Experience 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.”
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.
• 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.
• 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
• 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)
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 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.
Elegant 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 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.
Located 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.
Sa-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.
Sofitel So Bangkok - 4 star Hotel
Bangkok 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.
Sofitel So Bangkok - 4 star Hotel
This 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.
After 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.
Today 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.
Another 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.
Prepare 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.
The 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.
Novotel Phuket Vintage Park Resort - 4 star Hotel
For 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.
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.