12 Days in Thailand

An awe-inspiring place, Thailand has something for everyone. If you’re an adventure junkie, you’ll probably find yourself bungee jumping, SCUBA diving with sharks, or taking Muay-Thai kickboxing classes. If the wilder side of life isn’t your cup of tea, don’t despair – between Thai cooking classes, hiking to hidden caves, and the world’s most exotic beaches we’re confident you’ll find more than enough to keep you happy. As one of the most gay-friendly destinations in the world, Thailand is an opportunity to feel completely comfortable being yourself while experiencing a whole new side to life.

Itinerary

Our 12-day adventure starts and finishes in the metropolis of Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand and home to Asia’s best food, nightlife, and shopping. This incredible trip will be spent on the islands and beaches of Southern Thailand and the sub-tropical jungle of Central Thailand. Below is a brief itinerary of our stops, but for detailed info and available activities check out the links to the left.

Day
Most travelers will arrive in Bangkok on day one and head to our meeting spot for our 4pm start of our adventure on this day. This time in Bangkok is a great introduction to the incredible country of Thailand. During these couple days, we'll really get to know the city by checking out Bangkok's highlights using local tuk-tuks, boats, and trains. On our second day, we'll take a guided day-trip around the city visiting Wat Pho, Wat Arun, and more. At night we'll head down the street to check out Silom's famous night market and very lively gay scene. Bangkok is world famous for many reasons and never disappoints her visitors.
On day 3 we switch gears and travel 3 hours to the jungles of Khao Yai National Park. Here, we trade the towering buildings of Bangkok for the dramatic cliffs and dense jungles of this wildlife-rich park. It's quite fitting that we spend our nights here "glamping" style, in an upscale tented property surrounded by nature, and underneath a sky full of bright stars. Our time here is spent exploring the park, full of cascading waterfalls and exotic animals before heading to the beaches of the south.
Day 5 brings us to southern Thailand with a quick 1 hour flight and short 15 minute boat ride to the jaw-dropping cliffs and white sand beaches of Railay. An idyllic paradise surrounded by the perfectly blue waters that have made the Gulf of Thailand famous. Railay offers hidden lagoons and caves for hikers, beaches for sun-worshippers, and plenty of opportunity to eat great food and meet people from all around the world. Stay on land, or jump in the water for some snorkeling, or SCUBA diving fun.
On day 8 we travel just 3 hours overland to the well-known resort and nightlife city of Phuket. It’s here you’ll find opportunities to feed wild monkeys, island hop, or get some sun on the local gay beach by day while socializing with people from all over the planet by night. Phuket is popular day and night and has tonnes of options for both early-risers and late-nighters. Get your shopping done, check out a cabaret show, relax on the beach, take a cooking class, spend the day at the spa... it's beautiful place to unwind... or windup.
Back to Bangkok! We fly one hour from Phuket to Bangkok for your chance to stock up on some new outfits or some souvenirs for your boyfriend/mother/bff before you head back to the airport on day 12 and wave a goodbye-for-now to Thailand and your new crew of friends. All travelers are welcome to book their flights departing from Thailand at any time on the 12th day.

Availability

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  • start: Sunday July 01, 2018
    end: Thursday July 12, 2018
    status: Available
    price: Shared $3190*
  • start: Sunday July 01, 2018
    end: Thursday July 12, 2018
    status: Available
    price: Single Supplement $3930*
  • start: Wednesday January 03, 2018
    end: Sunday January 14, 2018
    status: Available
    price: Shared $3190*
  • start: Wednesday January 03, 2018
    end: Sunday January 14, 2018
    status: Available
    price: Single Supplement $3930*
  • start: Saturday March 17, 2018
    end: Wednesday March 28, 2018
    status: Available
    price: Shared $3190*
  • start: Saturday March 17, 2018
    end: Wednesday March 28, 2018
    status: Available
    price: Single Supplement $3930*

Information

Thailand has that exotic, mysterious, exciting appeal to it. Just hearing the name “Bangkok” can send shivers down people’s spines, and the allure of the country’s jungles and mysterious culture is mesmerizing. Thailand is the Mecca of adventure, carefree living, and open-mindedness. There are fewer inhibiting rules or Western nonsense here, and the Buddhist zen-like culture makes the country one of the happiest places on earth.

Our 12-day trips have been designed to maximize your experience. Instead of rushing around in a panic trying to visit as many places as possible, we’ve specially chosen four locations that we know you’ll fall in love with. How are we so sure? Well, we’ve spent many years in this country tirelessly testing out beaches, bars, bungalows and bit of booze just to make sure we can bring you the cream of the crop.

Trip Notes

The Climate

Don’t worry about getting chilly, Thailand is a tropical country and the areas that we travel in are warm day and night. High temperatures of 35C/97F, and lows of 23C/77F can be expected through most of the year. Even if it rains it’s usually in the afternoon, and these unlikely showers are a refreshing cool-down and make a great excuse to try out your favorite rain dance.

The People

95% of Thailand’s population is Buddhist, which makes for a laid-back, friendly country full of good-karma seekers. Great people that love their food, their king, and of course their international visitors, you’ll be hard-pressed not to make local friends during your stay. While you’re there, consider learning a few words their language, “Thai”. (Not “Taiwanese”, by the way – that’s from Taiwan!) We recommend starting off with “Sawat-dee-khap” (hello), “Khap koon khap” (thank you), and of course “Hat yoo tee-nai khap” (where’s the beach?)

Meals

Thailand is home to some of the most amazing food on the planet, and it's cheap too! Detours doesn't believe in limiting your choices by including meals at pre-decided restaurants as part of the trip package. Instead, we encourage you to explore all of the different restaurant options available to you. This way you can eat when you want, where you want, with whomever you want, and spend what you want! Your trip leader definitely has their favorite spots and will be excited to show you all of their favorites in each location, just check with them.

What to bring?

Our advice is simple. Pack your bag, then take half of those things out and leave them back home. It’s common to hear people wishing they’d packed less stuff, but we’ve never heard anyone complain that they didn’t bring enough. Thailand is a very inexpensive country, meaning even if you realize you forget to pack some crucial item you can just pick it up on the trip for half of what it would have cost back home. Just make sure you’ve got the basics: speedos and sunscreen. Other than that, not too much else matters. More packing suggestions are contained in your "Pre-trip guidebook" which can be found on your "Your Trip" page after trip registration.

Money

We really suggest just bringing your regular bank card from home and using the Thai ATMs to get cash; in our experience it’s much cheaper than any currency exchange service in Thailand or even at home. 1000 Thai Baht is worth around $30 USD, so don’t go nuts if your dinner bill costs 100 baht. Relax –that’s about 3 bucks. Your 300 baht, hour-long full body oil massage on the beach? Yeah, that cost less than $10.

Tipping

Tipping isn’t a native Thai custom, however, it’s become a part of what is expected from Westerners like us. We suggest tipping for services in a similar way as you would in North America; that is, if your dinner bill is 100 baht then we encourage you toss 10-20 baht in on top of that. That extra 30-40 cents is extremely appreciated by the Thai service staff.

Accommodation

We have pretty high standards when it comes to choosing our accommodations, and trust us, we’ve done plenty of room-sniffing, pillow-patting, and bathroom inspections to make sure we stay at quality spots. To be approved as a Detours accommodations provider, a guesthouse must: be locally owned (to support the local community), be in an amazing location (close to the beach and other hot spots), have air conditioning (you can thank us later), AND be gay-owned or gay-friendly. We won't be staying in 5-star Ritz-Carltons but we also won't subject you to anything we wouldn't want to stay in ourselves. Clean, comfortable, well-located spots that'll put a smile on your face, you can count on that! Check out our accommodations page for more detailed info on this.

Trip Leaders

All of our trip leaders are gay, and all certified leaders must undergo a rigorous training routine that includes deep-fried cricket eating, and impromptu dancing tests. Apart from these vital skills, we require our leaders to know their stuff really, really well. Underneath their fun and quirky facades, our guides are experts about all aspects of Thailand and especially the places we visit. Don’t hesitate to ask them to teach you some Thai or question them about a random statue you might see along the way. Their job is to help ensure that this is your trip of a lifetime by taking the hassle out of your trip and making sure you experience everything you came to Thailand for.

Alarm Clocks

We do absolutely everything possible to avoid needing such a mundane awakening. A world without alarm clocks is one we want to be part of, and your “rise and shine” while in Thailand will come from the sound of crashing waves, an elephant trumpeting, or perhaps even the odd monkey jumping onto the roof of your bungalow.

Extending Your Trip

For many people, their 12 days in Thailand just isn’t enough time. If you’re lucky enough to be able to stay longer, or if you decide to quit your job and become a beach bum in Thailand for the rest of your life, we’d be happy to extend (or cancel!) your return flight. We’ve been all over South-East Asia, so don’t think twice about asking where to go or what to do after your Detours trip is complete.

Your Group

Our Detours groups are run with a minimum of 4 travelers and up to a maximum of 15 travelers. Ages of group members vary but around 90% of our travelers are in their 30's, 40's, and 50's.  Whatever the age of the guys on our trips everyone's already got something in common, an exciting new experience in a new country! Each group is led by a Detours trip leader who is there to ensure everything goes off without a hitch, allowing you to focus on having the time of your life!

A Little Bit About Modesty

As we’ve already mentioned, you’ll have a tough time finding a more open-minded and accepting country, and most people don’t have any issue at all with homosexuality. That said, the Thai are a modest people, and public displays of affection (whether gay or straight) are generally frowned upon. In respect for their local culture we usually suggest keeping your excitement and affection for your partner to more private locations.

Solo Travelers

No problem! Don’t worry, our trip will provide plenty of chances to meet great people both inside and outside of our group, including other solos. As far as your accommodations go, you’ve got two choices. We can either pair you up with another group solo member in a two-bed room, or you can have your own room for a reasonable surcharge.

Communicating with Home

Relax – we won’t keep you from updating your Facebook status the whole trip.  Every hotel has Wifi, but if you'd like to set yourself up with a local calling plan with local data your trip leader can get you set up with an inexpensive SIM card plan.

Electrical Outlets

Thailand uses a "type A" and "type B" plug, the same as North America and several other places in the world. The voltage is 220V with 50 Hz frequency. These days, the majority of items that are plugged into an outlet are built to handle varying voltage and frequency levels, but just to be sure, we suggest checking your item for its accetable range.

 
*prices are based on per person, twin share and subject to change and availability at time of booking.