Here is a list of all the best tours and activities we booked and links to book through for Thailand, Bali and Vietnam.
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A private long-tail boat rental from Phi Phi for 6 hours costs 3,500 Baht per couple. This does not include the National Park Fee of 200 Baht per person.
I recommend starting at 6 am so you can enjoy these places without too many people. Bring some food/snacks with you.
Places to Visit:
Tour Cost: 1,300 Baht per person. This does not include the National Park Fee of 200 Baht per person.
Hotel pickup and drop-off services in Krabi are included in this tour. You will take a longtail boat to snorkel at Koh Yawasam and Koh Tan Ming, and visit the sandbar that connects Koh Tub, Koh Mor and Koh Kai (chicken island). Enjoy a BBQ dinner on Koh Poda while watching the sunset. Before returning to Ao Nang Pier dive into the deep dark ocean waters near Koe Raeng to see bio-luminescent plankton.
A private long tail boat for 5 hours costs 3,000 Baht per couple, not including the National Park Fee of 300 Baht per person. Email Swiss Chalet Tour Company to book at tour@swisschalet- thailand.com.
Book a private longtail boat tour to take you to Koh Lao Lading, Hong Lagoon and Hong Island (make sure to do the viewpoint on Hong Island!). You can ask the boat driver to take you to Koh Pak Bia (another small island nearby) but if you love Hong Island I recommend spending your time there. The tour includes pick-up and drop-off services to and from your hotel.
For only a small additional cost you can order a lunchbox which I recommend as there are no restaurants on the islands.
Tour Cost: 3,000 Baht per person and includes light breakfast, lunch, & dinner, as well as hotel pickup & drop-off services & snorkelling gear. The tour cost does not include the 500 Baht National Park Fee.
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The park is only open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 5:30 pm. Listen out for an announcement during the night of the street parade time. Prepare to be wowed by the spectacular float show at 8:30 pm in the theatre. Taking photos and videos are not permitted but I can assure you the show was incredible, featuring floats, dazzling costumes, lights, and even fire. Once the show ends, the Kingdom of Lights opens, and it’s so enchanting. It’s about a 20-minute walk through some light displays. Here you will see the world’s largest LED structure.
Note: There are no animal shows at Carnival Magic.
Experience a luxury catamaran trip to paradise islands near Phuket with Hype Boat Club. There are two levels on the catamaran and it depends on what ticket you purchase as to where you will be seated. The first level has tables and day beds for sharing and is perfect for those who want to party. If you’re after a more luxurious and relaxing vibe, the second level is for you with its private day beds.
The best thing about this tour is how affordable and convenient it is. If you want to see some beautiful islands and only have a few hours to spare in Phuket then this tour is perfect. The Khai islands are only a short 15-minute speedboat ride away. The tour is only 4 hours and not a full-day tour so you can work this around any schedule and it’s only 28 USD per person!
This tour takes you to 3 islands:
Tour Cost: 2,000 Baht per person. The cost includes hotel pickup & drop-off, entrance fees, lunch, snorkelling equipment, and kayaking.
Tour Cost: 1,250 Baht per person. The cost includes a light breakfast, a buffet-style lunch, & hotel pick-up and drop-off services. The National Park Fee of 300 Baht per person is not included.
We booked our tour package with Smiley Bungalows and it cost us 3000 Baht (85 USD) per person for 2 nights and 3 days including 1-night accommodation at Khao Sok Smiley Bungalow or Dome Camp, 1-night accommodation at Smiley Lake House, 2 x breakfast, 2 x lunch, 1 x dinner, transfer from Khao Sok Smiley to Cheow Lan Lake, roundtrip longtail boat, kayaking, evening boat trip, morning wildlife safari boat trip and insurance.
The Khao Sok National Park Fee and Cheow Lan Lake Pier Cleaning Fee (20 Baht per person) are not included in the total package cost.
On this tour, you will visit Guilin of Thailand Rocks, enjoy an evening and morning boat safari, go cave trekking in Nam Taloo Cave (high season only) and stay in an overwater bungalow on the lake.
I have done this cruise a few times with different cruise companies and can confirm that Chao Phraya Princess is the best company to book your Bangkok Dinner Cruise with. The ticket includes an international buffet dinner and live entertainment.
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Experience a fun evening filled with an all-you-can-eat buffet, bottomless beer, Thai dance performances, dancing and seeing Bangkok city at night.
The White Orchid dinner cruise offers two departure times: sunset and night. Choose the night cruise for a more enjoyable time. Boarding starts at 7:45 pm, with departures from Icon Siam or Asiatique. The 2-hour cruise concludes at the starting point.
The tour includes an English-speaking guide, transportation between places (minivan), hotel pick-up and drop-off services and a firefly boat tour.
The national park is around 3 hours from Bangkok so it is best to take an organized tour. On this tour not only will you visit the national park but you will also visit the JEATH museum. Entrance fees to all attractions are included on this tour. It takes about 45 minutes to reach the 7th waterfall from the parking lot. It’s not a hard trek, it’s fairly flat.
From waterfalls 4-7 there are some stairs to climb but not a lot. Highly recommend making the trek to the 7th waterfall even through the heat as it’s the best one. You have to rent a life jacket and wear it if you want to swim at the waterfalls. It’s 20 Baht to rent one and you need to leave your ID. If you have plastic water bottles with you, you’ll need to leave a 50 Baht deposit per water bottle and collect it on the way back.
Ancient City is one of the world’s largest outdoor museums featuring a 200-acre city with 109 scaled-down copies of Thailand’s most famous monuments and architectural attractions. The fee is 700 Baht per person if you pay on entry, but if you book online through Klook, you can save 50% and only pay 350 Baht per person.
Doi Inthanon National Park is over 1 hour drive away from Chiang Mai and there is so much to see here!
On this day tour you will get to:
The tour includes hotel pick-up and drop-off services, transportation to Doi Inthanon, an English-speaking guide, admission fees and lunch.
Tour Cost: 3,500 Baht per person. The tour includes pick-up and drop-off services in Chiang Mai city, lunch and an English-speaking guide.
Make sure to reserve ahead of time on their website. If you are staying at Chai Lai Orchid I still highly recommend you book this tour as it includes free pick up and drop off service in Chiang Mai City (the sanctuary is located over an hour away and is in a remote area.
You’ll need to enter with a guided tour at certain times of the day (they run pretty frequently during the morning and then on the hour in the afternoon). For cheaper tickets book in advance on Klook. It costs 500 Baht if you pay on entry or 375 Baht on Klook.
Nong Nooch Tropical Garden in Pattaya is the largest man-made dinosaur park in the world. It covers 1600 acres which makes it easy to spend a whole day here. Walking around can be tiring due to the heat, there is an optional trolley ride around the park for an additional fee. Book your tickets in advance on Klook as it’s cheaper than purchasing tickets on entry.
Perched on the water, this floating cafe is a unique fun experience. Here you can listen to live music, try squid fishing, eat the squid once you catch one or many and enjoy the beautiful sunset views & instagrammable spots at the cafe. The best time to visit is during sunset to see sunset views and also experience squid fishing at night.
Book with GetYourGuide in advance. The experience includes:
If you catch a squid they will make it into sashimi or grill it for you as well as give you some sauces to go along with it.
This is by far my favourite yacht day excursion I’ve done in Thailand. I loved it because it was a small group, the staff were incredibly friendly and helpful (the best customer service I’ve had on any tour in Thailand), the boat was exceptionally clean and luxurious, the buffet Thai food was tasty and there were so many activities to do onboard.
The tour takes you to 2 beautiful tropical islands Koh Phai and Koh Rin and you get to enjoy the sunset views on the way back to Pattaya. It starts at 11 am and finishes around 7 pm.
What’s included in the tour cost:
Kecak Dance Performance is held every day between 6 pm- 7 pm at Uluwatu Temple. What can you expect? Traditional dance, a musical drama, a famous Balinese story, fire, beautiful costumes and lots of chanting! It’s best to book your tickets on Klook in advance, especially in the busier months.
The Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue is the third largest statue in the world at 122 meters tall.
Book tickets on Klook in advance as it’s slightly cheaper than purchasing at the venue.
I booked through Udarider Tour & Travel (IG: @udariderofficial or email: firstname.lastname@example.org). Our sailing tour cost USD 450 (2 people) for 2 nights and 3 days and includes an air-conditioned room with a balcony and TV, all meals, snorkelling equipment, round trip transfer between airport/accommodation and pier, DSLR, underwater and drone camera footage.
Komodo National Park fee is 500,000 IDR (33.30 USD) per person and you’ll need to have this in cash
3 Day 2 Night Komodo Island Tours usually include the following places:
I highly recommend booking a tour so you can learn about the traditional craft of making incense sticks from bamboo chopping to dying the sticks and crafting the aromatic incense paste. It’s important to note if you decide to go on your own, you’ll miss out on learning about incense stick making, you can still take photos here but there is no tour guide at the venue. Don’t expect it to be a huge village/field it’s not very big but it is a great spot for snapping photos!
The tour includes hotel pick-up and drop-off in The Old Quarter Area, a knowledgeable tour guide, entrance fees and an egg coffee or an optional drink at Train Street.
Halong Bay located in the northeastern part of Vietnam, is famous for its multitude of limestone cliffs emerging from the sea. We chose Mon Cheri Cruise Line and couldn’t have been happier. They have 1 and 2-night tour packages, so you can choose what suits you best. We did 1 night and honestly think that 1 night is all you need.
Other than enjoying the stunning views of Halong Bay there are other activities on board, including kayaking, a cooking demonstration, squid fishing, Tai Chi, and a visit to Cat Ba Cave.
The most scenic and adventurous motorbike route in the northernmost province of Vietnam. It has the best landscape scenery I have ever seen in my travels and one to add to your Vietnam Bucket List. Here are a few things to note:
We booked the 3 day 2-night tour package and it included:
The show takes place in an open-air theatre, where a mesmerizing combination of lights, music, and dance brings to life the captivating story of Hoi An.
The show runs every evening except Tuesdays. It starts at 8 pm and lasts for 1 hour. The park is open from 5 pm where you can explore historical architecture and miniature-themed villages, as well as mini-shows and creative workshops.
Tickets range in price based on seating preference. There are 3 classes of seating: economy, high and VIP. We chose the combo ticket which included a Vietnamese set menu meal, entrance to the park and high seating. If you are visiting during the rainy season I recommend purchasing the high or VIP seating as it’s covered. They do provide ponchos and umbrellas if you are seated in the economy seating and it rains.
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