The Best Thailand Island Tours

Courtesy of TourRadar
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Photo of Kelly Iverson
26 July 2017

The entirety of Southern Thailand is labeled ‘paradise’ for its stunning stretches of sand, delicious cuisine, and amazing sites found both above and below the sea. Here, the best Thailand island tours visitors should take to experience and explore this amazing region.

TourRadar – TruTravels Thailand Island Hopper

Visitors will have to be quick to recover from jet lag in order to take on TruTravels Thailand Island Hopper tour with TourRadar. After arriving in the bustling capital, you get the chance to explore some of the city’s most vibrant of markets, see the Chao Phraya River, and some of the city’s most stunning of temples. Visitors prepare for their 18-day journey with a Thai massage before taking the overnight train to Khao Sok National Park in Southern Thailand. You can look forward to sleeping in floating bungalows with limestone cliffs acting as the accommodation’s backdrop. Your guide will then take you to Koh Phangan, the island most well-known for its full moon party, though it has so much more to offer than just its party scene. Extra activities include a Muay Thai lesson, beach volleyball, snorkeling, swimming, trekking, a boat trip, beach party, and so much more. Visitors will sadly say goodbye to Koh Phangan before heading to Koh Tao, otherwise dubbed ‘Turtle island.’ After exploring both above and below the sea, visitors will then make their way to Koh Nangyuan, Railay Beach in Krabi Province, the Phi Phi Islands, and finally end their epic trip in Phuket. Tours start at $1,147.

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Geckos Adventures – Super South Thailand

Geckos Adventures’ Super South Thailand tour has one of the best itineraries, as it allows visitors to see multiple islands and provinces of the region. Arriving on the island of Koh Samui after spending the first two days in Bangkok will come as a visual relief. While the capital certainly has its own perks, it can be both stressful and overwhelming, leaving visitors especially pleased to begin their trip in the Gulf of Thailand. Koh Samui is one of the largest islands in the Kingdom, and Geckos Adventures ensured you see all of the top attractions on the island before departing to the stunning Khao Sok National Park and finally arriving at Ao Nang Beach. Though the tour does offer many activities for visitors to partake in, Super South Thailand also leaves plenty of free time in-between the itinerary to take in the region and explore on your own. There are many things included in the price of the tour, including transportation, accommodation, the Grand Palace in Bangkok, a half-day guided tour in Koh Samui, and sea kayaking in Krabi. Some meals are included, as well. Prices start at $702.

Geckos Adventures +61 1300 854 445

Busabout – Southern Thailand

Those travelers who are feeling extra ambitious should check out the Southern Thailand tour with Busabout. The itinerary is chock full of amazing sites, with stops including Bangkok, Chumphon, Khao Sok National Park, and lastly, Phuket or Koh Samui, depending on visitors’ preferences. At these many stops, you will explore some of Thailand’s most amazing sites, including the Makleong Railway Market, where you can snap photographs of the large trains that barrel right over the market goods. You will also get the chance to explore the Phraya Nakhon Cave, trek through the jungle at night, cool off at one of the country’s waterfalls, and more. Visitors will have plenty of free time along the way to explore the region as they please. From beachside Thai massages to a night out on Koh Samui, tourists are free to tailor the trip as they please, partaking in extra activities when they are not with their guide. A Southern Thailand trip includes four breakfasts, two nights in a hotel, one in a riverside bungalow, and another night in a hostel. All transportation and entrance fees are included as well as a Busabout guide and local Thai guide. Prices start at $634 for students and $669 for adults.

Busabout +1 877-668-4328

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G Adventures – Southern Thailand Sojourn

Get your backpack ready to depart on a nine-day journey with G Adventures with their Southern Thailand Sojourn. Starting and ending in the capital, visitors should prepare for a larger-than-life journey filled with fun excursions along the way. Visitors will first travel as the locals do and take a night train to Surat Thani. These are surprisingly comfortable, and this particular form of transportation provides some amazing views until the sun goes down. Upon arriving in Southern Thailand, travelers will head with their Chief Experience Officer (CEO) to Khao Sok National Park where They can opt to relax after the long journey. Those who are feeling extra ambitious can instead take to the many trails and hike through the stunning forestry, and they may even see a monkey or two along their journey. Guests will then head to the dreamy island of Koh Samui, where they can enjoy the tropical beaches or take on the island’s nightlife. You will then bid farewell to the island to make your way to Koh Tao. Though this tour does miss out exploring the Andaman Sea, there are plenty of things to see and do on the Gulf that make it worthwhile. Some of the activities included in the tour include a street food crawl in the capital, a full-day of snorkeling on the island of Koh Tao, plenty of time to relax by the beach, and all transportation to and from activities.

G Adventures +44 344 272 2080

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National Geographic Expeditions – Explore Southern Thailand

You are guaranteed an amazing journey to Southern Thailand with National Geographic Expeditions. The journey is made in partnership with G Adventures. This tour, however, skips over the island of Koh Tao and instead takes you to the Andaman Sea for further exploration of this amazing region. This tour is a bit more luxurious as well, as visitors waste no time, heading from Bangkok to Koh Samui by airplane instead of by train. In-between a visit to Khao Sok, explorers will first stop off at Koh Madsum and Koh Tan, two islands that are well off the beaten path. After a peaceful night surrounded by jungle at Khao Sok, guests will climb aboard a long-tail boat and head to the province of Krabi, stopping at mangrove forests and caves along the way. The eight-day tour ends in Bangkok, and visitors will be sad to say goodbye to Southern Thailand after the amazing expedition with National Geographic. The price of the tour starts at $1,749. Accommodation, several meals, and transportation to and from all of the activities are included in this cost.

National Geographic Expeditions +1-888-966-8687 or +1-202-835-0021

Andaman Discoveries – Surin Moken Experience

The Koh Surin National Park is regarded as one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. Andaman Discoveries is at the ready to take visitors to this amazing destination with their Surin Moken Experience. Not only is the final destination a noteworthy one, but Andaman Discoveries is determined to be eco-friendly and show visitors a side of Thailand they may not be able to find and explore on their own. The soft and hard coral at the national park found in the Andaman Sea is absolutely stunning, and you will have time to explore these islands both above and below the water with snorkeling gear provided by Andaman Discoveries. The most noteworthy aspect of the tour is that it is led by a Moken local guide, an indigenous group of people who reside on these islands. You will first arrive in Kuraburi and explore the market before heading to the Moken Village the next day. The four-day long tour consists of a visit to the Moken Village to see how these people live directly over the water, a hike through the surrounding forest, plenty of snorkeling, and much more. This is the perfect tour for visitors who are hoping to see a more authentic and unique side of Southern Thailand.

Andaman Discoveries, 120/2 Sukapiban 3 Road, Moo 1, Kura, Kuraburi District, Phang Nga Province, Thailand 82150, +66 (0) 87 917 7165

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Rickshaw Travel – Giant Trees and Lakes of Khao Sok

Have you ever dreamed of staying in a floating bungalow? Well, now you are able to with Rickshaw Travel’s Giant Trees and Lakes of Khoa Sok tour in Southern Thailand. This four-day adventure starts in Surat Thani, where visitors are greeted by their local guide and taken to the Anurak Community Lodge in Khao Sok National Park. Tour-goers will be surrounded by lush jungle on all sides as they go canoeing, kayaking, or simply enjoy the extreme intimate setting of the national park. The third night is spent in a floating, wooden bungalow above Lake Racha Praba, where you will explore the surrounding bamboo groves and forestry on foot. Those hungry for a beach, fret not, as day four of the itinerary takes you to the beach where you will end your trip. The itinerary is flexible as well. Prices start at £398 and go up to £428 per person for those who opt to stay in a bit more luxurious accommodation.

Rickshaw Travel +44 1273 322399

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