Thailand on a Shoestring
Perfect for those looking to experience northern Thailand's cultural treasures and the natural beauty of its southern islands. This 16-day trip will help you get off the beaten path with a trek to the region's hilltribes but remains flexible enough to suit all tastes. From the lush hills of the north, stitched through with the diverse colours of its hilltribes, to the soft sands of the south and the glorious chaos of Bangkok, Thailand will leave you captivated.
Experience the bustling streets of Bangkok, explore colourful Chiang Mai, trek to remote hilltribe villages, float down a river on a bamboo raft, enjoy the island beaches of Koh Phangan and Koh Tao, take a longtail boat tour of Cheow Lan Lake, check out the marine life with a snorkelling trip
Local bus, train, walking, boat.
Simple hotels (twin-share) or hostels (multi-share) (9 nts), basic hilltribe huts (2 nts, multi-share), sleeper trains (3 nts).
Carte Blanche: Bangkok Carte Blanche: Chiang Mai. Visit to Chiang Mai night market. Hilltribe trek. Bamboo rafting. Street food crawl. Full-day snorkelling trip (Koh Tao). All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Day 9 Bangkok/Surat Thani (1B)
Get to know Thailand's capital. Check out Wat Pho and the Grand Palace, get a Thai massage, or explore the klongs on a boat tour before an overnight train. Enjoy a street food crawl with the group and CEO either today or another day on tour.
Day 10 Surat Thani/Khao Sok (1L)
Discover the natural beauty of the area with an excursion to Lake Cheow Lan. Opt to go hiking or swimming in Khao Sok National Park.
Day 11 Khao Sok/Koh Pha Ngan (1B)
Travel across southern Thailand to Koh Phangan in the Gulf of Thailand. Enjoy a free afternoon on the island.
Day 12 Ko Samui (1B)
Water activities abound on this island. Opt to go on an island hopping tour through a national marine park, go swimming, or take a Thai cooking class.
Day 13 Ko Samui/Koh Tao (1B)
Enjoy some time on the beach with more water activities and plenty of time to chill out.
Day 12 Koh Pha Ngan
Enjoy a free day to explore the island's waterfalls, swim in lagoons, hike, or relax on the beach.
Day 15 Koh Tao (1B)
Depart at any time. Want to take the hassle out of getting back to Bangkok? Book the Bangkok Express, a two-day post-tour Extra. Speak to your Global Connection Officer or travel agent to book.
Day 16 Bangkok
Trip ends upon arrival at the Bangkok train station.
Day 13 Koh Pha Ngan/Koh Tao
Hop on a ferry to laid-back Koh Tao.
Day 14 Koh Tao (1B, 1L)
Enjoy an included full-day snorkelling trip.