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.
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.
After breakfast we'll make our way towards the beautiful 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.
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.
We're transferring by land and ferry today to the legendary island of 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.
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.
We'll be sad to leave Koh Samui behind, but Koh Pha-Ngan awaits...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.
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.
Our trip finishes today with a transfer back to 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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Trip Name: Southern Thai Highlights
Duration: 8 Days
From Price: $1,385
Supplier Tour ID: 314.968/261497
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