November 8-17, 2019
Bohemian Comfort - Authentic and true immersive experience! Sleep in tents, eat simple, delicious and healthy food and get cozy and intimate with your fellow Betties! Might have to arrange somethings on your own such as ground transportation or do a more extensive preparation than you might in other trip styles*
Convenient Comfort – Minimum effort on your part! Sleep in a room which you might share with one other Betty, eat prepared meals that are hearty and healthy and prepare minimally as the rest is provided. In most cases, ground transportation is included*
Luxury Comfort - Just show up and the rest is covered. Sleep with comfort in a nice bed with luxury linen, eat gourmet food, drink wonderful wine and get plenty of rest before your full day of adventure. Ground transportation is included and all of your gear is provided*
*Air transportation is not included in Bold Betties adventures
This is a great entry level trip for newcomers or Betties looking build confidence outdoors. Expect 2-5 hours of activity a day on mostly flat or slightly hilly terrain with the occassional steep and/or uneven trail. You'll travel approximately 4-6 miles per day and experience moderate elevation/altitude changes.
Moderately difficult featuring more hills and mountain terrain, but still accessible for Betties inexperienced in outdoor adventure. Expect 4-6 hours of activity covering up to 10 miles a day. Expect steep and uneven trails and altitudes up to 10,000 ft.
Challenging adventures for Betties who are fit adventurers and possess a basic skill set for the outdoors. Expect 5-8 hours of activity per day over a variety of exposed terrain and steep uneven trails. Distances up to 12 miles per day and altitudes up to 14,000 ft.
Designed for the most experienced Betties who are do adventures on a regular basis. You'll be taken to remote locations over exposed, uneven and challenging terrain, requiring 10+ hours of activity per day and distances of 12+ miles. Altitudes could exceed 14,000 ft.
For years we've been listening to our favorite adventure buddies rave about Thailand. "The people! The food! The culture! The elephants!" This is usually followed by a high pitched squeal as they show us every picture they took on their phone. Well now, we are ready to find out firsthand and we are stoked to invite you along with us!
Join Bold Betties for an incredible, custom adventure in Thailand, November 8-17, 2019!
You’ll ride bikes through Chiang Mai as you make your way to small country roads to experience rural Thailand on two wheels. You’ll get a one hour Thai massage which will 100% win you over. A river cruise down the Chao Phraya River, a glowing lantern festival, and a private yoga class. You’ll learn to cook delicious Thai meals and you’ll explore Erawan National Park. You’ll enjoy a BBQ dinner at a lodge in the mountains and you’ll even get to spend some time with the residents of the Friends of the Asian Elephant Center. The best part? You’ll do it all with like-minded women who are stoked to get out and adventure with you!
- Bike Ride through Chiang Mai
- Thai massage
- River Cruise
- BBQ Dinner in the mountains
- Private yoga class
- Private cooking class
- Lantern Festival
- Friends of the Asian Elephant Center
- Erawan National Park
- 9 nights hotel accomodations
- Meals: 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
- Activities and sightseeing listed in the itinerary
- Local Leader
- Transportation via air conditioned vehicle, long tail boat and Tuk Tuk
What's NOT Included:
- Travel and Trip Insurance
Single occupancy upgrade option
(Adventuring solo? You can choose the solo occupancy upgrade at checkout OR we can pair you up with a new best friend for no extra cost!)
Day 1 / Date: 09 Nov 2019 (Saturday) Bangkok
Meals included: Dinner
Sa-wat dee! Welcome to Thailand. Thailand's bustling capital, Bangkok is famous for its tuk tuks, khlong boats and street vendors serving up delicious Thai food. Bangkok has so much to offer those with time to explore - why not take a riverboat to Chinatown and explore the crowded streets, uncover the magnificent Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, wander down the tourist mecca of Khao San Road, or indulge in some Thai massage? Meet your fellow travelers at a welcome meeting tonight and then enjoy dinner together at a local restaurant.
Day 2 / Date: 10 Nov 2019 (Sunday) Bangkok – Chiang Mai
Meals included: Breakfast
Begin the day with a river cruise down the Chao Phraya River to explore the famous ‘khlongs’ (canals). Life along these canals seems a world away from the chaotic streets of the capital. Pay a visit to the magnificent Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The sprawling royal complex houses numerous ornate structures that highlight the grand architectural traditions of Thailand.
After that explore Wat Po, another temple that is integral to the Buddhist religion in Thailand. It’s home to the infamous golden reclining Buddha and is the birthplace of traditional Thai massage. This is one of the most popular things to do in Bangkok, and with our local guide to take you through the temples, you’ll hear all the secret stories and local knowledge about the place.
After that you will be transferred to Bangkok Airport for your flight to Chiang Mai
Day 3 / Date: 11 Nov 2019 (Monday) Chiang Mai
Meals included: Breakfast
After breakfast, head off to explore the famous temple complex of Doi Suthep. A short drive along a scenic and winding mountain road brings you to an impressive 300-step Naga-guarded stairway. The rewards justify the ascent to the top, with one of the most beautiful temples in Thailand on display, not to mention the fantastic panoramic views of the city.
You will transfer back to your hotel to relax before starting a private yoga class by a teacher from Freedom Yoga Chiang Mai, which is dedicated to creating good vibes, a relaxed atmosphere and a strong community of people who are interested in exploring happiness, healthiness and personal growth.
In the evening, be ready to celebrate Loy Krathong & Lantern Festival (dates are still TBD for this festival but are expected to be included during your adventure!)
Day 4 / Date: 12 Nov 2019 (Tuesday) Chiang Mai
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
This morning, you will learn about the main ingredients used in Thai cuisine, how they are used and stored and what alternatives you can substitute if you can't get them at home. You are provided with a comprehensive book of recipes and ingredient details. For lunch, sit down and feast on the delicious results of your hard work. Cap off your meal with a tasting of seasonal Thai fruit.
After enjoying the dishes you've just cooked, be ready to join the cycling tour in the streets of Chiang Mai. We journey south, following the Ping River downstream. A visit to a former leper colony, now a rehabilitation center, gives some insight into the activities of the missionaries in days gone by. Cycling over small country roads you will discover the real rural Thailand. We cycle past various fruit orchards and encounter the Thai way of life as we meander around the villages on the outskirts of Chiang Mai. We explore the temple ruins of Wiang Kum Kam, the former capital of Lanna, before cycling back to Chiang Mai.
This evening you’ll enjoy a traditional Khantohk dinner. The term Khantohk comes from many small dishes (khan) served on a small or low table (tohk) that evolved from communal meals with honored guests.
Day 5 / Date: 13 Nov 2019 (Wednesday) Chiang Mai - H’Mong Lodge
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
Board a minivan for the drive north to the H'mong Hilltribe Lodge, set in picturesque hilly countryside. Set in a peaceful valley of a scenic mountain range and surrounded by stunning natural landscapes of jungle with misty mountain views, the H'mong lodge offers a unique and tranquil experience. It's a great escape from the hustle and bustle of busy tourist spots. The rooms are simple and rustic, fitting perfectly with the natural environment. Be sure to pack a warm sweater as the weather will be mild and cool year-round due to the lofty mountain locale. The Hmong are an ethnic minority in Thailand who originated in the south of China. Today they comprise the second largest hilltribe group in Thailand. After a barbeque dinner in the lodge's open-air dining area, the day concludes with a cultural performance by the Hmong people. You'll gain an insight into the traditional lifestyle of the tribe, with a wedding ceremony enactment, shamanic ritual and makong (cotton ball) throwing.
Day 6 / Date: 14 Nov 2019 (Thursday) Hmong Lodge – Lampang - Sukhothai Meals included: Breakfast
Depart the hilltribe village this morning and head on to Lampang. Lampang, also known locally as 'mueang rot ma' meaning Horse Carriage City, is considered by some Thais as the last paradise in Thailand. Here you’ll pay a visit to the Friends of the Asian Elephant Center, the first elephant hospital in the world established to care for sick and abused elephants. They aim to protect and conserve the welfare of elephants both domesticated and wild and preserve the animals' natural habitat and lifestyle. You’ll learn more about this important initiative and become acquainted with some of its resident patients. After spending time with the elephants, bid farewell to your new pachyderm pals and head to Sukhothai.
The first ancient capital of Siam, Sukhothai was established in the 13th century. Located on a fertile plain, Sukhothai means the 'Dawn of Happiness' and is now famous for its World Heritage-listed historic park, which celebrates the Golden Age of Thai civilization.
Upon arrival at the park, head out to the historical ruins of Old Sukhothai, set amid beautiful lakes and gardens. The religious art and architecture of the Sukhothai era are considered to be the most classic of Thai styles, and the Sukhothai Historical Park contains the remains of 21 historic sites, with awe-inspiring Buddha images and four large ponds often filled with stunning lotus flowers in full bloom.
Day 7 / Date: 15 Nov 2019 (Friday) Sukhothai - Kanchanaburi
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Travel south by private minibus to Kanchanaburi. There will be plenty of stops along the way to stretch your legs and you will take a break for lunch in a local restaurant. Located where the confluence of the Khwai Noi and Khwai Yai rivers, Kanchanaburi is home to the infamous 'Bridge on the River Kwai'.
After checking in, you will relax by having a 60 minutes Thai Massage and the rest time at leisure after long journey.
Day 8 / Date: 16 Nov 2019 (Saturday) Kanchanaburi
Meals included: Breakfast
In the morning, set off to visit to Erawan National Park where you can explore the famous seven- level waterfall or simply swim and relax. The falls are considered the most beautiful in the whole country, with glacial blue waters rushing through the forest into bamboo-shaded pools perfect
for a refreshing dip. If you want to make the climb you’ll be rewarded with a stunning view over the jungle below.
Next learn about Hellfire Pass memorial, which was built to honor the Allied POWs and Asian conscripts who died while constructing some of the most difficult stretches of the Thai-Burma Death Railway – the eponymous pass, cut through rock 18 meters deep, got its name from the hellish fires used to light the work at night.
Board the train at Nam Tok Train Station - the end of the original death railway station during the second world war which was constructed by the allied POWs. Take a ride along the historic tracks alongside the Kwai Noi River, passing through Tham Krasae station which is one of the most beautiful panoramic scenes of the Kwai Noi river from the curves of the wooden railway line close to the mountainside. After arriving at Kilen Train Station, transfer back to the hotel.
Day 9 / Date: 17 Nov 2019 (Sunday) Kanchanaburi – Bangkok
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
After breakfast, transfer back to Bangkok and enjoy a relaxing afternoon. Tonight, you will have farewell dinner at restaurant.
Day 10 / Date: 18 Nov 2019 (Monday) Bangkok Departure Day
Meals included: Breakfast
There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.
Cost for Affinity Members:
- Full Trip Cost: $2,518.20
- Non-Refundable Deposit*: $500
- Remaining Balance: $2,018.20
- Single Occupancy Upgrade: $877.50
Cost for Non-Affinity Members:
- Full Trip Cost: $2,798
- Non-Refundable Deposit*: $550
- Remaining Balance: $2248
- Single Occupancy Upgrade: $975
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Things to Know:
We will be having a webinar on March 12, 2019 at 6:30pm MST! You can dial in and watch a short presentation about all of the amazing activities as well as ask all of your burning questions! But, you have to register first!
Can't make it at that time? That's totally cool! Go ahead and register anyways and we'll email you a recording the morning after!
Bold Betties Code of Conduct
- Be Kind
- Be Respectful
- Be Safe
- Be Positive
- Be Inclusive
You never have to worry about coming out to any of our events without knowing someone! Your trip leader will be there to model and maintain our amazing code of conduct! You'll be welcomed with open arms and encouraged to welcome others!
Please do NOT purchase your airfare until this trip is 100% confirmed!
Travel insurance is MANDATORY for this experience. You’ll need a plan covering emergency medical expenses, including emergency repatriation with coverage of at least $200,000 USD. While we don’t sell it directly, we’ll be able to help with this process!
Deposits are non-refundable, with ONE exception. If we do not reach the minimum number of participants required (for this adventure it’s 10), we will refund all payments made and the trip will be canceled entirely.
If cancelled before August 20, 2019: Adventure is 100% refundable, less the $550 deposit.
If cancelled after August 20, 2019 but BEFORE September 20, 2019: Adventure is 50% refundable, less the $550 deposit.
If cancelled after September 20, adventure is non-refundable.
While it is our intention at Bold Betties to adhere to the event as described, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to the nature of Bold Betties events, adventuring and travel can be unpredictable. Our itinerary overview is a general guide regarding the event and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. These changes can be made with regards to safety, attendee capabilities, time constraints, weather and various other reasons. You are solely responsible for arriving to the meeting place on time. In the event of a delay, it is up to you to make alternative arrangements. Any additional costs incurred is your responsibility. Refunds will not be given due to missed connections, canceled flights, weather, or any other delays or unforeseen circumstances. Allow yourself extra time to arrive safely to the meeting place so that everyone leaves on time. Please see the cancellation/refund policy.