Contiki Thai Island Hopper East Tour

R 7,395

per person sharing

28-Mar-2015 and 06-Apr-2015
28-Mar-2015
9 Days
AMZ542
Thailand
Star

Please note:

  • Passengers on this trip need to be 18 - 35 years to qualify

Visit:

Koh Samui, Koh Tao and Koh Pha Ngan.

Tour Information

When it comes to good times, this Contiki tour goes off! Jump your way from the island party on Koh Samui to the island paradise of Koh Tao and end up in Koh Pha Ngan where you'll experience the Full Moon parties this island is known for.

With multiple nights on each island, you'll get the right mix of destinations so you can indulge in all the Thai Island have to offer. Swim and snorkel off white sand beaches, go hiking in emerald green forests, or sip cocktails from a coconut – it’s the perfect place to chill out and relax. 

 

Please contact us for a detailed itinerary

 

Included

Exclusive Accommodation

  • 8 nights accommodation: 5 nights in 3 star hotels, 3 nights in bungalows
  • 10 meals: 8 breakfasts & 2 dinners
  • An experienced & professional Tour Manager
  • Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations
  • Local taxes, payments & service charges
  • Tipping for local staff included
  • 3 local ferries
  • Transport & included sightseeing

Exclusive Team

  • An experienced & professional Tour Manager

Exclusive Inclusions

  • Explore Chaweng Beach’s nightlife
  • Spend time on the third largest island in Thailand
  • Get an orientation walk of the island
  • Experience the island's laid back lifestyle
  • Chill out on a beach

Excluded

  • Any airfares
  • Meals and drinks not specified
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa services

Conditions

  • R1000 deposit to be paid within 7 days of booking.
  • To get the mates rates, you all must travel on the same tour on the same dates.
  • All other terms and conditions as per the Contiki Summer 2011 brochure.

Thailand

Ten million people a year visit Thailand, because it has an unbeatable combination of Eastern exoticism and Western modernism. That, combined with its gorgeous beaches and magical country side provides visitors with  of the most unique and memorable holiday experiences you’re likely to find. The Thai people are very friendly and hospitable, in spite of the massive influx of foreign visitors over the last few years.
Known as the “Land of Smiles”, Thailand has an extraordinary diversity of flavours and sights to experience. The country is very modern, with up-to-date facilities, which make a lot of people pleasantly surprised. This is most visible in the capital Bangkok, where a burgeoning 21st century city is growing around centuries-old relics and icons.

Thailand is known for its amazing beaches from the secluded sands of Koh Chang near Cambodia, to the world-famous full-moon parties of Koh Phang-Nga and the luxury of Phuket’s beach resorts.

Thailand offers a rich and accessible culture to enjoy, from exploring the temples of Bangkok to the hill tribes of Chiang Mai, there are surprises around every corner.
 
The country is an inexpensive destination with something to offer travellers of every budget. The tourists that descend on the country are often every bit as varied and interesting as the colourful inhabitants. You will fall in love with this exciting and hospitable country, especially when you try the delicious food and enjoy the perfect climate.

Thailand Demographic

Culture

The Thais are justly known as a laid back and friendly people who are enthusiastic about life and hospitable to foreigners. Evidenced by the many wats and temples, as well as valuing mutual respect and an appreciation for the present moment, Thai culture is largely underpinned by Buddhism. Thai people have great respect and reverence for the monarchy. Ninety per cent of the Thai population, which consists of 61 million people, practise Theravada Buddhism.

Shopping

Thailand is a highly rated shopping destination, with competitive prices and an astounding range of merchandise from computer software to unusual souvenirs and handcrafts. If you visit one of the colourful markets, your haggling skills will be tested at every transaction. At markets and shops throughout the country you can buy Thai silk of a very high quality. Thai silk sarongs make an ideal gift. Rattan and wicker work may not fit in your suitcase, but most dealers will be able to ship your purchases home for you.

You can buy gemstones for an exceptionally good value, whether bought uncut or set in fine jewellery, but it is advisable to keep to licensed shops and retailers in Bangkok.

Within 48-hours tailors of Bangkok and Chiang Mai can create good quality suits and dresses according to your style and specification. If you take in a magazine, they will be able to copy the design perfectly. Prices are only a fraction of the European or American equivalent. You should bargain hard, but expect to pay in the region of THB4000 for a suit.

Shops are generally open every day from 10h00 to 22h00. When you leave Thailand, all non-Thai visitors who have been in the country for less than 180 days and who depart by air from one of the International airports can apply for a tax refund on goods bought.

Money

Currency: Bath (THB). THB1 = 100 satang
Notes: ThB 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000
Coins: THB1, 5, 10 and 25 and 50 satang
Credit cards: Major credit cards are widely accepted in hotels, restaurants and shops. The use of Diners Club is more limited.

Health Requirements

If you are resident in or have travelled in yellow fever affected areas, the yellow fever vaccination and vaccination certificate is required. Carriers of infectious diseases including AIDS, are not allowed entry into Thailand. In some rural areas malaria is present, especially along the borders near Cambodia and Myanmar. You should consult your doctor about anti-malaria prophylactic treatment before you travel to rural areas in Thailand. You are not at real risk from malaria in cities or tourist resorts.

Thailand Visa requirements

Nationality Requires Visa
American No
British No
European Union No
South African No

Should your nationality not be listed above, kindly contact our dedicated consultants for assistance.

Thailand Weather

Thailand has a tropical climate and the average temperature is 28°C throughout the year. Between June and late September it is the monsoon season. The best time to visit Thailand is between November and March.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Thailand is between November and February because it’s not too hot and it is also the driest time of year.  It is also the peak season for Thailand, so expect crowds and more crowds during this time, but at the same time, the atmosphere and list of things to do is almost unimaginable. If you are planning on travelling through the northern provinces the hot season, from March to May, and the start of the wet season, June and July, are also worth investigating.

If you want to avoid the crowds of Thailand, then April to June, and again from September to October are the best times to visit. The beaches have more space, hotel and resort rates are lower and temperatures are more tolerable. Sure, it might be the rainy season from July to October, but the landscape is green and lush, making it a very rewarding experience.

* Please note that taxes are approximate and subject to daily fluctuation