Thai Island Hopper East, 9 Days


HIGHLIGHTS: Koh Samui - Koh Tao - Koh Pha Ngan Searching for a relaxing tropical island? The ultimate in idyllic beaches and the most breathtaking scenery? Then spend nine-days island hopping through the eastern Thai Islands with Contiki. Do as little or as much as you like: explore the exotic sights, sample the local cuisine, kick back on the world famous beaches, take a day cruise or simply chill beachside with a cocktail. The three Koh's - Samui, Tao and Pha Ngan - show you what the Thai Islands are all about Your backstage pass includes: Unique special stay - Bungalow in Koh Pha Ngan Day 1: Arrive Koh Samui Arrive on the island of Koh Samui - the third largest island in Thailand & an area known for its spectacular natural beauty, beaches & good times. Check-in to your hotel & use this afternoon hit the shops or start working on your tan at the beach. The evening, meet up with your Tour Manager & fellow travel buddies, before heading out to explore some of Chaweng Beach's nightlife. This place is known for it's cool party scene which is quite literally right on the beach. So relax & get onto island time. Day 2 and 3: Koh Samui Koh Samui has got something for everyone, so with 2 full days here, get ready for a taste of everything the island offers to it's travellers. During the day, there are long stretches of beach with soft, white sand dotted around the island for you to take advantage of and the chance to soak up the rays, swim, snorkel & relax. Explore the local town for a generous dose of the lifestyle here. Head down the little side streets for an authentic Thai feast - you'll find lots of local delights like Phad Thai, delicious exotic curries & fresh flavours at some unbelievable prices. Or take it up a level & enjoy a cocktail or try fresh coconut served to you right on the beach. You could take a tour of the island to see some of the local sites or visit a Buddhist temple with a 15m (50ft) statue of the Buddha. Built in 1972, this statue is respected by locals & visitors alike - many of whom light incense & pray here with offerings of fruit & flowers. With loads of free time ask your Tour Manager for some tips & suggestions of things to do, like a visit to Wat Khunaram with it's mummified monk or the uniquely shaped formation of the Grandmother & Grandfather rocks. At night this island goes off Spots like Chaweng, the island's most popular beach, come alive with other travellers & locals alike. With so many bars & clubs located right on the beach, it's the perfect place to party with your travel buddies, locals & new mates. Day 4: Koh Samui to Koh Tao It's time for a change of pace as we take a short ferry journey across the Gulf of Thailand to the island of Koh Tao, also known as Turtle Island. Smaller than Koh Samui, Koh Tao is famous for its underwater scenery & laid-back lifestyle. After arriving, your Tour Manager will take you on an orientation walk of the island so you can really get your bearings of where you're keen to head back to. You've then got the afternoon to relax on the beach, or grab a snorkel & head underwater Tonight it's an included dinner on the beach with some local specialities. Day 5: Koh Tao Wake up on Koh Tao & get ready for a slice of paradise. Koh Tao is known for its submerged scenery, so it's a not-to-miss experience when you visit. Snorkelling is a fantastic way to explore the island's underwater world. Fins, snorkels & masks can be rented from lots of places throughout the island for a small cost. Ask your Tour Manager for some advice on the best places to head & get ready for some unbeatable sights, colourful fish & vibrant sea life. Otherwise, take it easy & maybe opt for a swim in the warm waters. If the underwater scene isn't what you're into, then there are loads of other things to experience here. If you'd prefer to keep things on land & venture out on foot, you could explore some of the island's hiking trails. With its hilly landscape there's a lot to explore & great views to check out here. There's also the opportunity to join our optional day cruise if you feel like getting out & about. You'll be taken to some great snorkelling spots around Koh Tao. Day 6: Koh Tao to Koh Pha Ngan With a free morning here, enjoy your last few hours on Koh Tao before it's time to cruise to the island of Koh Pha Ngan. With quiet stretches of beach, coconut trees & soft sand during the day & its Full Moon Parties at night, Koh Pha Ngan is fast becoming a must-visit location in Thailand. Day 7 and 8: Koh Pha Ngan There are beaches all over Koh Pha Ngan to chill out on, each offering different activities for travellers visiting the island. You could make your way to Haad Yao beach, a quiet spot that's great for swimming & snorkelling. You could also treat yourself to a bit of pampering if you wish - there are lots of places to have a Thai massage while listening to the waves lap against the shore. With close access to excellent dive spots, Koh Pha Ngan is quickly developing a reputation as a great learn-to-dive location too If you have a diving certificate or want to learn how, you could head out on a boat & explore some of the island's key diving spots while you're here. By night, this island is the place to go out Try it local & enjoy the lively night scene. Whether it is a Half Moon Party, a Black Moon Party or Full Moon party - there is always something going on in Koh Pha Ngan. Day 9: Koh Pha Ngan to Koh Samui Today it's time for your Thai Islands adventure to end. After a ferry from Koh Pha Ngan we'll head back to Koh Samui where it's time to swap emails & numbers with your Contiki Team & travel buddies. Choose a free transfer to the airport or opt to end at the Koh Samui hotel where our tour started. View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.

Travel Dates: 8 April - 20 September 2014

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Elephant Full Trek & Horse Ride


HighlightsElephant TrekArrive at Bali Elephant Camp in Carangsari Village, after departing from your hotel at 8am, where you can enjoy a welcome drink at the Trunk ’n Mahout Café. Watch the elephants bathe and get a better understanding of these graceful giants with an informative talk from an elephant keeper (mahout). Afterwards, your elephant trek begins, lasting about one hour.Buanga VillageWhile sitting atop your elephant, you'll pass through plantations of durian, jackfruit and coconut on your way to Buanga Village. Keep your eyes peeled for farmers tending to livestock as you ride past the local village's temple. Stepping down from the elephant, you're invited into the home of a farmer for fresh coconut juice sourced locally. On the way back, your guides take you past rice paddies.Saba BeachAfter an hour-long lunch it’s on to Saba. At Saba Bay Stables you’ll receive a safety briefing before mounting your horse and riding along the black volcanic sands of Saba Beach. Pass by Pura Segara Willis temple and enjoy views of Nusa Penida Island and even Gunung Agung Volcano if it’s a clear day.Fruit PlantationsContinue through bamboo and pineapple plantations and observe many species of birds. Towards the end of the ride a stable worker will usually climb a coconut tree and serve you a drink of fresh coconut. The horse ride takes around three hours. An air-conditioned transfer bus takes you back to your hotel for a 5:30-6pm return. 

Travel Dates: 23 April 2015 - 31 December 2016

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The reason for travel can come from a variety of sources, but seeking out a new and wonderful culture still remains one of the most prominent. Australia is a young country, yet it still possesses rich and diverse traditions that date back to before it was discovered by Captain Cook. You needn’t jump across oceans to get a culture fix, with multi-day cultural tours into the great and wild Australian Outback complete with visits to Aboriginal landmarks and the magnificent Uluru (Ayers Rock). Don’t forget the prosperous Australian wine tradition with a tour through Tasmania’s wine country, one of the nation’s major wine producers.

Despite how small it may seem at times, the world remains a vast place with unique cultures scattered all around. It’s hard to know exactly what kind of different cultures are out there. Fortunately, Flight Centre has numerous cultural tours that can provide the information and help you need to take that overseas adventure and embrace other countries head-on. From shouting ‘Prost’ and drinking steins of German beer at Oktoberfest, to discovering the outrageous Hollywood sights and people in Los Angeles, you’re guaranteed to uncover new and exciting experiences every day that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.

Why not include a cocktail of customs during your cultural tour by visiting the renowned island of Thailand and staying in a mixture of westernised and East-Asian accommodation. There’s something for everyone with Flight Centre’s tours, whether you enjoy sparkling beaches, epic mountain treks, the bright lights of a big city or the antique sites of historic civilizations. No matter the destination, you’re guaranteed to return home with a new sense of the world and people around you. If you’re seeking a completely unique and rewarding experience, check out the popular cultural tours below or contact your Flight Centre consultant.

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