Travel to Thailand and experience the tropical paradise of the southern islands.

Visit Thailand's tropical south on a tantalising journey from Bangkok to the idyllic beaches of Ko Samui. Take Thailand's sun-drenched beaches and warm turquoise seas and add village visits, temple excursions and myriad cultural delights. If you like the sound of tranquil mountains, hidden coves, a kaleidoscope of colourful marine life and the opportunity to experience the diversity of Thai culture, then this is the Thailand travel adventure for you!

Start
Bangkok, Thailand
Finish
Ko Samui, Thailand
Countries
Thailand
Themes
Explorer
Code
TTSXC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
462kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Meander through markets in Bangkok
  • Spend a day at the Three Pagodas Pass
  • Cross the historic Death Railway Bridge
  • Stay in a traditional Thai teak house
  • Snorkel in Thailand's tropical southern seas
  • Bask on sublime sandy shores

Itinerary

Soak up the sights, smells and sounds of the Asia’s thriving metropolis, Bangkok. There's time to wander down legendary Khao San Road, watch a bout of Thai boxing or set out on a shopping spree.
Glide over the glassy Khao Laem reservoir before stopping for lunch in a hilltribe village. Soak up views of misty mountaintops and traverse the historical Three Pagodas Pass to the border of Burma (Myanmar). Browse the lively market for handmade goods such as sarongs, embroidered blankets and cheroots (cigars).
Spend a day in Thailand's remote Karen village learning about local customs, language and lifestyle. An overnight stay in the tiny town of Thong Pha Phum offers a taste of Mon culture and cuisine. Sample one of the colourful pots of curry that line the street or meander through ancient temples.
A moving visit to the Hellfire Pass Museum is followed by a train journey along the infamous Thai-Burma Railway where so many prisoners of war lost their lives. Spend the night in historic Kanchanaburi.
Plunge into the cool turquoise pool beneath Erawan's seven-tiered waterfall, try your hand at fragrant Thai cookery or traverse the River Kwai in a kayak - there's plenty to do before heading on to a traditional teak house for the night.
Fast-paced and fascinating, Bangkok's chaotic streets are a traveller's delight. Head out to Wat Arun to visit the 'Temple of the Dawn' and see its ornate Khmer-style tower. Then climb aboard a southbound overnight train.
Chilled out and picturesque, Ko Pha-Ngan is the perfect place for a tropical island getaway. Visit fishing villages, discover temples or swim under refreshing waterfalls.
Soak up the best of beach life on the white sandy shores of Ko Tao. Diving is the order of the day for many visitors to Ko Tao but snorkelling over the colourful reefs is equally as impressive. There's also plenty of time to simply relax on the beach under swaying coconut palms.
Travel across to Ko Samui and enjoy long white beaches, ancient temples and cooling waterfalls - but this time with the addition of a lively nightlife. Take a day tour to Thailand's largest national marine park, home to the beautiful Emerald Lake, or choose to head out on a sea-kayak trip. If that seems like too much hard work, just kick back with a cocktail on one of Ko Samui's beaches.
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Inclusions

Meals
2 breakfasts, 4 lunches
Transport
Bus, Ferry, Sammlaw (cycle rickshaw), Songthaew, Taxi, Van
Accommodation
Bungalow (2 nights), Guesthouse (6 nights), Homestay (1 night), Hotel (2 nights), Overnight sleeper train (1 night), Resort (2 nights)
Included activities
  • Bangkok - Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)
  • Ethnic Karen village tour
  • Hellfire Pass Memorial
  • Ko Samui - Ang Thong Marine Park tour
  • Ko Tao - Day tour & snorkelling
  • Three Pagodas Pass

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