Airport pick up, meet & greet: You will be met on arrival in Bangkok by your group leader who will take you to your guesthouse and introduce you to the rest of your group. The first day is kept free to relax and unwind after a long flight before heading out to get to know the group over dinner and a few drinks (or buckets) on the famous Khao San Road.
Bangkok River Cruise & Temples: Today we explore Bangkok and experience some of Thailand’s history and culture. We feel the best view of the city is from our private longtail boat along the Chao Phraya River, taking some back canals along the way to show you the city from behind the scenes. We stop at two historic temples before hopping in a Tuk Tuk back to our guest house. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy Bangkok and we will meet for dinner and again head to Khao San Road in the evening to sample some more of Bangkok’s nightlife.
Thai Massage & Overnight Train: Today we check out of our Bangkok accommodation as we prepare for our journey down south. In the morning we will go to a local spa for a traditional Thai Massage, the perfect way to relax before the overnight train. You will have a few hours to shop on Khao San Road before we meet late afternoon to head to the train station. On the train, you can either catch up on some sleep on the full size beds, have a few beers and get to know your new travel buddies or take in the views of both Bangkok and the Thai countryside as we travel south to our next destination.
Khao Sok National Park: We arrive in Surat Thani early where our transport will be waiting to take us to the beautiful Khao Sok National Park. Khao Sok is home to some of the most breath taking scenery in Thailand and possibly the world. We’ll be staying in floating bungalows on a fresh water lake surrounded by mountains and rain forest which looks like something out of Jurassic Park! We stop on the way for some swimming and cliff jumping and when we arrive at the bungalows the day is yours to enjoy paradise. Relax by the lake, float around with a beer, do some kayaking or tubing or join us on a boat ride to do some monkey spotting! The food here is great and, all cooked on the floating kitchen and free! (Check out the pics of this place on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/trutravels – trust us, you will want to go there!)
Arrive in Koh Phangan – Bottle Beach: After Khao Sok we catch the ferry over to Koh Phangan and head to Bottle Beach, (one of our favourite spots in Thailand), a beautiful, secluded bay in the North of Koh Phangan where we can chill out on the white sandy beach, swim in the sea and have our own private beach party with some cocktails, a camp fire, lanterns & music. You will spend the evening in your own private beach bungalow and can wake up at your leisure to the sound of the waves breaking on the sand.
Bottle Beach & Elephant Trekking or Muay Thai (Thai Boxing) lesson: There’s nothing like waking up in paradise! Step out of your bungalow straight onto the white sand with nothing but blue sea and sky in sight. You have the morning and afternoon to do with as you wish. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast, soak up some rays, swim in the secluded bay or play some beach volley ball with your group, the choice is yours. In the early afternoon we jump on a taxi boat from Bottle Beach to Chaloklum where you can choose between a Muay Thai Lesson (good fun & great exersise!) or elephant trekking. If you choose to meet the elephants we’ll introduce you to a local Thai family where you’ll get to meet the resident monkey and take an elephant ride through the jungle. If you would rather break a sweat and learn a bit of the national sport we will take you to the local gym. When we get to Haad Rin (where we will spend the next 2 nights) you have some free time to explore or chill by the pool before we meet for dinner & possibly a few drinks on the famous Full Moon Party beach.
Boat trip, farewell dinner & beach party: Today we will take you on one of our two exciting boat trips,the Koh Nangyuan or Koh Phangan island boat tour. Both places are famous for having great snorkelling spots so you will almost certainly see some tropical fish and coral reefs in the crystal waters. We visit some beautiful beaches then we’ll head to the viewpoints/waterfalls to take in some stunning scenery and take some post card pics. Lunch and drinks will be provided free. In the evening we will go for a group dinner (on us again!) then head down to the beach for some farewell fun and perhaps another bucket or two.
Check in to Reggae Hostel: Those of you who have chosen the standard reggae option will check out of Neptunes resort and in to the Reggae Hostel just round the corner and opposite the Reggae House which will be our meeting point and base during the full moon party period. Those who have chosen the plush rooms option can stay put at Neptunes but will only be round the corner from the rest of the group and the action. We will meet in the evening and head for a few drinks at our HQ Reggae House to ponder the approaching full moon party and final days of the tour.
Fun in the sun – Beach day with games & drinks: We’ll spend the day at the beach tanning, playing and maybe enjoying a few beers in the sun before we head to Reggae Magic bar on Sunset beach to watch the sun come down over the ocean.
Phangan Total Wipeout day and Sunset Pool Party: Take a drive up the West coast of Phangan to Laem Som lake where we will spend the afternoon attempting to tackle the famous Phangan Total Wipeout course, chilling by the lake and playing on the inflatables. In the evening we will head up the hill to probably the best place you will ever watch a sunset from. It is a very, very cool bar with music, cocktails, beer, viewing deck from where you can see right out to sea and over to Samui and Ang Thong Marine Park. The best feature about this bar though is the new infinity swimming pool which we will sit in, drink in hand and watch the sun go down as we prepare for the party tomorrow. Life doesn’t get much better…
Full Moon Party day: Free day to recharge and prepare. We will meet in Reggae House in the evening for pre party drinks and UV painting session before heading to the beach to do the Full Moon Party TruTravels’ style! Those of you hard core enough to make it till sunrise (it’s the best bit!!) may even get to join us to the after party which starts in the morning and goes on all the next day!
Chill out day: Depending on what time you stumble in from the party you will probably need some of today to sleep and recover so the only activity planned for today is a nice Thai massage and possibly a film at a local bar.
Check out: Today you have to check out of Neptunes or Reggae hostel by midday if you have not booked any but as always we are on hand to help you get to wherever you want to go. We can help you arrange to stay on or to get back to Bangkok or almost anywhere else in Asia if you want. And as with all of our trips, once you have been on one then you are part of the TruTravels family and so are welcome to call/email/facebook or tweet us whenever you like if you need help/advice or just a chat, also if you are ever in the same place as us and our future groups then we would love for you to pay us a visit!