Embrace your inner beach bum and come home with sand in all the wrong places. Bring SPF 30, a sense of adventure and an appetite for the delicious and strange.
Meals included: 1 breakfast
Bangkok is a huge, buzzing, crazy city. Make the most of it because from tomorrow the only thing underfoot will be sand. An overnight train is the only thing between you and paradise.
Take a dip in the waterfalls at Na Muang, swim, sunbake or snorkel – the choice is yours.
See this amazing tangle of limestone karsts and jungle via canoe and say hi to the monkeys. Fall asleep in a jungle guesthouse.
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Camp under the stars at Bamboo Island Beach Camp – it’s the best kind of cliche. Try all sorts of fun activities - there's lots to choose from!
Meals included: 1 breakfast
Get your final Thai food fix. Your last challenge? Find the tackiest souvenir for only 60 Thai Baht (that’s about two bucks).
• Gecko’s expert English-speaking local tour guide throughout the tour.
• Longtail boat ride to secluded Ao Nang, with two days in comfortable, fan-cooled bungalows.
• Longtail boat ride to Bamboo Island near Koh Phi Phi, with overnight beach camping.
• Stay in a jungle guesthouse and canoeing trip in Khao Sok National Park.
• Sightseeing (including entrance fees where relevant): Bangkok city tour and Koh Samui island tour.
• Time to relax in Koh Samui, Krabi area and Phuket.
• Overnight sleeper train from Bangkok to Surat Thani.
International flights, arrival and departure transfers, departure and airport taxes, visas, all other meals, all optional tours or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.
Please note that on your tour you may link up with passengers booked on other tours in our Gecko’s Asia program.
Local Tour Guides
By employing and training local site guides to lead our group holidays, there is a two-fold benefit. Firstly, we provide employment opportunities for the local community. Just as importantly is the benefit to you, the traveller. Your tour guide’s friendship, humour, passion and intimate knowledge of the region will be key factors in making your holiday a success.
Tipping has become an accepted part of tourism in South East Asia. Your tour guide will be able to advise you in this area; however, as a guideline we would recommend tipping 10% of the total bill in restaurants and a small tip to hotel bellboys for carrying your bags.
At you pre-tour briefing your tour guide will discuss with you the idea of running a tipping kitty, whereby everybody contributes an equal amount and then the tour guide pays the tips and keeps a record of all monies spent (except restaurant tips). The record can be checked at any time and any money remaining at the end of the tour is returned to group members. This is often the easiest way to avoid the hassles of needing small change and knowing what is an appropriate amount to tip.
It is customary to tip your tour guide, at the end of the trip, if you are happy with the service. A minimum tip of US$2 per day, from each member of the group, is the usual amount expected.
Please note that any travellers of certain nationalities (ie. Australians, Americans, Canadians, British and New Zealanders) do not normally require a visa for Thailand if flying in and staying up to 30 days. However, travellers will only get 15 days of stay if arriving without a visa at a land border checkpoint from a neighbouring country. Travellers arriving in Thailand this way and planning to stay in the country longer than 15 days should obtain a Thai visa before they leave home.
All other nationalities should check for visa requirements with their travel agents. Please note that those nationalities requiring a visa may need to acquire one before they arrive Thailand, as a visa on arrival is not available at certain land borders.
Due to the style of accommodation on our trips it might not always be possible to book you in a single room throughout the trip. If you book a single supplement it will not apply to nights on the overnight trains and homestays. If you are unsure of where a single supplement will apply please check with your travel agent before booking.
The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please ensure that you have the most up-to-date information for your trip. We recommend that you check the trip notes for your tour around one month before departure. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!
19 December 2013