Backpacking Thailand: Explore the Duality of Bangkok and the Idyllic Islands of Ko Pha Ngan and Ko Samui

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✨ Join me on a journey that starts in Bangkok, takes you to Kanchanaburi for a heartwarming visit to an ethical elephant sanctuary, and finally, to the paradisiacal southern islands. πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ Hello, I'm Marianna, a 25-year-old Italian girl. To me, the concept of "traveling alone" does not exist; there is only "leaving alone." After all, meeting new people and experiencing the beauty of different places are both integral parts of any journey. πŸ›Ί Last summer, I set off on a 40-day journey through the stunning lands of Thailand and Vietnam. As I journeyed through these enchanting destinations, I met incredible people from all around the world, tried new and exciting cuisines, and explored some of the most breathtaking landscapes on the planet. πŸŒ… And guess what? I'm going back this year! I can't wait to share with you all the sights and experiences that left a permanent mark on my heart. πŸ’œ Trust me, you won't want to miss out on this unforgettable journey! βœ…What's included: 1. Accommodation --> Shared double rooms furnished with cozy single beds. 🏠 πŸ–οΈAll of our hotels have an amazing pool, and on the islands, they're just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the beautiful beach!🏝️ If you prefer a more private experience, please don't hesitate to inform me, and I can make alternative arrangements for a slightly higher price, contingent on the availability of private rooms at your preferred hotels. The private room option is not available for Ko Phangan because everything is already booked for the Full Moon Festival 🌝 2. Transportation for and from Kanchanaburi 🚌 3. Ferry from Surat Thani to Ko Phangan πŸ›³οΈ 4. An unforgettable one-day guided experience at an ethical Elephant Sanctuary!🐘 This hands-off adventure allows you to observe these majestic creatures in their natural habitat while learning about their daily routines and even helping to prepare their food. 5. One day trip to the Maeklong Railway Market and the Floating Market πŸš‡πŸ›Ά 6. Transportation for and from Ayutthaya 🚌 7. Breakfast when included in accomodation (Bangkok, for example) πŸ₯ž 8. Ferry from Ko Phangan to Ko Samui πŸš£πŸΏβ€β™‚οΈ ❌ What's not included: 1. Plane tickets, including the one from Bangkok to Surat Thani ✈️ Why? Because to book a flight I need your personal data. But don't worry, we'll book it together! πŸ˜‰ 2. Extra spending money for souvenirs and personal expenses πŸ₯Έ 3. Delicious meals and snacks to fuel your adventures 🌢️ 4. Transportation inside the cities (but it’s very cheap) πŸ›Ί 5. Everything else outside the amazing offerings under the "what's included" category! πŸ€“ So come on, let's make unforgettable memories without any stress or surprises. πŸ†˜ Here's what I can help you with before and during your amazing adventure: 1. Hassle-free transport from the airport to Bangkok - thanks to my trustworthy taxi driver friend! I'll give you his number so you can sit back and enjoy the ride, stress-free.πŸš• 2. Staying connected with a local SIM card - so you can share your incredible experiences and stay in touch with loved ones back home.πŸ“± 3. Tips and suggestions on how to travel like a pro in Thailand, including must-see destinations and hidden gems in the enchanting northern region of the country. If you want to spend more time in this beautiful country, I'm here to help you! ❣️ 🌸 Who do I want to travel with? I strive to surround myself with like-minded individuals who share my belief in inclusivity and equality. Every individual should be treated with the utmost respect, regardless of their skin color, weight, gender identity, or sexual orientation. Feel free to contact me for further information. πŸ’Œ And prepare to be swept away by Thailand's irresistible charm, for one visit is all it takes to be enchanted for a lifetime!πŸͺ·
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Day 1-3
While Bangkok may be renowned for its notorious traffic and sweltering heat, this vibrant city has so much more to offer. A fascinating dichotomy lies at the heart of the metropolis: the spiritual and serene temples on one hand, and the dynamic and modern city life on the other. Marvel at the majestic Big Buddha statues, explore the intricacies of temples, wander through bustling markets, and discover the unique charms of Chinatown. This itinerary is the perfect way to delve deeper into Thailand's rich heritage.

Rom Hup Market

Day 3
Embark on an exhilarating one-day adventure to two of Thailand's most iconic markets! Travel in comfort by taxi to the world-renowned Maeklong Railway Market, where vendors sell their wares mere inches from passing trains. Then, marvel at the colorful sights and sounds of the floating market, where boats loaded with fresh produce and handicrafts bob in the water. This itinerary is the perfect way to experience the unique flavors and energy of Thailand's markets in one unforgettable day.


Day 3-4
Experience the dynamic side of Bangkok on a thrilling journey through the city's modern district! Marvel at the soaring skyscrapers and sweeping panoramic views that define the city's iconic skyline. Stroll through lush parks and gardens that provide an oasis of calm amidst the bustling cityscape. This itinerary is the perfect way to explore the sleek and stylish side of Bangkok.

Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya

Day 4-5
Discover the ancient capital of Siam in Ayutthaya, just 80 km north of Bangkok. Explore some of the 400 temples and ruins, including the iconic Wat Chaiwatthanaram and Wat Phra Mahathat. Get lost in narrow alleyways, cycle, or ride a tuk-tuk while admiring the picturesque canals and bustling markets. Don't forget to try local specialties like boat noodles and khao soi for a truly authentic experience. Uncover the history and culture of Thailand in Ayutthaya - a must-do for any traveler.


Day 5-6
Escape to the natural wonders of Kanchanaburi, Thailand. This breathtaking destination boasts pristine waterfalls, lush jungles, and the famous River Kwai. Take a ride on the Death Railway, visit the Hellfire Pass Memorial, or explore the ancient temples and ruins. Outdoor enthusiasts can trek through the national parks or go on a bamboo rafting adventure. Indulge in delicious local cuisine, including the must-try Kanchanaburi-style grilled chicken. Immerse yourself in history and nature in Kanchanaburi - a true gem in Thailand. We'll stay 2 nights with a one-day trip to the Somboon Legacy Foundation.

Somboon Legacy Foundation

Day 6-7
Get up close and personal with majestic elephants in an ethical and hands-off sanctuary. At Somboon Legacy Foundation, you'll learn about the importance of ethical tourism, the Karen tribe, and these gentle giants. Unlike other tourist traps, these elephants aren't forced to follow a strict schedule or stay too close to visitors. Located in a stunning resort on the River Kwai, you'll be treated to a picturesque view during your guided visit. But the best part? A delicious lunch that will leave you speechless, both from the food and the breathtaking scenery. Don't settle for an unethical elephant experience - join Somboon Legacy Foundation for a truly unforgettable and ethical encounter.


Day 7-8
Take a breather! This is your pit-stop before jetting off to Surat Thani. Need help booking your flight? No worries, I've got you covered. ❌Just keep in mind that flights aren't included in this trip. ❌

Surat Thani

Day 8
Make a quick stop in Surat Thani, Thailand's hidden gem. Known for its vibrant night markets, delicious local cuisine, and stunning temples, this city is the perfect place to take a break and soak up some Thai culture. Don't miss out on the chance to explore the city's beautiful waterfalls and natural wonders. Plus, with easy access to the nearby islands of Koh Samui and Koh Phangan, Surat Thani is the perfect starting point for your island-hopping adventure.

Koh Samui

Day 8-11
Just a short boat ride away, this tropical island will leave you mesmerized with its pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant culture. Soak up the sun on the powdery sands, explore hidden coves and waterfalls, indulge in delicious cuisine, and immerse yourself in the laid-back island lifestyle. Whether you're looking for adventure or relaxation, Koh Samui is the perfect destination for a quick escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Ko Pha Ngan

Day 11-13
Koh Phangan isn't just about the party scene. With crystal-clear waters, white sand beaches, and lush rainforests, this island has something for everyone. Take a dip in the ocean, go snorkeling, or hike to one of the island's many stunning viewpoints. And when the sun sets, the party heats up. 🌝Experience the legendary full moon party, where thousands of people come together to dance, drink, and celebrate under the stars. With live music, neon lights, and plenty of drinks, this is a party you won't forget.🌝 And if you want to explore even more of the stunning Gulf of Thailand, Koh Phangan is the perfect starting point for short trips to other nearby islands. Hop on a boat and discover the beauty of Koh Tao's world-renowned diving spots or the stunning beaches of Koh Samui.

Ko Pha Ngan

Day 13
As our adventure comes to an end, it's time to bid adieu with a heavy heart. You can either head back to Bangkok or continue your wanderlust in the beautiful south. Though farewells are hard, the memories and bonds we've created on this trip will stay with us forever. P.s. I'd be happy to assist you with booking ferries, buses and anything else you might need for your travels. Just let me know what you need and I'll help you 😊
Trip Summary
Hotel & Hostel
13 days trip
Bangkok, Rom Hup Market & 9 more
Car, Other, Boat, Trekking
Questions and Answers

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Hi Marianna, Is the transportation within Thailand included? Thanks, Vero

Hello! Transportation is included from and to every different city beside the route from Bangkok to Surat Thani (just because I suggest taking a flight and I can’t book them for other people in advan... Read More

Hi I'm Alessia, 22 years old, also from Italy but I would flight from Germany. I'm interested to thi... Read More

Hi Alessia πŸ₯° Yes, the flights are not included. One of the reasons is exactly what you wrote! We all come from different places so it’s the best for everyone to book theid flights. But I can help you... Read More

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