Wander Women Koh Tao:
Pre-Retreat Bangkok Extension
April 7-9, 2023
Can’t imagine visiting Thailand without seeing the Grand Palace, sipping a drink at a Bangkok rooftop bar, or hitting a market for a street food feast? Join us for a two day pre-retreat extension to Wander Women: Koh Tao! Before heading to the tranquil islands of the south, immerse yourself in the bustling city known as Asia’s City of Angels.
For this curated Bangkok experience, we’ve partnered with a female-owned and operated local tour company to create a warm welcome to Thai culture. This is a unique opportunity to experience the history, culture, and daily pulse of this fascinating city with women who know and love it!
Trod off the beaten path with Alex, as she shows you all the reasons why she called Thailand home for almost ten years. We’ll take a guided tour of Bangkok’s best palaces, markets and temples, sip cocktails in the trendiest bars, and indulge in mouth watering cuisine!
The Bangkok Extension takes place immediately preceding Wander Women Koh Tao: A Beginner Dive + Yoga Retreat, over April 7-9, 2023. The cost, including just about everything, starts at $800.
• Two nights accommodation at a stunning riverside hotel
• Two meals a day
• A private tour of The Grand Palace and Wat Pho with all entrance fees
• A trip to a hip local night market
• Gratuities for included meals and activities
• A welcome massage
• All local transportation
• Professional photos
What’s Not Included
• Meals not included in the itinerary
• Transport to Bangkok hotel
• Mandatory travel insurance
Subject to change, and expect surprises, but here’s the general idea.
Day 1: Welcome to Bangkok! Get settled into our awe-inspiring accommodation located on the Chao Phraya River and relax after a long journey. In the evening we’ll gather for sunset drinks overlooking Wat Arun, dinner at a trendy restaurant and, if you’re up for it, a tuk tuk ride over to the famed Koh San Road.
Day 2: After a slow flow on our rooftop, get ready for a whirlwind city tour — all walking distance from our accommodation! We’ll dive into the sights of one of the most densely populated cities in the world — get ready for the Grand Palace, the famed Reclining Buddha, and a bustling flower market, as well as a pause to bliss out at the birthplace of Thai massage. During some afternoon free time, take a nap or hit up one of Alex’s favorite museums. This is a city that comes to life after dark — when night falls we will take in the popular hipster Ratchada Night Market. Ready to party? Those still raring to go will continue on to enjoy the nightlife of longtime favorite Sukhumvit Soi 11.
Day 3: Your island adventure awaits! After breakfast you’ll be accompanied to the airport to set off for a week of diving and adventure. We will make recommendations for the best way to travel.
Where We’ll Stay and What We’ll Eat
We’ll stay at a stylish riverside boutique hotel that puts you in the historical heart of Bangkok, overlooking the beautiful “Temple of Dawn” Wat Arun. Double rooms have one large king size bed for sharing.
For meals, we’ll mix it up — our first night, we’ll enjoy a meal at a beloved hotspot for modern Thai cuisine, introducing you to some of our favorite dishes. For lunch, we’ll bring you to a local restaurant where you can order as you please. On the second night, we will take a guided tour of a bustling food market where you will learn all about local street food culture as you graze until you cannot eat another bite — don’t forget to save room for dessert! Breakfast will be served daily at the hotel overlooking the temples, with all diets able to be accommodated.
Meet Your Host
On this extension you’ll be traveling with Wander Women Retreats founder Alexandra Baackes as your host.
Alex called Thailand home for the better part of seven years! She is a yoga playlist master, a temple photo-posing guru, and a connoisseur of Bangkok’s best nightlife. She adores the city affectionately known as The Big Mango and has created this itinerary with love to give you the best first impression of her beloved Thailand.
Alex runs retreats around the world, from Egypt to the Maldives to the Dominican Republic and beyond. But there’s something special about bringing you all “home.”
A $150 deposit is required upon booking and final invoices will be sent 90 days before departure. Don’t hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any and all questions regarding this extension!
Who exactly will be traveling on this extension? How large will the group be?
This extension will be available to guests from Wander Women Koh Tao: A Dive + Yoga Retreat, with a maximum of twelve guests, plus two hosts and a photographer.
I’m not a party girl! Are you going to drag me to Khao San Road and make me drink buckets?
No way! There are a million ways to have a good time in Thailand, from dancing the night away at a mega-club to getting a massage and going to bed early. We’ll help you make any of them happen. We have to warn you, however, that we will likely be found on Khao San Road, drinking buckets, at some point.
Is it possible to have a private room?
Depending on how many guests book the extension, this may be possible! We will offer it as an upgrade opportunity closer to the time, if available with the limited nature of accommodation at our boutique hotel.