Thailand Island Hopping

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  • Adventure 3 out of 5
  • Relaxation 5 out of 5
  • Culture 3 out of 5
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Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy 17 days visiting some of Thailand’s best beaches
  • Chill out with fellow backpackers and Thai travellers
  • Snorkel in the clear waters off the sandy coastline of Koh Tao
  • Party on Koh Phangan, the home of the Full Moon Party!
  • Relax on the stunning Railay Beach 

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Renowned for its amazing islands; Thailand has been the main focus of travellers for decades. Experience the chaos of Bangkok before heading south to some of Thailand’s most famous islands including, the snorkelling and diving mecca of Koh Tao, the party island of Koh Phangan and the diverse island of Koh Samui!

 

Starting with the chaos of historic Bangkok, you’ll venture to the tranquil island paradise of beautiful Koh Tao, making sure that you visit the highlights of Thailand along the way. Let our experienced Thai guides make all the arrangements and relax as they lead you from the busy Khao San Road to the stunning beaches in the islands. 

 

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What will I be doing?

  • ARRIVE AND SEE BANGKOK (Days 1 - 2)

  • SNORKELLING TOUR (Days 3 - 6)

  • PARTY ON KOH PHANGAN (Day 7 - 9)

  • ENJOY ISLAND LIFE (Days 10 - 12)

  • RELAX ON RAILAY BEACH (Days 13 - 17 )

ARRIVE AND SEE BANGKOK : Days 1 - 2

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Destination info

Your journey begins in Bangkok before continuing through to the famous Thai islands of Koh Tao, Koh Phangan, Koh Samui and then onto Railay Beach. 

 

Bangkok is an interesting and mad introduction to Thailand, it is a city that has to be experienced firsthand to truly understand it’s unique diversity. It has a mixture of the cosmopolitan, cultural and downright random areas, all of which are a tuktuk ride away.

 

The Kingdom of Thailand, with a population of 65 million people, is located in the heart of Southeast Asia and shares borders with Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia and Myanmar. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty complemented by impressive architecture, including striking temples. The country is also well known for its appetising food and the people renowned for their friendly manner.

  • Location: Bangkok

Day 1: Arrive in Bangkok
Today you'll be personally met on arrival at Bangkok airport by your friendly guide. They will take you to your hotel. Depending on when you arrive, you can relax or explore this exciting city. We will arrange a welcome dinner the following evening. This is a great opportunity to have fun, make friends with your fellow travellers and get to know the co-ordinators.

 

Overnight in Bangkok.

 

Day 2: Bangkok Tour 

Meet the staff at the hotel lobby at around 9am to check out of your hostel and have a welcome chat and brief introduction of your experience. This is a great opportunity to meet fellow travellers and get those questions answered by our team. Once the talk has finished we set off to explore some of the great sites of bustling Bangkok.

 

Over the next few hours you’ll experience a canal boat trip (the best way to see how Bangkok ‘used’ to be), Wat Arun (the temple of the dawn), Wat Pho (famous for it’s huge reclining Buddha and traditional Thai Massage school) and finally The Grand Palace (Wat Phra Kaew). In amongst the temples you’ll also get to experience the sounds, sites and ‘fragrances’ of this great city and have the chance to pick up some snacks (fried insects anyone?). Entry to The Grand Palace is not included in the tour and costs around 500 baht. If you do not wish to go into the Palace there is a small market nearby selling all kinds of souvenirs and street food – you’ll soon get used to the fact that food is an obsession in Thailand!

 

After the Grand Palace you’ll then head back towards Khao San Road and your hotel, to either rest or go shopping in and around the Khao San area where almost anything is sold and at very reasonable prices.

 

You will spend this evening on an overnight coach to your next destination, Koh Tao.

 

Breakfast included in Bangkok, overnight on coach

SNORKELLING TOUR: Days 3 - 6

Next Leg

Destination info

Your journey begins in Bangkok before continuing through to the famous Thai islands of Koh Tao, Koh Phangan, Koh Samui and then onto Railay Beach. 

 

Bangkok is an interesting and mad introduction to Thailand, it is a city that has to be experienced firsthand to truly understand it’s unique diversity. It has a mixture of the cosmopolitan, cultural and downright random areas, all of which are a tuktuk ride away.

 

The Kingdom of Thailand, with a population of 65 million people, is located in the heart of Southeast Asia and shares borders with Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia and Myanmar. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty complemented by impressive architecture, including striking temples. The country is also well known for its appetising food and the people renowned for their friendly manner.

  • Location: Koh Tao

Day 3: Arrive in Koh Tao
After travelling overnight; you will have the rest of the day to enjoy yourself on the stunning island of Koh Tao.

 

Koh Tao translates as “Turtle Island” and is situated between Suratthani and Chumpon in the Gulf of Thailand. Serving first as a stopping point for fishermen and later as a prison, the island did not begin to develop as a tourist destination until the 1980s and remains less developed than islands such as Koh Samui and Phuket.

 

Overnight stay in Koh Tao

 

Day 4 to 6: Koh Tao  

No activities are scheduled for day 4 and 6 so you have the freedom to enjoy the tropical island in your own way. Your coordinator will be able to advise you what to do in your free time.

 

On day 5 you’ll head off on a great snorkelling tour giving you a different view of the island and of course what’s under the sea!

 

Snorkelling is a favourite activity for many visitors to Koh Tao and fins, snorkels and masks are readily available for hire all over the island and coast at a cost of around 100 Baht per day. Head East or North to explore the rocky coves and even a shipwreck or two. Visitors between March and May might be lucky enough to catch a rare glimpse of a visiting 40ft Whale Shark, but if not, the coral and tropical fish more than make up for it. If you want a more adventurous underwater experience many companies offer diving trips for beginners.

 

Onshore there are numerous activities, such as yoga and hiking, open to visitor

 

Overnight stays in Koh Tao

PARTY ON KOH PHANGAN: Day 7 - 9

Next Leg

Destination info

Your journey begins in Bangkok before continuing through to the famous Thai islands of Koh Tao, Koh Phangan, Koh Samui and then onto Railay Beach. 

 

Bangkok is an interesting and mad introduction to Thailand, it is a city that has to be experienced firsthand to truly understand it’s unique diversity. It has a mixture of the cosmopolitan, cultural and downright random areas, all of which are a tuktuk ride away.

 

The Kingdom of Thailand, with a population of 65 million people, is located in the heart of Southeast Asia and shares borders with Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia and Myanmar. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty complemented by impressive architecture, including striking temples. The country is also well known for its appetising food and the people renowned for their friendly manner.

  • Location: Koh Phangan

Day 7: Transfer to Koh Phangan

Today will start with an early morning transfer from Koh Tao to the party island of Koh Phangan (travel time approximately 2-3 hours).

 

Koh Phangan is famous for its full moon party which is held on full moon night every month. This famous beach party brings thousands of party lovers to the island each month. If you miss the full moon, don’t worry as the island has half-moon parties and black moon parties! There is always some form of party going on! At all other times, the island is pretty chilled out.

 

Overnight stay in Koh Phangan.

 

Day 8 & 9: Free time

The next two days are free days for you to do what you wish! You can relax on the stunning white sand beaches, trek through the jungle or snorkel in the clear blue water.

 

Overnight stays in Koh Phangan. 

ENJOY ISLAND LIFE: Days 10 - 12

Next Leg

Destination info

Your journey begins in Bangkok before continuing through to the famous Thai islands of Koh Tao, Koh Phangan, Koh Samui and then onto Railay Beach. 

 

Bangkok is an interesting and mad introduction to Thailand, it is a city that has to be experienced firsthand to truly understand it’s unique diversity. It has a mixture of the cosmopolitan, cultural and downright random areas, all of which are a tuktuk ride away.

 

The Kingdom of Thailand, with a population of 65 million people, is located in the heart of Southeast Asia and shares borders with Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia and Myanmar. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty complemented by impressive architecture, including striking temples. The country is also well known for its appetising food and the people renowned for their friendly manner.

  • Location: Koh Samui

Day 10: Transfer to Koh Samui

It’s time to say goodbye to Koh Phangan with a transfer to Koh Samui, which will take approximately 1 hour.

 

This beautiful island has something for everyone; plenty of shops, bars,  nightclubs, water sports. forests and of course stunning beaches. 

 

Overnight on Koh Samui


Day 11 & 12: Free days

The next few days will be free for you to explore Koh Samui. The island has plenty of activities you can do to fill your time or if you would rather, just lay back and relax.

 

Overnight stays on Koh Samui

RELAX ON RAILAY BEACH : Days 13 - 17

Destination info

Your journey begins in Bangkok before continuing through to the famous Thai islands of Koh Tao, Koh Phangan, Koh Samui and then onto Railay Beach. 

 

Bangkok is an interesting and mad introduction to Thailand, it is a city that has to be experienced firsthand to truly understand it’s unique diversity. It has a mixture of the cosmopolitan, cultural and downright random areas, all of which are a tuktuk ride away.

 

The Kingdom of Thailand, with a population of 65 million people, is located in the heart of Southeast Asia and shares borders with Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia and Myanmar. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty complemented by impressive architecture, including striking temples. The country is also well known for its appetising food and the people renowned for their friendly manner.

  • Location: Railay Beach

Day 13 to 16: Transfer to Railay, Krabi

It’s time to leave Koh Samui, and after a boat and coach ride you’ll end up at the stunning Railay beach!

 

Over the next few days you’ll be able to explore Railay beach at your own leisure. Known for its great climbing, gorgeous beaches, boat trips and snorkelling there’s plenty to keep you occupied.

 

Overnight stays at Railay Beach

 

Day 17: Final Day!  

This morning, you’ll be required to check out of your hostel and say goodbye!

 

Some may choose to stay at Railay Beach, travel on to other parts of Thailand or further afield while others will be heading back to Bangkok and home. Whatever your travel plans our local coordinator will be happy to advise you.

 

Please note: The trip finishes at Railay Beach and therefore any arrangements after this are at your own cost.

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Trip Notes include a full itinerary, country guides and travel advice on visas, money, insurance and the local weather. By filling in your details you'll also be kept updated on all the latest news, offers and stories on this particular trip. Happy reading!

What's included?

  • Airport pick-up
  • Twin share accommodation
  • Bangkok tour
  • Transport to Koh Tao, Koh Phagnan, Koh Samui and Railay Beach
  • Snorkelling and Island Tour

What's not included?

  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa
  • Meals
  • Onward transport from Railay Beach
  • Grand Palace Entrance (500 baht)

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

Minimum of 18 years, maximum dependent on health of participant.

 

Minimum numbers required on this trip

This trip requires minimum numbers to operate.

 

Accommodation

Throughout the tour you will stay in twin share accommodation in a mixture of hotels and guest houses.

 

Please be aware that whilst staying at the accommodation on Koh Phangan you will need to pay a 500THB room deposit on arrival which will be returned to you as long as the room has been left in a satisfactory state.

 

Meals

Some breakfasts are included. For all other meals, you can purchase food locally, thus allowing you to sample the delicious local Thai cuisine. Eating out is very cheap in Thailand, and you can eat out for as little as THB 15 with an average meal out costing between THB 50 - THB 100.
 

Our team in Thailand will do all they can to help you with any food preferences/allergies but please note that Thailand doesn't seem to suffer from the same set of allergies/intolerances that we have in the West and therefore not all areas will be fully understood - either by our guides or by local restaurants. There is no reason that this should stop you travelling but we do need to ask that you are understanding of the local situation and please don't expect their either to be labelling (i.e. regarding nuts/gluten etc) or a real understanding of why this is an issue.

 

PLEASE NOTE: There is a 20KG luggage limit on all ferry services (and some coach services). If you go over this limit there will be a charge of 20 THB per kilo. We do not recommend taking anywhere near this much luggage though!

 

Moon Parties

We have designed our start dates so that your time in Koh Phangan falls over a full moon, half-moon or black moon party.

Real Gap Experience do not operate the moon parties and cannot be held responsible for any party cancellations.

 

You will be required to pay a small in-country fee of 100THB for entry into the moon parties (approximately £2.00). 

 

Advice & Safety

Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.

 

You will be assigned a personal travel advisor who will co-ordinate your programme with you. Feel free to contact them at any time before you go, or when you are on your travels.

 

In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our staff at any time should you need to. 

 

FAQ

1. What is the average age of people on this trip?

The average age is usually between 18-30 years old.

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2. How much spending money would you recommend I take?

We generally recommend that you take around £80-£100 per week.

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3. What visa do I need?

When entering Thailand you will automatically receive a 30-day tourist visa. If you intend to stay longer than 30 days, you need to get the 60-day or 90 day visa before you go directly through the Thai Embassy.

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4. Is Thailand safe?

Absolutely, and you have co-ordinators with you at all times to ensure your safety.

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5. When is the best time to go?

Thailand is beautiful all year round!

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6. Do I need to take a sleeping bag?

All bedding is provided but if you wanted to take one as well then you can.

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7. Do I need to take a mosquito net?

This is up to you, they aren't provided but if you take care of the room and close the windows etc then you shouldn't need to take a net with you.

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8. Will there be a safe/safety deposit box available?

Yes, there will be somewhere for you to keep your valuables.

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Thailand Island Hopping

Lily Collings - August 2016

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Once in a lifetime experience, made lifelong friends.

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Koh Tao was amazing, take advantage of how much less touristy it is. Our favourite night unanimously was when we went to see the Lady Boys on Koh Tao and then headed to the beach party. Visiting Waterfalls on Koh Samui is a must.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Don't be afraid to travel alone, a girl on our trip did and she had an amazing time. Don't be afraid to venture out on your own, visiting the waterfall which we organised along with our guide was our highlight. Don't overpack, you won't need as much as you think and washing is relatively cheap in Thailand, around 60 bhat a load which is about £1.50.

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Ella Tarrant - August 2016

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Fantastic experience, met some amazing people, incredible!!!!

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Meeting loads of amazing people, met some friends for life. The amazing views, parties, and koh phangan challenge, visiting waterfalls just about everything we did!!!

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I took way too many toiletries, there are 7/11s and pharmacies pretty much everywhere which sell everything you need (7/11 also sell amazing toasties). It is super muggy so a mini fan was my saviour in Bangkok, get one!!!!

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Shannon Spittles - June 2016

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It was fabulous, highly recommend.

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The highlights of my trip were visiting the Nanagyum view point in Koh Tao, visiting Maya bay in the Phi Phi islands and visiting the Angthong National Marine park. Nanagyum was an amazing view point and definitely worth the trek up. I also had a great group of 16 people which made the trip with our tour guide Paris, who was great at giving us advice on what to do on our free days such as were to eat and if we wanted to do any further activities.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Do all of the activities, you will not regret it! But budget yourself for about three weeks, I took 600.

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Emma Cleasby - April 2016

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Amazing experience with JJ's hunnies! Great laugh and excellent tour guide

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Getting to know new people and having a laugh with JJ and the group. Also seeing Monkey's on Railay beach and climbing view point.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

*Don't take tooamy clothes - you can buy them dirt cheap in Bangkok! *Budget more than 80-100 pounds per week if you want to do extra trips etc *Throw yourself into everything there is to do!

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Safya Megnin - April 2016

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Friends for life, the BEST TOUR GUIDE(JJ), best 17 days of my life!

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What were the highlights of your trip?

The 7 islands tour in Krabi and all the laughs and memories made with such an amazing group of people!!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Make sure to make the most of all the excursions offered to you on the islands, especially the 7 islands tour in Krabi- do it, its worth the money! Do most of your shopping in Bangkok, it is slightly more expensive on the islands so don't be afraid to buy lots on your first few days! Don't pack too much!!

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Daniel Clitheroe - August 2015

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Top tour guide and awesome group of people, loved it.

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Pool party on koh tao

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Don't pack loads as you can get clothes and stuff so cheap out there. The exchange rate is a lot better out there so wait until your there to get currency. Party hard.

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Charlene Leuty - August 2015

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Friends for life, amazing memories, the BEST tour guide

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What were the highlights of your trip?

The trekking to the different viewpoints. The adventure day in Koh Phangan and the evening organised out

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Pack light! (Reusing and wearing the same outfit more than once is acceptable!) Take more money than you think (drinking fund) Do it whilst you still can! :)

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Angela Davies - August 2015

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Amazing experience, memories to last a life time!

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I've enjoyed every moment. Really enjoyed all the trips and activities.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1.travel light - would of been easier and cheaper to buy clothes out there. 2.take first aid kit and tablets you may need. Also a high bug repellent! 3.enjoy yourself! Make friends. Be open and friendly.

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Jessica Simou - August 2015

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Fantastic experience, unforgettable memories, amazing friends, definitely do it again!

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Elephant tracking in koh phangan, snorkelling and the viewpoint in koh Tao and the waterfall and whitewater rafting in krabi. Also

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. Pack light! 2. Say yes to it all 3. Stay safe with your money

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Danny Cunningham - June 2015

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Best holiday I've ever had, Thailand is incredible.

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Snorkelling on Koh Tao, Koh Tao pub crawl, watching the sunsets, cheap beer and making great friends.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. Take more money with you, budget double what is stated in the travel guide. Cash machines charge about £3 for a withdrawal by the time your bank has added on exchange fees. 2. Do everything you can, even if you are hungover! 3. Just enjoy it

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Lucy Martin - May 2015

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A brilliant way to see a brilliant country!

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Snorkelling on Koh Tao was amazing - take an underwater camera! Seeing Bangkok is brilliant and exhausting at the same time, appreciate your time there. The day trips were great too.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Like everyone else seems to say - do everything! See all the sights, eat all the food (particularly the street food, only if it is cooked fresh in front of you), go out with your guides, take 100's of pictures, be a total tourist! If you want to shop, do it all in Bangkok. We held back as we thought that the same stuff would be for sale elsewhere, but as you go through the islands, the same things gradually get a little more expensive. Don't be afraid to barter! Don't take your guides for granted - ask them questions, trust them on everything, have fun with them! Also, 7/11 toasties will completely cure a hangover..

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Yasmin Batchelor - April 2015

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Fell in love with Thailand, best experience EVER!

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(10/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Songkran festival in Bangkok and Koh Tao in general! Koh Tao was such a chilled out place full of young people, backpackers and thai locals and the nightlife was amazing!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. Pack light 2. Try everything 3.

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Justine Williamson - December 2014

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Most Amazing time! Made the bestest friends everrr! GO!

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To be honest, the highlight of my trip was not just seeing beautiful Thailand & having the most amazing time of my life but it was my rep Benmore Perb. She did everything perfectly and made sure we made the most out of our experience. If she does any other tours, i'm coming!! Couldnt fault her in the slightest & i have definitely made a new friend in her.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. Make the most of your trip!!! Dont be boring, get up early!! 2. Dont say no to any excursions! See Thailand! 3. Stay away from the mopeds! I finished my trip in Thai international hospital & i am back at home bed ridden for two weeks!

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Rebecca Witt - December 2014

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(10/10)
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Amy Johnston - September 2014

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Experience of a lifetime which I will treasure forever!

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(9/10)
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Having an amazing tour guide who was able to advise us on the best places to visit in our free time and organising other trips for us. I loved the trekking in Sam Roi Yot, although 1 trek was enough and I thoroughly enjoyed relaxing on the beach whilst the rest of the group went on the second trek. The snorkelling trip in Koh Tao and the Amg Thong national marine park in Koh Samui were my favorite days.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. You don't need to take more than 1 pair of trousers, a long sleaved top/jacket will not be worn due to the humidity. You dont need to take a padlock or waterbottle. Think wisely about what you do take with you as you will be carrying it on your back and toiletries like suncream are easily available to buy from everywhere you go. 2. Try not to have too many late nights and get too drunk as this will spoil your next day. You are going travelling to see what a country is like and not to spend the whole time hungover. It will ruin your experience. I didnt drink any alcohol or eat any meat whilst i was out there and came back feeling very healthy and detoxed! 3. If you have a sensitive stomach like myself try to avoid meat as I usually get poorly from meat abroad. Its very easy to eat as a vegetarian and you can change any of the dishes to include mixed vegetables and tofu. Spending the day with diarrhea when toilets arent accessable (on a boat/day trip trekking) and are Thai, isn't very nice!

Thailand Island Hopping 20142014-09-05

Laura Walvin - August 2014

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(10/10)
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The best time of my life with amazing people!

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(9/10)
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(10/10)
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(7/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

The people, the tour reps, all the places visited, activities, everything!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Take more than £70 a week, that will just cover food and drinks and not things to buy and activities, for example, moped, Thai boxing, kyaking Clothes are really cheap and nice so don't take loads of clothes with you

Thailand Island Hopping2014-08-04

Hannah Mcmahon - August 2014

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Most incredible experience and best memories made with new friends

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(10/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Meeting everyone on the tour, the hikes to national parks. Seeing all the animals, learning a different way off life, the beaches, the nightlife. All of it was amazing.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Pack lightly as there is too many cheap clothes to buy! Take tablets for your stomach and lots of insect spray Enjoy yourself and just let yourself enjoy every part of the experience

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Bryony O%27reilly - July 2014

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Amazing, fun, perfect intro to travel, relaxing, adventurous, met lovely people, beautiful country, great culture, wonderful tour guides, crazy driving.

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(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(7/10)
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(1/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Macs Bay Resort. Koh Phangan Island. Ang Thong Marine park. Koh Tao Fesival and pub crawl

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. Bring less clothes than you need, you can always wash things and you will buy stuff while you are out there 2. Do your research! You don't want to miss out on an experience just because you didn't know it was there. 3. Don't be afraid to go it on you're own. That way you get exactly what you want from the trip and you can put your needs/wants first.

Thailand Island Hopping2014-07-07

Abi White - July 2014

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(8/10)
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Amazing adventure, friends for life, and letting yourself go!

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(7/10)
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(8/10)
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(6/10)
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(8/10)
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(9/10)
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(8/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Certain trips such as trekking, snorkelling in koh Tao and the beaches!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Pack as light as possible but create good outfits for different occasions! Definitely take trainers for trekking, and a raincoat for the monsoons! Enjoy every moment the time goes quickly, never say no!

Thailand Island Hopping2014-07-07

Matthew Mollart - January 2014

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(8/10)
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Awesome Experience, Drink, More Drink, Buckets, Sun

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(8/10)
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(10/10)
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(5/10)
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(8/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Half Moon Party, Ko Tao, Lady Boy Shows

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. Make sure you have insect repellent. the mosquitoes are awful! 2. Pack light - You can buy everything when you are there! 3. Dont take a suitcase with wheels..they dont wheel too well on sand/gravel. Take a rucksack instead!

Thailand Island Hopping2014-01-11

Annie Bloomer - August 2013

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(8/10)
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(4/10)
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What were the highlights of your trip?

Elephant trekking, meeting all the new people, beach parties, mountain trekking and kayaking around the islands.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

-take more money than you think you would need, put suncream on even if it doesn't look sunny, have fun!

Thailand Island Hopping2013-08-05

Catherine Hardy - July 2013

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(9/10)
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Great group of people, great locations, unforgettable experience - loved Thailand!

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Snorkelling day in Koh Tao Pub crawl in Koh Tao

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Pack light - you won't need as much as you think, embrace every opportunity (culture, food, activities etc.) and leave room in your bag for everything you'll buy in Thailand

Thailand Island Hopping2013-07-01

Sasha Wedderburn - June 2013

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(8/10)
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Thailand has been a great exoerience, met some great people and I will never forget these memories!!

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(4/10)
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What were the highlights of your trip?

Trekking to remote areas with amazing views!! Partying with new friends! Kayaking by breathtaking islands near angthong. Beach restaurants with thai food and abundant beer & cocktails, koh tao and it's amazing nightlife (pub crawl!) BUCKETS!!! and last but not least the FULL MOON PARTY!!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. Find out the cost of expenditures particularly food and Budget before the start of the trip. 2 Make sure all your travels are pre-determined and paid for where possible - when going abroad in-particular always get pay by meter transport! 3. Meet lots of people and have fun!! :D

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Sunita Mistry - May 2013

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(8/10)
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Really really loved this trip and is possibly the best decision I have ever made. Would defintley book with Real Gap again.

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(4/10)
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(4/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Highlights of the trips was the excursions organised by real gap. Ko Tao was the best island and wish we spent more time there. Also loved elephant trekking although this was not included in the package deal. Loved the beaches and scenery.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. Be safe with your luggage and personal belongings 2. Drink plenty or water and take lots of bug spray 3. Relax and enjoy

Thailand Island Hopping2013-05-09

Laura Samuel - May 2013

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(8/10)
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Made some really great friends. Seen some fantastic sites in a beautiful country.

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(10/10)
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What were the highlights of your trip?

Thailand is a beautiful country and the trip allowed me to see some great places I may not have known about had I arranged the trip myself. Met some great people and made good friends.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Research your trip fully. Do not overpack-not all items on the itineray list were required and therefore a waste of money to buy especially for the trip.

Thailand Island Hopping2013-05-02

Leah Johnson - May 2013

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Amazing time, made new friends, love Thailand!!!

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(9/10)
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What were the highlights of your trip?

The elephant trekking was amazing and my favourite day, also the snorkling was also great fun and I enjoyed it.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Make sure you take walking boots for trekking!! -

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Lucy Perrin - March 2013

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amazing time, so many experiences, lovely group and guide!

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(9/10)
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(10/10)
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(8/10)
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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

All of the islands add something different to the trip. Bangkok was so much fun as it was so busy and hectic but Koh Tao couldn't be more relaxed and gorgeous! Met some amazing people and had lots of fun on the days and the nights - the islands have so many great beach bars too. Highlights were probably the national park - there were so many monkeys! elephant trekking and snorkelling.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

if you have a few spare days come back and shop at bangkok if possible at BKK Mall - 7 floors! pack mosquito cream and repellent - the bungalows in koh phang yan were especially bad for bites. Wear extra suncream when snorkelling!

Thailand Island Hopping2013-03-01

Dan Gamson - August 2012

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Unbelievable experience, friends for life, 10/10

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(9/10)
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What were the highlights of your trip?

The trip was genuinely amazing. Our tour guide was awesome and was more than happy to come out with us everynight and give us a proper Thailand experience. She would always go out of her way to ensure the activities we wanted to do could be organised.

Personally I thought that elephant trecking and the day in the national park were my highlights, although everyday we did an activity which could have topped most previous holidays.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Make sure you take a credit card or bank card just in case.... A few people in our group didnt take one with them and they struggled massively when it came to booking transportation from koh samui back to bangkok.

Be willing to get involved with your group... We were lucky enough to spend our trip with an awesome group of people and by wanting to get involved with them, you get much more out of the trip.

Dont worry about anything, most foregin countries have a bad reputation, but once you are there, the rumours couldnt be more wrong.

Thailand Island Hopping2012-08-02

Samantha Stevens - August 2012

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(8/10)
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(10/10)
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What were the highlights of your trip?

Visiting Koh Tao, snorkelling in the day and pub crawl at night!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Plenty of bug spray!
Dont over pack clothes, laundry and new clothes are super cheap to buy!

Thailand Island Hopping2012-08-02

Kai North - August 2012

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Sarah Macleod - August 2012

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A great way to see a fabulous country!

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Everything!! The temples in Bangkok were amazing, the food was awesome, the islands were lush! I didn't want to come home!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Pack light!
Buy a hand-held fan!
Attempt the lingo!

Thailand Island Hopping2012-08-01

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