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General Information

Travel Needs

Meeting Point & Time

Your guides will meet you and your fellow guests upon your arrival at the Chiang Mai International Airport.

Please note that this will be the only pick up point(s), if you arrive earlier and are staying at a different hotel or location, you will need to make your way to the meeting point.

Flight Requirements

The Chiang Mai Adventure Buffet tour uses Chiang Mai Airport as its gateway.

You need to plan your flights to arrive before the time listed below and to depart afterwards. The arrival time is earlier than the meeting time to provide the time necessary to clear formalities and claim your baggage. Please note that we can not accommodate flight times outside what is listed, as it would adversely effect all guests on your tour.
    Arrive: Chiang Mai Airport (CNX) between before 4 pm on Day 1
    Depart: Chiang Mai Airport (CNX) after 9 am on Day 6

Visa and Passport needs

Passports are required for all guests joining the Northern Highlights. Your passport should have at least 6 months validity left on the date your trip starts. Most airlines will not let you board without, so don't show up hoping to talk your way onboard, get your passport renewed well in advance.

Visas may not be required for Thailand for citizens of the USA, Canada, UK, EU, Australia and New Zealand depending on what you plan to do before or after our tour. Citizens of these countries are given a 30 day Visa Waiver Entry stamp upon arrival allowing a 30 days in the kingdom. If you plan to stay longer, then a Tourist Visa needs to be obtained in advance. Citizens of other countries should check with the nearest Thailand Embassy or Consulate.

On your flight to Thailand you will be given an Immigration Form, please fill out all parts of the form (including departure info). Folks from countries not requiring visas will have a 30 Day Entry Permit stamped in their passport, other visitors will receive Entry Permits for the number of days specified in their visa.

Guests are responsible for obtaining a passport and the necessary visas or other travel documents necessary for your trip (including any transit points enroute to or from the tour). No refunds will be issued if you are prohibited from traveling due to your failure to obtain the necessary documents, nor will Pedalers be responsible for any additional costs should you have to change your routing during the tour due to your failure to obtain the necessary documents.

Vaccinations & Health needs

Thailand is a tropical environment and a number of insect borne diseases are present. While using bug repellent will keep most at bay, it is always best to discuss medications and preventative courses with your family physician or public health travel specialist.

Destination Info

Currency, Exchange & ATMs

Thailand uses the Baht as their currency. The approximate value is 30 Baht to 1 US Dollar. Paper money comes in 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 Baht notes, coins come in 1, 2, 5 and 10 Baht denominations. Thailand also uses the Satang, with 100 Satang equal to 1 Baht with 25 and 50 satang coins.

Most banks can exchange foreign currency and the rates are similar from bank to bank. There are also exchange windows and private exchanges in the bigger towns and tourist destinations. Banks in the countryside can also exchange foreign currency. There are no fees for exchanging cash, but there is a per check fee for exchanging travelers checks.

When bringing cash, be sure it is the newest version of your home currency and in good shape (no torn or worn out bills). Asian banks are quite finicky about exchanging worn money due to counterfeiting.

ATMs are available throughout the country, even in smaller cities. Most take a wide range of cards, Visa, MasterCard, Cirrus, Plus.

A few things to keep in mind though:
  • Local ATM providers charge 180 baht per use AND your bank back home may also charge a fee for using the ATM.
  • If you have multiple accounts tied to a single debit card, international ATMs will usually default to your current or checking account.

Cell Phones & Internet

Cellular phone service in Thailand is based on the global GSM frequencies (900 / 1800 mHz). Local prepaid SIM cards are fairly easily obtained, should you desire a local number for more economical calling. Travelers coming from the USA & Canada, need to check if their phone accommodates "international" frequencies, as North American systems use the 800 / 1900 mHz bands. 2G & 3G cellular data service is available (4G is available in a few test markets in Bangkok).

Most of our hotels provide wifi access to the internet. This service is free at some stops and at extra cost at others. While decent speeds will be available in the bigger cities, in the countryside it will be much slower. We suggest that you not plan on any video streaming or other such hi-speed oriented downloads.

Power

Thailand has 220V 50Hz power. The outlets are set up to use both the flat bladed plugs common in North American and the round pin plugs common in Europe.

Most modern electronics now accommodate voltage ranges from 110V to 220V, so a power converter usually is not necessary if your camera, phone, tablet or laptop have been built within the last 5 to 10 years.

Local Customs & Etiquette

Thailand's culture is quite different than western cultures and your guides will spend time the first evening during orientation going over the biggest do's and don'ts.

One aspect that guests should be aware of in advance when selecting what you will bring to wear, Thais are quite modest with their dress, even to the point of wearing t-shirts and shorts to swim not bathing suits. While you will occasionally see an uncaring tourist wearing the following, we suggest not bringing these: skimpy bathing attire (speedos, thongs, string bikinis, etc) and see through blouses for women. Also very short shorts & skirts, plus spaghetti strap tops are not considered suitable attire for visiting temples and historical sites.

Government

Thailand is a Constitutional Monarchy using a parliamentary democracy system. Thailand's Parliament is made up of two houses, the Senate and the Parliament. The Senate is made up of half appointed members and half directly elected members. Parliament is about three quarters elected directly and one quarter appointed by political parties. The King of Thailand, King Bhumibol Adulyadej (or Rama IX), is the world’s longest reigning monarch, and has reigned since 1946

Weather

Thailand sits just north of the Equator and enjoys warm weather year round. The climate is broken into three seasons, winter, summer and rainy season. Winter which runs from October until February is clear with warm daytime temps and cool evenings, Summer which runs from March to May is hot both day and night. Rainy season (June to September) is warm by day and night, with afternoon or evening showers common.

Tourist Offices & Embassies

Tourism Authority of Thailand
www.tourismthailand.org

United States
Royal Embassy of Thailand
thaiembdc.org/

Canada
Royal Embassy of Thailand
www.thaiembassy.ca

United Kingdom
Royal Embassy of Thailand
www.thaiembassyuk.org.uk

Australia
Royal Embassy of Thailand
canberra.thaiembassy.org

Hotel List

Chiang Mai
The Rim Resort (english spoken)
51/2 Arrak Road
Chiang Mai
phone: 66-53-903-999

Thailand's country code is 66. To call these numbers from inside of Thailand replace the 66 with 0. English spoken refers to the front desk personnel that would be answering incoming calls.

The hotels listed here are our first choice properties, but may not be available for all departures. If a substitution is necessary it will be of similar quality.


Bicycle Info

Using Our Bike

Please note that Pedalers does not provide helmets or waterbottles. Due to the warmer & humid climates in which our tours travel, we don't feel that loaner helmets can be adequately cleaned between uses, so we request you bring your own from home. If you don't have a helmet, they can be easily purchased at most of our touring gateways.

If you ride regularly at home and use clip in pedals or have a favorite comfortable saddle, feel free to bring those with you and our guides will be happy to swap them out for you.

To help our guides have the correct size bikes available, we will need an accurate measurement of your height and inseam. Height should measured while barefooted. Your inseam should also be measured in bare feet and please note that the inseam value listed on your pants is not accurate for sizing a bike, follow the directions below.

Stand with your back against a wall, your bare feet 6 inches (15 cm) apart on a hard floor, looking straight ahead. Place a book between your legs with one edge against the wall, and pull it up firmly into your crotch, simulating the pressure of your saddle while riding. Have a friend measure from the top edge of the book to the floor. Repeat two or three times, for consistency, and average the results to get your inseam length.

Clothing & Equipment

To Wear

Cycling Gear
  • Cycling Shorts
  • Jerseys / T-shirts
  • Socks
  • Cycling Gloves
  • Cycling Shoes
  • Rain Jacket
  • Helmet
  • Waterbottle

Paddling Gear
  • Water shorts or *bathing suit
  • Sandals (watersport or beach)
  • Broad brimmed hat
* Thailand's cultural norms do not embrace skimpy bathing attire. Thongs, speedos and other such minimalist bathing suits are not acceptable for use while kayaking on this tour.

Hiking Gear
  • Comfortable Shorts
  • Sturdy Shoes (lightweight hikers or walking shoes)
  • Socks
Casual Clothes
  • Pants / Shorts / Skirts
  • Shirts
  • Comfortable Shoes
  • Undergarments
  • Lightweight Pile Jacket or Sweater


To Use

  • Helmet
  • Waterbottle (large for bike)
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera & spare batteries
  • Memory Cards
  • Favorite Energy Snack
  • Binoculars
  • Notepad or journal
  • Mosquito Repellent
  • Scarf or Bandanna
  • Medications and Hygiene needs
  • Swiss Army Knife
  • Travel Clock
  • Guide books and/or Language guides

Baggage
  • Duffel or softside suitcase
  • Fanny Pack or Day Pack
  • Passport wallet


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