Koh Samui & Bangkok
Travel 14 Jan 2019 - 30 Nov 2019
Book by 31 Jan 2019
Saving £260 per person
- 7 nts X2 Koh Samui Resort - all spa inclusive, Koh Samui - All inclusive
- 3 nts Lancaster, Bangkok - Breakfast
- Flights to Koh Samui and onwards to Bangkok via Singapore with Singapore Airlines from Heathrow, accommodation throughout, return private transfers and prepayable taxes.
- This holiday is ATOL protected 2713
This stylish beachfront resort, sits amid ﬁve acres of lush gardens and blends wonderfully within the natural surroundings.
The newly opened Lancaster Bangkok offers an authentic Thai colonial experience.
Flights to Koh Samui and onwards to Bangkok via Singapore with Singapore Airlines from Heathrow, accommodation throughout, return private transfers and prepayable taxes.
Regional Departures: Regional supplements are available from Manchester from £0, Belfast from £165, Newcastle from £165, Edinburgh from £165, Glasgow from £165. Other regional airports may be available, please ask for details.
Lying some 50 miles off the eastern coast of mainland Thailand, the idyllic island of Koh Samui starts to spin its magic around you from the minute you arrive. The glorious soft sand beaches, relaxed ambience and selection of hotels has increased the island's popularity in recent years, however it has also retained much of its sleepy charm and natural beauty.
Featuring a variety of beaches the island has a broad appeal, whether you want to be in the heart of the action or away from it all. Chaweng Beach, on the east coast, is Koh Samui's lively hub with numerous hotels and restaurants fringing the beautiful beach along with lively nightlife and good value shopping. To the south of Chaweng is the slightly smaller resort of Lamai, which is less bustling but still has plenty of accommodation, dining and shopping options.
On the north coast, the smaller resorts of Mae Nam and Bo Phut provide a more peaceful option, yet are still within 15 minutes drive of Chaweng. At the centre of Bo Phut is charming Fisherman's Village, which is perhaps one of the oldest places on the island, with a number of ancient Chinese shophouses dating back to the 19th century.
While the sparkling turquoise ocean and soft white sands may be hard to resist, there are many more attractions to be found across the island, including the 39 foot high Big Buddha shrine which is the island's most well-known landmark; the two Na Muang Waterfalls, which are incredibly picturesque and have pools at their base to swim in; while hidden away in the hills of Koh Samui's interior is the Secret Buddha Garden. For a rewarding day out, head to the Ang Thong National Marine Park, a pristine archipelago of 42 islands in the Gulf of Thailand with towering limestone mountains, uninhabited beaches, waterfalls and fertile mangroves to explore, along with excellent snorkelling and diving.
Shopping options also abound in Chaweng, Lamai and Nathon, from street markets to boutiques and malls; there are plenty of opportunities for you to hunt for bargains. When it comes to food the island has a huge array of restaurants, cafes, bakeries and local places to eat, so you can be certain that you'll never go hungry! From international favourites to local specialities; from air-conditioned chic restaurants to barefoot beach dining, Samui has all this and more.
Experience a few days in Bangkok to explore this vibrant, sometimes chaotic, metropolis. Wherever you look in this diverse city, you'll see the old and cultured mingling with the bright and the new. Whether it's the stunning opulence of the palaces, the chaos of the streetlife or the extremes of the nightlife, Bangkok offers an experience not to be missed at amazing value for money.
Bangkok is most people's first introduction to this fascinating country and there is really nowhere else quite like it. Love it or hate it, you really must see it! There are fabulous hotels, which offer real value for money. Whether you choose one located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River or one located in the Sukhumvit/city, you will never be far from the shops and culture.
Bangkok's chaotic streets are notoriously crowded with traffic so travelling by road can be painfully slow, but taxis are plentiful and cheap while a journey by tuk tuk is a hair-raising experience not to forget. Alternatively, the clean, cheap and very efficient skytrain (BTS) and underground (MRT) rail systems connect the main shopping, entertainment and business areas of the city making it easy to navigate your way around.
The city's most famous landmark is the spectacularly elaborate Grand Palace complex, which was the former residence of the Thai royal family but is now used for ceremonial purposes. Incredibly well preserved the complex is home to several impressive buildings including the highly revered Wat Phra Kaew (the Temple of the Emerald Buddha). Other notable temples within the city include the exquisitely decorated Wat Arun (the Temple of Dawn) and Wat Pho which houses the 150 foot long Reclining Buddha.
The Chao Phraya River, with its backdrop of temples and hotels, is a constant hive of activity with longtailed speedboats and water taxis whizzing to different points along the river, or heavily laden barges chugging sedately upstream. Join a tour of the river and explore the ramshackle world of criss-crossing canals (klongs) which are lined with precariously perched wooden houses.
Boasting over 50,000 places to eat Bangkok has just about everything on the menu, so whether you choose to sample appetising delights from roadside food sellers or dine out in style you're sure to find something to tantalise your taste buds. Another notable feature of the city is the nightlife, which in recent years has evolved to offer everything from sophisticated rooftop cocktail bars and jazz lounges to chic clubs, microbreweries and so much more.