Our flights to Thailand and back are on the following airlines with the corresponding schedules. We recommend that you arrive at the airport at least 3 ½ hours before the scheduled departure. If you are planning a connecting flight, please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs. Flight schedules are subject to change.
|2024: Feb. 8, Feb. 22, Nov. 7, Dec. 5, Dec. 26
|Los Angeles (LAX)
|2024: Apr. 11, Jul. 4, Oct. 3
|Los Angeles (LAX)
|2024: All Other Dates
|Los Angeles (LAX)
ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT
Airlines do not assign seats in advance for group fares – seat assignments are arranged upon check-in at the airport. smarTours is not involved with seat assignments. If you require a specific seat due to a medical condition, please obtain a doctor’s note you can present to the airline at check-in.
International flights to/from the U.S. are not included. Land-only travelers are responsible for arranging entry and exit flights, as well as their arrival and departure transfers. smarTours cannot be held responsible for any damage caused by air schedule changes and delays. Unused land services are non-refundable.
Generally, check-in at hotels is not before 4:00 PM and check-out is prior to 12:00 PM. If arriving early or departing late, hotels usually allow travelers to store their luggage in the luggage room.
PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION
Travelers must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. U.S. passport holders do not require a visa for Thailand. Non-U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates for current visa requirements to all their travel destinations. Before your trip, review travel requirements and restrictions by country including passport and visa requirements. You can also learn more about passport and visa services. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.
TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS
Final instructions, documents, and travel tips will be emailed to you 10–14 days before the scheduled start of your tour. If you have not received your final documents, please check your spam folder or contact smarTours.
Immunizations are not currently required, however, you may wish to consult your personal physician or local health authorities for their suggestions. The CDC recommends you stay up to date on routine vaccinations, and consult your physician at least one month prior to travel. Learn more about the CDC’s destination-specific recommendations.
CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY
The official currency in Thailand is the Thai baht (฿). Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards. However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency. The best place to exchange money is at a local ATM in the destination. You may also exchange money before your trip at your bank. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations. You should also alert your bank and credit card companies that you will be out of the country to avoid any issues.
Thailand’s climate is tropical. Expect daytime high temperatures in the 80s and 90s. Chiang Mai is about 10 degrees cooler.
CULTURE & DRESS
Casual clothes are in order. Given Thailand’s wide range of temperatures, we recommend you bring a sweater and/or layer to accommodate cooler morning/evening temperatures. Please note that religious centers and temples will often require ankle-length pants, skirts or dresses, high necked shirts that cover your shoulders (no tank tops or sleeveless shirts) and, for women, a scarf to cover their hair. We recommend that you bring along comfortable walking shoes, an all weather jacket, a hat and an umbrella.
Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage and one carry-on piece. Please check with the airline for the maximum weight and size for luggage. We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.