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Southern Thai Highlights

(Apr to Sept)

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The one that takes you from bustling Bangkok to blissed out beaches in southern Thailand during peak season

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  • Duration

    8 days

  • Places

    4 places

  • Meals

    7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch

  • Transport Style

    Mini-Coach + Ferry

  • Group Size

    Average 24 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager and Local Guides

Phuket, Khao Sok, Koh Samui, Koh Pha-Ngan

Southern Thai Highlights (Apr to Sept)

2 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Canoe Experience
  • Cheow Larn Lake Cruise

2 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Explore the wonders of Koh Samui with a Jeep Safari 1400 THB
  • Full Day Cruise to Ang Thong Marine Park THB 1800

Where I'll Stay?

Learn more about the accommodation available on this trip

  • 7 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    7 nights in Hotel

    Most nights see you snuggled up in comfy twin-share rooms in hotels. We've also lined up a Riverside Cottage stay in the lush Thai jungle. Not your average sleeps here!

About this trip

This one touches down in Phuket before exploring the palm-studded beach paradise that is the south of Thailand. Experience riverside cottages in the lush jungle and live life through soft tropical island filters. After escaping to Koh Samui for a spot of snorkelling and sunbathing, we'll repeat the paradise lifestyle on the legendary Koh Phangan.

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Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
  • End location
  • Trip day
  • Via location
  • River route
  • Plane route

Nights spent per location

  1. 1 1 night

    Phuket

  2. 2 2 nights

    Khao Sok

  3. 2 2 nights

    Koh Samui

  4. 2 2 nights

    Koh Pha-Ngan

  5. Koh Samui

DAY 1 - Arrive Phuket

Phuket

We'll meet up with our Contiki fam in sun-kissed Phuket, Thailand's largest island, and its most dizzyingly diverse. White & gold sands, cragged karst islands, azure waters and delicious Peranakan cooking make this the perfect launchpad for our Thai adventure.

Stay

Days Inn Patong Beach (or similar)

DAY 2 - Phuket to Khao Sok

Phuket

After breakfast we'll make our way towards the beautiful Khao Sok.

Khao Sok

This afternoon is yours to explore this lush National Park - swim, tube in the river, or simply relax and soak up all that natural beauty.

Stay

The Cliff and River Jungle Resort (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Canoe Experience

DAY 3 - Khao Sok

Khao Sok

Today we're taking to the water to explore even more of Khao Sok with an included cruise. Drifting through the otherworldy scenery - the limestone cliffs, the shimmering lake, the soaring forest - we'll feel like we're in paradise.

Stay

The Cliff and River Jungle Resort (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Cheow Larn Lake Cruise

DAY 4 - Khao Sok to Koh Samui

Khao Sok

We're transferring by land and ferry today to the legendary island of Koh Samui...

Koh Samui

Two days in Samui means plenty of time to get a taste of the place - and we don't just say that figuratively. Mangosteen & rambutan fresh off the tree, coconut & lime Panang curries & mango sticky rice are just some of the flavours on offer to pleasure your palate, in amongst ocean swims and island explorations of course.

Stay

Nora Chaweng Resort (or similar)

DAY 5 - Koh Samui

Koh Samui

Really, can snorkelling, swimming, soaking up the rays and sipping on fresh coconuts ever get boring? Hmm...no. But if you've got a taste for adventure, this glorious island offers plenty to keep hungry explorers enthralled. Use your free time to visit the mighty Wat Phra Yai temple with its 15-metre golden Buddha statue, see the super on-trend mummified monk at Wat Khunaram, or take an optional jeep safari.

Stay

Nora Chaweng Resort (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Explore the wonders of Koh Samui with a Jeep Safari

    1400 THB

DAY 6 - Koh Samui to Koh Pha-Ngan

Koh Samui

We'll be sad to leave Koh Samui behind, but Koh Pha-Ngan awaits...

Koh Pha-Ngan

Koh Pha Ngan is fringed by flawless beaches that offer endless days of island enjoyment. Grab a snorkel and hit the water for an island adventure, or just head to Haad Rin beach, our local slice of paradise, for some sea and sun.

Stay

Phangan Bay Shore (or similar)

DAY 7 - Koh Pha-Ngan

Koh Pha-Ngan

It's the second last day of our island adventure and 'mai pen rai - don't worry, be happy' is now the group mentality. Enjoy a lazy breakfast and dose up on Vitamin D the day may bring. It's our last full one together, so make it count.

Stay

Phangan Bay Shore (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Full Day Cruise to Ang Thong Marine Park

    THB 1800

DAY 8 - Koh Pha-Ngan to Koh Samui

Koh Pha-Ngan

Our trip finishes today with a transfer back to Koh Samui.

Koh Samui

Thailand, it's been emotional, we're sad to say goodbye - but we'll never forget your beauty, your charm, and your ridiculously delicious food.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What health and hygiene protocols are in place on trip?

The health and wellbeing of everyone who travels with Contiki has been, and always will be, our top priority. That’s why we’ve rigorously evaluated our experiences, training and protocols to make sure we not only meet our travellers wellbeing expectations, but exceed them in every single way. We sought guidance from the World Health Organisation and government agencies, and, as members of the World Travel and Tourism Council, we’ve been involved in defining global protocols. Due to our diligent work during this time, we’ve been awarded the WTTC safe travels stamp - meaning we’re a business which has adopted global, standardised health and hygiene protocols. You can find details about how we’re prioritising your wellbeing when you travel with us here.

Are flights included in my trip?

International flights to/from the destination your trip starts and ends in are not included in the cost of the trip, and must be purchased separately. You can book these independently if you want to shop around for the best quote, or through your travel agent.

Any flights you take during your Contiki are included in the cost of your trip. On certain Asian trips we use planes to get you from A to B as quickly as possible, and all of this is included.

What documents do I need to travel?

Depending on your nationality, you may require visas to enter certain countries on your trip. In Asia, some visas – but not all – can be purchased at the border with US$ or local currency. You are fully responsible for obtaining all necessary visas that are required prior to the departure of your trip. Contiki is not legally permitted to knowingly allow anybody who does not have a valid visa to join a trip. Visa & other entry & exit conditions (such as currency, arrival/departure taxes, customs & quarantine regulations) do change regularly.
Your passport must have at least six months’ validity remaining when you arrive. Local immigration authorities may deny entry & deport people who do not meet this requirement, even if they intend on staying only for a short period. Important to consider:
1. Visas can take up to six weeks & a fee is normally charged.
2. Failure to obtain all necessary visas could cause you to
miss part of your trip & will result in you incurring considerable expense & inconvenience.
3. It is better to apply for all visas through your travel agent before you leave home. Be aware that some visas can be purchased & arranged on arrival.
4. It is very important that the entry & exit dates are correct on the visa. Your travel agent will contact Contiki for full details. In these cases passport photos and US$ will be required and your Trip Manager will explain the process.

What are the luggage restrictions?

On our Asia trips, you can bring one bag or suitcase of 73cm x 50cm x 25cm (29” x 20” x 10”), with a max weight of 20kg (44lbs) – 15kg in India – plus one piece of hand luggage suitable as a carry-on for flights.

What do the Contiki team do?

People are at the heart of everything we do, and our team is what makes our trips the best. Our worldwide On-Road Team, locally based staff & network of Local Guides are all extensively trained & widely travelled, & are the best in the business. But we know it’s not just about training, it’s about passion & our team have it in their blood. 
Your Trip Manager is like your walking, talking guidebook – just for you. They plan your itinerary every day, organise your food and accomodation and book your Free Time Add ons, and because they know everything about where you’re going, you will too. Local Guides provide specialist knowledge when you need it and will always help you avoid the tourist traps.

What's not included that I should budget for?

There are loads of great things to spend your money on while you’re in Asia – from a trip to an offshore island, to a special dinner or an outfit that you just can’t resist... So how much money should you bring?

Remember your trip already includes plenty of things such as breakfast every day, many meals, lots of sightseeing, guided tours & activities & much more


Before you travel, it’s a good idea to read up on and get an idea of the Free Time Add-Ons you think you’ll want to do on trip, as these will form part of your overall budget. We’d advise doing some research on your chosen destinations beforehand, looking at things like:
 
- Cost of a local lunch
 
- Cost of a local dinner
 
- Cost of a local taxi
 
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot
 
Remember, there’s a big budgetary difference between a country like Japan & a country like Thailand, so do your research.

Will I be able to access WiFi on my trip?

Contiki Asia is mostly hotel accommodation with great amenities like WiFi. We have also included accommodation that reflects Asian culture, too. Like a family-run Guest house in the Mekong, a traditional junk boat in Halong Bay & an authentic local guesthouse in Laos. At these Special Stays, take the time for a digital detox and soak in all of that natural beauty.

What are Contiki’s sustainability credentials?

We believe that travelling sustainably and consciously, matters. Contiki Cares is our commitment to protecting the communities we visit, the wildlife we interact with, and the planet we all share. Our founding partner, the TreadRight Foundation was established 10 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable tourism within The Travel Corporation’s family of brands. From the Dhonk centre in India to the COPE visitor centre in Laos, our projects in Asia are all about giving something back. Find out more at https://www.contiki.com/uk/en/about/contiki-cares.

How do I pay for my Free Time Add Ons?

Free Time Add Ons in Asia are paid for in cash with local currency and USD only. Payments with other currencies (eg. AUD) or credit card cannot be accepted.

How do I redeem the % off deal?

Our great deals and offers are only in market for a limited time are subject to pay in full deadlines. If you cannot pay in full by the specified date shown alongside the offer/deal you can still  lock in the trip date of your choice at our Standard Price where normal payment terms of pay in full 45 days prior to your trip departing apply.  Visit the deals page for the full terms & conditions. Discounts apply to the land portion of your trip price only (this excludes taxes, included flight costs, extra accommodation & optional activities. Your trip price does not include the costs of international flights that start or end your trip).