially acceptable for locals, but it's one of world's most gay-friendly countries for tourists.

Weather
Expect it to be hot and sticky, though it can cool down in the evenings. There is a chance of showers (although they are not common during our tours). We recommend travelling with a light sweater and jacket, but don't leave your summer clothes at home: mid-day temperatures can climb well above 30°C/85°F.

 

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Required Vaccinations
Based on the entry requirements for Thailand, there are no vaccinations needed for entry. To determine if you should take preventative measures to reduce the risk of illness, you should consult your doctor or a travel medical clinic, as OUT Adventures cannot provide vaccination recommendations.

Electricity
You will need an international travel plug/adapter for type A/B/C sockets.

Connectivity
All of our hotels will have Wi-Fi access, so feel free to tweet, pin, post and share your experience with your friends and family at home. They might be a tad jealous!

 

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Travel Insurance
For everybody's peace of mind, all OUT Adventures include comprehensive travel insurance. That's up to $200 you won't have to fret about adding to your budget, unless you want to insure the value of your trip for cancellation. Here's what's covered:
• Unlimited Trip Interruption
• Up to $50,000 Emergency Medical plus up to $300,000 for ambulance transportation, up to $5,000,000 CAD with valid GHIP coverage.
• Baggage Loss or Damage up to $1,500
• Baggage Delay up to $500
• Flight Accident up to $100,000
• Travel Accident up to $50,000

 

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Your Guide
All OUT Adventures are led by a gay (or gay-welcoming) guide. Whenever possible, we hire destination locals. And we can also connect you with the right people if you'd like to delve deeper into the local culture. If you're pleased with your guide, we recommend a tip of US $50-$100 per person...they'll certainly appreciate it!

Fellow Adventurers
OUT adventures are a great way to meet people from around the world and all walks of life. Bear in mind that everybody's there for a good time, so mutual respect will go a long way. Please be on time for any meet ups, empathetic to the needs of others, and ready to roll with whatever the adventure brings.

Although we can't tell you who your fellow travellers will be for privacy reasons, we can tell you many great friendships began with an OUT Adventure. And just because we're a gay tour operator doesn't mean we're exclusive: friends and family are always welcome to join the fun.

 

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Group Size
Maximum of 16 travellers per group.

Flying Solo
If you've never travelled on your own, it's an amazing way to get to know yourself while making new friends along the way. We can arrange for you to share a room with people in your age range at no charge, or you can pay a supplement for your own room. And if there's an odd number of solos, we'll rotate a single room on a random basis.

Itinerary Disclaimer
The itinerary is correct at time of publishing. If anything, it will only get better based on feedback from prior travellers and our own research. It's best to reference your final trip documents rather than our website in case there have been any changes that affect your departure.

 

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Optional Activities
Every OUT Adventure offers optional excursions that are not included in price of this trip. Please see your daily itinerary in your final pre-trip packet to see what's available.

Meals
To keep things flexible, not all meals are included in the trip price. Although we typically dine together so that everybody can get a taste of everything, feel free to explore on your own...your guide will always have some restaurant recommendations.

Tipping
If you are happy with services throughout your trip, a tip is recommended. Tipping details will be provided in your final trip documentation, however we recommend budgeting approximately $150 USD.

 

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Money
The local currency is Thai Baht. We usually recommend carrying local currency for small purchases, however credit cards are accepted at most upscale restaurants, and at hotels. We recommend carrying approximately $400 USD to be used only in the case of an emergency, or if your credit/ATM cards are placed on hold.

What to Bring
Most OUT Adventures entail carrying your own luggage on occasion. And while you'll never schlep far, things can quickly get heavier than a celebrity breakup if you don't keep your baggage under 20kg/44lb. If you bring along a steam trunk, chances are you'll have costly surcharges on domestic flights. You should also bring something smaller for day trips to carry water, your camera, and any souvenirs you pick up along the way.

Groups Within Groups
We love when groups of friends join us on an OUT Adventure, whether you're celebrating a major milestone, or you just love to travel together. However, since we have travellers that will be flying solo, or as a couple, we would love your help ensuring everybody feels welcome and has an epic time.

 

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Thailand Songkran Water Festival Gay Tour Prices

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