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BANGKOK & KOH SAMUI ITINERARY


Bangkok & Koh Samui Tour Code:IVI/S/1377
5 nights/6 days Route:Koh Samui - Bangkok
Day 01 Koh Samui
Travel to Koh Samui by flight via Bangkok. Arrive Koh Samui airport and transfer to hotel. Check in. Rest of the day is free to explore the island on your own.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 02 Koh Samui
After Breakfast at the hotel, proceed for ANG THONG NATIONAL MARINE PARK SNORKELING AND KAYAKING TOUR.
Sightseeing:
ANG THONG NATIONAL MARINE PARK SNORKELING AND KAYAKING TOUR:
Ang Thong National Marine Park translates as `golden bowl`, occupies almost 250 sq. km and includes 50 sq. km of protected nature area consisting of over 40 islands. All of the islands are uninhabited and undeveloped except for one. This island, Koh Paluay, is inhabited by "sea-gypsies" who still earn a living from fishing. The island looks like what Koh Samui used to look like 40 years ago, prior to the arrival of tourism and modern infrastructure. The Marine Park is famous for its natural beauty untouched by development. The islands range in size from mere rocks in the deep blue sea to little paradise islands with white beaches and coconut trees. The movie `the Beach` starring Leonardo Di Caprio was inspired by and partially filmed at this location. Being in the Marine Park gives you the feeling of being an explorer, discovering the far ends of the world. The water is clean, calm and inviting, creating the perfect conditions to explore the park`s hidden treasures. We believe the best option to travel to the Marine Park is by speedboat. The speedboats are very comfortable, safe and offer toilets facilities on board. The speedboat will take you to the Park in less than an hour and on most days there are hardly any waves during the trip as the waters are sheltered protected by Koh Samui and Koh Phangan. The speedboat will take you first to the north of the Marine Park, to Koh Wao. Koh Wao consists of three islands with a shallow, sheltered bay in between, making it well-suited for snorkeling. The underwater life is not as abundant as at Koh Tao, but it is refreshing to jump into the water and swim around the beautiful bay. You will spend about 45 minute snorkeling at this site, where you will get a good glimpse of the Park`s marine life After snorkeling, the speedboat will take you nearby the most interesting limestone islands created by erosion of the earth which rise from the sea as dramatic rock cliffs and bizarre rock formations. Caves, hidden lagoons and white sand beaches are there to be explored. At our next stop you will land at Talay Nai, then an easy and spectacular climb through dense rainforest and narrow ravines will take you to a fantastic viewpoint which looks out over the surrounding islands. Here you will have some time to enjoy the view and take some breathtaking pictures. A short stroll downhill will take you to the famous Emerald Lake, also known as the Blue Lagoon from the movie `the Beach`. From here, almost all Ang Thong Marine Park tour orators go to Wua Ta Lap Island (the Park`s Visitor Center) for picnic lunch and kayaking. The visitor center is visited by many tour operators, making it very crowded. We choose instead to travel a bit farther to eat lunch and do sea kayaking at Koh Paluay`s sea gypsy village.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 03 Koh Samui
After Breakfast at the hotel, proceed for HALF DAY ISLAND TOUR OF KOH SAMUI.
Sightseeing:
HALF DAY ISLAND TOUR OF KOH SAMUI:
This tour will cover places such as various beaches; also have a stop at the famous twin rocks the Grandfather and the Grandmother rocks located at the South end of Hat Lamai.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 04 Koh Samui - Bangkok
After Breakfast, Check out of the hotel & transfer to the airport for your flight to Bangkok. Arrive Bangkok and transfer to the hotel. Check in. Rest of the day is at leisure to explore the city on your own.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 05 Bangkok
After Breakfast at the hotel, Morning proceed for BANGKOK CITY & TEMPLE TOUR (1/2 DAY)
Sightseeing:
BANGKOK CITY & TEMPLE TOUR (1/2 DAY):
We visit the Royal Grand Palace, the nation`s landmark and the most praised royal monument in Thailand. The 61-acre complex includes: Wat Phra Kaeo, the holiest Buddhist site in the country which houses the most important image the Emerald Buddha; the Golden Chedi; the Pantheon of the Chakri Kings; and the Eight Coloured Towers. Dress code is implemented when visiting these revered sites. Afterwards, we visit three of the capital’s most stunning temples to gain a rich insight into Buddhism and architecture in Bangkok. The Wat Traimit houses the world’s largest solid gold Buddha - 5.5 tonnes of precious metal! Wat Benchamaborpit or the “Marble Temple” is a fascinating fusion of classical Thai architecture and 19th century Italian design and boasts marble and stained-glass windows. Wat Pho, the oldest temple in Bangkok, houses the Reclining Buddha, a 45-metre-long statue which depicts Buddha entering Nirvana. Wat Pho is also "Thailand’s first university" and houses a wealth of art. It is still an important centre for traditional medicine. We follow with a trip through Bangkok`s bustling China Town with its trademark red gold shops.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 06 Bangkok
After Breakfast Check out of the hotel & transfer to Bangkok airport for your onward flight.
 
 
 
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