Melissa & Gregg: Bangkok, Bhutan & the Beach


Melissa and Gregg came to us interested in planning a get away to celebrate a year that they had accomplished so much in and took a lot out of them. They shared with us that they wanted to "feel far away," but they also wanted in include some time relaxing, on "pure vacation". Our conversations made it clear that a short and sweet itinerary in Bhutan was going to be a great to fit their cultural and adventure desires.

Before we could settle their itinerary and dates we needed to work out the best way to add in the relaxation time that Melissa and Gregg wanted included in their trip. We quickly settled on Thailand. To make the best and smoothest arrangements, we reached out to one of our favorite and most long term contacts, Dana at the Travel Society. She knows Asia (as well as many other areas) like the back of her hand and was able to share with us the best flight path for Melissa and Gregg as well as helping us here at ATC match up the schedule in Thailand to best compliment their time in Bhutan.

“It was so great working with Lisa and ATC to design the trip of a lifetime. I didn’t think it was possible to plan a foodie/spiritual/athletic trip that was also a relaxing vacation but this trip hit every aspect of that. It was well beyond my wildest expectations! Bangkok was an amazing sight to see - incredible food and culture. Bhutan and its incredible culture and people was transformative for my husband and I in terms of our world view (and oddly enough our relationship). Finally, Koh Samui was the perfect place to relax and take everything in before we headed home. I couldn’t have asked for more!”
— ~Melissa P. & Gregg N. San Francisco, CA

Itinerary Overview:

Day 1: Depart USA | Day 2: Arrive Bangkok, met upon arrival and transferred to hotel | Day 3-6: Full days exploring Bangkok, just over half guided and the rest free to explore. Guided included floating markets, cooking classes, guided tours of the best places of street food in the city! | Day 7: Fly Bhutan. Met upon arrival and transfer to the rural valley of Haa. Afternoon spent visiting the monastery and getting acquainted with the new surroundings | Day 8: Morning in Haa, afternoon heading over the pass into Thimphu to explore the capital. | Day 9: Morning at the weekly market and afternoon hike above the town | Day 10: Return westward to Paro and spend the afternoon exploring the national museum and dzong | Day 11: Early morning hike to famed Tiger's Nest, afternoon exploring the town & having a wonderful farewell meal with new friends | Day 12: Transfer to the airport and fly through Bangkok to Koh Samoi | Day 13-15: Relax on the beaches of Thailand with optional access to a guide throughout | Day 16: Fly via Bangkok back home.