As one of the most popular and well-visited countries in South-East Asia, Thailand's rich cultural heritage, breathtaking landscapes and delectable cuisine have enchanted travellers for centuries. For the discerning traveller (with a little help from our good selves), though, there is still plenty to discover away from the crowds and nowhere does island hopping escapes quite like Thailand. If you're looking to go island hopping in Thailand, here is a flavour of the kind of itinerary we can tailor to you…
— Katie, Original Travel Expert
Fly in to Krabi and drive straight down to Pimalai Resort and Spa on the secluded island of Koh Lanta. The island itself is a bit more rough and ready than many of its slick neighbouring counterparts, with long swathes of rugged beaches leading to untamed jungle, but you're more likely to get a flavour of the real Thailand here. The hotel, though, is impeccable with dark wood furniture, polished wooden floors and traditional bamboo blinds. Spend your first three days of island hopping in Thailand relaxing on the beach or by the hotel's two infinity pools, recovering from your long flight.
Krabi may be on the mainland but it makes for a great stop-over while island hopping through Thailand's west coast. Krabi is a gateway to some of Thailand's most iconic islands (including Koh Phi Phi), which make for great day trips during your stay at Rayavadee. Accessible only by boat, the hotel's pavilions and villas are dotted throughout tropical gardens, making guests feel like they've stumbled across a secret Thai village. Make the most of the surrounding area by hiking through the verdant jungle, exploring Krabi's colourful markets and heading to the nearby Tiger Cave Temple for an injection of culture.
Hop aboard a boat and head to Koh Yao Noi, a tiny island within Phang Nga Bay. The bay is typified by its karst limestone formations jutting out of the water and sitting pretty within this 150 square-mile bay is Six Senses Yao Noi. Spend your days relaxing by the pool, indulging in some restorative spa treatments or heading out to discover the local area. We can organise yacht trips on the Andaman Sea, kayaking amongst the rocks and guided cycling tours to all the island's secret spots.
The final stop on your Thailand island hopping holiday will be the cool, calm, relaxing surroundings of Point Yamu by COMO. The hotel is one of the newer additions to Phuket, which is already home to some very good luxury options. With its wonderful views across Phang Nga Bay, crisp and clean interiors, and some of the best food in Phuket, Point Yamu gets our vote. The hotel is a fantastic base to explore the island from; we can arrange everything from visits to local wats (temples) and guided tours through the narrow streets of Phuket Old Town to snorkelling and diving. Rather than heading back to Krabi, fly home from Phuket International Airport.
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A similar itinerary would cost in the region of £3,650 pounds which includes all flights, hotels transfers and organised trips.
The guide prices shown are designed to provide you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your trip. Prices are generally for private arrangements using economy flights based on two people travelling together and sharing a room. There are a number of factors which will influence the price; these include the standard of accommodation, the season, the class of flights, the airline used and the level of private guiding versus shared excursions.