Bangkok & Island Escape

Hop from vibrant Bangkok to a choice selection of Thailand's most tranquil islands on our Bangkok & Island Escape itinerary, which offers plenty of time to relax on stunning beaches, snorkel in clear waters, stretch your legs in the forest, and visit local fishing villages for superb seafood.

At a glance
  • Savour Bangkok’s finest streetfood
  • Pay your respects at an ancient Buddhist shrine
  • Dive in Mu Ko Chang Marine Park
  • Kick off your flip-flops on some of Thailand’s finest beaches
  • Snorkel a coral reef at Koh Rang
  • Swim at the base of a waterfall
  • Tuck into the freshest local seafood
Itinerary
Price & Hotels

Bangkok - 2 nights

Bangkok, Thailand’s capital since 1782, is a bustling metropolis that simply mustn't be missed. Bubbling with energy, this city is always on the go, endlessly reinventing itself with fabulous new hotels, a trendy art scene, world class dining and shopping, stunning temples and a deep cultural heritage all very much in evidence. There are many ways to get around Bangkok, but you'll explore the city with your tastebuds, on a mouth-watering streetfood tour. Your arrival day will be entirely at leisure.

Day 1 - Arrive Bangkok

On arrival in Thailand, you'll be met by your private guide, who will accompany you to your hotel.

Welcome to Selective Asia! This level of personal service (such as private transfers, private tours etc) is what you can expect throughout your trip. A few services (eg boat cruises) will be shared, but we'll always make sure you're aware of these.

Day 2 - Street food walking tour

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You'll be driven through Bangkok's old town to the City Hall to start your street food experience, stopping first at Wat Suthat, one of the city's oldest and largest Buddhist temples, and the towering red pillars of the 'Giant Swing'. Wander through the small streets of Phraeng Phuthon, a protected heritage neighbourhood lined with preserved colonial shophouses. From local stalls, sample traditional Thai coffee, vegetable-stuffed dumplings, and a popular Thai dessert. Drop into a local market to marvel at the variety of fresh seafood and tropical fruits, with your guide at hand to identify any foods you don’t recognise! We recommend trying the homemade coconut ice-cream made from a family recipe that has been handed down through generations. Take a break from eating to visit the Taoist Tiger God shrine, guarded at the door by two tiger statues, and a Buddha manufacturer - a somewhat surreal workshop full of Buddha icons in various sizes and forms. From here it’s just a short walk back to the Giant Swing, where you'll be driven back to your hotel. The rest of your day will be at leisure.

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Koh Chang - 3 nights

Koh Chang is nestled within Mu Ko Chang Marine National Park and blessed with stunning beaches, clear waters, jungle treks, fishing villages and superb seafood. You'll also have the opportunity to explore under the water, at one of the handful of PADI schools based on the island. Your entire stay here will be at leisure to do exactly as you please, but - as with all days - do speak to your Destination Specialist about arranging particular activities of interest.

Day 3 - Car & boat to Koh Chang

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Drive to Trat where you will board the ferry to Koh Chang. On arrival, transfer to your hotel and the remainder of your day will be at leisure to kick back and relax.

Days 4 & 5 - Enjoy a few days R&R

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Your days will be at leisure to relax and dig your toes in the sand.

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Koh Mak - 3 nights

A sleepy rural island covered in coconut and rubber trees, Koh Mak is fringed with sandy beaches and surrounded by calm shallow water. The island is privately owned by a handful of local families, and as a result development has been low key and carefully managed. There are no shopping centres or supermarkets, banks or cash machines, and only a small number of holiday bungalows and boutique resorts. Lazing on the beach is by far the most popular way to pass the time here. Your stay here will generally be at leisure, apart from a tropical island picnic and a snorkelling trip.

Day 6 - Relax on Koh Kham, boat to Koh Mak

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After a leisurely morning, your guide will escort you by boat to Koh Kham, a pretty private island which boasts a powdery white sand beach, where you can spend the next few hours relaxing, swimming and enjoying lunch. Later in the afternoon, take the boat to your hotel on Koh Mak, where the remainder of your day will be at leisure.

Day 7 - Koh Rang Snorkelling

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Take a boat trip to the islands of Koh Rang, 12 small uninhabited islands which are popular with divers and snorkel enthusiasts due to excellent marine life, beautiful coral reef and crystal clear waters. Pass deserted, picture-postcard beaches, enjoy an on-board picnic lunch, and stop to explore the underwater world (snorkelling equipment will be is provided). Return to Koh Mak by mid-afternoon, whence the remainder of your day will be at leisure.

Day 8 - Beach time!

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Your day will be at leisure to relax on the beach.

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Koh Kood - 3 nights

Quieter and less developed than neighbouring Koh Chang, Koh Kood is frequently touted as the most beautiful island in Thailand, and having spent time on its pristine white-sand beaches and crystal clear waters, we’re inclined to agree. Days here are spent relaxing, snorkelling and kayaking; evenings are similarly low key. Your entire stay will be entirely at leisure, apart from a tour of the island with your guide.

Day 9 - Boat to Koh Kood

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Take a boat to Koh Kood, where, on arrival the remainder of your day will be at leisure to relax on the island's pristine white-sand beaches and swim in its' crystal clear waters.

Day 10 - Island Tour

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Your guide will meet you in a songthaew, the local form of transport, to visit some of the island’s most attractive beaches, and a waterfall hidden deep in the forest. After time to swim in the clear waters at the base of the waterfall, stop at a fishing village which is home to both Thai and Cambodian residents for stroll and an insight into local island life. It's very much a working fishing village, with no tourist souvenir shops and just a handful of seafood eateries. After lunch at a local restaurant, return to your hotel, where the rest of your day will be at leisure.

Day 11 - More beach time!

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One final day of R&R. Soak up the serenity!

Day 12 - Boat to the mainland, depart Bangkok

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Depart by ferry to Trat, where you will be met and driven to Bangkok airport for your onward flight.

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We only provide privately guided holidays - meaning that you will not be expected to share guides or transport for the duration of your visit. You can also start on any day you choose.

Please click on the hotel category buttons below to view hotel details. These are recommended properties only - we have many alternative options for you to choose from if you would prefer. You can mix hotel categories throughout your holiday.

Hotel class Price per person (based on total # travelling)
2 persons 3-4 5-6
First Class £1,897US$2,264 £1,803US$2,151 £1,753US$2,092

U Sukhumvit Bangkok

The U Sukhumvit Bangkok enjoys a prime location in the heart of Sukhumvit, with shopping, restaurants and nightlife on the doorstep. The 82 rooms and suites are contemporary in style and spacious.   

Gaja Puri

Koh Chang's Gaja Puri is located on the very desirable Kai Bae Beach. Not only a great stretch of sand, you are also within easy reach of a wide array of dining…

Koh Mak Resort

This family-run, eco-focused resort on the relatively undiscovered island of Koh Mak has generations of hospitality experience. Word-of-mouth has been...

The Beach Natural Resort

 Looking out over the sheltered inlet of Bang Bao Bay, the Beach Natural Resort is a peaceful base from which to explore Koh Kood, or simply settle in for some rest and... See more
Superior £2,204US$2,630 £2,112US$2,520 £2,063US$2,462

Riva Surya

The intimate surroundings of the Riva Surya will suit those looking to get away from the more intense parts of Bangkok... See more

Santhiya Tree

Located on Klong Prao Beach, the Santhiya Tree Resort offers everything you would want on the paradise island of Koh Chang. Traditional in style... See more

Mira Montra

With sweeping views across a private beach to the bay beyond, the Mira Montra is a low-key slice of paradise on Koh Mak’s peaceful north west shore...

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Cham's House

Quieter and less developed than neighbouring Koh Chang, Koh Kood is frequently touted as the most beautiful island in Thailand and having seen its endless white-sand beaches and crystal clear waters we’re inclined to agree... See more
Deluxe £2,488US$2,970 £2,398US$2,862 £2,350US$2,804

COMO Metropolitan Bangkok

Amongst Bangkok's most sought-after properties, COMO Metropolitan Bangkok is the ideal hotel for clients wishing to experience the hip and ultra-modern side of the city... See more

The Emerald Cove

Certainly the finest hotel on Koh Chang, The Emerald Cove is located on Klong Prao Beach. Each of the hotel’s four main buildings is set amongst its delightful tropical... See more

Mira Montra

With sweeping views across a private beach to the bay beyond, the Mira Montra is a low-key slice of paradise on Koh Mak’s peaceful north west shore...

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High Season Pool Villa & Spa

A world away from Thailand’s popular, overcrowded islands, Koh Kood is all about natural beauty & escapism. A new addition (late 2014) to the high end resorts on this paradise-like island is the High Season... See more

Solo travellers are always welcome - please contact us for a tailored quote.

These prices are shown in GBPUSD.
Selective Asia is a UK-registered company, but our client-base spans the globe, so we bank in both GBP and USD and can therefore provide a fixed price in either currency.
We also have payment facilities in Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the EU, and can typically offer better-than-bank exchange rates on the date of payment in these currencies (against a booking priced in GBP).

Itinerary additions

At Selective Asia we specialise in creating unique, tailor-made experiences. The holiday itineraries provided on this website are intended to help you visualise what is achievable in your destinations of choice, over a given period of time and at an intended budget.
Whilst many clients are happy with of our recommended itineraries in the current form (and at the price quoted), there are those that wish to personalise their holiday in some way, whether it be a change of hotel, an additional destination or even start from scratch. This is when our tailor-made specialists come into their own; with many years of experience both living and working in the region they are ideally equipped to advise on alternatives and to facilitate any necessary changes.

The important stuff

The prices listed are per adult and the cost for any children will vary depending on their age and your room requirements (i.e. extra beds, family suites or adjoining rooms). We will be happy to advise you on this and create a tailor-made quote for your family.
Please note: During high season periods (such as Christmas and New Year) hotels often levy a surcharge and these are not included in the above prices. Your consultant will be happy to advise you of these.

Inclusive:

  • English speaking, local guide
  • All accommodation listed
  • Land transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Any domestic flights listed (unless marked otherwise)
  • All admission fees at attractions, temples and activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All meals listed
  • International flight reconfirmation.

Exclusive:

  • Flights to/from Asia. We are an ATOL bonded operator and can arrange flights for all our clients, regardless of whether you are departing from the UK or from almost any other worldwide destination.
  • Entry visas
  • Any meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Drinks, other than water on activity days
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance
  • All other services not listed in 'inclusive'

Please note

All prices are correct at the time of publishing. They are liable to change and can only be confirmed upon submitting an enquiry.

 

Extras

Flights

We will arrange all internal flights used within our holiday itineraries. We can also arrange discounted flights from all UK airports to Asia and we are a fully bonded ATOL operator. If you would like a quote for your international flights then please complete the required section on the enquiry form.

Visa

You may require a visa to enter Thailand. Your consultant will be happy to advise you on visa requirements.

Passport

Please ensure that you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining after your return date. You will also need at least one blank page for each of the countries you are visiting.

Insurance

You will require a comprehensive travel insurance that covers you for medical costs associated with hospitalisation, emergency travel and repatriation back to your home country. We offer our customers a specially discounted insurance policy, ideally suited to the needs that a trip such as this creates. Tick the insurance box in the enquiry form and we will send you a quote to suit your needs.

Vaccinations and Malaria Prevention

You will undoubtedly require vaccinations for your visit to Asia. Please consult your doctor or a vaccination clinic for the most up-to-date advice. They will also be able to advise you of the most suitable anti-malarial medication if required. It is important that you do this well in advance of your departure date.

Booking Procedure

Only once you are completely happy with any holiday itinerary we create for you will we ask for a payment. In order that we can secure availability for your booking we would typically require a deposit of 20%.

Travelling Responsibly

We care about the places and the communities that you will travel through. It is important to us that we travel as responsibly as possible throughout Asia and that we are giving something back to the regions and the people that make these journeys so special. Full details on our approach to responsible travel can be found on a dedicated section of this website.

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Annie – Thailand tailor-made specialist

'Whilst these islands take extra effort to reach and don’t possess the facilities of the more developed resorts (ATM’s, speedy wi-fi, public transport) it’s a small price to pay for peace and pristine beaches.'

AnnieThailand tailor-made specialist

Speak to Annie on 01273 670 001

Make it yours!

Call us on 01273 670 001

Get in touch

Our tailor-made service costs you no extra

This itinerary is designed to work straight off the peg, but we'll happily tailor it until it's a perfect fit for you, to ensure we’re making the absolute best of your time and funds. All you need to do is ask...

Your own private guides & drivers

You'll typically have your own private guides & drivers throughout your trip. When you will be sharing a service (eg a boat cruise) with others, we'll always let you know.

Book With Confidence

For peace of mind when booking your future holiday to Asia, we have introduced flexible booking conditions & full financial clarity.