THAILAND – Sample Island Hopping Programme

If city culture, wildlife experiences, and beautiful beaches are your thing, then this trip will have you grinning from ear to ear. An incredible journey through Thailand’s most diverse landscapes, you’ll get to start your trip off in lively Bangkok, taking in the temples, history, and deep-rooted tradition in the country’s capital before spending a bit of time in the countryside getting to know and care for the elephants in Kanchanaburi, and then heading south to some of the most glorious beach destinations in the world. While away your time in a hammock on Koh Tao, snorkel in turquoise waters, and party under the stars. Choose to extend your trip to 15 days and you’ll get to soak up the laid-back atmosphere on Koh Samui, spend a day at Ang Thong Marine Park, and experience an epic full, half, or black moon party on Koh Pha Ngan.

Trip highlights:

Discover the magic of Bangkok’s history and culture by canal.

Spend time at an incredible project, getting to feed and wash the resident elephants

Explore the stunning trails and waterfalls of Erawan National Park

Soak up the sunshine and chill out on Koh Tao’s breathtaking beaches

Get up close and personal with some incredible marine life on a snorkelling trip

Dance under the stars at one of Koh Pha Ngan’s famous moon parties

Trip details:

Day 1: Arrival

Welcome to Thailand! You’ll be met at Bangkok Airport by our friendly team, who will take you to your accommodation in the famous Khao San Road area. Settled in, explore your surroundings, then meet your tour guide and the rest of the group later at a welcome meeting before heading out to party the night away in some of Bangkok’s coolest bars.

Day 2: Bangkok

Today’s your chance to see some of Bangkok’s highlights by canal, including some important and stunning ancient temples. We’ll visit Wat Arun and then spend time at Wat Pho – home of the famous golden reclining Buddha. Later on, we’ll take a tour of the majestic Grand Palace and the beautiful grounds that surround it.

Day 3: Travel to Kanchanaburi

Today we’ll be swapping the busy streets of Bangkok for the sweeping countryside of Kanchanaburi. It’s only a few hours’ ride west, but the two areas couldn’t be more different. You’ll have the opportunity to explore or take it easy this afternoon with some free time. Freshen up before heading out this evening to sample some of the delicious local food.

Day 4: Elephant Project

After breakfast, we’ll make our way to an incredible elephant project set within Kanchanaburi’s beautiful countryside. We’ll learn about the project’s work to promote elephant welfare and have the opportunity to help make up the elephant’s food and after lunch walk with them to the local river for a unique bathing experience.

Day 5: Erawan National Park

Head into the surrounding countryside for an adventure today! We’ll make our way into Erawan National Park and make a beeline for the region’s most famous landmark, Erawan Falls. Hike the park’s trails or hang out by the water. Later on, we’ll head back into the centre of Kanchanaburi where you’ll have some free time before another night out with the rest of the group.

Day 6: Head South

Today we’ll spend a good amount of time relaxing before returning to Bangkok later in the day to grab a bite to eat before catching the overnight bus to Koh Tao. You’ll wake up tomorrow in a whole new world!

Day 7-9: Koh Tao

You’ll have the next couple of days to yourself and, if it’s beaches you’re after, you won’t be disappointed. Enjoy sunset drinks on the beach, go and explore the rocky caves by kayak, and hike through the forest terrain. On day 8 we’ll head up to the island’s best viewpoint for some seriously gorgeous views, and on day 9 we’ll take a boat trip to find some of the island’s best snorkelling spots.

Day 10: Farewell

Today marks the last day of the trip, so once you’ve checked out of the guesthouse, you’ll need to make your own way back to the mainland. A return transfer isn’t included, but your tour guide will be more than happy to help you arrange transport.


Day 10-12: Koh Pha Ngan

From Koh Tao, we’ll hop on a boat to Thailand’s party isle – Koh Pha Ngan. Spend your days here lapping up the sunshine and enjoying beach life. Come nightfall, it’s party time, so slap on some day-glo body paint and party the night away with thousands of others at Haad Rin at a Full Moon Party or on the beach in the Ban Tai area for a Half Moon or Black Moon Party.

Day 13: Koh Samui

Today we’ll be boarding the boat to Koh Samui – a serene and tranquil setting even the most hungover travellers will appreciate! Chill on Chaweng Beach or make your way to Hin Lad Waterfall, go and check out the colourful array of animals and birdlife at Paradise Park Farm, or go on a local temple tour.

Hin Lad Waterfall

Day 14: Ang Thong National Marine Park

We’ll make our way over to the stunning Ang Thong Marine Park today to sail between some of the 42 beautiful little islets that make up the tropical archipelago. You’ll get to admire your gorgeous surroundings by boat and jump in the crystalline waters for a swim and snorkelling session. Later on, we’ll head back to Koh Samui for an epic night out at the island’s famous Ark Bar.

Day 15: Farewell

It’s very likely you won’t want to leave, but today we have to part company as this fantastic tour comes to an end. Make your way back to Bangkok from Koh Samui, a return transfer isn’t included, but your guide will be able to help you arrange transport.

Please note activities and itineraries are subject to change.

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