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Snorkelling in Nonthaburi, Nonthaburi, Thailand

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Bangkok might come as a shock to a first time visitor (megapolis, skyscrapers, traffic jams, etc.), but this magical city offers many surprises; green parks, quiet alleys, fancy night clubs, street markets, glittering temples, serene monks, outrageous colored food and drinks, unusual smells... Show more

Bangkok might come as a shock to a first time visitor (megapolis, skyscrapers, traffic jams, etc.), but this magical city offers many surprises; green parks, quiet alleys, fancy night clubs, street markets, glittering temples, serene monks, outrageous colored food and drinks, unusual smells and tastes, and much more, you won’t get bored!

By comfortable night train we travel South and continue by bus and ferry to a tropical island delight called Koh Samui, time for relaxing on the beach, swimming and enjoying good food. For those interested the Angthong National Marine Park is nearby. The next tropical surprise is the turtle island, Koh Tao, very popular for those who snorkeling and diving. Finally we return by ferry and night bus to Bangkok where you arrive early in the morning.

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9 days


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13.03887 101.490104


Day 1: Bangkok

Welcome to Thailand.

Meet our guide and driver for your transfer upon arrival to your hotel.

Your budget accommodation is located in non touristy Thewet (in spitting distance of Thewet pier, perfect for catching the river express boat!), but not far from Banglumpoo (Khao San Road! Grand Palace!!) either.

Overnight at Steve Boutique Hostel, Standard Room

Day 2: Bangkok

Free day

Optional biking tour

(Go on own by river express boat to River City, 23 Trok Rongnamkhaeng, Charoen Krung 30, Si Phaya Pier, Yota Road, Bangkok, next to Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel, and meet before 08.00 at CvKBT office on the 1st floor, 2 blocks from Top’s supermarket.)

Enjoy tea or coffee in the hotel lobby and listen a short briefing about the tour.

Select the appropriate bicycles according to customer preference (mountain bikes, lady bikes, or hybrids).

From the hotel, we start by exploring the bustling everyday life of Chinatown. Through narrow alleyways and winding pathways best accessed through two-wheel transport, we pass markets, local Buddhist temples, and a vast array of unique “street life”

We cross the Chao Phraya River by ferry and continue the tour in Thonburi, a former capital city of Thailand. We see some more local temples as well as a sample of a slower-paced lifestyle of urban Thais on this side of the river. A common stop in this part of the tour is King Mother’s Memorial Park where we can visit a museum and relax in a nice garden. Possible routes can also take us through Muslim communities as well as to a Christian church.

We cross the river continue in the area behind Pak Klong Talad Flower Market back to Chinatown where we finish our tour.

11.00 Back to River City.

Rest of the day is free to explore more of Bangkok by yourself.

Overnight at Steve Boutique Hostel, Standard Room
Day 3: Bangkok – Surat Thani (night train)

Today you have a free day, plenty of opportunity to explore more of Bangkok on own.

Keep in mind though that check out time is usually at 12 o’clock noon, but probably you can leave your luggage at the reception.

Late overnoon take a bus or taxi meter to Hualamphong Railway Station where you will board a comfortable night train to the South, usually the 167, 18.30 PM – 06.23 AM.

Overnight at 2nd class air-con sleeper train
Day 4: Surat Thani – Koh Samui (bus / boat)

Upon arrival at Surat Railway Station you continue by bus and ferry to Koh Samui. Once there continue on own to Bophut Beach area.

Koh Samui – “the island of the coconut tree” is Thailand’s 3rd largest. A backpacker’s secret for years, this sun lover’s paradise, with its coconut plantations, rolling hills, curved sandy beaches and offshore islands, has gradually developed into a holiday destination with a distinctly local island flavour.

Samui is a place to relax, meet people, sunbathe and party. Nightlife is good with open-air discos, music bars and good restaurants. The island retains its laid back feel, with friendly and welcoming locals, good food and offbeat local attractions which haven’t become over commercialized.

Overnight Samui Pier Resort, Standard Room
Day 5: Koh Samui

Bophut is really two places: Bophut beach, which sweeps down several kilometres between Big Buddha and Maenam beaches and perhaps one of the oldest places on the island, the charming Fisherman’s Village, which takes up the middle section of the beach. Fisherman’s Village consists of old wooden Chinese shop-houses, interspaced with a few modern buildings among the shops are several boutiques, selling high quality clothing and jewellery. There are also some dive shops in the area, offering scuba lessons or day dives.

Free day

Optional Angthong National Marine Park tour

Today you will be picked up at usually around 07.00 for your excursion to Angthong National Marine Park.

We depart at 08.30 and our fully equipped tour boat will bring you in around 2 hours to the beautiful islands of the National Marine Park. You will visit Koh Mae Koh where you can climb through rainforest and ravines to arrive at the ‘Green Lagoon’, a beautiful emerald saltwater lake. Buffet lunch will be served on board. You will go by long tail boat to Koh Wua Talab where you may spend the afternoon relaxing, swimming, snorkeling or kayaking (not included).

In the late afternoon you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Overnight Samui Pier Resort, Standard Room
Day 6: Koh Samui – Koh Tao

Today you take some local transport to the Lomprayah pier and continue by ferry to Koh Tao, the turtle island!

Upon arrival you continue on own to your hotel.

Overnight Simple Life Resort, Standard Room
Day 7: Koh Tao

Meals : B

Free day to relax on the beach or explore more of Koh Tao on own.

Once the haunt of sea-turtles, the small island of Koh Tao with its quiet beaches has become a favourite destination both of paradise seekers and divers who come for the best coral diving in the area.

“Discovered” by travellers in the 80’s Koh Tao (literally translates as “Turtle Island.”) has been gradually gaining popularity. In recent years word of Koh Tao’s natural beauty, beaches, coral and marine life has spread with more and more visitors arriving each year. Bigger, faster and safer boats have allowed easier access to the island resulting in new resorts with 24 hour air-conditioning adding to the basic bungalows of the past. Koh Tao though, still remains a beautiful unspoilt place. Since the main attraction is diving – the beaches remain tranquil and uncrowded while facilities, food and accommodation have greatly improved. It’s a great place to relax.

Overnight Simple Life Resort, Standard Room
Day 8: Koh Tao – Chumphon – Bangkok (boat / night bus)

Meals : B

This morning, you have to transfer on own to pier.

Board the Lomprayah ferry from Koh Tao back to the mainland, Chumporn, it departs at 10.15 a.m.

Upon arrival continue by bus from Chumporn back to Bangkok which will arrive around 20.30 p.m. at Khao San Road, Banglumpoo. Confirmation of tickets not necessary.”

Your last overnight is on Phra Athit Road, within walking distance of Khao San Road, very convenient!

Overnight at Bhiman Inn, Deluxe Room (non smoking)
Day 9: Bangkok (end of tour)

Meals : B

Free morning until check out, usually before noon.

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Accommodation, All taxes, Activities as per itinerary, Instruction, Meals as indicated.


International and domestic flights, Meals other than those mentioned, Supplement for early check-in and late check-out (check-in: 14h00, check-out: 12h00), Personal expenses are such as laundry, telephone, drinks etc, Tips for guide, Personal insurance, Any compulsory gala dinners at the hotel (if required from the hotels), Visa fees (if required), International departure airport tax (if required).

Cancellation policy

If cancelled up to 4 days before date of arrival, no fee will be charged. If cancelled later or in case of no-show, the entire activity price may be charged.

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