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This leisurely paced and independent trip in Thailand explores Bangkok and some southern islands on an easy-going tropical beach getaway. Sail, snorkel, beach comb your way around the tropical paradise of Phang Nga Bay. Enjoy free days to arrange activities as you like and soak up the laid back pace on this tropical escape tour in Thailand.
Aerial view of the city of BangkokKo Tapu rock on James Bond IslandGrand Palace in BangkokKo Hong beachChao Phraya River and Wat ArunTypical Thai fruits enjoyed with views of PhuketTraditional long-tailed boats in PhuketBeautiful beaches of Southern ThailandDramatic landscape of PhuketLongtail boat on a beautiful Thai beach
  • Explore the quiet canals of Thonburi, where Thai people live along the wate
  • Bike around Koh Yao Yai Island and discover the local way of life
  • Snorkel around the coral reefs of Hong Island
  • Explore Phuket on your own or pre-arrange day optional activities
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Activity Level: Easy Active
Moderately active but not overly strenuous. This level includes activities like casual cycling, yoga, or excursions/activities that typically last 3-5 hours total each day.

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Day 1: Arrive Bangkok

Upon your arrival at Suvarnabhumi International Airport, a representative/guide holding a signboard bearing your name wait for your arrival in the guide pickup area near Door 6. As you exit the Arrival Hall, you'll find the arrival Gate B behind you.

If you require assistance in locating the representative/guide, the Association of Thai Travel Agents (ATTA) desk at Door 4 can provide support in locating the representative/guide. Present your travel documents and provide them with your name, hotel information, and your local agent. The ATTA can make an effort to locate your representative/guide and arrange a meeting at the ATTA counter. 

Day 2: Bangkok Exploration

Strolling through Chinatown and Bang Rak
Set out on a walking tour through meandering alleys to explore Chinatown's Talad Noi, a revitalized neighborhood featuring traditional shophouses, vintage engine parts shops, Chinese shrines, temples, trendy eateries, and stylish coffee shops.

From here, proceed to another historic district: Bang Rak. Observe the lifestyle of a middle-class family from nearly a century ago at the Bangkokan Museum, featuring well-preserved wooden houses. Appreciate the wide array of street art created by Thai and international artists, commissioned during an urban art festival several years ago.

Enter Warehouse 30, a creative space in a former storage facility utilized by the Japanese during World War II. Paues to sample delectable street food from family-run carts or drop by one of the recently opened, modern designer cafes.

Canal & Culture & Cocktail
Dive into a journey to uncover traditional Thai culture cruising by longtail boat before soaking up an atmospheric sunset across the Chao Phraya River with shimmering temples beyond. Set off on an adventurous longtail, crisscross the khlongs (canals), pass small community temples, and glimpse the unfolding action along the edge of the waterway. Step out and explore Baan Silapin (Artist House) located in a centuries-old traditional teak family home. Meet some of the creative people involved with this project and admire the photography and artwork. Continue on to Wat Arun, (Temple of Dawn), one of the best-known temples in Thailand, and bid farewell to your longtail. Stroll the pavilions, ascend one of the prangs (towers), and learn about the influence of Buddhism on everyday life. Board a local ferry for a short crossing to the other side, venture into a local rooftop bar, enjoy a local cocktail, and witness the sunset across this River of Kings. The trip ends here, enjoy the rest of the evening free to explore on your own.

Day 3: On to Phang Nga Bay

Fly today south to Phuket Island and the tropical paradise of Thailand's southern islands. A hotel representative greets you at the airport and drives you to the Ao Po Grand Marina Pier where you board the resort boat and drive out into Phang Nga Bay to your hotel and Koh Yao Yai Island. Settle in and enjoy your new surroundings this afternoon.

Day 4: Koh Yao Yai

You are transferred to Koh Yao Noi. Enjoy a 14 km morning ride on the trip, you explore the picturesque countryside of Koh Yao Noi. Bike through the main market town of the island, through mangrove forests, rubber plantations, and even a fishing village on stilts. Learn about sustainable agriculture during a visit to a family-run farm surrounded by rice paddies.

At midday, stop at a quiet beach for a picnic, swimming, and relaxing ( if weather conditions allow)

During the 11 km afternoon ride, mostly on paved roads, you enjoy wide ocean views when you cycle along the empty beaches of the east coast of Koh Yao Noi. Stop at a palm oil plantation. This day is a mix of nature, culture, and fun at the beach.

Drop you off at your hotel in the evening and free leisure.

Day 5: Hong Island

After breakfast at the hotel, set off from the resort to ensure a serene and uncrowded experience. Embark on a captivating adventure to Koh Hong and the neighboring islands, renowned for their breathtaking beauty. Immerse yourself in the captivating realm of snorkeling, exploring the remarkable highlights of Hong Island, including the awe-inspiring "Room" (Lagoon).

Later, savor a delightful picnic lunch served on a pristine beach between 11:00 a.m. and 13:00 p.m. Afterward, board a private long-tail boat, which transports you to "Lading Island" (Paradise Island) for captivating sightseeing and snorkeling, offering glimpses of enchanting underwater paradise. Continue the journey to "Pakbia Island" and "Nok Island," making stops at their sandy beaches, providing moments of pure relaxation.

In the afternoon, return to the resort, concluding your unforgettable exploration of the islands.

Day 6: Phuket Island

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before transferring by boat back to Phuket Island. This is the country's largest island and perhaps the most popular among visitors. Settle into your new hotel and enjoy the afternoon free.

Day 7-8: Free days Phuket

Enjoy free days to explore the island on your own. Or you may opt to pre-arrange activities for these days. Explore the former glory of old Phuket with a tour to main sights on the island including a rubber plantation and cashew factory. Take a biking tour through old town Phuket and visit local markets. Or opt to get out in Phang Nga bay again for some more swimming on a boat tour. These days are free for you to arrange as you like.

Day 9: Return Bangkok

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Take your return flight to Bangkok and connect with your international flight home.


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  • 2 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch
  • 8 Nights Accommodations
  • 2 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
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  • Additional excursions during free time
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  • Internal Flight: Phuket - Bangkok
  • Internal Flight: Bangkok - Phuket


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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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