15 DAYS IN THAILAND
March 1st - March 19th
7 nights: Chiang Mai | 3 nights: Krabi | 5 nights: Koh Tao | 1 night: Bangkok
Flight to Chiang Mai
03.02.23 ANA (NH806) 7:10am [BKK] → 3:05pm [NRT] United (UA838) 4:45pm [NRT] → 10:10am [SFO] United (UA5457) 4:24pm [SFO] → 5:27 [RNO]
March 3rd - 10th
Check-In: Friday, March 3rd
Check-Out: Friday, March 10th
Authentic Thai Cooking Class on Organic Farm
Date: Tuesday, March 7th
Time: 3:30pm - 8:00pm
Soup: Tom Kha
Stir-fried: Pad Thai
Curry: Pa-naeng Curry
Dessert: Mango Sticky Rice
At Grandma’s Home Cooking School, we do not only teach you how to cook traditional Thai dishes but also culturally give you some tricks so you can adapt, find substitute ingredients in your own country, cook by yourself, and spend time cooking with your beloved family.
After picking you up from the hotel, we will spice up your morning with a small journey to a local Thai fresh market. There, you will experience the actual culture and vibe of the people in the community. It might seem a bit chaotic from the outside view but, after spending some time there, you’ll feel a warm-hearted welcoming without being noticed.
Also we will give a closer look at the local varieties of Thai seasoning, sauce, and paste for our menu. At this point, you’ll learn how and what they are made of.
In Northern Thai, the people are family-oriented, therefore, we don’t just go out, do the shopping, cook, and eat. We spend and enjoy quality time together with the family and that is how we learn our traditional cooking process from generations for centuries.
At the school, the first thing we’ll do is to explore our farm. We have a mushroom house, chicken barn, and vegetable garden. They are all 100% organic. There you will learn how to choose the vegetables before we roll.
Our school is 100% eco-friendly and sustainable. Join us and experience grandma’s love at Grandma’s Home Cooking School
Pick-Up: Astra Condo Lobby
Enjoy cooking 4 dishes of Thai famous food and dessert. We will teach you to make curry paste from scratch - Vegetarian and Halal option available - Gluten free applicable
You can choose between butterfly pea flower tea and Thai tea to be served during the class. Alcohol drinks available to purchase - Welcome drink (Lemon glass tea)
Date: Sunday, March 5th
Time: 4:30pm - 7:00pm
Srimantra Magic Touch Package
Reflexology, Aromatherapy Oil & Head Massage
Srimantra Lanna Wisdom Package
Herbal Steam, Lanna Thai Massage and Herbal Hot Compress
The idea for this package comes from the wisdom of Lanna. The first step is a herbal steam bath, which can effectively promote blood circulation, slow down muscle stiffness and reduce joint pain. Followed by a Thai Lanna massage, this massage focuses on the physical condition of the body with specific stretching and bending. What’s more, the pace of the massage will be as slow as the lifestyle of the Lanna people. After the massage is finished, the body will be pressed moderate so that the body’s temperature will increase, making the expansion of the capillaries, herbal medicine through the skin into the body is absorbed. This can clear the joints, reduce muscle spasms, reduce pain, reduce muscle inflammation caused by edema and improve blood circulation effectively.
Elephant Highlands Trek
Elephant Nature Park
Date: Monday, March 6th
Time: 8:00am - 6:00pm
Elephant project and safety video on the drive to the project
Arrivals (approx 90 minutes drive and Elephant Introductions
Greeting and Elephant feeding
Walking with Elephants
Lunch Time Afternoon Activities
Mountain Walk with elephants
Preparing rice ball treats for the elephants
Feed the hungry herd
Transfer and return to Chiang Mai city
What To Bring
What to Bring: Hat, Sunscreen, Sandals/Flip Flops, Change of clothing as you may get muddy or wet, Shoes for walking, Camera, Bug Repellent, Refillable Water Bottle. This project can be very muddy and a change of clothing and footwear is essential.
Aromdii Thai Cooking Class & Market Tour
Date: Tuesday, March 7th
Time: 3:30pm - 8:00pm
Appetizer: Fresh Spring Roll
Soup: Coconut Chicken
Stir Fried: Pad See Ew
Curry: Red Curry
Dessert: Mango Sticky Rice
Pick-Up: Shangri-La lobby
Market tour (approx 15-20 minutes)
- Show you about Thai veggies, spices and herbs
- Walk around, take photo or buy some spice back home
Cooking School (approx. 4.30 hours)
- Class will be started from stir fried
- Soup & Appetizer
- Dessert & Curry (Making curry paste from scratch)
- Welcome snack & Seasonal fruits
- Bottle water
- Handmade recipe (PDF File)
- Transportation within 3 kms. from Kom Market
Flight to Krabi
Bangkok Airways (PG 246) 12:40pm [CNX] → 2:35pm [KBV]
March 10th - 13th
Bhu Nga Thani Resort
Check-In: March 10th
Check-Out: March 13th
Deluxe Grand Room
Add a little indulgence to your stay at the romantic Deluxe Grand featuring a beautiful private bathing room with an oversized sunken bathtub and waterfall. Ideal for honeymooners, these 64 sq m rooms are available with a king-size bed only and the enticing tub is made of shiny terrazzo. The bathroom also features a separate rain shower, a full range of bath products and a large dressing area. These ground floor rooms have a spacious balcony and convenient access to the resort gardens and facilities.
James Bond & Hong Islands Boat Tour
Krabi V.I.P. Tour
Date: Saturday, March 11th
Time: 8:00am - 3:30pm
Your James Bond Island Day Tour begins with a pickup from your hotel on Railay Beach.
1. James Bond Island
The central stage of the tour is James Bond Island, which became famous in the ’70s after the most famous English spy movie in the world. During the visit it is advisable to walk on the side of the island to photograph the beach from different angles.
2. Koh Kodu
Visit of the bay of Koh Kodu, a little-known island off the beaten track where high cliffs dominate the entrance to the bay, accessible only at high tide.
3. Koh Roi
The island of Koh Roi is distinguished by the unique wildlife of this place, consisting mainly of bats relaxing on top of mangroves.
4. Koh Panyeea
Muslim fishing village that, with the passing of time and the growth of tourism, has developed a country of improper creation in which in addition to numerous souvenir shops.
5. Koh Yao Noi
Big Tree - Stroll in the forest of Koh Yao Noi to visit the ancient trees of this magnificent island.
6. Koh Rai
Stop on the small beach of Rai, where you’ll have 30 minutes to relax on the coast shaken by the waves. The main feature of this island is the formation of its beach in the form of a tongue, which takes place only at low tide.
7. Koh Hong Lagoon
Hong Island takes its name from the Lagoon, actually “Hong” in Thai means “room” and is a unique place because it allows fishermen to protect themselves in case of rain or rough seas, thanks to the morphology of the lagoon.
Located in Phang Nga Bay, James Bond Island is part of the National Park and became famous after being used as a scene in the 1974 James Bond Film, “The Man With the Golden Gun.” It remains one of the most fascinating attractions of Thailand. Phang Nga Bay is known for its rivers, limestone rocks, and caves.
The real name is Khao Phing Kan which means “Hill leaning against each other.” The 20-meter-high limestone rock stands gracefully on top of the water and is such an unbelievable sight to behold.
Start from the pier by boat we will show you Koh Kodu and Koh Roi, wild islands out the normal tourist routes, a real adventure!
The excursion will give you the opportunity to see the famous James Bond Island and Koh Panyee, located just outside an estuary. Koh Panyeea, best known as the Fishermen’s Village, was a settlement of nomads. That’s because Malay fishermen arrived and settled there around the end of the eighteenth century. You’ll explore the school, mosque, and soccer field that the people built. Now, it is simply an obligatory passage of the Phang Nga National Park with its fish restaurants furnished with solid wood tables and chairs and stalls full of souvenirs.
4 Island Boat Tour
Railay Local Travel
Date: Sunday, March 12th
Time: 8:30am - 3:30pm
Pick-Up: Floating Pier by hotel on Railay Beach
Phra Nang Cave
This tour of the 4 island is a once in a lifetime sight to behold. Be connected to nature during the whole 6 hours includes witnessing natural phenomenon of 3 islands connecting as well as personally go on the connecting sand during low tide, entering a natural cave, and jumping on a beautiful island with exciting or leisure activities. This tour has different activities at each destination, ensuring an exciting time at each stop. We provide a full service, including transport, fruits and drinks to make sure your personal needs are met and you can enjoy the trip to the fullest without worry. We also provide equipment such as snorkeling mask and life vest for your activity, all that’s needed is to put them on and jump in!
Transfer to Koh Tao
03.13.23 Lomprayah Ferry 8:00am Bus from Krabi to Donsak Pier | Ferry from Donsak to Koh Tao
March 13th - 18th
The Place Luxury Boutique Villas
Check-In: Monday, March 13th
Check-Out: Saturday, March 18th
Private Treetop Luxury Villa
Open Water Diving Certification
Big Blue Diving
Dates: Tuesday, March 14th - Thursday, March 15th
Times: Tuesday (8:45am-5:30pm), Wednesday (9am-5:30pm), Thursday (6:30am-12pm)
Day 1 – Confined Diving
This is when you’ll meet your instructor and your fellow students, and you’ll spend the morning at our al fresco classroom on the beach, chatting through what your course will comprise of over the next few days, having a look at the equipment we will be using, and learning the fundamental concepts behind scuba diving.
The afternoon will be spent in the swimming pool where you will do your confined water session to learn and practice basic scuba skills. This is the moment when most people doing this course will put a regulator in their mouth for the first time! Your instructor will demonstrate skills for you and you will need to repeat the skills back to them. We will start the session in water deep enough to stand up in so if there is any problems or the student needs to ask a question all they have to do is stand up. As the afternoon progresses and the student gains their confidence we will reach a maximum depth in the pool of no more than 3 meters.
Day 2 – 2 Open Water Dives max depth 12 meters
On the morning of day 2, you’ll again meet up with your group in our classroom/ restaurant. You have a bit more academics to do this morning with your instructor before you sit your final exam. But don’t worry this is a multiple choice exam designed to remind you of what’s important. It’s a straight forward exam with a pass mark of 80%, so no need to stress over last-minute studying and cramming!
The afternoon of day 2 will be the most exciting part of the course. This is when you’ll head out on one of our large dive boats and do your first dives in the open ocean. We’ll take you to two shallow and sandy dive sites around the island so that you can easily and safely practice the skills you learned in the pool the day before. The maximum depth for these first two dives is 12 meters (36 feet).
Day 3 – 2 Open Water Dives max depth 18 meters
This is it! The final 2 dives of your Open Water Diver certification. This time you’ll head out to sites that have a bit more excitement. You’ll complete any skills you haven’t demonstrated to your instructor in open water, or redo any skills that needed some practice. The maximum depth for these two dives is a full 18 meters/60 feet. After the dives, it’s back to land to log your dives and officially become certified as Open Water Divers!
Become a certified Open Water Diver and dive anywhere in the world!
Koh Tao has a well-deserved reputation for being Southeast Asia’s best destination for learning to scuba dive on a budget. Getting your Open Water Diver license will open up a whole new world of wonders for you to explore…plus the certification lasts a lifetime!
The Open Water Diver course gives students the knowledge and training necessary to dive with an equally or more qualified buddy, in conditions and environments equivalent to their training, in depths shallower than 18 meters/60 feet.
Koh Tao is the worlds best place to learn to dive. With its calm and clear waters and abundance of fish, our island is the ideal place to develop the skills you need to dive safely around the world in what’s typically very easy diving conditions.
It consists of three phases; knowledge development, a confined water dive to learn basic scuba skills and four open water dives. The laid-back schedule takes place over three days, giving students plenty of time to practice their new skills before earning their certification.
Big Blue Diving offers this course through SSI and PADI. All SSI course materials are digital and free of charge, but the PADI physical manuals must be purchased for an additional 1000 baht.
Our group size is no more than 5 students per instructor for the Open Water course. Big Blue Diving will provide all equipment, boat trips, etc., for the duration of the course.
Transfer & Flight to Bangkok
03.18.23 Lomprayah Ferry 9:30am - 11:30am Ferry from Koh Tao to Pralarn Pier Bangkok Airways (PG 136) 1:55pm [USM] → 3:10pm [BKK]
Flight to Reno
03.19.23 ANA (NH806) 7:10am [BKK] → 3:05pm [NRT] United (UA838) 4:45pm [NRT] → 10:10am [SFO] United (UA5457) 4:24pm [SFO] → 5:27 [RNO]