The following excursions and/or activities are usually available and may be arranged locally. Estimated costs are provided below for guidance only, are on a per person basis unless shown otherwise, and may depend on the number of participants. Prices quoted are correct as of the date these tour notes were originally issued but may change at any time due to currency fluctuations.
Please note: These activities are booked and paid for direct with the supplier and do not form part of your Explore holiday contract.
Bangkok: Half day Grand Palace, Wat Pho & flower market by public transport (1,440 THB), full day city tour & klongs (1,880 THB), half day tour of floating market (950 THB), morning cycle of Bangkok's 'green lung' (1,790 THB), full day excursion to ancient Ayutthaya (1,390 THB)
Kanchanaburi: Day trip to Erawan waterfalls (1200 THB), Hellfire Pass visit and trail (1100 THB), Thai cookery class (1800 THB)
Khao Sok NP: 3 hour river canoeing searching for wildlife (920 THB), hot springs of Khao Sok & scenic view point (800 THB) Squid Fishing (830THB)
Krabi: Phi Phi island by speedboat (2530 THB), kayaking through mangrove forest (1650 THB), hot springs & emerald Lagoon (1650 THB), Phang Nga & James Bond island (1900 THB)
Please note prices stated are a guide and may vary up or down depending on the number of participants.
Pack essentially for hot weather. Bear in mind that the region is tropical (humid) and that days can be very hot. Lightweight rainwear or an umbrella is advisable all year. Casual clothes are the most practical (something with long sleeves, and long trousers for evenings), and tight fitting garments should be avoided. Laundry facilities are available on the islands. A swimming costume is a must.
Luggage: On tour
One main piece of baggage and a daypack.
A small torch, water bottle and insect repellent. As Khao Sam Roi Yort is a large wetland area, it is particular known for mosquitos so bring a good DEET-based repellent of atleast 50% strength. Bring a beach towel and high factor sunscreen. If you intend to do a lot of snorkelling we recommend you bring your own mask and snorkel, as local equipment is not always top quality. A disposable waterproof camera can be useful whilst snorkelling
Tipping isn't compulsory, and we work hard to ensure that our leaders all receive a fair wage. You may however, want to recognise a leader that's done a great job or really added to your trip by giving them a tip. We're often asked about the recommended amount. It's a tricky one, and down to personal preference, but we'd recommend between £15 to £20 per person per week as a guideline.
You should allow approximately US$25.