Announcing: My February 2014 Thailand Tour

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Thailand has always been one of my favorite countries in the world and the years I spent living there are some of my most memorable. I long for Thailand on a constant basis and I love showing people around a country I still call home and opening them up to the magic that is Thailand.

That’s why I was so excited in August to announce that one of the four tours I’ll be leading in 2014 will be in Thailand. The country has so much to offer: delicious food, outstanding beaches, lush jungles, and some of the happiest, friendliest people on earth.

And now it’s time to announce the full details and open sign-ups for the tour!

Nomadic Matt’s Thailand Adventure

When: Feb, 7th 2014 – Feb 24th, 2014 (18 days)
How many people? Maximum of 12

General Itinerary

Day 1 (Feb 7th, 2014): Bangkok

  • Arrive in Bangkok.
  • Group introductions and dinner.

Day 2 (Feb 8th, 2014): Bangkok

  • Visit to the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Wat Arun, the Jim Thompson House, and more.
  • Optional group dinner and night out.

Day 3 (Feb 9th, 2014): Bangkok

  • Visit to the weekend market.
  • Optional group dinner and night out.

Day 4 (Feb 10th, 2014): Bangkok – Khao Yai

  • Travel to Khao Yai National Park for hiking in a jungle.
  • Half-day jungle trek.

Day 5 (Feb 11th, 2014): Khao Yai

  • Full day guided hiking trek to learn about the landscape and find some elephants. This is one of my favorite parks in all of Thailand.

Day 6 (Feb 12th, 2014): Khao Yai – Chaing Mai

  • Travel day with a slight stop over in Lopburi and then overnight on train to Chiang Mai.

Day 7 (Feb 13th, 2014): Chiang Mai

  • Temple tour of Chiang Mai, including a visit to Wat Doi Suthep.
  • Included group dinner.

Day 8 (Feb 14th, 2014): Chiang Mai

  • Full day visit to an Elephant Sanctuary.
  • Visit to the city’s famous night market.
  • Optional group dinner.

Day 9 (Feb 15th, 2014): Chiang Mai

  • Full day jungle trek.
  • Optional group dinner.

Day 10 (Feb 16th, 2014): Chiang Mai

  • Day on your own: relax, explore, and enjoy.
  • Optional group dinner.

Day 11 (Feb 17th, 2014): Chaing Mai to Koh Lanta

  • Fly to Krabi, transfer to Ko Lanta to enjoy some of Thailand’s famous beaches!
  • Group seafood dinner (non-seafood options available).

Day 12 (Feb 18th, 2014): Koh Lanta

  • Day snorkel trip.
  • Optional group dinner.

Day 13 (Feb 19th, 2014): Koh Lanta

  • Beach day!
  • Optional group dinner.

Day 14 (Feb 20th, 2014): Koh Lanta

  • Beach day (or snorkel, dive, hike, whatever!).
  • Optional group dinner.

Day 15 (Feb 21st, 2014): Ko Lanta – Krabi

  • Back to Krabi to relax before going back to Bangkok.
  • Optional group dinner.

Day 16 (Feb 22nd, 2014): Krabi – Bangkok

  • Back to Bangkok.
  • Optional group dinner.

Day 17 (Feb 23rd, 2014): Bangkok

  • Day trip to Ayutthaya, one of the old capitals of Thailand.
  • Good bye dinner.

Day 18 (Feb 24th, 2014): Bangkok

  • Departure day.

While we are there, I’ll be planning many optional activities, food tours, and more. We’ll be visiting my favorite restaurants, bars, food stalls, and sights in the country!

What’s included?

  • All accommodations
  • Local tour guide
  • Listed activities
  • Inter-city transportation
  • Local city transportation when traveling as a group
  • One group meal in each city

What’s not included?

  • International airfare
  • Applicable visa fees
  • Food outside that listed above
  • Alcohol
  • Souvenirs
  • Anything not listed

How much?
This 18 day tour is $2,500 USD.

The tour is full but if you want to get on the wait list, please e-mail me at [email protected]


What kind of rooms are we staying in?
We will be staying in guesthouses that will have air-conditioning and private bathrooms. If you are traveling alone, you will be paired with another traveler of the same gender.

Why does this tour cost so much?
Thailand is a very cheap country, but what makes this tour a bit more expensive than doing it on your own is that we are traveling above “backpacker style” so there are more comforts. This isn’t a “take the slowest, cheapest” way tour. We’re flying between a few destinations as well as doing some great activities. Additionally, in order to run a tour in Thailand I have to have a Thai guide with us at all times. I’m working with a company to help set up the tour and, due to the adventure activities on the tour, have insurance for the trip in case something happens.

Is international airfare provided?
No, you’ll be responsible for your own airfare to and from the tour.

Will I need travel insurance?
Yes, all guests will be required to have travel insurance for the duration of the trip. I’ll be asking for proof before departure. If you don’t have it, you won’t be able to come.

Is there an age requirement?
You must be 18 years or older.

Will I need to fill out any release forms?
Yes, you’ll also be required to fill out and sign a liability waiver releasing me and Nomadic Matt Tours from any and all liability related to the tour.

What if I change my mind? What is your refund policy?
I’ll cry but understand. Plans change. The refund policy is as follows: if you cancel 90 days before departure, you’ll get 100% of your money back, minus $500 for a non-refundable flight. If you cancel between 90-60 days before departure, a 50% refund. If you cancel within 60-30 days of departure, a 25% refund. Cancelation within 30 days results in a 0% refund.

Will I have any time to myself?
Of course! I hate the tours that book every minute of your day. While we will be busy, there will also be plenty of time for you to explore on your own!

What about visas?
If you require a visa to enter Thailand, you’ll need to get that in advance at your own cost.

How many spots can I buy at once?
Reservations on the tour are limited to a maximum of 2 per person to ensure everyone gets a chance to go!

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If you try to get in and there’s no more room, e-mail me at [email protected] with the subject “waitlist” and I’ll put your name on the waitlist!

P.S. – Not able to make this tour? I’ll be offering more in the future! You can stay informed by signing up to this list.

  1. Jennifer

    I will be arriving in BKK on the 5th and planned to spend a few days there before heading to CMI for a few days as well. Any chance I could meet up with the tour or tag along for a few of the sites or meet for dinner? Obviously, I would not be officially a part of the tour but it would be nice to have someone to meet up with as Im travelling alone and its my first time backpacking.

    • Ruby

      Hey Jen!
      We are about the same situation here. I’ll be in Thainland backpacking. Would be nice to meet and greet some fellow backpackers there.
      If Matt allowed, we could show up and have some fan with the group.

    • Jessica

      Hi Jennifer and Ruby,
      I’ll also be in Thailand from Feb – March. I’ll be by myself and most probably staying in hostels. If you want to hang out let me know :)

  2. Will

    Im spending a year backpacking and volunteering around the world and I’ll be in Thailand in February what are the chances that i could meet up with you and your group?

  3. I am currently planning an 18 day trip to Thailand and Cambodia for next November to coincide with Loi Krathong, the floating lantern festival (a bucket list item for me!). Although it is over a year away, I’m already getting excited. It’s my big trip of 2014. Enjoy your trip!

    • Linds, are you going with a group or solo? I was supposed to go to Cambodia last year with a coworker who’s family’s from there, but it didn’t work out as planned. Sucks!

  4. Ugh. So tempting. I lack the willpower and planning skills to go on proper vacations. But if I get the internship I’m applying to in Tokyo, I will starting around that time. :(

    • NomadicMatt

      Yes, we’ll meet at the hotel at 6pm that day. Folks attending the tour will get more information about the logistics before they arrive.

  5. Sally

    Matt, you have put together a great plan. Thailand is an awesome place and a memorable one for me. Fantastic food and great people. Wishing you good luck!

  6. This looks like a fantastic itinerary, Matt. I’m planning a trip to Thailand myself and couldn’t be more excited. While February is a little soon for me, I hope to hit many of the places you list and anyone who does book with your tour looks to be in for an epic time!

  7. Yours Truly

    I wish we could go — unfortunately, our trip is booked for this December and no more time off until next summer :-( … do you have any tours for June/July?

  8. Jess

    Nomadic Matt,
    I find it odd that you are now offering ‘packaged’ tours. And especially, at such a cost.
    I have come across many of your blog posts. A lot of your articles explain how to save money on the road, and I appreciate these tips. But when I saw this post I was a bit confused.
    Your slogan states “travel better, cheaper, longer”. Encouraging your readers to partake in this Thailand tour seems to go against your mantra, in a way.
    I am glad that your acknowledge that the tour costs a lot, and that you provide an explanation as to why. But seeing as you write to mainly audience of travelers, backpackers, on a budget, I would almost expect you to encourage readers to spend their $2500 on 2-3 months in Asia, rather than on an 18 day tour.

    • An interesting point Jess, I see what you’re saying with regards to his audience. But surely its a question of personal choice and value to the people that pay for the tour. I would imagine that with Matt’s local insights and knowledge of the area, the tour group probably would be getting far more ‘bang for their buck’, particularly if they only have 18 days to spend there.

      I kind of see Matt’s tours as ideal for those where money is not really an issue for them and want to see and experience the area as thoroughly as possible, but want a feel of the ‘backpacking’ culture, almost like a quick fire backpacking trip. I say fair play to Matt, he is still within his mantra of ‘better and cheaper’ its a relative question of what is better and what is cheaper?… ok maybe not fitting within his ‘travel longer’ mantra, haha but hey no ones perfect. High five :)

      • NomadicMatt

        Traveling solo will always be cheaper than traveling as a group but not everyone wants to travel solo and not everyone wants to travel as a backpacker on the cheap. Some people only have a few weeks of vacation a year and want to use it wisely. My tours are quite cheap compared to others of similar length and comfort level.

        Additionally, shorter trips always cost more because you are traveling quicker and transportation costs increase. We’re flying many places….when you spend three months in Asia, you have to time travel slower.

        I don’t make much off these tours and they are a lot of work to put together. I include a lot for the price….much more than a regular tour because I want to give people as much value as possible.

        I also lack the economies of scale large tour operators have meaning I can’t leverage scale to negotiate cheaper prices.

        You can travel Thailand for a lot cheaper but it takes a lot of work to do this. Should I not be compensated for that? And the compensation for the time/energy I put in is really not that great because I want to give your the cheapest price possible.

        You won’t find a tour that offers as much as I do for the price I’m charging.

  9. Geez, I wish I could go with you all next year, but hopefully visiting Thailand, guided by you, Matt, will come around again. I’ve considered going to there solo in the past, but I was a bit apprehensive.

  10. Hey there Matt, you blog is so inspiring and it ignites a traveling bug I’ve been quieting for many years. I am trying to go to Thailand this December to run the Chiangmai Marathon. I have already asked for 15 days off work. My mom and I have been looking for flights for a few weeks now without much success. Can you please give some tips on how to find cheap flights to Thailand? I would really appreciate it. Thanks!

  11. Alabi

    This is a perfect itinerary you have.I was in Thailand May/June 2012 and have seen the people are good and hospitable,l believe your stay will be a memorable and eventful one.Enjoy and explore Thailand while we wait for your next trip.

  12. Lorna

    Sounds fun . I’ve done Thailand lots of times . I’m 56 and looking for someone to back pack with next December or January for 3 weeks

  13. James Chapman

    Hey I’m 19yrs old male flying to Bangkok on the 4th of January for 2 Months for my first time traveling, I plan to do most of of SE Asia but i really wanna fit all the best bits in, what do people advise on going/doing/seeing? Also if your out there the same time let me know! My mate has recently bailed so its abit daunting currently!

  14. Sounds like a fun trip but I agree with some of the others below that you can do 18 days in Thailand for much less than $2500 (airfare excluded). For people who are not willing to travel alone though — sounds like a great opportunity to explore Thailand!

    • NomadicMatt

      The tour isn’t geared towards people taking long term trips who can backpack and go cheaper. As I’ve said, I’m putting a lot of stuff into the tour!

    • John

      I think its a great trip for those that are not comfortable traveling on their own, or as a couple. Security and comfort in numbers as they say, and its a no brainer, as far as no planning is required, other than your flight to Thailand. I am sure that those who go will have lots of fun. But, if you are the adventurous type. $5000 a couple goes a long way for a trip inside of Thailand. You could definitely do it a lot cheaper, and that gets you back to the backpacker mode of thinking and stretching your boundaries of comfort. Have fun, and check out some of the Muay Thai Kick boxing fights. They have them in the bars sometimes. Most of all, have lots of fun, and I am sure you all will. Don’t be afraid to explore a little in your free time…

  15. Have a gr8 trip we are going to Srilanka for 8 days around that time see you sometime else
    (plus USD is too expensive for me)

  16. Roland

    Hi Matt,

    What a great site you have, thank you for sharing! I finally decided to take a trip to Thailand by myself in February for a month.
    I am more than unexperienced since i never travelled that long, or on my own, so im pretty exited!

    I got a ticket yesterday, and secured my first 4 days starting in Bangkok, but have a lot of planning to do since i am new to the country, and new to the solo travelling..

    I am looking for some good tips and tricks, and have already found some on your site..
    Any more useful tips and tricks for me with regard to my trip?
    My goal is to see Thailand in a month(realistic?), and ending my trip on the islands(best ones to go?)

    Greetings from the Netherlands!


  17. derek

    i love the itinerary. unfortunately, i’m heading to BKK for 2-3 days and then USM (Koh Samui) for a few. Can I ask which local tour guide company you suggest going with? I wish to NOT go to any sales pitch, factories, etc and get the most culturistic experience. My fiance cares about safety…. and its a hard sell to even go to BKK =)

  18. laura

    Hi Everyone,
    I am going to thailand in Feb 2014 my first time travelling alone. Is Thailand safe for female travellers?any advice will be greatly appreciated! thanks

  19. Tracy

    Thailand is my favorite place. I spent 3 weeks there in 2006. My life’s dream is to spend 6 months out of the year traveling abroad when I retire.

  20. Joe Jones

    If I read one more “you could do so much more blah blah blah….$2500.00…..blah blah blah….Thailand!!! Is he forcing anybody to go on his tour? Has he given a detailed itinerary of where the costs are going? I have travelled extensively in Thailand since the mid nineties and I think this tour gives very good value(you have a thai speaking western guide with you for 18 days for gods sakes!)and includes all the high cost items once you’re in country. Timing is the only reason I’m joining this tour but I fully intend taking advantage of one of Matts tours of Thailand in the near future! Safe travels and enjoy the land of smiles :)

  21. BOOKED! Thanks for the info Matt, I look forward to meeting everyone! Any chance you can make a private FB group so we can “say hi”?

    I see a lot of “i’ll be in the area” comments here, hopefully the itinerary will yield a cool group to hang with during free time!

  22. Karen

    Is this Thialand trip full?
    looks like it, because when i click on website says ‘out of stock’, ? – assuming thats not an error and the trip is full? Would be awesome if not, I would love to go!