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Best of Thailand – East Coast Islands
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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
  • For lovers of: Hiking, Road Cycling, Snorkeling, Walking Tour
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: ATHE/199300
  • Starts: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Finishes: Ko Tao, Thailand
You will Visit
  • Bangkok
  • Kanchanaburi
  • Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya
  • Chiang Mai
  • Chiang Rai
  • Lampang
  • Sukhothai
  • Bangkok
  • Ko Samui
  • Ko Pha Ngan
  • Ko Tao

Itinerary

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Day 1: Bangkok

Arrive at any time.

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Day 2: Bangkok/Kanchanaburi

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.

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Day 3: Kanchanaburi

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.

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Day 4: Kanchanaburi/Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya

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.

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Day 5: Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya/Chiang Mai

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

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Day 6: Chiang Mai

Arrive in Chiang Mai and explore the city. Visit Doi Suthep in the afternoon.
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.

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Day 7: Chiang Mai

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.

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Day 8: Chiang Mai/Chiang Rai

Travel to Chiang Rai and start exploring.

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Day 9: Chiang Rai

Visit the town of Mae Sai and the Opium Museum.

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Day 10: Chiang Rai/Lampang

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.

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Day 11: Lampang/Sukhothai

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

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Day 12: Sukhothai

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

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Day 13: Sukhothai/Bangkok

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

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Day 14: Bangkok/Ko Samui

Catch a flight to Surat Thani and board a ferry to the tropical island of Koh Samui. Relax on the beach or visit the bustling little town.
With tons to do in the area, spend the next couple of days enjoying this tropical paradise.

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Day 15: Ko Samui

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

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Day 16: Ko Samui/Ko Pha Ngan

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.

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Day 17: Ko Pha Ngan

Enjoy free time to make the most of Koh Phangan.
With everything from yoga and meditation courses, natural beauty, and its famous full moon parties, Koh Phangan has something for everyone.

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Day 18: Ko Pha Ngan/Ko Tao

Travel by ferry to Koh Tao, a haven for scuba diving and snorkelling. Relax at one of the many beach bars in the evening.
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.

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Day 19: Ko Tao

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

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Day 20: Ko Tao

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.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Local Living: Overnight Rafthouse Excursion, Kanchanaburi Hands-On: Cooking Class, Chiang Mai Local Living: Village Homestay, Lampang
    • Klong boat tour (Bangkok)
    • Wat Po guided visit
    • Erawan Falls and Bridge on the River Kwai visit (Kanchanaburi)
    • Temple ruins tour (Ayutthaya)
    • Thai Burma Railway Centre visit
    • Doi Suthep temple visit (Chiang Mai)
    • Mae Sai visit (Chiang Rai)
    • Opium Museum visit
    • 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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