Sun, Sand & Sticky Rice (2014) Trip Notes

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Trip code : GTBC
Trip valid from : 27/01/2014
Trip valid until : 31/12/2015
Trip length : 10
Trip starts in : Bangkok
Trip ends in : Phuket
Maximum group size : maximum 16

Highlights

  • Bond with your local guide in Thailand
  • Koh Samui sea bath.
  • Get active in Ao Nang, Thailand
  • Phuket
  • Relaxing in the tropical paradise of Krabi
  • Bamboo Island

Love beaches? Love islands? Love cocktails? Love this trip. Head from buzzing Bangkok to blissful Koh Samui, snorkel, swim and hang at waterfalls. Jump in a canoe and visit jungly Khao Sok National Park, camp under the stars at an Ao Nang beach camp and finish up in Phuket.  Embrace your inner beach bum and come home with sand in all the wrong places. Bring SPF 30, a sense of adventure and an appetite for the delicious and strange. In 2015 this trip will be 9 days long and will finish in Ao Nang, Krabi. The 2015 itinerary will be available online on the 1st of October 2014.

Itinerary

Day
1-2

Bangkok

Bangkok is a huge, buzzing, crazy city. Make the most of it because from tomorrow the only thing underfoot will be sand. An overnight train is the only thing between you and paradise.Day 1Arrive in Bangkok and spend time getting to know this city. There will be a pre departure meeting at approx. 6pm tonight!Day 2Explore some of Bangkok's most famous sights, including the Grand Palace and the adjoining Temple of the Emerald BuddhaVisit Wat Po – the temple of the famous Reclining BuddhaJump on board a local khlong boatSpend a free afternoon making your own discoveriesPerhaps go shopping in the many excellent shops and markets for which Bangkok is renownedCatch the overnight train to Surat Thani, in the south of Thailand

Day
3-4

Koh Samui

Take a dip in the waterfalls at Na Muang, swim, sunbake or snorkel – the choice is yours.Embark on a two-hour ferry trip to the beautiful island of Koh SamuiTake a trip around the island in a songthaew, visiting the 15-metre tall Big BuddhaEnjoy a dip in the cool tropical waterfalls of Na Muang and drop in to see the Mummified MonkSpend free time on Koh Samui swimming, lazing in the sun or snorkellingPerhaps take an optional day tour to the Ang Thong National Marine Park

Day
5

Khao Sok National Park

See this amazing tangle of limestone karsts and jungle via canoe and say hi to the monkeys. Fall asleep in a jungle guesthouse.Take the ferry back to the mainland and then continue to Khao Sok National Park by local songthaewHead down to the river for a canoeing trip in the country's finest and largest rainforestPerhaps spot monkeys playing by the waters edge during the experienceOptional walks along the many interesting trails and beside the many waterways that exist within the park

Day
6-8

Bamboo Island Beach Camp - Ao Nang

Camp under the stars at Bamboo Island Beach Camp – it’s the best kind of cliche. Try all sorts of fun activities - there's lots to choose from!Day 6Depart by public bus from Khao Sok to Ao NangArrive at the beautiful beach area of Ao NangDay 7Morning, take the long tail boat to Bamboo Island for beach campingSpend time swimming in the warm waters of a hidden tropical paradiseEnjoy beach overnight campingDay 8Relaxing on the beach soaking up island life, after breakfast return to Ao NangPerhaps visit a rubber plantation and school, take a Thai cooking class or watch some Thai kick-boxing

Day
9-10

Phuket

Get your final Thai food fix. Your last challenge? Find the tackiest souvenir for only 60 Thai Baht (that’s about two bucks).Stroll along the streets of Phuket, indulge in shopping opportunities or wander through a local marketPerhaps consider extending your stay to really make the most of your time in PhuketYou can leave at any time on the final day of your tour.

Itinerary Variation

While the information presented here details our planned itinerary, including routes taken, activities included, accommodation and meeting times, please accept that unforseen changes may occur. We are constantly on the lookout to improve our program and further enhance your experience. Naturally, we will keep you up to date with any last minute amendments to your tour.

Trip Grade

Culture
Whether you’re taking in man’s greatest works at places like Petra or Angkor Wat, experiencing grand set-pieces like the Trans-Mongolian Railway or trying your hand at regional specialities like tango in Buenos Aires, getting to grips with local cultures is what travel’s all about. A few tips from a guide and a sense of adventure are pretty much all you need. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to get the lowdown on high Tibet among Lhasa’s magisterial temples; follow up Delhi’s eye-popping bustle with a fix of its fiery food; and mix manic markets and Incan masterpieces in Peru.

Included

- Gecko’s expert English-speaking local tour guide throughout the tour. - Longtail boat ride to secluded Ao Nang, with two days in comfortable, fan-cooled bungalows. - Longtail boat ride to Bamboo Island near Koh Phi Phi, with overnight beach camping. - Stay in a jungle guesthouse and canoeing trip in Khao Sok National Park. - Sightseeing (including entrance fees where relevant): Bangkok city tour and Koh Samui island tour. - Time to relax in Koh Samui, Krabi area and Phuket. - Overnight sleeper train from Bangkok to Surat Thani.

Not Included

International flights, arrival and departure transfers, departure and airport taxes, visas, all other meals, all optional tours or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.

Meals

3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Single room supplement

Most of our travellers like the thought of travelling with a few like-minded souls. There are NO compulsory single supplements on most tours as we simply arrange twin shared accommodation for you and another tour member of the same sex. But don't worry if that doesn't appeal. We do understand there are times when you just want a bit of privacy and 'me' time so we are more than happy to arrange a private room upon request when you book.

Local payment

The local payment is the final part of your overall tour cost. It MUST be paid in cash, in the currency indicated, to your tour leader at the start of your trip. Having a local payment helps us to pass cost savings on to you. Please note that the Local Payment is non-refundable.

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