ABOUT THAILAND STUDY TOUR

THREE CITIES, THREE WEEKS

BANGKOK CITY TOUR


Take a boat ride on the River of Kings. Visit some of the oldest and most famous landmarks in the Old City and receive massage at the school on the temple grounds. Take a museum tour that showcases traditional Thai home design and art. Stroll through one of the hippest neighborhoods and experience the modern side of Bangkok.




BEACH VACATION


Retreat to the beach for a few days at the end of the trip. Hang a hammock. Read a book. Go swimming or sign up for a water adventure. Watch the sunset. Receive Thai massage.




WHEN DO WE GO?


Our annual trip departs from the USA the last week of December (after the Christmas holiday and before the New Year holiday) and returns to the USA approximately three weeks later. Dates vary slightly each year due the holiday schedule and flight availability. Please note : the 2020-2021 trip has been rescheduled to March 2021. Weather in Bangkok (south central Thailand) is hot and humid year round. January is dry, temperatures between 80 - 90 degrees and usually there is little rain. In Chiang Mai (northern Thailand) in January the humidity is usually low. Averages are 80s in the daytime, 60s at night. Beach weather is island tropical with plenty of sunny days to spend exploring.




CHIANG MAI CITY TOUR


Study Thai massage on the weekdays. Spend weeknights and weekends exploring markets, temples, spas, cafes, restaurants, bars and music. Ride in a tuk tuk, see a show, play with elephants, take a cooking class, eat street food, get a foot massage, chat with monks and take a trip up the mountain to visit one of Northern Thailand's most sacred temples.





WHO'S INVITED?

A SMALL GROUP OF PROFESSIONAL BODYWORKERS


This is a focused trip designed for professional bodyworkers who are interested in studying Thai massage. We keep our groups small, 6 - 8 students max. We are currently unable to accept any participants that are not professional bodyworkers. All levels welcome. No previous Thai massage experienced required. Beginner and advanced classes available.




TWO EXPERIENCED GROUP LEADERS


Jeffrey travelled to Thailand for the first time in 1998 while living and working in Korea. Charlene's first visit was in 2014 to study Thai massage. They are both experienced travellers and have travelled many places around the world. Together they have explored much of SE Asia and are always happy to make a return trip to Thailand. The Thailand Study Tour they created in 2016 has become an annual event that they enjoy sharing with other healing arts professionals.




STUDENT TESTIMONIAL - LINDA W.


"An amazing trip! I felt like I had my own personal tour guides who were on top of everything and did an excellent job of scheduling each day while leaving flexibility for personal time. It was a great assortment of experiences during the three weeks. The Thai massage training has added new techniques and knowledge to my 20+ years as a therapist. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this grand adventure!"





DETAILS

WHAT'S INCLUDED?


  • Roundtrip international airfare to/from USA/THAILAND
  • All airfare and transportation within Thailand
  • Double occupancy accommodations in boutique hotels and bungalows
  • City walking tours for orientation to the area, shopping at markets, and local immersion
  • Foodie tours and dining at amazing local restaurants (cost of food/drink not included)
  • Admission to all temples and planned cultural excursions
  • 2 experienced group leaders
  • Study at Thai massage school




WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED?


  • Domestic airfare within the US to/from theinternational departure airport.​​

  • Cost of food and drink (most accommodations include breakfast)
  • Visits to the spa and receiving thai massage outside of class
  • Personal shopping and anything that you do in your free time




COST & PAYMENT OPTIONS


Cost, payment options and deadlines may vary slightly by year. The following details are for the 2020 - 2021 tour. $4800 pay in full with check or card *all credit card transactions will be charged an additional 3.5% transaction fee, any refunds issued will also be charged a transaction fee Payment option with check or card $1600 deposit due by June 15th $1600 due August 1st $1600 due September 15th Please get in touch if you are registering after June 15th to discuss payment options. All payments arrangements must be made by September 15th. Any registrations accepted after September 15th require payment in full. *all credit card transactions will be charged an additional 3.5% transaction fee, any refunds issued will also be charged a transaction fee *all payments made are non-refundable/nontransferable on and after June 15th, 2020. We strongly recommend travel insurance in case of emergency.




APPLICATION PROCEDURES


To register you will first fill out the application for the trip you are interested in taking. The application can be found on the event listing for upcoming trips at the bottom of this page. On the application you will select your method of payment. You will receive an invoice for payment once your application has been accepted. Application review takes approximately 2 weeks. Please note that you must be able to provide a copy of your passport book and your passport must be valid for at least SIX MONTHS past your arrival date into Thailand. Passport cards are not accepted for Thailand travel. Receiving the acceptance email, making a payment and returning the signed travel and consent waiver along with a copy of the first page of your passport book is the only way to reserve your space. If you are unable to make a payment upon acceptance then you will be added to the waitlist until payment is received. If all available spots are filled before June 15th then interested applicants will be added to the waitlist once payment has been made. If no spots become available for waitlist applicants then waitlist applicant's money will be fully refunded.




STUDENT TESTIMONIAL - LAURA E.


The school and teachers were awesome. Bangkok, Chiang Mai and the island excursion was a nice progression and I feel as if we saw a lot for a short amount of time. Our business vs. free time ratio was good, too. You did a great job planning and making us feel at home in Thailand wherever we went. The elephant day was literally the best day of my whole life. I appreciate and feel honored to have had the opportunity to share this with you.




ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


Once you have completed registration with payment, signed travel waiver and copy of passport YOU ARE IN. You will receive a detailed itinerary and a recommended packing list. We are dedicated to helping you have the best trip possible and strive for exceptional communication and organization. Please feel free to get in touch with any questions you might have. info@elevatemassage.training We are happy to talk with you more about the trip before you apply.