Thailand Island Hopping 2014
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Trip code: THIH

  • Adventure 3 out of 5
  • Relaxation 5 out of 5
  • Culture 3 out of 5
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Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy 17 hedonistic days visiting some of Thailand’s best beaches
  • Find a bargain in the bustling night markets of Cha Am
  • Chill out with fellow backpackers and Thai travellers
  • Trek the soaring mountains of Sam Roi Yot national park
  • Snorkel in the clear waters off the sandy coastline of Koh Tao
  • Party on Koh Phangan, the home of the Full Moon Party!
  • Relax on some of the most stunning beaches in the world  

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Renowned for its amazing islands; Thailand has been the main focus of travellers for decades. Experience the chaos of Bangkok before heading south to some of Thailand’s most famous islands including, the snorkelling and diving mecca of Koh Tao, the party island of Koh Phangan and the diverse island of Koh Samui!

 

Starting with the chaos of historic Bangkok, you’ll venture to the tranquil island paradise of beautiful Koh Tao, making sure that you visit the highlights of Thailand along the way. Let our experienced Thai guides make all the arrangements and relax as they lead you from the night markets of Cha Am to the natural splendour of Sam Roi Yot national park. 

 

Please note that this package is for all bookings departing before 31st December, 2014. Looking to do Island Hopping in 2015? To check out our 2015 package click here 


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What will I be doing?

  • Days 1 to 2 (2 Days)

  • Days 3 to 4 (2 Days)

  • Day 5 to 9 (5 Days)

  • Days 10 to 13 (4 Days)

  • Days 14 to 17 (4 Days)

Days 1 to 2: 2 Days

Next Leg

Destination info

Your journey begins in Bangkok before continuing through Cha Am, Sam Roi Yot before travelling to the famous Thai islands of Koh Tao, Koh Phangan and Koh Samui.

 

The Kingdom of Thailand, with a population of 65 million people, is located in the heart of Southeast Asia and shares borders with Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia and Myanmar. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty complemented by impressive architecture, including striking temples. The country is also well known for its appetising food and the people renowned for their friendly manner.

  • Location: Bangkok

Day One: Arrive in Bangkok
Today you'll be personally met on arrival at Bangkok airport by our friendly co-ordinators. They will take you to your hotel. Depending on when you arrive, you can relax or explore this exciting city. We will arrange a welcome dinner the following evening. This is a great opportunity to have fun, make friends with your fellow travellers and get to know the co-ordinators.

 

Overnight in Bangkok.

 

Day Two: Tour of Bangkok
Meet the staff at the hotel lobby at around 9am for a welcome chat and brief introduction of your experience. This is a great opportunity to meet fellow travellers and get those questions answered by our team. Once the talk has finished we will walk through bustling Bangkok to our first stop on the tour - the Grand Palace.

 

The Grand Palace is the most sacred of all landmarks in Thailand, all Thais must visit the Palace at least once in their life to pay respect to their most revered monarch, there is also a saying that you have never truly been to Thailand unless you go within the walls of the Grand Palace, so a great way to start your tour. The Grand Palace is not included in the tour and costs 350 baht. If you do not wish to go into the Palace there is a small market nearby selling all kinds of souvenirs and street food. After the Grand Palace you will stop for lunch for an hour or so before setting off towards Wat Arun or The Temple of Dawn which is a quick stop over the Chao Phraya river. This temple offers great views of the city – at a price, as the view requires a slight climb up some ancient steps!

 

Crossing the river again, a short 5 minute walk will bring you to Wat Po or The Reclining Buddha. Here you can walk around the statue and partake in some of the rituals which are said to bring you lots of good luck. You will then head back towards Khao San Road and your hotel, to either rest or go shopping in and around the Khao San area where almost anything is sold and at very reasonable prices - just remember to meet your team around 8pm for your welcome meal and continued merry making within Khao Sans’ infamous night scene.

 

Overnight in Bangkok, breakfast included.

Days 3 to 4: 2 Days

Next Leg

Destination info

Your journey begins in Bangkok before continuing through Cha Am, Sam Roi Yot before travelling to the famous Thai islands of Koh Tao, Koh Phangan and Koh Samui.

 

The Kingdom of Thailand, with a population of 65 million people, is located in the heart of Southeast Asia and shares borders with Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia and Myanmar. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty complemented by impressive architecture, including striking temples. The country is also well known for its appetising food and the people renowned for their friendly manner.

  • Location: Cha Am and Sam Roi Yot

Day Three: Cha Am
At around 10am you will leave your Bangkok hotel and make the two hour journey south to Cha Am, a resort boasting Thailand’s longest white sand beach, in Phetchaburi province. Here you will have the afternoon free to chill out on the beach.

 

In the evening your co-ordinator will take you to Cha Am’s busy night market which sells everything from noodles to puppies. The market begins to wind down just before midnight but many of the stalls selling food and drinks often stay open until dawn.

 

Overnight in Cha Am.

 

Day Four: Sam Roi Yot

Get ready for a packed day’s activity in Khao Sam Roi Yot or “The Mountain of Three Hundred Peaks” - a coastal national park around 60km South of Cha Am. The park is home to over 300 species of birds as well as the rare Serow, a goat/antelope like mammal that can sometimes be seen near the park headquarters.

 

The day will begin with a trek through the forests and caves that surround the Limestone Mountains rising from the Gulf of Thailand. You will also visit the mangrove forests and take a boat trip to view the mountains from the sea, and perhaps even see some of the dolphins that live in the waters of the park.

 

Overnight in Cha Am.

Day 5 to 9: 5 Days

Next Leg

Destination info

Your journey begins in Bangkok before continuing through Cha Am, Sam Roi Yot before travelling to the famous Thai islands of Koh Tao, Koh Phangan and Koh Samui.

 

The Kingdom of Thailand, with a population of 65 million people, is located in the heart of Southeast Asia and shares borders with Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia and Myanmar. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty complemented by impressive architecture, including striking temples. The country is also well known for its appetising food and the people renowned for their friendly manner.

  • Location: Koh Tao

Day Five: Travel to Koh Tao
Expect an early start as the coach for Chumphon, from where the ferry leaves for Ko Tao, leaves at 8am. You should arrive in Koh Tao at around 2pm.

 

Koh Tao translates as “Turtle Island” and is situated between Suratthani and Chumpon in the Gulf of Thailand. Serving first as a stopping point for fishermen and later as a prison, the island did not begin to develop as a tourist destination until the 1980s and remains less developed than islands such as Koh Samui and Phuket.

You will be staying on Sairee Beach, a 1.7km long stretch of soft white sand and shallow turquoise water.

 

Overnight on Sairee Beach, Koh Tao.

 

Day Six: Island Tour
Today you will take a boat ride around Koh Tao with frequent stops for snorkelling in the clear waters. The Tour ends on the tranquil Koh Nangyaun, three tiny islands connected only by a strip of sand.

 

Overnight on Sairee Beach, Koh Tao.

 

Days Seven to nine: Koh Tao
No activities are scheduled for these days so you have the freedom to enjoy the tropical island in your own way. Your coordinator will be able to advise you what to do in your free time.

 

Snorkelling is a favourite activity for many visitors to Koh Tao and, if you didn’t have enough of it on your boat trip, fins, snorkels and masks are readily available for hire all over the island and coast at a cost of around 100 Baht per day. Head East or North to explore the rocky coves and even a shipwreck or two. Visitors between March and May might be lucky enough to catch a rare glimpse of a visiting 40ft Whale Shark, but if not, the coral and tropical fish more than make up for it. If you want a more adventurous underwater experience many companies offer diving trips for beginners.

 

Onshore there are numerous activities, such as yoga and hiking, open to visitors.

 

Two nights on Sairee Beach, Koh Tao. 

Days 10 to 13: 4 Days

Next Leg

Destination info

Your journey begins in Bangkok before continuing through Cha Am, Sam Roi Yot before travelling to the famous Thai islands of Koh Tao, Koh Phangan and Koh Samui.

 

The Kingdom of Thailand, with a population of 65 million people, is located in the heart of Southeast Asia and shares borders with Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia and Myanmar. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty complemented by impressive architecture, including striking temples. The country is also well known for its appetising food and the people renowned for their friendly manner.

  • Location: Koh Phangan

Day Ten: transfer to Koh Phangan
Today will start with an early morning transfer from Koh Tao to party island of Koh Phangan (travel time approximately 2-3 hours).

 

Koh Phangan is famous for its full moon party which is held on full moon night every month. This famous beach party brings thousands of party lovers to the island each month. If you miss the full moon, don’t worry as the island has half moon parties and black moon parties! There is always some form of party going on! At all other times, the island is pretty chilled out. You can relax on the stunning white sand beaches, trek through the jungle or snorkel in the clear blue water.

 

Overnight on Ban Tai Beach, Koh Phangan

 

Day eleven to Thirteen: Koh Phangan
Your next few days will be spent on the beautiful, fun and chilled out island of Koh Phangan found on the Gulf Coast. This is free time for you to do what you want, when you want!

 

Overnight on Ban Tai Beach, Koh Phangan

Days 14 to 17: 4 Days

Destination info

Your journey begins in Bangkok before continuing through Cha Am, Sam Roi Yot before travelling to the famous Thai islands of Koh Tao, Koh Phangan and Koh Samui.

 

The Kingdom of Thailand, with a population of 65 million people, is located in the heart of Southeast Asia and shares borders with Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia and Myanmar. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty complemented by impressive architecture, including striking temples. The country is also well known for its appetising food and the people renowned for their friendly manner.

  • Location: Koh Samui

Day fourteen: transfer to Koh Samui
Time to say goodbye to Koh Phangan with a morning transfer to Koh Samui (travel time approximately 1 hour).

Koh Samui has pretty much something for everyone, shops, nightclubs, water sports and of course stunning beaches, you will have plenty of activities you can do to fill your time, or just lay back and relax.

 

Overnight on Koh Samui

 

Day fifteen to Sixteen: Koh Samui

Your last few days will be spent on Koh Samui. Included during your time on the island is a day trip to the beautiful Amg Thong National Marine Park, a cluster of small islands that are protected by their National Park status which means their white sand beaches coral reefs and rainforests are untouched!

 

Overnight on Koh Samui

 

Day Seventeen: Koh Samui
Some may choose to stay on Koh Samui, travel on to other parts of Thailand or further afield while others will be heading back to Bangkok and home. Whatever your travel plans our local coordinator will be happy to advise you.

 

Please note: The trip finishes on Koh Samui and therefore any arrangements after this are at your own cost.

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What's included?

  • Airport pick-up
  • 17 nights’ twin share accommodation
  • Bangkok tour
  • Transport to Cha Am, Sam Roi Yot, and the islands
  • Day trip to Amg Thong National Marine Park

What's not included?

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa
  • Meals
  • Onward transport from Koh Samui
  • Grand Palace entrance fee (500 baht)

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

Minimum of 18 years, maximum dependent on health of participant.

 

Minimum numbers required on this trip

This trip requires minimum numbers to operate.

 

Accommodation

Throughout the tour you will stay in twin share accommodation in a mixture of hotels and guest houses.

 

Meals

Some breakfasts are included. For all other meals, you can purchase food locally, thus allowing you to sample the delicious local Thai cuisine. Eating out is very cheap in Thailand, and you can eat out for as little as THB 15 with an average meal out costing between THB 50 - THB 100.

 

Advice & Safety

Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.

 

You will be assigned a personal travel advisor who will co-ordinate your programme with you. Feel free to contact them at any time before you go, or when you are on your travels.

 

In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our staff at any time should you need to.

 

FAQ

1. What is the average age of people on this trip?

The average age is usually between 18-30 years old.

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2. How much spending money would you recommend I take?

We generally recommend that you take around £80-£100 per week.

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3. What visa do I need?

When entering Thailand you will automatically receive a 30-day tourist visa. If you intend to stay longer than 30 days, you need to get the 60-day or 90 day visa before you go directly through the Thai Embassy.

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4. Is Thailand safe?

Absolutely, and you have co-ordinators with you at all times to ensure your safety.

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5. When is the best time to go?

Thailand is beautiful all year round!

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6. Do I need to take a sleeping bag?

All bedding is provided but if you wanted to take one as well then you can.

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7. Do I need to take a mosquito net?

This is up to you, they aren't provided but if you take care of the room and close the windows etc then you shouldn't need to take a net with you.

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8. Will there be a safe/safety deposit box available?

Yes, there will be somewhere for you to keep your valuables.

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