I’m Going to Thailand with Contiki

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In two weeks from today I will be sitting on a plane for a 28 hour journey all the way from Toronto, Canada to Bangkok, Thailand.

Insert high pitched squealing noise here.

Surprisingly, I’ve never really been to Asia, so this will be a first for me.

Sure, I’ve flown through Hong Kong a few times without venturing far from the airport and have technically spent a great deal of time on the Asian continent (Turkey, Jordan, Israel), but I don’t count these.

I’ve wanted to visit South East Asia for as long as I can remember, and I did a happy dance in my room (read: jumped off the bed and froze with my arms in the air) when I found out that I’m going to Thailand with Contiki Holidays.

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So, what will I be doing in Thailand?

Well, I’m going to be taking a mixture of Contiki’s Big Indochina Adventure, Asian Adventure and Thai Island Hopper East tours to form a compact and focused 11 day Thailand itinerary.

I will have a few days to acclimatize myself to life in Bangkok and explore the city on my own before the rest of the group arrives.

Our #ContikiThai adventure begins on November 18th, so be sure to follow the hashtag on Twitter and Instagram for live updates.

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The Contiki Itinerary:

 

Day 1

  • Meet group in Bangkok
  • Wat Po Temple to see reclining Buddha
  • Visit Grand Palace
  • Cruise city canals by boat

Day 2

  • Damnoen Saduak floating markets
  • Markets on Khao San Road
  • Overnight train to Chiang Mai

Day 3

  • Arrive in Chiang Mai
  • Explore the city on free time
  • Baan Hongnaul Cookery School for Thai cooking class

Day 4

  • Wat Doi Suthep Temple
  • Explore the city on free time
  • Night Bazaar

Day 5

  • Fly to Koh Samui
  • Free time to relax on beach
  • Ark Bar for beach front dinner

Day 6

  • Ferry to Koh Tao
  • Explore the island on free time
  • Water front dinner

Day 7

  • Explore Koh Tao’s tropical underwater wildlife on a snorkel cruise
  • Relax on the Island on free time

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Day 8

  • Ferry back to Koh Samui
  • Explore the Island on free time

Day 9

  • Jeep safari tour of the Island
  • Waterfall swim
  • Cocktails at the beach

Day 10

  • Fly back to Bangkok
  • Explore Bangkok on free time
  • Goodbye dinner

Day 11

  • Explore Bangkok on free time

 

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Once our tour wraps up, I plan to stick around just a little bit longer.

The lovely people at Air Canada have allowed me to extend my flight dates with ease, so I will hang around the country for another two weeks before heading home.

I’m not 100% sure on my plans yet, but I’m thinking of checking out Koh Phi Phi and the West Islands (which Contiki also visits) and spending as much time in a hammock as possible.

This is going to be one crazy adventure.

 

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So, tell me…

What is one thing I shouldn’t miss in Thailand?

Where should I spend my last two weeks?

p.s. I’m afraid I may never want to leave 🙁

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22 Responses to “I’m Going to Thailand with Contiki”

  1. Kadie
    October 31, 2013 at 11:28 am #

    That’s so exciting!! I can’t wait to read all about it!

    • Seattle Dredge
      October 31, 2013 at 11:29 am #

      It is! I can’t wait to write all about it, haha

  2. Britta
    October 31, 2013 at 12:11 pm #

    I love Thailand and Bangkok is one of the most exciting cities!!!

    You will love the Khao San Road for shopping and you should miss the huge Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok every Saturday (see pictures here: http://novembersunblog.blogspot.de/2013/02/3-chatuchak-weekend-market-bangkok.html).

    If you can visit a Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan near to Koh Samui it will be a real adventure.

    Have a lot of fun and enjoy this great country!
    After visiting Thailand I always want to go back to Southeast Asia! 😉
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    • Seattle Dredge
      October 31, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

      Ahh those photos are so good, I definitely want to go to the weekend market now. My second day there is a Saturday, and one of my hotels will be a street over from Khao San Road, so I will do both. Thanks for the tips!

      The Full Moon Party is two days after I arrive, and I will have to be back in Bangkok for the following day, so I don’t think it’ll happen this time. But, I do hope to go to one, some day :]

  3. Jasmine
    November 3, 2013 at 5:45 am #

    Hey ! You have to go to the Loy Krathong festival !! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loi_Krathong

    • Seattle Dredge
      November 3, 2013 at 7:39 am #

      Yesss, I am super excited for it. I’ll be in Bangkok that night so I intend to see as much as possible. Any suggestions of where specifically to go?

      • Jasmine
        November 3, 2013 at 6:54 pm #

        Unfortunately, I’ve never been there but it’s one of the first on my bucket list!

        • Seattle Dredge
          November 3, 2013 at 6:59 pm #

          aah, too bad. I’ll be sure to take lots of photos for you to look at 😀

  4. Sarah
    November 5, 2013 at 3:24 am #

    Lucky you! Sounds like a lot of fun! Looking forward to your posts!
    Sarah recently posted..5 Quirky Things To Do in Manila

  5. hannah
    November 9, 2013 at 4:35 pm #

    I spent two months in Thailand at the same period last year and by far Koh Lipe is my favorite island. Stunning. As you say, you won’t want to leave so maybe go there last or you won’t see anything else! x

    • Seattle Dredge
      November 9, 2013 at 8:50 pm #

      Hmm I just googled it and Koh Lipe is definitely a contender now.. what’s the easiest way to get there?

      • hannah
        November 10, 2013 at 11:00 am #

        We had to get from Koh Lanta to Koh Lipe so we took a minibus from Lanta to the town of ‘Trang’ (short ferry crossing in bus from Lanta to mainland. In Trang we had to change buses (same company) to get to ‘Pakbara Pier’ where we then got a 2h speed boat to Lipe. Many bus companies do this, we just took the cheapest but i don’t remember the name sorry! We did all this in a day and was on Lipe by dinner time! Honestly if you can get there, it’s stunning. We originally planned on staying three nights but ended up staying for over a week! I would advise not to book anything in advance, look around when you get to a town and compare prices. Good luck, can’t wait to see your pics!

        • Seattle Dredge
          November 10, 2013 at 12:01 pm #

          Hm, doesn’t sound too difficult. I certainly don’t mind a little adventure in getting somewhere, but with limited time I don’t want to waste two days on travel. Getting there before dinner sounds great! And, good to know about not booking in advance, thanks for the info!! :]

  6. Cristøbal
    November 16, 2013 at 6:54 am #

    Good luck Seattle, i wish you a good time getting lost with some Thai families in the forest or any kind of adventure! Have fun!

  7. peehu
    November 19, 2013 at 9:15 am #

    Urmm is lilly singh travelling with you guys?

  8. Cristøbal
    November 21, 2013 at 7:21 pm #

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYX5GfkXvmQ

  9. Cmetzger0616
    December 12, 2013 at 8:45 pm #

    Looking at going to Thailand and was wondering what places you recommend to stay and go?

  10. jackie
    July 1, 2014 at 2:28 pm #

    Gosh i am in LOVE with your blog!!! And im obessed with your life! do certain travel companies sponsor you to travel using their company?

    • Seattle Dredge
      July 14, 2014 at 10:59 am #

      Haha, well thanks! I always add a disclaimer to posts when I have worked with a certain company, like Contiki. But, of course, I never let that sway my opinions :]

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