Explore hidden temples, jaw-dropping jungles and laze on the golden-sand islands.
Prepare to be overcome by the unforgettable experiences that Thailand has to offer. Get lost in historic sights, tantalise your tastebuds with the delicious local foods, and party til you drop. On this trip, explore the hidden temples and treats of Bangkok, adventure through the jaw-dropping jungles of the Khao Sok National Park, and splash, dance, and eat your way through the incredible islands of Phuket, Krabi, Koh Lanta, and Koh Phi Phi.
We spend 14 days exploring Thailand. We visit Bangkok, Phuket, Southern Overnight Train, Khao Sok National Park, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta, Ao Nang (Krabi).
What Is Included...
1 night overnight train 2nd Class A/C
1 night floating lake bungalow, 11 nights twin share hotel/hostel
11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
Entrance to Wat Arun, Wat Pho and the Temple of the Golden Buddha
Chao Phraya River and canals of Thonburi Tour
All National Park entrance fees as per itinerary
Cheow Lan Lake boat trip
Khao Sok Ethical Elephant Experience
Air-conditioned transport (private van)
Private transfers from Busabout-recommended accommodation to port
All ferries between islands
Orientation walks of all islands
Organised optional dinners and nights out on all islands
Boat trip to Railay Beach
Full day 4 Island Boat Trip (Koh Cheok, Koh Mook, Koh Kradan and Koh Ma)
Entrance to Koh Phi Phi Sunset View Point
Sunset BBQ Dinner on Koh Lanta
Trip starts at 9:00am at LubD Silom, Bangkok, Bangkok
Trip ends at 10:00am at LubD Phuket, Phuket
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14 Day Itinerary
- Day 1 Bangkok to Khao Sok
- Day 2 Khao Sok National Park (Cheow Larn Lake)
- Day 3 Khao Sok National Park
- Day 4 Khao Sok National Park to Phuket
- Day 5 Phuket
- Day 6 Phuket
- Day 7 Phuket to Koh Phi Phi
- Day 8 Koh Phi Phi
- Day 9 Koh Phi Phi to Koh Lanta
- Day 10 Koh Lanta
- Day 11 Koh Lanta to Krabi (Ao Nang)
- Day 12 Krabi (Ao Nang)
- Day 13 Krabi (Ao Nang) to Phuket
- Day 14 Phuket
Day 1: Bangkok to Khao Sok
Your adventure begins this morning in the eclectic Thai capital of Bangkok. Meet your fantastic Busabout guide and fellow passengers before heading out with a local guide for a discovery tour of one of the biggest Chinatowns outside of China. Climb aboard a tuk tuk and see the giant gilded Buddha at Wat Traimit as we make our way through the Odeon Circle and into Chinatown. Visit the numerous market stalls and sample the street food as you are led to all the areas of interest before an optional lunch with magnificent views of the river. We’ll then board a longtail boat to explore the Chao Phraya River, see the canalside artist community of Klong Bang Luang, visit Wat Po and enjoy an optional foot massage before heading to the breathtaking Temple of Dawn. Thereafter we transfer to Hua Lamphong Railway Station for our overnight train to Surat Thani.
Day 2: Khao Sok National Park (Cheow Larn Lake)
We arrive into Surat Thani this morning and after a short transfer we arrive in our picturesque home for the next few days, Khao Sok National Park! This remnant of an ancient rainforest is home to some incredible scenery and awesome limestone cliffs. Get the camera out! We arrive at Cheow Lan Lake mid-morning and board a longtail boat to explore the jaw-dropping karst topography of the lake. Enjoy a traditional Thai lunch at our floating bungalow accommodation before having the rest of the day to chill on the lake. Take a kayak out and explore the stunning lake and surrounds, sunbathe and swim, or just relax on the deck. Tonight we enjoy a delicious Thai dinner on the water’s edge of Cheow Lan Lake. Yep, this is really happening!
Day 3: Khao Sok National Park
Today we offer an unforgettable experience, an intimate encounter at the Khao Sok Elephant Experience. Meet Somboon the elephant, and the family that cares for him, and have the opportunity to prepare some tasty treats for him. Then it’s time to scrub the gentle giant down with a coconut husk as he enjoys a refreshing mud bath, before planting sugar cane for Somboon and his friends to enjoy in the future. Participation helps to fund the program and assist in rescuing more of these incredible animals! Afterwards we’ll head to our overnight destination of Khao Sok town for a relaxed dinner and some drinks at our riverside accommodation. Cheers!
Day 4: Khao Sok National Park to Phuket
Explore the town and its beautiful surrounds, relax at the riverside, or join us for an awesome optional excursion. Join your guide for a meander down Sok River, see the diverse wildlife of the area and the breathtaking sights as you pass alongside entwined roots that erupt skywards along sheer limestone cliffs! Enjoy a delicious lunch in Khao Sok town before checking out for our afternoon transfer back to Phuket. We’ll arrive in Patong this evening and have an orientation walk of the area before heading out for a final dinner, followed by an excursion into the infamous Bangla Road to experience the rush of its vibrant nightlife. Get ready to let loose!
Day 5: Phuket
You have an entire day to spend as you please in this awesome city! Wander free, and head out to discover the beaches, the numerous temples, and giant Buddha statues. If you’re unsure what to see, your fantastic guide will be on hand to offer suggestions on activities. Tonight we’ll meet up and head out into the thick coastal air, and onward to the nightlife epicentre of Phuket, Bangla Road once more. Get ready to party!
Day 6: Phuket
If the head’s not too sore from last night, get out there and explore your tropical surroundings and take in the scenery of this idyllic island location. Tick off any last sights, or join us on an optional excursion with an included traditional lunch to explore Phang Nga Bay by canoe! We’ll pass alongside the karst islets that dot the seascape and take in the breathtaking sights of this picture perfect location, before heading off to explore numerous caves and tranquil inlets. Join your guide and Busabout squad for another foray into the swirling madness of Bangla Road, or explore at your own pace.
Day 7: Phuket to Koh Phi Phi
Make sure your alarm is set, as this morning we’re up bright and early for our ferry to the stunning Phi Phi Islands. Soak up the sun on the beautiful beaches, or rent a kayak or snorkel gear and have an aquatic adventure. If you want a break from beaches, wander into town and indulge in some retail therapy, and treat yourself to a massage! This evening we’ll meet for a short hike to Phi Phi’s most famous viewpoint to enjoy the sunset over this incredible island. Tonight we’ll have an early dinner, followed by our first taste of the notorious nightlife in Koh Phi Phi. Get ready to let loose!
Day 8: Koh Phi Phi
If you’re a film buff, you’ll surely recognise the stunning Maya Bay on the island of Koh Phi Phi Leh. Stand in Leonardo DiCaprio’s footprints in the film location of “The Beach”! Alternatively, get active and hike the surrounding wilderness, pamper yourself in town or just kick back on the sand. If you feel like diving in deeper with scuba diving or snorkelling, there are numerous reputable tour operators so chat to your guide for further insight. Tonight, enjoy the mesmerising skill of fire dancers on the beach before heading into town to enjoy your last night in this epic island paradise.
Day 9: Koh Phi Phi to Koh Lanta
Today we have our transfer to Tonsai pier. We’ll make our arrival in Koh Lanta in the early afternoon, and then it’s time to relax on this laid back island. Explore the rock formations along the coastline, treat yourself to a massage, have a dip in the pool, or simply lay on the white sandy beaches with a cocktail. Attention animal lovers: if you’ve got plenty of energy, why not give a little back and walk the dogs at the Lanta Animal Welfare Centre? This evening, we’ll have dinner by the beach before exploring Koh Lanta’s quirky beachside bars.
Day 10: Koh Lanta
Get excited - today we have a truly magnificent expedition, the included 4 Islands Boat Trip! Spend the day swimming and snorkelling around these amazing locations as a speedboat ferries us from island to island. We’ll sit down to a tasty lunch on the white sands of stunning Koh Kradan beach, before making our way to the spectacular Emerald Cave and it’s hidden beach inside. Tonight we’ll kick back with an included sunset BBQ dinner, before heading out for another epic night on this beautiful island.
Day 11: Koh Lanta to Krabi (Ao Nang)
Chow down on some breakfast this morning before our ferry ride to Krabi. When we arrive we’ll grab a bite to eat, have our included visit to Railay Beach and kick back and relax in paradise! Lounge beside the sea, soak up the beautiful scenery, or wander to nearby Phra Nang beach to check out the shrine. Join us tonight for a night of fun and drinking games, as we experience the vibrant nightlife of Krabi.
Day 12: Krabi (Ao Nang)
The day is yours to explore. Make your way to the beach to soak up the sun and surf, take a boat trip to one of the islands, explore the surrounding area or try your hand at rock climbing! If you’d like to join us today on our optional excursion, we’ll be heading out on an adventure tour inland to see the picturesque Emerald Pool, the cascading hot springs, and the Tiger Cave Temple with its 1,237 steps (and an unbelievable view). You’ll work up an appetite after all that, so we’ll round off the trip with a visit to the Krabi food markets to sample some of the delicious fresh foods.
Day 13: Krabi (Ao Nang) to Phuket
This morning you have the chance to head out to tick off those last minute sights before we make our way back to Phuket. We’ll board our comfy air-conditioned transport and make our way over the bridge, arriving in Phuket a short while later. You’ll have plenty of time to wander and see any of the sights you may have missed last time! Then, it’s time to gear up for the evening ahead - all good things must come to an end, and our final night together has come around all too fast. Join your guide and your Busabout family, and head out into the vibrant Thai nightlife one last time.
Day 14: Phuket
Check-out is after breakfast.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Southern Thailand & Thailand Island Hopper
Tour starts from:
LubD Silom, Bangkok, Bangkok at 9:00am
Tour ends in:
LubD Phuket, Phuket at 10:00am
Accommodation is included for this trip. You will stay in 6 nights 2/3-star hotel, 1 night overnight train, 1 night floating bungalow resort, 4 nights hostels. Twin and quad share.
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Here is the list of available optional activities, excursions and freetime avaiable on this trip:
- Discover Bangkok’s Chinatown and its hidden markets and lesser visited temples shrines
- Tour through Bangkok Klongs by boat and glimpse the serene and simple lifestyle of riverbank dwellers
- Get a Thai massage
- Haggle for curios in bustling markets
- Take a boat trip & swim in crystal clear waters, Cheow Lan Lake
- Stay overnight on a Thai style floating bungalow
- Hike in Khao Sok National Park
- Float down the Sok River
- Bathe and feed an elephant at the Khao Sok Elephant Sanctuary
- Sleep in the mighty jungle
- Laze on the golden sand beach at Phuket
- Experience the nightlife of Bangla Road
- Explore the beaches of Thailand's largest island, Phuket
- Experience Bangla Road's crazy nightlife, Phuket
- Kayak through Jurassic Park like scenery and hidden caves in the famously beautiful Phang Nga Bay, Phuket
- Lap up the Limestone Karst scenery at Railay beach, Krabi
- Climb the 1,237 steps of Tiger Cave Temple to enjoy stunning panoramic views
- Visit the Emerald Pool and the cascading hot springs, Krabi
- Visit local street markets to experience Thai food at is most affordable and best
- Get off the beaten track, Koh Lanta
- Dive into crystal clear waters and laze away on white sandy beaches
- Visit Koh Lanta Old Town and enjoy dinner in a stilt restaurant over the water
- Swim through a cave to the Emerald Secret Lagoon
- Donate some of your time and help our furry friends at the Koh Lanta Animal Shelter - Busabout Cares
- Spend time relaxing with Thai massages and beach hangs
- Hike to the sunset viewpoint, Koh Phi Phi
- Dance all night on the beach, enjoy the fire-twirlers and bucket cocktails of Koh Phi Phi
- Scuba dive in the crystal clear waters of Koh Phi Phi
- Visit the famous Maya Bay, where the movie “The Beach” was filmed
- See monkeys at the imaginatively named Monkey Beach
- Dance on the sand of Phi Phi and stare into the fire-twirler's flames
All optional extras and excursions will be available to book through your Busabout Guide on the trip.
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