Best of Thailand – East Coast Islands

Classic, Bangkok to Ko Tao

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This 20-day whirlwind experience of Thailand brings together all the cultural beauty of the North with the stunning nature of the east coast islands. Discover the gorgeous temples of ancient Ayutthaya, roam the bustling streets of Bangkok, and swim in the idyllic waters off Koh Samui. See Thailand the right way on this journey of a lifetime.

What’s included

  • Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Local Living Moment: Overnight Rafthouse Excursion, Kanchanaburi Your Discover Moment: Chiang Mai Your Foodie Moment: Cooking Class, Chiang Mai Your Local Living Moment: Village Homestay, Lampang
  • Klong boat tour (Bangkok)
  • Wat Po guided visit
  • Erawan Falls and Bridge on the River Kwai visit (Kanchanaburi)
  • Temple ruins tour (Ayutthaya)
  • Thai Burma Railway Centre visit
  • Doi Suthep temple visit (Chiang Mai)
  • Mae Sai visit (Chiang Rai)
  • Opium Museum visit
  • Bicycle tour (half-day, Sukhothai)
  • Snorkelling excursion (Koh Tao)
  • Free time on spectacular beaches
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Sightseeing at erawan falls and the bridge on the river kwai
  • Get to know a local family in lampang with a homestay
  • Enjoy a snorkelling trip from koh tao through koh nang yuan

Itinerary

Bangkok Arrive at any time.
Bangkok/Kanchanaburi Enjoy a klong boat tour of Bangkok including a visit to Wat Pho. Travel to Kanchanaburi and head to your floating rafthouse accommodation. Enjoy free time to explore.
Kanchanaburi Enjoy a day of sightseeing at Erawan Falls and the Bridge on the River Kwai.
Kanchanaburi to Ayutthaya Explore the Allied War Cemetery and the Thai-Burmese Railway Centre to learn more about the area's history. Travel to Ayutthaya and visit the historical sites of the old capital city. Opt to visit Chan Kasem National Museum and Chao Sam Phraya Museum.
Ayutthaya to Chiang Mai Spend a full day exploring Ayutthaya before boarding an overnight train to Chiang Mai.
Chiang Mai Arrive in Chiang Mai and explore the city. Visit Doi Suthep in the afternoon.
Chiang Mai Enjoy free time to explore Chiang Mai. Opt for a bicycle tour, a visit the Mae Sai waterfall, shopping at the night market, or getting a traditional Thai massage. Enjoy a local cooking class with dinner.
Chiang Mai/Chiang Rai Travel to Chiang Rai and start exploring.
Chiang Rai Visit the town of Mae Sai and the Opium Museum.
Chiang Rai/Lampang Continue on to Lampang and enjoy a homestay in a traditional Lanna village. Participate in craft demonstrations and opt to help prepare a local meal.
Lampang/Sukhothai Take in traditional morning activities, followed by lunch in the village. Travel to Sukhothai and enjoy a free afternoon.
Sukhothai Take a half-day guided bike tour of Sukhothai Historical Park and explore the area with some free time.
Sukhothai/Bangkok Travel to Bangkok and enjoy some time for last minute shopping.
Bangkok/Ko Samui Catch a flight to Surat Thani and board a ferry to the tropical island of Ko Samui. Relax on the beach or visit the bustling little town.
Ko Samui Relax on the beach or visit the bustling little town. Opt for a snorkelling trip in Ang Thong Marine Park.
Ko Samui/Ko Pha Ngan Take a ferry to nearby Ko Pha-Ngan, with time to explore the island's waterfalls, swim in lagoons, hike, or relax. If it's the right time, opt to take part in the island's famous Full Moon Party.
Ko Pha Ngan Enjoy free time to make the most of Ko Pha-Ngan.
Ko Pha Ngan/Ko Tao Travel by ferry to Ko Tao, in English known as ‘turtle island’. While most of the visitors spend their days in the water, in the evening the beach bars and hotels spill over with people looking to share their tales of the days activities and a cold beer or two.
Ko Tao Enjoy an included snorkelling trip from Ko Tao through Ko Nang Yuan.
Ko Tao Depart at any time. If booking a flight out of Ko Samui airport, the earliest departure time should be 11:00 am Want to take the hassle out of getting back to Bangkok? Book the Bangkok Express, a two-day post-tour Extra. Speak to your Global Connection Officer or travel agent to book.
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