GOOD Travel is proud to have partnered with Katrina Billy to offer you this trip to Thailand. This unique tour will enable you to relax at beautiful, sustainable resorts, spend time with local people through our village program, and enjoy plenty of downtime and massages!
Dates: February 17-24, 2019
Size: Maximum of 16 participants + trip facilitators
Location: Phuket - Kuraburi - Ban Talae Nok village - Surin island - Khao Lak - Phuket
Earlybird Cost: US$250 per month (x12 months) or US$2,999 total
February 17: Arrival in Phuket
On arrival in Phuket, you will be met by a representative of GOOD Travel and taken to your accommodation for an optional welcome massage and the chance to relax after your long journey. In the evening, we’ll have a welcome cocktail and dinner!
February 18: Travel to Kuraburi
We will drive for approximately three hours to Kurarburi. On the way, we'll stop at Sri Phanga National Park for a dip in a refreshing waterfall. On arrival in Kuraburi, we'll have a welcome meeting with our partner organization to learn more about Thailand and what to expect during this trip. You'll have the evening to relax and enjoy the nature surrounding our resort nestled in the jungle or visit an evening market with a local translator.
February 19: Visit to Burmese Learning Center
After visiting a Buddhist temple, we will head to the Burmese Learning Center to learn more about their work and get to know the staff and kids! This is an incredible project working to provide an education to Burmese migrants in Thailand. $100 of your trip fee will go directly towards supporting this project.
February 20: Ban Talae Nok village
After a short drive, we will arrive at Ban Talae Nok village where we'll spend the day learning about life in a small Thai village. We'll take part in a variety of activities, including the opportunity to learn how to make soap out of natural ingredients and a cooking workshop. We'll spend the night staying in local homestays to get a true taste of the real Thailand (optional).
February 21: Spa day
After a leisurely breakfast with our homestay families, we’ll head to a beachside resort. We’ll have the day to relax, enjoy an optional Thai massage and go for a swim. In the evening, we can head out for some drinks and dancing!
February 22: Island day trip
We will travel by boat to Surin island National Park. This area is famous for fine white sandy beaches, thick jungle, crystal-clear waters, and some of the best coral reefs in Thailand. We'll have a unique private tour with the original Moken inhabitants of this tropical paradise
February 23: Shopping and free time
On our final day we will have plenty of time for shopping! This will also be a good opportunity to have another massage or get a bit more beach time. In the evening, we'll have a special farewell dinner and maybe head out for some more dancing!
February 24: Return to Phuket
We will organize for your transfer back to the airport in Phuket in time for your flight home.
Every aspect of the trip has been designed to ensure that the local community and environment benefit from your visit. We have partnered with a local tourism organization specialized in community-based tourism to ensure that this trip also has a positive economic impact. We will be staying in resorts that are proactively working to support the local community and to minimize their impact on the environment. In addition, $100 of your trip fee will go directly towards supporting the Burmese Learning Center.
The trip will be led by Katrina Billy, Ebony McLean and Shelley Bragg. In addition, several local guides from our partner organization will be involved in various aspects of the trip.
Katrina Billy first traveled with GOOD Travel to Fiji in 2016. As an Assistant Principal, she is passionate about education and the potential for travel to transform perspectives. As GOOD Travel's partner on this trip, she looks forward to making sure every aspect of this experience exceeds your expectations.
Ebony loves to experience new countries and cultures. As an instructional coach, she is passionate about empowering individuals and communities to take control of their destinies. As your co-host on this trip, Ebony will be working alongside Katrina to ensure you have a wonderful experience throughout your stay in Thailand.
Shelley is GOOD Travel's co-founder. She is originally from South Africa, but currently resides in Bangkok, Thailand. She has extensive experience planning and organizing purpose-centered travel experiences. Shelley first met Katrina and Ebony in South Africa in 2017.
Earlybird Cost: The total trip cost is US$2,999 and includes the following:
Please note that the following are not included and are your responsibility to arrange: