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Asian Bliss Wellness & Escape Trip to Thailand - June 2018 NEW

Price A$5,749


Destination

Hua HinSamuiKamalaya


Category
Group Tours

Duration
12 days 11 nights
Tour Details

A$5,749 plus international airfares

When life gets a little too busy, there’s nothing better than escaping from it all for some much-needed rest, relaxation and healing. 

And where better to escape than to the home of meditation itself, Thailand?

Our 12-day relaxing wellness and ‘chill out’ holiday is dedicated to solo travellers and mixes some spectacular sightseeing in the towns of Hua Hin and Koh Samui, with 4 days at Thailand’s award-winning Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa resort ‘Kamalaya Koh Samui’.

The Sanctuary offers a range of therapies drawn from diverse Asian traditions as well as a variety of holistic activities to de-stress, detoxify and replenish the body as well as the mind. 

From your initial wellness consultation, you’ll embark on a program designed just for you, with a choice from a variety of treatments and practices, including massage, meditation, reiki and yoga. Combined with the complimentary use of the Sanctuary’s excellent facilities - steam cavern, swimming pool, fitness centre and plunge pool, you’ll return home rejuvenated, relaxed and renewed. 

So if you’re looking to recover your balance and replenish your spirit, join us on this 12 day escape to Thailand. 

It could be exactly what you need. 

Day 3: Hua Hin - Half Day Highlights and Vineyard

On day 3 we escape the hustle and bustle of Hua Hin town centre and spend the afternoon exploring the surrounding countryside. Our first stop is ‘Khao Takiab’ or ‘Monkey Mountain’ as its known, to meet the furry residents. A stop at a Buddha statue offers some spectacular views across the Hua Hin coastline, before we head back down the hill and on to one of the area’s newest tourist attractions, ‘Sam Phan Nam Floating Market’ for some bargaining on the water. 

On our way to the Hua Hin Hills Valley Vineyard we stop to check out the excellent ‘Wat Huay Mongkol’, home to the world’s largest statue of Luang Phor Thuad, a legendary Thai monk revered for his enlightenment and ability to perform miracles! After an afternoon packed with sightseeing, it’s time to relax and reflect with some wine tasting set against the fantastic backdrop of the rolling green mountains of Hua Hin. 

Accommodation: Putahracsa Boutique Hotel (5 Star) - Silksand Room 

Meals : Breakfast
Day 1: Bangkok - Hua Hin - Welcome Dinner at Hotel

You’ll be met at Bangkok airport and transferred to Hua Hin, where you’ll settle into your 5 star beach-side home for the next 5 nights, before our welcome dinner tonight. 

Accommodation: Putahracsa Boutique Hotel (5 Star) - Silksand Room 

Meals : Dinner
Day 2: Hua Hin - Full Day Hua Hin Sea Cruise Explorer

Today we get to explore the incredible Sam Roi Yot National Park in best way possible - by sea! This popular sea cruise takes us through the pristine waters of the protected bay, to some of the park’s most iconic landmarks. After being picked up at our hotel, we start with a visit to Dolphin Bay, where grey and pink dolphins swim through the crystal blue waters. Next we head to Monkey Island for the chance to see macaque monkeys up close and personal! Finally we return to the boat to enjoy a delicious seafood buffet as we soak up the sun and sea breeze on our leisurely return cruise. 

Accommodation: Putahracsa Boutique Hotel (5 Star) - Silksand Room 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4: Hua Hin Free day

Today is all yours to relax and explore this delightful city. Visit the lively markets, enjoy the tasty street eats on offer and take in the cosmopolitan ambience of your vibrant surroundings. 

Accommodation: Putahracsa Boutique Hotel (5 Star) - Silksand Room 

Meals : Breakfast
Day 12: Leave Samui

After a morning enjoying the beautiful beach of Samui we transfer to Koh Samui Airport for flights home or onto further adventures! Ask us if you need some suggestions. 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5: Hua Hin - Bangkok - Fly to Samui

Today we fly from Bangkok Airport to Samui. Once we arrive, the day is all yours to explore! 

Accommodation: Rocky’s Boutique Resort (Deluxe Garden View Room) 

Meals : Breakfast
Day 6: Koh Samui - Cruise by Red Baron

Day 6 is a real gem as we get to discover the real highlights of Koh Samui while enjoying all the luxuries of a cruise in this full day on and around the famed tropical Thai island. Check out two of the finest beaches about, Chaweng and Lamai, with their palm tree-fringed shorelines, fine golden sands and abundance of beachside restaurants and bars. 

Back on the boat, we continue to circumnavigating the island, passing by pristine beaches at Choeng Mon, Taling Ngam and Lipa Noi, while discovering all-but deserted shorelines and delightful rocky coves. We also head away from Samui, to explore a number of other virgin islands, including the Famous Five Island, ‘Koh Tan’. We’ll enjoy a fabulous lunch on board as well as some snorkelling! 

There’s no better way to enjoy the return journey than by laying back, sipping a cocktail and reflecting on a truly memorable day. 

Accommodation: Rocky’s Boutique Resort (Deluxe Garden View Room) 

Meals : Breakfast
Day 7: Samui to Kamalaya - Asian Bliss Program

After breakfast, we’ll transfer to Kalamaya to begin our ‘Asian Bliss’ Program. 

Accommodation: Kamalaya (Hillside) 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Days 8 - 11: Kamalaya - Asian Bliss Program

Today we head to the tropical Southern Thai island of Koh Samui to start our wellness program - ‘Asian Bliss’ at the award-winning Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa resort ‘Kamalaya Koh Samui’. Immerse yourself in a rare, life enhancing journey into the holistic healing traditions of Asia. The program is a powerful introduction to ancient healing designed to promote bliss, renewal, joy and vitality, as well as helping to relieve stress. Asian Bliss introduces vital energy practices that can support a more balanced approach to life. Over the next 4 days you’ll get the chance to take full advantage of the Sanctuary’s dedicated approach to holistic healing and rejuvenation with a range of techniques that combine Ayurveda, traditional Chinese Medicine and traditional Thai therapies with exercises and practices from diverse Asian traditions. 

Asian Bliss Program Includes: 

3 x Kamalaya cuisine meals per day. 

1 x wellness consultation. 

1 x follow-up wellness consultation. 

1 x Body Bio-impedance analysis. 

1 x 90 mins traditional Thai massage with herbal compress. 

1 x 60 mins traditional Indian head massage. 

1 x 45 mins traditional Asian hand massage. 

1 x 60 mins Royal Ayurvedic Massage. 

2 x 30 mins Chi Nei Tsang. 

Use of steam cavern, swimming pool, plunge pools and Shakti fitness centre. 

Complimentary attendance to scheduled daily holistic fitness activities. 

1 x wellness gift pack. 

1 x 90 mins traditional asian foot massage with warm herbal foot bath. 

2 x 60 mins personal meditation OR personal Pranayama OR Reiki OR personal Yoga session. 

Accommodation: Kamalaya (Hillside) 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Putahracsa Boutique Hotel (5 Star) - Silksand Room

Set along a sandy beach, this upmarket hotel features terraces or balconies with pool views. The polished rooms have free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, as well as mini fridges and Nespresso machines. A complimentary breakfast buffet is served in a casual restaurant. There's also a patisserie, a beach bar, and chic dining. Other amenities include 3 pools and a spa. Yoga and cooking classes are offered.

Rocky’s Boutique Resort (Deluxe Garden View Room) 

This chic property overlooks breathtaking views of the Gulf of Thailand. A short stroll to downtown Lamai, the resort features rooms and villas with a distinct character and has recreational facilities such as a game room and two swimming pools, one on the beachfront and the other in the garden. There's a great bistro/restaurant on site where guests can enjoy some fantastic dishes. Well-kept accommodation and excellent facilities!

Kamalaya (Hillside) 

Built on the site of a Buddhist’s monk cave and nestled within Koh Samui's surrounding landscape, the vibe at this resort is very serene and the tropical hillside setting immediately reconnects you with nature. Natural materials create a fusion between indoor and outdoor spaces, and there's an array of stunning features, including exotic outdoor showers, Asian textiles, and carefully selected art pieces and antiques. The open-air, hill-top treatment rooms are the perfect venue for you to enjoy the various services on offer. The gentle breeze combined with the setting sun will ensure a good night's sleep. Two onsite restaurants offer fresh healthy food, from the plentiful breakfast buffet to lunch by the pool and plenty of choice for dinner. Rooms are cosy retreats, nestled amidst magnificent boulders and trees, simply designed with natural furnishings. All rooms are just minutes away from the hilltop Yoga Pavilion and Yantra Hall. Rooms feature air-conditioning, CD & stereo system, refrigerator and Yoga Mats.

Weather

Thailand is largely tropical, so it's hot and humid all year round with temperatures in the 28-35°C range (82-95°F).

There are three main seasons:

Cool: From November to the end of February, it doesn't rain much and temperatures are at their lowest, although you will barely notice the difference in the south and will only need to pack a sweater if hiking in the northern mountains, where temperatures can fall as low as 5°C. This is the most popular time to visit.

Hot: From March to June, temperatures as high as 40°C (104°F).

Rainy: From July to October, although it only really gets under way in September, tropical monsoons hit most of the country. This doesn't mean it rains non-stop, but when it does it pours and flooding is not uncommon.

There are local deviations to these general patterns. In particular, the south-east coast of Thailand (including Ko Samui) has the rains reversed, with the peak season being May-October and the rainy off season in November-February.

Money

The currency of Thailand is the baht (THB, ฿), written in Thai as บาท or บ. There are six coins and six notes:

  • 25 and 50 satang (100th of a baht, copper or gold colour) coins - nearly worthless and only readily accepted (and handed out) by buses, supermarkets, and 7-11s
  • 1, 5 (silver colour), 2 (gold) and 10 baht (silver/gold) coins
  • 20 (green), 50 (blue), 100 (red), 500 (purple) and 1000 (light gray/brown) baht notes.

The most useful bills tend to be 20s and 100s, as many small shops and stalls don't carry much change, and prefer "small money". Taxi drivers also like to pull the "no change" trick; if caught, hop into the nearest convenience store and make a small purchase. Beware of 1000-baht notes, as counterfeits are not uncommon: feel the embossing, look for the watermark and tilt to see color-changing ink [11] to make sure the note is real.

ATMs can be found in all cities and large towns, and international withdrawals are not a problem. When using a debit card, an ATM will typically provide a much better exchange rate than a money exchange counter, and this is especially the case if you have a card that does not charge a transaction fee for overseas withdrawals. ATMs are available at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport (BKK) after collecting your bag and clearing customs, and while it is advisable to arrive with a small amount of baht if possible, you may obtain cash from an ATM after landing as well. Since early 2009, there is a minimum 150 baht surcharge for use of foreign ATM cards in all banks. Yellow Ayudhya (Krungsri) ATM's should be avoided. Not only do they charge 150 THB surcharge, the exchange rate can be poor.

Some remote areas (including smaller islands) don't have banks or ATMs, so cash or traveller's checks are essential (traveller's checks are only useful at bank branches and larger hotels). Many hotels and guest houses will change money for guests, but hefty commissions and poor rates may apply. US dollars in small bills (1s, 5s, and 20s) are useful for onward travel to Laos and Cambodia, but are only useful in Thailand for exceptional purchases (eg paying visa fees for Cambodia).

Credit cards are widely accepted in the tourist industry, at larger tourist-oriented restaurants, shopping malls and grocery stores, and shops catering to tourists, but most local stores do not accept them. Fraud can happen, so use them sparingly and tell your bank in advance, so your card doesn't get locked down because you are using it. Some businesses add a surcharge (usually 2-3%) if you're paying by credit card; in this case, it can turn out cheaper to pay them in cash.

Electricity

Thailand uses 220V AC electricity. Power outlets most commonly feature two-prong round or flat sockets.

Visas

Visitors from Australia do not require a visa for stay up to 30 days.

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Tour Inclusions: 

  • Transport as described in the itinerary (fully insured vehicle with air conditioning and professional driver). 
  • 11 nights quality hotel accommodation in your own room — always! 
  • English speaking tour guides as per itinerary. 
  • One way flight from Bangkok to Koh Samui 
  • Two’s a Crowd tour host from Australia. 
  • Entrance fees to the attractions as per itinerary. We include general admission tickets (there might be some optional paying zones inside some of the attractions, not included). 
  • All the transfers hotel/airport are with tour guide assistance. 
  • Meals as per itinerary: 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners. 
  • Unlimited bottles of water in the coach. 
  • Service charge and current government VAT tax. 
  • Comprehensive Travel Insurance underwritten by CHI Travel Insurance (Underwritten by Allianz) or QBE. An additional premium may be payable if over 69 years, have an existing medical condition or wish to extend your travel dates. Refer to the CHI or QBE PDS for more information on policy terms and conditions. 

 

Tour Exclusions: 

  • Flights as program (Economy Class). 
  • Please make sure you have 6 months passport validity. 
  • Early/late check in/out service at hotels (surcharge if request). 
  • Tips and gratuities.
  • Services and meals if not mentioned in the itinerary.

Deposit and final payments are not refundable. Please see our Terms & Conditions on our website for more information.

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