Bangkok & the South - 9 day Thai Island Hopper

Bangkok & The South - 9 Days

Bangkok to Phi Phi Islands

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Bangkok & The South - 9 Days

Bangkok to Phi Phi Islands

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£1 deposit
From £875
Almost Everything Included
Awesome Accommodation (2 per room)
Perfect for Solo Travellers
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Almost Everything Included
Awesome Accommodation (2 per room)
Perfect for Solo Travellers
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Thailand Island Hopper

Get ready to get stuck into a short but incredibly sweet 9 day / 8 night island hopping adventure here in Thailand. Like all our trips, expect the perfect balance of culture, adventure, chill time and nightlife. This Thailand Island Hopper starts in Bangkok and heads south through the jaw-dropping scenes of Khao Sok National Park before landing on Thailand's best beaches. You honestly can’t go island hopping without ticking off these bucket list spots; Krabi, Railay, Phra Nang Beach and of course, the Phi Phi Islands. This Thai island hopper is packed full of epic adventures from start to finish. If you haven't got the time for our South to North - 15-day trip, this 9 day adventure will feed your appetite.

What’s Included

Accommodation? Check! Activities? Yep. Guides? Of course! Meals? We threw in a bunch to keep you going!

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Thailand Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Bangkok

Here we go, it’s that time to head to the airport and get stuck into this island hopping adventure! We’ll be waiting for you at Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) or the less commonly used Don Mueang International Airport (DMK). Rest assured, one of our trusted drivers will be standing with a sign, and your name will be on it. The first day of the trip is about finding your bearings and settling in. It’s a good idea to try and arrive sometime in the middle of the day (not essential) to give you enough time to freshen up before we head out for chilled dinner and drinks at one of our favourite spots.
📍 Location: Bangkok
🙌🏼 Key highlights: Airport pickup, getting settled in, dinner & chilled drinks

Day 2: The best of Bangkok 🛺

You honestly can’t come to Bangkok without getting stuck into the tasty street food flavours. We’ll be visiting local temples, cruising around the streets in Tuk Tuks and relaxing with a cheeky traditional Thai massage. By night we’ll head to the infamous Khao San Road for a night you’ll never forget… be warned… Bangkok has you now 😬
📍 Location: Bangkok
🍽️ Included meals: Breakfast & Lunch
🙌🏼 Key highlights: Walking tour, local temple visit, Wat Pho & Thai massage

Day 3: Food markets, shopping & overnight train

If you decided to have a few drinks, you’ll no doubt be a bit dusty today but don’t worry, we’ve got a chilled river cruise to one of Bangkok's most iconic temples. If you’re lucky enough, we might get a sacred blessing from a Buddhist Monk at Wat Arun. It’s now time to get stuck into some yummy Thai flavours at the Wang Lang Market. Later in the day, we board the overnight train heading south to the Surat Thani province.
📍 Location: Bangkok
🍽️ Included meals: Breakfast
🙌🏼 Key highlights: River cruise, Wat Arun, Wang Lang Market & overnight train

Day 4: Floating Bungalows in Khao Sok National Park

There really aren’t many places in the world that rival the sheer beauty of the Khao Sok National Park. It’s not every day you get the opportunity to sleep deep within the oldest evergreen rainforest in the world on floating bungalows. It’s one of those places that will forever hold a special place in your heart, that’s for sure. Grab yourself a tube and just kick back and relax, today is all about the chilled vibes. But don’t worry if you struggle with that, grab a kayak and go for a paddle… you might come across wild elephants and monkeys roaming free 😍
📍 Location: Khao Sok National Park
🍽️ Included meals: Lunch & Dinner
🙌🏼 Key highlights: Floating bungalows, tubing & kayaks

Day 5: It’s time to head south to the beaches

Who doesn’t love a little bit of sun on those cheeks and some relaxing beach time!? Well, here you have it… Krabi is home to some of Thailand's most famous beaches. Before we get stuck into the crystal clear waters, it’s time to get those runners on and head to the summit of the Tiger Cave viewpoint, it’s a tough set of steps but worth it for those incredible views! Tonight we’ll head into Ao Nang for dinner and maybe a few cold drinks… come on, we deserve it!
📍 Location: Krabi
🍽️ Included meals: Breakfast & Lunch
🙌🏼 Key highlights: Tiger Cave viewpoint

Day 6: Here she is, the world-famous Railay Beach 😍

Nowhere in the world will you find beaches quite like Railay and Phra Nang. When you imagine hopping between islands in Thailand, you can't help but picture those classic longtail boats, vibrant ribbons, crystal-clear waters, and those massive limestone karsts. The Krabi region truly captures Thailand in all its glory. The only way to truly embrace the southern beaches of Thailand is to top up that tan, get the volleyball out, and simply enjoy some chill time... that's today's plan!
📍 Location: Krabi/Railay Beach
🍽️ Included meals: Breakfast
🙌🏼 Key highlights: Boat trip to Railay & Phra Nang Beach

Day 7-8: Welcome to the Phi Phi Islands

If you’re looking for cobbled streets, pristine beaches and island life… look no further than Koh Phi Phi. White sandy beaches surrounded by crystal clear waters await you. Welcome to a place that most backpackers and solo travellers know as ‘paradise’. During our time in Phi Phi, we’ll be island hopping via our private speedboat, exploring secluded lagoons, and snorkelling in crystal clear waters. By night we’ll no doubt get our dancing shoes on with a splash of UV paint before hitting the bucket bars at the island beach parties.
📍 Location: Phi Phi Islands
🍽️ Included meals: 2 x Breakfast & 1 x Lunch
🙌🏼 Key highlights: Ferry, speedboat trip, snorkelling, fire show & beach party

Day 9: It’s time to check out and say your goodbyes

It’s not going to be easy, but today is checkout day and the time to say goodbye after an incredible 9 days in Thailand. You’ll be reminiscing over breakfast and trying to piece your emotions together before you embark on your journey home or to your next destination. The tour finishes on the Phi Phi Islands, and it’s important to consider logistics when planning your onward journey. If you plan to leave on this day, we suggest leaving in the morning and booking a flight from either Krabi or Phuket late afternoon to be safe.
📍 Location: Phi Phi Islands
🍽️ Included meals: Breakfast
🙌🏼 Key highlights: Check out & onward travel
⁉️ Important: Those who opted for the longer South to North - 15 day Thailand trip will continue on.

Ideas and things to do after your Thailand trip…
  • Extend your trip and head north to Chiang Mai & Pai
  • Stay a few nights in Phuket or Krabi
  • Jump on a PADI scuba diving course
Thailand Bangkok & The South - 9 Days Map

Where We Stay

We pay close attention to safety, comfort and convenience to give you the best possible stay in every spot we visit. Our Thailand trip will be twin-share hotel/guesthouse accommodation with 2 people per room. If you’re travelling with a friend or partner, be sure to make this clear on the booking form, and we’ll make sure you are sharing together. If you’re travelling solo, you’ll be paired up with another traveller of the same sex.

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Trip Details

What’s Included

Start: Bangkok Finish: Phi Phi Islands
Tour Length: 9 days
Travel Style: Fully Guided
Avg Group Size: 12 - 16
Age Range: 18 - 39
No. of Activities: 21+
No. of Included Meals: 12
Tour Price: From £875 per person

What’s included for the price:

  • All activities & local experiences
  • Secret unique stops along the way
  • Twin/double share accommodation
  • Local Guides & a Western Group Leader
  • Airport pickup on arrival
  • Group transport while on tour
  • Private WhatsApp group
  • No Hidden Costs!
  • Return airport transfer
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas & Vaccinations
  • Flights to/from Thailand

Included Activities & Experiences

  • Locally guided city orientation in Bangkok
  • Visit a local temple: Wat Chana Songkhram
  • Take a tuk tuk ride to the Royal Wat Pho
  • Relax with a traditional Thai Massage
  • Wander the infamous Khao San Road
  • Experience bars & nightlife in Bangkok
  • Cruise down the river to Wat Arun
  • Feed your tastebuds at Wang Lang Market
  • Jump aboard the overnight train from Bangkok
  • Visit the Khao Sok National Park
  • Tubing and kayaking on the lake
  • Fingers crossed for wildlife 🐘🐒
  • Sleep on floating bungalows in the jungle
  • Enjoy the views above the Tiger Cave Temple
  • Railay & Phra Nang Beach boat trip
  • Experience Ao Nang nightlife in Krabi
  • Witness the legendary Phi Phi fire shows
  • Phi Phi island hopper boat trip
  • Get your dancing shoes on for our beach party
  • Snorkelling, turquoise lagoons & monkey beac
  • Freetime to enjoy the pool & explore in Phi Phi

Trip Preparation

Do I need a visa?

For most travellers, Thailand is a very easy country to visit with a simple ‘Visa on Arrival’ process. This includes a long list of different countries* including; the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia and most of Europe. The ‘Visa on Arrival’ allows you 30 days when entering Thailand by air. If you don’t qualify for the ‘Visa on Arrival’, you can apply for a visa here.
*You must check your visa eligibility as we are not visa experts. The information above is general in nature. Here’s a blog that we put together to help; ‘An Unofficial Visa Guide to Asia & Australia’.

What vaccinations do I need?

Similar to visas, we are not medical professionals and would hate to give you false or misleading information. We recommend you book an appointment with your doctor or local pharmacy to discuss your travel plans and what precautions you need to be aware of. They will provide up-to-date official guidance and will no doubt have your vaccination and immunisation history on file. All destinations and areas we travel to are generally low risk but best to be on the safe side. Click here for a useful resource provided by the UK NHS website.

What about COVID-19 travel restrictions?

It's always a good idea to check whether your destination or airline requires you to be COVID-19 vaccinated or tested to travel. It's your responsibility to stay up-to-date and ensure you join us on the Thailand tour without any issues. Click here for a useful resource provided by the UK government.

Is travel insurance compulsory?

Travel insurance is an essential part of your trip preparation. It’s not only a smart idea to get covered, but it will also give your loved ones peace of mind. We actually require all customers to show proof of coverage at the beginning of the tour. We’ll need to see your name, area of cover and dates that the insurance is valid. It’s a good idea to get this sorted ASAP to ensure you’re covered for all eventualities.

Will I receive a packing list?

You sure will, once your trip is confirmed, you’ll receive a confirmation email with a bunch of useful information, including an ‘Arrival Guide’. Within this guide, you’ll find a packing list, safety and cultural information and some useful tips to prepare for your trip.

Should I bring a backpack or a suitcase?

Most people do prefer travelling with a backpack, and it’s generally easier when moving around, but it’s not uncommon for some travellers to bring a suitcase. We suggest bringing something you are comfortable with carrying and lugging around. It’s also important to bring a small day bag that can hold enough for an overnight trip or those travel essentials. Click here to read a blog we wrote on this, ‘Backpack vs Suitcase - What is best for travelling?’

Is there a limit to my luggage weight?

We suggest not going crazy with the packing and keeping it simple. Try and bring loose/floaty clothing that isn’t too thick or heavy. No need to bring heels or walking boots. Bring a few warm layers during Dec and Feb, as it can get a little chilly in the north. We limit the luggage to 20kg per person. Best to leave the kitchen sink at home 🤣

Are there laundry services on tour?

There will be a few opportunities to do laundry throughout the trip, but we always suggest bringing enough underwear and essentials for the full trip. Your Group Leader will let you know the best time to do laundry, but this usually doesn’t happen until 4 or 5 days into the tour.

Do I need to bring a towel?

There are towels provided for showering and freshening up at all the hotels we stay at. We suggest buying a microfibre towel or large sarong as they are small and dry fast for use on the beach and swimming.

How much spending money do I need?

Once you've booked your flights, paid off your trip and got some solid travel insurance, you'll be all set for that Thailand adventure. We suggest bringing no less than £300/$400, but this should be the bare minimum. We suggest working from an average of £400-500/$500-700 over 2 weeks, this will cover things like shopping, drinks, extra meals and anything else you fancy treating yourself to... maybe a few massages!?

What's the best way to manage my money?

We always recommend having a few different options when managing your money while on the road. Having your everyday bank/ATM card with you as a backup is always a good idea, but we strongly suggest signing up for a travel/currency card. Most of these cards can be managed through an easy, easy-to-use app. There are ATMs throughout the trip, and we suggest grabbing some local currency when you arrive at the airport.

Will there be a Whatsapp group?

You’ll receive a final email with useful information to help with your arrival approximately 2 weeks before the trip. This includes a link to a private Whatsapp group for the tour date that you’ll be travelling on. It’s a great place to chat with the rest of the people on the tour and your Group Leader. If you’ve not already, click this link and join the ‘Feel Free Family’ Facebook Group. The FB community is ideal for discussing how things work with past and future travellers. Add yourself to the group and make a post asking who else has booked or thinking about booking the same date as you.

Your Arrival

When should I arrive on Day 1?

We suggest aiming to arrive during the middle of the 1st day, it’s not essential, but it will give you time to freshen up before we head out for dinner and drinks. You’ll be grateful for that little extra time to relax, soak up some afternoon sun or just go for a wander and explore the local area.

Can I arrive a day or 2 early?

Absolutely! We actually recommend arriving a day or 2 early to give you more time to recharge and enjoy a bit of ‘me time’ before the tour begins. There might be experiences on your bucket list that we don’t include on the trip, this is the perfect time to fit them in.

Will I get an airport pickup?

Anyone arriving on Day 1 or who decides to book pre-tour accommodation with us will be picked up by our trusted drivers when they land. They’ll be standing waiting at the airport with a Feel Free Travel sign, so you’ll have no issues finding them 🙌🏼

Which airport should I fly into?

Most of the big international airlines will fly in through BKK (Suvarnabhumi International). If you’re on a low-cost airline or 1 of the Asian airlines, you may come in via DMK (Don Mueang International). Both options are good, and we’ll pick you up from either… no worries!

How do I know where to meet at the airport?

We’ll email everyone up-to-date arrival instructions 2 weeks before the trip with exactly where to meet the driver. Once you get picked up, we’ll get you back to the hotel and check-in. If your flight is running late, don’t worry, we’ll be tracking your progress on Google and will be waiting for you to arrive.

What’s the plan for Day 1?

The first day is the ‘Arrival Day’, there isn’t a huge amount planned. It’s the perfect day to relax, catch some sun and get your bearings. In the evening, it’s time to meet your new travel family, as we’ll be taking you all out to one of our favourite spots for dinner and chilled drinks.

After the Trip

What time does the tour finish?

All our tours finish on the morning of the final day, this will give you plenty of time to get back to the airport ready for that flight home or onto your next destination.

What happens after my tour?

It really depends from group to group… sometimes we’ll have a whole bunch of people hanging out once the tour has finished, travelling for days, weeks or even months together. But in others, you’ll have many people going their separate ways. As the trip unfolds, you’ll soon learn about each other's travel plans and share ideas for what adventures lie ahead. The hardest part is saying your goodbyes and giving your last big hugs to the people leaving straight after the trip ends.

Can I get help with return airport transfers?

You sure can, our Group Leaders are available throughout the trip to chat about your onward travel plans. They will be there to offer help and assistance when it comes to booking flights, taxis, buses, and ferries. It’s always a good idea to get your flights booked before you arrive, including any internal flights after your tour.

When should I book my return flight?

We suggest booking your return flight a bit later on the final day for all our trips. With this trip in particular, this is even more important as the tour finishes on the Phi Phi Islands. Transport on the island is reliable, but it’s not as frequent. We suggest booking any flights from Krabi or Phuket no earlier than 2 pm for domestic or 3 pm for international flights. The most common route is a domestic flight from Phuket to Bangkok in the early afternoon to connect with the international flight home. Click here to read a blog we wrote on this, ‘Guide: When and How to Book Flights.’

Can I stay longer and extend my trip?

You sure can, we don’t offer the option to extend your stay, but our awesome Group Leaders are eager to help and support your onward travel plans. You’ll no doubt get ideas from other group members as the trip unfolds, so keep those ideas to yourself until you meet the group.

I’m doing more than 1 trip, how do I book my connecting flight?

We suggest booking those connecting flights soon after booking your big international flights. We’ve written a whole blog to help when planning flights, click here to read more.

Do I get help with onward travel?

Whether you’re on a short break from work or a slightly longer backpacking adventure, our Group Leaders will help with everything from return airport transfers to giving you a bunch of ideas for the rest of your time in South East Asia and beyond.

Thailand Trip FAQs

Is there Wifi on tour?

Almost all the places we stay on tour have free WIFI allowing you to stay connected with friends and family back home. There are certain places we visit that don’t, but we will always give you a heads up in advance so that you can prepare and let your loved ones at home know you may be unreachable.

Can I travel solo/come alone?

Absolutely! Our trips are built for solo travellers, and believe us… sharing new experiences with a group of new friends is one of the best things you can do. A large majority of the people that travel with us are 1st-time travellers doing it alone, so don’t worry, you’ll never be alone with us.

What’s the average age of people on these trips?

Our trips are specifically targeted towards individuals who are young at heart. If you’re between the ages of 18-39 and keen on a new adventure, you’re welcome to join us. We’ve found that the average age of our travellers is 22-32, we also get young travellers straight out of school as well as working professionals in their mid to late 30s.

How big are the group sizes?

We keep our group sizes small, with an average of 12-16 people per group, so that everyone gets to know each other and experience things at an enjoyable pace.

What’s included in the price?

We include most of the big ticket items like accommodation, activities, local experiences, secret stops, local guides, a western group leader and a bunch of meals. We also include an airport pickup on arrival!

What should I expect from the included meals?

You should expect almost all your breakfasts to be included to allow us to get the best out of each day. You’ll also get a few lunches on day trips and the odd dinner. We try and find a good balance between including meals and giving you the flexibility to eat what you fancy.

Do you cater for specific dietary/allergy requirements?

We make every effort to prepare for all dietary requirements and will do our best to support you during mealtime. Please provide clear information during the booking form and chat with your Group Leader during the first few days.

What’s not included?

You’ll just need to sort your international flights, travel insurance, visas and spending money 🙌🏼

Do we stay in hostels or hotels?

The accommodation on our trips is something we do better than anyone else, and our tours definitely wouldn’t be the same without the awesome places we stay. We’ve handpicked these places to give you the perfect balance of comfort, security and convenience. We really do love where we stay, and so do all our happy travellers 😍

Who will I share a room with?

All solo travellers will pair up with other travellers of the same sex… girls with girls & guys with guys. If you are travelling with a friend, let us know, and we can put you together… same if you are travelling as a couple, we will arrange a double room where possible. You can upgrade during the booking form if you’d like your own room.

Can I combine more than 1 trip together?

It’s common for our travellers to combine 2 or more of our trips. Our trips have been specifically programmed to allow you to do just that. You can often finish 1 trip on the same day another trip is just starting. After all, flight tickets are not cheap, you might as well maximise your experience if you have the time!

How do I book?

Booking your trip couldn’t be easier, find a trip that takes your fancy, pick a date, reserve your spot with a deposit and get that flight booked…

We always recommend reserving your spot before booking your flight. When our trips are full… unfortunately, they are FULL 😬 Check out our ’How it Works’ page for more information on booking your trip!!

This all seems too good to be true, how do I know it’s legit?

This is a question we recently added to our FAQs as we hear it time and time again, so we wanted to give you all a few ways to verify who we are;

Is This For You?

We understand that travelling solo can be nerve-racking and often overwhelming. If you’re looking for a hassle-free experience from the moment you land, this is the Thailand trip for you! Most people travel solo, or some come with a friend/partner, either way, by the end of this adventure, you’ll have a bunch of new buddies for all those future travel plans!

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