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Thailand: Island Paradise

22 days, 7 cities27

From $3859 with flightsPayments as low as $177


Why Go?

There’s no such thing as too much of a good thing—especially when it comes to Thailand. That’s why with this 22-day trip, the question isn’t if you should go, but how fast can you pack your bags to get there. Equal parts exotic paradise, culinary delight, and all-around friendliest place in the world, Thailand is begging to be explored. Beautiful islands, spicy street noodles, peaceful Buddhist temples, world-famous nightlife…the list goes on and the reasons keep stacking up.

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What are the top highlights?

  • Get your fill of Thai street food as you wander through famous night markets
  • Dance the nights away on the beaches of Koh Pha Ngan
  • Lounge in the sun on a white sand beach and snorkel in the crystal-clear waters of Ang Thong
  • Say hi to some curious primates on Monkey Beach in the Phi Phi Islands
  • Cruise through the 42 islands of Phang Nga Bay, and snap a picture of the famous James Bond Island
  • Enter the Grand Palace and behold the intricate gold buildings, temples, and statues adorned in vibrant tile work
  • Do some shopping via boat at Bangkok’s floating markets

Your trip includes

  • Round-trip flights & airport transfers
  • Multilingual Tour Director & local guides
  • Private motorcoach
  • Internal flights
  • 20 nights in hand-picked accommodations
  • Welcome Dinner with drinks
  • Daily breakfast & three-course Farewell Dinner
  • Entrance to an Elephant Nature Park, Wat Suan Dok temple, and many more attractions
  • Traditional Kantoke dinner in Chiang Mai


You’ve selected an UltimatePlus departure. Nice choice! You’ll be staying at upgraded hotels throughout your trip. Each property is located in a safe and convenient area to ensure a comfortable stay, in rooms that are only for EF Ultimate Break travelers. Actual accommodations will be made available to you 30 days before your trip.


Admit it, booking flights is the worst. Here's why you should let us do it for you:

  • Flight costs are included in your monthly payment plan, so you can pay over time
  • Airport transfers are included, so we’ll be waiting, sign in hand
  • Flights are booked with major airlines
  • 24/7 support no matter what time zone you’re in
  • One checked bag included on most flights
  • Option to make changes to your trip up to 99 days before departure

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Full trip itinerary


  • Day 1: Fly to Bangkok

    Board your overnight flight, bound for Thailand! It’s a long haul, but will be well worth it. For now, sit back, relax, and practice some yoga. Try corpse pose, which, is essentially sleeping. You’ll be arriving at night the next day, so be ready to hit the hay and rest up for the coming adventures.

  • Day 2: Arrive in Bangkok

    Welcome to the other City of Angels—Bangkok! Home to ancient temples, nonstop nightlife, and stunning architecture, Thailand’s capital city has it all, including a dinosaur theme park in the middle of the city. While you’re coming in at night, you’ll have plenty of time throughout your trip to treat yourself to a Thai massage, and as much street food and Thai iced tea as humanly possible.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Meet an EF representative at the airport.
    • Transfer to your accommodations and check in.
    • Receive the latest schedule from your Tour Director.
    • Rest up for the adventures to come.
  • Day 3: Tour Bangkok

    Bangkok is one of the world’s top travel destinations, and you’ll soon understand why. Explore the city with your Tour Director the way it was meant to be seen: by river. This city isn’t called the “Venice of the East” for nothing. Today, you’ll visit some of the most important Buddhist temples in Thailand, including the Grand Palace. Pro tip: if you were thinking of going commando to beat the heat, don’t. In Bangkok, it’s illegal to leave the house without underwear. The more you know!

    Today's Highlights:

    • Get to know Bangkok on a guided sightseeing tour of the city.
    • Coast down the Chao Phraya River on a boat tour and see why gelato has nothing to do with Bangkok being referred to as the “Venice of the East.”
    • Visit the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, located on the grounds of the Grand Palace, and say hey to a very famous green figurine that many believe protects the Kingdom of Thailand.
    • Soak in some ancient history at the Temple of Dawn, a colorful sanctuary on the banks of the Chao Phraya that’s been around since the 17th century.

    In the evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner of local cuisine and drinks with fellow travelers at an authentic local spot. Afterwards, you’re free to take the party elsewhere!.

  • Day 4: Explore the Damnoen Saduak Floating Markets

    Travel outside of Bangkok to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Markets. It’s like a mall, but everything is floating and must be accessed by longboats. And you can find locally-crafted goods and fresh fruit. And the food vendors put your local food court to shame. Okay, so it’s not like a mall at all. It’s better.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Head to the world-famous Damnoen Saduak Floating Markets, located in a bustling village outside of the city.
    • Explore the maze of narrow canals by boat, and test your negotiation skills with the vendors.
    • Browse the small wooden boats that sell fresh produce, colorful flowers, and local food. It’s all about the noodles, people.
    • Shop around, and pick up some souvenirs for your friends and family back home. And yourself. Because #TreatYourself.
  • Day 5: Fly to Chiang Mai + Visi Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Temple

    You’re headed to Chiang Mai for three days of…everything. First up: Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. This temple is the most holy and opulent Buddhist site in Thailand (you know, in case the fact that it’s entirely covered in gold gets lost on you) and is one of the top experiences in Thailand.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Hop on a flight to Chiang Mai, the largest city in Northern Thailand.
    • Snake up the 306 steps to get to the famous Buddhist temple, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.
    • Say “holy poop” (you are at a religious site after all) as you take in the vistas of Chiang Mai and the emerald green forests below.
    • Enjoy a traditional kantoke dinner with your group tonight.
  • Day 6: Visit an Elephant Nature Park & Wat Suan Dok Temple + Optional Home-Hosted Dinner

    Elephants are the grandpas of the animal kingdom, with their adorableness and little hairs atop their head, and you get to spend the morning with them at an Elephant Sanctuary. Observe them in their natural habit before heading to the Wat Suan Dok temple and monastery. While you’re there, talk to a Buddhist monk—about your time with the gentle giants, the meaning of life, or anything else. In the evening enjoy dinner on your own or participate in an optional Lanna dinner.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Learn about and observe Asian elephants.
    • Visit the Wat Suan Dok Temple and learn how the “flower garden temple” got its name.
    • Ask the monk anything at an open forum, and gain better insight into the Buddhist way.

    Chiang Mai Home Hosted Dinner (extra cost)

    Enjoy an authentic home-cooked meal in a local family’s home during a rare glimpse into Thai culture. Get to know them personally, while experiencing how their daily life feels, smells, and most importantly, tastes.

    Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.

  • Day 7: Enjoy a Full Day at Mae Kampong

    Get ready for Thailand, B.I. (Before Internet). At Mae Kampong, experience traditional Thailand, where they make fermented tea to pass the time, and actually sit and have conversations with one another. And, no, this isn’t a sitcom from the ‘80s. Learn how they’re getting by from eco-tourism and why this is a must-visit location in Thailand.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Explore the quaint mountain village of Mae Kampong.
    • Tour the surrounding forest with a local guide and learn about conservation.
    • See how fermented tea is made and chat with the locals about their way of life.
    • Have a “Top Chef” moment cooking your own lunch in a village home.
    • Unwind with a traditional Thai massage, because you deserve it.
    • Watch the sunset from the mountain top before heading back to your hotel.
  • Day 8: Fly to Phuket + Free Time

    You’re headed to Phuket, where there’s an abundance of white sand and palm trees, but, there’s more to Phuket than incredible beaches and views for days. This place is steeped in ancient history, rich culture, and endless nature. So if you need a break from the beach to shake the sand out of your hair, check out some of the island’s museums and historic spots.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Fly to Thailand’s largest island, Phuket.
    • Explore the area, and stick your toes in the sand of any of the 20+ beaches.
    • Grab a cocktail, and a seat and just say “this is the life” over and over.
    • Hit the beach, town, or pillow and spend the evening however you’d like.

    Free Time Suggestions
    Bangla Road Nightlife: When the sun goes down, and the roads close to vehicle traffic, Bangla Road is the place to be. Loud music. Cheap beer. Neon lights. It’s like an outdoor club…except the drinks are ridiculously cheap.
    Museum Mania: With beaches and endless amounts of nightlife around, visiting a museum might sound like the last thing you’d want to do. But Phuket has a museum for everyone, like the Phuket Seashell Museum and the Phuket Trickeye Museum, an interactive 3D exhibition.

  • Day 9: Explore Nga Hong Phang National Park

    Get ready, you’re headed to the. MOST. INSTAGRAMMABLE. PLACE. EVER. Phang Nga Bay. This bay is home to the James Bond Island, named not because it likes things shaken not than stirred, but because it’s where "Man with the Golden Gun" was filmed. Spend the day exploring the islands during an unforgettable excursion to Nga Hong Phang National Park.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Cruise through the islands, and see if you can count all 42.
    • Swim in the Bay and practice your breast stroke.
    • Kayak through room-like tidal caves, and see some of Thailand’s hidden wonders.
    • Release decorative flower floats called Kratongs into the naturally luminescent water after dark for a truly unique experience.
  • Day 10: Enjoy a Free Day in Phuket

    Another day in paradise. Another day to do what you want. What’s that you say? You want to sit on the beach with a drink in hand and laugh at all your friends and family back home who are busy working, or going to school, or getting into an argument over the season finale of some show? Trust your gut. Laugh away. And then, sunscreen up!

    Today's Highlights:

    • Wake up whenever you want, to do whatever you want, because today is all yours.
    • Expand your culinary palette with Tom Yam Goong and Thai spring rolls.
    • Treat yo’ self to another massage—or seven—you’ll never get prices like this back home.

    Free Time Suggestions:
    Triple Threat: Walk to Kho Sam Head, AKA “Hill of the Three Beaches,” for stunning views of three picturesque bays.
    Cabaret with the Ladyboys: The Ladyboy Cabaret shows are exactly what they sound like, and they’re something you have to see to appreciate. Think bright lights, great costumes, and nonstop entertainment.

  • Day 11: Transfer to Phi Phi Islands + Free Time

    Islands so nice, they named it twice. Head there via ferry and get ready for three days on Thailand’s not-so-secret weapon of amazingness. Here, time stands still. People move slowly. There’s never anything wrong. Sounds like paradise, right? Nah, it’s the Phi Phi Islands.

  • Day 12: Free Day in the Phi Phi Islands + Optional Captain Bob’s Cruise

    Kick back, relax, and embrace the Phi Phi way of life. Whether that includes sampling new Thai foods, building an epic sandcastle, or taking a dip in the turquoise water, there’s no bad choice here. Or, you can take a cruise with Captain Bob for a full day of adventure on an optional excursion.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Spend your free day building that base.
    • Apply SPF to your base so you don’t get burned.
    • Roll over so you tan both sides of your body (consistency, people).
    • In between, grab a drink or two, eat some food, and read the latest book that’s being adapted into a movie starring Ryan Gosling.