Southern Thailand - Sun, Sand & Sticky Rice (2014) Trip Notes

 

At Imaginative Traveller we always aim to provide accurate information for our travellers. Unfortunately information such as the price of optional activities is occasionally subject to change, and this means that we are constantly revising our trip notes. In order to ensure that you have the most up to date information for your trip we suggest that you check the trip notes for your tour around one month before departure.

  • Trip code :GTBC
  • Trip length : 10
  • Trip starts in :Bangkok
  • Trip ends in :Ao Nang
  • Maximum group size : 16
  • Ages : 18 - 39
  • Meals : 3 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
  • Accommodation : 1 night Sleeper Train, 5 nights Guesthouse, 2 nights Hotel, 1 night Beach camp
  • Transport :Aircon Bus, Boat, Ferry, Local Bus, Mini-Van, Sleeper Train, Songthaew, Tuk-Tuk

 

highlights1

  • 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.

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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.

included1

  • 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.

optional-extras

We have chosen a selection of some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. The below list is not exhaustive and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed below have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.

  • Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre
    MYR30
  • Canopy Walk - Mulu National Park
    MYR35
  • Kinabalu National Park - Poring Hot Springs
    RM15
  • Kota Kinabalu - Monosopiad Cultural Village
  • Kota Kinabalu - Sabah Museum
  • Kota Kinabalu - State Mosque - FREE
    Free
  • Kuching - Cat Museum - FREE
    Free
  • Kuching - Fort Margherita - FREE
    Free
  • Kuching - Sarawak Museum - FREE
    Free
  • Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary
    MYR100
  • Poring Hot Springs - Canopy Walk 
    MYR5
  • Poring Hot Springs - Orchid Conservation Centre
    RM10
  • Scuba Diving Tunku Abdul Marine Park
    MYR280
  • Sepilok - Rainforest Discovery Centre
  • MYR15

not-included1

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.

 

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RAW

Our Raw tours are best suited for those with a sense of adventure, are willing to step outside their comfort zone and don’t mind being thrown in at the deep end. For independent travellers who want to travel with others. Just the ticket for those aged between 18-35 or anyone young at heart who has an open mind, an eye on the budget and a nose for adventure. Authentic experiences that expand the mind rather than hold the hand.

Style Facts

  • The freedom to explore without breaking the bank
  • Time to do your own thing – or join in optional group activities
  • YOU choose where YOU want to eat
  • Basic accommodation
  • A variety of public transportation
  • Fully trained and experienced leader.

Basic

Our Basic tours offer superb value and are ideal for those who are happy to forgo some creature comforts in favour of an authentic and fun experience. Under the leadership of a fully trained tour leader, you will enjoy all the highlights and freedom of independent travel with the convenience, security and companionship of a small group.

Style Facts

  • Plenty of free time to explore independently
  • Optional activities to suit your budget
  • Freedom to choose your own meals
  • Simple famliy run hotels
  • Mostly public transportation
  • Fully trained and experienced leader.

This tour is operated by our partners Geckos Adventures

visa1

A necessary bugbear of adventure travel, visas can appear complicated, costly and confusing to apply for. Imaginative Traveller recommend applying for visas with a professional visa service who can guide you though the process and take care of lodging and collecting your passport with multiple embassies, so we have teamed up with The Visa Machine.

The Visa Machine ‘live and breathe’ visas and have the expertise to provide current and accurate information and arrange the correct visas for your trip, quickly and at a good price.

Please click here for more information.

 

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We strongly recommend you visit your doctor to discuss health requirements for your trip. They will advise you regarding the appropriate inoculations. In some places anti-malaria medication may also be required. Some vaccines need to be administered a few weeks before departure so allow yourself plenty of time. Obtain a certificate of vaccination and carry this with you on this trip. A dental check up is also highly recommended.

 

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Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping, participating in optional activities, and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.
 
You will need to take cash to cover all additional expenses not included in your tour cost. These include food, drinks, optional sightseeing, tips, laundry, souvenirs and possible delays. If in doubt, bring more than you think you will need. It is always useful to carry an additional amount for emergencies. If there is a medical emergency you are sometimes required to pay at the time; providing your claim falls within the scope of your policy, your insurance company will make reimbursement later.

 

travel-insurance

You must have extensive travel insurance as a condition of booking with us, and without evidence of a valid policy you won’t be allowed to start your trip. Please click here for more information

 responsible-travel1

Responsible tourism is at the heart of Imaginative Traveller. For 20 years we have taken customers to places around the world in social and environmentally responsible manner, ensuring everyone involved respects and maintains the natural and often delicate balance of the destination.

As travellers ourselves we are well aware of the impact that tourism can have and whilst economic gain from tourism is often fundamental to a country, it should never be at the expense of its culture or the environment. It is our aim to provide journeys that have minimal negative and maximum positive impact on the places we visit. We do not believe that, as visitors, we should impose our own cultures on others; rather that we should experience foreign cultures and appreciate them for what they are.

We believe giving something back is essential. We therefore work with our customers and the people we visit to ensure the benefits go directly to contribute to local cultures and environmental conservation. This is not only good the communities we visit but it also gives our travellers more enriched adventures.

For further information about responsible travel please click here.

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Itinerary Variation

While the information presented here details our planned itinerary, including routes taken, activities included, accommodation and meeting times, please accept that unforeseen 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.

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.

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