Best of Thailand East Coast (May - Oct) Overview

Meet remote hilltribes on a jungle trek, visit cultural Chiang Mai, see Bangkok's city lights and explore Thailand's south islands on this Best of Thailand tour.

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The perfect adventure and relaxation holiday in beautiful Thailand

Experience the best of Thailand, north and south, on a compact, 18-day journey. There's no need to choose between an active adventure in the mountains or a lazy sojourn on the beautiful beaches because this trip caters to both. Discover the remote north with its hilltribes and gorgeous green scenery and travel to the striking jungles and emerald islands of the tropical south. Explore Thailand from top to bottom and really get to know the country. Meet the locals and come to understand the wonderful cultures that make up this fascinating corner of South-East Asia.

  • Bargain hunt on a visit to Chiang Mai's Night Bazaar
  • Explore a myriad of fascinating cultural attractions in Bangkok
  • Laze about in Thailand's world famous holiday destinations
  • Laze on stunning beaches in southern Thailand
  • Meet villagers while trekking the northern hills
  • Stroll along jungles paths and cool off under waterfalls in Khao Sok
  • Take a longtail boat tour along Bangkok's khlongs
  • Travel from north to south on sleeper class trains

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Bangkok, Thailand
  • Finish:

    Bangkok, Thailand
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 12
  • Ages:

    Min 12
  • Meals:

    2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Guesthouse (5 nts), Hilltribe village (2 nts), Hotel (6 nts), Overnight sleeper train (4 nts)
  • Transport:

    Bus, Ferry, Overnight sleeper train, Songthaew, Taxi
  • Carbon emissions offset:

    412kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    1. This trip finishes at the Bangkok Railway station on day 18. Please see trip notes for further information. TRIP CHANGES 2013: Please note this tour has been discontinued for 2013. Please see tour code TTSBC for a similar tour.

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Best of Thailand East Coast (May - Oct) Summary

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Days 1-2 Bangkok

Loud, bright, chaotic and delightful, Bangkok is a city of modern excesses intermingled with simple traditions, all wrapped up in the famous smiles of the locals.

Day 3 Chiang Mai

Awash with stunning temples, fabulous markets and a lively city centre, charming Chiang Mai is rich in culture and the gateway to the northern hilltribes.

Days 4-6 Hilltribe Trek

Meet the hilltribes of Northern Thailand while walking through lush, verdant jungle, enjoying the hospitality, cuisine and friendliness of the people who call this area of Thailand home.

Day 7 Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai means 'new city', even though it was founded in 1296! It's a favourite among travellers due to its relaxed feel and cultural richness.

Days 8-9 Bangkok

Bangkok is more than just colourful city streets, khlongs (canals) weave their way through suburbs, forest parks green up the city and Buddhist temples help bring serenity.

Days 10-11 Khao Sok National Park

Khao Sok National Park is simply breathtaking. Dense rainforests hide a myriad of exotic animals and plants, and walking trails revel awesome waterfalls, lakes and caves.

Days 12-13 Ko Samui

Famous for its gorgeous white-sand beaches, aquamarine waters, myriad of things to do and spoils of paradise, the island of Ko Samui is a firm favourite among travellers.

Days 14-17 Ko Tao

Ko Tao is a small island perfect to escape the crowds and don a snorkel or go diving - the underwater world here is spectacular.

Day 18 Bangkok

Once a small trading post, Bangkok has grown enormously and is home to over 11 million people, with cultural gems still shining amongst the modern-day sights.
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