• Arrival & departure transfers to/from Out Adventures’ joining/finishing point hotel
• Group leader from beginning to end of tour
• 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
• 4-star or higher accommodation (9 nights)
• Grand Palace & Wat Pho tour, including Queen Sirikit Textile Museum
• Local food tour
• Bottled water on all busses
• Elephant experience
• Doi Suthep Monastery
• Thai cooking class & dinner
• All temple visits
• Sea kayak full-day excursion (Weather depending)
• Krabi speed boat tour and snorkelling (Weather depending)
• International airfare & domestic airfare (details will be provided when the official Trip Guarantee is sent to group)
• Meals and activities not outlined
• Travel insurance is mandatory for all travellers.
• Gratuities for drivers, day/city guides, group leader ($80-$130 USD)
• All items of a personal nature (laundry, drinks, etc.)
• Visa fees
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.
Tourism in Thailand is well-developed enough to afford many of the luxuries of home, however in our experience the culture and craziness of Thailand can be a tad overwhelming at times. We recommend you relax, have a sense of humour and take it easy.
Local LGBT Scene
Most major cities in Thailand, such as Bangkok and Chiang Mai, have vibrant gay scenes with exciting nightlife and welcoming locals. While it is not yet viewed as socially acceptable for LGBT locals, tourists are welcomed with open arms.
Expect it to be hot and sticky at times. It can be pleasantly chilly in the evenings, and 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.
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 we cannot provide vaccination recommendations.
You will need an international travel plug/adapter for type A/B/C sockets.
All 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!
For everybody’s peace of mind, medical travel insurance is required on all Out Adventures tours. At a minimum, your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses, emergency repatriation and personal liability, with a minimum medical coverage of US $200,000.
On this tour domestic airfare is not included. We will provide the recommended flight details in the official Trip Guarantee email. If you are booking your trip less than 90 days to departure, there is a chance you will have to purchase a different flight than the rest of the group.
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.
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.
On this trip, tips for drivers, hotel staff and porters are covered in the tour cost. If you are happy with services throughout your trip, tipping your tour leader is recommended. Further tipping details will be provided in your final trip documentation, however we recommend budgeting approximately $50-$100 USD.
What to bring
Our adventures entail carrying your own luggage on occasion. And while you’ll never schlep far, things can quickly get costlier than a celebrity breakup if you don’t keep your baggage under 20kg/44lb thanks to costly surcharges on domestic flights. You should also bring something smaller for day trips to carry water, your camera, and any souvenirs you find along the way.
Every Out Adventure offers optional excursions that are not included in price of this trip. Please see the daily itinerary in your final pre-trip packet to learn what’s available.
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. We’re also committed to supporting the communities we visit by hiring local guides, staying at locally-owned accommodations when possible, and celebrating local cuisine. It all adds up to a great way to immerse yourself in the culture.
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!
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. If there’s an odd number of solos, we’ll rotate a single room on a random basis.
Starting Point Hotel
So Sofitel Bangkok Hotel, Bangkok
This stylish urban oasis features stunning interior design inspired by the 5 natural elements of Water, Earth, Wood, Metal and Fire. Rising 30 stories above the city, SO Sofitel Bangkok has rooms equipped with Apple Mac minis and suites with iPads.
Located only 200 m from Lumphini MRT Subway Station, SO Sofitel Bangkok offers easy access to the city's important landmarks and must-see attractions. It is approximately a 10-minute walk from Silom Road and Sala Daeng BTS Skytrain Station.
Elegant and modern, the themed rooms feature full-length windows with views or the city or Lumpini Park. All come with free WiFi, a 40-inch flat-screen TV and a free mini-bar. Bathrooms have a bathtub and separate rain shower.
The world-class SoSPA is designed like a mythological forest, with relaxing massage treatments and rejuvenating hot tubs. There is also an outdoor pool and well-equipped fitness center. Bicycles can be rented with a reservation.
The chic Park Society Restaurant and Bar offer fine dining on the hotel's rooftop, while Red Oven presents live cooking stations serving international dishes. Other dining options include Chocolab Cafe and 3 bars.
Finishing Point Hotel
Clover Patong Phuket Hotel, Phuket
Located 100 m from Patong Beach, Hotel Clover Patong Phuket provides accommodations with a restaurant, free private parking, an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness center. Among the various facilities are a bar, a shared lounge, as well as a garden. The accommodations offers a 24-hour front desk, room service and currency exchange for guests.
Guests at the hotel can enjoy a continental breakfast. Hotel Clover Patong Phuket offers a terrace.
The accommodations also offers a car rental service and a business center with free WiFi throughout the property.
Popular points of interest near Hotel Clover Patong Phuket include Kalim Beach, Jungceylon Shopping Center and Paradise Complex Patong. The nearest airport is Phuket International Airport, 24 mi from the hotel.