Siam in a Flash
You'll be feeling super excited on your first day, with your trip beginning when you touch down at Bangkok Airport. After a warm welcome from our friendly guides, you'll be transferred to Riva Surya Hotel, the base for your first two nights in Thailand.
There's plenty of time to relax after your journey before your first day of exploring the city begins with a half-day temple tour. This is your chance to look beyond the hustle and bustle of the busy streets to discover a more authentic side of the city and experience life as a local, beginning with a ride on the famous Skytrain used by commuters and visitors alike. You'll disembark next to the vast Chao Phraya River which flows through the city, winding past modern skyscrapers and magnificent ancient temples. And you'll enjoy the best possible views of Bangkok's skyline by boat, where you can get a close-up view of the traditional wooden houses that delicately perch on stilts around the water's edge. The boat will drop you off at one of the city's most famous sights - the iconic Wat Pho temple, also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. The site houses one of the largest collections of Buddha images in the country and is also filled with fascinating marble illustrations and inscriptions from its role as a public education institute. But the main attraction is no doubt its gigantic golden Buddha statue, standing 15 meters high and measuring 46 meters in length, which lies inside the building. Adjoining the site of the temple is another of the city's most famous sites, the towering Grand Palace, where its rulers have been officially in residence since 1782. You'll be able to spend the rest of the morning exploring these remarkable sights, delving into the history of Thailand's royalty and the long-held spiritual traditions of its people.
On day 4 of your trip, it's time to leave the bustle of Bangkok behind and head south to the island of Koh Samet. It's just a short journey over the water to the exclusive boutique resort of Ao Prao, located on a tranquil beach surrounded by palm trees. After a busy few days of city sightseeing, this is the perfect place for some rest and relaxation as you stroll along white sandy shores lapped by warm turquoise waters. You'll also be able to enjoy some picturesque scenery as the resort overlooks the Gulf of Thailand, with its traditional wooden piers and tiny islands dotted in the distance.
On days 5 and 6 you're free to explore the resort at your leisure, perhaps taking a dip in the outdoor pool or visiting Ao Prao Pier, which is easily available by shuttle bus from the resort. The beachfront is perfect for a gentle jog at sunrise or in the evening, or you can take part in activities like beach volleyball or football. If you fancy a hike there are lots of scenic trails nearby, or if you'd prefer to cycle there are plenty of cycle paths too. Feeling particularly adventurous? Then why not try some of the optional water sports on offer, from sailing and canoeing to going on a catamaran. There’s also a chance to go snorkeling, where you can dive beneath the surface of the clear blue waters to explore the marine life below. Or you can choose to simply sit back and relax, enjoying the quiet private beaches on this paradise island.
On day 7 you'll take the boat back to the mainland, where you'll be met by a guide for your transfer back to Bangkok airport. Your time in Thailand might have come to an end, but your sunshine break will leave you feeling rejuvenated as you head back to every-day life.