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Thailand Beaches (East Coast)

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2. Gentle
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Asia, Thailand | 11 days
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Transport - Overnight Sleeper Train, ferry, local bus, songthaew and taxi

Accommodation - Hotels/guesthouses 5 nts, bungalows 2 nts, overnight train 1nt

Meals - 4 breakfasts & 2 lunches

Trip Highlights: 
See the temples of Bangkok
Cruise among Thailand's stunning islands
Swim and snorkel among colourful reefs
Visit local fishing villages
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2012/13 East Coast Itinerary

(Departures from May - October)
  • Day 1 - Arrive in Bangkok
  • Day 2 - Bangkok
  • Day 3/4 - Koh Pha Ngan
  • Day 5/6 - Koh Tao
  • Day 7/8 - Koh samui
  • Day 9 - Tour ends
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Arrive in Bangkok

Upon arrival in Bangkok you make your way to your hotel and check in. In the evening you will meet you leader and the rest of your group for a welcome meeting. Your leader will have left details of where and when this will take place with the hotel's reception. Hotel - 1 night

Please note - airport transfers are not included for Land Only passengers but can be booked separately. Please enquire at time of booking.



Early this morning you head out to explore this fascinating city. You're first stop is Wat Arun, 'Temple of the Dawn'. Bangkok's founder, King Thaksin, was keen to give hope to his people after Ayutthaya was ruined, and so borrowed the name from the Hindu God Aruna, who's name means Dawn. You might also like to pay a visit to Wat Pho, the oldest and largest temple in Bangkok and home to the massive 46m long reclining Buddha (additional charge). Wat Pho is also the national headquarters for the teaching of traditional Thai medicine, so you might like to find time to experience a traditional Thai massage.

Alternatively, why not visit the Grand Palace, or the National Museum? Both are located near Wat Arun and Wat Pho (additional charge). Or you might like to simply explore the busy city streets. Khao San Road is a mecca for shoppers and attracts many visitors with it's offerings of cheap clothing, tasty snacks and ice-cold beer. This evening you board your overnight train, bound for Surat Thani (approx. 13hrs). You will be in soft sleeper class coaches with air-conditioned multi-share compartments. Bedding is provided and there is a food and drink service on board, although you might like to stock up on fesh bread and fruit during your free time in Bangkok. Please note that on rare occasions due to local scheduling changes, the overnight trains may be replaced with an overnight bus. Overnight train - 1 night

Koh Pha Ngan

Koh Pha Ngan

Your train will pull into Surat Thani station early in the morning. Continuing by bus (approx 1.5hrs) and then by boat (approx. 3hrs) you reach your destination on the beautiful island of Koh Pha Ngan. During your time here you will be free to relax on the beach, explore the fishing villages and learn about local Thai life, visit temples and cool off by stunning waterfalls. A delicious seafood barbecue on the beach is the perfect way to sample the local cuisine (additional charge). Guest House - 2 nts

Koh Tao

Koh Tao

From one island paradise to another, a two hour hop by boat takes you to the delightful little island of Koh Tao, famous for its spectacular coral reefs. The rest of the day is then free for you to relax on the beach and swim in the tropical waters. The next day you take to the water on a snorkelling trip to see for yourself the amazing underwater world that surrounds the island. With plenty of coral and fish and even the slight chance of spying the timid reef shark amongst the mesmirising coral formations, Koh Tao is definitely one of the jewels in southern Thailand's crown. Bungolow - 2 nts

Koh samui

Koh samui

Boarding a boat once again you head over to your final island of the trip, Koh Samui (approx. 2.5hrs). This island is more developed, but does still have the beautiful long white beaches, with striking granite outcrops. If you want a break from the beach, then Koh Samui has it's share of treasures for you to discover. Why not pay a visit to the Big Buddha, take a dip at the waterfalls, see a mummified monk and do some last minute souvenir shopping (all additional charge). There is also a lively nightlife for those who want to join the locals for a cocktail or two.

Your second day here involves an exhilarating speedboat trip out to Ang Thong, Thailand's largest national marine park. The reserve consists of an archipelago of around 40 pristine islands, one of which is home to the famous Emerald Lake and there are many lookouts that you can climb up to for spectacular views of the area. Afterwards you head off for another dip among the reefs with your snorkel and fins, before heading over to the Park Headquarters for a buffet lunch on the beach. Enjoy the afternoon sitting back and relaxing with a cool drink. Hotel 2 nts


Tour ends

The tour ends for land only passengers.

2 breakfasts and 2 lunches are included on this trip.