Backpacking Thailand: Island Paradise

Backpacking Thailand: Island Paradise

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Backpacking Thailand: Island Paradise

12 Days Starting and ending in Bangkok, Thailand

Visiting: Amphawa, Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Khao Sok National Park, Ao Nang, Phi Phi Islands, Railay Beach, Wat Tham Suea (Tiger Cave Temple), Bangkok

Tour operator:

Backpacking Tours

Tour code:

BTHA2

Specialist Group:

18-30 Somethings

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

6 - 30

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

18-45

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:

English

Trip Styles:

Active, Budget

Activities:

Snorkeling, Swimming

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NB: Prices correct on 25-Jun-2024 but subject to change.

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Tour Overview

Travel the best of Thailand and meet new friends! White-sand beaches, jungle, culture, nightlife, floating bungalows, and so much more!

Highlights

  • Full Day at Elephant Camp

  • Thai Cooking Lessons

  • Floating Market

  • Koh Phi Phi

  • Khao Sok National Park

  • Pool Party

  • Mangrove Kayaking

  • Island Hopping

  • Train Market

  • Railey Beach

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Backpacking Thailand: Island Paradise

Backpacking Thailand: Island Paradise

Backpacking Thailand: Island Paradise

Backpacking Thailand: Island Paradise

Backpacking Thailand: Island Paradise

Backpacking Thailand: Island Paradise

Backpacking Thailand: Island Paradise

Backpacking Thailand: Island Paradise

Backpacking Thailand: Island Paradise

Backpacking Thailand: Island Paradise

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Time For Thailand

Location: Suvarnabhumi Airport, Amphawa

Accommodation: Homestay, Homestay

Meals Included: Lunch

Let your Thailand adventure begin! We pick you up at the airport and head to your home for the next two days.

Day 2 : Floating Market

Location: Amphawa, Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Accommodation: Sleeping Train

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Monks aren't allowed to cook so we make sunrise breakfast offerings. They respond by sharing merit, spreading goodwill and, of course, the teachings of Buddha. Then we're off to Thailand's iconic Amphawa Floating Market to explore. There are dozens of stalls selling everything from sweet grilled meats to local-made handicrafts and clothing - perfect gifts for everyone back home. Back to the homestay after for your second cooking lesson of a Thai food favorite - pad thai!

Day 3 : Soak In Khao Sok

Location: Khao Sok National Park

Accommodation: Floating Bungalow

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Floating is the theme of the day! We head to the ever-stunning Khao Sok National Park for a day of caves, kayaks, and floating wooden bungalows. Your door is just steps from the crystal clear water of Cheow Lan Lake surrounded by towering limestone formations wrapped in dense jungle. After the activities, sunbathing and floating beverages are suggested before we sit down for a delicious family-style meal.

Day 4 : Arrive In Krabi

Location: Ao Nang

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

After nearly two weeks on the road, beach time begins. Krabi is home to some of the best beaches in Thailand and you have nearly a week to enjoy them. This sleepy beach town looks out over the teal blue water of the Andaman Ocean and offers a variety of outdoor activities to enjoy. Our resort is just minutes walk from the beach, there is a hotel bar - in the pool - and the nightlife leaves absolutely nothing to be desired! This is about as close to paradise as you get.

Day 5 : Mangrove Kayak Tour

Location: Ao Nang

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

This is an all-new addition to the Thailand tour and all you adventure seekers are in for a treat! Enjoy a guided paddle along the crystal-clear water of Krabi's surrounding jungle and hop in for some cool down swims along the way. You will not believe how pristine and clear this emerald-coloured river is in real life. Then free time by the pool or head down to the beach. Downtown Krabi is just a short walk away and offers plenty more to do if you wake up feeling active. You can make the rest of this day as active or relaxed as you wish.

Day 6 : Island Hopping

Location: Phi Phi Islands

Accommodation: Hostel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

We head out for some island hopping to visit some of Thailand's most beautiful islands. Your privately reserved speed boat brings you and your travel mates to all the must-see stops for a full day of adventure. Snorkel in the crystal clear water and enjoy a traditional Thai meal for lunch served on the deck of the boat. The trip concludes on the stunning island of Koh Phi Phi Don where you call home for the next two nights.

Day 7 : Phi Phi Island - Beach Time

Location: Phi Phi Islands

Accommodation: Hostel

Meals Included: No Meals

Time to get on that island time! Enjoy your free time on the picturesque island of Koh Phi Phi - a new addition to our tour! Mingle with the many other backpackers that make their way to the island, set up on the beach, or take the hike to the lookout for one of the most iconic photo stops in all of Thailand. Catch the sunset and then get ready for the buzzing nightlife of the island to heat up. The hotel pool is also an option if you'd rather rest up after the previous night's festivities.

Day 8 : Phi Phi Island - Free Time

Location: Phi Phi Islands, Ao Nang

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: No Meals

Relax and enjoy the last of your time on Koh Phi Phi. Grab breakfast, a fruit shake, and take in the stunning place you just called home for three days. Not to worry, your Thailand beach time isn't over yet! We head back to the resort in Krabi for a couple more days of activities. Rest up poolside, hit the beach, or head into town - the choice is yours.

Day 9 : Krabi - Railay Beach

Location: Ao Nang, Railay Beach

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Another day, another epic Thai beach. Only accessible by longtail boat, we get dropped off on the white sands of Railay Beach - surrounded by stunning limestone cliffs. This hidden paradise is surrounded by these mountainous formations and the locals pull up their own boats to serve a variety of Thai and Western lunch options. Rock climbing optional but highly suggested.

Day 10 : Tiger Cave Temple

Location: Ao Nang, Wat Tham Suea (Tiger Cave Temple)

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Take a break from beach time and climb the 1,237 steps to the top of Tiger Cave Temple. You will be greeted by the dozens of families of monkeys that call this area home and a breathtaking view at the summit lookout point. Get up close and personal for some unique photo opportunities with these curious, jungle-dwelling mammals or just step back and enjoy the show. After we head back to the resort for some post-trek poolside relaxation and perhaps even some afternoon cocktails.

Day 11 : Flight To Bangkok

Location: Ao Nang, Bangkok

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Free time to spend the last day in Krabi with your new group of lifetime mates. We suggest soaking up some sun and getting in as much Thai food as you possibly can as your tour winds down. Then it’s back to Bangkok we go on our newly added internal flight - saves a 12 hour bus journey and adds one more night of festivities. You have been through a lot together in the last three weeks and there is no better place for one last hurrah than one last night out in Bangkok.

Day 12 : Until Next Time

Location: Bangkok

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Your Thailand tour is over but the past three weeks will stick with you for a lifetime. You have free use of the hotel's facilities in Bangkok until your departure including the pool and bag storage room. Get in one last breakfast together before you head to the airport on your pre-arranged airport transfer. Some will continue on in their journey - others will head back home. No matter what you choose to do, this is hopefully just the beginning of many future adventures!

What's Included

  • Accommodation

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • Entrance Fees

  • Free Wi-Fi at Accommodation

  • All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

  • Fully Guided

  • Local Taxes

  • Train Tickets

  • Meals

  • Transport

What's Not Included

  • Country Entry Visas

  • Tipping and Gratuities

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  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    No

  • What is the tipping policy?

    Tipping is optional.

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes, we provide airport transfers on days 1 and 21 of your tour. Please let us know your flight number and date/time of arrival. We will email you the airport transfer schedule.

  • What happens if a group doesn’t make its minimum required number of passengers?

    In the unlikely circumstances that the tour is cancelled, you will be fully refunded.

  • Is free Wi-Fi available in the accommodation used?

    Yes, all of the accommodation on our tour offers wi-fi as well as most cafes and restaurants. You also have the option to purchase a sim card for about £7 ($10USD) upon arrival.

  • Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    No. You will be granted free entry to Thailand.

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    Yes

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    Yes

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    Low fitness level required.

  • Do you require a visa for this holiday?

    No

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    Yes

  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    3 Star hotel

  • Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    Yes, please contact us.

  • What currencies are required for this tour?

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Yes, there will be an English-speaking tour guide

  • Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    No

  • Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?

    Yes

  • What is the maximum group size?

    30

Reviews from travellers on this tour

Amy Cameron  

Amy Cameron

18-Jan-2023

Having just finished up on the Backpacking Through Vietnam tour I can honestly say it was the best trip I have ever been on!! It is wonderfully planned including an insane amount of great activities, both local treats and tourist hotspots, which are all made more enjoyable with the expert help of our guide Huy!! Huy made this trip for me with his insane amount of knowledge, love for his country, and his efforts to make everything a smooth as possible for myself and everyone in the group I was incredibly lucky to also have an absolutely amazing group of friends to travel this beautiful country with thank you so much Huy and Backpacking Tours for the most incredible trip!! I HIGHLY recommend BTV

Auden Hernandez Martha  

Auden Hernandez Martha

13-Sep-2022

Booking with them has been the best decision i have ever made, one of the most beautiful countries i have visited, thanks for make me live the best experience of my life with a new good friends

Lisa-Marie Somogyi  

Lisa-Marie Somogyi

29-Jan-2022

I would recommend this trip to anyone. The tour guides are magic. They take good care of everyone and the cost covers all your excursions and accommodation so all you have to do it relax and enjoy yourself. I made friends

George Kirkby  

George Kirkby

19-Jan-2023

Fantastic tour with amazing tour guides! Everything was really well organised and allowed us to see lots amazing sites and experience Thai culture. Would thoroughly recommend!!

Janet Sabine  

Janet Sabine

06-Feb-2023

5 STARS ALL THE WAY! I absolutely loved my time on this tour. It was my fist time traveling alone and I can say I've met some life long friends from all over the world. The tour was perfect as you got to see so many places and things that you wouldn't think to book or research yourself. It was also the perfect amount of group time/ free time. Where do I even begin to explain the tour guides, S and Jhony not only did you blow my mind with all the information and background of everything but you became friends instead of tour guides. Would highly recommend to ANYONE looking to travel Thailand.

Rob Connolly  

Rob Connolly

10-Jan-2023

Currently on the Thailand tour and I have to say it has been nothing short of incredible! Getting to see the entire country is something i would have never have been able to do alone so having the company sort it all out for such a good price is definitely worth it. Our tour guide S has been phenomenal! He certainly knows how to have fun and make the trip more enjoyable while still being an excellent tour guide, it really wouldn’t be the same without local people like him showing us the sights. 100% would recommend the company to anyone wanting to travel Thailand or any of the other countries the company offers! I’ll certainly be returning in the next few years to do it all over again!!

Dan Webb  

Dan Webb

22-Mar-2022

Well what can I say.... to be honest words cannot describe how amazing this trip was. I've met some of the most amazing people from all different parts of the world and wouldn't have changed one single thing. I can't remember the last time I had a smile from ear to ear for a month straight so thanks to everyone that made it the trip of my life! Heart, Tony, K and not forgetting Milo and Mann. You guys are the best, you were always there to help anyone at any particular time no matter if it was telling someone about a piece of history or just pointing out where The nearest toilet was I would 1,00,000% recommend to anyone that wants to go see some of the world, use these guys! They know there stuff!! Once again thanks guys, hopefully be part of your tour soon again

Niamh Flannelly  

Niamh Flannelly

06-Feb-2022

Amazing experience! Roy our tour guide was excellent. He is so knowledgeable and shares stories that makes this trip extra special and more enjoyable. The trip was so well organised and and we got to see and experience such amazing places! Roy was always there if there was anything we needed! Couldn't recommend it more trip of a life time! Learned so much about the Vietnamese culture and history. The group we went with were all amazing people, we started as strangers and are leaving as a family! Definate five stars!!!,

Chantelle Sunley  

Chantelle Sunley

04-Apr-2022

Did the Thailand tour in August 2018 and had an absolutely ace time! It really lived up to the itinerary as we did all these amazing activities, but also had plenty of free time to explore, and Thailand is so wonderful! It was full of amazing opportunities and you see and do things that are once in a lifetime moments. Plenty of parties, lots of laughs, cultural trips, cute animals and amazing food (especially Heart’s BBQ)! S, Heart and K were the most incredible, enthusiastic and funny tour guides and honestly the most lovely people I’ve ever met. They went above and beyond to make sure every second of the tour was amazing and it really was. For anyone hesitant to book - do it! I went alone as a shy, clueless 18-year-old and this was not only was the best 3 weeks of my life, it made me grow massively as a person. I came back and did the Vietnam tour in July 2022. A completely different experience but equally as amazing as the Thailand tour with beautiful sights, lots of fun activities and a lot of learning about Vietnam’s rich culture and history. Our tour guide Huy was amazing and so passionate and knowledgeable about his country, he is so lovely and really made the tour super special. He also went above and beyond for us to make sure we all had the best time, and we definitely did! Met the loveliest bunch of people on this tour and we all became great friends with memories to last a lifetime! Vietnam is an incredible country and this tour covers so much of it. I’m so glad I came back with this company and would definitely book with them again!

Andy Mac  

Andy Mac

04-May-2022

Amazing experience! Can't believe what you get included for the price. Would go again tomorrow!

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