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led by Kasma Loha-unchit

"I'm continuing to revel in, sleep in and dream of our magnificent adventure. Being in a Buddhist country, meeting so many wonderful, gentle people and seeing so many new and exotic things has left its mark in my psyche in ways that I don't understand. You had a wonderful way of bringing us into the culture and people instead of being cut off as spectators. Thank you for that great opportunity." – Fred Onufryk

Welcome to Kasma Loha-unchit's cultural & culinary trips to Thailand. These off-the-beaten path adventures for people who love Thai food and who want to get to know true Thai culture are offered between November and February each year.

Trips Scheduled for Nov. 2015 through Feb. 2016

Central, Northern & Southern Thailand – Trip A – 26 days

This trip is the best of both worlds: you'll visit central & northern Thailand in Part 1 and then finish the trip on the beautiful beaches of southern Thailand in Part 2. This trip is set-up so that you can do either Part 1 or Part 2 or both, depending on how much time and inclination you have. Part 1 is 17 days (in Thailand); part 2 is 10 days (in Thailand).

The section on Trip B above explains what you'll see in Part 1 of Trip A. After the return to Bangkok from the north, you'll spend a couple af days driving down south to Krabi province, perhaps the most beautiful beach area in Thailand. Once there you'll spend time on beaches and in the water and exploring other interesting natural areas. You'll continue eating the best food Thailand has to offer, including a few meals at one of the best restaurants in all of Thailand.

  • Dates:
    • Full Trip: Nov. 23 to Dec. 18, 2015 (+ international travel days)
    • Part 1: Nov. 23 to Dec. 9, 2015 (+ international travel days)
    • Part 2: Dec. 9 to 19, 2015 (+ international travel days)
  • Price:
    • Full Trip: $4,050, plus airfare, subject to change.
    • Part 1: $2,700, plus airfare, subject to change.
    • Part 2: $1,850, plus airfare, subject to change.

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Street Vendor
Temple Mural

Northern Frontiers – Trip NF – 18 days

We're very excited about this trip which will cover the under-explored eastern reaches of the Northern region – most notably Phrae and Nan provinces, which see very few international tourists.┬áThis part of Thailand is less developed than other parts; many of the cities feel smaller, contain interesting wooden buildings and are somehow more walkable. You'll need to like temples as you'll visit many on this trip, most of which will contain fabulous temple murals that vary in complexity, style and subject matter. You'll visit beautiful mountains and interesting rock formations. Of course, you'll walk through vibrant open-air markets and feast on delicious Thai food the entire time, as with all of Kasma's trips. You'll finish up with some fabulous sights in Chiang Rai. This is a unique opportunity to explore this marvelous region of Thailand.

  • Dates: January 7 to 24, 2016 (+ international travel days)
  • Price: $2,975 plus airfare.

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Thailand beach

Southern Thailand – Trip So – 17 days

This is a trip for nature lovers, for people who love beaches & the sea and who love to snorkel. We'll visit 3 marine National Parks with the best snorkeling in Thailand; Kasma's been snorkeling these reefs for many years and knows the best spots. We'll rent our own boats so we can snorkel at each spot as long as we'd like. We'll also visit a magical lake with majestic limestone karsts in Khao Sok National Park. You'll visit other highlights of southern culture, open-air markets and feast on authentic southern cuisine the entire trip – you'll eat what the southern Thais eat.

  • Dates: Jan. 30 – Feb. 15, 2016 (+ international travel days).
  • Price: $2,950, plus airfare, subject to change.

In 2015 there is a 26-day trip as follows:

  • Dates: Jan. 24 – Feb. 17, 2015 (+ international travel days); shorter options available.
  • Price: $3,950, plus airfare, subject to change. For 10 or less, add $250.

Note: This trip is full and no longer accepting applicants.

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Kasma's Trips Scheduled for Nov. 2014 through Feb. 2015

Thai Silk

Northeastern Thailand (Isan) – Trip NE – 19 days

Northeastern Thailand – Isan (or Isaan) is the largest geographical region in Thailand and a region that that still greatly values traditional Thai culture. This unique trip of 19 days (in Thailand) will extensively explore this less-touristed region. Isan is known for its textiles, both cotton and silk, and we'll visit numerous weaving villages in the area. We'll visit numerous temples, lively markets, ancient Khmer ruins, beautiful natural parks with fascinating rock formations. You'll feast on northeastern Thai cuisine throughout the entire trip, sampling well-known favorites such as Green Papaya Salad (Som Tam) and Barbecued Chicken (Gai Yang) as well as being introduced to many Thai dishes you did not even know existed.

  • Dates: Nov. 25 – Dec. 13, 2014 (+ international travel days)
  • Price: $2,750, plus airfare, subject to change. For 10 or less, add $200.

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Central & Northern Thailand – Trip B – 17 days

Perhaps the most popular of Kasma's trips, you'll start out with some sightseeing and feasting in Bangkok and then head upcountry. You'll spend a few days in the historical heartland of Thailand, in Sukhothai & Ayuthaya, exploring historical sites, temples and Thai crafts. Then you'll move on to the north, visiting the lovely foothills of the Himalayas, living hill-tribe villages (not just for tourists). Then in Mae Hong Son you'll stay at a lovely eco-resort, ride elephants and explore the Burmese-influenced temples. Whenever possible, you'll eat your way through colorful, bustling open-air markets. And, of course, you'll feast on the very best food that Thailand has to offer. In the U.S. we see maybe 5% of the dishes available in Thailand: come try some of the other 95%!

  • Dates: Dec. 31, 2014 – Jan. 16, 2015 (+ international travel days)
  • Price: $2,750, plus airfare, subject to change. For 10 or less, add $200.

Note: This trip is full and no longer accepting applicants.

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Elephant Ride

Currently Scheduled Trips Pricing Information

November 2015 to February 2016 Trips

Trip A (Price TBA) Trip A Page

  • Full Trip: Nov. 23 to Dec. 18, 2015 – 26-day Trip to Central, Northern & Southern Thailand: $4,050 + airfare.
  • Part I: Nov. 23 to Dec. 8 or 9, 2015 – 17-day trip to Central & Northern Thailand: $2,700 + airfare.
  • Part II: Dec. 9 to 19, 2015 – 10-day trip to Southern Thailand: $1,850 + airfare.

Trip NF: 18 day trip to Northern Thailand, Jan. 7 – 23, 2016: $2,975 + airfare.Trip NF Page

Trip So: 17-day trip to Southern Thailand, Jan. 30 – Feb 15, 2016: $2,950 + airfare.2016 Southern Trip Page

November 2014 to February 2015 Trips – no longer accepting trip members

Trip NE: 19 day trip to Northeastern Thailand (Isan), Nov. 25 – Dec. 13, 2014: $2,750 + airfare. NE Trip Page

Trip B: 17 day trip to Central & Northern Thailand, Dec. 31, 2014 – Jan. 16, 2015: $2,750 + airfare. Trip B Page

Trip So: 25 day trip to Southern Thailand, Jan. 24 – Feb 17, 2015: $3,950 + airfare. 2015 Southern Trip Page

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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 A   |   Trip B   |   Trip So   |   Trip NE   |   Trip NF

Trip Itineraries:   Trip A   |   Trip B   |   Trip So   |   Trip NE   |   Trip NF

Trip Contracts (PDFs):   Trip A   |   Trip B   |   Trip So   |   Trip NE

Blogs on Trips:   Trip B-1 & Trip B-2   ||   NE - Weaving Villages

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 A   |   Trip B & Trip B 09   |    Trip So & Underwater   |   Trip NE & NE Fabrics

Applies to all trips: Food Sampling   |   Thai Markets

Trips A & So: Snorkel Krabi photos

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

Picasa - Trip A: 2013 A-1 | 2013 A-2   ||   2012 A-1 | 2012 A-2   ||   2010 A-1 | 2010 A-2

Picasa - Trip B: 2013 B-1 | 2013 B-2   ||   2012 B-1 | 2012 B-2 | 2012 B-3 ||
Picasa - Trip B: 2011 Trip B-1 | 2011 B-2   ||   2010 B-1 | 2010 B-2

Picasa - Trip So: 2013 C-1 | 2013 C-2   ||   2012 C-1 | 2012 C-2 | 2012 C-3 ||
Picasa - Trip So: 2010 C-1 | 2010 C-2 | 2010 C-3   ||   2008 C   ||   Snorkel 08 ||   Snorkel 07

Picasa - Trip NE: 2011 NE-1 | 2011 NE-2 | 2011 NE-3   ||   2009 NE-1 | 2009 NE-2

Picasa - Trip NF: Northern Frontiers


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