Serenity in Siam III - December 2019
Before we knew it, it was time to set off for Thailand again for our THIRD Serenity In Siam Trip (Serenity In Siam III). Same Same, But Different was the theme are we took Bangkok by storm in six Tuk Tuks, with memorable stops at Golden Mount Temple, the Flower Market, and The Temple of the Reclining Buddha at Wat Po. We explored the ancient capital of Ayutthaya and saw two more ginormous Reclining Buddhas (can you tell we like Nirvana?) and enjoyed some shopping and mango sticky rice on Khao San Road and Vegan food at Mango Cafe. And massages...so many massages!!
Next up: Koh Yao Yai. Just off the coast of Phuket, our secret (who reads this page on our website anyway?!?), island getaway had our travelers in awe. So much so, most upgraded to single rooms just to enjoy the zen of it all. We rented scooters and explored every corner of the island (approximately the size of Catalina Island), went scuba diving and snorkeling, hiked to the top of an island on our longtail boat excursion day, ate lobster, and, of course, got massages in the amazing resort spa.
No one wanted to leave, but a silver lining was awaiting. Or a Silver Temple and handicraft workshop, that is, in Chiang Mai. Aside from giving alms at Doi Suthep and visiting the temples near the Silver Temple, we went to Cooking School with Vannee at Classic Home Cooking, hiked both with elephants and monks, and released floating lanterns (the biodegradable kind into the Ping River under a full moon. Our farewell dinner was with Vannee’s daughter’s farm-style gourmet restaurant where her famous husband, Chef TuTu, wowed each and every one of us.
The biggest “But Different” part of the trip is that we at Get Out There Tours, with the unanimous blessing of the entire group, have adopted a “don’t touch the elephant” policy, joining a new breed of Responsible Tourists. At Chang Chill, we hiked in the hills of the sanctuary where six female elephants saved from elephant tourism and teak logging, amongst them just roaming around being elephants. It was a highlight both for us and our group and we are happy to announce that a visit to Chang Chill will be on every itinerary to the north of Thailand.
What’s next for our Signature Trip to Thailand in 2020? Stay tuned for a complete new, Custom Itinerary happening from November 14-26. Serenity In Siam IV promises to be the best one yet!
Bali High - March 2019
Bali High was the most adventurous trip to date. We departed on March 6 from the USA for Denpasar where we were met at the airport by our trusted friend, Dewa. Dewa has worked with Get Out There Tours in the past and was the obvious choice to lead us through magical Bali. He took us to our villa near Seminyak were we could relax for a day before heading INTO Bali. Next up was Ubud and its surroundings where we enjoyed the Bali Swing, river rafting, trekking in rice fields and terraces, zip lining, and shopping. Ubud is quintessential Bali. From there we headed to the west coast for a night in Candidassa before catching the speed boat to Gili Trawangan. Gili T truly captured our hearts, especially our diving experience with Scallywag Divers. After just a couple nights there, it was time to head back to Seminyak to finish up our shopping and relax a bit more before the long flight home. Every traveler was changed a bit for the better from their encounters with the people and magic of Bali. Stay tuned for future trips to Bali and Lombok.
Serenity in Siam II - November 2018
Before even a year was up, we were off to Thailand again in November 2018 for our Serenity In Siam II, Lantern Festival Trip custom designed by Get Out There Tours and facilitated by Intrepid Travel. We began our adventure with the Lantern Festival Experience at the Chiang Mai Riverside Resort where an environmentally friendly private Lantern Experience was held. This was the perfect beginning to the journey where we were able to release wishes for the coming year and let go of things from the past. The rest of the time in Chiang Mai was action packed with temple visits and a journey to BMP Elephant Camp where we were able to feed the elephants and take a swim with them. From there we drove to Sukhothai via The Elephant Hospital were we had a tour of the innovative and important facility. In Sukhothai, we explored the former capital by bike (and some by golf cart) and got up close to the magnificent ancient ruins and Buddha statues. How did we top the amazing trip so far? A night train to Bangkok, that’s how. You haven’t lived until you’ve seen Bangkok in the wee hours. With just a short time to see the sights, we had an afternoon tour with TJ Tourguide of Wat Pho, the Flower Market, and Wat Arun. The next day we were back at it with our Intrepid Tour Guide, Rabbit, for a visit to the Railway and Floating Markets before flying to Phuket for a couple nights in Patong (in order to visit Maya Bay). We ended our journey at The Apsara Beachfront Resort and Spa in Khao Lak with true rest and relaxation on the gorgeous Andaman Sea. Another one for the books!
Serenity in Siam - February 2018
Serenity In Siam, our first official trip, happened in February 2018. Eight travelers total started the journey in Bangkok with a tour of the Khao San area with Laura, including an introduction to temples. Next up we hopped int Tuk Tuks for a half day “Tuk Tuk Bangkok City Tour.” TJ Tourguide took us to former capital of Siam, Ayutthaya, and to all of the must see Buddha relics and temples there. From there we flew to Phuket to connect with our transfer to Khao Lak via James Bond Island. At Khao Lak were were mesmerized by our Elephant Bathing and Feeding encounter and a stop at the Turtle Sanctuary. Khao Lak gave us some down time to catch up on shopping at the local market and enjoy the Spa at The Apsara Beachfront Resort and Spa. Up next was our last stop, Koh Samui where we stayed in a huge villa with access to in-house massages and was a short block from the gorgeous Baan Tai Beach. Our last day, some of the group indulged in an amazing Spa Experience at The Tamarind Spa. This was a trip to remember!