Today is arrival day so there are no activities planned. You are free to relax, explore the city & adjust to the frantic pace and humid heat of Bangkok. Please arrive at our start point hotel before 6pm for an important group meeting where you will meet you Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members. Please look for a sign on the hotel's notice board for the time and location of your group meeting. At this meeting your CEO will ask to sight your travel insurance. After your meeting, you may choose to head out for an optional dinner to further get to know your CEO and fellow group members. We spend this evening in Bangkok. Our hotel is located in China Town, next to the central train station and MRT (Subway), and is only a short USD2 taxi ride from Khao San road and the central shopping area of Siam Square, MBK, Siam Paragon, etc. All rooms are double or twin share with air conditioning and en suite bathroom. The hotel has a small pool and wifi and computers are available at extra cost.
(While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below during the designated seasons, please note that trips that are in April/May and October/November may be changed to the opposite itinerary due to weather conditions. Our goal is to visit the area with the best optimal weather conditions.)
After our short flight on day 2, we arrive in Koh Samui. Lying off of Thailand’s east coast in the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Samui offers everything you could possibly want in a beach retreat: white sandy beaches, coconut palms, fresh seafood and warm, clear waters. With an area of 247 square kilometers, Koh Samui is the largest island in an archipelago of around 80 islands. Like Phuket, Koh Samui attracts many visitors but still has plenty of out-of-the-way spots for those wishing to get away from it all. We stay for 2 nights in a resort in Koh Samui. Our resort is located a stone's throw away from the beach and has all the amenities that you may require, including a bar and swimming pool. All of our rooms are twin share and come with an en suite bathroom and free wifi. Approx travel time: Bangkok hotel to airport: 45 minutes. Flight to Koh Samui: 1 hour Transfer from Koh Samui Airport to the hotel: 40 minutes.
A short boat ride take us to the small island of Koh Pha Ngan where we have the next few days to explore the islands waterfalls, swim in its lagoons or just relax. Koh Phangan is also internationally famous for the full moon party which take place on the island beach. Thousands of Thais and foreigners flood to this island to enjoy the festivities. But you do not have to be on this island during the full moon to enjoy the nightlife, Koh Phangan has plenty to enjoy all year around. We stay for 2 nights in Koh Phangan. Our accommodation is basic huts right on Bottle Beach. All of the rooms are twin or double share and come equipped with an en suite bathroom. Approx Travel Time: Koh Samui hotel to ferry terminal: 20 minutes. Ferry to Koh Phangan: 30 minutes. Transport from Koh Phangan ferry to the hotel: 20 minutes.
We leave Koh Samui and take a ferry once again over to Koh Tao. The reputation of Koh Tao's natural beauty, especially its marine life and coral reefs, has spread the world over. Spend your days discovering sea-life and the night partying at one of the many beach-side cafes and bars. On day 8 we transfer to the mainland by boat where travel to the train station to board an overnight train to Bangkok. You could even take this opportunity to dive in one of the top ten diving spots in the world. If you have your Padi license bring it along, or if not take this opportunity for a learner's dive. We will stay for two nights in Koh Tao at a resort which is located on the southern tip of Koh Tao on Chalook Baan Kao Beach. The resort has all the amenities that you will require including a swimming pool, bar and hotel restaurant. All of the rooms are twin share and come equipped with an en suite bathroom. Free wifi is available at the resort. On day 8 we will transfer by boat to Chumporn where we board our overnight train to Bangkok. Tonight's accommodation is an overnight sleeper train. Beds are dormitory style, with bunks on two layers along the side of the train carriage. There are curtains along each bunk for privacy. Your luggage will be accessible during the journey. The train has air-conditioning and clean bedding is provided for each bunk. There are both western style and asian style toilets at the end of each carriage. The overnight train is very comfortable and food is served on board the train at a reasonable price for anybody who requires it. Approx travel times: Koh Phangan hotel to the ferry terminal: 20 minutes. Ferry to Koh Tao: 1.5 hours. Koh Tao ferry terminal to the hotel: 15 minutes each way. Ferry Koh Tao to Chumporn: 2 hours - depending on the boat. Overnight train from Chumporn to Bangkok train station: 7 hours.