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Small Group Explorations:

A Visit Beyond Small Group Exploration normally has no more than 2-5 people. It is not a
group tour in a big tour bus and expect therefore that you might only be 2 on the tour. And
being few, you can go places less travelled. Small group explorations bring you closer to
local life, increase flexibility and take you beyond the ordinary.

Shared Group Experiences:

A Shared Groups Experience normally has more than 2 participants in the group, but expect up
to at least 12. Most likely, you will therefore share your experience with others. Most
shared group experiences have fixed departure days so please check the booking calendar to
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Island Hopping Krabi, Lanta, Phi Phi - Backpackit

Explore the beautiful islands in the South of Thailand, starting from Krabi and heading to the popular beach of Railey, before continuing to the more remote Koh Lanta. After enjoying time on this beautiful Island complete your tour of some of Southern Thailand's most beautiful beaches on the white powdery sands of Phi Phi Island. The trip ends on Phi Phi Island, where you can choose to stay longer, explore more of the islands in the South or continue to Phuket. We can arrange whatever request you might have.

Description
Trip length:
7 Day(s) 6 Night(s)
Unique Experience:
● Discover the beautiful islands in the Andaman sea.
● Swim, snorkel and relax at isolated Railey Beach.
● Explore the jungle and life at Koh Lanta.
● Set foot on “The Beach” at Koh Phi Phi – famous from the movie of the same name.
Locations Visited:
Railey beach, Koh Lanta & Koh Phi Phi
Start City:
Krabi
End City:
Koh Phi Phi
Physical rate:
Type of transportation:
Minivan/car, long tail boat, ferry or speedboat
Type of Accommodation:
Basic, but good bungalows/room with own bathroom.
First choice: Railey – Diamond Cave, Koh Lanta – Lanta Garden Home, Koh Phi Phi – Andaman Beach Resort or Maney Resort.
The hotels can be changed upon booking according to availability, we will inform about this when booking is made.
Tour departure day(s):
Every day
Participants:
Small Group Exploration
Minimum 1* and maximum 8 participants
*Note that it is possible to book 1 person, but price is higher and we cannot guarantee more participants on the tour.
Children Policy:
Child age: 2-11 years. Infants below 2.
Child price: Refer to “Rates”. Infants are free of charge.
Included in Price:
Accommodation: 2 nights at Railey, 2 nights on Koh Lanta & 2 nights on Koh Phi Phi. All are in shared double room
Transport: Transfer from Krabi airport or bus station to Railey, transfer from Railey to Koh Lanta and transfer from Koh Lanta to Koh Phi Phi
English speaking tour guide: Driver who speaks basic English when transferring from Krabi only.
Excluded From Price:
● Travel insurance (compulsory)
● Optional tours not stated as included in the itinerary
● Transport from pier at Koh Phi Phi to accommodation at Koh Phi Phi
● Food is not included in the trip
All other expenses not stated as included in the above.
Travel season:
This trip is offered only from late October to April only. In southern Thailand, the May to November rainy season can bring heavy and regular rainfall.
Essential to bring:
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Day 1: Krabi - Railey
Upon arrival at either Krabi airport or bus station you will get picked up and transferred to Ao Nang. From here you will get on a long tail boat and sailed the short distance to the fantastic beaches named Railey. After checking into your accommodation you enjoy the day swimming, snorkelling or sunbathing.

Day 2: Railey

Relax on the coast in the south of Thailand at this luxurious tropical paradise. Towering limestone cliffs shelter incredible beaches. Isolated from the mainland, the peninsula of Railay is surrounded by the warm Andaman Sea, lush jungle, and twisted rock. It contains enough activities for the most adventurous while allowing those who only want to chill out in paradise the opportunity to do just that. Railey is amongst one of the world’s best rock climbing places, so go climb that mountain.

Day 3: Railey - Koh Lanta

Today it is time to check out from your accommodation and travel to Koh Lanta. Please check the latest boat schedule updates with the reception and get your transfer time confirmed (normally the ferry leave Railey around 10.30). The sailing time to Koh Lanta takes about 2 hours. You will arrive at Saladan pier on Koh Lanta, where you will get picked up and transferred to your accommodation. After checking into your accommodation you can enjoy the day swimming, snorkelling or sunbathing.

Day 4: Koh Lanta

Koh Lanta is an island of wonderful beaches facing west, with magical sunsets and verdant jungle. It's an island people come back to, again and again. A place where time is soon forgotten. A place where you can spend hours watching the antics of hermit crabs. It is timeless magic. Get out there and explore, rent a motorbike and go around the island, sign up for a daytrip sailing trip or simply just relax and read a good book on the beach.

Day 5: Koh Lanta - Koh Phi Phi

Today it is time to move on to Koh Phi Phi. Please check the latest boat schedule updates with the reception and get your transfer time confirmed. The ferry company will pick you up at your accommodation (normally the ferry leave Koh Lanta around 13.00). The sailing time to Koh Phi Phi takes about 2 hours. You will arrive at Tonsai pier in Phi Phi where it is normally quite hectic and swarming with people. At the pier there will be a person from your accommodation picking you up and walk with you to your accommodation. After checking into your accommodation you are free to do as you like. We highly recommend to go to the viewpoint for the most stunning sunset in Thailand. It is a steep walk up all the stairs, but the reward is well worth the effort.

Day 6: Koh Phi Phi
Koh Phi Phi is Thailand's island-superstar. It's been in the movies. Phi Phi's beauty is a large part of the allure. The islands, when approached by boat, rise from the sea like a fortress. Sheer cliffs tower overhead, then give way to beach-fronted jungle. It's love at first sight. Koh Phi Phi has a very special attitude. Few places on the planet are this laid-back. Of the two islands, one is completely free of human inhabitants (Phi Phi Leh), and the other (Phi Phi Don) is without roads. There's no schedule, no hustle-and-bustle, no reason to be in a hurry. There are plenty of activities waiting to be explored on this island. Just take a stroll around the small streets and you will see all the possibilities on offer.

Day 7: Koh Phi Phi - Check out
Today it is time to check out from your accommodation. In case you wish to extend your stay on Koh Phi Phi, want to travel back to one of the other islands visited on this trip or continue to new explorative destinations, then let us know and we will help you the best we can.

Note:

Accommodation: We are staying in basic but good bungalows or rooms in each destination. First choice: Railey – Diamond Cave, Koh Lanta - Where Else resort, Koh Phi Phi – Harmony house. The hotels can be changed upon booking according to availability, we will inform about this when booking is made.

Island Hopping is running from late October until April
The program is subject to change due to the weather and local conditions without prior notice, the sea transfers might be delayed or even cancelled.
Possible to connect with Khao Sok 2 or 3 day trips.

Index of notes:

Emergency Contact - Emergency Funds - Additional Expenditures - Tipping - Weather and Unpredictables - Meals - Group Leaders and Guides - Arrival - What to bring - Checklist - Visas - Laundry - Share Your Trip - Respectful Dress - Money, Dough, Loot & Booty - Departure Tax - Communications - Expect the Unexpected - Health & Fitness - Travel Insurance - Your Travel Buddies - Responsible Travel - The law and "the man" - Children Rules

Emergency Contact

In the event of a genuine crisis or emergency, Visit Beyond’s Thailand Office can be reached on Tel: +66 2630 9371. For further contact details please use the following page: http://www.visitbeyond.com/contact-us

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Emergency Funds


We advise that you keep 10,000 Thai Baht for unforeseen incidents and circumstances beyond our control (eg. a natural disaster, civil unrest, etc.).

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Additional Expenditures

Take into account your personal spending habits when deciding how much money to bring. How much will you drink and party? How many souvenirs you intend to bring home? How many gifts? Remember to include tips in your calculations. (See below.) Back to Index

Tipping

Visit Beyond employs local guides who greatly appreciate recognition of services rendered. Tipping about THB 100 per day (if you are happy with the service) is appropriate, but not compulsory. We suggest THB50 per day for porters (if applicable). For drivers who render services for several days in a row, 50 Baht per day is appropriate. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

At small restaurants you may want to round up to the nearest 20 Baht. At upscale restaurants, a tip of 10% is appreciated. (Note that upscale restaurants often levy a 10% service charge on the bill. Additional tipping is at your discretion. Back to Index

Weather and Unpredictables

Visit Beyond operates trips in Thailand throughout the year—including the rainy season—and changes may result from inclement weather and other unforeseen circumstances. We reserve the right to change the itinerary according to such circumstances as we see fit to ensure the best experience for our customers. Back to Index

Meals

Visit Beyond gives you the opportunity to try authentic Thai food. When meals are not already provided, your guide will be able to suggest restaurants and the best dishes during your trip. The tour leader will normally order a variety of dishes to sample. Notify your tour leader of allergies or dietary restrictions. Back to Index

Group Leaders and Guides

Visit Beyond will often provide experienced, local, English-speaking guides who know the destination and region well. Kindly note that it is sometimes necessary to change the guide at the last minute due to unforeseen circumstances. Your guide is there fore you. He will offer recommendations, history, useful phrases and more. We encourage you to ask questions. At Visit Beyond we aim to support local guides who have specialized knowledge of the regions we visit. Back to Index

Arrival

If you have booked an arrival package then you can expect a Visit Beyond representative waiting for you at the airport with a sign with Visit Beyond Logo and your name. If you cannot locate your tour leader at the airport, please visit the ATTA office in the arrival hall on the second floor near exit no. 7 where you can get help in locating your guide. In emergency cases please call Mr. Jimmy on +66 (0)81 80 80 144. Visit Beyond does not offer refunds for missed transfers due to a change in flight or delays. Any additional cost you may incur to meet with your group is at your own expense. Back to Index

What to bring

Pack according to the tour you have chosen. If you’re going trekking, bring appropriate shoes; if you’re going diving, bring your suit, etc. Visit Beyond encourages you to pack only necessities. Although there are some tours and trips in which you can leave your luggage behind for a day’s excursion, we generally require you to carry your own gear. For this reason, we strongly encourage you to pack in a backpack with straps and back support and a smaller daypack. We strongly discourage traditional luggage!

Responsible travel (see below) dictates that we respect local cultures. Bring a camera and take pictures and video, but never intrude on people’s lives.

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Checklist

This checklist is intended as a reference guide; it is not a complete packing list. Always keep in mind weight restrictions according to your airline of choice.

Travel documents: Passport and visas, travel insurance documents, tickets, Visit Beyond vouchers (if any).

Money: Cash, credit card, money pouch.

Special for Ranger tour:You need to bring 3 long sleeved shirts in dark colors like black or army green and 2 pair of trousers for the jungle.

Day pack: First-aid kit, medication/prescriptions (consider carrying a doctor’s letter if you require a large amount of medication), sunscreen, refillable water bottle and purification tablets, flashlight, insect repellent, hat and sunglasses, traveler’s diarrhea tablets, prescription glasses, contact lenses and solution, earplugs, playing cards, phrasebook.

Large pack: Alarm clock, international outlet adapter, swimsuit, lightweight towel, eye mask, comfortable walking shoes, raincoat, umbrella, waterproof jacket, outdoor sandals with good grip, waterproof bags for the rainy season, appropriate clothes for temples and religious sites.

And, of course, your camera, film or memory cards and spare batteries!

Please also check our online check list for this tour. Back to Index

Visas


You are responsible for obtaining visas. Consult your embassy’s website in Thailand or Thailand’s embassy website in your country for the latest visa requirements. Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your return date. We endeavor to keep visa information updated, but rules can change suddenly.
Citizens of Australia, NZ, UK, USA, DK, SE, NO, FI, and NL do not need visas to visit Thailand as a tourist. If entering by air you will be granted a 30-day entry stamp. If entering by land you will be granted a 15-day stamp and you will require an onward ticket. Back to Index

Laundry


Some hotels offer laundry services for an additional charge. You can find additional laundry services in all major cities. If you choose to do your own laundry, kindly use non-polluting and biodegradable soap. Back to Index

Share Your Trip


Go on, show off a little! Share your pictures on our Facebook page. We occasionally hold contests for those who provide the best shots, so stay on the look-out and you could win a free trip!


http://www.facebook.com/VisitBeyond

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Respectful Dress


Remember that styles of dress are generally conservative throughout Asia. This is especially true outside major cities. Visit Beyond therefore strongly recommends modest clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly hot Asian climate. Avoid tank tops on the beach and never sunbathe topless. Men and women alike are often required to wear pants that cover the legs in temples and religious sites. Back to Index

Money, Dough, Loot & Booty

We recommend withdrawing money from ATMs, which are widely available throughout Thailand. This has the advantage of keeping your money safe in the bank; not vulnerable in your back pocket. Remember to bring your bank’s emergency contact details in the event that your card is stolen. In addition, notify your bank of your travels before you depart, as banks often place a temporary hold on cards due to transactions in foreign countries or other suspicious activities.

Visit Beyond does not recommend traveler’s cheques. Exchanging them can be a lengthy process and can pose difficulties due to banking hours and holidays. In addition to a commission, unfavorable exchange rates often apply to traveler’s cheques. If you insist on bringing traveler’s cheques then purchase them with a major brand and strong currency. Old cheques are rarely, if ever, accepted. Back to Index

Departure Tax

There is no departure tax at Suvarnabhumi Airport at the present time. This is subject to change without notice and Visit Beyond is not liable for unexpected charges levied on departing tourists. Back to Index

Communications

The most reliable method of communication during your travels will be email. Although Internet access is widely available in Thailand, we do visit areas of the country for several days at a time in which Internet access is limited or unavailable. Please take this into account when planning your trip.

It is a good idea to leave your booking agent’s contact details or Visit Beyond’s contact information with friends or family in your home country in case of emergencies. We do not recommend that you leave friends and family with your hotel details because there is no guarantee that hotel staff speaks English. Facebook is another handy tool to keep in touch.

Always register with your country’s embassy in Thailand and provide details of your itinerary in order to make yourself available in the event of an emergency. Back to Index

Expect the Unexpected

Visit Beyond, as the name implies, brings you places that are beyond the well-worn tourist path. Out here, things sometimes go wrong and if they do, it is imperative that you tell your guide or tour leader immediately. They are best suited to help however they can. If this does not suffice, your guide will contact our manager. Back to Index

Health & Fitness

There are no health requirements for this trip. However, to get the most out of your trip, all travelers should be in good physical health. You should consult your doctor or physician before leaving your home country and you should honestly assess your ability to complete your vacation based on the detailed Visit Beyond trip itinerary. In general, the more you physically prepare for the trip, the more you will enjoy it. We do not walk at altitude nor set distance records, but some treks can still be demanding. Expect hilly terrain and high temperatures. Visit Beyond and its guides reserve the right to exclude a participant without refund if said traveler is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to him/herself or to the group.

Small and very handy first aid kits should be readily available in your home country. We recommend you purchase a kit before departure along with any personal medication you may require. Read the trip itinerary closely and bring medicine accordingly, as many trips entail travel on long, windy roads and require that you eat authentic Thai food. Do not rely on trip leaders or guides, as they are legally prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache medicine and antibiotics.

Visit Beyond is well aware of the health risks of bird flu and SARS. Therefore, Visit Beyond reserves the right to make unannounced changes to all itineraries in the very unlikely occurrence of an outbreak of bird flu, SARS or other disease. Please contact us at thailand@visitbeyond.com should you require any clarification.

*Special Health & Fitness for diving

Before you begin your dive course, you must complete a medical test. If you suffer – or have suffered from asthma, hay fever or allergies, you must bring a doctors certificate stating that you are physically capable of withstanding the kind of strain that diving can cause. We recommend that you obtain a doctors certificate in advance in case you are suffering from any of the above mentioned diseases. Back to Index

Travel Insurance

Although travel insurance is not obligatory to join a Visit Beyond trip, we strongly recommend you purchase insurance before departing your home country. Traveling without insurance is done entirely at your own risk. Visit Beyond is not liable for the uninsured. We recommend Gouda Travel Insurance for our European customers. Back to Index

Your Travel Buddies

Traveling in a group can be a very positive experience. You are likely to find that your travel buddies hail from all over the world. Therefore, you will get the double pleasure of experiencing a new part of the world and new friends to enjoy it with. In order to get the most out of your trip, each traveler must respect every member of the group, arrive on time according to the trip itinerary, and practice patience with one another. These are your responsibilities as a member of a group and we expect each member to follow them. For reasons of privacy, Visit Beyond will not provide personal information or contact details of your fellow travelers prior to departure.

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Responsible Travel

Traveling responsibly is a pillar of the Visit Beyond philosophy. To us, it means two things: respect for the environment and respect for local cultures. We practice low-impact tourism and make every effort to preserve the environment. We refuse to treat local people as mere photo-ops and insist that you engage with locals as human beings. You will have a better trip for it. Please refer to our Responsible Travel page for further details and suggestions for responsible travel. Back to Index

The law and "the man"

Visit Beyond does not tolerate illegal drugs nor do we tolerate visiting prostitutes. Both of these may be common among certain communities we visit but they are illegal nonetheless. Engaging in such activities puts you and your group at serious risk. Possession of illegal drugs is a crime punishable by death in Thailand. Visit Beyond and group leaders reserve the right to immediately expel from the group anyone engaging in these activities.

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Children Rules

*Children are defined from age 2-11. That means 12 years and up will have to pay adult price.

Children can either stay with the parents in the same bed or we can book an extra bed if possible at the guest house / hotel.

*Some trips have special rules for children.

Children rules for SCUBA diving:

Children can do special dive courses from the age of 8.

Children aged 8-9 can do a course named bubble maker

Children aged 10-11 can do a course named Scuba diver

Children aged 12 and up will be able to do Open Water course.

It's still up to the instructor to decide whether a child is mature enough to dive. Being 10 does not create a right to be certified.

Children are defined from age 8-11. That means 12 years and up will have to pay adult price.

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Disclaimer

This itinerary is an accurate account of your trip. Please note, however, that we regularly update each trip according to customer recommendations and changes on the ground. Varying conditions and unforeseen circumstances may alter this itinerary, which does not represent a contract between Visit Beyond and its customers. As your trip approaches, we recommend you check visitbeyond.com for the most accurate and up-to-date itinerary.

Adventure trips, trekking, hiking, and water activities including swimming, snorkeling and diving are done at your own risk. Visit Beyond recommends purchasing travel insurance before leaving your home country. We can recommend Gouda travel insurance for our European customers.

We reserve the right to make changes without prior notice.

 
 
 

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