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Thailand Beaches (East Coast)

Trip type: 
Cultural
Adventure level: 
2. Gentle
Max group size: 
12
Avg user rating: 
4
Asia, Thailand | 11 days
Trip code: 
TTST
What's included: 

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
see full itinerary >>

Trip Highlights: 
See the temples of Bangkok
Cruise among Thailand's stunning islands
Swim and snorkel among colourful reefs
Visit local fishing villages
see full itinerary >>
What's included: 

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 Overview: 

Clear blue waters, white sand, swaying palm trees and a bungalow on the beach... this is the ideal recipe for a holiday in paradise. Come and explore Thailand's beautiful southern islands, relax in the sun and try some of the special Thai food that this region is famous for.

Itinerary: 
Day
1-3
Bangkok

Bangkok

Take an overnight flight - on arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Sa-wat dee! Welcome to Thailand.

Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 2.

You can arrive at any time as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.

Make a visit to Wat Arun - the 'Temple of the Dawn'.

Bangkok has so much to offer those with time to explore – why not take a riverboat to Chinatown and explore the crowded streets; wander down the tourist mecca of Khao San Road; pay a visit to Wat Pho, home to the country's largest reclining Buddha and keeper of the magic behind Thai massage; explore the magnificent Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha; or travel by longtail boat down the Chao Phraya River to explore the famous 'khlongs' (canals) of Bangkok. Life along these canals seems a world away from the chaotic streets of the capital.

No trip to Thailand is complete without an overnight train journey - in the evening you head south bound for Surat Thani, accommodated in air conditioned sleeping berths (approx 13 hrs). Multishare compartments have bunk beds; sheets and pillow provided. Our baggage travels in the carriage with us. There is a food and drink service available on board.

Included Activities

  • Bangkok - Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)

Optional Activities

  • Bangkok - Wat Pho temple - THB100
  • Bangkok - Grand Palace - THB500

Accommodation

Hotel (1 nt), Overnight sleeper train (1 nt)

 

Day
4/5
Koh Pha Ngan

Koh Pha Ngan

Arrive into Surat Thani and continue by bus (approx 1.5 hrs) and boat (approx 3 hrs) over to Ko Pha-Ngan.

The beautiful island of Ko Pha-Ngan is a perfect spot for relaxing on the beach or exploring the island's fishing villages, temples and waterfalls. While here you can try a delicious seafood barbecue by the beach.

Accommodation

Guesthouse (2 nts)

Day
6/7
Koh Tao

Koh Tao

From one island paradise to another - it's about 2 hours by boat to Ko Tao.

Famous for its spectacular coral reefs, the delightful little island of Ko Tao is the place for immersing yourself in tropical waters and relaxing on the beach under swaying coconut palms - what a tough life!

Take a snorkelling trip to explore around the island. With coral and fish aplenty and the remote chance of seeing timid reef sharks amongst mesmerising coral formations, Ko Tao is undeniably one of the jewels in southern Thailand's crown.

In the evenings, you can stroll the beaches or sample local fare at a seafood restaurant. Ko Tao also has a small but lively scene for those who are interested in some dancing and drinking on the shoreline.

Included Activities

  • Ko Tao - Day tour & snorkelling

Accommodation

Bungalow (2 nts)

 

Day
8/9
Koh Samui

Koh Samui

Take a boat over to Ko Samui (approx 2.5 hrs).

Take a day trip to Ang Thong Marine National Park - an idyllic archipelago of around 40 islands - where you have the opportunity to explore some of the islands and do some snorkelling. Please note that if weather conditions are not suitable, an alternative activity will be substituted.

Included Activities

  • Ko Samui - Ang Thong Marine Park tour

Accommodation

Resort (2 nts)

Day
10-11

Tour ends

Your adventure ends today and you will be transferred to the airport for your overnight flight home.

 

Tropical Beaches

Thailand is well known for having some of the best beaches in the world. On this trip you will discover the long white stretches of sand, sea and gently swaying palm trees for yourself. Under the sea, you will find an equally fascinating, if otherworldy paradise, as you explore the reefs and marine life that surround the islands.

Seasonal Differences

Due to the changes in weather at different times of the year, it is necessary to have two alternative itineraries so that Southern Thailand can be a year-round destination. This means that between May and October you will visit the east coast, and from November to April you will visit the west coast, see tour code TTZT. Although there will inevitably be some differences between the two, the itineraries are very similar.

Bangkok

Bangkok has so much to offer and perhaps there is no better place to start than the impressive Wat Arun or 'Temple of Dawn'. This is only the beggining though so make sure you contuinue your exploration during your free time.

Our Thailand Beaches trip is just one of our many Thailand tours. To find out more visit our Thailand holidays page.