Classic Thailand East Coast (May - Oct)

17 Days | A definitive tour through South East Asia's gem

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Combining the best of the north and south, this is the definitive Thailand tour. Travel from the clamour of the capital to the serenity of steamy rainforests, from atmospheric ruins to relaxed sun-drenched islands. Tour temples in Bangkok, bargain-hunt in lively Chiang Mai and then swim, snorkel or simply kick back on the divine beaches of the southern coast. This adventure is the perfect chance to visit the many attractions and treasures of Thailand.

Trip overview

Map of Classic Thailand East Coast (May - Oct) including Thailand
Start
Bangkok, Thailand
Finish
Ko Samui, Thailand
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Thailand
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
TTSBC
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Work up an appetite with a leisurely cycle through the ancient Buddhas and ruined temples of Heritage-listed Sukhothai Park, then feast on a home-cooked picnic lunch
  • Experience daily rural life first hand when staying with long-time Intrepid friends in a small Thai village
  • Support an important animal welfare initiative and get close to incredible creatures at the Hospital of the Friends of the Asian Elephant
  • Discover the best beaches and islands of Thailand’s east coast – from popular Ko Samui to laid-back Ko Tao – for a true slice of paradise
  • Cruise to Ko Pitak for a taste of real island life. Enjoy an overnight homestay, feast on fresh seafood and interact with local fishermen
  • Two in-depth snorkelling trips, one in Chumphon and one in Ko Tao, give you plenty of time to explore underwater worlds brimming with coral and colourful tropical fish
  • Travel as the locals do on overnight sleeper trains – the best way to travel long distances, meet locals and maximise time at destinations
  • Experience a variety of local accommodation, from small guesthouses to beach resorts

Is this trip right for you?
  • This trip includes a number of overnight train journeys. Accommodation is simple but comfortable – soft sleeper class multishare compartments with air-conditioning and bunk beds, with sheets and a pillow provided. Overnight trains are a real Intrepid experience and one of the best ways to come face-to-face with the country and its people.
  • There is 2 nights at a homestay on this trip, a wonderful opportunity to witness everyday Thai life. Facilities are basic and multishare, with fold-out mattresses on the floor and shared bathrooms. The rewards of such an authentic local experience are immeasurable.
  • This trip includes lots of free time for flexibility and space for making your own discoveries. There are lots of recommended optional activities if you wish, or just time to soak up the sun and kick back on the countless beautiful beaches.
  • Get your sea legs ready because this trip involves lots of travel by boat. Apart from being the only way to see these islands, you can’t beat cruising between dramatic limestone outcrops as you island hop.

Itinerary

Map of Classic Thailand East Coast (May - Oct) including Thailand

Inclusions

Meals

10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

Ferry, Private Minibus, Overnight sleeper train, Public bus, Songthaew, Plane

Accommodation

Homestay (2 nights), Hotel (5 nights), Overnight sleeper train (1 nights), Resort (8 nights)

Activities
  • Sukhothai - Night Market
  • Sukhothai - Historical Park bike tour
  • Sukhothai - Home-cooked picnic lunch
  • Village Homestay - Cultural performance
  • Village Homestay - Khantok dinner
  • Village Homestay - Home-Cooked Lunch
  • Village Homestay - Cycling tour
  • Chiang Mai - Fresh Produce Market Visit
  • Chiang Mai - ChangChill Elephant Sanctuary
  • Bangkok - Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)
  • Chumphon - Snorkelling tour
  • Ko Tao - Day tour & snorkelling
Add on activities
  • Bangkok - Grand Palace - THB500
  • Bangkok - Thai Massage - THB250
  • Bangkok - Tuk Tuk Experience Urban Adventure - THB2500
  • Chiang Mai - Night Market - Free
  • Chiang Mai - Doi Suthep Temple Complex (Entrance) - THB50
  • Bangkok - Bangkok by Bike Urban Adventure - THB1980
  • Bangkok - Chinatown Sights and Bites Urban Adventure - THB1960
  • Bangkok - Jim Thompson's House - THB200
  • Bangkok - Wat Pho - THB300
  • Ko Tao - Thai Massage - THB300
  • Ko Tao - Scuba diving - THB2000
  • Ko Tao - Aromatherapy Care by Jamahkiri Spa - THB950
  • Ko Tao - Thai cooking class - THB1900
  • Ko Samui - Island sightseeing tour - THB1800
  • Ko Samui - Thai Cooking Class - THB2300
  • Ko Samui - Ang Thong Marine Park tour - THB2500
  • Ko Samui - Samui Elephant Sanctuary - THB3500

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available to book for this trip, except Day 4 (homestay), and is subject to availability. Please note that some room configurations have two single beds, although a double bed will always be requested.

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Classic Thailand East Coast (May - Oct)
From
AUD $4,005