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12 days

Island hopping: Koh Phangan & Koh Samui

Experience two very different islands and get a chance to laze at the water’s edge, go snorkeling among colourful fish and hike through lush jungle with waterfalls and lookout points – all year!

Island hopping: Koh Phangan & Koh Samui Island hopping: Koh Phangan & Koh Samui
12 days

Island hopping: Koh Phangan & Koh Samui

Experience two very different islands and get a chance to laze at the water’s edge, go snorkeling among colourful fish and hike through lush jungle with waterfalls and lookout points – all year!

Choose this tour because…

Come island hopping to the scenic islands Koh Samui and Koh Phangan.

There are no activities planned, leaving you free to experience and explore the two very different islands on your own.

You start out on Koh Phangan. The island is relatively unspoilt and has a mountainous, lush landscape with jungle, waterfalls and amazing viewpoints. The beaches are situated in beautiful coves surrounded by cliffs. There is a lovely, relaxed atmosphere on the island, in spite of the infamous full moon parties that take place in the south. But never fear – you’ll be staying in the north-eastern part of one of the island’s best beaches where peace and idyll reign.

If snorkelling and scuba diving interest you, a day trip to Koh Tao is a must.

You start on the coconut palm island of Samui, the largest of the two islands, where you will stay in the southern area of the popular Chaweng, known as Chaweng Noi, with its azure waters and beautiful sandy beaches, which are made for lazy days at the water’s edge. If you tire of all that lazing about, there’s plenty to do on the island, which has everything from elephants to temples.

The tour can be extended to include a city break in Bangkok.

What is included in the price?
This package includes the following
  • Return flights from the UK to Koh Samui
  • Airport transfer in a minibus with air conditioning
  • Speedboat transfer between Koh Phangan and Koh Samui
  • 10 nights at 4- and 5-star hotels
  • 10 x breakfast (days 3-12)
  • ATOL certificate
  • 24-hour manned emergency telephone throughout the tour
  • Departure guarantee – the tour will take place regardless of the number of participants
  • We recommend that you book the tour in good time
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Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Departure from selected airport

Today is the day you set off from your selected airport with connecting flights on the way.

Day 2: Arrival at Koh Samui – Koh Phangan

You land at Samui’s exotic airport, go through immigration and pick up your luggage. A driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals hall, ready to drive you to the Buri Rasa jetty, from which you will take the speedboat to the hotel on Koh Phangan, which takes around 30 minutes. The hotel is situated on the north-eastern end of the island at Thong Nai Pan Noi beach.

Koh Phangan is located north of Koh Samui and is far quieter and more unspoilt. In fact, Phangan is reminiscent of Samui before the tourists began to flock there.

Koh Phangan is a surprise for most people. Forget all about drunk backpackers and full moon parties on Haad Rin beach to the south – there’s so much more to Phangan than that! The island’s wooded, mountainous interior is covered with lush jungle, and the beaches are situated in small coves surrounded by cliffs or mangrove forests. The beaches are made for relaxation and soaking up the sun, not to mention a great place to snorkel.

Days 3-5: Koh Phangan

How to spend your days on Koh Phangan is up to you. There’s not a lot of urban life here, and not much in the way of shops, but the beaches and the nature are absolutely first rate. Sit back and enjoy this laid-back place without interruptions and/or explore the island. You’ve got time for it all.

The first couple of days, you will probably be tired after your long flight and still adapting to the big time difference, so what better than to jump into the beautiful waters and simply laze on the lovely sandy beach?

You also have every opportunity to hike in the lush jungle, discover some of the island’s waterfalls and the Dome Sila viewpoint, which affords phenomenal views of the island and the sea.

You can also go on a day trip to the popular island of Koh Tao, located to the north of Koh Phangan. Koh Tao is blessed with some of Thailand’s most beautiful bays and white sandy beaches with crystal-clear waters. The island is especially famous for its amazing snorkelling and diving. In fact, Koh Tao has been voted the best place to dive in the Gulf of Thailand due to its clear waters, beautiful corals and colourful fish, as well as a good chance of seeing a sea turtle. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to dive as Koh Tao is a great place to learn and has some excellent diving schools. An excursion to Koh Tao can be booked at the hotel.

Day 6: Koh Phangan – Koh Samui

Today, it’s time to say goodbye to Koh Phangan, and some lovely days on Koh Samui await you. You will be picked up by the resort’s own speedboat, which will transport you back to the Buri Rasa jetty on Koh Samui, where a driver will be waiting to drive you to your next accommodation venue at Chaweng Beach.

Chaweng beach stretches 7 km along the east coast of the island and offers fine sandy beaches, turquoise-blue waters and tall coconut palms. You will stay in the southern area of Chaweng, known as Chaweng Noi. This area is considered to be the most idyllic part of Chaweng, and a wonderful holiday atmosphere awaits you here.

Days 7-11: Koh Samui

Covering an area of more than 228.7 km², Koh Samui is Thailand’s third largest island. Up until the 1970s, Samui was little more than an unknown island with beautiful scenery and coconut plantations. There were no roads, and the only way of getting to and from the island was by the coconut cargo boat. That was how a group of backpackers experienced the unspoilt island, which they later wrote an article about in a travel guide. Other backpackers soon caught on about this hidden paradise, and little bamboo huts shot up along the beaches. Over the next two decades, Samui underwent rapid development, with roads built, ferry routes opened and hotels constructed. In 1989, the first flight route to and from the island opened. After that, tourists began flocking to the island, and more hotels and resorts were built. Today, Samui has grown to become one of Thailand’s most visited islands, attracting some 2 million tourists every year. Over the next few days, you will find out just why this place has become so popular.

The days are your own to relax, go for walks and recharge your batteries.

In the unlikely event that you tire of all that relaxation, there’s plenty to do here. 2 km from the hotel is the town of Chaweng itself, known for its lively centre with restaurants, cafés, nightlife and good shops. You can choose to walk there, hop on the hotel’s shuttle bus or take a taxi.

You can also go on a tour of the island and experience some of Samui’s other beaches, Big Buddha Temple, Wat Plai Laem Temple or the Samui Elephant Sanctuary, a retirement home for working elephants rescued from the tourism industry.

There are also good hiking trails on the island, making a visit to the 18-metre-high Na Muang waterfall an obvious choice. Or how about a boat trip to the scenic Ang Thong National Marine Park, a must-see for nature lovers? Ang Thong National Park consists of a string of 42 small green islands featuring beautiful bounty beaches, verdant limestone mountains, caves and stunning vantage points.

You should also be sure to try Samui’s many delicacies. Due to the island’s mixed population made up of Thai, Chinese, Lao and Burmese people, the local eateries offer a variety of exciting food cultures to make your mouth water.

Day 12: Homeward bound

Today, you will wave goodbye to the Thai archipelago. You will be picked up from your hotel and driven to the airport, from which you will fly to the UK, with connecting flight(s) along the way.

You land in the UK after a lovely, relaxing holiday.

Extend your tour

City break in Bangkok, 3 nights

Price:
Per person in a double room: + £357
Per child u/12 years: + £340
Single room supplement: + £93

Bangkok is Thailand’s hectic, colourful and fascinating capital and one of the fastest growing cities in the world with around 12 million inhabitants. The city really began to flourish in the 90s, and today huge skyscrapers stand in contrast to the spires of the golden temples.

Central Bangkok is considered to be the area around Silom Road, where you will be staying at the delightful Hotel Narai. The area is known as the most popular tourist area due to its high concentration of shopping centres, hotels and restaurants.

The Chao Phraya River runs through the city, providing a significant route for the city’s public transport system. On the eastern side of the river is the island of Ko Ratanakosin, which is the historic part of Bangkok and home to the city’s lavish landmark, the Grand Palace. A maze of canals is to be found on the western side of the river, providing a green oasis.

While in Bangkok, you can also explore Chinatown and the colourful Chatuchak market, one of the world’s largest. If you feel the need for some peace and quiet, you can enjoy a walk in Lumpini Park, overlooking the tall skyscrapers, which are reflected in the water.

One of the biggest experiences in Bangkok is undoubtedly the food, and you can enjoy gastronomic experiences in all price ranges right on your doorstep.

When it comes to getting about, you needn’t worry about Bangkok’s notorious traffic, as the city offers a good range of transport options other than buses, tuk tuks and taxis. River taxis are often a hit and they take you to many of the city’s sights. You can also take The Sky Train, which winds its way between the city’s high-rise buildings and is a good, fast and cheap way of travelling.

Bangkok is the city that has everything the heart desires.

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