This will be our 3rd trip to Thailand but our first time to the island of Koh Samui. Thailand is exotic, beautiful, and thrillingly different. This time around we're going for a more relaxing trip with just two stops - 3-nights in Bangkok(2 at the beginning and 1 at the end) and 6-nights in Koh Samui.
Bangkok certainly lives up to its reputation as a travel hot spot in Southeast Asia. The "City of Angels" has funky markets, upscale malls, a riverside full of surprises, a vibrant nightlife scene, and attractions that reflect its unique heritage. There's a modern skytrain and underground systems that cover a large area and you can explore the riverside area by a long-tail speedboat or river taxi. Vibrant, cosmopolitan and intriguing, Bangkok is simply sensational. As the cultural and commercial centre, Thailand's fascinating capital presents an everlasting curious palette of activities, events, parties and other happenings. From spectacular stage productions to colorful temple fairs, sumptuous food festivals and bizarre art installations, something peculiar goes on every day.
We arrive late in the evening on November 22nd with our direct, non-stop flight from LAX.
The next day we will plan a full day tour to include the Grand Palace and a Klong tour of the canals. For a real sense of how people in Bangkok used to live, in stilted shacks, old wooden townhouses and dilapidated lean-tos – and still do – see them at the Bangkok Thonburi Khlongs. Bangkok's charming riverside is brimming with stories to tell. On this tour, a long-tailed speedboat whisks you down the Chao Phraya River and canals (khlongs) of Thonburi – the original site where Bangkok was founded. Immerse yourself in the picturesque riverside scenery, as you drift past stilted wooden homes, 'floating kitchens', mobile shops, colonial mansions and all kinds of colorful culture along the riverfront, before stopping at the enchanting Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun).
During our canal tour we will visit Wat Arun, situated on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. It is believed that after fighting his way out of Ayutthaya, which was besieged by a Burmese army at the time, King Taksin arrived at this temple just as dawn was breaking. He later had the temple renovated and renamed it Wat Chaeng, the Temple of the Dawn
The beauty of the architecture and the fine craftsmanship declare its status as a temple of the first grade and one of the most outstanding temples in Thailand. The spire (prang) of Wat Arun is one of Bangkok's world-famous landmarks. It has an imposing spire over 70 metres high, beautifully decorated with tiny pieces of colored glass and Chinese porcelain placed delicately into intricate patterns.
If there is one must-see sight that no visit to Bangkok would be complete without, it's the dazzling, spectacular Grand Palace, undoubtedly the city's most famous landmark. Built in 1782 - and for 150 years the home of the Thai King, the Royal court and the administrative seat of government - the Grand Palace of Bangkok is a grand old dame indeed, that continues to have visitors in awe with its beautiful architecture and intricate detail, all of which is a proud salute to the creativity and craftsmanship of Thai people. Within its walls were also the Thai war ministry, state departments, and even the mint. Today, the complex remains the spiritual heart of the Thai Kingdom. Within the palace complex are several impressive buildings including Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), which contains the small, very famous and greatly revered Emerald Buddha that dates back to the 14th century.
The nights in Bangkok are so famous you might remember the song, "one night in Bangkok". Bangkok nightlife is legendary and for good reason. The city is buzzing seven nights a week, with world famous mega-clubs and underground haunts attracting revelers from every corner of the planet. You can find every niche musical movement in Bangkok – from classic hip hop, to funky vocal house and even drum ’n’ bass – and it’s this sheer choice, along with fun-loving crowds and the classic easygoing Thai charm that makes Bangkok the premier clubbing destination in Asia, and one of the most boisterous party cities in the world. The entire city takes on a vibrant flavor with an abundance of options from a nice dinner cruise to a visit to the red-light district or a high tech club, Bangkok certainly has it going on. Click here to read more.
Our hotel, the 4-1/2 star Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn was chosen for it's high ranking on Tripadvisor (9 out of 721 hotels in Bangkok!) and the tram system stops right at the hotel, not to mention the beautiful rooms and infinity pool at the top of the roof! The first 20 sign ups will enjoy upgraded rooms to the Executive floor with not just amazing views but some incredible benefits including free open bar for 2 hours every night complete with hors dourves! Read more below. All others will still enjoy Superior rooms.
After our 2 nights in Bangkok we will depart for the beautiful island of Koh Samui for the tropical side of this vacation, adventure tours and water sports. This will be a new destination for us and after much research we selected an awesome luxury hotel called Rocky's Resort in Lamai Beach.
The island is green and lush and filled with tropical waterfalls, forest, coconut trees, Buddhist temples, and small shops. It is located directly south of Bangkok in the Gulf of Thailand and is about a 50 minute flight from Bangkok.
This is a boutique hotel located a short distance away from the town of Lamai that was ranked #1 on Tripadisor out of 39 hotels in the area. Our resort is situated directly on the beach in a secluded cove approximately 1.5 km from Lamai Beach, the second largest beach on Koh Samui, Thailand. The location is private and romantic, with no resorts directly on either side of us, which gives the resort a feeling of privacy and isolation. However, it is only a short ride to the center of Lamai for shopping, restaurants and nightlife with free shuttles running 3 times a day. Again, early signups will enjoy upgraded Garden Pool view rooms and there are opportunities to pay a bit more for Jr. Suites that we also have in our room block. This is going to be nice to just be in one place for the next 6-nights. Read more about our hotel below.
Koh Samui is the third largest island in Thailand and is well known for coconut trees and sunny beaches. Small and unique, the island is a stunning place for a luxury holiday. The island is green and lush and filled with tropical waterfalls, forest, coconut trees, Buddhist temples, and small shops. It is located directly south of Bangkok in the Gulf of Thailand and is about a 50 minute flight from Bangkok. The optional tours here offer just about everything you could ask for. There's excellent snorkeling and scuba diving just a short boat ride away, ATV tours, elephant riding, zip-line canopy tours, temples, waterfalls, a place called the Magic Garden and golf.
We'll take an optional tour by speedboat to the magical island chain of Angthong Marine Park. It's a full day trip to three different islands - Wao Island, Tai Phow Island and Mae Kho Island. We'll enjoy the pristine beaches, kayaking, secluded lagoons and breathtaking viewpoints and it's only one hour from Samui.
Another fun optional boat tour we'll set up is to Koh Nang, just 90 minutes away. The sandbar beaches, formed by the ocean's currents interacting with the three peaks of the island, are unique to the world. Their beauty will take your breath away. We'll enjoy snorkeling in clear water and a chance to encounter the most beautiful ocean life. Continue to Koh Tao (translates as Turtle Island, so named because of its shape) where we stop for lunch at Bingo Restaurant. After a wholesome meal you can either snorkel, sunbath or just relax under the coconut trees.
Then there's the Full Day Eco Safari tour that sounds really good where we'll do some elephant trekking and experience enchanting views of Koh Samui's beautiful jungle and coconut plantations and watch an elephant show. Then we'll hop on some jeeps to explore the tropical jungle and highland of rural Thailand with an experienced driver. We'll take a jungle walk along a dense jungle path, which leads to Namuang Waterfall (80 meters high) with beautiful tropical surroundings and a swim in one of the natural pools. We'll visit the Buddha Magic Garden with it's extraordinary stone sculpture garden and then finally we'll take a long tail boat to the beautiful island of 'Koh Tan' where you can explore hundreds of untouched coral reefs and marine creatures.
On Koh Samui and Koh Tao you will also find some of the best diving sites in the Southeast Asia region. You can also go on a daily dive trip to Angthong National Marine Park and popular Sail Rock. Whale sharks can be spotted here. The water is rich in colorful corals and has an impressive fish life. Click here to check out some of the more popular dive sites. There are pinnacles, tunnels, swim throughs, and an abundance of sea life and healthy coral. You can count on us to set up plenty of dive trips with the best operator. As we get closer to the trip we will have more information on all of our tours.
On Saturday, November 30th we head back to Bangkok where the trip all began for one more night before we fly back to LAX.
Cost, for the international air, domestic air and 9-nights accommodations with daily breakfast at these two 4-star hotels is just $2,450. Don't miss what we certainly be another wonderful trip to paradise.
- International and domestic air (Deduct $1,073 with your own air.
- Daily Breakfast
- Price is for double occupancy
DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- US and Thailand departure tax of $537 (subject to change until ticketing)
- Tips and gratuities
THIS TRIP IS BEING RUN BY ED REDER FROM SINGLES IN PARADISE WITH OVER 25 YEARS EXPERIENCE RUNNING SINGLES VACATIONS
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Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn, Bangkok
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This deluxe property is centrally located in the Sathorn business district, just minutes from the world famous Chao Praya River and a short drive via the nearby expressway to Suvarnabhumi International Airport. It is unique in being the only hotel in Bangkok with its own direct access to the BTS Sky Train system at Surasak Station literally bringing the city to your doorstep.
All 390 luxuriously appointed rooms and suites are decorated in soft, subtle tones and feature the latest amenities for the comfort of both leisure and business travelers while enjoying stunning views of the majestic Chao Praya River or Bangkok’s imposing skyline.
- Daily International buffet breakfast
- Wireless internet access in room and public area
- Complimentary bottled drinking water (2 per day)
- Complimentary coffee and tea set in room
- Pool and gym facility access
Click here for info on the executive room benefits which the first 20 signups will get
Rocky's Resort, Koh Samui
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Rocky's Boutique Resort features 47 rooms and 3 private pool villas. Our luxurious Samui accommodation types are unique and individually designed with all the modern comforts. Our accommodation will help you feel at home on your holiday. Our rooms are warm, spacious, and comfortable. Each room is designed individually, with hand-chosen artwork and decorations.
UPGRADES: Ocean view Jr. Suites are available for an additional cost of $150 pp for the 6 nights ($300 for single).
Oceanfront Jr. Suites (2 on hold) are available for an additional cost of $300 pp for the 6 nights ($600 for single).
NOTE: Rooms have one large bed and a day bed. Roommates will be asked to switch out after 3 days or to work something out financially between each other.
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