Patricia DeWit – XEALOT Guide
Christina – Bangkok Urban specialist
Mark and Ying- Migrationology Bloggers and Foodies
Dwight – Longtime local expat and founder of In Search Of Sanuk Foundation, providing aid for urban refugees in Bangkok)
Kilang – Founder of ‘Help Live’, a program that feeds and helps provide quality of life for refugee orphans
Kai- local vendor, B-Boy
Tim – CEO Adam’s Organics, a thriving business where the bottom line is not all about profits, partner with Help Live and In Search of Sanuk
Experience daytime excursions by foot, bike, boat or taxi. Visit hidden back streets and alleys that almost never see a foreigner. A local guide will lead you through his neighborhood and you’ll have plenty of time to learn about family, politics, economy, and worldview and life in the city.
Urban Grit may take you….
…to a Thai-owned pub for a lesson in local history
…to a neighborhood time forgot to see how people in a modern city still live according to some of the old ways
…into a close-knit community of urban squatters
…to an authentic floating market
…cycling on suspended sidewalks
…on a speed-boat taxi with a glimpse of Bangkok’s river homes
…on an urban picnic for tastes of some of the best street-side food stalls
…into Aunty Pon’s outdoor kitchen to share cooking secrets and a “cafay boh-ran,” an old-fashioned iced coffee.
Watch the sun go down and the lights come on and see Bangkok transform before your eyes. Enjoy some VIP treatment and a breath-taking view from one of the city’s elite rooftop restaurants. You’ll get an inside look into the other side of the city, and an Urban Specialist will share perspectives on Bangkok culture.
Urban Glitter may give you…..
…an urban sunset at a rooftop bistro
…an after-dark cruise to admire the skyline along the Chao Phrayaa River
…a visit to a recording studio, art gallery or cultural site
…a tour through Bangkok’s hip and happening neighborhoods in Upper Sukhumvit
Anyone can walk down the street and take in the sights, but our Adventure Trip will provide you with a closer look. This part of the adventure is by special request only. If you choose to do so, you will have the chance to spend 12 hours living alongside a Bangkok resident, learning from local people who work hard for a living.
You may shadow…..
…a Thai kickboxing trainer
…a noodle shop owner
…a small café/restaurant owner
…a spa worker
…a local street vendor in a slum community
…a B-Boy dance crew member
This is an unconventional tour through one of Bangkok’s many high-energy, noisy night spots. It will emphasize the TOX, or the “City within the City.” An Urban Specialist will provide unique insider glimpses, discussing history, culture and Bangkok’s arrival at this modern context.
Teams finish their trip with two nights and three days at the beach in the sleepy sea-side town of Hua Hin. As well as relaxing in the sands of the Gulf of Siam, this final part of our Adventure Trip will allow time for guided feedback, questions, discussion, and reflection on the personal impact of our Adventure Trip Program.
The schedule may change depending on arrival times. Participants who choose to arrive earlier will need to make travel arrangements from the airport as well as hotel booking for any days not included in the schedule.
Pick up at airport
Check-in at hotel
Urban Tox Phase 1: Grit
Breakfast with Urban Specialist
Urban Tox Phase 2: Grit
Lunch with Urban Specialist
24 hour shadow ends 1 p.m.
Afternoon relaxing and preparation for the evening
Pick up at hotel
Urban Tox Phase 4: Glitter (Smart Casual Dress Code at Banyan Tree’s Moon Bar. Long trousers and closed shoes for gentlemen. No torn jeans, sleeveless tops, shorts or flip-flops for ladies or gents.)
Head to beach resort in Hua Hin
Ramp – beach and local sights
Evening meal and discussion time with Urban Specialist
Check out by noon
Travel to Bangkok
Dinner and a movie
Thailand has a tropical climate. Temperatures in the 80s–90s can be expected during the day. During the summer months, expect evening rain (possibly daytime as well) and hot/humid conditions. July and August will definitely average daytime temperatures in the 80s and highs in the low 90s with high humidity.