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Total Thailand plus Thai Island Hopper West

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The one that gets under Thailand’s skin, from lush jungles to idyllic islands, in the ultimate 24-day adventure

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  • Duration

    24 days

  • Places

    11 places

  • Meals

    22 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Mini-Coach + Internal Flights + Ferry

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager and Local Guides

Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Overnight Train to Chiang Mai, Pai, Chiang Mai, Khao Sok, Koh Lanta, Phuket, Koh Phi Phi, Krabi, Ayutthaya

Top Experiences

15 included & 9 free time add-ons available to add later

  • Visit infamous Death Railway & the Bridge on the beautiful River Kwai, Kanchanaburi

    Included

    Kanchanaburi

  • Cheow Larn Lake Cruise

    Included

    Khao Sok

  • Muay Thai boxing experience

    THB 980.00

    Pai

Total Thailand plus Thai Island Hopper West

15 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Guided tour of Wat Arun & the Royal Grand Palace
  • Visit infamous Death Railway & the Bridge on the beautiful River Kwai, Kanchanaburi
  • Floating Raft Special Stay
  • Visit Erawan National Park
  • Take a scenic bike ride across Ayutthaya
  • Elephant Nature Park
  • Cheow Larn Lake Cruise
  • Paddle past the limestone karsts of Khao Sok National Park in a canoe tour
  • Experience the colourful energy of Phuket's famed Bangla Road
  • Included ferry ride to the island of Phi Phi
  • Island orientation tour with your Trip Manager
  • Watch the sunset over Andaman Sea from the highest viewpoint on the island
  • Ferry from Koh Phi Phi to Krabi
  • See the iconic limestone karsts of the Thai islands
  • Head to the well known beach of Ao Nang

9 Free Time Add-Ons

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

  • Rot Fai Market Tour THB 900
  • Muay Thai boxing experience THB 980.00
  • Zip around Chiang Mai's street food scene in an evening Vespa food tour THB 2750
  • Learn how to make Pad Thai & more at a cooking school in the rolling hills of Chiang Mai 800 THB
  • Snorkeling Day Trip Seasonal 49 USD
  • Pum's Cooking Class 1300THB
  • Day on the Bay 1700THB
  • Phang Nga Discovery Cruise 2200 THB
  • Scale the beachside cliffs of Krabi with a half day rock climbing experience 900 THB

Where I'll Stay?

Learn more about the accommodation available on this trip

  • 23 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    19 nights in Hotel, 1 night in Special Stay - Floating Raft Hotel, 1 night in Overnight Train, 2 nights in Riverside Cottage Special Stay

    Most nights see you snuggled up in comfy twin-share rooms in 3 and 4-star hotels. We're also lined up an overnight train, a floating jungle raft stay and a Tree House stay in the lush Thai Jungle. Not your average sleeps to say the least!

About this trip

You haven't really 'done' Thailand until you've been north, south, and round the islands for good measure. We take you under the skin of old Siam with hand-picked inclusions so you get to experience it all, from world-famous cities to quaint mountain villages,  lush green jungles to palm-fringed islands, and all the roads less travelled in between. Visit the night markets of Chiang Mai and Pai, experience an elephant sanctuary, and lounge by the tropical turquoise waters of Koh Lanta, Krabi and Koh Phi Phi. Relax, take your time - we've allowed a full 24 days to cover the Land of Smiles.

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Map & Itinerary

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

Nights spent per location

  1. 2 2 nights

    Bangkok

  2. 1 1 night

    Kanchanaburi

  3. via via

    Ayutthaya

  4. 1 1 night

    Overnight Train to Chiang Mai

  5. via via

    Chiang Mai

  6. 2 2 nights

    Pai

  7. 2 2 nights

    Chiang Mai

  8. 1 1 night

    Bangkok

  9. 2 2 nights

    Khao Sok

  10. 2 2 nights

    Koh Lanta

  11. 5 5 nights

    Phuket

  12. 2 2 nights

    Koh Phi Phi

  13. 3 3 nights

    Krabi

  14. Phuket

+4 more

DAY 1 - Arrive Bangkok

Bangkok

The heat and hustle of Thailand's capital will hit you the moment you land, with 24 glorious days ahead of us. After checking into our hotel you're free to do some DIY exploring, treat your muscles to a soothing massage or just lie by the pool soaking up the first rays of that sweet Thai sunshine. Later we'll rendezvous as a group back at base so you can hear what's in store for the trip, then the night is yours to take to the streets for some authentic pad Thai and nightlife on Khao San road.

Stay

Nuovo City Hotel (or similar)

DAY 2 - Bangkok

Bangkok

With so much to see there's no time to waste, so we'll jump right into it this morning. After a quick breakfast, we set out on a locally guided visit to Wat Arun, also known as the Temple of Dawn, before catching a local ferry to make our journey to visit the Grand Palace.  Finally we'll finish up our morning with a tour of the Klongs (canals), watching locals go about their day living life along the river. This afternoon you're free to head to a local rooftop bar to toast the beginning of your trip with your new Contiki fam. Have one for us!

Stay

Nuovo City Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Guided tour of Wat Arun & the Royal Grand Palace

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Rot Fai Market Tour

    THB 900

DAY 3 - Bangkok to Kanchanaburi

Bangkok

Bangkok you've been a dream, but we're ready to rock and roll on. This morning we're swapping the big city for the sleepy town of Kanchanaburi.

Kanchanaburi

Here it's about living local. We'll start with visiting iconic historic sites including the WWII Cemetery, for a glimpse at darker past times, and the famed Bridge on the River Kwai. Since we all know there's nothing quite like local transport to make you feel really alive, this afternoon we'll pop into a boat along the River Kwai where we'll reach our home for the night: The Floating Jungle Raft Hotel. This place is every bit the dream Thailand location you've imagined, so you may have to pinch yourself as you're greeted with rooms lit by candlelight, followed by a delicious local dinner at dusk. If you're game, which of course you are, you can even jump into the river directly from your room. #Travelgoals, check!

Stay

Jungle Raft Hotel Special Stay (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit infamous Death Railway & the Bridge on the beautiful River Kwai, Kanchanaburi

  • Floating Raft Special Stay

DAY 4 - Kanchanaburi to Chiang Mai via Ayutthaya - Overnight Train

Kanchanaburi

We’ll start our day with a visit to the breathtaking Erawan Falls, one of the most famous National Parks of Thailand, made up from seven levels of incredible waterfalls. Take a quick dip in the emerald-hued ponds, dive into the clear waters & get an unreal FOMO Insta shot before we head off to our next stop Ayutthaya.

Ayutthaya

We’ll make a stop in the UNESCO listed city of Ayutthaya, once the capital of the Kingdom of Siam before being destroyed by the Burmese in the 18th Century. Here we’ll grab bikes & cycle past ornate temples, towering spires, and quaint villages. Tonight, we forgo a hotel to board our overnight sleeper train to Chiang Mai.

Overnight Train to Chiang Mai

Stay

Overnight Train

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit Erawan National Park

  • Take a scenic bike ride across Ayutthaya

DAY 5 - Chiang Mai to Pai

Overnight Train to Chiang Mai

We'll pull into Thailand's northern capital of Chiang Mai bright and early, but we're going to keep this adventure going as we roll on into Pai this morning.

Chiang Mai

Pai

Prepare to fall in love with this picturesque mountain town. The rest of the day is yours to explore this traveller's paradise your way. Head out on foot or by bike, and adventure down Pai's little streets that pack some punch.  Be sure to head out to experience Pai by night - an experience to rival that of its big sister Khao San Road in Bangkok.

Stay

Baan Krating Pai Resort (or similar)

DAY 6 - Pai

Pai

With another full day in this charming town, be sure to have a strong shot of Thai espresso from one of the local cafes to get up and get going again. Just try to save some juice in the tank for an optional afternoon Muay Thai skills class with an expert, before we head out for our final night in Pai.

Stay

Baan Krating Pai Resort (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Muay Thai boxing experience

    THB 980.00

DAY 7 - Pai to Chiang Mai

Pai

This morning we're Chiang Mai bound, but we're treating ourselves on the way with a visit to the Elephant Nature Park. This Park is an elephant rescue and rehabilitation centre that not only provides a sanctuary for the elephants, but gives us the once in a lifetime chance to get up close to these gentle giants. You'll have a chance to feed the elephants and watch them splash around on the river bank.

Chiang Mai

Tonight, there's a chance for you to spend the evening zipping around on a Vespa as we explore the small streets and alleyways of Chiang Mai. We’ll see some iconic street art and monuments in between food stops at family restaurants and street vendors. Taste the amazing flavours of Tom Kha Gai and BBQ skewers before topping it all off with some live music in the market district. Just ask your Trip Manager for the best tips on where to head and what to do.

Stay

Empress Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Elephant Nature Park

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Zip around Chiang Mai's street food scene in an evening Vespa food tour

    THB 2750

DAY 8 - Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai

Today is yours to make the most of the laid-back city of Chiang Mai. Maybe head out into the city's heart on foot and explore the old town, or treat yourself to a traditional Thai massage. Later this evening, you have the chance to dabble in the art of authentic Thai cooking so you can wow everyone back home with a mean Pad Thai.

Stay

Empress Hotel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Learn how to make Pad Thai & more at a cooking school in the rolling hills of Chiang Mai

    800 THB

DAY 9 - Chiang Mai to Bangkok

Chiang Mai

This morning we say goodbye to Chiang Mai and Northern Thailand as we return to the bustling city of Bangkok.

Bangkok

Hot, hustling, manic & magical - welcome back to Bangkok. Your night is wide open in this vibrant city and how you fill your time is up to you. Catch a tuk-tuk to hit the Patpong Night Markets, or make your way to one of the many lively rooftop bars, buzzy nightclubs or cocktail lounges to toast the halfway point in your Thai adventure.

Stay

Nuovo City Hotel (or similar)

DAY 10 - Bangkok to Khao Sok

Bangkok

Shortly after breakfast we'll be taking our included flight to the beautiful Khao Sok.

Khao Sok

Welcome to Khao Sok! After arriving in Surat Thani, we'll head to Cheow Larn lake for a day trip. We'll cruise the oldest lake in Southern Thailand, kayaking, swimming & soaking up the sun. From there we'll make our way into the Khao Sok jungle where our riverside accommodation awaits.

Stay

Riverside Cottage Special Stay (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Cheow Larn Lake Cruise

DAY 11 - Khao Sok

Khao Sok

Today, you have a full free day to enjoy the lush surroundings. You're free to spend your afternoon swimming and tubing in the river, grabbing a paddle for a river canoe ride, or getting a selfie in front of the limestone cliffs with a fresh juice in hand.

Stay

Riverside Cottage Special Stay (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Paddle past the limestone karsts of Khao Sok National Park in a canoe tour

DAY 12 - Khao Sok to Koh Lanta

Khao Sok

The beach is calling and we know you're ready! We're jumping in a van and taking a ferry to the palm-fringed island of Koh Lanta this morning.

Koh Lanta

Ultimate tropical vibes await us on the charming island of Koh Lanta. Slipping contently into island life, we'll have time to snorkel, swim & bathe in the sun while sipping fresh coconut juice.

Stay

Lanta Casuarina Beach Resort (or similar)

DAY 13 - Koh Lanta

Koh Lanta

Stay on island time with a free day to do whatever makes you happy. If lying in a hammock gets old, you can sign up for a snorkelling cruise exploring the rich marine life in crystal clear waters surrounding the Koh Lanta coast.

Stay

Lanta Casuarina Beach Resort (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Snorkeling Day Trip (Seasonal)

    49 USD

DAY 14 - Koh Lanta to Phuket

Koh Lanta

It's back on the boat this morning, we're heading to Phuket where we continue to our last stop on your ultimate Thai trip.

Phuket

You've got time to squeeze in a traditional Thai massage this afternoon before we hit Bangla Road this evening, where the bright lights kick things up a level.

Stay

Days Inn (or similar)

DAY 15 - Phuket

Phuket

Now that we're done bouncing through Bangla Road, you're free to hit the beach again, or brush up on those bartering skills and squeeze in some shopping while marvelling at the Chinese architecture in Phuket Town.

Stay

Days Inn (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Pum's Cooking Class

    1300THB

DAY 16 - Phuket

Phuket

This morning we farewell some of our Contiki fam while the rest of us continue on our trip. Now it's time to experience those Insta-perfect Thai beaches, starting with Phuket.

Stay

Sawaddi Patong Resort (or similar)

DAY 17 - Arrive Phuket

Phuket

Eight days of exotic islands and those much-hyped Thai beaches stretch ahead of us. The high-on-life vibes will be inevitable as we touch down on the shores of Phuket and slip into island time. Hotel hangs and pool time will be top of the agenda.

Stay

Sawaddi Patong Resort (or similar)

DAY 18 - Phuket

Phuket

Well good morning explorers, it's your first full day so time to get movin' and shakin'. If you'd rather take to Phuket Town and admire the Chinese influenced local architecture. Swing high or lay low, the choice is entirely yours. The bright lights and wild antics of Bangla Road can take things up a notch this evening, even a famous cabaret show!  

Stay

Sawaddi Patong Resort (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Experience the colourful energy of Phuket's famed Bangla Road

DAY 19 - Phuket to Koh Phi Phi

Phuket

It's day 19 and 'mai pen rai - don't worry, be happy' is now pretty much the group mentality. Enjoy a lazy breakfast and catch some rays before we hit the Andaman Sea in search of one very famous beach... 

Koh Phi Phi

Arriving in Koh Phi Phi will leave you in a daze of love and happiness. More scenic than your wildest dreams, this island is home for the next few days. Glorious long salty days, balmy nights and endless ocean explorations are calling. Dine on the herb-filled rice salad with grated coconut that is khao yam, watch the sunset from Koh Phi Phi's highest vantage point, or stroll postcard beaches alongside playful monkeys.  Definitely an evening you won't be forgetting in a hurry. 

Stay

Bay View Resort (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Included ferry ride to the island of Phi Phi

  • Island orientation tour with your Trip Manager

  • Watch the sunset over Andaman Sea from the highest viewpoint on the island

DAY 20 - Koh Phi Phi

Koh Phi Phi

The island is your playground and the day is yours to do whatever your heart desires. We're recommending our Day on the Bay Free Time Add-On - the perfect mix of island hopping, swimming and chillaxing. Afterwards, squeeze in one last beachside stroll with the flickering island lights as your backdrop, soaking up the island sounds and Pad Thai smells... this is what we call living.

Stay

Bay View Resort (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Day on the Bay

    1700THB

DAY 21 - Koh Phi Phi to Krabi

Koh Phi Phi

Although we're leaving Kho Phi Phi and heading to mainland Thailand today, our salty seadog spirit won't change a bit. The exotic paradise of Krabi is calling our names, and who are we to resist...

Krabi

This afternoon we'll soak in the small town feels of Ao Nang. Friendly locals, massage haunts, local markets and seaside cocktails can perfect your day like kaffir lime to a mojito. 

Stay

Aonang Cliff Beach Resort (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Ferry from Koh Phi Phi to Krabi

  • See the iconic limestone karsts of the Thai islands

DAY 22 - Krabi

Krabi

Back on the Thai mainland we'll take in the island vistas from the charming setting of Krabi. Maybe opt to do a half day rock climb or a speed boat cruise. Local markets, cheap massages & sunset cocktails can reward us from all these adventurous activities.

Stay

Aonang Cliff Beach Resort (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Head to the well known beach of Ao Nang

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Phang Nga Discovery Cruise

    2200 THB

DAY 23 - Krabi

Krabi

Rise and shine, you have a full free day to make the most of everything Krabi has to offer! Maybe explore the giant rainforest-covered boulders of Phi Phi, chillax on Railay beach, or take advantage of the optional rock climbing activity. Tonight is our last night together as a Contiki collective; best organise a team dinner and have one last evening of mischief.

Stay

Aonang Cliff Beach Resort (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Scale the beachside cliffs of Krabi with a half day rock climbing experience

    900 THB

DAY 24 - Krabi to Phuket

Krabi

After one final morning in paradise it's back on the coach to Phuket where our paradise adventure comes to an end. Have one final love-in with your travel fam, then take our transfer either to the airport or back to our start hotel.

Phuket

Frequently Asked Questions

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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).