With their white sand beaches, rustic seafront houses, and delicious food, Thailand's islands are the perfect place to get away and relax. Whether you want to enjoy drinks on water, go snorkeling, or spend the whole day on the beach, this 10-day itinerary has something for you. Explore rural island life by bike, make friends with elephants, and soak in the tranquility of the island lifestyle.

Highlights

  • Explore the island of Koh Phangan by bicycle
  • Go snorkeling and kayaking in Angthong Marine Park
  • Enjoy a day visit with Elephant Camp’s gentle giants
  • Spend a few days soaking in the sun on the white sand beaches

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Chumphon Arrival  Chumphon
Day 2 Chumphon - Transfer to Koh Tao by Public Catamaran Koh Tao
Day 3 Koh Tao - Free day Koh Tao
Day 4 Koh Tao - Koh Phangan by Public Catamaran Koh Phangan
Day 5 Half Day Cycling in Phangan Koh Phangan
Day 6 Koh Phangan - Koh Samui by Shared Speedboat Koh Samui
Day 7 Koh Samui - Morning Elephant Sanctuary  Koh Samui
Day 8 Koh Samui - Kayaking & Snorkeling at Angthong Marine Park by VIP Boat Koh Samui
Day 9 Koh Samui - Free Day  Koh Samui
Day 10 Koh Samui - Departure  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Chumphon Arrival

Beach in Chumphon
Beach in Chumphon

Welcome to Thailand! Arrive at Chumphon Airport, then meet your driver and head to your hotel. The evening is free, with dinner at the hotel. 

Day 2: Chumphon - Transfer to Koh Tao by Public Catamaran

Koh Tao
Koh Tao

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, then spend the morning relaxing. At noon, check out then travel to the pier to take the public catamaran to Koh Tao. The catamaran departs Chumphon at 1:00 PM and arrives at Koh Tao around 2:45 PM.

You'll be picked up at the pier in Koh Tao by the hotel representative for a quick transfer to the hotel, then check in and enjoy a free afternoon. Lunch on your own, dinner at the hotel. 

Day 3: Koh Tao - Free Day

Koh Tao view point
Koh Tao viewpoint

Today is a free day to enjoy the beach and hotel facilities. Go for a hike for stunning views of the islands, go swimming or snorkeling in the tropical water, or simply relax on the beach with a good book and a cool drink. Lunch and dinner on your own. 

Day 4: Koh Tao - Koh Phangan by Public Catamaran

Koh Phangan
Koh Phangan

Enjoy a relaxed breakfast, then head to the pier at noon to catch a 9:30 AM public catamaran for your trip to Koh Phangan. Arrive in Koh Phangan at 10:45 AM, then meet your hotel representative and transfer to the hotel. Spend the afternoon exploring on your own, then return to the hotel for dinner. 

Day 5: Half Day Cycling in Phangan

Cycling in Koh Phangan
Cycling in Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan's white sands, plentiful sunshine, and clear emerald waters make the island popular with visitors. However, head off the beaten track today and you'll discover a different and less crowded side of the island. Start the morning by selecting the best bike for you, then head out for a bike tour of the jungle island. You'll bike through rural areas and small villages, eventually making your way to the mountaintop viewpoint.

This tour is perfect for travelers who want to see a more authentic side of Thai culture. Stop by family-owned businesses, bike down quiet countryside roads, and explore tourist-free areas on this unique tour. Lunch and dinner not included. 

Day 6: Koh Phangan - Koh Samui by Shared Speedboat

Koh Samui
Koh Samui

Enjoy a free morning relaxing on the beach or exploring the area. Later in the day take a shared speedboat to Koh Samui, then transfer to the hotel for an evening of relaxation. Lunch and dinner on your own. 

Day 7: Koh Samui - Morning Elephant Sanctuary 

Elephant Sanctuary
Elephant Sanctuary

Start your morning with an 8:30 AM pickup, then transfer to the elephant sanctuary. You'll begin your tour with a welcoming session to learn about the sanctuary and its mission. After, dive right into preparing food for the elephants, then head out to meet and feed the gentle giants! 

Spend the rest of the morning walking with the elephants in the jungle observing them in their natural habitat as they eat, bathe in the pool, and play in the mud pit. This natural encounter with the elephants allows the animals to interact with people on their own terms, while still roaming naturally and freely. 

A delicious vegetarian Thai buffet is the perfect way to end the busy morning. Rest, relax, and enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the sanctuary. In the afternoon bid your new friends goodbye and transfer back to the hotel. The afternoon is free, so head to the beach for some sunshine. Dinner on your own. 

Day 8: Koh Samui - Kayaking & Snorkeling at Angthong Marine Park by VIP Boat 

Angthong Marine Park
Angthong Marine Park

Today is a full day of adventure in the National Marine Park. Start the day with a 9:00 AM pickup, then take a boat to Koh Wao. Spend the morning swimming and snorkeling in the clear tropical waters and exploring the lush coastline. Stop at a scenic lookout point for panoramic views, then enjoy a traditional Thai Lunch at Koh Pha Luay

In the afternoon cruise on to the 'mini James Bond Island' for an afternoon of swimming, sunbathing, or snorkeling. There's an option to head out for a short guided kayaking tour of the Marine Park before departing back to the hotel. 

Enjoy the scenic cruise back to Koh Samui, then take the mini-bus back to the hotel. Dinner on your own. 

Day 9: Koh Samui - Free Day

Koh Samui
Koh Samui

Today is a free day to enjoy the beach and hotel facilities. Go swimming, soak in the sunshine on the beach, or go for a hike through the tropical jungle. Lunch and dinner on your own. 

Day 10: Koh Samui - Departure

Thai food
Thai food

Enjoy your last morning in Thailand before transferring to the Koh Samui airport for your connecting flight back to Bangkok, where you can connect to your international flight home.

Ha
Written by Ha Thu, updated Apr 9, 2019