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Best of Thailand – East Coast Islands

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.

  • Duration: 20 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Tour code: 199300
  • Starts: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Finishes: Surat Thani, Thailand
You will Visit
  • Bangkok
  • Ko Tao

Itinerary

01

Day 1: Bangkok

Arrive at any time.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

02

Day 2: Bangkok/Kanchanaburi (1B, 1D)

Enjoy a klong boat tour of Bangkok including a visit to Wat Po. Travel to Kanchanaburi and head to your floating rafthouse accommodation. Enjoy free time to explore.

Included Activities:
Klong Riverboat Tour
Wat Po Visit
Overnight Rafthouse Excursion

Transport:
Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 129km)

03

Day 3: Kanchanaburi (1B)

Enjoy a day of sightseeing at Erawan Falls and the Bridge on the River Kwai. Explore the Allied War Cemetery, the Thai-Burmese Railway Centre and the JEATH War Museum to learn more about the area's history.

Included Activities:
Erawan Waterfalls Visit
Bridge on the River Kwai Visit
Thai/Burma Railway Centre and Allied War Cemetery Visit

Transport:
Enjoy a short drive to view the beautiful Erawan Waterfalls. (1-2 hours per direction)
Private Vehicle (1.00-2.00 hours)

04

Day 4: Kanchanaburi/Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Temple Ruins Tour

Transport:
Private Vehicle (2.50 hour(s), 150km)

05

Day 5: Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya/Chiang Mai (1B)

Spend a full day exploring Ayutthaya before boarding an overnight train to Chiang Mai.

Transport:
Basic overnight train (beds) (12.00 hour(s))

06

Day 6: Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is a vibrant city with heaps to see and do. Famous for its night market, cooking classes, and Muay Thai, it's a feat to fit it all in.

Included Activities:
Doi Suthep Temple Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))

07

Day 7: Chiang Mai (1B, 1D)

Enjoy free time to explore Chiang Mai. Opt for a bicycle tour, a visit the Mae Sa waterfall, shopping at the night market, or getting a traditional Thai massage. Enjoy a local cooking class with dinner.

Included Activities:
Cooking Class

08

Day 8: Chiang Mai/Chiang Rai (1B)

Travel to Chiang Rai and start exploring.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.50-5.00 hours, 274km)

09

Day 9: Chiang Rai (1B)

Visit the town of Mae Sai and the Opium Museum.

Included Activities:
Mae Sai Visit
Opium Museum Visit

10

Day 10: Chiang Rai/Lampang (1B, 1D)

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.

Included Activities:
Village Homestay

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 315km)

11

Day 11: Lampang/Sukhothai (1B, 1L)

Take in traditional morning activities, followed by lunch in the village. Travel to Sukhothai and enjoy a free afternoon.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 213km)

12

Day 12: Sukhothai (1B)

Take a half-day guided bike tour of Sukhothai Historical Park and explore the area with some free time.

Included Activities:
Sukhothai Bicycle Tour

13

Day 13: Sukhothai/Bangkok (1B)

Travel to Bangkok and enjoy some time for last minute shopping.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours, 422km)

14

Day 14: Bangkok/Ko Samui (1B)

With tons to do in the area, spend the next couple of days enjoying this tropical paradise.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))
Plane (1.00 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
Ferry (0.75 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s))

15

Day 15: Ko Samui (1B)

Relax on the beach or visit the bustling little town. Opt for a snorkelling trip in Ang Thong Marine Park.

16

Day 16: Ko Samui/Ko Pha Ngan (1B)

Take a ferry to nearby Koh 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.

Transport:
Transfer to the ferry terminal and board for the short ride to Koh Phangan.
Ferry (0.75 hour(s))

17

Day 17: Ko Pha Ngan (1B)

With everything from yoga and meditation courses, natural beauty, and its famous full moon parties, Koh Phangan has something for everyone.

18

Day 18: Ko Pha Ngan/Ko Tao (1B)

Travel to Koh 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.

Transport:
Transfer to the ferry in Koh Phangan and on the other end in Koh Tao.
Ferry (2.50 hour(s))

19

Day 19: Ko Tao (1B, 1L)

Enjoy an included snorkelling trip from Koh Tao through Koh Nang Yuan.

Included Activities:
Snorkelling Excursion

20

Day 20: Ko Tao (1B)

Depart at any time.

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.

Additional Notes:
Add the “Bangkok Express: Koh Tao to Bangkok” to your adventure and make your way back to bustling Bangkok with the guidance of a CEO. This nifty post-tour Extra includes a ferry to the mainland where you'll board an overnight train to Bangkok arriving in the city early the next morning. Speak to your Global Connection Officer or travel agent to book.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Klong boat tour (Bangkok)
    • Wat Po guided visit
    • Erawan Falls and Bridge on the River Kwai visit (Kanchanaburi)
    • Rafthouse stay
    • Temple ruins tour (Ayutthaya)
    • Thai Burma Railway Centre visit
    • Doi Suthep temple visit (Chiang Mai)
    • Local cooking class and meal (Chiang Mai)
    • Mae Sai visit (Chiang Rai)
    • Opium Museum visit
    • Local community homestay (Lampang)
    • 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
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/guesthouses (16 nts), rafthouse (1 nt), sleeper train (1 nt), homestay (1 nt)
    • 18 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
    Transport
    • Train, private vehicle, bicycle, longtail boat, longtail boat, ferry, plane, walking
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Tour 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