Island Hopping in the Gulf of Thailand

Enjoy Thailand’s tropical paradise with an island-hopping beach break. From Ko Samui's glorious sandy beaches, chic restaurants and lively night scene, to the laid-back islands of Ko Tao and Koh Panghan. Snorkel from the beach, swim in the crystal clear turquoise waters, visit Marine National Parks, these islands are a diver’s paradise!

Best time for this holiday: January- September

Island Hopping in the Gulf of Thailand at a glance
  • Day 1: Arrival into Koh Samui
  • Day 2: Angthong Marine Park
  • Day 3 and 4: Relax in Koh Samui
  • Day 5: Speedboat to Koh Tao
  • Day 9: Speedboat to Koh Phangan
  • Day 13: Departure
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Day 1: Arrival into Koh Samui

On arrival in Koh Samui, our driver will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. Stay 4 nights.

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Day 2: Full Day Angthong Marine Park by big boat

Angthong is the second National Park created in Thailand and it consists of around 40 curiously shaped islands. You will depart from Nathon Pier and head north by boat to an archipelago consisting of 42 islands, each with its own individual character. While here, you can explore natural caves, blue lagoons and stunning rock formations. This is followed by a trip to Mae Koh Island where the inner salt lake is located. Lunch will be served on the boat. Head to Wau Ta Lab Island and the National Park headquarters for sunbathing, swimming, snorkelling or just simply relaxing on the white sandy beach while taking in the breathtaking views around you. Return to Ko Samui for overnight.

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Day 3 -4: Koh Samui at leisure:

Free at leisure. Go on a mountain safari, visit an elephant camp, explore tropical jungles and swim in refreshing waterfalls. 

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Day 5: Koh Samui to Koh Tao

Transfer to the jetty and take the catamaran to Koh Tao. Stay 4 nights

Distance and journey times:

Koh Samui to Koh Tao  – ferry takes 2.30 hrs.

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Day 6 - 8: Koh Tao

Relax and explore Muang Bay on Koh Tao, a shallow dive site with lots of colourful fish where you can enjoy some snorkelling. Take time to visit the picture postcard island of Koh Nang Yuan three tiny islands connected by two strips of the whitest sand possible, allowing an easy passage from one to another. It is also possible to climb one of the hills to enjoy a panoramic view of the surroundings of this picturesque island.

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Day 9: Koh Tao to Koh Phangan

Take the ferry to Koh Phangan. Arrive at Thongsala pier and transfer overland to your resort. Stay 4 nights. Relax at the white sand beaches, Explore the island, or laze by the pool.

Distance and journey times:

Mae Had Pier Koh Tao to Thongsala Pier – ferry takes 1.30 hrs.

Day 13: Koh Phangan to Koh Samui and departure

Transfer back to Koh Samui by speedboat and continue by vehicle to the airport for departure or your onward destination.

Distance and journey times:

Koh Phangan Thongsala Pier to Koh Samui – ferry takes 45 mins.

Highlights

Koh Phangan

Located in the Gulf of Thailand, off the Isthmus of Kra, Koh Phangan is a short cruise from the better known Koh Samui

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Koh Samui

Koh Samui, lying off the Isthmus of Kra in the Gulf of Thailand is the country’s third largest island, and the largest in an archipelago of more than 80 forming the Ang Thong National Marine Park

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Koh Tao

The tiny island of Koh Tao, or ‘Turtle Island’, lies off the Isthmus of Kra in the Gulf of Thailand, a short cruise (45 km) from the larger island of Kho Phangan

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Accommodation

Koh Phangan, Deluxe Hotel
Santhiya Resort & Spa

Only 30 minutes by speedboat from Koh Samui, Santhiya Koh Phangan is a traditional Thai style luxury resort boasting absolute ocean frontage with peaceful stretches of beach interrupted only by the gentle lapping of waves on the shore.

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Koh Samui, Deluxe Hotel
Sala Samui Resort & Spa

Located on the pristine white sand beach of Choeng Mon, the property, designed in traditional Thai style, blends beautifully into its idyllic surroundings.

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Koh Samui, Deluxe Hotel
Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort

Located on the idyllic white sand beach of Bophut, the Anantara offers 21st Century levels of comfort and facilities, within a traditional southern Thai architectural environment.

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Koh Tao, Deluxe Class,
Jamahkiri Resort & Spa, Koh Tao

Located on the palm fringed, white sand beach of Thian Og Bay, the resort features stunning, panoramic views across the Gulf of Thailand.

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