Thailand Trip

Trip dates: February 4-19, 2020

At Kosher Summer Adventures – KSA we combine having fun with being in nature. We love having fun and we love being in nature. At KSA walking in nature gives us a sense of peace and fulfillment with an extra shot of inspiration when we get the chance to daven outside.

Our February trip to Thailand may be the ultimate expression of combining fun and nature!

KSA invites you on an active vacation and fascinating journey with plentiful kosher food, outdoor adventures and immersion in the local culture!

There will be:

*Hiking                                    *Snorkeling                                         *Swimming
*Stalactite caves                   *4×4 jeep tours                                   *Riding elephants,
*Visiting mountain tribes                                                                  *Soaking in hot springs,
*Visiting the famous Bangkok flower market                           *Canoeing 
*Seeing unique Buddhist architecture and time for collecting souvenirs and gifts at the market places. 
*Glatt Kosher meals (Chabad)                                                            *4-star hotels       

Everything is included in the price. All sites, all entrances and entertainment are included!

Group leader: Fun loving /Guitar playing Josh Rubin Co-Founder of KSA

Days 1 + 2: Tuesday + Wednesday: Tel Aviv – Phuket

Tuesday afternoon we’ll fly from Ben-Gurion Airport via Moscow to Phuket, Thailand’s largest and most visited island located on the Anadaman Sea.

If you are flying in from the states, we suggest flying Aeroflot to Moscow and from there a connecting flight to Phuket.

The Israeli flight will be landing in Phuket around 10:30 Wednesday morning. We suggest you arriving close to that time. No matter when you land there will be KSA transportation to bring you to the Hotel.

After landing in Phuket on Wednesday we’ll take a tour of the main sites in Phuket and view the results of the 2004 tsunami from a high vantage point over the island. We will arrive at our hotel and after dinner we will be check out come of Phuket’s vibrant nightlife on Bangla Road by Patong Beach.

Day 3: Thursday: Phuket – Nail Island Cruise – James Bond Island

This morning we’ll grab our swimsuits, sneakers, sunscreen and sun hat, and head out to Phuket Bay. We’ll cruise through the karst mountains and mangrove reserve. Our first stop will be at Panak Island. We’ll double-canoe from there to Hong Island and enter under huge cliffs at sea. There will also be time for an enjoyable swim at sea. Later on, the cruise will arrive at “Nail Island” – Koh Ta Fu – known as the island of “James Bond”, where the film “The Man with the Golden Gun ” was filmed. Afterwards we’ll return to the hotel for dinner.

Day 4: Friday: Phuket – Khai Island Cruise

 This morning we will take a speed boat cruise to Khai Island. Here we’ll find spectacular lagoons nestling under huge cliffs and magical bays with clear, azure waters, where we’ll be provided with snorkeling equipment to experience the spectacular fish living in this area.

Afterwards we’ll head back to the hotel to prepare for Shabbat. Kabalat Shabbat and Shabbat dinner.

Day 5: Shabbat+Motzei Shabbat:  Phuket – FantaSea Show

After Shabbat services, kiddush and lunch we will enjoy a walking tour of the area with the group leader. After Shabbat (630 pm approx.) we’ll all go out to the attraction that won the best show title in Thailand. Before the show we’ll enjoy street shows, traditional carnivals, and live performances. The FantaSea show is a multi-sensory experience with dancers, animals, pyrotechnics, laser, sound and light effects and a cast of hundreds of dancers. After the show we’ll return to the hotel in Phuket.

Day 6: Sunday: Phuket – Krabi

After breakfast we will head to beautiful Krabi Island off the coast of Thailand. Krabi offers some of Thailand’s most spectacular beaches, and here we’ll hike through pristine nature reserves -a two-hour hike and amazing stalactite caves,

Snorkel to view rare sea creatures and sail the boat to the nearby picture-postcard island: Chicken Island, Riley Beach, and Foda Island. At the end of this special day, we will return to our hotel in Phuket for dinner and overnight.

Day 7: Monday: Phuket – Chiang Mai – Doi Suthep – Surprise

Today, we bid a sad farewell to Phuket and fly to Chang Mai, the largest and first major city in northern Thailand. Chiang Mai is considered a favorite destination for many backpackers who come to the country. Located on the banks of the Ping River, the city is surrounded by green hills and clear rivers. A prosperous city, Chiang Mai has been blessed with rich history, friendly residents and dry and cool weather – the perfect alternative to the warm South. Chang Mai has its own unique world and is a separate province both physically and in character.

Movie Night: The King and I

Chang Mai’s uniqueness is reflected in its unique architectural styles, dances, music, food, and festivals. After landing, we will leave for Mt. Doi Suthep, located near Chiang Mai City. We will ascend via cable car to the mountain summit for a panoramic view over the city. We’ll transfer to our hotel and after checking in and dinner expect a surprise…

Day 8: Tuesday: Chang Mai – Orchid Farm, Elephants & River Rafting

After breakfast we load up our equipment onto 4X4 jeeps for a special trip in the jeeps from Chiang Mai to Mae-Rim to see rare and beautiful orchids and butterflies in their natural habitat.  We’ll continue to the Mae Teng area to an elephant farm where we will ride elephants across the Mae Teng River and a two hour into the hills.

The return to the elephant farm is made by oxcarts, traditional Thai transport vehicles used before cars arrived in Thailand, and still used in isolated villages in the north.

After lunch and a short rest, we’ll go bamboo-rafting down the river. After rafting we’ll drive through the fields to Chang Dao Wildlife Sanctuary and from there to the mountain village of Farang, a great opportunity to get to know the life of the mountain tribes. We’ll continue our trip to the Tanathon area, traveling through the mountains and enjoying stunning views. We’ll spend the night at a hotel in Chang Fang, where we’ll have dinner, rest and relaxation, and prepare for the next day.

Day 9: Wednesday: The Mountain Tribes, Queen Mother’s Gardens, Golden Triangle, Chang Rai

After breakfast we will visit the mountain tribes. The Aka tribe, the Karen tribe, the long-eared tribe, and the famous long-necked tribe. After the visit to the mountain tribes, we’ll stop at the Queen Mother’s Gardens, amazing botanical gardens built in memory Thailand’s Queen Mother, and from there “to the Golden Triangle” located in Thailand’s border with Laos and Burma.

We’ll cruise on the Mekong River that flows into the heart of the Golden Triangle to a local market in Laos where you can buy beautiful things and souvenirs at ridiculously low prices.

Return to Thailand and Chiang Rai. After dinner we’ll go out to the Chiang Rai Night Market and spend time at the various entertainment venues located near the hotel.

Day 10: Thursday: Chang Rai, White Temple, Hike, and hot springs

After breakfast, we’ll head to the White Temple, a particularly impressive structure in northern Thailand, from where we’ll continue by jeep through the Chiang Rai Mountains and Chang Mai.

We’ll enjoy a two hour hike to the High Mountains through authentic local villages that will add to our close acquaintance with the Thai way of life.

After lunch, we’ll have time to relax at the hot natural springs of San Kamphang, where we’ll also have dinner. Afterwards, we’ll return to our hotel in Chang Mai, located near Chiang Mai’s famous night market.

Day 11: Friday: Special Hike & a Surprise

Special Hike- TBA.

From there we will continue to…. Shhhhh…. another surprise, after which we’ll return to the hotel to prepare for Shabbat. Kabalat Shabbat and Shabbat dinner.

Day 12: Shabbat: Chang Mai

After Shabbat services, kiddush and lunch we will enjoy a walking tour of the area with the group leader. After Shabbat we’ll all go out to the weekend night market located in Chiang Mai’s Old City.

Day 13: Sunday: Chiang Mai – Bangkok. King’s Palace, Reclining Buddha, Klongs Cruise, Madam Tussaud Museum, Asia’s Big World Aquarium, Khaosan Road, Flower Market.

This morning we say goodbye to Chiang Mai and fly to Bangkok. After landing, we’ll head out to explore this city of 23 million (!) daytime residents. We’ll visit the King’s Palace and view from the outside of the Buddha Emerald Temple, and the reclining gilded Buddha Temple. We’ll take a long-tail boat cruise around the Chaopraya River and through some of Bangkok’s Klongs (canals) which earned Bangkok the title “Venice of the East.”

Then continue to the underwater world in the largest aquarium in Southeast Asia. It’s an amazing world where we’ll be exposed to all the underwater sea creatures we’ve ever or never seen… even great white sharks! This vast aquarium – far from any water or sea source – in the heart of Bangkok’s shopping area, makes it a real wonder!

Later in the evening we will continue to the famous Khaosan Road in Bangalampu district, the main backpacking street in the Far East and one of the world’s most special streets, a hiker’s Mecca.

After dinner we will continue to the famous Bangkok flower market, where we’ll immerse ourselves in the flamboyant colors and smells of the flowers, the art of the flower arrangement from harvest to the desired bouquet. Later we’ll transfer to our hotel and a Movie Night: “The Railway Man” (Remake of the movie Bridge over the River Kwai)

Day 14: Monday: Bangkok – Kanchanaburi

After breakfast this morning, we’ll head to Kanchanaburi, 130km west of Bangkok in the valley of the Mae Klong River for some serious history: a visit to the infamous Bridge on the River Kwai.  During the Japanese occupation of Thailand (Siam, back then) in World War II allied prisoners-of-war were enslaved to build the infamous “Death Railway” along the Khwae Noi River. (A story popularized by the movie “The Bridge over the River Kwai”). It is estimated that 16,000 prisoners of war and over 50,000 impressed laborers died during the building of the railroad. We will visit the Jeath War Museum which narrates the construction of the “Death Railway”, and the Cemetery for the Allied POWs who died whilst building the railway.  We’ll then board a boat for a river trip to one of the nearby villages. At the end of the tour we’ll return to Bangkok.

Day 15: Tuesday: Bangkok Floating Market – Ampawa

This morning we’ll visit a coconut growing farm, where we’ll be impressed by the process of creating amazing things such as tools, cutlery etc. and everything is made of coconut. From there we will continue to visit the largest floating market in Thailand, located in Demanuan Seduak.

The last part of the way will be by speed boat, from which we’ll be able to view the lifestyle of the residents living on the sides of the canals.

From there we will continue towards the valley of the Mahel Klong and board long tail boats to learn the secrets of growing river fish and marsh shells.

We will start by sailing into the marshes and the oyster farms will see the unique methods of growing oysters in this area as well as the arduous work of local residents. We will continue on our way to the mangrove forests that grow in the marshes and watch the dozens of monkeys that live in the reserve. From there we will continue on our long tail boats to one of the bamboo towers scattered throughout the reserve and climb one of them to view the oyster growing spaces. We’ll continue by boat to visit the fishing villages from where we set sail. And no tour of any country is complete without at least some shopping… So, we’ll conclude the tour at Thailand’s largest shopping mall – MBK – for a memorable shopping experience. At the end of the visit we will return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 16: Wednesday: Bangkok – Tel Aviv

Depending on flight time, we will depart for Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport this morning and fly via an intermediate destination to Tel Aviv where we will land in the evening.

Please note: There may be changes in itinerary and visiting arrangements due to changes in flight times and weather.

KSA’s Fun + Exciting Thailand Nature Trip

February 4-19, 2020

Special Early Bird Price Available Until Oct 20

           *$4500  All-inclusive price – including flights from Tel Aviv

            *$3900  Without the flight. We suggest NY- Moscow, then Moscow-Phuket flight. Arriving in 

                                                            Phuket on Wednesday Feb. 4 at around 10:30 am.

            *Add $595 for a single room

In order to receive the Special Early Bird price, you must make a $1500 deposit by Oct. 20.

This deposit will be fully refundable minus a 50$ registration fee up until December 1, 2019.            You will need to buy travel insurance which also covers your flight.

*When you arrive in Thailand, we suggest that you convert at the hotel approx. $100 into the local Baht currency.

*Weather and clothing list:

It will be dry and most of the time in the 80’s, and the humidity is around 75%. Bring summer clothing!

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