Thai Island Hopper East, 9 DaysThailand
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.
DepartingValid for select departures 8 April - 20 September
Classic Walking TourSwitzerland
Enjoy a relaxed city walk across Lucerne with your English speaking guide, the ideal introduction to this cultural city. On this scenic two-hour walk you will be given a taste of some of Lucerne's many attractions, including the historic Spreuer Bridge, the KKL Luzern by Jean Nouvel, the Chapel Bridge and its octagonal Water Tower. Wandering through the picturesque Old Town squares, past beautifully adorned facades, your knowledgeable guide will share fascinating, funny and occasionally unbelievable stories from Lucerne's rich history.
Departing1 March - 31 March 2015 (Wednesdays & Saturdays on
City and Temples TourBangkok
This tour includes three of the most unusual Buddhist temples in Bangkok: "Wat Trimit" with it's Golden Buddha (which weighs 5.5 tons of solid gold); "Wat Po", the most extensive temple in Bangkok with a colossal reclining Buddha and finally the "Chedhi of the Kings" Wat Benjamaborpit, or the White Marble Temple-one of the finest examples of traditional Thai architecture to be seen toDay. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.
Departing15 April - 20 December 2015.
Suburbs and Batu Cave TourKuala Lumpur
A trip to the outskirts along the Ambassador Row, Istana Sharif Ali and Malay Villages. Stop at the Royal Selangor Pewter and Batik Factory. Last stop will be at the limestone hills of Batu Caves, the shrine of Lord Murugah, a Hindu-deity, a flight of 272 steps lead up to the temple cave. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.
Departing1 April 2015 - 31 March 2016.
Floating Market TourBangkok
Drive 110km west of Bangkok and take a boat ride through the canals to visit the floating market at Damnern Saduak. Also visit the 'Phra Pathom Chedi' which is the largest pagoda in Southeast Asia. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.
Departing15 April - 20 December 2015.
Waterbom Park 1 Day PassBali
Its the fun place for the whole family. This entertainment capital of the region has a kilometre of the best water slides sprawling over 3.5ha of lush tropical gardens. All water attractions feature the most creative world class configurations and meet only strictest safety standards. Waterbom Park & Spa is located in the vibrant tourist centre of Kuta it's one exciting city within another. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.
Departing1 April 2015 - 31 March 2016
Morning at Singapore ZooSingapore
Leave the city behind as we head north to Mandai and visit one of the world's top and most beautiful ZOO* is spread over 28 hectares and is a haven to over 3,500 mammals, birds and reptiles including some rare and endangered species. Natural barriers like streams, rock walls and beautiful landscaping are used to from visitors thus creating an 'open zoo' effect. Come and experience a close brush with nature from the comfort of your tram and on foot. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.
Departing1 April - 31 December 2015.
Jimbaran Sunset Fish DinnerBali
Everyone who visits Bali MUST have dinner at least once at Jimbaran Bay, where a sumptuous Balinese style BBQ of juicy seafood waits. Enjoy the music and sweet voices of the wandering Batak singers (optional) and listen as the wave's crash against the white sand. This is truly Bali View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.
Departing1 April 2015 - 31 March 2016.
Evening Colours of Kuala Lumpur Tour with Dinner & Cultural ShowKuala Lumpur
This evening tour takes you to the open air bazaar of Chinatown, a Hindu temple and a sumptuous Malay cuisine accompanied with a cultural show. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.
Departing1 April - 27 June, 28 July - 31 December 2015.
Get more than a taste of the world’s unique cultures
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.