When you land, we pick you up at the airport, and take you directly to your hotel. You have a free day to get to know your group and get settled and ready for probably the best group adventure in the world… TruTravels’ Full Moon Island Hopper. In the evening we go out on the infamous Khao San Road for drinks.
See the capital by the water as we travel by longtail boat along the Chao Phraya River, you’ll explore Bangkok and experience some of Thailand’s heritage. We visit two prestigious temples – Wat Arun and Wat Pho, to see the very impressive giant, gold reclining Buddha statue. The rest of the day is free for exploring, you may want to try some of the famous shopping in Bangkok as its known for being notoriously cheap. Remember to always try and barter with the street vendors, you can sometimes get as much as 50% off the original price! Then in the evening we meet again for dinner, drinks and more group bonding.
Try a traditional Thai massage before we travel overnight on the train down south, and swap the hustle and bustle of Bangkok for the tranquil lakes of Khao Sok National Park – situated in the Surat Thani province of Thailand.
Head to our floating bungalows on a longtail boat whilst stopping along the way for a quick dip and dive. Try your hand at some kayaking or chill with a beer in a tube in front of the stunning backdrop of Khao Sok‘s limestone mountain range. We’ll be staying in floating bungalows on a fresh-water lake surrounded by rainforest which looks like something out of Jurassic Park!
Wake up early on the lake and enjoy a spot of breakfast before we head to Koh Phangan. When we arrive we go straight to a secluded paradise beach, Bottle Beach. Our favourite beach in the world. It is quiet, amazingly beautiful, only accessible by boat and to make it better, we pretty much get the whole place to ourselves and stay in beach huts overlooking the ocean. Relax here for the rest of the afternoon, enjoy a bit of volleyball, sunbathing or swimming. In the evening we can enjoy dinner and some cocktails on the beach next to a camp fire with our own private fire show.
A nice chilled wake up to the sound of waves rolling on the beach. You will have a free morning to make the most of your surroundings. You can go kayaking, play volleyball, top up the tan, go trekking to view points or catch up on some sleep. We are picked up early afternoon and taken to a local gym to try your hand at a bit of Muay Thai boxing, Thailand’s national sport. After we head to our awesome accommodation at Echo Beach backpackers where we will spend the final two nights. We will arrange a time to meet for dinner and jump in a taxi to Haad Rinn where you will discover more beach bars for those who fancy a few drinks.
Today we embark on a voyage around Koh Phangan. We spend the day taking in the amazing tropical island scenery, stop for some snorkelling at the coolest hotspots and visit Than Sadet waterfall (seasonal). You might think it couldn’t get any better but it does, we a complementary buck, flowing bar and food throughout the day with music. The last night we take you to the best restaurant in town for a slap up meal on us. Its here where we prepare to say our goodbyes to our newest friends as our adventure draws to a close so we hit the beach bars for one last boogie to cap a great week.
We swap our twin rooms for dorms to get closer to the action as we gear up to the full moon party. You will have the day to make use of Echo Beach Backpacker’s facilities, play some volleyball, chill out on the day beds or go explore. You will have some free time to do as you please.
Ride around Koh Phangan on ATVs checking out some of the Island’s hidden gems. In the evening we will head up the hill to probably the best place you will ever watch the sunset from. It’s a very very cool bar with music, cocktails, beer, viewing deck with swimming pool which we will certainly make the most of as we watch the sun go down. Life doesn’t really get much better…
Get ready for an epic day party! Slip n Fly is one of the latest attractions of Phangan. Featuring one of the biggest and craziest water slides in Southern Asia. with a mixture of adventure, games and artists to bring you the ultimate daytime tropical party. We spend the day here so you can choose to chillax on the day beds or attempt the slides.
Today is a free day to recharge and prepare for the epic Full Moon Party. We will meet in our hostel late afternoon for a UV painting session to get us ready for the nights antics. We will take you to the best pre-drinking spots before hitting up the full moon party in TruTravels style! Those of you hard core enough to make it to sunrise (the best bit) may even get to join us at the after party which starts at 6am! No rest for the wicked.
Depending on what time you stumble in from the party you will probably need some of today to sleep and recover so the only planned activity today is a nice Thai massage and possibly a film at a local bar. Unless you are one of those crazy party animals that decided to join us at the after party!
On day 13 we will catch the ferry over to Koh Tao or ‘Turtle Island’ where we will spend the next 3 nights or 4 days (Recently voted ‘Best Island in S.E. Asia’ in a Trip Advisor survey). We stay in town, 5 mins from beautiful Sairee beach.
Today we organise a boat round from Koh Tao to the adjoining and amazingly beautiful island of Koh Nang Yuan. Here we can snorkel in the Japanese gardens and trek up to the view point to get some post card pics of the adjoining beaches and bays. After we head back to Koh Tao we will have some free time before meeting for dinner and jumping on the famous Koh Tao Pub Crawl!
Today you have some free time to experience the bits of Koh Tao you most want to do. You can relax on the beach or go shopping in town, alternatively you could try one of Koh Tao’s many activities like scuba diving, trapeze, rock climbing, water sports or free diving. Of course any optional activities will come at an extra cost but if you would like us to arrange these or an open water dive course (which would take up all 3 days) we are happy to do so.
Today we have another free day to soak up some rays or get active. We will arrange a taxi round to Tanote Bay, one of our favourite spots on the island for those who want to have a nice chilled beach day. In the evening we will jump on the night ferry over to the mainland where we are picked up by our private minibus (with tunes & DVD player) and taken over to the West coast and our next stop, the idyllic Railay Bay.
Railay Bay is a lovely spot on the West Coast which is technically part of the mainland but cut off by mountains meaning you can only get there by boat so it still has that ‘island feel’. When we arrive we will get checked in and have some free time to relax by the pool or explore the beaches and bays of the area. As with most of our destinations, Railay has a decent nightlife so those of you who want to check it out are able to do so.
Today we will take some kayaks out from the beach and explore the area by sea! The limestone formations make for some great exploring and even better photos. We can also take a trek to the viewpoint and the lagoon today if you are feeling extra active. Those of you who want even more of an adrenaline rush can opt for some optional rock climbing which as with some of the activities in Koh Tao will cost extra but we are happy to arrange. In the evening we can again head out for some dinner and drinks and take a look at the famous Railay fire show at Last Bar.
In the morning we jump on the ferry over to Phi Phi Island, now famous due to it being where they filmed ‘The Beach’. It is a cool little island with beautiful surroundings and a buzzing backpacker scene. Today we will have some time after we check in to get settled and check out the town and the beach.
Today we take you on a sunset boat trip round the islands, we stop at Maya Bay (Where they actually filmed ‘The Beach’), monkey island and the Viking caves as well as for some snorkelling in Phi Phi’s emerald waters. Lunch is included on the boat and after sun set we go swimming with the phosphorescence (really cool glow in the dark plankton). Carry the party on through the night at some of Phi Phis lively beach bars if you wish but make sure you are up in time the next day for another boat to our final stop.
On day 16 we hop on the island boat over to Phuket, the largest of the Thai islands where we finish the trip. In the evening we will explore the wonders of Phuket & Patong or take some party Tuk Tuks as we celebrate the final two nights of an awesome trip!
Today we will take you to a surf shack with a difference. This place has really cool indoor wave machines which even those who have never thought about surfing will find fun. If you’re already a good surfer you’ll be mixing it with the pros in no time.
Today we say goodbye but we can help you sort out all of your onward travel whether it’s back to Bangkok for a flight home or the next leg of your Thailand adventure!