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Bangkok- Amphawa -Hua Hin - Bang Saphan - Chumphon - Koh Tao - Koh Samui
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11 nights

FIT 16

A message from our Travel Expert

It is all the magic of Thailand that I invite you to discover through this beautiful program that will take you from one charming hotel to another, from the City of Angels, this bubbling capital, one of the most visited in the world, to the charms of the provincial life and the wild beauty of the South-East side, before reaching Koh Tao and its paradisiacal creeks with crystalline bottoms and then Koh Samui, the marvelous island. Simply a dream trip. 

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Highlights

  • The discovery of Bangkok as close as possible to the Thai way of life and visiting the Royal Palace, Emerald Buddha, Wat Pho, Wat Arun and the historical district of Talad Noi. 

  • Visit Jim Thompson's house, remarkable for its traditional wooden architecture and art collection.

  • Visit of the famous fish market of Mahachai, picturesque train ride to Mae Klong and its amazing market installed on the rails of the railway, and the floating market of Amphawa 

  • Discover the cave of Tham Khao Luang.

  • Visit of the Pranburi Forest Park.

  • Visit of Sam Roi Yot National Park and Phraya Nakorn Cave.

  • Stay at the paradise islands of Koh Tao and Koh Samui

Day 1: ARRIVAL TO BANGKOK: SAWASDEE!  (-/-/-)

Arrival in Bangkok by flight.

"We start our descent to Bangkok. Please return to your seat and fasten your seat belt", announces the chief cabin attendant. In less than 30 minutes, your plane will land in Bangkok, the "City of Angels" and capital of the Kingdom of Thailand. 

When you leave the plane, you will be greeted by a privileged welcome: assistance and a porter will be waiting for you with a personalized sign. 


At the exit of the airport, you will be directed to your private vehicle for a transfer to the hotel. As the urban landscape unfolds before your eyes, you will feel the first sensations of the "Land of smiles", as Thailand is nicknamed.
Room available from 14:00. Dinner at leisure and night at the hotel.

 

Day 2 : BANGKOK BY LOCAL TRANSPORTATION (Breakfast/-/-)

English-speaking guide and local mode of transportation. 

•    9:30 am Departure from the hotel by cab to Saphan Taksin pier. 
•    10:00 am Taxi boat trip to Pra Athit district.  
•    11:00 am Electric scooter ride to visit hidden places and locals
•    12:30 pm Lunch at leisure
•    1:30 pm Visit of Wat Phra Kaew, temple of the Emerald Buddha
•    3:00 pm Visit of Wat pho and his Buddha lying 45 meters high.
•    4:00 pm Visit of the flower market
•    5:00 pm Walking tour in China Town
•    6:30 pm Return to the hotel by minivan
•    Dinner at leisure
 
For this first day of discovery of the City of Angels (the name of Bangkok in Thai), what better way to immerse yourself in the hectic life of the Angels City than to use public transportation as millions of Bangkokians do every morning?  After a short cab ride, you will take the popular cab boats up the Chao Praya River to the Royal Palace, then a tuk-tuk will take you to the meeting place to discover by electric scooter the best kept secrets of the historic district. An original experience that will take you where few tourists can get to, closer to the communities that live in narrow and sometimes hidden streets. An easy ride accessible to all, with the liking of encounters and unusual places - here a small canal, there an improbable mural fresco, they’re again a retro café... Effect of surprise and smiles guaranteed, Bangkokians are not yet used to this new way of riding! Lunch at leisure in a small local restaurant in the neighborhood. 


After lunch, you will then take tuk-tuk to the the Grand Palace to visit the main temples, including the temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) and Wat Pho, which has an impressive 45 meters long reclining Buddha. You can (optional) try a traditional foot massage of 30 min. This vibrant capital city will continue to surprise you. After a stop at Pak Khlong Talad, the famous flower market, you will continue your stroll in Yaowarat, Bangkok's historic Chinatown, where you will get lost in its narrow shopping streets with small, well hidden Chinese temples before to go back to your hotel by private minivan.
 

Day 3 : BANGKOK - MAHACHAI - AMPHAWA (Breakfast/ - / -)

English-speaking guide and private transportation

7:30 am Departure from your hotel to Mahachai 
9:00 am Visit of the fish market
9:30 am Crossing the small city of Thachalum by rickshaw
10:10 a.m. Local train to Mae Klong 
11:10 am Visit of the railway market
12:15 pm Seafood lunch at leisure
2:00 pm Rest or activities on site (optional)
2:30 pm Activities at leisure
5:00 pm Departure by boat to discover the Amphawa market (from Fri to Sun only) 
7:00 pm Dinner at leisure on site
8:30 pm Return to the hotel by minivan

After exiting the Southern Highway, the minivan branches off to Mahachai before parking near the town hall. This fishing port is known for its large fish and shellfish market, very lively in the morning. The local specialty: squid and octopus. They are eaten in salad, grilled or even dried. You will take the ferry reserved for pedestrians and motorcycles to cross the Tachin River to Thachalum. A small village as we like it, so close to the big megalopolis and so close to the provincial life, where time passes more slowly.

Rickshaws will take you directly to the small cultural center that traces the life of the community and the local legends and customs. A little further on, at the bend of an alley, stands a temple. Among many others? No! This one is unique. Entirely made of wood and gilding, it is quite simply a jewel of architecture of a well-hidden period. The rickshaw ride stops a few meters further, at the tiny station of Ban Laem. 


The train, a bit old-fashioned, open to the wind, is about to leave for an hour ride through the salt marshes landscapes where white egrets and other waders come to feed. Mae Klong is in sight, the convoy arrives at its terminus by crossing a market where the stalls are immediately arranged to let the locomotive pass before being unpacked again. Tourists are numerous to observe this unusual ballet! 


On the riverside, just a short distance away from the small trawlers glued together, you will be invited to taste the fish and seafood dishes that have made the reputation of the region. 
At the end of the day, departure from the hotel pier by motorboat (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only) for the lively Amphawa vintage night market, which is full of good places to eat and authentic art craft to grab.


NB: During the week, the Amphawa market being closed, departure by boat at dusk to observe the fireflies along the canal, then gourmet dinner included at the hotel.
 

Day 4: AMPHAWA – HUA HIN (Breakfast/-/-)

English speaking guide and private transportation 

•    9:00 Departure from the hotel 
•    10:15 am Visit of the Tham Khao Luang Cave
•    11:00 am Departure for Hua Hin
•    12:30 pm Lunch at leisure in Hua Hin
•    2:00 pm Check-in to your hotel 
•    Dinner at leisure

Departure from the hotel to Petchaburi. Stop for a visit of the Tham Khao Luang cave. It consists of several caverns filled with beautifully illuminated golden Buddha images, several chedis and a large number of stalactites hanging from the ceiling.


Hua Hin, the chic destination of the Gulf of Thailand at 2h30 from the capital, hosts the summer palace of the royal family, where Rama IX, the father of the current king, appreciated to come and rest. Its a long beach lined with hotels and houses with direct access to the sea, its charming downtown and its pedestrian night market make it a popular destination for Bangkokians and tourists. Lunch break on the seafront at the stilt-restaurant "La Terrasse". After lunch transfer to your hotel for check-in. Rest of afternoon and meals at leisure. Night at the hotel.
 

Day 5: HUA HIN – SAM ROI YOT – BANG SAPHAN (Breakfast/-/-)

English speaking guide and private transportation

8:30 am Departure from the hotel
9.00 am Visit to the Pranburi Forest Park 
10:00 am Excursion to the cave of Phraya Nakorn
12:00 pm Lunch at leisure
1:00 pm Departure to Bang Saphan (148 km, 2h drive)
3:00 pm Check-in to your hotel
Dinner at leisure.


Departure for the visit of Pranburi Forest Park, a nice walk on a wooden bridge of 1km which goes into the mangrove forest and allows to observe the wildlife more closely. 


Some 30 km further south, the Sam Roi Yot Marine National Park ("park of the 300 summits"), is made up of numerous limestone formations, mangrove swamps and beaches. The program includes a boat trip to a typical fishing village located on the beach of Laem Sala. An ascent on foot (average difficulty, 30 min) from the beach allows to reach the Cave of Phraya Nakorn where stands an impressive pavilion bathed by a halo of almost supernatural light. Descent to the beach (30 min) to have your lunch (at leisure) at the restaurant run by the National Park. Return to your vehicle by boat and departure for Bang Saphan. Upon arrival check-in to your hotel. Rest of afternoon and evening at leisure. Dinner on your own. Night at the hotel.
 

Day 6: BANG SAPHAN – KOH TALU – CHUMPHON (Breakfast/-/-)

English speaking guide and private transportation 

•    9:00 am Departure by speedboat to Koh Talu Island
•    12:00 pm Lunch at leisure
•    1:00 pm Departure for Chumpon 
•    3:30 pm Check-into your hotel
•    Dinner at leisure

Koh Talu is a magnificent case delicately placed off the coast of Bang Saphan. This private island is bathed in crystal clear waters where coral reefs outcrop at the surface, inviting for snorkeling. Return to the mainland, lunch at leisure and road to Chumpon. Upon arrival, check-into your hotel. Rest of afternoon and evening at leisure. Dinner on your own. Night at the hotel.
 

Day 7: CHUMPON <BOAT> KOH TAO (Breakfast/-/-)

Private transfer (Excluding Boat)

- 1:00 pm Boat transfer to Koh Tao Island (1h45 crossing) 
- 3:00 pm Check-into your hotel
- Meals at leisure

Morning at leisure. Departure from the hotel after lunch (at leisure) to Chumpon to board the catamaran-ferry to Koh Tao, the “turtle island”, famous for its crazy charm, its animation, its small paradisiacal creeks and its shallow seabed, ideal to learn how to dive. Disembarkation and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day and meals at leisure. Night at the hotel. 
 

Day 8: KOH TAO (Breakfast/-/-)

Day and meals at leisure. Night at the hotel.

Day 9: KOH TAO – KOH SAMUI (Breakfast/-/-)

Private transfer (excluding bateau)

According to the schedule, transfer from your hotel to the pier for a catamaran-ferry crossing to Koh Samui (2h). Rarely a Thai island will have concentrated so many assets: white sandy beaches, coconut trees as far as the eye can see, lively seaside resorts and nightlife, hotels verging on excellence, many sea excursions (including the Anthong Marine National Park) and inland hiking (jungle, elephants, waterfalls ...). Disembarkation and transfer to your hotel.
 

Day 10 & DAY 11: KOH SAMUI (Breakfast/-/-)

Day and meals at leisure. Night at the hotel.

Day 12 : KOH SAMUI <FLIGHT> DEPART (Breakfast/-/-)

Private transfer 

According to the flight schedule, private transfer to Samui airport.
 

Included

  • During the tour, private air-conditioned vehicle (except boats – Local taxi - etc)

  • Accommodation in double rooms in the indicated hotels.

  • The meals specified in the program

  • Your local English speaking guide according to your program.

  • Visits mentioned in the program and entrance fees to tourist sites and national parks.

  • Hotel taxes and service

  • Our 24-hour English-speaking hotline in case of emergency during your trip

Not included

  • Visa fees (If necessary)

  • Beverages and personal expenses

  • International flights

  • Domestic flights

  • Regional flights

  • The tips for the guides are about 5 USD per night per person.

  • Repatriation and Health Insurance

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