Best of Southern Thailand 9 Days


Itinerary Summary

Love beaches! Love islands! Love cocktails! Love this trip, the trip starts from buzzing Bangkok to blissful Koh Samui, snorkeling, swimming, and hanging at waterfalls. and visit jungly Khao Sok National Park, finish up at Ao Nang a paradise dream! Embrace your inner beach bum and come home with sand in all the wrong places. Bring SPF 30, a sense of adventure, and an appetite for the delicious and strange.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 / Bangkok: Bangkok

Day 2 / Overnight train: Bangkok – Overnight Train

Day 3 / Koh Samui: Koh Samui Beach

Day 4 / Koh Samui: Koh Samui Beach

Day 5 / Khao Sok: Khao Sok National Park

Day 6 / Ao Nang: Ao Nang Beach

Day 7 / Ao Nang: Ao Nang Beach

Day 8 / Ao Nang: Ao Nang Beach

Day 9 / Departure: Ao Nang Beach – Departure

 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Bangkok

Highlights with Photos:  Bangkok

Welcome to Bangkok. There will be a pre-departure meeting at around 6 pm tonight. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. We’ll be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so ensure you bring these details to provide to your leader. If you’re going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. Bangkok is a huge, buzzing city. If you arrive early, make the most of the city’s bustling markets, grab some spicy noodles from a street cart or relax with a Thai massage. Notes: If you can’t arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you’re able to attend. We’ll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).

Accommodation
  • Overnight: Bangkok
Optional Activities
  • Bangkok – Chinatown Food Discovery Urban Adventure – THB2149
  • Bangkok – Tuk Tuk Experience Urban Adventure – THB1790
  • Bangkok – Temple & River of Kings Urban Adventure – THB2465
  • Bangkok – Bangkok by Bike Urban Adventure – THB1904
Meals Included

There are no meals included on this day.


Day 2: Bangkok – Overnight Train

Highlights with Photos: Grand PalaceWat Phra KaewWat Pho

Today explore some of Bangkok’s most famous sights, including the Grand Palace and the adjoining Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew). Make an optional visit to the temple complex of Wat Pho, which houses the famous 46-meter-long statue of the Reclining Buddha. Enjoy a free afternoon to discover more of the city in your own time. This evening, head south to Surat Thani on a 13-hour overnight train.

Notes: Sleeper trains are clean and air-conditioned, and beds are padded berths with sheets, pillows, and blankets provided (although some people prefer to bring their own sleeping sheets). Please note that you may be sharing compartments with locals of the same or opposite gender. Your baggage will travel in the carriage with you. There’s also food and drink service available on board.

Accommodation
  • Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Bangkok – Jim Thompson’s House – THB150
  • Bangkok – Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) – THB50
  • Bangkok – Thai Massage – THB250
Included Activities
  • Bangkok – Grand Palace
Meals Included
    • Breakfast


Day 3: Koh Samui

Highlights with Photos: Koh Samui

Arrive in Surat Thani this morning, continuing by public bus and ferry to Koh Samui (approximately four hours). The island of Koh Samui has been a tourist hotspot for decades, and with good reason. Swim, snorkel, or relax in the waterfalls at Na Muang. Take a trip with the group around the island, visiting the 15-meter tall Big Buddha (Wat Phra Yai). In the evening, perhaps feast on a delicious curry with the group and then join in the carnival that is Koh Samui’s famous nightlife.
Accommodation
  • Overnight: Koh Samui
Included Activities
  • Koh Samui – half-day guided tour
Meals Included

There are no meals included on this day.


Day 4: Koh Samui

Highlights with Photos: Koh Samui

Spend a free day today swimming, lazing in the sun, or exploring Koh Samui. You may like to take an optional day tour to Ang Thong Marine National Park by either a slow boat or speedboat. The park is an archipelago of over 40 islands in the Gulf of Thailand, featuring pristine beaches, jungle, mangroves, and limestone mountains rising out of the sea. Join the hoards of tourists tanning on the beach at Koh Mae island and check out the saltwater lagoon of Thale Nai (Emerald Lake). For a quieter experience and some great snorkeling opportunities, head to the nearby islands of Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan.
Accommodation
  • Overnight: Koh Samui
Optional Activities
  • Koh Samui – Thai Massage – THB300
  • Koh Samui – Thai Cooking Class – THB1850
  • Koh Samui – Day trip to Koh Tao – THB2400
  • Ko Samui – Ang Thong Marine Park tour – THB2400
Meals Included
    • Breakfast


Day 5: Khao Sok National Park

Highlights with Photos: Khao Sok National Park

Today travel to Khao Sok National Park by songtaew, ferry, and minivan. The journey will take a total of about five hours. The park is the wettest spot in Thailand and encloses some of the oldest jungles in the world. See limestone islands rise out of the water and, if you’re lucky, monkeys playing by the water’s edge. Stroll along trails past waterfalls and spend the night in a guesthouse in the jungle.

Accommodation
  • Overnight: Khao Sok
Meals Included
    • Breakfast


Day 6: Ao Nang Beach

Highlights with Photos: Ao Nang Beach

Depart by public bus from Khao Sok to the beach town of Ao Nang (approximately three hours). On arrival, settle into your hotel and hit the local beach. Swim or snorkel in the clear water, relax on the sand with a book, and sip a cocktail as the sun goes down. You have plenty of free time to do as you please.
Accommodation
  • Overnight: Ao Nang
Meals Included

There are no meals included on this day.


Day 7: Ao Nang Beach

Highlights with Photos: Ao Nang Beach

This morning head out on a half-day sea kayaking trip to Ao Thalane. Transfer from your hotel in Ao Nang to Thalane Bay in a van, passing through rural villages on the way. Paddle through mangrove forests, coves, and narrow karst-walled canyons, keeping an eye out for kingfishers, herons, and crab-eating macaque monkeys. Be careful with your belongings, as cheeky monkeys can steal them. After some time on the water, return to the pier and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant with a great view over the area. After lunch, transfer back to your hotel in Ao Nang. Enjoy free time for the rest of the afternoon.
Accommodation
  • Overnight: Ao Nang
Included Activities
  • Krabi – Sea Kayaking
Meals Included
    • Lunch


Day 8: Ao Nang Beach

Highlights with Photos: Ao Nang Beach

Enjoy a free day to relax on the beach or participate in a variety of optional activities. Perhaps unwind with a massage or cook up something delicious in a Thai cooking class. Take a tour out to some of Krabi’s naturally-formed crystal pools and hot springs, swimming in the clear waters of the Emerald Lagoon while fish nibble at your toes. You might like to take a trip out to the quiet, pristine island of Koh Hong, where you can snorkel in the shallow reefs and kayak past cliffs to a hidden salt-water lagoon.
Accommodation
  • Overnight: Ao Nang
Optional Activities
  • Krabi – Rock Climbing – THB1800
  • Krabi – Half-day cycling trip with waterfalls – THB2500
  • Ao Nang – Hot springs & Emerald lagoon tour – THB1600
  • Krabi – Phi Phi Island Day Tour – THB1600
  • Ao Nang – Scuba Diving (3 dives) – THB4000
  • Ao Nang – Cooking class – THB1200
  • Ao Nang – Thai Massage – THB300
Meals Included

There are no meals included on this day.


Day 9: Ao Nang Beach – Return to Bangkok or Depart for your next destination
Free time until transfer you back to Bangkok or leave for your next destination.
Meals Included

There are no meals included on this day.