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Island hopping: Koh Samui, Koh Madsum & Koh Phangan

Highlights of this tour:
Experience the popular coconut island Samui, wind down on the small, unspoilt island of Madsum and end the tour on the laid-back, lush island of Phangan.

This package holiday includes the following:

  • Return flights from the UK to Koh Samui
  • 11 nights at 4 to 5-star hotels
  • 11 x breakfast (days 3-12)
  • Transport by minibus with air conditioning
  • Transport between the islands by speedboat and traditional longboat
  • 24-hour manned emergency telephone throughout the tour
  • ATOL certificate included
  • Departure guarantee – the tour will take place regardless of the number of participants

We recommend that you book the tour in good time.

Single room supplement £754
Discounts are available for groups

Combination options after your tour:

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

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

You start on the coconut palm island of Samui, the largest of the three 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 the relaxation, there’s plenty to do on the island.

Koh Madsum, on the other hand, is the ultimate “getaway” from the everyday hustle and bustle. Madsum is a small, private island with only one hotel and one restaurant besides the hotel’s restaurant, so you really feel like Robinson Crusoe here. The island offers fine white beaches overlooking the neighbouring island, Taen, kayaking, swimming in the clear, warm waters and fantastic snorkelling along the island’s reefs.

The tour ends 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.

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

Detailed Itinerary
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Day 1: Departure from selected airport
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
Day 2: Arrival at Koh Samui

You land at Samui’s exotic airport, go through immigration and pick up your luggage. In the Arrivals Hall, a driver is waiting to drive you to the hotel, which is located by Samui’s popular and famous 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.

Overnight stay New Star Beach Resort 

Days 3-5: Koh Samui
Days 3-5: Koh Samui

Covering an area of 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 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 laze on the lovely sandy beach?

In the unlikely event that you tire of all the 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 or take the hotel’s shuttle bus or a taxi. You can also go on a guided tour of the island and discover some of Samui’s other beaches, the big, gold Buddha and the 18-metre-high Namuang waterfall. The island also offers great hiking trails. Or how about a boat trip to the beautiful Ang Thong National Marine Park, which consists of limestone cliffs and offers beautiful bounty beaches, caves and amazing views?

And be sure not to miss the island’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.

Overnight stay New Star Beach Resort 

Day 6: By speedboat from Koh Samui to Koh Madsum
Day 6: By speedboat from Koh Samui to Koh Madsum

Today, you will be picked up from your hotel and driven to the Thong Tanote pier, a good 45-minute drive away. On your arrival at the pier, a traditional long-tail boat will be waiting to sail you to Koh Madsum, which takes around 30 minutes.

Located south of Koh Samui, Koh Madsum is a small, unspoilt gem with a true island feel to it. The atmosphere here is quite different from the other popular Thai islands. There are no cars, no permanent residents, no noise and no busy tourist streets. It almost feels as if you have the island to yourself, as there is only one hotel and one restaurant besides the hotel.

The beaches on one side of the island are beautiful and white and perfect for sunbathing, while the other side of the island is perfect for snorkelling along the island’s coral reefs.

Madsum is the ultimate “getaway” from the everyday hustle and bustle, so check in, kick off your shoes and enjoy this little piece of paradise.

Overnight stay The Treasure 

Day 7: Koh Madsum
Day 7: Koh Madsum

Start your day at your own pace and enjoy a delicious breakfast. Spend the day lying on a sun lounger overlooking the crystal-clear waters and the neighbouring island of Koh Taen. You might also like to go kayaking or explore the undersea world on the other side of the island.

Round off the day with an evening walk along the beach to the sound of the waves lapping the shore and see the sky change when the sun goes down over the horizon.

Overnight stay The Treasure 

Day 8: Koh Madsum – Koh Phangan
Day 8: Koh Madsum – Koh Phangan

Today, you’re heading for the third and last island, Koh Phangan.

A boat is moored next to the hotel, waiting to sail you to the “The Treasure Koh Madsum – Samui Pier” at Koh Samui, a trip that takes about 30 minutes. From here, you continue by car to the Buri Rasa pier on the northern end of Samui. The last boat trip, to get to the hotel at Koh Phangan, is made by speedboat and takes about 30 minutes. The hotel is situated on the north-eastern end of the island at the Thong Nai Pan Noi beach.

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

Overnight stay Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa 

Days 9-11: Koh Phangan
Days 9-11: Koh Phangan

How to spend your days on Phangan is up to you. There’s not a lot of town 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.

You can go hiking in Phangan’s lush jungle and see some of the island’s waterfalls or how about a spot of mountain climbing to Dom Sila Viewpoint, from which you have a phenomenal view 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.

No matter how you choose to spend your time, be sure to make the most of it as you’ll soon be heading back to British climes.

Overnight stay Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa 

Day 12: Koh Phangan – Koh Samui
Day 12: Koh Phangan – Koh Samui

It’s time to say goodbye to Koh Phangan. Today, you’ll be heading back to Koh Samui, where you will spend one night before your journey home. You will be picked up by the resort’s own speedboat and taken back to the Buri Rasa jetty in Koh Samui. A driver will be waiting at the jetty to drive you to the hotel.

The rest of the day is yours to do as you please.

Overnight stay New Star Beach Resort 

Day 13: Homeward bound
Day 13: Homeward bound

Sadly today the time has come to say 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.

Combination options after your tour
City break in Bangkok, 3 nights
City break in Bangkok, 3 nights

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.

You have the option to purchase the following excursions:

Overnight stay Narai Hotel 

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