Bangkok is renowned the world over for its amazing nightlife, architecture, lifestyle and food. Thailand’s capital is one of Asia's most cosmopolitan cities, with magnificent temples and palaces, authentic canals.
Enjoy a beach break at one of the most beautiful provinces in Thailand, home to post-card perfect beaches, pass by iconic beaches, lunch beside picturesque bays. It’s the ultimate beach getaway to Koh Samui!
Koh Samui, Thailand’s second largest island, lies in the Gulf of Thailand off the east coast of the Kra Isthmus. The island is known for its palm-fringed beaches, coconut groves and dense, mountainous rainforest, along with a wide range of luxury resorts and upmarket spas. From the hustle and bustle of Chaweng Beach to the laidback atmosphere of Lamai Beach, the timeless ambience of Bophut's Fisherman's Village and the tropical paradise of Maenam, Koh Samui is unique among Thailand's islands in maintaining a broad appeal for everyone. This helps to give Koh Samui a distinctive relaxed atmosphere that sets it apart.
Bangkok encompassing a wide range of sights and experiences, whilst also optimizing several different methods of traditional travel, the tour takes you to beautiful temples, visit the landmarks of Bangkok.
For day excursion to Koh Samui takes you to many great sites, including the island's Big Buddha statue; sitting 15 metres tall, the monument is a major landmark on the island. Here you can also check out the natural rock formations known as Grandma and Grandpa and visit the spectacular NuMuang Waterfall. VIsit Koh Samui's Guan Yu shrines, representing loyalty, righteousness, bravery and honesty among the Chinese people. Combining history and heritage with modern comforts and natural beauty, this tour takes you to each of the locations that have made Samui so popular.
What is included in the tour
- 5-nights’ accommodation based on twin-sharing (2 persons per room)
- Meals mentioned in the itinerary as specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, and D=Dinner)
- Private transportation in a chauffeur-driven, air-conditioned vehicle
- Bottled drinking water during excursions
- Tours and activities as indicated in the itinerary
- Professional and licensed English-speaking guide (additional charge applies for other language speaking guide)
- All entrance fees, donations and parking fees as per itinerary
- 7% local government tax
What is NOT included in the tour
- Visa fee / arrangements if applicable
- Any Domestic and International flights
- Any alcoholic beverages
- Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone call, room service, mini bar, etc
- Personal health and travel insurance
- Gratuities/ tipping for driver and/or guide and porterage
- Any applicable High Season and Peak /festive Season surcharge
- Any additional excursion/optional tours/activites that are not mentioned in the itinerary
- Visit the landmarks of Bangkok, Grand Palace and Thailand’s most revered Buddha image residing in Wat Phra Kaew.
- Visit the Big Buddha statue
- Meet Grandma and Grandpa; Koh Samui’s famous rock formations
- Discover the island’s Chinese heritage at Guan Yu Koh Samui shrine
- Pay your respects to a mummified Luang Por Daeng at Wat Kunaram
- Admire the beauty of nature at Na Muang Waterfall
- Enjoy some shopping at Nathon Town
Day 1: Bangkok Arrival
- Upon arrival at Bangkok International Airport, your private guide and driver will assist with transfer to your hotel.
- Overnight at your hotel in Bangkok
Day 2: Bangkok – HD City and Temples tour
- Breakfast at hotel. Meet your guide at the hotel and private transfer to visit the majestic Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha temple, Wat Pho and canal tour.
- The splendid Grand Palace enclosure is home to many ornate temples and buildings in a variety of architectural styles. Gold leaf, reflective tilling and Buddha Images are to be seen everywhere. The magnificent Wat Phra Kaeo - a treasure trove of Thai arts and home to the Emerald Buddha, Thailand’s most revered Buddha image - is at the heart of the complex.
- Walk to one of the oldest temples in Bangkok: Wat Pho - or the temple of the Reclining Buddha. The famous reclining Buddha, constructed in 1932, is enshrined in this temple. The 46-metre long and 15-metre high gold-plated Reclining Buddha, with eyes and feet inlaid with mother-of-pearl brings to mind the Lord Buddha’s entry into Nirvana. What Pho was also the first centre of public education in the Kingdom. Nowadays, it is an important centre for the teaching and administering of traditional Thai massage.
- Overnight at your hotel in Bangkok
Day 3: Bangkok – Samui
- After breakfast, our guide will meet you at hotel lobby and then take you to the airport for your flight to Samui. Upon arrival at Samui Airport, the local representative will assist with the private transfer by air-conditioned vehicle to the hotel.
Overnight at your hotel in Samui
Day 4: Samui - around Koh Samui tour
- Breakfast at your hotel and departure for a day of exploration around the island.
- Koh Samui is home to many great sights, including the island's Big Buddha statue; sitting 15 metres tall, it is a monumental landmark on the island. Here you can also check out the natural rock formations known as Grandma and Grandpa and visit the spectacular Na Muang Waterfall. VIsit Koh Samui's Guan Yu shrines, representing loyalty, righteousness, bravery and honesty among the Chinese people.
- The first stop is Big Buddha temple; a large statue of Lord Buddha image dominating the hill top of a small island which can be reached by walking up the steps to the big gallery for the surrounding bird’s eye view. Next stop is at a marvellously strange natural formation, known as Grandma and Grandpa; the rocks have been fashioned by the elements into massive sculptures, resulting in a lot of humorous interest from tourists. Next, visit Guan Yu Koh Samui shrine; the most recent addition to the island’s sightseeing destinations. The shrine is a celebration of Chinese heritage and is dedicated to Guan Yu, a legendary warrior who died almost 2,000 years ago. The Guan Yu monument is 16 metres in height, making it the biggest of its kind in Thailand. Visit Wat Kunaram to pay respect to the mummified body of Luang Por Daeng; who died more than 30 years ago in a sitting position of meditation and has remained relatively unchanged ever since. We stop at Na Muang 1 Waterfall and admire the impressive drop of 18 metres cascading down to a natural pool below. You will have time for shopping at Nathon town, the capital of Koh Samui and a place where the pier is designed for embarkation to the mainland. A range of Samui local products can be found here.
- Overnight at your hotel in Samui
Day 5: Samui - Angthong National Marine Park by speed boat (SIC)
- Breakfast at your hotel and departure for the Angthong National park.
- This group of islands, totally 250 square km is located 45 km northwest from Koh Samui. It takes about one hour by speedboat. Visitors will be enchanted by a wonderland composed of bulbous green isles, clear blue lagoons, mysterious caves and strange shapes of rock formations. The 2nd National Park created in Thailand, which comprises some 40 islands; limestone masses, reaching heights of up to 450 metres, blanketed by four different types of forest, such as dry evergreen, beach, limestone and Mangroves. One island has a mysterious sink hole, completely enclosed by walls of sheer rock at its centre.
- In the morning transfer to the Pier, board the speedboat to Angthong National Marine Park. You will arrive at Koh Wao or Koh Tai Plow for snorkelling. This is a nice place for fish and wonderful coral reefs. Then, we will do some sightseeing around the National Marine Park. Climb up the steps to see the wonderful “Emerald Lake “known as Talay Nai, surrounded by the mountain. Buffet lunch at The National Marine Park for speedboat and on board for Tour boat. In the afternoon, relax on the beach, swim or climb up to see the fantastic panoramic views of Angthong Marine Park. After that, cruise back to Koh Samui and transfer to your hotel.
Overnight at your hotel in Samui
Day 6: Samui Departure
- Breakfast at the hotel. Meet with the guide for private transfer back to Samui Airport for departure
Good to know
- Suitable for FITs and Family with minimum of 2 persons or group of maximum 35 persons
- Not suitable for those to travel with wheelchairs or walking gear
- Private basis only (no seat in coach available)
- Operated daily, with 48 hours advanced reservation required (subject to availability of the hotels/resorts)
- Compulsory New Year’s Eve dinner on December 31st 2017 (price varies depending on hotel policy – Adult USD 119.00 per person per meal : Child USD 60.00 per person per meal)
Other Useful Information
Passport & Visa
You will need a passport valid for six months after arrival date and appropriate visas to enter Thailand. We cannot accept responsibility if you are refused entry to a country because you lack the correct visa documentation.
The tour price does not include personal insurance, so we highly recommend you arrange your own insurance prior to departure, including the cost of medical evacuation by air.
The local currency in Thailand is the Thai Baht (THB). The current exchange rate is approximately USD 1 = THB 32-33. Major credit cards are widely accepted and foreign currency is accepted at most of the large hotels and authorized moneychangers. There are local banks as well as ATM machines in all main towns.
What do bring
Casual and comfortable lightweight clothing is suitable for travelling in Thailand. Clothing in layers is recommended if travelling to higher altitudes. Dress modestly and don’t wear shorts or sleeveless tops when visiting religious buildings. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended and should be removed before entering a private home. Wear a sarong and waist sashes when visiting temples (both are provided at additional costs). Prepare a change of dry clothes for a day including water activities such as snorkelling or canoeing.
220 V / 50hz is used in Thailand. We recommend you bring along a travel adapter.
Thailand enjoys a warm, tropical climate year-round with the most pleasant weather from October until February when the trade winds blow. The rainy season normally starts in June and usually lasts until September.
The national language, Thai, is taught in all schools and spoken at home or in the markets, although the local people speak their local dialects in rural areas. English is increasingly spoken in the main tourist centres.
Tipping and Gratuities
It is generally accepted to tip local restaurant staff, luggage porters, drivers and guides. It is however not mandatory. Recommended tipping for guides is between THB300-500 (USD 10-15) per day and for drivers it is THB150-200 (USD 5-7) per day.
This itinerary has been carefully designed by our team to showcase unique and recommended experiences. Should you have any question in regards to this tailormade programme, please contact us.