Thailand Island Hopper

Welcome to the Thailand Island Hopper, our second ever tour and one we have refined and perfected over the years. As with our first ever tour, the Thailand Experience, this one also starts off in Bangkok where it all began for Tru and will for you. Floating bungalows on crystal clear lakes, mountains, jungle, white sand beaches, tropical islands, boats and beach parties are some of the things you will experience on your journey through some of our favourite spots in Asia and indeed the world. Khao Sok National Park, Koh Phangan, Bottle Beach, Koh Tao, Phi Phi are any budding island hopper's dream destinations, and on this trip, you’ll experience them all in Tru style which means you'll basically be getting a Ferrari for the price of a Ford.

What's Included

Airport Pickup
(Up to two days before tour)

Travel Ninja
Your Guide! Like travelling with your best mates & one of them happens to know where they're going!

Transport
All Transport Included Private Van Overnight Train 2x Ferry Boat

Accommodation
13 Nights Accommodation Hotels Floating Bungalows Beach Bungalows

Activities
Bangkok river cruise & temples Khao Sok National Park Floating bungalows Phi Phi Islands boat trip

TruExclusives
Bottle Beach Experience
TruFlexibility
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Low Deposit
Stupidly low deposits so you won't have to raid the piggy bank to lock in your trip.
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Free date changes
In case shit happens and you can't make it.
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Payment Plans
Have something to look forward to & pay us when you can.
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Unrivalled Support
The best 1 on 1 support before, during and after your trip.
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Lifetime Deposits
Never lose out. Your deposit is good for life, even if plans change.
Bucket List
Floating Bungalows
girls taking selfie at Koh Nang Yuan Viewpoint in Thailand
Koh Nang Yuan
Maya Bay
A group in front of the crystal clear blue water at bottle beach Koh Phangan
Overnight at Bottle Beach

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12 Day 13 Day 14
Day 1

Airport Pick Up

Day one, you arrive in the big chaotic city of Bangkok. A city with as much history as it has traffic, more character than “characters”, more ambience then ambulances… you get the picture. I think. Anyway, we’ll pick you up from the airport and whisk you to our first hotel to meet the rest of the crew, freshen up or even explore the area which our dedicated Travel Ninja (Tour Guide, but much more awesome) can point you in the right direction or show you some spots. The evening is the real start to the trip, and we have plenty of tricks up our sleeve to ensure it starts with a bang, in Bangkok. First, we will head out to the famous Khao San Road area where you will get to know your group over some delicious food and possibly a few drinks. After our stomachs are satisfied, we hit the town, street bar style.

Bangkok
Airport Pick Up
Groups enjoying a drink sat around a pool raising their arms to cheer with a busy market street in the background
A group selfie at Khao San road Bangkok
Day 2

Bangkok Temples & River Cruise

After a lazy morning to catch some rays by the pool, some zzzzzzz’s in bed, or some bargains at the market, we’ll board a traditional longtail boat to take a ride through Bangkok’s back canals and the main river, the Chao Phraya. Our boat driver will drop us straight at our first temple, Wat Arun (or The Temple of Dawn - cool name right?) where we’ll climb some steps to get a view of the city. After this, we head to one of Bangkok's biggest and most prestigious temples, which also happens to be the first University in Thailand, Wat Pho. Once we have done the culture and learning bit, we’ll grab a traditional Bangkok Tuk Tuk and take a new kind of ride back to our hotel where you can chill (like literally cool down in the AC). Time for our second Bangkok night as a TruFamily. We’d tell you what we’re gonna do, but what happens in Bangkok, stays in Bangkok. Hopefully.

Bangkok
Bangkok river cruise, Wat Arun & Wat Pho temple visits, Tuk Tuk ride
A group shot at the temple Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok Thailand
People riding down the river in a colourful longtail boat in Thailand
A girl being blessed by a monk at the temples in Bangkok Thailand
A tuk tuk ride on day 2 in Bangkok Thailand
Day 3

Massage & Overnight Train

You’ve had the introductions, soaked up some culture, and experienced the nightlife. Now it’s time to head south, to the wonders we spoke of earlier (hint: Khao Sok National Park floating bungalows. Dreamy, right?) Feeling a little fragile? Us too. Fortunately, we have the overnight train ride to recharge, catch up on some sleep and take in some of the sights of the Thai countryside. Before we board the train though, we have a nice surprise for you in the form of a traditional Thai massage. A great way to relax after a big few days and a great way to limber up for the train ride. Great.

Overnight train
Train to Surat Thani
Group hanging out from bunk beds on an overnight train in Thailand with one girl sitting on the floor.
Overnight train photo from the windows at Khao Sok national park Thailand
Day 4

Khao Sok National Park

Now if we had a list of the 7 Tru Wonders of the World, Khao Sok would be on it. After pulling up early into Surat Thani train station and a short car ride to the national park, we board a longtail boat on the lake and cruise through some breathtaking scenery. Picture low clouds floating over the limestone mountains which surround the emerald green lake. The temperature is perfect for taking a dip, so that's exactly what we’ll do en route to the floating bungalows. Yeah, that's right, we said floating bungalows. Tonight we are staying at an actual floating resort on this amazing lake that looks like something from Jurassic Park. Told you we don’t do average. The afternoon is free to relax by the lake, float around in a tube with a beer, read a book, or explore the lake in kayaks. After sundown, we are treated to a delicious Thai buffet dinner in the floating restaurant and bar. Doesn’t get much better than this. Or does it?

Khao Sok National Park
Kayaks, floating bungalows, tubing
1x Lunch, 1x Dinner
Day 5

BOTTLE BEACH EXPERIENCE

What’s better than a floating resort on a crystal clear freshwater lake surrounded by mountains and jungle? I dunno, but our next destination comes pretty close. One of our favourite beaches in the world, Bottle Beach. It’s a stunningly beautiful little beach that is only accessible by boat (or jungle road if you have a badass 4x4) so we pretty much get the place to ourselves and another room with a view! Did we mention this is a TruExclusive? Very few people actually stay here and experience it as you should. And even fewer get to experience it in Tru style. It’s almost impossible to describe how cool this place is. So here is some of the shit that you can do there in paradise with your new pals (apart from lazing on the beach): you can play volleyball, go for a swim or a kayak, hike to the viewpoint or frolic on the beach with one of the friendly resort dogs. In the evening we’ll have dinner on the beach (obviously) followed by some cocktails next to a beach campfire with our own private fire show. Luckily the bar here stays open as long as we stay up so we can take it easy and enjoy a sleep next to the ocean or keep the private beach party rocking until the early hours. Could it get any better than this? No, probably not.

Bottle Beach, Koh Phangan
Beach activities, fire show, viewpoint hike
1x, Breakfast
TRU Exclusives
Bottle Beach stay
A group in front of the crystal clear blue water at bottle beach Koh Phangan
A couple at enjoying time at bottle beach Koh Phangan Thailand
A group photo on a speed boat at bottle beach in Koh Phangan Thailand
Five girls at bottle beach in Koh Phangan with two of them on the swing
Fireshow on bottle beach in Thailand and people having drinks at tables in the background
The top of the view point at bottle beach in Koh Phangan Thailand over looking incredible views
Four girls sitting on a swing at bottle beach Koh Phangan Thailand
Day 6

Morning chill & Muay Thai Lesson

The sounds of the waves breaking on the beach will probably be the first thing you hear when you wake up (unless you have a noisy roommate). We have a lovely lazy morning planned so as always there’s no need to stress about a thing. Sleep in, enjoy the beach, trek through the jungle or up to that viewpoint, and generally make the most of your idyllic surroundings and recharge those batteries. In the afternoon, we’ll head to a local gym, where we get an intro lesson to the ancient art of Muay Thai (Thai Boxing), Thailand’s national sport. Once the trainers have made future champs of us all and we have worked up a bit of a sweat, we’ll check in to our new home where we can freshen up and relax. Naturally, the resort we stay in is a fantastic little place right on the beach with a perfect Koh Phangan island vibe. Good job we’re here for the next two nights. With a great selection of restaurants, bars, parties, beaches, we can eat, drink and do what we like for the next few evenings. Enjoy.

Koh Phangan
Viewpoint trek & muay thai lesson
A group using a selfie stick at the top of the view point at bottle beach in Koh Phangan Thailand overlooking the lush greenery and blue sea
group learning how to do muay thai in Thailand with knee up to elbow
Day 7

KOH PHANGAN Island boat trip

Today you’re a pirate. Arrrrrrr. Well, you can pretend to be if you want, cos we’re getting on a big ol’ pirate ship (which has rum) and taking you on a tour of this magical island. There’s a reason so many of the TruCrew live here on Koh Phangan. We’ll sail around the coast of the island, we’ll stop off at one of the small islands off the coast of Phangan for some beach shenanigans and at a snorkelling spot to check out the sea life and cool down. Lunch is provided on the boat, there's plenty of space to spread out and soak up some rays with some nice tunes playing all day to wrap it all up. We get back to land around sunset, just in time to refresh for dinner and drinks on our last night in Koh Phangan. The island is well known for its party scene so if the group’s up for a boogie on the last night in Koh Phangan, we can find something that suits, alternatively a quiet night by the pool/beach bar can also be arranged.

Koh Phangan
Island boat trip, snorkelling
1x Lunch, 1x Dinner
A fun group photo on a boat in Koh Phangan Thailand
Beach party in Koh Phangan with islands in the background
Day 8

KOH TAO BOUND

Wave goodbye to the magical island of Koh Phangan, and say hello to its pretty little neighbour Koh Tao. Until relatively recently Koh Tao was pretty much just coconut farms and fishing villages, so it is still fairly undeveloped and like Koh Phangan is bursting with nature. Things changed for Koh Tao when scuba diving became a thing, and people discovered an array of amazing dive sites. Many people visit Koh Tao for the diving, beautiful beaches and laid back lifestyle. When we get to the island, we check in to our hotel near Sairee Beach, which is now lined with cool little restaurants and beach bars (and plenty of dive schools of course). Spend the afternoon by the pool, exploring the town or on the beach. In the evening we will hit some of the beach bars and maybe even the infamous Koh Tao Pub Crawl if you and your fellow TruTravellers are feeling up for a party.

Koh Tao
Ferry to Koh Tao
BEACH DAY & PUB CRAWL
Day 9

Koh Nang Yuan

Today we get to see what all the fuss is about with the snorkelling and scuba diving in Koh Tao (It is what the island is famous for after all), plus we get to visit a beautiful island called Koh NangYuan.We provide snorkelling gear, lunch and drinks on the boat but if you would like to arrange a scuba diving session instead then speak to your Travel Ninja (Elite, bad-ass tour guide) or another one of the Tru Crew in advance, and we will sort it out for you. If you would prefer to work on your tan on the boat then on exploring the wonders of the ocean below the boat, then we can sort that out for you too. You can also hike up to the viewpoint to get some insta envy-inducing snaps or bronze your body on the beautiful beach. In the evening you are free to join the group for dinner at one of the island's nice restaurants and a few beers (or cocktails, even waters if you prefer) at one of the many little bars lining Sairee Beach.

koh tao
Day trip to Koh Nang Yuan, snorkelling
1x Lunch
A group photo in Koh Tao by the clear blue water
Girl at the viewpoint in Nang Yuan Island Koh Tao overlooking the incredible views
Day 10

GET ACTIVE OR RELAX

Our last day on this little paradise and fortunately we got options. We are off to Tanote Bay for anyone who wants to come spend the day at this little gem of a beach. If you would rather keep the adrenaline flowing, we can help you arrange one of Koh Tao’s extreme activities. From rock climbing to the more common and much wetter activities like scuba diving or water sports. Or you can stay in bed until check out. We won’t be, but it’s your trip beautiful ;-). In the evening we’ll catch a ride over to the west side of the Kingdom of Thailand, starting with the night boat. Followed in the morning, by our private minivan where you can listen to our banging playlists, watch a film, staring out the window or talk to your new travel family. The last leg is a short and picturesque ferry ride over to our next little island paradise. Koh Phi Phi Don. Which is good s$*t. Trust me.

Overnight boat
Free Day
1x Dinner
Day 11

PHI PHI ISLANDS

When we have arrived and checked in, you have some free time to do whatever the hell you like. We can trek up to the viewpoint for some eye-popping pics that would make The Rock wish he had your insta account… Maybe. Or, why not have a wander around town and get to know the island, chill on the beach or get drunk at a beach bar. It’s your holiday innit. The evenings are always interesting when in Phi Phi, like Koh Tao, it has a very chilled, “islandy” vibe but also a lot of young backpackers and beachgoers, so naturally, it has a lively nightlife with beach parties that often go on into the early hours. So what goes down is up to you and the fam.

Phi Phi
Viewpoint Trek
Two girls wearing TruTravels vests sitting at viewpoint in PhiPhi, Thailand with the ocean and islands in front of them
A group photo in front of Koh Phi Phi's stunning sea and land
Three people admiring the beautiful landscape of Koh Phi Phi Thailand
Day 12

MAYA BAY “THE BEACH”

Who loves Leo? And we don’t mean the Thai beer. Although we do love that too. We mean Leo De Caprio, and you can admit it, you love him. Well so do we, and today you will get to walk in his wonderful footsteps for the day. After a chilled morning, we will jump on another boat to visit a stunningly beautiful spot called Maya Bay, which was made famous by Leo’s famous film, “The Beach” which was filmed here many moons ago. On top of that, we’ll do some more snorkelling, visit some other cool spots like the Viking Cave and Monkey Beach (yes there are actually monkeys there) as well as lunch and watching the sunset from the boat. Another epic day brought to you by TruTravels. You’re very welcome.

Phi Phi
Monkey Beach, Maya Bay & snorkelling
1x Lunch
A girl snorkeling in the crystal clear water in Koh Phi Phi Thailand
Day 13

Phuket

No, we did not just swear. Phuket (pronounced puket or pooket) is another Thai Island. The biggest one, in fact. Well, this tour is called the Island Hopper, so what did you expect? We end our trip on this crazy island for two main reasons. One because it has an airport and looooads of hotels and transport, so it makes your life easier. Two because you have to experience it once when you come to Thailand. We stay near Patong Beach, which is a lively centre of activity with many tourists and many locals buzzing about on motorbikes and taxis. There are lots of things to do, and the last afternoon is free to chill, explore and get ready for the last night out with the group. Who are now your BFFs, for life, and probably longer, so you can be sure it’s gonna be a really, really good night.

Phuket
PHUKET NIGHTLIFE
Girls on a busy street in Phuket
large group of friends on a night out in Phuket with lots of colours from shops and bars in the background
A group enjoying the nightlife in Phuket Thailand
Day 14

Chilled Check out

Last day. Tears all round. Can’t even type any more…If you must leave us after the trip to go home or somewhere else on your travels then we will, of course, help you with everything, just let us know where you gotta go and when. But obviously, we would rather you stay with your new TruFam.

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A selfie by the pool in Koh Phi Phi Thailand
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FAQS

Where does the trip start & Finish?

The trip begins in Bangkok and finishes in Phuket.

Which airport do I need to fly into?

You will need to fly into Suvarnabhumi (BKK) which is the main international airport or alternatively we can also collect you from Don Muang (DMK).

What is the closest airport to the end destination?

The closest airport is Phuket International airport(HKT).

How do I get back to the start destination and is this included in the price? If not, how much is it?

No it is not included but we can assist you with booking it all. You will need to get a joint ticket which consists of a ferry from Phuket to the mainland and then a bus to Bangkok. The cost is around £30.USD $40. Please be aware this can be quite a long journey of around 12 hours door to door. Alternatively, you can fly from Phuket however this option is more expensive and would cost in the region of £65/USD $80 but saves time.

What kind of accommodation is included on this trip?

The accommodation for this trip is all twin share private rooms.

How much is a pre night’s accommodation?

A pre night’s accommodation is 35GBP, 42EUR, 47USD, 61CAD, 67AUD. If you would like to arrange a pre-night please email info@trutravels.com

What is the currency?

The currency in Thailand is Thai Baht (THB)

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