14-Day VSA “Amazing Thailand Tour”
March 19 - April 1 2019
Only members of the VSA may sign up for the VSA Amazing Thailand Tour March 19 - April 1 2019. Each VSA member may invite 2 guests on the tour from outside the VSA. The guest can be a partner, family member, or close friend. The VSA Thailand Tour is operated by and all payments will be made to Silver Sky Imports.
This is open to those who want to experience Thailand in a fun and safe way without leaving creature comforts of home. All accommodations are 5 star hotels with beautiful, clean, western-style rooms. Thailand has some of Asia’s best beaches, nature, culture, food, and friendly people, and is very safe. This is a private tour designed for VSA members exclusively by Jeff Howard. The local VSA English speaking tour team in Thailand will facilitate the tours and help with anything you need.
This is a once in a lifetime experience to discover Thailand’s culture, cities, beaches, and mountains. We will also take plenty of rest and relaxation times beyond our tours to just relax and will even help you to plan extra activities in the evenings. Lastly, and maybe the most important, is the time we will spend directly with the elephants in Chiang Mai, a truly magical once in a lifetime experience. This tour has been increased by 2 days from our last tour to include more relaxation and things to do.
This tour will sell out and limited spots are available and at a first come, first served basis. We have worked out the kinks from our last tour to make an even more amazing experience.
* This is a group tour and you must be able to interact kindly and respectfully to all others in the group, tour guides, locals, and staff members. Our VSA Thailand tour guides will help you in any way possible, however ,you are responsible for yourself. You are expected to be on time for all scheduled departures, and must be responsible for your actions and your own belongings.
Total Trip Cost per person*:
$3300 Double occupancy. Share a hotel room with someone you know or the VSA will provide you a list of others looking for a roommate (we cannot guarantee you a roommate). Each room will have 2 beds and share a bathroom.
$4200 Single occupancy. A private hotel room during your entire tour in Thailand.
A $1000 deposit must be made to reserve your spot. You may pay in full at any time. The next payment of $1000 is due September 1, 2018. The remaining balance due must be paid by December 1, 2018. Deposits and payments are non refundable after September 1, 2018 under any circumstances. We suggest you buy private travel insurance that would cover those expenses if you were to get sick or injured.
*Accommodations are included in the below package prices and are 5 star luxury hotels including the Marriott Bangkok, Le Meridian Chiang Mai, Marriott Pattaya, and Le Meridien Suvarnabhumi Bangkok. This is a luxury 5 star tour and only the best hotels and meals are included.
*All guides and transportation for all scheduled events are included. All scheduled events fees are included such as admission fees. No refunds for any individual events, meals, or tours that you skip.
*Round Trip Airfare from Bangkok to Chiang Mai is included.
*Breakfast included daily at the 5 star hotels featuring international cuisine, fresh juices, gourmet coffee (lattes and specialty drinks included), exotic fruits, American breakfast, and amazing Asian cuisine.
*Lunches on March 24, 25, 27, 28, and 29 are included in the price. Bottled water is provided with all lunches, and additional beverages are at your own cost. All other lunches you are on your own. You can find delicious local food for $2-$3 or 5 star restaurants for $15+ and everything in between.
*Dinners are not included except for the last night (March 31 a 5 star farewell dinner is included). Dinners can range from $2-$3 for local street food or 5 star Restaurants for $50+ and everything in between.
Daily Schedule for Thailand*
March 19 Fly from USA to Bangkok. When you book tickets make sure to arrive March 20.
March 20 Arrive in Bangkok in the evening and get settled in the hotel. No meals are provided this day. Airport transportation by shuttle bus to the hotel is included hourly. Taxi or private transport is an additional fee.
March 21 Breakfast included at the hotel in the morning. Leave the hotel at 12 noon for a private bus ride to Pattaya. Check into the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day to visit the on-site spa, relax, swim, and get over your jet lag.
March 22 Breakfast included at the hotel in the morning. This is a free day, enjoy the whole day to visit the on-site spa, relax, swim, go into the city, shop and get over your jet lag. In the evening we will have a private sunset sound concert on the beach.
March 23 Breakfast included at the hotel in the morning. Leave at 12 noon to drive to Bangkok. Check into the Bangkok Hotel and enjoy the rest of your day wandering around some shopping spots or enjoying the nightlife.
March 24 Breakfast included at the hotel in the morning. Bangkok guided tour day of the famous Grand Palace and a couple Temples around Bangkok. This is a full day tour with lunch provided at a local restaurant. This day will be lots of walking and lots to see in one day.
March 25 Breakfast included at the hotel in the morning. Day trip outside Bangkok to visit a floating market, train market, and local Thai culture complex. Learn more about Thai culture and of course shopping. This is a full day tour with lunch provided at a local restaurant.
March 26 Breakfast included at the hotel in the morning. Head out late morning to the airport in Bangkok and then fly 1 hour 15 minutes to Chiang Mai Thailand. Air tickets to Chiang Mai are included in the package price. Arrive at hotel and settle in. Walk around and explore the local area. This hotel is near everything including a beautiful night market for food and shopping.
March 27 Breakfast included at the hotel in the morning, then a guided tour of Chiang Mai to learn about the history, visit many famous sites and temples, and do some shopping. This is a full day tour with lunch provided at a local restaurant.
March 28 Breakfast included at the hotel in the morning, then head out early for the elephant owner for a day at the Elephant Sanctuary. Learn about elephant health, feed the elephants, bathe the elephants, walk with the elephants, and enjoy a local picnic-style lunch. This is an all day event and professional photos are included and provided online.
March 29 Breakfast included at the hotel in the morning, then head out for the Elephant Vibrational Sound Therapy at the Elephant Sanctuary. Work with the mothers, babies, and fathers using singing bowls. Learn about Patara’s program in using the singing bowls especially with nursing mothers. We will also visit the elephant hospital with the singing bowls installed. Lunch is included.
March 30 Breakfast included at the hotel in the morning. Chiang Mai free day. Explore the city, make it a spa day, or finish your last minute shopping.
March 31 Breakfast included at the hotel in the morning. This will be the last morning in Chiang Mai. Leave Chiang Mai for 1 hour 15 minute flight back to Bangkok (flight included in cost of the trip). We will stay near the airport in Bangkok for those that have early flights. We will also have our farewell private group dinner together in the evening that gives you a chance to say your goodbyes.
April 1 Breakfast included together at the hotel in the morning. Flights are scheduled this day to fly back to USA. Airport transportation by shuttle bus is included. Taxi or private transport is an additional fee.
*Daily schedule subject to change
Airfare from USA to Bangkok (BKK)
*Airfare from the USA is not included but we can assist you in buying tickets to find the best prices and times for a fee of $100 plus the ticket price. Email us or call us to set up a consultation.
Below are airfare examples from Kayak.com.
Roundtrip Economy Airfare (Examples as Of April 1, 2018)
Los Angeles: $552 (Air China)
Chicago: $605 (China Eastern)
Seattle: $663 (Eva Air)
New York: $592 (Air China)
Dallas: $836 (Singapore Air)
Roundtrip Business Class Airfare (Examples as Of April 1, 2018)
Los Angeles: $2192 (Air China)
Chicago: $2510 (China Eastern)
Seattle: $2898 (Multiple airlines)
New York: $2674 (Air China)
Dallas: $3301 (Air China)
Economy air tickets this time of year cost $600-$1200 depending on schedule and airports if you book early. We cannot guarantee any air tickets or pricing until you are ready to book. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for questions. We will help you book and schedule a booking consultation for those that need help booking for a fee of $100 plus ticket price.
How much spending cash should I bring?
All breakfasts, tours, local air tickets, local travel and events are included. You will need money for 6 lunches and 11 dinners. The cost of these meals varies depending on you and your preference, but to use $20 a meal as a higher average hotel meal you will need $340 extra for food. Of course you can spend less or more as you desire. *** Any additional activities, food, shopping, transportation, and any other expenses not mentioned above are your own responsibility.
Call or email to register today. Limited spots available. email@example.com or 402-875-5280