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Southern Thailand & Island Hopping

Prepare to be overcome by the unforgettable experiences that Thailand has to offer. Get lost in historic sights, tantalise your tastebuds with the delicious local foods, and party til you drop. On this trip, explore the hidden temples and treats of Bangkok, adventure through the jaw-dropping jungles of the Khao Sok National Park, and splash, dance, and eat your way through the incredible islands of Phuket, Krabi, Koh Lanta, and Koh Phi Phi.

  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Supplier Tour ID: DA9/207920
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: LubD Silom, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Finishes: LubD Phuket, Thailand
  • Age requirement: 18 +
You will Visit
  • Bangkok
  • Phuket

Itinerary

01

Bangkok to Khao Sok (overnight train)

Your adventure begins this morning in the eclectic Thai capital of Bangkok! Meet your fantastic Busabout guide and fellow passengers, before heading out with a local guide for a tour of one of the biggest Chinatowns outside of China. Check out the giant gilded Buddha at Wat Traimit as we make our way through the Odeon Circle and into Chinatown. There’s a tonne of market stalls to wander, so sample the street food and soak it all in! Join us later for an optional lunch with epic views of the river. We’ll then board a longtail boat to explore the Chao Phraya River, see the canalside artist community of Klong Bang Luang, visit Wat Po and enjoy an optional foot massage before heading to the breathtaking Temple of Dawn. Then it’s time to transfer to Hua Lamphong Railway Station for our overnight train to Surat Thani.

02

Khao Sok National Park (Cheow Lan Lake)

Have a stretch, as we arrive into Surat Thani this morning. After a short transfer we arrive in our picturesque home for the next few days, Khao Sok National Park. This remnant of an ancient rainforest is home to some incredible fauna and flora and awesome limestone cliffs. You’ll definitely want to snap some pics! We arrive at Cheow Lan Lake around mid-morning and board a longtail boat to explore the jaw-dropping karst topography of the lake. Fill up on a traditional Thai lunch at our floating bungalow, before having the rest of the day to chill out on the lake. Take a kayak out and explore the area, sunbathe and swim, or just relax on the deck. Tonight we enjoy a delicious Thai dinner on the water’s edge! - Lunch and dinner included

03

Khao Sok National Park

Today we offer an unforgettable experience, an intimate encounter at the Khao Sok Elephant Experience. Meet Somboon the elephant, and the family that cares for him, and have the opportunity to prepare some tasty treats for him. Then it’s time to scrub the gentle giant down with a coconut husk as he enjoys a refreshing mud bath, before planting sugar cane for Somboon and his friends to enjoy in the future. Participation helps to fund the program and assist in rescuing more of these incredible animals! Afterwards we’ll head to our overnight destination of Khao Sok town for a relaxed dinner and some drinks at our riverside accommodation. Cheers! - Breakfast and lunch included

04

Khao Sok National Park to Phuket

Explore the town and your stunning surroundings, relax at the riverside, or join us for a fantastic optional excursion. We’ll go for an exploratory meander down Sok River, see the diverse wildlife of the area and check out the limestone cliffs in this dramatic landscape. When we’ve worked up an appetite, we’ll enjoy a delicious lunch in Khao Sok town before checking out for our afternoon transfer back to Phuket. We arrive in Patong this evening and have an orientation walk of the area, then it’s time to head out into the night to soak up the vibrant and crazy nightlife of Bangla Road! - Breakfast included

05

Phuket

You have an entire day to spend as you please in this awesome city! Wander free, and head out to discover the beaches, the numerous temples, and giant Buddha statues. If you’re unsure what to see, your fantastic guide will be on hand to offer suggestions on activities. Tonight we’ll meet up and head out into the thick coastal air, and onward to the nightlife epicentre of Phuket, Bangla Road once more. Get ready to party! - Breakfast included

06

Phuket

If the head’s not too sore from last night, get out there and explore your tropical surroundings and take in the scenery of this idyllic island location. Tick off any last sights, or join us on an optional excursion with an included traditional lunch to explore Phang Nga Bay by canoe! We’ll pass alongside the karst islets that dot the seascape and take in the breathtaking sights of this picture perfect location, before heading off to explore numerous caves and tranquil inlets. Join your guide and Busabout squad for another foray into the swirling madness of Bangla Road, or explore at your own pace. - Breakfast included

07

Phuket to Koh Phi Phi

Make sure your alarm is set, as this morning we’re up bright and early for our ferry to the stunning Phi Phi Islands. Soak up the sun on the beautiful beaches, or rent a kayak or snorkel gear and have an aquatic adventure. If you want a break from beaches, wander into town and indulge in some retail therapy, and treat yourself to a massage! This evening we’ll meet for a short hike to Phi Phi’s most famous viewpoint to enjoy the sunset over this incredible island. Tonight we’ll have an early dinner, followed by our first taste of the notorious nightlife in Koh Phi Phi. Get ready to let loose! - Breakfast included

08

Koh Phi Phi

If you’re a film buff, you’ll surely recognise the stunning Maya Bay on the island of Koh Phi Phi Leh. Stand in Leonardo DiCaprio’s footprints in the film location of “The Beach”! Alternatively, get active and hike the surrounding wilderness, pamper yourself in town or just kick back on the sand. If you feel like diving in deeper with scuba diving or snorkelling, there are numerous reputable tour operators so chat to your guide for further insight. Tonight, enjoy the mesmerising skill of fire dancers on the beach before heading into town to enjoy your last night in this epic island paradise. - Breakfast inlcuded

09

Koh Phi Phi to Koh Lanta

Today we have our transfer to Tonsai pier. We’ll make our arrival in Koh Lanta in the early afternoon, and then it’s time to relax on this laid back island. Explore the rock formations along the coastline, treat yourself to a massage, have a dip in the pool, or simply lay on the white sandy beaches with a cocktail. Attention animal lovers: if you’ve got plenty of energy, why not give a little back and walk the dogs at the Lanta Animal Welfare Centre? This evening, we’ll have dinner by the beach before exploring Koh Lanta’s quirky beachside bars. - Breakfast included

10

Koh Lanta

Get excited - today we have a truly magnificent expedition, the included 4 Islands Boat Trip! Spend the day swimming and snorkelling around these amazing locations as a speedboat ferries us from island to island. We’ll sit down to a tasty lunch on the white sands of stunning Koh Kradan beach, before making our way to the spectacular Emerald Cave and it’s hidden beach inside. Tonight we’ll kick back with an included sunset BBQ dinner, before heading out for another epic night on this beautiful island. - Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

11

Koh Lanta to Krabi (Ao Nang)

Chow down on some breakfast this morning before our ferry ride to Krabi. When we arrive we’ll grab a bite to eat, have our included visit to Railay Beach and kick back and relax in paradise! Lounge beside the sea, soak up the beautiful scenery, or wander to nearby Phra Nang beach to check out the shrine. Join us tonight for a night of fun and drinking games, as we experience the vibrant nightlife of Krabi. - Breakfast included

12

Krabi (Ao Nang)

The day is yours to explore. Make your way to the beach to soak up the sun and surf, take a boat trip to one of the islands, explore the surrounding area or try your hand at rock climbing! If you’d like to join us today on our optional excursion, we’ll be heading out on an adventure tour inland to see the picturesque Emerald Pool, the cascading hot springs, and the Tiger Cave Temple with its 1,237 steps (and an unbelievable view). You’ll work up an appetite after all that, so we’ll round off the trip with a visit to the Krabi food markets to sample some of the delicious fresh foods. - Breakfast included

13

Krabi (Ao Nang) to Phuket

This morning you have the chance to head out to tick off those last minute sights before we make our way back to Phuket. We’ll board our comfy air-conditioned transport and make our way over the bridge, arriving in Phuket a short while later. You’ll have plenty of time to wander and see any of the sights you may have missed last time! Then, it’s time to gear up for the evening ahead - all good things must come to an end, and our final night together has come around all too fast. Join your guide and your Busabout family, and head out into the vibrant Thai nightlife one last time. - Breakfast included

14

Phuket

Check-out is after breakfast. - Breakfast included

Inclusions:
  • Your legendary Busabout crew
  • 1 night overnight train 2nd Class A/C
  • 1 night floating lake bungalow, 11 nights twin share hotel/hostel
  • 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Entrance to Wat Arun, Wat Pho and the Temple of the Golden Buddha
  • Chao Phraya River and canals of Thonburi Tour
  • All National Park entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Cheow Lan Lake boat trip
  • Khao Sok Ethical Elephant Experience
  • Air-conditioned transport (private van)
  • Private transfers from Busabout-recommended accommodation to port
  • All ferries between islands
  • Orientation walks of all islands
  • Organised optional dinners and nights out on all islands
  • Boat trip to Railay Beach
  • Full day 4 Island Boat Trip (Koh Cheok, Koh Mook, Koh Kradan and Koh Ma)
  • Entrance to Koh Phi Phi Sunset View Point
  • Sunset BBQ Dinner on Koh Lanta
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Tour Highlights:
  • See the awesome limestone cliffs of Khao Sok National Park
  • Get off the beaten track on Koh Lanta
  • Enjoy our fantastic 4 Islands Boat Trip