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.
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 discovery tour of one of the biggest Chinatowns outside of China. Climb aboard a tuk tuk and see the giant gilded Buddha at Wat Traimit as we make our way through the Odeon Circle and into Chinatown. Visit the numerous market stalls and sample the street food as you are led to all the areas of interest before an optional lunch with magnificent 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. Thereafter we transfer to Hua Lamphong Railway Station for our overnight train to Surat Thani.
We arrive into Surat Thani this morning and 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 scenery and awesome limestone cliffs. Get the camera out! We arrive at Cheow Lan Lake mid-morning and board a longtail boat to explore the jaw-dropping karst topography of the lake. Enjoy a traditional Thai lunch at our floating bungalow accommodation before having the rest of the day to chill on the lake. Take a kayak out and explore the stunning lake and surrounds, sunbathe and swim, or just relax on the deck. Tonight we enjoy a delicious Thai dinner on the water’s edge of Cheow Lan Lake. Yep, this is really happening!
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!
Explore the town and its beautiful surrounds, relax at the riverside, or join us for an awesome optional excursion. Join your guide for a meander down Sok River, see the diverse wildlife of the area and the breathtaking sights as you pass alongside entwined roots that erupt skywards along sheer limestone cliffs! Enjoy a delicious lunch in Khao Sok town before checking out for our afternoon transfer back to Phuket. We’ll arrive in Patong this evening and have an orientation walk of the area before heading out for a final dinner, followed by an excursion into the infamous Bangla Road to experience the rush of its vibrant nightlife. Get ready to let loose!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Trip Name: Southern Thailand & Island Hopping
Duration: 14 Days
From Price: ₤1,179
Supplier Tour ID: DA9/207920
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