Thailand Island Hopping

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Group tours in Thailand Islands

A travel adventure in beachy paradise!

A travel adventure in beachy paradise!

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Moon parties in Koh Pha Ngan

Trip Highlights

  • Discover the magic of Bangkok’s history and culture by canal
  • Spend time at an incredible project, getting to feed and wash the resident elephants*
  • Hassle free travel with an included flight from Bangkok to Krabi
  • Get up close and personal with some incredible marine life on a snorkelling trip
  • Dance under the stars at one of Koh Pha Ngan’s famous moon parties
  • Extend your trip to include the gorgeous Koh Samui and Koh Tao experience

Trip Summary

If tropical islands, beautiful beaches, and crystal-clear waters are your thing, then this trip will have you grinning from ear to ear. An incredible journey through Thailand's most stunning tropical isles, you'll get to start your trip off in lively Bangkok, taking in the temples, culture, and deep-rooted tradition in the country's capital before spending a bit of time in the countryside getting to know and care for the elephants in Kanchanaburi, and then boarding a flight that'll take you south to some of the most glorious beach destinations in the world. You'll get to kayak around the huge limestone crags of Railay Beach, snorkel in the turquoise waters of Koh Phi Phi, and party under the stars at one of Koh Pha Ngan's famous moon parties. If you choose the 15-day extended trip, you'll get to mingle with the locals on Koh Samui, experience the tropical archipelago at Ang Thong Marine Park, and explore the beautiful island of Koh Tao at your own pace, on this ultimate island-hopping experience.

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Trip Info

Day 1: Arrival

Welcome to Thailand! You’ll be met at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport by our friendly team, who will take you to your accommodation near the world-famous Khao San Road. In the evening you'll head out with the rest of the group to party the night away in some of Bangkok's coolest bars.

Day 2: Bangkok

Today's your chance to see some of Bangkok's highlights by canal as we cruise through the communities and pass stunning ancient temples by long-tail boat. We’ll visit Wat Arun and then spend time at Wat Pho – home of the famous golden reclining Buddha. Later on, we’ll take a tour of the majestic Grand Palace (please note the entrance fee to the Grand Palace isn’t included in the price of your trip – this costs roughly 500THB/£12). Then we’ll head back to our guesthouse to freshen up before taking the three-hour journey to Kanchanaburi.

Day 3: Kanchanaburi*

After breakfast, we’ll make our way to an incredible elephant project set within Kanchanaburi’s beautiful countryside. We’ll sit in on a session to learn more about the project’s work to promote elephant welfare before helping make up the elephant’s food and walking with them to the local river for a unique bathing experience. Later, we’ll head back to Bangkok.

Days 4 - 5: Railay Beach

We'll head off for the airport on day 4 and jump on an internal flight (included in the cost of your trip) down to Krabi. On arrival we'll take a short drive and jump on a boat to Railay Beach – an exquisite white sand resort surrounded by limestone cliffs. The next day we'll have fun exploring the area by kayak, paddling through the turquoise water as we pass huge limestone crags and stop off at secluded sandy bays.

Day 6-7: Koh Phi Phi

Our next stop is the undisputedly beautiful island of Koh Phi Phi – the island location used in the film The Beach. We'll be spending the next couple of nights on Koh Phi Phi so, once we've checked in and got ourselves settled, take a look around and get to know the place. On day seven we'll hit the waves with an island boat tour, sailing around all the nooks and crannies and close by islands. We'll stop off at a quiet spot for a bit of snorkelling before visiting the famous Maya Bay.

Day 8-9: Koh Pha Ngan

On day eight we’ll catch a ferry, bus, followed by another ferry to Thailand’s party isle – Koh Pha Ngan. Known the world over for its epic moon parties, you can expect a lively atmosphere as we get geared up to dance beneath the stars. In the evening we'll paint on some day-glo body paint and party the night away with hundreds of others at Had Rin. Day nine is all yours to take in island life at your own pace – which might be rather slow following last night's antics! Chill out on the beach or by the pool, or if you have a little more energy go and explore. To help you recover, we'll be treating you to a traditional Thai massage for some ultimate rest and relaxation. 

Day 10: Depart or travel on

For those of you booked onto the 10-day tour, you’ll say goodbye to your group head off today. A transfer to Bangkok is not included, so speak to your guide beforehand about your plans and they’ll help you make arrangements for onward travels.

If you’ve selected the 15-day option, you’ll have the morning to relax before boarding a boat to Koh Samui – a serene and tranquil setting even the most hungover travellers will appreciate! Lay back and chill on Chaweng Beach this afternoon, and recharge before heading out in the evening to mingle with the locals.

Day 11: Ang Thong Marine Park

Setting sail for Ang Thong Marine Park today, we'll tour some of the 42 tropical isles in this magnificent archipelago. You'll get the opportunity to lower yourself into the warm waters for a spot of snorkelling, kayaking, or just a splash about. In the evening it's party time again with a wild night planned at Koh Samui's liveliest beachside bar.

Day 12-14: Koh Tao

Arriving on the idyllic tropical island of Koh Tao, we’ll head straight to our resort to get settled in and beach-ready, as you’ll be taking it easy shore-side. Grab your swimming gear, take a dip in the bright blue waters, then chill under the palms with a cocktail or cold beer, or make use of the accommodation’s pool. If you’re feeling inquisitive, you could take a wander to explore the typically busy, but laidback streets in the town centre. On day thirteen we'll get to head out in the boat to visit the incredibly scenic Koh Ngan Yuan, with some snorkelling and kayaking in between.

You'll have the day to yourself on day fourteen, so while away your time with a front row seat to paradise, go and explore the rocky caves by kayak, or hike through the forested terrain for the best views of the surrounding islands. In the evening, we’ll hit the town and enjoy the brilliant party atmosphere for our last night together as a group.

Day 15: Departure

It’s very likely you won’t want to leave, but today we do have to part company as this fantastic tour comes to an end. Checking out of our accommodation at 11am, and having said your goodbyes, you’ll make your own way back to Bangkok from Koh Tao, which your guide will be more than happy to help you arrange.

*This itinerary begins from 1st April 2018. If travelling before 1st April, you'll travel to Railay Beach on day 3 and spend an extra day and night on Koh Pha Ngan from days 7-9.

Itineraries and activities are subject to change. 

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What's Included

  • Airport transfer on arrival at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport
  • 9 or 14 nights' accommodation
  • Internal flight from Bangkok to Krabi on day 5
  • Transport as per itinerary itinerary
  • An experienced tour guide
  • Long tail river boat tour of Bangkok
  • Tuk-tuk ride in Bangkok
  • Elephant project experience
  • Kayaking in Railay Beach
  • Island boat trip in Koh Phi Phi
  • Snorkelling and Maya Bay visit
  • Beachside drinks and dinner on Koh Pha Ngan
  • Traditional Thai massage on Koh Pha Ngan
  • Full day excursion to Ang Thong Marine Park (15-day option only)
  • Sunset drinks on the beach on Koh Tao (15-day option only)
  • Full day island boat trip excursion including snorkelling in Koh Ngan Yuan (15-day option only)
  • Koh Tao pub crawl (15-day option only)
  • 24/7 emergency support

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Food and drinks
  • Return airport transfer
  • Entry fee to the Moon Party on Koh Pha Ngan
  • Entry fee to the Grand Palace in Bangkok
  • Optional activities

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Overall Rating 9/10

Gina Scantlebury

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Would you recommend Real Gap Experience?

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Visiting the islands, in particular Koh Samui which was lovely. Also the day trip to Ang Thong Marine Park that included kayaking and snorkeling which happened to be scheduled on my birthday and made for a memorable day. The additional trip to Koh Tao which we were able to do was great and being able to spend time at Nang Yuan Island was incredible

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

It would have been nice to go to the floating markets in Bangkok and to the night market in Koh Phangan

Tips for other travellers?

Be open to new experiences, don't take too much clothing as you can always buy stuff out there relatively cheaply, get a Thai foot massage - amazing!

Any other comments?

It was an incredible trip and we had a great tour leader in the form of Chai who really went above and beyond for the group such as organising additional trips for us and helping us with our arrangements at the end of the tour

Nick & Adam Hayter

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What were the highlights of your trip?

JJ was the perfect guide, passionate about his country, very helpful, great sense of humour and made our trip really memorable. Highlights for us were exploring Bangkok and the Full moon party was amazing.

Tips for other travellers?

Take enough money so you can experience everything, food and drink does add up especially Western food. Mosquitos are only bad at dusk onwards, worse in Bangkok than islands, no need for repellent in the day anywhere Sickness pills recommended for boat to Samui, one of us thought we were going to die!

Any other comments?

One of us was a little apprehensive before going and unsure what to expect but as soon as we arrived, we realised there was nothing to worry about and can recommend these trips to everyone

Sarah Newman

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Everything! This trip has it all, culture, beaches, beautiful scenery, fantastic food, parties (full moon was amazing) and our tour guide Jj was so helpful, friendly and knowledgeable.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Everything was well organised and ran smoothly, the only thing we missed out on was the boat trip around the marine park (due to freak bad weather) which was disappointing but couldn't be helped. However the tour company sorted us out with a different indoor activity instead which was nice.

Tips for other travellers?

1. Don't be afraid to go alone, you will meet new people and have an amazing time! 2. Do any extra trips suggested by tour guides...things are fairly cheap here too so make the most of shopping / excursions / beach massage. 3. Try the traditional Thai food as it's lovely. (A sneaky extra tip) 4. If you can, book a few extra days/weeks at the end of the trip...you won't want to go home!

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Accommodation & Meals

You’ll stay in a variety of different types of accommodation throughout your trip, each having been selected with location, comfort, and safety in mind. The majority of the places you stay in will be based on two to four people in the group sharing a room – you will always share with travellers of the same sex, but if you are travelling with a friend or partner let us know when you book so we can make sure you’re in a room together. All accommodation on this trip has air-conditioned rooms, Wifi access, and western-style bathroom facilities. Two of the guesthouses have pools, which you will have full access to in your downtime.

Most meals aren’t included on this trip, which offers you a fantastic opportunity to sample a range of Thailand’s delicious food. You won’t be short of places to choose from and your guide will always be able to suggest different places to eat – be adventurous and try out some of the local dishes. Do let us know if you have any dietary requirements when you book, and let your tour guide know if there’s anything specific you can’t eat while you’re in Thailand.

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Flights

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You will need to arrange your flight to Thailand to arrive at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) on your programme start date between the hours of 6am and 3pm.

You trip end point varies depending on which option you have chosen. The 10 day option finishes on Koh Pha Ngan on the morning of day 10 (your programme end date) when you check out of your accommodaiton. The 15 day finishes on Koh Tao on your programme end date. Return transfers to Bangkok are not included but are easy to arrange and your guide will be on hand to assist you in arranging your travel. If you flying home from Bangkok, we recommend arranging your departure flights to leave from Bangkok the day after your programme end date to allow plenty of time for you to make the journey. 

To arrange your flights, contact our fantastic flights team on 01892 277037 or email them at [email protected] They will be able to search for the best flight offers to your chosen destinations, so you can plan and organise your trip in one place. Just make sure you give them your full name, as stated in your passport, along with your chosen departure dates, return dates, and any other details you want to include.

It is important that once you have booked your flights you add these details to your online account or alternatively you can contact us with your departure date, the flight number and arrival time at your destination.

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Eligibility & FAQ's

The minimum age for this trip is 18 years.

British passport holders arriving by air can enter Thailand for 30 days without a visa. Please ensure your passport is valid, with six months' validity remaining on the date of your planned return, and that you hold a valid return flight, or onward travel, ticket. If you plan to stay in Thailand for more than 30 days you will need to apply for a visa before departing the UK, which will be issued as a 60-day tourist visa so long as you’re not planning on taking paid work during your stay. 

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Do I Need Any Vaccinations?

We’re not qualified to offer you medical advice, so you should visit your GP well ahead of time to find out what inoculations you might need. Remember to tell them exactly where you’re travelling to as vaccination and medication requirements vary between different Indian regions. You’ll also need to make sure you have enough of any prescribed medication to see you through the duration of your trip.

How Much Spending Money Should I Bring With Me?

Food and drink is relatively cheap in Thailand, so budget around 40THB-200THB/£1-£5 for meals, and between 20THB-150THB/50p-£3.50 for drinks. You’ll want to make sure you have plenty of money for extra activities, such as kayaking, scuba diving, excursions, and entrance fees to tourist attractions, which can range anywhere from 500THB/£12 to 3500THB/£82 depending on what you want to do – it’s always best to look into costs before you travel. As a rough guide, 6500THB/£150 per week should allow you to do most things.

Do I Need To Bring A Mosquito Net?

You can do if you like as nets won’t be provided at most places we stay in. Although if you keep windows and doors closed in your room you shouldn’t be bothered by mosquitoes.

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