This tour starts in Kathmandu and ends in Chitwan. Arrival and departure will be at Kathmandu.
The capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu has a history that spans 2,000 years. Apart from being rich in culture and spirituality, the city offers myriad of temples that lies in the magical realm of the Himalayas, definitely a scenic place that is perfectly picturesque.
Pokhara is the ‘Tourist Capital of Nepal’. Many travel writers enjoy Pokhara’s relaxing beauty due to its pristine air, snowy peaks of mountain ranges and surrounding greenery. Pokhara is also famous for extreme adventures such as trekking, rafting, canoeing and bungee jumping.
Located 150 km West of Kathmandu, Chitwan is the best place for nature lovers. Chitwan means ‘heart of the jungle’ with a sub-tropical climate. Witness a great deal of wildlife at Chitwan National Park.
This tour has a $500 deposit and the remainder is due 75 prior to departure.
What is not included
This tour has a lot of walking and requires a moderate level of fitness. There are steep stairs, uneven roads and getting on and off boats and buses. Sites are large and sometimes hot, you may need to walk several kilometres around a single site. You need to be fairly fit to attend this tour.
Day 1 – Arrival at Kathmandu
Transfer to Hotel (Swota Traditional Homes) in Patan. There will be a dinner program in one of the Nepalese restaurants with typical Nepalese cuisine. There will be a small meeting about the trip in the evening.
Hotel on BB (Bed and Breakfast) | Private Vehicle
To add our Chiang Rai Womens Wellness Retreat to your Thailand tour you require one extra nights accommodation at Museflower Retreat Centre for the night of the 12 December 2022 and a 3.5 transfer from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai the price of this is $150AUD for a single room and $100AUD per person for a twinshare room. You can add this extra night and transport to your booking during the registration process.
This retreat is for women seeking time out and to refresh for the New Year (or before the craziness of Christmas). An all-inclusive pampering package for mind, body and soul located in peaceful Chiang Rai, Northern Thailand.
Up until 75 days before the start of the tour a $500 non-refundable deposit will be retained. For between 75 days and 45 days, 50% of the final payment, this is in addition to the non refundable deposit will be forfeited. For less than 45 days or for no shows the entire amount will be retained as we would have already had to pay for accommodation, transport, flights and activities, and this money will not be returned to us. Once the tour has commenced no monies will be returned to you. This is why travel insurance is compulsory.
Please visit this page HERE for the most up to date information relating to Covid 19 and your travel including vaccinations requirements and what will happen if you get contract Covid whilst overseas.
In terms of entry requirements to Thailand, you will be given up to date information on this closer to the departure time as things are changing regularly.
Our rates do not include any kind of travel insurance and each guest must make sure to arrange their own necessary insurance prior arrival to Thailand. We will do everything possible to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip. However, all travel involves some degree of risk we strongly recommend that you take out appropriate travel insurance for your adventure.
Your insurance protection should include cover for cancellation, medical, in particular Coronavirus and repatriation expenses, personal injury and accident, death and loss of personal baggage and money and personal liability. Insurance cover offered by credit card companies or reciprocal medical cover agreements are often not comprehensive please check this before travelling. Or contact our preferred Travel Insurance provider CoverMore
Previously Australians and 63 other countries could travel to Thailand Visa free for 30 days. At the moment things are changing regularly so please visit the Thai Consular for more details of what it currently applicable.
Note transport arrangements below. You will be allocated one seat per guest. It is not possible or feasible for us to social distance on our tours when using private transport.
- From 1-7 pax : we use 1 van (Toyota Commuter).
- From 8-14 pax : we use 2 vans (Toyota Commuter).
- From 15-21 pax: we use 3 vans (Toyota Commuter).
- Our standard baggage allowance per person is 1 big bag (76x48Cm) + 1 Hand carry (which clients might need to carry with them on seat) *This is just to and from the airport
- In case if the clients exceed this assigned baggage allowance then company hold the right to add another van or luggage truck with additional supplement charge (which have to be settled by directly by the clients) based on requirement to provide a better & comfortable experience to our clients.
For our domestic flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai Economy class passengers are allowed to check in 20 kg of baggage and 7 kg hand luggage. *If you exceed this the individual client will have to pay the baggage excess.
For our ground transportation our standard baggage allowance per person is 1 big bag (76x48Cm) + 1 Hand carry (which clients might need to carry with them on seat) *This is just to and from the airport.
In case if the clients exceed this assigned baggage allowance then company hold the right to add another van or luggage truck with additional supplement charge (which have to be settled by directly by the clients) based on requirement to provide a better & comfortable experience to our clients.
Tourists from every part of the world are always given the warmest welcome from Thai people. However, there are things visitors should pay attention to when traveling to Thailand.
- Dressing properly and neatly when visiting temples and pagodas.
- Showing respect to the King and his royal family.
- Making taxi-fare deals are illegal.
- Don’t rub the head of another person.
- Don’t express affection exaggeratedly in public.
- Don’t speak loudly in public.
Tourists should consult your Family GP or Travel Health Clinic at least 4–6 weeks before your trip to allow time for your vaccines to take effect.
The following vaccines are highly recommended by the Pasteur Institute: Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Poliomyelitis, Hepatitis B, Meningitis A, C, Hepatitis A, Malaria Treatment.
Passport, Journal, Camera, Prescription Medication, Converter Plug & Chargers. Swimmers, sunscreen and hat. Shorts, t-shirts, dresses and comfortable walking shoes. Also weather may be cool especially overnight and early mornings. Bring long pants and cardigans and clothes that can be layered as it heats up during the day.
The official Thailand currency is the baht, which consists of 100 satang. One baht is worth approximately four cents in Australian dollars, with an average meal costing around 150 baht. In 1897, Prince Mahisorn devised the decimal system which King Chulalongkorn used to replace a previously more complicated system. It was this decimal systems that established the one baht equivalent of 100 satang. However, coin denominations were still issued in the older units up until 1910, with 25 satang (cents) and the corresponding coin still known as the salueng.
Thailand currency is comprised of coin denominations that range from 1 satang to 10 baht and banknotes that start at 20 baht and go as high as 1000 baht. Coin denominations are 1 satang, 5 satang, 10 satang, 25 satang, 50 satang, 1 baht, 2 baht, 5 baht and 10 baht. Coins range in physical size and are made from aluminium and magnesium compounds, aluminium bronze, copper plated steel and nickel plated steel. Each coin features the likeness of King Bhumibol Adulyadej on one side and a rendering of iconic temples throughout the country on the other.
Thailand currency also features banknote denominations of 20 baht, 50 baht, 100 baht, 500 baht and 1000 baht. All notes feature the King Bhumibol Adulyadej on one side and are colour coded. The 20 baht is green and features King Ananda Mahidol (Rama VIII) on the reverse while the 50 baht is blue and features King Mongkut (Rama IV) on the reverse. The 100 baht is red and features King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) and King Vajiravudh (Rama VI) on the reverse while the 500 baht is purple and features King Nangklao (Rama III) on the reverse. Finally, the 1000 baht is brown and features King Bhumibol Adulyadej; Pa Sak Jolasid Dam on the reverse.
ATMs are widely available which is convenient for you to withdraw some Baht wherever and whenever you want.
Credit and debit cards are accepted in large businesses, hotels, and restaurants in Thailand. However, you might find that smaller stores and cafes don’t take cards or in the other case, your card is blocked by anti-fraud software; therefore, these unpredictable circumstances certainly cause serious inconvenience while traveling. The best course of action would be to carry some cash on you at all times.
Thai cuisine is divided into five regional cuisines, corresponding to the five main regions of Thailand namely Bangkok cuisine, Central Thai cuisine, North-Eastern Thai cuisine, Northern Thai cuisine and Southern Thai cuisine. Each region has its own gastronomic characteristics, which contributes to the diversity of Thai cuisine. While traditional southern foods are well-known for herbs and spices, Northern Thai cuisine mainly includes numerous ingredients such as sticky rice, Nam Prik (spicy chili paste), fresh vegetable, and soup. Northeastern Thai meals are famous for their spicy, sour dishes and an essential condiment Pla Ra (fermented fish sauce).
The cuisine of Thailand has been greatly influenced by those of Indian, Indonesian, Malaysian, Vietnam, Cambodia and especially of China.
Thai cuisine is well known for its spiciness. The secret of Thai culinary traditions, however, is a perfect balance of five flavors: sour, sweet, salty, bitter, and spicy.
In Thai cuisine, salt is mostly replaced by fish sauce. This means the ones who are allergic to this sauce, salt should be required if necessary.
*Please let us know of any allergies **Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate complex dietary requirements only anaphylaxis allergies. To travel with us if you have specific dietary needs you will need to be able to manage these yourself without it impacting on the rest of the group.
Thai power sockets have two prongs so if coming from Australia you will require an adapter. The voltage is slightly different by 10 volts but most electrical devices will tolerate this. All travel shops and airports will have these adapters for sale.
Please remember to take enough prescribed medication for duration of the tour. Chemists are very easy to access and things such as anti-biotics are generally available over the counter.
A moderate level of fitness is required to enjoy all the sites we visit. Some of the days we are out and about all day you do need to be able to walk up to 5km a day and sometimes at pace if we are heading somewhere we need to be on time for like a ferry crossing. Other times its more of a stroll however please consider if you think you would hold the group up. We cannot unfortunately have women travel with us who require asistance to walk, for example if you use a walking stick you will not be able to get to many of the sites we visit.