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General Trip Agreement (Contract)

Kasma Loha-unchit's Trips to Thailand

Actual Contracts in PDF Format

Note: Kasma has no plans to offer the Northeastern Trip D. No contract available.

The following is a sample only. Follow above links to the actual contract.

Thailand Travel Adventures
Sample Trip Conditions & Agreement/Contract

Price:  $3,250 to $3,450. Air fare to Thailand not included. – Subject to Change: All rates are per person double occupancy, based on a group with 5 to 14 trip members. Cost does not include airfare to and from Thailand. If we are unable to provide you with a roommate, you will need to pay for a single supplement. For group size of 6 or fewer, add $200 (depending on the trip) per person; for group size of 7 to 10, add $250 per person (depending on the trip). All rates are subject to change as necessitated by unanticipated increases in exchange and room rates.

Reservations: All reservations require a $400 deposit per person. Deposit is applies to a specific trip only; it is not transferable. A trip minimum of five persons must be met for the trip to proceed.

Cancellations/Refunds: A deposit refund of $200 will be made if written request is received by date specified in contract (4 months before departure). After that date or ticket purchase, no portion of the deposit will be refundable. Final payment is due at least 75 days before departure. After that time no refund will be made unless the trip is canceled by us, in which case trip members will be refunded in full. We are not responsible for air fare cancellation fees. During the trip, should a trip member decide to leave the group at any time, a refund will not be given for unused portions of the trip package.

Air Travel to Thailand: You will need to make your own air travel arrangements to and from Thailand. We can advise and assist. You will need to factor in 2 travel days prior to the trip (due to the international dateline) and one travel day ofter the trip.

Trip Price Includes:

Accommodations: Hotels, or similar lodging, based on two persons sharing a twin-bedded room, hut or bungalow, with private facilities. An exception will be national park housing, where several trip members may need to share dorm-style bungalows (applies only to Southern Thailand trip). Tent camping services are available at some parks upon request and at a minimal extra charge. On the southern trip (only) there is one location where you may be in tents.

Meals: All meals are included – breakfast, lunch and dinner, except for meals trip member chooses to have away from the group.

Transportation: Land transportation by motorcoach, car, van, minibus, train, boat or other local conveyance (including air travel within Thailand while traveling with the group) while in Thailand as part of the trip are included.

Services: Services of bilingual guides and entrance fees to places visited are included.

Trip Price Does Not Include:

Round-trip airfare to Thailand, excess baggage fees, forwarding of baggage, baggage loss, charges for inoculations, medical expenses, travel insurance, items of a personal nature such as laundry, beverages, optional trips, meals away from the group, special arrangements, airport taxes, charges and tips for room services and drivers.


Travel Insurance Protection: Travel insurance is available from several insurance carriers to provide protection in a variety of situations if you are unable to make the initial departure or forced to leave the trip prior to end. Medical expense and accidental injury protection, baggage insurance and medical evacuation coverage are also available and advised.

Travel Documents/Health Requirements: U.S. citizens are required to possess a valid passport. A visitor's visa will be automatically granted upon arrival in Thailand and is good for 30 days, sufficient to cover the length of the trip. If you are not a U.S. citizen, you are responsible for determining and fulfilling any visa requirements. Check with the Public Health Department for current recommended or required vaccinations.

Responsibility: Kasma Loha-unchit Clark, operator of this trip, the travel agent, trip escorts, trip organizers, sponsors and assistants act only as agents for the passengers in regard to travel whether by railroad, bus, motorcars, boats, airplanes, or animal rides and assume no liability for any injury, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity which may be occasioned either by reason of defect in any vehicle or through acts of default of any company or persons engaged in conveying the passengers or in carrying out the arrangements of the trip. We can accept no responsibility for losses or additional expense due to delay or changes in train or other services, sickness, weather, strikes, war, quarantine, uncontrollable events or other causes such as not meeting the trip minimum. All such losses will have to be borne by the passengers as trip rates provide arrangements only for the times stated. Baggage is at owner's risk. The trip organizer accepts no responsibility for securing, handling, or possession of passports or travel documents; nor for the accuracy of information given regarding such documents. It is the responsibility of the passenger to make sure that he/she is in possession of the proper travel documents and is in compliance with the current carrier and government regulations. Right is reserved at our sole discretion to withdraw any trip, and to make any changes in the itinerary we deem necessary or desirable, and to decline to accept or retain any person as a member of the trip at any time should such person's health, mental condition, physical infirmity or general deportment impede the operation of the trip or the rights, welfare or enjoyment of other trip members. Rates, costs, and schedules are subject to change. The airlines concerned are not to be held responsible for any act or omission or event during the time the passengers are not on board their plane or conveyance. The passage contract ticket in use by airlines concerned, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between airlines and passengers.

TRIP INFORMATION: Further information, including deadlines, travel arrangements, inoculations, clothing suggestions, trip itinerary, and other items of interest to trip members will be provided upon receipt of application and deposit.

Addendum

The Addendum lists the areas that have caused some difficulty on past trips. By signing the Application to Participate (see below) you signify your acceptance of these conditions.

Food

All meals provided on the trip will be Thai and other Asian food. Kasma does all the ordering for the entire group. You must love Thai food. Since the food is served "family style," we cannot accept anyone who has special dietary needs – including food allergies, strong food preferences or not eating a specific food be it animal (pork, chicken, fish, shellfish) or a vegetable, such as onions. Many Thai dishes are hot and spicy so you must enjoy food that is at least a 5 on a heat scale of 1 to 10. Remember, a 5 in a Thai restaurant may be more spicy than the equivalent dish in the United States! It is important that you like rice, fish, pork, shrimp and other seafood. Because of the culinary focus of the trips, market walks are a highlight and we will frequently be eating our way through the markets, sampling street food.

Lodging

For the most part, we stay in comfortable, moderate lodgings close to our activities. We do not stay in international 4- or 5-star hotels, or hotels that resemble, for instance, the Holiday Inn. While traveling in the South we will stay on islands where the accommodations are rather basic. On the islands electricity is often by generator and may be available as little as 4 hours or less in the evening. Often top sheets are not used and only a blanket is provided. Most of the islands do not have hot water, which should not be a problem in a tropical country. During the trip of southern Thailand, on one national park island only dormitory-style accommodations are available; on another we may be staying in tents, based on room availability. In some places you may need to carry your own luggage.

Wake-up Time

Thailand is a tropical country that can get very hot in the afternoons. In order to take advantage of the cooler mornings, most days will begin fairly early – breakfast at 7:00 a.m. is not uncommon. On the morning we leave Bangkok we leave at 5:30 or 6:00 a.m. in order to avoid rush-hour traffic.

Restroom Facilities

All of our hotels have western-style toilets that allow sitting. While on the road we will quite often encounter Asian-style toilets in gas stations and many restaurants. These toilets require the user to squat (much like you do when you go camping).

Itinerary

The itinerary is subject to change and activities may be altered. Since the itinerary is geared toward "off-the-beaten path" travel, we do not spend much time in Bangkok and will not visit many of the better known tourist sites, such as Wat Phra Kaeo (the Grand Palace), in Bangkok.

Boats

While journeying in the south we spend a fair amount of time on boats. Many of these boats are of the "longtail" variety, requiring the passenger to wade into ankle- to knee-deep water in order to climb into the boat; ladders are occasionally available. Luggage may occasionally get wet from salt spray. On the trip of southern Thailand we will also use larger boats that often require climbing over other boats and/or using narrow ladders in order to embark and disembark. You may need to carry your own luggage on and off the boats.

Sample Trip Application

Thailand Travel Adventures
Application to Participate
(Trip Designation here)
(Trip Dates Here)

(to be completed and signed by every trip member)

Name*: _______________________________________________

Address: _________________________________ Home phone: ________________

_______________________________________  Work Phone: _________________

Occupation: _____________________ Email Address: __________________________

Birthdate: ________________________  Physical Health: _______________________

Special Needs: _________________________________________________________

___ I would prefer my address/phone number not be given out to other trip members.

Trip Cost: $_______, subject to change. Trip price adjusted for a single supplement. If group is less than 6 people or less, add $250, subject to change; for 7 to 10 people, add $200, subject to change.
_____ I prefer single supplement (May not always be available; adds approximately $700 to $1,200.)
Deposit Enclosed:  _____ $400. $200 non-refundable until 4 months prior to departure, nothing after. Non-transferable.
Balance Due Date:  75 days prior to departure.

The name above is the name on my passport and can be used for airplane reservations. I will insure that my passport is valid for a date 6 months after my arrival in Thailand. If I am not a U.S. Citizen I will make sure that I have the correct visa.

I have read the Frequently Asked Questions at http://www.thaifoodandtravel.com/travel/ tripfaq.html, the General Trip Conditions and Addendum and understand the conditions of the trip.

I have been informed that the accommodations for the trip will not be in international chain hotels, but rather, comfortable, moderate lodgings most conveniently situated for me to experience the local culture or the country's natural areas.

I understand that the meals provided will be Thai and other Asian food served in restaurants where local people dine. I love spicy Thai food and can eat spicy food that is at least 5 on a scale of 1 to 10. I do not have any special dietary needs or food allergies. I eat pork, chicken, beef, fish and shellfish (including shrimp).

Because of the personal nature of the trip, I will be kind and considerate of other trip members, the trip leader and assistants. For my benefit and the benefit of other trip members, I understand that any trip member who disrupts group harmony may be asked to leave the trip without refund at the discretion of the trip leader.

____________________________________________________
       (Signature, should match passport)                  ( Date)

Please make check payable to:

          Kasma L. Clark
          Oakland, California
          Phone: (510) 655-8900
          http://www.thaifoodandtravel.com

* Please use name as it appears on your passport.

If you are interested in a specific trip, please follow the page links at the top of the page to the Trip Contract & Agreement (available in PDF format only) for that trip.

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Explore Further

We suggest that you explore all of the links under Trip Information below. Read each of the Individual Trip Pages to see which you might be interested and then check out the itinerary, contract, blogs (if available) and photos for each trip. If you'd like to sign up, ask question, have us address concerns or would like to talk with a prior trip member, follow this Contact Kasma link and get in touch.

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Khorat market vendor Trip Information:   Overall Description  |   Details   Trip Brochure (PDF) |
Trip Information    FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions)   |   Testimonials

Individual Trip Pages:   Trip Summaries   |   Trip B   |   Trip NF   |   Trip So

Trip Itineraries:   Trip B1   |   Trip B2   |  Trip NF   |   Trip So1   |   Trip So2

Trip Contracts (PDFs):   Trip B1   |   Trip B2   |   Trip NF   |   Trip So1   |   Trip So2

Blogs on Trips:   Trip B, Part 1 & Trip B, Part 2   

Trip Photos

Buddha imageNote: All links open in a new window so that you can simply close that window to return to this page of links.

Onsite Photos:

Single Trips:   Trip B & Trip B 09   |    Trip So & Underwater &   | Snorkel Krabi   

Applies to all trips: Food Sampling   |   Thai Markets

Offsite Photos:Kasma's Google+ Photos: Scroll to find relevant albums or use these links.

Google+ - Trip B: 2017 B-1 | 2017 B-2 | 2017 B-3  ||   2015 B-1 | 2015 B-2 | 2015 Videos
Google+ - Trip B: 2013 B-1 | 2013 B-2 ||   2012 B-1 | 2012 B-2 | 2012 B-3   || 2011 B-1 | 2011 B-2   

Google+- Trip NF: 2018 NF-1  | 2018 NF-2  | 2018 NF-3  | Northern Frontiers

Google+ - Trip So: 2018 So-1 | 2018 So-2  |  2018 So-3  |  2016 So-1 | 2016 So-2
Google+ - Trip So: 2015 So-1 | 2015 So-2  |  2015 So-3  |  2015 Videos
Google+ - Trip So: 2013 So-1 | 2013 So-2   ||   2012 So-1 | 2012 So-2 | 2012 So-3
Google+ - Trip So: 2010 So-1 | 2010 So-2 | 2010 So-3   ||   2008 C

Snorkel Trip So:   Snorkel 2010-11   | Snorkel 2009   | Snorkel 2007

 

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Please make sure that you have read the Trip details and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs); then Contact Kasma.

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