Day 1 Departure from London.
Day 2 Arrival in Bangkok; - meet your tour leader and transfer to a downtown hotel in the City’s lively Banglamphu district. Time to relax, explore the area or check out some local markets.
Day 3 City tour with a difference! Bangkok by riverboat, sky-train, tuk-tuk and canal boat. Stop-offs include the Grand Palace, fabulous Wat Phra Keow - “Temple of the Emerald Buddha” - and the fascinating Jim Thompson House Museum.
Day 4 Leaving the Capital we’ll journey by local train to Kanchanaburi Province, across the historic Bridge on the River Kwai and along the scenic, but infamous, ‘Death Railway’. Afternoon visit to Sai Yok Noi Waterfall and short jungle hike through the lush surrounding jungle before checking into our riverside resort.
Day 5 Departure for nearby ‘Hellfire Pass’; visit the fascinating museum and hike along the former route of the ‘Death railway’ itself. (So named because of the numbers of local workers and Allied POWs who died during its construction by the Japanese army.) Afternoon expedition down the jungle-lined River Kwai with a choice of kayaks or 2 person canoes for the uninitiated.
Day 6 Complete our Western Thailand loop with a return to Kanchanaburi Town by way of the impressive 12th century ruins of Muang Singh – a former, fortified, frontier town of the Angkor Empire. Time to visit some of the sites of Kanchanaburi Town on foot or bicycle, such as the ‘Bridge on the River Kwai’ and war museum before catching a night sleeper train to the South.
Days 7, 8 & 9 On to Khao Sok in Surat Thani Province - acknowledged as one of Thailand’s most spectacular National Parks with its dramatic limestone karst scenery, lakes, waterfalls and lush jungle Three-day exploration of the park including canoeing or tubing, a boat trip on the lake and jungle hiking, with plenty of time to relax, splash around in the streams and waterfalls or just kick back in your chalet and admire the fabulous tropical flora and fauna.
Day 10 Morning minibus transfer through more spectacular scenery to nearby Krabi Province for a short ferry ride to the Andaman Sea’s scenic Lanta Island.
Due to weather conditions between May and September we move our island stay to secluded and unspoilt Koh Thalu on the sheltered Gulf of Thailand. So, October to April...
Day 11 Leisurely day on this picturesque, jungle-clad, island - make the most of the turquoise waters and quiet beaches or sling a hammock between a couple of palm trees. (Hiking in the interior for the energetic or boat trip to the famous Phi Phi Islands?)
Day 12 Optional boat excursion through the spectacular Chao Mai National Marine Park with opportunities for swimming and snorkelling on the regions vibrant coral reefs.
Day 13 Morning on the island topping up your suntan, before transferring to Krabi for an evening flight to London via Bangkok.
or May to September...
Day 10 Heading north up the coast our stops include the historic town of Chaiya - one of the oldest towns in Thailand – Mu Koh Chumporn National Park for spectacular views over the nearby islands and the fishing village of Sairee for well-earned sunset drinks on the picturesque beach. Overnight in Chumporn Town with a visit to the lively night market to check-out some of the local specialties!
Day 11 Short transfer up the coast to Bang Saphan where we’ll take a speedboat to the scenic and unspoilt Koh Thalu Island for 2 night’s accommodation in a secluded, beach-side resort.
Day 12 Relaxing in this peaceful setting: swimming, beach-combing, snorkelling, kayaking, exploring the area or just lazing in a hammock.
Day 13 Morning at leisure on the island and afternoon drive back to Bangkok to catch an evening flight to London.
Day 14 Morning arrival in London.
Notes: this tour is fully escorted with the exception of the beach stay on days 11, 12 & 13
Visa requirements: No visa in advance is required. A 30 day visa for Thailand is issued on arrival at an international airport free of charge. If entering Thailand by land crossing a 15 day only visa is issued, also free of charge.
Visa information applies to UK and US passport holders only. All other nationalities will need to consult the relevant embassies in their countries. Any visa/immigration costs are not included in the price of the tours – you will need to pay for these in addition, as indicated.
Land only version - flights not included:
this tour is offered with or without return flights from London. Those not wishing to take up the flight option should join the tour in Bangkok on day 2 of the itinerary and finish in Bangkok on day 13. (Flight Krabi – Bangkok is included on the October to April version)
Please note these are photos of sample hotels and resorts; accommodation options may vary and are subject to availability
Hotel De Moc. A big favourite in downtown Bangkok; the Hotel De Moc’s excellent location, and excellent facilities combined with friendly helpful service and well appointed rooms make this one a winner!
The charming Khao Tone Riverside Resort on the banks of the River Kwai itself near Kanchanaburi’s spectacular Sai Yok National Park.
A berth on the night sleeper train – (Silk pyjamas not provided!)
The charming individual wooden chalets of Khao Sok Riverside Cottages, set in a lush garden provide our accommodation in Southern Thailand’s Khao Sok National Park
The secluded and scenic Relax Bay Resort on Krabi Province’s Lanta Island
…and the secluded and unspoilt beach right in front of the Koh Thalu Resort
The secluded beach-side Koh Thalu Resort is our choice in the sheltered Gulf of Thailand during the Andaman Coast rainy season.
"Wonderful Thailand 'Jungles and Islands' trip with my two teenage girls. Very knowledgeable and friendly guides. Visited temples, waterfalls and islands we'd never have found on our own. Great combination of culture, exploring and beaches!"
Isabelle Reynolds 2015
"Booked a trip to Thailand through this company in October last year. Excellent service from booking to completion of the tour. Saw parts of the country that you wouldn't see normally, with a local tour guide fluent in English and Thai. Already booked our next adventure with them to Borneo for this year! Wouldn't go to Asia with any other tour company!" Sam Leeland - November 2014
"The trip was outstanding and thoroughly appreciated by all of us....All Points East seems to have designed their itinerary very cleverly. The pacing was just right all the way through. We saw and did a lot without feeling rushed...and seemed to see everything at the right time, maximising the relative cool of early mornings and late afternoons and yet avoiding many of the crowds and queues"
"For those who want an adventurous holiday, but don’t want to plan it or be part of a big anonymous group, Gecko Travel, (now All Points East), sets a standard that is hard to beat." Andy Betts.
"We had an amazing time and one that has seriously wet our appetite for future adventures! The holiday was packed full of wonderful experiences; - beautiful places, exciting activities, fascinating culture, lovely people and the right amount of rest and relaxation. Everything was perfect and impeccably organised. Our tour guides could not have done a better job. They were fun, knowledgeable, conscientious and really enjoyable to be around. Thank you.....it really was perfect and we will definitely be back." (Rachel and Helen Datlen - 2008)
"Overall a very enjoyable and fascinating trip. Thailand is beautiful and (our guide) Oh was amazing!" Lucy, 2010
"Thank you for putting the trip together....the variety of activities and the different types of transport was great, as was the feeling that we were off the beaten track to a large extent. Many thanks for a holiday we will all remember for a long time." The Daniels family, 2011
"We enjoyed different, new experiences every day. It's so difficult to say what were the highlights, as the tour offered such a varied flavour of Thai culture and lifestyle." (Linda)
Please find below a list of suggested extensions for this tour. For reservations please use the tour booking form on the same page
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