Thailand Island Explorer

Price
From USD$1660 Per Person
  • 7  nights  8  days
  • Bangkok, Hua Hin, Koh Tao, Kho Phang Ngan
Highlights
  • Bangkok: Umbrella Market , Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
  • Hua Hien: Sam Roi Yod National Park – Bang-Pu Fishing vill...Read More
    Highlights
    • Bangkok: Umbrella Market , Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
    • Hua Hien: Sam Roi Yod National Park – Bang-Pu Fishing village, Pra-Ya-Na-korn Cave and a Tuk Tuk city tour
    • Koh Tao: Shark Bay, Ko Nang Yuan and Snorkel adventure!
    • Experience: Tuk Tuk Tour and visit the Baan Bu and Kudee Jeen communities
    • Angthong National Marine Park: KoWoa- Ta-Lap
  • Details
  • Itinerary
  • Includes & Excludes
  • Travel Tips
  • GALLERY

Thailand Island Explorer

Uncover the secret treasures of Southern Thailand.

Stretching across southern Thailand, is the unspoiled land where nature meets culture. From one island to another travel through the amazing ocean, lush green scenery, and landscapes of mountains. Then take a glimpse of the life of the Thais while you wander along their famous markets and blend in with the locals. Moving further down south, is where the heart of adventure is; enjoy the tides of the crystal clear water and swim in pristine beaches, snorkel to marvel the treasures of the underwater world and witness a variety of sea creatures and corals that will truly mesmerize you. This package is your perfect getaway as the tides will surely wash away your worries.

Itinerary

Arrive at Bangkok Airport, meet your local representative and private transfer to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at Leisure.

Accommodation: Well Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20 or similar
This morning, you will leave Bangkok for Hua Hin. The first stop is the Mahachai market where you can take a stroll to get a glimpse of the daily Thai- life, before heading for Samut Songkhram. Arrive at the "Umbrella Market"- the market is located directly on both sides of the railway- track. When a train signals its approach by whistling, the vendors will fold away the roofs (hence the "umbrella"- reference) and wait patiently for the train to pass. When the train is through, roofs will be unfolded again and life continues. After exploring the market, you will continue to visit Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. You will be impressed by the boats of various shapes and sizes used by local to carry their goods. Enjoy a boat ride along this colorful floating market. Then enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before driving further to Hua Hin for the night.

Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch
Accommodation: Chomview Hotel Hua Hin or similar
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Today visit “Sam Roi Yot National Park” on a join-in tour of Thailand’s first coastal national park. Known as “The Three Hundred Peaks “, this area geographically consists of limestone mountain, coves , beaches , island and marshy wetlands and it is a home to various species of plants, birds and endangered animals. The journey starts with a visit to a pineapple plantation and then travel though the Bang-Pu fishing village. Then take a boat from Phayanakorn Beach and arrive at the Phraya Nakhon Cave. After lunch, take some time to relax or swim in the warm sea before transferring back to the hotel. In the evening, you will be given a introduction of Hua Hin city. Learn about the how this tiny fising village was transformed into an elegant resort area where the royalty and aristocracy spend their summer months. On this tour you will be going by Tuk Tuk – a motor rickshaw – and visit the famous landmarks of Hua Hin, such as the railway station. Enjoy dinner at a Thai-seafood restaurant in the night market. After a decliious seafood meal, enjoy free time in the market before returning to the hotel.

Note: Good walking shoes are recommended for the Phraya Nakhon Cave.

Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Chomview Hotel Hua Hin or similar
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred by car to Chumpon and then take the High Speed catamaran to Koh Tao. Arrive at Koh Tao, meet the representative who will escort you to the hotel.

Meal(s): Breakfast
Accommodation: Koh Tao Hillside Resort or similar
Be ready for a day of water adventure. In the morning you will be transferred to the Mae Haad Pier. A short 30 minute boat ride will take you to the first stop at Shark Bay where Black tip reef sharks and Turtles can be seen. Before you enjoy a delicious buffet lunch, snorkel at Aow Leuk to see the Giant Clams and visit Hin Wong Bay with its beautiful hard and soft coral. After lunch, snorkel again at Mango Bay where you can see beautiful coral formations and its abundance of marine life. Finally, visit Ko Nang Yuan with it’s unique white sand beach formation connecting three islands. Walk up to the view point for a spectacular view of Ko Tao and the surrounding area. Head back to Mae Haad and transfer back to the hotel.

Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch
Accommodation: Koh Tao Hillside Resort or similar
After breakfast, transfer to the peir for the High Speed Catamaran and head towars Koh Phang Ngan. Arrive at Koh Phang Ngan, meet your representative and transfer to the hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch
Accommodation: Milky Bay Resort or similar
Pick up from your hotel and transfer to the pier for the speedboat to Angthong National Marine Park. Arrive at Angthong National Marine Park for snorkeling the beautiful coral reefs with many colorful fish. Than take a sightseeing cruise around the archipelago and see the beauty of the emerald lake “Talay Nai”, with spectacular views. Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch on Koh Woa-Ta-Lap. After lunch, continue your adventure and kayaking off the island or hiking up to the most incredible viewpoint to see all 42 of Angthong National Marine Park's islands. Enjoy swimming, sunbathing and relaxing on the picturesque white sandy beach. Then it is time to bid farewell and board the speedboat back to Koh Phangan, transfer to your hotel by minibus.

Optional: The Marine park entrance fee USD $15 / CAD $20 per person.

Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch
Accommodation: Milky Bay Resort or similar
After breakfast, travel from Koh Phangan to Surat Thani Train Station by ferry through the Gulf of Thailand and then transfer in a shared minivan to the train station of Surat Thani. Relax and enjoy the rest of the day on the overnight sleeper train to Bangkok. Transfer to the airport by private car for yoru onwards flight.

Optional:Transfer to Surat Thani Airport or Koh Samui Airport for flight to Bangkok (additional cost). Ask one of our Destination Specialist for more information.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Price Includes

  • Return Private transfer between airport and hotel.
  • Superior 4-Star hotel accommodation based on double occupancy
  • Join-in sightseeing tours with admission*
  • Professional English Speaking local guide service
  • Private Tuk Tuk Tour
  • Daily breakfast and 1 lunch

*Guaranteed departure with 2 passengers.

Price Excludes

  • International Airfare to Thailand
  • Travel/Medical/Cancellation insurance
  • Travel Visa
  • Personal expenses
  • Tipping and gratuities to local guides, drivers, and hotel staff
  • Any items not specified as included

Travel Tips

Travel documents: Many nationalities, including the citizens of Australia, Canada, the USA and most European countries, do not need a visa for stays of up to 30 days (29 nights). A passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of entry, return ticket or onward travel arrangement needs to be presented upon request at your arrival in Thailand. These requirements are subject to change. Please check with the embassy or consulate in your home country before departure.

For Visa requirements please refer to CITB Visas.

Currency: The Thai monetary unit is the Baht (THB). There are 100 Satang to one Baht. Coins are used in denominations of 25 Satang, 50 Satang, 1 Baht, 5 Baht and 10 Baht. Bank note denominations comprise 20 Baht (green), 50 Baht (blue), 100 Baht (red), 500 Baht (purple) and 1000 Baht (grey). Notes are also scaled in size; the larger the denomination, the larger the note. Money and travelers cheques of all major currencies can be exchanged at the airports, hotels, banks, money exchange booths and mobile exchange kiosks in tourist areas. Banks usually offer the best rates. Credit cards are widely accepted in department stores, major hotels, up-market shops and restaurants.

Weather: The average annual temperature is about 28C. The northern region can be a bit cold during the cool season. Acclimatization to the sometimes-oppressive heat and humidity of Thailand can often take longer than expected. Make sure you drink lots of fluids (preferably non-alcoholic drinks) to avoid dehydrating. Thailand enjoys a tropical climate with three distinct seasons:
Hot Season: March – May
Rainy Season: June – October
Cool Season: November – February

What to Pack: It is advisable to dress in cool, non-restricting clothes made from natural fibres. Sunglasses, sunscreen and a head cover are a must at all times. Be sure to bring along a sweater or a light jacket if you intend to visit the Northern region during the cool season. During the rainy season, downpours hardly last more than a couple of hours.

Power Supply: The electric current for the whole of Thailand is 220 volts AC, 50 cycles. Dual-prong rounded plugs as well as flat-pin plugs can be used in sockets. Adaptors are provided by most of the hotels.

Tips & Gratuities: Traditionally, tipping is not a common practice in Thailand, though it is becoming more widespread as a result of foreign influence. Tipping is entirely up to your discretion. In hotels and finer restaurants, where a service charge of 10% is added to the bill, it is not necessary to tip further. Taxi fares should be rounded up to the nearest 5 or 10 Baht.

Bargaining: It is expected for you to bargain at small shops and with street vendors, but not at large department stores and most non-tourist shops. It is challenging and fun, if you keep your sense of humour.

Do’s & Don’ts :

  • The Royal Family is held in the highest reverence in Thailand. Negative remarks about the Monarchy could be considered as an offence against the Thai Law.
  • Public displays of affection between men and women are frowned upon.
  • Always dress neatly in all religious shrines – shorts, hot pats and sleeveless shirts are considered inappropriate.
  • Thais greet each other with a “wai”, a prayer-like, palms-together gesture, not a handshake. Generally, a younger person wais an elder, who then returns it.

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