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Experience The BEST of Thailand with an Optional Maldives extension! Bangkok, Phuket and Phi Phi Islands

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Join us as we fully embrace Thailand’s culture all in one trip! We begin in Bangkok, where we explore the city at day and night, and indulge in authentic food tours, and engage in visits to floating markets, temples, historic sites, and China Town. We even get to cruise down the Chao Phraya River aboard a river cruiser! Our trip then takes flight to PHUKET! In Phuket, you can either take advantage of a leisure day, or if you are feeling adventurous, join us on an optional sea cave exploration inside Phang Nga Bay’s marine geology, – including the caves and hidden lagoons John Gray found in 1989. The next day, we board the speedboat to the Phi Phi Islands! Get your cameras ready because you are about to be blown away by natural scenic beauty with silver sand beaches fringed with palm trees, towering limestone cliffs and marine life. We take relaxing and/or swimming stops to Maya Bay, Pileh Lagoon, Viking Cave, Monkey Rock, and Bamboo Island. Don’t just hear about it, experience the beauty of Thailand for yourself, as this will no doubt be an all-in-one experience of a lifetime! Well, what are you waiting for? Don’t Wait, TRAVEL with us to Bangkok, Phuket and the Phi Phi Islands of THAILAND!

Fly with us on a one-way ticket from Phuket to Male, Maldives June 17-20, 2024. This land only extension will include the over the water bungalow and the beachfront villa lodging options. Some rooms sleep up to 4 guests. Spaces are limited. Prices will be available soon. You are able to add this option separately. If you are traveling with us to the Maldives, we recommend the following international flight option: Your home city to Bangkok, Phuket to Male, and Male to your home city. Tickets from Phuket to Maldives are VERY CHEAP if you book in advance. This purchase is nonrefundable. 

Prices will increase if $400 is not paid towards the trip by June 1, 2023.

Age Requirement

18 and above

Itinerary

(B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner


DAY 01:  ARRIVE AT BANGKOK (D)

Transfer to the hotel. Check in time: 2pm and after. Early check in is not included.

This evening, the group will enjoy a meet and greet Welcome Dinner at a local Thai Restaurant.

Overnight in Bangkok at the Novotel Ploenchit Sukhumvit Hotel


DAY 02:  BANGKOK (B/D)

After breakfast, take a half-day City and Temples Tour. You will visit the famous Grand Palace. The palace was the former residence of the Thai kings. There are several things here to admire, including the Reception Hall, the Coronation Hall, the Funeral Hall, and the beautiful Temple of the Emerald Buddha, also known as "Wat Phra Kaew". Later, you will proceed to Wat Po, home of the enormous Reclining Buddha and one of the oldest and largest temples in Bangkok. Please note that modest dress is expected on this tour. Return to the hotel after the tour and the afternoon is at leisure.

This evening you will experience Bangkok's Tuk Tuk Urban Odyssey Tour. Zip along in a private tuk tuk through the historic streets of Old Bangkok, "Rattanakosin" as we visit authentic food stops and historic landmarks in the hustle and bustle of the city. Catch the flares of charcoal stoves and delicious dishes interwoven with visits to historic communities and temples in the cool evening air.  You will stop at China Town for a walk along the narrow streets filled with vendors and food- stalls. Taste various dishes and hear interesting stories about the food, history, culture and religion of Chinatown before returning to your hotel. You will be left with a belly full of delicious food and a head full of intimate knowledge of the city. Return to the hotel after the tour. Overnight in Bangkok at the Novotel Ploenchit Sukhumvit Hotel. 


DAY 03:  BANGKOK (B/L) 

     After breakfast, depart the hotel for Ayutthaya, the ancient Siamese capital. Today, Ayutthaya hosts some of Thailand’s most important historical landmarks and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage.   The magnitude and number of ancient temple ruins speak of the former greatness of the city. You will visit some of the most interesting temples with Wat Mahathat Temple and nearby Bang-Pa In. The Bang-Pa-In Summer Palace of King Rama V consists of buildings in Gothic, Renaissance, Chinese and Thai architecture.   

Cruise back to Bangkok along the Chao Phraya River, aboard a river cruiser. En-route you can observe the scenic river life as you enjoy a sumptuous buffet lunch. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon and the remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Bangkok at the Novotel Ploenchit Sukhumvit Hotel.


DAY 04: BANGKOK (B)

After breakfast, depart the hotel to visit the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and discover the way Bangkok used to be. You will travel approximately 100 km outside of Bangkok to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market with its many colors, flavors and exotic fragrances. On arrival at the Market, start with a scenic ride on a narrow longtail - speedboat, passing riverside villages and fruit plantations, before entering the vibrant market. There will be many photo opportunities along the way and on the colorful market on the water. Return to Bangkok in the afternoon and the remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Bangkok at the Novotel Ploenchit Sukhumvit Hotel (4 star) (Superior Room)


DAY 05:  BANGKOK - PHUKET (BY FLIGHT) (B) WEAR YOUR GROUP T-SHIRT TODAY 

     After breakfast, the morning is at leisure until it is time to check out from the hotel.

Transfer to the airport for the flight to Phuket. On arrival, transfer to the hotel and the remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Phuket at the Novotel Phuket Patong Resort


DAY 6:  PHUKET (B)

     After breakfast, the day is at leisure, or take the following optional tour. Enjoy an afternoon of sea cave exploring inside Phang Nga Bay’s marine geology, – including the caves and hidden lagoons John Gray found in 1989. Great nature and wildlife surround you. Don’t eat lunch – we serve you on board of our comfortable support boat. After lunch, briefing and a raptor show, a professional guide paddles you through Phang Nga Bay’s “Tidal Nape Sea Caves” in our custom designed kayaks hand-made in Oregon by SOTAR, the World’s premier white water raft manufacturer. The unique experience is dramatic, but Caveman’s SOTAR custom kayaks are specially designed for your trip. After a detailed briefing, your professional guide paddles you and your partner through “Tidal Nape” Sea Caves literally inside Phang Nga Bay’s marine limestone karstic islands into “Hongs“(Thai for “Room”). The hidden cliff-lined lagoons are populated with macaques, water monitors, kingfishers, mudskippers, egrets, Sea Eagles and Brahminy Kites.

We finish after dark by floating your own self-made flower “Kratong” in a spiritual and spectacular Natural light show. Eating our delicious seafood-vegan buffet on the trip back, you return to the pier two hours after sunset.  

What to bring: towel, bathing clothes, dry & warm clothes for the way back, sunglasses, sun cream, good weather and a camera or smart phone (we do provide dry-bags)  Return to the hotel after the tour. Overnight in Phuket at the Novotel Phuket Patong Resort

THE FEE FOR THIS OPTIONAL TOUR IS $275 PER PERSON. PAYMENT DEADLINE IS MARCH 1, 2024 (INCLUDES LUNCH AND DINNER)


DAY 07: PHUKET (B/L/D) Today, take a Full Day Tour to the Phi Phi Islands  

     Early this morning you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the Pier, where you will enjoy a delicious breakfast with sandwiches, fruit juice, tea and coffee. Then board the speedboat to the Phi Phi Islands. Phi Phi island, located just 48 km East of Phuket, is renowned worldwide for its natural scenic beauty with silver sand beaches fringed with palm trees, towering limestone cliffs and marine life. As you head towards Phi Phi Leh, look at the beautiful scenery and the astonishing beauty of steep stone cliffs and the curved bay created by nature. Arrive at Maya Bay - the mysterious crescent moon-shaped clear white sand beach hidden in the huge limestone mountains, full of baby sharks. Enjoy swimming at Pileh Lagoon with its emerald green water surrounded by limestone mountains.  Visit Viking Cave with the swallows nests and enjoy snorkeling in the coral reef. Visit Monkey Rock where you can see real wild monkeys in the jungle. Enjoy a Thai Seafood buffet Lunch at a local restaurant.

After lunch, explore "Bamboo Island" - a flat beautiful island with white sand and very clear water. Relax on the beach or spend your time swimming and snorkeling. There is also a nice coral reef near the beach. Later this afternoon, return to the Pier in Phuket and transfer back to your hotel. This evening, the group will enjoy a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Phuket at the Novotel Phuket Patong Resort 


DAY 08: PHUKET – BANGKOK (BY FLIGHT); DEPART BANGKOK (B)

     After breakfast, transfer to Phuket airport for the flight to Bangkok. If you are extending your trip to the Maldives, then you will purchase a one-way ticket from Phuket to Male. Check out time: 11am. Late check out is not included. On arrival in Bangkok, connect to your international flight departing Thailand. You can book your international flight to leave from Phuket or Bangkok. If you leave from Bangkok, we prefer that you book a late evening flight as we will book a mid-morning or early afternoon flight from Phuket back to Thailand.

Cancellation policy:

The deposit, taxes and fees are nonrefundable. 

If cancellation is made by September 1, 2023, the traveler is entitled to 50% refund minus the initial deposit, and taxes and fees. 

No refund will be granted after September 1, 2023. Traveler is required to purchase travel insurance. 

Flexible payment plans are available.

Double occupancy price is per person. If you already have a roommate, please provide us with the person's name by sending an email to [email protected]

 

If we cannot find you a roommate by March 1, 2024, then you will be charged the single occupancy rate and have until March 10, 2024 to pay the difference. 


Inclusions

Domestic Airfare in Thailand: Bangkok – Phuket – Bangkok, including taxes

Hotel accommodation as per itinerary based on twin/double occupancy

Meet & Greet on arrival by our local representative

Airport transfers

Breakfast daily

Other meals (if any) as indicated in the itinerary

Sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary including entrance fees and English-speaking guide

Transportation in a modern, air-conditioned vehicle with experienced driver

All local / government taxes based on current rates

Group t-shirt and travel gift


Exclusions

International airfare, departure taxes, fuel surcharges

Seat Selection

Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, mini-bar etc

Optional Tours

Maldives luxury extension

Meals not specified as included; beverages, bottled water

Hotel Porterage

Tips & Gratuities

Early check-in & Late check out of rooms (standard check-in time is 2pm and check out 11am)

Travel / Medical Insurance

Visa / Passport related fees

Any costs related to Covid-19 PCR Tests prior to departure, in destination, or upon return to the USA

Excess baggage fees

Any unforeseen increase in local / government taxes

Any other items not specified as being included


Trip Start Date

June 10, 2024
June 16, 2024

Experience The BEST of Thailand with an Optional Maldives extension! Bangkok, Phuket and Phi Phi Islands

Booking Policy and Terms

Terms & Conditions

We are Don't Wait, TRAVEL! and are excited to help you with your travel. The following terms & conditions (the "Agreement") describe what you can expect from us. The terms "we", "us", and "our" refer to Don't Wait, TRAVEL! and the terms "you, I" refers to the individual who signs this agreement.

I authorize Don't Wait, TRAVEL! to charge the credit card or bank account indicated on the invoice for the noted amount on said trip. This payment is for the services described on the invoice. I understand that returns, refunds, and cancellations will not be honored as the trip is nonrefundable.

I certify that I am an authorized user of this credit card and that I will not dispute the payment with my credit card company, so long as the transaction corresponds to the terms indicated on this invoice. By booking, you are agreeing to the terms of this trip, and are authorizing Don't Wait, TRAVEL! to charge my credit card.

I also acknowledge that I have read all terms and guidelines of said trip on www.dontwaittravel22.com.

I, being 21 years of age or older, do for myself, do hereby release, forever discharge and agree to hold harmless Don't Wait, TRAVEL! for my participation in various activities during my trip. I also understand that Don't Wait, TRAVEL! group trips are coed trips for black individuals. 

I also release Don't Wait, TRAVEL! from any and all liability, claims or demands for personal injury, sickness or death, as well as property damages and expenses, of any nature whatsoever which may be incurred by the undersigned that may occur while I partake in the above-described trip and activity.

Furthermore, I hereby assume all risks of personal injury, sickness, death, loss, damage, and expense as a result of participation in any and all recreation and leisure activities involved therein.

Furthermore, I hereby provide authorization and permission to Don't Wait, TRAVEL! to service my transportation, food, and lodging. I have alerted Don't Wait, TRAVEL!  of any allergies or special needs that I have.

The undersigned further hereby agrees to hold harmless and indemnify Don't Wait, TRAVEL!; its member, for any liability sustained by said travel organizers as the result, of negligent, willful or intentional acts on my part, including expenses incurred thereto.

The undersigned further hereby agrees that I am in good health condition to travel and participate in various activities. I hereby authorize medical treatment, including but not limited to emergency surgery or medical treatment, and I assume the responsibility of all medical bills if any.

Furthermore, should it become necessary for me to return home due to medical reasons, disciplinary action or otherwise, I hereby assume all transportation costs and understand that there are no refunds for the same.

Furthermore, I understand that obtaining a travel insurance is STRONGLY ADVISED, if something were to happen to me, I will not hold Don't Wait, TRAVEL! or third party vendors responsible.

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Don't Wait, TRAVEL! reserves the right to modify itineraries, including pricing, arranged sightseeing, and substitute accommodations, including transportation, at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or circumstances beyond our control. Every effort will be made to operate itineraries as planned, but alterations may occur after the final itinerary has been issued.

CANCELLATION POLICY

Cancellation by the Client

Any cancellation of a booking by a Client must be delivered to Don't Wait, TRAVEL! in writing and be acknowledged by Don't Wait, TRAVEL! in writing. U.S. regulations allow you 24 hours to cancel your booking for a full refund. After 24 hours, trips are NON-REFUNDABLE and NON-TRANSFERABLE between trips.

  1. Don't Wait, TRAVEL! is not responsible for any incidental expenses or consequential losses that the Client may have incurred as a result of the canceled booking such as visas, vaccinations, non-refundable flights or rail, non-refundable car parking or other fees, loss of earnings, or loss of enjoyment, etc.
  2. For Travel with Don't Wait, TRAVEL!, it is highly recommended for all clients to purchase full coverage travel insurance. Travel insurance policy coverage purchased should be comprehensive cancel for any reason insurance.
  3. Cancellation of a Tour By Don't Wait, TRAVEL!
    1. Don't Wait, TRAVEL! will not cancel a booking on any tour Trip once confirmed, in accordance with these Terms, except for reasons of ‘Force Majeure’, which will be defined as unusual or unforeseen circumstances outside of the reasonable control of Don't Wait, TRAVEL!
    2. When a tour is canceled by Don't Wait, TRAVEL! before the agreed date of departure for reasons not arising from the fault or negligence of or within the reasonable control of the Client, the Client will have the choice of:

(1.) Accepting from Don't Wait, TRAVEL! a substitute tour Trip of equivalent or superior value, where such substitute is reasonably available; 

(2.) Accepting from Don't Wait, TRAVEL! a substitute tour of lower value if no tour of equivalent or superior value is reasonably available, and to recover from Don't Wait, TRAVEL! the difference in price; or

(3.) Accept from Don't Wait, TRAVEL! a full refund of all monies paid for the canceled tour Trip(s).

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  1. Don't Wait, TRAVEL! may change the rate payable for the trip, or may treat the booking of such trip as canceled and will keep the amount paid on booking as a cancellation fee, at Don't Wait, TRAVEL! sole discretion. If a trip is booked less than 30 days before the departure date, then the full amount is payable at the time of booking in order for the booking to be confirmed. If for any Trip, payment terms differ from those outlined in this section, the applicable terms will be communicated to the Client prior to booking and will also be detailed on the applicable invoice.
  2. Late Payment: Failure to make a payment on time is a breach of contract and will result in the cancellation of your trip unless Don't Wait, TRAVEL! receives an email asking for an extension. Don't Wait, TRAVEL! maintains the right to assign your spot to the next eligible client on the waitlist. 
  3. Client Details: As a condition to valid confirmation of any booking with Don't Wait, TRAVEL! the client must provide all necessary information as requested by Don't Wait, TRAVEL! along with their final payment. If the client fails to provide such information prior to the final payment due date of said trip, an Administrative Fee will be charged to the client, and Don't Wait, TRAVEL! reserves the right to treat such booking as canceled and levy any cancellation fees deemed reasonable by Don't Wait, TRAVEL!, in its sole discretion. The information required from each client will vary by trip, and the requirements will be communicated to the clients during the booking process.
  4. Credit Card Charges: Don't Wait, TRAVEL! is not responsible for any charges taxed or charged by third parties and/or financial institutions and payable by the Client as a result of credit card or other payment transactions in connection with the purchase of trips and will not refund or return any fees charged by such third parties in connection with payments made by clients to Don't Wait, TRAVEL!

AUTHORITY ON TRIP & CLIENT RESPONSIBILITY

  1. At all times the decision of the Don't Wait, TRAVEL! representative will be final on all matters regarding safety and the well-being of clients and operational requirements of the trip. By traveling with Don't Wait, TRAVEL!, the client agrees to abide by the authority of the representative. The client must always strictly comply with all applicable laws and regulations of all countries and regions visited on the applicable trip. If the client is affected by any condition, medical or otherwise, that might affect client’s ability to travel or participate in adventure travel activities, the client must advise Don't Wait, TRAVEL! at the time of booking along with any documents reasonably requested by Don't Wait, TRAVEL! to ensure the health and safety of all Clients who travel with Don't Wait, TRAVEL!
  2. Should the Client fail to comply with the above or commit any illegal act when on the trip or, if in the opinion representative (in his/her and/or Don't Wait, TRAVEL! sole discretion), the client’s behavior is causing or is likely to cause danger, distress or drastic annoyance to others, Don't Wait, TRAVEL! may terminate that client’s travel arrangements on any trip immediately without any liability on Don't Wait, TRAVEL!s’ part and the client will not be entitled to any refund for unused or missed services or costs incurred resulting from the termination of the travel arrangements, including, without limitation, return travel, accommodations, meals, and/or incidentals.
  3. Clients agree that they are responsible for any costs incurred by Don't Wait, TRAVEL!, Don't Wait, TRAVEL! suppliers or Don't Wait, TRAVEL! partners, as a result of damage, destruction, theft, or excess cleaning fees related to Client’s accommodation, transport, or other use of facilities while on the trip. Clients agree to immediately report any pre-existing damage of this kind to the staff of the accommodation, transportation service, or facility and/or an Don't Wait, TRAVEL!’ representative as soon as possible upon detection.
  4. Client agrees to take all judicious measures in relation to their own safety while on any Don't Wait, TRAVEL! trip, including, but not limited to, the proper use of safety devices such as seatbelts, harnesses, and helmets, and obey all posted signs and warnings in relation to client’s health and safety. Don't Wait, TRAVEL! will not be liable for any failure on the client’s part to comply with this paragraph.

COVID-19 LIABILITY WAIVER 

I acknowledge the contagious nature of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 and that the CDC and many other public health authorities still recommend practicing social distancing.
I further acknowledge that Don't Wait, TRAVEL! has put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus/COVID-19.
I further acknowledge that Don't Wait, TRAVEL! can not guarantee that I will not become infected with the Coronavirus/Covid-19. I understand that the risk of becoming exposed to and/or infected by the Coronavirus/COVID-19 may result from the actions, omissions, or negligence of myself and others, including, but not limited to, other travelers in the group.
I voluntarily seek to travel with Don't Wait, TRAVEL! and acknowledge that I am increasing my risk of exposure to the Coronavirus/COVID-19. I acknowledge that I must comply with all set procedures to reduce the spread while attending my appointment.

  1. I attest that:
    * I am not experiencing any symptoms of illness such as cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell.
    * I have not traveled internationally within the last 14 days.
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    * I do not believe I have been exposed to someone with a suspected and/or confirmed case of the Coronavirus/COVID-19.
    * I have not been diagnosed with Coronavirus/Covid-19 and not yet cleared as noncontagious by state or local public health authorities.
    * I am following all CDC recommended guidelines as much as possible and limiting my exposure to the Coronavirus/COVID-19.

I hereby release and agree to hold Don't Wait, TRAVEL! harmless from and waive on behalf of myself, my heirs, and any personal representatives any and all causes of action, claims, demands, damages, costs, expenses, and compensation for damage or loss to myself and/or property that may be caused by any act, or failure to act of the staff, or that may otherwise arise in any way in connection with any services received from Don't Wait, TRAVEL!. I understand that this release discharges Don't Wait, TRAVEL! from any liability or claim that I, my heirs, or any personal representatives may have against the company with respect to any bodily injury, illness, death, medical treatment, or property damage that may arise from, or in connection to, any services received from Don't Wait, TRAVEL!. This liability waiver and release extends to the company together with all owners, partners, and employees.

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